You acquire this mission immediately after importing a character or upon generating a new character.
This prologue mission is mainly intended to present you with the events that lead to Pathfinder Ryder assuming his/her role. Taking place six hundred years after the events of Mass Effect 3, in an entirely different galaxy, this is true a fresh start.
As you begin to gain your bearings with some warm coffee, something goes wrong and the ark is damaged by a strange celestial energy cloud. We later learn that the Hyperion came in contact with something called the Scourge. It managed to damage one of the relays on the ship near the Cryobay causing a temporary loss of gravity and erupting chaos throughout the ark. Cora Harper then enters and fixes the gravity issue.
Optional: Check on your sibling Edit
After the cut-scene you are given your first primary objective and an optional objective to check on your twin sibling who is currently in a damaged cryopod nearby. Feel free to investigate the nearby area for datapads, interesting conversations or learn more about the mission from the information wall located on the Eastern wall of the Cryobay.
It appears that your sibling, although in stable condition, will have to remain in a low-level coma temporarily.
Report to the Hyperion Bridge Edit
Upon exiting the Cryobay, you'll witness an explosion from a damaged power relay. As the crew attempts to fix the problem they call on Ryder to use the new scanner function to locate and repair the damaged power conduit. After Ryder scans the correct component the objective to reset the power relay becomes active. Approach and interact with the control panel to avert another disaster in the Cryobay.
Note: This minor objective introduces the scanner function of your Omni-tool. This mechanic will be important throughout the game.
Before entering the tram, grab the datapad on the ground nearby. Once you have arrived on the ship's bridge you'll watch a brief cut-scene where Captain Dunn and Alec Ryder argue over the next move to make. It doesn't matter which side you support, soon you'll be readying for the first mission to Habitat 7, New Earth.
Equip for Scouting and Report Edit
Pickup your helmet and side arms in the ready room prior to entering the hangar bay with Cora. There are two datapads and some other interactions you can find in the ready room. Pathfinder team member David Fisher will comment on your decision to side with either Captain Dunn or Alec Ryder in the previous cut-scene.
Upon entering the shuttle bay, Alec Ryder will assemble the team and give a brief rousing speech, choose any dialogue option you'd like. Now it's time to board the shuttle and begin exploration.
The Pathfinder team is assembled and ready to explore Habitat 7. Hoping to find a world suitable for an outpost before the damaged Hyperion ship loses all power and jeopardizes the lives of all 20,000 people aboard.
- Acquired weapons
- M-3 Predator I Pistol
- New squad members:
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