Pathfinder Ryder acquires this mission immediately after importing an existing character or upon generating a new character.
This prologue mission is mainly intended to present the events that lead to Pathfinder Ryder assuming the protagonist role. Taking place six hundred years after the events of Mass Effect 3, in an entirely different galaxy, this is a fresh start.
As Ryder begins to regain bearings with some warm coffee, a cutscene starts and something goes wrong where the ark is damaged by a strange celestial energy cloud. The cloud managed to damage one of the relays on the ship near the Cryo Bay causing a temporary loss of gravity and erupting chaos throughout the ark. Cora Harper then enters and fixes the gravity issue.
After the cutscene, Ryder is given the first primary objective of the game and an optional objective to check on Ryder's twin sibling who is currently in a damaged cryopod nearby.
Report To The Hyperion Bridge Edit
Optional: Check On Your Brother/Sister Edit
To complete the optional objective, Ryder needs to talk to Dr. T'Perro (marked with).
It appears that Ryder's sibling, although in stable condition, will have to remain in a low-level coma temporarily.
After completing the objective, 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 Cryo Bay. Note: The five datapads during this mission are only available during this mission. Read the datapads now or they will be gone.
Once Ryder is ready, head to themarker (known as a navpoint) to use the door to exit the Cryo Bay.
Investigate The Malfunction Edit
Upon exiting the Cryo Bay, Ryder will witness an explosion from a damaged power relay. As the crew attempts to fix the problem, the crew calls on Ryder to use the new scanner function to locate and repair the damaged power conduit.
Scan The Power Conduit To Locate The Fault Edit
Scan the power conduit and Ryder will find three items that glow dark orange until successfully scanned. This is the first encounter with the scanner. Scan the three items (Compensator Relay, Axial Coupling, and the Phase Coil) until the items change to a light yellow color and a description box of each item appears.
Note: This minor objective introduces the scanner function of Ryder's Omni-tool. This mechanic will be important throughout the game.
Reset The Power Relay Edit
After Ryder scans the correct component, a new objective and a new navpoint becomes active. Approach and interact with the Power Terminal to avert another disaster in the Cryo Bay.
Head To The Tram Edit
Head towards the navpoint on the tram and there is a datapad on the floor in the hallway.
Open the door to enter the tram.
Wait For Cora Edit
Cora will come running up the hallway and into the tram.
Activate The Tram Edit
Interact with the Tram Console to activate the tram to the bridge.
Once Ryder has arrived on the ship's bridge, a brief cutscene where Captain Nozomi Dunn and Alec Ryder argue over the next move to make will ensue. It doesn't matter which side Ryder supports, soon Ryder will be preparing for the first mission to Habitat 7, New Earth.
After the cutscene, Ryder appears in a staging room.
Get Your Helmet Edit
Pick up Ryder's helmet. This is an Initiative Helmet I.
Collect A Sidearm Edit
Pick up the firearm. This is an M-3 Predator I.
In the room are two additional datapads.
Ryder can interact with several items and characters in the room. Pathfinder team member David Fisher will comment on Ryder's decision to side with either Captain Dunn or Alec Ryder in the previous cutscene.
Report To The Hangar Bay Edit
Once Ryder is ready, head to the navpoint in the shuttle bay.
Upon entering the shuttle bay, Alec Ryder will assemble the team and give a brief rousing speech, Ryder can choose any dialogue option. Now it's time to board the shuttle and begin exploration. The mission then completes (not shown on screen).
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.
The follow-up mission Planetside starts automatically.
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