The player acquires this mission immediately after importing a character or upon generating a new character.
This prologue mission is mainly intended to present the player 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 a fresh start.
Upon waking up from cryostasis, the player's character, Ryder, will be taken to the Cryo Bay to be checked out by Dr. Lexi T'Perro. She will check Ryder's SAM implant and make sure Ryder is ready for action.
As the player begins to gain their bearings with some warm coffee, something goes wrong and the ark is damaged by a strange celestial energy cloud. Ryder later learns that the Hyperion came in contact with something called the Scourge. It 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.
Optional: Check On Ryder's Sibling Edit
After the cutscene the player is given their first primary objective and an optional objective to check on Ryder's twin sibling who is currently in a damaged cryopod nearby. To do so the player needs to talk to Dr. T'Perro. 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.
It appears that Ryder's sibling, although in stable condition, will have to remain in a low-level coma temporarily.
Report To The Hyperion Bridge Edit
Upon exiting the Cryo Bay, Ryder will 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 Cryo Bay.
Note: This minor objective introduces the scanner function of Ryder's Omni-tool. This mechanic will be important throughout the game.
Before entering the tram, grab the datapad on the ground nearby. Once Ryder has arrived on the ship's bridge the player will watch a brief cutscene where Captain Dunn and Alec Ryder argue over the next move to make. It doesn't matter which side Ryder supports, soon the player will be preparing for the first mission to Habitat 7, New Earth.
Equip For Scouting And Report Edit
Pick up Ryder's helmet and side arms in the ready room prior to entering the hangar bay with Cora. There are two datapads and some other interactions the player can find in the ready 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.
Upon entering the shuttle bay, Alec Ryder will assemble the team and give a brief rousing speech, choose any dialogue option the player would 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.
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