Speak With Dr. Aridana Edit
Dr. Aridana will ask for Ryder's help looking into strange transmission patterns in the Scourge. She will give Ryder an optical storage drive which can be inserted directly into SAM Node who will aid in resolving some calculations.
Run The Equations At SAM Node on Ark Hyperion Edit
Head to the Hyperion Habitation Deck and proceed to the SAM Node. After inserting the data drive into SAM Node, an alarm will sound, the door will lock, and SAM will announce that malicious code has been detected on the drive.
Help SAM Edit
Ryder will have to reset three nearby panels and reinitialize the main console in order to help SAM recover.
Speak With SAM Edit
Once stabilized, SAM says that the files contained a virus designed to sever the connection between SAM and Ryder, and also render SAM helpless.
Confront Dr. Aridana At The Nexus Tech Labs Edit
Dr. Aridana denies any knowledge of the virus' origin. Professor Herik suggests that it may have been an anti-AI activist that sabotaged the files. The group suggests Ryder check the rest of the Nexus for anti-AI activity.
Look For Anti-AI Activity On The Nexus Edit
Head out to the nearest Avina VI on the first floor, which is the VI that Ryder first meets when Ryder docks the Hyperion on the Nexus for the first time. Avina will show erratic behavior. Start a conversation with Avina and the avatar will be taken over. Instead of a VI, Ryder will be talking to a member of the secret anti-AI hacker enclave that made the virus. In the conversation SAM recommends Ryder lie and pretend that the virus was successful in order to gain more information from the hackers.
Wait For An Email From Knight Edit
Note: The mission will go on hold at this point until Ryder advances the main mission. Once Ryder has landed on Kadara Port the mission automatically updates with the next objective.
Look For An Email From Knight Edit
In the mail box is an email from Knight titled [Error 982: Carrier signal interrupted!] - Invitation, which invites Ryder to a meeting at a specified area in the Varren's Scalp region. (Halfway between Kadara Port and the Haarfel Forward Station).
Acknowledge the email to receive the navpoint and get the next objective.
Go To The Hackers' Sanctuary On Kadara Edit
Head to this location. Ryder will meet "Knight" and her reasons for her hate towards all AI, namely her prior involvement in Project Overlord.
Warning: It is very important to not use Ryder's scanner in the hacker sanctuary on Kadara. One time by accident and the hackers will see this as a glitch. If Ryder uses the scanner a second time, the hackers become hostile and Ryder will have to eliminate all of the hostiles. The hackers going hostile also causes Knight to die at the end no matter what Ryder does (including helping Alain).
Ryder will now be presented with two optional methods to discover Knight's plan without causing a fight. Ryder can also choose to use the scanner to start the fight and end this portion of the mission quickly.
Optional: Find A Discreet Way To Learn Knight's Plan Edit
Investigate the sanctuary, but do not use Ryder's scanner, as this will cause the other personnel at the base to become hostile later on.
A number of datapads can be found around the sanctuary.
Talk to Knight's son Alain. He will tell Ryder a little bit about his history, but refuse to divulge any information about his mother's plans.
Optional: Build A Curative Device For Alain At A Research Center Edit
Talk to SAM and head to any Research Center to develop the Cybernetic Device to help him. The cybernetic device requires 6 Aluminum and 2 Iridium to develop. Deliver the device to Alain; he will thank Ryder. Ask him about Knight's plans, and Ryder will learn that her project has a codename: Mercury. Ryder can use this information to hack her personal terminal.
Use Knight's Personal Terminal Edit
Head to the computer terminal and Ryder will discover that Knight intends to plant EMP bombs on the Nexus in order to destroy its quantum computers, which will prevent the future creation of any AI, though it will cripple the station's operations in the process.
Optional: Defeat The Hackers Edit
To purposefully start a fight with the hackers, use Ryder's scanner and scan a box on the wall opposite of the Terminal. This will be an example box of the EMP Bomb.
Note: If Ryder used the scanner at any point prior to this (more than once), everyone in the base except for Alain will now become hostile. While it's still possible to get the best outcome to the mission by immediately leaving without killing anyone, in practice this is impossible, as on the easier difficulty settings Ryder's squadmates will likely end up killing at least one of the personnel even if Ryder doesn't fire a single shot. On Hardcore or Insanity difficulties, the number of enemies all but guarantees that Ryder will be killed if Ryder tries to leave without dealing with them all. One possible solution is to command squadmembers to hold position out of enemy sight, then run to the ND1 Nomad and extract.
Locate Knight's EMP Devices (3) Edit
Note: If Ryder helped Alain, Kandros will inform Ryder that one of the devices has already gone off in Hydroponics. This doesn't actually matter - the mission proceeds identically in either case. This is not time based - getting to the Nexus faster makes no difference.
Locate EMP Devices In The Commons Area Edit
Locate EMP Devices In Operations Edit
The second EMP device is hidden under the desk in the monitoring room of the Operations Area.
The third EMP device is behind a row of computer consoles and next to the railing on the highest level of the Operations Area.
Confront Knight Edit
Once Ryder has deactivated all three devices, confront Knight right outside the Tech Lab in the Nexus's dock zone (second floor).
How Ryder deals with Knight depends on what happened back at her base:
- If Ryder caused her colleagues to become hostile and then killed even one of them, then Knight refuses to be reasoned with and immediately goes to detonate the final device, but is taken out by a sniper.
- On the other hand, if Ryder helped her son Alain or was able to escape detection at her base then it's possible to talk her down.
- Ryder can still decide that Knight is too dangerous to be allowed to live, and have the sniper execute her anyway.
- +530 XP
- The Consoles in the room when scanned display random segments of binary/hex code, which translate to "Welcome to the world. Your name is SAM.", "Emergency. Contact Alex Ryder or sysadmin." and "System corruption in progress. Please assist."
- Knight's operation name "Mercury" could be a reference to the encryption code of the same name in the movie "Mercury Rising".
- If Ryder lets Knight live, Alain can be found on the Nexus in the Lab (Docking Bay area) after the mission and Ryder can ask him about his mother.