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Uncover the angaran roots on the ice planet known as Voeld.

Acquisition Edit

This mission is automatically acquired after Pathfinder Ryder has completed the mission Remove the Heart.

Note: Task: Gone Dark dovetails with this mission and cannot be completed until the city is accessible.
Note: Forgotten History dovetails with this mission and cannot be completed until the city is accessible.

Walkthrough Edit

Investigate Ice Cave Edit

Once Ja Niihk Dig Site's shields are down, Ryder will be able to access the kett base with the cave system MEA Cave Map Icon. Ryder will have to fight through the kett occupying the ruined city.

Be careful approaching the area as there are numerous Area-Denial Mines scattered around the site. Disembark from the ND1 Nomad and walk into the site.

Ryder may or may not come under attack from kett forces when approaching the base. If kett forces are in the area, defeat them quickly as the site is still a cold hazard.

Before following the navpointMEA Tracked Objective Map Icondown into the cave system, there are two Kett Core Encryption Techs that can be scanned for +100 Rd icon heleus orange each (+200 Rd icon heleus orange). One is located near some large containers and the other is under located on a platform beneath the Remnant turret.

Voeld is a frozen wasteland, so stick close to the heat lamps that follow Ryder's path down into the cave. Ryder will come under attack from kett forces following the navpoints. Defeat them and continue into the cave system. Ryder will eventually locate the remaining kett forces deep inside the cave.

Clear Out KettEdit

Ryder will end up looking down into a large room with numerous kett forces. Ryder can choose to engage the kett from the high ground or venture down to engage the enemy at close range. Either way, defeat the kett and continue exploring the area. Be on guard as additional kett forces are in the area. When Ryder approaches a glowing orange shielded cage with a Kett Computer Console nearby, the next objective will be added.

Rescue Captured Angara Edit

Three energy shielded cages will be marked with navpoints. Interact with the Kett Computer Console to release the prisoner. There will be two additional angara to rescue. Once all three angaran prisoners are free, a navpoint will point to an angara Ryder will be required to speak to.

Talk To Rescued Angara Edit

Speaking to the angara, he tells Ryder that the kett are trying to get into a room behind a certain wall. The kett had explosives they were planning to use to break it down.

Go To Blockage Edit

Head to the navpoint and Ryder decides scanning the area would help. The wall is made of ice, and SAM detects some strong signals from behind it.

Clear Blast Zone Edit

After setting the explosives, Ryder needs to run back behind a barricade. The explosives successfully take down the wall.

Enter Chamber Edit

A newly revealed tunnel will open, leading to a huge room, and the Pathfinder's squad will come across an Ancient AI. The AI will introduce herself, but SAM catches her lying twice; she also blocks his attempt to scan her. She seems to be afraid and hostile, wishing for an end.

The angaran prisoner will attempt to remove the AI but will be attacked and held hostage by the AI for cooperation. Ryder has two options to continue this mission: deciding whether to kill the AI or save the AI.

If Ryder kills the AI, the angara prisoner will thank the Pathfinder, but SAM will confirm that there is nothing left to salvage.

If Ryder chooses to save the AI, the AI will kill the angara then plead to be kept with SAM. At this point Ryder will be given another two options: keep the AI or give it to the angara.

  • If Ryder gives the AI back to the angara, it is then taken to Aya. Once Ryder reaches Meridian during Meridian: The Way Home, the angara will use the AI’s abilities to help Ryder complete the mission.
  • If Ryder gives the AI to the Nexus, it takes up residence in the SAM Node and can be heard talking to SAM sometimes when Ryder enters. Ryder will lose out on any assistance that it offers during Meridian: The Way Home, though.

Aftermath Edit

One of three emails will arrive from Evfra de Tershaav depending upon Ryder's choices during the mission:

If Ryder killed the AI:

Mail from Angara Resistance HQ
To: Ryder

From: Evfra

So, apparently you had your hands on an ancient angaran AI and you destroyed it to save an angaran life. It was a very tough decision that you had to make in the heat of the moment. I applaud you. It's exactly what I would have done. That former slave had a family that thought he was dead. You've given them a great gift.

The talk on Aya itself is very divided, although I suspect that no one may say so to your face. I find these kinds of debates invigorating—we're a complex, emotional people with many different views. I love it!


If Ryder gave the AI to the angara, Ryder can talk with it in the Resistance HQ on Aya and the following email arrives:

Mail from Angara Resistance HQ
To: Ryder

From: Evfra

Thank you for returning the pre-scourge AI that you discovered on Voeld, even though Jaal tells me that it was against her wishes. He also tells me that she is an unreliable liar—we'll see, I can be very persuasive.

I've just had her installed in the Resistance HQ. Such a valuable resource can't be simply given over to scientists to "study". So far, she is locked down and uncooperative.
 This tech may prove important to the angaran people.

Our alliance is indeed proving fruitful.


If Ryder gave the AI to the Nexus, Ryder can talk with it in the SAM node. Ryder will receive this email from Evfra instead:

Mail from Angara Resistance HQ
To: Ryder

From: Evfra

Word's reached me that you found a pre-scourge angaran AI and that you chose to keep it for yourself and send it to the Nexus.

What's wrong with you?

Jaal explained that the AI itself was hostile and wished to go with you. Regardless of your stance on freewill for artificial intelligence, I would have liked to have had made that call myself.

Paraan Shie was ready to close the Embassy. It's only because of your continued work against the kett that I was able to persuade her against it. I assured her that you would be as cooperative with all data you discovered because of it. Right?

Please try not to be so stupid next time.


Ryder can now speak with Eska Yeveth in Techiix (aMEA New Mission Map Iconon the map). She invites Ryder to establish an outpost MEA Outpost Map Icon on Voeld. (Although Ryder may have already done so, given the only requirement for an outpost is 40% viability.)

In the building with Eska Yeveth, there is an Angaran Medical Stats on the wall that can be scanned for +10 Rd icon heleus orange.

Rewards Edit

  • +1330 XP
  • +29 AVP AVP icon
  • +2% Voeld viability