Pick Your Path Adventures

Pick Your Path Adventures
Pick Your Path: Mass Effect

Mike Kayatta | 28 Mar 2012 21:00
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"Sorry, Caleb," you whisper.

He turns toward you with a look of confusion, but after following your gaze to the pipe, realizes what you're planning to do. He sighs and nods his head. You line up your shot, and take it. The room erupts in flame. The whole of the warehouse is engulfed within moments.

***

You're in a forest. The trees are dead. There's a small child dressed in white in the distance. You run toward him. As you approach, he turns and looks at you. He's not a child at all, he's Shepard. He stares at you blankly and says, "I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite forest on the Citadel." You try to run from him, but he's faster. You can't escape. He continues to repeat the same phrase over and over, until--

You wake up. You're in your apartment, naked on top of the bed. You bounce from your bunk and run to the mirror above the sink in your bathroom. Not a scratch on you. How is this possible?

As you walk back into your bedroom, you're met by the life-sized projection of a man smoking a cigarette. You don't recognize him. You're not even sure how the equipment to project him got into your apartment.

"I know you weren't expecting me," the man says, taking a long drag of his smoke.

You quickly grab the blanket from your bed and cover your unmentionables.

"But all you need to know is that I'm a powerful man with your best interests at heart," he continues. "As proof of my statement, and as a gesture of goodwill, I'm the one who had your body rehabilitated from the warehouse fire last night."

"How is that possible?" you ask.

"My organization possesses impressive resources," he answers. "I have a few agents in the station's hospitals. They clandestinely transferred you from Huerta to my personal medical labs. There, we were able to completely repair the damage your body endured from that stunt you pulled."

You look at him quizzically, your mind buzzing with a thousand questions. All you manage to spit out is a mild, "thanks."

The man nods. "I am also familiar with your current situation. You require an endorsement from Commander Shepard, and I require a service from one interested in finding him."

"I have no idea where he is," you say.

The man takes another puff before replying. "Oh, I already know his location," he says. "And I'm going to send you there. The Commander is currently on a mission, for me, in fact, and will soon be arriving on a small human colony called Horizon."

"I don't think I've heard of it," you reply.

"I'm not going to lie," the man says. "This is going to be dangerous. I'm worried that even Shepard might not make it off planet alive. If that happens, I need someone else, someone ... unaffiliated to be there, ready to salvage his omni-tool and bring me the data stored on it before someone else can get to it. If Shepard succeeds, as I hope he will, instead of pillaging his corpse, you can get his endorsement for your store."

"I have some ques--" you start.

"There's a pilot by the name of Zohya waiting for you at Docking Bay 6-R. I hope you'll consider my proposal."

Before you can reply, the hologram fizzles.

Accept the mysterious man's proposal and take the elevator to Docking Bay 6-R

Did he say "dangerous?" Best to quit while you're ahead and wait for Shepard to come back to the Citadel.

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