Pick Your Path Adventures

Pick Your Path Adventures
Pick Your Path: Mass Effect

Mike Kayatta | 28 Mar 2012 21:00
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"Let me explain," you say quickly. "Please, come to my apartment tomorrow morning, and I'll offer you an exclusive interview in which I can explain everything."

The reporter puts her hands on her hips and smirks. "It's not my job to listen to explanations. Save that for C-Sec. Anything other than what I already have on tape will do nothing but--" She looks at the ceiling and searches for a word. "--dilute the story.

"Come on, Jeff," she says, gesturing to her cameraman. "This is going to be huge." The pair leaves as quickly as they came.

***
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 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, haunting phrase again and again until--

You wake up, jump out of bed, and shake your head to clear it. What a terrible nightmare. You quickly click on the news, looking for the story that's going to ruin you. The television is filled with nothing more than interviews with the cast of the new Blasto movie and droll Volus financial reports. Where is it? Why aren't they running it? You surf through various news channels for another thirty minutes when you hear a voice behind you.

"You're not going to find it," it says.

You spin around, and are immediately met by a 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. "But all you need to know is that I'm a powerful man with your best interests at heart. As proof of my statement, and as a gesture of goodwill, I'm the one who had the media bury that ... unfortunate story."

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

"How would I know--" you begin to say.

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

"I've never 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 in on 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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