Pick Your Path Adventures

Pick Your Path Adventures
Pick Your Path: Mass Effect

Mike Kayatta | 28 Mar 2012 21:00
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You decide that a threatening mob of pugnacious krogan killers have the best chance of getting things done. With the weight of a powerful krogan mafia at your back, you wonder why you never considered removing them from your tool belt before now. You tell Renn to send the heavy hitters. He chuckles. Clearly the answer pleases him.

That night you hear a knock so loud against your door that you're genuinely surprised it doesn't fall over. You carefully remove the pistol from the security drawer in your desk, and peer through the peephole into the hallway. It's Scarn. You'd recognize that garish barbed wire tattoo wrapped around his right shoulder hump anywhere.

You open the door and he smacks you across the chest. "You let these other jellyfish out maneuver you, huh? Pathetic."

You cough and catch your breath from the hit.

"Well," he says through a menacing smile. "That's why I'm here. I guess I shouldn't complain. If not for you, I wouldn't get to come out and play. Let's move. We start with Waleed Krun. I've wanted to shove a pop gun in that pyjack's mouth for years."

You follow Scarn to the residential quarters, when another Clan member you don't recognize joins up with you. You hustle up the stairs, and turn right down the hallway at the dormitory's top level. You immediately see Waleed standing outside his apartment's door, flipping a coin in his right hand. He's looking at you as if he was expecting the visit.

Scarn growls and walks threateningly toward the short Volus.

"Mr. Scarn," Waleed breathes through his apparatus. "I've was wondering when you'd show." Between the Volus' sentences, an obnoxious tune, like one you might hear from a dilapidated music box, plays instead of the heavy-sounding breaths common to his species. It's the exact modification that makes Scarn (and pretty much everyone else on the Citadel) hate the guy.

Scarn shakes his head at the music. "Good, you knew I was coming," he says confidentially. "Then hopefully you also know why I'm here, and we can get to the part where I shoot your furry ass even quicker."

Waleed breaths in and the scratchy tune plays from the beginning. "You're not the only one worried about your competition, Tuchanka Clan," he says, looking directly at you. "I've been monitoring your communicator for months."

"You're going to regret that when I shoot a hole straight through your--" Scarn begins.

"You heard it officers!" the Volus suddenly yells. "That's proof enough!" Waleed pulls open his door, revealing a group of C-Sec officers standing in wait with assault rifles drawn.

"My name is Lieutenant Bailey," one of the taller humans says in a gruff, no-nonsense voice. "Stand down, and no one has to die here today."

Waleed runs off down the hallway before you can speak another word.

Submit to C-Sec. You're out-manned and out-gunned. Even krogans know a lost fight when they see one.

You aren't much of a warrior, but you're a krogan, and that counts for something. Pull the pistol from the waist of your trousers and open fire.

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