Mass Effect Minutes (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of my Mass Effect babblethrough series! You can check out Part 1 here, if you want, but the TL;DR version is after exploring the Citadel for first time, I just legally gained control of the Normandy at the expense of poor Captain Anderson (galactic politics at its finest). The game gives you lots of freedom on what order to do things in, so my next mission is Priority: Liara T’Soni. Even before I knew anything about Liara, I had a strong feeling she was going to be my favourite Mass Effect companion… Ali Hillis voiced characters for the win!!

Obligatory: !!!MAJOR FREAKING SPOILER!!! warning. DO NOT keep reading if you have not played Mass Effect and plan to.

Crew Conversing & Unexpected Thresher Maw

Okay, so I lied. I didn’t immediately go find Liara in the Artemus Tau cluster. These are really cool people I want to learn more about, so I spent some time chatting with my crew aboard the Normandy before setting off into the Milky Way for the first time. To sum up what I learned about my new space family:

  • Joker the sarcastic pilot is a little cocky with his flight skills, but he’s overcome A LOT to get where he is. He suffers from a chronic brittle bone disease (Vrolik’s Syndrome) making him mostly immobile on foot, but that doesn’t stop him from being the best damn pilot in the Systems Alliance fleet.
  • Navigator Pressly is happy I’m in charge, but very distrusting of all the non-humans I brought onboard. My Shepard put him in his place with this superb response: “Some people think asking for help is a sign of weakness. That’s just being stupid and stubborn. No matter how strong you are, allies can make you stronger.” He admits he’s stuck in the old way of thinking and promises his feelings won’t be a problem. That’s all I can ask, I guess!
  • Tali is super impressed with the ship’s drive core and now understands why humans are so successful. She’s helping out Engineer Adams who is legit grateful for her assistance. Yay for people getting along!
  • Garrus absolutely hates endless red tape that prevents him from delivering brutal justice. He had to deal with it a lot in C-Sec so that’s a big reason why he’s rolling with me, an above the rules Spectre, nowadays. Being the chaotic good type of person I am, I was very supportive of his opinions – “As long as you do your job well, you’re free to go about your business as you see fit.”
  • Wrex the cranky krogan is very entertaining! He bitterly explained to me that the turians unleashing the genophage on his people (a genetic bioweapon that now makes only 1 in 1,000 krogan babies survive… yikes) is immensely more devastating than the First Contact War the humans had with the turians. Can’t argue with that…
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Fair enough.

With the chit-chat done, I set a course for the Artemis Tau cluster. Before I could search for Liara’s planet, an urgent message to find a missing Alliance unit was patched in by Joker. I mean, it was just a side mission but I figured I’d be nice and check it out first. I landed on the planet Edolus, drove around in the Mako for the first time (FUN!!), and had an encounter with a freaking Thresher Maw that I wasn’t expecting. Jeez… talk about an interesting time exploring my first Mass Effect planet, eh? The Thresher Maw wasn’t too much trouble, even if it looked a little scary (drive around shooting like a mad woman FTW). I’m pretty sure my Shepard was the sole survivor of a Thresher Maw attack on her unit so I can imagine she wasn’t impressed. Anyway, turns out the distress beacon was a trap set by Cerberus (pro-human terrorist group) to lure people to the Thresher Maw’s lair, and the corpses of the missing unit were nearby. Wow! Evil. After a brief stop back at the Citadel to break the bad news to an Alliance admiral, I can now look for Liara guilt free.

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Pfft! Went down easily… mostly because I was playing on easy mode. 😛

Touchdown on Therum

It wasn’t blatantly labelled or anything, but it was pretty obvious the planet with Prothean ruins in the description would be where I’d find Liara, the Prothean specialist. Getting to those ruins was quite the battle, though! Therum is a barren mining planet filled with rivers of lava and rocky paths to drive along, and as I soon discovered, tons of geth. Basically, there was lots of shooting with the Mako, and a few on-foot shooting sections, before I got to the entrance of the Prothean ruins.

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The part with the compound surrounded by turrets pwned me a few times before I discovered the path around it you are suppose to take. Side note: My Shepard is so badass with her assault rifle.
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Why shoot at the Geth Colossus guarding a tunnel from a safe distance when I can keep running into it until it dies? Infinitely more fun, in my opinion.
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Yeah… my reckless disregard for proper combat tactics was rough on the ol’ Mako, but it pulled through. And um, does anyone have a fire extinguisher handy? I ran out of omni-gel…
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You know you’re in for a big encounter when a cutscene happens! At the entrance to the ruins, I had to take out several geth, including a Colossus, on foot since the Mako couldn’t get there. Tough!

Meeting Liara at Last

Shortly into the underground ruins, I heard a very familiar voice calling for help, Dr. Liara T’soni! Yup. I picked up on the Lightning Farron likeness in her voice right away, and she instantly became my most favourite Mass Effect character ever! Ahem. Anywho, Liara was trapped suspended in the air behind some kind of force field area. Apparently, the geth showed up unannounced and she activated the Prothean defenses that trapped her there. Unfortunately, the control to deactivate the defenses is behind the force field where she is, and I need to find some way to get in there to save her. She also warned of a krogan mercenary in the area who is also trying to get behind the force field.

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No worries, Lightning… I mean, Liara! I got your back, girl.

In typically awesome explosive fashion, I blasted my way through an army of geth and used a laser beam to blow a path to Liara.

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That’s how it’s done, eh!

When I found her, Liara was puzzled about how the heck I got in there. She instructed me to push a button on a Prothean console nearby, which sent her crashing to the ground with an “Ooff!”. Sorry! Tali gets to the point and asks if there is a way outta here. Liara explains and elevator-like thing at the centre of the place will get us out. Before we set off, I talk to Liara about her mom and Saren’s plans. She is unaware of anything relating to the Conduit and has been out of contact with Benezia for quite a while (falling out, maybe?). I totally trust her (not just because of her badass voice) but our conversation is interrupted by an earthquake. Liara says the laser blast destabilized the ruins and we need to get out fast before the whole thing collapses. Shepard radios Joker to get airborne ASAP, but he’s still 8 minutes from coming. He needs to move faster, as Tali says, and we get on that elevator with a sense of urgency.

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So…. RUN!!

At the top of the elevator, we are greeted by a bored Krogan Battlemaster and his geth buddies – “Surrender. Or don’t. That would be more fun.” The krogan doesn’t care the ruins are collapsing around us (more exhilarating that way he thinks) and demands I hand over Liara. My Shepard basically says hell to the no, but the krogan says Saren always get what he wants. He orders his minions to kill us, and spare the asari if possible, but he doesn’t really care. I destroyed him and his buddies with no problems (not bragging… I’m playing on easy mode, remember?).

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Ha! A few geth and a cranky krogan are no match for Soldier class Commander Ellen Shepard playing on the lowest difficulty setting.

After the fight is finished, the ruins seriously start collapsing around us and a cutscene plays. Everyone makes a mad dash up to the nearby hovering Normandy. Commander Shepard makes sure everyone is safely aboard before jumping on the ship herself. I love how Shepard cares so much about her crew!

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Seriously… run, girl!!

Welcome to the Space Family, Liara!

Safely back on the ship, Joker says that just 10 seconds longer, the cavern we were in would’ve been filled with molten sulfur.

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The post-mission discussion on the Normandy happens next. Liara doesn’t seem impressed that Joker was cracking jokes about them almost dying, but my Shepard explains he saved our asses so he has the right. Liara confesses she doesn’t have much experience dealing with humans (me neither… no worries). Liara also thanks us for saving her. Without our help, Saren’s goons would’ve killed her or dragged her off into whatever they’re scheming. She’s not sure why Saren was after her, or exactly what the Conduit is, only that it’s all connected to the Protheans she researches. Liara explains she’s only 106 (that’s young for an asari) and most of her fellow species dismisses her research because of her young age. Oh and I have to say Ashley’s response to Liara’s age was highly amusing – “Damn! I hope I look that good when I’m your age.”

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Wow! That’s a lot of research you put in, there. Sucks other asari don’t respect that. 😦

Next the conversation turns to the Prothean theories Liara has heard. She says an extinction cycle likely started long before the Protheans even existed, and it has wiped out several now forgotten civilizations. It’s like something made sure no trace of them would ever be found. Liara has nothing to prove her theory, only a gut feeling, which is good enough for me at least. Shepard jumps in to offer some thoughts about that – those civilizations were wiped out by the Reapers. Liara is absolutely shocked to hear something she never heard before.

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The space lore is getting so good!!

Shepard tells Liara about the vision the Prothean beacon gave her (back on Eden Prime) that showed jumbled images of the Protheans getting utterly pwned off the face of the galaxy by the Reapers. Liara is super excited saying that she’s heard of the beacons before and it’s extremely rare to find one intact. The beacons are designed to transfer info into Prothean brains. Liara is quite impressed the beacon didn’t destroy Shepard’s human mind completely. “You must be remarkably strong-willed, Commader.” Aw! Thanks. Kaidan brings the lore party down by saying none of this is helping find the Conduit or Saren (I disagree but whatever). Liara apologizes unnecessarily and explains she doesn’t really know WTF Saren is up to. My Shepard says her knowledge will be an asset to the team and warmly welcomes her to the Normandy family.

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And so began the most wonderful close friendship I’ve ever had with a character in a video game before in my life! There’s just something special about character voiced by Ali Hillis.

Poor Liara begins to feel lightheaded and heads off to see the good Dr. Chakwas. The Council gets in touch with me next via vidcon. They received my report and the Turian Councillor hopes I’ve take necessary security precautions against Liara. I stress she is innocent (and awesome) and the Council babbles about Matriarch Benezia’s motivations. Then the turian dude has the nerve to ask if destroying a major Prothean ruins was necessary!? “The geth were crawling all over those ruins. We were lucky to make it out alive.” Politicians…. Sigh. The Salarian Councillor is understanding and they congratulate me before signing off.

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Don’t judge me! You weren’t there, man.

That’s it for Therum and this segment of my galactic adventure! To be continued… (probably)

For my entire Mass Effect Minutes series: Part 1 | Part 2

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My name is Ellen, and I've been babbling on the interwebz about video games for over 15 years. Video games themselves have been a large part of my life since 5-year-old me first encountered a SNES in a children's hospital. Fun times... Video game escapism is still the #1 coping mechanism for adult me these days.

13 thoughts on “Mass Effect Minutes (Part 2)”

    1. *stops recording device* That’s perfect! You will now receive a generous discount on all Livid Lightning posts 😛

      Also, LIARA!! 💗 I have a feeling every future screenshot in this post series will have Liara in it, and I don’t even care, haha.

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  1. Wait Lightning and Liara have the same voice actress??? There’s literal Lightning Liara? Ahhh that’s so cool.

    Wrex is my favorite Mass Effect character. I LOVE his dry sarcasm and wit, and you can tell a lot of it is a defense mechanism against the literal genocide of his people. It’s how he keeps from going off the deep end. That entire thing is so messed up. It’s like in Jurassic Park where Jeff Goldbum says, “You were so busy thinking about whether you could, you didn’t stop to wonder whether you should.” It’s the reason we have the Geneva Convention. It prevents things like this. I mean I GET it. It stopped the war, but it’s similar to when my country dropped the atomic bomb on Japan. Yeah it ended the war, but at what cost? Ughhh, this got WAY heavier than I wanted, but Mass Effect really makes you ponder these questions.

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    1. LightningLiara would be an awesome username… I may have change my name, haha.

      And yep. Great fiction is great at showing us the evils in our own world, eh 😦

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  2. I LOVE Mass Effect! All 4 of them. My Shep wasn’t afraid tell people how it is. I went down Garrus’s throat for some of his beliefs later in the game. I won’t say anything to avoid spoilers for you though :). All this time I thought I was following your new blog and I wasn’t :(. I kept wondering why I wasn’t seeing any of your content pop up in my feed. I’m sorry about that :(.

    I’ll be catching up on your content so you’ll probably see a bunch of comments from me over the next few days :).

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    1. Hey there! No worries at all and thank you for following my new blog and for the comments. During my break Platinumed Mass Effect Andromeda and beat the trilogy. So yes, all 4 Mass Effect games are AWESOME!!

      Also, sorry it took so long to respond. I’ve been away from the social media world for a while. I’ll definitely be catching up on your blog when I get some time! 🙂

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      1. Some times taking a break is necessary. I was gone for 3 months dealing with real life stuff and was super happy when I finally came back.

        I’m glad you enjoyed the Mass Effect games! Getting a platinum trophy in Andromeda is impressive! I finally got around to buying a PS4. I got the new Spider-man one and the Spider-man game :). If you want you can DM me your psn on Twitter.

        Take all the time you need and there’s no need to apologize for anything. It’s good to hear from you again :).

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        1. That’s true! I definitely feel refreshed after the break. I’m glad you came back to blogging too!

          I have a bit of a Platinum trophy addiction lately…. haha. It’s fun hunting them. The new Spider-man game looks awesome! I’ll DM you my psn name soon.

          Thanks for all the support! This community is awesome 🙂


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