Mass Effect - Apocalypse

Commander Shepard

Atropos Cell - Omega Nebula / Citadel

Shadow broker
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Reporting Officer: Dariserix Bahktian, Squad Leader, Atropos Cell, Captain of the Reluctant

Routed via Operative Circe T’Siri

Sir,

We’ve arrived on the Citadel to meet with Dr. Liara T’soni as instructed. There have been some… developments.

First, en route we were attacked near the Omega relay by a cruiser of Turian design and two flights of fighter craft. Agent T’Siri indicates that it is likely that Eclipse agents infiltrated my own associates and learned of our itinerary while I was making inquiries into Dr. Thanoptis some days ago. Agent T’siri is working on scrubbing our ship’s identification to obscure the trail further.

In transit, we were able to extensively debrief Dr. Rana Thanoptis who gave us all of the data on her Virmire research on indoctrination (see attachment). She seemed to see the Shepard-clone as her means of redemption, as well as fame and academic recognition, which she felt she had thus far been denied. She had a lot to say about the complexity of rebuilding a particular mind verses merely creating a mind, as she did with Warlord Okeer’s project. If Shepard had been implanted with a graybox or similar device, the clone could theoretically be operated by a VI interfacing with the graybox, much as the human President Huerta. Lacking such a source of Shepard’s memories and personality, however, she had been rebuilding it piecemeal.

She recognized that we held her life in our hands, and was quite cooperative. She provided a download of all of her research on indoctrination, and began helping Operative Melsany Ward develop a specialized mass effect field for the interior of our ship that might interfere with indoctrination signals, at least somewhat.

I debriefed Natividad Valle de Los Huesos to learn what I could about the CAT6 mercenary organization. Apparently he was able to quickly gain the trust of Maya Brooks by eliminating members of the organization who raped the unconscious Shepard clone, and was put in charge of security for the medical facility where the clone was held. While he could not confirm Brooks’ further plans, he did inform me that CAT6 has been gradually infiltrating operatives onto the Citadel, in preparation for the next phase of that plan. It seems clear to me that Brooks was seeking control of her own, personal SPECTRE, although her ultimate goals are unclear. It is possible that Operative Lia’Danna vas Rayya will uncover something further as she goes through the information that she seized from the Project Lazarus space station’s data network before it was destroyed.

Upon arrival at the Citadel we were unexpectedly given a berth in the Presidium ring. We arrived at Apollo’s cafe as instructed. Lia’Danna noticed that the cafe’s proprietress was Matriarch Aethyta, who we had last seen in an establishment on Ilium. This is a curious detail that may require follow-up later.

Dr. T’Soni arrived and we escorted her back to the ship to see our cargo. Upon laying eyes on Dr. Thanoptis, however, she was overcome with a fit of fury and overheated a thermal clip into Rana’s head. This was… somewhat shocking. She was, however, most contrite about it after the flash of her rage had subsided. She claimed that Thanoptis was indoctrinated, and did not want such a person involved in reconstructing Shepard’s mind.

It is clear to me that Dr. T’Soni had strong feelings for Commander Shepard, but Dr. T’Soni also clearly recognized that the person lying there was not Shepard. She ultimately performed an Asari neural meld, which was apparently enough to permit the clone to be awakened. Currently the Shepard clone is awake and healthy under the supervision of Dr. Iris Krayt, but has no knowledge of who she is. T’Soni indicates that what memories and personality she was able to impart will take time to become… accessible. Even then, however, this new “Shepard” won’t be the same person.

Dr. T’Soni then requested the use of my team and my ship to deliver her to Kahje on some mission of her own. This report is being sent to inquire into our orders in this regard.

Dariserix Bahktian

Encryption Protocols Disengaged

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Response Incoming, Timestamp +47.32 minutes, Respondent: Circe T’Siri

Dar,

Orders from above indicate that you are to extend to Dr. T’Soni every courtesy and provide to her any and all cooperation in her current mission, which is of high priority. She may have in per possession a certain amount of proprietary data that you should also ensure remains secret.

Yours,

Circe T’Siri

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Reporting Officer: Dariserix Bahktian, Squad Leader, Atropos Cell, Captain of the Reluctant

Routed via Operative Circe T’Siri

Sir,

As ordered, we have granted to Dr. T’Soni space aboard our ship. She has kindly paid for repairs to the Reluctant, as well as a number of upgrades to our security suite and communications systems. She appears to have brought aboard a lot of specialized gear, including a QEC system.

Aside from that, there is little enough to report other than the resignation of Tyler Maddox. He has rejoined Aria T’Loak’s organization, apparently to help her retake Omega from Cerberus. I understand that he left her service to join yours under… reasonably amicable circumstances. Please let me know if action should be taken to prevent his defection.

Dariserix Bahktian

Encryption Protocols Disengaged


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