Encryption Protocols Engaged
Reporting Officer: Dariserix Bahktian, Squad Leader, Atropos Cell, Captain of the Twilight
Routed via Operative Circe T’Siri
We returned to the Citadel in the company of the Quarian and Geth fleets. While the fleets coordinated with the Citadel Fleet and ultimately departed for Palaven, we docked at the Presidium and, as usual, scattered to our various respective relatives and friends.
I was having dinner and drinks with my sister when explosions, gunfire, and alerts sounded. We rapidly determined that communications were being jammed, wireless networking was down, and emergency channels were rapidly filling. It would appear that a carefully-laid plan of infiltration had come to fruition and the Citadel was under attack from within.
My sister suited up in her C-Sec armor and sidearm. I, unfortunately, found myself without effective combat equipment, but I covered her as we made our way to the local C-sec office. Cerberus was in the process of taking the office, but a well-placed biotic charge and nova cleared most of them, and an unknown sniper covered us, finishing the job. I was able to procure some C-sec equipment. It became clear that Cerberus did not intend to take and hold the entire Citadel, but rather had a very specific objective. We surmised that objective was centered on the Council, and so the two of us left, fighting our way through the embattled streets toward the Citadel Spire.
We eventually made our way to the Presidium near the spire where we witnessed Tori’Xen vas Alarei and his squad making a dramatic crash-entrance in five “borrowed” sky cars into a squad of Cerberus troops. I gather they fought their way from Zakera ward before procuring transport. Lia’Danna vas Rayya made herself apparent. It seems she came to similar conclusions about Cerberus’ goals. As we were gathering, Thesalia Kyrathis made herself apparent, having come from the vicinity of the Asari embassy and reporting Cerberus assaulting embassy personnel. Sebastian Murphy shot his way onto the presidium wearing ill-fitting Batarian pirate armor he found somewhere. He was accompanied by Daphne Asada in pristine N7 armor. Finally, a sky-taxi arrived and a Cerberus trooper emerged. Fortunately he removed his helmet in time to reveal himself as Aleksandr Davidson before we shot him. Aleksandr provided Cerberus communication codes, and arranged for us to finally communicate with Zael’Danna aboard our ship. Zael’Danna relayed the Broker’s instructions that we follow Spectre Kaidan Alenko to the Spire and protect the Council.
As Lia’Danna attempted to seize control of the Spire elevators from Cerberus, the rest of us dug in to repel an assault. While I am used to the tactics of my squad mates, it appears we were not fighting alone. My sister was supporting us, of course, but the mysterious sniper also began picking off Cerberus Phantoms who got too close. Lia’Danna caught a glimpse of him. He’s apparently a Turian she knows. I get the impression Thesalia also knows him. The name Lia’Danna eventually gave was “Kadin” but as any Turian knows, that’s a generic and commonly used pseudonym for any Turian who wishes to remain anonymous.
Thesalia brought a hidden ally of her own. Spectre Miilana Varon appeared and disappeared in the vicinity of the battle aiding us against phantoms and other hidden enemies. Daphne Asada revealed that she was more than just a recruiting poster by blasting apart a sizeable Cerberus squad with an impressive display of biotic power.
Ultimately the elevators arrived and the two-dozen of us piled in. It took Lia’Danna some effort to keep the elevators going, but we eventually made it to the Citadel Council chambers. Cerberus was waiting, of course, but after enduring some turret-fire, we fought our way to the Council.
Councilors Irissa, Quentius, and Donnel Udina were pinned down along side Spectre Alenko by Cerberus in the galleries. Udina was in the midst of haranguing Alenko and his fellow councilors to try to get to a downed skycar, but Alenko deemed it to dangerous to break cover. My tactical assessment agreed with Alenko. The unarmed and unarmored councilors would be cut down if they attempted to make a run for it. As we approached rapidly, however, the situation changed dramatically. Aleksandr reported catching a glimpse of Kasumi Goto, aiming a weapon in the direction of the Council, revealing herself in some sort of obscure warning. This gave us enough time to assess matters as Councilor Udina, noticing us, came to his own conclusions. He stopped trying to get the Council to break cover and instead shot Kaidan Alenko in the head.
Aleksandr took control of the Councilor using his own talents while the rest of us secured the hall from Cerberus control and secured the safety of the Council. Another Spectre, Jondum Bau, revealed himself and aided us. Thesalia managed to keep Spectre Alenko alive long enough for Sebastian to stabilize him.
Spectre Jondum Bau gave us a quick summary of events. Apparently Udina had called a Council meeting. Councilor Esheel unexpectedly did not show up, throwing the coup timeline off a bit. It would seem that Ms. Goto had learned of the coup well enough in advance to warn Spectre Bau, who was somewhat ironically in the process of trying to hunt her down at the time. Bau called a contact in the STG named Ladron who was able to warn Councilor Esheel not to attend that meeting. Bau and Goto then disrupted the attack on the Council chambers, forcing Udina to rely on a backup plan, namely to “flee” in the company of his fellow Councilors to an exposed location where Cerberus could take them down.
In the chaos, Kaidan found the Council, adding another complication to Udina’s plan. We, Bau, and Goto arrived shortly thereafter. As for Councilor Esheel, she fled to the C-Sec Executor’s office in an attempt to warn C-Sec about the impending coup. Dr. Liara T’soni and Shepard had made their way there where, apparently, they came under heavy fire and were ultimately extracted by another one of your covert squads.
We all extracted the Council to Huerta Memorial Hospital which had been fortified by C-Sec. The Citadel Fleet, having been alerted, was dropping troops to repel Cerberus, who were in full retreat. We will remain in the vicinity of Huerta Memorial in the company of Dr. T’Soni and your other covert squad for now.