Encryption Protocols Engaged
Reporting Officer: Dariserix Bahktian, Squad Leader, Atropos Cell, Captain of the Reluctant
Routed via Operative Circe T’Siri
Significant progress has been made toward our primary objective of learning as much as we can about these “Reapers”. Upon review of the data recovered from Kasumi Goto, we discovered the details of Operation Dispater, an Alliance black op to the Batarian homeworld of Kar’Shan, to destroy the Leviathan of Dis, a ship estimated to be a billion years old, data on which matches the profile of the ship “Sovereign” which attacked the Citadel three years ago. That much you already have. We also, however, procured a large cache of top-secret Citadel records from Commander Armando-Owen Bailey. He wanted a face-to-face meeting, and confirmation that we were, in fact, working for you. It would appear that you, or others of your agents, were pressuring Bailey via Councilor Donnel Udina to release Operative Melsany Ward after she was caught engaging in… extra-curricular assassination. I’m unsure if Bailey wanted to assess my participation or culpability in Melsany’s actions prior to trusting us with this data. I’m unsure what he saw in me, but he did ultimately give me what we needed.
Attached is the encrypted file-set provided by Bailey. You will find extensive classified records of Council meetings, SpecTRe status updates, and debriefs with Commander Jane Shepard that outline everything she uncovered about Sovereign, including the insidious process of indoctrination, the means by which these ship-creatures ultimately brainwash people into serving their will. Included were files from Shepard’s original investigation into Saren, including helmet voice-recordings of the dying words of Matriarch Benezia, and encounters on Virmire with the Asari neurological specialist that Saren had studying the indoctrination process, Dr. Rana Thanoptis. These files, cross-referenced with the files Operative T’siri provided on Thanoptis, indicated that she had been subsequently using Saren’s research to perfect her own studies of neurological imprinting, essentially creating minds from blank flesh, starting with the Krogan Warlord Okeer and his tank-bred Krogan project.
Operative Tyler Maddox followed up on his contact with Dr. Anneliese “Ann” Bryson. She and her father are apparently being secretly funded by the Alliance to research “Reapers” from a historical and archaeological angle. They have a piece of Sovereign in their laboratory, and when Tyler stared at it for too long, he had a momentary lapse of time where he said some seemingly nonsensical things about liquified genetic material that made no sense to him or Dr. Bryson. This lapse prompted me to order full neurological scans of Tyler and the rest of us for comparative baseline analysis if we should encounter “Reaper” technology again. It also prompted Bryson to invest in heavier shielding for the artifact. Bryson confirmed that “Reapers” have been around for an unimaginably long period of time, showing Tyler ancient cave-paintings that seem to portray a Reaper, and confirming the estimate on the age of the Leviathan of Dis to a billion years ago, give or take a few million.
As a side-note, Matriarch Vasir has an interest in procuring Operative Tyler Maddox under some interpretation of Illium contract law. We ultimately released her daughter, Fael Vasir, who seemed terrified of Operative Aleksandr Davidson, calling him an “Ardat Yakshi”, which is apparently some obscure Asari reference to a genetic mutation that turns Asari into psychic cannibals. Although it’s clear that Operative Aleksandr is not an Asari genetic throwback, he does appear to have some fairly… unique biotic powers, of which I’m sure you are no doubt aware. Hopefully this resemblance to old Asari mythology won’t unduly hinder our continued operations.
Operative Lia’Danna utilized her skill with computer networks to good effect, uncovering a lot of supporting evidence on the files provided by Bailey, including background files on a Liara T’soni, who seems to disappear from public records about the time SpecTRe Tela Vasir, formerly in your employ, was slain. Considering the interest of the Vasir family in our ongoing operations, it seemed prudent to keep an eye out for loose ends.
Upon analyzing all the data on the Reapers and indoctrination, we recognized that following in Operation Dispater’s footsteps to recover data on the Leviathan of Dis from Kar’Shan would be a significantly dangerous challenge without understanding indoctrination better. Therefore, Dr. Thanoptis is our current goal. I put out the word that we were looking for her and received contact from Operative Natividad Valle de Los Huesos, formerly of Atropos Cell, now deep-cover inside the Mercenary organization CAT6. He indicated that Dr. Thanoptis was currently working for CAT6 in some capacity. I have contacted representatives of CAT6 requesting the Doctor’s services for an unstated mercenary purpose, and offering a significant sum. We reached an arrangement and headed to the Omega nebula for a rendezvous.
While in the vicinity of Omega, we thought to stop by to secure our cover when I recalled that we had seen Aria T’Loak on the Citadel. This caused enough suspicion to cause Operative Melsany to reach out to some Eclipse contacts via the comm-net. We discovered that Cerberus has conquered Omega, apparently to oversee traffic through the Omega-4 Relay. I presume you are aware of this, and have people to report on the matter to you, but I felt this news was of sufficient import to compose and send off this report at this time. I will compose a supplemental report once we’ve secured and questioned Dr. Thanoptis.
Report Supplemental, timestamp
+2.74 Standard Galactic Days
As we negotiated the services of Dr. Thanoptis with a Maya Brooks, Operative Natividad, still disguised in his CAT6 armor, having arranged to be assigned to Dr. Thanoptis’ security detail, surprised us all by putting a bullet from a new, apparently experimental weapon into Maya’s head.
In the subsequent combat, we procured a number of these weapons, apparently based on an experimental Alliance design. More importantly, however, we recovered Dr. Thanoptis, but also the subject of Maya Brooks’ designs out here in the Fathar system… an apparently genetically identical clone of Commander Shepard.
Based on data procured from the station by Operative Lia’Danna, Brooks was former Cerberus, and a member of “Project Lazarus” which, apparently, resurrected the original Commander Shepard with the aid of extensive cybernetics. A living clone was created for potential spare parts for this process but never used. Brooks stole the clone, as well as the station containing many of the records of Project Lazarus. She then employed the galaxy’s foremost expert on memory implantation and mind-creation, Dr. Thanoptis. The Doctor was in the process of attempting to re-create Shepard’s mind, presumably with certain… changes… to suit Brooks, when we stole both Dr. Thanoptis and the living, but not yet sentient clone.
Operative Melsany Ward has introduced extensive virus attacks into the station. We anticipate that shortly nothing will be left alive there if you wish to send further investigation and clean-up teams.
Encryption Protocols Disengaged