Anderson – “Shepard! Shepard!”
Liara – “I found her. Hang on Shepard we’ll get you out of there.”
Anderson – “Thank god you’re all right. Wrex come help us get this off of her.”
Wrex – “You mean to say Hey Krogan lift this half ton wreck of a Mako off the hero.”
Liara – “You mean the Mako was a wreck before it got hit with a giant laser cannon?”
Wrex – “It was. Don’t you remember? Garrus had to spend all that time . . . just calibrating it.”
Liara – “You wouldn’t believe the number of hours he spends calibrating the Normandy’s guns.”
Wrex – “Almost as many hours as you spend spying on people.”
Liara – “Fair enough.”
Wrex – “There Shepard, its off ya.”
Shepard – “Thanks Wrex.”
Wrex – “My pleasure.”
Anderson – “Wreck or not that Mako just saved your life. Here, I found your gun. Let’s get moving.”
Shepard – “Thanks. Let’s get to the conduit.”
Wrex – “Marauder!”
Wrex fires his Crusader X at its head.
Liara – “Headshot! That’s all of them.”
Wrex – “I love this gun. Pierced right through that Marauder’s Shields.”
Anderson – “One lone hero isn’t the last of the fight to be had. All right everybody stay alert. On three we jump in the beam. One . . . Two . . . THREE.”
Anderson – “Are you alright? Is everybody here.”
Shepard – “I’m here.”
Liara – “I landed in a pile of goo I’d rather forget I’d ever seen. But I’m ok.”
Wrex – “This place is a dump. Looks worse than Tuchanka. On a bad day.”
Anderson – “Looks exactly how you described the collector base in your reports Shepard.”
Shepard – “Yeah but this is a lot worse than that. There’s a lot more blood here.”
Wrex – “Sometimes I forget you were in a fight with Shepard without me. When I do Grunt reminds me. Wish I’d been there.”
Shepard – “No you don’t Wrex. Fighting the Collectors was a suicide mission.”
Wrex – “All the more reason for me to be there.
Wrex – “I’m surprised there aren’t more enemies.”
Anderson – “Husks.”
Shepard – “You just had to open your mouth.”
Wrex – “Hey it’s not like the sound of my voice commands them out of thin air.”
Liara – “Banshee.”
Wrex – “On second thought, I probably should have kept my mouth shut.”
Anderson – “That’s definitely a Brute. Maybe two.”
Liara – ”Maybe if we move now we can slip past them before they notice us.”
Shepard – “Good idea.”
Wrex – “Come on, you’re not afraid are you Liara? We’re back with Shepard it’s just like old times. You two bantering. Us against impossible odds. Right Shepard? Uh, Shepard?”
Shepard – “Keep it down.”
Wrex – “Me and my big mouth.”
Anderson – “Enemies inbound. Cannibals.”
Shepard – “Everyone on the left.”
Liara – “Laying suppressing fire.”
On the radio* – “This is Admiral Hackett, did anyone make it to the Citadel?”
Anderson – “Hackett, this is Anderson. I’m here with Shepard, Liara and Wrex. We’re under heavy fire. What’s the status of the battle outside?”
Hackett – “We’re holding the Reapers away from the Citadel and the Crucible but I don’t know for how much longer. It’s not a strategic position to hold. But if we withdraw we may win this with brute force. Shepard really delivered.”
Anderson – “Hold your fleet formations for now. There are still Reapers in other star systems. If this thing works we could take them all out.”
Hackett – “Agreed, but move fast. I need to know if the Crucible is viable before our numbers reach the tipping point. You have ten minutes at best. Hackett out.”
Anderson – “You heard the man lets go!”
The team pushes through the hallway mowing down wave after wave of Marauders, Cannibals and husks. As they reach the end of the hallway the large door opens.
Shepard – “Brute!”
Wrex – “RAWR, I’ve been waiting to use my blade.”
Wrex, a Krogan Vanguard, biotically charges the overconfident Brute as it swipes its hand through Wrex’s phased body, he rematerializes with his shotgun blade rammed into the jaw of the brute. Wrex then fires his gun into its skull.
Anderson – “I’ve never seen one of those taken down so quickly.”
Wrex – “A little technique I developed. Pro tip, if the first shot doesn’t kill. Keep firing.”
Liara – “Here come those banshees.”
Shepard – “Does anyone have grenades?”
Anderson – “I’ve got some.”
Shepard – “Give me one of those.”
Liara – “Wrex, I’ll throw warp on the banshees if you could detonate the fields we could take them down fast.”
Wrex – “You got it Liara.”
Shepard – “I want constant fire. When you reload. I’ll charge in.”
Liara – “Two Banshees 12 O’clock.”
The Banshees charge in firing volleys of biotic strikes.
Anderson – “Clips run through, Grenades live.”
Liara and Wrex alternate between Warp and Throw powers causing multiple biotic detonations. The explosions drops each of their barriers, draining their ability to charge. Anderson lobs a cluster of 3 grenades at their feet but the Banshees’ armor are still holding strong. Wrex turns to Shepard and says,
Wrex – “It’s your turn now Shepard. Go.”
Shepard charges the Banshees with her shotgun. Shepard modified the weapon to fire sub zero cryo rounds to slow her opponents and weaken thier armor. Shepard deals high damage while Wrex not far behind, fires an entire 4 round clip of his Crusader Shotgun into the head of one Banshee before his heavy melee slices through the torso ripping the abomination in half. Meanwhile, Shepard charges the other Banshee while cloaked with Anderson’s final grenade in hand and jams it into the Banshee’s shrieking mouth. Shepard rolls back and the grenade pops its head.
Wrex – “One of these days you’ve gotta teach me how to do that.”
Shepard – “I’m afraid you’re just going to have to watch and learn Wrex.”
Anderson – “We’ve caught a break. Come on we don’t have much time left. Lets get the citadel arms open. Shepard we’ll need evac once we arm the Crucible.”
Shepard (on the radio) – “EDI I need you to monitor our suits internal microphones. I don’t know how long we’re going to take but as soon as we’re finished coordinate with Joker for extraction.”
EDI – “Roger Commander.”
[The control room]
Anderson – “There, that looks like the control panel.”
Wrex – “Wait, don’t rush in too quickly I smell trouble.”
Just then a group of Phantoms uncloaked around them.
Liara – “Now we’re completely surrounded.”
The Illusive man – “Admiral Anderson. I have a proposition for you.”
Anderson – “Go to hell.”
Illusive Man – “Hear me out first Admiral. I can’t allow you to destroy the Reapers.”
Anderson – “I figured as much.”
Illusive Man – “You’d count me as a fool. But you’re wrong. I’ve worked very hard to get to this point before you destroyed what remains of Cerberus. With the help of the Prothean VI we recovered from Thessia we discovered a weakness in the Reapers’ code.”
Wrex – “A weakness we can use to destroy them?”
Illusive Man – “Not exactly.”
Anderson – “What exactly.”
Illusive Man – “My plan is a little more refined than that. With the right amplification we can control the Reapers, disable them and study their technology.”
Anderson – “Are you mad! Shepard warned me about you.”
Illusive Man – “Where is Shepard.”
Liara – “I don’t know, she was right behind me and then she wasn’t.”
Illusive Man – “It’s a pity. I would have liked to see her again. One last time.”
Anderson – “She doesn’t need to be here. Listen, the VI warned Shepard that you’ve been Indoctrinated.”
Illusive Man – “That’s preposterous!”
Anderson – “Hear me out. The VI said that 50,000 years ago the Prothean Empire split during the reaper invasion. The indoctrinated side believed they found a way to control the Reapers. But they couldn’t because the Reapers were controlling them. Any of this sound familiar?”
Illusive Man – “I’m aware of that.”
Anderson – “Well the point is that the Protheans were defeated because they couldn’t present a united front. Right now there’s a war going on outside and we have a chance to use the Crucible to win this war once and for all.
“Illusive Man – “And we will. Trust me Admiral, or don’t. Either way you’re wrong. Thanks to you, this cycle will be different. Humanity has completed the Crucible and Humanity will reap the benefits.”
Anderson – “It was a galactic coalition that made it a success.”
Liara – “Humans aren’t alone in the galaxy.”
Illusive Man – “But soon we will be Asari! But enough talk, it’s time for action.”
The Illusive Man turns toward the console.
Anderson – “What are you doing?”
Illusive Man – “I’m opening the citadel arms. In a few minutes the Crucible will amplify the Reaper control signal and I’ll be in full control.”
Anderson – “And what will you do with that control?”
Illusive Man – “Exactly what Cerberus has been doing all along. Furthering Humanity’s interests. If you must know, I think Palavan and Thessia would make excellent Human colonies.”
Liara – “You wouldn’t dare.”
Wrex – “I’m insulted you didn’t count Tuchanka in that list.”
Illusive Man – “It’s only a matter of time.”
Anderson – “So you’re just going to conquer the galaxy. How is that any different than the Reapers?”
Illusive Man – “The difference is Admiral, that instead of watching Earth burn we’ll see Humanity brought to glory.”
Wrex swipes his shotgun blade with the blade of a Phantom.
Wrex – “You give the word Admiral and these Phantoms are as good as dead.”
The Phantom in front of Anderson sticks its blade to his neck.
Illusive Man – “I’d like to see you try.”
Anderson – “He’s right we make one wrong move and we’ll be as good as dead.”
Liara – “We don’t have a lot of options.”
Anderson – “We just might have to chance it.”
Shepard – “That won’t be necessary.”
Shepard walks up behind the Illusive Man and points her gun directly to the back of his head.
Illusive Man – “Shepard, how did you get in here?”
Shepard – “The same way you did. Through the ventilation shaft.”
Illusive Man – “Shepard put down the gun.”
Shepard – “I can’t do that. Admiral Hackett gave me an order.”
The Illusive Man – “What order was that?”
Shepard – “Well his exact words were ‘Put a bullet in his head on sight.’”
With that Shepard pulls the trigger.
Anderson – “What took you so long?”
Wrex – “We were beginning to think you wouldn’t make it to the party.”
Shepard – “Sorry the air ducts are a maze.”
Liara – “You didn’t use the map I gave you?”
Shepard – “My omni-tool couldn’t decrypt the file.”
Liara – “You were supposed to use the algorithm Glyph gave you last week.”
Shepard – “I had to delete it to take a picture of you.”
Liara – “That picture wouldn’t happen to be from last night, would it?”
Shepard – “It might be.”
Wrex (waiving his hand in front of a Phantom’s face)- “They don’t appear to be moving at all.”
Shepard – “They’re mostly robots now. With the Illusive Man dead I don’t think they know what to do.”
Wrex – “Better kill them anyway.”
Wrex proceeds to execute them with a shotgun blast to each face.
Shepard – “Well what do we do now?”
Anderson – “We’d better check in with Admiral Hackett. Hackett this is Anderson, come in.”
Hackett – “Anderson what’s your status? EDI was concerned a moment ago that you might have been compromised.”
Anderson – “We’re fine. Shepard took an alternate route and he saved our lives.”
Hackett – “And the Crucible?”
Anderson – “The Citadel arms are open. The Crucible can dock.”
Hackett – “Affirmative, it should only take a minute.”
Liara turns to Shepard.
Liara – “So this is it isn’t it.”
Shepard – “Until I see every Reaper dead I’ll reserve my judgement.”
Wrex – “I’m with Shepard on that one.”
Anderson – “The Crucible’s docked.”
Hackett – “There seems to be a problem.”
Anderson – “What is it?”
Hackett – “The Crucible isn’t firing.”
Anderson – “Well give it time, it only docked a moment ago.”
EDI – “That isn’t the problem. It appears that control of the Crucible’s firing mechanism was originally intended to be routed to the central control panel in what used to be the Council Chambers.”
Anderson – “Dammit, that section is badly damaged, we can’t get to there.”
EDI – “Correct. In order to reroute control someone will have to access an external panel at the Crucible and Citadel Juncture.”
(Make a Choice. Reroute control at your own risk or withdraw fleet and chance a brute force victory *Warning 6000 effective war assets are needed for this victory. To withdraw the fleet click HERE. To reroute control keep reading.)
Endgame 1 *Reroute at Own Risk.
Shepard – “I’ll go.”
Liara – “Not so fast. I’m coming with you.”
Shepard – “No you won’t Liara. You’re staying here.”
Liara – “Over my dead body!”
Shepard – “Liara, I’m the only one who brought breathing equipment.”
Liara – “So did I.”
Wrex – “How come you’re always prepared for everything?”
Liara – “Try becoming the Shadow Broker and see how far you get without being prepared.”
Shepard – “Liara, it’s dangerous. There are Reaper drones out there. If more than one person goes they could spot us. I can’t take that chance.”
Wrex – “Shepard has a point. Still if you want I can try holding my breath. Krogan can last 10 minutes in a vacuum. 30 if we’re not moving.”
Shepard – “Thanks Wrex, but this is one mission I can handle alone.”
Wrex – “Your call Shepard.”
Liara – “I still don’t like it.”
Shepard – “Do this for me Liara. Stay behind.”
Liara – “Ok.”
EDI – “I’ve been looking further into the schematics of the juncture point. It is possible to arm the Crucible from there. If Shepard stays behind, I recommend a rendezvous for the other party members with the Normandy.”
Anderson – “You sure about this Shepard?”
(Paragon Choice “I’m sure.”: continue reading. Renegade Choice: click the link “Send Anderson.”)
Shepard – “I’m sure.”
Anderson – “Good luck.”
Hackett – “We’ll pull you out of there when you’re done Shepard. One way or another . . . “
Anderson – “EDI Send me the evac coordinates.”
Wrex – “Don’t get lost out there Shepard.” (Paragon option shake his hand.)
Liara – “This is the part I hate.”
Shepard – “It’s just like any other mission.”
Liara – “I know. But Shepard, we’ve been together for a long time.”
Shepard – “That we have.”
Liara – “What you don’t know is, this is the longest relationship I’ve ever had. At least, one that’s meaningful. You know I love you very much.”
Shepard – *Paragon dialogue “I love you too.” *Renegade “I know.”
Liara – “I hate long goodbyes. I don’t know what to say and then I can’t stop talking. Goddess, (Paragon Interrupt: Kiss her.) just, don’t do anything stupid ok Shepard.”
Liara – “Stay safe.”
Shepard – “I will.”
Anderson – “Whatever happens out there, make it back safely. Oh and Shepard, Liara seems like a fine girl. You take care not to disappoint her you hear me.”
Shepard – “Thanks Anderson.”
Wrex – “And remember Shepard when we’re done here Garrus is buying us all drinks. So if you die out there, I’ll kill you myself. I’m not paying for my own beer.”
Shepard – “I’ll miss you too Wrex. Now get out of here. That’s an order.”
Liara kisses Shepard goodbye one more time, then follows behind Wrex and Anderson. Shepard fastens her breathing mask and punches a few buttons on the control panel. Then the platform beneath her raises her up towards the external hull. Shepard takes 3 steps before hearing a noise that triggers a flash of a Prothean memory. She looks behind her quickly but sees nothing. Then Hacket comes in again over the radio.
Hackett – “Shepard we’re picking up a single Sovereign class Reaper bearing down on your position.”
Shepard – “Harbinger!”
Hackett – “A likely guess.”
Shepard – “What about Anderson and the team?”
Hackett – “We just made the pickup. Listen, we’re gonna engage the Reaper to give you more time.”
Shepard – “Don’t bother, just get the hell out of here.”
Joker – “Negative commander. Hackett outranks you. Besides I’ll run evasive patterns at limit. It’s not my first time dodging Reaper ordinance plus now we have EDI we’ll keep the Normandy safe.”
Shepard – “Admiral don’t engage Harbinger without backup.”
Hackett – “It’s not up for debate Commander, there’s no other ship within range that’s fast enough. The Normandy is the only ship that can harass the Reaper. Listen we’ll hold up our end of the bargain so you can hold up yours. Haul ass Commander that’s an Order.”
Shepard – “Aye sir.”
Hackett- “Hackett out.”
Shepard sprints forward at full speed still 200 meters from her target. Meanwhile the Normandy zips by overhead from Shepard’s right toward the approaching reaper on her left. The Normandy stares down Harbinger in this galactic game of chicken.
Joker – “Do we have a target.”
EDI – “Target locked.”
Garrus – “Dodge this you son of a bitch!”
With that, all the hours of intense calibration, hardwireing and rerouting are put to good use by a volley from the Normandy’s giant gun.
Joker – “Everybody hang on!!!”
Joker rolls the Normandy left of Harbinger as the Volley hits the Normandy narrowly misses contact with the massive ship. Even a scrape would have ripped the Normandy apart. Any other pilot couldn’t have made a maneuver like that. But Joker isn’t any other pilot.
Shepard – “That was close. Joker. . . Dammit Joker come in!”
Shepard’s audio is getting through but Harbinger is blocking communication from the Normandy back to Shepard. With no response she gives up on communicating for the moment, when she nears the control panel she sees the silhouette of a figure. Drawing her weapon, she sees the figure more clearly.
Shepard – “Illusive man?”
Harbinger – “No!”
Shepard – “Harbinger!”
Harbinger – “Don’t be surprised Shepard. It was only a matter of time before his indoctrination was complete.”
Shepard – “Just like Saren.”
Harbinger – “Just like you.”
Shepard – “I don’t think you can or you would have done it already.”
Harbinger – “It’s only a matter of time.”
Shepard – “I don’t think so. You had to radically alter the Protheans’ DNA in order to control them. I’m willing to bet the cipher makes it harder for you to control me.”
Harbinger – “Not by much.”
Shepard – “Listen as much as I enjoy our little reunions I have to activate the Crucible.”
Harbinger – “I can’t let you do that.”
Shepard – “Go figure. Hey you got here before me. How come you didn’t simply sabotage the console yourself?”
Harbinger – “I was in the middle of doing so when you interrupted me.”
Shepard – “No I think it’s more than that. The Prothean’s designed it. They must have safeguards that prevent the indoctrinated from using the Crucible.”
Harbinger – “You’re more clever than we anticipated. A mistake that we will not repeat. Your end is final. I will destroy you.”
Shepard – “Quite the opposite Harbie. You’re going down just like Sovereign and his puppet.”
Little did she know, Hackett broadcast the entire conversation to collective fleets.
Joker – “Voicecomm sent.”
Hackett – “I think that rose morale a few points.”
Wrex comments on the intercom from the med-bay, “I don’t know if the Reapers can feel fear, but if I were a Reaper and I heard that, I’d be scared shitless.”
Hackett – “Joker bring us arround for another attack.”
Joker – “Aye, Aye”
Hackett – “Garrus fire at will.”
Garrus – “I thought you’d never ask.”
They go at it in all out combat. Everything is on the line now, nothing held back. The Normandy broadcasting her suit audio live to the fleets, fully aware of every move Shepard makes in this critical fight. Shepard, knowing nothing of the battle overhead charges the husk of the Illusive man’s body which responds with super Human strength.
Harbinger – “This is no ordinary fight Shepard. I will destroy you.”
Shepard’s shields deflect a biotic volley.
Harbinger – “I know this hurts you.”
EDI – “Commencing emergency maneuvers.” She takes control of the Normandy and fiercely spins the port hull to deflect the majority of the Reaper weapon’s impact.
Joker – “Oh god I didn’t see that.”
EDI – “That’s why you have me.”
Hackett – “Damage report.”
(If you bought the cooling conduits for the Normandy.)
Adams – “Minimal hull damage. But drive output spiked if we hadn’t upgraded the thermal conduits everyone below the engineering deck would be dead.”
Hackett – “Keep up the fight.”
Then the Turrian Primarch comes in over the comms.
Victus – “Turrian fleet engaging Harbinger.”
Hackett – “Glad you could join us.”
Harbinger (husk) – “Your friends are weak. Even they cannot stop me.”
Shepard ducks behind cover as Harbinger throws endless volleys of biotic detonations. But remembering how Wrex took out the Brute in the corridors, she equips her shotgun blade. Preparing to charge him, Shepard looks up.
Hackett to the fleets – “Harbinger has landed on the Crucible. All ships do not let him fire his main gun. Repeat do not let him fire!”
Shepard thinks to herself – “This is it, this is the last charge I’ll ever make in this war. (Psychological choice Paragon option – “For the fallen. Time to make it count.” Renegade – “Time to kick some Reaper ass!”)
* Make it Count.
Shepard and Harbinger charge each other as the Earth stands still. The fate of the Galaxy boiled down to these few seconds. Resting in the hands of Shepard’s legacy . . .
is a shotgun and a 12 inch blade. Shepard cloaks and ducks left just under Harbinger’s arm’s reach. The monster swinging wildly, emptily from one side to another. Shepard sneaks up behind for an attack on the Illusive Man’s upgraded skull vs. Shepard’s blade. Peircing the skull from behind, Shepard’s blade won out.
Shepard – “That was for Ashley.” Shepard fires a round. “That was for Thane.” another, “That was for Mordin.” another. Firing the last in her clip, “That was for Legion.” Shepard drops the shotgun and powers up her omni-blade for her most powerful melee, “And this, THIS IS FOR EARTH!”
Shepard rips through the Reaper enhanced body with a devastating 5000 newtons, the severed torso flies off into space in pieces.
With the interference gone, Shepard hears Hackett on the com channel.
Hackett – “Hit him now, hit him with all you’ve got. Its shields are down. Its shields are down!”
Harbinger growls in his most menacing tone.
Shepard looks up at a Harbinger’s charging laser - “Hackett patch this through to the fleet, target the laser cannon. It’s the Reapers weakness.”
Harbinger growls directly at Shepard.
Shepard – “Target the LASER CANNON!”
Hackett – “You heard the girl. Shoot it now.”
The allied fleets barrage the Reaper in the thickest fire every ships’ captains have ever seen. But Harbinger, the oldest and the largest of the Reapers stands in the midst of a sea of flames as hot and bright as the Sun.
Joker whips the Normandy around for its final run at the monster.
Joker – “This is for Gunney.” he slams the fire button. With Garrus’ targeting, the shot slams through Harbinger. The Reaper growls not from malice, but from pain. As Harbinger is blown to pieces the Reapers’ chatter grows into an uproar over his death.
Shepard runs for the Crucible’s console, inputting the final commands in the Prothean language. Shepard remembers Mordin, “It had to be me, someone else might have gotten it wrong.”
[Epilogue] If your galactic readiness score is below 3500 click HERE now.
If you betrayed the Krogan click: Blood Rage.
Joker – “I’m picking up extreme energy fluctuations from the Crucible. I recommend we evade.”
Hackett – “Take us to a safe distance.”
Liara – “You’re not leaving her?”
Hackett – “We don’t have a choice.”
Shepard – “It’s ok Liara. We knew the risks.”
Liara – “And you reassured me you’d be ok. This is exactly what you promised me wouldn’t happen.”
Shepard – “I know you’re upset. But this may be goodbye.”
Liara – “No. No its not. You’re not gonna die again.” Starting to cry.
Shepard – “I wouldn’t even be alive if it wasn’t for you. Liara I’ve been living on borrowed time since the day you rescued me.”
Liara – “Never forget that you rescued me first.”
Shepard – “And I’ve loved you ever since.”
Liara – “I love you too. Goodbye Shepard.”
Hackett – “Shepard, you’re much more than a credit to the uniform. I’m sorry we ran out of time. Joker please send a message to the fleet and to all ground units. The Crucible is ready to fire.”
Joker – “Aye sir.”
The Crucible charges a massive amount of energy into each of the Citadel arms before firing its payload. The energy enveloped everything in the Sol system overloading the Reaper’s Mass Effect cores and igniting the Reaper’s internal power distribution architecture.
(Player Dependent Consequences)
If your galactic readiness score is below 3500 click HERE now.
Due to the Crucible’s careful construction and precise engineering by: The Quarrians and Geth, The Rachni, Kenneth and Gabby’s innovation, Jacob Taylor and the Ex-Cerberus scientists, Miranda Lawson and Conrad Verner’s dissertation.
The Crucible was able to channel its energy through the Mass Relays without destroying them. Had the engineers made a single mistake the consequences of the Crucible’s uncontrolled energy would have been devastating.
And Shepard, Shepard *Remains Alive (Keep reading). *Dies (Click link)
Shepard can be rescued from the Crucible in one of three ways: 1 Shepard brokered a lasting peace with the Geth. 2 Shepard saved the Rachni Queen twice. 3 alternatively: Shepard cured the Genophage and Grunt survived with Arlak Company.
If any ONE of these conditions are met Shepard lives. If none of these are met click HERE to see the ending where Shepard dies.
Anderson viewing the Galaxy map.
Anderson – “It’s a goddamn miracle. Reaper forces are being decimated everywhere.”
Hackett – “This victory came at a huge cost but we couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome.”
Anderson – “You could say that twice.”
EDI – “Admirals! I’m picking up life signs from Shepard’s suit.”
Liara – “Shepard’s alive.”
EDI – “but there’s a problem. Sensors say she’s entering Cardiac arrest.”
Liara – “Get her evac NOW!”
Hackett – “The closest unit to his position is a Geth Ship. They’re responding. They’re going to pull him out. Joker plot a course for the Geth ship, on the double!”
Joker – “Already set.”
Anderson – “Dr. Chakwas, prepare the medical bay for a patient. It’s Shepard.”
Dr. Chakwas – “Understood.”
The Normandy docks with the Geth ship. A Geth Prime walks through the airlock carrying Shepard and speeds down the hallway.
Prime – “Where are your medical facilities?”
Liara – “One deck down through the elevator. Follow me. Goddess is she ok, can you do anything for her?”
Prime – “If Shepard Commander’s synthetic systems were functional I could download geth programs into them to help preserve her internal operations. However they are not functional.”
Liara – “It’s worse than I thought.”
Liara and the Prime enter the medical bay. Dr. Chakwas scrubs in for surgery. All non-essential personnel are evacuated from the med-bay as the assistants continue attempting to resuscitate the commander. One of the attendants pulls the window shutters closed.
Dr. Chakwas – “Liara, you shouldn’t be here. I’m about to operate.”
Liara – “I’m a Dr.”
Dr. Chakwas – “Not a medical one. Listen to me, I know this must be incredibly hard for you but I really need you to leave.”
Liara looks at the Commander with a blank stare. The equipment droning out one long beep as Shepard shows no life signs. Liara looks back at Dr. Chakwas and breathlessly says,
Liara – “You’re right. This is no place for me to be.”
She walks away dejected with her head in her hands as Karin goes to work. The geth Prime observes her face and concludes that she is sad.
Prime – “We thought you should know that although Shepard Commander’s fate is unknown. The collective geth hope that the Commander will survive.”
Liara – “So do I.”
[One hour later]
Garrus walks down from the main battery, behind Liara sitting on the steps between her room and the med-bay.
Garrus – “I recovered Shepard’s omni-tool. I think you should see this.”
Handing it to her, Liara scrolls through a gallery of pictures Shepard took of the last night they shared together. She remembers the moments they shared a loving kiss, a warm embrace, a bottle of champagne and a quiet dinner. There’s also a picture of Liara sleeping under the stars in Shepard’s cabin.
Liara – “Thank you,” sobbing
Liara – “Thank you so very much Garrus.” And she falls into his arms.
Garrus – “There, there. She’s gonna pull through this. And so will you.” Liara continues crying.
Garrus – “I’m here for you as long as it takes.”
[One hour later]
Anderson goes into the med-bay, checks in on the commander and a few minutes later he walks out.
Liara – “Anderson! How is she doing? Is she ok?”
Anderson – “I’m not gonna lie, she’s in rough shape. It looks like the Crucible damaged her synthetic implants especially the clamp around her heart.”
Garrus – “If the Crucible affected her, how come it didn’t damage the Normandy?”
Anderson – “It was probably due to her proximity to the blast wave. I’m not sure. But right now Shepard’s in there, fighting for her life and she needs us to stay strong for her.”
Garrus – “I’ll say a prayer.”
Liara – “Or two.”
2 hours later Dr. Chakwas finally steps out of the Medical bay. To her surprise the entire crew of the Normandy is there waiting
Liara breaks the silence.
Liara – “What is it? How is she doing?”
Dr. Chakwas – “Well I’ve got good news. She’s going to make a full recovery.”
The crowd breathes a collective sigh of relief, followed by cheers and applause.
Liara gives Dr. Chakwas a hug.
Liara – “Thank you so much.”
Dr. Chakwas – “Just doing my job.”
Liara wiping the tears off her face and smiling – “It’s hard to believe it’s over.”
Dr. Chakwas – “Shepard’s alive. I can’t think of a better ending than that.”
2 Weeks later. At a bar on Earth by the Ocean. The cool wind flowing through the open air pavilion. Shepperd walks in with Liara and sits at the bar with Wrex and Garrus.
Dr. Chakwas stands up from the corner table, sharing a bottle of Serrice Ice Brandy with Admiral Hackett. At the adjacent table is Anderson with Kahlee Sanders.
Dr. Chakwas – “Glad you could make it commander.”
Shepard – “Thanks to you I did.”
Dr. Chakwas – “Well I couldn’t just let you die, it would look bad on my resume.”
The crowd laughs.
Shepard – “I hope you brought another bottle of Ice brandy.”
Dr. Chakwas – “Oh don’t worry, this one’s on Garrus.”
Garrus – “Somebody say my name? Hey Commander have a drink, take a load off.”
Shepard motions to the bar tender to pour her a drink. Taking a sip she says,
Shepard – “Well we did it Garrus, we took back Earth.”
Garrus – “You took it back Shepard because I was there and I had your back. What would you do without me.”
Wrex – “Probably save the galaxy all by herself. Although not at stylishly. Speaking of which. I like the scenery. It reminds me of home.”
Wrex is referring to the piles of Reaper rubble adorning the beach.
Shepard – “Well it’s gonna take some work but we took Earth back.”
Wrex – “Don’t be modest Shepard, you did all the work. It was just fun to be along for the ride.”
Garrus – “So what are you and Liara going to do now that the galaxy isn’t in urgent need of saving?”
Shepard – “Oh I just thought we’d settle down on Thessia, raise a few kids.”
Liara – “Shepard! That’s sweet, but Thessia is in really bad shape I don’t know if I want to live there.”
Shepard – “What about Illium?”
Liara – “Goddess no, are you forgetting that I lived there almost two years. It’s no place to raise a family.”
Anderson stands up.
Anderson – “Well wherever life leads you, I hope you find happiness. I’d like to propose a toast, to Shepard and T’soni. To new beginnings for all of us. Thanks to Shepard we’ve all got something to live for. Cheers!”
Crowd – “CHEERS!”
Shepard to Liara – “And someone to live for.”
Liara – “To us.”
Shepard and Liara share a lover’s kiss as the sun sets in the background over the horizon of the ocean.
After Credits Scene 1
Traynor – “So we’re on the Citadel and this is your bachelorette party and you DON’T want me to buy you a exotic dancer?”
EDI – “I don’t understand why you persist. Shepard has made her choice.”
Traynor – “I’m just saying if he warned me we wouldn’t have had to come all the way to the Citadel.”
Shepard – “The party’s fine the way that it is. Thanks for all your hard work.”
Traynor – “It would be better with dancers.”
After Credits Scene 2
Anderson – “And do you take this woman to be your wife?”
Liara – “I do.”
Anderson – “Do you take this woman to be your wife?”
Shepard – “Oh you bet I do.”
Anderson – “Then by the power vested in me. I now pronounce thee wed. You may both kiss the other bride.”
They kiss as people throw rice in the air like falling snow. Camera flash and applause fill the room like thunder and lightning.
After Credits Scene 3
Shepard seen pushing two kids, two beautiful girls, on a swing-set.
Liara – “Shepard dinner’s ready.”
Shepard looks up and smiles – “We’ll be right in.”
If you haven’t clicked them in the story but would like to see one of the other possible endings:
- To withdraw the fleet click HERE.
- Renegade Choice click the link “Send Anderson.”
- If your galactic readiness score is below 3500 click HERE now.
- If you betrayed the Krogan click: Blood Rage.
- Click HERE to see the ending where Shepard dies.
- Or pick another class: Soldier, Vanguard, Infiltrator
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