Anderson – “Shepard! Shepard!”

Tali – “I found him”

Anderson – “Thank god you’re all right son. Wrex come help us get this off of him.”

Wrex – “You mean to say Hey Krogan lift this half ton wreck of a Mako off the hero.”

Tali – “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.”

Tali – “What’s worse is he suckered me into helping him.”

Wrex – “There its off of 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 raises his Crusader X at its head. But Tali beats him to the kill.

Tali – “Headshot! That’s all of them.”

Wrex – “Oh come on that was mine! Why’s the Quarrian get to have all the fun?”

Tali – “Because you’re not the only one with a shotgun.”

Anderson – “All right everybody stay alert. We have a job to do. On three we jump in the beam. One . . . Two . . . THREE.”

[The Citadel]

Anderson – “Are you alright? Is everybody here.”

Shepard – “I’m here.”

Tali – “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.”

Tali – “There’s a lot more blood here.”

Wrex – “Sometimes I forget you were in a fight without me Shepard. 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 come a long.”

*ambient creaking

Wrex – “I’m surprised there aren’t more enemies.”

*Growls

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.”

*Shreaking

Tali – ” That was a banshee.”

Wrex – “On second though, I probably should have kept my mouth shut.”

*Rawring

Anderson – “That’s definitely a brute. Maybe two.”

Tali –  “Ok, maybe if we move now we can slip by them before they notice us.”

Shepard – “Come on, you’re not afraid are you Tali? We’ve got Wrex it’s just like old times.”

Tali – “Just like old times. You mean right down to my suit puncture?”

Shepard – “Are you ok?”

Tali – “I sealed it off.”

Wrex – “This is just like old times. You two bantering. Us against impossible odds. Right Shepard? Uh, Shepard?”

*Shreaking

Shepard – “Keep it down.”

Wrex – “Me and my big mouth.”

Growls*

Anderson – “Enemies inbound. Cannibals.”

Shepard – “Everyone on the left.”

Tali – “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, Tali 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 let’s go!”

Tali – “Go get em Chiktika!”

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.”

Shreaking*

Tali – “Banshees!”

Shepard – “Does anyone have grenades?”

Anderson – “I’ve got some.”

Shepard – “Give me one of those.”

Tali – “I’ve modified Chiktika Vas Paus to explode when destroyed.”

Shepard – “Nice. Let’s get their barriers down fast. I want constant fire. When you reload. I’ll charge in.”

Wrex – “And I’ll be right behind you.”

Shreaking*

Tali – “Banshees 12 O’clock.”

The Banshees charge in firing volleys of biotic strikes.

Anderson – “Clips run through, Grenades live.”

Tali’s drone distracts the Banshees with a barrage of missiles before detonating. The explosion 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 our turn now Shepard. Let’s go.”

Shepard deployes his combat drone and sentry turret to distract and damage both Banshees as he charges in with his Assault rifle, firing off Cryo Blast and Incinerate before he burns through a clip and switches to his shotgun in a flash. Shepard modified the weapon to fire high impact rounds through the extended barrel. 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 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. With both of them dead Anderson says,

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.

Tali – “Great. 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 exploit 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.”

Tali – “I don’t know, he was right behind me and then he wasn’t.”

Illusive Man – “It’s a pity. I would have liked to see him again. One last time.”

Anderson – “He 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 now, 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.”

Tali – “Humans aren’t alone in the galaxy.”

Illusive Man – “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 Rannoch and Tuchanka would make excellent Human colonies.”

Tali – “You wouldn’t dare!”

Wrex – “I’d rather you’d have left Tuchanka of that list.”

Anderson – “So you’re just going to conquer the galaxy?”

Illusive Man – “It’s only a matter of time.”

Anderson – “Then what.”

Illusive Man – “Then we 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.”

Tali – “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 his 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. One that I intend to follow.”

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.

*BLAM

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.”

Tali – “Glad you made it Shepard, but I could use a little help here.”

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.”

Tali turns to Shepard.

Tali – “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 fireing mechanism was originally intended to be routed to the central control panel in what used to be the Councel Chambers.”

Anderson – “Damnit, 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 the fleet and chance a brute force victory *Warning 6000 effective war assets are needed for this victory. Click HERE to withdraw the fleet. Read on to reroute control.)

Endgame 1 *Reroute at Own Risk. Shepard – “I’ll go.”

Tali – “Not so fast. I’m coming with you.”

Shepard – “No you won’t Tali. I’m going alone.”

Tali – “Over my dead body!”

Shepard – “You can’t, I’m the only one who brought breathing equipment.”

Tali – “I have a suit.”

Shepard – “What about your suit puncture.”

Tali – “Dammit, you’re right. My suit’s not holding pressure.”

Wrex – “If you want Shepard 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 do alone.”

Wrex – “Your call Shepard.”

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 son?”  (Paragon Choice “I’m sure.”: continue reading. Renegade Choice: click the link “Send Anderson.”)

Shepard – “I’m sure.”

Anderson – “Good luck son.”

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.)

Tali – “I may be leaving but I’m not leaving without a kiss.” (*Paragon romance option. Kiss her. Renegade “Now’s not the time.”)

Tali – “Stay safe.”

Shepard – “I will.”

Tali – “I love you.”

Shepard – “I love you too.”

Anderson – “So you and Tali, you’re together?”

Shepard – “Yeah.”

Anderson – “Whatever happens out there, make it back safely. The last thing you ever want to do, is let her down.”

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.”

Tali kisses Shepard goodbye and follows behind Wrex and Anderson. Shepard fastens his breathing mask and punches a few buttons on the control panel. Then the platform beneath him raises him up towards the external hull. Shepard takes 3 steps before hearing a noise that triggers a flash of a Prothean memory. He looks behind him quickly but sees nothing. Then Hackett 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 his target. Meanwhile the Normandy zips by overhead from Shepard’s right toward the approaching reaper on his 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 he gives up on communicating for the moment and he nears the control panel, when he sees the silhouette of a figure. Drawing his weapon, he 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 Sarren.”

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 he 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.”

They go at it in all out combat. Everything is on the line now, nothing held back. The Normandy broadcasting his 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 coms.

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, he equips his 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 himself – “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 and Harbinger slam into each other. The Illusive Man’s upgraded skull vs. Shepard’s blade . . . Shappard’s blade won out.

Shepard – “That was for Kaidan.” Shepard fires a round. “That was for Thane.” another, “That was for Mordin.” another. Firing the last in his clip, “That was for Legion.”   Shepard drops the shotgun and powers up his omni-blade for his 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

Shepard – “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 man. Shoot it now.”   The allied fleets barrage the Reaper in the thickest fire every ships’ captains had 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.”

Tali – “You can’t leave him!”

Shepard on the comm – “It’s ok Tali. I knew the risks.”

Tali – “This is not happening. I can’t just watch you die.”

Shepard – “It’s ok. Joker needs to get you to safety. I love you.”

Tali crying – “I love you too Shepard.”

Hackett – “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 Dependant 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.”

Anderson – “Shepard’s alive.”

EDI – “but there’s a problem. Sensors say he’s entering Cardiac arrest.”

Anderson – “Get him 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?”

Tali – “One deck down through the elevator. Follow me. Keelah is he ok. Can you do anything for him?”

Prime – “If his synthetic systems were functional I could download geth programs into them to help save his life. Unfortunately they are not functional.”

Tali – “It’s worse than I thought.”  Tali and the Prime enter the medical bay.

Chakwas – “Tali, you’re injured.”

Tali – “It’s just a suit puncture.”

Chakwas – “Bullshit that’s a bullet wound.”

In all the chaos Tali hadn’t noticed. She didn’t even feel the pain until she looked down at her chest and saw blood. Pausing for a moment she stares blankly.

Tali – “Keelah.”

She said and fainted.

Chakwas – “Get her on the gurney.”

Talking to the geth Prime  “You should probably leave.”

Prime – “I can assist with the medical treatment of creator Tali Zorah.”

Chakwas – “Alright you can stay. Peters close the curtains.”

The mess hall becomes a waiting area for the crew that gathers.

Vega – “I hear Shepard’s in pretty bad shape.”

Garrus – “He’s been in worse. He was spaced and survived.”

Vega – “Yeah but this time we don’t have any replacement Lazarus hardware.”

Garrus – “True. But there’s still a chance. He’s a tough character. He’ll pull through.”

Vega – “What about Tali?”

Wrex – “Don’t let her dainty figure fool you. She’s even tougher than you. She never let on she was injured.”

Vega – “Likely due to shock.”

Wrex flippantly – “Well you’re an optimist.”

Vega – “I’m a realist.”

Garrus – “Well reality says that Dr. Chakwas is the best. She’ll take care of them.”

Wrex – “She has to.”

One hour later Anderson goes into the medical bay, shortly he comes out again.

Garrus – “How are they doing?”

Anderson – “I’m not gonna lie, They’re both in rough shape. I wish I’d known about Tali sooner, I never saw the blood.”

Wrex – “Chakwas always keeps alien blood types on hand for emergencies. I know, I’ve had a few infusions myself. She had to start stockpiling it.”

Garrus – “What happened to Shepard?”

Anderson – “It looks like the Crucible damaged his synthetic implants especially the clamp around his heart.”

Garrus – “If the Crucible affected him, how come it didn’t damage the Normandy?”

Anderson – “It was probably due to his proximity to the blast wave. I’m not sure. But right now Shepard’s in there, fighting for his life and he needs us to stay strong for him. For him and for Tali.”

3 hours later Dr. Chakwas finally steps out of the Medical bay. To her surprise the entire crew of the Normandy is there waiting  Anderson breaks the silence.

Anderson – “What is it? How are they doing?”

Dr. Chakwas – “Well I’m afraid they’re going to make full recoveries.”

The crowd breathes a collective sigh of relief, followed by cheers and applause.

Dr. Chakwas – “Now if you don’t mind, I need to go lie down.”

Hackett – “Of course you must be exhausted. But what about your patients?”

Dr. Chakwas – “My assistants can take over monitoring them from here.”

Hackett – “Then you’re relieved of duty. Go get some rest.”

Dr. Chakwas – “Gladly.”

Anderson – “It’s hard to believe it’s finally over.”

Hackett – “Shepard’s alive. I can’t think of a better symbol of victory than that.”

2 Weeks later. At a bar on Earth by the Ocean. The cool wind flowing through the open air pavilion. Shepard enters the bar with Tali on his arm, Wrex and Garrus sitting at the bar.  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 and Tali could make it commander.”

Shepard – “Thanks to you we did.”

Dr. Chakwas – “Just doing my job Commander.”

Garrus – “Commander sit down and have a drink, take a load off.”

Tali sits down and asks for a Turian brandy and a straw.  Shepard motions to the bar tender to pour him a drink. Taking a sip he 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 himself. 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. Too bad I’m not gonna stay long.”

Tali – “Why do you say that?”

Shepard – “I thought we were going to build a house on Rannoch?”

Tali – “You. You’re serious about that?”

Shepard – “Dead serious.”

Anderson stands up.

Anderson – “I’d like to propose a toast. To new beginnings. Thanks to Shepard we’ve all got something to live for. Cheers!”

Crowd – “CHEERS!”

Shepard to Tali – “And to us.”

Tali – “To us.”

[End Credits.]

On Rannoch Shepard is gazing across the water. Tali steps out on the back deck of their beach-front home.

Tali – “She-ep-ard do you like my new outfit?” Twirling around.

Shepard – “Really Tali? A flowing red dress, are you trying to fit some kind of a housewife stereotype?”

Tali walking barefoot towards him – “I’ve lived in a Suit my whole life. Right now a dress feels like the ultimate freedom. So, do you like it?”

Shepard putting his arms around her – “I love it. You’re so gorgeous!”

Tali kissing him – “This is it. This is the perfect moment in my life where all my dreams came true.”

Shepard – “And all my dreams too.”

[One week later]

Sitting in their house on a large white couch that encloses a table on 3 sides in an open air room with large glass windows.

Garrus – “I’m so happy for you and Tali commander. Thanks for inviting me to your wedding.”

Shepard – “Where’s Vega and Ashley?”

Garrus – “Vega sends his regards from the Academy his N7 training is going pretty well and he’s sorry he couldn’t make it. As for Ashley I have no idea what the council has her up to these days. Must be something important.”

Liara – “It is. But you wouldn’t want to know. It would spoil the occasion.”

Shepard – “I’ll settle for the unclassified version of the story when she has time to visit.”

Garrus – “You know if you want there’s still time to throw you a bachelor party. We could make a jump to Omega and buy you a few dances. We could be back by the morning.”

Shepard – “I’ll be fine just staying here.”

Garrus – “You sure? It’s on me, if you change your mind.”

Shepard – “I’m fine thanks.”

Liara – “You must be exited Tali.”

Tali – “Are you kidding me? I’m so nervous I could cause an earthquake. Between the dinner plans, the decorations, the flowers and the cake. And oh my god the Dress . . .”

Liara – “Don’t worry. You’ll look beautiful! I’m sure of it.”

Shepard – “Don’t get her talking about the wedding, she can’t stop she’s so nervous.”

Tali – “Yep. That’s me. A regular chatter box. You know I once programmed a chatter box toy that I had when I was a little girl. Cute little robot. It sang and danced and . . . ”

Shepard – “Tali.”

Tali – “Right. Well can I get you anything to drink?”

Liara – “I’m fine thanks.”

Garrus – “I’ll have a dextro beer.”

Shepard – “Make that two, minus the dextro for me.”

Tali – “Coming right up.”

Garrus – “You’ve got a really nice house here Shepard. I’m impressed.”

Shepard – “Tali picked out the location.”

Liara – “She has a good eye.”

Garrus – “Well I get the feeling that uncle Garrus is going to be visiting a lot in the future.”  Handing Garrus the cold drink, “Thanks Tali.”

Liara – “So you two plan to have children?”

Tali sitting down next to Shepard, he puts his arm around her.

Tali – “Eventually.”

Shepard – “We have a great and wonderful future together!”

[He kisses her as the camera fades away.]

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