Anderson – “Shepard! Shepard!”

Garrus – “I found her. Hang on Shepard we’ll get you out of there.”

Anderson – “Thank god you’re all right. Tali come help us get this off of her.”

Tali seeing the half ton wreck of a Mako – “This is gonna take all of our strength.”

Anderson to Shepard – “Move as soon as you’re unpinned, everybody on three, one, two, three.”

Anderson – “There its off of ya. Move.”

Shepard – “I’m out.”

They drop it with a bang.

Garrus – “That was heavy. And what a piece of junk too.”

Tali – “And I thought the Mako was a piece of junk before it was hit by the giant laser.”

Garrus – “Don’t get me started.”

Anderson –  “Junk or not that Mako just saved your lives. Here Sheppard, I found your gun. Let’s get moving.”

Shepard – “Thanks. Let’s get to the conduit.”

Garrus – “Marauder!” Garrus fires his Black Widow X Sniper rifle at its head.

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

Garrus – “I hate those things. I keep thinking I’m shooting another Turian. They’re not as clearly deformed like husks.”

Anderson – “Stay focused, one lone hero isn’t the last of the fight to be had. Alright, 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.”

Garrus – “You think that’s bad I’ve got some in my ears.”

Anderson – “This place is a dump. Look at the bodies everywhere. Looks exactly how you described the collector base in your reports Shepard.”

Shepard – “Yeah but this is a lot worse than the Collector base. There’s a lot more blood here.”

Garrus – “Sometimes I think I’d be happier fighting the Collectors again. I could always keep an eye on you and snipe the bastards from a distance. They weren’t half as bad as the Reapers.”

Shepard – “What, you don’t think I can take care of myself anymore do you?”

Garrus – “It’s not like that. But I can’t help but worry.”

Shepard – “That’s sweet.”

*ambient creaking

Garrus – “Alright this is making me nervous, I’m surprised there aren’t more enemies.”


Anderson – “Husks.”

Shepard – “You just had to open your mouth.”

Garrus – “It’s not like the sound of my voice commands them out of thin air.”


Tali – “Oh no, that’s a banshee.”

Garrus – “On second thought, I probably shouldn’t have opened my mouth.”


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 Garrus it’s just like old times. Us against impossible odds. Right Garrus. Uh, Garrus.”

Garrus – “I’d rather not say anything.”

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

Shepard – “Are you ok?”

Tali – “I sealed it off.”


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 Garrus. 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!”

Garrus – “Lets see how he handles the bite of a black widow ten!”

Garrus, a Turrian Soldier, expertly modified his rifle with an experimental armor piercing amplifier model 6 and an extended barrel model 7. In addition Garrus equipped armor piercing rounds that boost the effective penetration of each shot against armored targets. Quickly flipping on the Marksman ability through his visor Garrus takes aim and unleashes two heavy weight slugs towards the skull of the overconfident Brute. The rounds slam clean through the brute’s right eyelid and blast a huge hole out the back of the skull.

Anderson – “I’ve never seen one of those taken down so quickly.”

Garrus – “Really? I’ve been doing that all day. I’m just kidding, that was the first time that actually worked.”


Tali – “Here come those banshees.”

Shepard – “Does anyone have grenades?”

Anderson – “I’ve got some.”

Shepard – “Give me one of those.”

Garrus – “I’ve modified a few concussive rounds to act like a grenade launcher.”

Tali – “And I’ve programmed 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.”

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


Tali – “Two Banshees 12 O’clock.”

The Banshees charge in firing volleys of biotic strikes.

Garrus – “Clips run through. Firing grenades.”

Anderson – “Grenades live.”

Tali’s drone distracts the Banshees with a barrage of missiles before detonating. Garrus hits them with precision shots to the head. The exploding rounds drop each of their barriers, draining their ability to charge forward. Anderson lobs a cluster of 3 grenades at their feet but the Banshees’ armor are still holding strong. Garrus turns to Shepard and says,

Garrus – “It’s our turn now Shepard. Let’s go.”

Shepard deployes her combat drone and sentry turret to distract and damage both Banshees as she charges in with her Assault rifle, firing off Cryo Blast and Incinerate before she burns through a clip and switches to her shotgun in a flash. Shepard modified the weapon to fire high impact rounds through the extended barrel. Shepard deals high damage while Garrus not far behind, marches forward emptying a full clip through his fully upgraded Mattock X  at one of the Banshees 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.”

Garrus – “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.”

Garrus – “A weakness we can actually use or are you going to pitch another one of your half brained ideas?”

Illusive Man – “You underestimate me.”

Garrus – “Great, cause I was about to mention Project Overlord”

Illusive Man – “It’s not like that. 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, 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.”

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

Illusive Man – “I wouldn’t expect a Quarrian suit rat to know better. 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.”

Garrus – “You wouldn’t dare.”

Anderson – “You’re off your rocker if you think that’s what’s in Humanity’s best interest.”

Illusive Man – “It’s only a matter of perspective. I see the world in ways you can’t even imagine.”

Garrus – “Oh no, I don’t doubt for one minute that you’re seeing things. Have you ever taken any psychedelic drugs? Cause I hear they can leave permanent damage.”

Illusive Man – “You mock me.”

Garrus – “Way to state the obvious.”

Garrus tightens his grip on his assault rifle.

Garrus – “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 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?”

Garrus – “I was beginning to worry about you.”

Shepard – “Sorry the air ducts are a maze.”

Garrus – “I kept imagining you falling down a shaft or getting torn up by a giant fan. I’ve seen what they’ve done to kids who go crawling in there. Don’t ever do that again.”

Shepard – “Believe me Garrus, I have no plans to.”

Tali – “I’m glad you made it out, but what about the Phantoms?”

Garrus (waiving his hand in front of a Phantom’s face)- “They don’t seem 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.”

Garrus proceeds to sidestep the ring of phantoms.

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 she 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.”

Garrus – “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. Click HERE to withdraw the fleet. Read on to reroute control.)

Endgame 1 *Reroute at Own Risk.

Shepard – “I’ll go.”

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

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

Garrus – “Over my dead body!”

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

Garrus – “Dammit, the one day I pack exploding rounds instead of a breathing mask.”

Shepard – “Garrus, it’s too dangerous. There are Reaper drones out there. If more than one person goes they could spot us. I can’t take that chance.”

Tali – “Shepard has a point. I was going to offer to go with you but I checked my suit. I’m not holding pressure.”

Shepard – “Due to the puncture.”

Tali – “Yeah.”

Garrus – “So I guess you are going alone.”

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.”

Tali – “Stay safe Shepard.” (Paragon option shake her hand.)

Shepard – “I will.”

Garrus – “Shepard. I don’t like this one bit. I keep thinking, well my mind keeps thinking of all the ways I could lose you.”

Shepard – “I’m coming back.”

Garrus – “We don’t know that. For all we know you could end up dead. Listen before you go I just want to say.”

Shepard – “I’m coming back Garrus.”

Garrus – “And you’d better. Because this old Turrian is starting to be unable to imagine his life without you.”

Shepard getting choked up – “Garrus, I’m COMING back.” (Paragon interrupt *PASSIONATELY KISS HIM)

Garrus – “That made me feel, a whole lot better. And Shepard don’t forget you still owe me a date. You, me the beach and I’m buying drinks. You better not flake out on me.”

Shepard – “I’ll be there.” (Paragon option “and I’ll drink you under the table.” Garrus – “The way you drink I don’t know if I have the creds. But, under the table sounds good. If you get my meaning. What the heck I’ll take out a loan.”)

Anderson to Garrus – “So you and the Commander.”

Garrus smiling – “Yeah.”

Anderson – “Yeah?”

Garrus – “Yeah.”

Anderson – “Shepard, do yourself a favor and stay alive out there. You’ve got a man to come home to.”

Shepard – “Thanks David. Now get out of here all of you. That’s an order.”

Tali nods and follows behind Garrus 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. 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. 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 and Harbinger slam into each other. The Illusive Man’s upgraded skull vs. Shepard’s blade. 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 shatters the Reaper enhanced body with a devastating 5000 newtons, it flies off into space in a dozen 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.”

Anderson – “You’re not really considering leaving her?”

Hackett – “We don’t have a choice.”

Shepard – “It’s ok Anderson. I knew the risks.”

Hackett – “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.”

Tali – “Shepard’s alive?”

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

Anderson – “Get her evac NOW!”

Hackett – “The closest unit to her position is a Geth Ship. They’re responding. They’re going to pull her 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?”

Anderson – “One deck down through the elevator. Follow me.”

Tali – “Keelah is she ok. Can you do anything for her?”

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

Anderson – “Then lets pray to God we’re not too late.”

Dr. Chakwas scrubs in for surgery. All non-essential personnel are evacuated from the medical bay. Tali, Anderson and the Prime exit the elevator, Garrus stands waiting for them nervously.

Garrus – “Is she alright? Is there anything I can do for her?”

Anderson – “We don’t know.”

Garrus – “Well tell me something, anything meaningful.”

Prime – “Shepard Commander’s synthetic components are malfunctioning. She requires medical attention.”

Garrus – “Spirits, it’s worse than I imagined!”

Anderson to Tali and the Prime just outside the med-bay – “You go on inside.”

Anderson to Garrus – “Garrus. I know this is hard for you. Just take a deep breath. There’s nothing you can do for her now. She’s in the best medical hands possible. All you can do now is wait.”

Garrus staring through the window – “Yeah. But seeing her like this. A Turrian could die waiting.”

Anderson looking too – “So could a human.”

[Inside the Med-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 assistants continue attempting to resuscitate the commander. While one of the attendants pulls the window shutters closed. A nurse and the geth Prime attend to Tali.

Garrus worried sick, heads back to the main battery and begins calibrating the Normandy’s guns. A half hour later Vega walks in to talk.

Vega – “Hey Garrus, I saw what happened to Shepard. How are you holding up?”

Garrus – “I don’t want to talk about it.”

Vega – “Alright just asking. You don’t have to bite my head off. You want any help here?”

Garrus – “It’s very technical. I doubt you could be of any help.”

Vega – “So you don’t mind if I just have a seat and watch do you.”

Garrus – “Actually I just want to be left alone with my work right now.”

Vega – “What about Tali, you’ve known her for about as long as the Commander. You think she’ll make it?”

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

Vega – “Yeah but she could still die you know.”

Garrus – “Would you shut up! I’m trying to do some work here.”

Vega – “Well then we have a problem. I’m not leaving.”

Garrus – “Why so you can tell me that my two closest friends are going to die again?!”

Vega – “No, I came here because I thought we were friends.”

Garrus – “Then could I please ask my friend to leave?”

Vega – “No.”

Garrus – “Why not?”

Vega – “Because I’m worried about you.”

Garrus – “You’re worried about me. That’s a laugh.”

Vega – “Well who should I be worried about then, Sheppard?”

Garrus – “Shut up.”

Vega – “You know, because Sheppard could die.”

Garrus – “You say one more word and you’ll be picking your ass up off the ground.”

Vega – “It’s too bad she won’t make it. I heard she had ‘flexibility'”

Garrus – “You son of a bitch.”

Garrus throws a punch that knocks Vega’s head back.

Vega – “So you do care about her.”

Garrus – “Wasn’t it obvious.”

Vega – “No it wasn’t.”

Garrus – “Well I do.”

Vega feeling his jaw- “Well I can tell now, thanks. Listen Garrus, you shouldn’t lock yourself up in here working. It’s not healthy.”

Garrus – “What should I do? I don’t know how to do anything else.”

Vega – “I understand you gotta keep your mind busy. Why don’t you come down to the shuttle bay. We can spar until there’s any word. You can work off some of what’s on your mind.”

Garrus – “That may be a good idea. But I’m too pissed off at you.”

Vega – “Then why don’t you hit me a few more times. Come on, it’ll be therapeutic.”

Garrus taking a deep breath – “Alright.”

Garrus and Vega head down to the shuttle bay and fight each other for nearly two hours until Anderson walks in on Garrus pounding Vega a new sense of humility.

Anderson – “What’s going on down here?”

Garrus – “It’s not what it looks like. We’re just having a few rounds of friendly sparing.”

Anderson – “Well I didn’t think you were actually fighting or we would be having a whole different conversation. You two are going at it rather hard.”

Garrus – “I guess I’m not in the mood to hold anything back.”

Vega – “Me neither. But Admiral what brings you here?”

Anderson – “I just checked in with Dr. Chakwas to see how Shepard and Tali are doing.”

Garrus – “Really! How are they?”

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.”

Garrus – “As soon as we landed on the Citadel she re-materialized in a pile of bodies. Don’t blame yourself she was covered in blood to begin with. There was no way to tell.”

Vega – “What about Shepard?”

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

Garrus – “That’s not good.”

Vega – “Quick question. 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. And for Tali.”

Garrus – “I’ll say a prayer for both of them.”

Anderson – “Do you mind if I join you?”

Vega – “Me too.”

Garrus – “Of course not.”

Anderson, Garrus and Vega huddle in a circle and Garrus recites a Turrian prayer to the Spirits for the safety and healing of Shepard and Tali. Vega recites a prayer his Catholic mother taught him before saying a few special words about how his Turrian friend Garrus deserves to live happily with Shepard forever after. Anderson finishes with The Lord’s prayer.

Anderson – “And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom. The Power, and the Glory, for ever and ever. Amen.”

Vega – “Amen.”

Garrus – “May the Spirits watch over us.”

Anderson – “We should probably go up and wait in the mess hall. There’s a crowd gathered there waiting for news.”

Vega – “You lead the way.”

They head up to the mess hall and wait for about 2 hours before Dr. Chakwas finally steps out of the Medical bay. The entire crew of the Normandy is there waiting

Garrus breaks the silence.

Garrus – “What is it? How is she doing?”

Dr. Chakwas – “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. Garrus hugs her.

Anderson – “What about Tali?”

Chakwas – “She’ll be fine too.”

Anderson – “I think we’re all relieved to hear that news. Fine work you did in there.”

Garrus – “Can I see her.”

Dr. Chakwas – “I’m sorry she’s in no condition for visitors. But if she wakes up tomorrow I’ll come get you.”

Garrus – “On behalf of me and Shepard. Thank you, Kerrin.”

Dr. Chakwas – “My pleasure. We’ve all been through Hell and back for what seems like forever. It’s about time we all breathed a sigh of relief. 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 and Garrus walk up to the bar and sit down next to Vega, Tali and Liara.

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 – “Well you gave me quite a scare.”

Shepard – “I would never break a promise to my boyfriend.”

Garrus kisses her. Tali asks for a Turian brandy and a straw.

Garrus to the bartender – “I’ll have a Turrian ale. What about you Shepard? Want anything?”

Shepard – “Sure I’ll have whatever’s in that blue and purple bottle.”

The bar tender pours her a drink. Taking a sip she says,

Shepard – “Well you did it Garrus, you took back Earth.”

Garrus – “It was mostly you.”

Shepard – “Nah, you did all of the work. What would I ever do without you.”

Vega – “Probably save the galaxy all by yourself. Although not at stylishly. Speaking of which look at the scenery. Reminds me of home.”

Vega is referring to the piles of Reaper rubble adorning the beach.

Shepard – “Your home looks like this?”

Vega – “Remind me to have it cleaned next time you come to visit.”

Shepard – “Well it’s gonna take some work but we took Earth back.”

Garrus – “It was just fun to be along for the ride.”

Shepard – “Well I couldn’t have done it without you. All of you. In fact I’d like to raise a toast. To the Heroes of the Normandy, the Alliance and the Galaxy at large. Here’s to all who died fighting the Reapers. Here’s to our friends, and lastly here’s to our loves. Cheers!”

Crowd – “CHEERS!”

Garrus – “And here’s to us.”

Shepard – “To us.”

Shepard and Garrus share a lover’s kiss as the sun sets in the background over the horizon of the ocean.

[End Credits.]


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