After the loss of Commander Shepard, our team had largely been grounded. I suppose that the intel community couldn’t be bothered with us for a while. Still, it was only a matter of time before we resumed the call to action. We were being dispatched to Cadmus, second planet of the Elysium system, in the Exodus Cluster. Cadmus was a mining colony and settlement hit by the Geth several weeks after the Eden Prime incident. There was a full evac order given, and the planet was largely abandoned, though documents show many were unwilling or unable to leave. In any case, a recon vessel was sent into the area has missed several check-in transmissions and presumed lost. Our mission was to first find out what happened, then search planet-side for evidence of the Marine team’s survival.
Once in system we found a pair of Geth dreadnoughts just outside orbit of Cadmus, the likely reason for our missing vessel. This turned out to be a pretty unhappy surprise, and we called for the heavy gun ships to rendezvous with us to eliminate them. That would take two standard days, and while the SSV Omaha Beach waited, our team was to take our UT-47 Kodiak and use inertia with the planet’s gravity to allow us to slip under the Geth’s radar. We had a 48-hour window to find evidence and determine if a rescue operation was necessary.
Everything worked out for our approach. We landed without incident, and quickly scanned the area for Marine transmissions. We found one signal, a distress call. After a bit of debate about it being a trap, we felt the only way to be sure was to get out and see for ourselves. It turned out that the place was crawling with Geth, as we evaded a few patrols and even a tank while making our way through the city’s ruins en route to the distress beacon. It turned out that the beacon was no trap. We found one dead Marine, and using his combat camera determined he was killed by Geth, but also that his teammate has escaped, along with an order to regroup at “the base.”
Master Chief Pepper was instrumental in determining which buildings left standing would be the most defensible and locating it. He also hefted the fallen Marine’s body in order to bring him home, even at McAllister’s slight reluctance to do so. We proceeded to the burned out furnace Pepper chose and located the missing Marines. However, there was a huge assault of Geth bearing down on the building. Amid some select fire from our team I was able to reach into the Geth’s conscious mind, and got what I can only describe as an infinite perception of one object through 100,000 lenses. As Geth fell these lenses blacked out of existence, but at the same time, there was no fear, no regret, only service to the right choice and confidence.
The Marines told us of the attack on their ship, and their emergency landing on Cadmus. That they quickly found refuge in this burned out furnace, and had repelled wave after wave of Geth. They had made a lucky choice in that the Geth could not fit there tanks into the area because of the tight building configuration. They had also determined that the Geth had a working factory on this planet to produce more of their kind, and was the very reason that their ship met such strong resistance.
It was then our task to destroy the factory though infiltration and planting of high explosive devices at key areas in order to stage a chain reaction. The Marines piled into their and our Kodiaks, and fled to a position in the mountains as we left a distraction at the blast furnace and proceeded to the Geth factory without much opposition.
Shortly after this, contact came from the SSV Omaha Beach to tell us the Geth ships had been destroyed. We relayed our findings and awaited extraction. Once clear, the planet was bombarded to eliminate any Geth left, and I suppose anyone else who had survived their occupation.