“Okay people listen up! This asteroid, X57 is on a one way course to Terra Nova, and we’ve only got about four hours before it hits the planet. Now our mission is stop it from hurtling towards Terra Nova. Then we look into finding survivors… and the people responsible for this disaster, whoever they are!” Judy said to Wrex and Tali as the Mako landed on the surface of X57.
“Judy, we need to deactivate the fusion torches. There what’s causing the asteroid to hurtle towards Terra Nova.” Tali said.
“I can see it! Hold on to your butts!” Judy said as she floored the Mako’s gas petal and raced towards the nearest of the fusion torches. “Okay, shouldn’t be too hard to turn this thing off.” Judy said as she and her squad mates exited the Mako.
“I’ve been on some-”
“Wrex, we deal with the asteroid first, comment on my driving latter… like when there ISN’T a giant space rock hurtling towards one of the most populated worlds in Alliance Space. Priority’s, Urdnot.” Judy scolded, as Tali accessed the fusion torch.
“I was going to say that I’ve been on run away asteroids before, but none with this great a view… but if your driving does leave something to be desired. I’ve been on Tomkah’s that were driven better while the driver was either drunk, or dying from a head injury that drove better then you.” Wrex said earnestly.
“Oh… well it’s not my fault those things are so hard to handle! And we’re practically in zero-g anyway!” Judy said defensively.
“And… fusion torch deactivated!” Tali said as the fusion torch turned off. Then, turrets popped out of the ground, and fired on Judy and her squad.
“Hello… is anybody there? This is Kate Boarman, I’m an engineer on X57.” A voice said.
“This is Commander Judy Hopps. My squad and I are a little busy here, can you tell us why the asteroid is hurtling towards Terra Nova.” Judy said as she and her squad took cover from the turrets.
“It’s a long story. We were hijacked by terrorists…and they want to destroy Terra Nova with this asteroid. I can’t say much more. There around… and I can’t risk them finding me. Good luck Commander.” Kate said.
Later on, Judy and her squad managed to get inside of the compound for the next fusion torch… and she saw a sight that made her blood boil. Batarians.
“FETID SPAWN OF HATED KHAR’SHAN! LEAVE NOTHING OF THERE CORPSES FOR THERE KIN TO FIND! LEAVE NOT BUT ASH AND CINDERS OF THERE UNHOLY CARCASSES!” Davies shouted over the comm channel.
“Oh no… as if batarian terrorists was bad enough. Davies is having a meltdown.” Judy said to herself.
“Interlopers! Release the varren!” One of the batarians shouted as they engaged, sending the alien dog creatures against them.
“Nick its Judy! We have a Code Chernobyl down in the garage! I repeat, Davies is having a meltdown, and just… well you remember what happened last time right?” Judy said.
“Really? You sure you’re not just-”
“Nick, there are batarians on this rock! And guess who’s ranting so loud, I had to mute him. Just so that he wouldn’t blow out our ears?” Judy said as she and her squad fired on the batarians, and there varren.
“Say no more Carrots. With any luck, none of the aliens have tried to approach him yet. Rabbit bites are nasty!” Nick said.
Judy and her squad made short work of the batarians. Wrex getting the last kill by stepping on the neck of one of the terrorists. “We’re clear… Nick, you got Davies under control?” Judy asked
“YES! YES MIGHTY WARRIOR OF TUCHANKA! LET THE BLOOD OF THE DEMONS FLOW LIKE A MOUNTAIN STREAM AND AVENGE ELYSIUM, MINDOIR AND EVERY PLANET THAT SUFFERED FROM-”
“Well I’m trying! But Garrus… well let’s just say he left the garage with a bleeding arm and some cracked chitin. Davies, it’s Nick… if you want to help Judy. You’re going to have stop screaming… I got your penguins and some cookies from the mess!” Nick said as Davies continued ranting.
“I… I… Nick… I’m so sorry for injuring Garrus.” Davies said, coming to his senses.
“It’s Garrus you’re going to have to apologize to. Now, do you feel up to help your sister keep the batarians from killing all those people on Terra Nova… and the survivors on that asteroid if it can be helped?” Nick asked.
“I’ll… I’ll try to manage. Saving Terra Nova… is our first priority. That… that and killing every batarian on that rock.” Davies said, trying to breathe properly.
“Just keep calm… and please. Remember not to scream into the comms.” Judy said to her brother as Tali worked to deactivate the fusion torch.
“And… done! You know, it’s kind of cute how there are different sized consoles here.” Tali said, noting the different sized consoles.
“Anyone can be anything, no matter their size Tali.” Judy said as she proceeded to leave the fusion torch. Then, she was shot by an antelope, but her shield kept the shot from doing any harm
“Oh… I’m so sorry I… I didn’t know there were other mammals on-”
“Relax, surrounded by hostile aliens. It’s only natural to be scarred and paranoid. Who are you, and do you know what’s going on?” Judy said.
“My name is Simon Antwell. Chief engineer onboard X57… and let me tell you sir. I never would have figured that batarians would try to pull something like this.” Simon said.
“Well slavery is a part of batarian culture… in fact. From what I know it’s ALL that batarian culture revolves around, besides mopping about how we mammals got the Verge and the Traverse instead of them, and acting like spoiled children, after centuries of being tolerated by the Council like a schoolyard bully.” Judy said.
“That’s what I thought… but if it was a slaver run, they’d have left by now. But there leader, Balak has them staying around. Moreover… there deliberately sending this asteroid towards Terra Nova.” Simon said.
“What?! Why?!” Judy said in surprise.
“Yeah, I’ve known batarians for centuries… but planet killing? The Hegomony used to conquer planets, but make them uninhabitable? I take it that just blowing up this rock is out of the question?” Wrex said.
“What do you think?! Destroying the asteroid, this close to Terra Nova would be even worse then what the Balak and his gang are planning. No, you’ll have to disable the remaining fusion torches… speaking of which, the next one is surrounded by blasting caps. I’ll help you out as I can from here.” Simon said.
Eventually, Judy and her squad were inside of the third fusion torch. “Oh… if I ever see a batarian engineer again, I will tear out all four eyes with my boot knife.” Tali said in aggravation as she deactivated the fusion torch.
“Done that when they attacked Mindoir… I still keep the wretched filths eyes around as a memento.” Davies said.
“Please stop being scary Davies… it’s bad enough you talked me into giving you backrubs. But do have to remind me how creepy you can be?” Nick said in annoyance.
“Just hold tight Nick. We’ll be back aboard the Normandy before you know it. You feel awkward because my brother and I are virtually identical isn’t it?” Judy teased.
“Not funny Hopps! Look just… I’m going to find Liara. See if she can tolerate this… I swear you’re exploiting me Davies!” Nick complained.
“Commander… it’s Kate again. Balak and his men are on to you… and they’re going to blow up the main facility, with us in it!” Kate said.
“Then we have no time to loose. On to the last fusion torch!”
“You! Mammal! Who were talking to? Are they the ones turning off the fusion torches?” Barked the distinct voice of a batarian.
“No… clearly you need to get your ears checked. Or whatever it is that you scum hear with!” Kate spat venomously at her captor.
“Let me make this easy for you, mammal. This is your brother, isn’t it? Now you tell me who’s responsible… and he goes free.” The batarian said, there was silence, then a shot, and the distinct sound of a dying boar. “You mammals make the most amusing sounds when you die. Charn! Find this problem and deal with it!” The batarian said.
“Odds are that was Balak.” Wrex said.
“Keelah…” Tali muttered.
Eventually Judy and her team arrived at the controls for the last fusion torch. And found Charn and his men lying in wait. “Wait! I’m not here to fight… hell I’m not even here for Balak’s insane crusade.” Charn said.
“Okay… was not expecting to here that from a batarian today.” Judy said in surprise, keeping her gun drawn on the batarian.
“Look, this was supposed to be a simple smash and grab. Attack, take some potential slaves, and get out. But then Balak took over the whole operation and wants to destroy Terra Nova.” Charn said.
“I take it you don’t recognize who I am… or know my reputation. Point is why should I believe you, yet alone let you leave this rock in one piece?” Judy asked.
“Listen, I’ll give you the keycard to the main facility, if you leave me, and my men alive.” Charn said.
Judy just glared angrily at the batarian slaver. “…fine, give me the stupid card. But let me make one thing as clear as possible. If you EVER set foot in Alliance space again, I’m the bunny who’s going to hunt you down. Now get out of my sight!” Judy said angrily.
“Don’t worry about me, worry about Balak. I’ve met some mean people in my time… but Balak’s the meanest bastard I’ve ever worked with. Fortune to you Commander, now we’ll get the slaves.” Charn said as he and his men left.
“You leave empty handed, or in a body bag. It’s your choice big guy.” Judy said as she pointed her gun in Charn’s head.
“… We’re leaving now. No slaves.” Charn said as he and his men left.
“Huh… Davies has been suspiciously quite. No ranting or screaming since we first found batarians, Davies, you still there bro?” Judy asked.
“Commander, this is Liara. I’m taking over for Davies while he’s… napping.” Liara said.
“Napping? But Davies almost never naps!” Judy said.
“Perhaps, but he’s napping right now. And I must say… he’s surprisingly soft. I always suspected that mammal fur was actually coarse and-”
“Don’t make it weird T’Soni. Just… just don’t. We’ll… we’ll talk about this when we’re done.” Judy said in bewilderment.
Eventually, Judy and her squad confronted. “Ah… so you’re the vermin that’s plagued my operation. And the so called ‘Hero of Elysium’ none the less. Your defiance cost the Hegemony much… and Tera Nova’s destruction was to be my retribution upon your miserable Alliance.” Balak said.
“Place the blame wherever you want four-eyes. I came here to kill batarians, not listen to you monsters rant and rationalize your horrible deeds.” Judy muttered as she aimed her rifle.
“That will all depend on you filth.” Balak said as he pressed a button on a detonator. “Will you take my life, or will you save these miserable dregs from the bombs I’ve placed?” Balak said menacingly
“Why… you, YOU FOUR-EYED SOCIOPATHIC MONSTER!” Judy said angrily. “We deal with the bombs first, then Balak!” Judy said as she and her squad proceeded to fight their way through the batarian forces. Eventually, they disabled the bombs.
“You’ve… you’ve done it! You have saved Terra Nova!” Simon said as he arrived in the facility.
“Yeah… we saved the hostages. But Balak has escaped!” Judy said in irritation.
“I know, I wanted to see that bastard dead too… but his plans have been ruined. You stopped the asteroid just in time; it was headed for Terra Nova’s capital. Commander I… I can’t thank you enough.” Simon said gratefully.
“Just… let’s just get out of here. I have a rogue Specter to catch up with. And right now, I don’t know how far ahead he is right now.” Judy said, sounding exhausted by the entire affair.
“I understand… but I have some things that could help you. I have some armor I don’t need… including a set of quarrian armor for your friend.” Simon said.
“I’ll take your offer!” Tali said.
Later on, Judy was in the garage where Liara was tending to her brother Davies. “Alright T’Soni, we need to… to have a.” Judy said awkwardly as she noticed that her brother was not wearing a shirt, while lying in Liara’s lap.
“Commander… I know this must seem… unusual to you. But I assure you. The most I’ve done is calm Davies with… petting, I think this is?” Liara said as she stroked Davies fur.
“It’s typically called petting, yes. Now Liara… would you mind leaving my sister and I alone? We have some… things to discuss. Between sibling to sibling.” Davies said politely. Judy couldn’t but be worried that Davies was putting up the effort to smile properly.
“Off course, I’ll be back at the med bay if you need me Commander.” Liara said as she left the garage.
Davies face immediately darkened as the elevator door closed. “You let… the batarians live.” Davies said coldly.
“What? No we killed-”
“You let Balak, and Charn… live! You let the leaders of this whole… THING. Walk away alive! And now, there free to try to pull off stunts like this, or just plain slave raiding again!” Davies said angrily.
“…so you heard the mission?” Judy said.
“Yes! I did! I just wasn’t objecting because I didn’t want to scare off Liara.” Davies said.
“But there were bigger stakes then just killing batarians! They had hostages and… look Balak had timed bombs in the main facility. It was either kill him, or save the hostages! You can’t have your cake and eat it too!” Judy said.
“First off, the makes no sense, what’s the point of having cake if you can’t eat it? Secondly, a kick shot to the head could have killed him. And thirdly… all you gave to the actual slaver… was a threat. A threat, that pretty much times out if you ever die before he does.” Davies ranted.
“Balak escaped as we were dealing with the bombs! And frankly, the only reason I let Charn go was out of pity and irritation! And… didn’t Liara say you were napping earlier?” Judy said.
“It was a brief nap… look, if the problem was that you didn’t have enough squad members. Then why not bring more backup then just two?” Davies asked.
“Because, the Mako is only big enough to seat three, including the driver, and I don’t think I need to remind you how tiring it was to install those extensions!” Judy said.
“Then… then we’ll find another way. So that the next time you find yourself in an either/or situation. You can get your cake and eat it. Just… let’s just continue the hunt for Saren. ANYTHING to keep my mind off of batarians… just really wanted to see those monsters get more of a comeuppance then just having their plans foiled.” Davies said in irritation.
“Good… I’ll… talk to you latter.” Judy said.
“I’m not blaming you for letting those two live… I’m only angry that you did.” Davies said apologetically.
“Still… Terra Nova stands. That, is what is important when all is said and done.” Judy said as she waited for the elevator.