Mass Effect: First Contact (IC)
The room was quiet as the Councilors read over the disturbing reports coming in. All of the races’ councilors were in the room, gathered around the table in the center, their eyes darting across the holographic screens worriedly. They were in one of the most secure parts of the Presidium, with none others but themselves able to see or hear the meeting.
Eventually, the Salarian councilor, Esheel Bau, raised up her head to speak. “This is disturbing, very, very disturbing. The last time the Rachni attacked, they nearly took over the galaxy. We cannot let this happen.”
“Agreed, we have to take action.” Sparatus, the Turian representative, commented. He turned his attention back to the reports, staring at the files intently. “Shepard should never have let them live.” He said, almost muttering.
“Shepard did exactly what he should have done.” Councilor Hackett retorted. “We need to investigate, see how much of this is true.”
The Geth representative, who had been named Arbiter by its peers, brought up information on the Rachni from the Council archives on its omni-tool for reference, then quickly poured through much of the data. “I agree with this suggestion. Based on the most recent observations of the Rachni, it is illogical for them to take aggressive action against the Council. STG reports have not revealed any significant military expansion, and all communications with the Rachni have been peaceful since the war against the Old Machines.”
Esheel looked through files for a few moments, before putting forth a suggestion. “We could send STG teams to investigate, there are already several deployed in the area.”
“If the STG were unable to recognize this Rachni expansion, then what makes you believe they will be more successful on this task.” Urdnot Bakara, the Krogan Councilor, commented. “If this is true, then the Rachni are likely aware of their presence.”
The Asari Councilor, who had been silent up to this point, finally decided to speak up. “If I may, I believe I have a solution. This new initiative we have created, Artemis, I believe it would be perfect for this task. Its members are varied, with a wide array of skills. Most importantly, no one beyond us and upper level officials in our governments are aware of its existence.”
The Councilors were silent for a few moments, all considering the suggestion. It was a difficult decision, as war with the Rachni would certainly have dire ramifications. They needed to approach the situation delicately. “Yes…I think this will work.” Hackett said. “It will draw less attention than a Spectre assignment, so we can avoid the issue being in the public eye.”
Hackett looked across the other Councilors without a word, awaiting their responses. One by one, they all gave a silent nod, indicating their approval. Hackett nodded back, then activated his omni-tool. “I’ll make the call.”