Mass Effect: Return from the Shadows
Picking up the Pieces
With the destruction of the mass relays, intergalatic travel was made almost impossible. Because the majority of the remaining fleets trapped in the Sol system, there were power struggles in some systems, often resulting in mercenary groups taking over the now lightly defensed governments. However, a majority of the now isolated sectors focused on repairing the damages inflicted by the Reapers. Most of their efforts were put towards fixing the ancient technology of the mass relays. Although they could not physically travel across the galaxy, communications were still up and scientists, engineers, and leaders could continue to contact each other. This allowed for a galaxy-wide collaborative effort on the mass relays, and despite the complexity and foreignity of the relays, great progress was made in a short period of time.
The biggest leaps were taken in the Sol and Sur’Kesh systems. With a majority of the galaxies fleets, a good number of scientists, and the Citadel trapped in the Sol system, they had the most resources and ships to make quick progress. They were the first to repair their mass relay in 2188 and Earth and the Citadel, despite being hit especially hard, were able to recover relatively quickly.
Sur’Kesh, the Salarian homeworld, also did well. Partially due to several great Salarian scientists, partially because the homeworld was not hit as hard as others, and partially because only minimal Salarian forces were sent to aid Shepard because the human commander refused the Salarian Councilor’s offer and cured the Krogan genophage. Their mass relay was repaired just after the Sol system’s in 2189 and the first ships were sent through the relays later that year.
Despite being more isolated than anytime in galactic history, many of the races were more united than ever before. Even the Krogan, mostly because of the leadership of Urdnot Wrex, realized that now was not the time for petty differences. Many of the alliances that Commander Shepard made while trying to gather help for the humans continued to hold and in most systems it was a time of hard work, but relative peace. The Quarians made good progress on building up their reclaimed homeworld and the Asari and Turians were able to repair a great deal of damage on their respective homeworlds.
The Elcor, Hanar, Drell, and Volus homeworlds were slightly less successful. The Elcor were hit hard by the Reapers and with less resources than many of the other races, they struggled more than species like the Asari or the Quarians. The Hanar and Drell faced several power struggles as many different rebel groups in the sector attempted several times to take over. These rebels were generally Hanar religious fanatics who believed that the Reapers had come to purge the unworthy but had not been able to finish their holy quest. These fanatics were battled by a small and relatively untrained militia under the direction of a Drell by the name of Tresen Thrios. Although the militia was outnumbered, outgunned, and undertrained, Thrios’s strategy was able to win them several key battles and force the fanatics off of the homeworld.
The colonies for each race all fared about the same as each other. Any that had managed to survive the Reaper invasions were forced to make due without supplies from their respective home systems. For most of these settlements and space stations, this wasn’t an overly difficult task as they were fairly self-sufficient. However, this did make the repair efforts on their mass relays an almost secondary objective as most of their resources were devoted to just surviving.