Mass Effect: Return from the Shadows
Unity and Restoration
Once the Sol and Sur’Kesh mass relays were repaired, the efforts that had been previously dedicated to their repairs were allocated elsewhere. Some of the ships were sent to nearby colonies to help their repairs of their mass relays, though without the aid of the relays, these outreaches took months or even years to reach the colonies. The further colonies were left to fend for themselves as by the time a fleet would arrive using their faster-than-light drives, the relays would likely be repaired. Ships that were not sent on these relief efforts were used in the repairs of the Citadel. The Citadel, a giant space station that had been created by Reapers millions of years ago that had served as the “capital” of the galaxy before the invasion, had been moved into Earth’s orbit by the Reapers and this location allowed for easy repairs.
By 2192, a third of the mass relays were back on the grid and some of the lesser damaged planets had fully recovered. Some of the more devastated worlds, such as Earth, Palaven, and Thessia were still not up to their former glory, but most life had returned to some sort of normalcy. When the Volus relay was repaired in 2193, Barlon Viak, a heady entrepreneurial Volus was able to lead the charge in restabilizing the galaxy’s economy by setting up several key trade routes and harboring hundreds of deals between colony worlds.
Despite some homeworlds having more difficulties than others, almost all were able to return to the galactic scene. One exception was Tuchanka, the Krogan homeworld. With few scientists and without the steady head of Urdnot Wrex to lead them, the mass relay project had all but been set aside. More importantly, without Wrex, the uneasy alliance that he had created amongst the Krogan clans soon fell apart. Clan Urdnot still remained the most powerful and had several clans backing them with Wrex leaving Eve in charge of clan until he could return, but was forced to spend much of its resources and time fighting skirmishes with other clans.
Rannoch saw a huge boom in production once their mass relay was brought back online. Once their fleets were able to return to their home system, leaps and bounds were made in the construction of their new world. During these construction efforts, caches of Geth AI were found stored in underground tunnels. Although most of them had been destroyed by the blast created by Crucible, about a thousand units had managed to download themselves onto a secure interface that somehow survived. Once this cache was found, there was a large debate amongst the Quarian leaders as to what was to be done with the Geth. Although there was the fact that the Geth had aided them in the final battle against the Reapers, there was still much mistrust of their synthetic creations. In the end though, with Tali’Zora vas Normandy backing their reactivation, the memory cores were uploaded into the Geth platforms.
By 2194, the Council reclaimed the Citadel as the their seat and it soon become the center for politics, trade, and culture as it had been years before. The transport beam that had been set up by the Reapers that connected the city of London and the Citadel was restored and still remains. Because of its proximity to Earth, the human homeworld also saw a big leap in trade and overall importance in the galactic society. Although this boded well at the beginning, it would become a source of dispute later.