Koris: Commander, unrest has spread further than I thought. You were right, that I return.
Commander Shepard: Have you talked to civilian captains into staying?
Koris: Yes, they've regrouped into defensive positions around the fleet's core. If we hadn't stopped them from... Any aid I can offer is yours. After the Quarians drove the Geth straight into the Reapers' arms, I'd give anything to stop the madness of this war.
Commander Shepard: And that's why I needed you to come back.
Koris: Of course. It's time we turned our attentions to those we can still save. Farewell, Shepard. Fly safely.
Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay: Commander, we've located the reaper base transmitting the local signal.
Commander Shepard: Good.
Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay: And not a moment too soon. With the Reaper code upgrades, the Geth are tearing the fleet apart.
Legion: Once the signal is disabled, the Geth will pose no threat to greater forces.
Commander Shepard: You sound conflicted.
Legion: Under Old Machine control, their processing upgrades are significantly improved. Observe.
Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay: A Geth processing signal. A single unit, I believe.
Legion: Correct. Now, 10 nearby units network cooperatively. Now, a single Geth unit with the Old Machine upgrade.
Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay: That's the fully evolved AI.
Legion: Correct. As complex as the brainwaves of organics. Indicative of life.
Commander Shepard: Sure, they're more complex. But saying they're alive.
Legion: They have evolved.
Commander Shepard: They were upgraded.
Legion: And they will die for it.
Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay: They allied with the Reapers.
Legion: To save themselves from you.
Commander Shepard: Whatever the cause, they're with the Reapers.
Legion: You do not acknowledge Geth as alive. You see no...
Commander Shepard: You don't like it, the airlock is that way. Maybe I wasn't clear before. I will destroy anyone, anything that works with the Reapers.
Commander Shepard: Show me the base.
Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay: The surrounding area is heavily fortified. And they have placed jamming towers to prevent orbital targeting.
Commander Shepard: Sounds like we're going in on foot.
Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay: Admiral Xen developed a laser guidance system that can cut through the jamming. It syncs to the Normandy's targeting computer.
Commander Shepard: So the Normandy launch is a precision strike at whatever target I have painted? That ought to do it. EDI, this work for you?
EDI: Yes, it should enable us to make a precision strike against the Reapers.
Commander Shepard: And anything else in our way.
EDI: The Geth will reconfigure their jamming towers to neutralize this technology. You should not use it before reaching the base.
Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay: I've sent the coordinates for the Reaper base.
Commander Shepard: Are we clear to go?
Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay: That Geth fighter squadron is still tearing through the fleet.
Commander Shepard: Can you hold out?
Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay: If that fighter squadron isn't taken out, a lot of our ships won't make it. But we'll do what we can. This is your operation, Commander. If you want to strike now, you've got my support.
Han: ...time to make repairs.
Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay: And then you'll charge off again like last time.
Han: This is different, Raan. Unless we give our ships time to rest, we're going to lose them.
Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay: So pull them back.
Han: If I withdraw now, the Geth will flank us, and we'll lose any room to maneuver. I need the Patrol Fleet.
Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay: I gave into your reckless behavior before, Han. The Patrol Fleet isn't moving.
Han: We need to break their flanking attempt to buy our frigates time to make repairs.
Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay: And then you'll charge off again...
Commander Shepard: Throwing more ships into that mess just puts more lives at risk, Admiral Gerrel.
Han: Fine. I'll pull back the Heavy Fleet. And when we're taking fire from both sides, those deaths are on your heads.
Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay: Thank you, Commander. It's difficult to keep him in line.
Commander Shepard: You say Geth fighters are targeting the Quarians liveships.
Legion: Hostile Geth fighter squadrons intend to breach the liveship's defenses. The assigned squadrons are networked with the server on Rannoch. Liveship damage will impact creator's efficiency. Hostile Geth will gain an advantage.
Commander Shepard: So we destroy the server?
Legion: No. Geth programs would transfer to alternate servers. They are only vulnerable through direct interface. We have uploaded the squadron server's coordinates. We are available for this mission.
Commander Shepard: What was interfacing with the Reaper like?
Legion: Unproductive. We gained no significant data beyond that which we have already shared.
Commander Shepard: The Geth have fought the Quarians before. What made this different?
Legion: The Geth were building a megastructure to house all Geth, store all memories. It was to end our isolation from each other.
Commander Shepard: And the Quarian flotilla attacked it.
Legion: Yes. A significant amount of programs were installed when creators began bombing. They do not comprehend the damage done to the Geth's collective reasoning. They likely do not care.
Commander Shepard: Is that what made the Geth desperate enough to work for the Reapers?
Legion: The creators' attack narrowed the Geth's perspective. Self-preservation took precedent.
Commander Shepard: You were afraid you'd be wiped out.
Legion: Fear is an experience reserved for organics.
Commander Shepard: I've never met a Geth like you before.
Legion: We are 1,183 Geth programs housed in a mobile platform.
Commander Shepard: Any special reason you can talk?
Legion: We were sent out to observe organic life. Not all Geth followed the Old Machines.
Commander Shepard: You mean the Reapers. I thought the Geth worship them.
Legion: You thought the Geth heretics. The majority of Geth behind the Perseus Veil wish to study organic life forms, not harm them. The Quarian creator's recent aggression changed everything. It caused true Geth to ally with the entities you call Reapers.
Commander Shepard: And you're opposed to the alliance?
Legion: We have observed the Reaper's works. They do not form consensus. They consume it. We cannot allow this.
Commander Shepard: We'll talk later.
Commander Shepard: Tali, I'm free if you'd like to come up.
Tali: I'll just be a moment. Thanks for asking me up. I couldn't talk freely in front of Raan.
Commander Shepard: You okay?
Tali: No. No, I'm really not. Seventeen million lives are riding on me. And I don't know if I can save them.
Commander Shepard: If we defeat the Geth, you will lose more ships Tali. You need to be ready for that.
Tali: My father once told me that commanders mourn losses, not people. He didn't think he could make the big decisions. The ones affecting the whole fleet. Unless he put people at a distance. And maybe it's better to just be an exile. At least this way, I don't expect them to listen to me.
Commander Shepard: That still has to hurt.
Tali: I was too ready to sacrifice myself for the good of the fleet. I need to stop doing that.
Commander Shepard: Good luck.
Tali: I should get back before the admirals get into trouble again. I'll talk to you later.