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The Normandy

Mass Effect Walkthrough and Guide

by Michael Monette  

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The Normandy

When you first board the Normandy you must speak to your new subordinates. Selecting the top-right or top-left options on the conversation wheel gives you Paragon points after the speech, while selecting the bottom-right or bottom-left choices yields Renegade points. After the speech has been made you are free to explore the Normandy and speak with the Normandy’s crew one-on-one. Now would be a good time to familiarize yourself with the ship’s layout.

Ship Layout

The Command Deck is the top level of the Normandy; it contains the Bridge and Galaxy Map. Speak to Joker at on Bridge and ask him about his personal history to gain some XP. Go through the door in the northern corner of the Combat Information Center and head down the stairs to reach the ship’s Quarters. Here you can speak with Kaiden, found working near the Sleeping Pods. The Medical Center is located by the Sleeping Pods; you can speak with Doctor Chakwas about her personal history to gain some XP and use the Aid Station to replenish your Medi-gel supply.

The Engineering section of the Normandy can be reached using the Quarters elevator Here, Garrus can be found by Mako, Wrex near the squad lockers and Ashley across from there. The lockers in Engineering can be used to outfit your allies without actually being in the field. Each character has a locker assigned to them, and can be equipped with available equipment from your inventory if you open one of their lockers. Equipment can be purchased from the Alliance Requisition Officer; his stock is dependent on the manufacturer licenses you have purchased, so check in often. Tali can be found in the Engineering section which can be reached by going through one of the doors behind the elevator. Speak to Engineer Adams to learn more about the Normandy, which will earn you XP in the process.

To earn the 'Paramour' achievement you must complete one of the romance subplots. Doing so entails forming a relationship with a crewmember and choosing the correct dialogue choices while conversing with them. Male Shepard can form a relationship with Ashley Williams or Liara T’Soni, while female Shepard can form a relationship with Kaiden Alenko or Liara T’Soni. It’s good practice to speak to each of your squad members after completing a storyline mission, since they will often have additional conversation points that can earn you XP and may lead to optional assignments. Speaking with the crewmembers that Shepard can form a relationship with develops the romance subplot which reaches its conclusion near the end of the game.

Your Mission

With Spectre status you are free to explore the galaxy at your own pace. You may choose to complete some optional assignments that take you to uncharted worlds, or you may wish to follow the main storyline. As far as missions go, there should be three active ones in your Journal. These missions can be tackled in an order of your choosing.

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