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Report #3
To: The Illusive Man
From: Operative Miranda Lawson
Mission Report:

We have left the Citadel now. Despite my previous concerns it seems that this might have been an adequate first option. I still believe we should have recruited the salarian Doctor as soon as possible, however, that it is not the point.
The mission was a success. Shepard found the advertisement stand, which was the the rendezvous with Kasumi Goto, without a problem. She seems to have made a good impression on the thief, as she deigned to reveal herself to us, instead of lurking in the shadows and communicating through the stand. I have to inquire if keeping Cerberus’ deal with Miss Goto from Shepard was the best choice. She already mistrusts us, and it makes us seem disorganized to those we recruit if she is unaware of things like this. I also have some concerns about recruiting Kasumi Goto. Though I’m sure she is talented, I’m unsure if we need those talents aboard the Normandy.
After parting ways with Miss Goto, we entered the Ward. We were held up briefly by Shepard’s status, declared legally dead, but the C-Sec Captain was more than helpful at cutting through the red tape and restoring her in the systems. Shepard was bound and determined to see Councillor Anderson (re his message). Their relationship seems as close as ever, despite the circumstances, and though he didn’t share any classified intel. The rest of the Council was dismissive. I was impressed by how evenly Shepard dealt with them. I believe she knew their promises were empty, but she still was polite and calm, and refused to rise in the face of their anger. In the end they agreed to reinstate her as a Spectre. Ambassador Udina came in at the end of the meeting. He and Anderson obviously dislike each other. Udina is a consummate politician, and probably resents being passed over as Councillor. Cerberus might be able to use that if Anderson continues to prove intractable.
The Normandy is now headed to Omega to recruit Dr. Mordin Solus, Archangel and Zaeed Massani. Joker and EDI continue to argue over control of the ship, however the pilot seems more resigned to sharing with an AI even if he dislikes it. The rest of the crew seem to be in fine spirits, despite the parameters of the mission. Having Shepard as their Commander is quite the morale boost. Overall things seem to be starting off on the right foot, though time will tell if it continues to do so.
Please inform me if you have any concerns.

Operative Lawson

Report #4
To: The Illusive Man
From: Operative Miranda Lawson
Mission Report:

Omega remains a horrible pit of a place. Upon arrival Shepard took Kasumi Goto and Jacob out with her. She said she wanted me to guard the ship from the nasty characters that live here, but I’m inclined to disbelieve her. I can tell she doesn’t trust me. We’ve talked a few times, but still maintains a distance between us. She seems to want to try and get to know her crew, but she’s withholding her trust. In short her goals are momentarily aligned with Cerberus, but her principles and prejudices might cause her to start trouble.
That being said, we had another successful mission. As soon as Shepard boarded the station, the “leader” of Omega demanded her presence. The mercenary you recruited, Zaeed Massani, was also waiting for her nearby. Somewhat surprisingly Shepard was able to control herself while he assaulted his prisoner, considering how highly she regards respect for life. Again she was blindsided when he wanted to discuss the arrangement that Cerberus had made with him in return for his assistance. If you have made any more if these deals, I highly recommend that you inform her of them. I believe I’ve told you my reasons (re the recruitment of Kasumi Goto). Zaeed and Shepard came to an arrangement and he is now stationed on the Normandy.
The meeting with Aria T’Loak seemed to go alright. The asari provided Shepard with some information and we weren’t chased off the station. The salarian doctor was combatting a plague in one of the districts. It was remarkable in the way that it was contagious to all species except humans and vorcha. Humans were being blamed for it, and were being attacked by the aliens. Meanwhile the vorcha were making a push to claim the district. It was clear who was behind the disease, the victims were just too blinded by prejudice to see it. After fighting their way to the clinic that Mordin Solus was based at, Shepard asked him to join our crew. He agreed as long as Shepard helped him to stop the plague. He had already developed a cure, and lacked only the resources to deploy it. She was happy to assist, and with few complications the vorcha were beaten back and the cure was released. Mordin kept his word and has acclimatized to the Normandy extremely well. He seems delighted to have a fully functioning lab. It’s worth mentioning that Doctor Solus suspects the Collectors of manufacturing the plague and telling the vorcha how to use it. Clearly their plans involve more than just abducting human colonists. Shepard is planning spending the night on the ship, before returning to Omaga to find Archangel. She learned from Aria that he is in some sort of trouble with the local merc gangs. I will send another update on the completion of the mission.

Operative Lawson

Report #5
To: The Illusive Man
From: Operative Miranda Lawson
Mission Report:

Shepard once again decided to leave me behind to guard the ship, electing instead to bring along Mordin Solus, who would be better off in the lab trying to find out how to block the Collector’s Seeker Swarms. This time she claimed she wanted to test the combat skills of her squamates, but she took Kasumi with her again, instead of the untried Zaeed. Although now that I think about it, Zaeed and his grudge would be well known to the Blue Suns, so maybe it makes sense in that regard.
Yesterday we learned from Aria T’Loak that the merc gangs on Omega had ganged up against the turian known as Archangel. She advised we infiltrate their ranks as freelancers. Shepard took her advice and managed to work her way to the no man’s land area in front of the hideout, collecting valuable information and preforming several acts of sabotage. Shepard, Mordin, and Kasumi participated in the charge against Archangel, making it into his sanctum, before turning on the mercs who charged with them. After cleaning out the nest, they went to talk to the turian, and discovered his true identity. Garrus Vakarian, Shepard’s former crew member on the original Normandy. From all accounts Shepard was ecstatic at this revelation. The four repelled attacks from the Eclipse, and the Blood Pack, before the Blue Suns mounted a heavy attack. Archangel took a rocket almost to the face.
Shepard managed to defeat them, and rushed Vakarian to the Normandy med bay, where he is still being operated on by Doctor Chakwas. It is uncertain at this time whether or not he will be able to take part in our mission, though the Doctor assures us that he will live. Shepard is currently pacing by the door, waiting for news. It is obvious she has affection for him. Though the revelation of his true identity may be valuable in keeping Shepard comfortable, I am unsure if it is a good thing. There is a tenuous balance on the ship between Cerberus and Shepard. I’m hoping Garrus’ addition won’t shift it too much.
On the unlikely event that he makes a full recovery, he will make a valuable addition to the crew. Archangel managed to hold off three merc groups, by himself, for over a week. However, if he can’t join the rest of us in the field, what should we do with him? Shepard will undoubtably want to keep him around, but if you think it better I can manipulate him into leaving.
The crew members we picked up earlier seem to be comfortable in their new surroundings. Jacob keeps busy in the armoury, Mordin, the same in the lab. Zaeed entertains everybody with outrageous stories, and I’m pretty sure Kasumi is raiding personnel lockers. We are an unlikely group, but things are going alright so far, minus the unfortunate incident with Archangel.
Let me know how you want that situation resolved. Our next stop is to pick up Subject Zero from the prison ship Purgatory. I’ll contact you at the conclusion of that mission.

Operative Lawson