Mass Effect – Feros Walkthrough and Thorian Boss Fight
The first half of the original Mass Effect heavily focused on exposing Saren’s crimes to the Council. Once it became clear that the Turian Specter was up to something sinister, however, the council boarded and greeted Commander Shepard as the first Human Specter. Their first mission was to track down and capture Saren to bring him to justice.
Before leaving the Citadel, Captain Anderson and Ambassador Udina directed Shepard to Feros to find out why the Geth were attacking. Not only was Feros home to ExoGeni Corporation’s base of operations, there was a small settlement called Zhu’s Hope that would not resist the Geth for long. Feros’ fate was in Shepard’s hands, and as they untied the threads Saren left behind, the more it became evident that the ancient Specter’s corruption lay far deeper than anyone could have guessed.
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Mission: Feros – Securing the tower
After docking on Feros Shepard met David Al Talaqani, who directed them to Fai Dan at Zhu’s Hope. Here, the Geths make their first appearance, shooting David in the back and attacking Shepard and their team. Fight off the Geth Troopers, and once they’re taken care of, go ahead and go up the stairs.
This triggers a brief cutscene, exposing a Geth Hopper, which bounces around tight turns above. Go up the stairs, keep an eye out for the Hoppers, and take them out when they reveal themselves. Upon arriving at Zhu’s Hope, cross the encampment and head to the rear, where you will meet Fai Dan and Arcelia Silva. During this conversation, there is an opportunity to gain +2 Paragon for choosing the “I’m happy to help” option or +2 Renegade for telling him they didn’t fight through the Geth. for them. During this conversation, the Geth attack again and Arcelia tells Shepard to go to the tower.
Once the Geth are eliminated, head up the stairs, eliminating the Hoppers along the way until you reach the top of the tower. The panicked settler there cannot be saved, but Shepard can annihilate the Geth that killed them. Go through the door and turn left to reach the tower. Fight off Geth Troopers and Recon drones, staying in cover while a drop ship flies over and unleashes more troops. Enemies can include Troopers, Rocket Troopers, Destroyers, and a Juggernaut, depending on Shepard’s level. Once all the enemies are extinguished, another cutscene starts to show the ship leaving. Take the medical kit and improve, then go back down to speak with Fai Dan again.
There are various tasks to be done around Zhu’s Hope, but the priority of this mission is to eliminate the Geth and find out what they are looking for. At the top of the stairs, a door previously unavailable from the elevator that leads to the catwalk is lit. Pass the elevator and go down the stairs, meeting some of the Hoppers and a settler. Take out the Geth and keep going down until you reach the tunnels. Turn right and cross the bridge. Open the door on the other side of the bridge and take out the Geth snipers above your head. Proceed through the tunnel and disable the Geth Assault Drone and Shock Soldier before heading to the next area.
Here, three Krogan warriors await you. Walk down to lure them into the hallway, then take them out. Take the upgrade and technician’s kit near the beacon, then destroy the beacon to complete the main mission. Return to the activated elevator.
Mission: Headquarters of ExoGeni
Take the elevator to the garage to access the skyway. Help the settlers in the garage against the geth attack, then get into the Mako and ride along the skyway. There are numerous barriers, Geth Troopers and Armatures along the way to the next station. Shoot through them, either stopping and exiting for battle, or using the Mako’s pistols. Drive carefully, as falling off the skyway will kill everyone and re-roll at the last save point.
There are scientists hiding near ExoGeni’s headquarters, and Shepard can stop the Mako by approaching their location to talk to the people inside about what’s going on. There are a few side quests available for pickup here, including the search for Juliana’s missing daughter, Lizbeth. Back in the Mako, continue taking care of the Geth along the way. Upon arriving at the ExoGeni Headquarters garage, go out and fight the Geth. Once cleared, go forward and look around the ruins. Approach the door and walk around to enter to find a faulty object, frame, and fusion containment cell. Drop into the opening leading to the cave where someone shoots a gun.
Speak with Juliana’s daughter, Lizbeth. She reveals that the Geth are looking for a creature called Thorian. She will hand over her ID badge, and just at the end of the conversation, 10 varrens will attack. After fighting them, enter the facility. At the top of the stairs, a Krogan shouts at the uncooperative VI. Take out the Krogan and talk to the AI, who thinks Shepard is Lizbeth, which reveals that she knew more about what ExoGeni was doing than she was suggesting. They let go of the Thorian and allowed it to take control of the settlers so they could monitor and investigate the situation.
Fight through the headquarters to escape and return to Zhu’s Hope. In the first area, teammates will notice the legs that hold the ship to the building. On the other side of the catwalk, see two Geth kneeling above a glowing orb. Take them out and inspect the orb, then grab the crate. Fight the Krogan and collect the items in the room, then return to the main area to access the next room.
Once all of the Geth have been shipped, go to the Shuttle Bay Door Controls, which will only work if calibrated below 30 PSI. Each button is numbered, choosing the combination 13, 11 and 7 or 17, 11 and 5 will close the door and cut the claw to separate the ship from the building. This triggers a cutscene where Joker announces that the settlers of Zhu’s Hope have gone mad.
Go up and out of the area where the barrier once blocked the entrance. Lizbeth joins the Mako crew, but stops Shepard upon hearing his mother on the communication. As she leaves, she rushes to join them. The ExoGeni rep is very aggressive when talking about the Thorian; dealing with him can conjure up Renegade points if he’s aggressive or Paragon if Shepard can convince him that the settlers are worth saving. Scientists give Shepard a modified nerve gas to use with grenades to subdue mad colonists and avoid killing them. Return to the Skyway and cross the Geth to reach the main garage.
Mission: Le Thorien
After arriving at the garage, equip Anti-Thorian gas to knock out the settlers and make your way to Zhu’s Hope. There’s a crate with more grenades just inside the door if Shepard runs out of power while knocking out Mad Settlers to keep them alive. Keeping them alive grants more Paragon Points, while shooting them earns maximum Renegade Points. Once all the settlers have been knocked out or killed, access the crane controls to open an entrance to Thorian’s lair. Fai Dan comes out at this point, fighting with himself and the Thorian’s control over him. After he shoots himself, go down to the lair.
After examining the Thorian, an Asari clone emerges to speak, explaining why Saren had come. The Thorian has no interest in speaking after this, and battle ensues. Take out the clone and focus on the thorial neural node, then shoot it with the shotgun. There are six in total, one located on each level of the lair. While battling Thorian Creepers at all levels, the Asari clone reappears after each neural node is destroyed, producing a total of seven clones that must be removed.
Destroying the last node kills the Thorian and frees the Asari, Shiala. Speak with her to learn more about Saren’s plans to obtain the Thorian’s cipher and allow her to transfer the cipher to Shepard. Determine whether you allow Shiala to live or not, then return to the surface and return to Normandy. Once you’ve returned to the ship, if Liara is part of the party, she’ll offer to join Shepard again to help understand the beacon’s visions. Then dismiss everyone and notify the Council to complete the mission.
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