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As many of you know, Cerberus Daily News has resumed it's update schedule for the next week, in preparation for Arrival.  I've transcribed the updates below.  Since these haven't officially aired yet, they should be considered spoilers.

March 22
Evidence continues to mount that the system of mass relays attributed to the Protheans predate their civilization. Dr. Aurana T'Meles of the University of Serrice, a one-time skeptic of the claim, now says she's a convert. "This team has been meticulous in dating relays from many locations," she says in her findings. "It is not their responsibility to hypothesize who created the relays, only to isolate the eras of their construction." Such hypotheses abound and usually feature disappeared species like the arthenn or zeioph. Nearly all have been ruled out since they did not coexist with the oldest of the relays. Dr. Amanda Kenson, team lead for the initial discovery, could not be reached for comment at broadcast time.

March 23
Dr. Aurana T’Meles’ office in downtown Serrice was broken into last night after she made galactic news for supporting the controversial study that claims mass relays predate the Protheans.  “I don’t understand,” said a flabbergasted Dr. T’Meles.  “All they stole was research done by Dr. Kenson earlier this year.  If they’d waited a month, they could have read it all in a published paper.”  Security footage shows four batarians dressed in Civilian clothing breaking into Dr. T’Meles’ office at 4:13 local [Thessia standard] time.  Skin cells from the scene identified one burglar as Palash Tarn, a former member of the Khar’shan military’s Batarian Special Intervention Unit.  No officials from Kar’shan were available for comment.

March 24
Reactions to the discovery that mass relays were not created by the Prothean civilization continue to pour in.  Oh Kahje, the response is largely denial and shock.  Religious leader All-Bright Olos the 10th, the Sounaril of the Manas tradition, reacted by uploading a 13-minute speech to the newsnets that urged calm and peace.  “It is no heresy to say that the Enkindlers themselves may have been Enkindled,” the hanar said.  “It is their example of selflessness, courtesy, and willingness to share their gifts that teaches these ones how to live.  To say there was something before them, an even more noble being, gives these pertinent an even swifter current to ride, a greater model to which we can all aspire.

March 25
Two unauthorized researchers have been arrested and charged with attempting to tamper with the Lowas relay.  “Zahi Moon and Ellis Veech were found on Lowas’ outer surface, planning on accessing the command switches embedded in the relay,” says Council Relay Security officer Lisa Tanabe.  “They were about as successful as the last hundred people who tried.  The real harm was parking a research vessel near a potential collision zone where debris would take weeks to clean, and we know what a single screw can do to a ship at high velocities.”  Tanabe is referring to the tragic explosion of the Mihairokov, a spacecraft that hit an orbiting metal bolt that caused the ship’s cabin to depressurize, killing the passengers onboard.

March 26
A series of security incidents at mass relays throughout Citadel space has led to the redistribution of the Council’s peacekeeping fleets.  “Public attention has shifted to the relays, and relay-related crime is elevated,” says Captain Miyamoto Whelan of the Alliance fleet.  He went on to list starship loitering, debris dumping, and suicide by relay as chief incidents to be policed.  The resulting military presence has been disruptive enough to cause hours and sometimes days of delays for regular flights. “I don’t see why they need to park cruisers on the route to freaking Voya,” said commuter Lakshmi Dasgupta.  “No one’s attacking Voya, and don’t tell me they’re there to guard something that’s indestructible.” 

March 27
Commerce took a plunge yesterday as galaxy-wide traffic delays ground transport and finance to a halt.  “I’d estimate we lost 612-billion credits across the galaxy,” says macroeconomics expert Dora Voke, “and we would have easily doubled those losses if it wasn’t for the asari business holiday.”  While traffic flow between relays is back to normal, the effects are still being felt by commuters and vacationers.  “Unbelievable,” says Roman Basee, a citizen from Mars who was taking his first holiday in eight years. “The starline says they’ll rebook, but it’s just crazy that everything can grind to a halt.  The Citadel’s got to make sure this doesn’t happen!”

March 28
In a surprise move, respected Systems Alliance admiral, Steven Hackett, testified today before the Citadel council that the joint chiefs of the Alliance have relaxed their attitude toward the increased construction of turian dreadnoughts. “The Alliance is behind our councilor one hundred percent,” the admiral said, a significant departure from the Chiefs’ protests of the past. “Having recently conducted significant joint operation exercises with the turians, as well as smaller efforts with salarians and asari, the Alliance Navy feels the threats of the 22nd and 23rd centuries [Earth standard] will be external to the signatories of the treaty of Farixen.” Batarian ambassador Nel’Tarras Tilshan reacted vehemently. “The humans appear to be falling into a bloody-minded course, and we hope they turn back. Dreadnoughts are not for peacekeeping, they are for devastating planets! Hackett now sides with those who are a direct threat to the batarian people.”

EDIT: For those interested in how I got this: The game usually downloads about
2-3 weeks of CDN updates at a time, which it stores locally and
displays on the proper day. If you change the system date before loading
up ME2, you'll see a different day's updates, assuming they've been
downloaded. I simply went through the next seven days, took a bunch of
screenshots, and transcribed the stories. Anyone with the PC version of
ME2 can do the same.

Images:

http://i.imgur.com/TrfrR.png
http://i.imgur.com/HhtVr.png
http://i.imgur.com/mHA2T.png
http://i.imgur.com/CpASf.png
http://i.imgur.com/YtFYg.png
http://i.imgur.com/GJJam.png

Edited by CyanidPontifex, 22 March 2011 - 01:11 PM.


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Very cool!

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frickin' loveeee Hackett

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“Having recently conducted significant joint operation exercises with the turians, as well as smaller efforts with salarians and asari, the Alliance Navy feels the threats of the 22nd and 23rd centuries [Earth standard] will be external to the signatories of the treaty of Farixen.”


External threats?

They know about the Reapers, has to be.

Also, good to see humanity finally getting along with the turians. I always liked them.

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I am thinking more like the Batarians and Geth (at least it would seem that Batarian is implied)

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Mongerty2 wrote...

I am thinking more like the Batarians and Geth (at least it would seem that Batarian is implied)


Geth maybe but they're on our side (suppose the rest of the galaxy might not know), but I don't see the batarians as able to stand against the combined might of all the Council races.

Still, it looks like they're gearing up for something big. My money is still on the Reapers.

Edited by michaelrsa, 22 March 2011 - 03:54 AM.


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Awesome.

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Thanks for this.

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Yeah the reason for a surprising departure is because 2+2 has finally come together and the council races are probably in a panic rushing to build warships.

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DuffyMJ wrote...

Yeah the reason for a surprising departure is because 2+2 has finally come together and the council races are probably in a panic rushing to build warships.


Either that or they are just rebuilding from the losses suffered from the Battle of the Citadel.

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If they are actually preparing for the Reapers my unwavering support for the Council will finally be justified.

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Bugger my bloody impatience, did you have to post these! 
I’m like a moth to a flame with new info.
Very interesting though. Posted Image

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March 28
In a surprise move, respected Systems Alliance admiral, Steven Hackett, testified today before the Citadel council that the joint chiefs of the Alliance have relaxed their attitude toward the increased construction of turian dreadnoughts. “The Alliance is behind our councilor one hundred percent,” the admiral said, a significant departure from the Chiefs’ protests of the past. “Having recently conducted significant joint operation exercises with the turians, as well as smaller efforts with salarians and asari, the Alliance Navy feels the threats of the 22nd and 23rd centuries [Earth standard] will be external to the signatories of the treaty of Farixen.” Batarian ambassador Nel’Tarras Tilshan reacted vehemently. “The humans appear to be falling into a bloody-minded course, and we hope they turn back. Dreadnoughts are not for peacekeeping, they are for devastating planets! Hackett now sides with those who are a direct threat to the batarian people.”


I  would asume that means the Alliance is also increasing dreadnought production though perhaps at a pace that doesn't match the Turians.

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Yakko77 wrote...
I  would asume that means the Alliance is also increasing dreadnought production though perhaps at a pace that doesn't match the Turians.


As of 2185 the turians have 39 dreadnoughts while the Alliance has 8.

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michaelrsa wrote...

Yakko77 wrote...
I  would asume that means the Alliance is also increasing dreadnought production though perhaps at a pace that doesn't match the Turians.


As of 2185 the turians have 39 dreadnoughts while the Alliance has 8.


Maybe the Alliance is focusing on carrier construction or building squadrons of Normandy-class stealth frigates.

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So...@OP: how did you get hold of this?

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I wonder if any of this takes into account whether you saved the council? I would imagine that it would change quite a bit whether you saved or killed them. The dreadnoughts, for example.

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Yakko77 wrote...
Maybe the Alliance is focusing on carrier construction or building squadrons of Normandy-class stealth frigates.

I suppose, I've always been of the opinion that the Alliance was portrayed as being far more powerful than it should have been. 

Humanity has been out of it's solar system for less than a century. The turians have been out of theirs and colonizing for over 10 times that amount of time. Realisticly their military should be ten times or more greater than humanity's size and yet they portray the Alliance Navy as being able to match it.

No matter how "adaptable" and "flexible" your military is, when you are outnumbered ten to one by a force with tech equal to your own, you're screwed.

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Wait... How did you get them if they haven't been aired yet?

Am I missing something?

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Gentleman Moogle wrote...

Wait... How did you get them if they haven't been aired yet?

Am I missing something?


Wondering the same thing. :/

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michaelrsa wrote...

Yakko77 wrote...
Maybe the Alliance is focusing on carrier construction or building squadrons of Normandy-class stealth frigates.

I suppose, I've always been of the opinion that the Alliance was portrayed as being far more powerful than it should have been. 

Humanity has been out of it's solar system for less than a century. The turians have been out of theirs and colonizing for over 10 times that amount of time. Realisticly their military should be ten times or more greater than humanity's size and yet they portray the Alliance Navy as being able to match it.

No matter how "adaptable" and "flexible" your military is, when you are outnumbered ten to one by a force with tech equal to your own, you're screwed.


True but maybe it's a matter of being able to deploy all those assets at once thus leaving everything else exposed and vulnerable.

The U.S. Navy has about 10 carriers last I checked but has never deployed all of them at once.

Sometimes a badly outnumbered force can still come out on top though.  The WWII naval battle, Battle off Samar, is an example of coming out on top against extraordinary odds.  It's not common by any means but it does happen.

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I'm predicting many batarians will find themselves on the wrong side of Shepard's gun in this upcoming DLC.

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MadCat221 wrote...

I'm predicting many batarians will find themselves on the wrong side of Shepard's gun in this upcoming DLC.


The thought of it brings a smile to my face!

:devil:

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One week and counting.

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Whoa, batarians have some legitimate grievances against humanity. I don't agree with their support of slavery but I don't enjoy killing them.

Our hate for each other isn't going to just go away like that and if possible I'd like to take the first step to ending it.

Next time you see a blink, give him a hug, not a bullet.