WARNING: Level 1 Toxic Hazard
Eletania appears to be a world eminently suited for colonization. Sadly, appearances are deceiving. It is covered by a verdant carpet of mosses, algae, and lichen, and possesses a thick oxygenated atmosphere, but the animal kingdom is a web of microscopic symbiotic creatures. These are impossible to filter from the air and necessary for the native life to thrive. Unfortunately, they also cause anaphylactic shock when inhaled by non-native life.
In short, settlement requires either fully sealed environment suits, or replacement of the entire world’s ecosystem. Some have proposed limited colonization at altitudes above the symbiotes' range, or in areas where favorable winds keep the air clear.
Points of Interest
|1||Initial||Downed recon probe (UNC: Lost Module)|
The song associated with the rachni can be heard in this general area.
|3||Initial||Prothean ruin (vision)|
|4||Discovery||Mineshaft with Space Monkeys (UNC: Lost Module)|
|5||Discovery||Space Monkey colonies|
Examining the strange Prothean artifact reveals a small, irregular slot on the underside of the surface. Remembering the strange trinket you received from the asari Consort on the Citadel, you pull it out and place it into the slot. The ball explodes in a brilliant flash of white light, momentarily blinding and disorienting you.
Slowly your senses return as you wake from a deep sleep. You are alone in the forest, though you are not far from the caves you share with the others of your tribe. There is a pain and a small lump in the back of your skull, as if a chip of flint has been forced under the surface of the skin.
Leaning on your bone-tipped spear for support, you rise to your feet. A sound draws your attention upwards, where a strange creature hovers high above you. It is unlike the birds you hunt by the lake's edge - it has no head and no wings yet somehow it flies. It is a beast of shining silver; hanging motionless in the sky like a cloud. You sense it is watching you, studying you.
Raising a hairy fist, you shake your spear at it in anger and the creature rises up quickly until it disappears from view. With a satisfied grunt you make your way back to your caves and the rest of the tribe.
You fall into the familiar patterns of life - the hunt for food, the struggle to claim and keep a mate, the battles against other tribes that would claim your territory. Days roll into nights and back into days. Each time you rise from sleep there is the sensation that you are not alone; that some "other" is with you sharing all you see, hear and feel. At these times your hand goes to the strange lump at the back of your skull and you remember the silver creature in the sky.
The air grows colder, winter falls. You must range farther for food, clutching the furs tight against you to ward off the chill. It is on one of these long hunts that the strange bird returns. You hear it before you see it, its call a deafening roar as it descends from above, swooping down on you. A single great eye opens on the underbelly, a glowing red orb. You try to run, but a finger of red light extends from the eye and engulfs you, and all goes black again.
You wake an instant later to find yourself on Eletania lying on your back, the Prothean artifact looming above you undamaged and your companions standing over you. They help you to your feet, puzzled. "There was a flash of light and you just sort of toppled over," one explains. "Are you okay, Shepard?" the other asks.
You don't answer right away, wondering at the implications of what you have seen: the memories of a Cro-Magnon hunter, captured by an implanted Prothean data recorder. How long did they study the primitive humans, observing them and analyzing the results at their base on Mars? And what, if anything, did they learn from us?
"I'm fine," you finally reply, realizing this is a mystery you will probably never solve. "Forget about it."
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Search and Rescue
- Main article: Search and Rescue
Eletania has a ring system visible from the ground.
The operational area in 2183 is fairly Mako-friendly as most of its points of interest can be reached in nearly flat terrain or through light climbing. East of the map is semirugged mountains; the mineral deposit there is nestled in a nook but getting there may be easy through a large patch of rolling plateau.
The only region requiring some effort to reach is the Prothean ruin.
- Eletania's moon is the same asset as the one used to represent satellites on the skyboxes of Klensal, Amaranthine, Ontarom, Binthu, and Feros (original version of Mass Effect only).
- The Prothean sphere found in Eletania's ruin in Mass Effect is highly similar, if not identical to, the Prothean relic found on Kopis in the Mass Effect 2 assignment Project Firewalker: Prothean Site.
- Finding and unlocking the Prothean sphere in Mass Effect is flagged as an event when importing a save file into Mass Effect 2, though the event has no effect in the game.
- In Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Eletania's terrain now features 3D grass carpeting instead of plain green textures.