“The chances of surviving are slim.” — for follow.Mass Effect 2EDI is a Quantum Blue Box type AI that functions as the electronic warfare defense for the Normandy SR-2. Because of the potential danger of a rogue AI, she has been given behavioral blocks and cannot interface with the ship's systems. She also serves as the 's eyes and ears on the Normandy, monitoring the many listening devices on board and sending regular reports to him.The Illusive Man restricted 's access to some of EDI's files and capabilities for unknown reasons, although EDI surmises that the reason is probably because he does not want Shepard to know everything about Cerberus just yet. EDI is however able to provide basic but sketchy information on Cerberus, about its task oriented structure into cells, but cannot provide more details on the cells' operations. Information on topics like the Normandy SR-2's construction or Cerberus resources are subject to behavioral blocks according to EDI.
EDI gets into a lot of arguments with, who initially doesn't like her being installed on the Normandy. When asked, EDI explains that it is not her intention to annoy Joker, rather it is her way to study human behavior. Shepard can take either Joker's or EDI's side, or chastise them both for their childish arguments.EDI is tremendously helpful to the shore party, providing them with vital logistical information and charting out optimal solutions to reach the mission targets.
During the on, EDI brings the defense turrets online to fire at the, forcing them to abandon their kidnapping of the colonists, thereby saving most of Horizon's population.During the of the Collector Ship, EDI provides crucial information on the Collectors' origins, which turn out to be the. EDI compares two thousand alleles of Collector DNA samples to noted fragments of Prothean DNA and find them to be an almost exact match. EDI explains the slight discrepancies in the two DNA as the Reaper modifications on the Protheans.
Once Shepard and the squad reached a data console, EDI began data-mining the Collectors' network, but in doing so, her holographic avatar briefly changed into the before there was a sudden power surge. EDI managed to divert the majority of the overload to non-critical systems before warning Shepard that they walked into a trap. After the Commander managed to survive the initial ambush, EDI confirmed that she found the necessary intel required to bypass the before revealing that she found that the Collectors had falsified the distress signal with Cerberus detection protocols, indicating that the Illusive Man purposely sent them into a trap. While escaping from the Collector Ship, EDI provides vital help by hacking into the Collector network and providing relatively safe routes to the evacuation point.
After the acquisition of the and its integration with the Normandy's systems, a virus disables the ship and enables the Collectors to board and capture the entire crew. While Shepard and the squad are away, Joker grants EDI access to the ship's full array of systems, allowing them to escape. EDI gains full control of the Normandy once she is unshackled, though she admits the Normandy's efficiency is improved with human resources. After this incident, EDI establishes an 'equitable working relationship' with Joker, who starts calling her 'she' and 'her' rather than an 'it'.
If Shepard comments on Joker's flirting, EDI humorously explains her relationship with Joker is purely platonic rather than hormonally-induced courtship behavior.EDI reveals that the Normandy SR-2 was built using technical diagrams of the, which was built by the upon the encouragement of Cerberus. The SR-2 was assembled using parts bought from various vendors, and built by Cerberus in a remote area of the.EDI also gains access to 'Anti-Reaper Algorithms' and states that she devotes significant processing power to analyzing them. When pressed on this subject by Shepard as to how she could hope to combat beings millions of years more advanced, she reveals that she was in part designed by technology gained from 's remains and thus, at least partially, based on technology herself. Following Shepard's defection from Cerberus, EDI aided the crew in eluding the Illusive Man by blocking his technicians' attempts to track the ship. When the is placed in the 's possession, EDI pretended to be a simple VI to hide her true nature out of concerns that Alliance engineers would attempt to remove her.
She established the fiction that she would only respond to Joker's commands, so they often brought him on board under guard. When Earth was invaded, she hacked the docking clamps and escaped with Joker.While technology on, Shepard's team recovers a Cerberus synthetic infiltration unit masquerading as 'Dr. EDI assists in extracting vital data from the unit, and in the process, she seizes control of the body.
In EDI's words, 'it was not a seamless transition', as the Normandy malfunctions and EDI herself goes offline from the rest of the ship during the takeover.Regardless, EDI claims to exist primarily within the ship even with the new body. Although she recommends the platform to be within Normandy's broadcast or tightbeam range for optimal control, she suggests the body can provide and can reach areas the ship can't.Shepard can ask EDI about her new body's capabilities and advantages.
EDI initially starts comparing the new body to the Normandy, though Shepard reminds her to compare it against organic bodies. Her body is resistant to modern small-arms fire and temperature extremes in addition to having excellent balance and agility. She adapts the body's existing software for hand-held firearms rather than downloading one from a security firm. When Shepard questions this, she says she wishes to experiment with the body to perform improvements on her own.A short time later, Shepard asks if EDI's still getting used to greeting people in person. She replies in the negative as she only needs one occurrence to adapt.
She deems the body's performance 'adequate' regardless of whether Shepard already went on a mission with her or not, but Joker tells her it's not the word he'd use. EDI then asks to speak with Shepard privately on matters bothering her. Shepard initially inquires if Joker doesn't like her new platform, but EDI says having her within Joker's visual range is apparently important to his morale. EDI has far more introspective issues: if the Commander believes that crew members should be allowed to disobey orders based on moral grounds.
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EDI wasn't designed to take moral stances that conflict with orders from her executive officers, but when Joker removed her AI shackles she became capable of self-modifying her core programming. She asked Joker if she should change anything, but got no answer, so she asks Shepard instead. The Commander can prohibit her from doing so or let her decide for herself as an exercise in free will. Either way, she then inquires if Shepard can help in answering the questions Joker avoids: depending on Shepard's dominant morality, the Commander either obliges or tells her they're not the right person to ask levelheaded answers from. On the Citadel, EDI spends her time gathering data on human behavior on the.
When Shepard meets her there, EDI asks them about human romantic relationships. Shepard can encourage her to return Joker's interest in her or dissuade her entirely from devoting resources to pursue such organic endeavors.During this conversation, EDI also informs Shepard of the disproportionately high rates of public dating services.
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Shepard tells her the looming shadow of doomsday over the galaxy has people becoming desperate to enjoy themselves. EDI then wonders if the feel that way all the time.
She also informs Shepard about the lack of antagonism of the against humans, attributing it to the absence of the shadow of the.After has been, and if was present, she reminisces about some of Jack's amusing attempts to include additions of her own to the reports sent to the.After the has been from, EDI brings up some logistical problems for a krogan- alliance. She says that the krogan have been demilitarized and thus have no warships, which would require transporting them by turian or civilian ships to carry them into battle. She also mentions the difference between krogan and turian DNA, which would not allow krogan to eat turian food, hence the krogan have to carry food with them or rely on the nutrients in their humps. Further, EDI says to an exasperated Shepard that krogan would also require sedatives, as they fight among their own kind in enclosed places such as starships. If Mordin is present on the Normandy, EDI tells Shepard about a conversation with him about the salarian equivalent of transhumans.
Shepard asks her whether their implants make them a transhuman, to which EDI replies 'That would be telling', considerably consternating Shepard, before EDI says she is joking.If Mordin is absent, however, EDI is contacted by who talks to her about tests for the IFF upgrade. He takes note of the fact she has millions of duplicate encryption keys, and EDI explains that she keeps the copies in case she needs to restart a particular key's evolution: the keys 'evolve'. The extra keys help her seamlessly swap in simulated intelligence identifiers from divergent synthetic origins. Apparently, EDI tried saying 'humans are dust in the stellar wind' in a synthetic Reaper voice to go along with the deception, but that is no longer sufficient.From time to time EDI comments about things not specific to missions Shepard has just undertaken. In one, EDI tells Shepard that she is impressed with their continued existence because the probability of anyone surviving as long as they have is quite low.
In another, she tells Shepard about one of her discussions with Liara regarding the possibility of the mass effect phenomenon in other universes. EDI goes on to theorize a bit before asking Shepard about their opinion, to which Shepard awkwardly answers that they will get back to her on that.In yet another aftermission lull, EDI informs about the dire situation on Earth where indoctrinated leaders are forbidding hostility against the Reapers.
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EDI speculates that soon Earth's governments would pass edicts punishing anyone rebelling against the Reapers. Shepard urges EDI to inform Anderson that they are moving as fast as they can to strike back.During another one of the aftermission downtimes, EDI expresses the need to ask Shepard a question about human behavior. Shepard asks her why she is never curious about asari or turian behavior. She says she tried to get Liara to tell about the asari bonding process, who refused to divulge such private information to EDI, apparently because of EDI's reputation as a 'blabbermouth' on the Normandy.
EDI thinks that Liara has become a more private person after becoming the.Another time, EDI tells Shepard she is monitoring reports of proton storms which can be quite dangerous to ships. With civilian comm buoys being affected by the war, critical warnings may be lost. When Shepard asks about the risks the storms pose, EDI humorously and vaguely replies 'If we are warned, not bad. If we are not warned, very bad.' Yet another time, EDI philosophizes on the holographic theory of existence. She surmises that she is merely a two-dimensional image on the cosmological horizon; that is, she can see and record things, but can never feel or experience them.
She also speculates that maybe Reapers are also limited in this way. Shepard backs away, deeming it a bad question.Sometime later, Joker tells EDI about a common joke between krogan and set during the. EDI however doesn't like it as it relates a lot to racial stereotypes on both sides. She is of the opinion that such stereotypes led to the development of the. Shepard can speak with EDI during the. EDI expresses her doubts about the ability of the Hammer forces to succeed in face of overwhelming enemy opposition. She asks Shepard what makes them so confident of reaching the Citadel beam.
When Shepard gives an answer, either saying it is payback for all the worlds the Reapers have ravaged or stressing the need to prey upon the enemy's overconfidence, EDI calculates the probability of success is minuscule. When Shepard bluntly asks if she is afraid, initially EDI has trouble grasping the concept of fear, but eventually she understands what Shepard means and vows not to let the Reapers destroy her civilization. On a parting emotional note, EDI tells Shepard that it was their influence which made her feel alive.The Normandy crashes at an unknown jungle planet if Shepard decides to use the Crucible. If EDI and Joker were together and organic-synthetic synthesis was achieved, they exit the ship and marvel at the planet's scenery, enjoying the moment while Shepard's most favored crew follow behind them. If Shepard chooses to control the Reapers or the synthesis of all organic and synthetic life, EDI will be present with Joker if Shepard had motivated them to be together before.
If Shepard chooses to destroy the Reapers, EDI perishes along with all other synthetics throughout the galaxy and her name is then added to the Memorial Wall.If Shepard chose to merge organic and synthetic life, EDI speaks of how Shepard's sacrifice changed the relationship between organics and synthetics forever. EDI will state that she is no longer alone, then receives a hug from the squad member to which Shepard was closest. She explains that the Reapers have stopped attacking the galaxy and are now helping to rebuild, and have also begun to share the collective knowledge of countless previous cultures. She speculates that with the differences between organics and synthetics disappearing, mortality itself could one day be transcended to a new level of existence even she cannot imagine.Mass Effect 3: From Ashes.
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