Mass Effect - Piercing the Veil
Commander Shepard has just defeated Sovereign. The Citadel is in tatters, the Council in disarray. Stepping up to the plate is the Systems Alliance. They now have a greatly improved standing and power amongst the council races after their swift and strong defence of the Citadel. With Saren’s defeat the Geth retreated for the most part, with only a few pockets of resistance remaining in Citadel space. Though the council races are reluctant to believe in the threat the reapers pose. Those races abandoned or otherwise marginalised are a lot more realistic. Despite the actions of Cerberus terrorists, the Quarian flotilla has entered into an alliance of sorts with the systems alliance. They provide talented engineers to serve on Alliance vessels and the Humans provide protection and essential supplies to the flotilla.
Arcturus station is the base of Humanity in space and the headquarters of the fleet. In a largely unpopulated system, it is surrounded by asteroids that were towed through mass relays and mined out for building materials. The crew are gathered at here for the commisioning and maiden voyage of the the SSV Anchorage, second of the Normandy class frigates. Named after the famous battle for Anchorage, when the United States finally removed the Chinese threat from their soil at the close of the War of 2012.