January 15th, 2155
Aboard Alliance Military Cruiser Liberation
The deck shuddered slightly as the UNSC destroyer Liberation came out of slip space. Outside the viewports, stars winked on as the transition from the dark, endless tunnel of non-dimensional space became normal space, complete with stars, planets, and ships. One such feature became apparent off the Liberty’s port side as the bluish-white Cherenkov radiation faded from the exterior hull of the ship. The structure being the Terminus system Mass Relay.
Shaped like a tuning fork, the center of the structure consisted of a pair of rotating rings, always in motion, now slowing down as the energy cycled and the relay cooled. Inside these rotating rings was a nucleus of blue light, a miniature sun. This was the relay’s Mass Effect core, which allowed the relay to propel ships instantly to any system with another Mass Relay, something Alliance eggheads still didn’t understand