Jaal & Ryder and the Drama(tm) the game never touched
So @gizkasparadise let’s talk about First Contact. I think the game itself really failed to delve into this particularly delicious subject.
Consider this - as far as alien species go, the Angara have only met the Kett before Pathfinder shows up on their doorstep. And not just anywhere, but on Aya, supposedly hidden and protected. Their worlds are falling, culture lost, Moshae taken. They’re losing to the Kett.
Another unknown shows up in the one place Kett haven’t found. Their only sanctuary. Imagine the panic.
The Angara and the Resistance have maybe minutes to decide what to do. Young and bold, a certain lieutenant Ama Darav, looking to prove himself worth the esteemed name, volunteers as the front man to assess the new aliens. Evfra De Tershaav needs all the intel, but also assumes the worst - he lets his best soldier go instead of a scholar or a diplomat. Why?
Because he’s not sending in just a recon team. He’s placing a kill-switch.
Assess the aliens. Keep Aya safe, location hidden. Protect the Angara at all costs. Aliens give the slightest reason to suspect their motives…
Kill the Pathfinder. Eliminate the team. Hide all tracks to Aya.
Cue the times when Jaal Ama Darav almost pulled the gun, until the moment he no longer could. All the inherent mistrust and the weight of duty battling with this growing admiration for something, someone he hardly understands. This want and need, found in the unlikeliest of places.
And somewhere, Evfra De Tershaav reading reports and calculating whether his lieutenant has lost his wits or truly found a salvation for their people.
…how’s that for headcanon?