Cutscene opens with the aftermath of the last battle, with a Marine pulling a dead Elite onto the platform. Anders, Forge and a group of Marines make their way towards the Relic interior.
- Anders: "Sergeant, is this what the aliens were after?"
- Forge: "Seems so, ma'am. They sure paid a price trying to defend it, all quiet now."
Forge tells his men to hold up, Anders approaches the Relic and moves to activate it, Forge stops her.
- Forge: "Hey! What do you think you're doing?"
- Anders: "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."
Forge lets go, Anders activates the Relic, a star map shows up.
- Anders: "Now that's...not what I expected!"
Behind the Marines several Stealth Elites with Needlers disengage their Active Camouflage.
- Elite: "Heresy! Remove this filth!"
Elites engage the Marines, who move for cover; the Relic deactivates
- Marine: "Take cover! Move!"
Forge takes cover with Anders and another Marine. A different Marine tosses Forge his Shotgun.
- Forge: "These guys just don't know when to quit!"
Marines return fire on Elites, killing a few, but taking casualties of their own.
- Forge: "Uh, Spirit? Forge. We're going to need a little backup."
- Forge: "This is Forge, we've been ambushed at the Relic site! I'm pinned down with Anders, we're taking heavy losses, we need reinforcements now!"
- Captain Cutter: Sergeant, Alpha Base won't be able to respond in time, we've got Grizzlies inbound from Spirit of Fire, hold on down there.
- Serina: "Ah, Grizzly tanks. Forge's pet project."
- Forge: "This is Forge; we're under heavy fire!"
- Forge: "I've got men down, where are those reinforcements?"
The Grizzlies finally reach Forge, Anders and the Marines.
- Forge: "About time, I was down to my last clip."
- Anders: "Grizzlies. Well, at least I know how to repair them."
- Forge: "I made a few improvements, my own special upgrades."
- Forge: "Cover me, I'm pulling back with Anders."
- Forge: "Those Grunts are carrying explosives, look out!"
Two Grunts plant explosives at the bridge controls and detonate them, killing one of the Grunts.
- Forge: "They've blown the controls. We're cut off!"
- Anders: "Get me to the east bridge's control panel, I think I can get it activated."
- Forge: "Once that's fixed, we're moving out!"
- Anders: "Give me a minute, and I'll get this bridge operational."
- Forge: "You heard the lady, let's give her some privacy."
- Forge: "Watch those doors, looks like company's coming."
- Anders: "Got it! The bridge is operational!"
As they near the entrance, multiple pairs of Hunters appear.
- Forge: "Hunters! There's too many! We need to make a run for the exit!"
Marines from outside begin to fire on the Hunters.
- Marine: "Sergeant Forge, we got your back. Get Anders out of here."
- Forge: "Get to the LZ!"
Forge and Anders successfully reach the landing zone.
- Forge: "Forge here. We made it, ready for extraction."
Captain Cutter: Good work. Professor, I want to be briefed on your findings as soon as you're onboard.