The UNC: Asari Writings assignment is the only lengthy fetch quest that will have direct consequences in later Mass Effect installations.
The background of this assignment has to do with uncovering the results of an Asari cultural expansion attempt. After expanding to the Traverse, a group of Asari Matriarchs became concerned with uncovering infinite knowledge hidden in the cosmos. They departed the Asari homeworld, Thessia, and of the 28 that left only six returned. Of the missing 22, only the remnants and writings of Matriarch Dilinaga were uncovered.
It's up to Shepard to collect these writings as they've been cast all over the galaxy.
Mass Effect UNC: Asari Writings Assignment Guide
Commander Shepard can pick up this assignment after finding the first piece of Asari writings. There are 16 pieces in total. However, the game only asks players to find 10. Pieces can be found by surveying planets and hidden asteroids or while investigating the debris and anomalies on the surface of planets the team can explore.
We've broken down these locations into two sections: surveys and landings. Each listing is organized as the cluster, system, and planet, respectively.
- Armstrong Nebula: Gagarin—Junthor
- Armstrong Nebula: Hong—Matar
- Artemis Tau: Macedon—Porolan
- Gemini Sigma: Han—Paravin
- Hades Gamma: Antaeus—Ploba
- Horse Head Nebula: Pax—Veles
- Kepler Verge: Newton—Klencory
- Maroon Sea: Vostok—Pataiton
- Argos Rho: Phoenix—Tuntau
- Armstrong Nebula: Grissom—Solcrum
- Artemis Tau: Macedon—Sharjila
- Hades Gamma: Cacus—Chohe (x3)
- Hades Gamma: Plutus—Nonuel
- Styx Theta: Acheron—Altahe
If Shepard completes this assignment, the benefits will carry over into Mass Effect 3. If they also retrieved Gavin Hossle's information on Feros, interacted positively with Conrad Verner, and purchased the Elkoss Combine license for their quartermaster, Conrad's dissertation will be counted among the war assets as an additional five points.
Totally worth it.