I don’t know that we’ll ever see it or dwell there, and of course, the particulars would vary based on playthrough, but I’m curious about a post-Reaper War galaxy - the immediate aftermath, the reconstruction period. We get hints in the epilogues, but for the three beam choices, these scenes display what might be polished futures - images in which eyes are no longer shining with tears but with hope. A galaxy unified, still, and strongly so.
But what of the days and weeks that ebb by as the smoke and haze dissipates, as the injured are treated and the dead are counted? What of the emergency shelters, the refugee encampments, the roll calls, the distribution of resources? What of the unrest and unease, the mistrust and the struggle to work alongside former foes? What of the rise of old prejudices now that the common enemy is vanquished?
Those are the stories I want to hear and see - waking up under the shadow of wreckage, building temporary homes in the hollowed-out corpses of Turian fighters and Reaper claws. Riding out across new wastelands in patchwork skycars. Bristling against new laws that are neither Krogan or human, Quarian or Elcor, but some tenuous amalgam of any and all.
I want to see a post-apocalyptic galaxy struggling to sit upright, to walk - when relief is the merest exhalation before the heroes are momentarily forgotten under the crushing weight of grief and panic. I want to see the days still cast in shadow, the slow building of will to face the hardships of survival, those first forays into the repair and preservation of the tattered remnants of culture.
Those stories are an integral part of the galaxy-yet-to-be, the galaxy free of the Reaper threat, the galaxy propelled forward in the wake of the Normandy - all across the star systems, the trudging, shuffled pace of healing.
Yes, I want the closure to the plot arcs that were left unfinished, and I want the resolution for the characters well-loved, but I also want to see that most raw and real toil - the starting over, the re-learning of what it means to live.