30 Day Mass Effect: Andromeda Ryder Challenge
This meme is inspired by a question in the MEFFW FB group. Someone
was looking for a Ryder challenge, so I decided that maybe we needed one that
dealt more with game events. It is also inspired by several 30-day character
challenges that I have seen pop up over the years. I know there was a
pre-release 30-day Ryder challenge that went around, but it specifically dealt
only with speculative Ryder content. The aim of this one is to incorporate
questions directed at a fully/partially played Ryder.
The questions below are meant to be answered as specifically, generally, or tangentially as you like. None of the questions are required by any means; I expanded and offered some direction only as a guide for those who might prefer a little more guidance than a generalized category.
Please, pardon the vagueness of some of the questions, I am trying to limit spoilers as much as possible.
If you’d be up for it, I’ll be following the tag: #30dayMEARyderChallenge. I’d love to see the other Ryders out there in the universe.
And a quick thanks to Liz for her feedback. Really appreciate it.
Day 1: Introduction
Describe your Ryder in 250 characters or less. Now, have your Ryder describe themself in 250 characters or less. Also provide any of the basic biographical information like: full name, age, pronouns, gender, etc. Is there a special significance to the name you chose for your Ryder? Did you also name their sibling and parents? If so, what and why?
Day 2: Physical Status
Briefly describe your Ryder’s physical appearance. What are their vital statistics (e.g., hair color, eye color, skin color, height, weight, body type, origin)? Did you use a specific face claim? If so, who? Are they comfortable with their looks and their body, or did they wish they were different in some way? Do they have any significant scars or other identifying marks? How fit are they? Are they able-bodied or disabled?
Day 3: Psychology
Briefly describe your Ryder’s mental state. How do they handle stress? How do the opening events of Mass Effect: Andromeda affect their mental state in the game? Do they deal with their grief? If so, how? How do they deal with the mantle placed upon their shoulders unexpectedly by their father? Do they chafe beneath the weight, follow in Alec’s footsteps, or blaze their own trail? Are they neurotypical or neurologically atypical? Do they have any mental illnesses or a history with mental illness?
Day 4: Sexuality & Gender
Describe how you think about your Ryder’s sexuality and gender. How would they talk about their sexuality/sexual inclinations or lack thereof? What is their gender? Are they cis, trans, or nonbinary? If they are trans or nonbinary, what is their designation and when did they realize it?
Day 5: Pockets, Gear & Weapons
Did they bring something special with them from the Milky Way or leave everything behind and start fresh? Which is their favorite on-ship outfit choice? Is the choice made for appearances or comfort? What’s in your Ryder’s pockets? Do they always have a weapon on them? Is it always a specific weapon(s)? What do they carry around every day? Why? Which is their preferred armor choice? Why? Do they have something that they always take into combat with them? Why?
Bonus: Does your Ryder use the crafting system? What do they most often craft? Do they name the items? Do they name their weapons?
Day 6: Training History & Past
What is your Ryder’s Training History? Does it affect their profile choices? Also, how did they come by this skill set? What are some notable career moments for them prior to setting out for Andromeda? Did they join the Initiative because their father asked? Did they only sign up after their twin sibling signed up? Did they really want to go to Andromeda or did it take some convincing? What are some other significant events from your Ryder’s past that influence them? Are they running from something too? Did they have any kind of special send off before going into the fridge?
Bonus: Describe the Ryder family background. Does your Ryder’s family history match that presented in-game or does it differ? Share a few important or formative events in your Ryder’s history. How did these events impact and shape them? What is their relationship like with their twin? What impact does that have on them?
Day 7: Combat Approach
Does your Ryder use one specific profile most of the time or do they bounce around between a few of them? Which ones? Why? Do they prefer Milky Way weapons or have they adapted their combat approach to Heleus and Remnant tech? What is their standard weapon loadout? What is their standard ability loadout? What are their most used/favorite abilities? What enemies give them the most trouble?
Bonus: Is your Ryder good at fighting? What kind of combat experience to they have?
Day 8: Field Morality
What do they think about fighting/violence as a solution to problems? When was the first time they killed someone? How did it affect them? Is there an encounter they have nightmares about? When the option is available, do they prefer to kill their enemies or do they try and show mercy? Do they feel proud of their kills or regret them? What is their opinion on torture?
Day 9: Politics
Are they solidly pro-Initiative? Pro-Nexus? Or do they see themselves as neutral? What was the nature of their first outpost on Eos? What are their opinions on some of the major political situations in Heleus? What is their opinion of the heads of the Initiative? Discuss some of the other significant political choices your Ryder made in Andromeda and their candid opinions about those and other events.
Day 10: Personality & Alignment
Does your Ryder tend toward one or two personality responses in game (i.e., logical, emotional, casual, professional)? Are they friendly or distant, maybe flirtatious? Are the inquisitive/curious? Do they always delve deeply into conversational topics with people? What kind of first impression does Ryder give people? Do they have any ticks or unique mannerisms? What are some of their habits? Do they have any odd quirks? Name 5 character strengths and 5 character flaws for your Ryder. How do these affect them in the game? What changes to they undergo over the course of their arrival and exploration of the Heleus Cluster? Do they grow?
Bonus: Where does your Ryder fall on the classis Paragon/Renegade morality scale from the original Mass Effect trilogy? What would their D&D alignment be? Their personality type (such as MBTI, Enneagram, etc.)?
Day 11: Values
How does your Ryder define “good” and “evil”? “Right” and “wrong”? Were these the values they learned from their parents or from other societal institutions around them? Did their definitions change during their time in Andromeda? How so? Do they even consider good/evil or right/wrong in the course of their missions? What are your Ryder’s priorities, both personally and professionally, if there is a difference? What is the first thing they consider when making a decision? Do they think things through or go with their gut?
Day 12: Limits
What drives Ryder once they arrive in the Heleus Cluster? Is there a cause or ideal that they dedicate themselves to? Why do they dedicate themselves to it? Is there something they would sacrifice everything for? Almost everything? What would they not sacrifice? Is there a line that your Ryder would never cross?
Day 13: Canon Choices
What are some of the major choices your Ryder made in game? Why did they make these particular choices? What is the hardest decision they had to make? Which choice was a no-brainer for them?
Day 14: Consequences
Which events in Andromeda had the biggest impact on them? Which of their decisions had the biggest impact on them? Why did these events affect them so strongly? How, if at all, did these events change your Ryder?
Day 15: Contrition
What choice(s) do they regret? What would they do differently, if they could? How do they deal with the situation or its aftermath?
Bonus: Are there any events in game that don’t give your Ryder the chance to act as you think they would? If so, please explain how your Ryder would have approached the situation.
Day 16: Companions
Who is their first friend among the Tempest’s crew? Who is their best friend? Who do they like the least? What is your Ryder’s relationship like with each of the members of the Tempest’s crew: Cora, Drack, Gil, Jaal, Kallo, Lexi, Liam, Peebee, Suvi, Vetra? What do they appreciate most about each? What do they dislike or find most annoying about each? How does your Ryder get along with Captain Dunn? How do they get along with people on the Nexus, in the settlements, in other ports and locations throughout Heleus? Do they have any nicknames or use any terms of endearment for their companions?
Bonus: How do they feel about the situation with their twin? What do they choose to say, or not say, to their twin when they have the chance to talk to them? Do they visit their twin often? Or do they count on Lexi to update them as to their twin’s progress?
Day 17: Courtship & Friendship
What qualities does Ryder find attractive or unattractive in others? Do they have a serious platonic relationship with anyone? Does your Ryder get involved romantically or sexually with anyone? How does it begin? When do they first fall for them? When do they realize it? Do their relationships/friendships last? Do they have any flings? Is there someone they are interested in that they can’t have? Do they use any nicknames or terms of endearment for their partner? What are some activities they enjoy sharing with their partner? Does anyone else on the crew know? How do they find out? How does Ryder feel about them knowing/finding out? Does Ryder try to hide their relationship or keep it under wraps? What do they appreciate most about their partner?
Bonus: What are their previous relationships like? How are their Andromeda relationships like or unlike the others? Do they leave the Milky Way to escape a broken heart or a bad relationship?
Day 18: Conclusion
How did they want their journey in Andromeda to end? How did it actually end? Do they get a happily ever after? What do they do after game’s canon conclusion?
Day 19: Faith
Does your Ryder believe in a higher power? Do they follow a human religion or did they adopt one from another species? How devout are they? How much do they commit to their faith? If they are atheistic or agnostic, how staunch are they?
Day 20: Cabin
How do they decorate their cabin? Do they ascribe to any particular aesthetic—fancy, plain, bright, sleek, modern? Are there any distinct details? Do they collect the model ships? Do they keep any particular snacks hidden away in their space? Do they keep the space hamster? What do they name it? What about the pyjak (if you had that game version)? Do they name it? If so, what?
Day 21: R&R
What does Ryder do with their spare time? What does they do to relax? Or are they a ‘workaholic’? Do they have any hobbies they indulge in? How about any hidden or unhidden talents? Does Ryder enjoy the clubs available in some ports? Do they have a favorite? Does your Ryder drink or are they a teetotaler? If they do drink, how drunk do they get? What are they like when they are drunk.
Day 22: Planets
Which of the planets visited in the Heleus Cluster is Ryder’s favorite? Why? What do they like most about that planet? What do they like the least? Which planet do they dislike visiting? Why? Where would they settle? Why?
Bonus: Describe your Ryder’s opinion of each of the planets visited in Andromeda. Likes? Dislikes? How do they feel about the settlements there? What are some of the things they enjoyed doing there? Events they found tedious?
Day 23: Domestics
How does Ryder handle everyday tasks? When it is their night to cook does the rest of the crew look forward to it or do they cringe? Does Ryder think they have any specialties (in the galley)? How do they sleep? Do they lie on their stomach, back, or side? Do they move around a lot or not at all? Do they have any particular self-care rituals? If so, what?
Day 24: SAM
How did your Ryder feel about Artificial Intelligence before they departed the Milky Way? Does that opinion change after they arrive in Andromeda? How does your Ryder feel about their connection to SAM? How do they deal with concerns about AI in Andromeda? Are they close to SAM? Or does Ryder merely see SAM as a tool to achieve their goals? Does their constant connection to SAM have any effect on their normal behavior? Are there moments they are embarrassed to have shared with SAM? How do their friends/LI feel about the connection, if they are aware of it?
Day 25: Aliens
In general, how does your Ryder feel about aliens? When/how did they meet their first alien? How did they view humanity’s place in galactic society before they left the Milky Way? Has their view changed since arriving in Andromeda? What are their relationships like with the Initiative and non-Initiative factions?
Describe their first contact with the Angara. How do they approach the government on Aya? What is their approach to the Resistance? Do they get along with the leaders of the Angara? What is their relationship like with the Angara? With their leadership? With Jaal? Do they take a consistent approach? Or is their approach tailored to each particular situation? Do they lie to the Angara? Are they always truthful?
Describe their first contact with the Kett. What is their initial opinion of the Kett? Of the Archon? Of other significant figures in the Kett? How does their opinion of the Kett evolve as the story progresses? How do they react to new information about the Kett as it is gathered?
Day 26: Andromeda Initiative
What is Ryder’s opinion on the Initiative? On the events that occurred before their arrival in Andromeda? What do they think of the Nexus? Of the Initiative leadership? Does Ryder make finding the other arcs a priority? What is Ryder’s opinion of the other Pathfinders? What is Ryder’s opinion of the APEX group? What is Ryder’s opinion about and approach with the Exiles? How does Ryder approach and deal with the Krogan? Is Ryder supportive of the Initiative?
Day 27: Vaults & Remnant
Is your Ryder fascinated by the vaults? Or do they see them as a means to an end, a key to planetary viability? Do they enjoy the puzzles and exploration? Or do they find the vaults tedious and deadly? What is their reaction upon entering and exploring the first vault on Eos? Do they have a particular vault that they would like to revisit?
What are their initial thoughts on the Remnant? What are their thoughts about experiments involving the Remnant? Are they fascinated or repulsed?
Day 28: Architects
Which Architect was their first encounter? How did that encounter affect them? Did they see the defeat of the Architects as merely a necessity? Or did they wear it as a badge of honor? Do they have any trophies from their Architect encounters? If so, what? Where do they keep it?
Day 29: Pathfinder
How does your Ryder feel when they find out that their father made them the Pathfinder? Do they feel ready or unprepared? Are they concerned about Cora having been passed over? How do they feel about being thrust into this position? Are they confident or unsure? How do the reaction of the Initiative heads affect their opinion of their own readiness? How do they cope with the stress and weight of the position and the expectation that comes along with it? What is their diplomatic approach, if they have one? What is their focus as pathfinder? What is their goal? Do they follow in their father’s footsteps or forge their own path?
Bonus: Do they have a particular focus when opening up Cryo Pods? Do they do any priority thaws? What is there opinion on people wanting to go back into cryo?
Day 30: Preferences
Name a few of their favorite things. Favorite color? What kinds/flavors of food do they prefer? What kinds of environments do they like to spend time in? What is their favorite type of music? Movies? Books? What is their guilty pleasure?
Bonus 31: Reflections
When Ryder reflects back on the events of Mass Effect: Andromeda consider some of these questions: What is their proudest moment? What is their biggest regret? Is there a trivial moment that stick in their mind? Describe it. What is their best memory with their LI? Their fling? Their partner? Their best friend? What event will they most often tell as a war story? What was the most traumatizing moment?