the virmire survivor goes to alchera after the SR-1 is destroyed. they never tell the alliance. but they sit, quiet, in front of shepard’s helmet, and they think about how easily it could have been them, how many times they’ve escaped death - and their breathing echoes in their ears.

maybe the ghosts of the normandy talk back to them. maybe they don’t.

but shepard finds footprints on alchera, and always wonders whose they were.

hey commander shepard so listen we know you basically got turned into human pudding when you fell from orbit and crashed into Alchera but we reinforced your skin and organs with synthetic weave (pls don’t tell thane) and have reconstructed your bones to be incredibly strong (pls don’t tell joker)

Played the Normandy Crash Site mission in Mass Effect 2 today. Although small in scale and minor in comparison to other missions/environments in ME2, I thought Bioware created a beautiful and hauntingly atmospheric landscape that honestly made my skin crawl. Some elements seemed unnecessarily cheap (i.e. recycling music from a previous main mission, stills as flashbacks instead of video), but the environment and wreckage was well produced and detailed. I spent a long time wandering around just taking it in.