So, I always see that, when it comes to mixed asari families, there seems to be an assumption that the asari side holds all the power. That the way asari age gives them an unfair advantage, that there’s a power imbalance. After all, twenty years in a relationship is nothing for an asari right? Drop in the bucket. And while I don’t agree, because asari seem to think and feel at the same speed we do, that’s not the part that really bothers me. It’s the kids and the fathers. That asari culture emphasizes motherhood and that mother raise children alone by choice, deliberately closing the door on the fathers’ faces. It’s implied.

So, give me asari who like their non-asari relatives. Give asari who protect their in-laws fiercely because family is more than blood. Give me asari who cling to their family no matter their race.

Give me a turian whose brother married an asari and when he dies, it’s his wife who takes care of his family. Give me asari grand-aunts-in-law who keep track of their in-laws through generations and knows everybody’s birthdays and always has to send gifts to the four corners of the galaxy. Give me asari who served 80 years in the hierarchy like their dads and cousins. Give me a turian who cut ties with her own asari half-grand-aunt some generations removed because she doesn’t think she has the right, but when her kid is a biotic, that asari is there to help, because “you may not like me young lady but your father did and your grandmother did and like hell I’m going to let their great-grandson and so learn from turian ‘biotics’” matriarch wisdom.

Give me “Blue” salarian clans, dynasties intertwined with asari lines since first contact. Where there isn’t a distinction between asari family members and salarian family members because they’ve been taking care of each other for 2700 years. Give me salarians whose research started with their great-great-great-grandfather and his asari daughter, who was there every step of the way for every generation, and is their research partner now. Give me asari who go to every funeral, and there’s one every two years but there’s also new eggs to fawn over every three.

Give me an asari who goes with their volus half-sibling to Irune when they grow old, and doesn’t mind the environmental suit, because they’re just walking in their shoes for some years when they spent a lifetime trapped in the same suits just to be able to live alongside the other races.

Give me batarian orphans taken in by asari relatives who don’t care about their caste or what the rest of the republics think about their culture. Give asari who still haven’t given up on their estranged half-sibling’s descendants, even when they face threats and every family meeting ends on a debate about ethics and morals.

Give me asari who buy ships and give it to their quarian relatives, because maybe they can’t convince them to settle down planetside, but they can support them nonetheless. Give me more asari who died on Rannoch.

Give me asari who fuss all over their elcor nephews when they take a fall even though it’s completely unnecessary in conventional gravity and get all fussed over when they take a fall because asari are so tiny and fragile.

Give me generations of drell who all have the same asari face in their memories because it’s always the same asari who comes to Khaje to visit, and gets to know their new family members, and is there when sickness takes their breath away.

Give me asari who help their krogan siblings get into thessian universities. Give me asari who live on Tuchanka and keep on trying when the rest of the galaxy call the krogan a lost cause.

Give me half-feral vorcha clans who worship the blue goddess who visits sometimes with gifts from the stars, and the asari cares about them, but still encourages that because some people are just a special kind of crazy (and lactose intolerant) (and totally a space pirate).

Give me a bullied hanar whose parents make a mysterious vid-call, and a week later there’s a squad of Eclipse commandos ready to beat some bullies up in the living room, and a rough matriarch in the kitchen who calls their grand-parent kiddo and has the best stories ever.

Headcanon: Gestation and Incubation Periods/Growth Rates

Because alien babies are important.

(Based on the general rule of “The larger the heart has to be, the longer the pregnancy” exhibited in humans and animals and less based on the actual gestational periods of the animals the races are based off of.  Excluded vorcha because I don’t even have a CLUE on them.  Feel free to add them on if you have ideas!)

Asari/Batarian/Drell: Like humans, their babies remain in-utero for 9 months, and have about the same growth rates.

Krogan: Krogan are complicated, and have both a gestation and incubation period.  The mother typically remains “pregnant” with her eggs for up to 3 months.  Since krogan are known for having clutches of hundreds, but also having many stillbirths, live eggs are “born” larger than those that are stillborn (as stillborns wouldn’t hatch to begin with, so it only makes sense that the size of the egg is a giveaway).  Eggs that make it to the incubation stage are still small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.  Over a period of roughly 10 months, the egg and fetus inside will continue to grow until it hatches.  Baby krogan are initially rather small, but have voracious appetites and never stop moving, thus packing on fat and muscle over their first handful of weeks and grow quickly until they become the big chubby krogan babies we all in the fandom know and love at roughly a month old.  Afterward, they continue to grow quickly (though not quite so quickly as their first month) until adolescence, when their plates finish forming and their growth rates spike again.

Turian: Baby turians are born super small, and thus their gestation period lasts 4-5 months maximum and continue to develop outside the womb, similar to marsupials (living in mom’s cowl rather than in a pouch).  They initially grow quickly and are roughly the size of a human baby by the time they’re 6-8 months along (2-3 months old [it varies from baby to baby]).  They develop cognitively at roughly the same rates as human and asari babies, but are already mobile at only a handful of months old (most commonly crawling, but walking isn’t entirely unheard of).  At roughly a year old, their growth rate “normalizes” and matches that of most other species.

Salarian: Since salarians live the shortest and fastest lives of the races, they grow and develop the quickest.  They lay hundreds of small eggs, hardly the size of grapes, in water to incubate.  The baby salarians take only a handful of days to hatch, and grow out of their “tadpole” stage after only a few weeks and continue to grow at astronomical rates until reaching adult size at around or before ten years old.

Elcor: Being one of the largest races and coming from a planet where there’s a strong gravitational pull, the elcor gestational period can last up to nearly a year and a half (18 months).  Elcor babies grow and develop very slowly in comparison to other species, though they are able to stand and walk on their own merely hours after birth.

Quarian: Quarian babies are also very similar to human babies, with pregnancies usually lasting 9 months.  However, due to their weak immune systems, complications often lead to quarian children being born prematurely or with disorders (if mom wasn’t being taken care of properly.)  Baby quarians also tend to have stunted or slow growth rates.  Despite this, they develop cognitively far quicker than other species, which oftentimes gets them into trouble.

Hanar: Baby hanar are born nearly the same as our Earth jellyfish.  Hundreds of thousands of pea-sized eggs are fertilized underwater and swept away by the currents until they hatch after anywhere between a few hours to a few days.  Afterward, they begin to develop in stages.  During their first infant and child stages, hanar babies cling to the depths of Kahje’s oceans, feeding and growing like polyps (cared for by any willing mother, which is why we never see female hanar) until they reach their teenage years, when they finally integrate fully into hanar society.  Developmentally, they’re not ready to leave the ocean until their adult years, hence the lack of young hanar on the Citadel or anywhere else.

Angara: Angaran babies are roughly the size of premature human babies and gestate for a total of 8 months.  Rates of their growth and development are similar to those of a human, if not a tad quicker.  However, sunlight is more essential for young, growing angara than it is for adults, and the amount they receive can affect both their growth and the development of their body’s bioelectric charge as they age, making it harder to manipulate or making the individual more sensitive to the sun and “overcharging” them easily, which could easily be considered a disorder.  For this reason, as soon as they’re able to walk, most angaran toddlers and children are prompted to spend as much time outside as possible, and the activity aids in the growth of muscle mass as they grow older.

Mass Effect Andromeda Sequel

Things i would love for it to include:

-Multiple new species
-More outposts for the Initiative
-Keep both twins in the Tempest
-Even if one is in the medbay 24/7
-Quarian/Hanar/Drell Ark Arrival
-Open another part of Andromeda
-But also dont give us the whole galaxy
-Quarian and Drell squad mates
-Every squad mate romanceable by either Male or female Ryder, no restrictions
-Keep the nomad
-Multiple outposts on a single world

Better facial animations
-allow Ryder to marry and have a kid

Edits based on comments:
-show progress with old outposts
-make jaal romanceable (with either Ryder, why not)
-explanation of the remnant
-bioware don’t sh*t on gay male players
-More nonsexual info on angaran biology