So if Alpha Trion is to believed it seems as though there’s nothing especially magical or divine about the original Primes in IDW after all. They’re just a bunch of dudes who were good at conquering stuff.
I’ll make a series of those. We’ll start at the beginning!
PROLOGUE: -She has a hangover the day of the Nexus departure. She knows that it isn’t professional but she’s not the only one, there was a huge party the day before -She worked hard to make sure her teams were up to the standards of the Initiative -She believes Jien Garson is “awe-inspiring” -She’s anxious and realizes that as Security Director she will have “far more influence” than the “grunt she used to be” -“Born too late to solve anything, strung out too far by old men in uniforms slinging around old grudges.” -She believes things will be different this time (no more vendettas, piracy, Skyllian Blitzes). They will do things right with “pioneers eager for the same dream” -She doesn’t take Alec Ryder “lightly”, she believes he’s not going to be easy to work with. She knows he’s impatient. -She predicts what Alec will say before he says it (“Well, it’s time to go. So the real work can start.”). She smirks at him and he gives her a “quizzical stare” and a nod. She nods back. -The Nexus will be a better Citadel. The Council’s flaws, to her, are trying to outmaneuver each other, the krogan and believing humans are “too young for the responsibility.” She mentions a death toll. It makes her irritated. “The Nexus would be everything the Citadel had failed in.” -Sloane feels “enormous pride” at the “culmination of all the hard work” -“They were all in this together, now.” -Sloane respects the fact that Garson is not a pushover -She has the “strange honor” of being the last awake. An excited portion of her brain reminds her that she wields the power to stop it all. She could put the whole thing on lockdown. -She looks forward to spend some time alone and in silence in “her” station. “The place she’d sworn to protect and shepherd on its great mission. The place for which she’d given up her life in the Milky Way.” -Doesn’t believe in gods or “dodging procedure.” -Sloane hasn’t left much behind: no family, no responsibilities. She’s just leaving behind baggage (“a galaxy’s worth of it”), old scars, enemies, grudges, idiot officers “far more concerned about the shine on the medals earned on the back of dead soldiers.” -She grits her teeth when she’s angry -Being the Security Director is to her “the best job” in two galaxies -She goes through her checklist with “unwavering attention to detail” -She nods and wants to shouts ‘hell yeah’ while listening to Garson’s last speech -Sloane’s own speeches are short and to the point. She’s likely to say “get it done” or “put them down” (things you say 'fast on the ground’) -If Jien Garson commanded her to stride into hell, Sloane would -Sloane believes Garson’s strength is to know people, what moves them and what they hope for. -She’s been a soldier for her whole life. “ -She’d witnessed speeches made to celebrate victories, others intoned to condemn atrocities. War had been her path for so long, the life of a soldier her only way, that she’s forgotten what a speech about hope could do to the brain.” -Her last thoughts as she goes to sleep: Naptime, huh? -She smiles and closes her eyes.
Today we started seeing people’s Character Creations for Mass Effect Andromeda. There were some pretty ugly ass characters people went a bit crazy with the makeup and tattoo’s for fun. However I found these well created Sara Ryder’s. The graphics look pretty good and I love these hairstyles and the new colours that really make the characters pop.
Reading this at first left me intrigued but nothing more. Reading this after Nexus Uprising makes me so damn sad. When Kandros left, he was lied to by Tann and Addison and told Sloane was okay with the expedition. She wasn’t, she didn’t know. She couldn’t say goodbye to him and when she learned he was gone, one of her best officers, someone she could actually count on, she got really enraged. She understood at that moment that Tann and Addison had teamed up against her and there was nothing she could do about it. Kandros was gone, his last message to her said it would be months before he came back.
And what happens when he returns? He gets Tann’s perspective on the uprising but Sloane has no way of explaining her own point of view. She is the one who is gone now.
i feel like a lot of Vendra’s actions weren’t fueled by just her strong desire to have a family, but also by blind revenge because of how she and Neftin were treated. i mean really, i think everyone agrees that the orphanage was a little more than messed up even with it being abandoned for so many years. i imagine it was a pretty bad place to live and the kids there were probably treated badly.
thus, you get an angry little girl wondering why she and her brother were abandoned in another dimension, pick on them extensively for it, and you get an even angrier little girl who makes it her life’s work to bring her kind back even if it puts the entire galaxy in danger.
I was thinking about where Wren would be in Andromeda, and being angara probably suits him best.
He was born and raised on Aya. If he were in the game he’d be an optional fling hanging out around the café. After diplomatic relations are established with the angara, he can be found in the Vortex on the Nexus.
so the Kadara Port part of the game has been bothering me since the first playthrough, where i sided with Reyes and started to really annoy and frustrate me in the second one, where i decided to choose Sloane. because the thing is, that part never feels like an actual choice that you have to consider and think about very hard. every time it feels like you’re almost forced to pick Reyes over Sloane, so probably the majority of the players do. and why shouldn’t they? he immediately starts charming you on the first meeting, you share a lot of scenes with him, funny, cute, romantic, you name it. on top of that, he’s a romance option, arguably the best m/m romance and in case you got too busy with other stuff, you get constantly reminded to have a chat with him. with Sloane on the other hand, the game frames her as pretty much The Worst Person, with little redeeming qualities, no hope of change and almost universally hated. she gets people hooked on drugs? well of course she does. i’m surprised they didn’t pile on cannibalism. you spend way less time with her and her attitude towards Ryder is cold at best, at least initially, and she only becomes more friendly after you’ve already saved her. she’s disillusioned about the initiative and openly hostile towards Tann. and the thing is, there’s a lot that could be explored with her character but never is. she’s the leader of the outcasts not because she wanted to be, but because for each choice she made during the uprising, the alternative was worse and at the end all the rest of the rebels expected her to take the lead so she did. someone who knows they all have 2 weeks of supplies and if they don’t find an alternative by then, they’re all dead. who probably knows she should return the port to the angara after liberating it from the kett, but realises she can’t afford that kind of luxury. who knows she can’t lead and inspire her people like Jien and she will have to resort to violence and intimidation to get them to work for their survival. who values loyalty only to realise she’s gotten to a point where people so easily betray her when the collective orders Kaetus to be beaten up. anything like that. but the overall portrayal of the conflict is very polarising and lacks nuance so one side is clearly favoured over the other in terms of content and characterisation, not to mention that Reyes survives the conflict no matter what you do and if you want to pursue and continue a romance you enjoy, you have to willingly allow her (a black woman in power on top of everything) be killed in a dirty duel with no alternative solution.
i wish i could hope there is some reason for that setup, but i’m too old and bitter and i know better than to hold my breath. and with so many players predictably siding with Reyes, demanding more of his content & creating tons of fan art and doing none of that for Sloane (quite opposite, i wish i could unsee the countless posts and threads of people joyfully declaring how they wish they could shoot her themselves, not terrifying at all), i wouldn’t be surprised if she ‘magically’ disappeared from any later content.
for now i’m gonna keep saving her out of spite, because bioware apparently doesn’t want me to, but she really deserved a better treatment.
Because going through the tag gets me hype for the Ratchet and Clank movie and I could always use more of my fluffy gun happy son.
Lombaxes are one of the few Apex Predators in the Galaxy.
Ratchet continually has several projects lying around to tinker with whenever he’s stuck on his other projects, or slacking off from doing work at Grim’s garage.
The crazy projects that Ratchet gets up to in between saving galaxies remind me of this trope Science-Related Memetic Disorder. Mostly the compulsion to create without any use for said created item.
Due to working at a spaceship garage, he’s met and dealt with plenty of species. Watching them leave after getting their ships fixed had to be the worst part of a job. Ratchet has itchy feet and wants to explore the galaxy. After he becomes famous, there’s a few people who go ‘HEY THAT’S THAT LITTLE FUZZY KID FROM VELDIN!’
He grew up in a desert; if anyone asked him for water, he’d give them some.
Absolute tourist. Takes terrible pictures next to the big landmarks. If there’s a regional dish, he’ll try it. Clank has had to carry anti-allergens because of this.
Clank also has access to Ratchet’s medical records and Ratchet’s permission to perform emergency medical procedures if they’re not in range of proper medical help.
Ratchet does repairs to Clank as well. No experimenting, just fixing broken limbs and wires.
Can and does sew his own clothes. He’s offered to make some for Clank, and Quark has come to him for last minute tuxedo adjustments. He even crochets, and tried collecting his own shed fur to make yarn in another haphazard scheme.
Part of the reason why Ratchet was relegated to ‘bumbling butler sidekick’ in Secret Agent Clank was that he’s an endangered species. No film studio wants a lawsuit or government up their butts for hurting a ‘piece of intergalactic history’.
After getting Aphelion, he’d sometimes sneak away and ask her things about Lombax culture. She doesn’t know much, but there is some music she plays for him. He sits in the cockpit and lets himself fall asleep to it.
Okay so after the events of Into the Nexus, Ratchet goes on an even bigger journey, traveling from galaxy to galaxy. He says that he’s trying to find a place for a whole species to live in harmony. Mostly everyone assumes that Ratchet knows how to bring the Lombaxes back, and is trying to find them a planet.
But it’s not the Lombaxes. It’s the Nethers.
And once Ratchet finds a good spot, he’ll break Vendra and Neftin out of prison and take them to the Nethers new home.
The moment when Sloane truly becomes a rebel (soon to be exile):
“You’re on the wrong side of the barricade, Kelly!” “There is no right side,” Sloane growled, and did not move. Morda glared at her and there came the strange sort of quiet that can occasionally fall over a crowded place. Despite all the combat, the chatter of gunfire and the roar of the krogan flood, a silence stretched, if only for a second. And nothing was said. Morda’s eyes did the talking; they said, Time to choose, Sloane. With us, or with them. Sloane Kelly could feel the eyes of the rebels on her. Some of them, anyway. And half the krogan force, too. Waiting, if only for that fraction of a second, to know her decision. She shook her head at Morda and raised her weapon. The leader of the Nakmor clan grinned.
So Sloane faced against Morda (who scares absolutely everyone including Kesh) and SHOOK HER HEAD AT HER AND RAISED HER WEAPON. And Morda grinned. It’s such an epic scene because it puts Sloane and Morda as equals, even if Morda has the advantage. Btw, there is even a line where Sloane’s smile is said to be “as toothy as Morda.”
And I also love this, because it explains Sloane’s reasoning and her state of mind after making that choice:
Sloane staggered back to the rebel line and heaved herself over a blood-smeared crate. No one batted an eye at this. She was one of them now. They might not be able to say how they knew that, or when it had happened, but they knew. Morda had demanded she chooose. The side of rebels fighting for the right to be equals? To make their own choices? Or the side of the machinations that unleashed a krogan clan on its own people. Fine. She fucking well chose.