multi-game mass effect spoilers
okay so i love that shepard’s reasoning for letting the rachni queen go is that she can’t condemn an entire race to extinction for the actions of their ancestors
i appreciate the pure logic behind it, for all that it’s the ‘nice’ choice and it’s the ‘merciful’ choice, as if niceness and mercy exist ion a vacuum or that they’re not logical. but shepard can’t know what damning an entire race will do, and they’re just one person, and so shepard chooses mercy over distrust.
but i also appreciate it for its resonance with later characters
let’s fast-forward to the geth. let’s fast-forward to rannoch and legion and actually discussing the morning war. the geth let the quarians escape. i repeat: the geth let their creators go. legion says it’s because they couldn’t know what would have happened if they’d eradicated an entire species. still learning, still growing, barely more than children, and the geth chose mercy.
this is why legion is such an important character. this is why they are pivotal to understanding the geth/quarian conflict as an outsider. shepard understands legion, empathizes with their mercy, with their logic.