Do you think I haven’t already thought of this?! Sovereign is a machine, it thinks like a machine! If I can prove my value, I become a resource worth maintaining – there is no other logical conclusion.
In his world where only black and white makes sense and was constantly shown to be an effective method to deal with things, he has no concept of how to look at the in-between.
Reminds us of someone else, doesn’t it?
If only Saren had someone to show them that grey is a valid path, if only Saren was not crowned as the youngest Spectre in history by his extreme methods and perspective, he might have been saved from this fate.
He is so motivated by his fear of failing and being useless, he couldn’t see he literally walked himself to his own failure.
This time… I want to talk about Ashley. Because their first conversations are so… correlated, so back to back.
In Kaidan’s conversation, Shepard approaches Kaidan for his professional opinion. Kaidan professionally, and without hesitation, asked if his opinion would be off the record. It was very smooth, very clear, very thorough.
Kaidan knows how to navigate these sort of political minefield and he sure navigates them well.
Ashley though. ASHLEY.
Ashley has her own concerns of similar roots. However, she doesn’t know how to express her concerns without feeling she will get political backlash from it. For all she know, she has to be extra careful because of the grand old William curse.
So, she approaches Shepard with hesitation. The conversation starts with Ashley asking for Shepard’s time – an opposite of how Kaidan’s conversation went.
Commander. Do you have a minute to talk?
It was so apprehensive.
And when Shepard voices that he keeps an open door policy and that Ashley is welcome to voice her concerns. SHE TAKES A DEEP BREATH, HER SHOULDERS BOWED AND YOU COULD SEE HOW NERVOUS SHE IS ABOUT DOING THIS.
Then she breathes, “alright” in one of the most timid voices you’ll ever hear from Ashley Williams.
I don’t doubt for a second that she is probably thinking she is kissing her one chance good bye. That one chance to work on something that will redeem her family’s name.
But what kills me isn’t that part. What kills me is that despite knowing how dangerously she is treading those lines, she will still speak her concerns.
Because the Alliance comes first.
The mission comes first.
Shepard comes first.
And for that, she will gladly give up any form of pride because she knows that’s the right thing to do.
I escaped with my life. But not before I sank my dagger deep into my father’s chest. That. That is why I left. And that’s why I’ll never go back.
From the sound of things, it sounds like Jarrod comes from the time before the genophage truly kicked in and Wrex is part of a struggling generation. The generation that will have to cope with the aspect that the krogan race might actually die off.
Wrex saw his race weaken when he was just a wee-krogan. Wrex saw the value of family and breeding. Wrex, who probably has lost a lot of potential sons and daughters to the genophage. An upcoming battlemaster of the krogan race, and he has no potential to exert in terms of offspring. And krogans were meant to breed easily. That’s what his ancestors have always told him.
He finds out the hard way that some things in life doesn’t last forever.
Throughout the entire conversation, he distantly refers his father by his name and almost refused to call him his father. It was only when Shepard asked, Wrex told.
Wrex was betrayed. It was the first line he spoke about this topic. It is the reason why he couldn’t refer to Jarrod as a father.
His father might not have considered Wrex as an important son, but Wrex felt the burden of fatherhood before he could even become a father.
He’s politically observant where Ash is tactically observant. I always thought that was significant for both of their characters, but people tend to focus only on the second.
Yeah, I definitely agree with this!
That’s a very good way to put it, which is probably why they make such an excellent duo.
Sadly, as the games go on, you lose more of that distinction of Kaidan and he gets beefy, he wears heavier armor than Ashley in ME3, he has superb biotic prowess… and you rarely see him execute his political knowledge anymore.
So, i just wanted to note that before ME3 happened – before he started training his physicals and biotics like insane – he was still a very dangerous soldier because he was a soldier that understood the psyche of his opponents.
And someone that understands your psyche and is still willing to be your enemy is someone that you wouldn’t want to ever face as an enemy.
He has all these one-liners and chirps up during the mission all the time. He even has ONE line for every post-mission.
But then you don’t really get to talk to him like a crew, unless you want to offend him five hundred billion times by asking him about his brittle bone disease. Or hear about how he is the best helmsman in the Alliance over and over again.
Aren't non-Asari biotics only possible through exposure to eezo? Idk if it's specifically stated that biotics in non-Asari, since it is a mutation, can be passed down to offspring. My opinion is that this dialogue either a) is an oversight/simplification by the writers or b) shows that Shiala (and maybe other Asari) believe that their powers - biotics & mind-melding, both of which were given by the Protheans - can be put under the same umbrella. I think they're different forces.
Considering that the definition of biotics is the ability to create mass effect fields by using the elemental zero nodes embedded in body tissue… and mass effect field is the ability to slow down or speed up the masses via dark energy…
Yes, I totally agree it is writer’s error. Because the phrasing was a little weird too, it makes it sound like if biotic was a rare thing in Saren’s squad… but that can’t possibly true with a whole bunch of Asari disciples and Benezia herself! So… yes, I bet writer’s error as well.
The origin of biotics for Asari is a little interesting!
However, according to Mass Effect 3, it was heavily implied that the Prothean genetically altered the Asari in order to “gift” them the ability to perform biotics. Since the Protheans also navigate their environment through experiential exchange via touch – I imagine this was something that was also gifted to them. It only makes sense they will want the Asari to have similar abilities as they were planning to assimilate them.
So, yes, I totally agree that both of these abilities were likely given by the Prothean.
And also yes, two different forces. Because it really doesn’t make much sense to “slow down” or “speed up” memories by using mass effect fields. It almost sounds like death.