Also something about the Reapers always bothered me. They harvested organic and synthetic civilizations to preserve them lest they succumb to a war between each other. Ok.
But then why would the Reapers store the collective consciousnesses of those civilizations on their warships? On the thing that initiates the harvest? I mean, Reapers are tough but not indestructible. The Leviathin of Dis proves that even ancient civilizations could destroy a Reaper capital ship. That’s hundred of thousands of stored consciousnesses lost. Dozens of civilized species. The whole point of preservation is lost.
The Reaper cycles have been going on for a billion years. Thousands of cycles. How many Reapers were destroyed in the harvest? How many species they sought to conserve were lost forever?
Sorry Reapers but you guys had a shitty conservation strategy if your idea of protecting culture was strapping said culture to a giant space cephalopod that barfed lasers