Sometimes I wonder about how the mass effect trilogy would change if both Ashley and Kaidan could survive Virmire (as the the developers originally intended to be an option). Would the role of the VS in the other two games be the same or would it be completely different? How would Horizon have gone if both Kaidan and Ash had been alive? Would they both have been on Horizon? And by me3, would Ash simply fill the role of the squad soldier (there’s a specialist for biotics (Liara), tech (EDI), and combat (James)) that James has in me3?
And then we get to Mars. Would they both even go to Mars to begin with, or would one of them stay on Earth with Anderson? What would happen with Dr. Core? Would Liara’s presence there even be necessary? Would they both be made spectres? If not, what would determine who filled the role that the VS plays? And then there’s adjusting for the fact that someone could have chosen to save only one of them.
I just find it really interesting to think about them both surviving and how their roles might have changed accordingly. I’m not even really sure how to fit them both in there tbh (at least with the existing story). Has anyone else given this any thought?