In Mass Effect, Captain Kirrahe looks like this:

An olive-greenish salarian

In Mass Effect 3, if he survived, he looks like this:

A greyish-brown salarian

Unlike Shiala in Mass Effect 2, Kirrahe does not have a "Why are you brown?" dialog option.

Why or how did he so drastically change appearance?

I'll accept either in-universe or out-of-universe answers, but for the latter, I strongly prefer well-substantiated information, rather than unsourced speculation about (say) the first Mass Effect's graphical capabilities.

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    So, what does Shiala say about this? Maybe Shepard tried to avoid the question to prevent a diplomatic incident? J/K ;)
    – Mario
    Apr 14 '17 at 6:55
  • @Mario: Shiala tells you it was a side effect of the Thorian, which Kirrahe never encountered.
    – Kevin
    Apr 14 '17 at 7:07
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    Are you trying to say you wound not go to the beach for a vacation after everything that happened in the first game?! Salarians tan very evenly...
    – Odin1806
    Apr 14 '17 at 17:31
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    – Odin1806
    Apr 14 '17 at 18:22
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    It's camouflage. Clearly the lower picture's background is more brown than the top one. Apr 15 '17 at 12:58

There are basically two different theories on this that I can find (I have not been able to find an in universe answer)

  • Age effect - As Krogans change color as they age, so do Salarians. This is somewhat belied by the fact that only 3 years passed between the two shots, and there is no lore to indicate that they change color as krogans do.
  • Under different lighting - There is a marked change in lighting between ME1 and ME3. The argument against this is that it is still pretty much supposed to be natural lighting throughout, so shouldn't change skin colors.

Other than that, the prevailing sentiment is simply that Bioware didn't care too much about the continuity at the time.

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    As support for the aging theory, I think Councilor Valern's face changes somewhat between ME1 and ME3, he looses the pink coloration to the lower area of his face. I can't find pictures with good enough citations to back it up though.
    – ench
    Oct 13 '17 at 18:36
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    "Only 3 years" is nearly 10% of the Salarian lifespan!
    – Kevin
    Oct 13 '17 at 23:05

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