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Mass Effect is a series of award-winning science fiction video games, developed by BioWare. The player controls a character called Commander Shepard through a well-developed story line.

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Why didn't the Normandy crew experience time dilation?

In the Suicide Mission in Mass Effect 2, Commander Shepard and the Normandy crew travel to the galactic core to destroy the Collector Base. The Collector Base is located on the accretion disc of a ...
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Why do the aliens in Mass Effect have breasts?

I noticed while playing Mass Effect, where there is no limitation to designing an alien due to everything being rendered, that the female species still all have breasts. Breasts are an anomaly on ...
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How come the Asari are natural biotics?

Millions of years ago, the Reapers built the Mass Effect Relays and left them behind for future civilizations to use and study. The hope was to force those civilizations down a technological path ...
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Why do some Salarians have a handle on their chest?

Salarians are one of the council species in Mass-Effect. Some of them have some kind of bottle opener shaped handle on theirs chest: This feature doesn't seem motivated by any biological appendages: ...
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When did the Illusive Man become indoctrinated?

Indoctrination is a slow process, but by the comments from various characters in ME1, it seems like it's not that slow: as I recall, the Tholian hostage describes it as taking "days, even weeks" ...
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How are weapons in Mass Effect powered?

In the Mass Effect universe, there used to be limited need for ammo, since it was explained that each weapon used a large block of metal from which it would actively 'shave' off tiny pieces to use as ...
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Was Mass Effects’s Blue Suns a nod to Firefly?

I was reading this question, and it got me wondering... Were any of the Mass Effect production team involved with making, or intense fans of, Firefly — thus suggesting that Mass Effects’s Blue Suns ...
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When and why did the Asari begin referring to themselves as female?

While it is probably quite arguable whether or not the Asari are actually female, I think a separate question remains open as to when and why did they begin calling themselves female. Though they do ...
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Why did the Human Reaper look Human?

I'm guessing that the real answer here is "because the writers changed their minds," but is there an in-universe reason for why the proto-Reaper at the end of Mass Effect 2 actually LOOKED human? ...
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Why are Reapers hard to defeat if an animal can take one down?

On Tuchanka in Mass Effect 3 we get to see In Mass Effect 2 your small squad is able to defeat one during a quest. If the thing that takes down a reaper can be killed why are the Reapers causing ...
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Why does the effective military strength affect the ending of Mass Effect 3?

Mass Effect 3 has different endings depending on your actions throughout the game. I'm not asking what actions affect this (which is described here) but rather Why does this happen? (Obvious ...
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How fast do ships using FTL travel in Mass Effect?

I've been looking for some info on the FTL speeds of ships in Mass Effect but I have been unable to find anything. Can anyone provide a speed and sources? If not can anyone provide the time it takes ...
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Why could we barely see through all Quarian's masks?

In Mass Effect, Quarians are an alien race that have an immune system so weak they need to constantly wear environmental suits to protect them from disease or infection if they are injured. A major ...
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What is the chronological and correct reading order for the Mass Effect series?

There are several books, comics and of course the games for the Mass Effect series. I'd like to know the chronological reading order for all the media related to the universe. Books: Revelation ...
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What species is on the cover of Fornax?

I don't recognize this from any of the games. It looks vaguely like a rachni, but I strongly doubt it is. Is it ever confirmed that it is a rachni, or is there another species I'm not thinking of that ...
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Would it be possible to (re)build a Mass Relay?

Spoilers warning: I'll be spoiler tagging any Mass Effect 3 spoilers, but anything from ME/ME2 won't be spoiler tagged. You've been warned. In the Mass Effect universe, the primary means of ...
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In Mass Effect 3, how do the Reapers attack Earth without anyone realizing they are getting close?

In the ME2 DLC Arrival, the Reapers are revealed to be entering the galaxy near a specific Relay so that they can use that relay to get onto the network and start attacking. After we blow it up, they ...
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How do they get to Andromeda so fast?

So this has been bothering me since I saw the teaser trailer yesterday, in the teaser they said it took 600 years to get to Andromeda from Earth. This just sounds WAY too short a period if time. So I ...
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Why don't all Asari look like hybrids?

In Mass Effect 1, Liara T'Soni explains to Shepard that intra-species conception (children from two Asari) is discouraged. Instead they favor inter-species conception to improve the genetic diversity ...
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What happened to the Collector General when Harbinger “Assumed Direct Control” of another collector?

In the end we see that the Collector General is released from his Assumed Direct Control that Harbinger had over him when the Collector Base is destroyed, implying that throughout the game the ...
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Why did the Quarians attack the Geth after creating them?

According to the Geth memories shown by Legion in Mass Effect 3, we see that the Geth were shut down and attacked after they were created by the Quarians. The Geth responded by self-defense but what ...
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Are there any choices made by the player in the Mass Effect series that are considered canon?

In the Mass Effect series, the player makes several choices that affect further events. Some characters will die or survive based on your choices, and your actions have an impact on the ending. Are ...
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If two Ardat-Yakshi mate together, will they both die or survive?

In the Mass Effect universe, the Ardat-Yakshi are some rare kind of Asari that will cause death in the partner they mate with. The most well-known Ardat-Yakshi is Morinth. I am wondering, however, ...
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Are Mass Relays inhabited?

When you look at the various depictions of the Mass Relays in the Mass Effect series, they appear to depict them as if they were inhabited by a crew. http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Mass_Relay ...
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Are there any official images of Salarian Warships

The Mass Effect Wiki confirms that the Salarian's do in fact maintain a small yet technically advanced fleet, including 16 dreadnoughts with stealth capability covertly obtained from both the Normandy ...
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Is it just the Milky Way the Reapers attack?

At the end of Mass Effect 2 we see the Reapers outside the Milky Way approaching and during Mass Effect 3 in the Galaxy Map they seem to appears on the edges and make their way inward. I am wondering,...
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Have there been successful non-Asari inter-species relationships?

In the Mass Effect universe, the Asari are universally compatible for mating with other species, even regardless of gender. So, it makes sense that they are the most prominent species involved when ...
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Why do the geth use standard drones to control fighters?

In Mass Effect 3, a standard geth drone is shown piloting a fighter, just like a human would. Why do the geth need physical controls like this? It is repeatedly emphasized that geth do not normally ...
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Why weren't the various societies of Mass Effect able to see the previous Reaper harvest via telescope?

The Milky Way is ~100,000 light years across, and the penultimate harvest took place ~50,000 years ago. If they wanted to see what happened back then, couldn't they literally look back in time? ...
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Why does the Normandy SR-2's CIC have so many crew stations?

The Combat Information Center of the Normandy SR-2 (Cerberus configuration; I haven't played ME3) appears, despite having oceans of empty space, to also have more crew stations than it could ...
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When do Salarians mature?

It is noted in the ME wiki that Salarians mature much faster than humans. Given that they live typically to an age of 40 years they would likely mature a lot earlier than a human, but how much less? ...
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Sexual attraction of the Turians and Krogan towards the Asari

Why are the Turians and Krogans attracted towards the Asari sexually? Both Turians and Krogans are Bi-Gender species and have their own kind of females to get attracted to. The sexual attraction of ...
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Why didn't the Council attack the geth immediately?

Shortly after the Morning War, the quarians asked the Council to destroy the geth. The Council instead decided to close the quarian embassy, and otherwise ignored the problem entirely. Given the ...
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Languages of Mass Effect

Aside from short phrases like "keelah se'lai" and names like "Sur'Kesh," do we ever get samples of fictional languages in the Mass Effect universe? For the most part that franchise uses the normal ...
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What did Liara do to Shepard in London?

In the scene prior to the final London fights, Shepard gets to talk to all his companions. When talking to Liara, she offers him a gift, and upon accepting they both are shown on a entirely black ...
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Are the explanations for Mass Effect technology realistically plausible? [closed]

In the popular video game Mass Effect on Xbox, you can find explanations about the technology that is used in the game. It seems that some of the technology is based on things that could be realized ...
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Who is the master of the pattern?

Toward the end of Mass Effect 3, Shepard encounters a Prothean VI called Vendetta. This VI has something very interesting to say about the nature of the universe: Vendetta: Our studies of past ...
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Why is the Asari councilor in Aria's pocket?

In Mass Effect 3: Video is subtitled with open captions, but here's a transcript for people with crappy internet: IMMIGRATION OFFICER: So you admit you and your ...
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Kinetic Barriers in Mass effect

Prevalant in the Mass Effect Universe are the kinetic shields. These are able to protect the wearer by absorbing the damage caused by high velocity particles from lets say, an assault rifle for a ...
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Why did Saren care about the Beacon on Eden Prime?

This may be something I never understood, or maybe I'm just forgetting a plot point from the first game, but why did Saren care about stealing the Beacon at the beginning of Mass Effect 1? We later ...
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How are the Reapers numbers sustainable?

Throughout the ME series we see Reapers being destroyed. Notable examples of this are: Sovereign in ME1 after it was disabled The Reaper on Rannoch The Reaper on Tuchanka During the Final battle for ...
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Why did the Reapers not harvest other galaxies?

If it only takes 600 years to reach Andromeda, and it has lots of species, why didn't the Reapers go there to harvest stuff instead of traveling 50,000 years into dark space? There should be plenty ...
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Did the Salarians ever crash in New Mexico?

Out-of-universe, the salarians of Mass Effect were based heavily on the stereotypical "Gray Man" aliens made famous by the supposed Roswell UFO crash. Their long thin limbs, enormous eyes, relatively ...
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Why is the Citadel relay needed?

From what I read about the Mass Effect 2 DLC Arrival, Shepard destroyed the Alpha Relay because this was going to be an entry point of the Reaper invasion, so destroying it delayed the invasion. Even ...
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What happened to Husks after synthesis ending of Mass Effect 3?

If Shepard chooses synthesis ending (green one) - what actually happens to Husks? Are they dead or they become sane?
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How do turians reproduce?

Compared with the Asari, developers didn't give too many details about turians.
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Why is Kirrahe brown?

In Mass Effect, Captain Kirrahe looks like this: In Mass Effect 3, if he survived, he looks like this: Unlike Shiala in Mass Effect 2, Kirrahe does not have a "Why are you brown?" dialog option. ...
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Do Mass Relays aim and point?

In cut scenes where the Normandy uses a Mass Relay it runs along side it, even the Conduit when the Mako used it shot upwards (however the Mako doesn't dive into the ground when arriving on the ...
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How did Legion know that this was the right choice?

Spoilers for Mass Effect 2 and 3 are unmarked because there's no point in spoilerifying the whole question. When Shepard talks to Legion on the Normandy during ME3, Legion characterizes a previous ...
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What early contribution did Humans make to Citadel space?

According to Avina near the very beginning of Mass Effect 1, "In recognition of their work to expand interstellar trade and establish a standardized galactic economy, the Volus were granted an ...