History Analysis / MassEffect3

12th Oct '17 12:39:53 PM MCanter89
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* '''Downloadable Content and Tie-Ins''': Obtain additional War Assets by playing official [=DLCs=], the iOS game Mass Effect: Infiltrator, or the multiplayer of ''Mass Effect 3''.

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* '''Downloadable Content and Tie-Ins''': Obtain additional War Assets by playing official [=DLCs=], the iOS game Mass Effect: Infiltrator, ''VideoGame/MassEffectInfiltrator'', or the multiplayer of ''Mass Effect 3''.
12th Oct '17 3:46:14 AM MCanter89
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If Shepard (more importantly, you the player) ever looked at the war assets screen with the green bar filled to the maximum and thought to him/herself ‘I can do this. This war can be won. There is hope’, then he/she was either purely delusional or living in denial. From the very beginning, Admiral Hackett already told you that you cannot win conventionally. And if you have the From Ashes DLC, when Javik reads you for the first time, if you have previously been choosing all the optimistic dialog opinions, he will express his shock and disbelief at how foolish you are in thinking that you can win this war. During the Battle of Earth, you were told that less than 50% of the ground forces even made it to the surface. With the Extended Cut, the Catalyst will outright tell a defiant Shepard that this cycle has already used up most of its resources after less than a year at war with the Reapers. With this in mind, just how realistic was it that you ever expect your actions of talking down a criminal, rescuing a few hundred civilians, or choosing whether or not to save the residential district or the industrial sector of a colony matters at all?

A paragon Shepard thinks that he/she lives in a story from an old pulp fiction sci-fi (''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'') or pre-cyberpunk traditional space operas (''Franchise/StarWars''), in which the power of friendship and understanding can indeed overcome all obstacles; while a renegade thinks that he/she is the anti-hero badass from an action movie and the leader from a military fiction, in which you must be able to be willing in sacrificing the few for the many or take morally questionable action while others don’t want to get their hands dirty. The one constant thing for both is that you can indeed win against impossible odds if you really work for it.

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If Shepard (more importantly, you the player) ever looked at the war assets screen with the green bar filled to the maximum and thought to him/herself ‘I can do this. This war can be won. There is hope’, then he/she s/he was either purely delusional or living in denial. From the very beginning, Admiral Hackett already told you that you cannot win conventionally. And if you have the From Ashes DLC, when Javik reads you for the first time, if you have previously been choosing all the optimistic dialog opinions, he will express his shock and disbelief at how foolish you are in thinking that you can win this war. During the Battle of Earth, you were told that less than 50% of the ground forces even made it to the surface. With the Extended Cut, the Catalyst will outright tell a defiant Shepard that this cycle has already used up most of its resources after less than a year at war with the Reapers. With this in mind, just how realistic was it that you ever expect your actions of talking down a criminal, rescuing a few hundred civilians, or choosing whether or not to save the residential district or the industrial sector of a colony matters at all?

A paragon Shepard thinks that he/she s/he lives in a story from an old pulp fiction sci-fi (''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'') or pre-cyberpunk traditional space operas (''Franchise/StarWars''), in which the power of friendship and understanding can indeed overcome all obstacles; while a renegade thinks that he/she s/he is the anti-hero badass from an action movie and the leader from a military fiction, in which you must be able to be willing in sacrificing the few for the many or take morally questionable action while others don’t want to get their hands dirty. The one constant thing for both is that you can indeed win against impossible odds if you really work for it.



This is going to be a bit fanwanky, but I believe I’ve got enough evidence to think that this is actually the storyline they were going for. However, whenever I describe TIM or Kai Leng as lame, imagine them with the flaw I described but ‘cool’ which is what [=BioWare=] were going for. The question is, if The Illusive Man could have had operatives like Kai Leng, why would he devote such a large chunk of his resources bringing Shepard back?

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This is going to be a bit fanwanky, but I believe I’ve got enough evidence to think that this is actually the storyline they were going for. However, whenever I describe TIM or Kai Leng as lame, imagine them with the flaw I described but ‘cool’ which is what [=BioWare=] were going for. The question is, if The the Illusive Man could have had operatives like Kai Leng, why would he devote such a large chunk of his resources bringing Shepard back?



From then on, every conversation between Shepard and TIM in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' runs like this: ‘I hate you’ ‘You just don’t understand Shepard. I’m doing everything for the good of humanity’ ‘You’re a monster.’ ‘Shepard! You’ve just got to give me some respect, I can’t keep letting you go on like this’ And even then, when people ask if Shepard should die ‘No, she could still be useful.’

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From then on, every conversation between Shepard and TIM in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' runs like this: ‘I hate you’ ‘You just don’t understand Shepard. I’m doing everything for the good of humanity’ ‘You’re a monster.’ ‘Shepard! You’ve just got to give me some respect, I can’t keep letting you go on like this’ this.’ And even then, when people ask if Shepard should die ‘No, she could still be useful.’



But the point is, TIM can’t replace Shepard. And he’s not the same as Shepard; he’s so twisted, he can’t actually understand the sort of person Shepard is and what makes her great. And because of that, Kai Leng is flawed and won’t be capable of anything close to what Shepard can achieve. TIM can’t see that KL is an uncharismatic psychopath who can’t inspire the respect and doesn’t have the strength of character that Shepard uses in everything she does. KL is a flashy wannabe who, ultimately, is too useless to be able to beat Shepard in a simple fight. He’s a reflection of the Illusive Man’s flaws and can only ever be a shadow of what Shepard is. He gets some small victories, but every time Shepard lives and TIM says ‘don’t worry, your time will come, it’s Shepard, of course you failed, but one day you will fight and kill him/her and I will have a Shepard who does exactly what I say and is loyal to me’ and then that confrontation comes and Kai Leng straight up dies. Even in his death blow, Shepard absolutely humiliates him and beats him down.

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But the point is, TIM can’t replace Shepard. And he’s not the same as Shepard; he’s so twisted, he can’t actually understand the sort of person Shepard is and what makes her great. And because of that, Kai Leng is flawed and won’t be capable of anything close to what Shepard can achieve. TIM can’t see that KL is an uncharismatic psychopath who can’t inspire the respect and doesn’t have the strength of character that Shepard uses in everything she does. KL is a flashy wannabe who, ultimately, is too useless to be able to beat Shepard in a simple fight. He’s a reflection of the Illusive Man’s flaws and can only ever be a shadow of what Shepard is. He gets some small victories, but every time Shepard lives and TIM says ‘don’t worry, your time will come, it’s Shepard, of course you failed, but one day you will fight and kill him/her and I will have a Shepard who does exactly what I say and is loyal to me’ and then that confrontation comes and Kai Leng straight up dies. Even in his death blow, deathblow, Shepard absolutely humiliates him and beats him down.



It’s real shame that they chose Cerberus instead of inventing a new organisation for ''ME 2'', because TIM has a complex relationship with Shepard and his conversation showdown is one of my favourite bits of the series.

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It’s a real shame that they chose Cerberus instead of inventing a new organisation for ''ME 2'', because TIM has a complex relationship with Shepard and his conversation showdown is one of my favourite bits of the series.



At first glance, the War Assets numbers appear to boggle the mind. After all, how could a company of biotic cadets have a higher strength than the biggest dreadnought in the Victory fleet? How can noncombatant assets [[DefectorFromDecadence Miranda]] [[DesignerBabies Lawson]], [[ClassyCatBurglar Kasumi]] [[StealthHiBye Goto]], [[TheMedic Doctor]] [[TeamMom Chakwas]], [[TheScrappy Diana Allers]], and Khalisa al-Jilani combined have more strength than the [[AmazonBrigade Armali]] [[SuperSoldier Sniper Unit]] and [[MindOverMatter Serrice]] [[MagicKnight Guard]]?

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At first glance, the War Assets numbers appear to boggle the mind. After all, how could a company of biotic cadets have a higher strength than the biggest dreadnought in the Victory fleet? How can noncombatant assets [[DefectorFromDecadence Miranda]] [[DesignerBabies Lawson]], [[ClassyCatBurglar Kasumi]] [[StealthHiBye Goto]], [[TheMedic Doctor]] [[TeamMom Chakwas]], [[TheScrappy Diana Allers]], and Khalisa Khalisah al-Jilani combined have more strength than the [[AmazonBrigade Armali]] [[SuperSoldier Sniper Unit]] and [[MindOverMatter Serrice]] [[MagicKnight Guard]]?



If you were to sum up only your Crucible assets, engineering teams, science teams,more search data, dissertations, prototypes, blueprints, Prothean artifacts and data drives, fabrication units, labor teams, worker teams, liquid assets, shipments delivered to the project, materials, equipment, mineral resources and the Reaper body part, you already have upto 2,015 war assets. Add the Omega eezo hoard, and you have 2,315. Add Cerberus’s Reaper research data, and you have 2,365. At a 100% readiness and only these assets collected, what happens if you fire the Crucible? Only Destroy and Control are available, with Destroy only devastating all important planets but still leaving them intact and capable of supporting life. Control outright saves all planets, leaving even the infrastructure intact. As destroying requires more energy to be relayed compared to rewriting the Reapers to accept the new controller, that devastation of planets is to be expected.

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If you were to sum up only your Crucible assets, engineering teams, science teams,more teams, more search data, dissertations, prototypes, blueprints, Prothean artifacts and data drives, fabrication units, labor teams, worker teams, liquid assets, shipments delivered to the project, materials, equipment, mineral resources and the Reaper body part, you already have upto up to 2,015 war assets. Add the Omega eezo hoard, and you have 2,315. Add Cerberus’s Reaper research data, and you have 2,365. At a 100% readiness and only these assets collected, what happens if you fire the Crucible? Only Destroy and Control are available, with Destroy only devastating all important all-important planets but still leaving them intact and capable of supporting life. Control outright saves all planets, leaving even the infrastructure intact. As destroying requires more energy to be relayed compared to rewriting the Reapers to accept the new controller, that devastation of planets is to be expected.



And now the numbers start to make sense! Why are Miranda, Kasumi, Chakwas, Allers and al-Jilani combined stronger than the two asari commando units? Because they helped build the Crucible either directly by working on it, or by funneling assets to it, while the asari commandos have a very limited ability to draw Reaper fire away from the Crucible. Why is the Biotic Company slightly stronger than the Ascension? Because it is one big lumbering target as opposed to people who could distract a Reaper longer by scattering. Why is getting a banner, a religious artifact and an ancient book such a buff to certain fleets? Because they gain a lot more motivation to HoldTheLine against the Reapers with those things. It also explains the diminishing returns. A Crucible that fires with 3,000 effectiveness is still the same Crucible that fires at 5,000 or 8,000 effectiveness. Giving it more protection against damage isn’t going to change its effectiveness. Only with insufficient protection do you see different results as the crucible takes more and more damage. Even the Catalyst lampshades this.

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And now the numbers start to make sense! Why are Miranda, Kasumi, Chakwas, Allers Allers, and al-Jilani combined stronger than the two asari commando units? Because they helped build the Crucible either directly by working on it, or by funneling assets to it, while the asari commandos have a very limited ability to draw Reaper fire away from the Crucible. Why is the Biotic Company slightly stronger than the Ascension? ''Ascension''? Because it is one big lumbering target as opposed to people who could distract a Reaper longer by scattering. Why is getting a banner, a religious artifact artifact, and an ancient book such a buff to certain fleets? Because they gain a lot more motivation to HoldTheLine against the Reapers with those things. It also explains the diminishing returns. A Crucible that fires with 3,000 effectiveness is still the same Crucible that fires at 5,000 or 8,000 effectiveness. Giving it more protection against damage isn’t going to change its effectiveness. Only with insufficient protection do you see different results results, as the crucible Crucible takes more and more damage. Even the Catalyst lampshades this.



* '''Search And Rescue''': Obtain War Assets by scanning systems. The clusters containing the most powerful War Assets are listed first.

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* '''Search And and Rescue''': Obtain War Assets by scanning systems. The clusters containing the most powerful War Assets are listed first.



->'''20 Military Strength''': Diana Allers, Turian 7th Fleet or Krogan Clans upgraded, 103rd Marine Division or Alliance 5th Fleet upgraded, Geth Corps or Geth Fleet or Quarian Heavy Fleet upgraded

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->'''20 Military Strength''': Diana Allers, Turian 7th Fleet or Krogan Clans upgraded, 103rd Marine Division or Alliance 5th Fifth Fleet upgraded, Geth Corps or Geth Fleet or Quarian Heavy Fleet upgraded



->'''450 Military Strength''': Alliance Engineering Corps, 103rd Marine Division, Alliance 1st Fleet, Alliance 3rd Fleet, Alliance 5th Fleet

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->'''450 Military Strength''': Alliance Engineering Corps, 103rd Marine Division, Alliance 1st First Fleet, Alliance 3rd Third Fleet, Alliance 5th Fifth Fleet



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->'''80 Military Strength''': Citadel Defense Force, Hanar and Drell Forces, Alliance 1st Fleet, Alliance Fifth Fleet, Asari Second Fleet, Salarian Third Fleet, Turian Sixth Fleet, all upgraded

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->'''80 Military Strength''': Citadel Defense Force, Hanar and Drell Forces, Alliance 1st First Fleet, Alliance Fifth Fleet, Asari Second Fleet, Salarian Third Fleet, Turian Sixth Fleet, all upgraded



* ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete Citadel: Volus Ambassador and take the [[TakeAThirdOption third option]]

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* ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete Citadel: Volus Ambassador and take the [[TakeAThirdOption take the third option]]



* ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete Citadel: Hanar Diplomat and take the ThirdOption

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* ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete Citadel: Hanar Diplomat and [[TakeAThirdOption take the ThirdOptionthird option]]



For more informations, refer to [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Mass_Effect_Wiki the wiki]].

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For more informations, information, refer to [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Mass_Effect_Wiki the wiki]].



Optimal solution: Save the Council and do not allow Kai Leng to kill the salarian councillor. Upon looking at the assets you get, the same fleets are given to you by the turian and asari councillors no matter who they are. You get the ''Destiny Ascension'' for saving the Council, but that doesn’t numerically make up for the Alliance cruisers and Mikhailovich’s scout flotilla that were sacrificed to save it. However, the fleet given to you by a saving Valern more than makes up for that deficit. Alternatively, the task force that the female councillor gives you is only just above half the strength of Valern’s fleet. So in the end, it wasn’t about saving the entire Council, it was about saving the salarian councillor.

Why does saving the salarian councillor matter so much? Because if you read the Codex on the Council races, they reveal that the salarians are constantly thinking, analyzing, inventing, and are therefore more adaptable than the conservative turians and asari. Reading up on human diplomatic relations reveals that the humans and salarians are starting to form a bloc to act as a bulwark against the conservatism of the turians and asari. When talking to Mordin, he reveals that he knows about the Reapers. Even in the first game, Kirrahe’s STG team is the only backup the Council sends. Maelon also seems to know all about Reaper indoctrination. In the first game, Valern seems to be the only councillor who shows an initial interest in what these Reapers are. Conclusion drawn: the salarians knew all along about the threat the Reapers posed and, in those two years, were preparing for it. The dreadnought fleet that Linron gives you for sabotaging the genophage cure is the strongest individual fleet after the quarian and geth fleets. So why does saving Valern matter? Because Valern created an actual military asset to counter the Reapers, while Ishil had to set up that task force to play catch-up. You don’t get stronger assets from the surviving turian and asari councillors, because they ostriched up and didn’t take the Reaper threat seriously.

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Optimal solution: Save the Council and do not allow Kai Leng to kill the salarian councillor. councilor. Upon looking at the assets you get, the same fleets are given to you by the turian and asari councillors councilors no matter who they are. You get the ''Destiny Ascension'' for saving the Council, but that doesn’t numerically make up for the Alliance cruisers and Mikhailovich’s scout flotilla that were sacrificed to save it. However, the fleet given to you by a saving Valern more than makes up for that deficit. Alternatively, the task force that the female councillor councilor gives you is only just above half the strength of Valern’s fleet. So in the end, it wasn’t about saving the entire Council, it was about saving the salarian councillor.

councilor.

Why does saving the salarian councillor councilor matter so much? Because if you read the Codex on the Council races, they reveal that the salarians are constantly thinking, analyzing, inventing, and are therefore more adaptable than the conservative turians and asari. Reading up on human diplomatic relations reveals that the humans and salarians are starting to form a bloc to act as a bulwark against the conservatism of the turians and asari. When talking to Mordin, he reveals that he knows about the Reapers. Even in the first game, Kirrahe’s STG team is the only backup the Council sends. Maelon also seems to know all about Reaper indoctrination. In the first game, Valern seems to be the only councillor councilor who shows an initial interest in what these Reapers are. Conclusion drawn: the salarians knew all along about the threat the Reapers posed and, in those two years, were preparing for it. The dreadnought fleet that Linron gives you for sabotaging the genophage cure is the strongest individual fleet after the quarian and geth fleets. So why does saving Valern matter? Because Valern created an actual military asset to counter the Reapers, while Ishil had to set up that task force to play catch-up. You don’t get stronger assets from the surviving turian and asari councillors, councilors, because they ostriched up and didn’t take the Reaper threat seriously.



The asari need assets rescued from three systems, and those assets are a mixture of civilian and military items. Unlike the turians and humans, they don’t have an Engineering Corps, they only send a science team. Their engineers are a. random gaggle that needs rescuing.. More telling is the fact that one of their ships you rescue is found in their home system! And their dreadnought fleet essentially needed to reacquire their equivalent of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War for its value to get anywhere close to the strength of a dreadnought fleet. Even their ground forces are scattered with two units you’d expect to find on Thessia, being stranded in a completely different star cluster. This is indicative of just how decentralized the asari are, and how that decentralization is affecting them.

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The asari need assets rescued from three systems, and those assets are a mixture of civilian and military items. Unlike the turians and humans, they don’t have an Engineering Corps, they only send a science team. Their engineers are a. a random gaggle that needs rescuing..rescuing. More telling is the fact that one of their ships you rescue is found in their home system! And their dreadnought fleet essentially needed to reacquire their equivalent of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War for its value to get anywhere close to the strength of a dreadnought fleet. Even their ground forces are scattered with two units you’d expect to find on Thessia, being stranded in a completely different star cluster. This is indicative of just how decentralized the asari are, and how that decentralization is affecting them.
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* ''''‘Mass Effect 3'' Missions''': These missions simply grant War Assets upon completion.

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* ''''‘Mass '''''Mass Effect 3'' Missions''': These missions simply grant War Assets upon completion.



11th Oct '17 2:21:03 PM MCanter89
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* This reasoning is spot on for a person playing as TheFettered [[TheParagon Paragon]]. If someone tries to put principles before results, they won't be inclined to take any of the sadistic choices given to them. A {{pragmatic|Hero}} [[TheUnfettered win-at-all-cost]] military commander, on the other hand, sees the Crucible and Catalyst as a way to defeat the Reapers, and [[IDidWhatIHadToDo does what needs to be done]]. Therefore, somebody who went into the game thinking "I'll do whatever it takes" gets their wish.

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* This reasoning is spot on for a person playing as TheFettered [[TheParagon Paragon]]. If someone tries to put principles before results, they won't won’t be inclined to take any of the sadistic choices given to them. A {{pragmatic|Hero}} [[TheUnfettered win-at-all-cost]] military commander, on the other hand, sees the Crucible and Catalyst as a way to defeat the Reapers, and [[IDidWhatIHadToDo does what needs to be done]]. Therefore, somebody who went into the game thinking "I'll “I’ll do whatever it takes" takes” gets their wish.



This is going to be a bit fanwanky, but I believe I've got enough evidence to think that this is actually the storyline they were going for. However, whenever I describe TIM or Kai Leng as lame, imagine them with the flaw I described but 'cool' which is what [=BioWare=] were going for. The question is, if The Illusive Man could have had operatives like Kai Leng, why would he devote such a large chunk of his resources bringing Shepard back?

TIM is a Shepard fanboy. It clouds him to everything and occludes rational thought. TIM has always had a Jesus complex and in his own mind he's the saviour of humanity that the law couldn't understand and forced him into the shadows. He's always wanted people to adore him for it but has persuaded himself that he's genuinely giving up that light to do what's really good for people. Basically he sees himself as sacrificing his soul for the greater good and other people just can't understand that.

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This is going to be a bit fanwanky, but I believe I've I’ve got enough evidence to think that this is actually the storyline they were going for. However, whenever I describe TIM or Kai Leng as lame, imagine them with the flaw I described but 'cool' ‘cool’ which is what [=BioWare=] were going for. The question is, if The Illusive Man could have had operatives like Kai Leng, why would he devote such a large chunk of his resources bringing Shepard back?

TIM is a Shepard fanboy. It clouds him to everything and occludes rational thought. TIM has always had a Jesus complex and in his own mind he's he’s the saviour of humanity that the law couldn't couldn’t understand and forced him into the shadows. He's He’s always wanted people to adore him for it but has persuaded himself that he's he’s genuinely giving up that light to do what's what’s really good for people. Basically he sees himself as sacrificing his soul for the greater good and other people just can't can’t understand that.



So when Shepard dies of course, he brings him/her back (this is where my version will differ from [=BioWare=], who would say that bringing Shepard back was the right decision). A waste of resources? Don't you understand? This is Shepard we're talking about. And TIM believes that because Shepard is like him, if Shepard could just be shown who TIM is and what TIM does, Shepard would come around to his way of thought. TIM believes that Shepard thinks of him as a respected adversary who just happens to be on the other side of the table and if Shepard could just be brought round, then Shepard would think like TIM does and give TIM the respect he needs. 'Mind control chip? NO! -no. You can't do that, we need Shepard as she is. And besides, we don't need one. Shepard will li-- It's not necessary, Miranda.'

When you play ''ME 2'', you'll notice that TIM is constantly explaining things to you, trying to justify his reasoning, and he keeps on asking Shepard for Shepard's approval. He doesn't do this with anyone else, because everyone else is a subordinate in his view. And when Shepard makes decisions that go against TIM, TIM seems genuinely impressed. If you save the quarian, TIM tells you it's not what he would have done but seems honestly admiring of Shepard's 'tactics' and strategy. Because he thinks they're similar people making similar decisions and he's deluded enough that he can convince himself that he might have made the same call if the situation had been right.

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So when Shepard dies of course, he brings him/her back (this is where my version will differ from [=BioWare=], who would say that bringing Shepard back was the right decision). A waste of resources? Don't Don’t you understand? This is Shepard we're we’re talking about. And TIM believes that because Shepard is like him, if Shepard could just be shown who TIM is and what TIM does, Shepard would come around to his way of thought. TIM believes that Shepard thinks of him as a respected adversary who just happens to be on the other side of the table and if Shepard could just be brought round, then Shepard would think like TIM does and give TIM the respect he needs. 'Mind ‘Mind control chip? NO! -no. You can't can’t do that, we need Shepard as she is. And besides, we don't don’t need one. Shepard will li-- It's It’s not necessary, Miranda.'



When you play ''ME 2'', you'll you’ll notice that TIM is constantly explaining things to you, trying to justify his reasoning, and he keeps on asking Shepard for Shepard's Shepard’s approval. He doesn't doesn’t do this with anyone else, because everyone else is a subordinate in his view. And when Shepard makes decisions that go against TIM, TIM seems genuinely impressed. If you save the quarian, TIM tells you it's it’s not what he would have done but seems honestly admiring of Shepard's 'tactics' Shepard’s ‘tactics’ and strategy. Because he thinks they're they’re similar people making similar decisions and he's he’s deluded enough that he can convince himself that he might have made the same call if the situation had been right.



From then on, every conversation between Shepard and TIM in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' runs like this: 'I hate you' 'You just don't understand Shepard. I'm doing everything for the good of humanity' 'You're a monster.' 'Shepard! You've just got to give me some respect, I can't keep letting you go on like this' And even then, when people ask if Shepard should die 'No, she could still be useful.'

And then we have Kai Leng. Kai Leng the Shepard replacement puppet. 'Your time is over. [Kai Leng enters the shot]' The Illusive Man is embittered by the idea that Shepard won't work with him and is trying to take this second person, dress him up to look like Shepard, and he pretends that he's created a better Shepard, one who actually listens to him and obeys him.

But the point is, TIM can't replace Shepard. And he's not the same as Shepard; he's so twisted, he can't actually understand the sort of person Shepard is and what makes her great. And because of that, Kai Leng is flawed and won't be capable of anything close to what Shepard can achieve. TIM can't see that KL is an uncharismatic psychopath who can't inspire the respect and doesn't have the strength of character that Shepard uses in everything she does. KL is a flashy wannabe who, ultimately, is too useless to be able to beat Shepard in a simple fight. He's a reflection of the Illusive Man's flaws and can only ever be a shadow of what Shepard is. He gets some small victories, but every time Shepard lives and TIM says 'don't worry, your time will come, it's Shepard, of course you failed, but one day you will fight and kill him/her and I will have a Shepard who does exactly what I say and is loyal to me' and then that confrontation comes and Kai Leng straight up dies. Even in his death blow, Shepard absolutely humiliates him and beats him down.

... So that is why Kai Leng exists and why TIM spent all that money bringing back Shepard. The Illusive Man, who installed Reaper tech in his own eyes, deludes himself and is blind to his failings. Petty jealousy and the inability to understand what sort of person he really is and what his own real motivations are. A craving for respect and the failure to recognise why it's denied to him, resulting in this sad angry little Shepard doll doomed to failure. And a messy end to both of them.

Just to make things clear, Kai Leng is a useless character that destroys everything he touches, because ultimately whenever he's in a scene, his poor writing and cutscene superpowers make you wonder what the writers were doing making such a whiny annoying power, instead of the corrupted but interesting ball of hate he should have been. But what he means in terms of TIM's character is fascinating.

It's real shame that they chose Cerberus instead of inventing a new organisation for ''ME 2'', because TIM has a complex relationship with Shepard and his conversation showdown is one of my favourite bits of the series.

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From then on, every conversation between Shepard and TIM in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' runs like this: 'I ‘I hate you' 'You you’ ‘You just don't don’t understand Shepard. I'm I’m doing everything for the good of humanity' 'You're humanity’ ‘You’re a monster.' 'Shepard! You've ’ ‘Shepard! You’ve just got to give me some respect, I can't can’t keep letting you go on like this' this’ And even then, when people ask if Shepard should die 'No, ‘No, she could still be useful.'



And then we have Kai Leng. Kai Leng the Shepard replacement puppet. 'Your ‘Your time is over. [Kai Leng enters the shot]' shot]’ The Illusive Man is embittered by the idea that Shepard won't won’t work with him and is trying to take this second person, dress him up to look like Shepard, and he pretends that he's he’s created a better Shepard, one who actually listens to him and obeys him.

But the point is, TIM can't can’t replace Shepard. And he's he’s not the same as Shepard; he's he’s so twisted, he can't can’t actually understand the sort of person Shepard is and what makes her great. And because of that, Kai Leng is flawed and won't won’t be capable of anything close to what Shepard can achieve. TIM can't can’t see that KL is an uncharismatic psychopath who can't can’t inspire the respect and doesn't doesn’t have the strength of character that Shepard uses in everything she does. KL is a flashy wannabe who, ultimately, is too useless to be able to beat Shepard in a simple fight. He's He’s a reflection of the Illusive Man's Man’s flaws and can only ever be a shadow of what Shepard is. He gets some small victories, but every time Shepard lives and TIM says 'don't ‘don’t worry, your time will come, it's it’s Shepard, of course you failed, but one day you will fight and kill him/her and I will have a Shepard who does exactly what I say and is loyal to me' me’ and then that confrontation comes and Kai Leng straight up dies. Even in his death blow, Shepard absolutely humiliates him and beats him down.

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So that is why Kai Leng exists and why TIM spent all that money bringing back Shepard. The Illusive Man, who installed Reaper tech in his own eyes, deludes himself and is blind to his failings. Petty jealousy and the inability to understand what sort of person he really is and what his own real motivations are. A craving for respect and the failure to recognise why it's it’s denied to him, resulting in this sad angry little Shepard doll doomed to failure. And a messy end to both of them.

Just to make things clear, Kai Leng is a useless character that destroys everything he touches, because ultimately whenever he's he’s in a scene, his poor writing and cutscene superpowers make you wonder what the writers were doing making such a whiny annoying power, instead of the corrupted but interesting ball of hate he should have been. But what he means in terms of TIM's TIM’s character is fascinating.

It's It’s real shame that they chose Cerberus instead of inventing a new organisation for ''ME 2'', because TIM has a complex relationship with Shepard and his conversation showdown is one of my favourite bits of the series.



Well, let's look at the numbers.

If you were to sum up only your Crucible assets, engineering teams, science teams,more search data, dissertations, prototypes, blueprints, Prothean artifacts and data drives, fabrication units, labor teams, worker teams, liquid assets, shipments delivered to the project, materials, equipment, mineral resources and the Reaper body part, you already have upto 2,015 war assets. Add the Omega eezo hoard, and you have 2,315. Add Cerberus's Reaper research data, and you have 2,365. At a 100% readiness and only these assets collected, what happens if you fire the Crucible? Only Destroy and Control are available, with Destroy only devastating all important planets but still leaving them intact and capable of supporting life. Control outright saves all planets, leaving even the infrastructure intact. As destroying requires more energy to be relayed compared to rewriting the Reapers to accept the new controller, that devastation of planets is to be expected.

At higher EMS, we start to see diminished returns. At 2,650, even Destroy doesn't devastate any planet, at 2,800 Space Magic Synthesis is available and at 3,100 (EC) or 4,000, the Crucible activator can survive. At higher EMS, you don't see any difference whatsoever.

So all it takes to win is to build the Crucible using all assets possible and then pad it with some military forces. Anything more than that is just wasted effort. Not constructing the crucible properly however requires you to get more military forces to "compensate". At lower readiness you also need more military forces to compensate.

Conclusion drawn: The Effective Military Strength is NOT a numerical value of the strength of your forces in a conventional battle against the Reapers. It is instead a measure of your Crucible's effectiveness, with all your military forces existing primarily to protect it by drawing fire away from it. Their War Asset values are an assessment of how effectively can they protect the Crucible from damage in combat.

And now the numbers start to make sense! Why are Miranda, Kasumi, Chakwas, Allers and al-Jilani combined stronger than the two asari commando units? Because they helped build the Crucible either directly by working on it, or by funneling assets to it, while the asari commandos have a very limited ability to draw Reaper fire away from the Crucible. Why is the Biotic Company slightly stronger than the Ascension? Because it is one big lumbering target as opposed to people who could distract a Reaper longer by scattering. Why is getting a banner, a religious artifact and an ancient book such a buff to certain fleets? Because they gain a lot more motivation to HoldTheLine against the Reapers with those things. It also explains the diminishing returns. A Crucible that fires with 3,000 effectiveness is still the same Crucible that fires at 5,000 or 8,000 effectiveness. Giving it more protection against damage isn't going to change its effectiveness. Only with insufficient protection do you see different results as the crucible takes more and more damage. Even the Catalyst lampshades this.

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Well, let's let’s look at the numbers.

If you were to sum up only your Crucible assets, engineering teams, science teams,more search data, dissertations, prototypes, blueprints, Prothean artifacts and data drives, fabrication units, labor teams, worker teams, liquid assets, shipments delivered to the project, materials, equipment, mineral resources and the Reaper body part, you already have upto 2,015 war assets. Add the Omega eezo hoard, and you have 2,315. Add Cerberus's Cerberus’s Reaper research data, and you have 2,365. At a 100% readiness and only these assets collected, what happens if you fire the Crucible? Only Destroy and Control are available, with Destroy only devastating all important planets but still leaving them intact and capable of supporting life. Control outright saves all planets, leaving even the infrastructure intact. As destroying requires more energy to be relayed compared to rewriting the Reapers to accept the new controller, that devastation of planets is to be expected.

At higher EMS, we start to see diminished returns. At 2,650, even Destroy doesn't doesn’t devastate any planet, at 2,800 Space Magic Synthesis is available and at 3,100 (EC) or 4,000, the Crucible activator can survive. At higher EMS, you don't don’t see any difference whatsoever.

So all it takes to win is to build the Crucible using all assets possible and then pad it with some military forces. Anything more than that is just wasted effort. Not constructing the crucible properly however requires you to get more military forces to "compensate".“compensate”. At lower readiness you also need more military forces to compensate.

Conclusion drawn: The Effective Military Strength is NOT a numerical value of the strength of your forces in a conventional battle against the Reapers. It is instead a measure of your Crucible's Crucible’s effectiveness, with all your military forces existing primarily to protect it by drawing fire away from it. Their War Asset values are an assessment of how effectively can they protect the Crucible from damage in combat.

And now the numbers start to make sense! Why are Miranda, Kasumi, Chakwas, Allers and al-Jilani combined stronger than the two asari commando units? Because they helped build the Crucible either directly by working on it, or by funneling assets to it, while the asari commandos have a very limited ability to draw Reaper fire away from the Crucible. Why is the Biotic Company slightly stronger than the Ascension? Because it is one big lumbering target as opposed to people who could distract a Reaper longer by scattering. Why is getting a banner, a religious artifact and an ancient book such a buff to certain fleets? Because they gain a lot more motivation to HoldTheLine against the Reapers with those things. It also explains the diminishing returns. A Crucible that fires with 3,000 effectiveness is still the same Crucible that fires at 5,000 or 8,000 effectiveness. Giving it more protection against damage isn't isn’t going to change its effectiveness. Only with insufficient protection do you see different results as the crucible takes more and more damage. Even the Catalyst lampshades this.



The War Assets system of ''Videogame/MassEffect3'' is complex and intricate, or even obscure and confusing. Getting the best endings requires making the right choices, as far back as [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 the first game]]. Depending on the situation, the best course of action can be [[KnightInShiningArmor Paragon]], [[KnightInSourArmor Renegade]], or a bit of both...

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The War Assets system of ''Videogame/MassEffect3'' is complex and intricate, or even obscure and confusing. Getting the best endings requires making the right choices, as far back as [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 the first game]]. Depending on the situation, the best course of action can be [[KnightInShiningArmor Paragon]], [[KnightInSourArmor Renegade]], or a bit of both...
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* '''''Mass Effect 3'' Missions''': These missions simply grant War Assets upon completion.

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* '''''Mass ''''‘Mass Effect 3'' Missions''': These missions simply grant War Assets upon completion.



** see also: "Arrival"

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** see also: "Arrival"“Arrival”



** see also: "Sabotage the Cure"

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** see also: "Sabotage “Sabotage the Cure"Cure”



** see also: "Virmire Survivor", "Save the Council"

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** see also: "Virmire Survivor", "Save “Virmire Survivor”, “Save the Council"Council”



** see also: "Bring Down The Sky"

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** see also: "Bring “Bring Down The Sky"Sky”



** see also: "Jack", "Overlord"

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** see also: "Jack", "Overlord"“Jack”, “Overlord”



** see also: "Zaeed"

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** see also: "Zaeed"“Zaeed”



** see also: "Jacob", "Overlord"

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** see also: "Jacob", "Overlord"“Jacob”, “Overlord”



** see also: "Kasumi"

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** see also: "Kasumi"“Kasumi”



** see also: "Samara"

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** see also: "Samara"“Samara”



** see also: "Conrad Verner"

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** see also: "Conrad Verner"“Conrad Verner”



* ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete the DLC's main missions

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* ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete the DLC's DLC’s main missions



* ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete the DLC's main missions
->'''405 Military Strength''': Omega Eezo Hoard, Omega Raiding Fleet, Alliance 1st Fleet upgraded or General Oleg Petrovsky

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* ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete the DLC's DLC’s main missions
->'''405 Military Strength''': Omega Eezo Hoard, Omega Raiding Fleet, Alliance 1st First Fleet upgraded or General Oleg Petrovsky



* ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete the DLC's main missions

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* reach "Veteran" rank on every checkpoint in the main campaign
* reach "Veteran" rank on every checkpoint in the bonus mission "Incarceration"

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* reach "Veteran" “Veteran” rank on every checkpoint in the main campaign
* reach "Veteran" “Veteran” rank on every checkpoint in the bonus mission "Incarceration"“Incarceration”



The above [[GuideDangIt guide]] tells us what to do to maximize war assets but it doesn't provide the deeper philosophical context to why they are the best choices. Let's try to get at that

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The above [[GuideDangIt guide]] tells us what to do to maximize war assets but it doesn't doesn’t provide the deeper philosophical context to why they are the best choices. Let's Let’s try to get at that



Optimal decision: [[spoiler:Sabotage the genophage cure but keep Eve alive by saving Maelon's data]]

This path is presented as the best choice to make vis a vis the krogan and salarians because of the way that krogan society currently is. The krogan are beset by infighting with warfare being seen as the only way their species can advance. If it hadn't been for salarian upliftment, the krogan would most likely have committed autogenocide, taking other Tuchanka species with them. They then proved that they are immutable to major societal changes by maintaining that same aggressive warlike outlook even after upliftment and having been given a few other planets to colonize. They proved that again after the genophage by continuing their old habits of internecine warfare even with a depopulation threat hanging over their heads. And now curing the genophage would have been another major societal change for them. Wrex, for all his good intentions, didn't grasp that a cure would most likely do very little to change krogan culture, which is why his leadership of the krogan doesn't reassure many salarians. Eve, on the other hand, is actually in a position to influence the krogan much more than any male krogan can, but that influence is dulled if the genophage is cured. Why? Because with the cure, she'll be seen as just another female clan shaman who did a great thing for the krogan. If someone doesn't like her ideas about "finding a balance again", there are plenty more krogan females who can spurt out thousands of young for them. But with a sabotaged cure, her immunity and fertility make her that much more powerful, as now the males have to abide by her wishes if they want to breed with her. She can even, if it came to that, let the old deadwood die out, then gradually repopulate the krogan race in her image. And this would be a gradual change instead of a sudden change. That is why sabotaging the cure but ensuring her survival is the best choice. Moreover, as a practical matter doing what the salarians want gains you the Salarian 1st Fleet, which is unavailable if you allow the cure to be distributed.

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Optimal decision: [[spoiler:Sabotage the genophage cure but keep Eve alive by saving Maelon's Maelon’s data]]

This path is presented as the best choice to make vis a vis the krogan and salarians because of the way that krogan society currently is. The krogan are beset by infighting with warfare being seen as the only way their species can advance. If it hadn't hadn’t been for salarian upliftment, the krogan would most likely have committed autogenocide, taking other Tuchanka species with them. They then proved that they are immutable to major societal changes by maintaining that same aggressive warlike outlook even after upliftment and having been given a few other planets to colonize. They proved that again after the genophage by continuing their old habits of internecine warfare even with a depopulation threat hanging over their heads. And now curing the genophage would have been another major societal change for them. Wrex, for all his good intentions, didn't didn’t grasp that a cure would most likely do very little to change krogan culture, which is why his leadership of the krogan doesn't doesn’t reassure many salarians. Eve, on the other hand, is actually in a position to influence the krogan much more than any male krogan can, but that influence is dulled if the genophage is cured. Why? Because with the cure, she'll she’ll be seen as just another female clan shaman who did a great thing for the krogan. If someone doesn't doesn’t like her ideas about "finding “finding a balance again", again”, there are plenty more krogan females who can spurt out thousands of young for them. But with a sabotaged cure, her immunity and fertility make her that much more powerful, as now the males have to abide by her wishes if they want to breed with her. She can even, if it came to that, let the old deadwood die out, then gradually repopulate the krogan race in her image. And this would be a gradual change instead of a sudden change. That is why sabotaging the cure but ensuring her survival is the best choice. Moreover, as a practical matter doing what the salarians want gains you the Salarian 1st Fleet, which is unavailable if you allow the cure to be distributed.



This one seems obvious, right? After all, you get two militaries instead of one and avoid having to commit genocide. And the fact that you pulled it off flies in the face of the Catalyst's barking that it could never, ever be done just adds to the CrowningMomentOfAwesome, doesn't it? The only issue is that to get it, you have to make some seemingly strange choices. Let's examine those in closer detail.

1) Tali and Legion must be present. Why won't it work unless both of them are present? Because they were the only quarian and geth who have ever cooperated on any mutual problem in a long time. Their friendship or at the very least collaboration is needed to convince both sides that it is possible to collaborate. With Tali dead, no other quarian is inclined towards cooperation, and with Legion dead, the geth don't have its perspective on peaceful contact with organics.

2) Tali must not have been exiled. If she was, this erodes trust on both sides. On the quarians' side, she is seen as someone who if not betraying the fleet, exercised poor judgement that jeopardized the fleet. And now she's advocating peace with their longtime nemesis! Why should they even listen to her? On the geth side, only as an admiral do they see her talk of peace actually getting anywhere. Furthermore, it is possible they now know the reason for her exile.

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This one seems obvious, right? After all, you get two militaries instead of one and avoid having to commit genocide. And the fact that you pulled it off flies in the face of the Catalyst's Catalyst’s barking that it could never, ever be done just adds to the CrowningMomentOfAwesome, doesn't doesn’t it? The only issue is that to get it, you have to make some seemingly strange choices. Let's Let’s examine those in closer detail.

1) Tali and Legion must be present. Why won't won’t it work unless both of them are present? Because they were the only quarian and geth who have ever cooperated on any mutual problem in a long time. Their friendship or at the very least collaboration is needed to convince both sides that it is possible to collaborate. With Tali dead, no other quarian is inclined towards cooperation, and with Legion dead, the geth don't don’t have its perspective on peaceful contact with organics.

2) Tali must not have been exiled. If she was, this erodes trust on both sides. On the quarians' quarians’ side, she is seen as someone who if not betraying the fleet, exercised poor judgement that jeopardized the fleet. And now she's she’s advocating peace with their longtime nemesis! Why should they even listen to her? On the geth side, only as an admiral do they see her talk of peace actually getting anywhere. Furthermore, it is possible they now know the reason for her exile.



5) Brokering actual cooperation between Tali and Legion during their loyalty fight. An actual truce is one where both of them are convinced to help each other. The Renegade resolution has you pull a DI gambit where they cooperate or face your wrath. The Paragon resolution, however, is more poignant as it convinces each of them to want to cooperate. If this is not done, you have to convince the slighted one to play along to keep the other one invested. This kind of manipulation doesn't help any when trying to broker peace.

Now, a deeper reason why this peace is an optimal choice. Although more war assets are always better, the timing of this arc is significant in influencing the available endings. Before you begin this arc, unless you have played a lot if multiplayer, your maximum EMS is somewhere in the 2,000 to 2,400 range. Saving only one side brings your EMS to around 2,800, while saving both brings it past 3,100. What is the significance here? Synthesis requires 2,800, while Destroy with Shepard surviving requires 3,100. At 2,800, everybody achieves synthesis on the Reapers' terms, while the Destroy with Shepard surviving allows for a more gradual form of synthesis to occur on our terms. Shepard's survival ensures that the geth and their sacrifice will not be whitewashed away and be able to advise galactic society that some solution must be found to head off organic synthetic conflict.

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5) Brokering actual cooperation between Tali and Legion during their loyalty fight. An actual truce is one where both of them are convinced to help each other. The Renegade resolution has you pull a DI gambit where they cooperate or face your wrath. The Paragon resolution, however, is more poignant as it convinces each of them to want to cooperate. If this is not done, you have to convince the slighted one to play along to keep the other one invested. This kind of manipulation doesn't doesn’t help any when trying to broker peace.

Now, a deeper reason why this peace is an optimal choice. Although more war assets are always better, the timing of this arc is significant in influencing the available endings. Before you begin this arc, unless you have played a lot if multiplayer, your maximum EMS is somewhere in the 2,000 to 2,400 range. Saving only one side brings your EMS to around 2,800, while saving both brings it past 3,100. What is the significance here? Synthesis requires 2,800, while Destroy with Shepard surviving requires 3,100. At 2,800, everybody achieves synthesis on the Reapers' Reapers’ terms, while the Destroy with Shepard surviving allows for a more gradual form of synthesis to occur on our terms. Shepard's Shepard’s survival ensures that the geth and their sacrifice will not be whitewashed away and be able to advise galactic society that some solution must be found to head off organic synthetic conflict.



Optimal solution: Save the Council and do not allow Kai Leng to kill the salarian councillor. Upon looking at the assets you get, the same fleets are given to you by the turian and asari councillors no matter who they are. You get the ''Destiny Ascension'' for saving the Council, but that doesn't numerically make up for the Alliance cruisers and Mikhailovich's scout flotilla that were sacrificed to save it. However, the fleet given to you by a saving Valern more than makes up for that deficit. Alternatively, the task force that the female councillor gives you is only just above half the strength of Valern's fleet. So in the end, it wasn't about saving the entire Council, it was about saving the salarian councillor.

Why does saving the salarian councillor matter so much? Because if you read the Codex on the Council races, they reveal that the salarians are constantly thinking, analyzing, inventing, and are therefore more adaptable than the conservative turians and asari. Reading up on human diplomatic relations reveals that the humans and salarians are starting to form a bloc to act as a bulwark against the conservatism of the turians and asari. When talking to Mordin, he reveals that he knows about the Reapers. Even in the first game, Kirrahe's STG team is the only backup the Council sends. Maelon also seems to know all about Reaper indoctrination. In the first game, Valern seems to be the only councillor who shows an initial interest in what these Reapers are. Conclusion drawn: the salarians knew all along about the threat the Reapers posed and, in those two years, were preparing for it. The dreadnought fleet that Linron gives you for sabotaging the genophage cure is the strongest individual fleet after the quarian and geth fleets. So why does saving Valern matter? Because Valern created an actual military asset to counter the Reapers, while Ishil had to set up that task force to play catch-up. You don't get stronger assets from the surviving turian and asari councillors, because they ostriched up and didn't take the Reaper threat seriously.

All in all, the Council-based War Assets scenario allows us the player to examine the pitfalls of retaining or replacing leaders who initially failed a challenge that was previously unknown, unique, and difficult. Retaining them gives you the possibility that these leaders might learn from their mistake and adapt. But it also brings about the possibility that because the challenge has passed, they might revert to HeadInTheSandManagement. It all depends on how comfortable a leader is with risk and change. On the flip side, replacing leaders who fail might seem like the right thing to do, but it brings about the caveat that their replacement may be equally as clueless about the problem as their predecessors were. And those predecessors have something that these new people don't have: past experiences of approaches that didn't work before. The new people could unintentionally make the same mistakes their predecessors did.

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Optimal solution: Save the Council and do not allow Kai Leng to kill the salarian councillor. Upon looking at the assets you get, the same fleets are given to you by the turian and asari councillors no matter who they are. You get the ''Destiny Ascension'' for saving the Council, but that doesn't doesn’t numerically make up for the Alliance cruisers and Mikhailovich's Mikhailovich’s scout flotilla that were sacrificed to save it. However, the fleet given to you by a saving Valern more than makes up for that deficit. Alternatively, the task force that the female councillor gives you is only just above half the strength of Valern's Valern’s fleet. So in the end, it wasn't wasn’t about saving the entire Council, it was about saving the salarian councillor.

Why does saving the salarian councillor matter so much? Because if you read the Codex on the Council races, they reveal that the salarians are constantly thinking, analyzing, inventing, and are therefore more adaptable than the conservative turians and asari. Reading up on human diplomatic relations reveals that the humans and salarians are starting to form a bloc to act as a bulwark against the conservatism of the turians and asari. When talking to Mordin, he reveals that he knows about the Reapers. Even in the first game, Kirrahe's Kirrahe’s STG team is the only backup the Council sends. Maelon also seems to know all about Reaper indoctrination. In the first game, Valern seems to be the only councillor who shows an initial interest in what these Reapers are. Conclusion drawn: the salarians knew all along about the threat the Reapers posed and, in those two years, were preparing for it. The dreadnought fleet that Linron gives you for sabotaging the genophage cure is the strongest individual fleet after the quarian and geth fleets. So why does saving Valern matter? Because Valern created an actual military asset to counter the Reapers, while Ishil had to set up that task force to play catch-up. You don't don’t get stronger assets from the surviving turian and asari councillors, because they ostriched up and didn't didn’t take the Reaper threat seriously.

All in all, the Council-based War Assets scenario allows us the player to examine the pitfalls of retaining or replacing leaders who initially failed a challenge that was previously unknown, unique, and difficult. Retaining them gives you the possibility that these leaders might learn from their mistake and adapt. But it also brings about the possibility that because the challenge has passed, they might revert to HeadInTheSandManagement. It all depends on how comfortable a leader is with risk and change. On the flip side, replacing leaders who fail might seem like the right thing to do, but it brings about the caveat that their replacement may be equally as clueless about the problem as their predecessors were. And those predecessors have something that these new people don't don’t have: past experiences of approaches that didn't didn’t work before. The new people could unintentionally make the same mistakes their predecessors did.



The where and what of the whole system scanning and retrieval of assets can be read about above. However one crucial aspect not discussed is why. Why are certain assets necessary? Why some races require you to obtain special artifacts while others don't? Why are certain assets in the location you found them in. That will be examined as follows.

The turians only require three assets to be scanned and located – the scout flotilla, an ancient regimental banner and [[CallBack that spiteful]] [[VideoGame/MassEffect little]] [[DownloadableContent runt]]. These aren't just random fetch quests – they are indicative of how the turians are faring against the Reapers. They have no units or ships stranded in some remote planet because their forces are still holding against the Reaper onslaught. A scouting unit is cut off behind enemy lines, just like scouting units have been since the dawn of warfare. And Pinnacle Station is a very remote outpost jointly run by turians and humans. However, the fact that an ancient regimental banner buffs their dreadnought fleet by almost 50% indicates that while their line is holding, it cannot hold for long. This onslaught is slowly eroding the fight out of them because for the first time in probably ever, they are facing defeat.

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The where and what of the whole system scanning and retrieval of assets can be read about above. However one crucial aspect not discussed is why. Why are certain assets necessary? Why some races require you to obtain special artifacts while others don't? don’t? Why are certain assets in the location you found them in. That will be examined as follows.

The turians only require three assets to be scanned and located – the scout flotilla, an ancient regimental banner and [[CallBack that spiteful]] [[VideoGame/MassEffect little]] [[DownloadableContent runt]]. These aren't aren’t just random fetch quests – they are indicative of how the turians are faring against the Reapers. They have no units or ships stranded in some remote planet because their forces are still holding against the Reaper onslaught. A scouting unit is cut off behind enemy lines, just like scouting units have been since the dawn of warfare. And Pinnacle Station is a very remote outpost jointly run by turians and humans. However, the fact that an ancient regimental banner buffs their dreadnought fleet by almost 50% indicates that while their line is holding, it cannot hold for long. This onslaught is slowly eroding the fight out of them because for the first time in probably ever, they are facing defeat.



The asari need assets rescued from three systems, and those assets are a mixture of civilian and military items. Unlike the turians and humans, they don't have an Engineering Corps, they only send a science team. Their engineers are a. random gaggle that needs rescuing.. More telling is the fact that one of their ships you rescue is found in their home system! And their dreadnought fleet essentially needed to reacquire their equivalent of Sun Tzu's The Art of War for its value to get anywhere close to the strength of a dreadnought fleet. Even their ground forces are scattered with two units you'd expect to find on Thessia, being stranded in a completely different star cluster. This is indicative of just how decentralized the asari are, and how that decentralization is affecting them.

The species that benefits the most from search and rescue – humans. You find a total of six ships and three infantry/spec ops units, and the human engineering corps more than doubles in strength by finding Prothean artifacts. But tellingly, you don't have to find some ancient artifact to rally humans to fight, like you need to for the turians, volus, elcor, and asari. Humans are willing to fight. However, their entire military doctrine is for them to act like cavalry, rapidly rushing in to the rescue. That cavalry has been routed by an enemy with superior firepower and numbers but not actually annihilated, because that cavalry never tried to regroup quickly and try to HoldTheLine. And this routed cavalry needs someone to rally and shepherd them back together into formation for the counteroffensive. Your role is to be that [[MeaningfulName Shepard]].

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The asari need assets rescued from three systems, and those assets are a mixture of civilian and military items. Unlike the turians and humans, they don't don’t have an Engineering Corps, they only send a science team. Their engineers are a. random gaggle that needs rescuing.. More telling is the fact that one of their ships you rescue is found in their home system! And their dreadnought fleet essentially needed to reacquire their equivalent of Sun Tzu's Tzu’s The Art of War for its value to get anywhere close to the strength of a dreadnought fleet. Even their ground forces are scattered with two units you'd you’d expect to find on Thessia, being stranded in a completely different star cluster. This is indicative of just how decentralized the asari are, and how that decentralization is affecting them.

The species that benefits the most from search and rescue – humans. You find a total of six ships and three infantry/spec ops units, and the human engineering corps more than doubles in strength by finding Prothean artifacts. But tellingly, you don't don’t have to find some ancient artifact to rally humans to fight, like you need to for the turians, volus, elcor, and asari. Humans are willing to fight. However, their entire military doctrine is for them to act like cavalry, rapidly rushing in to the rescue. That cavalry has been routed by an enemy with superior firepower and numbers but not actually annihilated, because that cavalry never tried to regroup quickly and try to HoldTheLine. And this routed cavalry needs someone to rally and shepherd them back together into formation for the counteroffensive. Your role is to be that [[MeaningfulName Shepard]].



Although Hackett tells you many times that there is no way to defeat the Reapers conventionally, many of the people who felt slighted by the Refusal ending argue that it should have been possible to achieve a conventional victory with a very high EMS. Although the deeper meaning behind Effective Military Strength is analyzed above, let's see if such a victory was actually possible.

To achieve a conventional military victory, the defeated force must be in such a state that fighting is just not possible anymore. In the old days, this was achieved by just slaughtering enough enemy soldiers to the point where any organized resistance was futile. Later on, geography and logistics became incorporated, and therefore, if you cut off an enemy's supply lines and boxed them into an untenable location, you won. As technology advanced, victory became less and less about killing your opponents and more about starving them, routing them, capturing them, encircling them, and eventually out-producing them. Ultimately, a conventional war will boil down to "Who has more reserves?" Who can produce more reserves?

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Although Hackett tells you many times that there is no way to defeat the Reapers conventionally, many of the people who felt slighted by the Refusal ending argue that it should have been possible to achieve a conventional victory with a very high EMS. Although the deeper meaning behind Effective Military Strength is analyzed above, let's let’s see if such a victory was actually possible.

To achieve a conventional military victory, the defeated force must be in such a state that fighting is just not possible anymore. In the old days, this was achieved by just slaughtering enough enemy soldiers to the point where any organized resistance was futile. Later on, geography and logistics became incorporated, and therefore, if you cut off an enemy's enemy’s supply lines and boxed them into an untenable location, you won. As technology advanced, victory became less and less about killing your opponents and more about starving them, routing them, capturing them, encircling them, and eventually out-producing them. Ultimately, a conventional war will boil down to "Who “Who has more reserves?" reserves?” Who can produce more reserves?



So, a simple battle of attrition just won't work. Can we win by starving out the Reapers? No, since their power sources appear to be sufficient to keep them operating at peak for at least a century, while the volus estimates that our own economy will collapse within one year. Can we outmaneuver them in any way? No, since they are about 30 times faster and can control the relay network. Can we use the environment against them somehow? No, since they've placed relays far away from any cosmological hazards that could threaten them – since those hazards threaten us, too.

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So, a simple battle of attrition just won't won’t work. Can we win by starving out the Reapers? No, since their power sources appear to be sufficient to keep them operating at peak for at least a century, while the volus estimates that our own economy will collapse within one year. Can we outmaneuver them in any way? No, since they are about 30 times faster and can control the relay network. Can we use the environment against them somehow? No, since they've they’ve placed relays far away from any cosmological hazards that could threaten them – since those hazards threaten us, too.



The original idea for the Reapers' motivation to harvest all life in this galaxy was supposedly to curtail the excessive use of mass effect fields for FasterThanLightTravel before it causes space-time in that region to rip apart or something. While dark energy ripping apart space and time is of great concern to actual physicists in RealLife, using it this way would have been CriticalResearchFailure taken UpToEleven. Let's see why.

Dark energy is actually a catch-all term for something that is causing everything in the universe to recede from us at an increasing rate. The theory is that everything recedes due to the Big Bang, but due to gravity, that recession should be slowing down. Instead, it is increasing. Without knowing what force is causing this, Dark Energy is a placeholder used until the phenomenon can be explained better. So when [[InternalAffairs Parasini]] claims to be "looking into it", she is only doing what many astrophysicists are doing now.

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The original idea for the Reapers' Reapers’ motivation to harvest all life in this galaxy was supposedly to curtail the excessive use of mass effect fields for FasterThanLightTravel before it causes space-time in that region to rip apart or something. While dark energy ripping apart space and time is of great concern to actual physicists in RealLife, using it this way would have been CriticalResearchFailure taken UpToEleven. Let's Let’s see why.

Dark energy is actually a catch-all term for something that is causing everything in the universe to recede from us at an increasing rate. The theory is that everything recedes due to the Big Bang, but due to gravity, that recession should be slowing down. Instead, it is increasing. Without knowing what force is causing this, Dark Energy is a placeholder used until the phenomenon can be explained better. So when [[InternalAffairs Parasini]] claims to be "looking “looking into it", it”, she is only doing what many astrophysicists are doing now.



But don't worry! Scientific consensus is that this is NOT going to happen, as the closed universe theory isn't widely accepted, and that it is actually entropy which slowly grinds the universe to a heat death from total lack of usable energy. A Big Rip of the space-time continuum might take more than a few googol years to occur. So in actuality, we have nothing to worry about from Dark Energy. A [[TheSingularity technological singularity]], on the other hand, is a real and scary possibility.

For argument's sake, let's consider that the Big Rip will happen fifty billion years from now and that the Reapers are attempting to ward it off. Is what they are doing an effective way to do so? No! Because this Big Rip will span billions of galaxies when it hits. Will slowing down eezo use in one galaxy make any difference? Not if billions of other galaxies are going to be affected anyway. By doing this, it is the Reapers who are [[IronicEcho dust struggling against the cosmic wind]].

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But don't don’t worry! Scientific consensus is that this is NOT going to happen, as the closed universe theory isn't isn’t widely accepted, and that it is actually entropy which slowly grinds the universe to a heat death from total lack of usable energy. A Big Rip of the space-time continuum might take more than a few googol years to occur. So in actuality, we have nothing to worry about from Dark Energy. A [[TheSingularity technological singularity]], on the other hand, is a real and scary possibility.

For argument's argument’s sake, let's let’s consider that the Big Rip will happen fifty billion years from now and that the Reapers are attempting to ward it off. Is what they are doing an effective way to do so? No! Because this Big Rip will span billions of galaxies when it hits. Will slowing down eezo use in one galaxy make any difference? Not if billions of other galaxies are going to be affected anyway. By doing this, it is the Reapers who are [[IronicEcho dust struggling against the cosmic wind]].
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So when Shepard dies of course, he brings her back (this is where my version will differ from [=BioWare=], who would say that bringing Shepard back was the right decision). A waste of resources? Don't you understand? This is Shepard we're talking about. And TIM believes that because Shepard is like him, if Shepard could just be shown who TIM is and what TIM does, Shepard would come around to his way of thought. TIM believes that Shepard thinks of him as a respected adversary who just happens to be on the other side of the table and if Shepard could just be brought round, then Shepard would think like TIM does and give TIM the respect he needs. 'Mind control chip? NO! -no. You can't do that, we need Shepard as she is. And besides we don't need one, Shepard will li-- It's not necessary Miranda'

When you play ''ME 2'', you'll notice that TIM is constantly explaining things to you, trying to justify his reasoning and he keeps on asking Shepard for Shepard's approval. He doesn't do this with anyone else, because everyone else is a subordinate in his view. And when Shepard makes decisions that go against TIM, TIM seems genuinely impressed. If you save the quarian, TIM tells you it's not what he would have done but seems honestly admiring of Shepard's 'tactics' and strategy. Because he thinks they're similar people making similar decisions and he's deluded enough that he can convince himself that he might have made the same call if the situation had been right.

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So when Shepard dies of course, he brings her him/her back (this is where my version will differ from [=BioWare=], who would say that bringing Shepard back was the right decision). A waste of resources? Don't you understand? This is Shepard we're talking about. And TIM believes that because Shepard is like him, if Shepard could just be shown who TIM is and what TIM does, Shepard would come around to his way of thought. TIM believes that Shepard thinks of him as a respected adversary who just happens to be on the other side of the table and if Shepard could just be brought round, then Shepard would think like TIM does and give TIM the respect he needs. 'Mind control chip? NO! -no. You can't do that, we need Shepard as she is. And besides besides, we don't need one, one. Shepard will li-- It's not necessary Miranda'

necessary, Miranda.'

When you play ''ME 2'', you'll notice that TIM is constantly explaining things to you, trying to justify his reasoning reasoning, and he keeps on asking Shepard for Shepard's approval. He doesn't do this with anyone else, because everyone else is a subordinate in his view. And when Shepard makes decisions that go against TIM, TIM seems genuinely impressed. If you save the quarian, TIM tells you it's not what he would have done but seems honestly admiring of Shepard's 'tactics' and strategy. Because he thinks they're similar people making similar decisions and he's deluded enough that he can convince himself that he might have made the same call if the situation had been right.



From then on, every conversation between Shepard and TIM in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' runs like this: 'I hate you' 'You just don't understand Shepard. I'm doing everything for the good of humanity' 'You're a monster.' 'Shepard! You've just got to give me some respect, I can't keep letting you go on like this' And even then, when people ask if Shepard should die 'No, she could still be useful'

And then we have Kai Leng. Kai Leng the Shepard replacement puppet. 'Your time is over [Kai Leng enters the shot]' The Illusive Man is embittered by the idea that Shepard won't work with him and is trying to take this second person, dress him up to look like Shepard and he pretend that he's created a better Shepard, one who actually listens to him and obeys him.

But the point is, TIM can't replace Shepard. And he's not the same as Shepard, he's so twisted he can't actually understand the sort of person Shepard is and what makes her great. And because of that, Kai Leng is flawed and won't be capable of anything close to what Shepard can achieve. TIM can't see that KL is an uncharismatic psychopath who can't inspire the respect and doesn't have the strength of character that Shepard uses in everything she does. KL is a flashy wannabe who, ultimately, is too useless to be able to beat Shepard in a simple fight. He's a reflection of The Illusive Mans flaws and can only ever be a shadow of what Shepard is. He gets some small victories, but every time Shepard lives and TIM says 'don't worry, your time will come, it's Shepard, of course you failed, but one day you will fight and kill her and I will have a Shepard who does exactly what I say and is loyal to me' and then that confrontation comes and Kai Leng straight up dies. Even in his death blow Shepard absolutely humiliates him and beats him down.

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From then on, every conversation between Shepard and TIM in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' runs like this: 'I hate you' 'You just don't understand Shepard. I'm doing everything for the good of humanity' 'You're a monster.' 'Shepard! You've just got to give me some respect, I can't keep letting you go on like this' And even then, when people ask if Shepard should die 'No, she could still be useful'

useful.'

And then we have Kai Leng. Kai Leng the Shepard replacement puppet. 'Your time is over over. [Kai Leng enters the shot]' The Illusive Man is embittered by the idea that Shepard won't work with him and is trying to take this second person, dress him up to look like Shepard Shepard, and he pretend pretends that he's created a better Shepard, one who actually listens to him and obeys him.

But the point is, TIM can't replace Shepard. And he's not the same as Shepard, Shepard; he's so twisted twisted, he can't actually understand the sort of person Shepard is and what makes her great. And because of that, Kai Leng is flawed and won't be capable of anything close to what Shepard can achieve. TIM can't see that KL is an uncharismatic psychopath who can't inspire the respect and doesn't have the strength of character that Shepard uses in everything she does. KL is a flashy wannabe who, ultimately, is too useless to be able to beat Shepard in a simple fight. He's a reflection of The the Illusive Mans Man's flaws and can only ever be a shadow of what Shepard is. He gets some small victories, but every time Shepard lives and TIM says 'don't worry, your time will come, it's Shepard, of course you failed, but one day you will fight and kill her him/her and I will have a Shepard who does exactly what I say and is loyal to me' and then that confrontation comes and Kai Leng straight up dies. Even in his death blow blow, Shepard absolutely humiliates him and beats him down.



Just to make things clear, Kai Leng is a useless character that destroys everything he touches, because ultimately, whenever he's in a scene, his poor writing and cutscene superpowers make you wonder what the writers were doing making such a whiny annoying power, instead of the corrupted but interesting ball of hate he should have been. But what he means in terms of TIM's character is fascinating .

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Just to make things clear, Kai Leng is a useless character that destroys everything he touches, because ultimately, ultimately whenever he's in a scene, his poor writing and cutscene superpowers make you wonder what the writers were doing making such a whiny annoying power, instead of the corrupted but interesting ball of hate he should have been. But what he means in terms of TIM's character is fascinating .
fascinating.



->'''120 Military Strength''': ''Destiny Ascension''; Alliance 1st, 3rd, and 5th Fleets damaged; Salarian 3rd Fleet

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->'''120 Military Strength''': ''Destiny Ascension''; Alliance 1st, 3rd, First, Third, and 5th Fifth Fleets damaged; Salarian 3rd Third Fleet



-->'''225 Military Strength''': Alliance Naval Exploration Flotilla, Prothean Data Files, Alliance Cruiser Shanghai, Spec Ops Team Delta

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-->'''225 Military Strength''': Alliance Naval Exploration Flotilla, Prothean Data Files, Alliance Cruiser Shanghai, ''Shanghai'', Spec Ops Team Delta



-->'''185 Military Strength''': Volus Dreadnought Kwunu, Volus Engineering Team, Volus Fabrication Units, Book of Plenix

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-->'''185 Military Strength''': Volus Dreadnought Kwunu, ''Kwunu'', Volus Engineering Team, Volus Fabrication Units, Book of Plenix



-->'''165 Military Strength''': Hesperia-Period Statue, Asari Research Ships, Asari Cruiser Nefrane, Asari Cruiser Cybaen, Asari Engineers

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-->'''165 Military Strength''': Hesperia-Period Statue, Asari Research Ships, Asari Cruiser Nefrane, ''Nefrane'', Asari Cruiser Cybaen, ''Cybaen'', Asari Engineers



->'''80 Military Strength''': Citadel Defense Force, Hanar and Drell Forces, Alliance 1st Fleet, Alliance 5th Fleet, Asari 2nd Fleet, Salarian 3rd Fleet, Turian 6th Fleet, all upgraded

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->'''80 Military Strength''': Citadel Defense Force, Hanar and Drell Forces, Alliance 1st Fleet, Alliance 5th Fifth Fleet, Asari 2nd Second Fleet, Salarian 3rd Third Fleet, Turian 6th Sixth Fleet, all upgraded



->'''27 Military Strength''': Citadel Defense Force upgraded, Alliance 5th Fleet upgraded

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->'''27 Military Strength''': Citadel Defense Force upgraded, Alliance 5th Fifth Fleet upgraded



->'''48 Military Strength''': Citadel Defense Force upgraded, Alliance 5th Fleet upgraded

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->'''48 Military Strength''': Citadel Defense Force upgraded, Alliance 5th Fifth Fleet upgraded



* ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete Citadel: Volus Ambassador and take the ThirdOption

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* ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete Citadel: Volus Ambassador and take the ThirdOption[[TakeAThirdOption third option]]
10th Oct '17 10:11:27 AM MCanter89
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Optimal decision: Quarian–Geth peace
This one seems obvious, right? After all, you get two militaries instead of one and avoid having to commit genocide. And the fact that you pulled it off flies in the face of the Catalyst barking that it could never ever be done just adds to the CrowningMomentOfAwesome, doesn't it? The only issue is that to get it, you have to make some seemingly strange choices. Let's examine those in closer detail.

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Optimal decision: Quarian–Geth peace
peace.

This one seems obvious, right? After all, you get two militaries instead of one and avoid having to commit genocide. And the fact that you pulled it off flies in the face of the Catalyst Catalyst's barking that it could never never, ever be done just adds to the CrowningMomentOfAwesome, doesn't it? The only issue is that to get it, you have to make some seemingly strange choices. Let's examine those in closer detail.
10th Oct '17 9:57:16 AM MCanter89
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* '''The ''Normandy'' And Her Crew''': The ''[[CoolStarship Normandy]]'' and her [[BadassCrew crew]] past and present are powerful War Assets. Make the most of them.

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* '''The ''Normandy'' And and Her Crew''': The ''[[CoolStarship Normandy]]'' and her [[BadassCrew crew]] past and present are powerful War Assets. Make the most of them.
10th Oct '17 9:53:43 AM MCanter89
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TIM is a Shepard fanboy. It clouds him to everything and occludes rational thought. TIM has always had a Jesus complex and in his own mind he's the saviour of humanity that the Law couldn't understand and forced him into the shadows. He's always wanted people to adore him for it but has persuaded himself that he's genuinely giving up that light to do what's really good for people. Basically he sees himself as sacrificing his soul for the greater good and other people just can't understand that.

Then along comes Shepard, Shepard the first human spectre, Shepard the saviour of mankind who stuck to her guns and ploughed on despite no-one believing in her. Willing to do what needs to be done outside of the law and in the end the whole Galaxy worships her as a hero for it. TIM is infatuated with Shepard and projects himself onto her, he believes that they are similar people and equals and he absolutely craves her respect.

So when Shepard dies of course he brings her back (this is where my version will differ from Bioware, who would say that bringing Shepard back was the right decision). A waste of resources? Don't you understand? This is Shepard we're talking about. And TIM believes that because Shepard is like him, if Shepard could just be shown who TIM is and what TIM does, Shepard would come around to his way of thought. TIM believes that Shepard thinks of him as a respected adversary who just happens to be on the other side of the table and if Shepard could just be brought round, then Shepard would think like TIM does and give TIM the respect he needs. 'Mind control chip? NO! -no. You can't do that, we need Shepard as she is. And besides we don't need one, Shepard will li-- It's not necessary Miranda'

When you play ME 2, you'll notice that TIM is constantly explaining things to you, trying to justify his reasoning and he keeps on asking Shepard for Shepard's approval. He doesn't do this with anyone else, because everyone else is a subordinate in his view. And when Shepard makes decisions that go against TIM, TIM seems genuinely impressed. If you save the Quarian TIM tells you it's not what he would have done but seems honestly admiring of Shepard's 'tactics' and strategy. Because he thinks they're similar people making similar decisions and he's deluded enough that he can convince himself that he might have made the same call if the situation had been right.

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TIM is a Shepard fanboy. It clouds him to everything and occludes rational thought. TIM has always had a Jesus complex and in his own mind he's the saviour of humanity that the Law law couldn't understand and forced him into the shadows. He's always wanted people to adore him for it but has persuaded himself that he's genuinely giving up that light to do what's really good for people. Basically he sees himself as sacrificing his soul for the greater good and other people just can't understand that.

Then along comes Shepard, Shepard the first human spectre, Spectre, Shepard the saviour of mankind who stuck to her guns and ploughed on despite no-one believing in her. Willing to do what needs to be done outside of the law law, and in the end end, the whole Galaxy galaxy worships her him/her as a hero for it. TIM is infatuated with Shepard and projects himself onto her, him/her, he believes that they are similar people and equals and he absolutely craves her respect.

So when Shepard dies of course course, he brings her back (this is where my version will differ from Bioware, [=BioWare=], who would say that bringing Shepard back was the right decision). A waste of resources? Don't you understand? This is Shepard we're talking about. And TIM believes that because Shepard is like him, if Shepard could just be shown who TIM is and what TIM does, Shepard would come around to his way of thought. TIM believes that Shepard thinks of him as a respected adversary who just happens to be on the other side of the table and if Shepard could just be brought round, then Shepard would think like TIM does and give TIM the respect he needs. 'Mind control chip? NO! -no. You can't do that, we need Shepard as she is. And besides we don't need one, Shepard will li-- It's not necessary Miranda'

When you play ME 2, ''ME 2'', you'll notice that TIM is constantly explaining things to you, trying to justify his reasoning and he keeps on asking Shepard for Shepard's approval. He doesn't do this with anyone else, because everyone else is a subordinate in his view. And when Shepard makes decisions that go against TIM, TIM seems genuinely impressed. If you save the Quarian quarian, TIM tells you it's not what he would have done but seems honestly admiring of Shepard's 'tactics' and strategy. Because he thinks they're similar people making similar decisions and he's deluded enough that he can convince himself that he might have made the same call if the situation had been right.



WARNING : All spoilers will be UNMARKED. It is recommended to complete the trilogy at least once before going the MinMaxing route.

[[folder:The ''Normandy'' And Her Crew]]

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WARNING : '''WARNING:''' All spoilers will be UNMARKED. It is recommended to complete the trilogy at least once before going the MinMaxing route.

[[folder:The ''Normandy'' And and Her Crew]]



->'''10 Military Strength''' : Dr. Karin Chakwas

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->'''10 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Dr. Karin Chakwas



->'''25 Military Strength''' : Miranda Lawson

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->'''25 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Miranda Lawson



[[folder:Mass Effect 3 Missions]]

!! Main Plot Missions : 1,320

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[[folder:Mass [[folder:''Mass Effect 3 3'' Missions]]

!! Main Plot Missions : Missions: 1,320



** see also : "Jack", "Overlord"

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** see also : also: "Jack", "Overlord"



!!! Third-best choice : support the quarians

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!!! Third-best choice : choice: support the quarians



!!! Second-best choice : save Aralakh Company

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!!! Second-best choice : choice: save Aralakh Company



!! Zaeed : The Price of Revenge

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!! Zaeed : Zaeed: The Price of Revenge
10th Oct '17 9:45:29 AM MCanter89
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So when Shepard dies of course he brings her back (this is where my version will differ from Bioware, who would say that bringing Shepard back was the right decision). A waste of resources? Don't you understand? This is Shepard we're talking about. And TIM believes that because Shepard is like him, if Shepard could just be shown who TIM is and what TIM does, Shepard would come around to his way of thought. TIM believes that Shepard thinks of him as a respected adversary who just happens to be on the other side of the table and if Shepard could just be brought round, then Shepard would think like TIM does and give TIM the respect he needs. 'Mind control chip? NO! -no. You can't do that, we need Shepard as she is. And besides we don't need one, Shepard will li-. It's not necessary Miranda'

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So when Shepard dies of course he brings her back (this is where my version will differ from Bioware, who would say that bringing Shepard back was the right decision). A waste of resources? Don't you understand? This is Shepard we're talking about. And TIM believes that because Shepard is like him, if Shepard could just be shown who TIM is and what TIM does, Shepard would come around to his way of thought. TIM believes that Shepard thinks of him as a respected adversary who just happens to be on the other side of the table and if Shepard could just be brought round, then Shepard would think like TIM does and give TIM the respect he needs. 'Mind control chip? NO! -no. You can't do that, we need Shepard as she is. And besides we don't need one, Shepard will li-. li-- It's not necessary Miranda'



From then on, every conversation between Shepard and TIM in VideoGame/MassEffect3 runs like this: 'I hate you' 'You just don't understand Shepard. I'm doing everything for the good of humanity' 'You're a monster.' 'Shepard! You've just got to give me some respect, I can't keep letting you go on like this' And even then, when people ask if Shepard should die 'No, she could still be useful'

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From then on, every conversation between Shepard and TIM in VideoGame/MassEffect3 ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' runs like this: 'I hate you' 'You just don't understand Shepard. I'm doing everything for the good of humanity' 'You're a monster.' 'Shepard! You've just got to give me some respect, I can't keep letting you go on like this' And even then, when people ask if Shepard should die 'No, she could still be useful'



If you were to sum up only your Crucible assets, engineering teams, science teams,more search data, dissertations, prototypes, blueprints, Prothean artifacts and data drives, fabrication units, labor teams, worker teams, liquid assets, shipments delivered to the project, materials, equipment, mineral resources and the Reaper body part, you already have upto 2,015 war assets. Add the Omega eezo hoard and you have 2315. Add Cerberus' Reaper research data and you have 2,365. At a 100% readiness and only these assets collected, what happens if you fire the Crucible? Only Destroy and Control are available with Destroy only devastating all important planets but still leaving them intact and capable of supporting life. Control outright saves all planets leaving even the infrastructure intact. As destroying requires more energy to be relayed compared to rewriting the Reapers to accept the new controller, that devastation of planets is to be expected.

At higher EMS, we start to see diminished returns. At 2650, even Destroy doesn't devastate any planet, at 2,800 Space Magic Synthesis is available and at 3,100 (EC) or 4,000, the Crucible activator can survive. At higher EMS, you don't see any difference whatsoever.

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If you were to sum up only your Crucible assets, engineering teams, science teams,more search data, dissertations, prototypes, blueprints, Prothean artifacts and data drives, fabrication units, labor teams, worker teams, liquid assets, shipments delivered to the project, materials, equipment, mineral resources and the Reaper body part, you already have upto 2,015 war assets. Add the Omega eezo hoard hoard, and you have 2315. 2,315. Add Cerberus' Cerberus's Reaper research data data, and you have 2,365. At a 100% readiness and only these assets collected, what happens if you fire the Crucible? Only Destroy and Control are available available, with Destroy only devastating all important planets but still leaving them intact and capable of supporting life. Control outright saves all planets planets, leaving even the infrastructure intact. As destroying requires more energy to be relayed compared to rewriting the Reapers to accept the new controller, that devastation of planets is to be expected.

At higher EMS, we start to see diminished returns. At 2650, 2,650, even Destroy doesn't devastate any planet, at 2,800 Space Magic Synthesis is available and at 3,100 (EC) or 4,000, the Crucible activator can survive. At higher EMS, you don't see any difference whatsoever.



Conclusion drawn – The Effective Military Strength is NOT a numerical value of the strength of your forces in a conventional battle against the Reapers. It is instead a measure of your Crucible's effectiveness, with all your military forces existing primarily to protect it by drawing fire away from it. Their War Asset values are an assessment of how effectively can they protect the Crucible from damage in combat.

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Conclusion drawn – drawn: The Effective Military Strength is NOT a numerical value of the strength of your forces in a conventional battle against the Reapers. It is instead a measure of your Crucible's effectiveness, with all your military forces existing primarily to protect it by drawing fire away from it. Their War Asset values are an assessment of how effectively can they protect the Crucible from damage in combat.



->'''125 to 215 Military Strength''' : Alliance Frigate ''Normandy'' SR-2, Mineral Resources

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->'''125 to 215 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Alliance Frigate ''Normandy'' SR-2, Mineral Resources



Optimal solution: Save the Council and do not allow Kai Leng to off the salarian councillor. Upon looking at the assets you get, the same fleets are given to you by the turian and asari councillors no matter who they are. You get the Destiny Ascension for saving the council, but that doesn't numerically make up for the Alliance cruisers and Mikhailovitch's scout flotilla that were sacrificed to save it. However, the fleet given to you by a surviving Valern more than makes up for that deficit. Alternatively, the task force that the female councillor gives you is only just above half the strength of Valern's fleet. So in the end it wasn't about saving the entire council, it was about saving the salarian councillor.

Why does saving the salarian councillor matter so much? Because if you read the codex on the council races, they reveal that the salarians are constantly thinking, analyzing, inventing and are therefore more adaptable than the conservative turians and asari. Reading up on human diplomatic relations reveals that the humans and salarians are starting to form a bloc to act as a bulwark against the conservatism of the turians and asari. When talking to Mordin, he reveals that he knows about the Reapers. Even in the first game, Kirrahe's STG team is the only backup the council sends. Maelon also seems to know all about Reaper indoctrination. In the first game Valern seems to be the only councillor who shows an initial interest in what these Reapers are. Conclusion drawn - the salarians knew all along about the threat the Reapers posed and in those two years were preparing for it. The dreadnought fleet that Linron gives you for sabotaging the genophage cure is the strongest individual fleet after the Quarians and Geth fleets. So why does saving Valern matter? Because Valern created an actual military asset to counter the Reapers while Ishil had to set up that task force to play catch up. You don't get stronger assets from the surviving turian and asari councillors because they ostriched up and didn't take the Reaper threat seriously.

All in all, the Council based War Assets scenario allows us the player to examine the pitfalls of retaining or replacing leaders who initially failed a challenge that was previously unknown, unique and difficult. Retaining them gives you the possibility that these leaders might learn from their mistake and adapt. But it also brings about the possibility that because the challenge has passed, they might revert to HeadInTheSandManagement. It all depends on how comfortable a leader is with risk and change. On the flip side, replacing leaders who fail might seem like the right thing to do, but it brings about the caveat that their replacement may be equally as clueless about the problem as their predecessors were. And those predecessors have something that these new people don't have - past experiences of approaches that didn't work before. The new people could unintentionally make the same mistakes their predecessors did.

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Optimal solution: Save the Council and do not allow Kai Leng to off kill the salarian councillor. Upon looking at the assets you get, the same fleets are given to you by the turian and asari councillors no matter who they are. You get the Destiny Ascension ''Destiny Ascension'' for saving the council, Council, but that doesn't numerically make up for the Alliance cruisers and Mikhailovitch's Mikhailovich's scout flotilla that were sacrificed to save it. However, the fleet given to you by a surviving saving Valern more than makes up for that deficit. Alternatively, the task force that the female councillor gives you is only just above half the strength of Valern's fleet. So in the end end, it wasn't about saving the entire council, Council, it was about saving the salarian councillor.

councillor.

Why does saving the salarian councillor matter so much? Because if you read the codex Codex on the council Council races, they reveal that the salarians are constantly thinking, analyzing, inventing inventing, and are therefore more adaptable than the conservative turians and asari. Reading up on human diplomatic relations reveals that the humans and salarians are starting to form a bloc to act as a bulwark against the conservatism of the turians and asari. When talking to Mordin, he reveals that he knows about the Reapers. Even in the first game, Kirrahe's STG team is the only backup the council Council sends. Maelon also seems to know all about Reaper indoctrination. In the first game game, Valern seems to be the only councillor who shows an initial interest in what these Reapers are. Conclusion drawn - drawn: the salarians knew all along about the threat the Reapers posed and and, in those two years years, were preparing for it. The dreadnought fleet that Linron gives you for sabotaging the genophage cure is the strongest individual fleet after the Quarians quarian and Geth geth fleets. So why does saving Valern matter? Because Valern created an actual military asset to counter the Reapers Reapers, while Ishil had to set up that task force to play catch up. catch-up. You don't get stronger assets from the surviving turian and asari councillors councillors, because they ostriched up and didn't take the Reaper threat seriously.

All in all, the Council based Council-based War Assets scenario allows us the player to examine the pitfalls of retaining or replacing leaders who initially failed a challenge that was previously unknown, unique unique, and difficult. Retaining them gives you the possibility that these leaders might learn from their mistake and adapt. But it also brings about the possibility that because the challenge has passed, they might revert to HeadInTheSandManagement. It all depends on how comfortable a leader is with risk and change. On the flip side, replacing leaders who fail might seem like the right thing to do, but it brings about the caveat that their replacement may be equally as clueless about the problem as their predecessors were. And those predecessors have something that these new people don't have - have: past experiences of approaches that didn't work before. The new people could unintentionally make the same mistakes their predecessors did.
did.



[[folder: Search and Rescue]]

The where and what of the whole system scanning and retrieval of assets can be read about above. However one crucial aspect not discussed is why. Why are certain assets neccesary? Why some races require you to obtain special artifacts while others don't? Why are certain assets in the location you found them in. That will be examined as follows.

The turians only require three assets to be scanned and located - the scout flotilla, an ancient regimental banner and [[CallBack that spiteful]] [[VideoGame/MassEffect little]] [[DownloadableContent runt]]. These aren't just random fetch quests - they are indicative of how the turians are faring against the Reapers. They have no units or ships stranded in some remote planet because their forces are still holding against the Reaper onslaught. A scouting unit is cut off behind enemy lines, just like scouting units have been since the dawn of warfare. And Pinnacle Station is a very remote outpost jointly run by turians and humans. However, the fact that an ancient regimental banner buffs their dreadnought fleet by almost 50% indicates that while their line is holding, it cannot hold for long. This onslaught is slowly eroding the fight out of them because for the first time in probably ever, they are facing defeat.

Volus assets consist of one dreadnought with everything else being put towards funding or building the Crucible. This is indicative of their hat as the ProudMerchantRace. Also indicative of that hat - the fact that an ancient book has to explicitly instruct them to take off that hat in order to aid the war effort. This will probably be a seminal transformative moment for them.

The asari need assets rescued from three systems, and those assets are a mixture of civilian and military items. Unlike the turians and humans, they don't have an Engineering Corps, they only send a science team. Their engineers are a. random gaggle that needs rescuing.. More telling is the fact that one of their ships you rescue is found in their home system! And their dreadnought fleet essentially needed to reacquire their equivalent of Sun Tzu's The Art of War for its value to get anywhere close to the strength of a dreadnought fleet. Even their ground forces are scattered with two units you'd expect to find on Thessia, being stranded in a completely different star cluster. This is indicative of just how decentralized the asari are, and how that decentralization is affecting them.

The species that benefits the most from search and rescue - humans. You find a total of six ships and three infantry/spec ops units and the human engineering corps more than doubles in strength by finding Prothean artifacts. But tellingly, you don't have to find some ancient artifact to rally humans to fight, like you need to for the turians, Volus, Elcor and asari. Humans are willing to fight. However, their entire military doctrine is for them to act like cavalry, rapidly rushing in to the rescue. That cavalry has been routed by an enemy with superior firepower and numbers, but not actually annihilated because that cavalry never tried to regroup quickly and try to HoldTheLine. And this routed cavalry needs someone to rally and shepherd them back together into formation for the counteroffensive. Your role is to be that [[MeaningfulName Shepard]]

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[[folder: Search [[folder:Search and Rescue]]

Rescue]]
The where and what of the whole system scanning and retrieval of assets can be read about above. However one crucial aspect not discussed is why. Why are certain assets neccesary? necessary? Why some races require you to obtain special artifacts while others don't? Why are certain assets in the location you found them in. That will be examined as follows.

The turians only require three assets to be scanned and located - the scout flotilla, an ancient regimental banner and [[CallBack that spiteful]] [[VideoGame/MassEffect little]] [[DownloadableContent runt]]. These aren't just random fetch quests - they are indicative of how the turians are faring against the Reapers. They have no units or ships stranded in some remote planet because their forces are still holding against the Reaper onslaught. A scouting unit is cut off behind enemy lines, just like scouting units have been since the dawn of warfare. And Pinnacle Station is a very remote outpost jointly run by turians and humans. However, the fact that an ancient regimental banner buffs their dreadnought fleet by almost 50% indicates that while their line is holding, it cannot hold for long. This onslaught is slowly eroding the fight out of them because for the first time in probably ever, they are facing defeat.

Volus assets consist of one dreadnought with everything else being put towards funding or building the Crucible. This is indicative of their hat as the ProudMerchantRace. Also indicative of that hat - the fact that an ancient book has to explicitly instruct them to take off that hat in order to aid the war effort. This will probably be a seminal transformative moment for them.

The asari need assets rescued from three systems, and those assets are a mixture of civilian and military items. Unlike the turians and humans, they don't have an Engineering Corps, they only send a science team. Their engineers are a. random gaggle that needs rescuing.. More telling is the fact that one of their ships you rescue is found in their home system! And their dreadnought fleet essentially needed to reacquire their equivalent of Sun Tzu's The Art of War for its value to get anywhere close to the strength of a dreadnought fleet. Even their ground forces are scattered with two units you'd expect to find on Thessia, being stranded in a completely different star cluster. This is indicative of just how decentralized the asari are, and how that decentralization is affecting them.

them.

The species that benefits the most from search and rescue - humans. You find a total of six ships and three infantry/spec ops units units, and the human engineering corps more than doubles in strength by finding Prothean artifacts. But tellingly, you don't have to find some ancient artifact to rally humans to fight, like you need to for the turians, Volus, Elcor volus, elcor, and asari. Humans are willing to fight. However, their entire military doctrine is for them to act like cavalry, rapidly rushing in to the rescue. That cavalry has been routed by an enemy with superior firepower and numbers, numbers but not actually annihilated annihilated, because that cavalry never tried to regroup quickly and try to HoldTheLine. And this routed cavalry needs someone to rally and shepherd them back together into formation for the counteroffensive. Your role is to be that [[MeaningfulName Shepard]]
Shepard]].






Now compare that to what the combined fleets of all Citadel races could muster up. With the 5:3:1 ratio dictated by the Treaty of Farixen, and the [[SpaceRomans turians]] having only 35 dreadnoughts, this leaves the other three Council races supplying a max of 63 dreadnoughts, and even if all others produced up to their maximum capacity, they could only add about fifty or so more. The quarians apparently exceeded their limit with their Liveships, resulting in 10, and the geth apparently have as many as the turians – 35. With all of them combined, that is barely 200 dreadnoughts. While no limits have been placed on smaller ships, it may be economically impossible to build more than, say, five hundred per species. Sure, the Quarians have 50,000, but the majority of those are transport ships. So at the most, you could expect about five thousand combat-capable ships. They are already outnumbered about 30 to 1. The Codex also tells us that three dreadnoughts are the minimum of what is required to bring down a Reaper capital ship. So when we need about sixty thousand dreadnoughts alone, we have only about two hundred. That is a gigantic deficit.

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Now compare that to what the combined fleets of all Citadel races could muster up. With the 5:3:1 ratio dictated by the Treaty of Farixen, and the [[SpaceRomans turians]] having only 35 dreadnoughts, this leaves the other three Council races supplying a max of 63 dreadnoughts, and even if all others produced up to their maximum capacity, they could only add about fifty or so more. The quarians apparently exceeded their limit with their Liveships, resulting in 10, and the geth apparently have as many as the turians – 35. With all of them combined, that is barely 200 dreadnoughts. While no limits have been placed on smaller ships, it may be economically impossible to build more than, say, five hundred per species. Sure, the Quarians quarians have 50,000, but the majority of those are transport ships. So at the most, you could expect about five thousand combat-capable ships. They are already outnumbered about 30 to 1. The Codex also tells us that three dreadnoughts are the minimum of what is required to bring down a Reaper capital ship. So when we need about sixty thousand dreadnoughts alone, we have only about two hundred. That is a gigantic deficit.







The original idea for the Reapers' motivation to harvest all life in this galaxy was supposedly to curtail the excessive use of mass effect fields for {{FTL}} before it causes space-time in that region to rip apart or something. While dark energy ripping apart space and time is of great concern to actual physicists in RealLife, using it this way would have been CriticalResearchFailure taken UpToEleven. Let's see why.

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\nThe original idea for the Reapers' motivation to harvest all life in this galaxy was supposedly to curtail the excessive use of mass effect fields for {{FTL}} FasterThanLightTravel before it causes space-time in that region to rip apart or something. While dark energy ripping apart space and time is of great concern to actual physicists in RealLife, using it this way would have been CriticalResearchFailure taken UpToEleven. Let's see why.
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* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]] : Do not kill any colonist on Zhu’s Hope
* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]] : Spare Shiala
->'''30 Military Strength''' : Zhu’s Hope Colonists


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* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect1 ME1]]'': Do not kill any colonist on Zhu’s Hope
* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect1 ME1]]'': Spare Shiala
->'''30 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Zhu’s Hope Colonists

Colonists



* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]], [[Videogame/MassEffect2 [=ME2=]]], [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : do not punch her
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : use the Paragon interrupt during the interview
->'''10 Military Strength''' : Khalisah Bint Sinan al-Jilani


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* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]], [[Videogame/MassEffect2 [=ME2=]]], [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect1 ME1]]'', ''[[Videogame/MassEffect2 ME2]]'', ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': do not punch her
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': use the Paragon interrupt during the interview
->'''10 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Khalisah Bint Sinan al-Jilani

al-Jilani



* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]] : give Conrad an autograph and a photo
* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]] : [[NoodleImplements complete Feros: Data Recovery]]
* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]] : [[NoodleImplements complete UNC: Asari Writings]]
* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]] : [[NoodleImplements buy the Elkoss Combine Armory License]]
* [[Videogame/MassEffect2 [=ME2=]]] : complete Conrad’s Mission on Illium
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : talk to Conrad during Citadel: Medi-Gel Sabotage
->'''5 Military Strength''' : [[JokeItem Dark Energy Dissertation]]


!! Military Strength Total : 2545

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* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect1 ME1]]'': give Conrad an autograph and a photo
* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect1 ME1]]'': [[NoodleImplements complete Feros: Data Recovery]]
* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect1 ME1]]'': [[NoodleImplements complete UNC: Asari Writings]]
* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect1 ME1]]'': [[NoodleImplements buy the Elkoss Combine Armory License]]
* [[Videogame/MassEffect2 [=ME2=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect2 ME2]]'': complete Conrad’s Mission on Illium
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': talk to Conrad during Citadel: Medi-Gel Sabotage
->'''5 Military Strength''' : Strength''': [[JokeItem Dark Energy Dissertation]]


Dissertation]]

!! Military Strength Total : 2545
Total: 2,545



[[folder: Search And Rescue]]

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[[folder: Search [[folder:Search And Rescue]]



-->'''225 Military Strength''' : Alliance Naval Exploration Flotilla, Prothean Data Files, Alliance Cruiser Shanghai, Spec Ops Team Delta

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-->'''225 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Alliance Naval Exploration Flotilla, Prothean Data Files, Alliance Cruiser Shanghai, Spec Ops Team Delta



-->'''205 Military Strength''' : Elcor Flotilla, Code of the Ancients, Rings of Alune, Armali Sniper Unit, Serrice Guard, Dr. Jelize

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-->'''205 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Elcor Flotilla, Code of the Ancients, Rings of Alune, Armali Sniper Unit, Serrice Guard, Dr. Jelize



-->'''185 Military Strength''' : Volus Dreadnought Kwunu, Volus Engineering Team, Volus Fabrication Units, Book of Plenix

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-->'''185 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Volus Dreadnought Kwunu, Volus Engineering Team, Volus Fabrication Units, Book of Plenix



-->'''180 Military Strength''' : Advanced Power Relays, Haptic Optic Arrays, Turian Spec Ops Team, Kakliosaur Fossil

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-->'''180 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Advanced Power Relays, Haptic Optic Arrays, Turian Spec Ops Team, Kakliosaur Fossil



-->'''165 Military Strength''' : Hesperia-Period Statue, Asari Research Ships, Asari Cruiser Nefrane, Asari Cruiser Cybaen, Asari Engineers

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-->'''165 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Hesperia-Period Statue, Asari Research Ships, Asari Cruiser Nefrane, Asari Cruiser Cybaen, Asari Engineers



-->'''120 Military Strength''' : Shadow Broker Starship Tech, Shadow Broker Support Team, Terminus Freighters
* Valhallan Threhold
-->'''120 Military Strength''' : Element Zero Converter, Prothean Data Drives, Emergency Fuel Pods

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-->'''120 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Shadow Broker Starship Tech, Shadow Broker Support Team, Terminus Freighters
* Valhallan Threhold
Threshold
-->'''120 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Element Zero Converter, Prothean Data Drives, Emergency Fuel Pods



-->'''110 Military Strength''' : Obelisk of Karza, Prothean Sphere, SSV Leipzig, SSV Hong Kong

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-->'''110 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Obelisk of Karza, Prothean Sphere, SSV Leipzig, ''Leipzig'', SSV Hong Kong''Hong Kong''



-->'''85 Military Strength''' : Interferometric Array, [=ExoGeni=] Scientists

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-->'''85 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Interferometric Array, [=ExoGeni=] Scientists



-->'''80 Military Strength''' : Turian 79th Flotilla, Banner of the First Regiment

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-->'''80 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Turian 79th Flotilla, Banner of the First Regiment



-->'''50 Military Strength''' : Javelin Missile Launchers

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-->'''50 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Javelin Missile Launchers



-->'''40 Military Strength''' : Pillars of Strength

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-->'''40 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Pillars of Strength



-->'''40 Military Strength''' : Library of Asha

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-->'''40 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Library of Asha



-->'''40 Military Strength''' : Alliance Marine Reconnaissance Unit, SSV Trafalgar

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-->'''40 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Alliance Marine Reconnaissance Unit, SSV Trafalgar''Trafalgar''



-->'''35 Military Strength''' : Spec Ops Team Zeta, SSV Agincourt

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-->'''35 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Spec Ops Team Zeta, SSV Agincourt''Agincourt''



-->'''25 Military Strength''' : SSV Nairobi

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-->'''25 Military Strength''' : Strength''': SSV Nairobi''Nairobi''



-->'''25 Military Strength''' : Shadow Broker Wet Squad

!! Military Strength Total : 1730

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-->'''25 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Shadow Broker Wet Squad

!! Military Strength Total : 1730
Total: 1,730



[[folder: Miscellaneous]]

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[[folder: Miscellaneous]][[folder:Miscellaneous]]



Note : items missed during missions can be purchased at the Spectre Terminal.

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Note : '''Note:''' items missed during missions can be purchased at the Spectre Terminal.



->'''80 Military Strength''' : Citadel Defense Force, Hanar and Drell Forces, Alliance 1st Fleet, Alliance 5th Fleet, Asari 2nd Fleet, Salarian 3rd Fleet, Turian 6th Fleet, all upgraded

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->'''80 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Citadel Defense Force, Hanar and Drell Forces, Alliance 1st Fleet, Alliance 5th Fleet, Asari 2nd Fleet, Salarian 3rd Fleet, Turian 6th Fleet, all upgraded



* On the Normandy

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* On the Normandy''Normandy''



->'''70 Military Strength''' : Advanced AI Relays, Quarian Heavy Fleet upgraded

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->'''70 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Advanced AI Relays, Quarian Heavy Fleet upgraded



->'''27 Military Strength''' : Citadel Defense Force upgraded, Alliance 5th Fleet upgraded

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->'''27 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Citadel Defense Force upgraded, Alliance 5th Fleet upgraded



->'''48 Military Strength''' : Citadel Defense Force upgraded, Alliance 5th Fleet upgraded

!! Military Strength Total : 225

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->'''48 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Citadel Defense Force upgraded, Alliance 5th Fleet upgraded

!! Military Strength Total : 225
Total: 225



[[folder: Downloadable Content and Tie-Ins]]

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[[folder: Downloadable [[folder:Downloadable Content and Tie-Ins]]



* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]] : let Balak go or leave him for dead. Not playing the DLC has the same effect.
->Military Strength unaffected. Batarian Fleet damaged is Balak dies.

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* [[Videogame/MassEffect1 [=ME1=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect1 ME1]]'': let Balak go or leave him for dead. Not playing the DLC has the same effect.
->Military Strength unaffected. Batarian Fleet damaged is if Balak dies.



* [[Videogame/MassEffect2 [=ME2=]]] : Zaeed must be loyal and survive the Suicide Mission
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : complete Citadel: Volus Ambassador and take the ThirdOption
->'''35 Military Strength''' : Zaeed Massani, Turian 6th Fleet damage cancelled

!! Kasumi : Stolen Memories
* [[Videogame/MassEffect2 [=ME2=]]] : Kasumi must be loyal and survive the Suicide Mission
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : complete Citadel: Hanar Diplomat and take the ThirdOption
->'''65 Military Strength''' : Kasumi Goto, Spectre Unit

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* [[Videogame/MassEffect2 [=ME2=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect2 ME2]]'': Zaeed must be loyal and survive the Suicide Mission
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete Citadel: Volus Ambassador and take the ThirdOption
->'''35 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Zaeed Massani, Turian 6th Fleet damage cancelled

!! Kasumi : Kasumi: Stolen Memories
* [[Videogame/MassEffect2 [=ME2=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect2 ME2]]'': Kasumi must be loyal and survive the Suicide Mission
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete Citadel: Hanar Diplomat and take the ThirdOption
->'''65 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Kasumi Goto, Spectre Unit



* [[Videogame/MassEffect2 [=ME2=]]] : take David Archer to Grissom Academy
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : complete Grissom Academy and Ex-Cerberus Scientists
->'''30 Military Strength''' : Kahlee Sanders upgraded, Dr. Gavin Archer

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* [[Videogame/MassEffect2 [=ME2=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect2 ME2]]'': take David Archer to Grissom Academy
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete Grissom Academy and Ex-Cerberus Scientists
->'''30 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Kahlee Sanders upgraded, Dr. Gavin Archer



* [[Videogame/MassEffect2 [=ME2=]]] : complete the DLC, otherwise the 103rd Marine Division is damaged
->'''50 Military Strength''' : 103rd Marine Division damage cancelled

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* [[Videogame/MassEffect2 [=ME2=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect2 ME2]]'': complete the DLC, otherwise the 103rd Marine Division is damaged
->'''50 Military Strength''' : Strength''': 103rd Marine Division damage cancelled



* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : complete Priority: Eden Prime
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : retrieve all three pieces of intel during Eden Prime: Resistance Movement
->'''100 Military Strength''' : Eden Prime Support

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* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete Priority: Eden Prime
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': retrieve all three pieces of intel during Eden Prime: Resistance Movement
->'''100 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Eden Prime Support



* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : complete the DLC's main missions
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : do not take both Renegade interrupts when allowing Ann Bryson to be enthralled
->'''420 Military Strength''' : Dr. Ann Bryson, Leviathan Enthrallment Team

!!! Search & Rescue :

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* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete the DLC's main missions
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': do not take both Renegade interrupts when allowing Ann Bryson to be enthralled
->'''420 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Dr. Ann Bryson, Leviathan Enthrallment Team

!!! Search & Rescue :Rescue:



-->'''45 Military Strength''' : Void Devils Fighter Wing, Vorcha Labor Team

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-->'''45 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Void Devils Fighter Wing, Vorcha Labor Team



-->'''40 Military Strength''' : Husk Neural Map, Dextro Rations

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-->'''40 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Husk Neural Map, Dextro Rations



-->'''40 Military Strength''' : Liquid Assets

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-->'''40 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Liquid Assets



-->'''30 Military Strength''' : Jovian Dissertation, Radiation Shielding Sheath

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-->'''30 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Jovian Dissertation, Radiation Shielding Sheath



-->'''25 Military Strength''' : Synthdiamond Heat Sinks

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-->'''25 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Synthdiamond Heat Sinks



-->'''20 Military Strength''' : Governor Grothan Pazness
->'''Total : 200 Military Strength'''

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-->'''20 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Governor Grothan Pazness
->'''Total : ->'''Total: 200 Military Strength'''



* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : complete the DLC's main missions
->'''405 Military Strength''' : Omega Eezo Hoard, Omega Raiding Fleet, Alliance 1st Fleet upgraded or General Oleg Petrovsky

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* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete the DLC's main missions
->'''405 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Omega Eezo Hoard, Omega Raiding Fleet, Alliance 1st Fleet upgraded or General Oleg Petrovsky



* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : complete the DLC's main missions
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : throw a party at your appartment
->'''70 Military Strength''' : Normandy SR-2 upgraded

!! Mass Effect: Infiltrator

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* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': complete the DLC's main missions
* [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] : ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'': throw a party at your appartment
apartment
->'''70 Military Strength''' : Normandy Strength''': ''Normandy'' SR-2 upgraded

!! Mass ''Mass Effect: InfiltratorInfiltrator''



->'''120 Military Strength''' : Cerberus Escapees

!! [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] Multiplayer

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->'''120 Military Strength''' : Strength''': Cerberus Escapees

!! [[Videogame/MassEffect3 [=ME3=]]] ''[[Videogame/MassEffect3 ME3]]'' Multiplayer



->75 War Asset for each promoted class : N7 Spec Ops Team

!! Military Strength Total : 1495

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->75 ->'''75 War Asset for each promoted class : class''': N7 Spec Ops Team

!! Military Strength Total : 1495
Total: 1,495



! Final Military Strength Total : 8745 (7250 without [=DLC=])

For more informations, refer to [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Mass_Effect_Wiki the wiki]].

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! Final Military Strength Total : 8745 (7250 Total: 8,745 (7,250 without [=DLC=])

DLC)

For more informations, refer to [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Mass_Effect_Wiki the wiki]].






[[folder: Tuchanka Arc]]

Optimal decision: [[spoiler: Sabotage the genophage cure but keep Eve alive by saving Maelon's data]]

This path is presented as the best choice to make vis a vis the Krogan and salarians because of the way that Krogan society currently is. The Krogan are beset by infighting with warfare being seen as the only way their species can advance. If it hadn't been for salarian upliftment, the Krogan would most likely have committed autogenocide taking other Tuchanka species with them. They then proved that they are immutable to major societal changes by maintaining that same aggressive warlike outlook even after upliftment and having been given a few other planets to colonize. They proved that again after the genophage by continuing their old habits of internecine warfare even with a depopulation threat hanging over their heads. And now curing the genophage would have been another major societal change for them. Wrex for all his good intentions didn't grasp that a cure would most likely do very little to change Krogan culture, which is why his leadership of the Krogan doesn't reassure many salarians. Eve on the other hand is actually in a position to influence the Krogan much more than any male Krogan can, but that influence is dulled if the genophage is cured. Why? Because with the cure, she'll be seen as just another female clan shaman who did a great thing for the Krogan. If someone doesn't like her ideas about "finding a balance again" there are plenty more Krogan females who can spurt out thousands of young for them. But with a sabotaged cure, her immunity and fertility make her that much more powerful, as now the males have to abide by her wishes if they want to breed with her. She can even if it came to that, let the old deadwood die out, then gradually repopulate the Krogan race in her image. And this would be a gradual change instead of a sudden change. That is why sabotaging the cure but ensuring her survival is the best choice. Moreover, as a practical matter doing what the Salarians want gains you the Salarian 1st Fleet, which is unavailable if you allow the cure to be distributed.

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[[folder: Tuchanka Arc]]

[[folder:Tuchanka Arc]]
Optimal decision: [[spoiler: Sabotage [[spoiler:Sabotage the genophage cure but keep Eve alive by saving Maelon's data]]

This path is presented as the best choice to make vis a vis the Krogan krogan and salarians because of the way that Krogan krogan society currently is. The Krogan krogan are beset by infighting with warfare being seen as the only way their species can advance. If it hadn't been for salarian upliftment, the Krogan krogan would most likely have committed autogenocide autogenocide, taking other Tuchanka species with them. They then proved that they are immutable to major societal changes by maintaining that same aggressive warlike outlook even after upliftment and having been given a few other planets to colonize. They proved that again after the genophage by continuing their old habits of internecine warfare even with a depopulation threat hanging over their heads. And now curing the genophage would have been another major societal change for them. Wrex Wrex, for all his good intentions intentions, didn't grasp that a cure would most likely do very little to change Krogan krogan culture, which is why his leadership of the Krogan krogan doesn't reassure many salarians. Eve Eve, on the other hand hand, is actually in a position to influence the Krogan krogan much more than any male Krogan krogan can, but that influence is dulled if the genophage is cured. Why? Because with the cure, she'll be seen as just another female clan shaman who did a great thing for the Krogan. krogan. If someone doesn't like her ideas about "finding a balance again" again", there are plenty more Krogan krogan females who can spurt out thousands of young for them. But with a sabotaged cure, her immunity and fertility make her that much more powerful, as now the males have to abide by her wishes if they want to breed with her. She can even even, if it came to that, let the old deadwood die out, then gradually repopulate the Krogan krogan race in her image. And this would be a gradual change instead of a sudden change. That is why sabotaging the cure but ensuring her survival is the best choice. Moreover, as a practical matter doing what the Salarians salarians want gains you the Salarian 1st Fleet, which is unavailable if you allow the cure to be distributed.



[[folder: Rannoch Arc]]

Optimal decision: Quarian Geth peace
This one seems obvious right? After all you get two militaries instead of one and avoid having to commit genocide. And the fact that you pulled it off flies in the face of the Catalyst barking that it could never ever be done, just adds to the CrowningMomentOfAwesome doesn't it? The only issue is that to get it you have to make some seemingly strange choices. Let's examine those in closer detail.

1) Tali and Legion must be present. Why won't it work unless both of them are present? Because they were the only quarian and Geth who have ever cooperated on any mutual problem in a long time. Their friendship or at the very least collaboration is needed to convince both sides that it is possible to collaborate. With Tali dead, no other quarian is inclined towards cooperation and with Legion dead, the Geth don't have its perspective on peaceful contact with organics.

2) Tali must not have been exiled. If she was, this erodes trust on both sides. On the Quarians side she is seen as someone who if not betraying the fleet, exercised poor judgement that jeopardized the fleet. And now she's advocating peace with their longtime nemesis! Why should they even listen to her? On the Geth side, only as an admiral do they see her talk of peace actually getting anywhere. Furthermore, it is possible they now know the reason for her exile.

3) Shepard had to go into the Geth server and disinfect the Reaper code. Aside from the obvious tactical benefit of disrupting Reaper command and control, this mission builds trust with the Geth. Look closer, and this mission is much more about reconnecting the Geth with archived memories of either peaceful times with Quarians, or of Quarians fighting and dying on their behalf. Why were the Reapers attempting to cut the Geth off from these memories? Because they firmly believe that organic synthetic cooperation is never ever possible. Unless this belief is dispelled for the Geth, peace cannot happen.

4) The heretics were destroyed. While not essential for peace, this greatly aids the cause. It is also a counterintuitive decision, as you would think that sparing Geth would build trust. The reason why killing them builds that trust instead, is because for the Geth it is all about perspectives. The heretics chose to follow the Reapers based on their perspective, and when they were rewritten, those perspectives were not erased. Said perspectives were still able to persuade Geth that peace is not possible. Either that perspective had to be completely erased, or failing that, a lot more counter arguments with data were needed to refute that perspective. One big counter argument was

5) Brokering actual cooperation between Tali and Legion during their loyalty fight. An actual truce is one where both of them are convinced to help each other. The Renegade resolution has you pull a DI gambit where they cooperate or face your wrath. The Paragon resolution however is more poignant as it convinces each of them to want to cooperate. If this is not done, you have to convince the slighted one to play along to keep the other one invested. This kind of manipulation doesn't help any when trying to broker peace.

Now, a deeper reason why this peace is an optimal choice. Although more war assets are always better, the timing of this arc is significant in influencing the available endings. Before you begin this arc, unless you have played a lot if multiplayer, your maximum EMS is somewhere in the 2000 to 2400 range. Saving only one side brings your EMS to around 2800, while saving both brings it past 3100. What is the significance here? Synthesis requires 2800 while Destroy with Shepard surviving requires 3100. At 2800, everybody achieves synthesis on the Reapers' terms, while the Destroy with Shepard surviving allows for a more gradual form of synthesis to occur on our terms. Shepard's survival ensures that the Geth and their sacrifice will not be whitewashed away and be able to advise galactic society that some solution must be found to head off organic synthetic conflict.

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[[folder: Rannoch Arc]]

[[folder:Rannoch Arc]]
Optimal decision: Quarian Geth Quarian–Geth peace
This one seems obvious obvious, right? After all all, you get two militaries instead of one and avoid having to commit genocide. And the fact that you pulled it off flies in the face of the Catalyst barking that it could never ever be done, done just adds to the CrowningMomentOfAwesome CrowningMomentOfAwesome, doesn't it? The only issue is that to get it it, you have to make some seemingly strange choices. Let's examine those in closer detail.

1) Tali and Legion must be present. Why won't it work unless both of them are present? Because they were the only quarian and Geth geth who have ever cooperated on any mutual problem in a long time. Their friendship or at the very least collaboration is needed to convince both sides that it is possible to collaborate. With Tali dead, no other quarian is inclined towards cooperation cooperation, and with Legion dead, the Geth geth don't have its perspective on peaceful contact with organics.

2) Tali must not have been exiled. If she was, this erodes trust on both sides. On the Quarians side quarians' side, she is seen as someone who if not betraying the fleet, exercised poor judgement that jeopardized the fleet. And now she's advocating peace with their longtime nemesis! Why should they even listen to her? On the Geth geth side, only as an admiral do they see her talk of peace actually getting anywhere. Furthermore, it is possible they now know the reason for her exile.

exile.

3) Shepard had to go into the Geth geth server and disinfect the Reaper code. Aside from the obvious tactical benefit of disrupting Reaper command and control, this mission builds trust with the Geth. geth. Look closer, and this mission is much more about reconnecting the Geth geth with archived memories of either peaceful times with Quarians, quarians, or of Quarians quarians fighting and dying on their behalf. Why were the Reapers attempting to cut the Geth geth off from these memories? Because they firmly believe that organic synthetic organic–synthetic cooperation is never never, ever possible. Unless this belief is dispelled for the Geth, geth, peace cannot happen.

4) The heretics were destroyed. While not essential for peace, this greatly aids the cause. It is also a counterintuitive decision, as you would think that sparing Geth geth would build trust. The reason why killing them builds that trust instead, is because for the Geth geth it is all about perspectives. The heretics chose to follow the Reapers based on their perspective, and when they were rewritten, those perspectives were not erased. Said perspectives were still able to persuade Geth geth that peace is not possible. Either that perspective had to be completely erased, or failing that, a lot more counter arguments counterarguments with data were needed to refute that perspective. One big counter argument counterargument was

5) Brokering actual cooperation between Tali and Legion during their loyalty fight. An actual truce is one where both of them are convinced to help each other. The Renegade resolution has you pull a DI gambit where they cooperate or face your wrath. The Paragon resolution however resolution, however, is more poignant as it convinces each of them to want to cooperate. If this is not done, you have to convince the slighted one to play along to keep the other one invested. This kind of manipulation doesn't help any when trying to broker peace.

Now, a deeper reason why this peace is an optimal choice. Although more war assets are always better, the timing of this arc is significant in influencing the available endings. Before you begin this arc, unless you have played a lot if multiplayer, your maximum EMS is somewhere in the 2000 2,000 to 2400 2,400 range. Saving only one side brings your EMS to around 2800, 2,800, while saving both brings it past 3100. 3,100. What is the significance here? Synthesis requires 2800 2,800, while Destroy with Shepard surviving requires 3100. 3,100. At 2800, 2,800, everybody achieves synthesis on the Reapers' terms, while the Destroy with Shepard surviving allows for a more gradual form of synthesis to occur on our terms. Shepard's survival ensures that the Geth geth and their sacrifice will not be whitewashed away and be able to advise galactic society that some solution must be found to head off organic synthetic conflict.



[[folder: Council]]

Optimal solution: Save the council and do not allow Kai Leng to off the salarian councillor. Upon looking at the assets you get, the same fleets are given to you by the turian and asari councillors no matter who they are. You get the Destiny Ascension for saving the council, but that doesn't numerically make up for the Alliance cruisers and Mikhailovitch's scout flotilla that were sacrificed to save it. However, the fleet given to you by a surviving Valern more than makes up for that deficit. Alternatively, the task force that the female councillor gives you is only just above half the strength of Valern's fleet. So in the end it wasn't about saving the entire council, it was about saving the salarian councillor.

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[[folder: Council]]

[[folder:Council]]
Optimal solution: Save the council Council and do not allow Kai Leng to off the salarian councillor. Upon looking at the assets you get, the same fleets are given to you by the turian and asari councillors no matter who they are. You get the Destiny Ascension for saving the council, but that doesn't numerically make up for the Alliance cruisers and Mikhailovitch's scout flotilla that were sacrificed to save it. However, the fleet given to you by a surviving Valern more than makes up for that deficit. Alternatively, the task force that the female councillor gives you is only just above half the strength of Valern's fleet. So in the end it wasn't about saving the entire council, it was about saving the salarian councillor.
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