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* UndyingLoyalty: To the Citadel. [[spoiler:Even more than the Reapers.]]

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* GaiasLament: Because the Drell took to industrial expansion early, their already arid homeworld Rakhana suffered serious environmental damage. By the time they realized it, there was nothing they could do; the topsoil was already depleted and oceans acidified beyond the point of sustaining life. Due to the fact that they didn't yet achieve interstellar flight, their massive population was set to crash around 2025 CE. It was only thanks to the Hanar that 375,000 of them escaped the ensuing war for resources. Today, Rakhana is a cemetery world where only a few thousand Drell still live.


** Because of this, it's mentioned that Francis Kitt's seminal [[AlienArtsAreAppreciated all-elcor performance]] of ''{{Hamlet}}'' is over ''14 hours'' long!

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** Because of this, it's mentioned that Francis Kitt's seminal [[AlienArtsAreAppreciated all-elcor performance]] of ''{{Hamlet}}'' ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' is over ''14 hours'' long!


* DyingRace: The attack by the Reapers have had this effect. As mentioned below, the population of the elcor may have dropped too low to retain viability.

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* CigarChomper: Apparently, some elcor enjoy a good stogie, as seen by one merchant on Omega.

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* PrimalStance: It's not immediately obvious, but the elcor do ''not'' have four legs. Their forelimbs are actually arms and have hands, and they walking on their knuckles. This is probably why they move slowly, since to operate things manually, they actually have to rear back on their hind legs, and on a heavy world, this could be ''fatal''.


* PhotographicMemory: Evolving on a planet where resources were scarce and the distance between deposits often days or weeks apart, drell developed a powerful version of perfect recall so that they always knew where to find food or water. Drell can experience memories as if they are happening in the present, all details intact. The only downside is that the drell can't always control these flashbacks. When idly recalling memories, drell can become locked into [=PTSD=]-style flashbacks of memories, re-experiencing them as if it were the first time. Drell's memories make them perfect as spies and scholars, and they are passionate lovers due to their ability to vividly recall romantic memories at any time. However, they can also perfectly recall the pain of being shot in the knee, and the loss of loved ones haunts drell for their entire lives. Some drell become so obsessed with their memories that they choose to abandon the present and live in the past -- what Thane refers to as "solipsism."

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* PhotographicMemory: Evolving on a planet where resources were scarce and the distance between deposits often days or weeks apart, drell developed a powerful version of perfect recall so that they always knew where to find food or water. Drell can experience memories as if they are happening in the present, all details intact. The only downside is that the drell can't always control these flashbacks. When idly recalling memories, drell can become locked into [=PTSD=]-style flashbacks of memories, re-experiencing them as if it were the first time. Drell's memories make them perfect as spies and scholars, and they are passionate lovers due to their ability to vividly recall romantic memories at any time. However, they can also perfectly recall the pain of being shot in the knee, and the loss of loved ones haunts drell for their entire lives. Some drell become so obsessed with their memories that they choose to abandon the present and live in the past -- what Thane refers to as "solipsism.""[[note]][[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solipsism Solipsism]] is the theory that only things that exist in the mind actually exist, and everything else is unknown. Meaning, drell who live in the past are restricting themselves to their own mind, and forsaking everything else outside their body as irrelevent.[[/note]]

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* DyingRace: Due to being forced to live in the watery world of the hanar instead of their desert home, the drell numbers have been suffering from chronic disease (notably Kepral's Syndrome.) The Reaper attacks did not help, and a careless Shepard can actually make them go effectively extinct.


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* DyingRace: The attack by the Reapers have had this effect. As mentioned below, the population of the elcor may have dropped too low to retain viability.


* LongLived: Heavily implied throughout the series[[note]]Throughout the series, the elcor have been shown not just to be exceedingly patient, but their economic lore reveals they are more than happy to make centuries-long business investments, implying that they are LongLived[[/note]], officially confirmed in ''Literature/MassEffectAnnihilation'': the elcor are the third longest-living species in the galaxy, being only outranked by the [[SpaceElves asari]] and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]] respectively. Indeed, the elcor consider being 100 years old young by their species standards, while 300 is considered old. [[JustifiedTrope Justified when you remember]] the elcor are a species of [[HeavyWorlder Heavy Worlders]], so unlike the [[WeAreAsMayflies salarians]], they don't burn metabolism nearly as fast, hence why they live a lot longer than most other species.

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* LongLived: Heavily implied throughout the series[[note]]Throughout the series, the elcor have been shown not just to be exceedingly patient, but their economic lore reveals they are more than happy to make centuries-long business investments, implying that they are LongLived[[/note]], officially confirmed in ''Literature/MassEffectAnnihilation'': the elcor are the third longest-living species in the galaxy, being only outranked by the [[SpaceElves asari]] and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]] respectively. Indeed, the elcor consider being 100 years old young by their species standards, standards', while 300 is considered old. [[JustifiedTrope Justified when you remember]] the elcor are a species of [[HeavyWorlder Heavy Worlders]], so unlike the [[WeAreAsMayflies salarians]], they don't burn metabolism nearly as fast, hence why they live a lot longer than most other species.


* LongLived: Heavily implied throughout the series[[explanation]]Throughout the series, the elcor have been shown not just to be exceedingly patient, but their economic lore reveals they are more than happy to make centuries-long business investments, implying that they are LongLived[[/explanation]], officially confirmed in ''Literature/MassEffectAnnihilation'': the elcor are the third longest-living species in the galaxy, being only outranked by the [[SpaceElves asari]] and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]] respectively. Indeed, the elcor consider being 100 years old young by their species standards, while 300 is considered old. [[JustifiedTrope Justified when you remember]] the elcor are a species of [[HeavyWorlder Heavy Worlders]], so unlike the [[WeAreAsMayflies salarians]], they don't burn metabolism nearly as fast, hence why they live a lot longer than most other species.

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* LongLived: Heavily implied throughout the series[[explanation]]Throughout series[[note]]Throughout the series, the elcor have been shown not just to be exceedingly patient, but their economic lore reveals they are more than happy to make centuries-long business investments, implying that they are LongLived[[/explanation]], LongLived[[/note]], officially confirmed in ''Literature/MassEffectAnnihilation'': the elcor are the third longest-living species in the galaxy, being only outranked by the [[SpaceElves asari]] and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]] respectively. Indeed, the elcor consider being 100 years old young by their species standards, while 300 is considered old. [[JustifiedTrope Justified when you remember]] the elcor are a species of [[HeavyWorlder Heavy Worlders]], so unlike the [[WeAreAsMayflies salarians]], they don't burn metabolism nearly as fast, hence why they live a lot longer than most other species.


* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: As revealed in ''Literature/MassEffectAnnihilation'', the all-elcor performance of ''Theatre/Hamlet'' isn't a one-time joke: as a matter of fact, it's revealed from the book that [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff a sizable amount of elcor are enamored with the play]], to the point the elcor representative of the book - a doctor named Yorrik - deliberately eschewed his real name (Naumm) for his new name.

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* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: As revealed in ''Literature/MassEffectAnnihilation'', the all-elcor performance of ''Theatre/Hamlet'' ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' isn't a one-time joke: as a matter of fact, it's revealed from the book that [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff a sizable amount of elcor are enamored with the play]], to the point the elcor representative of the book - a doctor named Yorrik - deliberately eschewed his real name (Naumm) for his new name.



* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: An in-universe example; see AlienArtsAreAppreciated. In short, a sizable amount of elcor adore Shakespeare's ''Theatre/Hamlet'', to the point one named elcor deliberately eschewed their old name in favor of a reference to the play.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: An in-universe example; see AlienArtsAreAppreciated. In short, a sizable amount of elcor adore Shakespeare's ''Theatre/Hamlet'', ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', to the point one named elcor deliberately eschewed their old name in favor of a reference to the play.


* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: As revealed in ''Literature/MassEffectAnnihilation'', the all-elcor performance of ''Theatre/Hamlet'' isn't a one-time joke: as a matter of fact, it's revealed from the book that [[GermansLoveDavidHasslehoff a sizable amount of elcor are enamored with the play]], to the point the elcor representative of the book - a doctor named Yorrik - deliberately eschewed his real name (Naumm) for his new name.

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* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: As revealed in ''Literature/MassEffectAnnihilation'', the all-elcor performance of ''Theatre/Hamlet'' isn't a one-time joke: as a matter of fact, it's revealed from the book that [[GermansLoveDavidHasslehoff [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff a sizable amount of elcor are enamored with the play]], to the point the elcor representative of the book - a doctor named Yorrik - deliberately eschewed his real name (Naumm) for his new name.

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* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: As revealed in ''Literature/MassEffectAnnihilation'', the all-elcor performance of ''Theatre/Hamlet'' isn't a one-time joke: as a matter of fact, it's revealed from the book that [[GermansLoveDavidHasslehoff a sizable amount of elcor are enamored with the play]], to the point the elcor representative of the book - a doctor named Yorrik - deliberately eschewed his real name (Naumm) for his new name.


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* BizarreAlienBiology: The elcor are revealed to be [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruminant Ruminants]], as they have at least three stomachs. Interestingly, this hints at them being herbivores than the usual omnivores, as multiple stomachs are an evolutionary process for many herbivores' detoxification systems.


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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: An in-universe example; see AlienArtsAreAppreciated. In short, a sizable amount of elcor adore Shakespeare's ''Theatre/Hamlet'', to the point one named elcor deliberately eschewed their old name in favor of a reference to the play.


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* LongLived: Heavily implied throughout the series[[explanation]]Throughout the series, the elcor have been shown not just to be exceedingly patient, but their economic lore reveals they are more than happy to make centuries-long business investments, implying that they are LongLived[[/explanation]], officially confirmed in ''Literature/MassEffectAnnihilation'': the elcor are the third longest-living species in the galaxy, being only outranked by the [[SpaceElves asari]] and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]] respectively. Indeed, the elcor consider being 100 years old young by their species standards, while 300 is considered old. [[JustifiedTrope Justified when you remember]] the elcor are a species of [[HeavyWorlder Heavy Worlders]], so unlike the [[WeAreAsMayflies salarians]], they don't burn metabolism nearly as fast, hence why they live a lot longer than most other species.

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Drell assassins are basically {{ninja}}s [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]], being assassins trained from early childhood and highly skilled in martial arts. Their stealth techniques also seem almost supernatural, which is also consistent with how ninjas are commonly portrayed in fiction.


* IllGirl: A great many of them are affected Kepral's Syndrome, a lung disease that develops in humid environments, like the Hanar homeworld of Kahje.

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* IllGirl: A great many of them are affected Kepral's Syndrome, a lung disease that develops in humid environments, like the Hanar hanar homeworld of Kahje.



* TheRemnant: The total Drell population seems to be a couple hundred thousand in total, perhaps around a million, but this is a far cry from their height of 11 billion two centuries ago. Harbinger even describes them as useless due to their insufficient numbers.

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* TheRemnant: The total Drell drell population seems to be a couple hundred thousand in total, perhaps around a million, but this is a far cry from their height of 11 billion two centuries ago. Harbinger even describes them as useless due to their insufficient numbers.

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