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** The most advanced telescope used by the Citadel races was a multi-system set of sensors that was used to map star systems in the Terminus. The Andromeda Initiative's telescope was geth tech that they can't replicate. More importantly, light scatters over great distances and makes it very hard to measure precise details of objects and events that are far away. You can't just point a telescope at something thousands of light years away to observe ancient events, since the light will have scattered too much to make out complex or precise details. We can determine general details, i.e. that a planet or star is at X location, it's orbital period is Y, it's type is Z, and careful analysis of the light and orbital pattern and gravity behavior we get off of it can reveal useful spectrographic information regarding elemental composition, atmosphere, etc. But at a distance of thousands or tens of thousands of light years, it's impossible to make out complex and fine details like space battles or starships. The light has scattered too much.

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** The telescope used by the Andromeda Initiative was made by the Geth using a trio of Mass Relays and some sort of Reaper tech, which the Initiative briefly managed to co-opt. It's quite clearly not a normal telescope available to the Citadel Species.

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* So the Protheans died out 50,000 years ago, and now researchers such as Liara are trying to learn all they can from their ruins, beacons, etc. The thing is, the Milky Way is larger than 50,000 light years across. Why can't Liara, or anyone else, hop into a ship, jump 50,000 light years away from a star system with Prothean ruins, and look through a high-powered telescope or something to actually observe them? They might have even gotten some hard evidence about the reapers that way if they happened to be the right distance away to see something from the right time frame. People could also do research about the Rachni, or the Geth/Quarian Morning War, or any sort of historical event observable from space. One might argue that they don't have any telescopes that powerful, but if the Andromeda initiative is able to pick out planetary details from Andromeda (which is 2.7 ''million'' light years away) then they clearly have technology to pick out something only a few thousand light years away.
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** I think that Reave is less about sucking out life force and more as a sort of feedback loop from using the powers. You create a biotic field to hurt the enemy but at the same time the way you're manipulating the element zero nodes in your body reduces pain. It should be noted that only asari on the Ardat-Yakshi spectrum seem to be able to do this (and Kaidan, but when he brings it up in Citadel everyone considers it bullshit). Gravitic lensing probably requires far too fine a control over gravity and mass to render an object invisible (not to mention requiring an absurd amount of gravity to begin with to control light), and completely canceling your mass to make you intangible would just make your entire body dissipate completely, since there wouldn't be anything holding you together anymore.


* On paper biotics are one of the best-thought-out ways of having telekinesis in a hard sci-fi setting. You change the relative mass of objects, they therefore get lighter or heavier. So how does it extend to so many other powers, like Reave (sucking out the life force) or Dominate (apparently dazing people with mind control)? For that matter, shouldn't biotics be able to, I don't know, change the gravity currents around an object to distort light and make it invisible?

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* On paper biotics are one of the best-thought-out ways of having telekinesis in a hard sci-fi setting. You change the relative mass of objects, they therefore get lighter or heavier. So how does it extend to so many other powers, like Reave (sucking out the life force) or Dominate (apparently dazing people with mind control)? For that matter, shouldn't biotics be able to, I don't know, change the gravity currents around an object to distort light and make it invisible? Or cancel their own relative mass entirely an turn intangible?


* On paper biotics are one of the best-thought-out ways of having telekinesis in a hard sci-fi setting. You change the relative mass of objects, they therefore get lighter or heavier. So how does it extend to so many other powers, like Reave (sucking out the life force) or Dominate (apparently dazing people with mind control)? For that matter, shouldn't biotics be able to, I don't know, create enough relative mass around an object to distort light and make it invisible?

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* On paper biotics are one of the best-thought-out ways of having telekinesis in a hard sci-fi setting. You change the relative mass of objects, they therefore get lighter or heavier. So how does it extend to so many other powers, like Reave (sucking out the life force) or Dominate (apparently dazing people with mind control)? For that matter, shouldn't biotics be able to, I don't know, create enough relative mass change the gravity currents around an object to distort light and make it invisible?

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* On paper biotics are one of the best-thought-out ways of having telekinesis in a hard sci-fi setting. You change the relative mass of objects, they therefore get lighter or heavier. So how does it extend to so many other powers, like Reave (sucking out the life force) or Dominate (apparently dazing people with mind control)? For that matter, shouldn't biotics be able to, I don't know, create enough relative mass around an object to distort light and make it invisible?
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* Admittedly, I don't know exactly how common [[{{TheSouthpaw}} being left-handed]] actually ''is''. However, does it strike anyone else as odd that Bioware didn't give us the option to make our respective avatar such? I happen to be left-handed in most aspects myself (broke my left arm right before I started writing and using a computer, but in all other areas I'm at least functionally ambidextrous) and was wondering why the option isn't there.

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* Admittedly, I don't know exactly how common [[{{TheSouthpaw}} being left-handed]] left-handed actually ''is''. However, does it strike anyone else as odd that Bioware didn't give us the option to make our respective avatar such? I happen to be left-handed in most aspects myself (broke my left arm right before I started writing and using a computer, but in all other areas I'm at least functionally ambidextrous) and was wondering why the option isn't there.


*** On a personal note, I tend to like to assume that the weapon that Shepard uses in the Destroy ending of ME3 is one of these holdout guns that, for game design reasons, just uses the skin of a Carnifex pistol. Explains where it comes from if Shepard goes into the final battle without one, at any rate...

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*** On a personal note, I tend to like to assume that the weapon that Shepard uses in the Destroy ending of ME3 the third game is one of these holdout guns that, for game design reasons, just uses the skin of a Carnifex pistol. Explains where it comes from if Shepard goes into the final battle without one, at any rate...

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*** Indeed, the M-11 Suppressor, one of the smallest gun designs in the series, is particularly noted for packing a heavy punch for a weapon of its size after Shepard collects it from the Cat-6 mercenaries. So the existence of smaller but weaker holdout weapons that aren't ever shown in the game proper is certainly not unreasonable.
*** On a personal note, I tend to like to assume that the weapon that Shepard uses in the Destroy ending of ME3 is one of these holdout guns that, for game design reasons, just uses the skin of a Carnifex pistol. Explains where it comes from if Shepard goes into the final battle without one, at any rate...

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** The galactic community has only existed in its current state since around 500 BC, not the human Neolithic era, which would much, much further back. The galaxy is also enormous and the mass relay network means that until you find a relay that opens into that part of the galaxy, it's effectively cut off from the rest. Furthermore, the Citadel has only explored <2% of the entire galaxy with automated probes and fly-by survey ships. Humanity was only able to detect stellar-scale radiation for only about two hundred years before making first contact, and with the vast majority of Citadel and other colonized galactic space being more than a few thousand light years away, we wouldn't be able to detect any transmissions (and those transmissions would be incredibly weak and virtually undetectable). With the Charon Relay frozen, there's no way for any alien life to enter the Solar System. tl;dr: Humanity didn't detect any signs of extraterrestrial life because space is fucking ''huge.''

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* So the current iteration of the galactic community has existed since the human Neolithic period, and in that time, throughout all the wars and colonizations, human astronomers or stargazers never saw ''hints'' of extraterrestrial activity? Is there a canon explanation for this?
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