Insane theories for the fanfic Renegade.
(Not related to the TV series Renegade.)
This is how Nod will be able to act as a Cerberus analogue. Unlike their 21st-century predecessors, the modern Brotherhood doesn't oppose GDI - they actually support it, just as Cerberus supported the Systems Alliance. This time, when they join forces with GDI, it will be with Kane's blessing.
- Problems, though - there is already a Cerberus analogue - Phoenix, under the command of a slightly...different Illusive Man and with a former GDI commando as one of their top operatives (presumably a parallel to Kai Leng). They have the same goals as Cerberus and also tend to have bleeding-edge technology and weaponry. Also, every time there's a Tiberium War, both sides come back stronger, but on the other hand, keeping the human race divided would have been useful - while GDI prepares for actually running the galaxy and keeping things stable, Nod can focus on their own expansion and prepare better for the Reapers by not giving a damn about what GDI or the rest of the galaxy wants.
- Word of God all but confirmed it regarding Anastacia Telfair, who is supposed to be a direct descendant of Sandra Telfair and Alexander Karrde from Tiberium Wars.
- Also just as the current Havoc is in fact the sixth in his line, the current Emily Wong is in fact the sixth in a great line of investigative reporters.
- There's also a Nod ship captain named Aldis Rawne, presumably after Tiberium Wars's Rawne. Looks like The Legendary Insurgent survived Tib War 3 long enough to have kids. Or maybe that Avatar pilot bore his children...
- Kane admits as much in Chapter 6, but explicitly says he didn't plan on Saren being Saren.
- Point of order: only Red Alert 1 has been confirmed to be included, but Red Alert 1 didn't have Tesla Troopers, only Tesla Coils. Not that they couldn't be similarly miniaturized.
- Yes, Red Alert 1 didn't have Tesla Troopers, but... it did have SHOCK Troopers, which were the precursors to the Tesla Troopers. And even more tellingly, Shock Troopers used electric rifles with battery backpacks, rifles that look a lot like the Arc Projector...
- Confirmed in the later chapters. Nod actually had entire communities and planets in the Terminus.
- However, the Council has decided to allow the GDI to conduct investigations into Saren, the Scrin, and the geth in Citadel space, and presumably are going to put some kind of observer on the Normandy to make sure this privilege isn't abused - and who better than someone they know can work with the Normandy crew?
- Confirmed in Chapter 6. He's a rookie Spectre who is apparently little different from Saren, except he kneecaps people instead of killing them outright. Also, doesn't like doors.
- Also he doesn't have a habit of killing people for the lulz. Also He's Crazy Awesome.
- Unlikely, for two reasons: one, Renegade is going out of its way to ensure all the right players are there despite the changes in the timeline, and two, Reegar is a Migrant Fleet Marine, who (judging by Haestrom) deploy in much larger groups than seen so far.
- The surviving quarian was stated to be male, however.
- After reading the latest, it seems like it might be both Reegar and Tali (Though this troper may have read the chapter wrong).
- I believe the latest chapter indicates that there are two quarian survivors - a male who was captured by the mercenaries, and a female who had the data they were trying to turn over. Definitely sounds like Kal'Reegar and Tali, though the male might be another quarian altogether.
- Confirmed. The survivor is Kal'Reegar. Tali was also present and is trying to rescue him.
- Unlikely, since the Citadel isn't going to pick a fight with GDI for the batarians' sake - they dislike the batarians nearly as much as they do the humans.
- This is all but outright said in the sixth chapter, with the quarians who had laser weaponry, and whom Kane knew about.
- Word of God is that the Beacon and the Tacitus were the same thing.
- Confirmed, at least as far as Zaeed is concerned.
The Tiberium meteor launched to Earth is a test of the doctrine: either the Tiberium consumes the planet and makes its minerals easy to harvest, or the indigenous species overcomes it and creates new but predictable technologies based on it. Win-win.
It also explains a considerable Scrin force siding with the Reapers with no appearance of modification or indoctination.
- Though Word of God has implied that the Scrin may be more like the Geth. A small minority has thrown their lot in with the Reapers, while the rest are just as much enemies of the Reapers as anyone else.
- Some other hints from Word of God indicate that the majority of the Scrin are simply trying to avoid drawing the Reapers' attention by avoiding use of anything Reaper-related at all, and the fact that humanity survived the seeding of their world with Tiberium and the subsequent contact with the Citadel has thrown the entire plan to hide from the Reapers out the window.
- Jossed as of Chapter 14.
- Close. They're Reaper-18.
Which sets up a corollary to the above WMG that speculates the Scrin are divided like the geth: Unlike the geth, the "main" Scrin faction, in contrast to the majority geth in ME canon, will probably not be interested in peaceful coexistence with the rest of the galaxy. As the Scrin are still a race of Tiberium addicts who have destroyed multiple alien species long before targeting Earth, they're likely to be just as hostile to everybody else as they are to the Reapers. Which would set up some pretty crazy battles... or some serious Teeth-Clenched Teamwork.
- Note that Nod is a recognized religion in human territory, so she could even be an open practitioner, though likely with some stigma.
- The stigma of being a Nod follower would nicely replace the one connected with her grandfather surrendering to Turians during the First Contact War
- Unlikely. As seen in Eagles Fall, her grandfather still surrendered at Shanxi, but there is an alternative to Nod or GDI. Ashley could easily have joined up with Phoenix in the interests of keeping humanity strong and dominant in the galaxy.
- Kane seems to be less focused on forcing Shepard to do his will and more manipulating her into doing so through controlling the circumstances around her instead of her directly. It's stated he regards her as a pawn, and with this being Kanewe're talking about, he's far more likely to have her working towards his goals without even knowing. On the other hand, nobody knows what those goals are. Ascension could involve "melting everyone down to make a Reaper".
- You have to work in the destruction of a wall somewhere in there.
- An alternate notion may be that there is a Cerberus in this setting, but when Jack escaped she found Nod. Remember that in her background, she ran into a cult that tried to use her and that she ended up destroying. Except Nod is a much more palatable religion....
- Another alternate theory is that Jack was created by the Pheonix organization, since they appear to be this setting's version of Cerberus.
On the Soviet side, the Iron Curtain could be used to upgrade shielding, probably to the point where it could even shrug off Reaper cannon fire. If Einstein's comment from Red Alert 1 is not at all an exaggeration, when he says the Iron Curtain can make vehicles and structures invulnerable, he really does mean invulnerable.
And since Stalin's favorite adviser is still around in the 2180s... who's to say he doesn't have these devices lying around somewhere, perhaps now that technology has advanced to the point where they are no longer Awesome, but Impractical, but rather now Awesome Yet Practical?
- Word of God is that at least some Red Alert tech still exists; he also hinted that a lot of that tech was (unknowingly) an attempt to make devices that created effects similar to Scrin technology, but were ultimately abandoned for being inefficient. But Kane still has the blueprints lying around....
- The cliffhanger end of chapter 13 might hint at this: the Battlemind's final attack ended up pulverizing Shep's lower spine - to say nothing of her other injuries (and the obscene amount of stimulants she was pumping herself with to stay on her feet after losing an arm), the compound effect of which has resulted in her heart giving up and flatlining.
- As to who may rebuild Shepard... there is of course one faction in the Tiberium universe that has mastered cybernetics...