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ShinigamiMiroku

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#1
Ever strike anyone as odd that the Citadel Council, a group that should be known for its wisdom and leadership skills, seem to be subconsciously hostile to anything regarding the Reapers? Given the turians' and asaris' long lives, they should probably take seriously reports of hostiles outside known space, given the logic that even if they are capable of exploring space via mass effect travel (which, don't know if anyone noticed, is a more technical explanation of what are essentially gigantic railguns in space) there are far older civilizations that could've found other means of getting around.

Militarily-speaking, at the end of ME1 the turians and salarians especially should've seen Sovereign as what it was: an advanced scout meant to soften resistance and open the gates, as it were, to allow the invading forces to come in. :pointsKBNekonny:

And then those keepers... I always end up one short. :dropAlsadia:
 
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Radagast

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It was handled a bit badly, I will admit. Even ignoring the classification of Sovereign as a "Reaper", the battle for the Citadel should by rights have had Citadel Space scrambling to catch up to the threat it represented. It's very believable that - given the lack of corroborating evidence for Shephard's claims available to the Council - Sovereign would be treated as a Geth creation. That said...they just had a Geth armada lead by the damn thing attack the heart of Citadel space and demonstrate offensive and defensive abilities well beyond anything they'd ever expected. Knowing what they did at the time that would seem to be a very obvious act of aggression by a group that displayed some rather overwhelming technological superiority. By rights, that should have sparked an arms race to avoid obliteration in the face of ships similar to Sovereign, regardless of whether it was a Reaper or a Geth construct.
 

Slappybag

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#4
Well, the entire point of the Council seems to be to represent hubris and arrogance. In addition, just because the asari and other races have longer lifespans and have been on the galactic stage longer doesn't mean much. Someone who has lived a long life doesn't necessarily believe insane things more readily, and the idea of sentient starships from deep space is pretty insane.

The rachni were weird, but it's the difference between an unreasonable and hostile nation and an alien invasion (comprable to our terms). One is confusing, the other is absolutely incredulous.

By rights, that should have sparked an arms race to avoid obliteration
Well, turians began developing the thanix cannon weaponry for their ships based off of technology recovered from Sovereign, so presumably the scientific and technological boons from the event are still being explored. I mean, the events of the game go up to three years, there can't be much of an 'arms race' in three years. For that period of time, reverse-engineering alien weaponry seems like a spectacular feat. If the series had taken longer, like DA2, then I feel like they could've stretched out the effects of an arms race between the geth and the Council races, but otherwise it does kind of feel like stuff just went on by itself.
 

ShinigamiMiroku

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#5
Yeah, I suppose so. I get that, at the beginning some skepticism was to be expected, but a lot of this could've been avoided if they had realized that the 'vision' was just a mental transfer of information (not unlike the asari, whose reproduction system REVOLVES around that idea) from the beacon to the recipient. Looked at as more of an info download, it would be a bit easier to believe what the vision meant for the galaxy as a whole. You'd think that, in all the time they've spent scrounging information from not just the Reaper-created space-railguns but ACTUAL Prothean relics they would understand that the Protheans are as telepathic, if not more so, as the asari.

And as far as the rachni go, they are more believable than the Reapers, but that's because they're naturally-occurring. You can't apply the same logic to a synthetic that you can an organic. If the geth exist, then anything is possible.

Also, the music that plays when you find R.A. Kahoku... man, nearly shed a tear. Poor guy was trying to find out what happened to his men, only to run afoul of Cerberus. Stupid human-supremacist you-know-whats... :cryAlex:
 
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