They soon begin broadcasting orders, inviting human leaders into their superstructures to "negotiate peace." [25] Evan Narcisse, also from Kotaku, considered the Reapers to be frightening antagonists as they are entities that felt like "un-life" and represent the continual malevolent erasure of sentient life forms. In order to unleash its brethren from dark space, it would have to find a way to manually activate the relay from inside the Citadel. [4] Upon invading through the Citadel at the conclusion of every extinction cycle, the Reapers quickly deliver a decapitation strike to the major population centers and leaders of organic civilizations, crippling their ability to react. This end result is believed by the Catalyst and the Reapers to be inevitable, a consequence of technological advancement; organics will always create synthetics to improve their own state of existence, and synthetics themselves will evolve by means of surpassing their creators. In this ending, Shepard destroyed all synthetic life, including the Reapers. The Reapers reach Earth by the beginning of Mass Effect 3, where they quickly overwhelm its defenses. Towards the end of Mass Effect 3, the human Systems Alliance and its allies launch an all-out assault on the Reapers in a last-ditch effort to retake Earth, and activate the Crucible by joining it with the Citadel as it is theorized to be capable of defeating the Reapers. Victims who cooperate with or are captured by Reaper husks are rounded up into "camps", where the husks select individuals deemed fit for processing; it is believed that the husks use scent or chemical receptors to analyze the genetic composition of victims. [26] Sal Basile from Ugo.com considered the first time Shepard encounters a charging Husk after it is detached from a "dragon's teeth" pillar and Sovereign's reveal of the truth about the Protheans and the Reapers to be among the series' most shocking moments, setting a defining tone that it is not a simple "lasers set to stun" space game. In the first two Mass Effect games, these creatures are primarily derived from humans impaled on spike-like Reaper structures called "dragon's teeth", and are called "husks". The Illusive Man, who had "upgraded" himself with Reaper implants, travels to the Citadel before Shepard and Anderson. [20] The player can then either attempt to kill Saren or appeal to Saren to fight his indoctrination, which if successful will prompt him to commit suicide. The Protheans tried to resist like so many others before them, only to fail due to the Reapers' physical and insidious might. After Shepard brings up the Reapers, the main antagonist of the series, one of the council members dismisses the idea by saying: "Ah, yes, 'Reapers'. Reapers and their technology have been observed to exert a disturbing influence on organic beings. Commander Shepard tracks the Leviathans to 2181 Despoina, discovering the Reapers' beginnings from them. In Mass Effect 1, it took two whole fleets to destroy a single Reaper, and even then, it took outside intervention (destruction of Saren's Sovereign-possessed husk) to make it vulnerable. Reapers had been known to exist for nearly a billion years, judging by findings from the Leviathan of Dis, an ancient Reaper corpse. [16] The Illusive Man was originally intended to be the final boss fight, with the character transforming into a Reaper creature much like Saren at the end of the first game. Those who are deemed unsuitable are turned into more husks. In terms of attrition, the Reapers still win because they work on a very different supply scenario. In dialogue with Commander Shepard, Sovereign states that they do not refer to themselves by the term "Reapers", but rather it is a name given to them by the Protheans, who lived in the cycle immediately preceding the current one. For long-range offensives they usually outfit their husks with integral weaponry, although Reapers have been known to also manufacture handheld weapons like the Reaper Blackstar. This mental manipulation is known as indoctrination. [18], In response to the controversy and discontent generated by the endings of Mass Effect 3, on June 26, 2012 BioWare released an Extended Cut as downloadable content, which was intended to clarify the endings and remedy fan concerns.[19]. But this is his story. [3] As part of their perpetual plan for the galaxy's organic species, the Reapers set up the Citadel and created the docile Keepers as its caretakers; it is in fact a giant mass relay, the mass transit devices used by starships to traverse the galaxy in the Mass Effect universe. They respond accordingly by seizing the station and placing it in orbit of Earth. By harvesting technologically advanced species (both organic and synthetic) and storing these old species within immortal Reaper bodies, room is made for new life to flourish and grow, as was the case for primitive man. However, it decided that the Leviathans too risked conflict with synthetics and, using an army of "pawns", forcibly processed them into Harbinger. The story of the Mass Effect trilogy starred Commander Shepard as the first human Spectre and the hero of the Systems Alliance, but the Commander's loyal squadmates are the ones who made Shepard's final victory against the dreaded Reapers possible.And it was they who helped heal and reunite a wounded and confused galaxy. Mass Effect 3's Leviathan DLC reveal that the Reapers' origins began more than one billion years before the events of the Mass Effect series, when the Milky Way galaxy were controlled by a species called the Leviathans. The scientists succeeded, but could not do anything about their own population numbers, so they still died out along with the rest of their race. The Reapers and their technology are capable of brainwashing organic life through a mind control process called indoctrination. [11] These enemy types reflect the major fronts during the Reaper invasion in series lore, and help inform the team's approach of designing enemies that are under the command of the Reapers but are not themselves Reapers; the goal is to maintain the series' signature squad-based combat as opposed to directly pitting Shepard in an implausible fight against a colossal Reaper capital ship which is typically at least two-kilometres long. An introduction to reaper defectors; Their collectors, their four destroyers, and their leader Enigma. The largest known Reaper ships essentially copied the Leviathan form while the smaller ones diverge to varying degrees. Despite this betrayal, the surviving Leviathans do not believe the Catalyst was a "mistake" and believe the Catalyst's use of the Reapers is part of an experiment on a galactic scale to seek a truly permanent method of preserving life. Slaughterhouse, the galaxy 's population centers are conquered or annihilated one by as! 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