Could someone write an AU where reapers aren’t all-powerful and able to destroy everything and everyone? That without a convenient deus ex machina the races are not killed (like in the refusal ending) but instead forced to evacuate and leave their home worlds to survive? basically, ME trilogy/ME3 with BSG’s plot. or the same premise. I know it was already used with the quarian’s, but, uh, they… could be the experts on living on spaceships, escaping, traveling, and looking for new homes far from the reapers.
it’s something I’ve been thinking about. Anderson would command the Normandy, Shepard would be his xo, Hackett would command the human fleet, and the different races would have to work together to survive. Illusive Man would not have lost his marbles that badly, maybe, perhaps instead of going completely crazy he would just try to take advantage of the situation to secure his position, and Udina would still be himself. I don’t know. Aria would the the queen of the black market. Steve would train pilot recruits.
should i do this for the next mebb? i know it’s months away but… still. :D i wasn’t at my best this spring so i’d like to make up to it next time, and… since no one else (that i know of) has done anyhting like this…
would anyone be interested? with sheploo/kaidan as the main pairing i suppose. not sure how to make it different from hard fall, tho. i’m no good with action so that’s… one thing to take into consideration, but if i focus on the romance or maybe shepard i don’t know how to make it fresh. maybe a tad more renegade shepard?
dunno. in any case, i’d love to hear out other people’s ideas and thoughts. :D if anyone’s interested.
*pipes up because she’s nosy like that*
I think the first big question you’d have to answer is why the Reapers can’t obliterate the races, which is something they’ve managed to do at least 20,000 times before, and I suspect at some point in one of those 20,000+ cycles, someone would’ve tried that trick.
The Reapers don’t have to be less powerful. They could more powerful, but relying on guile and deception, a long game, rather than brute force. They could be different, maybe focusing on planets with large populations for some mysterious motive (maybe the dark energy theory comes into play?).
Did ME3 happen the same way? (Probably not, since any decent ME3 or post-ME3 AU requires a Reaper tweak and Cerberus hiring a decent publicist) How long since the Reapers attacked have they been in space? I do think having the quarians’ social stature rapidly rise once the other races flee to the stars makes sense. Maybe they leverage that into a leadership role among or above the other races. And then there’s the geth question…
It’s a cool idea, although I’m not sure how you’d pull it off without at least some action. Resources will also be a lot more scarce, so a more renegade Shepard might be a good fit.
yaay, thank you for your comments!
the Reapers need to be changed. i don’t think they need to be explained — I like the idea of them being an unknown force, scary because no one knows their motives. this could be a post-ME1 AU with some alterations to the ME1 timeline as well. maybe Shepard couldn’t stop Saren from opening the Citadel relay to the Reapers?
maybe i’ll just jump forward a couple of years when they’ve been on the run for some time.
ack, i really need to go to sleep. but i’ll think about this and… return to this post later, when i have time.