Urgh I want Miranda AND Jack’s loyalty, and my paragade playthrough is not helping me ouuuuutttt D:
Headcanon Wednesday: Gianna Parasini in the Reaper War
Interstellar corporations, especially in high-tech fields where competition is fierce and proprietary research is your most valuable and fragile asset, are almost pathologically secretive and selfish. After the Reapers invade, while the rest of the galaxy is pulling together and fighting back, the upper echelons of many interstellar corps go into deep hiding, and start positioning themselves to grab market share after the war is over by hoarding research data, industrial assets, and key personnel.
After the Noveria Development Corporation and many of its client corporations refuse to cooperate with the Crucible Project, agents of the Shadow Broker reach out to Gianna Parasini. Once she understands what the Crucible is, Gianna turns double agent. She spends the next several months stealing research data and helping corporate researchers - many of whom are being coerced to stay in hidden, top secret facilities across the galaxy for the duration of the war by their employers - to escape and join the Crucible Project.
The suits become aware that they have a mole - but Gianna is their top agent, and she is put in charge into the investigation, allowing her to keep working. She manages to stall her employers until the final days of the war.
Ultimately the attempt by various corporations to turtle is unsuccessful; their hidden bases are found and destroyed, their dark networks are disrupted, their leadership is annihilated. Gianna is extracted at the last possible moment from Noveria by contacts in the Crucible Project. She spends the last frantic days before the attack on Earth pitching in at the Crucible construction site as an admin, keeping organizational work off the shoulders of military and science personnel and helping any way she can.
A nice thing in Mass Effect 1 is that one of the first things Wrex ever says to you is that there are no krogan scientists, but there is a krogan scientist on Virmire. The game’s like “WHELP I guess even smart, well-informed characters in our universe can be wrong about pretty basic stuff when they start stereotyping peoples and cultures, whaddya know!”
Headcanon Wednesday: Wrex and baby Shepards
If Shepard has a baby — soon after the Reaper War or late, no matter — Wrex knows it’s important to visit. Shepard came to see his offspring, after all, and humans don’t have nearly so many, or at least not so many each, so they must be even more special.
Humans are fragile, but Shepard isn’t, so Wrex isn’t sure what to expect of Shepard’s offspring. Bakara, though, she spends the whole trip reading. Reading about human, what is it, babies. She reads books intended for pregnant mothers. She reads books intended for hospitals. She reads books about How To Raise Your Child and books about How Babies Are Born and books that are really just catalogs of things that are soft and padded and pastel. And she condenses all the important information into lectures for Wrex. They are tiny. They are fragile. The skull is like cardboard, the ribs are twigs, the skin thinnest tissue. They have to be warm, but not too warm; they have to eat regularly, if you can get them to eat at all; they can’t be dropped, or shaken, or squeezed.
By the time they get to Earth, Wrex is terrified.
Headcanon Wednesday: Shepard and baby Wrexes
When Shepard steps back onto the dust of the Tuchanka for the first time after the Reaper War, Wrex is there to greet her with his whole brood. They crowd around his ankles and make grumbly grunting sounds at the strangers. One of them burps. Then a little krogan — not necessarily the oldest, or the biggest, but the boldest — lowers its head, aims at the funny-looking alien newcomer, and charges.
Shepard just squats down, almost on her knees, and lowers her head. Presents a nice stationary target for the hurtling toddler.
There’s a resounding kthunk.
The wrexlet bounces backwards, rolling over its little tail in the dirt.
When it gets up, it’s smiling.
This alien’s all right.