Mass Effect's Humans Murdered Their Best Friends Before Dragon Age
Dragon Age and Mass Effect are two games by BioWare that seem very different on the surface. Dragon Age takes place in a traditional fantasy world, which entails dwarves, elves, mages, and a huge amount of side-boob. Mass Effect is traditional sci-fi, which entails aliens, spaceships, lasers, and a huge amount of side-boob. Different as can be, right? But BioWare loves its Easter eggs, so one of the aliens from Mass Effect also pops up in Dragon Age. Well, a quarter of one does. A severed head, pinned on the wall as a trophy in a mansion:
"Fucking trophy hunters. My people use every part of the Krogan."
To the casual player, it's just a nice tip of the hat to their fans. But to someone who compulsively chases out the internal logic of pop culture, it's proof of a tragic timeline necessitated by this one detail.
Mass Effect 3 ends with every alien race amassing on Earth to battle genocidal robotic squids. We win, but in doing so destroy the ancient tech that enables interstellar travel, stranding everyone where they stand. In Earth's case, this means every soldier in the galaxy is stuck there, without a common enemy to unite them. The ending doesn't say what happened next, but we're guessing it wasn't good for the folks trapped on Earth. Well, for everybody except your pilot, who spends the rest of his days fucking a robot in an alien forest.