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Post by crash23 Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:23 pm

Here be massive spoilers, largely found in datamining. It'll all be out soon, but here's some in advance. May be updated as more comes.

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Post by crash23 Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:18 pm

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Post by Eryri Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:26 pm

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Post by crash23 Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:28 pm

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Post by Eryri Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:01 am

It would be nice if it was the last option you mentioned, but sadly it's probably one of the others.
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Post by crash23 Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:06 am

Eryri wrote:It would be nice if it was the last option you mentioned, but sadly it's probably one of the others.

Fairly though, a lot of the choices you make in MEA's story make little to moderate effects in the final battle, but their alternatives don't have any bigger clear effect. This could mean that they just do... almost nothing... or it could mean that the developers intend the 'game ending' to only be one of 2(+?) major points (again, DLC?) that will reflect the alternate effects later on.


Example is choosing Military or Science outpost on the first planet. Both have more immediate effects on the base, and on the Nexus, but only Military has an effect in the final battle as you have backup from what I understand. But Science has no longer term effect. Maybe, with it being Science and all, it could?

Point being - there really could be a longer term plan if I go off the possibilities of the rest of the design. I'll say this - if DLC goes as far as to bring the Quarians with a Reaper on their tail, I'll consider something Shepard to just as possible afterward.

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Post by ZerebusPrime Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:20 am

One big thing I haven't seen discussed anywhere:

The Scourge is the result of an interstellar (possibly galactic) scale dark matter super weapon designed to target the technology of an advanced alien race who treat their galaxy like a laboratory and who have motives that may be unknowable.

Sound familiar?
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Post by dorktainian Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:27 pm

So.... Reapers are not so selective?  Maybe they harvest ALL galaxies?  

The Benefactor might seem to be TIM, but he couldn't already be at Andromeda could he? Could he?


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Andromeda is still boring tho....

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Post by ZerebusPrime Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:27 pm

Well, if we ever look back at the Milky Way with an FTL telescope and see it full of Scourge, we'll know. The Scourge event occurred shortly after the Andromeda Initiative left the Milky Way. So did the Reaper invasion of the Milky Way. It seems unlikely to find a correlation between the two beyond the date but there you have it.
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Post by TerramineLightvoid Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:35 pm

Watched a 50 min vid of the last moments of the game. Thoughts:

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Post by ZerebusPrime Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:34 pm

dorktainian wrote:So.... Reapers are not so selective?  Maybe they harvest ALL galaxies?  

The Benefactor might seem to be TIM, but he couldn't already be at Andromeda could he? Could he?


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Andromeda is still boring tho....

It seems unlikely that TIM would have been directing Cerberus via a QEC command station on the Nexus. I mean, it's not as though we didn't find TIM in person until the trippy probably-didn't-happen-like-that Citadel sequence... er... I mean, it's not as though we didn't find evidence of his physical presence in ME3 until the almost as trippy Cronus base mission...

But seriously, Cerberus the dog had three heads. TIM was a head. Mr. Lawson was a head. Cerberus is forever short a head unless the benefactor turns out to be it.

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Post by crash23 Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:04 am

Henry Lawson was a head?

Really I think people focus on the head thing too much. The concept of the mythological Cerberus was more about its ferocious defender to the gate of the underworld, I think. Three heads just being more badass and beyond human expectations, like the minotaur, medusa, etc.

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Post by TerramineLightvoid Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:04 am

crash23 wrote:Henry Lawson was a head?

Really I think people focus on the head thing too much. The concept of the mythological Cerberus was more about its ferocious defender to the gate of the underworld, I think. Three heads just being more badass and beyond human expectations, like the minotaur, medusa, etc.
But it would fit perfectly if TIM stayed back in the Milky Way. The third head effectively inheriting Cerberus because the other 2 heads are just royally fucked.
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Post by TerramineLightvoid Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:16 am

ZerebusPrime wrote:
It seems unlikely that TIM would have been directing Cerberus via a QEC command station on the Nexus.  I mean, it's not as though we didn't find TIM in person until the trippy probably-didn't-happen-like-that Citadel sequence...
Yeah. He was QEC 99% of the time. But it would kinda be really fucked up because Shepard is his superior but somehow he managed to outlive/beat the most powerful and unstoppable organic in the entire galaxy. Him. Mr Busta Ass.

On another note. It is fully possible that the confrontation with TIM was real. The puppety animations could easily be because Harbinger/The Reaper Superconscious is controlling TIM in order to docket chain control to Shep and Anderson. So that they are controlling Shep and Anderson through TIM. Which is totally possible as seen with the collectors. Harbinger controlled the head collector and then from there he controlled 1 regular collector. The collectors are highly modified obviously so they can be controlled more efficiently. To be better puppets. The Reapers do not have many limits but we are essentially talkin bout Harbinger trying to control 3 Humans functionally at the same time. Just having 1 significantly useful and functional puppet is difficult enough. But we have 3 individuals here that are all advanced indoc puppet material. Shrug, just saying.

Anderson was suspect because he had been on Earth for however long. Could've been forced by indoc to call off the order to charge the beam while simultaneously entering so he can be used to manipulate Shepard. Which would also explain how Anderson got in, in the first place, ahead of Shep. If Harbinger just let him in to begin with.


er... I mean, it's not as though we didn't find evidence of his physical presence in ME3 until the almost as trippy Cronus base mission...
Yeaaah. It is really strange when you think bout it.
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Post by ZerebusPrime Tue May 02, 2017 2:57 am

Once upon a time, a great deal was made of the cables often found around Reaper constructs in ME2 and ME3.

What does the Archon use to connect himself to Meridian?

Six of them. And the post-mortem analysis of his body and the fight all but directly states
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Post by TerramineLightvoid Wed May 10, 2017 10:48 am

ZerebusPrime wrote:Once upon a time, a great deal was made of the cables often found around Reaper constructs in ME2 and ME3.

What does the Archon use to connect himself to Meridian?

Six of them.  And the post-mortem analysis of his body and the fight all but directly states
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It is crazy that Andromeda Tech competes with or even surpasses what we knew about the Reapers in the Milky Way.

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Why would the evolutionary chains within Andromeda and The Milky way be so close to each other like that? There are multiple reasons why that is unfathomably ballz. I mean, for one the Reapers had culled the milky way countless times for millennia. So what. Life only formed in Andromeda around or after the time the Human, Turian, etc cycle formed? Why? How? Etc. There is just so much goin on here that makes you wonder WTF.
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Post by TerramineLightvoid Wed May 10, 2017 11:06 am

Watching an actual playthrough so I will document things I notice. I will edit this post with new notes to cut down on post spam.

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