if your canon Shepard is a dude I just don’t trust you
I’ve started watching Supernatural
a bad situation
I’m on episode ten I’m spiraling out of control bye
IT KEEPS HAPPENING
friendly reminder that Shepard had a comm link established with Mordin during Priority: Tuchanka
she could probably hear him singing in the Shroud
happy valentine’s day
so is it pretty generally accepted that MOST salarians weren’t pro-curing the genophage?
and we know it’s canon that family politics and reputation are THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS of being a salarian, since even that poor salarian on Illium who had lost his families’ reproduction data after evacuating Dantius Towers was worried that he had basically doomed his entire family FOR LIFE
so can we safely assume that Mordin curing the genophage, causing the salarians to withdraw any and all help they could have given the fight against the Reapers (save for Kirrahe and Jondum Bau’s squads), ultimately completely destroyed his families’ reputation and possibilities of procuring more reproduction contracts or having any sort of say in what remained of salarian politics after the war?
and that Mordin probably knew this as soon as he found out the salarians were going to withdraw support and he probably was thinking about how fucked his favorite nephew was just for having Solus somewhere in his name and any female Soluses were probably immediately shunned and stripped of any real power and just
just leave me here
it’s too late for me
In Mordin’s tag you see plenty of singing and dancing and “had to be me, someone else might have gotten it wrong” and being a Good Guy Hero but never enough of Mordin defending his work, disagreeing with Shepard (which is not something done lightly in the Mass Effect universe) and straight up shooting down her accusations as simply human reaction. But why not? It’s not something he does once and then realizes ~the error of his ways~. In fact he spends almost every conversation with Shepard up to the Suicide Mission (usually) calmly explaining to her that what he did with the Salarian Special Tasks Group was necessary, that modifying the genophage was not as harmful to the krogan as it was protecting them from the rest of the galaxy.
He tells her, here, that if he hadn’t done his job, the turians and the humans would have wiped the rampaging krogan completely out of existence in just a short period of time. He cannot admit, or refuses to see, that the salarians have just beat them to the punch; but slowly, painfully, a drawn out genocide. Standing over the body of an infertile female krogan, willing to risk everything to find a way to cure his genophage to save her people, is a wake up call - what’s worse?
He’s always got a way to explain to Shepard why her guilt trips won’t work, answers he’s clearly had years of sleepless nights (he lets it slip that while he still thinks what he did was right, he finds it hard to sleep some nights) to perfect and recite. And years in salarian lifespans? These guys barely live past 40 so you bet your ass he knows what it’s like to dwell on something for longer than he should, don’t believe a damn thing he says after getting Maelon’s data (or destroying it). He is nothing if not a master at hiding emotions and keeping himself in check because that is the salarian thing to do. This is just the first time it’s really obvious he can’t hide the strain in his voice. This scene is painful and IGNORED by fandom beyond the “find your gods, find someplace better” line and there’s so much characterization that it kills me inside to never find meta about it.
Mordin is deep and flawed and I feel like a lot of his non-cute moments are just completely overwritten in favor of his iconic lines and scenes. I love every single gifset of “Scientist Salarian” but I need more commentary on “I MADE A MISTAKE!” and how obvious it really was that Mordin needed Shepard to understand that he wasn’t a monster who succeeded at playing the hand of god.
More plz or else I’ll have to do it.