Month of Mass Effect, Day 18: Neatest Non-Crew NPC

I’m shamelessly stealing the Mass Effect Month article series created by the always awesome Athena over on AmbiGaming in 2017 (which was the Mass Effect 10th anniversary) and turning it into one of those 30 day challenge thingys! Definitely check out Athena Veta’s great content on AmbiGaming and consider supporting her Video Game Relevancy Crusade (TM) on Patreon, if ya got a few bucks to spare.

Please Note: Enjoy… but be warned that there will be unmarked SPOILERS for all of the Mass Effect games. Read at your own risk!

Today’s Mass Effect series question: Who is your favourite NPC that isn’t a crewmate?

There are SO MANY unique NPCs in the Mass Effect universe that aren’t a part of the Normandy (or Tempest) crew. It’s actually quite amazing how BioWare was able to create so many character souls. It really makes their universe feel alive!

Picking one over all the rest is an easy task for me, however. I somehow missed her appearance in Mass Effect 3 (will definitely remedy that once my Platinum Trophy quest for that game gets underway), but Matriarch Aethyta the badass asari bartender on Illium stole my sarcastic heart just from her Mass Effect 2 appearance alone.

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I need to see her in Mass Effect 3 soon.

You find the sassy Matriarch being harassed by the delusional wannabe hero Conrad Verner at her bar on Illium. I just can’t describe how much I love her calm, no-nonsense take on life. She is simply a sarcastic treasure! Her lines about Conrad are pure freaking gold:

“Hey, if you know this idiot, can you rein him in before I slap his ass with a singularity?”

“Listen, crap-for-brains first, we don’t sell red sand.”

“Thank you. If I kill annoying customers, it usually causes property damage. That comes out of my pay.”

“Thanks for taking care of that crazy guy. Saves me from having to beat him to death with his own spine. That makes the other customers nervous.”

Ha! If you talk to her a bit, she will tell you all about herself. Her dad was a krogan and her mom was an asari commando, she fathered a pure blood, and the other matriarchs don’t heed her wise council which is why she’s stuck in a bar. These are definite hints that point toward another reason why I love her: she is Liara T’Soni’s father! This doesn’t get confirmed until the part I missed in Mass Effect 3, apparently, but the internet told me so it must be true.

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Ah, where would I be today without the internet?

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My name is Ellen, and I've been babbling on the interwebz about video games for over 15 years. Video games themselves have been a large part of my life since 5-year-old me first encountered a SNES in a children's hospital. Fun times... Video game escapism is still the #1 coping mechanism for adult me these days.

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