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Speaking of Woren, the early concepts for Lin were so much cooler than what they ended up with in-game. She almost looked kind of like Deis.
I didn’t even realize this character was supposed to be a Woren until pretty recently, I thought she just had a helmet with weird chobit ears. I’ve never played (Or honestly, had any interest in) BoF5, but the art I’ve seen makes it seem like they were trying to sweep the whole concept of animal people under the table. Which seems like an odd choice for a series that got its legs on the premise of “This is a fantasy world full of talking fish and frogs and dog people”
I think it just bugs me that everyone in the game looks so waifish and delicate. Other games to get scrappy characters, pretty characters, tanky characters, chubby characters, all sorts of variety. When you look at the main characters in the fifth game, it’s like
versus the older games with their casts like
So in Bof2, in one of the churches you see this little tator tot character that I initially assumed was a woman in a blue dress;
Upon talking to other characters in the room I found out that this was, in fact, “Brother Ray” who is apparently very dreamy.
He shows up a couple times throughout the course of the game to team up with you on little missions and the like, looking like this in combat;
So naturally I assume I’ve got Lucius from Fire Emblem helping me out now.
That’s cool, he’s a pretty rad dude even though he’s one of the higher ups in the pseudo-Christian religion my team is ultimately trying to stamp out. So anyway, one 90’s dial-up hotbot.com search later and I find out, No, apparently Ray looks like this;
My luggage is still shuffled that her outfit is most likely one big excuse not to have to elaborate on what a female Krogan looks like.
Which goes along with how they don’t show any female Turians.
I had always assumed that Salarians were mono-gendered because they all look kind of like Earthworm slugs, but according to the ME wiki their species is Just 90% male because they’re haplodiploid organisms (unfertilized eggs develop into males with half the number of chromosomes, fertilized eggs develop into diploid females with a full set of chromosomes) that regulate how many eggs they fertilize? Which sounds like kind of a bunk excuse to not design any females going by how real-life haplodiploid organisms are by-and-large female majority (ants, bees, wasps), it seems odd for the designers to make a specific biological choice like that without explaining why the Salarians choose to make 90% of their species haploid males. Even if it’s supposed to be about controlling population size, it seems as though it would make more sense to mirror real haplodiploid organisms and just say the populations are majority infertile females with a handful of of fertile females and male drones. If that were the case, it would also help explain why the Salarians figured the genophage wasn’t that big a deal. Like “Hey, we’re mostly infertile, it works for us!”
Now I just want the Female Salarians to all be Queen Bee mega-Salarians.
Lack of Female Turians just seems like straight-up laziness.
I could see the Krogans being similar to the Qunari, where they have very strict, socially ingrained sex-based roles, but the females are not considered the “weaker” half of the species. Not that we’ve ever had an in-game female Qunari, but if you read some of the material Bioware has released on them, they’re practically a matriarchal society. When Sten goes on about “no female warriors” people were quick to assume Qunari were all just super sexist, but from the sound of it, the administrative governing and educational positions go to the females with the manual labour going to the males. Bad on Bioware for making this a complete case of “telling but not showing”, it’d be a little easier to swallow if we saw the occasional female Qunari ambassador to drive the “government is women’s work” point home. Anyway, when they talk about the Krogan males living separate from the Krogan females and children as a means of strengthening clan defenses, I imagined that meant the males are more of a mobile attack force where the females focus on defending the home base. It wouldn’t be out of line to assume that setup means the females are even more formidable than the males, if it were the case that they were easier to take out, it wouldn’t make sense for them to be the last line of defense for the juveniles.
Honestly, when I first saw the Krogans I was kind of hoping they’d be like those frogs and lizards where the males are tiny by comparison. I thought it would be really funny if after seeing all these male Krogans and deciding they’re the tanks of the galaxy, you finally get to meet a female and she’s some huge DEATH BY SNOO-SNOO dragon.