Welcome to the discussion thread for both the Mass Effect Red Thread, and the Mass Effect Blue Thread. Feel free to chat, talk, speculate, or even ask questions about the game here... Making ME4 Characters: A Lite Codex... Whether you're new to the whole franchise of Mass Effect or you've played Mass Effect 3, there have been some changes in galaxy in the ten years up to 2196 (which is the year the game begins). Many of these changes are listed below, but if you're entirely new to Mass Effect as a whole, please, ask. The Mass Effect Wikia is very extensive on the subject in any event. For those coming to this game from Mass Effect 3, it incorporates all single-player DLC content (so, obviously, From Ashes, Leviathan, and Omega all took place.) As you'd probably appreciate, the Blue Thread is a universe where Shepard chose to "Control" the Reapers, and the Red Thread is a universe where Shepard chose to "Destroy" the Reapers. From here on they'll be referred to as the Blue and Red Threads, respectively. Needless to say, you are permitted to build a character for both potential timelines, though obviously your character is very likely to differ between the two futures if only because of the divergence of events. Speaking of that, here's some useful advice for building your characters' pasts... The state of the Galaxy in the Blue Thread: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Reaper (now “Guardian”) vessels patrol regularly through most civilised systems and are just as powerful and deadly as their previous incarnations. All mass relays are repaired and functional. Roughly 80% of all colony damage repaired across Council space, and 50% across Terminus space repaired. Krogan populations are rebuilding at a significant pace centred on Tuchanka; a charismatic Krogan named Urdnot Wrex leads them. General rumour is that the genophage has been cured. Quarians and Geth are rebuilding their civilisation on Rannoch in harmony. Geth mainly hold the Perseus Veil, though there’s apparent harmony between the two. No sign of Rachni presence. The Citadel has returned to its origin point in the Serpent Nebula. Council is expanded and consists of Turians, Salarians, Asari, Humans, and a Guardian representative. Terminus Systems are still hostile to Council space, with governmental representatives crystallising around Omega. Guardians are imposing an unsteady peace along the frontier. Cerberus is an unknown quantity. Technology is more or less at the same state as at the time of the Mass Effect series, mainly because the Guardians have declined serious upgrades to galactic technology on the rationale that the galaxy is not ready for it yet. The status of factions and colonies unless as set out above is basically as it was before the events of Mass Effect 3. You’ll still find turians on Palaven, and asari on Illium. The state of the galaxy in the Red Thread: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Reaper corpses can be found across the galaxy, in space and on worlds. Their vast numbers mean not all of them have been stripped of their technology. It is unclear at this point whether Reaper shells can still cause indoctrination. Most mass relays functioning at least intermittently; some small probability of malfunction in a mass relay jump remains, which can generally be detected ahead of jump. About 50% of damage to colonies repaired in Council space, and about 30% of colonies rebuilt in the Terminus systems. Krogan populations are dwindling, both from high sterility rates and from clan warfare. A Krogan named Urdnot Wreav leads them after the murder of his brother, Urdnot Wrex, on the Citadel in 2186, and has sworn vengeance on the Salarians for the “sabotaged cure.” Geth have been wiped out, as have all complex AIs in the order of machine intelligences like EDI. Some less complex AIs (like VIs, for example) have survived; synthetic life was consumed. Quarians have recovered their homeworld and are now exploring in the Perseus Veil. No sign of the Rachni. Cerberus is an unknown quantity. The Citadel remains in Earth orbit, not fully repaired as yet. The Council includes Turian, Salarian, Asari, and Human members. Terminus Systems are very hostile to the Council, though the governments are still disparate and even more independent than they once were. Council authority is decreased along the frontier, and the Terminus has taken ground in the interim. Technology is more or less at the same state as at the time of the Mass Effect series, mainly because reverse-engineering Reaper technology is see as ill-fated or bad luck – not to mention extremely hard given the destruction the pulse sent through each and every Reaper in the galaxy. The status of factions and colonies unless as set out above is basically as it was before the events of Mass Effect 3. You’ll still find turians on Palaven, and asari on Illium. For people importing characters from previous Mass Effect RPGs on the RPF Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Ashen is considered canonical, but events on the mining colony were hushed up by the Council and in the midst of fighting the war against the Reapers the details of the incident have been lost. In bringing your character back, remember there’s a ten year gap between the events of Ashen and the events of this game. If you'd like clarification on any of these items (within limits) then by all means post it up here. Some information -- such as specifics of what happened to certain ME2 or ME3 characters -- may not be available here, or some information might not be known to your character at all.