It shouldn’t surprise my friends that I am super over invested in the very minor characters of the Mass Effect series.
I have strong feelings about salarians, and Dalatrass Linron is the only female salarian you are guaranteed to meet in the game if you let the original council live in ME1.
And unfortunately, a lot of people remember her as the unreasonable frog lady who tried to blackmail Shepard to agree to screw over their buddy Wrex, or Grunt’s entire species. And who doesn’t want Krogan babies? Did you see the Krogan babies in the slides at the end? They were sooo cute.
It’s funny because I’m not even being sarcastic.
But the honest truth is, I think she gets hated on for a lot of the same reasons Anora from DA:O gets hated on; because she dares to say no to the player. For the majority of , people say yes to being Shepard’s ally. Sure, you might need to do a mission to get them, and another to save their son but they agree in the end.
Linron gives you an ultimatum. And it’s one that makes complete sense, the minute people are willing to look at what her options were, and what she knew of the situation.
- The krogan blame the salarians for the creation of the genophage
- The krogan are a race known for their physical aggression and many of them attack salarians and murder them for their race’s role in the genophage
- The salarians are a race known for intelligence and quick thinking
- The krogan population skyrocketed after the rachni war and krogan frequently attacked and took over other colonies
She knows these things, and then a Spector with connections to an organisation that tried to murder the council wants:
- a cure for the genophage, allowing a race that once nearly decimated the galaxy to breed and spread again
- her ships to go to the human’s home world, leaving Sur Kesh and the other colonies unprotected from the Reapers
Salarians like to strike first, to stop the fight before it can really begin. Tactic wise, what if the Reapers are destroyed and the Krogan rise up? What if the Reapers is not destroyed at all? She would have lost most of the salarian fleet and her top soldiers, and the salarian home world and colonies would be vulnerable to Reapers, raiding parties, krogan…
And why should she take the word of one human over everything she knows? Even Shepard, who’s history is blurred between what actually happened and what people talk about. Shepard is asking for a lot, and hasn’t done something to win Salarian trust like with finding the primarch and his son for the Turians.
And Wrex? Wrex is extremely aggressive towards the dalatrass at that meeting, and she refuses to be intimidated by him despite his threats. He talks about the Krogan being different, but why would she take his word for it? He talks about making them change, but again, why would she take the word of one krogan over several generations worth of knowledge about just what Krogan can be capable of.
And honestly, I think the inability to be able to empathise with strong minded female who stands her ground and doesn’t let a player’s character sway them is a problem in us as a society more so than the writing.
For Sur’Kesh, motherfuckers
While these are all very good points I do disagree with some things. I will never like Linron, I will never like what she stands for or her actions.
And it is NOT because she dared to say “no” to me. It is because she wanted me to commit an act akin to genocide. I don’t care how justified her reasons were, how much sense it made for someone in her position to make those judgements, or anything like that. She wanted me to do something absolutely horrible and I’m not cool with that.
Since when has someone’s reasons mattered when something that is even in the same camp as genocide is on the table? Personally I think it might be never. That was never okay.
Yes, I can 100% completely see why she would make the decisions she made. I 100% understand why she is the way she is, but that doesn’t mean it is okay by any means.