A year before Mass Effect came out, The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion was given to our fans. Become a big champion in the arena, he will follow you around and get in the way. Everyone hates him. Conrad Verner of Mass Effect seems to be another admiring fan, so we are also destined to hate him.
A fool with a terrible goatee, he wanders around the castle, trying to get your attention. First he wants a signature, then a photo, and then he wants you to recruit him as a ghost so that you can work side by side as equals. Upgraded so soon?
The first time I played the trilogy, ME2 and ME3 were separated for a few years, and I forgot about Verner’s transactions between games. It was a shrugging expression to see each of him coming back. When I replayed this series back to back a few years later, I didn’t complete his mission in ME1 and never saw him again. It wasn’t until 2021, the third time through the trilogy in the legendary edition, that I finally admired Conrad Verner.
Part of Verner’s value is that he demonstrated your rise. When we first met, he left a deep impression on you. At that time, you were the hero who shot “Hundred Guss”. The next time you see him, you have become a ghost-an agent with frank and obscene extrajudicial power. Verner’s awkward salute and chattering praise make you feel a little arrogant. “This person who already thinks I’m awesome is surprised by my performance. Maybe I’m amazing?”
However, Verner has to push it, and when he starts trying to talk to your crew, it will be enough. I won’t let anyone cooler than Kaidan aboard, come on. (Sorry, Kaidan.) The traitor option allows Shepard to threaten Verner at gunpoint, because this is the solution for the traitor Shepard to basically everything in the first game. The typical choice is to persuade him, remember the wife he mentioned, and explain that he should stay for his family. You need someone like him at home to remind you why you are fighting.
Not that this choice is important in Mass Effect 2. Thanks to a mistake, no matter which you choose, the traitor and paradigm will be set in your save file, with traitors taking precedence.This is why in ME2 Verner accused you of pointing a gun at him whatever you do, even in the legendary version (despite mods to solve this problem).
Between the two games, you died for taxation for a year. During that time, Verner ignored your suggestion and bought a copy of the N7 armor, and played as a video game hero to fill you up. Whitespace. There is a meta joke about how he wanders around asking random people if they need help, just like you, in his case, he is caught in a conflict about the ownership of the bar. This will become a problem for you, and like everything else in the dang galaxy, Paragon Shepard once again tries to convince Verner to go home. (The traitor Shepard shot him in the foot.)
In Mass Effect 3, Verner was discovered among the refugees at the docks of Citadel. I heard that you work for Cerberus and he tried to join the organization, but he was manipulated into a distraction when they destroyed some medical stations nearby. Verner was stupid again, but this time he at least realized it and apologized. He also apologized for accusing you of pointing a gun at him once, “You didn’t do this at the time. I was really stressed.” (This line is why BioWare didn’t bother to fix the save file error in the legendary version, I guess .)
When Verner asked him if he could do something to make up for his mistake, Shepard scoffed at him, even though you have been a model of patience until now. “Conrad, I am building an ancient prothean dark energy device to stop the Reaper. Yes. you help That? ”
This is when Verner told you that he wrote his PhD thesis on heterogeneous technology and dark energy integration.
In the three games, all the time you know Verner, you never asked him what he made a living. It turns out that he is an expert in alien technology. What follows is the amazing return of this series of side missions, which are drawn from other side missions that are also far away. Verner checked with an academic colleague who had some ancient technology schematics that might be useful, and this colleague happened to be one of the colonists from Feros in the first game. If you helped that person get his data back then, he will pay back now.
Shepard and Verner continued to coordinate resources back and forth as they made calls and turned on computer screens. “Oh, no,” he said, “the schematic is written in the ancient Asali dialect!” “I spent too long in the first game looking for these Ashali matriarch collections will have something Help?” “Why yes, they will! But the schematic is also a patent of Elkoss Combine, I don’t have a license.” “Don’t worry, I bought one in the first game.” “What an amazing coincidence! “
If you have become enough to be a finisher to collect everything you need, then the hard work here has been satisfactorily recognized, and Verner has finally become useful.You end the conference call, click on him a few more times, hear some extra hypertext gimmicks, and discover that he has never actually had a wife, but he did. Give you a “tasteful” holy place, And then wander around to repair the damage and complete this stupid side mission.
At this time, Verner appeared again. He spotted the Cerberus agent who had deceived him, and shouted, “You have been arrested!” The agent turned around and drew his gun. Then found a better target: Commander Shepard.
Realizing what is about to happen, Verner swoops in front of you when the gun is fired in slow motion, then falls to the floor. You put on the agent and rush back to where Verner fell. At that moment, I knelt on him and felt very sad for disrespecting Verner. I underestimated him. I even compare him to an admiring fan.
But Mass Effect is not yet complete. The last side mission of the first game has not yet paid off. If you helped Jenna-a waitress in Chora’s Den strip club and secretly acting as an informant-she would suddenly come back and explain that she saw what was happening and used what she learned from those days An old trick to destroy the agent’s gun. Verner is still alive, not only that, but Jenna was so impressed by his bravery that the two came to a strange happy ending together.
This series of events has a lot of reactivity, so many small decisions in the whole series are remembered here, almost like apologizing for the forgetfulness of the moment brought about by saving the game error.
ME3 does not always respect the decision you made earlier in the trilogy-if you choose to replace the Citadel Council with humans, they are aliens, if you choose to make the ridiculously slimy councillors Udina was replaced by Keith David, just like a wise man, then Udina will still return to the committee, because you have to check Codex to find it. However, in this easily missed side mission, Verner’s story changes due to everything you do.
This is the moment when Mass Effect fulfills its promise, this is Your Shepard, all your choices—even small ones—will eventually gain relevance and meaning.
The mission completion pop-up window appears and unlocks new war assets. Verner’s dark energy papers can help you build super weapons and enhance your military strength. However, “Mass Effect” has one last gimmick.The next time you check the details of your war assets, you will see rewards that perfectly combine everything you need to complete the mission. The work you do spans the entire trilogy. Five-point military.
This is enough to make you consider going back and shooting Conrad Verner with your foot.