I’ve thought about it all day and all night, and I’ve come to the conclusion that my favorite race of aliens in Mass Effect are the krogan.
The elcor ran a close runner-up for their speaking habits. (Crushing disappointment, human gave us second place.)
But the krogan! The krogan. I love them.
They’re fierce. They’re volatile. They butt heads, literally, when they disagree about things. They have weird coming of age rituals that involve being attacked by a Thresher Maw. They’re incredibly rude. They look a little bit like roosters. So, why are they my favorite?
Reasons. Let’s explore them.
1. The pain and suffering of the krogan makes them sympathetic. Underneath the armor and dinosaur hide exteriors, all the krogan want to do is reproduce. And they can’t because of the genophage. How would you like it if someone said to you, “Hey, person. You seem a little grumpy because we’ve been oppressing your species for a long time. And your grumpiness makes me think that maybe you shouldn’t be able to reproduce. So, yeah. No reproduction for you.” The krogan are so desperate that there is a black market trade in krogan testicles. (Are they covered with armed spikes??? I must know.)
2. Grunt. Is. Adorable. I don’t care how grumpy he gets or how he shouts, “Stop shooting at me, idiot!” at me when I accidentally fire at him during a skirmish. And, also, how are we not supposed to fall in love with him when he’s like a little HATCHLING coming out of a shell when you let him out of the tank? I once spent a month waiting for goslings to hatch, and the second they did, I was like, “MY BABIES.” That’s how I felt when Grunt was let out of his tank. I wanted to cuddle him and swaddle him and read him Goodnight Moon.
3. Earning Wrex’s respect is so awesome. Everybody wants to be friends with a big galoot who can intimidate your enemies. I let Wrex die in my first playthrough of Mass Effect, so I was careful to save him in my second. I have a special level of affection for Wrex and was SO EXCITED when he greets Shepard on Tuchanka like they are old friends. Shepard plays it cool, but I can tell she is squeeing on the inside like she just met Dolly Parton.
Basically, I’m a krogan fangirl. I have no real explanation for it.