Mass Effect: The Krogan Revealed


The Mass Effect website, based on Bioware’s upcoming sci-fi RPG, has been updated this morning. New information and screenshots are available on the Krogan, the reptilian bipedal race introduced last week.

The Krogan were taken from their native environment by the Salarians to become soldiers in the conflict between the Citadel forces and the Rachni. After the war these heroes became conquerors themselves driven by their rapid population growth to conquer other worlds. Finally defeated by a biologic attack that rendered them all but sterile, the Krogan are now facing extinction. They serve as mercenaries and despise the Citadel races who have condemned them to their fate.

Complete details after the jump

Roughly 2,000 years ago, the Krogan were a primitive tribal species trapped on a world suffering through a nuclear winter of their own making. They were liberated from this state by the Salarians, who “culturally uplifted” the Krogan by giving them advanced technology and relocating them to a planet void of lethal levels of radiation, toxins and deadly predators. The Salarian’s ulterior motive was to have the Krogan join the Citadel forces as soldiers to stand against the unstoppable Rachni â$” a race of intelligent space-faring insects with whom they were engaged in a galactic war. The plan worked to perfection, and within two generations the rapidly breeding Krogan not only had the numbers to drive the advancing Rachni back, but pursue them to their home worlds and eradicate the entire species.

The Krogan were hailed as saviors of the galaxy, but without the harsh conditions of Tuchanka to keep their population in check, their numbers exploded. Overcrowded and depleted resources meant that the Krogan spread out to forcibly claim other worlds that were inhabited by races loyal to the Citadel. The so called “Krogan Rebellions” continued for nearly three centuries, during which massive casualties were sustained, but countered by their incredible birth-rate. In a pivotal move, the Turians unleashed a genophage on the Krogan home worlds, which caused near total infant mortality in the Krogan species, with only one birth in every 1,000 producing live offspring. Now faced with the certainty of their extinction as a species, most Krogan typically serve as mercenaries for hire to the highest bidder, though many still resent and despise the Citadel races who condemned them to their tragic fate.

For more details and screenshots on the Krogan, visit the Mass Effect Website.

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