Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cure for the Genophage and the Death of Mordin Solus

Mordin's last frame.
Like all good plot lines and viruses the Genophage has run its course.  A central theme throughout the trilogy is the Genophage virus that the Salarians created then infected the Krogans with. 

The main plot line for the Krogans was to find a cure for the Genophage and it was included in many subplots, conversations, cut scenes and missions.  The Genophage reduced the fertility rate of the Krogans and kept them from overwhelming the galaxy with sheer numbers.

In Mass Effect 2 Salarian scientist Mordin Solus joins Shepard’s crew.  During his plot mission The Professor and his loyalty mission Old Blood you learn of Mordin’s involvement with the Genophage and other viruses. 

Using Maelon’s data Mordin is able to develop a cure for the Genophage.  The Krogan are withholding their assistance in the fight against the Reapers unless the Genophage is cured.  So Mordin assists Shepard to develop a cure and release it into the atmosphere of Tuchanka thereby curing the Krogans.

Upon arrival at Tuchanka Shepard discovers that a Reaper has invaded and is near the Shroud; the device that will spread the Genophage cure into the atmosphere.  Shepard and team fight their way through various mutated Reaper minions to summon Kalros, “the mother of all Thresher Maws.”  Lucky for Shepard, Kalros attacks and destroys the Reaper allowing Shepard to get to the Shroud.  The Shroud is heavily damaged by the Reaper and is unstable. 

The Shroud on Tuchanka.
On the way to the Shroud the female Krogan Eve mentions something about fate so I guess she knew Mordin’s. Because of damage done to the Shroud Mordin must manually disperse the cure from the top of the Shroud.  Getting into the elevator Mordin knows it is a one-way trip and doesn’t allow Shepard to go with him and says a short good bye.  

Mordin goes to the top and disperses the cure and shortly afterwards the Shroud explodes before he can escape.  Goodbye Mordin, another Mass Effect 2 character bites the dust.

Mordin was a fun character.  The way he spoke and the things he said made him a interesting and fun character.  I occasionally took him on missions.  Mordin’s rendition of “the Major-general’s Song” calling himself a “scientist Salarian” in Mass Effect 2 was one of the funniest moments of the game.

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