HAS LEGION PUPPY ALREADY BEEN DONE
OH WELL HERE’S ANOTHER THEN
MY FAVOURITE VIDEO GAME CHARACTERS /in no particular order/
31. Legion (Mass Effect 2&3)
IT’S A GETH ORGY MOTHERFUCKERS!!!
For me, Tali never even tried to commit suicide and I saved Samara.
Tali: “Legion…the answer to your question was ‘yes’”
Legion: “I know, Tali. But thank you. Keelah se’lai.”
(HE SAID “I” instead of “we”! One of my favorite parts of the game. Hard to choose a favorite part in this game, when there are SO MANY GREAT PARTS!)
I loved this because it really showcases the trust inherent in Legion and Shepard’s relationship, and how you don’t have to strictly be the same species or even the same form of life to be friends with someone. It would have been so easy to turn the geth into another “robots aren’t like humans and thus will hate us” trope.
But they didn’t.
We got a single representative of its already infamously seclusive race, alone out in hostile territory where most folks would (and once attempted to) shoot it on site, offering to help a being that it knows nothing about outside of it having a pretty nasty history with its kind. On Shepard’s end, they have to put aside whatever preconceptions and beliefs they have about the geth, being both an outsider to the geth/quarian conflict as well as someone who’s only seen violence from a minority of them. You always have the option to deem Legion too much of a threat or too fiscally valuable to activate, and send it away forever like a piece of scrap metal. But if Shepard dares to activate it…
The amount of trust these two people has to invest each other is huge. But the payoff is that it results in a very real connection that has never happened in geth history. A geth and an organic, actually friends.
And for ME3, I felt like this quest showed that aspect of Legion and Shepard the most. This is Legion showing Shepard its people’s innermost history, their memories, their thoughts, their tragedies and triumphs. It’s a place of such earnest vulnerability, and Legion allows Shepard to be there. And Shepard has to have such confidence in Legion, to allow them to strap them into a machine as it’s saying “oh well we’re gonna download your brain into the consensus, don’t forget to grab a souvenir!”. It says so much about how far they’ve both come in terms of history and overcoming differences to work for a common good for both peoples.
So basically, Legion’s character — and most importantly Legion and Shepard’s relationship — is one of my favorite things about the series because it really gives a strong message of being not hostile or blind to differences but accepting of it, and how a little faith can go a long way.