Mass Effect , the H.P. Lovecraft Connection. *major spoilers for ME1*

#1batmanthePosted 8/4/2009 12:01:33 PM
* Disclaimer : I am not claiming, nor do I honestly think that the creators of Mass Effect in any way got their ideas from H.P. Lovecraft. I just think the similarities are cool/interesting. *

Reapers = The Old One's (Cthulhu's kind)


To break it down..

- Both are very large.

- Both are extremely ancient and have godlike powers/attributes.

- Both cause some sort of insanity/madness to those with direct contact.

- Both rest in some unnamed place far out among the stars (or between galaxies)

- Both are not entirely flesh and blood. In the case of the Reapers they probably don't have any flesh.

- Both only come to rule when circumstances are just right. When the phase ends they leave and apparently go into some sort of hibernation.

- Both have a squid/octopus like structure.


Reapers:
http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/masseffect/images/8/84/Sovereign_Codex_Image.jpg

Old Ones:
http://www.myconfinedspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/cthulhu.jpg


http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Reaper

"...the Reapers are an extremely advanced race of synthetic warships that reside in the unexplored region referred to as dark space (the empty, starless space between galaxies). They hibernate there, dormant for thousands of years, before they are given the signal to return. Their origins are completely unknown. The only Reaper known to have communicated with organic life, Sovereign, claimed that the Reapers have neither beginning nor end - "we are eternal, the pinnacle of evolution". "

The Reapers were the original creators of the Citadel and the mass relays. They created these massive stations so that any intelligent life in the galaxy would eventually discover and use them – all part of their ingenious scheme to harvest the galaxy’s sentient life in a repeating cycle that has been looping for countless millennia. While the other Reapers hibernate, a single Reaper remains behind, hidden in the depths of space. .."


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cthulhu

"..Cthulhu is described by some of these cultists as the "great priest" of "the Great Old Ones who lived ages before there were any men, and who came to the young world out of the sky." ..

"The Great Old Ones, according to Castro, had come from the stars to rule the world in ages past.

They were not composed altogether of flesh and blood. They had shape...but that shape was not made of matter. When the stars were right, They could plunge from world to world through the sky; but when the stars were wrong, They could not live. But although They no longer lived, They would never really die.. " "
#2nospacesinmynamePosted 8/4/2009 1:04:41 PM
You make a valid point.
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#3GravinatorPosted 8/4/2009 2:30:58 PM
While I don't think Bioware was going for that literal a translation, there are probably references to the Cthulhu mythos, like there's references to about a bajillion sci-fi series.

Prothean statues on Ilos anyone? They have tentacles flowing from the lower half of their heads.
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#4ZerosPosted 8/5/2009 4:25:44 AM
I never got the idea that the Reapers are God-Like. To me, them being able to take over the galaxy time after time was more because once they warped in through the Citadel, the galaxy had absolutely no way of knowing what was going on, no form of communication and no form of FTL. It just seemed like it was easy for them because they had their entire military warped into the very heart of the enemy territory and the enemy's entire civilization was collapsed.
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#5caseygPosted 8/5/2009 4:38:59 AM
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The ability to completely wipe out, not one but a whole slew of races, cultures, and nations sounds pretty apocalyptic to me. Hence it's not a big jump to think that the force doing it is "god-like" from the perspective of those being exterminated in a genocidal manner. Even the Geth worship the Reapers as gods. Plus there's the fact that Sovereign seems to be able to subvert the minds of sentient creatures and force them to be servants....


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#6Solis_InvictusPosted 8/5/2009 10:47:06 AM
Hey, nice find. I doubt it was very intentional, but they do have their similarities.
#7ZerosPosted 8/6/2009 7:37:23 AM
um... Wiping out civilizations isn't very impressive when they don't know your gigantic fleet even exists...
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#8SempiternitasPosted 8/6/2009 10:43:58 AM
To Zeros: What does that have to do with anything? Just because we don't know they exist doesn't mean that they don't have God-like power.
#9ZerosPosted 8/6/2009 5:50:18 PM
Well, usually when I think of something having God-Like power, I don't think of them getting blown up by one good shot from a single human ship....
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#10Master_Chief566Posted 8/6/2009 7:22:33 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2csnVNai-o

yeah I can just imagine singing that^