How could Reapers come first?

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User Info: DRX777

DRX777
6 years ago#1
How do the Reapers predate any other race?

Biological life evolves, but mechanical is created. Anyone else think this 'endless cycle' is really just one - Race X built them, got killed, Protheans found them, got killed, Saren found one, etc...

Only way I can rationalize the Reapers being first is if they are the 'gods' of the Mass Effect universe. Which does not sit well at all, IMO, in a Sci Fi...
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User Info: VampLordAdamaru

VampLordAdamaru
6 years ago#2
Biological life evolves, but mechanical is created. Anyone else think this 'endless cycle' is really just one - Race X built them, got killed, Protheans found them, got killed, Saren found one, etc...

I've always assumed that to be the case... That the Reapers pre-date any current civilization, and were built by an ancient race that has died out (or at least disappeared in some way or another). >.>
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User Info: Nicolas_Rage

Nicolas_Rage
6 years ago#3
They state that they are the pinnacle of evolution.

Therefore they evolved.

Evolution takes time.

Therefore they could not have existed at the beginning of the universe.

User Info: charlessunkyst

charlessunkyst
6 years ago#4
I think the Reapers WERE a biological lifeform (possibly even more than one race) that took to cybernetics, and eventually evolved into what we know of today as a Reaper.

User Info: KingSnake777

KingSnake777
6 years ago#5
Or the reapers were a bioligical race at some point, one of the first, and turned themselves into these techonorganic ships, and then started the ball rolling. It seems to be hinted at that they "cull" the advanced races every 50,000 years or so for resorces and to reproduce. Which, could also make since when you think about what Harbenger keeps saying, them being our salvation through distruction. They make a "human" reaper, and humainty survives, so to speak, as a reaper, into the forseeable future. Hell, they may think they are doing us all a favor. heh. Kind of like the borg.... >.>

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User Info: ericzig

ericzig
6 years ago#6
Don’t mistake what the “character” said vs. what actually happens in the ME universe. “Characters” will say things that may or may not be true. It is what the character believes at that point and time in the story.

The Reapers may actually believe they came first but that does not make it true. They may just be arrogant and as far as they are concerned the “lesser” races do not deserve any respect.

Don’t take every little thing stated in a story by characters as the gospel like Star Wars fans do.

User Info: JustDave

JustDave
6 years ago#7
I kind of think the Reapers were created like the Geth. They just got smarter and stronger and they destroyed the race that created them. I think that is how the cycle started.
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User Info: Sepewrath

Sepewrath
6 years ago#8
You simply assume that is the method of evolution because Earth is all you have to go on, buts its a big universe out there and evolution is a mystery. Optimus Prime could be out there for all we know lol. Life is a mish mash of molecules thrown together, generally believed in a liquid environment, life could evolve in a methane ocean and it would be far different from what evolved in the water on Earth. Its entirely possible that they have always been the way they are now, while its mechanical to everyone else, it would just be normal for them.

User Info: RumJungleJuice

RumJungleJuice
6 years ago#9
You simply assume that is the method of evolution because Earth is all you have to go on, buts its a big universe out there and evolution is a mystery.

Well, yeah... but isn't mechanical "life," in the end, just an approximation of organic life?
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User Info: FZATMOI

FZATMOI
6 years ago#10
We have a very narrow view of what life is. We know how it works here but that's about it. I assume you read about that bacteria they recently made that lived on arsenic or something? Life on other planets could be completely different than here, and life in another galaxy might be like nothing we could imagine.
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