Mass Effect Legendary Edition made me appreciate Mass Effect’s most ridiculous NPC


A year before Mass Effect came out, The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion gave us the Adoring Fan. Become grand champion of the arena and he follows you around offering backrubs and getting in the way. Everyone hated him. Mass Effect’s Conrad Verner seemed like another Adoring Fan, so we were destined to hate him too. 

A dweeb with a terrible goatee, he hangs out on the Citadel trying to get your attention. First he wants an autograph, then a photo, then he wants you to recruit him as a Spectre so you can work side by side as equals. That escalated quickly?

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Playing the trilogy for the first time, with a couple of years separating ME2 and ME3, I forgot Verner’s deal between games. Seeing him return in each one was a shrug emoji kind of situation. When I replayed the series back-to-back a few years later, I didn’t finish his quest in ME1 and never saw him again. Only now in 2021, marching through the trilogy a third time in the Legendary Edition, do I finally appreciate Conrad Verner.



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