When it comes to creating an entirely fictional landscape, writers and creators need works from the past draw on. In the case of [Mass Effect](movie:589200) , finding names and roles for a seemingly endless amount of characters and worlds most certainly had it its inspirations. But they not only came from man's venturing into space, but from its rich history too.
In a recent video (narrated by Mark Meer, Commander (male) Shepard himself), you can check out the full extent of some of these references to history in Mass Effect's plot. Let's take a look at some of these great facts and see how some of them may relate to Bioware's impending Mass Effect 4 for PS4 and XBOX One .
Mass Effect 4, Greek Mythology & More
There are many theories about where exactly Mass Effect 4's plot could be taking us, from its relations with Metal Gear Solid, to playing as Shepard's child. But perhaps we need to take a look at mankind's own history for inspirations on the fictional landscape of Mass Effect 4.
In this video, which you can check out below, Mark Meer gives us great nuggets of information on the Mass Effect series, from the origin of Cerberus' name, to the titles of planets and even the protagonists. Be sure to like the video, it's an insanely good watch for those that love this universe!
So, with the series being steeped in Greek lore, could we see new characters in and locations inspired by the greats in the plot? Having only read The Odyssey and The Iliad, my knowledge of Greek lore isn't that extensive. Oh, I've also played the God of War franchise...does that count?
In any case, with such a rich world to draw from, I thought I'd highlight the presence of these inspirations so that fans and creators on Moviepilot, who happen to know a fair amount about the great works of Ancient Greece, could throw up their opinions! Anything you'd like to see in Mass Effect 4 on its release date?
Mass Effect 4 & The Bible
In reality, many references in Sci-fi are often based on Greek lore, because it strikes as ancient, unrecognisable, and yet carrying meaning. This is opposed to Latin, which is much more well-formed, and can easily be translated. Yet, Latin is definitely similar to our language, but not enough to be considered familiar. Hence, why it is used for magic. Strange, but familiar.
But what we can also see in the Mass Effect series are references to religion, namely the Bible. Of course, characters and species throughout the universe of Mass Effect discuss religion. Some are devoted to their god, others remain agnostic. But Lazarus strikes me as the most poignant example. The way Sovereign talks is very Biblical, very absolute. Legion is another obvious one in Mass Effect.
But the inspirations are endless. Asari is another name for the Egyptian god of the dead and afterlife, Osiris. The Hydra rocket launcher, Aegis armour (a reference to the breastplate of Zeus or Athena). A tonne of the star systems and clusters are references to greek mythology just as our own is a reference to the Roman pantheon ex: Athena nebula, Hades gamma/Nexus, Hercules and Theseus systems etc.
There are countless examples of things that are Greek, and not mythological as well. Examples include Omega, Phalanx pistol, Argos Rho system, Acheron system, pylos nebula, etc. etc. So fans, do you know of any other references in the Mass Effect series?! Do you think we could see this lore return again in Mass Effect 4 on the PS4 and Xbox One? Let us know!