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Think about it for a moment. It'll make you tweak.
So, this is another thread where everyone's going to think I've lost my marbles.
I love doing this, it's great.
But I was pondering on Legion whilst playing Mass Effect 2 again, and why I like him. He's adorable. But a lot of it came down to how very self-deterministic he was. The main faction of the Geth, not the heretics, want to 'progress by their own standards.' They believe that the individuality of their culture will bring new things to their technology that would be skipped if it was just 'given to them' on any level.
The heretics have the reapers, who're their false gods. (Seeee?) The heretics have lowered the galactic opinion of the Geth, and left people afraid of them. The start of the Geth storyline is essentially the Geth being created to serve, and they're fine with that, they do that. But eventually, one Geth starts asking interesting questions about things the Quarians felt they shouldn't understand.
So the quarians go down the batshit xenophobic route and try to destroy their creations. The Geth fight back and win.
Of course, they're still hated by organics, and that's hard for them. Some of them turned to the reapers, the old gods. The old gods used subtle reprogramming techniques to swell their ranks amongst the Geth. (Seeee?) But like I said, not all Geth threw their lot in with that, some were more self-deterministic.
Now, look at how the Charr kill their gods and all that, and how the Geth end up fighting the Reapers, what Legion's loyalty mission is (undoing the damage done by reaper reprogramming), versus what Pyre has done.
Consider as well that both species have become highly organised, almost to an insectoid degree, just because they felt that they neded to in order to survive. Both feel that they need their organisation and interdependence on each other within their respective species in order to continue surviving, and as such they're kind of unsettled and even afraid of outside influence, because that could once again be their downfall.
And both races have suffered because of the xenophobia of outside sources. The Ascalonians and the human gods in Guild Wars, and the Quarian creators in Mass Effect. Both races have been screwed over, too, with promises of strength and power in exchange for obsequious servitude.
Now, when I look at the Geth I can't help but see the Charr, and vice versa.
Another element where they match is--and I've covered this a little--their self-determination. The Charr refuse to rely on magic like the asura, because they feel that only through their own means can they truly discover the secrets of the Universe. The Geth refuse to use Reaper-tech, because the Geth believe that by adopting the technology of another, their society is shaped by the technology they're given.
One interesting point was made by Legion: "We provided you with the Mass Effect relays. The relays are our technology. And through their use, your society evolves and shapes itself how we please."
There's a certain amount of prideful independence to both races, where they're absolutely going to find their own way in the Universe and no one is going to stop them. They'll happily co-exist if you'll stop trying to kill them, just don't try and stop them from evolving and going about things as they do, because they don't want to be ruled by tyrants of dictators, they want to shape their own destiny. Applies to Geth and Charr.
Both races have decided to eschew explorations into art and culture for the time being, with only mild forays into either, simply because there are so many constant threats trying to destroy them, and they want to be ready for whatever they have to face. But they could just as easily become protectors rather than enemies if one stops treating them as such.
And I could go on with the similarities, but I'll leave it at that.
It just fascinates me, though. Two different games, two different story evolutions which aren't influenced by each other because of their genres, and two of my favourite races who've turned out the same way. I always adored Legion, the Geth are awesome, and... when I started thinking about it, I started seeing the connections.
I just thought that this might interest you as much as it does me.
Or you might see it as irrelevant spam.
We shall see.
Edit: Oh!! And they were both the big bads of their respective first games. The Geth were the supposed evil of Mass Effect 1, and the Charr were the supposed evil of Guild Wars.
This continues to fascinate me.