Mordin Solus: The video game character that broke my heart

**WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS from the Mass Effect video games. ...Though you really should have played them by now. ;) **

 

Even though it has been three years since a new Mass Effect video game, the trilogy comes up in my life constantly. One friend is playing the titles for the first time. Another is producing a fanart series. As I play through Dragon Age: Inquisition, people draw comparisons to Mass Effect. Both titles are BioWare properties.

Dragon Age and Mass Effect have a ton of traits in common- the most infamous being the romance engine. "Who did you romance?" is a question I get at least weekly- concerning both DA and ME. As we all used to say on Facebook, it's complicated.

I regret Anders, my DA:2 romance. Nobody is catching my eye in DA:I. In Star Wars: The Old Republic (another BioWare game,) I made out with a married blue guy with honeycombs for eyes. It was hot, but non-commital. Mass Effect, though- oh, Mass Effect. The love of my life was right in front of me (er, Shepard,) but unavailable.

Mordin Solus is a Salarian scientist and medic. He talks rapidly, researches tirelessly, loves the beach, and occasionally sings show tunes. LOOK AT HIM GO.

Mordin never strays from what he believes is right. Unfortunately, he does not think dating Commander Shepard is right. When asked, Mordin is flattered, but always, always, ALWAYS turns the player down. "If intended to try human," he soothes, "would try you."

BUT YOU DON'T INTEND TO TRY, MORDIN. YOU JUST STAY IN YOUR LAB, NEVER UNDERSTANDING THAT I LOVE YOU, AND WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER. MORDIN, COULD YOU JUST RECONSIDER??

Hmm. Considered it. Still no.

Hmm. Pondered it. Still no.

...I suppose I should mention that Mordin Solus isn't a traditional good guy. He might not be a good guy at all. The "very model of a scientist Salarian" has killed many, many living things. His plot arc centers around the genophage, a biological weapon that sterilized an entire race.

In my playthrough, at least (everyone's is different,) Mordin realized the error of his ways. He gave his life repairing what he had done to the Krogan. My Mordin died, mending his greatest mistake- but not before insisting, "Had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong."

MORDIN. MORDIN, NO. MORDIN, I'LL NEVER SEE YOU AGAIN, AND BIOWARE DIDN'T EVEN GIVE ME SOME SORT OF CONVERSATION OPTION TO TELL YOU HOW I FEEL ONE LAST TIME. MORDIN NOOOO!!

At least this fan art by Ellen Schebor understands me.

At least this fan art by Ellen Schebor understands me.

I'm overusing caps lock, yes, but in all seriousness- it's a beautiful tale. The tragedy of Mordin Solus is a masterpiece of video game storytelling. His ego is matched by his skill is matched by his AWESOME JOURNEY OF EMPATHY AND REDEMPTION YES YES YES.

*Ahem.* My geek guy has repeatedly cited Mordin's age. "He's super old for his species." I DO NOT CARE. MY FICTIONAL VIDEO GAME CHARACTER'S LOVE KNOWS NO IMAGINARY NUMERICAL BOUNDARIES.

My friends have pointed out that, in real life, I married a tall, fast-talking, science-loving, theatrical, occasionally arrogant Martian-type. I KNOW, AND THAT'S GREAT FOR ME, BUT WHAT ABOUT MY COMMANDER SHEPARD'S NEEDS?!

I have a Mordin action figure in my sewing room. I have Mordin fanart in my cubicle at work. His presence by no means dominates my collection of geeky objects. However, he absolutely dominates my feelings about Mass Effect.

Mordin Solus, you broke my heart.

...but if you somehow happen to appear in Dragon Age: Inquistion, I'll still totally give you a chance.

 

Who did you romance in Mass Effect? If it was Miranda, please gtfo. If Mordin isn't your favorite video game character, whose story has affected you most? Share below! 

 

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