As fans know, the Citadel is the central galactic station. She is shrouded in mystery, as are the keepers watching over her.
The Mass Effect series is filled with a variety of locations where you can fight aliens, from desert ice planets to a space station infested with Husks. An invariable attribute of all parts is the galactic seat of the Council – the Citadel, which has become a kind of character.
There are many interesting events taking place at the station, but some of the little things are not immediately evident. Over the course of three games, Bioware has filled this megastructure with Easter eggs and secrets. Some of them are large-scale, others are not very large, but they all deserve attention.
Based on a real idea
Few will forget the first impressions of the Citadel, especially the rotating “arms” against the backdrop of space. And science fiction fans will notice that the station is remarkably similar to O’Neill’s iconic top hat.
In his book High Frontier, an American physicist proposed the idea of a 21st century space colony. Obviously, Bioware took inspiration from O’Neill’s original illustration. The citadel is almost a complete copy of the “top hat”, but more shiny and with additional “sleeves”.
The drunkard who knows the protagonist’s mother
In the first part, select the Drifter’s backstory. In one of the areas the player will be hailed by a drunkard. He’ll call you “Shepard’s Baby” and mention information from the character creation menu, including the Battle of Mendoir. Complete this secret quest and you will be amazed.
As it turned out, the drunkard knows the captain’s mother. We will be able to communicate directly with her. This is a typical Bioware-style assignment: fun and sad at the same time. It’s also full of little things to prove that the Mass Effect universe is carefully thought out.
Pigeons (how did they get here?)
There are many different creatures on the Citadel, but these are the most familiar and at the same time irrelevant. Climb up the canopy above the communities in Mass Effect 2 and you’ll see pigeons there.
Where did they come from here? VI Avina explains to us that the races represented on the Council can bring flora and fauna to the Citadel from their home planets. It seems that even in space, humans need birds to nest in garbage and steal fries.
This hologram has a place in the museum
Mass Effect 3 Citadel is packed full of jokes and Easter eggs. For example, there is a great reference to the legendary Hollywood movie. It turns out that the fearless Indiana Jones existed in the Mass Effect universe! Visit the Citadel archives for several holograms of important historical events, including the spread of the Genophage and the founding of the Spectrum.
One of the latest holograms is a copy of “an important religious artifact from Earth.” Those who have watched the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark will immediately recognize the Ark of the Covenant. Whether he is on the Citadel, we are not told. But it’s safe to say that it does not work on the reapers.
Pranks in multiplayer
Don’t miss one of the many dialogues on the Citadel! NPCs often touch on interesting topics like the gaming industry and the little things of life. But starting with the third part, the conversations go to a completely new level.
In Citadel, you can hear chatter about Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer and community. For example, NPCs discuss biotic access to the cool Grail shotgun, tech armor upgrades in multiplayer matches, and an effective drell adept grenade strategy. And one enterprising vorka wants to learn how to somersault.
Reaper hidden in plain sight
In the labyrinths of the Citadel it is impossible to do without a map – otherwise you will start walking in circles. No map is needed in the chambers, as the Council is visible at the end of the corridor. But still open it: a surprise awaits you.
At first glance, you might not notice, but the chambers of the Council are shaped like a reaper. This is most likely a hint that a mysterious space race designed the Citadel. It is quite creepy to realize this while in these rooms.
A small but funny detail. It is not uncommon for Mass Effect players to search for health kits and ammo throughout the level. But there are especially useful boxes on the Citadel, which are not covered in steel, unlike other boxes.
In certain places, in particular – behind the containers in the archives (in the Citadel DLC), there are beautifully packaged gifts. There is no point in them, they are just a pleasant surprise for those who want to explore the location.
The fate of the Joker family
This crew member of the “Normandy” appeared in the first part of Mass Effect. Joker is a pilot with an interesting background. According to him, only his father and 15-year-old sister Hilary, who live in the Tiptree agricultural colony, are left of the family. This is where we can finish.
But if you want to know more about the character’s tragic fate, overhear a conversation between the two Azari outside Guert Hospital in Mass Effect 3. One of the aliens, Eyyan, suffers from PTSD. She will tell the heartbreaking story of how she miraculously survived after the attack of the reapers on Tiptree, and was forced to kill the wounded girl Hilary to avoid detection by the enemy.