Reaper

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==History==
 
==History==
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:''"We have no beginning. We have no end. We are infinite."''
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The Reapers normally hibernate outside of the galaxy in dark space for tens of thousands of years at a time.  Every time a spacefaring race reaches a high enough technology level, the Reapers return to the galaxy through the giant mass relay that is the [[Citadel]] to wipe out all advanced civilizations in the galaxy.  This cycle has gone on for at least 37 million years. The mass relays are set up to more easily facilitate this process; growing civilizations inevitably become dependent on the relays, and since the Citadel sits at the center of the relay network, it usually becomes the center of the galactic government.  When the Reapers return through the Citadel, they quickly take out that government and shut off access to the relay network, throwing the galaxy into disarray.  From that point, each civilization is easy to defeat, though total eradication can still take decades.  The purpose of these eradications is two-fold:
 
The Reapers normally hibernate outside of the galaxy in dark space for tens of thousands of years at a time.  Every time a spacefaring race reaches a high enough technology level, the Reapers return to the galaxy through the giant mass relay that is the [[Citadel]] to wipe out all advanced civilizations in the galaxy.  This cycle has gone on for at least 37 million years. The mass relays are set up to more easily facilitate this process; growing civilizations inevitably become dependent on the relays, and since the Citadel sits at the center of the relay network, it usually becomes the center of the galactic government.  When the Reapers return through the Citadel, they quickly take out that government and shut off access to the relay network, throwing the galaxy into disarray.  From that point, each civilization is easy to defeat, though total eradication can still take decades.  The purpose of these eradications is two-fold:
  
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===Other ship types===
 
===Other ship types===
 
 
The Reapers use several non-sapient ship types which are remotely controlled by sapient Reapers.  These include troop transports, which vary between 200 meters and 1 kilometer in length, and processor ships which are used to harvest DNA material from captured populations.
 
The Reapers use several non-sapient ship types which are remotely controlled by sapient Reapers.  These include troop transports, which vary between 200 meters and 1 kilometer in length, and processor ships which are used to harvest DNA material from captured populations.
  
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==Threat Assessment==
 
==Threat Assessment==
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:''"You exist because we allow it. You will end because we demand it."''
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Reapers are highly advanced technologically compared to other races in ''Mass Effect''.  Their kinetic barriers are more powerful than those of other ''Mass Effect'' races, and they also seem to have a high recharge rate. Their weapons are also an order of magnitude more powerful than those of the other races. It takes at least four [[turian]] [[dreadnought]]s to have a chance of significantly damaging a Reaper, and there are hundreds, possibly thousands, of Reapers. Creating a new Reaper is, however, a prolonged process -- essentially, a whole organic species must be harvested and embodied in a Reaper.  
 
Reapers are highly advanced technologically compared to other races in ''Mass Effect''.  Their kinetic barriers are more powerful than those of other ''Mass Effect'' races, and they also seem to have a high recharge rate. Their weapons are also an order of magnitude more powerful than those of the other races. It takes at least four [[turian]] [[dreadnought]]s to have a chance of significantly damaging a Reaper, and there are hundreds, possibly thousands, of Reapers. Creating a new Reaper is, however, a prolonged process -- essentially, a whole organic species must be harvested and embodied in a Reaper.  
  

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