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After each genocide, a single Reaper remains behind as a vanguard to monitor the development of new civilizations and signal the Citadel mass relay to be activated, bringing the whole Reaper fleet.  The actual activation is done by the [[Keeper]]s, a non-sentient race of arthropods that automatically operate and maintain the Citadel.  The last race to be wiped out by the Reapers, the [[Prothean]]s, managed to interrupt the cycle.  After the Reapers returned to dark space, a handful of Prothean survivors returned to the Citadel and altered the Keepers' programming.  No longer would the Keepers open the Citadel at the signal of a Reaper vanguard; the vanguard would have to physically link up to the Citadel in order to open it.  Thus, the next civilization would have a chance of survival that the Protheans and all their predecessors never had.  The last Reaper vanguard, Nazara (known as Sovereign to its followers), attempted and failed to open the Citadel, being destroyed in the process thanks to the efforts of the [[Systems Alliance]] operative [[Commander Shepard]].
 
After each genocide, a single Reaper remains behind as a vanguard to monitor the development of new civilizations and signal the Citadel mass relay to be activated, bringing the whole Reaper fleet.  The actual activation is done by the [[Keeper]]s, a non-sentient race of arthropods that automatically operate and maintain the Citadel.  The last race to be wiped out by the Reapers, the [[Prothean]]s, managed to interrupt the cycle.  After the Reapers returned to dark space, a handful of Prothean survivors returned to the Citadel and altered the Keepers' programming.  No longer would the Keepers open the Citadel at the signal of a Reaper vanguard; the vanguard would have to physically link up to the Citadel in order to open it.  Thus, the next civilization would have a chance of survival that the Protheans and all their predecessors never had.  The last Reaper vanguard, Nazara (known as Sovereign to its followers), attempted and failed to open the Citadel, being destroyed in the process thanks to the efforts of the [[Systems Alliance]] operative [[Commander Shepard]].
  
With Nazara's failure, a Reaper called Harbinger took a different approach.  It used the [[Collector]]s, a [[husk]] strain that was created by the Reapers from the Protheans, to harvest humans and make a new Reaper, which would be able to summon the other Reapers from Dark Space.  Once again, Shepard foiled this plan, destroying the Reaper-human "larva".  After this second failure, the whole Reaper fleet mobilized and headed towards the Milky Way galaxy on regular FTL.
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With Nazara's failure, a Reaper called Harbinger took a different approach.  It used the [[Collector]]s, a [[husk]] strain that the Reapers created from the Protheans, to harvest humans and make a new Reaper, which would be able to summon the other Reapers from Dark Space.  Once again, Shepard foiled this plan, destroying the Reaper-human "larva".  After this second failure, the whole Reaper fleet mobilized and headed towards the Milky Way galaxy on regular FTL.
  
 
The Reapers had a back-up plan for overwhelming the galaxy -- if the vanguard failed to bring the Reaper fleet through the Citadel, the Reapers would head towards the galaxy using normal FTL methods.  They would arrive at a relay on the edge of the galaxy, known as the "Alpha Relay", which lay in [[batarian]] space.  From the Alpha Relay, the Reapers could quickly deploy themselves all over the galaxy, including to the Citadel.  Yet again Shepard caught wind of this plan and aided in an effort to slam a giant asteroid into the Alpha Relay, destroying it before the Reapers could use it.  The explosion from the relay's destruction wiped out the Aratoht star system as a result.  Without a relay to quickly leave the star cluster, the Reapers were forced to continue deploying via regular FTL, delaying their invasion of the galaxy by months. Nonetheless, the Reapers soon arrived in force and began harvesting the more advanced races of the galaxy.
 
The Reapers had a back-up plan for overwhelming the galaxy -- if the vanguard failed to bring the Reaper fleet through the Citadel, the Reapers would head towards the galaxy using normal FTL methods.  They would arrive at a relay on the edge of the galaxy, known as the "Alpha Relay", which lay in [[batarian]] space.  From the Alpha Relay, the Reapers could quickly deploy themselves all over the galaxy, including to the Citadel.  Yet again Shepard caught wind of this plan and aided in an effort to slam a giant asteroid into the Alpha Relay, destroying it before the Reapers could use it.  The explosion from the relay's destruction wiped out the Aratoht star system as a result.  Without a relay to quickly leave the star cluster, the Reapers were forced to continue deploying via regular FTL, delaying their invasion of the galaxy by months. Nonetheless, the Reapers soon arrived in force and began harvesting the more advanced races of the galaxy.

Revision as of 20:19, 18 February 2013

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