The Hanar Language

Before begin discussing the hanar language, we must first talk about Nyahir, or “The First Cresting Bloom,” celebrated among hanar.

Nyahir

This religious holiday honors the “gift of speech.” Many hanar believe they are able to talk thanks to the Protheans, the ones they call the “Enkindlers” and worship. Their homeworld, Kahje, contains many Protheans ruins, which might explain why the hanar worship them so intensely.

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Khelish: The Quarian Language

It’s possible quarians spoke different dialects before the Morning War but are now speaking one language named Khelish. We’re lucky enough that we know some words and sentences from Khelish, unlike other alien languages that are still a bit of a mystery to us. During an AMA on Reddit, Catherine M. Valente, the writer of Annihilation, explained that she used Hebrew as a model language for Khelish. 

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The Elcor Language: a Symphony in One Sneeze

What Do Elcor Perceive?

Elcor’s sense of smell is extremely powerful. With a whiff of their surroundings, they can receive a flood of information about their location and the people around them. An elcor can even smell a corpse from miles away, as seen in the book Annihilation. Some situations can even be painful to them due to sensory overload.
The information they receive has to be interpreted. It still allows them to get a good understanding of their homeworld and other places they travel to, like the Citadel. 

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Translators 101

What are translators? How do they work?

Humans in the Mass Effect universe converse in different languages (Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and Swahili are among the noted ones). Aliens, meanwhile, also have multiple languages and dialects. All species use a translator, which allows for simultaneous and accurate translation. To make the translator work, every species first provides glossaries and linguistic rules. Since languages are constantly evolving, regular updates are made.

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A very happy new year from MEL!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a great time celebrating and are ready, resolutions or not, to kick start the year. 

Here at MEL, we’ve been terrible at being active and posting stuff. Sure, we do tons of things behind the scenes, but you rarely get to see the results. I often joke that working on MEL projects is like working on a very long WIP that might never end. We’ve sure been full of promises. You know, the, “We’ll do this and that!”. Yeah, no. Those don’t really last. So, in order not to jink myself, I won’t promise anything and simply tell you: we’ll do what we can. Our new motto at MEL is “Start somewhere.”

The Mass Effect universe is both beautiful and strange. It has never finished revealing itself to us. As lore gremlins, we can never truly know something for sure because a lot of what we do is making sense of canon and interpreting it. We’re human and we don’t have a perfect memory. That’s okay. If we don’t remember every obscure fact about elcor, salarians or batarians, someone will remind us. That’s how it goes, and that’s why having such a strong community of fans is really fun. So let’s chill out and do our best here. 

Thank you for loving the Mass Effect universe so much. You keep it alive every day with a variety of new content including walkthroughs, fanart, and fanfiction. Thank you for reminding me that this fictional universe and its lore are special.

One last thing: the MEL blog now uses the Disqus commenting system. You can comment as a guest or use a profile. Hope you’ll enjoy our next blog posts! 😉

Deb

Mass Effect Andromeda Transcript : Nexus Reunion

Hello everyone!

Today we’re publishing the transcript of Nexus Reunion: it starts with Ark Hyperion joining the Nexus for the first time and ends with Ryder going to SAM Node.

As usual, all the transcripts are available in pdf and html format here.
We’re publishing a full transcript this time so you can read the entire mission (main and additional scenes) in one go.

We’ll be adding information about the quests in those transcripts soon.

Thank you and we hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Mass Effect Andromeda Transcript: Planetside

Hello everyone!

The transcript of “Planetside” is available in pdf and html format here.

The original transcript was done by Ash and Deb, editing by Deb and corrections by Jamie.

If you’re interested in helping us with transcripts, check out our Transcripts FAQ.

Don’t hesitate to send us feedback or questions at info@masseffectlore.com! We would love to hear from you 🙂

Mass Effect Andromeda Transcript

Hello everyone!

Today, we’re proud to publish our very first transcript of a Mass Effect Andromeda mission!

The transcript of “Prologue: Hyperion” (with additional scenes) is available in pdf and html format here.

The original transcript was done by Ash, additional transcribing and editing by Deb and corrections by Jamie.

If you’re interested in helping us with transcripts, check out our Transcripts FAQ.

Don’t hesitate to send us feedback or questions at info@masseffectlore.com! We would love to hear from you 🙂

Trilogy Lore: Publishing the Table of Contents

Hello everyone!
We are releasing our table of contents for the trilogy lore today.

What it is, exactly?
Well, when we created MEL we were aware that the Mass Effect wiki was a fantastic source of information. We didn’t want to copy it. Our goal was to provide a contextualized and complete analysis of the Mass Effect lore. For that, we needed a good foundation to work on, and that’s the table of content that we’re publishing today.

How did we work on this?
We tried to take everything into account, including information we couldn’t completely verify and information we still don’t have (though the lack of information is information in itself!).
We had a lot of discussions within the team about how to word section headers and possible entries, and we are confident that we have made the table of contents as intuitive as possible. It was a collaborative effort, and we are lucky to have the fantastic team that we have! 🙂

So, what now?
Now we are going to work on writing lore articles by using our table of contents as a sort of base structure, as well as using all the canon sources we have to do research (one of those sources being the transcripts we are publishing).
It’s a big job, no doubt MEL’s biggest work in progress…
Keep in mind this is only for the trilogy. We still have to do the same type of work for Andromeda.
Mass Effect is also not a closed canon. We can always edit the table of contents and/or entries… But at the end of the day, you can think of it as if we’re writing a book called “The Lore of Mass Effect.”

If you have any questions please read below first!

Can I join you guys and work on this?
Yes. Contact us at info@masseffectlore.com

If I do join you, do you expect me to work on all entries?
No. We believe in letting people work on what fascinates them. If you don’t care for a specific species, we don’t want you to gather information and write a lore article about them. However, if you feel passionate about a specific Mass Effect theme, species, technology, and you feel capable of writing an informed and complete lore article about it, contact us.

What if I’m more of the “gathering information” type?
Contact us too. We can always use help with that!

Can I give you feedback about your table of contents?
Sure! Send us an email at info@masseffectlore.com or contact us on Tumblr.

We are very excited to be sharing this with you, and hope you love it as much as we do!

Mass Effect Transcript Published

Hello everyone!

Today, we’re proud to publish our very first transcript of a Mass Effect mission!

“Prologue: Find the beacon” is available in pdf and html format here.

The original transcript was done by alchera, with editing by Deb and corrections by Jamie.

You’ll find more details in our Transcripts page. If you’re interested in helping us with transcripts, check out our Transcripts FAQ.

Don’t hesitate to send us feedback or questions at info@masseffectlore.com! We would love to hear from you 🙂

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