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NAME: Jesse
AGE: 23
JOURNAL: [ profile] megalomaniac2
IM: jdmegalomaniac2
RETURNING: Two- Jack Bauer and Calvin.

FANDOM: Mass Effect
CHRONOLOGY: After his death on Tuchanka.
CLASS: Anti-Hero.
SUPERHERO NAME: The Professor.
ALTER EGO: Mordin Solus, doctor and scientist.


Note: Mass Effect's story can take a great many forms depending on the choices of the player character, who can themselves be a great many people. This background assumes a certain set of choices were taken, and leaves the player character as ambiguous as possible.

Mordin’s story is set in the year 2183, after humanity has taken its place among a thriving galactic community of alien races. Mordin himself is a Salarian, a species of hot-blooded amphibians known for their intelligence, inventiveness, and observational skills. Salarian psychology and physiology are very different from a human’s. Their metabolism is very rapid, allowing them to function on one hour of sleep a day and making them talk fast, think fast, and move fast. Their lifespan is only 40 human years, and Mordin is 30. Salarians are egg-layers with little conception of romance or sexuality; egg fertilization is strictly for reproduction and is arranged through contract. 90% of the species is male.

A brilliant doctor and geneticist, Mordin used to be an operative with the Salarian Special Tasks Group, a secretive branch of intelligence agents. While part of the STG, he helped to engineer a new version of a disease called the genophage, designed to limit the reproduction of the Krogan species. The Krogan had been scientifically 'uplifted' by the Salarians to help the galaxy fight an invasion by a species called the Rachni, but soon turned on the rest of the galaxy after the war was won. The Krogan are exceptionally good fighters, naturally belligerent, and had an exponential birth rate, factors which in the past led to the bloody Krogan Rebellions. The genophage, which sharply reduced the viability of Krogan live births, was found to be the only way to contain them.

Mordin's team found that the enormously tough Krogan physiology was adapting to the genophage, and that a new upgrade to the disease was necessary. Mordin rationalized his participation in the project as the best way to prevent another lethal galactic conflict without wiping out the Krogans altogether. However, he was fully aware that the effects of his work were devastating on Krogan culture and society.

Following his work on the genophage and his retirement from the STG, Mordin was haunted by his actions. After going through a spiritual crisis, he withdrew to the lawless Omega space station, setting up a clinic in one of its slums and devoting himself to healing people. He was combating an artificial plague when he was approached by the human Commander Shepard to aid in a mission to save human colonies from being abducted by the advanced and mysterious Collectors. After Shepard helped to cure the plague- and discovered it was the work of the Collectors- Mordin agreed to lend his skills to the Commander’s mission.

Shepard befriended Mordin and would later earn his undying loyalty on a mission to Tuchanka, the war-ravaged Krogan homeworld. There it was discovered that Maelon, one of Mordin’s old students, was filled with guilt over the genophage, and that he was attempting to help the Krogans cure it through brutal experiments on living creatures. This mission forced Mordin to confront his past in ways he hadn’t before. Although his student was thwarted, Mordin was convinced to spare his life and save his research data in the hopes of one day finding a way to undo the plague without endangering galactic peace.

Mordin would survive the final ‘suicide mission’ against the Collector base, and remained with Shepard to continue his research. As part of Shepard's crew, Mordin was one of the few people in the galaxy who knew and accepted the horrible truth: that the Collectors were pawns of a nightmarishly powerful race of sentient starships called Reapers, beings dedicated to periodic genocides of all galactic civilization. Most of the galaxy failed to believe Shepard's warnings that the Reapers were about to return.

At some point between games, Mordin left the crew after Shepard was grounded on Earth. He returned to the STG to do research on the Krogan females Maelon had experimented on. He worked on a secret base on the Salarian homeworld of Sur'Kesh, covertly feeding the Krogan information on the captives while doing his best to keep them alive. However, the effects of Maelon's experiments were too ravaging, and by the time Shepard arrived to get the females out of there, only one was left alive. Mordin managed to befriend her, becoming one of the only people she would trust with her fragile health.

Shepard came because the Reapers had launched an all-out invasion of the galaxy, with millions dying in a hopeless battle. The genophage cure that Mordin's student had been working on was the key to convincing the Krogan- the galaxy's best fighters- to join a grand alliance. A cured Krogan people was not in the interests of a human splinter faction called Cerberus though, and the extraction turned into a battle as Cerberus troops descended on Mordin's homeworld.

With help from Shepard and the Krogan, Mordin got the last surviving femaleoff the planet and to Shepard's ship. As a female shaman of her people, she would not give her true name. Mordin began referring to her as 'Eve' after human mythology as he tried to extrapolate a genophage cure from her body while maintaining her fragile health.

Working to reverse his old research on the genophage, Mordin produced results in a matter of days, and the crew headed to Tuchanka, the Krogan's war-ravaged homeworld. By using a massive tower called the Shroud to project the cure directly into Tuchanka's atmosphere, the entire Krogan species could be cured of the genophage at once. Naturally, the tower had originally been built by the Salarians to distribute the genophage in the first place while supposedly stabilizing Tuchanka's climate.

Shepard and company weren't the only ones interested in the Shroud. The Salarian government regarded the possibility of a cured Krogan as disastrous, and had sabotaged the tower. Invading Reaper forces saw it as a fast way to wipe out the Krogan, and had surrounded it so they could use it to poison Tuchanka's atmosphere. The offensive against the Shroud was costly, but eventually Shepard cleared the way for Mordin and Eve to reach the area where the cure could be delivered. Thanks to Mordin, Eve herself would survive to see the results of the cure, despite the effects of Maelon's experiments. The Shroud sustained damage in the fighting though, and the tower began to fall apart just at the critical moment.

Now politics entered the equation. The Salarian government had sabotaged the Shroud to prevent it being used for a cure. Knowing Mordin could detect and fix the sabotage, they attempted to bribe Shepard into helping conceal the sabotage with promises of military support for the battle to retake Earth. Shepard was having none of it though, and warned Mordin. The Professor knew how to undo his people's treachery, and took an elevator to the top of the tower to ensure the cure went as planned. Shepard tried to stop him, knowing it would be a one-way trip, but Mordin insisted. "Had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong."

Professor Mordin Solus worked quickly and efficiently as the tower caught fire around him. As was his habit, he sang aloud as he worked to focus his thoughts. "My xenoscience studies range from urban to agrarian, I am the very model of a-" BOOM.

Mordin died a hero to the people he had once helped doom. Eve would insist her firstborn be named 'Mordin' as her people celebrated the curing of the genophage. And then he returned to the City.


Even for a people renowned for their intellects, Mordin Solus is a true genius. His primary discipline is genetics, but he is also an extremely accomplished doctor, researcher, technician and inventor. Mordin knows he is brilliant and acts accordingly, plunging into problems and conversations with casual arrogance driven more by efficiency than contempt. Mordin doesn't feel a need to look down on others; he simply knows full well what he's capable of and applies himself to the fullest regardless of what might be more diplomatic.

He is friendly, upbeat, enthusiastic, and a killer. He follows a consequentialistic moral philosophy that is often at odds with his medical duties and deep personal convictions. He considers himself to be logically compelled to save as many lives as possible through whatever means possible, usually through medicine and science, other times by shooting mercenaries in the face and engineering plagues.

Mordin is not a cold-hearted mad scientist however. His commitment to science and medicine is based around a very solid moral core that is constantly struggling with the consequences of his actions with the Krogans. As he says: ‘Hard to see big picture behind pile of corpses.’ His end-means attitude is combined with compassion, and a deep appreciation for the preciousness of sentient life and the acquisition of knowledge.

This is why despite his commitment to logic and science, he is also a passionate artistic connoisseur. Mordin considers art and culture to be defining elements of sentient beings and has himself has participated in musical theatre, most memorably in performing Gilbert and Sullivan. This is related to his deep love of challenge and exercising his mind: difficult and dangerous situations excite Mordin, as they provide him an impetus for invention and improvisation.

In personal relationships, Mordin is outgoing and affable, eager to learn about other people and help them if possible. His observational skills are on display here as well, as he has a tendency to analyze new faces and situations out loud. Those who earn his trust earn a very loyal and dependable ally and an intelligent, if quirky, confidant.

At the time he is being brought back to the City, Mordin's views have developed somewhat from the last game. He retains a perspective that is practical to the point of ruthlessness, but it has been tempered more by compassion and humility. At the time of his death, Mordin has come to view his genophage work as a rare mistake on his part. Thanks to his exposure to Eve and a different side of Krogan culture, he now believes that there were too many variables at play to know for sure that a cured Krogan would be a galactic threat, which was the sole justification for the genophage project. He was willing to lay down his life to undo this mistake, and this development will affect all future decisions as he is brought back from death.

-Photographic Memory: an inherent trait to all Salarians.

Future Tech-
Not a true power, but Mordin would come equipped with some highly advanced alien technology. The most potent of these is his omni-tool. Mordin can generate a hard-light construct over his arm capable of hacking, diagnostics, repairs, scanning, manufacturing, dispensing medicine, and more: as the name implies, omni-tools make Swiss Army knives look like blunt, fragile rocks.

Mordin’s tool also functions as a weapon: it's capable of firing incineration blasts, freezing cryogenic attacks, and delivering cripplingly painful neural shocks directly to a target’s nervous system. All these attacks are single-target with a low rate of fire; in combat, Mordin relies on a gun as his primary weapon.

Mordin would also bring with him a futuristic sidearm, the M-3 Predator Heavy Pistol. The Predator is significantly more powerful than conventional sidearms, particularly against armour, and has unlimited ammunition. However, it requires disposable ‘thermal clips’ to function without overheating.

Noncanon Porter power(s):
Mordin's biology would be altered by the Porter to grant him a couple new traits. The most important of these is his human disguise: Mordin would gain the ability to appear human, specifically as an older Caucasian male. The transformation would be triggered by clenching a specific muscle group and come complete with appropriate clothing. His default form however would remain his Salarian self.

Also, his medi-gel supply would continuously regenerate. An incredibly potent futuristic healing salve, medi-gel can be instantaneously applied to any wound through the use of an omni-tool. Mordin would enter the Cityverse with three medi-gel packs and the ability to spontaneously produce more, appearing directly in his inventory. His supply would continuously regenerate at the rate of one a day, never exceeding three.


Intro post from last time

Have been thinking about the implications of our being here. Imports, that is. Superpowers, supernatural, super tech, all introduced into a world previously unfamiliar with such things. Power implies responsibility. Need to consider the larger effects of our activities on this world.

Take medicine, for instance. Being from the 22nd century, possess medical knowledge and techniques far in advance of current Earth capabilities. Duty as doctor to use knowledge for healing sick, relieving suffering. Example: medi-gel. Combination of anaesthetic, disinfectant, sealing and clotting agent. Hypothetically possible to make using available means. Large-scale manufacturing and distribution would have enormous potential. Complete revolution in this world’s medical practice. Reverse injuries, cure illnesses, save many lives.

Clear-cut decision on surface. However, potential implications staggering. Artificial, external introduction of advanced technology into a society that did not develop it. Medical change involves technological change, leaping ahead of current terrestrial development. Technological change leads to economic change, then cultural change, political change. Hard to predict where it ends. Harder to say whether I have a right to start it. Very old question, debated many different ways in own universe. Past precedents of cultural and technological uplift... not encouraging. Have to weigh certainty of preserving lives against possibilities of altering society, violating fundamental principles.

Thought I should consult larger community before deciding one way or another. Get new input, gain fresh perspectives, provide food for thought. Interested to learn what others think. Hopefully avoid destroying planet.


Clinic defense log

Respond to patient inquiry, update schedule, check on experiments, make notes, tidy shelf, check Network, get idea for improving design efficiency, take moment to consider, write down for future development. Five spare minutes before next task? Dust!

Mordin’s lab was completely clean, completely organized, and never still. The Salarian Professor was awake twenty-three out of every twenty-four hours of the standard Earth day, and saw no reason not to spend every one of those hours as productively and efficiently as possible. Of course, from Mordin’s point of view productivity also included a trip to an art gallery and taking some time to explore the possibility of appearing on a science-related talk show. The prospect of providing an Import, not to mention extraterrestrial, perspective to both professional and public scientific discourse was deeply exciting to him, to the point that he spoke aloud to himself as he dusted.

“Human appearance or Salarian? Human would likely be more comfortable for studio and audience, but strong personal preference towards default form suggests Salarian option. Also possible benefits from exposing humans to new forms of life, aid in cultural adaptation. Get more comfortable with different sentients coexisting within their society.” Pause, sharp inhale. “Hm. What to wear...”

This set his mind off on a new and equally intriguing tangent: procuring Salarian-appropriate clothing. He had entered the City with his own laboratory outfit of course, but hygiene concerns made it impractical to wear the same garment continuously throughout his stay. Best to have at least a few changes of clothing suited to his own body.

“Salarian physiology significantly different from humans. Purchasing options highly limited. Perhaps take up sewing, manufacture own garments? Interesting challenge, broaden horizons... No, no, no, no time. Have to focus energy, devote resources to higher priorities. Custom tailoring? Perhaps locate qualified Import, or especially talented local service... yes, yes. Efficient, simple. Will consult Network after appointments.”

His omni-tool glowed on his arm as his fingers tapped in a note to himself. Somewhat unnecessary given Salarian memory, but organization was its own virtue. He inputted the new task and altered his schedule accordingly. As he did, he saw that the five spare minutes he had before his next appointment had elapsed. Mordin looked around the lab- messages responded to, experiments checked, schedule up to date, shelves tidied, all surfaces free of dust- and was satisfied he had spent them productively.


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