Mass Effect 2’s Collectors are the main antagonists of the series installment—or are they?
The Collectors are a strange, rarely seen race from beyond the edges of Terminus Systems. They almost never enter Citadel Space—making them nothing more than a scary story to most citizens. However, the Collectors are quite real, and tend to appear in and around Omega via the Omega 4 Relay.
This species gets their name from their strange “trade” requests. The Collectors will occasionally put out requests for particularly specific individuals—sometimes in sets of a dozen or more. What they do with these collections is unknown.
There are spoilers for the ending of Mass Effect 2 beyond this point. Players who wish to remain unspoiled should click away now.
Commander Shepard first encounters the Collectors in an ambush. A Collector ship rips the Alliance-built Normandy apart, shooting Shepard into space and killing them. During Shepard’s two-year absence and revival thanks to Cerberus and the Lazarus Project, the Collectors begin to target and “collect” human colonists.
It’s later revealed that the Collectors attempted to purchase Shepard’s body—an endeavor stopped by Dr. Liara T’Soni and a drell known as Feron.
The Collectors operate like a collection of unthinking, unfeeling drones piloted by a single central hub of consciousness. In Mass Effect 2, Shepard and the Normandy crew discover exactly why this is.
The Illusive Man will eventually contact Shepard a few main missions into the game and send them to a “derelict” Collector ship. While exploring the ship, the Normandy’s new AI system, EDI, will begin analyzing the interior and exterior of the environment. The team quickly learns that they Collectors share a similar “quad-strand genetic structure” previously exhibited by only one other species to inhabit Citadel Space: the Protheans.
Shepard connects the dots and comes to the conclusion that the Collectors are what was left of the Protheans after the Reapers swept through and eradicated them. According to EDI, the DNA shows an “extensive genetic rewrite,” explaining how the Collectors gained their distinct appearance as a sort of artificial “evolution” of the Protheans.
Later, in a conversation with salarian scientist Mordin Solus onboard the Normandy, Shepard learns exactly what happened to the species. The Reapers collected and indoctrinated them which, as noted in Mass Effect 1, led to a decline in their cognitive abilities. The Reapers then began to replace certain parts of their bodies with technology to compensate for their deterioration.
According to Mordin, the Collectors are “closer to husks than slaves” with most of the major organs and processes replaced with cybernetics. He points out that they barely have any concept of consciousness, culture, or even things as inherent to an individual as identity and gender. Everything that makes a being organic has been “replaced by tech.” The Collectors are unaware tools for the Reapers to use to further their own ends and nothing more—completely beyond saving.
Shepard goes on to assault the Collector Base where they discover the Collectors are attempting to use the human genome to construct a human-reaper hybrid. The commander manages to destroy this hybrid and blow up the base in one operation. However, this doesn’t wipe out the species completely.
Mass Effect 3
The Collectors make a return on behalf of the Reapers in Mass Effect 3’s Reaper Invasion. They bolster Reaper forces, using their Seeker swarms against other races—most notably during the fight for the turian planet Palaven.
Another race, the Leviathans, are able to free some Collectors from Reaper control during the conflict. Most Collectors wither away without Reaper input while a select few are able to “awaken” and go on to fight against the Reapers to avenge the Protheans.
The World Economic Forum’s Cryptocurrency Guide Lists Its Choice Of “Winning” Projects
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has published its community paper on cryptocurrency. It contains information on getting started, exploring the blockchain, and so on. It also lists several cryptocurrencies that meet its scalability stamp of approval.
As an influential body, some have taken this to mean the WEF has selected its choice of winning cryptocurrency projects, which, if rumors are to be believed, will receive a significant push over the coming years.
The WEF See Cryptocurrency As Transformational
Various centralized authorities, and their representatives, have sent mixed messages surrounding cryptocurrency and its role in future society.
This includes ECB President Christine Lagarde, who earlier this year blasted Bitcoin’s “funny business” in facilitating money laundering, and U.S Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who pointed out Bitcoin’s limitations as a payment mechanism, and much like Lagarde, its use in illicit financing.
“To the extent it is used I fear it’s often for illicit finance. It’s an extremely inefficient way of conducting transactions, and the amount of energy that’s consumed in processing those transactions is staggering.”
Nonetheless, the Swiss-based international organization for public-private cooperation has signaled its approval of cryptocurrency via its latest guide. The 22-page report details practical guidance, for both individuals and corporate professionals, on transacting, dapps, governance systems, scalability, and consideration of regulations.
“As cryptocurrencies transform how we trade, transact and interact online, it has become more important than ever for technology leaders to have experience with these innovations.“
As expected, the report mentions the big two, Bitcoin and Ethereum, even dedicating an entire section to Ethereum to discuss its programmability and usefulness in facilitating technological innovation.
Along with that, in the throughput and scalability section, the report also lists six cryptocurrency projects with brief text on their ability to handle large volumes of transactions. They are Algorand, Cardano, Celo, XRPL, Solano, and Stellar.
The Great Reset
During covid times, the WEF has caught the attention of many truth seekers. They raise concerns over the WEF’s role in steering the world recovery.
Among the WEF’s predictions by 2030 is “you’ll own nothing. And you’ll be happy.”
Some have described this future scenario as a centralized system of control and manipulation. Even a throwback to Medieval feudal society, which consisted of a bottom rung of the peasantry who were slaves to the landowners.
Reuters have fact-checked this “stated goal” and dismissed it because it was a reference to the trend towards the prevalence of renting over ownership.
“False. The World Economic Forum does not have a stated goal to have people ‘own nothing and be happy’ by 2030. Its Agenda 2030 framework outlines an aim to ensure all people have access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property.”
Either way, should investors take the WEF’s mention of Algorand, Cardano, Celo, XRPL, Solano, and Stellar as cryptocurrency projects to watch in the future?
Ethereum, Stellar Lumens, VeChain Price Analysis: 14 June
Even though Bitcoin climbed back above $39,000 after a jump of 8% in a single day, not all coins witnessed a surge in value. Alts such as Ethereum, Stellar Lumens and VeChain saw limited gains within their down-channel and awaited further cues for a breakout.
A look at Ethereum’s 12-chart showed the formation of a down-channel after a break above $2,900 was denied by sellers. On the verge of a breakout from the pattern, ETH bulls tussled with the upper trendline at press time. Interestingly, the upper trendline saw some interplay between 20-SMA (red) and 50-SMA (yellow) and hence, it was an important area to retake. A successful breakout would likely result in a 13% hike back towards its upper ceiling of $2,900.
MACD was close to a bullish crossover as the Fast-moving line caught up to the Signal line. However, RSI maintained below 50 and lower highs indicated weakening. A failed breakout would likely see ETH maintain its downtrend within the channel.
Stellar Lumens [XLM]
Stellar Lumens also attempted a break above its down-channel at the time of writing. A successful breakout would likely trigger a 13% jump towards 23.6% Fibonacci level ($0.388) and 50-SMA (yellow). An extended bullish outcome could even result in an additional 20% rise at the 38.2% level ($0.46) and 200-SMA (green).
Squeeze Momentum Indicator suggested that bearish momentum has declined over the past few days and backed a favorable outcome. However, RSI has remained in bearish territory since 19th May and even pointed south at press time. The index could continue towards the oversold zone before a reversal can be expected. Such an outcome would see XLM maintain within its down channel over the coming days.
VeChain was in a similar predicament as its counterparts ETH and XLM. The crypto-asset also traded within a down channel and eyed a break above its upper trendline, an area that clashed with 20-SMA (red) and 50-SMA (yellow). An early breakout would likely boost VET towards its 200-SMA, close to strong resistance line of $0.152. If such an outcome is denied, further dips were possible towards defensive lines of $0.091 or $$0.0825. The presence of a demand zone within this area could cushion an extended sell-off.
VET’s RSI gave was an example of yet another altcoin that switched to a downtrend after a key breakout was denied – in this case – $0.152-resistance. The index could decline towards the oversold zone before shifting gears. Supertrend Indicator still presented a sell signal but interestingly placed a stop-loss at $0.136 and 200-SMA- making this area critical to VET’s success.
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Charles Hoskinson hits back after billionaire calls Cardano a ‘cult’
Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz said over the weekend that he was ‘shocked’ over Cardano’s valuation while calling the community a weird cult.
“And so things like Cardano, it shocks me, the valuation. And it shocks every smart developer I know. They have done something to create this weird cult,” he said.
Cardano, the number five cryptocurrency has a market cap of just under $50 billion and is within striking distance of Binance Coin (BNB). The high-speed blockchain logged one of the highest ‘commits’ on GitHub last week, but some bigwigs remain unimpressed.
Novogratz picked up on a common criticism of the project. That is, how can a half-complete network with no operational smart contracts be valued so highly?
While there is some validity to this point, the “weird cult” comment has drawn a barrage of disapproval from Cardano supporters. Input Output Global (IOG) CEO Charles Hoskinson himself waded into the controversy by accusing Novogratz of bitterness.
“Let me translate the billionaire speak for you guys. He’s saying that he doesn’t see a backdoor to get in at a favorable price or manipulate the market like the rest of the VC coins,” Hoskinson tweeted.
Let me translate the billionaire speak for you guys. He’s saying that he doesn’t see a backdoor to get in at a favorable price or manipulate the market like the rest of the VC coins. Somehow fair, transparent, community led cryptocurrencies are “cults” I’ll remember that Mike https://t.co/NksbE1JWsf
— Charles Hoskinson (@IOHK_Charles) June 13, 2021
Novogratz says Cardano is all show and no go
Novogratz dropped the bombshell speaking to Yahoo Finance Anchor Zack Guzman, in which he remarked that value is no longer derived from code. Instead, it’s a “social construct,” or as he made more explicit, all about the branding.
Hoskinson has addressed the issue of the lack of smart contracts on several occasions, saying they are on the way. But to accuse IOG and Cardano of criminality is a step too far and grossly misrepresenting the situation.
More recently, addressing the differences between Cardano and Ethereum, Hoskinson said Cardano’s slow and steady “scientific method” is, in his mind, the best way to counter system failure.
“The way we do things is a bit more mature and responsible because the way that we do things results in a better assurance that the systems we build won’t fail,” he said in a recent video.
The question is, is Novogratz’s anti-Cardano stance coming from a pro-Ethereum perspective? Or does he sincerely believe Cardano is all fluff?
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