When the players start playing Mass Effect, they take on the role of Lieutenant Commander Shepard, the main character. The character is customizable. You can choose between the genders, customize their face and even their first names. The game just does not leave your character there. To give more depth and insight, the game allows you to choose the Character’s Pre-service history too. This is basically the background of your commander that acts as a backstory. This choice is available initially before starting the game and the players will not want to risk choosing an option without knowledge, so in this guide, we will give you a breakdown of all the options of Pre Service History in Mass Effect.
Pre Service History Options in Mass Effect
There are 3 Pre Service History Options to choose from for your commander in Mass Effect that is Spacer, Earthborn, and Colonist. There are three different side quests that you will encounter in the game depending on what you choose. Below is the breakdown of all three Pre Service History options along with the quests that they unlock:
1. Spacer Pre-History Service Choice in Mass Effect
In this Pre History service choice, both of your character’s parents were in the Alliance military. Your character’s youth was spent on boats and stations as they kept moving from one posting to another, always failing to remain in one place for more than a couple of years. Emulating your folks’ example, even your character enrolled at eighteen years old.
‘Citadel: Old, Unhappy, Far-Off Things’ Quest
Spacers can have a short discussion with Hannah Shepard, the PC’s mom, through a task that is just accessible with this particular option. In both the other options, Shepard’s parents are dead or missing.
2. Earthborn Pre-History Service Choice in Mass Effect
In this Pre History service choice, the character was an orphan raised on the streets of the incredible megatropolises covering Earth. Your character was successful in getting away from living a life of crimes and underworld gangs by enrolling with the Alliance military when turned eighteen.
‘Citadel: Old Friends’ Quest
A Shepard gang member from the character’s youth approaches your character at Chora’s Den in the Citadel Wards. Asks to help free a fellow gang member from a Turian in the bar.
3. Colonist Pre-History Service Choice
In this Pre History service choice, your character was brought up on Mindoir, a small border colony in the Attican Traverse. At that point, your character was sixteen. This is when the slavers attacked Mindoir, butchering all your loved ones including your friends and family. Saved by a passing Alliance watch, your character enrolled with the military a couple of years after the incident.
‘Citadel: I Remember Me’ Quest
Colonists, while leaving the docking lift, will get a request to help a fellow survivor of Mindoir. The survivor was taken by slavers during the assault on Mindoir when the character was sixteen.
Not a lot depends on the Pre History service. But throughout the game, the dialogues will be different and also how some of the quests will be available and so on. It will make you see the game in a different light.
So that is all for our guide on Mass Effect Pre Service History options for your commander. If you would like to know how to romance Ashley in the game, make sure you check that article out too.