I used the Krogan genophage as merely an example of the Salarians capacity to create a biochemical weapon capable of targeting a single race. I'm sure they'd be more interested in developing a contagious bioweapon to kill, not sterilize, the UNSC. Though your concern of how the Salarians would be able spread said bioweapon across enough planets to eradicate Humanity is a legitimate one.hsvrunlover wrote:Regarding the Salarian's we must also consider the Krogan are not as intelligent as humans in Halo. We would come up with a way to counter such a biological weapon and they would need a way to effectively spread it in the first place, we don't have all of our women sitting in one city on one planet. This is also ignoring that it would take years for a sterilization weapon to affect humans populations.Shifty Wolfy wrote:In a head-to-head space brawl, yes, the Infinity alone would be able to take on every ship in the Council's possession. However, there are a few ways the ME 'verse comes out on top in this hypothetical war. Here's a couple ideas off the top of my head:hsvrunlover wrote:As in the other thread it was concluded that the ships (including the reapers) simply could not withstand the weapons based on how powerful they are stated by both cannon sources. Now, if the UNSC weapons were scaled down to be the equivalent of what similar weapons were like in the ME universe then yes the UNSC would lose.....Drof97 wrote:Wait, people here actually think that the UNSC, a space faring empire complied of only 39 billion individuals and 800 colonies in its prime could tangle with several Space Faring empires with, in many areas, superior technology from ships (which actually have shields) to infantry technology and weaponry, who number in the trillions and possess thousands of worlds, and win?
Pre-War/During War UNSC would lose due to incredibly inferior technology, much smaller dominion, far smaller population, etc. etc.
Post-War UNSC would lose given the shear small size that it is, given how less than 10 billion humans are part of the UNSC and how most of their infrastructure was reduced to nothing and only have a couple of useful ships. Technology wise the UNSC may be comparable, maybe even superior, however the Mass Effect races are far, far larger as an entity. That the quality of the UNSC's ships are simply negliable.
However, assuming this is pre-war numbers and post war tech, thins are not nearly as one sided as the previously mentioned cases, however again, they are still incredibly small compared to any of the Mass Effect races (with exceptions like the Drell and System's Alliance).
But as it stands right now a MAC round would literally rip through a Reaper. And in the Mass Effect Universe they do not seem to be very big on planetary defenses which is what ultimate wins this for the UNSC. They would have the means to use forerunner slip drives to pop up right on a planets doorstep and launch a massive barrage of nukes and jump away. The Mass Effect ships don't have this capability and as soon as they hit a planet like Earth's orbit they would be targeted by ODG platforms that all could destroy them with one shot. Not to mention the UNSC ships can also destroy the ME ships with one shot.....
And I'm not sure if the bold part can actually be proven....you are severely underestimating the UNSC here. There is no indication that there infrastructure was reduced to nothing...And saying they only have a couple useful ships is also not true. After the war Earth's home-fleet BG Dakota has at least 54 ships, including 12 Autumn class ships that have post-war tech. If you have a problem with them being able to rebuild so quickly that's with 343 but with what we have the UNSC did not seem to be slowing down until the events of Halo 6.
That's just me playing devil's advocate, anyway. Feel free to tell me how I'm delusional lol
- Mass Relays. While it's true that slipspace travel is far superior, there is one thing Mass Relays do quite well: make big booms. If a Mass Relay were to explode, enough energy would be released to wipe out everything in the solar system. No exceptions (it's kinda comparable to a star going supernova ). It's not far-fetched to think that the Council, facing a smaller yet significantly stronger naval force, would be willing to sacrife a solar system... or three if it meant crippling the UNSC's ability to wage war on a galatic scale.
- Remember, Salarians sterilized the Krogans. I see no reason why they wouldn't be able to create a biochemical weapon, specifically to target Humanity. Release it on a few battlefields, perhaps a Halo planet or two, have it spread around and check-mate. (Sorry, Alliance! You had a good run.)
I don't see how destroying the Mass Relay's would affect the UNSC. They have Forerunner slip-space drives now it would be the ME races who would then essentially be isolated from one another.
Even without weapons such as the Halo I'm not aware of a weapon in ME that can cause destruction the scale of a Nova Bomb or Glassing Beam. I love Mass Effect but the series was more focused on being emotional and guns than technological prowess like in Halo.
As for the Mass Relays, I was implying that the Council could potential bait the UNSC fleets into an engagement and blow up one of the Mass Relays, annihilating all the invading forces within the solar system. Unlikely? Sure, but it's certainly a possiblilty.
Also, you've failed to acknowledge a certain spectre who could single-handedly turn the tide of the war in ME's favor: Blasto ( who'd you think I was referring to?)
This one has forgotten whether its heat-sink is over capacity. It wonders if the criminal scum consider itself fortunate?