Mass Effect Character Profile: Saren Arterius

Learn more about Saren Arterius, the main villain in the upcoming Xbox 360 RPG epic Mass Effect, in this new character profile piece just released by BioWare:

Saren Profile:
Saren Arterius is the longest serving turian member of the Spectres – the elite military operatives answering directly to the Citadel Council. For 24 years he has been an agent of the Council’s will, a zealous defender of galactic stability in the unsettled border region of the Skyllian Verge.

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Official records of Spectres are sealed, but it is known that Saren followed turian tradition and entered the military at the age of 15. In 2155 he was promoted to active service after only a year of training, though it is unclear whether his unit was involved in any of the battles against human forces during the First Contact War of 2157.

In 2159 he became the youngest turian ever accepted into the Spectres. Intelligent, cunning and capable, Saren quickly developed a reputation for ruthless efficiency. Although there were a number of unsettling rumors about the brutality of his methods, there was no denying his results.

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In recent years Saren has become an outspoken opponent of human expansion. Like many other non-humans, he believes the Alliance has become overly aggressive in its efforts to establish the people of Earth as a dominant species in Citadel space. As a Spectre it is generally believed he will continue to follow the will of the Council in this matter, but there are some – particularly among the Alliance – who fear Saren may soon decide to take matters into his own hands.

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