The “snarky venom” level here is kind of...surprising. Nov 26, 2019 17:52:27 GMT
Post by gothpunkboy89 on Nov 26, 2019 17:52:27 GMT
I don't check you on this. It is not possible that the kett can't reproduce at all without exaltation, since their "ancient pure lineages" are still extant, per Dr. Aden's intelligence
Huh? The kett have ships capable of space combat too. Granted, the tiny kett expeditionary force in Heleus couldn't take on the entirety of the Alliance, but what does that prove? The Heleus force was a reasonable size to take on the angara, which is what it was supposed to do, and it was doing well enough until the events of the game.
If you transported the entirety of the Kett from Heleus to Eden Prime in Alliance territory the Alliance would wipe the Kett out completely simply because they actually have star ships capable of space combat. And even if it became a war of attrition the Alliance would literally out produce the Kett. Because the Alliance firmly developed infrastructure on well developed garden worlds would be able to transport the troops and supplies needed to fight against them easily. Compared to the Angara and Initiative that live on corrupted worlds with not a garden world in the entire cluster to live on and so have very few resources and no build in infrastructure to utilize.
Ancient and pure lineage just means genetics which the Kett have shown to be able to manipulate at will. Lexi examines a Kett and tells Jaal that there isn't a trace of Angara left in the Kett. A total genetic and biological recreation of their body on every level. They could take a hamster and over time genetically modify it into a pure and ancient Kett lineage. Given rank in the Kett seems to be based on how much of that pure Kett genetics you have this seems to support this.
It makes no sense for "ancient and pure" Kett lines to lead an entire race that is obsessed with integrating new genetic material from other races into their DNA to the point that their entire military and technology is build around that aspect. Particularly when exaltation is a slow labor intensive activity that has a heavy religious overtones to it. The Moshea makes it clear the Kett could use the genetics technology to clone new Kett with a hell of a lot more efficiency then the exaltation process. Worshiping purity while also obsessing over adding new genetic material and launching decades long wars to slowly absorb and exalt new races and add their genetic potential to the Kett as a whole makes 0 sense what so ever.
At this point the only way any of this paradox of complete opposite thoughts make any sense is if the Kett are physically unable to reproduce biologically and require exaltation to reproduce. Otherwise it would be far far far far far far far far easier to kidnap a few hundred or thousand individuals, extract the genetic advantages and integrate it with the Kett DNA and then go in guns blazing to conquer the new area and integrate it into the Kett empire as a slave state.
As for the Kett ships. Yes they are literally the only ships in Andromeda that are capable of space conflict. Which is the point. The game tries so hard to avoid actually addressing how easily the Kett were able to attack the Nexus and take Ark Hyperion. All you get is a few minutes of playing as the sibling and then cuts to black and suddenly you are sitting on the Ark with the Archon in control. Given that the Kett were already showing signs of issues with the Archon and the 2nd in command is literally willing to let you kill the Archon it makes no sense that he or someone else wouldn't take the time to abduct as many people off the Ark as possible.