Commando-soldier Dexter “Red Dragon” Shepard’s Adrenaline Rush and Combat Mastery make him his enemies’ worst nightmare. He sports a Geth Pulse Rifle because they’re hard to get and “when people see you have one they know you’re a total bad-ass.”
For Shepard, a win is a win no matter what the cost. He frequently repeats his catchphrase: “The Dragon don’t lose.” His tendency to rush headlong into danger got 3/4ths of his unit killed by batarians on Torfan, but when the enemy surrendered, he executed five times as many batarians because, “One of my people is worth 5 batarians.” His scares his fellow soldiers, but his reputation for fearlessness means the military always goes to him first with its toughest assignments.
the Illusive Man:
“I ultimately came to resent the feeling that I was the Illusive Man’s puppet rather than the one in charge. The Dragon don’t trust a guy who hides in the shadows, but I played along out of curiosity about the Illusive Man’s operation, hoping to find the man behind the curtain. I wanted to bust up his organization, but I also wanted to wait until I’d discovered his secrets.”
“But before that, I had to deal with the Illusive Man’s right hand, a perfectly proportioned babe in high heels and a skintight cat-suit that left little to the imagination. When she said she was at my disposal, my mind raced. She seemed eager to please and acknowledged my past successes, two traits that I appreciate, but she rebuffed my come-ons. Suits me. The Dragon likes a challenge. I even tried to get her riled up, finding myself more attracted to angry Miranda than helpful Miranda.”
“Of course, when it comes to saving the galaxy via the kicking of ass, there’s only one man for the job. I vowed that wherever human colonies were threatened, I’d be there to fight fire with fire.”
“Salarians really know how to take the beauty out of everything by over-analyzing it. Years ago, I was enjoying a tasty, exotic delicacy a salarian friend of mine had brought back from the Terminus, only to have him ruin it for me by revealing it was varren meat. The Dragon puked a little in The Dragon’s mouth just remembering that! Needless to say, we’re not friends anymore.”
“A fellow life-taker and heart-breaker, Zaeed Massani’s done there and been that. Just like The Dragon.”
“I found Aria sexy even for an asari, but way too domineering. I wouldn’t mind taking the starch out of her collar, if you know what The Dragon means.”
“A real fighter gets down and dirty in the thick of it, eyeball to eyeball with the enemy, not sniping from far away on a balcony like lonely Garrus.”
“Man, Jack tosses people like rag dolls when she’s angry. She’d be one hell of a babe if she didn’t look so crazy. And have a dude’s name. Hmm, . . . crazy. Crazy in bed, perhaps? Something for The Dragon think about. Even if she biotic shockwaved me across the room it might be worth a go.”
“Those inbred wingeing frogs called krogans spend more time talking tough than fighting. Stop talking about the genophage and just move on already. Still, The Dragon’s got to admit, a krogan charge hurts like hell.”
“Kasumi seemed cool, but a bit of a poser. She pretended to be worldly but I could see through that. I can’t understand why she needs to be so sneaky and bookish all the time. The Dragon will have to break her of that habit.”
“The Wards are my kind of place – stuff to buy from all over the galaxy. Of course, some of it’s fake, but people around there know not to rip off The Dragon.”
“The Presidium’s an upscale, top-of-the-line kind of place that’s nice to visit but too quiet to make me want to live there. I’ve got to be where the action is.”
“I respect a powerful man like Udina, but he does give off a sleazy vibe like all politicians. Locked up here in the ivory tower of the Presidium, he doesn’t really understand what’s going on out there in the rest of the galaxy. If he gets too disconnected, I might have to put him on my enemies list.”
“Not so much as a thank you from Mordin after fighting my way through a hundred vorcha. I don’t understand why a professor and former STG operative would be slumming with those vermin, but that didn’t stop me from getting to him. He better be able to fight.”
“I imagine Samara became a justicar just so she’d seem less boring. People who claim to adhere to strict codes probably can’t deal with all the variety in life in the first place, so they come up with these excuses to legitimize their squareness. She calls it corruption, but the truth is that so-called corruption makes the galaxy go round. But on the plus side, having a relentless killing machine on board will come in handy. The Dragon has a lot of killing yet to do.”
“If Thane was such a great assassin, how come I had never heard of him? Doesn’t make sense. This loner turned out to be a real snoozefest.”
“Morinth tended to haunt dives that were a little too sleazy for a top-of-the-line guy like the Dragon, but something about her made it seem alright. Now that she’s on the team she better not go rogue if she knows what’s good for her. I didn’t double cross Samara, if that’s what you’re thinking. Not my fault she wanted to kill her own daughter. If it were up to me I would have had them both … on board.”
“The Migrant Fleet interests me. They have a real image problem. People see them as keeping to themselves too much and not open to the rest of the galaxy. It felt good as a human to strut into that place and tell them how stupid that trial was.”
Mordin Solus was killed after being sent through a thermal vent to allow two teams, lead by Shepard and Miranda Lawson, to infiltrate the Collector base.
Arrived at the Collector base in time to save the crew, but they were subsequently lost attempting to return to the Normandy due to lack of an escort.
Shepard, Morinth, and Tali’Zorah nar Rayya infiltrated further, protected from seeker swarms by Lawson’s biotic shield, while Jacob Taylor lead a diversion team. Nar Rayya was abducted by the seekers when Lawson’s shield gave out.
Taylor and Legion were killed holding a defensive line while Shepard, Zaeed Massani, and Morinth destroyed the Reaper.
Dexter Shepard obeyed the Illusive Man and saved the Collector base.
The specialists suffered 33% causalities: