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  • Real Name: Thane Krios.
  • Other Aliases: Assassin (Cerberus callsign), Tannor Nuara (common cover identity).
  • Marital Status: Widowed.
  • Known Relatives: Irikah (wife, deceased), Kolyat (estranged son). Kolyat has aunts and uncles, but nothing is known about those.
  • Group Affiliation: Agent of the Compact.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Eyes: Dark Hair: N.A.


Powers & Abilities

Thane is a professional, highly trained, very experienced assassin. He’s a sort of combination ninja-sniper-commando.

As such he employs stealth, misdirection and combat skills that run from hand-to-hand to high-powered precision rifles and explosives.

His attacks are particularly deadly. Thane kills in the blink of an eye, even with his bare hands. His techniques are designed to slay as quickly as possible, in order to deal a painless death. Against humanoids, that often means snapping necks if he cannot use a weapon.

The assassin moves with a speed and precision that are likely superhuman. He’s faster and more accurate than even Commander Shepard. Thane moves with awesome agility and mastery, and his obvious confidence in his physical skills is as well-placed as his shots.

Being a Drell, he has slightly denser muscle tissue than Humans. That explains the slightly superhuman quality of his moves.

We assume that Mr. Krios is the deadliest hand-to-hand fighter in the Mass Effect series, with the possible exception of some biotics reinforcing their blows with Dark Energy.

Rakhanan Manhunter

Thane is a fearsome manhunter. He’s brilliant at finding people who don’t want to be found, then ensure that they’ll never have to worry about that again.

Thane Kryos face closeup

How he does it exactly is not demonstrated. Remarks of his imply that he has a huge network of contacts and informers and our game stats assume that he’s proficient at legwork and interrogation.

He presumably has extensive experience with the behaviour and strategies of people attempting to disappear. This is a determinant edge in such situations.

Krios can apparently defeat pretty much any security. This is presumably done through a mix of physical stealth, technological skills, observation, social engineering, etc..

He can also disappear in the blink of an eye, sometimes under seemingly impossible circumstances. This seems to be usually achieved by a blindingly fast leap to the ceiling where he grasps a hold and disappears in the shadows. Another Drell, Feron, is seen performing a similar feat – so it might be a traditional combat technique of their people.

Feron also demonstrated extraordinary escape artistry. Thane probably has similar skills, but this is too speculative to add to our game stats.

By his own reckoning, Krios’ skills all have to do with sanctioning. He was never taught anything else. All he knows is to hunt and kill.


Thane Krios is also a minor biotic, focusing on throws and warps. This focus allows him to perform these two techniques with strong Dark Energy output.

Tools of the trade

As a member of Commander Shepard’s tactical force, Thane is issued an Incisor precision rifle to capitalise on his skill as a sniper. The Incisor fires in rapid bursts to overwhelm shields.

Shepard’s doctrine is to have on her team a sharpshooter operating it rapidly at close range as she forces enemies out of position as her team’s assault element.

Operating a scoped rifle this way is a demanding task. But Thane’s speed, precision and calm make him ideal for this. The Incisor’s lighter rounds are at a disadvantage against enemy armour, but Thane can weaken such defenses with his biotic warps.

Krios is also armed with a M-9 Tempest submachinegun for close-in work and suppression fire. But the vast majority of his work when on the Commander’s fire team is Incisor duty.

As an assassin, Thane used modded “shredder” projectiles to ensure massive damage and an instant death. These are not generally deployed while working with Shepard, as most opposition sports strong defenses. That makes standard military ammunition blocks a better alternative.

Slow pain of water

Krios is terminally ill. By the time Commander Shepard recruits him he’s expected to be dead within months. His condition is common among the Drell. Kepral’s Syndrome is the result of this race of desert-dwellers being exposed to the very humid climates of Kahje, the Hanar  ocean world.

Physiological damage from water buildups accrues within the lungs until it makes breathing difficult. That eventually results in asphyxiation.

(This condition’s symptoms resemble those of cystic fibrosis  in Humans.)

Thane Kryos on the Citadel

His disease doesn’t seem to hinder Krios in any way at this stage. But the diagnosis is that the symptoms will abruptly become a major problem in six to eight months, followed by death a few months later.

In the meanwhile, he must diminish his exposure to water and humidity as much as possible so as not to lower his already minuscule life expectancy. He also wears clothing that hinders his respiration as little as possible.

Thane hopes that his generation will be the last to die of Kepral’s Syndrome. Genetic research to adapt Drells to humidity is underway on Kahje – though it could use better funding.


Apparently the skin of a Drell secretes small quantities of toxic fluid. According to Dr. Solus prolonged skin-to-skin contact can cause a rash, and licking the skin of a Drell can have psychedelic effect.

Presumably this compound is comparable to bufotenin . It may be a vestigial remain from distant ancestors of the modern Drells.


Thane is a Drell. These are a species of reptile-like humanoid aliens who, much like Quarians, are refugees who nearly went extinct.

Their homeworld Rakhana was a harsh desert with very few resources. Their industrial development irrevocably wrecked the fragile ecosystem. The situation was set to endlessly spiral down as people warred for resources to survive, further destroying their world through both battles and industries on a war footing.

Thane Kryos in battle

A relatively low level of technology had been sufficient to knock their brittle ecology off. Thus, they had no means to leave their planet.

Circa 2080, Hanar religious charities saved as many Drells as they could. They paid for spaceships to take refugees off-world. Their means being limited they could save less than 400,000. Billions of Drells remain trapped in war, starvation and misery until extinction. Presumably, Rakhana became unable to support large lifeforms.

The Compact

The Drell refugees integrated very well with the societies on Kahje, the Hanar homeworld. A deal was struck — the Compact — wherein the Hanar could request help from Drell to perform specialised tasks.

Whereas the Drells are humanoids with Human-like proportions, the Hanar are often likened to giant jellyfishes. As a result, some activities can be difficult for them in an humanoids-dominated galaxy. Furthermore the Hanar tend to be pacifists, and Drell Compact collaborators can be invaluable when violence is necessary.

Drells do not seem to be particularly aggressive. But most Hanar have little idea about how to handle violent conflicts and they can’t operate most weapons. That makes the Drell the better choice by default.

Is it true that he’s a mighty warrior

Thane Krios was recruited at age six by the Compact. He evidenced great precision in mind and body as well as biotic power. The Compact trained him to become an assassin taking out threats to the Hanar.

From a flashback, it is possible that Krios worked very much like a freelance hitman. He was handed contracts and provided with the available intelligence. Then he handled the case as he saw fit. Thane made his first kill at 12 – presumably Drells mature faster than Humans do.

Thane Kryos talking

Being recruited for the Compact is considered a high honour. Therefore, few Drells refuse – though the Compact rules allow for turning down the call. How many Drell enforcers work for the Hanar is unknown, but this is probably a small number.

Thus, it is entirely possible that Krios was a sort of one-man Hanar version of the Salarian STG. Somebody sent to deal with sensitive cases before they escalated further, when a single death could still be sufficient to reach a satisfactory situation.

Krios developed an enviable reputation as one of the best assassins around. It is possible that Cerberus suggested that Shepard contact him since he was the best hitman they knew of – and Cerberus sure knows of a lot of hatchetmen. Lieutenant Jacob Taylor also mentioned that he had heard impressive stories about Krios.

Now her fate is sealed with my lance, part 1

It was presumably circa 2170 that Thane met his wife. He was about to snipe his target when a Drell passerby somehow spotted the light of his aiming laser.

To Thane’s amazement, she threw herself in the line of fire. Impossibly she seemed to glare at him right through his scope and distinctly mouthed the words “how dare you”. Shaken by whom he briefly thought was the goddess Arashu, Thane disengaged without pulling the trigger.

Smitten, Thane quickly tracked the woman down and begged for her forgiveness. Irikah eventually granted it, and over the months this blossomed in a romantic relationship then a marriage. This relationship reawakened Thane’s dormant spirit, and for a while he was again what the Drells call a Whole Person.

He also started actually living a bit, rather than working as an assassin 24/7. When Thane became a father, the Hanar released him from his duties. However, not knowing how to do any other job, Krios became a freelance bounty hunter and occasional freelance assassin.

Now her fate is sealed with my lance, part 2

Thane constantly left to hunt and perhaps kill. He was seldom home to see his wife and his young son Kolyat. Even when he was back, the assassin was cold, distant and entirely absorbed by his job. He neglected his loved ones.

Thane said that he spent all of his time working and reading. The reading presumably took place during lulls, surveillance, etc.. He barely ever spoke to people who weren’t of his family.

Thane Kryos reflecting

Circa 2174, Irikah “left her body”, as the Drell traditionally put it. Krios left his son Kolyat with his uncles and aunts and resumed working.

He considered that he had nothing but killing to teach to Kolyat, and that was certainly not what he wanted for his son. Relatives could teach Kolyat enough for him to decide on a normal path in life, as Thane knew nothing about living normally.

Now her fate is sealed with my lance, part 3

Unbeknownst to Kolyat, his mum had actually been murdered in revenge. The culprits were Batarian slavers preying on outer Hanar colonies. Hanar intelligence had previously sent Thane to kill the Batarian leader to stop the kidnapping raids. That presumably had been one of his last jobs as a Compact operative.

The slavers knew they couldn’t kill Thane, but paid a vast sum to the Shadow Broker who located Irikah.

During the following years, Thane hunted down and killed all the slavers implicated in the murder of Irikah. Though Krios had always killed with a minimum of pain and fear, during his revenge he did not apply these rules.

Most of these assassinations took place on the Citadel. C-Sec determined that a Drell was the killer but never found any real lead or clue.

Irikah’s death had wounded Thane’s spirit. He was no longer a Whole Person. During this time, Thane Krios was lonelier than ever. When he met Shepard in 2185, he told her she was the first friend he made in 10 years.

During the 2180s, Krios was also diagnosed with Kepral’s Syndrome. Knowing that he had but a few years left, he put his affairs in order and worked on atoning for his sins.

A viper of the first degree, part 1

In 2185, having but months left to live, he took one last commission to terminate Nassana Dantius , of the Dantius sisters. He didn’t know what else to do with what time he had left. His subconscious objective was to kill the target then let her guards kill him.

The reason for that contract was unrevealed. But the Dantius sisters are a bunch of vipers. They are influential, well-connected, rich Asari siblings heavily involved in organised crime and corporate malfeasance.

Two years before, Nassana had manipulated Commander Shepard into killing one of her slaves-running sisters for her. This is apparently a typical Dantius family approach to infighting.

A viper of the first degree, part 2

While Thane was casing Dantius’ corporate HQ on Illium, Commander Shepard came looking for the Drell. Though she wasn’t a fan of Dantius, the Commander had no particular agenda about her. She just wanted to make an offer to Thane to recruit him for a difficult mission.

Dr. Liara T’soni determined when and where Thane would strike. From there, Cdr. Shepard found an ally to ferry her in position on the Dantius Towers. However, to Shepard’s and Thane’s horror, Dantius had also heard that an assassin was coming for her that night.

She had her small army of Eclipse mercs massacre the construction workers expanding her corporate HQ, to hasten the establishment of a security perimeter.

Incensed, Cdr. Shepard engaged the mercs head-on to save the workers. She correctly assumed that the assassin was stealthily progressing toward Dantius from some other direction. The two parties reached Dantius at the same time and Krios did his job.

A viper of the first degree, part 3

Though Shepard wasn’t happy about this, she knew that she had come to recruit an assassin. Thus, she did not make a thing out of the kill.

Ashamed that the construction workers had been murdered because of his presence, Thane Krios listened to Cdr. Shepard’s pitch. He agreed to work for her free of charge. Thane was obviously quite familiar with Shepard and her career. Thus, he correctly assumed that whichever job she was on, it had to be a good cause of major import.

Krios had also appreciated having to race Commander Shepard and her team to Dantius. Though it wasn’t noble, it had been a stimulating goal. And with her proposal, Shepard was offering him one last worthy objective to end his life on a high note.

A victim of the circumstances, part 1

After but a few days of training to work along with Shepard’s tactical force, Thane received catastrophic news from his homeworld.

Somehow, his son had learned that Thane was a professional assassin and what his career had been. Kolyat left Kahje and took a contract as a hitman on the Citadel. It was (wrongly) assumed among the underworld that his highly reputed father had taught him the job.

Shepard, Thane and Tali’Zorah left for the Citadel to stop Kolyat before he would become a murderer. Thane had not been on the Citadel since his serial vengeance circa 2175, but he could reactivate part of his extensive network of contacts.

On her side, Commander Shepard had solid ties with C-Sec  and hoped she could rapidly obtain intelligence about underworld killing contracts.

Both series of relationships paid out. Krios and Shepard swiftly determined who was the target and why, shadowed him, and were present to stop Kolyat. A Mexican stand-off ensued, but the Commander took down Kolyat with a diversion and the Shepard Punch™.

A victim of the circumstances, part 2

As Kolyat was arrested, the Commander negotiated with the head of C-Sec – Captain Bailey. Bailey empathized with Thane. He had botched raising his own son and daughter due to a divorce. The highly persuasive Shepard convinced him to have Kolyat work with C-Sec as rehabilitative community work rather than throw him in prison.

Kolyat Krios apparently hadn’t done anything serious – aside from shooting a Krogan bodyguard, who was more likely to brag about his new scars than sue. And Bailey knew that Cdr. Shepard’s legal authority extended to pardons anyway.

The C-Sec Captain also gave Thane visitation rights to see Kolyat so they could talk at last and mend fences.

Not too long after this, the Commander finished the job she had recruited Krios for as she destroyed the base of the Collectors. This put an end to a 50,000 year-old menace responsible for innumerable deaths.

Thane performed admirably. His rapid and deadly sniping was invaluable during the final phase of the operation — as most of Shepard’s elite team fought an impressive delaying action against an army of Collectors. Meanwhile the Commander breached the heart of the base.

History — Mass Effect 3

The destruction of the Collectors’ base was Thane’s last great deed. His disease entered its terminal stage weeks later.

By this point the Commander had been court-martialed and imprisoned. Thus, Krios couldn’t reach her via e-mail. However, he continued to see his son. The two made peace and developed an understanding.

Thane obtained a bed at the Citadel’s Huerta Memorial Hospital, a highly reputed multi-species medical centre. Perhaps that was done through Hanar diplomatic backing. This suited the Drell, as it meant that he could die close to his son Kolyat.

You’d better watch yourself

Faced with the impending death of his father, Kolyat developed an interest in his dad’s old faith and learned the prayers. There are hints that he studied to become a priest of the ancestral Drell pantheon.

When the Reapers invasion hit the galaxy, Cdr. Shepard was let go of prison and reinstated. This allowed her to finally get Thane’s e-mails. Despite the crisis, she took the time to visit Thane at Huerta, finding him at peace and ready to die.

The badly wounded Major Kaidan Alenko, a friend of Commander Shepard, had just emerged from critical surgery at Huerta. Krios offered to become his bodyguard. Though the Drell could barely breathe, he was still quite formidable.

In the slums of Satan’s grace, part 1

One or two weeks later, Cerberus invaded the Citadel’s Presidium thanks to highly-placed accomplices. Cerberus stormtroopers killed numerous civilians and C-Sec officers, but Thane sprang into action along with Major Alenko.

In the fighting he was separated from Alenko, but continued to work his way through Cerberus troops. When he managed to get in touch with Commander Shepard over the radio, she had him steer toward the Council. Thane explained that the deadliest Cerberus forces were trying to kill or indoctrinate the Councillors.

Commander Shepard saved Councilor Valern from a Cerberus squad. But Cerberus’ top assassin, Kai Leng, got the drop on her. Like Shepard was Humanity’s ultimate soldier, Leng was arguably Humanity’s ultimate killer. He was a ninja-like assassin with advanced weapons and cybernetic implants, a N7 qualification and tons of experience.

In the slums of Satan’s grace, part 2

However, Thane reached the scene at this point – and got the drop on Kai Leng. Though seriously diminished, Krios took on Leng in a martial arts duel. This saved Councilor Valern’s life and forced Cerberus’ super-assassin to retreat empty-handed.

Howbeit, Leng had gotten in a sword strike. Even with a transfusion from his son, the terminally ill Krios couldn’t survive this wound.

After saving the rest of the Council, the Commander came to check on the Drell in his hospital room. Kolyat was there, accompanying his father through his last moments. Fading fast, Thane attempted to recite a prayer asking for guidance in the afterlife, but couldn’t breathe.

Kolyat produced a prayer book.  He had the Commander join him in reading from it so they could finish the supplication in Thane’s stead.

After Kolyat closed his father’s eyes, the Commander asked why the recitation had been written for a woman. Kolyat explained that his father had made his peace months before. Thus, his last prayer had actually been for Shepard.


Thane speaks in a soft, very deep, controlled, rocky voice. He normally wears clothing that exposes his reptilian breast bone and doesn’t weigh on his ribcage, so he can breathe freely.

Since this is such a modern world, here is a 20-seconds in-game scene of Thane being exceedingly badass. His voice actor is Keythe Farley .


Thane is obviously an alien with a lot in common with reptiles (at least superficially). Yet most of his facial features such as his nose, his mouth and his cheeks are curiously human-like. These regular, finely sculpted features give him a sort of exotic sex appeal.

This make his more alien features — such as having at least two sets of eyelids, one of which works horizontally and the other vertically — more intriguing than repulsive.

Other traits

Thane’s eyes proper actually have a Human-like pupil and dark green iris of the same size and look than a Human’s. However, these sit on a huge, very dark brown eyeball. That gives the impression that his eyes are solid black unless closely examined in a well-lit place.

Thane moves in a controlled, graceful, powerful way. Though he has something of a brooding bad boy attitude, his body language is elegant and measured, like a dancer’s.

Thane’s outfit is interesting. It is an odd cross between a formal suit, a dancer’s outfit and a field jumpsuit tailored to Mass Effect aesthetics.


Thane talks in a controlled, formal manner and is particularly civil. His diction is as precise as his gunfire. Even EDI was charmed by his respectful manners.

Thane’s politeness is obviously sincere, not a mean to an end. His civility is not self-effacing, though. It is clear that he expects the same respect in return, and he’s an assertive — but patient — man.

I can tell by the look in your eyes, part 1

Mr. Krios is not just one of the best assassins around, he’s also the classiest. The man got style. It’s not just his manners that are elegant, but his behaviour. Thane is sharp, measured, manly, attentive and thoughtful.

He will :

  • Strictly control collateral damage. He was very affected when that went out of the window on the Dantius job.
  • Inflict the minimum amount of pain and fear to his targets.
  • Always make sure that his activities and problems will not affect others.

Likewise, he seems to have strict criteria about whom he’ll agree to kill. His professionalism is a matter of pride, and he sees it as the most important factor setting him apart from ordinary killers and thugs.

Mr. Krios sees himself as a defender, and his job as removing predators. He will help the defenceless when he can. For instance he gave food and gifts to street urchins on the Citadel to run surveillance work for him. He treated them kindly and was popular with these kids as a sort of father figure.

Thane is a private person and a loner, due to his peculiar job.

I can tell by the look in your eyes, part 2

Thane is contemplative, calm and spiritual. He’s deeply religious and often prays to the traditional pantheon of his people.

His three main divine patrons are :

  • Amonkira, lord of hunters, who helps him find his targets.
  • Arashu, goddess of motherhood and protection, when he’s acting as a counter-assassin or bodyguard.
  • Kalahira, lady of the oceans and the afterlife, who oversees the dead.

His faith is not common among the Drells since the exile. Spiritual Drells usually follow the Hanar’s Enkindlers religion or, more rarely, Asari siari and other faiths/philosophies. Thane seems to consider that he’s something of an anachronism with his old, shamanistic-sounding patron gods.

In the context of Thane’s old faith, the powerfully charismatic figure of Commander Shepard is very reminiscent of a mythological figure. She’s like a siha, which is a sort of valkyrie or guardian angel protecting mortals.

Mr. Krios has always been particularly fond of siha myths and aesthetics. He sees the arrival of a siha-like alien in his life as a sort of gift from the universe. Cdr. Shepard is his own personal valkyrie as his death draws near.

A siha serves one of his patron gods, Arashu. Thane also strongly associated his wife Irikah with Arashu imagery.

I can tell by the look in your eyes, part 3

In Thane’s faith, killing innocents is a great sin. But there are complex provisions for killing harmful people. These are at the core of his work as an assassin. Eliminating a person preying on the defenceless, such as the Batarian slavers or Nassana Dantius, is considered a good deed.

However, it must be carried out humanely. Furthermore it taints the killer – who must then supplicate their patron gods for atonement. Beyond prayer, it seems that there are works to be carried out for purification, as well as personal pondering upon whether the killing was truly just.

Though he has ample guidance and rituals to prepare for his death by working with priests of Kalahira — and wished to join Irikah in the afterlife — Thane still had moments of fear about his impending demise. This sparked anger and humiliation in him as he wished to be serene and fearless, and he never mentioned those.

In the final weeks of his life at Huerta Memorial, he overcame these and was deeply at peace.

You’ve never seen the man with nothing to say, part 1

As an assassin Mr. Krios sees himself as a weapon to be wielded. This stems from his people’s belief about free will.

Drells consider that the body is just a vessel for the soul. However, in their beliefs the two must be in harmony. If the soul is weakened by fear or despair, or when the body is ill or injured, a person is considered to be “disconnected”. They cease to be a Whole Person until the damage can be healed.

Drells seem to see “disconnected” persons as a sort of zombie on autopilot, no longer truly a living being. But these can be saved by healing what ails them so they can be a Whole Person again.

Thus for Drells, it is possible that a depressed or otherwise chronically sick person might spend most of their existence as non-beings. They are not Whole Persons while they suffer. Thane considers that he wasn’t alive for much of his life. His body was active and carrying out assassinations, but his spirit was incapacitated.

You’ve never seen the man with nothing to say, part 2

Thus, when he tells Cdr. Shepard “my body was trained by the Hanar”, it’s not an odd periphrase about physical conditioning. It’s a precise statement that during this era, he wasn’t by Drell standards a Whole Person as his spirit was diminished by killing people.

For Drells, the soul usually knows right from wrong, but the body cannot have any such knowledge. They accept that their body is not always under the control of their soul, and might to terrible things. But their body is not them, just a part of them.

Thus Thane feels nothing about all the people he killed. His body was there, but he wasn’t there as a Whole Person. This may also mean that he didn’t have to religiously atone for these deeds.

His feelings about the decisions he takes as a Whole Person are completely different. He considers these much like a Human would. For instance, he considers that the death of those who killed his wife was a choice he made as a Whole Person. Even though he carried it out as a spiritless body, that made him a murderer and a sinner.

Krios referred to his state as a killing body without a soul as his “battle sleep”.

Geld this fear I cannot see, part 1

Drells have a perfect memory. They can remember their entire life past the first few hours in details and with a perfect sense of time. This is an adaptation to their arid, barren environment. Remembering every inch of terrain and the location of every resource was indispensable for survival.

These memories are highly immersive. If a Drell chooses to evoke a memory, the experience will be exactly like being there again. It will be a full-sensory flashback. Thane mentions that getting trapped in the past by reliving favourite moments over and again is something to be wary of among his species.

He did imply that he would occasionally spend hours flashing back to the best moments spent with his wife. This can’t be too healthy – at least by Human standards.

As he still mourns his wife 10 years later, just mentioning her in conversation runs the risk of flashing back. Particularly to the moment where he first saw her eyes through his rifle’s scope.

Thane thus never spoke about Irikah before he met Shepard, and never mentioned his killing spree on the Citadel to anyone else either.

Geld this fear I cannot see, part 2

Even a highly disciplined Drell such as Thane cannot help involuntarily flashing back if something brings a strong memory to the fore. Krios’ involuntary flashbacks were brief and he instantly regained his composure. But less collected Drells may be more affected.

Thane’s civility might reflect Drell cultural standards meant to avoid triggering flashbacks in others.

During these flashbacks the cinematography of the game turns dramatic to convey the emotional impact on Thane. He visibly tenses up and speaks very quickly, in very short images and impressions as they rush through his consciousness.

Speaking about his difficult past is thus physically and emotionally painful for Mr. Krios, though he has the stamina to soak the pain.


Thane (starts praying immediately after killing his target): “I apologise for the interruption. Prayers for the wicked must not be forsaken.”
Cdr. Shepard (nodding toward the corpse): “Do you really think she deserves it ?”
Thane: “Not for her. For me.”

(To Cdr. Shepard) “The measure of an individual can be difficult to discern by their actions alone. Take you, for instance. All this destruction. Chaos.”

“This was to be my last job. I’m dying.”

“The universe is a dark place. I’m trying to make it brighter before I die. Many innocent people died today. I wasn’t quick enough and they suffered. I must atone for this. I will work for you, Shepard. No charge.”

“I should be fine for the next 8 to 12 months. […] It think it’s safe to say that by the time my body is incapacitated, we’ll be victorious – or dead.” (faint smile) “Either way, I won’t be a burden to you.”

(With barely perceptible irony) “Yes. A suicide mission will do nicely.”

“The Hanar trained my body for this since I was 6 year old.”

“Amonkira, Lord of Hunters, grant that my hands be steady, my aim be true, and my feet swift. And should the worst come to pass, grant me forgiveness.”

Cdr. Shepard: “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you relive that.”
Krios (calmly): “Perfect memory. It sometimes is a burden.”

“I’ll be meditating until you need me.”

Captain Bailey (unexpectedly sympathetic): “You’re trying to save your son ?”
Thane (nodding): “He faces a dark path.”

Underworld informant: “Oh shit, Krios. I… I thought you retired ?”
Thane (politely): “Be still. You can change your pants in a moment.”

“Kolyat. I have removed many bad things from this world. But you’re the only good thing I ever added to it.”

“I’ve never felt guilt about any of my contracts. My employers just used my body to kill these persons.”

Cdr. Shepard: “Where will you be ?”
Krios: “The darkest corner with the best view.”

“I haven’t spoken about my wife in… I don’t think I ever have. I didn’t have anyone left to tell it to.”

“I am near the end of my life. It is a good time to be generous.”

“This assassin should be ashamed. Stopped from his target by a terminally ill Drell.”

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Dex: 08 Str: 05 Bod: 05 Motivation: Justice
Int: 06 Wil: 06 Min: 06 Occupation: Assassin
Inf: 05 Aur: 06 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 025 HP: 050

Enhanced Initiative: 04, Jumping: 01, ME2 Biotic Warp: 09, Recall: 15, Regeneration: 02, Super-breath: 07, Systemic antidote: 01

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • All Powers but ME2 Biotic Warp and Super-breath are Form Function.
  • Super-breath is a biotic power.

Acrobatics*: 08, Charisma (Interrogation): 06, Detective (Legwork): 06, Gadgetry: 02, Martial artist: 10, Military science (Camouflage): 09, Military science (Demolition): 06, Thief (Stealth, Security systems): 11, Weaponry: 09

Bonuses and Limitations:
Gadgetry is limited to maintenance, repair and power user operations.

Familiarity (Hanar cultures, Philosophy, Xenophilosophy, Traditional Drell faiths), Scholar (Manhunting, Security assessment).

Street (High), Underworld (Low).

Minor Physical Restriction (Kepral’s Syndrome), Minor Psychological Instability (Flashbacks), Dependent (Kolyat).


  • BASIC OMNI-TOOL [BODY 01, Data storage: 12, Radio communication: 13, Superspeed: 01, Limitation: Superspeed only for tasks involving processing information using the omni-tool, Misc.: Translation database].
  • M-29 Incisor rapid-fire precision rifle [BODY 03, Projectile weapons: 10, Ammo: 5, Telescopic vision: 03, R#03].
  • M9 Tempest submachinegun [BODY 03, Projectile weapons: 07, Range: 04, Ammo: 10, R#02, Drawback: Heavy Armour RV is considered one CS higher against this weapon, Limitation: Projectile weapon has No Range, use the listed Range instead, Advantage: Autofire].
  • HIGH-END ARMOUR WITH HIGH-END MEDICAL SYSTEMS [BODY (Hardened) 10 /BODY/ 04, Cling: 04, Cold immunity: 03, Flame immunity: 03, Invulnerability: 05, Lightning immunity: 03, Radio communications (Booster): 02, Regeneration: 05, Sealed systems: 12, Shade: 02, Skin armour: 03, Medicine (First aid): 04, Limitations: Cling only works on metallic surfaces and reduces movement speed to 0 APs, Invulnerability takes five minutes per roll, Medicine (First aid) is Self Only, but works automatically, Skin Armour doesn’t work vs. Blunt or Structural damage]. This armour isn’t present in game, but our hypothesis is that Thane wears one on some combat missions, and when having to operate in hazardous environments.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Mass Effect video game trilogy.

Helper(s): Enhanced ME2 textures by Jean-Luc Fortier ; enhanced ME3 textures by The Darkest Soul and Ottemis.

Writeup completed on the 9th of April, 2013.