Ghostbear wrote:He was almost certainly talking about colonies and planets within a relay node
"World to world" and "Colony to Colony" is a really curious way to describe the two
garden worlds in the exodus cluster (Eden Prime and Terra Nova, the latter of which shows no signs of previous Prothean colonization)
(I think in game lore has it that anything bigger than frigates isn't able to operate within a planet's atmosphere. Which makes the dreadnought at the beginning of ME3 quite odd).
Well, anything can
enter a planet's atmosphere. The question is whether it can reasonably hope to stay aloft for very long, or ever reach orbit again. I think the gist of that scene is that the dreadnought was making a suicide run on the reaper.
maybeagnostic wrote:We never see or hear about a Reaper destroyed in a space battle (this cycle). As far as we know they suffered no casualties this time except for the four Shepard destroyed.
Not entirely so. If you go into the codex, there are entries for the various battles of the reaper war. They lost a few sovereign classes taking palaven, and a couple destroyers and smaller ships taking Thessia.
The theme seems to be that the reapers only lose ships when you do something unexpected and hard to repeat, at huge cost to yourself. In the opening of the battle of Palaven (after the reapers went to great trouble to piss the turians off and make sure they would have all their nice juicy ships waiting at the homeworld), one turian general FTL jumped a pile of dreadnoughts into the middle of the reaper formation and just rocked the shit out of a few of the lead ships that weren't able to turn around in time. And then promptly got torn to shreds.
Later, on the planet itself, when the reapers were doing their whole "Indoctrinate military and political leaders so as to get useful pawns" thing, the krogans snuck onto the planet, handed off a bunch of warp bombs to the turian resistance, and had them smuggle them on board the reapers and go all suicide-bomb-y.
Thessia was an example of why targetting ships in and of themselves doesn't work: the reapers were taking losses because the asari kept jumping in, fucking shit up, and jumping out again before the reapers could do much about it. So the reapers went and fucked the planet up instead, to force them to come out and play for real. And then fucked them up.
That said, it's not a lot of losses by any means. It looked, for all purposes, like a damn successful invasion, given the setbacks. Right up until Shepard showed up with an assembled fleet of ships that had foregone protecting their own worlds in favor of forming a multispecies armada. This is...pretty clearly unprecedented in galactic history, a point underscored by talking to Javik. In other words, another example of doing something the reapers didn't expect, which is the only time they ever lose.