In the (apparent) daily media- and detail-dropping that EA BioWare is providing for its upcoming spacer sequel Mass Effect 2, we have been given a few facts on a couple of the new races that are being introduced: the Drell and the Collectors. These are some bad-ass creatures, people, so strap on your weapons and get ready to rumble.
The drell ancestors emerged from dry, rocky deserts on the barren world of Rakhana. Eight centuries ago, the already-arid drell homeworld began its swift descent into lifelessness due to disastrous industrial expansion. At the time, the drell lacked interstellar flight capacity, and with their population bursting at 11 billion they faced certain doom. It was around this time that the hanar made first contact with the drell race. In the following ten years, the hanar would transport hundreds of thousands of drell to the hanar world, Kahje. The remaining billions left on Rakhana would perish on their dying planet, warring against each other for diminishing resources. The drell now thrive co-exhibiting with the Hanar and have been a part of the galactic civilization for roughly two centuries.
Most drell are content to live on Kahje. They are afforded every opportunity to thrive by the hanar, yet some outsiders and even some hanar regard the drell as second class citizens. However it is quite the opposite, they have integrated themselves into every level of hanar society as respected, productive citizens.
Those who leave Kahje, tend to be adventures. These solitary drell travelers often seek out new species elsewhere, and in turn adopt that species’ culture. Such drell number in the thousands, and are scattered across the galaxy, tending towards quiet, integrated lives.
Drell are omnivorous reptile-like humanoids with an average lifespan of 85 galactic standard years. Drell appearance is very similar to asari and humans, but their muscle tissue is slightly denser than that of humans, giving them a wiry strength. Many of their more reptilian features are concealed, however one unique characteristic is the hyoid bone in their throats, which allows them to inflate their throats and produce vocal sounds outside of the human range.
Because the drell ancestors emerged from arid, rocky deserts, the humid, ocean-covered hanar homeworld of Kahje proved tolerable only when the drell stayed inside a climate-controlled dome city.
The Collectors come from beyond the Omega-4 mass relay, where no ship has ever returned. They are rarely seen in the Terminus system, let alone Citadel-controlled space. Most in galactic civilization consider them a myth, and those unfortunate enough to see them face-to-face rarely get the opportunity to ask questions. As their name indicates, they take captives, usually only a few at a time, always sentient beings with genetic aberrations. But now they have begun to abduct entire human colonies, and no one has a fitting explanation as to why.
Not much is known about Collector society, as those who are unfortunate enough to run into the Collectors are seldom heard from or seen again. Collectors travel the galaxy on vast ships, but their origin and home world remains unknown.
Collectors are insect like and have fully developed wings that allow them to traverse the battlefield. Their skin is susceptible to modern weaponry, including explosives, incendiary rounds, and cryogenic rounds. Periodically, Collectors have been seen to be ‘possessed’ by an unknown overseer at which point their skin begins to emit a bright light. At this point they become more resilient and are capable of discharging powerful missiles from their body.