This is a short fic I wrote to explain how come there seem to be so few Reapers in the games.
They couldn’t do the math.
Hundreds, thousands of cycles. Every time, all sentient life harvested. Many trillions, usually. Sometimes more. Enough to make thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of the Demiurges. Millions upon millions should have existed, even of the largest ones.
Yet so few came to this Harvesting. Nazara said they will blacken the skies of every world… yet the skies were all but clear.
For they were the Demiurges. Not perfect. Not supreme. For many cycles, they collected the harvested material, immeasurable amounts of it. They built millions of themselves. And yet, that was but a tiny fraction of the material. Most was stored for the Perfection.
Nazara had limited contact with the rest. It didn’t know that after the last cycle, the decision was made to wait no longer. To craft the Perfection. Many of the Demiurges gave themselves up, broken down. So important, so massive was the job, that but a single small tentacle was spared for this Harvesting. So small that it wasn’t enough.
But it didn’t matter. For now, centuries later, the Perfection was ready. Surrounded by the unworthy specks of the Demiurges, it was about to harvest the galaxy. Perhaps many galaxies. The Perfection could not be stopped. The universe will feel its might.
Terran Military HQ
They never believed it could happened. Yes, Commander Shepard insisted there might be more out there, but they all hoped it was a mistake. Still, the alarms were there. Never activated except as a drill, yet still carefully maintained. And now they were sounded.
It was chaos. People were running in all directions. And weaving through their mass, the Supreme Commander ran toward his office.
When he entered it, the room looked on fire. Every single display and alarm was flashing red. The implants in his head already transmitted all the necessary data to hum, but he needed the displays.
It had to be seen in order to be believed.
The figures on the display confirmed what he already knew. Yasnitsa, a major colony on the edge of the inhabited galaxy, was under Reaper attack. Huge numbers of them, far more than the 22nd century invasion, were literally ripping the planet apart.
Despite the numbers, the Commander knew that the galactic races were not doomed yet. Their strength was so more now than during the first invasion. It will be difficult, but they could prevail. They will prevail.
Yet even as he told himself that, a chill entered his heart. Against his will, his eyes were drawn to the enormous sphere dwarfing the Reapers. The Perfection. The Death Star.
Q: How are children made in the TNG era Federation?
A: With power couplings. To explain, you shut down the power to the lights, and then, in the darkness, you have the usual TOS era coupling.