Since Kaidan/Ashley was one of the first persons to see the collectors invading Horizon, why did he/she wasn't bite by the seeker swarms? As I remember, he/she wasn't in a stasis pod and talked to Shepard after the mission. After six gameplays or something like that, this doubt is killing me XD
Good catch! That's a plot hole that bothers me a little too. In fact they ARE bitten and frozen by a bug, but somehow the Collectors don't take them. In fact, I think they are the first one we see get frozen by them, but I'm not 100% sure on that point. Either way, that's even worse than them not being bitten at all imo. When you consider the colony leader was frozen no more than 50 feet away from Ash/Kaidan, and they are among the first people frozen in the attack, there's NO WAY Ash/Kaidan wouldn't be on that ship realistically. If they wanted that encounter with Shep at the end, then they simply should've run the attack cutscene differently in a way that it would be possible for Ash/Kaidan to have eluded capture. It's 100% unbelievable for them to evade capture the way they ran that scene.
It's likely the Collectors released them because of their affiliation with Shepard. The Illusive Man seemed pretty positive that they attacked Horizon specifically to get Shepard's attention because his former squadmate was there.
Nah I'm not buying that. Even if all of that is 100% accurate it makes no sense to release them. What is to be gained by them doing so? They already have Shepard's attention if that's truly what they wanted. Releasing them does nothing for the Collectors on that front.
There have been numerous discussions about this for years. No definite conclusion of course.
The Virmire Survivor (VS) is actually one of the first to be hit by a seeker on Horizon thus being put in stasis at the very edge of the colony.
The ship seems to land at the centre of it, the spaceport I assume, so the frozen VS is quite far away from it. As Shep closes in on the laser control near the spaceport, more of the colonists have been taken then on the outskirts, where the VS must be located.
In the debrief itvis said that only 1/3 have bern taken. Lilith is one of them, because she ran into the centre of the colony.
The VS is the only one wearing armor, which can reduced the effect of tech and biotic attacks, while all others are unprotected. As both our and the collector tech is bases on the Reapers and the use of Eezo it is quite possible that the Armor accelerated the wearing off of the seekers stasis effect.
We know the VS is send to Horizon to investigate the attacks. Maybe he was prepared, as the Collectors were harvesting long before Sheps awakening. Thinking of the events of 'Paragon Lost' already happened at this point, it is not far-fetched that the Alliance Brass had the Intel aboutvthe Collector stasis and that helped the VS to overcome it's effect faster. And Horizon might also have been the last Colony to be abducted, as during ME2 we only know of Feris Fields and Freedoms Progress. After Horizon, no new abduction is mentioned on the Normandy Crew talk or in the News on the Citadel or Omega.
There are theories aswell that the seekers need close proximity to the victim and the cruiser to maintain the stasis which is controlled via a short range signal from the cruiser.
VS's armor reduced the stasis effect and the VS was lucky to be far away enough to be taken before Shepard arrived on on the scene.
I always assumed he had thrown up a barrier or had shielded armour.
Yeah I remember seeing that colonist dude at the end talking about how "They took Egan and Sam and... and Lilith!" I was just like "Bruh they took Kaidan too so you can shut up"
... and then Kaidan came out from behind the crates and I was like AAAAAH IT'S YOU
...... and then he got mad that I was "working for Cerberus" like what the heck man it's not like I intentionally left you in the dark I have been dEAD FOR TWO YEARS, LIEUTENANT
What do you think?