Over what course of time does Shepard complete of the tasks in ME3 because after taking back Rannoch, Admiral Hackett says that Shepard has been doing good things over the past few months, whether this this is relevant I don't know. I personally don't think it's possible to Cure Genophage, Take back Rannoch, and take back Earth in a single day or even a week for that matter and I didn't even mention all the the he/she did inbetween. I'm just curious if anyone knows.
I'm afraid no one knows for real how long any of the journeys in the ME Games really took in ingame time. It might feel like days, as you only switch in right before your missions happen. Remember, Traveling through a relay or via FTL in between systems takes hours, not seconds. A good assumption would be 6 months up to a year. Cerberus has to test on enough subjects in Sanctuary, for example, building the Crucible aso.
The war against the Reapers can't be too drawn out, else no humans would be left to save lol. I'm guessing it lasts only 6-10 months. That's a lot of time to cover the ground Shepard & co. do, especially with FTL travel at their disposal…
I wrote a similar event into one of my books, and the whole thing (beginning at Christmastime) was wrapped up by Memorial Day..
I'm guessing it took Mordin a while in reality to finish the cure so that would be a few days then the genophage would be at least a day. Then it took a while for rannoch because you have to save the admiral then go to the dreadnot and all that so at least a few months like he said
You have to enlist, equip and train troops, as the initial assault (invasion date is late september looking at timeline) crippled humans forces.
Refering to the codex earth had 11,4 billion inhabitants.
Say 1,4 where killed or transformed due to being unsuitable for processing..... you still would need to process 27 million non stop per day to empty a population of 10 billion.
We know from the news the began slowly, indoctrinating leaders and rounded them up im camps about half way through the game.
Considering they had to spread far more out in this cycle, because they had no control over the relays like in the past it would take even more time to process an entire planet.
Take the size of a reaper capship (2km length, 0.2 km width equals 0,4 km2) and place 20.000 of them next to another... you would not cover hawaii entirely.
Nevertheless I stick to my 6-12 months, simply because we don't have much time to gather ressources for the one and only chance of winning this cycle has.
Even if you could narrow down a timeline it wouldn't match up with "reality". Let's look at game clues:
1. It took at most 2 years to build the Normandy SR-2 (some time between the time Shepard died post-ME1 to being resurrected by Cerebus).
2. It cost several billion creds to build both the SR1 and SR2.
3. Relative to size, the Normandy is a blip in comparison to the Citadel.
4. The Citadel acts as a key component for the Crucible so you must also assume the Normandy diminutive in comparison.
5. The most technically advanced/adept "races" did not appear to assist with the Crucible until the final stages of the game (the Quarians and Geth).
6. The Crucible was most likely built in outer-space. Building a structure that large on a planet would most likely cause damage to it once it had to be launched into orbit. Having to build it space would be an extremely slow process even if chunks of it were built on a planet surface and orbited in stages.
7. The Crucible was a "secret". This meant the Alliance couldn't throw everyone on it. They would've had to spend a considerable amount of time covering up paper trails leading to absorbent resource usage that would have attracted eyes (of the Reaper). Even if the Reapers were well aware of the Crucible project, the Alliance didn't know that and would have taken precaution. This would have hampered the building process.
8. You can safely assume that the Crucible was much larger than a city but not as large as a state or country. Throughout the series you heard of the Citadel housing millions. I don't recall any reference of it housing billions.
9. During the attack on Palaven, there were reports that 3 million killed on the first day and 5 million killed on the next. If Earth suffered the same average destruction as Pavalen (which it was actually greater according to game commentary) then Earth, according to modern population, would have been completely decimated in 4.79 years (7 bill global pop/4 mill dead per day = 1750 days to total annihilation).
10. Earthlings had only been deep spacefaring for 2 generations. Compared to the Protheans (and their other current cycle advanced races), humans were relatively new. Their ability to build such a large scale device as the Crucible at a fast pace would have been severely hampered.
11. The Protheans lasted at least a century according to Javik. At the rate that humans and turians were being wiped out on their home planets they would not have had that much luxury of time.
Summation: It would have taken considerable wealth and resources to build the Crucible, which is really the only key index that can be used in ME3. Considering the potential size and all the other factors I mentioned it would have ("in reality") taken several years of robotic-like dedication to construct an all-metal structure large enough to house several million people/lifeforms. The Crucible is a unique structure. Everything about it had to be hand-built from scratch. Every nut, bolt, pole, and pipe had to be stress-tested. It would have required precision measurement. The factories and plants that created the parts would have to been built from scratch or converted. Then there would have been the problem of "information-sharing" with other races. Earth and Palaven would suffered near extinction in that time. One of the reasons I hated the War Assets system was because it was unrealistic and actually DIDN'T account for all the resources and planet-scanning you did in ME1 and ME2. This should have play a huge role in the final outcome but let's not litigate that failure again. The feel of the game would have you believe this all occurred with like a one year timeframe. It just isn't feasible that this all occurred.
Nice way of breaking it down. And I agree 😉
I'm actually in the midst of playing ME2 and it just occurred to me that when talking to Councilman Anderson, he and Shep discuss the status of rebuilding the Citadel (after Saren's destruction). It took them 2 whole years just to rebuild important populated sections of the Citadel (Ward and Presidium) even with the help of the Keepers. Anderson mentions that they were looking at an additional 5 years before it was fully repaired (6:20 mark of video youtube.com/watch?v=GCEIGWV7Fuw). If you extrapolate that out to the Crucible then an idea of what it would take to build a city-size structure from scratch.
Off-topic: I think it would've added more dynamic to the game had you completed certain missions in a specific order (e.g. saving the Quarian/Geth first would have lowered the amount of time to build the Crucible but at a cost of Salarian and Krogan forces since you don't have to bother settling the Genophage problem). ME3 had so much potential. I'm currently modifying the Gibbed Save editor with new bools. ME3 could have easily taken all of Shepard's action from ME1 and ME2 and made system-by-system calculations of losses to each race and planet, the amount of available resources, and the defense capability of each one. They also could have added the same mechanic like they did in ME2 where you were only allowed to do X amount of missions once the Crucible was completed. The more tasks you completed in ME1 and ME2 then the more post-Crucible missions you'd be allowed to complete before you're forced to begin the final assault. This would've weighed heavy on who you lost and how much you lost at the end of the game. *sigh* I wish BW would've called me first.
The Wiki only shows that the Reaper War begins in September 2186. But you're right, the character dialogue in-game implies that all Shepard's running around isn't taking a lot of time to complete. It's rather annoying IMO.
What do you think?