Cora Harper, a powerful biotic with experience as Commando Asari, was second in command and in line to become the next human Pathfinder.
When most fans of the Massive effect The franchise thinks of the Asari commandos, they don’t think of humans, but the powerful biotic Cora Harper has earned her place among Talein’s daughter. Her experience in the field made her the perfect candidate to become Alec Ryder’s second-in-command, and of course the mantle of Pathfinder should have passed to Cora when Alec died in Habitat 7.
No wonder she became as disciplined and powerful as she did considering her childhood. Cora and her family were relatively poor, and her parents couldn’t afford to give her the necessary training to hone her skills after her biotics manifested. Growing up on a freestanding cargo ship, Cora had no one but her parents to socialize with, and this greatly affected her social skills as she grew up.
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While trying to understand the strange changes that were taking place in her body as her biotic powers emerged, Cora hid in the access spaces of the freighter. Unfortunately, she had very little room to grow and experiment, and without official training, Cora found herself entering the Systems Alliance at age 18 to receive the training she needed. While in the Alliance, her powers were unrivaled, and it wasn’t long before her superiors began searching the Valkyrie Program for an interspecies initiative that could help her hone her skills.
She was transferred to the Asari commando group known as Talein’s Daughters, where she worked side by side with the most powerful natural biotics in the galaxy. As powerful as she was, she couldn’t fully defend herself against the Asari, but she devoted additional training and study to gaining ground and facing her allies head-on. His time among the Asari changed his life, influencing his mindset and philosophy, and he made two tours of Asari space before joining the Andromeda Initiative.
BioWare expanded Cora’s story with a companion novel titled Mass Effect Andromeda: Initiation, which was launched after Andromeda. The novel details that Cora joined the Initiative and Alec Ryder tested his commitment to the project with a special mission to recover important software associated with SAM that had been stolen. To give him a head start on his mission, Alec implanted the SAM-E virtual interface in Cora, and when he learned of his VI, Cora and SAM-E developed a close bond.
Unfortunately, Alec had to remove SAM-E from Cora after she completed the mission because there was a strong chance that, over time, the artificial intelligence had damaged or even killed her despite their bond. Cora was sad to lose SAM-E, as the AI had come to feel like family because of her. However, having shown his commitment to Alec, he became his right hand and second in command on his mission to establish himself in the Heleus Cluster.
She looked at Alec Ryder and believed with all her heart in his vision, and was devastated when he died. He had already lost his own parents, who mysteriously disappeared while he was in the military, and despite his efforts to find them, he never did. Alec’s death was just another in a long list of lost role models that he couldn’t hold onto even if he tried.
Due to her position as her second in command, Cora should have become the next human Pathfinder. However, before dying, Alec Ryder transferred that position and command from SAM to his son. After saving Pathfinder Ryder’s life, Cora later confessed that she felt better suited for the position due to her experience and her time with Alec, and was genuinely surprised that he passed it on to them. Despite his reservations, he fully supported the new Pathfinder and became his second.
Cora’s affiliation with the Asari led to an Asari-specific loyalty mission that involved locating Leusinia, a lost Asari ark. Finding the ship attacked by Kett, Ryder, Cora, and the squad helped Cora’s hero Asari, the current Pathfinder Asari, Serissa Theris, fight his enemies. During the mission, SAM located an audio file showing Serissa in an unflattering light and Cora had the opportunity to confront her and potentially strip her of her Pathfinder status.
Cora was also a romantic choice for a male Ryder. If Ryder decided to flirt with her the first time he woke up in the Hyperion, she brazenly flirted back, paving the way for a slow and steady romance that showed a completely different side of the biotic bomb. Cora wasn’t afraid to confront Ryder if he was flirting with the other crew members and as they continued to get closer, she confessed her desire to explore alongside nothing but the stars as a guide.
As a partner, it was difficult to communicate with Cora at times. This was perhaps due to her lack of social interaction as a child and the time she spent trying to prove her worth as a powerful biotic among the Asari. However, over time, she revealed herself to be a staunch ally, a dear friend, or a devoted lover that Ryder was fortunate to have on his side. Still, if Ryder hadn’t been up to the task, there’s no question that Cora would have been a more than adequate Pathfinder.
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