“I can still be successful. I just need to … adjust the experiment.” — Desolas
“Evolution, Part 4”
A new series featuring the origin of our galaxy’s most mysterious powerbroker — The Illusive Man!
The origin story of the Illusive Man concludes, here — and as we see, it is a bit of an origin story for Saren, too. Everyone learnes that the past is something best left alone.
Since the artifact was the one thing that the Meta-turians — and that Meta-Hislop — cared about, we worked the story in such a way that Desolas would always have to use it to keep them on a leash. And eventually, it becomes his undoing.
We also wanted to suggest a little tension between Saren and Desolas as the series went on; now, we see the final stage of it. It’s a rough day for the Arterius family.
“We can — and will — take our rightful place in the stars. This is my manifesto. I hope you will join our cause.” — The Illusive Man
The Meta-turian name was mine — I needed a way to keep the transformed versions distinct from the others.
This story concluded after Mass Effect 2 had been out for a while, so most people at that point had a notion that something wasn’t right with the Illusive Man.
I never cared for the name Hislop — just the sound of it — but I suspect it was something that had already been determined in the game.
We went from this story into working on Mass Effect: Invasion, not long afterward.