#8 Cora Harper
At some point in time Cora Harper forgot that she isn’t actually an asari huntress. Sadly, no one’s had the time or the heart to remind her even after six hundred years of trans-galactic space flight. Cultural appropriation aside, Cora’s best traits are the ones that she inherited from her time as a commando. She’s “by the book” to the point of annoyance but makes up for in biotic abilities what she lacks in just about every other aspect of a personality.
The only point of interest Cora’s character brings is sense of jealousy at Ryder having been selected as the Pathfinder. This comes as a result of Cora originally being prepped for the job by Alec Ryder himself. Over time and with a little bit of talking, Cora concedes that the right choice was made. She’s still always ready to recite even the most obscure chapter of the commando handbook however, to the point where she may want to start knocking on doors even.
Given the theories revolving around Cora given her surname, and the yet undetermined identity of the Initiative benefactor, she was by far the most disappointing character in the game in terms of both growth and overall story arc. At the end of the day Cora is nothing more than a loaded gun ready to be aimed. She is a follower through and through, and nothing else.
#7 Kallo Jath
It’s impossible to think of anyone filling Joker’s seat at the helm, but for what it’s worth salarian Kallo Jath does a pretty good job. As quick in wit as he is with the wheel, Kallo is the one keeping the Tempest and her crew out of harm’s way.
Truthfully, there aren’t very many interaction opportunities with Kallo, especially when compared to the rest of the crew. Where he lacks in conversations with Ryder, however, he makes up for them in crew chats and email, especially lecturing his flight coordinator/science officer Suvi Anwar or bickering with engineer Gil Brodie.
Kallo is of course, and above all, an indispensable member of the team no matter how you feel about him. He was part of the project that actually put the Tempest together as well, giving him an even deeper insight into just what makes the Tempest tick. Probably why he can maneuver through the Scourge like nobody’s business!
#6 Dr. Lexi T’Perro
Voiced by the beautiful and talented Natalie Dormer, it should go without say that Dr. T’Perro is a great addition to the Tempest crew. Charming and quick witted, but serious in her responsibilities, Lexi is the asari you can go to when you need someone to talk to. Just make sure you’re ready to be on the receiving end of a needle or two in the process.
Despite her apparent coldness, Lexi cares a great deal about the crew of the Tempest. When her feelings are hurt by Peebee, who claims Lexi only wishes to experiment on the crew, it is up to Ryder to talk the good doctor out of the bottom of a bottle. Lexi, of course, takes to heart everything Ryder says and hits the rounds again. With a new wave of physicals for everyone.
Did I mention that it’s heavily hinted in both conversation and email that she’s into krogan? Hence her being non-romanceable by the player. She’ll have no problem lecturing you on how important it is that Drack be taken care of either. Lexi even goes so far as to email you her doctoral dissertation on the anatomy of the krogan to prove just how well researched she is on the matter (and because she misinterprets your own interests on the subject).
While Lexi never really leaves the Tempest, and will never share your affections for her, rest assured that she is a wonderful member of the crew that will be returning with the Tempest.
#5 Dr. Suvi Anwar
Sorry, are more details necessary to convince you that Suvi is one of the best members of your crew? Hold on, I’ll think of some.
Suvi Anwar serves as the Tempest’s science officer, although these days most of her science equipment serves as liquor receptacles instead of any actual measuring equipment. Her childlike sense of awe in the face of discovery is charming, but at times alarming. When Ryder discover she had an allergic reaction to actually licking a rock (a very scientific test she assures us) it takes both you and Kallo to encourage her to never do so again.
Perhaps the most perplexing aspect of Suvi is her sense of faith, a feature not commonly shared amongst the subjects of the Mass Effect series. Ryder can choose to talk her down from this revelation, or encourage it. Suvi is never preachy, mind you, only content in her reasoning that science helps her understand and accept the existence of a creator where most use it as an excuse to turn away from the idea.
Most of all, Suvi wants to help her friends feel at home. Her belief and her sacrifice for the Initiative make her a charming if at times perplexing creature. Nevertheless, Suvi is a good friend to the Pathfinder and the rest of her team. Just don’t let her make any new foods.
#4 Peebee (Pelassaria B’Sayle)
Our last experience with a scholarly asari left us with much to be expected in personality. Liara T’Soni managed to be both soft spoken and forward, while managing to not be brash or someone that might get pushed around (at least from Mass Effect 2 onward). Peebee, however, is nothing like our dear Dr. T’Soni.
Exuberant, poorly mannered, brash, and forceful, Peebee is definitely the wildcard of the bunch. Her lack of desire to form meaningful relationships leaves the player with little reason to want her in the team or trust her at first. Yet the more you give Peebee, the more she gives back. By the end of her loyalty mission both she and Ryder are very glad for her stay. Never mind that parts of the Tempest are now missing in the wake of everything.
No matter how you feel about her though, Peebee proves her use with the results of her Remnant tech obsession. Opening up the Remnant VI for combat gives the Tempest crew a massive combat boost in the field once unlocked. Sadly it does take up an ability slot, but POC is absolutely worth it come the end of the day.
Admittedly, I had a crippling desire to refer to her as Peebee and Jay given her massively stupid nickname. Alas, the writing team for Andromeda missed a good joke there (or I did somewhere in the party banter).