Sole Survivor = Stress tolerator
War hero = Competitor
Ruthless = Ruderal
‘During your service, a mission you were on went horribly wrong. Trapped in an extreme survival situation, you had to overcome physical torments and psychological stresses that would have broken most people. You survived while all those around you fell, and now you alone are left to tell the tale.’
‘Early in your military career you found yourself facing an overwhelming enemy force. You risked your own life to save your fellow soldiers and defeat the enemy despite the impossible odds. Your bravery and heroism have earned you medals and recognition from the Alliance fleet.’
‘Throughout your military career, you have held fast to one basic rule; get the job done. You’ve been called cold, calculating, and brutal. Your reputation for ruthless efficiency makes your fellow soldiers wary of you. But when failure is not an option, the military always goes to you first.’
Pretty straightforward, but one always wonders in these situations whether the artists were aware of the ideas they were channeling.
I suspect that the “mass effect” itself refers to reality distortion fields enabling transcendence of material human limitations (e.g. corporate mining of element zero allows cheap, mass-produced “transcendence” into outer space), but that correspondence could just as well be an accident. But it makes sense if you take mass = matter = materialism.