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“Quiet -- please, make it stop.”


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David Archer
Cerberus Test Subject
Race
Human
Gender
Male
Voice Actor
Jesse Gervais
Appearances
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
David Archer is the brother of Cerberus chief scientist Dr. Gavin Archer. David was born an autistic mathematical savant with unusually strong abilities including rapid calculation and eidetic memory. Like many with autism, he is very sensitive to loud noise.

Mass Effect 2 Edit

“Square root of 912.04 is 30.2... it all seemed harmless...”

Overlord Edit

Present on Aite during Cerberus' Project Overlord, it was discovered that David was able to communicate with the geth on a fundamental level by reproducing their patterns of speech. As part of attempts to exploit the geth's religious tendencies, Cerberus had created a VI to serve as an "overlord" and give the organization complete control over all geth. Desperate to avoid the project's failure, Gavin Archer forcibly incorporated David into the VI program, exploiting his savant ability. After this point, David's mind couldn't handle the merger, causing the hybrid VI to go berserk and begin rampaging across Aite in an attempt to escape the planet and leaving David himself in extreme overload.

As a hybrid human/VI David can interface with and control any kind of machinery, including security mechs and geth. He is also capable of interfacing with cyborgs, at least to a certain degree, as he imprints memories and visual data directly onto Commander Shepard in order to show the Commander the events leading up to his forced merging with the VI platform.

Aftermath Edit

Commander Shepard's deactivation of the rogue VI program freed David from its effects.

If the Commander stopped the experiments, David was subsequently removed from the care of Cerberus and his brother and taken to Grissom Academy, an Alliance educational institution for gifted children.

If the Commander allowed the experiments to continue, David was given medical treatment, stayed in his brother's care and Project Overlord was continued.


Mass Effect 3 Edit

“I remember you. Normandy Crew.”
David Archer ME3

He will be encountered in 2186 during the Cerberus attack on Grissom Academy if Commander Shepard liberated David from the experiments. He will be assisting his fellow students, Octavia and Isaac, in maintaining a kinetic barrier generator keeping Cerberus troops from getting at them. He will vouch for the Commander's trustworthiness to his fellow students, and will also give the Commander access to a room which contains a M-96 Mattock or M-22 Eviscerator in it. After escaping Grissom Academy, David goes with Kahlee Sanders to assist in building the Crucible.

If EDI is present, David will recognize her as the "Normandy Computer", and apologize for attempting to hack into the Normandy's systems. If Garrus is present, he will identify him as "Normandy Crew" and apologize.

If David was left in the care of Cerberus, his brother explains that they were able to calm David down and were able to get some useful data on controlling the geth, but eventually David stopped responding to stimuli. Dr. Archer euthanised his brother as an act of mercy.

If Shepard never dealt with Project Overlord, then Gavin Archer will inform Shepard that David died when Cerberus used nuclear weapons to destroy Atlas Station.

Trivia Edit

  • The apparatus used on David while hooked up to the VI may be a reference to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, in which the Ludovico technique used uses similar apparatus, most notably the 'eye opening' wires.
  • In Grissom Academy, David gives Shepard access to a room which he says contains "guns... lots of guns". This may be a reference to the film The Matrix, which contains the same quote and also concerns being trapped in a virtual reality.
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