|Mass Effect 2|
Mass Effect: Homeworlds Edit
When Tali sets off on her Pilgrimage, Rael sends her a vid-mail impressing upon her the importance of her Pilgrimage and how the quarian people needs to be strong against the galaxy's harshness and cruelty.
Mass Effect 2 Edit
According to Han'Gerrel vas Neema, Rael and he were both young trainees when they had to defend the gunship Yaska against batarians. During a batarian attack, Rael managed to fight off the batarians in defiance of orders, saying that they couldn't get in trouble for breaking formation as trainees. As a result, the Admiralty Board awarded medals to both of them and sent them out on their pilgrimages early. Rael eventually rose to a position on the Admiralty Board. He was distant from his daughter Tali, determined to help the quarians reclaim their homeworld and build a house for his family on it. He was rather hard on Tali during her upbringing, making sure she grew up to be a capable representative of the quarian people.2185, Rael'Zorah tells Tali to send him geth components for a secret project on the Alarei. When Tali completes her mission on Haestrom and joins Commander Shepard's crew, Rael approves her transfer. Sometime after his message is sent, the geth he had reassembled attacks both him and the other quarian scientists aboard the ship, and Tali faces treason and exile on the charge of sending active geth into the Migrant Fleet. Tali returns to the flotilla to face trial, and she and Commander Shepard boards the Alarei. They find Rael'Zorah's corpse, dead along with all of his research team. Tali tries to deny that he is dead, attempting to rationalize that he is trying to fake his death.
After breaking down crying, she finds a message recorded on his omni-tool explaining how to deactivate the geth and instructing her to show the data to Han'Gerrel and Daro'Xen. Evidence showed that Rael'Zorah was deliberately activating geth to perform experiments in order to find a way to successfully hack their neural network, violating sacred laws that predated the quarians' flight from the homeworld. However, he refused his assistants' advice to contact the Admiralty Board as a precaution and have Tali sent back more working material. His respective reasoning was that the Admiralty would predictably bicker and he didn't want his daughter involved in any political blowback. Whether Shepard presents this evidence to the Admiralty Board affects the outcome of Tali's loyalty mission. If the Commander presents the evidence, then Rael's name is stripped from the manifests of every ship he had ever served on and he is portrayed to children as a monster.
Mass Effect 3 Edit
Rael'Zorah is mentioned by Tali after the mission on Horizon, if she is in a romantic relationship with Shepard. She comments "I'm having a drink with my boyfriend. My human boyfriend. My father would've hated you."