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No the events of LotSB are canon regardless. Ryanshowseason2 12:26, November 1, 2011 (UTC)

^ what he said, It's the same with the Arrival DLC, they happen regardless of you playing them or not. I would recommend the DLC cause they are both really good. K1LLERAnish 12:51, November 1, 2011 (UTC)

why do you think that? for example if you did not play the Bring down the sky DLC in mass effect, the colony on terra nova will be destoyed.

yeah, thats why i specifically stated LoTSB and Arrival. K1LLERAnish 15:43, November 1, 2011 (UTC)

Actually, no. If you did not play the Bring Down the Sky DLC, it is assumed you killed Balak and left the hostages to die, the colony is not destroyed. You get the exact same news story whether you import a Shepard that killed Balak, or if you start a ME2 New Game without importing. Furthermore, I don't think that in the latter case you would also get the story that Balak is at large and there is no mention to the fact that a 4 million people colony got destroyed along with a whole planet, which would be a pretty big thing to miss and never mention in the second game. TiberiusYakushev 15:48, November 1, 2011 (UTC)

Honestly, I assumed the events simply don't happen. :O K1LLERAnish 19:14, November 1, 2011 (UTC)

It would be pretty odd if Liara suddenly appeared as the Shadow Broker in ME3. "Hey Liara, how are you doing?" "Great, ever since you helped me steal the SB's ship, I've been fine!" "Umm..." LotSB advances the plot too dramatically for its events to be considered canon in ME3 without actually happening in the prequel.

^^ The Arrival is considered cannon, and it is DLC as well. K1LLERAnish 09:48, November 4, 2011 (UTC)

Guess we'll have to wait till ME3 comes out. Hmph, if you didn't do Conrad Verner's quest in ME1 or start ME2 without importing a character, you will never meet him or hear from him. So who knows if Liara will always be the new SB..

Both Arrival and Lair of the Shadow Broker were created to bridge the stories of ME2 and ME3. I mean, it's been stated a whole bunch of times that ME3's story starts with Shepard on Earth for trial because of what happened in Arrival, and that goes for EVERY playthrough, imported save or not. Considering ME3 will assume the events of Arrival happened, and that Lair and Arrival are both story-bridging DLC packs, it'd be safe to say that ME3 will also assume the events of Lair happened and that Liara is the new Shadow Broker. 10:38, November 4, 2011 (UTC)

^This. K1LLERAnish 11:58, November 4, 2011 (UTC)

I don't have any sources at this time, but I do remember hearing Liara would have left her role as the shadowbroker by the time she joins Shepard in ME3. Dogmatix314 14:50, November 4, 2011 (UTC)

^ I think I remember reading that too. Leaving the role of Shadow Broker makes sense, considering Liara's status as a core squadmate in ME3. That being said, it's not explicitly stated how Liara "leaves" her position as the SB. It's a real possiblity that her leaving isn't entirely (or at all) voluntary. For one thing, there's a large, organised, and very dangerous group of pro-human radicals that know about Liara taking over as SB as well as her connection to Shepard. In ME3, with this group (anyone who knows anything about ME would know who I'm talking about by now) out to get Shepard, it stands to reason that they wouldn't want Shepard to have access to the galaxy's largest information network. Knowledge is power, after all, and the Broker has A LOT of knowledge. It would not surprise me to find Liara on the receiving end of a Cerberus housecall in ME3... 13:03, November 5, 2011 (UTC)

^ Cerberus is unaware of Liara taking over. Land Raider 13:23, November 5, 2011 (UTC)

^How is that? Is it canon that the LotSB events took place after the SM? Because otherwise, Miranda would have had reported it to TIM. TiberiusYakushev 15:09, November 5, 2011 (UTC)

^ IIRC, it actually IS canon. Land Raider 15:36, November 5, 2011 (UTC)

^ I know the theory isn't airtight; just going by what it says in the mission report at the end of Lair: "Eliminate Cerberus information leaks as Liara T'Soni takes over", "The asari's relationship with Shepard should be watched carefully", stuff like that. TIM put a bunch of bugs and monitoring devices on board, so who's to say that with proper surveillance in the right areas that TIM can't piece together what happened with the Shadow Broker. But, like I said, I"m aware the theory isn't airtight. 00:36, November 6, 2011 (UTC)