The protagonist of Mass Effect 1, Shepard, is a military commander in the Earth Military, The Alliance’s Elite ranks – named N7. A soldier through and through, Commander Shepard’s task is to prove to the Galactic community that Saren is a traitor to be brought to justice. Humans are newcomers to the galaxy, untrusted, so the actions that Shepard takes on their adventure will reflect upon all of humankind.
As a character, Shepard can be customised heavily by the player. Gender, origin, powers, class; all of these can be altered to create a playable character that matches the way the player wants to play—Tech powers, Biotic powers, or straight up guns.
Male Shepard and Female Shepard are both as viable as each other. Both versions of Shepard feature the extraordinarily talented voice actors Mark Meer and Jennifer Hale (Although I think FemShep is a rad title for Female Shepard, just my opinion). Bioware made a distinct point of making this game inclusive to its large female-oriented audience, as well as others who want to see more heroines in their Sci-Fi RPGs!
This is the player’s conduit into the world of the game. Through Shepard, we see the incredible worlds of the Milky Way, from the Citadel to Ilos. We also can interact and grow closer to our crew – forming relationships and even romances with them.