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Ronald Taylor is an antagonist in the video game Mass Effect 2, serving as the main antagonist of Jacob's loyalty mission. He is the father of Jacob Taylor, who saw him as a role model.



While serving on the ship Hugo Gernsback, Ronald disappeared, and was never heard from again. Though saddened by his father's absence, Jacob was eventually able to move on, and as he put it "buried everything except the body".

Mass Effect 2

As it turned out, The Hugo Gernsback crash-landed on the planet 2175 Aeia. Ronald Taylor became the new acting captain following the death of his predecessor. Unfortunately, Ronald was left in a bad situation, as among other things the food on the planet was toxic and would cause anyone who consumed it to suffer from neural degeneration, with nothing the crew did being able to purify it. Realizing that any who ate the toxic food would go insane, Ronald and the other officers decided to reserve the food rations on the ship for themselves, forcing the other crewmen to eat the planet's toxic food until the Hugo Gernsback's distress beacon could be repaired and a distress call could be sent out. Unsurprisingly, many of the crew members rioted in response, forcing Ronald to become a psuedo-dictator over the surviving crew.  When his fellow officers also became rebellious and/or outlived their usefulness, Ronald killed them as well. 

Eventually after a time The Hugo Gernsback's crew was able to repair the ship's distress beacon, but Ronald opted not to send out a distress call, as he very quickly found that he enjoyed living in the depraved sexual fantasy he had made for himself and the position of power he gained from it. So it was that he did not send out a distress call until the surviving crewmen eventually became so feral and violent that he could no longer control them. The distress call he sent out was intercepted by none other than his son Jacob Taylor, who unknowingly first learned of it from his Cerberus colleague Miranda Lawson.

Jacob, alongside his new commanding officer Shepard, went to 2175 Aeia where they learned of what had transpired. A horrified and disgusted Jacob promptly disowned his father and showed nothing but contempt for him afterwards. Ronald's ultimate fate is up to Shepard. Paragon players will advocate bringing in the Alliance to place him under arrest, so that he can stand trial for his crimes. Neutral players will go for "poetic justice" and leave Ronald at the mercy of his now utterly feral crew (who waste no time killing him), and finally Renegade players will convince Jacob to kill his own father, in which case Jacob won't kill him himself, but instead give him a half-charged pistol with which Ronald uses to shoot himself. No matter what decision is made, Jacob will refuse to even acknowledge his father as the man he once knew and loved.


Ronald Taylor used to be a good member of 2175 Aeia and a good father to Jacob, but after his ship crashed and became a captain, he started abusing his power in several ways, such as leaving the lower part of his crew to intoxicated food and go insane, allowing the male crew members to use the female members as they pleased, and killing his officers after they outlived their usefulness, all of these made Jacob see him as a horrible man and not the father he knew, however, despite attacking him, Sheppard and however ally the player chooses to come with him, Ronald will still feel remourse for leaving Jacob, he also genuingly thinks that he did the right thing, although it obviously isn't.


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