“A Shadow Marshal is the darkness between the stars, the monster in the night, the invisible hand that guides all matters. We remain out of sight and out of mind, and walk as shadows, until such time when open force is required to secure victory, and even then you cannot be completely sure what you witnessed. That is why we are dreaded, why you can never stop us. Cut off a head, and we shall merely acquire several more.”
“It's all a lie, nothing is true. We live as the pawns of those who throw away the lives of others for their own gain. And when we have been used to our extent we're killed off one by one. Until no one is left to know what really happened.”
“Growing up I always wanted to be a soldier. I guess every boy did but then they grew up. I never did, the adventure and excitement I saw through film made me sign up. But actors don't portray war it isn't some romantic struggle for freedom. It's hell.”
“Kid, never allow yourself to cry for the deaths of others, especially not ones you had an emotional attachment to. Hell, don't make attachments period, they're just a handicap, a burden that makes one weak and undeserving to live. To survive, keep yourself on the fringe, always ready to bolt on a moment's notice. If you linger for just a few seconds, you're going to get yourself killed, and you will deserve that death.”
“Five years. That's how long we waded through the seas of blood and gore. How long we suffered hell at the hands of the Rachni. How long it took us to bring the fight to those bastards and avenge our fallen in a sea of blood and fire. Five years. Five years of hell.”
“My job isn't to decide people's deaths. Who gets to live and who gets to die. My job is not to be a judge. I bring death to the innocent and guilty. But who my targets are and if they should die is not my bussiness. My job is to be the trigger man. Give me a gun and tell me where to shoot. That's what i'm here for. Morality and ethics right from wrong. That's for my employers to decide.”
Nigel O'Conner: "You'll get used to it. It's not that bad. They always use the gross stuff just before you ship out. They probably figure that since so many rookies'll spit their socks up once we take off that they might as well help the process."