This is a mini page based off of Mass Effect canon. To see the full article on Mass Effect Wiki, Click Here. EditThe Protheans are an extinct alien race which mysteriously vanished over 50,000 years ago. The only known space-faring species of their time, the Protheans arose from a single planet and developed an immense galaxy-wide empire. Not much is known about them, not even by the asari, but many of their artifacts, ruins and technology have apparently survived the ages.
Very little is known about the origins of the Prothean empire. Various Prothean ruins still survive on planets like Feros, Quana and Therum, as well as many unexplored sites in the Attican Traverse, but many of the ruins have been plundered long ago. In addition to the technology they left behind, the Protheans left a greater influence through their in-depth study of other races. Their work has had the greatest impact on Humans and the Hanar. In humanity's case, the discovery of Prothean ruins on Mars, which were home to a small data cache, introduced humans to Element Zero and eventually revealed the location of the Charon Relay. A Prothean ruin on Eletania can also yield an ancient recording from a Prothean data recorder that was implanted into a Cro-Magnon human.The hanar, who call the Protheans 'the Enkindlers', credit them with giving the hanar sentience and language, and worship them as an elder race who allowed them to become civilized.