The Commander's hardsuit was damaged by explosions and Shepard was flung into space, barely surviving the Normandy's destruction.
However, the suit's pressure seals were compromised, and it is apparent that the Commander suffocated to death, coupled with the possibility of the hardsuit burning up on reentry to the planet below.
The player must then accept a military specialization, which determines a set of talents.
The six classes are Soldier, Engineer, Adept, Infiltrator, Sentinel, and Vanguard.
For example, a pure Soldier can have a tech bonus talent, and an Engineer can be given Singularity.
In the case the Soldier class is not chosen, a second weapon specialization, such as the Assault Rifle for the Adept, may be chosen instead of another ability.
Shepard later becomes the first human to join the Spectres, an elite special task force for the Citadel Council.
The default pre-made Shepard is a male Soldier named John, with the Earthborn/Sole Survivor profile.
Shepard was born on April 11, 2154, is a graduate of the Systems Alliance N7 special forces program (service no.
When creating a custom character, the player can choose to play as a male or female.
The default names are John Shepard for male characters, and Jane Shepard for females, though only the first names may be customized.