Above: When she’s not murdering Cerberus soldiers, Liara enjoys checking Shepard’s internet history
Role: Shadow Broker
Preference: Males and females
Personality: Serious, cerebral, adorable
Our favorite Asari scientist/biotic wunderkind is now the Shadow Broker, and has set up shop aboard the Normandy in Miranda’s old office. We’re covering her first because, frankly, she’s willing to get naked for anyone. She’s also the second permanent squad member, and since James Vega is not a romanceable character, Liara will be the target of many impatient Shepards.
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Both new and imported male and female Shepards can romance Liara. Those who romanced her in ME1 may have to do some damage control beforehand, however. Since she was absent from your crew in ME2, it’s understandable if you filled the loneliness void with one of your other 2000 crew members. But Liara is the Shadow Broker now, and she sees all. Thankfully, none of that really matters to Liara, provided you clear the air when speaking with her in her quarters early on. If you ‘cheated’ in ME2, tell Liara that you want to continue your relationship with her. This won’t cement anything, but it is the first and most important step.
Apart from what we’ve already mentioned above, Liara is very low-maintenance. Make sure to give favorable responses to her dialog, and visit her every once in a while in her office, though there are several times when she will actually seek you out, regardless if you are trying to woo her.
Above: Liara waiting for Shepard to get off the toilet. Uhh, maybe this isn’t going work out...
Before the Tuchanka missions wrap up, go to the Citadel and pay Liara a visit. She’ll be at the Presidium Commons café. Use this opportunity to further fortify your relationship. You can also have an in-depth conversation with Liara in her quarters just before the Priority: Horizon mission.
Closing the Deal
Your opportunity to confirm the romance with Liara happens in the Presidium Commons late in the game. Liara will be standing near the shops at the southwestern part of the map. Don’t worry about seeking her out every time you visit the Citadel; she invites you to join her via private message. The following vid is of a Shepard who did not romance Liara in ME1:
The real reason you’re here:
Once you’ve chosen to go ahead with the Priority: Cerberus Headquarters mission, the following scene between Shepard and Liara will take place the night before: