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Summary: Wrex and Grunt say "Shepard" a lot. Takes place after synthesis ending.

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This is based on my interpretation of the original ending.

1) Will there be sex?: None planned.

2) Why Synthesis?: Key inspirations here are:

  • Joan Slonczewski: Children's Star and Brain Plague. Humanity becomes infected with intelligent microbes.

  • Sheri Tepper: Raising the Stones and Sideshow. The Hobbs Land Gods infect humanity and give the gift of limited telepathy and nanotechnological powers.

And partly because I wanted to write Geth/Quarian interactions.

3) What about Citadel and Mass Relays?: Bled out by the synthesis wave and imploded. There's too much in-game work establishing reaper tech = bad for me to leave them intact.

4) Isn't that a disaster?: Yes.

5) Isn't that doom?: No. The communications buoys are explained in the ME2 codex as independently created relays capable of transmitting EM at FTL. The Protheans independently invented the relay in ME1. Aethyta describes similar efforts by the Asari in ME2.

6) What happened to...?: Voice narration in the final mission of ME3 describes Hammer losses as catastrophic. Most named characters are dead. Tentative casualty list so far:

  • Cortez: Shot down on 8th sortie.

  • Vega: Died defending one of the missile batteries by planting his last grenade on a brute's spine.

  • Kaidan: Killed by Harbinger on final push.

  • Garrus: Killed by Harbinger on final push.

  • Liara: Last seen coordinating communications in forward command post. Post destroyed by heavy Reaper beam.

  • Traynor, Tali, Edi, Joker: On Normandy, MIA.

  • Jack: Died defending students. Two survived.

  • Miranda: ???

  • Zaeed: Died with his boots, and Hawaiian shirt, on.

  • Wrex: ???

  • Grunt: Last seen beating a banshee to death with its own arm. Presumed dead.

As the quote in the first chapter suggests, I'm a bit inspired by Beowulf here, which is an early example of the last man standing idea. Part of me is interested in what happens after.

7) Arn't you a meanie for...?: You don't have to read it.

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Description: Attempt at a post-synthesis ME3 fiction series exploring survival and reconstruction on Earth immediately after the original ending. Samara and original Quarian and Asari characters.

Mass Effect: Deliverance Days, Part 1

Wailing her woe, the widow old,
her hair upbound, for Beowulf’s death
sung in her sorrow, and said full oft
she dreaded the doleful days to come,
deaths enow, and doom of battle,
and shame. -- The smoke by the sky was devoured.

D minus 4 hours, London: "Goddess no!" With long practice Samara turned her rage into cool and disciplined force directed at the Marauder in front of her. Kilometers ahead of her, the invasion force trying to reach the beam was hit. Steam from the broken sewer system billowed up, lit by flashes of oxidizing metal vapor. A human voice was ordering a retreat.

The mixed group of stragglers around her, a few Humans, a Turian, and even a Krogan they picked up around the way looked around, and then they looked at her.

"There's still hope. Someone must reach the beam. We must press forward for the good of the people who depend on us," it wasn't working. The Code drove her forward through centuries of grief, but she didn't know the words to rally the others. She never did. Shepard would have.

"I'm going..." let them follow her example if they will. Her conscience was clear.

"Incoming!" she heard a shout. She looked up into the eye of a Reaper and threw up her barrier around herself and around those closest to her. The light blinded her before she could close her eyes, and for a brief moment the barrier held.

A biotic wave knocked Samara out of the beam's path and behind a wall. The human teenager didn't even have time to scream. "Foolish," Samara cursed under her breath. She fumbled with one hand for her sidearm, wondering why she couldn't feel the other. When the pain came, she started reciting the Code. She didn't get past the first 20 laws.

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Shore Leave: Jack
PG-13 for sexual situations and language.
Warnings: Consensual but ethically ambiguous relationships. Body modification.
Summary: Jack gets new ink.

Yes, I write fanfic. )
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Shore Leave: Zaeed
Mass Effect. Zaeed, PG-13 for sexual situations and language. One-shot.

Yes, I write game fanfic. )
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Ever reach a point where you just gotta stick a fork in it and call it done?

Title: Deflections
Characters: m!Hawke, Aveline, Isabela, Varric
Summary: Everyone seems to have an opinion about Hawke’s love life. (One-shot story.)
Spoilers: Act 3
Rating: PG-13, language and inferred sexual situations

Yes, I write fanfiction, and have a thing for Dwarves. )
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Title: Two Strict Drabbles about Aveline
Rating: T
Characters: Aveline/Donnic

mild spoilers for act 2 )
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Cut for people who don't like fanfic.

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