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    It is the year 2183, and humanity has been under the thumb of the Hierarchy for twenty-six years. Client race status has not sat well with many humans, despite the good-faith attempts at inspiring amicable relations between the two species. When a tragedy on Eden Prime sparks a hunt for rogue Spectre Saren Arterius, it's up to the Normandy's human-turian crew—the first of its kind—to track him down. The humans and turians will learn more about each other and themselves as they unite against the greatest threat the galaxy has ever faced.

    And some, like the turian Spectre in training and the human cabal squad leader, may be lucky enough to find love along the way.

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    After the conflict that would later be known as the First Contact War comes to an end, humanity enters a new era as a spacefaring species. The first step? Make amends with the turians. With mistrust and resentment on both sides, this is a difficult task... For most people.

    In the midst of this new reality growing around them, Jane Shepard and Garrus Vakarian do what they can to figure out their relationship—and learn that it may just be even more difficult out in the open, especially when they're both pushed into the spotlight.

    --sequel to Crossing A Line, but can be read independently--

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    Rough upbringings and lowlife undercities, Amaya Shepard had seen it all. An unexpected event causes her to seek the sanctuary of military life, but does she have what it takes to truly lead? (First Contact AU)

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    Saren Arterius is the youngest and probably shortest recruit in the history of Blackwatch Team Ravus.

    His first deployment as ground support on the colony of Shanxi is going well until the Systems Alliance 2nd Fleet crashes the turian occupation.

    Even if Saren and his team survive—there's a non-zero chance that he'll be banished to the Cabals when this is all over.

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    It's the 24th Century, and the future of humanity gleams brightly. The Union of Human Socialist Republics has struck into the galaxy, missing the prothean ruins on Mars, and eagerly pursuing a future that sees them in the stars, But finding a long lost artifact near the outer colonies quickly brings that dream down and shattered in a hail of violence, as enemies not faced for centuries rear their heads, and humanity must defend it's utopian dream of the future.

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    Its been three years after humanity's brief conflict with the turians. The governments from both parties are ready to move on, but its people aren't.
    One of those is a young, disgruntled, hot-headed veteran by the name of Walter Reilly, who is forced to serve alongside the same species that killed his friends and disfigured his face. Even with the warm welcome from the once hostile race, and a female turian keen on being his best friend, Walter has trouble putting the past to rest, which is exactly what some people want.

    Will he learn to adapt and coexist with his former enemies? Or will he finally turn into the wrathful monster everyone already thinks he is?

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    First Contact War AU. Humans manage to capture a few turians, but quickly discover that the alien species is almost entirely non-verbal and surprisingly passive in captivity. Among others, Project Archangel is launched in Nevada in order to study and attempt to train a captured alien. The woman in charge of the op? Jane Shepard, interplanetary warfare veteran.

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    Garrus Vakarian never believed in bonding, despite the fact that he’s seen friends and family swear by the bond. All of them Turians bonding with other Turians. Simple. Easy. Biological.. But Garrus hasn’t ever felt that spark - not until a certain human female appears on the Citadel one day to marry a Turian Spectre.

    Garrus Vakarian is not that man.

    But he feels magnetised towards her instantly - in ways he can’t begin to explain - and he doesn't know what the hell to do about it.

    How can Garrus convince Commander Shepherd that they’re bond mates if he isn’t even sure what that means?

    How do you tell someone that they were always meant to be yours?

    A new inter-galactic war looms on the horizon if Shepard refuses Nihlus’s hand. What will she choose: duty or love?

    FemShep x Garrus Vakarian AU. HEA guaranteed. Non-Reaper AU.

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    Shepard and Garrus are enjoying their break on the Citadel, when Garrus' father and Shepard's mother meet by chance. When a shocking truth is revealed, will Shepard and Garrus be able to get past it?

    “It… it was war,” Castis said softly, so softly Shepard almost couldn’t make out what he had said. 
    “What about the war?” Garrus asked. 
    Shepard had a cold feeling run down her spine, right through her limbs and the top of her head. Like she was going to be sick. “The First Contact War?” she said, just as softly.
    Castis nodded ever so slightly.
    “Tell me you’re not saying what I think you’re saying,” she pleaded. 
    Garrus’ head swiveled between the two of them. “What am I missing here?”
    “Tell me. You’re not saying. What I think you’re saying,” she repeated again, slowly and deliberately, her voice raising in volume.
    Castis opened his eyes slowly and looked into Sheaprd’s. “I… wish I could,” he said sadly. 
    Taking several steps backwards, she looked at Castis with pure disgust.
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    A collection of Mass Effect drabbles for this year's Fictober. Tags are updated as we go! Most chapters are G or T rated. The E rated chapter is marked.

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    Two years after the Reaper War, Shepard and Vakarian find themselves not only pulled into political trouble on Palaven, but also into the heart of a secret from the First Contact War/Relay 314 Incident that has begun to leave a trail of bodies. Adding to the chaos is Castis Vakarian's own past--now demanding a reckoning in the present day.

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    “Will you stop trying to fight me?” Vakarian purred against her face. “You aren’t doing too good of a job.”

    Or: Shepard needs to retrieve a Prothean artifact and Garrus stands in her way.

    The First Contact War AU. No spoilers for the trilogy.

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    Having no Eezo in Sol, Humanity failed to conquer FTL technology resulting in them being confined to Sol, but this simply allowed them to focus on other technologies. What happens when the Citadel Council stumble across them in the year 3517AD? The Council wants Humanities technology, and Humanity wants out of Sol, but can a deal be struck?

    Heavy focus on First Contact aspects. Competent Council. Level headed Turians. Hanar Pirates. Geth. Heretics. Reaper with a plan. Batarians. AI. Things don't always go to plan.

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    After what feels like an eternity of death and anguish, a routine stop at the Citadel puts Shepard in the uncomfortable position of taking a break - and breaking it off with an old friend - while wrestling with the weight of becoming a galactic symbol for prosperity. Meanwhile, Garrus Vakarian seeks information on his family. However, his dive into their whereabouts has led him into political blackmail with the Hierarchy, who seek to reunify the restless turian masses evicted from their homeworld through the elimination of their scapegoat: Garrus's human Commander. Against their will, the two find themselves together at the brink of reigniting an old interspecies war - one that puts the entire galaxy in jeopardy, and challenges the unfamiliar feelings developing between them.

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    It was the year 2157, and humanity had touched the stars at last. Gazing up into the dark abyss, it was hard to believe there may be life on other planets. Intelligent life, capable of building great cities and spaces. Those that knew her, knew that Amelia Karsten-Shepard was one such idealist.

    When humanity does make contact with another species, the incident is bloody and brutal, and Amelia is ripped from her familiar normal into an alien cell as a prisoner of war, faced with an enemy that looks, thinks, and feels nothing like her.

    Tags will be updated as necessary, we're flying by the seat of our pants

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    Bethany 'Beth' Hawgrave never expected life to throw a curve ball at her so quick or fast but it had. She certainly never expected the ball to be a giant turian who crash landed on the frozen planet she calls home. And she certainly never expected to nurse him back to health, nor did she ever once think she would end up falling in love.
    Tiberius Tercolus believed he had died and gone to the spirits but instead he found himself awake and under the care of a human, a creature he was supposed to hate and revile but as she tenderly and gently cared for his wounds, he found he couldn't. He found beauty in the human who saved his life and within her he saw a future he wanted with everything he had but he knew he could never get.
    Trapped together, Beth and Tiberus find love within each other on a distant planet, far from home but such a love cannot last outside of those walls and within the walls both know the countdown has started but letting go is hard, especially when you love with your everything and all.

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    She laughed, even as Liara gave her a petulant look. Yet despite that the asari took another bite and after swallowing, poked her purple tongue out at Shepard who only grinned, playfully attempting to grasp it.

    Liara quickly moved away, grinning cheekily and taking another bite.

    “Hey, I thought the other one was your favorite!” Shepard reached for another bite, protesting when Liara playfully blocked the attempt with her own cutlery, laughing.

    “But we should enjoy everything life offers,” Liara hummed, voice deepening, “shouldn’t we?”

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    Liara and Shepard have to make a stop on Omega and add to their crew.

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    As far as she knows, she has broken no laws - so why won't Vakarian or his partner leave her alone?

    (TW: eating disorder, binge-eating, anxiety disorder)

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    Whirling around to face Liara, she laughed. “Marry me.” Her pain was completely forgotten, utterly thrilled by the devastation their combined biotics had caused.

    Liara closed the distance between them, obviously not comprehending her words, cupping her cheeks tenderly as she once more frowned, biting her lower lip while she examined Shepard. Not reassured by the lopsided grin or her thumbs up.

    “It is ill-advised to combine biotics in battle, the resulting detonation is often very unstable and erratic.”

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    Liara's excavation is put on hold when an alien ship crash lands and with it a certain human.

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    Commander Shepard has stopped the reaper threat, but she isn't out of the woods yet. As she lies in a coma, Garrus keeps her company by telling her an interesting story that has suddenly begun trickling down the turian hierarchy.
    The humans and the turians haven't always seen eye to eye. In fact, humanity's first contact with these aliens resulted in an all-out war. Many know the story, but few know what happened to make the Council intervene despite the incident being in the Terminus Systems, outside Citadel space. So why did the Council really get involved? And why has their reasoning been so highly classified for nearly thirty years? Garrus now knows the answer, and he also knows that he and Shepard are not the first high-profile human/turian relationship.

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