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    The necessities, the demands, and the endless pressure that is war finally crack the foundation that is Commander Shepard. Forced to face his demons, John is reminded once again that the people he fights for are willing to defend him, even from himself.

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    They’re inching towards the final battle and Shepard and Garrus are making arrangements in the likely event they do not survive. Even if they can’t save themselves, they may be able to save Garrus’ family…

    Then, seriously wounded during the battle, they’re separated by light years, unsure if the other has survived. They fight to survive, not knowing whether their partner lives or is waiting for them at the bar.

    A story spanning from the final weeks before London to the first years after the end of the war.

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    Commander Jane Shepard has one goal in mind, stop the Reapers. When the Alliance comes knocking to take her to trial, she has one simple thing to say.

     

    “No.”

    Now she’s rogue with the crew she trusts, trying to do one thing and rally the galaxy.

    Shatter the cycle.

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    Blessed by the gods, Shepard is tasked with hunting down those responsible for the violence done to her. The offense done to the gods when she was ripped across time, brought back from death, cannot go unanswered by the Siha.

    This draws on a bunch of things from the first, so read that first and is the second in the series (of three). This will go through the events of Arrival and the first half or so of Mass Effect 3, though there will be more substantial shifts from canon, it will still have the same main missions, etc. Thane lives. Another bit of a slow burn after Shepard gets taken into custody and brought back to Earth.

     

    Updates every few days, sometimes more frequently, with a chapter or two.
    Any explicit chapters will be noted here: 4, 20, 21

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    23/?
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    The Reapers are defeated, and the galactic community is barely holding together after the presumed death of Commander Shepard and the disappearance of the Normandy. The return of both, with unexpected complications, prompts a whole lot of questions, and very few answers.

    Update: Now includes podfic!

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    This is a Shakarian AU fic where Fem Shep and Garrus are asked to go undercover as fake fiancée's to find dirt on a high-rolling crime syndicate.

    After being made the first Human Spectre, Commander Shepherd is asked to take on a new kind of mission, one that involves going undercover to infiltrate the high-rolling society of a slave-trading crime syndicate. The one hitch in the plan? She has to do it all with her new fake fiancée, a Turian she just met named Garrus. Can Shepherd navigate the unexpectedly challenging world of rich criminals and seduce Donovan Hock into spilling his secrets while keeping things strictly "business" with her new turian fiancée? Or will those blue eyes and that sexy voice make her wonder if forever really is the sweetest con?

    All OC characters are property of Bioware, and all others are my own creation. I do not give permission for this work to be copied or duplicated.

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    23/?
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    What is left when the ashes fall? Who is there to pick up the pieces? Are some burdens too much for any one person to bear?

    The Crucible was activated. The choice rippled through the galaxy. And now, with the Reapers defeated at last, the ones left standing must face the aftermath of fallen nations and toppled civilizations. They all knew the outcome, but so few were truly ready to face the consequences of what survival truly meant.

    Set directly following the ending of ME3, this dual-POV fic explores grief, love, and healing between Garrus, Shepard, and the galaxy at large.

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    18/?
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    Let them call me a savior...or a butcher. Let the galaxy over rally at my name, if they must. Let me be carved in stone and only the best of my words remembered. Let them immolate me and erase my existence. Let them take whatever they need because I...I can't give anymore.
    Sequel to "This Side of Yesterday" and "This Side of Tomorrow" - A retelling of ME3 through the eyes of Liara T'Soni, as wrapped in a story set centuries after the Reaper War's ending. First and third person POVs.

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    9/?
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    Three days after the sudden collapse of the Reapers and the end of the war, there's only destruction, chaos and pain left in the galaxy. Rebuilding will take years, decades, for now all they can do is heal the wounded, and bury the dead.

    Jane Shepard though, has no intention of being counted among those dead.

    Written by IllusiveWritings and illustrated by Shipsnthenight

    Post-destroy ending, with a twist of indoctrination theory just for fun. I started writing in 2013 and exhumed it because shipsnthenight offered to illustrate it. We have to kill time during the quarantine after all, right?

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    Primarch Victus came to Earth to repay the assistance provided personally, fighting his way through London with his team.

    Following the end of the war, with the turians stranded in Sol and in a weak bargaining position, he works to save his people, while adjusting to life in London with his bondmate and their adopted sons.

    A companion piece to ‘Come Back Alive’.

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    In a different reality, the batarians' home systems did not fall to the Reaper invasion on 21 September 2186. It is the day Kaidan Alenko, Alliance Intelligence Specialist, stumbles upon a silent, insidious threat creeping across the galaxy.

    He reluctantly follows orders to team up with Commander John Shepard and stop the threat. Used to working on his own, Kaidan isn't prepared for the mutual attraction igniting between them and quite unexpectedly, he doesn't just have a threat to deal with, he has to grapple with his attraction to Shepard.

    As if matters are not complicated enough, Kaidan has a secret that he does not want anyone, including Shepard, to know. Both weapon and burden, his secret set him apart from the rest of humanity. But when work and attraction collide, he finds himself right in the centre of the storm and his secret exposed.

    26 May 2021:
    After reviewing my posted chapters, I've decided to break them up into smaller chunks. They are pretty dense, so hopefully by doing so, they are easier to read.

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    18/?
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    With the crew milling about the Starboard Observation Lounge, Shepard took a moment to stand back in the shadows. It was good to see them all finally meshing as a team, though it didn't take long for someone to seek her out. Smirking slightly, Kasumi handed her a distinctive looking glass, prompting Shepard to raise an eyebrow. She knew exactly what was in that drink, and didn't need the plucky thief's assertion that the cocktail was to help her 'acclimatise'... she was also certain that Thane had been close enough to hear the woman's comments. However she wasn't the type of person to back down from a challenge, so catching Thane's eye, Shepard raised the drell-venom infused drink in a silent toast before taking a sip; from the way his onyx eyes followed the movement, she was confident it was only the beginning.

    *A major re-working/updating of a story I originally wrote between 2014 - 2017*

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    216/?
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    Commander Natasha Shepard is the hero of the Blitz. But that day isn't the triumph her superiors claim it was. The ghosts of her past haunt her as she tries to move past her devastating loss. She finds love and friendship among her companions as they race through the Galaxy, attempting to save it without losing themselves along the way.

    Will diverge slightly from canon as I wanted to change some of the pacing with the various relationships.

    Updates on Thursdays.

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    Commander Shepard ended the Reaper War and their threat to galactic civilization. That much is certain. In the months following the end of the war, he and the crew of the Normandy grapple with the fallout of the decisions he made to bring salvation to the galaxy even as they navigate their new realities. Kaidan Alenko, his longtime friend and now devoted partner, has the impossible task of putting Shepard back together as the rest of the galaxy asks what he'll do next.

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    31/?
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    109
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    It's time... the Reapers are here, and despite the warnings of Team Normandy, the galaxy is not prepared. Armed with her family and a few new friends, Jane has to set out on a mission to get everyone together and stop the Reapers. Jane's done the impossible before, but she's not sure if she'll succeed this time.

    For once, will she actually get her happy ending?

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    2/?
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    An honest, long-form exploration of the events during and immediately after the end of Mass Effect 3, examining the consequences of Indoctrination, the control ending, and what it means to be Human.

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    7/?
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    9
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    Captain Jane Shepard, former Alliance N7 who left the military after the events on Akuze, is our justice seeking C-Sec agent. Commander Garrus Vakarian is our Commander and next in line to be the Council’s next Spectre. We are flopping the story backwards folks, let's see how this plays out.

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    109/?
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    51
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    Shepard sent him away so she could run for the beam and save the galaxy, but Garrus Vakarian won't be left behind that easily.

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    I would do just about anything for her if she asked.

    Now, though, she's ordering me to sit on the sidelines for the most important mission of our lives, to wait around and hope she can handle whatever is up there on her own. I guess I've found the one thing I won't do for her.

    A good turian would follow a bad order from his commander, but I've never been a good turian. I'll be damned if I start being one now.

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    Altered ME3 destroy ending and what comes after, Garrus POV.

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    22/25
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    38
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    Commander Shepard is subject to sudden fame and recognition after her survival on Akuze. She's forced to take leave, and on the Citadel she discovers more questions than answers. Just as her scars begin to fade, Captain Anderson calls her on a mission that seems a lot bigger than he makes it out to be, and while she's fighting a battle with all the cards stacked against her she is also forced to reckon with her past, her mistakes, and her feelings.

    "aut vincere aut mori" - either to conquer or die.

    (Shepard/Garrus slow burn, friends to lovers, whatever you want to call it. The slowest of burns.)

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    Chapters:
    7/7
    Comments:
    12
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    56
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    13
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    A mentoring email conversation between Shepard and Hackett about morals, honor and the hard decisions all commanders, no matter irl or fiction, will eventually face.

    Javik's question is unsettling and without easy answers, which is the very nature of moral problems.

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    1/2
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