SnugglingSnuggling3 years ago in Settings More Like This
She turned on her side and readjusted her pillows for what was probably the hundredth that night. As weary as she was, sleep should have been an easy task. Unfortunately her mind did not want to cooperate with what her body was demanding. Her mind wanted to think about Earth and all the horrors taking place there, about Kaiden and the angry bruises on his face, about Palaven and about Garrus. She hoped her turian friend was alive and well. Shepard uttered a dejected sigh and pulled herself off the mattress. She arched her back, stretching the sore muscles on her lithe frame that protested against the notion of having to do more work. Perhaps a stroll around the Normandy would ease her mind. Shepard stepped into her slippers and made for the elevator.
The CIC had been eerily quit even if the hour was late. The silence a reminder of when the Collector's had abducted her crew. Shepard chased away the memories of the Collector base. She did not need another horrible thing to dwell on. The
Chronicle~ Chapter TwoChronicle~ Chapter Two3 years ago in Settings More Like This
My hip rested on the door frame as I stood there with my arms folded over my chest looking at my mother. I was waiting for the verdict that would decide my fate for the rest of my childhood existence. Mum was leaning on the counter over the sink her eyes focused down on the drain then slowly she looked up out the window to the darkness. Her reflection bounced off the glass showing me the disappointment that was radiating in her eyes.
"First, you trespass on an Alliance ship, then you break Thoma-"
"Louis," I corrected her earning myself an angry glare.
"Kalia you don't talk now, this is my time to talk," She yelled, "then you broke that boys arm without even trying! When will it be enough?! When will you learn how to control it?!" There was a vein that protruded in my mother's forehead every time she got annoyed, it was showing now.
I shifted my weight from one foot to another moving away from the safety of the door frame, "I went to go get a book today to learn h
Chronicle~ 13Chronicle~ 133 years ago in Settings More Like This
Kalia stood there staring into eyes she hadn't seen in almost twelve years. The memory of Straichs telling her of Alexanders death flashed through her mind. She remembered how hallow she felt, how she made herself into a hollow creature from that day on. She felt betrayed, that the last ten years were nothing but a lie.
Alexanders deep hazel eyes started back into her light green eyes and there was silence among the two for a moment. Alexander ran forward and threw his arms around Kalia pulling her to his chest nearly crushing her form. Bitterly Kalia pushed him away and glared at him with pure hatred in her eyes.
"You bastard! You're suppose to be dead!" Kalia screamed as her biotics flared violently.
Alexander looked at her confused and tried to collect his thoughts and calm her at the same time, "Kalia, what are you talking about?"
Kalia shook her bitterly and nodded to Liara, "We'll talk later I just want to get her out of here."
Liara stood there quietly like Kaidan an
Chronicle~ Chapter EightChronicle~ Chapter Eight3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Ok so from this point on the story is going to be in third person. I'm sorry if its confusing at first but from now on the story jumps from person to person so it would be much easier to carry out the story like this. Again Also I'm incorporating more people into the story. I'm sorry for any confusion!
"Well is he?!" Kalia screamed as her biotics flared. There was an eery silence hanging in the room as she stood staring into the eyes of Dr. Straichs. His eyes held nothing but hatred for the girl, hatred for what she was and what she stood for. She was a weapon, something he was trying the break yet he couldn't.
Dr. Straichs reached for the data pad that was lying on his work desk. He picked it up and stared at the orange hologram screen as words moved a crossed it. Only hours earlier Straichs got the reports about the attack but he never planned to tell Kalia. He knew the two were close and the reaction towards this could be catastrophic. Smirking Straichs lo
Chronicle~ Chapter 11Chronicle~ Chapter 113 years ago in Settings More Like This
Kalia pulled on the black body suit she stole from the merchant and smirked. It was tight that was for sure but it worked with her biotics. Kalia ran a hand through her slightly damp hair as she walked around in the small apartment. Nova found the empty apartment and they were holding up there until they could get a place of their own. The space was small and cramped but it was a roof over their heads and it was warm. Kalia pulled on her black gloves and looked around the bare apartment. The only piece of furniture in the apartment was a huge couch.
Nova spent the night before researching their target. They were to go after a CEO that fled to Omega to escape assassins. It was Kalia's job to sneak into one of his parties and seduce him then when it was dark the two were to kill him. Kalia thought the job would be quick easy and clean but Nova had to spend hours researching it.
Kalia leaned on the wall as she shook her head, "Nova the more you worry about this the more you're
Chronicle~ Chapter SixChronicle~ Chapter Six3 years ago in Settings More Like This
Sorry everyone this chapter is pretty quick. Honestly I was having bad writers block and this is what comes out of it.
Chapter Seven will be out by Sunday!
-Two Years Later-
"You better come back in one piece or I'll kill you myself," I murmured as I hugged Alexander as tightly as I could.
He smiled as he hugged me back tucking his head into the crook of my neck. We stood there for a few moments before Alexander pulled away and stood before me smiling. He was dressed in Alliance blues and looked serious for once. His dog tags were gleaming in the evening sunlight. Alexander had to cut his hair a bit shorter so it was regulation and he spent the whole morning shinning his boots.
For the past week Alexander and I didn't talk much. He was preparing for being shipped off to Elysium to meet up with the rest of his squad who were all on shore leave. It was the first time Hanna and I saw him in about six months and he was only home for about three weeks. Hanna and I
Prothean Cycle: A Timeline (On-going)NOTICE: Readers are recommended to read this timeline with the Prothean Cycle Galaxy Map openedProthean Cycle: A Timeline (On-going)3 years ago in Settings More Like This
(Thoi'han/Inusannon Cycle year 25000-50000)
Inusannon and Thoi'han waged an inter-galactic war, Eezo over-spill contaminated Eingana and VandrosInussanon Reaper War: Thoi'han civilization destroyed by the ReapersInussanon Reaper War: Some Inusannon civilization managed to live through the destruction by transferring their conscience into a virtual world; with their bodies no-longer necessary to be the vessel of their conscience, these bodies eventually mummified naturally into the "statues on chairs" similar to the ones found on Nabata (now known as Ilos)Primitive Prothean evolved in post-war harsh environment on Vandros and internalized the poisoning with high biot
Chronicle: 20Chronicle: 202 years ago in Settings More Like This
"XO Shepard going on shore, XO Presley is now in charge," The VI said Alexander, Liara, Kaidan, and Kalia exited the Normandy. It bad been two days since Virmire and no one seemed to be talking. Kaidan slipped down to see Kalia but their conversations consisted of looking out at the stars and the occasional comment.
The four walked into the C-Sec elevator with Kaidan and Kalia in the back of the group. He was warming back up to her which meant the occasional hand touch and smile. Kaidan eyes traveled down Kalia taking in her appearance. She was dressed in a pair of light jeans and a long sleeved black shirt that was cut low enough to make him smile but without showing anything. Her long curls were hanging loosely except for a few that framed her face had been gathered to the back of her head.
Kalia casted the Lieutenant a smile as she motioned for him to keep his eyes up. Alexander tried to hold back the smirked that was forming
Chronicle: 22Chronicle: 222 years ago in Settings More Like This
Everything hurt. Head, bones, lungs, heart, head some more, just everything. Incoherent words were being spoken but it was too much for her to comprehend. Something heavy was laying a crossed her stomach keeping her breathing at bay. She coughed a few times tasting the copper in her blood, sing of internal bleeding.
The voices were becoming louder, maybe it was Alexander's or Kaidan's hell it could even be Liara but she wouldn't know. Kalia tried to open her mouth but couldn't find the strength to move her jaw. If she couldn't call out she would die quicker than she would in a hospital.
"H...Help," her weak voice called out from under the rubble.
"She's over here!" A voice yelled as the sound of concrete being moved echoed from above. Soon small gaps of light started to appear giving small signals of hope. Kalia squinted at the intensity of the light above her. Moments later she felt hands gently lifting her out of the rubble.
An Alliance officer picked her up and proceeded
Chronicle: 19Chronicle: 192 years ago in Settings More Like This
"What do you mean we won't know?!" Kalia yelled as she slammed her earpiece down.
Joker shook his head, "As long as our shields are down I can put us close enough to see where Shepard's going. If the communication channels were up then we could predict his movements but we have no choice but to follow as close as possible then land. But that option is off the table."
An idea sprouted in Kalia's mind. She looked down at her bare hands as her biotics swirled around her thin fingers, "Joker, where is the thinnest part of the ship's walls?"
Arching an eyebrow Joker pointed to the window, "There but why-"
"I'm going to go under which means I won't be able to move or communicate for about ten minutes but it also means that my biotics in full control. I can sustain a barrier that will engulf the ship for a good fifteen minutes but you need to get Alexander and who ever it is that he's saving then get us the hell out
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The First Step
Chapter Thirteen ~ Denerim
Where Alistair meets Goldanna....
Denerim rose on the horizon. They would reach it's gates the following day. They'd camped in a little hollow a short walk from the road. Ilaria was looking forward to a little time in the city. She knew their stay would be short, but the thought of a hot bath, a warm meal and a soft bed for a few nights in a row was appealing.
Zevran was everything he promised to be. He'd proved himself to be a capable fighter through a few skirmishes in the last few days. He was helpful both setting up and taking down camp and quick to comply with any request given to him. Ilaria wanted to trust him but couldn't ignore the unease she felt. She'd promised to take responsibility for his actions and knew she'd never forgive herself if she was wrong. Each night she cast a mild sleeping spell over the golden assassin befor
Chronicle~ Chapter OneChronicle~ Chapter One3 years ago in Settings More Like This
"Be home before dusk Kalia, I don't like the way these skies look today," Mum called after me as I tugged on my father's old gray Alliance jacket. I smirked as I slipped out the door of our bungalow without saying a thing back to her-
At the time I didn't realize how much I would come to regret this.
The old autumn air greeted me with a chill as the leaves dance around my worn combat boots. I looked around at the small settlement we lived in, at the long steel bungalows, the people going about their daily priorities, and at the Alliance flag that stood high in the middle of it all. Mindoir was originally set up to look like earth so that the Alliance pilots that came here before their first mission wouldn't feel so lost in the planet's vast gray skies. But about fifty years into the project the scientist noticed that the chemicals they placed in the core of the planet were affecting the people more th
Mass Effect 2: Chapter TwoChapter TwoMass Effect 2: Chapter Two5 years ago in Settings More Like This
Beauty and the Beast
The next few days went by rather quickly. I usually stayed in my Lab. Nothing more to do than that. Miranda usually threw papers at me, telling me to research them. Some were repeated. I wondered if she knew she was throwing the same things at me. Either way, it gave me reason to visit Mordin in the Tech Lab, where he told me stories about my foster parents. That was usually the only thing we would accomplish, and then I would have to throw something together for Miranda. I was always curious why I was doing reports when there were other matters Shepard had in mind to be worried about.
I was also spending more time with the rest of the crew. Grunt was the Krogan that lived down in the Cargo Bay. He looked very brutal and angry, but as I got to know him more, he just seemed like a child. I had learned about how Shepard had released him from Tank Mother and how Okier had created him. He was a v
The First Step - Ch3The First Step - Ch33 years ago in Settings More Like This
The First Step
Chapter Three ~ Displays of Power
Standing in the large training room, Ilaria mused over her discussion with Irving the night before. After informing her of the stipulations on her remaining within the Tower she'd been sent off to rest. Sleeping in a soft bed for the first time in weeks left her looking forward to the day of testing. It had been months since she had done anything with her magic and she had the sensation of being cramped. It was as if her magical abilities needed to be stretched like her legs would need to be had she kept them curled beneath her for too long.
"Let us begin with your abilities in Primal and Elemental magic," Irving began. "Are you familiar with the manipulation of all the elements?"
Ilaria's fingers tingled with anticipation. Her fascination of elemental spells had made her exceptionally proficient in Primal magic.
"I can manipulate all the elements, but my stre
The First Step - Ch17The First Step - Ch172 years ago in Settings More Like This
The First Step
Chapter 16 ~ Life Binding
"No! Wynne, you have to do something!" Ilaria cried. Flemeth was dead and Alistair lay motionless, broken and battered, blood slowly pooling around him.
Wynne sighed. "Ilaria, he's too far gone. I'm sorry but..." her voice cracked, "there's nothing I can do."
The young mage looked at the woman she'd come to respect as a mentor, a great healer. If she was giving up so easily then the damage must be even worse than she realized.
Fighting off panic, Ilaria ran through spells in her head finally settling on one she'd studied long ago. It was old magic from a very old tome. It had spoken of consequences but they had been unclear. Time had worn away what warning may have been there. But the knowledge would not have changed her mind now. A calm clarity settled on her.
"Zevran, bring Morrigan and the others here. There are extra vials of lyrium in my pack. Wynne will n
The First Step - Ch14The First Step - Ch142 years ago in Settings More Like This
The First Step
Chapter Fourteen ~ Haven
Characters: Alistair, Zevran, Deylan Amell, Morrigan, Leliana, Wynne, Sten, Shale, Dog
Much to his chagrin, Deylan was finding Zevran to be useful. While he talked to a dark haired man claiming to be Weylon in Brother Genitivi's home, Zevran had quietly snuck around and opened a door at the back of the house. Within, he found the body of the real Weylon, long dead, preserved by magic. The fake Weylon was quickly disposed of and the house searched. Within some of Brother Genitivi's papers, they discovered the location of a small village high in the Frostback Mountains. Deylan was dismayed at the thought of traveling there during the winter. It was entirely possible the road there would be blocked by snow and they would have to waste time and energy to magically clear their way. Inwardly grumbling at the task ahead of them, he led the group back to their lodging.
They arrived at the Silver Vixen after dusk. Deylan was surprised to find Ilar
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The First Step
Chapter Ten ~ Jowan
Three days had passed since arriving in Redcliffe and the early rays of dawn found Ilaria pacing back and forth in her room. The handsome Bann Teagan had agreed to allow her to visit Jowan in the dungeon but she had been unable to bring herself to do so. She was running out of time. They were leaving Redcliffe the next morning. She desperately wanted to see her friend but was torn by the feelings of betrayal left behind after his escape and her aversion to speak of Neria's death. She knew she would have to tell him. Deylan had barely spoken to him after finding him alive in the dungeon over a week prior and not at all since returning from the Circle.
She stood at the open window, the cold morning air steeling her, and watched the sun begin its climb into the sky. As the last of the bright orb left the horizon, she took a deep breath, pushed away the dark tho
Blankeyed In The RainBlankeyed In The Rain3 years ago in Settings More Like This
Once Nate wakes from his drugged state, the first person he chooses to chase after is Talbot. Talbot gives him a very good reason why. Spoilers for UC3.
Policemen on patrol had Talbot passing a hand over the line of his vest. The pistol tucked so inelegantly into his waistband wasn't meant to fire bullets but it would draw unwanted attention. The supply of darts in his pockets would be even harder to explain. Best not to ruffle up the natives in this miserable little backwater of a country.
Not while the hunt was on.
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Turian Headcanons pt 1Some headcanons I've developed for the turian species, including their speech pattern, mating habits, and details about their plating. My reasoning for is included in italics.Turian Headcanons pt 13 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Spoken language is reminiscent of Latin, uses primary vocal cords
Sub-language consists of two types:
-------phrases: sounds that are not spoken words but can be assigned a spoken meaning. These will cause static over a translator.
-------vocalizations: sounds that convey a mood and are not directly translatable. These can be heard even with a translator running.
Spoken language is almost always accompanied by underlying sounds that further emphasize ideas or tones. Species that do not use undertones in their speech do not currently have software capable of translating these sounds. Unlike elcor, turian vocalizations are sounded out too rapidly to be translated in any way. However, translators can be adjusted to filter over the sounds so that a non-turian listener could
Chronicle~ Chapter 10Chronicle~ Chapter 103 years ago in Settings More Like This
"Alright just act casual and we'll go talk to Aria," Nova muttered as the two fugitives got out of the shuttle. Kalia looked around at the back space station and shook her head. The station resembles a jellyfish she saw back on Earth but brown. To say this place was dirty would be an understatement. Batarians and Vorcha were lurking in the corners watching the two as they walked towards the hangar doors.
Kalia glared at the Batarians. They looked amused by the small human girl and the Asari. Nova kept her head high as they passed through the hangar doors. There was a long hallway that had windows on one side leading out to the docks for ships. Kalia looked out at them in amazement; she had seen huge Alliance dreadnots before but nothing that big. Nova stood beside the human as Kalias grip tightened on the back she wore on her shoulder.
'There was blood everywhere. People were screaming as they ran in terror as the slave ships landed. Gunfire rang out throughout the settlem
Chronicle~ Chapter FiveChronicle~ Chapter Five3 years ago in Settings More Like This
Alexander and I were sitting on our bunks in silence. My head was buried in a book I stole on biotics and how humans can control the dark energy. The book was written by a Conatix scientist which gave an extremely biased opinion on everything. Most of the words written on these pages were anti-alien political slurs. It expanded that biotics were something the Alliance should real in their biotics and use them for genetic experimentation as opposed to training them how to shoot a gun.
I shook my head casting the book to the side. Biotics didn't chose to be born this way, we had no control over our genetics. But to be called 'threats to humanity's very existence' and 'puppets for the Alien forces in human bodies' made my blood run cold. The book made me wonder how I would be taken in society, would people instantly fear me or despise me as much as Dr. Starichs did. I leaned back and held my hands in front of my face as they started to glow faintly in the dim lighting of the
Chronicle: 26Chronicle: 262 years ago in Settings More Like This
~One Year Later~
Kalia was busy chopping carrots in the kitchen when the door slipped open and the pitter patter of tiny feet came running in. She placed the knife on the counter as a smirk formed on her face. She heard the footsteps getting close and she turned levitating Zayn in the air. The little boy looked to be three but in reality he was a bit over a year old. His light hair was replaced with black and it was shaggy covering his left eye. He laughed as Kalia rolled him in a cocoon of blue light purple biotic energy. Liara wasn’t far behind baby bag full of clothes hanging over one shoulder. Liara looked exhausted as she leaned against the kitchen island.
“He’s gotten so big!” Kalia laughed as she lowered Zayn to the ground. Zayn reached up stealing a carrot then ran away towards the living room.
“A year will do wonders, Happy Birthday Kalia,” Liara said as she removed a lig
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~Ten years later~
Kalia sat in a chair overlooking Omega with a cup of coffee in her hand and glasses sitting on the bridge of her nose. She didn't need glasses but wearing them made her feel somewhat normal. Nova was out doing some hacking job for Aria while Kalia sat around nursing a few broken ribs from the last job she did. Kalia had gotten stronger in the last ten years so much so that she was able to take down a rogue Asari Matriarch without so much as trying. The Matriarch got a few good shots in, breaking two ribs and breaking six. Medigel just made it worse so Kalia decided on letting them heal the old fashioned way but her patients were growing thin.
Kalia shook her head as she scrolled down on her datapad. She was looking over the roadster for her new assignment. The Blue Suns had been good to them over the years, the protected Nova and herself, paid them well, and made sure no one outside the highest ranks of the Suns knew about them. Straichs was far
The First Step - Ch1The First Step - Ch14 years ago in Settings More Like This
The First Step
Chapter One ~ Welcome to Ferelden
Characters: Anders, Irving, Greagoir, Cullen
This is not what she had expected.
She knew the Templars would be suspicious of her voluntarily turning herself in but she had never considered that they would be cruel. She'd been in Ferelden for just over a month when she entered the Chantry in Highever and asked to see the Knight-Commander. She'd waited patiently for most of the day for him to become available. When she was finally ushered into a small office just off the side of the Chantry, she presented herself as a Tevinter mage and offered her paperwork as proof. Several minutes passed while he examined her official travel papers. The silence began to make her uneasy so she explained that she was hoping to spend some time in Ferelden's Circle to study. She was unsurprised that he seemed uneasy but he was diplomatic and stated that he would have a Templar esc