Mass Effect 3 Alternate Endings. SPOILERSMass Effect 3 Alternate Endings. SPOILERS4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
MASS EFFECT 3 ALTERNATE ENDING *SPOILERS OBVIOUSLY*
**EDIT** Holy crap this got way more attention than I was expecting. The comments and support have been amazing everyone!
A few points: Credit where credit is due; this ending, as much as everyone seems to love it, was only created because the amazing team at Bioware created a universe that was so rich and full of life and detail. As much as I know a lot of fans are hurt by what they did, we need to remember that Bioware still created an incredible trilogy, one of the best ever. So hats off to them all round.
Also, this was written really fast and so the ending (specifically the last part on how you actually win using TIM's signal) isn't very fleshed out. I know there are holes, and they can actually be fixed quite easily. This isn't perfect. Also, this doesn't deal with a 'happy' ending. If there were to be one, or you were to even CONSIDER taking the fourth option, you'd need to be damn ready. I'm talking ALL war assets e
A Day in the Epilogue2196 CE, RannochA Day in the Epilogue3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Shepard dreamed of long elevator rides.
He lay sprawled on his side, using his outstretched arm for a pillow. Tali slept with her back against his chest, her hand resting on the muscular limb he had curled around her waist. Their tangled feethis five toed and long, hers small with three toes, peeked out from the end of the blanket.
The early morning silence was broken by the whoosh of the bedroom door sliding open. Three children rushed in. The youngest, a petite girl about three years old with long black hair, hit a button on the wall and the shades on the windows rose to let beams from the orange sun assault the darkness.
Shepard groaned, turning his face into the mattress, trying to block out the light. A grunt escaped him as his sons leapt onto the bed and their knees found his abdomen.
"Dad! Mom! Guess what today is!" One of the boys used the spring in the mattress to bounce in the air and land on h
Sentinel - Chapter NineThe Hero of Elysium:Sentinel - Chapter Nine3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Being head of the Marine details meant that there was nothing that Kaidan didn't know about the things that were going on around the ship except for the things he weren't supposed to know. He was fine with that, it was the way he preferred things.
He was also surprised over the amount of people he actually knew, but the one that made him grin when he saw him was Joker. He was not surprised that Anderson and Hackett had chosen him to fly the Normandy.
"This dame needs a special hand to fly her and I got the touch," Joker said, grinning at Kaidan who just chuckled and grinned in return.
The biggest surprise though was when the commander of the ship was announced, making several people gasp. Whispers were already filling the briefing room.
There was not a soul who had not heard about Commander John Shepard, the latest N7 graduate. The hero of Elysium.
People were talking, creating their own images about the man. They had been doing that for the last seven years
Sentinel - Chapter SevenSoldier-Boy:Sentinel - Chapter Seven3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
No matter how many times Kaidan went into space, he was always fascinated every time he did it. There were simply so many things to see, people to talk to.
And they did talk to a lot of people, alien and human alike.
Kaidan wasn't fuzzed, the universal translators equipped under his skin, just above his ears, helped in understanding their tongue. It didn't matter to him who he worked with, he happily co-operated with whoever he was told to work with.
He liked working with Asaris', at least those who didn't mind working with him. Some frowned over the thought of a human biotic since their skills were "created", not something that was natural to their kind like the Asaris' abilities were.
Others were fascinated by him and his abilities as well as the natural strength to his biotics, telling him that he was rivalling many of the best users in the Asari military. He didn't know how strong the Asari Commandos were, but being compared to the best there was easily understo
Sentinel - Chapter ElevenCaptain, My Captain:Sentinel - Chapter Eleven3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
In a way, it all seemed so simple. They had three planets to check, three planets where they could possibly find leads on Saren and the "conduit" he was chasing.
And some planet in the Artemis Tau System to find, if she was there still, Professor Liara T'Soni.
Three choices, three urgent missions.
Like Shepard wasn't already under a lot of stress with his newfound Spectre-status.
Kaidan could see that the load was heavy on Shepard's shoulders since everything had been more or less sprung on him. He was taking it in stride though, showing just how capable he was as he ordered Joker to take off. He just hadn't decided to where yet.
It was a tough call, one that Shepard had to think about closely. All Kaidan could do was to offer some support in the only way he knew how.
Rapping his knuckles against the hard metal door, Kaidan waited for the muffled "enter" to reach his ears before palming the electronic lock, opening it. He gave Shepard a small
Sentinel - Chapter FourteenWarmth:Sentinel - Chapter Fourteen3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Kaidan had never been one for parties, especially not when he was still recovering from his cold.
Chakwas had found it downright funny that he’d been that knocked out by a simple cold, describing it as a “man-cold”, which Kaidan didn’t quite get. A cold was a cold, right, no matter who it happened to blossom in.
Still, it was nice to get the offer and he had to admit that the pout on Ashley’s face had been a cute one when he said no.
“I’ll make it up to you when we are done at Virmire. I promise.”
“I’ll hold you to that, LT,” she had grinned before tugging Tali and Shepard along with her.
The Normandy was surprisingly silent every time the crew got shore-leave, and Kaidan was enjoying it to the max. Rumours had it that their next mission on Virmire would be a big one so this was probably the last chance people would have to blow off some steam.
Or do like Kaidan and just enjoy the peace and quiet.
Sentinel - Chapter TwoLittle Boy Blue:Sentinel - Chapter Two3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After three days, Kaidan was sure that the blue-eyed guy was stalking him. Either that or he was assigned to every god damned place he happened to be at.
He didn't look at only him, that much Kaidan was sure of. But when Kaidan was looking at him, the stranger seemed to be studying him.
This made Kaidan nervous. And when he was nervous, he fucked up more easily.
"God damn it, Alenko, where the hell is your head?! You would have been dead out there," Michael barked, tugging off his helmet so he could give Kaidan a proper glare as they walked out of the simulator, breathing hard.
"I am sorry, okay? It's just That guy makes me nervous. He keeps -staring-," Kaidan barked back, wiping away the sweat on his forehead, helmet already under his arm.
"Get over yourself, he is staring at everyone," Michael replied, his voice gruff. "That's what he's doing, observing. Like, it's why he's here."
"Who the hell is he anyway?" Kaidan asked, looking towards the stranger wh
Chimera: A Garrus / Shepard RomanceCHAPTER 18: THE MORNING AFTERChimera: A Garrus / Shepard Romance3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sera awoke to the sound of the incessant beeping of her omni-tool.
The beeping reverberated inside her head, pulsating out a rhythm of pain. Laying there in the middle of the bed for a moment, she willed it to stop, absently muting the offending noise. A light snuffling sound from the couch caught her attention but she didn't want to move to find its source. She pinched the bridge of her nose, closing her eyes, trying to breathe through the pain in her head. Only when the pain had sufficiently subsided did she dare to open her eyes and click on her omni-tool. A message from her mother blinked at her.
Rise and shine daughter! See you in an hour!
Sera groaned in protest as she remembered agreeing to breakfast with her mother and Anderson the night before. That was before her mother ambushed her. Suddenly, the memories from the night before sporadically started to fill her brain.
The thought bolted her upright
Sentinel - IntroductionMass Effect 1-3Sentinel - Introduction3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Pairing: Male Shepard/Kaidan Alenko
Rating: T (will change to M as the story goes)
Kaidan's life has not always been easy. BAaT nearly drove him to madness, life after was a struggle, but now Now he is ready. For whatever life tosses at him. Or so he thinks.
Kaidan looked down at the com-pad again, just reading over the requirements needed for him to even consider joining theAlliance.
He had thought about it a lot, or at least from when he was able to think straight again. BAaT did that to its he hesitated to call them students, but that was the title officially. Bullshit of course, but he was among a handful of survivors who actually knew the truth.
Bottom line, BAaT downright fucked with a person's brain.
He focused at the com-pad again.
Physical test. Passed, with an above average result, which made him proud.
IQ test. Passed with top results, though he had no idea why. He didn't get the reasoning, only the results.
Biotical test. Passed with flying c
Sentinel - Chapter EightThe Normandy:Sentinel - Chapter Eight3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Serving for ten years within the Alliance military, both as an officer, as a marine, but first and foremost as a soldier, has taught Kaidan a lot of things.
Always trust your squad-mates. They know what they are doing.
Never look a gift-horse in the mouth. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
Don't be a colossal idiot and decline an offer that is obviously a once in a life-time opportunity no matter how lacking you think you are for the job. The Alliance asked you for a reason so don't question them.
Of course, all the things he had learned came with a certain obvious "there is always an exception to the rules", but for the offer that Kaidan now was faced with Well, Kaidan had found himself to be a lot of things in his thirty-one year of living and ten years of serving, but being dumb enough to decline this..?
Not an option.
Especially when it was Captain Anderson, one of the first and most famous N7 graduate and soldier from the first conta
Sentinel - Chapter ThreeDecisions:Sentinel - Chapter Three3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
When Kaidan was made Sergeant and offered a commendation for his services during a routine mission gone wrong, nobody was prouder than Kaidan's father.
Kaidan was proud too, but he felt that getting a commendation for hacking a door shut so Batarian pirates couldn't come into a shuttle was a bit idiotic.
It had been Kaidan's first mission off-world and while it was a simple one, Kaidan had been excited.
He had worked hard for the chance, pushed himself constantly despite the growing pains from his implants. He had ignored them, pushed himself further, not willing to show that he was weak.
He could do this. He knew he could. And he had done it all without once using his biotic abilities in a mission or task.
When Kaidan was offered the spot, he had been a simple corporal; promoted mere two months after he had finished boot camp because of his dedication and, as his squad-leader had said, his stubbornness and integrity.
He had been transferred from the boot camp to the
Chimera: A Garrus / Shepard RomanceChimera: A Garrus / Shepard Romance3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
CHAPTER 16: CARRY ME HOME
He glanced at the wall behind the large table in the back of the bar and understood what she meant. Pool He vaguely recalled watching some of the humans playing it earlier but really didn't take much notice. Now, he was sorry he didn't.
He walked over to the wall and blankly stared at all of the poles that lined it, unsure how to choose one. Shepard watched him with amusement for a couple minutes before joining him. She plucked one from the wall. Holding it in one hand about a third from the base, she balanced it, testing its weight. Satisfied, she set it on its base and leaned it against the wall. He watched her from the corner of his eye and when she walked away, he did the same thing. After selecting one he thought was acceptable, he dropped it on its base and leaned on it, watching her round up the funny looking round balls he'd seen earlier.
After racking the balls up she looked over at him, keenly aware that he was watching her every move.
Show Her You Can Dance Chap 1Show Her You Can DanceShow Her You Can Dance Chap 15 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
His eyes darted across the console, something wasn't right in the readings. Every scan made came up with unknowns. The mystery ship left a feeling in the pit of Joker's stomach. Something was wrong. Something was very wrong.
"Cruiser has changed course. Now on intercept trajectory."
"Can't be! Stealth systems are engaged," Pressly countered. "There's no way a Geth ship could possibly-"
"It's not the Geth! Brace for evasive maneuvers!" Joker's hands darted across the controls in a desperate attempt to dodge the oncoming attack. He had made the Normandy dance out of danger, he could do it again. There was no way this new enemy could tell him otherwise. At least that's what he told himself. Trying to keep his nerve, Joker barked status reports and orders to anyone nearby. Only when no one answered him, did Joker look back and finally realize the scope of the damage done to his beautiful ship. The only thing between him and oblivion were the kinet
Amalgamation - Chapter 1, SeparationAmalgamation - Chapter 1, Separation3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Game: Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age
Characters: Kaidan Alenko, Alistair, Female Shepard
Disclaimer: All characters are the property of Bioware.
You probably gave up on me finishing this story. Truth is...my husband and I had a baby! And that took up some time. I never forgot about this story, however, and after the extended cut and release of Dragon Age: Inquisition, I have to finish what I started. I'm sorry for not doing this sooner.
I have edited and added to existing chapters to clean up some lore issues, especially after the Mass Effect extended cut. I endeavor to post a chapter a week from here on out. I'm so excited to bring you once again on this journey with Commander Shepard. Please message me with your thoughts. I love to hear them.
Chapter One - Separation
"Come on, Shepard. Just take five minutes. A quick drink. Then I'll go."
I've heard this line before, I tho
In the Arms of KalihiraTitle : In the Arms of KalihiraIn the Arms of Kalihira5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Author : Maqeurious
Game : Mass Effect 2
Characters : F!Shep/Thane
In the arms of Kalihira
"Now the suns gone to hell
And the moons riding high
Let me bid you farewell
Every man has to die
But its written in the starlight
And every line on your palm
We're fools to make war
On our brothers in arms"
- Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits)
Kahje is beautiful.
I remember you telling me about this planet when we were first getting to know each other. The endless crystalline seas are as alluring as you said they would be. Not even the thick blanket of grey cloud can dampen the pure
Sentinel - Chapter ThirteenCold:Sentinel - Chapter Thirteen3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was downright embarrassing.
Kaidan hadn’t been sick since he was a child, not counting his health after BaAT, and yet here he was, coughing and sneezing, running a fever like a furnace, and all because of their mission at Noveria.
His mom really had been right. He should have put on a sweater underneath his under-suit no matter how uncomfortable he would have been.
He really was the shame of the people in Vancouver, he should be used to the cold. Resilient to it. He had grown up in the worse snowstorms Vancouver could dish out, shrugging it off like it was a summer-breeze.
He guessed there were some things he just couldn’t protect himself from. The natural “heating system” in his body from his biotics may have kept him warm, but not even his best biotic shield could protect him from the invisible mini-terrorists that were currently creating havoc in his own system.
The biotic was stubborn though and a little snot hadn’t stopped him before.
Sentinel - Chapter TwelveScars:Sentinel - Chapter Twelve3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
All things considered, the mission was going well. Or as well as one could expect since they had little to nothing to go by.
They hadn't caught Saren yet and, as Wrex was so lovely putting it, they were more or less sniffing the farts the turian left behind as they reached Therum, then later Feros.
While Therum had been intense, especially with the rescue of Liara T'Soni, only they had been at risk.
Feros, however, had been a… interesting challenge. Especially when they discovered the Thorian and the downright possessed colonists, but, thanks to Shepard's brilliant leadership, nobody had died. He had settled arguments with a finesse Kaidan had never witnessed, used the limited supplies in the most efficient way possible and somehow still found time to do small favours for the people on the planet. Kaidan had no idea how he'd done it, but there it was. No casualties and injuries were at the minimum. By the time they were done, the colony was back online, power supply and w
Sentinel - Chapter FifteenTitle: SentinelSentinel - Chapter Fifteen3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Game: Mass Effect
characters/pairing: Male John Shepard/Kaidan Alenko
Disclaimer: I own nothing besides my own playthrough of the games. ... Sadly, I don't make money out of it.
Kaidan was feeling sick to his stomach. It felt like a big lump was stuck in his throat and the guilt was tearing at him from the inside. There was a taste of copper in his mouth as he fought to keep the damn protein bars down, just so he had something to run on. He couldn’t afford to break down, not now.
Especially not now.
But it was hard to keep going, when the guilt and the questions were gnawing at him from the inside until his body was trembling.
That small voice in his head that kept asking “why?” Why him? Why her?
It was almost worse to think that Ashley would have berated Kaidan for thinking this way.
“Chin up, LT, it was the right thing to do. Fight my battle for me and make it a good one. I got no regrets. Live fo
Sentinel - Chapter FourChoices:Sentinel - Chapter Four3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Kaidan never regretted having that discussion with his father that night. Never regretted listening to his father's advice, arguing back and forward between what Kaidan felt was smart and what felt right.
It had taken most of the night and several Canadian lagers until they reached an answer and by then they were both tipsy, talking loudly outside on the balcony until Kaidan's mother had threatened to set the dog and the hose on them both.
He had been twenty-three then.
Now he was closing in on twenty-five, feeling just as young and inexperienced as he did back then. He wasn't as closed off anymore, learning to trust and to work with others, but he still wasn't the one that barked the loudest. He spoke when spoken too, always gave professional opinions and keeping personal ones to himself.
Nobody ever asked for personal opinions, at least not where he was.
Reliable they called him.
Reliable and smart.
At least that's what it stood on the paper.
This is why they welcomed
ExpectationsHe had expected her to hate him.Expectations4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
'I mean,' he thought absentmindedly as he idly stirred his coffee. 'Isn't it normal for her to hate me?' Though all things considered, there wasn't a thing about their situation that was normal; a Reaper invasion putting your relationship- or what was left of it- on hold wasn't normal. Serving on the same ship during said Reaper invasion while putting your relationship or what was left of it- on hold was even less so. He took a sip of the bitter liquid, its warmth seeping into his chilled bones. It was incredibly late- the last of the crew, save for him, had finally tucked into their bunks for the night, the day's events heavy on their hearts as they attempted to exude a modicum of normalcy, tried to cope by means of routine.
Still, he had expected her to hate him.
How could she not? She had found him as soon as she could, sought for his comfort, his pr
Sentinel - Chapter EighteenTitle: SentinelSentinel - Chapter Eighteen2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Game: Mass Effect
characters/pairing: Male John Shepard/Kaidan Alenko
Disclaimer: I own nothing besides my own playthrough of the games. ... Sadly, I don't make money out of it.
It was supposed to be a routine-mission.
That’s what the brass had told them since they started the damn mission in the Terminus System, looking for lost ships and Geth.
For four days they had been scanning the area, finding nothing.
Then they had arrived.
Everything had happened to fast, too fast for Kaidan to really register what the hell was going on. He was going on autopilot. He supposed all those years of training for emergencies were finally paying off, but he would have preferred that he would never have to use them in the first place.
Still, as set as he was on getting people to safety, there was still one clear thought left in his head as he rushed down the halls of the Normandy, dodging fire and sparks from the ruined electro
Sentinel - Chapter OneArmy-life:Sentinel - Chapter One3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Kaidan could get used to the rude wake-ups, the morning drills, running in the middle of pouring weather, knee-deep in water. He could get used to the sorry excuse they called food, the latrine duties and the constant yelling from his superior officers.
Hell, he could get used to underwear constantly riding up his ass because of the friction from his pants.
He wasn't sure if he could get used to the buzz-cut though. His scalp was constantly itching and when he looked at himself in the mirror, all he could see were eyebrows. Huge, dark eyebrows. He wondered if he could ask to have those shaven off as well.
Other than that, life at boot camp wasn't bad. He'd been here a month already and he found that he was actually enjoying his time here. Sure, it was hard work, but it wasn't anything he couldn't handle.
He was already used to wearing a uniform from his time at BAaT, used to surprise inspections and being worked until his body was crying out in pain.
The main differen
H3 Original Script Ch. 1H3 Original Script Ch. 18 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
1. THE PERILOUS ADYTUM
117,649 YEARS LATER
The picturesque, brilliant, blue-green color of the planet had changed very little over the course of time. Battles, however, were raging about the planet's atmosphere and orbit. A single space platform, Cairo Station, remains in view, as well as multiple cruisers and destroyers, both human and Covenant, unleashing hell upon each other.
Explosions and plasma blasts punctuated the visual survey of the conflict.
With the unmistakable tremors of an approaching spacecraft, a familiar ship known as The Perilous Adytum, which once powered the Covenant capital of High Charity through Forerunner technology, brazenly rocketed into view.
It's direction was clear: Earth.
* * *
It was some point in the middle of the day, as the sun's heat bare
ShatterThe anguish in his eyes haunted her.Shatter4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
When she closed her eyes, she saw him staring at her with as much love as there was pain in his body, reaching out but not knowing if he could touch her, if he should touch her. When she went about her business, his presence was overwhelming, his biotics humming such a sad tune that her biotics would whisper of her ache for him, for his comfort. He had been in her squad for weeks now, and had taken residence in the observation deck. He didn't push things with her, didn't demand she make a decision, barely talked to her at all when she didn't initiate the conversation.
For her part, she rarely spoke with him.
It wasn't for lack of a want to she wanted to be able to talk freely with him, to be able to use his shoulder and have him hold her like they used to be in another life, but things aren't so simple anymore. She couldn't just rush to his sleeper p