Skyrim: The Dragon's Bane C08The Dragon’s Bane
Chapter Eight – To Ride in Snow
The chill air plumed from her mouth as the horse cantered along the river’s shoreline. Spotting the ford to cross, Mira grinned, shot a look over to the other rider whose fair hair was flowing loose from any bonds, matching her steed’s pace easily. Kicking her heels into the horse’s ribs, Mira laughed as the horse bounded across the shallow water toward the snowy plains on the other side. The horse wickered at the sudden freedom of running. Mira could hear a yell coming from Ulfric as he urged his horse to chase after her.
They ran wildly over the snowy plain sparkling pristinely in the pale sunshine, enjoying the bit of freedom from war, politics, and the troubles of the land. It was if they were transported back twenty years when they were young and doing the same chase. Mira swerved her horse, to which Ulric laid a parallel run to Mira. Slapping the reins, Ulfric le
DA2-Abandon Ch.3DA2-Abandon Ch.32 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Notes: Takes place in the intervening years between Act I and II. This will be a short series.
Panting, Marian worked her fingers into the crevasse and pressed her body upwards. She followed each move Cullen made as they traversed the thin trail that ended ten feet from their goal at the top of the cliff. The man kept surprising her with his knowledge and his numerous strengths. How such a capable man that was healthy and vigorous be so emotionally scarred? Then again, she had her fair share of emotional scars, not that any of her friends knew, or even Carver. Carver never knew how much Bethany's death affected her, despite his goading, that Marian didn't seem to care that she was gone.
Grasp, flex, pull, Marian did the movement again and squeaked as her head bumped into Cullen's leg. "Why are you stopping?" she whined a little, her arms and fingers quivering with exhaustion and strain.
"Shhh, I'm t
ME: All the Things That I've Done Ch.24Chapter 24 – Taking Out the TrashME: All the Things That I've Done Ch.242 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Vido Santiago held a hand up to his people, halting them from doing anything. He sauntered to the middle of the empty space between his group and the two Spectres. Mira’s eyes narrowed, her gun never wavering its aim at the Blue Suns leader. He started to smile, which unnerved her. Kaidan chanced a look to Mira but she silently communicated to let her do the talking.
“Well, well, well, the woman who has caused me so much trouble and a lot of money these past few months. Tell me, do you still hang around that mongrel, Zaeed?”
“Maybe but then he isn’t your concern. I am.” Mira’s voice turned icy and dangerous, her body flickering with a dark blue corona.
“True, I am more concerned with you and getting compensation for the assets you have destroyed.”
“Oh, the assets your mercs had swindled from helpless colonists? Such as, murdering helpless civilians of a couple of mines
ME: All the Things That I've Done Ch.23Chapter 23 – Live to Fight Another DayME: All the Things That I've Done Ch.232 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Time seemed to freeze while Mira took the leap from the crumbling ledge toward the Normandy. Joker’s eyes widened as he lowered the rifle and reached out a hand to her. The edge of the hatch decking hit her forcefully in the chest, knocking the wind out of her even through the armor. Attempting to take a breath in, she felt Joker’s strong grip haul her up into the docking hatch and smack the door closed. Sparkles were flashing in her vision but she did not have time to worry about passing out. Steeling herself, she hustled after the pilot, followed by Thane. Garrus immediately went down to the weapons room. Looking at the countdown on her omnitool, she bit her lower lip and watched Joker steer the Normandy away from the Collector base.
Mira heard the Normandy scream as it sped through the wreckage of other unfortunate ships to the mass relay. Her grip on Joker’s chair was tight and she had to loosen it as her han
To Have You at My SideTo Have You at My Side2 years ago in Personal Journal More Like This
"I know we don't agree on some things, and we argue horribly at times."
"That is an understatement." Mira snorted softly.
Ulfric leaned down and nuzzled into her hair, a hand reaching behind her neck and fingers snaking through her hair to caress at her scalp. She leaned back into the caress and nuzzle, her eyes closing to feel the jarl's warmth against her back. "You can't know how much this is taking out of me to confess this and even ask." His voice rumbled into her face.
"The best policy is to be forthcoming, with no hesitating, Ric."
"I have hesitated so many times with you, Mir, and lost so much time."
"You were fighting a war."
"Pfff, forget that. I did what was necessary for Skyrim. I'm talking about you and I." He sighed deeply and kissed softly at Mira's temple. "You know that I care for you deeply."
"We have known each other since we were whelps." Mira stated simply.
Ulfric growled low. "You can be infuriating but it is one thing that I
DA: Dark City C03Title: Dark CityDA: Dark City C032 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Setting: Modern Day Dragon Age
Character(s): f!Hawke/Cullen and the cast
The day started with a bright and painful burst of light. Blinking and cursing unintelligibly, Cullen rolled over and dropped onto the floor. The cursing grew in volume as the templar levered himself off the hardwood floor. He looked around groggily, taking note of the couch he rolled off and the near miss to the sharp edge of the coffee table by his head.
Grabbing at the discarded watch laying on the table, Cullen focused on the time. Frowning at the late hour of the morning didn’t help improve his sour mood or the throbbing in his head. It was another drunken night, as he had collapsed on the couch again, fully dressed. As for how he got home, Cullen didn’t know. That is until a throat clearing made his head snap up and take note of that dwarf man from the Hanged Man standing patiently next to the couch.
The dwarf’s ha
ME: All the Things Ch.19Chapter 19 – One Battle After AnotherME: All the Things Ch.192 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Kaidan stood outside the door to Anderson’s office and waited to be called in. He was told that Anderson was in a meeting with the Council but the Councilor was aware he was there. Still, waiting on politics chafed with Kaidan. ‘And that is why I hate politics.’ Ashley once said on their first trip to the citadel. Mira agreed to the sentiment immediately but had to keep her opinion quiet. Kaidan sighed softly at the fond memory and looked up as the door opened and Udina stormed out without looking up to see him standing there.
With a raised eyebrow, Kaidan entered Anderson’s office, watching the older man try to calm down but the telltale sign of grinding teeth was noticeable to Kaidan’s keen perception. “You really need to do something with him, sir.”
“I wish I could punch him out again.” Anderson chuckled and motioned for Kaidan to grab a seat across from his desk.
ME: All the Things Ch.20Chapter 20 – Can’t BreatheME: All the Things Ch.202 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
A/N: Okay, the dreaded Horizon confrontation but….here is my version. Still some anger and trust issues in there but not horrendous.
Kaidan spotted the dark mass flying down on the colony and used the scope to check it out. His gut instinct warned him of danger and immediately yelled at Lilith to get the people into shelter. Raising his rifle again, Kaidan fired off a couple of bursts at the fast approaching swarm to little effect. The droning was filling the air as he ran backward trying to swat away the oversized insects. All around him, the bugs were stabbing at the colonists, paralyzing them. He managed to swat at one that just landed on his neck and squashed it with disgust.
The lone Alliance officer and trained soldier ran like hell to the laser turret bunker, to see if he could finally smash the thing in to work. The sky was turning to fire as a ship was entering atmosphere. When he reached the bunker, the blast doors were c
ME: All the Things - InterludeInterludeME: All the Things - Interlude2 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
During the hours after the destruction of the Normandy, news reached quickly to Omega and to certain eyes and ears of the Illusive Man. There was only a small window of opportunity and Miranda helped Liara, Shepard’s former crewmate and friend, to attain a precious package from the hands of the Collectors. Of course, it was all being done through a third party and this third party was being illusive as to where the exchange was happening.
Some mercenary was in the system when the distress signal from the Normandy came through on all open channels, blaring the mayday. They spotted the vapor trail and small speck of the falling body trapped in Alchera’s gravity well. The merc was there for the Collector’s. The Collector’s attacked the Normandy, hoping that the one human they had their interest in would survive the explosion and be taken before a search and rescue would come in. It didn’t matter that Shepard was breathing, conscio
ME: All the Things That I've Done Ch.31ThresholdME: All the Things That I've Done Ch.312 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He still couldn't believe it! Here he was, sitting outside the brig where Commander Mira Shepard was incarcerated. The Hero of the Blitz and the Citadel, the first human Spectre, and daughter to the notable Captain Hannah Shepard. James Vega looked at the sleeping form of the woman behind the force field. Sorrow etched her face, her eyes moving rapidly in some dream or nightmare. They would be at Earth in a couple of hours but James took Anderson's orders to heart.
"You must protect her at any cost, Vega! Never leave her side, no matter what happens. That woman has a very important mission and it is beyond the call of the Alliance or the Council to keep her from it."
"Yes, sir." James said enthusiastically.
He did just that. Except to use the head, he remained at Shepard's side. They didn't really talk as she slept most of the time, even if she was mostly tossing and turning. James bolted upright when Shepard screamed and sat upright with a star
DA: Dark City C08Title: Dark CityDA: Dark City C081 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Author: CelticWolfwalker (with help from RiHouston!)
Setting: Modern Day Dragon Age
Character(s): f!Hawke/Cullen and the cast
The academy was set in the suburbs of Kirkwall, away from the bustle of the city life and harbor. Cullen took in the natural scenery, pleasant lanes, and spacious estates. When he reached the academy grounds and turned down the road, the tree-lined road leading to the school awed him. It was the picture of serenity and old country charm. The grounds were landscaped with immaculate detail to be both ordered and natural. Where Cullen’s eyes set upon, he could see Marian’s influence, and oddly enough, Garrett’s.
The black SUV Cullen drove slowly made its way around the wide arc of the driveway leading to the front entrance of the school’s administration building. He parked the vehicle and cut the engine, pausing a moment as he watched groups of students and faculty walking in and around the ground
ME: All the Things Ch.18Chapter 18 – AwakeningsME: All the Things Ch.182 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
First there was utter cold, then fighting for breath. Next, fighting to breathe and terrified panic, with bright lights and voices heard like they were underwater. Darkness. Awareness came back as something was rocking her. Her consciousness was struggling out of warm darkness and into a cold, sterile world. The fog burned slowly away as she was rocked again and a voice was urgently calling out her name.
Oh, shit. Mira thought, as pain flared in her awakening consciousness and firing through her body. Slowly, she rose up on the cold table, rubbing at the terrible ache in her jaw. Sound came back as an explosion and gunfire could be heard. Blinking her eyes open from the gummy heavy feeling, Mira tried to focus on her surroundings.
“Shepard! Get up! We are under attack. There is a locker to your left with your armor and a pistol. Hurry and put them on!” an accented female voice urged the awakening Commander.
Mira moved her legs over th
ME: All the Things Ch08ME: All the Things Ch082 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Mass Effect: All the Things That I've Done
April 11, 2183
A lot had happened and quickly since Eden Prime. They talked with the Council, Saren was declared a rogue agent, and Mira was made a Spectre. From there, Anderson gave command of the Normandy to her, while he took on a desk job. He wasn’t happy and Mira understood why. She stood behind Joker’s chair in the cockpit, looking at the planet Noveria for the second time in her life. Automatically, her body shivered. The last time she was here on this planet, Hackett was with her, facing his own personal demons. She had to kill his daughter in order to save his life.
Saren was tracked down to this planet and Mira wasn’t looking forward to going back. The place reeked of corruption and secrecy, which gave her shivers more than the cold did. They still had more questions than answers. After retrieving Liara from Therum, the leads had dried