Wynne and Mordin: The Great Science/Magic Debate"Professor Solus. I keep telling you, magic is completely different than your......'science'."
Mordin Solus leans over the alchemical bench, busily mixing various ingredients. His white and red lab coat fluttering in the breeze, his features set in deep concentration. "Silverite, easily fashioned into weapons, possible cure for most known poisons, toxic to creatures called darkspawn.......maybe liquifying it.....no no toxic to ingest."
Glancing over at the elder mage for a split second, he shakes his head, "Magic is simply a different form of science. Said it yourself, magic still wildly unknown."
Wynne's fingers grip her staff more tightly as she struggles to control her frustration with her "guest". Suddenly, a thought strikes her, a wry smile on her lips. "Care to make a little wager Professor?"
"Always found gambling an unnecessary variable. Most humans I've found have an unhealthy obsession with wagering."
"So you're afraid that my magic will completely trounce your so calle
A Shepard Family Halloween (Part One)(Part One): Trick-Or-TreatersA Shepard Family Halloween (Part One)2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
"Liara, honey. The girls are almost ready. How's it coming with your costume?"
Liara Shepard looks at herself in the mirror, the long black dress hugging her curves, a wide-brimmed pointed hat resting on the counter. With the black lipstick and eyeshadow she doesn't recognize the woman looking back at her in the mirror. "I'm not so sure about this Kaycee. I'm not usually one for putting on costumes."
Kaycee's voice sounds from the bedroom, a note of laughter in her tone, "Everyone agreed to dress up this year, and that includes you dear. Besides, I can't wait to see you in the costume I got you."
"Isn't this a little......racy to take the girls out Trick-or-treating?"
"Kinda the point Liara. Plus, Kim's offered to help watch the girls afterwards while we go to the party."
Liara gives a sigh as she puts the hat on, transforming the demure archeologist into a living breathing witch. As she exits the bathroom, Kaycee gives a low whistle as she begins
Shepard Family Stories - Miranda"Where are we going today, Aunt Miri?"Shepard Family Stories - Miranda3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Miranda looks down at the young asari holding her hand. "We're going to have a little fun today. You ready?"
Ayrene nods, a big grin plastered on her face. She sees the car that Miranda drove up in. A sleek, black convertible with silver trim rests in the driveway. Miranda buckles Ayrene into the passenger seat, before getting in. A push of a button and the engine roars to life. Miranda looks over at Ayrene, one corner of her mouth turning upwards into a sly smile. "Let's make your mother worry some. Hang on, sweetie."
She floors the gas pedal, peeling out of the driveway, leaving a blacked streak on the surface. The car speeds away like a missile. With the winds blowing through her hair, she can barely make out the squeals of delight from Aya. Glancing out of the corner of her eye, she sees the young asari laughing and waving her arms in the air. Once they are about ten miles away from the Shepard house, she begins to slow down. "So? How was that
Shepard Family Stories - Tali's Teatime TagTali: Teatime TagShepard Family Stories - Tali's Teatime Tag3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
"Aunt Tali!" are the only words she hears before a blue streak rockets into her midsection. Tali glances down as she tries to catch her breath. Little Ayrene looks up at her with sheer joy in her eyes, her arms wrapped tightly around Tali's waist. "Well look at you, I can't believe how much you've grown Aya.
Tali glances up to see Liara standing in the doorway with a bemused expression on her face, her hands placed on the bulge at her stomach. Tali's eyes widen "Keelah, Liara! Why didn't you tell me?"
Liara chuckles, "Shepard figured your reaction would be priceless."
Tali shakes her head, "That little........."
Ayrene finally extricates herself from her. "Can we play Aunt Tali?"
"I'm sorry Aya, I've got to talk to your mom for awhile."
Ayrene looks crestfallen. Tali kneels down to her eye level. "Tell you what, I may not be able to play with you, but how would you like to play with Chiktikka vas Paus?"
She activates her omni-tool and a purple sphere materiali
The Sheps, teen angst, love and understandingBioware owns Shep and Liara-I made up Elena and the girls!The Sheps, teen angst, love and understanding3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Eden Prime, 17 years after the destruction of the Reapers:
Ambassador Liara T'Soni-Shepard returned home and started preparing some after-school snacks for her children without even changing out of the traditional pure white with gold trim dress she wore to official functions.
Liara was happy and occasionally caught herself staring out the sliding kitchen doors that opened to the huge porch that over looked the big back yard which ended at the shores of the crystal clear glacial lake. A lake named Lake Shepard, much to her husband's chagrin. On the other side of the lake snow-capped mountains towered over everything, reaching into the clear, azure sky. It was breath-taking.
Her lithe figure moved gracefully around the kitchen as she gathered items and mentally ticked off nutritional values. She loved it when she got home in time to do this, but her duties usually held her
Shepard Family Stories - Wrex's Blue ChargeWrex stands alone in the yard watching the ships fly by overhead.Shepard Family Stories - Wrex's Blue Charge3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
*sigh* "Hard to believe its all over."
A small tug at his leg snaps him back to reality. Looking down, he spies little Syren looking up at him hesitantly, a teddy bear clutched tightly in one arm. A warm smile spreads across his face.
"Something I can do for you, Little Bit?"
Syren blushes furiously and looks down at her feet. Wrex chuckles to himself. (She is so unlike her father) "It's alright, I don't bite."
Syren looks back up at the old warrior and quietly asks, "Charge?" Wrex throws back his head and roars with laughter. "Spoken like a true Shepard." With one fluid motion he reaches down and scoops her up and onto his shoulders.
"Alright young one, I want you to hold on tight. Here WE GO!!!! RAARRRRR!!!!"
Kaycee stands quietly on the porch with Liara's head on her shoulder. They watch silently as Wrex thunders past with their youngest yelling "KROGAN!!!!"
"You alright Shepard?"
"Of course I am, she's made a
The Fight to LiveF-Shep/LiaraThe Fight to Live3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Her final defiant shout was lost as her world blossomed in beautiful, terrifying, all-consuming light and heat. She heard her flesh sizzling and searing and smelled the acrid stench of it even as she inhaled those hungry flames and felt the terrible intensity of the living fire within her breast. The agony crushed her physically and lit every nerve in hyper-sensitive torment as she felt herself picked up and thrown like so much trash across an endless expanse of forever.
It was her end. Again. Her last moments. Again.
A part of her absently recalled those thoughts of despair from before. Since her resurrection, she spent hours each day living in that memory of the woman who should be dead. They haunted her soul shadowing every act in her life with a reminder of impermanence, wrongness, time stolen and the cold touch of death on her heart.
The certainty of death while she dr
Shepard Family Stories - Kasumi (Shadow Play)"Okay, my young pupil, are you ready to begin your training?"Shepard Family Stories - Kasumi (Shadow Play)3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Ayrene giggles in anticipation and nods. Kasumi gives a sly smile, "Good, aoi kaze. The first lesson is to be as silent as possible....that means no giggling (*wink*)"
Ayrene tries to keep a straight face, but lapses back to giggling. Kasumi tickles her, "If you alert the target, you've already lost."
Kasumi looks out across the yard to where Liara and Kaycee sit together on the porch resting. Liara sleeps soundly in Shepard's arms. Kasumi turns back to Ayrene. "Okay, let's go over the list.....master thief? Check. Loyal apprentice?" Ayrene gives her a big smile. "Close enough. Finally, the water balloons?"
Ayrene pats the tub of water balloons next to them. "Check!!"
Kasumi turns back to the target. "Okay you know what to do?"
Ayrene nods as Kasumi picks up two balloons. "Remember, we'll have only a few seconds to get off as many before they start running."
A voice sounds from behind them "And what pray tell are you two up
SFS Christmas Stories: Christmas MorningDecember 25thSFS Christmas Stories: Christmas Morning2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Little Syren Shepard opens her eyes sleepily, gently rubbing the sleep from them. She glances around her room, the pale orange light of the sunrise peaking through her curtains. She carefully hops off her bed, wrapping her blanket around her shoulders from the cold, and picks up her teddy bear, Athena. Syren shuffles over to the curtains and peeks around them, standing on tiptoe to see over the window sill. A small gasp escapes from her, followed by a quiet giggle. White, as far as the eye can see, the entire countryside covered in a thick blanket of snow. Realizing that it's Christmas morning, Syren quietly shuffles out of her bedroom, moving one door down on the right, "Aya? You awake?"
Her big sister is sitting in her bed, reading a holo-comic, clad in red sweatpants and sweatshirt. She looks up at Syren, "Well, good morning and merry christmas Sy."
"Mewwy Chwistmas Aya."
"Anyone else awake yet?"
"I dunno. But it snowed outside."
Shepard Family Stories - Jack (Part One)Shepard Family Stories - JackShepard Family Stories - Jack (Part One)3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Liara stares at herself in the mirror, the silky white dress hugging her slender frame. Kaycee's voice sounds from the bedroom, "Liara, sweetie? You almost ready? The babysitter will be here soon."
Liara sighs. "Are you sure this is such a good idea?"
She hears a chuckle from behind the door. "Really? That's what you're worried about? It'll be fine. It's not like she's never been around kids before."
"That's different. They were students, not our daughters."
She hears the click of the door opening, before Kaycee's arms wrap around her, chin on Liara's shoulder. Liara's eyes close as Kaycee places a kiss gently on her neck. "Liara. I trust her."
Liara grumbles something but falls silent, grasping Kaycee's hands in hers. Shepard smiles, "By the way, you look simply gorgeous." Liara notices Kaycee's outfit for the first time. "Wait .isn't that the outfit Kasumi got you?"
Shepard nods, "It's not like I have that many dresses sweetie. You know I'm not usua
Memories to Heal the Broken 1So a friend 'Noted' me and suggested a look at my FShep (Sarah) and Liara's relationship 'back in the day'. I decided to start from the end of ME3 and find a way for them to relive some special moments that they shared. It takes a while to get there, but now that the hard part is over, the next installment will be more on point, I think.Memories to Heal the Broken 13 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Bioware owns these characters.
FOB Hammer, London:
They had been fighting for hours and the brutes, marauders and cannibals were closing in on all sides. Liara saw Tali incinerate two cannibals with one flick of her Omni-Tool then glanced to her own left before throwing up a singularity that caught up three cannibals. She killed all three with aimed shots from her Locust but was then knocked back and over a low wall by a charging brute. There were hundreds of vile creatures all around her and the small contingent of Soldiers left at FOB Hammer.
She knew in her heart that they couldn't last very much longer.
(SFS) Zaeed: Guess Who's Coming to DinnerShepard Family Stories(SFS) Zaeed: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Zaeed: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
The kitchen is a blue blur as Liara rushes to get things prepared. Kaycee strolls in and puts her arms around her wife. "Shepard, I don't have time. Things need to be ready."
"What's the big deal? It's just your father coming to dinner. She's a riot to be around."
"It's not just that, she's bringing a date along. Is Ayrene dressed and ready?"
"Sweetie, you need to relax, I think its great that Aethyta is still able to see people at her age."
"I am more worried of what kind of person she'd bring."
"That.......is a good point."
The doorbell rings. Ayrene rushes past "I'll get it dad!"
Shepard begins to protest, but smiles, ("so helpful"). She hears the door open and Ayrene's voice. "Grandma! Uncle Z!"
...wait...did she just say!!!!!!
Shepard quickly moves to the door to find lo and behold, Zaeed standing in the hallway, Ayrene in his arms. "Look daddy! Uncle Z is here!"
Zaeed gives Kaycee an apologetic look
Shepard Family Stories - Samara"Hey Mommy?" Rinyn stands on her tiptoes peeking out the window at the woman sitting cross-legged on the lawn. "Who's that?"Shepard Family Stories - Samara3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Liara walks over to the window and lifts her daughter into her arms so she can get a better look. "That, sweetie, is Samara. She's a good friend of your father and I. She's a justicar."
Rinyn looks up at her mother with a puzzled expression. "What's a justicar?"
"They're an old order of asari warriors. They are proud, noble, and selfless. Actually, they're like the heroes in the stories your dad reads to you."
Rinyn's eyes widen in wonder, her gaze moving back to the justicar. "Wow....she's like a superhero."
Liara chuckles to herself. "Not exactly sweetie. She's a hero to be sure, but she'd tell you that she's not any different than you or I."
"What's dad doing out there with her? They're just sitting there."
"It's called meditation sweetheart."
"I know, but it's actually really good for you. It lets you clear your mind and helps your focus. Why
Shepard Family Stories - Remembering MordinThe sun glistens off the crystal blue sea. The waves lap lazily on the pure white sand. Kaycee turns to her daughters. "Alright go have fun girls. Don't go too far."Shepard Family Stories - Remembering Mordin3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Four streaks of blue later and they're off. Shepard walks slowly into the shallows, feeling the sand between her toes, when something shiny catches her eye. Bending down she picks up a beautiful white seashell. A memory surfaces as she rubs her fingers over the grooves. "Would have liked to run tests on the seashells."
"Mordin, I'm sorry."
"I'm not, had to be me....Someone else might have gotten it wrong."
A tear runs down Kaycee's cheek at the thought. "I miss you Mordin. You were always crazy, but I never knew a gentler soul. Wish you could have had your retirement. The kids would have loved you."
More tears begin to fall."I'm so sorry Mordin. I should have found another way."
"Daddy? Are you alright?"
Kaycee quickly brushes the tears away before turning to face her daughter. "I'm fine Sweetie, just remembering an old fr
Liara's VisitLiara/F-ShepardLiara's Visit3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
She walked alone through the tall, wrought-iron gates as she had so many times before and into the lush, green reserve that bore the name Shepard's Park. The trees had grown so tall since the first time she came here. Back then they were just hastily planted saplings that only came up to her waist. Now they towered over her and shaded the people in the park from the hot afternoon sun. A light breeze stirred from the east and blew pleasantly in and around the trees rustling the leaves and branches. Liara couldn't help but smile as the cool breeze caressed her skin as she strolled towards the center of the sprawling park to the only building, the only construct on the three hundred acre lot.
Here and there people enjoyed the beautiful weather playing games, walking among the trees or having picnics as chirping birds looked down from the branches and dogs frolicked in the grass. Many took notice of her, bein
Finding Peace, Rest now...BioWare owns these characters.Finding Peace, Rest now...3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The mansion and its few guest bungalows sat under the cloudless azure sky high in the Athame Mountains. Surrounded by fresh snow, crisp, biting air and the calm serenity craved by people who lived a hard life, fought every good fight, and now deserved peace, silence, and freedom.
The inside of the mansion was decorated in an earthy, yet elegant theme. A few pieces of art by the acclaimed artist Mira T'Soni-Shepard graced the walls along with pictures of all the girls and friends of the family, and the rest was homey, comfortable, and warm.
Since the children were mostly grown and off on their own, the mansion usually sat near empty save for the owners and a small staff to care for the sprawling complex. The only reasons the Shepards kept it was for when the kids visited on holidays, old friends stopped by, or for occasional diplomatic functions because Liara was the Thessian Ambassador to t
ME3: For her, for them...F-Shepard/LiaraME3: For her, for them...3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The pain. Always the pain. Always with her. Always pressing. She pushed it away. Pushed it down. It finally fades to dull excruciation. Familiar. Almost a friend.
She stood. Barely. Hunched over the wound which continued to gush crimson life from under her palm no matter how hard she pressed it or how terribly she scowled at it. The Carnifex in her right hand seemed a dead weight that pulled at her, trying to drag her to the ground. The burns, the wounds, the broken bones assaulted her being from every direction, but none compared to the pain in her soul. Her heart. Her being.
The choices loomed. Her last horizon. Her final port of call. One last impossible mission. Knowing it was nearly over was terrible bitter sweet relief crushing devastation of hope
Shepard Family Stories- Miranda (Part Two)Father's Day Special - (Miranda Part 2)Shepard Family Stories- Miranda (Part Two)3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
The kitchen of the Shepard house is alive with streaks of blue and white. Miranda leans against the counter, mixing bowl in hand, vigorously stirring a mass of chocolate chip pancake batter. She watches the other girls carefully, making sure they're not doing something dangerous. Oriana mans the stove top, several pans already giving off the wonderful sounds of sizzling and popping. Rinyn stands on a step-stool next to Ori, handing Oriana the next pieces of bacon. "How's it coming Ori?"
Her sister gives her a smile over her shoulder. "Rin and I got this under control. Elle? You got those eggs?"
Velair's voice comes from the opened fridge. "Coming right up!" She emerges, carrying a bundle of eggs in her arms. She slips on the wet floor, hitting the ground with a crunch and a thump. Miranda reacts with the speed of a jungle cat, rushing over to Velair, who's got a scrape on her cheek. Tears start to flow down the young asari's face as she pushes he
SFS: Lineage (Chapter Nine)Shepard Family Stories: LineageSFS: Lineage (Chapter Nine)3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Velair puts her hands in the air as the Alliance soldiers fan out, surrounding her, various assault rifles and pistols all are aimed at her head and chest. "Now now boys. I'm not gonna resist. But would you mind telling me why you are pointing lots of guns at me?"
"Lieutenant Shepard? We are going to ask you to come with us. Please don't resist, no one wants any bloodshed here today."
"I'd like to speak to Captain Chellick first….if you don't mind."
A glint catches her eye, causing her to look up. What she sees brings a smile to her face. The sergeant motions to one of the soldiers, "Restraints, now."
The soldier holsters his weapon and he brings out a set of black cuffs. Elle gives him a smile and puts her hands out for him, "Don't worry, I don't bite."
He leans in and in a low whisper mutters, "I know that Elle. Get ready to fight."
Elle gives him a skeptical look until she takes a good
SFS: Lineage (Chapter Eight)Shepard Family Stories: LineageSFS: Lineage (Chapter Eight)3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
(The SSV Aegis, Captain's Quarters)
Kaycee Shepard sits alone in her daughter's quarters, her face buried in her hands. Visible tear tracks etch lines into her visage. Nightmarish thoughts tear through her mind like ravaging varren. Her mother's body lying in a pool of her own blood, the screaming wounded on the Presidium, all flash before her eyes over and over. Why now? I thought we were done with the fighting, the sacrifice, the loss.
Hillary's voice sounds over the intercom, "Excuse me, Commander?"
Kaycee wipes her eyes, "What's up Hillary?"
"You have a call from the Citadel. Shall I patch it through?"
"Sure, thanks Hillary."
The vid-screen comes to life, revealing Councilor Tevos, her expression grim. "Commander Shepard…..I'm sorry about your mother. I'll make this quick, time is of the essence."
"What are you talking about?"
"Many wish to turn you straight over to the terrorists, Sparatus and I disagree.
SFS: Lineage (Chapter Seven)Shepard Family Stories: LineageSFS: Lineage (Chapter Seven)3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Kahlee Anderson grasps her husband's arm tightly, fear etched in every line of her face. Her voice comes out in a whisper, "David? We need to get out of here….now. I've never seen Jack look like that before. She might blow a hole in the side of the academy. Grab Ramierez and let's fall back."
David Anderson pulls the sobbing girl off of Pragley's body, "There's nothing you can do for him now…..We gotta go."
Miranda's aim never wavers from Allison's head, "You'll pay for killing that boy."
"Oh really? I'd rather like to see that."
Allison looks down at Jack, "Wow, I'm impressed Zero. That shock should have dropped a Krogan for at least an hour. Guess I'll have to do this in a more hands-on fashion."
She delivers a vicious kick to Jack's side, lifting her off the ground and sending her about five feet backwards. Turning back to th
Memories to Heal the Broken 3Bioware owns all these characters. (but I like my Javik better than theirs!) (OK, I like my Liara better too. And grunt, and Wrex, and Tali well you get the idea )Memories to Heal the Broken 33 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Earth, High Orbit:
The Destiny Ascension hung in space, closely guarding the SSV Nightingale. Her captain, Matriarch Lidanya stood by the large viewing portal and watched the other ships arrayed close by. Dreadnaughts of several different designs all sat at station keeping, creating a wall around the diminutive Alliance hospital ship.
Two dreadnaughts from the Asari, Turian, Quarian and even the Batarian fleets had taken station within an hour of hearing that Commander Shepard was aboard and barely hanging on to life. It was a time honored show of respect and support from the spacefaring races in the galaxy. The SSV Beijing arrived and the SSV Houston had towed the SSV Normandy over near their little formation, also. Now ships from
SFS Christmas Stories: An Omega Christmas-December 25th-SFS Christmas Stories: An Omega Christmas2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Aria's comm terminal flashes to life in the early hours of the morning. *beep beep beep* Aria groans as she tosses the covers off and tumbles, ungracefully out of bed. She strolls across the vast quarters (still only clad in a pair of black panties) and grabs a shirt off the back of the couch, pulling it on quickly before answering the terminal. Her Batarian enforcer, Bray, appears on the console. Aria's tone drips with venom, "This better be good Bray."
"Uh...right. We have an issue down here on the floor of the club."
Aria's hand goes to her temple, the beginnings of a migraine starting to creep into her head. Her voice causes Bray to wince visibly, "Unless the club's going up in flames, I really don't care. Handle it. It's what I pay you for, isn't it?"
"Um....I think you're going to wanna see this, boss."
"I swear if this is some drunken Elcor causing a fuss again.....blood will be spilled."
"It's not.......well....as I said, boss. You gotta s
SFS: Lesson Number 24"Here we are boys and girls, the spot for your next training exercise."SFS: Lesson Number 242 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Zaeed Massani steps from the vehicle, into the crisp night air, taking deep breath, letting it fill his scarred lungs. The area was one of Ilium's less than ideal areas, home to more thieves, murderers, and mercenaries than you would find in any other part of the world. He turns to his "students" as all four exit the vehicle. Ayrene, clad in an N7 hoodie and blue jeans, puts her hands in her pockets to keep warm. Gabriel stands beside her, his eyes constantly roving around the area, taking in every little detail, alert for any threat. Cassie, wrapped up in a winter jacket, hugs herself in an attempt to warm her body, her mask fogging slightly. Taking up the rear is Urdnot Rampage, his spiky headplate prominent as he towers a good half-foot taller than the rest of the group. He looks at his instructor, "Where we heading?"
Zaeed points at a one-story building on the right, a blue and white holo-sign reading Supern
SFS: Lineage (Chapter Eleven)-Tuchanka-SFS: Lineage (Chapter Eleven)2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
The old Urdnot camp lies in ruins, untouched since the Reaper Invasion, the buildings reduced to scorched earth. The Aegis lands silently, barely stirring the dust around it. Kaycee stands in the cargo bay looking at the strange vehicle in front of her, her eyes scanning over the sleek contours and the formidable weaponry. Five large wheels support the silver and black frame, two on each side and one in front, a trio of mounted guns on top. She hears the elevator doors open and turns to Ayrene, "What the hell is this?"
Ayrene gives her a sly smile, "Some experimental tech from the Alliance, they call it the M-49 Silverback. You like it?"
"Reminds me of the Mako."
"Oh this is so much better than that bulky antique. Just wait until you see how it handles."
A slight cough from Gabriel, draws Kaycee's attention, "Our illustrious leader had....um......difficulties with our last vehicle."
"I did not!"
Hillary's voice sounds over the comm, "Ayrene,