Dragon Effect: Chapter SixThe casteless dwarves of Orzammar have few prospects. Consigned to live in a crumbling ruin on the social and economic fringes of the mighty dwarven capital, most resort to begging, prostitution, or crime. Just as all rivers eventually join the sea, all casteless who turn to crime eventually become part of the Carta.
—From The Stone and Her Children: Dwarves of the Dragon Age, by Brother Genitivi
-Dust Town, Orzammar-
Hidden in the dirty and dark alleyway, Aria T'Loak flexes the fingers of the metal claws of her gauntlets experimentally, feeling the cold steel against her smooth silken fingers. She concentrates on her left hand, letting the internal rage and frustration activate her new abilities. The gauntlet begins to glow with a crystal azure light, swirling around
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
A Shepard Family Halloween (Part One)(Part One): Trick-Or-TreatersA Shepard Family Halloween (Part One)3 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 - Kasumi (Shadow Play)"Okay, my young pupil, are you ready to begin your training?"Shepard Family Stories - Kasumi (Shadow Play)4 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
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 - 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 Mordin4 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
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 34 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
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
SFS: Lineage (Chapter Ten)Shepard Family Stories: LineageSFS: Lineage (Chapter Ten)3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Commander Kal'Reegar stands in the CIC, observing the holographic display of another quarian vessel, the Lilith. His dark red and black suit reflecting the blue light of the display. The willowy form of Admiral Tali'Zorah materializes beside him, a worried expression on her beautiful face. While on Rannoch, she is free from the confines of her enviro-suit, so she wears a long flowing dress of white and green. Kal tears his gaze from the hologram back to the ship before him. "You know, being all serious doesn't suit you Admiral."
"Kal. I can't help but be worried."
"Don't be, Cassandra can take care of herself. She's old enough to make her own choices, and she chose Ayrene."
"Remind me to have words with her."
He chuckles quietly, "Of course dear."
"What are you looking at?"
"One of our research ships. Got a distress call about an hour or so ago. But they haven't answered any of our comms. I'm about
SFS: Lineage (Prologue)Shepard Family Stories: LineageSFS: Lineage (Prologue)3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
(25 years later)
Kaycee sits quietly at a table in the Apollo Cafe. The lights reflecting off the streaks of grey in her hair. Ah….I love the Presidium. A chipper voice jogs her back to reality. "Anything else I can get you Commander."
She looks up into the bright perky face of Kimberly Vega. She had inherited her mother's fiery orange hair as well as her personality. However, her eyes had her father's determination. "I could use another cup of coffee, Kim." As she pours Kaycee another hot cup, she notices the distracted look on the Commander's face. "Something on your mind?"
Kaycee shakes her head, "It's nothing, Kim. How's your mom doing?"
"Oh, she's doing fine. She loves her teaching job at the Grissom Academy. Though I do think she worries after Dad more than she lets on."
"That's Kelly for you. Always more worried about everyone else than herself." She thinks to herself, It would have gotte
SFS: Lineage (Chapter Eleven)-Tuchanka-SFS: Lineage (Chapter Eleven)3 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,
SFS Christmas Stories: Changing of the Guard-December 24th, 2:30 a.m.-SFS Christmas Stories: Changing of the Guard3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Kaycee Shepard wakes to an empty bed, her love nowhere to be found. She blinks her eyes sleepily, trying to adjust her eyes to the darkness, "Liara?"
Kaycee sighs to herself, coming to the conclusion that Liara is in the same place she's been every single night since the Reaper War ended.......at her desk. She throws the covers back, revealing her long slender legs, tiny scars scattered here and there across them. Clad in nothing but her gray tank-top and a pair of black underwear, she winces as her bare feet touch the cold floor. Opening the bedroom door quietly, Shepard notices the telltale blue lights coming from underneath the door that leads to Liara's office. Kaycee shakes her head sadly, She's supposed to be getting rest. Dr. Chakwas told her specifically that the stress from running her operations is not healthy right now.
As she gently opens the door, she hears her love's voice,
SnugglingSnuggling4 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
Syren Miranda ShepardFile Number 676347-42SMSSyren Miranda Shepard3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Real Name: Syren Miranda Shepard
Aliases: "Sy", "Blue"
Age: 21 years old (Human years)
Marital Status: Single
Relatives: Commander Kaycee Shepard (Father), Liara T'Soni (Mother), Ayrene Shepard (sister), Rinyn Shepard (sister), Velair Shepard (sister), Hannah Shepard (Grandmother), Matriarch Aethyta (Grandmother)
Base of Operations: New York City
Place of Birth: New York City
Height: 6'0" Weight: 150 lbs. Eyes: Brilliant Blue Skin: Light Blue
Biotic Powers: Throw, Pull, Barrier, Stasis
Tech Powers: First-Aid, Defibrillate, Tranquilizer
Heavy Melee: Unknown
Other Powers/Abilities: [Cl
SFS: Lineage (Chapter Two)Shepard Family Stories: LineageSFS: Lineage (Chapter Two)3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
A young turian leans against the wall, eyes constantly performing a tactical sweep. His black and blue armor gives off a small sheen from the overhead lights. A green targeting visor rests on the right side of his face. He turns his head to one side, "Cassie, you almost ready?"
A voice comes from within a large mass of wires and cables. "Will you stop nagging, Gabe? This isn't as easy as it looks. I'm having trouble finding the right connection. If I pick the wrong one, I could shut off the artificial gravity….or worse, life support."
Gabriel Vakarian sighs to himself, "Hillary? What's Aya's status?"
A calm, calculating, female voice sounds in his earpiece. "Our fearless leader is about to meet with Aria. Oh…..we have a slight complication."
"Aunt Kaycee's here."
"Oh, spirits…..we are going to be in so much trouble. Cassie? Better hurry up. Aunt Kayce
The Fight to LiveF-Shep/LiaraThe Fight to Live4 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
Sasha 2: Two Pizzas, Too MuchSasha sat on the edge of her bed early one Saturday morning. She didn't usually wake up that early, but something was bothering her. Flashbacks of two weeks ago of gorging herself on food and her giant swollen midsection kept replaying in her mind. She didn't have any desire to be fat. At least she didn't think so. Although she knew for some reason having a big belly fueled some thrilling desire deep within her. The thought of having such a heavy bloated belly gave her comfort. She sighed gently as she tiredly felt her stomach area.Sasha 2: Two Pizzas, Too Much4 years ago in Profiles More Like This
"Oh boy, I have definitely gotten bigger from when I was at school." Sasha said as she pinched and squeezed her newly formed weight. "I better see how bad it is." After she was done shaking off her tiredness and pondering her thoughts she tiptoed into the bathroom and locked the door behind her.
Sasha looked in the mirror and saw herself, although something was a bit off. She did seem to be bit larger than she remembered. Although she still looke
SFS: Lineage (Chapter Five)Shepard Family Stories: LineageSFS: Lineage (Chapter Five)3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
(Earth, Alliance Command)
Admiral Ashley Williams stands in the middle of the war room, Alliance personnel running about. She clears her throat, "I'd like your attention everyone."
Every face turns to her, causing her to pause for a second. Damn, I am still not use to giving orders. "We have a situation unfolding ladies and gentlemen. A terrorist group is targeting Commander Kaycee Shepard and her family. That would normally not be a huge problem, except they aren't just targeting the Shepards. They are ----"
"What is it?"
"I……I think you need to see this ma'am."
"Put it on the main screens."
The three monitors suddenly change to the Cerberus logo, an eye in the middle of the symbol. A distorted voice sounds over the speakers. I have watched you all patiently, waiting for the proper moment. You all have rebuilt your worlds, reforged your alliances, and now that you all believe that you
Gabriel VakarianFile Number 855689-12GGVGabriel Vakarian3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Real Name: Gabriel Vakarian
Aliases: "Gabe", "Seraph"
Age: 33 years old (Human years)
Marital Status: Single
Relatives: Primarch Garrus Vakarian (Adopted Father), Doctor Chloe Michel (Adopted Mother); Biological parents died in the Reaper invasion of Palaven.
Base of Operations: The SR-7 Aegis
Place of Birth: Palaven
Occupation: Gunsmith/Sniper, XO of the Aegis
Height: 6'3" Weight: 250 lb. Eyes: Green Skin: Dark Brown with red clan-markings.
Weaponry: Antares Sniper Rifle (A custom rifle of his own design), The M-230 Jackal Shotgun.
Tech Powers: Marksman, Flamethrower, Bastion, Cryo-Grenades
Heavy Melee: Omni-Spear a.k.a. The Gungnir (A design created/fashioned by Cassandra'Zorah and himself)
Ayrene Minerva ShepardFile Number 6525567-42AMSAyrene Minerva Shepard3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Real Name: Ayrene Minerva Shepard
Aliases: "Aya", Athena
Age: 31 years old (human years)
Marital Status: Single
Relatives: Commander Kaycee Shepard (Father), Liara T'Soni (Mother), Rinyn Shepard (sister), Velair Shepard (sister), Syren Shepard (sister), Hannah Shepard (Grandmother), Matriarch Aethyta (Grandmother).
Base of Operations: The SR-7 Aegis
Place of Birth: New York City
Occupation: Special N7 Operative, Captain of the Aegis.
Height: 6'1" Weight: 163 lbs. Eyes: Blue Skin: Light Blue
Weaponry: Dual M-5 Phalanx pistols (One is her father's, the other's a gift from her Aunt Ashley.) One with Incendiary Ammo, the other with Cryo Ammo.
Jane and Liara: DaughterTitle: Jane and Liara: DaughterJane and Liara: Daughter5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Characters: Jane Shepard and Liara T'Soni
Time line: After reaper invasion
Disclaimer: Mass Effect is property of Bioware
Jane was sitting in the meeting with the council. As usual they were vary of her. No one actually wants to face reminders of how stupid they had been and she was exactly that for them. Specially for the turian councilor.
Jane doubted that he would ever forget what Jane had said to him when reapers were attacking and they contacted her. Air quoting "Ah, yes the reapers!" had been too big temptation for her and she still made air quote motions when ever she saw the councilor.
"Is this information correct?" Asari councilor asks and lifts her eyes to Jane's.
"It's correct." Jane shrugs. No one knew from where she got her information and they would never find that out. She wished that the meeting would end so she could return to Liara in their home at Thessia. She regretted now that she'd let Liara talk her out o
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Citadel - C-SEC Security Office
Commander Armando Bailey sits with his fingers steepled in front of him, looking at the young Quarian girl in front of him. Her suit covers only her torso and legs, leaving her arms uncovered. Glittering green lines trace patterns down her slender arms. Her mask, a light blue, doesn't hide the apprehensive expression on her face, her glowing blue eyes awash with uncertainty and fear.
"You do know that you're in some serious trouble here, young lady?"
Her eyes lock on his for a moment before nodding. Bailey continues, keeping his voice calm and quiet, "Care to explain why you were caught hacking into the Sirta Foundation's mainframe?"
She mumbles something that Bailey can't make out. "I'm sorry, but you're gonna have to speak up. I'm getting up there in years. My hearing's not what it once was."
She looks at him quizzically as he gives her a small smile. "You're on your Pilgrimage, aren't you?"