Dragon Effect: Chapter Nine-Twenty minutes ago, Calenhad Circle Tower, First Enchanter's Quarters-
"You cannot do this Gregoir! I forbid it!"
Irving tries in vain to reason with the gruff commander of the Templars, but to no avail. At a nod from him, two templars leave the room. Irving takes his staff from his desk and moves to pursue, but Gregoir blocks his path, his sword held out, the point near Irving's throat. "This is no longer your concern Irving. Knight-Commander Meredith agrees with my decision, that thing downstairs is a creature of the Fade and will be put to the sword before she can corrupt us all....as I fear she has already corrupted you."
"Don't do this Gregoir....please."
"It is already in motion. Soon this will be behind us and life will return to normal."
"No....I'm afraid it won't."
Gregoir's eyes narrow, a growl playing about his lips, "You want to do this now Irving? After all we've been through?"
"Yes.....I'm afraid I must do the right thing here."
Dragon Effect: Chapter Seven-Kirkwall, Hightown Market-Dragon Effect: Chapter Seven2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
"Did you hear about those two strangers that the Captain put into the holding cells?"
Two members of the Kirkwall City Guard, each wearing identical suits of silver and red armor, stroll side by side through the stalls in the market, where merchants of all races hawk their wares. The one on the right nods in agreement, "Heard at least one looks like a darkspawn, the other's just a common thief."
"I don't know about that. I heard she broke into the Viscount's office in the Keep, which is a feat all in itself."
"What about the other one?"
"You mean the crazy mage? The templars carted her off in chains once the Captain knocked her out."
Unbeknownst to the pair, a raven-haired woman listens in from behind a cart, her body clad in a lightweight suit of leather armor. She stole that off a particularly grabby individual that tried to.....solicit her earlier. Watching the pair head off towards the tall building in the center of town, she does her bes
Dragon Effect: Chapter Eight-Hightown, Red Lantern District, The Blooming Rose-Dragon Effect: Chapter Eight2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
The brothel is bustling as always, bringing gold and silver for those looking for unique tastes and vices. Varric smiles to himself as he sees quite a number of noblemen whose wives would have their heads if they knew their husbands were here. He spies the elderly madame by the bar with Corff the bartender. He gives her a curt nod, followed by a questioning look. Lusine nods once and gestures to the corner. Varric follows her gesture and spies his target, her tight black corset supporting her ample bosom, and even in a brothel she refuses to take off her metal pauldron and the blood red scarf around her upper bicep. The pair of wicked daggers strapped to her hips show that men would be wise to keep their hands to themselves unless told otherwise. "Captain" Isabela's head rests on the cool ash table, her long silken ebony hair completely disheveled and hiding her face completely. He comes over quietly and whispers in he
Dragon Effect: Chapter ThreeIn ancient times, Lothering was little more than a trading post that served the fortress of Ostagar to the south. Nowadays, it is larger, serving Redcliffe and the community of merchants and surface dwarves near Orzammar. Its location on the North Road gives it strategic value, so control of Lothering has historically been a matter of contention between the Southern Bannorn and the South Reach Arling. King Calenhad himself stepped in and awarded the town to South Reach in the Exalted Age, which has largely ended the feud, or at least the appearance of it.Dragon Effect: Chapter Three2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
-From In Pursuit of Knowledge: The Travels of A Chantry Scholar, by Brother Genitivi
The rundown tavern sits among the burned-out husks of the buildings around it. The sign broken in two lies not far from the door. The onl
Dragon Effect: Chapter FourLowtown is home to a squalid elven alienage. Here, like in most Thedas alienages, elves are packed into tiny rundown apartments and effectively segregated from the human population.Dragon Effect: Chapter Four2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Kirkwall's alienage is even more dilapidated than the rest of Lowtown, but the elves go to great lengths keeping the place looking bright and festive. The vhenadahl ("Tree of the People") standing in the middle of the alienage is a symbol for elven pride and shared cultural identity, and it is lovingly cared for.
It's difficult to say if the elves would continue confining themselves to the alienage if they were given the chance to mingle. They may not admit it, but some feel that living among their kind is far better than living with humans, no matter how terrible alienage life may be.
-From In Pursuit of Knowledge: The Travels of A Chantry Scholar, by Brother Genitivi
Dragon Effect: PrologueThose who sought to claimDragon Effect: Prologue2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Heaven by violence destroyed it. What was
Golden and pure turned black.
Those who had once been mage-lords,
The brightest of their age,
Were no longer men, but monsters.
Wintermarch 9:36, Age of the Dragon
-Just outside the Korcari Wilds-
Kaycee Shepard's eyes flutter as she regains consciousness, feeling the soft grass beneath her, a gentle breeze playing about her hair. As she opens her eyes, she winces as the noonday sun beats down. "I don't remember taking a nap in the yard." She puts her arms over her eyes, "Liara?"
A cold, calculating voice responds from just above her head, the tone a mixture of curiosity, amusement, and indifference. "Liara? No. I've been calle
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
Memories to Heal the Broken 2I apologize for the back and forth nature of this. I had no idea what I was getting into when doing a look back at ME1 from the end of ME3 through the exestential awesomeness of a meld.Memories to Heal the Broken 23 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Bioware owns these characters and Mass Effect
Captain Reynolds, commanding officer of the SSV Nightingale, was having the worst day of his life. The war was over and that meant that for most of the Alliance the worst part was over. But for the medical professionals from every race in the galaxy that ran the forty seven hospital ships of Task Force Haven, the truly horrific work started now. Caring for the wounded, disfigured and dying was a thankless job that would continue for the next several decades.
He was ready for that, trained for it and planned on it. What he did not expect was the parade of VIPs trying to get access to his med-bays. Access to Shepard. He was even given a lengthy list of peo
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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
Dragon Effect - Chapter Thirteen“Atrast nal tunsha - may you always find your way in the dark.” -Paragon CaridinDragon Effect - Chapter Thirteen1 year ago in Profiles More Like This
-The Vigil, Courtyard-
"You have a beautiful place, Commander."
The raven-haired beauty, Miranda Lawson smiles at the Warden Commander as they wander around the courtyard, amidst the various soldiers, merchants, and villagers who have taken up residence since the burning of Amaranthine. The commander leads her to a covered enclosure that looks like an old blacksmith's shop, complete with hearth and forge. A pair of men stand arguing in front of the door that reads Master Wade's Arms and Armor. The red-haired man on the right shakes his head sadly, "Look Garavel. I'm sorry. But Wade won't come out."
Garavel looks up as the Commander approaches, salutes and motions to the shop. "Wade's being temperamental again sir."
"Thanks Garavel. I'll take care of this."
Miranda holds back a few paces as the Warden steps forward, "Herren. What's the matte
Dragon Effect: Chapter OneMagic exists to serve man, and never to rule over him.Dragon Effect: Chapter One2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Foul and corrupt are they
Who have taken His gift
And turned it against His children.
They shall be named Maleficar accursed ones.
They shall find no rest in this world
Transfigurations 1: Verse 2
"Templars! Send this demon back to the Fade!"
A gruff voice comes from beneath the helmet of a "templar" to the right. Their swords raise in unison, the blades catching the torchlight. Liara's mind instinctively reacts, and activates her biotics to create a sphere around her. To her shock and surprise, when she raises her hand, a cone of electricity bursts forth, striking the nearest Templar full in the chest, sending him staggering back into a brazier. Liara looks down at her hand, watching the flickers of electricity arc all over her hand. "By the Goddess.....what is happen
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: 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
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
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
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
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
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.Dragon Effect: Chapter Six2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
—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
Cassandra'Zorah Vas AegisFile Number 430887-55CZRCassandra'Zorah Vas Aegis3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Real Name: Cassandra'Zorah Vas Aegis (formerly Nar Rannoch)
Age: 17 years old (Human years)
Marital Status: Single
Relatives: Admiral Tali'Zorah vas Rannoch (Mother), Commander Kal'Reegar vas Ravonna (Father), Shala'Raan vas Rannoch (Aunt), Commander Kaycee Shepard (Godmother)
Base of Operations: The SR-7 Aegis
Place of Birth: Rannoch
Height: 5'7" Weight: 165 lbs. Eyes: Blue Skin: Pale purple with glowing green lines
Weaponry: Khimera Shotgun equipped with Phasic Rounds (gift from her Father for her Pilgrimage), Freya (Her combat drone)
Tech Powers: Combat Drone, Sabotage, Decoy, Arc Shield
Heavy Melee: Feedback Dagger