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Salvation: A Half-Life/Mass Effect Universe Fan Fiction

Disclaimer: This fan-fiction takes place after the events of both Half-Life 1 and 2 and its episodes, and jumps to the events after Mass Effect 1 and 2. If you have not played or beaten these games this fiction may not make much sense to you. Characters property of their respective companies, Half-Life created by Valve and Mass Effect created by Bioware.

Chapter 44: Light after Darkness... (Part II) 

"I can hardly believe it either, but it's true!" Tali exclaimed, as she and Shepard walked together, with their arms around each other's backs. "The Admiralty Board and the geth are convening later tonight, on-board the Flotilla, for the treaty signing!"

The Commander walked with a slight limp, as Tali helped him along, holding him closely. He had loosened his dress uniform's collar a bit, and unbuttoned his formal jacket – allowing it to freely flap in the breeze. They walked together, down a long runway, towards the distant Normandy, on an airfield behind the ruins of the EVIS.

The airfield was buzzing with activity, as hundreds of ships of multiple origins lined the various runways. Sparks rained down in flurries, as machinery and repair crews worked diligently all around, trying to bring the vast array of vessels back to working order. Everything from small manned fighter ships, to larger frigates and cruisers.

The Normandy's gleaming, silver, form sat in an open space between a badly damaged Alliance Cruiser, and a small Turian Gunship, exhibiting little more than cosmetic scarring. Three mechanics, wearing  Alliance jumpsuits, worked a large, mechanized platform, as they examined the newly repaired starboard engines, and stabilizers, while similarly dressed personnel stood by on the ground below.

"No geth has ever set foot aboard the Flotilla, but if the signing goes well, we'll even be able to start recolonizing Rannoch!" Tali exclaimed happily, exhibiting all the excitement of a child in an amusement park, as they continued along. "I know it'll be hundreds of years before we can adapt again, but this means so much for my people!"  

"Hehehe..." Shepard laughed cheerfully, at Tali's exuberance. "Well, peace is being made... The Reapers are dead... The vorts have been accepted by the rest of the galactic races... And the Citadel Fleet has taken the remaining vorcha into custody... Even though they don't remember a thing since being indoctrinated..."

"But not bad, all things considered..." He declared with a grin, as they walked. "I'd say our job here is pretty much done..."

"Don't you wanna stay and help with the relief effort?" Tali questioned, a bit surprised, as she turned to look up at Shepard.

"Tali..." He began with an exaggerated sigh. "Any other time I'd say yes... But after what this crew has been through, I think they deserve a nice... long... vacation..."

"All on the Cerberus account..." He said with a snicker, as he looked at her with a sly smile, and squeezed her tightly. "I'm thinking... the five star resorts, and sandy beaches of Lycuna..." He slowly waved an extended hand out in front of him, painting an imaginary picture for her, as he envisioned it.

"We could take one of those luxury Star Cruises!" Tali suggested - the excitement in her voice returning, as they approached the Normandy. "Waited on hand and foot, twenty-four hours a day, as we drift aimlessly through the stars..."

"Plus, I hear they're very romantic..." She said in a lighthearted voice, squeezing Shepard's arm, and resting her head against his shoulder, as they walked - bringing a warm smile to his face.

The ship's hangar bay door hung open, with its ramp extended down towards the ground. Ever the responsible second in command, Miranda was already waiting at the ship. She stood on the ground, at the base of the ramp, looking down at a datapad in her hand – nodding, as she conversed with one of the servicing mechanics.

A few feet away from her, a young, pregnant woman, in her mid to late twenties, waited timidly in the shade of the Normandy's massive fuselage. Her skin was rosy, and her cherry blonde hair was curled up into a bun, sitting on top of her head. She had a slender figure, clearly visible even despite the large, rounded bulge that hung off her belly, where she carried her unborn. She wore a dark gray breasted, long black dress, with long, dark gray sleeves. And at her feet, rested a large, metallic case of some sort, about the size of a foot locker.

"Commander." Miranda called out, diverting her attention away from the mechanic for a moment, as Shepard and Tali walked towards the ramp.

"...This woman wanted to speak to you." She informed, as she turned and pointed a stylus in her hand towards the gingerly young lady. "I told her she could wait until you arrived."

Shepard glanced over in her direction, as Miranda pointed her out. She looked up at him, although bashfully trying to keep her eyes down, so it wouldn't be obvious that she had noticed him. There was an apprehensive expression on her face, reflecting a mixture of reluctance, and sorrow, as she held her clasped hands together, over her fruitful belly.

"Alright. Thank you, Miranda." Shepard acknowledged with a nod, giving Miranda license to go back to her discussion and duties.

"I'll see you inside." He said, as he turned to Tali, pulling her closely, and giving her a quick peck on the side of her faceplate, before letting her go.

"Okay." Tali nodded, as she briefly caressed his shoulder, before proceeding up the ramp, into the hangar bay.

"Miss...?" Shepard called out, as he approached the timid woman. "You wanted to speak to me?"

"Commander... Yes..." She affirmed, in a soft, reserved tone of voice, as she turned to face him – although still reluctant to make eye contact.

"M-My name is Vera Verner..." She began. "You don't know me, but you knew my husband..."

"Your husband?" Shepard furrowed his brow a bit, as the surname suddenly rang a bell. "Verner... Verner..." He said to himself, as he tried to place the name.

"Conrad Verner?"

"Yes..." Vera replied, as she bowed her head.

"What do you mean 'knew'...?" The Commander questioned in a placid tone, despite being fairly certain of what she meant.

Without placating him with a verbal response, the young woman simply looked up at him, with a countenance of painful sorrow and lament, as tears welled up in her eyes, and her chin, and lips began to quiver.   

"I'm so terribly sorry for your loss...." Shepard said in a hushed voice, trying to offer comfort to the grieving widow, as a feeling of remorse came over him, and his expression.

She sniffled, and nodded, as she wiped the tears away from her cheeks with her fingertips.

"He wanted to volunteer at one of Alliance Outposts, before the attack came..." She continued, in a trembling voice. "I begged him not to go... And for once, he listened to me... We went to St. Abraham's. An old hospital just outside White Forest. The news said it was a safe house..." A whimper grew in her voice, as her chin quivered, and her eyes flooded over once more...

"I'm sorry..." She whispered, as she looked away, and clenched her eyes, forcing a stream of tears to come pouring out.

"No, please... It's okay..." The Commander absolved, as placed a hand on her back, hoping to give her an ounce of comfort.

Vera wiped the teardrops off her face, with her palm, before she turned back to face him. Her eyes were still glossy, and red, as she fought desperately to hold back further tears.

"We were in the basement when those... THINGS... attacked..." She continued, bowing, and shaking her head. "All I really remember are fires, and a bright red light, as the ceiling started caving in on top of us... We ran for the stairs, and managed to make it out... But a lot of people didn't..."

"When we got outside, we could still hear people screaming down below..." She said, sneering her face at the thought of the horrific memory, as Shepard listened intently. "I remember he turned to me and said... 'I gotta help them, Vera! I gotta do it!'... And that's when he ran back inside..."

"I see..." Commander Shepard responded, in a hushed tone, as he suddenly understood.

"But he came back out!" Vera exclaimed, a proud, but mournful expression on her face. "He came out of the smoke carrying two little girls... Sisters..."

Shepard's eyes opened wide in stunned amazement.

"But there were still people inside..." She continued, shaking her head, with a bit of resentment. "I begged him not to go back in again... But he went in anyway... And again he came back out! This time, with a woman and her dog... HER DOG!" She yelled out, showing both resentment, and woe...

The Commander clenched his lips, and nodded, as he continued to listen.

"After he came out the second time, he could still hear a woman screaming below. But the building was collapsing... I begged him not to go anymore... I begged him! But he said he had to... That if it were me in there, he couldn't live with himself. And he couldn't just leave somebody to die, without trying to save them... So he ran in again..."

She said in sobbing voice, as she clenched her eyes shut, and began to weep uncontrollably.

"But he never came back out..." Shepard finished for her. "Did he...?"  

With her head bowed, she simply shook her head, and continued to whimper and sob softly, as her tears began dotting the floor.

"I'm so sorry..." He offered, gently rubbing her back, wishing he could some how grant her the comfort she so desperately needed.

After a few moments, she looked up at him – her eyes red, and glazed over with fluid, and the tracks of her tears marking her cheeks.

"I know why he did it, Commander..." She said in a whimpering voice. "Because everything he did... All he ever wanted to be, was like you..."

Shepard bowed his head, as he remembered his encounters with the ambitious, but somewhat misguided Conrad.

"He adored you, Commander..." Vera continued, as she slowly calmed down. "When I heard your speech today, I decided to come and tell you what happened... I think he would have wanted you to know that... That he died a hero..."

"A true hero..." Shepard affirmed, as a knot crept into his throat. "And he'll be remembered as one..."

"I also came to give you this..." She said, as she looked down at the metallic case at her feet, and started to bend over.

"No no! Please..." Shepard urged abruptly, putting his hand up to stop the pregnant woman from bending down. "Allow me..."

He crouched down, unlatched the two metal locks, and pulled open the lid. Shepard's eyes opened wide for a moment, when he saw the contents of the box.

There inside, snugly placed amidst a bed of custom fitted foam insulation, was a full set of N7 Special Forces armor. Boots, leg plates, chest piece, gauntlets, shoulder pads, helmet... Everything. Right down to the insignia, and the red stripe. Although each piece showed a few signs of wear and tear; dings, scratches, and the occasional dent – it was very well cared for. The polished armor glistened, and was smooth to the touch, from multiple coats of wax.

As Shepard studied it, he remembered the last time he bumped into Conrad, when he saw him wearing it. It was at the Eternity Lounge, on Illium. Sure, he was rubbing a few people the wrong way, and grating on the nerves of one quick tempered asari bartender – but in his own bumbling way, he was trying to do good in the galaxy.   

"It was his most cherished possession..." Vera said. "I found it when I went back to our apartment, yesterday... Ironically, one of the few buildings in the city still standing... Heh..." She let out a small, grief stricken laugh... "I think he would've wanted you to have it..."

"It works, it's completely authentic..." She explained, as Shepard stood up, although still looking down into the box. "Believe me, I know... He practically spent our entire life savings to buy the thing..."

With his hands on his hips, the Commander stared down at the armor, biting down on his clenched lips, as he breathed a long, drawn out sigh through his nose - touched beyond words by the gesture.

With a humbled look in his eyes, he glanced up at the young woman, unsure what to say. Just then, his focus came down to the unborn she carried over her stomach.

"Conrad's child...?" Shepard questioned mildly, as he nodded towards her belly, before looking back up at her.

"Oh..." Vera uttered, as she looked down and placed her hands over it. "Yes..." She smiled warmly, as she softly caressed the developing infant. "It's a boy... I'm due in five weeks..."

"It's the only reason Conrad finally stopped gallivanting across the galaxy, pretending to be you..." She said with a titter and a sniffle, as she looked at Shepard with tears in her eyes, and a smile on her face. "We were finally going to settle down..."

Shepard stood silently for a moment - contemplating, as he looked back down at the armor.

"I think you should keep this..." He suggested, as he looked back up at the grieving widow.

"If your son inherits any of his father's heroic nature... And it's a good bet that he will... Then he may need it someday..." Shepard affirmed, gently nodding, with his hands on his hips.

"Who knows, I may even be recommending him to the N7 Academy one day..." He said with a grin, as he shrugged his shoulders, causing Vera to giggle a bit, under her breath. "And if nothing else... It'll be a cherished memento he can proudly remember his father by..."

"I suppose, I hadn't thought of it that way..." Vera said humbly, with a bowed head. "Thank you, Commander..." She smiled as she looked up at him.

"I should probably get outta your hair, though... I'm sure you're very busy, and those two look like they've been waiting to talk to you for a while..."

Shepard turned around, as Vera motioned with her head at someone behind him. A few feet away, on the opposite side of the ramp, a bald headed woman covered in tattoos, and a drell, wearing a metallic cast around his lower left leg, much like Shepard's own, sat huddled close together, on a long, metal crate - laughing and conversing with each other, as they waited.

"Oh..." He uttered, before turning back around. "Well, do you have somewhere I can take this for you...? A vehicle?"

"No, I came by RT cab..." She refuted politely. "But thank you Commander, I can manage. It's not as heavy as it looks."

"Well the least I can do is order a cab for you..." Shepard affirmed, as he brought up his omni-tool, and started punching in a few holographic keys.

Once he finished, he looked up towards the sky, waiting for one of the few cars passing by, in the streams overhead, to descend on their position. Normally, the skies were a bustling network of aerial traffic, but right now only a few sparse vehicles took to the air. Just then, one dropped down, out of the lanes, and slowly floated down towards them.

As it reached the ground, a few feet away, its door swung open, upwards. Before giving her the chance to do so herself, Shepard bent down, closed the lid on Vera's metallic case, and securely snapped the locking clamps back down. He took hold of the two handles on the side, and stood back up, with case in hand.

N7 armor is designed to be light weight, for maximum mobility. But although it may not weigh what most would expect to it, just by looking at it – it still was a rather hefty box. It surprised him that she managed to carry this herself, all the way. Shepard lugged it over to cab, and slid it into the rear compartment. That's when he noticed the two wheels on the bottom edge of the case.

"Thank you, Commander..." She said, smiling warmly at him, as she carefully climbed in. "I appreciate your help..."

"It's my pleasure, Miss Verner..." The Commander acknowledged respectfully. "And you have my sincerest condolences... Again, I can't tell you how sorry I am, for your loss..."

"I miss him..." She whispered. "But I couldn't be prouder of him... Good bye, Commander..." She looked up at Shepard, and smiled, as the cab door came down, and sealed shut.

Shepard took a step back, waving through the window, as the cab slowly lifted off the ground, and reascended into traffic.

The Commander shook his bowed head mournfully - breathing a despondent sigh, as he turned around, with his hands on his hips, and walked back towards the ship's ramp.

"Hey, Jack... Thane..." He called out, as he approached the couple, still sitting amorously together, on the long, hefty crate. "Nice to see the two of you in pleasant company..." He assured, snickering with a grin, as he saw Thane's arm hanging around Jack's shoulders.

"Arashu has been good to me, Shepard..." Thane affirmed, happily. "What more can I say?"

"I just discovered I got a thing for frog legs..." Jack scoffed playfully, as she caressed the back of Thane's head.

"Heh..." Shepard chuckled, happy to see the newfound couple. "Well, I'm glad. And I think we're just about ready to head out..." He said, looking up towards Miranda, who was now standing at the top of the ramp, still looking over her datapad.

"Actually Commander..." Thane began reluctantly, as he and Jack stood up, causing Shepard to turn back. "That's what we wished to talk to you about. We're not coming with you..."

Shepard raised his eyebrows, a bit surprised by the news, as he listened.

"The Reapers are defeated... Our mission is complete... And I think this is a good place for the both of us to start over..." Thane said, as he looked at Jack.

"Yeah, we decided to stay and help with the rebuilding..." Jack added. "Hehe, I mean what better way to start rebuilding a shit pile of a life, than by rebuilding a shit pile of a planet..."

"Hmhmhmhm...." There was a moment of mutual, awkward laughter, as the three of them chuckled briefly.

"Well, it won't be the same without you two..." Shepard assured, crossing his arms. "Especially you, Jack..." He said with a smile. "But thank you... For everything..."

Shepard stepped forward, and extended a humble hand towards the drell. Thane reciprocated - clutching Shepard's hand firmly, and proudly shaking it. "It's been an honor, Commander..."

"The honor was mine, Thane..."  

Shepard nodded, as they released hands, before he turned to Jack, and extended it once more. "Jack..."

Jack looked down at his hand.

"Ooh..." She griped a bit, with a scowl on her face, as she debated with herself about something.

Without warning, she suddenly lunged forward, past Shepard's extended hand, and threw her arms around him. "Thank you, Shepard..." She whispered, as she hugged him, and gave him a peck on the cheek.

After a very brief embrace, she released him - clearing her throat, as she backed away. "And if you ever tell anyone I did that, I'll tear you in half!"

"Hehehehe...." Shepard laughed. "I'll miss you, Jack... Take care of yourselves..."

"Farewell, Commander..." Thane said in a soft voice, as they turned around to walk away.

"Hey, cheerleader!" Jack yelled out, stopping and turning her head up towards Miranda.

Surprised a bit by her name being called, Miranda diverted her attention from the datapad, and looked down at Jack.

"See ya around..." Jack shouted, in a gracious show of peace.  

"Take care, Jack..." Miranda requited...

Commander Shepard stepped onto the ramp, and walked up - releasing a long sigh, as Thane and Jack slowly strolled away together, into the distance.

"How we doin', Miranda?" Shepard queried, as he reached the top of the ramp, where she stood in the hangar bay.

"Ship is fully fueled, and all repairs are complete, Commander." Miranda answered, presenting him with a stoic salute.

"Good... Then lets get underway." Shepard ordered, as he started walking into the hangar bay.

"Wait!" Miranda abruptly replied, causing the Commander to turn, and look at her. "We can't leave yet. We're still waiting on Dr. Freeman..."

Shepard looked at her for a moment, observing her apprehensive countenance. She shrugged her shoulders a bit, with a dubious grin, trying to mask her true feelings, but he had already recognized them all too well...

He turned towards the ramp, and took a few steps forward, gazing out at the airfield. Alliance crews continued to work around the clock, hauling massive components, and towing entire ships across the runways, as dusk slowly began to set in.

He breathed a quick sigh, as he brought his hand up to his ear. "Dr. Freeman, do you copy?"

He pulled his fingers away, as he waited for a response. But the only one he got, was from the mocking crackle of static.

"Dr. Freeman...?" He tried again, to no avail.

Shaking his head, he turned back around. "I don't think he's coming, Miranda..." Shepard affirmed, with a disappointed shrug of his shoulders. "He's earned his rest..."

Miranda bowed, and nodded her head, as she unknowingly embraced the datapad, and clutched it tightly, to her heart. She turned around, and despondently walked in to the hangar bay, as Shepard took a few steps towards the ramp control.

With a quick sigh, he pressed a switch, causing the ramp to slowly begin to retract. No sooner had he pressed it, than a voice unexpectedly chimed in his ear.

"Yeah, I'm on my way!" Gordon responded, causing Shepard to immediately switch off the closing ramp, with a grin. "Sorry I'm so late. There were some old friends I needed to say goodbye to..."

Shepard looked out, as a lone RT Cab began its slow descent from the sky. The humming sound of the cab made Miranda turn around, and her eyes lit up as she watched it land, outside.

Shepard slowly walked down towards the ledge of the ramp, which had been lifted about two feet from the ground, as Gordon swept his omni-tool across the cab's dashboard terminal.

"Thank you..." A monotonous voice, from the cab, graciously expressed, as Gordon stepped out. "Have a nice day..."

Gordon looked up at Shepard, who stood on the edge of the slightly raised ramp, grinning with his arms akimbo on his hips. Gordon reciprocated a slight smile, as he walked forward.

Shepard extended his right arm down towards Gordon, as the physicist reached the ramp, who reached up, and grabbed it in turn.

"Commander..." Gordon said cheerfully, as he raised his foot, and placed it up on the ledge of the ramp.

Both of them groaned a little, like elderly men, from their injuries, as Shepard reeled his arm back, and helped Gordon pull himself up.

"Hello, Dr. Freeman..." Shepard greeted genially, as the two shook their already clutched hands. "Glad you decided to join us."

"Glad to be here, Commander." Gordon assured, with a firm nod and a big grin. "Where I belong..."

Just then, as the two released hands - Gordon turned and looked into the hangar bay, spotting the black haired, soft skinned, voluptuous figured, Cerberus Operative, staring back at him with a gleeful, yet somewhat reserved smile.

"You know, you sorta left me high and dry on a speech I gave earlier..." Shepard remarked, feigning annoyance, as they walked up the ramp, into the hangar bay.

"Did I...?" Gordon replied obliviously, his eyes fixated on Miranda's as he walked towards her. "That's good..."

Shepard grinned as he immediately took note of the two gravitating towards each other like oppositely charged magnets.

"Hmhmhmhm... Yeah, and we're about to set a course straight into the center of a red giant!" He exclaimed jokingly, stopping as Gordon continued forward.

"Looking forward to it..." Gordon replied, completely heedless.

Shepard chuckled, as he pressed his fist against the ramp switch again, causing it start retracting once more.

"Hello, Dr. Freeman..." Miranda said bashfully, as Gordon slowly walked up to her. "I'm happy to see you again."

"Ms. Laws... Miranda..." Gordon stuttered, as he began nervously. "There's something I've been wanting to tell you... I've recently come to uh... That is to say that I... For you... You know... Feelings. And all that that entails..."

Miranda laughed a bit, as a flattered smile came over her expression at how hard he was trying.

"W-What I'm trying to say is...  I don't want to make the same mistake twice... Uh, n-n-not that I mean you're a mistake...! Argh...!" Gordon griped, as he tilted his head back, and rolled his eyes. "I've never been good with words!"

"Gordon." Miranda asserted, as she grabbed the front lining of his shirt collar, and looked him square in the eye with an alluring gaze. "Has anyone ever told you that you talk too much...?"

"Uh... No. Quite on the contrary, people used to tell me that I... mmm..." The babbling physicist was abruptly silenced as Miranda tugged on his shirt, reeling him in, as she pressed her lips firmly against his. Miranda draped her arms around Gordon's shoulders, as he wrapped his around her waist, and the two simply submitted to a tender, passionate kiss.

A loud thud resounded through the hangar bay, as the ramp door locked and sealed. Shepard smiled as he saw his two impassioned crew members, lost in love's embrace, before turning away, towards a nearby terminal.

"EDI" He called out, summoning her blue, holographic form from the terminal. "We're all set. Take us out..."

"Yes, Commander." EDI acknowledged, before her visage quickly dissipated.


"Jeff, I assure you I am perfectly capable of piloting the ship in your absence..." EDI insisted, from her place on the bridge. "You require rest to recuperate..."

"Nah, nah, nah... I'm fine, EDI." Joker assured through his teeth, as waved a hand out in front of him, and started manipulating his controls.

There was a thick, metallic brace around his neck, attached to two metallic supports draped across his shoulders, holding his neck, and head firmly in place.

"Besides... someone's gotta make sure those Alliance boys didn't hurt my baby..."

The entire ship vibrated, as the powerful hum of the Normandy's propulsion system was brought online, and quickly began to escalate.

"Drive core powering up... Operating at optimum capacity." Joker said to himself, as he checked various systems, and worked his controls for take-off. "Stabilizers working... Engines one, two, three and... four active. Mass effect field generators online... Fuel tanks full... All compartments sealed... Board is green... And all systems are go!"

Four brilliant flares of blue light burned inside the Normandy's thruster engines, as she slowly pulled off the ground. The landing struts retracted into the hull, as the ship slowly began to drift up into the air – the flicker in her afterburners steadily growing brighter, and brighter.

"We're off this rock!"

A blinding, cerulean blaze erupted from the Normandy's engines, as Joker eased the throttle up. A powerful thrust, and the Normandy shot forward, with an incredible burst of acceleration, towards the gray blanket of clouds – piercing it, and dragging a soft, white, vapor trail behind her, as she broke atmo, and streaked out into the stars...

And so it was... A day came, when crimson lightning split the skies, roaring thunder shook the Earth, and blazes of fire and steel rained down from the heavens. A day when those that nearly wrought forth the annihilation of life itself, were defeated by two mortal men, who stood united by a common goal. Ordinary men, nothing more, who would answer the call to become heroes... But forever rise into the annals of legend...

THE E...


The words flashed on the holographic screen of a terminal, in a dark room.


The room was large, but fairly empty. The only light, was the brilliant blue hue, spilling in through the large, panoramic windows, from the fiery star dwarf outside. The spotless, metal floors gleamed in the luminance, refracting the light perfectly, like a mirror. And at the window, a steely eyed man, in an expensive suit, stood facing out, with a cigarette in one hand, and a datapad in the other.

"Idealistic fools." He remarked sarcastically, with a grin, as he exhaled a puff of smoke. "They actually pulled it off..."

"And they didn't even need to use this one..." He said, looking down at the datapad in his hand.

Just then, the beeping from his terminal, notifying him of an incoming comm, caught his attention. He turned away from the window, and walked back towards his seat in the center of the dark room. He passed straight through the holographic screen, and turned to sit down, as he pressed a button on his arm rest.

A flurry of static flashed before him, before materializing into the visage of a man, wearing a black Ceberus uniform, accented in white. He was in his early, to mid thirties. He had light brown hair, thinned out from a buzz cut, bronzed skin, and a deep, old scar, running straight down his right cheek.

"Illusive man...!" The operative abruptly acknowledged, stoically presenting a salute.

"Agent Three Forty..." The Illusive man began, as he shook the excess ash off his cigarette, into his armrest ash tray. "Was your crew successful in retrieving the package?"

"We're retrieving it now, sir..." The operative affirmed, as he placed his hands behind his back. "But are you sure you want us to go through with this?"

"Of course..." The Illusive Man answered confidently, without qualm. "I thought I already made my intentions perfectly clear to you, Agent Three Forty... Don't let the shortsightedness of the Alliance deter you. Think of what this will mean for Cerberus... For humanity...!"

"Understood, sir!" The agent acknowledged obediently. "Will continue with retrieval as planned! Agent Three Forty, out!"

The image buzzed into a crackle of static, before fading away into nothingness. The Illusive Man's gleaming blue eyes pierced the darkness, as he brought his cigarette to his mouth, and inhaled. The embers on the tip of his cigarette lit up, painting his face in a dim, orange glow, before he pulled it away, and blew a concentrated stream of smoke out through his mouth.

As the cloud of smoke began to encircle his head, he lifted his opposite hand back up, the one still clutching the datapad tightly, and looked down at the dossier once more:



"Well..." The steely eyed illusion said to himself - crushing his cigarette out into the armrest ashtray. "I might be able to find some use for you after all..."

[:::Connection Lost. Data feed has been terminated until further notice. Goodbye.:::]

Author's Special Request: And so ends SλLVλTION. My epic "What if" tale. I tried to do both games as much justice as I possibly could, and portray their respective heroes as the legends they were meant to be. Games I adore... At this time, I'd like to request, that anyone who's been following this story, please leave me a comment or a review. Be it praising, or damning, just please let me know what you thought...

THIS IS IT!!!!!!

I can't believe it... It's done... It's actually DONE my god...

I just wanted to publish it so bad before ME3 comes out, because I know when that happens, well pretty much all eyes will be on that, and who could blame ya? hehe.

At any rate, the comment above, at the end of the chapter, is actually mostly meant for the people on, but the words ring true. Please, anyone and everyone - if you've been following this story, leave me a comment.

I have A LOT of people to thank for this story. For giving me support, and feedback, and just all around following it. And I'm planning to make something that will be a Thank you to ALL of you!

And a special thanks to ~malovence for giving me the idea to reference Dr. Freeman as "The Opener of the Way" A prestigious title indeed, that I had nearly forgotten about :D

Salvation: A glorified "What If" tale, of two completely different heroes, of equal legendary stature joining forces, and bringing Hope and Salvation to the galaxy!

Thank You For Reading!

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NICKOLASTYLER Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Know thats a story worthy of more my friend.
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much my friend! I appreciate your kind words, and I'm very very happy you enjoyed the story :D
Syvenne Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, WOW.
I was planning on re-reading this, since I'm going to need reading material for when I go to the US (24hrs worth of flights? Ugh XP), so I was copying and pasting Salvation into a Word document (I hope that's ok - I respect your story too much to steal it :D).
And whoa.
506 A4 pages on default settings, using a page break at the end of each chapter.
235, 277 words, including headings.
If you actually put that into a proper book, you'd have almost 1000 pages.
I am in awe.
Heck, in my own writing, I have 26 pages in 4 chapters. And I'm already a quarter of the way through what I was planning. You had 32 in 4 chapters, and you hadn't even gotten past the prologue.
I tip my hat to you, good sir, and entreat you to never stop writing. Published or not, you are a legitimate author. Be proud of that.
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
First off, of course that's okay. I'm flattered you enjoy it enough to wanna copy/save it :D

Lol and yeah... It's a long one, I know... I gotta learn to streamline my work a little better... So tedious lol.

But thank you, I tip my hat back to you with gratitude :D

I definitely have no plans to stop writing. And if you think this story is long... The plans for I have for Salvation II will probably see it go quite a ways longer... I'm planning to break it down into Acts or Volumes. As I've said before, it'll be YEARS before I ever reach that point, and atleast a year or 2 to write the story itself... But yeah, no plans to stop. And I thank you very much :D
Syvenne Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou very much :D It shall keep me busy :D
Are you likely to release another chapter before about halfway through April? Moar reading material! :D

Sorry for taking so long to reply :D
And also for the gratuitous smilies... Here, have some more!
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I also apologize for the late reply lol. And I'm actually on the last stretch of Chapters 14, 15, and 16 now, another cluster. Should be out by the end of this week. Wanna have it out before Easter hehe.

Also, after these chapters, I'll officially be past the halfway point, and things will start to crescendo towards the finale :)
VanOran Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
I just finished reading and I must say I'm impressed. Your Story is a fine piece of work.
It doesn't suffer from plotholes, nonsenical conclusions or the likes, although some of your decisions might be dubious(but hey, who doesn't make such?).
I don't want to rant about the ME3 ending, but I've to say that you gave a pretty good example, how an epic ending could/should be. There is one detail I especially like. The way you handeld Freeman's "sacrafice". I mean no one could have really complained about his death considering the circumstances. Yet you came up with a reasoned solution to save him, one that can easily be adapted to the "decision and their consequences" policy of ME(so much to the "heros have to die").
I'm also quite happy to hear/see that you plan on writing more stories about your little fanfic-univers. I hope you keep up your writing style and it's quality, since I'm quite eager to read more of it.
With that I congratulate you once more, but if you excuse me now, I have to read Salvation-Episode 1
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, hello there my friend. It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance. First and foremost, allow me to thank you for adding me to you +watch. I greatly appreciate it :D. And I am immensely happy that you enjoyed my story :aww:. It always makes me glad to hear that someone has enjoyed my work.

As far as my little fic goes, yep - I have many many plans for it. And I'm about half-way done with Episode 1, which I hope you'll enjoy. You can find more information on the proposed series itself here: [link]

This story was conceptualized LONG before Mass Effect 3 was even announced. Which is why the Reaper invasion in my story differs so greatly from the way it actually panned out. I started work on it almost immediately after finishing Mass Effect 2, about a month or so after it's release. I figured if I was going to unite the two greatest heroes in gaming (at least to me) I would need to give them a challenge worthy of their greatness. So I decided to write my own version of the Reaper invasion. Obviously i was far off with how it actually went, but most people seemed okay with how I wrote it hehe.

There are still a lot of lose ends in my shared universe that still need to be addressed. Such as Curing the genophage to give a big example - which WILL be addressed, in a somewhat reimagined way.

But at any rate, I'm happy to see a new "face" around so to speak. Please, don't be a stranger. i'm always appreciative of any and all constructive criticism - be it praising or damning. Hope you'll stick around, and follow my stories :D

Oh, and coincidentally, I JUST finished submitting this piece: [link] - scene from Chapter 42. Hope you like.

Anyway, see you around :hug:
VanOran Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Thank you very much for the warm welcome!
Well, I won't promise anything, but I'll try to contribute constrictive criticism from now on for what is to come.
Yeah, I figured midway that your plot had nothing to do with the one from ME3, especially after I checked the date of their "release". By the way, turning the vorcha to the "new" enemy army after what happenned on Omega was nice thinking.
Sorry, but I've to ask...



Who is this!?! I mean what is this? Parallel Realities, Time Travel or what the heck do I know?! And please don't tell me it's merely an ancestor, cause I wasted way to much time thinking what this is supposed to mean.
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, that would be Corporal Adrian Shephard (Notice the different spelling of the name Shepard/Shephard).

He's a character from the FIRST Half-Life game, or rather, one of its expansion packs. Half-Life: Opposing Force. He is the main protagonist. A soldier with the HECU - the Hazardous Environment Combat Unit. The soldiers sent into the Black Mesa research facility to silence the scientists and personnel.

[link] - for more details.

As Corporal Shephard's unit was on its way to the Black Mesa research facility, the chopper he was in was attacked by Alien forces and it crashed before he could receive his orders. So he never knew what it was he was supposed to be doing in Black Mesa - this being the case, he, much like Gordon, the other scientists, security, etc just became another person lost within Black Mesa trying to survive. When the military pulls out, he gets left behind.

Throughout much of the game, you hear radio chatter, about how a scientist named Freeman is killing your buddies. He also sees the signs around Black Mesa saying "Surrender Freeman" and "Die Freeman die" etc. Although, the two never actually have a full encounter. Adrian DOES see Freeman once, only briefly, the MOMENT before he leaps into the teleporter that transports him to Xen. Adrian runs in, JUST as Gordon makes the jump. You can chase him, and try to shoot him, but following Gordon is impossible, as the portal becomes unstable the second after Freeman uses it.

At the end of Opposing Force, the G-Man confronts Adrian, much in the same way hes done to Gordon many times. And basically he puts him into stasis/suspended animation, the same way he did to Gordon between Half-Life 1 and 2, and the same way in Chapter 5 of my story. (Opposing Force Ending: [link]) The only difference between Adrian and Gordon is... Adrian hasn't been seen since. So it's likely he's still in stasis somewhere. Probably the G-Man's ace in the hole, should he ever need him. VALVe has said that they plan on using him again in the future, but there has been no info as to when. They have dropped a few easter eggs here and there, but that's it.

So that little tidbit at the end of this story is a teaser, I guess you could call it, for what I eventually have planned for my sequel. Salvation II: Project Prometheus. I've got a bit of an Anti-hero role planned for him. He'll be to Gordon Freeman, what Kai Leng will be to Commander Shepard.

[link] and [link] are teaser posters. Obviously he, much like Gordon will be given a more modernized set of armor - but I put him in those teasers in his original form to make him recognizable.

So yeah, no alternate realities, or time travel, or ancestral connections or anything like that. Just coincidence that there are 2 Shep(h)ards. Although, I think that might give me some leeway for a bit of Indiana Jones-esque humor. "Jones is getting away!" "I think not, heir Donovan" "Not that Jones, the other Jones!"

"Shepard's assaulting the base!" "What are you talking about, Shephard's right here." "Not that Shephard, the other Shepard!" - obviously needs to be something a lot more clever, but you get the idea ;P

And that, my friend is

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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

Thank you. I'm very happy that you liked it :D

If you're interested, I've turned this into an ongoing series. You can see info here: [link]

I'm already about half way done with Episode 1: [link]

Hope to see you around for the continuation of the story :) Don't be shy, and don't be a stranger :D
darksideofthemoon79 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Actually that wouldn't be such a bad idea. Obtaining the rights to Mass Effect and Half-Life and promote a CGI movie. You could hold an online petition to get it done.
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh and P.P.S. If you're interested, I've turned this into an ongoing series. You can see info here: [link]

I'm already about half way done with Episode 1: [link]

And like I told the guy below, I hope to see you around for the continuation of the story. Don't be shy and don't be a stranger :D
darksideofthemoon79 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Well, I had an idea for a side story for one of your future crossovers. How about that say that when word gets around that Gordon Freeman is alive and well in 2185 and somebody from hollywood wants to make an accurate portrayal of him. Especially when the Vortigaunts are rediscovered and used as extras in this new filming instead of using CGI or alien extras, then they portray Bearnard's last speech in the film before storming City 19, similar to the final speech in 300.

Remember, 2006 the Seven Hour War took place and the movie 300 never took place. Then someone broke into the movie screen play room and found the script and decided to recite somewhat the same similar speech made from that movie (Which in real time never saw the light of day.) At least that's how I picture the end of the fictional film.

How does that sound.
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol you and I are actually on a pretty similar mind wave here my friend. I'm not sure how it would go - I can totally see it being done in the style, and with the epic capacity that 300 is done in. But I have considered doing an entire sort of "prequel" I guess you could call it, for Salvation.

It would start right where Chapter 5 left off. After they find his crowbar, for a while Alyx refuses to give up. She forms a search party, and they search the area for days. Until finally its painfully evident that he's not there, and that he must be dead. They finally conclude that he must've been disintegrated by a dark energy blast from one of the Combine's AR2 rifles. Meanwhile, Barney is out in the Norwegian Mountains, with a small rebel force he took. The resistance group exploring out there, led by Judith Mossman is under heavy attack. They barely hold out by the time Barney gets there. When he does, Mossman and only a tiny group of others survive. But she relays the coordinates for the Borealis located nearby. And it sort of turns into a race against time to reach it. If the Combine can get their hands on the tech in that ship, they can re-open the portal, and it'll all start again. So here would be the first major battle. As you may remember from Salv1, I wrote that Barney did successfully reach it, and destroy it.

Later, back at White Forest, a funeral service for Gordon and Eli is being had, as Barney and Judith, and the survivors return. When Barney finds out what happened to his friend, he sort of shifts gears. He becomes the new acting "general" so to speak, of the resistance. Captain Bernard Calhoun. He and Alyx start forming strike teams, and they go on the offensive - hitting scattered Combine bases. The word goes out across the world, and they start hitting Combine bases globally. And Barney, as a sign of respect, carries Gordon's crowbar into battle.

As the Combine quickly begin to get systematically wiped out, base by base, cell by cell, squad by squad, the resistance receives word of one final major Combine Stronghold, in City 19, where, as a last stitch effort, the Combine are trying to rebuild a tunneling entanglement teleporter. Its a Combine Fortress that is well fortified, and well guarded. Well, determined to never let what happened to Earth happen again, Barney, Alyx, the vorts, every resistance member in White Forest, and all surrounding rebel outposts march on City 19, to the Combine Fortress. This would be the final battle of the story, where Barney, and countless others lay down their lives to stop the Combine for good.

And with that, in the wake of tragedy and devastation, the rebuilding begins... In the coming months, and years after the rebellion ends, Alyx and Dr. Kleiner, and a few other key figures form the New Earth Union - the first organized form of Government on Earth since before the 7 hours war, which eventually becomes the System's alliance. And one of the first things erected in this new world, is the statue of their hero and savior... The man most directly responsible for giving their world back to them... The man who closed the gates of hell on Earth. The One Free Man... And so would end "Salvation: The Chronicles of a Darkened Earth"

So yeah - the reason I tell you all of this, is to give you a bit of a better idea of what's in my mind, for the history of my little shared Universe. I doubt I'll ever actually make it to write it out as a whole prequel. But I'll probably reference these events throughout the story, at times.

There are also countless other books, and movies, and documentaries detailing those times, that I have planned to reference. One in particular, which by 2185 has become one of the most famous, and publicized human novels in the galaxy. And it is considered the quintessential text on the Black Mesa Incident, the 7 hours war, and the Earth Rebellion - as it was written by a person who lived through all 3. The book known as "The Diary of Alyx Vance".

Heh, I'm sorry this all got very long winded. I do apologize.
darksideofthemoon79 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Don't apologize for being long winded. That sounds like a great story. Sounds to me that you're thinking about making more stories based around the Salvation series.

I could imagine one of the stories having a problem with terrorism among quarian extremists. If the quarians made a deal with the Geth to return to Rannoch, the return of their Citadel status after 300 years of being exiled from the same Council that refused to help them in the first place, and to top it all off: the human/quarian relationship between Shepard and Tali might piss off a certain group of quarians. Now I just became long winded.

I appreciate that you value my input and I'm happy that you think that we are similar wavelengths. It is much appreciated.
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I value the input of all my fans. Some of what I write is based off of creative input, especially so far in Episode I. Many of my friends actually have "roles" in my story as characters hehe.

Zdrawkoh "Zee" Y'kupets is actually :iconeudaimonium:

And Security Commander Andrew Kim is :iconmalovence:

So never hesitate to voice your opinion to me, good or bad, or to give me any sort of input and feedback. I'm always happy to listen :D

And yeah I can see that happening. The quarian/geth war never occured in Salvation (So many things happened differently because I started writing Salvation long before anything was really known about ME3, and I finished it before it was even released. If I had known some of the facts I probably would've written it differently.) But I"m not gonna go back and rewrite the whole. Just gives me some things to address in the episodes and the sequel ;P For instance the Genophage. That's gonna be addressed in the sequel.

And the fact that the geth have been given the rights of other species is going to be met with A LOT of controversy, and... would racism be the right word? Both by quarians and the rest of the galaxy. And yeah I can imagine the relationship between Tali and Shepard pissing off a few people too. But I can also see it inspiring others. So yeah I definitely see there being plenty of potential for quarian extremists. Or any number of extremist factions for that matter. Might make a good side mission hehe.

The vortigaunts are going to be met with some interesting attention actually, as they integrated into galactic society. Which they will begin to do. First off, they're gonna start wearing clothes lol. Secondly, the Asari will take a special interest in them. With their affinity for mating with other species for genetic diversity, the vortigaunts will prove a prime new target. Especially with the powers the vortigaunts posses - an asari/vort offspring promises to be intelligent, and powerful. So as Garrus will put it in a future conversation with Liara.

Garrus: Wait... are you saying the vortigaunts are the new "studs" of the galaxy...?
Liara: Well... as far as asari are concerned... Yes. Though I personally fail to see the attraction.

hehe. just a little tidbit of info there ;P
darksideofthemoon79 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Well I can also think of one thing. I can imagine a quarian male coming up to Shepard and thanking him for his courageous decision to marry Tali. Only because he was once on his pilgrimage and when he got a job as an engineer working for an asari company, he got close to the owner's daughter and one thing leads to another, the quarian on pilgrimage suddenly marries the owner's daughter and now wants to make another marriage proposal on Rannoch, while they have a 5 year old daughter together. Yes. He is married to an asari and they have started a family together.
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe that's a cool idea - and sounds strangely like a Mass Effect version of the song "Down in the Boondocks" hehe. If you've never heard it, you should look it up. You'll see what I mean ;P
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe... Well, as much as that'd pretty much be a dream come true. Or atleast a really awesome experience, I doubt I could ever obtain the resources, or a fan following large enough to ever make that happen.

But thank you for your words of encouragement. Who knows, stranger things have happened :aww:

P.S. Nice to see a new face around my story. I hope you enjoy(ed) it :D
darksideofthemoon79 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Then how about a comic version. I mean you must have some people who could help you out to make such a dream come true, especially when it comes to artwork.

Hell, maybe even a real comic book series like what I just saw recently. It was a Doctor Who (11th doctor) and a Star Trek Next Generation crossover. Do you know any artists that could help?
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh boy... You know I would LOVE that too. I've had that idea ever since I first started writing Salvation. But truth be told, I don't really know too many artists. And those that I do know haven't ever expressed any desire into making any sort of comic or even a scrap of fan art for my story. Not for free anyway. And I've got no cash to spare to pay someone, unfortunately.

I've tried to create what little art and scenes and such that I can for my story, but only so much I can do. Most of what I do is logos and basic graphic design. Can't draw worth a damn lol.

I think Salvation would make an AWESOME comic. There's only so much the written word can express. Seeing Shepard and Freeman, and the team together in some sort of comic would be amazing. But alas, again, I don't think I have the fan base or the resources to ever make it happen...

But, on the off-chance that YOU might know someone who's willing to do something, let 'em know I'd be honored, and grateful, and they more than have my permission. Again, on the off-chance hehe
darksideofthemoon79 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Well I mean keep the faith. I have seen people achieve from less than what you think you do not have. Then again, one should pool their resources. I mean I live in Olympia, Washington so maybe it would be easier to find an artist. OR MAYBE I should learn to drawn comic style myself. Maybe it's a calling for me.
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I'll tell you right now. I'm very very flattered that you think that highly of my story, that you'd like to see more fan art, comic versions, and film adaptations and such hehe. I appreciate the thought, and I appreciate having you as a fan :D

I'm actually gonna be taking a crack at learning some Source Film Maker as soon as I get done working on some stuff that I have backed up. But who knows, maybe I'll get good at it and make it myself ;P

Until then, I'll keep trying to supplement whatever art I can. And I'll do exactly what you say, and keep the faith. :D

Don't be a stranger :aww:
darksideofthemoon79 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
I must admit, I have no talent for art. If I could, I would make a damn comic book on deviantart. I would make one for my fanfic The Matrix Effect and I would do one from your fanfic. I guess that's why I only do writing.

If you are doing Source Film, that's awesome. I look forward to your work. I hope to hear from you.
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, yeah I hear you. I guess we just gotta do what we can. It'll be a while before I get into SFM, but here's hoping I can ever generate some good stuff with it :)

Thanks for the support!
Dustiniz117 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
What you should do:

get the rights for Half-Life series and Mass Effect Series, start a KICKSTARTER account, and GET...THIS FANFICTION MADE...INTO A ....CGI FILM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol believe me, if i thought I had any chance in hell of doing that, I would try :XD:. I've actually talked about the unlikely possibility of turning this into a CGI movie someday. But again, chances are slim if not non-existent. But who knows... Stranger things have happened :shrug:

But judging by your comment, I take it that you enjoyed my story? :D If so I'm very happy that you did. And I invite you to stick along for the ride. This is an ongoing series: [link]

I'm currently working on Chapter 8 of Episode I. Which starts about a week or so after the end of this one. So I hope to see you around as the story continues hehe: [link]
Syvenne Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I must say, this is the most amazing fanfic I've read :D
It feels real, it evokes emotional responses, and it had devastating consequences for the by-standers...
I mean, that's brave. I care too much about my characters to demolish their homeworlds. The stakes aren't nearly as high as they are in your story.
Which makes it amazing. At one point, I was actually filled with dread and adrenaline as all seemed just about lost for them...
Fantastic, really. Just... fantastic.
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much for the kind words. You flatter me greatly. And I appreciate it. Always grateful to my fans, and grateful to have fans :D I'm so happy you enjoyed it. I really did do my absolute best on this. I tried to do both games, and both characters justice. And I've gotten nearly unanimous positive reviews, so I feel that I have done that.

Heh, and I'm glad that I evoked all those emotions. Was what I was going for. That suspense, that adrenaline, that dread... And hopefully, in Judgement Day (Part II) where Gordon says his "good-byes", sadness... I wanted to make it seem as tho all was lost right before bringing everything back from the brink of destruction to Salvation :D

Again I'm very happy you enjoyed this. Thank you for your review, for your kind words, and for being a fan. You have my gratitude! :D
Dood-D-C Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
I believe the phrase is: Shut up and take my money
This is the kinda thing Bioware Should make into a full franchise, instead we're stuck with mass effect 3
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, well unfortunately I highly doubt anything like that will ever happen. But I do appreciate the sentiment, and the praise :D

means a lot to me :hug: I'm happy you enjoyed my story. More to come, so stay tuned! [link]
Dood-D-C Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Ah it's no problem
heh......wait did you just say.....MY GOD!!!
More?! My life has meaning again!!!

Although just to clarify, will some of the sequel fanfics be in the same timeline? (Gordon Freeman joins the crew) or are they just basic ME fanfics?
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have any plans for anything except the continuation of Salvation. Gordon Freeman included ;p. So far the proposed idea is four episodic short stories leading up to the Sequel itself.

The first one, which I've already started working on, is Episode I: The Taking of the Carmenta Illustria [link] which will take place roughly one week after Salvation ended.

After that it will be Episode II: Lair of the Shadow Broker, Episode III: Voices of a Distant Star (A collaborative effort between myself, ~Vadrigos and ~malovence), Episode IV: Into the Aperture, and finally the sequel Salvation II: Project Prometheus. :aww:
JS21O3 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
I like it. It's really nice.

And you're now bringing in the other legendary Adrian Shepard, which is sweet on it's own.
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
bbb35 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
WOW!! Amazing and spectacular, probbaly won't find another like this for a while. Good work :D
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I don't think I've seen your face... err.. uh name before. If you've been silently following, I'm very happy to know that you enjoyed it :dance:

Thank you for reading :aww:
bbb35 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Well, yes..I was so entranced I couldn't bare to say anything, until I had reached the end. I have read this fic from first to last And was finally able to comment on it,after I worked up the courage, this was so amazing piece of work :D
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No need to work up the courage around me. I'm a nice person :) I'm very very happy you liked it friend :dance: :hug:

Don't be a stranger :D
bbb35 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Very interesting choice, pairing up Thane and Jack. I've always felt they were the most tragic, having their lives filled up with very few happy times, makes me wish fervently Thane get's cured in Mass Effect 3.

What are your thoughts on the Two Characters?
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's exactly how I felt about them too, which is why I decided to pair them up. I think they really balance each other out, and would make a great couple. After all, opposites attract.

Both of them have had such tragic lives, lost the ones they loved, and blamed themselves for it. But they acted out on their tragedies in radically different ways. Thane vowed to live his life doing good, and redeeming his sins. Whereas Jack just stopped caring about anyone or anything. And made her self cold to the world.

So since their situations are basically the same, but their views are radically different, and to extremes. I figured they might make the perfect match. And yeah, they are the two characters i felt for most in the game.
bbb35 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
My Sentiments exactly. Glad you shared that with me :D
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Vadrigos Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
And so it ends...but though this song is ending, the story shall never end.
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In all honesty... can you imagine what it would be like if these two legends REALLY did join forces in a game... And you could choose which one to play as... my god.... :faint:
Vadrigos Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
malovence Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
At this point in time while we wait for tomorrow to come, there's only one thing to do....
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Re-enjoy :D
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