Salvation Shorts - An Interview with the Legends

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Ladies and Gentlemen allow me to acquaint you with a concept I came up with called "Salvation Shorts". Obviously, from the title you can gather that this will be related to my ongoing Fan Fiction series, and allow me to elaborate. Episodes I - IV will consist of a very focal, very specific plot. Meaning there will not be too much deviation from the storyline and/or mission/objective for say side missons, or crew interactions, as is one of the staples in the Mass Effect Series. This is something I tried to do with Salvation 1, such as the scene with the crew playing Skillian-5 in the Mess Hall, or the side romance between Jack and Thane, or the mission to save the trapped researchers at the Exo-Geni facility etc. This is also something I plan to do plenty of in Salvation II. But in the meantime, I'm working on my Episodic Installments. The episodes, as you saw from The Taking of the Carmenta Illustria will not leave much room for things like side missions, or little deviations such as perhaps a date on the Citadel between two love interests, or a bit of friendly chit-chat and banter between squadmates. So I've devised a way to throw these types of things in between the episodes. 

Followers of Salvation... I give you the prospect of "Salvation Shorts!" These will be mini 1-2 chapter addendums and nuances to my series. Nothing crucial to the story, but fun little diversions nonetheless. As I said, they may be side missions that I think would be interesting for our heroes to handle. Or even something as simple as a nice romantic outing. Admittedly, I'm actually planning a Valentine's Day Short. Don't quote me on this, and don't hold me to it, but I'm PLANNING on featuring Tali and Shepard, Gordon and Miranda, and perhaps even Jack and Thane and/or Jacob and Ms. Vanessa Masters. Still have to flesh it out, but I'm defintely planning something. You can expect Episode II to start sometime in Spring or Summer of this year, but I have a few shorts planned in between. 

And one in particular that i have planned will be titled "An Interview with the Legends." This will actually be an indepth interview that one of my original characters, Ms. Cameron McClane (or as she'll henceforth be known 'Action Cam' McClane) will conduct with both Freeman and Shepard. She'll be asking the questions that the galaxy wants answered. This will also be a way for me to delve a little into the untold origins of our heroes. I've got sort of a whole life story thought up in my mind for them, and I'll be disclosing a bit of it.

This is where you, the readers, come in! (If there are any of you left out there lol) I'd like you to do me a favor. Call this an interactive short. Think of questions that you would ask Gordon Freeman and Commander Shepard, if you could. Now, obvioulsy I'm not the writers at Valve or Bioware, but I will do my absolute best to answer the questions, from their lips to your ears, as if it was actually these two fiction characters themselves. In laymens terms, give me questions that Cameron would ask Freeman and Shepard. "What made you decide to join the Alliance Military, Commander Shepard?" "When did you first realize you wanted to be a physicist, Dr. Freeman?" Things like that. Well, anything you want really! Ask anything! And post as many questions as you want. I'll try and answer all of them. Now keep in mind, that if the questions is utterly ridiculous - I may not include it. Nothing sexual. You may ask about the characters' relationships, but nothing too lewd, vulgar, or offensive. You get the jist. Basically, I want you to ask the questions you would ask if you could meet these two characters. Post them here. Reply to this journal. I'm planning 2 -3 shorts before I start Episode II. And this one will be a good one for starts. So don't delay! Ask away! I look forward to reading your questions :D 
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"Freeman, Shepard, what do you see yourself doing in the future? I mean, quitting your current tasks and just reclining on a porch of a farm house on Earth? Or, do you wish to take part in the new terra forming projects set up in the near future? Where the alliance seeks out new habbitable worlds for occupationg?"
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For Commander Shepard: Have you ever used a Tau Canon or a Gluon Gun? Maybe a Displacement Canon?

For the overall story/universe: How has the technology from Half-Life (Teleporters, directed energy weapons, etc) been incorporated into the Mass Effect universe?  
person-96's avatar
I look forward to it! Can't get enough of character/universe development and exploration. All the more reason I look forward to this piece you're writing. :)
EspionageDB7's avatar
Thanks so much. I really appreciate you posting these. They'll definitely be included. If you think of any more, by all means ask away :D - I'm actually working on my first short already - I had planned to release it on or before Valentinesday, but I doubt I'll meet that deadline. It's just gonna be some character interactions. Actually gonna have Miranda ask Gordon about Alyx a bit - there'll be a few revalations, things of that nature. And Shepard will have a moment of mourning for Captain Anderson, as his death has not yet received the attention that it's due in my story. The Interview Short will be the second one I do, so still got some time, if you wanna keep posting questions :meow: 
person-96's avatar
For Dr. Freeman: Have you tried looking for the relatives of your friends? (i.e. Children/grandchildren of Barney, Alyx, etc). 

For Commander Shepard: How do you and Gordon get along? Do you hang out with/talk to each other much? What are things like between you two? What do the crew of the Normandy think of Dr. Freeman and do they interact with him much?

I'm looking forward to these Shorts! After all, I'm a bit of a sucker for personal development pieces like what you're doing here. :) (Smile) 
Keep at it my man!!
EspionageDB7's avatar
Good questions man. These will definitely be included - if you think of anymore you are more than welcome to post 'em :D
TheBlackNova's avatar
I don't have any questions for Shepard, but I do have one for Gordon: What is his middle name? (Valve has never even mentioned it)
EspionageDB7's avatar
Hmm... Good question. I'll have to think if I want him to have one lol. But I'll definitely include that, for sure! Let me know if you think of any others :aww: 
TheBlackNova's avatar
I just now thought of one for Shepard, after seeing person-96's question for Gordon.

For the Commander Shepard: Have you taken a look to see if you have any living relatives?

and  one more for Gordon, if person-96's question doesn't cover this already: Have you looked for John's/Henry's descendants?
EspionageDB7's avatar
I'm going to go into Shepard's history and background a bit. Shepard grew up an orphan, on the streets - gonna go into that further. I HAD plans for doing more of an origin story for Shepard, but I don't wanna distort the story and stray too far from the original ME source material. But those are good questions. 

Whether or not Gordon will have any living relative from John or Henry - I'm still debating lol, but I'll definitely get those questions answered :)
Unity9ForAll's avatar
Actually I have an idea for a short. If I write it to you, could I send it if you like it?
EspionageDB7's avatar
Also, did you get my reply to the email that you sent? I'm always open to input and ideas
Unity9ForAll's avatar
Yes I did get the e-mail, but funny though I've been trying to make a decent letter writing you back back.
EspionageDB7's avatar
Sent you a reply - bit late. You got some good ideas man, I'm sure we can collaborate on something together. 
EspionageDB7's avatar
Yes yes, by all means! :D
bbb35's avatar
Oooh. i like the interview idea, love it!!
EspionageDB7's avatar
I hope you'll participate, and I'm working on that scene for you
bbb35's avatar
So, how do I do it. Just note you questions for Gordon, or Shepard?
EspionageDB7's avatar
Yeah,or reply to this. However you want
bbb35's avatar
So, shepard, any trouble with the law? Maybe a little 'Juvenile' loud, reckless driving on a motorcyle? I ask, cause it's a massively thought up idea by your female fanbase that you were a bad boy biker.

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Dr. Freeman, we know you admire the fairer sex. What women that you know...or in history, would you say you respect most. And don't limit it to earthlings, if you feel forced.
EspionageDB7's avatar
Good questions, I like the one for Shepard - his background is actually something I'm gonna go into. Gonna explain how he was able to slyly pick Kim's pocket in Episode I. lol

As far as the question for Gordon - that's interesting you bring that up, because McClane is sort of gonna be a... piner, for Gordon, for lack of a better term. Almost a Conrad Verner-esque stalker to Gordon, much to Miranda's sugrin, but I can imagine her throwing awkward relationship questions at him lol. 

Good questions, if you think up anymore feel free to let me have 'em :D
bbb35's avatar
Oh, you can be sure of that, glad they're good questions.

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Shepard, what are your thoughts on children? Like, do you want any, do you want to adopt. Or just do a lot of charity to support the little duct rats of the world?

Gordon, how do you feel about the Vortgants introducing their 'green glowing water' as one blogger posted, and their want to utilize it for health restoration purposes? And that Super Science Network has plans to increase it's abilities to cure certain problems, like Keplars syndrome for the Drell or Corpalis Syndrome among the Turians?
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