Reviews for Where The Law Stands Tall
jmeson75 chapter 31 . 1/15/2020
That was a phenomenal beginning... Very well done! Enjoyed it immensely!
SarahTaylorTam chapter 30 . 11/7/2018
Another great story. It certainly gives me insight into sam in Angels and lions even though I know it is not the same character.
SarahTaylorTam chapter 28 . 11/7/2018
Now this was a boss fight, hands down the best spectre fight I've seen or read anywhere, including your other works. And not just because there was more than one of them :) This was the concept that the spectres were supposed to be, but never were.
LordSalt chapter 31 . 10/31/2017
Great story! Glad to see it completed and a sequel in the works.
Aftermath212 chapter 31 . 10/31/2017
And that's all she wrote!

...Except, there's a sequel coming but... damnit you get the point. :P

It feels weird, having this story finally be over. We've had weekly.. or, well, *semi*-weekly updates (heh) for... damn, has it really been 10 months? That's nuts. We watched Collins grow from a nobody cowboy on the soup world of Revan to becoming a badass SPACE RANGER.

Let me reiterate: SPACE RANGER! With a super awesome space revolver, too. And a hat and everything.

...And what a journey it was! From the House of Horrors to the Synapps Raid to the freakin' SEVEN(!) SpecTRe battle, you've paid SO much attention to *every single detail* of the Mass Effect Universe, expanding on it in ways I've never dreamed of. I mean, honestly. I can't tell if I'm just super dumb or if you're secretly a rogue Artificial Intelligence project that escaped from the depths of the Pentagon to write about space rangers. I mean, that's what I would do if I was an AI with unlimited knowledge of society. \_(ツ)_/

That was a terrible analogy, but the point is, you know a LOT about the way the world works and applied that knowledge to a fictional world in a way that made sense, which is definitely not an easy task. I can't wait to see what you do with Citadel politics. I'm positive I've mentioned this before, but the politics of the Star Wars prequels were surprisingly my favorite thing about that era, and Mass Effect 1 definitely shares some of that... hell, I don't know. "Political thriller" isn't exactly right, I don't think, but I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.

The intrigue and interspecies tension are what make Mass Effect 1 so dear to me, despite the strange combat (and lack of a Tali romance,) and I'm sure your story is going to thrive on a pre-ME1 Citadel. That said, I can't help but brace myself for Fox Amongst The Wolves. I know it probably won't be as depressing as the House of Horrors, but I get the feeling the C-Sec/humanity conflict is gonna hit a bit close to home. But hey, that's the point, right? What's the use of a story if it doesn't let you critically examine important topics? That's probably why I enjoyed Mass Effect so much — it touched a plethora of issues and showed that there was hardly ever a good or bad side, just a sea of gray. Even the Reapers, in all their terrible, flawed logic, had a point in the end.

Excuse my long-winded incoherent ramblings, I get all emotional whenever something ends. In summary: Thanks for the awesome story, you're INSANELY good at world-building, I still think a turian crustbuster sounds awesome (what, you thought I forgot? :P), and I'm excited to see how you portray the Citadel. Oh, and Keepers. Can't forget those cute, creepy buggers.
LifeIsAGreatAdventure chapter 31 . 10/30/2017
Interesting lead-in to the next story. I can't remember if canon has Humans segregated into their own space or not. Given that its 2175, I would think the population would be somewhat lower than in 2183. Maybe 1 million and rising quickly, yet another reason for the older races not to like Humans as property values go through the roof making it much harder to move to the Citadel for members of the older races than they remember from a mere 20 years ago. Still voting "no" on Sam-Spectre for all of the reasons given plus the fact that if she were a Spectre the likelihood that the news of her Spectrehood leaking is nearly 100 percent in the first six months. Too much likelihood of boasting from the ambassador or her staff (even though Goyle is a far better one from the hints we get than Udina) not to mention aliens with an agenda wanting to push anti-Human sentiment by arguing (as Sparatus does endlessly in ME1) that Humans are moving way too fast. Curious to see where you take this. Thanks for your hard work on it.
spiral83 chapter 29 . 10/29/2017
yaaay, you finally updated this! I'm glad, and i hope to read more chapters real soon!

I like that. This makes Shepard have a past, makes her human, and not the Demi-god-unflappable-Leader-Destroyer-of-entire-Galaxies :)

although I do hope that Sam isn't getting the Anderson Treatment in the end or worse, you kill Sam off... that would really suck.

I like them, I really like the relationship, I hope it survives through the ME trilogy, I have no issue her romantic partner being SAM, it changes up things, plus it's true, the romances in ME could also be made to be the holy-shit-we're-going-to-die-I-wanna-FEEL-alive kind of relationships.

I like it too, this brings out the human side of Shepard, and makes her a lot more relate-able. I do hope you'll eventually go into ME trilogy, is it planned? I sure hope so!
you managed to get me involved AGAIN in one of your stories, I really want to read more of this :)

(any chance to see more chapters for mark-meer and/or Valkyrie rising anytime soon?)
LifeIsAGreatAdventure chapter 29 . 10/29/2017
Glad to see you working on this again. Great scenery and character painting as always, but as usual you have issues around character foundation and potentially realism in ranking. IE an NCO of 21 jumping to an O-4 after OCS? Seems very unlikely. This of course gets back to my note to you earlier about how your Shepard couldn't have been an NCO and yet achieve LC rank by 29 outside of a war. Happy to work with you via PM etc to manage these issues as you go forward. You write too well for your lack of attention to these kinds of details to pull your stories down. Also, next story will need to flag that an OC is first Human spectre. Probably not helpful with popularity but honesty in advertising will demand it.
sol113 chapter 28 . 8/5/2017
I really like the Hierarchy Individual Drop Pods: it never made sense to me that canon had no equivalent as this technology provides a method of troop insertion that is faster, has higher stealth and (probably) results in fewer casualties than shuttles and dropships.
Further, the tech background you wrote fleshed out the pods and made them not rip off Halo while the execution in story worked well for dramatic effect.

The Spectres are all awesome- canon spoke about Spectres supposed badassness but never SHOWED why a Spectre if so feared/respected.
The Spectres here are solid, interesting individuals, very well set up as ultragunned killing machines and well executed as they slaughtered the Batarians in the devastating showdown.

The technology and descriptions of weapons is essentially tech porn and very impressive and entertaining writing.

The writing and personality of characters is fun to read and easy to visualise.
I like Turian ships being called Birds of Prey- it makes them stand out from other stories where its just frigate, cruiser, dreadnought.

I know Shep is relatively a kid here but how many times is she going to get captured/immobilised/made into a liability in this story?

The Omega Civil War and Nihlus’ role in it sound interesting.
Aftermath212 chapter 28 . 7/23/2017

That quote from Iron Man 2 at the beginning made me listen to Iron Man (Black Sabbath) while reading. Totally fit the mood. Should've switched to Alan Silvestri's "The Avengers" once I noticed the parallels (Sam charging in like my favorite Avenger 3 ) but I was too entranced by the fighting.

(Entirely off-topic: A lot of people don't seem to like Iron Man 2, but personally, it was one of my favorites. War Machine needs more screen time!)

You TOTALLY delivered here! You said it would be amazing, but WOW. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't giggling like a school girl while those slavers were annihilated with the fury of a thousand suns. AWESOME. I LOVE how you pulled equipment and abilities out of every installment in the franchise and mashed them together. I love the idea of the red omnitools, the uniform red-and-black attire. The freakin' lightning gun, man. You're making me really envious of other SPECTREs. I wish Shepard had access to all those goodies in earlier games, but most of them were only in ME3. Shame!

And your writing of Nihlus is making me really, really upset that we only got, like, a 5 minute conversation with him before he died. It would have been great to have someone like him along for the ride in ME1; though I guess that would make Shepard more of a companion and not the protagonist.

You did such a good job building up the threat of Batarians throughout the story. Hell, even building up the threat of weapons. For nearly 30 chapters, it's been a lightly-armored cop with a Big Iron and a bag of tricks versus platoons of assholes with a boatload of railguns. You start to fear for the characters, because they aren't invincible — not by a long shot. And the threat gets more and more severe with a dreadnaught and SIU agents and Pillar-Priests and it looks like all your favorite characters are doomed... and then the *real* muscle arrives. The cavalry, the heroes, the saviors, the Avengers, the SPECTREs. I know it sounds silly, but I really was in awe at how BADASS you portrayed them. It was like an RPG — playing on the hardest difficulty and in Iron Man mode while facing near-death experience after near-death experience... and then fighting a bunch of level 10s while you're level 80. It was like watching the ending scene of Rogue One all over again.

I know I'm just gushing now, but still! Point is: I LOVED this. :)
LifeIsAGreatAdventure chapter 28 . 7/20/2017
Nice chapter though obviously with Sam being asked to become a SPECTRE in 2175, this fic becomes an AU. Would advise a change to your summary to let readers know this. (transparency in advertising). Great action scenes and believable. Almost over the top but not quite given the way you frame the SPECTREs and even credible given Tela Vasir's fight in ME2 if on the right settings. Realize that last two chapters are clean-up, but looking forward to them anyway. Thanks for your hard work on this one.
fan-rei chapter 28 . 7/20/2017
There should have been some heroic music in the back. Couldn't help but think about the butcher of torfan when Sam thinks about what is needed to make the Batarian back off. Glad the marine survived their own heroic charge.
Lord Schmodder chapter 28 . 7/19/2017
Nicely done!

Especially the part where the seven Spectres drop on Therum, that had me really going!

Thank you for writing!
LifeIsAGreatAdventure chapter 27 . 7/17/2017
Really nice job on this story now that you've moved away from police tactics and toward military tactics which you obviously know well. Great characterizations too and excellent action. Thanks for your hard work on this, looking forward to the next chapter.
LifeIsAGreatAdventure chapter 14 . 7/17/2017
Gently on agrandizing yourself over Logical Premise for production. One assumes his life is a little more complicated than yours. Look at his profile and the website therein before you act like a jerkhole again and in so doing badly degrade your story which is well written and interesting with a lot of realism and great characters. I can't say I think you're right about how the law will beupheld in future, afterall, the American way of doing things is (currently) in relative decline, and there is too much in the literature suggesting that authoritarian or semi-authoritarian regimes will be the wave of the future, but given your assumptions, you're really doing a nice job with this story and its various premises. Please do take that a/n about LP down, though.
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