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Chapter 1: Crash Landing
Geth, News, and Intercom
(Location: Thessia atmosphere)
It was a quiet time on the Shield of Athame. The ship was a cruiser assigned to the protection of the Asari home world of Thessia, a routine job that nearly every ship in the Asari fleet had to do (it was either protecting Thessia or the Citadel. The only difference was that the Citadel had a mixture of the fleets). The Shield of Athame had been doing the job for the better half of three months and its crew was waiting for the chance to get out into space and do an actual mission. Thankfully (at least to them), they weren't the only ones who were doing this. There were a good number of ships protecting Thessia, although most people thought it would be suicidal to even try and attack the planet (partly because of the ships).
On this particular ship, its captain, one Arsmeni Banni, was fast asleep in her bed. She had just gone through a long and incredibly boring shift on the bridge, so all she wanted to do was have a nice long sleep. Unfortunately for her, that wasn't in the plan. "Captain, we need you on the bridge," the voice of one of the crew rang through the intercom. Arsmeni heard it, but she didn't want to respond. The voice was making her be awake and she didn't want to be awake. She wanted to be unconscious, completely and utterly. "Captain, we need you on the bridge," the voice spoke again.
She groaned and accepted the inevitable. She was going to have to be awake. "I'm on my way," she said as she rose from the bed, stretching out the kinks in her body. "But if there isn't a good reason to why I have to be awake right now, someone is going to be getting an ass-whooping." She liked sleeping. She wanted to go back to sleeping.
"Um…acknowledged, captain, bridge out."
The intercom went dead, leaving her alone in the room. She slowly stumbled over to her own personal coffee machine and began making a cup. Despite what the rest of the galactic community said about humans, they could all agree that they had a good way of getting you up in the morning. She took a sip of the precious brew and swallowed it, allowing it to jumpstart the rest of her body. It was her personal blend, having learned it from a Mac who claimed that it would get the caffeine hit her quicker (and considering she had been using it for the past year, she was sure it worked). As she came awake, she finished the rest of the cup. Placing it down on the table, she quickly put on her uniform and made her way to the bridge.
As she walked through the hallways, her crew bowed their heads in acknowledgement as she passed. They were a good crew and she respected them. That was important for a ship. She came across two crew members gossiping. "I heard the Systems Alliance had colonized another planet in the Traverse," the one on the left said.
"Another one?" asked the one on the right. She was learning against the wall with her arms crossed. She looked more relaxed than the other. "That's the third planet this month! How many planets do they need anyway?"
"I don't know," she replied, shrugging her shoulders. "You'd think they would be having kids every ten minutes the way those colonies fill up."
"I know, right? So, who's protecting the colony? Those…what was the word…shanabi people?" she asked, frowning in puzzlement.
"The correct word is shinobi," Arsmeni said, interrupting their conversation and catching them by surprise. "And the two of you had better be off-duty if you're gossiping in the hallways like a couple of school children." She didn't mind if they did that, but only when they were off-duty.
"We are, captain!" the left crew member assured her. Everyone knew how grouchy the captain was when she was woken unexpectedly from sleep. If someone pissed her off when she was like that, she was more than likely to take it out on her.
"Good, carry on then." She walked away, leaving the two alone to back to their gossip. As she walked, she reflected on what they were gossiping about. Ever since they had come onto the galactic stage, the humans had been colonizing planets like they were about to go extinct. That policy kept annoying the hell out of the other races who wanted to colonize a planet, only to find that the humans had already gotten there. Personally, she didn't think the humans weren't so bad. She had met a few (even spent one hell of a night with an Einherjar). They just seemed to be in a big hurry all the time.
She walked onto the bridge, the doors closing behind her. "Okay, what's so important that I need to be here?" she asked, getting everyone's attention. They saw the annoyance in her eyes and knew how to respond.
"There's something on the radar, Captain. It's been coming this way steadily for the past hour and doesn't show any signs of slowing down or stopping at all," her XO explained from her seat. She quickly it a few buttons on the console next to her, a hologram appeared overhead, showing what looked to be a white meteor sailing through space. The odd thing about it (besides its coloring) was that it was a perfect sphere and looked to be the same size as the cruiser.
"How far away is it?" she asked, walking over to her own chair. There was enough room on the bridge for two people to walk side by side.
"About twenty, maybe twenty-five minutes away," the XO promptly answered.
There was nothing she saw that required her to be on the bridge. "What exactly is the problem here, Falnya?" she asked, calling her XO by her first name. "You woke me up because of some white meteor that coming this way? If you're worried about it crashing into one of the republics on the planet, just blow it to pieces before it does." That's why they were here, to protect Thessia. Even from meteors.
"That's not why I had you come up here, ma'am."
"Then why am I up here?" she asked again, getting grouchier by the second. She could hear her bed calling her.
"We did a scan of the meteor as it came onto the radar, to see if there was anything worth mining from it." It was standard procedure to scan any unknown object they encountered in space to see if there was anything useful. "What we got was an energy reading that was powerful enough to power ten dreadnaughts."
If Arsmeni had brought her cup of coffee with her to the bridge, she would've dropped it. "Wait, are you sure about that? It was powerful enough to power ten dreadnaughts?" she asked, thinking she had misheard her XO.
"That's correct ma'am, but that's not all."
"What else is there?"
"…We picked up a life signature when we scanned the meteor," she explained, a little hesitant. "It was faint, but it's there."
"There's something alive in there?" the Captain demanded. This was getting weirder and weirder by the second.
"It seems like that, Captain." Both of them just stared in disbelief at the hologram of the meteor. The facts seemed almost ridiculous and yet, there were right there in front of them. There was a meteor out there that was giving off an energy reading as powerful as ten dreadnaughts and also had a faint life signature.
"Is the energy reading as eezo?" Arsmeni asked. If it was, then it would be the biggest deposit the galactic community had ever found.
"Uh…no, Captain," one of the nearby crew answered her. "I'm checking all known energies to see if there is a match." Her fingers flew over the keyboard in front of her as she looked through databases. "I think I have a match, ma'am," she announced. "It's almost identical match to the energy that the Alliance military uses."
Everyone on the bridge went silent at that announcement. "Are you telling me that meteor is giving off a chakra reading!?" She knew the bare amount about chakra. It was an energy that could only be used by humans. It was also the reason why they were able to beat the turians back off Shanxi within two weeks during the Relay 314 Incident and easily defeat the batarian invasion in the Skyllian Blitz and shaming the Hegemony afterwards with the Iron Left and the Silent Right.
"Yes, ma'am, there are a few differences, but as far as I can tell, they are enough to not make it completely identical."
Her grouchiness turned onto something else. "Oh great, you know what happens next," she muttered to her XO.
"Ma'am?" asked Falnya, unsure of what she meant.
"We're going to have to contact the Alliance and inform them of our discovery. Then they'll come out here, take the damn thing back to their planet, and take it apart bit by bit until they find what's causing that reading," she grumbled.
"With all due respect ma'am, isn't that we were planning to do?"
She threw a mock glare at her XO, but it soon turned into a smile. "You know me too well, Falnya."
"That's my job, Captain," she replied with a straight face. She could understand where Arsmeni was coming though. When it came to the study of chakra, there was none. The Alliance kept the secrets of the energy close to the chest and refused to let anyone who wasn't a human study it. If the Asari Republics could get their hands on the meteor and somehow figure out how it was giving off the reading, they could be the ones to discover how chakra worked. That would, in turn, make the captain and crew of the Shield of Athame either famous or rich. Perhaps even both.
All of a sudden, a warning klaxon began going off. "What's going on?" Arsmeni demanded as the bridge had red lights flashing all around them.
"It's the meteor, ma'am. It's gaining speed!" a nearby crew member shouted. "If we stay where we are it'll hit us in seven minutes!"
"Lila, engage thrusters and get this ship ready to move!" she barked out an order. Her XO leapt out of her chair and ran over to a nearby console, checking the readings over the crewmember's shoulder.
"Yes ma'am!" her pilot replied, hitting a rapid sequence of buttons around the helm. The ship hummed to her response.
"Is there any way we can damage that thing?" she asked the crewmember monitoring the weapons.
"Unknown, ma'am," the crew member replied. "We don't have any idea of how thick the rock is. We also don't know if the chakra will react if we do fire."
"Incoming in four minutes!" shouted Falnya from where she stood, reading the screen.
"Lila, will we be able to move away from its path?" Arsmeni asked the pilot.
"Yes, Captain," she answered. But she also looked worried. "But if we do that, the trajectory shows that it will crash in the middle of the Serrice Republic!"
"Would we survive the crash with the meteor if we stayed put?" Maybe if they could deflect it with the ship.
She shook her head. "No ma'am. In fact, I don't think that will even slow it down."
"Incoming in two minutes!" shouted Falnya.
Arsmeni looked around the bridge and saw that everyone there was watching her. She was the captain. It was her decision to make. She could keep the ship where it was and hope that would be enough to stop the meteor, or order the ship to move and allow the meteor to pass by and sail into the atmosphere, crashing into the republic below. "Oh damn it all to Athame! I just hope the blasted thing crashes in a park! If not, I'll apologize later. The safety of my crew comes first!" she silently swore. "Get us out of the way of that meteor, Lila, NOW!" she ordered.
"Yes ma'am." Lila began to steer the ship out of the meteor's path. They all watched the screen as the meteor flew closer and closer towards them. It was almost too close for comfort and for a moment, it looked like they would be hit by the meteor. But the ship was able to get out of the way just as the thing passed. "We're clear, Captain!" she announced.
"Good." Now all they could was watched as the meteor went into the atmosphere.
"Captain, the meteor's trajectory has changed!" Falnya stated her eyes still on the screen in front of her.
She whipped her head over to look at her XO. "What? Was it something we did?"
"Maybe the thrusters?" Lila suggested. That might've been it.
"I don't know," Falnya said. "It looks like it just changed trajectory on its own."
"The chakra?" Arsmeni wondered. They didn't know what it could do. For all they knew, it could do that.
"Maybe?" That was all she could give her captain.
It wasn't important. They needed to focus on what was. "Where's it going to land?"
"From what this thing is telling, it's going to crash about five miles outside of the Serrice Republic."
"Alright, contact the Matriarchs of that Republic. Tell them what's going and tell the public not to panic," she ordered. While she was relieved that it wouldn't hit the republic, there were still going to be problems.
"Understood, Captain," the XO acknowledged. She quickly left the bridge in order to reach the comm room.
The meteor fell through the sky with nothing trying to stop it. It didn't burn up in the atmosphere, as some on the Shield of Athame had hoped. If a child on the planet's surface had looked up and saw it, they would've initially thought that it was a bright star about to hit the planet (they would've been half right). On and on it sailed, hurling even faster down to the ground now that gravity had control. It smashed into the ground four miles outside the Serrice Republic, sounding like thunder crashing, a volcano erupting, an earthquake splitting apart the surface, and a bomb going off all at the same time, deafening the air.
It created a shockwave of energy that spread out halfway across the planet. When the shockwave went through a Republic, it crashed everything, causing a blackout. Omni-tools went dead, people became stuck in elevators, and accidents were happening in the streets (these were only a few things that happened due to the shockwave). The people did everything they could to help each other out while the Matriarchs assured the population that everything was being done to get the power back on and to treat those who had been injured.
It was a shocking event but not one that would rock the Asari homeworld (as far as they knew). To them, it would be something to talk about later. At that moment, they were more concerned about assessing the damage and helping the injured. Because of that mindset, it took Thessia a week to remember that the cause of the blackout was outside the Serrice Republic, halfway embedded into the ground. When they did, it was all hands on deck.
Codex Entry (Humanity and the Systems Alliance): SHINOBI
The best description that fits the shinobi would be "Humanity's answer to the Asari Commando." It is unknown on how long the shinobi have been on Earth. According to sources shinobi have been in the Elemental Counties almost as long as there are Elemental Countries.
While originally warriors who were clannish and fought for whoever paid them, they were eventually organized into what is now known as Hidden Villages, the first of which became known as Konohagakure (Elemental: Village Hidden by Tree Leaves). Other Hidden Villages follow, the prominent others being Sunagakure, Iwagakure, Kirigakure, and Kumogakure. They then became what could be closely called "organized mercenaries," by one turian general (both and the Systems Alliance took great offense at being called that, so the phrase was quickly forgotten). A team of shinobi (the standard number of people on a team is four, but it can be bigger or smaller) would accept a mission from clients who would pay them in accordance with the difficulty of the mission (See: Shinobi Ranking) in order to complete the mission.
A clear point of a shinobi is their ability to use chakra. Use of chakra allows them to perform extraordinary feats, such as running the side of a tree or building without fear of falling off, or walking across water without falling in. Shinobi also use chakra to perform attacks known as Jutsu, which can range from creating a fireball from the mouth to casting an illusion so horrible that the person caught in it would kill themselves. According to stories and reports, there have been jutsu that were powerful enough to reshape an entire landscape, or destroy it if it mishandled.
Many traditions have followed shinobi into the modern day, such as the use of kunai, shuriken, and explosive tags (even though nowadays, a shinobi will more readily use a gun or grenade). A few traditionalists apply the old shinobi military ranks to modern day military ranks (being called Genin means low rank, a Chūnin means middle rank, and Jōnin means high rank).
The system of the Hidden Villages continued until the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War (circa CE 159). Afterwards, it disbanded and rival villages began working together under the banner of the Shinobi Alliance (which had been changed to the Human Alliance after the War of Three Flags and then became the Systems Alliance after they reached their Space Age). It has been noted that compared to Pre-Alliance shinobi, especially the founders of the Hidden Villages, the power a shinobi wields has decreased. The common belief this is due to a general usage of what has been called rank-and-file jutsu. Others believe that it's a deception and the shinobi are keeping a few jutsu secret for their own self interests.
Author's note: Thank you for all the reviews you've sent me.
Okay, this is my attempt at a Naruto/Mass Effect crossover. I would like to thank the Author DinoJake and his story "The Last Spartan", which gave me the inspiration to write this story (andof which I'm kinda basing the first couple of chapters off of).
Now, let me make this abundantly clear: I have never played Mass Effect 2 or 3. I have only played the first one and that was a couple of years ago. So I will be relaying on video walkthroughs to help me with this story (minus a few changes I'll be making). However, if you think I'd missed or will miss something important to the overall story, please feel free to let me know! I feel like this is going to be one of those stories that's going to need all the help it can get.
I'll see you all next chapter!