Ferrard Carson
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Joined 08-05-09, id: 2038231, Profile Updated: 10-10-14
Author has written 4 stories for Mass Effect, and X-Com.



I've been doing a Let's Play of X-Com: Enemy Within, Long War for the Folk ARPS gaming community. Having failed to record one mission that turned out pretty spectacularly, I decided to write it up instead, and it turned good enough that I wanted to share it here. Enjoy!


A new chapter of "Civility." Yes, you read that right. I'm still alive.


After yet another lengthy hiatus, I'm back with another chapter of "Civility" for you, my wonderful reader. Horizon is coming along slowly but surely, so stay tuned, and keep it sexy.


Say hello to Prazza. Oh, and Tali's shown up, and if you read the latest chapters of both "Horizon" and "Snapshots" very closely, you'll see just how much influence Shepard has on the poor out-of-her-depth quarian.


And there's a new story. When it rains, it pours, eh? Nice little bit that doesn't get explored enough, in my opinion. I'll try to balance updates between "Civility" and "Snapshots" in roughly chronological order, but obviously "Horizon" chapters will be a bit longer in coming. I won't update either past "Horizon" though, unless I hit a particularly bad stretch of writer's block.


So it only took me five months to finally sort things out enough that I could finish up Chapter Three. Here it is. Thanks be to my roommate for proofreading it and ironing out some small details. I'm not even gonna guess at a due-date for the next chapter.


So that hiatus took a while longer than expected due to issues in my personal life. Chapter Three is slowly being written, with no particular ETA. As an aside, I have several short little vignettes that I may or may not post as a separate series of shorts. The two of posting quality are both brief scenes of combat, one focused on Wrex before the games, the other focused on the meeting of Miranda in ME2.


And here it is, Chapter Two! Spent most of today proofreading and putting the finishing touches onto it, and now I'm probably going to slow down even more. Like i said in my author notes, I've got schoolwork to do and some of my friends have been working on an RPG that I've been amiss for not writing more for. I may have some little bonus material to expand into a one-shot later, but that'll come if I've got free time, something I'm anticipating a distinct lack of in the next month or so. Enjoy!


Chapter Two is taking a while, owing to a combination of school, a re-addiction to TF2, school, work, and more school. I'm actually quite lucky in that not many folks are paying much attention to my stuff, so there's no pressure to update OR ELSE! Anyways. Next update will have a new chapter for whoever's interested. Promise.


And here it is, ten days later, at almost eight-thousand words. Some of the fastest and better quality writing I've done in ages. Honestly, this came together a lot faster than I thought it would, and I'm very happy for it. Tomorrow when I look at it again, I'll be a bit less happy with it, I'm sure, but this little darling has made it through two close inspections more or less intact, so enjoy!


So. There's the first little prologue blurb. So there. Not much to say.

About the Stories

I may have three separate stories in the Mass Effect Universe, but you the reader can consider them all part of the same continuity, just separated in order to better organize them by theme. All three will be self-contained as well as interwoven, though obviously "Horizon" covers a significantly tighter span of time than the other two.

Shepard, of my continuity, is a Colonist / War Hero Paragon with half the Renegade meter by the end of each game. She is an Infiltrator with Assault Rifle bonus-weapon and Geth Shield bonus-talent. Prior to the events of the games, she and Captain Anderson were assigned to the SSV Ebro, leading a bloody three-year campaign against Cerberus operations. During ME1, she spared Wrex, went to the bomb on Virmire (thus saving Kaidan), persuaded Garrus to (reluctantly) rejoin C-Sec, and saved the Council with Anderson taking the position of counselor (of course). Fist died to Wrex's contract, most of Feros's colonists were saved with considerable effort, and the rachni queen was spared, much to Wrex's displeasure. Oh yeah, and there was Shenko ;;;

About the Author

Just an average college graduate with a full-time job who appreciates good writing, and would one day like to be considered one of the casual wannabes whose work is decent enough to merit reading. I'm a video-game nerd with a special appreciation for good stories (with two major aversions: L4D2 and TF2). As such, Valve and Bioware are my smack and crack respectively. I like FPSs, RPGs, FPSRPGs, movies, mystery books, thriller books, suspense books, military fiction, and a whole host of other things.

Anyways, enough of my ego trip. Please leave any constructive criticism you can. Barring constructive criticism, I also accept happy thoughts and fluffy things.


P.S. A big shout-out to all my fellow Tropers out there. You know who you are, and you're special.

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Mass Effect: Newton's Second Law by Raven Studios reviews
Commander Jalissa A. Shepard is back. Now, coping with the fallout of her own death and caught in an unpleasant alliance of necessity, she and her crew scramble to stop the Collectors. Mass Effect 2 as told through 1000-word vignettes. (Cover images all belong to Bioware. As with Mass Effect itself, I'm just borrowing them and giving credit where it's due.)
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 426 - Words: 434,974 - Reviews: 2408 - Favs: 274 - Follows: 305 - Updated: 3/18/2017 - Published: 4/11/2012 - Shepard (F) - Complete
XCOM: From The Ashes of Temples by Phalanx reviews
XCOM is on the verge of collapse after a devastating alien attack at the heart of its operation robs it of its leadership and core operatives. As survivors struggle to rebuild, they discover a missing weapons convoy in France and the attack on HQ are connected in a way no one imagined; the enemy is within humanity itself. EW storyline-based, with additions from the Long War Mod.
X-Com - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Horror - Chapters: 20 - Words: 111,424 - Reviews: 189 - Favs: 160 - Follows: 207 - Updated: 1/1/2016 - Published: 1/1/2014
Interstitium by AssaultSloth reviews
Flashbacks, interstitial scenes, and backdoor dealings. A companion to ME2 focusing on characters and worlds, big and small.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 33 - Words: 535,038 - Reviews: 908 - Favs: 1,030 - Follows: 741 - Updated: 4/30/2014 - Published: 2/16/2010 - Shepard (M), Garrus V., Miranda L., Tali'Zorah - Complete
Renegade by Peptuck reviews
The year: 2183. An attack on the Global Defense Initiative colony of Eden Prime threatens to ignite war between GDI and the Citadel, and only one woman can keep the peace, track down the attackers, and expose the true threat to the galaxy. Alt.Universe
Crossover - Command & Conquer & Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Drama/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 17 - Words: 164,661 - Reviews: 537 - Favs: 1,066 - Follows: 1,068 - Updated: 1/11/2014 - Published: 3/28/2010 - Kane, Shepard (F)
Tiberium Wars by Peptuck reviews
As Tiberium spreads across the Earth, the Global Defense Initiative finds itself facing a reforged and vengeful Brotherhood of Nod, and an even more mysterious, inhuman force that holds the secrets to the green crystal... A novelization of Tiberium Wars.
Command & Conquer - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 24 - Words: 206,445 - Reviews: 506 - Favs: 707 - Follows: 555 - Updated: 4/19/2012 - Published: 7/13/2007 - GDI Commander, Kane
Mass Effect: Newton's First Law by Raven Studios reviews
If the Normandy's crew knew what they were in for, they would have stepped back to wonder if they were in the wrong line of work. But when serving with a crew like this, it's not all bad news, all the time. Snapshots of Mass Effect in 1000-word vignettes. (Cover images all belong to Bioware. As with Mass Effect itself, I'm just borrowing them and giving credit where it's due.)
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 246 - Words: 258,039 - Reviews: 1069 - Favs: 405 - Follows: 250 - Updated: 3/5/2012 - Published: 6/25/2010 - Shepard (F), Kaidan A. - Complete
Mass Effect: I Remember Me by Raven Studios reviews
The things we have in common with others are not always pleasant ones. Follows the background mission for which it is named, and features the Shepard from "Cause and Effect" and "Newton's First Law".
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 9,749 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 47 - Follows: 11 - Published: 7/23/2010 - Shepard (F) - Complete
Cause and Effect by Raven Studios reviews
Pre-Mass Effect. Jalissa Shepard meant to stay a farmer on Mindoir after high school. And then the batarians came. 100 prompts. 1000 words. From Mindoir, through basic, to Elysium, to just before boarding the Normandy. Snapshots of Shepard's life. (Cover images all belong to Bioware. As with Mass Effect itself, I'm just borrowing them and giving credit where it's due.)
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 100 - Words: 103,971 - Reviews: 232 - Favs: 238 - Follows: 99 - Updated: 6/24/2010 - Published: 11/16/2009 - Shepard (F) - Complete
Recalculation by decuvieri reviews
Kaidan mulls over his meeting with Shepard. Kaidan/MShepard friendship; Horizon spoilers.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,370 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 8 - Published: 3/18/2010 - Kaidan A., Shepard (M) - Complete
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Carson's Long War reviews
Humanity's very survival depends on the men and women of X-Com. These are stories of humanity's finest, their trials, their successes, their failures. [Prose dramatizations of select missions from a Long War campaign]
X-Com - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Suspense - Chapters: 4 - Words: 7,383 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 10/30/2014 - Published: 10/10/2014
Civility reviews
When Shepard meets the man who brought her back to life, there begins a tense and unusual alliance the likes of which have rarely been seen before. Classified as friendship for lack of a better term. Same continuity as "Horizon" and "Snapshots".
Mass Effect - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Friendship - Chapters: 3 - Words: 5,550 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 7/15/2014 - Published: 3/23/2011 - Shepard (F), Illusive Man
Snapshots reviews
Little vignettes of Mass Effect life both on and off-screen. All events and characters are in the same continuity as "Horizon" and "Civility", so enjoy!
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 3 - Words: 3,290 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 4/6/2011 - Published: 1/21/2011 - Shepard (F)
Horizon reviews
A series of point-of-view stories centered around the Battle of Horizon. Will contain graphic violence, eventual Fem!Shep / Alenko angst, and of course, Mass Effect 2 spoilers.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 4 - Words: 23,095 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 3/22/2011 - Published: 8/19/2010 - Shepard (F), Kaidan A.