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Author has written 3 stories for Mass Effect.

Broken, Haunted and Breathless tell the story of Rachel Shepard, Liara T'Soni and their war-torn romance. Broken also tells that of Benezia and Aethyta. Writing ME fanfiction (ff) is a labor of love. My thanks to readers, reviewers, correspondents, and the other writers who inspired me by creating and sharing stories of their own.

Joseph Campbell, who thought only men could be heroes because he lived in a more sexist time, said, "Tragedy is the shattering of the forms and of our attachment to the forms; comedy, the wild and careless, inexhaustible joy of life invincible." In my stories, readers will find both. We've forgotten, I think, that the difference between the two is only in how they end.

They will also find something else. I write these stories to celebrate the heroism of women. I do try to make their stories conform to a certain extent to the games, so that readers can connect their experience of the games with this--but to my mind, ff exists to give favorite characters and worlds more life, more depth, and redemptive possibilities they were denied in the games. Still, their worlds and times exist in a galaxy threatened by the extinction of all advanced sentient life, where true heroism comes at a cost, and the reality these characters face can be grim. Whatever happens, remember, I too love these characters. In my tellings, I promise, the stories of these powerful and amazing women and their friends contain much joy, and you won't know if their tales are comedies or tragedies until the very end.


Currently, I'm working on Broken, the first in the trilogy. It contains stories of the defining moments in the lives of key ME characters--Benezia, Aethyta, Shiala, Sha'ira, Shepard and Liara. In these moments their senses of who they are and what they are about get put to the test or broken by circumstances or choices. They face the difficult work of how to go from there. I believe it's not what happens to anyone that defines them, but what they make of it.

To prevail, the characters must take their fractured stories and weave them into something new. That is also what I do in Broken. The characters' stories are fractured in time and woven together. I believe a story should be an uninterrupted dream, and that trusting readers to make discoveries and connections is part of good story writing. However, since this story is being written over several years, with sometimes large gaps between chapter postings, until it is complete, I will provide several keys to help readers. First, I'll give a guide to the chapters, indicating which characters each features and the timeframe. Second, I'll post a glossary of terms and titles used by the asari. Lastly, I'll include an index of OC characters. In the future, I might also add an appendix on the poems quoted in the epigrams.

I'll also continue to post teasers to let readers know where the story will go in the next installment. I'm super excited that I'm only a chapter or so away from beginning the two great romance arcs of the tale--Benezia and Aethyta's and Liara and Shepard's!!!! You might like it too, since I write romance much faster than angst.


Chapter Guide

Title--Main Character(s)--Timeframe(s)

  1. First Sky--Shepard--Shepard's youth
  2. True--Benezia, Liara--Liara's early youth
  3. A White Ship--Shepard, Anderson, Kaidan--ME
  4. Black Diamond Eyes--Benezia, Liara--Benezia pre-Liara, Liara's youth
  5. Starlings --Shepard--Shepard's youth
  6. Echo of the Future --Shepard, Kaidan, Benezia, Saren--ME Eden Prime
  7. Burn --Benezia, Sha'ira--Benezia's & Sha'ira's youth
  8. Bad Ice--Shepard--Shepard's youth
  9. Strict Beauty --Liara, Benezia, Sha'ira, Shiala--Liara's youth
  10. Simple as False --Shepard, Normandy crew, Benezia, Shiala, Saren--ME
  11. Crossing Rough--Benezia, Aethyta, Shiala--pre-Liara
  12. The Emperor of Ice Cream--Shepard --Shepard's youth
  13. Plump Grapes --Liara, Benezia, Shiala, Sha'ira --Liara's youth
  14. Swallow --Benezia, Shepard, Shiala, Saren, Normandy crew, Sha'ira, councillors, Udina --ME
  15. Explanations --Benezia, Aethyta, Shiala --pre-Liara
  16. Like This --Aethyta, Benezia, Shiala --pre-Liara
  17. What Would I Do --Shepard --Shepard's youth
  18. Say Nothing --Liara, Shiala, Benezia --Liara's youth
  19. One Burning Life --Benezia, Saren, Shiala, Sha'ira, Tevos, Sovereign --ME
  20. Ceremony of Innocence --Shepard, Ash, Kaidan, councilors, Wrex--ME
  21. Warning --Benezia, Shiala --pre-Liara
  22. Fly --Shepard --Shepard's youth
  23. Come Near --Liara, Shiala, Benezia, Sha'ira, Aethyta --Liara's youth
  24. A Hundred Miles --Aethyta, Benezia, Liara, Sha'ira, Shiala --Liara's youth
  25. Born --Shepard, Wrex, Tali, Garrus, Fist, Ash, Kaidan, Saren, Benezia, councilors--ME
  26. Passport to the Darkness --Benezia, Shiala-- pre-Liara
  27. Warp of Our Hope --Benezia --pre-Liara
  28. Catch Fire --Shepard --Shepard's youth
  29. Time --Benezia, Aethyta, Liara, Sha'ira, Shiala --Liara's youth
  30. Hiddenness --Liara, Benezia, Sha'ira, Shiala --Liara's youth
  31. In Her Hands --Shepard, Normandy crew, Sha'ira, Tevos --ME
  32. The Country They Call Life --Benezia, Shiala --pre-Liara
  33. Where Trees Flower --Liara, Shiala, Benezia, Sha'ira --Liara's youth
  34. Hints and Guesses --Shepard, Ash, Wrex, Sha'ira --ME
  35. I Couldn't Stop Watching --Shepard --Shepard's youth
  36. Only in Dreams--Benezia, Shiala--pre-Liara
  37. Not Knowing--Liara, Benezia, Shiala, Sha'ira--Liara's youth

Glossary

(adapted from Greek)

  • Adelfi=Sisters
  • Adyton=restricted area of a temple, the holy of holies
  • Aegia=a four-legged creature with horns notable for its smelliness and invasiveness
  • Afendra=Boss
  • Agapi=Beloved, Love
  • Allos=Class
  • Aphrodisia=Title given to one's lover, indicating a significant intimacy and claim to relationship
  • Bazurita=a flowering plant that grows on a vine, with papery petals
  • Cella=the large common room of a temple
  • Cetus=large fish, a defensive stance in the fifth biotic form
  • Chloe=Green Shoot, title of the one chosen to be the next Potnia
  • Daouli=drums
  • Despoina=Mistress of the House, Keeper
  • Didaskolus=Headmistress of a school, Teacher
  • Doulous/douli(pl)=ones pledged to service to the Goddess, acolytes
  • Drakon=a large fierce and ancient serpent
  • Egkhelys=a fatty fish
  • Egras=a strong liquor
  • Epitropa=leader
  • Filia=Friend
  • Gamoto=swear word
  • Hepta=The Seven, those from whom the next Potnia is selected
  • Hetera/heterai (pl)/heterae (pl)=The Consort, those skilled in the many arts of pleasure
  • Heira=priestess
  • Hieros Gamos=the Sacred Marriage, a fertility rite
  • Hydra=water
  • Ichthys=fish, in general
  • Kali=Good
  • Kamake=spear fisher, or colloquially "player," as in "one who puts one's spear in another," or "one who transfixes another through penetration"
  • Kathroshaima=pureblood, an insult
  • Katharo-skardia=pureheart
  • Katoptron=in the third form, a counterattack with hand strike aimed right below the eye allowing for sideways retreat, a diversion
  • Khaviari=fish eggs
  • Kore=maiden
  • Koumbara=matron
  • Ksadelfi=cousin, honored long-standing relation of the family
  • Luludenia=a rare, star-shaped flower
  • Lykeion=most advanced pre-university school
  • M'ana=Mom
  • Mathitis=Student
  • Megas=Great
  • Mera=morning
  • Mitera=Mother or Matriarch
  • M'oula=Mommy or Mama
  • Nichte=Night, when combined with Kali also means goodbye
  • Nous=mind/soul/self
  • Onyx=an attack characterized by parallel hand strikes from the seventh form
  • Opisthodomos=the rear porch of a temple
  • Parepidemos=pilgrims
  • Peitho=believe, have faith
  • Phykos=a plant that grows in the sea
  • Plebiscite=Public debate and decision making, direct voting type of government
  • Porne=common prostitute, sex slave, someone who sells sex in public places, an insult
  • Potnia=Mistress of the Goddess
  • Proto=first
  • Proummon =a small, plum-like fruit
  • Pyslla=a small blood-sucking insect, a pest
  • Pythia=chief seer/oracle
  • Rhodon=a flower protected by thorns
  • Sikera=a strong drink
  • Silarin=large-winged pollinating insect(s)
  • Skylos=a mangy dog-type Thessian animal, a scavenger
  • Spera=Evening
  • T'ata=Father
  • Temenos=holy place
  • Tezarin=a large-winged sea bird, capable of long distances
  • Thesmophoros=an honorific for a prophetess, usually ascribed to the Pythia
  • Tiknon(i)=child, children
  • Vani=a wrap
  • Xenix/Xena=outsider
  • Xpa=stringed instruments
  • Yassou/Yassas (pl)=a popular toast that means to your health
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    She is Omega by angelic1hp reviews
    After taking Omega back and getting *that* kiss from Aria, Shepard returns to the Normandy. But her already-strained relationship with Liara threatens to hit a breaking point when Aria comes back to the Citadel. An examination of the love Shepard always wanted, and the passion she never thought would ever be. ME3 - War Hero/Spacer. FemShep/Liara, FemShep/Aria, FemShep/Traynor
    Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 36 - Words: 91,953 - Reviews: 183 - Favs: 112 - Follows: 166 - Updated: 2/24 - Published: 3/27/2015 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] Aria T'Loak, Samantha T.
    Pressure by Midnight Lion reviews
    The Reapers are here. Shepard struggles with fear for her mother, guilt over being alive, and interspecies grudges. She can't unite the galaxy, or sort out her love life. At least she has a good friend to lean on. F!Shep/Kaidan, F!Shep/Thane
    Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Drama - Chapters: 80 - Words: 163,831 - Reviews: 404 - Favs: 138 - Follows: 164 - Updated: 10/14/2014 - Published: 4/21/2012 - Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni
    One Rule by Bebus reviews
    Somebody's breaking Aria's rule, and there's nothing she can do about it. M for language and sex.
    Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,246 - Reviews: 24 - Favs: 55 - Follows: 15 - Published: 12/7/2012 - Aria T'Loak, Councilor Tevos - Complete
    Dark Energy 3: End of Days by Melaradark reviews
    The third in the Dark Energy Series. Covering the events of ME3 w/alternate 'fix-it' ending, follow renegade Del Shepard as she struggles to unite a galaxy...and stop a threat greater than anyone has ever before known. Rated M for language, violence.
    Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 85 - Words: 393,423 - Reviews: 1558 - Favs: 551 - Follows: 328 - Updated: 12/1/2012 - Published: 5/7/2012 - Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni - Complete
    Eternity by owelpost reviews
    Shepard was offered something she never should have accepted.
    Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,508 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 10 - Published: 10/23/2012 - Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni, Morinth, Samara - Complete
    Basically, A Monster by ChronicallyinFlaming reviews
    Written for the mass kink meme. Shortly after Liara discovering who her father is, said father dies. Shepard consoles her, and it gets heated. Shepard quickly begins to feel bad for doing so. Femshep/Liara. Hurt/Comfort-fic/Humor.
    Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,021 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 5 - Published: 10/5/2012 - Liara T'Soni, Shepard (F) - Complete
    Dark Energy by Melaradark reviews
    Following a unique Renegade Shepard's story through all three games.Shepard is a real person, with real traumas...this is a side of her you have never seen. Will feature a Liara/FemShep romance.
    Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 21 - Words: 178,559 - Reviews: 275 - Favs: 766 - Follows: 280 - Updated: 12/21/2011 - Published: 10/28/2011 - Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni - Complete
    The One With Everyone Under Shepard's Bed by 4th of Eleven reviews
    Jack convinced Miranda it would be titillating to have sex in Shepard's room. Their fun is interupted by unexpected visitors.
    Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,791 - Reviews: 42 - Favs: 142 - Follows: 13 - Published: 5/27/2010 - Jack, Miranda L. - Complete
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    Haunted reviews
    Doctor Liara T'Soni cannot let Commander Rachel Shepard go or be with her. Haunted by the future and the past, the two continue to be caught in circumstances they cannot control and by choices they can. They find that at its best, love heals the deepest wounds. At its worst, it causes them.
    Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 7 - Words: 32,813 - Reviews: 45 - Favs: 63 - Follows: 87 - Updated: 7/1/2017 - Published: 11/6/2012 - Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni, Miranda L., Aethyta
    Broken reviews
    Trauma fragments the ability to make meaning-fracturing memory, time and narrative. Yet it also clears space for new possibilities to emerge. When traumatic events shatter the lives of young Rachel Shepard and young Liara T'Soni, they struggle to pick up the pieces in time to achieve victory amidst all that is broken.
    Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 49 - Words: 278,255 - Reviews: 392 - Favs: 139 - Follows: 198 - Updated: 8/27/2016 - Published: 10/7/2012 - Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni, Benezia, Aethyta
    Breathless reviews
    Commander Rachel Shepard and Doctor Liara T'Soni won't get back everything they lose, but if they're lucky, they will get each other. Set at the end of ME3 and not strictly canon.
    Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 21 - Words: 67,294 - Reviews: 108 - Favs: 107 - Follows: 150 - Updated: 1/5/2013 - Published: 9/10/2012 - Liara T'Soni, Shepard (F)