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Joined 03-08-13, id: 4586668, Profile Updated: 01-07-14
Author has written 13 stories for Mass Effect, X-Com, Warhammer, Sins of a Solar Empire, Warframe, and Prototype.

About Myself: I am a first year Biochemistry student at the University of Bath who pretty much spends his spare time either writing or cursing his writer's block. My favourite game series ever is Mass Effect although I am also fond of Warframe, Sins of a Solar Empire, XCOM, Gratuitous Space Battles, Warhammer 40K and the Crysis series. I also have an unhealthy and unexplained love for really bad monster movies (Sharknado, Ghost Shark and Arachnoquake all spring to mind) as well as enjoying more acceptable film fare such as Avatar, Inception and Despicable Me.

When writing I have the tendency to veer towards very adults-only material, with sexual themes and graphic violence throughout most of my stories. If that isn't your thing then don't worry, I include squick warnings for the really bad bits so you can just skip over them. I find it very hard to stick to canon, meaning the vast majority of my stories are very AU.

My Stories:

The Space Race: In recent years, really since the end of the Cold War, space exploration has lost the momentum it had during the sixties. This story deals with the concept that the Space Race never let up. Two hundred years after the launch of Sputnik 1 the Soviet Union meets a Turian patrol fleet at Relay 314 and along with their allies the USA, the Raachok, the Atavira and the Seu'Seun they almost become embroiled in a bitter war with the Citadel Council.

Events conspire to forge an unshakeable bond of friendship between Turian and Human, an alliance that begins to fracture the Council at its core as Turian-Asari relations become increasingly stressed. With the sudden assault by the Collectors and the subtle manipulations of the mysterious Ethereal Guilds, will the races of the galaxy stand together, or tear each other apart?

The Coup: Most people would have seen the situation and taken the deal. But Natasha Shepard wasn't most people. And she really didn't like Cerberus.

This story explores an alternative version of Mass Effect 2, one where instead of obeying the Illusive man for the greater good Shepard breaks free from Cerberus - and takes the organisation down with the help of the Quarian Migrant Fleet.

Bridges: When Ivan finds an amulet that gives him the power to hop across universes at will he ends up joining Commander Francesca Shepard on the SSV Normandy as she hunts down Saren. Motivated first by vengeance, then by love, his mere presence in the universe starts sending the timeline awry and the only one who can help him understand his powers is sealed in a glass tank on Noveria.

Quickly becoming filled with people that shouldn't be aboard the Normandy, including Saren's daughter, Matriarch Benezia, Legion and Shepard's psychotic sister, Ivan has to ask himself - am I doing more harm than good?

Gethsemane: Instead of Cerberus recovering Commander Shepard's body it was Legion who rebuilt her. Narrowly dodging a second death at the hands of the Collectors, her body lies in a coma as a fragment of her personality drives her own creations, the Gethsemane, to assemble a team and defeat the Collectors and anyone else who may threaten her.

As Garrus desperately tries to hold the team of disparate individuals together, Tali enters the mental prison the Commander has built around herself in a last ditch attempt to reunite the broken woman inside with the AI offshoot of her mind directing the Gethsemane. Meanwhile Zaeed, Jack and Grunt begin to suspect there is more to the Gethsemane than meets the eye.

Sins of the Reapers: The Reapers have come and nobody was ready. As the synthetics slaughter and harvest their way through the galaxy some disturbing facts come to the attention of Cadmus Vakarian and his twelve year old son, Garrus.

The Krogan, the Quarians and the Geth have all disappeared from the face of the galaxy, none of them turning up indoctrinated. It is only when their ship is attacked by Reaper forces and they are saved by Colonel Urdnot Wrex of the TEC Marines Ascension branch do they begin to realise the truth.

With the Vakarian family now citizens of the Trader Emergency Coalition, Cadmus gets a position aboard the TON Karamazov under Captain Rael'Zorah as Garrus joins Tali and the Shepard twins in supersoldier training, preparing for the final showdown between the TEC and the Reapers.

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Lost Effect by Iyrsiiea reviews
One minute I was home. Safe, secure, happy. The next, I was in another dimension where my life is perpetually at risk and everything could be riding on what I know. I am very, very lost. SI.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Adventure - Chapters: 25 - Words: 74,786 - Reviews: 313 - Favs: 313 - Follows: 429 - Updated: 4/30 - Published: 7/4/2013 - Shepard (M)
The Spirit of Redemption by Myetel reviews
The Spectres fight against threats to both the galaxy and their families on Mindoir. Shepard/Garrus, multiple OCs, largely expanded universe. Includes Redemption, Hunt, Unity, and Victory.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 162 - Words: 3,404,794 - Reviews: 2018 - Favs: 699 - Follows: 401 - Updated: 10/14/2014 - Published: 2/11/2011 - Garrus V., Shepard (F) - Complete
The Aspect of Fire - Book I - Interventions by Roku - Molester of Science reviews
What was once known as the legend of the Shepard, might very well become something entirely different, when a certain Aspect decides to intervene in the happenings of mortals. The Aspect of Fire will make his move, and change the face of the Galaxy, forever. REWRITING IN PROGRESS, CHAPTER 5 NOW OUT.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Romance/Supernatural - Chapters: 83 - Words: 937,004 - Reviews: 673 - Favs: 168 - Follows: 178 - Updated: 4/21/2014 - Published: 12/2/2012 - Ashley W., Tali'Zorah, OC - Complete
And the Meek Shall Inherit the Galaxy by Full-Paragon reviews
Due to a shift in turian and quarian patrols, first contact for humanity is friendly; Rael'Zorah and Hannah Shepard become friends, as do their species. But the galaxy is not a safe place, and schisms develop when the Council steps in. As humanity finds new allies among the stars, something darker stirs. The Meek must beware, for it is nearly harvest time. AU, lots of worldbuilding
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Family - Chapters: 49 - Words: 232,286 - Reviews: 3582 - Favs: 2,652 - Follows: 2,096 - Updated: 11/16/2013 - Published: 3/31/2013 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard (M), Hannah S., Rael'Zorah - Complete
The Games We Play by Peres reviews
Shepard has a very specific plan to test her flexibility against Garrus's reach. Miranda does not approve. A birthday present for the wonderful Reyavie.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,307 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 66 - Follows: 6 - Published: 9/11/2013 - [Shepard (F), Garrus V.] Miranda L., EDI - Complete
Vita ex Machina by JanusTheTraveler reviews
Legion had no idea what it was getting itself into when it agreed to join Shepard's team. A series of one-shots detailing its gradual development from machine into teammate, crew member, and friend.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 6 - Words: 23,801 - Reviews: 80 - Favs: 144 - Follows: 154 - Updated: 9/6/2013 - Published: 4/10/2013 - Legion
congratulations, you've leveled up by GuiltyAdonis reviews
"Could you learn to float down off a balcony like that?" "Not in the next ten minutes." - Or, in which a good commander knows when it's appropriate to ask for advice.
Mass Effect - Rated: K - English - Friendship/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 838 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 41 - Follows: 8 - Published: 9/3/2013 - Shepard (F), U. Wrex - Complete
The Air Near My Fingers by theherocomplex reviews
A hand study.
Mass Effect - Rated: K - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 460 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 2 - Published: 7/11/2013 - Mordin S. - Complete
Mass Effect 3: The Miracle at Palaven by Sudentor reviews
In the Galactic Codex, 278 words are dedicated to the Miracle at Palaven. They could never hope to encompass the despair, the ingenuity, the desperation, the spirit, and the valor of this unprecedented operation. Join historian Arena Nyscirius as she documents the failures and triumphs of what is now considered a major turning point of the Reaper War. Do you believe in miracles?
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Suspense - Chapters: 9 - Words: 75,783 - Reviews: 38 - Favs: 171 - Follows: 70 - Updated: 6/4/2013 - Published: 4/15/2013 - Kal'Reegar - Complete
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Silly but Killy reviews
What if there were no Humans in Mass Effect? What if there were Orks instead? The Council would have a lot less sleep, for one thing.
Crossover - Warhammer & Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Humor/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 15 - Words: 47,002 - Reviews: 562 - Favs: 912 - Follows: 934 - Updated: 4/23 - Published: 7/30/2014
Repentant reviews
My name is Scotch. Soldier, traitor, rebel, icon. This is my story.
X-Com - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 3 - Words: 4,704 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 21 - Published: 4/3
Enemy Returned reviews
The Ethereal assault on Earth was foiled by Colonel Jane Shepard. The Temple Ship taken intact, XCOM gained the capability to strike back against the Ethereals. However, Humans weren't the only species the Ethereals had set their sights on. For they were determined to make this cycle different.
Crossover - X-Com & Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Family - Chapters: 38 - Words: 161,748 - Reviews: 988 - Favs: 970 - Follows: 1,098 - Updated: 1/17/2015 - Published: 10/3/2013 - Shepard (F), U. Wrex, Tali'Zorah, Admiral Hackett
Bridges reviews
Cast into a universe he thought only existed behind a screen, Ivan joins the crew of the Normandy as they pursue Saren and the Geth across the galaxy. The catch: bridges can be crossed both ways. A self insert and slight alternate universe. Rated M for graphic violence and sexual content.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 26 - Words: 83,395 - Reviews: 103 - Favs: 187 - Follows: 265 - Updated: 9/2/2014 - Published: 4/10/2013 - Shepard (F), Rachni Queen
Perchance to Dream reviews
A short conversation after the end of the world.
Mass Effect - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,560 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 4 - Published: 7/29/2014 - Shepard (F), Garrus V.
The White Reaper reviews
The Osengi were a fascinating species. One with a unique neural architecture that conferred immunity to Indoctrination. So when they were used to create a Sovereign class Reaper it didn't quite go according to plan. This is a test story - if it receives enough positive reception I'll get to work on the real thing.
Mass Effect - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 4 - Words: 9,713 - Reviews: 81 - Favs: 75 - Follows: 104 - Updated: 6/9/2014 - Published: 11/11/2013 - Complete
The Space Race reviews
The USA and the USSR turned their long-standing animosity to the stars with the launch of Sputnik I in 1957. Two hundred years on, the superpowers and their alien allies find themselves embroiled in the machinations of entities beyond their comprehension. AU first contact.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 42 - Words: 125,469 - Reviews: 590 - Favs: 628 - Follows: 695 - Updated: 12/16/2013 - Published: 6/20/2013 - Shepard (F), Garrus V.
The Coup reviews
Most would have seen the options and agreed to the deal. But Natasha Shepard wasn't most people. And she really, really didn't like working with Cerberus. Mass Effect 2 AU, continued by popular demand
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 9 - Words: 19,331 - Reviews: 67 - Favs: 202 - Follows: 227 - Updated: 12/16/2013 - Published: 7/17/2013 - Shepard (F), Tali'Zorah, Garrus V., Clone Shepard (F)
Sucking Vacuum and other stories - A compendium of space warfare reviews
The galaxy as we know it was shaped by war. And to prosecute a war spacecraft are required. When spacecraft belonging to two opposing factions meet a space battle occurs. This is a collaborative compendium of space warfare past, present and future.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 3 - Words: 8,937 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 12/16/2013 - Published: 9/2/2013
Sins of the Reapers reviews
On April 5, 2185, twelve year old Garrus Vakarian was pulled from a burning dreadnought by Colonel Urdnot Wrex of the TEC Ascension Corps. The adventure that follows will herald the eventual doom of the Reapers at the hands of the Trader Emergency Coalition. AU Reaper War, Sins of a Solar Empire crossover.
Crossover - Mass Effect & Sins of a Solar Empire - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 10 - Words: 59,629 - Reviews: 55 - Favs: 153 - Follows: 189 - Updated: 12/16/2013 - Published: 5/21/2013 - U. Wrex, Rael'Zorah
Prototypes reviews
C-sec Special Operations Officer Garrus Vakarian is in charge of a task force assigned to take out immortal shapeshifting aliens escaped from a quarantined planet. However the Prototypes have other ideas. This is a sample - I will only pursue this story if I finish another one of my projects and there is enough interest in this story.
Crossover - Mass Effect & Prototype - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Mystery - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,321 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 52 - Follows: 75 - Updated: 12/16/2013 - Published: 12/15/2013 - Garrus V. - Complete
Gethsemane reviews
It wasn't Cerberus that recovered Commander Shepard's body. It wasn't the Collectors, Liara or the Shadow Broker. It was an unlikely alliance of two individuals, each of them having searched for a long time. An alliance that was almost destroyed before it could finish its work. A Mass Effect 2 AU.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 4 - Words: 10,508 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 94 - Follows: 139 - Updated: 12/16/2013 - Published: 4/3/2013 - Legion, Leviathan, Shepard (F)
Blood and Blade reviews
The Event shattered the empires of the Origin system, the Tenno evolving from a remnant clinging to survival to an enormous army as the Corpus discover a relic buried on Charon that unlocks an entire galaxy for them to exploit. In the midst of this chaos one Tenno clan and their unlikely allies fight to end the Corpus threat once and for all. WARNING: Graphic violence throughout.
Crossover - Mass Effect & Warframe - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 7 - Words: 11,857 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 83 - Follows: 124 - Updated: 12/16/2013 - Published: 8/27/2013 - Shepard (F), Tali'Zorah, Garrus V., Nyreen K.