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Joined 03-24-13, id: 4617736, Profile Updated: 12-11-17
Author has written 4 stories for Mass Effect.

I live just east of Portland, Oregon and come by the Old_Gamer tag naturally, as I am retired from a forty year (thirty-five for one company) career in the heavy-truck (class 7 & 8) service industry. My children introduced me to Mass Effect; my daughter to playing as FemShep – I’ve been hooked ever since. I have the Collector editions of -2 and -3, which I still play occasionally with Rachaél Anne – my sole survivor, colony raised Butcher of Torfan adept – just for the privilege of listening to Jennifer Hale’s excellent voice work. I have all the DLC’s, which I’ve worked into my story(s).

TRANSFORMATION, Part I: Going Home is my first Fan-Fiction tale, recounting the story of the Normandy and its crew in a post-Synthesis galaxy. 08/14/15 NOTE: I've marked this story COMPLETE, as the Normandy has safely returned to the Citadel. The story continues in Part II with familiar faces and some new OC's. Thanks to all of my many followers for sticking with this through fifty-one chapters and beyond!

From Shanghai to the Hong Kong II is a back story for Samantha Traynor’s non-canon love interest Yuán Xiùlán, a story I wanted to explore due to Yuán’s (and Traynor’s) increasingly frequent appearances in Transformation, Part I, and starting in September 2015, Transformation, Part II: New Beginnings.

TRANSFORMATION, Part II: New Beginnings, the continuation of the adventure started in Transformation, Part I: Going Home.

Hooley on the Normandy is a completed one-shot, a collaboration with my good friend and beta reader, Desert Sunrise - the short-story takes place in DS’s galaxy, and is the result of a short notice challenge we received to create a tale having Samantha Shepard, Liara, their close friends and family and the crew of the Normandy, celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, 2188. (We each published the story because, with only three or four exceptions, DS’s followers are a whole different crowd than mine).

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Promises Delivered - Book 6 in the Chronicles of Samantha Shepard by Desert Sunrise reviews
Leaving the Alliance but remaining a Spectre, Shepard continues fighting the galaxy's battles with Liara at her side - including exciting archaeological trips, time with friends... and lots of little blue babies on Thessia. Format will be a series of story arcs with one-shots to fill the gaps between time jumps. Cover art: Visiting Mum at Work, compliments of N7-CMDR, DeviantArt.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 14 - Words: 92,619 - Reviews: 56 - Favs: 40 - Follows: 59 - Updated: 3/16 - Published: 12/1/2017 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] Samantha T., Aethyta
The Promise of After - Book 5 in the Chronicles of Samantha Shepard by Desert Sunrise reviews
A united galaxy has defeated the Reapers but worlds are left in ruin; every race now turns to recouping their losses as they mourn their dead. Shepard, her family and her friends also begin their recoveries, each fighting their own personal battles while they strive to prevent a fractured galaxy from falling back into chaos — and to secure their own 'happily ever after' ending.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Romance/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 71 - Words: 453,514 - Reviews: 300 - Favs: 88 - Follows: 96 - Updated: 10/13/2017 - Published: 6/7/2016 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] [Aria T'Loak, Nyreen K.] - Complete
Could Not Stop for Death-Book 4 in the Chronicles of Samantha Shepard by Desert Sunrise reviews
Despite their best efforts to defeat the enemy, the inevitable happens. Reapers appear and throw the galaxy into chaos. Shepard struggles to regain lost trust, resolve centuries-old wars, and overcome the machinations of a madman hell-bent on derailing their best efforts to unite a divided galaxy before all is lost. Is the love of one Asari strong enough to hold it all together?
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 65 - Words: 431,358 - Reviews: 412 - Favs: 117 - Follows: 137 - Updated: 5/6/2016 - Published: 2/6/2015 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] [OC, Samantha T.] - Complete
I Should Go by Nevery reviews
Speeches, farewells, denials, howls of grief and of rage. Those that knew Shepard in life remember the Commander in death. Shepard's gender and any interpretations of romance are intentionally ambiguous and left up to you. Disclaimer: Reading these shorts whilst listening to "An End for Once and For All" carries with it a heavy risk of tears.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Friendship - Chapters: 57 - Words: 22,191 - Reviews: 338 - Favs: 251 - Follows: 230 - Updated: 3/13/2016 - Published: 3/1/2013 - Blasto, Oriana L.
Thessian Christmas 2202 by Desert Sunrise reviews
This story is set in 2202, 14 years after the war and a few months after Shepard's semi-retirement from the Spectres... after all, no one truly retires from being a Spectre. It does contain a couple of spoilers, so read at your own risk. Merry Christmas!
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,465 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 11 - Published: 12/25/2015 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] Dr. Chakwas, Aethyta - Complete
A Time of Reckoning by Blackdeer7 reviews
When the war against the Reapers seemed lost, a wave of energy released from the Crucible ended all activity from the machines across the entire galaxy in a single motion. In the aftermath, the crew of the Normandy and the survivors on Earth attempt to unravel the mystery of what exactly had happened. Post-ME3. A re-imaged ending...
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Romance/Mystery - Chapters: 28 - Words: 128,122 - Reviews: 168 - Favs: 129 - Follows: 171 - Updated: 10/8/2015 - Published: 4/10/2013 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] - Complete
QuickShots II - Chronicles of Samantha Shepard by Desert Sunrise reviews
Samantha Shepard sideline stories and other miscellaneous pieces from alternate POVs that fit within the Chronicles storyline, including, amongst other things, the backgrounds of my key OCs, where they came from and how they linked into the main story. You never know what else you might see here... All comments, critiques, thoughts, and prods more than welcome.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 26 - Words: 119,035 - Reviews: 135 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 24 - Updated: 5/4/2015 - Published: 11/4/2014 - [Liara T'Soni, Shepard (F)] [Councilor Tevos, Sha'ira] - Complete
Of Blood and Iron by Kazlin reviews
When Commander Shepard goes down with the Normandy after its attacked by an unknown aggressor, his body is recovered by the one faction that no one expected: The Geth. They will rebuild him, and he shall be their Voice to the Galaxy. The Collectors, the Reapers, shall face a man made of Blood and Iron. AU of ME2-3, no pairings just yet. language warning for Jack.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Friendship - Chapters: 7 - Words: 37,807 - Reviews: 83 - Favs: 305 - Follows: 404 - Updated: 3/16/2015 - Published: 10/20/2013 - Legion, Shepard (M)
Patchwork Girl by Mighty Crouton reviews
When Commander Shepard requires a tattoo artist, Jack finds herself stitching together the woman's enigmatic nature and mysterious history. Three Headed Dog (Part 3 of 3) : Atropos, The Illusive Man's story. A Jane 'Foucault' Shepard tale.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Mystery - Chapters: 19 - Words: 90,741 - Reviews: 113 - Favs: 131 - Follows: 169 - Updated: 6/8/2014 - Published: 1/26/2012 - Shepard (F), Miranda L., Jack
Falling Stars by Bill Morgenthien reviews
The Crucible has fired, irrevocably changing the very definition of existence. How can those who survived come to terms with a galaxy where everything has changed? In a galaxy where the divide between blood and machine has closed, how will those lives touched by Shepard unwind in her absence? How will the Shadow Broker's will change what Shepard left behind? Post-Synthesis.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 13 - Words: 65,668 - Reviews: 92 - Favs: 86 - Follows: 137 - Updated: 12/8/2013 - Published: 10/4/2013 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] Harbinger, Javik
Gray Area by Rokubi reviews
Follow Garrus as he progresses through different levels of attachment to the great Commander Shepard; fondness, respect, friendship, full blown hero-worship, and something that gets lost in-between. Set ME1
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 27 - Words: 95,751 - Reviews: 79 - Favs: 135 - Follows: 169 - Updated: 7/20/2013 - Published: 7/12/2012 - Garrus V., Shepard (F)
Keelah Se'lai by Full-Paragon reviews
In her twilight years, Tali is interviewed and tells the story of her life, and the man she would love. Focuses on Tali, and her relationships with the Normandy's crew, as well as the destiny of her people and the geth. Contains language, violence, romance, religion and spoilers. Officially AU now. Updates every four days, rain, shine or apocalypse!
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Romance/Spiritual - Chapters: 72 - Words: 278,088 - Reviews: 1321 - Favs: 496 - Follows: 497 - Updated: 7/19/2013 - Published: 7/28/2012 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard (M)
Turian Dreams by dantesdarkqueen reviews
The galaxy has been saved. Relief and joy suffuse all, save for one turian keeping watch over the woman responsible for their victory. "She will wake up. She has to."
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 2 - Words: 13,620 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 26 - Updated: 7/30/2012 - Published: 6/22/2012 - Garrus V., Shepard (F)
Returned by themarshal reviews
More than anything, I felt cheated. Denied the life I had promised another, the life I had been fighting for. Denied because my choice had been taken away from me. Post-ME3 AU. FemShep/Liara later on. Rated M for language and sexual situations
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 6 - Words: 24,429 - Reviews: 81 - Favs: 91 - Follows: 168 - Updated: 7/11/2012 - Published: 4/5/2012 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni]
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TRANSFORMATION, Part II: New Beginnings reviews
Post-Synthesis Adventure: The Normandy has returned from the galaxy's edge with Rachaél Shepard's spirit residing within the ship's computer. A new captain has been assigned, along with a new mission. Working with Harbinger, a cloned body for Shepard will be found. Rated 'M' for some content, but generally 'T', and contains some series spoilers. Bioware owns all, except the OC's.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 30 - Words: 208,253 - Reviews: 58 - Favs: 58 - Follows: 84 - Updated: 2/1 - Published: 9/12/2015 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] Harbinger, Samantha T. - Complete
From Shanghai to the Hong Kong reviews
TRANSFORMATION COMPANION STORY regarding Yuán Xiùlán... Traynor's non-canon love interest, from before events of ME1; how they met, fell in love, what they taught each other, and how decisions made then affected their lives in a post-synthesis galaxy. Rated strong 'M' for some content; generally a 'T'. Contains series spoilers. Bioware owns all, except OC characters and AU events…
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 42 - Words: 274,691 - Reviews: 29 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 26 - Updated: 10/31/2017 - Published: 9/7/2014 - [OC, Samantha T.] - Complete
TRANSFORMATION, Part I: Going Home reviews
Post-Synthesis Adventure: The Crucible has been fired with far reaching effects, but the side effects of Shepard's choice were not foreseen by anyone, with one in particular having consequences on a galactic scale! Rated 'M' for some content, but generally 'T', AND it contains series spoilers. Bioware owns all, except the OC characters and AU events, which are very much mine.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 51 - Words: 293,723 - Reviews: 299 - Favs: 203 - Follows: 280 - Updated: 8/14/2015 - Published: 9/5/2013 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] [Samantha T., OC] - Complete
Hooley on the Normandy reviews
After Shepard and crew had recovered from injuries received at the conclusion of the Reaper War, the Council sent them on a 1-year public relations 'Victory Tour'. Being Irish and desperate for a change of pace, Shepard decides to secretly acquire the necessary supplies to throw a surprise hooley (party) for the entire crew on St Patrick's Day; March 17, 2188. › ONE SHOT ‹
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 3 - Words: 17,531 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Published: 3/17/2015 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] Aethyta, OC - Complete