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Joined 03-24-13, id: 4617736, Profile Updated: 11-01-18
Author has written 5 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).

I've recently revised the titles of each story, as ‘From Shanghai…’ is actually the beginning of Samantha Traynor’s portion of the entire series.

Nearing the completion of Transformation Part II, a FF author and fellow reader became increasingly interested in my ‘take’ on the end of Mass Effect. I asked Desert Sunrise to become my Beta Reader, in exchange for performing the same service for DS. We have since become good friends; in addition to proof reading, we regularly contribute to each other’s stories. Hooley on the Normandy was written to answer a challenge, yes - but it was also a proof of concept - done in order to discover if we worked well together over e-mail (and now Skype). We've been collaborating ever since, and I believe the results speak for themselves.

Upon realizing Transformation, Part III had gone as far as it could, and after considerable prompting from Desert Sunrise, I began drafting a continuation, in which I envisioned an increasingly unhappy Samantha Traynor resigning from the Systems Alliance in order to take over Liara T'Soni's former position as the galaxy's premier information broker; Transformation Part IV: Resurrection of the Shadow Broker is the result. I plan to update the story at the beginning of each month.

The four stories below are listed in order of the Mass Effect timeline;

Hooley, of course, takes place in Desert Sunrise's galaxy, in which Shepard destroyed the Reapers.


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

TRANSFORMATION, Part II: Going Home is actually 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 III 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, and a special thanks to my new friend Desert Sunrise for joining me for the journey.

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

TRANSFORMATION, Part IV: Resurrection of the Shadow Broker is part four of the Transformation stories, telling the tale of Samantha Traynor’s resignation from the Alliance Navy in order to become the new Shadow Broker—independent of oversight by any government or race—and of her efforts to rebuild the network of information gathering agents and enforcers.


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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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. Slowburn. NOTE: Main story is complete! Bonus chapters are added from Shepard's POV. Enjoy!
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 28 - Words: 97,413 - Reviews: 94 - Favs: 141 - Follows: 174 - Updated: 7/2 - Published: 7/12/2012 - [Garrus V., Shepard]
Book 7: Promises Delivered II - Forging The Future by Desert Sunrise reviews
Samantha Shepard now serves the Galactic Council as an Asari Spectre. With Liara and the Knight Shade crew at her side, they use the combined power of the Shadow Broker and their new allies to resolve disputes galaxy-wide, starting with the looming Quarian Civil War. Format is a series of story arcs with possible one-shots to fill gaps between time jumps. (Co-Author: Old Gamer)
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Romance/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 44 - Words: 281,880 - Reviews: 97 - Favs: 82 - Follows: 90 - Updated: 1/22 - Published: 3/1/2019 - [Liara T'Soni, Shepard] Ashley W., Miranda L. - Complete
Book 6: Promises Delivered - New Beginnings by Desert Sunrise reviews
Leaving the Systems Alliance but staying a Spectre, Samantha Shepard continues fighting the galaxy's battles with Liara & the crew of the Knight Shade, as assassins and radical groups continue to plot against them. Old foes haunt the Spectre, her friends and family, as they find a way forward in a slowly recovering galaxy. Cover art by N7-CMDR (Visiting Mum at Work on DeviantArt).
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 36 - Words: 233,855 - Reviews: 104 - Favs: 100 - Follows: 101 - Updated: 1/11/2019 - Published: 12/1/2017 - [Liara T'Soni, Shepard] Samantha T., Aethyta - Complete
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: 315 - Favs: 130 - Follows: 108 - Updated: 10/13/2017 - Published: 6/7/2016 - [Liara T'Soni, Shepard] [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 & throw the galaxy into chaos. Samantha Shepard struggles to regain lost trust, resolve centuries-old wars, and overcome the machinations of a madman hell-bent on derailing their 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: 431,359 - Reviews: 438 - Favs: 158 - Follows: 149 - Updated: 5/6/2016 - Published: 2/6/2015 - [Liara T'Soni, Shepard] [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: 259 - Follows: 233 - Updated: 3/13/2016 - Published: 3/1/2013 - Blasto, Oriana L.
Thessian Christmas 2202 by Desert Sunrise reviews
This Christmas story is set in 2202, 14 years after the war and well 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, and deviates somewhat from my standard canon, so read at your own risk. A modified version of this will eventually be rolled into the main storyline. Merry Christmas!
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,465 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 47 - Follows: 16 - Published: 12/25/2015 - [Liara T'Soni, Shepard] 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... [FShep/Liara]
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Romance/Mystery - Chapters: 28 - Words: 128,122 - Reviews: 169 - Favs: 145 - Follows: 171 - Updated: 10/8/2015 - Published: 4/10/2013 - [Liara T'Soni, Shepard] - Complete
QuickShots II - Chronicles of Samantha Shepard by Desert Sunrise reviews
Mostly Liara T'Soni 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: 42 - Follows: 29 - Updated: 5/4/2015 - Published: 11/4/2014 - [Liara T'Soni, Shepard] [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: 95 - Favs: 362 - Follows: 457 - Updated: 3/16/2015 - Published: 10/20/2013 - Legion, Shepard
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: 115 - Favs: 133 - Follows: 167 - Updated: 6/8/2014 - Published: 1/26/2012 - J. Garson, 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: 88 - Follows: 136 - Updated: 12/8/2013 - Published: 10/4/2013 - [J. Garson, Liara T'Soni] Harbinger, Javik
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. It's probably dead guys.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Romance/Spiritual - Chapters: 72 - Words: 278,088 - Reviews: 1340 - Favs: 542 - Follows: 545 - Updated: 7/19/2013 - Published: 7/28/2012 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard
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: 27 - Updated: 7/30/2012 - Published: 6/22/2012 - Garrus V., J. Garson
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: 94 - Follows: 167 - Updated: 7/11/2012 - Published: 4/5/2012 - [J. Garson, Liara T'Soni]
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TRANSFORMATION, Part IV: Resurrection of the Shadow Broker reviews
The Shadow Broker: An entity that has seemingly lived forever, indomitable and insatiable in its thirst for information, instilling hope and fear into its patron's lives … and haunting those who pray their secrets are never found. The institution was nearly destroyed by the Reaper War—many thought it was. This is the story of its rebirth and resurrection (co-author: Desert Sunrise)
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 36 - Words: 247,615 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 6/30 - Published: 8/15/2018 - [Samantha T., OC] [Shepard, Liara T'Soni]
TRANSFORMATION, Part III: 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—generally a 'T'; contains some series spoilers. EA/Bioware owns all, except OCs & AU story.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 30 - Words: 208,714 - Reviews: 59 - Favs: 65 - Follows: 85 - Updated: 2/28 - Published: 9/12/2015 - [Samantha T., OC] [Liara T'Soni, Shepard] - Complete
TRANSFORMATION, Part I: From Shanghai to the Hong Kong reviews
Prequel story regarding Samantha Traynor, from before the events of ME1; non-canon tale of how she met and fell in love with Yuán Xiùlán, what they taught each other, and how decisions made then affected their lives in a post-synthesis galaxy. Rated strong 'M' for some content, but generally a 'T'. Contains series spoilers. EA/Bioware owns all, except OC characters and AU events.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 42 - Words: 276,516 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 33 - Updated: 10/31/2017 - Published: 9/7/2014 - [Samantha T., OC] [Shepard, Liara T'Soni] - Complete
TRANSFORMATION, Part II: 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: 290,991 - Reviews: 307 - Favs: 211 - Follows: 288 - Updated: 8/14/2015 - Published: 9/5/2013 - [Liara T'Soni, Shepard] [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: 5 - Follows: 4 - Published: 3/17/2015 - [Shepard, Liara T'Soni] Aethyta, OC - Complete