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Joined 05-20-13, id: 4735165, Profile Updated: 07-17-15
Author has written 13 stories for Mass Effect.

When I have some time during vacation, I write, and I'd like to improve my writing style. Plus, there have been some good samples of creative writing here. Check out my follows if you don't believe me :)

Name: V-rcingetorix, but you can call me Chuck

Occupation: Full time student, musical mercenary, lover of good books, amateur photographer, beta reader (on occasion), Lab worker, liberator of tasty snacks and barbecue aficionado.

Hobbies: Games, books and hiking. I love Mass Effect (even if I consider the ME3 ending to be terribly written), Dragon Age, the Batman Arkham series, XCOM, SWTOR, Planetside 2, and most recently, League of Legends. Look me up as Chucklestheelf if you want a match :)

Favorite books: I read pretty widely, but love the classics. Robinson Crusoe, Swiss Family Robinson, The Counte of Monte Cristo, Rangers Apprentice series, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, His Majesty's Dragon series and more.

Reason for writing: Whatever doesn't kill you makes you ... stranger. I enjoy writing, and am trying to improve my skills. My collegiate career requires me to have at least a modicum of analytical writing, and I'd like to improve that with some constructive criticism. Destructive criticism is acceptable as well, but more than likely ignored.


Updates

July 17, 2015; next chapter is in the works, slowly being set up. This is a big one, so I have it set in two parts. Soon as possible, I will publish it. Thank you for your patience, operators are ... well ... kinda standing by. More like standing over the watercooler, debating philosophy, but I'm sure we're in the subject line somewhere!

July 9, 2015; a huge response, much bigger than I'd anticipated. So here is mine: new chapter coming up soon, with a view towards starting the Mass Effect Proper. Still working on a Collab work with F13D and Andotrota, which is going very well, stay tuned for updates!

July 4th, 2015; Happy 4th of July! Progress is progressing, although not as fast as I'd like. My summer classes are over, and I've been getting chores done that have needed doing for a while.

I set up a poll for what I am going to do next, in regards to the continued series. If you want to throw in your two bits, feel free! End results are not binding, but should be considered to heavily influence my decision. Thanks all!

June 2, 2015; On the third chapter already! And, on chapter 8 of the collaboration work! That is a bit of fast writing, although most of the collab credit belongs to F13D and Andotrota. I am modifying some of my older works now, whipping them into shape as it were.

May 23, 2015; Classes are over! Well, most of them. Taking a summer course, and finishing my History degree next semester. Biology degree follows soon, I hope. Enough about me: to writing! I have finished the first pair of chapters, and am working through the next couple. I am also doing a collaboration with the enthusiastic F13D and cunning Andotrota! A Mass Effect Endwar crossover; I was a bit reluctant at first, but F13D's boyish energy and Andy's persuasive laconic logic persuaded me. Send me a PM if you have questions!

April 15, 2015; Tax Day! For all of you whom do not file taxes ... I envy you. For all that do, I salute you.

In other news, the writing of ME1 goes well. My timeline has been re-checked and corrected, while my Organic Chemistry course is doing its best to besiege my writing schedule with unnecessary distractions. Seriously, who needs to know the product of an amine with a carboxyl group? I hope someone can tell me, someday. At any rate, I've also been busy with a number of projects, now that my Senior Seminar is over. Grad school is looming in the future ... but I have another semester or two before that can happen.

Also ... another laptop bit the dust. I'm seriously looking into Lemon Laws. The desktop I built from scratch has lasted longer than 'professionally manufactured' laptops. Not as mobile, but still ...

TLDR version: Still writing, still playing. Life is good.

Feb. 1, 2015; Happy February! I've finished the ME1 timeline, and am over half done with the first chapter, at least the first version of it. A number of people have been kind enough to allow me to bounce ideas off of them (NightStride, F13D, matze3), for which I thank them. My work is turning a bit more AU than I'd originally intended, but that's acceptable to me. I love this stage, the pure flow of creative beginnings, the logic streaming throughout the story, showing where should happen when et al. Hope y'all are doing well!

January 9, 2015; Sorry about the lack of updates. I am almost done with the final chapter (it's been to the beta once already), but I want it to be done perfectly. I've also been a little distracted writing on the next series, haven't decided on a title yet. Any suggestions? Thank you all for your patience. I will do my best to make it worth your time!

December 11, 2014; laptop is in the shop, but the next chapter is up, and I am writing again! If you have some free time, you might want to check out some authors I've found to be skilled writers. Fainmaca has an AU that is incredibly written, and Random Equinox is one of the best writers I have seen on this site. Take a gander, I dare you ;)

November 21, 2014; my laptop just died, and I am in the process of getting Windows Office for my gaming desktop. Fortunately, I have copies of everything I wrote, so nothing is lost. As soon as I get the new software installed, I will continues writing. Sorry about the delay :(

November 14, 2014; Chapter 20 is up, and my abstract is finished! Now I just have to finish rewriting the next chapter, my PowerPoint presentation for

November 1, 2014: For the first time in 16 weeks, I have failed to put up a new chapter for the week. I can only offer my deepest apologies, and say that my scholastic endeavors are taking up my time. I have three chapters on the back burner right now, with one sent to my beta, so I should have another chapter up fairly soon.

Again, sorry about the wait.

September 28, 2014: Chapter 15 is up, and we are getting closer to the end. I've been going over my earlier chapters, and I like to think my writing has been getting better ... but now I have literally over 20 different stories I want to read. Some of them have sequels; between those, my homework and my job, life will be very full. Oh well, better than the opposite, right?

September 21, 2014: Chapter 14 is up, and I am way behind in my updates, sorry. Life is going well, although very busy. Lab work, music hirings (I am a musical mercenary after all) and of course, homework are conspiring to keep me from writing. Fortunately, I am combating their plans with generous doses of FanFic readings and some very encouraging reviews. Thanks guys (and gals), you rock!


Here is a list of my published works, along with a brief description:

Mindoir 2170

My very first fanfic. Canon Shepard, Mindoir survivor.

To the Nth Degree

Continuing Canon Shepard's journey as an N school operative, not my best, but entertaining in part at least :)

Skyllian Blitz

The culmination of Canon Shepard's N school journey. An experiment on how far I could take Shepard without losing the Shepard feel.

Akuze

Shepard on Akuze. How far can Shepard go without cracking?

Just Another Job

A story about one of my fave characters, Wrex!

Unusual Hunt

Thane's meeting of Irikah. There aren't enough Thane fics on here, so I added my humble efforts to the fray.

Worst Mother's Day

Entry for the Aria's Afterlife Contest, Canon Shepard's mother recounts her experiences to a descendant.

Foreign Affairs

Shepard is required to train with members of the Asari Elite. Awkwardness abounds.

Home Early

Thane makes it home in time to save his wife from being murdered. Logical progression from there.

Early Discovery

AU fiction I am currently working upon. Humans discover the Ruins soon after landing on Mars, rather than waiting 40 years.

DYNA

A little story for publicizing a rare medical condition.

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Becoming A Hero by baldwide reviews
After the murder of his grandfather, the revelation of the prophecy, and the costly victory at the Department of Mysteries, we catch up to our young hero as he learns to embrace destiny and become the true embodiment of a Gryffindor. *AN* Read and Review, let me know how I am doing. This is poised to be a multi-chapter story.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Angst/Adventure - Chapters: 3 - Words: 11,452 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 13h - Published: 6/18
With Lions by Wolfstar888 reviews
Shepard is probably the strangest person Liara T'Soni has ever met. He jokes at inappropriate times and doesn't take anything seriously. Luckily for Shepard his past hasn't caught up with him yet and his lighthearted personality can cover almost anything up.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Humor/Angst - Chapters: 82 - Words: 217,961 - Reviews: 119 - Favs: 77 - Follows: 111 - Updated: 7/8 - Published: 11/22/2012 - Liara T'Soni, Shepard (M)
Stormbreaker by dominicgrim reviews
Alim Surana, Surana the Stormbreaker, the Hero of Ferelden, lightning was his sword the wind and rain his shield. The stories of his adventures during the Blight. Male Surana and Leliana pairing. Teen now, maybe mature later, not sure yet, I don't own dragon age of course.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 111 - Words: 296,978 - Reviews: 421 - Favs: 185 - Follows: 226 - Updated: 7/8 - Published: 1/5/2013 - [Surana, Leliana] [Alistair, Morrigan]
Massive Shock 2: Infinite Mass by Mockingbird79 reviews
In late 2181, I woke up on the Citadel, in another Universe. Of course, that's not so strange, considering I'd just spent 6 years in Rapture. But now, one year later, it's time for Shepard, Saren, the Reapers... Mass Effect. The epic continuation of the Massive Shock Self Insert Series. Cover by Skyline19.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Mystery - Chapters: 24 - Words: 171,254 - Reviews: 203 - Favs: 207 - Follows: 255 - Updated: 6/1 - Published: 12/20/2012
Mass Effect 3: Into the Unknown by Fainmaca reviews
With the defences around Arcturus breached and the homeworlds of the strongest races under siege, what hope remains? One man faces the oncoming storm. The Reapers will know defeat. They will know fear. They will know Commander Shepard.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 56 - Words: 1,005,263 - Reviews: 320 - Favs: 188 - Follows: 166 - Updated: 5/20 - Published: 12/29/2010 - Shepard (M), Jack
Omega's Queen by SinsandSecrets reviews
Shepard and Aria have been able to make the alliance last for now, but Aria is hardly going to stand back and watch as Shepard causes such a stir on Omega. She begins to create different ways to stop Shepard, but is power really what she wants? Picture by Eddy Shinjuku.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Crime/Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 8,570 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 34 - Follows: 50 - Updated: 4/25 - Published: 7/23/2014 - Garrus V., Tali'Zorah, Aria T'Loak, Shepard (M)
Illium Dreams by Joryn282 reviews
Jackson Carver, a former N7, wakes up one day on Illium with no idea why he's there and no way to leave. The only person willing to help him is a quirky, quarian merc, but can he trust her?
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 10 - Words: 38,302 - Reviews: 82 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 25 - Updated: 4/12 - Published: 10/5/2013
Future History by edclancer001 reviews
Alternate Universe to the canon Mass Effect Universe. This story takes place in "our" timeline, as such, Mass Effect games and other Mass Effect works exist and are known by humanity. How has humanity moved to prepare the galaxy in the 70 years since the discovery that fiction had become fact? Will eventually reach the Mass Effect time period.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 17 - Words: 77,485 - Reviews: 318 - Favs: 709 - Follows: 898 - Updated: 2/8 - Published: 11/2/2013 - Shepard (M)
Transcendent Humanity by Solaris242 reviews
Humanity never developed FTL. The Prothean archives contained no technology, no Element Zero, just a warning. Isolated from the rest of the galaxy for two thousand years, restricted to their only system, how will humanity have changed when they first meet the Turians? AU, alternate history of humanity and First Contact.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 15 - Words: 33,429 - Reviews: 1399 - Favs: 3,884 - Follows: 4,532 - Updated: 1/12 - Published: 5/7/2013
Heart of Sol by F13D reviews
When mankind landed on the moon little did they know that the hopes of trillions of lives would rest on their shoulder's. A/U NOTE: Spirit of Luna, sequel to Heart of Sol is now up.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 28 - Words: 134,370 - Reviews: 178 - Favs: 175 - Follows: 210 - Updated: 12/18/2014 - Published: 6/19/2014 - Garrus V., Saren A., Shepard (M), OC - Complete
Flames of the Dragon Mage by LoneWolf218 reviews
Thrust into the middle of a nation threatened from without and within, William Surana must lead a ragtag band and find it within himself to be the flame that holds back the darkness while dealing with the fallout from his past. Pity Ferelden if he fails. Eventual SuranaxLeliana.
Dragon Age - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 26 - Words: 268,030 - Reviews: 54 - Favs: 103 - Follows: 106 - Updated: 10/6/2014 - Published: 6/15/2011 - [Surana, Leliana]
Shepard's Proposal by Rogen80 reviews
Shepard has finally decided to pop the question to the love of his life. An alphabetic poem with enclosed rhyme scheme (ABBA).
Mass Effect - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 195 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 4 - Published: 10/3/2014 - [Shepard (M), Tali'Zorah] - Complete
The Transmigration Effect by Twisted Platypus reviews
After I died, I was born again. Is this for a purpose, or an accident? I don't know. But in this new galaxy, I need to survive to find out. Self-Insert of Mass Effect 1. Increasingly AU. Sequel now up!
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 32 - Words: 216,628 - Reviews: 556 - Favs: 496 - Follows: 469 - Updated: 8/31/2014 - Published: 4/6/2013 - Shepard (F), Garrus V., Liara T'Soni - Complete
The Cupboard Under the Stairs by Stargon1 reviews
A mysterious green inked letter banished Harry from his cupboard. But does taking the boy out of the cupboard also mean that you've taken the cupboard out of the boy? A first year fic.
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 22 - Words: 51,301 - Reviews: 397 - Favs: 871 - Follows: 575 - Updated: 8/28/2014 - Published: 6/14/2014 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete
Rise of the Terran Empire by StarSerpent reviews
Empires and races rise and fall. Some empires last longer, and achieve greater things. The Progenitors are long gone, but their legacy remains. A legacy that would propel a new empire to unimagined heights...the Terran Empire. Reboot of Veni, Vidi, Vici, inspired by East Bridge's fics. Cover is the Flag of Terran Empire, based off Cybran Nation (SupCom).
StarCraft - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 5 - Words: 11,983 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 42 - Follows: 58 - Updated: 8/4/2014 - Published: 7/19/2014 - Terran
The Empire of Man by Holland93 reviews
Humanity's reaction to the discovery of the archives on mars was very different from what happened in the games. The militaristic Empire of man is preparing to expand. But how will they react when they discover that they are not alone in the galaxy. And more importantly. How will the galaxy respond to humanity? First contact story. Rated T for language and gore update this week.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 12 - Words: 101,145 - Reviews: 425 - Favs: 634 - Follows: 718 - Updated: 2/5/2014 - Published: 6/16/2013
Interludes by Eowyn77 reviews
MoS 'verse, set between a superhero being brought to his knees and a certain, fateful introduction. It would take months for Metropolis to return to normal, and while Superman is patient, Clark isn't quite THAT patient. Lois is either smitten or in denial, but regardless, a world-class reporter never stops asking questions.
Superman - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 17 - Words: 63,635 - Reviews: 271 - Favs: 182 - Follows: 245 - Updated: 1/31/2014 - Published: 7/9/2013 - Lois L., Clark K./Superman/Kal-El, Perry W., Martha K.
Hero's Dozen by Random Equinox reviews
You would think that going planetside to pick up a package would be fairly straightforward. But when the planet is Illium, the package is intended for Cerberus and the man sent to intervene is Shepard, all assumptions go straight out the airlock.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Humor - Chapters: 9 - Words: 63,099 - Reviews: 84 - Favs: 101 - Follows: 85 - Updated: 12/2/2013 - Published: 8/12/2013 - Shepard (M), Miranda L. - 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: 3523 - Favs: 2,367 - Follows: 1,973 - Updated: 11/16/2013 - Published: 3/31/2013 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard (M), Hannah S., Rael'Zorah - Complete
The End of A War by Machinist's Guardian Archangel reviews
After waking up from his indoctrination, Shepard is the only one who can still win the war with the Reapers. And after it's over, what then? Will feature the relationships and choices he's made until then, with a focus on Shepard and Tali. M rating only for brief language. Any reviews would be very nice. Picture: Mass Effect 3: Movie Poster by Arkis on DeviantArt.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 20 - Words: 72,447 - Reviews: 57 - Favs: 64 - Follows: 51 - Updated: 11/4/2012 - Published: 6/21/2012 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard (M) - Complete
Mass Effect: Interloper by M.B.Liddle reviews
Follow the adventures of Michael Liddle as he quite literally falls into the ME universe. A self insert covering the events of the first entry of the series. Follows the story of the Normandy crew and more as they strive to save a changing galaxy.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 40 - Words: 98,798 - Reviews: 278 - Favs: 162 - Follows: 136 - Updated: 9/26/2012 - Published: 3/29/2012 - Complete
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Early Discovery reviews
Humanity discovers the Prothean Ruins soon after the first Mars Colony. Discovery of alien life jumpstarts their space program ... and the saga begins. A series of cameos, covering approximately 50 years worth of various characters. Rated T for safety.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 28 - Words: 133,904 - Reviews: 489 - Favs: 547 - Follows: 658 - Updated: 7/24 - Published: 6/15/2014 - D. Anderson, Admiral Hackett, Illusive Man - Complete
DYNA reviews
An OC suffering from a condition meets Commander Shepard. A publicity work for the Dysautonomia Youth Network of America.
Mass Effect - Rated: K - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,480 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Published: 5/27 - Shepard (M), OC - Complete
Personal Demons reviews
Everyone has their little foibles, something that affects them more than someone else. But Commander Shepard has been through more combat than almost any other human alive ... and has the memories to prove it. A test of my writing, one shot on Shepard in my little AU. No actual hair products were harmed in the writing of this ficlet.
Mass Effect - Rated: K - English - Humor/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,729 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 2/13 - Complete
Wrex's Farewell reviews
Entry for the Aria's Afterlife Competition, November Edition.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 816 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/19/2014 - U. Wrex - Complete
Home Early reviews
Contest entry for Aria's Afterlife, September: 5 chapter AU. Will publish as I can, then edit by the end of September. Enjoy!
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 5 - Words: 6,702 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 9/26/2014 - Published: 9/13/2014 - Thane K., Kolyat K., Shadow Broker, Irikah K. - Complete
Skyllian Blitz reviews
Shepard is taking a vacation on the colony world of Elysium ...surf, sea and sun, what could go wrong?
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 3 - Words: 18,801 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 6/8/2014 - Published: 6/6/2014
Akuze reviews
So this is a one shot I wrote as an alternative to my Mindoir, and it's a lot longer. I'm putting it up here instead of leaving it at the end of Nth Degree, mostly because I think this is better written.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Angst/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 10,610 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 6/4/2014 - Complete
Worst Mothers Day reviews
A little piece I put together for the Aria's Afterlife Forum Contest. Also, for making sure I still remember how to write. It's been a looooong semester.
Mass Effect - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,070 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 2 - Published: 5/2/2014 - Hannah S. - Complete
Unusual Hunt reviews
The drell's usual routine goes awry...but why?
Mass Effect - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,540 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 3/17/2014 - Complete
Foreign Affairs reviews
A short story depicting Commander Shepard in a mission set with an asari commando squad. Own characters used, and no, I do not own Mass Effect, or receive benefits from telling stories. So there. Rated T for innuendo, and that I have no clue what the rating system here mean. Let me know in a review or PM, eh?
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,524 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Published: 3/13/2014 - Shepard (M) - Complete
Just Another Job reviews
A one-shot, based on Wrex.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,174 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Published: 2/7/2014 - U. Wrex - Complete
To the Nth Degree reviews
Following John Shepard on his path from colony farmboy to one of the elite combatants in the galaxy. Some cameos. -COMPLETE-
Mass Effect - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 11 - Words: 57,773 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 1/26/2014 - Published: 5/23/2013 - D. Anderson, Admiral Hackett, Shepard (M) - Complete
Mindoir 2170 reviews
A look at the Mindoir Attack (Colony Origin)
Mass Effect - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,214 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 5/20/2013 - Shepard (M) - Complete