Rob Sears
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Joined 02-22-14, id: 5547452, Profile Updated: 01-14-19
Author has written 18 stories for Mass Effect, and Metroid.

Welcome... to my lair.

I'm Rob Sears. No, I don't hold up department stores in my spare time. It's an alias, plain and simple.

This is pretty much all to it. I write when I get an idea and I will continue to do that until the ideas stop flowing. I wouldn't expect the latter to occur anytime soon.

If it isn't at all obvious, a lot of my stories have a firm focus towards MShep/Tali romances. I like writing character pieces and have a strong affinity towards universes where you can get lost in the details. Mass Effect is pretty much my default wheelhouse, as it has proved to be a bottomless well for my inspiration.

If you want to contact me, I can be found putzing around on Xbox Live (Gamertag: SpyreTZ) either on Halo or Grand Theft Auto V. I need a reason to use my One anyway...

I don't bite. Promise.


Published Stories (and other candid thoughts):

For Her - Published: 3/21/2014

The start of my fanfic career was not exactly firing on all cylinders, let's be honest. Many times I've entertained the notion of deleting this fic from the face of the earth, only to relent because a lot of people, inexplicably, still read it. For Her is not a story that I look back on with fond memories as I find it too simplistic, too clunky, and filled with horrific dialogue that keeps me up at night. As it stands, For Her did prove to be the gateway for me to make many better stories, so no matter how much I may say I hate this fic, a part of me ultimately respects it.

For Her: Second Stage - Published: 3/30/2014

If it can be believed, the first For Her was published over the course of four days on a caffeine and piracetam binge. Second Stage took a bit longer... and is somehow worse? How does that work? Second Stage was where I started to experiment a bit with alternating timelines and it was not implemented all that well. Second Stage was also the first story in which I started using outlines to collate all my thoughts before I would even start writing. The end result may not have panned out the way that I would have initially hoped, but at least I learned a few good lessons from my experience.

For Her: Third Stage - Published: 4/19/2014

There are some items in Third Stage that predate their usage in future stories, like interlacing politics of current events with that of the story to create parallels, but as expected, I was still not skilled enough to implement it all that well here. My pacing in this story, like that of the ones before it, was atrocious and was part of the reason why Third Stage was so hampered to get its plot across. Honestly, I couldn't even give you a summary of this story right now, as it has been purged from my memory. Suffice to say that I would not touch another SI/OC story for a couple more years, when I felt that I had gotten some more experience under my belt.

Mass Effect: Peroration - Published: 5/5/2014

Like many people undoubtedly soured by Mass Effect 3's endings, I had a cocky belief that I could draft something that would be a worthy alternative. How arrogant of me to think that, for Peroration was a relatively unambitious affair and suffered from a distinct lack of connections to the characters on the page. Peroration did set up my tendency to implement vivid flashbacks in some of my other works, as well as a desire to write more stories pertaining to MShep and Tali, so there is that. Peroration, as a whole, is nothing spectacular, but not all that offensive, either.

For Her: The Quandary - Published: 6/2/2014

The only one-shot I've ever written. Quandary was supposed to be the first of several one-shots tying into the larger For Her series, but a tepid response coupled with my own growing animosity with the series pretty much killed that idea almost immediately. No one ever talks about this story and perhaps that's for the best.

The Rage Inherent Trilogy - Published: 6/4/2014

This is a really good example about an idea with potential being completely ruined by my own bad habits. The idea of turning Shepard into a cyborg was not a completely novel one, but it certainly inspired me to craft the series around this tidbit. However, whatever uniqueness the concept had was neutered over time as Rage Inherent became less of an AU-piece but more of a straight novelization. That, combined with the fact that my ability to pace a story was still terrible, really lessened the potential impact that Rage Inherent could have possessed. There is already a noticeable improvement in this story compared to something like For Her, but Rage Inherent taught me that I was not cut out to write a story that spanned any one of the Mass Effect games proper. In that sense, it was kind of a relief to get this out of the way.

A Postlude to Reconciliation - Published: 9/1/2014

Postlude would be the first of several post-war stories that I would eventually write, and as expected, it's by far the weakest. A lame villain, an unambitious plot, pacing that was still stunted, and unimaginative dialogue definitely did not do this story any favors. Postlude is probably the fluffiest piece I've written and it was somewhat cathartic to write at the time, but now seems like a cheap deviation. Many aspects of Postlude would later be recycled and refined into stories that were written much better, so at least I can appreciate Postlude for acting as the genesis for some of those ideas. If you want to kill an hour or two with a story that has basically no calories, this is a safe bet.

An Interval of Calamity - Published: 10/17/2014

This story marks a milestone in my writing career as it was around this time did I start devoting more time towards refining my story ideas and to take more time writing the chapters instead of rushing them through. I think the results speak for themselves. There is a huge difference in the quality between Interval and Postlude and it also was the first time that I started to sink into plots that were darker than I had written before. The enjoyment that I got from writing this in addition to all of the comments reacting to what was happening on the page in horror pretty much solidified my tonal journey into crafting stories that had a bit of an edge. This would prove beneficial for some stories. Others... not so much.

The Disengaged - Published: 12/22/2014

Continuing with the theme of delving into my darker side, The Disengaged was primarily meant as a vehicle for me to improve upon my skills writing villains. In a sense, I succeeded in my objective, and I did enjoy crafting an entirely new scenario for both Shepard and Tali to explore. It's not a particularly deep story but neither is it a trainwreck. I keep imagining what I would have done with this story if I had not rushed it or if I had bothered to flesh the context of The Disengaged out a little more. All things considered, this would have had better legacy to it... had I not bothered to write a sequel.

The Reengaged - Published: 2/2/2015

I loathe this story with every fiber of my being. The Reengaged is basically the personification of every single one of my bad habits out in full force. A thin plot, lame twists, a limp villain, crap pacing. The list goes on. I've literally forgotten what I wrote in this story, and I consider that to be a good thing. This story would have been better off not existing - the reception alone should tell you that. Incredibly, this would have been the third part to a trilogy (with The Disengaged being the first part) but I had nixed the idea of there being three parts and narrowed them down to two at the last minute. Could you imagine how even more awful this would have been as a trilogy? I shudder at the thought.

Soldier: Legacy - Published: 3/13/2015

Basically, The Reengaged was so bad that it scared me off the Mass Effect section for a little bit. That was a good thing, because I found a temporary home in the Metroid section, whereupon I got a bit of a mental breather with Soldier: Legacy. An adaptation of the e-manga, Soldier: Legacy was a welcome relief because I did not have to worry about creating a plot from scratch this time around. Now that I only had to translate a comic into words, I could get a feel for some more natural pacing this time around, leaving me with more room to refine my grammar skills at the same time. Soldier: Legacy was another milestone for me as it did more than provide me with a chance to improve all my bad habits, it gave me my motivation back. I would like to write a sequel for it sometime soon, but that is something I just won't commit to unless I have a good plot narrowed down.

Irreparable - Published: 4/7/2015

I consider Irreparable to be one of my definitive fics. Without spoiling anything, Irreparable, I feel, is the culmination of the dark direction that I had been turned in ever since Interval of Calamity. With there being a curious lack of Tali-centric fics out there, I wanted to make Irreparable an agonizing journey that would take the character down some unexpected paths. While being a little rough around the edges, I could not be more pleased at the reception that I had received. Let's just say that the story had manufactured the type of responses that I had been hoping for.

The Quantum Error - Published: 10/23/2015

After For Her, I'd thought I'd never write another SI/OC story, but like all infectious ideas, this one refused to leave my head. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be my most popular story to date. I wrote The Quantum Error from a very cynical perspective, as I had never really found an OC-centric story that I had particularly liked, so this was the result of me trying to compensate, or at least create the sort of story that I'd enjoy. Playing around with the first-person perspective was a little jarring at first but it soon because an absolute treat to write. I liked inhabiting the headspace of the character of Sam McLeod and explicitly writing him to be a jerk. I'm quite proud of this one because it has my most personal touch to it, and I don't think the grammar is half bad, either.

The Quantum Error: Progeny - Published: 12/28/2016

I had never really expected to create a sequel to The Quantum Error initially, which is why it took so long for Progeny to be released. I had tried to write it earlier, but my initial outline was so bad that I threw it away in disgust months prior. Progeny was written during a dark time in my life and while I'm grateful for it easing me along, I can't help but spot some parts where Progeny gets a little clunky plot-wise. It's almost like the story was mutilated by "studio interference" for how choppy it can get in certain areas, but I'm attributing that to where I was mentally at the time. It has a share of good scenes in it and I'm not at all grumpy at the final product, but I can't help but imagine what would have happened if I had been at 100% at the time.

The Quantum Error: Patriarch - Published 9/25/2017

If you thought Irreparable was dark, Patriarch certainly blew it out of the water within the first couple of chapters. I don't think I had ever had so much fun writing a story before. I wanted to tap into a no-holds-barred sense of despair for Patriarch, and I was rightfully bemoaned by the readers for emotionally torturing them (haha!) - I guess that means that I succeeded. I had been frustrated in myself in the past for failing to write something with genuine stakes, so Patriarch was written from the ground up to rectify that.

A Cenotaph for the Morrow - Published: 5/19/2018

With more writing experience under my belt, I figured that I should return to the MShep/Tali realm once more, but with some twists on the usual formula by adding an additional family member - Shepard's quarian daughter - to the mix. This would be my first time dealing with a child as a main character, and one member of the above pairing would be... out of commission for the entirety of the story. All of this is to say that I wanted to try something different with Cenotaph and that hopefully I would be able to finally nail the sort of tone that befits a postwar fic such as this. Considering the extremely positive reception that I had received while writing this story, I consider Cenotaph to be perhaps my definitive story as it takes all the lessons that I've learned as a writer and condenses them all into a narrative that I am very proud with.


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Razor's Edge: Requiem by Tairis Deamhan reviews
John Shepard has only one truth left. That the cycle must be broken no matter the cost. The price will be more than anyone should have to bear but the prize is the future, for those he cares for and for all life in the galaxy.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 43 - Words: 419,528 - Reviews: 1354 - Favs: 1,211 - Follows: 1,049 - Updated: 11/16/2016 - Published: 3/23/2012 - Garrus V., Tali'Zorah, Kasumi G., Shepard - Complete
The Heavens Shall Tremble by Full-Paragon reviews
Sequel to And the Meek Shall Inherit the Galaxy. On hiatus while author recovers from medical emergency.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Horror - Chapters: 23 - Words: 95,248 - Reviews: 954 - Favs: 1,405 - Follows: 1,633 - Updated: 9/21/2015 - Published: 10/25/2013 - Garrus V., Liara T'Soni, Tali'Zorah, Shepard
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: 3756 - Favs: 3,492 - Follows: 2,582 - Updated: 11/16/2013 - Published: 3/31/2013 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard, Hannah S., Rael'Zorah - Complete
You Came Back to Me by T. Bryson reviews
After the events of ME3, Commander Shepard awakens on Earth and is taken to a hospital for care. His friends, all of whom thought he was dead, go to the hospital to be at his side as he recovers. Heavy on character development/interaction. Tali/Shepard focus.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 14 - Words: 113,303 - Reviews: 246 - Favs: 726 - Follows: 352 - Updated: 10/23/2012 - Published: 7/16/2012 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard - Complete
Razor's Edge: Dark Witness by Tairis Deamhan reviews
Even though the Collectors have been defeated Shepard and the crew of the Normandy aren't safe. An old enemy waits in the shadows, one armed with something far more dangerous than a gun: knowledge.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 9 - Words: 70,047 - Reviews: 216 - Favs: 624 - Follows: 234 - Updated: 6/11/2011 - Published: 3/11/2011 - Shepard, Tali'Zorah - Complete
Razor's Edge by Tairis Deamhan reviews
Mass Effect 2 novelization, the life of one spectre that's seen more than his share of the galaxy's dark side. If you've already died once the question becomes what's worth living for? It's the question that will have to be answered to save a galaxy.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 37 - Words: 260,290 - Reviews: 432 - Favs: 1,176 - Follows: 452 - Updated: 3/11/2011 - Published: 6/13/2010 - Shepard, Tali'Zorah - Complete
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Cenotaph III: The Mausoleum reviews
The galaxy has been shattered. A malevolent foe has achieved what the Reapers could not do: eradicate all hope. But there are those that still resist, that push back in the face of futile odds. It will now be up to Shepard and Tali's daughter - Roahn - to figure out a way to restore that hope, unite their lost allies, and pursue their enemy to the universe's very edge.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 7 - Words: 79,635 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 11/20 - Published: 9/18 - Garrus V., Tali'Zorah, Shepard, OC
Cenotaph II: The Monolith reviews
The year is 2214. A weary galaxy festers. Military privatization has become the norm in a new economic depression. A malicious plan, decades in the making, has finally been set into motion. The only one who can stop it? Roahn'Shepard and a team of some of the most extraordinary individuals the galaxy has ever seen. Fear. Agony. Hatred. Roahn's lethal nightmare begins!
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Suspense - Chapters: 36 - Words: 508,332 - Reviews: 40 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 8/18 - Published: 6/29/2019 - Garrus V., Tali'Zorah, Shepard, OC - Complete
Cenotaph I: The Morrow reviews
Roahn'Shepard was always doomed to an abnormal life. As the daughter of John and Tali, she would always be overshadowed by her parents' heroics, but at home... her father is no hero. He is distant. Withdrawn. But when a new threat arises, she and her father are forced to confront their differences and Roahn will soon discover what it means to be the daughter of Commander Shepard.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Family - Chapters: 23 - Words: 344,635 - Reviews: 124 - Favs: 95 - Follows: 100 - Updated: 1/13/2019 - Published: 5/19/2018 - [Tali'Zorah, Shepard] Garrus V., Liara T'Soni - Complete
The Quantum Error: Patriarch reviews
Finale to the Quantum Error Trilogy! Sam McLeod has lost everything. His life has been ripped asunder, his family along with it. Old faces have emerged, eager to sink their claws into the vulnerable human. Vengeance for Sam's past sins will haunt him, every mistake laid bare. Soon Sam will realize that, in order to end his suffering, he must fight violence with violence.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Suspense/Romance - Chapters: 25 - Words: 312,706 - Reviews: 62 - Favs: 39 - Follows: 37 - Updated: 4/10/2018 - Published: 9/25/2017 - OC - Complete
The Quantum Error: Progeny reviews
Sequel to The Quantum Error. It has been two years since the end of the war, and Sam McLeod has found peace in his new universe with his quarian wife, Nya. But while vacationing on Rannoch, Sam and Nya will soon discover a shocking truth, one that has the potential to tear their family apart. The two will face terrible choices that define their past and their future. (OC-insert)
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Suspense/Adventure - Chapters: 20 - Words: 251,563 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 67 - Follows: 58 - Updated: 8/12/2017 - Published: 12/28/2016 - OC - Complete
The Quantum Error reviews
Sam McLeod just had a bad day, but it is about to get even worse. When he becomes trapped inside another universe after a fateful decision, Sam is not elated at the second chance; he is horrified. With his entire world turned upside down, Sam has to adapt to his new climate and use his semi-good judgment for one purpose: to avoid getting involved with anything at any cost.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 24 - Words: 237,255 - Reviews: 205 - Favs: 352 - Follows: 299 - Updated: 4/23/2016 - Published: 10/23/2015 - OC - Complete
Irreparable reviews
A year after the destruction of the Reapers, Tali still refuses to believe that John Shepard, the man she loved, was killed in action. The galaxy has moved on, but she has been unable to. Embarking on a quest for the truth, Tali vows to tear the entire galaxy apart to prove that Shepard is still out there, alive and well, even if her journey takes her to the brink of madness.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 19 - Words: 178,006 - Reviews: 39 - Favs: 52 - Follows: 41 - Updated: 10/8/2015 - Published: 4/7/2015 - Tali'Zorah, Garrus V., Shepard - Complete
Soldier: Legacy reviews
Novelization of the manga. It took only one to right the wrongs of the galaxy. The Hatchling. The Hunter. She goes by many names, but she is universally known as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy. This is the story of Samus Aran and how her name became legend. This is her beginning.
Metroid - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 19 - Words: 134,399 - Reviews: 57 - Favs: 49 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 5/23/2015 - Published: 3/13/2015 - Samus A. - Complete
The Reengaged reviews
Sequel to The Disengaged. Three years after the Reaper War, Shepard and Tali have gone their separate ways, looking to help their people rebuild what was lost. But, an enemy from their past has returned, and this foe has sworn vengeance against the two for what they did to them seven years ago. Here, twists will be unveiled, love will be rekindled, and wrath will be unleashed.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Suspense - Chapters: 13 - Words: 85,024 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 26 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 3/10/2015 - Published: 2/2/2015 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard - Complete
The Disengaged reviews
Shortly after the Battle for the Citadel, Shepard and Tali are on a routine mission when suddenly, everything goes terribly awry all at once. Trapped, and with no way back home, the two of them are forced to fight for their survival on a hostile planet, scared and alone. Pursued by a terrible enemy, they must find ways to endure and discover what it means for them to really live.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 13 - Words: 92,868 - Reviews: 52 - Favs: 43 - Follows: 24 - Updated: 1/26/2015 - Published: 12/22/2014 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard - Complete
An Interval of Calamity reviews
John Shepard has faced several adversaries in his life. He's fought pirates, geth, rogue Spectres, and even Reapers. But never in his life would he imagine that he would have to fight...her.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 15 - Words: 104,384 - Reviews: 65 - Favs: 90 - Follows: 47 - Updated: 12/3/2014 - Published: 10/17/2014 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard - Complete
A Postlude to Reconciliation reviews
It has been a year and a half since the end of the war with the Reapers. While Shepard merely wants to remain at home with Tali and live a normal life, forces working behind the scenes have drawn him into his previous life once again. Weary and tired of battle, Shepard calls his crew back together to complete one final mission...
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Suspense - Chapters: 12 - Words: 77,684 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 40 - Follows: 29 - Updated: 10/8/2014 - Published: 9/1/2014 - [Shepard, Tali'Zorah] - Complete
The Rage Inherent Trilogy reviews
From flesh to metal. After the Normandy is lost to the void, Shepard finds himself embroiled in a situation that is beyond his control. Trapped inside a nightmare, he must regain control of his life before ancient and new evils threaten to undo everything that he has done. If they are to achieve victory, Shepard must fight for answers, for life, for love... (Spans ME2 to ME3)
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Suspense - Chapters: 37 - Words: 245,014 - Reviews: 70 - Favs: 55 - Follows: 45 - Updated: 8/16/2014 - Published: 6/4/2014 - [Tali'Zorah, Shepard] - Complete
For Her: The Quandary
After the Danbury Massacre, the humans approach the scene and try to make sense of the baffling situation. Rated M for strong language and some residual violence.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Crime/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,001 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 6 - Published: 6/2/2014 - OC - Complete
Mass Effect: Peroration reviews
Taking place right before the run to the beam, Shepard faces his fears as he works to rid the galaxy of the Reaper menace once and for all. But, little does he know, that all of the events planned up to this moment do not go as intended as his path diverges from its set course in ways he could never expect! (Alternate ending to Mass Effect 3)
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Suspense - Chapters: 8 - Words: 31,775 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 22 - Updated: 5/18/2014 - Published: 5/5/2014 - [Tali'Zorah, Shepard] - Complete
For Her reviews
An AU in which the Quarians make First Contact with Earth in the near future, much to the surprise of its inhabitants, and one young man. Violence, sexual content, strong language.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 16 - Words: 47,848 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 104 - Follows: 70 - Updated: 5/4/2014 - Published: 3/21/2014 - [Tali'Zorah, OC] - Complete
For Her: Third Stage reviews
The third installment in the For Her saga continues the story of Alec and Tali. It's been over twenty years since the Assault on the Citadel and in that time, humanity has only grown more restless. With Second Contact on the horizon, will the outcome be any different this time? Strong violence, sexual content, strong language.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Suspense - Chapters: 16 - Words: 76,939 - Reviews: 29 - Favs: 43 - Follows: 31 - Updated: 5/1/2014 - Published: 4/19/2014 - [Tali'Zorah, OC] - Complete
For Her: Second Stage reviews
The sequel to For Her continues the saga of Alec and Tali'Zorah as both of them head off to an uncertain future. A destiny is altered, a familiar evil arises, and the fight for survival only begins... Violence, sexual content, strong language
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 16 - Words: 57,454 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 47 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 4/20/2014 - Published: 3/30/2014 - [Tali'Zorah, OC] - Complete