Xabiar
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Joined 01-11-15, id: 6412540, Profile Updated: 06-13-18
Author has written 6 stories for Star Wars, and X-Com.

Well, I suppose I should put something here. I generally don't like talking about myself as there is very little to say. I like reading, video games, sports and writing. I've had ideas in my head for different stories for a while now and have finally decided to just sit down and start writing.

Having now written several novel-length stories that have been positively received, I do think that I can say I now have some experience writing. That being said, I am no means an expert or professional and thus I welcome all criticism since I do want to continue to become a better writer. So if you have issues with what I write, please let me know in a constructive manner if you could.

That being said, if you dislike my work and actually want me to improve as a writer please do not leave incredibly short, or vague reviews such as "This sucks." or "You are a terrible writer." these do not help me at all aside from letting me know that you didn't like it. My story sucks? you say, Well why does it suck then? If you can't tell me why you dislike something do not expect me to fix it.

On the flip side, if there is something specific that you enjoy about my writing, please let me know as well so I can keep doing it.

Also, I'm currently a student attending a university as well as holding a job so if there are major delays in between chapters it doesn't mean I've abandoned writing, it's probably due to an increased workload for school or my job.

I think that covers everything important. Enjoy.

Note 1: I am also the beta reader for another XCOM story, Enigma by Trackhawk. Check it out and send him some feedback!

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Note 2: I am the beta reader for a Mass Effect story: The False War by DerelictTyrant. Check it out and offer some feedback!

DerelictTyrant Profile

Note 3: I am on the editing team for a Star Wars story, Shadow of the Phoenix by SLotH4. Check it out and offer feedback!

SLotH4 Profile

Note 4: I am the beta reader for another XCOM story: Templar by Wolfgem90. Check it out and offer feedback!

Wolfgem90 Profile

Note 5: My XCOM Trilogy has a TvTropes page now (Here: and comprehensively covers both Hades Contingency and Atlas Protocol. Advent Directive and XCOM Files will probably be added later. Highly recommend reading it. Very well done and entertaining.

Note 6: If you don't want to use the limiting PM system you can contact me via email: XabiarAuthor@gmail.com


Editing Team

No good author is alone responsible for their work, or if they are, it likely wouldn't be as good if they had others helping them. I'm no exception here, and what started out as a fun little project for me has grown exponentially, largely thanks to my amazing team (Who has similarly grown as the story progressed) who've offered consistant feedback and directly shaped the direction the story has taken. It's past time they get recognized in some way, even if belatedly. Profiles will be linked as always, and they're always open to communication as I am. The following is in the order of joining.

Johnclaw Dragonhelm ("Ash"): One of my earliest reviewers and the first addition to my team in time for Atlas Protocol. Great to talk to, definitely smarter than me, and offers some of the best constructive critique and suggestions for the story itself. He's the main reason I can make the story fairly grounded, or at least, not offensively idiotic scientifically. He's the main architect behind how elerium and Gateways worked, and was instrumental is hashing out the details of how psionics would work. He has also written some stories, primarily on Resident Evil. If that's of interest, check him out as well.

BloodsplatBOOM ("Blood"): Was sort of working with him during Atlas Protocol when he volunteered to undertake the task of editing older Hades Contingency chapters, and he fully came on board when Advent Directive started, and worked on primarily the XCOM Files before I finally consolidated everyone into one team. Of everyone, he is the one who could actually be called an "Editor" since he's the one who finds all the technical and grammar mistakes we all overlook and fixes them. The story would not be as gramatically readable if he wasn't on the team. And he's also responsible for some of the more humorous names in the story, such as the WHEEE and another one that will be revealed eventually.

Thuzan117 ("Thuzan"): Another one of my reviewers who got my attention with their detail and who had ended up giving me ideas even before joining. Thuzan joined a short ways into Advent Directive, and has served primarily as the historial, political, and military specialist. If you noticed my battles getting more detail, or certain scenes seemed more realistic, he was likely the reason for it. He's also largely responsible for a good portion of ideas that ADVENT and XCOM will eventually develop ranging from the small suggestions to multi-month strategies. Very much the Human optimist, and always the one to remind me that Humans are a lot more capable than are often given credit for. His own suggestions have definitely pushed the story in more interesting directions since his arrival. He sometimes uses paragraphs now as well!

Edumesh ("Ed"): The first person I recruited from outside FF, who primarily was on the Spacebattles Forums and an active participant in both the Atlas Protocal and Advent Directive threads. He gave great enough commentary and questions that I figured he would be an excellent contributer to the team. And boy has that ever been reaffirmed as he's been instrumental in developing a very major feature of the story coming up. Aside from that, he's been the main foil to Thuzan and always trying to make the aliens smarter, stronger, and better than us pitiful humans. Most alien improvments and additions that you see will have originally come from him.

I'm sure that the team will grow in the future, and I look forward to adding more to this list in the future!


Policies:

Follow Policy: I will follow stories that I have an interest in (obviously). Normally I will review or PM the author to give some feedback and then follow. Note that this will not be the case with all stories though. If a story is complete I will no longer follow it and will favorite it instead. If a story has gone one month or more without being updated from the time I started following it, I will assume that the story is abandoned and will follow suit. If I see that an abandoned story has been updated at least twice after I stopped following it, I will follow it once more.

Favoriting Policy: I will only favorite stories that are complete and that I have read all the way through. I will not favorite stories that are in progress, regardless of their excellence. Note that me finishing a story does not guarantee a favorite for stories under 40,000 words. Completed stories 40,000 words and above will always receive a favorite for the sheer work and dedication involved. That is not to say that short stories are any less impressive, but that length shows an exceptional amount of dedication to the story and deserves to be commended. I will favorite authors who have completed at least one story that I followed and/or favorited or reviewed.

Request Policy: I don't do requests. I always have stories ongoing and due to their usually long nature, I don't stop until they are finished and typically have plans for the future decided well in advance. I have no interest in doing one-shots or pure short stories either so that ultimately boils down to me not taking outside suggestions, regardless of their content. If you wish me to write something specific you want, the most you can do is leave a suggestion. If I like it, it may show up or it may not. Readers do not dictate my schedule or my writing and since this has happened a few times, I feel adding this is needed. It's flattering, but if you want to persist anyway, prepare for disappointment.

Review Policy: After some deliberation, I have decided to revise my review policy for the simple reason that the majority of stories are, and likely will, remain unfinished. Which ultimately leaves me with almost no choice for reviewing stories since the pool containing stuff I like that is finished is ridiculously small. A large reason for this I feel is lack of feedback, and I would prefer not to contribute to that as I know how valuable constructive criticism is for writers, along with the reminder that someone out there cares enough to comment on it. I won't really be doing one review per chapter, but it'll probably be something like a review per four or five chapters since I think that allows plenty of time for stuff to happen. It'll vary on the story of course, but that seems much more reasonable to me than what I had before.

  • Guest Reviews: I've received enough of these to warrant some kind of acknowledgement in my profile, should any guest reviewer read this. Know that I do read and appreciate all guest reviews. Unfortunately, I am unable to respond to them outside of authors notes inside the story. I've also seen several suggestions on how to remedy this, and I don't think any of them are very good. One way is through authors notes, which I won't do since that is not the purpose of the author's notes (At least for me), not to mention I often go into detail in my responses, which makes them a longer read. People don't read chapters for review responses, they want to read the chapter. The other solution I've seen is responding to reviews directly through the reviews pages, which is a bad idea for several reasons, not the least of which being that it's against the guidelines. Aside from that, I view it as unethical as it would effectively artificially be increasing the review count, making the story appear more popular than it really is. If anything should be taken away from this, the only way to get a direct response from me is to create an account and message me. It's not that hard, really. Alternatively, you can always use my email, which is posted above.
  • Content/Rating Policy: I will not warn for specific content in my stories that may be considered disturbing or offensive as spoiling my stories is not something that I want to do. At most I may put a standard disclaimer at the beginning warning that there might be disturbing material in it. Another reason for this is that it is impossible to accurately tell what is going to be offensive to people and to what degree. I expect people to read the rating and decide for themselves if they want to read or not. My stories are not meant to be entirely happy or lighthearted, I will not shy away from using mature themes or material simply because some people have arbitrarily declared it offensive or disturbing (Which some of it is). That being said, I will not go into excruciating detail if something does come up. I will also not write descriptive sexual content, or really any at all. Most, if not all of my stories will start with a M rating, but some may start out as a T rating and may or may not be bumped up. This is simply due to the content I typically write which is largely for mature audiences. I expect the reader to do their best to notice this so as not to be surprised.


    Stories:


    Eradication Day - Complete

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    Kindle - - Note: As I do not have a kindle I am not able to properly test the document to be sure it works properly. If the file does not work and/or someone has a fix, please let me know.


    The Rogue Agent - Complete

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    XCOM: The Hades Contingency - Complete

    Supported Spanish Translation (In-progress)

    Author of Translation - Sancer


    XCOM: The Atlas Protocol - Complete


    XCOM: The Advent Directive - 25% Complete

  • Prologue: The Last Command - 100% Complete (Published)
  • ACT I

  • Chapter 1 - Unification Day - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 2 - Brought to Light - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 3 - Envisioning the Future - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 4 - To Serve and Protect - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 5 - Battleground: Japan - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 6 - A Crystal Ball - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 7 - Research and Engineering VII - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 8 - March of the Battlemaster - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 9 - Tenuous Diplomacy - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 10 - Vitakar - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 11 - Trials and Templars - 100% Complete (Published
  • Chapter 12 - The March Unrelenting - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 13 - Demands of Necessity - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 14 - The Final Crusade - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 15 - Little Storm - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 16 - Annexation: Canada - 100% Complete (Published)
  • ACT II

  • Chapter 17 - Preparing the Future - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 18 - Against the Titans - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 19 - The Coming Storm - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 20 - Subversion - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 21 - Research and Engineering VIII - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 22 - Counterattack: United States of America - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 23 - Asaru - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 24 - Crackdown 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 25 - The Guardians - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 26 - Operation: Sherman - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 27 - Siege: North America - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 28 - Downfall - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 29 - Escalation - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 30 - A Modest Request - 100% Complete (Published)
  • ACT III

  • Chapter 31 - The Imperator - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 32 - Autopsy - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 33 - Research and Engineering IX - 100% Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 34 - For God and Country - 90% Complete (Beta Review)
  • Chapter 35 - TBA Chapter - 0% Complete (Conception)
  • The XCOM Files - 21% Complete

  • Prologue Files - 4 of 4 Complete (Published)
  • ACT I

  • Chapter 1 Files - 4 of 4 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 2 Files - 4 of 4 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 3 Files - 1 of 1 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 4 Files - 2 of 2 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 5 Files - 5 of 5 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 6 Files - 3 of 3 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 7 Files - None
  • Chapter 8 Files - 4 of 4 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 9 Files - 2 of 2 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 10 Files - 4 of 4 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 11 Files - None
  • Chapter 12 Files - 4 of 4 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 13 Files - 2 of 2 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 14 Files - 3 of 3 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 15 Files - 3 of 3 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 16 Files - 3 of 3 Complete (Published)
  • ACT II

  • Chapter 17 Files - 3 of 3 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 18 Files - 2 of 2 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 19 Files - 1 of 1 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 20 Files - 5 of 5 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 21 Files - None
  • Chapter 22 Files - 4 of 4 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 23 Files - 3 of 3 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 24 Files - 6 of 6 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 25 Files - 3 of 3 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 26 Files - 3 of 3 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 27 Files - 3 of 3 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 28 Files - 3 of 3 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 29 Files - 2 of 2 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 30 Files - 4 of 4 Complete (Published)
  • ACT III

  • Chapter 31 Files - 3 of 3 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 32 Files - 2 of 2 Complete (Published)
  • Chapter 33 Files - 1 of 1 Complete (Beta Review)
  • Chapter 34 Files - 3 of 4 Complete (Writing)
  • OTHER

  • Indeterminate Files - 4 of X Complete (Beta Review)
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    Latchkey Hero by Tafferling reviews
    Season 01 and 02 finished. Season 03 ongoing. The fall of Harran robbed man of its humanity, and Zofia Sirota of her innocence. Finding redemption, with the city rotting away around her, seems to be a pipe dream at best, until a man falls from the skies and turns futility to hope. Either that, or he's about to make things a whole lot worse.
    Dying Light - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 57 - Words: 279,424 - Reviews: 240 - Favs: 62 - Follows: 64 - Updated: 6/11 - Published: 3/20/2016 - [Crane, OC] Rahim
    OSaBC : And Then There Were None by LogicalPremise reviews
    A continuation of the Alternative Universe story in "Of Sheep and Battle Chicken," as Major-Commander Shepard deals with her promotion, a series of threats that could take down the government of the SA, and the ramifications of humanity joining the Council. Includes Pinnacle Station and Bring Down the Sky. M for language and violence. FShep/Liara. Coauthor Progman. Now complete.
    Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Suspense - Chapters: 40 - Words: 429,880 - Reviews: 702 - Favs: 389 - Follows: 290 - Updated: 4/11/2015 - Published: 9/23/2014 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] Garrus V., Tali'Zorah - Complete
    Of Sheep and Battle Chicken by LogicalPremise reviews
    My AU retelling of ME1 in a darker, sinister universe. Much darker and more realistic views of the SA and the Citadel Council, a more dangerous, involved Cerberus, and a more conflicted Saren and Benezia. Changes much of the ME1 dynamic to remove plot holes with more focus on politics, military strategy, and space combat. Pairing is FShep/Liara. Rewritten through Chapter 12 so far.
    Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Angst - Chapters: 123 - Words: 740,920 - Reviews: 1477 - Favs: 1,101 - Follows: 833 - Updated: 9/22/2014 - Published: 4/13/2012 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] Garrus V., Illusive Man - Complete
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    XCOM: The Advent Directive reviews
    Australia has been annexed, the United Nations is in chaos, the world is under siege and the Ethereals have taken the field. Facing the full might of the Ethereal Collective, the Commander must rally XCOM, the newly formed ADVENT, and several other allies and rivals to unite the divided nations by any means necessary, for failure now will mean the fall of humanity once and for all.
    X-Com - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 35 - Words: 676,257 - Reviews: 337 - Favs: 172 - Follows: 189 - Updated: 6/13 - Published: 5/5/2017 - Dr. Vahlen, Dr. Tygan, R. Shen, OC
    The XCOM Files reviews
    A collection of documents, dossiers, and analysis on the various units, factions, organizations, cultures, history, events and leaders spanning the Ethereal Collective, ADVENT and XCOM. A supplementary companion collection to XCOM: The Advent Directive.
    X-Com - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 98 - Words: 335,057 - Reviews: 214 - Favs: 70 - Follows: 75 - Updated: 6/4 - Published: 5/5/2017
    XCOM: The Atlas Protocol reviews
    After the destruction of the dreadnought, tensions between XCOM and the Council are higher than ever. Despite growing opposition and oversight, the Commander doesn't hesitate to push humanity further into uncharted territory, as well as dealing with an ancient global conspiracy, and a growing number of countries looking to take advantage of an invasion that is only just beginning.
    X-Com - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 48 - Words: 578,798 - Reviews: 409 - Favs: 241 - Follows: 197 - Updated: 4/7/2017 - Published: 6/6/2016 - Bradford, Dr. Vahlen, R. Shen, OC - Complete
    XCOM: The Hades Contingency reviews
    When aliens begin an invasion of Earth, the XCOM project is activated in a desperate attempt to slow the incursion and save humanity. With few options, the Council turns to the only one who will do whatever it takes to defend humanity. Now, the war criminal known as the Commander must rally the defenders of Earth while contending with his enemies within the United Nations.
    X-Com - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 35 - Words: 288,996 - Reviews: 287 - Favs: 300 - Follows: 194 - Updated: 5/23/2016 - Published: 12/15/2015 - Bradford, Dr. Vahlen, R. Shen, OC - Complete
    The Rogue Agent reviews
    In the aftermath of the Darth Jadus' attack, Cipher Nine is sent to determine the fate of a seemingly traitorous governor. However, it quickly becomes apparent that other forces are at work and when a long-dead Cipher agent is seemingly involved, Cipher Nine must discover how far his loyalty to the Empire extends.
    Star Wars - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 16 - Words: 61,453 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 9/20/2015 - Published: 6/30/2015 - Imperial A., OC - Complete
    Eradication Day reviews
    In order to prevent the escape of the presumed-dead Sith Lord Darth Jadus, Cipher Nine allows him to launch his attack against his enemies. Now the Empire must deal with the consequences of his actions.
    Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 4 - Words: 6,907 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 2 - Published: 2/1/2015 - Jaesa Willsaam, Imperial A., Sith W., OC - Complete