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Author has written 2 stories for Mass Effect.

Hiya, the name's TacoWrath. I wrote Mass Effect: Murphy's Law. Might write something else, not too sure, taking a break from writing to relax.

My favorite books include most of the Halo and Mass Effect novels, Andy Weir's books, and I read Harry Potter a long time ago, though have a deep dislike of its fan base these days. Video games are my forte, the obvious favorite being the Mass Effect series. Other favs include all the Halo games developed by Bungie (Halo 4 and Halo 5 are abominations), all games developed by ID Software (Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein), all Valve games (except CS:GO and DOTA2) the Fallout series, and a few other games such as TimeShift, Deus Ex, Mirror's Edge, and F.E.A.R. as well. Factorio is a time sink, and I both love and hate it.

While I've seen plenty of sci-fi movies, I've been working hard on catching up on my sci-fi shows, considering I didn't have very good access to them growing up and was more focused on cartoons at the time. Currently, I've watched the entirety of Battlestar Galactica (2003), Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis, The Expanse, and most of the pre-Abrams Star Trek shows. DS9 was the best, though it started off kind of boring.

With Murphy's Law, I aimed to create a slower, more character-driven story with a semi-hard focus on scientific development. That means nothing outlandish like Dyson spheres, nanotech, or anything overly unrealistic like that. I tried to keep things as grounded as possible. The main goal was to build things up in as realistically as possible without making it feel unbelievable, and I think I managed to pull it off.

I will keep a list of the most basic Murphy's Law tech here, though a more detailed, up-to-date version can be found at the end of the story, with spoilers if you haven't finished reading everything.

ALSO: I'd be absolutely thrilled out of my mind if anyone was interesting in doing art for Murphy's Law. I know it takes a lot of effort and time, but if you like my story enough that you want to do art of it, just shoot me a message and I'll give you any information you need. I'm willing to pay for commissions too if my financial situation is stable.




Nemo-Michaels Reactor (NM) – An innovation created by Dr. Dan Nemo and Dr. Sean Michaels, the Nemo-Michaels reactor is an exotic hybrid of a fusion reactor and an Eezo drive core. It produces insane amounts of energy while using half as much helium-3 as traditional reactors. The fusion reactor feeds into the eezo core, while static produced from the Eezo core is discharged into the fusion reactor. This feeder loop creates high-reactive plasma that can be used to power variable-impulse plasma engines. If one core is damaged, the other can work independently from the other at the cost of helium-3, static buildup, and a lack of energy needed to properly operate a Gravity Drive.

(Note: The Nemo-Michaels Reactor needs to be in constant equilibrium for maximum power output. A serious imbalance between the two cores can create either dangerous static buildup or an uncontrollable energy influx. Either event can kill the crew and destroy ship systems without proper shielding.)

Gravity Drive – A revolutionary drive core developed by Task Force Cerebellum that violently manipulates gravity to achieve FTL speeds. Counteracts background gravity, causing the ship to effectively “fall” towards its destination without the threat of inertial force or time dilation. Unlike the Tantalus Drive Core developed between the Alliance and Turian Hierarchy, the Gravity Drive can propel ships at speeds comparable to those of Mass Relays. Gravity Drives can also function for longer periods by emitting much stronger magnetic fields at more consistent rate. These advantages are offset by the need for incredible amounts of energy and long recharging times, which are easily met by the inclusion of a Nemo-Michaels Reactor.

(Note: Gravity Drives need to be constantly calibrated and monitored. A damaged or improperly mounted Gravity Drive can cause irreparable damage or total destruction to a ship if its magnetic fields fail while traveling at FTL speeds. If a Gravity Drive is damaged, resort to the use of Mass Relays instead.)

Ionized Plasma Projector (IPP) – The brainchild of Dr. Sean Michaels and Dr Mara Ford, the IPP (more commonly known as the Plasma Gun) is a specialized weapon that harnesses the unique synthetic plasma created inside a Nemo-Michaels Reactor as ammunition. It fires fist-sized super-heated particles suspended in a shaped magnetic field at extreme speeds. It ignores any kinetic or energy shielding and impacts with intense heat, easily burning through traditional combat armor and cooking the target. The only major downsides to the IPP are that it requires oxygen to properly function, making it impossible to use in space or on low-oxygen worlds, and ammunition can become scarce during prolonged conflict.

(Note: IPPs have been successfully tested in a space environment by suspending the particles in an oxygenated field, though this method of projection is extremely wasteful and cost-inefficient. It is unlikely space-based IPPs will progress past the experimental stage.)

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The Causality Effect by Unsated Explorateur reviews
A "meager excuse for a human" is given the chance by a higher power to start again in a realm only thought fiction, and potentially change the outcome of an eons old war spanning the galaxy. (PC - fishbone76)
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Spiritual - Chapters: 20 - Words: 259,196 - Reviews: 69 - Favs: 174 - Follows: 234 - Updated: 9/1 - Published: 12/6/2015 - Garrus V., Miranda L., J. Garson
BattleTech: The Mass Effect by IX404 reviews
During the beginning of the Reaper War, Shepard is informed of a Prothean artifact claimed by Cerberus and sent to stop them. Little does he know is that soon, he will find himself and his crew in a world both familiar and alien to their own. (Undergoing revisions & minor rewriting.)
Crossover - Mechwarrior/Battletech & Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 77 - Words: 398,994 - Reviews: 575 - Favs: 251 - Follows: 279 - Updated: 1/30 - Published: 12/21/2020 - Garrus V., Shepard, James V., Nyreen K. - Complete
For Earth and All Her Colonies by GADPELLAEON reviews
Post Human-Covenant War AU. After the Great War, all the UNSC wants to do is rebuild and live in the peace. A peace that so many died for. What happens when they learn that no matter what, war will always find them. Chapters Updated - Chapter 11 uploaded (07/08/2019) Any criticism and/or tips welcome.
Crossover - Halo & Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 13 - Words: 80,854 - Reviews: 516 - Favs: 1,667 - Follows: 2,300 - Updated: 10/14/2021 - Published: 12/27/2018 - Master Chief/John-117, Arbiter, J. Garson, Councilor Tevos
Masses to Masses: Redux by iNf3ctioNz reviews
The year is 2181; two years before the events of the Mass Effect trilogy, a chance encounter on our Earth leads a rash, young student to a job in C-Sec's contraband division. Ian Shaw will have to face the worst of the Citadel's criminal underbelly, all while trying to piece together a new life, a way home, and an unlikely partnership with a turian he knows far too much about.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Crime/Adventure - Chapters: 11 - Words: 40,619 - Reviews: 143 - Favs: 242 - Follows: 340 - Updated: 6/2/2021 - Published: 11/1/2016 - Garrus V., Executor Pallin
To Infinity by creamofwheat2311 reviews
After discovering an ancient artifact, the UNSC's most advanced warship and a Sangheili Assault Carrier are transported to a universe unlike anything they have ever seen, and forced into a war against a foe they never could have imagined.
Crossover - Halo & Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 53 - Words: 473,247 - Reviews: 4097 - Favs: 5,627 - Follows: 6,569 - Updated: 3/30/2021 - Published: 10/9/2013 - Master Chief/John-117, Arbiter, T. Lasky, Shepard
The Fighting Spirit by smart grid reviews
Spartans never die, they say. When Jorge gave his life to save his home planet of Reach, he never imagined that he would survive. But now he finds himself neck deep in the troubles of another universe; he will do what he has been trained to do, what all Spartans do best: fight.
Crossover - Halo & Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 40 - Words: 176,374 - Reviews: 816 - Favs: 1,575 - Follows: 1,484 - Updated: 3/4/2019 - Published: 12/1/2011 - Jorge-052/Noble Five, Shepard - Complete
Mass Intelligence: Close Call by BJ Hanssen reviews
A scientist and engineer is reborn by his AI creation to help save a galaxy thought fictional from an ancient enemy thought equally fictional. A player insert taking place during the events of Mass Effect 1, will become increasingly AU as the story progresses.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 31 - Words: 186,378 - Reviews: 349 - Favs: 975 - Follows: 1,250 - Updated: 7/22/2018 - Published: 6/16/2015 - J. Garson, Thane K., Legion, OC
First Contact: Colonial War by Apollonir reviews
A documentary that follows the most important battles, decisions and politics of what was dubbed the Great War by humanity, or the Colonial War by the Citadel, starting from Relay 314 to Armistice. The story of the bloodiest war in recorded human story, with a death toll in the billions. This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.
Crossover - Battlestar Galactica: 2003 & Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Drama/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 4 - Words: 9,258 - Reviews: 75 - Favs: 237 - Follows: 295 - Updated: 3/22/2018 - Published: 1/2/2018
Gunsmith Apprentice's Introduction to Mass Effect Weaponry by BJ Hanssen reviews
This guide is intended as a basic primer for aspiring gunsmiths. This is a codex-type fic written in-character (as Aaron Close of MI:CC), discussing the fictional technologies relating to Mass Effect weaponry, and can be considered a companion piece to Mass Intelligence: Close Call.
Mass Effect - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 12 - Words: 41,871 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 62 - Follows: 45 - Updated: 9/19/2017 - Published: 9/23/2016
Terran Federation: Contact by L4 of the WEST reviews
For more than 20 years, the Terran Federation's path into the darkness beyond Earth has been marked by war, betrayal, and bugs. Every alien they met in the blackness of space has been hostile, pushing the region on a path to another great interstellar war. But sometimes, you get lucky, will the 6th time over Shanxi be it?
Crossover - Starship Troopers & Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 28 - Words: 164,615 - Reviews: 392 - Favs: 1,057 - Follows: 1,040 - Updated: 4/16/2017 - Published: 8/7/2014 - Complete
In Infinitum: First Contact by Victor Weiss reviews
In the year of 2581 the UNSC stumbles across a discovery hidden beneath their noses and now a new gateway to life outside of the Forerunner space is opened and with it comes all new challenges and rewards. Its time for First Contact. OC centric, some world building as needed and war. Lots and lots of war. Rated T for blood, language, violence and gore.
Crossover - Halo & Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Suspense - Chapters: 27 - Words: 149,945 - Reviews: 981 - Favs: 1,315 - Follows: 1,610 - Updated: 1/23/2015 - Published: 9/19/2013
The Space Race by Palladius reviews
The USA and the USSR turned their long-standing animosity to the stars with the launch of Sputnik I in 1957. Two hundred years on, the superpowers and their alien allies find themselves embroiled in the machinations of entities beyond their comprehension. AU first contact.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 42 - Words: 125,469 - Reviews: 609 - Favs: 737 - Follows: 803 - Updated: 12/16/2013 - Published: 6/20/2013 - J. Garson, Garrus V.
Veil of Darkness by FallenAngel2013 reviews
Karla Shepard lost everything on Mindoir. She planned to head to Earth to make something of her ruined life, but when the ship crashes on an unknown planet she finds three unlikely mentors – Carolyn Fry, William Johns, and one of the galaxies most dangerous murderers, Richard B. Riddick. One will lead her through a path of deceit, while the others will lead her out of hell.
Crossover - Pitch Black / Riddick & Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Horror/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 11 - Words: 52,297 - Reviews: 87 - Favs: 154 - Follows: 177 - Updated: 8/12/2013 - Published: 1/22/2013 - Riddick, J. Garson
It Started With A Tuning Fork by Milo J7 reviews
During a less then routine scouting mission Captain 'Bulldog' Novacek makes an unplotted jump and discovers an object that will change Humanity's view of the galaxy. But when both sides go on the war footing and the Twelve Colonies find themselves hopelessly outmatched will the galaxy be ready for a desperate humanity who will do anything to win?
Crossover - Battlestar Galactica: 2003 & Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 9 - Words: 32,235 - Reviews: 124 - Favs: 175 - Follows: 244 - Updated: 7/1/2012 - Published: 8/31/2011 - W. Adama
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Chuck & Naash: Far From Any Road reviews
Chuck "Barry" Duggan, a trucker and perpetual loner, reluctantly decides to transport a seemingly meek and book-smart Krogan called Naash to a port on the other side of Confederation space. Unbeknownst to either of them, the load Chuck is hauling becomes quite the hazard during what should have been an otherwise standard express run. (BASED ON MASS EFFECT: MURPHY'S LAW)
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 5 - Words: 28,824 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 6/16 - Published: 5/30 - OC - Complete
Mass Effect: Murphy's Law reviews
"Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong", the old saying goes. Survivors of a freak accident that took place in 2023, two brilliant scientists are recruited into Alliance Task Force "Cerebellum" to work on cutting-edge technology alongside other talented minds. Little did they know, their work would slowly end up reshaping the galaxy as an ancient enemy emerged from dark space.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Friendship - Chapters: 121 - Words: 655,602 - Reviews: 465 - Favs: 810 - Follows: 928 - Updated: 11/15/2022 - Published: 4/25/2015 - OC - Complete