History FanFic / SpiritOfRedemption

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* CannonKeepASecret: Serana, among Eli, Lin and her brothers, cannot lie worth a damn.

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* CannonKeepASecret: CannotKeepASecret: Serana, among Eli, Lin and her brothers, cannot lie worth a damn.



* CompetenceZone: Zigzagged. At the start of the story, for someone to be called for a tryout for the Spectres, a 15 year period of service was necessary. Then when was time for the tryouts six years later, every major character and a few support characters had that stipulation waved for one reason or another. Then after THAT, the next batch of Spectres didn't even had to pass through the tryouts, then on the epilogue, everything reverted back again.]]

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* CompetenceZone: Zigzagged. At the start of the story, for someone to be called for a tryout for the Spectres, a 15 year period of service was necessary. Then when was time for the tryouts six years later, every major character and a few support characters had that stipulation waved for one reason or another. Then after THAT, the next batch of Spectres didn't even had to pass through the tryouts, then on the epilogue, everything reverted back again.]]



* ConverseWithTheUnconcious: Eli with Dara, at least three times. Everyone in the vicinity with Glory, late on the story.

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* ConverseWithTheUnconcious: ConverseWithTheUnconscious: Eli with Dara, at least three times. Everyone in the vicinity with Glory, late on the story.



* DiscontinuityNod: The author goes to great lengths to practically destroy the entire plot of ME3, with several well thought out arguments.

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* DiscontinuityNod: The author goes to great lengths to practically destroy the entire plot of ME3, [=ME3=], with several well thought out arguments.



* EletricTorture: [[spoiler:Zhasa suffer from this on Lorek after she, Fors and Dara are captured by the batarians.]]

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* EletricTorture: ElectricTorture: [[spoiler:Zhasa suffer from this on Lorek after she, Fors and Dara are captured by the batarians.]]



-->'''Kaius''': "Don't ask, please. Don't ask. I figured if I call anyone older than me on base "Uncle" or "Aunt" I got a fifty-fifty chance of being right. And if I call anyone my age or younger "cousin" I've got a good chance of being right too.
-->'''Severus''': "Except if they're quarian, right?"
-->'''Kaius: "Huh, no. [[spoiler:Aunt Dara's is bloodsister of the quarian Spectre Zhasa'Maedan."]]

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-->'''Kaius''': --->'''Kaius''': "Don't ask, please. Don't ask. I figured if I call anyone older than me on base "Uncle" or "Aunt" I got a fifty-fifty chance of being right. And if I call anyone my age or younger "cousin" I've got a good chance of being right too.
-->'''Severus''': --->'''Severus''': "Except if they're quarian, right?"
-->'''Kaius: --->'''Kaius''': "Huh, no. [[spoiler:Aunt Dara's is bloodsister of the quarian Spectre Zhasa'Maedan."]]



* FirstLoveInterestWins: [[spoiler:Dara and Eli.]] After more than 5 years of both of them making bad decisions.

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* FirstLoveInterestWins: [[FirstGirlWins First Love Interest Wins]]: [[spoiler:Dara and Eli.]] After more than 5 years of both of them making bad decisions.



* StarScrapper: The buildings on the more populous centers around the galaxy tend to be several hundreds stories tall.

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* StarScrapper: StarScraper: The buildings on the more populous centers around the galaxy tend to be several hundreds stories tall.



* WeHaveWaysToMakeYouTalk: Quoted almost verbatim by a batarian prision guard on Lorek.

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* WeHaveWaysToMakeYouTalk: WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk: Quoted almost verbatim by a batarian prision guard on Lorek.
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* Adorkable: Lin is a history buff. Serana as well. [[spoiler: Their honeymoon is a tour of historic sites throghout the galaxy.]]

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* Adorkable: {{Adorkable}}: Lin is a history buff. Serana as well. [[spoiler: Their honeymoon is a tour of historic sites throghout the galaxy.]]



* TheAlcatraz: Khakkathoria Prison on Kar'sharn.



* AscendedFanboy: Eli was a fan of Shepard right up to having a poster on his bedroom wall for the [[ShowWithinAShow ''Battle of the Citadel'']].
* AsYouKnow: Happens several times. The reporter accompannying Rinus during the defense of Nimines use it to describe how an asteroid would create friction on entering a planet's orbit.



* [[spoiler: BarehandedBladeBlock: Dara]]

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* BadFuture: Several instances occur during the simulations. Then the Spectres start using the simulations to test the character of the new candidates.
* [[spoiler: BarehandedBladeBlock: Dara]]Dara when a Vibrosword was about to relieve Eli's body from the weight of his head.]]



* BetaCouple: There are several during the course of the story. Sometimes a couple is a beta to another while being an alpha to a third.



* [[BigFriendlyDog Big Friendly Varren]]: Urz.



* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: When Rel says that [[spoiler:he'll not duel Eli during his divorce hearings]] because he doesn't even have a knife anymore, Seheve throws one of hers at his feet, where it gets embebed. In a marble floor.



* BoyMeetsGirl: Eli and Dara during the first trip from Bastion to Mindoir on the Normandy. Dempsey and Zhasa on the barracks on the base. Fors and Chissa when he's recounting how they meet during his marriage ceremony.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Anyone who is victim to the Dominate ability is this for a few minutes.



* CannonKeepASecret: Serana, among Eli, Lin and her brothers, cannot lie worth a damn.
** [[spoiler:Eli and Dara]] quite litterally live in each others heads, and have trouble keeping things secret from one another. [[spoiler:Dempsey and Zhasa, and Siara and Makur too]]



* CharacterTics: Eli clenches his jaw strong enough to hurt his teeth whenever he gets angry.



* CoolBigSis: Serana views Dara that way, even more after the latter marries Rel.



** Zhasa also does not like that other women flirt with Dempsey.



* ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler:Dara, Fors and Zasha suffer this on a prison on Lorek.]]



* CompetenceZone: Zigzagged. At the start of the story, for someone to be called for a tryout for the Spectres, a 15 year period of service was necessary. Then when was time for the tryouts six years later, every major character and a few support characters had that stipulation waved for one reason or another. Then after THAT, the next batch of Spectres didn't even had to pass through the tryouts, then on the epilogue, everything reverted back again.]]



* ConverseWithTheUnconcious: Eli with Dara, at least three times. Everyone in the vicinity with Glory, late on the story.



* DrillSergeantNasty: The ''Centurions'' during the turian bootcamp sequences.



* DudeWheresMyRespect: [[spoiler:One of the reasons Eli decides to divorce Serana.]] During the Spectre tryouts, Eli and Lin are shown futures which have them [[spoiler:butt heads with every single law enforcement agency they have to interact before getting down to bussiness because they are both sleeping with her and their lives are on tabloids across the galaxy.]]
* DynamicEntry: Invoked. During a hostage situation on Bastion, Lin and another [=SWAT=] operative enter through the window to deal with the situation.



* EletricTorture: [[spoiler:Zhasa suffer from this on Lorek after she, Fors and Dara are captured by the batarians.]]
* EmotionlessGirl: Subverted. Seheve, externally, appears as emotionless as one could get without being a robot, her mind on the other hand is always raging. Sky calls her Sings-Despair for a reason.



* EscapeSequence: At the end of the Terra Nova campaign, the Spectres and affiliates have to run away from a reactor core that is in process of meltdown.
* EscapePod: Every ship has them. [[spoiler:Seheve and Rel [[TheirFirstTime first time]] is aboard one.]]



* EveryoneIsRelated: By the end of the story, the number of characters NOT related to each other in some form or another is on the single digits.
-->'''Kaius''': "Don't ask, please. Don't ask. I figured if I call anyone older than me on base "Uncle" or "Aunt" I got a fifty-fifty chance of being right. And if I call anyone my age or younger "cousin" I've got a good chance of being right too.
-->'''Severus''': "Except if they're quarian, right?"
-->'''Kaius: "Huh, no. [[spoiler:Aunt Dara's is bloodsister of the quarian Spectre Zhasa'Maedan."]]
* EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses: Kallixta.



* EvilSorceress: Subverted. Aside from not really being sorceresses, asari matriarchs on this story all pull on their imagery, except for Aethyta, though she doesn't really appear.



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Vibroswords and the vibroknife. Both have blades that vibrate.



* FacialMarkings: Turians use clan paint on their faces in different patterns for each colony and/or clan.



* FemmeFatalons: All turian females [[spoiler:and Dara after the Singing Planet who has to cut her nails with acid.]]
* FetchQuest: The mission on the Singing Planet starts as one of these basically. Finding a derelict rachni ship after 2000 years. ** The mission on the Hekate System during the war is basically this too, this time they need to find the [[spoiler:Lystheni base, that turns out to be a Collector Ship.]]
* FightClubbing: That's what krogan consider a party.



* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Sky gives a imagery of a reactor burning and water cooling the reactor when he can't explain very well what's happening with [[spoiler:Rel and Dara's relantionship]] to the rest of the Spectres.
* FirstLoveInterestWins: [[spoiler:Dara and Eli.]] After more than 5 years of both of them making bad decisions.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Gallian to Laetia, as the latter spends time with him on the hospital after his legs are amputated on Garvug.
* ForceField: Zhasa's bubble.



* FormFittingWardrobe: Zasha, Serana and Dara during the bachelor party all used luge suits that leave little to the imagination.



* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: During the Terra Nova campaign a Tresher Maw attacks the Spectre convoy out of nowhere.



* GraveMarkingScene: Two of them. One after the AEC attack on the base and the second when [[spoiler:Mordin dies.]] There's also the symbolism of the Spectres being [[spoiler:put into stasis pods so they can be awakened to fight the Reapers on the next cycle.]]
* GreatEscape: [[spoiler:Dara, Zhasa and Fors trying to escape the 're-education center' on Lorek.]]



* HatesBeingTouched: Not hate per see, but after the events on the Singing Planet, Dara does not want to touch or be touched by anyone where skin contact is made.



* HeroesPreferSwords: Lin and Eli both use Vibroswords they took from batarians they killed on Omega. Valak and K'sar being high and low batarian nobility, respectively, both have them as well.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Several cases, some even get married, err, swear ''blood brotherhood/sisterhood'' to each other.



* HotterAndSexier: Harak makes a point to Pelagia that her selfimage should appear more... ''decorative''. Siara also.



* HumanShield: During the hostage situation on Bastion the captor uses a flight controller as a shield.
** Played for laughs when both Eli and Lin use Dara and Serana respectivelly to "defend" themselves from Pelia during the bachelor party.



* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler:The Yahg eat anything that has meat and isn't dextro based, even the body of other yahg. Used as a psychological tactic during the war.]]



* ICantDance: Turians by and large don't dance. Culturally their only dance are spirit dances used on ceremonies to call the spirits, which make them very awkward when dancing for their non-turian partners.



* ImprobableAge: The Young Guns.



* InnerMonologue: Played with.
-->'''Eli''': "Not that there's much going on in my head..."
-->'''Dara'''(while they're telephatically linked): ''That doesn't fly when I got first hand knowledge that quite a lot goes on in here. Stop that.''
-->'''Eli''': "Can that be our secret?"



* InSeriesNickname: Aside from the shorthands for the names of several characters, like Eli, Lin, Rel and Sam, there a few actual nicknames used.
** ''Asperitalla'' from Eli to Serana.
** ''little one'' from Lin to Serana and Dara.
** ''Duck'' from Eli to Caelia



* ItsAllMyFault: Dara [[spoiler:when she felt that Rel went [=MIA=] because she wished for it.]] Then subverted when she got back from the Omega campaign and Sam decided to get everything necessary out of the way before telling her [[spoiler:that Rel got hurt during the Shanxi campaign.]]



* LaResistance: Valak has one of the most sucessufull ones on Kar'sharn, even before he met any Spectres or affiliates.



* LoveConfession: Interestly, only one love confession is really shown during the whole story. When Serana has to almost literally beat [[spoiler:Eli]] over the head with her feelings.



* NoLovesIntersect: The only times this was subverted, was when both [[spoiler:Eli and Lin]] were in love with the same girl, but even then [[spoiler:Eli]] was willing to step aside for the happiness of the other two.



* NoSocialSkills: Seheve, after a lifetime of servitude, doesn't know how to interact with others while not on a mission.



* NotMeThisTime: Orlan, verbatim, during the assault on the 're-education complex' on Lorek, he wasn't the one causing all the destruction.



** Eli and Dara also like to downplay their own intelligence for the others.
** Fors' entire ''modus operandi''.



* OffWithHisHead: During the Terra Nova campaign, [[spoiler:the batarians invade the prison that the Spectres are using as a base. During the confrontation Eli lobs off the head of a [=SIU=] agent. Bonus points for using said head as a interrogation prop against another batarian.]]



* OlderAndWiser: Dara mentions after [[spoiler:Lantus and Teagan are born]] that Eli is wiser, to which he responds that it's only because he made several mistakes in his life.



* OpenSecret: By the end of the fic, the Spectre Base's location. Shepard even lampshades it.



* PerfectPacifistPeople: Subverted. The small settlements on Astaria. They live by asari's SafetyInIndifference style and try to keep to themselves... in the middle of the Terminus Systems, wich is pretty much the Wild West, as Sam describes it.



* PoliceState: The Hegemony is portraied this way.



* PowerAtAPrice: Several cases. Dempsey [[spoiler:and later Rel]] have a Krogan gene mod that gives krogan regeneration but also the krogan bloodrage. Dempsey also has a chip on his brain, aside from the L5 implants, that lets him access any tech with his mind. Dara [[spoiler:after she becomes a rachni/human hybrid]] needs to have ''song''[[spoiler:, i.e. the songs of the rachni hive or the mind-song of another person,]] all the time otherwise she'll go insane if deprived of it for too much time. Seheve is an assassin trained from an young age, being indoctrinated to follow the precepts of the Enkindlers, so much of her character arc is having her grow out of that.



* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Like on canon, there's several mercenary groups still around, but some are added like the ''Klem Na'' and the ''Klixxen Claws''.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Shepard and Garrus for the Spectres. There's also Odacen and Anderson, the councilors for turians and humans, respectivelly.



* RebelLeader: Valak, before he crossed paths with the Spectres.
* RebelliousPrincess: Kallixta seems to be set up as this after her introduction, but she's actually quite conservative.



* RedOniBlueOni: Eli and Lin.

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* RedemptionEarnsLife: Lantar after the attack on the base by the [=AEC=]. Part of Seheve's character arc. Arakkura after the war, for the yahg as a whole.
* RedOniBlueOni: Eli and Lin. Interestingly they switch up on occasion as who is the red or blue.



* RelationshipUpgrade: Several, all through the story, and even one ''downgrade''.



* ResignedToTheCall: Eli, after being volunteered as a press liason for the younger Spectres. Dara, during the final evaluation after the Spectre Tryouts, when Shepard asks if she accepts the offer to join the Spectres. She decides to join mostly because if she didn't she would be fighting in the same war anyway, just with people she didn't know or love.



* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The rachni workers, in a [[IncrediblyLamePun buggy]] sort a way.



* RightUnderTheirNoses: Valak's little rebelion cell.



* SafetyInIndifference: One of the major problems the asari government is shown to have is that they simply ignore problems that exist, thinking they'll go away. Also one of the arguments Dempsey uses to convince [[spoiler:the unwilling corporate leaders on Trident]] to help them stabilize the sector and kick out the batarian invaders.
* ScarsAreForever: Zigzagged. On normal people this is played straight, with Garrus, Lantar, Eli, Lin and Serana's scars there even after years. On the other hand, people that have some type of regeneration the scars disappear over time, like Dempsey, [[spoiler:Rel, Dara and Zhasa.]] Then Sam says that he has a moustache to cover his scar on the upper lip, but when he shaves it off, there's no scar there.
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying: The bachelor party certainly happens in the middle of the war, and before that, Dempsey, Rel, Zasha, Eli, Lin and Dara all participate in a krogan party to create a rapport with the various Mercerany groups on the Hades Nexus.



* ShiftingSandLand: The deserts on Terra Nova. Also the Drell homeworld.



* SmarterThanYouLook: Fors was able to calculate down to a 1000 credits in margin of error, the numbers that would be necessary to [[spoiler:stage a coup on the Hegemony against a drown out campaign]] all in his head. While being treated for two broken legs. ''With data from the Extranet''.



* SpaceElevator: There's several of these between Earth and the Lagrange point on orbit. Also commonplace on other homeworlds.
* SpaceStation: Bastion, the Citadel, the Shipyards at Lagrange point between Earth and the moon, aside from several others. A staple of planetary defenses is using a grid of weaponized sattelites controlled by a station
* StandYourGround: During the attempted invasion of Mindoir at the beggining of the war. Also in the backstory, the turian-human fleet, aided by the rachni, geth and quarian ships, held the line agaisnt the Reapers and Collectors while Shepard and company went to the Reaper Node in darkspace to destroy them.
* StarScrapper: The buildings on the more populous centers around the galaxy tend to be several hundreds stories tall.
* StartXToStopX: The batarian Hegemony knows that there's a growing civil unrest inside the borders so, to not start a civil war, they start a war agaisnt the rest of the galaxy.



* TeleportSpam: Dances uses this to great effect during his battles.


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* SuperSoldier: That was the intent behind the Argent Defender project, that gave Dempsey his regeneration and problems with emotions. Well, it was run by Cerberus, so...


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* SwordFight: A brief one between a batarian Vanguard and Eli during the invasion of the 're-education facility' on Lorek. Also, one of the more popular turian sports are Gladiatorial Fighting.


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* TalkingInYourSleep: Happens a few times to both Dara and Eli.


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* TechnologyPorn: Well, it does have a space opera as a background.


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* TeleportSpam: Dances uses this to great effect during his battles.
* TheirFirstTime: [[spoiler:Dara and Rel is after the handball game on Odessa. Lin and Brennia is after bootcamp. Rinus and Kallixta is aboard the Estallus when her meds wear out before they're supposed to.]]


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** Played for laughs when Dara describes the degrees of morbidity. There's ''Dead'', ''Very Dead'', and ''Very, very Dead.''
* TheyHaveTheScent: Turian sense of smell is better than human, so they can pick up things that humans usually don't.


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* ThreeAmigos: Garrus, Lantar and Sam.


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* TimeBomb: The batarians on their Space Station orbiting Lorek set a self-destruct sequence themselves before Shepard and her crew can get to the control room and disarm the thing.


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* TruceZone: Omega, when Patriarch, Harak and Pelagia take over.


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* TwoTeacherSchool: Aside from Azala and the director of the little school on the valley near the Spectre base, no other teacher have any significance to the plot.
* UnbrokenVigil: Eli to Dara at least three times. [[spoiler:When she's poisoned by a scheme created by Aria, during the birth of Joy-Singer and after she's shot by a mobile turret on Kar'sharn.]]


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* UnderwaterBase: The Prothean Base on Arvuna and the Lystheni base on Garvug.


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* UrbanSegregation: The batarians that invade Mindoir during the war and are later captured can't wrap their heads around the idea that the houses in and around the base are not separated by caste.


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* VitriolicBestBuds: Fors and Dempsey.


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* WeHaveWaysToMakeYouTalk: Quoted almost verbatim by a batarian prision guard on Lorek.


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* YearsTooEarly: After Dara tries to make Eli blush with a joke and gets it reversed it on her.
-->'''Eli''': "Nice try, ''sai'kaea''. You've got about eight years of trying to catch up on what's already been said to me in every single locker room from the Citadel to Edessan and back again."
* YouAreInCommandNow: Happens thrice on the epilogue when passing the Spectre leadership over. Also happens during field missions when the designated team leader pass over the command to others where their expertises are better than their own.


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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Valak resistance cell on Kar'sharn against the batarian Hegemony.
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* WeaponOfChoice: Rinus pointedly says that he prefer shotguns, but he does know how to use the other weapons on the arsenal.* WhamEpisode: The epilogue chapter 'Asari Civil War, Part 2.,' where [[spoiler: Dara makes an exposition that utterly shatters the image of the Ardat-Yakshi and sends ''Samara'' of all people into a HeroicBSOD.]]

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* WeaponOfChoice: Rinus pointedly says that he prefer shotguns, but he does know how to use the other weapons on the arsenal.arsenal.
* WhamEpisode: The epilogue chapter 'Asari Civil War, Part 2.,' where [[spoiler: Dara makes an exposition that utterly shatters the image of the Ardat-Yakshi and sends ''Samara'' of all people into a HeroicBSOD.]]
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* AbnormalAmmo: The "ammo" of the batarian biotic ships [[spoiler:are the biotic powers of the lobotomized asari and human biotics they captured.]]



* AbsurdlyYouthfulParent: The reaction people have upon meeting Dempsey and Madison, after the later passes through the Alliance military academy.
* ActingUnnatural: Dara can't act if her life depended on it. The best she can do is use her "doctor mode", her own version of blank face.



* AdaptationNameChange: Lilitu Shepard becames Lilitu Shepard Vakarian after marrying Garrus.
* Adorkable: Lin is a history buff. Serana as well. [[spoiler: Their honeymoon is a tour of historic sites throghout the galaxy.]]



* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: The Spectre Base almost fall to attacks on two occasions. The first by Lina Vasir and the second during the batarian/yahg war.
* AncestralWeapon: Several weapons the Lystheni use are actually reverse engineered from Reaper Tech. The spectres also use them, such as Eli's Collector Beam Pistol.



** [[spoiler:Joysinger defies rachni custom and gives birth to an exact copy of Dances after he dies of old age using his DNA and memories.]]



* BigBrotherIsWatching: Unless the characters activate the privacy light, anytime they are inside an SR ship they are being observed by the NCAI's. Laetia seems to live just for that.



* BizarreAlienBiology: Averted. The author goes to great lenghts to make everything on the aliens biology seem plausible.



* BodyHorror: The fate of the victims of the [[spoiler:nanites the batarians used during the husk war.]]



* [[EpisodeOnAPlane Chapter On A Plane]]: Several chapters take place entirely aboard an SR ship.



* ClassifiedInformation: The Spectres keep several secrets '''very''' close to them, sometimes even from other Spectres.
** Taken UpToEleven during the epilogue where [[spoiler:the Spectres kept in stasis and the Reaper threat took airs of legend after 50.000 years, even among fellow Spectres.]]



* ContaminationSituation: [[spoiler:During the attack using engineered diseases on Bastion.]]



* DarkAndTroubledPast: Seheve has been brainwashed by a Hanar cultist after her brother leaves home and her father can no longer act as their master enforcer.



* DeadpanSnarker: Eli is good at it. Dempsey on the other hand needs help to feel any other emotion except for rage, so everything he says is deadpan, to the point his own son sometimes doesn't know if he's being serious or joking.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Siara after the events that led her to be sent to Tuchanka.



* DragonWithAnAgenda: [[spoiler:The Lystheni Dalatrass is this to Avek, and the rest of the batarians during the batarian/yahg war.]]



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first part of the story, the Redemption Arc, focus more on canon characters, but as the story goes on, the focus of the story shifts to the [=OCs=] until it gets to a point where it can go entire chapters without them even being mentioned.



* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Several cases.
** Dara was a great Special Ops field medic and sniper before the events of the Singing Planet gave her [[spoiler:some rachni atributes.]]
** Elijah was an excelent cop and S.W.A.T. member before discovering [[spoiler:that he had Prothean markers on his [=DNA=] that made him mildly biotic.]]
** Zasha was one of the handful biotic quarians in existence before [[spoiler:being infiltrated with Prothean nanites that stimulated her immuno system and gave her longevity on par with an asari.]]
** Dempsey was a N7 operative before Cerberus used him as a test case for a krogan gene mod.
** Rellus was one of the best Special Ops commanders the turians had produced before [[spoiler:being injected with a krogan gene mod that gave him their regeneration and longevity.]]



* EveryonesBabySister: Serana.
* EvilEvolves: Most of the tech used by the Spectres by the end was used by the antagonists first.



* ExplosiveLeash: The slave collars used by the batarians are fitted with electric discharges controlled by the owner of the slave.



** [[spoiler:Ylara loses an eye when they try to lobotomize her during the Omega Campaign.]]
** Nala gets her upper eyes cut out for being suspected of reading a forbbiden book by batarian law.



* FacialDialogue: Subverted. People who aren't aware, think that two people staring at each other for longs periods of time changing expressions every now and then are talking this way, but they are actually talking telepatically using biotic powers.
* FalseFlagOperation: After a botched mission on Camala, Ylara tries to make it seem like the attack on the compound was made by rebels instead of Spectres with the aid of turian marines.



* FantasticRacism: Appears on several occasions.
** During the turian bootcamp, Eli, Dara, Kaius and Caelia all suffer from it to varying degrees.
** During a "friendly" handball game on Odessa, the team of human kids are as obnoxious as they could get to the team full of alien kids.
** Siara gets to be on both ends of this trope. She dishes out on Dara and Eli at the start of the story, then suffers from this at the beggining of her stay on Tuchanka, before her CharacterDevelopment.
** Humans who live on Earth are more prone to xenophobia than humans that live on other planets.



* FormerRegimePersonnel: This is what ends up kickstarting the Husk War.



* GenderIsNoObject: Subverted: Turian psychology is shown to be this at first glance but it's actually pretty segregated in a few places.



* GenderIsNoObject: Subverted: Turian psychology is shown to be this at first glance but it's actually pretty segregated in a few places.
* GenerationXerox: Almost all the children of the main characters that are Spectres, end up as Spectres themselves, with very few exceptions.



* GoodIsNotSoft: Exemplified by Shepard's speech under BadassBoast.



* HeroOfAnotherStory: Spectres are often mentioned to be stationed all around the galaxy, but they rarely appear. The few who do are either dead or dying, or are very obnoxious, with even more rarely an exception.



* HumanPopsicle: The fate of [[spoiler:the high command of the Spectres]] during the epilogue.[[spoiler: They are put into Collector's Stasis Pods to wait for the next Reaper Cycle.]]
** What Dempsey was before being found by Dara and Rel.



* HurlItIntoTheSun: The initial plan for what to do with the old relays is to send them inside dwarf stars.



* INeedADrink: At the end of the Spectre trials, Dara is reconting how she got another medal, Eli tells her to stop and continue only after she had a few drinks, and him as well.



* InterserviceRivalry: Spectres are not always well seen by the other agencies around the galaxy. They could cut a lot of the red tape if they so wanted but Shepard's policy is to work with the local law enforcement, not over them.



* NeckSnap: One of the many techniques Sam uses during close quarters combat.



* NeverLiveItDown: InUniverse, Lin's knee. He does brake it twice onscreen but it never seem to hinder him any, but the Serana, Dara and Tel don't let him forget about it.
* NewOldFlame: This seem to be what [[spoiler:Dara and Eli]] relationship turns out to be. They dated when they were young for a time, but grew apart and end up marrying different people later in their lives. They do end up back together tough.



* NoKillLikeOverkill: What the Reapers did to Thessia prior to the story. They simply blew up the entire planet instead of invading and harvesting it.



* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: After the Reaper War, Shepard convinces the council to create a chain of command for the Spectres, so cases like Tela Vasir and Saren don't happen again.



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The council is portrayed this way. Shepard has become GenreSavvy enough to not even bother go to them if she doesn't have enough evidence that what she wants is for the best.



* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Averted: Mordin, Dara and Narayana are shown to have knowledge way above what they should, but it's all on the same field.



* OneManArmy: Shepard pointedly wants this type of mentality to disappear from the current Spectres.
* OneWordTitle: Most chapters are this.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: That's what the radio codenames are for, so the enemy doesn't know who is who.



* PowerPerversionPotential: A few biotic couples discover that linking their minds during the act ends up turning their pleasure into a recursive loop where its hard to break out of.



** Because of the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters that where in canon plus the [=OCs=] that keep being introduced, it isn't hard to go by several chapters without having some of them even mentioned. It doesn't help that midway through the story, they are scattered around the galaxy. The most proeminent are probably Tel and Mazz. The first disappears after he, Eli and Lin go to bootcamp together, and comes back only four years later (about 50 chapters), and even then becomes only a background character.



* RealityHasNoSubtitles: People who don't know the language being spoken in front of them have to rely on [=VI=] translators to get by.



* RetractableWeapon: Eli's asp.



* ShellShockedVeteran: [[spoiler:After Shepard and Garrus, go into stasis with Sam, Ellie, Lantar and Kasumi they left Dara and Eli as their successors.]] Turns out having to basically bury their friends [[spoiler:(put them in stasis)]] over the course of decades does a number on them.



** Earlier than that, no one is surprised when [[spoiler:Serana and Eli get toghether]] besides the man himself.

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** Earlier than that, no one is surprised when [[spoiler:Serana and Eli get toghether]] together]] besides the man himself.



* SigilSpam: Zigzagged. Spectres don't have ships to use (they borrow ships from the Human-Turian Alliance), and the Spectre Base is supposed to be covert, so there's no sigil there, but all their armors have the Spectre Sigil painted on them.



* SixthRanger: Some examples occur when the Spectres want to work covertly and/or want someone with some set of skills they lack at the moment.
** During the Siege of Omega, Rinus is borrowed from the Turian Military to pose as a weapons dealer.
** Also during the Siege of Omega, the Spectres make use of the Patriarch and the krogan loyal to him to attack Aria.
** During Rel's MIA stint, Eli too is called by Lantar to help them investigate the scene, [[spoiler:and serve as a mental support for Dara.]]



* StatusQuoIsGod: Averted. The only Status Quo on the Spectre Base is that something will happen there sooner or later.
* StealthHiBye: Sam likes to pull this on his enemies, with the help of a stealth net. Serana, who trained with him and Kasumi, is very fond of her skillset as well, and is baffled when it doesn't seem to work on Eli.



** Happens every arc, sometimes several times by arc, both by the antagonists and protagonists.



* StunGun: Dara likes to use her whenever possible, and the batarian utilize stasis guns, reverse engineered from Collector Tech.
* TeleportSpam: Dances uses this to great effect during his battles.



* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: Discussed during a panel on the school near the Spectre Base. They make the Spectre canditates seem more personable than what was expected by the students.



* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Rel [[spoiler:during his combat addiction period]] is at best an UnreliableNarrator.



* TruthSerums: Subverted. Prior to the series (actually, prior to MassEffect2), the location of the base where Archangel was hiding was discovered using Azure Dust on a already beaten up Lantar, wich is a drug that has different effects on different species. In case of turians, it has the same effect as pot on humans.



* UnreliableNarrator: Rel during his [[spoiler: combat addiction period.]]



* WhamEpisode: The epilogue chapter 'Asari Civil War, Part 2.,' where [[spoiler: Dara makes an exposition that utterly shatters the image of the Ardat-Yakshi and sends ''Samara'' of all people into a HeroicBSOD.]]

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* WeaponOfChoice: Rinus pointedly says that he prefer shotguns, but he does know how to use the other weapons on the arsenal.* WhamEpisode: The epilogue chapter 'Asari Civil War, Part 2.,' where [[spoiler: Dara makes an exposition that utterly shatters the image of the Ardat-Yakshi and sends ''Samara'' of all people into a HeroicBSOD.]]
14th Nov '15 10:46:23 PM Sniperk
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[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6735812/1/The_Spirit_of_Redemption Spirit Of Redemption]] by Myetel is a 3 million+ word AU Fiction set after the Reaper War is over. Shepard and Garrus have hybrid kids and are now in charge of the [[SpacePolice Spectres]]. The Reaper war is over but that doesn't mean the galaxy is at peace, new Spectres are needed and war is on the horizon.....

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[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6735812/1/The_Spirit_of_Redemption Spirit Of Redemption]] by Myetel is a 3 million+ word AU Fiction set after the Reaper War is over. The fic disregards completely the plot of MassEffect3 and extrapolates from the end of MassEffect2 ten years later.

Shepard and Garrus have hybrid kids and are now in charge of the [[SpacePolice Spectres]]. The Reaper war is over but that doesn't mean the galaxy is at peace, new Spectres are needed and war is on the horizon.....
horizon...



%%* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Eli and Lin.
%%* MamaBear: Shepard.

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%%* * LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Eli and Lin.
%%*
Lin, due to their training as SWAT operatives like to use Riot shields when they are deployed on combat situations.
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MamaBear: Shepard.Shepard doesn't take very well when her children are kidnapped, bordering on TranquilFury levels.



%%* MightyGlacier: Dempsey, Makur, any elcor that knows how to use a weapon...

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%%* * MightyGlacier: Dempsey, Makur, any Several characters that have regenerative habilities, thick and layered energy shields and/or armor. Dempsey's double shields and krogan regeration, Makur's krogan regeneration and strenght, among others. Any elcor that knows how to use a weapon...weapon is this by virtue of their thick hides.
7th Nov '15 6:09:19 PM Sniperk
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* {{Determinator}}: All Spectres at one point or another have their moments. Lantar when given a facefull of azure dust manages to simply destroy their enemies. Eli manages to deny an answer to a simulation during the candidacy trials.

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* {{Determinator}}: All Spectres at one point or another have their moments. moments.
**
Lantar when given a facefull of azure dust manages to simply destroy their enemies. enemies.
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Eli manages to deny an answer to a simulation during the candidacy trials.trials.
** Fors continues to fight even after having both legs broken during and after his imprisonment on Lorek.
** Rinus refuses to let an asteroid hit Nimines[[spoiler: even after having lost the pilot and the upper echelon of command of the ship he's aboard.]]
** Kallixta manages the never before feat of [[spoiler:entering a relay backwards to avoid having her ship captured by batarian.]]
22nd Oct '15 9:36:11 AM HighCrate
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* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Eli and Lin.
* MamaBear: Shepard.

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* %%* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Eli and Lin.
* %%* MamaBear: Shepard.



* MightyGlacier: Dempsey, Makur, any elcor that knows how to use a weapon...

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* %%* MightyGlacier: Dempsey, Makur, any elcor that knows how to use a weapon...
27th Apr '15 4:02:36 PM nochisan
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* SecretTestOfCharacter: During the Spectre tryouts, the psych evals force them into situations, through the simulator, that have no right answer. [[spoiler:What they are looking for is actually the though process to get to an answer not the answer by itself.]]

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* SecretTestOfCharacter: During the Spectre tryouts, the psych evals force them into situations, through the simulator, that have no right answer. [[spoiler:What they are looking for is actually the though thought process to get to an answer not the answer by itself.]]



* ShootingSuperman: The batarian always seem to think that they can get through Zasha's shield with enough ammunition.

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* ShootingSuperman: The batarian always seem to think that they can get through Zasha's Zhasa's shield with enough ammunition.



* SimultaneousArcs: Several, since halfway throught the fic the characters are spread throughout the galaxy.
* SleepCute: Lanar and Sam pull one off while sick these leading to {{Squee}} from Katsumi.

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* SimultaneousArcs: Several, since halfway throught through the fic the characters are spread throughout the galaxy.
* SleepCute: Lanar Lantar and Sam pull one off while sick these leading to {{Squee}} from Katsumi.



* ThousandYardStare: [[spoiler:During the epilogue this happens to Eli and Dara, and later to Dempsey and Zasha.]]

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* ThousandYardStare: [[spoiler:During the epilogue this happens to Eli and Dara, and later to Dempsey and Zasha.Zhasa.]]



** The Young Guns Dara, Eli, Lin, Dempsey, Rel, Seheve, Zasha, Orlan, Serana and Glory.

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** The Young Guns Dara, Eli, Lin, Dempsey, Rel, Seheve, Zasha, Zhasa, Orlan, Serana and Glory.



* UndisclosedFunds: While the characters are military/Spectres/researchers, they never talk numbers, only that it's apparently sufficient and that they received some bonus or other, hardly ever the exact ammount.

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* UndisclosedFunds: While the characters are military/Spectres/researchers, they never talk numbers, only that it's apparently sufficient and that they received some bonus or other, hardly ever the exact ammount.amount.



* WrenchWench: Zasha and Nali. Comes with being quarian.

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* WrenchWench: Zasha Zhasa and Nali. Comes with being quarian.
27th Apr '15 3:49:25 PM nochisan
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* BestialityIsDepraved: Kalaxia's uncle had a livestock habit

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* BestialityIsDepraved: Kalaxia's Kallixta's uncle had a livestock habit



* BlankWhiteEyes: James have this literally.

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* BlankWhiteEyes: James have has this literally.



* BreakTheCutie: Dara, Lin and Eli during their time on the Turian Military, before the tryouts for the spectres. [[spoiler:Caelia in the epilogue.]]

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* BreakTheCutie: Dara, Lin and Eli during their time on the Turian Military, before the tryouts for the spectres.Spectres. [[spoiler:Caelia in the epilogue.]]



* TheClan: Every turian has it's own, with they own diferent pattern of facepaint. It differs from canon in that a turian without facepaint isn't considered immediately dishonest, but part of the Imperial family.

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* TheClan: Every turian has it's own, with they own diferent different pattern of facepaint. It differs from canon in that a turian without facepaint isn't considered immediately dishonest, but part of the Imperial family.



* CommonTongue: Differs from the source material in that there's no magic translator for all the languages. There are VI's that can translate voice-to-text but not voice-to-voice in real time, as in the games. So, it is assumed that everyone speaks in galactic, until pointed out wich language they are actually speaking.

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* CommonTongue: Differs from the source material in that there's no magic translator for all the languages. There are VI's that can translate voice-to-text but not voice-to-voice in real time, as in the games. So, it is assumed that everyone speaks in galactic, until pointed out wich which language they are actually speaking.



* CoolHorse: Dara receives one as a christmas gift from Sam and Kasumi. From a human point of view, riding a ''rlatae'' would qualify as well.

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* CoolHorse: Dara receives one as a christmas Christmas gift from Sam and Kasumi. From a human point of view, riding a ''rlatae'' ''rlata'' would qualify as well.



** [[spoiler:Dara and Zasha, when they were captured by batarians]] during a botched operation on Lorek.

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** [[spoiler:Dara and Zasha, Zhasa, when they were captured by batarians]] during a botched operation on Lorek.



* DeathGlare: Almost characters have been described to have one at one point or another, specially when it comes to they're own [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]].

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* DeathGlare: Almost characters have been described to have one at one point or another, specially when it comes to they're their own [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]].



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Eli, Lin, Makur, Siara and Mazz fight agaisnt a harvester during Makur and Mazz's Rite of passage in Tuchanka. Rel, Eli and Dempsey against a Thresher Maw during the Terra Nova campaign. Rel against the Yahg alpha on the Shanxi campaign. In the backstory, Sky outsinging the indoctrination from a Reaper allowing the rachni soldiers and workers accompaning him to destroy a Reaper from the inside out.

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Eli, Lin, Makur, Siara and Mazz fight agaisnt against a harvester during Makur and Mazz's Rite of passage in Tuchanka. Rel, Eli and Dempsey against a Thresher Maw during the Terra Nova campaign. Rel against the Yahg alpha on the Shanxi campaign. In the backstory, Sky outsinging the indoctrination from a Reaper allowing the rachni soldiers and workers accompaning accompanying him to destroy a Reaper from the inside out.



* DiscontinuityNod: The author goes to great lenghts to practically destroy the entire plot of ME3, with several well tough out arguments.

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* DiscontinuityNod: The author goes to great lenghts lengths to practically destroy the entire plot of ME3, with several well tough thought out arguments.



* DontThinkFeel: Asari biotic training rellies on demonstrating concepts directly into the mind of the student, where human (and turian) training rellies on verbal and physical demonstrations.

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* DontThinkFeel: Asari biotic training rellies relies on demonstrating concepts directly into the mind of the student, where human (and turian) training rellies relies on verbal and physical demonstrations.



* GoneHorriblyWrong: [[spoiler: Rel and Dara's life after the simulation. They gone and done exactly what the simulation told them to do, but ended up almost destroying each other five years later.]]

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: [[spoiler: Rel and Dara's life after the simulation. They They'd gone and done exactly what the simulation told them to do, but ended up almost destroying each other five years later.]]



* HealingFactor: Dempsey [[spoiler:and, later, Rel]] got a Krogan regeneration gene mod. [[spoiler: Zasha got Prothean Nanites and Dara got rachni regeneration]]. To say nothing of the Krogan characters.

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* HealingFactor: Dempsey [[spoiler:and, later, Rel]] got a Krogan regeneration gene mod. [[spoiler: Zasha Zhasa got Prothean Nanites and Dara got rachni regeneration]]. To say nothing of the Krogan characters.



* HeelFaceTurn: Seheve. [[spoiler: Several captured batarian prisioners including people from SIU, and a female Yahg.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: Seheve. [[spoiler: Several captured batarian prisioners prisoners including people from SIU, and a female Yahg.]]



* HighlyConspicuousUniform: Spectre's use black armor, with a golden emblem. Other than in the dark, they don't blend well anywhere.

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* HighlyConspicuousUniform: Spectre's Spectres use black armor, with a golden emblem. Other than in the dark, they don't blend well anywhere.



* IJustWantToBeNormal: [[spoiler:The answer to the riddle Eli gives to Dara turns out to be that he just want to be one.]]

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: [[spoiler:The answer to the riddle Eli gives to Dara turns out to be that he just want wants to be one.]]



* KarmicDeath: The SIU operatives that try to kill ELi and Lin with Vibroswords, are both skewered.

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* KarmicDeath: The SIU operatives that try to kill ELi Eli and Lin with Vibroswords, are both skewered.



* KillItWithFire: Orlan prefered weapon is a flamethrower, and he's squad name is Agni.

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* KillItWithFire: Orlan prefered Orlan's preferred weapon is a flamethrower, and he's his squad name is Agni.



* MookHorrorShow: [[CurbStompBattle The Battle of the Vineyards]] from the batarians perspective.

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* MookHorrorShow: [[CurbStompBattle The Battle of the Vineyards]] from the batarians batarians' perspective.
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* [[ScienceMarchesOn Evolution Marches On]]: The asari have been largely successful as a spacefaring race, but eventually they have to realize that parthenogenesis ''is an evolutionary dead-end.'' It's theorized that within 5,000 years - that's only ''five generations'' for the species - the asari civilization will completely collapse from cultural stagnation. Cue Lina Vasir, daughter of Tela Vasir whose genetic mutation made her the first documented asari to exhibit sexual dimorphism (read: a ''male'' asari). Too bad 'she' was also a [[OutWithABang Ardat]]-[[AxCrazy Yakshi]].
** [[spoiler: Fortunately, they found another male Asari later who was still in childhood and spirited him away, unofficially adopting him into the Spectre Clan after his mother died from the Batarians' SyntheticPlague.]] This led to a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming with Dempsey, and later confused the crap out of Madison [[spoiler: when 'she' went to the boy's restroom.]]



* UncannyValley: Practically a staple of the Spectre Base's residents is to be so used to strange things happening that almost nothing is too weird for them for more than a few minutes, before they accept as a normal occurence.
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