History FanFic / WhenThereWasATomorrow

23rd Mar '16 12:33:27 PM Tallens
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* DyingTruce: In the epilogue after their DuelToTheDeath ends, [[spoiler: Six looks down at Kreave, who is lamenting that he failed and now no one will remember him at all. Six tells him that as long as people remember what happened on Reach, they will remember them as well. Kreave accepts this, telling Six to kill many Sangheili when they arrive]].
23rd Mar '16 11:58:07 AM Tallens
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* RammingAlwaysWorks: [[spoiler: After Shepard destroys the wormhole generator, a Covenant assault carrier begins bearing down on them. Admiral Gravelston orders the ''Nebraska'', which has been severely damaged and unable to engage the carrier with gunfire, to ram it, destroying both ship in the process. ]]
30th Jan '16 8:06:18 AM SithkingZero
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Because of this trope, the Normandy crew tries to keep quiet about the whole "Reaper" business, since they assumed UNSC Command would think them as crazy. After Reapers are revealed to be involved, the crew is suprised that the Halo soldiers accept their information verbatim. Though given the reaction they received in their own world ("Ah yes, Reapers... we have dismissed that claim,") they had very valid concerns about not revealing the nature of the enemy, especially given their shaky standing with the UNSC to begin with.

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** Invoked with the nature of AI in Halo- by their very nature, they ''can'' go crazy once they get too old ("Rampancy"), although none exhibits this during the story.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Because of this trope, the Normandy crew tries to keep quiet about the whole "Reaper" business, since they assumed UNSC Command would think them as crazy. After Reapers are revealed to be involved, the crew is suprised surprised that the Halo soldiers UNSC's forces accept their information verbatim. Though given the reaction they received in their own world ("Ah yes, Reapers... we have dismissed that claim,") they had very valid concerns about not revealing the nature of the enemy, especially given their shaky standing with the UNSC to begin with.with.
** Shepard openly states that when they go back to their universe, they're bringing UNSC issued helmet cameras with them, so that they can ''prove'' it when they keep running into Reaper forces.



* CurbStompBattle: The first time Grunt tries to fight a Hunter, he is already wounded, in the middle of battle rage, and not thinking clearly, so he charges directly at it, howling battle cries. He gets slapped by the hunter ''so hard'' that he's partially embedded in the concrete walls, knocked out, and has to be taken back to the ''Normandy'' for medical treatment.



** ''Multiple'' people comment that Grunt is basically the ''Normandy's'' equivalent of Emile (and vice versa)

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** ''Multiple'' people comment that Grunt is basically the ''Normandy's'' equivalent of Emile (and vice versa)versa).



* ReportingNames: For the Covenant-type Husks, courtesy of Noble Team: "Centipedes" for the multi-Drone Husks, "Gremlins" for Grunt Husks, and "Reavers" for Elite Husks.

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* ReportingNames: For the Covenant-type Husks, courtesy of Noble Team: "Centipedes" for the multi-Drone Husks, "Gremlins" for Grunt Husks, Husks (ones turned into living bombs), and "Reavers" for Elite Husks.



* SingleIssuePsychology: Deconstructed. All that work that Shepard did patching up his squadmates' issues before the Suicide Mission did hold... but it often covered up even deeper problems. Tali may be welcome back into her fleet, but she struggles with AI morality. Legion may have more trust in organics, but it's still having difficulty with understanding how organic life functions. Thane may not be worried about his son, but his acceptance of his end may have triggered a bit of a DeathSeeker streak. Grunt may be more focused, now that his Rite is over, but his meteoric rise to power, coupled with his origins, leaves him feeling unfulfilled and unworthy of his own gifts. Garrus still struggles with his own insecurities about leading teams. And Samara, while she may not show it often, feels guilty about her having to kill her own daughter.

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* SingleIssuePsychology: Deconstructed. All that work that Shepard did patching up his squadmates' issues before the Suicide Mission did hold... but it often covered up even deeper problems. Tali may be welcome back into her fleet, but she struggles with AI morality. Legion may have more trust in organics, but it's still having difficulty with understanding how organic life functions. Thane may not be worried about his son, but his acceptance of his end may have triggered a bit of a DeathSeeker streak. Grunt may be more focused, focused now that his Rite is over, but his meteoric rise to power, coupled with his origins, leaves him feeling unfulfilled and unworthy of his own gifts. Garrus still struggles with his own insecurities about leading teams. And Samara, while she may not show it often, feels guilty about her having to kill her own daughter.
24th Jan '16 10:49:55 AM SithkingZero
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* SingleIssuePsychology: Deconstructed. All that work that Shepard did patching up his squadmates' issues before the Suicide Mission did hold... but it often covered up even deeper problems. Tali may be welcome back into her fleet, but she struggles with AI morality. Legion may have more trust in organics, but it's still having difficulty with understanding how organic life functions. Thane may not be worried about his son, but his acceptance of his end may have triggered a bit of a DeathSeeker streak. Grunt may be more focused, now that his Rite is over, but his meteoric rise to power, coupled with his origins, leaves him feeling unfulfilled and unworthy of his own gifts. Garrus still struggles with his own insecurities about leading teams. And Samara, while she may not show it often, feels guilty about her having to kill her own daughter.
24th Jan '16 10:40:06 AM SithkingZero
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Because of this trope, the Normandy crew tries to keep quiet about the whole "Reaper" business, since they assumed UNSC Command would think them as crazy. After Reapers are revealed to be involved, the crew is suprised that the Halo soldiers accept their information verbatim.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Because of this trope, the Normandy crew tries to keep quiet about the whole "Reaper" business, since they assumed UNSC Command would think them as crazy. After Reapers are revealed to be involved, the crew is suprised that the Halo soldiers accept their information verbatim. Though given the reaction they received in their own world ("Ah yes, Reapers... we have dismissed that claim,") they had very valid concerns about not revealing the nature of the enemy, especially given their shaky standing with the UNSC to begin with.



* AwesomeButImpractical: Shepard's summation about Biotics for the UNSC. While yes, they can change the flow of battle dramatically, it relies on a substance that only the ''Normandy'' can acquire, it's impossible to give them to an adult, and the only option they have for creating them (in-utero exposure to Element Zero) would take far too long to get them the army of Biotics they'd desire. This is especially important since according to the Joint Chiefs, the Covenant is ''very'' close to winning the war.



** Miranda, a part of Cerberus (and one of the people who helped piece Shepard back together from a burnt sack of inanimate meat), who has seen uncountable horrible things, simply labeled the video [[spoiler: "Fucking Savages."]]



* MaleGaze: The female members of the ''Normandy'' crew draw more than a little attention for various reasons. Jack because she barely wears anything, Miranda and Samara for their skintight uniforms, and Tali for her hips.



* OddFriendship: Tali and Doctor Halsey form one, as do Legion and Noble Six.



* {{Stripperiffic}}: Initially played straight and then averted with Miranda and Jack, as after the battle at Sword Base, Shepard forces them to start wearing armor. Played straight with Samara, whose outfit is actually the standard Justicar uniform.



** Emile ''really'' doesn't like Garrus, for that matter.

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** Emile ''really'' doesn't like Garrus, for that matter. Part of it comes from him questioning Carter's orders, another part comes from that, well, [[FantasticRacism Garrus isn't human]].



* WhamEpisode: Chapters 10 and 11 are back to back Wham Episodes, revealing that [[spoiler: Balak, the Blood Pack, and the ''[[EldritchAbomination Reapers]]'']] have thrown their lot in with the Covenant.

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* WhamEpisode: Chapters 10 and 11 are back to back Wham Episodes, revealing that [[spoiler: Balak, the Blood Pack, and the ''[[EldritchAbomination Reapers]]'']] have thrown their lot in with the Covenant. In-universe, the appearance of the Supercarrier serves as this, turning what was a UNSC victory into a complete rout.


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* WrongForTheRightReasons: Carter points out that Garrus, during the first mission, was ''very'' insubordinate, questioning his decisions almost every step of the way... but for the most part, it was in the interest in saving the lives of fellow soldiers. For this reason, he puts Garrus in charge of shepherding soldiers away from the Battle of Viery, as he knows that Garrus, for all his insubordination and his being not-human, cares deeply about keeping people safe.
24th Jan '16 10:05:55 AM SithkingZero
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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Shepard's reaction to ''more'' people who have sworn to their gods to end his miserable existence is little more than an exasperated sigh.
** The SPARTAN soldiers and the ''Normandy'' crew consider suicide missions to be this.
23rd Jan '16 9:10:51 PM SithkingZero
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** ''Multiple'' people comment that Grunt is basically the ''Normandy's'' equivalent of Emile (and vice versa)
23rd Jan '16 8:04:12 AM SithkingZero
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** Six gives this to Legion after Jorge dies, going so far as to ''deck the robot in the face.''
8th Jan '16 9:05:08 PM generalzod39
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Thanks to a programming glitch they received when interacting with UNSC technology, Legion will occasionally refer to themselves as "I" (singular) instead of the usual "we," which, according to Tali, is a major cause for concern.
8th Jan '16 8:42:02 PM generalzod39
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* IronicEcho: With Shepard at his mercy, [[spoiler: Inquisitor-possessed Xytas]] tells the Commander "You fought somewhat proficiently, but it was futile...This outcome was never in doubt." Shepard throws those words back in his face [[spoiler: When he turns the Inquisitor's form into an improvised bomb to destroy the portal device]].

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* IronicEcho: With Shepard at his mercy, [[spoiler: Inquisitor-possessed Xytas]] tells the Commander "You fought somewhat proficiently, but it was futile...This outcome was never in doubt." Shepard throws those words back in his face [[spoiler: When when he turns the Inquisitor's form into an improvised bomb to destroy the portal device]].
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