History Fanfic / AvatarOfVictory

23rd Nov '16 6:15:21 PM throwaawy
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* GeneralFailure: Sajuuk... was not a good Avatar. At all. He alienated or killed almost all of his potential allies, causing the Protheans to lose the war to the Reapers, and died in disgrace a short time later. He makes [[JerkAss Javik]] seem reasonable in comparison. [[IHatePastMe Shepard makes a conscious effort not to be like him when this Cycle comes around]].

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* GeneralFailure: Sajuuk... was not a good Avatar. At all. He alienated or killed almost all of his potential allies, causing the Protheans to lose the war to the Reapers, and died in disgrace a short time later. He makes [[JerkAss Javik]] seem reasonable in comparison. [[IHatePastMe Shepard makes a 'a conscious effort not to be like him when this Cycle comes around]].


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** Commander Rai Li, whom not only shares a background with canon's War Hero Shepard, but in this fic she also runs with her own crew of misfits of a variety of species including Turian, Quarian, and rogue AI, flies a sister ship of the Normandy SR-2 (of which there is an entire class running around the Alliance fleet) and even is promoted to Spectre by the time of Book 3.
21st Nov '16 11:18:41 AM throwaawy
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* CompanionCube: Minor running gag with Garrus and his [[SniperRifle Mantis]] and Shepard and her [[CoolGuns Mattock]]. Especially when Shepard begins to fangasm over her new [[{{BFG}} Cain]].
-->'''Garrus:''' Sometimes you're a little creepy, how into your weapons you are.\\
'''Shepard:''' Says the man who'd marry his rifle if it were legal.\\
'''Garrus:''' Well, there's an obvious distinction there. I've never cheated on my rifle.
1st Nov '16 6:48:10 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* [[spoiler: EarthAllAlong]]: [[spoiler: It turns out that the Earth that has been the center of the Alliance in this universe wasn't the first Earth... or the first humans. ''Omega'' is actually the remnants of the original Sol system, from billions of years ago, and that it was ''our'' earth, or something like it, that was the precursor race that kicked off the whole cycle. Unfortunately, they fell to shadowy spirits who formed the First Reaper, and scattered life across the galaxy.]]

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* [[spoiler: EarthAllAlong]]: EarthAllAlong: [[spoiler: It turns out that the Earth that has been the center of the Alliance in this universe wasn't the first Earth... or the first humans. ''Omega'' is actually the remnants of the original Sol system, from billions of years ago, and that it was ''our'' earth, or something like it, that was the precursor race that kicked off the whole cycle. Unfortunately, they fell to shadowy spirits who formed the First Reaper, and scattered life across the galaxy.]]
1st Nov '16 6:39:18 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* BerserkButton: [[TheVamp Morinth]] finds out the hard way, you do ''not'' mess with the Avatar's memories. Doing so results in UnstoppableRage.
** In general, messing with Shepard's loved ones. She goes into the Avatar State and lashes out at Traynor when she learns [[spoiler: her sister might have been kidnapped]].

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[[TheVamp Morinth]] finds out the hard way, you do ''not'' mess with the Avatar's memories. Doing so results in UnstoppableRage.
** In general, messing with Shepard's loved ones. She goes into the Avatar State and lashes out at Traynor when she learns [[spoiler: her sister might have been kidnapped]].
UnstoppableRage.
1st Nov '16 6:37:33 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* [[spoiler:AwfulTruth: The asari were originally created by the Reapers, to serve as a sleeper weapon they could MindControl en masse. Liara goes into a HeroicBSOD when she finds out. Javik even lampshades it afterwards.]]

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* [[spoiler:AwfulTruth: The AwfulTruth: [[spoiler:The asari were originally created by the Reapers, to serve as a sleeper weapon they could MindControl en masse. Liara goes into a HeroicBSOD when she finds out. Javik even lampshades it afterwards.]]



*** However, even though they are now extinct, by far the most badass were the Nazara. How badass are they, you ask? ''They fought the Reapers to a standstill, and so far came closer than anyone else,'' '''''ever,''''' to ''defeating them outright.''

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*** ** However, even though they are now extinct, by far the most badass were the Nazara. How badass are they, you ask? ''They fought the Reapers to a standstill, and so far came closer than anyone else,'' '''''ever,''''' to ''defeating them outright.''
1st Nov '16 6:31:35 PM nightelf37
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** Attempted again in Chapter 47 on a New Collector. With a spike of ice. Unfortunately for Shepard, it doesn't have one, and Leviathan mocks her for thinking it'd have such an unnecessary weakness.
16th Oct '16 9:51:34 AM dlchen145
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* AdaptationalBadass: While Grunt was already pretty strong, he was still a vanilla krogan in the source material- he was just a really strong krogan who hit things, "Perfect Krogan" genetics and upgrades nonwithstanding, especially given that the other krogan squadmate you had had previously (Wrex) was capable of doing biotics. This fic fixes this by making Grunt everything he was in the original, but also makes him a Shaman. In a world where spirits exist and have great influence on the real world, this means that he can go around obstacles that would normally be closed, bend beasts and spirits alike to his will, and even convince other people's weapons to backfire on them by communing with them, via a BadassFingerSnap. Oh, and he actually managed to do better than ''Wrex'' in the Rite- Wrex was the last to ''kill'' a Thresher Maw. Grunt... managed to ''tame'' a Maw, and can now summon it like it's a Pokemon. Many of Shepard's other teammates also qualify: Wrex is an earthbender with centuries of experience, Tali learns how to waterbend in addition to her engineering skills, and bending overall is becoming more and more widespread throughout the galaxy after humanity made contact.



* {{Badass}}: Most of the characters, to some degree or another.
** AdaptationalBadass: While Grunt was already pretty strong, he was still a vanilla krogan in the source material- he was just a really strong krogan who hit things, "Perfect Krogan" genetics and upgrades nonwithstanding, especially given that the other krogan squadmate you had had previously (Wrex) was capable of doing biotics. This fic fixes this by making Grunt everything he was in the original, but also makes him a Shaman. In a world where spirits exist and have great influence on the real world, this means that he can go around obstacles that would normally be closed, bend beasts and spirits alike to his will, and even convince other people's weapons to backfire on them by communing with them, via a BadassFingerSnap. Oh, and he actually managed to do better than ''Wrex'' in the Rite- Wrex was the last to ''kill'' a Thresher Maw. Grunt... managed to ''tame'' a Maw, and can now summon it like it's a Pokemon. Many of Shepard's other teammates also qualify: Wrex is an earthbender with centuries of experience, Tali learns how to waterbend in addition to her engineering skills, and bending overall is becoming more and more widespread throughout the galaxy after humanity made contact.
** BadassArmy: Just as much as in canon, with the Raloi and even the ''Volus'' starting to qualify: the Volus have, after the Reaper invasion began, [[spoiler: started reverse-engineering the gun that killed the Derelict Reaper on which you found Legion in the original game for use against the Reapers]], and the Raloi are unparalleled snipers.

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* {{Badass}}: Most of the characters, to some degree or another.
** AdaptationalBadass: While Grunt was already pretty strong, he was still a vanilla krogan in the source material- he was just a really strong krogan who hit things, "Perfect Krogan" genetics and upgrades nonwithstanding, especially given that the other krogan squadmate you had had previously (Wrex) was capable of doing biotics. This fic fixes this by making Grunt everything he was in the original, but also makes him a Shaman. In a world where spirits exist and have great influence on the real world, this means that he can go around obstacles that would normally be closed, bend beasts and spirits alike to his will, and even convince other people's weapons to backfire on them by communing with them, via a BadassFingerSnap. Oh, and he actually managed to do better than ''Wrex'' in the Rite- Wrex was the last to ''kill'' a Thresher Maw. Grunt... managed to ''tame'' a Maw, and can now summon it like it's a Pokemon. Many of Shepard's other teammates also qualify: Wrex is an earthbender with centuries of experience, Tali learns how to waterbend in addition to her engineering skills, and bending overall is becoming more and more widespread throughout the galaxy after humanity made contact.
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BadassArmy: Just as much as in canon, with the Raloi and even the ''Volus'' starting to qualify: the Volus have, after the Reaper invasion began, [[spoiler: started reverse-engineering the gun that killed the Derelict Reaper on which you found Legion in the original game for use against the Reapers]], and the Raloi are unparalleled snipers.



** BadassCrew: The Normandy's crew, naturally.
** BadassNormal: Asha al'Wahim, a non-bender who nevertheless keeps up with the Avatar.
*** EmpoweredBadassNormal: Garrus Vakarian. Spends the first book bemoaning that he wasn't a bender, only to find himself firebending during the Battle of the Citadel, and having no idea how. [[spoiler: Solana Vakarian, his sister, also permanently gains the ability to firebend, even after the Reaper-tech device that gave her her bending is removed.]]
** BadassPreacher: [[spoiler: Ka'hairal Balak. Also doubles as a BadassTeacher.]]
** BadassUnintentional: [[spoiler: Conrad Verner, who accidentally brings down criminal organizations. Ironic considering [[IJustWantToBeBadass his original aspirations]].]]

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** * BadassCrew: The Normandy's crew, naturally.
** * BadassNormal: Asha al'Wahim, a non-bender who nevertheless keeps up with the Avatar.
*** EmpoweredBadassNormal: Garrus Vakarian. Spends the first book bemoaning that he wasn't a bender, only to find himself firebending during the Battle of the Citadel, and having no idea how. [[spoiler: Solana Vakarian, his sister, also permanently gains the ability to firebend, even after the Reaper-tech device that gave her her bending is removed.]]
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* BadassPreacher: [[spoiler: Ka'hairal Balak. Also doubles as a BadassTeacher.]]
** * BadassUnintentional: [[spoiler: Conrad Verner, who accidentally brings down criminal organizations. Ironic considering [[IJustWantToBeBadass his original aspirations]].]]


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* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Garrus Vakarian. Spends the first book bemoaning that he wasn't a bender, only to find himself firebending during the Battle of the Citadel, and having no idea how. [[spoiler: Solana Vakarian, his sister, also permanently gains the ability to firebend, even after the Reaper-tech device that gave her her bending is removed.]]
14th Oct '16 11:51:37 PM nightelf37
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* BlowYouAway: Shepard's natural element, stunted after [[spoiler: she used it to kill a batarian..]].

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* BlowYouAway: Shepard's natural element, stunted after [[spoiler: she used it to kill a batarian..]].batarian]].



** Shepard is nearly killed by several ''Krogan'' airbenders. Not so much because they were airbending, but because... well, the fact that Krogan Airbenders existed was extremely shocking for her and it caused her to hesitate.

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** Shepard is nearly killed by several ''Krogan'' ''krogan'' airbenders. Not so much because they were airbending, but because... because… well, the fact that Krogan Airbenders krogan airbenders existed was extremely shocking for her and it caused her to hesitate.



* LetsSplitUpGang: In chapter 39, while in the Collector Base, Shepard decides to take Tali, Mordin, Samara, and Jack on a side-mission, leaving the rest of the ground team (Miranda excluded, as she's on the Normandy as XO) to go with Grunt, who is holding the bomb. Garrus lampshades this in an attempt to defy it, but goes with the plan anyway.



** According to Thane, the hanar have a great deal of waterbenders, though we have yet to see one on screen.

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** According to Thane, the hanar have a great deal of waterbenders, though we have yet to see one on screen.in action.
** In lieu of biotics in the games, Miranda is now a waterbender instead.
11th Oct '16 7:21:46 PM nightelf37
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* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Chapter 37, Marcus Pastor invokes this to Solana Vakarian, who is being hunted down by Kai Leng.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: In chapter 32, Shepard almost dies because a Krogan tries to use Airbending to take her out. The reason she nearly got killed, if Tali hadn't intervened? Shepard was honestly so amazed at the prospect of a ''Krogan Airbender'' that she couldn't help but stare.



* ComicallyMissingThePoint: In chapter 32, Shepard almost dies because a Krogan tries to use Airbending to take her out. The reason she nearly got killed, if Tali hadn't intervened? Shepard was honestly so amazed at the prospect of a ''Krogan Airbender'' that she couldn't help but stare.
18th Sep '16 8:21:51 PM nightelf37
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* VillainsOutShopping: Literal case, but not real example - While searching a ship raided by Eclipse mercenaries looking for Mordin Solus, Shepard and company overhear two of them smuggling a set of egg-crates and a huge block of tofu.
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