History Fanfic / SpiritOfRedemption

17th May '16 7:49:16 PM Sniperk
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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.]]
17th May '16 7:47:49 PM Sniperk
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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.
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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.
20th Apr '15 3:49:16 PM Sniperk
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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.
20th Apr '15 3:47:13 PM Sniperk
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* AceCustom: Several, starting with the "Pella", a straight line ship that doesn't need a relay to travel to different systems.

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* AceCustom: Several, starting with the "Pella", "Pellak", a straight line ship that doesn't need a relay to travel to different systems.



* AllMenArePerverts: Eli points out that no one ever ''admits'' to have ever seen ''Shepard does the Citadel'', a InUniverse [[ShowWithinAShow porn movie.]]



* AttemptedRape: The batarians try on [[spoiler:Dara]]. It... doesn't work very well for them.



* AwesomeByAnalysis: It's noted that Rachni queens rarely ever take to field for combat. They are better staying back and managing the resources on the battlefield.



* BeachEpisode: Rinus and Kallixta invite Rel and Dara for some leave time on their house on Macedyn.



* BigBadassBattleSequence: Several. Usually at the end of an arc, but some are interspersed.



* BigGood: The Spectres.



* BlandNameProduct: ''Code of Honor'', an extranet game that Madison plays.
* BlankWhiteEyes: James have this literally.



* [[BreatherEpisode Breather Chapter]]: Several. The one that stands out the most is probably the one with Fors', Lin's and Dempsey's bachelor party.



* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: Kella and Brennia.]]



* CharacterFocus: It shifts a lot. Even some minor characters receive some over the course of the story.



* CherryTapping: Discussed with the styles of fight. ''Wing Chun'' is considered the death of a thousand paper cuts. The characters mention that a practitioner of ''Wing Chun'' is usually winning until the moment they are defeated.



* ChickMagnet: Eli, during his period on Macedyn. He says that he stands out because he's an oddity. [[spoiler: In his own words, "A human wrapped in a turian wrapped in an asari."]]



* CityGuards: Lin and Eli, while on guard duty when they were stationed on Macedyn.



* ClingyJealousGirl: Subverted. Serana has almost always moved instinctively this way thinking ''"Mine"'' about [[spoiler:both Eli and, later, Lin]], but almost never actually acts on those feelings.



* 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.



* DamselInDistress: Several.
** Ellie, Dara and their families at the climax of the Redemption arc.
** [[spoiler:Siara, Ylara and an asari merc]] during the Omega campaign.
** [[spoiler:Dara, during the birthsong of Joy-singer.]]
** [[spoiler:Dara and Zasha, when they were captured by batarians]] during a botched operation on Lorek.



* DeathByAThousandCuts: According to the characters the ''Wing Chun'' fighting style is this.



* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: [[spoiler: Rel during the period of his 'combat addiction']]



* 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.



* DrunkWithPower: Subverted. [[spoiler:Lexine Elders can't wrap her head around the idea that the Spectres as an organization who is, for all intents and purposes, above the law, but isn't corrupt as a result.]]



* EncyclopaedicKnowledge: Mordin and later [[spoiler:Dara]].



* ExactWords: Dempsey saying to Madison that he wasn't allowed to ''use his biotics on goal'' during a friendly Handball match.



* FamedInStory: Ylara, is so famous in asari space that she has vids about her deeds.
** Subverted with Blasto. He has several bad movies made with his likeness, but none of them are acknowledged by him.



* FighterMageThief: During the Spectre trials, most teams were divided with this in mind. One straight up fighter, one tech and one biotic.



* Foreshadowing: So many that is hard to keep track of.



* GameBreaker: Joked with InUniverse. Everyone who sees Zasha using her shield for the first time tells her that it's almost like cheating.



* GirlsNightOutEpisode: The girls ''try'' to do this before [[spoiler:Seheve's wedding]]. It doesn't work out so well.



* GoingCommando: [[spoiler:To Eli's delight at the end of the night, Dara was using a backless black dress with nothing underneath during their shore leave on Bekenstein.]]
* GondorCallsForAid: Pelagia manages to send a message through the NCAI network that Omega was being attacked at the beggining of the batarian/yahg war.



* GoodFeelsGood: [[spoiler:During Rel's 'combat addiction', everyone wants to make him remember what does he needs to fight for.]]
* GotVolunteered: [[spoiler:Eli, as a press liason for the younger Spectres.]]



* HenpeckedHusband: Funnily, [[spoiler:Rinus]] admits to be this whenever his wife uses command-preemptory voice with him.



* HubCity: Bastion.



* ImagineSpot: Eli claims that he isn't responsible for some of the things his subconscious comes up with when he's dreaming, or even the things that come up when he's conscious.



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



* TheLeader: One of the aspects that every Spectre candidate has to demonstrate is that he has leadership skills.
* LethalChef: [[spoiler: Brennia and Lin during their marriage. Eli says that they managed to burn water.]]



* LoopholeAbuse: The asari councilor is not happy when [[spoiler:Shepard says that she didn't come with the information about the asari abductions earlier because she'd been told that she didn't provide enough evidence before.]]
* LostTechnology: Several things found during the story. From the Sower devices to the Biotic-to-Tech translator.
* LoveEpiphany: All over the place.
** Dara and Rel after their first pass through the simulator.
** Siara to Makur after the Rite on Tuchanka.
** [[spoiler:Eli to Serana after she figuratively beats him over the head with her feelings.]]
** [[spoiler:Lin to Serana after his psychic evals during the Spectre trials.]]
** [[spoiler:Eli and Dara with a little help from the Rachni song.]]
** [[spoiler:Rel to Seheve when they both are trapped inside a lifepod.]]



* LoveTriangle: Downplayed. There's no animosity between the parties involved. [[spoiler:Eli, Serana and Lin.]] Rather, they are as open about it as they can be.



* MightyGlacier: Dempsey, 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.weapon...



* MissionControl: Seheve serves as this briefly when the Young Guns are protecting a Prothean dig site, in the Arvuna campaign during the batarian/yahg war.
* MomentKiller: [[spoiler:Dara and Eli]] have these several times during the period where [[spoiler:she's in trial separation from Rel]], sometimes the killer are even themselves.



* MundaneMadeAwesome: Since Dempsey has a chip on his brain that tampers all of his emotions down (except rage), just being able to feel anything is awesome for him.



* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Lexine Elders is annoyed as hell that her charms doesn't seem to work on Rel, Dempsey and Eli.



* OlderThanTheyLook: Dempsey is, chronologically, ten years older than the rest of the Young Guns.
** By the epilogue, Eli, Dara, Dempsey, Zasha and Rel all look younger than they really are, for one reason or another.



* OutsideTheBoxTactic: Seheve passes one of the tests on the Spectre trials using a tactic not thought by the others.



* PersonaNonGrata: Shepard is seen as this in asari space, being blamed for [[spoiler:the destruction of Thessia.]]



* PintSizedPowerhouse: Seheve.



* RescueArc: [[spoiler:Dempsey, Rinus, Eli, Dara, Sam and Lantar trying to rescue Rel after he's gone MIA.]]



* SecretKeeper: The Spectres are known for keeping some of the galaxy's most well guarded secrets.



* SequelHook: The end of the epilogue sets up another adventure.



* SeriousBusiness: Handball, for the kids still on the school near the base.



* SimultaneousArcs: Several, since halfway throught the fic the characters are spread throughout the galaxy.



* [[SynchronousEpisodes Synchronous Chapters]]: During the batarian/yahg war at least three times the action is taken simultaneously between the various campaigns across the galaxy.



* TakeAThirdOption: Shepard does this when she decides to create a ''probationary'' Spectre rank, so she doesn't have to turn away people who have potential.



* TakeAThirdOption: Shepard does this when she decides to create a ''probationary'' Spectre rank, so she doesn't have to turn away people who have potential.



* TheTeam: The Young Guns



* Tele-Frag: Discussed, but never shown. Dances has the teleport ability, and this is one of the problems that could occur.

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* Tele-Frag: TeleFrag: Discussed, but never shown. Dances has the teleport ability, and this is one of the problems that could occur.


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


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* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Happens literally with [[spoiler:Rel, when he's rescued by Valak.]]


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* UnevenHybrid: [[spoiler:After 50000 years of crossbreeding between the population, almost everyone has some genes from an alien species.]]


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* VirtualReality: The sower devices can create these.


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* WhatTheHellHero: Rasmus Cadius delivers one to Rel, after the Spectre nominations, where [[spoiler:he's made ''probationary'' Spectre]].


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* YourMindMakesItReal: Averted. The Sower devices only show possibilities, not realities, but when people are trapped inside it, everything ''feels'' real.
* YouShallNotPass: The Young Guns during the Battle of the Vineyards. Kirrahe even delivers his uncle's "Hold the line" catchphrase.
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* EasilyForgiven: Averted hard with Lantar and later with Seheve.

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* EasilyForgiven: Averted hard with Lantar and later with Seheve.
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