[[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.....

The side story Dualities and Harmonies is [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7283921/1/Dualities_and_Harmonies here.]]

'''WARNING: This page assumes you have played ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' and ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Spoilers for those two games will be UNMARKED.'''

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!! This FanFic provides examples of:

* AIIsACrapshoot: Inverted with the "NCAI's", especially EDI and Pelagia.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Batarian vibro-swords
** Some Asari martial artists can create a blade with their biotics. It's invisible to the naked eye, subjects anything it touches to ''black hole-level gravity'', [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and it doesn't get blood all over everything.]]
* AceCustom: Several, starting with the "Pellak", a straight line ship that doesn't need a relay to travel to different systems.
* AcePilot: Kallixta
* ActionMom: Shepard, [[spoiler:and most of the female Spectres by the epilogue.]]
* [[CoolPet Alien Pet]]: Shepard's pet varren Urz. Inverted with Solanna's dog and Makur's pet snow leopard.
* AfterTheEnd: The whole of chapter 162.
* AlienInvasion: Played for laughs when Sky brings half of a rachni hive to the base with him.
* AlliterativeName: [[spoiler: Serana, during the period when she's married to Eli, is Serana Sidonis.]]
* AllMenArePerverts: Eli points out that no one ever ''admits'' to have ever seen ''Shepard does the Citadel'', a InUniverse [[ShowWithinAShow porn movie.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: Myetel has made D&D style stat sheets for the characters on the forums.
* AndIMustScream: The fate of the [[spoiler:lobotomized biotics slaves.]]
* AnimeHair: Dara's hair [[spoiler:after being turned into a human/rachni hybrid, starts to grow green.]]
* ApocalypseHow: Pre-fic Planetary/Physical Annihilation with the asari homeworld.
** Mind you, [[spoiler: Thessia fell to the Reapers in Mass Effect 3, too, but then we can blame Cerberus for accelerating that process.]]
* ArcNumber: Eli has the number 3 as his throughout most of the story.
* ArcWords: "We don't leave anyone behind."
* ArtificialLimbs: Rather commonplace with cybernetics. [[spoiler:Sam gets an arm, after the original is cut off by a batarian using a vibrosword.]]
* AttemptedRape: The batarians try on [[spoiler:Dara]]. It... doesn't work very well for them.
* AtomicFBomb: Eli and Dempsey work their way through human, turian, asari, salarian and krogan swear words while trying to install human house implements on a house built with rachni designs.
* TheAtoner: Lantar
* ArmorIsUseless: Zig-zagged; The armor the Young Guns start out with works as well as expected when it is 10-20 years old and comes face to face with modern high end weapons. However, when you take a vibro-sword to a rachni's natural armor, it will scratch it at best, and piss off the rachni at worst.
* ArrangedMarriage
* AscendedFanBoy: Some of the Forum Role Players have become canon characters.
* AscendedMeme: Blasto the hanar Spectre. Started as a joke in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', in the fic-verse he is an actual spectre and a pretty badass one at that.
* 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.
* AxCrazy: Lina Vasir
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Taken to the extreme. By the epilogue you can count the number of characters without kids of some form on one hand.
* BackFromTheDead: And the rather unpleasant hops and jumps that the courts had to make to bring back Dempsey.
* BackToBackBadasses: [[spoiler: Briefly, Eli and Seheve during a confrontation inside a Collector ship.]]
* BadassBoast:
---> '''Shepard:''' You are on a Spectre base. Spectres are outside the law. This base is outside the law. You have inflicted atrocities, by any standard, against Spectres and those affiliated with them, and have attempted similar acts against the families and loved ones of other Spectres...There is nothing that legally prevents me from having you shot and fed to the damn varren for dinner....Council put me outside the law, so if I remand you to their custody in the form of varren shit in a waste receptacle this big," Shepard held up her hands a couple of feet apart, "they really can't complain, can they?"
---> '''Siege''' "It is our affair because it is our battle brother's affair. Not that we expect you to understand the nuances of this fact. We do, however, expect you to respect it." Runtimes inside the platform made the specific decision to allow its biotic transceiver to broadcast in the clear. All the biotics there would feel the real, actual rage from the machine, true protection-anger and insult-anger wrapped inside that cold metal shell. "Give us cause and we will break you, you cold-song bitch."
* BadassGrandpa: Gavius
* BadassMustache: Sam
* BadassNormal: Sam, Kasumi
* [[spoiler: BarehandedBladeBlock: Dara]]
* BareYourMidriff: [[spoiler: Serana's wedding outfit with Lin.]]
* BatmanGambit: Eli and Lin plans to enter combat during the [[spoiler:batarian/yahg]] war, usually involve using vibroswords and betting that the batarians would target them first, making their moves predictable.
* BattleCouple: Shep/Garrus, Dara/Rel, Sam/[[spoiler:Kasumi, Dara/Eli, Dempsey/Zasha]], and a whole buttload more.
* BeachEpisode: Rinus and Kallixta invite Rel and Dara for some leave time on their house on Macedyn.
* BerserkButton:
** Call Shepard's kids monsters, It'll be fun.
** DO NOT BOTHER THE AUTHOR about [[spoiler: Dara and Rel's breakup]], ever.
** [[spoiler:You better not do anything that is not in Madison's best interest or else you will have Dempsey, a [[NighInvulnerability wolverine healing]] [[PapaWolf death machine with the same biotic power as a brood warrior]] who just happens to be immune from the law coming after you.]]
** On that note, do not, ever, threaten children, doesn't matter wich species, when you're in range of a rachni brood-warrior.
** Or threaten a rachni queen.
* BestialityIsDepraved: Kalaxia's uncle had a livestock habit
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Dara.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Fors.
* BigBadassBattleSequence: Several. Usually at the end of an arc, but some are interspersed.
* BigDamnHeroes: The Young Guns perform one to a group of fleeing civilians on Astaria.
* BigEater: Dempsey
* BigGood: The Spectres.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Turians carry wedding knifes in sheats on their wrists. These can and are used several times in combat.
* BlessedWithSuck: Dempsey is this in double. He can use both biotics and tech skills, but every time he uses both in sequence he has splitting headaches. He has a krogan regeneration gene mod that can heal almost any damage, but also has to contend with the krogan Bloodrage when he gets angry, to which the headaches don't help.
* BlandNameProduct: ''Code of Honor'', an extranet game that Madison plays.
* BlankWhiteEyes: James have this literally.
* BloodyHorror: One of the tactics of [[spoiler:the Yahg.]]
* BodyguardCrush: Played with. Narayana was already crushing pretty hard on [[spoiler:Kirrahe]] even before he was assigned as her bodyguard, but it helped cement the feelings she had.
* BreakTheCutie: Dara, Lin and Eli during their time on the Turian Military, before the tryouts for the spectres. [[spoiler:Caelia in the epilogue.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: Siara on Tuchanka.
* BreakThemByTalking: Eli's first instinct in a given situation is try and negotiate things before having to shoot.
* [[BreatherEpisode Breather Chapter]]: Several. The one that stands out the most is probably the one with Fors', Lin's and Dempsey's bachelor party.
* ButtMonkey: Lin and his knee; mostly his knee.
* CanonImmigrant: [[spoiler: some of the fan characters from the Role play forums have been added to the story]]
* CallBack: So many that it would take an entire page.
* CarFu: Dempsey and Eli are not above using whatever vehicle they are driving as weapons.
* CasualDangerDialogue: On occasion.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: Kella and Brennia.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: It's practically a coming of age story.
* CharacterFocus: It shifts a lot. Even some minor characters receive some over the course of the story.
* CheerfulChild: Almost all the children related directly or indirectly to the spectres are this on some level. [[spoiler: Until they're not. Caelia is the foremost example.]]
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The Sower devices.
* ChekhovsGun: Azure Dust's effect on rachni. This 'gun' collects a lot of dust, over 5 years to be exact, but when it fires it is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** [[spoiler:Eli's quilt.]]
* 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.
* CheshireCatGrin: Serana.
* 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."]]
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: James Dempsey's backstory. Madison Dempsey's too.
* ChildSoldiers: Zigzagged. In the turian society is considered a good thing to be blooded young (read: to have killed someone in self-defense), but they do not want the children to go and be part of the military before they passed bootcamp, which is still done at the age of 16.
* CityGuards: Lin and Eli, while on guard duty when they were stationed on Macedyn.
* 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.
* 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.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Lin comes across as this, before his and Eli's turn to go for bootcamp.
* CodeName: Every Spectre ends up getting one by the end.
* 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.
* ConfusionFu / CombatPragmatist: Also known as Mindoir-Mixed Style
* ContrivedCoincidence: Valak just happens to be about to carry an attack on the same complex that Rel's team is already attacking.
* 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.
* CoolShip: The SR's.
* CouldntFindAPen: [[spoiler:Eli's paints his clan patterns on Dara's face with his blood, practically a battleground marriage by turian standards.]]
* CrusadingLawyer: Mr. Maxwell, his crusade? AI rights
* CulturedBadass: Shepard is fluent in Latin.
* CuteKitten: Loki and Lucy.
* CurbStompBattle: A few
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: [[spoiler:The control chip for Dempsey's cybernetics is implanted in the emotion center of his brain, which prevented him from feeling anything except anger for a time.]]
* {{Cyborg}}: Shepard, [[spoiler:Dempsey.]]
* 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.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The Spectres armor is black.
* TheDeadHaveNames: Shepard during the funeral after the AEC attack on the base lists every single of the people that died during the attack by name and some tidbit about them.
* DeathByAThousandCuts: According to the characters the ''Wing Chun'' fighting style is this.
* DeathByOriginStory: Dara's mom and Eli's dad.
* 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]].
* DeflectorShields: The cyclonic shields equipped on the SR ships.
* DespairEventHorizon: When a turian crosses this line he's generally regarded and/or regards himself as a "''mor'loci''".
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: [[spoiler: Rel during the period of his 'combat addiction']]
* DetectEvil: Rachni have the innate ability to detect everything a person is, down to their innermost thoughts, those that even them don't perceive.
* {{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.
* 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.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Only once.
* DiscontinuityNod: The author goes to great lenghts to practically destroy the entire plot of ME3, with several well tough out arguments.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: The Lystheni dalatrass on Garvug. Well, one of them.]]
* DistressedDude: [[spoiler: Subverted: Rel gets captured by a batarian, but it turns out that the batarian is a turncoat. Not that the rescue team knows this.]]
* DoesntLikeGuns: Ellie at first.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The various "Bite me" comments that are thrown around, considering turian mating ways. Lampshaded to hell and back too.
* 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.
* DoorStopper: 3,404,854 words. Impressive.
* DrugsAreBad: A asari drug (azure dust) is turned into a gas grenade. Every species has a different reaction: It's ecstasy for humans, pot for turians, Super Crack for salarians, and increases biotics for rachni and asari. Later down the line, it's stated that azure dust instantly triggers [[UnstoppableRage blood-rage]] in krogan who are exposed.
* 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.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Oh, so very much. Though, as noted in the story, there's no such thing as a Happilly ever after. It's just a new beggining.
* EasilyForgiven: Averted with Lantar and later with Seheve.
* EccentricMentor: Mordin to Dara.
* EmpathyDollShot: Eli's recovered doll in the Omega campaign during the war.
* EncyclopaedicKnowledge: Mordin and later [[spoiler:Dara]].
* ExactEavesdropping: Garrus walking in on Lantar confessing his past to Ellie and Eli.
* ExactWords: Dempsey saying to Madison that he wasn't allowed to ''use his biotics on goal'' during a friendly Handball match.
* EyepatchOfPower: Ylara, briefly, during and after the Omega campaign.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:The biotics are lobotomized by the batarians through the eye cavity of the skull.]]
* TheFaceless: The second generation of NCAI's avatars, before they are coaxed to present their self-images.
* 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.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:The lobotomized biotics.]]
* FighterMageThief: During the Spectre trials, most teams were divided with this in mind. One straight up fighter, one tech and one biotic.
* FigureItOutYourself: The spectres' tryouts. They are told the objective of the exercise but not told on how or what they are been evaluated exactly.
* FireBreathingWeapon: Kirrahe Orlan's standard loadout includes a flamethrower.
* Foreshadowing: So many that is hard to keep track of.
* FreakOut: [[spoiler: Brennia's death is the point of both Lin and Eli's StartOfDarkness.]]
* FromBadToWorse: Used several times throughout the story to point out that things will get worse before they get better.
* FunctionalMagic: Biotics. Even more than on canon.
* GameBreaker: Joked with InUniverse. Everyone who sees Zasha using her shield for the first time tells her that it's almost like cheating.
* GenderIsNoObject: Subverted: Turian psychology is shown to be this at first glance but it's actually pretty segregated in a few places.
* GadgeteerGenius: Rinus.
* GagPenis: When Rel sees a "happy" male hanar, he thinks it has an extra tentacle.
* GentleGiant: Siege.
* GirlNextDoor: Dara according to Eli,[[spoiler: after they get together. Also a Sexy Doctor and Alien Chick, all rolled into one.]]
* GirlsNightOutEpisode: The girls ''try'' to do this before [[spoiler:Seheve's wedding]]. It doesn't work out so well.
* TheGlomp: Joy-singer(a Rachni Queen) to Dara in Chapter 151.
* GloryHound: Lexine Elders, the reporter embebbed with the Alliance teams on the Terra Nova campaign.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The rachni when one of their queens are in danger.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* 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.]]
* GovernmentConspiracy: The volus government backing an Asari matriarch [[spoiler:almost imploded the galactic economy in the aftermath.]]
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:Joker uploads himself in to a prototype of the [[NighInvulnerability super tough]] [[EldritchAbomination ex BigBad Race]] to have a BigDamnHeroes moment leading to the CurbStompBattle with a surprising good guy bias]].
** The domination ardat-yakshi ability [[spoiler:that the Lystheni salarians spliced into some of their own genome.]]
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: All over the place.
* {{Guyliner}}: Lexine Elders comments that Eli has eyelashes that most women would pay hundreds of credits to get.
* HalfHumanHybrid: One of the few good uses of this trope in Shepard's hybrid kids.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Avoided with emphasis on how many things one can carry to a battlefield.
* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler: Sam by the end of the batarian/yahg war.]]
* 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.
* TheHeavy: Several dependent mostly on the story arc. Arvak N'Mod during Victory is the most stand out example.
* HeelFaceTurn: Seheve. [[spoiler: Several captured batarian prisioners including people from SIU, and a female Yahg.]]
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Averted. Everyone is always helmets during combat situations and several times even out of them.
* HenpeckedHusband: Funnily, [[spoiler:Rinus]] admits to be this whenever his wife uses command-preemptory voice with him.
* HeroicRROD: Siara's Empathy ability. She can take pain into herself, allowing a squad-mate to stay standing in spite of the worst wounds. A dangerous ability, because it does not actually heal the squad-mate, but prevents them from collapsing to the ground. Too much pain can damage her own nerve endings.
* HeroStoleMyBike: Offscreen. Eli and Lin used hovercycles during a chase on Macedyn.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler: Eli, Lin and Rel suffer hard from this at one point or another.]]
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: Spectre's use black armor, with a golden emblem. Other than in the dark, they don't blend well anywhere.
* HiveQueen: The rachni queens, [[spoiler:and Dara]].
* HollywoodHealing: With all the technology of the Council, it's hard to avoid this, but there are hard limits that can't be broken, like using a regenerator to mend the same broken bone more than once a year.
* HospitalHottie: Dara
* HostageSituation: Eli and Lin are trained SWAT operatives, that get to deal with this type of cases. During the time they were at Bastion they were tapped to control a situation on the flight control post where a lone gunman took over the place. During the Spectre tryouts this is one of the scenarios the prospective Spectres have to deal with.
* HotSkittyonWailordAction: Ylara (a 5'6" Asari) and Tulluust (an Elcor)
* {{Housewife}}: Ellie.
* HubCity: Bastion.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Rel/Dara, Lantar/Ellie, [[spoiler: Elijah/Dara, Rel/Seheve.]]
* HumanMomNonHumanDad: Most of the hybrid kids shown, with the exception of Estevan.
* HumansAreWhite: Averted with Kasumi and one of the early Spectre candidates being black.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: The Mindoir Mixed Style, as it came to be called. Everyone who got to boot camp excelled at sparring because they could simply adapt their styles to each of the opponents.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: [[spoiler:The answer to the riddle Eli gives to Dara turns out to be that he just want to be one.]]
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: [[spoiler:Siara before going to Tuchanka.]]
* IGotBigger: Eli grows from a scared, scrawny little twerp into a respectable young man throughout the story.
* IHaveYourWife: And children. The AEC uses them as hostages at the end of the first Spectres tryouts.
* TheIllegal: Played for laughs with Gives-Solace-To-The-Body-Of-Many, a '''male''' hanar hooker who keeps finding ways to enter Bastion despite being banned from it.
* TheIlluminati: [[spoiler: During the epilogue, is mentioned that during the period the other Spectres were in the stasis pods, the Spectres that still believed in the reapers end up having this connotation against the ones who didn't believe in the threat anymore.]]
* 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.
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: [[spoiler: Kella gives part of her essence to Elijah, allowing him to speak asari, among other things]]
* ImplacableMan: Dempsey when his BerserkButton is pressed. Same for the rachni.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Almost a requirement for Spectre work.
* InfantImmortality: Zigzagged. Played straight with the kids of the Spectres but several thousand children do die during the plagues and the wars.
* InterspeciesRomance
* IronLady: Shepard.
* ItsRainingMen: The Young Guns perform a Halo drop from 35000 feet to avoid detection from a facility.
* IWantThemAlive: [[spoiler:The batarian slavers when it comes to asari and human biotics. Otherwise they can't fit them into the biotic weapons.]]
* KarmicDeath: The SIU operatives that try to kill ELi and Lin with Vibroswords, are both skewered.
* KeystoneArmy: The Reapers
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Cathartic way for Eli to kill Brennia's murderer.]]
* KillEmAll: Every time Garrus is deployed in an "Archangel" mission, that's the expected outcome.
* KillItWithFire: Orlan prefered weapon is a flamethrower, and he's squad name is Agni.
* KindheartedCatLover: Seheve, and in a weird way, Makur.
* KnifeNut: Seheve.
* LadyAndKnight: Rel carved a spirit statue of [[spoiler:Dara and Eli]] using the namesakes of their squadnames. The statue ends up having this feel.
* 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.]]
* LetsGetDangerous: Demonstrated during a school panel, where Eli switches between laid back posture to alpha posture.
* LightningBruiser: Eli already had great reflexes before using a reflexes gene mod. All turians have a better reflex speed than most other council races.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Several cases to go around. Lantar and Eli, Garrus and Kaius, Dempsey and Madison to name a few.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Just try counting them all. We dare you.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: Several characters develop new techniques over the course of the story and later demonstrate to others that weren't already aware of them.
* 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.]]
* LoveHurts: Demonstrated from several angles, that sometimes even getting what you want it still hurts.
* 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.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Eli and Lin.
* MamaBear: Shepard.
* MeaningfulFuneral: The funeral after the AEC attack on the base. Mordin's funeral as well.
* MidSeasonTwist: [[spoiler: Rel and Dara's break up.]]
* MightyGlacier: Dempsey, Makur, any elcor that knows how to use a weapon...
* MildlyMilitary: The Spectres. Most of the military feel comes from the people who were military before becoming Spectres.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Inverted: When informed of the numbers of the plague victims Dara is visibly distressed.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot:[[spoiler: The theft of military equipment ends up revealing a plot to kill the turian Imperator.]]
* 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.
* MoodWhiplash: Used InUniverse[[spoiler: so Rel could realize that he had an addiction.]]
* MookHorrorShow: [[CurbStompBattle The Battle of the Vineyards]] from the batarians perspective.
* MotherlyScientist: Eventually [[spoiler:Dara]]
* 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.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The [=AEC.=]
* NeverMyFault: Rel suffer from a bout of this during [[spoiler: the period where he's suffering from 'combat addiction']]
* NighInvulnerability: Dempsey and Makur. Double layer of shields plus krogan regeneration. Thell too, by virtue of being practically a walking tank when in armor.
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: The whole premise of the Husk War.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: While subverted as with canon, this is played straight with [[spoiler:royal jelly.]]
* NoConservationOfEnergy: The work goes to great pains to avoid this.
* NoManShouldHaveThisPower: Solidly averted. Everything the characters come across during their adventures gets used later again in some form or another.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Staple of the Spectres under Shepard's tenure.
* NoSell: A Elcor has the muscle to move its body in 4x earth gravity so when a 800kg Yahg lands on one they probably will not notice the added weight.
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: Eli, during bootcamp, remarking to a bully that he couldn't understand why he'd been afraid of him.
* NotAMorningPerson: Kasumi
-->'''Kasumi''': "This is why I don't get up before seven most mornings... anything before seven is trouble..."
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Lexine Elders is annoyed as hell that her charms doesn't seem to work on Rel, Dempsey and Eli.
* NotSoDifferent: Humans and turians are remarked semi-regularly to be this.
* NotSoStoic: Seheve[[spoiler: when talking about the drell homeworld.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Eli uses this during[[spoiler: the early infiltration of Khar'sharn.]]
* OddFriendship: Lin, Eli and Fors. Later, Fors and Dempsey.
** Siara and Dara.
* OfficialCouple: Shepard and Garrus.
* 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.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Batarian husks.]]
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: Seheve passes one of the tests on the Spectre trials using a tactic not thought by the others.
* PapaWolf: Dempsey.
* [[spoiler: ParentalIncest]]:[[spoiler: Siara suffered this in a bad way.]]
* ParrotPetPosition: The rachni workers, mostly 1812 and Chopin.
* PersonaNonGrata: Shepard is seen as this in asari space, being blamed for [[spoiler:the destruction of Thessia.]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction:
-->'''Eli:''' "If we ever need to take out a small city, and don't want to, you know, drop bombs on it? I vote we just drop in Dempsey, Rel and Kirrahe, and the rest of us sit back and drink lemonade."
* PhotographicMemory: Seheve. Comes with being a drell.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Seheve.
* PleaseWakeUp: Several times.
* PoisonousCaptive: [[spoiler:The female Yahg captured on Lorek.]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: Generally represented by a mission with bad or incomplete intel.
* PosthumousCharacter: Sarah Jaworski.
* PowerArmor: The quarians and the geth have made [[IronMan War Machine]] battle suits for the Quarians to wear. [[spoiler:Instad of buying new armor after the First battle of Kar'Shan, Siara buys an Atlas mech]].
* PsychicPowers: Biotics are shown to have even more psychic abilities than in canon, up to and including telepathy.
* PuppyLove: Eli and Dara in the beginning of the story. [[spoiler: Amara and Madison later on.]]
* PutOnABus: Mordin Alesh only appears during the Spectres tryouts.
* [[spoiler: Really700YearsOld: In the epilogue; after 50,000 years of medical advancements, death is more or less optional.]]
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Lin gets reassigned to Nimines, a largely frozen turian colony, during the second half of his military career.
* RecognitionFailure: Serana doesn't recognize the [[spoiler:Turian Imperator and tries to arrest him, believing him to be a pirate or merc.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Eli and Lin.
* ReferenceOverdosed
* RefugeInAudacity: [[spoiler: Maxwell wins a court case by tricking a senator to say ON RECORD the the wording of the law in question is just symbolism.]]
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: All the radio team names for the Spectres are taken from Terran mythology.
* RescueArc: [[spoiler:Dempsey, Rinus, Eli, Dara, Sam and Lantar trying to rescue Rel after he's gone MIA.]]
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots:[[spoiler: James, who's essentially a personality upload of Dempsey.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge:[[spoiler: Lin almost goes into one, if he did not have Eli there to keep him in check.]]
* RousingSpeech: Shepard is known for giving a few. [[spoiler:Rinus gives some later too, even if he himself doesn't recognize it.]]
* RousseauWasRight: The warrior-caste batarians.
* SecretKeeper: The Spectres are known for keeping some of the galaxy's most well guarded secrets.
* 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.]]
* SequelHook: The end of the epilogue sets up another adventure.
* SensorCharacter: Makur. Any rachni brood-warrior or queen.
* SerialKiller: [[spoiler:Brennia, Lin's first wife, is killed by one.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Handball, for the kids still on the school near the base.
* SexGod: Sky, weirdly. He has a 4 hour nonstop "encounter" with the rachni queen Shepard freed in Mass Effect. ''Everybody on the planet'' joins in mentally to the point that Eli is saying Sky's name. He then promptly lampshades this and asks for Sky's autograph.
* SharingABody: In a weird sense, [[spoiler:Dara. She can be either be her human self, or Sings-Heartstrong, her rachni queen self.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Just about everyone on the Spectre base is this when it comes to Madison/Amara and Kaius/Caelia.
** Earlier than that, no one is surprised when [[spoiler:Serana and Eli get toghether]] besides the man himself.
* ShirtlessScene: Eli, whenever he's sparring and his shirt gets too much sweat, simply takes it off. The turians have absolute no nudity problems. Same goes for the asari and salarians.
* ShootingSuperman: The batarian always seem to think that they can get through Zasha's shield with enough ammunition.
* ShownTheirWork: These three words alone are not enough to do this series justice.
** Hell, this could be the trope codifier for fan fiction...
* SiblingYinYang: Serana and Rel or Rinus.
* SiblingTeam: Rinus and Rellus, and later Serana added into the mix.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Just about every couple, in varying degrees.
* SiliconBasedLife: Apparently, [[spoiler: the volus and a few others mentioned during the epilogue.]]
* 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.
* SocialDarwinist: The batarian caste system in a nutshell.
* StormingTheCastle: The final trial of the turian bootcamp usually is this.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Pointed out by everyone who sees Eli, that he, contrary to genetics and the fact that he's human, resembles Lantar, his adopted turian father.
* StudentAndMasterTeam: Dara and Shepard, Dara and Mordin
* SuccessionCrisis: During the epilogue involving the turian Imperial family.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Dara, to anyone who isn't close to her.
* SuperReflexes: Eli after his gene mods and boot camp. He once caught a falling glass almost as soon as he realized it was falling.
* SupportingLeader: Weirdly enough, Shepard gets this treatment during the second half of the story.
* SurvivorGuilt: Lantar has massive doses of this.
* SwordCane: [[spoiler:Valak.]]
* [[SynchronousEpisodes Synchronous Chapters]]: During the batarian/yahg war at least three times the action is taken simultaneously between the various campaigns across the galaxy.
* SyntheticPlague: [[spoiler: Batarians do this to 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.
* TangledFamilyTree: Put it this way; [[spoiler:when Agnes and Gavius got married, it meant that a rachni was related to ''the leader of the turian government''.]]
** From Chapter 146, "Inhalation":
-->'''Eli:''' "Wait, is Shepard technically family again?"\\
'''Dara:''' "Technically, since you and Lin are blood-brothers, and he's married to Serana, yes."\\
'''Eli:''' "You ever get the feeling that someone in twenty years is going to try to do our genealogy and shoot themselves?"\\
'''Dara:''' "''Ciea'teilu'', I don't think there's any 'in twenty years' about it. Through Lin and Serana, you're also related to Kallixta. Which means the Imperial family technically has AIs, through Rinus and Kallixta. Hybrids, through Garrus and Shepard ''and'' through your parents. A salarian, through your dad adopting Narayana, a human, in you. . . you call Ylara your third-mother, so they can claim an asari. . . kind of. . . and when [[spoiler:we get married,]] they'll have rachni as cousins, too. Kallixta told me last week that the Office of Heraldry and Imperial Genealogy is usually all of two old guys, who mostly putter around with dusty old books. There are rumors that both of them are being kept away from sharp objects and shoe laces lately."
* TakeThat: To the ending of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''; When the main characters are talking about how Shepard defeated the Reapers, they mock the idea of the Reapers possibly running on circuital logic or space magic.
* TheTeam: The Young Guns
* TeenGenius: All the Young Guns who grew up in Mindoir certainly qualify. Especially Dara.
* TeleFrag: Discussed, but never shown. Dances has the teleport ability, and this is one of the problems that could occur.
* {{Telepathy}}: The only ability all biotics have in common.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Subverted. There are therapists, but none of the characters actually trust them.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The rachni when they get [=PISSED=] stop at literally nothing before they destroy their enemies.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Tel and Lin before CharacterDevelopment.
* ThousandYardStare: [[spoiler:During the epilogue this happens to Eli and Dara, and later to Dempsey and Zasha.]]
* ThouShaltNotKill: At least when it's not straight up combat.
* TimeSkip: Some during the story, but most of it during the epilogue(s).
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:During the Spectre tryouts, part of the problem that Rel can't wrap his head around, is the fact that everyone around him took several levels while he remained mostly stagnated.]]
* TotallyRadical: An interesting variation. Since expressions don't translate well from one language to another, several times the characters have to resort to VI's to understand a given expression and even then the translation is too literal, losing the meaning.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: The rachni workers seem to believe that 'toast' is Dara's.
* TrainingFromHell: Interesting case in that the characters that go to the turian military pass by one voluntarily in Mindoir, before going to the obligatory one in bootcamp.
* TranslatorMicrobes: Unlike canon, there's no voice-to-voice real time translator in the setting. There's voice-to-text with the right VI's however.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Happens literally with [[spoiler:Rel, when he's rescued by Valak.]]
* TrialByFriendlyFire: When the enemies use the Domination ability, the characters have to decide if they shot their friends, just stay in cover or try to incapacitate them.
* TrueCompanions: Practically one of the requisites to become a Spectre under Shepard's tenure in the office is the ability to form these type of bonds with other Spectres and associates.
** Garrus, Lantar and Sam form one unit.
** Gris, Cohort and Sky.
** The Young Guns Dara, Eli, Lin, Dempsey, Rel, Seheve, Zasha, Orlan, Serana and Glory.
* TryNotToDie: Several times the characters issue this command along with their orders.
* 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.
* UnevenHybrid: [[spoiler:After 50000 years of crossbreeding between the population, almost everyone has some genes from an alien species.]]
* UnCoffee: Apha, essentially coffee for dextro species.
* UnderwaterRuins: Technically not ruins. [[spoiler: The submerged Prothean city is actually very well-preserved and relatively functional.]]
* UniquenessDecay: Ardat-Yakshi. [[spoiler:In the start of the story, just a few are known. By the end, at least 10% of the asari population is discovered to be one.]]
* VerbalTic: Dara picks up a bit of Mordin's speech patterns while working under him. It re-emerges from time to time whenever she starts getting technical about medicine and science.
* VirtualReality: The sower devices can create these.
* WarIsHell: Point hammered again and again. And then some more.
* WaveMotionGun: The Biotic weapons on the batarian ships.
* 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.]]
** [[spoiler: A whopping TEN PERCENT of all Asari (in-story statistics place this total at 1.2 ''billion'') carry a recessive gene on their [[BizarreAlienBiology 44th chromosome pair]] that emulates the functions of the Y chromosome in humans, producing the Asari analogue of testosterone. As it turns out, this recessive gene is the same exact gene that governs biotic capabilities such as Domination and Reave, both skills characteristic of stereotypical Ardat-Yakshi, and both used by many Justicars and Matriarchs. This means a tenth of all Asari are capable of giving birth to either hermaphroditic/male Asari or Ardat-Yakshi. The reason so few of them are actually identified is because that recessive gene also has a hand in the empathy ability (Asari can feel everything their mate feels), and the few genomes that end up failing to express that ability result in the Asari killing their partner during melding without them even realizing it.]] Sometimes though, such as in the case of Morinth, the Asari just got plain unlucky and were actual psychopaths.
** Also, [[spoiler: all those Asari that the Batarians abducted and lobotomized? Many of them carried this Y-gene. They were set up for abduction by an Asari cult dedicated to ridding the entire race of all birth defects, from the mundane to the extreme, under the cover of a charitable organization.]]
** [[spoiler: Samiel Viridian, a male Asari, is revealed to be one of, at most, seven Asari out of twelve billion that express all of these characteristics (Domination, Reave, Empathy, and masculinity); the 'perfect Ardat-Yakshi.']]
* WhatIf: Used as PlotDevice with the simulator.[[spoiler: And later with two really wacky shared dreams.]]
* [[spoiler: WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Siege and Mercuria]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Rasmus Cadius delivers one to Rel, after the Spectre nominations, where [[spoiler:he's made ''probationary'' Spectre]].
* WorldOfBadass
* WouldntHitAGirl: Averted. Gender equality doesn't have these as problems.
* WouldNotShootAGoodGuy: Eli talks a batarian SIU operative into surrendering just because Glory says he's not a 'gray-voice'.
* WrenchWench: Zasha and Nali. Comes with being quarian.
* YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord: The Asari language is literally monogendered: it contains no masculine pronouns whatsoever. The best Asari can manage without resorting to speaking in another language is ''not-she.''
* YouAreWorthHell: Rel to Dara. [[spoiler: Eli to Dara, as well. Rel to Seheve.]]
* YourHeadAsplode: Fors 'Implosion' ability [[spoiler:when used on Yahg. They are too big so he uses only on their heads.]]
* 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.
* ZergRush: Standard rachni combat doctrine when a queen is being attacked is to swarm the attackers with workers and soldiers until the attacker is dead or until the queen tell them to stop.