[[Franchise/MassEffect Commander Victoria Shepard]] is in a tight spot. Recently resurrected, she is facing both a renewed assault by the Reapers upon the galaxy, and suspicions that she may have gone rogue and joined with the terrorist organization Cerberus. As she and her crew traverse the galaxy, she searches for some way to defeat the Reapers, clear her name, and repair her relationship with ex-girlfriend Liara T'Soni.


[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} While hunting xenos as part of an Inquisition retinue]], Captain August Gallardi is forced to ally himself with [[SpaceElves Eldar]] [[{{Seer}} Farseer]] Maeteris against the Crossroads Keeper, a powerful Chaos Daemon with the knowledge of other universes beyond the Warp. Although victorious, the manipulations of the daemon see the two hurled through time and space and spat out on some unknown planet in an unfamiliar part of the galaxy.

Fortunately for them, Shepard just happened to be passing by...

''The Mission Stays The Same'' is a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' crossover written by Broken Trident. It can be found [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7436717/1/The-Mission-Stays-the-Same here]]

!!This Fanfic provides examples of:
* AbsoluteXenophobe: One of the biggest sources of conflict is Gallardi's training and conditioning clashing with the Citadel's open policy towards aliens of all kinds. He begins to grow out of it around Chapter 18, but he has a crisis of faith following the team's departure from Illium. Justified in-story, as Gallardi points out just how horrific the aliens of the 41st Millennium are, and how the aliens of Mass Effect are much more friendly as less likely to eat you.
* ArmorIsUseless: Used and averted when it comes to the barriers, unless it comes up against the lasgun or power sword. Played straight with Gallardi's armor which, despite being made of armaplas or ceramite, gets shredded by a ME shotgun blast.
** To be fair, it was a Krogan shotgun fired at point-blank range.
* ArtificialLimbs: Gallardi has three. He lost them during a mission on Cadia, when he was overwhelmed and tortured by daemonettes.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Gallardi's plasma pistol can vaporize most heavy resistance the team encounters. Unfortunately, he only has three shots left (and there's the whole explode-upon-overheating thing, but that hasn't been an issue as of late).
* BreatherEpisode: Part 2 of "Illium Adventures" is much more lighthearted than the previous few chapters. [[GenkiGirl Kelly]], [[ClassyCatBurglar Kasumi]] and [[SpaceElf Maeteris]] spend a day shopping and traveling around Illium, although Maeteris does encounter Tela Vasir and warn her about the Reapers.
* ChickMagnet: Gallardi, especially with the power sword. As Shepard says:
--> "Well, let me tell something about women - even in our advanced age, a lot of them love dashing swordsmen."
** Mind you, a number of these women are asari, which disgusts him to no end.
* CulturedBadass: Maeteris turns out to be a very good musician.
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler:A species-wide example for the ME-verse Eldar when the Reapers came for them during their Cycle.]]
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:It's revealed that a daemon of some sort has been possessing Morinth for quite some time now.]]
* DropTheHammer: Grunt picks up a sledgehammer during the battle for Horizon.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer:
** Quite a few [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe asari]] start following or hitting on Maeteris during her trip to Illium. As an [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]], not only does she reject their advances, she finds it annoying and degrading.
** Also happens to Shepard when infiltrating Hock's mansion; because of Maeteris' skill with makeup, every single person there can't help but stare at Shepard, and she notices several asari present that are ready to jump her at any given moment.
* FishOutOfWater: Both ''40K'' characters: Gallardi has trouble dealing with a humanity that is open to aliens, while Maeteris is put off by how optimistic and friendly everyone is. Ironically enough, the two former enemies find that the only person they can really relate to is each other - which, considering how much the Imperials and Eldar hate each, is quite funny to read.
* GivingRadioToTheRomans: {{Downplayed}}: Galardi gives the Systems Alliance (but ''not'' the Citadel Council) the principles for Imperial laser technology. Considering how much ME-verse combat revolves around kinetic barriers, directed energy weaponry is a major GameBreaker in this universe.
* HeroicBSOD: Maeteris suffers one [[spoiler: when she learns of the Eldar's descruction in a previous cycle]].
* HostageSituation: Chapter 17 ends with some goons holding two asari officers at gunpoint and demanding that Gallardi surrender to them. Problem is, Gallardi is an AbsoluteXenophobe and is perfectly fine with letting the Asari die. [[spoiler: Gallardi ends up saving the asari in the next chapter, even taking some injuries, showing that he is growing out of his AbsoluteXenophobe mentality]].
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Kasumi evokes this when she, Kelly and Maeteris go shopping in Illium. She goes by the handle 'Zhao Daiyu' when dealing with store owners and such, reasoning that fewer and fewer people can tell the difference between Japanese and Chinese people, and aliens can't at all.
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Shepard had one with Liara before dying. This becomes a divisive issue between her and Gallardi.
** Jack teases Maeteris and Gallardi about the [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] between the two.
* InsultBackfire: During the argument between Gallardi and the Illusive Man, Gallardi brings up a quote from an Imperium general on how courage wins wars and makes Humanity what it is. When the Illusive Man calls said general hopelessly idealistic, like Shepard, Gallardi says that Shepard should take that as a compliment: the general he quoted was [[FourStarBadass Lord Commander Solar Macharius]], whose crusade brought nearly a thousand planets under the Imperium's control in about a decade and who was considered a military genius on par with ''[[GodEmperor the Emperor Himself]]''. Shepard says she has a lot to live up to for that comparison.
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: The plasma pistol Gallardi brought with him only has three shots left, and no way to replace ammunition (this is solved later, but hasn't been brought into effect fully).
* ItsRainingMen: Gallardi has training as a drop-trooper, and he begins to work with Mordin to re-engineer his drop chute using Mass Effect technology.
* KillItWithFire: Grunt gets to use a flamethrower on Zoria, much to his approval.
* MindRape:
** Maeteris does this to Jack by implanting some of her memories of Chaos into Jack's mind. This sends Jack into a minor HeroicBSOD, and it informs Maeteris that [[spoiler: Jack's a psyker]].
** She does this again to Tela Vasir, using the memory of [[spoiler: the Eldar's descruction]] to convince her that the Reapers are real. Although in this case, it was a bit more voluntary.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Gallardi, after he [[DeliberateValuesDissonance takes risks to save the life of an Asari]].
* NobleBigot: Captain Gallardi, although in the later chapters he is moving past his xenophobia.
* NormalFishInATinyPond: In the 40K universe, Gallardi is just a standard EliteMook with a slightly better than average gun. In the ''Mass Effect'' universe, his lasgun can rip through armor and kinetic barriers like a knife through butter, and his background of constant war makes him more experienced than most of the other characters (save Maeteris, but she's on a completely different level than he is).
* NothingPersonal: What Gallardi's and Maeteris' ambushers said to them once the tables were turned on them. They were a small merc band led by a turian and a Shadow Broker agent's team, respectively.
* NotSoStoic: Maeteris is full of poise and grace and firmly follows the ascetic lifestyle of her kind, but Kasumi manages to get a laugh out of her more than once, and she and Gallardi end up bonding somewhat by jokingly speculating on the [[TheFederation Tau]] attempting to recruit [[BloodKnight the]] [[AxeCrazy Orks]] to [[EpicFail join the Greater Good]].
* OddFriendship: Gallardi develops one with Maeteris, since the Eldar is the closest thing to normality that he can find.
* OneManArmy:
** Gallardi's weapons and combat training allow him to be this at times.
** Maeteris during her UnstoppableRage moment is depicted as destroying entire ranks of husks in melee.
* OutsideContextProblem: The main reason why Gallardi is so powerful: everything about combat in the ME-verse is built around the kinetic barriers, and Gallardi's lasgun ignores them entirely.
* PsychicPowers:
** Maeteris is a Farseer, so she has quite a few powers available for use.
** [[spoiler: Jack]] was also turned into a psyker [[spoiler: due to the tests Cerberus performed on her when she was a child]].
** M'tarr communicates through a psychic link.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Citadel Council seems to be drifting towards this (Save Sparatus).
* ShutUpHannibal: [[BigBad Harbinger]] possesses a collector and begins to go into one of his "resistance is futile" speeches. Gallardi shoots him before he can even finish his first sentence.
* {{Squee}}:
** Maeteris, [[TheStoic of all people]], upon finding out that there is a Gyrinx outside the Normandy.
** Shepard gets one as well when she and Gallardi brofist.
** Many of the women aboard the ''Normandy'' upon meeting M'tarr, Kasumi and Kelly especially.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: The Eldar did this to the Reapers, pouring their psychic energy into their sun to cause it to go nova and destroy hundreds of them and wipe out all trace of Eldar civilization]].
* TimeStandsStill: Maeteris' time shift ability doesn't actually do this, but it's close enough that she lets everyone think that it is.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gallardi gives one to the Illusive Man, calling him a selfish coward for not having enough faith in Humanity's ability to combat the alien races. For someone who lived in the most CrapsackWorld possible, it's actually pretty inspiring.
** HumansAreMorons: It's that the Illusive Man thinks this trope, as he believes that humanity has no natural advantage against all of the other aliens and so must try to get the advantage where they can.
** Gallardi in contrast believes HumansAreWarriors/ HumansAreSpecial, particularly when he compared the loyalist Imperium forces to the Chaos forces (in that the latter had advantages in warpcraft, daemon support and such in addition to the comparable tech both have) and asserted that the former does not need the latter's extra strengths to fight them.
* TheReveal:[[spoiler:It's implied Morinth's possessed by a Daemon.]]
* ThirdPersonPerson: M'tarr.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Some exists between Gallardi and Maeteris, oddly enough. Jack teases them on it.
* UnstoppableRage: Maeteris does not take news of [[spoiler: the Eldar's destruction]] very well, and ends up plowing through the Collector army attacking Horizon almost single-handedly.
* WalkDontSwim: When he first arrives in the ''Mass Effect'' universe, Gallardi lands in a small pond. It's deep enough that the water comes up over his head, but it's shallow enough that he can jut walk out once he gets his rebreather on (not like his armor would allow him to swim anyway).
* YourNormalIsOurTaboo: The biggest source of conflict between Gallardi and Shepard; he's an AbsoluteXenophobe brought into a world where relationships between humans and aliens are rather commonplace. He and Shepard get into a few arguments over the issue, but are professional enough to not let it interfere with operations (the one time that their arguments did become divisive was on an entirely different matter- Shepard's drinking after a rough reunion with Liara being brought up by Gallardi, who had an experience with a hung-over junior officer getting most of his unit killed). With Gallardi's CharacterDevelopment, he's begun to accept human[=/=]alien relationships a bit more.