Mass Foundations is a fanfiction series set in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe, written by Tropers/NordRonnoc. Initially, the series is strongly inspired by ''Fanfic/MassVexations'' and ''Fanfic/MassesToMasses'', given that Tropers/HerrWozzeck and Nord once shared some ideas together on the former.

''Redemption in the Stars'' follows the plot of ''ComicBook/MassEffectRedemption'' (which is set between set between the [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 second]] game's opening and main plot) and is centered on Ethan Sunderland, the Courier. In the years after [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas the events of his adventures in the Mojave]], a teleportation experiment has gone wrong, transporting him to [[WretchedHive Omega]]. He soon meets Shepard's former squadmate [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Liara T’Soni]] and information broker [[TheReptilians Feron]], and gets involved in their hunt to recover Commander Shepard’s body before it falls into the hands of [[InsectoidAliens the Collectors]]. Redemption in the Stars was originally called Mass Vexations: Redemption and had a degree of involvement from Herr Wozzeck prior to a falling out between the two. It can be viewed [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8803708/1/Mass-Foundations-Redemption-in-the-Stars here]].

The second entry is called ''All the World's a Stage''. The [[Creator/PeterCapaldi Twelfth]] [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]] has been brought to the Franchise/{{Fallout}} universe after receiving a distress signal. He sets out to investigate, meeting up with Jocelyn Song, [[VideoGame/{{Fallout3}} the Lone Wanderer]]. The title references the well-known phrase from Theatre/AsYouLikeIt. Time will tell if additional references to Shakespeare will be made. Nord has advertised it'll cross over with another setting, which is revealed to be the [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur]] universe]]. It can be read [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11715058/1/All-The-World-s-a-Stage here]]. Like his other works below, you can also find it on Website/SpaceBattlesDotCom and Sufficient Velocity [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/all-the-worlds-a-stage-doctor-who-fallout-spoiler.363547/ here]] and [[https://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/all-the-worlds-a-stage-doctor-who-fallout-spoiler.23816/ here]] respectively. It has since then received a [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12519168/1/Mass-Foundations-All-the-World-s-a-Stage rewrite]].

The next entry, ''A New Day'', is revolved around a [[RotatingProtagonist different protagonist]], Eric Grimes, a high school graduate, with little connection to the previous story so far. During a vacation with his family, he was transported to the Mass Effect universe when he stumbled upon a strange artifact. He had to adjust to the strange universe he found himself in. Unlike the Courier, [[ContrastingSequelMainCharacter Eric]] is shy and mild-mannered and is inexperienced in a fight. It can be viewed [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11894097/1/A-New-Day here]].

Another entry, ''Little Star'', had been posted. It starred Commander Shepard as she found a distress signal on a planet called Acabar, where strange and twisted creatures known as the Merged had wiped out most of the science team. [[WordOfGod Nord]] has likened it to {{Film/Alien}}, Film/TheThing1982, and Film/EventHorizon. It can be read [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12416267/1/Mass-Foundations-Little-Star here]].

Currently, Nord has posted forums of the stories, including a rewrite of Redemption in the Stars, on [[Website/SpaceBattlesDotCom Spacebattles]] and Sufficient Velocity. On SB, Redemption in the Stars can be viewed [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/mass-foundations-redemption-in-the-stars-rewrite-fallout-mass-effect.313583/ here]] and a New Day can be viewed [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/mass-foundations-a-new-day-mass-effect.281544/ here]]. On SV, Redemption in the Stars can be viewed [[http://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/mass-foundations-redemption-in-the-stars-rewrite-fallout-mass-effect.9920/ here]], and a New Day can be viewed [[http://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/mass-foundations-a-new-day-mass-effect.4056/ here]]. But Nord has rebooted A New Day. You can find the new threads on SB and SV [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/mass-foundations-a-new-day-thread-2-mass-effect.341636/ here]] and [[http://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/mass-foundations-a-new-day-thread-2-mass-effect.18492/ here]] respectively.

Recently, he has released lore entries for each entry in the series, which expands on the lore unique to the series as well as any other setting the fics use. The series also has a [[http://archiveofourown.org/series/31684 link]] on Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn.

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!!The series provides examples of:

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[[folder:The series in general]]
* AllThereInTheManual: The main purpose of the Mass Foundations codex entries.
* AlternateUniverse: See TheMultiverse below.
* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Goes along with RotatingProtagonist. So far, each entry in the series (''Redemption in the Stars'', ''A New Day'', and ''All the World's a Stage'', for example) features different protagonists. As such:
** ''Redemption in the Stars'' has Ethan Sunderland, aka the Courier, who's a (though implied) multi-ethnic man with a sarcastic and somewhat selfish streak, though he is willing to help his friends out.
** Meanwhile, in ''A New Day'', Eric Grimes is also multi-ethnic (half-Hispanic and half-caucasian) and male but gay. He comes off as meek and shy yet intelligent, having many relatives before winding up in the Mass Effect universe.
** In ''All the World's a Stage'', Jocelyn Song, aka the Lone Wanderer, is female and half-Asian, half-black. She comes off as a more traditional hero compared to the other protagonists, though she haunted by her [[MyGreatestFailure perceived failures]].
** Commander Shepard, starting in ''Little Star'', is an extremely capable combatant and leader, as demonstrated in the original trilogy. She is alo abrasive towards people that angered or infuriated her, like with Harland's proposal on the orb and her neglect in the situation. She also isn't afraid to interrogate people that comes off as suspicious, even when they're unarmed. But above all else, she is primary focused on saving as many lives as she can, even it includes people she despised.[[note]]In other words, a Paragade.[[/note]]
* FanVerse: It's starting to come off as this.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: Seems to be the staple of the series so far. VideoGame/{{Fallout}} and Franchise/MassEffect? Pretty popular crossover if you know where to look. Series/DoctorWho and Fallout? Okay. The summary of ''All the World's a Stage'' has stated it'll cross over with a third setting. What was it? [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur]], of all things. [[{{Beat}} ...]] [[FlatWhat Wait, what?]]]]
* TheMultiverse: The bulk of the series' setting. It has several characters travel from one universe to another in some capacity. In most cases, they seem to be one-way trips. [[AllThereIntheManual The Codex]] has described the Multiverse as a complicated thing.
* WeirdCrossover: What ''All the World's a Stage'' turns out to be. [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur]] crosses over between VideoGame/{{Fallout}} and Series/DoctorWho.]]
* RealityEnsues:
** ''Redemption in the Stars'':
*** After their defeat at the hands of [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas the Courier]], Blue Suns amped up their security forces, overwhelming him, Liara, and Feron at the abandoned mining facility. [[spoiler:The sudden turn of events forced the Courier to flee, leaving Liara and Feron behind.]]
*** When the Courier took a Blue Suns Centurion from a scouting group hostage, his demands were rejected as the other Blue Suns call him out on his wanton killing of their peers and attempt to distract him long enough for backup to arrive. [[spoiler: He ultimately sees through it and points out that he'll just kill the reinforcements. It worked.]]
** ''All The World's a Stage'' (original version):
*** [[VideoGame/{{Fallout3}} The Lone Wanderer]] is easily able to bulldoze through several her fights thanks to her [[PoweredArmor Power Armor]], most notably against [[spoiler:Tira when she makes a misstep]]. When you're someone who's small and lithe as well as wielding a ringblade from late-Renaissance going up against a person who's in large-frame armor and wielding high-tech weaponry, you're going to get [[CurbStomp curb-stomped]] soon if not immediately.
*** [[spoiler: The Doctor's and the Lone Wanderer's attempt at convincing Patroklos to see the error of his ways only irritates him further, especially when the Wanderer brings up Pyrrha. It ends up with them being kicked out of Patroklos' tent. While he has an epiphany thanks to Pyrrha, it's unknown whether or not it would be effective in the long run.]]
** ''A New Day'':
*** C-Sec discovered a good part about Eric when he arrived in the Mass Effect universe. How did they find out? By looking at his ID card. Because of his circumstances, it was implied he was under surveillance, though we don't get much beyond that. After Eric got his credentials, C-Sec brought him in to question him. When they found out he was clean, they let him go.
* WorldOfSnark: A vast majority of the characters in the series are snarkers, including the Courier and Shepard. Even others who aren't exactly sarcastic get opportunities to make some quips, including the Lone Wanderer and Eric Grimes.
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[[folder:''Redemption in the Stars'']]
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Ethan, Liara and Feron snuck into the abandoned mining facility to get Shepard’s body through the wastewater pipe. Downplayed, as mining always produced large quantities of wastewater and the pipes of the size shown (they’re implied to be just large enough to move through) are quite likely to be used. Because the facility processed eezo, the water was radioactive as well; they could only get through because of Ethan’s Rad-X.
* ActionGirl: Liara was an obvious one. An unnamed [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Blue Suns]] Commander fits this trope much better, carrying heavy weaponry and is able to escape Liara's stasis with little effort.
* AfterActionPatchUp: Much of the epilogue can be summed up as this.
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Batarian Pyro Jath’Kar taunts the Courier with a reference to the [[Film/ApocalypseNow Apocalypse Now]].
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Averted. The Courier couldn't understand any of the alien languages until he purchases a translator from a human-run shop.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Feron expressed doubt about the Courier's origins, even after ''the Courier himself had asked about how biotics work''. This was [[LampshadedTrope lampshaded]] by the Courier and Liara. Eventually, he relented after the Courier showed his memories to Liara in a mind-meld.
* AsceticAesthetic: The Shadow Broker’s base at Alingon is described as being absolutely grey and utilitarian and with good reason. The building was spliced out of several pre-made hubs so that the dedicated architect wouldn’t have to be employed.
* CaptainErsatz: The turian scoundrel Hando Due and [[ExtraEyes batarian]] Greedro are obvious stand-ins for [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo and Greedo]]. The encounter itself was due to the Courier’s [[WeirdnessMagnet Wild Wasteland]] trait.
* ContinuityNod: Plenty of examples from both series are presented in this fic, such as:
** Ethan's comparison of the batarian mugger at the beginning to [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus three old ladies armed with rolling pins]]. He also compared the Illusive Man to Mr. House and Caesar.
* GunshipRescue: Downplayed. The Cerberus frigate [[spoiler:turns the tide at the Alingon base and keeps the attackers at bay for a while, but then Tazzik’s engineers manage to disable its guns, forcing the squad to negotiate.]]
* DeadManSwitch: At Alingon, the squad couldn't destroy the missile turrets at the entrance because doing so would instantly alert the base security. The alert didn't activate when the turret is simply temporarily disabled, however, which leads to the RaceAgainstTheClock below.
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: Strongly averted. The Courier used VATS, the Jury Rigging perk, his Pip Boy map, and the Geiger counters. Liara frequently employed various biotic talents during combat and Feron can fix equipment with omni-gel, like the Infiltrator class of [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 the first game]]. Even the Blue Suns’ members use the full spectrum of their equipment from [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the second game]], with missile launcher soldiers, flamethrower troops and [[SpaceRomans Legionnaires]] with anti-shield Disruptor ammo all present and accounted for.
* GroinAttack: A Blue Suns Centurion attempts this on the Courier, but he dodges it due to his close-combat experience in the Mojave. This mistake lets Ethan capture her.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Ethan saw Lynch engaging an asari vanguard at the Shadow Broker base before being forced to turn around. The next time he looks at him, [[AlienBlood purple blood]] is dripping off his armor.
* HostageSituation: This time it's the protagonist who takes a Blue Suns Centurion hostage, when cornered and needing to get information on Liara and Feron’s coordinates. His demands are rejected, however, as the other Suns call his bluff and attempt to distract him long enough for the back-up to arrive. [[spoiler: He ultimately sees through it and points out that he'll just kill the reinforcements. It works.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Averted. In the first chapter, Ethan has only a decent chance of hitting the flamethrower gas tank at medium range with VATS.
* InsecurityCamera: Played with. The cameras themselves are quite well placed throughout the building and on the outside, but they’re absent at the rear entrance since there are already guards and turrets present. Inside, they’re brought down by the terminal located too close to the entrance, allowing the group to hack into it.
* InstantSedation: More realistic than usual; a manual syringe is used, the target is restrained, and the hitman, Tazzik, checks the dosage before using the sedative.
* InterdimensionalTravelDevice: Ethan made his Transportalponder this by accident when he tried to upgrade it. However, it broke when he arrived to the Franchise/MassEffect universe, leaving him trapped until he can fix it.
* LetsSplitUpGang: When the Courier first engages the Blue Suns, a Centurion splits away from the remaining group to deal with him. Justified, as they don’t know his skills yet and Centurions are EliteMooks in [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the game]].
** Justified again in the third chapter, where only one Blue Suns hovercar out of five is sent to investigate the car left behind by the team and where Ethan is lurking. [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough They didn't expect him to stick around near the facility]] and so the rest are searching for him on the outskirts.
* MuggingTheMonster: A batarian thug tries to rob the Courier soon after his arrival. It doesn't work out too well for him.
* NotSoInvincibleAfterAll: [[spoiler:The Collector-General is a hulking figure of solid and lava, able to unleash biotic barrages and with inhumanly durable barriers.]] When Ethan ends up fighting it alone, the Shadow Broker’s guards consider him doomed and see no reason to intervene. When the creature finally gets brought to his knees, they fire at him, but it was too late.
* OneSizeFitsAll: Averted. Ethan cannot use a translator looted from the batarian thug because his ears are shaped differently, so the earphones simply wouldn’t fit in for him.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: The Cerberus commandos and the Courier manages to overheat the missile turrets guarding Shadow Broker's Alingon base. However, the effect only lasts 30 seconds, after which the turrets go back to normal. The resultant race to get to the compound before they activate is punctuated by the automatic countdown.
* RockBeatsLaser: Ethan kills a heavily shielded turian Centurion by stabbing him in the throat with his Bowie knife. Justified in-universe as [[DeflectorShields kinetic shielding]] is only meant to work against high-speed objects, either being very ineffective or completely useless against melee attacks.
* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler:When Lynch received the coordinates for the location of Shepard's body and the comm link in the base on Alingon, he informed the Courier of the opportunity to rescue either Liara or Feron. However, they're unable to save both and they're well aware of it. Ultimately, Ethan [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl chose to rescue Liara.]]]]
* ShootTheFuelTank: The Courier did that to the Blue Suns’ Pyro in the first chapter.
* ShoutOut: Several examples.
** When Ethan wakes up, he checks to see if his body's in one piece, much like what the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime Eleventh Doctor did after his regeneration]].
** The scene at the Afterlife Bar with [[{{Expy}} expies]] of Greedo and Han Solo.
** Lynch's name and the Courier's remark to it is a reference to the antagonist and Hannibal's reply from Film/TheATeam
** The batarian pyro taunting Ethan after setting him on fire, along the lines of:
-->"What's the matter? [[Film/ApocalypseNow Don't you humans like the smell of napalm? Or is it too early in the morning for you?]]"
** Ethan spotted a [[Series/DoctorWho blue police box]] just floating out in space.
** Upon entering the base on Alingon, Ethan found a database that says, [[Literature/NESGodzillaCreepypasta ''STILL THE BEST 2173'', along with an image of a blue, winged creature]].
** [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark "You killed Kenny! You bastard!"]]
** The Courier called the Collector in the fifth chapter a [[Film/{{District9}} prawn]], comparing its appearance to third-degree burn victims and ghouls.
** During the fight between Ethan and the Collector, the Collector remarked, [[VideoGame/{{Iji}} "Like a spark to the fire"]], referencing Tor's kill line.
** The name of the epilogue--I Need You--references the title of the second half of the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion movie]].
** The name of the fourth chapter refers to the Film/MissionImpossible series. It helps that the protagonist's name is Ethan.
** In the epilogue, Ethan asks Miranda this:
-->[[Webcomic/AwkwardZombie "If you look so perfect, then why do you have buckteeth?"]]
* ShownTheirWork: The base infiltration scene on Alingon doesn’t arbitrarily choose the 30 second number [[RuleOfDrama to add more drama]]. That is the maximum duration of the Sabotage ability you can unlock in [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 the first game]].
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Most of the interactions between the Courier and Feron come off as this.
* TeleportationMisfire / TeleporterAccident: Kickstarted the plot of the fic, thus making Ethan's motivation to find a way back home.
* TheCavalry: The Courier, Liara and Feron are saved from their first engagement with the Blue Suns by a sudden intervention of an unseen sniper.
* TheDragon: Tazzik serves as this to the Shadow Broker, who serves as the BigBad of this fic. Since he does most of the action as a bad guy, Tazzik also counts as TheHeavy.
* WhatTheHellHero: Ethan gets one from Cerberus agent Lynch when he appears at the scene to find what is essentially a failed mission, with Liara and Feron captured and Shepard’s body still with Tazzik.
** And earlier on, when Ethan attempts to bargain for information by taking a Centurion hostage, the other Blue Suns call him out on the unprovoked killing he has done before. Ethan reflects their accusations, calling them out on their MoralMyopia.
** [[spoiler: Liara's not happy when Ethan suggest they hand Shepard over to Cerberus. He manages to convince her to see from his viewpoint, but it's clear that she's still upset about his past actions.]]
* YourHeadASplode: The Courier finishes off [[spoiler:the Harbinger-possessed Collector]] by discharging the entire clip of his [[HandCannon M-6 Carnifex]] into his head, with predictable results.
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[[folder: ''All the World's a Stage'']]
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:Of the Multiverse Annihilation variety by the orb, as claimed by Nightmare to the Doctor.]]
* ArtifactOfDoom: Soul Edge, obviously. There's also the [[spoiler:fake]] orb that [[spoiler:supposively]] can rip apart universes.
* CallBack: The orb from ''A New Day'' makes an appearance, having additional functions such as ripping universes apart and long-distance, instant surveillance. [[spoiler:However, it turns out to be a fake given by Missy, so who knows what it's actually capable of.]]
** Several to the [[Series/DoctorWho show itself]], including the Doctor recalling meeting [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode Shakespeare]]. He also demonstrated the concept of bigger on the inside to Jocelyn with two boxes, much like [[DoctorWhoS14E5TheRobotsOfDeath the 4th Doctor's explanation to Leela]] about how the TARDIS was BiggerOnTheInside.
* TheCameo: [[spoiler: Three-Dog fills this role in the epilogue. Going by his dialogue, it's implied the Brotherhood has taken him off the air, but he manages to find a way back on radio somehow.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: The Doctor and Jocelyn went to the [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur]] universe]] to investigate the cause of the Ania in the Fallout world. Instead, they found themselves defending an early 17th-century Hungarian town against a hoard of [[spoiler:Malfested]]. This has brought the attention of [[spoiler:Patroklos, Nightmare, and Siegfried. However, each of them have their own reasons]].
* DynamicEntry: How the Lone Wanderer introduces herself in ''All the World's a Stage''. She falls through the ceiling and crashes on one of the Ania that's about to attack the Doctor. The Doctor calls her out on this, not like it's her fault.
-->'''The Lone Wanderer''': Are you okay?
-->'''The Doctor''': Oh, I’m fine. Question is: are you? I mean, considering that you fell through the ceiling!
-->'''The Lone Wanderer''': Yeah... The floor gave out. That wasn't the first time it happened
-->'''The Doctor''': Don’t you think you could’ve dropped in at a better time? Like tea, perhaps?
** This trope comes back in the fourth part as a BrickJoke, where Jocelyn crashed on top of Nightmare. The Doctor's quick to remark.
* {{Expy}}: The Ania bears a strong resemblance to the Broken Glass Creature from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSf1UFwl0Ls a Touch of Glass]], a CreepyPasta.
* RefusalOfTheCall: [[spoiler: Downplayed. While the Doctor and the Lone Wanderer were willing to help Siegfried, the Lone Wanderer refused to carry Soul Calibur after being induced with flashbacks.]]
* RotatingProtagonist: The first chapter of All the World's a Stage goes exclusively from Doctor's perspective. After that, it switches between his and Jocelyn's for most of it.
* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler: Jocelyn faces one when the Malfested are attacking the Hungarian village. Earlier, she's met a child whose parents are looking for him. Either she rescues the child from a burning-down mansion, leaving the guardsmen vulnerable, or help the guards, which would lead to the child's death. Fortunately subverted, as reinforcements arrived, allowing her to rescue the child without abandoning them.]]
* SelfDisposingVillain: [[spoiler: Happens to Nightmare non-lethally. Turns out Missy has given him a fake orb as part of a prank, albeit one with collateral damage and a good number of casualties from a string of seemingly unrelated events.]]
* ShoutOut:
** The DynamicEntry above? The Doctor's remark resembles what [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone Merlin said to Arthur when Arthur crashes into his house]].
** Another to Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron, whereupon the Doctor channels his inner Tony Stark while finding a secret passage. Jocelyn's flashback segment also references the movie, with [[spoiler: the Courier]] paraphrasing from Hawkeye.
-->[[spoiler:'''The Courier''']]: We’re in a city tag-teamed by a bunch of nuclear bombs, we’re fighting an army of robots, and we’re knee-deep in brass. None of this makes sense!
** In the epilogue:
-->[[spoiler:'''Three Dog''']]: [[Film/JohnWick ''People keep asking me about our intrepid friend, and I really don’t have an answer. Yet. But y’know what? I’m thinkin’ she’s]] [[LargeHam BAAAAAAAAAAAACK!'']]
* SiliconBasedLife: The Ania, being described as made of glass. The Doctor says they're microorganisms taking form upon contact with any solids, both crystalline and amorphous. He also describes then as dangerous predators, able to rip apart anyone in mere seconds.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: Missy. She sets up much of the plot by giving a fake orb to Nightmare as [[DeadlyPrank a prank]]. She claims that he has that Dalek mindset. The Ania preying on people and other casualties happen to be collateral damage, as Jocelyn quickly called her out on it. Naturally, Nightmare is less than pleased with the revelation.]]
* WhamLine: In regards to where the shard causing the Ania to rise up and attack people came from:
--->'''The Doctor''': This shard came from a parallel Earth. Renaissance era. Early 17th century.
** And another one in the next part. Not only that, if one has played [[spoiler: the [[VideoGame/SoulSeries sixth Soul game]], they can figure out who's speaking here.]]
--->[[spoiler: '''Patroklos''': Have you heard of a sword known as Soul Edge?]]
** And in the fourth part:
--->[[spoiler: '''Missy''': “''Oh, he’s not the most reliable sort, I imagine. Can’t really trust him, with that Dalek mindset and all.''"]]
--->'''The Doctor''': ([[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe sighs]]) “[[spoiler:Missy.]] I shouldn’t be surprised it was you.”
* WhatTheHellHero: The Lone Wanderer's and the Doctor's appalled reaction to [[spoiler:Patroklos's desire to indiscriminately kill off the Malfested, regardless of whether or not they actually are affected. While the Lone Wanderer appealed to his better nature, the Doctor went on TheReasonYouSuckSpeech while the Lone Wanderer appealed to Patroklos's better nature.]]
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: [[spoiler:While the third part of All the World's a Stage introduce more characters and plotpoints, the bulk of it was [[MushroomSamba a series of weird flashbacks]] for Jocelyn when she touched Soul Calibur.]]
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[[folder:''Little Star'']]
* BittersweetEnding: Shepard and her team [[spoiler:ended the Merged threat, but many of the Acabar crew perished. While Harland was implied to be put in prison, it wasn't the case months later, now that she was working for Cerberus with the Courier. The facility seemed to be rebuilt by Cerberus, and it wouldn't be known if the whole process would repeat itself.]]
* BodyHorror: The Merged. They were created when two alternate states of each person were mashed together, causing things such as their mouths stretching at unnatural angles, having one body wide enough for two, or even have their head ''split in two''.
* CallBack: [[spoiler:Like Miranda back in ''Redemption in the Stars'', Harland questioned the Transportalponder. This time, the Courier is more irritated than amused.
* [[spoiler:CharacterOverlap: The Courier makes a surprise appearance at the end of the fic, meeting with Harland after arriving at the rebuilt facility.]]
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: [[spoiler:If Harland had stopped the experiment on the orb, that would mean none of her staff would experience horrific deaths or [[AFateWorseThanDeath worse]] and prompting Shepard to swoop in and clean up her mess.]]
* DwindlingParty: Not to Shepard and her team. Prior to the events of the fic, there were dozens of people working at the facility. By the time the orb arrived and Shepard's arrival afterwards, only six of the crew remained. [[spoiler: And that number dropped to two: Dr. Harland and a security guard, Chelsey Fayne, who was rendered unconscious due to stress and lack of sleep.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:While pursuing the orb, Arthur became injured and opted to stay behind to blow the orb up, taking his life with it and the orb.]]
* GoneHorriblyWrong: As soon as the orb arrived, the science team on Acabar did nothing at first. By the time they came around, that was when hell broke loose and the Merged, well, commerce, causing the facility to go into lockdown. [[spoiler: It was exacerbated by Harland, as she ordered the others not to cease experimentation in a chain of emails.]]
* ItCanThink: The Merged had lost their sanity but they were able to retain some form of their intelligence. They pick up and use guns as well as open doors and other basic motor actions.
* MauveShirt: Most of the surviving research team is this. Witt, Arthur, and Neil have some involvement before [[spoiler: biting it before the end of the story. Subverted with Chelsey, though.]]
* MeatMoss: Downplayed. The arm Shepard and her squadmates found was merged on a wall, but no other bits of flesh were found. Later on, Neil became a victim when Merged!Dave threw him against the wall in the armor.
* NurseryRhyme: The passphrase required to open the door to the armor, where the surviving members of the science team reside.
* TheReasonYouSuck: Shepard to Harland when the scientist announced her plan about the orb.
-->'''Shepard''': Dr. Harland, I’m aware your intentions are good. You made that absolutely clear.
-->'''Harland''': And?
-->'''Shepard''': If you think that excuses for what happened here, don’t bother. You’re lucky I said I would get you out of here. Otherwise, I would’ve kicked your ass the moment I walked in the room and had you arrested. I mean, you didn’t find it odd that it appeared out of nowhere? The moment you found something was off, you went into studying it without containing it until it was too late. You sure do give science a bad rep. Feels great, doesn’t it? Being the mad scientist.
* SciFiHorror: Monsters invoking BodyHorror? Check. CorruptCorporateExecutive (or at least from a lower level)? Also check.
* ShoutOut:
** The casualty list in the second chapter shared surnames with [[Creator/StephenKing prominent]] [[Creator/HGWells sci-fi]] and [[Creator/HPLovecraft horror]] [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe writers]] [[Creator/GeorgeRomero and]] [[Creator/ShinjiMikami creators]] alongside a [[Franchise/DeadSpace few]] [[Franchise/{{Batman}} fictional characters]].
** This line after Dr. Harland announced her intentions with the orb:
--->'''Shepard''': [[Film/{{Aliens}} Did IQs just drop]] ''[[Film/{{Aliens}} sharply]]'' [[Film/{{Aliens}} before we got here?]]
** Arthur Newton gets his name from both Creator/ArthurCClarke and Creator/IsaacNewton, much like [[Franchise/DeadSpace Isaac Clarke]]. On that front, Arthur resembles a biotic version of [[VideoGame/DeadSpace3 John Carver]].
* TitleDrop: The door to the armor that Arthur led Shepard and her squadmates to needed a passphrase, which was the first part of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

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* BlindDate: Luke and Natalie sets this up for Eric, who's been bitter lately. This has him meet Garrett Pitt.
* [[DifferentWorldDifferentMovies Different World, Different Games]]: While Eric was browsing the Extranet to find out about the Mass Effect universe's counterpart of his family as well as its consistency, he found out what games Creator/BioWare had been doing, lasting 28 years from 1995 to 2023. They've released a third game in the Franchise/BaldursGate series called Black Hound. It was obvious they never released Mass Effect. Meanwhile, Franchise/DragonAge was in development at one point but it ended up being too expensive much to make, so it was shelved. VideoGame/JadeEmpire received a sequel on the Xbox 360. Instead, there was the SFX franchise, built on similar premises to Mass Effect. [=BioWare=] had also collaborated with Creator/ObsidianEntertainment on to create some sort of a modern spy RPG called Everything or Nothing, which sounded like VideoGame/AlphaProtocol.
* TheCameo: Quite a few characters from the Franchise/MassEffect series were in this fic. Garrus was seen talking with an asari C-sec officer in the third chapter while Eric became friends with Suvi Anwar from ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' at the Black Star in a brief interlude in a discussion about their religious beliefs.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: The prologue, Arrival. Not only does it refer to Eric and his family arriving at Bangkok, it also refers to Eric's arrival to the Mass Effect universe, two years prior to the [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 events of the first game]].
* DreamSequence: Occurred in the fourth chapter. Eric's dream consisted of the FacelessMasses save for people he personally knew, all ignoring him. Then he went to a tunnel, with [[SinisterSurveillance large security cameras watching his every move]]. The dream ended with everything going dark.
* {{Flashback}}: Seems to be this fic's stable, which starts at the beginning of some of the chapters and making the interludes. All but one of them expand on Eric's past, shaping how he is now, and mirrors present events. The exception is Eric's encounter with [[VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda Suvi Anwar]].
* GiveMeASign: During his first week of training, Eric has fumbled handling a gun. Humiliated, he flees to the bathroom and, in a fit of desperation, asks God to help him in his time of need. DoubleSubverted that it doesn't work, but something unrelated does: a bit of pep talk from Luke, boosting his confidence.
* HolidayInCambodia: Eric and his family visited Bangkok, Thailand, then Angkor Wat in the prologue until Eric stumbled upon the artifact at the aforementioned temple.
* VacationEpisode: The prologue starts out as this in [[{{UsefulNotes/Thailand}} Bangkok]] and [[{{UsefulNotes/Cambodia}} Angkor Wat]]. See the above example.
* QueerRomance: It's shaping itself up to be one between Eric and Garrett.
* ShoutOut:
** In the [[HolidayInCambodia prologue]], Alphonse and Eric namedrops VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds and VideoGame/BioShockInfinite during a brief discussion about the many-worlds interpretation, as well as VideoGame/FinalFantasyX on another topic.
** Also in the prologue, when Eric and his family arrived at Angkor Wat, Garcia and Alphonse joked about encountering the head-tossing snakes from VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia at the temple.
** Eric often calls his brother [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Al]]. The similarity stops there, as Eric's brother is older than him.
** Natalie mentioned [[Fanfic/MassesToMasses Ian Shaw turning an elcor serial killer to C-Sec]] while picking Eric up, much to Eric's and Natalie's bemusement.
** The second chapter's title, "I'll Carry You Home Tonight", is lifted from {{Music/Fun}}'s We Are Young.
** The protagonist Natalie's playing as in [[FictionalVideoGame Redeemer]] is a DistaffCounterpart of [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Guts]], albeit one [[DemonicPossession possessed]], wielding fire-based powers as a result. Even the description of her sword's taken word-for-word from the series' RunningGag. With that in mind, a demon-possessed knight-like character with fire powers also bears a DistaffCounterpart resemblance to [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Nightmare]]. Even the wording of the sword's description to the Dragonslayer is similar.
-->In the warrior’s hands was a two-handed sword, though it was too big to be called a sword. It was massive, thick, heavy, and far too rough. Indeed, it was a heap of iron.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: When Natalie told Eric that she and the other analysts at C-Sec came to a conclusion that, because of the circumstances of his arrival to the Franchise/MassEffect universe, he either came from the past or from another universe, which wasn't far off to begin with. Naturally, Eric accepted that as the answer.
* {{Squee}}: Eric's reaction to jumping through the mass relay while riding on a passenger liner, much to Garrett's annoyance.
* TrappedInTVLand: Like the [[FanFic/MassVexations other]] [[Fanfic/MassesToMasses series]] that inspired this fic, Eric was transported to the Franchise/MassEffect universe.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: [[spoiler: Shepard was tempted to use her Spectre status to shoot Harland after everything she had done, seeing that the courts would let her go. She didn't follow through with it, encouraging the scientist to turn herself to the Alliance. In the ending, she seemed to be right.]]
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