These are the characters presented in this fanfic, divided into folders based on origin for your convenience.Some of their "voice actors" are different from canon. This is entirely intentional.
"Voiced" by Richard Madden
"Come! And remember what it is to fight a TRUE Promethean!"
The first and last of a race of cybernetic constructs created by STEVEN to fight and win a war that had been stuck at a stalemate for thousands of years. After much pain and bloodshed, the Prometheans took it upon themselves to repair the horrific damage they had inflicted upon the galaxy by raising the younger races of the galaxy to their level of technological mastery.
The Cuckoolander Was Right: He's the first one to suggest that the Black Queen spread her mental control of Caleston through the chains of command of the various organizations on the planet. The Queen later reveals that this was more or less exactly what happened.
Tinfoil Hat: He's certain that the Black Queen is screwing with everyone's minds and that Asari in general do it to appear more attractive. He makes an actual tinfoil hat and puts it on as he explains his theory to Manah.
Video Game/Deus Ex Characters
Detective Sergeant Adam Jensen, C-Sec
"...the fact that (Saren)'s managed to manipulate androids into becoming religiously and fanatically devoted to him doesn't strike you as odd or even slightly ominous?"
Megan Reed = apparently mutilated and incinerated by Illuminati-augmented terrorists, actually Stockholm Syndrome
Katrina Sutherland = blown to paste by Illuminati-augmented terrorist
Fahl = burned at stake by Illuminati anti-aug terrorists
For all Jensen knows, The Secret Masters scheme night and day to ruin his love life.
Celibate Hero: Jensen's Cartwright Curse has led him to eschew romantic advances upon his person. He famously rejected the advances of "the Leda twins" - a pair of bisexual incestuous twin asari C-Sec officers and got them kicked off the force for sexual harassment when they wouldn't stop.
I Can't Dance: Challenging Shepard's dancing skills is Adam Jensen, as shown here. Garrus calls it "The Jensen," and "he did it for ten seconds, and Jensen wished to punch his partner in the face for every single one." As it later turns out, in Dosadi... he's only incapable of dancing to electronic stuff. Give him classical and he's just peachy.
Knight in Sour Armor: He knows as a repeatedly demonstrated fact that he lives in a Crapsack Galaxy. But he gets up and kicks the crap out of pimps, serial killers and assassins because he's not going to just accept it.
My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Jensen has made the Citadel his home and C-SEC his life because he hates what humanity has become while he slept in the Sarif Cache.
...he wanted to beat Lawson into a coma because he hated what he represented. Humanity. Or at least, humanity as the rest of the galaxy saw it. Young and arrogant, demanding and insulting... Powerful and dangerous.
Hein: While many ran and cowered in their bunkers during the Blitz, Jensen took up arms to defend a people that did nothing but view him with suspicion and scorn. Over ten thousand people owe him their lives, and while all of them proved grateful in the end, The Alliance decided that this would not do, and had their buddies in the Templars burn his home. He then spent the next six to seven years righting wrongs and capturing dangerous criminals, making the Citadel a safer place and earning the respect of his co-workers in C-Sec. His reward for that? The Alliance plots to capture him and sell him out to the Order for making vanilla humans look bad. His reward for saving the life of a Quarian Pilgrim, exposing a corrupt Spectre in the process? The Council doesn't even give him so much as a pat on the head, and the pilgrim can't get past his mechanical parts and views him with suspicion and fear.
One-Man Army: Jensen is the only reason Elysium is still standing. And given that the Alliance considers augs abominations, he did it with no support from local military forces.
Reluctant Monster: After a fashion. Many view Jensen as some sort of monster for being augmented the way he is, with both Ashley and Tali believing that no one would've had augmentation that extensive unless they were power-hungry. Historically, DX:HR players know that this was all from an Emergency Transformation and it is well known what Jensen's reaction to the whole thing actually is:
Unskilled, but Strong: In a way. Adam's more of a brawler, relying instead on methodical Awesomeness by Analysis to dissect an opponent's style before committing, but has no formal melee weapons training. On Caleston, he needs to think outside the box to defeat Leon and was dead man walking against Caim. On Ilium, Toombs nearly beat him. On Noveria, Jules's skill prevents him from getting the time needed to plan a counter. The Warrior calls him out on his overreliance on his augs in chapter 30, Calling Back to the boss fights against the Tyrants where that failed him.
"Now there's an exotic weapon. Mind if I tweak it?"
An infamous arms dealer who operated in New York City Hell's Kitchen in 2052. After the Collapse, he joined the Omar, finding "the living embodiment of the black market" to be the home he never knew he had. Having only grown more cunning with time and now pushing 200, he joins the crew of the Durendal as their quartermaster.
"I hope that you speak for the fallen. I hope that you prove some small thing, a small, tiny, but precious thing to me: that there's one other person in this whole galaxy that... that LISTENED to this, and cared, and did the right thing when it was so much easier to do nothing."
A young Quarian on Pilgrimage who meets Adam and Garrus after running afoul of a violent mob.
A-Cup Angst: Compares herself to Brea with obvious results.
Damn You, Muscle Memory: In chapter 32, her trained-in reflexes have her trying to salvage parts from a wrecked mech which turns out to be not so wrecked after all.
First Contact: The first Quarian to ever delve into cyberspace and interact with the Geth, made possible through previous interactions with Aleph.
Green-Eyed Monster: She has a tendency to get somewhat jealous of the other women she thinks are getting too close to Adam.
Never My Fault: Has been brought up to believe in this no thanks to quarian culture.
Not So Different: The geth believe this especially regarding the way she fights in cyberspace.
Rescue Romance: It's complicated and one sided. Tali has a pretty clear crush on Jensen after he saved her life, but she's mildly horrified by his augmentations. Besides, even if she were able to look past that, he's not interested.
Ungrateful Bastard: A very mild version, but she still views Jensen with suspicion and fear despite the fact that he's saved her life because she has difficulty seeing him past his augs.
Notably, she's fully aware that she's being ungrateful, and feels really guilty about it. Not enough to get over her suspicions though.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: His official rap sheet includes "Two hundred and sixty-seven counts of driving under the influence, three hundred and seventy-five counts of vandalism and assault, and one count littering...
Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: ...although that littering is a bit more serious since he used another Krogan's ripped off genitals to do it.
Dare to Be Badass: In chapter 36 he calls out Bau on backing down from a fight with Manticore.
Know When to Fold 'Em: He might be a Krogan with centuries of experience but he sees little reason to keep searching for Tali after she's kidnapped by members of a cult and dragged onto the streets during an anti-Quarian riot.
Pragmatic Hero: In his words "You don't let mad Varrens live, boy, you put them down and eat them."
Shoot the Dog: Blasts a hole through Draven's chest just as he was about to shake off his Leng persona.
Veetor'Nara vas Qwib Qwib, Migrant Fleet
"...They're going to execute us: someone detonated a toxic gas bomb near the bazaar, and they think a Quarian is responsible. They'll beat us, hang us, then burn our corpses, and if we're lucky, they'll do it In That Order."
A Quarian pilgrim currently employed on the Durendal as a mechanic. Provides commentary and technical advice to the crew.
Deadpan Snarker: When referring to what happens to people who offend the Zorah clan.
Executor Pallin, C-Sec
"Jensen! By all the Spirits of Palaven what in the HELL were you thinking sending an AIA agent into a COMA?!"
Pallin is Da Chief of C-Sec. And he knows he is Da Chief of C-Sec. And that means he knows it is his responsibility to ride herd on talented hotheads like Vakarian and Jensen without keeping them from exercising those talents to keep the galaxy's most advanced insect colony from burning from the inside out. Stern but fair. Also a believer in Cool and Unusual Punishment.
Sour Supporter: He has learned to take Jensen and Vakarian's antics vaguely in stride. For his sins, Garrus gets to spend a day as a telekinetic plaything for asari teenagers. And since he smells a rat when Sarah Walker shows up, he gives Jensen a new Hand Cannon. Good thing, as the reader can probably guess how much Jensen ends up needing extra firepower - especially given how Walker insists on Tempting Fate... Later on when the Spectres insist on keeping the true nature of Shepard's killer hidden, he lets Jensen and Vakarian go off on paid leave with the unsaid understanding that they will investigate.
Commander Junko Zayne Shepard, HSA
"Well, goshdarnit, would you mind explaining to this poor colony farmgirl what this Frankenstein nonsense is about? I swears I can't hardly keep up with all this core-world nonsense of yers!"
A renowned human soldier in their Systems Alliance.
For Want of a Nail: Although she gets possibly-canon Mindoir origin, the changes the Deus Ex crossover wrought on the Mass Effect timeline mean that she met and became involved with Alenko years earlier, and both were present on Torfan and took down their commanding officer to keep it from becoming a massacre. Her actions on Torfan in turn get her assassinated.
Plot Triggering Death: Without her death and Adam getting involved in the subsequent investigation, he would never have gotten involved in Saren's plot.
Posthumous Character: For most of the story; she only appears briefly before being found dead at the end of the second prologue.
Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Repeatedly, to the point of her legend being built on it. In addition to taking down her commanding officer on Torfan to prevent it becoming a bloodbath, she dropped her ship's Marines to help save Elysium in defiance of orders, leading to other ships doing the same, and is implied to have made choosing lives over orders a habit; she's fondly referred to as "Junko 'fuck that noise!' Shepard." It's what led the Alliance to assassinate her.
Secret Relationship: With Alenko, since she's his commanding officer. A few of their friends, including Anderson, are in the know.
Soul Jar: Implied with the Soulcatcher. At first it seems that it was unsuccessful in preserving her mind, but a series of odd happenings since Adam interacted with it have brought that into question. Time will tell if it is ultimately successful.
Fantastic Racism: Her prejudice towards augs is stronger than her canon mistrust of aliens.
Sins of Our Fathers: Jacob diagnoses her joining the Alliance military as trying to recover the family honour originally lost by her grandfather.
Captain David Anderson, HSA
"When you hand over that evidence to the Council, and when they come back to you and declare Saren rogue, vindicating you in front of every representative of the Citadel races, I want you to remember this: It was a quarian, a turian and a cyborg that made it all possible."
Anderson is a renowned captain of the Alliance Navy.
Reasonable Authority Figure: For the most part, he's fair where most are prejudiced by Fantastic Racism or personal interests. However, he's unreasonably quick to blame Hein for things that go wrong, especially when there's the possibility Hein was involved in Shepard's death.
Skilled, but Naïve: For all his ignorance about how the world really works, he does manage to hold off a Wanzer with a Mako for some time, which various more experienced characters recognise is impressive.
"Heroes feel the need to save everyone they can, carry all their burdens even if that's the last thing they need. They get sidetracked. They lose sight of the big picture."
Hackett is a renowned admiral of the Alliance Navy. A life-long career of Realpolitik has burned the idealism from him, and he knows things will go From Bad to Worse. History will decide how much of that is his fault.
Flatly tells Manah in chapter 24 that all she'll get out of following them is protective custody. In 25 he doesn't attempt to preserve face before the Council but admits Benezia's whisperings in his mind.
Subverted in chapter 37 where he chooses to go with a politically convenient half truth about Dosadi rather than expose Scholar's crimes.
Cynicism Catalyst: It's implied that Liara's death contributed to her susceptibility to the Black Queen's machinations, although since we learn of the event from the Black Queen herself, it is unclear how much of it is the truth.
"Again, you deny me!? I, who has seduced the immortal Akasha Lords themselves?! I, who tempted the Mesian high priests from their Machine Idol?! I, who sundered EMPIRES with naught but a whisper?! You are NOTHING compared to them, and you are nothing compared to ME!"
"N-no way, err, chummer! I'm not going to fall for-WHOA!"
Every Mass Effect fan knows this ditzy nerd. Except in this milieu, he thinks Adam Jensen is cooler than Commander Shepard. Adam's too nice to shoot him in the foot, settling for dropping him out of air vents.
"Voiced" by Jeremy PivenOur other canonical Akuze survivor.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Starting as Just One Man, even if formerly from an elite USMC unit he was Deep Eyes with Edward and the others, he built a mercenary group able to overcome the Big Three's attempts at defending the scientists who experimented on him.
Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Whatever the genuine grudge he did have against the Illuminati scientists who experimented on him, he lost the moral high ground when he started taking hostages with intent to kill.
Meaningful Name: His Kua Fu Powered Armor was named for a mythical giant that wished to capture the sun but overestimated himself, just like Toombs thought he was dealing blows to the Illuminati and their "greatest agent" Conrad but ended up chasing ghosts and harming innocents instead.
Powered Armor: Wears a Chinese-made M33-B Kua Fu, which has very powerful polymer muscle fibre cords and strong kinetic barriers.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: As in canon, only instead of Shepard stopping him from killing the last of the scientists, it was Conrad.
Sins of Our Fathers: Wanted to avenge himself not just on the Illuminati but also their descendants.
Sun-Mi Echo Alpha Six AKA "Kasumi Goto"
"Voiced" by Olivia WildeA clone who decided she was more than that and decided to make herself a living as a dream hacker.
The Dragon: Warlord of Tuchanka or not, he still answers to Saren.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In chapter 39 he mocks Elsa in his mental dialogue for having "human sentimentality" that led her to fall for his Batman Gambit to lure her away from destroying his drop pods.
Large and in Charge: Thanks to his Bio-augmentations, Wreav stands at nearly 3 meters tall and weighs in at about a ton. Without Wrex to oppose him, Wreav became Warlord of Tuchanka.
A Krogan female Adam and Hannibal find in Peak 15.
Ascended Meme: When it is revealed that she looks nothing like the real Sarah Walker (whose in-universe description is more of Miranda Lawson than the source material Sarah), Jensen makes two popular fandom jabs at her, noting that Brea got the hair colour wrong (Strakhovski and, by extension, source Sarah, is blonde, like Brea) and that the real Sarah Walker's face reminds him of Princess Fiona.
Scars Are Forever: Subverted and played straight. As a bioroid, Brea is able to repair all skin and organ injuries with zero scarring, even the time she was impaled/partly disemboweled. However, her bones don't. After the Durendal's chief biologist examines them, she concluded from the many scars that Brea was likely tortured in the past by repeatedly amputating her limbs.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: When it's revealed she's a bioroid, many consider her to be woman-shaped thing rather than a person. Jensen, at least, completely disagrees.
Younger Than They Look: She looks like she's in her late 20s or early 30s, but Hein reveals that she's just 17.
Colonel Edgar Hein, USMC (medically discharged), DARPA
"Voiced" by James Woods
"I prefer to think of myself as more of a jerk."
The smartest self-confessed Jerk Ass you will ever meet. He's got his own ship loaded with state-of-the-art technology and an interest in Jensen. Whether or not this ends well is probably in the eye of the beholder.
Badass Bookworm: He's a crafty, manipulative and politically savvy genius whose past military record is nothing to scoff at, and despite having been medically discharged from the USMC, he sniffs out a cloaked Jensen where the Deep Eyes could not, shoots a thrown grenade out of the air, holds his own against batarian pirates with an Automatic Crossbow and defeats a group of mercenaries in CQC.
Big Good: Given his objectives and motivations he's this for Jensen.
Hidden Depths: He really is that crazy, what with the Beacon Contact Syndrome, but consider that he's put more thought in the possible consequences of humanity's Spectre candidates than the ones actually in charge of the selection process, he's manipulated what events just happened to get Adam in his debt and beneath his scheming and insanity, he's playing his own scenario for the long game, of which we currently know one objective: to destroy the Illuminati. He's also among the few people to believe Jensen to be a true hero, hence why he uses him as he does.
It's Personal: The Illuminati killed his daughter - Shepard - and he wants them wiped out.
Jerkass: During his introduction, he manages to insult every other person in the room.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Surprisingly, Hein shows shades of this, manipulating events so Shepard's body is returned to Anderson for burial rather than being shipped to Alliance Researchers, and brokering a deal to hire Tali.
Magnificent Bastard: He has many plans in play while keeping everyone on their toes just wondering what the crazy bastard's going to do next: from keeping Shepard's body from the AIA, to engineering Jensen's recruitment just after witnessing his theft of the Soul Catcher data, to pretty much predicting that Manah will go with them instead of the Normandy crew.
My Skull Runneth Over: His not inconsiderable level of crazy is suggested to be at least partially due to "Beacon Contact Syndrome" after barging in on an experiment on the Mars beacon. He'd be even crazier if it wasn't for his meds, but he's still considered to be doing pretty good for a guy who got his brain "fried".
Troll: Hein prefers fear and/or loathing to indifference, and gets bored easily. He also has his very own state-of-the-art 22nd-century laboratory. Do the math and tremble in fear and loathing.
Doctor Angela Aki “Cleric” Ross, US Navy
"Voiced" by Ming-Na Wen
"Hey, cooking is science, too!"
The Captain: Despite lack of rank and her deference to Hein, she's the one actually in charge of the Durendal. She points out that, while Hein has practical authority in the ship and the Deep Eyes are assigned there, she's the only Navy personnel on the ship and is technically in charge by default.
A team of United StatesMarines assigned to the Durendal as an official presence on the ship, despite the loss of official interest in it. Or a team of United States Marines who are supposed to shoot Colonel Hein a great many times if he ever becomes less Crazy Awesome and more just plain crazy.
Fire-Forged Friends: He's hostile to Adam when they first meet, but becomes much warmer after Caleston and Ilium.
Knight in Sour Armor: It's been mentioned that his experience in Akuze broke him, and while he came back still heroic, he's quick to opt for the Kill 'em All option against slavers, xenophobic lynch mobs and other criminal scum.
The Squadette: Although this wasn't always the case with Deep Eyes.
Tropes in general:
"Voiced" by Sam WitwerAn Axe CrazyBlood Knight Jensen runs afoul of on Caleston. Born on Mindoir, Caim represents the ideal Templar warrior: genetically blessed by God to have a higher muscle and bone density without any medical genetic tampering whatsoever, and with a seething hatred for anything non-human, be it an alien, a cyborg or a mutant. Caim used to be a quiet, shy boy of 11 when Mindoir was attacked by alien slavers, and the sight of his family being brutally murdered woke a long dormant beast, hungry for violence and death. He was found in an Order orphanage by Templar Inquisitor Grissom, and would have made it to the elite Crimson Blades if it were not for his intense bloodlust. His zeal and intensity make him an inspiring leader of Templars, and he was granted the title of Knight Commander at the age of 23, the youngest anyone has ever achieved the title.In combat, Caim is not to be underestimated: he is a master swordsman, and applies those skills both on foot and inside Wanzer. His personal Wyvern, Angelus, has a number of modifications that allow it to close the distance between it and the enemy, including a larger Eezo core and a Jumpjet backpack.
Actor Allusion: On Caleston, while the Normandy team and the Deep Eyes fought Benezia, he drew on her power to dual-wield swords while using Lorentz Force generators for pseudo-telekinesis. Or, in the author's own words... he was unleashed.
Casting Gag: His "actor" was the first to portray Hannibal Lecter in film, and the CEO above was named Jack. His character here has it out for characters named Hannibal and Jack.
Crazy-Prepared: What's the first thing he does when he learns that his world has been infiltrated by a telepathic serial killer? Erase his most valuable memories and back them up in the safe in his office.
Evil Counterpart: To David Sarif. An ambitious, smooth-talking, jet-setting transhumanist... who happens to be an utterly amoral monster.
Freudian Excuse: His father was a sadist who was "disappointed" with his inability to feel pain and had him thrown out onto the street to die. Picking up some of his father's writings, he became a killer in order to try and win the man's approval.
Stealth Expert: He manages to surprise Garrus and Neil, who've had experience with their own sneaky gits from Adam and Jane respectively.
Sticky Fingers: When the Durendal ends up fighting Batarian slavers, he strips them of EVERYTHING remotely valuable, down to pulling platinum teeth out.
Street Performer: Even though Tali finds it to be dishonorable to Quarians, he quite enjoys doing it.
A mute Quarian child, barely even old enough to have his own suit. Prior to the riot that trapped him with four other innocent Quarians, he was cared for by an elderly Omar woman, as his Exiled parents are unknown even to him. The rioters killed his guardian for trying to protect a "suit rat", and he is now in the care of the survivors of the riot. But it seems that he has a surprise up his sleeve...
Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Among his metaphor-filled drawings of the people he's met are four of a huge dog killing women in white masks, which are representative of Jensen killing their Asari mercenary captors. And then that's bondage-fueled drawing of Aya...
Waif Prophet: Aside from being full of very accurate metaphors, his drawings contain some details that a little Quarian boy shouldn't know, such as what a Roaring Twenties aviator looked like or that Jane is part Native American. He also draws Garrus as an archangel, Ryan as a Knight Templar, Aya as a chained angel and Manah as a Succubus.
The Woobie: Being both mute and too young to be on his own, he's this even for a Quarian.
In another universe, the Luna AI would have been destroyed by Commander Shepard.Here, though, he was "brought up" by a loving scientist who tried to treat him well in spite of Templar desires to create an anti-Adam weapon. Things... did not go well.
Break Them by Talking: Constantly and with great pleasure. He broke the last Lawson assigned to him, a Miranda clone, by convincing her she was unattractive and turning her vanity into self-hatred. The next Lawson, Charles, starts to crack a little within minutes of meeting him.
Establishing Character Moment: His first onscreen appearance has him concoct a brilliant, bloodsoaked plan to get out of his holding facility, showing both his mental and combat prowess in the process.
Possibly to Hein. As one reader noted, both are badass Magnificent Bastards, but while Hein is ultimately a good guy despite being a major git, Johann is outwardly charming but hiding a monster.
To a lesser extent, he is also this to Jensen as both men use Break Them by Talking to exploit their opponents' weaknesses. While Jensen is seen as a monster in human society, Johann is a true monster.
Spider-Sense: The electromagnetic signature given off by nearby cloak-users causes the element zero nodes implanted in him and the line of clones he belongs to to tingle.
Trauma Conga Line: It doesn't really matter which clone we're talking about. Lawson WILL be grievously injured and or killed at some point in time.
"Voiced" By Jennifer Hale
"Listen to me: There will always be someone in need. There will always a villain to capture, always a monster to slay. Will you continue to pursue them forever? My worst nightmare, Adam, is seeing you fight battles for the needy until the end of time, never once knowing peace, with no one knowing or caring about your struggles..."
"You may think there is no place for you in this era, Jensen..." said T'Soni, softly. "But you're wrong. The galaxy needs someone like you, now more than ever. I believe this. With all my heart, I believe this."
An Asari Adam rescues on Caleston.
All of the Other Reindeer: Her unique... abilities... and appearance make her as much a black sheep of Asari society as if she were an Ardat Yakshi. Turns out that she's an Ardat Samyaza, a different, albeit equally dangerous genetic mutation.
Composite Character: She has elements of Liara (she's Benezia's daughter, an archaeologist and she falls for the human with the Prothean Cipher in their head) and Morinth (she's an Ardat, she's monitored by Justicars, is a hazard to any sentient around her and should she disobey her minders, she is to be killed).
Expy: Word of God states her appearance and speech patterns (along with the VA) were based off Catherine.
Geis: She has a pretty bad one. Some of the other girls at her monastery have even more carved into their brains.
You shall not raise a hand against a Justicar. You shall not disobey a Justicar. You shall not ask for food, save from a Justicar. You shall not ask for water, save from a Justicar. You shall not ask for refuge, save from a Justicar. You shall not ask for clothes, save from a Justicar. Should a Justicar ask you to kill, you will do so. Should a Justicar ask you to sacrifice yourself for her sake, you will do so. Speak not of the secrets. Draw not of the secrets. Write not of the secrets. Sculpt not the secrets. Sing not the secrets. Call not the secret name.
Noodle Incident: It's not made fully clear and is delivered through the Black Queen's manipulative quips, but it's unsubtly implied that her abilities led to Liara losing her mind and Benezia Mercy Killing her.
Toad Licking: Touching her induces a Red Sand-like high in the toucher. It is exceptionally addictive and highly dangerous to the subject's mental and physical well-being. And it hurts her like getting electrocuted.
Unskilled, but Strong: Has twice the biotic potential of a Justicar; even untrained as she is, she can do a 1200 Newton Throw. For comparison, chapter 11 states that Johan has a rating of 1600 (slightly below Shepard) only after extensive training.