Fan Fic / Justifying The Ends

Justifying The Ends is a collection of Fallout: New Vegas one-shots written by Liangnui. The stories follow the adventures of the Courier (an Asian woman named Meda Li) and the various companions as they explore the wastes and try to build a better future for the Mojave.

Originally, the various stories were fairly disjointed, if in chronological order, but since "Nellis" the chapters are starting to tie together more strongly. All of the stories so far are told from the human companions' perspectives, with each having two or three chapters written entirely for them.

This work provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: All four female members of the Courier's group are this, with three of them being close-range fighters (the exception being Cass).
  • Almighty Mom: The Courier's mother is described in terms that make it seem like she's basically Boone, if Boone was sixty, a tiny Chinese woman, and had lots of kids and grandkids.
  • Anti-Climax: "Cottonwood Cove."
  • Arbitrary Headcount Limit: Averted. The Courier generally takes at least three companions on any given excursion, or more depending on the scale of the conflict they're out to solve. Bitter Springs is the first time all of them were involved at once.
  • Artistic License Gun Safety: In-universe, since the Courier is extremely bad at using guns even though pretty much every other resident of the wasteland with opposable thumbs can at least use a pistol.
  • The Atoner: Boone fits this. And this is the main reason the Courier joined the Followers of the Apocalypse.
  • Berserk Button: Legionaries for Boone. "Acceptable losses" for the Courier.
  • Breather Episode: There are generally one or two comedic chapters before the drama kicks in again.
  • Body-Count Competition: Implied during "South Vegas."
  • Bond One-Liner: "Ring-a-ding-ding, baby."
  • Call Back: Played for dark comedy in "The Strip." The delivery is funny, but the particular nature of the Call Back is rather serious.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: The Courier inherited "Asian Flush." Cass was disappointed.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Arcade's sarcastic moments in "Ultra-Luxe," mostly because everyone in the Courier's party expects a gunfight at any moment.
  • Cerebus Roller Coaster: Deliberately done. On one hand, the first two chapters feature the One For My Baby and Nipton subquests. On the other, the next four are based on interaction with the companions and mocking the the Courier. And the more recent chapters have been relatively dark until "The Strip."
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In "Nipton," "South Vegas," "Nelson," "Return to Gomorrah," and "Bitter Springs."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone except for Lily. The Courier is generally the one being snarked at.
  • Epic Fail: The Courier manages to miss a billboard at a hundred feet.
  • Extended Disarming: In "Gomorrah."
  • Femme Fatale: Mentioned more than seen—the Courier killed Benny after sleeping with him.
  • Fragile Speedster: It's not brought up much, but the fact that the Courier prefers to go around unarmored and carry a melee weapon means that she's essentially an ambush fighter. Her tendency to disappear as soon as a gunfight starts and attack from the flanks or rear means that she's very aware of it.
  • Gen Fic: As pointed out in the Fanfiction Dot Net summary, the fic has no (official) pairings and concentrates more on the plot.


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