Fan Fic: Spiritof 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 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 here.

WARNING: This page assumes you have played Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2. Spoilers for those two games will be UNMARKED.


This Fan Fic provides examples of:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Inverted with the "NCAI's", especially EDI and Pelagia.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Batarian vibro-swords
  • Ace Custom: Several, starting with the "Pellak", a straight line ship that doesn't need a relay to travel to different systems.
  • Ace Pilot: Kallixta
  • Action Mom: Shepard, and most of the female Spectres by the epilogue.
  • Alien Pet: Shepard's pet varren Urz. Inverted with Solanna's dog and Makur's pet snow leopard.
  • After the End: The whole of chapter 162.
  • Alien Invasion: Played for laughs when Sky brings half of a rachni hive to the base with him.
  • Alliterative Name: Serana, during the period when she's married to Eli, is Serana Sidonis.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Eli points out that no one ever admits to have ever seen Shepard does the Citadel, a In-Universe porn movie.
  • All There in the Manual: Myetel has made D&D style stat sheets for the characters on the forums.
  • And I Must Scream: The fate of the lobotomized biotics slaves.
  • Anime Hair: Dara's hair after being turned into a human/rachni hybrid, starts to grow green.
  • Apocalypse How: Pre-fic Planetary/Physical Annihilation with the asari homeworld.
    • Mind you, Thessia fell to the Reapers in Mass Effect 3, too, but then we can blame Cerberus for accelerating that process.
  • Arc Number: Eli has the number 3 as his throughout most of the story.
  • Arc Words: "We don't leave anyone behind."
  • Artificial Limbs: Rather commonplace with cybernetics. Sam gets an arm, after the original is cut off by a batarian using a vibrosword.
  • Attempted Rape: The batarians try on Dara. It... doesn't work very well for them.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: 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.
  • The Atoner: Lantar
  • Armor Is Useless: 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.
  • Arranged Marriage
  • Ascended Fan Boy: Some of the Forum Role Players have become canon characters.
  • Ascended Meme: Blasto the hanar Spectre. Started as a joke in Mass Effect 2, in the fic-verse he is an actual spectre and a pretty badass one at that.
  • Awesome by Analysis: 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: Lina Vasir
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Taken to the extreme. By the epilogue you can count the number of characters without kids of some form on one hand.
  • Back from the Dead: And the rather unpleasant hops and jumps that the courts had to make to bring back Dempsey.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Briefly, Eli and Seheve during a confrontation inside a Collector ship.
  • Badass Boast:
    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."
  • Badass Grandpa: Gavius
  • Badass Mustache: Sam
  • Badass Normal: Sam, Kasumi
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Dara
  • Bare Your Midriff: Serana's wedding outfit with Lin.
  • Batman Gambit: Eli and Lin plans to enter combat during the batarian/yahg war, usually involve using vibroswords and betting that the batarians would target them first, making their moves predictable.
  • Battle Couple: Shep/Garrus, Dara/Rel, Sam/Kasumi, Dara/Eli, Dempsey/Zasha, and a whole buttload more.
  • Beach Episode: Rinus and Kallixta invite Rel and Dara for some leave time on their house on Macedyn.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Call Shepard's kids monsters, It'll be fun.
    • DO NOT BOTHER THE AUTHOR about Dara and Rel's breakup, ever.
    • You better not do anything that is not in Madison's best interest or else you will have Dempsey, a wolverine healing 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.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Kallixta's uncle had a livestock habit
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Dara.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Fors.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: Several. Usually at the end of an arc, but some are interspersed.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Young Guns perform one to a group of fleeing civilians on Astaria.
  • Big Eater: Dempsey
  • Big Good: The Spectres.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Turians carry wedding knifes in sheats on their wrists. These can and are used several times in combat.
  • Blessed with Suck: 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.
  • Bland-Name Product: Code of Honor, an extranet game that Madison plays.
  • Blank White Eyes: James has this literally.
  • Bloody Horror: One of the tactics of the Yahg.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Played with. Narayana was already crushing pretty hard on Kirrahe even before he was assigned as her bodyguard, but it helped cement the feelings she had.
  • Break the Cutie: Dara, Lin and Eli during their time on the Turian Military, before the tryouts for the Spectres. Caelia in the epilogue.
  • Break the Haughty: Siara on Tuchanka.
  • Break Them by Talking: Eli's first instinct in a given situation is try and negotiate things before having to shoot.
  • Breather Chapter: Several. The one that stands out the most is probably the one with Fors', Lin's and Dempsey's bachelor party.
  • Butt Monkey: Lin and his knee; mostly his knee.
  • Canon Immigrant: some of the fan characters from the Role play forums have been added to the story
  • Call Back: So many that it would take an entire page.
  • Car Fu: Dempsey and Eli are not above using whatever vehicle they are driving as weapons.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: On occasion.
  • Character Death: Kella and Brennia.
  • Character Development: It's practically a coming of age story.
  • Character Focus: It shifts a lot. Even some minor characters receive some over the course of the story.
  • Cheerful Child: Almost all the children related directly or indirectly to the spectres are this on some level. Until they're not. Caelia is the foremost example.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The Sower devices.
  • Chekhov's Gun: 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 Crowning Moment of Awesome.
    • Eli's quilt.
  • Cherry Tapping: 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.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Serana.
  • Chick Magnet: Eli, during his period on Macedyn. He says that he stands out because he's an oddity. In his own words, "A human wrapped in a turian wrapped in an asari."
  • Childhood Friend Romance: James Dempsey's backstory. Madison Dempsey's too.
  • Child Soldiers: 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.
  • City Guards: Lin and Eli, while on guard duty when they were stationed on Macedyn.
  • The Clan: Every turian has it's own, with they own different pattern of facepaint. It differs from canon in that a turian without facepaint isn't considered immediately dishonest, but part of the Imperial family.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Subverted. Serana has almost always moved instinctively this way thinking "Mine" about 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.
  • Code Name: Every Spectre ends up getting one by the end.
  • Common Tongue: 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 which language they are actually speaking.
  • Confusion Fu / Combat Pragmatist: Also known as Mindoir-Mixed Style
  • Contrived Coincidence: Valak just happens to be about to carry an attack on the same complex that Rel's team is already attacking.
  • Cool Horse: Dara receives one as a Christmas gift from Sam and Kasumi. From a human point of view, riding a rlata would qualify as well.
  • Cool Ship: The SR's.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: Eli's paints his clan patterns on Dara's face with his blood, practically a battleground marriage by turian standards.
  • Crusading Lawyer: Mr. Maxwell, his crusade? AI rights
  • Cultured Badass: Shepard is fluent in Latin.
  • Cute Kitten: Loki and Lucy.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: A few
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: 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, Dempsey.
  • Damsel in Distress: Several.
    • Ellie, Dara and their families at the climax of the Redemption arc.
    • Siara, Ylara and an asari merc during the Omega campaign.
    • Dara, during the birthsong of Joy-singer.
    • Dara and Zhasa, when they were captured by batarians during a botched operation on Lorek.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Spectres armor is black.
  • The Dead Have Names: 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.
  • Death By A Thousand Cuts: According to the characters the Wing Chun fighting style is this.
  • Death by Origin Story: Dara's mom and Eli's dad.
  • Death Glare: Almost characters have been described to have one at one point or another, specially when it comes to their own Berserk Buttons.
  • Deflector Shields: The cyclonic shields equipped on the SR ships.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When a turian crosses this line he's generally regarded and/or regards himself as a "mor'loci".
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Rel during the period of his 'combat addiction'
  • Detect Evil: 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.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Eli, Lin, Makur, Siara and Mazz fight against 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 accompanying him to destroy a Reaper from the inside out.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Only once.
  • Discontinuity Nod: The author goes to great lengths to practically destroy the entire plot of ME 3, with several well thought out arguments.
  • Disney Death: The Lystheni dalatrass on Garvug. Well, one of them.
  • Distressed Dude: Subverted: Rel gets captured by a batarian, but it turns out that the batarian is a turncoat. Not that the rescue team knows this.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Ellie at first.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The various "Bite me" comments that are thrown around, considering turian mating ways. Lampshaded to hell and back too.
  • Don't Think, Feel.: Asari biotic training relies on demonstrating concepts directly into the mind of the student, where human (and turian) training relies on verbal and physical demonstrations.
  • Door Stopper: 3,404,854 words. Impressive.
  • Drugs Are Bad: 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 blood-rage in krogan who are exposed.
  • Drunk with Power: Subverted. 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.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: 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.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted with Lantar and later with Seheve.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Mordin to Dara.
  • Empathy Doll Shot: Eli's recovered doll in the Omega campaign during the war.
  • Encyclopaedic Knowledge: Mordin and later Dara.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Garrus walking in on Lantar confessing his past to Ellie and Eli.
  • Exact Words: Dempsey saying to Madison that he wasn't allowed to use his biotics on goal during a friendly Handball match.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Ylara, briefly, during and after the Omega campaign.
  • Eye Scream: The biotics are lobotomized by the batarians through the eye cavity of the skull.
  • The Faceless: The second generation of NCAI's avatars, before they are coaxed to present their self-images.
  • Famed In-Story: 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.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: The lobotomized biotics.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: During the Spectre trials, most teams were divided with this in mind. One straight up fighter, one tech and one biotic.
  • Figure It Out Yourself: The spectres' tryouts. They are told the objective of the exercise but not told on how or what they are been evaluated exactly.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: Kirrahe Orlan's standard loadout includes a flamethrower.
  • Foreshadowing: So many that is hard to keep track of.
  • Freak Out: Brennia's death is the point of both Lin and Eli's Start of Darkness.
  • From Bad to Worse: Used several times throughout the story to point out that things will get worse before they get better.
  • Functional Magic: Biotics. Even more than on canon.
  • Game Breaker: Joked with In-Universe. Everyone who sees Zasha using her shield for the first time tells her that it's almost like cheating.
  • Gender Is No Object: Subverted: Turian psychology is shown to be this at first glance but it's actually pretty segregated in a few places.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Rinus.
  • Gag Penis: When Rel sees a "happy" male hanar, he thinks it has an extra tentacle.
  • Gentle Giant: Siege.
  • Girl Next Door: Dara according to Eli, after they get together. Also a Sexy Doctor and Alien Chick, all rolled into one.
  • Girls' Night Out Episode: The girls try to do this before Seheve's wedding. It doesn't work out so well.
  • The Glomp: Joy-singer(a Rachni Queen) to Dara in Chapter 151.
  • Glory Hound: Lexine Elders, the reporter embebbed with the Alliance teams on the Terra Nova campaign.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The rachni when one of their queens are in danger.
  • Going Commando: 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.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Pelagia manages to send a message through the NCAI network that Omega was being attacked at the beggining of the batarian/yahg war.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Rel and Dara's life after the simulation. They'd gone and done exactly what the simulation told them to do, but ended up almost destroying each other five years later.
  • Good Feels Good: During Rel's 'combat addiction', everyone wants to make him remember what does he needs to fight for.
  • Got Volunteered: Eli, as a press liason for the younger Spectres.
  • Government Conspiracy: The volus government backing an Asari matriarch almost imploded the galactic economy in the aftermath.
  • Grand Theft Me: Joker uploads himself in to a prototype of the super tough ex BigBad Race to have a Big Damn Heroes moment leading to the Curb-Stomp Battle with a surprising good guy bias.
    • The domination ardat-yakshi ability that the Lystheni salarians spliced into some of their own genome.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: All over the place.
  • Guyliner: Lexine Elders comments that Eli has eyelashes that most women would pay hundreds of credits to get.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: 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.
  • Handicapped Badass: Sam by the end of the batarian/yahg war.
  • Healing Factor: Dempsey and, later, Rel got a Krogan regeneration gene mod. Zhasa got Prothean Nanites and Dara got rachni regeneration. To say nothing of the Krogan characters.
  • The Heavy: Several dependent mostly on the story arc. Arvak N'Mod during Victory is the most stand out example.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Seheve. Several captured batarian prisoners including people from SIU, and a female Yahg.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted. Everyone is always helmets during combat situations and several times even out of them.
  • Henpecked Husband: Funnily, Rinus admits to be this whenever his wife uses command-preemptory voice with him.
  • Heroic RROD: 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.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Offscreen. Eli and Lin used hovercycles during a chase on Macedyn.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Eli, Lin and Rel suffer hard from this at one point or another.
  • Highly Conspicuous Uniform: Spectres use black armor, with a golden emblem. Other than in the dark, they don't blend well anywhere.
  • Hive Queen: The rachni queens, and Dara.
  • Hollywood Healing: 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.
  • Hospital Hottie: Dara
  • Hostage Situation: 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.
  • Hot Skittyon Wailord Action: Ylara (a 5'6" Asari) and Tulluust (an Elcor)
  • Housewife: Ellie.
  • Hub City: Bastion.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Rel/Dara, Lantar/Ellie, Elijah/Dara, Rel/Seheve.
  • Human Mom Non Human Dad: Most of the hybrid kids shown, with the exception of Estevan.
  • Humans Are White: Averted with Kasumi and one of the early Spectre candidates being black.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: 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.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: The answer to the riddle Eli gives to Dara turns out to be that he just wants to be one.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Siara before going to Tuchanka.
  • I Got Bigger: Eli grows from a scared, scrawny little twerp into a respectable young man throughout the story.
  • I Have Your Wife: And children. The AEC uses them as hostages at the end of the first Spectres tryouts.
  • The Illegal: 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.
  • The Illuminati: 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.
  • Imagine Spot: 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.
  • I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Kella gives part of her essence to Elijah, allowing him to speak asari, among other things
  • Implacable Man: Dempsey when his Berserk Button is pressed. Same for the rachni.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Almost a requirement for Spectre work.
  • Infant Immortality: Zigzagged. Played straight with the kids of the Spectres but several thousand children do die during the plagues and the wars.
  • Interspecies Romance
  • Iron Lady: Shepard.
  • It's Raining Men: The Young Guns perform a Halo drop from 35000 feet to avoid detection from a facility.
  • I Want Them Alive: The batarian slavers when it comes to asari and human biotics. Otherwise they can't fit them into the biotic weapons.
  • Karmic Death: The SIU operatives that try to kill Eli and Lin with Vibroswords, are both skewered.
  • Keystone Army: The Reapers
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Cathartic way for Eli to kill Brennia's murderer.
  • Kill 'em All: Every time Garrus is deployed in an "Archangel" mission, that's the expected outcome.
  • Kill It with Fire: Orlan's preferred weapon is a flamethrower, and his squad name is Agni.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Seheve, and in a weird way, Makur.
  • Knife Nut: Seheve.
  • Lady and Knight: Rel carved a spirit statue of Dara and Eli using the namesakes of their squadnames. The statue ends up having this feel.
  • The Leader: One of the aspects that every Spectre candidate has to demonstrate is that he has leadership skills.
  • Lethal Chef: Brennia and Lin during their marriage. Eli says that they managed to burn water.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Demonstrated during a school panel, where Eli switches between laid back posture to alpha posture.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Eli already had great reflexes before using a reflexes gene mod. All turians have a better reflex speed than most other council races.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Several cases to go around. Lantar and Eli, Garrus and Kaius, Dempsey and Madison to name a few.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Just try counting them all. We dare you.
  • Look What I Can Do Now: Several characters develop new techniques over the course of the story and later demonstrate to others that weren't already aware of them.
  • Loophole Abuse: The asari councilor is not happy when 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.
  • Lost Technology: Several things found during the story. From the Sower devices to the Biotic-to-Tech translator.
  • Love Epiphany: All over the place.
    • Dara and Rel after their first pass through the simulator.
    • Siara to Makur after the Rite on Tuchanka.
    • Eli to Serana after she figuratively beats him over the head with her feelings.
    • Lin to Serana after his psychic evals during the Spectre trials.
    • Eli and Dara with a little help from the Rachni song.
    • Rel to Seheve when they both are trapped inside a lifepod.
  • Love Hurts: Demonstrated from several angles, that sometimes even getting what you want it still hurts.
  • Love Triangle: Downplayed. There's no animosity between the parties involved. Eli, Serana and Lin. Rather, they are as open about it as they can be.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Eli and Lin.
  • Mama Bear: Shepard.
  • Meaningful Funeral: The funeral after the AEC attack on the base. Mordin's funeral as well.
  • Mid-Season Twist: Rel and Dara's break up.
  • Mighty Glacier: Dempsey, Makur, any elcor that knows how to use a weapon...
  • Mildly Military: The Spectres. Most of the military feel comes from the people who were military before becoming Spectres.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Inverted: When informed of the numbers of the plague victims Dara is visibly distressed.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: The theft of military equipment ends up revealing a plot to kill the turian Imperator.
  • Mission Control: Seheve serves as this briefly when the Young Guns are protecting a Prothean dig site, in the Arvuna campaign during the batarian/yahg war.
  • Moment Killer: Dara and Eli have these several times during the period where she's in trial separation from Rel, sometimes the killer are even themselves.
  • Mood Whiplash: Used In-Universe so Rel could realize that he had an addiction.
  • Mook Horror Show: The Battle of the Vineyards from the batarians' perspective.
  • Motherly Scientist: Eventually Dara
  • Mundane Made Awesome: 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.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The AEC.
  • Never My Fault: Rel suffer from a bout of this during the period where he's suffering from 'combat addiction'
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Dempsey and Makur. Double layer of shields plus krogan regeneration. Thell too, by virtue of being practically a walking tank when in armor.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: The whole premise of the Husk War.
  • No Biochemical Barriers: While subverted as with canon, this is played straight with royal jelly.
  • No Conservation of Energy: The work goes to great pains to avoid this.
  • No Man Should Have This Power: Solidly averted. Everything the characters come across during their adventures gets used later again in some form or another.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Staple of the Spectres under Shepard's tenure.
  • No Sell: 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.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: Eli, during bootcamp, remarking to a bully that he couldn't understand why he'd been afraid of him.
  • Not a Morning Person: Kasumi
    Kasumi: "This is why I don't get up before seven most mornings... anything before seven is trouble..."
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Lexine Elders is annoyed as hell that her charms doesn't seem to work on Rel, Dempsey and Eli.
  • Not So Different: Humans and turians are remarked semi-regularly to be this.
  • Not So Stoic: Seheve when talking about the drell homeworld.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Eli uses this during the early infiltration of Khar'sharn.
  • Odd Friendship: Lin, Eli and Fors. Later, Fors and Dempsey.
    • Siara and Dara.
  • Official Couple: Shepard and Garrus.
  • Older Than They Look: 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.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Batarian husks.
  • Outside-the-Box Tactic: Seheve passes one of the tests on the Spectre trials using a tactic not thought by the others.
  • Papa Wolf: Dempsey.
  • Parental Incest: Siara suffered this in a bad way.
  • Parrot Pet Position: The rachni workers, mostly 1812 and Chopin.
  • Persona Non Grata: Shepard is seen as this in asari space, being blamed for the destruction of Thessia.
  • Person of Mass Destruction:
    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."
  • Photographic Memory: Seheve. Comes with being a drell.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Seheve.
  • Please Wake Up: Several times.
  • Poisonous Captive: The female Yahg captured on Lorek.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Generally represented by a mission with bad or incomplete intel.
  • Posthumous Character: Sarah Jaworski.
  • Power Armor: The quarians and the geth have made War Machine battle suits for the Quarians to wear. Instad of buying new armor after the First battle of Kar'Shan, Siara buys an Atlas mech.
  • Psychic Powers: Biotics are shown to have even more psychic abilities than in canon, up to and including telepathy.
  • Puppy Love: Eli and Dara in the beginning of the story. Amara and Madison later on.
  • Put on a Bus: Mordin Alesh only appears during the Spectres tryouts.
  • Really 700 Years Old: In the epilogue; after 50,000 years of medical advancements, death is more or less optional.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Lin gets reassigned to Nimines, a largely frozen turian colony, during the second half of his military career.
  • Recognition Failure: Serana doesn't recognize the Turian Imperator and tries to arrest him, believing him to be a pirate or merc.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Eli and Lin.
  • Reference Overdosed
  • Refuge in Audacity: Maxwell wins a court case by tricking a senator to say ON RECORD the the wording of the law in question is just symbolism.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: All the radio team names for the Spectres are taken from Terran mythology.
  • Rescue Arc: Dempsey, Rinus, Eli, Dara, Sam and Lantar trying to rescue Rel after he's gone MIA.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: James, who's essentially a personality upload of Dempsey.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Lin almost goes into one, if he did not have Eli there to keep him in check.
  • Rousing Speech: Shepard is known for giving a few. Rinus gives some later too, even if he himself doesn't recognize it.
  • Rousseau Was Right: The warrior-caste batarians.
  • Secret Keeper: The Spectres are known for keeping some of the galaxy's most well guarded secrets.
  • Secret Test of Character: During the Spectre tryouts, the psych evals force them into situations, through the simulator, that have no right answer. What they are looking for is actually the thought process to get to an answer not the answer by itself.
  • Sequel Hook: The end of the epilogue sets up another adventure.
  • Sensor Character: Makur. Any rachni brood-warrior or queen.
  • Serial Killer: Brennia, Lin's first wife, is killed by one.
  • Serious Business: Handball, for the kids still on the school near the base.
  • Sex God: 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.
  • Sharing a Body: In a weird sense, Dara. She can be either be her human self, or Sings-Heartstrong, her rachni queen self.
  • Shipper on Deck: 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 Serana and Eli get toghether besides the man himself.
  • Shirtless Scene: 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.
  • Shooting Superman: The batarian always seem to think that they can get through Zhasa's shield with enough ammunition.
  • Shown Their Work: These three words alone are not enough to do this series justice.
    • Hell, this could be the trope codifier for fan fiction...
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Serana and Rel or Rinus.
  • Sibling Team: Rinus and Rellus, and later Serana added into the mix.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Just about every couple, in varying degrees.
  • Silicon-Based Life: Apparently, the volus and a few others mentioned during the epilogue.
  • Simultaneous Arcs: Several, since halfway through the fic the characters are spread throughout the galaxy.
  • Sleep Cute: Lantar and Sam pull one off while sick these leading to Squee from Katsumi.
  • Social Darwinist: The batarian caste system in a nutshell.
  • Storming the Castle: The final trial of the turian bootcamp usually is this.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: 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.
  • Student and Master Team: Dara and Shepard, Dara and Mordin
  • Succession Crisis: During the epilogue involving the turian Imperial family.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Dara, to anyone who isn't close to her.
  • Super Reflexes: Eli after his gene mods and boot camp. He once caught a falling glass almost as soon as he realized it was falling.
  • Supporting Leader: Weirdly enough, Shepard gets this treatment during the second half of the story.
  • Survivor Guilt: Lantar has massive doses of this.
  • Sword Cane: Valak.
  • Synchronous Chapters: During the batarian/yahg war at least three times the action is taken simultaneously between the various campaigns across the galaxy.
  • Synthetic Plague: Batarians do this to the galaxy
  • Take a Third Option: Shepard does this when she decides to create a probationary Spectre rank, so she doesn't have to turn away people who have potential.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Put it this way; 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 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."
  • Take That: To the ending of Mass Effect 3; 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.
  • The Team: The Young Guns
  • Teen Genius: All the Young Guns who grew up in Mindoir certainly qualify. Especially Dara.
  • Tele-Frag: 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.
  • There Are No Therapists: Subverted. There are therapists, but none of the characters actually trust them.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The rachni when they get PISSED stop at literally nothing before they destroy their enemies.
  • Those Two Guys: Tel and Lin before Character Development.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: During the epilogue this happens to Eli and Dara, and later to Dempsey and Zhasa.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: At least when it's not straight up combat.
  • Time Skip: Some during the story, but most of it during the epilogue(s).
  • Took a Level in Badass: 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.
  • Totally Radical: 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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: The rachni workers seem to believe that 'toast' is Dara's.
  • Training from Hell: 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.
  • Translator Microbes: 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.
  • Trapped in Another World: Happens literally with Rel, when he's rescued by Valak.
  • Trial by Friendly Fire: 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.
  • True Companions: 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, Zhasa, Orlan, Serana and Glory.
  • Try Not to Die: Several times the characters issue this command along with their orders.
  • Undisclosed Funds: 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 amount.
  • Uneven Hybrid: After 50000 years of crossbreeding between the population, almost everyone has some genes from an alien species.
  • Un Coffee: Apha, essentially coffee for dextro species.
  • Underwater Ruins: Technically not ruins. The submerged Prothean city is actually very well-preserved and relatively functional.
  • Uniqueness Decay: Ardat-Yakshi. 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.
  • Verbal Tic: 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.
  • Virtual Reality: The sower devices can create these.
  • War Is Hell: Point hammered again and again. And then some more.
  • Wave Motion Gun: The Biotic weapons on the batarian ships.
  • Wham Episode: The epilogue chapter 'Asari Civil War, Part 2.,' where Dara makes an exposition that utterly shatters the image of the Ardat-Yakshi and sends Samara of all people into a Heroic BSOD.
    • A whopping TEN PERCENT of all Asari (in-story statistics place this total at 1.2 billion) carry a recessive gene on their 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, 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.
    • 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.'
  • What If?: Used as Plot Device with the simulator. And later with two really wacky shared dreams.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Siege and Mercuria
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Rasmus Cadius delivers one to Rel, after the Spectre nominations, where he's made probationary Spectre.
  • World of Badass
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Averted. Gender equality doesn't have these as problems.
  • Would Not Shoot a Good Guy: Eli talks a batarian SIU operative into surrendering just because Glory says he's not a 'gray-voice'.
  • Wrench Wench: Zhasa and Nali. Comes with being quarian.
  • You Are The Translated Foreign Word: 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.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Rel to Dara. Eli to Dara, as well. Rel to Seheve.
  • Your Head Asplode: Fors 'Implosion' ability when used on Yahg. They are too big so he uses only on their heads.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Averted. The Sower devices only show possibilities, not realities, but when people are trapped inside it, everything feels real.
  • You Shall Not Pass: The Young Guns during the Battle of the Vineyards. Kirrahe even delivers his uncle's "Hold the line" catchphrase.
  • Zerg Rush: 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.