Much of the material concerns how this particular Shepard affects the people around him and spends little time re-writing canon, instead focusing on how others see Victor and what his actions mean, both for himself as a person and for how he changes things around him. Very OriginalFlavour, with an emphasis on exploring certain things not given much detail in canon like Shepard's Earthborn BackStory. Shepard's history and even his class are drawn on for CharacterDevelopment, all of it making him the person he is instead of being mentioned once in the summary and promptly forgotten. The writing itself goes up in quality as the author improves with each entry.

Victor himself is notable for being one of the few Shepards in the {{Fandom}} using the default model.

The series:
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5712789/1/One_Last_Mystery One Last Mystery]]: A short one-shot where Miranda wonders about a minor unanswered question. [Non-canon]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5909836/1/Parallels_31 Parallels 31]]: A short on how Shepard spends his thirty-first birthday; the author, as the title suggests, went with an idea to draw a parallel between two different versions of Shepard, the other featured being markedly different from Victor.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5753026/1/Mass_Mayhem Mass Mayhem]]: A series of 100 drabbles written for a prompt challenge, exploring various moments in Victor's life, as well as the lives of the people around him.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6191917/1/Beyond_Limits Beyond Limits]]: A short extension to ''Mass Mayhem,'' consisting of ideas that didn't fit into the drabble-challenge format.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6364335/1/Covert_Operations Covert Operations]]: The [[http://community.livejournal.com/1character/profile [=1Character Challenge=]]] done for Victor.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6176941/1/Coded_Pieces Coded Pieces]]: How the aftermath of Operation Overlord affects Victor, a lead-in to ''Chessboard.''
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6195250/1/Chessboard Chessboard]]: Post-''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Commander Shepard goes missing, leaving the Normandy's crew to track him down and, more importantly, figure out why. A longer, multi-chaptered story, in contrast to the one-shot nature of the rest of the series.

!!This series contains examples of:

* ArcWords: Alesh'Kal
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Samuel Yin's]] contingency against capture.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Anna Whitwell,]] until the title is stolen by [[spoiler: Samuel Yin.]]
* BootCampEpisode: One of the ''Mass Mayhem'' drabbles touches on Victor's time at boot camp after he enlists, although it's an introspective moment in the calm at lights-out.

* ConversationalTroping: About where Shepard and Joker fit on the line between StraightGay and CampGay; Joker sees himself as the woman of the relationship, and Jacob answers this by bringing up the fact that Victor, who does not have any readily visible CampGay behavior, has a subscription to a men's fashion e-zine.
* {{Drabble}}: ''Mass Mayhem's'' format.
* MrFanservice
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Shepard,]] due to {{Blackmail}}.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: There's a reason the events of ''Bring Down the Sky'' bother Victor more than most other Shepards.
* FriendlySniper: Victor has elements of ColdSniper was well, but he's mostly friendly.
* GenreSavvy: The Normandy crew is instantly distrustful of Yin when he appears out of nowhere to help them track down Shepard; they only follow his advice because they have nothing else to go on. Actually, though, [[spoiler: they're right. He usurps Whitwell as the BigBad.]]
* [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me]]: Joker about Shepard, slightly.
* IUhYouToo: Twice, one of which is a ShoutOut to the instance from StarWars.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Joker mentions that [[MostFanficWritersAreGirls women on the extranet]] write Commander Shepard FanFic, some of which [[SlashFic pairs him up with Kaidan.]]
* LoveHurts: [[spoiler: Shepard and O'Connor]] didn't end well.
* MysteriousPast: Shepard and the MSV Snake Fang
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: As a First Lieutenant, Victor let over 70,000 colonists die rather than kill Jake O'Connor to stop it. The fact that the colonists were batarians doesn't make him feel better.]]
* RuleOfSymbolism: [[spoiler: Anna Whitwell and Samuel Yin]] are the [[{{TheChessmaster}} chessmasters]] playing a game on the eponymous (metaphorical) Chessboard. The color schemes of their employees reflect this.
* StraightGay: Shepard, Joker, Jake O'Connor.
* TookALevelInBadass: Victor, lampshaded whenever he runs into his old gang buddies, who invariably start the conversation off with how they can't believe he's gone from a skinny runt who couldn't pull the trigger on another human being to the hero of Elysium and savior of the Citadel.
* WordOfGod: Most updates as they appear on the author's [[http://c-saber.livejournal.com/ blog]] have more in-depth notes explaining the thought process behind the writing, not present in the Fanfiction.net uploads.