Mass Foundations is a fanfiction series set in the Franchise/MassEffect universe, written by Tropers/NordRonnoc. The first and second installments of the series, Redemption in the Stars and a New Day, are out. There are also three other installments planned that are currently TBA. The series is strongly inspired from Fanfic/MassVexations, given that both Tropers/HerrWozzeck and Nord shared some ideas together.

Redemption in the Stars 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]], set between the [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 first]] and [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 second]] games. 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 [[ here]].

The sequel, 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 [[ here]].

Nord has also written a SpinOff called All the World's a Stage. The [[Creator/PeterCapaldi Twelfth]] [[Franchise/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. He 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 [[ here]]. Like his other works below, you can also find it on WebSite/SpaceBattles and Sufficient Velocity [[ here]] and [[ here]] respectively.

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 [[ here]] and a New Day can be viewed [[ here]]. On SV, Redemption in the Stars can be viewed [[ here]], and a New Day can be viewed [[ here]]. But Nord has rebooted A New Day. You can find the new threads on SB and SV [[ here]] and [[ here]] respectively.

!!The series provides examples of:


[[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 along with an unnamed [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Blue Suns]] Commander fits this trope much better.
* 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.
* 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 fourth chapter a [[Film/{{District9}} prawn]], insulting its appearance.
** 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 title of the epilogue--I Need You--references 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]].
* TeleportationMisfire / TeleporterAccident: Kickstarted the plot of the fic, 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.
* 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 rebukes this, calling them out on their MoralMyopia.
** [[spoiler: Basically Liara's reaction to Ethan's suggestion of handing Shepard over to Cerberus. He managed to convince her to see from his viewpoint, but it's clear that she was still upset about the whole ordeal.]]
* 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.

[[folder:A New Day]]
* [[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 25 years from 1998 to 2023. They've released a third game in the Franchise/BaldursGate series called Black Hound. It was obvious they never released Mass Effect (duh). 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.
* 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]].
* HolidayInCambodia: Eric and his family visited Bangkok, Thailand, then Angkor Wat in the prologue until Eric stumbled upon the artifact at the after-mentioned temple.
* VacationEpisode: The prologue starts out as this in [[{{UsefulNotes/Thailand}} Bangkok]] and [[{{UsefulNotes/Cambodia}} Angkor Wat]]. See the above example.
* RealityEnsues: C-Sec discovered a good part about Eric when he arrived to the Mass Effect universe. How did they find out? By looking at his ID card. See SureLetsGoWithThat below for more. Also, after Eric got his credentials, C-Sec brought him in to question him. After they found out he was clean for the most part, they let him go.
* ShoutOut:
** In the [[HolidayInCambodia prologue]], Alphonse and Eric name drops 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 occasionally calls his brother [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Al]].
** Natalie mentioned [[Fanfic/MassesToMasses Ian turning an elcor serial killer to C-Sec]] while picking Eric up, much to Eric's and Natalie's bemusement.
** The protagonist Natalie's playing as in [[FictionalVideoGame Redeemer]] is a DistaffCounterpart of [[{{Anime/Berserk}} Guts]], abet 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]].
--->In their hands was a two-handed sword. It was massive, thick, heavy, and far too rough. It looked more like 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.
* TrappedInTVLand: Like the [[FanFic/MassVexations other]] [[Fanfic/MassesToMasses series]] that inspired this fic, Eric was transported to the Franchise/MassEffect universe.

[[folder: Spin-offs]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: In ''All the World's a Stage'', 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]] and later [[spoiler:Nightmare]], though the latter had a different reason.
* DecoyProtagonist: The first part of All the World's a Stage goes from the Doctor's perspective. After taking care of the Ania, it switches to Jocelyn's afterwards for most of it.
* 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?
* {{Expy}}: The Ania bears a strong resemblance to the Broken Glass Creature from [[ a Touch of Glass]], a CreepyPasta.
* SiliconBasedLife: The Ania in All the World's a Stage, 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.
* WhamLine:
** For All the World's a Stage, 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, but 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?]]
* 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.]]