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Fanfic: Shepard's R&R
One legend meets another.
In the year 2186, the Reapers
returned for the harvest, and brought the galaxy to its knees. Thanks to the diplomacy and action of Commander Shawn Shepard
, every species threw aside their differences and banded together to fight the ancient menace, but the onslaught was relentless and defeat was almost certain. However, the races pooled their resources to create a mysterious weapon, the Catalyst, and made a final, desperate push to activate the weapon. At great cost, the weapon was fired, and Shepard destroyed the Reapers at the cost of all synthetics of the galaxy. Decimated and weary, the galaxy can finally focus on rebuilding.
A few weeks later, Commander Shepard awakens from his coma after surviving the near-destruction of the Catalyst. His extended sleep was all the rest he was getting, as the galaxy has discovered a mysterious new race of equines with mysterious powers
. With the help of his old companions, Ambassador Shawn Shepard journeys to the planet Equus to make sure the Equestrian's welcoming to the galactic community goes as smoothly as possible... and secure the Serenity's systems resources for the Council.
This crossover Fan Fic
is a collaboration between ed2481 and Loyal2Luna, and can be found here
. Updates are released as they're ready
This Fanfic presents examples of:
- Ambadassador: Shepard fit into this trope in the main series, but thanks to their new positions, the rest of Shepard's companions qualify as well.
- Deconstructed: It's made clear that they are most certainly not the idea ambassadors, who would actually know far more about politics and such. While the Normandy team are excellent wartime leaders, they're not as good at peace. The Council makes it clear that the reason that they're being sent in is because Shepard has the ability to draw in and make peace with various factions (such as the Geth and Quarians), but also because most of the actual diplomats were either indoctrinated by the Reapers during "Negotiations," or killed in the war.
- Deconstructed for the Mane Six as well. Twilight has a frightening realization that while she's a princess, her friends are ordinary ponies. Sure they wield the Elements of Harmony, but compared to the military ambassadors and elite agents of Shepard's crew, they just don't compare. Especially seen when Rainbow Dash thinks ME tech is lame because they lack ray guns or flying saucers.
- Bullying a Dragon: See Mugging the Monster below.
- Clarke's Third Law: Funny twist on this, as the Equestrians, who actually have magic, assume this to be true of the Mass Effect species, who achieve amazing feats using only technology. Glyph, Liara's VI assistant, is mistaken as a familiar by Twilight. Conversely, it's inverted, as the galaxy assumes there's some advanced, covert technology behind Equestrian's fantastic magic. A few biological samples reveal this might actually be the case.
- Cozy Catastrophe: The Equestrians were only discovered after the Reaper War, and as such they're the only ones not devastated by the conflict. This leaves them at a very advantageous position due to the Citadel Races desperately needing their resources. Of course, they don't know that... until Shepard tells Celestia. Fortunately, she knows not to take advantage of his kindness.
- Cuteness Proximity: Gabby Daniels is one the smartest people on the Normandy, but the engineer is still hit pretty hard by this trope when she meets her first ponies.
- The Dreaded: Commander Shepard, thanks to events like The Bahak System and the fact he's considered the most dangerous living thing in the galaxy. Upon learning just who he is and what he's done, Celestia admits that Shepard is the first thing in over millennia to truly frighten her.
- Everyone Can See It: Tali and Shepard are hardly subtle about their relationship, and when Tali asks if it's that obvious, her crewmates say yes.
- Fantastic Racism:
- Celestia and Cadance despise changelings (acceptable given the Changelings' previous actions) and are appalled to hear Luna invited them to diplomatic summit without their consent.
- Luna is very dismissive of necromantic creatures, and sensing the circumstances around Shepard's revival certainly doesn't endear him to her.
- First Contact: The story is about the official galactic welcoming to the Equestrians, with Shepard leading the diplomats. The actual first contact was when Kirrahe's ship crash landed on Equus, where the Equestrians rescued him and signaled the ship's distress beacon.
- Hypocrite: Luna learns about the Bahak system, aka when Shepard blew up a mass relay, [[Apocalypse How, destroying entire star systems]]. She tries to call out the others on why she would allow someone like him on the planet. The problem? She's made difficult decisions herself as a ruler, and she also caused a lot of problems as Nightmare Moon. She tries to question the others about the Commander barely a few sentences after Shining Armor said she dropped a shooting star on invading gryphons.
- Genre Savvy: Cadence. Though she and Shining Armor read the same Science Fiction books, she puts her readings far more into practice, warning both her husband and the Princesses about the dangers of what they're doing: Shining Armor for pretending his best troops were the standard Equestrian military, Celestia for being condescending and threatening Shepard to save face for Luna, and Luna for actually threatening Shepard. Luna, unfortunately, didn't learn her lesson.
- I Got Bigger: Spike, thanks to spending some time among dragons who were somewhat more tolerable than the ones he met during the dragon migration. Thanks to a more species-appropriate diet, he grew several feet taller, went from bipedal to quadrupedal, and grew wings. The downside is that such rapid physical changes were apparently very painful for him.
- Ignored Enamored Underling: Liara, as suspected in canon, still harbors romantic feelings for Shepard, but lost her chance to Tali and tries her best to suppress her feelings for Shepard's sake. It becomes an issue again as she finds out she accidentally impregnated herself with Shepard's child, pulling her back into a love triangle she wanted to avoid. She ultimately decides to keep the pregnancy a secret from Shepard.
- Last Name Basis: Averted unlike the source material, as Shawn is repeatedly referred to by his first name, while in the games Commander Shepard is only called Shepard.
- The Main Characters Do Everything: For once, Justified. Shepard questions why he and his old squad are selected to be the diplomats to Equestria, and is told that he's pretty much the best "diplomat" left. Many of the galaxy's diplomats attempted to negotiate with Reapers and were subsequently killed and/or indoctrinated, and the rest were too traumatized by the conflict and retired, leaving Shepard in the unique situation of being hardened enough to continue functioning while also possessing a long history of diplomatic successes to qualify. For the rest of Shepard's squad, they've all been promoted to an appropriate rank for the negotiations, and jumped at the chance of serving with Shepard again.
- The Mane Six, meanwhile, are the Elements of Harmony and show the most honest part of ordinary Equestria, which is why they were called.
- Mugging the Monster:
- Happens both ways. Pinkie Pie shoots a party cannon at Grunt, the diplomats think they're under attack, and Luna restrains them before they could respond. Luna and Shepard almost come to blows while demanding the other to back down. Shepard doesn't realize he's confronting an actual Physical God who could kill him with a thought, while Luna doesn't realize that she's threatening a galactic legend whose death would draw the wrath of all the other races, and her threats are ineffective against the superior technology of the Mass Effect Universe.
- Minor usage, where Rainbow Dash challenges Joker to a race, her against the Normandy. Shepard shut it down before it could get anywhere past taunting, but considering the Normandy can travel faster than light, Dash had no idea how outclassed she was. Even with Rainbow's impressive transonic speed, it's still nothing compared to even the Normandy's sub-light engines speed.
- Mundane Utility: Among the Council's reasons for wanting to form relations with Equestria, the magical abilities of each of the pony tribes is far more cost-effective for terraforming than existing technologies.
- My Greatest Failure: Shepard picked the "Destroy" ending, wiping out all of the Geth who had finally made peace with the Quarians, and EDI as well. Naturally, he beats himself up regularly over this.
- Name's the Same[invoked]: Several Science Fiction books, as usual, are nearly the same as human books.
- Na´ve Newcomer: All of Equestria is this to the galaxy at large.
- No Biochemical Barriers: Subverted as in the main Mass Effect series. However, there is one subversion of the subversion, when a biometric scan to see if pony physiology is compatible with the Normandy's environment was just a ruse to get deeper physiological data on their species.
- Odd Friendship: Pinkie Pie and Grunt. Seriously, who would've guessed?
- Our Dragons Are Different: This is Discussed by Shepard and Celestia. Shepard also discusses it with the dragon ambassador Straza, with Shepard mentioning the various types of dragons in Earth myth, legend, and fantasy.
- Precursors: The Equestrians are apparently heavily genetically-engineered, which Liara and Shepard can only assume is the result of some of these.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Celestia would come off as this, as she is very polite and accommodating. The problem is that Cadence fits more into the role due to the fact that both Celestia and Luna have become far too complacent in their rule of Equestria, having completely mastered the domain yet failing to account for the fact that they aren't ready for the galaxy. Luna, unfortunately, is arrogant and hostile.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: Rainbow Dash actually complains that the Normandy, a posterchild for the Cool Starship trope, "doesn't look like a real spaceship." She was expecting something a flying saucer or rocket, with lots of fins.
- Romantic Runner-Up: Liara, considering her unrequited crush and Shepard's current relationship with Tali.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Two times.
- When Celestia realizes just how grave an error that threatening the Commander Shepard was, she sincerely apologizes for the incident, despite her admission that it could be seen as a weakness.
- The Citadel Council explicitly orders Shepard to not reveal how damaged the galaxy is to not disadvantage them in future negotiations, and the real purpose of ensuring that Equestrian resources will be used by Citadel Species. After Celestia gives the above apology, Shepard decides to reveal the Council's stake in the negotiations. Celestia is understandably wary, but thanks him.
- Shrouded in Myth: Shepard is.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Grunt and Pinkie Pie actually get along quite well, as they both find personal artillery pieces to be highly entertaining. However, Pinkie's cannons only shoot parties, and Grunt's shoot explosive parties.
- Super Senses: Cadance, as fitting for a Love Goddess, can immediately tell when somepony is pregnant. This extends to alien species as well, to Liara's shock and horror.
- Surprise Pregnancy: Remember the heartwarming Mind Meld scene Liara shared with Shepard just before the final push to the Conduit? Turns out, that was how the Asari are impregnated, and Liara discovers she's pregnant with Shepard's child. Quite a problem, since Shawn is currently dating Tali. She ultimately decides to keep it a secret from Shepard.
- Telepathy: The Equestrian Princesses use this, quite helpful to hold private conversations while still in the company with someone who they don't want to clue in. Shepard immediately notices Celestia and Luna's use by having all the expressions and eye contact of a fierce discussion without opening their mouths.
- You Do Not Want To Know: Spike doesn't want to talk about his wings coming in.