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Roleplay: Cerberus Daily News
Here’s a social experiment.

Take a popular sci-fi series (in this case, Mass Effect).

Start up a news feed that posts official, daily, in-universe news blurbs.

Add a commentary box.

And just watch the roleplaying begin.

This is what happened to Cerberus Daily News, a fake news blog based off of the daily news feeds that would show up on Mass Effect 3’s Start Screen. Growing into a roleplaying site almost overnight, it has since created its own forum, storylines, chat channel and site wiki, staying true to its roots by releasing daily news articles on the state of the Galaxy written by its userbase.

Cerberus Daily News has played through the events of Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, using the articles and in-game Codices as its backbone. Having rebooted its forums, it now explores events After the End, choosing one of the game’s canonical endings and creating a scenario that takes place one year after the final events of the series’ finale (Specifically, in CDN's canon, Shepard was female and went for the Control Ending), using a series of community-written “Retrospectives” to flesh out the forum’s current setting.

Cerberus Daily News can be found here. The original (unformatted Wordpress site) can be found here, its old forum can be found here, and its wiki here. If you would like to submit your own front-page story for the site, here are the posting guidelines.

We are in the process of compiling our greatest adventures in the form of recaps. Please enjoy the first one: The Battle of Veratix Station.


Cerberus Daily News contains the following tropes:

  • Actor Allusion: An actor named Carth Onasi plays a fictionalized expy of Kaidan in Citadel XXX. They're played by the same VA.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: One response to someone pointing out that the Blue Suns are only a short step away from being called the Azure Supernovas (in a thread in which organisation names were being mocked). Another pointed out that this would be an exceptionally bad name for an asari strip joint. Note that "Azure" is slang for an asari's genitals.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: D.W.I.C.K, apparently. It briefly appeared to have taken over Dwick Dwickcast Syndykyt. Terrorbyte activated it during his short-lived coup attempt following the real Dwick's multi-day disappearance. Hijinks ensured.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Choriick. Which are essentially salarian spider-dogs. Also Talxu, which are asari aqua-dogs (with a little chimp in the mix).
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Skhash the drummer. A vorcha who plays drums for a red metal band. By vorcha standards, he's actually pretty well-spoken and shows considerable intelligence.
  • All There in the Manual: The retrospectives cover what happened after the war for most factions.
  • All ExtraNet Users Are Perverts:
    Abad Sam-mel: What the hell?! 'CDN' stands for 'Cerberus Daily News', not 'Cosmic Dating Network', damnit.
  • After the End: The forum is currently in a post-Mass Effect 3 timeframe. A couple of years have passed, with the relay network coming back online and galaxy-wide travel starting up again. Most of the nations and factions are in the process of rebuilding.
  • Amusing Alien: The vorcha. Terrifying in battle. Hilarious as pets.
    • Special mention to Curr the News Vorcha, whose popular show "News With Curr" is good for a laugh and/or the urge to end it all.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: In one thread, Nikolai Aleksanders mocks the hyperbolic inanities of Wedeg Biigs by affecting a hammy and ludicrously purple posting style, which is rapidly adopted by everyone else in the thread, leading to an Antiquated Linguistics battle of sorts. Also a form of I Shall Taunt You.
    • SerArcheosEater sounds like this; he speaks an old krogan language in a dialect that translates very much in line with this trope.
  • Anyone Can Die: Board rules prevent members from killing each others’ characters without their express pre-approval. This doesn't stop several characters from meeting their end at gunpoint.
  • Apocalyptic Log: When the Reapers finally arrive, many comments in CDN reports are filled with transmissions from worlds they are attacking. Many are suddenly cut off mid-sentence.
  • Author Existence Failure: Happens in-universe when Suzi Spektre, the actress who plays "Shepherd" in Citadel XXX is killed during the Reaper attack on earth. Shepherd's role is taken up by Melody Jovia. The change in appearance is explained via the Cerberus "Elazar Project's" facial reconstruction. Just like in the game.
  • Awesome but Impractical: Invoked in-universe with the Biotic lash technique used by cerberus agents. http://www.cerberusdailynews.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7961
    • To a lesser extent, Omni-blades are also being debated as near useless in many combat situations.
  • Band of Brothels: The Illium Intimate Services Sisterhood, which does what it can to keep the industry safe and reputable on Illium. The Citadel has its equivalent, the Sapphire Alliance.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Biotic grizzly
  • Berserk Button: Very, very many examples. Some include:
    • Accusing individual quarians of being responsible for their own fate.
    • Calling Diplomatic Immunity a politician.
    • Bad-mouthing Kirok's varren.
    • Bringing up Janice Proctor's past Terra Firma membership.
    • Calling Liria T'Remi a piece of meat.
  • Blood Knight: Tethys Reave.
  • Book Ends: QOROQ's first and final victims are volus, killed though grisly dismemberment and depressurization.
  • Brick Joke: Long-time members have long memories.
  • Buccaneer Broadcaster: The Voice of Omega run by Job Larson and his hobo friends. Used primarily to talk about whatever rumors are currently spreading around Omega. With occasional conspiracy theories thrown in. Ask him about the Tusk-Man.
  • Buffy Speak: Mandatory (Boss):
    "That's all you unfunny assholes ever f***ing say, "WHELP WHELP WHELP" all f***ing day and f***ing night. Like some kind of thing... that screams whelp a lot".
  • Butt Monkey: Emon Spiza is designated this.
  • Cadre of Foreign Bodyguards: Most NPC drell are this (to hanar); the player character drell, on the other hand, are often non-Compact.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: "Devour The Hearts Of NKaria's Adversaries So That You May Take Their Power For Yourself", a side-scrolling platformer; distribution is banned in the Illuminated Primacy due to extreme gore, subversive religious themes, and depictions of intense violence. Featuring Jammin' Moxie, voiced by Tethys Reave.
  • Child Soldiers: Part of several characters' background - most commonly turians or drell. The issue of child soldiers is currently a controversial one due to reports of underage drell soldiers used by the Illuminated Primacy; the drell rights groups have been making a fuss.
  • Coincidence Magnet: Applicable to the entire forum, and the characters' habits of running into each other even when doing mundane things like grocery shopping. The characters often Lampshade it, usually by joking/theorizing that the CDN forums are actually an exercise in probablity manipulation.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: See anything yellow and related to either Aphin, Tarn or Kittens? Don’t trust it.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Krogan, vorcha, and pretty much any mercenary on the board. To be honest, much of the humour runs on this trope.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Several. Current Conspiracy Theorist in Chief: Capice, who ran practically every Reaper-related rumor by the boards before the Invasion of Earth (to everyone else’s irritation). Job is also good for a conspiracy theory or two.
  • Continuation: Bioware’s official CDN news articles have ended, but forum members continue to create them in their absence.
  • Cool Cat: Jammin' Moxie (moxies being four-eyed turian cats).
  • Cool Old Guy: Mirqurios, Gorik, Aphin, Dwick, Kolhammer.
  • Cool Shades: Julmoth. Twice as cool because he's a batarian.
    • "I don't always come back from the dead, but when I do, I make sure to wear awesome shades."
  • Cool Starship: Too many to name. Many were destroyed in the Reaper War, however.
    • A thread in the Virtual Lounge (the OOC section) is about inventing even more of these.
    • The Hierophant-class
    It is said that when the Hierophant of Gruul asked for a superweapon to destroy his enemies, he was told it could not be done. When he asked for a dreadnought, he was told that he did not have the budget. So he asked for a heavy cruiser, and told his men that it must be the best cruiser that could possibly exist, one that would crush his enemies and lead his fleets to victory. When he was brought back the design for the Hierophant-class, he asked why his men claimed that they could not bring him a superweapon."
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Elcor vs. krogan
  • The Cracker: Terrorbyte. His Sitcom Archnemesis Mekan of Omega slides into this sometimes, though he's nowhere near as malicious.
  • Crapsack World: The Terminus Systems. The uncivilized half of the galaxy. One part Wild West, one part Mega Corp. playground, and one part Afghanistan.
  • Cricket: Trapball, an elcor sport which is clearly cricket, only slower and more confusing - something possibly only the elcor could have managed.
  • Cryptic Conversation: RememberTheBlitz will occasionally speak in this manner.
    • Cute Young Feline Mammal ("Kittens") always speaks like this.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Vakkel versus Blasphemous Xenophage. And There Was Much Rejoicing.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A staple characteristic for the forum. Although the ultimate example might well be Dyson, the galaxy's most sarcastic geth, whose put-downs and come-backs (eminantly logical, of course) have become legendary. It has a disturbing habit of keeping tabs on other posters and linking effortlessly to previous posts as a means of demonstrating his opponents' hypocrisy or contradictions.
  • Defictionalization: Technically, the whole site.
  • Dead Man Writing: Last Wills and Testaments triggered by Dead Man Switches are so ubiquitous that Diplomatic Immunity once had one go off early as a gag.
  • Depraved Bisexual: The least of Abattoir's faults. Same with Diplomatic Immunity.
  • Determined Homesteader's Children: Younger characters from the turian separatist communities on Solregit.
  • Distressed Damsel: Kidnapping is a very common occurrence, so much so that one child was given a subdermal distress beacon for “in the unlikely circumstance that you leave your father's line of sight again.”
  • Double Entendre: This thread is FULL of them.
  • Drinking Game: One has been created for nearly every notable character.
  • Elseworld: Elseworld threads explore different scenarios. They’re common enough that they have their own subforum now.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: A lot of these happened during during the Who Goes There storyline and the Reaper War. For some, it even doubled as a Redemption Equals Death.
  • Eldritch Abomination: QOROQ, definitely. Possibly "Kittens".
  • Enforced Method Acting: The ending of the first "Dynasty Maker" arc involved the main character's player being kept in the dark as to a... certain all-important detail.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Most of the evil characters have a line they refuse to cross.
  • Expy: Asharia is based off of a certain blood-spatter analyst.
  • Extranet Counterattack: Taken to an extreme with Operation Down With Discord. Discori made some postings offering to sell slaves. An army of mercenaries launched a coordinated attack on his base.
  • Executive Meddling: Temporarily happened in-universe to The Life Egregious.
  • Eye Scream: Considering the average forum-goer’s occupation, bullets and knives to the squishy bits are a distressingly common occurrence. Just ask Davril, Dietrich, Aphin, or really any member of Cerberus before the end of Mass Effect 3.
  • Fantastic Racism: Incredibly common. Nearly every race hates at least one other race by default, and practically everyone despises both vorcha and quarians.
  • Fantastic Slurs: Kickballs, Furheads, Blinks, Frogs, Flashlights, Spikebutts, Bluetits, Lizards, Buckets... (volus, humans, batarians, salarians, geth, turians, asari, drell or krogan, quarians).
  • Faux To Guide: The "Serious Life Coach Column" should totally be taken at face value and obeyed to the letter. No, really. No flippancy or satire goes anywhere near those posts, honest!
  • Fictional Sport: Pildavi, Trapball, Sarophan'tialamenus, etc.
  • Field Promotion: SvChief Jaquento Schmidt got one to GyChief after his unorthodox idea saved the Teutoburg Forrest from being destroyed by crashing into a planet. For another one (to OpChief) see Kicked Upstairs.
    • Likewise for GyChief Tritt, who got his current rank after ending a hostage crisis with no civilian loss of life. Unfortunately, he's now stuck as company logistics NCO
  • Gambit Pileup: This happened when Varril was imprisoned and several different complicated plans were hatched to rescue him, but most of the disorganized confusion you'd usually expect is averted, as Varril gets out in the end.
  • Genki Girl: Grackel and Naaya.
  • Happily Bonded: Harrad_01 and his partner Cour.
    • More recently, Muckracker and Vohkaidin.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Two volus engage in a BATTLE TO THE DEATH.
  • Has Two Mommies: Some_Random_Merc
    • Laelix, Harrad and Cour's adoptive son, has two daddies.
    • Kolya (Human Quarian). Technically it was one dad and one Honorary Uncle and it was only for four years of his life but it still counts.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Happens with disturbing regularity. One example: Suri'Neyvi posts a disturbingly sexual image.
  • Heroic BSOD: TSS/Abattoir fanfiction is leaked. To everyone. TSS doesn't take it well.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Oddly enough, often committed by the villains.
  • Hideous Hangover Cure: Goronak's concoction. Whatever it is, it tastes awful, but works.
  • Hilarity Ensues: Having been detained for questioning by Citadel customs, Thalyr'ra enlisted a deadbeat and a stoned krogan to break him out. The results were...chaotic, to say the least.
  • Holier Than Thou:
    • Kel'Jaroth might not have been religious, but he preached at everybody.
    • Same with John Galt.
  • Hurricane of Puns: This thread.
  • I Call It "Vera": A somewhat arhaic trope, but consider Quint's FMBLA and Aphin's Fishjolnir. The former is a gun that shoots spent heat sinks at their opponents. The latter is a three foot-long rubber fish on a handle.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: The calling cry of many a character. Pertinent examples include Emon Spiza and the more reluctant mercenaries.
  • Insistent Terminology: The humans tend to insist that upon their heads they sport "hair" and not "fur".
    • Capice: "Independent drell", not "non-Compacted drell". A bit of a Berserk Button.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Xuumo the elcor and his human adopted son/junior partner/meal ticket Alonso.
  • Jerkass: Nearly every member of the forum is one; it would be shorter to describe who isn’t.
  • Just Think of the Potential: A calling card for many former Cerberus members.
  • Kicked Upstairs: When Jaquento Schmidt accepted a position at the Alliance Tower on the Citadel, he was promoted for formal reasons only, giving him rank superiority over his coworkers and a bigger pay check.
    • Same for Gunny Tritt, whose new rank came with the billet of company gunny, placing him in charge of logistics and training, and taking him off the line. He's doing his best to get put back on the line, though.
  • Killer Rabbit: An expedition to an uncharted planet yielded the discovery of small blue lizards with biotic powers, though they seemed pretty harmless.
  • Knowledge Broker: Notable examples include Dietrich, Cerastes and Kittens.
  • Lady of War: See: Talyra Kerun and nearly every female member of the Solregit colony.
  • Large Ham: Perhaps inevitably (due to Rule of Funny), the volus are the race most likely to fit the trope.
    • SNOW VARREN SPEAKS IN GREEN, BOLD, ALL-CAPS SENTENCES, WITH NO CONCEPT OF FIRST-PERSON SINGULAR.
    • Jon Briggs is a respectable BUSINESSMAN, whose BOMBASTIC and RANDOMLY CAPITALIZED speeches SHOULD NOT remind anyone of Peterman. NOT AT ALL.
    • Jorgal Dwick and Terrorbyte have crafted their own small media empire by being a pair of hams.
  • Law Enforcement, Inc.: The Omega-based organisation AEGIS walk the line between this and mercenaries
  • Let's Play: An in-universe example: Asharia plays X-COM.
    • Some_Random_Merc is an AVID Alliance Corsair player.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: It’s an extranet forum.
  • Long Runner: Has been running for three years now
  • Made a Slave: Given both Illium and the batarian slave trade, this happens every once in a while.
  • Madness Mantra:
    Suri: BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD
  • Mad Scientist: There’s a few of them as well, including the seemingly unlikely Tuchankan Gothteng Vedix.
    • Linya (Scientific Pursuits) subverts this, being a researcher who just happens to be an industrial-strength Cloud Cuckoolander and Genki Girl.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Happens when Abattoir decides to show up to the meeting that was meant to posthumously divvy up his territory.
    >>QUERY
    >>DEFINE "EXISTENCE"
  • MSTing A fictional James Bond IN SPACE is ripped apart here.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Several. The often antagonistic relationships between characters contrast with the out of character relationships.
  • Mega Corp.: Titan Corporation (possibly the name seeks to lampshade its status?). Its corporate armies, general lack of ethics, questionable experiments, and household name paints it as a classic Megacorp.
  • Mugging The Separatist Survivalist: Sylvion meets Sicaria.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: The indentured servants that belong to Johnny/Some_Random_Merc. Goddess knows that he has done some unpleasant thing, but they stick by him, despite their contracts.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: A significant number of characters behaves in ways you wouldn't expect from their species. Given this is Mass Effect, it's only to be expected.
  • Mythology Gag: All day, every day.
  • Naïve Newcomer: The raloi, in a cultural sense.
    • Laykalar the hanar.
  • Name's the Same: As a sort of conclusion to a running gag of the boards, serial killer The Tayseri Strangler ended up sharing the name of one of the forum's most respectable posters...along with many life details that were suspiciously similar, too.
  • Never Found the Body: Julmoth and Justicar Velinara come to mind. Also a useful tool for players who come back from hiatus.
  • Never Live It Down: Where were the salarians at the Battle of Earth? Everyone else was there - even the remnants of the batarian fleet. Everyone. But not one of the four Council races. The Salarian Union has been in damage-control mode almost non-stop in the war's aftermath.
  • New Neighbours as the Plot Demands: Efforts have been made to avert this. A thread in the virtual lounge exists for the creation of sovereign nations within the Terminus, so that the region can be fleshed out consistently and with a fair amount of pre-established political backstory. It also provides plenty of inspiration for new Terminus characters.
    • Non-canon species are not permitted; although it's known that both the Turian Hierarchy and the Terminus contain several species as yet unrevealed, characters are limited to official canon species. Some of these minor races have been named, but that's about it.
  • Nice Hat: Stezenyn, the hat-wearing hanar.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Lady Sweat.
  • Noodle Incident: Used all the time. Examples include: Tomaz’s pilgrimage, Spiza’s indentured servitude, the invasion of Gunny’s ship by krogan, and several of Aphin’s and Jules’ benders.
  • No Social Skills: A seemingly common trait of the raloi. In Najhil's case, it's a result of the brutal, strict state-run orphanage she was raised in. Some of the more technically-minded people are prone to this as well.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: One Classy Bloke - ha ha, it's a volus in a top hat with a cane! Funny, right? Well, he not only showed signs of being a Magnificent Bastard...he's a biotic vanguard on top of that. It doesn't help him in the end.
  • Occupiers out of Our Country: This has been a growing sentiment amongst human colonists towards the Alliance's post-war government, which they consider to be exploiting their resources without recompense to aid Earth's reconstruction while simultaneously neglecting their needs.
  • Oh, Crap: See Mass "Oh, Crap!".
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. “Goronak” is such a prevalent batarian name that it’s become a racial slur. It actually means "second son"; it's so common as a name because the second son is blessed in traditional batarian culture, and many parents proudly name their second son "Goronak" to emphasis this.
  • Only Sane Man: More than a third of the forum has experienced this at least once.
  • Open Secret: Inconspicuous Organic was clearly a robust human specimen, NOT a form of synthetic intelligence.
    • Abattoir and Velinara's "engagement" was this for a while until it became an open secret.
  • Overprotective Dad: Davril – though his is perhaps justified in that his daughter is a nigh-constant Distressed Damsel.
  • Play-by-Post Games
  • Politeness Judo: When trying to convince a politician to come to a charity dinner, Laykalar the excitable hanar ends up talking to the man's staff. They try to get him to leave the conversation, but being too polite he can’t do that (or even take the hint). They grow desperate to get rid of him, and he thinks they’re being extra cooperative.
  • Porn with Plot: Illium-based ExtranetPlayground is pursuing this niche with some success. Their flagship trilogy Citadel XXX is 'based on real events' in-universe, thus serving as an homage/parody of Mass Effect itself.
  • Practical Joke:
    • Aphin/The_Sarcastic_Salarian claims to be the king of them, though he’s on the butt end nearly as often as he plays them on other people.
    • Resident psychopath Abattoir got into a prank war with the above-mentioned Aphin. Naturally, hilarity ensued.
    • The ongoing comical feud between Mekan of Omega and Chez "Dragonfly" is another, very mean-spirited example of a practical joke war. The kind that involves stuffing corpses into one another's fridges.
  • Private Military Contractors: About a third of the cast are mercenaries.
  • Psycho for Hire: When most of the characters are mercenaries on a board created by a terrorist organization, this happens a lot. Lampshaded by some of the non-combatant members.
  • Punny Name: In the spirit of several quarian names from the Mass Effect series (vas Iktomi, etc), we have Sarve'er nar Kolepsi.
  • Really Gets Around: Both Abattoir and Diplomatic Immunity, despite both of their rather fearsome reputations.
  • Red Shirt Army: Played in the background by many players.
  • Remember When You Threw An Alliance Cruiser Into The Sun
  • The Remnant: Several neo-Cerberus groups have formed in the wake of the organization's dissolution.
  • Replacement Scrappy: In-universe the entire cast of the Life Egregious season five. Luckily Tethys Reave regeneratesnote  and kills them all during a live broadcast.
  • Retcon: Given how one character’s actions affect others’, this is suppressed whenever possible.
  • The Reveal: A quarian with the screenname 18/q/f shows up at the boards. Her attitude, writing style, and infatuation with Abattoir make everyone think that it's actually Suri in some Paper-Thin Disguise. It's actually 'One Classy Bloke' the volus trying to lure Suri out
    • it works
  • Retired Badass: Ex-wrestler banker, ex-special forces cop, ex-mercenary ship repairman, ex-military mechanic...
  • Rock Beats Laser: Sling Beats Drone.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Orion suffers from this in "So a krogan walks into a bar..." when he attempts to contact Asharia via text after drinking two shots of batarian ale and eating krogan food.
    Son_of_Orion: ashria/sick/tuhaka's deligt/zakra ward/hlep
  • Rule of Cool: How most stories are played. Not that there isn't a lot of serious drama and world-building.
  • Running Gag: Very prevalent, very fluid. Examples include:
    • Diplomatic Immunity’s former habit of inviting new members of the forum for a “[redacted]”
    • Cerberus projects going horribly wrong
    • “Shut the fuck up, Elvis.”
  • Scary Dogmatic Aliens: The Batarian Hegemony. One part antebellum slaveowners, one part goose stepping nazi, one part paranoid propaganda-spewing communist. Serve chilled. However, batarian space is in upheaval after the events of Mass Effect 3, and to some regard they're now The Alliance.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Used by rich members of the forum, with varying degrees of success.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: Asharia.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The hanar are often like this, given their religious devotion to language and formality. Laykalar is perhaps the best example.
  • Shaped Like Itself:
    Sklikos Gamic: [...] ...The Truth of how the alien corrupters corrupted the Hierarchy with their corrupting Alienenss and how they control our glorious corrupted Hierarchy with alien corruption.
  • Skyward Scream: Kirok, apparently, whenever Tethys Reave is mentioned.
  • Shout-Out: Very common. See: Expy.
  • She Is Not This One's Girlfriend And It Will Sodomize Your Eye Socket If You Say So One More Goddamned Time: Observe.
  • Silence, You Fool!: Grand Executor Menekhotep Tran'Darvas, on The Life Egregious begins almost every sentence with "Silence!"
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The whole scale is explored, from beloved idealists like children's entertainer Uncle Garm Garm to the most pessimistic and brutal parts of galactic culture. The post-Reaper War period is potentially shaping up to be either complete hell or the beginning of a golden age, depending on who you ask. Such events as the curing of the genophage, the transition of the batarian government from Hegemony to Confederacy and the welcoming of both the geth and the rachni into the galactic community have divided characters considerably - are these changes for good or ill?
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: One of the first major characters, Inconspicuous Organic, was a robust human specimen and most certainly not an artificial intelligence.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: In 'The Lost World' chapter 3; first invoked, then used fully.
  • Take That: The most prevalent example: The Life Egregious, or if you prefer, “How Not to Act at CDN.”
    • The fourth season in particular, which mercilessly parodies the controversy surrounding the ending of Mass Effect 3, with neither Bioware nor the fans spared ridicule.
  • Take Your Time: By player consensus, the events of Mass Effect 2 took two full years to complete.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Any elcor. Hanar are prone to it as well.
  • The Engineer: Probably the second largest demographic after mercenaries. Quarians are especially prone to using this trope.
  • Theme Naming: The elite Hammer operatives of the Paladin organization use callsigns named after medieval equipment. Allard Kyarlen is Helm, Jurea Foron is Dagger, Kiral Ohurdrat is Mace, Paroc Didonas is Sword, and Everett Maliszewski (Son_of_Orion) is Anvil.
  • Third-Person Person: Najhil Holken (a poorly-socialized raloi), as well as Flak and Dreket (both vorcha). The hanar, of course, speak like this all the time, though they depersonalize themselves and never use their name. And some of the drell have adopted the hanars' use (or non-use) of pronouns.
  • Timeskip: The forum timeframe jumped forward one year after the conclusion of Mass Effect 3, giving the setting enough time to begin healing itself from the catastrophic last days of the Reaper War.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Stick around long enough and even the most ineffectual character may end up doing this.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Several, including Wedeg Biigs, who seems to have survived being swallowed and digested by a sea monster.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: It happens a lot.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Shrell!
  • Vader Breath: The volus, of course. Often played for laughs.
  • Wacky Cravings: Vox WILL get her peanut brittle.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A very common claim of Cerberus (and its former members).
  • Weird Moon: The Dwick Dwickcast Syndykyt logo.
  • Wham Episode: March 7th, 2013 (2189 in-universe), when the Reaper invasion began in the forums.
    • The terrorist attack on Sur'Kesh in August 2013, which ends a period of relative calm in memorable fashion.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Julmoth and Diplomatic Immunity are very prone to this; the former once lost two weeks due to some really strong drugs and ended up on Earth with a bunch of human junkies and a volus prostitute.
  • What You Are in the Dark: The Chresk threads are a near perfect example of this, as you'll never know who will actually bet on the slaves being forced to fight to gain freedom until they do so.
  • Wrench Wench: Kim (Digital Dragon) is one part this, and one part Playful Hacker.
  • You No Take Candle: A common interpretation of vorcha speech.


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