Sammo "Sam" Marlow
Sammo Marlowe. A private detective on Omega. Omega's only human private detective. He's a Chinese-American, former Alliance soldier with a knack for gathering information and solving any mystery presented to him. He enjoys the challenge, both as a hobby and a means to kill time. He was stranded on Omega four years prior after plans to elope with a beautiful asari woman went south. When he arrived on Omega, as they intended for the first start of a series of romantic adventures, Marlowe found himself alone and without allies. Since then, he has made a small business for himself as a private dick on the seediest rock in the galaxy. He went from being a shy young man with an appetite for adventure to a grim, hardened cynic.
Externally, Marlowe appears to be a cynical, bored man. Truthfully, hes merely quiet and contemplative, and only speaks when he finds it appropriate. This is because he rarely socializes with other people, and prefers to be alone some nights. When he does speak, its either a question or a snarky, backhanded quip. Hes a get to the point sort of man, preferring conversations or any transactions to be simple and straightforward. However, when the job requires he get information or blend in, he will assume a disguise of sorts.
Even after years of suffering the horrors of Omega and his innocence tarnished, Marlowe will not hesitate to save others. He may be a cynical bastard, but he's not a fucking bastard. The detective still believes and holds to a strong code of ethics, refusing to compromise to the bleakness of Omega. He will be determined to see any case done, particularly if it'll mean saving a life. It's an added incentive.
- Anti-Hero: He's ultimately a good man, he's just willing to resort to dirty tactics to save the day.
- Ass-Kicking Pose
- Badass Bookworm
- Badass Longcoat: Often shredded in a fight, sadly.
- Badass Normal: For a guy with no cybernetic implants, you have to call him this for having the balls to "jump kick" a vorcha in the face.
- Hidden Depths: Starts off as a typical Film Noir anti-hero, before Character Development set in and revealed there was more to the PI than just martial arts or a nice coat. He's fond of cooking, he's a patron of the arts, he's an avid geek. He hides his compassion and empathy for other people on his sleeve. He even has a little Squee! moment when he sees a genuine sword in an antique shop. It turns out he's even something of a Manchild, having always wanted to live out the dream of being a cool-looking "hero" since his childhood. Really... he's a Nice Guy who hides it.
- Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: A gunslinging detective whos a master of Wing Chun and can engineer junk into legitimate weapons. In SPACE!
- Private Detective
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: A technique of Wing Chun called "chain punching."
- Real Men Wear Pink: While an appreciation for the arts, science-fiction and even crime literature can be attributed to his being a Cultured or Pop-Cultured Badass, he loves cooking. Not that he'd admit it to any of his guy friends.
- The Rival: To both Krevan Opas and Kasumi Goto. The former is more of a Friendly Rival relationship, based solely on good sportsmanship between two martial artists of equal skill. The latter is more... tense, and professional.
- Shout-Out: His name, to two famous fictional detectives and martial arts star Sammo Hung.
- Weak, but Skilled: While by ordinary standards he would be a remarkable fighter, he is frequently in the company of Magic Knights and Super Soldiers. He's still able to hold his ground against either category.
Grounded and straightforward, Lhi prefers excessive bluntness to sarcasm or charm. If he has nothing to say, he will remain silent, and thinks poorly of those who don't do the same. However, he is more than willing to speak his mind, regardless of the consequences, and has a strong sense of humor. Although he generally appears apathetic and often is, Lhi does hold many strong opinions and will back them if he feels it necessary. His apparent inability to be courteous is equaled only by his combat skill.
Even with his somewhat raw demeanor, Lhi isn't necessarily unfriendly and doesn't mind working with people he considers competent. However, if he lacks faith in someone's abilities, he doesn't hesitate to inform and refuse to work with them. While he doesn't trust easily, he's generally more cautious than suspicious. He keeps his back to the wall, his eyes on the room, and his hand on his shotgun, preferring to be prepared than dead. Despite his attachment to being alive, Lhi has no particular goal or focus in life. He has low expectations, few passions, and next to no ambition.
His most outstanding quality, however, is his amazing thirst for bloodshed. He'll pick a fight with a random group of people just because he's dying of boredom. When he's in his blood haze, he becomes an impressive killing machine. Marlowe jokes he's a krogan in a human body.
- Badass Normal
- The Big Guy
- Blood Knight: Fighting is fun!
- The Brute
- Cannot Convey Sarcasm: And doesn't really try, either.
- Combat Pragmatist
- Cultural Rebel: Doesn't actually know all that much about humans or Earth.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His adoptive father figure is the one of the few individuals he genuinely cares about.
- Fantastically Indifferent: He just doesn't care enough.
- Foil: To Marlowe. One is a romantic, if cynical, hero who will risk his life to save others. The other is a Blood Knight who couldn't care less about most people. One is tall and lanky, the other is a shorter musclebound beefcake. One relies on technique, the other on raw brute force. It crosses over into Evil Counterpart at times.
- Guns in Church
- Hidden Supplies: That's what the pockets are for, right?
- It Amused Me
- Knife Nut: Almost as much as he is a gun nut.
- Menacing Stroll
- Mighty Glacier: Can take a lot of punishment, even for a guy who no implants or augmentations whatsoever.
- Missing Mom: But has never thought much of it.
- Professional Killer
- Psycho for Hire: Subverted, hes actually fairly reasonable.
- Satisfied Street Rat
- Secretly Wealthy: Not rich, but certainly much wealthier than he appears.
- The Teetotaler
- Unskilled, but Strong: Has no formal training and has no finesse whatsoever, but he more than compensates with durability, raw strength and pragmatism.
Tonya is a cold, amoral mercenary and can easily take down a single krogan with just a pistol. In a slight tweaking of canon, she's Blue Suns co-founder Santiago's right hand woman.
Tonya is soft spoken, which has led others to believe that shes easily walked over or someone to disregard. Those opinions are usually proven wrong when out on a job due to her will of iron and steel backbone as well as the ability to bark orders like any good leader can and should do. Shes of the belief that she shouldnt have to yell to be heard, and those that know her, immediately stop talking the moment she opens her mouth. This is not to say that shes a sweet person. She might look like it and her voice might imply it, but shed rather gut a person than take the chance that theyre about to turn traitor. Shes cold, calculating, and a complete hard-ass. She has acquaintances and underlings, but no real friends and she likes it that way. Less emotional attachment means less of a chance of being hurt.
- Asskicking Equals Authority
- Cluster F-Bomb: She has a "very" colourful prose.
- Dark Action Girl
- The Dragon: To Vido Santiago.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: No special training in combat, but a fast enough scrapper to keep up with martial artist Marlowe.
- Implacable Woman
- The Lad-ette
- Lightning Bruiser
- One Woman Army
- Pintsized Powerhouse
Freelance technician and Sirta Security personnel, Rebekah is drawn to Omega on a journey to find her missing brother, an Alliance marine who was last seen around Freedom's Progress, sometime before contact with the colony was lost. Clinging on slim evidence he might have come to Omega, she's sticking around to find him.
- Fish out of Water
- Good Scars, Evil Scars
- Naïve Newcomer
- Shrinking Violet
- The Smart Guy
- Thicker Than Water: Family duty plays a lot into Rebekah's choice to stay and look for her brother.
Alec "Wraith" Marth
These are the voyages of Alec Marth, a street urchin who started life with but one ambition: to survive. Then he met a girl, another "forgotten child" like him, a girl named Shenko . . . a girl he eventually came to love. And then somebody killed her. Somebody who would get away with it because they were just that much higher on the totem pole than some dirty orphan. One failed attempt at revenge later, Alec learned that he had biotic abilities, abilities that were going to make him candidate numero uno for a private corporation's attempt to revive the Biotic Acclimation and Training Program. Through an experimental nanobiotic formula designed to radically reconstruct human neurophysiology to better adapt to biotic powers. they turned Alec into what they presumed would be the ultimate biotic soldier. Unfortunately, remodeling human neurobiology was the kind of thing that came with drawbacks as they - and everyone else in the galaxy, particularly in Omega - would find out the hard way.
- Black-and-White Morality: His worldview on the criminal element falls into this. All criminals are worthy of the same crime.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Alex Mercer of [PROTOTYPE]. Though his "vigilante of the night" motif is more evocative of the likes of Batman, Spawn or The Darkness.
- The Cowl: He is effectively the closest equivalent to a bonafide superhero crimefigher in the Mass Effect universe. Well, aside from Garrus during his stint as "Archangel" on Omega. Even then, the words "superhero crimefighter" are applied loosely...
- Crazy Homeless People: Somewhat subverted. While certainly crazy and homeless, it's more of a case of Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In his "fight" with Marlowe, Wraith finds he simply cannot understand why anyone would want to save the lives of criminal scum from the likes of such well-intentioned heroes as himself.
- Evil Counterpart: Could be considered one of Kaidan. Or better yet, an eviler version of Jack.
- Gorn: Wraith is in love with this trope, as is the prerequisite of any '90s Anti-Hero
- Homeless Anti-Hero
- Homage: His backstory and character are deliberately constructed out of affectionate Shout Outs to superhero (particular of The Cowl variety) archetypes. He's a homeless bum, like Spawn, and likewise rebels against the people who created him. He has a gritty superhero name that's reminiscent of The Crow or countless Dark Age anti-heroes. He was intended to be a costumed super soldier, like Captain America or Midnighter from The Authority. The list goes on.
- '90s Anti-Hero: Deconstructed Trope. It says something when other anti-heroes and even villains in the Mass Effect universe find Wraith's ultra-violence approach to crime reprehensible. There isn't anything glorified, the other characters don't take a shine to him, everyone sees him as a gung-ho psychopath.
- Parental Abandonment
- Person of Mass Destruction: In his introduction, he punches through the head of a mercenary. That's just a fraction of what he can really do.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Of a sort. Intended to be the poster child for a revived B Aa T program, he instead became a homicidal maniac . . . who tends to act as an "apex predator" for the scum in Omega.
- Playing with Syringes
- Psycho Prototype: He was the first test subject of the nanobiotic treatment alleged to remodel human neurophysiology to better adapt to biotic powers. The result... was not necessarily what his handlers foresaw.
Auralia was a young, outgoing asari maiden. A romantic at heart, who always sought adventure, thrill and romance; all what the vids said about life out there in the stars. She fell in love with a young man named Marlowe and the two made plans to travel the stars together. Things were never that simple. Life took a turn for the worse when her ship was on its course to Omega, as per the plan. She was captured by batarian pirates, leaving a confused human alone and afraid on Omega. Auralia would eventually escape, but when she finally made it to the rendezvous point Marlowe was nowhere to be seen.
After spending a few years on Omega as one of Aria's girls at Afterlife, she was taught that life was not nearly as glamorous as the vids made it out to be. That turned her to a more realistic and pragmatic person. A part of her is still - in many ways - naïve due to her young age, but she's learning.
- Cute Bruiser: After she takes a level in badass, she becomes one.
- Glass Cannon: Though she isn't as great a martial artist as her boyfriend, her biotics compensate tremendously. Combining biotic power with swordplay and martial arts - even if they're the most basic of moves - turns this woman into a powerhouse.
- The Pollyanna: A mild version. She's more pragmatic and realistic than the usual example of the trope.
- Took a Level in Badass: Under Marlowe's tutelage, she learns how to fight and kick ass.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: While Marlowe is perfectly capable of holding his own, whenever he's on the receiving end of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown she will flip the fuck out and kick some ass.
Krevan is not a particularly outstanding Turian personality-wise; he enjoys the company of his comrades, respects his superiors and subordinates and doesn't often step beyond his station. However, Krevan has trouble keeping his anger in check, once critically wounding a POW he was interrogating and another time lashing out at one of his subordinates for refusing to obey orders. In combat situations Krevan is ruthless, a little reckless, and eager to take on any challenge. His tactics sometimes result in himself and his squad taking more severe wounds than with a more cautious approach, but they get the job done quickly and efficiently. In his spare time Krevan enjoys practicing Turian martial arts and playing the human game chess to help his concentration and tactical thinking.
- All the Other Reindeer
- Bullying a Dragon: See above. Being a turian of biotic ability, though valued for military purposes, does not grant you a lot of social respect...
- The Berserker
- Berserk Button
- By-the-Book Cop: A desperate example.
- Character Alignment: Lawful Neutral.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Marlowe. After a long sparring match that led the two bruised and exhausted, they came to respect each other immensely as rivals and friends.
- Friendly Rival
- General Failure: Not a complete example, but his tendency to snap is a surefire way to shoot himself in the foot during missions.
- The Hero: To his squad. Not particularly successful.
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- The Lancer
- Leeroy Jenkins: This attitude is responsible for some of his strategical failures.
- Magic Knight
- Military Maverick: Though not by choice.
- Stepford Smiler
- Unstoppable Rage
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: See Samurai below.
- Hollywood Cyborg
- Military Maverick
- Samurai: From a militaristic species that can basically be called "Space Romans," he's a bit of an oddball (cybernetic implants notwithstanding). He somehow possesses a very samurai outlook on life, yet keeps a very knightly chivalrous code of honour. To paraphrase Garrus, "(Cyric) wouldn't make a very good turian."
Baz is an oddity among krogan. He's restrained, honourable and sincerely believes in fair play, even in combat. Currently a bodyguard for human gun shop owner. Ex Blood Pack.
- Black Sheep
- Deadpan Snarker
- Gentle Giant: By krogan standards, he's a hippie. Still a selfish bastard who keeps to himself, but he cares enough that when he gets angry - as krogan do - he pulls himself together and focuses on walls instead of people.
- Heroic Neutral
- Token Good Teammate: Was this to the Blood Pack, of all things.
When people think Spectres, they think of Commander Shepard, Saren Arterius, and Tela Vasir. Spectres are comprised of some of the most badass motherfuckers in the galaxy. But would anyone suspect a salarian amongst their ranks? Daegmir is one of his kind, the only salarian Spectre. and one of the rare and few biotic salarians. The result of an attempt to cultivate such a specimen , Daegmir rose through the ranks of the salarian military, catching the eye of the Council with his ability and accomplishments.
Polite and well-spoken, Daegmir rarely reveals much about himself or fully states his thoughts. He tends instead to be quiet and unassuming, though he does nothing to disguise his Spectre status. He doesn't trust others easily, if at all. This isn't helped by him being something of a speciesist; he is bitter towards asari for their long lives and natural biotics, sees krogans and batarians both as potential threats to the galaxy, dislikes humans for their lack of solidarity, and considers turians good for nothing but soldiering. Of course, he would never actually say any of this, and usually succeeds in overcoming these opinions if his mission requires it. He lives for his duty; all else is secondary.
- The Ace: As a Spectre, it's kind of a given.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He's a Spectre. How do you think he even got the job?
- Big Damn Heroes: His introduction to the world of Fight For The Lost.
- Cold Sniper
- Fantastic Racism: He "really" doesn't like other races.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Knight Templar
- Magic Knight
- Noble Bigot with a Badge
- The Stoic/Not So Stoic
- The Quiet One