On the Citadel a small pale girl nearly drowns in the Presidiums lake. On the Normandy the Shepard siblings prepare for the shakedown. Things quickly go off the rails.
Totally Losing It is technically a sequel to an unfinished Self-Insert story, Totally Winging it. In which Eye wakes up and pretty much attaches herself at the hip to Taylor Hebert, the main character of Worm. And quickly worms her way into her heart. Totally Losing It starts right after the End of Totally Winging It ending like Worm Canon.
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Warning: Massive spoilers for Worm and Mass Effect.
This series provides examples of:
- The Aloner: Lazara realized that Eye is the only person who would actually care if she died. This hits her hard, and starts to set up her HeelFace Turn
- Artificial Intelligence: Mass Effect's canon negative attitude towards A.I. remains intact. Eye, on the other hand, is from a universe where the only A.I. in the setting is probably the single nicest person on the planet, and a victim of prejudice, not to mention of of Eye's friends. This leads to Eye getting into an argument with Tali soon after they first meet. They eventually patch things up though.
- Brain Uploading: The origins of Eye. According to the Author Eye was created when Abaddon copied a random persons brain to pilot his Anti-Warrior weapon, since Backlash had locked him out of it. Cerebrex looked for someone who would be capable of getting Path to Victory back, and came upon the author. The end result was an incomplete upload thanks to Backlash disrupting the process.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Eye, for all her insanity and mood swings, is really good at killing bad guys and she gets even better once she receives formal training. Of course, she fits right in on Shepard's Rag Tag Band Of Misfits.
- But I Can't Be Pregnant!: This hits Liara hard. What makes this especially hard hitting is that Asari literally can not get pregnant unless they want to. This makes Liara realize that she's deeply in love with Liz as that means her subconscious wanted to get pregnant while melding with Shepard.
- Derailed Train of Thought: A frequent pass time of Eye's.
- Door Stopper: Currently clocking in at 560,000 words. And they're barely halfway through Mass Effect 1.
- Downer Ending: Two non-canon endings written by the two writers as what-ifs. One has Eye cast aside her humanity to win against the Reapers. The other has Eye become all too human.
- Fun with Homophones: Eye's name lends itself well to this, naturally. However, 'Eye' and 'I' sound different in some alien languages, confusing the alien crew members on occasion.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Minus the boom. Noveria simply loses a continental plate when the Shards pull Kindred Administrator out of the Mass Effect reality, and into the one they're using to follow Eye around. This comes with disasterous consequences as entire cities fall into the hole that's left, including half of Port Hashan, where the rest of the Normandy crew are. Noveria is a dead world within hours.
- Genki Girl: Eye when she isn't in a depressive mood. Kasumi even more so than in canon. This is because Kenji isn't dead and by all accounts is going to remain this way.
- Honey Trap: Played Straight Lazara is ordered by the Shadow Broker to get close to Eye in order to be able to ship her to the Shadow Broker. And then Subverted Lazara has fallen for Eye incredibly fast and is trying to figure out a way to betray the Shadow Broker and keep Eye safe.
- Humanoid Abomination: Eye. Shes essentially a baby Entity for all intents and purposes. She technically doesnt even exist. Her body is just an Avatar form the Shards make for her ego to interact with the universe. Despite that shes the normal teenage lewd ball of anxiety that we know and love.
- Killed Off for Real: Both Samara and Kaiden died on Noveria. And that's not counting the sheer amount of characters that bit it during the massive shootout in the Spaceport and when Noveria is cracked in half.
- Meaningful Name: Lazara Keyes. Lazara is the female form of Lazarus, hinting at her death and rebirth from Lt. Taylor Hebert
- Merging the Branches: Donovan Shepard was the Hero of Elysium. Liz was The Butcher of Torfan Lazara Keyes/Lt. Taylor Hebert was the Sole Survivor.
- Mistaken Identity: The first time Eye sees Lazara she calls her Taylor, thinking shes her girlfriend. Shes quickly corrected. As it turns out, Eye isn't as mistaken as she thought. Lazara is actually the Mass Effect Universe's version of Taylor
- Mood Whiplash: The story is full of it. This mimics Eye's emotional state.
- Motor Mouth: Due to a quirk of the translators. When Eye says "Adorkable" Garrus' translator translates it as "A Portmanteau of Adorable and Dork." In the same span it takes for Eye to say the word. Eye immediately then says Adorkable several times in a row, leaving Garrus screaming at the rapid spam of his translator.
- Nice Hat: In a fit of ADHD Eye randomly grabs some hats and puts them on Liara and Shiala while they're having a serious conversation. They don't notice due to said conversation.
- Off the Rails: Might as well be the alternative title of the story. To begin with there are two Shepards and Garrus has a Female Turian partner. Udina has been revealed to be working for Cerebrus. Saren revealed most of the Council's dirty laundry throwing everything into chaos. Samara died on Noveria. Noveria was cracked in half. Kaiden died on Noveria.
- Pregnant Badass: Liara as of the current chapters. It helps that she's very early on and isn't showing any physical signs yet.
- Shout-Out: In 11.12 the Matriarch says of Yohrin That salarian has to be the worst STG agent Ive ever heard of. He respond by leaning back around the corner and saying But you have heard of me.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Nihlus survives Eden Prime due to the presence of a second Shepard. Benezia technically. She had to have her mind very vigorously scrubbed by Cerebrex, a Shard that has aspects carried by the Simurgh's Song, to remove her indoctrination. End result is she's having some trouble reintegrating all of her memories again.
- Star Killing: The Shards consume stars for energy. As they're using Backlash to emulate other Shards in order to follow any time Eye goes through a Mass Relay, it takes a hell of a lot more energy than it would with a specialized Shard like Vista's. When this is revealed to Ahern and the Salarian assistance, concerns are... somewhat alleviated by Cerebrex explaining they don't consume stars in this reality.
- That Man Is Dead: Lt. Taylor Hebert died alongside her the rest of her troops on Akuze. Lazara Keyes is all that survived.
- We Can Rebuild Him: For all intents and purposes Lazara was a test run for the Lazarus Project. The only difference was she was still alive when the Shadow Broker's medical team rebuilt her after Akuze. Much like Shepard the cybernetics are under the skin.