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One hundred and seventy years after the Park's trial run, Dinosaurs and Humans have made peace. The Wars are over, and we have killed our enemies by making them our friends.

Pity that we have some new enemies appearing over the world of New Sorna because we were messing around with a dormant relay...

Looks like it's time to show the galaxy why you don't take on an alliance sixty-five million years in the making.

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Tyrant Kings is a collaborative effort to merge together the settings of Jurassic Park and Mass Effect. The current result is an absolutely awesome Fusion Fic, where the word "restraint" has no meaning. It includes such gems as Sapient Dinosaurs, jetpack velociraptors, Pro-wrestling biotics, transhumanistic salarian monsters, triceratops admirals, and the first human Spectre raised by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. In short, this fic is a real gem. While there has only been one chapter thus far, it does contain a collection of snippets and codexes that flesh out the setting.

Now available on fanfiction.net! Only has the first chapter, and none of the omakes, snips, or discussion.

The thread has been locked for inactivity since 2016, and that first and only chapter was posted in 2015, making the story a Dead Fic.

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For another "Mass Effect meets Everything's Better with Dinosaurs" fanfic, see Mesozoic Effect.


Tropes contained in Tyrant Kings

  • Adaptation Name Change: Ashley become Ak'ley to go along with the fact that she is now a raptor.
    • As of now, Cerberus has been renamed as Tiamat.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Quite a few human characters in the Mass Effect Canon get changed to various Saurians
    • Ashley Williams becomes a Raptor going by the name Ak'ley.
    • Hannah Shepard (Commander Shepard's mother) is a T-Rex.
      • Shepard himself is still Human (adopted), though there is a Rex by the name of Herds-Prey-Beasts who was the Butcher of Torfan.
    • Udina and Hacket are both Dilophosaurs. Udina is infamous for having spat poison at a Batarian Ambassador and blinding him after he made a comment about how delicious saurian eggs were.
    • Anderson is a Martian (AKA a Prothean), as is James Vega.
  • All There in the Manual: The vast majority of the tropes listed here are based on the codex entries and word-of-god statements on the Spacebattles forum, with a few stories thrown in. A whopping ninety-four pages of discussions, snips, and omakes were posted on the forums before the first full chapter was completed.
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  • Always Chaotic Evil: The Troodons. They were sentient and self-aware this entire time, but also inherently sociopathic with no empathy towards any living thing, save for their own race. And they still implant their eggs into living beings.
  • Asteroids Monster: A joke about the Pillar-Class Cruisers is that they have so many redundancies, cutting one in half just means you're now fighting two ships.
  • Badass Family: The Shepards. Stephen Shepard is descended from Owen and Claire, and the descendants of Blue's family basically consider the two families to be one. Shepard's mom, aunt, and uncle are the children of a clone of the original Rexy, and only abandoned her kids because she was abducted by the Collectors, who were investigating this new race using the relays. His aunt Cordelia works with the Interstellar Red Cross as a combat medic, and still has time to raise three little children of her own and have a loving husband. His uncle Alexander is basically Father Alexander, except that he's a tyrannosaurus and not supernatural. And his mom is an Admiral in charge of a dreadnought.
  • Bio-Augmentation: Everyone in the TSA has altered their genetic code in some way. For humans, one such change is that they've cleared out the junk DNA clogging up their sense of smell. This allows them to be one of the few races to actually hold a conversation with the elcor without them having to state what they are feeling.
    • Averted in the case of Joker- he still has Brittle Bone syndrome, as while the TSA might be amazing with genetics, there are things that even they haven't solved yet.
  • BFG: Later codexes show both the TSA and Council races making absolutely massive guns.
    • Obviously, dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurs and Triceratops can't use conventional weapons. So, instead of assault rifles and such, they go straight for missile racks, tank cannons and Gatling railguns mounted on their backs.
    • Due to the size of their targets, TSA personal weapons tend to be this.
  • Boring, but Practical: TSA technology tends towards this, lacking a lot of extra features that Council races add to their devices.
    • Their guns in particular are popular for being both extremely hard hitting and relatively easy to maintain.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The Terran military does things apparently no other military does, such as blowing up their own spaceports (to prevent the enemy from taking them) and booby trapping everything they can.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The Terrans are extremely good with biology and genetics, but their knowledge of Mass Effect technology and weapons is behind the galactic norm as a result. Even after gaining more element zero, their focus when it comes to research strays more to the biological and physical sciences, rather than the eezo-based ones.
  • The Dreaded: Troodons. Nothing inspires more fear than these little horrors, particularly how they reproduce. They render a victim braindead with poison and then tear open the abdomen to lay their eggs, which will later hatch and eat the host. The worst part of this is that the victim is still alive and usually aware of what's happening! And of course, Cerberus just had to make them even deadlier.
  • Driven to Suicide: Grand Marshall Akror dramatically commits suicide once the final battle of the Batarian Crusade is complete. The exact reason why is left unstated, but it leaves General Pugzter as the new Grand Marshall of the Hegemony.
  • Eats Babies: Given that Saurians are fully sentient, the Batarians who eat Saurian eggs certainly qualify.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even by the laws of the Terran Systems Alliance, which, considering they accidentally created sapient dinosaurs, Medi-gel's creation was, quote, "Spectacularly Illegal," unquote. It's so useful though, that they're willing to overlook that.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The whole point of the story. Especially with sapient dinosaurs.
  • The Federation: The Terran Systems Alliance fits this very well.
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: Dear merciful God, this is true. Never mind the fact that humans were reviving extinct species way back in the late 90s, the Terran Systems Alliance has basically mastered genetic engineering to the point that the problems that plagued the original park are a thing of the past.
    • One of the reasons the Council fears the TSA is exactly this- if they're capable of doing something as complex as resurrecting millions-of-years-extinct races, they could be capable of unleashing specially tailored bioweapons, as the Salarians did to the Krogan.
    • The Bio-Wars revolved around engineering better and better weapons.
    • The Blind Terror Virus (which is actually a fungus), which was one of the elements of the Purging of Khar'shan, definitely invokes this.
  • Heroic Lineage: Stephen Shepard is the descendant of Claire and Owen Grady, and was raised by Hannah Shepard, a descendant of a clone of the original Rexxy.
    • He's also the descendant of Alan Shepard, the first American in space (and second human in space overall).
  • Implausible Deniability: The 4th Dinochrome Brigade's commanding officer "relocates" his men to New Sorna to fight the Turians because their practice site was in poor condition. Furthermore, he "lost" some equipment that the local forces could use.
  • Insistent Terminology: The cloned Protheans are very insistent that they are Martians, especially after meeting Javik.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Shepard gets adopted by a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
  • Interspecies Romance: The races of the Terran Systems Alliance regularly engage in relationships with different species. For instance, General Williams is married to a raptor, and his granddaughter has a huge crush on Garrus, a turian.
    • As a young teen, Shepard repeatedly failed to notice that the younger sister of his Dilophisaur best friend was crushing on him.
  • Made of Iron: The TSA's main battleship class. In it's first battle the original suffered hull breaches on all of it's deck due to taking on overwhelming forces. However due to the honeycomb structure, excessive damage control systems, and extreme compartmentalization it never lost any combat efficiency. It went from being considered an overpriced, overengineered taxpayer's nightmare, to being the most well-known and respected ship class almost overnight.
  • Mama Bear: Hannah Shepard goes after the Shadow Broker personally for his role in Shepard's death, even after finding out he'd been revived.
  • Mighty Glacier: TSA ships are known for being very slow and hard to maneuver but having incredible armor and extremely powerful guns. This is a result of the Sol system having so little Element Zero that even after finding a massive cache, Terrans remained extremely frugal with it.
  • No Biochemical Barriers: For the TSA, but averted for the rest of the galaxy. Humans, Saurians, and Protheans can consume both Levo- and Dextro-amino acid foods without suffering from the debilitating effects that eating the wrong amino-acid foods would have on anyone else in the galaxy.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Blind Terror Virus, which turns batarians into zombies. It doesn't make you blind, doesn't affect the fear center of the brain, and it's a fungus, not a virus... but "Blind Terror Virus" sounds better to the media, so that's what it was called.
  • Physical God: The hanar believe the resurrected Protheans are this, much to their aggravation.
  • Properly Paranoid: Many Terrans find it eerie how similar the various Citadel races are overall, especially given who different the Terran races are. Given the canon actions of the Protheans, this is justified.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Stephen Hacket and Stephen Shepard both exist at the same time, as do Shepard's uncle, Father Alexander Shepard, and the Rex his aunt Cordelia married, Alexander.
  • Raptor Attack: One codex introduces an all-raptor military unit called the 212th Nublarian Combat Regiment, though it's more commonly referred to as the Velociwreckers. They are based on the Turian Havoc Troops, and so are equipped with jump packs that are capable of extended flight and their hands and feet are sheathed in omni-constructed monomolecular blades. Needless to say, they are flat out terrifying when they attack.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The Cluster Primarch responsible for the war with the TSA isn't so much ripped a new one by his superior as ripped a dozen new ones for going to war over a minor issue with a group that could have been the Hierarchy's greatest allies.
  • Rule of Cool: Much of the backstory and setting runs on this, including Pro-wrestling biotics serving on the Normandy, jetpack-wearing velociraptors, uplifted dinosaurs, and Commander Shepard raised by a Tyrannosaurus.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Every race has their own version of Swedish Meatballs.
    • Stephen's Aunt is named Cordelia, and married a male rex named Alexander... but since there's already an Alexander in the family, he goes by Xander, a shout-out to Buffy.
    • Stephen's Uncle is basically a T-Rex expy of Father Alexander. Except without the supernatural powers. And is a dinosaur.
    • The main class of battleship for the TSA is a nearly word-for-word description of Halcyon-class cruisers from Halo.
    • The martian member of the First Contact diplomacy group is named John Carter.
    • An Asari quotes their version of Zap Brannigan.
    • Blue has a brother named Red who went into entomology and wants to "catch em all"
  • Stations of the Canon: averted, the story takes great pains to go off the rails as soon as possible. Just to start with, The Normandy is a collaborative project between the TSA and the Salerian Union. The SPECTRE giving Shepard his trial run is Jondum Bam. The renegade SPECTRE is Tela Vasir. Saren is considered a model Turian Spectre and is working with Garrus to figure out what the hell Tela is up to. Tevos may or may not be indoctrinated but is working with Tela and tries to kill the Council in a suicide attack. The Thorian is not hostile to all Fauna and after Ferros asks that all species leave the planet after it as it can't trust Fauna. And Captain Kirrahe will be made into a Spectre.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: The Martian/Prothean citizens, who were revived by the TSA, get very annoyed with the hanar, who consider them gods and keep trying to revere them. Even other TSA races tend to get irked when talking with them, since the hanar sometimes hold them as divine emissaries. In some cases, it gets so bad that restraining orders are filed against overeager hanar.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Javik realizes he's this when meeting the "Martian" Protheans. They look like his people, they sound like his people, but they are not. They are nothing like the Protheans of old and only serve to drive home the point that he is the last "True" Prothean.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: Not only are they one of the five Dinosaur Races who were discovered to be sentient, but they continue to play a major role in the TSA even in the era of spaceships.
    • Hannah Shepard is a Tyrannosaurus.
    • The story itself is named after the Tyrannosaurus: "Tyrant Lizard King" is the latin translation of "Tyrannosaurus Rex."
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tiamat (the rechristened Cerberus) never seems to learn from their past mistakes when trying to create new biological abominations. It's honestly amazing they're still functioning at all.
    • Plenty of slavers think there's big money trading in saurians. What they always seem to forget is that the saurians not only are generally bigger than they are, they are just as intelligent as any sapient race and many are strictly carnivorous. And they won't have any qualms about eating would-be slavers.
    • Virtually everyone agrees that the Patrol Commander in charge of the group that attacked the TSA vessels, which started the Relay 314/First Contact War, was this, as not only did he pass judgement on a race that had no concept of the laws they were breaking, but started a war with said race. Thankfully, he was killed fairly early on in the conflict.
  • Uplifted Animal: An accidental example. Due to the inclusion of Raven DNA in their original creation, Ceratopsians (and other animals similar, such as Triceratops, Protoceratops, etc), Raptors (and similar species, such as Dinonychus, Microraptor, and Utahraptor), T-Rexes, Dilophosaurs, and Pterodactyls are all sapient and have been since the original park.
    • Averted with Troodons, they were sentient all along.
    • Indominus' are also sentient.
    • Thanks to genetic experiments on planet 259-Zeta-736, there are what are known as "Omega Varren." Shepard chose to let them go, as they were as Sapient as a small child.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Khar'shan (the Batarian homeworld) gets hit with two nearly simultaneously- the first is a bioweapon that turns people into fungal-based zombies. To combat these, Emperor Narvkel starts turning citizens into Husks. In the end, the situation is resolved when General Akror takes command of the Hegemony and bombards the planet from orbit.
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