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Started by a user named Confederated Southern States on the NationStates' Portal to the Multiverse forum, in late August 2013. Set thirty years after the Destroy ending of Mass Effect 3, the galaxy is still trying to get on its feet. Check it out here.

Mass Effect Relinquish contains examples of:

  • 100% Adoration Rating: By and large, the citizens of the Terminus Empire support Teronus' ambitious attacks on Council space.
  • Action Roleplay Quiet Drama Scene: Despite being the Big Bad, most of Teronus' scenes involve little action.
    • The Council Game in its entirety certainly counts.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: Kyri used to be a Nice Quarian Girl. Didn't take long for her to turn into a grease monkey.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Lemon. Also doubles as Embarrassing Nickname. James doesn't like it.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Strangely played straight with Kyri; she tends to remove her facemask around the crew, one of the reasons being it's better for social interactions when your face isn't hidden.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted: Artificial Intelligences, namely the geth, have become more accepted in the galactic community since the end of Mass Effect 3. Played straight when you consider the Council still curtails the developments of A.I.s, just to a lesser extent than before.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Both invoked and subverted with Teronus. He truly is greedy and lusts for power, yet he did what he did because the Council was sitting on their hands while the Terminus withered.
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  • The Alcoholic: Kyri. It's been stated in the OOC thread that she can drink, pound for pound, more than Garz.
  • A Little Something We Call "Rock and Roll": Relinquish opens up with James listening to Three Days Grace. Averted in the sense that the band is two centuries old at this point, and even other humans think James is weird for listening to such anachronistic music.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Terminus Empire's progress in a nutshell, with its rampage across a good chunk of the galaxy.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: The qualms between the player characters are always overshadowed by the threat of Teronus.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Toreg suffers from one that seems to have severely impeded his mental maturation.
  • Anti-Hero: Practically everyone falls under this anymore.
  • Anything That Moves: Garz, though this also applies to Rolfe, and to a lesser extent Varian.
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  • Applied Phlebotinum: Doc used medical nanites to treat severe wounds, and most characters posses medi-gel which nearly instantaneously heals minor wounds.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: James to Kyri, early in the story, when Kyri tells him to "grin and bear it".
    "Now what do I have?"
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Kyri has ADH- Hey look, machinery!
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: The Terminus Empire outnumbers the Systems Alliance and Turian Hierarchy combined! That's what happens when you let billions of souls fend for themselves after the Reaper War.
  • Badass Teacher: Varian; When he's not telling hyperbolic stories and generally being a douche, he's genuinely parting life lessons onto the younger members of the Ragtag.
  • The Bait: Hades' Dogs when attacking the mines, though no one planned it.
  • Benevolent Boss: Doc commonly asked the officers under him for their opinions on battle plans, and always listened to what they had to say.
  • Berserk Button: Just try and hurt one of Varian's friends; I dare you.
    • Garz is a krogan, so he just goes batshit crazy during most fights because that's what they do.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Kyri. While normally being the nice one, when her fellow quarians were being attacked she blew a mercenary's head open with a Black Widow and enjoyed it.
  • Big Bad: Teronus Nerro, and by extension the entire Blue Suns/Eclipse/Blood Pack juggernaut, is the largest threat to the galaxy.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Varian and Rolfe.
  • Big Good: Arguably Athena. VERY arguable.
  • Blood Brothers: James, Kyri and Varian, though Kyri is female. Though they bicker 24/7, each would put their life on the line for the others.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Garz is this trope.
  • Bounty Hunter: Varian is one of the best in the galaxy. Surprisingly, he actually is very polite.
  • Break the Cutie: Kiara's fluffy demeanor doesn't last long at all.
  • Break Him By Talking: Kyri teeters on this when she calls Rolfe out harshly.
  • Broken Faceplate: Kyri gets this, but she doesn't die due to being in a pressurized location.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Cerema delivers a short but absolutely brutal one to Varian: she calls him 'barefaced', the worst insult to a Turian possible.
  • Canada, Eh?: James.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: James pleasantly notes that it's "about time I've gotten into some action" during a terrorist attack on the Citadel!
  • The Cavalry: The Alliance on Virmire.
    • Could extend to Neo-Cerberus, if you trust them enough.
  • Character-Magnetic Team: Good lord, it seems the crew of the Ragtag has to work with everyone in the roleplay.
  • The Chicks: Kyri, Cerri, Cerema and Kiara are the only female characters aboard the Ragtag. And remember, Cerri and Kiara are asari, an all-female race.
    • A minor example is Eagle-Six, the only female Neo-Cerberus trooper seen thus far.
  • Cigar Chomper: Varian has a smoking habit, which he picked up from those silly humans.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Garz.
  • The Comically Serious: Cerri.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Neo-Cerberus systematically decimates an Eclipse frigate full of troopers. Those were only goons, but still.
    • The Resistance didn't last...
  • Curse Cut Short: Kyri forcibly covers James' mouth before he can curse Seleu out.
  • Custom Armor: James parades around in his old Cerberus Ajax Armor, despite cutting ties with the organization even before they dissolved thirty years ago. No one seems to care, as most people simply chalk it up to it being a collector's item. They're not far off.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Varian and James couldn't possibly snark anymore. Kyri gets in on the action as well, but not as much as the men.
  • Death by Mocking: Averted: James mocks people much stronger than himself on a regular basis, but they either blow him off or insult him back.
  • Death Seeker: Grore, and more subtlety James at the beginning.
  • Dirty Coward: Rolfe has hired a bunch of mercenaries to fight for him.
    • Subverted with Teronus. If he feels his men are too incompetent, he'll just accomplish the task himself.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The thug that insults James at the beginning gets gunned down. Then again, they likely had plans to murder him, so...
  • Evil Overlord: Teronus.
  • Evil Wears Black:
    • Averted with the Blues Suns/Eclipse/Blood Pack. Blues Suns wear, well, blue, Eclipse wears yellow and Blood Pack wears red.
    • Played straight with Hades' Dogs, who wear black and dark gray.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Teronus constantly muses to himself about how much better he is than his mooks.
  • Eye Scream: Grore's favorite way to kill someone is to claw out the eyes.
  • The Faceless: Subverted with Kyri, who regularly does not wear her facemask aboard the Ragtag. However, this is about the only instance where a quarian's face is shown.
  • Faceless Goons: Averted. Whenever possible, even the lowest Blue Suns mook is given a name.
    • The morally ambiguous Neo-Cerberus soldiers are even given personalities on occasion.
  • A Father to His Men: Everyone on the Ragtag holds either a grudging respect for or full-on adores Varian.
    • Doc, perhaps even more so.
  • Fight Magnet: Garz, and to a lesser extent Grore.
    • James ends up in verbal spouts a lot.
  • Foreshadowing: "Riot" by Three Days Grace. Interesting lyrics...
  • Gas Mask Mooks: Played straight: Nearly all bad guys wear some sort of mask, usually with a breather.
  • Glasgow Grin: Teased by Varian.
    "Maybe we should pin [Kyri] down and give her a Glasgow smile!"
  • God is Dead: James plays the Black Sabbath song after surrendering himself to fate.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Neo-Cerberus, whose persona is based off Greek mythology, wear these colors on their armor.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars:
    • Kyri gets some facial scars after rescuing Seleu from a grenade.
    • Think that's bad? Half of Varian's face was torn off by a raging moose! It's been artificially repaired, but it's still noticeable.
    • Teronus has those classic villain scars. Badass.
  • Gray-and-Gray Morality: The protagonists include a Cerberus reboot, freelancing mercenaries, a drug dealer, a morally dubious scientist, a homicidal krogan and ambitious politicians. The antagonizing army is full of desperate civilians. The war is definitely gray versus gray.
  • Hates Small Talk: Ethan and Cerema.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted: Eagle-One forces Assad to stay alive by knocking him out.
    • Played straight when Doc dies saving his men. Many tears.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Rolfe and Rakil come off as this.
  • Honor Before Reason: Doc once ran through enemy fire to aid a wounded soldier. This mantra eventually causes Doc's end.
  • How Do You Say: Invoked sometimes with aliens using human sayings.
    • "Cool your jets, as you say." - Kyri the quarian
    • "You're going to, how do you say, drink me out of house and home here." - Geronha the salarian
  • Humans Are Fascinating: Cerri finds human culture particularly interesting.
  • Human Popsicle: James, for the thirty years in between Mass Effect 3 and Relinquish.
  • I Am What I Am: About everyone on the Ragtag feels this way.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: James is so desperate for a drink that he drinks ryncol. Suffice to say, it doesn't end well.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Varian has so many damn friends all over the place.
  • Ice Queen: Cerema, who is definitely not a Daddy's Girl. Also counts as a Broken Bird. Literally.
  • Ignored Epiphany:
    Kyri: Maybe I should stop drinking so much... nah.
  • I'll Be in My Bunk: Subverted and Lampshaded by Varian and James. Varian, after a trip to Omega, uses this trope word for word. James then says "the tissues are by the stairs". Varian didn't actually have A Date with Rosie Palms, but it's still funny.
    • Varian follows this up by saying "humans use tissues? Weak." Squick.
  • Ill Girl: Subverted by Kyri, and by extension the entire quarian race. Quarians no longer need their enviro-suits thanks to the geth, they just wear them most of the time out of tradition.
  • In Harm's Way: Kyri and Varian love this feeling.
  • In the Hood: Kyri, and every quarian for that matter.
    • James also is seen with his vintage Buffalo Bills hoodie.
  • Ineffectual Death Threats: Kyri (jokingly) threatens to kill James in his sleep. He shrugs it off.
  • Insult of Endearment:
    Kyri: I hate you, Lemon.
    James: The feeling's mutual.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Grore was exiled from his clan for being too smart and not excessively violent.
  • It's A Small Galaxy After All: Kyri says this when bumping into Grore again.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Deadpan Snarker aside, Varian holds himself to Badass Creed and would do anything to protect an innocent.
    • To a lesser extent, James.
  • Jerkass: Garz.
    • Forum Co-OP Communist Androids. Seriously.
  • Just a Machine: Thoroughly averted. Trojan, a geth, seems to have some of the strongest emotions on the Ragtag.
    • "It" Is Dehumanizing is also averted. Everyone refers to Trojan as an 'it', yet Trojan doesn't mind (considering he has no gender).
  • Knight in Sour Armor: James might as well write the book on this trope.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    James: "The hell? It's... open? Geez, why not stick a giant sign that says 'I'm a trap' on it too?"
  • The Leader: Captain Assad, Doc and Eagle-One were the triumvirate for the Virmire group.
    • For the Darker and Edgier version, Rolfe. Though he doesn't exactly garner much respect.
    • Athena, for Neo-Cerberus.
  • Leave No Survivors: Reptile-One commands his troops to make sure all of the Eclipse soldiers aboard the Resonate are dead, even the ones bleeding out. Harsh.
  • Like A Daughter To Me: After taking Kyri under his wing, Varian views her as this. Things get... complicated when his real daughter Cerema, whom he left as a child, shows up.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: James and Kyri.
  • Lost Colony: Virmire has been absorbed into Teronus' empire. The Alliance has to save it. It ain't going so well.
  • The Mean Brit: Varian, though definitely not a Jerkass.
    • Extra funny since Varian is not even human.
  • The Men First:
    • Captain Assad, and Doc was this as well.
  • Metaphorically True: Rolfe loves this trope.
  • More Deadly Than the Male:
    • Athena is far more hands on and militaristic than the Illusive Man ever was.
    • Kyri, despite being small even by quarian standards, will rip you to shreds if angered.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: The Ragtag... and Garz.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much:
    • Varian feels most turians are too blindingly supportive of the Turian Hierarchy. So does Teronus.
    • Grore finds the rest of his kind (vorcha) bumbling idiots.
    • Cerri just generally doesn't like to hang around her fellow asari.
    • Kyri thinks quarians should get out and seek adventure more.
  • Mythology Gag: James unwittingly copies Tali from Mass Effect 2.
    James: I have a shotgun.
    Kyri: Mmm, maybe we'll talk later.
  • Necessarily Evil: Neo-Cerberus fashions themselves as this. It's up to the reader to determine if they really are.
  • Nervous Wreck: Kiara becomes this after the mission on Parnack.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Oh, how often this occurs on Virmire.
  • Noodle Incident: The story never explains why half of Varian's face is artificial other than "a raging moose" tore it off.
    • Kyri once slept with a krogan after a lost bet. I don't think we want to know.
  • Odd Friendship: Everyone on the Ragtag, with a few exceptions.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: Neo-Cerberus is, at its most basic, Cerberus 2.0: Electric Boogaloo.
  • Opposites Attract: James and Kyri.
  • Only in It for the Money: Kyri is in it for the thrill, Toreg is in it for his friends and Trojan is in it for the knowledge; Garz just doesn't give a fuck and wants his damn paycheck.
  • Only Sane Man: Rakil.
  • I Owe You My Life: The reason Kyri follows Varian.
    • Kyri herself ends up invoking this in Seleu.
  • The Paragon: Doc and Captain Assad are basically the only ones who aren't morally dubious in some sense or another.
  • Parental Abandonment: Varian leaves Cerema when she's just a child. She didn't take it well.
  • It's Personal:
    • Cerri holds a particular disdain for turians, Varian included, due to being held hostage for days by vicious turian thugs.
    • James could fall into this trope too, considering his prime motivation for joining Rolfe despite his total digust with the man is it gives him the best chance to combat Teronus, who is mostly aiming for human colonies.
  • Point of No Return: When Rolfe signs the Ragtag up with Neo-Cerberus, that's it; No going back for them.
  • Precision F-Strike: "Keelah se'lai, motherfuckers!"
  • Punch-Clock Villain: You begin to feel that Byrin, Blue Suns leader and Teronus' right hand man, is this.
    • Teronus' personal AI, I.D.S., too.
  • The Quiet One: For the most part, Toreg.
    • Can't forget Ethan.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The entirety of the appropriately named Kail Ragtag.
  • Rebel Leader: Captain Assad, obviously.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kyri is red, James is blue. Definitely not Color-Coded for Your Convenience; Kyri wears black/green, James wears white/yellow/black.
  • Red Shirt:
    • Eagle-Five.
    • The squadrons of Hades' Dogs, who all get killed in the mines, could count as a Red Shirt Army.
    • Blue Suns defector Robert.
    • The batarian that harasses James on Omega.
  • Regularly Scheduled Evil: Grore randomly assassinates a contract in the middle of speaking to James and Kyri.
  • Remember the Reaper War: Everyone over the age of 45 or so (including James, aged 31, due to being frozen and all that).
  • Self-Deprecation:
    Varian: It's too bad you (Kyri) got your pretty little face all cut up. Now you're gonna start lookin' like me!
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Leonidas Grant makes Varian seem young.
  • Ship Tease: Yeah, it's obvious at this point.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Kyri does this to James to get him to shut up at one point. He likes it (but won't admit it).
  • Shoot Everything That Moves: Garz.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Kyri, at a measly 5'3", has perhaps the highest IQ on the Ragtag. Not saying much, but still.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Varian and Grant smoke cigars constantly, without any detrimental effects. Then again, it's the year 2216, so...
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: James, Kyri and Varian just never cease their never ending war of snark.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Rolfe. He is only assisting the Resistance because Teronus is affecting his business, which is smuggling illegal drugs. His own crew members, notably James, Kyri and Varian only work for Rolfe to achieve their own ends.
  • Space Marine: The Alliance marines. Surprising, I know.
  • Spit Take: Kyri gets one when James informs her that the yahg have been rendered peaceful. For the time being.
  • Stay Frosty: Odin-One drops this as Neo-Cerberus troops raid a Eclipse frigate.
  • The Stoic: James keeps his emotions under wrap and covers them with sarcasm and snark.
    • Cerema, even more so.
  • Super Doc: Doc. Shocking, right?
  • Take That!: James mocks Kyri after she gives the the nickname "Lemon" and says it fits.
    James: "How'd you like it if I started calling you "annoying bitch"? It fits.'''
  • The Unfettered: Neo-Cerberus cares more for results from their missions than upholding a moral code, though not the extent of their predecessors.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Teronus loses his cool pretty often.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Grore says this of James, Kyri and Varian.
    "It seems trouble follows you around."
  • Wham Episode: The debacle on Parnack. Rolfe's deception is brought to light, James almost dies and the true extent of Teronus' power is unveiled. And it's just the beginning... Kyri even Lampshades this to James by saying "we're going to see worse".
  • What Have I Become?: Grore, a vorcha, despises his intelligence which was granted by salarian experimentation, and yearns to die.
  • With Us or Against Us: Very much Teronus' mentality. The merc leader sees anyone either as a "defender of the old ways" or a supporter of his; no in betweens.
  • The Worf Effect: Hades' Dogs cut through mechs (including a YMIR) like they're butter. They had the jump, and the main force of Eclipse soldiers retreated, and the Eclipse soldiers blow them up afterwards, so this may ultimately be a subversion.
  • Wrench Wench: Kyri.
  • The Xenophile: Rolfe, particularly towards Turians, and Cerri, mainly towards females outside of her own species.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: James absolutely hates Batarians, but he begrudgingly respects Rakil. He'll never admit it though.

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