- N'tho, Tali and either Wrex or Liara (whichever one isn't with Chief when he's storming Saren's Base) will have Joker do a Mako drop to save the one Chief isn't going after, then jump boost to get picked up by the Normandy right in the nick of time. Sadly, if it's Kaiden with Kirrahe, the STG captain won't make it.
- The coralary to this is that if Wrex dies, there's only one Virmire Survivor after all.
- Most likely the Jiralhanae or Kig-Yar
- And its membership will be drawn from one of the former 314 species.
- Confirmed, but oddly enough not in the main fanfic. Chapter 8 of the spin-off fic Last of an Ancient Breed features the Covenant Storm, the antagonists of Halo 4 as a cult / mercenary group.
- Ashley and/or Kaiden will be promoted and assigned to other posts, eventually serving with Vega, Captain Toni, and/or the story's actual Shepard. They will meet Chief again during the Horizon Incident.
- Ashley, if she survives Virmire, will refuse a promotion to commissioned rank until Chief gets one too.
- If Wrex lives, he returns to Tuchanka per OTL, but he will be more impressed with human combat prowess and somewhat less impressed with human honor when it doesn't pretain to courage.
- N'tho returns to his former unit, only to be permanently kicked out for insubordination. He eventually teams up with Garrus when he's kicked out of C-Sec/isn't even given the time of day for Spectre Consideration, and on Omega picks up the moniker "Seraph."
- Or, thank to Chief teaching N'tho some discipline, N'tho raises through the ranks, become one of the best in Special Operations.
- Tali returns to the Migrant Fleet. If Master Chief still got her some Geth hardware, she might forgive him. If he leaked some non-human or non-classified technology (like, say, plasma shielding or ex-Covenant beam weapons tech), she might even crush on him a little harder than she did Male Shepard in the game series.
- He actually gave her a bit more than that. He copied the Forerunner Slipspace data that he gave to ONI and gave her the copy. As she was the one who originally found it, he mostly feels he was clearing up an earlier mistake.
- Liara meets her father early, and has the same chat with her Shepard has at Eternity in Mass Effect 2.
- If this troper's math is right, Cortana should start showing some signs of rampancy about then.
No way in #3!! Okeer would metaphorically referr to his pride-and-joy by the same handle as the Unggoy's Reporting Name.
- The Virmire Survivor(s), just to show how different the story is.
- An ODST, or at least a former one. (Bonus points if it's simply part of Jacob or Zaeed's new background)
- Another member of the 314 species.
- Bonus points if he acts more like the actual actor in the Citadel DLC and/or he knows Thane personally.
- Captain Blasto, from the PS 1 game!
- Captain Blasto from Rugrats.
- Mordin's medical student, an unusually intelligent Jiralhanae serving as an Expy of Beast.
- Warlord Okeer, who will be in a Freudian Trio (or maybe even a Power Trio) with the person immediately above and /Grunt/.
- Possibly to use against the Reapers somehow.
- Flood are fungus based, not plant-based
- Which means that there will be both Prothean and Forerunner ruins on Illos.
- If he performs this before Lair of the Shadow Broker, he will confess the true nature of the SPARTAN-II Project to Liara the next time he sees her, if he didn't already.
- Only the Forerunners/Inusannon, having never quite managed to make it to see a Reaper Invasion, believe the design was meant for the Flood and so go a little overboard.
- And it will turn out to be Shepard.
- And one of the Crew Loyalty Missions will involve foiling the latter.
- And their similarities to Cerberus will be lampshaded, somehow.
- And Javik and the Didact will be used as each other's Shadow Archetype.
- At some point in a climactic battle, they will each give the other a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, with the Didact offering a Hannibal Lecture on how Humans Are the Real Monsters, and Javik firing back a What the Hell, Hero? asking how in the universe could aiding automatons no better than the Flood in their quest to harvest all interstellar spacefaring life could ever balance the scales for losing The Librarian. In the aftermath of this battle, Javik will realize how close to Jumping Off the Slippery Slope he came and will lighten up consifdarably.
- And just to rub salt in the wound, the Didact will casually refer to Javik as a primitive. For Javik, that will be the last straw.
- The Prometheans will be compared to Husks and/or the Collectors at some point.
- He will also use a different reporting name for the Turian/Krogan hybrid husk, since Brute is already taken.
- ... Zaeed and/or /Grunt/. They are the only ones so far whose sense of ethics is loose enough, but who haven't in some way rubbed Aria the wrong way.
- Most likely Isaac-039, Fred-104, Black Two, or Black Three.
- They could possibly already be curious about him.
- Possibilities for exactly where in the storyline include:
- To fill the role of the casualty on Virmire, allowing both Ashley and Kaidan to survive.
- To insure the destruction of Sovereign with minimal human casualties, so that both Human and Turian/Asari War Assets are preserved.
- At the Collector Base, to save even more of the crew and the Horizon colonists.
- To insure the dispersal of the Genophage cure without Mordin going up to the top of the tower himself.
- To imbue the Geth with True Sentience without sacrificing Legion.
- So that Chief, Liara and Javik can retrieve Vendetta despite Kai Leng.
- To ensure the Happy Ending Mod is Canon for this storyline.
- During the epilogue, Dino Jake will have Chief re-enact the E3 trailer for Halo 5.
- Urz, K9, or EDI will become Chief's Replacement Goldfish.
- Just judging from their appearances
- Shepard. S/he is either an Infiltrator or else a Vanguard who picked up the Sniper rifle, based on the accounts from the Skyllian Blitz. To preserve his/her anonymity (Because s/he was supposed to be on some mission or other elsewhere in the galaxy), s/he stole a set of Semi-Powered Armor from a local collection, which looks enough like Mjolnir SPARTAN armor to fool most people at a distance. The resulting lack of fame is perhaps the biggest reason why Shepard wasn't even given the time of day for Spectre consideration, and Chief sailed through the process without even a whiff of competition.
- But ONI did somehow find out, and either right now, or in Part II, Shepard will be in the Corsairs.
- Miranda: We've gotten hints that Cerberus may have been able to make MJOLNIR Armor (since they are quite likely the ones who sent Chief the package in "ONI" packaging), and as the Angel of Akuze she may have "saved" the men not needed for additional testing so that the Alliance thought it was just a natural disaster, not a deliberate attack. She was able to take down the Arbiter, which few, if any, non-Spartans of her size are capable of, and she was already genetically modified to be perfect, so she was a good specimen to start with.
- Given timelines, and that Oriana was a younger clone of Miranda, it's more likely the Angel of Akuze was an older clone, because Miranda would be a bit too young at the time.
- So this means that Cerberus has the ability to make SPARTANS? Then, come Mass Effect 3, the Chief could be facing Cerberus troops on par with SPARTAN-II Is.
- Kai Leng, because if you've read the novels, you know that what happened there was exactly his style. And with Buck long dead and Shepard probably accounted for somewhere else, he's one of the few non-SPARTANS to be able to pull this sort of mission off.
- Spartains never die.
- It wouldn't be the first time that he's had to re-enter an atmosphere in only his suit.
- But will a paint chip still slice open his air supply?
- Regardless, he'll still probably be out of commission for a while, and the Shadow Broker and/or Cerberus will still try to get their grubby hands on him.
- It wouldn't be the first time that he's had to re-enter an atmosphere in only his suit.
- This troper would kind of consider it a no-brainer.
- And Interplanetary Combatives school itself will be named in honor of either Buck or Johnson, or maybe both!
- She was George Lucas' and Steven Spielberg's. Her ship caused the Roswell Incident, and she somehow managed to stay hidden and meet young mister Lucas-Walton. Her accounts of the lives of the Justicars greatly influenced Lucas' ideas about the Jedi Order.
- And one of her Salarian crewmates was forced to hide out for a few years around Scottsdale, Arizona, where he met a young Steven Spielberg, and the incident formed the basis for E Tthe Extraterrestrial.
- This troper basis this WMG on the fact that everything Mass Effect based has been pushed 500 years into the future to make the timeline work.
- Based on events of this present chapter, anyway.
- There will be an attempt to Indoctrinate the Flood.
- This would be a natural extension of Dr. Saleon's Work in Chapter 19.
- The "lucky" character will be used in a manner similar to Commander Jamison Locke in Halo 5: Guardians.
- Either just prior to going through the Omega 4 Relay, during the events of "Lair of the Shadow Broker," or just prior to lifting off during the Fall of Earth, there will be a big confrontation, resembling the one in the recent Halo 5 Commercials.
- and Anderson or Vega will be forced to Put Their Heads Together to stop this nonsense.
- Flood and the Reapers are their proxies and the rest of the sentient species of the Milky Way are the
- Two cycles ago the Reapers woke up face to face with the Flood, the only spacefaring race in an otherwise silent galaxy following the firing of the Halo Array. The Flood did not starve to death, they were harvested and converted into a Reaper before that could happen. Whether part of the Reaper fleet, a scout like Sovereign, or an independent threat whose Precursor makeup was more than the Reaper programming could overpower.
- It's been pointed out that Miranda is a lot more physically formidable than she was in official Mass Effect, being able to comfortably fight a slightly aged Arbiter in melee. That's something normally out of reach of Badass Normal soldiers and peak-physical-genetics shouldn't be much help in that department. But while the specific data about the procedures and processes used to create the Spartans was lost during the fall of Reach, just the fact that those procedures exist at all suggests a much more advanced general understanding of human augmentation than the gene therapy used in Mass Effect, and they've had another hundred years to iterate since then. While it isn't canon to The Last Spartan, that iteration is shown in the post-Halo 3 canon to be very successful, producing the superhuman Spartan-IVs who approach the physical stats of the Spartan-IIs. In this kind of context, where super soldier augmentation of some description is within reach by individuals with considerable capital, the idea of creating a "super baby" that represents the physical and genetic "peak" is a totally different proposition.
So, assuming the screwdriver that Master Chief is straight, meaning that Kaiden and Steve Cortez are out (and ignoring that in canon the SPARTAN-I Is had their sex drives physically removed to make room for more combat enhancements), any speculation on who his love interest will be? Here are some pros and cons for each possible candidate:
Con: Those pesky anti-fraternization rules, plus she's rather obvious fangirl, which is the sort of thing that might turn Chief off.
Con: She's still an alien. Plus, in the first game she's incredibly naive, and in the second she's a tad too driven to get Ferron back to be particularly emotionally available. By the time she's ready for prime time during the Reaper Invasion, Chief may have moved on.
Con: Unfortunately, that crush may have been killed by Chief's adherence to Alliance secrecy rules, and then there's the fact that she's an alien, too. On the other hand, maybe he can make it up to her... Which he did, so this is right back on track!
Con: Unfortunately, she can be a real brat when she doesn't get her way. Plus, no thanks to the Arbiter, her reputation proceeds her to Chief, and not in a good way, and not just because she's TIM's right hand woman. Also, Dino Jake isn't exactly a big fan of her.
Con: She has more and bigger issues than a lifetime subscription to Sports Illustrated or Time. Even with You Tube playthroughs to help you through it, getting through her romance successfully is a razor-edge challenge with no margin for error, and Chief isn't really Shepard.
Con: But she's still an alien. Plus, she'll still see reason to shut Chief down if he starts making the moves on her.
Con: Well, considering that she's an utter and unrepentant kleptomaniac...
Con: Those anti-fraternization rules will still be in force.
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