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27 August 2014
Title: Crucible 07 - Hard Night
Characters: Shepard/Vakarian
Wordcount: 10k
Warning: Off-screen suicide and discussion of the aftermath. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like details.
Notes: Thanks as always to the usual crew: Lotte shouldered all of the heavy editing and patiently listened to me swear several hundred times that I would eventually finish this story, and Steph corralled my typos and sat through more than a few lengthy rambles on worldbuilding. Much love to you both!
Summary: Garrus can sustain his perspective on ruthless calculus only from a distance.

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27 August 2014
Title: Crucible 06 - The Hanged Woman
Characters: Shepard/Vakarian
Wordcount: 9k
Notes: Thank you so much to all of the readers who kept faith over the years. I started posting 'Crucible' before ME3's release, which is really hard to believe; your comments and gentle encouragement are what kept this story alive. Cheers to everyone who's been waiting for an update!
Summary: "I don't think kissing turians will be necessary for the war effort, Williams." "You never know, Commander."

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27 August 2014
Title: Crucible 05 - Son of a Gun
Characters: Shepard/Vakarian, a Chorus of Turians
Wordcount: 7k
Notes: Happy (early) N7 Day! Lots of thanks to Steph, who let me shout excitedly at her in the middle of the night, and to Lotte, who stuck with me through this entire nightmare of a story and is absolutely unsinkable.
Summary: Garrus tempers the steel of his people.

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04 March 2013


bioware

bioware, stop
 
 
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Title: Cathedral
Characters: Shepard/Vakarian
Wordcount: 1600
Summary: It's the waiting that kills you.
Notes: Yeah so I guess if you ever wanted to see a xenophobic Shepard get it on with Garrus, this story's for you. Um. Sorry.

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27 January 2013
Title: Crucible 04 - Wine
Characters: Shepard/Garrus, Tali, Liara
Wordcount: 7900
Summary: Shepard burns.
Notes: Hey so I guess it's time to update or something! Many thanks to the indomitable Odyle, who put this chapter in order. There's a lot of mood whiplash here, since it goes from the high of 'Lair of the Shadow Broker' to the low of 'The Arrival'. Coming up next: turians. Lots of turians. [Edited 23 October 2014.]

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30 March 2012
Title: Crucible 03 - Coffee
Characters: Shepard/Garrus, Joker, Miranda
Wordcount: 7600
Summary: Garrus finds that the universe never stops surprising him.
Notes: Story index here. One line of dialogue was lifted directly from the Project Overlord mission. I also took some minor liberties with the Alchera DLC; maybe it should be said that this story is mostly canon-compliant. Beta read by the intrepid Odyle. [Edited 15 October 2015.]

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21 March 2012
Title: Crucible 02 - Calamity Jane
Pairing: Shepard/Vakarian
Wordcount: 5400
Summary: Shepard tries to talk about feelings and ends up talking about guns.
Notes: Now with 100% more space camping! Master post here. Odyle corralled my mistakes to the fullest extent of her considerable ability. Additional thanks go to Archerstar and Stlkrchck, who volunteered to help a poor tinhat in her time of need. [Edited 12 October 2014.]

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15 March 2012
IMPORTANT HEADCANON QUESTION: Does Shepard have a college degree?

The Yes Argument: Most commissioned officers are required to have a college education. I could see her managing to graduate before she turned eighteen, especially since whatever her background, she probably wasn't in a position to be schooled in a formal institution. (If this is the case, would she enlist at 18 and later be commissioned, or would they initially commission her at a higher rank? Maybe enlisting was her only way in.) I could also see an argument made that she attended some kind of Systems Alliance Naval Academy, earning the same general Bachelor of Science as most military university graduates.

The No Argument: No matter what background, Shepard's profile explicitly uses the term "enlist." Very, very rarely, enlisted personnel are commissioned based on excellent performance. The game makes no reference to Shepard attending any university.

Right now I'm leaning toward the "graduated by 18" explanation, which makes the most sense for spacer/colonist Shepard. This would be so much easier if I knew more about military life.
 
 
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08 March 2012
So I finished Mass Effect 3 today after four hours of sleep and spoilers! )
 
 
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Title: Crucible 01 - The Ill-Made Knight
Pairing: Shepard/Vakarian
Wordcount: 3400
Summary: Your message to [ SHEPARD, JANE K. ] dated [ 2183.07.10 ] has not been read.
Notes: Chapter title from T.H. White. Many thanks to Odyle for the beta! [Edited 3 October 2014.]

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23 January 2011
Make a list of your favorite pairings and explain who would pick up the socks and why. Take one.

Tony/Priya (Dollhouse): Priya picks up the socks when Tony isn't around, but when he is, she lets him pick up the socks. He's freakishly tidy. She and T drive him mad with their clutter (and he frequently tells them so), but he picks up their socks anyway.

Buffy/Faith (BtVS): Faith picks up the socks. She figures B's done enough for her - the least she can do is make sure the laundry gets to the basket.

Garrus/Shepard (Mass Effect): Nobody picks up the socks, because in space you don't need socks. Shepard and Garrus both maintain their own armor, although occasionally Garrus will calibrate Shepard's internal systems and uplinks. Shepard shows her gratitude by badgering him into a set of armor that didn't lose a fight with a gunship.

Peter/MJ (Spider-Man): Mary Jane picks up the socks when she's home to do so - she may have rehearsals or shoots that run late, but Peter usually crawls through the window just before dawn and collapses into bed without even taking off his spider-booties. Peter's pretty thankful that she's around to take care of the socks, and he also knows she'd never let him live it down if he took her picking-up of socks for granted.

Tony/Steve (Avengers): Tony doesn't pick up his socks. For that kind of menial task he has dozens of staff members and even more robots. Steve doesn't pick up his socks either, because his socks never touch the floor. They go straight from his feet to the laundry hamper.

Lois/Clark (Superman): Clark picks up the socks, because while Superman might concern himself with something as trivial as socks, award-winning reporter Lois Lane wouldn't.
 
 
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Title: The Gates of Horn and Ivory
Characters: Garrus/FemShep
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 1800
Summary: Shepard and Garrus argue about armor, power output, and secrets - but not about who should feed the fish, because no one remembers to do that.
Notes: Spoilers for Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC. Kudos to [livejournal.com profile] odyle for beta reading in a fandom not her own (thank you!); any errors are mine alone, alas.

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