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Space Pirate AU
When Chen asked me for a pirate AU of the characters from Parallel Lives, my first thought was an in-universe AU of space pirates. It became clear pretty quickly that she was talking about actual pirates, but the original idea for gritty post-war space pirates was still in my head, so I decided to share.
The attack came out of nowhere, a corvette appearing on the Fortune’s screens with its mass accelerator weapons already firing.
Captain Erika Benson swore as her ship shuddered under a rapid series of impacts. “Status report!”
To the credit of her stunned crew, their responses came quickly. She almost would have wished not to get the bad news so rapidly. Weapons and FTL drive disabled. Her ship floated nearly dead in the void, totally at the mercy of its attacker.
Rather than taking another pass with its canons, the corvette slowly drew closer. Benson ground her teeth as she watched them approach.
Without warning, a voice echoed through the bridge’s comm systems, crisp and feminine. “Hailing the First Fortune. Captain Benson?”
“Speaking. Who the hell are you?”
“You can call us the Dread Ship Revenge.” The woman sounded amused, unimpressed. “What matters is that we’re going to board you.
This has always wondered me so; like or reblog if your main Shepard is a female Shepard.
If you play male Shepard please go here
Headcanon: Asari Families
Human-language translators refer to asari “mothers” and “fathers.” This is not what they’re actually saying. After all, asari may not require physical contact to reproduce, and the “father” contributes no genetic material. (The idea of sexual reproduction was probably rather strange to asari when they first encountered it.)
The asari terms being translated are more like “one who nurtured within her body” for mother and “one who lent essential spirit” for father. Asari have a complex vocabulary for describing other familial relationships: one term for a sibling born of the same mother and father, another for a sibling born of the same mother but not the same father, still another for a sibling whose father is one’s own mother, and so forth.
Indications within the game world are that asari who reproduce with other asari are now somewhat looked down upon, and there’s a preference for asari to find short-term or long-term partners outside their own species. This introduces other complications. What are asari extended families like? Some asari with salarian, turian, hanar, elcor, batarian, krogan, etc. “fathers” have no meaningful relationship with their parent’s kin, but others do. Some salarian extended families have found it economically or culturally useful to have such family connections to asari. Asari with turian parents will never be part of the Hierarchy, but a few do maintain ties with their turian parents’ family, turning into long-lived cousins or aunties who must watch as several generations of the family are born, grow up, and eventually die. Most asari in this position eventually drift away from their non-asari kin.
Humans are so new on the galactic scene that all asari with human parents are still very young, and there’s been no time for any common customs to develop regarding contact with the human extended family.
34 and 1311 are trapped in a dark place.
When I originally saw Cherie’s prompt, I remembered my list incorrectly, and the wrong set of characters popped into my head. The idea amused me so much I couldn’t let it go.
So to make up for having sprung Calling fic on you earlier, I now present how this prompt response should have gone in a more entertaining universe.
The elevator shuddered to a halt and was plunged into complete darkness as even the emergency lights failed. After a few moments, a soft blue glow filled the space.
“While I appreciate the thought, Major, that won’t be necessary.”
RAPHAEL SBARGE SITTING IN AN ELEVATOR TALKING TO HIMSELF
Anonymous asked: Friendly reminder to post your rant about femShep dialogue changes.
You got it, nonny!
Here’s the thing: in pretty much every feminist discussion of the Mass Effect series, you’ll see a reference to the fact that the dialogue for the male and female versions of Commander Shepard is pretty much identical across the board. In reality, there are some small differences, and I think it’s pretty telling to see what Bioware’s writers chose as ways of distinguishing between male and female Shepards. Let’s draw on a few specific examples:
In the first game, Shepard needs information from a washed-up, embittered, extremely drunk C-Sec officer named Harkin. When the male version of Shepard approaches him, Harkin’s dialogue is “Alliance military. Hmph. I coulda been a marine, you know.” For a female Shepard, it’s, “Hey there, sweetheart, looking for some fun?”
In the second game, Shepard gets recruited by a mercenary gang to help kill Archangel (which is, of course, all part of Shepard’s plan to rescue him from said mercenaries). When the male version of Shepard approaches the Blue Suns recruiter, the recruiter greets him with, “You three look like you could do some damage.” For a female Shepard, it’s, “Well, aren’t you sweet? You’re in the wrong place, honey. Strippers’ quarters are that way.”
In both cases, the dialogue is unavoidable, and the possible responses range from brushing it off to outright threatening the jerkwad in question. In both cases, the dialogue reverts back to the male Shepard version almost immediately, with no permanent repercussions. Keep in mind that these are virtually the only differences between male Shepard and female Shepard’s dialogue in the entire 50+ hours of gameplay between the two games.
The end result is a pretty uncomfortable message: even 170 years in the future, even decked out in heavy armor with a grenade launcher strapped to your back, your femininity is a joke, and people are still gonna target you for it. Hell, aliens are gonna have the same attitude. And hey. That stings. Because video games like this one, where you’re playing a quasi-superhero who runs around saving the galaxy, are basically power fantasies: you can subsume your own day-to-day worries in the death-defying, wise-cracking adventures of Commander Shepard. Except, if you’re playing as a woman, even your power fantasies come with a little asterisk, a footnote reminding you, again and again, that you don’t quite measure up, that as powerful as you are, weak and miserable people will still see themselves as stronger.
I remember reading an article about how Bioware made the female version of Commander Shepard such a fascinating and well-fleshed-out character more-or-less by accident, and I think these examples bear that out. The writing that’s specifically for a female Shepard has these weirdly nasty implications.
For instance, in the romance subplots, a female Shepard can get together with Kaidan in the first game, and then pick someone else in the second game, leading to a confrontation in the third. Likewise, a male Shepard can get together with Ash in the first, someone else in the second, and then the same sort of confrontation ensues in the third. When Kaidan confronts a female Shepard, it’s for “cheating”, and none of the available dialogue options allow her to do anything but lie or apologize. When Ashley similarly confronts a male Shepard, he’s able to point out that she stepped away from the relationship every bit as much as he did. Only a male Shepard gets to come out of that conversation with any sort of moral high ground, despite the fact that both relationships broke off in exactly the same way.
So, y’know, I think it’s a bit disturbing to look at these examples and see what the writers decided would be worth changing when it came time to write dialogue for a female Shepard. It’s pretty telling, for an essentially blank-slate character, to see what’s being coded as inherently “feminine”.
I don’t think the answer is to eliminate all gender-specific dialogue, either. Cookie-cutter “Mrs. Man” characters still run into the roadblock of dude-as-default, after all. There’s a scene unique to female Shepards in Mass Effect 3 that sort of wobbles into slightly stronger territory, where Shep has a brief heart-to-heart with Eve, the female krogan. The writing itself is pretty cringe-worthy and feels a bit like the sort of conversation guys imagine women having when they’re alone, but the point stands that Eve recognizes Shepard as a sympathetic role-model, a kindred spirit, when faced with her own patriarchal culture. That’s a relatively positive way to acknowledge the character’s gender: recognizing that she’s well-placed to offer encouragement to someone that a male Shepard wouldn’t have been able to help in the same way. It adds to the power-fantasy, doesn’t detract from it, doesn’t undermine it.
In the end, what I’d love to see is more player characters who aren’t “fem-” versions of anything, who are female player characters by default, who have narratives written for them rather than for the dude on the cover. I’m getting tired of constantly having to slip on someone else’s ill-fitting armor if I want to play.
I don’t really have anything to add to this, because I had precisely the same problems with female Shepard dialogue, but I never managed to word it quite so well.
This has always wondered me so; like or reblog if your main Shepard if a female Shepard.
If you play male Shepard please go here
sometimes i think about the ladies of bioware hanging out together in epic crossovers of awesomeness
aveline and ashley arm wrestling (before ashley suggests a few romantic poems for aveline to share with donnic)
leliana admitting to liara that she’s her favorite shade of blue
isabela lavishing attention on every one of miranda’s perfect imperfections
morrigan half-smirking as jack points out ‘fucking assholes’ to turn into toads
shale and EDI having philosophical discussi—yeah just kidding they’re pranking joker together
wynne and samara going for long walks
merrill and sam traynor playing video games while merrill reads all the lore codices and traynor blushes at her cute voice
aria and athenril taking over the galaxy together and making out a little (or a lot)
god i love bioware ladies
Parallel Lives - Mamihlapinatapei - the look between two people in which each loves the other but is too afraid to make the first move
aphreal42 posted a small ficlet in which she replied to the prompt I have given her a while ago. It was Teagan’s POV in a setting of her wonderful story "Parallel Lives" which is one of the best Dragon Age/Mass Effect AU stories I’ve ever seen.
Teagan’s POV was so amazing and I think I read it a bazillion times by now. It can be found here: (link).
And because the story involves my Meriana as well (which aphreal42 graciously included in her story as the protagonist’s cousin) I had to write a response with Meri’s POV. And aph was so nice to beta and correct my little ficlet that I am now able to post it here.
So… here is Meriana’s POV which parallel’s Teagans.
Had Teagan ever looked more handsome? Meriana couldn’t remember a time when he had. He always seemed so composed and quiet on the outside, and only his eyes revealed the fierce will and strong character hidden beneath the calm façade.
His uniform suited him so well, and she thought the golden epaulets seemed new. Of course, there had been few chances to wear fancy dress uniform in the weeks since he’d earned that promotion. Regardless, as far as Meriana was concerned, hardly anyone could compete with Teagan today.
I love this response fic, and I can’t say how thrilled I am that Chen gave me permission to beta it into a form she’d be willing to post.
a;ksdfla;ksdfaf;skdafsd;k have I mentioned that I love Teagan? This is lovely.
Chenria asked: Mamihlapinatapei - the look between two people in which each loves the other but is too afraid to make the first move - (Parallel Lives Meri and Teagan)
I hope I can be forgiven for a slightly liberal interpretation of the prompt since this is more accurately making a second move, or perhaps a first move for the second time.
Chen, consider this something of a rough sketch for future events. Details are open to discussion, and nothing in here is set in stone. Except the dress blues; those are non-negotiable. ;)
Teagan thought he had never seen Meriana look more beautiful.
It wasn’t the bridesmaid dress or the formal hairstyle or the make-up and simple flowers, although all of those things were unquestionably lovely and flattering.
What made her so stunning was the pure joy radiating from her as she shared in her friends’ happiness.
Awwww Teagan is adorable here <3
Chenria asked: Gymnophoria - the sensation that someone is mentally undressing you - (Alistair/Lexia - Parallel Lives)
In which we find out why the dress blues were the non-negotiable part of my response to the last Parallel Lives prompt Chen gave me. (Hint: That was at Alexia’s insistence, not mine.)
The drink in the elegant fluted glass was a pale pink the color of rose petals, scintillating with tiny suspended bubbles, and going straight to Alexia’s head.
Alistair smiled across the room as he watched his wife – his wife, that was going to take some getting used to – take another sip while chatting with Meri’s parents. Her cheeks were flushed a soft pink, and her eyes sparkled with mirth.