Hello again, faithful followers of this blog! I’m Timothy Scott Purvis and this is the next installment of my fan story Mass Effect 3 Re-Imagined written for my wife Christmas 2013. Mostly because of how disappointed we both were with those final fifteen minutes of the game. Of course, it was difficult to rewrite without changing the entire story. Which might be why the developers went with the asinine ending they went with. Even so, I think I came up with something amusing and special. So I’m sharing it here.
No, I didn’t edit it any. Mostly because it IS a fan story and I have other things to do. So, you’ll just have to be content with the unedited insanity that is my rewrite of the game. There are grammatical errors. There are inconsistencies with plot. There are moments that will make you go, ‘What?’ But, in my defense, it’s no worse than what Bioware gave us back in 2012. So take that Triple A developers!
Anyhow, here is the final part to chapter eight: part four of ME3RI.
(PS: Yes, I am copy pasting a lot of these lead ins. Pretty much because there are a lot of chapters to post and I’m doing this waaaayyy ahead of time when they will pop up through scheduling. If you’d like to skip ahead to where the chapter begins, by all means, knock yourself out.)
Two turian frigates set down outside of the excavation site followed closely by the Normandy. The docking ramp extends from the rear quarters of the Normandy and several engineers and soldiers rush down to meet Liara and Vickers.
“We need to get down there to Shepard and Vakarian,” Liara says to the first engineer. “We’ve detected several collapses deep below and the lift is destroyed. That, uh, would be our doing. So we need to find another way down there.”
Several turian commanders approach Liara and Vickers from across the field.
“Genral Kar’us,” Liara begins. “The ruins are still standing, but the reapers did significant damage.”
“Any idea what they were after?” Kar’us asks coming to a stop before her.
“A data nodule in an energy conduit. We found something similar on Thersander in the Pleiades system several months back. The nodes hold information that may lead us to discovering a means to defeating the reapers.”
“That may be so, but this excavation is under jurisdiction of the historical coalition. They have the ear of the primarch. Getting them to agree to examining ancient data by an alien presence won’t be an easy sell.”
“General,” Liara leans in close making sure it is just them hearing her. “The reaper escaped into deep space with the conduit. However, we downloaded several terabytes of information before in vanished. It’s in our systems…”
“I don’t know anything about that. From my perspective, the reapers infiltrated turian space and stole an unknown artifact. Whatever data you happen to have is your own business not ours.”
“Of course, general,” Liara smiles. “Though I’m sure any relevant data will be of concern to you.”
“If the Alliance discovers something that will increase our defenses, then by all means share it. But, uh, I don’t want to know where you got it. That way, I don’t have to report to eggheads with a hair up their ass.”
“I understand how you feel,” Liara responds as they begin to walk towards the tunnel entrance.
Several turians troopers rush towards him. The first salutes sharply and gives a summary of what they found.
“Sir, we’ve discovered the source of the dampening field, but it is forty levels deep.”
“Forty levels? By the pillars, just how deep does this place go?”
Liara turns to him, “At least a thousand meters. From what I understand, it could be twice that depth.”
“That’s incredible. There’s no city on Palaven that massive. How could we not have detected it before?”
“Sir, it’s deep within the mountains. The chain could have prevented us from seeing it.”
“Or,” Liara says and steps forward, a look of an idea on her face. “The dampening field is actually part of the city itself! The reapers plowed straight through the mountain into the city and took the excavators by surprise. So far we’ve found no survivors but what if the field was erected by those who built the city to begin with?”
The general looks at her, “To what end? Why have a dampening field of that level in a city you’re living in? It’s so massive, it had to have been a center of commerce.”
“Maybe they were trying to hide from the reapers. And maybe, this was a mountain in their days too and they built it deep within to defend it from atmospheric observations.”
The general lifts a hand to his chin and rubs absently, “Intriguing notion. Perfectly rational. Maybe that will help us begin to understand what happened to them as well. In the meantime, soldier, any word from commander Shepard?”
“Our team is scouring every floor we can access, sir. We have a major concentrating on the hundredth level with a team of thirty. They’ve found the blast hole but see no sign of Shepard.”
“You could have led with that information, son,” the general shakes his head.
“Yes, sir. But we had nothing to offer. The work was still in progress. I thought the shield merited attention first. We can gain access to level forty and shut it down. That may make finding the commander and lieutenant Garrus easier, sir.”
“That won’t be necessary, soldier,” a voice calls out from behind them.
They look and see Genevieve helping Garrus towards them.
“Shepard!” Liara calls out.
“Medic! Emergency!” the general shouts and hurries across the clearing towards Garrus to help carry him by the other shoulder.
“Garrus! What happened?!”
“When he fell down the hole he landed on a rebar,” Genevieve says as two more soldiers rush up with a gurney and help the general place him on it. “I cauterized the wound but he lost a lot of blood. I had to use two medigels to keep him conscious.”
“The Normandy is faster,” general Kar’us says as he places Garrus on his back and looks to Genevieve. “We should load him onboard and get him back to Cipritine asap.”
“Agreed,” Genevieve says and escorts them towards the Normandy ramp. “Joker, this is Shepard. Prep the Normandy for immediate launch. We need to get to Cipritine as of two hours ago!”
“Copy that, commander.”
The general follows Genevieve, Liara, and Vickers up the ramp and opens his commlink, “This is Kar’us. Inform command we have incoming wounded and need priority permissions.”
“Sorry field day turned into such a mess, commander.”
Genevieve nods to the general, “No one can plan for the reapers, general.”
“Well, the primacy better start planning. We just had an uncomfortable incursion and I don’t know what it means for Palaven.”
“Thankfully, you have control of the relay now,” Genevieve replies as she kneels beside Garrus’ gurney.
“Hopefully, we keep control.”
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So brings to an end another week of Story Time With Tim! Hope you’re enjoying the work so far and hope you’ll be back for more next week. Until then, read to you soon.
~Timothy S Purvis
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