24. Telepathic soulbonding
26. Language Barrier
I haven’t written anything for these tropes, but I did do a type of twist on the language barrier in Ghost, when Shepard is reciting the Latin names of her bones as they make love (because she is a horrible person and thinks it would be hilarious if he developed a bone kink). That trope could be interesting to play with, especially in Mass Effect — at least on Earth, we’re all the same species, so even if we don’t recognize the subjects in a pun or idiom, we can still piece together the general meaning once it’s translated. But turians, asari, krogan — there’s no shared history, no shared world, so even after the languages have been decoded, you’d still have a huge gap in colloquialisms to bridge.
And the rachni. They can’t even communicate in a way that’s analogous to the other races, unless they’re using their semi-telepathy to speak through a member of those races. Their songs have colors, flavors — that's the kind of language barrier I want to play with.
I have a deep, abiding love for telepathic abilities in intimate relationships (thanks, Elfquest!), and since one of my OTPs includes a character who is canonically empathic, at the very least, I plan on playing with that a lot. Imagine April and Donnie, making love, and she decides to let go a little and share her pleasure with him and she completely blows his mind.
A while ago, hotmilkytea and I were talking about what would happen if April could peer inside Donnie’s head (with his permission), and what she would find while she was there (spoiler alert: an entire mountain of his love for her), so I applied to that GaVG Donnie and April, and here is what my April would find (semi-spoilers for future-GaVG canon under the cut!):
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