So, I was writing about Virmire and this horrible, horrible idea came to me. Maybe it’s been done before, I dunno, but if it hasn’t, it should be.
The one you leave behind on Virmire becomes indoctrinated. They come back later as a semi-recognizable form, something preserved by Harbinger to fuck with Shepard, to derail them from thwarting Collector/Reaper plans.
Imagine fighting Kaidan, with his L2 biotics strengthened and migraines gone, impossibly stronger than before. His body (maybe something Shepard admired before) is now twisted by wires and cords, joints replaced by glistening metal, the glow of programming behind his once dark eyes. And when he speaks, its with the same voice he once used to seduce or flirt, the gravely smoking tones of a lover is now something he uses to lure Shepard into a false sense of security.
“Hey there, Shepard…”
And if not flirted with and left behind, it’s more neutral but no less friendly. He’ll talk about how good they work together on the field and how comforting it was to be on Shepard’s 6, to have that bond and been comrades, friends. If only they could have remained so… -
Imagine, Ashley with faster reflexes and deadly accuracy. Her hair is silky smooth. Lips full. Her face angelic, porcelain. Though her body is less appealing, winding wires delving in and out of her body, out of her spine, she still looks human. Her eyes are still big, wide and reflect Shepard’s silhouette, even while glowing. “Hey, Skipper!”
She plays every inch the Ashley Williams Shepard knows, recalling moments spent with Shepard perfectly, sitting in the armory, talking about the time Sarah slugged a boy for being too forward. How she misses her family and wonders how they’re doing. Of all the trouble they went through to convince the Council and how she’d like to still kick their asses for giving Shepard a hard time.
She recites a line or two of poetry, which Shepard feels obligated to finish out. They finish the last line together.
“In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.”
She might even smile before lobbing a grenade in their direction.
And when the fight dwindles, whenever Shepard is on the winning side, Harbinger orders a retreat, and their programming tells them to call to Shepard for help. “Shepard, I’m—Please, you have to stop this. Please, come for me. Find me. I’m still here. I’m… still me.”
Then a horde of heretic geth or collector’s cover their retreat, masking the truth from Shepard’s eyes. They’re like Benezia, Saren. But maybe, just maybe there’s hope in there somewhere… Maybe they are strong-willed enough to fight the influence of everything they know is wrong.
Here’s the hoodie from the last posts of Kaidan I made. It’s of the Kaidan Armor Striped Hoodie Mk.II from the Bioware Store. Unfortunately, I haven’t made a female version of it, but nonetheless, if you have S4S, it only takes one checkbox/cc batch fix to make it compatible for females (though I may update it with a more high quality female equivalent). Anyway here it is for those who’ve been asking for it :)
It’s worth noting that like the N7 Hoodie release, it comes with a game-accurate version of the hoodie for those that want it, and the regular slim-fit ts4 version [It’s a standalone because it has a different bump/norm map]. It also has the name-tag in both roman/latin script + simlish script! (like I usually do :P)
Pandora glanced up as he drew close, a small smile crossing her lips as her pale eyes met his. That small glance said a million things, more than words ever could, and Kaidan smirked and handed over his spare thermal clips; he kept only the bare minimum for himself. After all, he had his biotics and they were easier and more dependable than guns or grenades as far as he was concerned.
Besides, he wanted to make sure they both made it through this mission so they could start the day the way they had this morning. It hadn’t been like the first morning they’d slept together, when he’d woken up firing on autopilot and had fled before he could let himself feel anything. This time Pandora had been up before him, and he had woken to find her gently exploring his body; nimble fingers and soft lips touching his tattoos and scars.
This morning, for the first time in his life, he’d woken up happy. Kaidan grinned to himself as he remembered the way Pandora had kissed him when she’d realised he was awake, pushing her hair out of her face and the tracing his jaw.
“Morning,” she murmured, one long leg sliding between his. “Sleep well?”
Kaidan grinned. “Not really, I had some heavy wench lying on me all night.”
“Rude!” Pandora jabbed him in the ribs, attempting to tickle him, but Kaidan pinned her hands to her side and deftly flipped her onto her back …
I will pay any of y’all 5 US dollars to come to my house and personally take this game away from me sidenote: tfw u catch sims doin the kissy and they actually aren’t clipping through each other’s faces for once [pacha meme image]
Shepard awoke. An involuntary gasp for air set him to coughing. He tasted blood and a razor of pain sliced through his brain. Still, he focused on the fleeting voice that still rang in his ear.
Had he been dreaming? No. It felt more substantial than that. The words had weight, like a memory. Confusion clung to him but he reached for that memory like a beacon: the memory of a battle, machines and the end of the world. And a man. Jaxson reached into empty space with his atrophied arm to mimic the last motion that had meant anything to him, to brush the face of this man.
OH MY GOD THE MODS WORKED! So top is pre-mod and then 3 below are obvs post mod. I squealed so loudly when I got the opening scene! I have to do some work on Caya’s skintone which looks too pale also I have no idea why suddenly her arms look like she’s gone 20 rounds with Vega prior to being called on to save the world.
And I want the buff Shep body mod as my HC is that she’d be more muscular. And the Kaidan shirt and jeans mod. And maybe some different hair colours. And more retextures….trying to not get ahead of myself here…
But I am so thrilled to have cracked the basics! I was so excited I crashed my game with the flycam. Lots of love to the wonderful modders who make this happen. Making these into DLCs made everything super easy.
shepard:only permitted to drive on flat terrain due to habitual use of thrusters while reaching apexes of hills. further allowances are made while engaging thresher maws because to quote wrex, "only shepard is that crazy".
kaidan:granted nickname "roadtrip" by garrus after being the designated driver in mountainous areas due to his tendency to find paths around versus straight up. otherwise on hand to repair whatever breaks after shepard rolls them off another cliff.
ashley:permanently and unanimously banned from driving after asking the party if they ever thought about god while piloting too close to magma on therum.
garrus:handles the main gun. known to pout and pull his shots to the right on purpose while on foot if not allowed to handle the main gun.
wrex:relegated to the rear seats after intentionally bumping around the cabin too much while making comments about tomkahs having "a much smoother ride".
liara:has been requested thirty-seven times by squadmates not to argue with the mako vi when it is detailing local planetary history.
tali:hops out "just to flag a mineral deposit". spends the next fifteen minutes blasting an ambushing colossus with a shotgun while clinging to the roof.