for thessia

“She’s as smart as I am. She plays the violin, loves the adagio movement of Nielsen’s fifth, just like I do.”

I like to think that Oriana’s love of music led her to find a special role in helping the galaxy rebuild after the Reaper war. (Titles inspired by The Planets, by Holst.)

[@meflashfanwork​ March theme: music]

me3 gets a lot of shit but lets remember how many just fucking great and intense scenes there were

  • Leaving Earth as it’s torn apart
  • Moving passed your differences with Ash/Kaidan, only to see them nearly killed while you let your guard down for just a minute
  • Seeing the destruction of Palaven from Menae
  • Watching Mordin sacrifice himself, all while singing Scientist Salarian
  • Having to hold a gun up to the Virmire Survivor, knowing full well that if they don’t trust you, you will kill them.
  • Thane’s dying prayer.
  • Shepard, tortured and plagued every night by the same nightmare, only getting worse every time someone else passes.
  • The slowly growing list on the Normandy’s memorial wall.
  • Tali, taking off her mask, finally home.
  • Watching Kai Leng escape your grasp on Thessia, as more Reapers descend, the asari commando on your line screaming as they’re attacked until the feed cuts completely.
  • The return to Horizon, to see that the people there, once attacked by the Collectors, have now been experimented on, tortured.
  • Watching Miranda stand up and kill her father, finally ending a lifetime’s worth of torment.
  • Returning to Earth to see it, decimated, grey, coated in ash and the blood of the innocent.
  • Shepard, giving the crew one last speech, as they all gather in to listen, ready to follow them into hell and back.
  • Shepard, saying good bye to their friends and loved ones. They know this is it for them; if anyone is going to die for the mission, it’s them.
  • Shepard, painfully tearing away from their squad during the run for the beam. It’s their mission now–they can live on without them.
  • “I’m proud of you.”

It’s International Women’s Day!

So there you go, favorite moments of women supporting women in Mass Effect:
-Ashley telling Shepard she’s going to talk to Liara as soon as she hears Liara might not be well after the fall of Thessia
-Kasumi telling Shepard to be gentle with Miranda
-Tali saying “I’m not staying, I’m coming with you” right after getting Rannoch back
-“We can’t pretend to be anything other than troubleshooting space divas” “You know, that does sound pretty cool.”
-Tali introduced in a mission as the one handling hacking and security and Liara complimenting her, saying “we couldn’t ask for a better expert”
-Kasumi saying she gets Jack after doing her loyalty mission
-Actually all of Kasumi’s comments because she always has something sweet to say about the women around her, about how cute and great they are and how it’s necessary to be good to them all. Bless you Kasumi!
-Samara about Miranda: “Miranda is undoubtedly a hard woman. I respect her strength and determination. She carries many burdens, and doesn’t share them with others.”
-EDI asking Shepard to keep Samantha on board because she’s “extremely effective" 
-That place on Aria’s couch, the one she keeps for Shepard if she drinks too much at Purgatory
-Diana and Samantha constantly talking to each other despite us never seeing them in the same room, and they’re both curious about what the other is doing
-EDI saying tmi information about Samantha in front of others and Tali trying to save Sam by immediately starting a conversation about the rarity of herbed dextro cheeses.
-Jack and Miranda bickering in the Citadel party, getting past their previous conflict
-Nyreen and Shepard bonding over their need to protect innocents
-Shepard complimenting Samantha a lot, telling her "good catch”, “good job”, etc, making sure Sam knows her hard work is appreciated
-Jack telling Shepard she won’t let her down
-Ashley and Shepard no longer keeping count: “Lost count of all the times you saved me”  "Almost as many times as you saved me, hero lady.“
-"It’s been an honor, Tali'Zorah vas Normandy.”
-Urdnot Bakara telling Shepard that “Urdnot Bakara calls you a friend”

Feel free to add more :)

there are so many things about this that I hate but if I don’t post it now it’ll just skulk in my WIP folder so HERE have some gorgeous liara modelling some plus-size outfits I found on the internet!

feat. “alternate casino heist dress” “the smart-casual shadow broker” “springtime on thessia” “blue beach babe bikini booty” “the cutest dang archaeologist ya ever met” and “that’s DOCTOR t’soni to you!”

I was gonna put my usual disclaimer on here but you know what? fuck that. if you gotta problem with liara not being skinny then you can fight me and all the people who’ve left tags on my other drawings saying how much they love chubby!liara. we’ll be waiting for you.

The Mass Effect LI's and where they'd want to marry Shepard
  • Ashley: Nice church wedding, dress blues instead of tux and dress. There's rifles involved somewhere.
  • Kaiden: Somewhere on Earth (coughCanadaprobablycough)
  • Liara: Somewhere on Thessia. In one of the pretty garden pavilions, probably. That or a library...
  • Tali: "Rannoch, obviously, let's get on this shit so we're the first!"
  • Jack: "Is Vegas stil standing, because that's where we're fucking going".
  • Miranda: Somewhere classy, like maybe on Illium or some ish like that.
  • Traynor: Also a classy kind of girl. Maybe somewhere in London (if its rebuilt, of course).
  • Cortez: Doesn't matter. Something small and nice is fine.
  • ...
  • Garrus: "Let's get married on the fucking Normandy."

Confession:  Alright, now don’t get pissed off at me for this but honestly I never have liked the council, everyone ignores Shepard until the reapers actually come.. Then when the council are asked for help they pretty much are all for humans being killed, not caring when humans are taken by the collectors in ME2. Tevos irritated me the most, literally she pretty much says the asari can’t help, until Thessia is in trouble and it feels like only then does she see the error in her way… I feel like if the asari did share knowledge of their Prothean Beacon more lives could have been saved and all…

Head canons for Ascella Ryder
On Voeld
After the events on meridian in a week timeframe

- Ascella takes some ice skates and skates on voeld
some angara: wow what’s she doing?
Another angara: how can she move around on such thin metal and not fall down?
Ascella: *not a moment later falls flat on her bum*
Angara: nvm
- Ascella, Cora, and Liam get ice skates too and more after modifying them for other aliens. Spends days teaching angara and other Milky Way aliens to skate.
- Ascella takes turns skating with each of her crew mates
- gets yelled at by tann for taking to many days off for what he calls nonsense
- “ I just restored this fucking cluster, died 3 times I’m taking this fucking vaca” Ascella is having non of your shit
- the nexus council come to voeld to “investigate”

- drack teaches kesh how to skate
- Cora teaches the Asari pathfinder how to skate while either in intense fangirl mode or hard core commando teaching

-peebee avoiding Lexi
- peebee keeps falling down and Lexi keeps trying to see if she’s ok
- suvi is the most graceful skater
- suvi take peebees hand and helps teach her to skate
- peebee is fucking mesmerized and falls in love with suvi and her grace on the ice

- kallo and vetra both working together to keep balance on the ice
- “ put more weight on the left”
- “NOT MY LEFT! YOUR LEFT”
- “aHHHH” “ahAHAHAAA”
- they’re butts get really bruised by the end but I don’t think they want anymore ice on their butts

- vetra and ascella teach Sid how skate (sids loving being able to both get family time with her sister and skate with Ascella)
- Ascella and Scott are skating together, getting some of that much needed family time

- Liam and Gil are having a skating contest with some angara

- Ascella teaches jaal how to skate after he gets the hang of it they skate together.
- when she is in the motion of falling down, half the time jaal successfully catches her half the time he falls with her

- Tann stands in the snow with Addison as they’re both being cranky bums, Addison caves in and joins in on the skating, usually skates with Kesh
- Tann finally joins in too, Kandros and the salarian pathfinder help him how to skate after seeing him have troubles

- moshae sjefa and evfra are watching from the side lines
- jaal drags moshae on the ice and teaches her to skate
- after moshae gets the hang of it she drags evfra onto the ice
- moshae hands evfra to Ascella
-“stupid human alien activities”
-cranky kitty is still cranky kitty

- after all the pathfinders get use to ice skating try decide to have a race, no tech or biotics allowed and no SAM helping.
- Ascella wins, mostly because she was the pathfinder always on the field while the others did mostly stuff that required staying on their ship
- the pathfinders spend a day skating together

- at the end of the day all head to the nexus outpost and the humans and Asari have hot chocolate
-turians, krogans, and salarians have their version of hot chocolate, I don’t know how similar angara are to the other races so they have whatever their version of hot chocolate would be.
- the pathfinders are all sitting together
- the nexus council sit in close proximity of the pathfinders
- the nexus council once again are arguing, but they’re arguing about what was the best part of this vaca
- the tempest crew sits on the other side of all the pathfinders
- moshae sjefa and evfra sit with the pathfinders, they’d sit with the council but they don’t like the arguing
- they spend a good amount of time talking and watching the northern lights

-the tempest crew head back to the tempest and all settle down in the crew quarters
- peebees on a top bunk
-suvi on the other top bunk
- lexi is sitting on one of the desk chairs
- jaal is sitting on the other desk chair
- drack is sitting on the lounge chair
-Gil and Scott are sitting on the floor between the bunk beds leaning on them
- vetra, sid and Ascella are on the bottom bunk
- Liam and Cora are both on the other bottom bunk

- they’re all telling stories from their home planet/ story they grew up with
- Lexi is trying to tell an old story from thessia (even tho she grew up on omega)
- peebee keeps saying “nuh uh that’s not how it went” “ how would you know? You grew up on omega”
- “well my mom told me these stories duh peebee”
- vetra gets up and puts duck tape over mouth
- peebee pouts for the rest of the story but at the end she takes it off
- peebee tells another story from thessia
-everybody hesitatingly nods at the end because peebee kept skipping details so they don’t understand what the hell she was talking about
- drack tells stories from tuchanka and from the war with the turians
- vetra tells stories from her times as a smuggler when she was young
- Sid tells stories that her sister told her when she was young
- Cora tells stories from her time with the huntresses
-Liam tells stories of his time in crisis response
-Gil tells stories from his childhood
-Ascella tells stories from when she was peacekeeping on the prothean digs
- jaal tells stories from his childhood and from his time with the resistance
- Cora, Liam, Gil and Ascella all tell old earth folktales and history
- Cora tells stories from Nordic folklore and Japanese history
- Liam tells stories from North American and Nigerian folklore and history - Suvi tells stories of Celtic folklore and British history - Gil tells stories of European history and Chinese folklore
-Ascella tells Greek mythology and North American history
- vetra and Sid pip up when Ascella starts talking about the Greek goddess Nyx (the whole reason she wanted to talk about Greek mythology was to see their reaction)

- after a long story telling session they end up all sleeping in the crew quarters
- vetra and Sid sleep on the bottom bunk
- suvi and peebee both sleep on a top bunk
- Gil and kallo sleep on a bottom bunk
- Lexi and Cora sleep on the other bottom bunk
- jaal sleeps on the lounge chair and Ascella sleeps on him, using him as a pillow
- drack and Scott sleep leaning against on the floor (don’t worry they’re against a wall, Scott won’t be crushed)
- Ascella gets up to use the washroom, she sees everyone and gets Sam to take pictures
- but Sam has been taking pics of the whole vaca

- when everybody is up they all head to the galley for breakfast
- Vetra, Ascella and Drack make breakfast
- the galley is fucking crowded

- and so a new holiday is formed on voeld