1530: X-Com: Mass Effect: Chapter 6 & 7Posted: September 13, 2016
Ert: Well, we’re almost over. And there’s not that much this time around. With any luck our suffering will be over soon.
Nora: Plans for next week?
Ert: Unclear. I considered doing his rewrite of this story and just counting it as one big story, but I’m not sure I want to. It’d be retreading old ground basically. I’m tired of stuffing the ballot box for the Sucktastic Awards with EP stories, the Final Hunt got taken down, Persona 3 Trade Me hasn’t updated since I finished with it, and everything else I’ve rifted in the last three years I fully covered. I’m gonna have to go fishing for new stuff.
Goeth: Maybe we should try something anime related. There’s not too much of that on the library.
Ert: Fics about anime? No. Anime inspired stuff? Not so much. But still, it’s worth a look. Maybe Full Metal Alchemist and…I always wanted to do Berserk.
Nora: You do that and we’re gonna be putting trigger warnings up just because the base material is that dark.
Ert: It’s just a though.
Advanced apologies, this is a short chapter, more to get me back in the swing of writing for X-Com: Mass Effect then anything else.
Goeth: And then the chapter after this one was the last.
However I decided that just giving the information was boring and probably not fun to read,
Ert: *Swears angrily in the distance*
Nora: Little late to realize that Dragon.
so I gave part of it (the bigger part) in the form of a short story, set after Shepard stormed off the Citadel.
This story is assuming that A. The Citadel has powerful biological scanners and B. That they can partially pierce the Novus armor and jamming equipment
Ert: Assuming? Why is the story assuming anything? The story is the one that decides what is and what isn’t going on. Like the fact that Novus armor can withstand scanners aiming to look at their biology. That’s a thing that’s a fact. APPARENTLY!
Goeth: If it was an ability established before it was buried under all of the other special toys Novus had.
Exposition Chapter 2
Novus Biology – Part I
An interview between respected STG biologist Terdan Solus and the Citadel Council, three days after the declaration of the Batarian Nightmare
Ert: I guess if you’re committing genocide, you want a term that makes it sound like it’s the victim’s fault, or that they deserve it.
Nora: And do we really need more info on Novus biology? We had to wade through quite a few insufferable info dumps to get to this point in the story. We’ve had our fill.
Councilor Tevos: Operative Solus, you have called us here as you have finished running through the scans of the Novus taken by the Citadel Scanners, what can you tell us about them?
Operative Solus: They have been Genetically Altered. There is no other explanation. They have multiple organs that would not naturally evolve in a Class-7 Mammalian as they appear to be.
Goeth: You make science cry.
Nora: What’s a class-7 mammalian?
Goeth: The tears of science. And nonsense.
Also the Insectoid and Reptilian dermal enhancements would not be possible on such a being. Also they are a very Militaristic race.
Ert: He’s telling them this three days after they started to exterminate the entire Batarian race. NO SHIT SHERLOCK!
Goeth: Stop trying to slot unknown lifeforms into preexisting slots. That’s now how you study alien lifeforms.
Councilor Meticulus: How can you tell?
Ert: You mean ASIDE from the giant warships, ten years of mandatory military service, and the FUCKING GENOCIDE!?
OS: Many of their enhancements are combat oriented. There are venom glands in the upper palate and they have acidic substance producing glands fused with their salivary glands, making their saliva very acidic. However that could also be to allow them to eat mineral rich substances as well. They have a secondary heart that is capable of sustaining them until their primary heart has repaired, or at least that’s what I assume it is for. They have signs of Neurological alterations the purposes of which I can’t even speculate as they are so different to any other being I have ever encountered. There is one thing however that stood out.
Goeth: How do you know that these are enhancements? They could be part of their natural evolution for all you know. You’re making uneducated assumptions. Par for the course with you, but it still sickens me.
Councilor Yelena: What was it?
OS: That only two of the Novus present were actually capable of reproducing, their Queen Shepard and the male that stood directly to her right.
Nora: Ok, I think we can say that assuming that the Council had the technology to figure this out with an idle scan was a stupid idea.
It is possible that they don’t only have some physical appearance traits from their Insectoid DNA, but are actually caste based. The fact that only Shepard and the male, have ten spinal glands confirms this. The rest all had six spinal glands.
Ert: There are possible alternatives to why some Novus could have more spinal glands than others. Goeth?
Goeth: Genetic defects, receive genes, mutations, a late developmental stage, a subspecies, simply being a different trait. Any number of things.
CM: These ‘Spinal’ glands, do you have a hypothesis as to their purpose?
Operative Solus shakes his head: No, I do not. They add something to the bloodstream and the nervous system of the Novus, that I can say with certainty, but as to what it is? I cannot tell, the sensors were unable to properly recognize the additive as it is so common in the Novus bloodstream and even in some of their cells that the scanners couldn’t lock on.
Ert: Well that was a waste of time. Novus has something in their bloodstream. No idea what, but it is there.
Nora: Huge help.
CT: Is there anything else you would like to mention?
Nora: Well he didn’t say “That’s all” so thank you for the stupid question Councilor.
OS nods: Yes. Their Natural habitat is undecipherable, theoretically they could live in almost any conditions. They have glands and nodes that allows them to acclimate to any temperatures between Absolute Zero and 1,500 degrees Celsius.
Ert: Oh sweet Crystal Dragon Jesus. I’d like to know how either Novus or the Council would know that. Particularly since Absolute Zero is, as far as we know, simply a theoretical state of being. We have yet to see it occurring naturally. So did they artificially create absolute zero just to see if it would kill a drone?
They could even survive in total Vacuum for up to six hours before it becomes detrimental to their bodies.
Goeth: How do their nonsense abilities protect them from decompression?
Nora: Magic or something.
Their lungs also appear to be able to properly exchange gases in any atmosphere, there are also hints of ‘gills’ that would allows them to survive underwater.
Ert: Oh my fucking God.
Small alterations to their skeleton, musculature and epidermis allows them to survive any pressure below one hundred and five standard atmospheres.
Ert: OH MY FUCKING GOD!
Simply put. There is no planet they cannot colonize if they really want to. They even have the ability to ‘vent’ excess radiation to prevent mutations and radiation poisoning and/or sickness.
Ert: FUCKING! FUCKING FUCKINF FUCKING FUCKINF CUFKIN FULINF FUKICNG FUCKING FUCK!
Nora: No planet they can’t colonize? Ok then, go colonize Venus. Let me know how you though it when it starts snowing metal. Or that one planet where it rains molten glass.
Goeth: If there’s no planet they can’t colonize, why did they develop that laughable terraforming technology?
The Councilors all show apprehension in their species manner (A/N Basically, they all go pale)
Ert: *Smacks author* NO! You’re already pushing my patience with this script style of writing, keep your fucking author’s notes out of it!
CY: Are all of the species that the Novus lead like this?
OS: No. In fact all of their allies are similar to Council species.
Nora: Except not really.
The closest to the Novus is the Sangheili. But that comparison is similar to comparing the power of a Station Tug to a Dreadnought, that is to say, while they are both living beings the difference in biology is vast.
Ert: In reality me comparing the two of them was utterly pointless and I’m not sure why I did it.
OS pauses for a secondary
OS: One last thing. There are signs of genetic drift, when the ships appeared at the Citadel. Ten had crews that shared genetic markers above ninety-eight percent with Shepard, however the remaining ships only had a ninety-six percent similarity.
Goeth: No. You did not get readings that detailed, and even if you did you did not have time to analyze them in three days.
Therefore it can be deducted that each ‘clan’ of the Novus is different.
Nora: No it can’t.
Thus, what might work on one clan, won’t necessarily work on another.
Ert: What’s this what you speak of? Elaborate Dragon! This is an EXPLAINING chapter after all!
Taking into account clan inter-breeding and generational differences. There might be as many as forty-seven hundred (4700) sub-species of Novus with different traits and differences in appearance.
Ert: So clans are different fucking sub-species now? There aren’t enough words in the dictionary for this level of stupid.
Goeth: I’ll add a couple, even things out.
However, given how little we know of their society and population estimates. That number could be as high as ten to twenty thousand.
Nora: When it should be zero.
A/N: Since this might be confusing to some, I’ll explain it in a more simple format.
Ert: JESUS FUCKING CHRIST AUTHOR! The entire fucking point of this chapter was to explain shit! And you couldn’t even do THAT right? GOD!
At the beginning of the Novus there were Eleven Clans, before they left the Earth that rose to Eighteen, now each of those Eighteen clans is a sub-species of the Novus.
Goeth: No. No they are not. Explain how any of those sub-species are actually different. Explain what genetic divergence there is? And how there can be such radical genetic drifting in so little time.
Nora: Probably something about that speech Shepard gave about how Novus was everything. Even though she was talking about social and cultural matters.
They have slightly different genetic alterations and have altered their appearance slightly for personal or cultural reasons.
Ert: Because vague.
Nora: Vague and stupid.
From each clan there is the possibility of seventeen more sub-species from inter-breeding between the clan, leading to after one generation a total number of Three Hundred and Six (306) new clans and sub-species.
Which leads to their being three hundred and five possible new sub-species with each clan for the next generation. Leading to 93,330 possible clan and sub-species combinations, naturally not every clan will inter-breed with one another and some will remain ‘in house’ so to speak. But it is an exponential growth.
To sum this up
Ert: I have no idea how interbreeding works, nor do I have any idea how this species is realistically maintained, I am giving my species reproduction rates that would certainly lead to overpopulation and extinction, also I’m changing the way clans work on the fly.
Generation 1: Eleven clans/sub-species (11)
Generation 2: Eighteen clans/sub-species (18)
Goeth: Ok, the clans being sub-species makes no sense, as clans don’t form new clans with new generations, but at least the numbers are somewhat believable.
Generation 3: Three Hundred and Six clans/sub-species (306)
Goeth: And then this happened. And it only gets worse from here.
Generation 4: Ninety Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Thirty clans/sub-species (93,330)
Generation 5: Eight Billion, Seven Hundred and Ten Million, Three Hundred and Ninety Five Thousand, Five Hundred and Seventy clans/sub-species (8,710,395,570)
Generation 6: 7.5,870,991 to the nineteenth power or 7,587,099,100,000,000,000,000,000,000 clans/sub-species of Novus.
Ert: I’m trying to figure out how we went from a less than 66% to a I refuse to do the math for these numbers percent increase.
Now you can see how the Novus grow so quickly, especially if you take away the possibility of population decline through, old age, starvation and other causes of death.
Nora: Yeah question, why is starvation not an issue? I know old age isn’t an issue because the spine thing created immortality and can turn any metal into gold and raise the dead, but why do they not need to eat. Don’t tell me they can photosynthesize or something.
Ert: I’m holding my head and groaning, wondering if this is the author making up new crap or there’s so much super, special awesome bullshit
The total population of the Novus would easily reach (taking into consideration an average of five thousand Novus per clan) by the Sixth generation they would have a population of:
(I HAZ NUMBERS counter: Infinite)
Ert: Just fuck you.
Goeth: And the only way these numbers are possible is if the previous number is multiplied to the power of itself. Which, needless to say, is not how breeding works.
That’s quite a lot, but it would most likely be much higher.
The Councilors all gasp as the implications of that reach them.
Nora: The stupid, stupid implications.
CT: Goddess, the Novus could easily out number the Krogan within just a few decades.
Ert: Nowadays that isn’t much of an accomplishment anymore. But this author doesn’t seem to know much about Mass Effect
Goeth: Or reproduction.
OS: Quite possibly, yes. However they appear to show immense ability at self-restraint and personal control.
After all, Shepard only killed Batarians, she could easily have killed everything on the Citadel with the power displayed.
Ert: *Rolls eyes* Total self control right there.
Nora: Yeah. I mean they could have killed NO ONE but that wouldn’t be half as satisfying.
Recommend that no aggressive actions are taken. Unlike Krogan, Genophage would not effect Novus, their ability to adapt naturally and Genetically alter themselves to adapt is beyond Salarian ability to predict. Not to mention, is possible that Novus already possess an Immunity to the Genophage.
Ert: This is why I made a design for the Novus Empire in Stellaris and am trying to kick their asses.
Goeth: I’m honestly surprised that he hasn’t made it so that Novus defecates uranium.
Nora: Immune to something they’ve never encountered. Because that’s how it works.
Councilor Yelena frowns: How?
OS: Simple, they studied the Krogan
Ert:…..WHEN!? FUCKING WHEN!? They’ve been in contact with the Council for DAYS! ARE YOU FUCKIN HONESTLY TELLING ME THAT THE MENAAGED TO GET A CUFKCING CURE FUCKING GENOPHAGE IN THREE UFCING DAYS!? FPR REAL!? FICK YUO!
. With Novus Medical technology and ability at Genetic manipulation. Would be child’s play for them to create an artificial immunity to the Genophage. That is, if they don’t already possess a Natural immunity to it.
Nora: Which is it? Do they have a natural immunity or an artificial one? There’s a big difference.
Goeth: A vaccine fort he Genophage in a matter of days, or just happening to be immune to it. Which one makes less sense?
Nora: Oh boy. Close race.
Their Immune systems are beyond anything any other species possesses. There are signs that several Class-9 Toxins
Ert: Oh suck a dick. Or lick a pussy. Whichever you’re least comfortable with.
are present in their bodies, this shows that they are able to withstand toxins of a virulence that no other Council Species, barring the Krogan, can.
Simply put Councilors, We cannot effect
Ert: AFFECT! AFFECT! Affect=the verb, effect = the result of the verb! GET IT RIGHT!
the Novus with our current Biological weapons arsenal. Their bodies are just too resilient for anything we have to effect them. Not to mention their own biological weapons are probably on a magnitude that we cannot even imagine.
Nora: No, no-no-no Dragon, we do not want to hear about
Interview ends with much fearful muttering and curses.
Ert: Yeah. No. Just no. Three paragraphs on what a handshake is? No. Fuck off. Just no. No. Fuck off. Fuck off. *Takes a deep breath* Ok. Let’s try and cover it.
Although no-one has commented on it (yet) some people might wonder as to the importance of the Handshake between Shepard and the Turian Councilor Meticulus.
Ert: Ok, fuck it no. TL;DR, handshake = no weapons. I am not doing the whole thing. No. No. No.
It is amazing how so many of our simple gestures of today have very in-depth meanings and historical importance behind them.
But I wonder, who knows the significance of the song ‘Ring around the Rosie’?
Ert: *Rolls eyes* I learned it in fucking high-school, it’s about the Black Death. Are you done with the lecture and ready to get on with the actual fucking storytelling?
Seriously however, who does know the deeper meaning of that song?
Nora: And half of the reviews to this chapter are people pointing it out now. Thanks for that. And now, for the (thankfully) last chapter.
The Shanxi Incident Part III – Decimation
Goeth: I’m struggling to understand how it can still be called the Shanxi incident. Shanxi hasn’t been involved for a long time now.
Nora: Let’s chalk it up to laziness and move onto business.
After the spectacle of Shepard storming off the Citadel, having killed all of the Batarians aboard, the Galaxy held it’s breath and waited.
Ert: None of them do anything, but to be fair none of them really CAN do anything. Novus are so broken that fighting them would be trying to put out the sun by spitting on it.
Goeth: But that’s why we have Stellaris?
Ert: That’s why we have freaking Stellaris.
There was nothing, the war that had been promised didn’t come, after a month and a half the Batarians relaxed, thinking that the Novus had been scared off by their might.
Nora: The Batarians are not this stupid. Scared off by their might? The Batarians lost a hundred freaking warships and only took out a single Novus ship. How does that scare off anyone?
Goeth: Four eyes = four balls and no brain?
They could not have been more wrong.
Nora: Oh really? You were so SUBTLE about the whole affair.
Two months after the attack on Terra Nova, a massive fleet of Novus warships appeared suddenly mere kilometers from the outer atmosphere of the Batarian border world of Mer’Shak.
Ert: Well, ok. Let’s get it over with. We’ve been building up to it for the entire story. To quote a certain song, let the bodies hit the floor.
Goeth: I’ll start tallying.
It didn’t even take four hours, the Novus simply bombarded the planet from orbit, nothing was left but plasma scarring and radiation.
Nora: So four hours into their invasion and they’ve already crossed a line even the Ethereals didn’t.
Ert: The same could be said of the incident on the Citadel, but this is the first official military operation. So there’s that.
By the time the Batarian fleet had arrived in response to the lack of communications, all they found was a dead world.
The Batarian Hegemony immediately sent massive fleets to the outermost border of their empire, they planned to stop the Novus attack. They thought that the Novus still used the Mass Relays as a means to move through the Galaxy.
Goeth: Still? What do you mean still? They never used Mass Relays in the first place, which is what still implies.
Nora: Yeah, remember? They turned them on just to piss off the Council.
Thus they were unprepared for what happened next.
Nora: You say that like it’s some kind of profound statement, when I don’t think anyone has been ready for anything this entire story.
Ert: Reader or character.
In orbit of Batarian Industrial World Terak’Her
All was quiet, it was the cooling period. The workers of the mighty planetary factories were resting and the space lanes were clear of almost all ships, only a couple of repair tugs and two frigates on a defensive picket were present.
Goeth: I’m surprised that they aren’t making the factory workers slaves. Most fanfic writers can’t stop bringing up how Batarians own slaves.
Ert: Presumably because then this little genocide would feel hypocritical.
Nora: Particularly if non-Batarian slaves were killed.
Then, in a burst of gamma radiation and neutrinos,
Ert: Taco? Ball’s in your court.
five hundred and eleven ships erupted back into the ordinary universe, at least ordinary compared to the energetic hell from which they had just emerged.
Ert: And under what other circumstances would it not be considered ordinary.
The Frigates didn’t even have a chance, within seconds of the Novus fleet appearing they were reduced to super-heated vapor by the power of the Novus plasma weapons.
The repair tugs didn’t last much longer, they were swatted out of the sky with a negligent salvo from the Novus point defense systems.
Goeth: Even the genocide is getting a little lazy by this point. I remember last chapter we got detailed descriptions on how Batarian ships were being torn apart. Now it just says “then they died, the end.”
Ert: Well I keep making masturbation jokes, so reader? Imagine a joke that involves placid cocks here.
Then, came the iron rain.
Goeth: Note: will most likely not be iron. Will most likely be an alloy of some kind.
From orbit nearly forty thousand Novus troops jumped from their ships, relying on their shielding, inertial dampeners and super-human constitutions to let them survive.
Nora: And they would realistically all burn up.
Goeth: Very quickly.
Ert: And forty thousand people is a pathetically small number to invade a city with, let alone a planet.
As they fell through the sky of Terak’Her, six thin long sheets of membrane extended from their backs, although they were shaped similar to the wings of a Dragonfly, these membranes were not used for flight, not entirely.
Ert: *Smashes face into desk* And you waited until just now to bring up this stupid bullshit for no reason I take it? Oh wait, you just thought of it. Just like everything in this story.
They served two purposes, first they allowed the Novus to control their descent and second, they expelled the excess heat that atmospheric friction was forcing upon the Novus, even in their armor they would have overheated from the transition from orbit to surface.
Nora: And they can do that. Because they can. No logic, rhyme or reason, or even a throwaway bit of technobabble. They can just do that.
Goeth: I feel like my life’s work is being mocked.
The Batarian forces on the surface were unprepared, they had expected an orbital bombardment, followed by a number of dropships, that was how battle had been done for the last several hundred years after all.
Ert: Except it isn’t, because orbital bombardment had been outlawed by the Council. Besides, when you bombard something from orbit, then you’ve moved into the field of “I want everything on that planet dead,” area.
They didn’t even contemplate the possibility of a race being so technologically and physiologically advanced that they could jump from orbiting starships and land on a planet without burning up in the atmosphere.
Nora: Presumably because they didn’t
When the Novus forces slammed into the surface, the local Batarian forces did the most logical thing they could think of.
Ert: Shoot them?
Ert: Whatever, I stopped caring a long time ago.
In their thousands the once proud Batarian Planetary Defense Force (PDF) ran, they almost made it forty meters (43.7 Yards) before the Novus opened fire.
Nora: We kind of figured.
Ert: Mainly because it wasn’t a very fucking hard or worthwhile concept to figure out. AND SHUT THE FUCK UP WITH THE NUMBERS!
Then the Batarians learned just how weak they really were.
Goeth: It took them this long to figure it out, huh?
Ert: I’m honestly surprised that they still aren’t in denial about the reality of the situation.
The Batarian infantry barriers were not developed with plasma weaponry in mind and thus were overwhelmed by the sheer might of the assault that the Novus guns launched upon them.
In less then ten minutes nearly two hundred thousand Batarian PDF soldiers were cut down by the Novus assault.
Ert: And how many Novus soldiers jizzed their pants when they did this? Also, each Novus soldiers killing five Batarians in ten minutes? No.
Then the Novus advanced, in their thousands. Without any orders vocalized they marched upon the Batarians.
Those who fought or were military were cut down, several Blood Pack units that were planet-bound attempted to fight off the invasion. They didn’t even manage to drop the shields of any of the Novus.
Nora: Oh great, now Novus is pushing the Krogan species further and further into extinction. Because they happened to be on the wrong planet at the wrong time. Our heroes ladies and gentlemen.
Ert: If they didn’t have bullshti immune systems-
Goeth: And bullshit everything else
Ert: I’d so support using the Genophage on them.
The battle for Terak’Her was short, vicious and decisive.
It took less then twenty-four hours for the planet to fall, specialized CPS-Corvettes were used to take nearly forty million Batarian prisoners to a nearby storage facility where they were placed into cryo-stasis.
Ert: Fuck you. Fuck you! FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU! FUCKING FUCK YOU! First of all, moving forty-million people with FTL drives that need time to cool down? No! Second of all, pretending that you have the moral high ground after everything that you’ve done. FUCK NO! You already bombarded a planet to atoms and killed every last Batarian on the Citadel. Now you’re pretending that you’re good guys? Three, what’s the plan? Hold the entire Batarian species hostage? Jesus Christ, now they’re abducting people, just like the Ethereals. They’re just like the Ethereals.
Nora: And they had forty million cryo pods lying around. You know. Just in case.
Or course that wasn’t the entire offense, in a complete violation of every rule of battle that the Council Races knew, the Novus struck at six different planets simultaneously.
Goeth: Because that’s how logistics and strategy works.
Nora: And they apparently have thousands upon thousands of ships to do with this. Sure, why not?
And conquered all of them with no losses,
Ert: I should not want to see mass graves being filled. This story makes me want that with Novus. I want Novus to die so badly it scares me a little.
this wasn’t what the Batarians were expecting. On the dawn of the second day of battle, eight more worlds were placed under siege. Three of those worlds were military strongholds, the Batarian military managed to hold the Novus off for two days without problem… or so they thought.
Ert: Ok, so what’s the plan? Do you want to kidnap the entire Batarian species, or do you want to exterminate them like you said originally?
Nora: Why do I get the feeling Shepard is giving conflicting orders and giving her horse a position of power.
The Novus had been waiting for their Hyperwave FTL drives to lose their Contradiction so they could jump again and had decided on the morale destroying choice of giving their enemies hope, just so they could snatch it away from them.
Goeth: I’m struggling to figure out how any of the Batarians could have hope at this point, or how it could be crushed if they did.
Nora: Seriously, they’re either blind to reality or not. Pick one. Also, why crush their hope. You’ve managed to devastate hundreds of millions without a single loss. If you’re trying to make everything as hopeless as possible, then you’re just sadists.
On the fourth day of the war, the Novus deployed Titans, these twenty-one foot tall Mechs were walking monsters. The Titans’ shields shrugged off all damage the Batarians did to it and their Plasma cannons and mortars annihilated whole battalions of the Batarian forces.
Nora: Mortars? Massive mechs and you give them something as cheap and underwhelming as mortars?
Goeth: Someone doesn’t know how to war.
The Penultimate battle of the war was fought on the fortress world of Renmak’Her, Five Thousand Novus warships dropped out of FTL within the defense picket of the Batarian Navy.
Ert: Oh why stop there? Why not make it eleventy billion warships, and that turns out to be only 1% of the Novus fleet, and the rest already conquered every single planet in the universe without anyone else noticing.
Nora: Ert, no giving him ideas.
Four Batarian Dreadnoughts fell before the navy could even respond.
The Batarian’s thought their odds of survival couldn’t get any worse at that point.
Goeth: And they’re right. Anything more would just be Novus showing off.
Ert: Let’s get to Novus showing off.
The Novus, having judged the Batarian resolve with near perfect accuracy, dropped their ultimate ground based weapon.
Behemoth war machines standing nearly one hundred and eighty feet tall, with powerful shields that even some Citadel Dreadnought captains would beg for.
The Batarian defenses didn’t fall, they didn’t collapse, they didn’t vanish, they weren’t crushed, annihilated, decimated or eliminated.
Goeth: This story has a stunning lack of perspective for the very things that it creates. The colossi are actually the most underwhelming Novus creation we’ve seen so far compared to their warships.
It simply, ceased to exist once the Colossi started landing.
The Colossi didn’t even falter when they hit the enormous Mass Effect Kinetic Barriers protecting each Batarian City, they just walked right through them like they weren’t even there.
Ert: Probably because you didn’t establish them.
That’s all for now.
Death and Rebirth
As sad (and probably unsurprising) as it is, I am regretfully putting X-Com: Mass Effect to sleep, simply because it became a pretty shitty story due to a lot of things, all of which are my fault in the end.’
Ert: True, true and fucking true.
So that’s it for X-Com: Mass Effect, sorry to all you faithful readers who kept with me.
However, I’ve decided to give the idea (Humanity being rewritten into a powerful semi-insectoid race with advanced technology) another go.
Ert: And it still sucks.
While the idea is the same there will be many differences, some of which I will list now, however to those of you who are not interested and don’t wish to continue reading, I bid a fond farewell and hope that you find some awesome stories to read.
To everyone else here are the differences.
Ert: Yeah no, fuck off.
Nora: And we are finally, thankfully, done.
Ert: That…was…bad. You might notice that I wasn’t saying much towards the end…not much TO say. This finale was fucking underwhelming. Welp. Off to find more crap to review.