1821: The Lone Wolf Of The Normandy — Chapter Eight

Title: The Lone Wolf of the Normandy
Author: SSJ Lone Wolf
Media: Games
Topic: Halo / Mass Effect
Genre: Sci-Fi/Adventure
URL: Chapter 8
Critiqued by
AdmiralSakai and JLT. Troy Fisher

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Last time on The Lone Wolf of the Normandy a whole lotta stupid went down, as in between regurgitated canonical get-to-know-you conversations with the Normandy squad it was revealed that Jane Shepard has an enormous Gary Stu of a brother named “Blaze” who is off fighting batarians somewhere; that The Illusive Man is actually an Admiral in the UNSC Navy who got plotholed into the Mass Effect universe many years before Six did; that he’s got Miranda busy trying to recruit the Spartans into Cerberus for no real reason that I can tell; and that Jun is reacting to these attempts with displays of gratuitous bloodshed sufficient to make Logan-B312 proud. Oh yeah, and the ‘relationship’ between Logan and Shepard continues to chug along its well-oiled rails with the fell inevitability of a WWI troop-train destined for the trenches of Verdun.

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Collateral Douchebag Counter: 19

Chapter Eight is called ‘The Return Of Noble’, which really doesn’t make any sense if you think about it because if you count ‘Noble’ as Jun and Logan they’ve been returned for a while now and if you count ‘Noble’ as all of them there’s still a bunch of dead ones missing.”

It had been around a week since the ground team had rescued Liara T’soni.

Which means we are… where, exactly? All we know is that seven hours after said rescue (at 23:45 hours on some day) it had been two days since Noble Six had slept, and that he hadn’t eaten since he’d come aboard the Normandy. And that all of this is happening sometime in the year 2183.

In that time the crew had been getting to know each other a little better as they would be working with each other for the foreseeable future until they took down Saren before he could find the conduit and bring the Reapers back…whatever those were.

Except for the fact that Six already knows what the Reapers are thanks to the power of Stu!

Hemmm.”

Oh. Right. Except that Six didn’t tell her what the Reapers are, again thanks to the power of Stu!

Six had spent most of his time alone and in the hanger bay, Jane, Tali, Garrus and Liara had come and spoke to him a few times trying to know the quiet Spartan. The lieutenant didn’t really say much to them and continued to maintain his and the Normandy weapons…it was slightly relaxing to do something that seemed natural to him.

But only slightly relaxing, mind you. More than minorly relaxing, but not quite partially relaxing either.

Waiting for the elevator to reach the hanger bay was Commander Shepard and Doctor Chakwas. They were heading to see Noble Six as he hadn’t had his medical exam since he had arrived on the ship and as a member of Shepard’s crew, she wanted to make sure everybody was at full health.

Ok, on one level this actually makes a lot of sense, ’cause Spartan is a complete unknown who has no medical records- or any records at all, really- which we officers would normally use to make sure he’s fit for duty and isn’t likely to just keel over and die during some critical engagement.”

On another level, though, this makes no sense at all since Shepard doesn’t know Six is a complete unknown and ordered an exam anyway, and Admiral Hackett- who does know- did not. That, and the bit specifying ‘since he had arrived on the ship’ seems to indicate she wants to have these exams done by the Normandy medical staff specifically (for some reason), and yet she’s not picking on any of the other crew for this.

Or maybe it’s like When You’re Strange, where Commander Shepard is always actively looking for excuses to order the love interest of the week to undress in front of her.

Calling it right now, all of this is just a contrived setup to get Spartan’s armor off and reveal that he looks like a fucking supermodel.”

I have taught you well.

“I’m not sure he’ll agree to this, Karin.” Jane told the Normandy doctor.” He’s never even removed his amour once since he’s been on board the Normandy. He told me that his job made him stay in his amour 24/7.”

Yeah, I know Spartans practically live in their gear, but a whole week (or longer?) is a little excessive. Especially in the hygiene department.”

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“I’ve dealt with stubborn Soldiers my entire career, Commander. Believe me, I’ll get the Spartan to agree.” Chakwas told Jane.

Well that sounds vaguely ominous.

“He’s very stubborn Karin. Plus he’s a loner, he only socialises when he has too….almost as if it’s a challage for him to talk to others.

Well, it’s clearly a challenge for The Lone Wolf Of The Normany to write reasonable dialogue, so that’s probably it.

I don’t know what life he lived to make him the way he is to everybody, but he does have a mysterious vibe to him.” Jane told her making Karin give the commander a knowing smile.

“So you want to know who’s under the amour?” She asked Jane getting a small nod.

01

It’s really not too hard to figure out.

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“Of course. I like to get to know all my crew…if their going to be serving with me then I like to known them on a personal level.” Jane said with a shrug.

“So you haven’t thought about what he looks like under all that amour? I’ve heard some of the female crew members that haven’t got a grudge against him. Are waiting to see what’s under his amour…

Why only the women, and why only the ones who don’t hate him? If he wears that getup for a solid week, it’s only natural that people are going to start wondering if there’s a Grunt on stilts underneath it or something.”

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I believe their exact were…

If he can rip a geth in half with his hands, then what would he do to us with a simple thrust?”

Probably not a great deal, actually, as the penis is not a particularly effective method of conducting kinetic energy.

Also, why does she use the word ‘us’ here? Do all of Jane Shepard’s sex fantasies involve her ship’s medical officer?”

“Chakwas told the commander making her gain a pink hue on her cheeks at the thought of the…that!

You know, Author, most Marines do in fact make it through basic training with some idea of how sex works. It’s not exactly classified information, and does not need to be treated like you could be court-martialed for mentioning the word in an unencrypted voice message.”

“Plus there was that little moment other other night with you copping a feel of his arm.” Karin teased the commander who she had known for years as she had served with her mother.

A fact that we’re hearing about now and not when she was first introduced… why, exactly?”

“What! You saw that?… I mean nothing happened Karin! We were just talking is all, About our family’s and stuff. I told him about my family and I learned that he used to have an older sister. His family are all dead…i get the feeling that it was non-humans that killed them, hence the whole Xenophobic attitude”

my_parents_are_deeaaaaaad

Huh.

Maybe Noble Stu really is like Batman.

“You told him about Blaze?” The doctor asked as she knew that Blaze was a touchy subject for her after the two’s argument about Blaze forgetting his past and have a vendetta against the Batarians for what they did to him and the other humans, and the council for allowing then to get away with it Scott free every time, they wouldn’t risk war for a few human colony’s.

A stance which, as SC pointed out quite eloquently one chapter and two riffs ago, is entirely proper and reasonable.

Also, didn’t we already read about this one chapter and two riffs ago?

“Just the photo. I’m not even sure why I did but….there’s something about him that I know I can trust.

Something, I would assume, other than the fact that he’s been lying through his teeth to you the entire time he’s been aboard your ship about who he is and where he’s from.

Plus from what I’ve seen he’s one of the greatest soldiers I’ve ever worked with. Though he could lighten up a bit.” Jane commented to Chakwas after gaining control of her flustered state.

“Don’t worry, Jane, You’ll see Blaze again soon, and I know soldiers like the lieutenant. It just how he copes with what he’s seen and done in his life….sure It’ll take a while but you have a way with people Jane. You’ll get through to him and if that doesn’t work well….you could always take him out for a drink on the citadel one day?” Katherine asked as the door opened to the hanger bay.

Sounds like a great way to become an accessory to mass murder.”

“I don’t think Six is the kind of person to go out drinking.” Jane said in amusement as they walked over to the Normandy’s resident giant who was at the weapon station dismantling and cleaning his guns….again.

“Kurt.” Jane greeted making the Spartan turn around to face her and the doctor giving them a small nod as he stood there stoically like a statue.

“Commander, Doctor.” Logan greeted to the two and wondered what they wanted as he had already had food earlier

You mean, like, a week earlier?”

Or is this a different feeding?

so he knew it wasn’t that or at least hoped it wasn’t that. He hoped they wasn’t asking him to socialise with the crew again. He was a lone wolf by nature, been that way for years and didn’t to change any way soon.

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“How are you today, Kurt?” Jane asked with a friendly smile to the Spartan.

“Fine ma’am. Can I help you?” B312 asked her, he needed to ensure the weapons were working 100% to ensure they were ready to use at a moments notice.

“Yes, I know you haven’t been on the Normandy long but it procedure to have our crew members to have a medical exam.” Jane told Six who frowned behind his helmet. He wasn’t keen on the Alliance seeing that he had been augmented or trying to talk to him about his past.

Why are they suddenly talking to him like a little kid?

I mean, yeah, he is about that intelligent, but I thought the whole point was that the crew doesn’t know that.”

“If you worried about people seeing your face. Then it’ll just be you and Doctor Chakwas in the room and nobody else. Whatever you discuss will be confidential and the only person who will see the reports are Admiral Hackett, the Doctor and with your permission myself.” Jane said to Six who stood there unsure what to do.

So she knows that Hackett doesn’t have his medical records, but doesn’t put two and two together that this means Six working for Hackett was just a paper-thin cover story.

You know, a better story could turn something like this into dramatic irony, but as it stands it just makes everybody involved look really, really dumb.

I say you should go for the examination.” Dot commented as she appeared on his visor.” I wasn’t to make sure you’re at perfect health. We don’t know if the Forerunner augmentations have had any side effects on your body. They shouldn’t have but I’d rather be safe then sorry.” Dot told him making Six release a sigh as he knew he wouldn’t be getting out off it.

Why is Dot worrying about this now and not when he first got barfed onto Eden Prime?

“I’m fine.” Six reassured his partner.

Well this way we can be a 100% sure that you are in perfect health and that your body is not rejecting the augmentation’s….I’ll sleep better knowing that your in the clear

“You don’t sleep.” Logan reminded her making her grumble at her friend.

You will take the damn test or I’ll….lock your amour down.”

“Dot.”

You like a caveman at times, you need a strong hand to make the decisions for you….

Isn’t that how the Weimar Republic fell?

I wonder if all men are like this or if it’s just Spartans?

Well, I’m offended!

“Very Well. Commander, Doctor.” Six relented but wasn’t happy about it. He felt perfectly fine so the Forerunner augmentations were good.

Ooooh, look out, we got ourselves an armchair medic right here!”

Jane however sighed in relief that Six agreed to her request. Ever since their little talk a week ago, she hoped that it would get him to socialise a bit more but like his usual MO he stayed away from the others and only spoke when he had to.

“Good, come with me then Lieutenant. It shouldn’t take long, around an hour.” Chakwas told the Spartan

Well if they’re anything like my GP, the entire medical clinic is located at the bottom of a steep gravity well where relativistic time dilation stretches “one hour” into the better part of a day.

Good luck.

getting a nod from him as Six followed the Commander and Doctor towards the elevator leaving the hanger bay.

“So, how have you been, lieutenant?” Shepard asked hoping to make conversation with the Spartan.

“Fine, Ma’am.” Six said stoically to the Commander.

“I received a message from Admiral Hackett.” Jane said to the Lieutenant making him turn his head to look at her.”Your weapons have been made with a few crates full of weapons and ammunition for them. We’ll pick them up when we head to the citadel.

Why is Hackett giving these god-mode weapons to the Normandy, which already has someone on it with more god-mode weapons than he can ever possibly use, and not to forces on those oh-so-vulnerable colonies in the Traverse.

I’m not even a desk officer and even I can figure this one out.”

We’ll be there in a few hours…also said something about somebody was there to meet you.” Shepard informed him.

“Thank you, Commander.” Six thanked her as best he could getting a smile from the Commander, though he did wonder who wanted to meet him, most probably an Alliance official that wanted to speak to him.

Ok, so, why not just tell Shepard that they’d found another Spartan in a secure message? And if Hackett doesn’t have a way of getting information to her securely, why even bring it up at all instead of just telling Shepard to meet him in person?”

“You don’t need to thank me, Kurt. We were heading there anyway.” Jane waved off his thanks. Once the elevator finally reached the top level of Normandy, the three got off before they headed to the infirmary room with the Normandy crew members stopping to look at the Normandy’s armoured giant with a lot of them hoping to see what he looked like under the amour.

You know, when we had a Spartan onboard the Hercules the rubbernecking kind of petered out by about the end of the fourth day. There’s only so much staring a Marine can do before you realize you’re not really learning any new information.”

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Amorous Counter: 105

Most off the ground team was at the table eating and drinking at the table

[BLARING ALARM BLARES]

Awwww, shit.”

Bye.

as they had been told that they would be heading to the Citadel for a few hours to pick up supplies for the mission now that they had Dextro based life form on the ship plus Shepard had told the ground team that she could take a few hours off to relax or meet friend on the Citadel if they had them.

Because clearly this would be the best time to do that, and not when they first left the Citadel with the ‘Dextro based life form’s already onboard.

“So what will you be doing when we get to the citadel?” Garrus asked the other from his seat as he was eating his food.

“I’m heading to Fist’s old place to buy some Ryncol and see a man about getting some weapon’s.” Wrex grunted.

“Well I guess I’ll head to the wards to get some suit repair kit’s in case the worst happens.” Tali said from her spot next to Garrus.

“Well i need to get some amour and weapons for our mission. The Commander told me she knew of a good place to get good quality equipment.” Liara commented to the group.

“I’m probably just walk around the Citadel, never really had the chance last time with looking for evidence against Saren and all.” Kaidan commented as he sipped on his cup of coffee.

Gosh, all the thrills of a shopping list.

“I didn’t take you for the kind of guys to take walks on the beach, sir.” Ashley teased

Giggle, giggle, giggle. *gags*”

getting a few laughs from the others at the table before turned to see Jane, Mendez and Doctor Chakwas walking past everybody before Six and Chakwas entered the infirmary and Jane walked over to the others.

“What’s going on? Is Six okay?” Tali asked in concern for the man who saved and might of developed a little hero crush on.

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“He’s fine Tali. He just going for his medical check-up. Everybody on the Normandy has one and he’s long over due for one.” Jane informed the young Quarian waving off her concerns.

So, again, if everybody on the Normandy has to have one of these why is she only picking out Six?”

Stu. And supermodel.

“Wait, you mean he’s actually coming out of his amour? And we’re all sitting here?” Ashley asked the Commander. She might not of trusted him as he attacked Alliance soldiers but even she was curious at what he looked like under the suit, was he deformed and mutated?

Or was he handsome and ripped?

Well he took down the geth and the Alliance soldiers down easily enough so she doubted he was a slob underneath the amour.

Those, apparently, are the only two options. He can’t be average-looking but physically fit, or overmuscled like a steroid case. It’s gotta be Gollum or Edward Cullen.

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“Kurt simply wants a bit of privacy, he’s not comfortable with people seeing what he looks like at the moment. ” Jane told Ashley and the others.”He told me he’s been in his suit for a very long time, It’s almost his home.” Jane told the others as somebody brought her other a cup of coffee. Tali could relate to the Spartan as most Quarian’s saw their suits as home they lived in them 24/7 after all due to their weak immune systems.

As opposed to Logan, who lives in his armor 24/7 due to his author’s weak self-esteem.

“You haven’t ever wondered what he looks like though? To see the man under the mask so to speak?” Kaidan asked her as he was a little curious about the Spartan, as while being 7’4 wasn’t impossible for a human. It was very rare.

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“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t Alenko….but we have to respect his privacy on the matter. I’m sure he’ll remove his amour in front of us soon. We just have to be patient and wait until he’s ready to do so…. I have a feeling that it’s going to be a big step for him to remove his amour in front of us.” Jane told them all as she had faith that her new crew could get Jericho to come out off his shell.

Who the hell is Jericho???”

“So what were you all talking about before I arrived?” Jane asked the group as she sipped on her coffee with her emerald green eyes looking at her fellow team members.

She sipped her coffee with her eyes?”

Heyyyyyyyy, I was wondering when we were going to get another visit from the SCP Foundation! I’ve been looking for an excuse to give Dr. Gears some pointers about keeping a few of the 100-series humanoids contained.

“Just about what we’re going to do when we’re on the Citadel.” Ashley told her getting a nod from Jane.

“So what do you think Mendez will be doing when we’re there?” Garrus asked the others.

“He’s collecting some items that he asked Hackett to make him, weapons, ammo that sort off thing….plus somebody is there to meet him.” Jane told Garrus.

“Do you think it could be another Spartan?”Liara asked making them all look to her making her flush slightly from all the attention.”Well…all I meant is I doubt Noble Six is the only Spartan to ever exist.”

Sadly, she’s correct.

“Well he was once apart of a team known as Noble Team but they all died aside for Noble Three, but I have no idea about the other Spartans but I assume that there has to be another 311 as Kurt is Spartan-B312.” Shepard told the Asari.

That’s assuming they are consecutively numbered, which most military assets are not in order to prevent the enemy from making exactly that sort of deduction.

“Well if he has B in his tag then maybe it’s the second company of Spartans?” Ashley commented.” B usually stands for Bravo or Beta.”

No, actually, B is used to ID things because it’s the second letter of the alphabet, and not because it stands for anything in particular. Bravo and Beta are phonetic names for it, not the other way around.”

“She right, maybe he’s apart of a second generation of Spartans?” Kaidan commented agreeing with Ashley’s words.

“Then why is he the first Spartan that the entire galaxy has ever seen?” Tali asked them both.”Surely people would notice over three hundred giant armoured humans?”

“Well Six has been working in the Terminus system for a very long time, maybe that’s where the others are.” Kaidan told the young Quarian.

“Maybe….something just doesn’t add up here.” The Spectre thought out loud.” But he’ll tell us once he’s ready.”

“It’s not, like, a potential threat to the secure operation of an active-duty warship or anything, I’m sure it’ll be fine.”

“So was he serious when he was going for bullet’s instead of use Mass Effect weapons?” Garrus asked the Commander.

“Why would he do that? Bullets have been out dated for years since we began using the Mass Effect technology. There far superior to bullets/” Ashley asked in confusion as bullets were inferior in her opinion.

“Well he said that bullets have more Mass to them, so theory will do much more damage then what the rest of the galaxy use. As the bullets should rip through the Mass Effect barriers with ease.” Tali commented to the others.

“Hmm, he could be onto something there.” Kaidan mused to himself being the more scientific one of the group.

We’ve gone over all the technical reasons why that’s complete and utter bullshit multiple times now, so I’m just trying to figure out why every halfway-competent engineer in the Mass Effect universe seems to immediately realize that explosive-propelled bullets are ‘superior’ to ME ones as soon as Six brings it up, but despite this knowledge everyone has shifted away from explosively-propelled bullets to ME ones and made them the galactic standard.

“So…what are you doing on the citadel Commander?” Ashley asked her.

“Well after I get Liara some equipment for the mission…I might just take a walk around the citadel. Didn’t really have chance to last time. Plus I might go see how Anderson is doing since he handed over the Normandy.” Jane told the others getting nods from them with Kaidan thinking about asking her if she wanted company but would ask her when the others weren’t around.

Inside the infirmary, Noble Six was standing by one of the beds as Doctor Chakwas was getting her equipment ready for the medical exam that Noble Six agreed to take.

*Quietly, Troy checks the wordcount of the chapter and sees that twenty-five hundred words out of a total of sixty-six hundred have already passed- roughly thirty-eight percent of the chapter.*

Jesus Christ, story, how long are you going to keep fucking around doing basically nothing before you let us get to the five-minute basic physical that is presumably the entire point of this adventure?”

Well, I’ll give the chapter credit- it’s certainly paced like a real doctor’s visit.

“Dot. Wipe any camera video or listening bugs in the room.” Six ordered his partner with his [artner appearing on his visor screen.

Why would there be bugs in the Normandy medical bay in Mass Effect 1?

Unless he means she needs to wipe Chakwas’s equipment,in which case this isn’t going to be much of an exam at all.”

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I know Logan. I am a forerunner contender class A.I you know?” Dot said with a roll of her eyes as she crossed her over her chest.

“Just checking. With a head as big as your, I doubt you can remember everything.”

… huh?”

That’s… like, two or three different and mutually-exclusive insults all mashed together in such a way that they perfectly cancel each other out.

The Spartan-III commented making Dot squawk at him before she narrowed her eyes.

How dare you! My head is a perfect thank you very much mister.” Dot huffed with a pretty pout on her face.

Yeaaaah, that never really stops being creepy.

“Lock the amour down.” Six told her.” Make sur…”

I know, Logan. Stop worrying so much, they won’t find me unless I allow them to find me.” Dot reassured him.

Wait, wouldn’t locking his armor down make it impossible to remove?”

Amorous Counter: 107

“Right then lieutenant Mendez. Remove your amour for me, while I go find you a medical robe…I should have one your size.” Doctor Chakwas said to him as she walked over to him with her data pad in her hands, placed it on the table before she walked away to look for a robe.

Why does she have hospital gowns for seven-foot-tall humans?”

Although since this author seems to be under the impression that ‘medical robes’ refers to lab coats, I’m not sure she does.

“Yes, Ma’am.” Logan stoically as he grabbed his helmet before twisting it off, with the de-pressurised air hissing out, the Spartan-III removed it and placed it on one of the beds before taking the rest of his amour off that fell to the floor in a loud bang, leaving him in his body suit, Logan then began removing it, which was the scene that the doctor walked into to see.

Karin, after finding a large enough robe that would fit the Spartan. She walked into the room to see the lieutenant with his back turned to her as he removed his black body suit. She was expecting a lot of things as she wondered who would be under the suit, but wasn’t expecting to see a man that had pale white skin that was almost Albino white, clearly from being out of the sun for long period of time she concluded.

What else was she expecting? A turian? She knows he’s been in his armor for some unspecified time of at least several months, so this should have been entirely within the realm of plausibility.

Amorous Counter: 108

All over his back were various scars ranging from Knife wounds, bullet wounds, and what looked like plasma scaring but nobody knew how to even make plasma weapons.

Then how does she know what scars from them look like?”

Although this is plasma ‘scaring‘, so it’s possible the Covenant has just been popping out high-temperature skeletons.

Once he removed his body suit he turned around allowing Chakwas to get a good look at his face. He had medium messy black hair with a medium length beard, obviously hadn’t had a cut in a while, cold blue eyes with various scars covering his face with one that stood out from the rest that ran down his left eye.

Yep.

Edward Cullen.

With a douchebeard, too!

While he was handsome in a primal sort of way, she concluded that he was a veteran of war, she had seen eyes like his before, men and women who know how to do nothing but kill, if she had to put an age on him then she would say between 23-26. Looking at the rest of his body she saw he had various scars littering his body, what drew her attention were the scars on his arms and legs that looked to be cut open with a scalpel but looked to of been a scar for a very long time. Looking down further she noticed that whoever he did end up with would be a very lucky girl indeed and possibly never walk again.

That does not sound especially lucky to me.

And not just because it would involve banging Logan-B312.

So Chakwas gives him a thorough scan- for which she puts him under anesthesia for some reason- and we get a rehash of all his bullshit Forerunner augmentations. She says that if he was ever out in the sun he’d probably have ‘a reaction’ to it, whatever that means-”

edwardcullen

– and then it’s time for a visit to the Citadel.”

Amorous Counter: 110

A little while later, Six was waiting for the dock workers to load the crates onto the Normandy, there quite a few but once he had stored them in his slip-space inventory then they wouldn’t be in the way of anybody.

Then why’d he make the dockworkers go to all the trouble of loading them the old-fashioned way? Why not just Hammerspace them where they were to begin with?

Collateral Douchebag Counter: 21

He had requested some weapon’s, ammo and showed the blueprints for ODST amour that he had requested for some of the ground team, Jane, Ashley, Kaidan, Liara that had built in Mass Effect shielding that had been improved thanks to Dot so the shields would be able to take more damage and take less time to recharge.

Ohh, what, is his five-year ammo supply running low already?

Amorous Counter: 111

“Six.” A slightly lazy drawled voice commented behind him making his eyes widen slightly as he turned around to see Jane, Kaidan and Ashley approaching him but what he wasn’t expecting to see was Noble Three with his sniper on his back walking with them.

Not a sniper rifle, mind you, but just a sniper.

I wish we’d gotten Spartan piggyback rides on the Hercules…”

So they say their hellos and swap pleasentries, and Jun keeps calling Ash Williams ‘Princess’ for some reason that I really really really hope isn’t more heavy-handed shipping but is probably in fact more heavy-handed shipping. He also calls Santa Claus ‘Officer Bias’ because that will totally raise fewer questions than just calling him ‘the monitor’ or something, Jun goes to tour the Normandy and gets introduced to every. single. character, and Logan gets to give the spiel about his augmentations being voluntary and done to ensure the survival of humanity.

Terminus System. Unknown Location.

Appearing out of no where after a slip-space portal appeared was a covenant corvette that looked to be in good condition with part of a blocky ship behind it. On board were a lot of dead covenant soldiers and one human who was looking out of gap where he threw he fellow team out only a few minutes ago after detonating the bomb.

O hai Jorge.

I’m assuming that the Covenant Corvette he’s talking about is the one he used to get the slipspace bomb within range of the super-carrier, the wreckage of which in turn is what the narrative is calling ‘the blocky ship’, even though ‘blocky’ immediately makes me think of a UNSC ship and one was indeed destroyed right next to the corvette.

Also, while Jorge’s arrival in the Mass Effect universe makes the most sense out of any of the characters so far because the last we saw of him he was indeed about to be teleported to nowhere, overall it raises the question of why, if so many people are popping into Citadel Space with such regularity, the Mass Effect galaxy is not already saturated with UNSC, Covenant, and Forerunner junk well before ME1 even starts.

The corvette was just above an unknown planet that certainly wasn’t Reach.

“That doesn’t look like Reach.” A Hungarian voice commented as he looked down at the planet that looked to be a wasteland, as it looked to be completely covered in sand unlike his beautiful home planet of Reach.

Gosh, Doc. Do you think that might be a planet other than Reach?”

Now, whatever would inspire you to make such an unfounded assumption?!

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” Where the hell did the covenant and the UNSC go? In fact, how an I still alive?” The man asked himself before he picked up his helmet from the ground and put it back on his head, Before he picked up his HMG

You know, a reasonably intelligent person might conclude from these events that it was themselves, rather than the entire planet of Reach and its orbital facilities, that had moved.

The 8’0 man was one of the last Spartan-II left from the war with the covenant-human war.

So how do you fight a war with a war, exactly? Do you force a peace, or do you kill every combatant?”

Holy crap I think I know how the Department of the Department of Recursion was founded!

Jorge-052 or better known as Noble five began to check for any survivors as he headed towards the command centre and hoped that he could get the gist on how to pilot it. Noble Six was the pilot of Noble team but Jorge was a Spartan and he would adapt like he was trained to do and had done for most of his life.

First things first,. I need to get in contact with the UNSC and Noble Team.” Jorge thought to himself as he opened fire on a charging Sangheli warrior as they charged at the Spartan with an energy sword but was taken down quickly by the trained Spartan-II commando.

I thought he just said that there were no more Covenant on the ship.”

And cut! Well here the next chapter of The Lone Wolf Of The Normandy, I hope you like it and that Six and Three have finally reunited with each other….and now Jorge has arrived! Soon it’ll be like a family reunion between the three.

I will be very, very surprised if the story subsequently keeps it to just those three.

Now before anybody asks, no I’m not bashing Ashley as I happen to like her character….

In fact, I’d say he ‘likes’ Ashley Williams a little too much.”

or I did in Mass Effect, in 2 she was kind of a bitch even if you romanced her and in number 3 she barely had any dialogue at all compared to Kaidan, which annoyed me slightly if I’m honest.

But as I was saying, I’m not bashing her but will change her in time.

That’s… a much more frightening possibility than bashing, honestly.

Jun is going to be a bit of a troll at times to Ashley as their personality are the total opposites to each others, so I think it will be fun to write, Ashley trying not to murder the sarcastic Spartan.

I do not, however, think that will be any fun to read.

Of course before this story ends I will reveal who Three, Five, Six and Dot really are to Shepard and co, not sure when but once I do then expect them to be in for a shock of a life time, which will be a slap to the face to the alliance soldiers when they see the differences between their first contacts with an alien force.

Well, that‘s encouraging…”

Calm down, it’s equally possible the author just doesn’t know what ‘a slap to the face’ actually means.

I’m looking forward to writing the confrontation between Dot and Tali as A.I’s are a big no, no in that universe…..

Anyway please Review and let me know what you thought of the Chapter.

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60 Comments on “1821: The Lone Wolf Of The Normandy — Chapter Eight”

  1. Jon Arbuckle says:

    “You’ll see Blaze again soon,”

    I certainly hope not, he sounds like a terrible character.

  2. Jon Arbuckle says:

    “He felt perfectly fine so the Forerunner augmentations were good.”

    That reminds me of that weird spider alien that clamped onto my face yesterday. I feel perfectly fine now, so obviously nothing can possibly be wrong.

  3. Jon Arbuckle says:

    “Shepard had told the ground team that SHE could take a few hours off to relax or meet friend on the Citadel if they had them,”

    Only Shepard gets time off, the rest of them will spend a few hours filing their space tax returns.

    (Emphasis mine.)

  4. Jon Arbuckle says:

    ““I didn’t take you for the kind of guys to take walks on the beach, sir.” Ashley teased,”

    1. There’s no beach on the Citadel.

    2. I always did take Kaidan for the type of guy to take walks on the beach

    3. Why is Ashley calling him “sir”? I can’t remember her ever doing that in the first game.

    4. Is this even Ashley Williams? I don’t know, I just can’t see her giggling like a schoolgirl because Kaidan suggested he might go for a walk.

  5. Jon Arbuckle says:

    “…she was curious at what he looked like under the suit, was he deformed and mutated?

    Or was he handsome and ripped?”

  6. Jon Arbuckle says:

    “…her new crew could get Jericho to come out off his shell.

    “…

    Who the hell is Jericho???””

    He’s not exactly shy, you really don’t need to.

  7. Jon Arbuckle says:

    ““Hmm, he could be onto something there.” Kaidan mused to himself being the more scientific one of the group.”

    Kaidan’s not a physicist so there’s no reason to take his word here. If we’re asking people based on how “scientific” they are, why not ask Liara? She’s got a PhD!

    • TacoMagic says:

      Or Tali. She may not have a doctorate, but as an engineer she’d be pretty knowledgeable in many branches of physics. Certainly more knowledgeable than fucking Kaidan.

  8. Jon Arbuckle says:

    “‘Well after I get Liara some equipment for the mission…I might just take a walk around the citadel…'”

    I didn’t take you for the kind of women to take walks on the beach, Commander.

  9. Jon Arbuckle says:

    “Jun keeps calling Ash Williams ‘Princess’…”

    Just not to her face because Ashley would not put up with that nonsense for one minute.

  10. Jon Arbuckle says:

    “Soon it’ll be like a family reunion between the three,”

    He’s not bringing through Kat because she’s a female Spartan which is a difficult choice for him. She can’t be a pretty damsel like every other woman in this story AND a ridiculous “badass” like the other Spartans!

  11. CunkToad says:

    “Looking down further she noticed that whoever he did end up with would be a very lucky girl indeed and possibly never walk again.”

    Why would you write that?

    WHY WOULD YOU PHRASE IT LIKE THAT?!

    This guy is getting increasingly creepier with every chapter. I’m not sure if I should laugh or be worried. He’s kind of obsessed with making his Noble-6 some kind of sex god and I really don’t wanna know why.

    Well, I guess I did get a good laugh out of it so there’s one advantage to it.

    Great work dude, your commentary is on point.

    • AdmiralSakai says:

      Oh hi CT! Glad to see that the badness has moved you to make your presence known within these hallowed threads!

    • Swenia says:

      It doesn’t make any sense, anyway. The luckiest get the man with the nimble and skilled tongue.

      And, you know, having a lover who isn’t a self-centered, edgelord, dudebro douchecanoe is pretty high on the luck scale, too.

  12. BatJamags says:

    He told me that his job made him stay in his amour 24/7.

    Damn, dude. Anatomically speaking, I’m pretty sure the ol’ amour needs a break every now and then.

  13. BatJamags says:

    I don’t know what life he lived to make him the way he is to everybody, but he does have a mysterious vibe to him.” Jane told her making Karin give the commander a knowing smile.

    Alright, I’ve been watching The Flash, and I officially can no longer take the word “vibe” seriously.

    Not that I could before, mind you, but now my mental image of Stuble Six looks like this:

  14. BatJamags says:

    waiting to see what’s under his amour…

    So… should I get the hacksaw?

  15. BatJamags says:

    “If he can rip a geth in half with his hands, then what would he do to us with a simple thrust?”

    Well…

    *Rolls out a rack loaded with a variety of spears, lances, pikes, and the like*

    That all depends on the equipment.

    My preferred stabbing implement is a trident, which with augmented strength could rupture several different internal organs with one thrust, but maybe a spear would be more balanced.

    I can also recommend a glaive or something that’s sharp on the sides. Those can do a bit more damage after the initial puncture, by twisting the knife, so to speak.

    Alright, I have no idea what I’m talking about, but it’s immensely satisfying to imagine stabbing Stuble Six with various pointy implements.

    • GhostCat says:

      A glaive is a polearm, but they only have one edge – but there is often a hook on the opposite side to help pull riders off of horses, though. You couldn’t do a lot of twisting, since the pole is seven feet long and that could get awkward, but you could slice or jab repeatedly.

      • BatJamags says:

        Right, I remember now. I did a bunch of research on medieval weapons and armor at some point, and then forgot pretty much everything I learned.

  16. BatJamags says:

    cleaning his guns….again.

    Damn, dude, I know you like to… polish your amour, but maybe ease up in the crowded hangar bay, huh?

  17. BatJamags says:

    He was a lone wolf by nature,

    I KNOW! SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT IT!

  18. BatJamags says:

    “You like a caveman at times,

    Oh, irony.

  19. BatJamags says:

    I wonder if all men are like this or if it’s just Spartans?“

  20. BatJamags says:

    Well if they’re anything like my GP, the entire medical clinic is located at the bottom of a steep gravity well where relativistic time dilation stretches “one hour” into the better part of a day.

    Good luck.

    And if they’re anything like mine, that’ll happen to the appointment right before his, forcing him to wait around for hours just to go in and get told he’s healthy within fifteen minutes.

  21. BatJamags says:

    Most off the ground team was at the table eating and drinking at the table

    *SNERK*

    Wow, that’s a special kind of failure, isn’t it?

  22. BatJamags says:

    “Well i need to get some amour and weapons for our mission. The Commander told me she knew of a good place to get good quality equipment.” Liara commented to the group.

    Bow… chicka… bow… wow…?

  23. BatJamags says:

    “What’s going on? Is Six okay?” Tali asked in concern for the man who saved and might of developed a little hero crush on.

    You stop that! No crushing on the Stu!

  24. BatJamags says:

    Jane told them all as she had faith that her new crew could get Jericho to come out off his shell.

    See, this is the sort of shit that makes me start coming up with conspiracy theories. I was riffing a chapter of The Shadow Warriors that suddenly started talking about someone named “Wraith” in the middle of an action scene, so now I’m all paranoid trying to figure out who the fuck Wraith was.

    And here, we’ve got Six being referred to as Jericho. Was he originally Jericho and this thing got rewritten? Is there another character called Jericho who the author forgot to mention? Did this get copy-pasted from another fic where he went by Jericho? Did this dude show up?

  25. BatJamags says:

    There far superior to bullets/” Ashley asked in confusion as bullets were inferior in her opinion.

    That’s ammunitionist.

  26. BatJamags says:

    Remove your amour for me,

    The author’s insistence on misspelling this word is basically an infinite source of immature humor.

  27. BatJamags says:

    Looking down further she noticed that whoever he did end up with would be a very lucky girl indeed and possibly never walk again.

    Yes, we get it, the author’s Stuble Six’s penis is tiny DEFINITELY THE BIGGEST THING EVAR.

    • GhostCat says:

      Considering the size of an average baby, which is what a lady-garden has specifically evolved to accommodate, Stuble Six would have to be packing a love-rocket the size of a Thanksgiving turkey. His suit of amour must have a third leg.

  28. BatJamags says:

    Also, while Jorge’s arrival in the Mass Effect universe makes the most sense out of any of the characters so far because the last we saw of him he was indeed about to be teleported to nowhere, overall it raises the question of why, if so many people are popping into Citadel Space with such regularity, the Mass Effect galaxy is not already saturated with UNSC, Covenant, and Forerunner junk well before ME1 even starts.

    Maybe it’s like a Pacific Rim kind of thing where the invaders are getting sent through the rift with increasing frequency. Except instead of giant Kaiju monsters, it’s SPARTANs.

  29. BatJamags says:

    The 8’0 man was one of the last Spartan-II left from the war with the covenant-human war.

    *Alarms blare blaringly*

    Crap, it’s the Department of the Department of Recursion! Everyone knows that DRD traps don’t work on the DDR! Because they’re obviously a completely different kind of trap from DDR traps.

    *The DDR shoots my face… in the face*

  30. Leider Hosen says:

    Probably not a great deal, actually, as the penis is not a particularly effective method of conducting kinetic energy.

    General Siegfried begs to differ.

  31. Leider Hosen says:

    Maybe Noble Stu really is like Batman.

  32. Leider Hosen says:

    “I don’t think Six is the kind of person to go out drinking.”

    Which raises a good question, can the Grinch even get drunk at all? Increased muscle mass and metabolism limits the effect of alcohol in normal humans, so having a super mega genetically modified body should basically nullify the alcohol’s effect unless he drinks it by the barrel, at which point it doesn’t seem worth it.

    And besides, he’s an edgy stu, he’d never do anything remotely social.

    • TacoMagic says:

      It’s actually an interesting question based on how you design your super-soldiers. Generally when I go about it, any super-soldiers I come up with have the downside of having to eat large amounts of food constantly to keep up with their metabolic needs. In that case, yeah, alcohol would have a very limited and shot-term effect.

      However, in this case he almost never seems to eat or sleep, which means he’s probably sporting a very slow and efficient metabolism. That being the case, he’d get drunk pretty easily and stay drunk for a prolonged period.

  33. Leider Hosen says:

    Gosh, all the thrills of a shopping list.

    Pro Tip Author: if you want to make downtime interesting, don’t have them just doing generic stuff, actually have them explore the locale and interact with characters to make the world feel alive. In a good story, downtime is a necessity for stressed chars and you can sneak in lots of world-building.

  34. DasCheesenBorgir says:

    O hai Jorge.

  35. Swenia says:

    “Why only the women, and why only the ones who don’t hate him? If he wears that getup for a solid week, it’s only natural that people are going to start wondering if there’s a Grunt on stilts underneath it or something.”

    After a week in armor, I think the only thing that could possibly be in there is sentient body odor.

  36. TacoMagic says:

    and what looked like plasma scaring

  37. TacoMagic says:

    I’m looking forward to writing the confrontation between Dot and Tali as A.I’s are a big no, no in that universe…..

    Yeah, because Mass Effect totally didn’t tap into that plot resource with Legion or EDI.


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