1969: A Special Task — Chapters 24, 25, and 26

Title: A Special Task
Author: Generatedname
Media: Video Game
Topic: Mass Effect
Genre: Sci-Fi/Adventure
URL: Chapter 24Chapter 25, and Chapter 26

Hello hello all you patrons, and welcome back to the blessedly final chunk of A Special Task.

Previously we were introduced to the illustrious Commander Shepard, who in this reality is male and grown in a tank and lacks essentially any other defining qualities. He went on to participate in something vaguely resembling a ground engagement to secure Reaper-infested Sur’kesh, which involved a great deal of melodrama and self-doubt as well as well as heavy casualties and an apparently real Blasto-The-First-Hanar-Spectre. Dalatrass Linron (Or was it Verlin? Or Leroen? I don’t suppose it matters; they’re all essentially the same person anyway) subsequently escaped on a spaceflight-capable mech that may or may not have been a Reaper as the human forces closed in on the capitol, and various forces conjectured that she was heading for Tuchanka in order to convert the krogan population there into husks.”

Just Write A Star Trek Crossover Already Counter: Still 6. Why exactly did we do this again?

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1966: A Special Task — Chapters 21, 22, and 23

Title: A Special Task
Author: Generatedname
Media: Video Game
Topic: Mass Effect
Genre: Sci-Fi/Adventure
URL: Chapter 21Chapter 22, and Chapter 23

Hello hello all you patrons, and welcome to yet another ‘special’ three-chapter arc of A Special Task.

Last time… actually quite a lot happened, but not very much of it made sense. We got a massive, stupid infodump on a series of stupid research projects meant to fight the Reapers stupidly, including even-more-indestructible armor (sorry, amour) and shields for human ships, even-more-powerful antimatter cannons, supersoldier programs, and some sort of star-exploding thing. Then they made contact with the quarians and immediately brokered a peace with the geth, returning the Migrant Fleet to the pristine surface of Rannoch in, like, three days and securing both the quarians and the geth for the humans’ anti-Council harem alliance. Then… somehow… that one former salarian Councilor (they go through them at a pretty good clip and I cannot honestly keep track) managed to use a Reaper artifact and ‘nanites’ to indoctrinate the entire population of Sur’kesh and most of the salarian colonies! As far as we know, the only people to get out alive and fully functional were Mordin Solus and Captain Kirrahe, probably because they have memes in store and the author cannot let them leave the story until every one has been recited.

Just Write A Star Trek Crossover Already Counter: Still 6

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1962: A Special Task — Chapters 18, 19, and 20

Title: A Special Task
Author: Generatedname
Media: Video Game
Topic: Mass Effect
Genre: Sci-Fi/Adventure
URL: Chapter 18Chapter 19, and Chapter 20

Hello hello all you patrons, and welcome back to another ‘special’ chapter of A Special Task.

Previously, we had our hopes that this ‘fic might actually go in a direction that wasn’t good but was at least different when the whole Bataliban Revolution arc was unceremoniously dropped in favor of the defrosting of Javik on Eden Prime and his subsequent regurgitation of stale memes and rich, chunky Reaper exposition.

Long story short, both the turians and the asari began making military preparations for the Reapers’ arrival (for all the good it will do us), while the salarians and hanar both seceded from the Council– the hanar to join the humans, and the salarians to… actually, I’m not really sure what the salarians’ plan was other than to hurt themselves economically and politically.”

Just Write A Star Trek Crossover Already Counter: 6

The next chapter promises quarians, which are always a good thing to include in an HFY fic, but before that we’re going to have to put up with another visit from our old, dear friend MISTER POINTLESS CODEX ENTRY:

Project Manifest: Vesta Laboratories, Cerberus Division

Or… I guess Mister Pointless Manifest Entry, that works too.

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1953: A Special Task — Chapters 12, 13, and 14

Title: A Special Task
Author: Generatedname
Media: Video Game
Topic: Mass Effect
Genre: Sci-Fi/Adventure
URL: Chapter 12Chapter 13, and Chapter 14
Critiqued by: AdmiralSakai and Senior Cabalist-Lieutenant Rijus Ta’nin

Hello hello all you patrons! Welcome back to the dense, flabby interior of A Special Task, the ‘fic that goes nowhere and does nothing, and does it extremely slowly.

Previously, the human-Council negotiations ended with not a great deal actually being accomplished other than communications between the two powers being normalized and the salarian Councilor being upbraided over the Uplift fiasco. Then the humans built an absurdly large space station at Relay 314 to manage trade with the Council species, and then they and the turian forces assigned to guard the site- which included such revered figures as Septimus Oraka, Adrian Victus, Garrus Vakarian, and Nyreen Kandros all jumbled up together with no sense of why they would all be in the same time and same place- wandered around the station on leave, lost at some boring human video games, and… well, that was it.”

Just Write A Star Trek Crossover Already Counter: 5

Chapter 7- Civil Strife

March 21st, 2159, Unknown System

The Batarian frigate jumped out of FTL, engines already going at full tilt as soon as it decelerated. The crew inside tense and afraid.

“Kranak, please tell me we lost them.” The captain said to his pilot.

“I think so, but we can never be sure until its too late. There were several hegemony ships after us when we jumped, and one of them may have gotten a lock.” The pilot, Kranak, replied.

Oh, hey! Looks like we’re going to do that ‘batarian separatists’ thing he talked about in the author’s notes. It was the only storyline mentioned that actually sounded vaguely interesting… which, considering how much nothing has been crammed into the last few installments, is alarmingly encouraging.

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1943: A Special Task — Chapters 6, 7, and 8

Title: A Special Task
Author: Generatedname
Media: Video Game
Topic: Mass Effect
Genre: Sci-Fi/Adventure
URL: Chapter 6Chapter 7, and Chapter 8
Critiqued by: AdmiralSakai and Senior Cabalist-Lieutenant Rijus Ta’nin

Hello hello all you patrons, and welcome back to A Special Task, everyone’s favorite Codex-that-aspires-to-become-an-HFY-’fic.

Previously, we watched the humans basically ignore the attempts by the salarians to uplift them and instead just find prothean ruins at their Mars colony as originally happened. Then the UEA- which is a different entity from the Systems Alliance for no real reason that I can think of- refused to engage with the Salarian teams sent to see what was happening, built some enormous warships to fight nobody, experimented with AI, and blew up a Blood Pack troopship.”

Note that all of this happened in the prologue, which by the way is four chapters long and approximately 50% codex entries and timelines. That, in turn, brings us to the story’s first ‘proper’ chapter, ‘Second Contact’:
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1865: The Lone Wolf Of The Normandy– Chapter 17

Title: The Lone Wolf of the Normandy
Author: SSJ Lone Wolf
Media: Games
Topic: Halo / Mass Effect
Genre: Sci-Fi/Adventure
URL: Chapter 17
Critiqued by
AdmiralSakai and JLT. Troy Fisher

Hello hello all you patrons! And welcome back to what is, finally, the last chapter of The Lone Wolf Of The Normandy. Take it away, Troy.

Well, pretty much all of the last chapter was spent just trying to get all of the various UNSC forces that have been dumped into Shepard’s universe on the same comm frequency and up to speed on all the bullshit that’s been going on regarding the slavers and the Kilimanjaro and whatever. Oh yeah, and Blaze killed the krogan who I guess was in charge of the whole ground assault or something, it’s kind of hard to tell what the wider course of this engagement is when we have zero idea what sort of forces both sides have, where they are located, or about really anything at all other than whatever enemy happens to be directly in front of one of the Spartans at the moment.”

Show and Tell Counter: 75

Amorous Counter: 116

Collateral Douchebag Counter: 39

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1859: The Lone Wolf Of The Normandy — Chapter 16

Title: The Lone Wolf of the Normandy
Author: SSJ Lone Wolf
Media: Games
Topic: Halo / Mass Effect
Genre: Sci-Fi/Adventure
URL: Chapter 16
Critiqued by
AdmiralSakai and JLT. Troy Fisher

Hello hello all you patrons! Welcome back to The Lone Wolf Of The Normandy.

Last time the Normandy finally got to this random ‘jungle planet’ the Kilimanjaro was ditched on, dropped off the various Spartans it had onboard, and then immediately left again.

I really can’t blame them.

Anyway, pretty much the whole rest of the chapter was spent watching Jun, Six, Jorge, and that stupid ‘Blaze’ fucker wandering around killing a bunch of batarians in increasingly stupid ways before the UNSC Spirit Of Fire showed up out of the fucking blue and dropped off a fuck-load of troops to further fuck things up.”

Show and Tell Counter: 66

Amorous Counter: 116

Collateral Douchebag Counter: 39

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