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Mass Effect - Origins of the ReapersThe Citadel, constructed by the Keepers with the help of their Machines. Their civilization had reached its peak , though the Keepers themselves were not the toughest and strongest species alive. More species began developing spaceflight abilities, and soon they would discover the Mass Relays. The Mass Relays that they had developed to reach the edges of the galaxy. The Mass Relays built by the Machines that they had so perfectly engineered.
The threat of the native creatures, mainly the Thresher Maws , was gone now the Machines had nearly wiped them out. The Destroyers proved very effective in combat against ground-based targets. While they weren't as large or tough as the capital ships, they had enough firepower and size to fight a large capital ship, or in this case, a Thresher Maw. The Machines that were destroyed could be replaced with new ones, made from the genetic material of their dead. Their ancestors lived on as one, in the body of the Machine, helping the Keeper society eve
Nightmares on Gehenna - PrologueGehenna was, as always, it's usual calm self. The trees slowly moved in the wind and the animals were resting under the somewhat cooler trees. The waterfalls roared and the fish splashed. Nothing disturbed the natural peace on the planet.
But that was fifteen years ago.
Now the trees were chopped down, the wind carried the smell of blood with him, and the animals fled long ago for the endless fires and explosions destroyed their homes. The waterfalls were blocked by dams to produce energy for the factories and military encampments that were build on the once-beautiful plains. The fish were killed by the toxics that were dumped in the water, for humans did not care for the wellbeing of nature.
Humans care for numbers and money. Gehenna has a vast resource of uranium, hidden under the tropical forests. The UN had invested heavily in the exploration of earth-like worlds and has funded colonists. Gehenna was encountered and scans showed there was an incredible amount of uranium under the s
Something'Oké, ik ga nu je zwaartekrachtsveld testen, kapitein-luitenant.' Zei de technicus. Hij pakte het speciale testpistool van de tafel af. Deze schoot kleine en onschadelijke kogeltjes af, die het veld als echt beschouwde. De technicus schoot twee keer en was voldaan met het resultaat.
'Het veld werkt. Nu ga ik kijken of ze ook opladen zonder problemen.'
Hij pakte nog een apparaat van de tafel af, die leek op een pen. Hij drukte op een knopje en tikte de veldgenerator aan met het apparaatje. Het veld werd gedeactiveerd en het blauwe lichtje floepte uit. Na een paar seconden begon het lichtje weer te schijnen en werden de schilden weer geactiveerd.
'Goed. Je generators werken prima. Nu de wapentraining.' De technicus liep naar een kast en stond op het punt die te openen, toen de deur van het lab openging. Het was Admiraal Clark, een van hoogste militairen van de Aarde.
'Wapentraining is niet nodig, sergeant. Iemand die Gehenna heeft overleeft weet hoe je met wapens moet omgaan.' Hij k
STAR WARS: Knights of Coruscant - Chapter 1''Congratulations on retrieving the briefcase, Marcel.'' Said Vass to the informant. ''Did the Trandoshan bring trouble?''
''Nothing we couldn't handle.'' Said the Jedi. He was completely bald, his head gleaming in the bright sunlight. His lightsaber was safely dangling at his belt, where it belonged.
''Our experts have studied the briefcase, and the information was very valuable. It seems Czerka is more ambitious than I thought.'' Vass continued. He still looked remarkably young, though he already passed his sixties. He had a cybernetic hand, made out of beskar, a nearly-indestructible metal, mined from the Mandalorian moon Concordia. It had replaced the organic hand that was lost on Dxun during the Mandalorian Wars.
''What kind of information?'' Asked Marcel, the organization's hacker and informant. ''I've already broken in their main systems and I've only found stock and exchange numbers.''
''The numbers formed a code. It is an old one, it was used during the Mandal
STAR WARS: Knights of Coruscant - Prologue''Right.'' The man said, his face hidden under a dark cowl. He was dressed with simple clothing and a long robe, so that a part of it slid over the dirty ground. Here, in the underbelly of Coruscant, the streets were never clean. Rubbish was everywhere, from corpses to fridges. The man moved his hand near his belt, where he felt the metal reassurance that was his lightsaber. He and his informant entered a narrow alley, where a Kajain'sa'Nikto was actively searched a trash can for something eatable. He scowled when he saw the pair coming into his alley and growled to the two men, like a beast defending its territory. The robed man moved his hand.
''You will take these credits and find yourself a life.''
''I will take the credits and find myself a life.'' The man said, looking very confused and he left the alley.
The pair continued, until they reached a very dark corner, just left of the alley. A Trandoshan and a Rodian were already waiting for them. The Trandoshan hissed something in hi
Same face, different person - IIt was cold in the hearth of Russia. Snow continued to come and everything was frozen. No single person ventured himself outside with this type of weather. Well, at least a smart person didn't. Jake was cold, and his fingers were frozen, yet he didn't complain. He had been trained for this, he was possible this. For him the large obstacle parcours stood. Made to make a man of him. And he was only sixteen.
Jake wasn't just a normal boy. Not even a real human. Jake was a clone. One of the many children of the cloning facilities in Moscow. Made to fulfilling stipulated destiny, made by people. He wasn't allowed to believe in any type of religion or god. ''That will only distract you from the real world, and your goal.'' The instructors of the facility's school said.
Jake looked at the obstacle course, when he heard the sharp noise of the signal. He ran full ahead and jumped on the trampoline. '''One. Two. Three!'' The instructor shouted. ''Jump!'' J
Unwanted Bonds - 9
Only after he had made sure Donatello was well-fed and safely tucked into bed, Leonardo allowed himself to sit back down in his room and review the last few hours.
What a mess.
For several minutes, it was the only thought he was able to come up with.
The whole situation was a sad, chaotic mess. And in the midst of it, there was Raphael, calm and quiet and almost impassive about it all.
His passionate, hot-headed brother hadn't yelled in days, hadn't gotten angry, barely even showed that he was upset at all. Instead, he tended to the baby with a dedication and a patience that put Leonardo's own to shame.
Everything in Leonardo screamed in alarm, louder and louder the more he pondered it.
The uncomfortable tautness of his neck promised another headache to come and Leonardo let himself fall back onto his mattress, closing his eyes. For a second, the oldest brother found himself disoriented, thrown out of his rhythm. He knew it was... no, actually, he had no clue what time it was.
Here For You (Jain) It was always fun when Jack visited the base. The entire team would take as much time off from training as they could and they'd hang out almost all night. Every time, Jack would crash in Kevin's quarters, whether he had the Lieutenant's approval or not.
Sometimes Kevin would wake up for training some random day and there the Ender hybrid was. Curled up at the end of his bed like he was just meant to be there.
One of these times, Kevin found something out he didn't really want to know.
Kevin had had an exhausting day and decided to turn in early, knowing he would have another early day tomorrow. He pulled off his usual armor and boots and flopped onto his bed in his long sleeved white shirt and brown pants without bothering to change.
He sighed and sat down on the floor by his desk. "G'night..." He murmured in exhaustion and curled up right there on the floor, falling asleep almost instantly.
He had been
Battalia: SunshineThe team that set forth from the Derelict Industries base had been on the road for a week, having taken some time to ensure they had a steady means of transportation. Two had been developed, the first being a vehicle Chase and a few of the REND scientists had created.
Based on Chief Beil’s own vehicle, the one dubbed “Joyride” was made so the Battalia could fit in comfortably and drive it. At the moment Eva was flying above the machine, while Chase drove.
“Chase, are we close to where Graveyard was last seen?”
“Yeah, we’re near Agleam, the city of bright ideas.” Chase said, pointing to a figure in the distance. They had gone from a wasteland area to one where grass was starting to grow. The place looked elegant and almost like a utopia, with tall white skyscrapers and proper roads. It was far more polished looking than Mechanicsville, though the town was growing quite well.
“City of bright ideas? That sounds a bit arrogant.” C
Shatter Me - Chapter Three - Clanker It felt so weird, having my goggles on my head again. I kept wanting to reach up and take them off, but… I kinda liked it. Gah, who was I kidding, I really liked it. I missed this so much. And all of my friends... It was good to see Venom being all sarcastic and Ginger being his ginger-y self.
I walked down the hallway beside Wolf in Kevin in a daze. I saw Seto walking towards the library excitedly, and Ty teaching some new recruits Parkour101 as we passed the training hall. Jerome was with Mitch in the mess hall again, the two having a food fight and laughing. Oh my god, Jerome was laughing. With Mitch.
As I walked, I couldn’t stop smiling and only one thought circulated through my mind.
It was so good to be home.
SWtCW: Pyrrhic Victory pt.1A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away....
The Clone Wars: Pyrrhic Victory
The Galactic New Year approaches as the Clone Wars rage on throughout the galaxy. With neither side able to gain the upper hand while both Confederacy and Republic forces consolidate their gains and push against the defenses of their foes. It seems that for every step forward the Grand Army of the Republic gains, they must either take three steps back as they brace against the Separatist assault or find that the Separatists have outmaneuvered them. Still, there is hope in perseverance and with new ships and new armies joining their ranks with each passing day, hope remains that a crushing blow may yet be struck.
On the planet Malastare, one such victory is hoped for as both sides throw more and more forces into the fray. Having allied themselves with the Dug inhabitants of the planet, the Republic hopes to drive the Separatists from the resource rich planet and ensure that its precious fuel supplies
Heroes Aren't Born - Ch. 7 - Blast Off? "So where did you come from?" Duncan asked. "Really?"
"What are you talking about?" Lewis retorted. "I told you last night, remember?"
"No you didn't." Duncan said. "You just asked me if I believe in life on other worlds..." His voice trailed off and he stopped walking.
Lewis stopped a few feet ahead of him with the ghost of a smirk crossing his lips. "Thought you'd figure it out. I'm starting to think you're even smarter than me."
Duncan stared at him with wide eyes for a moment, then he let out a small, "Huh..." And the corner of his mouth twitched up into an astonished smile. "I always wanted to meet an alien. Ever since I was a kid."
"Well... I think the term, 'alien' is rather harsh..." Lewis turned and continued walking down the path in the woods. Duncan ran up and fell in step beside him again. The pair of them had been walking for several hours now; it was nearing sunset by now.
Thalia's Tale - Ch. 28 - Back to Base "How long have you been gone, sir?" Thalia asked.
Ethan gave her a distasteful look.
She rolled her eyes. "Okay, no sir..." Ethan and the group which had set out to rescue him had walked back to the base and were headed down the hall. She looked back at him again. "So what does that make you?"
Ethan nodded to where Jack walked a few feet ahead of him. Thalia raised one eyebrow. "...Ender?"
Ethan shook his head.
"He means a rogue." Jack said without looking up. He let out a sharp sigh and stopped walking, turning to face the others. "And speaking of which, I'd best be off."
"Wait, what?" Kevin asked suddenly. "Where are you going?"
"Oh I dunno. Might travel a bit. I was thinking Roma might be nice." Jack replied mildly.
"Dude, I thought you'd stick around. Like since we were all friends now." Kevin said.
Jack smiled grimly. "Told you before, Jeck." H
SWtCW: Pyrrhic Victory pt.2Planet Malastare, Doge's Palace
Anakin followed their escort with Fordo and Ahsoka at his side. Having the ARC Captain with him was reassuring oddly enough. Like Alpha before him, Anakin had been through a lot with Fordo and so found his presence reassuring and even enjoyable though Fordo was more businesslike than Alpha had been. He'd also been with Obi-Wan and Anakin during the whole Dark Reaper mess among some of their other early battles in the ongoing war.
“Do you think they're going to do it?” Ahsoka asked idly.
Fordo didn't turn to look at her as they continued.
“They're not going to have much choice if they want our support.”
“And they do want to ensure that their planet remains theirs.” Anakin provided. “They need that deal with the Chancellor to ensure that happens.”
“We could just take the fuel supplies ourselves after we beat the Seps.” Ahsoka said offhandedly.
Anakin glanced at her for a moment before shaking his
The Engine of Destruction
Wherever she was, it felt amazing to be there. Standing alone on a hill wracked by cool winds, Sindri’s hair tickled her cheeks. She closed her eyes and felt a bright smile across her face. Bright enough to match the golden ball in the sky behind her. The day was almost at an end, the faint caress of the sphere’s warmth still lingering on her shoulders. A white cloud of a dress rippled out from her body, playfully tugged by the evening breeze.
From her place on the hill, Sindri stared down at a lake sunken in the earth, and an overwhelming pull drove her running, barefoot, toward it. Her heart was carried with the wind as she gasped for breath, a crushing swell of joy bound her lungs.
Sindri’s legs collapsed beneath her at the edge of the lake, her knees rushed to catch her weight on the soft, green grasses. With the warmth of the day at her back, she peered into the crystalline waters. What she didn’t see
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