- Jul 25, 2010
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Immediately below you will find an exceptionally wordy writeup of events leading up to the present point of the roleplay IC timeline, and don't you just love words? No? No problem! Glimpse what you will and go on down to the section for 'how to join'. See you soon...Commander.
The Story So Far . . .
In the year 2148, explorers on Mars discovered the remains of an ancient spacefaring civilization. In the decades that followed, these mysterious artifacts revealed startling new technologies, enabling travel to the furthest stars. The basis for this incredible technology was a force that controlled the very fabric of space and time.They called it the greatest discovery in human history.The civilizations of the galaxy call it... MASS EFFECT.
In the year 2183, Commander Shepard of the Systems Alliance military, and the first human Council Spectre, uncovered a conspiracy by the rogue Spectre, the turian Saren Arterius. Saren was plotting to instigate conflict between the human Alliance and the synthetic geth in what is known as the Eden Prime War.While on the surface it appeared that Saren’s purpose was to overthrow the Council and act on his extreme speciesism, Shepard learned that in truth Saren was merely being used by the entity called Sovereign.A member of the Reapers, a highly advanced and intelligent machine race of biomechanical starships, Sovereign intended to return its kind to the Milky Way galaxy from the fringes of dark space.
Commander Shepard and the crew of the SSV Normandy pursued Saren to acquire the Conduit; the means by which Saren could bring the Reapers back to the galaxy. After discovering that the Conduit is a mass relay and a gateway to the Citadel, Shepard arrives at the Citadel in time to face off with Saren.The two are not alone in their fight. Sovereign has arrived with a fleet of geth ships to storm the Citadel, squaring off against the combined armada of Council forces. The united front is enough to repel the geth, destroy Sovereign and defeat Saren.The Reapers are contained...for the time being…
One month after the Battle of the Citadel, the Normandy is attacked by unknown assailants. The ship is destroyed, the survivors fleeing in escape pods, though Commander Shepard is not among them. Dying in space, Shepard is yet rescued by the human paramilitary group Cerberus.Cerberus plugged Shepard into a revival program called the Lazarus Project. Though only Cerberus knows what Cerberus is doing. Their subject, Shepard, can only wait and find out…
The year is now 2184 CE, one year after the Battle of the Citadel.The Citadel Council has largely covered up the involvement of Sovereign in the attack, placing blame solely on the geth. The Reapers, then, remain a myth.The Council maintains its territory as it always has, though with an increased focus on strengthening what it owns. In a sense, that means expanding.The Systems Alliance honors Commander Shepard as a fallen hero of humanity and beyond, and echoes its Council counterpart by bolstering its borders and looking beyond.The Terminus Systems remain tense, interpreting the reactions of both their contemporaries as the prelude to aggressive expansion.Caught in between is the Attican Traverse. The inhabitants of this region, among them colonists from all over and from different species, value knowledge and exploration over power and expansion.They are not alone…
In the Attican Traverse, situated in between the star clusters the Maroon Sea and the Armstrong Nebula, is the uncharted Tycho Expanse. This star cluster once served as a buffer zone between the Batarian Hegemony and everyone else. With the threat of direct engagement among all sides, the area was never touched.Recently, however, the Batarians have withdrawn to consolidate their power inwardly. Their rivals have since lost interest in the cluster itself, in part due to reports of a roving black hole; though where governments look elsewhere, corporations and explorers’ guilds and other entities look upon.Issued by members of the Systems Alliance, sponsored by members of the Citadel Council, the Ember Sky starship has set off from the Citadel to explore the uncharted territory within the Attican Traverse.The Ember Sky contains all manner of group and individual, from a contracted security force to self-employed mercenaries; a team of scientists to independent researchers; scouts and scavengers; diplomats and doctors; archaeologists and astronomers; cartographers and colonists; and just about anyone in between from this species and that one.The mission? Reach the Tauri star system within the Tycho Expanse star cluster and set down upon the planet codenamed NS7-535. Determine if the planet is viable for further exploration, expansion and exploitation for both the Citadel Council and the Systems Alliance. Report back.Though, as many familiar with the Attican Traverse would say, there is a fourth X: “extermination”. Whether that might mean the home team or the away team remains to be seen…
How to Join
- Knowledge of the Mass Effect series and universe is strongly encouraged but not required
- A brief character sheet is encouraged but not required
- Post your participation (so not just 'this looks cool I'll think about it') in this thread with/without your character sheet
- Post in the IC thread
- Setting is the starship the Ember Sky
- The ship is an exploration vessel inbound for the planet NS7-535 in the uncharted Tycho Expanse star cluster
- Get creative with your character's location on the ship; start out solo or interact with another PC off the bat
- Wide range of in-universe species and character roles to choose from, whether scientist or soldier
- After the first round of posts we will navigate toward the planet NS7-535
- Have fun and see you soon!