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#13168417 Apr 03, 2017 at 04:00 AM · Edited 5 months ago
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Considering that Mass Effect: Covenant doesn't seem to be generating any kind of hype, I've decided to take that off the table. But I would still very much like to host a Mass Effect RP for you all at some point down the line. So, I've come up with this scenario instead...

As you all know, regardless of what happens at the end of Mass Effect 3, the Milky Way's network of mass relays was heavily damaged, leaving dozens of colonized sectors of space without a means to receive aid of any kind.

One such place is the remote Psygnosis Cluster, which is located in the Quarto di Maestro verso Tramontana portion of the galaxy map, or due east if you're looking to approach it from the Shrike Abyssal.

Psygnosis draws parallels from the Andromeda Galaxy's Heleus Cluster in many ways, but is a little less than half its size. However, it more than makes up for this by having more than double the amount of available "golden worlds," all of which have been colonized in some fashion. This made it an ideal place for refugees looking to escape the war to go.

While fairly self-sufficient due to a working economy and an elected quorum that helps run the proverbial show, there's no denying the fact that being cut off from the rest of the galaxy is going to start to have a negative impact on everything sooner rather than later.

So where do you fit in, in all of this? That's a very good question, and only one that you can answer. Do you live in the cluster? Or are you a visitor of some kind? Whatever you are, be mindful that in this scenario you are not special like Commander Shepard or the Ryder twins. You are just like everyone else around you -- doing everything that you possibly can to survive until the crisis is over.
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#13169564 Apr 03, 2017 at 04:00 PM · Edited 3 months ago
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One thing that I didn't include in the initial pitch but is well worth mentioning is that the cluster was just minutes away from being invaded by Reapers when "the wave" hit and disabled its one and only relay. All of your characters would know this because elements of a rogue Alliance CVBG - specifically the Darwin-class carrier SSV Tyson, the York-class cruiser SSV Boston, and the Alamo-class frigates SSV Camden, SSV Mosul, and SSV Stalingrad - managed to make it through just seconds before it happened.

Notice that I said "elements." These ships were once attached to a much larger fighting force under the command of Admiral Alleyne Onyo, the Tyson's captain. According to Onyo, a majority of the Alliance Navy had fallen under the thumb of Admiral Steven Hackett, and it was under his orders that large-scale fighting forces like hers be held in reserve for the inevitable battle to retake Earth. While many saw the logic in Hackett's actions, there were others, like Onyo, who felt that defeating the Reapers at home wasn't key to winning the war against them.

When Onyo received word that the "pocket fleet" assembled by the mercenary Grineer Talugmai to defend the mass relay linking the broader Milky Way to the Psygnosis Cluster had come under Reaper attack, she decided to quite literally risk it all and mount a potential suicide operation. A dozen others, including the captains of the four other aforementioned vessels, agreed that sacrificing hundreds of millions of lives all for one dying planet wasn't "tactically sound," and so likewise broke rank to join Onyo and the crew of the Tyson on their heroic endeavor...



This was the sight that greeted Onyo and cadre of volunteers once they completed the transition into the Hourglass Nebula; ships from all corners of the galaxy, hoping to escape to what was thought to be a haven. Close by, what little remained of Talugmai's forces were locked in a struggle with a Reaper unlike any previously encountered before.

They all knew going in that the task they had allowed themselves to be roped into was destined to be a daunting one, but seeing that caused a wave of fear to wash over the people of the Alliance fleet. Even Onyo herself was stunned to the point of being physically paralyzed. But then came the words of a lowly fighter pilot, one Hoban Thrace, over an open channel. He was heard quoting the words of Major Lloyd W. Williams: "Retreat? Hell, we just got here!"

It's easy to imagine what happened next. Using those six words as their rallying cry, the Alliance interjected themselves into the conflict, thus giving the mercenary and civilian ships the time needed to fall back safely through the relay.

Right now the Tyson and the five other aforementioned Alliance vessels are guarding the relay from the cluster's side, while engineers from all over work around the clock in a valiant effort to get it operational again. However, it isn't just the safety of the workers that Onyo is concerned about. You see, if she's to be believed...

...the Reaper wasn't dead at the time that she gave the order to fall back through the relay...

...and there are no reports of a body matching its description being discovered in the nebula that it was last seen in...
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#13242382 May 12, 2017 at 05:33 PM · Edited 3 months ago
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THE FOLLOWING WAS WRITTEN BY A VERY TIRED PERSON. DO NOT EXPECT IT TO READ WELL.

Really quick, I must apologize to everyone for submitting this post here so close to Apotheosis' launch date. What I'm about to tell you all was supposed to be made common knowledge weeks ago, back when there was still ample time to create a fully fleshed-out character.

For people like Korvael and Ally, who're familiar with Mass Effect but haven't actually gotten to experience it for themselves, I'm offering the opportunity to play as a member of Strike Team Ajax. Ajax is to the aforementioned CVBG what the APEX Force from Andromeda is to the Andromeda Initiative's interests. The biggest difference here is that they cannot afford to be scattered across the cluster, due to the very limited resources that they're being forced to work with.

Now if the name Ajax sounds familiar, that's because they actually originate from a series of short stories that exist here on the forums, written by our very own Rex. However, while Demons was written exclusively as a sidequel to Mass Effect 3 that saw several major characters killed off before it was shelved, Rex has given me permission to disregard it in favor of introducing his characters to a more original narrative!

So what exactly is the benefit of playing as a member of Strike Team Ajax? Well, for those of you who're already well-versed in everything Mass Effect, the answer is "not a lot." But if you're new to the scene, it might serve as a great way to familiarize yourself with the setting and, in turn, help you develop a healthy interest in it! Not only that, but it promises a straightforward, action-oriented narrative that won't require a lot of lateral thinking on the part of the player.

In the grand scheme, Ajax's story is meant to serve as a sidequel to Apotheosis. Actions taken in one will ripple into the other, but may not always have a significant (or even very noticeable) impact. But there will be occasions where they and the ensemble cast will meet up, and have to work together in order to accomplish one or more objectives crucial to the advancement of Apotheosis' narrative!

So if this is something that you'd be interested in, whoever you are, please don't hesitate to reach out to me through the usual channels. I'll be more than happy to answer any inquiries that you might have.
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