Headcanon Wednesday: Miranda after the war
In 2194, it has been some time since Oriana saw Miranda in person. They speak frequently on the extranet, but the moment she sees her sister again face to face, she notices a host of details that tell a story emails and even holocalls could not communicate.
Miranda wears a tailored pant-suit, sleek and elegant, but practical, and made of (gasp) natural fabrics. There is white in Miranda’s hair, delicate shoots of silver that she has not bothered to hide with dye or (more and more common, these days) cellular therapy.
Miranda took a bullet to the head on Earth at the end of the war, her force of mercenaries overwhelmed on the way to the Beam, like so many others. She has a scar, a wide patch of rough, slightly discolored skin that covers a great deal of Miranda’s left cheek, the result of an inadequate dressing for a battlefield surgery performed in the aftermath of the battle.
It’s subtle enough that in grainy holo-calls it doesn’t really show up, although it’s quite noticeable in person. Oriana had assumed that Miranda would have had it removed years ago, a simple procedure for modern medicine; seeing it there is a shock.
The subtlest but most telling sign, though, is that when Miranda smiles upon first spying Oriana there is a network of fine lines around the corners of her mouth. Miranda never use to have those, even well into her thirties. She smiles more now, and Oriana smiles to think of it.
I remembered that the one thing that irked me about the Sur’Kesh and Tuchanka missions was all the talk about “The females.” “Get the females!” “We have to rescue the females!”
It’s all perfectly acceptable coming from Mordin — Mordin only speaks Science with Gilbert-and-Sullivan as a second language — but not only does Wrex use ‘females’ throughout, in the cut scene directly after Sur’Kesh he refers to a squad of male krogan as ‘his men.’
So my faint hope that maybe they were using consistent male/female terminology for any aliens is dashed. Nope. It’s just another instance of that bizarre and rather infuriating thing where human (or sentient alien) males get to be MEN but females are… just females. Dehumanized. Like all the other females.
Y’know, fuck that shit sideways.
Also Wrex, who never seems to notice Shepard’s gender and who I therefore assumed had learned to discard the more tired gender stereotypes in his many years in this galaxy, is suddenly insisting on helping Bakara down from ledges, and lamenting about how “females” talk too much, sometimes he just stops listening.
Happy Birthday, Jenna Shepard!
I’ve really enjoyed getting a little more into the fandom lately, meeting lots of cool new people, seeing some cool fic and headcanon! Definite thanks to swaps55 for Headcanon Wednesdays, which has been a really cool forum to work in and has let me geek out about Mass Effect much more effectively.
Jenna Shepard is the best, you guys, the best! I haven’t talked much about her. I wasn’t quite sure where to start, so I decided to tell you a little about a few of her birthdays.
Anonymous asked: For the ME universe: What are your ideas about transportation on Earth? Do they still use cars? If so, solar/electric/eezo powered? Do they drive on the same roads we have now or is it all zoomzoom in the air with shuttles like on Illium? (How would they even do that! Stoplights on the side of buildings?) Do they still have airports for in-world travel (ie jets) and separate shuttle ports for going into space?
I definitely have many headcanons about this! It plays heavily into urban earthborn Rhi Shepard’s life experience growing up.
There are totally flying cars.
After all it’s the future. No traffic lights on the sides of buildings, though. Air cars are built to hook into local civilian traffic control grids, and you pretty much tell it where you want to go and let the car’s VI and the city infrastructure take care of you. In more rural areas you do have to drive yourself, but the aircars are built to allow only limited control of altitude; you can skim the ground, but other than that you can only fly at certain specified heights (unless traveling between those specified altitudes) and the car won’t actually let you level out unless you’re at an approved level.
(Naturally there are ways for street racers and thrill seekers to hack this).
The other thing about aircars is that technology is adopted unevenly, even in the same geographical area. Eezo tech was first discovered in 2148, so we’re talking about less than forty years to the game era. The tech is now widely available, but some people just can’t afford it. Cities are being built taller and taller to conserve land, with higher levels becoming more desirable with the easy access provided by aircars (and with the lower levels becoming increasingly shadowed), but there are still people who drive on the ground or use various methods of public transit.
(Incidentally, due to space and fuel concerns, motorcycles and small variants on cars (think smart car size or those funny three wheelers) had become the most common vehicles even in previously car dominated areas like North America).
As the years wear on and more people get aircars, cities tend to spend more of their resources on dealing with the air infrastructure and less on road upkeep, and thus the class divide widens.
(And that, my lovelies, is why my Rhi Shepard knows how to drive a pre-eezo motorcycle and nothing else).
Given the speed shuttles can manage, I think lots of what we do now with great circle flights would be just sub-orbital, and a lot faster. The airline industry is totally transfigured by eezo tech, of course. The airports for planetary and interplanetary travel are the same facilities, though, in most cases (makes logistics easier), but the interplanetary areas have much more involved customs procedures.
You have to show up four hours early if you’re checking luggage.
I love love love headcanons that bring focus to the point that, swell as the Alliance might be, most humans on Earth (the vast majority of all human) are still living in pollution and poverty.
HEADCANON WEDNESDAY: on military education and biotics 1/3
how do these get so long, guys
It would probably be helpful to go back and read my (very very basic) guide to rank and commissions for a general overview of how the whole system works. Today, I’d just like to do a brief foray into the different schools available to a Systems Alliance marine.
Friendly reminder, all posts of this sort are tagged under systems alliance.
Again, DISCLAIMER: I’m married to a U.S. Army Armor Officer, not a Marine, so if people who know more about the Marines notice discrepancies, it’s on me, though I’ve done my best to investigate (c.f. the earlier posts about rank and units) to differences between the two. Hooah.
(davecity I need to go back and look at your awesome enlisted posts with the husband, but I LOVED THEM I just thought you should know that.)
First, a brief review:
*leads a parade of Alliance marines through the town to celebrate all the great Alliance headcanons*
Headcanon Wednesday: Enlisted Alliance Marine Ranks
I have two Headcanon Wednesday posts this week, this one, and a secondary explosion post, where I apply some of this to my personal favorite Alliance NCO, Ashley Williams.
So, I adore the Ashley post too, y’all should go read it, but I wanted to briefly touch on the time in grade stuff from your new NCO list, and why it’s hard to find solid numbers for comparison/head-canon/lore-building purposes, which is that there are several different qualifications that determine one’s eligibility for a job or a promotion.
This post makes me so happy :D
Headcanon Wednesday: Alliance Medal of Accomplishment (Ruthless Shepard)
Shepard received an Alliance Medal of Accomplishment after Torfan. The official guidelines for awarding a Medal of Accomplishment read as follows:
"The Medal of Accomplishment is awarded to junior officers or senior enlisted personnel at the discretion of a regimental or battalion commander. It acknowledges meritorious conduct, in combat or non-combat situations, not involving direct contact with the enemy."
The Medal of Accomplishment is an honorable decoration highly valued by those personnel lucky enough to receive it. It is also not a suitable decoration for what Shepard did on Torfan.