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Mass Effect/AEC- ANN News: Explosive Allegations Against W-Y


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ANN News Desk on The Citadel

February 19, 2197

Contact with Colony Lost

by By Iris Dunnigan

CITADEL, THE PRESIDIUM- The leader of a Czerka Arms rescue/security team sent to investigate the loss of the colony of WY-557 (Styx Theta Cluster) made a series of explosive allegations in a hearing of the Citadel Council Committee on Interstellar Corporate Affairs. Zaena’Malon vas Zadok alleged that her team discovered the corpses of over the 100+ Weyland-Yutani colonial exploration team in the main colony site (see Contact with Colony Lost) designated Area 001. The bodies showed extensive signs of burns, cuts, and blunt force trauma. The team discovered the nature of the assailants as they returned to their shuttle with the site’s VI data logs. Vas Zadok testified that:


A swarm of klixen converged on our location. We were cut off from our egress route and were forced to retreat back to 001. The klixen spewed globs of fire encased in biotic fields that exploded on contact. I lost three members of my team, Jicks, Romero, and Vertech before we could established a perimeter. When we decoded the (VI) logs, we discovered that the on-site science team had been experimenting on giving the klixen biotic abilities. According to the files they were meant to be ‘a disruptive agent’ designed to ‘tie down enemy forces’.

Vas Zadok managed to extricate the surviving members of her team by the clever used of drones and automated turrets. Video logs from the incident as well as testimony from other members of the Czerka team back vas Zadok’s account of the events in WY-557. If the committee finds against Weyland-Yutani, the interstellar corporation may face a combination of multi-million fines, asset seizures and jail time for key corporate executives.

Report filed by Iris Dunnigan for ANN News from the Citadel.


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TV Tropes Monday: Broken Base



Tweet of the Day: A Proposal at Sword Point


Something happened in the fandom, because something always happens in the fandom, and when that something happened, the fandom shattered into a million pieces and a billion repetitive arguments.

Welcome to the Broken Base.

But why should an author care about such things? After all, fandoms are notorious for doing what they want, when they want it. Yet the fans are the ones that buy the books, watch the movies and play the games. Feeding the fandom can become a obsession for the content creator. Give the people what they want keeps them coming back for more. Yet, in a broken base situation, where the fandom is split due to an action by the author, the author is left with a few choices:

  • Ignore the naysayers and continue to feed the staunch loyalist even if they are a tiny section of your audience
  • Desperately try to “fix” what went wrong and risk pleasing no one.
  • Ignore everyone and plough on, in the hopes that the silent majority among your fan will sustain your efforts.

It can get so bad that the audience may seek to kill the author (metaphorically, I hope) in order to get what they want, putting the author outside of their own creation.

Sadly, this is the kind of problem that lacks easy solutions. Each content creator(s) has to deal with this as best they can.



Weekend Writing Warriors/#8Sunday/05-17-2015/-Trust


Welcome to another entry into the Weekend Writing Warriors blog chain. This snippet is taken from my WiP, Lessons of War. Three hundred years after the death of the last Emperor of the Third Dynasty, the Throne of Stars, the seat of the galactic empire sits empty. But the recent death of the Duke and Duchess de Havilland has altered the status quo. The conversations between Duke de Havilland and Margaret continues in the battlements of Caer de Havilland:

It made sense. She always did. While I learned at my father’s knee how to be a ruler she learned her craft from hers. The question of my parent’s death remained. While it might have been an accident the list of those who would benefit from their deaths was too long to ignore. Trust was all I had left. But trust was earned, not given.

I looked Margaret in the eye, “What do you know of the Lady Andrea of House Kaiser?”

Looking forward to the answer? Whatever it might be, it certainly will be interesting. As always make sure to check out the rest of the blog chain for cool snippets from great authors.


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Weekend Roundup: May 10-16


Tweet of the Day: Blurry Eavesdroppers


Summer is here in full force. Yes we have a drought in a tropical island. It rains but the failures of decades old infrastructure means that if it drizzles instead of pouring, the tap goes dry. Water rationing started this week and will continue until the foreseeable future. It’s a bit grey outside but not enough to shake the feeling that this will be a long dry summer. In the meantime let’s see what stories emerged this week:

Well that is all for this week. Now it is time to pray for rain. Pray, pray that rain comes our way.


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Space for Rent: Skin Deep

“Race is not real, it is a social construct.”


“There is no such thing as race.”

True, from a purely scientific point of view. The differences between the “races” of humanity is literally skin deep, a mixture of melanin and dietary adaptations. You can not find any significant markers at the genetic level, except for these superficial adaptations. Nothing that would constitute a separate race of Homo Sapiens.


I feel a sense of erasure when people utter these words, specially when they dribble from the mouths of straight white Europeans. It is the same feeling I get when somebody says, “Ugh, it’s just a piece of land!” or “Nationalism is vile!” A sense that for the winners of the last 500 years that any reminder of any cultures or cultural forms outside the established Eurocentric world view are not important, not necessary. Implicit in these words is the idea that others not only don’t matter, but that they don’t exist.

Who the hell are you do decide that other people’s identities are no longer valid?

Do you apply the same standards to your own race, culture or identity?

Or is it that those things are so prevalent, so ingrained, so forcefully enforced/reinforced that you can not see them for what they are?

Why do you feel so uncomfortable when others express themselves, accept themselves in such ways?

Are you afraid that if other assert themselves that who/what you are will cease to be?

Or do you realize that those racial constructs exist to impose an artificial order on our societies, one that creates winners and losers from birth?

Think about that before you say that race/ethnicity/religion or nationality do not exist.

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Mass Effect/AEC- ANN News: Alliance Captures Cerberus Shipyards


Tweet of the Day: A Sermon in Silver-Guilt


ANN News Desk on The Citadel

February 12, 2197

Alliance Captures Cerberus Shipyards

by By Iris Dunnigan

CITADEL, THE PRESIDIUM- The Systems Alliance military announced that earlier this month a wolf pack of Alliance frigates supported by fighters from the carrier SSV Hawking launched an operation neutralize a Cerberus shipyard in orbit around the planet Zathras  (Nile System, Voyager Cluster). The Alliance force claimed the destruction of an entire enemy fighter wing. But the operation netted more than just destruction of Cerberus forces. An Alliance Marine’s assault team managed to capture three cruisers under repair within the shipyards. Two had suffered extensive damage in the fighting around Chav (see D-Day on Chav) while the third was under construction. ANN military consultant, Lydia Mugabe, expressed the hope that the Alliance will extract valuable intel from the captured ships.

Based on the discovery of the shipyards in this region of space the Alliance Parliament has announced the deployment of units of the 10th Frontier Division to scour the Voyager Cluster in search of other possible Cerberus facilities.


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TV Tropes Monday: Shaggy Dog Story



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I hate this trope.


I shall quote straight from the page:

A Shaggy Dog Story is a plot with a high level of build-up and complicating action, only to be resolved with an anti-climax or ironic reversal, usually one that makes the entire story meaningless. The term comes from a type of joke (called “gildersome” in The Meaning of Liff) that worked the same way—a basic premise, a long amount of buildup, and a deliberately underwhelming punchline.

That’s right. Remember all those hours you spent curled up with the latest edition of your favorite book? Or glued to your television/monitor watching the latest season of the one show you dared not to miss? How about all those hours you spent leveling up your characters and bashing monsters over the head in that one game you could not stop playing?

Guess what, it was all for naught.

The reason this trope upsets me so is that it violates the basic Premise-Promise cycle by failing,  deliberately I may add,  to fulfill the promises in the premises. Often it is a sign of that the writers never had a ending in mind, that they did little or no actual plotting. Instead they relied on old tricks to keep the audience engaged until the story runs out of steam. Only in the best ironic or humorous settings would this trope be successful.  It should be avoided everywhere else.



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