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Role Play OOC => Mass Effect OOC => Topic started by: Indi on March 16, 2012, 05:49:04 PM



Title: What we have so far...
Post by: Indi on March 16, 2012, 05:49:04 PM
This is a transcript of a Mass Effect RP plot discussion Danny and I had yesterday:
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For the Mass Effect RP, I was thinking it take place at the end of ME1. All our characters will end up at a research outpost on an Alliance colony world somehow. Turians and Humans would already be there, as the research is a joint project between the races. Every other race would turn up as things go wrong.

The Geth show up, overpower Alliance and Turian soldiers and take the outpost. The thread starts with a small group of turian and human soldiers and scientists in a back room with the geth about to be turned into husks. All other characters, like krogan, asari and quarian, show up then too but outside the facility, responding to our distress call for whatever reason. General interest to help, loot etc.

Just before one of us is spiked the other guys bust in and an intense fight breaks out.

Directly after we make it out of there, Sovereign attacks the citadel with the geth. We rock up late for the party to discover the victory. After that I've got nothing.

I was thinking because we witnessed the husks and how they're created, we believe in the Reapers despite Council propaganda claiming otherwise. Or some of us can not believe in the Reapers, causing some confrontation. In the one month between ME1 and ME2, we can go geth hunting and end up on a colony about to be taken by the collectors? I don't know.


How about some Cerberus guys come in and save us and some of the colonists? Maybe we could get some more clues from them, but we don't trust them enough to stick with them for long. Then the info we get leads us somewhere else.


Cerberus, of course!

So we end up on that colony, fight off the Collectors to be rescued by Cerberus. Then maybe some of us break off to work for Cerberus, because they're the only people really doing anything about the Reapers and Collectors?

It's very basic so far, so I was hoping for some more ideas to flesh it out. Thoughts?


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Specs on March 16, 2012, 08:16:11 PM
My one concern is what will the people not working for Cerberus be doing?


Potential Solution:  Working secretly for the Council to look into the Reaper Threat, yes I know publically they are like"dun worry guys, no proof of  Reapers are not real", but I don't think the Council (at least I hope) isn't dumb enough to at least look into this potential threat, especially if Anderson is on the Council.   

Potential Solution II: Work to take out Cerberus         


Maybe something we could do is take out some Rachni?  (in which we assume Shepard released the Queen).  I don't think people would be too happy with them crawling around.

Gimme some time, and I can think of something, this is all I got.   



Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Danny on March 16, 2012, 08:58:45 PM
Potential Solution:  Working secretly for the Council to look into the Reaper Threat, yes I know publically they are like"dun worry guys, no proof of  Reapers are not real", but I don't think the Council (at least I hope) isn't dumb enough to at least look into this potential threat, especially if Anderson is on the Council.   

They are actually that stupid. If they weren't, they would have sent a Spectre. Oh wait, they did! And look how great that turned out. :P


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Specs on March 16, 2012, 09:08:14 PM
Potential Solution:  Working secretly for the Council to look into the Reaper Threat, yes I know publically they are like"dun worry guys, no proof of  Reapers are not real", but I don't think the Council (at least I hope) isn't dumb enough to at least look into this potential threat, especially if Anderson is on the Council.   

They are actually that stupid. If they weren't, they would have sent a Spectre. Oh wait, they did! And look how great that turned out. :P

That is why I said I hope :P.   I wouldn't put it past them, and since said Spectre failed why not send in the average guys!

Just looking for something for non-Cerberus people to do :P 



Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Danny on March 16, 2012, 09:40:57 PM
I don't think we'd break out into a Cerberus campaign. The main story will be not joining Cerberus, but if people decide to, we can have a thread for that too.

Anyway, I don't like the idea of being some secret force for the Council. I'd rather be simple soldiers here.


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Specs on March 16, 2012, 10:02:31 PM
Fair enough just an idea, I will keep thinking


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Danny on March 17, 2012, 08:43:24 AM
Ok, so how about this:

  • First thread
  • Human and Turian military characters are on the surface of a level 1 hazard planet in the Traverse. All other military characters are here too, like Salarian STG
  • A joint research project is taking place in a small outpost that goes underground.  
  • What they're doing doesn't have to be very significant.
  • Geth attack the outpost. Let out a distress signal.
  • No Human or Turian ships in the area; too distracted by Sovereign's attack on the Citadel.
  • A random ship full of our non-military characters like mercenaries etc respond to the distress call.  
  • Mercenary characters save military characters from turning into Husks. Epic brawl with Geth.
  • All characters are brought aboard the mercenary ship.
  • The ship picks up word that the Citadel is under attack by Geth.
  • Military characters want to be taken there, mercenary ones don't want to get close. Argument ensues.
  • End up going but arrive too late to do anything, but in time to see Sovereigns destructive power.
  • Characters go aboard Citadel to clear out the remaining Geth from the presidium. Military to do their job, mercs to get some loot.
  • Exposed to more husks and Reaper tech.
  • Short op. ends. Get slammed for believing in the Reapers; told to keep quiet and focus on Geth.
  • Military characters are assigned to Human colony world.
  • Mercs part ways.



  • Second thread
  • Military characters have been on the human colony for almost a month
  • Bored as crap
  • Suddenly, Collectors!
  • The colony goes dark, but a passing ship notices the strange activity. Just so happens to be our mercenary characters.
  • Military characters manage to get inside a building; safe from the swarms. But one of our characters gets nipped and becomes paralysed.
  • Mercenary characters show up after the swarms have passed and land to find it seemingly abandoned.
  • Collectors themselves breach inside the military characters stronghold and a fire-fight breaks out.
  • Mercenary characters come across the stasis pods and the Collector ship
  • All hope is almost lost for our military characters.
  • That is until our mercs bust in and save their ass again.
  • Huzzah! But more Collectos show up and they mad.
  • Luckily a Cerberus cruiser drops from orbit and scares off the Collector ship away.
  • Characters are brought on board the Cerberus ship. Character who is paralysed is claimed by Cerberus for research and the human characters are offered a position in their organisation.
  • Cerberus vomits anti-Alliance and anti-alien propaganda right in front of Alliance soldiers and the assortment of aliens.
  • Human characters have the opportunity to Join Cerberus.
  • Aliens are told to leave. Rudely.
  • Fight breaks out. Probably Krogan's fault
  • Cerberus turns on aliens and humans who refuse to join.
  • Fight their way through the Cerberus cruiser back to their docked ship.
  • Escape and flee to Omega


  • Third thread
  • The remaining military and merc characters are aboard Omega contemplating their future service.
  • Give it all up for the free life or run back to their respective military's?
  • Those that join Cerberus find themselves on the station too. But they're not looking for the others. They're tasked with acquiring 'sensitive material'.
  • Word of Commander Shepard's death reaches Omega
  • Military characters decide they need to contact the Alliance to inform them the Collectors attacked their colony
  • The 'sensitive material' the human alliance/mercs turned Cerberus operatives are tasked to find is Shepard's body
  • The Illusive man wants the body and has tasked several sources in bringing it in.
  • Merc and military characters catch wind of Shadow Broker agents on Omega holding Shepard's body
  • Mercs realise the demand and believe they can make a whooooole lotta money if they get it themselves.
  • Military characters realise they can't let Cerberus, mercs or Shadow Broker Agents have the body. They decide to use the mercs to get close to the body and then take it for themselves and return it to the alliance
  • Turns out Liar T'Soni, a powerful biotic, also wants his body. As well as the Collectors
  • Military and merc characters discover the location of Shepard's body in a warehouse, thanks to the capture of a suspected Shadow Broker agent
  • Cerberus operatives recognise their old acquaintances and follow them to the warehouse
  • Confrontation between the group stalls long enough for a Collector force to enter Omega.
  • Blue Suns, Eclipse and the Blood Pack all know about Shepard's body
  • EVERY faction converges on the warehouse
  • In the battle, the now Cerberus characters and military/merc characters reach the body locked in a container
  • They manage to only get a glimpse of the mangled corpse before they are attacked and forced to work together to survive
  • The body is taken and the attackers leave
  • Most of the factions involved go after it, but the Cerberus operatives are told to hold as a 'Plan B is active'
  • Cerberus and military/merc characters decide to part ways peacefully
  • In the end, the body is taken to a Shadow Broker base by a Salarian named Tazzik (look him up; he's badass). Liarra attacks the base and is convinced by Miranda to hand over the body to Cerberus


Aaaand that's all I got. Add, remove, modify; go!


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: KING OF SPACE on March 17, 2012, 04:05:38 PM
...I want. I so very much want.

Since this is the end of ME1, I'm assuming we're using ME1 weapons - in which case, what's the highest level we'd legitimately be able to start off with? (i.e. Avenger III, Avenger VII, etc.)


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Specs on March 17, 2012, 05:31:55 PM
I liek, let's go team Merc!


So I get a ship? :D


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Indi on March 17, 2012, 08:01:12 PM
Sounds great. :)
If we're going to mention Shepherd, are we going to go with "he", "she", or try to avoid using pronouns and gender based words. :P


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Specs on March 17, 2012, 08:07:25 PM
Well  I think we should try and avoid using pronouns to describe Shepard, to keep with the realism.      Or we can go with it :P.      Though it would be funny if people disputed Shepard's Gender.

"I can't believe Shephard died, he was one of the best soldiers in the Alliance Military, and the first human Spectre"

"What do you mean He? I heard  Shepard was a girl"

-argument ensues-

Also Shepard was in the a space suit when the accident happened, with a mask on so it wouldn't be impossible to conceal Shepard's gender.   Or maybe the body is in such bad shape you can't discern it anymore XD. 


Also I think with this we can start the first thread, IF we come up with ideas for the Fourth thread or more by the time First Thread is finished.




Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Danny on March 17, 2012, 09:42:37 PM
It was said in the comic Mass Effect: Redemption, Shepard's body was so messed up they couldn't tell if it was a he or she.

So we could be like:
Human: "That's... Shepard?"
Krogan: "Damn, there's nothing left. What would Cerberus want with a charred heap? I can't even tell if it was a man or woman."


Oh, idea for thread 4! Wait for it...

  • Thread four
  • Cerberus has tracked a powerful human biotic who fled from the Cerberus funded Ascension Project back to the Migrant Fleet
  • Cerberus operatives who previously infiltrated the project sneak aboard with the other humans, while a black ops team prepares to attack
  • A Quarian character from the fleet contacts another Quarian character on board the mercenary/military ship
  • She/he tells her friend on the merc/milli vessel that humans have been allowed to board under suspicious circumstances
  • She/he says they can use this event as an argument to the admiralty board to allow ships from the fleet to break off and look for resources/new home, as he/she believes the fleet is slowly dying
  • The Quarian(s) on the merc/milli vessel are given the coordinates of the fleet and the quarian on board convinces everyone they have to go
  • Boom, Cerberus. Human 'civilians' turn on the quarian marines and allow Cerberus black ops to enter the main vessel
  • By then, milli/merc characters are on board and agree to help
  • Fight, fight, fight with Cerberus characters 
  • Cerberus looses and retreats and the biotic child is allowed to stay on board a quarian vessel
  • Cerberus characters, before their retreat, are cornered and offered a position back on board the merc/milli vessel. Some agree, some refuse. Those that refuse are allowed to leave alive due to their history, and those that want to stay are brought aboard the vessel as squadmates.
  • Or are they...


  • Thread five
  • Merc/milli vessel has just picked up supplies from Omega and passed through a relay to some system
  • BOOM CERBERUS AMBUSH
  • Some of the Cerberus characters that were brought aboard give away the ships position allowing it to be ambushed
  • Cerberus cruiser damages the ship and forces it to crash land on a planet (could either be just some random planet or it could Pavelin or some other major planet)
  • Who exactly of the ex-Cerberus characters betrayed them are unknown
  • Milli/merc characters hide out on Pavelin (or whatever planet) while Cerberus forces land to find them and kill them due to their toubles
  • Survive on Pavelin for a while

That's all I got.


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Specs on March 17, 2012, 10:56:45 PM
Love it again!

Good work Danneh Boy

So we can haz start? :3


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Danny on March 17, 2012, 11:04:32 PM
I'd feel a lot better about starting if we had thread five's facts all squared out. Even if it far away. :P


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Specs on March 17, 2012, 11:25:36 PM
Alright here we go!

  • Thread five
  • Merc/milli vessel has just picked up supplies from Omega and passed through a relay to some system
  • BOOM CERBERUS AMBUSH
  • Some of the Cerberus characters that were brought aboard give away the ships position allowing it to be ambushed
  • Cerberus cruiser damages the ship and forces it to make an emergency landing (critical part of the ship is damaged, and it can't fly anymore until it gets repaired) (could either be just some random planet or it could Pavelin or some other major planet)
  • Who exactly of the ex-Cerberus characters betrayed them are unknown
  • Milli/merc characters hide out on Pavelin (or whatever planet) while Cerberus forces land to find them and kill them due to their toubles
  • Survive on Pavelin for a while
  • Military people make a distress call
  • Fight our way to a ship graveyard where we search for parts to fix our damaged ship
  • Ambushed in the graveyard 
  • Alliance/Turian/etc  vessel comes to the rescue
  • With this distraction we manage to make our way to our downed vessel
  • Fix vessel and GTFO

You liek?


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Indi on March 17, 2012, 11:39:03 PM
Probably shouldn't be a major planet we crash on. Kind of hard to be stranded in a heavily populated place where it's relatively easy to find help. :P

Otherwise, sounds great. :)


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Danny on March 18, 2012, 12:07:33 AM
Hmm. What if while we're on Pavelin (or random planet), we need to do jobs for parts to repair our ship, rather than let out a distress call?


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Specs on March 18, 2012, 12:17:09 AM
Alright so what does thread 5 look like now?


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Danny on March 18, 2012, 12:24:28 AM
Maybe something like this?


  • Thread five
  • Merc/milli vessel has just picked up supplies from Omega and passed through a relay to some system
  • BOOM CERBERUS AMBUSH
  • Some of the Cerberus characters that were brought aboard give away the ships position allowing it to be ambushed
  • Cerberus cruiser damages the ship and forces it to make an emergency landing on a Batarian colony (critical part of the ship is damaged, and it can't fly anymore until it gets repaired)
  • Who exactly of the ex-Cerberus characters betrayed them are unknown
  • Milli/merc characters hide out on Batarian colony planet in the Traverse while Cerberus forces land to find them and kill them due to their toubles
  • Have to repair ship, so characters do an assortment of jobs and tasks to pay for the parts they need
  • Meanwhile, Cerberus are being mean to the Batarians
  • Cerberus are getting closer to finding the milli/mercs
  • Parts are acquired and Batarians cover their escape
  • Cerberus kill all the Batarians
  • Milli/Merc characters escape but with epic amounts of guilt
  • Next thread will be closer to Mass Effect 2



Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Specs on March 18, 2012, 02:02:49 AM
Excellent!

We can haz RP now? :P


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Danny on March 18, 2012, 02:09:42 AM
I guess we are all good to go. ;D

Don't forget we have a Star Wars thread running too. :P


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: KING OF SPACE on March 20, 2012, 08:32:31 PM
Just so that you all know, the Locust's defect is a reference to ME2, where I used the Locust for a bit. The gun's iron-sight piece always took more time than any other part of the gun to pop up and ready, to the point where I could already be cappin' fools and then hear the techno-sound as that particular SMG part unfolded.


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Indi on March 20, 2012, 08:45:54 PM
Never noticed, that. And I use it all the time. :P
Even if there is a delay, I can draw it and kill someone with it faster than I can with any other SMG. Landing more hits faster is what really counts, and that gun is deadly accurate.


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: KING OF SPACE on March 24, 2012, 02:45:36 AM
Indi, you may not wanna use it in ME3 - apparently the Locust has zero muzzle climb, same accuracy, same stats - except for its damage, which has been nerfed so badly that it can't kill a Cerberus Assault Trooper in one magazine.

Which reminds me: can I use the ME2 Locust instead of the ME3 one? I like that SMG to hit hard, mid-speed-ish, and accurately, like the spacefuture's UMP .45.


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Indi on March 24, 2012, 02:57:54 AM
I don't know where you heard that. It works superbly in ME3. :silly:
The shotguns got nerfed though.


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: KING OF SPACE on March 24, 2012, 08:34:35 PM
Indi: I'm not saying the Locust is accurate. I'm not saying that it has heavy recoil. I'm saying that it probably has the lowest damage output of any weapon in the game.

And then you take a look at the N7 Hurricane and you wonder "...what in the crap?" It fires fast enough that ME3 can't keep up with its rate of fire.


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Indi on March 24, 2012, 08:43:53 PM
The damage is fine, maybe not as much as ME2, but it's more than enough. :P
It may do less damage per round than the other SMGs, but I can get more rounds on target, so I still end up dealing more damage with it than any of the others.
I've tried several other SMGs, in 3, and the Locust is still the best.

I don't care about damage or rate of fire so much, accuracy is where it counts. If you can't hit your target, a weapon is useless, no matter how much damage it could do.


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: KING OF SPACE on April 10, 2012, 07:18:02 PM
"Hyperion asks, 'what good is a gun that doesn't shoot where you point?' Get a gun that's as accurate as you are!"

Relevant.


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Danny on April 19, 2012, 05:06:46 AM
Here's what I was thinking for what's next:

1. Scarlet and Quintilus go through the data, discovers the strange readings recorded from under the base. There was definitely more to that base the soldiers/scientists let on.
1.5. (Maybe Scarlet really wants to go back there for the really valuable loot, so she rushes everyone back to the Citadel- but then she reads on)
2. Phsyc reports reveal the scientists were being affected by certain artefacts; but no detail how (in the second half of the data)
3. Quintilus reads further, and it's revealed that a scientist suggests these artefacts may be evidence of Commander Shepard's 'Reaper' claim. The artefacts date back 50,000 years or further
4. Quintilus finds out more and decides this information has to get into Turian/Alliance hands.
5. Arrive at the Citadel to find it under Geth assault. Some of the scientists start acting strange and distraught.
6. It reflects the reports.
7. It's possible the giant Geth dreadnought is a Reaper.
8. Now imperative the data get to Turian/Alliance command.
9. Informed by Alliance, Geth troops are pounding on the door of a joint Turian/Human research centre on the Citadel. (their employers)
10. Soldiers land on the Citadel and fight inside to deliver the data. Mercs have the option to join them.

Then next thread. Thoughts?


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Indi on April 19, 2012, 05:14:52 AM
Great. How are we going to go about revealing all this though?
Quintilus has already read some, but only enough to know it's a very advanced ancient ship. She's still assuming it's another Prothean relic, albeit a potentially revolutionary one.


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Danny on April 19, 2012, 05:25:51 AM
When you say Quintilus doesn't know enough to know it's a very ancient ship, are you talking about what's under the base?

As for the reveal, she could maybe piece it all together. We come through the mass relay to find the Geth fleet moving towards the Citadel with Sovereign. The Geth dreadnaught (Reaper) at the head but something about it doesn't seem right. The scientists are reacting to it strangely too, like they know it.
Maybe there are pictures in the data, that look strangely similar to the Geth dreadnaught.

Then she remembers 'Shepards claim'.

?


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Specs on April 19, 2012, 05:28:09 AM
Yeah Scarlet is going to want that ship, she is Cerberus/soon to be Cerberus  :cool:

At the very least in contact with our buddy the Illusive Man.  

Take that as you will ;)


And I assume Scarlet will have full access to the data, or I am going to have her betray our asses to get it for Cerberus >:D?

Even if she doesn't know it is Reaper I am sure she will want to get the data of it perhaps being a Prothean ship to her bosses.  

Oh making a company soldier probably XD.   Wish I could make a Geth still XD :P


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Indi on April 19, 2012, 05:54:39 AM
Quintilus knows now that there was a ship under the base and it's more advanced than any that have been discovered previously. She's also seen schematics for it, so she'll recognize it when she sees Sovereign.

I'm guessing the Reaper claims wouldn't be very publicized at the moment since they were so eagerly thrown out by the council, so they might not come to mind right away. But during the attack, before the council can dismiss it again, people are bound to start talking about it more, and in greater detail. (eg. "Could that be that Reaper thing Shepard was talking about?" "I don't care what it is, I'm getting off this station!" )
So she could piece it together on the way to her employers, and warn them of the ship's potential danger. (And with trends as they are, they will probably toss the Reaper theory aside and leave her disgruntled, as they rush off to go play with brainwashing Reaper tech.)


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Danny on April 19, 2012, 05:56:47 AM
Yeah, I was thinking when we meet our employers, maybe they'll reveal more, enough for us to connect the dots.


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Indi on April 19, 2012, 06:23:31 AM
They'll still want to send more people to go poking around there again, though.
And, if Scarlet sells her copy of the data to Cerberus there could be a real fight over the site too. Could be interesting later to go back later in the middle of that. :P


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Danny on April 19, 2012, 06:40:06 AM
What if a scientist there understands the threat of the Reapers and indoctrination and vows never to send anyone back there. But then he dies. :P


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Indi on April 19, 2012, 06:49:26 AM
I was going to have that minor Salarain character, that I mentioned to you a couple days ago, do something that. Not sure if I want to kill him though, at least not so early. He was going to pull Quintilus, and whoever else is there, aside and be like "I believe you, I'll do all I can to stall them"
Aha! But when Cerberus goes for the site, he can't stall them any more because they want to keep Cerberus away from it.


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Danny on April 19, 2012, 06:54:39 AM
Ok- something's wrong with my brain. I can't connect everything.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is what we've all just spoken about:

1. Dead reaper under the base
2. Proof in the data
3. Scarlet has a copy of the data
4. Scarlet goes to sell the data while military characters try to hand it over to the authorities
5. Turian/Alliance employers want to dispatch more crew to the site to take control in light of Sovereign
6. Salarian dude agrees to stall the science teams.
7. Scarlet sells the data and Cerberus troops move in
8. Alliance has no choice but to do the same


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Indi on April 19, 2012, 07:05:08 AM
That sums it up. :)


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Danny on April 19, 2012, 07:06:06 AM
Ok, cool. ;D


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: Specs on April 19, 2012, 01:09:43 PM
Sounds good  ;D


Oh Morrigus is probably going to be jumping ship maybe, I dunno.


Title: Re: What we have so far...
Post by: KING OF SPACE on May 14, 2012, 10:14:26 PM
Just to let you all know I've decided Mickey will speak with an Irish accent.