105Friends With (Maternity) Benefits » by Snafu1000 For years, Liara has managed to conceal the fact that she was in love with Lisbeth Shepard, but the Asari matriarchs have a proposition for them both that could change everything.
Mass Effect, M, English, Hurt/Comfort & Romance, chapters: 14, words: 40k+, favs: 161, follows: 244, updated: 11/27 published: 1/31/2016, [J. Garson, Liara T'Soni] Feron, Aethyta
66New Game » by alden prime She'd woken up in an unrecognizable galaxy, jammed together from spare parts, a Cerberus logo stamped on her ass. She'd been handed a beautiful, expensive, top-of-the-line mockery of her old ship, crewed by beautiful, expensive, top-of-the-line terrorists. And either Shepard's sanity had splintered under the stress, or she was now some kind of unkillable demigod. Or both.
Mass Effect, M, English, Sci-Fi & Drama, chapters: 18, words: 114k+, favs: 178, follows: 237, updated: 11/7 published: 5/4/2016, Garrus V., Miranda L., Shepard
248Unwelcome Discovery » by V-rcingetorix Humanity discovered the Ruins over Forty years earlier than they should have. After the First Contact War, they have earned the respect of the galaxy and are respected as equals. But Shepard, survivor of Mindoir, stumbles onto a secret spanning through the millenia, and now the Powers want to control his discovery. Alternate Universe, see Early Discovery for the Backstory.
Mass Effect, M, English, Adventure & Sci-Fi, chapters: 35, words: 359k+, favs: 604, follows: 710, updated: 9/4 published: 8/21/2015, Garrus V., Ashley W., Liara T'Soni, Shepard
575Mass Effect: Raven » by R3dRaven I didn't know how I ended up on the Citadel. What I did know, was that my chances of survival were higher if I could find refuge aboard the NORMANDY. So I took a gamble, and joined the hunt for Saren. Unfortunately, real life is not as easy as a game - but still, I wouldn't have missed it for anything. / Mass Effect 1, Self-Insertion, logic/realistic approach, close to canon.
Mass Effect, T, English, Sci-Fi & Adventure, chapters: 32, words: 277k+, favs: 1k+, follows: 1k+, updated: 7/23 published: 3/24/2015, Liara T'Soni, Tali'Zorah, Shepard, OC
922Living an Indoctrinated Dream » by Aberron Sending Shepard back in time? Inefficient. Unlikely to produce significant changes to timeline. Sending the Illusive Man back in time? Difficulty level has increased. Jack Harper, The Illusive Man, is back where it all started. New Cerberus, New plan, and the Reapers watching, always watching. Sending a Hero back in time does nothing; Sending back this guy? Priceless. AU.
Mass Effect, M, English, chapters: 93, words: 1116k+, favs: 1k+, follows: 1k+, updated: 6/17 published: 6/16/2014, Garrus V., Illusive Man, Shepard, Hannah S.
381The Lives and Deaths of Commander Shepard » by MosaicCreme The essence that is Commander Shepard has fought the battle against the Reapers more times than she can count, only to find herself right back where it all started. Never the exact same body, never the same first name or history. The disembodied voice struggles to break her way through to the consciousness of her current incarnation, trying to find a way to break her own cycle.
Mass Effect, M, English, Sci-Fi & Suspense, chapters: 117, words: 859k+, favs: 207, follows: 295, updated: 6/6 published: 12/1/2015, J. Garson, Garrus V., Thane K., Jack
160That Which Matters Most » by Grace Kay Amidst the blood and gore of war, there are tender moments. There is sorrow and joy, anger and laughter, fear and love. Follow Samantha Traynor and Ashley Williams as they discover those things which matter most amidst it all. Title thanks to Raven Sinead. Cover art thanks to LannMelo. Picked back up July 2020.
Mass Effect, M, English, Romance & Sci-Fi, chapters: 41, words: 123k+, favs: 148, follows: 206, updated: 4/9 published: 10/5/2014, [Ashley W., Samantha T.] [Liara T'Soni, Shepard]
59 TRANSFORMATION, Part III: New Beginnings » by Old Gamer Post-Synthesis Adventure: The Normandy has returned from the galaxy's edge with Rachaél Shepard's spirit residing within the ship's computer. A new captain has been assigned, along with a new mission. Working with Harbinger, a cloned body for Shepard will be found. Rated 'M' for some content—generally a 'T'; contains some series spoilers. EA/Bioware owns all, except OCs & AU story.
Mass Effect, M, English, Sci-Fi & Drama, chapters: 30, words: 208k+, favs: 64, follows: 84, updated: 2/28 published: 9/12/2015, [Samantha T., OC] [Liara T'Soni, Shepard]
232 Of Fade Rifts and Oblivion Gates » by natashaheisenburg The Oblivion Crisis has been over for 2 years, but its aftermath has left Talia Indoril a mere shadow of her former self. As she struggles to find purpose, she is transported to a world where elves and mages are hated and feared, a world where religion existed to chain the minds of the masses, a world she hated-a world she is once again forced to save. Inquisitor!Hero of Kvatch
Elder Scroll series & Dragon Age, T, English, Adventure & Friendship, chapters: 24, words: 145k+, favs: 366, follows: 484, updated: 2/20 published: 1/27/2015, Dragonborn/Dovahkiin, Hero of Kvatch, Solas, Felix
291It's Lost Its Charm » by MsMoon Whether it's real or not, Amy McManus finds herself in Thedas and severely limited by aphasia and suspicion. It's hard to warn people about the coming doom when you can't talk properly, and it's even worse when they might think you're the enemy. At the best, she's thought of as odd or addled, and at the worst she knows too much and could be dangerous. What's a modern girl to do?
Dragon Age, M, English, Romance, chapters: 31, words: 155k+, favs: 639, follows: 788, updated: 1/19 published: 3/16/2016, Cullen, OC, Inquisitor, Iron Bull
281First Love (The Trish & Nikki Saga) » by DRWPJT Some people spend their whole lives searching for love, others stumble into it completely by chance. Nicola "Nikki" Shepard was devastated when her childhood sweetheart left Mindoir, but fate is a fickle creature and in the long run it was probably for the best. Starting with brief snapshots on Mindoir and other events pre-ME1 then hopefully continuing throughout the trilogy. F/F
Mass Effect, T, English, Romance, chapters: 98, words: 284k+, favs: 242, follows: 315, updated: 1/4 published: 6/20/2016, [OC, Shepard]
109The Other Commander Shepard » by servantofclio Val Shepard is the survivor of Mindoir, Hero of Elysium, first human Spectre, Savior of the Citadel, Destroyer of Bahak, and savior of the galaxy... ... or is she? Waking up as an ordinary Alliance officer, Shepard tries to make sense of the world around her, where everything seems changed.
Mass Effect, M, English, Adventure & Sci-Fi, chapters: 29, words: 126k+, favs: 131, follows: 183, updated: 11/16/2020 published: 4/6/2016, [Garrus V., Shepard]
103 Stolen Moments » by MizDirected When Adrien Victus saw Commander Jane Shepard racing across Menae, he thought her one of the warrior goddesses of old. However, once aboard the Normandy, he learns how much more there is to her than the embodiment of war. Through the stresses and heartaches of war, the two form a deep friendship, perhaps even more. Written for the MEBB 2016. Cover art by Commander Hot Pants
Mass Effect, T, English, Sci-Fi & Romance, chapters: 23, words: 120k+, favs: 143, follows: 151, updated: 10/24/2020 published: 7/1/2016, [Primarch Adrien Victus, Shepard] Garrus V., U. Wrex
724The Only Right Choice » by guubear Shepard was a total noob during the first play through. She made terrible choices, skipped quests, and she didn't buy any DLCs. Hopefully she would do a better job saving the galaxy at new game plus. Rate M for sex and violence.
Mass Effect, M, English, Adventure & Romance, chapters: 25, words: 219k+, favs: 1k+, follows: 2k+, updated: 3/16/2020 published: 1/28/2016, [Shepard, Liara T'Soni]
41The Three-headed Dog » by Lanilen Two years after Mindoir, Aliana Shepard joins the Systems Alliance military. Less than a week later, the man who saved her from the batarians dies in strange circumstances, leaving behind nothing but a letter. A letter explaining the most dangerous secret in the galaxy. A letter that will put her life in danger, and only the mysterious organization Cerberus is willing to help her.
Mass Effect, T, English, Adventure & Sci-Fi, chapters: 9, words: 25k+, favs: 92, follows: 132, updated: 10/23/2019 published: 3/7/2016, Liara T'Soni, Miranda L., Shepard
19 My Effect: Crossover » by Lanilen If the laws of the Universe can be broken to make some of us, players, end up in the Mass Effect universe, what else could they do? A silly one-shot with me meeting myself from different Self-insert timelines during the raid of Eden Prime.
Mass Effect, T, English, Humor & Parody, chapters: 3, words: 4k+, favs: 45, follows: 37, updated: 10/22/2019 published: 3/12/2016
213Legacy of One » by Salmon Center AU. Where fallen stars are after images, never meant to return. But there is debt to be paid to Commander Alenko. And so here Shepard is: in the limelight and in the clutches of the Reaper War. Set after ME 1 till the end of ME 2. Where Shepard isn't the Commander we know.
Mass Effect, M, English, Sci-Fi & Adventure, chapters: 85, words: 270k+, favs: 165, follows: 216, updated: 6/25/2019 published: 2/9/2013, [Garrus V., Shepard] Tali'Zorah, Aria T'Loak
544CatalystEXE » by Shujin1 She woke up on Ilos as a series of 1s and 0s. An Artificial Intelligence. Mass Effect is the last place a brand new AI wants to be and this one used to be a person. Who knows this should all be a game. Now on Book Two: Rebirth.
Mass Effect, T, English, Sci-Fi & Adventure, chapters: 25, words: 159k+, favs: 1k+, follows: 1k+, updated: 5/29/2019 published: 7/4/2013, Saren A., Shepard, Benezia
600Stones Thrown Before the Tide » by MizDirected In the race to fire the Crucible, Urdnot Wrex arrives on the Citadel with Shepard instead of Anderson. When he hears the Catalyst's options, he's determined to leave only one choice: destroy the Reapers. Rippling backwards 300 yrs, his actions send himself and three others on a journey that'll do far more than change history, it may destroy everything. Cussing, violence, sex. CD/AU
Mass Effect, M, English, Adventure & Sci-Fi, chapters: 25, words: 143k+, favs: 812, follows: 1k+, updated: 5/7/2018 published: 12/17/2015, J. Garson, Garrus V., U. Wrex, Illusive Man
742Ghost, Ghost, I Know You Live Within Me » by theherocomplex For Shepard, death is just another technicality (AU, Shakarian). No longer updated.
Mass Effect, T, English, Romance & Supernatural, chapters: 49, words: 233k+, favs: 534, follows: 595, updated: 1/26/2018 published: 6/10/2013, [J. Garson, Garrus V.] Miranda L.