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<ul><li><p>8/8/2019 Shattering the Skies Above</p><p> 1/8</p><p>Shattering the skies above</p><p>A Mass Effect Fan Fiction by mehmep059</p><p>Lieutenant Daniel Thompson gazed out into the vast jungle before him, wishing he could</p><p>take off his helmet and see the landscape through his own eyes, rather than through the optic</p><p>filters and layers of polarization of his faceplate. However, he knew that the methane-based</p><p>atmosphere of Torfan would not agree with his respiratory system.</p><p>Damn the Batarians... Thompson said with curious volume, Why would</p><p>the four-eyed sons-of-bitches attack such a beautiful place?...</p><p>Though the Batarians, or rather a small mercenary group comprised largely of Batarians,</p><p>currently held the planet, it had originally been a developing human colony. In the colonization</p><p>rush of 2165, twenty years after humanity discovered Prothean engine designs buried on Mars, as</p><p>well as the Arcturus Prime Mass Relay, which enabled travel to the farthest regions of space,</p><p>they began colonizing worlds, inhabited or not. The Batarians had interest in, or colonists on</p><p>some of these worlds already, and, due to the Councils immediate interest in humanity and their</p><p>desire to remain neutral, their requests for Council aid were denied. This lead the Batarians to</p><p>withdraw from the Council and establish a rogue state within the terminus systems, the majority</p><p>of their population largely uninterested in squalling with the galactic newcomers. However, there</p><p>were extremists who had every desire to spill human blood over land they felt the Batarians were</p></li><li><p>8/8/2019 Shattering the Skies Above</p><p> 2/8</p><p>entitled to. These groups began attacking and occupying small human settlements, and thus the</p><p>Torfan conflict was wrought.</p><p>A marine jogged up the hill Thompson was perched on, stopping two meters away from</p><p>the officer. The marine was attired much the same as Thompson himself, wearing the Human</p><p>Systems Alliance Military standard issue Onyx IV environmental hard suit and brandishing an</p><p>Avenger III assault rifle at waist level.</p><p>Lieutenant Thompson! the marine wheezed, gasping for air, Sir, news from Admiral</p><p>Hackett! He wants you to see him at central command in the F-wing of Alpha Base, Sir.</p><p>Is that all, Private Monroe? asked Thompson coolly, never once turning to face the</p><p>soldier behind him.</p><p>Yes Sir!</p><p>Very well. Tell him Ill be there at 0600.</p><p>Yes Sir! barked the marine as he began the trek back to the comm post.</p><p>...</p></li><li><p>8/8/2019 Shattering the Skies Above</p><p> 3/8</p><p>Thompson strode with purpose through the concrete halls of Alpha Base, staring at the</p><p>tight framework of the structure. It was a bomb shelter, built hastily, but it could take quite a</p><p>beating. The accommodations seemed appropriate, considering their enemy was armed with a</p><p>vast array of Anti-</p><p>Air guns, anti- vehicle missiles and long ranged radar that linked directly to an orbiting M41A</p><p>Blackstorm particle cannon. Thompson knew that these fortifications made a direct assault on the</p><p>enemy base suicidal, which made him worry all the more. He entered Admiral Hacketts office</p><p>with the hope that his Commanding Officer had good news for him.</p><p>Ah Thompson, good youre here. Come in, sit down. said Admiral Hackett in his gruff</p><p>manner of forced politeness.</p><p>What is it you needed to see me for Sir? Thompson asked, saluting his superior officer.</p><p>Sit down son. said Hackett, motioning to a chair opposite his desk. Navy Intelligence</p><p>has informed us that a Cathka Verdino is leading the Batarians, irrelevant I suppose but at least</p><p>we know who were dealing with. Hes a longstanding Blue Suns commander, most of his troops</p><p>remained loyal to him even after his expatriation from the organization. Hes conducted</p><p>countless raids on our settlements and slaughtered thousands... The mans a Barbarian... But I</p><p>suppose that doesnt explain why youre here, does it son?... Hackett lay back in his chair and</p><p>set his feet on the desk in front of him.</p></li><li><p>8/8/2019 Shattering the Skies Above</p><p> 4/8</p><p>Son... Hackett sighed, Our techs have informed us that they can jam the satellite</p><p>signals to the Balckstorm gun in orbit...</p><p>That seems like good news to me sir, but from your expression, I think theres more to it</p><p>than that. said Thompson in a matter- of- fact way.</p><p>There is Lieutenant... This is the perfect opportunity for us to take Cathka out, but Our</p><p>Tech team can't stay within their firewalls forever, their admins lock out unauthorized users</p><p>every three minutes. Therefor, we only have a thirty minute issue window before the Batarians</p><p>bring the Blackstorm back online. Wed like you to lead an infiltration team to destroy that</p><p>transmitter and disable as much of their weaponry as possible. Also if you can, kill Cathka, hes</p><p>been a thorn in our side for far too long. Hackett finished his end of the conversation by lighting</p><p>an antique pipe, and taking a long puff.</p><p>Sounds simple enough, replied the Lieutenant. Whos on my team sir?</p><p>Weve already assembled your team Thompson, theyre waiting for you in the garage.</p><p>Youll be crossing no mans land in a Mako. Let us know when youre ready and well tell the</p><p>techs to start the operation.</p><p>Yes Sir. Thompson saluted and exited the room.</p><p>The Lieutenant proceeded to the garage, all the way thinking of all the possible outcomes</p></li><li><p>8/8/2019 Shattering the Skies Above</p><p> 5/8</p><p>of the mission. It was very likely that most or all of his squad would be killed just breaking</p><p>through the Batarian defenses. They were very well fortified, a minimum of twenty soldiers held</p><p>the door at all times, they knew this was their last hurrah and they werent going down without a</p><p>fight.</p><p>Thompson reached the garage and opened the door to find 20 soldiers, men and women ,</p><p>dressed in full combat gear, an assortment of snipers, tech specialists, demolitions experts, and</p><p>shock troopers filled the room. Each of them stood at rigid attention, saluting the Lieutenant with</p><p>looks of determination, one of them stepped forward and spoke.</p><p>Sergeant Jacob Taylor at your service sir! Ill be your second- in- command, and I must</p><p>say, we are all ecstatic to be working with you Sir! the young man said, sweat beading atop his</p><p>dark forehead.</p><p>At ease, all of you, said Thompson, his expression cool and calm. This is practically a</p><p>suicide mission, we are charging an incredibly fortified hilltop and we have a small window of</p><p>time in which to do it. If any of you have second thoughts, you may leave now with nothing less</p><p>thought of you.</p><p>This is a volunteer assignment sir, everyone in this room knows the associated risks.</p><p>said Sergeant Taylor.</p></li><li><p>8/8/2019 Shattering the Skies Above</p><p> 6/8</p><p>Good, replied Thompson Let command know were ready.</p><p>Aye Sir! barked Taylor as he saluted and strode towards the comm terminal.</p><p>...</p><p>The earth felt firm in Thompsons hands, theyd successfully penetrated the Batarian</p><p>defenses, losing half their squad in the process. Now all Thompson was waiting for was Corporal</p><p>Daniels, his lead demo- man, to blast the door open. There was a soft thud as thermite charges</p><p>lifted the door from its frame.</p><p>Were all clear L T. the stubby man shouted back to him.</p><p>All right people, lets move out! Weve got eighteen minutes! Hit em fast and hit em</p><p>hard, Marines! Go! Go!Go!</p><p>...</p><p>The next eight minutes were a blur to Thompson, bullets whizzed past his face and tore</p><p>through his energy shielding and his armor. By the time the bulk of the fighting had subsided,</p><p>Thompson, Taylor, Daniels, and Ryans, their lead engineer, were the only marines still standing.</p><p>They proceeded into the main control room. Thompson had been shot four times, Taylor six, and</p><p>Daniels three. The majority of their squad had been killed charging the main entry point. They</p></li><li><p>8/8/2019 Shattering the Skies Above</p><p> 7/8</p><p>had sacrificed themselves to give him this chance, and he would not waste it. Out of the corner of</p><p>his eye, he noticed a large Batarian aiming a missile launcher at Daniels.</p><p>Get down Dammit! Thompson shouted at the marine. But it was too late.</p><p>Die Humans! the Batarian roared as he fired his weapon at the demo man, the marine's</p><p>body exploded as chunks of flesh, bone, and gray matter flew through the air.</p><p>Thompson knew he was facing Cathka, it had to be. The aliens hard suit had a dozen</p><p>punctures, and one of his eyes had been shot out. Thompson aimed his gun and fired a six round</p><p>burst into Cathkas skull, and the four eyed monster fell to the floor.</p><p>Sir theyve brought the Blackstorm back online! Screamed Sergeant Taylor. Weve</p><p>got to </p><p>He was cut off as a red beam of divinity fell from the sky into the center of the control</p><p>room. The resulting shock wave slammed Thompson into a wall, knocking him cold.</p><p>The air here is so thick... Thompson thought to himself. It seemed as though he was</p><p>awake, but he knew that couldn't be true. For one thing, he wasn't wearing a helmet, and Torfan's</p><p>atmosphere would've have gotten into his lungs and killed him by now. Looking around,</p><p>Thompson saw his childhood home. The slums of Elysium... I thought I was done with this...</p></li><li><p>8/8/2019 Shattering the Skies Above</p><p> 8/8</p><p>I never wanted to come back here again... Am I dead? No... Just a memory... Saying goodbye to</p><p>the one person who was kind to me, to any of us slum rats, in that place... Thank you Father</p><p>Cornwell... If you could only see me now... Who would've ever believed that some little slum rat</p><p>would take down a terrorist group... He laughed in his mind, fading back into consciousness.</p><p>Thompson awoke in a medical bay, white walls and IVs seemed to stare blankly at him,</p><p>as if he were about to tell them a story. It was over.</p><p>Thank God... Thompson sighed, closing his eyes.</p></li></ul>