“Your use of biotics is impressive.” They’re following Shepard through Omega, which is not his favorite place, but there are still worse parts of the galaxy out there. Parts that Jack and himself have seen, though at separate times and places. Those experiences have changed both of them in unique ways. Jack appears to belong here. Thane doesn’t, but that almost seems more dangerous. “Do you find finesse difficult with the amount of power you wield?”
There’s an anger in the commander that’s uncannily familiar. The kind of anger that consumes, floods the body, and drowns the spirit. Irikah’s death caused that in him. He’d been lost in that anger for ages, ignoring all the things that had also enhanced his life--Kolyat, for one. On the one hand, he understands and sympathizes with her anger. On the other, he wonders if there’s any way to actually help. There hadn’t been for him. The fury had been soul deep. But there’s no telling what Shepard’s anger is directed at. Not unless he asks.
“Shepard. You seem more restless than usual. Did your meeting with the Illusive Man not go well?”
Would anyone like a Mass Effect-based Celia starter?
#ooc: rin speaks #not necessarily a starter call #just gauging if there's interest #summary: she's from a personal project of a doctor in Cerberus who left to start his own shit and took quite a few people with him #not a lot but enough to make a small dent #you can recruit him in me3 : ) #anyways. she's an assassin. raised to be so. #also a biotic #not Jack strong but still strong #her focus was on hand to hand #as well as using guns #so the biotics are more an off thing. she doesn't use them often #they actually tried to remove the biotics #aka painful experiments. #I'm thinking Forrest was part of the project with Jack initially #haven't fully decided yet
Thane stepped silently onto the engineering deck, peering about. It was time to learn about the Normandy, to know all the dark little nooks and crannies that might be exploited later. He’d already poured over the blueprints provided to him by EDI, and with her permission, explored much of the emergency tunnels, but now it was time for his own investigation of the place. An assassin such as himself made use of things beyond an AI’s comprehension, no matter how knowledgeable or creative EDI may be.
“Tali’Zorah.” Her name is accompanied by a little nod as he steps up beside her, eyes on the thrumming drive core. He’d never really known much about ships, unless it pertained to a contract. “My view of the drive core from the life support area is well insulated. I didn’t know it hummed.”
from @cerberus-assassin : ❝ planning has never been my strong suit . now, killing…killing & love-making. those i am better at. ❞
Fighting the scoff that tore from her mouth had been a futile battle, jaw clenching ever so slightly. Does he hear himself ? Undoubtedly. Assuredly. And with a wickedness unmatched. He was known for certain things, though the circles they ran in when she once kept close to a former employer had been very small, secluded – Miranda certainly could not attest toward the latter bragging. Leng’s general fortitude had been a minor legend, though shadowed by other operative’s accomplishments until the time came. It suits Cerberus just fine to scurry their darker habits into careful corners, hiding behind a face of ‘ doing what’s necessary / for the good of humanity / our colonies are scared to us ‘ before a cool flash of steel hinders those that may disagree.
“ Love-making ? You do you even know what that is ? ” A snarled tease edges between her teeth. Palms itch as fingers tremble with carefully design biotic flare. “ Didn’t think you were capable. After all, the Illusive Man doesn’t generally teach his dogs new tricks. “ Had she not been one of them before ? The insult flickers both ways and it’s been more than enough that her former employer felt the flash and wrench of her fangs. Even if she took that maw-full of flesh through snide barbs of his current agent.
Her tongue clucks, “ I’d ask that you show me, but I believe we’re both better suited for the former. And after all, I have standards. ”
#cerberus-assassin #✘. verse: PRODIGAL FUGITIVE #i apologize for miranda but flirting antagonism is my v i b e with her and cerberus
A year isn’t a lot of time, and yet a lot can happen in a year. A lot can also be rebuilt, but the progress is eclipsed by how much is destroyed in the first place. Physical therapy, eventual discharge from Huerta Memorial -- it takes Commander Shepard all of a year after finally getting out of that hospital bed to track down every loose thread that the news or reports cannot give her. One of them is Kai Leng.
A wave of her Spectre status and heralding as a hero of the galaxy does wonders. It brings her to Alliance, to where they’ve been rehabilitating the former Cerberus assassin. Shepard is of two minds, but both of them boil down to the same thing -- curiosity.
“Remember me?” the delivery is dry as she crosses her arms and studies him sharply through crimson laced eyes. It’s not good to see him, nor is it bad, and so Shepard just watches him.
“How are things?” She finally settles on, and it’s open ended for a reason; she is guarded.
@cerberus-assassin / starter call.
#i find post me3 verse compelling as hell so #here i am! if u want something else just let me know <3 #cerberus-assassin#cerberusassassin #seven of wands/ic. #seven of wands/post game.
Thane slid over the tops of the crates, firing off shots with is submachine gun, only to land on the other side beside Shepard. “The way ahead is full of husks and scions. I would advise finding an alternate path, Shepard.”
He slid down a little further as fire from the enemy got a little too close for comfort before leaning up and reaching for an enemy with his power, throwing one of the abominations into a group of husks and watching them all go up in flames. The temporary hole was filled again with more husks in almost no time. “I believe the schematics of this base showed a large air conditioning system. We may be able to use it to reach our destination.”
#hvadeina #general | starters. #assassin | thread. #assassin | verse: cerberus. #[ some random made up mission set during me2 ] #[ hope that's ok! ]
There was no pause in Thane’s movements as he swiftly disassembled and cleaned his guns. A post-mission cleaning kept everything firing as it should, and he found it easy to do praying. That had finished a while ago by the time Shepard stepped through the doors, and Thane placed his shotgun gently back upon the shelf. “Shepard.” It’s as much a greeting as an acknowledgement of his presence, despite the fact that he didn’t turn around to look at the man, instead moving over to his pistol. “Dr. Chakwas has cleared me already for whatever field mission comes next. My wound was only superficial.”
#general | starters. #assassin | thread. #assassin | verse: cerberus. #[ sorry for the delay! ] #call2arms
Perhaps she should have known her answer wouldn’t exactly make her popular with her current company, but she hadn’t been able to resist the comment either way. It was easier than admitting anything REAL in return. “ Oh c’mon you have to give me a few comments every now and then. Besides, I’m not trying to analyse you if I wanted to do that don’t you think I’d be smart enough to just look at your files instead of bothering to ask you directly and WASTE time making you open up to me? ”
She could do that if she really wanted to but for once she was making an effort to genuinely be friendly, make conversation, get to know him. The fact she openly let him know she COULD just get the data on him if she really wanted to was hopefully proof enough she was being serious about this. She wouldn’t have told him anything otherwise. Information was valuable, they both knew that better than most. “ And you’re one to talk about snarky comments, don’t dish it out if you can’t TAKE it, Leng. But I could trade you a story for a story. I might have a couple I’d be willing to share. ”
#cerberus-assassin #i do not have live action icons for her rip #v; to stand for something ( cerberus ) - BROOKS
7. How would the peers of your muse describe them?
People who know of her but don’t actually know her: Cold. Ruthless. Very likely to threaten you with bodily harm if you irritate her. Extremely likely to make good on those threats if you piss her off.
People who work with her but aren’t close to her: Strict but fair. Do NOT interrupt her on her way to coffee if you at all value your limbs remaining intact. Will absolutely call the Council and/or the Illusive Man just to hang up on them, then gleeful laugh about it with Joker and her closest squadmates. Far more clever than most people give her credit for. If you see her carrying a roomba, duct tape, and a knife, don’t remain in the area when she releases the stabby bot into the wild. Yes, she really did take down a thresher maw on foot: do NOT underestimate her if you value your life.
People who are on her squad and are close friends: Deadly dexterity on the field, absolute disaster on the dance floor. Has a tank full of fish all named ‘Bob’, except for one of the Prejek Paddle Fish, whose name is ‘Malcolm’. “Where is Shepard?” / “Have you checked the maintenance ducts?”. Proud adopted member of Clan Urdnot. Extremely proud mom Battlemaster of Urdnot Grunt. Will literally die to protect any one of her crew (”please don’t do ever do it again, Shep”). Do NOT bet against if you value your credits; this includes at Skyllian-Five poker. Convinced that she’s a krogan spirit trapped in a 5′6″ squishy human body. Do NOT let drive the Mako or the Hammerhead or the shuttle or--. “Shepard, no!” / “Shepard YES!”. If you must wake her up before her shift: bring extra coffee to her cabin if you don’t want to get hit by flying boots.
#cerberus-assassin #there was a point to this story ( answered meme ) #long dark teatime of the soul ( ooc replies ) #headcanons ( shepard ) #everything you can imagine is real ( headcanons )
"I know exactly what it's going to take." / @cerberus-assassin
❝ Really ? ❞ 𝐃𝐈𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐃𝐑𝐀𝐖𝐋𝐄𝐃 𝐅𝐑𝐎𝐌 𝐇𝐈𝐒 𝐋𝐈𝐏𝐒. Languid gait leaned forward from his chair as curiosity glistened. Weaved fingers separated. Gaze fastened towards the bounty hunter. Self-assured , assertive ; though whether such boasts were fact or fiction remains to be seen. ❝ The Empire will reward you handsomely for your service , bounty hunter. All I require are your skills and your silence. ❞
“ if we’re going to make a deal, you’re gonna have to ask for something a little more rational than that.” — @cerberus-assassin/ Kai Leng
"I don't know. I think letting me go before the Illusive man comes to interrogate me sounds like a pretty solid fucking request, Leng." He pulled at the bands of metal keeping him cuffed to the chair. Being nervous was a waste of energy, being annoyed however...
That felt extremely fucking justified.
"How about you let me go and maybe I can be convinced to hand you over to the Alliance instead of skewering you through the chest the next chance I get. They tend to actually show mercy sometimes, unlike me.”
He gave one more good yank at his restraints before giving up. Cerberus knew nearly everything about him, had rebuilt him from the ground up. If they caught him and it was planned, everything was probably ‘Shepard proofed.’ The best he could do would be to play along and see if he could get Kai Leng to see a Planck length of sense.
“At the very least, since you’ve finally got me, you can share what the plan is here. Unless the boss man decided not to share with you. He does that a lot with his collateral damage.”
#cerberus-assassin #yes because this is the correct way to deal with being a hostage absolutely #also hello!
hmm can’t believe I used to find jacob boring I love him now actually
#my post #I spent most of the opening of mass effect 2 first playthrough in a blind rage at the fact I was workign for cerberus #and couldn't tell them to fuck off #(I drew some major parallels between them and political climate in 2016 lmao) #however it's less ooc for my current shepard who was more disillusioned with the alliance too #so has a bit more solidarity w/ jacob #and I think jacob's more interesting at the start of the game #later it's all religious alien assassins and giant lizard sons etc etc