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"Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
 
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Exile Stories #34
"The Crying of Lot 490"

The year is 2356. One unexpected benefit of Gryphon's fugitive status: As a famous criminal, he gets invited to underworld gatherings from time to time. He usually ignores these invitations, but this one is for an auction of illicit military hardware, and where else can a man in his position get hold of a SPARTAN Laser? He plans to get in, make the buy, and get out. But not much ever went according to plan for him in those days, and this will be no exception...


        The auctioneer's voice brightening jarred him from his reverie,
and he returned his attention to the stage. The man was positively
beaming, all trace of worry or weariness erased from him, as he grinned
over his lectern.
"Ladies and gentlebeings," he announced as though the place were
still full, "we have another item which has just become available! This
is unique in my experience." Behind him, the cargo-handling system was
delivering what appeared to be a cryofreeze tube. The tube was
occupied, but not activated, and Gryphon blinked at the sight of its
cargo.
"Ladies and gentlebeings, Lot #490," the auctioneer bubbled.
"Just, er, acquired by our auction security force: a quarian female of
unknown provenance, approximately eighteen Standard years of age, in
good working order with all relevant parts attached. Exact measurements
were not possible under the circumstances, but she appears to stand
about five feet, five inches high, and I would guess her weight at
around one hundred twenty pounds, not including the encounter suit."
Gryphon wasn't the galaxy's best eyeball judge of weights and
measures, but to him the auctioneer's guesses looked about right. The
girl in the deactivated freeze tube was petite but looked well-nourished
and athletic. She was dressed in the customary sort of full-body
environment suit quarians always seemed to be wearing when encountered
in the wild: half wetsuit, half motorcycling costume, swathes of snug
black duraplast and a purplish-grey textile with the odd grey alloy
panel and the usual tapering, oddly elegant helmet with semi-reflec
visor. From the way she was banging on that tube lid, she was plenty
strong, though of course even the strongest regular humanoid would never
be able to force a cryotube from the inside. Her voice could even be
heard, albeit muffled to the point of incomprehensibility.
Obviously he couldn't see her face - in nearly 400 years of
roaming the galaxy he'd never seen a quarian's face, nor did he know
anyone who had - but there was something about her body language as she
thumped on the inside of the tube and hollered that Gryphon rather
liked. She didn't seem to be panicked or fearful - more indignant.
That was unusual in someone who'd been captured by people who made
Trandoshan slavers look like the Royal Salusian Tea Society and was
about to be sold at auction to someone out of a group of the galaxy's
hardest-core lowlives. Maybe she didn't really know how much trouble
she was in. That sort of thing had a habit of happening on Omega.
"... And as you can see," the auctioneer was continuing with a
trace of indulgent humor in his voice, "she is quite... er, lively.
What we might call a 'fixer-upper', but I hope you'll agree that the
potential of this item is considerable. Quarians are rightfully
renowned for their skill in technical matters, and," he added with a
nicely timed twinkle in his eye, "there is the perennial mystery,
perhaps to be solved by -you!- Ladies and gentlebeings, I must confess
that I have no idea how to price such an item. What am I bid for this
lovely creature - cryotube not included, of course? Don't be bashful!
Such an opportunity doesn't come along often, even at a Black Dragon
Society auction. This will be something to tell your grandchildren
about!"
Walk away, Gryphon muttered to himself. You're heading out of
this place into a firefight with yet another scuzzball bounty hunter.
You're on the run from everybody in the universe, and if that girl's
heard of you at all, dollars will get you donuts she hates you just as
much as everybody else. It's none of your God-damned business.
Besides, what was she doing sneaking around a Black Dragon auction on
Omega? Probably a thief, or worse, like the rest of these creeps.
She'll get what she deserves.
"Five credits?" said the auctioneer, peering at his lectern.
"Bidder 201, am I reading this correctly?"
"You're reading it right, Pops," grunted a hilariously tuxedoed
batarian near the front. "Five."
A muffled sound faintly reminiscent of "WHAAAAAAT?!" came from
within the tube. The quarian girl slammed the heel of one small fist
against the duracrys hard enough to rattle the tube on its cargo rack
and unleashed what sounded like a pretty good stream of profanity from
where Gryphon was standing.
For some reason, he liked that a lot.
"Six," he heard himself say.


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1. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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"Introducing Quarian in a Can!!" Oh, Billy Mays, I miss you.

Potential infomercial aside, this looks like another excellent BCG offering. Glad to see you're still being bitten by the Mass Effect bug.

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2. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   Hah, nice. More Mass Effect is always a good thing.


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3. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   > a hilariously tuxedoed batarian

On a slight tangent, I'd be interested to see what you do with batarians. They're the ME universe's villains-by-default (in contrast to most of the other alien races who mostly manage to avoid being a Planet of Hats), although this is mostly because nobody except the pirates and slave traders leaves their planet.

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4. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >> a hilariously tuxedoed batarian
>
>On a slight tangent, I'd be interested to see what you do with
>batarians. They're the ME universe's villains-by-default (in contrast
>to most of the other alien races who mostly manage to avoid being a
>Planet of Hats), although this is mostly because nobody except the
>pirates and slave traders leaves their planet.

Well, considering that in ME2, you're capable of being merciful to Batarians, and they express surprise that humans are capable of mercy and honor, I'd say Bioware's starting to work on trying to shed some of the Hattedness of those Baterians found in the wild...

But that's neither here nor there for this discussion. ^_^





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5. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >On a slight tangent, I'd be interested to see what you do with
>batarians. They're the ME universe's villains-by-default (in contrast
>to most of the other alien races who mostly manage to avoid being a
>Planet of Hats), although this is mostly because nobody except the
>pirates and slave traders leaves their planet.

I dunno. Maybe they're just assholes. I mean, they claim that slavery is an intrinsic part of their culture and the Council ban on same is the Man keeping them down. That's like an outright declaration of species-wide dickery. :)

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6. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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>>On a slight tangent, I'd be interested to see what you do with
>>batarians. They're the ME universe's villains-by-default (in contrast
>>to most of the other alien races who mostly manage to avoid being a
>>Planet of Hats), although this is mostly because nobody except the
>>pirates and slave traders leaves their planet.
>
>I dunno. Maybe they're just assholes. I mean, they claim that
>slavery is an intrinsic part of their culture and the Council ban on
>same is the Man keeping them down. That's like an outright
>declaration of species-wide dickery. :)

I'm pretty sure that one newsreader on Omega was batarian ("To whoever [is attacking human colonies]: Keep doing what you're doing. Don't give those upstarts a moment's peace."). It sure makes renegade actions against them so much easier.

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7. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >("You're working too hard." *BZZZZZTTTTT*)

As I've previously noted, I played Virginia mostly paragonical... but she would have to admit that that was deeply, richly satisfying.

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11. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   LAST EDITED ON Feb-16-10 AT 03:13 AM (EST)
 
>--G.
>also: "I'm through being nice to you. Tell me what I want to
>know or I'll cut your balls off and sell them to a krogan."

[REDACTED -- Apparently I hadn't YouTubed "Commander Shepard is Still a Jerk" lately]

I'll definitely have to add that to my list of gotta-do-'em renegade actions, right up there with the previous example, plinking LOKI-class killbots with Garrus's sniper rifle, surprising the Eclipse mercs with Miranda, setting the Weyrloc clanspeaker on fire, and headbutting Uvenk.

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8. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >I dunno. Maybe they're just assholes. I mean, they claim that
>slavery is an intrinsic part of their culture and the Council ban on
>same is the Man keeping them down. That's like an outright
>declaration of species-wide dickery. :)

Batarians; Bioware's answer to Rodians.

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12. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   True. The annoying thing is, when someone says something like that in RL, if you then call them on their bull$#!+, they can just quote Kipling's The White Man's Burden at you, and tell you what a good little racist you're being. Haven't seen that in a game (though I haven't played Mass Effect), but if I end up working on a game where it would fit, and have any influence over the writers, I'll try to get that included, just to see how the players' comment on that.

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9. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   The last paragraph sells it as far as I'm concerned.

One day I'll need to play Mass Effect. If nothing else, I can justify it by needing to keep up with Eyrie references. :)

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10. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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That was my justification for Star Trek. We appear to have come full circle.


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13. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   You know, this is giving me a very distinct "James Bond" feeling. More so than any of the other stories.

And I somehow doubt that there can be anything OTHER than a hilariously-tuxedoed Batarian.


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14. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   Funny, it reminded me more of the opening of Heinlein's "Citizen of the Galaxy". Though I can empathize with the Quadran's reaction over the bid as well...
'FIVE CREDITS? I'M WORTH LESS THAN A GALACTIC HAPPY MEAL???'


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15. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >'FIVE CREDITS? I'M WORTH LESS THAN A GALACTIC HAPPY MEAL???'

Yeah, pretty much. I mean, her equipment alone is worth a lot more than that. Those encounter suits have some of the most advanced miniaturized atmospheric reprocessing technology in the galaxy in them. In some parts of the galaxy it's not at all unusual to see that kind of helmet on firefighters, which has led some people unaware of the actual cause-effect relationship involved to think that quarians dress like firemen for some strange cultural reason.

Also, I'm having to struggle very much not to pursue, Jack Aubrey-style, a half-formed witticism involving there being a surprise toy inside, so thanks very much for that. :)

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24. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >
>Also, I'm having to struggle very much not to pursue, Jack
>Aubrey-style, a half-formed witticism involving there being a surprise
>toy inside, so thanks very much for that. :)
>

I'm reminded of a trick that Harry Houdini was supposed to have learned, where he could swallow small objects and cough them up later. He used it for keys and lockpicks, but I can see a cylinder-shaped holdout blaster being used that way.

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16. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >And I somehow doubt that there can be anything OTHER than a
>hilariously-tuxedoed Batarian.

At least he's not wearing sunglasses...

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17. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   I don't know, Batarian Sunglasses alone would be pretty hilarious. Would they be Double Decker or would they just wear two pairs of "normal" ones? And then there are all those... noseridge things.
Bioware certaintly went out of thier way to make them as ugly as possible, much better than the vaugly reptilian thing in the first game's codex.


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18. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   *does not know what a Batarian looks like, so FWSEs*

...

Oh good lord. What the hell did those things evolve from, a starfish after a motorbike accident? Ruddy Nora...

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19. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   Ladies and Gentlemen, we now have the new outfit for Lady GaGa!

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20. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   ...She could pull it off.

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And a thousand fanboys pass out at the unintended image.

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26. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >
>And a thousand fanboys pass out at the unintended image.

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22. "!:hardware junkie alert:!"
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   So what's the SPARTAN Laser like? Same weight, size, power as the ones in the games, or different in some way? What's the design history? Are we talking like a small mech-laser stripped down and lightened in a miracle of minaturization, or is it something totally different?

And is the charging unit still harder to find than the actual laser itself?

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23. "RE: !:hardware junkie alert:!"
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   >So what's the SPARTAN Laser like?

It's... well, it's the SPARTAN Laser. Or, if we're being formal, the ExoSalusia Heavy Industries Weapon, Anti-Vehicle, Model VI, Grindell/Galilean Non-Linear Rifle. It's a big honking shoulder-fired energy weapon. Very popular with both the SPARTAN-IIs of the Covenant War and some WDF Garland and Cyclone operators. It probably was derived from a vehicle-mounted weapon, though given its form factor, it's more likely to have been an aerospace weapon than a Destroid small laser.

And yes, the charging unit is legendarily uncommon, though like many such things, the problem has been magnified somewhat by the power of military myth.

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25. "RE: !:hardware junkie alert:!"
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...and then someone invented the Cigarette Lighter Conversion lead for it, creating a mass of combined delight and bemusement.

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27. "RE: !:hardware junkie alert:!"
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   LAST EDITED ON Feb-17-10 AT 03:47 PM (EST)
 
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28. "RE: !:hardware junkie alert:!"
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   >It probably was
>derived from a vehicle-mounted weapon, though given its form factor,
>it's more likely to have been an aerospace weapon than a Destroid
>small laser.

Now that's interesting. It's an infantry weapon, why derive it from that techbase as opposed to a technology that operates in the same environment as the infantry?

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29. "RE: !:hardware junkie alert:!"
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   >>It probably was
>>derived from a vehicle-mounted weapon, though given its form factor,
>>it's more likely to have been an aerospace weapon than a Destroid
>>small laser.
>
>Now that's interesting. It's an infantry weapon, why derive it from
>that techbase as opposed to a technology that operates in the same
>environment as the infantry?

Because aerospace weapons are designed and built specifically to be as lightweight as possible, with the highest power-to-mass ratios in the field. Which is also something people tend to be looking for in man-portable weapons. Armored vehicle weapons, especially Destroid weapons? Not so much.

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30. "RE: !:hardware junkie alert:!"
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   >>>It probably was
>>>derived from a vehicle-mounted weapon, though given its form factor,
>>>it's more likely to have been an aerospace weapon than a Destroid
>>>small laser.
>>
>>Now that's interesting. It's an infantry weapon, why derive it from
>>that techbase as opposed to a technology that operates in the same
>>environment as the infantry?
>
>Because aerospace weapons are designed and built specifically to be as
>lightweight as possible, with the highest power-to-mass ratios in the
>field. Which is also something people tend to be looking for in
>man-portable weapons. Armored vehicle weapons, especially Destroid
>weapons? Not so much.

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31. "RE: !:hardware junkie alert:!"
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   Hell yeah, the M2. 90 years in the field and still chugging. It's the green-eggs-and-ham weapon system.

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32. "RE: !:hardware junkie alert:!"
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   >Hell yeah, the M2. 90 years in the field and still chugging. It's the
>green-eggs-and-ham weapon system.
>
>"Would you mount it on a plane? How about a humvee, boat, or
>train?"

Ha! I like that a lot.

Also, wow, yeah, it's almost been that long. Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the M1911, too (though we're still 14 years out for what may be the more meaningful anniversary there, that of the M1911A1).

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33. "RE: !:hardware junkie alert:!"
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   You know, funny you mentioned the 1911's. I've lusted after a 1911 for a while, being so pricey... I'm saving up to buy my first one next year for just that reason. :)

I figure I'll have some decent bread in the pot when all of the various and sundry 1911 makers start rolling out their commemorative editions. If I can find one that'll serve as a daily carry without being too gaudy I'll take one. I mean, why shoot a perp when you can fling an ashtray at him?

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35. "RE: !:hardware junkie alert:!"
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   LAST EDITED ON Feb-18-10 AT 07:01 PM (EST)
 
>>>>It probably was
>>>>derived from a vehicle-mounted weapon, though given its form factor,
>>>>it's more likely to have been an aerospace weapon than a Destroid
>>>>small laser.
>>>
>>>Now that's interesting. It's an infantry weapon, why derive it from
>>>that techbase as opposed to a technology that operates in the same
>>>environment as the infantry?
>>
>>Because aerospace weapons are designed and built specifically to be as
>>lightweight as possible, with the highest power-to-mass ratios in the
>>field. Which is also something people tend to be looking for in
>>man-portable weapons. Armored vehicle weapons, especially Destroid
>>weapons? Not so much.
>

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34. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   Well, soundslike Tali and she needs help :)
Glad Gryphon is on the Scene.

Tali is my Favorite ME character and definitely enjoyed having her back in ME2.

"Save the Quarian, Save the Galaxy!"

And FYI; ME2 is very fun to play. ME was good!


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36. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >"Save the Quarian, Save the Galaxy!"

Heh. I never got much into Heroes, but I've enjoyed several variations on that tagline over the last couple of years, and I think this one may be my favorite. (Doubly so since in the complete run of the first game that I did with Joe Shepard, Tali was the one who got in the very last shot of the game - Garrus was mostly dead for tax purposes and Joe's gun had overheated. "She helped me save the galaxy," for values of "helped" that include basically doing it herself. :)

I'm liking the way this piece is developing. Oftentimes I'll come up with a basic concept, a gimmick, for a story, like the one illustrated in the First Look, and then it won't go anywhere. This one's going somewhere. As it stands now, it's developing into a classic love story featuring all the usual hallmarks: ruthless mercenaries, emergency rations, forbidden desires, magnificent artifacts of lost civilizations, and the Shipping Forecast.

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37. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   With the Internet's standard use of the term "shipping", this takes on a whole different meaning.


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38. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   LAST EDITED ON Feb-19-10 AT 04:34 PM (EST)
 
>With the Internet's standard use of the term "shipping",
>this takes on a whole different meaning.

"Star Trek movie: Spock and Uhura, three or four, becoming five. The X-Files: maybe, but interest lost by then."

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39. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   "Shipping"?! gYAHHH!

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40. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >"Shipping"?! gYAHHH!

That's not actually what it means; follow the link. I was just playing along. Calmly, now, calmly... :)

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41. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   Hee hee hee.

Oh, I know that. but it was a terrible, wonderful segue.

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42. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   True Tales of Tali: After my first, 100% Paragon playthrough of ME1, I was getting somewhat sick of talking like The Spy Who Hugged Me. So I started another playthrough as a Renegade, just to see how all those options play out for my own satisfaction.

Ashley's all "wah wah why are all those aliens running around here"? "Don't question my decisions." That nosy reporter? "I've had enough of your snide insinuations." The end result of the Noveria corporate intrigue? Both annoying people dead without me firing a single shot.

When it came to talk to Tali, though... I found myself picking the "neutral" options most often.

And then came that sidequest, you know the one, after which I found myself in possession of of some very interesting and rare data. The quest log prompted me helpfully that Tali might be interested in it.

So I went to see her. Talked until I exhausted all options. And it was down to this: give her the data or not.

I hovered over the bottom right option. Clearly this was what I wanted to do, right? It had been fun - catharic even - to be a bastard to everyone up to this point. I wanted to see the alternate outcome. But, Tali...

In the end, I just couldn't do it. And so the biggest bastard in known space met her match, in a teenaged quarian girl. I'd like to think she muttered "tell NO ONE of this" as she grudgingly let Tali make a copy of that data.

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43. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >In the end, I just couldn't do it. And so the biggest bastard in known
>space met her match, in a teenaged quarian girl. I'd like to think she
>muttered "tell NO ONE of this" as she grudgingly let Tali make a copy
>of that data.

Hee. Yeah, exactly.

The first time you meet her in Mass Effect 2, you basically have the option of being really pleased to see her or yelling at her for pointing a gun at you. I accidentally picked the latter with Gin and was so crushed by her crestfallen reaction that I had to go start over. :)

Being nice to Tali in the first game fits in with my usual strategy, though, because I generally make a habit of only being a complete bastard to people who deserve it (Earthborn Joe, for instance, was always nice as pie to his shipmates but unhesitatingly shot that dude from his old street gang in the face, much to the turian cop's delight), and she just doesn't.

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44. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >The first time you meet her in Mass Effect 2, you basically
>have the option of being really pleased to see her or yelling at her
>for pointing a gun at you. I accidentally picked the latter with Gin
>and was so crushed by her crestfallen reaction that I had to go start
>over. :)

I made a new game, no import character, mostly to see what details based off original game plots were left out and such. I decided to try an all-renegade approach... until I was rude to Tali at Freedom's progress and stopped :lol

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45. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >I made a new game, no import character, mostly to see what details
>based off original game plots were left out and such. I decided to try
>an all-renegade approach... until I was rude to Tali at Freedom's
>progress and stopped :lol

"Tali'Zorah, you know what happens to people who threaten me! ... Oh, hell, I'm sorry, I didn't - look, I'm a little on edge, I was dead and, and Cerberus and you can see what a half-ass job they did on my face, and my shoulder still hurts and - aw, don't be sad, you know I didn't mean it, c'm'ere, who loves ya? This human right here. C'mon."

Sadly, not an option at that point, but a player can dream. :)

(Similarly, I always wished that in the first game, after cacking that ExoGeni dipshit on Feros, when the lady scientist says "Great, now we're shooting each other in the back!", I could say, "Uh, actually I shot him in the face. Now about the geth... ")

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46. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >(Similarly, I always wished that in the first game, after cacking that
>ExoGeni dipshit on Feros, when the lady scientist says "Great, now
>we're shooting each other in the back!", I could say, "Uh, actually I
>shot him in the face. Now about the geth... ")

Ah, Feros, land of a thousand replays, assuming you're going for the Paragon points. Or at least it seemed that way the first time around, when I ran low on grenades and hadn't yet figured out that melee hits were just as effective. If I never see another creeper, I'll die a happy man.

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52. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >
>"Tali'Zorah, you know what happens to people who threaten me!
>... Oh, hell, I'm sorry, I didn't - look, I'm a little on edge, I was
>dead and, and Cerberus and you can see what a
>half-ass job they did on my face, and my shoulder still hurts
>and - aw, don't be sad, you know I didn't mean it, c'm'ere, who loves
>ya? This human right here. C'mon."
>

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If they could use this power without that restriction, they would control the galaxy...

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47. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   I am finally playing Mass Effect 1 (I know, I know) and last night I had Wrex and Tali in my squad. We're riding in an elevator, and they suddenly start talking in a classic "buddy movie" way.

Wrex: (curious) "So, do your people ever talk about releasing AIs that exiled you from your home and are threatening the galaxy?"
Tali: (angry) "Do your people ever talk about starting a pointless war that led the Salarians to sterilize your species?"
Wrex: (matter-of-fact) "All the time."

I think I'm going to keep them as my squad mates. They're hilarious. ;)

>>In the end, I just couldn't do it. And so the biggest bastard in known
>>space met her match, in a teenaged quarian girl. I'd like to think she
>>muttered "tell NO ONE of this" as she grudgingly let Tali make a copy
>>of that data.
>
>Hee. Yeah, exactly.
>
>The first time you meet her in Mass Effect 2, you basically
>have the option of being really pleased to see her or yelling at her
>for pointing a gun at you. I accidentally picked the latter with Gin
>and was so crushed by her crestfallen reaction that I had to go start
>over. :)
>
>Being nice to Tali in the first game fits in with my usual strategy,
>though, because I generally make a habit of only being a complete
>bastard to people who deserve it (Earthborn Joe, for instance, was
>always nice as pie to his shipmates but unhesitatingly shot that dude
>from his old street gang in the face, much to the turian cop's
>delight), and she just doesn't.
>
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48. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >I am finally playing Mass Effect 1 (I know, I know) and last night I
>had Wrex and Tali in my squad. We're riding in an elevator, and they
>suddenly start talking in a classic "buddy movie" way.
>
>Wrex: (curious) "So, do your people ever talk about releasing AIs that
>exiled you from your home and are threatening the galaxy?"
>Tali: (angry) "Do your people ever talk about starting a pointless war
>that led the Salarians to sterilize your species?"
>Wrex: (matter-of-fact) "All the time."
>
>I think I'm going to keep them as my squad mates. They're hilarious.
>;)

And who could forget Tali and Garrus in ME2 lampshading all those interminable elevator rides from ME1?

Garrus: "You ever miss those talks we had on the elevators?"
Tali: (annoyed) "No."
Garrus: (cajoling) "Come on, remember how we'd all ask you about life on the Flotilla? It was an opportunity to share!"
Tali: (still annoyed) "This conversation is over."
Garrus: "Tell me again about your immune system."
Tali: (nonplussed) "I have a shotgun."
Garrus: "Hmmmm, maybe we'll talk later."

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49. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   Tali and Wrex have some fun conversations.

Wrex and Garrus, though, are just comedy gold. It's like the heavily armed Odd Couple.

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50. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
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   >Wrex and Garrus, though, are just comedy gold. It's like the heavily
>armed Odd Couple.

On November 13, Garrus Vakarian was asked to remove himself from his place of residence; that request came from the Council. Deep down, he knew they were right, but he also knew that someday he would return to them. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his friend, Urdnot Wrex.

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51. "RE: Bacon Comics First Look: Exile Stories #34"
In response to message #50
 
   >On November 13, Garrus Vakarian was asked to remove himself from his
>place of residence; that request came from the Council. Deep down, he
>knew they were right, but he also knew that someday he would return to
>them. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his friend,
>Urdnot Wrex.

Heeee! I can hear the theme song in my head! This makes me a happy.


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