Well ladies and gentlemen, it's been a good seven months, but I have FINALLY posted an update to my story. As I've always said, I'm not done. Not by a long shot. I have so many ideas for this story, and I've really come to love the little shared universe that I've created. I've even got ideas for things BEYOND Salvation II. But seeing as that is years and years away, with the way things have been going, we'll stick to Episode I for now, shall we.
Things are finally heading for the climactic final battle. Only About 2, maybe 3 more chapter clusters to go now, and I'll be done. Oh, and quick retraction here. My episodic stories leading up to Salvation II are no longer Short Stories. I thought they were gonna be short stories, but... I think I'm incapable of writing something like that lol. The villains in this particular story for instance were not going to have any sort of background, or motivating backstory, or anything of that nature. They were originally going to be generic greedy bad guys. If you've been following along, you see how that's not exactly what I ended up doing. Anyway...Where we last left off:
Not too much happening up on the Promenade Deck, where the Casino used to be. Garrus, Jacob, and crew are still being held hostage with about 1000 other people, under threat that if they try ANYTHING, the hijackers will continue to execute innocents. This hasn't stopped a few conversations from being sparked up however. Particularly for Jacob who seems to have sparked something up with a Ms. Vanessa Masters, Owner and Chairperson of the Super Science Network (Formerly the Sirta Foundation).
Back on the bridge, we received a bit of insight into Kargas' rage. Turns out he holds Commander Shepard personally accountable for destroying the cure that Maelon and Clan Weyrloc were working on back on Tuchanka. And so he has made a blood vow to kill this man in the most horrendous way possible. We've also learned that Davix and Teshya are more than just your average cannon fodder mercs. Davix is a former member of the Turian Military who specialized in hand-to-hand and close-quarter combat tactics. He was arrested for excessive force during a training excercise, and escaped before he could be sentence. Teshya is a former Eclipse Sister, and a formidable one at that. She's a powerful biotic, with an affinity for scalping her enemies to prove her point - evident by the fact that she mailed the fringes of 3 of her former sisters to their leader, as a threat, after they tried to double-cross her.
Meanwhile, we joined our trio of vent crawlers, Gordon, Miranda, and Cameron, who emerged into a small maintenance area, suspended high above one of the shopping decks, after a close encounter with a menacing fan. After a brief interlude, Miranda found a datapad, belonging to the maintenace department, which contained a complete schematic layout of the ship's entire ventillation system. In other words... a map. With their course plotted, Gordon managed to grab up a large, stillson pipe wrench from a stray toolchest, to use as a weapon. But I mean, who uses a monkey wrench right? Honestly...
After that, we joined Shepard, Tali, and Matty, who climbed down through the elevator shaft, after nearly being trapped up in one of the passenger decks, to the Loading Bay deck, in the underbelly of the ship. Tali, as recompense for losing their communications to the hijackers, has stripped them of their surveillance system access, and seized full control of the network. After, they strolled through the loading bay, towards the ship that the hijackers used to board the Illustria, in order to send out a distress signal, and alert someone of the situation. Once they boarded, however, they were encountered with a mighty, and powerful YMIR Class Mech, which was left behind on the Cargo Freighter, on guard duty. After a grueling fight, and numerous attempts at nuetralizing the mechanical brute, Tali FINALLY managed to pull its cerebral circuit, thus shutting it down permenantly. This, however, led to it toppling through the window of the cargo freighter, and nearly leading to Shepard and Tali getting sucked out into the cold abyss of space. Seeing the future he always hoped for slipping away, Shepard, using a rope, managed to save his beloved quarian by closing the emergency shutter JUST before they could get sucked out...
And now... Without further adeu... Salvation: The Taking of the Carmenta Illustria Continues with Chapters 21 thru 26:[Link] .................... Chapter 21: Hell Hath No Fury[Link] .................... Chapter 22: The Children of Men[Link] .................... Chapter 23: The Human Hunt[Link] .................... Chapter 24: Untouchable (Part I)[Link] .................... Chapter 25: Untouchable (Part II)[Link] .................... Chapter 26: Untouchable (Part III)
Quick note, please excuse the length of the last three-part chapter. It was not intended to be 3 parts at all, it was intended to be 1 part lol. It may sort of drag on, and I'm not all that pleased with how it came out. But you can read the reason why in the authors note, at the end of those chapters. Enjoy!