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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!
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Jesse De La Rosa
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
My name is Jesse De La Rosa and I don't know if I consider myself an artist or not, but I know that I do enjoy making creations in photoshop. Most of what I do is logos, websites, wallpapers, and general graphic touching up. I'm always looking to expand my graphic knowledge and I try to learn something new everyday.

I also don't know if I'd consider myself a writer or not, but I am the author of SALVATION: A Half-Life/Mass Effect Universe Fan Fiction which intertwines the paths of two legendary heroes of gaming; Dr. Gordon Freeman and Commander John Shepard, as they attempt to stand against an enemy bent on annihilating all life in the known galaxy.

Salvation Table of Contents: [Link]
Episode I Table of Contents: [Link]

Current Residence: San Antonio, TX
Favourite genre of music: Varies
Operating System: None of your business
Shell of choice: shell?
Wallpaper of choice: Mostly made by me
Skin of choice: my own is fine.
Favourite cartoon character: Optimus Prime baby
Personal Quote: Challenge the Invincible, Change the Inevitable

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(During scandal involving Gordon, supposedly sexual harassing a woman, she tries to spy into Freeman's apartment.)

Khalisah al-Jilani: “Now, this technology is new to me, but… I’m pretty sure that’s Gordon Freeman in the oven, rotating slowly. His body temperature has risen to over 400 degrees — he’s literally stewing in his own juices.”
EspionageDB7 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
lol I remember that Simpson's episode. 

I have been making progress on your logo - I hope I'm more or less on the right track. Do you still check your gmail e-mail? I'll send you what I've got, and you can tell me if I'm more or less in the ballpark. As well as what more you'd like me to add to it or remove from it. 
Yeah, I'll check it now. :D


(Once, the wicked Sorceress Lady Despair, chanced upon a happily engaged Royal couple of a Prince and Princess. Disgusted by their overflowing love and happiness with each other, they soon fell victim to her arcane powers. She banished the prince to a far away, so he would never find his fiancée, who she then turned into a weeping willow tree and to add to the already miserable princesses grief. She removed her heart, turning it into gold, and then hide it. So, now the princess can ONLY feel sorrow, and cannot be turned back to human, unless her heart is restored to her. The tears from this Weeping-Willow Beauty creates a small pond around her roots, and only the magical melody of her harp keeps her from going MAD with grief)… Lady Despair.

Lady Despair is MY EVIL OC.

Go leave a comment, I might just save up enough money, that before next Winter, I can commission nightwing1975 to draw her on her frightening throne :D
EspionageDB7 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Just sent it now. 
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Would you do another Logo for SS-N?

Like, one of Vanessa's special bodyguards, the Silver Rings?
EspionageDB7 Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You want this one to be a more serious/dangerous looking logo?
Note me a description of what you'd like more or less, and I will do my best :D
Oh yeah...Like, Pure silver, circle....
Merry Christmas, I hope all is going better with you and your family.
EspionageDB7 Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for such a late reply, I've been out of commission for a few months. (still am technically). But thank you so much! Things are slowly getting better
Happy Birthday!
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