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Salvation: A Half-Life/Mass Effect Universe Fan Fiction


disclaimer: this fan-fiction takes place after the events of both Half-Life 1 and 2 and its episodes, and jumps to the events after Mass Effect 1 and 2. If you have not played or beaten these games this fiction may not make much sense to you. Characters property of their respective companies, Half-Life created by Valve and Mass Effect created by Bioware.



Chapter 1: Vengeful Lament 

It didn't take long for the tears to well up in her eyes, as she wept over her now lifeless father. "Dad! Oh God! Dad!... Dad!"

Despite all the lives he had seen lost to this accursed rebellion, none had pained the armor clad figure beside her more than this... So desperately he wanted, at that moment, to give her the comfort she needed. But nothing he could do or say would bring back her father, and his dear friend.

"Oh my God... Dad... please... don't leave me..." She begged in a whimpering voice, as her tears flooded out, onto him.

As she lamented over her fallen father, the armored figure beside her stood up, while the other refugee's of White Forrest quickly began to pour into the hangar, with their weapons drawn.  

"What happened?" "Oh my God, Eli!" "They got Eli!" "Whats going on?" "Who did this?" "What happened?" The voices filled the air, as they immediately took notice of tragic scene, but to him he may as well have been listening to a deafening silence.

He leaned over Alyx, and all he could think to do at that moment was to place one gloved hand on her shoulder as she wept. And suddenly without thought or hesitation she stood up and embraced him closely.

"Oh Gordon...! Gordon, he's gone... he's gone." Her embrace shocked him a bit at first but it didn't take more than a second for him to reciprocate... He opened his mouth as if to say something... but he just didn't have the words. There was nothing that COULD be said... Instead he simply stopped and held her tight and close.

It gave her the solace that she needed, atleast for a moment, as some of the other refugees now began to gather around Eli's body and mourn his tragic loss. Tears flowed throughout the room, as a dark silence overcame everyone, and all that could be heard were the sighs and sniffles of the mournful, heartbroken crowd.

"Eli... No!" Came a familiar voice, as Gordon saw his former mentor emerge from the crowd of woeful refugees that had enveloped him. "Oh no! Eli..." He uttered, in an anguished voice, as he dropped to his knees beside the body of his lifeless friend.

"He's gone Dr. Kleiner... he's gone." Alyx replied, with her eyes shut and her arms still tightly wrapped around Gordon. As she said it, she began to tremble and weep uncontrollably again, as a large knot swelled in Gordon's throat as well, and twin tear drops rolled down his cheeks.

"Eli... You... you were always the best of us, old friend. I'm so sorry." Dr. Isaac Kleiner said mournfully, as he released a long drawn-out sigh...

"Alyx, my dear - what happened? Are you alright?" He beckoned, as he stood up and walked toward the grieving daughter.

Slowly letting go of Gordon's embrace she turned to him and replied "I'm not injured, but..." A look of despair overtook her face once again and tears began to roll down her cheeks, as now Dr. Kleiner was the one that quickly rushed in and embraced her "I know, I know, my dear... I'm so very sorry..."

As a white sheet was drawn over Dr. Eli Vance, Gordon simply stood there for a moment, looking down at the puddle of blood spilling out from under the crimson soaked cloth.

"Come my dear, come with me, I'll get you some tea. It'll help calm you down... There there..." Gordon heard Dr. Kleiner, doing his best to offer what little comfort he could, as he and Alyx slowly walked out of the hangar.

But he stood there... Even as they began to lift his fallen friend, the man who felt more like a father and a mentor, off the ground and remove him to await his final rest, he stood there...

His jade, green eyes stared blankly into the large hole in the wall made by those that had done this. He saw it play over and over again in his mind... Him, slammed up against the wall, and pinned there like a worm awaiting disection... Something had frozen his entire body in place. Despite how hard he tried, he could not move, he could do nothing... nothing but bare witness...

He saw it stick that... that damned proboscis like appendage into the back of Dr. Vance's head, and he was absolutely powerless to do anything. Despite all his strength, despite all he had accomplished to this point, despite every blow he had struck... He was helpless when it really mattered. It played in his head, over and over. Each time he saw the image in his mind, it grew more vivid than the last. He relived every horrific moment.

Then he saw them take her... "Gordon!" She cried out, in horror, as they prepared to drive that same damn thing into her... And he... he would have been helpless...

"If it wasn't for Dog..." he thought to himself "She would have..." Suddenly he stopped... he stopped reliving the experience, and it stopped playing in his head as he realized... how close he came to losing her... A sudden clarity fell over his thoughts. Only now did he understand what she had come to mean to him...

Just then, a new thought began brewing in his labyrinthine mind... Not only had they murdered one of his oldest and dearest friends, and the only man he had left on this ruined Earth he felt he could look up to as a father... But they came so very close to taking away the one person in this world who he now knew mattered more to him than anyone, or anything else. The woman who mattered more to him than life itself - his own or otherwise... The thought began to cycle in his mind, over and again. He could feel his own fist clench through his rubbery gloves, and his chest and brow tighten with anger.

"Doctor Freeman?" Came a voice from one of the few refugees remaining in the hangar. "Are you alright?"

But no response came.

"Uh... Doc?"

Just then, with a rapid jerk, he turned and marched with a purpose, out of the hangar, the way the three of them had come in. Up to now he had been fighting for survival, liberation, freedom... But now only one thing drove him, only one thing was on his thoughts... Vengeance.

Gordon stepped onto the elevator platform, and slammed his closed fist against the up button, forcing the door to shut behind him, and causing the lift to slowly ascend.

"Wait! Doctor Freeman, where are you go..." The bewildered refugee below couldn't even finish his sentence before the lift's door slid open, and Freeman was out the door.

Gordon began making his way toward the car garage, where his jaded yellow 1969 Dodge Charger awaited him for yet another ride into the impending doom of the Combines hands. He passed through the stream of humanity coming and going with little regard for them, nearly knocking over two citizens and shoving a third into a nearby wall. Each of them stopped and looked at him with disarray and inquiry as to where he was going.

"What the hell's his problem?" asked one of the refugees to one that nearly had a close encounter with the floor on Gordon's way out.

"I have no idea, but did you see that look in his eyes? I'm not gonna be the one to try and stop him, be my guest." The other one snickered as they all continued to look at the cold, calculating man now entering the garage.

Resolute, he gave the room a quick scan before spotting his car on the other side of some stacked tires, and a couple of worn out tool chests. He didn't say one word to anyone in the room, as his steadfast steps carried him to his allegiant vehicle. The air around the entire compound was still heavy with the lament and sorrow of what had just transpired. All around him tears ran, and people leaned up against the walls looking downward at the floor with a grimace.

As he climbed into his vehicle; a relic of a better time, but one that had now seen far worse than most ever would, he couldn't help but stop for a moment and think about the great loss that now burdened his heart. But only for a moment, before the seething anger that now blinded his actions returned.

A single rebel, dressed in blue resistance fatigues reluctantly approached his car. "Uhm... Doctor Freeman, are you going somewhere?"

Gordon said nothing as he cranked the key, igniting the engine.

"Doc, where are you going?" Inquired the same refugee, a look of concern now overtaking his face.

Gordon once again remained silent as he began to gas the engine, causing the car to let forth a fusillade of furious roars, seemingly now sharing his appetite for revenge.

"Wait Free Man." A heavy, raspy voice called out to him, resounding with wisdom and sagacity, as a slick skinned alien approached his car. "I know what drives you Free Man. You seek now to rend the cords of those who have taken something most dear from you."

With his hands resting firmly on the wheel of the car, Gordon took great care to heed everything the vortigaunt said, for theirs was the wisdom of eternity and the cosmos, but even then, very little could sway him from what he vowed to do.

"But be not imprudent in your actions, Free Man." The vortigaunt continued. "For even we, that have endured these binding shackles for generations, have taken great care not to rush blindly into the fires of our enemies. The lesser master lays defeated, we know the greater will also fall in time... And even though many of our own kin lay scattered at your feet, we embrace you as sib."

Gordon's grip on the wheel loosened slightly. "Think well on your actions now Free Man, where to now? And to what end?" The vortigaunt's words echoed with acumen and clarity, and were successful in making the Free Man reconsider his plan of action, but only for a moment...

Gordon released a long overdue sigh while looking down through his steering wheel... "Open the gate..." He ordered with a scowl on his face that embodied a plethora of anger, hatred, remorse, sorrow, and fear...

"Very well, Free Man." Conceited the vort, with obvious disapproval and concern. "We have come to place great trust in your judgement... And if we can not deter your course of action, then may the Vortessence guide you on your journey. Chalam baugk go'rel a ragm." The vortigaunt slowly turned and stepped away as the heavy, steel gate to White Forest slowly slid open.

He did a quick check of the dashboard display to make sure he had enough fuel. The meter marked just under "F", more than enough. His gloved hands tightly gripped the wheel and his eyes stared outward into the night, as he readied himself for lied ahead... The mechanical screech of the opening gate stopped with a bang, revealing that the gate was now fully open.

"Well, if none of us can stop ya, then be careful out there Doc!" exclaimed the nearby gate operator. "Come back safe, and give 'em hell for Eli!"

Gordon turned slightly to her saying nothing but acknowledging her with a very slight nod. He released one hand from the wheel and grasped the gearshift, taking it out of park. And with the screech of burning tires, and the roar of a V8 engine, he bolted off into the falling darkness...



This is Chapter 1 of my Half-Life/Mass Effect Fan Fiction entitled Salvation. It has been a LONG time since I've written well ANYTHING and I've never considered my writing to be that good however people have shown an interest in reading this so heres hoping everyone will enjoy :)

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yazackak Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Writer
Freeman talking? Things just got serious.
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yazackak Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Writer
Touché! Your vast knowledge had enlightened me!
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for such a late reply. Yes indeed. I figured... He's never ESTABLISHED as being a mute character. Plus, you can give orders to fellow rebels that follow you in one of the chapters of HL2. You can call them back to you from other rooms, or around corners if you dispatch them somewhere. That's gotta be indicative that he can talk, right? And let's not forget that the formerly silent protagonist of Half-Life Blue Shift is the very talkative Barney Calhoun :)
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GhoulMine1 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
NEVER piss off the Freeman.
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FREEMAN SMASH! By the way, new reader I see :D Well sir, happy to "meet" you. Always glad to see a new reader, I sure hope you'll find my story enjoyable :aww:
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GhoulMine1 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I do find it rather enjoyable
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:boogie:
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Rockformed Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I am shamed to say I know nothing of the Mass Effect sieries :|
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, well it's totally up to you if you want to read it, but it shouldn't be too difficult to follow along, you just may not get some of the ME background parts. But as I said, completely up to you.

If you DO decide to read it, I sincerely hope you'll enjoy it :aww:
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Rockformed Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Of course I'm reading it! Any story with the oh-so-sexy Gordo Freeman is gonna be read.
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe :aww: Well be sure to tell me what you think :D
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skiman84 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
so far so good!! ^_^
nice to see Gordan gaining personality. something you never got in the game.
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, and yes - I try to give the characters of lot of development and depth, so I hope it'll be to your liking :aww:
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ShadowFrost1 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Interesting so far! Its always a good thing to see a crossover between franchises that are quite popular
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Than you, I hope you'll enjoy the story in its entirety. I tried to do justice to both games and characters. Always nice to see a new face :hug:
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LukasEnricBS Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
don't make me play mass effect only so I can read this :,U
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, well that's totally up to you. But I will say that you wouldn't be the first person who I've gotten hooked on a game due to my story.

~Pyri Commented this on Chapter 27:

Hey there, still enjoying your great story !!! Poor Vorts, now I think the shit really hits the fan.
Besides... I want to thank you for introducing me into this great game, without your story I would have missed Mass Effect completely.
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irishguy1916 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
If this sounds like an insult it's not, but the series should end right here, as soon as he said "open" the whole universe should have exploded. I'm joking of course, thank you for combining my two favorite game series.
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol you're welcome. Believe when I say I was SERIOUSLY conflicted when I decided to write this. Mainly because I knew writing it, that I would HAVE to make Gordon talk. No two ways about it, for a halfway compelling story he had to talk. They never establish him as a mute in the Half-Life series. Anyone who knows him seems to know he CAN talk, just doesn't. So my interpretation of that is that under the duress of everything that's going on in the Half-Life universe there really isn't much time or opportunity for chit chat.

Where as in the ME Universe, and the style of the game itself - alot of the game/time is spent actually on the ship and building the relationships with your crew, so it gives Gordon a bit more license to actually speak up.

The personality I devised for him is based on several factors. it's what I've sort of imagined him to be like (if he spoke in the games, and in day to day life)

The fact that people are usually happy and cheerful to see him, be it in Black Mesa or on the streets of City 17 indicate to me, hes a nice guy, stand up guy.

The fact that Eli and Kleiner have taken such a liking to him tell me that he is respectful of his elders and authority figures.

And well the fact that he's a scientist sort of tells me that he's not the kind of guy to go out looking for trouble, it just seems to find him. So that's why I've given him this type of personality.

I hope you'll enjoy it :)
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irishguy1916 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ya i know he would have to talk, series would be ptretty dull if he didn't.
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Kaerbu Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Man why didn't I read this sooner? (I'm usually too lazy to read fics :( ) It is amazing! I love how you write Gordon--folks always seem to have him talking too much, or not at all, but this is just as I always imagined him. adfgsfdg
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, thanks - I'm glad you like it :dance:

And yeah, Gordon is going to speak in my story, however I'm going to definitely try to stress that he's not a big talker, man of few words etc. What he will have quite a bit of is inner monologue; thinking to himself.

But hope you enjoy the other chapters, and hope to see ya around as I finish it :D
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Maxawesome Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
This is great!. Half Life and Mass Effect are my favorite sci-fi series of all time. Can't wait to see what you do with this.
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm very happy you like it. Look forward to seeing ya around as I continue it :D
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Maxawesome Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
I look forward to reading it!
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EyeFox Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student Writer
DAMN! This is awesome, can't wait for Chapter 2 :D
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I'm very glad you like it :D

And I put Chapter 2 up just today :) enjoy!

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Pyri Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Great, can't wait for chapter 2 !!! :eager:
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Where's you go? :(

My stories actually finished now ;P

Hehe, sorry, just going through some of my older chapters. And getting some proof reading in. Couldn't help but posting this ^^;
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Its up now :)
[link]
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
being worked on as we speak. Thank you very much :D
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lethe-gray Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice start. I like how you've incorporated some of the dialog that the Vorts give in the game. :) I've never played ME though, so this will be interesting to see what all happens on that side of things.
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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Sheriff-Skullface Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
"he took great care to heed everything the vortigaunt spoke" - said, not spoke
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EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol thanks, I'll make that correction. I'm not much of a writer but I'm tryin :P
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