This war's brought us pain, and suffering, and loss. But it's also brought us together, as soldiers, allies... friends. This bond that ties us together is something that the Reapers will never understand. It's more powerful than any weapon, stronger than any ship. It can't be taken or destroyed. The next few hours will decide the fate of everyone in the galaxy. Every mother. Every son. Every unborn child. They're trusting you. Depending on you to win them their future. A future free from the threat of the Reapers!

–Commander Shepard at the end of the Reaper War

The Original Characters

The Original Characters


The Originals, or what the creators coined just "Classic" for the fact that the lore is based in classic Mass Effect lore, is a world created in the foundation of the video game aptly named: Mass Effect. The Originals takes place within the Milky Way galaxy in the years following the Reaper War of 2186, and most stories occur on the Citadel as this is the central location. A few things have ventured from the original source material like that Dark Star Lounge is now officially the Last Resort Lounge; Purgatory Bar is now Guilty Pleasures; Tiberius Towers is now Creed Towers, and Afterlife Club on Omega is now the Devil's Respite.

As of current the characters in The Originals consist of some of its creators' very first characters and a host of others tied directly or indirectly to them. The titular characters (or characters who are the main focus) are Carmen and his wife Olivia Creed, both originally conceptualized characters that are interweaved throughout the canon back story of Mass Effect. The Originals tries its best not to stray from the rules and authenticity of the game, and stories here usually reflect this, but it doesn't always happen as the group is known to change small details.

The Setup

Setting: Post Mass Effect 3 Custom Ending.

Five years.

So much can change in the expanse of five years.

This is my life based on the journey of how I went from being a small time space pirate to a wife and mother of many, club owner, and the kingpin of Citadel Space.

My name is Olivia Creed, known to those close to me as either Liv or Livvy. I was once known as just Captain Marcellus; a notorious space pirate that’s not just one person, but a series of individuals who pass the name and reputation to a chosen successor once they are wealthy enough to retire. I was a force second to Aria herself and once wife to the most charismatic man the galaxy had ever seen.

Commander John Shepard.

It is post 2191 and as I look at my eldest daughter Katie Birchall, I can’t help but remember the times I had on the Normandy. From the time I first set foot onto the CIC upon recruitment during the Reaper War to the time I walked out of the airlock onto the spoiled soil of Earth for the last time, it had been a ride of epic proportions.

I’d met that notorious crew of his, from Garrus Vakarian, to Urdnot Wrex, to Liara T'Soni and Tali'Zorah vas Normandy. I also met some others, those who I classify as family to this day; especially my brother and sister, Commander Alistair Creed and Flight Lieutenant Jamie Brooke, respectively.

During the War, we became a family and when the time came; we tried our best when we stormed Earth that final time, viciously fighting back against the Reapers with all of our might and in such great numbers. We had the Turians. We had the Krogan. We had the Geth and the Quarians. We had every race in the galaxy; a massive galactic armada on the ground and in space.

The plan was set: storm Earth and attempt to destroy them once and for all. But because of Liara’s nosiness and good gumshoeing and Javik’s input and knowledge about a certain locket of mine, we found a better solution. A better way to minimize the casualties. A way to rid us of the devastating cycle of extinction once and for all.

Hidden deep within the locket I'd had ever since I was a child was a virus, a virus older than the Protheans themselves. A virus unlocked by the Leviathans and created by Sentinel that would destroy the Reapers AI and effectively, the Reapers themselves once and for all. Now the question was, where was the Reaper's AI. Then, it hit me. Right in the heart of the Citadel was the Master Control Unit, the very same unit in the Citadel Council's Chambers that Saren Arterius tried to use in a failed attempt to transfer control of the Citadel to Sovereign. This control unit not only controlled the Reaper's latent Mass Relay, it also controlled the Reaper Intelligence.

I knew then what had to be done. It would take three of us: Commander Shepard, myself, and Alistair because Alistair had a disk from Sentinel, Sovereign's Reaper twin, that would activate the virus. We were the ones to bring about the Reaper’s destruction. We were the ones who could save the galaxy.

Our outside family had come to aid us in the siege in London; Norah (her and Ali’s honeymoon had to be cut short for obvious reasons), Alex & Maya McFadden, Carmen Creed, David Anderson, Ranger Steele, and Quinn Clarke picked up her shotgun for the first time in years. Hell, even mellow and sweet Jamie was there with her war face on, providing support with Steve Cortez wherever they possibly could.

The Reapers had decimated most of the planet and as Shepard led us into the most epic battle that galaxy had ever seen, we stood united.

But it still wasn’t enough.

There were casualties. Plenty of them. Not that we didn’t expect them because we all did. But the casualty that struck us all in the heartstrings was the Commander, my husband, our Shepard. He’d died in my arms before Alistair and I could get him to a secure location and had it not been for Alistair and Hackett, I would have been right there with him.

However, we’d said our goodbyes beforehand and the three of us hit that beam without a doubt in our mind. We had resigned to our fates soon before the charge and I planned to die alongside my husband and my adopted brother, as it should have been. And as everyone cheered on Earth when the Reaper forces fell to their demise in destruction, we all mourned in our own ways.

Sadly, we had to carry Shepard’s body back to the shuttle when we were rescued and as I lay dying next to what was left of my husband; my life felt like it was complete.

However, I didn’t die. I lived on to tell this tale.

It’s now years later and as I stand back and think upon that moment and the lives we saved, I realize that it I’d been the selfish one and that it had been for the best. As for the children of the galaxy, Sam and Katie in particular, they went off to live their own lives as a married couple and establish their own world, along with their friends and others.

But back here in the Original Universe, I know that the peace we bled for won’t last for long.

There will always be something lurking in the shadows as war is always inevitable.

I am the Queen of this Galaxy, and welcome to my world.

The Original Characters

Olivia Creed is a wealthy entrepreneur and business woman and is formerly one of the most feared pirates of the galaxy. She’s mostly known for being the Chairwoman of Creed Enterprises, Inc., but he is also one of the most well known sex symbols since Sha'ira.

Carmen Creed is the husband of Olivia Creed and the "Patriarch" to Liv's "Matriarch" of the entire Creed Family. More specifically, he's the appointed father figure to a few of Olivia's adopted children. His official job title is Chief of Security for Guilty Pleasures, and serves as Olivia's conscience.

Jamie Kaine is the retired pilot of the Normandy SR-2 and now, pilots the Normandy SR-3 when she's needed. She currently lives on the Citadel with her husband, Jared Kaine, and is good friends with the Creed Family (Olivia in particular) and is the Aunt of Sam Birchall.

Doctor Shale is the Creed Family's personal physician and longtime family friend. When Olivia had the vision of Guilty Pleasures, Shale invested heavily, and now maintains the more routine day to day operations, considering it a form of retirement.

Veralia Shepard is a Musical Diva and performer who owns and manages The Last Resort; which is a bar, nightclub, and strip club that replaced the Dark Star Lounge on the Citadel. She is the tail to Olivia's head, and married to Cmdr. Desmond Shepard.

Captain Marcus Marcellus is Olivia's biological brother, father of four, and a space pirate; albeit a very bad one. He's the Captain of the Order of the Crimson Shadows, notably a mostly human pirate faction, and prides himself on his family and his ship, the Ruby Rose.

Additional Characters