Mass Effect - Apocalypse
Commander Jane Shepard
First Human SPECTRE, Back from the Dead... Again
- Shepard was born on April 11, 2154.
- Both of Shepard’s parents were in the Alliance military. Her childhood was spent on ships and stations as they transferred from posting to posting, never staying in one location for more than a few years. Following in her parent’s footsteps, she enlisted at the age of eighteen.
- Early in Shepard’s military career she found herself facing an overwhelming enemy force of Batarian slavers on the colony of Elysium in what would come to be called the Skyllian Blitz. She risked her own life to save her fellow soldiers and defeat the enemy despite the impossible odds. Her bravery and heroism earned her medals and recognition from the Alliance fleet.
- As a result of her heroics in the Blitz, Shepard was invited to join the Systems Alliance N7 special forces program (service no. 5923-AC-2826), from which she graduated.
- Upon graduation from the N7 program, Shepard was assigned to the SSV Normandy as Executive Officer.
- Shepard later became the first human to join the Spectres, an elite special task force for the Citadel Council. During her short tenure, she hunted down rogue Spectre Saren Arterius and defeated him during his attack on the Citadel.
- Due to the politically sensitive actions Shepard was forced to take in defeating Saren, she was sidelined, sent to patrol the borders of Geth space, where the SSV Normandy was shot down by an unknown vessel. Although most of the crew managed to make it to the lifepods, Shepard was not among them.
- Shepard’s corpse was recovered by the human terrorist organization known as Cerberus and restored to life via the Lazerus Project, the details of which remain unknown or highly classified. This immense expense was, apparently, so that she could take a Cerberus-rebuilt Normandy (SR2) to stop the enigmatic race known as the Collectors from harvesting human colonies in the Terminus systems.
- While engaged in working for Cerberus, Shepard is thought to have been involved in the death of Spectre Tela Vasir, and was spotted engaged in questionable activity on the Citadel, Omega, and other locales. This reported behavior was deeply in contradiction to her previous psychological profiles, leading Alliance brass to speculate that the Lazarus Project was an elaborate hoax, or that this resurrected Shepard was a fundamentally different person. (See file: Alenko-Horizon-Delta117)
- Shepard destroyed the Alpha relay and killed hundreds of thousands of Batarians at the colony of Aratoht (File Classified: Ultra Violet Bravo, Admiral Steven Hackett, Fifth Fleet)
- Shepard is reported to have successfully navigated the Omega-4 relay. The Normandy returned, badly damaged, without Shepard, to report the defeat of the Collectors
- Human colony abductions have ceased.
- Shepard presumed deceased.
At great expense, Cerberus grew to adulthood a cloned copy of the Commander, including artificially stimulating muscle and bone development, and all the other fiendishly complicated requirements to create a fully-grown, fully capable human being from scratch. They did this for spare parts for Project Lazarus, and ultimately didn’t need the clone.
Atropos Cell stole Thanoptis, as well as the clone, killed Maya, and destroyed her facility. The clone’s mind had not yet been fully rebuilt, but Dr. Liara T’soni was able to perform an Asari neural meld which restored enough of her mind to awaken her.
“Shepard” is still confused and amnesiac, but getting better by the day. She will never be THE Commander Shepard. No matter how skilled Thanoptis was, no matter how much T’Soni loved the original, a mind is a complicated thing. This clone is now a living, breathing, arguably thinking person, but she will have to develop her own personality, and forge her own destiny.
Melsany Ward was able to reproduce the various military augmetic implants to bring this Shepard back up to at least the same physical potential as the original. There is still a lot of retraining and physical therapy to go.
Atropos Cell, and Dr. T’soni, eventually told her that she was a clone. After some time processing this information, she opted to privately take the name of her grandmother, “Catherine”, to differentiate herself in her own mind from the woman she remembers being.
Ultimately, however, the secret of her existence could not be kept. With the aid of Kaidan Alenko she has been accepted by the Citadel Council as the original, her Spectre status reinstated, and now she is the figurehead and face of the effort to unify the galaxy against the Reaper threat.