When I first started writing this story, it was somewhat to explain the little things in the Mass Effect series that bothered me, while also exploring the personalities and potential backgrounds of various small characters. For the most part though, “Faith and Hope” was written with the mindset of “How would a romance between Saren and Shepard work?”. To that end, I’ve read the books, the comics, and anything else I could get my hands on in order to get as much canon backstory as I could. I try my best to stay within canon where I can.
However, let’s face it; while we all love the Mass Effect series, it is only the bare bones of what it could have been. There are so many wonderful characters that didn’t get enough attention, and so many cultures that were barely mentioned. As such, the fandom came together and began to flesh it out by themselves.
When I first started writing this series, I was new to the fandom and didn’t have much to work with. As such, now that I am a bit more familiar with it, I’m doing my best to go back and flesh out my own stories. The main plot points will stay completely the same, however small changes, such as word substitutions, will be done.
This entire collection of notes is simply a reference for those who care to expand their knowledge of popular theories, terms, and mind-canons. Any words or fan-written explanations will be credited to the original writer/creator to the best of my knowledge. If you find any discrepancies, please let me know in the comments!