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Echo Squad by Turbulence1973

Among the Quarian Fleet Marine Forces the are special forces operatives. These Special Operations are grouped in to small squads to handle things that aren't all quite full upfront fight. Once such squad is Echo Squad. Unlike other squads such as Dagger and Shadow, the four man team Echo manages to find its way in and out of trouble repeatedly.

Dani'Breizh Vas Yaska
Dani by Turbulence1973Splitting Headache by Turbulence1973

Dani'Breizh Vas Yaska is what you might call a hardened free spirit. During her pilgrimage Dani found herself working as a "courier", transporting materials and messages that just couldn't be sent the usual means. After her pilgrimage she went to work on one of the mining ships the fleet has. She had actually settled down and married, contemplating beginning a family but during a mining accident her husband was killed. That was about 7 years ago. After that she just wanted to unleashed that fury on something and joined the Quarian marines. With her skills she soon found a spot as an Infiltrator, using her ability to remain unseen to walk amongst the enemy, finding out their plans and strategies before destroying them at point blank range. She started to comprehend how an enemy would think and was able to counter many attacks. These skills were noticed quickly as she was ushered into the Special Operations units, eventually taking over Echo Squad.

On the Geth: Most believe there are three ways to feel about the Geth; Destroy them, Control them, and the Apologists. There is a fourth and Dani falls into that mindset. Tired. Dani is tired of the war and just wants it over. She doesn't care how.

On Romance: Dani is bisexual, and at one point was happily married. But she has dated both men and women. Recently she has taken a look at the possibility of an interspecies romance and has begun to find Turian men and women attractive.

Weapon of Choice: Dani prefers a Reegar Carbine as the shotgun works well with her tactics of sneaking up and blowing your head off. Added on in an Omniblade Bayonet to add insult to injury. Don't piss off Dani. Her mean streak is a bit much to handle.

Myls'Stanis Vas Qwib Qwib
Myls by Turbulence1973Diplomatic Negotiation by Turbulence1973Until the Homeworld I See by Turbulence1973

Most people don't think of Quarians as straight up Soldiers. With their immune systems the way they are it's hard for Quarians to take on a head to head battle. But that doesn't mean they don't have any. Quarian Marines while fewer in number than other races militaries are just as dangerous.

Enter Myls'Stanis Vas Qwib Qwib. Myls was built for the fight. Being the son of miners meant he was bred strong. Myls knew young his talents led to the fight When Myls left on his pilgrimage he almost didn't come back. He immediately signed on with the Mercenary company, the Blue Suns, wanting to gain as much combat experience as possible to come back to fight the Geth War. His fearless attitude allowed him to keep a cool head in many situations garnering him quite the reputation in the organization. He stayed with the Suns for almost three years. Upon returning to the Migrant fleet he joined the Fleet Marine Force. Myls's 'without fear' methods quickly got him noticed by Special Operations, not to say that he has a death wish, but Myls came to terms with that idea of dying while working as a mercenary. Now fighting alongside his Quarian brothers he will do whatever is necessary to defeat the Geth.

On the Geth: Myls has seen more than enough death. Whether it is related to fighting the Geth or simple mishaps while in the fleet it is all ultimately the Geth's fault. Myls feels they need to be destroyed completely so they can someday retake the homeworld.

On Romance: Myls is normally a strong character, he softens around one other person. He has fallen so completely for Uli'narah it is overwhelming. His demeanor in private changes with her.

Weapon of Choice: Adas Anti-Synthetic Rifle is a devastating weapon against the Geth. And for those that need a little extra umph he has a ML-77 Missile Launcher.

Uli'Narah Nar Yaska
Uli by Turbulence1973Force of Nature by Turbulence1973

In keeping with standard way of things Biotic Quarians do not go through the regular pilgrimage, instead they are sent for specific training for the rare gift. As such Uli'Narah Nar Yaska found herself on Thessia for her biotic training. Upon returning to her birth vessel she entered the Fleet Marine Force a move not even her parents saw coming. Uli was known as the quiet type, but her biotic instructors saw past the shell bringing out the tiger hidden underneath all along. Uli loves control, and it showed in her fighting style. While normally demure, as her ire begins to rise so does her temper and language. When chosen for the Spec Ops it was an easy choice. Unknown to her however her commander Dani'Breizh was contacted by her parents to look out for their daughter. Dani saw the use immediately.

On the Geth: It is not surprising the Uli believes that the Quarian people should regain Control of their former servants. The Geth are tools nothing more.

On Romance: Uli is attracted to power. On Thessia she was involved with one of her instructors not only gaining knowledge but making herself more powerful along the way. Currently she is involved with Myls'Stanis Vas Qwib Qwib. Not only is he strong and fearless, he is completely in love with her. And her with him if she would admit it to herself, but for now she likes controlling their relationship.

Weapons of Choice: Uli's primary choice of Biotics involve nailing a target down such a Sigularity. Once contained she will unload on them with her Geth Plasma Sub Machinegun. And if the doesn't work she will unload a full clip from her Scorpion on them.

Zen'Ratha Vas Honorata
Zen by Turbulence1973Big Game Hunter by Turbulence1973

For Zen's pilgrimage he hopped ship to ship offering his engineering skills practically for room and board to get the most exposure to different systems and equipment. As such he picked up a lot of culture along the way. Although surviving on the bare essentials is for the dogs so he soon used his engineering abilities to pick through locks and programs to get something extra for himself. Returning to the fleet he was accepted onboard the Honorata, a science vessel. But on a mission to scour for tech his group came under Geth attack. Utilizing drones, sentries, and overriding programs he was able to defend the party. While not a complete success, people still made it home. The Honorata's captain enrolled Zen into the Fleet Defense Force. Zen's use of creative work around's was not always cared for by the higher ups, opting to find a means to an objective that didn't always mean destroying Geth. Special Ops saw its uses though, in particular Dani'Breizh.

On the Geth: Zen is smart enough to realize he doesn't know everything about the Geth or how the war started, and to his analytical mind that means there isn't enough to go on. He knows the Geth are dangerous, but he also understands that they just aren't robots, they are sentient and intelligent. That tends to put him in with the Apologists. He wants peace, but he's not naïve enough to just lay down his weapon to get it.

On Romance: Zen is heterosexual, but inexperienced with women. He is attracted to both Quarian and Terran women.  He is also a bit of a pervert and has been caught more than once perusing the extranet for videos.

Weapons of Choice: Zen's primary weapon is his Combat Drone. Maximized to throw out as much damage as possible. As far as firearms go he uses a Black Widow sniper rifle which he acquired from a dead Salarian found near a Geth Bunker. For those up close and personal moments he has an Arc Pistol to light up an enemy's face.

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To read about the adventures of Echo Squad you can start with my story Dreadnought. A Mass Effect story which takes place before the first game, a bit of a Prequel if you will. Take a look here;
Echo Squad - Dreadnought part 2
“Bout time.” Dani said as Myls’Stanis walked into the cargo bay. She was busy configuring something on the display on the forward bulkhead of the compartment. Uli'Narah sat on a crate leaning against the rear bulkhead while Zen was against the far side of the cabin tinkering with his drone that was hovering next him. Myls set down next to Uli.
“Okay,” the squad leader started “We all know this was as last second as missions get, but by now we are a used to that. But the reason that we got sent out here in a human freighter will be obvious in a moment. Six days ago a long range radio telescope got lucky and picked up the emissions of a large vessel coming to the last jump point we just passed. It was barely in range of other optical sensors but we were able to get this.”
An image popped up on the screen and everyone just stared. Whatever they had been doing wasn’t important. Zen’s arms fell slowly and his drone disappeared. Myls gave
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Asha-Lin-vas-Yaska Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome characters, history is very well written, and lol I thought I was one of few to name my quarian "vas Yaska" xD
They all look great, and so special in their own way. Keep up the great work. Ps. Good luck on voting, I voted for you xD
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Turbulence1973 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, I appreciate that a lot. Sadly I didn't win the contest, but thats okay. I was pleased with the many entries.

I am glad you like my little Echo Squad. Please take a read of my story Dreanought which is all about these four.
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Asha-Lin-vas-Yaska Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
No problem, although you didn´t win I still like your squad very much.

And I will read that as soon as I get time :D
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nach77 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Great work and fantastic Team and History. The presentation is awesome :D
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Turbulence1973 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! Gonna be hard to beat Rhino team though. You have a full detachment of personnel.
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nach77 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Your welcome and thanks :). My team, i had the 70% ready before the competition, but take me a lot of time do jejeje.
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Just-Jasper Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
What a great presentation, and a cool group of quarians!
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Turbulence1973 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad you like them! A lot of thought went into this group and the talent of three very special artists. I'm thrilled with the outcome.
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The-JoeBlack Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's an incredible presentation. I love that you've put in pics plus a decent sized backstory to every character. That's going to be hard to beat....
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Turbulence1973 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know. There are quite a few entries already that are going to be tough to beat. Appreciate the vote of confidence though. I'm pretty proud of this idea.
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