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I'm sure this has been asked and talked about before, but now the game is changing fast every day it seems. Now most of us have sacrificed something for our collecting, be it big or small. Now with prices soaring, 3rd party makers, and the urge to import stuff Hasbro doesn't make (or is simply too slow) it's had to have made those sacrifices even greater and tougher to deal with for a great many.


So it's easy, what sacrifices do you make? How has the economy and recent price hikes altered the level of those sacrifices?




Back when I began to collect again, I was in a lot more of a care-free place. I had lots of work, lots of money and lots of time to scurry around and find all the new stuff that was out there no matter how far I was going for it. Through collecting, I began a journey still going today of exploration and discovery in places all around me that I've never been to, nor ever had a reason to go to. To me, that's always been an exciting part of the hunt. I went from knowing very little about what was outside the area I live to knowing a great deal about the whole area. Knowing where all of the major and not so major stores and shopping centers are. Knowing where the best deals are, where to find the good stuff, and along the way seeing all kinds of places and things to do that I never knew were around. Or hearing about places and never knowing where they were until while driving on a hunt going "oh look, I heard about that place but never knew exactly where it was. Now I know!" Those kinds of things have made collecting fun for me.


But now, so many years later it's not really the same story. High gas prices have made searching more of a chore than a something to do activity. The prices of figures going through the roof means not being able to buy as much. Which again, has a trickle down effect to the hunt, because I won't go on any long hunts if I can't afford to buy what it is I'm looking for. With all the price hikes, I can easily spend more money now searching so that when I actually do find, I blew out all of my money searching already!


So that leads into the other obvious sacrifice...MONEY! Who doesn't need more? I've never cared about the money end of collecting. So long as I can still meet my financial needs, then it's all good. But now, that's even getting to be tricky. I've had to get a lot more inventive and resourceful in order to keep going.


All along the way though, the sacrifices do add up. While small and rather insignificant at the time, they can have a cumulative effect.


Friends. Some think my collecting is kinda neat and others think it's just whacked. I've found it easier to deal without the people who don't support me than give up the one pride and joy that I have. So for those who think it's a joke, I have no time for.


Family. Of course they all think I'm crazy. I'm the only adult who tinkers with these and the tens of thousands of collectors on sites around the internet are apparently all nothing but my own split personalities creating it all! Seriously, they would more likely believe that than believe that this is a totally legit collectors hobby that is heavily populated by a lot of good, honest, hard working people from all walks of life. I'm not kidding, this is totally true!


Time, time, time. Do we ever sacrifice enough time? Let's put it this way, I was 20-something when I began and now I'm 40 wondering where all the time went. What's worse, I'm 40 and still single with a crappy job. In other words, I probably have made one of the biggest sacrifices of them all...LIFE. I'm 40 now, so basically it's over for me. Too old to fit in with the younger crowd, too young to fit in with my own age or older. Take my word for it, meeting new people and gaining new friends gets a lot tougher once out of your 20's. Especially now in the wonderful cell phone age!



All along the way, I've given up things like collecting other lines (Marvel, Macross, Gundam, etc) to focus all on Transformers. The cost of keeping up with all became impossible long ago. At times, I've given up meals, buying new clothes, and even resorted to paying a bill or two late. Perhaps it's lunacy, but something I wouldn't have done if I didn't think I would be OK in the end. And I always am.


I look around at my collection and think I could have probably done a lot more with all that money over the years. I could have traveled more. I could have went back to school, I could have settled down with someone and started a family or something. I chose in large part not to do these things. I guess some would say that makes me a loser. They're probably right, but I'm probably a lot happier than a great deal of the "winners" out there are, so they can stick that in their pipes and smoke it!


What was gained one has to wonder? I know who I am. I know what I like. I know what makes me happy. I've sacrificed all kinds of things along the way that some people would see as being really important. Well, to them it is, that's fine for them. I don't think I ever could have been happy forcing myself into the same existence that most people would see as being a "normal life" anyway. I have a motto, get crazy with me or get the hell out of my way!

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can't sleep? :)



Recently, my job has started paying off and i've been able to afford the collection of my dream. While doing so, i've also been able to afford to buy a house to house said collection. Space is still an issue though and the other things that i have enjoyed in my life are starting to suffer because of it. I had a pretty sizable music(CD) collection. I also had a decent video game library and movie collection too. Had to get rid of 80% to create more space for TF's. Other lines that i collect have taken a back seat. I used to collect Toy Biz Marvel Legends but sold those once Hasbro got the Marvel license. At the end of the Toy Biz line, they were just making random ass characters anyways so i got bored and moved on. I did keep a few and have picked up 1 or 2 of the current line of figures. I get a Marvel Universe guy here and there too. I pick up the random Halo character here and there. Mostly UNSC characters.


With Transformers, each new version of the same character brings new gimmicks and a new transformation. So i wouldn't necessarily be buying the same toy as i would with Marvel or Halo. That and man, did i watch the shit out of the 80's TF movie growing up. I loved Transformers and decided to make that my one and only line i collect. But space is still the issue. With almost 30 years worth Transformers products from all over the world, space is an issue with everyone. I have a guest room in my house dedicated to the hobby. i'm already planning on my next house purchase. counting down the years. 9 more to go.


I don't get to play as much video games as i used too. I could also blame my wonderful GF(future wife hopefully/proposing soon!), but it's not her. I have 10 hours during the day at home while she's working that i could be a slob and play video games. But i don't. I'm constantly receiving TF's in the mail, reorganizing to make room, cleaning up the mess i made, keeping up with a sales thread/ebay sales, and then cleaning the rest of the house (dog, cat, GF can get messy! (not in this order!)).


I just had a house warming/birthday party at my house recently which most of my friends who didnt know i was a TF nut were exposed to it and my collection for the first time. Most were in Awe of my collection. 1 or 2 kind of scoffed at it but in reality, its my damn money, it's my damn house, i do damn well what i want. Ha! But a lot of them enjoyed it and i spent a lot of time answering questions and showing them the "cool" ones and stuff like that.


but driving around town is starting to wear on me. I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and there are no shortages of Targets, Walmarts, TRU's, Pharmacy Stores, and comic shops to scour. We even have Dallas Vintage Toys which is a mecha to everything vintage toys from 70-90's. Hitting all these stores for 1 damn toy is time consuming and money consuming. So i've been trying to order most of what i'm looking for online recently in bulk to save on shipping and not have to rip my hair out. I've been pretty successful here with get FoC Bruticus from FunPUb shipped all at once, MP Optimus ordered online at TRU, plus Pile of Looting at BBTS. Not to mention, i have a buddy in town who imports cases of Arms Micron figures and will hook me up nearly at cost plus a split of shipping for the figure. i help him hunt and he orders those and a lot of times we just trade evenly. I have a spread sheet with a running tally of what we've done so we can settle at the end of the year after Artfire comes in. It's pretty convenient.


I'm pretty lucky to have a job where i only work about 3 days a week and have the rest of the week off. 9-5 isn't for me. I get to travel while i work and am able to hit up different local shops in different towns to try and find vintage TF's. I'm working on starting a blog actually that will house a database for the stores i find since there isn't one and i'd love to be able to remember the places i've checked out.


I think the most sarifices i've made were early on when i was living at home again and was running out of space. I sold all of my Beast Wars figures and some G1 figures i didnt think i wanted at the time. Now some of those figures have gone through the roof in price! G1 Fangry anyone??? Sold mine for $30 i think back in 06... just paid $100 for one a few months back :doh Oh well.


So in review, Space, time, video games, gas, and sanity are things i've sacrificed. The one thing i can't sacrifice is the relationship with my girl, cat, dog, family, and friends. I know there's a line that has to be drawn to not get carried away. I like to hover around there.

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Yeah, my family is the same way, mostly anyway. My Grandmother even went so far as to say that it was "just one of the aspects" that make me a "horrible father" to my son. Guess who's not on the Christmas card list. My mom is more understanding with it, oddly so is my babymama, and for the record as far as they're concerned I'm a wonderful dad, which is nice someone thinks so, because I can only do my best.

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Just to put it out there, at one time I was studying to become a psychologist. Needless to say, I got a little sidetracked. So I'm not totally nuts or some mindless goof. Usually.


I keep my eyes and ears open for interesting stories that surface from time to time. One most recently I believe I read on Yahoo, and also saw a news segment on, talked about how more and more it's being suggested that one thing adults are missing is the playtime they had when they were kids. Some places even going so far as to build some adult sized playgrounds to get the same exercise and activity their bodies enjoyed as kids. On the same note, adults who took the time to play with their kids, especially when it's similar to toys of their own youth, experienced a more energized and youthful attitude than those who don't.


That's huge. That means staying open to new things and new possibilities. Not thinking you're too old to still have fun. Most importantly, not letting the passing of ones cultural generation get the best of them. I don't think anything makes people more bitter than seeing the cultural environment they grew up in and were accustomed to being overtaken by things they dislike or hate.


So there's a lot to be said for letting out the kid inside. I believe those who are the most disrespectful about it are simply the most jealous. Either they can't won't let that kid inside them out and they get a lot of twisted angry and resentful feelings over it. It only makes them feel older, or reminds them of their age and they hate it.


Age is as much a state of mind as it is body. Too bad more people can't understand that. It's part of what makes society so constipated.

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The sacrifices I'm making deal with starting my own home business and the space/money needed for that. Transformers is an expensive hobby, especially with the way prices of figures have gone up, and to be honest it isn't really as enjoyable as it used to be, so me sacrificing figures for the sake of saving money or spending it more responsibly is easier now.


I made a thread in the End Cap section because I am selling my non-G1 figures. Honestly, the hobby really isn't as exciting as it used to be. I feel like we've been in Transformers overload since the 2007 movie first came out. I need a break.

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Sacrifices. Depends on how you look at things.


Now you can say that the latest economic situation and the raised prices on the current lines are bringing you down, however there are many layers to all of this. I for one have no interest in the TF Prime or WFC FOC lines at all, so even if the economy and price tags have dropped, I'm still not buying. I did buy Shockwave, and actually I might sell it because it's off scale for the rest of the "classics" toys I want.


Things are now, the way they are. It'd be like saying oh boo hoo, I should have bought all those G1's off the shelf or $25, as opposed to now for $125. Things are always changing, I my self bough some really good Pre-Transformers back in the day just before the net came around, DIRT CHEAP, a trick that is now not so easy to do.


But real sacrifices. Well my X and I sold toys at a couple botcon's, made a ton of money (just before TRU remakes of the G1 series) and she spent 90% of it on shit. SO that was a sacrifice 1/2 willing to make. Would have been nice to have gotten my money back, but somethings are worth paying off to be done with.


Last week I ran to TRU to get a MP Thundercracker, and struck out. SO rather than pissing away another $5 in gas and my lunch hour at work, I ordered one on line at just the right time. Sacrifice there, the FUN of the hunt, but my car which is falling apart lives to drive another day.


I have had most of my collection in a storage locker for the last 10 years or so. My wife and I just bought a house and it's going to be the LAST thing I work on, building my collection room/office to finaly get my my treasures into the light of day. Sacrifice, you bet. Worth the wait, just wait and see what wonders I post here.


Being a home owner now, with a mortgage to pay every month, the funds are not the same by far. SO now it's time to save up for the desireables and pick and choose better what's important and what isn't. My change jar and wish lists for birtdays and the holidays hopefully will get me all the Masterpiece toys I HAVE to HAVE. Something like the newer MP smaller Prime, I have to skip. Besides I already have the larger 3 versions (4 actually with my custom Diaclone Powered Convoy I made) so why spend another $100 or so tracking the smaler one?


Sacrifices means you have to give up something to gain something else. If you are unhappy with your choices of sacrifices, you're doing something or looking at something wrong. Your goals may not be realistic, or maybe you need to rethink or evaluate your situation.


I waited 10 years to get a house to have a collection room, done up right. And I am still waiting, but all well worth it for sure. I lost a loved one who robbed me blind, well worth dumping her. Went from needing to HAVE EVERYTHING with the TF banner, down to the select many toys that reall mean something to me, it's better for space, $ and time. I can spend my time working on customs, or tracking down the rare pieces I REALLY want, vs the MEH newer pieces that do not speak to me.


A toy hunt that does not result in a new piece to add to one's collection should NEVER be a total failure. One needs to make the hunt FUN no matter what. My old hunting routes started in Cherry Hill NJ, drove down 322 towards Hammilton which had the mall - KB Toys, Toys R Us, Walmart and usually LUNCH somewhere new around there. Then down past Storybook Land to the Shore Mall to hit BeachCombers, also a good area for lunch, and finally Ocean City to hit Toyrareium and the Shore Mall. FInally to take a walk on the beach or boardwalk and a smooth ride home. THAT is a HUNT. Just going to TRU to comb the shelves hoping the new toys are there waiting for you is just shopping.


Don't shop, HUNT!

Don't surf the net looking for this or that, HUNT!



DAMN IT!!!! My wife travels on business, she was just in Dallas. Vintage Toy Shop, NOW YOU TELL ME!


Back to the front, it's 15+ years or more since my old toy hunting runs to the south NJ shore. (there is a HUGE difference in such a small state between North NJ with this DOPES from that stupid reality show and the South.)


Toyrareium is no longer around, KB is long gone, and Beachcombers doesn't have the merchandise it used to, so I don't do that run much any more. Now that I am married and my wife was practically raised in Avalon NJ Beach town, when I go on trips with her, I throw in a aspect of the hunt i with it if possible. There are a couple antique stores that turns up a older TF from time to time. There is a collectable store of more modern toys in Wildwood's boardwalk.


Sacrifice. Adaptation reduces harmfull sacrifices and regrets.

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I never felt so calm and in control, as I did just now, the hunger that has plagued me since my adolescent years was nowhere to be found." This made the older woman look down at her with an understanding smile in return. "I am very pleased with the progress you have made, Tolae. You're developing self-control is something to be commended. You are more than ready for the visit to Thessia in a month's time, but now it is time to retire for the evening…come." Jethra replied with an encouraging tone, gaining a nod from the younger Asari as she got to her feet. But just as both women had turned and began walking back towards the Monastery, the sound of a ship in the distance caught their attention, making them look back towards the mountain range that surrounded their home. "If I may ask, Superintendent Jethra, are we due another re-supply? Because I saw the previous one only a day ago when I was out here in the gardens." Tolae asked, making Jethra shake her head in response. "No, there is nothing scheduled until next week." she said as they spotted a ship on the horizon and fly towards them, making the Superintendent activate her holo-tool. "Tolae, please go to your room…" The younger Asari nodded and did as she was asked while Jethra tapped a button on her interface. "This is Jethra to Monastery Control, do you have an ID for the incoming ship?" "Yes we do, Superintendent. It is the Eudora. And it's Federation IFF has all the current codes, so should I allow it to land?" the female voice on the other end of the call spoke, earning a nod from the Superintendent in return. "That depends, what is their business here? Because we don't generally receive visitors unless it is relatives of our patients." she said back in a stoic tone. "The Eudora's Pilot said that they are here to see the Justicar currently stationed here." Monastery Control replied while Jethra stared up at the ship as it came ever closer to the Temple. "Very well, let them land and let our Justicar know she has visitors. I, meanwhile, will meet the new arrivals on the landing pad, Jethra out." she then answered before deactivating her holo-tool and re-entering the building, while the Eudora flew overhead. Meanwhile, in the ship's Cockpit, Myra stood behind Evac's chair and watched as the Pilot brought the Eudora around for one last pass. "Roger that, Monastery Control, we are landing now." he said before looking over to his Asari friend, who noticed the holo-irises over his eyes and could not help but look at him with an unsure expression. "I don't think I will ever get used to those they look..." she started to say, making the former Autobot smirk back knowingly. "Welcome to the future, Myra, it won't be long before ships are flown purely by the Pilots own thoughts." This made the Asari roll her eyes in return while Kat and Crosscut entered the room, joining them. "So how did it go? Did the codes pass?" the blonde Bot asked, gaining a nod from Evac in return. "Yep, they bought it. Where did you get authentic Autobot IFF codes from anyway?" he replied with a curious tone, which made Myra and Kat look over to him. "Can't say I am not interested, since as a Spectre...even a Rogue one, I know for a fact that Command holds all codes close to their chest." the Asari said in return. "Well, I have my resources." Crosscut said with a wink, while the Pilot just smiled and continued to fly the ship, despite having his back to the canopy and not looking at what exactly he was doing. "Landing the ship now." he said, earning the others attention as they looked back at him as he typed on the holo-interface in front of him. "Could you at least look at what you're doing please?" Crosscut then said with an agitated tone, making the pilot roll his eyes before turning back around. "...You just want to suck the fun out everything." he muttered whilst the Eudora then extended its landing struts as it hovered over the LP, its engines already turning into their vertical landing/take-off position. After another second, a gentle thud was felt by Myra and the others as Evac finished typing on his holo-interface. "Disengaging engines, we have landed." he said with a slight smugness to his voice, while the Asari turned to the others. "Alright, Everyone, time to stretch your legs..." she started to say, earning surprised looks from Crosscut and Evac. "We are all heading out?" the Pilot said, beating his friend to it. "Yes, the Superintendent who runs this Monastery will not allow anyone to stay on their ships. Instead, they are just to lock them down." Myra replied, making Evac look back with an unsure expression. "Why?" "Because this Monastery is home to a large number of Asari who are Ardat-Yakshi, and so the Superintendent does not want to give any of the more dangerous residents ideas." she said back, making the two Bots stare back with widened eyes in return. "Ardat-Yakshi? You mean the Asari that kill you by mating with you." Crosscut said with a surprised tone, gaining a nod from Myra. "That's correct. So when we leave the Eudora, I will need you to activate her security lockdown protocol." she said, earning a reluctant nod from the Pilot as he returned to his holo-interface.. "Myra, I have a question..." Kat then asked, gaining the Asari's attention. "Sure, Kat, what is it?" "With the fact that you're a Rogue Spectre and Lesuss is under Federation law, aren't you worried that they will report you the moment they realise who you are?" she asked with a slightly worried tone, gaining an appreciative smile from Myra. "I wouldn't worry about that, Kat, the person we are here to see will vouch for me and ensure it doesn't happen." "I see, so who exactly are we here to see?" she then asked. "Like I told Evac to tell the Monastery's Control, we are here to see an Asari Justicar. After my...partner and I faced an Ardat-Yakshi..." Myra then started to say before stopping for just a moment, a pensive look on her face which Kat had noticed...for she too knew why. "...we then sought the help of one who had centuries of experience in dealing with those Asari with cursed genes, because we wanted to be fully prepared in case we ever came upon one again." the Asari finished as Evac pointed out of the Cockpit's glass canopy. "We have our welcoming Committee outside." He said as two Asari exited the Monastery and walked over to the ship, so Myra gestured for her team-mates to follow. "Alright, let's go say hi." she said as they then left the confines of the Eudora, and met their hosts. The Rogue Spectre and her team walked down the landing ramp and saw the two Asari waiting at it's end, one was dressed in a formal-like dress while the other wore red and black light armour that complimented her athletic figure. "Hello, Samara, it's been a long time." Myra said in a friendly manner, earning a similar if ever so slight smile in return from the latter. "It's been too long, my Friend." the Justicar replied as she held out her hand to Myra, who took it in return and the pair shook hands before a rather bemused Jethra. "Excuse me Samara, but you know who these people are?" the Asari asked with a questioning tone, before looking at each of the new arrivals as though she was taking a mental photo of them. "…Because even though their ship has the correct codes to land here, I do not trust people who I do not know myself." she added, gaining an understanding look from the Justicar in return. "I understand your meaning, Jethra…" she began to reply, while giving Myra a knowing glance as she did so. "…But these are acquaintances of mine, so please allow me to take responsibility for them during their visit." Samara added with a calm tone, which earned a nod from the Superintendent. "Very well, Samara, just be sure that 'they' follow the rules for the duration of their stay, because I do not want them to interfere with the peace and tranquillity that we have made here for our residents." she replied before turning away and heading back to the Monestary, leaving the Justicar with Myra and her friends. "Please forgive Jethra's demeanour, she is usually very approachable." she said, gaining a nod from the younger Asari. "I understand, we did come here unannounced after all." "And why are you here, Myra Darby? Because as your friend, your appearance here has left me in somewhat of a tricky position." Samara said back with a conflicted expression. "I know, I'm a Rogue Spectre and your code dictates that you must either arrest me or kill me, depending on what I do next..." Myra replied, earning worried glances from Kat and the others as they watched their friend and the Justicar talk. "…but I believe that since we are both friends, who have watched out for each other on the battlefield can overlook my current predicament with the law." she added with a slight smile, gaining a nod and similar expression from Samara. "Indeed…if it was anyone other than you, Myra, then I would be compelled to bring them to justice. But since I know first hand that you are an honourable warrior, who was forced into this current 'predicament' by the very laws that govern our galaxy. I will there for not oblige the code at this time." This earned sighs of relief from the rest of the Eudora's Crew as Myra then turned her attention to them and gestured for her Justicar Friend to do the same. "Everyone, this is Samara. And Samara, this is Kat Mason, Crosscut and Evac." "Good evening and welcome to Lesuss, you must all be honourable warriors if you are working with Myra. Because I know she only works with the best after all." the Justicar said which made both Kat and Crosscut nearly blush with slight embarrassment, with only Evac looking somewhat proud with himself. "Well…I'm not one to blow my own trumpet…as the Human saying goes, but.." he started to say with a gloating-like tone, only for Kat to jump in. "Thank you, Samara, we are honoured by your words." she said which earned surprised looks from everyone there, including Myra. 'That was smoothly put.' she thought while Samara nodded back in appreciation. "You are most kind, now please if you will follow me. I will have a meal made for you before showing you to your rooms, for it is after Curfew…" she started to say while gesturing for them to follow her. "…And perhaps we can talk some more, Myra, for I am intrigued with your reappearance after nearly two hundred years." the Justicar added, earning a nod from the Rogue Spectre as she walked alongside Kat. "Nicely said back there." she whispered, which made her friend almost blush once again. "Thanks, Myra, but I can't take credit for that. I simply knew some things from my mother, who was a Diplomat." Kat replied back with a smile as the group walked towards the entrance to the Monastery, while their new Justicar friend started talking to the others. Meanwhile, in orbit around Lesuss, a space-bridge vortex quickly formed and then disappeared just as fast, though not before a small vessel flew out and began to slowly descend towards the planet's atmosphere. In its Cockpit sat a Woman who was looking at the holo-interface before her, which was the only source of light in the room. Her com-link began to beep, so she reached up to her eye and activated the device with a single tap. "Vasir, I have arrived at Lesuss." she said, before a recognisable voice spoke back. "Is the Eudora there?" the Leviathan Leader replied with a curious tone, earning a nod from her agent as she turned her attention from the view of the planet through the glass canopy and returned it to the holo-screen to her left. "Yes, it has landed at the Monastery there. But that is all can tell from here, perhaps I should go down and watch it's crew more closely?" the Agent asked with an enthusiastic tone. "Negative, you of all people should not go anywhere near that particular temple. Stay where you are and wait for them to leave, then purse course and report their next destination to me. For though I do not actively pursue that Darby's death, I will not have her catch me off guard. Not when we are so close to one of my goals." Vasir replied. "But….surely…" the Woman tried to say back, only for the former Spectre to interject. "No. You will do nothing to tip them off to us. You have your orders." Vasir then said before cutting off the call, leaving the Agent to look out at the planet and narrow her eyes. 'I am sorry, Vasir, but I cannot obey that order.' she thought defiantly as she took the vessel down into Lesuss's atmosphere. 'I will cloak the ship and land on the outskirts of the colony, they will not even know I am there.' she thought as a sly smile appeared on her face. PRIME EFFECT 5 Myra sat with Samara in the Dining Hall, the others had finished their meals and retired to their rooms for the rest of the evening, leaving the two Asari alone as they both watched the holo-light display which interacted with the fountain as it's patterns of light danced around the water that was shot up into the air and back down into its basin. It was now the brightest light source in the room since the wall lamps had dimmed somewhat as to show that the twilight hours were almost upon them. "Your friends are certainly a spirited group, Myra. It pleases me to see that you have a group that cares about you...especially Kat, she seems to care a great deal for you." Samara said before taking a sip from her glass, earning a nod from the younger Woman in return. "Kat's a good friend and a terrific soldier." she said in return, gaining a knowing smile from the Justicar as she put her glass down on the small table between them. "Indeed she is... and more." This made Myra look back with a curious expression. "More? What do you mean, Samara?" she asked, only for her Friend to continue staring with a growing smile on her face. "After the last time I saw you, I feared that you would lose yourself to the grief and rage brought on by the murders of your Family. But now you before me again and have surrounded yourself with people who care about you, I can see that my fears were misplaced." the Justicar replied, earning a calm look from Myra which betrayed nothing of the darkness that still ate at her heart. "I was in a dark place when we last stood together, Samara, but even after the last few centuries I can not say that anything has changed in that respect. Because I still want to tear Vasir's head from her body, giving my John and my Mother the justice they deserve." "I understand your feelings in this matter, Myra, for you know that I have suffered such a loss myself." Samara said, which earned an understanding expression from Myra. "Your Daughters..." "Yes, my three daughters…Morinth, Rila and Falere. As I reminded you long ago, Ardat-Yakshi have always been seen as Abominations in the eyes of our people. A mistake brought forth via copulation between two Asari, which is part of the reason why our people decided that mating with individuals from other Species was more beneficial to our civilisation, and would lessen the chance that another Ardat-Yakshi would be born…" the older Asari replied, earning a nod from the Darby in return as she listened intently. "…but it is a way that Asari have not fully embraced, as we still have the right to choose who we bond with…be that an Alien or another Asari." she continued, before taking another sip from her drink as she looked away towards the illuminated fountain. "When I began my Matron stage, I settled down with an Asari that I loved and we had our three Daughters to complete our Family. But to our horror, they were all Ardat-Yakshi." "You became a Justicar so that you could hunt down your eldest...Morinth, right?" Myra asked, earning a nod from Samara in return. "Yes, and after pursuing her across the galaxy for nearly three hundred years, I finally caught up to her on Lorek and killed her." "I remember you telling me, the two of you fought in one of the Planet's big power-stations, which takes advantage of the frequent thunderstorms and absorbs the lightning to power the colonies." Myra replied, gaining a nod from the older Asari. "That is correct. I threw Morinth into one of transformers there and the energy over-load disintegrated her. I found traces of her DNA in what was left of the transformer, but her body was no more." The Rogue Spectre gave her friend a sympathetic look, who looked back with a stoic but saddened expression. "Morinth was the strongest and smartest of my daughters, she never accepted the life that fate and our people demanded of her. I became a Justicar so that I could bring her to justice for the murders she committed, but still…I 'was' so very proud of her for fighting for what she believed." This brought a questioning expression to Myra's face, one that Samara noticed too. "You never told me that, and why did you say 'proud' in the past tense? And while I know of Morinth, you have never spoken about your other Daughters." the younger Asari replied, earning a nod from the Justicar. "Yes….like I said, I was proud of Morinth for standing up for what she believed in. But that all changed after she visited her sisters in this very temple…" "What happened?" the Rogue Spectre asked, feeling as though she could guess what her friend's answer would be. "My eldest daughter came here to free her sisters, believing that they should be like her and not bound by Asari laws. But Rila and Falere did not believe as Morinth did, for they wanted to isolate themselves and not tempt what they might do outside of the Monastery's walls, so they denied her request and tried to have her arrested. Morinth saw this as the deepest of betrayals, with her view of them now as enemies like myself….and so killed them." Samara answered as her voice carried the sadness and guilt that she felt inside. "I am….so sorry, Samara." Myra replied as she reached out to the older Asari's hand, only for the Justicar to pull away slightly. "I appreciate your concern, Myra, but I do not ask nor require your pity. For I know in my heart that what happened to my daughters was my fault, it was my disregard for our people's beliefs that brought them into the world as Ardat-Yakshi. And it is also my fault for what transpired afterwards, there is no redemption for what I did and I will live out the remainder of my days with the burden that knowledge brings." she said back, but the younger Asari shook her head in return. "You are wrong, Samara. I see it quite differently, your daughters were each given a tough choice in life by being born as Ardat-Yakshi. That was not your fault, because it cannot be detected until puberty amongst Pure-blood Asari. This all lies on the shoulders of your children, for they had two choices. Either give in to what they were born as or fight the urges and instincts that come with being Ardat-Yakshi, trying to be better than what they are…" As Myra spoke, Samara just found herself listening intently as she stared back. "…now Rila and Falere did this, they chose to turn their backs on what they were born as. Morinth did not, so in my eyes….they were stronger than her. So in the end, the only person to blame for what happened is her. Don't sully the memory of your younger daughters by taking the blame for something that was not your fault, your better than that, Samara." The younger Asari added as a thoughtful expression came over the Justicar's face as she looked down at the floor, while Myra took a sip of her own drink in return as several seconds of silence passed between them. "I have lived for almost a thousand years, and have witnessed the birth and death of my Family in that time. It is not something I would wish on another soul, for no Parent should outlive their children. I had become convinced that the fates of my daughters were my fault and my burden to bear, but you today have reminded me of how special and strong they were...thank you." the Justicar said with a humble smile, earning a nod from her friend. "You're welcome, Samara." Myra said back before the older Asari then stood up. "Well, it is late and we should now retire to our beds. I have much to ponder now since you opened my eyes..." Samara replied, with the Rogue Spectre watching her as she did so. "...but before I do, allow me to do the same for you." she continued, gaining a curious expression from the younger Asari. "What do you mean?" she asked, which made Samara stare back stoically. "You have been hunting Vasir for the last two and half centuries because she killed your mother and your husband to be. But even though you wish to avenge their deaths and brig Vasir to justice, you should be aware that there is a fine line between justice and vengeance. I pray that you stay on the right side of that line, my Friend, for it is easy to fall into the darkness that vengeance surrounds itself with….I should know, for I nearly fell into it myself." "How did you keep yourself from doing that? Because the only thought that is consistently on my mind is to find Vasir and tear her apart. I don't think I will really be able to rest until I've done that, and this is something that has driven me on for the last two hundred and fifty years, but still 'she' evades me. I don't know how Vasir does it, but it just frustrates me further and that feeling just continues to gnaw away at my very soul. It frightens to me to think of what I might become if this were to continue for even longer." Myra replied with a thoughtful and sad look over her own, but Samara merely looked down at her with a supportive smile. "Myra, the only thing that kept me from slipping into a vengeance fuelled rage was the Justicar's Code. It kept me centred, focused on what needed to be done. It was difficult, but I had given myself to the cause I believed in…and that was enough for me. But though you are not aware of it Myra, you have already taken steps to ensure that you don't fall into vengeful wrath..." she said back, while the younger Asari just listened intently with a curious look. "…because you chosen not to continue on alone, but instead surrounded yourself with friends. They care about you and wish to see you succeed, take strength and comfort in that." she added before holding her hand out to Myra, "Now come, we can talk on the way to our rooms." The young Spectre nodded with an understanding expression as she took her friend's hand and stood up, before they both walked out of the Hall and into one of the joining corridors. But even as they talked about what Myra had discovered about Barla's cause of death, the Darby could not help but feel that Samara's advice might be a little too late. 'I have already done things that I am not proud of in the last two centuries, things that I would never have considered before my life was turned upside down. And I guess that will not be changing any time soon.' she thought as the Justicar looked at the data on her holo-tool as they walked down the dimly lit corridor. "Yes, I can confirm that this Volus was indeed killed by an Ardat-Yakshi. Though this one must have been feeding and murdering for longer than any other, because it appears it is powerful enough to kill without attempting to mate with its victims." Samara said with what could only be described as a slither of worry in her voice, which Myra had never seen from he friend before that day. "So Vasir has an Ardat-Yakshi working for her and not just any Ardat-Yakshi, but a really strong and experienced one…..terrific." the young woman replied while the Justicar deactivated her holo-tool. "I find it hard to believe that Vasir would be able to control such a creature, let alone be able to use it in her plans." "Well…" Myra began to say before recognising the door to her room, as the pair stopped in front of it. "…I guess we can talk more about this in a couple of hours then, see you at breakfast." the younger Asari added as she opened her door. "Yes, we can. I'll see you then. It was good talking with you again, my Friend." Samara replied, gaining a nod from the Rogue Spectre. "As it was with you, Samara. Good night." "Good night." the Justicar said back before Myra stepped into her room, with the door closing behind her. Leaving Samara alone in the corridor as she carried on towards her own room. PRIME EFFECT 5 Crosscut was awoken by the sound of what could only be described as a wounded Varen crying out, which made the Bot sigh with a building annoyance as he looked over to see Evac snoring away in the bed on the other side of the room. 'For crying out loud! How is anyone supposed to get any sleep around here!' Crosscut thought as he picked up his spare pillow and threw it at his friend, hitting Evac squarely on his face and earning a spluttering cough from the Pilot. "Shut up already!" Crosscut spat with an agitated tone, earning the most bewildered expression from his friend who looked back with one eye closed. "What?…What hit me?…" Evac started to say before noticing the extra pillow, then looked back at the other Bot. "..Why?…did you throw that at me?" "Because your seismic snoring woke me up, that's why!" the angered Bot replied, earning an embarrassed expression from Evac in return. "Oh..., sorry. I didn't know...wait. Did it really sound that bad?" he asked as he gave Crosscut a curious look, which made the other Bot nod back. "Yes it did, I am actually surprised the Monastery hasn't been woken up by it now." "Okay, I'm sorry..." the Pilot said back with a slight smile, for he could not help but find Crosscut's annoyance amusing. "...Let's just try to get back to sleep." he added while throwing the pillow back to the other Bot, before lying back down on his bed, though Crosscut gave him an unconvinced look back in return. "Yeah, that's funny, considering once you get back to sleep, it will just start again." he said before doing the same, after repositioning his spare pillow. Then for a moment, the room went quiet as both Men attempted to fall back to sleep, but then just as Crosscut could feel himself slowly drifting back to unconsciousness, the sound of bed-sheets shuffling caught his attention and made him frown again. "What now?" he then asked, the tone of his voice getting increasingly annoyed while turning to see Evac getting out of bed. "Just heading to their loo, need to take a leak." the bot replied as he picked up his t-shirt and bottoms, gaining a confused expression from his friend. "I thought you already went before going to bed?" he asked, while the Pilot dressed himself. "Well, now I need to go again. Probably shouldn't have drunk so much of their fruit wine, though it was tasty." Evac said as he put on his T-shirt, before walking towards the door. "But we are supposed to stay in the room while curfew is in effect, can't you wait until tomorrow?" Crosscut asked, making the Pilot shake his head in return. "No can do, nature calls. But don't worry, I will be there and back before anyone even knows I am out there." The other bot then just watched as Evac opened the door and walked out. The door closed behind him, which earned a sigh from Crosscut. 'He will never learn.' It did not take Evac long to find the toilet despite how similar the corridors of the Monastery looked, especially since it was now night and all the lights were only just illuminating the place. But again, the Pilot was well-known for having a photographic memory...when it counted. The trip to the loo did not take very long, and then even less time had passed once he was in there and taken the 'leak'. So he reopened the door back into the corridor and looked down both it's directions, only to see no one either side. 'Yeah, I'm like a Ninja.' he thought to himself proudly while closing the door. But then when he turned back, he came face to face with an Asari, which made him almost jump. "Oh!" he gasped, earning a bewildered expression from the Woman standing in front of him. "I apologise, I did not mean to scare you." she said back, making Evac shake his head back at her in return. "Nah, you didn't scare me. Just caught me off guard a little. That's all." he said back reassuringly, though the Asari did not look completely convinced as she then looked him up and down. "You are one of the visitors?" she then asked. "Yes, my name is Evac." the former Autobot replied with a smile, having just noticed how beautiful she was, so held a hand out to Asari looked down at it with a little hesitance at first which did not go unnoticed by the Bot, but then she looked up at him and saw his kind smile so took it in her own hand and shook it. "…My name is Tolae, I feel that I must apologise again, for it has been a long time since we last had proper visitors here, not including those who re-supply this Monastery." the Asari said while returning his smile, looking as though she was starting to relax somewhat. "I see. Well, no biggy. So what are you doing out here? I mean I just came to use the Loo." Evac said with a curious tone, which earned a confused expression from Tolae. "Loo?" "Oh, I mean Toilet…" the Bot replied as he gestured to the door behind him, which made her look over his shoulder. "…It is Human-slang for Toilet." he added, which made the Asari nod back. "I see, well I came out here to find what was making that sound not long ago." "Sound, what sound?" Evac asked with an uncertain tone, fearing where this part of the conversation was heading. "Well, it sounded like a wounded creature, I could hear it from all the way from my room." Tolae added while pointing back down the corridor, which made the Bot gulp. 'Damn it, Crosscut was right!' he thought before she turned her attention back to him, and noticed his expression. "Are you okay?" "Yes, I am fine. And I never heard any sounds like that...nothing, nada." he replied, gaining an inquisitive look from the Asari. "Okay... well, whatever it was, it must have gone now since I haven't heard any more from it for the last few minutes." she then said, earning a nod from Evac. "Yeah, so..." he started to say before the sound of footsteps coming from the other end of the corridor caught their attention, making them both look that way. "By the Goddess, someone's coming. We have to get back to our rooms, now." Tolae said with an urgent tone, which made the former Autobot nod back. "Okay, well perhaps we can talk more tomorrow?" he asked with a hopeful tone, one that once again caught her by surprise. For this was a situation that the Asari had not counted on happening again, not in her lifetime. "Oh...you want to, I don't...know...if that would be possible." Tolae replied, the tone of her voice was full of uncertainty and shyness. Which Evac noticed right away, as he stared back in confusion. "Why not?" he asked as the footsteps in the distance got a little louder, making the Asari start to panic. "We will have to see... but for now, just get back in your room." she said in a hurried tone, making the Bot nod back in return. "Alright, I look forward to talking with you more tomorrow then." he replied with an enthusiastic tone and smile, earning an expression from Tolae that was both happy and worried. "Yes, till then." she said back before they then left each other's company, with the Asari heading away from the approaching footsteps and the former Autobot unfortunately towards them. 'Damn it, this is cutting it close.' he thought as he ran back to the door to his and Crosscut's room, with the footsteps sounding like they were right around the corner. The bot quickly pressed the lit panel beside the door and opened it before almost diving in, then quickly closed it again on the other side. He then heard whoever had walked towards him go past and sighed with relief. 'That was too close.' the Pilot thought before taking off his shirt and bottoms and getting back into bed, taking note of Crosscut who was now fast asleep. 'Got to say, looking forward to tomorrow now.' he thought with a smile, while he closed his eyes and drifted back to sleep. Elsewhere in the Monastery, Samara entered her candlelit room and placed her gun on the table beside her bed. The Justicar then sat on the bed with a thoughtful expression on her face, as she dwelled on her conversation with Myra earlier. So she looked down at the ground and closed her eyes, breathing in a calm and slow manner as she relaxed. "Dear Goddess… I hope that this prayer reaches my daughters, who are forever resting in the warmth of your loving embrace. For I wish to give them my most heartfelt apologies, as I have been proven wrong after so many centuries…" she said in a soft tone, only to be stopped by a familiar female voice. "A little late for that now, isn't it?" This made Samara look up to see a figure standing in the corner of her room, shrouded by the darkness that the candlelight had not extinguished. "That voice, it can't be…." the Justicar replied as her eyes widened as the person stepped into the light, making Samara's eyes widen in complete surprise as standing before the Asari was Morinth, her long believed dead Daughter. "But it is,….Mother!" the younger Asari replied as she narrowed her hateful eyes at Samara and clenched her hands into fists, which began to glow blue with biotic energy that lit up the room as her Mother watched in absolute shock. "And now you will pay for trying to kill me!" Morinth added before hurling a biotic projectile at the Justicar.
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