Summary: Commander Jules Shepard, a talented combat engineer of the Alliance Navy, decides that this time, they would fight the Reapers by their own means. Rule no. 1 of tech school is, “If you didn’t build it or know how to take it apart—don’t use it. Better to use your own than tech that’ll bite you in the ass someday.”
A “What if Shepard didn’t use the Crucible?” fic.
Archive Of Our Own link here.
FF.net link here.( Chapter One Commentary )