Playing the Mass Effect series has inspired me to write sci-fi. The name of the series (and ship) is The Santarnica 9 and the protagonist is named Commander Helen Chert of the United States Space Force. (Every country has their own space force and also set in the year 2943 AD.) I've worked out my story so it didn't rip off of the videogame series, but there's one thing I'm annoyed at. It's Joker, the helmsman of the Normandy in the games. I wished that there was an option to have him as a love interest in the series, and suddenly thought "Hey! Why don't I just do that in my own story? She romances a man like Joker!" Yeah...except making my own sarcastic helmsman who has leg problems would be ripping off of the videogame. So, how should I work this out? Tips?