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ME3 Ending Spoilers...

"May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead."

Quotes used from the goodbye scene with Garrus...
Like many, Mass Effect 3 was an emotional roller coaster for me, and the ending left a very bitter taste in my mouth. Unlike my other comics, this one is actually serious...

For me, if there is one thing Shepard is good at, is beating the odds and accomplishing the impossible. As long as she breathes she will find a way to keep her promise and reunite with Garrus.

Edit: Wow, you guys I am both surprised and humbled by the feedback for this, I did not know this would turn into such an emotional piece for so many. Thank you for all of your kind comments~
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Mantic64 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
So... Morsin Is What? A Timer? Or a Counsler?
NViaan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
oh lord i love it Waaaah! 
Mesapholis Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My heart just broke here, but I felt happy - very good twist.
I love it when an artist knows how to twist my heart^^
Tigereyes45 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Student
This is a great piece. I would say I hope you'll continue it because it's made me curious about what happens next but I know that's probably unlikely.
NekoFever Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely love this, and as far as an emotional piece, very much so. 

I didn't think I would even like this game and I nearly didn't pick it up.  So glad I did.
The story alone kept me going from 1-3. 

This is definitely one of those games I lost my self in.  22 hours of game play straight.
I got really hungry and tired at some point beyond that.
Chika1345 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
This is absolutely beautiful. I'd seen it once in passing on DeviantArt back when it was more recent and spent forever searching for it when I was thinking back on it this week! This is amazing and quite lovely and I love how you brought Mordin into it. This is well done and I can totally see FemShep thinking back on Garrus's words as she goes into that final battle. <3 Thank you for this picture! It will always be one of my favorites on DeviantArt.

I'm an "indoctrination theory" believer. I mean, my whole mission this time has been to destroy them. Then this god-child up and says there are only 3 options (not counting the FU one I hit not knowing it would trigger a 4th option if I fired a gun at his head in my anger XD). Yeah, not buying that. And Anderson's answers are highlighted in red and Tim's in blue. Sketchy. BUT YEAH, I LOVE THIS!!!
Hyo38 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i hate how ambiguous bioware left it. good comic though.
willcraft Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This means, at a bare minimum, shepard just slew EDI.
MihailoP Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, cheels, seriously.
DieXRomanticXX Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This may have brought a very girlish tear to my eye! 
animehottie96 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Writer
D: I can never keep the promise because I refuse to kill EDI and Legion....
Grandzort Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Right in the feels. I wish this was actually in the "hidden" ending from Destroy.
MomoBio-Fan Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The one thing I regretted so much about the endings is I always end up breaking my promise to my gar-bear for some reason I just can't get enough war assets I always end up crying because of it I'm breaking a promise to the person I love the most out of everything one of the only people who stood next to me through out all of it the only other one being Tali Wrex would of come with you if he didn't have the krogan to worry about but the main thing I'm looking at here is that through everything the only companions who stay with you ride or die or Tali and Garrus and I couldn't keep my one promise to him to come back alive and it truly hurts my heart I couldn't follow the only command he ever gave me   
Calleahan Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
"Come back alive. It would be an awfully empty galaxy without you"Pikachu Crying Plz  So much feelings
Tujima Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read this comic before I finished ME3 and it didn't make much sense to me since I'd had chosen synthesis. 

Going back and playing it again, choosing to destroy the Reapers....this suddenly made so much more sense and had more of an emotional takeaway. This is awesome, and even better now that I understand it. 
SirMandokarla Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
This is wonderful. Still don't know why everyone wanted Shepard to live at the end of the series, though.
Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
Very beautifully done, really digs at the feels. I very much like the spiritual aspect taken to character deaths and near deaths.

 Waaay to much poorly written deus ex machina in the games conclusion. Bitter taste alright, I can take bitter sweet, but not bitter. Too much conflict with the already established lore... The extended endings help, but only little... I'm just confused with the game.
darrius13sniper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Gasp, this is beautiful I was so surprised at the end (no lies)
MaryLuckBiz Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student Photographer
So... Wow, just found this and look at it and... aww ;_;' This is the real end, and omg... Love this! Wonderful work <3
Crysita Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Phoenixofthesea Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be cool if it was like that with all the endings ):
HimeFlye Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
I might have commented on this already, maybe I did but I don't remember. THIS IS AWSEOME! I love it so much!
R3aperWolf Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Shepard comes back to life a second time after dying a second time. And then dies a third time when no one bothers to look through the rubble for the body. CURSE YOU!
TehCommanderShepard Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
if only the ending were like this, nice work by the way.
DarinNWolf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With this ending in mind, it DOES raise the question as too if she'll appear in the 4th game. True, you can't play shepard, but with this ending, don't we at least get to see her/him again? Like maybe a surprise "SHEPARDS BACK FROM THE DEAD A SECOND TIME BEETCHES!!!" Moment? Maybe have her/him as a team mate?

But either way, this is depressing and lovely on all levels ;w; good comic sir/mam!
ArchangelOfOmega Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
This is making me cry.
I had a serious weep-a-thon over the ending of ME3. I couldn't play for WEEKS. MONTHS, even. And that was WITHOUT the extended ending. I stayed away from my playstation and computer for a whole damn year after that. Seriously, I LOVE GARRUS.
Now, onto this. It's a pretty great idea, and AWESOME art. I'm putting to many words in CAPS aren't I? Yeah.
But God, that part with Mordin in here made me gasp back a sob. It's too great. And I love the idea, it fits so freaking well!!!!
AnnaKitty Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
I'm still only half way through ME3 and I need to take a good long break every blessed time someone dies and just go lay down or something....this game is seriously killing me....and I just know it's all going to end in tears and I can't do anything about it....

Amazing art and I know it would bring me to tears if I knew the real meaning behind it.
JPShieux Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would love to read your comment after you finish the game. Promise to come back?
AnnaKitty Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
I finished the game yesterday evening. I assume you went for destruction and not control.
I really love to thank that she could have survived and kept all her promises. I'm still in denial over that blessed ending.
And yeah...I was right before...this little piece brought me to tears alright...but in a beautiful and hopeful kind of way...
AnnaKitty Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Promise ^-^
ShawnaSheffler Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh Mordin! I played the new Citadel DLC and cried. Mordin was always such a delight to be around in game. Your ending would have satisfied me. :)
ZombieGurrlie Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just got hit with a wave of emotion. I thank you.
Elitos5 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
I chose Destroy,Sharon needed to live on. She had a great military career and to think that all that would be thrown away so that the Reapers would live, It's unacceptable! We will miss these for their sacrifice in the war with the Reapers: R.I.P. :iconawesomeediplz: :iconawesomelegionplz:
YTSC Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LIVE LIVE LIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE !!!!!! u need to rush back to Garrus !!!
Maiko95 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
yes good this is good
good good good
MassEffectAddicted Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
oh god
so many emotions in the morning!
what a wonderful idea!
MeredithvL Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Amazing work, thank you for this piece!
Shadowjcs Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I was thinking of that bar at the end of ME3. :depressed:
This makes me feel a little better about it. BTW, I like your Shepard.
Kantama Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
This actually made me cry. Bravo.
JamesAlamonir Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Gotta say... No matter what I will never choose to destroy... Not after pushing EDI to date Joker. And there is the geth...
Realdeadmeat Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
someone chose the renegade ending
Mizuki-Anya Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
There goes my heart.
I have to actually replay that now. (Partway through my Garrus romance where I promised to get everything perfect, and my computer died.)
LucyTheValiant Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ahhh!! Right in the feels! So awesome! Love your style, and love the use of in game quotes.
rezzilla Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, as silly as it sounds, I've really been struggling with the ending of that damned game. After investing so much time into it and falling in love with the characters and the story, the end seemed like such a slap to the face from Bioware.
But I completely agree with you; Shepard pretty much REDEFINED impossible, and its stuff like this that make me feel better about the game. Truly appreciate it :D
LucyTheValiant Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I hear ya friend. I think I was clinically depressed for about 2 weeks after finishing it...then moderately to seriously bummed out for the following 5 to 6 months, lol! The EC helped a little; but yeah.....still had the sad face times every once and awhile...
kurisuteinechan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Bawled my eyes out like a baby for the rest of the day after I finished it, and sniffled for at least the next week. I just...didn't know how to cope with what I had experienced right then. (Non-destroy, obviously.)

This comic brings a smile to my face. No Vakarian without Shepard, either. :happycry:
DisfiguredStick Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh god, my heart.
gaoman101 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
wow... this is just... incredible. This has litterally made my day. Bioware might have left that bitter taste in our mouths, but im glad that Garrus was there to help get us through this.
WolfGirl762 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
I agree. After all, there's no Shepard without Vakarian.
IheartJohnnyChrist Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Literally gave me goosebumps I love it
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