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Marauder Shields 27: A Narrow Path (Ver. B) by koobismo Marauder Shields 27: A Narrow Path (Ver. B) by koobismo
The 27th episode of the "Marauder Shields" Mass Effect comic. In this one... A hero must take the narrow path, accompanied by a guardian.

Be sure to play this track in the background to upgrade your reading experience: [link]

Alternative version, with Ashley as the Virmire Survivor, here:
[link]

This is an ongoing story providing an alternative fan-made ending to the Mass Effect story, with a single game-changing maverick transforming the course of history: Marauder Shields. Be sure to start reading at episode 6. Special thanks to MichelKobayashi and to my awesome team, who support me immensely - more about them soon! :)

[The Mass Effect universe, its design and characters are owned by BioWare/EA Productions. This is a work of parody and fan-fiction, created under the terms of fair use. Special thanks to BioWare for creating the world we all love and care for! I remain a huge ME & BW fan!]

P.S. This episode is quite a bit different than all the previous ones... I hope you'll enjoy it. ;) And yes, we will return to the background story shown in the first few frames, with the blood on the leaves and the child's fist... ;)

P.S.2. If you're not following me yet, do so at [link] - it's sooo cool.

P.S.3. If you like ambients and epic space music, be sure to buy the soundtrack from my unfinished game, "Starsignal", available at [link] - more info here: [link] - helps me finance my own projects and fun stuff.

P.S.4. Help me spread this series around - retweet, send out links, share this with your friends and post it on your facebook wall!

P.S.5. Once we get a proper website going I will be able to drop these boring P.S.-es and stick to ones that actually change from comic to comic. ;)
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munchkindad69 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
actually i prefer to listen to Two Steps From Hell - Heart of Courage
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Cheesylover Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
It never ceases to amaze me how this strip alone can add so much to the Mass Effect franchise. It pays a huge homage to a beloved and largely wasted character, it adds a spiritual and heartfelt angle that was sorely lacking in the final analysis and it brings things full circle in a way. Shepard needing help, those who he has saved and failed to save alike coming together to lift him up and carry him over the final hurdle when he seems to have fallen...it's almost biblical.

I did not play a female shepard, I did not romance Thane, but I can imagine those that did love this story even more for having done so. For me Thane was simply a friend, a companion who in many ways had more composure and dignity than even Shepard did, and his loss was felt. The fact he could cross barriers and fight so hard to be there for Shepard in the final fight reinforces the feeling of unity and family that the Normandy had throughout the series.

This is the only ending I care about.
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meetmeacrossthesea Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Oh God... The feels... Killing me slowly...
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LucidValvo Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thane's wisdom and clarity of mind was like a magnet to my Shepard. Those were the things she strived for, and they simply flowed through him. It was extremely sad to see him die as he did in ME3, especially consdering his prayer was for Shepard, not himself. In a way, Thane died happily, it wasn't pain free, but he died with no regrets, no remorse. He's enviable, in a way. Shepard had to go on. You're MScanon is by far amazingly better than what I got out of the endings in ME3, EC included. This is by far my favorite episode. Keep up the fantasmically amazing work!
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aichnas Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
The music was a perfect accompaniment to this, reading it actually brought tears to my eyes.

SO GOOD.
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DarkSilvermane Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
The writing in this series is astonishing.

At first I expected Shields/Nihilus to be the one addressing Shepard. But having Thane there is so much better, and the dialog suits him.
In the Game, the dreams never made much sense to me (even got lost in em once). I thought that they would be explained at the end, so joke was on me. They just never led to anything, were not even mentioned.

But now Koobismo takes Bioware's sloppy writing and all those loose ends and spins this amazing tale. He manages to make all our favourite characters (even the ones that were written out, even the side chars) relevant again and ties them back into the main storyline. It's full of hope and purpose and heroics again now. So much more like the game I wanted to play. Plus it actually makes sense.
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LosseF Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FRICK I LOVE THIS COMIC!!!!

This one.... *tears* And your music choices are always just superb!
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catgirl789 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
When I saw Thane I started to tear up. I'm not a Thanemancer at all but I still wished he had a bigger role in ME3 than dying. Thanks for giving it to him.
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tarekshamas Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
why does this MAKE ME CRY EVERY TIME... I'm a man (flex muscles)... I have seen shit that would make you freak out in real life.... Koob. your a genius

damnit now I have to make sure I read these comics in private...or I can use the my eyes are sweating thing :P
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DarkSilvermane Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Manly tears *flex*


"The ones that would die for you"
Cause that's what Joker would have done. He would not have fled.
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RogueKnight24 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Ok, this one just awed me :D
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tarekshamas Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
holy shit you made me cry.... well done sir WELL DONE
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fatalfeline Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist
THAAAAANE EEEURGHUUUGGGGHHHHHH :iconcryforeverplz:
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darthnilhilus Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
The first few frames with the kids... I'm a colonist Shepard. Were those flashbacks to Shepard's childhood on Mindoir? Was the blood meant to be linked to the trauma involving the slave raid?
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DarkSilvermane Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
These are good questions. Hopefully they will be addressed at some point in the future.
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Aetika Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
This is the first time I comment here, but your comic made me do it. I couldn´t keep silent anymore....
Thane. Thane is here. In such beautiful and poetic moment. Thank you for Marauder Shields comic, koobismo.
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Alienne4 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
THAAAAANNNEEEEE :crying: </3 </3
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poppy201 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
KHHHHHAAAAANNNN!
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kisdiszno Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
I hope Legion will return in some form aswell. Please kobismoo, make all the dead appear once again! I know it's not easy, put your fanbase trusts your abilities!
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Legion... Will be around. ;) 'Nuff said. ;)
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Mrlogon Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
O rly
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kisdiszno Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
YAY!

this is just not enough ...

megaYAY!
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kisdiszno Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Oh, sorry, I mispelled your name koobismo :D
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Kobismoo sounds like something squishy and fun, I want one. :D
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artfreak959 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Writer
:tears: i honestly think this is my favorite one to date! ...RIP Thane, Mordin, Legion, Ashley, and all of the other people we've lost along the way...gosh...this was amazing Koobs...can't wait to write this out....:faint:
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Thanks, Artfreak. I can't wait to see your scripted version as well. :D
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artfreak959 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Writer
I honestly can't wait to write it!!!
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We-canTroll-the-sky Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
even the extended cut DLC is out, this series will remain the true ending for ME3 for me
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Thank you, We-canTroll-the-sky. Good to hear that. :)
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badkarma226 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Thane.... awww damnit Koobismo, you're making me sweat from my eyes again!
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Heh. The best kind of sweat. At least for a humble writer like me. :D
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XEBES Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not even the end for me. By any means, this is a whole new beginning!
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Good. I like new beginnings. ;)
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gamergirl32 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
beautiful
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Thank you!
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deslayer13 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
That was the best one by far. I especially loved the choice of the song, it felt very dream-like. As if I would be unconscious, waiting to be woken up but am unable to. Since I suspect Thane is going to help Shepard make the first step, would Mordin be next, then Ashley/Kaiden last? Either way I await your next piece!
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Thane will remain the guardian, he will be the one helping Shepard to overcome what needs to be overcame in this dreamscape... But both Mordin and Ashley/Kaidan will appear in the comic, let me just say that. ;) And, yeah, the musical choice was so obvious the moment I heard this track a while back...
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ellcia Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Made me tear up a bit, which speaks volumes for the complete and utter awesomeness of the Marauder Shields series. This IS the definitive Mass Effect experience.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Much appreciated words, Ellcia! :)
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ErasedCitizen2 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh God I cried a little... This is so beautiful. Everything about this comic is so beautiful. The artwork, the story. This all goes straight to my headcanon. This is how it should have ended.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Thank you, ErasedCitizen2. I really hope you'll enjoy this story 'til the very end. ;)
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ZenToombs Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Thankye kindly for being so awesome.
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Thankye kindly for being here, reading, taking time to comment... I really appreciate that, in the true meaning of the word.
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ZenToombs Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
You, sir, are a champion. You not only make a fantastic comic that all but perfectly captures the actual feel of the game, but you actually take the time to respond to all of the little people who adore your work. In their own languages, no less.

Keep on being awesome.
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benneath Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Dobrze, że został nam alternatywny Maruder Shields, bo po tym EC, aż nie chce się wracać do ME.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Ano i dobrze, przeczyć nie będę, haha. :D Cieszę się niezmiernie, że się podoba. ;)
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Rain-tear Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awwww!!!!
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
<hug>
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rickyroonz Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Thane! This freakin story just keeps getting better! Perfect! Screw the BW version, this is the real story! Great work
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
When I said "a true alternative" I meant it. :D I'll try to keep everything up to the highest standards. ;)
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