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Marauder Shields 32: Hard To Kill (Mass Effect) by koobismo Marauder Shields 32: Hard To Kill (Mass Effect) by koobismo
The 32nd Episode of the "Marauder Shields" Mass Effect comic.

In this one... We learn that hope is not only hard to kill - but also often rewarded.

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

This is an ongoing story providing an alternative fan-made ending to the Mass Effect trilogy, with a single game-changing maverick transforming the course of history: Marauder Shields. Be sure to start reading at episode 6.

Thanks to MichelKobayashi for making us believe in Marauder Shields and to my awesome team, especially AdoreeLyssa, our pro editor!

Hope is Alive!

[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. To everyone asking about the Leviathan DLC and its compatibility with MScanon... I really don't know yet - I will buy it and play it tomorrow, then I can opinionate. From what I've been hearing it contains little bits of the StarChild here and there, so that may be pointing towards an "umm, nope" answer... But let's not jump the gun on that one.

P.S.2. If you're not following me yet, do so at [link] - I sometimes post pictures of my naked shins (I don't, not really, but, hey, marketing).

P.S.3. Help me spread this series around - retweet, send out links, share this with your friends and post it on your facebook wall! Help ussss, precious!

P.S.4. As always, thank you BioWareians. ;) The fact that you're reading this right now makes me giddy.
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:iconspartasmaximus:
SpartasMaximus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH NIHLUS!!
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:icongazereths:
gazereths Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Kristine Kochanski huh? Will Lister and the Red Dwarf crew come to save her? :P Maybe the Holly hop drive could get them there?

Loving all these little shout outs.
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:icontarekshamas:
tarekshamas Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D he is found :P
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:icondanielglaber:
DanielGlaber Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
she*
:D
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Indeed. :D
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:iconcantbreath45:
cantbreath45 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you... erhm and this comic cough cough... *Runs away*
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:iconmrpolvikoski:
MrPolvikoski Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Please, give Shepard the happy he deserves (with Tali, Liara, Jack, Miranda, or whoever his Li was). He deserves that. He's one of my biggest heroes, and I only want him to deserve the best. I'm sure you know what to do! Good work this far. Keep up!
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:iconmillahnna:
millahnna Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
That shot of Liara shooting the mechs is gorgeous... Scary, dangerous Liara is my favorite Liara flavor.
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:iconsilent-assassinxii:
silent-assassinxii Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Omg this is amazing. Chiktikka is even more awesome than she was in the game! You have written an amazing story! Keep up the good work!!
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:iconzgmfa20x:
zgmfa20x Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
HHHRRRRG SHEPARDDDDDDDDDD WAKEE UPPPP
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:iconarcherstar:
archerstar Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Major Christopher Blair is commanding a bunch of Helljumpers?! Okay, either that was the best double easter egg of all time... or... characters from other sci-fi universes found out about ME's ending, decided to crash the party, and are now kicking Reaper ass in the name of good storytelling!

Yeah... I'm going with the second crazier option...

Garrus is the Paragon of awesome! He even get's saved... eerrr assisted... by two hot ladies like a boss!
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TariSaralonde Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
My faith is about to be rewarded... cannot handle this excitement...
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:iconimperfect-chaos:
Imperfect-Chaos Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Yeah I can't say I was ever worried about Garrus being killed by a LOKI mech. XD
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:iconobsidiangrey:
ObsidianGrey Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Helljumpers? 343? Halo references methinks.
:D
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:iconsakara-siluria:
Sakara-Siluria Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
As always waiting with baited breath for next episode.
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:iconathmystikal:
athmystikal Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Waiting for the next episode.......
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damn, its not upped yet????
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:iconlevannar:
Levannar Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
So amazing. <3
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:iconarich287:
Arich287 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student Writer
Ha! "If only we were volus enough to drag them to a recycling plant".. Love the Garrus lines!
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BlueDemonX Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Well, he´s actually right!

And I was little bit disappointed there weren´t any mechs anymore in ME3! (not from a gameplay, but from a story perspective! But I guess by then they had more people for security and they didn´t need them anymore...? Then again, with a war coming they´d surely come in handy :D).
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:iconpharmer:
Pharmer Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Oh Garrus (and Koobs) why are you so awesome?
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AetheriumDreams Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Helljumpers? 343 Task force? Do I see Halo references? Yes? This excites me.

This comic is one of the things that makes checking deviantart every day for updates fun.
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Rain-tear Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
^^ :heart:
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
And I just smiled. :)
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:iconeluneeruanne:
EluneEruanne Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
"Because sometimes you deserve to haveyour faith rewarded.
Hope is alive."

There couldn't be words more true. Since this was only postet 22 h ago, I'm afraid that I have to be patient for more...
Can't wait though and maybe my hope ist rewarded ;)

Great job as always...

Greetings! ;)
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benneath Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
WOooaaaa! GREAT!!!! Omg I can't wait till next episode!
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CrulLovetroy Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
:D I knew Garrus would never get killed offscreen^^
Awesome work as always.
Oh, and I got to say... I won't buy the Leviathan DLC. Just watched the ending of it ... terrible. Creates even more problems and plotholes. Nothing new. We already knew the Reapers created an AI to solve the organics vs synthetics 'problem', and that this AI went rogue.
If I got it right, Leviathan stated how they created the AI to find a way to preserve organic life, whereas the starchild keeps stating it was created to solve the organics/synthetics problem. How does this fit in?
Arggghhh. Please, koobismo, don't include this DLC into MS comics.
However, I don't think you will. First, I trust in your knowledge of how to built a good story. Second, those Leviathans would make the appearing Rachni pretty worthless. They are too powerful to be implemented in the ME universe. BioWare should've known that.

I apologize for any mistakes in grammar or spelling, english is not my native language. Therefore, since I watched the DLC vid in english, it's possible I got something wrong. If that's the case, please tell me. I don't want to judge this DLC if my own opinion is no more valid :)
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gmork6 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Christopher Blair? Wing Commander :P
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sami217 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
i really liked this comic yesterday i bougt leviathan its good showing the ones that created the reapers {they are big and look like the reapers} but i would of liked it alot better if they put it in the game before the extended cut
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sailoramber Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Haha! christine R.D. kochanski! nice one.
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PaddyWolf12 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh.......:love:.........:love:...........:love:!




Hold the Line!
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Marvelguru Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Panel 8

Loki: Wait!! I have so much to offer to this world!!
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RinuXD Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Pure awesomeness. I can't wait to read the next chapter. I love how squaddies kick butts hard and every one of them is useful.
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Haupmann Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Finally, some damn mechs! Where the hell were they the entire game?
The one committing suicide, that was cool.
Garrus is probably right, we killed a LOT of those.
My only issue with this is that Garrus is using an Avenger Rifle. That rifle makes me cry every time it inexplicably pops up in Shepard's hands. Can he find a better gun? Like...anything? Please?
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Coobalt-Dahonli-One Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Like a M-90 Indra?
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:iconhaupmann:
Haupmann Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Works for me. I just hate that stupid avenger.
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:iconbombeletta:
Bombeletta Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
SHEPARD!!! SHEPARD!!! SHEPARD!!! (running all over the room screaming with excitement) :D
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:iconamdor:
Amdor Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh - my favorite comic on the Citadel. Thanks!
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back2murder Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
I dont comment a lot, but I just wanted to say that I love this comics and it's the only reason why I'm still around on DA.
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Blacklight-District Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh crap, now you lost me... what is happening already? o_o
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:iconquilate:
Quilate Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
GARRUS <3 OH and SHEPARD <3

KOOBISMO <3
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:iconhaupmann:
Haupmann Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
I agree with this sentiment.
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Gimzod76 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome as always.
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ArcticAvenger20 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
HOLD THE LINE!
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:iconbenneath:
benneath Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Hold the line!
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wogule Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This whole series is a must read for anyone (or everyone) at least mildly involved in the ME series...
I am ever dissapointed each time I read new episode, or re-read old ones, that Bioware couldnt give me that kind of ending... I like my Shep to bits, and all 'his' choices. I find comfort in MS comics coz I see the ones making it kinda follow my pattern of thinking/imagining... filling up this shit of a hole left by the game in ME universe.

Thanks a lot, I hope you will be rewarded for this troumendous effort. Have fun!
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Tolkein27 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
liara's eyes in panel 5.. Old, Tired, Stone, Completely Unsurprised, Yet Slightly Amused. Then she pulls the trigger..
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Elrith-Shadowstepper Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Writer
GARRUS.
YOU LIVE.
So happy. Also, Marauder Shield's returns! Minus an arm, but Nihlus lives <3
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fu-rin-ka-zan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy Jeebus, if I weren't already married...

In all seriousness, this is incredibly done. I can't even begin to describe how amazing this is. I feel like the little fanfiction I've been working on is totally moot now. I'd envisioned some similar themes running through my work, but this is so far and above what I could ever accomplish. I'll still be at it, though, because as you mentioned, the ending can be what we want. Taking customization to a whole other level, FTW.
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KimArisugawa Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Every Marauder Shields day is a great day!
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:iconniekitty:
niekitty Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
now if only we could all scrape together enough money to buy EA... (it was up for sale last i heard)
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