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Marauder Shields 36: Memories That We Are (Ver. A) by koobismo Marauder Shields 36: Memories That We Are (Ver. A) by koobismo
The 36th Episode of the "Marauder Shields" Mass Effect Comic.

In this one... The strings of the puppeteer are cut, as a central character fights to wake up.

BACKGROUND MUSIC

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

OTHER VERSIONS

Shepard is a Colonist [link]
Shepard is Earthborn [link]

AFTERWORD

On the narrow path...

This episode concentrates on Shepard fighting to remember, to reignite the fire that the Reapers attempted to extinguish completely. As you might notice it also kills off the StarChild for good, assigning his face and role in the story prior to ME3's finale to a completely different backstory, different character, different meaning... Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do. ;)

A full-on clarification about this arc and what it means is incoming in the next Shep/Thane episode, but those of you who like to create their own theories should already be able to piece this little puzzle together.

As our mid-season finale is finally around the corner (Episode 40!), expect the pace of the action to... Pick up significantly. ;)

GENERAL INFORMATION

This is an ongoing story providing an alternative fan-made ending to the Mass Effect trilogy, with our own game-changing maverick transforming the course of history: Marauder Shields. Be sure to start reading at episode 6. Special thanks to MichelKobayashi and my awesome team, especially our editor - AdoreeLyssa!

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. Help me spread this series around - retweet, send out links, share this with your friends and post it on your facebook wall!
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tarekshamas Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
*stands up and claps so hard his hands bleed while crying* BRAVO BRAVO
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Marudia45 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Man, canīt wait to see the audiobooks of the "thane chapters". Especially this one, because itīs the first time in your Story, that Shepard speaks.

Also read your Interview you gave at Gamefront.com. Have you met Mitch, Zac and James too there? And you REALLY !!!! planing to make a whole big Audiobook at the end? :O

Just a reason more to wait eagerly for every new episode :)
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RinuXD Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
I love this chapter. I'm sure that my Spacer Shep would have approved :D. Thank you for introducing me to the awesome song!
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sirartsalot Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
I feel like i`m (with a little imagination) watching the cut scenes from an ME3 that was made by Pre-EA bioware.

You know, the bioware that didn`t make shit and tell us that it was art.

You are infinitely more artistic than those brain dead morons.
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Numdar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
2 comments on one comic but this one is more serious. :) The codex reminds me of a River Song line from a Doctor Who episode where she says along the line of 'you don't let the doctor see the consequences' (tried to stay spoiler free) :) That seems to be what happened, Shepard doesn't need to know that the person that s/he saved from bullies so long ago died to the reapers anyway ;).
Also the "s/he" thing got me thinking, are you going to try to run 2 versions once you *hopefully* wake Shepard up, one male and one female? This would be really neat but man that is a lot of extra work unless you went lazy and just changed the picture (which you haven't done yet with the versions). I can't remember if this was already discussed. As kind of a complement to your work when I try to remember what happened previously it is so much head cannon to me that it blends with the actual game. When I am thinking back after many months since playing its hard to remember which was game and what was you :)
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koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Hopefully the better parts was me. :D /not_humble_today

Yeah, femshep and maleshep are both going to appear in the storyline. ;) We'll even have specific episode versions for the most popular love interests, one version per the character you romanced. It will be a lot of work, but... Hopefully will be worth it. ;)
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Haupmann Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Ah, do THATS why he dreamed of a forest! Context, i love context!
Also i love that Mordin and Thane, even dead or as messages and dreams are making important contributions to the story. I mean mordin did while alive too, but thane just got stabbed to death, which was pretty unfair.
This is also a nice look into Shepard's mind/past, quite like that.
If random kid too stupid to accept help from Commander "Galactic Badass" Shepard was a dream...Dammit yes. That annoyed me the most on Earth, especially when i was meant to care about dumb kid moreso than billions of others.
And we find Shepard does have a breaking point, which is good i think. Endured so much after all.
But crap i want to see the next one, after i see the variations you did. Even if its one line, worth a read.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Thank you, Haupmann, glad you liked it! :)

Indeed, the child's refusal of our help does have a bit more sense now, doesn't it. ;)
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:iconhaupmann:
Haupmann Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Yes, little bastard made things feel so very forced, but in the proper context it comes together, like a puzzle.
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TashashFengirl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hahahaha! Yes, the Starchild is HISTORY! (I hated that thing).

This is actually what I had expected BioWare to do with that kid - connecting him to a memory of Shepard's that shaped the person s/he became. They didn't get the memo - but you did! *hugs*

And Thane - you know, the role you've given him after death makes me, as a Thane-mancer, not so gut-wrenchingly upset with his death; I still don't like my LI kicking the bucket with no option to save, but at least here there is some sort of purpose to it.

I also love the subtle differences between each backstory.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
History he indeed is! :D

Thank you, your comments means a lot. :) We will see Thane again in MS, and you can expect a version of one comic dedicated specifically to him romancing Shep. :)
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miniMalyss Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
My Shepard was spacer(M)/earth(F) and I loved both episodes. Keep the good work!!
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thank you, MiniMalyss! :) Will do. ;)
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UrsulaCousland Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
This is beautiful in sentiment and in art. Thank you!
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koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
And thank you for reading and commenting, Ursula, always glad to see you liked it. :)
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Ess-Tii-Eph-Yu Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Powerful and excellent. You continue to impress.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thank you, Ess-Ti-Eph-Yu, much appreciated! :)
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LucidValvo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Goddammit, how do you keep doing this!?

THIS IS A M A Z I N G !
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
How...? Lots of tea. Previously coffee, but I needed to cut down a bit. :D

Thank you, LucidValvo! :D
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LucidValvo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
NO!

THANK YOU!
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
NOOOO.

THANK YOU.

<clicks renegade interrupt>
<pulls out a predator>
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LucidValvo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
<clicks paragon interrupt>

Yo', I heard you like pistols, so I put a predator in your carnifex. So you can shoot, when you shoot... conduits.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
:D
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archerstar Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
This is astoundingly well written! Thank you for going the extra mile and covering each background, it's an excellent touch!

You have transformed a character, that so many people hated, into the 'catalyst' that gave us the Shepard we all know and love!

LOL (Sorry! I just HAD to use that pun!)
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koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Actually, that pun is extremely meaningful and even though I haven't used this name connection, it's very close to what I was thinking about when deciding for this lil' transformation/swap. :) Very cool observation, noting it down. :) Thank you!
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swimgun Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
This brought me to tears...just beautiful. Keep it up!

Holding the line...
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Will do, Swimgun, will do... And thanks. :)
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Felewin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for keeping up the awesomeness! The artistic style is amazing.
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thank you, Felewin! ^^
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RevanLord Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Another great episode. Hats off to Koobs and the team once more!
Can't wait to hear the audiobooks for the two episodes with Thane and Shephard.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
I can't wait for it myself... ;)
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jeffdaniel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
As soon as we cast FemShep, you'll have them. That's all I'm waiting on.
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:iconrevanlord:
RevanLord Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
ah cool, good luck with the casting.
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laxista Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Thanks for another edition and giving Shep some background. Don't like waiting for the next one(s), but gladly will do with such excellent quality work bring Mass Effect back to life. They all have a true Mass Effect feeling.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thank you, laxista! And, yeah, having people wait for my work does add some special meaning to it for myself... Makes me guddamn proud of the work I'm doing here. :) Extremely thankful for you reading and commenting!
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Hadanelith Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
This is...this...this is just gorgeous. Carry on. Hold the Line!
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thanks! :) And... will do. The line will be held. For the very last time.
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WhereIsBaoDur Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Too much complex talking (also too much explanatory) is made by thane, if you like to think of him as a fragment of shepard's past fighting indoctrination. Good nonetheless, i figured where you were going with it already, but the codex voice is a nice little touch. didn't expect it. thx.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
To each his own, I was actually thinking about adding just a bit more to the text, but cut it down in the end - I wanted this to feel like Thane's "assault of memories / solipsism" in ME2, moments where he relives the past, even though the past he is reliving here isn't his own... or is it? Depends on the interpretation of Thane in these episodes, depends on what someone is going for (I'm writing it in a way that two options are ALWAYS on the table). I'm actually very proud of how this one turned out in retrospective, can't say that for each and every of my eps. ;)
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mjjdj88 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
youve outdone yourself once again!! i got chills! spacer is my canon shepard but im off to check out the other episodes!! great job koobs and thank you sooo much!!
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
And thank you for reading and commenting! :) Always glad to see you around here. :D
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Numdar Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I hate you koob, now i get to drive to work in tears, thanks a lot. ;) The last full paragraph of the codex, OMG. Just kidding loved it.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Dawww, don't hate the kooby fluffy puppy creature! ;)
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erd249 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Writer
I find it absolutely beautiful that you're giving Shepard a past. What kind of person, even Shepard, could make it out of something like this without a few memories to cling to? The reason we're strong is because we were strong for the sake of others. It's so much easier to be strong for someone else's sake than for yourself. Thane knows. That's why he's there.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Exactly. You've summed it up perfectly. :) Thank you!
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:iconerd249:
erd249 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Writer
You're welcome. Although for some reason Shep brings out the "epic speech" side of me...
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
That's a good thing. :)
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MarauderShieldsVG Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I thought the Star Child died in Episode 3 :D
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koobismo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Well, MScanon starts with Episode 6, everything before that was just a joke, not a part of our main continuity, so... But you'll always have the image of him being shot to pieces. :D Somehow I find that removing him quietly, reassigning his face to a different character is an even better and an even more meaningful way to go. ;)
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Amdor Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"reignite" - just a suiting word or maybe reference? ^^
[link]
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