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Marauder Shields 40: The Debt, Part 2 by koobismo Marauder Shields 40: The Debt, Part 2 by koobismo
The 40th Episode of the "Marauder Shields" Mass Effect Comic.

In this one... The Allied fleet moves in to save the Normandy and repay the debt.

"Guardians of the Universe" by Future World Music: [link]


40 more episodes ahead of us!

And so we have finally arrived at the mid-season finale of Marauder Shields. Half of our story has already been told, with a very eventful series of developments ahead. Prepare to discover the origins of the Reapers (covered in a sufficiently lovecraftian mixture of truths, lies, deception and utter madness), to see Shepard find out what's at the end of the narrow path and to bring this little fan-made alternative ending to a definitive close. From Miranda and Jack, to Nihlus and Anderson, from Javik and Zaeed, to Wrex and... Shepard - all your favorites will be back to close their respectful arcs and kick some ass. Expect a few twists to arrive and a few deaths to (hopefully) choke you up.

In the meantime, this episode will be followed by a short, one-month hiatus, with the next comic arriving at around 7th to 10th of January. So, uh, I guess the hiatus is actually 2 weeks long, since our usual publishing schedule is bi-weekly. Go figure.

I will be sure to fill the time between then and now with some extra content, the second part of our discussion club and a few cool things to sweeten it all up a bit. The announcement for the opening of the website should be popping up soon, with the website fully operational from January. Oh, and be sure to follow our official team twitter at @KoobismoCom - all dates and announcements will be released via that channel, with @Koobismo remaining my personal twitter handle.

The hiatus is connected to me traveling to my family during Christmas time (since my laptop burned up recently I have no way of working on the comics on the road anymore) and to my recent sad necessity of picking up a second job for the next few weekends (or a bit longer), to cover a few suckerpunching bills and highly unscheduled expenses.

The upside is that I will no longer say "no" to any donations you'd like to throw my way (though they will be treated as donating to our "next project after MS" fund), and also will be available for any "mercenary-type" jobs you, your boss or your friends may require my expertise for. From writing to game design, from making a few prints to helping you out with your projects - I'm available to be your hired-gun during my after-work time and weekends.

As for discussing this episode - special thanks go to AssaultSloth who helped me out immensely with his 3d sculpting talent and overal gentlemanliness, creating the Batarian ship from scratch and heavily modifying my Salarian Cruiser concept, producing the awesome little bugger we see in the comic. Sloth's the man.

Oh, and one more thing you might have noticed - "Dum Spiro Spero" tricked you into thinking that Hackett's speech happened after EDI and Joker said their goodbyes. In fact, it happened during that time. I really wanted Hackett's "we're going full in" to be a separate episode, without going in and out of Normandy's frames, and hence decided to use the technique of time desynchronization. Hopefully no serious confusion will arise from this.

And that's it for now. Thank you for being here. Keep reading and remember: hope is alive!


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!]

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WatanabeMayuyu Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  New member
I thought Normandy was past the reaper blockade? They just FTLed through the reaper fleet?
Also Harbinger must be hated even among reapers. No reaper bothered to help when half the alliance fleet mobbed him.
honor-is-all Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
I love how the Batarians get fired up over those damn "humans" picking up the tab lol
nickshepard Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
THIS is how you kill a big bad boss like him.
Assume Control THAT!
Uncertatron Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
If someone took the concept "awesomeness", distilled it into an ink-like liquid and poured it over a page, the result would look akin to this. Great job.
EmpyreanDestiny Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Have you ever seen something so irrevocably badass, you can't help but cry a little?
Yep, this is that thing.
Team-Friction Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014

Galactic Renegade Interrupt in progress.
Wheat-Os Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
I don't know about anyone else, but I found Harbinger's death humorous, he died as he lived: bragging.
Tanner4 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Efeye Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
I probably laughed a lot more at "tshshshk" than I should have.
mivpus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
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