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Marauder Shields 42: Without Remorse by koobismo Marauder Shields 42: Without Remorse by koobismo
The 42nd episode of the Marauder Shields comic, originally published on the Koobismo.com website, here: [link]

In this one… Miranda finally gets some answers as we are offered a new perspective on events surrounding Cerberus and a little glimpse of things yet to come.

BACKGROUND MUSIC

"In the Blink of an Eye" by Distortion MX: [link]

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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, with a special nod towards the mighty AssaultSloth!

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!]

P.S. Help me spread this series around!
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freedomphamtom Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
ok...i can almost hear the illusive man's dialogues in my mind,with martin sheen's voice o.o
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Lady-Rokubi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
ME 3 dropped the ball with Cerberus in my eyes. They spent ME 2 showing that while they weren't the good guys, they weren't the bad guys either. They were a strange muddled, middle ground that was necessary, as without them the Collectors wouldn't have been stopped as soon as they were (or at all) and Shepard would have still been dead (Most likely meaning the Reapers would have won).

It always felt like TIM would do something big at the end to save, not the universe, but humanity; something he had already given up everything for. And then TIM shot himself after being indoctrinated and realized Bioware was trolling me :P

So I'm crossing my fingers here with what you have planned ><
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angiee45 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Pure awesomeness as always.
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Haupmann Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I did always wonder what Cerberus was up to during ME1, we don't see them doing a whole lot, which makes sense.
I also like how TIM doesn't look quite husky yet, but he definitely looks odd.
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DPCrosby Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
GAAAAAHHHHH! Each episode just leaves me hungry for more! :D
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koobismo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Thank you! :D
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SpartasMaximus Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!
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DeltaAgent Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Really like this Adam person, he seems like he has a lot of character potential. Can't wait to see whose story Aric's next.
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sami217 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
totally mind blowing episode excellent work koobs...but is cerberus now good or bad and whats TIM upto
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Felewin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
0.o.O
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kato42 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
I can certainly believe this is what TIM and the rest of Cerberus tell themselves.
The ends justify the means.
We do what others are afraid to do.
We do what needs to be done.
We make the hard decisions.

Its all a bunch of self-indulgent crap.

People are more than capable of lying to themselves. We do it all the time.

People rarely think of themselves as the badguy. People find a way to justify their actions that makes what they are doing to be not as bad as others think, and maybe even make them the hero.

Looking through history, people who have done horrible things usually claim what they are doing is right and just, at least from a certain perspective. Terrorists are fighting for their people against evil oppressors using the only means they have. Tyrants 'know what is best' for the people. Conquerors are doing it for their nation, maybe even bringing civilization to barbarians. Genocide is removing an evil enemy of their people. Rapists say 'she wanted it' or 'she deserved it'. Greed is justified by the belief that they deserve it - no matter how they get it. And so, and so.

And the claim about the 'hard decisions' is the biggest load of crap at all.

Making a decision that gets what you want through killing a bunch of innocent people isn't hard. No, that's the EASY decision. You get what you want, you're not the one dying or losing loved ones, and you can still look at yourself in the mirror because you are 'making the hard decisions', in fact you're the hero for 'taking this on'.

Horse pucky..

Figuring out how to do it without killing a bunch of innocent people, that's hard.
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Lieutenant-America Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, it certainly makes for a more interesting look at Cerberus. I personally never bought their story (outside the Cerberus members serving on the Normandy) in any of the games, so when they turned out to be evil again in 3, I wasn't as angry as a lot of other people. Unsurprised may not have been the best reaction for Bioware to evoke, but it didn't break my suspension of disbelief.
That being said, this really does make for an intriguing take on Cerberus, not just for 3, but for the entire preceding events. Even if one can recognize that TIM and Co.(TM) are still in the wrong, one can still understand WHY they are the way they are, as well as see how they were pragmatic enough to stay around for all this time. It also provides for an interesting foil to Shepard (assuming a player's Shepard was Paragon or Paragade). While Cerberus aims for results regardless of cost, ParaShep aims for results with minimal cost.
In short, props to Koobismo and the rest of the team for shaking up the general perception of Cerberus, or at least mine. I await the next upload eagerly.
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kato42 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I always assumed Cerberus as bad guys, even while working with them in ME2. And yes, it is appropriate write them as thinking they are justified in their actions. Most criminals think they are justified, even if it only makes sense to them. That lunatic in LA the other week thought the people he killed deserved it, mass murderers who go into schools and shoot everyone they can think their victims deserve it to.

Only the most insane have no motive to their actions, and the bigger the actions, the more likely they think they are actually heroes, or doing "god's work" or some other crap.

Of course, we won't always know the motivation of people. I think that was part of the failing of ME3; EA wanted to explain the Reapers, they shouldn't have. The Reapers were huge, alien, and old. It is perfectly acceptable to not understand why they did what they did, all that was really important was that they needed to be stopped.
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Lieutenant-America Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, Koobismo says he's gonna explaine the Reapers. Do you suppose that's a bad idea? I don't mind an origin to the Reapers, so long as it's done right. Like the Borg.
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kato42 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
He may as well. EA already already opened that Pandora's Box, so Koobismo may as well try to work with it.

And yes, a good explanation is fine if you have one, but if you can't think of one - which EA more or less admitted they couldn't - then don't use a bad one instead!
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Lieutenant-America Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's funny, I didn't actually mind the "official" origin TOO much until Koobismo started pointing out all the flaws in his review of Leviathan (except for the part where the Reapers are suddenly sympathetic instead of still bastards, that bugged me from the start).
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kato42 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I had problems with it right from the start, and while the 'enhanced' ending made it tolerable, it still wasn't good.
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Lieutenant-America Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I had PROBLEMS with the ending from the start, just not with the origin of the Reapers. Until later, that is.
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Lieutenant-America Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In hindsight, I probably should have separated my paragraphs more.
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JeffShep Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Koobs, you BEAST! My heart hurts everytime I think about how Bioware carelessly handled the ending, but you've kept the flame alive, and are giving this incredible trilogy the PROPER send-out it deserves.

THANK YOU for blessing us all with this. Cheers, mate! And keep it up!

PS: Have you ever thought of compiling these into a digital comic when you are done? Because you should
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CrulLovetroy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I think he mentioned he'd like to have each and every audiochapter done first. And to do so, they still need a bunch of characters voiced, with Joker being the most difficult one to find.
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JeffShep Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Yeah. I agree. He could do a casting call for people that have always been told that they sound like Seth Green, since he does have a VERY distinct voice.

I just love this comic. I keep sending my friends who are ME fans and hated (naturally) the original ending over here
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Archon89 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Interesting episode! :) I wonder what TIM is up to, though... *Da da daaan!*
And I like that in Marauder Shields the Crucible is not exactly what it is believed to be...in the game, the questions wasn't very explored.
Kee it up, Koob!
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Lillyanna333 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Przez chwile aż sama sie zapytałam "To Człowiek Iluzja był Iron manem?" XD
Żarty żartami... ale sytuacja sie komplikuje.
Jak oni dali rade wychodować Thoriana? I po co? Może i posiada całą wiedzę z miliardów lat, ale nie tak prosto wydobyć informacje z upartej rośliny...
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E350tb Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I don't have any other ideas here. *waves flag with Cerberus symbol on it.*

Excellent work!
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GeneralHerbison Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Love him or hate him you can't deny TIM's commitment to humanity supremacy
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Marudia45 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Hmm interesting, in the last panel with TIM there are three colors: blue, green, red ... :)
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sirartsalot Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Hmmm....odd, that.

Expressing a bit of artistic integrity koobs? ;)
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:iconcrullovetroy:
CrulLovetroy Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Oh god... Koobs is a biodrone! ;)
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wogule Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everything's falling at the seams, huh TIM? :]
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xsdob Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I sense a trap.
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Zeta42 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I'm glad TIM has finally shown up. He doesn't look as bad as he did at this point in ME3, but those scars can't be a good sign. I'll be waiting for your next update. Zeta out.
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Peteman12 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
We should have something for Robin Sachs. Have a comic primarily dedicated to Zaeed or something.
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Dwarfman0 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Peteman12. Check out Koobismo.com they have an article in memorandum to the voice of everyone's favourite 'Guddamn 'ero'
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survivor686 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
So...Kudos on your dedication to updating this. Whilst I can't support the conversion of the Crucible from useful to a trap, I can support the level of attention paid to this piece.

Keep up the updates and let the epicness continue.
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zeraful Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist
If you mean the Crucible is "useful" as a huge tank worth of fuel to fling at the largest concentration of Reapers, than I totally agree :)
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HaloPokemonMaster Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
That, or simply mount a mass accelerator down the entire length of the Crucible, and keep it in the center of a protective fleet so that the Reapers can't swarm it, then begin tearing up Sovereign-class warships with a giant frak-off-and-die cannon.
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zeraful Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist
To do that would not be simple :)
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HaloPokemonMaster Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Eh, well at least it would get some usage out of the biggest construct that the galaxy has ever built, instead of it simply being destroyed or decommissioned without doing anything.
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Spider-Bat700 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Don't listen to him Miri!
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EMOPIGU101 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student General Artist
HOLY SHIT HE'S A GOOD GUY NOW?!
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koobismo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Not exactly. ;)
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scirel Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Of course. He's falling for the whole Control shtick, which we know is simply the 2nd trap. hehe
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EMOPIGU101 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student General Artist
oh god koobs you're going to kill us all with suspense D:
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Porecomesis Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Just when I read it on your website, it comes up here. Again, nice work. Although, I will be honest and say that I am feeling a bit lost. It's been a while since you first started this thing, you know? Is it possible for us to get a synopsis of what's happened so far?
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lol19 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Just take a hour to read the old stuff again? It's still there.

Also you might spot some hints on things that happened later. Maybe. I don't know if there are any.
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CrulLovetroy Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Most definitely ;)
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Coobalt-Dahonli-One Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
FIRST!

The feelings... The uspense... This is real Mass Effect masterpiece.
And good to see that Cerberus isn't lost yet... or it is?
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