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This is an audio story based on the 21st episode of the Marauder Shields comic, available here: [link]

Recording created by Matt "Calavera" O'Connor, who plays both Nihlus and the Codex narrator in this audiobook entry. Check out his portfolio here: [link]

Music used: "Illumination" by West One Music, "Eden Prime" by BioWare, "Dystopia / Normandy" by The Secession [link] NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED, this recording is a tribute, both to the Mass Effect universe and West One Music's incredible soundtracks, not intented for any personal gain, in fair use.

[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. Music track belongs to West One Music and BioWare, used under the terms of fair use.]

P.S. Edited the description to avoid confusion caused by my poor phrasing. :)

P.S.2. Be sure to follow me on twitter, while its still cool: [link] :D
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SEO1 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Please tell me you'll have these auto stories on your site soon! Is there a way we can download them? Would you let them be downloaded? Because I can't tell you how many times I have played these on my laptop as I drive from work and back.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Also, thank you! ^^
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koobismo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013

Hey SEO1!


I believe this one still needs to be switched to licensed music - to avoid SoundCloud trouble we only made the ones with licensed (as in: paid for) music available for download.


You can get those here: soundcloud.com/koobismo-com/se… (download them by selecting a chapter and pressing the Download button). The ones that haven't yet been switched (which, unfortunately, include this chapter), need to be before making them officially available. Sorry for the wait - hoping we can speed it up soon.


As for now... You can click the "Download File" button to the right to download the SWF itself. I'VE HEARD ;) that once you have that, you can just rip an MP3 out of it. There seems to be many tools available in Uncle Google, like this one: download.cnet.com/Easy-SWF-to-…


But what do I know about such stuff... ;)

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RogueofAsgard Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Photographer
oh my good lord.

he may as well be Nihlus. this is incredible on so many levels... and only serves to make me love Nihlus even more. spirits... this is all that is amazing.
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NickolieShepard Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is just awesome keep up the good work.
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cantbreath45 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had some trouble hearing Nihlus over the music, but that was still awesome.
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cantbreath45 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
crap nevermind, I just randomly would be having Mass Effect Music playing =.=
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:iconimperfect-chaos:
Imperfect-Chaos Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Good voice on that "Calavera" fellow.
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xX-Tabataba-Xx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Marauder Shields, the incarnation, of NIHLUS KRYLIC! :D Genius!!!
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Grimez7 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
These are so amazing, I can't wait until the animated ones.
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madatroytka Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I didn't think i would like these. But some of them gave me chills.
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novamarine500 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All we have to do now is.... make the 3d animations and all and boom new ending :D
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Motion-Music Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
question, where did they get nihlus body?

that is easy, the spectres bodies are stored in cold storage incase they need to be examined
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MGTG Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
I'm starting to think that BioWare may have made that horrible ending so you could do this.

P.S. Evidenced by the fact Bioware called you "rad" and some such on their twitter channel.
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gunman135 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is probably the single greatest tribute to Marauder Shields and to Mass Effect itself. You people are truly amusing.
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artofanatomy Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
This made me cry, because it was so epic and the VA sound like Nihlus.
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Thank you, Artofanatomy! Yeah, Matt definitely sounds the part. :D

As I've written below: "if you can, help us make this series even better - write an e-mail about us to your favorite gaming sites and blogs, post the links to the comics and audiostories at your favorite forums, follow me on twitter... The more help we get in spreading these around, the more ambitious we can get about the motion and interactive projects we're working on."

All help greatly appreciated!!
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VictorBushido Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student
Good lord.
YES
thank god that there are people this amazing.
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Thanks! :)
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TurambarDA Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
AMAZING work.
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Teh-3-Rabid-Fangirls Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Marauder Shields: He tried to save us from the ending.
May he rest in peace.
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koobismo Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Yes he did. ;)
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Leo-alostcause Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like the concept and the execution. It's a great touch to bring it about full circle with the inclusion of both the Spectre Nillus and Serviceman Bhatia. I was always a little upset that they didn't do anything with the Bhatia story afterwards. But I do have one question.

How is Nillus a Marauder at all? Don't get me wrong, I love the idea and there is accounts of the possible resistance to Reaper controlling from the books and such. I am just wondering when Nillus' body could have been taken off world.

Nillus had been left to rot by Saren so that he could progress to the space port. The body could have been retrieved by the Geth, but they would of had to get passed Shepard on his way to the space port. They could have circled back around on Sovereign, but then why set the charges on a timer instead of remote activation? I don't know. I just can't think of a logical way to get Nillus from point A to point B.

But I guess logic can be thrown out the window anyway. I mean, the "Color Swap" endings are proof enough of that.
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koobismo Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
First of all, thank you for your comment... And for your attention to details! ;) I actually had a long session of thinking about this problem when developing the storyline for the comic, how to make it all click and I think I found a fairly good solution to it all. First of all, I think we shouldn't consider Sovereign as the only "geth ship" (I know its not geth, I'm trying to simplify my thoughts here :D) attacking Eden Prime - we actually see the marines shooting at something BEFORE Sovereign enters atmosphere in ME1, which implies that there were at least geth dropships around, maybe even some destroyers in orbit (which is my assumption), just on the other side of the planet than the one approached by the Normandy.

Now, with that in mind, I moved to another fact found in ME canon - an often forgotten fact about Saren. What is worth mentioning here is that in the official canon Saren was a mentor of sorts to Nihlus, they were incredibly close over the years, and they both trusted each other deeply. My assumption is that Saren was pretty unstable because of the prolonged indoctrination - he shot Nihlus but regretted it to a degree a moment later, after getting the bombs primed up. So he ordered a team of geth troopers from a dropship located in another part of Eden Prime (the colony attacked was much bigger than what we saw in game - it was only a part of it) to come in and take his body (probably done by a small unit left behind, one that Shepard missed - its not like we were swooping the whole surroundings, there were for sure more spikes and geth around if they massacred half the colony and the whole regiment of marines defending it). Did Saren plan for Nihlus to get spiked? Maybe. Or maybe it was the geth being overzealous (we know from the canon that they used spikes for quick production of shock troopers, which at this point in the story they really need), maybe Saren just wanted to give his old friend and student a proper burial... Maybe Saren saw this as a chance to save him after he killed him? He does believe in Synthesis after all... ;)

Either way, Nihlus' body found its way onto the geth dropship, as seen in the comic, where the blast of energy from the Prothean beacon damaged the Reaper technology onboard (the spikes), giving a half-reaperized, and now half-alive Nihlus a second with his cybernetically jumpstarted brain still working, but without the Reaper control over it. It was enough.

And no, I disagree about throwing logic out of the window. If it would be up to me, I would of course not go into any deus ex machinas and rewrites, planning it all from the start, but, hey, as a mere fanficer here, I work with what I have. ;) Still, applying logic to it all and finding plausible solutions is incredibly important for me, don't doubt that. ;)
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Imperfect-Chaos Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Aw, I hope I didn't spoil a future comic for myself by reading this reply. I was hoping to see how it happened revealed in the series itself.
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Leo-alostcause Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
I see your point. Having other Geth ships in the area does open the possibilities quite a lot. Well, I still like the idea, and I enjoy your Audio Logs so far. Can't wait to hear more. Good luck.
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HuntraG94 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
that's cool dude.
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koobismo Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Thanks! :)
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:iconhuntrag94:
HuntraG94 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
you're welcome dude.
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screwinon Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
:iconfinallyplz: THANK YOU NIHLUS, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU!! :happycry:
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koobismo Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Thanks for reading and commenting, be sure to stay tuned! :D
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Vandomar Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Wow, you really got voice actors that nailed the parts. Can't wait to see who you got for Miranda and Jack! Great job, guys!! :)
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koobismo Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Thank you, Vandomar! :) Fun fact: Miranda and Jack? Same incredible actress, our beloved Nat! :)
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Vandomar Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Can't wait to hear her work!
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RobinTheRude Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
I had a few doubts after the ep. 14 audiobook; it sounded a bit...slow, if that makes any sense, but after this one, I'm highly excited about the direction this venture is taking. It can only get better. The Nihlus portrayal could use a bit of work, especially if you want to make the effects sound like ME1's, but the Codex narration is downright incredible.
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koobismo Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Well, we will never get a 100% impression, as these aren't the same voice actors as in the original game... But, for a project without any budget I think we're pretty damn good, and the cast is simply incredible. :) Hell, as I said already in one of the comments, I truly believe our quality is way higher than some of the audiobooks available for buying and our voices are closer to the originals than what LucasArts has been giving for some of the Star Wars characters in their games!
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RobinTheRude Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Take it from a born perfectionist; indeed you are.
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Rambie801 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
That was great! Nice work.
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koobismo Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Thank you! :) Be sure to spread these around!
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kingpinsrevenge Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Love the emotion, can't wait to see the other castings, are you doing any of the VO work by any chance koobismo? Like Adam for example?
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koobismo Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
I find my voice waaay too heavy on the accent part, not suiting any of the characters. Jeff is trying his best to persuade me into playing one of the smaller parts, but I just don't feel secure enough about both my acting skills and that bosh'tet accent. ;)
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archerstar Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
I'm simply astounded by this wonderful piece fan story telling... NO, this piece of fan redemption! To koobismo, Matt, and everyone actively helping with this story, thank you! Know that even if 'THAT COMPANY' leaves fans disappointed, all of you have given us the type of ending we so desperately needed. I guess it just had to be you guys, after all, "Someone else might have gotten it wrong."
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koobismo Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Thanks Archerstar! The awesome thing is that the comics themselves are earning some recognition from BioWare - they called us "really phenomenal stuff" and "rad" over at their twitter channel! :D We for sure need to bring more attention to the series - each and every forum post made and each and every e-mail sent to gaming sites about us is a great way to help us out! :)
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OrnluWolfjarl Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Awesome man! Can't wait for the rest of them!

If I make a small suggestion: could you add some minor special effect sounds in it? For example, in the scene where he says "you saved me so I could save you", some bullets whizzing about would be quite cool, as long as it doesn't interfere with the soundtrack.
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koobismo Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Hey OrnluWolfjarl! As you can see in the newest eps, we've started adding effects to them - this one actually works better without them, at least in my opinion, as its basically a monologue inside Nihlus' mind. :)
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RazoR-psg Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
This was incredible!
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koobismo Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Thank you! :) Be sure to read each and every one of the upcoming episodes and let us know whether you liked them as well! :) And, if you can, post these around the web, help us spread the news around, e-mail your favorite gaming sites about this lil' project! :)
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Blacklight-District Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my it's....F****NG AWESOME! I mean, it's of superb quality, as if it came directly from the game itself. The VA is flawless, and it really sounds like a Turian--it really nailed Nihlus. I hope you'll continue with these audiobooks; and now I'm getting more immeresed in this series more than ever!

Awesome job! :iconbravoplz:
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koobismo Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Oh, as you can see, we're continuing with the audiobooks - the whole series will be turned into audio form! :) Thank you for your awesome comment, keep reading and commenting, I greatly appreciate both!
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ObligatoryOnsen Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O lawd.

Brains... can't... handle... awesomeness...
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