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An end, once and for all - 1 (spoilers) by suthnmeh An end, once and for all - 1 (spoilers) by suthnmeh
Edit: Holy shitkabobs on a dinner table! I can't believe the support and love I've been recieving for this comic! I wasn't expecting it and it's had me on a big fluffy cloud for a couple of days now! Thank you all so much! :hug:
And to top it all, ~nicholasfunstuff went ahead and made a video of it with the music and sound effects!! Go watch it here! [link]



HEY HEY! LISTEN TO THIS WHILE READING! [link] Recommend having tissues around.

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I have spent too much time on this... :iconimdeadplz:

This was a result of a need to get the Mass Effect ending from my system. Funny thing is it took so long to make, I was pretty much over it half-way through XD Even funnier is I just cried a little right now :iconcryforeverplz:

One of the jillion things that bothered me about this ending was that the characters most dear to me didn't even seem to be on Lara Shepard's mind. As explosions were going off, images of Joker, Anderson and... Liara? seem to flash before her eyes. I was kind of outraged. I absolutely love Joker and Anderson, but... Liara? She's great and all, but... No chance of Garrus's face to pop in her mind instead? They ARE in a relationship after all! HE VENTURED INTO THE IDEA OF HAVING KIDS, FOR F**K'S SAKE!

It's funny that everything else about that ending would pretty much make sense if we have in mind the popular Indoctrination Theory (which I'm all on board with), but this... this, haha, really bothered me :P Somehow it's like Liara's friendship is forced down my throat a lot of times. No ofense to Liara fans, she's actually a great character, just not one I'm specially fond of. And I really just wanted to see Tali, and Garrus... and Mordin... and Legion and Wrex... one last time... *tear flood* So all this just added to the feeling that the ending was rushed and put together as quickly as possible.

Hence this.

A huge thank you to :icondrawanon: for her enthusiasm and beta reading!

Resources:
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[link](star brushes)
For Tali's pattern I used something I found on the Bioware forums. If anyone knows who made it, I'll add the link.
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:iconthemela485:
TheMela485 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017
Just finished reading the comic. Oh god, where are my tissues ;-;
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Here *hands tissues* There there... Hug it out :hug:
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bobi121 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017
The Indoctrination theory is not canon since the developers rejected it. Seeing the nature of Mass Effect Synthesis is not a choice Shepard would make. 
I'm mainly conflicted about Control and Destroy. 
People often ask the wrong question - should i kill the geth or not?
This war is not about the geth, it's about the Reapers. The question should be this if you can't decide which is better from the two endings - Are the Reapers necessary? Should they continue influencing the Galaxy? Should they help us develop technologically? After all, that's what the Illusive man was all about. Using the enemy's power against him.

If you think that the Reapers shouldn't exist, that they are too dangerous, that we should be free to develop as we see fit, then Destroy is the right choice. It is the right one. At one time Shepard said - Usually the right choice is not the easy one.
Destroy is the only choice that doesn't have eternal consequences. Synthesis and Control are forever lasting. 
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jccockerham Featured By Owner Edited Oct 10, 2016  Professional Artist
BroShep with Tali romance here. I'm fairly new to the Mass Effect universe, and the conflict I've felt over the endings (it's a goddamn video game for crying out loud!) is really difficult to describe. Long story short, I will be keeping this nearby for any time that I have doubts that destruction was the right answer. I'd pay money for a version of this with my Shep and his space wife. So. Many. Feels. Truly astounding work. I haven't read your profile but you might have a bright future in cinematography, although that might be a waste of your artistic abilities, which were clearly painstakingly well honed. Bravo.
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
Never late to join the Mass Effect party, bro! And yes, I think we've all wondered what the hell was wrong with us for getting so  emotional over these guys BUT MAN. Also if you haven't seen the Indoctrination Theory videos, I HIGHLY recommend them. They will blow your mind.
The comment about my bright future really made my night, dude, I am so grateful!! I'm currently doing animation, but I would love to be in charge of my own project someday. I can dream^^ Thank you!!!
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Merajay Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Student
awwwwesome!
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Professional General Artist
ffffff thank you!
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EeeM060301 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015

I like the idea that it is surrounded by all these friends.

I am French and I do not speak English, I use Google translation. Sorry if my comments are not clear.

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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
It was clear! Merci!! :hug:
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CinVhetinLaar Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
OMG. This popped up on my Tumblr so I had to come an fav it here! I will go back to play with this in mind at the end and start to cry because of you!
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oops! Sorry!! 
Haha don't worry, my headcanon is Indoctrination. I'm supposed to be making this comic... 
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CinVhetinLaar Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Indoctrination is mine too. But I can still love the comic.
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:iconsuthnmeh:
suthnmeh Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wee :dance: So many people are all for indoctrination, why doesn't Bioware just do something with it?
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:iconcinvhetinlaar:
CinVhetinLaar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Because a fan thought of it before they could and their just having a tantrum. :lol:
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:iconsuthnmeh:
suthnmeh Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hahahhaa!
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Kira-michi Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I just... I can't... Why?! QAQ It's such a sad ending! :iconruncryplz: And you just made is sadder! :iconcryingplz:
But still, the artwork is just beautiful and fantastic. :D
It's so emotional, and I'm embarrassed to say that I shed a few tears while reading this. XD This comic is just amazingly done, thanks for drawing it. :iconmonkeyloveplz:
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Gahh!! I'm so sorry! Next one will be happier, I promise! *wink*
Thank you lots, and don't be embarrassed. Look at all the tear-wet comments under yours, we're all crying XD
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icandoit2 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
God that's one ugly ass femshep. And to think that's probably a prettier version of what you look irl :o
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virtualmorrigan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What precisely seems to be your problem here?
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Neuromancer23 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Aren't you just adorable. How old are you, six? And already all alone on the internet? Have you lost your mommy and should I help you find her?

Seriously, this must be one of the most stupid comments I have read in a long time, even by your standards (which are already pretty low) All that's missing now is a yo momma joke to make the preschool atmosphere complete.

You, my dear, are a nasty little toddler without either sense nor manners, so there is no use trying to make this a mature discussion about realistic looks of soldiers or art in general.

But speaking of art...why don't you dazzle us all with your skills and draw something better yourself?

Yeah. Thought so.
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! It's not like a pretty face is going to help a soldier get her job done. And she's certainly not one to use make up. Just think of all those other funny characters that people make: Commander Shepard wakes up in the morning and first thing she does is spend two hours in front of a mirror ironing her hair and putting on blush and lipstick, only to have her own sweat smear it all over her face during battle. Imagine the look of her squad when she removes the helmet. Oh the lols.
And of course everybody knows you can only have respect as a woman if you're absolutely frikkin' gorgeous fap material. 
I'd like to see what you'd make of your Femshep, I'm very curious :D
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daduskak Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
OMG . This is so beautiful :O o.O You are so talented ! Heart  I am a dummy!  La la la la  OMG  
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aw shucks, thank you lots! :iconblushplz:
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Nanahuatli Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
This is very amazing. I don't like the Refuse ending (I don't like any endings other than Synthesis, and even that doesn't quite sit right with me. Don't judge me. XD), and I've seen reinterpretations and tributes and listened to An End Once and for All until my mind went numb, but this work still managed to leave me speechless and resurrect some of the crushing sadness I felt back then. It's very well done, and I think the art style is one of the most fitting I've seen for the Mass Effect verse.

Oh, I get now that this isn't Refuse since you made it before the DLC, but it's still pretty much the same idea. :P

GODILOVETHISGAME
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Same with me, even though the destroy ending seems the lesser of all the evils :P Synthesis was a big no-no for me... I still want to believe in my own ending, that all that stuff up at the citadel was some kind of hallucination or something. And that is how I shall always see it! :la:
Thank you!!
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kolotho115 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Thank you DLC's for making this a bit better
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
For some things yes^^
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kolotho115 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
^^
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:iconxalk:
xalk Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
perfect.

heart breaking...

but perfect.
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you^^
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JokerPony Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
-Hi Shepard! What color do you like most? Blue, Red or Green?
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
*stares harshly* Is that a question?

XD
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JediA-KS Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Have to say, this comic made me cry, when I accidentally started reading it while listening a whole different, yet very FemShep/Garrus kind of sad song.
There was a precise verse in that song that fit just about perfectly on this comic and then there was a flood of tears...

Excellent comic, breathtaking details and backgrounds, beautiful colours.
Thank You for making this!
:heart:
:)
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:iconsuthnmeh:
suthnmeh Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh spirits, the feels never leave, do they...
Thank you lots for all the love! :la:
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JediA-KS Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Or then they just fade with time...

You are very welcome!
:)
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
This wonderful art has been featured here: [link]
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow great collection, thank you so much for the feature!
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
No, problem! You deserve it! :)
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Ejunknown Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My heart is breaking with these comics. just. I had just gotten over the ending. ;___;
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sorry!
But the feels must be shared.
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Neon395 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
I just finished it last night, and was so angry. This made me cry, but in a good way. Well done.
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I know right. Glad this helped, thank you^^
Also, this might cheer you up: [link]
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Neon395 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
haha yeah my friend told me to check that out when I had a moral dilemma. After having a bit of a weepy moment over Legion, wiping out all the geth got to me.

Then I remembered that following the Illusive Man was not really a good idea, ever.
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes! That's what I believe too. Even if EDI and the geth did die (which I still have to see to believe) and even if it's not Indoctrination, I could never chose control or synthesis, because they're simply abominations, going against everything that has been mass effect up to now. IT'S A TRAP! :iconitsatrapplz:
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BellaVega Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Great piece :) and that "kid" I hate it from the depth of my heart
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
The starbrat :iconimragingplz:
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reban Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Oh my god. I'm actually crying right now.

Thank you. I also chose destroy but with the EC I was starting to question my choice. But you're right. We came here to stop the reapers. We destroy them. Or they destroy us.

Fantastic fantastic comic. Heart wrenching.
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Let them tears flow!
We cannot trust the godchild. Something is very fishy about it all...
Thank you so much^^
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Sgtpaintbrush Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
I can haz face code plx?
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:icono-rlyplz:
Ok^^ Here you go:
843.HG1.NWW.H7W.CSK.1DE.P9D.7M1.657.145.1E5.113
I hope that's right.
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