So, just saying this right now that I know all about the controversy related to the ending of Mass Effect 3. If you're here to tell me all about it, just leave. I know it well, I fought in those trenches, I've heard all the artists creative rights versus original promises stuff, and I've already moved on. I think the original endings were way under-detailed, rushed, and the Extended Cut really did satisfy me as a player. Now you know how I feel, and you know that I'm not interested in discussing it further.
Moving on, those who played the game correctly know that a high EMS, combined with choosing to destroy the Reapers, gave you two things: Firstly, your companion wouldn't actually put your name on the memorial (in the Extended Cut), and you got the small bonus cutscene that showed what we assume to be Shepard's chest, drawing a breath in the rubble, and cut to black.
It should be well known at this point that I'm a horrid Liara-mancer, I absolutely love her, and their story together is my favorite part of the Mass Effect universe. So, I was a bit disappointed that we didn't get to see them re-unite. And here we are: Liara, still wounded from the battle, finds her lover barely alive on the Citadel.
Originally I had planned to have this one be a lot more epic, with the Normandy in the background, some dead Reapers floating in the background, Garrus signaling the search parties, maybe some debris, but as I added more there, it just seemed to detract from what I really wanted: A tender moment between these two. And as I focused more on them, the background elements just seemed like noise. It's clear to me that, if this happened, these two would be so focused on each other that nothing in the universe would exist to either of them for about 5 minutes; that's the moment I wanted to capture.
Thanks for looking.
© Liara, Shepard - Bioware
I am also a fanatic when it comes to MShep and Liara, I can;t bring myself to do down any other path as it feels so wrong to me. They as a couple just work so perfectly to me and are obviously the Bioware favourite as well.
Fantastic job on this.
ANYWAY a lovely picture. ^^
I'm with you on the EC endings. Destroy was the real way to go because of this photo and the fact the rest of the races are free to choose their future.
I'm glad to see another gamer who sees eye-to-eye with me on the endings thing. I basically saw the epilogue story playing in my head after seeing the High EMS Destroy ending of how Shepard regrets a few things about not controlling the reapers to spare EDI and the Geth. But Liara and the crew, including Joker, tell him that what he did was what EDI and Legion would have done if they were in his place. Afterword's Liara and Shepard go out and find that place where they can live together in peace, just like they talked about during their last night together.
Thank you so much.
But the picture itself captures the feeling that you sem to want to convey wonderfully. It looks so tender and really a heartwarming moment between them.
A strikingly sweet moment, thanks for creating it
I'd done quite of those and now I'm moving on into the fandom premise, where fans made these awesome expansion of the ME world (like literature, etc.) to the point it's almost canon and work with them in materializing these ideas into artwork. I suppose it's a positive step to take after made closures of the ending; it nurtures the spirit of ME in the heart of the fans and in some ways make it lives as long a the fanbase are
I support these folks because they continue the ME legacy instead of sulking and crying about it
Anyways, I believe you should make the alternate 'epic' one like in your description with the Normandy, Garrus and dead reapers, etc. I think you shouldn't stop here, because it's great to take two different interpretation of the ending. ( I did an 'epic' and softer/tender rendition as you know)
I suppose I could as a future revisit. Might be a fun idea.
Actually I'm more content at inspiring others than taking compliments; so, I humbled that your source of artistic aspiration is from the art that I made for this very reason.
Yup, it would range one's spectrum of art in the gallery, I learn it's always a good thing, these opposite contrasting themes.
got there, my only explaination was it was an intirely different N7(Possibly me)who would turn out to be the lead character in ME4. But this is probably right,the rubble is the exploded nonsense machine.
Someone like you should have been advising on the extended cut, because this closure isn't anywhere to be found.
The DLC was pleasing only the first time I saw it mostly because of the extra resolution, but it ain't great! All it does is it does is allow people like me (who were traumatized and unable to replay even ealier games in the series because the end destroyed not only the third game but the first two as well)...the ability to keep on loving Mass Effect and playing it.
Not sure how Shepard could survive being at the core of an explosion that blew up the Normandy's engines light years away...but you didn't make the mess you're clearing it up!
I love this picture
That said, I don't think the new games will be centered on Shepard or his/her squad. I would absolutely LOVE something based in the First Contact War, or something that has you doing anti-reaper operations with a more "boots on the ground" feel.
Not interested in the first Contact war or ME4 with the same characters. Would like to see Liara again, a spin-off or something. The reason I want to see something set after ME3 is because even now I'm hoping there was a plan.
Besides, even the Normandy must have translight capability to handle exploring the various parts of the systems in anything short of several weeks per transit.
Bet you're looking foreward to Halo 4, Cortana's looking much more womanly...I blame it on the rampentsy going around.
But to the matter at hand.
This was the only thing missing from the ending and you just fixed that, so thank you a lot!
And yeah, I was pretty ruined after the original ending. I barely played the campaign at all until EC came out and fixed it up, lol.
That reminds me, Omega DLC is goming out soon. Then I will know if my theory is right or not.