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:Mass Effect: Four a.m.

"What you write after two a.m.," he said after a long pause, "is complete nonsense."

He was trying to make sense of it anyway, staring fixedly at the screen, the blanket he had brought for Nihlus completely forgotten.

Nihlus sighed. You win some, you lose some.


Coloured with a fricking mouse.

Guess how late i stayed up for this?

Just guess.

Cookies for pointing out what's on each screen.

Mass Effect and :iconempress-cethlisss: will be the death of me.

Mass Effect and its elements (c) Bioware
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A-zeldafan95's avatar
Can you please explain their genders to me cause i can't tell.
BishiBower's avatar
Nice job and super cute!
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TheDevilReborn's avatar
This is amazen!
What did you use coloer this?
Anjian's avatar
Photoshop CS3
TheDevilReborn's avatar
You've got to give it to photoshop.
It has come a relylong way! :wow:
hoiist's avatar
wicked job with a mouse :thumbsup:
Anjian's avatar

...though my wrists would prefer to disagree.
Caffeineghost's avatar
Very nice work! I'm in love with Nihlus' facial angle.
Anjian's avatar
Thank you!

(Nihlus is cute ain't he. :3)
phsycopathic's avatar
i get told that on constant occasions.. mind you being able to do a good line in mindless drivel is always good for the soul ;)
Anjian's avatar
Agreed like you have no idea.
Lady-Olivia's avatar
Lovely, lovely! One of the most memorable things I've seen here. :)

Love your Saren, love his clothing, love the touch. Love how Nihlus is looking up to him. Do you suppose there could have been real tenderness between them, whether friendly, or more-than-friendly, given their... ending? Heart breaks every time I think of it.

You did a great job with the screens, they look totally science-like, all with the bell curve and the code listing and the integrals, hehe, it's just great. :)
Anjian's avatar
*Blushes very hard.* Thank you. Underserved praise, right there.

Oh yes. I think they definitely loved each other. In the inscrutable way that people write volumes about and never quite manage to figure out. Maybe not *quite* the tender sort, but the sort you know you can rely on when absolutely everything else fails. Just listening to Saren saying Nihlus' name on Eden Prime...

(Sorry about the rant. Their characters and more importantly their dynamic interest me a *lot*. Wish there was more development beyond fanfic.)

(P.S. Venturi tube, but close enough =D)
Lady-Olivia's avatar
Heh. :)

Here's the thing: I really can't comment on your technique, because I know next to nothing about painting (well, I hope I know how to appreciate it!) - but there's so much heart in this one, it's just staring at me, you know? It's full of meaning and feeling. Maybe not everyone could relate, it's specific to the characters, and many people don't exactly harbor mushy feelings for Saren. I so do. And I so know what you mean by a *lot.* What can I say? Me too.

Tell me one thing... was the "Cookies for pointing out what's on each screen" thing there last night or did you add it in the meantime? Because I totally missed it, I swear. If I saw it, I'd pay more attention! Venturi tube, huh. I though you took the lower gaussian and mirrored it, hehe. :)
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The cookies thing was always there. But i forgot, so here. *Hands you a freshly-baked platter*. And yeah, now it totally looks like a gaussian distribution to me.

As for mushy feelings, well... i daresay i have a little bit of that. Okay, maybe much more. I think it's the strength of his will (both in service of and against, if Paragon'd, Sovereign) that's really attractive. What about you?

Oh, and thanks for the watch. Appreciated!
Lady-Olivia's avatar
Nice cookies, nom nom. :)

Me, I like Saren because he's the kind of cerebral, impossibly confident person who can make you eat your own tongue, who you can't beat in a debate, who wins the war first, and then goes to battle. His logic is infallible; but when he realizes he's been building it on top of all the wrong axioms, he falls apart. Suicide-Saren is my only canon-Saren.

The two moments when he grew on me were: 1) when he related his ambition to the wellbeing of his people (ending of Revelation; whether total supremacy counts as wellbeing is another story, heh) and 2) when he was portrayed as the less extreme, less intense, less villainy character next to Desolas. Nowadays I'm just sad for him, almost as sad as I'm for Nihlus. Sigh.
Anjian's avatar
I don't know what "to eat one's own tongue" refers to, but it sounds like a good description of the turian. And yes, i've only watched the alternate death scene on Youtube. *High-five.*

The two moments that grew on me were, well, the two shots. If you look closely, he actually used different pistols each time...i wonder what that means. (Besides the fact that i'm nitpicking too much.)

Poor Nihlus. And somehow, somehow, i think that if they met again, he would've forgiven his mentor. =/
Lady-Olivia's avatar
Haha, I don't know what that phrase means either, I kinda made it up as I went. :)

Not sure if Nihlus could forgive. It depends on Saren's motives. If he killed Nihlus because of the obvious - you like humans, you'll try to stop me, you might even succeed, so you need to die - than no, I don't think Nihlus would forgive. If there was something more... maybe.

You know about this, right? [link]
Anjian's avatar
Yes, yes i do. The original painting is nice too.

Mm... what about 'you're young, relatively innocent, and carefree; if i let you live, Sovereign will have you in its clutches sooner or later because you'll try to investigate me; so Spirits forgive me for saving you from a short and painful life under indoctrination'?

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CulturalGeekGirl's avatar
I wasn't a Saren/Nihlus shipper before I saw this pic. Now... I think I might be.
Anjian's avatar
It's not my job to indoctrinate people to this pairing... but hooray? :clap:
Glad you liked.

P.S. Hey! I know you from BSN! *is lurker*
RogueofAsgard's avatar
d'awwwwwwwwww! this is just brilliantly cute. :D
Anjian's avatar
Thanks, and i agree =D
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