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Battle for the Citadel
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Published: October 8, 2013
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Playing Mass Effect 1 again. Want to make a new scene.

The Destiny Ascension, the Flagship of the Citadel Defense Force fights against the attacking Geth fleet lead by the Reaper Sovereign. One of the greatest scenes in ME1.

Posed, programed and rendered in 3d Max 10
Post Work with Paint Shop Pro 7
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3781's avatar
Man, I remember the part whern they tried to halt Sovereign's high-speed approach to the Citadel - they fired as many shots as they could and it was all like firing toy bullets on a freight train incoming 120 mph - and it even crashed into a Turian cruiser in its way and made crisps of that like it was nothing!
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Quite a shame we never saw the Destiny Ascension fire a shot during that cinematic. It just kinda sat around and looked cool until it started taking fire, at which point it just became sad. I was kind of hoping for a scene where it faced down a swarm of Geth ships, killing many but eventually being overwhelmed by force of numbers, or maybe a scene where it got into a one on one slugfest with Sovereign, but in the end it just kind of sat there.

Honestly though, I think that it never fired a shot onscreen because Bioware wasn't sure where to put the main gun. I mean, spinal cannons become more powerful as their length increases, to the point where Dreadnought cannons fire with the power of a nuclear weapon, and the Destiny Ascension is only about as long as a regular dreadnought. It would have made more sense to mount the spinal gun vertically, but then that weird hoop thing would have gotten in the way of a massive two kilometer long oneshot gun. All in all, Asari ships in general seem rather poorly thought out, with large frontal cross-sections, short designs that inhibit spinal gun positioning, and those weird hoop engine things that seem like a horrible waste of space when compared to a regular engine, but then again, it's a game so form takes precedence over function. Still, poking holes in sci-fi ships like this is something of a pastime for me, so I tend to do it regardless, and the Asari give me plenty of designs to pick on! Stupid, stupid Asari.
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Euderion|Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be fair, we see the Ascension fires in the scene were the fleet moves from the Citadel to intercept saren and the Geth. Must be some kind of rockets or torpedos. Most of these shots come from these lines on the hull.
But you are right, we never see the full fire power the first game gives in the dialogues. Saying this ship is stronger than the rest of Asari fleet, and then it fall apart as quick as the Turian frigates.
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Bluecossy's avatar
yea I remember the destiny ascension fire torpedos at sovereign but not its main cannon sadly
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Alchemist-CH's avatar
Great artwork! I'm making my set of Mass Effect cards and I want to ask you permission to put this image of Destiny Ascension on the Ace card of Asari suit.

Some preview of the cards (Alliance suit) can be found here. I hope you don't mind me using some ships from your comparison charts for number cards.
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Euderion|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aslong you give credits on the description (a link back to the artwork you use) all is fine. Feel free to use my images.
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Taleeze's avatar
great picture. I love that ship design!
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Euderion|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Vielen Dank!!
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Andy1979's avatar
Nice work.

The Destiny Ascension is an awesome ship especially as its model wasn't originally going to be a ship model but one of the mass relay prototype models Bioware played around with when designing the first game.  While they ultimately choose the tuning fork model for the mass relays the design team liked the design so much that they repurposed it into the Council's flagship.
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Euderion|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the History about the Ascension. I did not know yet. But it makes sense.
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PistachioInfernal's avatar
WOW!
Great scene, it pops and sparks with tension and energy!
Props for the sexy lighting and the lens flare :D :heart:
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Euderion|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!!!
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dmaland|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great shot, especially with the Citadel's arms open.
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Euderion|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks muchly!!!
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Doga-87's avatar
Was the Destiny Ascension ever shown firing it's main weapon?
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Euderion|Hobbyist Digital Artist
As i see, she fires only some rockets and slugs from the mass accelerator.
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Dragon101k's avatar
The hole scene was the best in the hole Game. 
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Euderion|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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