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Marauder Shields 36: Memories That We Are (Ver. B)

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The 36th Episode of the "Marauder Shields" Mass Effect Comic.

In this one... The strings of the puppeteer are cut, as a central character fights to wake up.

BACKGROUND MUSIC

Be sure to play this track in the background to upgrade your reading experience: [link]

OTHER VERSIONS

Shepard is a Spacer [link]
Shepard is Earthborn [link]

AFTERWORD

On the narrow path...

This episode concentrates on Shepard fighting to remember, to reignite the fire that the Reapers attempted to extinguish completely. As you might notice it also kills off the StarChild for good, assigning his face and role in the story prior to ME3's finale to a completely different backstory, different character, different meaning... Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do. ;)

A full-on clarification about this arc and what it means is incoming in the next Shep/Thane episode, but those of you who like to create their own theories should already be able to piece this little puzzle together.

As our mid-season finale is finally around the corner (Episode 40!), expect the pace of the action to... Pick up significantly. ;)

GENERAL INFORMATION

This is an ongoing story providing an alternative fan-made ending to the Mass Effect trilogy, with our own game-changing maverick transforming the course of history: Marauder Shields. Be sure to start reading at episode 6. Special thanks to MichelKobayashi and my awesome team, especially our editor - AdoreeLyssa!

Hope is alive!

[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. Special thanks to BioWare for creating the world we all love and care for! I remain a huge ME & BW fan!]

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troubledmoon's avatar
So cool, I love the idea of Mindoir having forests I kind of lodged it into my own headcanon. As someone still so attached to the Colonist background and to Thane, this is a beautiful addition to the cluster that is each personal reflection on Shepard and the world that Bioware so artfully birthed.
princessjuliet's avatar
Found this on related stuff. I've got to go back and read from the beginning. Just from this chapter I can tell you've somehow deepened the world for yourself and others. Mass Effect fans are really so creative and this is just lovely!

As a shameless Thanemancer and pro-Colonist Shepper, I may be biased <3
EluneEruanne's avatar
It never made sense to me, why the other backgrounds saw the forest in their nightmares...
You know, Shepard flew as a teenager from the slavers... SO a forest as a time of great fear made a lot of sense...
But a spacer or a urban child?

Great Episode, as usually ;)

And I love Thane a spiritual Guidance, glad he could take a little break from the shore ;)

I hope you will keep up the different versions ;)
Szirru's avatar
Planescape reference - appreciated ;)
koobismo's avatar
You caught it! Yesss. :)
Haupmann's avatar
Nice, even one little line change just seems very significant, as everything in ME should have been.

Plus, i've been meaning to ask, been writing a story and runs parallel with Shepards and i was wondering if you minded me using the Marauder Shields storyline rather than Bioware's. Because i hated Priority: Earth barring a few little bits and honestly i think it would just read much better.
koobismo's avatar
Dude, that's what MScanon is for, use it to any degree you want. :D As far as I'm concerned, it's my official ME canon and the more people use it, the better it gets and the happier I get. ;)
Haupmann's avatar
Kewl, thanks.
And its better than the game's canon, so why not.
Blacklight-District's avatar
wow... this is just... incredible. I used to think that the kid at Shepard's dreams was some kid he met in the past--that's until the last 10 mins of the game. But now, I like it now where it's is going--Mass Effect without Starbrat--oh yeah :heart: ! And I also love how you put the pieces together through the codex; can't wait to see how the pieces unravel! :)
koobismo's avatar
Thanks, Blacklight-District, much appreciated! ^^ I expected the dreams to be explained or an answer for them at least implied, was dissatisfied with the fact that in the end they just seemed to be there for... y'know, drama. What's more dramatic than slow-mo, kids and autumn, right? ;) Heh. Glad you like what I'm doing here! ^^
XqctaX's avatar
you kill off starchild. well changed his meening. for that I frikkin love ya man!

awesome as ussuall,

ever episode brings back a piece of my sanity. the one i lost playing the game lol
koobismo's avatar
Thank you. :D And I love ya as well. :D
jainaE's avatar
Excellent version (to which I am particular), and how well you linked all three without too many or not enough similarities. Also, EXTREMELY nice human touch there, bringing in an element of Shepard's childhood.
koobismo's avatar
Thank you! :) I tried to add something to Shepard's backstory without removing or changing anything for any of the Shepards out there - I'm hoping it adds enough of the human, specific touch, explains the dreams and at the same time can work for everyone. :)
jainaE's avatar
You must walk an extremely fine line then, to try and create story without negating others' ideas about Shepard and her/his story, no?
koobismo's avatar
Usually, yeah. ;)
Prometheus-Bot's avatar
Excellent as usual!! Very nice touch adding the journal at the end from the guy Shep helped...

Your version of the kid is an order of magnitude superior to BW's StarBrat HoloSnotling abomination....

Well done!!!
koobismo's avatar
Thank you! :) I had three different ideas for this codex, wasn't too sure about this one but decided to risk it and go with it - glad you liked the choice. :)
Archon89's avatar
Even my Shepard is a colonist! :) Too bad Bioware, after ME1, didn't go further in the pre-service history, it would have been so good!! I am glad you did this, bringing back Shepard's past memories, to insert them into the story!
Good episode, Koobs! :D
koobismo's avatar
Thank you, Archon89, much appreciated! :D Hoping to add a bit more customized content later on, based on Shepard's origin and chosen personality. :)
Archon89's avatar
Looking forward to it! :) And you're very welcome!
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Engaging social media: Tumbr, Facebook, Twitter, EVERYWHERE! :D
koobismo's avatar
Awesome! :D Thank you! ^^ Means a lot!
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Known as RafaWriter on Twitter. :)
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