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

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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.


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


Shepard is a Colonist [link]
Shepard is a Spacer [link]


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. ;)


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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Fancy-Indigo's avatar
I'm A Commander Shepard and this comic gives me hope.
SugarHoneyIceTea123's avatar
Here's the thing about the ending. You can argue that it's good or that it makes sense. I would disagree with you but that is your opinion and you are entitled to it. My problem with the ending is how, if you don't go with Bioware's 'sore loser' refusal ending, Shepard just gives up. I don't care if your playing a paragon, renegade, paragade, colonist, spacer, earthborn, sole survivor, war hero, ruthless, soldier, adept, engineer, sentinel, vanguard, infiltrator, man or woman. There is one thing that connects every single Shepard no matter how you play him or her: Shepard never gives up. Thank you for getting that right when Bioware got that so very very wrong.
finix616's avatar
Thank you so much.
luchozuca's avatar
I won't get tired of saying it, THIS must be the ending of Mass Effect 3, i love how you take on all the possible stories of all our Shepards into account when writing these strips, i just love it, every piece of your work tells how much you like ME universe, and that's the most important ingredient that will keep everyone coming over and over reading each new chapter, can't wait to see the next one!
Bigstrital's avatar
You actual gave the most hated character (In gaming history) a good story! I'm speechless. This fit the story so well. This is more background story than all 3 ME together about Earthborn, and the others. Keep up the good work.
sirartsalot's avatar
Thank you koobs, for turning Mass Effect into Mass Effect again.

Bioware has lost it`s damn mind.
Haupmann's avatar
I forgot to say but you're totally correct, no incarnation of Shepard would just give up, back down or relent, just not who they are.
koobismo's avatar
Exactly my point. ^^
bibakilla's avatar
Makes me forget the piece of **** "end", and shows the way to an glory new time of Mass Effect ;)
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FuzzyPlanet's avatar
As always, great story! Thank you for providing me with alternative ending.
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And thank you for reading and commenting, means a lot! :)
FFzero565's avatar
I have to say I love what you’ve done with the kid. This whole comic is so epic in so many ways, why something like this didn’t actually happen within the game is mind boggling.

Btw I remember a few weeks ago you posted a journal asking for some more help on the comic. I’d be happy to help out in any way I can.
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Thank you, FFzero565! Yeah, I was definitely expecting an explanation for the dreams to happen in the games... But there was none. We have our own then. ;)

As far as helping me out goes - please send an e-mail to koobismo@koobismo.com and CC jeff@koobismo.com - it can take a bit for me to reply but all help is greatly appreciated! :)
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I could imagine this scene happening in my Headcanon with my Shepard raised in Dublin in an orphanage and being taken to the phoenix park with the other Orphans. Good Work!
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Thank you! :) One of my main goals was to make this applicable to all Shepards, basing it off the little bits of information we get about him/her in the games, and from how the story is handled regarding to Shepard's duty and approach to those in need.
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I also liked how this scene could happen to a paragon or a renegade.
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Definitely, yeah. :)
AzetTheCatalyst's avatar
And the stars ARE watching, as they always do.
Great work.
And the stars hopes you will hold the line as well.
Thanks, Koobismo.
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Thank you as well! :)

The stars will always be watching. ;)
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