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Marauder Shields 40: The Debt, Part 2 by koobismo Marauder Shields 40: The Debt, Part 2 by koobismo
The 40th Episode of the "Marauder Shields" Mass Effect Comic.

In this one... The Allied fleet moves in to save the Normandy and repay the debt.

"Guardians of the Universe" by Future World Music: [link]


40 more episodes ahead of us!

And so we have finally arrived at the mid-season finale of Marauder Shields. Half of our story has already been told, with a very eventful series of developments ahead. Prepare to discover the origins of the Reapers (covered in a sufficiently lovecraftian mixture of truths, lies, deception and utter madness), to see Shepard find out what's at the end of the narrow path and to bring this little fan-made alternative ending to a definitive close. From Miranda and Jack, to Nihlus and Anderson, from Javik and Zaeed, to Wrex and... Shepard - all your favorites will be back to close their respectful arcs and kick some ass. Expect a few twists to arrive and a few deaths to (hopefully) choke you up.

In the meantime, this episode will be followed by a short, one-month hiatus, with the next comic arriving at around 7th to 10th of January. So, uh, I guess the hiatus is actually 2 weeks long, since our usual publishing schedule is bi-weekly. Go figure.

I will be sure to fill the time between then and now with some extra content, the second part of our discussion club and a few cool things to sweeten it all up a bit. The announcement for the opening of the website should be popping up soon, with the website fully operational from January. Oh, and be sure to follow our official team twitter at @KoobismoCom - all dates and announcements will be released via that channel, with @Koobismo remaining my personal twitter handle.

The hiatus is connected to me traveling to my family during Christmas time (since my laptop burned up recently I have no way of working on the comics on the road anymore) and to my recent sad necessity of picking up a second job for the next few weekends (or a bit longer), to cover a few suckerpunching bills and highly unscheduled expenses.

The upside is that I will no longer say "no" to any donations you'd like to throw my way (though they will be treated as donating to our "next project after MS" fund), and also will be available for any "mercenary-type" jobs you, your boss or your friends may require my expertise for. From writing to game design, from making a few prints to helping you out with your projects - I'm available to be your hired-gun during my after-work time and weekends.

As for discussing this episode - special thanks go to AssaultSloth who helped me out immensely with his 3d sculpting talent and overal gentlemanliness, creating the Batarian ship from scratch and heavily modifying my Salarian Cruiser concept, producing the awesome little bugger we see in the comic. Sloth's the man.

Oh, and one more thing you might have noticed - "Dum Spiro Spero" tricked you into thinking that Hackett's speech happened after EDI and Joker said their goodbyes. In fact, it happened during that time. I really wanted Hackett's "we're going full in" to be a separate episode, without going in and out of Normandy's frames, and hence decided to use the technique of time desynchronization. Hopefully no serious confusion will arise from this.

And that's it for now. Thank you for being here. Keep reading and remember: hope is alive!


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!]

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DragonTurtle2 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018
Right as I reached the panel with Harbinger lighting up, Atlas had reached it's conclusion with is final horn.
lan987 Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
You captured the essence of each race in simple lines of command. I said it before and I repeat it now again, THIS IS SUBLIME!
Skwarciak Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Professional Photographer
THIS is what I expected to be at the end of ME3!
AkiraWolf98 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015
Best. Scene. EVER!

Thank you Marauder Shields.  Thank you for giving us this moment.
fugimoto Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
umm.... WOW!!!!!!!! :wow: :faint:
debott Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
I think the last time i cried like this it was the final scene of the original ME ending. But THIS time its because of happiness and NOT because its over.
Go, united milky-way, GO!!!
WatanabeMayuyu Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
I thought Normandy was past the reaper blockade? They just FTLed through the reaper fleet?
Also Harbinger must be hated even among reapers. No reaper bothered to help when half the alliance fleet mobbed him.
koobismo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
If you follow the events presented in MS step by step, you'll soon find the answer. ;) It begins with the setup seen in ME3's Priority Earth finale - Harbinger has descended from orbit with selected units, the Normandy had got past the blockade, while the battle in orbit began for good. Harbinger lands by the beam, yada dada, the difference begins in the very first few episodes, as the Normandy turns back and attachs Harbinger with additional help, inflicting almost no damage, but catching Harbinger's attention - who begins his pursuit of the vessel. Joker's flying away from London, taking Harbinger with him, on his tail, focusing on the Normandy with the very characteristic - yet weirdly un-robotic - rage and obsession seen previously in ME2. Normandy gets back into orbit, discovering that the battle has moved further on, with the lines collapsing and the fleet encountering serious problems - and becomes an easy target, with Harbinger taking it solo and getting an inch from destroying it completely. However, as the Normandy is about to be pulverized, something cracks inside good ol' Hackett (the reason for which you can also see in MS, step by step ;)), and he decides that the battle tactics assumed prior to the engagement are built around principles and rules that the enemy can not just follow, but also predict. He gives an order of compassion and pride - a seemingly illogical one - which leads us to the episode seen here. An order that catches both Harby and the Reaper fleet off guard.
honor-is-all Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
I love how the Batarians get fired up over those damn "humans" picking up the tab lol
NickShepard117 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
THIS is how you kill a big bad boss like him.
Assume Control THAT!
Uncertatron Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
If someone took the concept "awesomeness", distilled it into an ink-like liquid and poured it over a page, the result would look akin to this. Great job.
EmpyreanDestiny Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Have you ever seen something so irrevocably badass, you can't help but cry a little?
Yep, this is that thing.
Team-Friction Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014

Galactic Renegade Interrupt in progress.
Wheat-Os Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
I don't know about anyone else, but I found Harbinger's death humorous, he died as he lived: bragging.
Tanner4 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Efeye Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
I probably laughed a lot more at "tshshshk" than I should have.
mivpus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Kuroi-Koumori Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so happy! This is amazing and I love the series! Bioware should get tips from you guys!
Blankclef Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013

YEAH! that was awesome!
Goastantie Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
This is better than I could have ever hoped. Better than what I'd ever dreamed would be the ending to the Mass Effect series. Thank you, you are a gentleman and a saint
PeanutReaderFace Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Seireiiyu Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Asdfghjkl. That was just...beautiful, excellent....I don't even have words. This is how it should have happened, Bioware!
United-Systems-Navy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The alliance just released Harbringer's control
FireballWarrior Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
This is probably the best one, :) Hey are those actual Batarian, Salarian, and Rachni ships?
SpartasMaximus Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
UrdnotMark Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi!!! I see all the chapters in less than an hour... I love them all! You are great! I specially love this one! Burn Harbinger!!!! :D
TigerlilyWarior Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
NiisamaBro Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Damn you Bioware. Damn you. This is how it should have been damnit.

Thank you Koobismo.

For the record, "resistance is NOT futile" you cybernetic squid bastards!
SpartasMaximus Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
My heart is racing!!!.. not watery...much
Toxophilus Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

You sir, have made my day.
Skydust118 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Burn, you sqwidly bastard, burn.

Anyway love your work. Absolutely awesome. Devoured the entire comic in a couple of hours

Keep hope alive.
Orifiel-M Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I just finished the first season and have been blown away. This is sheer brilliance. You and your team are awesome!
godofimagination Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Does assaultsloth have a DA page?
tarekshamas Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
lets be honest, I'm sure some one that wrote the ending to ME3 is seeing this, i ask you sir(s) do you feel.... incompetent ???? do you think Koob has pretty much done a 10000 times better job than you???

and bioware! don't you feel that maybe some new staff changes are in order!! some pretty talented people out there, maybe instead of wasting 10 billion dollars on famous VA you can hire talented people to make more content for your games!

at any rate I have commented too much, its hard to mask my rage at Bioware and my love for this comic, keep up the good work guys and god speed.
VEGA007 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Damn right
joie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist
This is amazing. I agree w/ justavistior, you should have written the ending.
justavisitor Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
You should've written the ending.
JageshemashFTW Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
When you believe yourself to be indestructible or immortal, you stop trying to defend yourself. Which means your completely unprepared when someone, anyone defies you. It simply becomes a matter of waiting long enough for someone to prove you wrong. The Reaper's defeat was assured the moment they said to themselves 'No one can stop us.' In short, if the Reaper's were real and did actually try to harvest us, we might not be able to stop them. The next cycle might not be able to stop them or the next ones or the next ones. But they would be defeated because, quite simply, we are better than them.
JageshemashFTW Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Next to the Illusive Man, Harbinger was probably the closest thing to a main antagonist for the series. The fact that you never go up against him, face-to-face, irked me like you wouldn't believe. This is what I wanted to see. This is why I did everything in my power to keep as many people as I could alive throughout the course of three games. So that they could see this. You did even better by making it so that, instead of just seeing it happen, the're pulling the trigger. At first I thought having Shepard unconscious throughout this comic was just a way to keep from commiting to a single permutation of the character when there is countless versions of him/her. But it's really for the best because... Shepard's already done his/her job. He/She is literally the 'shepard' of all of these species, all of these people. It was his/her job to bring them all together for this final fight. And now they are.
Darkborg-IX Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
RichardB001 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Ardvarkeating101 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Sweet baby jesus
Charcolt96 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I just realized. It's a bit strange that the volus is wearing his environmental suit on a ship specially made for and by volus. I guess it would have interrupted the flow of the scene if we had to pause and say: "What the hell is that thing?"
CrulLovetroy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
But I think they're just used to it... I mean...the Quarians neither put their suits off at any time - you can even see them wearing their suits on the recording of Tali's father's research ship, which could have easily been cleared such that they could live there...right? :) other than that, I'm sure what weakness the Volus' exactly suffer from, thus it would depend...if it's a weakness of the immune system, then I suppose they could think about having to land on earth to support the troops there... and it wouldn't play out handy if everyone on the ship would have to put their suits back on for an emergency landing, right? :D or so I guess :)
GaultBerkut Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Volus have an ammonia-based biochemistry, that's why the need Environmental Suits: they can't survive in environmental conditions tolerable for us (and vice versa).
MarauderShieldsVG Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
*looks at calender*

*notices January 10th has passed*

*notices episode 41 is not posted*

Sorry, couldn't resist :D
CrulLovetroy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
He said the release would go hand in hand with the release of, around january 16th-17th :) so I guess we have to wait only a few more days, but at the end, we will get what we desire :D
jeffdaniel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Soon. very very soon! Promise it will be worth it!
CrulLovetroy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
It's always worth it!! Still curious when to expect it. I'm checking deviantart every 30 minutes right now, when in fact I would desperately need to study ... :D
jeffdaniel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Announcement coming today via Twitter. Follow @Koobismo @KoobismoCom @KoobsAudio for all Koobismo related news
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