Okay, first, let me blame this pic on
. Specifically, a journal entry of his:
You cannot pick up or use weapons with Maria, for the sake of image, but I would think that even Maria would be trained in self defense with the weapons available on ARK in case of an outbreak of a dangerous experiment, plus that would make a cool picture me thinks to have Shadow and Maria laying waste to some crazed bio-critter loose on the ARK.
Maria using a gun goes against her whole "pure gentle anti-war" image, but it sure is fun, isn't it? I wonder if she might have lived a little longer if she had been a fighter, like Shadow.
My thanks to
to designing Shadow's plasma gun.
Painted in Photoshop, to my shame. I can't make Painter do this kind of thing. :-p
Edit: Made it smokier and more atmospheric. Put water drops on Shad's shoes.