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Mass Effect The End by Laitiel Mass Effect The End by Laitiel
Quickie vent artz!

My take on Mass Effect 3 ending.

It was beautiful.
And green.

Hmm.. never too late for Batman quotes:


"You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain."


Fear not though - that's why Shep's bro Javik is there
...to ensure she doesn't become the villain.



texture ~Sirius-sdz
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neilacomics Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice work.
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Soulfire117 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Holy crap. I didn't choose that ending, but wow. This is...wow. Damn, right in the feels!
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168natasha Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
yay I chise that end too
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Cosmique1978 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
I really really love it. is there any possibility to download it in a printable size or to order it as poster?
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Laitiel Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait...what? This 10 minute scribble?
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Cosmique1978 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
10 minutes??? ok now I am jealous ;)
no, it's really cool. I like it. Would look great on my wall ;)
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Laitiel Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, here's the orig resolution (it was drawn in such small res, yes) if you want to print it [link]
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Cosmique1978 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
yeah! thank you sooooooooo much!!!!
:hug:
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FoxHawke Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Aren't those the same words TIM uses during the ending, or at least it's something similar that much I'm certain.

Anyway excellent image, even if my own Shep went with destroy. She was suppose to die but she lived so who's to say EDI (which apparently she can) and Geth can't do so either. :nod:
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dunno? It's possible lol. He most likely had hallucinations as well.. so yeah.

thank you :)
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4llgototheh3ll Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Ah.. is that Javik who's held Shepard?
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes...?
It's in the description..
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Chatturgha0312 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Knowing that most fans really dislike the endings as much as I do makes the depression so much easier to deal with... thank you for this art.
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad it helps heh.
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Patriarch2 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
I like this..the way you drew the face...You chose control?
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
nope, synthesis.
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MidnighitAngel5 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I like the ending my shep chose destroy and survived. Though one thing is that I felt like the choices I made didn't really count towards the ending, I mean yeah they went to battle readiness but thats it. I wanted to see my choices played out more is all.

I'm not asking for a frickin' sugarcoated Disney ending just want to know my choices were worth something.
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm I think the cutscenes at the end do change depending on your readiness / assets. Well, apart from the Normandy in space for no reason... which is still a bit weird.

Hmm yeah. I get why most ppl were so pissed.. I didn't mind it that much though. To me... the journey was more important than its end ;P
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MidnighitAngel5 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah And the fact that the two people who you had on the battle field suddenly are on the Normandy made me confused.

Like I had said the ending didn't bother me it was a good way to end Sheps journey. I already knew s/he would make the ultimate sacrifice even though if you chose destroy there is a major cliffhanger for shep.
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ganon2 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
A buddy of mine actually thinks that Shepard getting up and going to the Citadel takes place a while after, so Joker might have evacuated survivors and was trying to get them somewhere safe when the Mass Relay network went down. Surprisingly, the Synthesis ending is the only one that doesn't show Normandy's engines being ripped from the hull. And Shep surviving the Destruction ending is silly, it kills synthetics and Shep's part synthetic.
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victortky Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
wow, you are one of the players who like the ending.

yeah, only the sythesis ending seemed good enough
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, more like I didn't make such a drama out of it.. methinks it was quite fitting.

I don't think any of the endings was particularly good O.o
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victortky Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
okies, but I felt kinda...empty. To be honest, I wept when I had to say goodbye to all my teammates before the final battle.

well, more DLCs are coming!
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. I thought it kinda fit the ME universe. The bittersweet ending and all.

So I've heard.
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victortky Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
very bittersweet. I am still trying the other classes

which I hope is good
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adzyburch Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
this could be what happens if you choose incorrectly, javik probably the only one in the squad that could bring himself to put Shepard out of his/her misery, btw just thinking about IT makes my brain hurt :)
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, my thoughts exactly.

Although..incorrectly. Which is the correct choice? IT DOES MAKE BRAIN HURT LOL
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adzyburch Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
i dont know i would avoid the control ending like the plague, anyway back to speculating
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think the Reapers can be controlled. Vendetta (the prothean VI) said it himself that in every cycle there's a group that aims to do precisely that in the name of their race ...and it usually ends up being the most indoctrinated party which is in the end sabotaging the efford to stop the Reapers - doing precisely what they want.
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adzyburch Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
yeah.....wait isn't synthesis basically what saren wanted to do, but destroy is the most morally questionable cause of EDI+geth, why do i get the feeling bioware will point at one little piece of codex and go "lol this is what you were looking for" *head explodes*
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heheh I do believe you're right XD

Control + Syntesis is what the Reapers want. Destroy is presented as the EVIL option and you are openly discouraged against it (EDI+Geth).. but since it's the only one where Shep might actually wake up back and Earth... Who knows. lol.
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168natasha Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
also you notice even though iut looks evil anderson is the one doing it and he's a pretty good guy
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adzyburch Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
looking back at what TIM said on the citadel "i need you to believe" wait why i thought you said on mars you didnt need me anymore. PAX cant come soon enough im not cut out for speculating
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screwinon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
What's wrong with Space Retirement? :iconohnoesplz:
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Explain.. ?
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screwinon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Not that I'm saying that killing your protagonist at the end of your game trilogy isn't a BAD way to end it, hell God of War did it and it was pretty alright :shrug:. But speaking as a Paragon Shepard, who already sacrificed a whole bunch. Such as Kaidan, all the missing colonies from the Reapers, his old flame(in my case Ashley), Mordin, Legion, Thane, and his already once before LIFE. And STILL sacrificed a lot to bring peace to the Galaxy, like revealing the sabotage to Wrex and Mordin despite the getting more Salarian soldiers if you do, denying the Flotilla their final blast against the Geth so Legion can pass true intelligence to his fellow robots, or saving the Rachni Queen twice despite killing Grunt's team in the process. Things were already bittersweet as they were.

All I'm saying is that we at least deserve a HAPPY ending of some sort. I'm not picky, it could even be a block of text for all I care. All I DO care is knowing what happens to my friends after the war and the Reapers were dead, me and Tali retiring to Rannoch to get away from the ever Shepard worshipping media, and most importantly :icongrin--plz: NOT BLOW UP THE MASS RELAYS!! :iconfrageplz:
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168natasha Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
I kinda agree with this
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screwinon Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
HOLY CRAP! Someone actually agrees with me! :iconfinallyplz: I feel so smart. :happycry:
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168natasha Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
lol :)
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screwinon Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
:XD: A-hah!
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol well.. thank you for the walltext of spoilers on not-so-spoilery picture.

I get what you mean. Still, I was ok with the 'bittersweet' endings precisely because it's bittersweet and ambiguous. Epic-mega-uber happy ending does not suit the series imo. There is no such thing as 'happily ever after'.
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screwinon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Oops, sorry. ^^;

I don't want things to be absolutely perfect in the ending like Shepard achieved galactic peace or something. There can still be crap and consequences happening or popping up AFTER the Reapers are destroyed:). But I just think Shepard deserves at least ONE good thing in his/her life for all the crap he/she had to deal with for so long.:( Plus I believe killing him again is a bit of a copout considering that technically he was already dead. :shrug: It's like shooting someone in the heart after they just got out from surviving a previous near fatal gunshot wound. :roll:
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"It's like shooting someone in the heart after they just got out from surviving a previous near fatal gunshot wound."

What can I say? Welcome to the universe?

No really, the thing I appreciate about the series is that it doesn't sugarcoat anything (...mostly). I do enjoy happy endings and all that... but as I said - in this case it doesn't suit the 'verse.

I understand why people are disappointed though. Everybody was expecting some epic revelation and ending... and there was none.
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screwinon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Well excuse me for trying to have some FUN in listening and caring for the story. This is a game remember, it's supposed to be fun. :( I was depressed through most of the game since the Reapers frickin' showed up, no point to hammer it in more, ya know? :shrug:

You know what ELSE doesn't suite the 'verse? Practically killing it! From a marketing perspective, HOW can Bioware make anymore ME games, because I know for SURE that this is the last one involving Shepard, when you practically destroyed the galactic society that supported Mass Effect like a giant mythical turtle. And if you mention, "prequels", I'm gonna be sick. :iconfrownyfaceplz:

Most people recently are believing all endings didn't even matter anyway. ESPECIALLY since most of it is apparently indoctrination by Harbinger. Which makes a LOT of sense if you think about it. :)
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hence the fanart.
Shep doesn't have those shiny eyes just for the lulz..
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Chrispy92 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Writer
Yes. It is.

Insert Own Ending Here is unfortunately the word right now. This one is nice. :)
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)

Well.. this is not as much 'own ending' as what might have been happening in 'real' while Shep's seeing...things.

The theories made me think too much lol. I still like the ending though.
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Rasta-Samurai Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful.
I just got the game yesterday, but...this actually seems like a good ending. I've never actually hated the idea of Shepard dying.
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Laitiel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah :O Sorry! It's not.. actually a spoiler.. but you will see. I also never thought there would be a 'happy ending' ...not for Shep anyway.

Thank you btw!
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Sangrette Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
First off, this is a wonderful sight for sore eyes; someone who isn’t tearing their hair out over the ending of ME3. I personally had no issue with the end. I didn’t fully like it, but I didn’t fully hate it either.

I love the texture and the whole idea of the piece. The last and ultimate moment where someone is at peace, even if it’s the end. Javik was very dutiful, so it seems appropriate that he would be the one doing this.
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