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Commander Shepard Regrets by Gigi-FenixPhoenix Commander Shepard Regrets by Gigi-FenixPhoenix
So this is my fourth installment of the Shepard Series and second part to Commander Shepard --Destroy. If you had enough galactic readiness, your Shepard survived.

However, I think that Shepard might not come out the same. Just think about it. Shepard might have sacrificed the minority for the good of the majority, but their deaths are on your conscience. Legion's sacrifice was for nothing and so was all of what EDI learned.

So, while I was coloring this, I tried remembering a quote that would fit what Shepard might feel; this deep regret that I'm talking about followed by self-doubt. Then I remember a quote from the first game, right after Shepard mutinies against the Alliance in order to pursue Saren. She says: "I keep on trying to tell myself that we're doing the right thing. I don't believe me yet." I thought that quote fitted the image the most.

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Shepard Series
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[link] Commander Shepard -- Doubt
[link] Commander Shepard -- Resolution
[link] Commander Shepard --Synthesis
[link] Commander Shepard --Destroy
[link] Commander Shepard --Control
Commander Shepard --Peace
Commander Shepard --Regrets
[link] Commander Shepard -- Refusal

BONUS:
[link] Wallpaper

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*In other news, this piece has been used as cover by :iconezri-krios: in her ShepxThane fic "Resolutions." Check out the first chapter here: [link]

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The Shepard Files
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*the first link would be the fanfic, the second the image that goes with it

[ONE] Colonist [link] [link]
[TWO] Colonist/Sole Survivor [link] [link]

[THREE] Spacer
[FOUR] Spacer/Ruthless

[FIVE] Earthborn
[SIX] Earthborn/War Hero
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xAprilyne Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was what I was telling my brother the other day; if my Shepard went with the destroy ending and survived, she would never be able to live with the guilt. Edi and Legion are dead, and as far as she would be concerned, it'd be her fault (I'm going with Synthesis anyway. That ending makes the most sense to me). Funny thing is, I don't even consider her to be a full-on Paragon. :P
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Yea, Synthesis seemed the scenario where the most people survive. What's interesting is that, as I understood, if you chose that ending, then nobody would remember Shepard. And yet, with the extended ending, even when you chose that, Edi and your team at the Normandy remember Shepard. So I think that's just a plot hole they left haha
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nightchildmoonchild Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful work
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Thank you very much! :hug:
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Tengu1993 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
I don't know if anyone will respond to this, Gigi-FenixPhoenix or anyone for that matter, but I'll just speak my mind. I see Mass Effect trilogy and games like it as a morality simulator. You can be as compassionate or as ruthless as possible. For me, I'm pretty much a paragon that sprinkles in renegade, sometimes for the humor, or because I hate a particular person. 

What I also like about Mass Effect is no two Commander Shepards are the same. We interpret our Commander Shepard the way we see him/her. It's like your philosophy and morals play out with each choice you make. 

I chose Destroy initially because it was the ultimate goal since the first game. I kept thinking about why I kept choosing it after I've seen all three possibilities. 

Control: I saw Control as insult to injury for the surviving families of the war. Regardless of the Reapers helping rebuild societies after, they were willing to commit galactic genocide just to produce another Reaper for their fleet. Whose to say Reaper God Shepard reinterpreted its thinking just like the Star Child's and the cycle restarts? 

Synthesis: My thought of this ending is similar to Control with the addition of genetic diversity. What makes us all unique is not just physically, but genetically. Even if Reapers can understand organics' intentions, I still see a recipe for disaster. That being said, I did like EDI's speech at the end. It got me a bit teary eyed. :cries 

Destroy: Obviously, this isn't a perfect ending, but I prefer this one over the other two. I interpreted it as a lesson of what happened if we stepped on everyone to help ourselves. Though it was a painful lesson to learn, it goes to show you that a galactic threat can bring everyone together and put aside differences. The biggest thing I didn't like about it was the Geth being destroyed. It makes patching up the Quarian/Geth make-up null and void. Even though Shepard may or may not be alive, the galaxy may end up being a better place (I am a bit of an optimist XD ).

I've seen the Leviathan DLC. I gotta tell ya those Leviathans are pretty arrogant. Anyways, what I'm getting at is we have our own ways to see the Mass Effect Universe. We may make decisions if put in Shepard's place, or choose the other extreme just to see what happens. Either way, it gets us thinking and that's a good thing. :) (Smile) 
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
I agree with you. I think what was great about the game, was that each of us made it personal. My Shepard would most definitely be different from yours. This is probably still my favorite game series. Thank you for sharing! :D
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Noratcat Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I like this rendition of the Destroy ending. A lot of fans paint this as the perfect ending, peaches and cream with no faults or anything, but the idea of Shephard not coming out the same could make sense. Sure you saved the galaxy from the Reapers, but you sacrificed a race of sentient beings and a close companion. That and who is to say somewhere along the line, more synthetics would be made?
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Thank you, I'm glad you liked it. I agree, I do not think Shepard would survive intact the destruction of the reapers. We got to see in ME3 how guilty and defeated she felt when the Asari homeworld got overrun. We can only imagine how ridden with guilt the destruction of the Geth would become. 
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Noratcat Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
I just wonder if Destroy will be the canon ending or not?
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
According to Bioware, there isn't a cannon ending. However, most people seem to regard it as such, since Destroy is the only one that gives Shepard a chance to live.
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