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Commander Shepard Synthesis by Gigi-FenixPhoenix Commander Shepard Synthesis by Gigi-FenixPhoenix
This is the second part of my Mass Effect tribute. This is a representation of the synthesis option. This is Shepard sacrificing herself for everyone (not just organics). It's the final decision. The ability to find peace in knowing that you have to die, that you will die. It's the acceptance of her fate and, even more, the embracing of it.

When I chose this ending and saw Shepard running (as if rejuvenated) towards the green beam and leaping to her demise, I could almost hear her saying:

"I understand, Mordin. It had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong."

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

BONUS:
[link] Wallpaper

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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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:iconlincolnmuadib:
lincolnmuadib Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome. Amazing.
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:iconlovemelianor:
LoveMelianor Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw synthesis as the best decision as well, although it was a great pain to choose and embrace such destiny... still feel really sad thinking of it as well as of poor Mordin...
You made a great work and caught the true essence of those feelings including your wonderful description to the pic. Thanks a lot for your art.
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:icongigi-fenixphoenix:
Indeed. I feel like a  truly paragon Shepard would chose this option. I also feel like if you have a Shepard with a tragic background (colonist - sole survivor)  where everyone around you just keeps dying... a part of Shepard might be tired and wished for the only guarantee of respite there is. So Synthesis can be a plausible resolution.
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:iconakirarose:
I created a headcanon/fanfic based on this image.  You can read it here:

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:icongigi-fenixphoenix:
Thank you very much for letting me know. It means a lot to know my art might've served as inspiration for such a wonderful piece. Yes, I think Shepard would've felt embarrassed to have a statue of her (as oppose to Wrex, lol).
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:iconakirarose:
Part of me thinks that Wrex doesn't admit it but he had a statue of Shepard erected on Tuchanka. Bakara thinks he was stupid to put it up, but grudgingly admits that Shepard deserves honoring in Krogan tradition.
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:icongigi-fenixphoenix:
I wouldn't be surprised if he did, lol. He might even have one of Mordin too!
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:iconbenrg:
Because, in the end, there was only one way to make sure that it was over forever and that everyone lived. It wasn't a perfect solution, no matter what the Catalyst claimed... but Shepherd had known for a long time that there would be no perfect solutions to this mess.
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:icongigi-fenixphoenix:
Nice! I agree, this wasn't the perfect solution, but it was the one that got real close.
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