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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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aridneptune Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Fantastic artwork - thank you! My Paragon Shepard chose Synthesis. I never had a particularly huge problem with the endings, though there do seem to be many loose ends to be tied up with Synthesis. Mainly it seemed to be the only way to save something - anything - from the exhaustive (and exhausting) destruction that had gone on in the past 30-odd hours. It's messy, questionable and unclear, but at least it's something.

In fact, the more I've had time to marinate in the creative choices, the more I appreciate Bioware's refusal to implement a 'clean' ending. A series as complicated and conflicted as Mass Effect shouldn't have a gotten a save-the-world ending. Sure, Synthesis is confusing, contradictory and very messed up. Just like the complicated tangle of lives my Shepard managed to save by choosing it.

Thanks again for the artwork!
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Thank you! I agree. In a sense, Mass Effect tried to give us endings you would get in a real world. Meaning, not perfect and not necessarily all wrapped up in a tight bundle of answers. However, I do wish they had changed the extended ending to include the differences with each choice. If I recall correctly, with Synthesis you are told nobody would remember Shepard. Like Shepard would just blink out of existence. I thought that it would mean the memories of everyone would be altered so as they didn't remember Shepard. And yet, the team at the Normandy remember Shepard's sacrifice. Or was it only that Shepard would stop existing and nobody would know she's a bodiless entity? (Because there's no clear death stated for her either, right?)
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DreamSeeker13 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
I don't know much about Mass Effect, I haven't played it yet. I plan to after I finish X-2 from the remaster release, so I can't say about this piece's connection to the game. Now what I can say is: beautiful work, GG!

It looks as if she's disintegrating on the sub-partial level. Yet she's at peace. I don't know if they're related at all, but her acceptance of death reminds me of Tidus' acceptance.
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Indeed. You should definitely play this game, Sefira! Trust me, you will love it! And when you do, you'll understand why she is disintegrating and why that gives her satisfaction.
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DreamSeeker13 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
From everything I'd found out, casual digging without a lot of spoilers, what people are telling me, I have a feeling I will. It's artwork like this that makes me want to jump the gun on starting ME! But I will wait! I don't like playing two games at once. I obsess over one while forgetting the other. But I do own the trilogy pack with all three games to play once X-2 is done. 

But from this artwork, your enjoyment of the series, I can't wait to find out!
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
I understand. I'm exactly the same way, haha. I can't play 2 games at one. I feel like I get confused, especially with the gameplay, and I would end up leaving one unfinished then never replay it properly.
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DreamSeeker13 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Yep, yep! Very true. Sadly, I've left Resident Evil 6 and Kingdom Hearts Rechain of Memories unfinished for this reason. I don't want to this with Mass Effect. When I get it to it, I want to myself in the world so I can form my own opinion of it. I have a feeling it might not like my love for VII or X, but it will be up there. The ME universe seems to be rich with its own history and elements that will have me caring for the fate of its inhabits. 
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Trust me, you will love it. I had never played a SCI-FI FPS game before Mass Effect. I saw my brother playing it and I was sure I wouldn't like it at all. Then I gave it a chance... and it was amazing! I was blown away by the characters and the story. It has everything a game should have: a groundbreaking mission, a heart aching romance, tough obstacles, understandable villains and amazing story.
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DreamSeeker13 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
I'm sure I will! I was iffy about it because of the FPS part, I've never been a fan of them, but the things I've heard about the story make it sound like it will be worth it. You know, not a shoot 'em up type of thing, but story.

As you know, I love story. It's why I fall in love with the FF series in the first place. And all the different paths you can take Shepard? It's tickling me; giving me a good feeling. It's a general excitement I haven't felt for the FF games in a while. 
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Trust me. I hadn't played a FPS before this one, but the gameplay is fun, not hard and the story... is amazing!
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