So this is a dumb idea I just couldn’t get out of my head. What if the green/synthesis ending of Mass Effect 3 just transported Shepard into the world of Thedas, which also causes the Breach in Dragon Age Inquisition. The Inquisitor is actually Shepard!
This is an idea so silly that I needed to make a comic out of it. Enjoy.
Big thank you to Bioware for making my favourite sci-fi trilogy of all time.
We adopt N7 into our lives - what we think it meant or should mean. The best and the brightest, honed skills, acting with integrity and maybe a touch of headstrong zeal. It is an ideal in framework, and we are allowed to fill in the empty spaces with our heroic aspirations. Soldier, adventurer, explorer - a medley of roles, active, engaged, and present. A means by which we cannot only step eagerly forward into a fictitious world, but participate in how it changes, help shape what may come.
And such is the appeal and allure of the hero and their journey - that through their narrative, we might see parallels, we might be inspired, we might find the strength and faith within ourselves to be actively part of what our world, and this life, has to offer, and to maybe make it better for our presence.
We learn the power of stories not just from conventional means, but from our excursions with eyes transfixed to images on a screen. Participant and audience - a harmony of investment, and a burgeoning desire to see it through. What comes next, where will we go, and oh, let this take as long and be as boundless as the vast ocean of stars.
And we share a kinship in this journey - the solemn nods as we recognize the faint traces of Shepard’s ghost. We eagerly and almost reluctantly endorse the notions of the curious - “you’ll like it,” we say, followed by “long live your broken soul.” But then fandom has always been a curious thing, an odd mix, tipping sideways and fro to achieve a balance of affection.
We keep returning, curious, searching, as the galaxies beckon our eyes skyward - coaxing with mysteries, with stories yet to tell.
So we don’t say good-bye. We merely close the chapter, beloved, pages worn at the edges, wrinkled from use. Our fingers linger on the spine, and we look to another adventure, knowing we’ll eventually, in due time, heed the call to return.
Another galaxy beckons, a siren’s call, a whisper of a tune we think we know - nudging at our minds, drawing us forward to where we think we’ll hear and see more clearly. What waits on the other side - heartbreak and the flush of pride, the sweet downhill tumble of our hearts yearning for one more story to take us home.
“Together, we can build a future greater than any one of us could imagine. A future paid for by the sacrifices of those who fought and died alongside us. A future that many will never see. While we still have many challenges ahead of us, we can face them together. And we will honor those who died to give us that future.”
I got this tattoo last year and it was worth it. Four years ago, I was at a crossroad, depressed and not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. That’s when I discovered Dragon Age and Mass Effect. No matter how many games I tried, I kept going back to these two series. One day, I was playing Mass Effect and thought to myself “I wish I could do that for a living” then I thought “I want to do that for a living”.
So here I am, at 24 years old, studying Video Games in Montreal and learning how to become a 3D artist. I will have my degree this December and hopefully be able to work in the industry. My dream is to work at BioWare, but even if I don’t end up there, I will always be grateful. Thank you.
By the way, I draw the sketch of this tattoo myself. The quote is: “After time adrift among open stars, along tides of light and through shoals of dust, I will return to where I began” from Tali'Zorah vas Neema.