I recently bought a Mass Effect graphic novel, Foundation #1, and although the story was a little blah, the artwork is what got me. At first it was the bobbled headed kid, but I figured, you know, not everyone can draw children well and it’s not like this is a series with a lot of them running around, but then I saw the arms.
OK, so maybe it was just the angle and it just looks odd, as if their forearms are melting into their uppers.
But then our girl here seems to be missing her forearm/wrist entirely or maybe she doesn’t have an elbow, I don’t know, it just gives me the willies.
But this takes the cake. I mean, come on, how does that look okay to anyone?! But every review I saw made no mention of muffin hands and that is pretty much the only thing I can really remember from this comic.
I have been promising Payal a post on my Shepard from Mass Effect and so, here she is! I also have a male Shepard (Gavin) but I consider FemShep to be my canon version. Anyway.
Here is Birgitte Shepard. Vanguard. Spacer. War Hero. Asari lover. One of the things I loved about my Shepard in the first Mass Effect was that she wasn’t a beauty queen. Unfortunately Mass Effect 3 seems to have had a prettying effect on her, but she’s still Birgitte.
Her love of Asari came about with the death of Kaidan. For whatever reason during my first playthrough I had determined that Kaidan was to die, no matter what. I was a bit upset by it because that was Birgitte’s “man” but for whatever reason I wouldn’t kill Ashley off. Yeah, I don’t know. Anyway. I then went through the whole process of making Birgitte and Liara form a bond, using an older save. She’s been loyal to her ever since (mostly) and I think they are adorable together. 🙂
Birgitte is a Paragon but sometimes she lets her temper get the best of her. Dealing with all and handling people’s daddy issues while also trying to save the galaxy isn’t easy.
As mentioned before, Birgitte is mostly loyal to Liara. This in part is due to the lack of romance options FemShep has, especially in the lesbian department. Jack seems to swing both ways, but she’s only for BroShep. Miranda would have been fun, but she’s off limits too. Kasumi is off limits for both which makes no sense and is plain unfun. There is Kelly Chambers, and Birgitte may or may not have spent an evening with her. But that’s so fleeting. And then there is Samara.
Mutual attraction but alas, it is not meant to be. Which is probably for the best, because homeslice is crazy and not in the sort of cute way injured puppy way of Jack.
So there is no making out with Samara or any other Asari, actually. It’s all very disappointing. The Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC makes up for it. That’s probably my favorite section of the Mass Effect games.
So yes, ignoring Kelly Chambers, Birgitte was most faithful to Liara and through all the frustrating friendzoning going on in ME3 they do finally rekindle their romance and I turn into a complete sap every time. Especially with the Extended Cut. Ugh. Payal, you need to hurry and finish so I can discuss spoilers.
So there you have it, my Shepard. And yes this post is mostly a bunch of words for the excuse of looking at screenshots.
There be spoilers ahead. (Payal go ahead and play these games. Just stop reading and play.)
After nerd raging over the ending of Mass Effect 3, I feel it’s only fair to give props where it’s due. That is not to say the expanded endings are awe inspiring or ground breaking, but compared to what preceded them they are quite satisfying. Now, I do feel these endings should have been part of the “original cut” but you can’t change the past.