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Marauder Shields: Episode 42

"Without Remorse"

The 42nd episode of the Marauder Shields comic. In this one… Miranda finally gets some answers as we’re offered a new perspective on events surrounding Cerberus and a little glimpse of things yet to come.


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Credits

Story / Art: Koobismo
Editor: AdoreeLyssa & AssaultSloth
Consultations: AssaultSloth
Additional graphical help: FFZero565, Kaze & Oyee
Koobismo.com support: Signo Vir
General support: Bombeletta
Dedicated to: the awesome Vance Dylan!


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The Mass Effect universe, its design and characters are owned by BioWare/EA Productions. This is a work of parody and fan-fiction, created under the terms of fair use. Special thanks to BioWare for creating the world we all love and care for!

28 Comments

embrace_destruction

2013-02-14 01:04:17

embrace_destruction

I’m not sure how I feel about Cerberus at the moment. Everything’s so murky and gray. They may have secretly paved the path to victory with all their dirty deeds, or it’s another trap.

    Crul Lovetroy

    2013-02-14 01:12:09

    Crul Lovetroy

    I suppose that’s exactly what Koobs intended, but I’m a little confused as well, especially where TIM stands at the moment…

    Koobismo

    2013-02-14 03:37:01

    Koobismo

    Murky and grey is… The correct way to describe it, yes. ;) One of the things I absolutely hate in any work of fiction (other than fantasy where such stuff can fly without a problem) is having “clear cut bad guys” doing “clear cut bad things” for no apparent reason. Muddying it up, allowing the bad guys to do bad things for good goals is definitely the way I want to go. ;)

      embrace_destruction

      2013-02-17 23:56:52

      embrace_destruction

      I know Koobs, I hated the lack of nuance in ME3.
      You (and the rest of your team’s) ability to weave such a layered, complex narrative is what makes MS so fantastic. You truly are great writers.
      Speaking of which, have you ever seen a movie called Gattaca? I think it’s the best sci-fi movie ever (even tho it lacks aliens lol).

Crul Lovetroy

2013-02-14 01:09:22

Crul Lovetroy

Badass episode! I especially like the portrayal of Adam and Miri, TIM not so much but then again, we don’t know what he really is up to at the moment. However, I didn’t find much new information in this episode, which I find interesting since you said it would clear things up. As far as I understood it, it pushes the story forward, but doesn’t tell us much more than what we already knew…did I miss something new like, you know, really important stuff? :)
Also, the music is awesome as hell. Have to check out the artist immediately ;)

    Koobismo

    2013-02-14 03:49:30

    Koobismo

    I actually cut my 42nd scenario into two episodes, 42 and 43, due to it growing into waaaay more text and frames that I could handle, especially with my time limits, so consider this… Half of that promise. ;)

    This episode does, however, reveal or confirm a bunch of things, mostly TIM-related, including: TIM being alive (two people asked for that), TIM not being under total Reaper control (a lot of people asked for that – we’ll follow up on that, but we can see he is no longer pursuing the vision of Control, overseeing operations we’ve seen earlier), TIM not having the implants we see in the finale of ME3 (another popular question, will be followed up on with a closer look, but the last frame – first one showing TIM in real time – confirms that), TIM being a part of the current Cerberus plans, TIM not aware of all of Adam’s and Jana’s operations earlier in ME3 (as their loyalty lays with more than him – it lays with the Idea), TIM having a plan for Miranda, one that is vaguely suggested to have something to do with her prior life or duties in Cerberus. From smaller things: confirmed destination of where Adam was bringing Miri (to TIM), TIM actually being “without remorse” for his actions, same for Adam (though to a smaller degree, as indicated in the codex), in-Cerberus fighting occurring due to the reaperization of most of the troops, presence of the Reaper Core at Cronos multiplying the speed and effect of the indoctrination (though that one was pretty logical on its own), implied that many Cerberus agents were aware of the stuff happening but took part in it either way, seeing themselves as “Atlases that cannot shrug”.

    More to come. ;) Sorry for the split, but without it it’d take another week to complete and all in all I believe that – just as episodes 31 and 32 – it works even better for it.

      Crul Lovetroy

      2013-02-14 08:41:49

      Crul Lovetroy

      I’m sure it is fine to split them, then :) alright – I suppose the Reaper core reveal was something logical yet unexpected to me, simply because I completely forgot it was there :D these confirmations were not really necessary to me, I already knew where this was going, but yeah, it sure is important to show us a proof for our assumptions at some point :) anyways, excited for the next episode!! and after that, it sure is Liara / Garrus / Tali again, right? Right, Koobs? :3

Irbis

2013-02-14 01:25:32

Ah, new episode! A great one, as well. Just when i was about to go to sleep – what can be better to chase that silly idea of sleeping away for a few more hours. ^^’

Liked TIM from this ep. Much more realistic to his character then in you-know-which-1% of ME3. :) For that matter, i liked all of Cerberus renegade philosophy from codex too. That is, true renegade philosophy, as i see it: to sacrifice insignificant things like morale, image of a “good guy” or even quite important lives – but when it actually stands for achieving planned result, that “Greater Good” (whichever to call “good” in here doesn’t make a difference).

Actually, that was always quite annoying for me in ME – the way they design different quest with different “renegade”-style choices. If i completely understand some of them – for example, destroying the relay with nearby batarian planet to win some time before reaper invasion, or to let hostages die to not let the bad guys to get away and likely kill way more then that. Or even just say truth to your companions as is, even if it likely to hurt. What i don’t get, is why in most of other examples “renegade” Shepard is supposed to end up just killing off someone for fun, being rude, mean or just not caring for anything that happens around, even when it doesn’t contradict any long-term goals. That’s why even tho renegade philosophy is somewhat closer to me personally then paragon, and i can perfectly well understand those Cerberus guys from this ep, all of those Shepards i designed initially as renegades ended up about 60 red/40 blue. -_-

Anyway, that’s a bit too much off-topic. Seriously, i need some sleep. >.< Great episode! :)

Mike Doyle

2013-02-14 02:17:43

Mike Doyle

fracking awwsome!!! well worth the wait. so happy cerberus is more than just some average bad guy

    Koobismo

    2013-02-14 03:33:42

    Koobismo

    Thanks, Mike! Definitely what I was going for. ;)

Juri Arisugawa

2013-02-14 02:26:59

Juri Arisugawa

YAY! Marauder Shields Day is here!!!!! *gives Koobs the secret Marauder Shields Day handshake*

:D

    Koobismo

    2013-02-14 03:30:07

    Koobismo

    *Replies with the second part of the secret handshake, which involves tapdancing and making a Garrusface (with a rocket)*

silentruth

2013-02-14 04:02:13

silentruth

dat codex is awesome. i don’t know what you had before, but rewriting it was probably worth it.

Chison Cam

2013-02-14 04:11:24

Mura

This is the kind of things Cerberus was heavily missing in ME3. Back when it was introduced in ME1, Cerberus was shrouded in mystery. They were ruthless, but their intentions were still unknown in a way. In ME2, we had more insights that Cerberus isn’t THAT much different than us, but still had that part of hidden agenda. In ME3, however, Cerberus became like a Bond villain’s army.

Thanks for another great episode, and for bringing more of Cerberus’ “soul” back. It’s great to see how the nuances create the big changes and “screw ups” in the Cerberus ideals, as opposed to a drastic change like it was in ME3.

Derek LeClair

2013-02-14 06:05:28

Good stuff, sir. One question I’ve been pondering for awhile involves your romantic plans for Shepard:

- (unless I’ve previously missed it) Do you plan on making your Shepard the standard, promotional male Shepard?
- Do you plan on choosing a single romantic option for Shepard; no romantic option for Shepard; or keep Shepard’s romantic option open and just allude to all of his possible partners?
- If’n you choose a single romantic option, and being that this episode is Miranda-centric, how enthusiastic are you about the default-male-Shepard/Miranda pairing? I’ve always felt that she was his most interesting possible partner given how much her interactions with Shepard change her. Well at least in Mass Effect 2. They might as well have just had a Miranda cut-out in Mass Effect 3 given how much of her potential was wasted. I spent much of the game thinking, “Wait, didn’t we already solve the ‘Oriana problem’ the last go-round? Why isn’t Miranda a bigger part of the contrived Cerberus plot?”

    Mura

    2013-02-14 15:51:05

    Mura

    @Derek LeClair:
    In a previous episode, the one where Shepard’s walking in the dream forest and met Thane, there were two audiobook versions, one for male Shepard and one for female. What the character model will be is still unknown, but rest assure that there will be two Shepard versions, just like there’s two versions depending on the Virmire survivor.

    @Koobismo.com: The reply system is confusing me. I somehow accidentally replied to the previous person, so hopefully this one is on the right spot.

      JeffDaniel

      2013-02-15 23:13:47

      JeffDaniel

      @Mura, it’s been taken care of. ;)

Michal Kocum

2013-02-14 10:48:15

Michal Kocum

Well… I will have to think a while about what have I just read here. And maybe I´ll replay ME3 once again to get into the picture. Because this is… Challenging to get at this moment. At least for me. And all this indicates this piece is amazing. Only a few stories made me feel this way in long time. Great job, Koobs! But thinking hurts and my next headache is your fault!

Lieber

2013-02-14 11:25:16

Lieber

Great work as always Koobs!

chris sims

2013-02-14 11:27:36

chris sims

It’s always good to see the Cerberus arc Progressing :D It will be interesting to see how TIM explains his vision of control, or his rejection of it, soon as well.
One question; on the Cronos core does this include the Brain aswell? One thing I’ve not fully grasped in MS is whether or not the Base was saved or destroyed.

Gina Czanik

2013-02-14 13:30:54

I.. I always start scratching the table and making strange fangirly sounds whenever I read one of these episodes. It’s just getting more and more awesome. And I was really suprised to see TIM brought back like this. So cool…

and psst… I think I can see wich ones I cut out for this comic… °w°

Bombeletta

2013-02-14 14:59:16

Bombeletta

Amazing! I love Miranda and couldn’t wait for more :)

RevanLord

2013-02-14 22:54:17

Really great episode. Definitely worth the wait!

Stinovitch

2013-02-15 13:32:54

Stinovitch

Wow, amazing episode koobs! And the music… Just epic!

Felewin

2013-02-16 07:22:25

Felewin

:D
Can’t wait at all for the audio episode on this one! Or any, for that matter.
Awesome fun Koobismo and team!

Patrick UK-F

2013-02-25 19:25:06

Patrick UK-F

I like where this is leading, and great as always Koobismo! waiting for the next chapter and maybe an audiobook :D

Dwarfman

2013-03-06 07:25:05

Dwarfman

And unlike some peoples out there Koobismo listens. We mention that it might be cool to see Zaeed with a tank. And like magic Koobismo confirms that it is indeed cool to see Zaeed with a tank! Great work as always Koobs!

    Dwarfman

    2013-03-06 08:01:19

    Dwarfman

    What the crap! Guddamit! My comment was meant for the next issue not this one. How did that happen! Disregard

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