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Marauder Shields: Episode 43

"One and a Half"

The 43rd episode of the Marauder Shields comic. In this one… Zaeed leads by example, taking his newly found ally on an escapade promising an uncertain end.


Suggested background music

Play this track while reading to upgrade your experience (“Forbidden Territory”):

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Alternative background music

An alternative track to read the comic with, as an experiment – in my mind, Zaeed Massani always walks to the rhythm of this tune (“Kashmir Instrumental”):

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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: Robin Sachs


Disclaimer

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!

24 Comments

JeffDaniel

2013-03-03 05:58:58

JeffDaniel

What an awesome episode, and an awesome tribute to the amazing Robin Sachs. This is just the Zaeed awesomeness that we needed this week. Good call Koobs.

Eric Whalen

2013-03-03 06:29:46

That’s the Zaeed we know and love, for sure! I also found that the suggested music track was exactly long enough for the pace at which I read it. Nice! Can’t wait to hear the audiobook.

Jake White

2013-03-03 07:12:46

Jake White

Goddamn beautiful.

Crul Lovetroy

2013-03-03 08:24:16

Crul Lovetroy

Goddamn awesome!! One of my favourites for sure, because everybody’s just so in-character…amazing work, simply stunning, and I loved loved loved the codex entry. As you know, I always wanted an explanation for what happened, even though it was not that hard to imagine how it went, but seeing it here, explained in such an atmospheric fashion – stunning. Simply stunning. If I weren’t already one of your most loyal fans, I would instantly become one after reading this piece of awesomeness. No, really.
343 gonna blow some shit up.

ghost in zshell

2013-03-03 09:22:41

ghost in zshell

Beautiful. A little cliched “stupid rookie with old wise veteran” plot, but I like it. Hell, Mass Effect itself is a cliched old school action movie game (with “artistic” ending, but nonetheless), so it makes perfect sense.

RevanLord

2013-03-03 11:05:18

Awesome episode.

Bombeletta

2013-03-03 12:07:31

Bombeletta

:DDD So awesome!!! LOVE Zaeed! Can’t wait for the audio of this :DDD

E350

2013-03-03 12:35:07

E350

Heh, more Zaeed. Just what the doctor ordered, I think. :)

Also, is that a hint that we’re going to see Anderson? :D

Rawjava

2013-03-03 12:50:37

Awesome. Awesome to the max.

This may be asking a lot, but would it be possible to get the frame where it says, “343 Going to blow some shit up.” as a wallpaper?

Edwyn Tiong

2013-03-03 13:03:38

As usual, Zaeed shows everybody (well, Rick) how to get the job done with minimum resources and a lot of grit and gun shootingness. And this makes an awesome tribute to Robin Sachs – whereever he’s kicking about right now, he’s probably kicking just as much ass as in this strip. Or he’s making Buffy and Gile’s lives a living hell, whichever he feels like at the time. :P

But poor RIck – man, when is that guy gonna get a break? For a guy with such an AWESOME BADASS voice (ahem), he sure is such a pussy – that should be a running gag somehow. Can’t pick up the ladies both because they keep dying on him and because he’s such a friggin’ pantywaisted coward that gets shown up by the superior manly specimen that is Zaeed hahahaha

    AssaultSloth

    2013-03-03 17:48:33

    AssaultSloth

    Don’t worry, Omie. I’m sure Rick will survive all this and live to a ripe old age and marry a supermodel.

      ghost in zshell

      2013-03-03 18:22:19

      ghost in zshell

      Really? I would guess that Rick will act “heroic” at some point (another cliched theme: stupid rookie going badass) and fail and die (not so cliched) as a result. And Zaeed will just look at his corpse and say “You really thought pussy like you may be a badass hero, eh? Hah. Guddamn idiot”.

Lieber

2013-03-03 13:15:34

Lieber

A great tribute to Robin Sachs, amazing music, and a great explanation for what happened in the beam run in the codex. And it seems we have a hint that we’ll be seeing Anderson at some point :)

Felewin

2013-03-03 16:08:57

Felewin

Nice use of “frack”!
The Galactica would approve.

Daniel Martinez

2013-03-03 16:37:16

FritoDan

Good.

Orchid1328

2013-03-03 21:19:17

Orchid1328

It’s always so promising to see that regardless of what happens, Zaeed is always Zaeed. I can’t wait to see where this goes!

Der Erlenkonig

2013-03-03 22:06:23

Der Erlenkonig

Reading the codex entry reminded me of a question I’ve had for some time now. Shepard, as well as his/her squaddies got zapped by Harbinger, after which Shep got up, MS did the deed, and the story began. But what happened to the squadmates you had with you?

Say you take Tali and Garrus. How did they go from the beam run to running an op with Liara? No squadmates seem to have been injured in MS, and we know they wouldn’t just abandon Shepard. I understand that because there’s a whopping 21 possible combinations of squadmates, it’s simply impossible to account for every one. Still, I’m curious if this is an issue that will be tackled.

Don’t get me wrong, I adore everything about MS, and after 43 episodes of awesome, this is the only thing resembling a plot-hole I’ve been able to find.

Anyway, great episode! Nice to see how an as-of-yet secluded story arc will collide with another. Totally read all of Zaeed’s lines in his voice.

    Daniel Martinez

    2013-03-04 17:18:45

    FritoDan

    Maybe Liara was just doing whatever she was doing, and then in an amazing stroke of luck, Harby’s beam actually blasted them right next to her.

sakara

2013-03-03 22:45:43

sakara

Omg, beautiful, you goddamn genius!

Baldulf

2013-03-05 01:42:24

I can almost hear Robin Sachs reading Zaeed’s lines. A worthy homage to his work.

silentruth

2013-03-05 03:25:11

silentruth

first of all, codex is soo.. =D makes me excited.

second of all, it makes me giddy that most of this ep is just zaeed being zaeed guddamn massani. he kicked so much ass, and he didn’t even fire a shot. ok.. maybe one shot.
even his companion is hilarious xD

embrace_destruction

2013-03-06 21:15:38

embrace_destruction

Love me some Zaeed, I really enjoyed this one.
The next Zaeed episode should be called ‘Big God-damn Heroes’

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