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Mass Effect:  Seeking Solace by Armesan Mass Effect:  Seeking Solace by Armesan
"Can I ask you something, Shepard?"

"Go for it, Garrus."

"Why did you leave Alenko behind?"

Shepard sighed, running her free hand through her unkempt hair. "Because he made his choice when he set the charge on that bomb. Going back would have only told him that he did the wrong thing, and that his decision had killed Ash and the Salarians."

Garrus thought about that, surprised by the honest answer.

"Willams doesn't seem to agree," he pointed out.

Shepard smirked slightly. "Just between you and me? She has a case of survivor's guilt. She'll come around eventually."

"What makes you so certain?"

The commander chuckled, taking a swig of her beer. "I've been in her shoes, remember? You eventually learn to move on, if you're strong enough. And Ash is strong."

Garrus digested her words, tapping a talon on his own drink. This human commander never ceased to surprise him. Her insight into people was astounding.

"Kaidan was a good soldier. He saved us all. I won't have his sacrifice regretted."

The turian nodded. "To Kaidan," he said, raising his bottle.

Shepard smiled slightly and clinked her drink against his.

"To Kaidan."


I figured (in my colonist Shepard's own personal canon) that right after Virmire was when she started connecting with Garrus as more than just another person under her command. She needed someone to talk to, and Ash, her defacto conversation buddy was giving her the cold shoulder, and Wrex was a poor choice when dealing with feelings that don't involve wanting to shoot something.

Also, despite my inability to kill Ash, I don't actually hate Kaidan. I just find Ash more interesting personality-wise.

I really need to start learning how to do decent backgrounds. Straight lines and anything mechanical are apparently my bane.

EDIT: Apparently it's KaidAN, not KaidEN. Shows how much I pay attention :P I've been spelling it with an 'e' forever. Thanks to those who pointed it out.

Mass Effect (c) Bioware
Art (c) me and All Nighter Productions
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brutishdreader Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
its amazing works of art and dialouge like this that truely make mass effect and your work just so unlike any other fandom out there. so from me to you thank you for another amazing upload.
GenkuGinko Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome job! :D 
Doodlehudson Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You complain about your backgrounds, but it only draws you in towards the characters.
Awesome work!Clap 
Soulfire117 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Wow. Yep. Wow. Yep. Wow. Ok I'm done. Wow. Right in the feels.
4evergarrus Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Love it
Armesan Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
lorenaah Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I love you for this. If we ever met, I'll find you and hug you endlessly.

Take care.
Armesan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you!  :D
Not-always-Fanart Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
A beautiful little snippet, very well done. I think I'ma go play some ME now.
FellitoRockero Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
One of those moments ME never had.
gorgechasm Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
This is fantastic - can I source you in my tumblr? :)
Armesan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sure thing :)
Matt561 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Dammm EPIC!!!!
mrwho25 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
well done, excellent moment between these two characters. Garrus is my 2nd favorite character, behind Thane
LigthSasuItaUS Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing diaolog and picture :D Love it ^__^
TristanDrake Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Love the art and the description makes it even more amazing.
immortalN7 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really love this. Really REALLY love it.
Rippershadow6116 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
so what's garrus drinking?
Dankia Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Awesome work!!
BlackNRoses Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Good story and great message! There's nothing better than the in-existent moment of solace you've never get in this game.
Emotiocon13 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think garrus and shep would do this at some point. Would you mind if i put this on my blog its just seems like it would fit into the story!
surprize Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I wish the game had much more time so that it could implement scenes like this one. A great moment further enhanced by the small fanfiction :)
Tymegeddon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
NickolieShepard Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome picture btw it show's the mood perfect.
Dawrion Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Awesome picture, maybe the most emotional catching one i've seen in a while (its supported by the fact I really love the game but still it is an awesome drawing^^)
Usagi-Shams Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
MitchStar Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Hey Armesan. I run a site called The Drunken Moogle ( and we post anything related to geek culture and alcohol. While the focus is on themed cocktails, I love posting art depicting characters drinking. Could I have your permission to post this amazing piece? I would of course list your name at the bottom, which would be a link to this page for readers wanting to see more of your work. Thanks!
Armesan Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, I just ask that you don't crop out my watermark on there in addition to the crediting you said you'd do already.

MitchStar Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Absolutely. We always want to make sure readers can trace back the art to the creator and I also watermark my personal photography. :) I just posted another Mass Effect work yesterday, so it might be a few weeks before I post your picture, but I can't wait to see what everyone thinks!
Threat77 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Bleedingraptorclaw Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
also... GARRUS :heart:
Bleedingraptorclaw Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I killed Ashley because my charm/intimidate wasn't high enough and she killed Wrex >< plus my char was in a relationship with Kaidan. =P
Furiizaa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was a little surprised and disappointed how in the games you never get to hang with Garrus and get drunk with him like you do with Dr. Chakwas. I can look at this and imagine instead. :)
Vampireguardian Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
I really enjoyed this, very well done. I love how they are just sharing a moment.
Farisijja Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
I hate Kaidan! Good he's dead.

anyway: great pic :D Love Garrus :D

*sigh* if that would be the ending of ME3 *dreaming*
rocketdiva Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
love the drawing and the story behind it really brings it to life! awsum work
KAYLASHY Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
LOVED THAT, even though i found kaidan offbeat he had me at ma'am lol but this world u built with garrus sounds yummy :) more please
CMY187 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
How do you do it? How do you bring so much emotion in the viewer without showing the faces of the characters in the image?
Even if you had not included the dialogue in the do you bring out so much emotion just from the stances alone? You're incredible.

The cold calculation that Shepard took in Vimire...I get the feeling that Garrus was the only person she would share this with.
It makes me wonder how the rest of the Normandy Crew (not just the main characters like Williams and Tali) would view their commander. No doubt she's a great officer and a hell of a soldier who guarantees results on a mission, but...there's something...detached...about her.

I really liked the notes you put in after the summary. So, in your story, she started to bond with Garrus after that mission with the Salarians...I wonder who accompanied her into the facility, who saw the indoctrinated salarians with her, who heard the words of Sovereign with her...
So this was where she truly started to form a friendship with the ex-cop Turian. And it was just the beginning and would become something far more than that...

I agree with you about the character of Kaidan Alenko. Some ME players hated Williams for her attitude and being a xenophobe, but I LIKED that aspect. It makes her more of a true character. At least she got SOMETHING out of the player, negative or not.
With Alenko I felt literially nothing. He strikes me as possibly the most one-dimensional and least interesting character in the entire series, not just the main crew of the Normandy.
Even his backstory with him inadvertently killing the bully to save Rahna wasn't interesting. Williams' family name being blackened by her grandfather was far better in my opinion.

Before leaving this page, I took one more look at this artpiece...just beautiful. Everything about it, from the location to the postures to the actions of the toast...this one was done to perfection. Not showing the expressions HELPS it too.
You really are a master artist.
Armesan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your kind words. You've definitely made my day with your kind comments. I honestly don't have words enough to thank you. It means a great deal to me when people get such a powerful response out of something I've created, and keeps me going forward in the art world.
KellyO87 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. Great art work. both the drawing and the words. Well done.
*raises beer bottle toast*

Great job!
Birdi-cant-draw Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Love the picture, it has some serious depth to it. And the story to go with it is great, they really match well <3
ToaDJacara Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Nice :)
HYENA-21 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
too layzee to read the story, but the picture is DOPE!!
...used to hang out like this w/ my ex...just sitting, talking about nothing, laughing much & drinking some beer...memories
jobrill Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
This is a nice picture and story! I'm another person who saves Ash pretty much every time, and I consider Garrus my ultimate bro (and/or lover depending on the Shepard), so seeing this was an especially good treat.
BishiBower Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, i like the simple background.
Makes you focus more on the characters.

Major points for the short "story" for it as well.
(Even though i killed sh because she "disliked" aliens with great passion. Not on my ship girly!)
dejoue Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Complete mutual understanding and friendship - this scene is perfect.
FlippinFlynn Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is.. by far the best Garrus/Shepard piece I've seen. I love it. So many mixed feeling come into this :)
hmmidontknow Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Love this. Even if it is about Kaidan dying, because I am a total shipper of Shenko and I could never not save him. So I'll just pretend it's about something else entirely. ;)
frost-of-fire Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I always talk to Wrex about emotions :D
Maybe thats why I found him in the airlock pondering whether to open the doors or not once... ^^;
MidnyhtNoon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
I like this. I had a similar notion as well about when Shepard and Garrus would start connecting. and wrote something to the effect
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