Eden Prime, after the war (full picture) by Mimitochan ///
Finally done and available on DeviantArt!
Joan & Kaidan’s story goes full circle on Eden Prime.
The ideal title for this would certainly have been “I want to see new stars with you." but it had already been claimed by graceynmotion ;)
Looks like somebody finally has a good reason to use that fancy printing paper of hers.
They find each other in the engine room. The party’s raging above on the crew deck, rescued and rescuers alike drowning months of tension and hours living nightmares in music and alcohol. Shepard refuses to lapse into complacency, but tonight she lets herself savor victory.
Miranda doesn’t talk, simply moves over, inviting Shepard to rest on the railing next to her. She understands. They’re the ones who created the mission blueprint. Assembled the components. Ran the numbers, night after night, in one set of quarters or the other. Miranda kept her focused, kept honest, kept her prepared. This is not a celebration, but the release of a burden.
She hauls Miranda in, gives her a messy press of lips rather than a proper kiss, but Miranda gentles her with soft pets and soon they’re properly entwined. Fingers softly tangle through their hair, ozone and blossoms and spice, soap and gun oil and lime mingling freely as hands trail and teeth nibble. Miranda is soft wherever Shepard presses, all breathy moans and fragile lines, and in this moment, Shepard loves her, loves her as she’s loved her forgotten family, as she’s loved Kaidan Alenko.
But the moment passes, as all the loves of her life have. Miranda pulls away first, eyes not-quite shining, cheeks not-quite flushed, already folding herself back into some arbitrary facsimile of perfection. Before it’s gone forever, Shepard whispers, “Thank you.”
This is so close to my headcanon I gasped :D Perfection.
femShep’s fantastic running and walking animations in ME3 ///
Some magic occurred recently, and I was actually seriously considering doing a ME3 playthrough. I spent quite some time fixing my Shep’s appearance and was extremely pleased with the result. Of course, Shepards & co. have lost their facial expressions forever in ME3, and unfortunately, that’s something that can’t be really fixed. So I had made peace with that.
Shepard started running around the Normandy.
Also, on the Citadel.
And the magic was gone.
Funny thing is, I’m pretty sure this was BW trying to please femShep’s fans.
It took me some time to get used to the masculine and somewhat clunky animations for female Shepards in ME2, but it was still preferable to her looking like a hip-swaying goose on a catwalk in ME3.
So I looked at the animation files… hoping that there would be one set for male Shepards and one set for female Shepards that I could swap maybe.
Unfortunately, those animations are nested within a shared animation set.
Female Shepards share the exact same animations as male Shepards except for those two.
I so wish they had refrained.
PS.: ME1 unisex ones were perfect.
Here is all of Kaidan’s ‘background chatter’ from the party in the Citadel DLC. They’re ordered from sober to drunk. Kaidan’s was fun, almost makes a bit of a story.
Due to popular demand, I will be eventually posting the background chatter for every character. If you’d like to, track ‘#mass effect sound’ That’s the tag I use for any audio files I post from the game.
Next up… Wrex.