Blue Rose of Illium

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Blue Rose of Illium

The writer of Critical Miss brings you an unofficial tale from the Mass Effect universe.

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That was absolutely beautiful, played so perfectly with the actual story, and designed in a way that I believe it could easily be mistaken for official Mass Effect/Bioware work. To me, that's cannon.

Manly tears have been shed this day Sir Carter.
Manly tears.

Holy crap, that is a full blown comic.
Nicely done!

- how often will it come out?

Wow - I'd seen your tweets in advance of this, and it's incredible.
Both in terms of writing and illustration, you guys have made something really awesome.

I'd have to agree on the universe point - the best part of ME is feeling like everything is vast and varied. And characters like Charr (also the Krogan after the presidium fish in ME2) helped by showing us that it's not as simple as all of alien species X wears hat Y; there's just as much nuance in all races as in humans.

Great art style, well written, everything is spot on. I also remember reading that message in ME3 and being utterly bummed about it. ME3 was a great game and it really is a shame that everyone is so fixated on the very end...

Just goes to show how character-driven pieces carry so much more weight than 'save the world' shlock.

Could make an entire game about the story of just one throwaway background character. Probably be a better game.

While people may complain about the ending to Mass Effect 3, you have shown that there is still some very moving elements within the story.

; A; noooo Charr.

Man, I want to see a comic about Kal'Reeger now as well.

nice work! Does this replace name game?

This is okay. Good enough I'd be interested in more.

undeadsuitor:
; A; noooo Charr.

Man, I want to see a comic about Kal'Reeger now as well.

That would be awesome.

Have to agree with the sentiment expressed in the end section and here on the forums.

Great comic, a great game.

I think that's why the ending stank so bad.

This was pretty good, especially art wise. I didn't really get the meaning of the poem on the first read through (I thought it was a parody of a song of something)and I don't even remember the mission from Mass Effect 3 because it was so forgettable (you save the rachni queen, she's evil, you kill the rachni queen, there's another rachni queen) but this comic was handled excellently.

Very nice. I'd love to see more stuff like this. And perhaps for more games, too.

I want more!

This is one of the better comics written out there. Please do more. Perhaps a story on all the different war assets we encounter in ME3?

Bioware should hire you to do their comics.

Cool. Also unexpected, which is cool. Coolcoolcool.

Very nicely done, and makes me remember one of the most moving moments of the game for me. Grey I fully agree with your sentiments there at the end. It would be awesome if you decided to another of these, if not, then keep up the good work.

Thanks for this, guys.

Grey, I am totally with your assessment of the situation here. Flaws and all, Mass Effect 3 remains the only game to actually make me tear up repeatedly, largely due to little moments like this. It's a testament to how far ahead of the curve Bioware still is in terms of writing that even one-note comic relief characters like Charr can produce great stories like the one you've written.

And of course, the art is great.

I hope you guys collaborate again, it would be great to see what you come up with.

Is it wrong to already ask for more? This is a great piece of work you guys did there!

Will you adapt more side-stories based on background characters and events? I'd love to see one about the fancy car woman and her Salarian friend you can overhear talking in front of Purgatory or the PTSD-stricken Asari commando in the clinic...

great
now I caught feelings again
ME3 was the only game to consistently make me all teary-eyed
like you said, damn shame everybody is so fixated about the very last 5 minutes to remember about moments such as Charr's poem, or Shepard and Anderson's last chat =P

That was... that was really good.
I'd love to see more like this in the future. Now excuse me for a minute, I seem to have... *sniff*... allergies. Yes. Allergies... *SNRRFF*

This was great. I'd love to see more work like this that expands on these little tidbits from throughout the Mass Effect universe.

Wow, that was absolutely beautiful. I loved the big, stand-alone comic, I hope you'll do more of these, hopefully using other references than Mass Effect. Not that there was anything wrong with this, I just think this concept can work really well as long as it's varied.

All I want to say is that I'm a 23 year old guy, I love Mass Effect and this made me cry real girly tears. It is such a beautiful comic. It's better than any comic that Dark Horse ever made about the Mass Effect series.

Grey Carter:
Blue Rose of Illium

The writer of Critical Miss brings you an unofficial tale from the Mass Effect universe.

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This was fantastic. Absolutely bloody brilliant. I totally agree with your sentiments on the game/series as a whole too. In a way, the crappy ending didn't bum me out so bad because, as far as I was concerned, it was the individual, self-enclosed stories set in this massive universe that made Mass Effect so good, rather than the wider story arc.

If you're going to do another one (although I hate to think how much work goes into this when you only have two people), can you do one about the death of Kal Reegar. He was another character who, even after so short a time, left a really big impression, and just reading about him being killed fighting on Palaven hit me really hard.

my feels, they're hurting.. I love this..

wow, through the tears, all I can say is wow!

Did we need the preaching page?
I wasn't thinking about the ending, enjoying the comic for what it was, until it was mentioned -.-, I mean it's a sentiment I agree with but do we have to KEEP brining it up?
Otherwise, yup, nice little comic, made me smile a bit because of what was achieved in so few pages.
I personally feel the art could be better in a few frames, the artist is clearly good but there are few frames where the proportions seem a little off... I am no artist, so feel free to dismiss that comment :P

Grey Carter:
Blue Rose of Illium

The writer of Critical Miss brings you an unofficial tale from the Mass Effect universe.

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I love the little, mostly-unexplored story hints like this. And I like when pretty major events happen in a hidden, far-off way. It takes the reader/viewer/player out of Omnipresent God mode and puts them in the mind of someone living in this world. It also makes the world feel living, when you're made aware of things that occur without your presence or say-so.

Unanswered questions and unopened doors are full of narrative "potential energy." A cocked gun is scarier than a smoking one.

(That said, nothing wrong with occasionally firing off one of those rounds, as long as you always leave one in the chamber.)

TheCaptain:
Will you adapt more side-stories based on background characters and events? I'd love to see one about the fancy car woman and her Salarian friend you can overhear talking in front of Purgatory or the PTSD-stricken Asari commando in the clinic...

I repeatedly took a cab to the embassies and back to the hospital again the first time I visited the citadel just so I could hear that Asari commando finish her story.

The worst part is..

Also..

This was really good. Did not expect the depth I encountered at all. Everything from the artwork to the dialogue to the characterisation totally worked. Was an immensely enjoyable surprise. Please do more!:D

Wow. This comic was amazingly well-done, and I would love to see more of them in the future. Maybe a Kal Reegar one?

If you're planning to do more of these, I'd highly recommend the Departing Soldier and his Asari wife at Dock D24. Easily the saddest little story, especially when you note that there are three Banshees at Sanctuary.

Or perhaps the C-Sec officer and the Refugee girl?

Loads of possibilities.

Wow, this is unexpected and awesome.
Loved the artwork and the story. Would love to see more like this, either in the Mass Effect universe or another universe!

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