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Guys? I don't know if you can hear me… I'm sorry. I am… so… sorry. I'm sorry I'm not there for you like I said I would be. We weren't ready for this… I… wasn't ready for this.

…..

What the Hell were we thinking going after the Reapers? What made us think we would be able to stop them when countless civilizations before ours fell?

Before London, I found myself thinking this more and more. But… then I also started thinking of everything we've accomplished. When Saren turned his back on the Council, they just couldn't see it. They just couldn't believe that one of their own would turn against them. I'd call it human nature but…

We opened their eyes. We made them see that Saren was a traitor. It wasn't easy, but through each other's help and support, we proved him a threat to the Galaxy. We stopped him. Not only that, we killed a Reaper. Together, we put an end to Saren's treachery, and destroyed Sovereign. It wasn't without sacrifice, but we sowed the Reapers that we weren't going to just lay down and die. Not without a fight.

We had brought peace to the Galaxy… for a short time. We all knew this wasn't over. Sovereign was just the beginning. The Reapers were still out there, in Dark Space. Waiting.

And then there were the Collectors. Everyone told us that it was impossible, surviving the Omega 4 Relay. Yet even after the destruction of the Normandy, our crew members… our friends and lovers… We found a way. They told us it was a suicide mission, that there was no way any of use would live through it. Yet, in humanity's darkest hour, we prevailed. We found hope.

We may have lost this battle… the war is not over.

…..

Anderson… thank you. For believing in me. For taking me under your wing when I had no one else for protection. I never had a Father… but I like to think he would have been just like you. Rest in peace… Dad. You deserve it.

Garrus you crazy bastard, it looks like I beat you to the bar… I'll save you a seat. Just like old times… take care buddy.

Tali, I'm sorry I won't be there to help you build that house on the beach. I know you were worried it would be hard to stay in one place. Settle down… have a family. I have faith in you. I know you'll make a beautiful Mother.

Liara… I don't think you'll be able to find me this time. This…. this is goodbye. Thank you for being there, never leaving my side. You've always been a good friend to me. Next time you feel lonely, don't be. This time, I'll be the one watching over you.

Ash… Ashley. I'm sorry for my past weakness. I love you. God I love you… ever since that first day I met you on Eden Prime. I want you to know I've cherished every moment we've spent together, every embrace… every kiss. I know you'll miss me. But I'm with your Father now. I will always be with you.

You are my comrades. My crew. My friends… my family.

If anyone can take what is left of the galaxy, and rebuild something beautiful, I know it's you. We never would have made it this far without each other, you must stand together. Stand strong. We've come this far, now it's up to you to finish it.

Please do not mourn for me. You may not see me…. But I am here. I am here, beside you.

Stay strong, my friends. Never lose hope. Never forget. Make yourselves proud… make me proud.

- Shepard
This is what my Shepard would have wanted to say to his crew after the events on the Citadel. I wrote this a couple nights after finishing the game for the first time, before I believed in the Indoctrination Theory.

Of course, I still made my own changes. In my end where Shepard dies, the Galaxy still lives. The mass relays are not destroyed, and Earth is saved.

I listened to "I'm Proud of You" [link] and "An End Once and For All" [link] Such beautiful sounds. :happycry: Listen to either of these while reading, makes it so much more emotional. You know, if you want to cry. :P

Hope you guys like it! Any and all criticism is welcome! Comments would also be appreciated! :)
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Ipgirl Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
OOrah! Soldier, you done good! And yes, you made me cry.
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VideoGamerNerd Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
*salute* Thanks for the fav! :heart:
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SeaghanDragon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Artist
Shep *salute* your a hero man!
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le haigh mo tÝr agus mo teanga
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VideoGamerNerd Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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BloodBandit Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
......BAAAAWWWW SHEPARD! :iconemoluigiplz: WHYYYYY! COME BACK SHEPARD COME BACK!

This was really beautiful. I especially liked the Ashley piece it definitely separates it from the rest and shines a light on the importance of Shep's LI. I really liked that one, I'm just surprised you didn't include more of the crew/squaddies xD. Like Chakwas or Joker or any ME2 squaddies (excluding the ones that died lol) or even James.

I definitely like the idea, I could see it as being a final note that was found by Shep's LI after the Reapers were defeated. A final farewell, all the things they wanted to say but couldn't and despite having hope that may be there would be victory Shep just seems to know, this is the end for 'em.

Which speaking of that...why the hell did Shep have to die in the first place? Sacrificing the hero is so...ugh do not want. But then again my Sheps lived so...yea.
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VideoGamerNerd Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! :iconblushplz: I know now I could have added so much more to it. But this happened at like 3 am after finishing the game a second time. I was tired and... yeah. :P And my Sheps survivied in all of my playthroughs. Though a greater ending is still something desired.. haha. I'm really happy you liked it!
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BloodBandit Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
You should add to it now! XD Ugh I totally understand I wrote my Shep/Kaidan ending the second time beating the game I just...I HAD to do it. Thankfully it wasn't 3 AM where I was else it might not have turned out as sucessfully as I would have wanted x). Hehe ditto, I tried out the other endings in the EC (hate the EC and hate all the endings now btw) but to me it seems like a ploy. Destroy them before they destroy you. Don't agree with psychoboy's AI logic and do what needs to be done. Yea an ending without murdering the Geth and EDI off would have been nice >_>;

Hehe I definitely enjoyed it. More plz! :iconolivertwistplz:
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VideoGamerNerd Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I might... I've got a really good idea in my head that I want to put to paper tonight, so maybe after that. Or never... because I'm a very lazy person. :XD:
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BloodBandit Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Nooo not laziness! A good kick in the pants will fix that D;<! BOOT TO THE HEAD! Lol, well if you decided to do it I would love to read it :3.
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Arthusbuttkick Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
btw I love 'I'm proud of you'.
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VideoGamerNerd Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Why thank you! :D
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Arthusbuttkick Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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Arthusbuttkick Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really wish they had this in the ME3 ending.. This is amazing. :D So touching even after haven beat the so long ago... Actually a month or so ago. :P
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Adeviantman Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i did what you said and listened to im proud while reading it. ive been listening to it all day and ive cried many man tears:'( Thank you for moving my heart
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VideoGamerNerd Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the kind words! Glad you enjoyed it!
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ab11792 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
This is the kind of goodbye i would have wanted if my shepard didn't survive in the end (probably leaving a note in his/her quarters before leaving for the final battle. let the crew find it later on). It just makes me loathe (hate is too strong of a word) bioware so much for giving us that ending
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VideoGamerNerd Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I know... :cry: They could have at least given us something like this instead of "The Shepard" ending. -_- Ah well... thank you for the comment, I really appreciate it! :)
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Allelujah-Kyrios Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Writer
You. You make my face rain! :cries:

So simple, yet such a powerful good-bye. Just fantastic.
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VideoGamerNerd Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! :dummy:

I'm sorry I made your face rain though... :manhug:
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Slyfur Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
As usual, I have no idea what's going on, but it's still pretty amazing writing, sis. Kind of makes me want to go back and play Mass Effect now. XD
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VideoGamerNerd Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :meow:

Yes! Go back and play Mass Effect! Or, you could just buy ME2 for your PS3 and play that. :P They are truly great games, right next to Assassin's Creed.
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Slyfur Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I was actually planning on doing just that. Probably after I beat the PoP HD Collection, and by that time AC III will probably be out... but at least I'll have something to play after that. XD
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VideoGamerNerd Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh jeez. :XD: I'm quite sure it won't take you until Halloween to finish the PoP Trilogy. But if so... at least you are going to finally play it now! :dummy:
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Slyfur Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
At the pace I'm playing Warrior Within at the moment, it might take me longer. XD But... *probably* not. Yes, I shall! :iconisaydanceplz: Well...I'm going to try, anyway. xP
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