whenever i see a graphic w/ edi’s “i would risk non-functionality for him” quote it reminds me I wish after that the game would have cut to joker doing something really inane
see this is what i love about joker/edi and how the joker/edi fandom really made me fall in love with the pairing. because this is what the pairing is all about. joker’s awkwardness, asking—of all people—mordin solus for sex-with-an-AI tips and all these deeply human quirks that joker has; to some they might seem like weaknesses or flaws, naturally, and maybe they are, but to edi they’re the anomalies that act as catalyst for this strange new program-slash-virus she’s carrying: affection.
there is no one else out there like jeff moreau. granted, every individual is just that—an individual—but the point remains that edi would risk nonfunctionality for one particular individual who has an arguably unpolished sense of humor and very few self-preservation instincts. and that’s brave. wonderful. it makes sparks fly, not necessarily literal ones, except for when joker pulls some wild maneuver and then the sparks actually do fly. quite a lot of them, in fact.
but of course, edi knows every strange little nook and cranny of this man. where he gets itchy. how he scratches when he thinks no one’s looking. that sometimes he talks to himself in the cockpit like he’s accepting a medal of honor for his bravery and service. (‘just doing my galactic duty, admiral. oh, you’re looking for a photo-op, huh? no problem, primarch. just tell palaven joker says hey.’) that some other times he talks to himself in the cockpit because he’s been running on forty-eight hours of not sleeping and the only thing keeping him awake now is the sound of his own garrus vakarian stick-up-my-ass impression.
and it’s that particular set of bizarre behaviors, all displayed by one single man who rubs so many people so much the wrong way, who does impressions of james vega in front of the bathroom mirror, who once suggested to the lieutenant that he should name his pecs since they were practically the size of planets, who snores in his sleep and drools on the pillow and is far, far from perfect, that bridge the synthetic/organic gap. this is how they overcome the great divide between synthetic and organic life without needing to destroy, control, or synthesize. this is how you know that a certain unit has a soul; that shepard is more human than machine no matter how many times the body gets rebuilt; that edi is special for a thousand and one reasons, but also loves jeff ‘joker’ moreau.
because she would risk nonfunctionality for him.
even knowing that he often behaves nonfunctionally—or is that dysfunctionally?—himself.
so it’s not unconditional love. just nonfunctional love.
Seashores of Eternity
Mordin is one my favorite characters, I love his dialogs.
A Future for the Krogan
I’m a terrible person, because when I see stuff like this, I’m like
“But the salarians did hundreds of probability simulations and unchecked krogan population explosion would have been SUCH A BAD IDEA”
Mass Effect 3 Epilogue Comic. Fanart Friday. Pencil, photoshop.
(Warning for Spoilers and Yuko Bein’ A Huge Nerd) Oh dang, it happened. Magnolia and I might’ve made a pact a while back to do some seriously heartfelt ME3 comics. I’ve been going back and forth over whether or not to post this thing. Guess it’s too late now! You all know my terrible fan-comic secret.
I’m gonna nerd for a bit here, feel free to zone out. After reading the Shadow Broker dossier on Garrus — about his natural leadership abilities being overshadowed by Shepard — I was actually surprised to see him as a squad member in ME3 and not already traipsing around with his own band of ducklings. And lacking a formal XO on the Normandy in ME3, it felt as though Garrus informally took that role. His taking command of the Normandy (a ship with both Human and Turian origins) kind of seems natural to me.
And man, Liara. After seeing her full arc over the series, I’ve come to really love her and what she represents. Originally being historian and archaeologist from a ridiculously long-lived race on TOP of being literally the only character who can’t somehow die by the end of the series, Liara becomes this living time-capsule. She becomes the embodiment of the trinity of past, present and future. It’s fascinating.
I tried to make the language and imagery vague enough apply to anyone’s Shepard with any love interest and any ending— unless, y’know, Garrus died in ME2. A-anyway, this was partially inspired by Marian Churchland’s beautiful ME3 comic (which can be found here if you scroll down a bit). She’s tops.
Genderbent James Vega
yesssss this perfection
This reaction pic doesn’t get much use on this blog. Happy to change that.
Remember that giveaway I was thinking about doing?
- You can reblog once per day until April 9, 11:59 pst
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This giveaway is international.
Giveaway includes Mass Effect: wallet, dog tags, wristband, vinyls.
Winner chooses between paragon/renegade sticker set vs Spectre symbol.
Winner will be chosen at random .
Always room for Jack on my dash. And can I just gush for one moment about how much I loved her appearance in ME3? Fighting the Collectors or the Reapers was never her cause as much as it was Shepard’s. So much of who she is defined by what she endured. I can’t think of a better place for her than Grissom Academy. Those kids will never endure what she went through. She’d fight to the death before she let anyone harm them.
I read some complaints about on the BSN about Jack being forced into a maternal role. I’m not sure I agree with that, though. In this instance, I don’t see Jack as being protective of those kids because she’s female and thus inherently nurturing. No, she’s protective of those kids because she was a kid who was abused and tortured. It has nothing to do with so-called maternal instincts and everything to do with just being a straight up decent human being. Jack isn’t suddenly made matronly or mom-like. She relates to the kids on their level.
Since in many ways, Jack never got to have a childhood, there’s a piece of her that’s always been grounded in a bit of arrested development. Some of her attitude and speech patterns are almost adolescent in their quality. Then she’ll turn around and give a deep and meaningful insight about how human psychology. She’s a complicated character with a lot of scars inside and out, but I think having something to protect rather than simply an enemy to kill will be good for her. Blowing up the research institute on Pragia gave her some closure, and now she’s free to gain genuine human connections and empathy. This was easily one of my favorite cameos in the game.
I definitely think that of all the cameos from me2, Jack’s really was my favorite.
I didn’t see her as being forced into a maternal role at all. As the above said, she relates to the students. If anything, she relates to them more as a “best friend who knows more than you” than as a mother.
I’m not entirely sure why a protective woman is automatically associated with mother-instincts. I mean, I never saw Aveline as trying to mother over Hawke and crew, and she’s a damn good example of a protector-who-is-also-a-woman.
I definitely love the way Jack’s cameo was done. She’s calmed down, not in the sense that she’s any less amazing but that she’s happier with her life. She found some purpose, some reason for her past; she can put it all to good use to help these kids, so that they never have to deal with the shit she went through. It was a good, full circle story, and very satisfying in its conclusion.
I was so delighted by her transformation. She’s no longer a victim of her past, or at war with herself. She owns her powers, and is using them to ensure that what happened to her never happens to another kid. I agree that she isn’t maternal — not that there’s anything wrong with being maternal — but she is fiercely protective of the kids she’s in charge of, part coach and part big sister. This is the perfect job for her, because nobody will work harder to make sure that those kids can defend themselves.
Being a soldier’s the only thing I’ve ever been really good at. And not ‘cause I try. Hell, I’d have kicked my ass out years ago.
He’s got some issues. I like that.
Shepard: Nice try.
Vega: Sorry, Lola.
I think a couple years ago, when I was still really insecure about being flirted with, I would have hated James and never gone down to the hangar and maybe never even taken him on missions.
Now that I’ve lost a lot of that knee-jerk fear reaction, I’ve found that I like him. He’s honest about finding FemShep hot, but he doesn’t act like she’s under any obligation to sleep with him, or that he has any right to ignore her orders because of it. It’s part of his character to not self-censor, and I think it reflects a healthy attitude towards sex in general.
It should be something we feel comfortable talking about, and a big part of that is making it safe to express interest without automatically assuming that anything will come of it.