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Okay, as we all know by now, the ending to the hotly anticipated "Mass Effect 3" has not been as satisfactory as we would have liked. In fact, given the level of bile I've seen being thrown at it, I think it may even go down in history as being one of the most reviled aspects of any game in the entire history of the medium.

But as for me, I'm the kind of guy who doesn't like to criticise unless I can honestly think of something better in it's place.

So then, here is what I would have liked to have seen as the ending of ME3, based entirely on my choices. If you see something here that differs from the choices you made personally, don't take this to mean that I think my versions of things should be more valid than yours. It's just how I myself would have liked things to end.

As you may have guessed from the title, this version of events contains a few spoilers. Those of you who haven't played through the game yet but want to, turn away now.

So here goes:

The combined fleet gathered through the game manages to overwhelm the Reapers, giving the Crucible time to do what we wanted it to do, send out a wave that wipes out all other Reapers in the Galaxy. But the Citadel and mass relays survive the blast, no destruction for any of them.

There's a massive celebration by all the races involved wherein Commander Shepard, who survives the game, is treated as a hero by everyone he knows. He's offered a seat on the Council, but refuses, saying that the life of a politician is not for him. The Citadel is returned to it's previous place in the galaxy and reconstruction begons on all the damaged homewords attacked by the Reapers.

In recognition for their efforts in helping to defeat the Reapers, the Geth, Quarians and Krogan are all offered seats on the council, which those races accept, thus helping to maintain peace between them. Admiral Raan represents the Quarian, Eve for the Krogan and the Geth are represented by the Prime that speaks to Shepard after the Reaper on Rannoch is defeated.

The Krogan are united under Wrex, who begins work to help his people recover from centuries of damage by the genophage, which is now cured.

Garrus, due to his efforts in helping to save both his world and all others, becomes the new Primarch of Palaven, and begins work to help further ties between the Turians and Earth.

Ashley begins to lead her own squad in Alliance missions, helped by her new second-in-command, James Vega, who is himself shaping up to be a fine potential candidate for future Spectre.

EDI and Joker, now decorated as heroes alongside everyone else, continue to serve as pilots of the Normandy in future Alliance missions, all the while continuing their romantic relationship.

Javik, having now fulfilled his purpose of avenging his people, at first finds it difficult to re-adjust to peace. But eventually finds a place on the Citadel, where he serves as both a teacher to those interested in the now-extinct Prothean race, and as a military advisor to the representitives of various races.

Liara continues to speak to her fathjer and the two become closer, with her work as the new Shadow Broker continuing to make things easier for those who wish to use that knowledge for beneficial purposes.

Cerberus, as an organisation, collapses save for a few turncoats who defected because of the Illusive man's continuing descent into Reaper control. They are currently awaiting trial.

Admiral Hacket now serves as humanity's representitive on ther council, with Anderson (who survived) having been elected to lead the Alliance now that their prior leadership was wiped out in the initial Reaper invasion.

The Rachni, in a gesture of good faith by the council for having helped against the Reapers, are given a new world for them to live on. Although wary of each other, both sides continue to maintain a shaky peace.

The Salarian, having refused to help repel the Reapers from Earth (due to their anger at Shepard curing the genophage), become scutinised for their actions by the other Council races. Relations remain tense after this.

And as for Shepard, the hero of the day, now tired of fighting, retires from the Alliance military after his recovery. He now accompanies Tali (whom he romanced) back to her homeworld Rannoch to help the resettlement of her people, as well as to help foster relationships between them and the Geth. The two settle down on that spot of land where Tali first saw the sunset of her world, and the two eventually build that home that her father once promised to build for her.

Bit of a sappy ending I know, but it's what I was hoping for. If you have an alternative versions that you would have liked to see, do not hesitate to tell me. I'm very interested to see what kind of ending you would have preferred.
My take on the Mass Effect ending.

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:iconteh-j0ey:
teh-j0ey Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Well then, I take it you too are a Talimancer?
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Yep.
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:iconteh-j0ey:
teh-j0ey Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
I too am on Team Tali. But as FemShep I can't help but Romance the badass himself, Garrus.

Still.

Tali'Zorah <3
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aldris247 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well that was just about perfect...
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Com3atmebr0 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
When are you sending this to with makers of the game because it needs to be an ending.
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NICKOLASTYLER Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mine was similar to but diffrent great party,s and a giant ass statues of shepard and all of his fallen comrades in all the M.E. series to honor them.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
That works too.
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DracoWolf316 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
This ending is good, but I still feel the mass relays have to be initially destroyed to show that the galaxy wouldn't rely on Reaper tech anymore. Then, the Conduit built by the Protheans can be reverse engineered to figure out it's technology, and then repairs to the relays can be made.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Good idea.
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Heyalah Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this is how I wanted my ending to be, exactly. Mass Effect isn't Mass Effect without its mass relays, isn't it?
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Quite so. But then, the spaceships gan all generate "mass fields" so maybe it can still work.
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Heyalah Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yeah, true. Maybe they can rebuild them somehow sometime if they do get destroyed
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TeemuKangas Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Nice one. Very similar to suggestions i came up with an email to Bioware today. Can only hope they're not lying about listening...:S
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Hate to be the one to "nay-say" on this one, but given my past experience in talking to "the big companies", chances are that they're not listening.

Sorry.
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Reteka320 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i prefer this ending!
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Glad you like it.
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GeneralHerbison Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Brilliant ending. Heck almost anything beats what they actually put in the game
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
My sentiments exactly.
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dblood42 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Actually you are on the right track, Like Turians, the Quarians are a dextro-protein species, so they actually could conceive a child.
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Good to know.
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DOOM-Knight009 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
This. Is. Ultimate Paragon ending.

Just needs one alteration, Shep goes off with Miranda, not Tali.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
I'm more of a Tali fan, but to each their own. Your ending is no more or less valid than mine.
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awesomedragon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I i agree with you 100% i also romanced Tail i agree with every thing you said.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Happy to hear it.
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sanjiyan3x3 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
had to fave this was exactly the same path I chose for my Shepard :D
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Good to know I'm not alone in that.
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DarthSithari Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Sappy, yes.

But still, I like it, and it's better then the endings in the game.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Happy to hear that you think so.
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Epzi10n Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
[link]

o.o this is my ending. Please read! :D
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
That's a good ending you have there.
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Epzi10n Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you kindly.
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WhiteBunny2332 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'd still enjoy it! :)
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
So would I.
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LeonTheLionRawr Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely perfect. I honestly can't see the end being any better than this. You have perfectly illustrated how then ending should have been and possibly could be. If anything this is a possible ending for paragon Tali romanced Shepard.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Glad that you like the ending I came up with.
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dblood42 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Sounds sweet, but I miss at leas one child... there must be a child, no matter who you romanced, even for homosexual relationships...
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
I had thought of having Tali and Shepard conceive, but I'm not entirely sure if Humans and Quairans can do that together. So until I hear otherwise, I think I'll hold off on offspring for the time being.
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MassRelay101 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
They can't, but it would be nice. Like a dawn of a new era or something.
Adoption is accetable.
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Yes it is. Hmm, I wonder what I'd call the kid? I've always been terrible at naming things so I'd better leave that to Tali.
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