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The Spectre and Archangel 72 by ErsbethShadowsong The Spectre and Archangel 72 by ErsbethShadowsong
Garrus bringing wine to Shepard's quarters caught my attention, beecause turians and humans can't eat the same food. According to the codex, "Although life on Palaven is carbon-based and oxygen-breathing, it is built on dextro-amino acids. This places the turians in a distinct minority on the galactic stage; the quarians are the only other sapient dextro-protein race. The food of humans, asari, or salarians (who evolved in levo-amino acid-based biospheres), will at best pass through turian systems without providing any nutrition. At worst, it will trigger an allergic reaction that can be fatal if not immediately treated."
Here I'd like to consider the wine is something "artificial", so both can drink. I'm no scientist, but I guess that if you can believe Cerberus resurrects Shepard, you can believe there some sort of technology that allows such a wine. IMO ;)
And yes, this is a lame excuse to force Garrus to take his boots. :giggle:

Thanks to :iconarwing: for his beta-read!

Chapter 9 - Reach and Flexibility
Page 71: [link]
Page 72: Viewing
Page 73: [link]


Previous chapters:
Chapter 1 - Trapped
Page 1: [link]
Chapter 2 - Just Like Old Times
Page 12: [link]
Chapter 3 - Take Care of Him
Page 22: [link]
Chapter 4 – Dreams
Page 30: [link]
Chapter 5 – Blowing off Steam
Page 40: [link]
Chapter 6 – The Calm Before the Storm
Page 49: [link]
Chapter 7 – Horizon
Page 53: [link]
Chapter 8 – Alchera
Page 62: [link]


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I’ve been reading many fanfics for almost a year, so if anyone spots something familiar, do tell me and I’ll be delighted to quote the author+fic that inspired it ;)
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AS87fanwriter Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Actually, the reasoning behind the alcohol is very simple; ethanol (drinking alcohol) is neither a dextro- nor levo-amino acid. It has unaligned chirality, which means that unlike dextro/levo-based substances, it looks the same (chemically) from either "direction".

Therefore, booze for everyone!
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ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Chemistry is wonderful!
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tiffy316 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
I cant wait to see what turian feet look like!! :)
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ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
There's a glimpse on my take on what they look like in a already posted future page ;)
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selvokaz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Turian and boots.
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:iconersbethshadowsong:
ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
One can live without the other ;P
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CMY187 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
I should have known when I read this page the first time that there was a reason you displayed the food so prominently in the second panel.

It's heart-warming and funny to watch Shepard here from panel to panel. The way Garrus said he will fetch the wine glasses, her checking him out when his back was turned and then stopping herself, trying to suppress her feelings and knowing that drinking won't help and being frustrated at not wanting to refuse, and as she's still clutching the wine bottle that could affect her judgment, Garrus sitting down on the bed.
Her order to him made me grin, knowing why she was so curt with him for that one moment; Garrus, she was trying so hard NOT to be tempted by you. You're not helping...
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ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You got it! I knew you would :) :cookie: for you!

There's another reason for Shepard to avoid alcohol which has to do with her past -not yet covered, but we will reach it eventually-, which adds a different dimension of her reticence to drink. Especially, wanting to supress her feelings towards her best friends, which she's scared of due to outcome of her previous relationships.
I'm gald the order made you grin. I was there to at least, make you crack a little smile :) and no, he's not helping at all...
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Schezki Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Phew, and here I thought the wine was going to kill Shepard because it is dextro!
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ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I hope not! There was some long debates on that along the comments, but I went for a way-out with the wine and pretended it was safe for both of them... Not sure how much realistic that is, but it's sci-fi after all... :)
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Schezki Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Indeed it is sci-fi. Or could it be...*With opera voice* SPAAAACE MAAAGIC?!
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GiverofSnugglez Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
(Sorry for commenting from the distant future, but I'd figure I'd put my chemistry knowledge to good use. XD)

If you want a legit science explanation, Ethanol is just carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, so it's easy to call it safe for both species. From there, it's not hard to picture a water/ethanol/artificial flavoring mixture that could be safe for both species and mimic damn near any drink. I'd imagine it'd taste awful, but people tolerate Beer and Whiskey, so...

Okay, back to lurking. XD  But it's a great comic, and job well done. Keep up the fantabulous work! ^^

(P.S. There are such things as no-dream-sleep-pills, and they go by the name of mild sedatives.)
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
You have to remember that sci-fi is basically your average fantasy story, but set in the future or in space. Usually both.
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:iconersbethshadowsong:
ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
... and artistic integrity! Never forget about it!! ;)
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JohanSutherland Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm really fond of how you make everything darker, yet you write such sweet dialogues. Another great page again. And I agree with the others, the 5th panel is endlessly funny XD. It's great that you didn't even plan it :lol:
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:iconersbethshadowsong:
ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! It's a dark story, but there's always room for some sweetness... how we would appreciate contrast of it wasn't present?

...I swear it was not intentional!! ;P
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TheAnti-Lily Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i LOVE these panels. HOWEVER... it looks like Garrus is holding his.... er.... Cannon?
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:iconersbethshadowsong:
ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wait... what?? OMG! :giggle:
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BinkuMuja Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Take off the boots.....and everything else. :flirty:
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:iconersbethshadowsong:
ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Gimme him a few pages ;P
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BinkuMuja Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
(//ˇ◡ˇ//)I'm just sayin' what everyone's thinking~
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:iconersbethshadowsong:
ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, yes you are :D
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BinkuMuja Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
(๑´ლ`๑)♡
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seventhcaustic Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Writer
Hey no offence but in the bottom left panel it looks kinda like Garrus is whippin' his dick out XD
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:iconersbethshadowsong:
ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
lol
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Zaseka Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Hahaha, you are right!
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suika2344 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
cannot unsee damn you
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poppy201 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Just when it was getting good
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ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
;P
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SavageD49 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Oh lol i just cant stop looking at Garru holding that cup and think the worst things ever.
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:iconersbethshadowsong:
ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm afraid to ask what do you have in mind...
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Netzkabel Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
I love your story! I have read all of it in a rush and now there are no more pages...damn :D
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:iconersbethshadowsong:
ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Tonight ther'll a new page :nod:
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Zaera-D Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012   Digital Artist
I love his reaction XD
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ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
^^
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LCBTR001 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
How long until you update, I really hope you go all the way with this and then do something for a mass effect 3 story, damn sorry getting ahead of my self here :-). just keep going :clap:
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ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I've just finished page 73, I wanted to answer all the comments for this page before posting it :)
My idea is to link this story with ME3 one... I hope I don'tget bored by the end... or I'll end up boring you!
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LCBTR001 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I dont think anyone can get this story, no worries about me anyway, I with you all the way. :love:
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ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for your support! It means a lot!
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RioCyan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Last night I discovered your incredible series (just in time for ME3) and you brought back all the fun, frustration, laughter and tears of the losing Kaidan/discovering Garrus romance. Thank you so much for the time you put into this and for sharing it with all of us! And especially for adding the extra touch of giving us Garrus's side of the story and showing how much Shepard really means to him. Makes slamming down that picture all the more satisfying!
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ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's me who should thank you for having read the whole 72 pages! I'm glad you like how the story is developing so far :) And I hope you still like it by the end of it ^^
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RioCyan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I look forward to every new entry!

Your work inspired me to submit a short fan fiction of my own called "Choices of the Heart: Garrus vs Kaidan". Should you get the opportunity, I would be really honored if you could take a quick peek at it. Your work just made the whole thing come so alive for me.

Meanwhile, back to ME3 and all other things Mass Effect!
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KiiryaTheMuse Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
X.x
*falls off chair when mouse scrolls over 'WIP'*
*blink*
"..."
*click....click....clickclickclick!!!!*
"GAH!"
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ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Try in a few minutes and don't fall! You can get hurt!
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KiiryaTheMuse Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I caught myself this time! =P teehee
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ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Good!
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GLAD0Sisaspy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Writer
omg omg omg must have moar!! and with ME3 coming soon! Will you make one for that game too : O?
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ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
More incoming!
Yes!! Next week!!! That's the idea :)
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Iserya Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
WIP...WIP...WIP...WIP O.O... WIP !!! Aaaaargh !!!
XD
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:iconersbethshadowsong:
ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Just a little more patience.
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