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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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selvokaz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Turian and boots.
ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
One can live without the other ;P
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...
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...
Schezki Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Phew, and here I thought the wine was going to kill Shepard because it is dextro!
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... :)
Schezki Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Indeed it is sci-fi. Or could it be...*With opera voice* SPAAAACE MAAAGIC?!
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.)
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.
ErsbethShadowsong Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
... and artistic integrity! Never forget about it!! ;)
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