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Regret. Some can be as simple as wishing you wore different footwear and are forgotten in a day. Some will last you a lifetime.

So we're back to Archangel guys, with an unsurprising turn of events! When I started drawing this, I always knew Garrus would end up getting into a road accident instigated by the three gangs he riled up... but Shepard's involvement was one that I redid a lot.

The rough draft sort of flipped flopped between Shepard being there and not being there. In fact, one draft had Shepard with Garrus during the initial confrontation of Sidonis, in which Garrus would realize something was wrong. There was also an idea were the duo were ambushed with Shepard using Garrus' helmet as an impromptu bludgeon before he speeds off half-cocked, leaving Shepard, and his helmet behind. Miranda and Jacob were also partially worked into the story and even Garm and the whole scene of Garrus' accident. But around this point I realized... what was the point of all this? Garrus was gonna get half his face blown off (though not as severely as original Turian Garrus for obvious reasons) regardless of what happened. And more importantly, the readers already knew this. Cause I'm preeeety sure 90% of you guys reading a Mass Effect comic titled Archangel... would have already played Mass Effect recruitment mission of Archangel.

In the end, I made the decision to simply cut out the whole part and progress with the story. Although little hints of the previous ideas still made it into this final version i.e. Miranda being in the flashback and Garrus' helmet still being with Shepard. But I leave more ambiguity to what happened which allows readers to form their own ideas.

However I hit another bumper trying to draw the 'flashback' scene to my satisfaction. It still could use some work but I felt I was getting too stuck with this part and had to move on. Perfection be damned.

Llama Emoji-65 (Blood Tears...) [V3] 
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ookami-de-la-nieva Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
This single image is so powerful...
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NamelessManic Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
Dry those red tears, you made an excellent and understandable decision. Now on to ER Professional Dr. Mordin Solus... or just Old reliable Dr. Chakwas?
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carrinth Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
Oooh I was torn between this but decided that both Chakwas and Mordin work at the hospital. Chakwas volunteers some time as school doctor. Mordin later quits/retires and takes up teaching Biology at Citadel High. 

(You'll see a hint of both their names in the next page heheh)
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kovujackson Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think your reasoning is pretty darn great! I am always telling my sister that you don't have to worry about every tiny detail when it can be filled in by reader's imagination. and sometimes it's better that way.
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carrinth Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
Yeah!! I mean, details are great! But story is even better. I had to let go of some of the details to be able to move on and tell the story ;)
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yungsun Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
Cool scene  
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:iconcarrinth:
carrinth Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
Ahhh! Thanks! Was really worried about pacing.
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yungsun Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015
well Garrus's recruitment mission went very similar to this............
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kato42 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Time to get the assault rifle and KILL THEM ALL!

What?  Wrong tactic for this Universe?

Hrm.

Kick their asses?
Still too harsh?

I know!  Bake them hashish and extra-strength laxitive laced brownies!
"Here Sidonus for you and your friends, some brownies to show there are no hard feelings."
<There will be some very soft feelings in fact.  Warm and soft...>
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carrinth Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
Hah! Always felt really mixed about Sidonis. Wish could have handled it differently. In fact, might actually do that in this AU.
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kato42 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015
Didn't think your Paragon to the Core Shepard would want the violent solution, to say nothing of gunfire being a tad excessive for High School ME (and perhaps in poor taste considering real world school shootings).

Thus; brownies. :)

Get them tripping off their ass, and let them wake up... soiled.

Bonus points if they get seen (or recorded) at the height of events.
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ZachValkyrie Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Professional Writer
So, what is the Normandy in this AU?

Could it be a treehouse? That would be awesome!
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carrinth Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
Huh. Never really thought about it? Treehouse might work but I have trouble seeing a bunch of 16 year olds hanging out in one. Might also not be big enough?? Perhaps it's the name of their classroom. 
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catgirl-the-crazy Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
No no no... the Normandy is clearly Shepard's custom A-Team style van. The original was sold for scrap when she was sent to Alchera, but Cerberus bought her a spiffy new one when they brought her back to Citadel High.

Also, Joker insists on chauffering cuz 1) he's an aspiring stunt/race car driver with no car of his own and 2) have you SEEN Shepard's driving?
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Ser-Mangosta-Sand Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
I actually have never played Mass Effect. I just enjoy your aus. They are always something great to read. 
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carrinth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
Lol that's why I gave leeway for the 10%! But thanks for reading this out of your normal fandom stuff :XD:
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Ser-Mangosta-Sand Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
XP My pleasure.
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ONEeyeStreetBoy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Student General Artist
The sadness is eternal. T_T
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carrinth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
They'll get through it, they always do.
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ONEeyeStreetBoy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Yaaaaay, I knew they were stronger than that! CX
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GhostShell5 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
Please disregard previous statement made in previous comic. Question answered. Also well done on this page. Lots of emotion with out a lot happening. Great Piece.
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carrinth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
Thank you!!
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bbb35 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
So sad. But really, your mastery of capturing this sad scene is magnificent.
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carrinth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
Oh whew! I thought it was gonna be cheesy ^^; 
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bbb35 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Nope. Not cheesy.
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Black-VictorCachat Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
I admit that it would have been nice to see Shepard go wild on gang members, but this might have been better for character development. What will she do now?
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carrinth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
Thanks! It was a difficult decision on whether to include the actual accident or jump straight to the after effects. I think it adds better emotional drama to see the sudden transition. 
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Taigan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
It works.  
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carrinth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
That's a huge relief! I was really concern about pacing. That's the problem drawing things page by page. :O
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HalfBloodDragon Featured By Owner Edited Sep 24, 2015  Student Filmographer
I always get excited when I see your comic has updated. I like your explanation for your choice, and it totally makes sense. Can't wait to see what follows! :D
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carrinth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
Oh thanks! Some pages tend to involve a lot of overthinking and planning before they get done, but I usually leave out the excessive backstory from the comments. However I felt this one was important to say since it caused soooo much delay on my part!

The next part takes a bit of departure from the original Archangel storyline because of the nature of this AU. You'll see ;)
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HalfBloodDragon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Student Filmographer
Cool! A lot of why this is so fun to read is how thoroughly your care and backstory shows in every page. Just read the new one as well, and once again, can't wait for more. :)
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