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Commander Shepard And Garrus' Relationship Explored In Fan Art

by Andrew Reiner on Apr 09, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I'm a big fan of video game April Fools' jokes. Developers and journalists alike put great effort into the pranks, usually roasting their fans and readership in the process. This year, one April Fools' joke that went over my head. It was BioWare's body pillow of Garrus, one of Commander Shepard's teammates from the Mass Effect series. After seeing this pillow, I asked my Twitter followers what they thought of Garrus. I was flooded with positive responses, many people citing him as the best written character in all of Mass Effect, especially the bond he forms with Shepard.

One of my Twitter followers linked me to a Deviant Art gallery by an artist named Chloe, who has put together a collection of pieces that focus on the relationship between Commander Shepard and Garrus. The artwork is beautiful, and I thought you would get a kick out of Chloe's light-hearted, touching, and intense interpretation of this relationship.

"I like so many things about Garrus," Chloe said. "He's a complicated character. I love his loyalty and his friendship, I love how stubborn he is and how wry and charming he is. And secretly I love what a complete and utter dork he is, especially when flirting. It's so cute and embarrassing to see a total bad ass with an awesome voice become a stumbling stuttering silly goose around his crush."

I asked Chloe what she'd like to see from the next chapter in the Mass Effect series, and she said that she'd like to explore the galaxy more intimately. "I want to see more alien colonies, their homeworlds, and more alien females. I don't know what to expect from this game. ME3 had fantastic quests and cinematics, so I hope they keep that up. And companions. Definitely companions that are awesome and complicated."

The gallery below is a small sample of Chloe's work. To see more, visit her DeviantArt page.

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