A fan of Mass Effect makes a beautiful tribute to one of the series’ romantic options, capturing the love between Garrus and Female Shepard.
Mass Effect is ostensibly a series of games about a small group travelling through space trying to save their galaxy. To most players, however, it’s mostly about characters that are well written and defined – with Garrus being particularly popular.
Garrus is one of the more consistent characters in Mass Effect, both in terms of characterization and actual presence throughout the original trilogy. To say that Garrus is much beloved by many in the community is an understatement, and with Mass Effect games being well renowned for their romance, the bond goes well beyond friendship for many. Lots of people love Garrus, with some caring about him enough to make tributes to that love.
Fan art of Garrus is pretty common, as is art of Garrus and Female Shepard together. Only introduced as a romantic option after the first game in the series, Garrus was not many players’ choice for a lover on the first playthrough. After all, his appearance doesn’t exactly lend itself to romantic thoughts right off the bat, in large part due to his craggy carapace, mandibles, and a head even pointier than Yugi Moto’s. But there’s enough personality beneath that hide that one fan created some beautiful art of a wedding between him and Commander Shepard.
Even among other artwork focused on Garrus and Shepard’s relationship, this particular piece stands out for its detailed, beautiful characters. Garrus looks smart in a human style tuxedo that, it can only be assumed, was tailored for him specifically. Shepard, meanwhile, is in a wedding dress that shows off her muscular arms. She also wields two guns that are all done up in flowers and bows, which is a nice touch. Garrus, meanwhile, is wielding Shepard’s hamster. It’s an image made all the more bittersweet by the trilogy’s ending, as fans get to see what could have been.
The artist behind this work is ElynGontier, who has a lot of video game fan art up on DeviantArt. This piece in particular was made as a gift for her sister, clearly a fan of this particular relationship. It’s far from the only tribute players have made to Garrus in one way or another, with some very detailed Garrus cosplay showing off the fan base’s appreciation for the Turian.
Through the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, new players are learning what made the trilogy such a ubiquitous conversation piece when it was still fresh and innovative. As such, now is the perfect opportunity to learn how to romance Garrus and find out what all the hype is about.
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
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