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Mass Effect

Mass Effect 3 Alternate Ending

Shepard walks away from the three paths that were opened up for him and towards a window, "I refuse," Shepard said, "I believe that the army that I have constructed will defeat your Reapers."
"They cannot," the Catalysts said as he stood beside Shepard, "you are a fool for believing in your army."
"No you are the fool," Shepard said, "I helped unite the Quarians and the Geth. They had been fighting for three hundred years, but with my help I stopped the war and united them together."
"That peace will not last," the Catalyst said, "eventually a Quarian will kill a geth and the war will be restarted. If you destroy all synthetic life the peace will last."
"No, I won't destroy all synthetic life. It won't bring peace between the Quarians and the Geth it will just destroy the Geth and that is not peace. I believe the Quarians and Geth can live in harmony," Shepard said, "perhaps a Quarian like Xen may try to dissect a geth but if a treaty is made then I believe the war that you speak of will not come to fruition."
"You stopped the Genophage of the Krogan," the Catalyst said, "History will repeat itself," the Catalyst said, "The Krogan will eventually want more and when that happens, war will come back."
"If the Krogan begin to overpopulate, but if they limit how many children each Krogan family can have that will stop them." Shepard said, "Besides with Wrex in charge I believe that war won't happen."
"Your army is losing; the Reapers will win and when that happens, all those deaths will be on your head. Your army cannot win." The Catalyst said.
Shepard was suddenly tapped on the shoulder by a Keeper. The Keeper tilted its head then made a weird noise as it looks at the Catalyst.
"He is half dead," the Catalyst said, "he could never defeat that trial."
"What trial?" Shepard asked.
"There is another option," the Catalyst said, "if you take the trial and survive the reapers will be destroyed."
"What is the trial?" Shepard asked.
"It is similar to what you did to the reaper corruption of the Geth," The Catalyst said, "if you can defeat Harbinger in his mind then the Reapers will be destroyed."
"I'll take it," Shepard said.
"In that case," the Catalyst said, "you are more of a fool than I thought."
Shards of lightning suddenly came and shocked Shepard, he fell down unconscious.

"Shepard," Shepard could hear Harbinger's voice, Shepard vision cleared and he could see Harbinger, he was smaller than he normally looked but after Shepard got a closer look he could see that he was the Normandy. "The Catalyst has engaged the trial, you are the Normandy because that is your ship. This is my true size, the size of our wills are the same so now the battle commences."

A possible battle similar to the battle in Nintendo's Starfox64 hard ending against Andross's true form just a bit more complicated.

After what seemed like hours, Shepard eventually woke up, victorious and he looks at the Catalyst, "I defeated harbinger."
"Yes, I know," The Catalyst look outwards and saw a defeated Harbinger exploding followed by the other Reapers. You defeated Harbinger, you did something I did not think possible."
Shepard then started to leave the place he was in, "You may have defeated the Reapers, but this is only a temporary victory," the Catalyst said, "my predictions will become true, they always have and they always will."
"You think too much like a machine," Shepard said, "Just watch, war will eventually return but then peace will come that is the cycle of life that cannot be broken for each are needed for the other to survive. But during war people will look for peace, and eventually people will forget what war was like and that is then war will return but peace will eventually return. We don't need Reapers to teach us that, for that is something that all sentient life knows. It will take time but I'm looking forward to spending the rest of my life with Tali and I hope we have a long, peaceful, life together." Shepard then left the area and the Catalyst alone.
"Admiral," Shepard said, "this is Shepard, mission complete, I'm heading back to Earth now."
"Good work, Shepard," Hacket said.
"Anderson is dead," Shepard said, "I'll bring his body back for a proper burial."
"Understood," Hacket said, "see you back on earth."

A few hours
Shepard was on the Normandy in the communications room, talking to the council and Admiral Hacket. "So what did you find while you were on the Citadel?" Hacket asked.
"I found the Catalyst," Shepard said, "the Catalyst was the Citadel's AI that created the Reapers to bring order to the Chaos of organic life."
"So how did you defeat Harbinger?" asked Councillor Tevos.
"I entered Habinger's brain and destroyed him from the inside," Shepard said, "When Harbinger died the other reapers also died."
"I see," Tevos said, "Shepard with everything that has happened and now with Anderson and Udina dead, we would like to extend and invitation for you to become a councillor."
"What?!" Shepard said surprised.
"After everything that you have done for us, saving us not once but twice and saving the entire galaxy." Tevos said, "We would be honoured to have you as a councillor along with us."

Reject Offer:
"I'm sorry, Councillor's," Shepard said, "but I just don't see myself being able to be part of the politics. If you want my recommendation then I say Admiral Hacket would be a good choice. And now if you'll excuse me I need a vacation after this."
The holograms of the council and Hacket disappear and Shepard walks away.

Accept Offer:
"I accept your offer," Shepard said, "but first before I get blasted with paperwork I think I need to take a long vacation."
The holograms of the council and Hacket disappear and Shepard walks away.

I will be creating several epilogues fanfics based on the romance options of the ME series. Look for the links in the description or watch my account for updates. Hope you enjoyed this and maybe this ending or something similar to it will be a DLC ending in ME3 for a happy ending choice.
If you liked this and want an ME3 ending DLC to be like this then please share this fanfic with your friends and other Mass Effect fans.
Copyright Mass Effect and all its character to Bioware/EA
My thoughts of a better happy ending to Mass Effect 3.

Edit: I made this fic before hearing about the indoctrination theory so this fic is based off just having another choice and not about the indoctrination theory. However I am creating a indoctrination theory ending fic as well. :P


Ashley: [link]

Kaiden: [link]

Liara: [link]

Tali: [link]

Miranda: [link]


Garrus: [link]

Solo: [link]

Narrative Epilogue: [link]
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patrickregalado Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Artist
This is completely what I want to have end in the game. THIS IS MUCH BETTER AND JOY TO ME!
thank you and glad that you enjoyed it XD
ManLion Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I support you and your thoughts about a BETTER ending to the game. Personally, I support the Tali epilogue. Keep up the good work!
Thank you and glad you enjoyed my ME3 Alt ending :)
ManLion Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
np, im a Tali fan
jerrydickerson85 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this. The ending made me so angry. If you want you can see the first part of my fan fic go to
thank you and glad you enjoyed reading it :). and agreed the ending was quite bad hopefully it will be fixed in the near future :P
Falrone Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps my mind is plagued by Bioware at the moment... thinking realistically that sometimes regardless of your choices, things happen anyways... but your ending seemed unrealistic.

It seemed too simple.

"You think too much like a machine," Shepard said,"
sounds like the happy go lucky ending that players want badly for playing a Paragon.
and honestly it sounds like something a Pro Human would say.
Basically, someone who doesn't look at the picture and realize humans are not always going to win.
A big "problem" with ME3 is that there was no version of the galaxy winning.
That is realisitic in the sense that things are not always going to be perfectly right, or extremely wrong.
Videogames these days don't let us think that way anymore.
Even as early as Tales of Symphonia, the ending with Yggdrasil, though there wasn't a choice really... I really felt sorry for Mithos. Don't bother looking up just the ending, you have to experience the entire story to understand.

My point is... I'm sorta stuck in the middle on your endings. Sucks... but I dunno here.
thank you and glad you enjoyed the fanfic :P I do agree that sometimes things will happen regardless of choices, but in that same regard with Mass Effect being what it is, being a "choice" driven game there probably should have been more endings where there is a happy ending like this just different in some regard, more realistic if you will, but where Shepard lives happily ever after with his/her LI, maybe the endings that we got and more and "unique" endings...Perhaps one where the reapers win and harvest the galaxy :P.
but with that said I did create this fic really quickly after finishing the game about 2 days after i beat? the game.
Of course probably regardless of what bioware did there would be fans that wouldn't like whatever ending they got but if they had more unique endings the fans that weren't satisfied with one ending could do a small change somewhere and get to an ending that they do enjoy, but where it stands right now it seems like very few people like any of the Three? ending that there are right now. Perhaps after the extended cut is released it will quell whatever hatred there is over the endings :P probably not but maybe?
Falrone Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When you're writing a story or making a videogame, you aren't supposed to care if the people like it or not.
It's YOUR story to create.
Otherwise we'd be having games that fit our needs instead of expanding out into games like this.
I remember hearing some talk about the Indoctranation Theory and what not and they did some side talking about how in the first game with the Citadel, you couldn't shoot aliens for like an hour and all it was was dialogue.
Some reference about Star Trek... meh.

I found that an interesting idea.

But I do NOT agree with them if they decided to have the real ending in a DLC.
I payed a game for the entire thing, not bits and pieces.
I could really not accept playing a game if I had to buy or even download (even if its free) the ending or a part of the game.

I say this, not including Assassin's Creed II, where they had 2-3 Sequences that were more of fillers then anything and not necessary to the plotline. Also including FF XIII-2's DLC with Sazh which was actually pretty bad ass and it's no wonder they didn't include it. It wasn't part of the main storyline, but it was totally worth watching it. Throw in a poker game... heh.

But anyways.
I've only played 3 honestly.
I found the ending sort of... "meh".
But still, the realistic idea gets to me.
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