I was never able to properly explain in words why I found the synthesis option in mass effect 3 so repulsive... so, here is a picture about how I feel instead. Of course I had to do it in the most disturbing way possible. If I have to see this sort of crap in my head then I'm going to share it so we can all suffer a little, lol. Also, this will probably be the only time you see me draw babies. Ever.
Started this about five months ago, then shelved it... figured I should finish it up before I get too involved in other things. Painted in SAI and then fiddled with in CS?.
Edit: cleaned things up a little and darkened the human babe. Looks better now me thinks.
sorry it ruined babys for you though! (also jk)
good point though about post synthesis! never liked it ether!
Destroy is the way to go, always. (I don't acknowledge the whole idiocy with the Leviathan DLC, and the "The Reapers were keeping EVEN WORSE monsters at bay!" crap. That's just the narrative punishing anyone who likes Destroy.)
One, I chose Synthesis, because it's the only one between the two options that I saw could cause unionization between the machines and human. It gave Edi the ability to really feel as a human, and that was my main concern.
Secondly, I assumed the Reapers would destroy their ugly creations after coming to the conclusion they were no longer necessary.
Secret third, this was the only option I could pick that would allow the rebuilding of the mass relays and could possibly allow Shepard to come back AND be with his/her crew in a year or so (rebuilding again but this time based on the genes scattered EVERYWHERE.)
The only other option I could pick was Control, but I'm too stubborn to pick something the Illusive Man was trying to go for (and failed).
There is no good ending in ME, all of them are sad and controversial, and that is what makes it all so desperate.
Another reason not to choose Synthesis.
it in no way prevents the creation of new synthetic, or organic life forms.... it merely fundamentalyl alters life, and the differences between organics and synthetics is not what cause the wars between them (technically ever synthetic has warred against the organics primarily because of the reapers)
what caused the war was being created for slave labor.... and that doesnt change, especially now that everyone is immortal and wants to dedicate their lives to art adn crap like that... hello clone slave army :I
synthesis does literally all the nothings.
But I'll say that most of it isn't the kind of discussion I'd be interested in. I really enjoy debating the moral implications of your choices, and having strings attached to the ending undermine that. I like to debate the endings at face value and assume that the crucible would not leave out vital details like indoctrinating Shepard based on his choice.
My interpretation of Synthesis is exactly what was shown in the Director's Cut: Synthetics, Husks and Reapers gaining full organic understanding, and Organics gaining whatever the hell the glowing green thing's supposed to be. My interpretation of Control is the same: Shepard's mind remains perfectly intact, his organic body is no more, and the reapers (and husks) are under his control.
I'd argue that Synthesis is different from Reaper's cycle in that thus far Reapers are pretty much entirely synthetics and gathered organics to preserve their genes, while Synthesis gives Reapers a sentience mind, free will and full organic understanding. I, personally, care little for a biologically organic body. As long as the being has free will, that's organic enough for me. Yeah, whether they have free will or not is debatable, but I'll assume that they do for reasons I've already mentioned.
I'd also argue that resenting the reapers is misguided. They serve the function they were designed for and lack free will. Taking revenge against them is ultimately pointless.
Of course, I'd be glad to continue discussing the ethics of the endings. Including indoctrination into the argument, something that the crucible did not explicitly point out, is another discussion altogether. While it seems entirely possible (the video was really convincing on that front, too), it's kinda not the kind or debate I'd like to get into. If you would like to continue debating on that front, I'd be delighted. If not, still, thanks for the video. It was an enjoyable watch.
The only neutral/fair option is the Destroy ending. Totally sucks that it kills all synthetics but like Garrus says much as we want to we can't save everyone in a all out war. Maybe Synthesis will happen anyway in the future naturally, maybe the whole Reaper type situation will happen again too, but at least the Universe would have unfolded as it was intended, not forced by some emotionless being that thinks it knows whats best better than nature does. Entities that also came into being because they thought organic was flawed and wiped out ENTIRE cycles worth of life.
efleck: This picture is disturbing but also well done. Cudos to you!
That's what they were once.... Madien, Mother and Matriarch
Strange, how the word Shepard echoed in a cacophony of a trillon souls as it traveled through flesh connecting them in ways they didn't understand
The endless hammering in their brains stopped. They could... Think.. They were.... Free
They would help rebuild... There was no one else on this world it meant the new borns were sure to perish unless something was done
They would give back to this world. The nanobots that had corrupted them began to create new possibilities from their husks, It was their decision if they chose
It was careful with its massive and lethal taloned hands as it brought the alien babe to its breast.
"Shepard" She managed to croon out. The only word that mattered enough to be spoken
"Shepard" Agreed her sisters....
Damnit, I'd rather have waited another year for the fully awesome product ME3 could have been...
And Synthesis is just plain nasty. Not to mention cruel to the all the different types of husks. Who'd wanna live a husk and be aware of it?
I'ma live damnit. And apparently on Earth with a bunch of aliens, some heavily mislead by my Renegade. <_<