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(I recommend playing "Across the Universe" by The Beatles)

Fill out a form outlining what you did in a playthrough of Mass Effect and it will create a tailored epilogue that is coherent and in-line with the established canon.

This will be updated in accordance with feedback and additional DLC.

ANSWER KEY: 11/24/2013 is the first birthday of this Flash. Woohoo! In light of such, I'm finally releasing the answer key to show how to get all the secret responses!
If you're using this Flash for the first time, don't look at the answer key just yet, it's way more fun to be surprised the first time around.
Answer key linked here: fav.me/d6vids4


UPDATE: Omega (12/01/2012)
Finally finished updating this for Omega. I also took a good amount of user criticism into account. Here's what's been changed:
-Omega DLC has been incorporated, but the only thing it really affects is making the Cerberus blurb on Earth's slide go down a level. (i.e. Cerberus is less powerful after war)
-Fixed bug where Garrus was given an epilogue even if he died. I also gave an addition to his romance ending if Pinnacle Station DLC was complete.
-For fans of Wrex, there's an extra bit if you did right by him throughout the series.
-The biggest thing I added was ME2 romance epilogues. I originally didn't focus too much on ME2 squadmates since they all got a spotlight in Extended Cut, but there were some who romanced Miranda or Jack who were disappointed that they didn't get any payoff. To alleviate this, Miranda, Jack, and even Thane have their own epilogues if romanced.
-Edited the Rannoch page so the state of quarian immunity is explained.
-Few other minor edits and revisions.

Bug Fix: (12/13/12)
-Fixed a bug that gave epilogues to everyone even if the galaxy had been destroyed.

Citadel Update: I really am trying to work on thee update for The Citadel DLC, but I've been swamped with other obligations. It'll be awhile before I can submit it, but I have not forgotten it. Thanks for the patience and support, all. :)

(4/19/2013)
Passing the 10,000 views mark was a very nice birthday present. :)

UPDATE: Citadel (5/26/2013)
I have finally, *finally* complete the Citadel update. I really wanted to release this sooner, but I just could not find the time to work on it. Here are the new additions:
-The Normandy now has an epilogue! Your ship can actually be destroyed or emerge victorious from the Battle for Earth.
-The asari now have an epilogue! This was actually something that I meant to include in the original version, but it fell to the wayside a bit.
-Incorporated Citadel DLC. As awesome as Citadel was, the only thing I could really think to include for it is a slight bonus to Normandy's survivability. If you haven't played Citadel, get it. It's well worth the price.
-Reckoning DLC gets a very brief mention in the "Eradicate Reaper Code" end.
-I converted the last slide into an experimental idea I had that's called Legacy. It has a summary of everything that occurred in your ending which can be screencapped and put on your gallery for all to see. Not sure how much that will actually be used, but if you do decide to put it in your gallery, be sure to let me know. I love seeing the results that others get on this. :)
-Altered Leviathan settings. If you take control of the Reapers, the Leviathans are now automatically defeated.
-Fixed a bunch of typos.
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MatheusLunguinho Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Seriously? Great game but I destroyed Earth with the Dark Energy choice, i didn't know that... :(
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Matt-Flame Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Top notch good fellow, sir, madam!
Be amazing if animated, i would do so if i had any skill of the sort ^^'
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GbLink Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Man i didnt know I'd need to remember what I did in ME and ME2. That was like at least 6 months ago. :-/ Oh well, in the game I controlled the Reapers and got them to start rebuilding the galaxy so im cool with that ending :-) 
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i-love-ed-u-piggy Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
You can romance Sha'ira???
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Matt-Flame Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kinda sorta, you can get a sex scene with her but other than that, no
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SugarHoneyIceTea123 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
i'm sure you already answered this question (It's probably buried in the comments somewhere), but what is the '????' option when deciding what to do with the Crucible and why cant I tick the box?
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Averross Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Those are Crucible Payloads that you haven't unlocked based on your previous choices. The answer key will show you how to unlock them all. averross.deviantart.com/art/In…
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GethEngineer Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
this its more preferable 965423783479224 times than the actual endings.
o)
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CMY187 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014

Really great, creative and enjoyable interactive ending(s) devised here.

 

I believe the Dragon Age: Origins game might have been a partial inspiration for this.

 

It's been about 2 years now, and I still hold no grudge against Bioware for the state of the ending and even the flaws in the overall games. I find it a testament to how damn good Bioware are, that they managed to make Mass Effect 3 as good as it IS, despite all the restrictions, deadlines and bullshit heaped on them by Electronic Arts.

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FadedEngraving Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014

I've been playing around with this a little, pretty fun thing you put together.

 

I've got to say I didn't quite understand why people hated the ending as much as they did at first (it only started to bother me after awhile), funny thing is the game nailed it right up until that last half hour. The atmosphere and sense of impending doom. The struggle against the reapers, it was a fantastic game. Maybe that's why the ending felt so off by comparison.

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ToAFriend Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
This is amazing. Thank you.
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littlealicewhite Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
I had fun trying to come up with the shittiest ending ever. I ended up with Shep being carried away by a Harvester to be processed.
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ChristyHemmeFanBoy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is interesting that if you chose Shepard to join New Cerberus, a few epilogue slides treat this as if Shepard had died. I guess the galaxy just practically stated "You're dead to us, Shepard!"
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ChristyHemmeFanBoy Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've got another suggestion for this interactive flash: Make an individual epilogue slide for Commander Shepard himself/herself explaining what happens to him/her after the Reaper War (if he/she survived) that also covers what happens after when he/she either decided to settle down, head back to service or join New Cerberus.

The reason why I suggested this is because I'm a bit disappointed that we get explanations on what happens to Shepard only if he/she romanced somebody.

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ChristyHemmeFanBoy Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is there a reason why I can't type in either Military Strength or the Citadel Defense Force box?
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Averross Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
The numeric stepper doesn't allow text input. It still works better than a text box since most people (myself included) can't be bothered to remember their exact EMS and the stepper shows through usage that it only matters to a certain degree.
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ChristyHemmeFanBoy Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Makes sense. Even I can't be bothered to remember the exact EMS myself.

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ShalaRaan Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is absolutely awesome. :love:
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Jane-sama Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say I love this flash and wished I had found it sooner. See, I'm a fan fiction writer and I'm getting into writing more Mass Effect fiction. I was wondering, purely for inspiration with some connection to this, to use the ending I get from using the flash in a fic?
I only want to ask first since my course practically drilled copyright laws into our skulls. I promise I'd make reference to this and give credit where its due.
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Averross Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
I give full permission for you to do this under one condition: Send the results to me when you're done so I can see it. I'd love to see what you do with this. :D
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Jane-sama Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure thing. Fair deal and thank you for the opportunity.
It may not be for a while since I have other fics to worry about but I will send it when it's done. 
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ChristyHemmeFanBoy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got a suggestion: -

- Put in an epilogue regarding Aria T'Loak's status after the Reaper War. Depending on choices made she either ... (1) ... still rules Omega with an iron fist as usual. (Renegade ending) (2.) ... Eventually softens up & Omega becomes a decent place to live overtime. (Paragon ending) (3.) ... Or she gets overthrown by Patriarch. (Choosing to kill Blood Pack assassins as his krantt in ME2)
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Averross Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
I had actually considered doing stuff for the Terminus mercs, I might add that stuff on whenever my plate is less full. (i.e. Winter Break)
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ChristyHemmeFanBoy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay then. no pressure. :stormtrooper:
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ChristyHemmeFanBoy Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting that Ashley is also considered a romance option for FemShep in ME3 in this alternate ending. Was it intentional? Or is it a glitch?
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Averross Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Oh! That was a glitch but it's fixed now. Thanks for catching that!
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ChristyHemmeFanBoy Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anytime.
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Caeric-ArcLight Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Very cool. 
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ChristyHemmeFanBoy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
While I'm very satisfied with the ME3's endings (thanks to the Extended Cut DLC, even more satisfying thanks to the Citadel DLC), this Interactive Alternate ME3 Endings game you made is pretty fun and enjoyable!

Even more so that I wish that why didn't Mac Walters think of that?

Good job! :stormtrooper:
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Averross Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
I appreciate that. Though, out of curiosity, what did you find satisfying about the original ending? I was immediately taken out of the experience as soon as Ghost Boy showed up to start retconning stuff.
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ChristyHemmeFanBoy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Before the Extended Cut was released, I had mixed feelings about it. On one hand, the Reapers are finally defeated and the galaxy is safe (or it is in ruins or all races have gone extinct ...depending on what choices you made throughout the trilogy.)

On the other hand, I was pretty disappointed that the original endings didn't explain anything beyond that, apart from showing the Normandy crash-landing on an unknown planet. (And showing a short scene of Commander Shepard waking up from unconsciousness in some rubble, if you chose to destroy the Reapers and you had a high enough EMS score that is.) It also inadvertently gave the original endings very bleak feeling (even with the "good" versions) to me.

Given that scenario, I wouldn't mind if Shepard had to die (or not if you chose Destroy w/ High-EMS), I just want to know how Shepard's squadmates, along with the rest of galactic civilization, are coping afterwards. And the original endings didn't give me that.

Fortunately with the Extended Cut, it managed to explain what happened afterwards in the form of several screenshots/flashbacks (though it still baffles me why they didn't add a few paragraphs of text to the screenshots explaining what's going on, but that's just me.) Along with some narration done by either Commander Shepard (Control), Admiral Steven Hackett (Destroy) or EDI (Synthesis).
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Averross Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
I think I see where you're coming from. I'm also glad you liked mine better. :P
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ChristyHemmeFanBoy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I said that I also enjoyed your version of the ending. I didn't say I liked yours better.

I liked how you made the Husk Head play a part in the Final Battle (if you chose to take it, that is...). I took it with me during my first time playing through the Alternate Ending, and it turned out that having the Husk Head in the Captain's Cabin made it easier for the Reapers to pinpoint the Normandy's exact location. (Oops!)

The only problem I have with your alternate ending is that it's epilogues doesn't seem to explain what happened to every surviving squadmate after the Reaper War (Javik, James, most ME2 squadmates, etc.). Is there an explanation for this?
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Averross Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Oh, my mistake. Apologies. :x

When I saw the Husk Head, I actually contemplated the option of taking it or leaving it before deciding "No, keeping Reaper parts in my cabin would probably lead to something bad happening." I really wanted that reflected in here. :P

There is a reason for that, actually. Javik got a pretty good sendoff in the game where he explains what he's going to do after the war. I decided that any further expansion would be unnecessary or a repetition of what he already tells you. The ME2 squadmates get highlighted in Extended Cut where it again seemed unnecessary, excepting LIs who do get a mention here. I liked the one for Thane, particularly. As for James... I like James, but his story kind of hit a dead-end. I honestly couldn't think of a way to expand on him in a meaningful way. :O
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ChristyHemmeFanBoy Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fair enough. :stormtrooper:
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FenrirSPhantom Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
I liked the ending and Mass Effect 3, is was one of the best games and stories, journey. i wasn't mad about the endings.

Great jobs with is, it was fun and cool, wish it was in the game but oh well. I'm excited for more Mass Effect and new stories, hope to play other species, explore and other things like we previously did.

In the interactive thing at the Crucible what was the Happy Ending like reapers and the species working together, peacefully?
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Averross Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Sure, if you control them.
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Bl4ckDr4ke Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
I prefer my official ending :( in that one my Shepard lived, in this one no...
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Averross Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
I'd personally find a heroic sacrifice ending to be acceptable as long as it made sense. How did you get killed?
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This was beautiful. The attention to detail, such as the husk head (which had me worried there for a minute. Dammit, bob...) was amazing. It must have taken you forever, but it was very worth it, and I thank you for it^^ I was working on an ending comic myself, which I plan to finish within this century, and this inspired me, even though it'll have little to do. 
Again, great work. All my feels.
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Averross Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
That'll learn ya. Reapers are not toys! :P
And yes, it was a long, arduous process that took me a couple of months worth of research, writing, learning Flash, and coding, but it was well worth it to hear comments like this. :)
Also, drop me a line when you finish your comic. I'd like to see it.
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
*sob* But he was getting along so well with Harby! (space hamster)
Hot damn, was it worth it. You did an fantabulous job. 
Sure, I'll try to remember! When I finish it... XD
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Maloneyberry Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!!! :D
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krikr2 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
How can i make my Shepard survive ?
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Averross Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Military Strength and Citadel Defense Force need to be at least 4000 and 110 respectively. You also have to check the box that says "Live, dammit!"

Oh, and you can't pick Control. That'll kill you. :P
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kymned Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
I'm sure I'm doing something wrong, but when I get to the slide to click "to the final charge" nothing happens. I wouldn't be surprised if it's a failing on my part. Any advice on what I can do to fix it?
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Averross Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
The only thing I can think of is picking the squaddies. You need to pick exactly two squadmates to bring along.
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kymned Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
I'll bet that was it. I was picking three. Guess I was playing Dragon age instead of Mass Effect, lol!
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BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ooooohhh I like this!  I like this!  It's so through!  Aw man, reading the epilogues of all the characters just made me so happy.  I salute you, Aveross!
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Averross Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
Thanks a lot, I worked pretty hard to get feedback like this. :D
What kind of stuff did you get?
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