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Nyreen Aria by Moumou38 Nyreen Aria by Moumou38
warining long long looonnng artist's comment ahead !

Where do I start ?

First of all, you might have recognized Aria T’Loak my favorite asari badass criminal from the Mass Effect saga. With her is the 1rst female turian ever introduced in the games : Nyreen Kandros. I totally ship them guys and I really wanted to draw a couple of lesbian aliens ! (yep, the one on the right is actually female).

I just finished the ME3 DLC : Omega. I found it great (though it’s not worth THAT much money, it was good enough so it’s ok). It took me 4 hrs to complete it and I found myself oddly nostalgic while travelling on Omega. It reminded me of Mass Effect 2. It’s always been my favourite place. The design is so cool. The story is interesting and so are the characters you meet. For once, Shepard is not the center of the action, Aria and Nyreen are doing the show. The choices you make don’t really change the outcome of the story but the changes are more subtle. Whether you play paragon or renegade, the relationship between the characters and the way they react or talk to each other (or to you) varies. So the dialog kinda change depending on your action and so is Aria behaviour (I’ll give details in the spoilerific part of this rant)
... AND YOU TEAM UP WITH ARIA … who am kidding, I would have bought no matter what !

Why am I crazy about those characters ? For Nyreen, I’ll explain it below in the SPOILER section and for Aria, if you’re player and about to play the DLC, I totally advise you to read the « Mass Effect : Invasion » comics which explains how Omega was taken by Cerberus and also the book « Mass Effect : Retribution » because we see a lot of her in it (even if she’s not the center of the story) and it shows how she actually is around her people or while doing business and gives details about her that are very interesting. It so crazy to think that she’s actually around 1000 yrs old and old enough to be a Matriarch (which explains he CRAZY biotics/powers… she’s incredibly powerful).

:skull: WARNING SPOILERS : Mass Effect 3 : DLC Omega, novels and comics :skull:

Now let’s get into business. Before playing the DLC, I really cut myself from the fandom, at least from any news coming from it so my expectations were not THAT high and I did not know anything about Nyreen and the other things in DLC.
I was happily surprised and being teamed up with Aria was one of the greatest experience in my Mass Effect life. She’s really powerful and I’m glad they did her justice.
The enemies were interesting ; I’m not speaking about the regular Cerberus troops that we’re used to face but the Adjutants in action were challenging and given the fact that Aria already faced them, it’s really cool to see the links and references to the comics. So you get a lot of revelations and I KNEW Cerberus was crazy enough to build those monsters with a freaking reaper-created virus. Those guys are nuts ! ...planning to infect the entire station, they really have a problem (no kidding everybody hates humans ! ... it was to see the mad prophet too !) !
When Nyreen was introduced as the former lover or Aria, I was really surprised ! I didn’t see this one coming but it felt right. I can’t see Aria in a relationship (at least not at this point of the story) because she LOVES Omega, deeply, almost like a lover but it was nice. I really liked the idea especially because lots of people tend to write about Aria as if she was some kind of nymphomaniac or at least a person who collects one night stands which is wrong to me. I never thought it was accurate because in the novel “Mass Effect Retribution” we see that Aria has a daughter called Liselle. If you know about Asari physiology then you’re aware that accidents don’t happened and it means that she was attached enough to someone to have child which gives a more sensible aspect of the character. :heart:

Anyway, meeting Nyreen was great and we see that they still care no matter how much different they were and even more when you play as a paragon (I often talk about paragon because it is the way I play, I don’t know much about the renegade outcomes, maybe during my next playthrough). As Aria says, their connection was strong but doomed. Aria’s real love is Omega after all.
Now the end of the DLC ... I saw many people pissed about Nyreen’s death, calling it pointless and as a poor excuse to get Aria angry. They said that Aria would never act like that just because of her death blablabla. And I have to say, I did not like Nyreen’s death, mainly because I liked her but it fit in the story. Aria went full-berserk not only at the sight of her former lover’s death. Try to remember all of what Cerberus took from her... God my feelings *starts crying...AGAIN :( *

She lost her child that she really cared about, she lost many of her men, she lost her lover and most of all she lost her station to which she’s bounded. It’s the accumulation of all those things that makes her break loose and go all crazy (admit it, she’s so so so so awesome in this scene).

Since I played paragon, she spared Oleg by herself, some of you may complain about her softening but I don’t see it this way. She doesn’t get softer because of Shepard. It’s more like she opens up somehow. This part of her already existed but she has to appear strong and ruthless in front of everyone which is why she forbad her daughter to reveal the link between them. But to me, at this moment she just let go for a second. Then she goes back to her former self as the 1rst sentence of her big reinstatement speech was that her rule was back...don’t fuck with Aria, guys !

Wow, that was a long rant and I’m not even finished, but I’ll stop there, if you want to discuss it further, i’ll be more than happy too. As you can see, I really enjoyed the DLC.


Bye guys ! See you later !


WIP right here :
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bleedinglove44 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
I agree with the others that believe that Aria's change of heart (if you play paragon) is more for Nyreen than Shepard. Throughout the DLC there are little hints/vibes (Nyreen throwing the force field over Aria, Aria stabilising Nyreen in return, the "feisty" comment, the eyeroll) that show that even though their relationship was star-crossed, they have deep abiding feelings for each other.   

I'm late on the ME3 train so I just finished this DLC...overpriced but I enjoyed it. When I replay I'm just going to go full tilt renegade and fuck everybody haha - just to get a kiss off of Aria ;) (who needs war assets when you can be Aria's bitch?! ;) )
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Neytiri789 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Nice work !!
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much (sorry for the delay)
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AniDragon Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha! I figured I wouldn't be the only one shipping these two! I'm playing through the Omega DLC right now, and you could cut the sexual tension between them with a knife, it's so thick.
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
totally ! I ship them very very veeeery hard !
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HyperdrivePanda Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
On the subject of female turians I always wondered if they were just in the military and such or if they all just looked and sounded like guys.
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't understand. what's your point exactly ?
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levitan71 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely description :) i liked the comics and the dlc of it.
and i think chackvas description of shepard was pretty accurate even to aria at some point: "a quiet spot in the storm where one can find their center."
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally agree. It is a perfect description
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Mastknig Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Enfin une turienne. Biotique, de surcroit. C'est aussi un des rares persos à oser tenir tête à Aria.
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
J'aurais vraiment voulu qu'elle devienne une membre de l'équipe permanent
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Mastknig Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Je suis un peu partagé sur ce point. Attention, pas de malentendu: j'aime bien Nyreen, c'était le point fort de ce DLC.

Mais vu le prix assez élevé, j'aurais été vénère d'avoir à payer aussi cher pour pouvoir recruter un nouveau squadmate sur le Normandy(j'avoue ne pas avoir acheté ce DLC, je me suis contenté de visionner un walkthrough sur Youtube; et vu le destin de Nyreen, je me dit d'avoir bien fait ).
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DallellesLaul Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
I love the name Aria :-)
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too
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DallellesLaul Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
I imagine the name Nyreen probably really grows on some people too...
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tilhe Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
This is stunning. Great job.

I don't ship Nyreen and Aria as much as I ship Tevos/ Aria, but got to admit Nyreen is such an interesting character and the fact that their relationship was doomed from the start is what makes it so fascianating. You just want to go back in time and see how it all started, developed and ended.

I loved the DLC, although combat was somewhat repetitive and not that exciting. But oh my god Aria... I don't remember ever being reduced to such a squeeing fangirl I was while watching her, hearing her in this dlc, lol.

I replayed it 4 times now. One on full renegade just to get a kiss from her xD
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much.

If it wasn't for Aria, Bioware would have had a very hard time selling this DLC. There's no other reason to pay so much for that.
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Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Wonderful art :iconepiclaplz:
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks very much :love: I'm glad you like it
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Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
You're welcome :aww:
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screwinon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I feel disappointed that we never actually hear her talk about Liselle. I never hear her mention the girl to any extent from either Aria OR Nyreen. :iconwhatisthisplz:
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah me too...I guess now everybody is left with his headcanon. I saw many people thinking that Nyreen could be Liselle's father...that's a funny thought
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screwinon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
As I have been expecting from Bioware nowadays, I am very disappoint. >:I
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DeepHurting Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Great job! :)
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks very much :love:
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Cedrica Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
I do love this piece of art! Good job! C:
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much, I'm glad you liked it !
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful painting. :)
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks very much... I'm glad you like it !!
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ChameleonBot Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Omega was immensely disappointing.
Nyreen's pointless, desperate, useless and stupid suicide/sacrifice/death was just the final nail on the coffin.

Looks like Turian females are rarer than Unicorns again then.

Oh, gorgeous artwork btw.
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I'm not as disappointed as you are but I understand your point of view... female Turians are indeed freakin' rare.

I'm glad you like the drawing though...it makes me want to draw more stuffs with them.
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Neranella Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
C'est super bien réalisé. :heart:
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
merci beaucoup, c'est pas particulièrement sophistiqué vu que j'étais concentrée sur les personnage mais c'était très plaisant à dessiner
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Neranella Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
ça doit te changer un peu des dessins super durs, et le résultat est très très bon. :)
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jurriaan-12 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love thiisss
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you do ! thanks !
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SumikoOneeSan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   Artist
Aria and Nyreen! <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3 I LOVE this. This is absolutely beautiful =)
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yaaaay, I love them so much. I'm glad they are people around who share the same love !
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Umbravita Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm just pissed off that we finally got a female turian in years, she was a main character AND she was queer, and Bioware fricken fridged her off for angst factor. :cries:

Beautiful pic, this painting's amazing.
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well that's sad, I agree, I wish she had survived especially because I don't even think that she's an angst factor...I mean Aria was already on the edge at this moment. It's more like "the straw that broke the camel's back"

Anyway, thanks very much :) I'm glad you like it !
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Umbravita Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I just felt so disappointed because, y'know, queer main character gets fridged. I was ecstatic to see Nyreen was queer, because it's so rare to have queer women in games that aren't made sex objects, let alone ones that are main characters.

And then she dies. Go figure. :/ It wouldn't have been so bad if you could save her in another playthrough -- almost everyone else who dies in the ME franchise you can prevent their deaths in another playthrough. But, nope. :(

I do have to admit, though, watching Aria lose her shit was especially entertaining. :lol:
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Fireskye-Art Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Love the colors! I'm jealous of your painting abilities. :)
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much ^ it's a question of practice I guess. I never learned how to draw or paint ; IRL I'm a student in engineering school (applied mathematics and IT) which has nothing to do with art...so keep it up !
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Fireskye-Art Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, for an engineering student, you draw amazingly well! :D I'm well practiced in pencil, but not so much digitally. ^_^"
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Dragon-Claw666 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Great work, I love the colors and shadeing. :thumbsup:
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks very much ^^ I love painting, so I really enjoy playing with the colors.
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doragonsensei Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Superbe. Le bisou, le bisou, le bisou. :)
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ouaiiis le bisou le bisou ! :heart:
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Koralika Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
First of all, great pic. And yes, would totally love more of them. The more, the merrier I say. ;)

When an asari reach the 700 years, becomes a matriarch. Not 1000. And Aria is probably few years older.
Now to DLC... Yes, it was great but not worth the prize and the reason people complain about the dlc is mainly the prize. And some Aria haters as well (oh yessss, she has haters. Thankfully, they're the minority) would complain about it.
Bioware marketed the dlc as the best work they did which is not true. IMO, it was LotSB. But they had to market the Omega dlc for money. Still, I don't see the reason to why the Omega DLC was overprized.

Anyway, to story. The DLC would be beyond amazing if they forcused more to the story, Omega's background, Aria's background and less fighting. For goddess's sake, Mass Effect was always about the story and not a pointless "shoot them up!" I miss the old days. We almost don't know more about Aria other than that she had a lover, Nyreen Kandros. We don't know what made Aria to dethrone Patriarch and be the ruler of Omega. We don't know who was Liselle's father. We didn't found if she was the commando Wrex mentioned, Aleena (but I totally believe Aria was Aleena, because of some ME2 comments she made, that Patriarch is not the only Krogan she pissed off, "better luck next time" etc.) No many background stories between Aria and Nyreen because they gave me the impression that they were together for long time, the way Nyreen talks about her leads me to believe that she was the only person who knew Aria better than everyone.
And her death was pointless. So pointless. I know she died to fuel Aria's rage more than ever but still..... she could save more people if she was alive. It was obvious that Aria still loved her and vice versa... if she was alive she could rule Omega with Aria and both would have made the place a better one.
The reason Aria softened wasn't for Shepard (I personally hate it when Shepard becomes the centre of the universe.) but for Nyreen. She wanted to respect her by making omega a better place.... and the line she says "We are Omega" instead of "I am Omega" proves that.
I laugh at people saying that it's not her type to mourn.... Duh, as if she doesn't have feelings..... Please. Nyreen's death was enough to show Aria's real self.

Anyway, I enjoyed the DLC. I just felt it was somewhat 'empty'. Not more Aria backstory, considering that she was the main protagonist of this DLC. :/
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's mentionned in the book that she's around 1000 yrs old...that's why I said that.

Anyway, it's good to soo people who agree with me. I kinda share your thoughts about pretty much every thing. I wish they was more story and the marketing was wrong, that's what bothered me the most...I mean come on, it's not the biggest DLC nor the best.

her death was pointless (and it was even worse to kill the ONLY female turian...why would complicate your life, creating a new design and stuffs to let it die like that !) I would have prefered to see her live and rule Omega. Maybe along side Aria or maybe we could have chosen to betray Aria or the contrary, or a conflict...there were many possibilities. Too bad they went for this one. I guess it closes the topic for good. (we totally need a spin off with Aria ONLY).

Concerning Aria getting softer, I like the way your see it. I'm sure of one thing, it's not because of Shepard.She is one of the few characters who don’t consider that the sun comes out of Shepard’s ass…she doesn’t flirt or fawn over him/her and that’s what I like about her. She can decide what to do. As Nyreen said, she doesn't let anyone define her.
And yeah she has feelings...she just doesn't show them often (for her own sake, on Omega, anyone could see it as a sign of weakness)
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