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Mass Effect 2: Hired Guns by Arkis Mass Effect 2: Hired Guns by Arkis
"Right then, what's the plan?"

Thane Krios scowled inwardly at his new companion. The gruff human leaned casually against the alley wall, arms crossed defensively. There wasn't a shred of grace or subtlety about him, the Drell thought. A mass of muscle, armour and scars, Zaeed Massani was the definition of a modern mercenary. Simple, dangerous, and effective. Hardly an artist, Thane mused.

"I asked you a question, Drell." Zaeed fixed his one good eye on the back of the assassins head.

"Our employer hired us both for this task as a matter of precaution." Thane replied, ignoring the human's tone. "I, however, do not require your assistance."

Zaeed barked a short laugh. "Fine kid, then what's your plan?"

"Patience. Infiltrate via the cargo platforms. Once inside, I can compromise the power and primary security systems. In the confusion it should be little trouble finding and cornering the target." The assassin was already mapping the complex in his head; ducts, choke points, elevator shafts. "An hour, at most."

Zaeed snorted derisively. Thane blinked in agitation and turned to the human as he stepped next to him. "You would suggest an alternative?"

"Yeah, I've got one. Me and Jessie go down there," Zaeed growled, hefting a battered old rifle in one hand and an incendiary grenade in the other.

"And we kick in the goddam door."





Ok, I totally ran out of steam on this one, I wanted to do alot more, but I've got other, more pressing work, so it is what it is.

This is my submission to the [link] contest Unlikely Pair. I wanted to do something that was plausible, so I thought, what if Thane and Zaeed were ever hired for the same job? I feel like their styles would... clash.

I am enjoying using contests to learn. But damn can it be frustrating... Comments, faves and critiques most appreciated!

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tattooteen Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What is the name of that soldier that is getting killed
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nightchildmoonchild Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
And for these two, it's just another day at the office.
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RobbyL9 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Man, do I LOVE Zaeed! His style of combat is the ultimate example of "the careful and patient need not apply". When I played my primary Shepard profile in ME2, I always called him my merc buddy and played accordingly. If I had the option, I'd make a picture of him and my Shepard bro-fist bumping on a pile of dead collector bodies.
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Babywarrior5 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely adore the lighting in this! The flare of fire behind Zaeed is awesome.

The little story in the description makes it feel really plausible, too. I would definitely read that if you ever considered extending it!
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parijatgaur Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice and clever. I doubt if many people would think of or submit non romantic pairs. And you perfectly depicting the scenario...this is certainly how one would imagine they would think and behave on a joint mission...both being scornful of others method. :thumbsup:
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parijatgaur Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice and clever. I doubt many would think of or submit non romantic pairs. And is one thinks about it, this is exactly how the are likely to think and act in a joint operation.:thumbsup:
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C0nn34 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is a strong level of shear badassery in this pick, very well done
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Patriarch2 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Bah, ha, ha, ha! The story you have written here is hilarious! The art is good, but I'm favoring this work because of the story behind it...Kudos!!
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namesRUNdry Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool actions you depicted here.
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Arkis Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks mate!
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tintango Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Fantastic. I hope someday you come back and continue the story.
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Arkis Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha you mean the blurb? Maybe I will if I have time.
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vulpeinculta Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
They look so badass! Awesome!
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Arkis Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thanks!
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Dragonwyrd316 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is effin' fantastic! The colors, the details, just amazing! I can't say anything more than what my friend REBEL said above me. She pretty much took the words right outta my mouth!
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Arkis Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Glad you like!
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Dragonwyrd316 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome! I still can't get over how awesome this piece is :D
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The first thing I thought was, "Omg... this is so cool!"

I love it. You did an amazing job in the details, from Thane snapping the Blue Sun's neck, Zaeed with the fire behind him. LOVE IT!
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Arkis Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thanks! It means alot, I've been a fan of yours for a while!
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RebelATS Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? Awwwww, thanks! :icondragonwant:
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