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ME Origins: Kaidan Alenko by pen-gwyn ME Origins: Kaidan Alenko by pen-gwyn
The look his parents gave him when his biotic potential manifested would follow him for the rest of his life...


There was no excuse for what he did...nothing that he could of said that would change things...but really, all that he had meant to do was to protect Rahna.


After spending years lost and adrift, he eventually found his way back to the place he thought he could best put his existence to use; the Alliance.


Serving aboard the Normandy was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but he surprised himself by enjoying every moment spent with the crew.


They said that the pain would eventually fade away. That Commander Shepard would want him to move on. But all he remembers is his motor functions being set to automatic, leaving his mind to wander in those last few seconds of the Normandy...


He turned away from Shepard, the unmistakable feeling of betrayal rearing its ugly head at the back of his mind.


As he helped out Commander Shepard get aboard, he was not in the least unaware that he was reaching out for Earth's last hope at salvation.


And the origins serie continues~! Or at least I'm trying to...
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DrtraumaTy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What's with the downed Turian?
Lawlessness45 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love this. Your art style is beautiful. 
Eleneri Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
This is brilliantly conceived and brilliantly executed!
Mettept Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like it
it is good
darlarosa Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
o_o amazed
ephanetis Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Oh wow, how come I never saw that one? ...
I absolutely love this! Although, if I may add, teen Kaidan looks a bit too old maybe?
Other than that, absolutely perfect!
redrose-melody Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
I'm officialy in love with your art!
And I hate Kaidan a little less now
NanaVakarian Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
I love your origin-pics :) Especially because they're mostly balck and white but feature Kaidan's brown eyes etc.
writtenrhythm1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
So many emotional moments...
do you have more like this?
Marethyn Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Great piece
Imperfect-Chaos Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
The most outstanding one yet.
silvermittt Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
I love this so much, its absolutely stunning!!
thirteenthchime Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
This is fantastic. I didn't even realize how much I wanted to see these things until just now. Wonderful job.
Richard-Coimbra Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
I need more of ME: Origins in my life Pen-gwyn.
Kimm1 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
this is AMAZING ♥
frogtime Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
I just <3 this.
Ammeel Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
umm.... amazing. Thank you for sharing, I love it!
crimsonrhodelia Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Kaidan is without a doubt my favourite character in Mass Effect, so it was a real joy to see a piece that explored his backstory (which is so sadly so often overlooked/neglected by the ME fandom as a whole) so well. Absolutely lovely.
Kimm1 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I agree - how can someone say he's boring idgi, I love his background story!
Leomann Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
I really enjoy these wordless comics (or whatever you call them) you do. I like trying to work out what each section represents without checking the notes!

This really fits into the universe, and its nice to see all these moments fleshed out.
KatanaDancer Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
this is amazing! I love it.
One comment though: I could be wrong, but I don't think biotic powers "manifest" because they are implants (hence Kaidan's headaches from having the faulty L2 in his head...).
icewolf001 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Flippin awesome! It's amazing how you told a story without a single word!
poppy201 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Please do Tali next!!!
Xhalax Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Ooooh I feel all squiggly inside!
xvmysteryvx Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Love, love, love this. <3 So amazing.
meghannibrooks Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
You've managed to say a lot with very little. Very well done.
donobowk Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
great work, I always love these timeline pictures you do, especially the alliance ones (this, shepard and joker)
shardsofmidnight Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very good. Goodness gracious, I love Kaidan. You draw him very well.
EluneEruanne Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
I looove your origin series, especially how you can really capture those moments and that you only colour the eyes.
I think the eyes transport so much information und feelings to the viewer.. (i know this sentence sounds crappy, but I can't think of a better one)
I love the expressions and the style.
My favorite panel is the third one, because he looks so lost... wonderful. He never really talks about it (or did I missed something?) so I think it's great to have a picture about it.

But a poster before me is right, the hand in the last panel is wrong, but I wouldn't have recognize it, if this poster hadn't said anything.

ValGravel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've loved all the pieces you did in this collection but this is by far my favorite. Kaidan wasn't a character I immediately adored the first tie I played the game, but after going back and taking the time to listen to his story, I really started to like him and you highlighted all the bits of his backstory that made me love him. Oh, and the final comment you made on the last frame of this illustration, epic.
Ellagne Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome. You did a great job! Kaidan looks amazing (and boy-Kaidan is adorable) :D
moosewingz Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg, no, I am so moved. BBY KAIDAN I AM SO SORRY I LET YOU DIE ;______; And when I was romancing you too! But seriously, this is really nicely drawn, and I love the concept! :heart:
BethBAMF Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Sexiest thing I've seen all day.

Kaidan is such a cool character. People disregard him because he doesn't fit into the cliches that everyone likes. He's a controlled, helpful individual. He has some baggage, but manages to convince himself that he doesn't have any at all--not like the other characters, who all need or want something, and always want to carry their regrets with them. His philosophy of "always leaving a way out" really intrigues me, too, and the fact that he's one of the only humans in the game who doesn't have anything against aliens while simultaneously being part of the Alliance is also very interesting. I love him.

But perhaps my favorite thing about Kaidan is how he always seems to be the most knowledgeable of anyone in your crew in ME, but somehow he also is the one to make some of the dumbest/strangest observations, haha. It's really very cute.
Spicy-Noodle-Ghost Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thank you!
KosmosMasaki Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Writer
: dies :

Kaidan...why are you so appealing x___x
DireW0lf64 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! Just wow! great job!
bunnyjetaime Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
It's amazing, I love this , I hope there will be more like this one, and thanks for sharing your fabulous work.
Estelindis Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Wonderful! :wow: :heart:
LillaMamman Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these summaries.
Glad I can add another one to my collection of :iconamongststars:
Cardboredbox Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The angles and expressions convey the motion of his life so...ffff...awesomely. :iconwhutplz:
Burnet9 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Freaken Kid Kaidan is adorable! Great, GREAT choice in the moments to draw, they all came out amazing!
kryptocow Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great choice of moments. Especially the BAat panel... slowly realizing "What did I just do??"
I like the idea that Kaidan and Joker are bros.

(One problem: his hand in the last panel is backwards, the thumb would be on the outside.)
soren7550 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012   Writer
Loving it! And Kaidan, oh yes Kaidan!
spruce56 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :D
SolarDiamond Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love all of your Origins pieces. Your art style is what I wish I could do with traditional ink and paper. Lovely :heart:
AmethystStar94 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Awesome! Love how you drew him and show the different things that have happened in his life. :D
kamikaze-Minato Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is awesome <3
Darantha Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome, love your origins series so I was pretty happy to see this. :D (Gah, he needs a hug. Shep, hug him, now!)
Yellowjay7 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012 my heart sink.

So good. :P
Dankia Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Great job. I love everyone of them, though the last scene is my favorite.
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