24 NovRaphael Sbarge reads Kaidan’s Horizon letter from ‘Mass Effect 2′

You asked for it: Raphael Sbarge voices Kaidan Alenko’s “Horizon” letter from “Mass Effect 2″:

And here’s a thank you from Raphael for your responses:


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Stay up to date with Raphael by following him on Twitter @raphaelsbarge or on Facebook.

Hi. This is Raphael Sbarge calling, and we’re about to take down the Kaidan Alenko letter, as it was our, sort of Thanksgiving treat, as it were. Or Thanksgiving gift, I think some people called it.

I just really needed to sort of speak and to say how, frankly, how moved and overwhelmed I am by the amount of response that we had. I mean, thousands, thousands and thousands of hits (Editor’s note: We recorded 21,000 plays just from the site.) – it went viral, the letter. The written notes that we received, just the thank yous – some are hysterically funny, some are just sort of over the moon, and many are just really touching – I just want to say thank you. I’m really knocked out by the response.

This was an idea that came from you, that is, the fans, people who love Mass Effect and love Kaidan. So I, taking your lead, did this little … read this little letter, which seems to have sort of really struck a nerve. Again, I’m really touched about that. I’m also, I so appreciate that BioWare and the writers at BioWare, and some of the producers there have sort of found it, and then decided to kind of both bless it and then pass it along. So thanks for that, thanks to them and for the amazing game that they are in the midst of trying to get all buttoned up and ready to ship. It’s an enormous undertaking and responsibility. They’re feeling, I’m sure they’re under a lot of pressure to make it great. From everything I can tell, it seems like it’s going to be spectacular.

Anyway, I just wanted to say, really, thank you, thank you, thank you for your thank yous and for your enthusiasm and all that you wrote. I’m also, for those people in the United States – because we did receive quite a few written responses from outside the United States — but for those who are in the United States, Once Upon A Time, big episode tonight on ABC at 8 o’clock (Editor’s note: 7 p.m. Central). I’m going to be live tweeting during the east and west coast broadcasts of it. If you find that you are around, and you want to join us and throw some questions in, I’d be happy to respond, say hey. But that’s tonight, 8 o’clock, ABC.

Anyway, more to come, I’m certain. Thank you. I’m very, very grateful for all the kind words that were sent my way. All right, signing off.

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226 Responses so far.

  1. Amratis says:

    Thank you SO so much for that – that was fantastic – even teared me up abit! Just so great :) I wish that could have been in the game somehow!

  2. ZombieGeisha says:

    :D Perfect!

  3. Sandra says:

    Thank you so much! That’s awesome. So much emotion. It made me cry.

  4. Julie says:

    WOW!!!!! Thank you so much for that. I couldn’t have asked for a better present and we don’t even celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, lol.

  5. VelvetRue says:

    Thank you so much for this!, made my hole day~ <3

  6. Shoko says:

    This so impressive thank you so much! Just.. perfection! I can’t thank you enough! =D

  7. Kara says:

    Oh my god thank you SO much for recording that letter. But really what surprised me and made my day was how much, how accurately you put his character into it. I could almost imagine Kaidan recording this. It was so raw and emotional and vulnerable i teared up a bit.

    Really i admire your work so much because of your ability to turn fan requests into something so special and professional. And thank you so much for taking the time to do this for us, Mr. Sbarge. It means so much to all of us that you reach out and connect to your fans!

    Happy thanksgiving!

  8. Emmy says:

    WOW…That was amazing, so full of emotion, thank-you so so much for recording that letter! People have said it already, but I’ll say it again, perfection!! Such a wonderful gift, thank-you thank-you!! :D

  9. Estelindis says:

    The depth and fidelity of emotion in that performance has blown my heart into smithereens. Thank you so much! <3

  10. Geirahod says:

    OMG!! I just can’t….you’re amazing, thank you so much for this!!

  11. Anja says:

    Happy Thanksging to you :)
    I’m from Germany and we don’t celebrate this holiday over here, but I will take this as an early Christmas gift :D
    Thank you so much for that!

  12. Bekkael says:

    What an incredible gift for us Kaidan fans. *sniff* Thank you so much for doing this Mr. Sbarge, you’re my favorite actor ever. :)

  13. Lyriel says:

    Words just can’t do this justice – that was such an amazing gift.

    I truly appreciate the work and love that obviously went into it, and all for people you’ll probably never even meet. It is so tender and touching – not just the recording (which is masterful), but the thoughtfulness of the man behind it shines through. I cannot think of another in your profession who would have gone to such effort to give fans something that would be so special to them. You are a gift yourself, Mr. Sbarge. Never doubt it.

    Jaqui, you deserve thanks as well for coming to understand many of his fans and working to deliver something so special and unique!

  14. Hotaru29 says:

    This was so… I cannot even… awawawawa…. <3

  15. Roland says:

    Mr. Sbarge – THANK YOU so very much for recording this! And to Jacqui – a million thanks for making this happen! In deep appreciation of your generosity to this Kaidan Alenko fan, I’ve sent a donation to GreenWish. Again, a big “Muchas Gracias!” for your kindness. What an amazing gift! :)

  16. MariaKat says:

    Thank you so much for posting =) it’s so great to hear it and not just read it!

  17. Isaac says:

    Absolutely amazing! Best fan present ever! Thank you so much Raphael & jacqui for making this happen!!!

  18. Jenova says:

    I’m not surprised it is perfect, I wouldn’t have expected any less… Thank you so much for the extra mile that you always seem to go to for your fans :)

  19. Hillary says:

    This just totally made my day! You’re amazing. I wish that this had been a part of ME2. Thank you!

  20. Jenova says:

    Hillary :
    This just totally made my day! You’re amazing. I wish that this had been a part of ME2. Thank you!

    Would have made a big difference to EVERYONE imo :D

  21. Jessi says:

    Raphael acknowledges and accepts his fangirls and I’m so happy for the fact. An already emotional message made all the more poignant through such a fantastic voice–a wonderful Turkey Day gift. It’s great to finally hear this spoken. Thanks (:

  22. Helena says:

    Mr. Sbarge, Jacqui, thank you both, so, so, much! It’s one thing that you actually even considered our request, but the fact that you actually did it for us, I am at a loss for words (which in this situation is a good thing, I assure you, hahaha). So perfect, everything about this! In my head, I always did my best to read the email, trying to imagine Kaidan’s voice, how his tone and inflection would be on certain parts, but nothing could ever compare to actually hearing it like this. <3

    Truly the best fan present we could ask for. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you! And I hope you're both having a lovely Thanksgiving today! :D

  23. Saberchic says:

    Thank you, Raphael, so much for the kind gift! It was amazing, and I know a lot of people (including myself) really appreciate the extra mile you went to create this.

    Inspired by your generosity, I’ve made a donation to Green Wish. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    And THANK YOU Jacqui for your your hard work and thoughtfulness!

  24. DevilYoko says:

    Thank you sooo very much! The best present EVER! :D

  25. Deviija says:

    This is awesome. <3

    I would love to have had THIS instead of the e-mail Kaidan sends in ME2. This is so, so, so much more meaningful and Kaidan-esque! I wish BW had done something like this, with an emotive voice mail!

  26. crimsonrhodelia says:

    I knew this would be the Thanksgiving surprise! What I didn’t know was exactly how wonderful it would be. This is too perfect! If only I could download this and mod it into the game! Thank you so, so much for this. Happy Thanksgiving!

  27. Punkee84 says:

    Wow thank you so much Raphael that was amazing n something I hoped I’d hear you do :D when I read thy message again your voice will remain with me giving it that personal touch n closeness to kaidan xxx

  28. Jho says:

    Even though Thanksgiving isn’t something we celebrate here in the Netherlands, I do want to say thank you for this wonderful gift :) The emotion you’ve put into it goes way beyond anything my own mind made up hearing, after reading that mail in Mass Effect 2.
    It’s very touching to hear it out loud and it’s very touching that you would do such a thing for your fans. Again, thank you…and thank you to Jacqui as well :)

  29. Joni says:

    Oh wow so much Raphel Sbarge. You make me proud to be a fan and it shows what a great actor you are to do this for your fans! Happy Thanksgiving and once again thank you too Jacqui.

  30. Lellandra says:

    Thank you!! Happy Thanksgiving!! This was great!!!

  31. Theresa says:

    Thank you so much, this is so lovely!!! :) Is it March yet?

  32. April says:

    This is why we love you. Happy Thanksgiving. :D

  33. Jess says:

    Wow… So awesome, thanks dude! :D
    Wish it was in the game.

  34. Misty says:

    Omg that last bit was just omg. I repeat – OMG! Thank you so much :)

  35. Sydney says:

    oh my goodness! Thank you so much! <3

  36. Chas says:

    Aaand now I regret my decisions in Virmire…

  37. Christian says:

    Dude, my Shepard romanced Ashley and I still loved this clip man. I appreciate it. Happy Thanksgiving.

  38. John says:

    Dude thank you, this is AWESOME

    The anticipation from ME3 is killing me, I really can’t wait to hear how your story plays off in ME3.

  39. imissmypants says:

    I think you all just drowned in my TEARS. Ha but really this is sweet love it!

  40. Will says:

    Aaw man, sorry I killed you today Kaiden!

    Promise I won’t on my next ME play through :D.

  41. Anes says:

    This is awsome i hope you have a good thanksgiving now and stay safe for mass effect 3 :D

  42. Ildreen says:

    OMGGGGG!!! I’m having a fangirl moment here right now!!! Best thanksgiving present EVER!

  43. Ava says:

    Thank you so very much for recording this. You really made my Thanksgiving special.

    I may not have family, or a feast, but sharing it with Kaidan’s message? That’s good enough for me.

    Thank you!

  44. Sam says:

    Woah… I actually made me regret I did not pursue a relationship with Kaidan, this was just… amazing. You set the tone Raplh, you set it good.
    Thank you for doing this for us.

  45. Amy says:

    Awww lol I don’t even have Kaiden as a LI, but even so, this recording is super awesome. What a treat! :3

  46. Jurnee says:

    Very cool that an actor does this for a character, though personally I prefer Carth over Kaiden.

  47. Frank says:

    that was freaking awesome thanks for that :)

  48. Jorge says:

    I personally don’t like Kaiden as a character, but nevertheless, that recording was a job well done. Enough to make me consider keeping him alive in my next run through. Can’t say I’ll stay faithful to him though…. I mean come on. Garrus is just so damn impressive!

  49. Jack says:

    Fucking brilliant! Kaidan the dude! And I actually am dying to play ME3. JESUS CHRIST!!!

  50. Jo says:

    Absolutely brilliant, thank you for doing this!

  51. Lucy says:

    I was totally unprepared for this: I just clicked the link from ME2’s Facebook and was stunned. That was utterly perfect. Thank you.

  52. Hitsugi says:

    Thank you so much for this… it was so beautiful. Kaidan is my favorite romance option. :D

  53. Razz says:

    Omg thank you so muchhh !! If only this was in the game l

  54. Mothao says:

    Holy shit, this was unexpected!

  55. Conny says:

    Thank you so much for recording that! I always tried to imagine hearing it in Kaidan’s voice whenever I read it but it was just sooooo much better to hear it like this!

  56. Stahlvogel says:

    omg… more voice artists (yeah, i’m writing “artists” instead of actors on purpose) should do stuff like that. I just nerdgasmed so hard… it’s a mess

  57. Michaela says:

    I loved it! So much emotion. I’m so impressed. That was such an awesome present! Cant wait until ME3!

  58. Samantha says:

    That was fantastic! Thank you so much ? March can’t get here fast enough!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  59. Nikki says:

    Totally playing Mass Effect right now… this is amazing. D:

  60. Kirsty says:

    I LOVED this message! Raphael has such an amazing voice, its one of the reasons I love Carth in Knights of the old Republic and I love Kaiden in Mass Effect, they are my 2 favorite games ever thanks to this man and his amazing acting, and although I’m from Scotland and have no idea what thanksgiving is, all I can say is have an amazing day people and thank you Raphael for sharing this with us, you’ve made a lot of people very happy :) xx

  61. Vanessa says:

    I kept Kaidan around on my first playthrough, and it’s the first save game I’m starting off in ME3. Can’t wait to see what happens with you and female shepard, this definitely improved the story for me!

  62. AmeNeko says:

    Thank you soooo much <3
    FemShepxKaidan is my most favorite ME Romance ever!
    I shed a little tear just now… too amazing!!

  63. pedro says:

    What!What!What!What!What!OMG This is awesome.

  64. Chris says:

    Thank you VERY much, Raphael and you all at the site. Somehow hearing it in his voice makes it seem much nicer!

    Now if only he could have given a goodbye message to Revan!

  65. Amanda says:

    Holy Crap! I clicked the link thinking, “Umm what? The voice actor for Kaidan has a present for me?” o-o
    And all I have to say is… Thank you so much Raphael! It was so amazing! :D
    You could really feel the intensity of Kaidan’s emotions and the struggle he went through to voice his words…
    Totally looking forward to Kaidan’s appearance in ME3~! :p
    <3 Shenko FTW

  66. Carmel Robinson says:

    Oh, Kaidan is going to be SO happy when my Shepard tells him he gave Cerberus the finger. I was a little disappointed in the game at the fact there wasn’t a “OH, MY GOD! SHEPARD! YOU’RE ALIVE!” moment. Instead, he just comes strolling in, listing all my merits as though he’s known all along and hardly cares. Oh, well.

  67. Diane says:

    Just listened to this with the biggest grin on my face! This was awesome!!

  68. Nicole says:

    OMG Thank you so much. I also always tried to imagine in my head what it would sound like in his voice. This totally should have been in he game!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Kaidan is my favorite all time romance option!!

  69. Heidi says:

    Wow. This is just the best thing ever. Thank you so much Raphael, you’re awesome! You’re so great to us fans. Totally made my day. Thank you too Jacqui.

  70. Kim says:

    Thank you so much for this.
    As other had said, I had always heard Kaidan’s voice reading the message in my head, but never like this. Your reading was so intense and just…full of emotion. It was amazing.

    Jacqui please post a link to the best way to donate to Green Wish so that I can show my appreciation for Mr. Sbarge’s lovely gift.

  71. Neko Chan says:

    See, the emotion in his voice, this is how I feel about Liara.

  72. Lukas Pedersen says:

    Haha, that was so awesome!

  73. Mel says:

    Raphael, you really know how to reach out to your fans. We all love you, thank you for this!

  74. Pixie says:

    OMG! Kaidan fangirls around the world are very happy now <3 <3

  75. KnightAnder says:

    That was an awesome performance! Great job and thank you Mr. Sbarge.

  76. Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for this!!! This is how it should have been presented in the game…and I know my Shepard thanks you. :)

  77. Stacy says:

    Thank you so much! You really bring Kaidan to life in this email…it’s truly amazing. You really are wonderful to us, thanks again!

  78. Michelle B says:

    This…was…awesome!

    I JUST completed my cannon femshep file on ME2 and then this comes up. Couldn’t ask for better timing! Totally just made my day! <3 Kaidan is my favorite LI in the entire ME series. Anticipating ME3 even more now. Happy Thanksgiving Raphael!

  79. Violeta says:

    OMFG!!!!!! AWESOME!!! Thank U for doing this… It’s so emotive… :'( I want ME3 NOWWWW!!! I MISS U KAIDAN!!

  80. Oggblomskulk says:

    Well, if you got a love relationship with kaiden in ME 1 you get a letter from him, with, if I’m not mistaken, these exact words.

  81. Thomas says:

    I don’t say this very often, but OH…MY…GOD!

    This was freaking awesome!

  82. Sarah G. says:

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE~
    Thank you Raphael! Totally made my day!

  83. Martha says:

    I think my ears have just fallen in love. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Raphael. Your voice is the only reason why I even romanced Kaidan.

  84. Simone says:

    Thank you so much for this. I cried, no joke, listening to it. The relationship between Shepard and Kaidan… It’s beautiful and I can’t wait to see it come to a (hopefully), blissful, happy conclusion in ME3.

    Thank you Mr Sbarge, thank you so much.

  85. Kayleigh says:

    So… in ME2 when I met him I was thinking ‘OMG I’ve missed you so much, let’s get back together and kill the collectors’ . And he just shuts me out and acts all sensitive ’cause I’m with Cerberus. And just leaves me there. And now with all this emotional blabala of how shocked he was. While he was busy manning up, I hooked up with Thane. Best.choice.ever. And now I’m replaying ME2 from my pre-kill-Ashley-or-Kaidan save just to get him killed even from ME cause Ashley > Kaidan. Sorry, everyone else who’s commented so far. FemShep is a woman of action, not someone who sits there brooding and waiting for Kaidan to get his @#$% sorted.

  86. Katz says:

    Omg, thank you so much for doing this! And have a precious Holiday!

  87. Selene says:

    And suddenly I feel bad about leaving Kaidan for Garrus… That was simply amazing. This voice gives me the shivers every time. Kudos and thank you.

  88. Michaela says:

    I still cant get over this. I’ve listened to it twice already. Your voice rocks. Thanks Raphael!

  89. Ronnie says:

    This was awesome and unexpected! Thank you very much!!! Happy Bird-day!

  90. Kara says:

    Chris :
    Thank you VERY much, Raphael and you all at the site. Somehow hearing it in his voice makes it seem much nicer!
    Now if only he could have given a goodbye message to Revan!

    AGH PLEASE

  91. Will says:

    Kaidan you just went up a rank in book. Im glad i saved you back in ME1 and Im looking forward to working again with him in ME3.

  92. Amber says:

    that was… amazing. Can’t wait to reunite in ME3!

  93. Rhian says:

    This is an incredible piece of acting. Thank you so much, Raphael!

  94. Kayla says:

    Thank you so much! That was awesome, I love Kaidan!!!!

  95. CJ says:

    OMG!!! I romanced him in ME1 and stayed loyal in ME2! Kaidan is one of my favorites even with the PSTD-like issues. THANK YOU for recording this!!!! You made my day!!!

  96. Blue says:

    That was really intense! Thank you!

  97. Alex says:

    He pronounced Virmire & Ilos differently from what I thought was right, oh well :)

  98. Faize says:

    I literally squee’d when I pressed play. I wasn’t expecting that! I love his voice~

  99. Jenn says:

    This was so intense and honestly… it’s making me replay Mass Effect 2 and stay completely faithful to Kaidan. I can’t wait until Mass Effect 3 now. Thank you, it was amazing to hear it like this and it reminded me why I loved him so much.

  100. Michele M says:

    Totally just nerdgasmed to the extreme. I love it.

  101. Kylii says:

    *croon*

    ahh Kaiden… *sigh*

    I cannot wait for ME3!!!!!

  102. Niki says:

    Thank you!

  103. Wheelz says:

    I have been a fan of Raphael since KOTOR, or even back when he was on Star Trek Voyager. I loved it when I heard he was back for ME, and now I’m ecstatic that he’s back for ME3. Raphael, you are one of the best voice actors, (if not THE best) EVER!!

  104. Neyle says:

    Thank you soooo much! Ah … my heart *_*

  105. FemShep says:

    How sweet! Isn’t this the letter he writes her after horizon? He sounds sooooo sad!!!!

  106. Jessica says:

    Thank you so much for this. It was the perfect thing I needed since my best friend abbandoned me just a few days ago, so this really cheered me up. I literally just sit and cry now, I love how he made it so perfect. Much love for taking the time to fix this, Raphael and Jaqui <3

  107. Sara says:

    omg best thanksgiving present ever….

  108. Mina says:

    ASDFGHJKL;’…! OMG… Excuse me while I have a fan girl moment and shriek excitedly before my computer screen.

    Okay, done. Lol Thank you, thank you, thank you SOOOO MUCH for doing this, Mr. Sbarge! BEST Thanksgiving gift EVER. I seriously cannot wait until March, but I’m SO glad that my fem!Shep stayed loyal to her Alliance soldier! Hehe Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  109. barf says:

    HNNNNNNNNNGHHHHHHHH!!!!!

  110. Kyriene says:

    SQUEEE!!!!

    OMG If they had done this in the game, I think there would have been a lot more happy Kaidan Fangirls. /sigh

  111. Eoin says:

    Raphael You’re a dam hero man. Can’t wait to hear more of the same in ME 3. Happy Thanksgiving!

  112. Melody313 says:

    My femshep romanced Kaidan in ME1. It’s even more… awesome. Thank you !! =D

  113. Terry says:

    Thank you so much for doing this for your fans just made my day.

  114. Valerie says:

    AWWWWWW I just died inside…And I can say with no shame in saying that I just had a major fangasm right there. They should have been in the game, just reading the words on the screen the first time I played ME2…I was all soft and squishy…but this, this is beyond awesome. I never knew Raphael before playing ME and I simply ADORED his voice when I first starting playing the game. I cannot wait for ME3, screw Ashley, I will always, ALWAYS save Kaidan on Virmire in all my playthroughs.

  115. Quatzacoatl says:

    Now I just need that phonecall from Ashley and im all set for ME3 ;)

  116. postblue says:

    *FANGIRLING ALL OVER THE PLACE*

    OMONA! MARCH PLEASE HURRY, PLEASE!!!!

    THANK YOU RAPHAEL! <3

  117. Dylan says:

    This was an incredible performance, Mr. Sbarge. Kinda makes me wish there would have been a message for us M!Sheps who viewed Kaidan as a brother. Mine did, and is hoping he can get one of his best friends back in ME3!

    You are an inspirational acto, and I look up to you. Thank you for taking the time to do this.

    I can hear the female players swooning from here. :P

  118. Chris says:

    Thank you hugely for this – the hurt and pain of Horizon comes through so clearly, true to character, I can’t wait to follow on with the relationship in ME3! fantastic stuff, Happy Thanksgiving!

  119. Solvill says:

    Thank u so much this is great, can’t wait to hear u in ME3 :)

  120. Taelus says:

    Gotta say kudos for putting out the gift to everyone who wishes those letters had been audio. That said, I have to poke fun for the choice in pronunciation of Ilos and Virmire :-)

  121. Elizabeth says:

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!! Thank you so much!! I didn’t know if you were actually going to do it and you did it and it’s so awesome, I think I’m going to have a fangirl heart attack!! And Kaidan sounds so sad ;-; but I guess he’d be sad with Shepard and all that… But it’s so damn good!! *squeee*
    It’s so awesome that you think about your fans :’) whoooo!!

  122. aggie says:

    Thank you so much sir for this precious gem. I am so honored and grateful for what you have done for us! Thank you thank you thank you!!

  123. Velina says:

    Thank you so much for doing the message, you have just save Velina from leaving Kaidan and she feels all that she is suffering now is all worth it when Kaidan is back with her.

    *hugs and kisses* you are such a great, sweet person and of course a talented voice actor as well, Raphael. :) I can feel how much conflict inside of Alenko while he records the message, thank you sooooo much!

  124. Leah says:

    I’m faithful to Garrus now, but if there’s anything to make me love Kaidan it’s Raphael Sbarge’s /amazing/ voice acting.

  125. Pam Cummings says:

    love it,thank you

  126. thyme says:

    Wow! This was amazing! The amount of emotion in his voice is amazing. I can totally see Kaidan struggling to find the right words, to say the right thing, but still holding back. This is so much better than how I originally imagined the Horizon letter.
    Thank you Mr. Sbarge for not only being accessible to your fans but for giving us this gift as well. And thank you Jacqui for helping to make it happen. I hope you two are having a wonderful holiday!

  127. Jaz says:

    Raphael sbarge is why I played mass effect to begin with (having played the heck out of kotor). This just elicited a lot of fangirl squees… Thanks much for this. I guess I’ll have to be content with once upon a time in the mean time.

  128. Abby says:

    The emotion he put into this was amazing — every pause said a lot and reminded me of why Kaidan really is one of my favorite characters in the ME franchise. :)

  129. Quaay says:

    OMG that totally made my day! Thank you so much for doing that. All nine of my Shepards that romanced Kaidan stayed faithful and are waiting (im)patiently to be by his side again. Worth the wait ;)

  130. Tealeaf says:

    Dammit, Kaiden i killed you on Virmire!
    but damn that’s good voice acting and writing.
    I sure hope the facial expressions/eyes really improve to pull the emotions the voice is making.

  131. Ali says:

    Better than I imagined! Thank you, what a treat!

  132. Tiffany says:

    This just made my day ….

  133. dpMeggers says:

    Wow. Just…wow.

    Thank you.

  134. Magess says:

    One of my favorite voice actors. Thanks, Raphael! Everything I’ve wanted to hear Kaidan say… I hope holding out through ME2 will be worth it ;)

  135. Emmy says:

    Alright, I know I’ve already commented…but I just want to say again…amazing! This truly made my day! :D Thank-you so much jacqui and Raphael Sbarge!:)

  136. Emma says:

    Thanks for recording this! It was sweet. Can’t wait for Kaidan’s return in ME3!

  137. Roland says:

    I’ve posted earlier as well but wanted to say that if you can, make a donation to Mr. Sbarge’s organization “Green Wish” – Let’s show him that his kindness and generosity is really appreciated! The site is http://www.greenwish.com :)

  138. Shane says:

    Whoa! I’ve never been a big Kaidan fan, but this is great! Absolutely incredible voice acting.

  139. Jackie says:

    EPIC!!! I love it. This was the best Thanksgiving present ever! *swoon* Ahh…Kaidan. Thanks Raphael!! You’re the best!

  140. Naomi says:

    I can’t wait for ME3 now.

    Thank you, Raphael, this was fantastic!

  141. cody says:

    Sorry I killed you. :(

  142. Michele says:

    Why, oh why did we not get voice emails, instead of emails! That would have melted me into a puddle and kept one of my characters away from Thane! :D.. ME3… 3 and a half months!!!

  143. syzara says:

    Thank you kindly for this gift! Awesome!

    /tigs

  144. Pax says:

    Wow. A sincere thank you to Mr. Sbarge for this lovely gift! And a sincere thank you to Jaqui for everything!

    …man it’s so dusty in here. :)

  145. Isabelle says:

    Awwwww…
    Lots of Love.. <3

  146. sansan says:

    This is heartbreaking! D= I love it! Thank you Raphael!

  147. “We’ll talk later, Kaidan.”
    I miss hearing him say, “I’d like that…”

    Thank you, Mr. Sbarge. My Angelyne Shepard loves Kaidan very much and now promises to return to him in ME 3.
    Enjoy your holiday. :)

  148. Jessica says:

    That was really sweet of you, thanks! I do have to say though, it was so good I’m almost glad it wasn’t audio in the game. If Shepard were to start crying, I think the galaxy might implode.

  149. makenzieshepard says:

    Mr. Sbarge, that was totally wicked! http://bit.ly/qCQ21 Sadly Kaidan is absent in most of my saves due to my female Shep’s sending Ashley off with the salarians and/or having a crush on her. Still a great gift for the fans, thanks for being good to us, it’s appreciated!

  150. Kate says:

    Be still my heart.

    Thanks so much for this! Best Thanksgiving gift ever.

    If I were any more excited for ME3, I’d explode.

  151. K.Laine says:

    oh that was lovely even tho it turned me into a giddy fangirl mess, i still luv it xD sbarge is far to kind, thank you for doing this ^.^

    is it march yet >.<

  152. Portia says:

    Be still my heart <3 Had any of my Shepard's received that message in a voicemail or vidmail it would have made a world of difference. This was truly wonderful, thank you!

  153. Olivia says:

    how come I can’t get it? i’m able to get the other audios….and from reading other’s comments I’m missing out.

  154. Melissa says:

    Jacqui, you are a genius. And Mr. Sbarge, you took words on a page and gave them emotional depth and real meaning. It was heartbreaking yet hopeful. Thanks so very much for your generosity.

  155. David says:

    I wish the woman who voices Ashley would do something like this.

  156. Alexandra says:

    Sir, if you weren’t my favorite actor before, you certainly are now. I dunno what it means to you, but there it is.

  157. Meri says:

    Mr. Sbarge you are the best ! :D

  158. MegMcA says:

    How do I make this my ringtone?

    HOW.

  159. Clair says:

    Thank you so much for this great gift :D.

  160. Mimiko says:

    Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom he is so cute!

  161. Mariah says:

    I love love love it!! This made my fangirlish heart swell twentyfold. <3 So awesome.

  162. Fleur says:

    Listening to this I can’t help but go into Kaidan fangirl mode – truly an awesome Thanksgiving present, thanks Sbarge! <3

  163. Deborah Clerkin says:

    OMG i have been waiting to hear this, soo much better than reading it on screen! Fantastic job you really gave it depth and gave me shudders :) <3

  164. Katrin says:

    Thank you so much Mr. Sbarge and Jacqui, this was a wonderful gift, I love it so much. I really wish this would have been in the game.

  165. Wanita says:

    Oh my god, this was so much better than that stupid horizon mail

    harumph

    but thank oh thank you so very much.

    -fangirl adorationx1000000-

  166. DarklingRose says:

    *gasp! sigh…*
    that was lovely. thank you so much.
    Your voice really makes your characters so distinctively real and human and compelling. I missed Kaidan so much through Mass Effect 2… can’t wait for 3! You make Kaidan into a real toe-curler! ;)
    *fangirl squee*

  167. Revan says:

    Carth who allowed you to leave the ebon hawk get back here.

  168. Sugar says:

    That was simply amazing! You are so very very talented, Raphael!!! Thank you for doing so much for your fans!
    To give back I donated to greenwish.com!! :)

  169. Shir says:

    Oh wow <3 This was fantastic; even if I'm a maleShep player this was fantastic :}

  170. Casey says:

    Kara :

    Chris :
    Thank you VERY much, Raphael and you all at the site. Somehow hearing it in his voice makes it seem much nicer!
    Now if only he could have given a goodbye message to Revan!

    AGH PLEASE

    YES! THIS. Please? Maybe as a Christmas present :P

    But ahh, that was wonderful! Thank you for this!

  171. MizzNaaa says:

    OMG!! This is the best gift EVER! I think I listened to this a 100 times so far and it gets to me everytime! Thank you Mr. Sbarge, thank you so much!

  172. Kirina says:

    SQUEEEE *melts* That was truly fantastic. The fan girl in me almost cried it was so moving. What a wonderful gift to everyone, thank you sooo much!

  173. Jen says:

    Oh.My.God. I bloody cried my eyes out listening to this. no joke… this was gorgeous and everything that I wanted to hear. So much emotion, but so realistic. So real.
    I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.
    This just made my birthday. :D

  174. B.Wheeler says:

    This reduced me to a giggling puddle of crazy. My god Sbarge, the amount of emotion in your voice is unbelievable. You, my fine gentleman, have talent. An amazing amount of talent.

    You made alot of people happy with this, myself included. Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving. Happy Holidays!

  175. zweistein says:

    not a Kaidan fan, but this is cool news!
    players who romanced or would like to romance Kaidan will be intrigued by this a lot. i also hope there’s some juice for the rest of the gamers who would also like to have Kaidan as a buddy in the crew and not necessarily as a romance option.

  176. desiree says:

    i dont see a link i cant listen to this :( sad and disapointed

  177. Bethany says:

    Awesome!

  178. Marie says:

    that was so perfect it just added the emotion to the game thank you. I really want march to be here now lol.

  179. Star says:

    Hearing the message vs reading it as an email is amazing. The delivery sure makes a difference. My poor Tris Shepard is having a hard time remaining mad at Kaidan now and I suspect she won’t be mad in the least by the time ME3 arrives. Thank you for doing this!!!

  180. Aria says:

    This is brilliant! I was on the verge of tears listening to this. Call me a foolish fangirl, but that was some amazing voice acting.So much emotion packed into a few paragraphs. Thank you Sbarge, this is awesome!

  181. Carth says:

    Stay true to her to the end. Be thankful and understand how lucky you are that she is still here. That you can be with her. Don’t take her for granted. Even if Revan isn’t coming back, you damn well better get yourself over to her because you’ll be something worse than bantha fodder if you don’t.

    You got it?

    – Admiral Carth Onasi

  182. AmandaH says:

    What a tremendous difference Sbarge’s voice work makes! Huge gift to have the emotion and depth clearly defined in the “About Horizon” email. Thanks to Jacqui and Mr. Sbarge for the audio blogs – replaying ME and ME2 a bazillion does nothing to sate the curiosity of where things will end up between Shepard and Alenko (pending the various decisions made) – so looking forward to the conclusion in ME3! :)

  183. ShadowB says:

    Hello Kaidan. It’s Liara.
    Recently, your message to Shepard crossed my desk and … I am amazed. Who knew someone from such a short lived species as yours could be capable of such depth of feeling? Such concern and hope? This is very awkward for me, but I’ve always felt there was also something special between the two of us. If it doesn’t work out with you and Shepard (she totally cheated on you, btw), or you haven’t changed your mind about that ‘proposal’ she made the two of us on the Normandy, just know that I’ll always be be here for you … melting in a little blue puddle of R. Sbarge fangirl goo.

  184. Rayne says:

    Oh my gosh… I’m blushing, my heart is beating hard… That on top of Star Wars beta weekend has blown me into euphoria! Oh Raphael, thank you so much. That letter always seemed a little too cold on the monitor. You’ve given my Shepard so much hope; she’s very lonely and sad without Kaidan!

  185. Selenora says:

    OMG :)))) ty ty ty :)))

  186. Myaku says:

    I’ve been a fan of your voice-over work for ages now (since KOTOR) and you really brought a lot of emotion to your characters. I’m a huge fan of voice-acting in general and you and Jennifer Hale are my favourites! I totally recorded this and will play it at the appropriate time next time I play through Mass Effect 2! I know it’s going to add so much more to that moment when Shepard gets that message from Kaidan after Horizon. Cheers, and I can’t wait to see what happens with Kaidan in ME3!

  187. basbaker says:

    I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you for this wonderfully thoughtful gift to your fans. I love your interpretation of that letter. Thanks to the emotional depth you put into those words, it’s obvious that Kaidan is conflicted, confused and even hurting – just like Shepard. If the work you’ve done as Kaidan in ME3 is anywhere near this level of immersion for the players, then we are in for a rare treat.

    On another note – still loving Once Upon a Time and watching regularly. And since I literally don’t watch a single other TV program, the fact that I continue to tune in every Sunday speaks for itself. You have a real gift for bringing humanity to your characters. :)

    Thanks again, and a belated Happy Thanksgiving!

  188. joie says:

    OMG. Mr. Sbarge, thank you so much for this! This was absolutely incredible.

    Why didn’t they do this?

  189. Blaquewidowe says:

    WORDS – I DONT HAVE THEM.

    All I can say is this “March 6th” thing is killing me!

  190. Jane says:

    — Reply Message Sent —

    Kaidan,

    I know you’re upset, and I’m sorry for us to be meeting under that situation on Horizon. I was dead and Cerberus gave me back my life. I know that I shouldn’t trust them fully, but doing them a favour is the least that I can do after all their effort of bringing me back.

    The first thing after I woke up was to look for you, but you were no where to be found. Nobody can tell me where to find you, not even Anderson. But I never lose faith in you.

    I’m sitting on my desk right now, thinking about that night with you before Ilos as I’m writing this. I do remember that night, Kaidan. It was a special night for me too. The Normandy Crew and I will be passing the Omega 4 relay soon to put an end to the Collectors once and for all. It may be the last mission that I’ll ever do, and I could really use you right now. Not just a photo of you on my desk.

    Regardless of me working with Cerberus now, know that I’m still the Shepard you know from before the attack. I just want your trust and faith that I will do what is right for the galaxy as I have faith in you. Whatever the outcome, I will see you on the other side.

    With love,
    Jane Shepard

  191. catgirl789 says:

    Thank you soooo much for this wonderful gift. I can’t believe I almost missed listening to it. It’s so beautiful and moving. This made the Horizon letter so much more comforting than the words we were given on a page. I missed Kaidan so much in Mass Effect 2 and the little time we did have with him was not very enjoyable. =( But listening to this makes me understand why it had to be this way more than mulling over why for months in KAST. You just made this fangirl’s day, thank you. =) <3<3<3

  192. CoyoteLovely says:

    This is fantastic! Thank you Raphael!!! I have such a crush on Kaiden. My boyfriend always teases that Kaiden is the dirty L2 who’s trying to steal me away from him.

  193. Meri says:

    But … But … Thank you to you Raphael ! The things you do for your fans … I never saw that before ! Merci, merci, merci !

  194. Jenova says:

    Once again, thank you…. This is the kind of thing that makes being a fan of yours so rewarding. Many people could learn a great deal from you, from your humility, your sense of pride in what you do and your ability to remember that your fans are all just other people, you do not separate yourself or put yourself above others and remain at all times, a wonderful role model as an actor and as a human being.
    Thank you very much for listening to us and for taking time out to do this, you can’t know how much it means to us :)
    And thank you too, Jacqui for your tireless devotion to your job and for also going the extra mile :)

  195. Meri says:

    @Jane
    God bless you my dear, this letter is beautiful !! o_o

  196. faynyx says:

    please put it back up i just got the site to work so i could listen to it :)

  197. Shoko says:

    I just wanted to say thank you again. It was truly wonderful of you to read the letter. Thank you so much for putting the time and effort into it. It was just… amazing. The best any fan could ever hopefor. So once again, Thank you! =)

  198. Elizabeth says:

    You’re the best, thanks for being so dedicated to the fans, we REEEEALLY appreciate it! And again, amazing work <3

  199. Emmy says:

    Meri :
    @Jane
    God bless you my dear, this letter is beautiful !! o_o

    Yes it is! So very beautiful…made me cry a little. I can picture my Shepard writing those very words :). Thank-you again Raphael Sbarge for this wonderful thing you’ve done, all the wonderful things you’ve done for your fans. You are so gracious, and incredibly generous with your time. I am so grateful to be a fan! Thank-you so much :-)

  200. Kara says:

    Thank you for your thank you to our thankyous :) ans really you deserve every bit of positive response that you get mr. Sbarge. You truly are amazing. Cant wait until archie’s episode tonight!

  201. […] the email to Commander Shepard post-Horizon in Mass Effect 2, the original location can be found here, however as you can see it has been taken down, but here is the original […]

  202. D says:

    Late to the party and not saying anything new, but this is clearly one of the most thoughtful and amazing things to be posted re: ME2. Thank you for thinking of us and doing it.

  203. Mandalina says:

    Can’t thank you enough for doing this. Not only have I listened to it numerous times on here, but someone was nice enough to make a downloadable version of it so I can listen to it wherever I go.

    You are the most amazing VA ever! :D

  204. Kylii says:

    <3

    Thank You Mr Sbarge :)

  205. Lady Ilona says:

    Mr. Sbarge, I notice how good you are as a voice actor as well the film and TV actor.

    I undestood that you started your career at five years old on the children’s TV show, Sesame Street.

    You’re one of the coolist actors I seen.

    By the way, How was your thanksgiving?

  206. L says:

    a little late but- thank you, so so much for taking the time to make the recording and to share it. it made the letter that was, well, just words on a screen that lacked depth, into such a touching scene. the emotion in there was amazing, just spot on. it felt very much like a missing piece from Mass Effect 2. You’ve always made Kaidan sound so human, and this was no exception.

    looking forward to ME3 so much, Kaidan is my favorite team-mate/love interest from the games and it’s been sad not having him around for ME2.

    thank you again, sincerely, for sharing this letter with us, and for doing these audio blogs and answering questions. it’s been really a treat.

  207. Eccentrica says:

    You’re such a good actor, when I listened to the Horizon letter I saw Kaidan in my mind sitting at the keyboard, agonizing over what he wanted to type. Oh, and you’re really good on Once Upon a Time, too. Thanks and keep up the good work! :)

  208. Becca says:

    Thank you for reading this for us Mr. Sbarge. I have always loved your VOs. Watching you on Once Upon a Time is a new treat! Now we want Carth’s voice for SWToR too! ;)

  209. Bekkael says:

    Thank you again so much for your willingness to go to such lengths for your fans. You’re the reason Kaidan is such a compelling character, and why so many of us want more of him in ME3. Thank you, thank you, thank you! :D

    And Jacqui, you are awesome. :)

  210. Roxanne says:

    Aww, thank you, Mr. Sbarge, for recording that for us. It made my day and it was a great performance of something that not every Mass Effect player might see, but means a lot to Kaidan fans.

  211. Lindsey says:

    Why was the audio taken down? Is there anyway to get it?
    I have been looking forward to it for a long time – ever since there were whispers of it happening and I missed it because I was in the hospital!
    :(

  212. Rev says:

    I second that. Why make it and then take it away again? I never expected to hear the letter in Kaidan’s voice, but knowing that it now exists and then to not be able to hear it is just cruel.

  213. Jean says:

    Is there any way to re-post the letter? I have been trying to find it somewhere — *anywhere* — but with no luck. I would love to be able to hear it.

  214. Taylor says:

    I appreciate all the extra effort you’re putting into this. Especially for all us ME fans and us Kaidan fans. You’re a trooper, that’s for sure and there should be more kind and devoted people like you out there. There really should be. Thank you so much. You’re one of kind, Mr. Sbarge (if I may call you that).

    And if you missed the recording, someone managed to get it on youtube somehow so just youtube “Kaidan’s Letter” and you should find it. :)

  215. Bekkael says:

    You guys that missed it can listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsk6kLf2MPI

    If you are on the BSN, you can PM me for a download link. :D

  216. Shane says:

    Aw! It’s getting taken down? I totally wish I had saved the file instead of bookmarking. =c

  217. Rev says:

    Hi, Raphael

    I recently just finished beta testing Star Wars: The Old Republic, and have some questions I hope you could answer.

    Since the non-disclosure has been lifted for the game, we can now freely talk about it, so I’ll first share some background for the benefit of everyone else here. Most of this information you can also find on the swtor.com official site, though there are some minor spoilers from my own gaming experience.

    The game is set about 300 years after the first Knights of the Old Republic game, and canonically, Revan is considered male, so unfortunately all of us female players are pretended that we never existed. Most of the characters from both KotOR games are sadly all dead and gone as well, though there are some that have cameos. For example, I got to see the hologram/spirit of Bastila Shan briefly during my Jedi Consular class quest storyline. (These storylines basically represent the main storyline for your character, determined by your class, and you are the sole hero/heroine in it, despite it being an MMORPG.) One of the central characters in TOR, a Jedi called Satele, is also a direct descendant of hers. Both of these characters are voiced by Jeniffer Hale, using similar voice types.

    Which brings me to my questions: Is Carth in the game? Under what kind of circumstances will we get to meet him? (A certain class quest? The overarching storyline for everyone? Some other situation?) Does he have a descedant or is there some other main character that you are voicing in TOR? I seem to recall seeing the name “Onassi” mentioned in connection with the Sith somewhere, though I hoped I was wrong. I know Carth’s son had a brief stint with the Sith, but even if Revan was male, he would have rescued him like I did, and I truly hope I would not have to face an evil version of Carth’s descendant in TOR.

    Thank you for all the time you’ve given in communicating, fulfilling fan requests, and sharing your thoughts with us.

  218. Kelli says:

    Totally awesome; it made that letter have so much more impact. I wish they’d put a reading like this into the letter in the game, it really does say so much more this way. :D

  219. Jason says:

    Okay, long overdue response here. I listened to Sbarge’s recording of the letter several times and I just wanted to say that I loved it. It was a wonderful “gift”, very thoughtful, and I- like many other fans- was touched by the fact that he made the effort to do it.
    Kaidan’s always been one of my favourite characters, and I favour a female Shepard in part for the romance option. (Also partly because Jennifer Hale did an amazing job but not the point here!) Anyway, this personal touch was wonderful and left a nice warm feeling in my stomach.

    A shame it was taken down, but still- it was a wonderful gesture and it did what I imagine was the point, and left me feeling touched and smiling.

  220. Thomas says:

    This was awesome Mr. Sbarge. I’m really happy you are coming back for Mass Effect 3.

    I was sad you only had a small part in Mass Effect 2 – the Horizon mission.

    Can’t wait for Mass Effect 3. It’s good to have back Commander Alenko! sir! :)

  221. […] He seems to enjoy his work and is willing to pander to his fans. Just this past Thanksgiving, he voiced over Kaidan Alenko’s semi-love-forgive-me letter for masses of giddy listeners. He also posted a charity auction (you just missed it, sorry) for a […]

  222. Radka says:

    Mr. Sbarge,
    I just want to thank you for this beautiful gift. I love mass effect and Kaidan is the best character ever. I never expected to hear the letter in Kaidan’s voice. When I heard it, I just ….. I wanted to forgive him for all those cruel words he said to Shepard on Horison.
    You truly are amazing.

  223. John says:

    You have a very relaxing voice and also I feel guilty I killed you off in the first Mass Effect so I’m going to play through it again with your character so it’s ready for Mass Effect 3 :)

  224. Mike says:

    Although you were brilliant in Knights of the Old Republic–voiced by anyone else Carth would have been very annoying–you are even more so in these games. Kaidan is one of my favorite characters.

  225. Bunny says:

    I started playing through the ME games again… decided to romance Kaidan this time. Now I’m crying. QwQ Oh god. Poor Shepard… poor, poor Kaidan…

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