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Second page for this month's :icondeviantuniverse: Challenge
Hopefully I can manage to keep up this pace.
I've got too much work to do.

It doesn't take Rufus Schwarkreuz long to realize what Drake Malcore is talking about.
So Malcore was involved in a recent ( off screen ) grave robbery, in which the body of Rufus' deceased wife was stolen.
He doesn't take it well.

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Makes you wonder if Drake Malcore turned himself in out of remorse, aesthetic value or just because he was scared shitless of Rufus, doesn't it? :XD:
Centauri, being ever the law enforcer, puts her boot down, though.
Who here thinks they might see coming what'll happen next?
And who here remembers Rufus' wife and what this might lead to?

Centauri DU Handbook entry by Kostmeyer Deviant Universe - Rufus by Branded-Curse

Centauri belongs to :iconkostmeyer:
Rufus Schwarzkreuz & Drake Malcore belong to me! :iconbranded-curse:
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Speedslide Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017
Virt: Trish's sister... Your...? :iconshockedplz:

Well damn, that was quite a doozy of a reveal. Not the wife thing I mean, but just how much worse the thing Malcore truly did here. If Rufus hated him before, this just made his chances of surviving pass beyond null and void.
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
T'was about time I went there :D
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Latroma Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
Poor choice of words, Centauri...
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure came to bite her in the rear :P
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
How much does Rufus know here? Does he know that Viper was behind the grave robbery or was he after Malcore for other reasons? Great job showing Rufus' emotions here - I thought he'd lost it before!
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was planning on giving the explanation here, but it would have made this emotional scene way too talk heavy.
The background is supposed to be that Rufus suspected Viper's involvement, so he went after Malcore to see what he knew about it, maybe find out if it was true and who was involved.
Needless to say, realizing he had his hands on the guy he wanted to get his hands on ...
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
That works. It's one thing to suspect that Malcore might know something about Viper's plan, but another thing altogether to actually learn that Malcore did it. Just to clarify - does Rufus know why Viper did it - what she intends to do with the body? What does he suspect? I'm a little hazy on how well Rufus knows Viper in the DU continuity (as opposed to the other stories which are not DU where they've obviously met before).
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Personally, I handle the DU timeline as a ( possible ) near future to the stuff I do outside of the DU.
I might be diggin' a hole there, but for now I'll do it this way and hope I won't write myself into a corner anytime soon ^^;

So Rufus' past with Viper is the same, but he doesn't know why Viper would steal his wife's corpse.
Viper only ever knew him as Rufus Schwarzkreuz and he can't know whether or not she knows who he was before that.
He will now wonder if she does or if this was aimed at Trish, who he knows Viper knows he's close friends with.
Not to mention Trish being a threat herself, being a top level A.N.G.E.L.S. agent.
He will not figure out what Viper is really doing, though ... until it's too late!
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Interesting. We know that Viper wasn't watching the fight between Centauri and Rufus (in that she needed the Archer to report over a radio link) so she probably didn't hear Rufus reveal that Malcore had stolen his wife's grave - I guess his identity is still safe. That said, Centauri DID hear it - so she should be able to investigate the grave robbery and learn who Rufus is - if she remembers what he was saying... and if she wakes up of course!
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And will she go monitor his daughter to get him when he next goes looking out for her? ;-)
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Zorzathir Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
Wait...I thought Rufus' memories were still in absentsville...Did I miss something?
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is ... complicated.

See, "good guy" Rufus, as he appears in the DU timeline, always wears those wedding rings around his neck.
He doesn't actively remember his time before becoming a Shadow Stalker, but Trish is supposed to have at least told him and given him those rings, so he at least knows.

When did this happen, I hear you ask?
Well, it is supposed to happen on the day Rufus & co. slay APEX.
Never got there outside the DU.
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Zorzathir Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
Ok, that makes sense now.
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It does? :XD:
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mja42x Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
Not often, if ever, that my name shows up in a comic
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Used that name as both, a homage and an inside joke here.
I figured you should have your own city in a universe that you created ;-)
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Allard-Liao Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
*Arrow passes between them.*
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And Malcore takes it to the knee :P
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Lecter-the-Werewolf Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Centauri better be careful otherwise Rufus might just do that :o
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Next page is underway :work:
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