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Third page for this month's :icondeviantuniverse: Challenge
And this one gets an added warning for being the most brutal one in my entire entry.

Rufus Schwarkreuz has gone completely ballistic! He wants Drake Malcores head.
Centauri finds out the hard way that you never EVER turn your back on an enraged Shadow Stalker.
( this is gonna leave a scar )
However, Rufus is still denied his vengeance, as someone else gets Malcore before he can gut him.

Next Page: Dark Justice: Page 13
Previous Page: Dark Justice: Page 11

Three guesses, do you think Rufus and Thunder Force will exchange Christmas cards this year? :P
Will Centauri recover from that? Well, that's for Kostmeyer to tell, I'm out! :XD:
Also, I have officially reached the status of comic artist now, cause there is a little continuity error on this page.
If you spot it, you may keep it as a pet :P

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
Well, I can't speak for all of Thunderforce, but I think that Rufus has done quite a good job messing up the Beta team's impression of him. Note that this is just my thoughts on it, and I certainly don't have all info at my table.

Arrow-Kill - A competent leader (Don't tell him I said that :lmao:) so he isn't likely to doubt Centauri's claims of Rufus being dangerous.
Centauri - Already covered by :iconkostmeyer:
Virtus - Doesn't like Rufus (especially post-Planet AFL), but as we saw in Liberalitas, he was willing to put up with him for the sake of helping Sam. Now that he hurt Centauri pissed Sam off... Couple that with Rufus ranting about Sam's crimes being seen as less severe than his, which can easily be misunderstood as him not really seeing her as a friend (Which we know wasn't what he intended)... Well, Rufus doesn't have that benefit of Virt's doubt anymore.
Pippin - ... Since when does he react to anything? :lmao:
Goyle - Probably neutral, but has been shown to obsess over the concept of evil more than once.
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This certainly went south pretty fast :XD:
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zkfanart Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
woaaa, this page is dramatic and the tension goes high! Cool work!
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :-)

Yah, rather gory, this one.
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zkfanart Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017
welcome! ^^
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Latroma Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
I am unfortunately a little behind on keeping up, so I won't be able to make this guess as to continuity errors.

Excellent series, and it plays up the nature of Rufus as far more on the 'edge' of the good guys v the bad guys as a rule.  He's batting on his own team, and frequently does not play well with others.  

Now, onto the "Grand Question," since :iconkostmeyer: brought it up and there is the fun question of "What does this mean for the Thunder Force's Relationship with Rufus."  I think you, of all people, remember that Sam tends to be a very self-motivated 'hero.'  She is focused on what she wants, and it happens to include a safe, stable world to live in.  So she backs people up and plays the part of the hero well, right up until the moment when someone touches her things.

I think she's going to be really really torn about this.  On the one hand, Rufus is one of the reasons her soul is back in its body and her Father is dead (Spoiler Alert, but it's months overdue, so :P).  She owes him, big time, and she is not one who welches on a debt like that.  On the other, uh... well, she's kind of starting to get serious about Centauri, even if that isn't likely to end well.  I believe this falls into the category of "I owe you, and I still owe you, so you can call on me.  Once.  But don't let me see your face again."  Assuming Centauri lives (which I am currently assuming she does).  If Centauri were to die by his hands, things would likely get dicier, as she hasn't reached resolution on a lot of things related to that relationship.

Either way, he proooobably shouldn't expect a card for midsummer's.
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And of course, as if all that wasn't enough already, Rufus is about to come face to face with the biggest challenge of his life.
And unlike back with APEX, he's gonna have to do it without friends this time :O
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Latroma Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
This is the price the man pays for going it alone, eh?
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Story of his life.
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Edited Mar 18, 2017
Ouch. Yes, I think that covers it! Great page - and a really shocking development I think - we all knew he would attack her but not that he'd go this far. Centauri sympathised with Rufus and dropped her guard here - not realising just how tenuous his self control was! And now Malcore gone too! Are there are any more ways Rufus can screw up? If Centauri survives this, he's going to be public enemy number one!
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe Centauri was just overconfident after throwing Rufus around for the majority of this battle? She clearly IS the stronger of the two.
But she underestimated his rage, it seems.

The funny thing is Rufus still regrets his first rampage that claimed Firebird's fiancee's life.
He hates himself for what he did then. He also already regrets what he did to Mallory ( but he probably won't apologize anytime soon ).
However, he will not regret this one, since he's clearly starting to hate Centauri's guts.
He will probably see it as going overboard, but not feel sorry about it.
I do believe this will be a hard hit for his friendship with Sam :XD:
And Centauri ... if she lives, she will no doubt hate him now.

One more page to go!
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
Centauri also probably didn't think his sword could cut through her suit - as she's generally invulnerable, she's used to being able to shrug off conventional hits - Not a mistake she'll be making again!
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Clearly Rufus should make sure not to cross her path again :paranoid:
The tussles are so over!
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Yeah, she's not going to take chances with him next time - assuming there is a next time! I wonder what Sam would make of this?
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Best ask :iconlatroma: about that.
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mja42x Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017
So much bloodshed on one page!
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Soley on this one, though. Promise :D
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Allard-Liao Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017
Don't have time for a thorough search, but, would it be that Malcore's cuffed hands are on the wrong side?
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep ... or uncuffed, period :nod:
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Lecter-the-Werewolf Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It is the Ides of March so it makes sense that there would be a stabbing :boo:

And I guess that was an eye for an eye :XD:
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Took me a while to get that one :XD:
Alea iacta est!

Yeah, I chose a semi-comical scenario for his death.
Still bloody, but slapstick.
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