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Dark Justice: Page 13 by Branded-Curse Dark Justice: Page 13 by Branded-Curse
Fourth and final page for this month's :icondeviantuniverse: Challenge
And this concludes my entry for this year's DU Presents story. Yay, I made it this year! :w00t:

So in the end burning down all bridges to Thunder Force by stabbing Centauri got Rufus Schwarkreuz nowhere.
The Phantom Archer snuck up on them and killed Drake Malcore before Rufus could get his vengeance.
It's all been for nothing. Viper once again slithers out of reach and remains one step ahead of the heroes.
But what could her plans be?
And even more important, what will be the aftermath of this tragic event? Will Centauri and Agent Mallory survive? :O

Next Page: Kostmeyer's stuff
Previous Page: Dark Justice: Page 12

Yes, I know, another cliffhanger :nuu:
However, in my defense, this is not the official ending :iconofcourseplz:
The final chapter will be written by my partner in crime, the always busy and uber-talented Kostmeyer
So keep an eye open for his pages :D

PS: I just wanna point out that I finished three of my four pages this month within a single week :shocked:
That must be a new record! Drinks are on me, chaps!

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

Centauri belongs to :iconkostmeyer:
Rufus Schwarzkreuz, Phantom Archer, Viper & Drake Malcore belong to me! :iconbranded-curse:
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Speedslide Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017
Damn! What a good cliffhanger! (Makes mine involving the re-introduction of Vice look bad by comparison!)

Will Mallory survive!? (Yes, of course. Kost obviously has plans for her or he wouldn't have introduced her. :lmao:) But how will Centauri respond to this? Will she wake up at all? She has to! With Loa and Vigil already in coma, we're running out of sick beds at TF HQ! :lmao:

Well done DU Presents Story, man. You really clawed yourself back up!
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, man :-)

Yeah, could have worked better, if all the pages were in place already, but whaddaya gonna do.
I'm certainly happy with these pages and even more happy that I managed to finish the Presents challenge properly this year.
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Allard-Liao Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
You know, I never expected PA to have that kind of personality. I just expected him to exchange a glare with Rufus for a second before walking away.
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's usually not that chatty, but he loves to taunt Rufus.
Why? Not yet revealed what his problem is.

He's usually more reserved, but he is always extremely arrogant and can't accept failure.
Had Rufus killed Malcore, that would have ment Phantom Archer would have failed to put an arrow through his head.
Easy money, but can't have that. If he's paid to kill someone, said someone's death needs to have his signature.
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
Love that opening panel - it's really difficult getting weight and movement into a character from a funny angle like that - especially when most of their body is hidden by a cape - you did that really well. Also, I think seeing Centauri and Malcore like that from a distance is actually worse than seeing it close up for some reason... anyway - great page. Nobody wins except Viper! And I assume the body in the tank is Rufus' missing wife? Better get on with my pages now - you've set the bar very high :)
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks and thanks and thanks again :D

Yeah, that's her. Viper has plans for her ( as the "toy" in Viper's hand indicates ).
Rufus is in for the worst day of his life.
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
It's a testament to how well you've written him that I still feel a bit sorry for him, even though he just tried to kill Centauri! The sword-thing in Viper's hand is interesting - looks a bit like Rufus' - where do these weapons come from?
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is a new type of Omni-Cutter indeed :nod:
I based it on a celtic war sword ( because it was made by Viper's people and Viper is proud of her celtic roots ).
The Omni-Cutters themselves are weapons of modern day Krysta.
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017
Krysta is a setting we've not really explored in the DU - it would be interesting to do something there...
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe ... though I will admit modern day Krysta is not really a focus topic of mine.
Krysta itself is a relic from my novels.
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017
It'd be fun to strand a few DU heroes in a sword and sorcery type world for a while though, wouldn't it? Explore Krysta's ancient past? Go on, you know you want to!
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not really, no.
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KnightSlayer115 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Phantom Archer: the ultimate vengeance cockblocker
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As long as the money is right :iconmoneyplz:
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KnightSlayer115 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its all about cash monies
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mja42x Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
Curious as to what Centauri's fate is. Hopefully Kostmeyer will be able to complete his entry before the deadline! And a woman in a containment tube, huh...I'm no stranger to that story element, lol. So many questions that I want answered! Guess I'll just have to wait patiently...
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's on a roll as of late, so here's hoping :fingerscrossed:

Yeah, I remember :XD:
Back in the day, this didn't lead to a pleasant experience for Slade, either.

Still better than what lies ahead here, though ;-)
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Zorzathir Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
Nice work, as always!

Guess a new player is coming to DU?
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, indeed! But I think I will stretch it a little to keep those guessing, to whom it isn't obvious who this is and what this means.

Boy, a storyline I didn't dare to tackle back in the day, because it would've messed up the Blaze/Rufus relationship too much.
Would have made it overly complicated.
However, Rufus would need Blaze now more than he ever did before.
And now that he will soon meet his gravest challenge and worst nightmare, Blaze is gone from the DU.
Will this break him? :O
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Zorzathir Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
Oh boy...bad time to be Rufus right about now.
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Lecter-the-Werewolf Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
An easy payday for the Archer :iconmoneyplz:
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just the way he likes it :D
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