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The Architect

Need an Assistant! 03/31/2011

by Joe

Oh, man, what a week. So many errands to run, forms to fill out, cries to console, etc. etc.! I could use an assistant :D I have no money to offer and you have to move to Japan and get your own place, though.

I’m sure the position will be filled quite quickly⸮ <-- That's an ironicon, by the way. Learned about it in the forums! :D Go join!

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Enjoy Scene 4 – “Rusty the Heartless”!

Truly Heartless

Ashendant on March 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm

That’s not heartless, that soul-less!

NeoPhantom, Mirage Warrior of the Netherlands on March 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Not a nice guy and the first that would deserve a shotgun blast to the head in my opinion, but on the other hand a true survivor.

SatyreIkon on March 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm

heartless but far if he would have let them in they all would have died
at joe stupid mutant screams i had sound on full again , screamed like a little girl again =]

ryan on March 31, 2011 at 10:54 pm

getting painfully mauled/bitten/scratched/eaten alive by mutants vs being instantly ripped to shreds. Talking heartless? I percieve this an act of mercy.

Yan on March 31, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Heartless? I think not. He’s just doing what’s needed for him and the other survivors to well… survive. If he left the vent open any longer, the mutants would have teared them apart.

Riou on March 31, 2011 at 11:34 pm


Infinite Virginity on April 1, 2011 at 2:07 am

I agree. He’s not being heartless – he’s doing what he has to. If he hadn’t done that, they ALL would have died.

Smaialy on April 1, 2011 at 2:13 am

@Yan & Riou
I totally agree. This guy is one of those guys who everyone hates for not trying to pull off the impossible. Some say he’s heartless, but the grenade not only ends their suffering, but (hopefully) slows the mutants down too. The guy is clearly doing what everyone tries to do: survive. And he does it very damn well. Yeah, not everyoner gets to live in a dream world. Things need to be learned, sacrifices need to be made. Deal with it, or you’ll end up dead. Why sacrifice the whole group trying to save it all, when you can save a small part of it? If anything, I admire this guy. He knows what he’s doing and keeps his head clear. Hell, I wouldn’t have thought of the grenade… Emotionless bastard perhaps, but one they would all be dead without. Dumn ass optimists are gonna all get themselves killed…

ScarredforlifeX7 on April 1, 2011 at 4:13 am

Rusty is pixelart Vriska.

PolarWarrior, Destroyer of Yukon economies on April 1, 2011 at 4:13 am

I’ve devised a simple intelligence test for The Apocalypse survivors:

Starting from 110, subtract the number of seconds between the character seeing a monster and taking a headshot.

Somehow these guys all aim for the torso, even though they’ve been supposedly fighting zombies for weeks.

PolarWarrior, Destroyer of Yukon economies on April 1, 2011 at 4:16 am

Rusty is starting to inch over the line of being too much of a hard ass, although lone wolf might work for awhile it is highly advised to form a group in order to survive for longer

SpiritOfAdventure on April 1, 2011 at 4:46 am

well you gotta remember in the world of this place its survival of the fittest and sometimes that means killing others so you can live. While I do agree that Rusty needs a good shotgun to the head right about now. Yet he is the guy that shows what the real world is like at this point

sykes on April 1, 2011 at 6:29 am

I’ll admit Rusty is a dick but sometimes it pays to have the resolve to sacrifice others in this kind of situation. Had he let the others in, then the mutants would’ve been able to kill them all one by one. The grenade actually had a chance of killing the mutants, and he probably just saved the lives of the three other people in the duct.
Well, for now at least.

Spencer on April 1, 2011 at 6:31 am

Nooo not cool hat guy! Damn you Rusty!

I doubt that grenade killed them. If a gazillion bullets don’t even tickle them, how much damage will a grenade do?

Yinello on April 1, 2011 at 7:40 am

once you pull the pin mr grenade is NOT your friend 0.0

hypnokrit on April 1, 2011 at 8:08 am

I don’t know. I mean, sure they probably all would have died if they all tried to crawl through the vent, but I still think it’s hella heartless to for that to be the first thing he thinks to do. Really don’t care if it’s for survival or not. It was pretty dang selfish and backstabbing. To say that “it was for the good of the few that survived” is pretty terrible in my opinion too. It’s still implying that he thinks he has the right to decide who lives and who dies. Also, “Putting them out of their misery” is again making a decision FOR someone. Don’t get me wrong. It’s gonna help them survive. I agree. But to heck if I’d call him a hero for it, by any definition.
@Scarred: I would have to admit, it seems pretty demented to say you admire him.
@Scarred Yan and Riou: I don’t think he’s doing it to save the women and children. I think he just can’t actively KILL them. If he’s the “survivor” you say he is, he would ditch the dead weight as soon as he can. They’ll just get him caught by mutants sooner. So yeah. He’s still heartless, and totally selfish.

Willy on April 1, 2011 at 11:12 am

so he shot a bolt on the vampire and it didn’t kill it… SO the bolt was not made from wood?

Akuma_br on April 1, 2011 at 11:49 am

@Willy: you do know the time they’d use sitting around voting on who should stay behind to sacrifice themselves to let the others escape would probably get them all killed while the decision of the the strong survivor takes no time and ensures two young survivors to grow up and a third to escape. This is why democracy is a joke in times of crisis. Yes it sucks that he basically killed those three, but one was an old man who clearly is more of a “dead weight”, I don’t know about you but as a kid i was faster and had more stamina than most adults. And I personally think that his shattering Nathan’s innocence was to help harden him to the situation so that he could better survive in the Pocalypse universe. Sure he’s heartless but be empathetic, think of what might have made him a heartless douche, (thinl Tallahassee from Zombieland + douchyness)

Dark_Griffer on April 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm

the survivors are right to hate rusty, but!!! If he didn’t do that:
a) there would be live, unharmed mutants that bullets don’t ricochet enough inside to actually do (significant) damage chasing them
b) the next mutants could enter the air ducts right after them
c) yes there would be old people slowing them down (these mutants are fast)
d) the mutants wouldn’t have any meat to feed on and slow for
e) we wouldn’t know how much of a heartless bastard Thepopcalypse has made Rusty
(also better they die now storytelling wise or else some readers be emotional for him killing off characters we got to know later)

sh4d0wfl4re on April 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm

oh! @Joe tell me if I’m mistaken but would these Mutants have traits like this:
a) they are upper class predators evolved from humans that have an addiction to human flesh (maybe one that boosts power idk)
b) some difference in the chest making it harder for bullets to ricochet or scatter internally (which is how bullets kill most times (if a bullet goes straight through unless the shooter is really lucky the shot will survive with light treatment or maybe without))
c) scales replacing hair for deflecting head shots
d) a turbo boost for muscles allowing for quick or explosive movements that can only be used for a couple seconds straight w/o damaging the overclocked muscles (something akin to and adrenalin rush there is a stronger version of it that causes minor muscle damage each use I’m skipping the name on that does just that (some super zombies use it and simply decay at an accelerated rate eg minutes of extended use or days of immediate release remember zombies don’t regenerate and so muscle decay kills most of this type mutants don’t die of muscle decay as easily))

sh4d0wfl4re on April 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm

e) almost forgot they retain their sentience or whatever they’re calling it now. Sapience, shouldn’t have changed it to that

sh4d0wfl4re on April 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

He saved three besides himself, thats better then getting the ones he could save killed along with the doomed ones.

lukesf on April 2, 2011 at 2:50 am

was sure it was robot at first, not mutant, well im with others, rusty not a good teamate, but with him you will suvive, with other you will die tryng to save everyone.

If i can save my life and the life of children by sacrifing a soon dead guy, wont hesitate :), and love the way that comic like that prepare us to Future (possible) Zombie invasion.

dragoduval on April 2, 2011 at 5:11 am

@sh4d0wfl4re – The comic will explain it better than I can! ;) But, yes, those traits sound about right!

Joe on April 2, 2011 at 8:08 am

Sure he essentially murdered them, but hey, he let the kid and wife live… sorta. I’d chalk this up to victim of environmental scenario.

Darren Forest on April 2, 2011 at 8:31 am

I’d rather take my chances alone in the park during the Pokalypse than alone with Rusty… He’d probably inject me with tranquilizers to gather al the mutants in the foyer and blow me to pieces from bombs he would make me swallow!

NeoPhantom, Mirage Warrior of the Netherlands on April 2, 2011 at 9:36 am

@Dark- I already said I’m aware of all that. What I’m saying is that people shouldn’t be thinking he’s a savior just yet. Two things have been said of Rusty at this point, that he’s a true survivor and the savior of the other three. In my opinion he can’t be both. Either he risks his life to keep the other three safe, or only looks out for number one. He can’t be both the stone-cold survivor and savior you’re making him out to be. One drive has to win out over the other at some point. My own personal opinion is that the fact that he was able to throw that grenade at all shows which one he would pick. He did kill people. They may have been pretty much screwed at that point, but it was still the grenade that ended up killing them. Point blank.
On the other hand, he may have had other reasons for saving the three of them (A possible love interest, perhaps) rather than just not being able to kill a child and his mother that would make the savior drive win out. It’s pretty hard to tell at this point. In any case… I’ll bet at some point, Rusty is either going to plan to ditch them, or he’s gonna end up in a bad spot with some mutants. If not, you can say your “I told ya so”s and all that… but I’m pretty sure I know what I’m talking about.

Willy on April 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm