Rust
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Rust

Rust (錆) is the name of the player-controlled character during the Rust chapter, which takes place after Sabitsuki collects 24 effects and goes into flow while already in flow. It is unknown whether Rust is an alternate form of Sabitsuki or a separate entity entirely.

Rust's appearance is that of a darker Sabitsuki; her skin is more pale, and more details are shown. Unlike Sabitsuki, the shadows in her skin, hair, and clothes are clearly visible, as are the wrinkles in her skirt. Also, unlike Sabitsuki who simply has her current effect disabled, Rust, who is unable to collect or use effects, takes physical damage when coming into contact with Fetuses, and taking too much damage will cause her to die and return to her room.

Trivia

  • Despite not being able to use effects, Rust has access to the areas that Sabitsuki could not reach in the past; the three areas that were previously blocked by static barriers are open to her (see empty boxes).
  • If looked closely, Rust, whom is weakened to one more Fetus before death, is actually a Fetus underneath her skin, or is turning into one. The horns and teeth are visible.
  • Rust is read as "sabi" in Japanese.

Theories

  • There's a possiblity that Rust is the part of Sabitsuki that has become diseased.
  • Whatever powers gave Sabitsuki her effects may have been the same power that was keeping Sabitsuki and her world in stable, and Rust is the consequence of the disease progressing into its final stages. Whereas Sabitsuki was protected from damage when touching Fetuses and was guarded against some of the more corrupt places with only her effect deactivating, Rust is vulnerable to everything. The overall health of her world also begins to deteriorate, which is more evidence of a protective force disappearing.
  • Some theories suggest that Rust is a violent split personality that Sabitsuki tried to suppress.