Something is not right, if your character being rushed dies in Act 1. The only time a rushed character is anywhere other than the Rogue Encampment is when you go to kill Andariel. Then, the rushed character can be anywhere in level 4 of the Catacombs. After entering level 4, and killing any monsters in THAT room, I set a portal just to the left of the stairs, and bring a rushed character in. Because the monsters are dead in that room, there is no danger to the rushed character. I don't even kill the monsters in the second room, just teleport into the main chamber, and kill Andariel.Ok some confusion here, I dont DO the cain quest, I go straight to catacombs 2, then 3, 4, kill andy.
Of course you see cain in 2,3,4,5, but (this is .09b) get your rushee who (most likely died) in catacombs 4, back to town, and see cain spawn by the campfire, if he doesn't have the fire between you and rushees he will come over for a chat, most likely what is causing your time outs as well. I haven't have a SINGLE time out since noticing this, and it only happens in act1
hope its a bit clearer
Hope that helps.