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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    Wow, Cerebros really is sort of cut from my cloth. I keep reminding myself that even though Autobots are created as "fully mature" (meaning much of the knowledge that humans spend trying to learn in school is already programmed in - even though they'll continue to learn, and obviously, real-life experiences will provide its own knowledge), he's still only 3 months old. So, much like me when I was a kid, I wandered off to explore, then got into trouble, then had to have the Autobots bail me out. Even though my intentions wasn't to get into trouble - trouble just found me. 

    Trouble found Cerebros last night. And it started with the most humble of intentions... Cerebros, who was still grieving for Star Saber, went to the neutral area of Harmo…

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  • Spikewitwicky

      

    So, decided to hang out another day on Cybertron. Glad I did. I ran into Brainstorm again. So...not surprisingly, I didn't get EVERYTHING he told me. I'm going to try to think this through. I still think I got this wrong...but it's as grasp-able as I can make it. According to Brainstorm, my brain is sort of like a full tank of gas right now when it comes to this bonding thing with Cerebros and Fortress Maximus. In short...this 'mind link' - right now, in the early stages, it's a bad experience. I hear Cerebros. Cerebros hears me. It's not "hard", but it's definitely annoying. 

    So, Brainstorm is going to come up with some sort of device. And it will slowly "siphon" the "connection" between Cerebros and me. Like exercise, meditation, whatev…

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  • Bzero

    State of the MUX September 2019

    September 6, 2019 by Bzero

    Optimus Prime has been cured of nucleosis and has resumed command of the Autobot forces on Cybertron. Megatron has added Deathsaurus’s Destron forces to his own and seeks to expand the Decepticon Empire beyond the Transformers’ homeworld. Caught in the middle are neutral cities like Altihex, Harmonex, and Valvolux, the latter protected by Knightmare and the Dominicons. Looming over all is the threat of the Fallen, who seeks to resurrect and control Unicron. Until the Fallen is stopped, no one on Cybertron is safe.

    On Earth, G.I. Joe, led by Hawk, have kicked Cobra out of America and sent them back to their hidden lairs all over the world. While Cobra Commander still controls Cobra Unity in Western Asia, the loss of Cobra America has been a …

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    So, I met Brainstorm. He's kind of a dick. 

    There are people in life. Some are douches. Some are twerps. Some are assholes. Some are pricks. But Brainstorm is a straight-up dick. I guess the only way I can describe it is have a 30-second conversation with him, and that'll be all you'll need to base this viewpoint. 

    First off...he DIDN'T READ MY MRI OR BRAIN SCANS! Seriously? You're the ONLY one who can help Cerebros,  Fortress Maximus, and myself, and you can't be bothered to take FIVE MINUTES out of your schedule to look at the vitals of a species that you're not native to? 

    So, he said this 'thing' between Cerebros, Max and me...is most likely permanent. Meaning...until I die, I'll be hearing Cerebros in my head. It's not better for Cerebr…

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  • Sabels

    Int 09-01-2019

    September 1, 2019 by Sabels

    I hate to admit it, but I like American Western movies. I found myself relating to the Gunslingers and enjoyed my conversations with Big Shot and Gargoyle. They explained the difference between Gunslingers and cowbows was that the Dreadnoks were cowboys and I was a Gunslinger. Being as it's Labor Day weekend, and Big Shot and Gargoyle don't have class Monday, tonight before we went to sleep, they asked me if they could take a small helicopter to California to see their families. After I reviewed what they had already learned in flight school, and that they helped with the evacuation from America, I'm letting them take my medical helicopter. They laughed when I pulled out priest disguises for them, but said they would wear them so my disgui…

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  • Bzero

    "Mech! Did you hear what happened at the factory?"

    "No, mech, what?"

    "Something ate through an entire shipment of materials coming in from Tagan Heights."

    "What was it? Insecticons?"

    "Not sure. Whatever it was, when High Wire poked his head in to look, it took a bite out of him, too!"

    "Mech... if it's not one thing, it's another!"

    "Yeah. Let's have another drink before whatever it is gets into the engex as well!"

    "That's a plan I can get behind!"

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  • Sabels

    (Two drawings appear at the top of the page - one of Serpentor and one of Serpentra)



    I've been thinking about those two all day and realized I wasn't getting any work done with the cloaking device or engines so I left after a few hours saying I had other business to attend to. Gargoyle was listening to Johnny Cash and I was intrigued. I felt an instant connection to his music and we started talking about the American Old West. I must admit I learned a lot from him about that time period and he offered to tell me more  and bring some of his Western movies to our movie night. When he and Big Shot left for their lessons, I flew to Nashville and bought an new outfit. For the rest of the day, I hung around in the recreation area looking for pot…


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  • Sabels

    Int 08-28-2019

    August 28, 2019 by Sabels

    I couldn't sleep last night because I was thinking about what Hannibal said - namely that he was willing to serve as a figurehead for the Coil if the need arose but he was a commander of leigons, not a leader in Cobra Commander's style. This has led me to wondering whom is Doctor Mindbender grooming to take Cobra Commander's place? It worries me that Hannibal, and especially Mindbender, think there is somebody out there more qualified that themselves.I've also been thinking that it doesn't seem like Doc M to share anything with anybody, especially control of Cobra. A patient once told me about a video game where you were sent on a quest to find the Answer to the Question of Life and Death. The answer was "There are no Answers, Only More Qu…

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  • Sabels

    Int 08-27-2019

    August 27, 2019 by Sabels

    Yesterday I felt confident enough to show what I've been working on with the Quintesson cloaking technology to my Comrades. Crimson Guard 820 was there and will be able to give the Crimson Twins the news that I have not been wasting time and resources. I've been so busy that I've let details escape me. I knew that the Joes had taken back America and am saddened by the fact that I did not have the new technology ready iin time. I thought we were stretched too thin but I trusted Cobra Commander. I hate to admit it, but G.I. Joe is a worthy foe. I am also upset that we lost such valuable territory with all of its impressive resources. I have spoken with Victor Kirstov and he assures me things are fine in Moscow. Victor hinted that I might fin…

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  • Bzero

    Evac - Banshee No More

    August 23, 2019 by Bzero

    < Verbal Report > "This is Evac, down in Security. I came down to check on Lieutenant Henshaw. Something happened and... she woke up. She's changed, man - new armor, looking muy rara. She was disoriented and easily spooked. A Greenshirt squad showed up and she bolted. Burned a hole right into the elevator shaft and took off. The only thing she said was when I used her codename and she replied, 'Banshee... no more.' You guys can figure out what that means. I'm going to check upstairs, but it's a safe bet she's long gone. Evac out."

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    So, if I were to tell a licensed professional what's been going on, I'm sure she would route me to the nearest psychiatric facility. Case in point: "I just came back from Cybertron, where I'm trying to work through currently being psychically 'bonded' to another being, and last night, I was awakened by an Autobot who has traveled from the future." 

    Long story short, I was radioed by who I thought was Dust Devil last night - at around 2 in the morning. He told me to come to the second 'main' level in Autobot City. Fine. But when he emerged, he wasn't Dust Devil at all. Well, he was, but with some noticeable tweaks. He looked stronger. He seemed to mature a few centuries. 

    If this was a prank, I have to hand it to him. It was an epic prank. L…

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  • Bzero

    Megatron appears once again in his castle in Kaon. He stands in the intelligence section, implying he’s been personally reviewing field reports. When the recording begins, Megatron scowls, crimson optics narrowing. Nonetheless, his first words are those of praise:

    "Miasma - you have proven yourself a worthy addition to my Decepticon forces. Redline, assist Miasma in curing those deemed valuable by my notations on their individual records. Scalpel, you have been given my list of those who will be retained for further nucleon testing. Start with Autobot prisoners - once you have something sustainable, move on to my list of volunteers. The strong will prosper and the weak will die. As it shall always be.

    "Cyclonus - I am very disappointed that …

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  • Bzero

    A soaring establishing shot races through Valvolux. The view settles on a top-down view of the Valvolux Arena, in which two figures can be seen. One is the renowned de facto leader of Valvolux, Knightmare. The other is a large green warrior largely unknown outside that city-state. Over the image pipes Raindance’s pleasant voice: "Last cycle titans clashed, as Knightmare faced a direct challenge from a local leader called Centuritron."

    The image zooms in as Centuritron leaps at Knightmare. The Dominicon steps nimbly aside, leaving Centuritron to pound ground. Raindance’s voice explains, "Centuritron started slow, exchanging more barbs than blows." Quick cuts show Knightmare smashing Centuritron with her mace and him rolling to the ground bef…

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    Optimus Prime is cured!

    Scales did it. It was touch-and-go for a bit - there was some trepidition in the repair bay: "he LOOKS okay. Now, should we allow him to leave quarantine?" But he did leave. And he was the exact same Prime as he was before. So, as I'm still on Cybertron, it looks like I won't even have to deliver Star Saber's orders. That said, I would still like Star Saber to visit Earth. I was extremely impressed with him, and I see why Optimus chose him as an interim leader. It just shows what a deep bench the 'bots have: Elita-One, Ultra Magnus, Jazz, Prowl, and now Star Saber. 

    That said, when I get back to Earth, I may have to deal with a few questions. Optimus Prime hasn't been on Earth in months. And whenever Prime is gone fo…

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  • Bzero

    The spinning Autobot symbol fades to reveal Optimus Prime himself. Calm and centered once more, he's replaced his mouthplate and resembles his old self once more. In a deep, tempered tone, Optimus states, "I'm pleased to report that thanks to the work of Backblast, Scales, and others, I am back to my old self once more. As the new director of Iacon Medical Center, Scales will be administering the nucleosis cure, first to other commanders and medical personnel, and then with their help, all other Autobots affected."

    With an appreciative tone, Prime continues, "I offer sincere thanks to Aegis, Elita One, Chromia, and Star Saber for keeping the light burning while so many of us were afflicted with nucleosis. It is good to know that even if I s…

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    Optimus Prime is still in quarantine, it pains me to see him in this state, and I know he'd rather be back on the frontlines. 

    I've heard a few concerned rumblings around Earth from some media outlets. It's known around the world that Optimus Prime has voluntarily stepped down from his duties as Autobot Commander. And given how beloved he is on Earth, and how much our Earth leaders rely on Optimus, there has been some genuine concern about the new interim leader, Star Saber. I think the people on Earth were expecting someone familiar - a Jazz, an Ultra Magnus, a Prowl. And now, there's not only an unfamiliar name (at least to Earth) taking over the reins, but someone who I believe has never visited Earth. 

    So, in short, people were concerne…

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  • Bzero

    Aegis - Command Reaction

    August 8, 2019 by Bzero

    The mysterious Aegis appears on screen, her expression grave. In her slight Vosian accent she reports, "The assault on Ratchet so soon after our most recent infiltration is more than disturbing. Ironhide - I need a complete overhaul of Iacon’s security practices. These attacks must stop. Question Electra and report back immediately. Someone is breaching our defenses and it’s looking more and more like an inside job. We need to find the mole and shut them down.

    "Flareup, with the additional reporting by Dust Devil I assume the dragon you witnessed must be Bulwark leading the Fallen away from Valvolux. In the meantime we can’t leave that city undefended. Kup, unless Chromia has counter-orders you have my approval to bring command and control …

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  • Bzero

    Firster Aid appears on-screen. He looks a lot like First Aid although a little bluer and a lot faster. His mouth is masked but there is alarm in his optics. "Last cycle," he reports anxiously, "I was working late with Chief Ratchet when I stepped out to retrieve some reports. No sooner than I walked outside Iacon Medical then the door sealed behind me and there was some kind of explosion inside. Ratchet started screaming," Firster pauses, "...and I went to get a security force to break down the door."

    Firster Aid take a moment to cool down, his internal fans audibly struggling. "When we got back inside, we found Chief Ratchet literally dismembered. It looked like someone took a surgical saw to his ambulance mode and just cut pieces out as p…

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    After what seems years, the United States was liberated from Cobra occupation by G.I. Joe this week. I was actually in Washington, D.C. during the battle. And good lord, did they come in fast. I was in D.C. to talk to some members of the House, just an update about the Autobots. For history's sake, Cobra allowed some forms of government to exist. They wisely decided that while yes, they could take over a country as big as the U.S., big surprise, they didn't have the resources to do stuff like continue food inspections, send out Social Security checks, and approve new cancer-treating drugs. 

    Anyway, after meeting with House members, I went back to the hotel. I just wanted a beer, read through some reports, and maybe either so some leisure r…

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  • Bzero

    America Free Again!

    July 20, 2019 by Bzero

    WASHINGTON, DC – Fireworks exploded last night as US military forces launched a nation-wide coordinated strike to free American cities from Cobra control. Residents reported city-wide blackouts followed by surgical strikes to each major population area. Precision timing and localized fighting reportedly kept civilian injures to an absolute minimum. For the first time since 2016, the American flag flew once more over the White House in Washington, DC.

    President John MacLeod was quick to take credit for the mission’s success. From his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, MacLeod boasted, “last night was the greatest military victory in the history of the world,” citing, “the most advanced level of military coordination since the Norm…

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  • Bzero

    Typhoid - R&D Operations

    July 16, 2019 by Bzero

    To: Cobra Command
    From: Doctor Typhoid
    Subject: Ongoing R&D Operations


    Zombie-Vipers have been moved into place in Charlotte, North Carolina, and are ready to be activated on command. Also, BOW studies persist in our Arklay Research Facility for use in future campaigns. Some of what we’ve created have been quite promising. We nearly had a breach over the weekend, but I’m assured the creatures have been contained and there is no danger of future outbreak. I will continue to report as progress is made.


    Doctor Typhoid, Head of Cobra Research & Development
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  • Bzero

    Ratchet – Data Hack

    July 16, 2019 by Bzero

    Ratchet appears on-screen, sitting at his desk in the Iacon Medical Center. His optics are dim and the chrome of his face needs to be buffed. With an exhausted sigh he reports, “Chief Medical log, cyberdate 73004.3. Last cycle we were hit by some sort of dormant virus uploaded into our system with one of the reports. Flipsides and Scales were able to save most of our research data, but our systems are compromised and this is a real setback for investigation into nucleosis.”

    Ratchet shakes his head. “The perplexing thing is that Flipsides said the assailant used Autobot codes to upload the virus. Now, I know Ironhide runs a tight ship, so it must have been one of us that allowed our credentials to fall into enemy hands – presumably one…

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  • Bzero

    Kup is seen in a skewed message recorded in the Decagon. He’s looking off to the side and asks grumpily, “Is this thing on? Are we recording? Right.” Kup turns back to the camera, which is still off-center, cutting off half his aged face. Nonetheless, Kup presses forward. “This is Kup – you know who I am.” He frowns. “Last cycle I traveled to Valvolux to offer the Dominicons some Autobot assistance in defending their city. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, right? Plus, the citizens of Valvolux deserve protection.”

    Kup twists his head and it makes a loud crackle and pop sound. A slight smile of satisfaction touches his faded features. He continues, “I talked to Knightmare and worked out an agreement where we would send some com…

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  • Bzero

    Hi-Tech appears in a wrist-cam video recorded in orbit around planet Earth. Incredibly intense stars can be seen in the background as well as the bright glow from a sliver of the moon. The helmeted head of Hi-Tech fills most of the screen. With eyes wide behind his visor, Hi-Tech reports, “OK! All the calibrations are done on the Broadcast Energy Collectors, and we are in business! I’m going to run a few more tests but overall, Hawk, we are ready to go! I’d be happy to remain in orbit as on-site tech support for the mission – it is just so cool up here; I can’t get used to it! Mission accomplished – we are ready to drain some BATs! W00T!” With a massive grin, Hi-Tech transmits the message.

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  • Bzero

    Floodlight appears again from within the depths of Trypticon’s data analysis center. Her cubicle is dark aside from the light reflected from her unseen computer screens. Floodlight clears her vocalizer and in a squeaky voice reports, “Neither Bulwark nor the Fallen have returned to Valvolux as far as we can tell. Autobot activity has been spotted – Autobot Field Commander Kup traveled to Valvolux last cycle and appeared to have a discussion with Knightmare, who apparently is still alive. No additional information at this time, but it may be an avenue of investigation. Floodlight out.”

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  • Bzero

    Megatron sits in the throne room of his castle in Kaon. Decepticon flags are unfurled behind him and his fusion cannon is shined and ready for use. Settling back, he narrow his optics and rasps, "Cyclonus! Retoris is our access to Iacon. They rely too much on their ridiculous wall as a defense. A team of your caliber should be able to breach it. Eliminate Emirate Xaaron if necessary and sabotage their power grid. With Retoris weakened Iacon will be ours!"

    "Deathsaurus - as you prepare your Fallen Attack Squad, you will demonstrate the power of your other resources as well. Trypticon has intercepted recent activity on the Autobots’ Moonbase Four. Use your Warworld and wipe their pathetic hovel off Luna 4 completely -- I find it unsightly whe…

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  • Bzero

    Floodlight appears in a low-lit corner of Trypticon’s communications room. She smiles anxiously. Clearing her vocalizer, she squeaks, "Floodlight here, reporting from Decepticon City in Tarn." She sits up a little straighter. "With Soundwave out of service, I’ve done what I can to gather what intelligence we have and get it into the right hands - including yours, of course, Commander Cyclonus." She grimaces sheepishly.

    "The Autobots continue to fortify Iacon and Retoris, although I believe they are more concerned with the Fallen than us. They’ve largely abandoned Kalis since it was partially destroyed by the activation of the planetary engines, but there are potentially useful resources left there. I’ve examined flyover scans and have pinpo…

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  • Bzero

    Benin-Jeri appears in the communications center of the Decagon. The rusty conglomeration of spare parts seems out of place in the clean, militaristic command post. When Ben speaks, the strung-together spliced quotes sound odd to those not used to dealing with Junkions. Standing as straight as possible, Ben records a report.

    "Captain’s log, stardate 72985.2. Schrodinger’s cat is out of the bag and it’s alive. As Captain Obvious may report, a team has recovered the Requiem for a Dream Blaster, and it is us! I’m pleased to report we did it Delusion’s way, without destroying my home away from home, the Planet of Junk. The Dominicons were instrumental in extracting of the Blaster and have pledged themselves to its protection. We’re in good hands…

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    Cerebros is at Valvolux. He's gone from "leave me alone, let me sort some things out" to actively seeking solace in a so-called "neutral" territory. The thing I'm worried about is Deathsaurus, the guy whose minions captured me, is sheparding him. It's my own fault - why did I not think that an Autobot whose personality I primarily left in the hands of Jumal - might not want to fight for a living? 

    I'm trying to just get Cerebros to give us time. Three hours. Maybe show him that horrible moment where Megatron came within literal inches from ending this war by vaporizing The Ark (and all its inhabitants) with his weapon. Or at LEAST pariticipate in helping transform Fortress Maximus - maybe if he's synched up with him, he'll realize that he'…

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  • Bzero

    Flareup - Space Dragon!

    July 5, 2019 by Bzero

    A gold-faced femme with a red and grey helmet appears on-screen. She is bouncing and practically vibrating in her seat. "Guys! You wouldn’t believe what I saw break orbit! Some kinda space dragon being chased by what looked like a flaming meteor - but moving in the wrong direction! They were moving pretty fast, but the dragon was gaining! It wasn’t Sky Lynx and it’s not in any of our known Autobot or Decepticon databases. So, I figured I should report. Anyway, this is Flareup on Moonbase Four. Call me for more info!" The transmission ends.

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    I still hear Cerebros in my head. I hear his disdain for war. I hear his unwillingness to do the work to get Fortress Maximus fully transformed. Ok, the last one may have to do something with me. Right now, it looks like he can't transform with just Cerebros. They're saying they need me up there. Which...I have no idea why. Yes, I crawled into Cerebros' head to get him activated, but that was just to assist. They don't need me to do the same with Fort Max, right? 

    I had to come back. Helperbot 's reports on dad were not encouraging. It's still painful to write - someone who has been the bedrock of my family, now needing assistance to do simple stuff like even dress himself. I know the longer I'm away, the worse he gets. And Megan needs me …

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  • Bzero

    Hi-Tech appears in what looks like a wrist-cam recording. His excited face is protected by a domed helmet and behind it can be seen the vastness of space. “Hawk!” he enthuses. “I’m elated to announce that the BET satellites -- shouldn’t they really be Broadcast Energy *Receivers*? No matter – have been deployed and are being moved into position. Poise and I will do some final calibrations and they then should be ready when you are to – well, you know what. I’ll keep you all informed!”

    The camera slowly scans out to show the Crusader in orbit and the Earth below. “This is SO COOL!” Hi-Tech gushes. The image shakily jumps back to his pale, grinning face. “Hi-Tech out.” The transmission ends.

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  • Bzero

    To: Cobra Command
    From: General Hannibal
    Subject: Reconnaissance and Security

    Zandar and I have completed our reconnaissance of Charlotte, North Carolina. Attached please find my assessment of the best methods of expanding our territory into that region. Once all assets are in position I am prepared to personally lead the attack. I request the support of Barghest’s Alley-Vipers, Over Kill’s BATs, and Typhoid’s Zombie-Vipers in the assault. All have shown to be highly effective in the field.

    Before we proceed we need to address an intelligence safety concern. Several small infiltrators have been spotted within and around the White House and other Cobra positions in Washington, DC. They appear to be cybernetic felines and have so far elude…





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  • Bzero

    Aegis – Domestic Orders

    June 25, 2019 by Bzero

    The mysterious image of Aegis appears on-screen, in a message recorded in an undisclosed location. The pale Autobot Seeker has a soft voice and a thoughtful frown. Through the recorded medium she announces, “As Star Saber focuses on galactic defense I will assume command of domestic operations until such time as Optimus recovers.

    Aegis continues, “Ratchet, you are to be given every resource available to find and cure the ravages of Nucleosis. No harm is to come to Pharma – however, I more than authorize the seizure of his research for use in finding a treatment to this hideous malady. While I am not opposed to cooperating with the Decepticons on this subject, give them as little additional data as possible and expect betrayal.

    “In the me…

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  • Bzero

    Megatron appears in his throne room in Castle Megatron in Kaon. His optics burn crimson and his heavy jaw is set. Getting immediately to the point, Megatron begins, “Until Soundwave recovers from his condition I am placing Cyclonus in charge of Decepticon Intelligence. Cyclonus, you are tasked with sending teams to infiltrate and sabotage Autobot installations in preparation of continued assaults. Banshee, report to me at once. For you I have a new assignment and new responsibilities.

    “In the meantime I will not allow Soundwave to remain an object of mockery and a potential security risk. Overlord, travel to Harmonex and retrieve our spymaster. Destroy the city if you have to, but bring back Soundwave immediately. Scalpel, I want re…

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    After two years, Cerebros and Fortress Maximus are alive. Dust Devil and Backblast took me and Cerebros to Vector Sigma last night. After Megatron attacked The Ark two years ago, I thought this would be the idealized response. A literal "sanctuary city" for those who can't defend themselves. But instead of a sanctuary city, it's a battle station, because honestly, you will need something to push back against your oppressors. 

    But I'm far from elated. To be honest, I'm really freaked out right now. No one knows this, but right now... and it's been going on since last night - I can "hear" Cerebros' thoughts. It's not imagined. Okay, maybe it is. But it's like whatever I'm "hearing" isn't coming from my head, but of course it is, because I'm …

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    I'm at the student union coffee house at the University of Oregon, waiting for Buster. His classes are done - and I just dropped DJ off for a two-week workshop in acting. I'm almost positive DJ will be going into tech, or maybe following his mom or dad in GI Joe, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you have to shut yourself out of stuff like literature and theatre. In fact, I actually think that can make you a better leader. I know I'm using fiction as an example, but for Star Trek, they always laud the leaders who routinely go back to Shakespeare. 

    Anyway - it will be a "weird" day in the best sense. Buster and I just hanging out. No Autobots. No EDC. I left the agenda up to him. We've rarely hung out since we were kids. It started for…

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  • Bzero

    A New Enemy

    May 27, 2019 by Bzero

    Megatron appears on screen, his armor cracked and dented. His countenance is dark and his optics flash with anger. “Deathsaurus and his Destrons have declared themselves our enemies! Sweeps, find him and his misguided minions. We will hunt them down and destroy them! No one bucks the authority of Megatron!” Now’s not the time to give him a list of those that have. “Redline – see to the Combaticons’ repairs. Some of them, at least, acted bravely on Victory.” Megatron doesn’t mention is own retreat. “Starscream – report to me at once!” With a petulant wave of his hand, Megatron ends the recording.

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  • Bzero

    Ratchet appears on-screen in a video recorded in the Iacon Medical Center. He looks exhausted. Inferno stands nearby, looking growly. Ratchet says quickly, "CMO Ratchet here. We worked for several cycles on a cure. Haven't reached it yet, but we've made some progress. More importantly, Optimus Prime has relinquished control of the Autobots and accepted medication and quarantine. He said to place Star Saber in charge of defense until his recovery - we'll have to head out to Victory soon and consult with him as to what happens next." Ratchet gives Inferno a dirty look and then concludes, "I'm getting some rest and then I'll see as to what to do with Prime and the other infected. Ratchet OUT." He practically slams his hand down to end the rec…

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  • Bzero

    Doc - Lori Henshaw

    May 25, 2019 by Bzero

    To: Hawk
    CC: Flint, Duke
    From: Doc
    Subject: Lori Henshaw

    I’ve completed my analysis of Lori Henshaw’s cocoon. We’ve discovered the carapace itself is made of lead-lined organic adamantine. Unfortunately this has made scanning its interior practically impossible. Lifeline tried to inject a small camera into the chrysalis to no effect and my attempts at using a medical drill were similarly stymied. I suggest moving the cocoon back to the brig under a forcefield. I hate to say it, but we don’t know what’s going to emerge when it opens.

    In the meantime, my alien detector is working again and I recommend all personnel be sent to medical for scanning. We can’t afford to have other Dire Wraiths lurking in our midst. I request a safety detail to assist…





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  • Bzero

    Bar Fights

    May 25, 2019 by Bzero

    "So, I’m sittin’ there at the bar, enjoyin’ a well-earned drink after singlehandedly liberating some choice bits of research data from deep in Decepticon territory -- I did mention I’m a world-famous super-spy, right?"

    "Why are you still talking to me, rat?"

    "Rude! Well, anyway, these two boneheads from Garrus-9 - guards or somesuch - start gettin’ into a fight about who the best Funghurian murderball player is. And I don’t mean yer standard bar disagreement with raised voices and harsh woids - I’m talkin’ thrown chairs and flyin’ punches! I almost spilled my drink!"

    "You’re gonna see some flyin’ fists if you don’t leave me alone."

    "Oh, Slag. Yer such a kidder! Anyway, I mean, what’s wrong with those brutes? Can’t have a civil drink without th…

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  • Bzero

    Optimus Prime appears on screen, recording from the Decagon in Iacon. His brow is low and his voice is grave. “Autobots,” he begins his address. “We currently face a number of threats – predominately Nucleosis from within and the Fallen from without.” Prime does a rare thing – he raises his voice. “However, we cannot allow these concerns to distract us from our primary goal – the total destruction and eradication of the Decepticons!”

    Prime clenches his right hand, which locks up a moment before he lowers it out of camera range. His optics glow yellow. “Wheeljack – I’ve created a new division for you: Operations. I’m assigning you our builders and engineers – Autobots who manifest our defenses and weapons of war. All of your forbid…

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  • Bzero

    Megatron stands in Decepticon Headquarters on Cybertron. Behind him Constructicons work to repair the damage done by Skuld’s sabotage during Chromia’s attack. Although fury burns in Megatron’s optics, his raspy voice displays iron control.

    “Soundwave: We will act on your intelligence at once. Prepare for me scenarios that best take advantage of the Autobots’ current weakness. Their shared research reveals their vulnerability. We will crush them before they have a chance to recover.”

    “For our research we’ll need nucleon of our own. Take a force to Hydrus Four. Slaughter the natives and claim their resources for our use. Redline, use what we know to weaponize nucleon for use against Iacon. Infect our forces with Nucleosis, if necessary…

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  • Bzero

    Firster Aid appears in a video recorded in the Iacon Medical Center. His face is masked, but behind his visor his optics are narrowed and his voice is peevish. “Last cycle Chromia took a small team and attacked Tarn itself.” Firster shakes his head. “Because of Soundwave’s spying, she lost the element of surprise and, as expected, the attack didn’t go well. Apparently Skuld completed her sabotage mission and damaged Decepticon Headquarters, but it cost the near-death of both Chromia and Firestar.”

    Firster literally wipes his hands of the affair, cleaning oil of them as he speaks. “Both Female Autobots are in intensive care. They are expected to survive, but it might be a while before they’re back on their feet. In the meantime Elita…

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  • Bzero

    THE NEED FOR REVOLT

    April 22, 2019 by Bzero

    Printed on pamphlets distributed in cities and towns across Nebulos:

    THE NEED FOR REVOLT

    There comes a time in Nebulan society when revolution becomes not just a moral imperative but simply inevitable. When immoralities which we’ve accepted for too long may no longer be tolerated. It is time for new ideas to germinate; new factions to surge; new leaders to emerge. The time for fear and inaction is past -- now is the time to rise up, be strong, and to find the strength and courage to bond together in the face of tyranny.

    The need for new blood has become apparent. A fundamental change to society is at hand. The rule of fathers will be overturned by their sons; mothers will be forced to listen to the wisdom of their daughters. Corrupt instituti…

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  • Bzero

    Spike,

    I just wanted to send this message to let you know I plan to lead a massive protest soon against Lord Zarak’s abuses of power. I realize I may be jailed or executed, so I wanted to use this chance to possibly say goodbye. It was an honor meeting you and I wish you the best in all things. I will put you in contact with Llyra should you need to contact the resistance in the future.

    Gort

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  • Bzero

    “Hey – did you hear what happened to the Tiwyr?”

    “Would I care?”

    “I heard it got hit on the way to Strontero. Entire crew killed – cargo heisted. It’s terrible!”

    “No kidding. Any idea who did it?”

    “Rumor has it it’s the Seacons. They’ve been active in the space lanes nearby.”

    “Primus! I’m just glad we made it back to Cybertron OK.”

    “Me, too. Barkeep! Another round for me and my friend here, please.”

    “Thanks, Miss-Q.”

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  • Bzero

    Megatron stands on the dais in his castle in Kaon. The camera is angled to make him look even more massive and dangerous than he is in person. He holds his forearm-mounted fusion cannon across his chest as if intentionally drawing attention to the weapon of mass destruction. His optics narrow as his brow ridge descends sharply. “Soundwave,” he begins, voice rumbling, “I am very disappointed in you.”

    Megatron takes a half-step forward towards the camera, looming even larger in the frame. “I send you with a simple objective – to plunder a medical facility – and you are defeated by a random group of oddballs and medics? You are a disgrace.” Megatron shakes his head in displeasure. “Redline, examine those affected by Pharma’s attack and …

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  • Bzero

    The atmosphere in Benzheen is one of fear. Col. Faroud has been cracking down on all dissent, jailing and torturing protestors and journalists. After initial support by Trucial Abysmia, relations have cooled between the two countries, and my operatives report military buildup along the border. There’s also been suspicious construction on the desert – a massive prison complex with enough firepower and troops to take over a small country. There’s something going on there.

    Trucial Abysmia has gone full Decepticon. They’ve built an airstrip especially for Seekers, and have been very generous with their oil reserves. Cobra representatives are treated respectfully, but our influence there has diminished dramatically. Young King Mohammed ha…

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  • Bzero

    Megatron – Response

    March 24, 2019 by Bzero

    Megatron sits on his command dais in the throne room of his castle. He glowers at the camera, his intense gaze projected out across Cybertron. “Soundwave,” he growls. “I require more information. Bring Redline to the site of the new alien menace to collect samples. Then send the Sweeps out based on those samples to trace down the source of this threat and eradicate them!”

    “You are authorized to work together with the Autobots against the Fallen as long as you continue to share only what is immediately needed and withhold the rest. Once the Fallen is defeated we will use the use the information gained during our alliance to destroy the Autobots next.” Megatron leans forward from his seated position. “We will use the Autobots as the …

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