Powersurge stepped between Vendetta and Sunreaper.
"Enough. Sunreaper understands my plan better than you, Vendetta. Yes, we could fly in and attack the defenses, but how many would we lose in the process. That sounds like something Bomblast or our dear departed 'friend' Tormentor would come up with. If Onix and Sidewinder can infiltrate, they can deactivate the defenses, allowing us to enter and mop up any further resistance."
He paused and thought for a moment.
"Lord Megatron. What sort of defences does the asteroid have? And is there a security detail inside? Wouldn't want to be surprised and lose any more of these wonderful mechs." He said, not hiding his dislike for some of his team.
Torquemada picked Scrounge up with one hand - by the scruff of his neck and palled the small bot back towards him then viciously ripped an arm off, using it against the bots's neck to hold him there. "And that's just the start of it!", rasped the Decepticon, "You're not the only one who's dabbled in the sciences! There's nothing I couldn't do to you to terrorize the information out of you! What was it the Autobots used to refer to me as?... Ah, yes, that's right.. A militarist terrorist!" he growled pulling the bot back closer to him. "Now, I suggest you tell the nice Decepticon leader what we want to know! One way or another we'll extract it! Even if we have to take apart the neural relays in your cranium - piece by piece!" sneered Torquemada and threw the bot down to the ground.
He rested a heavy foot on the back of Scrounge's head, "Talk!"
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Oct 27, 2011 13:41:05 GMT -5
"My arm...! You... you monster!"
Scrounge struggled in pain but it was no use. Even at full power he could never beat the Seeker or even escape his grasp.
Vendetta was about to say something else to Powersurge, but when Torquemada began to tear the Autobot apart, he waited. He figured that the energy levels in the room were too high for rational discussion, and decided not to argue, out of fear that he could be next. "Fine Powersurge, have it your way... Commander."
Megatron was enjoying watching Torquemada at work. "Haha! Yes! This is the stern stuff that a true Decepticon is made of. Perhaps instead of allowing you to fight for command in the beginning, I should have placed you in charge. Now, let us see what else he knows. Do as the Seeker says Autobot, unless you wish the pain to continue. And get worse!"
As all optics were focused on Torquemada's next move, in walked Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker. Megatron turned to face the three Seeker, who looked about in dismay at the sight of three dead Decepticons and an Autobot getting tortured. "Starscream! Where is Jetfire?"
"Lord Megatron, we had Jetfire in our grasp. But then those manufactured mutant creatures that Shockwave gave us malfunctioned!" Yelled Starscream as he pointed a finger at the one-eyed Decepticon.
Shockwave actually sounded angry. "Impossible! The spider droids are programmed with very basic functions and one is to eliminate anything that is not a Decepticon or capture it. You clearly made a mistake at some point during your mission."
"The only mistake I've ever made was allowing you to talk down to me!"
"ENOUGH!" Yelled Megatron as he fired his fusion canon at the dead caresses on the floor. Making what was left of them flying off in different directions. The Decepticon leader then walked over to Starscream and grabbed him by the neck.
"Four Decepticons killed by Megatron in 10 minutes, must be a new record." Sighed Sunreaper.
Megatron hoisted Starscream in the air. "I said I wanted Jetfire. I need scientists to rebuild Cybertron's engines. You have failed me so you have brought your death on to yourself. However, I would be a fool to kill you for I still need soldiers. Considered yourself spared for now."
Megatron turned to Skywarp and Thundercracker. "Is Jetfire still alive?"
"Umm, yeah. Yeah Lord Megatron, he's still alive." Said Thundercracker, not mentioning anything about the Raiders. He was smart enough to know that Megatron would blow a gasket if he knew that other Autobots were involved in keeping Jetfire safe. However Skywarp wasn't as bright as his fellow Seeker. "Yeah Jetfire got away with the help of a bunch of Autobots. The Raiders I think."
Megatron then looked at Starscream with fire red optics. "Starscream you idiot! Instead of the Autobots distrusting Jetfire, there are now witnesses who will speak on his behalf! Optimus Prime will figure out my plan!"
Starscream struggled to be heard. "You see? This was not my fault. The failure is yours in not giving me enough troops. I...ugh, didn't fail!"
"If you didn't fail then where is my scientist!" In a burst of fury, Megatron threw down Starscream to the floor, causing the Seeker to bounced once and roll backwards into the wall. In the process Starscream suffered a broken wing and the damage he received on his foot was made worse.
Megatron then began to shout, making those closest to him tremble. "SOUNDWAVE! TAKE THE PRISONERS AND MAKE HIM TELL YOU EVERYTHING I WANT TO KNOW! POWERSURGE! GO AND TEAR THAT ASTEROID APART UNTIL YOU'VE FOUND WHAT I NEED, AND BRING ME SPANNER, I WANT HIM ALIVE!"
Powersurge grinned wickedly, once again basking in Starscream's incompetance.
"With pleasure, Lord Megatron."
He turned to his team.
"To the shuttles. Onix and Sidewinder in one, and anyone who can cloak. Everyone else in another shuttle. I want everyone capable of flight with me." He said, turning his head to look at Starscream. "Let's show our friend here how real Seekers do their job." He sneered.
Bomblast laughed and banged his fists together.
"HA HA! I can't wait to smash some stuff. I sure hope there are some guards, I want to crush them with my bare hands!"
Last Edit: Oct 28, 2011 9:00:18 GMT -5 by Onix Solo
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Oct 28, 2011 10:05:40 GMT -5
2 astro-hours later....
Orbiting around Cybertron, clusters of junk littered space. Torn apart battle cruisers had been left up in the outer atmosphere, scattered about and around the great metallic planet. It gave Powersurge's ship the perfect place to hide.
On board the Striker, an light battle cruiser, designed for a crew of 5, the Decepticons on board struggled in the zero gravity environment to operate the ship and to keep it functional. Sunreaper was working on a control panel, rewiring the circuits so that the ship's engines wouldn't blow out, again.
Vendetta did nothing. He stood by the closest airlock, ready to jump and attack the asteroid when the time came. But also to escape the flying death trap. "Tell me again why we are using this relic? An Autobot slingshot could ground us!"
"Because it's all that we had! Besides theres nothing wrong with the ship's offensive capabilities. It'll punch a hole where we need it."
In its day, the Striker was a reliable battle cruiser. It was fast and had a compartment at the bottom of the ship to deploy shock troops or to drop bombs. It was low on armor but it's small size and agility made up for it. From the cockpit the asteroid that served as Spanner's base of operations could be seen. Also seen was the ship containing Sidewinder and Onix Major approaching from Cybertron.
Approaching the asteroid, Sidewinder and Onix Major flew an unnamed vessel designed for a crew of 2. Before leaving the planet, the outside was shot up and burned to make it look as if it had been damaged in a fight. As well, one of the engines was set up to start emitting smoke once activated, to make it look as if the ship was having engine trouble.
And as one last hidden deception, the ship was rigged to explode once Onix sent the transmission signal.
Onix looked over at the scientist. Onix had made sure they were devoid of any insignias. That didn't mean that his cohort would play a good neutral.
"Remember, you've got to think like a neutral. It is a common misconception that neutrals haven't picked a side. They've got no problems taking hand outs and protection from Autobot's, they are just to cowardice to fight. The Decepticons are as much an enemy to them as the Decepticons are enemy to the Autobot's, they just don't fight back until cornered. Hopefully this one will do the same."
Onix checked over the controls
"So, our back story. Me and you have been hiding this ship in some wreckage, trying to get it operational enough to flee the planet. We've been at it for 3 stellar cycles, you were an engineer before the war, and I was construction. We were forced to take flight when the Autobot and Decepticon's war came onto our door step, and now our ship is in a bad way. Taking fire as well as not being fully prepared for flight.When he contacts us on approach, we blow the rigged engine and hope he lets us seek asylum. If it all plays out correctly, we get in without a scratch and open the doors for the less savory bunch we have shadowing our advance."
Sidewinder tried to mimic the same tone that Onix had used though slightly more authoritative. "ID!? Look, we just ran for the closest ship we could get to!" He took a shaky breath, trying not to snigger. "There are.... 2 of us on board in okay condition thank Primus."
He then looked at Onix questioningly to see his reaction and whether he'd responded correctly.
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Oct 29, 2011 11:28:20 GMT -5
In the Striker, Sunreaper turned to Powersurge. "I don't think they're gonna buy it. I say we encourage them, chase Onix and Sidewinder a little, make it look like were after them. They won't be able to resist a ship in immediate trouble."
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Oct 30, 2011 9:40:49 GMT -5
"Sir we need some sort of indentifiction or we can't..."
The voice over the ship's comlink was cut off. After a moment the transmission became live again and a new voice was heard. "You have permission to land your craft on the asteroid. We will meet you outside once you have set down."
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