Post by Jazzman Crothers on Aug 5, 2012 8:56:31 GMT -5
"Grimlock and his team went where?"
Cast in the massive dark shadow of the super shuttle known as the Ark, the Raiders stood among other Autobots and Cybertronians who went about working on the ship, loading it up with supplies, energon, batteries, tools and anything else they needed for the great exodus.
Maverick stood perplexed by what Powerplay had just told the team. Grimlock, Slag, Sludge, Snarl and Swoop had abandoned the Autobots.
"I didn't say where Maverick," Said a angry Powerplay. "I said they left. Grimlock began to knock heads with Prime again and decided to take his team to fight Megatron his way I guess. That blockhead is an idiot! We stand a better chance all together instead of taking off like a loose canon!"
Powerplay couldn't help but punch the closest supply create next to him, crushing it all out of shape and sending it about 50 feet across the yard.
"So what? They still got us. And where's Max at? What does he make of all this?" Asked Maverick, as if the news he just heard didn't faze him in the slightest.
Rubbing his hand, Powerplay answered. "He's talking to Optimus about something, what I don't know. They were suppose to have a another mission for us but Optimus is getting an up-graded body. Not enough room for all of us in Ratchat's med bay to have a meeting.
Quickshot sat cross-legged on top of a supply crate, listening in on the two discussing Grimlock's current desertion.
"Cool your processors Powerplay. As much as we might not agree with Grimlock and his Lightning Strike Coalitions desertion, you've got to admit, no one wants to just abandon Cybertron. Can't blame them for wanting to take their firepower to the ones responsible."
"Besides..", interjected Indelible, "No offense to anyone here, but there's more muscle there with those 5 'Blockheads' that most of us put together!" he added strenly. "Although they can handle themselves, we haven't got the time to go launching some grande rescue mission, I'm afraid they'll just have to take their chances on their own for now.."
Indelible stood tall amongst the autobots, stiff and regimented. "I wish I had peek into what they're doing to Optimus and his body. Engineering construction might be a little different to body construction, but I'm curious all the same. Guess we'll find out soon though, and he couldn't be in better hands..
Post by Neo Calrissian on Aug 7, 2012 16:08:06 GMT -5
Retroblazer snorted and nodded in agreement with Inedible. "I don't care if they could level Kaon with a snap of their fingers. It's irresponsible to leave your comrades. No-one has the right to walk out on their friends and leave them vulnerable. But to be honest, it was inevitable with them, and I'm glad they've done it now, rather than when someone could have gotten hurt." His visor tinted a lighter shade to indicate humour. "Besides, the Raiders don't need no Grimlock to watch their backs. You've got me." His attention was diverted by the arrival of Max Convoy. He immediately got to his feet- even though he'd worked with Max a few times in the field now, he still felt an uneasy sense of inferiority. He saluted awkwardly at his commanding officer. "Sir."
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Aug 8, 2012 21:09:16 GMT -5
As Max Convoy arrived, he placed a hand on Retroblazer's shoulder, sensing the awkward vibe from his soldier and hoping to ease his feelings. He looked at his crew and thought to himself that he couldn't be happier with the hard-hide brand of warrior Primus sought fit to grant him with.
"Raiders, the Autobots are in a disarray. And it is up to us to get things back into order."
Swift didn't quiet understand what Max Convoy meant, how were the Raider going to fix things. "Sir, what exactly do you mean? Of fellow Autobots are ditching our army and the other half is working full cycle to get this mammoths ship ready to take us where ever it's suppose to take us. Were in a bind and theirs a hand full of us."
Max Convoy began to step to his left, to walk in front of the Ark and around his team. "Yes. Some of our mightiest have left us, others are on missions that are so secret no one but Prime and a few know what it is their up to. The Decepticons have been 3 steps ahead of us the entire time. They have slaughter innocent Cybertronians, and I have just learn of a orbital space station was just destroyed, possibly another Decepticon plot on the go. So with the odds against us, I think its time we made our own luck!"
"Sound good to me boss, just give me the word and they'll be Decepticon parts all over the highway!"
"Hold my friend. First listen. Our best course of action is to right now is to do something the Decepticons won't expect. Victory favors the bold. Now, what we know is the Decepticons have been going after the Emptys and then Jetfire, a scientist. And a space station has been destroyed that had no Autobot ties. They have been making moves against non-Autobots. I believe they are searching out the talents of others to construct something to win this war."
Powerplay spoke up, and didn't sound too impressed. "So what, some ultimate weapon? That's nothing new. Those spiders we encountered are properly the work of Shockwave."
"It has to be something different, or else they would have their own engineers working on it. No, its different. Lets assume that not only were they killing Emptys but also taking them to use as slaves. What else would you use a Empty for unless it for melting them down or target practice. To go to all that trouble for a group that can hardly take care of themselves, Megatron must have a plan."
"Maybe he's building his own ship then?" Maverick suggested.
"I believe our nemesis Megatron has grander plans then just a ship. All I have are theories, but what I also do have is a someone who may have seen just what it is that Megatron is up to."
The Raiders gasped at the news Max Convoy had just presented. A possible explanation to what the Decepticons had been up too? Just how was this possible?
Two Cycles ago....
In the southern part of the planet, near the phenomenon known as Cybertron's Sonic Canyons, a large group of slaves under Decepticon patrol are making their way towards a large transport.
The transport is to take them back to Polyhex after a long work shift of mining for special ore. Among them is an Autobot named Scrounge. An Autobot captured not to long ago who was also tortured for information. Scrounge held out for as long as he could and almost beaten to death. Soon, it was decided that he would live out the rest of his days as a slave with the other Emptys that the Decepticons had captured.
As the transport made it's way back to base, it took a route that was close to the edge of one of the canyons. It was thought to be a short cut back. The transports radar systems had been experiencing much interference due to the sonic echos that came from the canyons, screwing up their direction finding instruments. The driver miscalculated and drove too close to the edge of the canyon.
The transport tilted over and rolled down a steep cliff. All inside the vehicle were thrown about, most damaged, be it Decepticon or prisoner. After a few violent moments, the transport came to a stop and was upside down.
Most of everyone inside were dead, the impact killing them. Others were damaged, all except one.
Scrounge never considered himself a lucky robot. But his chances had to change. He realized that he was still alive and made for the door of the transport. A couple of Decepticons tried to stop him but the taste of freedom was all Scrounge needed to escape.
Within second Scrounge was free and making good on his escape. He ran to hide, to first lose the Decepticons before they recaptured. The only place he could do that was to go into the Sonic canyons.
After some time, Scrounge realized that if he was going to make it back to Iacon, he would need help. He had information he had to get Optimus Prime. He began to send a homing becon accompanied with a small message. "Please, to any Autobot hearing this, my name is Scrounge. I am an Autobot and I was a prisoner, the Decepticons have captured Emptys, me along with them. I have seen things, the fate of Cybertron is in the hands of a mad-mech. Please help me."
After sending out his message on a coded Autobot frequency, Scrounge made for the massive opening a dark, black cave to hide and rest.
Max Convoy held a communication device in his hand and turned off the message that Iacon communication had received and decoded after it was finished. "This Autobot is the key to discovering just what it is that Megatron is up to. Who's with me?"
Post by Neo Calrissian on Aug 12, 2012 6:56:07 GMT -5
Retroblazer seemed to relax after Max's gesture of friendship. Upon hearing his commander's theories on what was being done with the Empties, he was determined to help- after all, it hadn't been long ago that he and his sister had been just as defenseless as the homeless bots. When he heard Max's plan, his mind was made up. "I'm in. If that soldier dies, so does every Decepticon in a mile radius."
"So where do we begin? The canyons?", asked Indelible unfolding his arms. It wasn't that he wasn't as eager as the others, but he was a realist and knew it would be dangerous. Whereas the others were ready for action, all excitable like a cadet getting their next mission, which wasn't a bad thing, he was more calm yet positive. He didn't like that the Decepticons were seemingly always a step ahead however, and was worried someone was leaking information..
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Aug 12, 2012 16:16:58 GMT -5
Max Convoy made a fist and touched knuckles with Quickshot. As did Maverick, Swift, Torque and then Powerplay. "The Canyons it is. We don't have much time, so we'll be moving in fast. Get ready to roll out, but don't worry about refueling right away. We're going in style!"
With a wink of the optic, Max Convoy then gave the Raiders his famous battle-cry as all of them knocked fists together and got ready to depart.
UP ABOVE THE SONIC CANYONS....
Torque as attached to a energon pump, getting his energy levels up with a quick recharge. He was one of the last of the group to get ready for their missions.
"Ahh, fresh energon. Ain't nothing like it, especially on someone else's tab."
"Someone else's tab? I think not! This is not for free as I am not a shuttle service. If anyone is worth free energon, that is I. And that's because I am the best warrior the Autobots have! In fact, Commander Maximus, why not just take me in and leave these wasted slag heaps back here? Surely I am more then capable at this simple rescue mission!"
Max Convoy wasn't able to find a Autobot shuttle. Not with soon many being used for other ventures. Instead he enlisted the help of one of the most restless, and conceited Autobots he knew; Skylynx.
Max Convoy turned to smile at the Raiders before answering Skylynx. "Of course Skylynx, I would use you but Autobot command would only allow me to use you for a short while. Besides, this is a simple rescue mission for one Autobot. I think we can manage."
"Now that I think about it, indeed! But if I see any Decepticon patrols, I will make them regret the day they placed a purple badge on their steel skin while amazing them with the skills of a true fighter."
Sitting in a passenger chair, Powerplay could only hold his head in frustration when he heard Skylynx's voice through out the inside of the Autobot's shuttle mode. He was under strict orders from Max Convoy not to talk back to Skylynx since the massive sky dragon was doing the Raiders a favor. "Of all the stupid, mirco-mechanical, ego-driven things someone can think about themselves. If I had the chance I'd cram my fist up his turbo-charger and...."
Quickshot had heard of massive Autobots, but never been in the presence of one large enough that he could actually fit inside of him. The others seemed to wear thin on Skylynx's ego, but Quickshot never let anything get to him.
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Aug 27, 2012 12:18:33 GMT -5
From Skylynx's control panel, a low beep was heard. "Heads up. We appear to be in the area where your Autobot is located. I'm headed downwards. I suggest that the lot of you get ready to embark on your mission, I'd hate to transform and crush anyone still inside me if I see any Decepticons that need a swift thrashing."
The Raiders were way ahead of Skylnx as they got ready to hit the ground running to deal with any enemies near by.
Post by Neo Calrissian on Aug 27, 2012 14:51:51 GMT -5
Retroblazer began painstakingly slotting shells into his blaster, taking each one between forefinger and thumb with a delicacy unfitting for his stature. For a moment, he caught Paraphus's gaze, and nodded silently. He didn't know the bot well, but he recognized, from the battle that had sparked all this craziness off back at the Ark, that he was a more vulnerable member of the team, despite his thick hide. He felt like the younger bot could do with a little encouragement. Feeling a sudden rush of excitement, he shouted to the soldiers over the rush of air, which was rapidly making any communication impossible. "RAIDERS, HOO-RAH!"