On the way into the battle zone, Taran had vanished from the others. He was never far from the others, but he moved through the shadows, and stayed hidden, observing. Waiting. Taran wanted one thing, and one thing only, and that was to satiate the hate that was in him. He watched the Alicons surrounding Hardclaw and Switchblade, and decided to strike.
He jumped out from the shadows down towards the Alicons. He sent the weight end of his chained axe into an Alicon, making is stumble and begin to fall backward. Taran came down on the Alicons chest and drone his axe into the Alicons chest. In a flash he pulled it out while leaning into the air, back-flipping, landing on the ground, and spinning swinging his axe into another Alicons head.
"Let us show them the fury they have brought on themselves ever since they tried to end our lives!"
Taran spun his chained-axe at his side rapidly before letting it loose into another Alicons chest, knocking it off its feet.
Switchblade was about to drive the spear he'd picked up into another Alicon when it suddenly went down and he say Taran stood on the fallen Alicon. He paused for a moment before hefting the spear and throwing it over Taran, embedding it deeply in the chest of another Alicon. Switchblade darted forwards, using his shield to cover Taran as the smaller mech took out another Alicon. A panel opened up on Swtichblade's shoulder and a cylinder ejected from it. The cylinder extended into his spear, which he caught with ease. Switchblade twirled the spear before driving it into an Alicon.
"The first chance you get, break off and get away from me and Hardclaw. We're built to fight. Play to your strengths and take them by surprise. The Alicons will be too focussed on us, you'll probably get more kills than us that way." Switchblade said with a smirk as he slashed at another attacker.
He raised his shield just in time to block an attack aimed at his head, but the attack drove him down onto one knee. He was able to thrust the spear deep into the torso of his attacker, but he lost his grip on the spear as the Alicon fell. Switchblade cursed to himself as he got back on his feet. He retracted his shield and deployed both of his blades. He blocked another attack with both of his blades, countering with a savage kick to his attacker's torso. As his attack stumbled back, Switchblade lashed out repeatedly before backing up to join Hardclaw and Taran.
Litos crawled up from where he lay from the near-miss plasma blast, his armor blackened and slightly scorched from the close encounter. Recoiling backwards from the statue, the last of the wire ran from his chest unit to the statue as he transformed to his hover car mode. As he revved up and reversed very slowly, the wire coming out of the front of his alt mode, the smell of burning rubber as it hit the ground filled the air. He moved - slowly at first but pulling at great force , further gaining more speed as he tried to pull the statue forward. At first there was now movement from the statue, but the move he gained speed, the more the statue slowly began too wobble. More and more Litos piled on the speed, silently cursing himself to push more and more. Once again the old Cybertronian prayer entered his head, the last time he recited it he had been facing just Sharkticons, nowhere near the size of one of these Guardians...
This time he silently chanted it in his head:
"The oil is on our lips, We do not fight for prize. But the storm the anger whips And the waves of enemies in the skies. The blasts around us rise and strike us through creation - to ashes we transform. And we fight because must We fight to be re-born!"
On the last line he pulled back with immense force at full speed actually breaking the base of the statue as it toppled and pulling the wire tort, but now he had to keep reversing, at full speed or get crushed himself, if not by the statue but by the guardian..
Post by Neo Calrissian on Jul 30, 2014 18:36:28 GMT -5
Neoptolemus initially splintered off from the main group, lost in the smoke to everyone. He wandered for what felt like an age, stumbling from street to street, avoiding the heavy fire of the Guardian Robots- blinded by the smog and fire, he used his training as best he could, reaching out with his magnetic powers for nearby bystanders in need, and immediately found his way to a group of rebels pinned beneath a stretch of rubble. Remembering what Alpha Trion had told him about using his mind to conquer his body's limitations, he put all his weight below the largest of the steel beams, and smiled with his optics at the dumbfounded survivor below. "The Chitari philosopher Eltotsria believed that with a lever and a place to stand, we can move worlds. Let us...hnk!... test that theory!" Straining with all his might, Neoptolemus managed to pull the rubble just high enough to create an opening, and the rebels scrambled up. He propped himself on his staff to catch his breath, and was just devising a plan to find Guren in this chaos when he saw a handful of Alicons round the corner. A cry went up, and they made a beeline for his group- without thinking, Neoptolemus turned to his new friends and barked. "Find Switchblade or Hardclaw and try to rally- wherever they are, they're bound to be where the tide can be turned! Go now, I'll buy you some time!" He turned back and mounted the rubble, drawing attention to himself. Still recovering from his feat of strength, he drew his sword and swung it a few times experimentally, calming his shaking hand. He gave a cry. "I am Neoptolemus! I was born a slave, and I will never go back to that life. But more importantly, I have no intention of dying- not today, and not at the hand of amateurs like you! Now COME!"
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Aug 1, 2014 11:03:38 GMT -5
As Litos pulled on his steel wire as hard as he could, the massive statue the wire was attached to broke and fell over in the opposite direction of the Guardian robot. The wire held tight and strong, pulling the Guardian robot off his feet and fell into the other Guardian robot that had shot at Litos and that had Hawk and General Ghyrik.
To Litos' relief the statue missed him by a few feet and shook the ground as it landed. Hawk felt the Guardian robot falling over and quickly pushed Ghyrik away and leapt into the air, where he transformed and activated his rockets to take to the relatively safety of the sky.
As the two Guardian robot fell over, the huge juggernaut on the receiving end of the two, let his arm canon fire by accident. The high power energy beam ripped through the village, tearing through many already ruined building, but also destroying many Alicons along the way. In fact the squad of Alicon that had confronted Neoptolemus were vaporized as the energy beams passed over them.
As the two Guardians finally landed hard on the ground, the energy beam form the Guardian on top continued to fire. The energy from the arm canon hit the Guardian closer to the ground and ignited the massive robot in flames as the beam tore into its armour. General Ghyrik, who had managed to hold on to the Guardian robot he was standing, looked down in horror to see that the Guardian was about to explode -
"May the inferno by warned, here comes your wretched son..."
- With a sharp boom and a shockwave to match it's fury, the two Guardian robot's exploded. The air seem to shake along with the ground as the towering titans ignited in to a world of fire. Debry began to rain down on top of everyone, even those far away from the conflict.
Litos found cover under the statue he had brought down but he could still feel the heat. Then something large hit the top of the statue and then fall in front of him. It was General Ghyrik. He was still alive!
Switchblade, Taran and Hardclaw retreated to cover at the sound of the explosion. As they hid undercover they saw that the Alicons were running away. It would seem that the explosion of the Guardians scared the simple minded soldiers.
From on top of the tower, Guren had been knocked over by the explosion. As he gathered himself together, he the Alicons running towards a ground of Quintesson ships. It would seem that the Alicons were leaving. Even the remaining Guardian robots, who could lay waste to the rest of the village if so desire, were transforming and taking to the sky as well. And then Guren saw what he was originally after -
- the inactive body of Alpha Trion was being loaded into a ship.
"Scarlett! Alpha Trion is over there! They have him!" Shouted Guren as he began to jump down the tower and on to other, still intact buildings as he made for Alpah Trion's location.
Scarlett transformed, activated her comlink, radioing all the Blademasters as she drove in the direction where Guren said Alpha Trion was. *COMLINK* "The Alicons have Alpha Trion! Towards the south ridge!" *COMLINK*
Hawk circled above and upon hearing Scarlett he began to fly towards the Alicons.
Hardclaw, Switchblade and Taran saw Hawk fly above. Hardclaw transformed and began to drive in the same direction Hawk was traveling in.
Litos transformed and grabbed General Ghyrik by the scruff of the neck when the call for Alpha Trion came through, "I only need one reason as to why I should kill you", growled Litos lowly, "but if I fear if I do it will make me no better than you! Beg General, beg!"
The usual mild-mannered nature of Litos was momentarily absent, although he had no compassion for the General at this particular moment the teachings of Alpha Trion had left their indelible mark on the bot, making him wiser, more grounded in nature.
Switchblade sprinted off after Hardclaw. He retracted his blades and spotted the Alicon he'd impaled with his spear. He managed to dislodge his spear as he ran past. Collapsing his spear and storing it as he ran, Switchblade jumped into the air and transformed. He landed hard as his real wheels span. He took off and fish-tailed wildly, completely unused to using his vehicle mode. He quickly caught up with Hardclaw.
+++COMM to Hardclaw+++ "Do we have a plan? Or is 'cut down everything between us and Alpha Trion' our plan?" +++COMM+++
Post by Neo Calrissian on Aug 4, 2014 17:41:39 GMT -5
The first Allicon went down easy. Neoptolemus moved in too close for their long-rage weapons to be of any use, and side-stepped it's blundering attack, driving his sword swiftly into it's back. Turning to the next, he ducked under the Quintesson lackey's axe, sweeping it's legs from under it with his staff and delivering a fatal blow to the chest. He was caught off guard by an assault from behind, and staggered as the final Alicon's club connected bodily with his head. Channeling the pain ringing in his audio processors, he swung around with all the force in his servos, decapitating the aggressor in a single motion. His head pounding and his limbs weak, he caught Scarlett's transmission, and transformed, stalling violently in his inexperience before heading south on a street parallel to Hardstrike and Switchblade. *COMLINK* En route, Scarlett! *To Taran* see if you can intercept and meet me, between the two of us and the others, we might be able to mount a two-pronged attack! *COMLINK*
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Aug 5, 2014 16:41:04 GMT -5
Hawk began to respond to Neoptolemus. *COMLINK* "While you execute your plan Neoptolemus, I shall fly over them to distract them and..."
Hawk's sentence was cut short as his left wing had a barrage of projectiles rip through it. The pain alone all most knocked out Hawk. He began to spin out of control and headed for the ground. At the last moment Hawk transformed to his robot form but it didn't slow him down. Hawk's body spun out of control as it smashed in to the ground.
More enemy fire began rip through the air. Large bursts of plasma energy tore over the Blademasters, the heat from the energy inside the plasma was enough to cause some serious concern for anyone approaching the Alicons.
As Hardclaw sped on taking the lead, a plasma energy charge ripped into the ground 3 feet in front of him. He swerved out of the way but his cybercar form was tossed upwards. He landed on his back and rocked side to side before stopping and remaining motionless.
Guren and Scarlett were not far behind the others but then had to stop and take cover as more projectiles flew their way.
General Ghyrik just looked at Litos with so much hate within his optics. He was ready to die right there and then. But then his comlink came to life -
*COMLINK* "General Ghyrik. We have Alpha Trion. What are our instructions my Leigh?"
With a smile that could of belong to a demons, General Ghyrik answered his trooper on the other side of the comlink. "Take off now and bring Alpha Trion to our masters, that is an order!"
As General Ghyrik began to laugh, the Quintesson ships began to fire up there rockets.
Removing one of his arms on the grip of the General, Litos moved said arm to around his captive's arm and locked his arm around the General's, then released his other arm to retrieve his short sword, "Delay the order General!" demanded the mech bringing the short sword close to his throat, "Tell them to await your arrival or it won't just you that will be killed, it will be all of you! Ever last stinking Quintesson in the galaxy, in the universe! We won't stop until we annihilate your race and then, and then - have the biggest bonfire known to humanity with all your corpses burning as we push them over into the smelting pit!", grizzled the bot, "For those that do survive - RUN. Hide in whatever small corner of the universe you can cos we'll come for you and even when we drop dead our next generation, and the generation after that, and the generation after that will sing songs about your demise and continue to hunt you down all down to the very last one!"
Litos inched the sword closer to a major fuel line in the General's neck putting the pressure on, "Do it General! If you value your race's existence, delay the order!"
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Aug 6, 2014 9:30:48 GMT -5
With a serious expression, General Ghyrik raised his arms to show that he meant no hostility towards Litos. He slowly raised the comlink on his wrist to his mouth to utter the command given to him by the Blademaster -
- and then he bite down on the comlink and ripped it out of his forearm. As he spat the damage device Ghyrik began laughing. "Go ahead! Kill me I don't care! Kill me and you'll never see Alpha Trion again! You have nothing, nothing to threaten me with! Nothing to do with all your strength! With your so-called, new found power! You are nothing compared to my Quintesson masters! And before you find Alpha Trion, they'll find you. They're find you!"
Hardclaw transformed into robot mode and found cover so he could get his head clear. Guren and Scarlett took a chance and came racing out of there cover towards the ships.
But it was too late, the ships were now full of last remain Alicon troops and were beginning to lift off. As the first Blademaster finally reached where the ships had just been, they were in the air and taking to the sky along with the Guardian robots.
The blast that knocked Hardclaw aside caused Switchblade to swerve. He lost control and spun out, crashing sideways into a pile of debris. He sluggishly transformed, deploying his shield and his crossbow. He saw Hardclaw transform and take cover. Switchblade was over on the other side of the crater left by the blast. He gave a quick wave to Hardclaw, signalling he was alright, then took cover, keeping his optics sharp in case any more Alicons arrived.
"I'm counting on it!", grunted Litos and moved behind the General but all the time keeping the short sword by his fuel line "We'll join the others", continued the bot keeping an arm around the General's neck (His other right arm just below his arm at the fuel line), "Don't mistake my not killing you for sympathy or compassion, when the time is right, you will die. Now move!!"
Litos motioned forward, in a way the General was right - right now they needed Alpha Trion , alive. Killing the General right now would be pointless, and detrimental to getting Alpha Trion back.
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Sept 2, 2014 20:41:02 GMT -5
Hawk raised his head off the ground. His vision blurry, his body in great pain. His optics focused as he looked into the air with the rest of his comrades and watched as the Quintesson ships and the Dark Guardian rose into the air and disappeared into the distance. All watched in horror as their hopes began to fade out of existence. Hawk then looked at his fellow Blademasters as they came closer to him. Some angry, scared and wearing expressions of sorrow.
Hawk then saw Litos approach, with General Ghyrik in his grip. Hawk began to feel the anger swell up inside of him, his energy returning, allowing him to move again. Before he knew it he had found a weapon and took it within his grasp. He managed to run towards the General, growing closer and getting faster. Then with a loud battle cry, Hawk raised his found weapon with the intention of bringing it down on the General's head.
"This cycle is your last you blasted spawn of the pit!"
Gryrik's jerk his head back but he wasn't going any where with Litos holding him. Hawk's strike came down hard, and missed by mere nano-inches as Hardclaw tackled Hawk aside. The much stronger Blademaster held Hawk and tried to restrain him the best he could. "No! Don't be stupid! He is the only chance we have at getting Alpha Trion back!"
"No! He's dead! Alpha Trion is dead!"
"Only if we killed Gryrik! Like it or not, he is the only bargaining chip we have against those accursed wrecks. Not only that, it may help keep us then them safe."
Hardclaw motioned off to the distance. Hawk looked up to see the rest of the survivors of the village the Dark Guardians had just destroyed. Despite the death toll and the loss of their way of life, the people of Shalgard came to the Blademasters and praised them for what they had done and for saving their lives.
Hardclaw then looked at the others. "We have come a long way. We have survived the attack of some of the Quintessons deadliest war machines. Before we had not a chance. But now, even though we are not true masters of our art, we have the strength that Alpha Trion knew we had. And now we do for the people of Shalgard what Alpha Trion did for us. We protect our own, the innocent and train those to defend themselves. So they can learn that they are true warriors like a true Cybertronian. Let us swear by the blades we wield that shall never let our guard down in the face of danger and we shall lives and die as the warriors we are!"
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Sept 2, 2014 20:49:44 GMT -5
"Do you really expect us to believe that story?"
Sunslaughter gave the Renegade trainee the dirtiest of looks when he spoke up. "And for that you shall have to earn a lot harder then your fellow comrades come the next training session! Whether you chose to believe my story or not, wheather you think I'm telling you a fable of a flat out lie, none of you shall ever be a gifted warrior as a true Blademaster!"
While Sunslaughter was giving anyone who didn't believe him grief, the rest of the trainees wanted to hear more.
"Hey I don't care if the Blademasters existed or not, this is a great story!'
"Tell us more! How did Alpha Trion live after being captured?"
But before Sunslaughter could even make up his mind whether or not to tell more Blademaster tales-
- *RED ALERT! THIS IS A CODE 10 RED ALERT! HOSTILE THREAT IN PROGRESS ON CYBERTRON. REPEAT. HOSTILE THREAT IN PROGRESS ON CYBERTRON*
"The stories will have to wait Renegades! It would seem that you will have to make due with the Omega Guards rather then the Quintesson's Dark Guardians! Report to your command stations! Crash and Burn!"
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