- Motto: "Transform and smoke 'em!"
- Weapon: Twin Shoulder-Mounted Rocket Launchers
Razorclaw’s Personal Quarters
Razorclaw listened as his Combaticon counterpart spoke of the possibility that Thunderwing could make a bid for leadership, himself, and not simply back another. That and the idea of Blackwind blindly following him as she did with Megatron was something the Predacon Commander had not considered. It made sense given the situation. However, it would take more than a fancy carapace to sway most Decepticons, especially given the scientist’s long absence and voluntary isolation on Cybertron.
“If Lord Thunderwing decides to seek leadership of the Decepticons with Blackwind’s backing, then that places us in a precarious position. Do we back him, as well, or do we oppose? Both of them have untold and untested power now due to the carapace process they have undergone, but we do not yet know their limitations. They are very strong and imposing, no doubt, but if all four squads were united together then even Thunderwing and Blackwind would likely have to concede to our will. His long absence does not help his position as many will feel that he'll do what is best for himself and not the rest of the Empire."
Razorclaw allowed the remainder of what Onslaught had to say sink in to his core processor. The Empire falling into chaos was a distinct possibility given all the factors involved. Ego was not what the Decepticons needed right now. They needed a strong, capable warrior with the intelligence and ability to keep the Empire from falling apart at the seams and the willpower to see the war through to its ultimate conclusion - the defeat of the Autobots. Of course, who best fit that description was another matter entirely. Should it be someone else of their backing or should one of the unit leaders step up and take charge? Both were viable options, but Razorclaw had something a bit different in mind.
“It is more than reasonable to ask that question, Commander Onslaught. Elite tactical units such as yours and mine have been responsible for many of the great strides the Empire has made over the countless vorns this war has raged. If is weren’t for our squads and other groups like us, the Decepticons would’ve lost to the Autobots long ago, even with Megatron still functioning. Now, more than ever, it is important for the specialty units to remain in the forefront to determine who will lead us all into the future. As you said, our support will be necessary for any mech to assume leadership. Therefore, we are the ones that hold the real power from here on out no matter who is on the throne. If we choose the right candidate to take control then perhaps it will be our influence that shapes the Empire even more so than the new leader, himself. In a way, the throne could be ours without any one of us having to actually sit on it. That may be a better solution than trying to decide which unit commander should ascend above the rest."
The idea of a puppet leader was not a new concept to Razorclaw, but it was a potentially viable one given the current state of things. One ‘Con to serve as a figurehead while the real decision making happened behind the scenes by those best suited for the task. Of course, that would require all four commanders - Motormaster, Scrapper, Onslaught and Razorclaw, himself, to be in agreement. That could be difficult to achieve given that each team leader would likely want what was best for their own group. Hopefully, they would be able to find common ground in order to do what was best for the overall Empire.