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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Psychout » Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:14 pm

Motto: "The Blackest Night Falls from the skies,
The darkness grows as all light dies,
We crave your hearts and your Demise
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Weapon: Sniper Rifle
Transmission from Earth:
>>Psychout to Commander Shockwave<<
>>Infiltration of Sol-3 has been achieved with 100% success, Sir. Location is secluded and sparsely populated and fit all criteria for a secure outpost. Insertion team are in position to begin reinforcement of infiltration protocols here and key facsimiles have been activated, ETA's at facility between 26 minutes and and 14 terran days. Will continue to monitor Sol-3 transmissions and broadcast networks for possible protocol breaches before securing facility for re-use and transport to Razorclaws location. Please advise should you require any alteration to the mission brief, and to confirm the ID and designation of the support unit that has just arrived to enable access to security protocols. Out.<<
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby ChaosWave360 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:09 pm

Weapon: Particle Beam Cannon
Laboratory

Deathstinger listened to Skullcruncher as he told him to watch the scene. He watched as it appeared to be some sort of fighting going on between fellow cons. Shockwave had ordered Blackwind to be restrained as one of the cons quickly attacked; however, that failed easily. Blackwind was captured thanks to the efforts from Clutch as Knockout wanted another round with her. After the little ruckus was over, Shockwave had announced that he was gonna give us some super energon of some sort. Deathstinger could use some extra energon, after all he was stuck in the stasis for a primes knows how long. He walked up to the group to join in so he can hear more of the details from Shockwave.
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Insidious » Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:29 am

Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Laboratory

Shockwave had been fully expecting an update from Psychout and his crew at any point. Though it was not at the top of his current list of priorities, it was significant enough to warrant his direct attention once it had arrived.

If the infiltration protocols had suffered any damage as a result of Starscream's brazen illogicality in carrying out multiple strikes for limited gains, it seemed as though they were not immediately apparent to Psychout and that would have to suffice for the time being. It was a much simpler task to maintain their cloak of deceit than to repair it once it had been breached. Psychout had indicated a degree of success that--in Shockwave's experience--was never achieved, but it was acceptable nonetheless.

>>"Satisfactory. Imperative: identify any personnel present that are ideally positioned for facsimile replacement process and initiate process on-site. Declarative: terran natives are operating too close to the remnants of a full-scale Decepticon fortress. Any breach of the infiltration protocols is not to be allowed at this stage. All present Decepticon operatives--confirmed. Advise further upon objective completion. End transmission."<<

Shockwave knew that Psychout, above any of the other operatives stationed there, would understand Shockwave's use of the term "positioning". With the humans getting as close as they were, they would need to increase the amount of facsimiles that were operating in government and private institutions around the world. From the initial intelligence that Shockwave had already received about this location and its high degree of human activity, there was a significant probability that both government and business officials of high rank would be present. Officials ideally suited to be detained and replaced with a facsimile. It was one tool amongst many that they would employ in order to keep the phases progressing at the Decepticons' chosen pace.

With planetside business addressed, Shockwave returned his attention to the laboratory itself. With Skullcruncher and others nearby, Shockwave was confidant that Blackwind's prone form would be waiting for him and would even allow Knockout to acquire some preliminary data regarding the shell. The Decepticon might wish to satisfy other curiosities, and Shockwave was inclined to allow him, as they might satisfy some of his own as well. In any case, he would join him very shortly.

Shockwave himself approached the large deposit of Ore-13 that had already been moved in to position near the requisite refining equipment. He began entering in the protocols and commands he had created initially to convert the ore into the ultra energon compound. With the protocols entered, he then secured them away from prying optics and motioned for Deathstinger, Deathdancer and others nearby to begin feeding the ore in to the refining unit.

"Imperative--operative Mal Practice will oversee the conversion process. Do not allow the intake levels to exceed 80% at any one time--otherwise there is a potential risk for system overload."

During his initial trials, Shockwave had achieved his satisfactory results by infusing the ultra energon in to Cybertronian systems either gradually or in small doses. He theorized that it would be similarly wise to breakdown and reshape the core structure of the Ore-13 in a similarly gradual fashion.
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Ember » Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:02 pm

Motto: "I'm not psycho...I just like psychotic things."
Laboratory – Primary Examination Theater

“That miserable glitch."

Knockout stomped the short distance from the main laboratory to the examination theater where the object of his bane was now located. For her sake she had better not have scratch my finish or this exam will spiral into a very painful torture session. A veiled silent threat. He already sensed his gorgeous exterior was marred in a way he didn't care to dwell on.

Coming to stop next to the slab the encased femme was strapped to Knockout let out a low guttural growl. With his optics still boring into the prone Decepticon restrained on the table in front of him the mechanic ground out only one order.

“Out!"

His attention still focused he reached out instinctively and grabbed a hold of Clutch’s arm, his grip like a vice. He needed the mech with him if nothing more than security in case Blackwind woke up and the restraints failed to hold her in place. And really what better mech to perform that function than his own assistant. Besides, Clutch was familiar enough with transformer anatomy that he would be of use if something unfortunate did occur.

“You’re staying. Fetch me my tools. We have an exam to perform."

Knockout freed his friend from his hold and brought both hands together…rubbing then greedily.

“Oh, and Clutch? I believe I’ll need a bit of body work once our work is completed. Our little sleeping beauty did a number on my finish."

The statement would not go unnoticed. It went like clockwork for the two. Knockout gets scratched…Clutch is there to help get his finish back to its pristine condition. A dent, Clutch is there to remove it. Scuffed…out comes the buffer. It never failed.
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Psychout » Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:50 pm

Motto: "The Blackest Night Falls from the skies,
The darkness grows as all light dies,
We crave your hearts and your Demise
by my Black Hand-- --The Dead shall rise!"
Weapon: Sniper Rifle
Laboratory

Mal missed most of what Shockwave said whilst everyone was crowding around. Having recovered from his bout of mirth he had eyed the rooms newest occupants, sizing them up for component value against the cost of his planned retirement once quarter-pint had finished his work on the mudball, and it was only the mention of his name that snapped him back into the present.

"Huh? Well of course it will be me, no one else here is even remotely qualified! ...Uh, Sir!" He replied, narrowly avoiding his usual gruff tone and substituting it with for mild indignation at there being a hint of doubt. He then panicked for a micro second until he worked out what was he had just agreed to and grinned behind his faceplate, but his eyes betrayed his glee, the midget would love this he thought, and he turned to the crowded room full of optics that, in his mind at least, all seemed to be focused on him. He got to work fast and began to evaluate the aspirants cammed into the Lab in turn for his first test subject - which always the most fun. Nope, nope, too big, nope, definitely not, Skullcruncher... already off his nipplenuts on the stuff and doesn't need any more yet, don't like her face, he owes me money, nope... AHA!! His gaze fell on the gap where Knockout had been laying previously, which was now occupied by Deathdealer and Deathstinger; two similarly-named 'con's that couldn't possibly have been any more different if they tried. Newbies! Always good for test subjects...

He pointed a finger at the two newest arrivals. "You and you. One of you will be my test subject, the other one... well, we'll see."

"Which one of you wants it the most?"
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Foxfire13795 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:05 pm

Motto: "Broken Autobots never mend."
Weapon: Magnetic Repellor-Attractor
Laboratory

Deathdancer was happy to shovel the ore into the refining unit. For approximately 30 astroseconds. She began to fidget in her work. She was bored. Bored. Bored, bored, bored! Such a shame she hadn't thought to learn some medical skills. Being a mad scientist seemed like the only way to do anything fun around here. She definitely had the mad part. She was just missing the scientist bit. Surely that wasn't too important.

Mal Practice, one of the cons in the room, pointed at herself and another con in the room. Deathdancer's hand shot up immediately after he asked his question. She wasn't exactly sure what "it" was. She tended to tune things out. But she wanted it! She wanted it so badly! Or she didn't. Deathdancer bounced a little and waved her hand at Mal.

"Oh! Oh! Pick me! Pick me! Please pick me!"
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Devastron » Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:42 pm

Weapon: Energo-Sword
Laboratory

Clutch couldn’t help but smile as Shockwave offered him a compliment, or as close as he could come to one. It wasn’t often he heard praise from his commanders, let alone someone as highly placed as Shockwave. He offered a strong and sharp salute to him. “Thank you Lord Shockwave, it’s an honor to serve." While he didn’t know what infractions Blackwind had committed to deserve her punishment he remained steadfast in his loyalty to Decepticon high command.

The bulky Decepticon moved to pick up the traitorous femme only to find Skullcruncher had beaten him to the punch. He grudgingly allowed the other warrior to carry her over to the table. He was slightly annoyed that the other Con had butted in, but he wasn’t doing anything wrong really so he let it go. He followed Knockout over to the table. He paused as he heard Shockwave mention something about some sort of new energon. Hopefully that meant he would get the chance to actually use some energon, preferably fighting some Autobots.

Clutch wasn’t surprised in the least that he was ‘allowed’ to stay and fetch Knockout’s tools. It was pretty much how things always worked between them. He respected Knockout’s technical expertise, even if he was a bit annoying and condescending about it. Despite his attitude he knew that Knockout needed him, and he was always willing to do what it took to help the Decepticon cause. He began rummaging through a cabinet looking for his tools when Knockout mentioned needing some body work as well. He let out a sigh and grabbed an industrial buffer along with the tool set and brought them back to his partner.

*

Messaage from Soundwave to Shockwave


>>”Affirmative. Bounce chambers now locked down to those with only high command security clearance. Chamber will be monitored via security board for any unauthorized breeches."<<
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Cryhavok » Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:06 pm

Motto: ""It is all about pain.""
Weapon: Fusion-Powered Anti-Gravity Gun
Laboratory

Skullcruncher was not too thrilled over Knockout's temper tantrum. Or rather the mechanic's out of place behavior towards the other Decepticons in the laboratory. Hadn't Shockwave been present in the lab, Knockout would certainly have faced consequences more dire than a mere gesture indicating throat being slit for his audacity of barking orders at someone as dangerous as Skullcruncher was. He had thrashed far more imposing Decepticons for less in the past. Perhaps the fool would make the same mistake again in the future, somewhere away from the watchful optical sensor of Shockwave. Skullcruncher certainly hoped for a chance to smash Knockout face first against a reinforced wall of military grade titanium plating.

To make the turn of events even more baffling was the fact that Knockout was issuing a number of insulting tasks for a warrior of Clutch's caliber. And Clutch obeyed - as if the blue and grey warrior was nothing more than a mere errand bot for the vain Decepticon mechanic. There were no questions asked but the disapproving glare Skullcruncher threw at Clutch was clearly a sign of the bulky Decepticon warrior losing some of the respect he had earned in Skullcruncher's eyes by bringing Blackwind down with little effort.

Frustrated over having no opportunity to let loose his growing anger, Skullcruncher began moving away from the Primary Examination Theater with a scowl full of disdain and razor sharp teeth etched on his face. Shockwave had better have something else for him to do than just carrying his luggage around the Thanatos. There was only so much of that the hulking Decepticon could handle right now without steamrolling over some poor chap who happened to get on his way.
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby ChaosWave360 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:26 am

Weapon: Particle Beam Cannon
Laboratory

Deathstinger watched as Mal began to pick which one would try the new energon that Lord Shockwave had created. It was really weird that Megatron wasn't on the ship, but given how that Shockwave gave his speech about being in command, it appeared that Megatron was no more. Though, he didn't know if it were true or not, but anything can be a possibility now. Suddenly a cybertronian begins jumping up and down next to him like a little bot. Most likely is the other cybertronian that Mal picked to test the energon as well. Hey look a volunteer, glad she insist on going as he wanted to witness the effects himself. He stepped out to speak for her since she was getting to be annoying.

"Yes, pick her so she can be all powered up. I'm sure you'll do it to keep her quiet, am I right?"
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Insidious » Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:51 pm

Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Laboratory

Soundwave's brief and efficient transmission confirmed for Shockwave that everything was currently well in control on the bridge of the ship, thus allowing him to continue focusing on the critical functions that needed his ongoing attention here in the laboratory of the Thanatos. His only reply was a quick, non-verbal code indicating that the transmission had been received and that it was acceptable.

For the moment, Shcowave's attention was focused on the energon repository that was being created--a storehouse for the ultra-energon. Mal-Practice and the others, as ordered, were following his orders and converting the Ore-13 in a graduated, methodical manner. The Thanatos' internal readings confirmed that it was having no trouble, at this point, storing the new form of energon they were currently manufacturing.

Still patched in, Shockwave routed another dose of ultra-energon in to his systems, filling his reserves to around 86%. To be filled, even less than capacity, with an energon of this type initiated a series of sensations unlike anything that the cycloptic strategist had ever experienced before. Truly this would be the future of the Decepticon empire and, perhaps, an end to the ongoing war. And, more importantly, a key to ensuring their ongoing survival as a species.

"Imperative: continue as directed. Alert me of any changes, regardless of perceived significance," Shockwave commanded, detaching himself from the repository and turning to approach the operating theater that currently housed Blackwind.

"Interrogative: what has been learned of this carapace technology thus far?" Shockwave asked as he closed the distance between himself and Knockout and began to examine the prone form of Blackwind more directly.
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Ember » Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:20 pm

Motto: "I'm not psycho...I just like psychotic things."
Laboratory

The smile that had spread across Knockout’s visage could have lit the entire dead planet of Cybertron itself. He’d been waiting for an opportunity to pull something…anything…apart. This was the most exciting thing to happen since…well, since he received his new alt mode while coming back online.

The mechanic watched with intent as the unconscious form of Blackwind was strapped down and secured. After all he didn’t need the femme to wake and pound his pretty little aft into slag. That would just not do at all.

With the carapace encased Seeker bound Knockout set to work running scans and diagnostics. Before cutting the shell from its wearer he had to know just how to do it. A few grunts and ‘hmms’ escaped him as he made his rounds with devices in hand and eyes scrutinizing.

There didn’t seem to be anything unusual about the readings except for the considerable amount of weaponry and the spikes in the power levels. After a few minutes Knockout set back on one heel and crossed his arms over his chestplate…scanner still gripped in his right servo. His free hand rubbed at his chin contemplating his next move.

He had no desire to disappoint Shockwave and the one way to do that would be to get inside and examine the carapace much more closely. With a sinister grin Knockout pushed with his back foot and stalked back over to the examination table, his left hand retracting to be replaced with his saw.

“Time for a more thorough exam. Clutch, grab a drip pan. I expect this to get very messy."

Knockout let loose a hearty laugh as he stopped next to Blackwind and prepared to run his waiting saw down the seam of the carapace. However that laugh faded into nothing more than an angry snarl as he frantically eyed the downed femme’s body.

“Damn it!"

The saw was quickly replaced by his hand before he stalked back to the tool tray where he picked up another diagnostic scanner and brought it back over to the table. The mechanic ran a deeper exam. Astroseconds later the screen flashed with the results. Knockout quirked a brow ridge as he stared at the device.

“Well, well, well."

He was snapped out of his reverie when the intone vocalizations of one cycloptic mech rang through the room. He’d almost forgotten that Shockwave was even still present. Knockout nearly jumped in surprise but quickly caught himself before letting out a high pitched squeal.

"Ah, Mein Kommandant. I’ve just completed my preliminary scans and have moved on to some more thorough examinations."

Knockout flashed the stoic…or at least that’s what the mechanic thought he was…a toothy grin before he cleared his throat and turned back to Blackwind’s body.

“Yes, well, it would seem that the “shell” surrounding the Aerial Coordinator’s body has enhanced her strength and power reserves. I’ve also noted the damage that she had received while on Cybertron. Which has not been healing as quickly as it should be."

Knockout began to circle the examination table and rubbing his chin thoughtfully.

“After a deep scan I’ve noted that the carapace cannot be removed. In fact it has been integrated into the Seeker’s systems and frame."

He ran his hand over the center line of femme’s body.

“There are no seams on any part of the shell. Removal would be impossible." He looked up at the larger mech. “Trying to do so would kill her. Although we could still use her to gain the technology from the Warlord. She’d still be the perfect bargaining chip…wouldn’t you say, Mein Kommandant?"
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Insidious » Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:47 pm

Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Laboratory

Of all the Decepticons presently in the room, it was Knockout's initial assessment that Shockwave had wanted most before proceeding any further. Once it had been given, a new series of calculations began to run themselves through the cycloptic strategist's processors.

Shockwave's gaze flitted briefly between the upgraded femme on the operating table to the various readouts that Knockout had been able to produce up to this point. The energy spikes were to be expected, as this technology was obviously created with the goal of enhancement in mind. Knockout's citing of Blackwind's injuries on Cybertron and the apparent slower rate of repair that was occurring within the shell was noteworthy in itself.

The fact that Knockout was unable to concoct a way to begin digging in to the technology--very literally--was unsatisfactory to the imperator. If any among them, save for himself, should have been able to accomplish that most basic of tasks, it should have been Knockout. Shockwave bent over slightly, his sole optic initiating its own in depth scan of the shell's surface.

"Declarative: my overall satisfaction level with your progress thus far is negligible; however, your recommendation holds merit. Her prone position will ensure the Warlord's loyalties remain where they were back on Cybertron. Imperative: continue your investigation Alert me of any changes in her condition."

Shockwave turned from Knockout's position and returned to the repository where Mal-Practice and the others were carefully manipulating the Ore-13 stockpile in to the generators that would convert the impressive mineral in to the ultra-grade energon that Shockwave had derived from the element.

"Interrogative: who among you will volunteer to ingest the energon derivative next?"

In truth, Shockwave's request for a volunteer had been a simple formality--at best. He calculated the percentage of there being no one in this room who would willingly take on a full recharge, regardless of the risks, to be 13.5%. If his calculations were off, however, and the present Decepticons decided to be overly cautious, he would select the next suitable candidate himself--regardless of their willingness.
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Foxfire13795 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:53 am

Motto: "Broken Autobots never mend."
Weapon: Magnetic Repellor-Attractor
Laboratory

Swiveling on her heel almost instantaneously, Deathdancer faced Shockwave the astrosecond after he had finished his question. With wide optics and a still raised hand in the air, she shuffled toward Shockwave. There was no question of how badly she needed this energon derivative thingy. Or didn't. Come to think of it....what had she just been doing? Something with another Death-something or other? How dare he steal the first half of her name! She needed to find some acid. Or something else suitably corrosive. Hey, maybe this energon derivative stuff would be corrosive! That'd sure bring some kick to any party. She definitely wanted to try it. To make sure. Hopefully, it wouldn't kill her if it was corrosive, but in the end, it did not matter. What mattered was the party. Or something.

With a bit of a rasp to her voice, Deathdancer looked up at Shockwave with pleading optics and said, "Pick meeee...."

This would be fun. This would be very fun! Oh, how she hoped the cyclops would pick her. Deathdancer's demeanor changed from desperate to her normal cheer once more. What would happen if this stuff worked anyway? Would she bounce off the walls from the energy boost. No...that would be too...predictable. Gotta mix things up from time to time. Noticing that Shockwave had still neglected to respond to her within a reasonable amount of time (approximately two astroseconds), Deathdancer looked back up into Shockwave's face with a smile. Remembering the golden word that would cement any request, Deathdancer mentally prepared herself for the greatest undertaking in word-speaking history.

"Please?"
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Smokescreen85 » Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:49 am

Motto: "Transform and smoke 'em!"
Weapon: Twin Shoulder-Mounted Rocket Launchers
Encrypted Transmission from Razorclaw to Soundwave:

>>"Soundwave, this is Razorclaw. I am contacting you from the crashed Stunticon frigate, Ultrax. My Predacons and I have succeeded in our mission to subdue Starscream and currently have the Seeker Commander in our custody. We request permission to bounce aboard the Thanatos at the earliest convenience in order to deliver our prize to Shockwave. I am sending you our coordinates now. Be advised, we also have several additional ‘Cons that are joining us to declare their alliance to the Military Operations Commander. We await your response."<<
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Insidious » Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:10 am

Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Laboratory

"Pick meeee....please?" a Decepticon had said. A volunteer, as requested. Calculation confirmed. Shockwave's singular optic turned to focus on the one who had spoken.

Analyzing status....

Analyzing function.....

Query: Satisfactory.


"Satisfactory," Shockwave stated, motioning for Deathdancer to step forward. "Imperative: connect your primary fuel intake valve in to this port."

Shockwave connected himself to the repository as well, so that he could manually end the feed in an instant if the Decepticon--willingly or not--began to overload herself on the new fuel derivative. He was not about to allow one of the Decepticons aboard this vessel to suddenly begin running around with reckless abandon.

"Proceed and follow the proscriptions I gave before."
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Foxfire13795 » Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:50 pm

Motto: "Broken Autobots never mend."
Weapon: Magnetic Repellor-Attractor
Laboratory

Deathdancer twirled happily when Shockwave accepted her. She merrily bounced forward, and connected the primary thingy to the port. She wonder how this'd feel and the effect it'd have on her. The physical effect at least. She had already decided to try and pretend that she was sane. It'd be fun to be sane for once! Or maybe not.

"You got it, sir!" Deathdancer chirped happily, resisting the urge to call him "sir Cyclops".

Deathdancer proceeded according the to prescriptions Shockwave had stated previously, beginning to feel the fuel coarse through her circuits. As it did, she pretended that her insanity was slowly fading. All random thoughts faded away. Logic and reason seemed to form in chaos' stead.

But not really. This would be a game. Deathdancer loved games.
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Devastron » Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:23 pm

Weapon: Energo-Sword
Laboratory

Clutch merely let out a sigh as Knockout went into his full dissection mode. He was never sure if the other Decepticon was kidding or not when he asked for things like a drip pan, so he went about fetching one. When he returned with it his partner was already far too engrossed with his work to notice him. It wasn’t exactly an uncommon occurrence so he simply stood aside as Knockout did his work.

While the bulky Decepticon wasn’t too familiar with Shockwave personally, he could tell the Con leader wasn’t entirely happy with what Knockout told him. While he wasn’t technically minded in the slightest he knew that if Knockout messed up he would end up going down with him. He stepped in closer to the smaller Decepticon. “We better figure out something fast about this Con. I don’t think Shockwave is going to be to patient for results," he whispered to Knockout.

*

Bridge

Soundwave had remained on the bridge along with Darkwing and Dreadwind. While he was capable of running the entire vessel himself having additional Decepticons present allowed him to focus on other work over monitoring all systems. The planet below was covered in a cloud of various electrical signals and communiqués. Sifting through them all, while not necessarily difficult for him, was a tedious job. The fact that he wasn’t finding anything particularly useful when it came to Autobot sightings or any sign of the Ultrax only added to his frustration.

His searching came to a pause when he received the signal from Razorclaw. He was able to pinpoint his location even before the Predacon leader provided it. As he had suspected the Ultrax was deep in one of the Earth’s oceans. While it would have been discovered eventually it would have taken some time.

With the location locked in he briefly considered the contents of Razorclaw’s message. Starscream was apparently subdued, but still alive. An unfortunate set of circumstances in his opinion. Still it had taken quite sometime for Razorclaw to signal them. It was possible that the other seekers had put up more of a fight, or the ship was damaged during its crash landing. Either case was entirely possible, along with the possibility that the Predacon leader was up to something. It was something he would keep in mind, and he knew Shockwave would come to the same conclusions.

>>”Commander Shockwave, message from Razorclaw. Starscream has been subdued. Predacons request permission to return to Thanatos. A captive Starscream will accompany them, along with assorted other Decepticons ready to declare allegiance to you. I await your orders on a reply."<<
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Ember » Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:08 pm

Motto: "I'm not psycho...I just like psychotic things."
Laboratory

The response he received from the much taller intimidating Decepticon Commander was not very reassuring causing Knockout to flash a disappointed frown. He had done what he could in the short amount of time he had recently been allotted, but given more time the mechanic would be more than capable of coming up with more information. He wasn’t licked just yet.

With an unnecessarily elaborate bow the crimson and gold Decepticon quickly replaced the deep frown with a wide grin and looked up at Shockwave. He was certainly not going to blow this opportunity with falling into the updated abacus’ good graces.

“My humble apologies, Kommandant. I offer no excuses...instead I give you my solemn oath that I shall use this opportunity to extract any and all physical information as I am able."

Knockout then turned to the still stasis locked Seeker and ground his teeth. He’d get to the root of this matter by any means possible. He just had to remember that they needed Blackwind alive in order to convince Thunderwing that his loyalties still lie with Shockwave.

“Hmmm. If I can’t cut into it then perhaps I could simply shave some off of it…"

Again Knockout put had to chin and rubbed gently in thought. He could take his time and actually remove a chunk from the carapace and not cause damage to the femme within, but he was far known for being gentle. He would have to rely on his finesse in order to get this over with.

The mechanic finally dropped his hand to his side and cast a contemplative glance in Clutch’s direction. The lumbering oaf wasn’t what he referred to as having a steady hand but his assistant was all he had if things were to deteriorate. Besides, the two of them always seemed to work well together as was proof in the way they were able to almost read each other’s mind. Yes, Clutch would come in very handy should he need help.

Knockout’s expression morphed into a wide knowing grin as he offered Clutch an additional nod. From his side the crimson ‘Con raised his hand and quickly switched it out for his trusty saw. Before he was prepared to slice right down the middle of the shell, but this time his plan was to simply slice off a chunk of the top layer.

“Just lie still my dear, this won’t hurt a bit. HAHA!"

As carefully as possible Knockout began to grind into the metal…the act causing a multitude of sparks and a high pitched piercing buzzing sound. To the mechanic’s surprise the carapace gave up a very sizable piece in only a matter of minutes.

“Well, now that was surprisingly anticlimactic. I was actually expecting to be zapped with some kind of energy weapon or even blown to scrap by some inane booby trap. Oh well, we can’t have everything I suppose."

He switch out his saw for his hand once more and took the piece of carapace epidermis and started toward one of the work stations…on the way he took hold of Clutch’s forearm and pulled him along. He stopped and took a seat while releasing his assistant’s arm.

“Oh don’t you worry about him. He’s just upset because he can’t get that garish purple hue to look as shiny as my tight pert little aft. Besides he’ll cool down once I tell him exactly what he wants to hear and that...mein Kumpel…is that I have discovered actual information on that shell. And that will all be thanks to this…"

He flashed a dashing smirk toward Clutch while jostling the carapace nugget.
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Insidious » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:04 pm

Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Laboratory

An update from Soundwave regarding matters on the surface had been exactly what Shockwave was waiting for while the cycloptic strategist had been tending to his myriad assortment of other tasks that would further the evolution of the Decepticon empire.

Starscream had been captured? A satisfactory result. Shockwave cross-referenced the result with a number of field scenarios that could possibly have lead to said result. Given the Predacons' history, the largest percentage fell in favor of the Predacons having simply completed their objective as assigned and were simply returning to await their next task. There were other scenarios that garnered similarly large probability rankings, but as they were not the most logical possibilities, Shockwave factored them as temporarily irrelevant.

One important variable that currently remained unknown was the status of Warlord Thunderwing. He had calculated that the dynamic between the two of them had been liable to change based upon the present conditions of the empire, but it was even more likely now that Shockwave had taken what he viewed as necessary steps with his current protege, Blackwind, due to a number of factors: Thunderwing's delays in submitting the requisite information, Shockwave's desires to have no technological secrets elude him, and lastly--but still significantly--Blackwind's own borderline insubordination, which he had little use for entertaining. It was a perfect storm that resulted in Blackwind being in her current position and Shockwave remaining in his.

>>"Satisfactory. Imperative: activate sufficient Vehicon security to oversee their arrival and dispatch Dreadwind and Darkwing to oversee Starscream's transfer to the brig. Increase the Thanatos' internal alert level. I will be en route."<<

Though Starscream was captured, Shockwave would leave nothing to chance until he could fully ascertain everything that had occurred on the planet's surface. Starscream's history warranted as much, no different than if Scorponok or one of Megatron's notorious Phase Six Decepticons had suddenly required capture. Fortunately, Starscream's capture also logically implied that the location of the Stunticons' missing vessel was now also in their possession.

>>"Secondary imperative: establish contact with Thunderwing and obtain a progress report regarding all other planetary activities. The Warlord will not agree with what has been done in the laboratory; however, in time he will understand it to have been a necessary step. Tertiary imperative, lock on to the location of the Ultrax and assemble an initial boarding party to assess repair needs."<<

With Starscream's capture, many steps now needed to be taken. Necessary steps. Shockwave's methodical nature, in his view, made him better able to understand what they needed to be than any other. Starscream would never accept that fact, which was why he would likely need to face trial and execution. A necessary expenditure of resources, but hopefully one that would not be repeated to excess.

Topping off his internal reserves and continuing an analysis of the energon derivative and its effects, Shockwave detached himself from the repository as Deathdancer had done before indicating Deathstinger and Clutch with his cannon arm.

"Imperative: you will follow the same energizing proscriptions as Deathdancer. Join me in the brig once this process is complete. Skullcruncher, Weirdwolf follow me."

With a basic set of objectives ordered for those in his immediate vicinity as well as the ship at large, Shockwave turned and proceeded to exit the laboratory with ore-13 powered Skullcruncher and Weirdwolf in tow. For him, it was the most vital area of the Thanatos and he would not be absent from its walls for very long, but his new responsibilities as imperator necessitated that he be elsewhere.

For the time being.
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Psychout » Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:47 pm

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The darkness grows as all light dies,
We crave your hearts and your Demise
by my Black Hand-- --The Dead shall rise!"
Weapon: Sniper Rifle
Laboratory

"...phew, I thought he'd never leave."

<<Mal to Psychout, unsecured gamma six three. Bodybag is down, Toetag expected inbound and yes, the Jooma Juice is good, you were right. Play-two has had to change though, I'm staying here but Shotguns is still locked and loaded, he'll be carrying when he's sent down once permission is granted. 'Practice out>>

No one ever liked being watched by their supervisor, and as a self-proclaimed (although correct in his proclamation) genius, the small black boxcar ambulance'con hated not being left to do his job, which in this case was letting his boss know he was right, which he hated. There was nothing interesting in his transmission, but considering the part Psychout had played in what just happened he would require an update and Mal just wasn't sure of the protocol. Besides, there were more important things to worry about than sending a garbled phone-call.

At least now he could get on with his actual job.

Mal Practice paused his background analysis of the Ore-13 he had been entrusted with, and looked up at Deathdancer. Another new 'con experimented on by the genius eh? Mal moved closer to the energy readouts and marvelled at its lack of subtlety, boosting everything from output and tension strength to neural pathways and energon distribution. This energy source could power upgrades that had not been seen since the time of legends, revive the colossal scale transformers and certainly re-energise Cybertron herself as the boss intended...

He broke from his reverie and nodded towards Deathstinger. "You. You're next." and waited impatiently for the other new arrival to get settled in. Whilst he waited, he eyed up Clutch suspiciously based on his earlier association with Knockout in the medbay. I'll have to watch that one. Either he really is a stupid as he makes out, or Knocks has some kinda hold on him, and that's dangerous either way. he kept this thought to himself, but no doubt his face gave away some confusion even to one a slow as Clutch, Mal was never one you could describe as 'subtle'. After a few seconds, he figured he'd break the tension.

"So Clutch, where'd you meet an Autobot like Knockout then? I thought his class just spent their time hiding in Iacons med-bays. You get lost on his quest for more polish and fall to the dark side?
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Devastron » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:30 pm

Weapon: Energo-Sword
Bridge

Soundwave sent a simple acknowledgement back to Shockwave before turning his attention to his orders. It took only a few seconds to activate a unit of Vehicons. He dispatched four of the drones to the bounce chamber while another four were directed to join him on the bridge. They would assist with ship functions and security. It was standard procedure with the tightening of security on the vessel. At the same time he made sure all sensitive areas were locked down with command codes and updating those codes to make sure Starscream wouldn’t have any sort of access.

The Decepticon turned to face Darkwing and Dreadwind manning positions on the bridge. “Orders from Shockwave. You are to report to bounce chamber and assist in transfer of prisoner Starscream from the surface. Vehicon escorts have already been deployed and Shockwave will join you in short order."

The two fliers were startled, first from Soundwave actually addressing them and then over what he had to say. Sure, neither of them really thought Starscream was going to come out on top of this power struggle, but they figured his fall would be a bit more dramatic. Being brought before Shockwave in chains was startling and maybe a bit disappointing.

Darkwing was the one to reply to Soundwave. “Sure, we’ll just meet him there. Come on Dreadwind." The two Decepticons left their posts and filed off of the bridge.

Soundwave turned back to his console and moved to the next part of his orders.

>>”Message received Razorclaw. Permission to board the Thanatos granted. A security detail will meet you in the bounce chamber upon your arrival."<<

>>”Thunderwing, Commander Shockwave requests a progress report on status of Earthbound Decepticon activities."<<

With those duties completed he began studying the ship roster for suitable candidates to send down to the Ultrax. Most of the Decepticons on board were busy with other assignments now, several assisting Shockwave in his experiments in the lab. For now he simply compiled a list of Decepticons with the technical aptitude to assist with repairs. Once the current situation with Starscream’s arrival was resolved then these Decepticons could be dispatched to the surface.

It was a pity he could not be present himself to see the seeker chained and defeated. It was surely a sight he would relish and make sure would be permanently recorded to enjoy in the future. He was sure he would eventually see the seeker. His telepathic abilities would make him far too valuable in an interrogation not to. Still, he would like to enjoy the first moments in person. He would have to settle for the next best thing.

“Laserbeak: Eject. Operation: Observation."

The cassette shot out of Soundwave’s chest and transformed. He hadn’t been back long, his mission observing some of the various Decepticons having ended with their being dispatched to various locations. He wasn’t particularly excited about going off to watch more Decepticons, but it wasn’t the worst assignment he had gotten. Besides, even he would be amused to see Starscream humbled. With a lone squawk the bird flew off of the bridge.

*

Corridors

Darkwing and Dreadwind were quiet for a bit as they started their journey to the bounce chamber. Of course it was Darkwing who finally spoke up. “You know, I can’t believe they got Starscream. You figure with someone like him he could manage to weasel his way out of any situation. At the very least I figure he had to go down kicking and screaming."

Dreadwind looked back at him. “You assume that that’s what really happened? Isn’t it obvious what really took place?" Darkwing shrugged his shoulders and Dreadwind sighed before continuing. “It’s a trap or trick of some sort, even Shockwave thinks it is. Why else send us in first? Starscream is going to bounce up her and open fire on the first Decepticons he sees, namely us. Its all part of his plan to take over."

Darkwing rubbed his chin. “I don’t know, that sounds awfully elaborate, even for Screamer. I mean he’s got the guts and the sneakiness to try it sure, but could he actually pull it off?

“You said yourself that he always seems to weasel his way out of everything."

Darkwing nodded. “Yeah, true, true." He produced one of his rifles and looked it over. “Well I’m glad I’m fully locked and loaded then. I hope when I go down I can at least put a laser between Screamer’s optics."

Dreadwind just shook his head as the two of them entered the bounce chamber, Laserbeak flying in just behind them,

*

Laboratory

Clutch frowned down at Knockout. It seemed the other Con was taking Shockwave’s comments in stride. Clutch simply wasn’t built that way, he took everything from command pretty seriously, especially from someone like Shockwave. He also had his doubts about how much he could learn from a little shaved off chunk of that special armor, but he’d just have to trust Knockout on that one. Doing that had mostly worked out ok for him in the past, mostly.

His attention snapped back into focus on Shockwave as the Decepticon gestured to him with his cannon arm. It was a bit unnerving to have the weapon so casually leveled at him, but he stood his ground. The orders surprised him a bit as he had been assisting Knockout. Of course that didn’t really involve much on his part and he wasn’t about to argue the point with him. "Yes sir!" he replied, saluting the commander as he left the room.

As he waited for Deathstinger to ingest the new fuel he looked down at Mal Practice. He hadn’t paid much attention to the Decetpicon as he was just another tech-head, and an annoying one at that. He already had to deal with one of those on a regular basis, he didn’t have any interest in adding another.

“We got assigned to the same mission a long time ago. We worked well together, lots of success and profit for the both of us so we stuck together."
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Smokescreen85 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:56 am

Motto: "Transform and smoke 'em!"
Weapon: Twin Shoulder-Mounted Rocket Launchers
Bounce Chamber

The bounce beam quickly reached its target destination and deposited Razorclaw and his team on board the Thanatos where they were greeted by Dreadwind and Darkwing along with Soundwave’s diminutive minion, Laserbeak. Also present were four Vehicons, the security detail previously mentioned by the communications expert. This was a troubling turn of events, but not an insurmountable one by any means. Clearly, Shockwave had decided to use some of the Vehicons to supplement his own forces just as the lion-former had thought to do so with his own squad. Thankfully, there were still plenty more Vehicons left in stasis that were ripe for awakening and reprogramming.

Once the effects of the bounce had worn off, Razorclaw wasted no more time, taking Starscream by the left arm and guiding the “captured” Seeker Commander off of the bounce pad and towards the welcoming party that greeted them. “I see that Lord Shockwave is taking every precaution when dealing with our prisoner here. That's a very wise decision as he put up one hell of a fight down there before we were able to subdue him," the Predacon Commander commented as he pushed Starscream over to the four Vehicon escorts. “Watch him carefully. Starscream may be in stasis cuffs, but he is still a viable threat if left unchecked. Now, Dreadwind and Darkwing, take me to Shockwave so that I may brief him on the ultimate success of our mission."

Skywarp watched from the bounce platform as the Air Commander was lead to the waiting Vehicon security force. The teleporter wasn't the smartest mech around but he could instantly tell that this was already not looking too good for Starscream or the rest of them for that matter. Wasn’t it Razorclaw’s plan to awaken the Vehicons in order to help them fight Shockwave? Apparently, the Military Operations Commander had beaten the idiot Predacon "lord" to the punch. Regardless, the prankster and Nightraven still had their orders from Starscream and those were the only ones that truly mattered.

“Nighty....I mean Nightraven and I are coming, too," Skywarp interjected, raising his voice slightly in order to be heard. Motioning for Nightraven to join him, the teleporter walked over to where Razorclaw was standing with Darkwing and Dreadwind, stumbling a bit from the bounce effects before regaining his composure. He briefly glanced at the Seeker Commander before returning his attention to the pair of fliers. “We also would like to speak with Shockwave directly in regards to Starscream’s fate. With the Preds around, I’m sure he won’t be threatened by our presence at all."
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Insidious » Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:52 pm

Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Bounce Chamber

Rampage quickly got over the circuit-tingling sensation of undergoing an orbital bounce. He actually kinda liked the feeling, but he didn't linger on it for long. Instead, his optics immediately looked around, as if to see that the ship, their ship, was still in order the way they had left it. It looked that way. He figured it probably was. It just felt different. Colder somehow. But that was probably due to the fact that had the feel of Shockwave and Soundwave's emotionless vibe all over it. It would be good when they were back at the helm and could suitable predify it again.

Rampage looked over at the other Predacons briefly before fixing his gaze on the ones waiting to greet them. He almost instinctively drew his sword and prepared to cut them down, but he knew that wasn't the plan so he avoided the act. Loyal Predacons returning from their mission. Nothing more complicated than that.

Yet, anyway.
___

Dead End tensed as soon as he arrived on board the Thanatos. It was certainly cleaner than the Ultrax. He wasn't all that big on cleanliness though. He couldn't help but think he was far less likely to get a nasty case of rust rash on this ship as opposed to the Stunticons' one.

The welcoming party didn't exactly look all that welcoming.

"We're so dead...," the Stunticon pessimist mumbled.
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Cryhavok » Sun Sep 16, 2012 2:41 am

Motto: ""It is all about pain.""
Weapon: Fusion-Powered Anti-Gravity Gun
Bounce Chamber

So this was the welcoming committee? Darkwing and Dreadwind? It felt plenty lacking if Shockwave was expecting trouble. Motormaster had difficulties to even cook up a scenario in his mind where the two miserable glitches could stop even one Predacon, let alone the whole team of Decepticons Razorclaw had led into the Thanatos. They really had no hope even with those Vehicons present. Then again, it wasn't like Razorclaw was going to give the command the large Stunticon was waiting for anytime soon.

Now, while Motormaster saw their welcoming committee as nothing more than inconvenience - there was someone else who was starting already to tick him off. That someone being Dead End, one of his own men.

"Quit your whimpering Dead End." Motormaster grunted, slapping the back of the sullen warrior's head to draw his attention away from thoughts of his possible demise. With some damage caused on Dead End's paintwork, the Stunticon leader figured the morose mech's vanity would take over the feeling of dread he seemed to be struggling against. They certainly didn't need Dead End endangering the whole slagging plan through his whining.

"You're making me look bad." Was added as a low growl to emphasis his earlier command. After all, the Stunticons needed to remember that the worst thing for them to do was to piss off their own immediate superior.
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Re: Decepticon battlecruiser Thanatos - Tides of Revolution

Postby Ember » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:25 pm

Motto: "I'm not psycho...I just like psychotic things."
Bounce Chamber

Materializing was the easy part it was the dizziness and what was to follow that would turn out to be the most difficult part of this mission.

With his head still held high and his demeanor ever confident Starscream took a quick glance in Razorclaw’s direction before he slowly turned his gaze to the door. Shockwave. If only the mech had remained on the MIA list. Life would have been so much easier.

The Seeker Commander took a look around noting the four Vehicons and Darkwing, Dreadwind and Laserbeak. He kept his mouth shut as he turned his head and made optic contact with both of his Seekers. The time to advocate on their Commander’s behalf was approaching.

They had their orders and he had no doubt that at the very least Nightraven would be capable of articulating what was necessary...this made the femme only slightly more useful. Skywarp…well, the idiot was of better use as the brawn. If anything were to transpire that would threaten his own life then Starscream was sure he could count on his wing mate to handle things. Being able to teleport wasn’t such a bad thing either.

As the four Vehicons stepped up Starscream puffed out his chest, raised his chin and stepped down off of the platform after he was so rudely shoved forward by the Predacon Commander. As the two forward drones stepped up each moved to grip the Seeker Commander’s upper arms. Unwilling to be dragged around Starscream jerked away from their grasp and sent an angry growl in both their directions.

“Hands off cretins! I am perfectly capable of walking these halls on my own power."

The two drones in front of the Seeker took quick glances at one another before looking back to the Air Commander who now wore a haughty smirk. It was the force of another rough shove that forced Starscream to finally move toward the door and on to his final destination.

“Mark my words Predacon! This is not over! Not while my spark still pulses!"

A few more shoves and the Seeker was pressed into the corridor surrounded closely by his four unwanted escorts.
____

Nightraven had caught the quick intense glance meant for her and Skywarp and acknowledged it with a slight nod of understanding. She then watched as the four Vehicons surrounded Starscream and very abruptly and rudely escorted him toward the door.

The femme inhaled deeply when the door finally closed on the backs of all five mechs. This was where she and Skywarp’s work would begin it also happened to be where her doubts began to surface. What if Shockwave refused their pleas? Could they even trust Razorclaw to stick to his plan? Those and other questions seemed swirl through her processor while the Predacon Commander addressed Darkwing and Dreadwind.

It was the sound of her name coming from Skywarp that had jostled her from her reverie. She was a bit surprised that the teleporter had spoken first taking the initiative on Starscream’s behalf. Nightraven took a quick glance at Skywarp and gave him a nod. She followed after him as he stepped over to stand with the two fliers and Razorclaw. She noticed his unsteady stagger but forced herself to keep her distance as rushing to his side would only draw unwanted attention to them both. Nightraven stopped just to Skywarp’s right and nodded in agreement with the black and purple Seeker’s demands.

“With our Commander incarcerated and unable to defend himself Skywarp and I wish to advocate on his behalf."

Nightraven glared at Razorclaw with a fair amount of malice.

“Keeping a close eye on Razorclaw and his band of thugs is also a top priority."
____

It was a gift that Breakdown could actually appear with his own team and not be seen…not unless he wanted to. But in this particular situation he felt it necessary to blend into the background. The scout had quickly stepped as close to his brother as possible taking extra care to keep Dead End in the foreground. If anything was to occur he wanted to morose mech to take the brunt of it.

"Tell me about it. I bet…I bet instead of Screamer…that we’re the ones ‘ol one eye decides to offline."

The movement made by Motormaster had Breakdown quickly slap his hand over his mouth and take a few steps away from Dead End as he seemed to be the object of his Commander’s ire. He could only hope that the deranged semi hadn’t heard his own griping.

Oh please don’t let him have heard me.

With any luck he’d make it out of this with his head and spark intact.
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