He had been one of the few Decepticons still outside of the base when the volcano had erupted suddenly, meaning he had been one of the last to be bounced up to the Stunticons waiting warship. Now Starscream stood in the bounce chamber of the poorly maintained frigate, and he was surrounded by the entirety of the Decepticon contingent that was stationed on Earth. His senses came back to him somewhat quickly after he materialized in place, and just in time to as he heard Soundwave's surprising proclamation. Could it be true? Megatron was dead? Somehow Starscream felt that was unlikely and in the deepest reaches of his Spark he felt that the great tyrant would one day walk amongst his followers. However, that could be vorns away and the reality was Megatron was not here now, and already Starscream could see the confusion and the onset of panic that the loss of a strong leader can bring. In away the Seeker Commander felt a surge of enthusiasm as his mind ticked with all of the opportunities laid before him, it was as if Primus himself had delivered to him the greatest gift he could have ever wanted.
However, Strascream restrained himself and brought his thoughts back into check, and stuffed his ambition away. Although part of him screamed for him to immediately capitalize upon the power vacuum and to take command of the Decepticons, he knew most everyone here would likely expect him to make such a power play to have himself crowned as the new lord and master of the Empire. To simply let his ambition guide his actions was not the proper course of action, there were far to many other Decepticons out there who would challenge him and if he did not have a proper base they would cast him aside regardless of his station. No, he need to be careful. He also had to think bigger, Megatron was an absolute ruler, he had generals, and commander of course, he could not micromanage a galaxy spanning war all by himself. But he did have absolute control and authority, every Decepticon leader respected him in one way or another. His loss would make them feel entitled to take his place, the folly of not having a clear line of succession, of course Starscream figured Megatron never processed the idea that he could go off line permanently one day. No, this situation was far more dangerous and volatile and could spiral out of control and plunge the Decepticons into a civil war that would allow the Autobots to gain the upper hand.
The greater needs of the Empire had to be taken into consideration, and all be it Starscream did desire ruler ship of that Empire he would never achieve it if he let his own agenda reign unchecked. He had to careful, calm and collected, he had to take the right course of action. But first he had to reestablish order amongst the troops, and he slowly began to inch his way through the crowd as the various Decpticons began to argue and talk amongst themselves. Low murmurs of conversation and the bellows of fear tinged anger swept through the tightly packed chamber as the Seeker Commander carefully moved past them. He found a large supply crate and he pulled it out into one of the few open areas of the chamber and swept on top of it so all could see him.
"My fellow Decepticons! Let there be order!" He banged his fist on a near by metal plate, one of many just scattered around the ship, to try and draw the rooms attention. "Order my comrades!"
The din of conversation slowly died away as all optics within the chamber slowly turned to look up at Starscream. He slowly surveyed the assembled Decepticons, a few were in stasis lock, many were injured and in need of repair, a few of them leaning on a near by friend. His mind raced for a second as he maintained a confident look as he met as many optics directly as he could.
"My fellow Decepticons! I know all of you are reeling from the news that Soundwave has delivered to us that our Great Leader, Megatrong, has fallen in the catastrophe that has befallen our form base on the planet below. Though indeed such a loss weighs heavily upon us all, and I am sure many of you refuse to accept that possibility that Lord Megatron has been taken from the universe forever, but we must not loose heart! Whether Megatron will return to us in the near future or not at all we must not subcome to the fear and uncertainty that his absence brings! To do so will only weaken us in the face of Autobots who will most certainly seek to capitalize on any perceived disorientation they think we have suffered from. We must remain resolute, stoic in the face of this new challenge that we are presented with so as not to give in to confusion so our ranks will be divided. We have enemies that seek to exploit any weakness they think we may have. But we are Decepticons! Weakness is not in our programming and I will be damned to the pit if I were to allow it to creep into us now!"
He took a few astro seconds to allow his words to sink in, hopefully many wouldn't be rolling their optics at him and just concluding that he was making the mandatory power grab.
"To that end we cannot allow our own agendas to rule us, we cannot allow pettiness to guide our actions! We need swift, confident action to ensure that we Decepticons remain strong and feared as it should be! I am sure many of you right now are expecting me to declare myself leader in the wake of Megatron's disappearance, and perhaps you would be right if this had happen a century or more ago. But now? Now I understand there are greater demands then my own ambition! Many Decepticons would see this as an opportunity to make their own bid for power, and if they were alone then their rise would be swift and hardly noticed. But sadly this is not the case. I am sure many of you are wondering what will happen once Scorponok, Shockwave, Razorclaw, Deathsaurus and others learn of what has transpired here. And I say we cannot afford to let the ambitions of the various leaders and generals of our Empire to play out. We would be weakened, our Empire will crumble and our cause will die. Already the Autobots expect us to begin fighting each other who will take Megatron's place! I say we show them they are wrong about us! We are Decepticons! We are the strongest army this galaxy has ever seen! And we will unite it under our banner and bring order! But to ensure that we can spread the might of the Decepticons to ever dark corner of this galaxy we must be united! We must set aside our personal agendas to ensure that our future is secure in the hands of the strong and competent."
Once more he looked around the assembled crowd and nodded.
"I will now call upon the officers amongst you to join me in discussing the path that we must take. We must decide how we shall lead and how we shall handle the various contenders for power that will arise once word of what has happened spreads. Scrapper, Soundwave, Motormaster join me on the bridge we have much to discuss. The rest of you, see to your injuries and the wounded. We must be prepared to meet the Autobots once they come to challenge us, and we must be prepared to show them that we Decepticons are still a force to be reckoned with and to be feared."
Once he was done speaking Starscream jumped down from the crate he had been standing on and looked to the Decepticons he had called out. He made a gesture for them to follow him and he made his way towards the bridge of the ship.