At the coral reef
Rewind remembered something. Actually the archivist remembered everything, which was usually the problem, but for once he remembered something that was actually useful and pertinent to the situation they were in. At the battle of Omnicron Ceti 5, 273 vorns ago, Blitzwing had been neutralized by the flash of a magnesium explosion. Essentially, Blitzwing’s eyes were particularly sensitive to bright light, and bright light just happened to be one of the cassetobot’s specialties.
So, despite orders to the contrary, Rewind veered off from his mission to retrieve Hardhead, seizing on the rare opportunity for the librarian to take out what was likely the biggest threat on the battlefield. As the triple-changer’s artillery blast slowed Ramhorn’s charge and the rhino emerged smoking and charred from the other side, Rewind crossed into Blitzwing’s field of vision and discharged a blinding flare from his light matrix. Given the commando’s known vulnerability to such attacks, it was very likely that Blitzwing would be rendered completely blind.
Blitzwing’s taunts did little but further anger Ramhorn as he charged the commando. The cassetobot knew he wasn’t at his best here, but then again neither was anyone else, and yeah, it would probably take him a few steps to get up to full speed, but even here that was nearly 40 mph. Ramhorn knew his charge would be devastating, and relished the thought of getting to rip a chunk out of Blitzwing’s armored hide.
No, the taunts didn’t slow him, but the artillery shell did. The explosive shell burst around him, tearing up the ground and, even in this watery environment, causing his armor to smoke, but the explosives weren’t armor-piercing, and he was specifically designed to handle this kind of attack. The real problem was that the ground had been turned into a crater and his charge was broken.
Ramhorn pawed the ground in disgust and lowered his head for another charge when an incredibly bright flash of light went off behind him. Even though he wasn’t the quickest on the uptake, it didn’t take him long to realize Rewind was helping him out – it was a good thing the damned little librarian hadn’t gotten in his way, but Ramhorn could accept help that came in the form of a flash of light that would distract his opponent and give him a chance to rend the ‘con with his horn.
“You’ve had in now slaghead!" Ramhorn roared and charged once more, headed for a, hopefully, blinded Blitzwing.
Illusory Kelp Forest
Hound’s illusory forest would have probably stopped most ‘bots in their tracks. Despite knowing that it was probably Hound who had created it, they’d have been unable to find the little scout amidst all the kelp. Steeljaw, however, wasn’t most ‘bots. The tracker had no trouble discerning a path to Hound - he just followed his nose, and reached him in mere moments.
"Hound, it’s good to see you old friend," Steeljaw said, emerging from the shadows and loping to the scout’s side. He wasted no further time on pleasantries, getting right down to business instead. “I see you’re wounded, but perhaps if you’d extend this illusion a bit further, then I can probably get the drop on Thundercracker, and between the two of us we might be able to drive him off."
Ocean Floor - Near the Crash Site
Eject tried to dive clear as Skywarp teleported in and began spraying the area with projectiles, but wasn’t quite able to avoid them all. A shell tore through the armor on his calf, causing him to stumble as he rolled back to his feet and returned fire.
“Hey no fair calling a trick play like that," he yelled as he focused his overload gun on the Seeker. The weapon wasn’t the most powerful in the world, it didn’t even do any permanent damage, but it ignored most armor, delivering a powerful stun charge to the targets’ electrical system.
As Eject dove one way to avoid Skywarp’s surprise attack, Blaster dove the other. Being much larger, the communications specialist took several hits to his symbiont’s one, but besides being bigger, Blaster was considerably tougher, and his armor held - for now anyway. He’d never stand a sustained barrage from the Seeker’s weaponry, but the few shots that winged him were easily turned aside.
Blaster rolled back to his feet separated from Eject by a good 60 degrees. He pivoted on his heels and charged Skywarp just as the cassetobot opened fire. With the angles being what they were, he left Eject plenty of room to shoot without risk of hitting him, at least until he closed and got a grip on Skywarp. His goal was to grapple with the seeker, since he knew that was the only way to negate the teleporter’s advantage.
“Warpy old buddy, you’ll have to do waaayyy better than that if you want to shut this Autobot up!" he proclaimed as he rushed Skywarp.
OOC: Okay Ironhide and Ramjet posts tomorrow – it’s way late and I need to get to bed.