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Depths of Cybertron - Into the Abyss

Homeworld of the Transformers. Drained and ravaged by thousands of vorns of civil war, Cybertron is a mere barren husk of once beautiful and thriving cybernetic world. While recovered enough to allow Transformers to move on its surface once again, it is still plagued by ion storms and any Transformer unfortunate enough to venture there without energon supply of their own is certain to face a stasis lock. - Cybertron forum is currently inactive.

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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Cryhavok » Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:32 am

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"How the slag Weirdwolf didn't get their scent?!" Skullcruncher boomed as the creatures appeared all around them. He did not stay to wait for an answer though, instead he swung his energy sword at the closest beast which quickly jumped backwards to escape from inevitable death at the hand of the large Decepticon.

"Sloooow..." The beast mocked and launched an assault of its own, its claws connecting with Skullcruncher's armor but only scratching it.

"Too tough for you?" Skullcruncher smirked, seized the beast's clawed arm with his free hand and pulled the creature closer to make an escape impossible, his own clawed digits cutting into the beast's metal skin. The beast fought back with all the fury of a wounded feral predator but it was fighting a losing battle. Holding the beast firmly within the reach of his sword, Skullcruncher drove his sword through the creature's thin mid section, twisted it and pulled the sword off the creature in a way that left the beast both impaled and almost cut in two. Pulling hard with the arm holding the beast to get momentum, Skullcruncher threw the beast against the opposing tunnel wall in a wide arch, where it shattered in two following the impact.

As he began searching for another target, he couldn't avoid noticing how the remaining beasts were clearly moving away from him and trying to separate him and Thunderwing from the flyers whom the beasts had apparently chosen to be easier targets.

Shrugging his shoulders in an apparent sign of not really caring how the situation was developing, Skullcruncher transformed into his cyberalligator form and lunged at one of the beast that were moving towards Blackwind, loudly clasping his jaws around the leg of one beast, pulling it down to his level with his massive strength and promptly starting to do exactly what the beasts themselves were there to do - feeding.

Meanwhile, a reply came back from Weirdwolf to Thunderwing. >>"Afraid I am, not able to help. A swarm I will alert if were I to run back to you now. Summon Beastbox and Overkill you cannot?"<<
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Ember » Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:29 pm

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The beasts struck quickly encircling the group in mere moments. Thunderwing was the first to act and fired on one of them with his weapons. Blackwind had little time to think as she tried to make sense of the situation. Dreadwind and Darkwing were engaged with another creature at the rear of the tunnel, while Skullcruncher had just finished off another. The Seeker femme finally realized that Thunderwing and Skullcruncher were lured further up the tunnel leaving her and the two other fliers separated and surrounded by the rest of the beasts.

Blackwind’s attention was brought back to her immediate right where she heard a loud crunch. She quickly jumped back as one of the monsters was taken down by Skullcruncher in his cyberalligator mode. In the confusion she decided her only option was to sneak up on one of them and surprise it.

As Blackwind was distracted by Skullcruncher’s attack, another Demon took notice of the femme and began to make its way towards her, but when she suddenly vanished from sight the creature growled in confusion and annoyance.

“Gonnnne, wherrrrre?"

With the creature stumped Blackwind was able to make her way behind it. She had noticed it zero in on her before she vanished. Once in position she raised her arm and fired her laser into the beasts’ back. It screeched in pain but recovered quickly. The skeletal creature spun around to see who had fired on it and came face to face with the barrel of Blackwind’s laser. She flashed an evil grin at the stunned beast and then fired leaving a sizable hole in its cranium.

She lowered her arm and looked back at the rest of the team. Taking stock of where the monsters were she tried to recall how many there were. Unfortunately they were coming into the tunnel from several different locations it was hard to keep track of their numbers. As she prepared to engage her invisibility she heard something behind her, but she wasn’t quick enough to turn and fire on it. The Demon slashed out with its razor sharp claws ripping into Blackwind’s back causing sparks and severing a few lubricant and fuel lines.

“AGHHH!"

She dropped to the floor trying to clutch her back. The creature let out satisfied grunt as it looked down at the prone Seeker.

“Finaaaally eaaaat."
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Devastron » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:35 am

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Darkwing and Dreadwind continued to hammer away at one of the demons with their guns. They had successfully mangled the creature’s legs but still it clawed after them. Finally Dreadwind simply snapped and charged at the creature, bringing his guns right up to its head. “Why do you want to kill me so badly? What did I do to deserve this?!?" The creature’s cranium was quickly reduced to molten slag under the point blank assault from the Decepticon.

Darkwing had to pull his partner away from the smoldering corpse to get him to stop firing. “Alright Dread, I think you got him. Now we just have to worry about the other monsters coming to eat us." The two fliers backed up against the tunnel wall and began pouring fire into another of the creatures as it stalked closer to them.

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Thunderwing slammed his fist into the face of the monster that had initially attacked him. It was a solid hit on the beast and knocked its head back against the wall, hard, but it didn’t seem to do any real damage to it. It lashed back out at him with its razor sharp claws, but his carapace was able to absorb or deflect most of the blow. He moved quickly to grab its wrists before it could lash out at him again.

The two mechs struggled with each other for a few seconds, pushing back and forth against each other. Finally Thunderwing lashed out with the corrosive laser mounted on his head, aiming for the other being’s optics. The beam briefly touched one of the optics, drawing its attention away from the back and forth between himself and the Decepticon. It was enough for Thunderwing to gain an edge over the monster and fling him up and over himself, slamming the demon face first into the ground. Drawing his laser rifle he fired a handful of rounds into the monster’s head to put it down for good.

His attention was drawn to the cry of pain from Blackwind. He looked over to see one closing in on her, along with other creatures attempting to cut the fliers off from Skullcruncher and himself. A blast from his cyclone cannon sent the demon staggering back as he charged forward. He stopped in front of Blackwind, one hand pushing her back while the other continued firing. “Fliers, get between Skullcruncher and myself. They are attempting to break us up into smaller groups that can be overwhelmed by numbers." Darkwing and Dreadwind began slinking along the wall to join the other Decepticons, a barrage of fire covering their retreat.

The Decepticon frowned at Wierdwolf’s reply to his message. He would have to make sure he remained closer to the main group in the future. Thunderwing had been reluctant to unleash Soundwave’s minions. While Beastbox and Overkill were skilled fighters neither of them was known for subtlety or precision. He would rather not suffer from a cave in or alerting others to their presence here, but it seemed he had little choice at this point. "Skullcruncher, unleash Beastbox and Overkill. With their help we may be able to put a quick end to this battle.
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Cryhavok » Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:40 pm

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While Skullcruncher was unquestionably powerful, he could easily get distracted in the heat of a battle and was at times slow to grasp the big picture despite hardly being unintelligent. He was in the zone, happily munching away the beast he had managed to take by surprise only moments earlier. Feeling how the energon from the beast flowed into his own system while being blissfully unaware of what the so called demons were trying to do. Until Thunderwing's voice woke him up from the trance.

"Urh..." Noises of metal cracking under the massive pressure of Skullcruncher's jaws was followed by a loud noise of the bestial Decepticon spitting his mouth empty before transforming back to robot mode. Grinding his teeth together and grinning maliciously, Skullcruncher shot two small chips out of a personal container. Accompanied by bright light and crackling of energy, the two chips grew and transformed. Another into a powerfully built purple ape-like beast somewhat shorter than Blackwind and the other into a white and blue cyberbeast with at least as much bulk as Thunderwing had. "Go for a kill boys!"

Following Skullcruncher's command, the duo went to work. Beastbox rushed at on of the demons surrounding the flyers, tackling it to ground and following his assault with an onslaught of vicious hammering punches. Meanwhile Overkill swung couple of beasts down with his tail before grabbing one in his jaws and proceeding to tear the creature into pieces.

Skullcruncher did not stay to see how his allies were doing, instead he charged into the crowd of demons, swinging his serrated energo-sword in wide angles, cutting couple of the creatures down and forcing some to step back from Dreadwind and Darkwing. "Crush them beneath our feet! Show no mercy!"
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Ember » Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:52 pm

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Blackwind was able to get back to feet after Thuderwing drove off the Demon that had attacked her. She was still in considerable pain as he began pushing her back behind him. She looked up towards Darkwing and Dreadwind as the two other fliers began to edge their way to safety. Blackwind also noticed Skullcruncher release Beastbox and Overkill. With the help of the two cassettecons perhaps they could gain the upper hand on these creatures.

Once her internal repair systems began to initiate she joined in the battle. She wanted to be sure that she wouldn’t be taken by surprise again, therefore she positioned herself at the wall and she began firing on the relentless creatures.

“This isn’t working! There must be another way to stop them!"

The femme Seeker continued to lay waste to the Demons when, out of nowhere, something wet dripped on her face. She stopped her assault and brought her hand to her face. With her index finger she swiped over the area. Her optics narrowed as she examined the substance, and then another droplet hit her face. Her optics widened as she looked up at the ceiling of the tunnel.

Before she could even respond the Demon dropped down landing directly in front of her. She began to raise her arm but the monster had already curled its clawed hand into a tight fist and sent it right into Blackwind’s face. The hit was hard enough to knock her back into the wall where the back of her head slammed into the hard surface. She slid down the wall and finally fell over onto the floor unconscious.

The demon quickly grabbed a hold of her right ankle and began to drag her through one of the makeshift entrances the creatures had made.

While Blackwind was being dragged off the Demons still engaged with the rest of the Decepticons began to close in their ranks. Keeping them busy while their cohort made away with its prize.
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Devastron » Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:01 pm

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Thunderwing poured fire into the approaching demons. The blasts mostly slowed them down, but eventually even these beasts succumbed to their sustained fire. It was easier to kill them up close, but Skullcruncher, Overkill and Beastbox had taken over that roll. He would allow them to vent their frustrations on these monsters while he covered them. Unlike those warriors he had no particular desire to wade directly into the fight, although testing his carapace in direct combat might prove interesting.

As if reading his thoughts one of the demons got close enough to slash his chest. The Decepticon responded by slugging him in the face. The demon staggered backwards but lunged at him with a roar. He seized the beast by his neck and lifted him in the air. It slashed and snarled at him as he squeezed his hands. He could feel its neck crumpled under his grip. With a cruel grin on his face he tore its entire cranium off of its now limp body.

He had been too busy battling the creature to notice the demon landing behind him. Thunderwing turned only in time to see the monster disappearing down a side tunnel, dragging Blackwind behind it. A scowl formed on his face as he saw the other demons begging to fall back. "Skullcruncher, get Weirdwolf back here. Drag him back if you have to, but we need his tracking ability." The Decepticon scientist then ducked into the tunnel the demon had escaped in. If he moved quickly he hoped he could follow the beast and its captive himself.
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Cryhavok » Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:42 pm

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"I don't think I will need to!" Skullcruncher boomed back to Thunderwing and slammed a demon he was holding by its face headfirst against a wall, crushing its cranium.

"This was a good exercise though! Too bad they are turning their tail already!" He added, and followed Thunderwing through the crack in the wall after enlarging the opening a bit to fit through, leaving Beastbox and Overkill assist Darkwing and Dreadwind in the main tunnel.

However, despite of knowing something Thunderwing apparently didn't, Skullcruncher was disturbed by the actions of his commanding officer. Weirdwolf had reported being dangerously close to a swarm nest when Thunderwing had called for help, and he had still been within Skullcruncher's sensor range as he had promised. Had Weirdwolf rushed to help, the nest would have been alerted. And the addition of a Swarm to all these demons would have probably got them all deactivated. You would be willing to endanger all of us just for one Decepticon who wasn't even able to protect herself? What the slag is so special about her?
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Fast, deadly and silent. Well, silent until the moment to strike at least.

"Your energon shall I taste, yes I will. Delicious it shall be."

Whatever made Weirdwolf utter those words aloud right before he bounced at the demon that had taken Blackwind - it didn't leave the demon enough time to react. The cyberwolf had already tackled the demon and its pray to the ground and sunk his fangs into its throat, tearing it open.

Not much later, his glowing red optics met with Thunderwing's in the darkness of the tunnel, fuel from the demon dripping from his jaws like drool. "Backdoor I found. Shortcut as well. Less than 2 kliks from here a hole in the ground is. Large enough to fly it is. Believe I will that an ancient venting shaft into the plasma energy chamber it is, reaching into the core of the planet perhaps!"
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Ember » Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:19 pm

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When Weirdwolf tackled the demon Blackwind fell right alongside the two struggling beasts. Weirdwolf made short work of the creature, and while the cyberwolf began to feast on his current kill Blackwind started to come back on line. As she began to focus on her surroundings she heard Weirdwolf address Thunderwing.

She slowly got back up to her feet, her hand immediately going to her forehead. Once she had gathered herself she looked up at Thunderwing, a serious expression upon her visage.

Blackwind then glanced at Weirdwolf for a moment.

“I certainly hope that that swarm nest was not alerted when you left your position."

To the Seeker femme there was no reason to make a spectacle with over flowing gratitude. After all it wasn’t in her nature to give thanks to anyone; of course with the exception of very few.

“Now then, we had better head to that hole. I’d prefer to get this mission over with sooner rather than later."
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Devastron » Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:01 pm

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Thunderwing clambered through the tunnels. The added bulk of his carapace made it difficult to squeeze through the narrow passages. He wasn’t as slender as the skeletal demons or as small as Blackwind. He crashed through various hanging bits of metal and other loose parts. Speed was of the essence here though, not stealth. The demon would know he was coming either way, he just needed to catch up with it.

The Decepticon increased his pace when he what sounded like a battle up ahead. He had no desire to lose any member of his team, Blackwind in particular. He had grown fond of her, particularly as she was the only truly friendly company he had on Cybertron. All of the others were either pure warriors, annoying or had their own plans and machinations. Blackwind was as close to a trusted comrade as he was going to get and he did not want to lose her.

He was a bit surprised to come upon the scene of Weirdwolf tearing apart the demon and Blackwind slowly recovering. Apparently Weirdwolf was more on top of things then he had suspected. He nodded at the tracker. “Well done Weirdwolf. Lead the way to this hole. From there the dedicated fliers can take point."

The scientist then turned to Blackwind, a slight look of concern on his face. “I assume you suffered no serious injuries? With any luck that will be as eventful as it gets on this mission."
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Cryhavok » Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:29 pm

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"Oh gratitude of yours, all inspiring it is." Weirdwolf chuckled in response to Blackwind's comment and transformed into his robot form, turning his attention to Thunderwing who had just showed up. "The Swarm to avoid, a detour I had to take. Strong and different your scent is wings of thunder, following it easy is. Admit I have to, a coincidence to meet the wind black within chosen route of mine was."

Drawing his sword and gun, Weirdwolf took the point and motioned the others to follow. "Warn you I must. The demon scent I spot not. Understand this I cannot."

>>"Darkwing! Dreadwind! I know you are still functioning!"<< Skullcruncher boomed into his communicator after arriving at the scene and hearing of Weirdwolf's discovery. >>"Goad Beastbox and Overkill through that fragging crack in the wall and join the rest of us here! Weirdwolf found an exhaust vent large enough to fly in! We're going deeper!"<<
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Ember » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:09 pm

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Blackwind glance back at Thunderwing when the scientist inquired about the seriousness of her injuries. She shook her head in response, “No, I’ll be fine. Although I’m sure I’ll have a headache tomorrow." The Seeker flashed the scientist a quick smirk before she stepped past him and moved behind Weirdwolf, who had taken point in the tunnel.

As the group pressed on the lot remained quiet, unfortunately, the silence and the tight quarters only made things worse for Blackwind. She was used to open areas and bustling work stations, not this desolate tomb.

She brought her hand to her head, but her problem was not the pain from the blow to her head, but the thought of being trapped here without ever seeing the outside world again.

“Th…this shaft, once we’re finally in it, how long will it take to get down to the core?"

She lowered her hand from her head and gripped her opposite arm.
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Cryhavok » Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:46 pm

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Weirdwolf kept silent after Blackwind's question until he arrived back to the opening into the ancient cooling shaft he had found somewhat earlied.

"Know I do not." He finally said, shrugging his shoulders. "Laser distance meter of mine measure the depth could not. Huge our homeworld is. Surprisingly hollow too. Down to the core perhaps it goes?"
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Devastron » Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:23 pm

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Thunderwing waved off Weirdwolf’s concerns. “The Demons have been down here before any of our recorded history. I imagine they have become very adept at hiding and hunting down here. To survive for so long they would have learned to avoid even the most sensitive of our scanning and tracking equipment. Do not let it concern you Weirdwolf."

The Decepticon scientist gave a quick nod to Blackwind acknowledging that she was still functional. He didn’t want to lose any member of his team on this mission, particularly being directly under Shockwave’s always watchful optic. Blackwind in particular though was of some importance. Her intelligence, skill and rank set her ahead of the others, among other things.

Thunderwing refocused on the mission at hand as Darkwing and Dreadwind rejoined the group with Overkill and Beastbox in tow. The group followed after Weirdwolf as he led them to the cavern in question. He turned his scanners down towards the depths of the shaft, trying to detect where it ended. He was unable to detect where it ended, but there was a trace of an energy reading which could very well be there objective.

“Wherever it leads it goes down deep into Cybertron and that is where our goal lies." He turned to face the other Decepticons. “I will take lead, the other fliers can follow me with Overkill and Beastbox riding with Darkwing and Dreadwind in their alternate modes."

The two fliers exchanged grim looks. Carrying passengers at all was not something they enjoyed, but when those passengers happened to be psychotic midgets it only made things worse. Still they weren’t about to argue with Thunderwing.

"Weirdwolf and Skullcruncher will take up the rear. I doubt we’ll have many worries from attackers plunging straight down." He nodded at them before he stepped off the ledge. He floated for a minute before transforming and shooting down the tunnel. Darkwing and Dreadwind followed, opening their cockpits to allow the cassetticons to transform and leap inside of them before racing after their commander.
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Ember » Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:43 pm

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With the arrival of Darkwing and Dreadwind, the entire group proceeded down the tunnel until they finally reached the ventilation shaft Weirdwold had come across earlier. Blackwind watched as Thunderwing moved to the edge of the shaft, scanning in order to detect its end point. To her dismay it seemed that even the ventilation shafts kept their secrets.

Blackwind’s uneasiness began to subside as she watched Thunderwing step off the ledge of the shaft and transformed before rocketing down towards the other end. Darkwing and Dreadwind immediately followed suit. She looked over her shoulder to Skullcruncher and Weirdwolf offering them a nod before she too stepped from the ledge, transformed and followed after the others.
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Cryhavok » Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:18 pm

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"Heh, at least getting down will be easy enough." Skullcruncher said, flashing a grin at Weirdwolf before jumping down from the edge. Which was exactly what the tracker did as well.

"Most energy conservative way of moving free fall is." Weirdwolf replied back the larger Decepticon. Neither of the two Decepticon could really achieve much greater speed even through the use of their anti-gravity thrusters, so until their sensor began picking on obstacles they'd have to avoid, there was no reason to waste energon. It was time for the flyers to shine if anything were to attack them here.
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Devastron » Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:18 pm

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Thunderwing rocketed down the tunnel at a rapid pace. With gravity and his engines working together he had a considerable lead over the rest of the team, as was his desire. He was best equipped to dive head long into whatever unknowns lay ahead. The Decepticon kept his sensors at maximum and his weapon systems at the ready as he plunged further down into Cybertron.

Finally he detected something up ahead, a mass of some sort. Sensor readings were growing increasingly fuzzy the further down they went, likely due to proximity to the planet’s core. He cut his engines and free fell the rest of the way down, transforming and landing with his legs bent before straightening. He then radioed the rest of his team. >>”I’ve located the bottom. I’ve activated a communication beacon. Slow your descent as you approach it and prepare to land."<< The last thing he needed was one of his team slamming into the ground at high speed.

The Decepticon scientist began to study his surroundings, his natural curiosity taking over. This far into Cybertron and it vaguely resembled the inner workings of a Transformer. Certainly there were differences, and not just in scale, but he could see some resemblances to his own internal workings; conduits resembling hoses and piping and caves resembling internal structures. It was a pity they didn’t have more time to study.

Darkwing and Dreadwind came to landings next to each other behind Thunderwing. They two glanced at their surroundings, but not out of curiosity but out of a sense of dread.

“What do you think Dreadwind? If one of these tunnels collapsed would one of those creatures finish us off?"

Dreadwind shook his head. “I doubt even they come down this deep. No, we would be stuck down here forever, our corpses perfectly preserved forever, like a mausoleum no one would ever visit."
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Ember » Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:01 pm

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Blackwind quickly transformed and rocketed after Thunderwing down deeper within the bowels of their dead planet. She hoped that with their gain from this mission Cybertron could be revitalized and then habitable once more.

She was roused from her thoughts by the communiqué from Thunderwing. The Seeker femme homed in on the communication beacon and, as recommended, slowed her decent. She was surprised that her sensor readings were fuzzy. With the bottom of the shaft in range, Blackwind cut her engines and transformed back to her slim robot form.

With her feet firmly on the floor the Aerospace Coordinator made her way to Thunderwing’s side. She noted that from the shaft there was now only one way to proceed. With some luck their sensors would pick up whatever it was they needed to locate.

“It would appear that this would be our only direction," she gestured towards the large blackened tunnel ahead.

“Let’s not waste any more time."

Blackwind ventured forward. The sooner they got what they came for the sooner she could get out of this suffocating place.
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Cryhavok » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:19 pm

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Having been warned in advance, Skullcruncher and Weirdwolf began to slow their free fall with the gravity manipulators most Decepticons carried within their bodyframe. Not much later the duo landed several meters away from the others that had already reached the bottom.

"Strange this place is." Weirdwolf spoke out, looking around himself. "Detailed, far more so than I thought it would be. Almost the core of the planet after all."

"Yeah well. You can come sightseeing all you want after we defeat the Autobots." Skullcruncher grunted before turning his gaze Thunderwing. "What's our next move commander?"
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Devastron » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:33 pm

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Thunderwing waited as the rest of his team arrived. He smiled slightly as Blackwind quickly took the lead. Between her actions and the anxieties of the other two fliers it seemed that some Decepticons did not enjoy being enclosed in such a way. He might have felt the same if he had not spent all of that time inside his personal bunker on a dying world. As it was it was still somewhat disconcerting to be so far beneath the surface, but he did not fear it as much as the others did. Blackwind at least was able to still display some confidence while Darkwing and Dreadwind simply shared thoughts of doom between the two of them.

Once Skullcruncher and Weirdwolf landed Thunderwing gave out his orders. “The Chamber is likely through this tunnel where Blackwind is leading the way. This close to the raw plasma energy sensors are liable to be useless so we will move cautiously and together." He quickly strolled forward to catch up with Blackwind. “Do not rush ahead too eagerly. You’ve already suffered some damage, a stray bolt of plasma energy could only make things far worse." He offered her a slight smile before continuing forward.

They arrived in a gigantic chamber, at the center of which lied a large dome. Raw bolts of energy flickered over the dome, with bright light and flashes coming from the lone entrance into it. A long path led towards it, with a dark pit surrounding the dome and the walkway. Thunderwing smiled. “There is out destination Decepticons, the Plasma Energy Chamber."

The Decepticon scientist knelt down on the ground and produced the devices he had collected in his lab. They were small flat discs with control pads on one side of them. He activated each of them, the devices forming an empty energon cube attached to them. “These are reinforced energon cubes I created some time ago. They should be adequate to store the plasma energy until we can reach the surface. There is one for each of us to assure we return with a big enough sample, with room for some error. We will approach the chamber and attempt to catch one of those bolts in each cube."

He stood up and looked them all over. “Be cautious. Armor and even my carapace will do little to protect you from a raw bolt of plasma energy. At best it will knock you temporarily offline. At worst a direct hit will scramble your cerebral circuits permanently and overload your spark, detonating it." He handed out the cubes to each of them. “Now follow me." Thunderwing strolled slowly, but confidently, towards the chamber, observing the bolts as they flickered over and out of the chamber.
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Ember » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:03 pm

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It wasn't long after Blackwind landed when both Weirdwolf and Skullcruncher arrived in unison. Once the entire team was gathered Thunderwing gave out his orders, and before he could even say anything, Blackwind was already headed down the hall leading to the chamber. As it was the members of the group were not the type of Cons she was used to being around. She belonged amongst the elite, among the upper class sect.

The disdain for Shockwave and his appointing her to such a potentially deadly task was growing when she was brought out of her musing by the arrival of Thunderwing at her side. She returned his smile gratefully. The scientist was certainly an interesting mech. He was capable of surviving on a dead world by manipulating his own structure. This was truly ambitious feat. She did, however, wonder why his research and recommendations were never heeded. Perhaps once this mission was finally concluded she could speak to Thunderwing about what had occurred. Besides, she did have a desire to become more acquainted with this particular mech. After all, he would need someone familiar with the new Decepticon protocols in order to fit back in.

Blackwind’s optics focused on the large dome at the end of the walkway as Thunderwing announced their location. As the scientist prepared the storage devices the lithe femme took a tentative step onto the walkway. She stopped and looked back once Thunderwing began handing out the storage devices. She made her way back to the group and took the cube when it was offered.

With the storage device in hand, the Seeker femme tentatively kept in step with the much larger Commander. When they arrived at the end of the walkway Blackwind made her way to the right of Thunderwing, far enough to be sure she was not going to be a hindrance to any of the others.
After a moment of thinking she should reanalyze her existence, she finally readied herself for her task. Lifting up the cube she waited as one of the plasma energy bolts was emitted from the top of the chamber and careened down toward her. She quickly averted her optics as the energy was pulled into the cube, trapping it for future study.

With the hum of the energy growing lower, Blackwind finally looked down at the cube in her hands. It was thrilling to be holding what could possibly be the end to this Primus forsaken war. A moment went by before she finally refocused her attention on the others and their progress. The alluring Seeker made her back toward the entrance at a brisk pace. Once there she let out a relieved sigh and placed the cube on the floor where they all had initially gathered.
Her attention was quickly brought to the form of Thunderwing as the scientist attempted to capture another sample. As she began to turn her focus on the other members of the group a stray plasma bolt was emitted and rocketed directed at her. With her attention fixated on the others, Blackwind was oblivious to what was headed toward her.

The femme had no idea what hit her, one moment she was watching the others and the next she was screaming in absolute agony. For the briefest of moments she caught sight of Thunderwing before her systems began to shut down one by one until there was only darkness.
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Cryhavok » Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:05 pm

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At least Shockwave provided me a device to protect myself from the plasma surge last time I was here. And now you want us to catch those bolts with risk of being deactivated. Skullcruncher thought as Thunderwing explained what he had in mind. Too bad that device could take just that one surge.

"Weirdwolf?" Skullcruncher spoke up as the tracker returned from the chamber with his cube already filled. "Do me a favor and fill a cube or two for me?"

Weirdwolf turned to look at his larger comrade, grinning devilishly. "Too slow are we? Save you I shall this time. A favor you will owe to Weirdwolf."

"Sure. Favor for favor. I can deal with that." Skullcruncher grunted and reached to grab the full cube from Weirdwolf who in turn picked an empty one and dashed back into the chamber. With series of fancy moves, the tracker caught another bolt of plasma with little trouble into the cube he was holding. Only few astroseconds later, Weirdwolf was already back in safety. "Easy enough that was, I-"

A scream of pure agony from Blackwind interrupted Weirdwolf, who turned quickly on his feet to see what was happened. Blackwind was down, her body smoldering from a hit from a plasma bolt. "Not again, cannot she after herself look at all?"

Skullcruncher just shook his head as a reply to his partner in crime. Neither moved to help, it would probably resulted in just more Decepticons being injured. Given Thunderwing was already so close to her, they left the enigmatic scientist play a hero.
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Devastron » Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:45 pm

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Thunderwing carefully lead the way towards the plasma chamber. He took time to study the rippling bolts of energy, trying to find a pattern in their motion. He wanted to be able to catch a bolt quickly and safely in the cube rather then to hold it out and count on luck that a bolt would strike it rather then himself. It didn’t take too long for the scientist to find the pattern and collect a bolt inside of the cube.

The cube pulsated with a pink glow, brighter then just standard energon. Occasionally a ripple of various colors would pass through it, the plasma energy inside only just contained by his reinforced cube generator. Thunderwing stared at the cube as he backed away from the chamber. He hoped there would be some of it left after Shockwave’s experiments so that he could examine it.

Darkwing and Dreadwind reluctantly took up their cubes and crept towards the chamber. They didn’t need to exchange words to know what the other was thinking. This was going to be it, killed by a stray plasma bolt and left to rust at the core of Cybertron. They walked up to the chamber next to each other and held out the cubes in their arms as far as they could reach, their heads turned away from the inevitable doom that awaited them.

Fortunately for them both the bolts struck the cubes. It took a moment for either of them to realize what had happened. Darkwing was the first to look. He stood dumbfounded for a moment before quickly moving away from the chamber. Dreadwind waited for another moment before looking and quickly followed.

“You could have told me it had worked rather then just leave me there!" He snapped at Darkwing. “I should have known you would leave me to die."

Darkwing shrugged his shoulders. “Survival of the fittest."

Everyone’s attention was quickly drawn by the screams from Blackwind. The plasma energy rolled over her and she collapsed in a smoking heap at their feet.

“I knew it! I knew someone was going to die on this mission!" Dreadwind shouted.

Thunderwing wasted no time in moving towards her. His sensors picked up her spark still functioning inside of her, but it looked like several other critical systems had been heavily damaged or destroyed. She would need immediate repairs if she were to survive.

“Darkwing, Dreadwind, take my and Blackwind’s cubes. You two will take point as we move back to the surface. Use your combined mode if necessary, but we are flying to the surface. The mission is complete and I see no reason to prolong it and risk further injuries when it is unnecessary. Blast us a clear path if necessary." He carefully scooped up the wounded femme. “I will carry Blackwind and follow with Weirdwolf and Skullcruncher." Holding the seeker tightly but carefully he walked out of the room and back into the tunnels, the two other fliers following quickly behind.

Thunderwing produced a hose from his right arm as they walked, attaching it to an input valve on Blackwind’s stomach. He began pumping energon directly into her system, using his own systems to circulate it to her spark and other critical systems. It wouldn’t be enough to get her functional, but it would maintain her in a sort of stasis. Hopefully that would be enough. He did not want to lose someone he found so valuable, both to the empire and himself.

Darkwing and Dreadwind stowed the cubes in their cockpits before transforming, this time combining into their superjet mode. Neither of them was particularly fond of the combination, Darkwing in particular, but he kept his mouth shut. He didn’t feel that complaints would be welcome at this time. They both also had to admit that the combined mode was more powerful and getting to the surface more quickly sounded good to them. The combined fliers blasted off, heading up the tunnel they had used before.

Thunderwing unfolded his wings, giving him additional maneuverability and thrust for the flight, this time with the added weight of Blackwind. His alternate mode’s engines roared to life on his back and he lifted off, flying after Darkwing and Dreadwind.
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Cryhavok » Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:43 pm

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Giving each other a puzzled glance over the actions of Thunderwing, the two Decepticons left behind by their faster comrades finished what they had come for. Weirdwolf loaded the cubes left behind by Blackwind and Thunderwing on Skullcruncher's arms before grabbing his own two cubes.

"You think they bother to wait for us?" Skullcruncher asked, knowing full well that neither of the two could fly any faster than 300 mph in their robot modes - speed significantly slower than that of Thunderwing's even with the scientist carrying Blackwind.

"By following only learn we can." Weirdwolf said and turned his gaze upwards and activating the thrusters in his feet.

"Hrmph. No reason to waste time down here I suppose." Skullcruncher grunted and launched himself into the air after his only real friend within Decepticon ranks.
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Re: Into the Abyss

Postby Devastron » Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:00 pm

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Thunderwing trailed behind the combined form of Darkwing and Dreadwind, Blackwind still cradled in his arms. From what little he knew of the two other fliers he had assumed they would take a decent lead now. He hoped that there firepower was increased in this mode. He wanted to be able to blast or smash through any obstacles in their way.

He turned his scans back towards Weirdwolf and Skullcruncher who seemed to be delaying for some reason. He wasn’t sure what the two warriors had to discuss, and Darkwing and Dreadwind had taken on the extra cubes as he had ordered. The fact that they were slower in the air then the rest of them meant they should have scrambled immediately to join them. Speed was of the essence now, for Blackwind’s sake and for the stability of the samples.

With that his thoughts turned to Blackwind. She seemed to be stable enough for now. His fuel was still flowing into her and circulating through her systems. It was enough to keep her mental circuits functioning. That would be enough to keep her memory active and from being wiped out. Hopefully it would be enough to keep her cognitive functions working on an unconscious level. Still he would need to get her to a repair facility as soon as possible to make sure she could regain full functionality. He carefully brushed some scorched metal away off of her face.

Darkwing and Dreadwind opened fire, blasting through some debris and walls and clearing out an opening for the rest of them to follow. The Decepticons roared through the openings the combined fliers made. They poured more firepower ahead of them and Thunderwing dodged the debris. At least with one last blast at a weakened portion of the surface blew open a hole revealing the dark sky above sprinkled with stars.

Darkwing and Dreadwind flew out of the opening, breaking apart into their separate vehicle modes. Thunderwing followed shortly thereafter. >>”Darkwing, Dreadwind, Skullcruncher, Weirdwolf, once you’ve reached the surface head for the Tower. Deliver the cubes to Shockwave’s laboratory. I will take Blackwind for repairs. You may all go to recharge and repair whatever damage you might have taken."<<
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