- Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Function: Brigade Commander
Alt. Mode: Mobile Artillery Platform
• Photon laser guns
• Support weaponry: flak turrets, laser batteries, mortars, missile launchers
• Great sword
Height: 66ft / 20.11m
Quote: "Prepare for war, but strive for peace."
Tech Skill: 9
Profile: Fortress Maximus is an optimistic, compassionate leader whose longing for peace is held in check by tremendous force of will, as rash actions will never allow success. Not one for rushing into things, he puts himself across as a careful negotiator and mediator, taking the time to think things through as well as talk to all of those under his command. Few have cause to grumble under his even-handed, democratic leadership style. But underneath it all, there is a growing despair and desperate hope. As the Autobots are precariously holding on to whatever ground they have gained in the universe, Maximus wonders how much more will have to be done before they can finally put this Great War behind them forever.
Valiant, courageous, powerful beyond measure, Fortress Maximus is also a supremely capable warrior when the situation calls for it, but one whose most fervent wish is never to have to fight again. All his early life, Fortress Maximus trained as an architect, becoming the creator of some of Cybertron's proudest monuments. With his ability to transform into vast construction bases, many of his creations were crafted by his own hand. So Fortress Maximus learned to build, not destroy. When war came, he hesitated to turn his gifts to the ways of combat, adapting one construction base into a repair bay, the other into a battle station. But as the war spread and he saw his constructions tumble and fall with countless lives lost in the process, he began to see how pointless and counter-productive battle was. He began to fight with only one aim in mind--to bring an end to the senseless conflict. He would fight, but only out of necessity, only to save other lives.
Without the need to lead the Autobots due to Optimus Prime‘s steadfast capability in that position, Fortress Maximus's resolve has remained unchanged, though his advancement in the Autobot hierarchy has been slowed as a result of the unchanging situation. He has proved himself among the Autobot's greatest Captains, and recently lead many key assaults that have allowed the Autobots to reach the position of being poised to maintain peace in sectors of the galaxy that would otherwise be torn apart by Decepticon influence.
He is currently a brigade commander, serving aboard the Autobot battleship Steelhaven as well as serving as warden of the Garrus-9 detention facility on Elba. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Decepticons do not gain any greater foothold than what they already possess within his assigned regions of space. This has brought him in to open conflict with Decepticon commanders in similar positions, but it has been the unrelenting Scorponok that has crossed his path most often.
Abilities: In both robot and battle station mode, Fortress Maximus is a walking armory. Retractable pulse cannons (emitting a strong ion beam capable of disrupting and incapacitating internal circuits), twin automatic machine gun batteries (wrist mounted in robot mode), twin laser-guided mortars (in lower legs, robot mode), dual laser blasters (with a heat-seeking target lock system) and a fusion-powered photon rifle make his firepower second to none. His battle station is fully equipped with communication, detection and radar equipment, while his repair bay has extensive re-fit facilities for almost any Transformer and a wide range of spare parts. From either repair bay or battle station Fortress Maximus can operate two remote controlled vehicles, Gasket and Grommet, using them to supply instant battleground first aid/repairs or as offensive/defensive combat units. When in robot mode, Gasket and Grommet combine to form the radio controlled warrior/mechanic, Cog. Despite his size, Fortress Maximus is both very strong and very fast. Though seemingly awkward, his bulky configuration moves with well oiled ease. His greatest asset, though, is his vast intellect and capacity for instant tactical decisions. To him, crafting an attack is like blueprinting a structure and it's almost second nature.
Weaknesses: The many parts of Fortress Maximus, each requiring a portion of his concentration, sometimes leave the whole vulnerable to attack. When guiding Gasket and Grommet through a battlefield, he relies almost totally on automated defense systems to safeguard him from attack. If incapacitated in robot mode, Fortress Maximus has no choice but to utilize his second robot form, the much smaller and, infinitely more vulnerable Cog. Beyond these slight problems, Fortress Maximus has no known weaknesses.