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Postby Devastron » Sun Jun 07, 2009 3:33 pm

Weapon: Energo-Sword
Grimlock

Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Dinobot Commander
Alt. mode: Tyrannosaurus Rex
Weapons: Energo sword, self loading rocket launcher
Height: 38ft / 11.59m
Quote: “Among the winners, there is no room for the weak."

Strength: 10
Intelligence: 08
Dexterity: 06
Speed: 03
Endurance: 10
Courage: 10
Firepower: 08
Accuracy: 08
Melee: 10
Tech Skill: 05
Charisma: 09
Rank: 09

Profile: Grimlock’s origins are shrouded in some mystery. His heavy and bulky form tends to indicate he was involved with security or manual labor at some point. Grimlock himself has never been forthcoming on the details.

What is known is that Grimlock made a name for himself in the same underground gladiatorial matches where Megatron rose to power. He quickly became one of the more popular combatants due to his brutal style and showmanship. He maintained a perfect record in matches, his number of victories second only to that of Megatron himself. He was present at Megatron’s final rally before the war broke out.

The warrior surprised many on both sides when he quickly signed up for service in the Autobot military. With his dislike of authority and attitude of the strongest should rule most expected him to join the Decepticons. Perhaps it is due to the challenge of fighting for the underdogs, or finally being pitted against the other great gladiator in Megatron. Maybe deep down Grimlock sees the abject cruelty and mercilessness of Megatron’s way and finds his own beliefs more in line with those of the Autobots. No one but Grimlock knows for sure.

Grimlock proved himself to be a powerful warrior for the Autobots, his strength and skill in battle matched by few. Unfortunately for his superiors he did not take well to any form of authority. He regularly disobeyed or outright ignored any orders he disagreed with up to the point of assaulting his superiors on more than one occasion. He found himself going in and out of the brig depending on his infractions and the need for him on the frontlines.

It was during this time that he would hit upon the idea of creating his own specialized unit. They would operate outside the traditional Autobot hierarchy and rules. Not having to follow the standard Autobot rules would allow them to be a more brutal, savage and effective unit, at least that was his thinking. He recruited four like minded Autobots into a team that would eventually be known as the Dinobots.

The Dinobots proved a highly effective team, scoring victories against the Decepticons on a regular basis. Their unbeaten record was broken when Shockwave destroyed a cache of energon the Dinobots had been hoarding, causing them severe energon burns and equally severe humiliation. They swore revenge on the Decepticon. So, against orders from Optimus Prime, they followed Shockwave when he left Cybertron to conduct experiments on other worlds. When Shockwave reached his first destination—Earth, at the end of the last Ice Age—the Dinobots destroyed his ship.

Unfortunately the group had not come prepared for the high levels of raw energon on the planet’s surface as Shockwave had with personal shielding. They came up with the idea of using the local lifeforms as templates for new alternate modes and covering themselves with synthetic flesh to protect themselves from the high levels of energon radiation. After searching through the fossil record of the planet Grimlock found an acceptable alternate mode in the form of a tyrannosaurus rex. The other Dinobots followed suit with other dinosaur alternate modes.

On teleporting down to the planet's surface to confront Shockwave, they gained an initial advantage, as Shockwave's logic was unable to comprehend the effort and risks they had taken for their revenge. The Decepticon was quick to take advantage of their lack of shielding to the energon radiation and successfully burnt off their organic protective layers, forcing them into stasis lock. Unable to accept another defeat, Grimlock transformed to robot mode and fought against his imminent stasis lock to no avail.

However, before leaving the Dinobots' ship, he had enabled a "dead man's switch" designed to take Shockwave with them if they were defeated. When he entered stasis lock, this failsafe activated, firing on a nearby dormant volcano and causing an eruption which buried Shockwave and the Dinobots under ash and lava.

Thousands of years later the Dinobots and Shockwave were dug up by an archeological team. The dig was quickly seized by the American Government. The Transformers were then transported to Area 51 where they have been experimented on ever since.

Grimlock is a frighteningly effective warrior and an efficient commander who is utterly dedicated to those under his command. He has considerable battlefield experience and is more than willing to make difficult and ruthless military decisions. Grimlock constantly flouts any authority, and that attitude is reflected in his troops, who act more like a gang than a military unit.

Some Autobots wonder why Grimlock is even on their side. His disposition is much more suited to the Decepticons. After all, he values power and strength over wisdom and compassion, and furthermore, he doesn't really get along with most Autobots. When faced with a problem, his usual responses are to slice it with his energo-sword or tear it to pieces with his bare hands. These things, coupled with his dislike of Optimus Prime, have led to a defection or two on Grimlock's part. He'd have no problem offing the Autobot leader if he thought he could get away with it, though.

What the Autobots don't realize is that the only thing he hates more than weakness is those who abuse their strength, meaning when push comes to shove, Grimlock will always fall in on the right side of the fence.

Abilities: Grimlock is an intelligent and skilled military commander; his courage is second to none. He is the most powerful of all the Dinobots, each of whom is a powerhouse. Some say Grimlock is as strong as Optimus Prime or Megatron. In dinosaur mode, Grimlock’s teeth are capable of cutting an armored Transformer completely in two in one swipe. In robot mode, he remorselessly wields an energo-sword and a self-loading rocket launcher that fires both explosive plasma and shrapnel rounds.

Weaknesses: Grimlock’s arrogance sometimes affects his judgment, putting him in over his head. Aside from a lack of speed in dinosaur mode, Grimlock has no physical weaknesses. A recurring viral glitch in Grimlock’s vocal processors often gives him a characteristic speech impediment; this may actually be a benefit as this and his impulsive nature make opponents underestimate his intelligence.
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Slag

Postby Ember » Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:22 pm

Motto: "I'm not psycho...I just like psychotic things."
Name: Slag
Allegiance: Autobot
Sub Group: Dinobots
Function: Flamethrower
Alt. mode: Triceratops
Weapons: Flamethrower, Energo Sword, Electron Gun
Height: 35 ft
Quote: “I have no need for friends, even less for enemies."

STRENGTH: 9
INTELLIGENCE: 5
DEXTERITY: 5
SPEED: 3
ENDURANCE: 9
COURAGE: 7
FIREPOWER: 8
ACCURACY: 7
MELEE: 8
TECH SKILL: 6
CHARISMA: 4
RANK: 5

Profile: Slag first met Grimlock in a brig on Cybertron, after he’d shot his commanding officer in the back to convince him they were outflanked and had to make a frontal assault. Grimlock thought this made him a clear-thinking mech, and the two of them discussed forming their own semi-autonomous strike team, one that Slag declared would follow no rules. With the Dinobots, Slag’s contribution to the grand Autobot cause of freedom for all was to murder Decepticons who surrendered and play “kick the can” with severed heads. He constantly tried to deny they were a team at all, saying they put the “un” into “unit."

Slag is disruptive and foul-tempered even compared to his comrades in the Dinobots. Anarchic, he rejects any orders that don’t come from Grimlock. Slag is always angry, and only violence seems to release his pent-up energies. Bringing a Decepticon to a grisly end is one of the few things that can lift his spirits. If he has no enemies to smash, Slag wanders off to punch holes in the sides of mountains or even fellow Autobots whom he finds irritating. Concerned Autobots who inquire bout Slag’s well-being become victims of his fiery breath, or worse. Only his fellow Dinobots seem exempt form his perpetual rage, and even they aren’t sure what causes it. Other comrades have wondered as well, questioning why Slag fights for the Autobots at all. Slag’s answer is not forthcoming.

Abilities: Slag possesses incredible physical strength and is capable of shattering an entire reinforced concrete building with a wave of his hand or nudge of his head in dinosaur mode, his primary weaponis a 3,000* Centigrade flamethrower located in his mouth; its effective range is 50 feet. In robot mode, he wields an energo-sword and an electron gun that fires particle bursts that can tear through most Transformer armor.

Weaknesses: Slag is not very intelligent or fast, and his abusive attitude limits the number of Autobots who are willing to help him in combat situations.
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Sludge

Postby Smokescreen85 » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:21 pm

Motto: "Transform and smoke 'em!"
Weapon: Twin Shoulder-Mounted Rocket Launchers
Name: Sludge
Allegiance: Autobots
Sub-group: Dinobots
Function: Jungle Warrior / Demolitions
Weapon: Laser rifle, Energo sword
Alt. mode: Apatosaurus
Height: 40ft / 12.20m
Quote: "Stomp your enemy, crush him under your feet."

Strength: 09
Intelligence: 03
Dexterity: 03
Speed: 02
Endurance: 10
Courage: 09
Firepower: 06
Accuracy: 03
Melee: 08
Tech Skill: 02
Charisma: 04
Rank: 05

Profile: Since before the war began, Sludge has been a shy, gentle giant of a mech. It was probably the main reason why he never entered the underground gladiatorial arena with the likes of Megatron and Grimlock. Sludge could’ve competed as a gladiator if he had wanted to. Most others thought he should have considering his sheer size and strength. However, it just wasn’t his thing. Sludge wanted to live a quiet life rather then fight other Transformers in pointless contests of violence.

Of course, Sludge’s peaceful existence was shattered once Megatron rose to power and the war began. He joined the Autobots because he disliked the brutality of the Decepticons. His size and strength came in handy when fighting Megatron’s forces. He became the epitome of a shock trooper, making his presence known loud and clear before attacking an enemy with all of his might. The shy, gentle side of Sludge began to disappear more and more as time passed and was replaced with a terrifying force of destruction when provoked. His strength combined with his endurance made him almost unstoppable once he set his mind to something.

As the war raged on with no end in sight, Sludge came to believe that only the strongest should lead and not necessarily the smartest. Thus far, he hadn’t considered any of the Primes he’d fought under to be up to par and thus he grew to dislike authority. He felt that the Autobot leadership was too weak to defeat the Decepticons, but he followed them anyway because he strongly believed in the Autobot cause. It wasn’t until Sludge was approached by Grimlock, that he had finally found a worthy leader with the strength needed to get the job done.

And so Sludge was recruited into the unit that would be called the Dinobots. They didn’t follow the rules like regular Autobots did, and that suited Sludge just fine. As a result, they were able to achieve great victories on the battlefield. In fact, their record was near perfect if it wasn’t for one glaring exception. The Decepticon known as Shockwave had humiliated the Dinobots by destroying their reserve of energon and leaving them with nasty burns.

As a result, the Dinobots sought revenge and followed Shockwave to a planet called Earth, where the Decepticon was conducting experiments. In order to protect themselves from the high energon levels, the Dinobots each picked an Earth creature alt mode so they would be surrounded by a protective covering of synthetic flesh. From the fossil record, Sludge chose an Apatosaurus for it’s similar size to himself and it’s brute strength.

Once on the Earth’s surface, the Dinobots quickly attacked Shockwave but were soon beaten when their flesh coverings were burnt away. The intense energon radiation swiftly overtook Sludge’s systems and he fell into stasis lock. He did not know what had transpired afterwards, only that thousands of years would pass before he and the other Dinobots were discovered by humans and quickly taken to an underground bunker called Area 51. This is where Sludge’s inert form has laid in stasis until now.

Sludge has never been considered to be the smartest of the Autobots nor the fastest. It’s his strength and endurance that he’s mostly known for. He is the largest of the Dinobots but is second strongest only to Grimlock. He doesn’t say much, which reinforces others’ belief that he is stupid. And while he’s no rocket scientist, he’s not an imbecile, either.

Sludge’s gentle side still shows through from time to time when he’s not fighting Decepticons, but not as often as it used to. Deep down, Sludge longs for the day that the war will finally end. Then he’ll be able to let his true self show through the rugged exterior that his Dinobot comrades have only ever known.

Abilities: Sludge’s greatest asset is his unrelenting strength and endurance. He is capable of easily knocking down a bridge or building with a single blow. When in his Apatosaurus alt mode, Sludge is able to shake the ground violently by stomping his feet, causing serious damage to the surrounding area. He is also adept for fighting in water, swamplands, jungle areas and other sludge-like environments. This ability is very useful in thwarting the Decepticons when they attempt to use such landscapes to their advantage. Additionally, his thick armored plating is strong enough to withstand most enemy blasts.

Furthermore, Sludge carries a laser rifle and an energo sword in robot mode. The rifle is capable of firing several rounds per astrosecond, while the sword allows Sludge to cut down his enemies in close quarters combat.

Weaknesses: Sludge’s greatest weakness is his belief that the strongest should always lead and not the smartest. His huge size causes him to be slow moving and not very agile, especially in Apatosaurus mode. As a result of his low speed, Sludge has a tendency to fall victim to the very calamities and destruction that he creates because he can’t get out of the way in time. Also, more often than not, Sludge can be too overconfident in his armored plating and believes that he is invincible. This can lead him to attack a more powerful Decepticon that is capable of penetrating his thick hide and causing serious damage to the Dinobot.
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Strength: 4
Intelligence: 9
Speed: 7
Endurance: 6
Rank: 6
Courage: 8
Firepower: 7
Skill: 9

Swoop

Postby A Kid in a Hat » Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:09 pm

Name: Swoop

Allegiance: Autobot

Function: Dinobot Bombardier

Alt. Mode: Pteranodon

Weapons: Air-to-air/air-to-surface missile launchers, thermal sword

Special Abilities: Flight (Alt. Mode), fuel efficiency

Height: 32ft/ 9.7m

Quote: “Fear can hit targets unreachable to bullets."

STRENGTH: 6
INTELLIGENCE: 6
DEXTERITY: 9
SPEED: 8
ENDURANCE: 9
COURAGE: 7
FIREPOWER: 7
ACCURACY: 8
MELEE: 8
TECH SKILL: 6
CHARISMA: 6
RANK: 5

Profile: Swoop was among Cybertron’s greatest aerial fighters. Originally he had joined with the Autobot forces on the outbreak of the war, but quickly excelled in the field of battle and rose through the ranks as an elite bombardier. Arrogant from his many victories, he soon made one terrible mistake.

In one fateful encounter, Swoop engaged with another aerial fighter, a Decepticon called Divebomb. Having been challenged by him, the Autobot aerialist accepted and engaged his counterpart in a one-on-one dogfight. However, Swoop overestimated his abilities and was out-done by Divebomb, suffering a painful and humiliating defeat.

After having found out, Autobot high command discharged Swoop from the service for his reckless actions. It was shortly after this that he came to the attention of one Autobot military commander, Grimlock. Having taken notice of his great aerial skills and learning of his defeat at the hands of Divebomb, he offered Swoop a place among his new unit, the Dinobots, to which he accepted.

In his new group, Swoop again received honor and recognition for his achievements, somewhat making up for the loss he felt he previously suffered. However, following a defeat at the hands of Shockwave, the Dinobots followed the Decepticon to Earth to revenge upon him, something the one aerialist was well familiar with. It was there that Swoop took on his current form of a prehistoric pteranodon and fell in battle alongside his comrades, buried alive for millions of years, until they were brought to Area 51 in the present day.

Swoop is still among the best of aerial fighters, and he knows this all too well. However, his first great loss has taught him humility and somewhat humbled him. While he can be as arrogant and disobedient as his Dinobot comrades, he is arguably more friendly and out-going, and can be very good company when given the chance. However, his reputation and appearance as frightening warrior makes him seem unapproachable, to his dismay.

To this day, Swoop still holds a personal rivalry with the Decepticon Divebomb and holds a desire to fight him in an aerial battle once again.

Abilities: Swoop is among one of the best aerial fighters among Cybertronians, even in his current reptilian state. He can soar up to 250 mph, and makes use of his ability to elevate and strike down upon his adversaries. His bestial form is capable to unsettling even the thickest of armor plating. He also has a great level of endurance, due to low fuel consumption. Underneath each of his wings are air-to-air missile launchers, each carrying the equivalent of 5000 lbs of TNT. They can also be reconfigured as air-to-surface missile launchers as well. His preferred method of attack is to soar into the air and dive down upon a target, releasing his missiles when in close proximity and then speeding away for a retreat. These weapons can be accessed while in robot form, when he is also equipped with a thermal sword, capable of heating to temperatures of 4000 degrees Centigrade. At that heat, it is capable of slicing through most metals like a knife through butter.

Weaknesses: While extremely maneuverable flying through the air and having a great endurance, Swoop is vulnerable to enemy firepower due to the relatively fragile nature of his wings.
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Snarl

Postby MaP_Prime » Sun Jun 28, 2009 8:01 am

Name: Snarl
Allegiance: Autobot
Sub Group: Dinobot
Function: Desert Warrior
Alternate Mode: Stegosaurus
Weapons: Energo-Blade, missile launcher, long-range laser rifle
Height: 35ft
Motto: “Only in war is there happiness."

Strength: 9
Intelligence: 6
Dexterity: 5
Speed: 3
Endurance: 9
Courage: 8
Firepower: 6
Accuracy: 6
Melee: 8
Tech Skill: 5
Charisma: 4
Rank: 5

Profile:
Before Snarl and his fellow Dinobots were trapped on Earth thousands of years ago he was a silent and unhappy, often sticking to himself and rarely interacting with others, including his fellow Dinobots. He preferred to leave the important and strategic thinking to others and would just blindly follow the orders of Grimlock, making him the Dinobot commanders favorite solider. However, that was before the actions of Grimlock trapped Snarl and the other Dinobots in a river of molten lava. Now reawakened and aware of what has transpired Snarl has changed. He no longer blindly follows Grimlock and he has learned the harsh lesson of how important it is to think for himself. Now he questions Grimlock’s every action and he no longer lets someone else do the thinking for him. Regardless of these changes that have taken place inside of Snarl’s spark and processor he feels trapped in an alternate mode he despises and he still desperately wants to return to Cybertron. His only respite comes when he is locked in combat with the Decepticons.

Abilities:
Snarl is a very physically powerful Autobot, but as a Dinobot he is only the fourth strongest of them, but he has the ability to greatly increase his strength due to the solar panels on his back. These panels that are on his back in both his robot and alternate modes collect solar power and convert it to energy, augmenting his strength making him up to ten times as powerful as he regularly is. While he is in his dinosaur mode he is capable of channeling this collected energy into concentrated blasts of energy from the spikes on his tail. His tail is also very powerful while he is in dinosaur mode, and even without strength augmentation it can shatter a 20 square foot concrete block with one swipe. Snarl also has considerable defensive capabilities. His armour is very thick and designed so that it can deflect enemy fire. He is armed with an energo sword, a long ranged laser rifle, and a missile launcher in robot mode.

Weaknesses:
Snarl often forgets about his weaknesses without the augmentation solar power makes to his strength and he can find himself stuck in situations that are more then he can handle alone. Although Snarl is no starting think for himself he has begun to second guess himself, which can lead to critical indecision on the battlefield, or leading him to turn to others to make up his mind forever when he can’t come to a decision. Despite his loss of faith in Grimlock as a leader, Snarl may still follow the Dinobot leader like he once did only to later question the Dinobot’s leader on the battlefield and disobey orders, often causing potential problems.
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