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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Ember » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:22 pm

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Iacon

The group had come to a stop some yards from the chasm when Shockwave had decided to indulge Rodimus with the answers to his questions. Unfortunately, the red flamed ‘Bot was not completely convinced that the Military Operations Commander was not being absolutely truthful with his responses. Once Wheeljack had taken a look at the sensory device Rodimus moved in.

The bright blue optics of the Autobot became mere slits as Rodimus glared at the cycloptic Con. His only wish was to get everything he had asked answered fully; instead he received anything but. Again, the possessed Autobot moved in close to Shockwave, and again he addressed the Decepticon in a hushed tone.

“You’ve always been a cautious mech; driven solely by logic and Megatron’s ideals. Yet you’ve never managed to make that one logical move that would put you in the position you desire most. You’re just as devious as Megatron ever was, and now you want us to believe that you have our kind’s best interest in mind by reviving our home."

Rodimus paused for a moment mulling around everything that has transpired thus far before he decided to go just a little further. Rodimus took in a deep intake of air.

“Let’s just get something straight, Shockwave, I don’t trust you, not now and certainly not before your time with the Decepticons. But I want the chance to see my Cybertron again. So, if I intend to get my wish I’m going to have to agree to this temporary alliance."

The Autobot’s next statement was laced with total malice.

“But, if you, for any reason, logical or otherwise, decide to abrogate on this alliance I’ll be forced to dispatch you with extreme prejudice. I hope you understand that."

Rodimus straightened back up and nodded to the other gathered Autobots, a reassuring smirk plastered on his faceplate.
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Insidious » Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:28 pm

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Shockwave's singular optic examined the device that he had given Wheeljack before gazing upon the Autobot scientist directly. His request was not ideal, but Shockwave had already brought along a sufficient number to acquire the information he--and they--would need if he was to accomplish his admittedly long-term goal at some point. He had brought several in order to account for loss through potential attrition, both natural and otherwise. This would simply be the first casualty.

"Imperative--proceed."

It was unsurprising to Shockwave that he and the impetuous young Autobot had differing opinions about what constituted the Military Operations Commander's next logical move. When it came to matters of logic in general, Shockwave suspected that they would have divergent opinions more often than not. It was only when it came to the subject of restoring Cybertron that their respective ideals intersected. To what degree was still an unknown quantity, but the progress that had been made up to this point was satisfactory.

"Declarative--your concerns are logical. It is the nature of this arrangement that your side must offer more trust than mine. If the arrangement progresses, that will likely change with time. Make no mistake, I believe the Decepticon philosophy of governance remains superior to that of the Autobots. For the time being, however, that reality is irrelevant. There is little here to govern. If you trust nothing else, I would recommend each of you trust in the fact that I stand as one of the few among the Decepticons that have both the capability and the desire to make Cybertron habitable once again. In time, it would be wise..."

Shockwave stopped. A Priority 1 message was coming in. Shockwave regitered the signal clearly, as it had been routed through his Tower, which was--to some extent--simply a grand extension of himself. Or he of it. Countless vorns had begun to blur those lines to some extent. Shockwave entered his personal command codes and waited for the message to proceed. Given the high encryption levels and priority of the message, it was likely to be from Megatron himself. That alone could change the nature of the orns to come.
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby AshesOfPain » Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:42 pm

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Iacon

Wheeljack, grinned, not that his face guard would show it. and proceeded to flip the little critter around in his hand, and found the access panel to it's internal circuitry, and disabled the primary power source. As he did this, with one optic kept on that which was going on around him. By the luck of Primus he didn't accidentally detach a digit, or disable any of the servos in his own hand, but there is always a risk that it could happen.

Even though Shockwave had a minorly distracted, the blue-and white scientist still had to ask, "Just what is the Decepticon policy for governance? I didn't think there was a standard, just what happened to please Megatron that particular moment."
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Devastron » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:10 pm

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Iacon

Grimlock had his gun trained on the small drones Shockwave dispatched the moment he let them loose. Only the fact that no one else seemed terribly alarmed by them prevented him from opening fire. The small devices seemed like the perfect way to analyze their base defenses or simply act as mobile spy cameras deep in Autobot territory. They probably would be easy to detect as Shockwave himself said. If he could release them undetected he would have done that rather then right in front of their faces. Still, the Dinobot leader found it unnerving.

He briefly considered Shockwave’s answer to his question. He had basically shrugged it off, as he thought he would. If he was conducting this little truce ‘off the books’ like he suspected then he wasn’t going to give any hints to it. The Dinobot definitely had his suspicions about Shockwave, but he wasn’t quite sure how to prove them, yet.

*

Message to Shockwave, Priority 1

Decrypted

From: Soundwave, Communications Specialist.

Situation on Earth Garrison: Dire

Massive Autobot assault on infiltration base. Base destroyed during battle, inflicting heavy loss of resources and multiple wounded.

Megatron was caught in the blast and is currently MIA and presumed terminated.

Infiltration team: relocated to Ultrax in orbit around Earth.

Leadership of Decepticons: in question.

Starscream has proclaimed himself leader with support from Motormaster. Starscream’s position: tenuous. Leadership ability: inadequate. Logical successor to Megatron: yourself.

Current Decepticons who know of Megatron’s status: None outside of Earth garrison. If such knowledge would spread: Decepticon civil war. Starscream is not capable of preventing or winning such a war. A stronger leader is needed. For now, false information is being spread to the empire to prevent chaos and fracturing of the empire. Façade cannot be maintained indefinitely.

Request you return to Earth as soon as possible to stake rightful claim to leadership. Suggest keeping situation secret until your leadership is secured.

My support: yours.
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Smokescreen85 » Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:02 pm

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Miles Above Iacon

Divebomb continued monitoring and recording all activity regarding Shockwave and the small team of ‘Bots that had accompanied him to the chasm. From his vantage point high above the ruins of the Autobot capital, the flying Predacon could see everything that was going on down below, including when the cycloptic mech released the tiny sensor probes into the subterranean levels of Cybertron, itself, before then giving one to Wheeljack for analysis. It was an unwise move in Divebomb’s mind to give Decepticon technology to the enemy, even something so small and seemingly insignificant. It could give the Autobots an advantage by allowing them to counter such probes in the future. Perhaps Shockwave had other devices at his disposal and thus he was not concerned with sharing these particular ones. Regardless, the aerial combatant didn’t like what he was seeing.

The audio recorder that Divebomb carried, while not as perfect as his eyesight, did the job well enough that Razorclaw would likely be satisfied with the results. Furthermore, it yielded some very interesting conversations between Shockwave and his Autobot chaperones, conversations that would surely pique the interest of the Predacon Commander and likewise Onslaught.

Divebomb’s internal systems then alerted him of his current fuel levels, which were down to 30%. The additional weight of the recording device coupled with the length of time he had remained airborne had drained his power cells more than anticipated. As it were, he had just enough energon to return to base without having to land and walk the remainder of the way. If he was forced to go on foot, even for part of the journey, the likelihood of Shockwave arriving back at the tower before him was high, and it was imperative that the Predacon flyer returned first and deliver the information he had gathered to his superiors.

Making one final circle high over Iacon, Divebomb switched off the recorder and glided back across the border of the Autobot capital. Once he was safely out of enemy territory, he ignited his rocket thrusters and sped back towards Polyhex.

Iacon – Near the Chasm

Howlstrike stood by as Shockwave released the tiny, spider-like probes that quickly scurried underground. The former Predacon couldn’t help but notice how unnerved Grimlock was by this as the Dinobot Commander already had his weapon drawn on the little metal critters. Howl couldn’t blame him for that reaction as it was a concern the Autobot tracker shared, as well. He just saw no need to point a gun at them when the devices appeared to be of no imminent threat and firing on them would likely only agitate their purple 'guest' further. Of course, there were different kinds of threats, some of which became known immediately while others took some time before they struck.

Howlstrike leaned closer to Grimlock once more to share his concerns, keeping his voice at a whisper. “I don’t like the looks of those things. Sure they give off a strong signal now, but what happens when they stop transmitting? I doubt they’ll be as easy to detect once they’ve gone silent. They could do a lot of physical damage before we’re able to stop them."

Command Center

Bluestreak nodded at the various comments Springer made without immediately responding. Once the triplechanger was finished, however, Blue decided to let loose his vocal processor. “That’s very true. Wheeljack is more than smart enough to figure out if Shockwave was hiding anything. Of course, ol’ one-eye’s a tough mech to read, so ‘Jack will need to be on his A game if he wants to figure out the Decepticon’s true motives. I’m sure he will be, though. ‘Jack doesn't do things half-afted."

Not on purpose, anyway, Bluestreak thought, knowing that many of Wheeljack's inventions tended to blow up in his face plate on the first try. However, that didn't mean the inventor was unintelligent. It just meant that he sometimes overlooked flaws when rushing to get things done, which was something he could not do in a situation like this.

“As for a possible escape plan, I’m sure Shockwave has one. It wouldn’t be logical for him not to just in case," Bluestreak continued. "Whether that includes help from the outside is another story. So far I haven’t detected any movement beyond the stray cyber-critter, but that doesn’t mean Shockers can’t send a quick distress signal back to Polyhex if he feels threatened. It wouldn’t take too long for the rest of the ‘Cons to get here. The only other thing I could think of is a possible underground assault. There are miles of tunnels and sewers underneath Iacon. Many are impassable, but some might allow a small rescue team through. But even if that was the case, they would have to emerge at some point above ground and then the autocannons would blast them, alerting us of their presence. I’ll continue to keep a close optic on the security feeds, of course."

When Springer mentioned Kup's war stories Bluestreak looked over at the old timer, who was still sitting in the command chair, monitoring everything that was going on outside. “Yeah, he’s got some really great stories to tell, no doubt about that. I’ve always enjoyed listening to them, especially the ones where he goes into detail about the ‘Cons he's blasted into scrap. You know, when he really gets into it, Kup can sometimes talk for as long as I can. Ha ha!" The Autobot gunner chuckled, meaning no disrespect as he held the aging mech in the highest regard.

Training Facility

Snarl stood amongst the wreckage of several training drones, holding his oil drenched energo sword in one hand and his smoking laser gun in the other. While he needed no real training, as he was already an accomplished fighter, the exercise had been good for him and had kept his cerebral processor occupied while waiting for Grimlock to return from his ‘Con-sitting mission. In many ways it had been a good thing for the Desert Warrior to stay behind as it would have been near impossible for him to just stand there and watch Shockwave conduct whatever experiments he wanted without attacking him. Boredom was worst than anything in Snarl’s mind as he was only truly happy when he was eviscerating a Decepticon.

“Me think we’re done here now," Snarl said to the other Dinobots who had gotten a good workout, as well. “Let’s get recharged and head back up to command center. See if Grimlock has returned yet." The Desert Warrior then put away his weapons and walked through the debris of the combat drones, kicking chunks of metal out of his way as he went, before exiting the training room.

On his way through the corridors, Snarl made a quick stop by the repair bay where he hooked himself into to a recharge station to top off his fuel cells with some fresh energon. It wouldn't take long and then he and the other Dinobots could rejoin the rest of the Autobots in the command center.
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Insidious » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:34 am

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Iacon

“Declarative—the current, driving philosophy is ‘peace through tyranny’, a belief that several of you have likely heard Megatron express. Both sides desire eventual peace. We differ on how best to achieve it. As you might expect, the governance policies are subject to change, depending on who holds the seniormost positions within our ranks," Shockwave answered Wheeljack’s query, even as his powerful logic circuits were at work on another important issue.

Shockwave had clearly received the highly-encrypted message and was now in the process of analyzing considerable amount of information that Soundwave had seen fit to send him. Naturally, Shockwave would eventually want as much hard data about everything that had occurred in the Sol system so that he could form his own conclusions. Until such time as that information became available to him, he would need to accept Soundwave’s reports at face value and determine strategies based upon that alone.

The Military Operations Commander and the Communications Specialist had come to a gradual and acceptable understanding of how the other tended to operate over the long vorns that they had each served in this war under Megatron’s command. Given the nature of how the Decepticons functioned, Shockwave had expected that Megatron would fall prey to assassination from within his own ranks well before he met his apparent end as the result of some collateral damage. During the Golden Age, given the nature of how the fledgling Decepticon movement functioned, Shockwave had originally calculated that any individual laying claim to Decepticon leadership would only ever hold such a title for a short time before his eventual successor dethroned them. That Megatron had lasted as long as he had was one of the cycloptic mech’s few miscalculations. The almost emotionless mech had to admit, however briefly, that even he was given pause by the contents of that transmission. The loss of Megatron registered as a loss, though for Shockwave it was more akin to losing access to a critical resource than how he expected many of the other Decepticons would take the information. Still, Megatron had survived worse than anything that had been described in that trnasmission on numerous occasions. Shockwave would proceed with the assumption that he had survived this, too, and it would simply be a matter of maintaining stability until such time as his body was recovered and revived.

Even so--if any conceivable situation warranted an override of the strategist's current agenda—this would be it.

However, he had no desire to undo the progress that had been built here. The current state of the war was untenable. Cybertron needed to thrive again. The question that Shockwave had to factor now was how many of the other Cybertronians, Autobots and Decepticons alike, realized that fact, and how many of them were content to continue blindly down their current path. A path that Shockwave expected would eventually lead to their mutual extinction.

“Declarative—the strategic situation has changed. It is necessary that I return to Polyhex."

Shockwave momentarily peered down the edges of the chasm. The drones had vanished from view. It would be some time yet before they were deep enough in Cybertron’s substrata to begin transmitting any useful data for this region, but it—like his arrangement with the Autobots—was a beginning. Though he had specific endgoals in mind for each scenario, there was much progress that would have to be made in the interim. He turned to leave, but before taking to the air, another logical algorithm registered in his mind: given the nature of what he had just said, they were likely to expect that the “strategic situation” he had mentioned somehow involved the endangerment of their fellow Autobots. For now, that was not the case.

“Our agreement stands. However, I calculate a significant risk that it may change quickly in the coming orns. I will exercise what control I can to see that it is something that can be built upon, rather than torn down."
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Wing Saber II » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:45 am

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Repair Bay
Swoop followed Snarl into the repair bay, following Snarl's lead. Once all the other Dinobots were hooked up to the recharge stations, distracted by Energon being returned to their bodies, Swopp hurried out of the room and down the hall. He had to know what was happening with Shockwave. He transformed and manuevered his way down the narrow hallways.

He arrived to where the other Autobots and Shockwave were, and slipped and optic probe around the corner. He could see That Shockwave was about to leave, and Wheeljack was disecting a small spider-like drone, while many others creeped their way down the chasm. Swoop didn't like that. He stored a mental file in his mind to investigate further. For now, he needed to return to the other Dinobots before the noticed he was gone. He transformed and returned the way he had come...
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Ember » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:48 pm

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Iacon

Rodimus had kept his optics glued on the drones as they scampered down the chasm and vanished from sight. The team Commander had quickly looked back up to the Military Operations Commander, his optics narrowed as he noticed the Decepticon seemed preoccupied with something internal…perhaps a communiqué, Rodimus assumed.

His assumption was affirmed when Shockwave suddenly announced that the current situation had changed and he was returning to Polyhex. It didn’t surprise the new mech, but before Shockwave even took to the air he turned and addressed the small group again. His statement almost caused a shiver to run down the Cavalier’s spinal structure. It seemed cryptic in nature and it would have to be addressed as soon as possible.

Rodimus quickly turned to Wheeljack once Shockwave had finally departed.

“Jack, I want you to link that probe of yours with the others in that chasm. I’m in no mood to wait to hear from Shockwave on what his little pets have found."

That said Rodimus turned his attention to Howlstrike.

"Howlstrike, I want you to follow Shockwave. Do not engage him; just follow him to the outskirts of Polyhex. Find a secure location and monitor the tower. If you see anything, and I mean anything, I want to hear from you."

After he gave out his orders he looked to the other mechs present.

"Grimlock, stay here with Wheeljack. The rest of you; let's get back to base. We're going to have to get in contact with the 'Bots on Earth. I have a feeling something is happening there."
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby AshesOfPain » Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:05 pm

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Iacon

Wheeljack wasn't exactly think of hacking the gizmo's radio. But that will be easier done when he got it back to his lab. So for now he just interrupted it's primary power circuit.

"Hot Rod, I'll be able to do that and more once I get back to base. For now I can just track he buggers, but just barley. They're headed into the deep core, possibly deeper than that time Prime went down to Primus."

While he was talking, he started walking back towards the base. Tinkering on the widget that Shockwave had given him. I might be able to do what Roddy whats, as well as what I want to do with this little gizmo. However in his distracted state he walked smack into the unmovable mass that is a wall -- head first. The impact momentarily impaired his gyro-stabilizer, and he fell flat on his aft.
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Insidious » Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:34 pm

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Iacon Skies--Border Territory

Shockwave's logic calculations had been successful, and the Autobots had decided not to take the opportunity that Shockwave had recognized was available to them from the onset of his arrival: the opportunity to overtake and capture a Decepticon High Commander. It validated Shockwave's calculations of there being a sufficient number of Cybertronians, on both sides of this war, who recognized that the extinction of their race was steadily becoming a very real possibility. But he also knew that their limited trust hinged entirely on his commitment and his ability to restore Cybertron.

Arriving on this planet once again, the restoration was a goal that he knew Megatron shared, even if the former gladiator was more focused on his expansionist agenda. Controlling Cybertron was about exactly that for the Decepticon Leader--control. Power. Peace--through tyranny. Shockwave had understood that logic, but for the strategist it was becoming less about power and more about survival; however, Shockwave knew that there were others within the Decepticon ranks who would be focused on expansion and conquest exclusively--giving no thought to the restoration and preservation of their home world. Shockwave found such thinking to be highly illogical. What peace would they enjoy if there was no energy to sustain them?

Now, with Soundwave's transmission, a new opportunity had presented itself. An opportunity to solidify all the work he had done with his seeding of worlds for many vorns and make Cybertron the natural centerpiece of the universe that it should logically be. It would be an opportunity to exercise more control of the empire's resources and, if necessary, the empire itself. Shockwave would have to explore the situation fully. To do otherwise would go against his core programming.

He sent the first of a series of transmissions to his tower in Polyhex, preparing the structure for his arrival. Contacting Soundwave would be his first order of business.
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Smokescreen85 » Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:26 pm

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Command Center

The following message appears on the command console in front of Kup:

”Incoming Priority 1 Transmission for Kup from Autobot Garrison on Earth (Encrypted) – Authorization codes required."


-- Message Decrypted --

From: Prowl – Military Strategist and Commander of Earth Infiltration Team

Kup, the situation here has taken a tragic turn. I am sorry to report that during a recent assault on the Decepticon Earth Base, Optimus Prime was lost in a massive explosion and volcanic eruption that leveled the facility and left the entire area an utter wasteland. Fortunately, all other Autobots are accounted for, suffering a variety of injuries, but none life threatening. Recently, a small team was dispatched to conduct a search for Prime and to investigate strange energy readings that were emanating from the blast site. New readings were obtained successfully, but Optimus was nowhere to be found and is presumed dead. Unfortunately, the region is now too unstable to conduct another more thorough search.

It is also presumed that Megatron is lost, as well, since he and Prime were fighting one another deep within the Decepticon Base at the time of the explosion. Current status of enemy forces is unknown, but it is highly probable that Starscream will take command. Their current location is also unknown but are likely residing in the Ultrax somewhere in Earth’s orbit. Hot Spot has been tasked with locating their ship with the intention of attacking it if the opportunity presents itself.

The Ark-19 has also suffered severe damage in a Decepticon air strike which has flooded a substantial portion of the ship. The vessel is salvageable and Ironhide is currently forming a team to initiate repairs. Until then the Guardian is serving as our new base of operations in Earth’s orbit.

It has become necessary to recall you and your team to Earth in order to reinforce our position here and to also sort out who will lead the Autobots as a whole. Share this information with whom you must. Other Autobot commanders across the galaxy will be notified of the situation shortly.

Good luck, Kup. I hope to see you here as soon as possible.

- End message -

Iacon

Howlstrike nodded when Rodimus gave him the order to follow Shockwave back to his tower. "Understood. I will alert you the moment I see anything." Giving a departing nod to Grimlock and Wheeljack, the Autobot tracker then transformed into his timber wolf mode and headed off in the direction the cycloptic mech had flown.

Howlstrike kept a reasonably safe distance while darting in and out of the various ruined structures as he monitored the purple mech's movements overheard. This was exactly the type of mission he excelled in, one where his tracking capabilities could come in handy. Unfortunately, his heightened sense of smell was mostly useless as the powerful Decepticon was airborne and left no trace of his travels on the ground. Still, there was the faint stench of Shockwave’s exhaust fumes hanging precariously in the air that allowed Howl to keep tabs on him.

Howlstrike stopped for a moment as he approached the Iacon border region. Keeping within the shadows of a half destroyed building, the former Predacon watched as the cyclopic mech flew out of Autobot territory, heading directly towards Polyhex. Howl took a deep breath, knowing that it was quite possible that he might spot Razorclaw and the other Preds while keeping watch on the tower. It would take all of his willpower not to engage his ex-teammates. While his lust for vengeance still lingered deep within his circuitry, it would be unwise to give in to his desires under these circumstances. He would be greatly outnumbered and outmatched, which would only result in his capture or termination. No, revenge would have to wait for another time.

Once Shockwave had gone ahead, the mechanical wolf emerged from the shadows and crossed the Iacon border, heading straight for enemy territory.
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Devastron » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:26 pm

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Kup had been monitoring the goings on between Shockwave and the Autobot team over the open radio frequency. He didn’t agree with everything Hot Rod was saying. Frankly the Autobot was overstepping his bounds big time. He wasn’t sure if they would be able to fulfill all of the promises he was making, but at the very least he was keeping Shockwave talking.

The old warrior did have ponder Shockwave’s sudden and abrupt withdraw from Iacon. Grimlock was liable to throw a fit about that. There was a lot of history there, history that had remained buried on Earth until they got dug up. To everyone else that vendetta was long in the past and barely remembered, but for the Dinobot leader it probably felt like it just happened yesterday. He had to have been itching for a rematch with Shockwave and now he was gone.

Kup’s thoughts were interrupted by the urgent message from Earth. He routed the signal through his command chair and read it on his private viewscreen. He clenched his jaw as he read the devastating news. It was about the worst news he could have gotten, but he wasn’t going to let it show. You let depression or fear show around the younger ones and it would spread like wildfire. This wasn’t exactly the first Prime he had outlived either, so he had been there before. This was going to be a lot worse though, as no Prime had been as important or beloved as this one.

The Autobot stood up and sent a signal to Hot Rod. >>"Hot Rod, get your team back here ASAP. We are locking up the base and heading back to Earth immediately. Have Grimlock meet me in the conference room while you organize everyone else in getting the ship prepped for take off."<< Kup looked over at Springer. “Come with me lad, we have something to discuss." With the orders given he marched out of the room.

*

Springer smiled back at Bluestreak. “I’m not sure if anyone can talk as long as you can Blue, although Kup can certainly lose a lot of time in one of his stories." Springer was rather enjoying himself at this point. While he wouldn’t mind being on the front lines somewhere he wasn’t going to object to some quiet time in base. You so rarely got those opportunities in the war, especially for mechs like him. You had to enjoy every slow moment you got, since you never knew when you would get another.

The triplechanger’s optics lit up when the priority message came through the communication’s console. He couldn’t read it of course but that kind of priority was definitely a red flag. He passed it on to Kup and waited for his response. When he got it he knew that this particular slow moment was now over. He followed the other Autobot off of the command center.

*

Iacon

Events moved very fast all of a sudden. Shockwave abruptly left before he could find his opportunity to take him out. Then Rodimus was giving him orders to stay behind with Wheeljack while he did something technical. He hadn’t really been paying much attention, focused as he was on Shockwave’s withdrawal.

The Dinobot produced his sword, using it to point at Rodimus. “You let one of most powerful Decepticons around fly around Autobot base, drop probes, then leave without shot fired. After that, you think you can order me around? Me thinking you got bigger body, maybe stronger, maybe tougher, but brains not improve. If anything you get dumber. Thought you understood war, but you even dumber then Optimus."

Grimlock stalked right up to Rodimus, his visor glowing a bright red as he looked him in the optics. “Me only going to say this once. You never order me around again, not for real or show. Me not interested in watching Wheeljack do experiments. Need to be busy planning how to take down Decepticons, including the one who just flew out of her without a scratch!" The last part was yelled into the other Autobots face. Grimlock brought his empty left hand up and gave Rodimus a hard shove as he stalked back to the base on his own.
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Smokescreen85 » Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:58 am

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Command Center

Snarl led the Dinobots back into the command center, having just come from the med bay where he had received a quick recharge. The Desert Warrior was just in time to overhear Kup sending a message to Hot Rod about packing everything up and going back to Earth. The old timer then ordered Springer to follow him and both mechs quickly disappeared from sight. Snarl knew that something was going on and he feared the worst as he approached the only other ‘Bot left in the room. “Bluestreak, what’s going on? What we miss?" The Dinobot demanded from the Autobot gunner.

Bluestreak turned around in his chair and regarded Snarl with a smile. “Oh, hey there, big guy. Well, Springer and I were discussing whether Shockwave should be trusted or not and whether he had an escape plan and what his true intentions here were. Of course, I don’t think we should trust any ‘Con, but that’s just me. Then the topic came up about how Kup can be a bit of a chatter box like myself when he gets to telling his old war stories, but we were interrupted when we suddenly received a Priority 1 transmission. Now it seems we’re leaving for Earth as a result. Personally, I think there’s something else going on as Kup is having a private meeting with...."

“Shut up!" Snarl bellowed at the gunner, agitation creeping into his prehistoric circuits. “Me didn’t ask you for every last boring detail. Me heard what Kup just said. Me just want to know about Grimlock. Is he okay and what of Shockwave?"

“Oh, well Grimlock and the others are fine and are returning to the base as we speak. As for Shockwave, I think he’s gone back to Polyhex now after conducting whatever research he was here for. He abruptly left not long before we received the transmission from Earth. Maybe there’s some connection. I’m sure we’ll find out more soon. Although, I have to say that I don’t like the idea of leaving Cybertron with the ‘Cons still on planet. It’s basically giving them an open invitation to just take over. Unless, of course, they’re leaving too, which I guess is possible considering we don't really know what’s happening back on...."

The Desert Warrior growled under his breath as he raised up one hand to signal Bluestreak to stop talking. “That’s enough. Me don’t need to hear anymore." Snarl then moved away from the silver and black mech in order to stave off having to listen to any more of his endless babbling. Instead, Snarl positioned himself across the room with the rest of the Dinobots as they waited for Grimlock and the others to return.

"Well, that was just rude," Bluestreak muttered quietly to himself. He then turned back around to face the console in front of him where he closely monitored the progress of the Autobot team as they headed back to base. It was then he noticed that one signal in particular was no longer present amongst the returning group. "Hey, wait an astrosec. Where the frag is Howlstrike?"
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Ember » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:24 pm

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Iacon

Rodimus watched almost impassively as Shockwave vanished from sight and Howlstrike followed suit. He shook his head gently before he turned around only to be confronted an irate Grimlock. The Dinobot was upset about the Decepticon getting away and the fact that he had been ordered back to base. Grimlock then quickly closed the distance between them and glared directly into Rodimus’ optics. The young mech did not back down from the former gladiator and once he was finished with his tantrum, Rodimus simply took the hard shove in stride and watched Grimlock stalk back to base.

The self- proclaimed Autobot leader turned back to look over the landscape beyond Iacon and let out a low growl. These creatures are unpredictable. I will need some time amongst a larger group, but… It was then that he received the communique from Kup. The corners of his mouth curled upward into a smirk only to fade again before he turned back to the others.

“All right every one. I’ve just received a message from Kup. We need to head back base; it appears that we’re going to be leaving and heading back to Earth. Let’s get going."

He motioned toward the base while he opened a link with Grimlock.

>>"Grimlock. Kup wants you to meet him in the conference room when you get back to base."<<

After sending the message he quickly opened up a link with Howlstrike.

>>"Howlstrike, it’s Rodimus. Change of plans; head back to base. We’re heading back to Earth."<<

Upon completion of his comms, Rodimus began to make his way back to base.
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Wing Saber II » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:19 pm

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Swoop got back to the Repair bay just a little too late, and the other Dinobots had already gone. Hopefully non of them had noticed his absence!

He began a base-wide scan, and shortly, three small dots popped up, representing Snarl, Slag, and Sludge.

Swoop ran down the hallways to the Command Center, where the other Dinobots were located. He peered around the corner to find them standing against the wall. He slowly inched his way into the room and next to the other Dinobots...
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Devastron » Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:47 pm

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Conference Room

Kup was the first to enter the room, followed shortly by Springer. Kup wasn’t about to start until they were all there and so the two of them waited awkwardly in silence. Finally Grimlock walked into the room with a slightly angry stomp. Kup quickly shut and locked the door before turning to the other two Autobots.

“Now I know you’re angry Grimlock, but we don’t have time for that now. Something much slagging bigger then anything going on here happened back on Earth and we are heading back their immediately."

Grimlock could still feel the anger boiling inside of him, but he stowed it away for now. He still did respect Kup, so he would let it go, for now. “Fine." Springer simply nodded silently.

“Alright then," Kup continued. “I just received a priority 1 message from Prowl stationed on Earth. Apparently they just had a major tussle with the Decepticon forces there. Seems like everyone got out ok, save on critical casualty. It appears that Optimus Prime was terminated in a massive explosion combined with some sort of tectonic event. They sent down search parties but they came up with no trace of him." Kup gave it a minute to let that sink in with both of them.

Springer was shocked, he couldn’t deny that. He had seen more then his share of Autobots die fighting in this war, friends, comrades, Bots he barely knew, despite all of that though he had always thought that Optimus was untouchable. Despite everything the Autobots had been through he always figured Optimus would be ok. He was the one who had turned things around after the Primes before him had been snuffed out so quickly by Megatron and his forces. They were all going to have a much tougher time without him.

Grimlock was also shocked, although he didn’t show it. While he had often disagreed with Optimus, he did have a buried, grudging respect for him. He had certainly done better then all of the other idiot Primes before him in fighting the war. He had salvaged the Autobots from the brink of losing the war up to a deadlock with the Decepticons. While it wasn’t a victory, he never seemed to be willing to go far enough for that, it was an accomplishment.

Springer was the first to speak up. “I assume we are heading back to do damage control then? If the Decepticons realize Prime is dead then we are probably in for a series of attacks all over the galaxy. He’s never had an opportunity like this."

Kup shook his head. “Prowl suspects that Megatron was killed in the same explosion that took out Prime. I don’t the Cons are in any shape to launch any massive campaign like that."

Now it was Grimlock’s turn to speak. “Hmm, maybe Optimus not so bad if he take Megatron down with him. Decepticons easier to take out without him leading them. Probably start killing each other for leadership, thin things out for us to finish off."

Kup nodded his head in agreement. It was easy to forget sometimes that Grimlock was a pretty capable strategist and tactician in his own right. Most just saw his brute strength and how he talked and dismissed him as some sort of dumb thug. Those same Cons or Bots often found themselves humiliated later though at the Dinobot’s combination of skill, strength and cunning.

“I wanted to tell the three of your first because you are the highest ranking ones here, and I am concerned about the Hot Rod situation," Kup sighed. “I figure once he hears about this he is only going to use it as further proof that the Matrix chose him or some other blasted thing."

Grimlock grunted. “Me not going to follow him as leader. Too eager to work with Cons, not know that even Shockwave want nothing more then to see us wiped out. Him just maybe happy to have our help now to fix Cybertron, the do away with us later."

“Well I’m not exactly convinced he’s leadership material either," Kup added. “He was just the young punk Hot Rod not too long ago before magically ‘growing up’ into whatever he is now. Springer, what do you think?"

The triplechanger shrugged his shoulders. “I’ve seen a lot in this war, but nothing like what happened to Hot Rod. With Optimus dead there are certainly going to be those Bots who will want to believe in Hot Rod. The timing is pretty extraordinary."

“Yeah, that’s what I’m afraid of," Kup grumbled. “At the same time though we might have an opportunity though, with the cons in a lot more turmoil then we are. With us coming back as additional firepower maybe we can deal them a harsh blow." He paused for a moment, “Although I’d be willing to wager my last cy-gar that Shockwave got a similar message from Earth and is scrambling to get back there too." He frowned. “Means we gotta get back there before he does.

>>"Bluestreak, Wheeljack, start packing up and moving back to the ship. We are probably racing Shockwave and his guys back to Earth so we need to hustle."<<

Kup turned to Grimlock. “I’ll trust you to gather your team and let them know what is going on. I’m going to have enough to deal with telling the others whats happened."

Grimlock grunted in response before leaving the room. He opened a line to the Dinobots. >>”Where are you? Big things happening, meet me outside main base door. Look like leadership situation change again, might be opportunity for us."<<

Kup then turned to Springer. “I want you to go ahead and start powering the ship back up. Hopefully we can get packed up and out of here fast. Whatever we were doing here doesn’t matter much with Shockwave leaving and the situation on Earth changed so much."

Springer nodded and left the room, followed by Kup heading for the command center.
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Smokescreen85 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:07 pm

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Command Center

Bluestreak studied the screen in front of him carefully, using the perimeter sensors to scan for any signs of Howlstrike. Most of the others were either on their way back to base or had already arrived, but there was no sign of the former Predacon. It was as if he had just vanished off the face of Cybertron. Where the frag did you run off to, Howl? The Autobot gunner thought as he rubbed his chin. You go home with your buddy, Shockwave? It wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

A few breems passed before the image of a four-legged beast appeared, entering into Iacon territory. A pair of autocannons powered down as the creature quickly approached and continued on between them. Well, there you are! And where exactly have you been? Bluestreak watched closely as Howl made his way towards the Command Complex. Kup had previously convinced the black and silver mech to give the Autobot tracker a chance, but with behavior such as this it was hard to do. Still, perhaps Howl had been given orders to follow the purple Decepticon, but now that things have changed, the former Predacon was called back to base. Perhaps. We’ll see.

With every member of the team now accounted for, Bluestreak switched off his view screen just as Kup’s communiqué came in over his comm line. >>”Roger that, Kup. I’ll get right on it."<<

Standing up, the gunner looked around the Command Center. They had just gotten everything up and running and now it all had to be shut down and packed up again. Something big must be happening back on Earth for them to be trying to beat Shockwave and the Decepticons there first. Whatever it was, Blue had a job to do and thus he quickly moved over to the hover cart that still sat up against a far wall. Pulling it out into the middle of the room, ‘Streak began gathering up all of the equipment that wasn’t nailed down and loaded everything in to the cart, being careful not to damage the more sensitive stuff. The talkative mech then went about the room and started powering down some of the non-essential terminals, but decided to leave the main command station operational just in case Kup needed to use it one more time before they left.

Bluestreak then glanced over and noticed Snarl and the Dinobots leaving the Command Center. They had previously been loitering around doing nothing but taking up space. Now, they had either received new orders or simply gotten bored watching the Autobot gunner do all the work. “Thanks for no help, guys," Blue muttered quietly once they were gone and the command center doors had slid shut.

The black and silver mech then opened his comm line to Wheeljack: >>”Hey, ‘Jack! Where are you, buddy? I could use a little help packing for our trip back to Earth."<<

******

Snarl growled under his breath as he watched the Autobot gunner run around the room like a crazy petro-rabbit as he began to pack stuff away in the hover cart. The Desert Warrior had no intention of helping the smaller Autobot as menial labor such as that was beneath a soldier of his caliber not to mention the other Dinobots present. Instead, Snarl just looked on with a stoic expression across his face plate, while deep down he found the whole sight to be rather humorous. Better him do that than me.

An astrosecond later, Snarl and his comrades received Grimlock’s communication. He was back in the base somewhere and wanted the Dinobots to meet him outside the main base door. Apparently, something had happened involving a leadership change which could present an interesting opportunity for them if the situation was just right. Snarl opened his comm line back to the Dinobot Commander:

>>”Us in Command Center. Will meet you shortly."<<

Switching off his communicator, the Desert Warrior turned to the other Dinobots present. “Okay, you heard Grimlock. Time to go." Snarl then walked towards the door and exited into the corridor beyond.

Main Base Door

Having made his way down through the complex, Snarl reached the main entrance within one breem as the other Dinobots followed behind him. He peered around the area, looking for Grimlock, but did not immediately see the Dinobot Commander. Instead, he only saw Howlstrike approach in his wolf mode at a fast pace before coming to a sudden stop and transforming back into his robot form. The Desert Warrior quietly regarded the Autobot hunter with a nod and then waited patiently for Grimlock to arrive.

Corridors

Howlstrike made his way past the Dinobots and entered into the base, heading directly for the Command Center where he would hopefully find Kup and learn why they were already leaving Cybertron to return to Earth. It seemed to be a rash decision, but considering he didn’t have all the facts, he was willing to not jump to conclusions until he knew everything that was going on. Kup wasn’t the type of mech that would just up and leave suddenly without a fraggin’ good reason. Howl trusted the old timer explicitly and would follow him anywhere, whether it be to Earth or to Cybertron’s core. It really didn’t matter to him.

Reaching the upper levels of the complex, Howlstrike rounded a corner and found Kup walking towards him as they both converged on the command center. The former Predacon walked up to his only real friend and gave a respectful nod. “So, what’s going on, Kup? I hear we’re headed back to Earth. Is that true?"
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby AshesOfPain » Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:24 am

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Iacon

Wheeljack was on his back, oddly enough when a message cam in from Kup. He looked around and noticed he was still near the chasm, but the rest of the team was not. Slag it!!! He thought. Before he could reply to Kup, Bluestreak paged him.

>>"I'm on my way back. I must have suffered a minor personal powerfailure, as the team started back to base." He replys to both Kup and Bluestreak

He opts for the speed of his alt mode, and motors back to base, while in route, he opens up a line to Bluestreak

>>What do you mean, back to Earth? I just got those computers back on line not that long ago. How are we supposed to fix Cybertron, if we're not on it?!?!??<<

Luckily the blue engineer didn't get lost on his way to base. In fact he made good time, transforming as he got to the exterior gate and entered his access code. The door hissed open and he proceeded to beat feet to the his lab so that he could pack at least his most essential things.
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Ember » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:32 pm

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Command Center

Rodimus had made it back with Grimlock, unfortunately Wheeljack was lagging behind a bit, but he knew the engineer would be back in due time. The flame covered mech walked into the Command Center but bypassed Bluestreak who was busy at one of the terminals and made his way to the door of the locked Conference Room. He knew it was one of the only locations that Kup would go to speak to the other officers. He wasn’t surprised that the elder ‘Bot hadn’t requested him to attend this meeting for it seemed that Kup was not convinced that Rodimus was now more than what he was before.

After several minutes the door to the Conference Room opened and Springer exited followed by Kup. Rodimus pushed himself off the wall to the right of the door and stepped in front of Kup making sure the old timer could not pass by.

“Tell me Kup, why don’t you believe that I have been chosen by the Matrix to lead us in to a new era?"

Rodimus never gave Kup a chance to answer his question.

"If my physical appearance has failed to convince you then perhaps my knowledge will."

Rodimus stepped in close to his former mentor, his features stoic.

“Keeping the death of the Prime quiet is not a very wise endeavor, old friend. The information is not to be taken lightly. A new leader must step forward, and like it or not I am that leader."

Rodimus glared down at the old warrior, his optics focused on the slightly shorter mech. Within the azure glass burned a bright flame visible only to the elder ‘Bot.
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Devastron » Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:37 pm

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Outside the Conference Room

No sooner then Kup had stepped outside of the conference room then he found Hot Rod directly in his path. He scowled back at the younger Autobot as he began to tell him how he was chosen by the Matrix again. The old timer had just about enough of his talk about how he was destined now to lead the Autobots. He was on the verge of telling the young bot where he could stick all of his nonsense when he mentioned knowledge of Prime’s death.

Kup’s scowl slipped for a moment at his words, replaced by a look of shock. At the same time he saw something in the other Autobot’s optics. It looked like a glow, or a flame burning inside of them. Whatever it was it was only there for a second before disappearing.

The Autobot was quick to recover, although what he had seen was going to bother him for sometime. He jabbed finger into Hot Rod’s chest as he spoke. “Listen here kid, I don’t know what the slag has happened to you, physically or mentally, but I know it ain’t the Matrix. I don’t recall any other Primes magically just spontaneously growing up like you did. Now maybe if you could pull the Matrix itself out of your chest, which I’m guessing you would have done by now if you actually had it, then I would believe this pile of scrap."

He dropped his hand back to his side as he continued talking. “Now I don’t know how you know that information, whether you eavesdropped on our meeting or something else. What I do know is that I am going to tell the others once they are gathered. Grimlock is already dealing with his team, as you may or may not know. Now I suggest you assist with packing things up for our trip back to Earth. I’m sure Prowl and Ratchet will want to see you and figure out what the slag is going on with you."

With the exchange ended Kup slid past Hot Rod just as Howlstrike came up to them. Kup’s expression remained grim as he spoke. “That’s right lad. I’ll explain more once we are gathered on the ship, but we are all needed back on Earth as soon as possible."

*

Outside the Autobot Base

Grimlock arrived shortly after the other Dinobots had piled out of the base. He gave them all a brief looking over, making sure they were all there and in good shape. He stopped in front of them and began to speak. In his usual manner he was blunt and quick to the point. “Kup receive message from Prowl back on Earth. He say Optimus die in explosion, maybe Megatron too. We heading back to try and help stabilize things."

He gave that a moment to sink in with his troops before continuing. “Me think Prowl in charge now, at least on Earth. Me think you know what me think about that. Me never like Prowl. He good at crunching numbers, but war not just about numbers. He not understand real courage, real battle strategy and tactics. Things look different on computer then on battlefield."

The Dinobot leader paused in thought for a moment before continuing. “Maybe Kup take command when we get there. He experienced, good fighter. Even me respect him. Me doubt he want job though. Old timer always seems happier with troops and teaching ‘young punks’ how things work." Grimlock did genuinely respect Kup, and it showed in his voice, but he truly didn’t think he was meant to lead.

“Then there ‘Rodimus,'" he grunted after saying the name. “He going to make move for command whether anyone like him or not. He got power now from somewhere, but not have brains to back it up. He too willing to deal with Shockwave and Decepticons. Even without Megatron they still dangerous, especially Shockwave. We have chance to put down Cons forever, not time to negotiate with them." Grimlock lifted his right hand and clenched it into a fist.

“Me seeing only one alternative that me like. Me going to push for leadership when we get back to Earth. Many probably see that as ego at work, and me not going to deny that to extent. It take some ego to leader." He looked at each of the Dinobots as he continued to speak. “Me also know that other candidate I see not up to job or not want it. If wrong leader take control now, then we lose opportunity to end this war once and for all. This chance not come along in entire war. We have chance to give Cons permanent knockout blow," he slammed his right fist into his open left palm. “Me not going to let that opportunity slip by."

*

Ark-22

Springer walked up to the vessel, sending his command code to get the ramp lowered. It did seem as if they had just arrived here, but in that short time so much had changed. They had gotten the old base in some sort of state of repair. Something had happened to Hot Rod to change him, something they were all trying to figure out still. Then there was some sort of alliance with Shockwave and now, to top it all off, Optimus had died somehow.

The triplechanger sighed at that thought. He could only imagine how some bots were going to take this news. Not all of them were as battle hardened as he or Kup were, and even then he knew that knowledge was weighing heavy on him. He would do his best to boost everyone up though, maybe even bring back the Wreckers or something. Springer had always been a bit wary about creating a new Wreckers team, as their mortality rates were rather legendary, but morale was going to be in the pit with the loss of Prime. While he didn’t support the fan worship of the Wreckers, he knew that it would at least distract some Bots from that loss. It was something to consider at least.
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Smokescreen85 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:16 am

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Command Center

Bluestreak chuckled a bit when he received Wheeljack’s communiqué. The inventor had a point, but the gunner didn’t know the real reason for the sudden exodus from Cybertron so he simply answered as honestly as he could. >>”I hear you, ‘Jack. Not sure what’s going on, but I’m certain we’ll find out from Kup soon enough. I think it might have something to do with whatever’s going on back on Earth, but who knows. I just wish I didn’t have to experience abandoning our homeworld for a second time, you know? It just seems like we’re never going to get our planet back to the way it once was. And I’m sure it’s all the Decepticons’ fault whether it be directly or indirectly. But, regardless, I’ve got packing to do. See you on the Ark-22, buddy."<<

Once his vocalizer had run its course over the comm line, for the moment anyway, Bluestreak gathered up whatever other tools and equipment that was left in the command center and loaded them into the hover cart. He then opened a comm line to Kup to let him know his progress. >>”Commander Kup, I’ve packed up everything in the command center and powered down all the terminals except for the command chair just in case you needed it one last time. I’m heading for the Ark-22 now."<<

With his communication sent, Bluestreak pushed the hover cart out of the command center and headed down to the launching silo where the Ark was docked.

Outside the Autobot Base

Snarl listened intently as Grimlock brought him and the rest of the Dinobots up to speed regarding the current situation back on Earth. It was hard to believe that Optimus was actually dead as he had lasted longer than any other Prime thus far. Indeed, he was a great loss, but the circumstances they now found themselves in could greatly benefit the Dinobots and place them in a more commanding position with the Autobot forces. This would especially be true if Grimlock was able to assume overall leadership. However, there were several obstacles in his way in the form of Prowl, Kup and even Hot Rodimus. It was possible that the old timer would not want to lead but might do so anyway to keep things stable if Prowl did not want to continue on in that position. Of course, Rodimus was a different story all together. The flame covered mech would surely use this turn of events as an excuse to declare himself leader since he’s already convinced that the matrix is speaking to him.

Snarl waited for Grimlock to finish before chiming in with his own opinion. “Me agree. Prowl not able to lead for reasons you give. Him temporary commander at best. Kup likely take control once we get back to Earth, but Hot Rod not sit idly by, either. Could cause problems and fracture Autobots. Me feel you best choice, Grimlock, to maintain control and keep us together. Me and you may not always see optic to optic in past, but me support you now."

The Desert Warrior hated to admit it, but Grimlock was the obvious choice. He had both the command experience and the battlefield prowess to take charge and keep the Autobots on the right unified course against the Decepticons, who were likely also trying to determine new leadership. If they acted quickly enough then perhaps they could strike the enemy while they were down. Although, the more time they wasted here on Cybertron, the more time the ‘Cons had to regroup and mount their own offensive. It was time now to leave and take advantage of a bad situation that would hopefully put the Dinobots higher up in the Autobot command structure.

Outside Conference Room

Howlstrike had only caught the tail end of the encounter between Kup and Hot Rod, but from what little he had overheard his friend say, it had been a contentious conversation at best. The old timer was clearly not happy with the self-proclaimed new Prime and he made his feelings known quite well with not only his vocalizer but with his body language, as well. Words were not actually necessary to determine how Kup currently felt. He was obviously angry and had a certain sense of sadness in his voice when the old mech finally turned his attention to Howl and confirmed what the tracker already knew.

“I understand, Kup. I’ll head down to the ship now and help get her powered up and ready for takeoff," Howlstrike said, giving his only friend a firm pat on the shoulder. “And don’t worry, buddy, whatever’s happened, I’ve always got your back." The Autobot hunter smiled before then shooting a stern look over at Hot Rod to let the supposed matrix-talker know that he did not have the former Predacon’s support.

Once that exchange was over, Howlstrike removed his hand from Kup’s shoulder and walked away down the corridor, heading for the nearest turbo lift. Once inside, he activated the controls and was quickly transported down to the lowest level of the Autobot base where he then exited and made his way to the Ark-22.
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Ember » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:56 pm

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Outside the Conference Room

Rodimus took notice of Kup’s shocked expression by flashing the elder warrior a slight smirk, but it soon faded and was replaced by a deep frown when Kup jabbed his finger in to Rodimus’ chest plate. Had he not been in complete control of his senses the young mech would have took hold of the digit and ripped off of Kup’s hand. Instead Rodimus simply listened. After all there was no point in prolonging their departure, and once they were finally in the Sol System and back on the organic planet he could set his plan in to motion.

“I’m sorry that you can’t accept that I was chosen, but now that the death of Optimus Prime is confirmed someone will have to take over where he left off. This war has to come to an end, and I am the Autobot who will do that. Like it or not, Kup, I’ll be the one leading once we get back to Earth."

With his peace said and Kup already on the move, Rodimus left the Command Center and headed out toward the Ark – 22.
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Smokescreen85 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:38 pm

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The Ark-22 - Cargo Bay

Bluestreak pushed the hover cart into the primary storage facility of the Autobot ship and guided it into the center of the room where he brought it to a halt near a line of shelves. He then reached in and began emptying the container one object at a time, placing everything in their proper spot along the sturdy metallic structures. Some laser guns, rifles and assorted ammunition were then carefully stowed away in one of the many secure weapons lockers that bordered the walls of the chamber. Once he was finished, the Autobot gunner moved the hover cart out of the way and into a nearby corner before exiting the cargo hold.

The Ark-22 - Corridor

As he walked at a fast pace into the corridor, Bluestreak was immediately taken by surprise at the sight of a large immovable object that was situated directly in his path. Unable to stop his forward momentum in time, Blue ran right into the wall-like obstruction and lost his balance, falling backwards onto the floor. His aft section hit the ground hard as he yelled out in pain. “Ouch! That hurt!" The black and silver mech rubbed his back side and looked up to see the ominous form of Howlstrike standing over him. “Oh, it’s only you! Figures."

“You should really watch where you’re going, Shorty," Howl replied, looking down at the fallen Autobot. He then reached out a clawed hand to offer assistance to the resident gunner.

Bluestreak glared back up at him and reluctantly accepted the help, taking hold of the former Predacon’s forearm and pulling himself up to his feet. “Yeah, well, you shouldn’t sneak up on someone like that, snaggle puss! And where the slag did you disappear to earlier? You just vanished off the sensor grid before popping up over a cycle later crossing back into Iacon territory. You get homesick or something and wanted to visit your old buddies in Polyhex?"

Howlstrike frowned as he tightened his grasp on Blue’s hand for an astrosecond longer before releasing it. “Hardly. If you must know, Hot Rod sent me to follow Shockwave back to his tower and keep watch on it. Of course, just as I got settled, plans changed and I was called back here in order to return to Earth with the rest of you. I’ve already talked to Kup about it, and he said he’d fill us all in once we departed."

“Yeah, I don’t know any more than you do," Bluestreak confirmed as he rubbed his hand that ached from the tracker's intentionally hard grip. He wasn’t sure if Howl’s story of being sent on an assignment was to be believed, but it was likely true. Otherwise, he would have heard by now about the hunter’s defection from the other Autobots in his group. It was also an easy story to confirm by simply asking Hot Rod. Thus, Blue placed the thought out of his cranial unit for the time being and returned to the situation at hand. “All I know is that Kup got some kind of top secret transmission and after that we’re all abandoning Cybertron for some backwater planet in the Sol System. I just hope the ‘Cons don’t take advantage of us not being here and invade Iacon."

“Doubtful. Shockwave seemed to cut his mission here short before he was finished and then abruptly returned to Polyhex. My gut instinct tells me that he received a similar transmission. So, the Decepticons will likely be leaving Cybertron, as well."

“Well, I certainly hope so. I’d hate to leave our homeworld in the enemy’s hands. That would be a worst case scenario as far as I’m concerned. Can you imagine what we’d eventually come back to if we left the ‘Cons here unchecked? Iacon would be taken over for sure. Everything would be adorned with those ugly Decepticon symbols. It would be horrible! I can’t even begin to contemplate such a thing occurring. All of our work here would be for nothing!"

“Relax!" Howlstrike interrupted the talkative mech. “No one’s taking over Iacon. Just calm down and stay focused. We have a job to do here and now. Speaking of which, let’s get up to the bridge and help Springer bring the ship’s systems online. If the ‘Cons in Polyhex are returning to Earth, as well, then we’re in a race to beat them back there. That means we haven’t an astrosecond to spare. Let’s go."

Bluestreak could only nod in agreement as the former Predacon made his way down the corridor. The Autobot gunner had to admit, Howlstrike did have a good point. Worrying about things that were out of his control would do ‘Streak no good and only serve to distract him in the cycles to come. Hopefully, Iacon along with the rest of Cybertron would remain unmolested while they took care of whatever was going on back on Earth. Until the time would come to return to their homeworld again, the black and silver mech needed to remain vigilant and help his comrades in any way that he could.

Wasting no further time, Bluestreak hurried after the Autobot hunter, making his way up to the bridge. "Hey! Wait up, gruesome!"
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby Devastron » Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:02 pm

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Command Center

Kup stepped into the now empty room with a sigh. They had done a lot of hard work to get this base up and running again, and here they were just abandoning it again. The old timer just had to hope that this wasn’t a step back so much as it was a brief pause in their returning to their homeworld. They were all definitely needed back on Earth but maybe once things were settled with leadership, and maybe after they had dealt with the Cons once and for all they could come back and finished what they had started here. He let out another sigh. That was far too many slagging maybes for his liking.

The Autobot stepped over to the command chair. He sat down in it and started punching in commands to the arm panel. He put the base on a timed lockdown, sealing it up completely right after they left. It would take a command level access code to open it back up again. That should be enough to keep any Cons or whoever else might be lurking around from getting into it. With another few keystrokes he powered down the chair console. Standing up he took one last sad look around before heading to the doors.

>>”This is Kup to all Autobots. The base will be entering full lockdown once I step out of it. I suggest you all be in the Ark-22 before that happens. Grimlock, get your team in the ship. Everyone else meet me on the bridge for a meeting."<<

*

Outside the Autobot Base

Grimlock was pleased at Snarl’s response. He had been the one Dinobot that he suspected might be against this move for leadership. With him on board he had little doubt the other Dinobots would follow.

Slag let out a grunt. “Don’t care who leads much, just want to pound some Decepticons. Hasn’t been enough of that on Cybertron, but it sounds like there will be plenty on Earth. Grimlock, I know you’ll lead us into the thick of it."

Swoop had a frown on his face as he spoke. “Losing Prime isn’t good. The other Autobots are going to be in bad shape without him. He was a hero to lots of them." He looked up at Grimlock. “I would follow Kup as a leader, but I don’t think that’s what we need now. Those other Autobots will need some one more inspiring, someone bold to pull them back together. That’s you Grimlock."

Sludge watched and listened as the other Dinobots spoke. It looked like they were all in agreement, which was a relief to him. He wasn’t exactly a deep thinker, so going along with the majority was usually what he did. “I’ll follow you Grimlock."

The Dinobot leader would have smiled if he was capable. “Me would want no one else by my side then Dinobots. Together we show the rest of these Autobots how to win this war. We still have lost time to make up for. We make sure to pay it back by taking as many Con heads as we can!"

Grimlock then received the signal from Kup. He gestured for the other Dinobots to follow him as he walked towards the Ark-22, the cargo ramp having already been lowered. “Come on, we getting out of here. Trip back to Earth give us time to figure out strategy. Me thinking it time to get rid of this ‘infiltration’ thing they have going on now."
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Re: Iacon - Autobot Command Complex: HQ Facility

Postby AshesOfPain » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:40 am

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Iacon
Wheeljack had just managed to get to his lab, when Kup called for the meeting. Slaggitall, he thought.

>>Kup, I need at least a breem to get my gear in order. And I'm moving as fast as I can, considering the delicate nature of some of my equipment. Wheeljack, out.<<

When he got his gear in order, the engineer started to set up a satellite relay. He did want to be able to keep abreast of whatever Shockwave's micro-minions were up to in the core. Deep in his spark, something just felt wrong. Be it their sudden with drawl from Cybertron, or something else. He couldn't place it and having the satellite data stream gave him a small measure of comfort.
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