When Kup turned out to be the one to respond to Shockwave’s request, the Decepticon Commander was satisfied. Kup, arguably better than any of the others in their ranks, understood the nature of the toll that their ongoing war had taken on their home planet. By that same reasoning, it was a logical probability that he would be the most likely—certainly of the ones that Shockwave could see—to not discount Shockwave’s words out of hand and simply opt for the easiest course of action…continued aggression. He and several other Autobots appeared on the screen before him. That was to be expected. A communication of this nature between their two sides was so exceedingly rare that it would naturally obtain the curiosity of anyone nearby who had heard of it. Kup saw fit to not engage in pleasantries, which suited the cycloptic commander exceedingly. He had never seen fit to do so either.
“Declarative: both Autobot and Decepticon forces have made progress in establishing functioning colonies on Cybertron once more. Problem--given the rate of conflict between our two sides since our mutual arrival, I calculate a 73.5674% probability that advancements made to restore the planet to its proper functioning will be delayed and, in some cases, severely impeded during subsequent engagements. The same will inevitably occur in Iacon, where your subordinates have no doubt made progress of their own. Solution—a temporary ceasefire between our respective forces.”
Shockwave stepped backward and took a seated position within the throne of the command hub, patching himself directly in to those aspects of Kolkular’s internal workings that he had brought online previously.
“Neither party present has authority to establish any lasting peace between our sides. Moreover, even with no further hostilities, given the minimal rate of energy discovery coupled with the increasing energy use that re-colonization requires, current outposts on Cybertron could cease functioning within a single vorn. While on this planet, those under my command have taken steps to make Cybertron operational once more—and to defend what progress we have made when necessary against incursions from Autobot forces. Our actions demonstrate that your conquest and destruction have not been our primary goals; however, that will not remain true indefinitely if your subordinates maintain their current pattern. To that end, I also request unobstructed passage through Iacon to finish the research that I have conducted here. I would be willing to share a small portion of that research, so that those on your side who are sufficiently able may continue the revitalization work on your own terms. If completed successfully, Cybertron will one day become inhabitable again. Though Autobots and Decepticons differ on many philosophies this is—perhaps—our one mutual goal.”
Shockwave had stated his assessment of their current situation as efficiently as he was able. He had already calculated only a 42.867% chance that those present would accept his proposals. Though Kup was not a warmonger, the other two that had joined him certainly had no problems engaging in both endless and mindless battle, whether it was of any benefit to their ultimate objectives or not. Autobots acquiesced to faulty influence from peers just as often as Decepticons did. The Military Operations Commander stood at a crossroads now. Pending their response, he would either be making arrangements for travel to Iacon, or he would be making arrangements to address their next, inevitable conflict.