- Motto: ""It is all about pain.""
- Weapon: Fusion-Powered Anti-Gravity Gun
Autobot command bunker - The Folassian Forest
How long they had been stationed on Nebulos now? 1 meta-cycle and few deca-cycles on top of it, a quartex at most. One could easily lose count. It wasn't really all that long, given how a virtually-immortal species could bide their time. But certainly more than enough for any Decepticons who might be present to start doing more than just observing. Nevertheless, several Decepticon sightings by his agents patrolling around the planet was driving the local Autobot infiltration unit commander Skyhammer restless. Observing was all that they seemed to be doing.
"What the slag are you up to Black Shadow?" He wondered aloud as he stared at the datacenter providing him surveillance feed from all around Nebulos.
"Relax Skyhammer, given how we kicked his aft on Tot-2 he is probably just trying to make Megatron to forget his failure," Comcast, Skyhammer's communications officer said while following several data feeds of his own, his arms crossed behind his head and right leg resting on top of the left.
"No. That's not the Decepticon nature Comcast, as you should know by now. Megatron does not forget. Black Shadow should be making a name for himself after disappointing Megatron like he did. Don't let the quiet dull your sensors."
"No, of course not boss," he said, letting out a sigh and taking more attentive sitting position. "Hey... what's this? Boss, we have captured an open Decepticon communication signal, it is like they want to reach us? No encryption. Nothing."
"Patch it through," Skyhammer commanded, the look on his face growing more serious than it already was.
"Incoming," Comcast said, patching the Decepticon feeler signal through.
As the result, Black Shadow's smug visage appeared on the main screen.
"Black Shadow," Skyhammer spat out. "To what, exactly, do we owe this honor?"
"Oh, nothing much Skyhammer," Black Shadow said, the smug grin never leaving his face. "Just that I have a message for you. I felt I owed you that much."
"Please, stop toying with me. Whatever you are planning, I am going to stop you as many times it takes." Skyhammer told his adversary, his gaze stern as ever.
Black Shadow's expression did not even flinch at Skyhammer's attempt of provoking him, instead his grin turned even more confident. "Two words Skyhammer - Phase five."
As soon as Black Shadow finished, the signal was cut out, leaving Skyhammer and Comcast to stare at each other in disbelief.
"Did he just say phase 5?" Comcast asked, clearly shaken.
"I believe he did. Check the surveillance grid, any changes?" Skyhammer said, leaning down towards the datacenter.
"Nothing... wait! We have the location of the Decepticon command bunker! It is transforming into siege mode! This is fraggin' happening!"
"Make a call! I want all Autobots ready for - what in the name of Primus?!" Skyhammer began barking orders just to be interrupted by a base wide alert of an opening transwarp rift on the orbit.
"Sir! We have a transwarp rift! Sensors are picking five Decepticon signals! A nemesis-class battleship, two destroyers and two frigates!" Comcast shouted, now panicking. "What're we going to do?!"
"A nemesis-class vessel? There's just...three and I doubt it's Megatron. Can you get identification?" Skyhammer stammered in disbelief, obviously greatly disturbed as well, though trying his best not to show it.
"W-wait, g-give me a moment." Comcast stuttered, zooming towards the approaching Decepticon warships. "Oh frag, oh frag... It's Semper Tyrannis! That's Scorponok's flagship! We're screwed! We are so screwed!"
The presence of a vessel of that magnitude changed their current circumstances dramatically.
"Don't lose your cool now soldier! Call in for reinforcements!" Skyhammer commanded, slapping Comcast across his face.
"Y-yes sir!" Comcast acknowledged and tried to open an emergency channel in order to contact Prime or one of the other big-time Autobot generals out there. "We're being jammed! One of those destroyers is an interdictor! We can't get a signal jump out of the system! we're...stuck. And they are opening fire with siege drivers! The Arvassian mountain range is gone! They knew! They knew where the Nebulans had stored their weapons!"
"For crying out loud..." Skyhammer muttered, slamming his fist against the console before him, only to notice a solar system wide Decepticon transmission being sent from the Semper Tyrannis.
On the screen before him appeared a massively built black and gold Decepticon with enormous claws instead of hands. >>"I am High Commander Scorponok of the second expansion fleet of the mighty Decepticon Empire. I claim this world Decepticon domain in the name of mighty Megatron. You are defenseless. Surrender now or face devastation."<<
Skyhammer stared intently, even defiantly, at the screen, even though he knew that the mech on the other end could not see him. He knew that the courage of Comcast and the others would rely largely upon his own handling of this sudden crisis. Despite his own doubts, uncertainty had no place on this battlefield.
"Surrender? No, Scorponok. Not an option," Skyhammer said, before looking to Comcast. "Get the word to the others however you can. We have a welcoming party to set up for our new 'guest'."