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Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

The noose around Fortress Maximus' neck tightens. Will the Decepticon 2nd fleet led by mighty Scorponok finally subjugate their old nemesis? And if they do, what will be the fate of the Autobot resistance?

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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Cryhavok » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:20 am

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Tenebrous - Command Center

"If Soul Siren's efforts are not successful, I am confidant that Scourge's will be. But if Deadlock wishes to make the attempt... then, by all means."


Turmoil was not exactly jumping with joy as Cyclonus and Scourge barged into the command center. The last encounter between Turmoil and Cyclonus still lingered fresh in the memory of the massive charcoal Decepticon Commander. Not only he had to deal with Deadlock's continuous questioning and complaints but now he had to suffer the company of these two as well? Aloof, insufferable wretches both, the air of superiority surrounding Cyclonus and his favorite henchman was almost thick enough to grasp. Too bad they were almost as good as they thought themselves to be, which made them far too useful to be disposed off. The same could be said of Deadlock.

"That so?" Turmoil snorted out a reply to Cyclonus' statement, "Then why waste time? There are plenty of Autobots down there to interrogate. Easily enough for both Deadlock and Scourge to keep themselves busy for a while."

"What is our next step?"


"Our next step?" Turmoil scoffed in response to the Air Commander's question. So now Cyclonus wanted to cooperate? Truly, the sleek purple Decepticon was difficult one to read. What had changed for him to actually listen to Turmoil now? "You might as well ask that from the High Commander himself. We received a superstring slingshot from Finback two breems ago, announcing the return of Lord Scorponok."

Turmoil turned his gaze from Cyclonus towards a holographic presentation of the Nebulos system on his right and nodded towards a small blinking dot that was moving towards the planet Nebulos from the fringe of the solar system. "The Semper Tyrannis entered the Nebulos system just prior your entrance into the Command Center. The High Commander should be here in-"

Turmoil's sentence was interrupted by a sudden flash of light in the command center, followed by a gradually growing swirling portal appearing across the thin air just in front of a hidden emergency exit door in the far end of the room. It was a wormhole through space and time without no clear ending point in sight - and deep within the swirling vortex the Decepticons could see an approaching dark figure of their commanding officer - Scorponok.
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Insidious » Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:43 pm

Tenebrous--Command Center

Cyclonus had appreciated Scourge's vote of confidence. Indeed, of the aerial ranks, Cyclonus found him to be far superior to that arrogant wretch that Megatron had culled from the Seeker academy long ago. Even so, there was really no doubt in Cyclonus' mind as to where Scourge's loyalties would lie if circumstances required it. For now they did not, but there was no telling what the future might hold. Rather than say anything further in that regard and provoke additional hostilities, Cyclonus had directed his full attention to Turmoil and his latest observations.

Turmoil's initial feedback regarding the interrogation situation was to Cyclonus' liking. It appeared as if Scourge may well be allowed the chance to exorcise some of his darker demons after all.

He sent a brief nod in Scourge and Deadlock's direction, indicating they were free to do exactly as Turmoil had indicated, Soul Siren could likely utilize the assistance. In truth, Cyclonus was beginning to think Scourge more efficient at getting the answers they wanted from the various Autobot captives than the femme had thus far been able to do. He was keen to allow him the opportunity.

Turmoil's next statement, however, caught the lithe purple warrior off guard. Scorponok...returning? Short of Megatron himself setting foot in these halls, Cyclonus could not have been greeted with better news. Cyclonus' crimson optics turned to take in the arrival of the Semper Tyrannis before the flash and crackling of energy within the room indicated a wholly different arrival. High Commander Scorponok himself. No sooner had the large Decepticon commander fully materialized than Cyclonus had slowly dropped to one knee, a formality he reserved for few.

"Mighty Scorponok, your return bodes well for us all," Cyclonus began, knowing Scorponok well enough to know that his first desire would be a status update regarding the progress that had been made on the blue-green world. "The Nebulans have been subdued and offered no noteworthy resistance. The same can largely be said of the Autobots. While an initial nuisance, their ranks have scattered like sand in water. They, too, are of no consequence. All on Nebulos proceeds as we had planned, save for the arrival of a stray vessel in the planet's atmosphere, carrying what appears to be a sizable Autobot survey team. The ship was promptly destroyed and we are culling our way through its refugees even as we speak."

He could only hope that Scorponok's own mission had been equally fruitful.
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Tenebrous--Holding Cells

"Inadvisable," the disemboadied voice of Reflector came through the Technobot's cell as the various Seekers standing nearby had all raised their weapons and pointed them directly at the Technobot commander at the first sign of defiance. "This will proceed much more smoothly if you cooperate."

Two more of the Seekers stepped further in to the cell, their weapons humming with energy as Lightspeed was dragged the rest of the way out of the cell by the others.

"Take that one to Soul Siren. No word yet on what we do with the rest of these glitches," one of the Seekers said. The Seekers did as they were told, and just as soon as they had arrived, they had now absconded with the Technobot. It wasn't long after that before Lightspeed found himself thrown before Soul Siren herself, chair and all.

"Comfy?" one of the Seekers taunted.
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Ember » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:17 pm

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Tenebrous – Command Center

Why was it so easy? Perhaps it was because no one ever sees him coming. Hardshell had taken control of the Autobot transport rather easily. In fact it was not even a challenge for the Insecticon. A shame too, he had been so looking forward to some kind of resistance…again, the Autobots were just not expecting to be attacked.

His travels after were entirely uneventful and thus he rendezvoused with the Semper Tyrannis with time to spare. Upon meeting with his master, Hardshell relinquished any and all information that he and his tiny drone had acquired from Aileron and the other operatives stationed on Garrus 9.

Now the High Commander and his legion had finally arrived above the new Decepticon acquisition…Nebulos.

Hardshell was inclined to accompany his master to the surface and thus took up a position behind Scorponok. As the High Commander stepped through the wormhole, the towering Insecticon followed. As both mechs stepped foot out of the vortex and into the Command Center Hardshell spotted Turmoil and Cyclonus…not far were Scourge and Deadlock. A low hiss escaped the creature’s vocalizer while he gazed through his visor at the assembled Decepticons.

The arrival of Scorponok and his entourage held the assemblage’s attention and thus those present failed to take note of the arrival of both Black Shadow and Blue Bacchus…the former taking the time to clean portions of his armor still stained from the energon so graciously donated by the now barely functional Spartan.

“I told you I’d make him scream. You see, Blue, you fail to realize that my tenacious methods have always been quite…oh, how shall I put it…effective."

Black Shadow finished wiping the stains from his hands with the rag he had brought with him and tossed the useless cloth into the corner where a drone would retrieve it later. Satisfied that he gotten his point across to his partner, Shadow finally took note of those present within the Command Center.

Black Shadow stopped and looked from Hardshell and then to Scorponok an almost shocked expression on his face. While he stood there gaping at the High Commander Blue worked his way to his partner’s side and leaned in to whisper into his audio.

“I believe this is the part where we greet the Commander. So, why don’t you close your mouth and say 'Hi'."

A deep growl formed in the Infiltration Unit Commander’s throat as he clenched his jaw shut and cast a heated glare in Blue’s direction.

“Keep that up, dear friend of mine, and I’ll be sure you and Spartan share matching wounds."

Blue simply shook his head and followed Black Shadow’s lead as he made his way toward the imposing Decepticon.

“Lord Scorponok…" Black Shadow offered a deep bow at the waist before straightening back to his full height. "…your arrival has been greatly anticipated."

He waited patiently while Cyclonus broke down what had transpired since Scorponok’s absence. It was a precise account and noting needed to be amended. Now they needn't do more than await the High Commander’s orders.
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Cryhavok » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:26 pm

Motto: ""It is all about pain.""
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Tenebrous - Command Center

"Attention Decepticons! Your leader returns!" Turmoil proclaimed and performed a crisp military salute as High Commander Scorponok stepped through the spacebridge portal into the Command Center of Fortress Tenebrous with Hardshell and far smaller Cipher in tow. While majority of the Decepticons present followed Turmoil's example, some took exception to this. Cyclonus in fact had knelt before the mighty Decepticon warlord while Black Shadow had seen fit to bow instead as the two high ranking lieutenants greeted their superior.

The way the various Decepticons paid their respect to him did not seem to invoke more than a curt nod in response from mighty Scorponok. The Decepticons had done as expected and honored the presence of a high ranking general by saluting him. This was not the time to dwell on mere formalities. Not when the Decepticon Empire was quite frankly in the brink of a major victory. What they had unearthed from Nebulos would have major repercussions thorough the tactical hotspots of the galaxy and the sooner Scorponok would have the access to his grand price, the better.

"Rise Cyclonus." Scorponok stated as he walked by the purple Decepticon and headed towards the information nexus before him. While Cyclonus had provided him a rough summary of the situation on Nebulos, Scorponok still wanted the details. Particularly after hearing of the Autobot survey team that had been shot down during his absence. Knowledge of the Autobots already having sent troops to see why one of their outposts had gone silent was alarming. It would be only matter of time before the disappearance of the survey team was going to make Fortress Maximus investigate the situation of Nebulos personally.

Truth to be told, this development had not been unexpected. Fortress Maximus and his Autobots were not fools. The fact that they still were a thorn in his side was all the proof the giant Decepticon warlord needed of that subject. The confirmation of Farstar and its demise however made it even more important that he would act swiftly and decisively.

"I have unearthed a weapon not seen since the days of Nova Prime." Scorponok finally broke his silence to reveal his plans. "An amalgamation of multiple Cybertronians into a one enormously powerful entity. And the Autobots are sitting on this weapon, ignorant of its existence."

Turning to face his lieutenants, Scorponok continued, "We uncovered an ancient Cybertronian laboratory on LV-117. And within it enough survived video logs to find out that Jhiaxus, Nova Prime's chief theoretical strategist experimented on six individuals to create a single being - far superior to the sum of its parts. My agents have already confirmed the continued functionality of these six. They are known as Birdbrain, Bristleback, Icepick, Scowl, Slog and Wildfly. This knowledge does not come without a price though. For these six and possibly even Jhiaxus himself are held in Garrus-9, the Autobot penal colony in Elba system."

"However before you come to any conclusions, I think it is best you witness the potential of this technology yourself." The enormous Decepticon spoke and gave a nod towards Cipher's position. "Cipher, present the feedback you uncovered."
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Ember » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:16 am

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Fortress Tenebrous – Infirmary

The buzz from the barely functional CR chamber sounded but hardly penetrated to whole of the infirmary…not one of the drones manning the medical facility paid the chamber any mind. Several minutes passed before the door actually slid open…it paused part way…an audible grinding of gears wafted throughout before it finally jerked the rest of the way.

Brainstorm let out a low groan as he slowly raised a hand to his head. Systems began to reboot while his sensors finally came online one by one. Audios registered that his location was somewhere that housed plenty of equipment…just what kind would have to wait until his optics cycled up. He didn’t have to wait long and once he was able to see Brainstorm took in the immediate area surrounding the CR chamber.

“Infirmary? But…"

His musings were quickly silenced when he noticed the Seeker that appeared from somewhere in the room. The smile on the flier’s face sent a chill through the engineer that had obviously been noticed.

“Have pleasant dreams did you?"

Brainstorm quickly looked away from the ‘Con but kept silent. There was no reason to speak to anyone at this point. The Seeker’s smile faded as he reached out and grabbed the engineer by the arm. He quickly, and roughly, jerked him out of the chamber and brought him in close.

“Don’t you worry, slagger, those interrogators’ll have you singing in no time. Come on!"

Fortress Tenebrous – Holding Cell

Afterburner had taken his time gently tapping and knocking on the walls of the cell and once he had exhausted that approach he got down on his hands and knees and groped at any noticeable gaps and seems…nothing.

Frustrated at not getting anywhere fast the gunner pushed himself back up to his feet and let out a deep growl. His attention was soon drawn toward Scattershot and Lightspeed. He took a glance over his shoulder at his two teammates when he overheard them speaking about Scorponok…or at least that’s who he thought he heard mentioned.

Afterburner stepped slowly toward both mechs but stopped when their interrogator singled out Lightspeed. The gunner grit his teeth and balled his hands into tight fists. Scattershot’s attempt to stop and persuade the Seekers to take him instead went completely unheeded and was backed just as fast by the disembodied voice of the Reflector trio.

The remaining team watched as Lightspeed was swiftly dragged off and dumped before Soul Siren. Afterburner finally snapped out of his anger drenched stupor and stalked up to Scattershot.

“That’s it?! You offer yourself in his place? Did you honestly believe they’d even consider taking you over him?!"

Afterburner set his jaw and paused letting the silence between he and his Commander stew just a little. Finally he threw his hands up in the air and let out an enraged cry. Trapped with no way out and now they were going to be taken one by one…and worst of all…their fearless leader was doing nothing to stop it.
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He made no sounds save for the high pitched screeching that was being produced by the dragging of Brainstorm’s legs. He had tried to get his feet under him but since it was taking so long for his pistons and struts to recalibrate his “escort” decided to drag him along instead of wait.

Finally the Seeker stopped in front of one of the cells. He noticed Pyro and Pointblank but no one else, at least not in this cell. The bars were lowered and Brainstorm was hefted up high enough so that the ‘Con could look directly into the Autobot’s eyes…a sinister grin spread over his face.

“Now you play nice with your friends."

With a hearty chuckle and a snort Brainstorm was tossed in. He landed hard on his shoulder and with a grunt attempted to lift himself up onto his elbow…he failed miserably. The battered mech turned onto his back and offlined his optics. He ran a diagnostic on his systems and waited for the results to pour in. In the meantime he decided it wouldn’t hurt to find out just how what was happening.

“So which one of you went and screwed up?"

Fortress Tenebrous – Command Center

Cipher had only been able to decode a portion of the damaged datapad…although it contained little as far as information that would be of use to Scorponok, the device held a plethora of data for the scientist to rummage through.

He had just started on the second section of the information when he was summoned by the High Commander. Without hesitation Cipher left his lab and joined Scorponok on the bridge where a wormhole was opened directly to Fortress Tenebrous’ Command Center.

Along with the High Commander himself Hardshell was also present. The scientist took his place behind the two larger mechs keeping silent so as not to disrupt anything that was relayed between the Commander and the inhabitants of the fortress.

Cipher listened well to what had transpired while he and the others were off exploring LV-117. It seemed that the Decepticons stationed on this planet had made commendable progress…something that did not go unnoticed by the High Commander.

The scientist’s pondering was interrupted by the sound of the hulking Decepticon offer’s voice. Cipher quickly stepped out from behind Hardshell and stopped in front of Scorponok. He offered a submissive bow before he moved to the closest terminals.

Actuators quickly flew over the keys before stopping. From an access point located on the back of his left hand a data spike emerged which Cipher immediately thrust into an input jack. He had uploaded the contents of the security footage directly to his neocortex for further examination and deciphering.

With the link established the main viewing screen flashed briefly before the first set of images appeared and Cipher began the playback.

“There are several significant images of, not only the Monstructor Six, but of Jhiaxus himself. However, this is the defining glimpse of the six in their combined form…"

The images on the screen switched from the nonessential material to that of the towering form of Monstructor engaged in a devastating battle. Cipher immediately froze the image and with a wicked smirk glanced back at the High Commander.

His slight dramatic pause was halted when Cipher looked back to the large view screen and the show proceeded.

"Jhiaxus' experiment performed...admirably."

The visual feed advance with scenes of Monstructor taking on its combined form in reaction to the attack by the two Omegas...one of them easily recognizable. The assault was fierce...Monstructor took the battle directly to Omega Supreme...fierce blows were exchanged until one well placed blast forced the combined monstrosity to disengage.

"Admirably... not perfectly."
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Insidious » Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:44 pm

Tenebrous--Command Center

Cyclonus had done as bidden and steadily rose to his feet once more and waited to hear what Scorponok had to say. Initially, he had concerns about the High Commander's absence. There was always a slim possibility that his departure could have gained them no fruitful results. As Scorponok began to lay out what he had accomplished during his absence, those concerns were quickly wiped away.

Cyclonus was, admittedly, surprised by what he was hearing. Names that had scarcely been spoken in eons. Cyclonus remembered them. Remembered them well, in fact. But it still remained that they had long ago faded in to seeming irrelevancy, as least as far as the modern war effort.

Shadows of the past fold their icy grip on the present.....

When Scorponok then deferred the continuing tale of his progress to another, Cyclonus' attention shifted just as smoothly, now watching the significantly smaller scientist as he went about his work. Cyclonus watched as this weapon engaged not one but two Omega Sentinels. One of them being the most notable figure among their ranks.

This.....this was surely the reason behind so many of Jhiaxus' secretive meetings with the Prime, Cyclonus thought as he continued to watch the ancient images of great carnage play out in front of his optics. It wasn't until one final, thunderous impact from the formidable Omega Supreme's weapon that the awesome weapon came asunder in the same manner that it had come together previously.

"This entity resides within an Autobot prison?" Cyclonus asked, very much rhetorically, as he considered the ramifications. "The Elba system would not be an unreasonable distance from our current location. It remains within the boundaries of the 2nd Fleet's jurisdiction. I am still at something of a loss for words, High Commander. A weapon of this magnitude laying dormant for so long? I trust we are to reclaim it."

The possibility of Jhiaxus remaining behind the penitentiary's walls were not lost on Cyclonus but, for the time being, he was more interested in the creation and not the creator. Scattered images flickered in his mind like a fading optic lens, many lacking any form of cohesion. He could not immediately identify why that would be.

Strange.....
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Mazinman » Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:45 pm

Tenebrous--Holding Cell

Soul Siren quietly continued to prepare herself for the interrogation. She could hear Scattershot's words and she allowed herself a smile as the front of her face was out of sight of the prisoners. By the time the Seekers had brought over Lightspeed and were placing him on the seat. She knew it would be a painful experience so she allowed that initial sensation to fully be felt before starting to speak.

"Now then, Lightspeed is it. From what I have read in your file you are quiet intelligent so I hope that we can resolve this in a professional manner."

She said in a cool, controlled voice but loud enough for all in the room to hear.

"My name is Soul Siren and I am a Decepticon interrogator. It is my task to obtain information that my superior officers require. I will utilize pain and I assure you that I am quite learned in how to inflict it. As you can probably tell by now."

As she spoke he passed her hands over her tools and lifts a micro saw to Lightspeed's face and turned it on for a moment to accent her point. She slowed put the device back down, her gaze never leaving Lightspeed's.

"The discomfort you are currently feeling is for your benefit, a warning as to what might happen if you do anything... foolish. Cooperate and what you are currently feeling will be it. You will be removed from the seat and what minimal damage has been done will be repaired. Refuse to answer or give false information and I will be forced to apply my trade."

She remained silent for a moment to give Lightspeed a moment to think about it.

"Now then, I move to my first question. Who ordered you to come to this planet?"
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Ember » Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:38 pm

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Tenebrous – Command Center

While the images of the battle between several Omegas and monstrous being flashed over the main view screen Black Shadow could not help but stand in awe. What he was baring witness was truly incredible. To think this weapon was available to them all this time and not one of the superior officers had been privy to it…he thought perhaps not even the conclave was aware of its existence. Oh they were probably familiar with the six as individuals, but as a whole…never.

“This. Is. Remarkable."

For the entire showing Black Shadow’s optics remained transfixed on the viewer. Not even his partner stood a chance of taking his optics off of the playback.

Finally, when the images froze Black Shadow tore his gaze away and settled on the High Commander…a broad smile plastered on his visage.

“I’ve but one question, my Lord..."

He took a quick look back at the terminal where the diminutive scientist was poised and then back over to Scorponok…his smile ever broader.

"…when do we depart for the Elba system?"
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Marcus Rush » Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:41 pm

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Scattershot's fists balled as he prepared to charge the first pair of Seekers who dared to raise their rifles to him. It was obvious they had little knowledge of who they were dealing with. He'd smash them into fragments by himself, he had made a name and a living going against unequal and insane odds against him and his team. But what stayed his hand was the condition of his teammates. He noticed that two of the escorts had pivoted their weapons onto Afterburner and Strafe respectively.

While both were capable of the similar feets as himself, at present they were in limited capacity to capitalize on opportunities. Furthermore, with so many compromises to their armor and defenses. Scattershot did not want to dwell on the possible outcomes. He needed more information as to what was going on, and getting his team killed just to get it was not very high on his list as possible outcomes.

Instead he seethed as the seekers finished rounding up the data collector and escorting him out of the cell. As the constrictive electronic forcefield snapped across the entrance of the cell, the Technobot Commander shot his insubordinate gunner a disquieting look. It normally would have been enough to silence the mech in an instant, but Scattershot wanted to do so much more than just quiet the smaller Technobot. "Look, in your present condition Afterburner, do you honestly think you would survive a firefight with a half dozen escorts before an entire division flooded these blocks? Right now Lightspeed is going to have to endure what he can so we can get some information of our own. We need to know what they are looking for."

He relaxed his posture as he kept his glare back on the interrogator and her sadistic seeker minions. "I take it you failed in your attempt to locate a method of communicating with the other cells. As I expected. I didn't expect this Deceptiscrap commander to overlook something as insignificant as a form of communication. Go back with Nosecone and Strafe. Compare whatever notes you three managed to find. Perhaps during your investigation you managed to stumble upon something more significant that we may be able to exploit. Weakness in the stone or mortar. Perhaps a rusted plate that we can use to short out that forcefield. I am sure you three will be able to happen upon a nice strategy for us to employ when the time comes."

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"Lord Scorponok." Deadlock saluted with respect to the fleet commander. His optics narrowed briefly as he returned his attention to Turmoil. "By your leave Commander, I would like to bring Cyclonus and Scourge along for this more... interactive form of interrogation."

"Scattershot nor his harder cracked Autobots will last more than a few Astro Seconds under our more colorful questions." He motioned to the two commanders with a nod of his head before pivoting fully towards the Nebulon Force Commander. He waited for a nano second, not really for permission but an understanding that what he was going to do would be done because it must. Besides he had Megatron's blessings to indulge himself in the removal of the aristrocrates that had so long held he and those like him down in the gutters.

Finally he turned towards the main lift and disappeared into the main halls of the fortress. His mind going over the swiftest method of removing information from the notoriously stubborn Autobot, thus rendering he and his survivors worthless and ripe for the scrapheap.
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby darksabrz » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:43 pm

OOC: Again, apologies -- I've been sick with a nasty sinus/flu bug for the past week and am just now getting caught back up with things.

Tenebrous -- Command Center

As Cyclonus has done, Scourge himself also knelt down at the appearance of Scorponok. One of such standing within Megatron's ranks deserved respect, after all... and aside from Cyclonus, there were few that Scourge would willingly give that respect. He actually waited until after Cyclonus had been bid to rise before Scourge rose as well, remaining silent.

His expression, once Cipher showed them the broadcast, was one of intrigue. "How... interesting," he finally notes. "How do the Autobots not know who they're holding? You would think that they would be more knowledgeable about those under their watchful optics." His arms cross, a taloned hand reaching up idly to stroke his beard and chin. "Or are they? Might it not also be possible that the Autobots may be aware of who they hold within the Elba system, and using it as lure to draw us in and away from Nebulos?"
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Cryhavok » Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:56 pm

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Tenebrous - Command Center

Scorponok took in the view around him. From all initial reports, satisfactory progress had been made on subduing and stripping this peaceful world just as they had planned. He was pleased that he would now be able to divert most of his attention to addressing more immediate concerns. After all, while the destruction of a whole planet could be done in mere hours - the assimilation of population the size of Nebulos had into the Decepticon Empire would take decades at minimum. The Autobot threat though - it was not going anywhere. This enigma they had uncovered on LV-117 however, it could shift the balance of power decisively to favor of the Deceptiocons.

"Admirably... not perfectly."


"True Cipher. However, it took the enormous energies wielded by the most powerful of the Omega Sentinels to defeat the beast." The enormous Decepticon warlord spoke up as Cipher finished playing the video recording.

Scorponok's gaze moved from the now paused recording to evaluate how his lieutenants had reacted towards the revelation. "That blast from Omega Supreme would have turned any single member of the entity into a pool of molten metal. And yet, they are able to absorb the blast as one. Yes, it forces separation but they all survive the encounter. Together they are obviously far more than sum of their parts - in terms of power and size both."

"This entity resides within an Autobot prison? The Elba system would not be an unreasonable distance from our current location. It remains within the boundaries of the 2nd Fleet's jurisdiction. I am still at something of a loss for words, High Commander. A weapon of this magnitude laying dormant for so long? I trust we are to reclaim it."


Cyclonus was the first one of Scorponok's inner circle to speak up. The reply to his question was a short one though, for more questions were to come.

"Energy and mass manipulation of this scale has to be added into the arsenal of the Decepticon Empire - there is no other option."

"How do the Autobots not know who they're holding? You would think that they would be more knowledgeable about those under their watchful optics. Or are they? Might it not also be possible that the Autobots may be aware of who they hold within the Elba system, and using it as lure to draw us in and away from Nebulos?"


"If the Autobots knew of our operation here on Nebulos, they would have acted with force by now Scourge." Scorponok replied as the notorious hunter-killer voiced out his concerns. The enormous Decepticon commander had asked these same questions from himself already prior his return to Nebulos. Fortress Maximus could never be underestimated. The Autobot commander was truly a worthy foe. The practical stalemate in the war between Scorponok's Decepticons and Maximus' Autobots was all the evidence one required. Deception was not part of Fortress Maximus' nature. For him to go to such lengths to deceive Scorponok - it was unthinkable. In addition, Scorponok knew more than he had revealed so far.

"The other question is one I cannot answer with certainty. According to the intel acquired by Hardshell and Decepticon Secret Service, the Autobots are keeping these six separated from each other. This indicates that they possess at least some level of knowledge regarding these six and the danger they present. Logic indicates that because at least three members of the original group of special forces that captured Jhiaxus still serve the enemy - they would have not forgotten. However, we also know that these six walked free after their original capture alongside Jhiaxus. Before Megatron's revolution, before their branding and service under the Decepticon banner and before they were captured again." He explained, keeping a short pause before continuing.

"It is very likely that these six have been surgically manipulated to forget their part in Jhiaxus' machinations. And given the immorality of the whole ordeal in comparison to Optimus Prime's modus operandi, I believe this technology was buried into Autobots' vast archives of illegal technologies alongside the likes of the vamparc ribbon and Gideon's glue. They did not let this information slip out, we run to it during a routine scan of uncharted star system. The chance of foul play is marginal at best."

"I’ve but one question, my Lord - when do we depart for the Elba system?"


Black Shadow's question was certainly one of those questions Scorponok had been expecting to hear. And truth to be told, he had not been able to properly decide the exact time table to follow despite of having gone through initial planning stage of their most imminent future priorities with Turmoil already prior traveling to Tenebrous from the Semper Tyrannis.

"When indeed? The Autobots did send already one frigate to investigate why their outpost went silent. It is only matter of time they come in with more force." Scorponok spoke out, his gaze falling upon Black Shadow, "It leaves two options. Either we wait and prepare for their return or take the iniative to our hands."

"I prefer the latter option. And for that we need an advantage over the enemy. I have one. But we may have another."

Fortress Maximus had been a thorn is his side for such a long time now. It seemed as if the universe itself was now presenting him with an opportunity to finally put an end to that old rivalry, and gain a massive new weapon at the same time. Perhaps it was time to pay the holding cells of Tenebrous a personal visit rather agreeing with Deadlock's suggestion of sending Scourge and Cyclonus to assist with the interrogation.

"The Autobots you captured. Show the highest ranking ones to me."
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby #Sideways# » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:02 pm

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Nightbeat spewed dozens of shots out of his rifle in one hand, and shot precise shots out of his pistol in the other. If he could fire a weapon with his mouth, he would. Hundereds of Insecticons were on the ground around him, so much that he was beginning to be buried by the bodies of his foes.

A sharp, hot pain came from his side; A Kickbaclone had just stabbed him with one of it's appendages. Nightbeat pulled the wing off the clone and stabbed him in the face with it. Then, he began stepping on the arm of the clone to begin firing potshots with the weapon the clone was carrying.

The Detective clenched his jaw and gritted his teeth; another clone of Shrapnel's bit down hard upon his left arm. The crackle of electricity formed around the antennae and was about to give Nightbeat a jolt. He acted fast and bent the horns in upon the clone and it was fried by it's own electrical charge.

Nightbeat fired another shot off at point blank with one of Bombshell's clones, blowing the head to slag metal. A hot mess littered the floor where it once was. But this was just enough of a distraction for Nightbeat that he didn't notice the Bombshellclone behind him, readying his blaster. The following shot from the blaster hit him through and through. The Detective howled and grabbed the face of the Insecticon and ripped it from the clone's body.

He fell to one knee and the assault stopped with him.

"Surrender" Nightbeat heard from the crowd.

The voice was unmistakable. Bombshell.

Nightbeat watched the Energon leak from all of the scratches, stab wounds and blaster holes in his body. His system couldn't register the pain, so he felt numb.

"Surrender...?" Nightbeat replied, meeting a chorus of chatter from the clones, wanting to taste the energon that leaked ever so much from Nightbeat.

Nightbeat rested his weight on his one good knee and looked about the room. It was dark, but the lights of Insecticlone optics lit the room so much that one could read in the light. Dark shapes scuttled on the walls and on the ceiling.

"Fine... You-" Nightbeat stopped to cough and step forward, "You win."

The Detective tossed his weapons to the feet of the Insecticon Interrogator along with the Energon Rations. The shard of metal was absent, however. They didn't know he had that.

He stepped forward to shift weight. He held his leaking sides in a show of helplessness. Insecticlones waited and flooded in behind him.

But he had one last trick up his sleeve.

In a blink of an eye, Nightbeat whisked the weapon of a dead Insecticlone and fired it at the remaining three Energon Rations. The following explosion ignited the Rations that were given to Hosehead, creating a massive explosion from all sides. Nightbeat's entire vision was of blue fire and exploding fireballs of Insecticlones. He felt a sharp jolt, and he was thrust against the wall from the force of the explosion and then:

Darkness...

*****

Holding Cell

Nosecone's vision blurred and came back into focus every few seconds, leaving his optics to cross and part every once in a while.

"Why do I get the feeling that -" Nosecone paused to cough, "Decepticon POWs don't get the medical attention that Autobot POWs do...?"

The miner laughed hoarsely, then coughed. He felt his mouthpiece wet, so he wiped the Energon off it with his broken treads like a napkin.

Suddenly, looking at the Energon, he had an idea.

"Scattorshot," Nosecone whispered, "I think we can make a trap out of some of our Energon and some of the rocks stuck in my treads. We can use it against the guards so we can get past them."

He knew it was a dangerous task, but it would serve them good to get the other prisoners out and revolt.
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Insidious » Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:25 pm

Tenebrous--Holding Cell

Pointblank had barely looked up as another Autobot captive was thrown inside to join them. He wasn't surprised. How long would it be before they were all in this situation? He suspected it wouldn't be long, though it looked like the Monsterbots had somehow managed to elude their Decepticon captors. Good on them. Maybe they should have put them in charge.

Pointblank grinned a little at the thought as his peripheral vision identified the new captive as Brainstorm.

"I'll tell you, Brains, probably most of us, on some level. I've never seen a command structure break down so continually in my entire functioning life. Skyhammer came in strong and then got crushed. Spartan came in even stronger and I haven't heard anything from him or his team in Primus knows how long. Then I think Roadbuster was going to pick up the pieces and he went AWOL or got slagged--I don't know which. Pyro made a good run of it trying to knock out this buggy looking outpost we found but...well...here we are. Since then we've pretty much been divided and conquered like something out of an old academy holofile. It would be embarrassing if it weren't already so pathetic."

Pointblank held up his hand.

"I'll stake claim to my share of the foul up. The next Prime I am not. To be fair, this was a research planet. No one had any idea it was on the Decepticons' radar. I guess now we know--everything is on their radar."
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Interrogation Chamber

Lightspeed had offered some requisite struggle, but the Seekers were significantly stronger than he. It was not going to do him or his team any good trying to escape. His best chance was to try and gauge what this interrogator wanted to know and how he could best couch anything he said in just enough truth so as to not compromise the Autobots' overall mission but also do what needed to be done to keep the Decepticons from following through on their threats to execute them if they offered no substantive information.

Once he was in the chair, Lightspeed took note of the interrogator. It was a femme, and a fairly striking one at that. That was...rare. Most of the attractive femmes that Lightspeed knew either worked for the Autobots or were non-aligned, way back in the days when that meant something. He couldn't help but wonder how this one had been conned, pun intended.

This interrogator, Soul Siren, quickly stepped past the usual pleasantries and made her point that this was not going to be a simple question-and-answer session by inducing a introductory amount of discomfort. Lightspeed's pain sensors all registered, but not overly so. Soul Siren wished to make her point. Point made. Moving on.

"My name is Lightspeed. Allegiance: Autobots. Sub-group: Technobots. Function: data-processor," Lightspeed said, spouting off the standard information any captive was authorized to provide in an interrogative situation.
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Mazinman » Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:04 pm

Interrogation Chamber

Soul Siren saw it in Lightspeed's optics. She recognized that look. There was potential there if she changed her tactics somewhat.

"Such information was not what was requested."

She slammed down her palm on Lightspeed's right hand. Her strength was not great enough to do any real damage in of itself but it was enough to cause pain when aimed at pushing a sensitive wrist joint into the spikes. She accompanied that with a sad look, no joy showing. She allowed herself a moment to let Lightspeed notice and be confused by the contradiction.

She looked around her as if making sure that she was not being watched directly and leaned in close to Lightspeed and whispered directly into the audio input unit on the right side of his head.

"Is this what you were told to do by your Autobot leaders? Lightspeed... it does not work like that, it never does. Our leaders never look at what happens in the interrogation room realistically. They don't want to dirty themselves with the truth. They make both interrogator and interrogated do sacrifices they would never do themselves."

She said in a sympathetic voice.

"Unlike your leaders I will not force fantasy upon you. I will tell you exactly what will happen. I will slowly take you apart making sure you feel the greatest pain possible throughout the process. In the end you will talk... or one of your friends will when I put them through it, either way I will be further lost..."

She ends her words in a bitter tone, betraying a private disgust that she is forced to do this. She slowly backs away from Lightspeed demonstrating a sad expression on her face which she quickly wipes from her face making sure no one else saw that temporary moment of weakness.

"Now, I ask you once more. Who ordered you to come here?" She slowly takes up her micro saw and looked at Lightspeed with a sad look in her optics.

A pretty little female who was forced to do terrible things for the nasty Decepticons because she is too weak to refuse. Having to act in such a despicably weak manner was quite annoying but if Lightspeed would choose to cooperate because it would be heroic to save her friends and the poor little female then it would be worth it.

Tenebrous - Lonely Window

Snapdragon walked through the fortress is a bad mood. He had thought about taking a nice oil bath but he could not relax. He had to work this out of his system. Simply making fun out prisoners would not work. For that he might as well make fun of whatever small pests this world contained.

He made his way to a window in the middle of the Fortress and looked outside. He thought about the battles they have had and how hollow the victories felt. Not a real challenge to be found.

"I bet Megatron would have found better use of our time..." He grumbled to himself.
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Ember » Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:47 pm

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Tenebrous – Holding Cell

With a slight groan Brainstorm finally rolled to one side and very slowly propped himself up on his elbow. Once in said position and once the steady throbbing in his processor slowed down, he onlined his optics and took a good sweeping glance around the cell’s interior.

Of course Pointblank was present, after all he was the only who responded to the scientist’s question. The response from the enforcer was, as expected, straightforward and precise. Brainstorm wouldn’t have expected anything less from the mech.

With an audible sigh the blue and white mech lowered back down to the floor…arms spread out horizontally to his sides effectively taking up much more floor space than was absolutely necessary.

“Sooo, there’re some guys out there who we’re not even sure are still alive and we have our “came in strong” guys locked up in here with us?"

Brainstorm grew quiet but it didn’t last long. “I don’t know about you, but sprawling out here on the floor and waiting for the inevitable seems to be the right thing to do. Especially when we all know no one’s gonna swoop in and save our sorry afts."

Another bout of silence permeated throughout the cell until the flier decided to break it once more.

“Do you think Perceptor would freeze up in a situation like this, because I think he would."

Holding Cells

“I’d rather go down fighting these slaggers instead of waiting in this Primus-forsaken cell for them to come for me!" Afterburner sneered hotly at Scattershot.

The gunner held his glare for several tense moments before he turned around…arms crossed over his chestplate.

“You got that right. This place is tight…just like your aft. There’s no way to get any kind of messages to anyone else." Afterburner looked at his commander from over his shoulder. A grunt was the only acknowledgement the gunner sent Scattershot to his order of checking up on Strafe and Nosecone.

Tenebrous – Command Center

Black Shadow waited for a moment as Scorponok attempted to respond to him query. However, it seemed that the High Commander was split between two opportunities…wait, or take matter into their own hands. Black Shadow was a very big fan of the latter, as was Scorponok. A broad smile washed over the black and crimson Decepticon’s face.

Oh the possibilities. His musing of bearing witness to the destruction of the remainder of the Autobots was interrupted by the hulking bot’s request to see the highest ranking Autobots that had been captured.

“But of course, my Lord." Black Shadow offered Scorponok a gracious bow before gesturing toward one of the far doors. “If you please…this way."

Cipher lowered his gaze from the larger mech as he patiently shed light on exactly what kind of power the Monstructor Six possessed. The scientist has been shortsighted…but then he was not privy to what occurred on the battlefield. He would be sure not to make that same oversight.

Cipher bowed slightly before he stepped back and retracted the interface spike that was still jacked into the terminal.
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Insidious » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:34 pm

Tenebrous--Command Center

Scorponok's reply to Cyclonus' question was both straightforward and effective. He expected nothing less. It was important to assure that if a weapon like this existed somewhere in the universe that they would seek to claim it. He got that reassurance in spades, as no one in the room appeared to have any hesitation about acquiring a powerful ally as this gestaltic creation would surely prove to be.

Scorponok's answers to the others' questions were equally reassuring, leaving Cyclonus with no doubt as to what their next step would be. The only uncertainty lay in when they would take it.

Cyclonus cast an askew glance in Deadlock's direction at his request that he and Scourge accompany him to witness whatever additional interrogation techniques he had in mind. If Cyclonus already had little patience for Turmoil, he had even less for one of his little gruntmechs. Cyclonus had no interest in wasting his time in such a manner. He simply wanted results. He could honestly care less how those results were procured. Scorponok, for his part, appeared to be on a similar wavelength, requesting to see the highest ranking prisoners currently in their possession. Black Shadow was only too eager to accommodate the High Commander and begin leading their procession toward the holding cells.

"This should prove most interesting," Cyclonus remarked to Scourge as he followed the others out of the command center. "We will soon be rid of these downtrodden Autobots and these passive fleshlings and on to greater conquests."
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Interrogation Chamber

Lightspeed did his best to do anything to process the pain that was coming in and think about it in ways that would help him to overcome what was happening. But he had not gone through rigorous interrogation training--ever. He had read the datacubes and holofiles pertaining to the subject and attended a field seminar or two on the subject, since it did happen, but he had never really expected to deal with it firsthand. The Technobots, as a unit, were hardly ever sent in to battlefield theaters. There was more important, non-combat related work for their group to accomplish more often than not.

Not this time.

Lightspeed had cried out in agony more than once already as his sensory receptors overloaded. But his interrogator appeared conflicted with what she was doing. Lightspeed did not consider himself to be an expert in body language, by any means, but it looked like there was some doubt or other reservations on her youthfully striking metallic features. Lightspeed thought about the question she had asked and debated a little in his mind about whether it really rose to the level of highly classified information. He wasn't authorized to give it out, by any means, but who cared who sent them? Who would care if he told? It certainly wasn't information that was worth the lives of him or his teammates.

"We were....sent here by...Fortress...Maximus," Lightspeed began, struggling through the words as his internal sensor array worked to recalibrate itself. "The research team here went too long without checking in. We...were told to find out why. That simple."
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Mazinman » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:02 am

Interrogation Chamber

She smiled sweetly at Lightspeed.

"Thank you for sparing me." She whispered and pretended to look around to make sure no one had noticed what she said. She used that opportunity to peak over her shoulder at the other Technobot's reaction.

Fortress Maximus... it made a lot of sense and she did not believe Lightspeed was capable of lying to her at the moment. Scorponok would be very interested in this, wherever he was. He opened a private communication channel to Reflector.

"The Subject has identified Fortress Maximus as the Autobot who commanded them to come here. They came here to check on a research team. I feel like I need a long shower but at least we got some information."

She opened another communication channel to Cyclonus.

"Sir, the Technobot known as Lightspeed has identified Fortress Maximus as the Autobot who ordered them here in order to check on the status of a research time. I will begin seeking out answers to your other question."

She moved her hands in a almost loving manner to the sides of Lightspeed's head.

"Here... let me help you with the pain."

She said in a whisper and accessed the systems that connected Lightspeed's head to the rest of the body. She lowered the pain that Lightspeed was receiving from his body to give him relief. As she did, she also lowered the amount of energy going into his brain module to a level where it would be active but remain in his current confused and sluggish state. She also deactivated his audio systems. Now that he was talking the last thing he needed was to listen to the other Technobots. She hacked into his port and sent her words directly into him although she still talked to create the illusions that the conversation was still normal.

"I just have one more question for you Lightspeed. I need you to be a hero once again. Your fellow Autobots are still out there are being hunted by the likes of the Horrorcons." She had a sad expression on her face and shook her head at the thought of that. "Please, tell us who came with you to this world. If you do so then our Seekers can pick them up without having to hurt them. You can save lives."
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Ember » Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:39 pm

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Tenebrous – Autobot Prisoner Cell Block

Black Shadow, and more importantly Blue Bacchus, remained relatively silent during their trek through the corridors of the Decepticon’s fortress…the small band making considerable headway down toward the holding cells.

As the troupe moved Blue Bacchus whispered to his partner. "You don’t suppose that once Lord Scorponok is through with whoever he’s interested in he’ll toss ‘em back our way?"

Black Shadow let out a low chuckle before sending his friend his own whispered response. "I don’t see why he wouldn’t. But if you’re that hell bent on knowing, then by all means ask away."

Blue sent the flier a nervous look before he took one quick glance over his shoulder at the massive Decepticon Commander. His nervous expression quickly morphed into a frightened stare before he turned his attention back to his colleague. "I believe it’d be prudent if I simply kept my vocalizer muted."

"Now that is possibly your best idea yet, my dear Blue." Black Shadow flashed the other mech a wicked smirk only to have Blue cast a searing glare in his direction.

A few breems passed before the doors to the prisoner cell blocks appeared in front of the small gathering of mechs. The doors quietly slid aside leaving the space beyond available for access. Black Shadow and his associate passed through the portal and made their way to the cell block entrance where each side was lined with individual…rather accommodating, incarceration rooms.

The Infiltration Unit Commander stopped just before the block’s entrance and turned to face Scorponok and the other attendees…a broad devious grin spread across his face.

“My Lord. There a number of Autobots held within these cells. You mentioned you were interested in meeting with the highest ranking individuals…however…" Black Shadow offered a slight bow before he turned on his heel and led the group further into the brig. He did not stop at any one particular cell, instead opting to guide the Commander to one of the interrogation chambers.

"…I thought, Lord Scorponok, that I’d introduce you to one of our resident high ranking Autobot team members."

Within mere moments and with a grand flourish Black Shadow passed through the threshold of the chamber only stopping when he was several feet before Soul Siren and her prisoner.

“My Lord…May I present our dear, dear interrogator, Soul Siren and her very lucky “guest”…the Technobot, Lightspeed." The black and crimson ‘Con tilted his head slightly, “Come now, Autobot…wave hello." After an astrosecond Black Shadow sent the Technobot a deep frown. “Well…now that’s not very personable…tied down or not, the least you can do is say “good day”."
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Insidious » Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:40 am

Holding Cells

Pointblank let out a half-hearted chuckle at Brainstorm's initial response. There was no good way to lay out the situation their faction was in on this planet, but hearing it laid out like that pretty much solidified the sorry state of affairs they were in the midst of.

"...heh, yeah, I'd say that about sums it up," Pointblank began before reflecting on the rest of Brainstorm's thoughts. He thought about it for a second but, truthfully, he had already given the matter a fair deal of thought. Sure they could sit here and try to concoct some random escape attempt and be all noble Autobots and all that, and if the circumstances were different he probably would have jumped in and tried to contribute to such a plan if it were being hatched up. But this? No. Brainstorm had pretty much confirmed the conclusion that Pointblank had come to as well, even if he hadn't been willing to verbalize it up to this point. If they were going to make some kind of break for it, they would have to wait for a better opportunity. There were just too many obstacles stacked against them right now.

"No argument here, on either point," Pointblank said in response to Brainstorm's statements both in regards to their plan of action--or lack thereof right now--as well as Perceptor's perceived inability to act. Not that Pointblank doubted the scientist's ability to improve...but...he didn't really know the mech all that well. And what he did now of him didn't seem like it would handle being in this kind of situation.

"He's obviously a top-notch scientist, and I hear he's a pretty good shot, too. But neither of those skills would do him much good right now. He'd be just as screwed as the rest of us are."
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The Horrorcon's taunting had done little to provoke Rad. He was in too much pain to be thinking about the moral dilemma that either the Autobots or the Decepticons were caught up in after having waged a war against each other for this long. His personality didn't lend itself to being provoked much anyway. He had been paying attention to the chattings of the other Autobots though, and he couldn't help but chime in, good-naturedly, even if the circumstances didn't lend themselves to such.

"Screwed, screwed, screwed," Rad chuckled, pushing himself up against the back of his cell as he looked over at Pyro.

"What do you think our next should be now, chief?" Rad asked, tinkering with an open panel on his right arm as the doors to the holding cell areas slid open. It wasn't just Seeker guards or Vehicon drones coming to pay them all a visit this time, it looked like they had garnered the attention of all the big-wig mechs currently stationed on this planet. Just their lucky slaggin' day.

"Here comes your friends and mine," Rad chuckled, quietly.
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Marcus Rush » Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:30 pm

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Holding Cell 2

Pyro shifted his weight on the slab he had been unceremoniously deposited. His optics were still dimmed due to power drain and damage he had sustained in the unorganized chaos that was that assault on the Insecticon Depot. Still in his direct smoldering gaze locked onto Apeface with a heated stare of energon daggers through the Horrorcon's spark case. "I believe in the ideals of Optimus Prime. Though admittedly that had not always been so. But because of the senseless slaughter that you and your brainwashed cultists are content to expouse and employ, I am forced to expand my own horizons. The only drone here is the one who is lead with blinders and of course kept down wind of the majority who have functional olfactory sensors. Of course I must ammend my initial claims about being totally programmed with the innate sense of being lead off a cliff, or brainwashed for such a simple term. For one has to have functional processors and data banks in order to have them to be reprogrammed."

With that Pyro bid the Horrorcon his dismisal before looking over at his compatriots. He ignored the presense of the hulking behemoth, knowing full well if it dared to assail them within the cell, even the Autobots in their current state could overwhelm and incompasitate the horrifically under washed primate. "If there is any blame to be had, my fellow Autobots, it should fall to me. There are no excuses, however legitimate they may be."

The Autobot Ranger finally swung his damaged body over the edge of the slab and looked on the cells containing Rad, Pointblank and Brainstorm. "I had hoped that such a strike could have been both beneficial in terms of fuel and a warning beacon to an organized Autobot resistance." He shook his head briefly before returning to optic lock. "I had no idea that there was no such organizational hierarchy."

"As of now, our only commanding officer is Scattershot. Unfortunately regardless of where he and his command staff landed, I am confident they were captured as well. Just by judging the over all response of the Decepticons."

He pushed himself to his feet and did his best to stabilize himself from wobbling over. "Our next move should be self evident."
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Cryhavok » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:28 am

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Tenebrous – Interrogation Chamber, Autobot Prisoner Cell Block

"We are acquainted." Scorponok stated coldly in response to Black Shadow's introduction of Soul Siren and her subject of attention. Normally he wouldn't have minded the way Black Shadow behaved before this prisoner but this was not a time to play games. Scorponok knew he was short on time to exploit the opening the capture of Farstar's crew had presented. He wanted results and he wanted them now.

Moving towards the interrogator and the practically drugged Autobot, Scorponok pushed Black Shadow aside with the side of his claw and crouched down closer to Soul Siren's level. Even in this position the enormous Decepticon was taller than any of his lieutenants present. And the size difference between him and the lithe interrogator? It was nearly comical.

"Confirm the following hypothesis Soul Siren. Lightspeed and the other Technobots were send by Fortress Maximus to investigate why their Nebulos outpost went silent." Scorponok questioned and followed his question by presenting additional one before he gave Soul Siren a chance to respond, "And does Lightspeed's function as a data processor give him access to limited level Autobot command codes?"
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Cryhavok » Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:14 am

Motto: ""It is all about pain.""
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Tenebrous - Holding Cell 2, Autobot Prisoner Cell Block

"Oh bravo fanboy. You cannot deny my claims nor hurt me physically. Hah, you can't even hold the moral high ground through abstaining from insults. I truly love this Autobot hypocrisy." Apeface chuckled as Pyro turned away from him, utilizing the ages old technique of getting rid of something through ignoring it.

Apparently these Autobots believed he wouldn't bother going physical with them. A dangerous misconception. The Autobots were all battered and subjected to number of various injuries from cracked headlights to missing limbs. Most importantly for Apeface's advantage though, they were drained so low on energon that they'd have had hard time defeating a Vehicon, yet alone a Horrorcon worth of dozens of Vehicons. Pyro was really the only one in the cell who had the power and skill to stand against Apeface would he choose to assault the Autobots. And even that scenario included Pyro being in perfect operational condition. The rest of the Autobots within the cell? They were nothing but appetizers to the likes of the Horrorcons.

Apeface however, had no plans of getting into the cell to beat the beaten. Not that he idea hadn't crossed his mind. The potential of these Autobots holding critical information was high. Pummeling them to brink of death would do little reveal any of their secrets. Sure, brute force as interrogation method was often efficient enough and while no interrogator - Apeface knew how to get answers from those susceptible towards such methods. And none of the Autobots had the signs of a pushover in them. Heck, give them an opportunity and a bomb-belt and all four would likely volunteer for a suicide job. No, he'd just have some laughs on their expense while letting the professional interrogators to crack them. And thus, the Horrorcon shrugged and took his leave...

...Only to return couple of kliks later with a barrel hoisted on his shoulder. The Autobots though, were still playing the game of ignore Apeface. Which made it all so much easier to open the cell, toss the barrel in and activate the cell's force field again. Not that the energon drained Autobots would have been even able to rush out of the cell during the short while it was open.

"A little gift to you from yours truly." Apeface stated and assumed his primate form again. "A barrel full of dirty, special grade lubricant with extremely high temperature resistance and with just perfect mix of mining dust. Could be toxic too, not too sure but eh, who cares. Oh yeah, added a pressure charge too for good measure. I mean, how else to achieve a proper spread?"

"Oh and the timer inside the barrel is ticking. I believe there should be about... 3 second to detonation. Anytime no-"

Before Apeface finished whatever he was going to say, the barrel in the middle of the holding cell exploded, spraying the disgusting, dirty lubricant all over the cell and its occupants. Given how the Horrorcon had chose just right tools for his trick, no fires were set either.

"I think the number of mechs to be kept down wind of functional olfactory sensors just grew exponentially, don't you think?"
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Insidious » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:28 pm

The Perdition--Bridge

Soul Siren's latest transmission was a highly intriguing one. Reflector found it to be anyway. There had been definite questions regarding the origin of the Farstar and its crew. The surveillance specialist was pleased to hear that it was indeed Fortress Maximus at the end of that particular tether. The likelihood that Scorponok would have the opportunity to put that sizable Autobot nuisance out of commission forever had increased steadily.

>>"I thought you might. Your interactions with that Technobot were beginning to border on something they would have broadcast on the holos back during the Golden Age. Not that I am one to question, as it seems to have produced results. Cyclonus should be pleased."<<

All of them, in fact, should be pleased. Scorponok most of all, if the intelligence proved to be true. He just hoped that he would not be stationed aboard the Perdition indefinitely. He was exceedingly curious to learn what Scorponok had been up to during his time away from Nebulos.
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Interrogation Chamber

Just that simply, the callous interrogator seemed to soften. Lightspeed used the opportunity to let out a small sigh of relief. If that was the information the Decepticons wanted and it would spare his teammates going through the same suffering that he had, or worse, then it was worth it. Lightspeed did not feel as if he had compromised any critical information.

Lightspeed could physically feel the pain that he had been experiencing earlier begin to steadily decrease. What was odd was that other sensory sensations seemed to be decreasing as well. Before long, Soul Siren's words were the only ones that he could hear, even as he saw other Decepticons--larger and even more powerful Decepticons--enter the prison area. He looked to them briefly, as one of them seemed to be indicating him specifically to the hulking form of Scorponok, but his attention was quickly brought back to Soul Siren herself.

Lightspeed paused to consider her question. Again, what she was asking for did not seem to be overly critical information. Even so, he was less inclined to give it up than he had been with the information of who had sent them here in the first place. After all, if they knew who all had been crewing the Farstar, it would be that much easier to check them off as they hunted them down.

And yet, how much longer would be it until the Decepticons did that anyway? Would it really matter if he gave them a duty roster for the Farstar? Besides, he felt so relaxed and at peace right now. What was the worst that could happen, really?

"Here," Lightspeed said, bringing up an internal file and slicing through the basic encryptions that would allow Soul Siren to access it while she was patched in to him. "Full duty roster. Not that it will do you much good. It looks like you've got most of us already."
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Mazinman » Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:55 pm

Interrogation Chamber

It has always been to Soul Siren's great frustration that she was so weak. That frustration, however, would sometimes be good for the health of other Decepticons. Such was the case at this moment. Had she the power, she would have ripped off the heads of Black Shadow and Blue Bacchus for daring to interrupt her during such a sensitive moment of her interrogation. The mention of the name "Scorponok" however stopped her cold and the sheer anger she felt at the interruption was replaced with great joy at hearing his words. When Scorponok was around she felt safe and appreciated. As he got close to her, however, she also felt embarrassed. Here she was covered in Autobot fluids, hardly presentable to her commander. No matter what she felt, however, she was always a professional so her exterior never betrayed her internal emotions.

She smiled when Lightspeed gave her the document she sought. Obtaining information from Autobots was always satisfying but never quiet so when Scorponok was here to witness it. She ran a check on the document to make sure there was no trickery on it and opened her private channel to the Reflector trio.

"I am uploading to you a document obtained from the Autobot which contains their full duty roster."


She made her answer brief as she had to speak to her commander. In any case, she trusted the Reflector trio to know what to do with that information. She opened a private communication channel to Scorponok.

"Your first inquiry has already been confirmed. The subject mentioned earlier that Fortress Maximus sent them to investigate a research team that they had lost contact with. Also, I have sent the list of the Autobots that where sent to this planet to Reflector. I will obtain the other information you seek now. My apologies for this display."


She knew that Lightspeed could not hear that Scorponok said so she put on a look on concern on her face as she spoke to him again.

"Thank you very much Lightspeed. Commander Scorponok wants you to turn over the Autobot Command Codes you possess. Please... it's really important."

She accented her words with a tone of fear to make Lightspeed think that her own life depended on this. As she spoke, however, she continued her manipulations of his systems, preparing for the possibility of an unsatisfactory answer.
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Re: Nebulos - Fire In The Sky

Postby Insidious » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:42 pm

Interrogation Chamber

It was over.

Surely, Primus, it was going to be over now and he could rejoin his team and begin to strategize regarding what information he had provided to the Decepticons and how to best nullify any strategic advantage they could even conceivably draw from it. Lightspeed did not see any--or much--but that did not mean it did not exist.

Only the reality hit him that it wasn't over. That pain stung a little deeper than anything that Soul Siren had done. He felt so numbed, so good, and yet he was not so out of it that he could not see the fact that the Decepticons were going to keep prying and prying until they stripped away every possible piece of valuable data that Lightspeed had in his systems.

Now she wanted wanted codes. Command codes? To what? The Steelhaven? Garrus-9? As the Technobots' data processor, Lightspeed had a requisite degree of access to such things and was held in trust of such things by Fortress Maximus, but there was no moral equivocating that Lightspeed could do regarding this information.

What he had given the Decepticons thus far, he could argue in his own mind, would benefit the Decepticons little and theoretically spare the life of his team and the other Autobots here. Whatever type of command access codes this Decepticon interrogator, and ultimately Scorponok, wanted could not be rationalized in that same manner. Lives could be lost. Far more lives than what might be saved here.

Soul Siren, for her part, was filling her role beautifully. To some degree, Lightspeed could admit falling for her lures. The tortured, unwilling Decepticon acting on behalf of her crueler masters. The Technobots commanding officer, their ship's roster--all reasonable under the circumstances, if not explicitly permissible under the Autobot code of conduct. Command codes, however, were just a bridge too far and Lightspeed was done.

"Tell Commander Scorponok....that he can pry those codes out of my cold, rusted aft plating."
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It had taken a long time, far longer than Cyclonus would have liked, but the transmission from Soul Siren a short time ago confirmed the trust that he had placed in the femme to get the job that he had wanted done.

>>"Excellent, Soul Siren. Most excellent indeed."<<

Stoically, Cyclonus had followed the others in to the area containing the holding cells and ultimately the interrogation chamber where Soul Siren was doing her work nearby. The sense of satisfaction on his face was evident. If Soul Siren had cracked the little Technobot as she said, it would only be a matter of time before all the necessary information they needed to make their next move would come spilling out. This planet was already unquestionably under Decepticon control. Now they would be in prime positioning to acquire the weapon they had seen on ancient recordings and thus be in a prime position to eliminate all threats to the 2nd Expansion fleet. From there, it would only be a matter of time before they could rejoin the core Decepticon war machine and end this conflict once and for all.

As he watched the interrogation continue, Cyclonus could not help but let his gaze slip towards the other Autobot prisoners in the area. He had been here not all that long ago doing almost this very thing. In particular, his optics fell on Scattershot, and he walked towards the Technobots' primary holding cell once more, a sinister grin etched on his angular face.

"Noble intentions crashing against inevitable Decepticon superiority like waves on a mountainside," Cyclonus said, bringing his face right to the edge of the cell's energy field. "Did you truly expect for your petty resistance to end any other way?"
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