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Off to Work We Go

Postby Devastron » Sat Jan 02, 2010 2:18 pm

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Some Distance from Decepticon HQ

Hook noted with some disgust the poor condition of the native roads. They seemed to be made of an aggregate of native rocks and some sort of petroleum residue. It was a disgusting and primitive mixture and likely the best these primitives could construct. On Cybertron roads were constructed of a high tensile strength alloy that was highly resistant to corrosion. High speed lanes were kept smooth to allow fast and nearly frictionless travel while slower lanes had a thin layer of tougher alloy pasted over it potmarked with microscope holes to allow a smooth trip but with a good amount of friction to allow more precise turning, control and stopping power. Compared to those roads they might as well be driving over a dirt path.

The Constructicon drove in the middle of the convoy of Decepticons. It had taken a little time to rig up Scavenger on some sort of conveyance as apparently his treads were not ‘street legal’ and quickly began chewing up the primitive roads. Now he sat upon a wheeled conveyance pulled along by Long Haul. It was another irritant this planet gave to them among many others.

“I hope we are approaching the target area. With all of the dirt and other pollutants Long Haul is kicking up along these primitive roads it will be any wonder if all of our sensors aren’t completely jammed and clogged up. Disgusting world."
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby FuzzymusPrime » Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:03 pm

Northern Washington State

Windows tinted to hide their empty cabins, Scrapper led the Constructicons on thier path to find the Ore-13. It was interesting to see these primitive organics and the progress they had made with their simplistic technology. Driving past other vehicles and buildings or various shapes and sizes, Scrapper couldn't help but be impressed with what the humans had done with their poor lot. These humans must have some very skilled engineers to create this approximation of civilisation with so little. It might be worth examining them a little closer to see what they know about 'living rough' on mudballs like this.

Some comms chatter brought Scrapper back to the mission. "The condition of the planet is pretty bad, yes, but understandable given all the organic beings in the vicinity. I'm sure your superior Decepticon construction can handle a little mud, Hook. We're about half-way to the target zone, so there shouldn't be many more problems-"

Several kilometres ahead, Scrapper sensed a flimsy barrier blocking the road, attached to a small building. Scrapper zoomed his visual sensors in to a sign on the side of the structure.

"'Canadian Border Control'? What's a Canadian Border?"

OOC: Sorry if I'm throwing in unneeded plot details, but the Canadian mountains are the closest 'wilderness' to Washington state, and that means a certain route.
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby Smokescreen85 » Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:33 pm

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Northern Washington State

Long Haul drove down the primative highway, lugging Scavenger behind him on a large trailer. The Constructicons hadn't even reached their destination where they could gather the ore and Long Haul was already carrying something. In this instance, it was one of his fellow builders whose treads would probably destroy the flimsy roads on this horrible world. I still don't see why Scavenger can't drive himself around, Long Haul thought, knowing better than to say anything out loud. Bonecrusher is handling the road just fine and he has treads. Just one more example of how I'm viewed on this team, I guess.

Long Haul then overheard the complaints of Hook, who was driving a short distance behind him. "Sorry, Hook. I can't help how much dust I'm kicking up. Maybe you shouldn't drive so close to me." Scrapper's own response seemed to quiet the surgical engineer, at least for the time being.

A short time later, the six Constructicons approached a barrier of some kind that was blocking the road up ahead. Long Haul heard Scrapper say something about a 'Canadian Border Control'. Long Haul wasn't sure exactly what that was, but it sounded like a border crossing of some kind. "Scrapper, I think we're about to cross into a different nation-state. It's quite possible we might have to pass through a manned check point to gain entrance. What are we going to do? We don't have drivers!"
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby FuzzymusPrime » Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:49 pm

Northern Washington State

"Yes, you're probably right, Long Haul. We should have expected as much on a planet like this." I've been admiring their technology, but these organics obviously haven't made any great progress on their culture.

On Cybertron, the city-states may have been governed seperately, but they were still one union without internal borders. Ruled foolishly by the Autobots, perhaps, but still one entity. But virtually all of the species Scrapper had seen since as the war had sent him across the galaxy insisted in chopping up their planet into fragments, walling each other in in order to preserve some imagined uniqueness. Obviously not a sign of a robust culture, particularly given how much easier it made the Decepticons job.

"Alright, we'll have to get off this road. Onto those sidetrails, and we'll find a way through the border. There may not be any major fortifications, but there could still be sensors or mines. Once we're out of sight, Scavenger can get off and make a sweep, find a gap we can use. Now move, and stay alert."

With this, Scrapper changed lanes, and went down an exit off the main road, almost hitting an inattentive human driver as he went. Ugh, stay out of our way, humans. The last thing we need now is to draw attention to ourselves.
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby Smokescreen85 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:35 pm

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North Washington State – Near the Border

Long Haul followed Scrapper down an exit ramp as the Constructicon leader almost hit a human vehicle as he went. Long Haul quietly chuckled as he managed to avoid hitting the same car or anything else, even while pulling Scavanger’s gerth behind him. Once they were off the main roads and onto the smaller side trails, Long Haul pulled up alongside his commander, kicking up even more dust and debris as they went.

“We’re almost at the border, boss, “Long Haul informed Scrapper. “I’ll stop up ahead and let Scavenger do his sweep. We should be far enough away from any prying optics to not be seen out here." Long Haul then came to a stop near the border and turned his attention back to his large passenger behind him. “Okay, Scavenger, you can get off here." Long Haul then patiently waited for his teammate to finish scanning the area.
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby Devastron » Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:18 pm

Weapon: Energo-Sword
North Washington State – Near the Border

“The indignities forced upon us while working on these primitive worlds is endless," Hook grumbled as he followed the others off of the road and on to some sort of sidetrail. The unpaved terrain made the crudely paved roads they had been driving on seem like a smooth superhighway back during the Golden Age of Cybertron. Hook bounced up and down over various rocks, dips and cracks in the neglected and primitive road.

The surgical engineer pulled up next to the other Constructicons as they came to a stop to let Scavenger do his work. “I do hope there is a deposit nearby. I was not built with off road driving in mind. I will have to recalibrate all of my sensors when we return to base to make sure they haven’t been jarred loose thanks to these crude roads." He wasn’t at all happy with this mission so far. Only returning to base or having some task worthy of at least a modicum of his skill and attention was liable to shut him up.
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby FuzzymusPrime » Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:58 pm

North Washington State – Near the Border

Scavenger gave Scrapper his report. "There's a sensor network, if you can call it that. Simple vibration detectors, we can just fly over them."

"Belay that. I'd rather not risk it, in case the humans in the guardpost are on alert. Hook, this requires subtlety and a steady manipulator, that's your department. Disable a section of sensors without alerting the humans to the breach in their network. I want to be across the border in a breem.

He'll have it done in two kliks if its as simple as most of the earthling technology. Better to have him bragging than whining about the local conditions any more. The Ore site is nearby, and there it'll be Scavenger and me doing most of the work. Best to give Hook a chance to shine now.
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby Devastron » Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:09 pm

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North Washington State – Near the Border

“A seismic detection network. A simple, crude but effective system for detecting any of the wheeled vehicles these humans all seem to drive. It will be easy to bypass or reroute once I’ve located an access point." Hook activated his own sensors, using the readings sent by Scavenger as a guide he was able to trace the line of sensors to a surface access point. After driving a short distance he located one, a maintenance panel of some sort. It would have to do.

Quietly the Constructicon transformed, remaining crouched down to hide beneath the tree line. He carefully opened the panel, cutting through the lock with a torch, and went to work. As he had predicted, it was a simple system. The individual sensors had carefully balanced components that would send and electrical pulse down to whatever transceiver they were using in a base somewhere. It was easy for him to simply loop several of the detectors together, splicing wires together so that any signal sent from the detectors would simply bounce back into the loop and never be received. He carefully replaced the panel and soldered the lock back together. It would be obvious to anyone who carefully examined it that it had been cut, but a casual glance would reveal nothing.

Hook transformed and drove back to the other Constructicons. “The detectors have been effectively disabled for a one klick radius. That should be more than enough to allow us to pass. It was a simple enough task that even a seeker could have accomplished it. I do hope there will be something more worthy of my attention on this mission. I am not some simple mechanic here to tinker around with the local primitives’ technology."
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby FuzzymusPrime » Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:08 pm

North Washington State – Near the Border

I was sure that might keep him quiet a little longer... Scrapper hadn't expected Hook to have any difficulties with the human technology, but he had hoped the fussy micro-technician would have been slightly more proud of himself at that. That wouldn't have been as easy as he makes out, the systems sheer simplicity makes it hard to alter that greatly. But there was no time for musing.

"I'll be sure to get you something to do when we get there, Hook. Now move out, Constructicons. I want to be back through here before the humans find this breach.

Scrapper revs his engine and powers over the Canadian border, headed towards the mountains in the distance: Their objective, now tantalisingly close.
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby Smokescreen85 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:09 pm

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U.S. / Canadian Border

Long Haul followed the rest of the Constructicons across the border into the nation state called Canada. They weren’t far from their destination now. The mountains ahead contained the ore that they were searching for. Once there it wouldn’t take long for the six of them to mine the powerful mineral and then load the green dump truck up to the brim. Long Haul would then do what he did better than anyone and that was to lug the ore back to base.

Hopefully, Megatron wouldn’t admonish them too much for taking so long. It wasn’t entirely the Constructicons’ fault. Trying to stay incognito was a difficult task considering the terrain they had to travel and the obstacles they had to contend with, such as border crossings, sensors and the like. At least now they were across the border and almost to the coordinates.

“How much further, boss?" Long Haul asked Scrapper, pulling along side the Constructicon leader. “If I get any more dust in my servos, I’ll end up stalling out on this muck covered road."
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby Devastron » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:48 pm

Weapon: Energo-Sword
U.S. / Canadian Border

Hook remained relatively quiet as they continued their journey. The little opportunity to do something had satisfied him enough to curb his complaining, for now at least. He still felt that most of this operation was well beneath him. He was designed for delicate work, not this simple grunt type of field work. Some day he hoped that command would truly fully utilize his vast capabilities. A personal lab on some isolated asteroid somewhere would be ideal. With all of the equipment he could ever want and without any interruptions it was almost beyond his imagination what he could possibly create.

He was broken from his reverie by the words of Long Haul. While he wouldn’t have used the exact words of the other Constructicon, he had posed a good question. He awaited the response from Scrapper, eager to get to work and get this mission completed. There was likely to be plenty of far more important work back at base for him to complete.
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby FuzzymusPrime » Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:38 pm

Canadian Mountains

They're like a bunch of protoforms at times... Scrapper muses, as he drives up the incline into the foothills of the mountain range. "Not much further now, at least in terms of distance. It seems Shockwave left this sample in the middle of this inconvenient pile of rocks and dirt. The deposit is buried up here somewhere. Scavenger should have us a reading soon."

Mountains...such inconvenient things. Why did the creators of these organic planets leave them lying around all over the place? And why haven't the natives moved them yet? Even with their small bodies, a few thousand cycles would be long enough to clear this wasted space. And they could extract minerals too.

Scavengers shovel swings about. "Got a scent, boss. It's faint, but its coming from that ravine."

"I suppose it'd be too much for a more convenient location...Well Constructicons, its not like a bit of off-road driving will dismantle us. Head for that ravine, and prepare flight modes if the going becomes unstable." Scrapper raises his shovel slightly and turns off the round, bumping over the rough terrain on the last leg of the journey.
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby Devastron » Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:58 pm

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Canadian Mountains

Hook was barely containing his complaints as the Constructicons continued to traverse the planet. He continued to be annoyed and disgusted over how primitive the planet was. It seemed at every turn there was some new obstacle, whether it be crushed rocks, organic debris or water. It was going to take some incredible work to make this world truly suitable for Transformer life.

Of course that was assuming they didn’t simply strip the planet of all of its energy and raw materials and leave it a barren rock. That would certainly be acceptable. Not even he could deny that the planet had large potential to feed the Decepticon war machine with materials and fuel.

Well, whatever high command decided to do with the planet he would be happy to never again traverse its native terrain again.
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby FuzzymusPrime » Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:51 pm

Canadian Mountains

Scrapper lands next to Scavenger, as the sensor specialist tapped his shovel against a non-descript patch of mossy rock. "It down here boss, directly underneath this point. I'd say less than 300 deltons down."

"Excellent. I was afraid we might have to rearrange the geography to get to it. Long Haul, pull out the type 3 drill. Hook, you handle the sampling, I want some nice clean cores for analysis. The rated accuracy is 600 microns, I know you can improve that by at least a factor of 30. And try not to cause any vibrations: All the loose rock on the slopes could be an issue. I don't want to have to dig our equipment out of an avalanche."
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby Smokescreen85 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:48 am

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Canadian Mountains

Long Haul pulled up to where Scrapper stood and transformed to robot mode. They were in the middle of nowhere, so it was reasonably safe to do so now. The Constructicon transport listened as his leader barked orders to the group. I’m setting up drills now? This is different, Long Haul thought as he moved into position above where the ore deposit was located.

Reaching into subspace storage, Long Haul pulled out the required Type-3 drill and began assembling it. The time it took to do so was minimal and before long the drill was ready to go. “All right, I’m all set up here, Scrapper," he informed the Constructicon Commander. “I’ll start the drilling now." Long Haul then set the device on a low speed to help minimize the vibrations and watched the drill begin to dig into the rocky earth.
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby Devastron » Mon May 03, 2010 8:02 pm

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Canadian Mountains

Hook nodded at Scrapper as he gave the orders. He would have little problem matching and exceeding his leader’s expectations. This type of delicate and precise work was his forte after all. This would finally be a bit more of a true test of his abilities, something to make his coming along as a worthwhile investment for High Command.

The Constructicon waited patiently as Long Haul drilled a hole in the ground. Once the other Decepticon had reached the correct depth Hook went to work. Once the drill was removed from the hole Hook carefully lowered a probe and sample collector down into the opening. Once the probe reached the correct depth he activated the collector, allowing it to clamp down around the sample.

Hook transformed to his alternate mode, preferring the more precise control it afforded him. He lowered the hook down and attached it to the probe and collector. He carefully began winching the sample up, careful to keep it perfectly still. Finally the sample emerged from the hole. Encased inside the clear cylinder was a care sample with a large crystal visible inside of it. “Your sample Scrapper, in perfect condition as requested."
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby FuzzymusPrime » Sun May 09, 2010 6:20 pm

Canadian Mountains

"Why thank you, Hook." Scrapper gingerly took the core sample and looked it over. It didn't quite look like regular Energon, being green and heavy, but it had a tantalising pink luminescence in the middle of it...Definitely worth further examination.

Scrapper elbowed Mixmaster aside as the chemist attempted to crowd into him for a better look. "Not yet, Mixmaster. We take this back to base for full examination, before we do anything else. Constructicons, pack up the equipment and prepare to retrace our steps. With any luck our bypass of the border control should still be intact, and we can be back in our proper base in no time."

Scrapper stowed the sample in his internal storage and transformed. "When you're ready, gentlemechs."
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby Smokescreen85 » Mon May 10, 2010 5:49 am

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Canadian Mountains

Long Haul watched as the drill dug deep into the earth. Once it was finished burrowing to the appropriate depth, Hook extracted the ore sample and gave it to Scrapper. The Constructicon Leader was pleased with the sample and gave the order to pack up and return to base.

Long Haul quickly dismantled the Type-3 drill and stowed it away into subspace storage. He had assumed that he would be needed to transport the ore back to base, but since the sample was small enough, his services were not needed in that regard.

Long Haul then transformed to dump truck mode and pulled alongside Scrapper. "Ready when you are, boss."
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby Devastron » Sun May 30, 2010 5:55 pm

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Canadian Mountains

Hook carefully stowed away the probe, pleased with his personal success on the mission. It was obvious now that only his precise skills could have recovered such a substantial and intact specimen for further testing. Still, he wished that he could have skipped the substantial journey to the location of the specimen. It was just another in a long like of unappreciated sacrifices he made in the name of the Decepticons. He transformed into his alternate mode, ready to head out with the rest of the team.
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby FuzzymusPrime » Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:45 pm

Canadian Mountains

"Constructicons, let's go." Scrapper transforms and drives out of the ravine, leading the team back the way they came. Theres a definite temptation to cut loose, to activate flight mode and just fly back to the base at top speed, but Scrapper knew better than to risk that type of reckless behaviour at this late stage. Instead he plotted a course to retrace their steps as closely as possible. Tedious, but it had worked well last time. Hopefully the humans were still ignorant of their presence, and they could get back to the lab without incident. The cover of darkness, which was rapidly setting in, should help with that.

He thought about his bored teammates. Some of them might like an incident...

[Dev, now that the battle at the base is concluded, its up to you whether you want to speedily end this thread and get us back to base, or perhaps spice it up with a run-in with Border Control.]
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Re: Off to Work We Go

Postby Devastron » Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:04 pm

Weapon: Energo-Sword
Canadian Mountains

The Constructicons drove down from the mountains without incident, owing to their experience in getting there. The cover of darkness certainly helped. There were the usual litany of complaints, annoyances and unwanted comments, but they made fairly good time. Soon they would arrive back at the Decepticon headquarters where the real work would begin.


OOC: Constructicons move to Decepticon Earth HQ thread.
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