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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Smokescreen85 » Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:28 pm

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Shockwave’s Tower – Main Lab

Razorclaw monitored Divebomb’s progress of unloading the scientific equipment as the Predacon Commander waited for the other members of his team to respond to his earlier communiqué. It didn’t take too long to hear from Tantrum, who wanted to know where he could dump the fuel cells he was carrying aimlessly through the tower. Razorclaw opened a comm line to Tantrum:

>>Take the fuel cells to the storage room on Level 3. I’d send you a map of the place, but I am unable to download one since the tower isn’t fully powered up yet. The storage room won’t be too hard to locate, though, and it should be clearly marked. Once you’re done unloading the cells, report to the main lab facility with the rest of us.<<

Once Razorclaw was done giving Tantrum further instructions, he received an encoded communication from Shockwave.

>>Understood, Commander Shockwave. I will get right on it.<<

Razorclaw then turned back to Divebomb. “I’m needed elsewhere. Finish unloading the equipment. Once you are done, wait for Tantrum and the others to arrive. Make sure they don’t wreck the place while I’m gone." Divebomb nodded and watched as his commander exited the main lab.

Shockwave’s Tower - Energy Distribution Halls

Razorclaw entered the long dormant distribution halls of energon that had powered Shockwave’s tower many vorns ago. It was now a dark and dank place to be sure, but that would soon change. The Predacon Commander knew what had to be done as he made his way to the far end of the hall. He approached a dust covered wall that seemed flat with no discernable surface features. But looks could be deceiving and were in this case.

Razorclaw brushed away the thick layer of dust and exposed a panel in the wall. Raising his right arm, his hand disappeared into his wrist socket and was replaced by a power tool, which he then used to unscrew the panel at the four corners. Once the screws were undone, the Predacon Commander carefully removed the panel and set it aside before turning his attention to the energon connections in front of him. Since the tower currently lacked the appropriate power, he needed to make the necessary links manually instead of via a computer terminal. It would take a bit more time, but it was something that had to be done.

Studying the connectors carefully in the darkened hall, Razorclaw identified the 400 terawatt energy cable and then carefully hooked it into the tower’s energon siphon. Once the connection was secured, he turned his attention to the large power switch to his left and flipped it upwards, initiating the energon flow.

If Razorclaw could have smiled, he would have as the tower began to come alive again and light filled the energy distribution halls for the first time in what seemed like forever. The Predacon Commander then quickly replaced the wall panel, making sure each screw was in its proper place. Once that was completed, he exited the energon facility, closing the doors behind him and initiating the locking mechanism. Once the entrance was secured, Razorclaw then swiftly made his way up to the nerve center of the tower to report to Shockwave.

Shockwave’s Tower – The Nerve Center

Razorclaw entered the tower's command center, taking notice of the large amount of surveillance equipment that adorned the large room. He had expected to see as much. Shockwave was always one who liked to intimidate others by keeping an eye on everything and everyone. Once the network was completely restored, the cycloptic mech could easily do just that, but it would take some time. Still, Razorclaw had to be careful when moving about the tower, not knowing how long it would take ol’ one eye to get his cameras up and running even on a limited basis.

Razorclaw quickly approached the large command throne where Shockwave waited for the Predacon leader’s report. “My lord, I have connected 400 terawatts of energon into the tower’s energy siphon as ordered, sir. I have also locked the hall's entrance. It now only requires a security code of your choosing, commander."
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Ember » Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:58 pm

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Shockwave’s Tower – Living Quarters

Blackwind remained silent as she reclined and listened to Thunderwing. She nodded in kind as he mentioned that he remembered just how the Empire ran. She forced a smile with the mention of the behavior within the Empire. She quietly responded. “You would be correct in believing that that kind of behavior is still alive and well within the Empire." Her position changed from that of a relaxed state to something more serious as he continued with his explanation.

She remained silent as he went on. Once he finished she kept quiet for a few moments taking in all that was said. She finally stood from the berth and turned so her back was facing him. She began with a sigh. “As far as your rank within the Empire, I could certainly find out, but that might take some time.”She looked over her shoulder and smiled back at him. “I’m glad you are willing to share your work with us, now I won’t have to tell Lord Megatron you were uncooperative." She turned fully to face him as she proceeded. “I’m also sure that no one but Shockwave could pose you any real danger, however with your help keeping an optic on him he will be no trouble. With both of us working together it will make it easier for you to proceed with your experiments with little to no worry."

She slowly made her way to stand directly in front of him, an enchanting smile on her face. “I believe that I can offer you something that will help you gain my trust, and that will make you very, very……….happy." Her smiled turned provocative as she stared at him. She then produced a small device held between her forefinger and middle finger.

Her voice lowered to just above a whisper.”This is something I came into possession of before we left Earth." She put the device away before she continued. “Now, are you willing to take me to your lab? I can assure you, you’ll find what I have to be very helpful."
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Cryhavok » Sat Dec 05, 2009 5:19 am

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Shockwave’s Tower – The Nerve Center

As Razorclaw connected the required energon into the energy distribution siphon, the long dormant nerve center of the tower instantly came alive. It had been designed as direct extension to Shockwave's own extremely powerful cpu unit, thus only a select few could even hope to utilize the full potential of the towers computing capabilities. Still, after all this time, Shockwave could not just enstablish an instant neural link into the supercomputers. The system had to be rebooted and checked for corruption, otherwise the risks would be too great.

When the Predacon commander Razorclaw arrived to the nerve center entrance, Shockwave was already halfway through the full system scan. Naturally, the process had to be slowed down considerably as Shockwave could not focus on the program for a time being. As the door of the nerve center opened, the massive command throne whirled around to allow Shockwave to face the former gladiator who went straight to the business and delivered his report.

"Good. The codes you have placed have already been replaced with a program of my design. You will be given new codes with an interval of one cycle." Shockwave responded to Razorclaw's report.

"We have been gone for too long and there is much to do. Your special talents cannot be wasted in menial tasks within the tower. The tower's sensor network is far from operational and even after I get it working with acceptable efficiency for our current situation - it will not be even near its standard operational effiency." Shockwave explained, continuing, "Take your team with addition of Swindle and Weirdwolf. Scout at least the area within the range of 80 megamiles from the tower center and set up surveillance grid. I can use this data to set up a security perimeter to avoid any surprises. Also, if you encounter any surviving lifeforms - capture samples for research. Questions?"
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Devastron » Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:34 pm

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Shockwave’s Tower – Living Quarters

Now it was Thunderwing’s turn to listen as Blackwind gave him a reply to all of his questions. At her confirmation of how the Empire still worked through some assassination and backstabbing the Decepticon felt a mixture of relief and disappointment. Part of him had hoped the Empire was beyond such petty actions. In reality they often only worked to weaken the Empire, removing elements that could prove useful in the future. On the other hand though, it was a bit of a relief to find the Empire had not completely changed in his absence. Despite a certain distaste for it he had acquired some skill at the secret machinations that went on inside of it. With any luck he would be able to easily reintegrate himself back into its workings once the rest of the Decepticons returned to Cybertron.

The information on his rank could wait. Rank was often determined by personal power and intelligence in the Empire, and he possessed both of those in no insignificant quantity. He would reclaim a ranking of some prestige when it came time for that to be made official.

Thunderwing nodded as she mentioned his cooperation with sharing his findings. “As I said before, it was never my intention to keep my work to myself. I am happy to share it with the rest of the Empire."

The Decepticon listened quietly again as Blackwind went on. He was pleased to hear her accept his offer of assistance in watching Shockwave. The other Decepticon was a potential threat. With his brilliant mind and incredible power there were few who could claim to be his equal on either side of the war. Had he possessed even a fraction of the charisma that Megatron had in abundance then he would have likely challenged him for leadership directly some time ago, resulting in some sort of Civil War.

He was a bit surprised that Megatron would send such a potential troublemaker off on his own relatively unsupervised. Blackwind could certainly watch him, but if push truly came to shove she would not be able to stop him. There were the Predacons to consider as well however, and they had always been staunch Megatron loyalists. He may have sent Shockwave to be off on his own, but he had successfully isolated him by sending him to the barely living world surrounded by his handpicked soldiers. Shockwave would be forced to play along with Megatron, for now at least, assuming he did have motives against him. The fact that he had mysteriously disappeared so long ago only to return no and receive this assignment made him suspect that there had been and perhaps still was something going on there. Observing him would earn him the trust of Blackwind and Megatron and perhaps give him further insight of the functioning of the Empire now.

Thunderwing watched as Blackwind walked over to him standing directly in front of him. He cocked his right eye out of curiosity of her mention of something that would make him happy. His optics quickly moved from her smiling face to the object she had produced in her hand. He recognized it as a data storage device, one more advanced looking then the ones he had known. It likely possessed information or upgrades that would bring his systems up to whatever was the present technological level of the Empire. Of course, it was also possible that it had various spy programs and viruses that would dig through all of the data on his computers and monitor his actions on them. It was a risk he was willing to take though. He needed to give her another gesture of trust, and it was likely that the upgrades would be more than worth whatever nuisance such programs might give him.

He stood up from his chair. “Of course I am willing to take you to my lab. I was planning to do that at some point anyway since I’m guessing you will want to know its location along with the various other important points in the tower." He walked towards the door. “If you will follow me I will take you there now and after we are done there we can make our way to the command center. Shockwave is likely eager to give us peons something to do." He chuckled lightly as he walked out of the room.

*

Shockwave’s tower – Hallways

Tantrum snorted after receiving the orders from Razorclaw. It sounded easy enough, although he was still irritated that he had gotten lost in the first place. You’d think someone like Shockwave would have maps ready for them. It’s not like any of them were familiar with the details of his personal fortress. If he hadn’t gotten instructions from Razorclaw he might have just started smashing through walls until he found where to put the fuel cells. As it was it wasn’t too hard for him to find the storage room and drop them off.

With that task done the Predacon began wandering the halls again. With a name like the main lab he figured it was located somewhere in the middle of the tower. He slowly began making his way towards it and after making more than a few wrong turns arrived at the lab.

Tantrum looked over at Divebomb. “Where did Razorclaw guy? He told me to meet everyone here."
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Ember » Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:17 pm

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Shockwave’s Tower – Living Quarters

With a smile etched on her face Blackwind watched Thunderwing rise from his chair. She sighed contentedly as he spoke and walked towards the door. Blackwind was happy to hear that he was willing to escort her to his lab, something that enforced her trust in him. She turned to follow him out of her room and into the corridor just beyond the door. Once outside she paused a moment to input a security code to the entrance, after all she is in a faction of liars and cheats. Once the door was secure she joined Thunderwing in a stroll through the darkened corridors.

She was careful to keep in step with him so as not to be left behind. Once at his side she smiled and spoke. “You know, this process that you’ve developed is fascinating, and not to seem bold, but I would certainly jump at the chance to take a closer look at just what you’ve done to yourself." She paused a moment to let what she said sink in. She then smiled once more and looked over at him. “That is if you wouldn’t mind a laymen’s visual inspection." She studied him for just minute before she turned her attention back to the corridor ahead of them.

Blackwind would have to get as much information on the process and the carapace itself, and since she was sure he would never leave it, a visual inspection would have to do. After some time she hoped that he would come clean with everything that had to do with the shells’ creation, but she would have to keep working on his trust issues before she could gain any ground on the matter. He seemed sincere in that he wished to share any information with the Empire, but he also seemed hesitant to divulge everything all at once. She would just have to be patient, something she was good at; a characteristic she gained working so close to Megatron.
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Devastron » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:44 pm

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Shockwave’s Tower – Corridors

Thunderwing smiled at Blackwind. “I thank you for the compliment. I do not mean to sound vain when I say it is a revolutionary process." He laughed lightly. “Of course you may inspect it, although I am not sure how much you can tell from a visual inspection, aside from the weaponry and aesthetic adjustments I’ve made." ‘The more interesting parts are on the inside,' he thought to himself instead of speaking it out loud. They had laid a foundation of trust so far, but it was not one he was fully willing to drive over quite yet. It needed more work before he began mentioning or tempting her with further details of the carapace process.

After leading them down a series of corridors, stairs and tunnels he stopped at a specific door. Keying in a security code the door slid open and the lights inside activated. Inside laid a vast array of computer terminals glowing with various readouts, workbenches adorned with a variety of tools and chemical containers, and scanning and analysis equipment humming quietly as it remained in a stand-by mode. The room was clean and somewhat neat. It had the look and feel of an area that had been heavily used and lived in for a very long time.

Thunderwing walked over to the chair that sat at what could be assumed to be the main computer for the lab. “I am considering relocating my lab to the Tower proper. As I’m sure you noticed it was a bit of a trek to get down here. This lab is essentially a bunker beneath the planet surface, a necessary precaution considering the former stat of Cybertron. Relocating would have the benefit of being more accessible. Of course I would have to sacrifice some privacy, but I think I’ve had enough of that to last a lifetime." He flashed another smile. “More than likely I will move some equipment to another lab in the tower but leave the heaviest equipment and most delicate experiments down here."
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Smokescreen85 » Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:57 pm

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Shockwave’s Tower – The Nerve Center

Razorclaw listened intently as Shockwave issued new orders to set up a surveillance grid around the entire area. Finally, a job worth the time and effort of the Predacons. Although, he wasn't particularly thrilled with having Swindle and Weirdwolf along for the mission. They were hardly the same calibar of warriors as the Predacons, but Razorclaw supposed that they would be of some assistance. After all, 80 megamiles was a lot of ground to cover.

“No questions, my lord," Razorclaw answered Shockwave, knowing that there was no time to waste asking unnecesary questions. The Predacon Commander knew what had to be done and what equipment would be needed for the task. “I will have my men gather what we need and begin scouting the area without delay."

Razorclaw then saluted Shockwave before he turned and exited the Nerve Center, making his way down to the main lab, where the rest of the Predacons would be waiting for him. As he went, Razorclaw opened a comm line:

>>Weirdwolf, Swindle - this is Razorclaw. You two have been reassigned to me. Report immediately to the main lab for a quick briefing. Over and out.<<

Shockwave’s Tower – Main Lab

Divebomb had just finished unloading all the equipment when Tantrum entered the lab and asked him where Razorclaw was. The flying Predacon regarded the fueler with a blank stare as he placed the last device on the table. “I don’t know, Tantrum. Razorclaw received a message from Shockwave and told me he was needed elsewhere. He didn’t go into details."

As Divebomb finished answering Tantrum’s question, Razorclaw entered the lab through a side entrance. He looked around and saw that all the Predacons were present. “All right team, listen up! We have a new assignment and it’s an important one. I will brief you all on the details once Swindle and Weirdwolf have arrived."
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby FuzzymusPrime » Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:19 pm

Shockwaves Tower: Main Lab

Half a Klik after Razorclaw sent his message, Swindle appeared through one of the side doors of the lab, having barely left the room before everyone began to collect there.

"Reporting, Sir. Is there any problem with the equipment you need me to handle?"

I wouldn't be shocked if Divebomb has started making nests already, or if Tantrum has dropped or absentmindedly eaten something vital.
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Cryhavok » Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:46 pm

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Shockwave’s Tower – The Nerve Center

With Razorclaw gone, Shockwave turned his full attention back to the system scan he had started earlier. The interior of the tower was remarkably well preserved considering the sheer number of vorns it had been abandoned and bombarded by the vicious ion storms of a planet in cataclysm. Then again, it had been designed and built by Shockwave himself with the assistance of the Constructicons, especially Hook and Scrapper. The exterior on the other hand was in need of far more attention. While the tower's reinforced durabellium walls had merely lost their original shade of color, most of the numerous surveillance sensors of the tower had been long gone without regular service. A situation Shockwave was not going to tolerate.

Once he finally had the system scan finalized, Shockwave began waking up the tower's interior surveillance systems. Apparently most of his underlings had already found themselves some personal living space. The Predacons were also gathering in the main lab for their mission. But perhaps most frustrating issue he faced was that Blackwind was already connected from the hip to a larger, unknown and partly very organic looking mechanoid that could only be Thunderwing. Megatron's little pet spy was certainly not making his life any easier.

Dealing first with a problem he could immediately do something about, Shockwave activated a group of automated service drones to first perform repairs on themselves and then to the tower's exterior surveillance systems. With the orders given, there was little reason to prolong the inevitable confrontation with Thunderwing. >>"I welcome you to my domain Lord protector Thunderwing of Tyrest. I believe it about time we had a discussion. You know where to find me."<<
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Smokescreen85 » Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:16 pm

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Shockwave’s Tower – Main Lab

As the Predacons waited for the others to arrive, Razorclaw had sent Divebomb down to retrieve the necessary surveillance equipment they would need for the mission from the storage room on Level 3. The flying mech was the only one of the group Razorclaw trusted to secure the correct devices without breaking anything. This was also ironic, considering that Divebomb was the most anti-social of the Predacons and would rather build nests then spend time with his teammates.

Swindle then entered the lab and presented himself to the Predacon Commander.

“No problems, Swindle," Razorclaw responded plainly. “Just join the rest of the team. Divebomb will be back shortly with the supplies we’ll need." As if arriving on cue, Divebomb appeared through the main doors with a hover cart full of surveillance devices. The aerial Predacon moved the cart to the center of the lab before rejoining the others that were gathered.

Razorclaw looked around and saw that his team was now assembled with the exception of Weirdwolf. So be it, he thought. There was no more time to waste waiting for lower mechs to get their afts in gear. There was a job to be done and Shockwave would surely accept no excuses for why it wasn’t done in a timely manner.

“Okay team, listen up!" Razorclaw began as he looked at the Predacons and Swindle. “Shockwave has given us a mission of upmost importance." The Predacon Leader approached a nearby computer console and punched in a few keys, bringing up a holographic map of the surrounding area. “We are to scout the neighboring sectors and set up a surveillance grid within the perimeter of 80 megamiles around this tower. Now, this is a lot of area to cover, so we will split up into three teams of two mechs each in order to complete the task quickly. Divebomb, you and I will take Sectors 1 and 2. Tantrum and Swindle, you two handle Sectors 3 and 4. Finally, Headstrong and Rampage, you both will tackle Sectors 5 and 6. I want each pair to work together as a team in order to get this mission done efficiently. No squabbling!"

Razorclaw pointed to each sector on the map as he spoke, making sure they all knew where their designated territories were located. “Divebomb has already brought up all the appropriate surveillance equipment we’ll need for the mission. There are numerous motion sensors, video cameras and various listening devices that need to be placed throughout each sector. Be sure to take enough equipment with you in order to cover your assigned areas sufficiently. Remember to activate each sensor or device as you place them. Otherwise, they won’t be connected to the grid. Once done, we’ll all meet back here at the tower where I’ll sync everything together and bring the overall surveillance grid online."

The head Predacon paused a moment, allowing what he had just said to sink in, before continuing. “Additionally, if you happen to encounter any surviving life forms out there, such as cyber-rats and the like, try to capture some for Shockwave’s research, alive if possible. Are there any questions?"

Razorclaw looked around the room at his Predacons and Swindle. “If there are no questions, then pair up, grab what you need from the hover cart and make your way to your assigned sectors."
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Ember » Sun Dec 20, 2009 7:46 pm

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Beneath Shockwave’s Tower – Thunderwing’s Lab

Blackwind smiled lightly as Thunderwing led them both down a series of adjoining corridors and stairwells. She nodded at his initial comment, but kept her optics ahead of them. When finished speaking she decided to chime in. “I’m sure the visual inspection will suffice for now." She looked back at him with a sly smirk on her face. “I’m also very sure that there are more interesting aspects within, but as I’ve mentioned before, I can wait." She turned her attention back to the corridor ahead.

A few more turns and they were finally greeted by a large door. Thunderwing went directly to the security keypad and entered his security code. The door slid open revealing a well equipped, very well used laboratory. She watched as he took a seat at the main computer terminal, once he was in place she moved in to stand behind him. As he spoke of moving his lab and most of his equipment to the tower she placed her hand on his shoulder. Her voice was quiet as she responded to what he has said. “Do yourself a favor and stay put. It may be a trek to get down here, but at least your work is away from a prying eye.”She leaned in close and brought up the data device she showed him earlier. She flashed him a smile and handed it over to him at the same time she told him exactly what it contained. “Before I left Earth I was able to download all of the data within our systems. Everything on it is up to date, including personnel files. You will be able to ‘catch up’ on what has occurred since we left Cybertron, the infiltration process, and so on. There is also updated software that you will also find useful for your research and experiments."
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Devastron » Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:43 pm

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Beneath Shockwave’s Tower – Thunderwing’s Lab

Thunderwing was a bit surprised at Blackwind's suggestion to keep his lab where it was, but he quickly realized the benefits of keeping it a bit isolated from Shockwave’s tower. He rubbed his chin in thought. “I am fairly self sufficient down here. I can tell Shockwave that some of my work and experiments are too sensitive to be relocated easily, which isn’t a lie necessarily. It will be a bit inconvenient for me, but I’ve become accustomed to that over the years spent here alone." He smiled at her before she continued.

He carefully took the data device from her hand as she explained what all it contained. He smiled at her again. “I suppose this is your ‘Welcome to the present time of the Decepticons’ gift eh?" He plugged the device into his computer and began the installation process. “I think you Blackwind. This should get me up to speed on the Empire and enhance the abilities of my personal systems." He was still a bit concerned about possible spy programs, but, as he hoped, the benefits would seem to greatly outweigh those concerns.

The Decepticon sat up straight in his chair as he received the signal from Shockwave. >>”I thank you for the greeting Commander Shockwave. I welcome you back to Cybertron. It had been my intention to meet you upon your landing but I know you are not one to stand on ceremony and went immediately to work. I will meet you in the command center right away."<<

Thunderwing looked at Blackwind with a serious expression. “Our Commander has summoned me. I should have met with him sooner but I’ve been a bit preoccupied." He smiled at her. “You are free to stay in my lab if you wish." He picked up a pad from his desk, entering in a few commands before handing it to her. “Or you can explore the Tower. I uploaded a map of it for your use. I’m sure you’ll want to familiarize yourself with its layout."
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Name_Violation » Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:57 am

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Shockwave’s Tower – Main Lab

Weirdwolf let himself get carried away with the upgrades to the sensors, and rushes to the Main Lab. Walking in half way threw Razorclaw's speech, he lets Razorclaw finish giving orders before he draws attention to himself. Heading to the cart he grabs several sensors. While primitive compared to Weirdwolf's own sensors, they will suffice for the time being.

Turning to Razorclaw Weirdwolf asks "On my trip, who work I with?"
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby FuzzymusPrime » Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:16 am

Shockwaves Tower - Main Lab

Oh, wonderful., thought Swindle. I have to babysit Tantrum to stop him using the sensors to throw at passing cyber-moose, while trying not to annoy him so much he renders me down to my component atoms in a fit. Joy.

Swindle sidled over to his new partner, giving him a nod as acklowledgement. He intended to say as little as possible to the Predacon on this mission. And to make as few sudden movements as possible.
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Ember » Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:00 pm

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Beneath Shockwave’s Tower – Thunderwing’s Lab

Blackwind nodded in understanding when Thunderwing responded to her suggestion of keeping his lab right were it was. Keeping as much of the carapace process away from Shockwave was for the best. At least this one little experiment can be kept away from the Commander by limiting his access to it.

As he took possession of the data device she resisted slightly, but relented with a smile. As he spoke she shrugged slightly and offered him a coy smile. “Let’s just call it a peace offering, a sign of trust." As he inserted the device Blackwind stood up straight and placed her hand on his shoulder. She cocked her head to one side when he sat up straight in his chair. She looked down at him as he turned to look back at her, his expression serious.

Blackwind snorted slightly and sighed. “Of course he did." She watched as he took hold of a datapad and handed it to her. She smiled lightly as she gently took it from him. “Thank you for the offer, and I will eventually explore the tower, but I think it’s best if I actually tag along with you." She shrugged her shoulders as she made her way to the lab’s door and waited for him. “Besides, I have yet to see the Command Center, and I’m sure the Commander will just be all a twitter to see me." Blackwind flashed him a wicked smirk.
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Devastron » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:29 pm

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Beneath Shockwave’s Tower – Thunderwing’s Lab

Thunderwing nodded with a slight smile at her comment. “I’m sure he will be pleased." He exited the lab with Blackwind and began making the journey back up the tower. “It is unfortunate that the Decepticon’s return to Cybertron has to be undertaken in such a unglamorous and clandestine fashion. I would have hoped for something a bit grander, more formal for such a momentous occasion. At the very least I had hoped to meet the Commander immediately upon his landing. I should have known that he of all beings would be one to care little about pomp and circumstance."

He let out a quiet sigh. “I suppose a ceremony can wait until Lord Megatron himself arrives. I imagine then we can have some sort of parade with marching and music. It can be the type of ceremony we all expected so long ago when the Decepticons were going to take complete control of Cybertron. Hopefully no one will mind the slight delay." He chuckled lightly.

Shockwave’s Tower – The Nerve Center

The Decepticons finally arrived at the heart of the Tower. Thunderwing stepped into the room. His fist slammed into his chest as he stood completely straight, offering Shockwave a formal salute. “Thunderwing reporting as ordered Commander. Welcome back to Cybertron."

*

Shockwaves Tower - Main Lab

Tantrum looked down at Swindle in annoyance. Razorclaw must have been upset at him getting lost in the tower earlier to saddle him with the annoying little runt. Of course, it wasn’t like any of the other Predacons would have been better. Rampage was stupid, Divebomb was a jerk and Headstrong would probably get lost far worse than he did. Maybe it was just inevitable that he would have the weapons peddler as a partner.

Tantrum let out a grunt. “You get to lead the way. I don’t know nothing about this Tower. You can find a door or I’ll just make one."
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby FuzzymusPrime » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:52 pm

Shockwaves Tower - Main Lab

"Er, that won't be nessecary, Tantrum, I know the way. I have a way with maps." Swindle turned to the cartload of sensor equipment and moved their portion of it into his own, smaller cart, before tranforming and hitching it up.

The truth is, I used to have more than one hidey-hole around here, stashed full of choice parts. But then Shockwave built his tower, and even I couldn't get regular access to the area or sneak through his sensor net. Then the war got bad, and soon the Tower was the only place in the city-sector left standing, so there wasn't much temptation to go back. But it means I shouldn't have to worry about getting lost, at least.

"We just have to head to the elevator at the end of the corridor, go to level C, and we can go out through what the map says is a unused Seeker hangar which leads out to Sector 4." Swindle trundled out the door, hoping the Predacon would decide to follow him.

The quicker we get this done, the quicker we can secure this place and the quicker we can think about establishing some other bases, and finally, I might be able to get out from under Shockwaves thumb.
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Cryhavok » Wed Jan 06, 2010 5:42 pm

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Shockwave’s Tower – The Nerve Center

Taking into accord that he had already given more of a formal greeting through comm-link earlier, Shockwave acted true to his efficient nature as Thunderwing made his way into the nerve center and saluted him. "Thunderwing." A simple nod of approval and spoken out name of the last survivor of an ancient line of aristocrats from city of Valckasta would have to suffice for this occasion. Shockwave understood the propaganda aspect that glory and glamor served but this was hardly a time for parades and speeches. There was much to be done and no real sign of victory in the imminent future.

"You have altered yourself. An armored techno-organic carapace surrounding your true form. Impressive. Hypothesis: You have either perfected my earlier, unfinished research or arrived to same conclusions on your own. Certain... unfortunate events cut me from my research as the data given to you by Blackwind has no doubt revealed." Shockwave addressed the long gone scientist, whose only real outer resemblance to Thunderwing from his memorybanks was his color scheme.

While he was eventually going to bring up the reason Megatron sent him to Cybertron, Shockwave decided to focus on Thunderwing's own research first especially after Blackwind's infuriating attempt of goading Thunderwing to keep his research to himself when logic demanded it to be shared thorough the upper echelon of the Empire. While Shockwave had his secrets, most of his research had been put to use the instant he had perfected them, sometimes earlier due to Megatron's impatience. "Question: How did you overcome the issue of syncronizing your mainframe with the carapace? Before I had to place my research on the subject on hold due to then more important issues - I ran into a problem with the said process. The bonding process... drove my test subjects either insane or comatose."
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Ember » Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:28 pm

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Beneath Shockwave’s Tower – Thunderwing’s Lab

Blackwind smiled at his comment and then followed the scientist out of his lab and into the corridor. She stayed by his side as they both made their way back up the tower. She sighed slightly and nodded as he spoke of the way the Decepticon’s return to Cybertron should have been celebrated. It would have been grand to have Megatron on planet making one of his glorious speeches, but alas they had to settle for what had already occurred.

Shockwave’s Tower – The Nerve Center

Blackwind stepped into the room beside Thunderwing and crossed her arms over her chest as she waited for what the Commander had to say. She offered no salute, instead she only glared at the one eyed mech as he spoke. A wicked smirk crossed her features as Shockwave inquired about the synchronization of the carapace process. She knew from her prior conversation with Thunderwing that he would not give the whole story, and most likely never would. She, on the other hand, would eventually get the scientist to reveal the entire process, but only when she had gained his trust. After Shockwave's question she turned her attention to Thunderwing and waited to hear his response.
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Devastron » Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:50 pm

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Shockwave’s Tower – The Nerve Center

Thunderwing relaxed from his formal salute and posture as Shockwave greeted him in his typical, efficient manner. He walked over to where the other Decepticon stood, nodding at his words.

“I arrived at the conclusion that Cybertron was doomed separately from your own work, but the research you had done helped to confirm mine, at least in my optics. The work on the carapace sprung from my own previous experience along with your research. I did not have the influence or the power to try to influence a move off of Cybertron or a cessation of hostilities. To be honest, I had no real desire to leave our homeworld, so I worked on a way to remaining functioning on it, even with the toxic atmosphere. As you can see, I was successful."

While Shockwave always maintained that he ran off of pure logic Thunderwing knew better. Shockwave might actually believe that, but there had always been little hints to the contrary. No being could achieve all that he had without some ambition and ego. Stroking that ego of his a bit would likely be a good way to start their association.

“The situation surrounding your absence is of no concern now. You are here now, the first step in the Decepticon reclamation of Cybertron. That work is what is important now, and it is work that I am honored to be a part of."

Thunderwing paused at the next question. “Due to the lack of test subjects at the end of my experiments I was forced to experiment upon myself. I believe that they may have been the key as I have made augmentations to myself in the past and have become intimately familiar with my own internal workings. That accounts for at least part of my success. The fact that I knew what was occurring to me, could physically and mentally make the connections with the carapace, helped stabilize the connection. I suspect most of the test subjects had neither of those benefits.

*

Shockwaves Tower - Main Lab

Tantrum snorted and followed Swindle. “Good. Razorclaw is already annoyed with me, don’t think he’d appreciate me remodeling the place." He chuckled to himself. The Predacon grabbed the cart and pulled it behind him. “Hope you know how to set this stuff up. I’m not much for technical stuff, other than refueling . Just tell me where to put it and you can handle the rest."

As he followed the other Decepticon Tantrum found his mind wandering. “Hope we find a couple of stray Autobots or empties out there. It’s been too long since I’ve had something to smash in. That last fight on that other planet was nothing., didn’t even get my hands dirty." A stray spark leapt from his horns as the Predacons infamous anger started to build up.
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Smokescreen85 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:37 pm

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Shockwave’s Tower – Main Lab

As his team began to disperse, Razorclaw caught sight of Weirdwolf making his way over to the cart and picking out some sensor devices. The Predacon Commander let out an audible growl, a clear indication that he was not pleased with the tardy ‘con. Weirdwolf then turned towards him and asked whom he would be working with.

Razorclaw had already created the teams by the time he noticed Weirdwolf in the room and some had already began to leave for their assigned sectors. He could just blast the backwards speaking mech and thus solve the problem right there and then, but that would serve no purpose other than to deplete the already minimal Decepticon ranks here on Cybertron. And they needed all the help they could get in securing their homeworld, even if that help came from tardy mechs such as this. However, at the same time, Razorclaw wasn’t going to let the tardiness go without consequences.

“Well, well, nice to see you grace us with your presence, Weirdwolf," Razorclaw spoke in a serious tone as he approached the yellow Decepticon. “Since the other two groups have already departed, it looks like you’ll be joining Divebomb and myself on our trip to Sectors 1 and 2. Why don’t you grab the remaining surveillance equipment and place it in that smaller hover cart over there." The Predacon Commander pointed towards a cart near the main door. “Your job will be to mind and transport the equipment as we make our way out of the tower and begin scouting the area. Think you can handle that?"

If Razorclaw could smile, he would have. Making Weirdwolf do the majority of the heavy lifting and grunt work was one way to ensure that he was not late to an important briefing again or any other meeting for that matter. Plus, it also meant that neither himself nor Divebomb would have to lower themselves to the level of menial labor again. The Predacon Commander than turned to the flying mech, who was standing close by. “Divebomb, when we get outside, I need you to transform to your eagle mode and fly out ahead of us. Scout as much of the area as possible and report back any unusual readings or sightings of anything ‘alive’ out there. I don’t want any surprises. Is that clear?"

Divebomb nodded at his commander. “Crystal, sir."

“Good." Razorclaw then turned and made his way towards the doorway. “Let’s get going, you two," he said to Divebomb and Weirdwolf. “We don’t have any more time to waste."
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby FuzzymusPrime » Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:23 pm

Shockwaves Tower - Sector 4 Exit

Swindle didn't miss Tantrum's worrying tone of voice, or the sparks appearing around his horns. Oh no...better find him something to keep him occupied.

Reaching the bottom of the elevator, Swindle trundled over to the long-sealed hangar door, transformed and manipulated the controls. The centuries of grime and neglect meant the door creaked loudly, but it opened with little delay and the way was clear to the wilderness of the Polyhex Ruins.

An empty, a cybermoose, even some scraplets will do. Anything to stop him turning on me! I'd better set up the first sensor quick, and find something.
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Cryhavok » Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:56 am

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Shockwave's Tower - The Nerve Center

Shockwave listened to Thunderwing's report intently, simultaneously utilizing the nerve center's sensor arrays to monitor the changes in the electro-magnetic field around the former Lord Protector of Tyrest. There was little doubt that a mechanoid as intelligent as Thunderwing wouldn't try to hide information or attempt to manipulate Shockwave himself. Such was a dangerous path to partake but not unexpected. Still, the little that the monitoring told to Shockwave was not enough to draw conclusions. This was not surprising for Thunderwing was known to be very careful being. At least Shockwave could take some comfort in knowing that despite Thunderwing's minor empathic abilities, he would find Shockwave himself nearly impossible to read as well.

"This has to suffice for a time being. I will however require your full research data for evaluation. This carapace technology has potential to be the decisive factor in gaining an advantage over the Autobots. It is too important for the Empire to be lost into political games." Shockwave spoke out, letting his gaze shift from Thunderwing to Blackwind. "As you should understand as well Blackwind."

"Megatron may currently have a slight edge in the war but our race is still losing it. Forced to abandon Cybertron. Forced to play a galactic game of hide and seek to survive. No new sparks being created in tens of thousands of vorns our numbers are decreasing slowly but surely as the war takes its toll. The need for a decisive victory is greater than ever. Megatron understands this. This is why we are here." He continued with his gaze focused on Thunderwing again.

Summoning a holographic projection of Earth before Thunderwing, Shockwave continued with his briefing. "Before the circumstance that led to my unplanned disappearance, I experimented on infusing energon into this planet's crust. Despite of being unable to monitor and alter the progress of the experiment, it proved to be at least partially successful. The altered energon seed began to spread, creating rich energon veins deep into the planet's crust, below the level the flesh creatures of the planet have had access into so far. Perhaps enough energon to revitalize Cybertron, or to ignite a cyberforming process on the planet itself. Of course pending on the amount of energon the Constructicons will find and the research we are to perform here."

The image projection Shockwave had created shifted, now focusing on Cybertron and the fortress of Kolkular. Recalling ancient images from Cybertron's past when Megatron had sought to cyberform Cybertron into a warworld. "I have obtained a large ore sample labelled as Ore-13. We will need to refine it, analyze its potency, long and short term effects on Cybertronian physiology as well as it suitability for both revitalization of Cybertron and the alternative option of recreating the cyberforming substructure of Cybertron on Earth. Both options are monumental tasks, especially the first given our lack of logistics to bring the required amounts of energon to Cybertron. Nevertheless, this option has to explored as well as the other - which given the information we have, is the more likely one to succeed."
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Devastron » Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:06 pm

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Thunderwing nodded at Shockwave’s words. “Of course Commander. It has always been my intention to fully share this technology with the rest of the Empire. It has only been a manner of actually making contact with the Empire. With the Decepticons returning to Cybertron the technology can begin to spread." Every word that he spoke was true, it was just going about all of that would be difficult.

The Decepticon scientist listened quietly as Shockwave explained the current situation. It was interesting to finally hear what the other Decepticon had been planning all of those cycles ago. It was a much more ambitious plan then the one he had set out to complete to allow for the future survival of their race. Perhaps if he had similar resources to what Shockwave had at his disposal he would have come up with something similar. His specialty lied in other areas than the Commander’s though. He likely would have come up with a more sophisticated carapace with whatever additional equipment he might have gotten.

“I will assist you in anyway I can Commander Shockwave. Although it lies outside my realm of specialties I am sure I can be of some help." He paused for a moment, considering his words before continuing. “I assume that since such delicate and important work has been moved to Cybertron that there is something vital to it here? Some specialized people of equipment or a sample you require from the planet itself? I can’t imagine Megatron authorizing the move of something so vital to a planet that is still unsecured."

*

Shockwave’s Tower - Sector 4 Exit

Tantrum was ready to tear the doors open himself until Swindle got them to creak open. The Predacon stepped outside, looking at the wreckage of the city around him. With everything already wrecked, it meant no one would care if he did more damage. A large grin spread across the fueler’s face before he transformed into his beast mode.

He looked over at Swindle. “Just point in the direction you need to go to set up that thing. I’ll clear a path." He let out a snort as another spark flew off of his horns.
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Re: The Hexagon: Shockwave's Tower

Postby Smokescreen85 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:52 pm

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Outside Shockwave’s Tower – Sector 1

Having successfully made his way through the maze-like corridors of the tower, Razorclaw finally stepped outside through the exit way to Sector 1. He turned his head and nodded to Divebomb, who was standing beside him. The aerial Predacon immediately transformed to eagle mode and took to the skies over Polyhex to scout ahead like his commander had previously ordered. Finally, Divebomb was away from the others and doing what he loved most. The only thing missing now was an Autobot target below to destroy. Unfortunately, there were no ‘bots in the vicinity, so Divebomb would simply have to make do with soaring overhead and feeling the wind course over his metallic wings.

Divebomb’s enjoyment was suddenly interrupted, however, by a message from Razorclaw: >>You spot anything up there, Divebomb? Is the first designated location clear of infestation? Report!<<

>>Just a moment, Razorclaw. I’m almost there.<< The mechanical eagle responded, a bit annoyed with his leader's impatience. He soon located the spot where the first sensor array would be placed and set his scanners at optimal levels. Divebomb searched for any signs of trouble and quickly found some. A horde of cyber-rats were scurrying about the location below like a swarm of Insecticons. >>We have countless vermin all over the target zone, boss. Should I engage?<<

Razorclaw shook his head at his comrade’s stupid question. >>Of course you are to engage! Clear them out and get back to me once you’re done!<<

>>Acknowledged.<< Divebomb responded as he came around for another pass over the area. The flying Predacon took aim and fired several shots into the pack of cyber-rats below. Many were ripped to shreds in the initial wave of explosions, while others began to flee from the scene. Using his telescopic lenses, Divebomb carefully aimed and started picking the rats off one by one with his lasers. He hit each one he aimed for, missing none in his sights. They weren’t Autobots, of course, but they would have to do for now. Within a few cycles, Divebomb was finished and opened a comm line to Razorclaw. >>Commander, the area is now completely clear of vermin. You may proceed at your leisure, sir.<<

Razorclaw received his soldier’s transmission. >>Good. I’ll be there shortly to install the first sensor array. Keep an optic on things and make sure no more vermin infiltrate the area.<< The Predacon Commander then turned to Weirdwolf and waved to him to get moving. “Let’s go, Weirdwolf! Bring the surveillance equipment and follow me. We haven’t got all cycle!" With that said, Razorclaw transformed to beast mode and leapt out across the inhospitable terrain of Sector 1, heading towards the first designated location.
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