- Motto: "Transform and smoke 'em!"
- Weapon: Twin Shoulder-Mounted Rocket Launchers
Ridge Overlooking Polyhex
Howlstrike reached the top of a ridge that overlooked the entirety of Polyhex as well as Shockwave’s tower, which stood tall in the center of the Decepticon city state. It was a great distance away, but its sheer size made it easy to view even from just outside the borders of enemy territory. The purple mech, himself, could briefly be seen disappearing into his impressive spiral of technology and warfare. While the rest of Polyhex remained in ruin, the tower was the one structure that possessed power with lights glittering across its surface.
Staying low, the mechanical timber wolf crouched down behind some debris and then peered over to gaze out across Polyhex. From his vantage point Howlstrike could clearly observe the massive tower without being detected. Down below he noticed a pair of autocannons sweeping the border area out in front but not up. Thankfully, their range seemed to be limited to ground level surveillance and would not be able to pick up Howl’s movements from a top the high ridge. As long as he remained where he was, he would be fine.
Now, it was only a matter of sitting tight and waiting for something to happen. Howlstrike wasn’t exactly sure what Rodimus was expecting him to see, but whatever it was Howl would be sure to alert the other Autobots as soon as he saw it.
The Tower – Never Center
Finally, the moment Razorclaw had been waiting for had arrived as Shockwave entered the Nerve Center and sat upon his throne seemingly oblivious to the other mechs in the room. He was clearly preoccupied with something of great importance that the Predacon Commander assumed was directly linked to the Priority 1 transmission that had been received earlier. The Military Operations Commander alone knew the contents of said message, but would he be willing to share those contents with the rest of the group? Futhermore, would he also be willing to share everything that had transpired in Iacon with the Autobots? Razorclaw and Onslaught knew what had happened thanks in no small part to Divebomb, but the rest of those gathered had no idea of what Shockwave had been up to in enemy territory.
Ignoring the bizarre comments of Weirdwolf, Razorclaw focused more on the arrival of Blackwind who had gone under an impressive transformation since he had last laid optics on her. She was now wearing a carapace not all that dissimilar from Thunderwing’s own enhanced body armor. The Predacon Commander had to admit that it suited her well and augmented her already agile frame. Razorclaw hoped to have Blackwind’s support in dealing with the cycloptic mech should the need arise. He was confident that once she became aware of Shockwave’s dealings with the Autobots she would side with him and Onslaught. With her support would surely come Thunderwing’s as the scientist seemed to be very close with the newly enhanced femme and would likely follow her lead.
However, Razorclaw had to proceed carefully and not let on what he already knew or suspected. Thus he bided his time, allowing others to speak with Shockwave first. Once Blackwind had given the purple ‘Con her own briefing, it was then Onslaught’s turn, focusing mainly on the status of the automated defenses as well as the short and long range sensor grid. After a few more astroseconds had passed, the Predacon Commander decided to make his move and slowly approached the command throne.
“Lord Shockwave, the cyberforming device you entrusted with me and my Predacons is secured aboard the Thanatos in the cargo hold under an encrypted force field,” Razorclaw began, not wanting to jump right in to what he really wanted to say and ask. “In addition, both the Thanatos and the Obliteration have been fully prepped and are ready for departure should the need arise, Commander.” The Predacon leader paused, considering his next words carefully. “I trust your mission to Iacon was…productive and without incident. Did you encounter any opposition from the Autobots, my lord, or were you able to conduct your research unmolested?”
Razorclaw’s line of questioning was short and deliberate. He wanted to see how much information Shockwave was willing to divulge or if he would outright lie about what had transpired in Iacon. The Predacon Commander had a hunch that the cycloptic mech’s response would be in the form of half-truths with no real mention of agreeing to share data with the Autobots. And there was still the Priority 1 transmission to consider, the contents of which could alter everything including their response to Shockwave’s readiness to tell them what they wanted to know. There were many factors to consider and very little time left before a decision would have to be made.
Blast-Off was a bit taken aback when Onslaught felt it was necessary to remind the Combaticons that they were to follow his orders to the letter no matter what. Answers would come later. What answers? the space warrior thought, knowing for sure that there was something else going on here that he and his comrades were unaware of. He was pretty certain that Shockwave had something to do with it. Otherwise, it was all still a mystery to him.
However, Blast-Off had a feeling that things were about to be revealed as the Military Operations Commander arrived in the Nerve Center from wherever he had been. The purple ‘Con ignored everyone as he moved to his massive throne in the center of the room. Afterwards, one by one, some of the others approached him with their assorted briefings, including a newly improved Blackwind followed by Onslaught. But, things got a bit more intriguing when Razorclaw approached and mentioned something about a mission to Iacon. If that’s where Shockwave had just come from, could it also be the reason why the two unit commanders have been acting a bit strange lately? Did they think the cycloptic mech was doing something he shouldn’t have been doing or that they wouldn’t approve of?
Blast-Off stood at the ready just in case things got heated. Regardless of what was going on, he was still a Combaticon and he was loyal to Onslaught. If his commander gave him an order, he would follow it without hesitation even if it went against Shockwave, himself.