- Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Maximus wished that he could be comforted on some level by the fact the the ships had returned fire. Take it as a confirmation that these were, in fact, Decepticon ships. He couldn't though. Not fully. Far in the back of his mind there was still a tinge of doubt. The Autobots had acted first, just as he had commanded. What vessel, Decepticon or not, would not return fire in such circumstances? But it was a doubt that he would have to suppress and deal with later, especially with the number of lives that were on the line. The invasive ships had already warranted this level of response by traveling this close to a secured facility. Their manner of response only affirmed what Max's follow-up actions would be.
"I read you, captain. Maintain pursuit. Incapacitate if the option is available. If not--destroy."
>>"Yes, sir. Commander, sir,"<< the response came back. Dutiful and efficient, though Maximus would have never doubted it to be otherwise.
The warden's orders were cold and calculated, but the ships had given him no choice at this point. Lethal force was most definitely authorized, at least he believed so. This whole event would surely come under review by Magnus, Prowl and others within Autobot Command at a later date. Maximus would stand ready then just as he did now.
"....commander, sir. I'm...um, our systems are getting strange readings. They--"
"What is it?" Maximus said, walking over to look down at the same console that the internal operations officer was watching. On the screen in front of him, he could see the ships via the long-range scanners as clear as the mech next to him, but all the other relevant data regarding the ships--their power levels, damage sustained, internal resources--were being scrambled. "What the hell?"
"We, um, we're being hacked, sir."
>>"..........iring. Can't.............engaging forward............"<<
Maximus looked up at the viewscreens. There was no way this was random. Not now.
"Call those ships back," Maximus began. The officer looked at him in such a way that the warden already knew what was coming.
"Find a way! We have to regroup," he added, already heading towards the door. If this was going to be some sort of full-fledged attack, he would not be watching it go down from some command center. "And Code Alpha the whole facility. NOW!"