The Ark - Bridge
"Indeed, Ultra Magnus Sir. I will designate that as our drop point Alpha, and collate all the data on it." It seemed isolated, but it was centrally placed between several population centres and resource deposits. Grimlock's data was comprehensive on the planet as a whole, but it wasn't incredibly detailed on a local level, and wasn't sorted particularly well. So Perceptor set to work isolating the relevant information.
Silverbolt and Swerve both began asking questions, which Perceptor began tracking down answers to. "Well, in terms of metallurgy, the are is about average in mineral content, but the main issues would be extraction. The crust of the planet is dominated by oxides of all different kinds, which will be much more difficult to remove metals from than the alloy-ores of Cybertron. It would be an interesting exercise, I would very much like to assist you in this, Swerve..."
"Er, as to the potentially more relevant point of avoiding detection...It seems the native lifeforms primarily use Radar for detection, but their detection network is much more encompassing in side their atmosphere than outside. They have some optical sensors as well, but they are not optimised for perimeter security maintenance. If I can possibly remodulate our shields to refract radio-spectrum radiation, we should be able to slip through their sensors and land undetected. However, that would be a risky manuver in a military situation, as it would leave us vunerable to weaponry not based on radio-spectrum radiation. So, er, I'd need permission."
Windchargers question immediately cheered Perceptor up. "Ah, intruiging and multilayered question there, Windcharger. The native life of AC488 comes in an abundance unheard of on Cybertron. Even the most cursory list of species groups boggles the processor, let alone individual variations. But the primary lifeform is similar in bodily structure to a cybertronian in Robot mode, but substantially smaller, comparable to a micromaster. They are constructed of carbon-based materials, mainly naturally occuring polymer chains, thus affording them orders of magnitude less resistance to weaponry than a cybertronian lifeform of their size. Conversely, the reduced weight and transmaterial pliability of their construction makes them superlatively more fuel-efficent than us, and they can survive on the most impure organic energy sources. There is little wonder why they number in the billions, even sharing their planet with so many lesser species."
"As for communication, I'm currently running what language data we have through the computer core. It's inconsistent and fragmented, but I hope to have something workable to incorporate into the upcoming trans-scanning procedures. Hmm...that's something else I should be doing..."