Dauntless - Bridge
"Well, better go ahead and brace for impact, lads," Kup said, retrieving his musket laser from subspace. He knew full well that when they hit the ground, they'd need to come out fighting.
If the old warrior was the least bit panicked, he certainly didn't show it. He had been through this and worse thousands of times, and the thing that had kept Kup alive and able to come back for more was a cool combat processor and a steady hand actuator when it was time to fight. It was one of the things that couldn't really be taught. All those vorns at the Academy, the training cadres...you can teach technique and procedure, but you can't teach bravery. That gets learned out in the field, or it doesn't get learned at all.
"C'mon, you old bag of bolts," he told Ironhide. "Whaddya say you and me take point once we touch down? Been a while since the two of us were first out the door on a raid."
He had no doubt the red Autobot's zeal for a good tussle was just as great as his own.
Outskirts of the Crystal City
While his vehicle shell continued its steady, rumbling approach to the likely crash-landing point of the Dauntless, Roadblock himself arrived in his air cruiser, cutting altitude to come in low over the ruins of the Crystal City. He had no desire to expose himself to an Autobot assault shuttle's guns, even if the shuttle was crippled and going down. As he entered the area, he opened a comm channel to Clench.
>>"I'm here," he informed the formidable commando leader. "Got some kinda plan fer this party, or are we just steppin' in an' startin' the killin'?"<<
Ruins of the Crystal City
Success! Leader fearless our it has done! Down come the Autobots!
Weirdwolf loped toward the edge of the ruins as he watched the badly damaged shuttle shudder and hurdle down toward the surface. It wouldn't be long at all now. He primed his triple-stage missile launchers and kept on advancing at a brisk pace, his powerful sensors already attempting to ascertain just how many Autobots and of what sort the commandos were going to face.
Hope I they brought their warriors best! He let out a maniacal, growling laugh as he galloped forward. Need them they will!