The Semper Tyrannis - A Moment Of Peace

The noose around Fortress Maximus' neck tightens. Will the Decepticon 2nd fleet led by mighty Scorponok finally subjugate their old nemesis? And if they do, what will be the fate of the Autobot resistance?

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Re: The Semper Tyrannis - A Moment Of Peace

Postby ctrlFrequency » Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:57 am

Motto: "Fate whispers to the warrior, ‘You cannot withstand the storm.’ The warrior whispers back, ‘I am the storm.’"
Weapon: Fusion Cannon
Observation Deck


Carnivac felt that look from Bludgeon. He shrunk a bit as he turned to face Bludgeon to confirm that he was being glared at. "I think Vampy is awake."

--

>>"Did you switch Bomb Burst's fuel with Energex?"<< Bludgeon's voice came sternly over the Mayhem Attack Squad's comms.

---

>>"Didn't want to leave Mr Moody 'Con out of the fun we'd been planning."<< Carnivac confessed. >>"I figured it wouldn't hurt if I gave him a bit of Energex just to lighten his mood."<<

--

Bugly smirked, facing away from Bludgeon, the commander wouldn't see it. And knowing Carnivac, he would take the blame solely on himself this. It was the wolf-former's nature to keep his comrades out of trouble, at least when it was his own plan, Carnivac would gladly throw any of them under the proverbial bus if they had hatched the plan.

--

Iguanus laughed, however. "Good one, Carn." He said.

---

Bludgeon shook his head slightly. >>"Bring Bomb Burst to the observation deck."<< He commanded to the technician.

--

Med Bay

>>"What?How!?!"<< the technician's response came. >>"He keeps trying to bite us when we get close! And his 'Bot is dead and he's looking for more...."<<

--

Observation Deck

>>"Figure it out."<< Bludgeon replied.

--

Nightbird wanted very much to slap everyone upside the head. >>"Crow..."<< She said to Crowbar over the assassin team comms. >>"The Commander needs a persuaded out of the med bay to the observation deck. You are on your way to the observation deck, yes?"<<

--

>>"I am practically there."<< Crowbar responded. >>"But I can easily reroute to the med bay. What kind of mood is the Commander in... I am assuming he just woke up."<<

---

>>"Drunk."<< Nightbird grumbled. >>"So he won't be hard to lead out."<<

--

>>"Right, okay."<< Crowbar closed the comm and headed for the med bay.
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Re: The Semper Tyrannis - A Moment Of Peace

Postby Cravex » Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:50 am

Motto: ""I am my business""
Weapon: Crossbow
Observation Deck

Venom allowed himself to enjoy the momentary exhilaration of surprising his… friends. Such appearances would no doubt lead to them being more observant, but it would also force them into mistakes. Having them on the defensive and on edge only helped his cause. If they shook themselves apart from glitching, so much the better.

There was one that didn’t appear surprised, and that was worrisome. Venom tilted his head as he studied Ransack’s response. Not what it should have ben. How did he know? Did he see me? He’d have to keep a better optic on Ransack

Ransack wrote:”Yeah. Humpf, victory.”


Venom narrowed his optics at the mech, then turned to study the reactions of the others. How long before they stopped fearing him? If they turned on him as one…

He pushed the thought aside as Bombshell said,
Bombshell wrote: "And such spoils. A rare sight," Bombshell said, cocking his head curiously to one side and then back again as he evaluated Venom's sudden presence. "You missed an even better one on the planet's surface. Jhiaxus' monster was...delectable. Once the work was done."


Venom snickered as he shook his head. “Who says I wasn’t there, ensuring your mishaps were kept to a minimum? Impressive work, my brothers, but I prefer… to be more selective. One can never be too careful when it’s so easy to add toxins to organic flesh. Perhaps one that increases the need to ingest energon to the point of operational shutdown…”

He let his voice trail off as Ransack motioned across the room at the developing confrontation.

Ransack wrote: “You see that?” He lifted a digit, pointing towards the scene. “Get some nightmare fuel.”


“Such proves my point. Heightening our aggression toward one another is a perfect way to gain the upper hand, but don’t take my word for it,” he said, turning his gaze to the chaos Cutthroat was causing.

The fools. Who starts a fight in front of witnesses? “They are as foolish as they are ugly. I’m sure our overlord will be gentle this time.” Turning back to his fellow Insecticons, he motioned for them to continue. “Don’t let me stop you from indulging. Drink up. It’s not like any of us would add something to a comrade’s drink to control them, is it?”
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Re: The Semper Tyrannis - A Moment Of Peace

Postby Cryhavok » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:41 am

Motto: ""It is all about pain.""
Weapon: Fusion-Powered Anti-Gravity Gun
Observation Deck


As the roars of victory died down, Scorponok walked over to one of the larger observation windows, grabbing a hold of an energon container size of an average Cybertronian on his way to his destination. The vastness of the universe always did put things into perspective. Even a mechanoid size of an apartment complex felt insignificant standing next to something so enormous that even Cybertronian science could not properly map it out.

Squeezing the container just enough to pop it open, Scorponok proceeded to pour some of its contents down his throat while ignoring the ruckus Cutthroat and the Monstercons were causing. Cutthroat had it coming. He was fine with letting the Monstercons blow out some steam by ganging up on the Terrorcon who had clearly instigated the whole scene as usual. Though he was going to stop it if it got out of hand. If it wasn’t for the fact that Cutthroat had been deemed to be a crucial part of the new Terrorcon combiner – Scorponok wouldn't have thought twice about mangling the troublesome Decepticon into premature deactivation. Cutthroat’s kind simply had no room existing in the brave new future envisioned by Megatron. No, a psychopathic sadist like Cutthroat was nothing but means to an end to Scorponok.

But today was not about Cutthroat. Or about the Monstercons. This was about finally delivering a significant enough blow to the balance of power between the Autobots and the Decepticons to bring change to the status quo. This was about celebrating the proverbial winds of change. How long ago it had been they had had a similar chance to put an end to this endless conflict? Thousands of vorns? Tens of thousands? Even that didn’t really matter. They had a chance now. A chance they couldn’t squander.

”Cyclonus my friend,” Scorponok spoke out, still gazing at the stars, ”Tell me, what would be your next step?”
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Re: The Semper Tyrannis - A Moment Of Peace

Postby Insidious » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:02 pm

Motto: "Clarity of thought before rashness of action."
Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Observation Deck

As Scorponok made his way further into the observation deck, Cyclonus followed, not particularly out of any sense of obligation at this point. They had been allotted a brief respite, but even so, the Lord Commander seemed as if something yet weighed upon his mind. Likely many things did. Such was the burden of command. For his part, Cyclonus at always felt one of his strengths was both in being able to offer silence when it was needed and counsel when it was requested. He would see if this was one of those times.

Approaching the oversized viewing area that offered the Decepticons aboard a direct opportunity to gaze into the infinity of space, Cyclonus did just that while taking another small drink from his container. When not engaged in battle, he had to admit that this was one of his favorite pastimes. Others had chided him for it here and there over the vorns, mechs like Starscream and even Megatron--mechs who were more action-oriented. Mechs who craved it. Cyclonus was perfectly comfortable on the battlefield, but this was what he craved. This was what he fought for. Being able to stare into infinity and simply be.

He could only wonder what Lord Scorponok thought when he stared into that same, starry expanse.

For a while, both mechs simply stared in silence, keeping their thoughts to themselves for the moment as the various Decepticons took their various opportunities to release steam. Cyclonus would not break then silence. It was too rare in their line of work. Scorponok likely had precious few opportunities to savor moments like this. It would not be his Vice Commander who interrupted it.

When Scorponok finally decided to break the silence, Cyclonus's attention shifted to that of his commander, though his optics kept their focus on the stars beyond.

”Cyclonus my friend. Tell me, what would be your next step?”

Cyclonus let the question linger for a few moments while he gave the query some legitimate thought. A question of that profundity could not be met with an answer given in haste.

"The fronts of this Great War have been divided into four for a great many vorns now. For just as long, we have been trading minor defeats and minor victories with Fortress Maximus, either of our forces able to strike the defining blow. Until now."

Cyclonus let out a small sigh.

"Though we have energon to spare today, our overall supply dwindles. As Shockwave said, we are facing a countdown to extinction if we cannot revitalize the universe's natural energon stores. Much of our hope for the future hinges on the new energy source that Megatron's forces uncovered on that inhabited planet they're in the process of infiltrating. With Maximus defeated, if they've made any progress at all on the other major fronts of the war, it would seem to me that we will be given no better opportunity to win this war. Surely Megatron has a strategy in place to execute once yourself, Lord Deszaras and Lord Gigatron bring news of victory."
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Re: The Semper Tyrannis - A Moment Of Peace

Postby Cryhavok » Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:12 pm

Motto: ""It is all about pain.""
Weapon: Fusion-Powered Anti-Gravity Gun
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Scorponok did appreciate Cyclonus’ decision to remain silent until the Decepticon Leader himself addressed his Vice Commander. Moments like these were few and far between. And weren’t moments like these what they were fighting for? Chance for peaceful introspection instead of being forced to remain alert your every waking astrosecond. Life of a Decepticon was life of constant struggle but that was not the reason the Decepticons had come to be. The Decepticons existed to bring change. And too often, change could only be brought through force.

"The fronts of this Great War have been divided into four for a great many vorns now. For just as long, we have been trading minor defeats and minor victories with Fortress Maximus, either of our forces able to strike the defining blow. Until now."

Cyclonus let out a small sigh.

"Though we have energon to spare today, our overall supply dwindles. As Shockwave said, we are facing a countdown to extinction if we cannot revitalize the universe's natural energon stores. Much of our hope for the future hinges on the new energy source that Megatron's forces uncovered on that inhabited planet they're in the process of infiltrating. With Maximus defeated, if they've made any progress at all on the other major fronts of the war, it would seem to me that we will be given no better opportunity to win this war. Surely Megatron has a strategy in place to execute once yourself, Lord Deszaras and Lord Gigatron bring news of victory."

As Cyclonus finished speaking his mind, Scorponok remained silent a little longer, his gaze never leaving the vast cosmos before him. There were truth to Cyclonus’ words. If perhaps little too much pessimism at least when it came to their energon situation. Having defeated Fortress Maximus and secured a garden world like Nebulos under the Decepticon banner had revitalized their energon production. Of course it would take some time before the output of energon reached desired level but the potential was there nonetheless. As for the rest, Cyclonus had nothing to say Scorponok had not considered himself. Nonetheless, he appreciated the opinion of his most trusted advisor.

”Megatron always thinks several steps ahead.” Scorponok finally spoke up, ”Otherwise he would have never kept his position as our Supreme Leader.”

Taking another sip from the energon container he was holding in his claw, Scorponok paused again for a while, letting his gaze fall upon the two planets orbiting the Lenocinium Velnero star within the circumstellar habitable zone for organic life in this particular solar system. The planets simply known to Cybertronians as LV-117 and LV-118. Two planets known to their science for hundreds of thousands of vorns. Two planets that shared a violent past with each other. A past that was destined to bring forth their mutual destruction through a collision path long before the star they orbited would swallow them in its death throes. Was that their destiny as well? No. He had defeated Fortress Maximus. He had corrected the course. A brand new future awaited.

”We will take the word of our triumph to Megatron. We have given him the means and now it is our turn to put our trust in his hands. For his is the right to steer us forth in our path towards a final victory.” The massive warlord finally spoke out. Without Megatron the Decepticon cause would not exist, yet Scorponok could not avoid the seeds of doubt gnawing away at the darkest recesses of his mind. It had taken so long. Was Megatron really the one to bring this to an end? Perhaps… No. He needed to have faith in Megatron’s vision. He could not let his own ego endanger everything. And yet, was it not him who had broken the Autobots’ back?

Scorponok shook his head at his own treacherous thoughts and addressed Cyclonus again, his gaze never wandering away from the observation window, ”It has been quite some time since the Conclave last gathered. I am curious to hear what Deszaras has to report. He has been uncharacteristically silent of late while Gigatron has kept his reports coming as meticulously as ever.”
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Re: The Semper Tyrannis - A Moment Of Peace

Postby Insidious » Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:45 pm

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”Autobots came to be out of hope for a better world. We’ll make due. Somehow. I know we will," Skyhammer said in response to Lightspeed's earlier encouragement. He simply nodded an acknowledgement. It was hard to look for the silver lining in any aspect of their current situation, but it had to be done. The alternative was an abyss of self-defeat.

A short time later, a new Autobot was unceremoniously dumped into their cell. But not just any Autobot. Their commander!

Lightspeed had never been more excited to see him than right now. He certainly looked like he'd been through the wringer, though.

“Hey. I could use a hand right about now,” he said with a smirk on his face that belied his beaten up condition.

Nosecone, unsurprisingly, seemed to pay little attention to Scattershot's condition; instead, launching right into what he had been working on regarding their gestalt mode. Typical Nosecone. He couldn't really be faulted. It was how he worked.

"Primus on a pole, you look like you went one-on-one with Hungrr," Lightspeed chuckled as he pushed himself off the floor and went over to assist his commander.

"While you digest everything Nosecone has in mind, we'll see if there's anything critical we can patch up with our limited means here."
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Re: The Semper Tyrannis - A Moment Of Peace

Postby ctrlFrequency » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:45 pm

Motto: "Fate whispers to the warrior, ‘You cannot withstand the storm.’ The warrior whispers back, ‘I am the storm.’"
Weapon: Fusion Cannon
Observation Deck

Bludgeon's gaze went back to the room. He said nothing for a moment. "I want extra energon for Bomb Burst... Above his ration." He finally broke the silence.

--

Nightbird seemed confused for a brief moment. "We asked once if they could increase his ration. The answer was no."

--

"I don't want his ration increased." Bludgeon responded. "I want a few extra bottles... From here, we've been 'treated' to the best energon, I am going to need to have him refueled above and beyond the usual when he is sober, I need him on quality energon."

---

Another flash of confusion went through her optics before she realized..

Oh. He wanted her to swipe some extra energon. He wanted her in thief mode.

"Ahh, I see. I will arrange it." She said softly.

-----

Med Bay

Crowbar quickly arrived at the med bay to see Bomb Burst laying on the floor laughing. Something had stuck the Vampire as funny. Crow figured the only being in the universe to find whatever it was as funny was probably Bomb Burst. "Commander." He said loudly, above the laughter.
--

"No Crow."
--

"Birdie wants you to come to the observation deck." Crow continued.

--

"No Crow." Bomb Burst said and suddenly sat up.
--

Crow sighed and looked down at the Autobot. It was dead. Something that Bomb Burst didn't do was kill his 'toys' as getting them wasn't easy... And Decepticons were off limits. Crow surmised Bomb Burst was not full if he had, in the haze of drunkenness and low fuel loss of control, killed the 'Bot. "Birdie has more fuel for you, Commander, so lets...." He pointed to the doors. "Go...?"


Bomb Burst had flopped back to laying on the floor, laughing.


"Primus." Crow muttered. "Command-" he was interrupted by laughing. "Commander."

--

"There was an Autobot in here..." Bomb Burst remarked, not really appearing to pay attention to what Crowbar wanted him to do. "He called me buckethead... It was amazin-umm..."the Vampire paused a moment trying to make sure his words were correct. "Amazingly funny. Buckethead. Buckethead. I don't have a bucket!"

--

Crowbar figured it was time to step up measures. "You're stubborn when sober. Worse when drunk." He muttered and grabbed the line of the fuel pump, letting some energon drip on to his wrist. He then shoved his arm in Bomb Burst's face.

The Vampire would give chase if he detected a wounded or leaking bot. And being drunk and the room being well lit, Bomb Burst would never notice that Crow was neither, he would just notice the energon.

But Bomb Burst wasn't reacting. "Commander..." Crowbar said softly before pulling a spear off his back and smacking the Vampire in the head with it.

--

That got Bomb Burst's attention, and as Crow had figured, his instincts kicked in and he started for Crow's arm.

Fortunately, inebriation made reflexes slower, so Crow was able to get out of the way and jog to the med bay doors. Bomb Burst chased. The med bay tech were relieved.

---

>>"Nightbird, we're going to be making an entrance, only way I could get him moving was to chase me."<< Crow reported.

Observation Deck

Nightbird nodded at Crowbar's message, sending a silent affirmative to the hacker, passing on the information to Bludgeon without a word.

--

"So..." Carnivac suddenly said to the Decepticons around them. His optics looking over towards Apeface and Snapdragon as well as the smattering of 'Cons that had gathered nearby when the Monstercons and Cutthroat had started their deadly scuffle. "Who wants to place bets. I've got odds on old Cutthroat coming out on top despite it all."
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Re: The Semper Tyrannis - A Moment Of Peace

Postby Insidious » Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:28 pm

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Weapon: Oxidating Laser
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”Megatron always thinks several steps ahead. Otherwise he would have never kept his position as our Supreme Leader.”

At those words, Cyclonus merely nodded. It was obvious enough. It was not his skill in the gladiatorial arena that had initially earned Cyclonus' loyalty. It had been his writings. He had read "Towards Peace" and other manifestos not long after they had begun to originally circulate in the Cybertronian underground. To see him in battle, well, that only convinced Cyclonus further that Megatron was a mechanoid with the physical capability of bringing his vision into reality. No other mechanoid in the Decepticon ranks had that combination of being able to paint a future worth fighting for and be able to lead that very fight.

”We will take the word of our triumph to Megatron. We have given him the means and now it is our turn to put our trust in his hands. For his is the right to steer us forth in our path towards a final victory,” Scorponok continued.

Again, a statement that required no spoken agreement from the Vice Commander. It was implied.

”It has been quite some time since the Conclave last gathered. I am curious to hear what Deszaras has to report. He has been uncharacteristically silent of late while Gigatron has kept his reports coming as meticulously as ever.”

At Scorponok's mention of the Conclave, Megatron's shadowy cabal of councillors, Cyclonus turned slightly in Scorponok's direction. He had heard tell of the group before, but only sparingly. Scorponok had spoken little about them during their time in service together and the purple warrior certainly had not inquired on his own.

"If anything is grounds for such a meeting, it would be a victory of this magnitude. The time to finish this war has come. Surely they will see it, as we have. As for Deszaras, I'm as surprised by his silence as you are. I remember him being more...vocal...in his senate days. But that was indeed a long time ago."
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