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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    I don't even know where to start. 

    Maybe at the beginning. So, I'm still on Cybertron. Dust Devil asked me to come up to install his new optics (his original ones were shattered). He then asked me to come along and commit Zetar's body within the recesses where we traveled to activate the plasma energy chamber. Already, this was kind of weird. Transformers usually don't bury their own. They usually cremate the remains, or commit their body to space (usually into a sun). But it's not so rare that I thought it was unusual. Anyway, Typhoon , Dust Devil, and I went back to the plasma energy chamber. This time, the journey was far less eventful than the last time we went, thankfully.  

    Of course, Dusty has his own agenda, and as usual, he didn't …

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  • Bzero

    RENO, Nev., April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Nevada-based Renown Health and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) are collaborating with Extensive Genetics, a leading personal genetics company, to launch one of the first community-based population health studies in the U.S. that will combine health, population and genetic information with environmental data and return Extensive Genetics genetic results to study participants.

    Funded by the Renown Health Foundation and Nevada's Knowledge Fund, this pilot study will offer community members the opportunity to volunteer for research and gain access to their individual genetic information at no cost.

    Extensive Genetics' Genotyping Services for Research platform will enable researchers to review geneti…

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  • Bzero

    Megatron - New Orders

    April 18, 2017 by Bzero

    Megatron appears in a message recorded in the current Decepticon Headquarters in Tarn. He seems to have recovered from the last thrashing Optimus Prime delivered him, although the anger in his crimson optics suggests it's not yet forgotten.

    "Starscream," Megatron begins without preamble. "I want a full accounting of all new energon sources that have sprung up across Cybertron. Secure the mines in [Praxus] -- either through diplomatic means with their idiot leader Sky High, or by force if necessary. Report to me at once."

    "Shockwave," Megatron moves on. "Continue your siege of Iacon. Prevent the Autobots from accessing any of the new sources of energon on Cybertron. Send in the Insecticons to secretly repair and release Trypticon -- th…

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  • Bzero

    Lightspeed - Orbit Stable

    April 13, 2017 by Bzero

    Lightspeed appears in the Autobot Command Center of the Decagon. A thoughtful frown touches his handsome face.

    "Well," he says quietly, "I have some good news. Zetar bugged the Decepticon planetary engine system - it must have been one of the last things he did before he died. Well, that bug provided us some interesting data. It seems Cybertron has been stabilized, and the engines set on standby -- which means we can destroy them without sending Cybertron into Citctus Minor."

    "I'll leave the mission planning to the strategists. In the meantime, however, if you need any more data processed, I'm your mech. I'll continue monitoring the Decepticon systems and alert you immediately if there are any changes. Lightspeed out."

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    Zetar's dead. 

    He died a few days ago, when the Autobots were battling Trypticon. Apparently, he sacrificed himself to save Dust Devil's life.  

    I've been fortunate enough to not see any of the "original" Autobots who landed here lose their lives. Still, this shows that it CAN happen. And it does happen on a pretty regular basis on Cybertron. 

    I've written about Zetar earlier. And I'd rather have those comments remain. I wrote about him being occasionally annoying. I wrote about him routinely saying "I thought that was your job." And, as a Transformer, I wrote about him in a way that I'd always assume I'd see him again. He was annoying, and the next time I saw him, he'd probably be annoying again. But in a few years, maybe he wouldn't be. Bu…

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    Buster left for school. He hung out a few days - and it was awesome seeing him. Megan loved it as well. 

    I'd like to write more about our visit, but I can't stop thinking about Cybertron. There was a meteor strike that destroyed the Kimia Research Station, and several Autobot outposts. And yes, Autobots were killed.

    Some Autobots are still saying our actions were warranted. We had to move on the plasma energy chamber. I've been told that Cybertron is entering a golden age, but now that Cybertron's orbiting a sun, I can't help but think how our actions led to this death and destruction. Again, I just wish Alpha Trion was alive. If the key could have stayed hidden, yeah, Cybertron would still be flooded with this 'dead energon' - but Kimia wo…

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  • Bzero

    Valour - Meteor Strike

    March 13, 2017 by Bzero

    Valour appears in a message delivered from the field. Overhead, a large propeller-driven Decepticon bomber buzzes loudly in the distance. Valour is dirty and shrapnel-damaged, but remains resolute and upright as he records his report. "The meteor strike against Iacon was a partial success. The shields over the Great Dome held, but they were severely damaged, and the Autobots' Kimia Research Facility was completely destroyed. We took some damage from the fallout -- additional medical crews may be necessary in the field. We're maintain our perimeter and will continue to harass Autobots attempting to enter or leave the city. Valour out."

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  • Bzero

    Typhoon appears outside the gates of Iacon, looking banged up and covered with dust and bits of debris. She looks extremely harried and wide-opticked. Overhead, a large propeller-driven Decepticon bomber buzzes loudly in the distance. Over the noise, Typhoon records the following:

    "Last cycle was horrible! The Decepticons dropped city-sized rocks on Iacon, destroyin' Kimia and nearly demolishin' Iacon itself. Jetfire got me out of there before I was too damaged, but I'm not sure about any other Autobots stuck outside durin' the bombardment. Iacon's shields are damaged, and we're vulnerable to another attack. Also, the heavy nickel-iron cores of the meteorites are wreakin' havoc on the Iacon Plain, messin' with our magnetic sensors and…

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  • Bzero

    Slamdance appears on the Iacon Plain, the burning wreckage of Kimia behind him. Standing next to him is a damaged-looking red robot. Behind them Ratchet and Fixit carry out the badly-burned body of Console. Overhead, a large propeller-driven Decepticon bomber buzzes in the distance.

    Slamdance looks into the camera and says, "I'm standing here with Rad, former commander of the Kimia Research Facility." A small graphic identifies Rad. "He is one of the survivors of a meteor strike last night that damaged Iacon and destroyed Kimia."

    Slamdance looks at Rad. "What is the status of Kimia now?"

    Rad frowns. "A complete loss, along with all of our prototypes. At least most of our data was backed up in Iacon proper. Even worse, one of our secur…

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  • Bzero

    Scrapper - Orbit Stable

    March 8, 2017 by Bzero

    Scrapper appears on-screen. He speaks loudly to be heard over the roaring sound of Kalis' planetary engines in the background. "Good news, commanders. We have stabilized Cybertron's trajectory around Citctus Minor. We no longer need to expend energy to maintain orbit. We can keep the systems running for immediate re-activation, or power them down until needed again. We will continue to make improvements until assigned another project. Scrapper, out."

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  • Bzero

    ABN News Team!

    March 8, 2017 by Bzero

    The Baird Beaming Tower may have been destroyed in Kalis, but that doesn't mean that ABN is going to stop bringing you all the news that is news! Join Bishop's hard-hitting team of journalists and get in on the action as it happens! The following newsies are available free as temps:

    • Andromeda - the face and voice of ABN's Around Cybertron newsfeed
    • Cassiopeia - news anchor
    • Grand Slam - audio correspondent
    • Raindance - video correspondent
    • Autobot Rook - war correspondent
    • Spearhead - camerabot

    Sign on today!

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  • Bzero

    A shiny gold and red field correspondent appears onscreen next to an awkward-looking tan and sea-blue robot. The journalist reports, “I am standing here with Weatherbot navigator and environmental scientist Typhoon. She has been studying the effects on Cybertron from its entry into orbit around Citctus Minor. Typhoon, what has the impact been so far?”

    Typhoon smiles nervously at the camera, and says stiffly with a slight twang, “Well, thanks, Cassiopeia. The climate impact has been sudden and extraordinary. Weather patterns across the planet have been altered. Tyrest has been all kind of torn up from storms raging across from Kalis, and earthquakes are still emanatin’ up from beneath Altihex. That’s not even mentionin’ the temperature…

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  • Bzero

    Rook - Altihex

    March 6, 2017 by Bzero

    Rook stands on the edge of what looks like a massive scar in the ground, surrounded by neutral scientists holding scanners of various sorts. Rook looks at the camera, and as the recording begins says, “I’m here in Altihex following the Cybertron’s astounding move into Citctus Minor’s orbit. Massive planetary engines here played a part, but what additional role has this massive crater played in Cybertron’s ongoing transformation?”

    The image changes to a recording of a black cyborg with the windshield of a Porsche 928S as his face. An on-screen graphic identifies him as "Doctor Go." Peering through a monocle, Go says, "Ve beliefe zhis hole haz been caused by zhe ztellar flare ztriking zhe zurface of zhe planet and burning right down to zh…

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    I haven't written in awhile because I left my journal on Earth. And even if I brought it, I don't know if I would have had the time to write. 

    For posterity's sake - or more realistically, for whoever reads this - here's what happened. I've written a few passages about A3 entrusting the key to the plasma energy chamber to me. I knew this was sort of a 'break glass in case of emergency' condition about exactly when to summon it. And after all of the horrible flooding on Cybertron, and after hearing from a few Autobots about the plasma energy chamber being the only thing that could save Cybertron, I summoned it. And after a few close calls in Autobot City, I was on my way. 

    I worked with Dust Devil, Encore, and this Autobot I've never met bef…

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  • Bzero

    Valour - Iacon Update

    March 4, 2017 by Bzero

    Valour stands amongst the ranks of the Decepticon Assault Infantry forces arrayed around Iacon. His armour is brightly polished, but his stiff moments indicate he still hasn’t fully healed from the thrashing Optimus Prime gave him.

    Straightening up even further as the recording begins, Valour reports, “Since the temporary defeat of Lord Megatron by Optimus Prime, we have pulled back from Iacon’s gates. We maintain a watchful perimeter, ready to move back in when the time is right.

    “In the meantime our air forces continue to patrol Iacon's airspace, harassing any ships that attempt to enter or leave. We haven’t been able to stop them from bringing in supplies via Space Bridge, but I have summoned Jammer to sabotage their efforts so we can t…

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  • Bzero

    Zetar appears in the Decagon Command Center, looking so nervous the drill on his head is spinning like a top. His optics burn a feverish gold, and he can’t quite figure out what to do with his construction-yellow hands. Nonetheless, he files the following report:

    "So, uh, Dusty - er, Dust Devil - asked me a while back to go down to the Underworld to check on Vector Sigma. We found it, but I accidently touched it, and I got a vision of a... Plasma Energy Chamber, which I led Dusty to. But, oh! We almost ran into Megatron, who I guess was working on those big planetary engines beneath Kalis, but I guess that’s moot now."

    Zetar gets flustered as he receives a radio message mid-report. He ignores it, but it wrecks his train of thought. After a m…

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  • Bzero

    To: Decepticon Command
    From: Floodlight, data analyst
    Subject: Cybertron’s transformation

    Signals intelligence have intercepted extensive messages on the changes affecting Cybertron since it was brought into Citctus Minor’s orbit.  Researchers at Deep Space Research Facility 39 are gathering data on an apparent solar flare hit that some are theorizing burned straight down to the planet’s core.  The damage is extensive, but many of them believe the occurrence is related to the sudden surge of energy felt across the planet.  This matches data gathered at our own polities – each reports a rapid influx of power resources available to them.

    Our agents in Tyrest, however, report widespread ionic acid storms striking the area.  The rainclouds are dr…





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  • Bzero

    Uploaded to Benin-Jeri’s YouTube account:

    Benin-Jeri can be seen dancing crazy in the Sparkplug Center on Cybertron. Singing loudly and off-key, he belts out the following:

    "You can turn the clock to zero, honey
    I'll sell the stock, we'll spend all the money
    We're starting up a brand new day

    "It's a brand new day
    (Don't you see me)
    Changing on my way
    (So completely)

    "Freedom, you see, has got our hearts singing so joyfully
    Just look about
    You owe it to yourself to check it out
    Can't you feel a brand new day?

    "I’ll be waiting outside 'til you’re ready to go
    Won’t you come down? Come away with me
    Just think of all the places we could be
    I’ll be waiting, waiting on a brand new day

    "I need to break out
    And make a new name
    Let's open our eyes
    To the brand new day…























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  • Bzero

    Theme Change: Cybertron

    March 2, 2017 by Bzero

    Cybertron has entered a new Golden Age. The Autobots and the Decepticons, working separately, have activated the Plasma Energy Chamber and powered that chamber by placing Cybertron in orbit around a new star, Citctus Minor. The upshot is that instead of being a war-torn, desolate wasteland, Cybertron is now a war-torn, desolate wasteland with island oases of bright, vibrant cities.

    Each city-state has enough energy to power basic needs, although not enough to fund a war effort -- that will still require raids of new Cybertron energy stores in Praxus, Toraxxis, and the Rust Sea. But Cybertron now has a sunny day to break up its endless night, for the first time in 12 million years. You're welcome. IC posts to follow. =)

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  • Bzero

    Cosmos - Unknown Launch

    February 28, 2017 by Bzero
    "Uhh... this is Cosmos reporting from Earth's orbit. Sky-Spy picked up some activity over Russian airspace, and it looked like some kind of launch. I zipped down to investigate, but couldn't find anything amiss. My guess is they sent something into space. I'll check the Moon and local environments, but, you know. Space is big. It might be a while before I find out whatever it was. I'll keep looking. Cosmos, out." Read more >
  • Bzero

    A serious-looking blue Autobot appears onscreen behind a news desk. In his deep, reassuring voice, he announces, "This is Bishop reporting for Around Cybertron. This cycle, we talk about the strange pulsewave that engulfed all of Cybertron a sub-cycle ago. Citizens from Kalis to Tarn reported an unusual energy surge that struck all across the planet, accompanied by brief cyberquake of high magnitude. For insight on what this might mean, we go to Cassiopeia in the field."

    The image shifts to a gold and red journalist. She is standing with a microphone next to a taller pink Transformer with dual blades over her shoulders. The reporter says, "Thank you, Bishop. I'm standing here in Trion Square with planetary scientist and Autobot spokefemm…

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  • Bzero

    Lugnut - Injured List

    February 24, 2017 by Bzero

    Lugnut appears in a video recorded in Autobot City's repair bay. On one side of him is a slab containing the unconscious body of Security Director Red Alert. On the other side is a table on which lays the badly chemical-burned body of Trailbreaker, who also looks like he's had half his leg bitten off. Neither patient is in very good shape. Lugnut, as usual, looks grumpy, but also sounds concerned and a little harried.

    "For those of you who hadn't heard -- we got hit hard last night at Autobot City," Lugnut reports. "One'a them Seacons led an attack on the city -- you shoulda seen it, musta been hunnerts o' them landsharks -- while another one - that flyin' ray - attacked Red Alert in Perceptor's lab. They was after the Key, see, but J…

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  • Bzero

    Colton - Pit I Reactivated

    February 23, 2017 by Bzero

    To: All Joe Personnel
    From: GEN Colton
    Subject: Pit I Reactivated

    The original Pit at Fort Wadsworth has been reactivated as a secret launch platform for reconnaissance and attacks undermining Cobra control of New York and the eastern coast of the United States. LTG Hawk will be travelling there to take command of the base personally, while I remain at Pit III as an unofficial advisor to BG Flagg III. NCOs are to report to Scarlett and Stalker upon their arrival. DC missions will also now be operating out of Pit I. Contact me with any questions.

    GEN Joseph B. Colton, US Army, RET.
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  • Bzero

    Cybertron Under Siege

    February 20, 2017 by Bzero

    The video opens with a soaring shot over the damaged Great Dome of Iacon. Smoke rises from several breaches in the hemispherical structure, although already construction crews headed up by Huffer are repairing the destruction. Finally a voiceover is heard: "This is the damage from the Decepticons' attack on Iacon a cycle ago, when Shockwave launched an assault on Iacon's capital. Optimus Prime himself led the defense, driving the Decepticons back from the city."

    The camera zooms across the Iacon Plain, to where a ring of Decepticon tanks and artillery emplacements ring the city. "However, instead of retreating completely, the Decepticons have lain siege to Iacon, preventing any Autobots or neutrals from entering or leaving the city-sta…

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    So, my heart is still racing. I knew I was pushing it, time-wise, but I wanted to get some diplomatic stuff settled in D.C. before I head to Cybertron. Yes, the new President doesn't want to have anything to do with me, but he still wanted me to come there to give whoever is getting the position a debriefing. The "me" Spike would tell this person to eff off, but given the importance of Autobot.human contact, I played along. 

    I shouldn't have. I tried to brief the MacLeod administration (I didn't get to meet with anyone representing the MacLeod administration - they still want to save face, so I met with an administrative assistant). She kept asking questions. And I knew I was on a curfew. And it was getting closer and closer to 9 p.m. 

    Fina…

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    I'm on Cybertron writing this. Which is still weird writing no matter how many times I've been here. 

    So, I was given the notice by Dust Devil to get my aft to Cybertron. Things are set in motion. I brought my overnight bag. I really didn't say any "farewells" to dad, Carly, or my kids. Main reason is that my gut reaction is that I'm just a condiut, I think. e.g. "None of the Autobots can speak Russian - so - find a translator - say what needs to be said, then go home." I've handled the key to the plasma energy chamber repeatedly. No troubles. No third arm grown out of my back. But - and I don't know if Dust Devil was just being Dust Devil, but he said "bring MREs in case you get buried for a month." Ha ha. But...damn him for making me pau…

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  • Bzero

    By MICHAEL EDISON HAYDEN

    Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, counselor to President MacLeod, said today that she "did not know" whether the president and vice president were made aware three weeks ago that Shawn Berger, Jr., who resigned as national security adviser on Monday night, had misled the public and was possibly susceptible to blackmail because of his preinauguration conversations with Cobra's science advisor.

    Berger resigned because his job had become "increasingly unsustainable," Fitzpatrick said on "Good Morning America" today, attributing the incidents that led to his resignation to forgetfulness or misleading information.

    She said that Berger had a conversation with Vice President Rick Cawley but that the information he gave at that time "tu…

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  • Bzero

    To: Hawk
    CC: Duke, Flint
    Subj: Operations in DC

    I've been discovered and forced to retreat from my observational post in Washington. Zandar found my location and I likely would have been killed or captured if it wasn't for quick action by Bruce Sato.

    Before I was forced to abandon my site I did observe several things: the arrival of Cobra Commander, accompanied by Interrogator and BAT leader Over Kill.

    Interestingly, just before I had to withdraw I captured a photograph of Interrogator without his trademark helmet. The image matches that of "Victor", AKA Medi-Viper 720. They may all be the same person.

    Unless otherwise ordered, I will try to establish a new recon position in DC and then report in.

    Sneak-Peek
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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    Valentine's Day is coming up. I'm guessing that no matter how much Cobra does or doesn't rule our United Sates, blaming them on not being able to get Carly a gift isn't going to cut the mustard in terms of an excuse. Will try to venture out today before the curfew hits. 

    It's around 5:45 in the morning. Getting a bit of writing done before Jumal wakes up. I picked him up from the airport last night. And while he was in good spirits, I know the lengthy delay that he had to endure while at the airport, while his passport was vetted, and he was questioned - had to upset him. He's a proud individual. 

    I think the entire event took a lot of his self-righteous indignation out of him, because when I drove him back, the only thing he wanted to do i…

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  • Sydneygb

    This has got to be the longest plane ride in history. I think time has actually stopped. Time definitely does not fly when you're worried someone may have been mutilated by raging biker gangs two thousand miles away. At least the hologram Synergy's projecting is still working.

    There's no telling what I may find when I arrive. I've got the location of the mansion where she lives. Shouldn't be too hard to find. Why aren't we on approach yet? I have to have been sitting here for ... okay it's only been an hour and a half since we took off in Newark. I gotta get my head on straight or I'll be useless when I hit L.A.

    Synergy's projections have started to falter. Luckily I was in the restroom when that started. I'll wait in here until disembarking…

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  • Sydneygb

    It's been a very interesting last few days. The alien let us go, after trying to get us to kill each other. Aliens. Anyway, it dropped us into the centre of Australia, near a place called Erldunda. Ayers Rock is only a few hundred kilometres away, and Alice Springs, where I was staying courtesy of Mayhem, isn't much farther.

    There are times I stop and wonder if I'm really in the Twilight Zone and just don't know it. I like Kimber. For all she showed herself to be empty-headed, mercurial, and mouthy the first time I met her, I've learned she's really got a core of intelligence, humour, and, most of all, compassion. The girl was near tears lamenting she couldn't help me get out of this mercenary killing life. I don't think she has a hos…

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  • Bzero

    Cobra Commander appears in the Oval Office, the Resolute desk flanked by Cobra flags. Impossibly-tall Crimson Guard Immortals silently stand nearby, protecting their commander from all harm. The Commander is wearing his latest uniform – a black paramilitary outfit with a reflective silver helmet and a long red gloves. Naturally you can’t see his face, but his hissing voice just drips with elation and victory.

    “Citizens of the United States of Cobra!” the Commander begins triumphantly, clenching one of his gloved fists. He leans forward. “We have captured your capitol. We have killed your old President, and made a mockery of your pale excuse for a new one! Like it or not, we control most of your population, and the remaining holdouts…

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    I hate being in the news. Okay - I admit, not all of it. The New Yorker profile was great - albiet painfully honest. Way way way way back, I remember happily appearing in Teen Beat when I was 16. But lately, it's been more like "Goddamnit, Spike - where are the Autobots?!" Optimus Prime has held firm in his belief that we should evolve as a species with as little interference from the Autobots as possible. His "basic" belief - if it's an earthquake, the 'bots sweep in and help out. If it's what we have now - with Cobra firmly occupying major cities, including Washington D.C. - it's more of a "it's regrettable, and I hope your people can mount a peaceful resistance" style of response. 

    Even though, this entire Cobra thing could be squashed …

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  • Bzero

    Megatron - Division Orders

    January 30, 2017 by Bzero

    Megatron appears, seated on his dais in the command center of Decepticon City. As the recording begins, he leans forward, talking directly into the camera.

    "The Autobots are trying to play us for fools!" he bellows, clenching a mighty fist. "But we will beat them at their own game. Starscream - calculate the distance to the nearest 'dying star' in our path, and when we will pass closest to it. Have your Seekers patrol Cybertron and continue to shoot down any Autobot or neutral who tries to leave the planet -- all will remain there to witness to my triumph!

    "Shockwave -- you are to build another copy of Plumgaige's Energon Rejuvenation Matris. I have a feeling I know what Vector Sigma's plans are for Cybertron, and we may have use for it…

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  • Bzero

    Sneak-Peek – DC Report

    January 30, 2017 by Bzero

    To: Hawk
    CC: Duke, Flint
    Subj: Washington, DC

    I’ve infiltrated DC and set up a reconnaissance post just outside the White House, the headquarters of occupying Cobra forces. The local Cobra leader is Hannibal – I’m not sure if that is just a codename, or if he is one of Mindbender’s clones. He seems to have shacked up with Zartan’s brother Zandar in the Presidential bedroom. I’m not one to judge, but it’s a relationship we can possibly use to our advantage. The rest of the city is held by BATs; there are relatively few Vipers on the ground. I’ve concealed myself from the BAT patrols for now, but my movements are restricted.

    Awaiting further orders. Until then I will continue to observe.

    Sneak-Peek
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  • Bzero

    Red Alert - Requests

    January 29, 2017 by Bzero

    Red Alert appears in a message recorded in Perceptor's electrical engineering lab. He looks intensely at the camera, blue optics wide. "I've decided to assist Dust Devil his studies of the second Key and in interpreting the message from Vector Sigma. Perceptor, if you could, please check to see if we're approaching a 'dying star', and perhaps speculate on how such a proximity might help restore Cybertron."

    "Also, you may wish to examine the data Dust Devil has collected on the Key in case it might help him use it to track the mysterious chamber that 'no mech' may enter. If you or anyone else know of any history that might give us a good starting point to search for this chamber, it would be most helpful. Perhaps the secrets are held at…

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  • Bzero
    "I was investigating Silent Grill when both the Autobot Jetfire and the Seacon craft Hatemaker arrived on the scene. Jetfire offered to back me up against the Seacons; a proposal I silently accepted in order to gain intelligence from them both. Dust Devil seems to have reneged on an agreement with Snaptrap, damaging the Seacon's trust." Cyclonus chuckles darkly.

    "According to Snaptrap, he and Dust Devil had an arrangement for Dust Devil to approach Vector Sigma on his behalf, to 'help save Cybertron.' One of Snaptrap's agents apparently witnessed Shockwave's encounter with Sigma, and noted Dust Devil failed to meet back up with Snaptrap after. Jetfire offered to bring Dust Devil to share information with all parties, although Snaptrap su…

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  • Bzero

    Metalhawk appears in a message recorded in the Iacon Medical Center on Cybertron. He looks pretty beat up, which if you know him at all you know is pretty hard to do. As he speaks, Fixit works on a bad laser burn on his right arm. Metalhawk, however, looks and sounds amused, if a little chagrinned.

    "Well," he reports. "We wanted to get the Decepticons' attention, and we did. I was planting traps in the old Tower of Justice building when I was confronted by Starscream. I don't think he was even looking for the Key -- his beef seemed to be primary with me and my presence on the moon.

    "We had a little disagreement about my right to be there," Metalhawk says mildly. "He was towing the line of 'Cybertron and all its moons belong to Megatro…

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    I'm in the repair bay right now. I'm listening to Yo La Tengo's wonderful cover of "My Little Corner of the World" - and I absolutely feel this sentiment. Sean "Douchebag" Berger Jr. brazenly told me that my time in Autobot City was coming to an end. But Crosscut reassured me that whatever happens, my family will have a home in Autobot City.Which...is much-needed right now. I peeked in on dad last night, and saw him actually talk about the war with Helperbot. He has care here. It's accessible for him. And, he's relaxed. At home. If we were to move out...I would hate to think of this, but dad would almost have to go into an assisted nursing center, something he never wants to go to again.

    So, yeah. I'm insulated. For the record, whoever (if…

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  • Bzero

    DC Falls to Cobra

    January 26, 2017 by Bzero

    ARLINGTON, VA. - Washington, DC has fallen, and the Cobra flag now flies over the White House.

    American forces were forced to retreat from the District of Columbia Monday night, unable to resist the wave of Cobra's Battle Android Troopers. Personnel were evacuated from all major government buildings, and White House staff-in-exile insist former President Hussein Dunham is safe in an undisclosed location, although he has not been seen since the initial invasion.

    Commenting on the attack, incoming President John MacLeod repeated the remarks he made after his inauguration at MacLeod Towers in Florida on Friday, stating, "Now is the time for action, not empty words or promises. I am going to strengthen our military and intelligence assets to w…

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    I'm in the repair bay, taking a bit of a break. Listening to Nina Simone's 'Anthology' - and no 'bot seems to complain. However, the ones in here are in stasis, so I guess that doesn't count. 

    I pulled the trigger yesterday. I don't know if A3 wanted me to do this or not, but I took Bumblebee out to where we hid the plasma energy chamber key. My hands were shaking all of the time. I have no idea what the thing does. All I know is that it may or may not be absolutely critical in the preservation of Cybertron. I decided the Decepticons would probably converge if a full phalanx of Autobots were at the drive-in. But if it's just a lowly human, the 'cons probably wouldn't pay me a second notice. Still, I had to take Bee along for the ride. 

    Thin…

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  • Bzero

    Hook appears in a recording sent from his office in Tarn. He frowns and looks slightly less confident than usual -- almost consterned. Nonetheless, he raises his chin and states the following:

    "Constructicon Medical Officer Hook reporting. I've completed my examination of Counterpunch -- as much as I'm allowed," he adds petulantly, optics narrowing, "and found no serious abnormalities following his interaction with Vector Sigma, nor injuries that would prevent his return to duty. There is a strange energy flux residue from the targeted field emission from Vector Sigma, but the decay rate is such that it should dissipate on its own, in a reasonably short period of time.

    "There was a slight misalignment of Counterpunch's primary power flow…

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  • Spikewitwicky

     

    I'm going to pick up Megan from pre-school in about an hour, but I'm catching the inauguration of President John MacLeod. And maybe it's because I just purchased a ticket to see Radiohead with Carly, but the line "this is a low-fying panic attack" keeps going through my head. This is finally setting in. In a few hours, Hussein Dunham will no longer be our president. These past eight years have been challenging, rewarding, sometimes terrifying, but during this time, I knew the Autobots had an unshakable ally. 

    Now - I have this feeling of unease. I have no idea what's going to come of this. It's a great unknown. It literally feels like if I were going into the depths of Autobot City , and the lights were suddenly cut - and there is no other…

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  • Bzero

    Report - DC Under Attack

    January 19, 2017 by Bzero

    Barbara Walker appears on side of the Capital Beltway surrounding Washington, DC. Behind her, roadblocks have been set up to stop civilian traffic. Actual tanks can be seen in the distance through a haze of thick smoke. While the highway she's standing on seems recently damaged, Walker herself seems calm and poised before the camera. Holding a microphone, Walker speaks. "With merely eighteen hours before the Presidential inauguration of John MacLeod, the American capitol is in in chaos. Cobra forces launched an attack against Washington, DC last night, and while they were forced back to the city limits, the district remains under siege."

    The image cuts to the unlikely image of a man in what appears to be a leather jacket and an ancient…

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  • Bzero

    Bumblebee appears in a message recorded in the Autobot City command center. The camera is set low at an angle to make Bumblebee appear a little larger and more impressive than he is. He clears his vocalizer, but his voice remains at the same excitable pitch as ever.

    "Optimus -- we have a situation," Bumblebee reports. "Dust Devil travelled down to see Vector Sigma himself again, and he's brought back another message. According to Dust Devil, 'Cybertron needs us to find a key. It was hidden so no mech could get it and it goes to a room that no mech can go in. And we need to find this by the time we pass a dying sun. Do that and Cyberton will be restored.'"

    "Optimus, I have some idea what he's talking about, but I'd like to talk to you before …

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  • Bzero

    MUX 2016 Year in Review

    January 4, 2017 by Bzero

    2016 was a busy year on the MUX. =)

    The most important that happened on the MUX in 2016 was nothing less than the fate of Cybertron itself, as the cult of Silent Grill tried to finish the planet off permanently. The Autobots entered into a truce with the rulers of Helex to investigate, but the larger Decepticon leadership was unaware of the danger of the situation. Ultimately Dal Matia was stopped, but Cybertron still seems to be dying... and none quite knows who may hold the Key to saving it.

    At the same time something haunted the dreams of the Transformers, killing them in their rest cycles. Eventually the creature Nemro was trapped by Starscream and Ratbat and destroyed.

    Back on Earth, America is at war with Cobra Unity. With Cobra under a…

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  • Bzero

    Last week in the Quintesson World universe, Arcee, Boff & Punch began their journey toward the surface. Punch informed the others that he was going to disarm the security circuitry that would alert the Quintessons to their presence once they reached topside. To do that, he shimmied into a pipe and disappeared into an entire gridwork of underwater power conduits. Arcee & Boff went inside to try and locate him, but so far they haven't been able to. They're discussing just moving on with the mission, since there's a chance that Punch just did what he had to do and exited into the water.

    In the main universe, Megatron summoned Barricade to Decepticon City. Megatron promoted Barricade to head the Colbalt Sentries, and ordered him to interview va…

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  • Bzero

    Attack in Altihex

    December 23, 2016 by Bzero

    Slamdance appears on-screen, a slight smile playing across his deep red face. He immediately introduces himself: "This is Slamdance for ABN-Cybertron, broadcasting live from the Baird Beaming Transmitter in Kalis." He sobers slightly as an image forms over his shoulder. The scene is one familiar to anyone who's witnessed battlefields across Cybertron: catastrophic civilian destruction. A small graphic identifies this as 'Altihex.'

    Slamdance continues, "Last cyber-week Altihex was hit by an unexpected attack from one of the roving mercenary Seacons identified as Seawing." The image over his shoulder changes to a slightly-blurry image of what looks like some kind of flying mechanical manta ray. "Seawing's attack came without warning, and…

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  • Bzero

    By Elizabeth Chuck

    John MacLeod officially announced his plan Tuesday to nominate Blackrock Industries CEO G.B. Blackrock as secretary of state, a pick that could pose complications in the confirmation process due to Blackrock’s ties to Transcarpathia.

    Blackrock, 61, has no government or diplomatic experience but has done extensive work on behalf of his petroleum company.

    His business, particularly with Scottish-Transcarpathian businessman Destro and in the Middle East, has attracted criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike.

    “His close association to Destro and the Transcarpathian government raises serious questions at a time when Cobra has attacked cities across the United States,” Diane Blythe’s running mate, Sen. Mike Burns, said in a…

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  • Bzero
    “Decepticons, Lord Megatron’s words are clear.  Scourge, take your Sweeps and track down Optimus Prime.  He was last seen in Silent Grill, where I attempted to bury him for good along with the heretical self-proclaimed ‘acolytes of Unicron.’  However, he managed to escape and may himself hold the Key to Vector Sigma.  I will travel ahead and lay traps should he evade your clutches.  Bring him to me should you succeed.

    “Soundwave, Megatron has placed Barricade in charge of your Cobalt Sentries and tasked them to seek out corruption and vice within the Decepticon Empire.  All Decepticons will be subject to their interview and scrutiny, regardless of rank or station.  Schedule interrogations and review for troops on Garboil’s suspect list imme…

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