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Perceptor
  • Name: Perceptor
  • Faction: Autobot
  • Species: Transformer
  • Function: SCIENTIST
  • Division: Science
  • Sub-Group:
  • Type: FC
One's ultimate truth lies in one's molecular structure.

PERCEPTOR's thirst for knowledge is unquenchable. He will seek it to the exclusion of all else. To him, being on Earth is like a miner finding a new vein of gold - each eagerly plumbs untold riches, neither knowing when his source will run out, if ever. Perceptor's specific role in the Autobot cause is studying how best the Autobots should adapt to Earth, and conversely how Earth's alien environment is affecting the Autobots. Autobot Leader Optimus Prime considers this research vital to the Autobots' survival as long as they're marooned on Earth. Although good-natured and friendly, Perceptor is not easily drawn into joining with other Autobots to do anything other than his work.

Perceptor is extremely intelligent. His capacity for data storage is second only to Optimus Prime's. Although familiar with all the sciences, his specialties are metallurgy, molecular chemistry, and electrical engineering. He has two different capacities in microscope mode. He can magnify objects up to 10,000 times as an optical microscope and up to a million times as a scanning electron microscope. Using his magnifying lenses to concentrate and intensify its beam, he can convert his lens barrel to a powerful light cannon. It can blast a hole in a cinder block wall 2,000 miles away with pinpoint accuracy. He can use the cannon in robot mode or convert to a third form and use it as a stationary field artillery piece. He also carries a concussion rifle in robot mode.

If he were human, Perceptor might be called absent-minded, since he is rarely aware of anything but the work in front of him. He actually forgets at times that he is involved in a raging war and, as a result, is sometimes a casualty of it. His magnifying lenses, although resistant to cracking, are nevertheless the weak link in his make-up. Any problems with them not only can bring his work to a halt, but can also considerably reduce his offensive abilities.


History

Canonical/Pre-MUX/Theme History:

Perceptor arrived on Earth during the initial impact of the Ark into the planet. He had been present when the Ark crashed onto prehistoric Earth during the encounter wih the Nemesis, but due to being in the more heavily-damaged Ark belowdecks, he was not recovered and repaired for almost a year.

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Microscope mode

During his period of habitation on that planetary body, he experienced a myriad of adventures. Included in that scope were incidents such as: reconfiguring his mass ratio to a microscopic scale in order to sever the connection of the Heart of Cybertron to Megatron's body; being abducted by the Decepticons, along with Seaspray; traveling through the interstellar void with Jazz to reacquire Cosmos from Saturn's moon Titan; and landing on an unexplored world in which Cybertronian lifeforms were minuscule in relation to the immense indigenous population. He also synthesized a panacea to remedy the deadly Cosmic Rust epidemic.

MUX History:

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Artillery piece mode

Perceptor is a high-ranking member of Autobot Science, and works closely with Wheeljack. In 2015, Perceptor gave the eulogy to Alpha Trion's memorial service. In 2017 he helped defend Iacon against an assault by Trypticon.

OOC Notes

Logs/Posts

2007

2011

Jul 18 - Analysis: Lt. Henshaw

<< The Autobot spinny pops up, replaced by an image of Perceptor >>

"Greetings and salutations, Autobots. I have spent the last several days conducting an extensive, yet non-invasive, examination of Second Lieutenant Lori Henshaw, who has indicated that the Decepticon known as Thunderwing performed some series of experiments upon her person to result in her newly acquired armor. With the permission of the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base, I have examined the Lieutenant's medical records in detail.

"Lieutenant Henshaw's injuries were the result of a Cobra Night Raven's missiles destroying her Conquest X-30 aircraft while preparing for lift-off during the attack on Fort Hood some eleven months earlier. She was in a coma for nine months before regaining consciousness, during which time much of the shrapnel was removed from her body. Microscopic fragments, however, still remained in her chest, and with every movement they were digging their way further into her body, towards her heart and lungs.

"With assistance from GI Joe, the Lieutenant was fitted with an electromagnetic harness fitted to a wheelchair, which would give her some form of mobility while also keeping the microscopic shrapnel from digging any further into her body. For over a month, this did work to buy the humans some time to try and deal with her situation, but it seemed that she would never be able to walk again, due to paralysis from the waist down. And then she was abducted nearly three weeks ago, apparently by Thunderwing.

"I have been consulting with Brainstorm, perhaps the foremost expert in matters pertaining to biomechanical engineering, in an effort to understand what Thunderwing did to Lieutenant Henshaw. What we have been able to ascertain is that the implantation of the armor into the Lieutenant was not done lightly. Indeed, the Lieutenant's body was completely rebuilt at the molecular-genetic level. Her physiology is several times more efficient now than the typical human. Her bone density is tripled, meaning the force required to break a bone is substantially higher. Her skeletal structure has also been fitted with numerous small reservoirs that serve to store and contain her armor when not in use. Her muscular structure has been enhanced to a certain degree, making her stronger. Her nervous system is more bio-neural circuitry than anything else, and her brain functions seem to indicate the prospect of incredibly high levels of data storage and retention. In fact, from all indications, her body is acting as a combination bio-fuel/solar energy capacitor -- in effect, her body is literally an organic battery for the armor itself!

"The armor is a room-temperature mimetic polyalloy that functions as a memory metal -- this allows the armor to seep through her body and cover her before assuming a fully rigid state, yet the ease with which she maintains her full range of movement is unhindered. The armor is far stronger than what the United States military currently utilizes, though I don't believe it's rated as strongly as that of Circuit Breaker. It houses an additional fuel system that allows for consumption of energon, which works in tandem with her bio-fuelling (read, eating and drinking, as the humans prefer to call it) and solar energy absorption.

"The armor is possessed of flight capabilities that exceed Mach 5, allowing her to actually escape Earth's gravity, yet aside from her increased oxygen efficiency, there is little space for storage of oxygen to keep her going for more than an hour before suffocation commences. The armor also can propel her underwater, though such excursions are similarly limited by her oxygen reserves.

"The armor is also outfitted with weaponry -- while admittedly low-powered compared to our own technology, I believe she is still quite capable of defending herself quite well against Cobra, or even the Decepticons given the reports of her encounter with Skywarp. Concussive energy blasters in the gauntlet palms -- which also serve as flight stabilizers during flight -- as well as a sonic screech attack that can induce a vertigo effect, a plasmic-based chest-mounted weapon that also serves as the means to "ingest" energon, and bomblets that can be fired in a spread pattern for an area-effect attack.

"During this rather exhaustive analysis, I have scanned for any sort of control devices of a kin similar to Bombshell's cerebro-shells, or any tracking devices, with the assistance of First Aid. I am pleased to report that there are none in evidence -- Thunderwing is not controlling her in any way, nor does he have any programming or systems installed that are tracking her for his observation. In that, GI Joe and the Autobots both can rest easy.

"However, there is a catch: the circuitry that links Lieutenant Henshaw to the Banshee armor, as she's taken to calling it -- I will never understand human nomenclature in regards to 'callsigns' and the like -- is calibrated specifically to interface with her bio-neural circuitry. In fact, for all intents and purposes, it is literally an extension of her own body now. Due to the reformatting of her body at the molecular-genetic level, it is apparently dependent upon her, and she upon it -- it is a fascinating sort of symbiotic relationship.

"In short, the Banshee armor is here to stay, short of downloading Lieutenant Henshaw's memories into a Cybertronian body. But it is safe insofar as Brainstorm, First Aid and myself can ascertain. I will forward this report to Scarlett, since she is here as support for Lieutenant Henshaw, and let her disseminate it as necessary. Perceptor, signing off."

<< Perceptor's image disappears, replaced by the Autobot spinny >>

2015

2017

Feb 14 - Recent Theories regarding...

AUTOBOT SPINNY!

Perceptor appears on screen before a large 3-D star map, with a laser pointer in his hand. The red mech gestures to the map about him, stars being projected on his form as well as the area around him. "I believe I've ascertained a probable theory regarding Cybertron's recent erratic motions."

He steps off to the side, the camerabot following him. "As it is well known, Cybertron was famously moved from its original orbit, due to.....Decepticon 'shenanigans', ending up in a non-gravity orbit nearing the Sol System's planet Sol-4, colloquially called 'Earth' by its natives."

A somber look crosses his face, as he touches the Earth orbit, Cybertron holographically moving from that orbit into space proper, "Given the erratic behavior of our home, as well as the critical structural damage to Cybertron, it has taken me until now to project the actual destination of our home planet, on the most updated astrocharts."

He steps off to the side, indicating another system. "See here, errant system Citctus Minor. Not much to report on it per se. A few 'dead planets', an asteroid belt, and three free-floating planetoids. However, this sector was one of the earliest entries into the Astronomica Cybertronae."

Perceptor raises his hand, a finger upright as he hypothesizes. "Eighteen lightyears from our original orbit, charted even before the Tesaruian Nebuae, and of course, Charr and its sister planet Abunae." He pauses, to explain further, "This starchart is older than our nearest neighbors starcharts. We ventured forth there, even earlier than initial exploration. This induction of new data caused me to reinvestigate the sector, leading to what I consider to be a remarkable discovery."

Citctus Minor is shown on screen as Perceptor narrates. "Crossreferencing current starcharts to older entries, we find out that CM-2, and CM-3 are on decaying orbits, though nothing in older entries suggested that."

The hologram shows the elliptical orbit of the planets, then shows their decaying orbit. Something happened to change how the planets moved.
"I've managed to analyze the subtle variation, tracing back its history to the triggering event....One hundred and twenty eons ago." The words come out of his mouthplate in a reverent tone.

"A gravitational anomaly had occurred, moving from here...to out of orbit." The hologram shows how a question mark of some sort had brushed pass the two other planets, pulling moons from them as it went. These moons went on to be reidentified as planetoids in their own orbit.

"The math proves it. The gravitational anomaly...."

The hologram shows a question mark...and then fades into nothingness, revealing....Cybertron!
"was Cybertron itself. Twenty eons before the Golden Age."
Perceptor's tone just increases in solemnness and reverence as he continues, "Given the planets stability until that time, I believe...that Citctus Minor was where our homeworld...was forged." He lets the moment sit, "The star has nearly collapsed at this point. Citctus Minor had actually gone from yellow, to red, to white dwarf in our absence, and perhaps in kinship, it is collapsing upon itself, dying a thousand year death. Our planet is returning home, one last time."

AUTOBOT SPINNY!

March 21 - "Assault on Iacon"

Trypticon launches an assault on Iacon.

What-If Universe

Decepticon World 

As Bumblebee grew into his role as Autobot leader, Perceptor acted as consel to Bumblebee . Despite the Autobots' losing more and more numbers, Perceptor's support of Bumblebee never waned. Perceptor presided over a failed "No Confidence" vote to Bumblebee's leadership proposed by Springer. Perceptor agreed to carry out the vote, but demanded that regardless of the outcome, the Autobots would put all of their support behind the leader (be it Bumblebee or Springer). Both Bumblebee and Springer agreed, and Bumblebee ended up retaining his position as Autobot leader. 

Decepticon World Logs

  • October, 2013 - "A Difficult Decision" - Jetfire is brought to a meeting with the leaders of the Autobots. There he outlines the plan he and Bumblebee have come up with. Gradually, the group comes to a sobering realization; someone must die to ensure the future of the Autobots.
  • October, 2013 - "A Hero's Sacrifice" - Jetfire and Ultra Magnus carry out their desperate plan.
  • 2013 November - "Escape to Nebulos" - Megatron and Shockwave attempt to stop the Autobots once and for all as Bumblebee and Springer lead a wounded, ragtag bunch to the Space Bridge. 

Players

Perceptor has been available for application since July of 2011. He was temped by bzero in 2013, and by SpikeWitwicky in the Decepticon World universe and in 2015 in the main universe. He was @emitted by Zero for the Spotlight Imager TP, the Betrayal of the Autobots TP, the End of Days TP, and the Assault on Iacon.

References

This page uses content from Teletraan I: The Transformers Wiki. The original article was at Perceptor (G1).


The list of authors can be seen in the page history.

As with Transformers Universe MUX, the text of Transformers Wiki is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.



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