[Transformers – custom universe]
Back in times when the war just begun, Soundwave was yet to earn his respect and become a communication specialist, Shockwave was a young scientist who tried to make his first experiments work, Zeta Prime was still the Autobot leader and Orion Pax had no idea what fate will he have to face in the nearest future, there was a secret operation led by Megatron himself. This self-proclaimed Lord of the forces he named Decepticons and possibly the future ruler of whole Cybertron and beyond was not hesitating in his doings and was already making huge advancements towards stranding their yet vulnerable victims – the newly created protecting forces of Autobots.
It was a gloomy dark night back on Cybertron. A thick and huge smog floated in the sky making it unable for the light from stars to pass through. The Nemesis just docked into one of the most vital Decepticon energon magazines – the Nexus Peak Base – with Megatron and his minion Soundwave on board. The ship's gate immediately opened and a special beam was activated which transported the two and a bunch of their silver-painted vehicon personal guardians down on the ground. This was one of the parts of the base where some military equipment was stored in case of a threat. This ranged from small pistols firing single shots of energon rays, more advanced repeaters shooting powerful series at once, ammunition crates, up to medium size aerial battle strikers ideal for dogfights and standing next to them a countless number of transportation ships, ready to be filled with raw energon and set onto their flight. The rest of the base was mainly used for storing energon. The team with Megatron on the lead walked along a path leading to a giant gate which opened as they reached it. Quite a complicated corridor system appeared before their eyes. From there they could reach most of the rooms, including the other docks and the stockpiles where the energon was kept. While this time it was necessary to enter the command center from where Shockwave was navigating the secret operation ordered by Megatron. Only few had an access to this control chamber – the Lord, his few close and trusted minions and some of the trained vehicons put in charge of the control panels. Soundwave was about to become another entrusted one. The Cons turned few times inside the corridors to find themselves inside a lift, which was activated by the liege himself. As the lift reached the highest floor the door did not open and it seemed like it's a dead end. Of course, this was just to mislead those wandering off a little too far from their guard. Megatron made few steps forward towards the wall and a control panel appeared, he typed some secret combination, special device scanned his eye sensors and a hidden door opened. As soon as they entered the room, they were welcomed by Starscream with a little jest in his voice: “Oh, welcome there, my mighty liege” – he smiled – “I see you've brought a new companion. Let me introduce him to the place”. Megatron was a bit of suspicious about Starscream, yet he let him to be on guard here, because he was a powerful warrior. He replied: “There's no such need. I already did this”. Then he put his palm on Sounwave's arm and whispered to his hearing sensor so that no one else could hear it: “I have a bad feeling about this... Seeker. You better keep an eye for him”. Starscream only gasped a little, showing contempt on his face. The leader pointed in the center of the chamber, which was filled with equipment, panels and navigation screens. At the controls there was Shockwave, who was so absorbed with his work that he did not even realize he had a guest. This scientist was an individualist from the beginning. He always seemed to be rather reserved to the outside world and many could describe him as sociopathic, never being able to show even a bit of empathy towards others. Under Megatron command, Shockwave was giving a giant advantage to the evil forces and was doing an excellent work with the operation. He was already mostly finished with it – the Space Bridge, which would allow to teleport troops and resources all over Cybertron and possibly even farther. Although he was successful in the past with smaller prototypes, enabling an individual to travel for approximately 1500 clicks, yet Shockwave had much bigger ambitions than that and he saw the project as imperfect. When the war begun it was simply logical to join the winning team. And this was a perfect occasion to put his scientific skills into a real battle and was given a chance to build a full-scale model of his invention. The new version of the Bridge, however, required an impossible amount of energon to be fully completed. And it was very overwhelming even for Shockwave's powerful mind to navigate the construction process and taking care of bringing resources at once. Megatron realized this and as he was an outstanding strategist, he decided that Shockwave should not get distracted by taking care of energon and should focus all of his potential on finishing and perfecting the operation. As for the energon, Megatron saw potential in Soundwave, who had amazing abilities in computers and was loyal to him from the beginning of the conflict. When the team stood next to Shockwave, Megatron spoke: “Shockwave, this is Soundwave. He is now responsible for navigating the transportation of the energon reserves”. Then the Lord turned his head in the Soundwave's direction, giving him a sneaky grin and stating so firmly: “I believe I'm putting in charge the right person, maybe even you will become a communication specialist someday. And it would be better for you if the operation is successful”. In response Soundwave stood erected, saluted him with his right hand and with a cold and computer tone he answered: “As you command, my Lord“. The leader laughed sinisterly a little and left the room.
In the same time, a very important meeting was being held in the very center of the Autobot capital city – Iacon. Zeta Prime – the current leader of the Autobot forces and the bearer of the Matrix of Leadership – was just taking a speech to his loyal high in rank comrades: “My dear friends, we are now stranded in a very uncomfortable situation. Megatron's forces cannot be let to spread all over Cybretron. It is ultimately necessary to stop the problem before it can develop more”. Then he punched the table he was standing at with his fist with such anger that he made a little dent in it and then added: “It is our duty to protect our home. In the name of Primus”. Ultra Magnus was not the one who can get easy fooled. He already had a suggestion on how to cure the situation: “The Decepticons were quiet for too long time after conquering Kaon and claiming it as their capital city. They must be up to something and you won't even lift a finger! I suggest an imminent mobilization of all our forces and putting Decepticons daring to walk in Kaon on their knees!”. After these words, the pompous and harmonious atmosphere disappeared. Everyone, one after another, begun to disagree with Ultra Magnus' rigid decision, trying to convince the rest with rightness of their ideas, making it all looking like an argument rather than a serious meeting. While the headmasters could not agree, Silverbolt and his team – Air Raid and Jetfire – were approaching Iacon at great speed in their shiny aerial modes with important news. This trio used to be masters of piloting in times of peace, often presenting their unbelievable skills at demonstrations. But when the war came, they had no other choice but to recruit as Autobots. Because of their irreplaceable abilities they were often given tasks no other team could ever achieve. They were just coming back from one of such missions. As soon as they landed before the High Council, they were warned by Ironhide that they cannot enter: “Hold it, pal. I'm not allowed to let anyone in. There's a meeting ongoing”. Silverbolt looked at Ironhide showing a disappointment on his face, which quickly turned into anger. He formed a fist, presented with it some dangerous-looking gestures and tried to give an explanation, but the guardian just nodded his head, again showing disagreement. Air Raid could no longer stand this and despite Ironhide's warning, he made advances in direction of the building's door. Ironhide was a patient guy, but it was already enough of being kind. He became very serious and blocked Air Raid's path with a double-sided battle axe he was equipped with in the same time confidently saying: “No means no”. It would almost become a fight if not Jazz passing by with some electronic parts he was supposed to bring to Perceptor. At the sight of Ironhide being surrounded by a bunch of aerial bots, he quickly dropped what he was carrying. The electronic equipment made a little noise when hitting the floor and short circuited. Jazz managed to get right into between them, trying to push away Silverbolt and his team with his hands, saying: “Hey, calm down! Cut it out, dude! What's even goin' on?!”. The characters gave up fighting and silence occurred. The argument would surely be renewed a while after, but suddenly Jazz was slammed with the heavy metal door and landed on the ground. It was Ultra Magnus leaving the High Council, shouting firmly and threatening with his finger that he will take care of everything. He did not even close the door. A perfect occasion appeared for the team to finally enter the place. Ironhide looked at them and knew what's about to happen. Aerobots ran almost trampling Jazz. Just when they entered the main chamber in which the rest of the arguing were still present, Alpha Trion – a wisebot and a mentor – stopped them with a question: “Who is to interrupt our meeting?”. Silverbolt as the team leader replied: “With all the respect, we are deeply sorry for that, but we bear a message so important that it had to be delivered personally”. The leaders were surprised, none of them thought the situation is already so mean and that Decepticons are already making a huge leap forward while they don't even have a plan to strike back. Nausus Minor asked: “What is so urgent then?”. Silverbolt continued: “Sir, we have just been stationing at the Paladin Base when Decepticons came out of nothing and shot everyone. Only we managed to escape”. “We were informed that Velonium Base and Theta Complex in Decagon shared the same fate. We've been pursing with time to deliver you this information as fast as possible” – Jetfire added. The leaders were astonished with the news. These were not just some random attacks. All of the mentioned bases had an abundant amount of precious energon in their stockpiles, enough to finish the operation. Even Jazz and Ironhide who just came inside as well became speechless. All Bots looked at Alpha Trion. It was not the first time he made an important decision. Possibly only him could find a cure. The wisebot was rubbing his beard with his palm, looking for a solution, when finally he announced: “Dear friends, I believe that Decepticons are currently looking for energon. They want us to starve or they need it for something. They have already proven they posses towards us an unfair advantage. I suggest a recognition”. All agreed. And after few more whiles they decided that a scouting team should be send to the Theta Complex, which was the nearest to Iacon. The selected, specially trained small group of Autobot warriors was immediately alarmed and awaited for their Armored Personal Carrier (APC for short). These were Orion Pax – once a librarian carefully studying the history of Cybertron, now a young warrior rose in the faith of building a better and violence free world – was the leader of the team, which members also included Bumblebee – a small carbot spy – and Ratchet – an experienced medic. Silverbolt and his teammates quickly left the main chamber, only anxious Jazz yelled at them: “My parts, now they're broken! How am I supposed to get another ones?”. “You're welcome” – Air Raid sarcastically responded and winked.
High above the stratosphere, in the outer space, automated Decepticon construction vehicles were now polishing the last details of the Space Bridge. The last parts were just attached and anchored on their places. The construction was about to be activated and launched. Hordes of unfriendly minions will be send to their nothing-suspecting victims. How did this happen that Autobots were not able to detect with their radars this giant cybernetic monstrosity? It appeared that Shockwave thought also about that. The area was constantly jammed by special generators which produced distracting frequencies. This made the enemy radars think the area is completely unoccupied. Megatron came back inside to the command center of the Nexus Peak Base to check the progress of the operation. He was satisfied to see Soundwave and Shockwave getting on well together at the control panels. When the liege came closer to look at the navigation screens, it appeared that the Space Bridge is now 100% complete, stockpiles indicated more energon than even required and the map was showing new territories under Decepticon control. “You have done an excellent work with finishing the Bridge. I consider the Operation: Synergos to be successful” – he spoke to Shockwave and turned towards Soundwave – “I am very pleased with the outcome, Soundwave. You're at work only few mega cycles and you commanded the troops to take over three Autobot bases. Well done”. The egoistic seeker Starscream was nearby and got extremely envious. It was a pain to his hearing sensors to hear he's not in the spotlight. He was talking to himself in his thoughts: “This should be me getting kudos! This rookie is stealing my place!”. Starscream looked at the two a little more, looking like he's about to blow from anger. He shouted: “But it was me who suggested this idea!”. “Nevertheless, it was Soundwave who successfully conducted the whole attack series. You should follow his example” – said Megatron. The Lord squinted his eyes and looked at the seeker from a distance. This time he was really tired of his cheap comments. The Decepticon leader couldn't wait till finally testing out his newest acquisition. He's been preparing the plan of further conquering Cybertron way before even Shockwave started to build the full-scale model of the Bridge. The strategy consisted of a series of quick attacks supposed to cut Autobots out from their most vital locations – energon supply complexes, command centers and magazines with additional forces – while in the same time taking control over the planet in such a manner that Autobots will be divided into few larger territories, surrounded all over by Decepticons with no chance for a support from another territory. Megatron thought that beating up Iacon will truly be the last thing. Both because it is heavily protected, but also – which was the most important aspect – Megatron wanted to gloat over the defeated Autobots, bringing his forces on their eyes to their last stand and taking away from them any remaining hope of survival. The leader already knew which units to send exactly where. He ordered Shockwave to charge the Bridge. The device already seemed to be an overpowering weapon, but luckily for Autobots, each teleportation consumed some amount of energon, depending on how many units were sent and how far. After the process the Bridge also has to be recharged, which requires a carefully planned strategy and gives Autobots some time to rearrange their forces.
Ultra Magnus decided to work on his own hand. He thought that his comrades simply got into an abyss of insanity and their lasting hesitation will only cause more harm. As the main commander and warhead of Autobot military, he alarmed troops to mobilize and await the orders. Of course, these Autobots could not know if Ultra Magnus' decision was approved or not. Anyways, they could not argue with such an authority either, even if they knew. He was now inside one of the two Iacon's military complexes responsible for the city's protection – the Landmark Complex, presenting with the tip of his index finger important locations on a holographic map to his division and squadron generals: “The artillery will be placed here, here and here. We are going to attack from the front and when all the enemy firepower will concentrate to fight off our attack, we will strike from behind supported by a bomb rain from our stealth bombers, placing Decepticons in a crossfire with no way to escape. Kaon will no longer belong to these scumbags”. His subordinates only saluted in response. Ultra Magnus was excellent at planning and had on his account many victories. He knew it would be a suicide to leave Iacon fully unprotected. Because of that units from different bases had to be used instead – the Dagger Base, located 9 mega clicks to the north-east from Kaon from which the 8th generic squadron was sent and Rhino Facility, located 7,5 mega clicks directly to the south from Kaon from which the 32nd tank division with artillery was advancing. The bombers, unfortunately, had to be sent straight from Iacon, leaving the city without aerial protection, yet they were designed to be able to gain an over-sonic speed and arrive just on time. All of the mentioned units were on their way to the home of evil. Getting to the chosen location and securing the perimeter should not take long.
Orion Pax and his team were just approaching the Theta Complex in their APC driven by Wheeljack. Decacon was the city of skyscrapers, with the highest ones being even over 300 floors high. Some of them required special stabilizing systems to not to fall under the pressure of their weight or because of the wind, which was much more stronger and rapid on this heights, over the clouds. It was still the middle of the night. In such an environment it was quite easy for an experienced driver to pass through completely undetected. The vehicle instead of using wheels, which made pretty much noise when driving over obstacles, had installed under its chassis little anti-gravity generators which let it hover over the ground, but not fly. In case of an emergency it also had a built-in energon repeater on its roof controlled from inside, which combined with its thick armor made a great defense system against light units. The team was now driving alongside a retractable bridge, which panels were automatically sliding out and anchored on their places as they moved. A while after they found themselves on the bridge's other side which led to a district once full of civilian vehicles and inhabitants. Wheeljack turned few more times on a road on which rubble, scrap metal parts and short circuiting wires were randomly scattered. The vehicle stopped behind a wall from where was a clear view on Decepticon workers loading energon onto carriers. The driver declared: “This is as far as I can get you in. Here, take these cluster grenades, will get you out of troubles!” – and passed them a bunch of oval objects he just took from a recess. Orion Pax ordered his teammates to leave the vehicle, while Wheeljack was supposed to await their coming back. They made few steps forward but were forced to hide behind a piece rubble. The complex was, in fact, quite protected, there were even some flying ships on guard. Orion looked up from behind the rubble, trying to find a weak spot which could be used to sneak into the base, but none of such were existent.
By that time the forces of Ultra Magnus were set up. The long range artillery was deployed on its pre-assumed locations, the first wave armada was just taking its position before the strike and the second wave armada was yet approaching to as planned delay its attack. The military commander stood in their mobile outpost, looking through binoculars from afar and observing the city, which literary was crawling with Decepticons. He had very mixed feelings. It was a very confusing thing to ruin the beauty of the city just like that, but from the other hand he felt excited with bringing the city back into Autobot hands. He grabbed a portable communicator into his palm and declared: “Bring the rain!”. Soldiers were alarmed and the artillery shot first series of forceful bullets, which were targeted at buildings surrounding the outskirts of the city. Few more accurate shots and explosions made in one building a giant hole, weakening walls on one of its floors, thus making it brake down and fall apart. Under the pressure, the rest of the floors started to collapse one after another until the whole building hit the ground, throwing its bent remains, an impossible amount of dust all over the place and scaring the inhabitants. All of the Cons nearby were terrified and an alarm signal was sent. Those inhabiting center of the city could hear loud thumps from afar, suggesting their under attack. The first wave armada was set in motion. And as expected most of the Decepticon army was forced by the artillery to move back towards the approaching division. This made a clear shot for the second wave armada, which just arrived on the back of the city putting Decpeticons in the crossfire. The bombers were also on their way preparing explosives in their cargos. The battle seemed like it's going to last a longer time. But under such circumstances, Autobot victory is at hand.
Megatron was just checking the last details, before he was about to send his army for more souvenirs, when he's been sent a voice message through his built-in communicator: “Sir, we have just been alarmed that Kaon is under heavy attack!”. “Well then, it seems like Zeta already made his mind. Prepare the Space Bridge. Autobots shall now witness the true potential of the Decepticon engineering” – the Lord replied. It was essential to keep Kaon under the Decepticons control. The city itself was never meant to be military vital, it was just a symbol of Decepticon glory. It would weaken morals of many Cons if the city is lost. Time was running out and additional reinforcements had to be sent, without which the city will not last till the morning. It was an excellent occasion to test out Shockwave's newest invention and this cold-thinking Decepticon scientist never made any mistake. Megatron's current plans had to be postponed at the moment. The city had to be kept under all costs and the brand new Bridge was sent a signal to launch.
The Orion Pax's team was trying to figure out a way through, but suddenly the battle vehicles and soldiers started to disappear in some shiny bright beam. It was a portal from the Space Bridge allowing additional forces to help fighting off the Kaon city. Only the energon transportation carriers were left. The team did not believe their eyes. Having an occasion to sneak into was nothing compared to disappearing objects. “So this is what they have been up to all this time – the teleportation” – said Bumblebee. “And we also got a chance to stop it” – Orion replied. It was an unbelievable surprise to see that as soon as all military units were moved and the portal closed, Orion quickly stood up from behind the rubble and thrown two grenades in direction of some energon stockpile to create a distraction. Raw energon is little unstable and it only doubled the effect of the exploding grenades. This was enough to lure all the Cons to the place of the accident. When the attention was taken, Orion ordered his teammates to move onto one of the carriers. Ratchet was terrified and Bumblebee was showing his total disagreement, but they had no other choice but to listen to their leader and move forward, because they were about to be spotted. They transformed and accelerated in direction of the chosen carrier. Its driver was resting next to its cockpit with his back on the carrier's door, standing on one of his legs placed on the ground, with the other one on a tire and drinking a tasty energon drink. That Con was too afraid to fight, never even a had a pistol in his hands, thus they assigned him as a driver – probably his most suitable function. At the sight of the explosion, he opened widely his eyes from astonishment, fingers lost their grab and the drink landed on the ground, leaving a huge splash of partially transparent substance. The driver quickly grabbed the door, pulled and got inside. The Decepticon porters loading more energon cubes on the back of the vehicle ran away, leaving some yet to be stacked cubes nearby. Just when the driver was about to flee, the team quickly got onto the vehicle's back, the doors automatically slammed and the team was on their way to unknown. Only the driver of the carrier could know its destination, yet the team had to be very quiet sitting between stacked energon cubes.
Ultra Magnus was rubbing his hands from excitation, smirking spontaneously and awaiting the outcome, when out of the blue the Decepticon machinery started to appear from a shiny beam. The artilleries were blown up and the bombers downed. This made his smile completely disappear from his faceplace. He opened his eyes, grabbing his head with both of his hands with astonishment and thinking he might be dreaming. There was enough forces not only to protect the whole city, but after fighting off, to successfully strike back. Utterchase – his personal vice general, standing next to him, suggested: “S-Sir... Since we already lost the battle. Shall we fall back?”. “Permission granted, we cannot afford to loose any troops unnecessarly” – Ultra Magnus answered, then put his head down and gasped. It really was his first lost battle. And as Kaon was an essential strategic point, Magnus only felt it is a disgrace to his honor. He turned back and started to pack the stuff back and prepare their personal aerial transport back to Iacon, before he and his adviser will be detected and will become a target.
“Now that Koan is perfectly secured, I shall deal with Zeta personally for his audacity” – the leader spoken and ordered to recharge the Space Bridge. Shockwave pushed few buttons and a signal was sent, the Bridge was accumulating another load of energy. Starscream was observing everything with his contemptuous sight as usual, relaxing, comfortably sitting on a sofa with his hands and legs stretched, presenting his mocking attitude. “Don't get yourself lounge too much. It is now a perfect time to prove you're serviceable. You will join the armada to create a distraction, while I will take over Zeta myself” – Megatron spoke to Starscream, who became quite surprised that he has to move his lazy metal chassis. All that time he was convinced that making a good impression is definitely enough and there's nothing else to take care of.
The teleporter, hanging out in the sky was just a peak of the mountain. The Bridge, for security reasons, was powered up by separated complexes located on the Cybertron surface – 3 to be precise. Most of the enemy carriers were now heading just there, fortunately or not also including the one with Orion Pax, Bumblebee and Ratchet on board, to refill the repositories which will allow to transport more units in the future. The complex was hundreds of mega clicks afar from the Autobot capital city and the way back seemed to be just a wishful dream. The vehicle arrived at the gate, guardians placed in a watch tower tired of the routine, just looked at the vehicle and simply let it in, not suspecting there may be some unwelcomed guests on board. The driver was assigned a dock and drove alongside a special track with sets of lights on each of its side to meet the place of destination. It was a huge hangar, where the energon cubes were unloaded and prepared to be transported to other parts of the base. As soon as the vehicle stopped, the driver quickly opened the front door and get out frightened, touched his forehead, feeling relief it's already over. Orion ordered the team that now it's a perfect time to get out before Cons start to unpack the cubes and will discover their presence. Bumblebee crawled quietly towards the back door and tried to push it away, but it didn't work. He got frustrated and kicked it with a disappointment. The Decepticons became suspicious as they heard something. Ratchet had an idea and put his gun out, reloaded and shot. Autobots now had a clear way through. As soon as they went out of the carrier they have been quickly spotted by Deceptions who were already advancing towards the back of the vehicle, intrigued by the noise. Lots of unfriendly faces were now staring at them and pointing in their direction a dozen of guns. Bots put their hands up, showing they surrender. Orion whispered to his mates: “I got a plan”, then put his hands down like nothing happened and announced: “There's no need to be alarmed. You can now put your weapons down, you have successfully completed the simulation”. The Cons were looking up and down one another asking in their heads what is going on. Orion continued explaining that they in fact belong to Megatron's special squad, which is put in charge of checking the security, by simulating Autobot attacks. He also added that similar projects are currently being undertaken in different bases, including even... exploding grenades. At the end he added: “Although there are some gaps in the gate's security. Thus this deficiency will be improved”. Most Decepticons seemed to buy the explanation and as Autobots claiming to be Deceptions is something that doesn't happen every day, it only strengthen the false belief. However one Con standing in the first row was still a bit of unsure and needed a tangible proof. He spoken: “You're bluffin'! I need a proof, show me your identifications then”. Orion walked towards the Con, stood just in front of him, put his finger on the Con's chest where his Decepticon insignia were present and begun to push him away a little in the same time saying: “I believe you would not like our liege to know about your insubordination...”, then he took some object from his back pretending it is a communicator and he is in fact calling the Lord himself to tell about the Con's shameful behavior. Orion Pax did not had the plan B, but the Con was scared to death and in the very last while, just when Orion was supposedly connect to Megatron, the Con stepped back, rose his hands up a little, waving his palms and saying: “N-no, no... No need! I just wanted to make myself sure!”. “All right then” – Orion put the device back. Bumblebee and Ratchet were amazed and admired their leader's most impressive trick. Bumblebee stepped out and suggested the complex needs some further examination, thus allowing the team to walk freely on the enemy territory. One of the Cons suggested he will guide them through the whole place, hoping that it might even add something to his rank. The team was presented each part of the base, including a little airport with aerial transportation. They pretended they check something in the systems and even talked to one another using some made up technical terminology to mislead their audience. During the walk in one of the complex's corridors they heard two Cons talking. One of which explaining the other the whole operation: “And when the energon level reaches the maximum, all three power stations release their accumulated power and the Space Bridge in the outer space does some serious stuff, I tell ya!” – and took a sip from his cup. Orion felt now it's time to come back, the enemy plan was compromised. “We feel satisfied to see the base put at such high standards, but we still haven't seen the main generator” – he said. The team was guided to the place and it was the time for a sabotage. As it was the core of whole base, Orion explained that here a very special examination has to be done. The Bots came closer to the structure. Orion and Bumblebee stood on guard, pretending they help Ratchet who opened few panels, wanting Cons to believe it is a necessary routine operation. In fact, he was putting inside micro explosives which detonation was set T minus 10 cycles. As soon as the panel was placed back on its place, the timer started. Cons had no idea what is about to happen, only the Autobot trio was aware of the seriousness. “It is now time that we continue our mission across different Decepticon bases” – said Orion, paused for a while and continued – “We are allowed to use one of this power station's aerial transportation”. The Cons were disappointed that the visitation is over. Most of the stationing here was sick and tired of the monotony – bring this, bring that, patrol here and all were a daily basis. Although they could not delay. While Autobots were quickly advancing towards the airport, Cons were flooding them with tons of questions, regarding their actual function or the Space Bridge itself. It was a very stressing thing to come up so quickly with legitimate answers, but most of the time Cons could here such information is simply classified. At the airport Cons were encouraged to come back to their tasks, some even shaken the Autobot hands and the crowd disappeared. It was still something to have a free transport, but none of them really thought about how they are going to drive the whole thing. Orion had tactical abilities, Ratchet specialized at healing. The two looked at Bumblebee. As the only one from the team he had some sessions on a flight simulator. “Can you fly it?” – Orion asked. Bumblebee waved his palm a little with a smile on his face. “Wha-what does it mean?” – Ratchet asked and copied the gesture to end with it the question. “Oh, you know... I done some simulator. And video games too...” – the yellow carbot answered. “Let's hope it was enough to get us out of here” – the leader spoken. The Bots walked on board the ship. And indeed, it was a very fast one. Designed to transport back the base's most important crew if something bad happened. Bumblebee sat at the control panels, fasten sit belts, stretched his fingers and pulled the steering wheel. The timer was now showing only 30 mini cycles. The engines were turned allowing the ship to lift up. Bee pushed a button and the vehicle accelerated. It appeared that everything is going as planned, but not so. The timer was now indicating: “3, 2.. 1” and a vast explosion occurred. The explosives were placed just under a giant reservoir of energon, which triggered a chain reaction and made the whole place annihilated. The team almost managed to reach the safety zone where they would not suffer any damage, but the shock wave got to them completely demolishing one of two vehicle's engines. Hopefully Bee can cope with that. And soon it will be clear how much the training and the video games were worth.
Ultra Magnus with Utterchase at his side managed to come back to Iacon and was heading straight to Zeta Prime in order to reluctantly admit he not only attempted to wage a battle without a permission, but even lost it. Wheeljack already parked his APC before the High Council. He took the way back when he saw Orion getting another transport. Just when he left the vehicle, the commanders bumped onto him by an accident. Wheeljack was filled with enthusiasm to see that he can meet such high in rank Bots personally. Excited like he was about to ask them for autographs, he became a little unsteady and explained the portal he saw. The commanders looked at each other with amazement, now they knew where did the forces come from. “We need to report all of that to Zeta Prime immediately” – Magnus said and all three of them came inside the building to explain the whole thing. When Prime heard the whole story he only said quietly to himself, feeling that he failed: “Ultra Magnus was right. We should have reacted in time. But instead of that I only delayed the situation with my failed politics”. Autobots seemed to have a bad luck, but unfortunately, the weather on Cybertron was now pretty unstable due to pollution and it recently rained more often in this area. Clouds appeared and poured massive drops of acid rain with not very positive effects for the metal of which the city and its machinery is built. A cycle after a lighting hit the roof of the High Council. One of its heavy ornaments landed on the stairs, making a gap. Suddenly few portals were opened which surrounded the city from every possible side. Tanks, troops and aerial battle strikers appeared in a second and started to shoot in every possible direction. They were ordered to desolate the city, to not to leave even a rock standing. Zeta Prime at the sounds of the danger knew it is Megatron's personal vengeance, he spoke terrified to the mentor: “Alpha Trion, please secure the Matrix of Leadership. Megatron wants me and I cannot let this object to fall in his greedy hands” – he opened his chest where the Prime kept the Matrix all the time and passed it to the mentor. “Don't you worry. I know Cybertron better than my own pocket. Megatron will never discover its location” – he responded and disappeared around a corner. Prime left the Council and headed to an abandoned hangar where he could take on fight with Megatron – 1 versus 1. Soldiers defending the city, had reduced visibility. Among Decepticon machinery of all possible shapes, they noticed a silhouette of an incoming unknown warrior. He was approaching at enormous speed. Then he stopped before a bunch of Autobot soldiers, set his boosters under the feet to let him hover over ground, presenting himself proudly, claiming: “The name's Starscream” – and laughed insanely, put on both oh his sniper rifle Null Rays and evaporated the audience. The seeker was creating a better distraction than even expected. Few streets farther, Zeta was awaiting the evil Lord. Megatron appeared in a shiny beam right behind the Autobot leader. “It's you and me now” – shouted Zeta. “No, it's just me, Prime” – Megatron replied and run towards his victim. Zeta literary had no chances to win with Megatron. He had almost no battle experience at all and mostly did take care of politics. Megatron, from the other hand was once an experienced gladiator, who felt freely in any environment. He punched Zeta few times who was forced to fall back and said: “I had nothing to do with this. Ultra Magnus decided for his own”. “And what's the difference? City for city” – then he put his Fusion Cannon out and shot. Zeta dodged it, but was hurt by a shrapnel. He moaned, meaning it was really painful. He almost could not move his right arm, which was greatly slowing him down. “And where is the Matrix?”. “There, where you won't be able to put your greedy hands on it”. “Never mind then, I will take your spark instead” – and Megatron punched Zeta so strongly in his chest that he made a crack in it, pushed his hand inside so he could feel his organs and circuiting. He laughed at him, looking deeply into his eyes, wanted the look of his face to be the very last thing Zeta Prime will ever see in his life. “Finish this” – these were Zeta's lasts words before death. Megatron pulled out Zeta's spark from his chest. The Prime landed on the ground, slowly loosing his consciousness, trying to pull his hand out in his murderer's direction as to silently scream for help. But the Lord only watched, vaunting with his victory. When Zeta passed out, Megatron put his right leg onto his dead corpse, rose his arm and tighten his grip, the spark was shattered into pieces. “Your spark belongs to me!” – he added. The night was just over, sun was rising on the horizon, beginning a new day with a terrible lost for Autobots. The light was passing through the hangar's center window, perfectly lighting up the liege with his trophy. After a while of delight Megatron decided it is now time to come back to the base, there was enough of caused damages. He pushed Zeta's body away with a strong kick in the same time ordering Shockwave through the communicator to open the Bridge and take him and the forces occupying the city back. He was much surprised to hear there are some difficulties and that the Space Bridge is partially inoperable. It was possible only to transport the liege, while the army will simply have to fall back. A portal was opened, Megatron walked into it and disappeared. He can now take care of realizing his master plan. Autobots defending the city were surprised that enemy is moving out, only they were wondering the reason why is this happening. Starscream was just in the middle of his life's greatest fun, which was sorely ended. He shot few more times from his Rays, almost hitting one Autobot and fled up into the sky. The survivors were now checking the damages and helping out the injured. Ultra Magnus, Utterchase, Nausus Minor and Alpha Trion together with few other Autobots divided into small teams to locate Zeta Prime, to unfortunately discover at the end that he is no more.
Megatron teleported back to the command chamber of the Nexus Peak Base, grabbing in his palm crushed remains of Zeta Prime's spark from which still a little bit of glowy fluid was dripping down on the floor. The Lord made few steps forward, all eyes starred at him with a little bit of disbelief and a great shock. Everyone suspected that this might be the spark of once a proud Autobot leader. The liege came to the center of the room, stood next to the equipment where everyone could see him and rose his arm to show everyone his uncommon trophy. Smirking and laughing quietly, he felt overly satisfied with his victory. It didn't really matter if the plan was interrupted or not, the Decepticon victory was to him an obvious thing. Megatron a kind of missed times when he was a gladiator. After each successful battle the attendance always cheered him up, placing him on a winning position. Now he wanted to bring these memories up, claiming: “This is the proof of our superiority towards those playthings that dare to call themselves Autobots. Not even the mightiest of their warriors can ever stand in our way. For now I bear in my hand the spark of Zeta Prime himself and it shall be featured as one of our trophies. The new Cybertron order is now happening before your eyes”. The crowd was excited, all begun to shout: “All hail Lord Megatron!”.
Orion Pax, Bumblebee and Ratchet were just approaching Iacon in the stolen Decepticon ship. The damaged engine was leaving a thick tail of smog behind the vehicle. It could be seen from afar that it's short circuiting, random electrocutions escalated more and more when suddenly an explosion occurred. The pressure was too big and it blown the entire engine up from inside. Few remains landed on the ground, rest of them still falling in the air. Bumblebee wasn't really a skilled pilot and it was a challenge for him to keep the vehicle flying with just one engine left. They were detected by the city's radars. Ultra Magnus was about to command all cannons to target and blast this bug off from the sky, but he was sent a message to his communicator. The team was able to figure out the enemy's technology in the very last while: “Please do not shoot! This is Orion Pax and my team approaching. We need a clear space to land”. Grief was now mixed with happiness. It was uplifting to know at least the scouting team accomplished their mission. The vehicle was heading straight to the High Council. All units surrounding the area were moved and Bumblebee had a clear shot to attempt to land. The chassis was closing to the metal ground and finally touched it. Sparks begun to appear, the remaining engine was turned off and special panels supposed to reduce the speed were opened. It would work, but the vehicle lost its stability and rolled over few times landing upside down, thus reducing most of its speed. Unfortunately the team was still heading towards the stairs leading to the High Council. The vehicle hit them and stopped. Bumblebee was pushed out outside the vehicle by the force of the impact and safely landed just before the door. The rest of the team was overall also in a good state, although with some bruises here and there. Autobots that were near the place of the accident together with the leaders with Alpha Trion on the lead just got to the place and managed to help Orion and Ratchet pulling out the ship's wrecked remains and getting out, Bumblebee was being helped standing up from the floor. Orion was responsible, he did not even want to take a brake and immediately begun to explain the Decepticon plan and their whole adventure. Then he was told that the city was under a heavy offensive and Zeta Prime is offline. After the news Bots came inside the building. It was the time to choose a new leader. Autobots cannot remain under no command. Everybot looked at Nausus Minor, but he was gesturing his hands, saying it is too much responsibly for him to bear the fate of the whole Transformer kind. Alpha Trion had no other choice but to make another milestone decision: “Under such circumstances I see only one way out – Orion Pax. He's yet a young warrior, but I can sense a strong and understanding spark within that Bot. He has proven he's capable of thinking outside the box and surviving even under the most unfriendly circumstances. I believe he is the right person on the right place” – then he paused the monologue for a while, chuckled, touching his mouth with his fist, and ended up with a question – “Orion Pax, do you agree to take the responsibility of becoming the new Prime and leading all of us onto the path of light in the name of Primus?”. “I do, sir” – Orion said modestly in response. The mentor passed him the Matrix of Leadership. And as soon as Orion took it into his hands, the power of this mystic object was immensely released, embracing Orion and physically changing him into a Prime. After the processes his body was completely transformed – he was a new Transformer. He has been given a new firm and reliable looking outlook, also there was something special in his eyes. His alternate mode was now replaced with a Cybertronian truck. Everybot looked at their new leader with astonishment. Even Zeta Prime wasn't changed so much when he became a Prime, but it seemed like there truly was a huge amount of hidden potential within that modest little body. The mentor continued the ceremony with the words: “Stand up, Optimus Prime. You are now the last living Prime. Use your powers wisely and let Primus always be with you”.