Spoiler talk. This is kind of a take-off from my other thread: http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/trans...616-star-sword-vs-blood-unicron-spoilers.html No, I don't think he's a 'Con... but I don't think he is who he says either. We just learned that Alpha Trion sent all these relics to Earth in the past to aid Optimus in this part of the war. So then in the midst of this relic hunt, who is it that just so happens to arrive but a previous guard from the Iacon Hall of Records guarding Alpha Trion and has knowlege of said relics? Coincidence? I don't think all the PRIMES are dead either. Is it possible this "rookie" is actually a PRIME? Alpha Trion himself perhaps? Or maybe A3's "spark" is inhabiting the body of this rookie (for his protection?)- which would prevent him from yielding the Star Saber. But in any case... you have to admit that this rookie's identity would make the perfect smokescreen to mask a real identity. There's more to this kid than meets the eye. So maybe Optimus has a hunch about this "kid" and that's why he let him on the team... and is letting him keep the phase device.