Here's a fanfic ide that I think would be interesting. I would like to test the waters and see whether people would actually like the concept before committing a great deal of time and labor to an idea that might prove unsound or unpopular. What if Optimus had to fight the Decepticons alone; as in, he was the only Autobot standing against Megatron and his horde? The reason he would be fighting alone is the Grand Council of Cybertron’s Tyrest Accord, which granted the Decepticons amnesty for their crimes and freedom from Autobot attack in exchange for exile from Cybertron. In return, the Grand Council would disband the Autobots as a standing army, replacing them with the Peacekeeper police force. Optimus knew that Megatron only agreed to the Accord in order to buy time to rebuild his Decepticon forces after the defeat they suffered in the Great War. Megatron’s enormous ego has been mortally offended at this defeat; since this version of Megatron would be a twisted monster that most other Megatrons would kill on sight, his revenge would be hideously brutal. Optimus tried to build public support for repealing the Tyrest accord, but the Grand Councilors who sponsored it would run a media campaign against him, completely discrediting him and turning him into a social pariah and a fugitive from the law. Long story short, the title of Prime is like the Medal of Honor; the Councilors in question formed a hearing that falsely convicted Optimus of lying about the heroic deeds that got him the title. It would be like a Medal of Honor winner being found out to be a sham. Optimus’s movement was stopped cold with its leader turned into a pariah and a prisoner (lying about something like he was convicted of carries a hefty prison sentence). The Councilors did it in order to preserve the Tyrest Accord and their political careers. Optimus, knowing that the Decepticons would be free to rampage across the galaxy, harvesting weak, resource-rich worlds (like Earth) and building up for their bloody return to Cybertron, makes the choice to fight the Decepticons anyway. So he broke out of prison, “acquired” a ship and enough weapons to supply a small country (or a Texan nuclear family), and went gunning for the ‘Cons alone. He knows that he will likely die on some God-forsaken world, far from home, protecting people who view him as a glory-seeking bastard. He knows that he will never have a peaceful life or a chance to start a family again. He didn’t want this fight, but when a man faces a choice between doing nothing - and thereby allowing the butchery of countless innocents – and laying down his life in order to stop the Decepticons from perpetrating their atrocities on other people, he really has no choice. I’ve had this idea kicking around in my head for a little while, and I’ve finally started to put serious thought into creating the fanfiction. First, though, I wanted to test the waters and see if this would even be popular. I got the idea from the Transformers Armada video game (where it was essentially the player against the Decepticons), and from the cover of Dreamwave’s Transformers/GIJOE #1, set in World War II. Look up “The Line” on tfwiki and you’ll see what I mean. What really reinforced the idea for me also was the intro to Transformers Prime, specifically the part where Optimus is fighting Megatron, Starscream, and the Eradicons alone. Naturally, this would be a complete alternate universe, untied to other continuities. This allows me to world-build as I see fit, without having to worry about precisely matching characterization. I would be free to do my own interpretations of Optimus and Megatron. What do you think of this idea? Does it sound good, or am I wasting my time? What questions or suggestions do you have?