Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of TRANSFORMERS – ROBOTS IN DISGUISE in this all new story, re-telling the history of the Transformers line that arguably started the franchise’s climb back to dominance nearly 16 years after its conception. Forget everything you thought you knew about the line many know as “RID”. Featuring fan-favorite characters like OPTIMUS PRIME, PROWL, X-BRAWN, SIDE BURN, MEGATRON, SKY-BYTE, SCOURGE, and characters from the ROBOTS IN DISGUISE Universe not seen in the cartoon or one-shot comic such as STORM JET, MIRAGE GT, DREADWIND & SMOKEJUMPER, OBSIDIAN, SKYFIRE, WIND SHEER, BRUTICUS and more, this is the story that all ROBOTS IN DISGUISE fans have been waiting for! Synopsis: MEGATRON is leading his PREDACON forces to the planet known to the TRANSFORMERS as GAIA. They have detected an energy signal belonging to a TRANSFORMER, and MEGATRON hopes it is the fabled FORTRESS MAXIMUS from the TRANSFORMERS’ civil war from millions of years ago. With the power of FORTRESS MAXIMUS, the PREDACONS could re-take CYBERTRON and finally defeat the AUTOBOTS. Back on the planet CYBERTRON, the AUTOBOT High Council takes notice of the PREDACONS’ activity and re-activates their great warrior from the civil wars, OPTIMUS PRIME, and dispatch him and a group of AUTOBOT warriors to GAIA. Unbeknownst to both sides, the DECEPTICONS, long exiled from CYBERTRON, send a scouting party to GAIA to see what all the commotion is about. The DECEPTICON commander, MEGA-OCTANE, hopes to find a new source of ENERGON to fuel the DECEPTICONS’ goals of universal domination and to exact revenge on the PREDACONS who exiled them and the AUTOBOTS who allowed it to happen. But waiting in the shadows to stop the DECEPTICONS is the exiled AUTOBOT known as ULTRA MAGNUS, who commanders an elite group of exiled AUTOBOTS known as THE WRECKERS. While tracking the DECEPTICONS to GAIA, THE WRECKERS and ULTRA MAGNUS will come face-to-face with fate, while ULTRA MAGNUS will attempt to fulfill what he believes to be his own destiny. ------------ Author notes: Well, here we go again! I've always had a fondness for the ROBOTS IN DISGUISE line, as it was the first Transformers line I ever completed 150%, including some rare figures from the CAR ROBOTS version in Japan. I always felt that the ROBOTS IN DISGUISE line was neglected ... we had some of the *BEST* Transformers toys ever created, and yet we got a crappy translation of a campy Japanese "anime" show, and that was it. I don't even consider the Dreamwave one-shot comic to count for anything. When IDW first got the license for the Transformers comic books, myself, another individual that will remain nameless, and Don Figueroa actually pitched a proposal to IDW for a ROBOTS IN DISGUISE comic ... and we were more or less told that they'd rather do a "re-telling" of the story, and that Hasbro wouldn't be too cool with going back to a line that is no longer current. Given that now such characters like STARSCREAM, BUMBLEBEE, and SOUNDWAVE are major mainstays in every Transformers story, this is probably the closest that I'll ever get to a ROBOTS IN DISGUISE story. I've spent 2 weeks fleshing out a "back-story" to the story I'm about to write. Every character, in every situation that they're in, and every faction has a backstory as to WHY they're in that situation. This will be updated as I write the chapters and edit them, etc. My goal is to create the ultimate story for ROBOTS IN DISGUISE fans, and who knows, maybe it'll inspire someone to draw up some cool images that I hope to describe. Enjoy the story as it updates! EDIT: Unless noted otherwise, all images in the "character descriptions" are from WWW.RIDFOREVER.INFO, a sister site of TFW2005.COM. If you haven't checked it out, like, ever, then you need to do so!