Shockwave, Guardian of Cybertron, Lord of Ash

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  1. DaggersRage

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    Author's note: I'm terribly sorry to say this is not going to be based on any offical canon. I'm sure there's a story about Shockwave and his time on cybertron, alone, but this is my rendition. Plus I'm going to include totally ficticious characters. I'm also going to be doing this a "short story series". I kinda enjoy doing those.

    Day One:

    "Guard Cybertron during our depature Shockwave." - Megatron

    Shockwave log entry #1172.
    Your recptors could smell the ozone of discharged enegeron. You can see the waste, the debree, the dead. Yes this is Megatron's vision, destruction and then creation. I anxiously await the day we cleanse Cybertron with fire to rebuild this world in our eyes. I will be here to see it all begin.

    I do not know how long my master, Megatron, will be. He is in persuit of Autobot leader Optiums Prime. Optiums Prime left Cybertron in hopes of either regrouping or performing an exodus with what little he has left, his methods are unclear. None the less, the moment he left for space is the moment the Decpticons won, Prime gave up.

    Megatron has given me a simple order, the watch over Cybertron and ensure that the Decpticons reign is secure. The execution of the order is not simple however, Autobot resistance is scattered but frequent. With their leader gone their resistance is no longer organized. They'll be destroyed by their false hopes and nieve ideas, I will see to it.

    - Shockwave.

    Iacon, Central Hall.
    Currently Decpticon forward headquarters.


    Shockwave stood away from his command console. It's been a day sense Megatron departed to chase the Autobot's ship The Ark. The energon exaust can still be seen in the sky, but it will soon be gone with the fate of both ships being unkown. Shockwave was alone in his command chamber. Looking out to the ruined remains of Iacon. He can see the cannon fire burn the sky in the distance and hear the thunder of artillery in the distance.

    "A necessary sacrafise" Shockwave said with remorse to the destroyed remains. Shockwave recalled how he once enjoyed the central archives in Iacon, before the war. He enjoyed all the data in there from Cybertron's history, theory and even the fictious lore. Now all that remains of the archives is rubble and fire. Shockwave made a note to himself to rebuild the once wonderful archives when the Decpticons claimed total victory and Cybertron stable.

    The command chamber's communcations console buzzed with a moment of static. Shockwave turned to see that his Aerospace commander, Twlight Burner, was sending a long range signal. "Commander Shockwave! I'm afraid that I have bad news to report" Twlight Burner said with anxiety and worry.

    "Filter your emotions commander and report." Shockwave order.

    The frantic commander paused to defragment his thoughts. "The Supernova unit was shot down. He was being deployed to provide assistance for Megatron's persuit but was shot down by ground fire."

    Supernova was the name of the a Decpticon who's purpose was atmosphere defence and long range fire support. A giant who rarely has the luxery of transforming from his alternative mode, a warship.

    "Unit Supernova has range far greater than any ground to air units commander. Your reasoning is flawed."

    "Negative sir, recon teams have recovered footage of the attack, it would seem that Autobot gurellias recorded the event to raise morale."

    "Was the footage ever transmitted?"

    "Negative, but the copy they left for us was intentional. They wanted us to see it first."

    Shockwave took a step back, as if the news physically attacked him.

    "Analyze the footage commander and find clues on where this cannon is. Then move to Supernova's crashsite."

    "My team already viewed the zone sir, the Autobots diliberty made it easy for us to spot. The weapon and Supernova are gone."

    Shockwave processed the information. The Autobots have a mobile anti air cannon who range that reaches the atmosphere and maybe beyond, it was also a mobile weapon too. Shockwave concluded that was to suppress the Decption air advantage. If this was allowed to continue Shockwave would have to be forced to mobilze more ground forces and lead into many more gurellia skermishes. Casaulties will rise with an unconfirm number of Autobots destroyed.

    "Commander. I will review the footage and assemble a kill squad to find this weapon. I want you to gather a recon in force to find Supernova, if Supernova can not be recover, you are to destroy him. Lower your air support rate as well." Shockwave ordered.

    Twlight Burner's face plate twitched, and concern raised in his voice. "Sir! If stop providing air support the ground teams are going to suffer more damage. In open warfare we are supreme but now we are fighting almost street by street."

    "The ground teams I'm sure are aware of this disadvantage. You're in charge of the skies Twlight Burner, your concern is not needed. The ground commanders can fight on their own."

    Twlight Burner surrendered to the arguement and nodded his head. "Yes sir" he said and closed his communications. Shockwave moved to his command console and began to assign his kill squad.

    "It would seem that there is still a fight left in the dying."

    .......

    Well hope that was fun to read, I'll have more later.
     
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    Oh jeez, I'm sorry. I posted this in fan art, I meant for it to be in the fan fiction.
     
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    Cool fic. When can we expect more?
     
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    Author's note: I really wanted to include Barricade as the scout of the team but I realized I kept thinking of movie Barricade. I did research on the orignal Barricade and then looked up micromasters in the TF fiction and just felt that it wasn't going to work so... Sorry, I included yet another made up character. Btw, to avoid confusion, I know that Shockwave is a very logical person, and I know that he may not be like that so far *wink :) *.

    Day Two:
    "The Decepticons are not the power you think they are. They can be beaten, they can fall. Their mighty weapon system Supernova is now offline!" - Autobot propaganda.

    Shockwave Entry #1173
    The Autobots showed the footage of Supernova's dimise on all media channels. Their anti-aircraft system is impressive but there are no obvious signs that the weapon has any sort of mobility, and Twlight Burner's recon team confirmed there where no signs of the system being towed, perhaps it has flight capabilities? Every Decpticon has now seen the footage and know what the anti-aircraft cannon looks like.

    Twlight Burner reports that his recon teams found Supernova's crash site but can not find his body. Some speculate that he transformed and walked away into hiding. I have doubts about that, he has been in his alternative mode for so long that his last bios scan showed that he nearly incapable of walking.

    Sense the footage was released there has been reports of more gurellia activity in the past 30 microns. Also reports of neutrals taking arms and firing upon Decpticons. This war has ravaged this planet for so long I find it almost suprising there are still neutral parties. One of Megatrons mandates was that we are free to open fire on these groups who didn't fight. Megatron's vision has no room for those who didn't take sides.

    I kill squad has been assembled for the hunt of this new Autobot weapon. I will be acting as field commander of this small, but specialist team. I have five Decpticons I will be commanding. Today I will be meeting them for the first time and conduct a review. I admit that I am eager to be back on the ground fighting truly being on an offensive. Before my recent promotion Megatron had me at the rear, with the post ion of ensuring that our sectors are secured. It honors me that Megatron has enough trust in me that he doesnt have watch his back when I'm around, unlike Starscream and, if rumors are true, Soundwave.

    - Shockwave

    Iacon, Decepticon field base Raxah.

    "Decepticons, sound off!" Shockwave ordered.

    Five Decepticons warriors sounded off their names. The round off indentified the five warriors as Force Khan, Tempest, Zero Point, Lock On and Discharge. Force Khan was brute of warrior who obviously favored firepower. Next is Tempest, a scout who enjoys stealth and speed. Zero Point was a marksman, who Shockwave felt that he would greatly comp lament his own alternative mode, a hand cannon. Shockwave plucked Lock On away from Twlight Burner's command; Shockwave concluded he needed at least one warrior to give air cover at short range. Finally there was Discharge, one of the officers of Shockwave's communications team. All five warriors raised their fists in the air and yelled "All hail Megatron!"

    Shockwave raised his gun arm in the air in appreciation as well. He threw down a holographic projector to the ground. The projector displayed images of the newly feared Autobot cannon. "Greetings warriors, you five have been personally selected by me to hunt down and destroy this weapon. With us in such small numbers will be fighting with similar techniques to the Autobot gurellias. We'll even be going deep into enemy territory if the situation calls for it."

    Force Khan slammed his powerful hands to the ground expressing his rage. "I will not fight like the Autobots! They are all a symbol of weakness! Return me to the front That-Who-Mimics-Megatron, where I will continue to serve my purpose in death and destruction."

    Shockwave felt the rage in his spark. Though out his entire career in the Decepticons, he has suffered much slander in one similar quality to Megatron, both transformed into a hand weapon. Due to that one cosidence many have underestimated Shockwave and viewed him as, a suck up, boot licker, port kisser, and more.

    "Megatron has selected me personally to run operations here on Cybertron, Force Khan. I..."

    "Of course Megatron selected you! You're his little maid, his little pet, but you have no caliber, go back to your tower and watch your monitors. Let the real warriors do their work." Force Khan began to walk out of the formation, heading to the field base gate. Shockwave could see that the other four members of the squad watched in silence. Shockwave could feel the the disappointment in them.

    If anger could be transferred into firepower, Shockwave would have taken all of Cybertron by himself. "Fall back into formation now Force Khan!"

    "You'll have to drag me back, scrap waste." Force Khan continued walking. His back exposed to Shockwave

    "Then so be it!" Shockwave charged towards Force Khan. The sound of Shockwaves feet hitting ground alerted the mighty warrior. Force Khans arms split into two halves transforming his arms into four cannons. The arms glowed with purple energy. Shockwave saw the arms transform and moved into faster, trying to close distance. Dispite the size of the brutish warrior he turned too fast for Shockwave and began to shoot, the cannons firing in a chain pattern generating a fast rate of fire.

    There was no cover for Shockwave, all he can do is close the distance. All he could hope for is his is to move fast enough before Force Khan corrected his aim. The the nano seconds that followed Shockwave can see the enegeron blasts exploding in front of him. He could see Force Khans arms open wide shooting at him. Shockwave ran in between the two streams of fire, feeling the intense heat, it almost made him want to flush his coolant. Shockwave tackled Force Khan and the ground shook.

    The brawl didn't end though, Shockwave punched and punched violently into his opponents skull. Force Khan revolted as well, with one powerful hit to Shockwave'shead and the resulting blow made Shockwave's exoframe shatter and fall apart. Shockwave was about to enter stasis lock from the concussion. Shockwave pulled apart any loose armor plating from the skull and begun to tear out cables and wires. The task being difficult with only one true hand. Another powerful struck Shockwave's head. He could no longer see, in his darkness he just hit, grabbed, pulled and tore. Shockwave didn't want to use his use his own gun arm like Force Khan, he wanted to prove to the beast that he can use his hands. There was a suddenly feeling pressure on Shockwave's chest and suddenly felt weightless. In the next moment he crashed into something he couldn't identify in his blindness.

    "You're dead! You're vapor! I'll kill you!" The voice of Force Khan screamed. Shockwave sat in darkness, he wished he was in stasis lock now, to get rid of the pain. In the few par-secs that felt too long his optic systems came back online, seeing Force Khan slowly walking, and trying to hold his face together from falling apart. Shockwave raised his gun arm, I've had enough, ready to blast his foe if he stepped forward one more time.

    Force Khan collapse. With torturous pain Shockwave stood over the body of Force Khan. Shockwave grapped the, hopefully, near dead body and attempted to drag the body back to the soldier's formation. There was no strength left in him, but he tried, his hand being torn apart in the process. The body of Force Khan begun to feel lighter all of a suddenly, and easier to pull. Shockwave looked to his side to see Zero Point helping him, he then noticed that the rest of the team he has assembled where helping.

    "You don't have to prove yourself to us anymore, sir. We now know why Megatron choose you." Zero Point said.

    3 microns later... (3 hours)

    Iacon, Decepticons field base Raxah. Barracks

    It was decided that Force Khan will still be apart of the hunt. A medic unit crafted a special helmet that would operate as Force Khan's bandage and still provide the basic functions, but with it on the helmet masked the battle scars he wore with pride. Force Khan agreed to followed Shockwave.

    Shockwave gave his orders to the team. "We will head where the cannon was last seen and work our way up. Discharge, you will be incepting Autobot communications and analyzing recon reports. Tempest, you are on forward recon and Zero Point is your backup. Lock On will be driving the armored carrier. Force Khan and I will be guarding the carrier."

    With confusion Lock On "Who's the armored carrier?"

    "No one, it's a transport, it has no spark." Shockwave replied.

    "Why do we need one if we can just transform and get our own ride?"

    "It's old but it's still useful, it was modified to act as a medic station but it will also store weapons and ammo. Also we need it's communications array for Discharge."

    Lock On nodded his head in understanding.

    "Are my orders understood?"

    All five soldiers agreed "Yes commander."

    "Very well, a hunt begins Decpticons."

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    Day Two to be continued.
     
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    Another great chapter. Keep up the good work! Can't wait to read ore of this.
     
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    Author's note: And so it continues!

    Day Two continued, 4 microns later

    10,000 ft above ground, over Crystal City ruins.

    "No contact." Turbine said in his jet mode.

    "I see no one either boss." Fatch also replied. He wiggled his jet mode slowly, expressing his statement.

    Twlight Burner grunted in annoyance. He was on the search for the missing weapon system, Supernova. Twlight Burner made another sigh of annoyance. It was easy to forget that Supernova was another Decpticon, not just another gun or ship that's apart of the Decpticon's arsenal. "Keep searching. He cant be that hard see. The Crystal City is one of the closest locations for him to find cover from his crash site."

    "Unless the Autobots hid him underground." Turbine said.

    "I hope not, it'll be out of our hand then." Twlight Burner said.

    "Why is that such a problem?" Fatch asked.

    Twlight Burner thought hard about it. He almost dropped his speed because of it. "Because I want the Aerospace division to have a good name again. Starscream didn't exactly help the image when he was in charge." It was unsaid but obvious to everyone that Starscream had his own ambitions among the Decpticon.

    Fatch continued the subject. "It's pretty dumb that Megatron took him along then. Why you think he took Starscream along?"

    "Because you keep you friends close, and your enemies closer." Twlight Burner said, letting the subject end.

    Turbine's head buzzed as his warning systems flaired to life. Something found him and he couldnt see it. "Something is tracking me!"

    "Is our rear clear?" Twlight Burner asked with alarm.

    "It's clear." Fatch replied

    "Are you sure?"

    "It's clear!"

    Fatch's warning system went online too. "I'm being tracked!"

    "Break formation and lower altitude! Dive!" Twlight Burner ordered. He rolled hard to the right, doing a barrel roll and driving straght down to the ground. His whole body shook with the rapid accelation. He heard thunder in the distance, but the sky was clear and the sound came from the ground. Turbine then exploded, fire and shattered peices remained, Turbine disintegrated. "It's the Autobot's weapon! The one that shotdown Supernova!"

    "We have to fall back!" Fatch panicked. The warnings in his head wouldnt go away.

    Twlight Burner's head then buzzed with warnings. "We're already in it's sights." He could see that both he and his comerade was still being tracked. Either there where two of the cannons around or the weapon had a multiple tracking systems installed. Twlight Burner knew that they're dead if they run. Still in the dive, he armed his missile systems. "No Fatch, dont fall back."

    "Then what?!"

    "Decpticons, attack!"

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    Shockwave's armored transport. Enroute to last known location of the Autobot anti-aircraft weapon.

    Discharge squealed as sudden information processed into his brain. He wanted to smash his face into the floor due to the sudden pain. Some one transmitted a signal to him and then cut the signal without properly ending the transmission. Discharge was directly connected into his communications array, the sudden burst of static felt like his cerebros was nothing but a mesh of white noise. Discharge screamed and pulled the connectors out of skull as fast as he could.

    "Discharge! What happened?" Shockwave stormed out of the medic section. He was busy weilding his injuies from his brawl earlier with Force Khan.

    "Twlight Burner called and hung up thats what!" Discharge threw his headset on the comm's console, upset at his newly found headache.

    "What did he report?"

    "The spark-sucker said he found the weapon, transmitted somthing and cut the signal in the middle of transmission." He grunted, "That hurts!"

    "What would cause Twlight Burner to dismiss proper communications protocol?" Shockwave was fearful of the next answer.

    Discharge still annoyed, "Either he cut his own signal, some one jammed it or," he stopped and thought about it "he's dead."

    Shockwave's shoulders sagged down. He didn't know what to feel, if he was suppose to feel anything. Would Megatron mourn? Shockwave stood upright and regained his posture. "Discharge, what did he transmit?"

    "I don't know. It's encoded."

    "Decode it! If it's the weapon's location then this is our chance!"

    Discharge quickly got back onto his terminal and begun to key in inputs and commands at a rapid rate.

    "Where was Twlight Burner?" Shockwave asked.

    Discharge keyed in more commands to find an estimate. "Over the Crystal City."

    Shockwave picked up his own command headset. "Lock On. Change course, head to the Crystal City. Tempest, Zero Point, head to the Crystal City. Find a zone that's secure for our deployment. If the Autobots are still there we can expect urban combat. Move it!"

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    Unkown...

    "I cant feel my arm." Twlight Burner said dazed. His optics havent cleared completely and couldnt see where he is. He remembered seeing Fatch get killed in their first pass against the Autobot crew controlling the weapon. The cannon's armor was too tough to take down with their skermish gear, they had to arm themselves with heavier bombs or fusion cannons to do any damage to the weapon. In his second pass he thought he saw Optimus Prime on the ground, but considered that impossible. It was confirmed Optimus Prime left the planet. When he moved to attack again is when he lost everything. He can only hope the signal he made went to Discharge.

    "Comerade, you are injured and shouldn't move." Said a voice, a voice powerful and overwhelming. Twlight Burner could feel the voice's echo vibrate his exoframe. He looked at himself and saw that his right arm is missing and he's missing the lower half of his right leg. He looked up and he saw a titan sitting on the floor, his back to the wall. Supernova.

    "You're alive!" All is what Twlight Burner could think of saying.

    Supernova nodded his head. It's said that Supernova is as large as the ominous Autobot, Omega Supreme but the details of that are off. Supernova is actually shorter than the Autobot.

    Twlight Burner could see that Supernova was not well. There's a hole in his chest and numerous dents and scars are all over his body. His lower left arm is missing. "Can you walk?" Twlight Burner asked.

    Supernova grunted "I have been in orbit around Cybertron for many years. Many years I have not touched the ground. My legs have become weak and brittle. I'm afraid that I cannot just rise out of this structure and destroy my foes with my hands."

    Twlight Burner signed with dissapointment. He raised his fist in the air, "Decpticons forever."

    "Decpticons forever, comerade."

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    Crystal City ruins, border sector.
    2 Microns till Day 3.

    "I see two." Tempest said in his transformed mode, a four wheeled all terrain car. He kept himself in the shadows of a small and destroyed hangar. He spotted two Autobots on patrol. He could see that they carried heavy laser rifles. Enough to turn himself into scrap, maybe not enough for Force Khan, but he wasnt here. That stupid lug nut couldnt be quiet for a second.

    "Two, copy" Zero Point said, resting on top of a building, camafloged in with the debris of the collasped roof. He held his mass-driver rifle steady.

    "You have shot?"

    "I have shot. Confirm targets are alone."

    "They're alone damnit, would you blast them already?"

    All that moved was dust and the two Autobots. The two patrolling Autobots where about to exit Tempest's vision but then he heard the crack of Zero-Point's rifle. One of the Autobot's head exploded, another crack and the second Autobot smashed to the ground. The second Autobot wobbled weakly and stood up, raised his rifle to aim, a third crack and he was thrown violently to the ground. After a moment of silence and dust, "confirm target status," Zero Point asked.

    "You got them. C'mon, lets go." Tempest drove off. Zero Point dropped to the ground and transformed into his 2 wheeled cycle, with his rifle mounted on top and then followed. They both reached to the edge of the city where Shockwave was waiting.

    "Tempest, report." Shockwave commanded.

    Tempest transformed and saluted. "Zero Point vapored two Autobots on patrol. They didn't have time to send any signals out. I couldn't find any signs of the big gun anywhere. I cant get high enough with half of the slaggin city in rubble."

    "We'll have to search the city on foot. Discharge, stay here and keep decoding Twlight Burner's last message. Force Khan, stay here and guard him."

    Discharge grunted and Force Khan clenched his fists. Discharge broke the silence "Like void I am, I can be on the move and decode at the same time." He grabbed his personal terminal, plugged some connectors into his head, and attached the terminal to his back, he smiled, pround of his link-tech. Force Khan pat the small Decpticon on the back, almost knocking him down.

    "Very well Discharge." Shockwave reviewed the latest overhead imagery of the ruined Crystal City. Shockwave considered doing another after war project to rebuild the city, they owed Cybertron that and much more. Shockwave marked buildings that where untouched or mostly untouched, he also marked structures of political or historical significance. Autobots like to make their last stand in such places for some reason.

    The team was assigned that Tempster stayed ahead of the team on recon, with Discharge as backup and coordination. Shockwave, Force Khan, Lock On, and Zero Point stayed as the main formation, moving from cover to cover. It was slow but Shockwave didn't want to be caught in open ground. Unlike most engagments, the Decepticons where outnumbered. The first section they moved to was a central bazaar. Cybertronians would buy and sell items here, they could even buy items at other bazaars scattered all across the world. Now, the once noisy building left a ghostly quiet.

    The Tempest waited for Shockwave and the rest of the crew to arrive. There was some open ground between their cover and the bazaar. Shockwave assigned for Tempest and Zero Point to move to the bazaar, Force Khan would stay in the back providing covering fire if its an ambush.

    Tempest and Zero Point made it the bazaar front doors without event. Shockwave and Lock On, begun to make their move. They got half way to building when they heard someone scream. "Attack!"

    Fear struck Lock On's face, but he was quick to arming his shield and missile launchers. A blast smashed into Shockwave and his world was spinning. He smashed into the ground unable to control himself. He could hear Force Khan shooting into where ever his attacks where at. Lock On was deflecting shots with his shield and shooting his shoulder missile launchers. Shockwave couldnt see what happened to Tempest and Zero Point. Discharge from his cover and ran to Shockwave. Shockwave couldnt hear anyone, he could only see the enegeron blast, the missiles, and the chaos. Discharge was dragging Shockwave away from the fight and Lock On covered Shockwave, with either his shield or his own body. Force Khan broke cover to continue his barrage, he tore one Autobot to peices with his unmerciful assault. While being dragged, Shockwave used his gunarm to shoot into the posistion of two Autobots. One Autobot broke cover and charged Lock On with a sword. Lock On was too busy deflecting attacks and couldnt block in time. Shockwave kept shooting into the Autobot, blast and blast. Before the Autobot could behead Lock On, he held onto his wounds and fell to the ground, his face lifeless. Shockwave kept shooting despite the stasis lock warnings, but his fate was given, he entered stasis lock.

    Day 3 begins.....
     
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    Just read your day one and its pretty well written, kinda like IDW's spotlights. It'll be interesting if you write an entire new universe out of this. About spelling errors, it wouldn't hurt to have spell check on, just ignore the names and other Transformer terms.

    I'll continue reading tomorrow :) 
     
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    I think that last chapter has been the best yet! I like the feeling you paint with the story. More!
     
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    DaggersRage Autistic bastard.

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    Authors note: Thanks guys for the input, I'll probably be making a new thread that'll combine all the episodes together and I'll work on the typos when I do that. Enjoy!

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    Day 3

    Crystal City, slums sector.

    It was difficult for Shockwave to establish reality. His receptors kept freezing or they black out. His body felt heavy, and the pain was agonizing. He noticed he was moving but it was not under his control, he also noted he was moving backwards and the ride was bumpy.

    The daze and confusion stopped, he saw that Lock On was carrying over his shoulder running away from the Bazaar. Discharge was running behind him with his pulse rifle ready, he turned and shot at the general direction of the Autobots. While Discharge was shooting, Force Khan run out of his cover and moved behind Discharge, Force Khan then turned around and began shooting back with his fearsome firepower. Force Khan and Discharge repeated the process of retreating and shooting while Lock On kept on the run.

    Shockwave could see the Autobots in persuit and could feel the discharged heat of their shots. Some of them where taking their time to aim at Lock On or himself. The route they where taking looked familar, Lock On was running back to the armored carrier. Shockwave saw this to be a problem, and with all his strength he tried to talk. "Lock On. Stop." He said weakly.

    Lock On was brused and damaged as well, but in much better shape than Shockwave. "Sorry sir, but no can do" and continued to run. Shockwave cursed. The problem he saw is that if they continued their retreat to the armored carrier, which was on the outside of the city, it would force them to fully retreat the city, loosing any foothold in the Crystal City, and making the Autobots move their super anti-aircraft weapon to another unkown location. Shockwave had to force his team to fight back
    and remain within the city.

    Shockwave threw himself off of Lock On, hitting the ground with vicious impact. His image recptors froze again from the impact and another stasis lock warning displayed.

    "Shockwave! We have to fall back!" Lock On screamed. He reached to pick up Shockwave again. Shockwave could hear that the gunshots are getting closer.

    "No. We wont. Get. Another chance. Counter attack. Thats an order." Shockwave could feel that he was dying if his injuries wernt going to be treated. He transformed into his gun mode to conserve energy and to increase his firepower. The downside this though being that he has absolutely no control and had to rely on whoever used him. "Lock On. Shoot back!" He demanded.

    Lock On looked down to the now large hand gun. He held his shield one handed and picked up Shockwave with his other hand. "Force Khan! Shockwave order to stop retreating!" He shouted over the carnage.

    "Thats what I like to hear!" Force Khan yelled. One Autobot tried to flank Force Khan but he got to close. Force Khan grabbed the Autobot's skull, lifting him off the ground and with his other now gunarm, shot a rapid burst into the Autobot's chest. To add to the overkill, he crushed the Autobots head with his massive hand and tossed the corpse away like a rotten energon chip. "Discharge! Stop hiding! I dont feel like being greedy today!". Force Khan resumed laughing with joy and sending out heavy fire into a pair of Autobots.

    "Scrap off Khan!" Discharge yelped. He was shooting back with his pulse rifle but he didnt have the firepower or the armor like Force Khan. He was also being distracted but somthing he shouldnt allow himself to ignore. Zero Point was streaming signals to him, showing that he was still alive. At the start of the ambush, Zero Point and Tempest got seperated from the rest of the group. Zero Point mentioned that they went into the Bazaar and they are going to try to clear the place room by
    room. He could hear that Zero Point was getting exausted from his pace of his work.

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    Central Bazaar, 2nd floor.

    "Check door" Zero Point said to Tempest. Tempest moved to the side of the door ready to open it. Zero Point pointed his mass-driver rifle towards the door incase anyone was on the other side. Temprest threw the door open and ready his pulse rifle. Zero Point saw no one, "clear."

    Tempest rushed into the room, checking the left side of the room with Zero Point moving quickly in check the right, "clear!"

    Zero Point sounded off, "clear. Checking the next room." The process would repeat, and they would do it for all hundred and two rooms.

    "Check door," Tempest opens the door. "Clear." Tempest rushes in with Lock On following.

    "Clear!"

    "Clear. Checking next room."

    The repetive process at the fast pace was putting a strain on them. The building was mostly empty but they caught a few Autobot snipers by surprise. Tempest entered a room and Zero Point would enter as well, covering the right side. Zero Point heard Tempest yell "Contact" which gave him a rush of energy. Zero Point could see that his side of the room was clear, but heard a exchange of gunfire by the time he turned to see what happened he saw that Tempest had his rifle pointing at a
    smoking Autobot corpse. "We have to do this faster. Discharge says that he's under heavy fire and Shockwave is down."

    Tempest recharged his pulse rifle. "How many more rooms do we have left?"

    "Sixty-three."

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    Crystal City, slums sector.

    "I've have enough of this" Force Khan said as he ripped the arm off another flanking Autobot. He then proceded to use the same arm as club on his new opponent. Another Autobot rushed to Force Khan's back with an energon spear. Force Khan knew the Autobot was there, but he was not going to be able to turn in time to counter. Force Khan knew he was going to die.

    Discharge tried his best to keep Zero Point's signal open. Another Autobot was around trying to jam the signal. Discharge set up fake tranmissions to try to elude his unseen opponent, but Autobot clearly was seeing though the decoys and locked those channels down. The Autobot set up other jammed signals forcing Discharge to recalibrate and set up signals on other hannels that the Autobot was waiting for. He wasn't ready in time for the Autobot that was about silence Force Khan.

    Lock On was on top a mound of rubble and saw the Autobot with the spear. His missile launcher wernt going be fast enough to lock on to the Autobot. He took aim with, now hang gun mode, Shockwave. He could see that the Autobot was ready to strike Force Khan through the neck.

    "Lock On, keep calm, and your arms stable. I can assist." Shockwave said. Lock On could feel Shockwave vibrate and rattle, slightly correcting his aim. The vibrations stopped. "Fire!"

    Force Khan turned in time to see a headless Autobot fall on top of him, dropping an energon spear. He waved his arms to yell to Lock On, "Lock On! Cover me! I will end this!" He moved into open ground where he had a clear view on all the assaulting Autobots. The moment he reached into the open though the Autobots immedately concentrated their shots on Force Khan. Already Force Khan was taking heavy hits but he ignored them, his feet dug into the ground as he readied to transform.

    Lock On cursed Force Khan for not waiting but made it to the open area. His shield already raised antisipating the heavy fire. He stood in front of Force Khan, concentrating on blocking the shots with his shield. While blocking with the shield, he was letting Shockwave take control of his arm though the subtile vibrations and would fire automattically. It was nice not having to concentrate on shooting.

    Force Khan deployed stablizers that made grond underneath crack. His gyro balancer reversed, giving him an always dizzying experience. His arms split and combined to form two plasma cannons. Not quite as powerful as the mighty Megatron's fusion cannon, but unlike Megatron, he could shoot them at a rapid rate.

    Lock On felt like his back was on fire, but his front could see that very same heat devastate the Autobots and their cover. Anything that Force Khan's blast touched was on fire. A few Autobots where melting, one exploded and the their poistions where being destroyed. Even the dust and sand where melting to glass. Most of the Autobot attackers survived the onslaught but they retreated. If anyone stayed behind they would've been instantly killed. Force Khan transformed back, collasped to the ground, almost his entire body glowing red. Lock On looked to the destruction, it was the most horrible thing he has ever seen.

    Lock On noticed he dropped Shockwave, but Shockwave was actually transforming, but it was a clumsy attempt. Shockwave crashed to the ground, again his vision froze for a few seconds. He tried to speak again but couldn't muster the energy. Instead he just pointed to the Bazaar.

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    Bazaar

    "Zero Point! Come in!" Discharged said to Zero Point's communicator.

    "Zero Point, in. Status?" It was very obvious that he sounded tired, but Zero Point did his best to still remain alert. He looked to Tempest who was chewing on energon sticks to fight back the fatigue.

    "Force Khan is close to stasis lock, Shockwave is down and Lock On is injured. We pushed back the Autobots but I dont know for how long. Shockwave wants us to set up base in the Bazaar, is it safe?"

    Zero Point looked to Tempest, who gave a thumbs up "It's clear." He got sick of saying that word.

    "No way, just the two of you?"

    Zero Point wanted to smash the communications officer for even asking that, but resisted the temptation. It was Discharge who kept the communications line open and made sure to let the rest of the team they where still alive. "Affermative, which sector will the rest of the team arrive?"

    "We're basicly at the sector that didnt upgrade."

    "The slums?"

    "Yeah that."

    "Copy, I'll provide covering fire to that sector, Zero Point, out." Zero Point checked the ammo in his rifle, one of the few weapons to actually use projectiles, and started to move to a window that gave him a good view of the slums.

    Tempest stood up and tossed a packet of energon sticks to the marksman. "Hey, I've got your back."

    Zero Point caught the packet, "I appreciate that."

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    Unkown....

    Twlight Burner felt like his circuits twisted. He looked up to one of the mightiest of the Aerospace division and the titan couldn't walk. So much for helping the image of the Aerospace corps. As if Supernova read his processor.

    "I am sorry that I have failed you so early in your elivated posistion."

    Twlight Burner didn't say anything, instead he felt even more guilty. He felt that the failure was with the Decepticons abusing one of their own men, treating him more like a hauled peice of equipment that as one of them. The noise of a door slamming interupted his thoughts. Twlight Burner couldn't see who it is, but obviously an Autobot with his red emblum glowing the light.

    "I believe it is time I should finally have the chance to talk to you two." A voice said, leveled and calm. "Deep down I really want to see the both of you shot."

    "Suck void," Twlight Burner said with spite.

    "Typical. I was hoping we could talk and share information, like who is the small Decepticon force that fell to my ambush earlier?"

    "I wouldn't know." Twlight Burner said with a lie, he knew it was Shockwave, he sent his last signals to Discharge who was Shockwave's current communications officer.

    "I think you do Twlight Burner, you're the current Aerospace commander and you must share plenty of information with the other Decepticons, to coordinate your own air support."

    Even with a face plate on anyone would could tell that Twlight Burner is upset. He didn't even identify himself to anyone or his new posistion. It was bad news that the Autobots knew they held one of the top Decepticon commanders.

    The Autobot resumed talking, "It was very obvious you became the new commander. You Decepticons tend to be very overt about such posistions. It's a saving grace too for me too, Starscream was a pain in everyone's exaust port, you're much easier than him."

    That last comment threw Twlight Burner in a rage. He charged at the Autobot but came easily overpowered and immeadately threw back down to the ground. Supernova raised his fist, ready to crush the Autobot but then the Autobot held a device. "Don't even think about it Supernova, you so much as twitch I'll detonate the bombs inside you."

    Supernova stopped, it was no bluff, the process was painful and unforgettable, having your own exoframe forcefully removed just to have his fate installed in the form of sixteen high explosives. He relaxed.

    Twlight Burner groaned but gloated. "Don't think that I dont know who are too."

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    5 Microns later.
    Crystal City, Central Bazaar, Controled by Decepticons.

    "How much more time do you need, Discharge?" Shockwave asked, his systems still being held functional by emergency medial equipment.

    "Almost done, hold on." Discharge said as he decoded the last of Twlight Burner's transmission. He typed rapidly on his portable console. A few beeps the console made revealing that it was done.

    There was no audio but the video was in high quality and everyone got a good look at the anti-aircraft weapon and it in action. The weapon had small laser batteries on it to shoot at maneuverable aircraft at short range. The large barrel also had impressive tracking abilties despite the size. Twlight Burner in the middle of his gun strafes took pictures of the Autobot crew and officers. Shockwave was impressed at the fast work Twlight Burner had to do in such stressful enviorments. One image of an Autobot caught his eye, it was a blue and red one.

    "Discharge, display that one" Shockwave said, pointing to the red and blue Autobot. The console paused and enlarged the image of the Autobot, who was obviously commanding the Autobots given the hand gestures and the constant mouth movement of command.

    "Decepticons, this is the face of the current Autobot leader. Ultra Magnus."

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    Unkown....

    "The transmission was sent moments before I crashed, commander." Twlight Burner said with pride. "Everyone will know who you are and assassin teams will be created just for you." Twlight Burner could see that Ultra Magnus was quiet and absorbed all the information given, not pleased by the facts.

    "You're not bluffing. Damn you Decepticon." Ultra Magnus said with spite.

    "I hope you rest well today commander, you'll have to be start watching your own back soon, alone."
     
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    DaggersRage Autistic bastard.

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    Thanks to anyone who has been reading this. I noticed that I somehow have made a trend of posting a chapter/episode every week. I havent made any updates to this exciting (at least trying to be :D  ) story this week, yet, but I'm still in the middle of writing it, I might be coming across the dreaded writers block, or I'm being distracted by the Warhammer 40k book Ciaphas Cain: Hero of The Imperium.

    Anywho, it's in the works still. Enjoy :D 
     
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    DaggersRage Autistic bastard.

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    Authors note: For the sake of arguement (if any), I took a look at the orignal Shockwave toy and determined that his gun arm is on his left, and his normal hand is on his right.

    Day 4

    Shockwave Entry #1174
    I would be lying if I said I didn't want to just sit down, rest, fatten my cache on energon and read fiction on pirates and their galatic adventures. Everything hurts due to my close departure to the All Spark and it's occured to me that I have not yet dicussed why I would join such an obvious tyrant faction known as the Decepticons.

    You'll notice that the majority of Decepticon warriors are military veterans who seek to be in the combat zone again. I belong to a minority however, middle class cybertronians. During my younger years I worked at a metal works exploiting my ability to generate an energy beam with my left arm, which currently is now my primary weapon. That was during the so called "Golden Age of Cybertron", or at least that's what traditionalist called it. A common trend amoung younger workers all around Cybertron was the feeling that everything was too perfect, with stable lives, and no room for advancement or a challange to prove an individual's worth. We where simply to be. It's was quite disturbing being able to predict the time your spark faded.

    Now here I am fighting that perfect society. History may record me as a villan in this conflict but it does not disturb me. I'm taking part in exploiting the weakness of the Golden Age and challenging the very structure of our race. Part of me hope that the Decepticons fail just to prove that the old way is worth preserving. I know that Lord Megatron does not feel the same way as I do about this, his interest lies more within the lust and power of conquest. As one of his aides, and now Cybertronian leader of the Decepticons, I think I might be able to use some of the power I have to generate the vision I see.

    But for now, I have a war to finish.
    -Shockwave

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    Crystal City ruins, central Bazzar

    Everything was quiet for the past twelve hours. The Decepticon kill squad set up barracades and established ambush points inside the building. All the defensive posistions though where just going to hold the Autobots back until they improvice and exploit their flanks. Shockwave knew that his team wouldn't last if they stayed inside the building. They had to escape the structure without leaving the city and find a way around the main Autobot force. He had to find a solution soon, his enemy's superweapon is mobile and they'll just relocate the weapon if Shockwave took too long.

    "Contact," Zeroi Point said, breaking Shockwave's concentration. "Tempest is back."

    Everybody heard the back doors unlock and quickly lock again, then the loud eager footsteps of Tempest. He almost smashed through the door, he looked very shaken.

    "Tempest, report." Shockwave demanded, scratching the wound on his chest.

    "I found a way out, but we have to start moving soon." Tempest spoke with worry. "And I mean like, now soon."

    "Why the rush?" Force Khan shrugged, and recalibrating his arm cannons.

    "I killed two Autobots on patrol, but they might have gotten word out."

    Discharge swore, throwing his headset to the ground. "My whole system is jammed. I cant even pirate Autobot channels" He looks up to Shockwave "Boss, I cant get a signal out, I cant radio for backup."

    Shockwave clenched his fist, "So much for reinforcements. Either way, the immeadate objective is to get out of here before we're surronded. Tempest, show us the way."

    The team quickly gathered their gear and followed Tempest. At the back of the Bazaar was the old warehouse it had for stores as well as garbage disposal. Tempest opened a hatch in the ground that led to the maintenance tunnel network.

    Lock On shuddered, "I don't like small places." Grasping his shield tighter.

    "No one said you had to like it." Force Khan shoved Lock On into the pit, with ease. Lock On yelped and the noise of metal crashing into metal came out. Force Khan then jumped next into the pit, but with his build, he couldnt get past the opening. He struggeled and squirmed, "I too, do not like small places."

    "Enough! We do not have time." Shockwave kneeled down and used his gunarm to shoot a small cutting laser to loosen the sides.

    "No one said you had to like it" Lock On smirked.

    "Shut up" Force Khan grumbeled. He tried his best not to look at Shockwave. Even though Shockwave had one of the most unread faces in the whole galaxy, he could feel Shockwaves anger, like a care taker dealing with an annoying cybertronian with a slow processor.

    Tempest, Zero Point and Discharge took cover and covered Shockwave while he was busy doing his welding. "I dont mean disrespect Shockwave but hurry up!"

    Shockwave was out in the open while the other three Decepticons hid behind boxes, garbage and rubble from the warehouse. Zero Point noticed the shadows moving around the corner of the Bazaar, from the direction they came. He leveled his rifle, ready to shoot anything that moved from that spot. "Contact, requesting permission to fire."

    "Do not fire" Shockwave said, cutting as fast as he could, he could see that Force Khan struggling was making things loose as well. If they could be done fast enough, they might still go unnoticed.

    Zero Point saw three Autobots go around the corner, walking towards them, failing to notice anything, yet. "They are coming, premission to fire?"

    "Do not fire."

    Tempest and Discharge leveled their pulse rifles at the incoming Autobots. Shockwave and Force Khan are completely exposed.

    "I see the maggots too." Force Khan said. Shockwave is too busy welding.

    The three Autobots stopped, and immeadately scatted, using rubble and walls as cover. One is talking into a headset.

    "Slag! They spotted us!" Discharge squirmed.

    "Damnit. Decepticons attack!" Shockwave ordered.

    Immedately Tempest and Discharged opened fire, their shots not doing much good due to the lack of the pulse rifle's range.

    "Establish a base of fire at them, keep us covered." Shockwave ordered, working faster.

    "Covering fire!" Tempest yelled, setting his weapon to full burst and shooting towards the Autobots. Discharge did the same. A lot of the Autobots shots where going towards Zero Point and Shockwave. Zero Point couldnt get the time to aim and snipe an Autobot. Force Khan held out right arm blasting his cannons at them, but with poor accuracy. No blasts his Shockwave thanks to others spoiling the Autobots aim, but if he doesnt work fast enough someone is going to get lucky, he set his laser strength higher, but it was also cutting into Force Khan's armor.

    The Autobots volley was tearing into Zero Points cover, the wall was falling apart. "I have to move!" He yelled to Tempest.

    "Ow, watch it!" Force Khan flaired with anger yelled at Shockwave.

    Shockwave's laser glowing white hot, "stop moving." A stray blast hit Shockwave in the back. The shots where getting closer. "Shockwave to Lock On, what is your status?"

    There was heavy static but Lock On was able to respond. "I'm fine, I can see Force Khan's legs squirming. I hear shots though, what can I do?"

    "Force Khan wedged into the hatch, can you do anything down there?"

    "You push, I pull."

    "It'll have to do, our options are limited." Shockwave yelled over his shoulder "Keep firing!"

    Zero Point kept as low as he could, his wall is in peices. He would blind fire his mass driver rifle to a vain attempt to hit somthing.

    "Stay down Zero Point!" Tempest yelled. More Autobots moved and the noise was louder. More shots where being spread to everyone. Tempest was now staying more in cover now instead of shooting back. He threw a few of his plasma grenades towards the agressors but most where falling short.

    Shockwave stomped down on Force Khan's head and that finally broke him loose, but now he was worried that he might have just killed Force Khan with that single blow to his already damaged skull. This wasnt the time to worry though. "Fall back!"

    Tempest and Discharge made it to the hatch with ease, but Zero Point was too pinned down.

    Tempest turned and yelled to Zero Point. "Run! I've got your back!"

    The Autobots where now advancing, rushing to their posistion. Zero Point shook his head. He loaded a slug into his rifle and shot at the Autobots that where advancing. Each shot brought an Autobot down. He spoke into the communicator with his usual calm, "Fall back, I wont make it."

    "Slag that! I'll give you cover!" Tempest tried to climb out of the underground tunner, but Shockwave pulled him down.

    "The distance is too great from here to Zero Point. We have to loose the Autobots." Shockwave said with dispair. "I'm sorry." He then sealed the hatch.

    Eight Autobots where killed trying to rush Zero Point, but the rest made it towards him. Everyone was now at point blank range of Zero Point, but he held still keep his rifle leveled at the nearest Autobot.

    "Drop it!" The Autobot yelled

    Zero Point said nothing, he kept his finger on the trigger and his rifle still on the Autobot's skull.

    "Lower your weapon" A new voice said from the Autobot troopers. Zero Point could see that some Autobots let the large blue and red figure pass, he then trained his rifle on the new target. "You dont have to die today Decepticon", Ultra Mangus said.

    Zero Point smirked, "Till all are one", and fired into Ultra Mangus' skull. Ultra Mangus collasped and gunfire erupted.

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    Crystal City Underground Tunnel Network

    Force Khan rubbed his head, he couldnt see in color anymore, his helmet was cracked.

    "Are you functioning?" Shockwave asked.

    "I'm color blind now, but I can still shoot." Force Khan grumbeled. He noticed that Tempest was staring at him. "What do you want?"

    "We lost one because of your stupid bloat." Tempest snarled

    "What do you want to make of it?"

    "I'll rip your head off!" Tempest charged.

    Shockwave intercepted and shoved Tempest away. "Enough! We are one effective down and still a mission to accomplish. I have chosen all of you for your capabilties and your excellent records, prove to me this or we all die."

    Tempest grunted and looked away, "I'm not sorry" and looked up "but I'll see this mission through."

    "That is all I require." Shockwave stepped aside, "Discharge, can you gather any information on where we are?"

    Discharge shrugged, "Pfft, no, any wireless singals are being blocked out by the tunnel or jammed by whoever the Autobots got. If I'm going to get anything either we trash whoever's jamming me, or I start getting hard wired into a network, or a communications array."

    "Very well, we'll have map these tunnels, I can only hope that one of the hatches here will take us under their weapon. Assemble your gear Decepticons, we have work to do."

    The team recharged their weapons and some chewed on energon sticks. Lock On was the slowest and held his shield tight to himself, his claustrophobia making him more anxious.

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    Unkown

    5 microns later....

    "Stand up!" Twlight Burner barked with command.

    Supernova struggeled, his knee actuators trying to turn and grind, but with no success. "It is not possible." He then slumped to the wall, resigning. "I'm a failure."

    "You're not going to quit, you're a slaggin Decepticon, you're not going to kneel to traditionalist Autobots. Stand up!"

    Twlight Burner could hear unoiled gears roar and grind, the noise was almost deafening. Supernova roared with pain that shook the walls and vibrated dust off the celeing. His leg's started becoming straght, carrying the weight of his body. He was slowly standing.

    "Thats it!"

    The titan then crashed to the ground, cracking the ground, panting and grunting. "It's too much comerade."

    "It's a start, but once you get walking we'll show the Autobots what we're made of."

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    NMPT Goofy ominous nutball

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    *claps*

    Excellent, excellent, excellent! Great characters!
     
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    NMPT Goofy ominous nutball

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    DaggersRage Autistic bastard.

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    Okay, I wrapped up Chapter 5.
     
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    Yay! Update!

    I like how your story is going so far-I would say keep it up, but I know you will.
     
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    DaggersRage Autistic bastard.

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    Authors Note: This chapter is probably cut short, I stopped it there for sake of completion and to be able to brain storm the next episode. Enjoy.

    Day 4
    Crystal City underground Tunnel Network

    Morale was poor with the Decepticon squadron. Shockwave still tended his injuries, Force Khan color blind, Lock On's claustrophobia, Discharge unable to get any communications to the outside and Tempest loosing his new friend. They where lost and confused, spending over 8 hours inside the tunnels. Shockwave was mapping the tunnels, doing his best to not get the same going in circles or backtracking, but exploring in dark unkown terratories made things confusing.

    Shockwave went around another corner and found another familar passage. "Damn it", he punched the wall, then realised that wasnt such a good idea, rubbing his hand. "Discharge, can you do anything here?"

    "I think I tried the wires here already. I'll try again but already I dont see anything that can get me even to a computer network." Discharge shrugged.

    "Try to slice into an emegerency service."

    "Not a bad idea, bound to find wires for an emegerncy call box somewhere." Discharge upclipped his tools and began cutting wires and then rewiring them into his personal terminal.

    "Decepticons, hunker down and provide cover." Shockwave said quietly. The rest of the team moved silently and took posistions to cover Discharge from any possible attacks.

    "I might have something we can use, but too early to tell, sorry Boss."

    "We'll have to make do with it then. I will not have us walking uncharted again."

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    Autobot field camp, Crystal City ruins

    "Hold on Ultra Mangus! Stay in there!" Autobot medic, Sparks, yelled. He assembled his gear and looked at Ultra Mangus' vitals.

    Warning alarms came from his assistant's terminal, "Sir! Ultra Mangus is entering stasis lock!"

    "Over clock his system, dont let him shut him down!"

    "That'll burn out his processor!"

    "Not if I'm fast enough." Sparks got out his tools. He had a vacume tube to suck out the coolant and fluids leaking from Ultra Mangus' head. He had a small pair of tweasers to pull the bullet. When he pulled the bullet out, he noticed that there was a silver allow the bullet merely cracked. The silver allowy is where Ultra Mangus' central processor, his brain, should be. "What the?"

    Another series of tones and warnings came from the assistant's terminal. "I'm locked out, I can't overclock him." The assistant looked once again at his system. "Sir, his system is causing feedback and powering up! He...."

    Before the assistant could finish Ultra Mangus shook for a second and spasmed, then went calm. Pressure leaked from his chest, and his chest started to open, then the face started to fold out. Then the whole body opened up reavealing a silver figure of the Autobots leader.

    Sparks stood in shock, nearly droping his tools. "Optimus Prime?"

    The silver figure got off the emegerncy tabel, leaving the blue and white shell of Ultra Mangus there. "No, it's still me." Ultra Mangus said. "You're not suppose to see me like this however." He flicked his old shell and it shattered. "It's really frail when it's not attuned to my spark, but I don't have time to explain, is the one who shot me still functional?"

    Sparks shrugged, "He's in the other tent, he doesnt have much time."

    "I'll have to make the most of it." Ultra Mangus departed into the next tent. Zero Point laided on a bed, with multiple computers monitoring his status, each one getting worse after the other. "Can you hear me Decepticon?"

    Zero Point's eyes fazed red. His body was in shambles, with multiple punctures, holes and three missing fingers. He nodded.

    "Do know you who this is?"

    He nodded weakly again. "Yes I know who are Ultra Mangus. You bear my mark." Zero Point indicated to the crack where the bullet failed to penetrate.

    "I do, but in the end it was pointless, I still function well and alive but you now are dying. What makes you so stubborn to have to get yourself killed in defiance."

    "We all will die in the end. My bullet is still on it's journey, and when it ends, you will end Autobot." Zero Point grunted, "I guess I just got there first. Faster than a speeding bullet, haha."

    "But you damn Decepticons don't have to make death so soon, I ask again why?"

    "It's easy for you Autobots wishing to have long peaceful lives, your basic functions involve in building and creating. Most of us where designed for war and destruction. In a time of peace my existance is pointless, think what you want of yourself as a automontric life form, but the truth is we are all designed as machines for a purpose. I did not want to be stored away collecting dust and be forgotten."

    "Who is your commander?"

    "You should already know that."

    Mangus sighed "I only have a name, I dont know who he is."

    "I hardly know myself, when Megatron lead the offensive, he had him assigned to the rear echelon, securing conquered sectors and in charge of the suppy lines." Zero Point's voice stuttered and became distorted. "He writes journals though."

    "Journals?"

    "Yes, he has ideas, I'm not too clear what he wants but with his new posistion of power, he can be your most dangerous foe." His eyes started loosing their focus. "It'll end soon. If you respect soldiers, let me die with my rifle."

    Zero Point's rifle wasn't far from Ultra Mangus but Mangus debated on why should he care for an enemy that has destroyed so much that he loved. This Decpticon didn't fight for conquest and tyranny, like many others, this one fought and died, for his purpose. Is that really so evil? How many more Decpticons are like him? In a way, maybe it was the Autobots fault for letting so many things get out of hand, prospering in peace and forgetting what they struggeled through to achieve that peace.

    Ultra Mangus gave the rifle. "Till all are one."

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    Crystal City underground Tunnel Network

    "Yes! Lucky me!" Discharge said after electrocuting himself, smoke seeping out of his joints.

    "For almost getting yourself killed?" Tempest asked.

    "Whatever, no, I'm in the network! Now I just need to..." Discharged typed more onto his computer terminal, "and, volla! We have a map that the emegerency service used!"

    'Excellent Discharge! Sent me a copy to my data pad." Shockwave handed Discharge his electronic data pad and Discharge began to copy the information. Shockwave studied the map. "A hydro processing plant isn't too far and should provide plenty of cover."

    Force Khan grunted, "Assuming the Autobots arn't already there."

    "You should look forward to that." Shockwave replied.

    "Yeah." Force Khan said with no enthusiasm.

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    Crystal City Hyrdo Processing Plant

    While water is not a needed supply, it does have it's uses for Cybertron. In some sectors on Cybertron it helps generate power, and others use it as a cheap means of coolant. Hydro planets clear impurties within to water to prevent damage to complex machinery.

    Tempest was the first one to reach the complex, exiting out of a tunnel and into one of the lower levels of the planet. He kept his pulse rifle ready at the shoulder and checked the room, scanning each of the corners to the large room. Tempest didnt know what the room was for but it had an observation post with a computer terminal on it. He found no one hostile. "All clear."

    The rest of the team moved in. Shockwave scannered the area. "We're in a waste processing area."

    "So that tunnel we where just in is filled with old lubricant?" Discharge said with unease.

    "Correct." Shockwave replied with no emotion. "I thought you knew."

    "No! That's sick. I'm hauling expensive gear here!"

    "Your equipment can be replaced, now quiet down." Shockwave took his own cover, he signaled quietly for Tempest to check a door that'll lead to the next room, unsure what is on the other side. Tempest moved to the door ready to open it but the ground rumbeled, almost making Tempest drop.

    "That was nearby." Tempest spoke.

    "Crystal City doesn't have shifting gears or plates. That was not a Tronquake." Shockwave determined.

    "Boss, I have, uh, good news, I think." Discharge said. Shockwave looked to Discharge, dumbstruck. "I have communications back online."
     

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