WARNING...VERY POSSIBLE SPOILERS. 10/27...only if you haven't seen the entire series. Based on all the Tales of the Beast Hunters, published both here in our Resources section and TFWiki (links below)..... ......I thought it would give us a great chance to have all of them in one place and discuss the possibilities that the TALES would be...or even if they should be included in the storylines of the TV series. IMHO, they are stories for the toys only...but it's always fun to speculate. There's 24 known TALES so far, we have have info on ALL 24 I'll post an update to this thread as they become available....If anyone finds an update, please LMK via pm. The TALES are on the instruction sheets included with the corresponding Beast Hunters toy. What in these TALES do you think should be or WANT to be included in the Beast Hunters Series????....or not included at all? Discuss the Good, the Bad or the Impossible....TFPrime forum style. Remember these tales are from the TOYS only, has nothing to do with the TV series...that we know. Tales of the Beast Hunters - Transformers Wiki Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Toys - Transformers Prime - TFW2005 Chapter 1----Bumblebee Predaking has emerged, and the Autobots have focused themselves on discovering a means of combating him. In data recovered with one of the Iacon relics, Bumblebee finds evidence that a Cybertronian spaceship with a cargo of ancient weapons is adrift in the Earth's solar system's asteroid belt. The scout contacts Wheeljack to procure transport and support for a journey to find the lost craft. Chapter 2---Soundwave Decrypting a transmission between Bumblebee and Wheeljack, Soundwave finds out that they have encountered and are heading towards an ancient cache of weaponry at a distant asteroid belt. Within minutes of Bumblebee and Wheeljack's departure, Megatron and Predaking head off to pursue them. Soundwave remains on Earth, monitoring enemy communications, and assuring his leader that the two Autobots are alone. Knowing this, the powerful Decepticon and Predacon leaders are given the opportunity to easily eliminate the two Autobots and secure the weapons cache. Chapter 3----Lazerback Floating in a Hyperevolution Chamber, Lazerback overhears everything going on around him, including whatever Shockwave says. Making up his mind not to be subservient to either Megatron or Predaking, Lazerback instead sets out to destroy those who would be his master. Freed from the chamber, he steals a tracking device and makes himself scarce. Chapter 4--- Wheeljack As Wheeljack and Bumblebee scour the Solar System's asteroid belt, they encounter the hulk of an ancient starship. With Wheeljack's sensors detecting a vast amount of power in the ship's hold, the two Autobots go aboard and find dozens of crates containing powerful and unusual weaponry. As they start gathering these containers to load into their ship, they are startled when they find their path blocked... by Megatron and Predaking! Chapter 5----Optimus Prime As Wheeljack's distress call is suddenly cut off, Optimus Prime rolls out into action! He asks Ratchet to overload the GroundBridge, allowing him to warp to Wheeljack and Bumblebee's location in deep space. Despite the Autobot medical officer's warnings that doing so will render the ground bridge inoperable, and leave Prime without a potential way back home, Optimus gathers his bearings and jumps through the portal. Just as he passes through to the other side, his sensors are overwhelmed by the loud noises, the blinding, searing flames, and the suffocating smoke of frantic combat. Despite this, he assesses the situation in a short while, and focuses all of his fire on Predaking, in the hopes that Bumblebee and Wheeljack will be able to escape. Chapter 6----Predaking Predaking ferociously attempts to hold off Optimus Prime while simultaneously searching the ancient starship for the weapons the Autobots have come to find. Meanwhile no one has noticed the saboteur Lazerback, who has come with the express purpose of getting rid of pretty much everyone present, and to this end plants explosives around the place. As said explosives go off, Predaking is helpless to stop the Autobots from making off with a bunch of weapons crates. He attempts to make his own escape, only to watch as Megatron is sent plunging through the floor. Chapter 7----Starscream.......NOTICE--VERY SPOILERISH!! Once Predaking returns to the Nemesis with the news of the destruction of the derelict ship and Spoiler Megatron's apparent death, everyone naturally blames Starscream—After all, Starscream has always wanted to be leader, so it stands to reason he'd try to kill Megatron. Starscream goes on the run, and can only hope that Megatron is found alive before the other searching Decepticons catch up with him. Edit/Updated version: When Predaking returned to the Nemesis speaking of mysterious explosions and the disappearance of Megatron, all optic sensors immediately turned to Starscream. The Air Commander has long coveted the command of the Decepticons. It was obvious to everyone that Starscream must be responsible. Now, he finds himself hunted and alone, cut off from the other Decepticons who believe him to be an assassin. Starscream finds himself where he never thought he'd be-hoping Megatron turns up safe and sound, if only so his name can be cleared. Chapter 8---Ripclaw Updated 2/24/13 As Ripclaw emerges dazed from the Hyperevolution Chamber, she hears the unusually monotone voice of Shockwave telling her that Predaking lives, but is in danger from enemies called Autobots, who have stolen weapons powerful enough to hurt the powerful king of the Predacons. Realizing that she's heard enough, Ripclaw breaks her way out of the laboratory, and soars through the sky, using the highly-developed olfactory sensors in her sensitive snout to sniff out potential clues concerning the stolen weaponry. She instead sniffs out the cunning Lazerback, who tells her that the Decepticons have been spouting falsehoods, and that Predaking is long gone. He then attempts to convince her that it is no reason to cease hunting down and slaughtering the Autobots, and that the Decepticons deserve the same fate. Chapter 9----Bulkhead The Autobots have having trouble figuring out how to activate the weapons Bumblebee brought back from the derelict starship. While Ratchet attempts to tackle the problem through careful study, Bulkhead takes one of the weapons out into the desert for some empirical testing. After several hours of fruitlessly trying to get it to work, he's about to give up when he's abruptly attacked by Ripclaw. Spoiler The dragon manages to inflict a nasty mech venom sting on him before he starts fighting back. Chapter 10----Smokescreen, Updated 2/24/13 Spoiler As Bumblebee suffers from his injuries, and Bulkhead creeps ever closer to full shutdown, only Smokescreen is left to solve the mystery of the Predacons' origins. Soon enough, the sly Autobot is sneaking around an outlying Decepticon laboratory. His initial notion that the lab is deserted is definitively put to rest, when he encounters a room filled with large glass chambers, each containing a strange, cloudy liquid, and the murky outline of a mechanical beast. Believing that this discovery is precisely what Optimus Prime should know about, he proceeds to leave... only for Shockwave to block his exit. The one-eyed scientist warns him that he should not have trespassed, and raises his laser cannon. Chapter 11---Shockwave--updated 2/25/13 TF Wiki version: With Megatron's disappearance, Shockwave reasons that the Predacons, now led only by Predaking, are going to be bad news for the Decepticons as well as the Autobots. He decides to terminate his cloning program, but as he's shutting down the Hyperevolution laboratory, he discovers an Autobot spy snooping around, and formulates a new plan to destroy the laboratory and blame it on the Autobots, assuring the destruction of Optimus Prime's forces at the claws of the enraged Predaking. Hasbro version: With Megatron gone missing, Shockwave makes the decision to end his Predacon cloning program. A force of Predacons, united under Predaking couple spell doom for the Decepticons..as well as the Autobots. He is in the middle of shutting down his Hyperevolution Laboratory when he spots an Autobot spy hiding in the shadows among the still-occupied chambers. A plan forms in his precise and brilliant mind: Destroy the Autobot and the lab and lay the blame for the annihilations of the cloning program at the feet of Optimus Prime and his soldiers. Such an event would drive Predaking into a rage that would doubtless utterly consumer the Autobots in its fury. Chapter 12---Skystalker...added 2/26/13..updated 4/5/13 .... As Shockwave and Smokescreen do battle, Skystalker emerges from the anesthetic muck of his Hyperevolution Chamber. The desire in the Predacon's spark to join the fight is quelled by his instinct, telling him to be patient and explore his surroundings. He soon ends up in a room full of strange equipment, and quickly deduces that he is in a laboratory used for experimenting on him and the other Predacons. His calm, calculative thoughts are then drowned out by his seething anger as he indiscriminately destroys everything around him with the Cryostrike Disc Launchers in his spread wings. Many thanks to Bulkhead for the following updates!! Chapter 13---Ratchet..added 4/5/13...updated 4/6/13 Autobot Ratchet scowls at the data discs recovered from the Decepticon lab by Smokescreen. Most of them are useless – charred or cracked by the same plasma bursts that had rendered the Autobot warrior himself nearly unable to return to base. But a few have shocking information on them. Information that not only reveals much about the cloning process used to bring the Predacons back to life, but also about the secrets of the powerful new weapons recovered by Bumblebee. Chapter 14---Dreadwing!!???............. added 4/5/13..updated 4/6/13 Dreadwing has known Starscream for too long for the cowardly seeker to hide from him. Still, when he smashes into his former commander’s hiding place, he expects a vicious fight, and is surprised to instead find Starscream with his weapons lowered. “Listen!” Starscream says. “Since when do I flee the moment Megatron is out of the picture? If he was deactivated because of me, I’d take command! As is my destiny!” Dreadwing aches to blast his fellow air warrior to atoms, but he knows Starscream is telling the truth. He levels a finger at the other Decepticon. “You will help me find Megatron then. Find him and bring him back.” Also thanks to Bulkhead, we have a 3 more chapters... 15th and 16th added today, 17th chapter coming. Chapter 15...Grimwing..updated 4/26/13.... The higher he soars into the unfamiliar sky, the more his mind clears. Grimwing remembers his time in the Hyperevolution Chamber. He remembers the "lessons" fed directly into his brain by Shockwave. But he also knows there must be more to the world into which he has been reborn, and he is determined to discover it. That's when his highly sensitive optics spot a Cybertronian signature on the ground below. Judging by the size and power of the stranger, he knows it must be a brother warrior - a kindred spirit. "Yes! Fight!" screeches Blackbeak, but Grimwing shakes his head. "No. We seek knowledge, not battle. For now," he says, and banks, descending towards the distant stranger. Chapter 16.....Ultra Magnus...updated 4/26/13 Chapter 16 Ultra Magnus: Ultra Magnus sees the massive Predacon coming from a mile away. He doesn't know who the big dragon is, and he doesn't care. All he knows is that the dragons are dangerous, and must be defeated. He converts to robot mode and leaps into the air, bringing the Forge of Solus around in a shattering blow that would destroy a lesser robot. Grimwing takes the blow, and is only momentarily fazed. The battle is short, violent, and never in doubt. It ends with Ultra Magnus on the ground, disarmed and barely functional. Grimwing stands over him. "Pathetic," he says. "I hoped to learn something from you, but this new race of Cybertronians must all be liars and savages." He leans down to look into the optics of his Autobot opponent, "Be warned. This world is in grave danger from my fellow Predacons. I will restrain them. You and your fellows stay out of my way or be destroyed." And then he is gone, leaving Ultra Magnus dented and smoking in the dust. Chapter 17....Ultimate Beast Hunter Optimus Prime added 5/20/13 Thanks to Jazz2405 With Ultra Magnus the latest casualty of the Predacon assault, Optimus Prime decides that enough is enough. Whether the new weaponry discovered by Bumblebee is ready or not, the Predacons must be stopped. Donning the heavy Firebreath Cyclocannons, Optimus Prime steps outside into the hot desert air, determined to find Predaking and bring him down one way or another. He doesn't have far to look. The Predacon leader has come looking for him, armed to the teeth and ready to destroy every last Autobot. That's when Optimus Prime receives a transmission from Ratchet. "Sir," says the scientist, "I've figured out how to activate our new weaponry. Sending the information to you now." Within moments, the Autobot leader feels power flowing through him, and he knows even before it begins that the fight against Predaking can only end in victory. Chapter 18 .......Beast Fire Predaking...added 5/17 Thanks to Jazz2405 Predaking faces Optimus Prime across the desert expanse near the Autobot base, the Infernum Blade humming in his hand. He can see that the Autobot leader's new weaponry isn't fully activated, and he knows this is a battle he will win. "No more plots," he says. "No more grand plans. Megatron is gone. I will destroy you, wipe out your Autobots, and return Cybertron to the old ways." Then his sensors detect Optimus Prime receiving an incoming transmission - and power surges through the arsenal carried by the Autobot leader. Optimus Prime looks into the ancient predator's eyes and says, "this battle isn't over yet." And Predaking, so confident of victory only a moment ago, feels fear for the first time in millions of years. Next Chapter 19.......Arcee......updated 10/27/13 Arcee has been watching the pattern of attacks on her fellow Autobots with great interest. They are savage and devastating, yes, but they are also random. What's more, the Decepticons have been no where to be seen. Her tactical processors tell her that the Decepticon forces are in chaos - and just as concerned about the Predacon threat as the Autobots are. That's why, when she finds herself tracking Ripclaw to a hidden cave deep in the Canadian Rockies, she transmits the location directly to the Decepticons. Why should the Autobots risk themselves against the Predacons when the Decepticons are probably more than willing to do it for them! Chapter 20 ......Knockout.....7/11/13 (thanks to jazz2405 again for these updates) With Megatron missing, Predaking running wild, and the other Predacons wreaking havoc all over Earth, Knock Out begins to think it might be high time to vacate the planet in favor of somewhere less occupied by dragons. Lucky for him, Shockwave seems to have the same idea. The Decepticon scientist comes to Knock Out looking for his expert help in packing up what remains of the destroyed cloning lab - including the final two Hyperevolution Chambers. Knock Out isn't entirely certain it's wise to be bringing cargo this dangerous with them - but he doesn't really care as long as Shockwave pays for his help by getting him off the planet. Chapter 21 ......Vertebreak....added July 29th thanks to Jazz again. Vertebreak can't sense much from the murky interior of the Hyperevolution Chamber in which he waits, half-awake, to be reborn. But he knows that he is being moved. The steady flow of information into his mind from the data connections installed by Shockwave ceases first, and then there is a sensation as the chamber is lifted. He cares little for any of this. All he wants is to be free of the little chamber - to be free to hunt, to fight, and to destroy. He longs to feel the rush of battle. Luckily, he doesn't have long to wait. After a short time in darkness, the chamber opens and Vertebreak smells the familiar air of Cybertron. Chapter 22 ....Sharkticon Megatron.....(thanks to xe07 for posting the pic of Megatron's chapter) Trapped in a tangle of ancient wreckage, his com unit so damaged that he can monitor what his happening on Earth but cannot transmit, Megatron seethes with rage. He gropes around in the pitch black silence of the ancient wreck, but he feels nothing but rubble. Until suddenly, his hand happens upon something new. It is the grip of a weapon - unclaimed by the Autobot raid - one that is familiar, though he never thought he would hold it again. He feels memories stir deep within his data banks, and remembers a time long ago on a world consumed by savage hunger. His damaged systems surge to life. The jagged metal pinning him shifts, then twists and warps, bonding itself with his body, repairing damage, but also changing him. His night vision systems restored, he looks down at the weapon in his hand. It is an object of incredible power - enough, perhaps, to bring the Predacons under control, and do away with the Autobots for good. Chapter 23.....Night Shadow Bumblebee...updated 10/27/13 After the injuries he suffered in the raid on the derelict starship, Bumblebee understands why Autobot Ratchet has him on light duty. That doesn't make patrol alongside Prowl any less frustrating. He feels fine! So why can't he be out with the rest of his team kicking Predacon tail? With Predaking defeated, the Autobots are free to chase down the rest of the beasts, and hopefully neutralize them before their leader even realizes they're alive. And yet here Bumblebee is, driving down remote backcountry roads alongside Prowl, who wouldn't know action if it raced up and dented his fender. Just as Bumblebee decides he's in for the most boring mission ever, there is a crack like thunder from the sky. Then Megatron streaks down out of the stratosphere, his cannon firing a pulse of energy that blasts the top off a nearby mountain. CHAPTER 24....Prowl....updated 10/27/13 As Megatron attacks, Prowl, with his tactical mind, analyzes the situation. No sooner has he done that does he notice numerous Predacons taking to the skies and converging towards Megatron. He then realizes that Megatron is not amassing an army of dragons, but is intending to kill them in fear of the consequences, should their leader notice that they live. Bumblebee prepares to charge into the fight, only to be stopped by Prowl with his reasoning: Why join the fight when both Megatron and the Predacons are more than capable of destroying each other? Well....the toyline didn't exactly follow the series or vice-versa.