The 300 year gap between the end of the Great War and the start of the Beast Wars is a delicious period in TF History, but an epoch that hasn't been wrung of its full juices. I've attempted to bridge the gap, with added backstory pre-BW or additional information post-G1, for characters we all love. I've drawn on information, both canonical and non (such as Furman's Alignment) to create this new era in the universe. Please comment or ask any questions if something doesn't make sense. So without further ado: G1 Megatron: is suffering desertion in the ranks. Loyalty to a leader was never a strong trait for Decepticons, and great numbers are moving allegiance to now fly Razorclaw's Predacon Banner. Only old 'Cons, the likes of Soundwave and Shockwave, remained by Megatron's side. The involvement of the Cybertronian Empire in recent events, and the rumours of the development of a stable form of Transwarp Technology by the Autobots/Maximals force Megatron's hand. Earth was destroyed by the Predacons, an act that both announced their separation from the Decepticons, and gained them much admiration amongst Decepticon ranks tired of Megatron's failings, thus began the shift of troop numbers from 'Con to Pred. However, a raw Energon crystal had been discovered on Earth a few years earlier, which gave rise to a belief that Earth had once had a natural supply of raw Energon, perhaps enough to power an army to victory over any foe - If only one could go back and harness it. Megatron stole an Earth relic, (all artefacts of Earth origin were now kept securely, as sorry reminders to the Autobots of their failure to protect the human race) a Golden Disk (that was launched aboard a probe some years before the Transformers awakening in the Ark on Earth) and recorded on it a message in the hope that in the future a Decepticon descendant may find it and see through his desires. Included in the encrypted data-tracks on the Disk were Earth's coordinates, as well as access codes to the Ark's defence program - Teletran One. Megatron died in the joint assault on the Cybertronian Empire's Hub, but died with the knowledge that one day history may be re-written. The Decepticon faction, now under the leadership of Shockwave, became defunct, and faded into history with the signing of the Pax Cybertronia. Optimus Prime: was in Stasis Lock during the battle against the Cybertronian Empire at The Hub, after his defeat of Galvatron. He lamented the loss of Earth, a planet accidentally brought into their conflict. He would recover before the final battle against the Predacon Armada, but took more of an advisory and tactical role than frontline combat duties. The battle was would be won, but Optimus could not see it as a victory, but more a sad taste of warfare for the next generation of Cybertron’s sons and daughters. He handed control of the Autobot/Maximal forces to a Council of Elders, old friends and allies that had returned from the Matrix to lead the new faction. The war had been eons long, and its true cost was incalculable. Prime had been chosen to lead the Autobots to victory over Megatron, and the peace most thought impossible - but here they were. His work was done and it was time for him to rejoin the All Spark and stand proud beside the Primes that had come before. The Matrix guided his hand in choosing, not an Autobot, but a Maximal, to pass the Matrix on to. Maxim, a powerful warrior, (and in time a great leader) became Maximus Prime. Optimus sought rest for his Spark, and voyaged in mind and body, through J’nwan, to the heart of Primus, leaving his descendants in good hands, and greeting old friends and foes with his own, in peace. Maxim: was one of the new breed of Autobots - a Maximal. Though smaller than his Autobot brethren because of his technologically advanced proto-matter body, his skill and power on the battlefield were formidable and matched him with larger ‘Bots on the frontline. He was a soldier of few words, preferring to work independently, and did so successfully, earning him the title “The One ‘Bot Army”. He saw the end of the War, with Razorclaw’s defeat, and the signing of the Pax Cybertronia. His brothers and sisters, these new Maximals, were to be assimilated back into the Autobot ranks, but the decision was made to retire the Autobot name and insignia, originally of Quintesson origin and symbols of slavery. Maximal was adopted as the new faction title. Optimus Prime, after handing control of the forces to the Maximal High Council of Ironhide, Silverbolt and Prowl, sought out Maxim, and passed on to him the Matrix of Leadership, transforming him into Maximus Prime. A leader for the Maximals, but one that wouldn’t have to lead alone.