Smolder is one of the most dangerous Decepticons. Often underestimated, he can be brutal and ruthless. He’s also one of the most intelligent Decepticons warriors, lacking only the ambition and charisma to reach the highest levels of the Decepticon hierarchy. Smolder came off the consumer goods line during the age of the Quints, this would classify him an Autobot, though his construction pre-dated the contemporary understanding of the allegiance. Smolder’s body was specially built for manipulating fire, an ability shared with few other Cybertronians, (Slag, Flame, and Cindersaur to name a few) but hardly rare. As a “Burner” Smolder was sent to work as a servant for a household of Quintesons. Burners served a function similar to gardeners on organic worlds, in that they shape Cybertron’s metallic landscape to the will of their masters. It isn’t known if Smolder was well treated in this occupation but history has proven the Quintessons to be capricious masters. At some point prior to the Great Uprising Smolder became affiliated with the Anti-Quint Resistance movement. This group of Cybertronians, predominantly from the Military Hardware line, had developed a revolutionary new “bio” technology. Unlike the Autobots later ability to transform their entire bodies into an alternate form, these “proto-transformers” had the ability to conceal a sort of “optimized assault mode” within their bodies. Although most Military Hardware units could be easily spotted, a Consumer Goods unit with the ability to transform themselves into a weapon could allow the Resistance to deceive their masters, and strike from within the safe confines of the Quint defenses. These, “Deceptive Constructs” were the ancient ancestors of the Decepticons. Using his position on his master’s estate, Smolder was in position to lead an attack when the signal was given. By all accounts, his assault was remorseless. Some said that almost all the Quintessons in the compound were dead before the gates were even breached. Smolder continued to fight against the Quints, with other resistance units. Many said he was a capable if reluctant leader. After the Quints fled Cybertron, Smolder was rewarded with a modest plot in the city-state of Darkmount and a rank equivalent to a baron. As a Consumer Goods model he was considered an Autobot, though he never participated in Autobot politics and for the most part spent the Golden Age of Cybertron in seclusion. The one exception however, was his most famous contribution to the Autobot-Decepticon civil war, although he himself never intended it to be used in the way it was ultimately was. Smolder had become involved in reclaiming used materials and repurposing them. As the scale of his operation grew, Smolder contracted engineers to construct vast superheated reservoirs, into which raw material would be dumped, melted and refined. These “Smelting Pools” for a time were a marvel of golden age engineering and recycling. It wasn’t until after the Great War had begun that Smolder was heard from again. A small unit of Decepticons had attempted to capture the Smelting Pools. They were defeated and disposed of by Smolder personally. This is the first known instance of Cybertronians being executed by the pools. They would not be the last. However it did have the desired effect, no other faction attempted to take the pools by force. It was though political action that the pools came into Decepticon control. When Straxus, lord and ruler of the city state of Darkmount became allied with the Decepticons, Smolder and his smelting pools became Decepticon property. At first, Smolder had little interest in the Decepticon cause. His allegiance was to Straxus dating back to the Anti-Quint Resistance. (Indeed, it was Straxus, a Millitary Hardware model, that had been Smolder’s contact in the resistance.) But the relationship was hardly close. As Megatron’s Deceptions began to construct prisoner-processing centers adjacent to Smolder’s pools, it put a further strain on the relationship. Smolder did not object to the execution of prisoners, he just found Straxus to be something of a bore. With Straxus spending more of his time at the Smelting Pools, Smolder decided that it was time to move on. He ceded his land and petitioned Decepticon command for a more active role in the war. Smolder was given full transformational abilities, rank of squad commender and an alt mode as a tracked assault vehicle with flame throwers. He has been sighted in engagements against the Dynobot Slag, the Autobot sniper Church had reported contact with Smolder on one occasion, and on one occasion he was seen leading a unit of Straxus’s Royal Guards (See: the Teradive files). At some point Smolder came under the command of Scorpinock. He was seen briefly on Nebulos, where it is believed he acquired a targetmaster partner. As most of the Decepticon targetmasters are fliers, Smolder was partnered with Quake. The partnership did not last long. After exchanging (less than) friendly fire with the berserker on numerous occasions Smolder had had enough and went AWOL. He was spotted later on another humanoid planet (name?). The natives possessed a near interstellar technology base but had yet to make first contact with the greater galactic society. Smolder had arrived and began a campaign of burning a continent to ash before he was stopped by a coalition of native forces. Once captured the governments of that world, not understanding the ramifications of their actions, decided that the best course of action was to blast the prisoner (Smolder) into space. Although unintentional, Smolder’s time on that planet had actually produced two beneficial consequences. First, his presence had unified the nations of that world and prepared them for contact with other worlds. Second, the nations of the world had held their first ever unified judicial proceeding. Unfortunately when these history files were later recovered by an Autobot diplomatic envoy, it was too late to ascertain Smolder’s whereabouts. Conversely the populace was advised to halt the practice of shooting deadly criminals into space for other species/worlds to deal with. Smolder’s current whereabouts are unknown, although an extrapolated trajectory has put his detention rocket on a course that would take him though the Terran (Earth) System. Last physical description reported is that he continues to use red black and silver livery, and that he still prefers land based alt modes. He is not outwardly confrontational but when he makes land fall his primary instinct is to terra-form the land to his comfort. Although this would not pose a problem on barren or metallic worlds, it can be dangerous to occupied biological worlds. If you encounter this Transformer, exercise caution and do not engage without Autobot reinforcements. He is to be considered armed and dangerous.