This is an idea that I have been really thinking about. An idea that I got after watching Armada and Energon. What if there wasn't Prime or any of the original characters in a story, at least not for awhile. What if instead of the Ark landing intact, it broke apart? So, many what ifs. But what I really thought about was a collection of sorts. Instead of energon or minicons, what about Autobots or Decepticons? This is what I'm thinking about right now. Just a few pages, but I would like your opinion on it. Basically, I'm using the same characters in the other story that I was working on. In a way, I kinda like this better. *shrugs* But what do I know? Autobot Underground Movement base, Cybertron The small room was very crowded with the special elite force of the Autobot army, The Omnibots. Once a very small group only consisting of ten members it had grown to twenty-four, with each bot having a special ability completely unique to him or herself. The Omnibots were split into three groups, the best being a team that was simply called: Outcasts. A name that appropriately fit the team since neither bot in the Outcasts seemed to fit in with the Omnibots including their leader. Strike, the leader of the group called: Freedom walked up to the front of the room and turned on the holographic projector. On the table where the sub-leaders and their second-in-command sat a map of an unknown planet appeared. Then a holographic pad was given to the two sub-leaders that sat at the table. One in particular quickly shook his head when he saw what was written. “There is no way in Primus that I’m going to do this.” “There is no choice, Sonicblaze. We need Optimus Prime and his Autobots to help us out.” Strike opened his pad and changed the image of the map to Optimus Prime’s shuttle, dubbed the Ark, by many. “Two teams will be sent to search for Optimus Prime and his team. Those two teams are going to be Outcasts and Terror, lead by Sonicblaze and Mirror Blade.” The map again switched to the unknown planet map after Strike was finished speaking. Sonicblaze shook his head. “Mirror Blade will kill the Autobots, not help them.” The black robot quickly stood up from his seat at the table. “Say that again!” “I said; ‘You’ll kill the Autobots, not help them.” “Why you little…” Mirror Blade jumped on the table causing everybody near Sonicblaze to scoot as far away as they could in the crowded room, including Sonicblaze’s second-in-command, Beltline. “If you want to fight, then fight!” “Enough!” Strike grabbed Mirror Blade’s arm and tried to drag the thin-framed bot off the table, but had no luck. “Mimic, control your brother!” Mimic, unlike his thin-framed brother was rather stocky and easily took down Mirror Blade by just picking him up and throwing him on the ground. Everybody in the room thought the brother’s were going to start duking it out and made room accordingly. But the brother’s just stared at each other till both turned away and headed back to their spots. Strike then began to wonder about the decision made by the elders and Ultra Magnus. Why send two teams on a mission when they can’t even stand each other? What was the purpose in that? He took a deep, calming breath then took a pen and pointed it to a location on the map. “This is where the probe spotted the first signal. And this,” He moved the pen allowing for a new section of the map to be highlighted. “This is where the second signal is.” “Did the shuttle split up?” Asked Blade Runner, a member of Outcasts. “It appears that it might have. Which is the reason why we decided to send two teams. It will take quite some time to locate all of the missing Autobots.” Strike lowered his pad and shook his head. “Unfortunately the equipment that we have won’t be able to identify Autobot from Decepticon.” He looked at Sonicblaze. “That is where you will have an advantage.” The Outcast commander glanced at a bot standing in the corner with his arms crossed. The bot was nearly all black with only slight dark maroon highlights on his chest, arms and legs. His armor wasn’t glossy, instead it was matte which made reflection off the surface much more difficult. He was built with stealth in mind which meant he had no optics. Instead, he had a thick metal visor that hid what remained of his optics casing. The plus about not having optics is he could since sparks and many other things that he still wouldn’t quite mention. All Sonicblaze knew he was one stealthy reconnaissance plane, which came in handy on numerous occasions. The bot nodded his head. “I will do my best.” “Very well.” Strike brought up two holographic shuttle images, one labeled Rebirth the other Hope. “Sonicblaze will be in charge of Rebirth and Mirror Blade, Hope.” A few chuckles began to reverberate throughout the crowd which did get a smile from Strike. “I wasn’t the one to pick the names. Anyway, the shuttles are large, they have to be to carry the medical bays and sonar finding equipment. Each team will be aside a medic and a scientist picked from the Autobot ranks. Outcasts, you have Perceptor and Red Alert. Terror, you have Redline and Beaker.” Mirror Blade shook his head. “That isn’t fair, Strike. They get the best and we get just rookies. What is up with that?” Strike shrugged. “I don’t know Mirror Blade I just give the orders.” “Great, just great.” Mirror Blade leaned back in his seat to get a better look of the rookie, Redline who stood three seats away from him. “He looks a bit small.” “That’s because he’s a mini-bot.” Strike sighed then looked around him at the Omnibots going on the mission. “This mission is vitally important to the Autobots. If none of the Omnibots contact us within a vorn, then I’m afraid all hope is lost.” He glanced down at his pad then back up at the crowd before him. “The shuttles will leave in 0900. I wish you all the best of luck. Meeting is dismissed.” After the meeting Beltline ran up to catch up with his commander Sonicblaze, who apparently seemed to be in a great hurry even though there was plenty of time before the shuttle launch. Sonicblaze didn’t even notice Beltline as he walked at his side. It took the mini-bot to finally slam into a bot much bigger than him for the commander to notice his presence. “You okay, Beltline?” “Yeah, I’m fine.” Beltline shook his head briefly to get back in focus. “Listen sir, this mission they are talking about, it’s suicide.” Sonicblaze nodded his head. “Yes it is. You have a problem with that?” “No, of course not sir.” Beltline dodged another Autobot and had to run to keep up with his commander. “But sir, is it possible. If the probes are true that means that Optimus Prime and the other bots are scattered all over that planet.” He sighed then shook his head. “Don’t want to sound too morbid sir, but there will be plenty of body parts to throw us off. What then?” “Gather them up and hope to Primus that we find the owner.” Sonicblaze paused in the hallway to look at the youngest second-in-command in the Autobot forces. “Don’t think too hard, Beltline. Just relax and get yourself ready for the launch.” Beltline nodded. “Of course, sir.” Sonicblaze began to walk down the hall, his mind on other things then the mission. Just a few orns ago he was told about the experiments that was done on most of his team. Experiments that made him shiver just thinking about them. Sure he was tested beyond what he could tolerate, but thinking that Beltline and Echo went through the same slag he did it just seemed to him that the Decepticons are crossing too far over that fine line. He glanced at the small bot by his side, amazed that he looked pretty normal. One would never guess that the mini-bot had enough power in him to level Darkmount. It was amazing to see Beltline in action, but it was also spark retching. Every time the bot would use his attack he would go into instant stasis lock. Thus the reason why Beltline only fired his cannons twice since they were brutally attached to his body by Shockwave, several vorns ago. “Sonicblaze sir, Perceptor and Red Alert is waiting inside your room. They will like to talk to you.” Said Blade Runner as he stepped up to Sonicblaze’s side. “Very well, tell them I will be with them in two breems.” He patted Beltline on the shoulder. “You’re a good bot, Beltline. Don’t second guess yourself.” Beltline paused at his commander’s words, kinda shocked that Sonicblaze would say something like that. Sonicblaze hardly ever said encouraging words to the bots under his command, instead he rather show gratitude in simple gestures like an extra five minutes of break time or extra energon after a rough battle. So, getting a verbal praise from his commander was something that Beltline had to except with open arms. Blade Runner smiled down at the small bot. “That means something, Beltline.” “Yeah, I know. It’s kinda eerie though.” “Why you say that?” Beltline shrugged. “Well, we’re going on that mission tonight. Just seems like he knows that we might not make it.” “Don’t worry yourself. We’ve been on worse.” He nodded his head at Echo who was making his way down the hall by running his hand against the wall. Many bots in the Autobot forces knew not to mess with him when doing this. They knew if they did they would face the wrath of Sonicblaze or another team member from Outcasts. “What do you think of all of this, Echo?” “Could be worse.” Echo leaned against the wall and shrugged his massive shoulders. “At least we’ll be away from Shockwave for awhile.” “Here, here!” Redline, who was smaller then Beltline came up to them smiling. “It’s an honor to work along side your team, Beltline.” “Thank you.” Beltline shook the bot’s hand then patted his shoulder. “You should get yourself ready. It’s going to be a long trip.” Redline very excitedly nodded his head. “Right. I get right on that. Thanks.” When the young bot left Beltline had to laugh. “Was I like that when I first started?” “Luckily, no.” Blade Runner checked the clock on his arm then grinned. “Time to get ready team.” **** Deep in the shadows of Territory 13 a lone figure stood, waiting for someone that would make the trip to that unknown planet more tolerable. The figure needed to know for a fact why he was being sent. It made no sense to him that his team would be picked over Strike’s. What was he really going to do? Why pick him? “You came.” Said a scratchy voice behind him. “Don’t turn around. Just listen. Your mission is to intercept and destroy all remaining Autobots. Please, take out your hand.” When the figure did as he was told he felt something cool get placed in his hands. “This is very deadly. So, deadly in fact one once of it can kill all your team. Understand?” “Understood.” The figure brought his hand forward so he could see the cylindrical shape and biohazard sign. “What is this?” “Something that all Transformers fear. I am going to place three more vials on the ground behind you. Be very careful with this. One drop and you could be dead.” “Very well. Thank you for your help.” A cackle made the figure to quickly spin around to see who was really there, but he didn’t see anything. Instead at his boots laid three more vials, just a little bigger then what he carried in his hands. He picked them up, noticing what he didn’t notice before: the badge of Shockwave. “Clever.” Several Orns Later The planet came into view, a planet so beautiful Sonicblaze had to check to see if he had the coordinates right. When he was sure he nodded his head and stood from his command chair to look around him at his light crew. The only bots that weren’t in stasis were Beltline and Naito, the rest of the crew was below deck in stasis pods. Soon, they will be awakened for a hunt that could take vorns. “Sir, Mirror Blade’s ship is closing in fast.” Said a bewildered Naito. “He seems to be arming his rifles.” “What!” Sonicblaze quickly ran to the control console and tried to get hold of Mirror Blade. After five failed attempts he slammed his hand on the keyboard. “Slag it!” “Warning, warning!” Screeched the on-line computer, Zero-1. “Evasive action, evasive action. Locked, locked!” “I know that!” Sonicblaze sat down in his commander chair and pulled the shoulder bars over him till they locked in place. “Beltline, eject the decoys!” “Right!” Beltline swiveled in his chair to another console and punched a button. “Decoys are a go!” He then spun all the way around to face Sonicblaze. “Do you really think this is going to work?” “Pray to Primus it does!” Sonicblaze cursed under his breath as his ship rocked from a hit. “What the slag does he think he’s doing?” “Sir, we have life forms on the planet. I repeat, we have life forms on the planet.” “Slag it!” Sonicblaze grabbed hold of the armrests as his ship rocked again. “Set new coordinates, Zero-1. In case of crash landing, find a secure, empty location to land!” “Shield, sixty-five percent and decreasing rapidly!” Shouted Naito. “Sir, we need to do something!” Sonicblaze grabbed hold of the wheel in front of him, taking full control of the ship. “Naito, Beltline get ready!” “Get ready for what, sir!” “We’re taking Mirror Blade down with us!” Sonicblaze grunted as he pulled the ship hard to his left. “Hang on!” One Thousand Years Later A soldier, with his sleeves rolled up and a cigarette in his mouth walked the perimeter of the archeological sight, wondering why he was really here. It wasn’t like the dig was happening on third-world soil where looters were something to worry about. This dig is in the middle of nowhere right on the border of California and Arizona. What could be out here to worry about? He studied the horizon, seeing nothing out of the ordinary. There will be nothing out of the ordinary this far out from civilization. He took a deep breath then turned to take a glance at the massive dig that was taking place by a private company. A company with enough money to tear him away from the Army to stand guard. And over what? A pile of junk? “I have something!” A man a few years younger then the soldier waved for another man of the same age to come to him. “It’s not a comet!” This caused the soldier to quickly spin around to see what was really being uncovered by the team. There, something glistened as the sun hit it. But it was just suppose to be an archeological dig. This was turning more into a scientific dig. Now, it made sense as to why he was here. More then likely this dig was sponsored by the very government that gave him his weekly checks. “Bring in the back hoe!” The man with the glasses shook his head in disbelief. “Can’t believe we’ve found it, Buddy!” Buddy smiled back. “The myths say it was a comet, but this doesn’t look like no debris from a falling rock.” He lightly brushed some loose dirt to show the shiny metallic service underneath. “I just remembered something. Come with me, Charlie!” As the two men ran off, the soldier glanced around him to see that the only people around were the two person crew operating the back hoe. He was very curious to see what was inside the deep hole on the side of the mountain, but would he risk a discharge for it. Well, if he got a discharge then he will never be allowed to fight in Vietnam. “What the hell. The worse that can happen is I get yelled at.” The soldier slung his rifle on his shoulder then made his way down the slope towards the dig. As he got closer he could see how large this object really was. It was at least three stories tall. “Damn.” “You think so too, mister?” Said the back hoe operator. “I don’t know what it is, but I really don’t want to know. I’m just paid to dig.” The soldier placed his hand on the shiny service, surprised to feel a cold metallic surface. “Whatever it is, it’s not made by nature.” He cleaned off some dirt to find, amazingly enough a rivet line. “Holy shit!” “What are you doing here!” Yelled Buddy. “You should be guarding the area!” The soldier raised his hands. “Sorry, I was just really curious.” “Well, get away before you contaminate the sight.” “Right.” The soldier quickly took a step back, his curiosity now higher then ever. Whatever was inside that mountain had to be something big, so big that they had to hide it from even him. Hmmm….Wonder what it could be.