Transformers: Till All Are One Many millions of years ago, the planet Cybertron was a peaceful place, full of beauty and tranquillity. The planet was inhabited by a race of sentient machines, rather than organic life. However, one day a serpent was born in this paradise, and a war was sparked. This war has lasted for more than 9 million years. The serpents, who had called themselves Decepticons, were vicious and deadly, they slew any of the peace-loving inhabitants, who had named themselves Autobots, who came close to them. The Decepticons were led by their cruel leader Megatron, whilst the Autobots were defended by their greatest hero, Optimus Prime. The two of them battled fiercely on many occasions, but their final battle was on Cybertron itself. A one-on-one battle that would decide the fate of the planet itself. The battle was a stalemate. Optimus and Megatron used the planet itself as the battleground. They both fell in the battle, however the Autobots had claimed the majority of the war torn planet as their own. Without their great leaders, the Autobots and Decepticons began battling again, but this time without any single purpose. Now the war was for glory, power, peace, tyranny and many other misguided goals. As a result, the planet for which they fought for fell as well. The planet lost all it's energy, and began collapsing in on itself. The Cybertronians, or otherwise known as Transformers, were forced to leave their home planet, and move their war to other worlds and into unknown space. Recently, on one of the planets that the Transformers had moved to, Earth, the Autobot's Field Commander, Red Alert, faced off against the Decepticon's Earth Commander, Soundwave in a one-on-one battle, Red Alert managed to kill the Decepticon tyrant, but in the process he sustained serious and mortal wounds, two of Red Alert's officers, Tracks and Nightbeat, arrived after the battle was done, and rescued his body. He died in the CR chamber whilst under the watch of Autobot medic Ratchet. The Decepticons on Earth were then taken over by Soundwave's former sub-commander Starscream. The Decepticons did not mourn the loss of their leader, unlike the Autobots, and continued on their war-based assault on the unsuspecting planet... Acquaintances In the middle of the empty field, where no-one goes is a strange dip in the land. Most people believe it is just the geology of the ground, but in actual fact it is where the Autobot's ship landed and cloaked. This ship was now the Autobot's headquarters on this planet. On the main bridge of this ship stood four Autobots, Nightbeat, Tracks, Ratchet and Wheeljack. They were awaiting the arrival of their new field commander. Two days ago, Red Alert had died after a fierce battle with the Decepticon Soundwave. After the death of their commander, Ratchet, the chief medic on this team who had taken temporary command, informed Sentinel Prime, who was the current Supreme Commander, and was based on Autobot Command Hub 01. He disclosed that a new commander would be sent immediately. The team had just received word that an Ark ship had just entered Earth's aerospace, meaning that a cloaked ship would be arriving soon. The entire team assembled on the bridge. This particular team was quite small, even by Autobot standards, it was only small because Earth hadn't been deemed as important enough to warrant a larger team. The bridge's doors opened. Coming from them walked two Autobots, one was a large white and winged robot, the other a red one with a flamed deco on his legs and chest. "It's good to see you sirs" declared Ratchet, who had walked closer to the two "It's good to be here, this planet seems quite pleasing" said the winged robot "I'm Jetfire by the way" he stated "And I am Rodimus" declared the red robot "I have been asked to take command of this group, this is my second in command" he indicated towards Jetfire "Rodimus?" repeated Nightbeat "As in the Autobot that Optimus Prime himself trained?" he was awestruck "Yes, amongst many other Autobots" Rodimus confirmed "So what is the situation here then?" he asked of his new crew "The denizens of this planet, the Humans, do not seem to know of our existence here, the Decepticons have taken to attacking military and energy reserves on this planet. We have managed to slow them down enough, but even since their leader died, they still continue with their assaults. It seems that Starscream has taken command of them" Ratchet reported "Starscream?" repeated Jetfire "He's here?" "You know him?" asked Tracks "He and I were once friends, but he betrayed me, in a big way, I'd rather not talk about it though" Jetfire replied "You might get a chance at revenge here then" suggested Rodimus. Jetfire wasn't looking happy. He walked off, and slowly the other assembled Autobots dispersed as well. Later on, Jetfire walked into a room, and found the blue Autobots, Nightbeat and Tracks, sitting to a large table, doing something. He walked over. "So what's going on here?" Jetfire asked the two Autobots, who were looking at some datafiles, and had some plastic and metal models on the table "We're RPG-ing, we learnt it from some Human 'websites' and we like it" Nightbeat explained "How does it work?" Jetfire inquired "Well...this is me" Nightbeat picked up a plastic blue and red robot "and that's Tracks" he pointed to a taller metallic model, which had a minor resemblance to Tracks himself Jetfire looked around the table, there were miniatures of all the Autobots on the team, minus himself and Rodimus, and also some recognizable Decepticons, including Starscream "So what do you do with them?" Jetfire asked, still staring at the plastic likeness of Starscream "Well, we re-enact events and ponder ideas with them, it's a game though, we just do it to calm down after a battle or something" Tracks replied "Heh, can I play?" Jetfire asked, finally smiling Tracks and Nightbeat looked at each other "Sure...we need a new player anyway, since..." Tracks began "well, Red Alert used to join us..." he finished quietly "Okay then, who can I play as?" Jetfire asked, pulling up a chair, trying to lighten the mood again "Well, we're making Jetfire and Rodimus figures now, but you can play as Red's old characters, himself and Ratchet" Nightbeat said, whilst passing along a box to the larger white robot, inside was a plastic, nearly life-like replica of Ratchet, and a smaller, metallic version of Red Alert...this felt morbid.... The three of them began their game, and it was fun. By the end of the gaming session, Jetfire had grown fond of his two new friends, and their weird little game. Nightbeat had built a semi-metallic version of Jetfire, and a fully metallic version of Rodimus, ready for next time. Jetfire was shocked at how realistic they looked, almost like a micromaster of himself... he was a bit freaked out, but this would make a good home. Elsewhere, Rodimus was having just as much of a good time, he was with Ratchet and Wheeljack in the Captain's bridge. This was a room where the commander of the ship, or team in this case, would come to relax. Rodimus had invited Wheeljack and Ratchet in for the night, just so he felt welcome. They certainly saw to that. Ratchet had brought a bottle of fine Energon-pagne, and Wheeljack brought Plasma-cider. The three of them had been drinking for the last couple of hours. "I wonder where Jetfire could be?" asked Rodimus "Dunno, did you tell him?" Ratchet replied "I don't remember" Rodimus said, laughing. Wheeljack got sleepy (somehow) and was resting his head on the table. "He's probably with Nightbeat and Tracks" Ratchet suggested "Red used to do the same, he was always socializing with all of us" he looked to the floor "He was a great leader" Rodimus was looking at the large medic, he didn't know what to say, so he patted his new friend on the back "I hope I can do his legacy proud" Rodimus declared. Ratchet smiled "I should get Wheeljack somewhere else, before he wakes up and gets scared" he lifted Wheeljack onto his shoulder "Last time, he almost forgot he was on Earth...that would have been a bad day for us..." Ratchet walked off, with his friend on his shoulder, still mumbling about 'last time'. Rodimus smiled on Two figures stood on a nearby high-rise, and wore a pair of infra-red binoculars, they were looking at the Autobot ship "Heh, guess the re-enforcements are here..." smiled the smaller of the two "Not that it'll make much of a difference" replied the larger robot. The two of them walked away, and then both turned into Earth-terrain car modes, driving away, unnaturally silently.