Optimus Prime is without a doubt the most iconic character of the whole Transformers franchise. The problem with this is, he doesn't really seem to change much, save for a few instances like TFA. Optimus is always the stoic, noble paragon of justice and everything right in the world and blah blah blah. I wanted to take this stalwart hero and cut him down to size a little bit, give him more depth to his personality, so I decided to take the classic G1 episode "War Dawn" and put my own spin on things. I hope you'll all enjoy reading as you watch the flawed, imperfect Orion Pax slowly transform into the hero we all know today. Death of a Records Clerk "Amazing, simply amazing." In the Cybertronian archives, young scholars studied the history of Cybertron. There were articles on the politicians and military leaders, the important historical dates, even some ancient records of the fabled Allspark! "Orion, what're you lookin at?" The Cybertronian was so engrossed in his studies that he didn't even realize his friend, Dion, was calling for him. "Hey, are you listening to me?" he said, grabbing Orion by the arm. "What? Oh, yeah, sorry Dion. I was just reading this record on the Primes. It's really interesting. Here, take a look!" he said, shoving the record in his friend's face. "Hey, hey! Calm down a little bit. Besides, if you keep studying all these old history records, you're going to miss your date with Ariel!" "Ariel, oh slag, you're right!" "Slag? Wow, that's the first time I've heard innocent little Orion use such profanity!" "Knock if off Dion. I got a little carried away studying the histories, I'll admit. You're right, we should get going." Just then, the entire Cybertronian Archive began to tremble. "Woah, what's going on?" Dion yelled, along with some profanities of his own. An explosion caught both Cybertronians off guard, sending them flying backward. Orion lost a good chunk of his lower jaw, with Dion received a devastating blow to the torso. The two of them struggled to their feet and turned to see the source of the explosion. Standing there, terrifying and ominous as ever, was the evil leader of the newly formed Decepticon terrorist group, Megatron. "Soundwave, download as many records as you can. Starscream, sweep the area for civilians," the imposing leader demanded. "Lord Megatron, I must ask, are your optics failing you? There are two civilians right in front of your face!" the one addressed as Starscream responded. In Megatron's defence, Dion and Orion were somewhat camouflaged among all the rubble. "Well then, Starscream, are you going to stand there and point at them, or are you going to kill them as instructed?" "My apologies, my lord. I will do as you request." Megatron's Decepticons stormed the Cybertronian Archive and gathered as much data as they could. Dion and Orion were helpless, and Orion had desperately hoped that someone would come in to save them. "You should consider yourselves lucky that you're about to die by the hands of Starscream, you two!" "Wait!" Dion pleaded. "Let my friend go. You can kill me, but let him live!" "Dion, you don't have to do this," Orion whispered hoarsely. It was tough talking without a lower jaw. "And why should I go against the demands of my glorious leader, Megatron, and let him live?" Starscream demanded. "Ummmm....he's got a date!" Dion managed to say. "Well," mused Starscream, "isn't that just a shame?" The Decepticon raised his arm and revealed what he called a Null Ray. He aimed it directly at Orion's forehead. That's when something in Dion snapped, and he did something that he never dreamed he would've done. He charged, full force, at Starscream. The impact knocked the Decepticon over on his back, and the shock caused him to fire his Null Ray, right through Dion's chest. "Dion, no!" Orion shouted. "He wasted his life, really. Did he think he could really stop me from killing you?" Starscream said. "I know I can," said a deep, commanding voice. Starscream turned to see Megatron on his knees with a gun to his head. Orion, it seemed, had not hoped in vain. No one said the name of the Cybertronian who had humbled Megatron so. No one had to. It was Sentinel Prime.