Part machine broke Grindcore- Ledjentdary! Brutalicious! An underground shockdrone artist with a large cult following. Originally hailing from Simfur, Grindcore has toured many colony worlds. With energetic las-tar work and machine-gun percussion, his band's unique sound has made him a legend in the world of Cybertronian music. Shockdrone is known for its violent themes, and Grindcore's music is no exception. His lyrics are openly supportive of the Decepticon cause, but remarkably steer short of full-on propaganda, which many of his listeners wouldn't approve of. After all, it's no fun kicking ass if you're being told to. His music has been famously banned in many city-states, and is distributed through dubiously-legal home-burned audiochips and pirate radio stations. Skywarp is his biggest fan. Human Food- Cybertronians are perfectly capable of eating and digesting food composed of organic compounds found on Earth. According to Soundwave, it's delicious. Sumdac Systems- A Silicon Valley tech firm specializing in large-scale corporate network architectures. Founded by Isaac Sumdac in 1980, Sumdac Systems became an industry giant in the 1990s by performing contract work for much larger companies, such as Microsoft. They developed a reputation for quality work done quickly, with many novel applications of system redundancy. By the 2000s, they were the number-one choice for any Fortune 500 company looking to revamp their network. In 2010, Sari Sumdac inherited the position of CEO, and immediately set about diversifying the company, dabbling in software as well as other ventures such as ride-sharing, social media, and subscription streaming. These somewhat dubious choices were actually a front, shielding Sumdac Systems' actual new project: The development of user interfaces for military hardware. Rumor has it that a sixth-generation fighter jet has been shipped to Sumdac Systems in order to create a neural network-driven targeting computer. Sari Sumdac- The current CEO of Sumdac Systems, Sari has a reputation for a lack of formality, and for strong-arming the company's board of directors. She's also known for spending most of her salary on "pet projects", a few of which she has actually brought to market, skipping the corporate R&D process. With a genius-level IQ and degrees in computer science and biomechanics, she has the credentials to back up nearly any boast. Michael Banes and Carl Spencer, a pair of her old college friends, work closely with her as a Yes and No man, respectively, as well as a brainstorming think-tank. Casualties Bulwark- Bulwark grew up in Trypticon, where the constant threat of hostile wildlife necessitates being ready for combat at any time. His father suffered a debilitating injury from an ickyack attack when Bulwark was very young, so Bulwark spent a great deal of his life with a creeping paranoia of meeting a monster that he couldn't kill. To compensate for this, he spent every credit he earned upgrading his body with additional armor. When a dangerous ickyack did eventually attack his neighborhood, he was ready, and easily slew the beast, preventing any loss of life. This attracted the attention of the local Decepticon cell, which eagerly recruited him. Bulwark was mostly assigned to defensive missions, where his thick armor suited him best. As part of the mission to Earth, Bulwark acquired a modified FV4034 Challenger 2 altmode, sporting a NATO smoothbore gun and increased armor protection. He was assigned to block the road between the Autobots and their dropship, preventing an escape. However, in the close-quarters battle that ensued, his armor proved to be a liability, slowing his movements down and allowing Bumblebee, Chromia, and Ironhide to flank him easily. He was disabled by a barrage from the Autobot gunship, Broadside, but his incredibly durable physique allowed him to live despite his injuries. However, it is likely that he may never be able to fight again. Fatalities Hatchet- Originally a member of an independent terrorist group on Animatron, Hatchet made a name for himself by preying on Autobot garrison convoys using guerrilla tactics and optical camouflage. These tactics, combined with Hatchet's tendency for theatrics, terrified the Autobot troops, who began to tell stories about a deadly invisible warrior, attributing to him supernatural abilities and feats. In turn, this made Autobot convoys break even faster when Hatchet ambushed them, feeding his ego. Thanks to his reputation, Hatchet joined the Decepticons with much fanfare, and he continued to carry out his raids, mostly working alone. As part of the mission to Earth, Hatchet acquired a Local Motors Rally Fighter altmode. He ambushed RC and Grimlock in much the same manner as he ambushed other Autobots on Animatron, and even managed to wound RC and take her hostage. However, he did not account for the arrival of Scorn, who easily overpowered and executed him.