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Orbitall

From Transformers: Lost and Found

Orbitall
Played by: Pteropoda
Communications Lackey
Division: Intelligence
Alt-Mode: Satellite
Faction: Autobot
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A former orbital research station turned Autobot and early warning system, Orbitall is the chillest satellite around.

Personality

'Passive' is probably the best word his fellow crew members could think of to describe Orbitall. When left to his own devices, he tends to keep to himself, quietly doing his shifts in comms and then spending his free time with his optics up toward the stars. Recently, he's begun to branch out and tentatively try out new things, but usually it takes pushing from someone much more decisive for him to do anything new or unusual. Orbitall is very easily swept along by the actions of others, and is especially likely to trust the judgement of someone who seems like they know what they're doing, even if it might be in his best interest not to.

In addition, Orbitall is usually pretty mellow. He's content to go along with life, and he never seems to get too upset or too excited about anything.

Skills

In satellite mode, Orbitall has a set of solar panels that he can fan out and use to collect energy. It's not much, certainly not enough for him to solely survive off of, but it lets him keep going a little while longer than he otherwise would.

History

Orbitall was cold constructed in Polyhex Minor before the war, but his full designation is the only way you’d ever know it. He was made a satellite, and from the moment he was ready he was sent up into orbit around Cybertron to direct signals coming to and from Cybertron. It made for constant but not particularly difficult work, and left him alone in space. In order to distract himself from the monotony of his job, Orbitall divided his attention between the stars and listening in on the communications he was in charge of relaying.

Years after first being sent up into space, Orbitall was surprised to find himself joined in space by a shuttle taking the same orbit as him, and even more surprised when the shuttle tried to talk to him, rather than through him. He was being moved, he learned, to orbit the moon instead. They were here to transport him and establish his new trajectory.

There was really nothing he could do but let the shuttle pick him up, and off they went.

Orbit around Luna 2 was different than around the planet. It took less time, for one, and his view of the planet below and the stars above was changed. His mission had changed as well. He was receiving and sending out fewer signals, now, which meant less time listening in. Instead, he was supposed to be monitoring for “suspicious activity,” “seditious sentiment,” and “illegal communication.” Since no one had ever really explained to him what those things were supposed to sound like, he kept listening to all the transmissions he received, and sending any unusual-sounding ones back to Cybertron.

The messages became increasingly strange and violent as time went on and civil war developed on the planet below. Lacking context for most of it, Orbitall found himself sending almost everything he picked up to Cybertron.

When he was contacted for the first time in years, it was by an Autobot. Someone on Cybertron had picked up on his continued transmissions. “Discovered” was the word they used, because the governmental organization that had sent him into orbit in the first place was long gone, and Orbitall left to be forgotten.

The Autobots sent a ship to bring him down to the planet. Technically, he was given the chance to leave, but indebted to his rescuers and with no civilian life to attempt to assimilate into, Orbitall quickly joined up with the Autobots.

His first posting as an Autobot did not go well. Sent to serve as a soldier, Orbitall did not integrate well with the troops, did not respond well to commands from the higher-ups, and was quickly overwhelmed in battle. After years alone in space, dealing with people in person, both allies and enemies, quickly became overwhelming, and Orbitall scrambled to adjust. Eventually he slipped back into his habits of listening and watching from a distance, which made things easier to handle. He was even beginning to get along with a few of them when his orders were changed, but the reassignment came as a relief.

After being equipped with long-range sensors, Orbitall was classified as an Autobot Interstellar sentry. In practice, this meant he spent much of the rest of the war in remote but important sectors of Autobot-controlled space, monitoring the region for signs of encroaching Decepticon activity. It wasn’t a danger-free assignment. He was attacked and damaged twice, left to float adrift and eventually be recovered by Autobot ships. As he was recovering from the second incident, the message came in that the war was ending.

With nothing better to do, Orbitall returned to Cybertron. Rather than remain on the ground, in a new government that likely would have no job for him, Orbitall chose to go with the Lost Light, since he would at least be in space.

Artifact of the Knights of Cybertron

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Logs

Plots

 Start DateSummary
Topsy Turvy12 July 2017The !Lost Lighters hit the Lost Light with a bomb snuck past their defenses in the frame of a mangled pair of cassettes: !Frumble. Without any particular design or reason, a number of the crews were apparently swapped into different bodies.
Rebirth of Unicron4 May 2017The Lost Light follows the Shivan monolith all the way to earth, meeting up Elita One's ship along the way. As more monoliths arrive, the crew uses this chance to visit Earth once more despite the Earth Defense Command telling them not to. They decide to be discreet. Eventually, nine monoliths arrive and everyone aboard the LL watches them in bated breath as they open and unfold and become... the Unmaker, Unicron!
Losing Inhibition25 November 2016The personality ticks are back! No queen this time, they've just gotten loose on the ship. Hopefully the ship doesn't descend into chaos before these things are contained once more.
Animorphing23 October 2016The Lost Light comes upon a space station of mechanical aliens, the Elemens, who are eager to show off to Cybertronian visitors. One said Elemen is a little too eager, and ends up turning a group of visitors temporarily into robot animals.

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