2016-04 Question Meme

From Transformers: Lost and Found


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Rung/Waspinator/Ratbat019:16, 6 August 2016
Ratchet/Steeljaw019:34, 31 July 2016
Starstruck/Swoop304:58, 16 May 2016
Skydive203:46, 16 May 2016
Blast Off3102:55, 16 May 2016
Astrotrain402:18, 16 May 2016
Brainstorm/Quicksight2718:13, 14 May 2016
Swindle of Kaon3318:04, 14 May 2016
Tailgate/Skystalker3323:29, 12 May 2016
Gearshift2401:48, 11 May 2016
Ravage/Hoist/Windrose2900:58, 9 May 2016
Knock Out/Cyclonus1515:32, 7 May 2016
Pipes1815:27, 7 May 2016
Soundwave/Vortex/Tourniquet3407:41, 7 May 2016
MEME GRIMLOCK!2602:20, 6 May 2016
RODIMUS OF NYON3502:13, 6 May 2016
Lieutenant/Ambulon2520:02, 3 May 2016
Chromia of Caminus1915:16, 3 May 2016
Whirl/Drift/Buzzkill2708:07, 3 May 2016
Jumpstart1708:03, 3 May 2016
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Why not? late to the party but bring it on!

TrickyToaster (talk)19:16, 6 August 2016


Because, hey, questions get answers.

FloraDelirus (talk)19:34, 31 July 2016


a big bus and a dino, late to the party but hey

Araneiform (talk)18:21, 14 May 2016

Swoop: What's it like being on a ship where you can't necessarily fly wherever you like?

Starstruck: How do you feel about being on an autobot ship? Are there any autobots you can't stand/hope to never see here?

Gearshift (talk)23:44, 15 May 2016

Has Starstruck ever considered getting a more, let's say, practical vehicle mode? Or is a tour bus just too much of his persona now to change?

Foxer (talk)03:44, 16 May 2016

Starstruck USED to have a practical vehicle mode - before he and the rest of Ironbull's crew came to Earth, he was kind of similar to Bulk in alt mode, except instead of an armored truck he was armored ramming bus. He'd been a bus for minibots on Cybertron and when he became a Decepticon they kind of. Upgraded him. Turned out if you slapped some extra armor and a ramming implement onto his alt mode, he was great at breaking into places Bull's team wanted to steal from! But. Then he went to Earth. And scanned this alt mode. And yeah he's never going back, you never know when he might land on Earth again and need to transport M.I.A. around on her world tour, he's gotta be PREPARED.

Araneiform (talk)04:58, 16 May 2016

Just because I love answering questions so much.

Vapzhu (talk)15:21, 15 May 2016

why are you such a NERD also i know raid is here but don't you miss your other bros, tell me about that relationship

Araneiform (talk)16:53, 15 May 2016

Skydive is both a NERD and the only really cool Aerialbot. How do you deal with being such a paradox?!

Foxer (talk)03:46, 16 May 2016

Let's talk about how magnificent I am over a glass of wine, shall we?

StringTheories (talk)17:01, 26 April 2016


Anyway, is Blast Off genuinely attached to all of his combiner crew, or is it simply ingrained and conditioned in him?

Araneiform (talk)17:13, 26 April 2016


hdu -smile-

Blast Off has been known to complain (sometimes quite loudly) about all the uncouth goings-ons he has to put up with being a member of the Combaticons and how annoying and uncultured his teamates are (except maybe Onslaught, who is in fact quite brilliant and Blast Off will actually say so). All this is Blast Off-speak for: He's actually very genuinely attached to each of his teammates but doesn't want to admit it. I see him gaining respect for Onslaught early on and becoming a part of his team, which is probably where he met the other Combaticons. He probably started out thinking they *were* annoying and that he was better than most of them (he thinks that a lot as a high-and-mighty spacecraft). Over time they became a team and then a family and now Blast Off would do anything to save any one of the other Combaticons (he'd still complain and squabble with them, though). His loyalty to anyone is very rare but when it IS there it's quite solid.

StringTheories (talk)21:36, 26 April 2016

How brave is he really?

Bluegalbot (talk)17:15, 26 April 2016

Not particularly brave but not particularly cowardly, either. I tend to go by his G1 tech specs, where he had a 5 out of 10. Right in the middle. Not brave, not cowardly. So it gives me some leeway. He's not much for heroics and can definitely get into situations (like being in a cramped place and dealing with enemies that keep getting up close and personal) that can make him nervous. He has his pride though- both as a high caste shuttleformer and as a Combaticon. If either of those reputations seem in jeopardy, he'll keep at his task for a longer time. Same goes if someone he cares about is in jeopardy. He will risk his neck if someone he really cares for is in trouble.

StringTheories (talk)21:46, 26 April 2016


Tez (talk)17:25, 26 April 2016

OMG!!! hdu. >:O

(Lol) It goes back to his high caste roots as a shuttleformer. He was once in the upper echelons of society and taught that shuttles and space alts were pretty much the pinnacle of existence. As per his G1 bio, he tends to look down his nose at someone who *can't even achieve orbit on their own*. Groundpounders are so lame, amiright? It was an easy thing to accept, given that it put him near the top- literally and figuratively. And as long as it didn't affect him, he didn't really care otherwise.

However, life has thrown a monkeywrench in that nice comfortable life- and bias. I think he lost his place in high society (probably due to his contrarian rebellious tendencies and -given his luck- unfortunate circumstances) and wound up with the Decepticons, where he did get some up close exposure to how people were being made to slave away at jobs they were given no choice about. That actually did rankle him, especially once these nameless peasants started getting names -and faces. He's a functionist snob but he also values choice. It's still confusing for him.

StringTheories (talk)21:56, 26 April 2016

What is blastoff's favorite thing about being a combiner?

Gearshift (talk)19:01, 26 April 2016

Actually in the IDW universe Blast Off is not a combiner (yet). He is a member of the Combaticons, a team of mercenaries during the war, but there is no Bruticus. When I played Boff on other Mushes/Universes where he was a combiner, he'd answer: Nothing. For the most part he doesn't particularly like getting that close and personal and prefers keeping his space. However, the one nice thing was that it made him feel even closer to his teammates and that connection soothed his lonely soul.

StringTheories (talk)22:05, 26 April 2016

What are his favorite aspects of his Combaticon bros?

Boomer (talk)20:08, 26 April 2016

Blast Off is an unabashed Onslaught fan. Even in the G1 cartoon, this snobby space alt elitist was openly commenting on Onslaught's brilliant plans. Even when he's supposed to be looking down his nose at planet-bound mechs and Ons is a TRUCK. So Onslaught earned Blast Off's respect long ago and he will actually admit it. He admires Onslaught's keen intellect and leadership skills. The other members of his team are a little harder for an outsider to put their thumb on. Blast Off still acts like he finds everyone annoying but he actually cares for and respects each one, at least to some degree. Each one has shown they are good at their job. Even Brawl has a skill set that is useful and Blast Off can respect that, even though Brawl is pretty much everything Boff is not: loud, crude, and prefers brawn over brain. Swindle has procured many things the Combaticons needed and made sure they had the firepower and weapons to get their jobs done, and his quick wits have surely gotten the Combaticons out of some otherwise deadly scrapes. He's actually good at dealing with people, which Blast off is not. And then there's Vortex. I think it's safe to say they have a long history going way back, and I think it's also safe to say that Vortex is why Blast off has a thing for rotaries now. He doesn't fully understand Tex, and he does find him annoying at times (Tex sure knows how to push his buttons) but he's actually quite attached to the 'copter.

Overall, as a team, Blast Off is exceedingly proud to be a Combaticon. I see them as a dysfunctional family: arguing and squabbling but when push comes to shove they have each other's backs.

StringTheories (talk)22:19, 26 April 2016

How would Blast Off actually view (or interact with) other high class aristocrats with zero combat skills? Would he respect them?

Fathom (talk)20:34, 26 April 2016

Blast Off comes from a High Caste background, so he has a natural bias to see other High Castes as a little better than the average peon. This can change: he is capable of learning to respect someone who isn't High Caste, and someone who is High Caste may earn his disapproval, but he does tend to start with that bias. Given the war and his training as a Combaticon, Blast Off might look down his nose a little at someone who can't fight, true, but if they can sit with him and sip wine and discuss space opera and great literature he'll probably be happy to find a kindred spirit. Especially if they can at least *admire* how amazing he is as the superb and magnificent warrior that he is!

StringTheories (talk)22:25, 26 April 2016

Frag/Bond/Behead: Quicksight, Vortex, Magnus

Boomer (talk)20:46, 26 April 2016


StringTheories (talk)22:25, 26 April 2016

LOLOL... those specific characters weren't there when I was answering. HMMM. I'll leave the old answer and put in the new as well: Magnus???/Vortex/Quicksight (Oh well Magnus and he can read love poems to each other at least)

StringTheories (talk)22:39, 26 April 2016


Sao (talk)00:55, 27 April 2016

Talk to me about Blast Off and Quicksight.

Does Blast Off ever fear that his relationship with Whirl might be compromising his identity as a Decepticon?

Sao (talk)21:15, 26 April 2016

Blast Off would reeeaaally like to know what Quicksight's deal is. He finds him incredibly annoying, what with all the needling and jabs the smaller Decepticon is always inflicting on him. Quicksight figured out how to get under Boff's skin and Boff doesn't quite know how to deal with it. Except with fire, but that didn't end so well for Boff. So he is *trying* not to get thrown in the brig again but he'd be quite happy if the Lost Light "accidentally" left that little scraplet on a planet somewhere. Quicksight points out things that Blast Off would *really* like left unsaid and left alone. And this leads straight into the next question.

Short answer? Yes. Actually long answer: yes, too, just more complicated. Being in a relationship with an Autobot is extremely confusing. Blast Off has never much liked the Autobots. He's not super loyal to the Cons, either, but he is definitely more Con than Bot, is loyal to his fellow Combaticons who are all Cons, and sees the Autobots as self-righteous hypocrites. Or he did- being on the ship and with Whirl is slowly changing his mind.Maybe the Autobots are people just like the Decepticons, and there are good and bad apples among them. Maybe the Autobots actually have a valid point or two to make.... at least sometimes. He's slowly changing his mind, but he still identifies with the Decepticons and doesn't want to be shunned by them- especially since that might make things difficult not only for him but the other Combaticons. I think the Combaticons have always been seen as rebellious and maybe not entirely trustworthy by the Decepticons. Are they loyal or just in it for the highest bidder? Things are already a bit awkward and Blast Off literally "sleeping with the enemy" doesn't help that any. And not just ANY Autobot- he's involved with one of the most hated Autobots of all- the guy who beat Megatron in his cell, changing the course of Megatron's life and helping to start the war. The Autobot who was the subject of the second order Megatron ever gave after starting the war. Yeah, THAT Autobot.

He sees the rumors on the LLI and he probably hears whispered rumors behind his back suggesting this whole thing is a Decepticon trick for revenge or that he's a traitor. And Quicksight is at the forefront of that. He winces inwardly every time it's brought up. Blast Off is also growing past the black and white thinking that Quicksight seems enmeshed in- he wants to move on past the war, but the war keeps calling him back- even outright taunting him. It's hard to leave those shackles entirely behind.

What IS he going to do if he ever has to choose between loyalty to the Decepticons- or worse yet, the Combaticons- and Whirl? He hopes he's never forced to make that choice.

StringTheories (talk)09:24, 27 April 2016

What are your favorite wines? Like, vintage, year, bottler.

Conduit (talk)22:33, 26 April 2016

How does Blast Off feel about having another Altihexian around, even if she's not a spaceship? Does her at least being a flier make up for it? (Obviously I'm asking about Windrose)

Foxer (talk)23:28, 26 April 2016

He doesn't know her very well yet but I think he probably does like having a fellow Altihexian around. Hopefully sometime they'll get to have a talk about days gone by. I think he probably has some fond memories of Altihex, though he may not have spent a lot of time there, being in space a lot of the time. And while a planet-bound flier isn't quite at the level of a spacecraft (sorry, Boff's an elitist jerk sometimes), her being a flier is still better than being a ground-pounder. because eww ground-pounders, amirite?

StringTheories (talk)05:11, 28 April 2016

There is no finer vintner than Orion Three Orchards. Renowned across the galaxy as the universe's best, no self-respecting aristocrat would be found without a bottle or three. As for year- there are some great ones. Just avoid that cosmic rust plague of 1984-1985, it really soured the energrapes.

I have actually been using "Orion Three Orchards" since I first played Boff elseMush and needed to come up with a brand one day while rping. I wanted something that had a cosmic/space sound to it and that's what I came up with- thinking of the three stars in Orion's Belt. My Boff has been drinking Orion Three Orchards for almost three years now.

StringTheories (talk)04:03, 28 April 2016

If Boff had to choose between the Combaticons, and Whirl, which would it be? What if it meant one of the choices had to die?

Shipsgenius (talk)20:49, 27 April 2016

Wow. That's a tough one! *cracks knuckles and rolls up sleeves* Um. Wow. That's basically like being told to choose between your family (your parents and siblings) and the person you love and want to spend the rest of your life with. There is no way to win there, especially if it meant that the loser(s) died. Without death involved, Blast Off would probably choose Whirl. He loves Whirl more than anything he's ever loved in his life (even wine, gasp!). They are kindred spirits. He wants to be with him the rest of his life. The odds are he'd choose Whirl, unless the choice somehow truly hurt the other Combaticons- dishonored them or something to the point of crippling them. Then it gets more complicated. They are his family. If his choosing Whirl meant that they were all branded as traitors and would suffer forever as a result, then family honor and loyalty might prevent him from choosing Whirl.

And as for death. Ouch. I think if there was any way not to choose between them, Blast Off would go for that- even if it meant that he himself would die instead. If he was somehow forced to make that choice, it again kind of depends on the situation. If either Whirl or the Combaticons died with honor as warriors or to achieve a greater good, or if one or the others told him to sacrifice them, Blast Off might be able to make that choice, then. In some cases the lives of five -and their long history with each other- might outweigh the life of one. Then again, the life of the one would probably have the most impact on Blast Off now. Either way, there's no way he could be forced to make that choice and ever find peace again.

StringTheories (talk)06:56, 28 April 2016

Does Blast Off ever get huffy over the fact that people like Astrotrain better when it comes to Decepticon Spaceships?

(Seriously, the dude can turn into a train. That's rad).

MeGrimlock (talk)05:15, 28 April 2016


I mean c'mon, you see anyone else trying to pull that off? It takes guts. Or...uh... something.

Besides, it points to a distinct lack of focus on Astrotrain's part! Yeah.

Ok, he might be a tad envious. Astrotrain this, Astrotrain that. Larger shuttle gets all the attention and people know his name far and wide. Meanwhile Blast Off gets blank stares like... Blast Who? But it's Ok! It's all Ok, That just means Blast Off didn't have to cart around Megatron and his crew all those years, get those muddy feet, those obnoxious errands, that special fuel only Megatron's personal crew get, those perks....

Slag. *Boffs wanders off to drink some more wine and try not to think about Astrotrain* (heh- I'm sorry to say I've never rped with an Astrotrain, would be fun.)

StringTheories (talk)23:22, 1 May 2016

Now you'll get your chance once you're back from your vacation ;)

Foxer (talk)02:55, 16 May 2016

There's not a lot of background for IDW Boff so you get some wiggle room and freedom there. Could you tell us more about important parts of his background? Anything from his high-society life to being a mercenary. Also, did he like being a merc more than a Con?

Soundwave (talk)22:37, 29 April 2016

Yes, since the Combaticons (other than Swindle and lately Brawl) haven't shown up much in IDW yet I have used G1 as my biggest influence. I have figured that, like the G1 cartoon, Blast Off was taken prisoner (I haven't decided on whether it's Bots or Cons though), his body destroyed, and his spark placed in a whiteout cell. He's been a prisoner before. Beyond that, we never did get a lot of background for the Combaticons besides knowing they were mercs and renegades.

I've taken this knowledge and added my own over the years. This is kind of the vague outline I have in my head. It's based off rp I did elseMush and I don't know if specific details would be considered canon here, but here's the gist of it:

Blast Off was forged and off started High Caste as a shuttleformer and space explorer. He was quite well off and looked down his nose at the poor and groundpounding. This is where he picked up his haughty, aristocratic arrogance. Something happened, though. I think something catastrophic occurred and Blast Off lost his place in High Society. It may have been his own doing (at least partially) - I think his anti-authoritarian nature was there from the beginning. He also wasn't afraid to break the law if it suited him.

He also met the other Combaticons early on. I don't know if it was before or after this catastrophic event. Over time his space explorations turned to mercenary work with Onslaught and the rest. He may have been dissatisfied with the government and its oppression and meanwhile Onslaught and his band of rebels had appeal. Whatever the case, he joined up with the Combaticons pretty early on but he did spend some time in High Society before joining them, which is why he still clings to his more aristocratic/sophisticated traits for various reasons. Unfortunately for him, I think he's spent a lot of time in prison over the years.

He joined the Decepticons either because the other Combaticons did or because he didn't have anywhere else left to go at that time. I think he was too much of a criminal by then to be able to return to High Society, despite still wanting to fit in there. He liked the Decepticons more than the Autobots but his loyalty was really only to his fellow Combaticons. He definitely liked the mercenary work more than Decepticon army stuff. Merc work meant it was just him and the other Combaticons. They could do a job, get paid (sometimes really well) and then kick back and enjoy the spoils. He could keep up his wine habit. As a Decepticon, he's just Joe Grunt trying not to get shot by a angry Superior Officer for a cause he's only half-committed to. Looking at G1, it seems like the Combaticons never got along that well with the other Decepticons (renegade Cons after all). So yes, Blast Off is perfectly happy not to have to do that Decepticon grunt-work anymore and go back to just thinking about himself and those few he actually likes.

I wrote this fanfic a few years ago back when I was on 2K5. It was my attempt as explaining what makes Blast Off the mech he is today. Be warned that as of May 2016 this is all finished EXCEPT for the very final chapter. I hope to finally finish it so I don't leave people hanging maybe around June this year. I hope.:

StringTheories (talk)21:48, 2 May 2016

What is your Thunderclash story?

Tez (talk)23:59, 29 April 2016

I can haz a question. It's implied but not strictly covered in detail that you had your original body taken from you and destroyed. Two parter.

a) What do you think your original body was like? in terms of alt, appearance etc.

b) Now there's no war... ever thought about hunting down those responsible/getting your original body back?

XCP (talk)14:52, 2 May 2016


I'm late to the party. Deal with it. So start asking those dumb questions dweebs.

Foxer (talk)18:19, 14 May 2016

is astrotrain ticklish inside his shuttle mode and if yes where, hypothetically, would these ticklish areas be

and more serious question: does astro miss blitzwing at all? were they good friends, or did they just stick together because they're both triple-changers?

Araneiform (talk)18:31, 14 May 2016

If he is, he's not admitting it to anyone. But probably not unless you found a really good spot, he's so use to being used as a transport that he doesn't really give it much attention. Or if there's something like Devestator stomping around or the twerps with their piledrivers that's hard -not- to notice.

Decepticons really, REALLY suck as passengers sometimes.

Astro and Blitz would smack the slag out of each other if they felt like it, but then go have drinks and laugh their afts off over whatever they argued about afterwards. Blitz likes to play pranks and Astro just likes laughing at people looking like idiots. So it's little surprise they'd be buds even if they are big jerks to each other as well.

Foxer (talk)02:11, 16 May 2016

For mine and Boff's sakes as the other PC spacers right now, and going off of what you've seen and read, what do you suppose Astro thinks about Blast Off and Skystalker? Anything interesting?

Bonus: How's he feel about the Boff/Whirl thing?

Tailgate (talk)04:29, 15 May 2016

Really the only issue Astrotrain has with Blast Off is that Boff tends to whine a lot about being used as a transport. Yes, Astro complains about transport duties. I never said he wasn't a hypocrite ;p But he sucks it up and does it anyways because he's at least appreciated for it. Maybe that's why he's better known than Blast Off! (I'm sorry Boff, we still love you)

Skystalker he needs to get to know better. But he doesn't seem to be a dweeb at least.. Though he might get some teasing for some of his sillier hobbies. Fair warning.

... Eh. Whirl is possibly one of the least Autoboty Autobots to ever Autobot, so at least Blast Off still has -some- taste. It's not like he's getting all mushy with one of those pesky Aerialbots or something.

Foxer (talk)02:18, 16 May 2016


Ask away!

Shipsgenius (talk)21:11, 26 April 2016

Quicksight, where did you pick up your love of photography?

Araneiform (talk)21:14, 26 April 2016

What love of photography?! It's definitely all for practical purposes! For the records and tactical purposes! It's definitely not being stored anywhere else! >>

The photography part comes from his position as a scout and a reconnaissance aircraft. His job was to take pictures of enemy positions and structures and relay them back to his superiors. The rest comes from his inherent love for exploration. He loves seeing new places and interesting sights, and eventually started keeping pictures of them as mementos. He even keeps a travel journal to store them all (a fact which he will vehemently deny, and won't show anyone he isn't sure won't judge him for it (read: most people)).

Shipsgenius (talk)21:26, 26 April 2016

So, LL seems like a cool place. Why does Brainstorm hold onto his little secrets still? Everyone else spills but is still fine for it, yet he doesn't. Why?

Bluegalbot (talk)21:22, 26 April 2016

"Hey, everybody, I just wanted to say that I'm actually a war time traitor, and became a spy for the Decepticons so that I could get resources for a personal project. Oh, but I'm a very bad spy who's actually been feeding the Decepticons things they already know because I'm actually still loyal to the Autobts. Despite that whole personal project treason deal. Oh, and by the way, I've been poisoning all your drinks."

A very bad idea if you're a pacifist/coward who likes living.

EDIT: Also because he's so close to completing his time machine. He doesn't want to risk anything compromising that project.

Shipsgenius (talk)21:34, 26 April 2016

Quicksight is boiling over about Tailgate/Soundwave (which has already led to some pretty cool rp). Would either in isolation have the same effect on him as the equivalence he draws?

This isn't really a question, but I consistently love everything you do with Brainstorm's inventions. WHERE DO YOU GET ALL OF THESE IDEAS. Did I ask you this last time? I can't even remember.

Sao (talk)21:22, 26 April 2016

Yeah, they would. Quicksight very much hates that Tailgate appropriated military prestige, took a job on credentials he didn't have, abandoned his post without warning, and then got his job back despite that, as well as the fact that Tailgate didn't have the decency to refuse the offer either time. As far as he's concerned, Tailgate is a lying, shameless SOB.

On the other hand, he has a great amount of respect and admiration for Soundwave, with Soundwave being one of Megatron's most trusted lieutenants and everything. As far as he's concerned, Soundwave is the second-best Decepticon there is.

As for Brainstorm, those ideas come from various places. Tv Tropes, other media, Tumblr, you guys, out of nothing and made up on the spot, you name it. Often I just see something and suddenly have a weapon idea with that function. The screamer, for example, was born from that one Tumblr post about some guy inventing a robot that screams when you approach it. I keep a list of potential ideas in a file on my desktop from which I can pull when I need one.

Shipsgenius (talk)22:11, 26 April 2016

Quicksight could get away with killing one person on board, who would it be?

Bluegalbot (talk)21:22, 26 April 2016

That's easy. Drift. Or maybe Tailgate or Ambulon, because Drift doesn't deserve a mercy killing

Shipsgenius (talk)21:35, 26 April 2016

[To all alts] Frag/Bond/Behead

Brainstorm: - Getaway - Arcee - Pipes

Quicksight: - Blast Off - Skystalker - Air Raid

Boomer (talk)21:55, 26 April 2016

Brainstorm: Well, he doesn't actually want to kill anyone himself, or anyone here for that matter, and I don't think anyone here is really his type, but if he had to choose... Arcee/Pipes/Getaway

Quicksight: Behead Blast Off. Panic over the other requirements. He doesn't like Air Raid enough for either, and he respects Skystalker too much to even allow himself to consider either option.

Shipsgenius (talk)22:23, 26 April 2016

Brainstorm, do you ever get tired of people asking you to make weapons? What do you want to science most?

Tez (talk)23:06, 26 April 2016

Probably not. People asking him to make weapons means that they recognise his genius and skills as a weapon engineer, and it's an opportunity for him to show off with a willing audience. He does probably get annoyed with stupid/preventable requests, like having to fix weapons that were broken because someone doesn't know how to handle them, or sets them on fire.

Aside from time travel for the sake of dead love interests? Probably ridiculously powerful weapons and things that no one else has managed to do. Or fun new things to weaponize

Shipsgenius (talk)23:21, 26 April 2016

I just want to thank you for playing a strong, vocal Decepticon in Quicksight. I think that's really hard because, let's face it, you're going to get shit on IC a lot. And sometimes a bird might be doing it. That's the problem of bad guys in MU**s and I'm glad you've undertaken that challenge because it adds a lot of texture.

How does Quicksight rationalize the war time atrocities? That's, to me, the central question for any Decepticon, because you have to play them in a way that doesn't make them a total monster. So obviously Quicksight has to undergo so real mental gymnastics, and I'm curious as to your take on it.

Ratchet (talk)00:32, 27 April 2016

Hehe, thanks. I don't really see Quicksight as a villain though, not in an objective sense anyways. Honestly, I'm usually not particularly fond of clear-cut good/evil depictions (I say, in an rp based on a franchise where they're usually colour-coded for your convenience) so much as a 'one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter' deal (both ways). One thing I love about IDW-verse is that there is a whole lot of room for grey in it.

That said, yeah, the Cons did a lot of fucked up things

For Quicksight it's one part 'ends justify the means', one part 'all's fair in love and war', one part the belief that the war wouldn't have even happened if the Autobots hadn't sided with the oppressors in the beginning, so it's all their fault, and one part denial.

He honestly believes that the Decepticons have always been fighting towards the goal of equality for everyone, and as far as he's concerned, that is the most noble goal there is, and if some people have to be hurt in order to attain it, so be it. 'The good of the many outweighs the good of the few or the one' sort of mentality. Being an MTO, he's kinda used to the idea of people being sacrificed for the greater good, and to the concept of violence being the answer to most problems. He also has a bit of a 'better them than us' mentality. If others suffer, but it ensures the survival of his own group, he's mostly fine with that.

He also kinda has a tendency to deny things that don't fit properly with his worldview. Some atrocities he'll simply deny the existence of, or pass off as Autobot propaganda. Others he'll claim were committed by people who have no right to call themselves Decepticons.

Shipsgenius (talk)01:59, 27 April 2016

Is there a weapon technology Brainstorm will not explore?

Conduit (talk)00:37, 27 April 2016

Sharpening sticks with rocks. Then again, if we run in to another Ca situation, he could probably make something impressive out of that too. In all seriousness though, probably not, He's not exactly big in the moral inhibition area, especially when he can show off.

Shipsgenius (talk)11:14, 27 April 2016

I'm curious about what Quicksight thinks of Getaway. Getty plays the MTO card often and he's pretty vocal about it. Can Quicksight relate to him at all?

Fathom (talk)21:00, 27 April 2016

After Eukaris, Quickisght hates Getaway's guts for insulting Megatron. He'd hate him even more if he knew more about the other things Getty's said about Decepticons. And then there's the whole being an Autobot thing.

As for the MTO thing, maybe. He himself doesn't see MTOs as inferior to everyone else, but he does hate it when other people do (though, he'd say that, unlike Getaway, he can at least claim the moral/ideological high ground on account of being a 'proper, everyone's equal' Decepticon). He could also sympathize with not knowing what to do without the war he was built for. He probably wouldn't like all of Getway's complaints of being useless. As far as he's concerned, a good soldier makes himself useful by following orders. Of course, he does have the advantage of having skills that could be of potential use outside of combat based conflicts, so he may be a bit inconsiderate there.

Shipsgenius (talk)21:35, 27 April 2016

Does QS ever notice how many bots he manages to piss off? Or does he honestly not care? He seems to have a natural talent for it

Soundwave (talk)22:12, 29 April 2016

He doesn't just notice it, he enjoys it! He's well aware of this skill and will happily utilize it against people he doesn't like, partially because he's a jerk who enjoys watching them get upset, partially because it gives him a sense of control over the situation, and partially because it gives him an advantage. An angry enemy is more prone to carelessness.

He is capable of being nice, or at least, not mean to people. He just doesn't like many people on this ship.

Shipsgenius (talk)22:27, 29 April 2016

A question about Quicksight, what would he like to do with his life if the Decepticons won the war and he was freed from military service?

Rage (talk)23:01, 29 April 2016

At first, he would probably go and find himself some other force to work for. Something like police, or if Cyberton continued to maintain a military force, that. He's lived his entire life following orders, and he actually feels comfortable, and proud living like that. so he'd want to go back to that sort of life. If that weren't possible, he'd join some sort of exploratory force.

After that though, it would likely depend on how things went with Cybertron. If things went badly and the new regime went in to the direction of corruption and dictatorialism, and something or someone got him to see that, he might sign on with the latest revolution. Despite what he says now, his ultimate devotion is to those idealistic concepts of equality that the Decepticons originally preached. It's just that right now, he sees that as synonymous with being a Decepticon and following Megatron. It would probably hurt him badly to have to divorce those concepts from each other though.

Shipsgenius (talk)23:48, 29 April 2016

Will Brainstorm's briefcase be part of a time machine in this AU? Or is that asking something I shouldn't

Gearshift (talk)23:50, 29 April 2016

Yep. It's a pretty huge part of his canon bg story, and an interesting story in it's own. Plus, our AU deviates only from launch. The time machine was a thing before that, according to the comic.

Shipsgenius (talk)23:58, 29 April 2016

What is your Thunderclash story?

Tez (talk)23:56, 29 April 2016

Brainstorm: He gave him the idea on how to start building a time machine....erm....improving the briefcase! Yeah, that's it! Briefcase.

Quicksight: Made him think for the first time that maybe not all Autobots are pure, iredimable assholes

Shipsgenius (talk)02:54, 13 May 2016

Both alts: Any regrets?

StringTheories (talk)18:13, 14 May 2016

Swindle of Kaon


CountWidget (talk)17:00, 26 April 2016

Has Swindle ever felt guilty or bad about a con?

Araneiform (talk)17:05, 26 April 2016

Simply put: yes on both accounts.

In a recent IC example Swindle's past dealings with the Black Block Consortia led to hundreds of Cybertronians suffering/dying on account of his avarice and this is still heavily affecting him now, to the point where he actually was complicit with being punished and perhaps still is.

CountWidget (talk)17:15, 26 April 2016

Where does Swindle draw the line?

Bluegalbot (talk)17:16, 26 April 2016

In terms of deals? Very few scruples outside of screwing over people he genuinely holds near and dear to his spark and most bots aren't.

Apologies if this is a little vague, still working with what few scruples he may have buried in his little black spark.

CountWidget (talk)17:44, 26 April 2016

Swindle, what do you think about Rodimus going by Rodimus -- although not Rodimus Prime -- now?

Tez (talk)17:25, 26 April 2016

Ah yes! Y'know I joke about this so much like 'WHERE MUH ROYALTIES!' but quite honestly, it bothers him.

It's bothers him because Swindle is a bit of cynic, and he feels that name should symbolise all of Rodimus's shame over being stupid and naive, cus those failures on earth are still fresh and raw wounds for him and he kinda likes to think Rodimus hates him for his betrayal, just so it means he was one victory of really getting under his plating. But just by owning it, Rodimus is unknowingly snubbing that perception, that he is going to hold on to that optimism and hope that he's sort of always had.

Course, he doesn't really actively realise this and just kinda petty and bothered about him using it.

CountWidget (talk)18:06, 26 April 2016

Did Swindle ever face any outlier persecution in the past? Did he keep that pocket of his a secret?

Fathom (talk)18:25, 26 April 2016

Due to the nature of his outlier ability, Swindy was fairly lucky in that he never really got noticed and the people that did know found him to useful to just throw away.

His boss/person that kinda raised him and encouraged his avarice (WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BE CYROTEK IN MY HEADCANON) pretty much forced him to keep secret, using the scare tactic of showing what happened to outliers that we're discovered to make he stayed by his side (he was the worst robo-dad).

It took several hundred years and a decepticon badge for him really accept the label, but he still doesn't try and advertise.

CountWidget (talk)08:14, 27 April 2016

CRYOTEKKKKKK yesss headcanon accepted.

Fathom (talk)14:31, 27 April 2016

Will Swindle be happy knowing there are others from Kaon aboard the ship? (speaking specifically of Gearshift but I'm sure there are others) or is Swindle more about Swindle than his roots or anything else?

Gearshift (talk)19:26, 26 April 2016

Kaon meant a lot to Swindle. It was where he honed his craft and found passion in larcen- I mean, mercantile pursuits. He was most offended when the DJD decided to appropriate the names of the first five fallen cities.

And I think he does find camaraderie with other Kaonites and is privately glad that the legacy of his home town is not just a creepy electric chair with no discernible eyes.

CountWidget (talk)08:17, 27 April 2016

yay! now I'm excited for him and Gearshift to meet now!

Gearshift (talk)18:30, 27 April 2016

yay! now I'm excited for him and Gearshift to meet now!

Gearshift (talk)18:30, 27 April 2016

yay! now I'm excited for him and Gearshift to meet now!

Gearshift (talk)18:30, 27 April 2016

How does Swindle feel bout serving under Ultra Magnus?

How much does Swindle love puppies? (Does he still have hair in his upholstery?)

Sao (talk)20:19, 26 April 2016


Now: Swindle does chafe a little. Going from a guy that was practically your mortal enemy to your XO is a big step. But after a while, Swindle's settled and resigned to the fact that hating magnus will not suddenly make him leave. He doesn't like it, but better him then... prowl or getaway or something?


CountWidget (talk)08:23, 27 April 2016

Frag/Bond/Behead: Rodimus, Onslaught, Swerve

Boomer (talk)20:45, 26 April 2016

Frag= Onslaught (He has a weakness for Tol and blue.)

Bond= Swerve (Seems like a bot that would treat you right and hey! Discounted drinks)

Behead= Rodimus (-shrug- Sorry rod, your pretty mate but someone had to come up bottom dollar)

CountWidget (talk)08:29, 27 April 2016

Are there things in his roomy subspace that he forgot he put in there?

Conduit (talk)23:07, 26 April 2016

Oh totes! It's why he trys to keep a database, he'd be lost without it!

CountWidget (talk)08:30, 27 April 2016

Does this Swindle have the bolo tie to go with the personal dimensional storage? :3

Foxer (talk)23:42, 26 April 2016

At this juncture, no! But hey, maybe he's considering getting one painted?

  • peers over at Torque*
CountWidget (talk)08:39, 27 April 2016

The Lost Light is starting to get filthy with Combaticons. How is Swindle feeling about that?

Whirlyturd (talk)04:41, 29 April 2016

Well, with folks like Grimlock, Whirl, Getaway (and just about anyone that work and seems proud they worked for Prowl), Ultra Magnus and the artist formally known as Deadlock, Swindle is most defiantly relieved to have his old team on board watching his back. All of them are a lot bigger and more violent them him and can probably take it to atleast half of these guys.

Plus, when you work with a group of guys for so long it's hard not to get attached.

CountWidget (talk)09:15, 29 April 2016

Has Swindle ever felt like something of a hindrance with his small stature and non-physical prowess compared to the rest of his team? Is there any Combaticon in particular that he feels most comfortable with?

Tell us more about how he feels about Blast Off dating that ex-Wrecker Whirl?

Soundwave (talk)21:48, 29 April 2016

Swindle has always been a behind the scenes player, not a front liner. Even if he did have a greater physical prowess he would probably only use it as a intimidation tacit. Besides, why punch with fists when you can punch with a well placed mini nuke! So, nah, don't think he does.

As for most comfortable... thats pretty tough. Probably Blast Off or Onslaught due to their cooler natures, though he's not exactly uncomfortable with Vortex and Brawl either, knowing sorta how to circumvent their individual personalities (took him a while with Vortex's handsiness, but hey, he learnt to deal.)

Whirl is not good enough for Blast Off. He is a dangerous, callous, unrepentant murderer who will hurt his shuttle buddy in good course (plus he did kinda try an claw him, Swindle still ain't quite done seething over that). Still, for the moment if Blast Off, wants it, who's he to judge? He is worried though and time will tell if more Combaticon back up might change his rather lax view on this matter.

CountWidget (talk)23:21, 29 April 2016

If Swindle could swindle a swindler, how much would Swindle swindle from the swindler?

Rage (talk)23:13, 29 April 2016

Don't be making paradoxes brahski

CountWidget (talk)16:30, 30 April 2016

What is your Thunderclash story?

Tez (talk)23:58, 29 April 2016

He punched me in the face and i payed him for the trouble.

What a guy

CountWidget (talk)16:32, 30 April 2016

Smoke him a kipper, he'll be back for breakfast.

Sao (talk)21:43, 30 April 2016

Does Swindle have any regrets?

StringTheories (talk)07:37, 3 May 2016

He's lost lighter, you have to have at least ten crippling regrets to even get on board.

CountWidget (talk)18:04, 14 May 2016


Have at thee!

Tailgate (talk)21:44, 26 April 2016

What does Tailgate want most?

Bluegalbot (talk)21:47, 26 April 2016

Now that he's pretty sure he has a home and belongs somewhere-- I'd say a future? He has a second chance at something-- maybe a third chance now, technically. He wants to make something of it this time. He wants to build something that will last, and something that he'll put his heart into. Having an environment like the Lost Light where he feels he has a home-- people that love him-- it helps this desire and the desire to make them proud of him. He wants to be the person that they see in him.

Believe in the me that believes in you, Tailgate!

Tailgate (talk)02:54, 28 April 2016

if Skystalker could have his way and change something about the Lost Light, what would it be?

Bluegalbot (talk)21:48, 26 April 2016

No more factions.

It's one of the things that causes the most strife amongst the crew.

They should all be on the Lost Light as Cybertronians, above all else. He knows this quest isn't going to end well, if at all, unless people start realizing that they're all in this together whether they like it or not. It's one big reason he is patient with stuff like Quicksight's ideals and the tentativeness of neutrals, even the passion of someone like Getaway.

Further division only serves a future of endless lines drawn in the sand.

Tailgate (talk)04:42, 28 April 2016

How is Tailgate dealing with resuming his post post-Devisiun? How is he feeling about his part in the command crew generally?

What's the hardest part of being on the Lost Light for Skystalker?

Talk to me about Skystalker/Rodimus.

Sao (talk)21:49, 26 April 2016

He's-- dealing. He's still nervous about it, still wondering if this was the right decision-- but the fact that they not only came for him but Command still wanted him in the role of Security Chief? It means so much on both an emotional and practical level. I think if they hadn't agreed he should stay, he would have had much different feelings over it. Before Devisiun, he was even more split over it-- if they hadn't come to Tailgate after he returned he would not have put up much of a fight when it came to giving it up. He probably would have deferred back to command on a replacement and gone back to whatever he was doing before-- likely maintenance or logistics or what not.

As for his part in the command crew, it's really obvious that he still doesn't quite feel like he fits-- I try to make it clear when he meets with the others, or when they have meetings for the command crew. He doesn't quite step up as he might otherwise, and sometimes he just lets others speak over him. He's still getting used to it.


The hardest part about being on the Lost Light? That's a tough one. Maybe being around all of these people who have been in wartime for so long that they have trouble finding a new ground. It isn't that he doesn't understand what they fought for-- or that they are having these difficulties assimilating. Generally speaking. everyone just has these mindsets and experiences that are so drastically different from his own that sometimes there is too much of a dissonance. If it's not the hardest part, it's absolutely one of the top three. Even peaceful people that he knows now have had themselves adjusted emotionally by wartime involvement. He himself has been influenced by the war, even without taking part in it personally. It's hard to relate to things like killing his way through a problem, as so many others are so likely to do. This issue isn't even solely factions, either, which is the big kicker. Everyone has just been so formed by the long war that finding real peace is something he knows for a fact is going to be a miracle. Perhaps this is one reason he's here at all-- it's going to be a long effort, and he wants to help it there-- finding the Knights? Well, he knows if they exist, maybe they'll see things the same way as him.


Skystalker and Rodimus, huh? Any specific questions in mind there? I will happily answer any specifics.

Tez had a question where she provided an answer to their origins, and their origins have been a huge part of them for me. Like foster brothers. Unbound by things like blood, but bound instead by a sort of invisible covenant.

I like to think that when things get sticky as hell, they might each know the other will be there even without asking. The kind of thing where distance and time happens, but you see this person again and it's almost like you can pick up right where you left off when it comes to how you interact? There are experiences and decisions that divide you, but even despite that there's going to be a lingering connection. Old bridges aren't burnt bridges, they just need the repairs.

Nyon's Lost Boys! It's hard to forget that kind of a bond. Even harder to see past it. Skystalker sure isn't able to. He'll always see Rodimus as Hot Rod. I make it a point to have him call Rodimus by 'Rod' for a reason, you can see. He can't quite let go of that innocence between the two of them that he knew so well, and I try to make that show through in how they interact.

Tailgate (talk)23:27, 12 May 2016

Why is tailgate so awesome?

Gearshift (talk)21:52, 26 April 2016

Reverse spatial fulfillment. For every inch I lack I make up for with AMAZING TAILGATEYNESS.

Tailgate (talk)03:13, 28 April 2016


Tez (talk)03:15, 28 April 2016

Is there anything positive Skystalker took away from his time as a slave?

Fathom (talk)22:12, 26 April 2016

While his time as a slave had him learn so many things that he may not have otherwise, the most positive thing to have come out of it all has to be his love for and skill with music.

He was first taught strings by his first master-- and while in the beginning it was just one more thing to resent, he started to find some peace in the consistency of practicing, listening, learning, playing on his own. It became a solid thing where the rest wasn't. The structure of music was something that he could look at and see something to hold firmly onto.

After he began understanding music more and finding it to be a rooting influence, it increasingly became a way to escape what his world was outside of the strings. He learned to write and play, and instruments were something that he could hold in his hands, control, make something beautiful in a chaotic life that didn't have much beauty to spare.

Always the music.

Tailgate (talk)03:29, 28 April 2016

Why didn't Skystalker join the war?

Araneiform (talk)22:23, 26 April 2016

In short terms? He was afraid of joining it. He didn't want to die. He didn't want to be used. He was scared, and he knows his cowardice. He thinks that he owns it. He does not.

In a bit of a longer explanation, yes, he sure had chances to turn to the nearest bot or con encampment in the years before he was captured and enslaved. I'd liken him to the average draft dodger, however. He was scared of the war, and he'd already escaped by the skin of his teeth once before when he ran, battered and hopeless, from Cybertron when Nyon fell. He was scared to go back to a war, scared to be used and likely to die for it. He wanted to help, but his willpower was so lacking that it couldn't win out over his lack of courage. So he hid and ran when the war would catch up to him, pure and simple. He knew he was being a coward, and even now on the Lost Light he is trying to make up for it somehow. Sometimes that means stupid decisions. Skystalker coming to terms with the fact he avoided the fight is one thing that I hope to use in developing him further.

When he was captured and enslaved, that was clearly one reason for him to not have joined-- for such a long time he just never had the choice, and he was even owned at times by Cybertronians and DEcepticons-- and those eras would make absolutely sure that he would never have the boldness or courage to step up with anyone, even the Autobots.

I think that if the Autobots had found him amidst the war, things would be different. That someone could have convinced him that he would have a place with them-- that he'd be able to protect himself, and others, and they would have his back too. Such a large part of his issues are the uncertainty and fear that comes with losing people that you'd protect and they'd look after you in turn. After he was pulled out of Nyon by the senate, that definitely changed-- even after he went back there, it wasn't the same. He had that fear instilled in him and was convinced that he could only rely on himself for his own safety.

I think if he'd been found and reassured during the war, he'd have made a place in it with the rest-- and I definitely think he'd be an Autobot, but if it had been early on, he could have been a Con too. Unlike Rodimus, who was on the fence so precariously-- Skystalker lacked Rod's willpower to a fault. And it absolutely has influenced the rest of his life.

Tailgate (talk)17:37, 1 May 2016

[To all alts] Frag/Bond/Behead

Tailgate: - Nautica - Getaway - Minimus

Skystalker: - Deluge - Drift - Quicksight

Boomer (talk)22:24, 26 April 2016

Tailgate: Oh no ummm. Minimus/Nautica/Getaway -- SORRY GETAWAY I didn't want to kill anyone ;_;

Skystalker: Drift/Quicksight/Deluge -- SORRY DEL. I have to kill someone :c

Tailgate (talk)02:49, 28 April 2016

Dear Teeg,

How does it feel to have gotten a new lease on life through overcoming cybercrosis?

Conduit (talk)22:37, 26 April 2016

It feels good. Really good. I've never personally been in life-threatening danger due to my health, but I've been around so many people who have defeated things like cancer, and those that have overcome the difficulties of disease in general. It takes a lot of courage to be able to face it, even in a way that Tailgate did.

He has a chance to do the things he thought he was going to miss. A chance to make a difference for real. Before, he was only equal to months old. Those six million years alone did nothing for his personal growth, and just when he was finally doing just that, the disease hit him hard.

But they saved him. Cyclonus saved him-- even if it was because he was keeping his promises, that was what happened.

It's a bit like having a bucket list, and not being able to do it-- and suddenly it doesn't matter anymore. Now he has time for his list, so to speak. He wants to make this one count.

Tailgate (talk)21:50, 5 May 2016

I notice that poses of Skystalker are often very descriptive of his shape, lighting, pose, facial expressions. To me, those aspects are more prominent than in Tailgate's. Do you see it that way? If so, why?

Conduit (talk)22:38, 26 April 2016

It's definitely intentional! At first it was because as an OC without any sketches done, and so I relied solely on the @desc I wrote and the ways I described him in scenes and the ways he moved when he interacted with others. With Tailgate it was different-- we all knew Tailgate, and had so little trouble with envisioning him.

Over time I've tried to do some of the same things when I play Tailgate, but I definitely make more of an effort hen it comes to Skystalker's visuals. Part of it is still rooted in my need to create a mind's eye view of Sky, but now that some art is out there it has changed to something generated by the way he is seen. He's attractive even on an aesthetic level, and though sometimes this can be defaulted to a running gag, I honestly try to work it into the way I write about him.

His shape, lighting, gestures, features-- they are all meant to draw the eye, and I play to that strength. He's lovely to look at, and lovely to watch-- even for those that see things primarily on an objective level. Like a tiger or a well-designed car. :p His various aspects can be anywhere from subtle to dramatic, and I do mean to appeal to as many senses as I can. I do my best to put something in there for anyone to find, and it just so happens that the easiest parts are also the most physical.

Tailgate (talk)22:40, 12 May 2016

Skystalker, I'm just sayin, but you could get a rebuild to be less attractive.

What can Tailgate not forgive?

Tez (talk)23:07, 26 April 2016

Skystalker's looks are a part of him now! SORRY BRO. He's keeping his beautiful self.

I am not sure, actually. Tailgate has such a big, open heart that it's difficult for me to think of something that isn't, say, actively murdering people. He's come around to the idea that war came with death-- but if he ran into someone like Megatron or Overlord or Tarn again, he really can't equate what they've done with righteousness. That said, even though his perceptions of people are really stark-- I feel like he could still have some room to spare for someone like MEgs or Tarn, but not Overlord. Overlord killed his friends. His family. It was personal-- even if he showed regret, it wouldn't be something he could do. With someone like Megs I can kind of parallel the comics here-- in those Teeg was willing to take him down at first, and later he was even determined to /help/ him change, even if it meant sneaking up on him while he was sleeping. He truly believed that someone like that could be saved. I think that makes up a big part of how he can forgive the actions of others in the ways he does. Can they be saved? Can things be made right again? Are they worth forgiving? Are they truly remorseful? Those are the kinds of questions he asks himself.

Someone like Drift, whose life was so misguided and led by more powerful bots-- he may not be able to forgive the killing, but he can recognize that Drift is no longer Deadlock. That it was Deadlock who killed, and Drift is trying so hard to atone for what he's done. He is worth forgiving. Someone like Overlord, though? Who kills for fun? Makes it personal? Keeps killing? Has no remorse or idea of honor? Refuses to change? He can't forgive something like that. It might be a little selfish for him to only be able to forgive someone who has become good, but that's how it is. If you can ask any more specific questions in terms of what can be forgiven, go ahead.

Tailgate (talk)23:08, 8 May 2016

Skystalker sure has a lot of hobbies, but which one or two are his favorites?

Foxer (talk)23:16, 26 April 2016

Music is definitely his favorite. Second place would have to be his staff skills. Both are excellent outlets for him, for various reasons.

Tailgate (talk)03:06, 29 April 2016

Who has the worse roommate, Jumpstart or Skystalker?

Ratchet (talk)00:34, 27 April 2016


Honestly though, he's aware that he's not as good of a roommate as some, thank you plant spooge. At least he's got much of it out of there?

Tailgate (talk)00:52, 28 April 2016

For both: Opinions on all this leftover animosity/squabbling between the Bots and Cons?

Shipsgenius (talk)22:10, 27 April 2016

Tailgate wishes people would just learn to work together already. It would make his job so much easier! He knows that hoping they disappear isn't going to make things work. So he tries to be proactive about it by doing things like taking on responsible Decepticons with security, and making a point to know and be friends with those that can put up with him. It's the least he can do to try and mediate the lingering stuff.

Sky is more the type to wish it didn't exist and doesn't take an active role in smoothing it down. He takes friends where he can get them, which definitely includes Quicksight. When it comes to interacting with folks he tends to take them as they are on a personal level, and does his best not to think about which faction they were in. He can see that it only brings discord and discontent when it comes up-- even in a peaceful setting. Those peaceful settings get turned upside down once the faction claws come out, and he is simply tired of dealing with it.

Tailgate (talk)05:25, 9 May 2016

Does Skystalker have anything he takes pride in? I ask for no reason in particular. >_>

StringTheories (talk)07:11, 28 April 2016

He is proud that he is a survivor, if that qualifies. He is not proud of what he's done to survive-- but he has survived, right?

On a less solemn note he is also proud of what he's been able to accomplish despite his early life and later tribulations, and all the moving around he's had to do. He still managed to make something of himself, in a manner of speaking.

I hope that Blast Off can help him be proud of Himself now too, rather than just the fact that he is a survivor. He is proud of himself to a degree-- Skystalker takes more pride in his abilities than he does in himself. I'm not sure how that works in finer details, but I feel as if that is the best way to describe it? Though he's got the looks and the brains, he's very self-conscious but also self-aware when it all boils down. Being around the Lost Light has helped this somewhat, though much of the time it still stands. Drinking helps him loosen up of course. I hope that keeping some good friends and maybe finding others that can relate to him in some way could help more.

Tailgate (talk)05:43, 9 May 2016

Teegs, what's a guy gotta do to get back in your good graces? Your disappoint hurts, there must be a way to get back your trust.

Soundwave (talk)21:50, 29 April 2016

Time and patience and making a good example of yourself! Tailgate likes to see action, not just words. Skystalker is kind of the opposite. But when it comes to making Tailgate's good graces come back, it takes a bit of effort.

In Vortex's case, involving himself in things such as the body shop and actively participating in positive ways(the contest, the code quiz class, etc) are instances that will help his cause. Being a positive presence is a very big thing for Tailgate, I feel-- especially finding ways to help people/make others feel good about themselves.

Tailgate (talk)05:48, 9 May 2016

What is your Thunderclash story?

Tez (talk)00:02, 30 April 2016

Tailgate got all of his best lies from Thunderclash's adventures.

One time Thunderclash asked for a selfie with Skystalker. He couldn't help himself. Just look at that guy!

Tailgate (talk)23:29, 12 May 2016

Ask away!

Gearshift (talk)18:50, 26 April 2016

What was her favorite thing about Cybertron? What was the thing she hated most about Earth?

Bluegalbot (talk)18:54, 26 April 2016

Gearshift's favorite thing about Cybertron was actually the part of Kaon she grew up it. It was very old and very historical despite being very downtrodden/poor. This is part of what lead to her studying architecture at the academy!

What gearshift hates about Earth? First thing that comes to mind is how short-sighted humanity is. She doesn't hate humans she just wishes they thought about their future generations so their planet would last longer :(

Gearshift (talk)18:57, 26 April 2016

She's fairly up. How's she feel about being on a ship with some very NOT UP and very DESTRUCTIVE types?

Tez (talk)19:12, 26 April 2016

Gearshift is no stranger to the effects of the war, and she knows not everyone was able to get away to non-hostile planets like she was able to.

She's mostly nervous about accidentally upsetting someone or triggering them. She's a bleeding spark who tries to be as understanding as she can. It'll be interesting to see how she interacts with more of the crew as time goes on.

Gearshift (talk)19:17, 26 April 2016

Is Gearshift insecure about anything, if at all?

Boomer (talk)19:31, 26 April 2016

Gearshift is most insecure about her role on the crew. Being seen as a 'cute smol' is great and all but when you're trying to get things done, it's hard, especially when you tend to cry when you get too emotional.

In short I think her insecurity is her ability or inability to be taken seriously.

Gearshift (talk)19:33, 26 April 2016

I know it's early days yet, but how is Gearshift feeling about serving on a mixed-faction crew? What is her spirituality like? How does she feel about the Knights?

Sao (talk)20:38, 26 April 2016

1. She actually has no issues with a cross-faction crew! She would have been a decepticon if it hadn't been for the senator that took her in.

2. She's agnostic! But if she had to pick a religion she'd pick Buddhism after her time on Earth :)

3. She's got mixed feelings - on the one hand it'd be nice if they were real but on the other hand it seems more likely to her that they're a metaphor.

Gearshift (talk)21:21, 26 April 2016

1. She actually has no issues with a cross-faction crew! She would have been a decepticon if it hadn't been for the senator that took her in.

2. She's agnostic! But if she had to pick a religion she'd pick Buddhism after her time on Earth :)

3. She's got mixed feelings - on the one hand it'd be nice if they were real but on the other hand it seems more likely to her that they're a metaphor.

Gearshift (talk)21:21, 26 April 2016


Boomer (talk)20:48, 26 April 2016

Out of the crew she's met so far:

Frag: Rodimus Bond: Bulkhead behead: grimlock

Out of everyone in the AU even if she hasn't met them

Frag: Deluge/Bulkhead Bond: Also Deluge/bulkhead Behead: still grimlock

Sorry grim! Maybe their relationship will improve in time :)

Gearshift (talk)21:22, 26 April 2016
Tez (talk)23:29, 26 April 2016

WHERE'D YA GET THEM THIGHS okay no for real, what does Shifty do in her off time?

Araneiform (talk)21:46, 26 April 2016

Gearshift likes to read!

On Earth she used to go to the beach alot, holoform or otherwise.

On Cybertron she liked cafes and listening to music.

On the LL it's reading datapads, wandering the ship, watching out the window, and music! Maybe if Swerve's has a dance night soon she'll go too :)

Gearshift (talk)21:48, 26 April 2016

Gearshift likes to read!

On Earth she used to go to the beach alot, holoform or otherwise.

On Cybertron she liked cafes and listening to music.

On the LL it's reading datapads, wandering the ship, watching out the window, and music! Maybe if Swerve's has a dance night soon she'll go too :)

Gearshift (talk)21:48, 26 April 2016

Opinions on all the squabbling between the Bots and Cons?

Shipsgenius (talk)21:56, 27 April 2016

BOY HOWDY FRIEND This is a can of worms!!

When Gearshift joined the autobots (and this is actually going to be said IC soon too so this is perfect) she didn't tell anyone she was from Kaon. She was exposed to a LOT of prejudice and violence towards those forged or CC from the 'decepticon' cities and that fueled her ultimately leaving. Optimus had his ideals but Gearshift feels the senate would ultimately undermine him. The Autobots merely wanted to return things to the way they were.

But the decepticons were no better. Sure at first she agreed with megatron: after all back as a waitress in Kaon she had TONS of labor class patrons and friends. However learning of the horors of the camps, and seeing her friends either killed for not joining the decepticons, or sent to work camps, or joining the decepticons and effectively becoming canon fodder, she grew hateful and resentful of Megatron as well, feeling that she used the lives of those he was originally trying to save to achieve his own selfish gains.

That being said, Gearshift knows it's unfair how the decepticons on board are being treated. Fear and paranoia do not a harmonious crew make.

Gearshift (talk)23:12, 27 April 2016

How does Gearshift feel about humans becoming involved in the Cybertronian war?

Rage (talk)21:38, 29 April 2016

She's a bit resentful actually! Gearshift feels that humans (and any other third parties really) shouldn't be dragged into what was an ongoing civil war, especially since outsiders can easily be swayed to one side or the other, or even use Cybertronians to their advantage if they're clever enough.

Gearshift (talk)22:53, 29 April 2016

What is your Thunderclash story?

Tez (talk)23:59, 29 April 2016

I heard when he landed on Earth his holoform was the one that Christians chose to use as the image of Jesus Christ.

Gearshift (talk)00:12, 30 April 2016

I heard when he landed on Earth his holoform was the one that Christians chose to use as the image of Jesus Christ.

Gearshift (talk)00:12, 30 April 2016

Does she have any regrets?

StringTheories (talk)08:00, 3 May 2016

How could I have missed this!

Gearshift has one regret: That she never told someone she loved very much how she truly felt before she had to leave for the autobots.

His name was Treble and they were the closest of friends, and he was her first (and so far only) love. For all Gearshift knows he's dead and while that offers her some peace, she wishes he could have at least known she loved him.

She likes to believe he did know because her feelings were unconditional. It was the kind of love where she didn't need to tie him down or for him to be her conjunx, she just loved him entirely. however that doesn't stop the pain from catching her off guard some nights when she can't recharge.

Gearshift (talk)01:48, 11 May 2016



Just please include names as necessary so I can tell who you're asking what questions about. ;)

Foxer (talk)22:08, 26 April 2016

As a fellow tow truck, is Hoist strong like Torque? Or is he more gear-centric?

Vapzhu (talk)22:18, 26 April 2016

It's probably fifty-fifty overall. Hoist is physically strong (Toys always had 8 Strength and 7 Endurance) and could tow Bots several times the size of his altmode. But he believes in there always being a proper tool for the job and would rather rely on his skills with finess and efficiency over physical strength alone.

Not that he isn't willing to put that strength to use when it's suitable. He -was- more effective against the crystal spiders when he started just punching and kicking and wrassling with 'em after all.

Foxer (talk)22:50, 26 April 2016

Ravage, what's your favorite trait when it comes to Soundwave? Hoist, does Rodimus and his crew's various ridiculous/dangerous exploits ever piss you off?

Araneiform (talk)22:21, 26 April 2016

Ravage shares a lot of traits with Soundwave, but it would probably be his intelligence. Soundwave is one member of the crew that Ravage doesn't have to simplify or repeatedly explain things for. They both respect each other's intelligence as well and thus can hold such conversations as equals. Soundwave is one of the few people Ravage would actually talk to, even during the days when publicly the most he did was snarl and hiss at others.

Hoist is extremely difficult to actually make angry. Annoyed, frustrated, wonder what the bloody hell is -wrong- with some people, but true anger is a very rare thing. He's more likely to give you a long and deliberate lecture to make one hopefully see reason than he is to yell. He might even poke good-natured fun at some of the weird quirks of the mechs surrounding him. But it would take a lot to get him truly angered.

Foxer (talk)23:06, 26 April 2016

For all! Apologies for no Specifics but, among the crew that you know/know of, for all three,


Araneiform (talk)22:27, 26 April 2016

What is Hoist's favorite kind of building?

Gearshift (talk)22:40, 26 April 2016

Something that's sturdy and practical for the use it's intended for. Function over style most of the time.

Foxer (talk)02:23, 28 April 2016

Ravage, how much do you really see?

What's the craziest thing about Hoist?

Where does Windrose want to go most?

Tez (talk)23:05, 26 April 2016

I see everything. And even if I don't, you'll never know, because you never see if I am there or not. :3

Hoist doesn't have anything crazy about him. But that is, compared to the rest of this ramshack mishmash of psychological issues of a crew, is what makes him crazy. By being absolutely normal. Hoist is the reasonably sane everyman in a sea of lunatics.

Hearing others talk about Earth on occasion does make Windrose wish she'd gotten to visit it. But for the most part she doesn't have one specific place she really desires going, because reaching such a destination to her almost certainly means the end of the journey. And she is much more interested in experiencing the trip, and all the stops on it, than the final destination.

Foxer (talk)02:35, 28 April 2016

What's with Hoist and Grapple? Are they a thing?

MeGrimlock (talk)23:59, 26 April 2016

I've been treating it as they often worked together in the past, building things for the Autobots as needed. Hoist handles stable and efficient, Grapple makes things epic to look at and comfortable be inside. Hoist made sure Grapple didn't overlook something integeral while he's fussing over the perfect visual impact of that corner over there. It's why they usually went well together, much like the old cartoons. They're about as Bromance as G1 gets. Hoist sometimes jokes about being the only Autobot with the patience to deal with Grapple's artist mood swings, but was always the mech there to make him feel better after something he constructed got wrecked, too.

Foxer (talk)02:41, 28 April 2016

How is the journey working out for Windrose's cartography? Is she doing research? Making an atlas? Devising new techniques?

Conduit (talk)00:25, 27 April 2016

Windrose has taken it upon herself to make sure each colony gets properly documented, and their little section of the broken map is filled back in. That this information was nearly lost forever (GOOD JOB RODIMUS) makes her sad and she's trying to make sure it doesn't happen again.

She keeps dabbling in researching her other pursuits as well, of course. And catch up on her astronomy and astrophysics.

Foxer (talk)02:45, 28 April 2016

What keeps Ravage connected to Soundwave? Why has he not 'moved past' Sounders?

Bluegalbot (talk)13:07, 27 April 2016

Because there is nothing to move past. There is nothing else beyond Soundwave. Soundwave was the first non-beastformer to respect Ravage as an individual rather than think he's some cutesy animal form for the sake of entertainment or to be a courier or whatever degrading purpose the old goverment pretty much forced beastformers into filling. That they share many of the same ideals and loyalty just makes the bond between them stronger.

Foxer (talk)22:11, 29 April 2016

Say Hoist lost his hands or legs, what would he do with himself then? If he found himself unable to do the routine manual labor he enjoys.

Bluegalbot (talk)13:08, 27 April 2016

Hoist would still find a way to at least help, even if it's just giving directions and advice. Wouldn't be as great, wouldn't be as fufilling, but he'd still being doing something useful to contribute and that would be something.

If he couldn't talk either.... well that's getting down a depressing road we're probably better off not traveling, right? <.< >.> <.<

Foxer (talk)00:47, 9 May 2016

Where does Windrose want to go the most?

Bluegalbot (talk)13:09, 27 April 2016

See previous answer to similar question above ;) Rosie doesn't really have a specific place she really wants to go, because that would mean the end of the journey, and she's more interested in the discoveries of the adventure in itself.

Foxer (talk)22:12, 29 April 2016

What does Ravage think of his fellow cassettes?

Shipsgenius (talk)20:15, 27 April 2016

Much the same as any one would think of siblings. They often can be annoying, or stupid, or full of themselves (looking at you birbs), but they're still 'family'. They've been through hell and high tides together, some (again the birbs) even before they first met Soundwave. Or as my RL mother often says about family -- I will always love you but some days I don't LIKE you very much.

The only cassette Ravage is merely tolerating is Ratbat. Just because he still has some deep bitterness towards the old Senate and governments. Of course being made into a cassettecon is an improvement as far as he thinks of it, and Ravage isn't going to question Soundwave reasons for doing so.

Foxer (talk)00:15, 1 May 2016

How does Ravage feel about an entire wacky colony full of beastformers?

Sao (talk)20:29, 27 April 2016

Ravage was 'amused' at how even here there was some sort of division between the various tribes. But he's glad to see a colony of beastforms that didn't have to deal with the Functionist discrimination and nonsense that he and the condors had dealt with from the old government.

For as much as anyone can ever get Ravage to admit to such things.

Foxer (talk)02:50, 28 April 2016

What draws Windrose to geology? 8D

Does Ravage hate the pets like they do in canon?

What's hoist's favorite drink at Swerve's?

Gearshift (talk)23:51, 29 April 2016

Because rocks and formations of land have many stories to tell about a world, if you know how to look for them. :D

Ravage hates when he or his brethern are treated like they are just pets, instead of intelligent cybertronians of their own right that just happen to be animal-like (yes, even though 'intelligent' is questionable in some cases. Sad but true bros ;p). The idea of a 'pet' is silly and demeaning to him, but he's not going to waste the pointless effort to go out of his way to, say, beat up Bob.

Hoist isn't a fancy drinker. He'd rather have just a big cold mug of energex or whatever the equvilient to hard cider would be, if he's feeling fancy maybe order it in a fancy glass. Not that he doesn't occasionally try Serve's other concoctions just to see what they do taste like.

Foxer (talk)01:21, 30 April 2016

What is your Thunderclash story?

Tez (talk)00:00, 30 April 2016

Ravage - About Thunderclash surviving an attempt at assassinating him. Begrudgingly admitting he's possibly one of the few Autobots boss enough to get away with doing so.

Hoist - Thunderclash is a great Autobot that does a lot of tremendous things, but just being a plain ol' mechanical worker he has no personal experience with such an awesome individual who has much more important things to do and stuff.

Windrose - Who? No, seriously, who? She's been away from Cybertron for so long she has no idea who that is or of whatever deeds he's done that others seem to be so fixated on retelling.

Foxer (talk)01:26, 30 April 2016

Any or all of your alts: Do they have any regrets?

StringTheories (talk)07:34, 3 May 2016

Ravage - There is no room in his profession for regrets ... or that is the sort of answer the cat would usually give. Ravage does feel bad he couldn't do more to help Soundwave with matters after the Drift mind-assault incident, but he realized most of things he would of been capable of doing would of just made matters worse for them.

Hoist - Hoist regrets when he can't do more to help his friends and comrades, and like most people that work in medical fields at times there's always those loves you can't save no matter how much you want to. But those regrets are also something that drives him to do so much when he -can- help.

Windrose - She doesn't regret not getting involved in the war, but Windrose does hold some regrets from remaining apart from most of her own kind for as long as she did in avoiding it.

Foxer (talk)00:58, 9 May 2016

Knock Out/Cyclonus

Hit me up.

Roz (talk)01:59, 27 April 2016

What's Cyc's opinion on all of Tailgate's lying?

Shipsgenius (talk)11:32, 27 April 2016

You know, this is an interesting one for me. My instinct is that Cyclonus would be very disparaging of dishonesty in general -- there's a certain forthrightness to him, a certain sense of honor that does not generally broke with deception. But canonically, he not only doesn't give Tailgate serious shit for the whole thing, he actively works to protect his secret.

And this isn't the only secret Cyclonus has kept. Of all things, he also kept *Whirl's* secret about what exactly was going on before the two of them ended up on the Lost Light (with Whirl messing with those bodies). Of course, we could argue that this was about Cyclonus wanting to keep Whirl around and unharmed until he decided to finish him off himself. I guess that's possible.

I think two things are likely with the Tailgate situation:

1) Cyclonus keeps the secrets of others as part of his code of honor. This does make a logical amount of sense, although I think his sense of discretion is quite strong here. I think that he likely values the privacy of others quite highly because he values his own privacy so highly.

2) Cyclonus cares about Tailgate specifically. This is what made him active in protecting his secret in canon, and it greatly informs how he reacts to the whole thing.

I lied, there's actually a:

3) Tailgate's lie didn't seem to actively harm anyone in the sense of putting anyone into real danger. He's done well as security chief, in fact. If anything, the lie was just about his self-esteem as much as anything else. He did benefit from it, yes, but he wasn't actually lying to get ahead as much as lying to be liked. Cyclonus understands that we all tell lies to ourselves.

Did he think Tailgate was smart to lie? No. Did he judge him for it? Yeah, a bit. Cyclonus is likely too honest to have considered doing the same. But he judged him for it in the manner of a friend who says "you are doing a stupid fucking thing, but I'll protect you while you do it."

Roz (talk)21:22, 6 May 2016

Is there anything that would make Cyclonus surrender?

Bluegalbot (talk)13:05, 27 April 2016

Surrender how? In battle? Sure. I think Cyclonus would surrender in certain situations to save others. There is a deep well of violence within him that he has to actively choose against, so battle is often an instinctive reaction to him, but he's a thoughtful, cerebral bot, and he is not vainglorious. It is not impossible for him to admit defeat, or to put aside his pride for the life of another.

Roz (talk)21:24, 6 May 2016

How does Knock Out genuinely feel about his appearance?

Bluegalbot (talk)13:06, 27 April 2016

He is legitimately the most beautiful bot that was ever forged (or constructed, in his case). It's really unfortunate for everyone else. Breakdown obviously comes closest.

Roz (talk)16:49, 2 May 2016

Do Decepticon doctors have an ethical code?

Ratchet (talk)15:58, 27 April 2016

What has been the hardest thing for Knock Out to adjust to, dealing with Autobots?

What has been the hardest thing for Cyclonus to adjust to, trapped in this awful future?

Tez (talk)17:11, 27 April 2016

How does KO feel about Breakdown working for security?

i loved cyclonus's reaction to Chela on Eukaris. Talk to me about Cyclonus and religion! :D

Sao (talk)19:16, 27 April 2016


MeGrimlock (talk)02:12, 28 April 2016

Why did Knock Out become a medic for the Decepticons in the first place? Surely the Autobots would of been more respecting of his tastes in altmodes and appearance upkeep.

Foxer (talk)02:56, 28 April 2016

I'm not sure why you'd say that about the Autobots, as the Decepticons were in fact the group most accepting of all alt-modes. That was kind of core to the whole philosophy. Knock Out was a bot with brilliant hands who wanted to be a doctor, and the Decepticon movement was what supported those ideas, not the Autobots. (If you're talking about the whole thing with the Cons trending more towards fliers and the Bots towards grounders, idk how much that's even a Thing in the IDW-verse, and I definitely don't think it was a thing at the start of the movement, which is when Knock Out signed on.)

And also ARE YOU CALLING DECEPTICONS DIRTY??? Idk man. I feel like your questions are coming from assumptions that aren't true. I don't think the Cons are necessarily more judgmental of vain bots any more than the Autobots.

Roz (talk)16:55, 2 May 2016

What does Cyclonus think of Whirl at this point?

StringTheories (talk)07:06, 28 April 2016

What is your Thunderclash story?

Tez (talk)00:02, 30 April 2016

Does Cyclonus (still?) feel like an outcast among the rest of the crew? He engenders fear in Pipes at least :) - does that bother him?

Conduit (talk)15:32, 7 May 2016

I defy the odds of survival, AMA

Conduit (talk)22:29, 26 April 2016

How excited is pipes about hunting down those who've been on Earth?

Gearshift (talk)22:33, 26 April 2016

His excitement is only beginning to grow, especially now that there is a critical mass of players for known Earth-lovers (Gearshift, Jazz, ... Drift for the Japan part? UM?). Historically most crew members have had a dim view of Earth, and it'd be fun to have a troupe of bots who would smoosh Earth love all in their faces.

Conduit (talk)23:11, 26 April 2016

Frag/Bond/Behead! Choose three from all of the bots you've met

Araneiform (talk)22:34, 26 April 2016

Frag: Riptide, mayyyyyyyybe. To be honest, I have been intending to play Pipes as having very little interest in that sort of thing, but the vignette of him in MTMTE #50 I kind of treat as pre-launch canon since he's talking about his established preferences. Still, I imagine he is extremely picky in what he's looking for, so there really aren't any likely candidates on the Lost Light.

Bond: none. Again, he's not very interested in romance. Friends, absolutely, tons of friends, but at the end of the day he understands that he's pretty much a weirdo that no one would really want to get that close to, so he doesn't think about it much. That could be part of why he is such an intense collector of things that pretty much no one else values.

Behead: Overlord. What a dick. Same thing here, though; there's no one on the ship he truly hates. He gets peeved sometimes, but he'd rather mend fences and get back to basic friendliness. However, in a battle situation, he's all business and can be as brutal as necessary to get the job done; after the battle, he's all business but hopes that the survivors can get along.

The theme here is that Pipes doesn't go for intense feels. They happen, though ...

Conduit (talk)23:47, 26 April 2016


Tez (talk)23:18, 26 April 2016

So, in all likelihood as revealed by the Hubworld titan, there is no Pipes remaining in any other universe - except for Shattered Glass Zombie Pipes, but he's dead too in a way. This is really great for the character since he is dead in IDW-verse; he only survives in our game (as far as we know).

A contradiction in Pipes' character is that he is fearless in battle yet otherwise very conscious of his safety. It's like a switch. Learning about the lack of alternate hims was not in the context of fighting, so it completely floored him. Relatedly, he has come to think of himself as charmed, since he's been injured so many times yet never died. Seeing that he actually, with all reasonable probability, should be dead threatens that part of his self-image, his whole existence really. But, like most of Pipes' concerns, he tries to not think about it. It hasn't changed his behavior so far, but the knowledge is in there. Hm.

Conduit (talk)00:00, 27 April 2016

Is Pipes ever sad no one else seems to enjoy trinkets and useless gadgets like he does?

Foxer (talk)23:22, 26 April 2016

They just don't really understand just how great that stuff is. He is ever ready to defend their value, and the value of Earth and organics in general.

As time has gone on, items in his collection have come in handy. Will that change opinions? Oh, probably not.

Conduit (talk)00:03, 27 April 2016

So why the love for the mini-bot-a-pult, despite all the accidents and injuries?

Shipsgenius (talk)23:44, 26 April 2016

Pipes doesn't care about getting injured. He survived millions of years of war, and got seriously injured too many times to count. Compared to all that, being flung from a catapult is child's play and fun.

There's an exception to this: in a fight, he will avoid injury as he can, although he's been known to intentionally get injured to do what's necessary (see the end of Season 1).

There's a contradiction here too, because he'll stay away from, say, bar brawls where bigger bots are mixing it up. This is more because of the social ramifications.

While I'm writing this I'm realizing how inconsistent his behavior may be!

Conduit (talk)00:15, 27 April 2016

I figured it out. Funny how you can portray a character and not understand their motives.

Pipes doesn't worry about self-preservation when he should, and does worry about it when he shouldn't. Something that is clearly dangerous, like the minibot-a-pult or meteor surfing or a pitched battle, he's fearless, but a little bar fight scares him.

Conduit (talk)15:16, 7 May 2016

Can I kill you yet?

But really who's death would affect him the most?

Bluegalbot (talk)13:10, 27 April 2016

If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. ;)

I'd have to say Tailgate. He's a fellow minibot who has been amazingly brave, is a completely wonderful personality, and is also in a position of respect on the ship. Pipes looks up to him (metaphorically).

Mercy is a close second, I think.

Conduit (talk)23:25, 27 April 2016

Pipes seems pretty used to his boss, Grimlock, and has attempted the friendly wave several times. But does he ever wish he had a different commander? What're his feelings towards Grim?

Soundwave (talk)22:07, 29 April 2016

Grimlock is just great. In a lot of ways Pipes is a straight-up soldier, a grunt. Mentally, he is more straightforward and simple than many of the other complex characters on board (this is intentional on my part, since I'm still new to all this - it makes it easier to play!). So, Grimlock is just this big, awesome supersoldier, and Pipes admires and respects that. Grim's gruff demeanor and problems with command don't faze Pipes. It's a blind spot of Pipes' that he should maybe be concerned about Grim's behavior or what Grim might to do him if he pisses him off.

Pipes also looks up to Arcee as another extremely effective warrior, who he could still learn a lot from. Fort Max as well. He doesn't have much of a preference among anyone, so long as he respects them.

Conduit (talk)15:22, 7 May 2016

What is Pipes like when he is upset?

Rage (talk)23:17, 29 April 2016

He falls apart and can't cope. This happened on Hubworld when the metrotitan was unable to show Pipes any alternate-timeline doppelgangers, and Pipes confronted the idea that a) he was alone in the multiverse and b) he maybe should be dead. He could barely stand up.

Pipes wants everything around him to just be copacetic, and can't stand uncomfortable situations. For example, his dealings with Quicksight upset him not so much because they can't agree on politics and whatnot, but because it means they can't get along. This makes Pipes a sad bot. In a more physical confrontation, if he can't just avoid discomfort, he'll do something to just resolve the tension, even if it means getting injured.

Overall, though, he has a strongly optimistic bent, so he's pulled away from being upset. This leads to him having repressed problems, though ...

Conduit (talk)15:27, 7 May 2016

What is your Thunderclash story?

Tez (talk)23:58, 29 April 2016


Will answer any and all question. Test my limits yo.

Soundwave (talk)16:33, 26 April 2016

What is going on with Tex's pain-loving thing? Does Sounders ever get into Intense Dad Mode when it comes to his cassettes?

Araneiform (talk)16:37, 26 April 2016

Vortex is a masochist, he likes the feeling of pain and having a high pain tolerance, he can take it too. There are moments where the pain is enough he won't even enjoy it. Tex is also a sadist, he likes causing others pain. In war, his sadism was able to hit an all-time high and now, in post-war, he's supposed to suddenly shut it off. Easier said than done- you'll find that he describes the urges to torture and maim and otherwise as an 'itch' beneath his armor. To also keep back his tendency, he's delved deeper into self harm. Pricking his fingerpads calms and focuses him, especially when he's anxious, and is his most common method. Thankfully, he is skilled enough to seal any cuts or otherwise he gives himself. Though, practiced medics will surely notice the slight weld marks. Tex is aware that his line of thought is WRONG, by the way. He just has never made any real effort to get better and no one has really ever encouraged it either. No one close to him, that is.

HAHAHA- Intense Dad Mode is every waking moment for Soundwave. His first instinct upon waking from recharge is to check upon each of his Cassettes. He also performs maintenance on them and does not tolerate any skipping of these checks. He also has the highest of expectations from them and they rarely disappoint. It's not all serious though, he goes to extra lengths to get them gifts and treats- video games, sweets, shiny things, you name it. Sounders does not lack shanix or anything monetary so he very much spoilers them. He loves all of them deeply and all of them have chosen to be with him. Every time he gains a Cassette, he is humbled and delighted that they would like to stay with him. But the responsibility of them weighs heavily on him. He has much faith in them but his possessive and protective nature will always worry.

Soundwave (talk)17:26, 26 April 2016

Who does Soundwave fear?

Bluegalbot (talk)16:45, 26 April 2016

EDIT: I misread the question as 'what' so I'll just keep that down there and answer this. I don't think Soundwave fears one being. He fears for bots and fears things (see below) but no one specifically. He HATES Prime, doesn't fear him. He tolerates Shockwave, doesn't fear him. He loathes Starscream, doesn't fear him. And he would never fear Megatron. Hell, the one time he was shot straight through the head and Megatron dropped everything to pick him up and take him to safety to be repaired. If anything, Soundwave fears himself- his past self. So caught up in the Decepticon cause and his hate for the old Senate and the Autobots that he... Did terrible things he now regrets. *cough*POGROMS*cough* He's slowly starting to climb the stairway to a more level set of morals.

Fear does not often grip Soundwave. He is cautious, guarded, and puts up a rather unemotive front. One of SW's fears has happened already, Autobot victory and his beloved Commander gone. Though, its turned out better than first thought. But if you want personal specifics then here's the top fears of SW: Losing a Cassette- ESPECIALLY if he loses them in front of his own eyes- and having his mind tampered with- Having such a deep connection to memories, thoughts, and the effects of tampering combined with how he was moments away from lobotomy from Trepan and Chromedome this should be no surprise. PS: He does not like Chromedome.

Soundwave (talk)17:32, 26 April 2016

Is there something Vortex won't do?

Bluegalbot (talk)16:46, 26 April 2016

Vortex will not hurt his fellow Combaticons and he rarely disobeys direct orders from superiors- although his own impulses can get out of hand. Tex will spar and fight with his Combaticons but there's a difference between that and his desire to cause pain- he has none of that with his Combaticons. In fact, truly harming his brothers or them really harming him will snap him out of one of his sadistic episodes. Other than that, there's not much Tex won't do- he'll try everything at least once.

Soundwave (talk)17:38, 26 April 2016

Anything about Tourniquet we should be worried about?

Bluegalbot (talk)16:46, 26 April 2016

Tourniquet is smart and retains a lot but she's an air head. She's easily distracted and loses focus easily- not qualities you want in a medic. Despite her lack in formal and anatomical training, she's hella at welding and soldering, she'll stick you to the wall and she's strong enough to hold you there while she does it. If she is fought, she is incredibly quick with GIANT FANGS and crushing-capable snake coils. Probably most dangerous about her is naivety and desire to fit in. She'll believe anything she's told- misinformation a plenty- and can be easily nudged into doing something with a bit of peer pressure.

Soundwave (talk)17:52, 26 April 2016

SO SOUNDWAVE. Where are Soundwave and Rodimus / Soundwave and the other Autobots now? Is he gonna murder everyone when he finds Megatron and Megatron says 'back to war!'

Tez (talk)17:30, 26 April 2016

Soundwave does not trust the Autobots and the Autobot cause, there is too much history there... But he's starting to see the Autobots aboard the Lost Light as some sort of branch off from the faction he fought for so long. Although he is wary, he's starting to see them less as oppressors and victors and more like fellow Cybertronians. He's also been assessing his own history and starting to note his failings and short-comings the Decepticon cause has committed. The road is rocky but at least there is a road now. SW is currently compiling ways for he and command to deal with things in a more cross-faction manner to demonstrate a better level of respect and equality to the crew.

Soundwave also understands Rodimus better and no longer looks at him with intense annoyance and ire. If anything, there's this sense of familiarity. Their latest interaction has solidified Soundwave's own resolution in their success for this mission and the importance it holds. Although he is still cautious, its his nature, Rodimus has begun to gain his trust once more.

Soundwave (talk)18:02, 26 April 2016

Tex, are we friends yet?

Tez (talk)17:30, 26 April 2016

Vortex is not ignorant of how Rodimus trusted him to revive an Autobot (he revived TWO, where the hell were the rest of you. Hoist gonna have nightmares now, dammit) and definitely noticed how Roddy seemed to care when he pricked his own energon line. Hmmmm... I think a round of drinks, war stories, and dares will undoubtedly seal the deal. Trust, care, praise/thanks, competition, and fun are the ingredients to a Vortex friendship.

Soundwave (talk)18:07, 26 April 2016

I asked you this before but I want everyone else to see - How exactly does Soundwave go about procuring teammates/cassettes?

Fathom (talk)17:49, 26 April 2016

Soundwave is a courter. He'll often find bots who's qualities pique his interest or that he finds he cares about and court them. There's nothing romantic about it though. (And I won't be touching on romance, if you want that, you'll have to ask.) He more dotes on them with praise, gifts, and making it clear to others that harming this bot would make him step in- you do not want SW stepping in. He's very selective and reserved and will drop a courtship early if he has doubts. However, this is rare and he has yet to have any bot deny him when he finally offers a frame change(if necessary), his protection, and his care. He is most commonly drawn to beastforms, whom he feels a connection with, and smaller frame types as the change would be less drastic but he has approached larger bots as well. If his offer is denied, SW would be hurt but he would not force it on the bot. He may make one or two more offers but he would stop of its clear they do not want to accept.

Exceptions: Ratbat. Soundwave simply changed him out of spite and as a thank you. He was under the Senator's thumb, who used him and looked down upon Ravage and the avians and even wanted to use Megatron for power gain. But, the Senator also gave SW a job where no one else would. So, while the Senate was slaughter, Soundwave had Ratbat's life saved at the cost of the old Senator's body. Even then, SW and Ratbat grew to appreciate and care for one another like any of the other Cassetes.

Soundwave (talk)18:25, 26 April 2016

What do those cassettes DO inside Soundwave's chest, anyway?

MeGrimlock (talk)19:29, 26 April 2016

The Cassette bodies/alt modifications, are designed specifically to fit within one of the slots in Soundwave's spacious tape deck chassis. During a dangerous situation involving a lot of fire-power, he'll have his Cassettes wait inside his chassis for deployment. It provides a shield around them and the glass- which he always updates with stronger and stronger glass- is as tough as any of the rest of his armor. It's also pretty opaque and doesn't easily give away how many are stored in there if any, always allowing for an element of surprise. As for what they do in there... The Cassettes are able to uplink with Soundwave and perform significant data-dumps so he can sort and organize through everything they've seen an heard. This allows for a very open relationship between he and his Cassettes. Along with an uplink, they're also connected to his power core his other body resources. Docking with him can quicken their healing and lets them recharge efficiently and effectively, With the delicate mechanisms of his deck, they seldom move within until he opens his chassis to allow them out or eject them.

Soundwave (talk)19:43, 26 April 2016

What is the best and quickest way to earn Vortex's respect?

Gearshift (talk)19:30, 26 April 2016

Respect is a funny thing with Vortex. Just because he respects you doesn't mean he's not going to annoy you or bug you or make fun of you or anything like that. I'm gonna use Cyclonus as an example. Vortex has MAD respect for the dude. But that doesn't stop him from cursing at him or taunting him with a head puppet. Tex likes to push limits. The difference between him not respecting and respecting is how much he toes the line. He was going to put that head down because of Cyc whether Roddy asked or not. He listens and trusts bots he respects. Even though he peeved Cyc off, he later trusted the guy to take down a spider attacking him so he could shoot a missile at his fellow comrades- I MEAN THE QUEEN. Bottom line, Tex respect is not like everyone else's respect. But you can earn it by being badass(mostly with fists and sharp things), showing your team player-ness, or risking yourself for him/his bros/his team. Once upon a time, you could also earn it by lasting five minutes with him without screaming but he doesn't really have use for that anymore. Yet.

Soundwave (talk)19:56, 26 April 2016

Why did Soundwave come on the Lost Light?

Boomer (talk)20:02, 26 April 2016

Hmmmmm... This is a hard question for me? Mostly because, at the MUSH's founding, I wasn't a part of the MUSH. *sadface* But I can try my best. Where IDW canon and this AU really starts to split is that Decepticons joined the LL to get away from Autobot rule and get away from those ID detonator chips. Now, based off of IDW, those chips clearly weren't much concern for SW as he and a few others weren't just able to disable them from Autobot control but could detonate them themselves if needed (re: Horri-bull). What I see in this AU as a main motivator is that SW doesn't like Shockwave or Starscream and he REALLY isn't a fan of the whole Autobot rule. And the LL was going to SPACE- where a new home and Megatron could be. So he blackmailed UM to negotiate for any Con who wants to join can. His goals were to find a new home for them and to find Megatron, who he will never not believe is out there. To SW, it was an obvious choice to go this route and be proactive than passive.

Soundwave (talk)20:52, 26 April 2016

[To all atls] Frag/Bond/Behead

Soundwave: -Blast Off -Rodimus -Penchant

Vortex: - Blast off - Swindle - Air Raid

Tourniquet: - Buzzkill - Jumpstart - Skystalker

Boomer (talk)20:46, 26 April 2016


  • Frag Rodimus
  • Bond Penchant
  • Behead Blast Off


  • Frag why not all of them But probably Blast Off
  • Bond Swindle u3u
  • Behead again, why not all of them But Air Raid :C


  • Frag Jumpstart
  • Bond Skystalker
  • Behead Buzzkill
Soundwave (talk)21:48, 26 April 2016
*fingerguns harder*
Tez (talk)23:28, 26 April 2016

Don't feel too good. If this was asked before our late night rp, he'd of beheaded Roddy.

Soundwave (talk)19:56, 27 April 2016

Assuming the Lost Light finds Megatron ... what then? Does Soundwave have a plan, or more like hopes?

How is Vortex dealing with being on probation?

What made Tourniquet want to join this pack of fools?

Sao (talk)21:18, 26 April 2016

That's tough. The current little character arc for SW has definitely shifted a few things within him. The whole time on the LL has made him reevaluate things. But SW's devotion to Megatron is something hard to break even with his doubts and what not. I'd say... If Megatron would come back, SW would go to him immediately with all his spark. But if Megatron demanded any sort of mutiny or slaughter, he'd try to talk him down and explain their goals. Theses Autobots aren't like their oppressors and are not with the Prime. In the end, The arrival of Megatron would probably end with SW having his spark broke. But hey, you never know.

Vortex his handling it well! He's eager to get past it and be in good gracious once more. He really wants to make it up to Tailgate- because disappointment is the worst :C And he also wants to be on Security. He's not perfect but he hasn't bitten anyone yet so that's progress.

Tourniquet has dreamed about the galaxies in the stars and visiting them, far away from all the troubles in Eukaris. So much tension and danger at her home, space HAS to be better. So with the offer of that- and better medical training- she's eager to board.

Soundwave (talk)21:39, 26 April 2016

How do you like (or dislike) incorporating Soundwave's unique G1-style vocal cadence / sentence structure? I notice you use it often, when it isn't prominent even in IDW canon.

Conduit (talk)23:00, 26 April 2016

Good question! I actually quite like trying to imitate the cadence in structure. I try and use words that have firm meaning and have a kinda mechanical sound to them. It's a challenge, of course, but I'll sometimes waste 5 minutes looking for the EXACT word to fit in there. But now I'm going to explain some FUN things with how I do my character. My character speak differently depending on the situation and who they're around. I do this with Vortex and but its fundamentally important to Soundwave.

I actually navigate the way Soundwave speaks very carefully. Those of you who have noticed, Congrats!, but otherwise, here's an explanation. IDW Soundwave DOES talk like G1 cadence and structure but he does so selectively. (Especially early in IDW, ergo, earlier in the war.) Now, the way I see it, SW is all about efficiency, especially with all the shit he's gotta keep up with as Spy Master, Head of Intelligence and Communications, and Third in Command of the Cons. So his quick style of talking- less words but with all the impact needed- was adopted for war. However, in this post-war setting, SW has noted how the style comes off and so he reserves its use. He usually uses it loosely, when in a serious setting. But he'll drop it the more personal a conversation is or if he feels the need that more words are necessary. If you look closely in logs, you can see what and who he feels comfortable around.

Soundwave (talk)19:14, 27 April 2016

How's Soundwave taking having to be subordinate to Autobots?

Shipsgenius (talk)19:52, 27 April 2016

Currently? Soundwave tolerates it. He understands that, to get what he wants, he will have to comply with having Autobot superiors. This does not mean he allows himself or Decepticons to be pushed around. If he sees any sort of injustice against himself or troops he will be vocal about it and he will very much NOT tolerate that. He's definitely being more compliant than usual with the current conditions but once he's gained back more trust, he plans on trying to work with command in a more level way rather than in conjunction to. He doesn't see having three Autobots at the tip-top as fair but seeing how he has no solutions to make it more equal, he just keeps an optic on the of things for any sort of shift.

Soundwave (talk)22:30, 27 April 2016

What is your Thunderclash story?

Tez (talk)00:03, 30 April 2016

Man, hmmm... If Soundwave was asked about Thunderclash, he would pause for a long moment before saying that Thunderclash is quite possibly the only matrix holder anyone could trust.

Vortex would say how Thunderclash must be Primus's favorite. I mean, his smile is as radiant and pure as the Matrix's own glow and his words can bring a mech back from the brink of death. One time he tried to slice and dice him and his rotors shattered on impact.

Tourniquet has literally never heard of- oh, he's the best Autobot ever? Then why isn't he Captain?

Soundwave (talk)00:22, 30 April 2016

All alts: Any regrets?

StringTheories (talk)07:59, 3 May 2016

Soundwave has many regrets but he tends to have the regrets in hindsight. Like, rounding up Neutrals to put them in Pogroms seemed like a solid idea in the middle of ward but it really WASN'T. Hell, he was alright with Grindcore, making bots into bombs, the K-Class punishment, galactic-wide organic genocide attempt, Phase Sixers, the construction of the DJD, and so on and so on. He's been Megatron's right hand man and during war, this all seemed sensible. But now that they're past the war and he's begun to think over that he's passively allowed to happen along with have a hand in... He regrets it. If he wasn't so good at prioritizing- which is sorta what earned him all these regrets- his guilt would probably constantly weigh him down. He also regret his trespass with Drift and like all the others, he's trying to find middle ground between others forgiving him and forgiving himself.

Vortex has no regrets. He has no shame. He lacks a lot of sympathy and empathy. He makes up for all of that with fantastic acting, observation skills, and just knowing what to say. Never take anything he does at face value, he may not actually be sincere- he can even fool his Combatibros, Onsy and Swin take more effort to convince, despite them knowing what a lil shit he is If I really had to dig up a regret, it would be the fact that he wasn't built a rotary but a jet. Not really a regret though... To make up for that I'll tell you the one thing he truly fears! Sensory deprivation! Tactile little bugger who gets off on just about any sensation so torture isn't going to work- hell, even torturing OTHERS won't work. But damn, threaten to disconnect his sensory net, extract his spark, or just contain him within his own mind? You'll break this interrogator not even half a second after giving him a taste.

Tourniquet wishes she could have gone to Eukaris's ocean. And that she didn't have to worry about crossing territories or monsters and other Eukarian problems. She sure regrets breaking Riptide's finger too... And she also regrets not going back to Eukaris before leaving. She sorta left anything not on her person there. WHOOPS.

Soundwave (talk)07:41, 7 May 2016


Ask Grimlock questions.


MeGrimlock (talk)19:19, 26 April 2016

Dinobuds aside, what is Grimlock soft for?

Bluegalbot (talk)19:20, 26 April 2016

Grimlock is not 'soft,' he is made of metal and fire and anger! Rar!

This said, while Grimlock is contemptuous of those he deems 'weak,' he will go out of his way to defend the most pathetic of the lot. Usually. Begrudgingly. And then he'll complain about it and yell at those he defended later. It's why he wasn't a Decepticon-- while he's a warrior, Grimlock isn't a bully.

Now, whatever intimidation and abuse he dishes out by accident due to being an uncouth lout, that's another matter entirely.

MeGrimlock (talk)19:26, 26 April 2016

I am glad you said that because to me that has always been his appeal. Even as a kid. And it's what I love about the Grim in the current RiD cartoon. That he COULD be a bully but he isn't. To me that's what's been at the heart of him that I enjoy most.

Bluegalbot (talk)19:53, 26 April 2016

Grimlock: Jerk Jock with a Spark of Gold. And Rawr.

Foxer (talk)23:20, 26 April 2016

How is Grimlock resisting the urge to kill all the Decepticons and mutiny? HOW DOES GRIMLOCK FEEL ABOUT THE SCAVENGERS.

Tez (talk)19:23, 26 April 2016


As much as Grimlock would enjoy killing all the Decepticons on the Lost Light, he's still canny enough not to go on an outright rampage. Still, if things ever reached a crisis point, Grimlock would be the first one to start biting off heads. If he were a little more ... personable, he'd actively start cultivating support for a potential mutiny, but too many 'bots on the Lost Light are of the hippy-dippy variety, and therefore are unsuited to a proper uprising.

Of course, as one of the more cynical members of the command staff, Grimlock eagerly looks forward to the chance to say "I told you so" whenever the Decepticons wind up being, y'know, evil.

As for the Scavengers, they're a bunch of idiots that Grimlock (begrudgingly) owes a great debt to.

MeGrimlock (talk)19:53, 26 April 2016

What is Grimlock's favorite drink at Swerve's? It can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic (enegex or non-enegexic?)

Gearshift (talk)19:24, 26 April 2016

High octane engex. Straight.

Mixers are for the weak.

MeGrimlock (talk)19:47, 26 April 2016

Why did Grimlock become an Autobot? He would've been a very successful Decepticon.

Boomer (talk)19:27, 26 April 2016

Here's the thing. Grimlock is a warrior. A conqueror, if given the chance. BUT.

The sort of torture and wanton destruction the Decepticons indulge in disgusts him. It's one thing to kill someone in battle (which Grimlock is quite good at), but systemic slaughter is something he can't abide.

MeGrimlock (talk)19:46, 26 April 2016


Boomer (talk)20:47, 26 April 2016

Kill all the Decepticons.

Arcee can help.

Would that mean they're dating?

MeGrimlock (talk)20:57, 26 April 2016

Who on the Lost Light does Grimlock like/tolerate best?

Sao (talk)20:57, 26 April 2016

Hhhm. Grimlock 'likes" capable (read: Killy) Autobots who share his warrior-like mindset ... without being insufferably insane.

So, y'know. It's a short list.

MeGrimlock (talk)21:14, 26 April 2016

What does Grimlock think of his roomie? >:)

Fathom (talk)22:25, 26 April 2016

"I dunno. He runs out of the room in terror every time I growl at something."

"Which is often."

MeGrimlock (talk)23:35, 26 April 2016

How is Grimmy getting along without his fellow Dinobots?

Conduit (talk)22:34, 26 April 2016

Not as well as he'd like!

'cause really, if Grimlock had the rest of the gang with him, he'd probably just up and steal the fastest ship he 'could, and then cruise around the galaxy like a proper space pirate.

MeGrimlock (talk)23:34, 26 April 2016

Does Grimlock have any guilty pleasures?

Araneiform (talk)04:12, 28 April 2016


Guilt would imply shame. Of which, Grimlock has none. He does what he does, and he likes what he likes. And if anyone says different, he will PUNCH THEM UNTIL THEY STOP HAVING FEELINGS.

This is his solution to most things.

MeGrimlock (talk)05:07, 28 April 2016

Grimlock doesn't seem to give Tailgate a lot of credence. What would it take for him to view the little guy more like he should as Chief of Security?

Soundwave (talk)22:02, 29 April 2016

Step 1: Get upgraded into a big-ass tank body or something.

Step 2: Kill a bunch of bad guys and/or conquer a few planets.

You know, easy stuff.

MeGrimlock (talk)21:16, 30 April 2016

What is your Thunderclash story?

Tez (talk)00:01, 30 April 2016

"He knows how to fight. He'd make a good dinobot if he were meaner."

MeGrimlock (talk)21:19, 30 April 2016

Does Grimlock have any regrets?

StringTheories (talk)07:38, 3 May 2016

In retrospect, 'surrendering to Ultra Magnus and getting carted off to Garrus 9' was kind of a bad idea.

So, life lesson learned, never listen to Ultra Magnus.

MeGrimlock (talk)02:20, 6 May 2016



Tez (talk)16:24, 26 April 2016

do the flames on rodimus' chest ever remind him of the flames he put into motion that destroyed his hometown??

Whirlyturd (talk)16:30, 26 April 2016

do the flames on rodimus' chest ever remind him of the flames he put into motion that destroyed his hometown??

They do now, asshole.

I don't actually think that Rodimus associates flames with Nyon. I think he associates ash with Nyon. He associates ruin with Nyon.

I think about the flames on Rodimus's chest a lot. He has them when we first see him in Autocracy. It's such a funny, vain, egotistical choice for this little nobody to have FLAMES on his chest -- assuming it was a choice. Cold constructed mechs have their bodies built for them, the choices made about their colors. Forged mechs don't seem to from the little we've seen -- Whirl's scraplet baby was just plain gray -- so I do believe his paint colors were a choice. But. We don't know for SURE.

I also think a lot about this exchange with Lockdown, too:

Lockdown: It's a shame none of your friends are as much of a show-off as you are.
Rodimus: Well, none of my friends have flames on their chest. It's a lot to live up to.

I'm going from memory so I may be a lil off but you get the point. It's such a silly, throwaway line, but I am here to obsess over every single one of Rodimus's lines for 10 years and write 10 paragraphs of dumb meta about it, so let's do this.

It's kind of funny that Rodimus would have even had the flames in the first place, considering his origins: a unremarkable low class spark forged in an unremarkable clinic in a rundown and rusting city. And here he slaps hot shot flames on his chest and calls himself Hot Rod.

What an ego.

It's like some dumb tattoo you get when you're too young (and drunk) to think better of it, except then it becomes part of your core identity. This is Who He Is: Hot Rod, with the flames on his chest; Hot Rod, surfing meteors in daredevil raids; Hot Rod, single-handedly sneaking into Decepticon command to steal back the Matrix. Leading flame-first the entire time.

I'm sure that people gave him shit for it -- in the war, yeah, but in Nyon, too. What was he doing, spending shanix on a paint job that frivolous? Who did he think he was, affecting such a vain look? Poor people aren't supposed to spend their money on that kind of thing! If they were really poor, they wouldn't have the money to waste on it!

Of course he's gonna embrace! Of course he's gonna say fuck you! He's gonna say it, and keep saying it for four million years, and now here he is with flames on his chest, that's who he is.

So, you know. Yes. It does make him think of Nyon -- but not as your question suggests. Mostly. Unless he's being a REALLY sad drunk.

Tez (talk)17:07, 27 April 2016

I love this omg.

Sao (talk)19:09, 27 April 2016

What has been Rodimus' lowest point emotionally, in this little AU of ours?

Fathom (talk)16:40, 26 April 2016

What has been Rodimus' lowest point emotionally, in this little AU of ours?


One of the things I find occasionally frustrating is that it can be difficult to get characters to be vulnerable in a way where their real lowest points are on camera -- then I consider whether or not I really would be comfortable diving into that, and I admit it's probably better offcam or in subtext: implied, aftermath. A gaze that halts, words that catch -- I find that with a character as caught up in their own performance of themselves as Rodimus is, those little slips and faltering glimpses can be revealing.

Overlord and its aftermath were particularly hard to hint at the worst of it on-cam as Drift was the only one he was close enough to that he could be vulnerable and open with them -- and Drift was being exiled.


I went back through the send of S1 to pull out some highlights (lowlights?):

Rodimus makes a face, sure enough, when Drift starts talking about a vision. He struggles to /not/ make the face, wiping it off his features shortly, but it's still there. Lingering. He looks skeptical. He looks reluctant. Then he just looks a little lost as it slow dawns on him that this might be the only way that the quest continues. This is it. He messed up, and Drift's the one who will lose everything.

Rodimus reaches for Drift's energon and sets it with his own to the side, then reaches to take Drift's hands. He steps in next to him, and brings their heads together, pointy forehead to pointy forehead. Quietly, he says, "I messed up. I'm so sorry, Drift."

Drift can't help but look up when the energon he no longer had an appetite for is taken away and set off to the side, his optics meeting Rodimus' just as his hands are taken. Their forheads touch and Drift dims his optics, enjoying the closeness of the moment despite the circumstances that brought it. "I'm sorry too," he says, his voice just as quiet. "I'm sorry that I have to put you through this. It's going to hurt for a while, but it will pass in time."

He slips one of his hands out of Rodimus's own and brings it up to rest against the side of his face. "I don't blame you for any of this."

Fiercely, Rodimus says, "None of this is your fault." His eyes blaze as he lifts his gaze, just for a moment. "Don't be sorry for that." He huffs a hot breath of air. Releasing Drift's other hand, Rodimus reaches up to hold the back of Drift's head and press their heads together. Then he draws back, though he leaves his hands resting on Drift's shoulders, and tilts his head against the touch of Drift's hand. "I know you don't." He doesn't smile -- not really -- but his lip curls with a slight, bitter twist. Drift doesn't have to blame him. Rodimus will blame himself plenty. It's not Drift's fault. Not even a little. It's his. "Look on the bright side: maybe we'll die heroically." And not have to explain.
Very quietly, not looking directly at Rodimus as he speaks, Magnus says: "That is twice now you have stood in this room and lied directly to my face." It is only after he has said this that he looks up, gaze bright and hard as he looks up searchingly into his commanding officer's expression. "Please," he says, and there is an audible note of pleading in his voice as he goes on, "do not make it a third."

Rodimus paces Ultra Magnus to the table, but rather than take a seat in a chair like a normal bot, he hitches up to take a seat on the edge of the table next to him. He draws one leg up on the table and turns to face him. He watches Ultra Magnus with a concern that congeals to blankness as he speaks.

Tellingly, Rodimus is silent for a long moment. His eyes are wide and their light spills bright and steady.

Then, haltingly, stutteringly, he says, "I don't--." Rodimus makes an effort to steady his voice and says, "I'm not lying! Are you going to tell me we haven't run into disaster?"

"Enough." Magnus is half out of the seat in the time it takes him to speak the paired syllables, anger running through him on a hot wire and lighting his features with sudden intensity. "You knew he was here from the beginning. You lied to me in that meeting. Drift knew. Soundwave knew. You knew. You lied to me then and you lied to me now. You were prepared from the start for the possibility that Overlord -- that Overlord -- would be loose on this ship." His fist comes down so hard on the briefing table that the glassy surface cracks in a new spiderweb of damage, shimmering in a fringe of shattering glass and flying sparks. He rises the rest of the way to his full height, his gaze burning as he stares back into Rodimus's face.

"The only thing that I haven't been able to deduce, Rodimus, the only miniscule fact that has escaped my every attempt at reason, the only thing."

Now he steps forward, and this time when he reaches to grasp Rodimus it is by both shoulders, as if on some level he has a near inescapable desire to shake him bodily until answers come out. The word he speaks is: "Why."

People deal with guilt and shame in funny ways. Rodimus has thrown so much behind these lies that it's hard to let go of them. As Ultra Magnus vents anger, Rodimus responds in kind: he meets force with heat, staring right back at Ultra Magnus. There is no flinch or hesitation. He looks indignant, of all things. Indignant!

Rodimus draws breath to argue, maybe to insist on his own innocence again--

Then Ultra Magnus takes him by the shoulders, and asks one question. Just one. It's a question which echoes. It's a question that clots his words in his throat. His vocal synthesizer clicks into a static silence.

The heat of Rodimus's ire extinguishes, just like that, as if all the oxygen had been sucked from the room. He looks terrible without it, wrecked, and whatever he might say otherwise, it's a clear statement of guilt. What he says -- what he says, after all that -- is, "Overlord was never supposed to get out."

What happens next is awful.

His fingers each a pinpoint pressure into the metal of Rodimus's shoulders, Ultra Magnus stares into his face and makes an unfamiliar sound, choked off in the depth of his frame. It strangles and dies in his throat.

It's a laugh. The kind that vents impossible pressure. Incredulous and grappling with ugly truth, Magnus's hands let slip, falling loose from their anchoring touch to hang at his sides. For a moment he doesn't seem to know what to do with them.

"He wasn't supposed to get out!" Rodimus says again, his volume rising with the heat of his words. His spoiler pricks with returning indignation.

Rodimus seethes with the unfairness of it all. "What difference does it make, knowing? You're just going to blame me. What do you want me to say, sorry?"

Ultra Magnus doesn't answer his anger in kind. He leans heavily with the brace of his hands on the back of the chair, his head lowering. "I needed to know how wrong I was about you," he says.

"But we're going to fix it, Magnus," Rodimus says, reaching out for him to catch at his arm as if he could press the certainty of his words into Ultra Magnus's frame. Ultra Magnus is altogether still under the pressure of Rodimus's hand. He looks into that brilliant gaze and repeats a single word, very softly: "We?"

Now ire returns, flashing in a hot surge through his expression. Magnus's arm wrenches away from Rodimus's touch finally and his hand lifts, but only to catch Rodimus's wrist in its grip. He does not permit Rodimus to get near taking his hand. There may be a reason why not. He says, "You had every opportunity to 'start'. Not five minutes ago, I begged you not to lie to me again. As short as your attention span can be, I believe you recall what happened next." He thrusts Rodimus's hand aside and lifts both of his in the air, backing away from him two, three, four paces, all widening distance with the slow shake of his head. "Now he is out of the basement," he says coolly, though drama fires his words in the next instant: "and wreaking murder and ruin upon your crew. Now I am going to put him down, as I should have already done once before. When that is finished, we will have another talk, Rodimus. We will discuss my resignation from this post."

Sorry, that was like. Half that log. It was a lot of fun just being like: *cut open chest, hold heart out to sao* MAKE IT HURT

The rest of this is lower-key, so I'm gonna just drop the links to them and explain a little. I started to go through and pull out quotes where the subtext or meta pointed at Rodimus struggling a lot more than he tried to show, but it was feeling too self-congratulatory even for me.

Rodimus telling Drift that it wasn't Drift's sword that killed Magnus, it was Overlord. (It was Rodimus.)
Funeral for everyone who died and Rodimus Stars for everyone who lived. :D With Rodimus standing there knowing he's gonna exile Drift but actually it's all his fault but he has to like try and lead people? :D And make them feel better? :D Somehow? :D
Breaking the Matrix
The announcement of the Crisis Vote.
After announcing the vote, Rodimus went around to be like WHO WANTS TO YELL AT ME since he made the choice to not try to explain himself. These are a couple of those logs.

Then here's about where the Overlord / Tyrest arc started turning around:

Sorry. I bet you didn't expect me to send you off with a reading list.

Tez (talk)01:37, 28 April 2016

Who doesn't Rodimus like and why?

Bluegalbot (talk)16:49, 26 April 2016

Who doesn't Rodimus like and why?

Well, MEGATRON, because he KILLED RODIMUS (a little; he got better) but I bet you mean 'on the Lost Light'.

Okay. Here is a list of characters:

Air Raid, Ambulon, Arbiter, Arcee, Blast Off, Brainstorm, Breakdown, Bulkhead, Buzzkill, Chromia, Cyclonus, Deluge, Drift, First Aid, Folly, Fulcrum, Gearshift, Gearstrip, Getaway, Grimlock, Hoist, Imager, Jazz, Jumpstart, Knock Out, Lieutenant, Mercy, Nautica, Onslaught, Penchant, Pipes, Punch, Quicksight, Ravage, Riptide, Road Rage, Rodimus, Rung, Skids, Skystalker, Skywarp, Slugfest, Soundwave, Sunstreaker, Swindle, Tailgate, Torque, Tourniquet, Ultra Magnus, Vortex, Whirl, Windblade, Windrose

Of those, I think he least likes Grimlock, Knock Out, and Skywarp for many of the same reasons. They are, each of them, insubordinate at best and occasionally outright mutinous. His grip on the captaincy is tenuous enough, especially his command of the Decepticons, that he can't afford to shrug off their insubordinate attitudes -- but he can't afford to stamp it out, either, for a couple of reasons.

Having a tantrum and insisting that they respect him is foolish and petty. They won't. They don't. But they REALLY won't if he pulled some kind of tiny tinpot tyrant shrieking demand. That hurts more than he lets on, as he definitely respects Grimlock -- he came fresh out of Autobot academy into a fight next to Grimlock, and was pretty awestruck by him -- and even grudgingly respects Knock Out enough to have promoted him.

He held small team commands through the war. We don't really see him leading groups much bigger than a half-dozen, and he definitely preferred to run operations (see also: pull stupid stunts) on his own. At the end of the war, he ran a larger-scale (and joint Autobot-Decepticon, by the way) command that ended in disaster, as it was all a scam of Swindle's. He's not used to command. He's very much of the ranks, rather than command.

He ignores attitudes where he can, prickles and gets defensive when it gets past his guard (and I really find it aggravating to play off of characters who are never bothered by anything, impervious and untouchable; Rodimus is canonically sensitive, so I try to NOT BE THAT KIND OF PLAYER and let those things hit (people talk about 'selling' hits in combat, but TBH i think that 'selling' hits in regular RP is far harder for some people to do)), and tries to work to be a captain that they can respect, but sometimes he doesn't know what he's doing, and he's pretty sure everyone knows it.

Tez (talk)02:13, 28 April 2016

Does Rod miss the days when he was just Hot Rod, free of responsibilities, capable of doing whatever the scrap he wanted without repercussion?

Araneiform (talk)16:51, 26 April 2016

Does Rod miss the days when he was just Hot Rod, free of responsibilities, capable of doing whatever the scrap he wanted without repercussion?

AlllLLllLLLllLLLLLLLLLllllll the time.

It's not just the idea of being free of responsibilities -- carefree and able to go meteor surfing all day, erry day -- it's being free of responsibilities. It's not being responsible for the lives (and deaths) of his crew. It's not being responsible for making Autobots and Decepticons work together. It's not being responsible for keeping this unruly lot of mass murderers pointed in the same direction.

It's not being responsible for 114/126.

After Nyon, after Dealer, after being Swindled: look, stuff Rodimus leads, it doesn't go well. For anyone. I feel like he and Drift had this crazy idea and it sort of snowballed past all of Rodimus's expectation and now he has this whole ship full of people making contact with all of these colonies and AHHHHH HE DIDN'T SIGN UP FOR THIS??

But he can't step away from it. Drift had a vision that he had to be there to finish the quest. As much as Rodimus doesn't actually buy into all of Drift's ... everything ... he is actually probably one of the more theist bots around. He isn't a practicing anything, not in the way that Drift or Cyclonus are, and he's not the world's most respectful, but he treats some matters of faith as matters of fact because of both growing up in Nyon and carrying the Matrix (ps did you know he carried the Matrix? He'll be happy to tell you so.)

Anyway, he can't discount Drift's vision -- and let's be honest, he doesn't want to. He wants to be important. He wants the future to hang on him, he wants to be the one to save it.

He wouldn't be anywhere else in the galaxy for any price right.

Tez (talk)03:54, 28 April 2016

marries this answer. rod u precious asshole

Araneiform (talk)04:03, 28 April 2016

How did Rodimus and Skystalker meet?

Boomer (talk)19:21, 26 April 2016

How did Rodimus and Skystalker meet?

They were actually forged from the same harvest in Alyon, sent to the same clinic in Nyon. They are both Nyon boys, but Skystalker, a stealth starfighter, followed a very different path than Hot Rod, a car. (Not even a gliding car, like Tracks, or a car that did anything cool -- no, just a car.) Skystalker was raised from obscurity and given training, work, promotions, attention. Hot Rod -- not so much.

Skystalker returned to Nyon years later acting as an agent of the Senate, but sympathetic to Hot Rod's rebels. Skystalker offered to act as a double agent rather than spy on the nascent rebellion. When that ended in disaster and Nyon fell, Skystalker fled Cybertron. Hot Rod joined the Autobots.

We've joked about bb Skystalker being like -- the 'before' in a nerd makeover. He had braces. Frizzy hair. Glasses. You've all seen the movies. Then he shows up on the Lost Light as the Skystalker of now -- and Rodimus is left going WTF, when did you get hot. They were childhood friends, all scraped knees and black eyes. Rodimus is used to thinking of Skystalker as someone that he looks after -- and in some ways, someone he can feel smug about looking out for, in a condescending kind of way. He's a nerd, but he's HIS nerd. He's not entirely sure what to make of Skystalker now.

Tez (talk)17:17, 29 April 2016


Tailgate (talk)03:39, 30 April 2016

How often does Rodimus catch himself rehearsing the speech where he tells Optimus he broke the matrix? Does he start out with a joke? Make Optimus promise not to be mad? Maybe try and deliver worse news first?

Ratchet (talk)19:28, 26 April 2016

How often does Rodimus catch himself rehearsing the speech where he tells Optimus he broke the matrix? Does he start out with a joke? Make Optimus promise not to be mad? Maybe try and deliver worse news first?

Rodimus hopes that Optimus never works through his midlife crisis road trip and he never has to explain.

He doesn't rehearse. That would be much too sensible. Why plan for anticipated, expected problems when you can just avoid thinking about them forever and ever -- or at least until they catch up to you?

He started a couple of messages, shortly after Luna 1:

  • "So I guess that when you opened the Matrix, you broke it!"
  • (Long list of other things they've done), broke the Matrix, (long list of other things).
  • "How much glue do you have?
" reason."
"Think it will work on the Matrix?"

His plan to deal with it is to ignore it.

Tez (talk)17:32, 29 April 2016

lol omg.

Sao (talk)17:34, 29 April 2016

So what happens if we FIND where this map thing goes?

MeGrimlock (talk)19:35, 26 April 2016

So what happens if we FIND where this map thing goes?

Well, if you ask Rodimus, we find the Knights of Cybertron and their Cyberutopia and we bring back their wisdom to Cybertron to usher in a new golden age of peace, equality, opportunity, and plenty where Cybertronians reclaim their place on the galactic stage not as conquerors but as a model of a successful, advanced civilization.

So I bet that is 100% exactly what happens. I bet it's a happy ending, a peaceful resolution, and the emotionally fulfilling end to the game's story. We only have to hit a handful more colonies to finish up our map and then we'll be there! By the end of 2016! And then peace will reign!


Tez (talk)17:36, 29 April 2016

It's been over a year now. How is Rodimus feeling about leading this pack of misfits? How's he feeling about those numbers he drew on his hand?

Any concerns about mixing business w/pleasure re: the command crew? I know he made a whole slideshow presentation about why it was okay. Any second thoughts?

Sao (talk)20:41, 26 April 2016

It's been over a year now. How is Rodimus feeling about leading this pack of misfits? How's he feeling about those numbers he drew on his hand?


How is Rodimus feeling about leading this pack of misfits?

THIS WEEK, he's feeling like drinking until he passes out about it, except that's not officer behavior, so -- so he'll just whine about it.

Beginning with the Vortex not-brawl and carrying through the past couple of weeks, Rodimus has been feeling a lot of pressure to be a CAPTAIN. That he leads the pack of misfits, rather than just being part of the pack of misfits, is becoming a little more real to him. Whatever excuses he might give, however he might explain it, he just can't throw down with the rest, kick back, get drunk, throw out his elbows, tussle in a friendly(!!) brawl, have a drunken argument, et cetera, without fallout and consequences that he's not expecting.

Rodimus has to watch himself. He has to consider his actions. He has to monitor his behavior. THIS IS TERRIBLE? HE CAN'T DO THIS? HE'S GONNA MESS UP??

How's he feeling about those numbers he drew on his hand?

But he's already fucked up about as bad as he could possibly fuck up, and the crew still voted -- barely, but voted -- in favor of retaining him as captain. They believed in him, maybe when he didn't deserve it. Not all of them, no, but enough of them that he feels he has to honor that, and build on it to win over the others.

So, yeah. His world has to get a little bigger. He can't just do whatever he wants. He can't live for his own fun. He has to live for his crew's best future. It's not easy, and he thinks it's unfair sometimes -- why CAN'T he just have a friendly little fight, HUH? -- but he chose this.

A little of UM's lawful is rubbing off on his chaotic, maybe, as he moves from a (stubbornly, selfishly) individual viewpoint to a wider one and a wider sense of responsibility.

Sometimes I think about when and how he'll remove the numbers. In the comics, he removes the numbers after talking to Ratchet about Megatron being made captain, and that in a world where that can happen, maybe Rodimus's fuck ups can be forgiven. Rodimus moves past it (into a sulk, but past it).

This Rodimus hasn't moved past that yet. It's still a motivating factor for his gradual assumption of responsibility, and it's still a weight dragging him down. He still feel like he has to prove something, and like he hasn't yet been forgiven.

Tez (talk)18:25, 29 April 2016

Any concerns about mixing business w/pleasure re: the command crew? I know he made a whole slideshow presentation about why it was okay. Any second thoughts?


It's been good for Rodimus -- and let's face it, as much as Brainstorm might be sad that Rodimus isn't letting him run roughshod over everything, it's been good for the ship.

The lure of Ultra Magnus's company in the morning has been sufficient to trick Rodimus into going over the day's reports in the morning; everything that they went through with Overlord and Luna 1 and all the personal and professional fallout has left Rodimus more honest; rather than Drift blindly yes-manning him, they've worked to a healthier mutual support; more confident of himself and his support network, Rodimus isn't as easily played by the Prowls of the world.

The ship runs better; Rodimus captains better; they are all happier for it.

The active conflicts that Magnus seemed to be afraid of requiring such a strict division of personal and professional haven't materialized. They haven't really run into anything that puts that to the test. Drift hitting Getaway treads close to that line, but it's being played out now in a pretty ethical way: Getaway won't report it, so Magnus encouraged Drift to go to Tailgate himself. Rodimus isn't burying evidence to keep Drift out of trouble or pressuring Tailgate to let him off the hook; he didn't try to use his influence on Magnus and Drift to weasel out of the consequences of the Vortex slapfight-that-wasn't; as personal as the attack on Drift was, Rodimus didn't lose his cool at Soundwave.

They've never been put in a place where they have been asked to put each other or their relationship above the welfare of the ship and the crew. Drift, in fact, chose to put the ship, the crew, and the quest above everything and walk into exile once already. Sure, that was before all of -- this. But. All three of them are idealists in their own ways, believers in something bigger than themselves and their ties to each other: Magnus has his law, or order, anyway, and the lingering identity as an Enforcer and officer of the law; Drift has the Quest, his visions, the Circle, and being a knight of the Circle; Rodimus has his crew, his people, his need to shape a better future. This doesn't mean that they don't feel very strongly, but I don't think any of them could really live with one of the others making a purely selfish choice, and they are all pretty aware of it. They've carved a space where they can be more than just their ideals and their positions and their roles as officers, but without losing sight of that.


It's still there. The trouble. The potential for it. Oblivious to Getaway's stated reasons for not pushing charges against Drift, Rodimus can ignore it. It's not something that occurs to him. He sees the ways in which they are good for each other -- although actually mostly he sees the way that Magnus makes him a better officer; it's hard to see how he makes Magnus or Drift better officers, though he certainly thinks he makes them personally happy -- and not the potential problems of it.

I've kicked the issue around in my head. The best way to deal with it might be to have a PC at the command level. Hound exists, but he's NPC, so people tend to overlook him. It'd be nice to have a Decepticon or a Neutral, too, for various IC reasons -- but, well, Soundwave's misbehaving.

Rodimus might have second thoughts if that was brought up to him -- but he'll fall back every time on the heart-before-head rationale that he's been fair, he's been honest, and he's acted with the ship's best interests ahead of his every time. If he was able to look past Soundwave's attack on Drift to the better good of the ship--.

Well, his crew comes first. His ship. His people. All of them.

Tez (talk)16:56, 5 May 2016

I do feel like Rodimus makes Magnus a better officer. He's grown in confidence -- personal confidence, sure, because he was already professionally competent, but it's less that he's hiding in his professional competence and more along the lines of actual growth -- and that in turn has helped him be more flexible. Personal happiness is really important to work efficiency it turns out. Man, this gives me an idea for something to write for Roddy sometime about morale . . .

You have a good point about the triptych of idealism. Like Magnus was dithering at Drift about the other day, it's not just impropriety that is the problem but the appearance of it ...

Sao (talk)17:20, 5 May 2016

Frag/Bond/Behead: Vortex, Swindle, Soundwave

Boomer (talk)20:48, 26 April 2016

Frag/Bond/Behead: Vortex, Swindle, Soundwave

In more IDW terms, the canon question would be Handhold/Conjunx/Behead. Funny how behead is the only one that remains the same.

I keep going back and forth on this one. The core question is the Bond/Conjunx question, and it's really between Swindle and Soundwave. Swindle and Rodimus (HOT ROD) actually have a long history of working together, which is both a good thing -- and the kind of thing that makes Swindle good for Behead. Soundwave has an idealism and a belief that Vortex lacks. Rodimus and Soundwave might be believers in different factions, but their ideology isn't that far apart. They are both believers in equality, defenders, protectors -- but Soundwave is willing to go even farther than Rodimus in pursuit of that, while Rodimus isn't.

There's also a certain practicality in picking Soundwave for Bond/Conjunx because they both lead their factions on the Lost Light. Political marriage.


Tex is good for a fun time without strings; Soundwave is both practical and the best of terrible choices for a long-term relationship; Swindle has to go because of the stunt he pulled on Earth.

Tez (talk)17:10, 5 May 2016

What has pissed off Rodimus the most, and what has elated him the most, so far?

Conduit (talk)22:51, 26 April 2016

What has pissed off Rodimus the most--

Soundwave's attack on Drift probably was the maddest that Rodimus has been for a few reasons:

  • ATTACK on DRIFT that's his BRO
  • Soundwave WOULD NOT LISTEN TO HIM, he told him four, five times to back off in the immediate aftermath of it and Soundwave kept ADVANCING WHAT THE FUCK and he had to FIRE A WARNING SHOT in FUCKING MEDICAL
  • One of the lingering things that made Rodimus mad was how close Soundwave came to throwing away everything they've built

Erasing every single step they've made toward a more unified future; cutting off every single hand extended in friendship instead of with a gun; burning every fragile cross-faction tie: and for what, jealousy? A single instant, a single loss of self-control, was nearly an attack that would have forced Rodimus to cut the Decepticons loose. He would have had to remove Soundwave from the ship and find another Decepticon to lead them. A significant number of Decepticons probably would have left with Soundwave, if not all of them, if that had happened.

Soundwave's attack on Drift was awful on a level that Autobots and Decepticons have both gotta find pretty uncomfortable. Mental integrity is such an important thing for them. The actions of the New Institute and shadowplay are treated as awful by Autobots; Megatron's aversion suggests that the Decepticons have no love for it either. Both sides have used it. I think it's still probably treated as one of their higher crimes. For a species which can replace body parts so easily, their minds and sparks have to be particularly important to them.

And all because he got mad! Rodimus really expected more from Soundwave. He can understand strong emotions. He can understand passion. He can understand getting carried away. But risking everyone he's responsible for because of a moment's jealousy--

Totally ridiculous.

Rodimus definitely wouldn't do anything like that.

He absolutely wouldn't let Prowl manipulate him and his pricked pride into letting Overlord on board.

He's probably at least a little mad because it's an uncomfortable reminder.

--and what has elated him the most, so far?


I'm not sure I have a good answer for this one. There have been fairly few moments of pure joy that aren't tempered by something that weights him down and negates some of the buoyancy. That's not to say that he hasn't had fun and that there aren't a number of small joys, but I feel like saying elated him most really needs something bigger than that.

Some of his highlights:

  • Finding a living titan, finally
  • Discovering that they still had a map after destroying the Matrix
  • Watching the crew start to work together
  • Magnus, Drift
  • Discovering lost colonies, helping people, doing GOOD
Tez (talk)17:28, 5 May 2016

Who put Rod in charge again?

MeGrimlock (talk)02:10, 28 April 2016

Who put Rod in charge again?


He's in charge because Drift bought him a ship and Rodimus stood on Cybertron and said, "I'm going on an adventure. Who wants to come with me?" and Autobots, Neutrals, and Decepticons alike made the choice to join them. After Starscream was elected to rule Cybertron, more joined. As they visited colonies and reestablished contacts, colonists joined.

In between there, the truth about Overlord came out. Rodimus opened the issue of his command to a vote. By a margin of 114 against, 126 for, he was retained as captain. (The PC vote actually leaned much more heavily in his favor, but a 20% against, 80% for margin isn't NEARLY dramatic enough for my tastes so I decided that the NPCs clearly aren't as charmed by the RodSquad -- which is what PCs are, obviously.) His command was reaffirmed.

This isn't a war command. No one is assigned here. Everyone is here by choice: Autobot, Decepticon, or Neutral. It's something we emphasize on application and at chargen, so that players know that they need to have a strong reason for their characters to be there. It's something I'm aware of as his player, too: he can be gently clueless about Decepticons, but he can't act in a way that would make all Decepticons unable to plausibly serve under him. He and I have a responsibility to walk the line between plausible responsibility and Hot Rod shenanigans.

Rodimus is in charge because people voted him there -- with their feet by joining, then again, with the vote after Luna 1.

Tez (talk)17:36, 5 May 2016

Does Rodimus keep a running tally of if he's saved more planets than Thunderclash?

Rage (talk)23:21, 29 April 2016

Does Rodimus keep a running tally of if he's saved more planets than Thunderclash?

He stopped keep track some time around the time Thunderclash passed into 3 digits while he was still struggling to get past the single digits. Does he really need to make himself feel any more seethingly inferior than he does already?

Anything he's done, Thunderclash has done better. Rodimus and the Matrix worked well together? It felt warm and happy and right? Well, the Matrix loved Thunderclash so much that it had to be surgically removed. Thunderclash's ship and crew are a vision of unity, saving people right, left, and center, while Rodimus struggles to keep the fractious madness pointed in one direction.

Everything Rodimus has messed up, Thunderclash would never do. He'd save Nyon. He'd stand firm against Prowl, never let Overlord on the ship -- and if he did, he could just take Overlord out in 1:1 combat.

SO. NO. He doesn't. It's a competition he'll always lose.

Tez (talk)17:42, 5 May 2016

Was it hard for Rodimus to put his faith in the decepticons in the crew?

Gearshift (talk)23:41, 29 April 2016

Was it hard for Rodimus to put his faith in the decepticons in the crew?

Not particularly. It's one of Rodimus's more admirable flaws: he places his faith in people readily and easily. He trusts quickly -- and blindly.

He trusted Dealer to the point of blindness, ignoring the impossibilities of his betrayal until he was forced to face it; he put his faith in Swindle on Earth, that Decepticons and Autobots could work together to get off the planet without hurting each other or the humans. It often ends badly. Dealer was actually Doubledealer, a Decepticon agent, who killed Rodimus's team; Swindle was just using Rodimus, manipulating him, and turned on him.

But he's always willing to try again, because Rodimus is fundamentally an optimist, an idealist, and yes, a certain kind of idiot -- but he believes in people.

He believes in his crew, in every Autobot -- even the ones who don't believe in him. (Looking at you, Getaway; Rodimus may be somewhat insufferably condescending and smug about it, but he believes that Getaway just wasn't well, and he can be better.) He believes in Drift, that Drift can leave Deadlock behind and forge a new future as a model Autobot. He believes in the neutrals, all of them -- colonists, NAILs, every last one -- that they can work together as a crew. He believes in Soundwave, when Soundwave says that he wants to move past the war and find the Knights, to bring back a unified golden age for Cybertron. He believes the Decepticons, when they said that they would join and work with the Autobots. He believes in a future where they can move past the war.

You know what he says: til all are one.

Tez (talk)17:55, 5 May 2016

OK. Forgetting Nyon, Drift, and Overlord, does Rodimus have any regrets? Anything he'd like to change in himself?

StringTheories (talk)07:52, 3 May 2016

OK. Forgetting Nyon, Drift, and Overlord, does Rodimus have any regrets? Anything he'd like to change in himself?

'Okay, forgetting all of those things that Rodimus OBVIOUSLY regrets--'

Rodimus actually doesn't tend to get too bogged down in regrets. (Ha ha, I know, just stick with me and let me explain.) That is to say, yes, Nyon especially was formative, and Overlord is a driving force behind a lot of his personal growth this season, but to regret it implies a sort of -- 'what if' to me. He doesn't really indulge in what if's. (Too painful, too damaging. He'd much rather be forward looking: always forward, never back, because back is too hard.)

Yes. He would have evacuated Nyon sooner. He would have told the truth, rather than let Drift suffer even a moment's (long, LONG, SO LONG BRO) exile. He would have stood up against Prowl. But he can't change the choices he's made. The only thing he can do is learn from his mistakes -- and honor the losses, and live every day trying to be worth of doing it right, next time.

I'm not sure there's anything he'd change in himself. For all his insecurities, they also come out of the fact that he believes himself to be exceptional. It hurts because he agrees that he should do better, that he should be better. I mean if asked, he'd probably want to actually be more awesome: to be a point one percenter, to be an outlier. He's actually pretty unremarkable in his spark and and in his frame. He's got a blue spark, like most; he's just a pretty basic speeder model. HE DOESN'T EVEN HOVER. He should obviously be a point one percenter outlier triple-changer. Obviously.

Tez (talk)18:09, 5 May 2016


MeGrimlock (talk)02:13, 6 May 2016


I'll answer to the best of my abilities o7

Boomer (talk)17:00, 26 April 2016

Who does Lieutenant miss most of his lost crew? Does Ambulon have any regrets over switching sides?

Araneiform (talk)17:02, 26 April 2016

Lieutenant misses every single member of his old crew. In particular, his Commander, Tormentor. They spent everyday together and knew one another perfectly well. They were almost Conjunx Enduras but had not been able to complete the ritual. Lieutenant feels incomplete without Tormentor around anymore. His world feels a little colder without him by his side.

Ambulon has no regrets. (Sorry, 'cons) He just feels like he belongs with the Autobots, and they made him feel that way. Except Pharma, but Am understood it's because he's a Decepticon and it would take time to trust him.

Boomer (talk)19:40, 26 April 2016

Am I wrong to have the impressiont hat Lt has a love of history but is shy to meeting those responsible for making that history?

Bluegalbot (talk)17:18, 26 April 2016

You're not wrong to get that impression. Lieutenant is shy but he also feels unworthy to meet those who made an impact on their past history. Being on the same ship as many soldiers (Bots and Cons) who made history in one way or another is very humbling for him already; talking to them makes him wish he could shrink and hide away.

Boomer (talk)19:39, 26 April 2016

How long before Ambulon snaps?

Bluegalbot (talk)17:18, 26 April 2016

Depends on how many IC leg puns you can slip in a scene.

Boomer (talk)19:39, 26 April 2016

Please see my tumblr. :-)

Bluegalbot (talk)19:40, 26 April 2016


Tez (talk)17:24, 26 April 2016


Boomer (talk)19:39, 26 April 2016

Ambulon has an interesting perspective on the two factions having been part of both. What's his breakdown and feelings about them?

Tez (talk)17:25, 26 April 2016

He's seen much of the good and bad for both sides; although for him the Decepticons were worse. Maybe it was the program he was made to be a part of, or the fact that he was just part of a bigger body instead of being treated as an individual. Even working under Pharma he felt treated better (and felt a bit alone).

He feels more comfortable with the Autobots, but he's still naïve to all that they did. His first whirlwind was when Pharma turned on them - tried to kill his patients. But that's only one case. Not every Autobot is going to turn on their friends, right?

Boomer (talk)19:38, 26 April 2016

Oh, I guess that's an IMPORTANT POINT OF CLARIFICATION if it hasn't been made clear: the Pharma thing hasn't actually happened in LL canon yet:

As far as we know, Pharma's a p cool guy eh.

Tez (talk)20:40, 26 April 2016

What got Lieutenant addicted to syk in the first place?

Fathom (talk)20:30, 26 April 2016

The loss of his crew got him addicted. Originally he took syk to try to forget the onslaught of memories of them, but it only twisted them around. So he took more and more until it warped his mind and for a while, he forgot. (He was also passed out during that time so technically he still hadn't forgotten.)

He takes it more frequently now when he feels the need to or sometimes when he's just upset. Lieutenant knows he's addicted, he knows the risk and how dangerous this is, but he relishes the feeling syk gives him to just forget.

Boomer (talk)20:41, 26 April 2016

What is Lieutenant's favorite thing about serving on the Lost Light? Least favorite? How does he feel about the overall mission?

If we didn't have a library on board, what would he do with his free time?

Sao (talk)20:55, 26 April 2016

His favorite thing about serving on the Lost Light IS HAVING A LIBRARY TO WORK WITH! Obvious but he loves it more than many might realize. Least favorite has to be maintenance work, specifically anything that requires heavy lifting. He might be big but he's weak in the physical department.

If they didn't have a library on board, he'd wander the halls aimlessly. He's not in charge on the Lost Light as he was on Colossal, he's just a subordinate. Lieutenant needs to feel like he's being useful and the library gives him that feeling.

Boomer (talk)22:01, 26 April 2016

Is Ambulon looking forward to meeting his roomie? Considering him and Gearshift haven't met IC yet!

Gearshift (talk)21:58, 26 April 2016

Ambulon tends to stay in the medibay because he loves working. I don't think he's yet aware he even has a roommate.

Boomer (talk)22:08, 26 April 2016

Well that's going to be fun! Haha :D

Gearshift (talk)18:33, 27 April 2016

How does Ambulon feel about having to work with Decepticons again, considering that some of them probably hate him for switching sides?

Shipsgenius (talk)02:15, 28 April 2016
Boomer (talk)03:22, 28 April 2016

What is your Thunderclash story?

Tez (talk)00:03, 30 April 2016

Lieutenant never met Thunder Clash personally. (Much like many other war heroes) He knows of him and the stories of the greatest Autobot. Missile (better known as Mixer) met him once. Mixer was a MTO outlier known to mimic other voices perfectly and yet, he failed mimic Thunder's beautiful voice. Thunder Clash told him "Good try."

It was said to be the best compliment Mixer ever received.