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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