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Warcry
2011-01-15, 11:43 PM
Since we're starting off the game right at the end of peacetime, so a lot of our characters (maybe even most of them) won't be soldiers right off the bat. What do you suppose your guys are doing before the shooting starts, and how are they going to get involved in the war?

If you think it would make sense for your character to be tied into someone else's backstory, don't be afraid to ask. Speaking for myself, I'd love to include other folks' characters in my guys' backstories so that they've got some friends or enemies right off the bat. :)

Red Alert: Red is a security expert, so he's either going to be working in police or private security. Heinrad and I have talked about him being Nightbeat's partner but I'm not sure whether we decided that was a good idea or not. If he is a cop, he'll definitely be the Mulder-type who sees criminal conspiracies behind everything. He'd probably be investigating something Decepticon-related as the game starts, perhaps tracking down a mole or a traitor.

Silverbolt: I can't see Silverbolt doing anything other than being a soldier. His fear of flying probably kept him out of front-line duty, but his personality and no-nonsense demeanour makes him a perfect fit for a base commander or someone in command of an administrative squadron. I'm not sure exactly where he'll fit in to start, though.

Smokescreen: Smokey is going to be a big, big divergence from the version I'm playing now. Instead of being a borderline-evil compulsive liar who sees everything in terms of tactics, in the new game Smokescreen is a pleasant and genuinely caring person -- hence why he's in his bright, cheerfully-garish Universe body instead of the darker, more brooding Alternators one. I see him as someone who doesn't like to solve problems with violence and prefers to use brains, misdirection and guile instead. A trained psychiatrist (and by implication, a medical doctor too), his role among the Autobots would be like a more-useful version of Counsellor Troi: helping individual Autobots cope with the loss of their homeland on the one hand, and providing tactical input and using his psychological skills to anticipate how the enemy will react to the Autobots' plans on the other.

As for why he'd join the Autobots...in one of the old Find Your Fate books I got as a kid, Smokescreen talks about how the Decepticons' experiments with antigravity caused his home to drift out of the planet's gravity well. I quite like that and think I'll adapt it to fit for our game. Perhaps he was living on an orbital habitat, and someone like Shockwave or Predacon was renting lab space there for their experiments?

Jetfire: As per my discussions with Clogs, Starscream and Jetfire are going to be scientific research partners who explore far-away worlds. When they discover that Zeta Prime is using their data for nefarious purposes, the two of them end up siding with the Decepticons. I assume he'll eventually have enough of the 'Cons and their evil and switch sides, but that remains to be seen.

Lugnut: Lugnut was a petty criminal who had been sentenced to off-world exile, in much the same way that the UK sentenced criminals to transportation to Australia. Megatron rescued him and his fellow undesirables and gave them shelter in Kaon, earning Lugnut's eternal loyalty. I'm toying with the idea of saying that Nightbeat and/or Red Alert are the ones who arrested him, to create a bit of a rivalry.

Megatron: A former miner who rose to fame as a gladiator, Megatron is the Lord of Kolkular and High Governor of the Province of Kaon. Rather than lead a violent uprising he and his Decepticon followers used their popularity to seize power through legitimate means, although with quite a few shady behind-the-scenes dealings and more than their fair share of mysteriously disappearing rivals. Once he rose to power he abolished democracy and declared himself dictator, presumably to the cheers of his many loyal supporters. In theory he's subordinate to Zeta Prime and the central government, but in practice envoys from Iacon are turned away at the border if they're lucky and simply disappear if they're not.

Predacon: Predacon is simply an amoral scientist. He's fairly old and has the equivalent of postdoctoral degrees in dozens of different fields. He moved to Kaon because Megatron was willing to allow the morally-grey research that the Church forbids everywhere else. Before Kaon he lived on a series of far-flung orbital habitats, disreputable ones that were willing to turn a blind eye to his work in exchange for his services as a scientific consultant.

Soundwave: One of Megatron's closest advisers and the closest he has to an actual friend, Soundwave is the sort of person who likes to work in the background. Outside of Megatron's inner circle, few people would know the name 'Soundwave' before the war breaks out and even fewer would know how important he actually is. He was designed as the sentient core of Cybertron's communications network and wired into it from the moment he was brought online. An entire solar system's worth of transmissions is murder to manage, and it was thought that a specialized living brain would do a better job than artificially-programmed routers and hubs. More than that, though, the government intended for Soundwave to function as a living ECHELON system, listening in on every transmission that passed through him and using his intuition as a living being to decide what might pose a threat. He's good at his job, but he quickly grew to resent what had been done to him. He began to support Megatron in secret, feeding him useful intelligence and doing what he could to mask his leader's activities without tipping the Autobots off to the fact that he'd turned on them.

optimusskids
2011-01-16, 01:59 AM
1)Scoop

I'd like to develop something that was just hinted at in the current game and that is his background as a reporter. He's probably worked most of the slots in the download and is auseful contact for the likes of Nightbeat. I see him being embedded in a unit and through various trials and tribulations ending up discovering that he actually has a knack for soldiering

2)Nightstalker

I see Nightstalker being the equivalent of the Swiss Guard and being a longtime part of the Primal Protection detail

3)Bombard (fanmade)

Bombard is a no nonsense soldier. He has worked his way up through the system and the ranks. He commands a brigade of artillery and will probably as such know Silverbolt. I imagine that artillery will have wained in importance due to the long period of peace and because of that he will be frustrated. H ewill probably be something of a Cassandra figure having been trying to improve various deences to no avail much like the situation in Singapore in WW2

Decepticons

1)Weirdwolf was the Master of the Hunt in Iacon He operated the sporting activities of the hunt, maintained the kennels, working with the huntsman. He grew increasingly frustrated as the hunt tended to be rather snobbish and looked down on him as a professional rather than an amateur like themselves. He was injured when he was kicked in the head by one of the petro-ponies during a hunt which left him with a speech defect. Talking to himself constantly in a weird sing song and scrambling his sentence. Such behaviour was seen as inappropriate and several of the hunt committee organised to have a vote to have him dismissed and replaced. Robbed of the job he loved and blaming the hunt for losing his position Weirdwolf retreated to his flat and gradually drank himself into a stupour. Increasingly unstable he decided to wreak his revenge by hunting those who had voted him off. He stalked and killed several of the committee responsible for his exile before being forced into exile in the Cybertronian underground.


2)Venom tbc

3)Scavenger will be resuming his role as a mining engineer. He was involved with the company that Megatron worked for as low to middle management . obssesed and involved with his work of finding mineral deposits he is oblivious of the cost to the workers. Not bad just blinkered. Because of this role and the realisation of how badly the miners were being treated. He is desperate to prove himself thus explaining his eagerness to please.

4)Squawktalk enlisted for two years in the Airforce he was promoted to Sergeant and worked as an communications specialist. After his discharge from the military, He went to work in the advertising industry, as a copywriter as part of his duties Squawktalk produced radio and television commercials . He discovered while pitching his ideas that he had atalent for mimicry and found work doing radio plays and voice overs. concurrently with this work he began adventure novels. His most famous creation was the adventurer and archeologist Relic. While researching the plots for his novels he himself developed a passion for Archaeology and Xenbiology especially the study of different languages which he discovered he had a talent for. Despite his passion and enthusiasm he is seen by professionals as a nouvel riche amateur and source of funds. One of his excavations comes to the attention of the Church who wanted him to stop the dig. Their insistenc ebecame mor eforceful and he was forced to flee to Kaon to escape them which is where he is when war breaks out.





5) Finback - retired Navy , discharged because of his rust condition he misses the life on the ocean wave. Eeking out an existence on his pension and savings he is confined to a hover chair and in his original pretender body. He tries to recapture his former existence by hanging around bars and telling tall tales. When war seems inevitable he tries to reenlist but his medical condition hinders him. Drawn to Kaon by rumours of a possible cure due to research being done there he finds himself unable to afford the surgery and forced tomake a tough decision...

Blackjack
2011-01-16, 03:02 AM
Great thread. I think I've mentioned backstories in passing to Warcry and Springer85... time to post the whole shebang, then.

1) Grimlock: Grimlock would be one of the outcasts living in Kaon, participating in the deadly gladiatoral games there. A former soldier, perhaps? Kicked out of the army for over-usage of violence? This would lead him to be offered a place in the Decepticon army. However, since Grimlock is a noble soul deep down, he refuses to take part in a rebellion. When the war broke out, he would later join the Autobots when it's clear that he has to take sides.

If I go with the former soldier background, it would be feasible for him to be old friends with Kup like in War Within. Warcry and I have talked about him developing some sort of rivalry with Jetfire, but nothing specific yet.

2) Gunrunner: His bio has already given us a backstory so we'll go that route. He would most likely be a soldier, commandeering one of several experimental combat vehicle armours. When the war broke out his team would be ambushed by Sixshot and several others, thereby leading to the deaths of his entire team. Gunnie will survive just by the virtue of his armour taking the hits for him.

3) Sentinel Prime: Since Sentinel would be getting the Matrix later, he would need to be at a high position in the command. I was thinking of his Animated background as a boot camp officer, but that doesn't sound too feasible to be a candidate of the Matrix. Although Optimus was a dockworker/archivist, so who knows? Since his weapon is a lance, I'll presume he has learnt quite a fair bit of melee combat, so he must've been formally trained somewhere. Definitely he'll need some closeness with Nova Prime, in order for the him to pass the Matrix to him. Springer85 has also suggested he be one of Kup's former students. One of his less stellar ones, of course.

And he would hate hate hate Optimus Prime. No idea why, though. Any ideas Hein?

4) Warpath: Warpath would be one of Sentinel Prime's team of soldiers or security officers. He would be present when Sentinel would undoubtedly be killed, and... well, we'll see what I have in store for him.

He seems like the kind of guy who would hang out with someone like Brawn.

5) Obsidian: Obsidian would be my attempt at creating any sort of lengthy backstory. A former war general that has led countless campaigns in defense of Cybertron, with the age of peace Obsidian became basically useless and is relegated to menial tasks. Maybe even a conflict with Zeta Prime? This would lead him to question the current government. The deluded former general would later stumble onto Kaon and the Decepticon movement. The Decepticon propaganda, that Cybertron's Golden Age has fallen to disrepair under the incompetent Autobots, would vindicate Obsidian's misgivings about the Autobot government. Being a fanatic zealot to Cybertron's fate, Obsidian would immediately join the Decepticons, fully convinced that they are the only chance of Cybertron ever regaining its glory. Thus he would turn his back on everything in the Autobot army. Little did he know that the civil war that is to come would ravage his beloved Cybertron...

Talked to Springer85 about this. Obsidian would be a former war comrade to Kup, and when Obsidian changed sides he would offer Kup the same chance... but would be disgusted when Kup refuses, thinking that he doesn't have Cybertron's best interests in mind. Would probably know a bunch of old people like Ironhide and Zeta Prime as well.

6) Scorponok: a bit of a tough one here, because Scorponok's got some backstories to tie together. Warcry suggested he be a construction worker (which would explain for his large size and his odd body design), probably working in a city close to Kaon. I'll use that. I would probably have him dabble in xenobiology or somesuch of science, since he's interested in that sort of stuff. Perhaps a cohort of Predacon? He'll learn his strategist and leadership stuff from Obsidian. And most definitely I'll find a way for him to be good buddies with Deathsaurus.

7) Sixshot: Sixshot won't exist before the war. He'll be built when the Decepticons (Shockwave or Predacon or Scorponok or a combination thereof) perfect triple changing and later six changing, being sparked by a Vector Sigma node captured by the Decepticons in their campaign. Perhaps some of my guys would lead the thing. Sixshot would be like Captain America (instead of his world-destroyer status, although propaganda would insist that), then, some sort of super soldier to carve a path through the Autobot ranks. However due to his experimental state he wouldn't be used in large capacities. One of his first missions would be hit-and-run attacks to destroy a bunch of soldiers. Namely, Gunrunner's party. Later on, when the Decepticons are convinced Sixshot could be used as a living genocide weapon he would be deployed against wherever Depth Charge is living. BOOM! Two rivalries done. I could see him developing some sort of detachment from life in general, since all he know from his life is that he's built as a weapon and nothing else. Perhaps Sunstorm might convince him to join the faith of Primus? Just a random thought.

Since he's a heck of a powerhouse, he probably won't be used much on Earth. Phase six, yo.

8) Skywarp: Skywarp... I haven't decided for him yet until I saw Warcry's backstory for Lugnut. Can Skywarp be one of the other prisoners with Lugnut? Because when you think about it Skywarp is one heck of a loyal Decepticon. Might even get some camaraderie with Lugnut at the same time.

Warcry
2011-01-16, 07:11 AM
Warcry and I have talked about him developing some sort of rivalry with Jetfire, but nothing specific yet.
Since the 'Cons are going to be trying to recruit them at the same time...maybe Grimlock tries to talk Jetfire into leaving with him, but Jetfire stays because of Starscream? That could be how it starts, anyway.

Can Skywarp be one of the other prisoners with Lugnut?
I like that idea a lot. :)

Lugnut's going to be doing his first mission for Megatron as the game starts. Want to have Skywarp tag along?

Blackjack
2011-01-16, 07:23 AM
Since the 'Cons are going to be trying to recruit them at the same time...maybe Grimlock tries to talk Jetfire into leaving with him, but Jetfire stays because of Starscream? That could be how it starts, anyway.

Ace. :up:

Lugnut's going to be doing his first mission for Megatron as the game starts. Want to have Skywarp tag along?

But of course.

The game is starting when the war has just begun, right?

Springer85
2011-01-16, 09:30 PM
Kup: Kup's already in the army and is responsible for training the new recruits. Teaching them basic hand to hand combat, how to fire a weapon and such. He'll be quite a hardass and won't really take crap from anybody. Has been in many battles alongside Obsidian and will think of him as a friend, even when Obsidian chooses to join the Decepticons.

He has seen lots of horrible things in his time, which made him lose his faith in Primus.

Jazz: Already a Special Forces commander so no big change there. Haven't developed much of a backstory yet, but working on it. :up:

Ultra Magnus: He won't be a soldier from the start and will probably be working as a transporter of heavy things. He has a clear sense of right and wrong and will most likely be the Captain America of the Autobots. A great soldier and does everything by the book. No doubt he'll have a run in with Sixshot :p

Wheeljack: He'll be busy working on various kinds of projects. Some of which are Gestalt tech, triple changer tech, maybe even space bridge tech. This would probably place him in Kaon too. He'll be the kind of mech that'll invent great things that were meant to help their race, but sadly end up being used as weapons in the war. His prototypes have a nasty habit of blowng up in his lab, destroying half of it in the process before being perfected :D

Springer: Since he won't be triple changer from the start, his alt mode is going to be a race car type. He'll be a racer on Cybertron and wil have an incredible fan base which will make him a little cocky. Sadly, when most of his fans are going to be blown away, he'll sign up with the Autobots for revenge. Since I saw somebody pick Yoketron, I'm thinking of having Springer study under him. If the controller of him would like that :) The sudden loss of fame and fortune will make him very determined to put a stop to Megatron's actions, because he wants everything to return to the way it was.

Volks: He'll be a hacker and a good one too. His skills will probaly make him a wanted mech by the Decepticons because they want him to hack his way into various systems. He hacks out of sport and does it because he can. Never has any evil intentions with it, but does it to prove that there's not a system on the planet that's safe from him. He's a religious guy, so that'll automatically make him an Autobot.

Landmine: He'll be a miner from the start, mining for various kinds of things. He won't be a Pretender from the start, but if the staff will allow me, Wheeljack will eventually develop the Pretender process. The Shells will prevent a mech to become infected by Dark Energon and will provide additional protection when he's out in space, miningfor things.

Razorclaw: He'll be probably be in charge of a fuel deposit or something. Don't know yet.

Heinrad
2011-01-17, 06:00 AM
Actually, I'd been thinking about starting a thread for Universe-style bios.....

Starting with the Autobots.....

Ironhide: As old as(or slightly older than) Kup, in charge of Zeta Prime's security detail. Ornery, gruff, well-nigh invulnerable, and..... eh. The way he is now, really. Voiced by: Peter Cullen

Nightbeat: Loves a mystery. And having him partnered with Red Alert should be interesting to say the least..... Voiced by: Pierce Brosnan

Tracks: I'm figuring that starting out, Tracks is going to look like his War Within design. Effective warrior, maybe a little prone to being flash. It's only when he gets to Earth that his narcisisstic side comes out. Voiced by: Mike McConnohie

Hot Rod: This should actually be kind of interesting. Roddy's always had that one major event in his past(interfering in the Prime/Megs fight) to color how he's played. Now he doesn't. All he's got for a background is being a punk kid who, so far, has managed not to get thrown in prison for something. Maybe if a certain gruff old Autobot took the punk kid under his wing? Voiced by: either John Barrowman or Will Friedle.

Roadbuster: Already in the army(probably trained by Kup). Confirmed gun nut, hence all the guns he carries. Voiced by: Toby Longworth

Orion/Optimus Prime: Not long out of boot camp(probably where he met up with Sentinel Prime), he's got excellent leadership potential..... as long as he lives long enough. Voiced by: Peter Cullen

For the Decepticons......

Bludgeon: He's going to start out looking like the inner Pretender robot before going to his ROTF body(I'm figuring an accident in transit from Cybertron). Possibly the only true Master of Metallikato(no others have popped up as openly as he has, not that he's advertising his presence). Voiced by: Alan Oppenheimer

Straxus: Straxus has a firmly held belief in control. Having seen the way things are going as the Autobot's governance of things declines, he throws his lot in with Megatron. He believes that the laws should be upheld with no quarter given due to circumstance. He's not sadistic, just driven and focused. Voiced by: James Earl Jones

tahukanuva
2011-01-17, 07:37 AM
Rad: An explorer at heart, Rad travels all over the galaxy discovering new worlds, new peoples, new sights, always learning, always doing. When he is on Cybertron, he's a higher learning instructor at an academy just outside Iacon. He was a bit a tendency to ramble. Well, blather a bit. Well, really it's more talking in circles. But only sometimes. Well, usually, really. Voice: David Tennant

Blaze: A former member of the military who went through command school with Sentinel. After spending awhile in the standards, Blaze made his way into an elite Black-Ops group. After several exceptional years in the service, he took an early retirement and fell off the radar for awhile. Recently, he turned back up in connection with the deaths of multiple (corrupt) officials and a few military lab explosions. Once tensions started rising and rumors of war began to stir, Sentinel managed to arrange a meeting with his old friend, hoping to talk him into silencing the loudest voices of seccession and maybe delay a full out conflict... Voice: David Hayter

Gobots: A member of the standing army, Gobots leads a pretty simple life; work his shift, grab a glass at the bar, maybe go watch a gladiator match or a race with his buddies. An all-around nice guy, he'll help out a friend without hesitation, and'll stick right by your side when you need him. He's a competent fighter though, and the rush of live combat is a thrill like no other. Voice: Tom Hanks (Green Mile)

Sunstorm He of the nuclear core, Sunstorm tends to keep to himself. Not because of any shyness, however; because he has a terrible habit of irradiating whoever he's around if he's not careful. He's currently employed as a religious scholar. For now he's not really crazy (a bit arrogant) but he won't exactly handle his power difference with human tech well... Voice: Keith David

Deathsaurus: A white collar criminal who's bought his way out of his sentences, Deathsaurus runs the underworld of Kaon. He first found Megatron during the latter's election campaign, and donated a significant amount to the campaign. Now that the Decepticons are gearing up for war, Deathsaurus has made himself the primary arms dealer and development funder of the Megatron's new army. Voice: Alan Rickman

Hardtop: A quiet, nerdy fellow, Hardtop never really pictured himself in the military, but a recruiter who saw him in action at the local Lazerwar* arena convinced him otherwise; turns out, Hardtop had a keen eye and enough patience to make a top of the line sniper. So, he enlisted in the military, and was one of many drawn into by Megatron's charisma. Overall, the army job isn't too bad; gives him plenty of time to catch up his reading at least. Voice: Tobey McGuire

Astrotrain: Deathsaurus' right-hand man and newly-assigned head of tech-development, Astrotrain may be a bureaucrat, but he's a top-level bureaucrat in one of the largest criminal organizations on the planet, and you don't get there by being a spineless paper-pusher. Astrotrain is efficient, assertive, and precise. He knows that a well run group should reward those who do best, and let go of those who fall under par. He also believes that hardest working member (himself, naturally) should get the best toys for himself, thus a crude, early form of triple changing, amounting to little more than wings and a booster tacked onto his hoversled mode. Voice: Jeff Bridges

Sky-Byte: A high-up in the Cybertronian Navy, Sky-Byte is an ambitious sort of guy, who worked his way up with his cunning and charisma. On the outside he's rather goofy, prone to dramatic postures and spontaneous song, but on the inside his mind's always running, planning, aiming for the top. When things are going his way, he's happy-as-can-be (which, for him, is really quite happy) but as soon as things start to look down, he flies into a panic, often throwing him even further behind. His life will be forever changed the day he discovers Earth poetry... Voice: Cam Clarke

*kind of Cybertronian paintball/laser tag

Blackjack
2011-01-17, 09:20 AM
@Hein: we need to figure out a backstory on why Sentinel and Orion hates each other so much...

Springer85
2011-01-17, 09:41 AM
Perhaps Kup sensed the potential that Orion has in him and Sentinel is jealous of that? ;)

Blackjack
2011-01-17, 10:27 AM
Perhaps...

Let's have a sample backstory: Despite Sentinel's hardwork and strict adherence to the rules, Orion/Optimus have always showed initiative to be a leader and whatnot, leading guys like Kup and Zeta to commend Optimus. This would lead to a jealousy between Sentinel, who, no matter how hard he tried, would always stumble upon his pride, leading to his bitterness at Optimus and his general jerkass attitude.

And Sentinel would gradually realize that Optimus is the better Autobot when he hands down the Matrix, most likely just as he is about to die.

Although some incident in the past like in Animated would surely clinch the deal...

Heinrad
2011-01-17, 03:48 PM
Mentally I'm going with Sentinel running the Autobot equivalent of an Officer Command School here.....

That works. Op winds up being one of those people with "natural charisma", leading others to listen to him no matter the situation. And he's got initiative, so people like Kup and Zeta notice him and commend him, even if what he's done(delivering a memo or something) wouldn't necessarialy warrant it.

Sentinel would probably lack the "natural charisma". He's respected and listened to because he's earned it through hard work, coming up through the ranks, unlike this wet behind the audio receptors kid who everybody likes as soon as they meet him.

As for why Sentinel hates him........

It would start subconsciously, I'd guess. Some inner part of Sentinel recognizing that Orion(I was thinking of switching to the Optimus Prime name after he gets the Matrix) is a natural leader. As it grows, maybe he notices that the other cadets pay more attention to Orion when he says something than they do to him when he's lecturing. If it's a training scenario, the other cadets listen to Orion before they even think about Sentinel's orders.

Even if Orion doesn't percieve that he's got a natural ability to lead(I liked elements of the early "Op as Leader" glimpse we got in the Ironhide mini), Sentinel would be picking up on it.

Eventually all of this built-up anger over this punk recruit Sentinel sees as usurping his position causes Sentinel to have Orion lead what should be a simple overnight patrol somewhere. one that Sentinel has arranged to cause an "accident" that, on paper, will be Orion's fault. And as Orion will be dead, or at the least incapacitated for a long period of time, as a result, Sentinel is seeing this as a win for him.

Unfortunately, not only does Orion survive unscathed, he manages to save the whole group of recruits, heaping even more praise on Orion's shoulders, and even more resentment and hatred on Sentinel's. Sentinel did a good enough job of covering his tracks that nobody knows he was the one who planned the near-fatal accident(I was thinking a map error that sends Orion and his team into the target area of a live-fire artillery drill). Orion has suspicions, but no proof to back them up.

Sound viable?

Blaster
2011-01-17, 10:33 PM
Sunstreaker: Gladiator. He is a gladiator. But he won't be some run of the mill gladiator. A run of the mill, win-some-lose-some gladiator. No he is one of the best, because he wants to be the best. In fact I am gonna say that by the time this RPG starts he'll be pretty much undefeated. He'll have no real losses to his name except one, to Megatron and his pride and ego will be what turn him into an Autobot. Simply to get another chance at Megatron.

Unlike Megatron he won't have taken his fighting fame to the next level. He'll stay a gladiator because he is good at it and because he thrives on the attention he gets. He is famous for what he does and how he does it, with the flare of a showman and the ruthlessness of a viking.

Song that inspired: Sparkle and Shine - Econoline Crush

Sideswipe: Also a Gladiator, but he doesn't really have the aptitude for it that Sunstreaker does. They used to work in tandem in 2-on-2 battles, but Sunstreaker eventually moved to one-on-one after railing out Sideswipe for holding him back. Sideswipe also works as a bouncer and muscle for a local energon bar. He doesn't really resent Sunstreaker, since he didn't really enjoy the seriousness that the gladiatorial arenas came with. He wants to fight as much as his brother but not in the spot light, hence the bouncer gig. Will likely join the Autobots with his brother. He doesn't much care for their cause at the start, but Sunstreaker wants a shot at the one guy who beat him and Sideswipe isn't about to try and hold him back or pick the other side.

Song that inspired: Zero - Yeahyeahyeahs.

Brawn: Construction worker. Not just an expert at taking things down, but it really is his favorite part of the job. He looks at Cybertron and sees buildings that he's helped build and that makes him proud, damn proud. He didn't design them, he didn't pay for them, he dug in and knocked what was there before down and then poured his oil and energon into putting the new building up. He would also be the transformers definition of a blue-collared red neck. Does his job, goes home and has his fun, recharges and does the same thing the next day.

Song that inspired: T.N.T - AC/DC

Blaster: Unlike Soundwave, he was designed to work on a much smaller scale as far as comm's traffic goes. He was built to lighten the load, and eventually transferred from comm's traffic in general to strictly entertainment traffic. Not just relaying the traffic, but also creating it. He has both the top watched and top listened to shows in all of Cybertron as well as being a musician. There is probably nobody on Cybertron who doesn't know Blaster's face and cool and calm mannerisms. His voice flows so smoothly he could say just about anything and have people cheering for more and tuning in everyday. Both his shows revolve around music, cybertronian or otherwise, current events and comedy. He also has guests on every now and then.

Song that inspired: Derezzed (NTEIBINT Remix) - Daft Punk


Blitzwing: Former military, but his lust for battle and the relative peace on Cybertron left him bored. He left and became a mercenary off planet for a while. He returned as Megatron began to build his army and quickly joined up. Will not start as a triple changer, but will be volunteering for the science behind the upgrade near the beginning of the game.


Song that inspired: Feuer Frei - Rammstein.

? ? ? ?: Unknown. Amnesiac warrior, not on Cybertron and won't be starting the game being played.

Song that will inspire: One - Metallica

optimusskids
2011-01-17, 10:36 PM
Nightstalker materilises from the shadows next to Ironhide.

"looks like we're working together chief."

Aero Blade
2011-01-18, 03:26 AM
Only have a few of my characters sorted out for backstory, haven't figured out anything special for Dirge, Tracer, or Hound yet.

Yoketron and Terabolt: Longstanding member of the Temple Knight order, Yoketron has been involved in protecting Temple Knight interests and relics all over Cybertron, and occasionally off planet. Aside from tutoring recruits into the TK order, he most often functioned solo, until he was sent out to the Dead End region to help quell fighting in the lawless region. It was there he countered a young caretakerless sparkling, Terabolt, and sensing potential he took her on as his personal apprentice. The two have rarely been appart since then, even after Tera's training is completed near the start of the war.

Raiku: A maitenance worker before things heat up, Raiku was part of a team that would handle repairs, maitenance, and monitoiring of various equipment and relays all around cybertron, though most work centering near Iacon. Raiku inadvertantly becomes involved in war matters when he begins detecting anomalies in various systems created by Soundwave.

Hound: ???

Dirge: ???

Tracer: ???

Blackjack
2011-01-18, 12:44 PM
Mentally I'm going with Sentinel running the Autobot equivalent of an Officer Command School here.....

Yeah, something like that. Officer Command School sounds a hell lot more posh than 'Boot Camp', though.

That works. Op winds up being one of those people with "natural charisma", leading others to listen to him no matter the situation.

-snip-

Even if Orion doesn't percieve that he's got a natural ability to lead(I liked elements of the early "Op as Leader" glimpse we got in the Ironhide mini), Sentinel would be picking up on it.

All of these would work well in their hate relationship, and a very viable excuse as well. Sentinel works so hard to get to his lofty post, but with a word or two Optimus/Orion could get people to respect him more than Sentinel. That would get people angry, I bet. Perhaps Zeta or Kup or Ironhide would comment in passing that Optimus has more potential than Sentinel or something?


Eventually all of this built-up anger over this punk recruit Sentinel sees as usurping his position causes Sentinel to have Orion lead what should be a simple overnight patrol somewhere. one that Sentinel has arranged to cause an "accident" that, on paper, will be Orion's fault. And as Orion will be dead, or at the least incapacitated for a long period of time, as a result, Sentinel is seeing this as a win for him.

Unfortunately, not only does Orion survive unscathed, he manages to save the whole group of recruits, heaping even more praise on Orion's shoulders, and even more resentment and hatred on Sentinel's. Sentinel did a good enough job of covering his tracks that nobody knows he was the one who planned the near-fatal accident(I was thinking a map error that sends Orion and his team into the target area of a live-fire artillery drill). Orion has suspicions, but no proof to back them up.

Sound viable?

Hmmm... while Sentinel might be the kind of jerk to ignore other people's work, or stop Optimus from doing something that is technically 'right', or hire bounty hunters and hitmen to do his dirty work, he isn't exactly the type to arrange accidents to deliberately kill Optimus. While I could see this happening, perhaps Sentinel only wanted to simply humiliate Optimus instead of kill him? After all, to humiliate in front of everybody would be jerkish enough, but to kill would be downright maleficent.

Heinrad
2011-01-18, 04:18 PM
I figured if Sentinel was commandant of the Cybertronian equivalent of West Point or Annapolis with elements of the Naval War College(the Cybertron War Academy, perhaps?), the officer rank he held when taking over command would be restored when war broke out. Otherwise, if we just go with what he is in the Animated episode "Autoboot Camp", he's just a D.I. with a serious attitude problem.

He might not deliberately send Orion into the live-fire exercise. Just change the map coordinates to run Orion and the others through rougher and more inhospitable terrain. The end result being to make Orion look like he can't command effectively. Charisma is one thing, but if you can't lead ants to a picnic, what good is it? After they've been sent out, Sentinel discovers that he's sent a bunch of cadets into a live-fire exercise.

Or..... Sentinel could just be harder on Orion than he is on anybody else. He makes it obvious that he hates Orion, takes every opportunity to dress him down in public for even a percieved error. Orion's certainly not going to want to be the president of Sentinel's fan club.

Blackjack
2011-01-19, 11:37 AM
Mmmm, I like that. So Sentinel justifies sending Orion/Optimus' group through harder terrain by seeing if he got the guts, something Sentinel is convinced Orion doesn't have, but is really trying to humiliate Orion. But somehow Sentinel screwed up and sent Orion into a live-arms exercise... only for Orion to emerge victorious and unsatched.

While guys like Magnus would diss Sentinel for not being able to be as good as Orion in the battlefield (he is kind of bumbling at times).

Chip1123
2011-01-19, 02:21 PM
Autobots:
1) Rapido -> is an expert planner and tactician. Seems like he would have already went through a good bit of training to have properly developed those traits. I have been thinking about placing him under Jazz's command perhaps. Thoughts?

2) Highbrow -> Seems like he would be a researcher somewhere. With his memory and penchant for wanting to know everything about everything, and wanting to make sure others know it as well, he'd want to be out at the forefront of breaking discoveries. Maybe he joins Wheeljack in Kaon?

3) Topspin -> He will start as a soldier. Maybe friends with Springer already so as to convince him to join a particular group of troops - the type of troops that could get Springer famous again for being a member of perhaps?


Cons:

4) Clench -> mid-level aristocrat in Kaon. Little bitter that his position has less meaning with Megatron in power. Toying with the idea he might have organized or funded the gladatorial arenas as well. Still open to suggestions on him.

5) Thrust -> If it's alright, I'll put him with Skywarp and Lugnut in the prison-ship. He was a thug that preyed on lesser bots, and was sent away because of it?

Heinrad
2011-01-19, 03:45 PM
That would probably do it. There could be other things as well. Things that Sentinel will praise other cadets for doing, he'd either berate or barely recognize Orion for doing.

If asked, Sentinel could simply say that he sees "potential" in Orion, but the only way he can bring it out it to be hard on him.

Warcry
2011-01-19, 09:02 PM
4) Clench -> mid-level aristocrat in Kaon. Little bitter that his position has less meaning with Megatron in power. Toying with the idea he might have organized or funded the gladatorial arenas as well. Still open to suggestions on him.
Would you like to work in some of the IDW backstory, where Megatron deliberately usurped Clench's rightful place somehow on his rise to the top? Obviously Clench is still alive so Megatron probably didn't murder him to take over his gladiator team, but something similar might have happened in the past. Maybe Megatron cut Clench out of the profits from the gladiator fighting, or Clench was a likely candidate to become governor before Megatron surged onto the scene, something like that.

What do you think?

5) Thrust -> If it's alright, I'll put him with Skywarp and Lugnut in the prison-ship. He was a thug that preyed on lesser bots, and was sent away because of it?
I like that.

miked23
2011-01-19, 09:22 PM
Brawl- Not too sure what Brawl would do before the war, the gladiator thing makes sense but I want to do something different. I would imagine someone as violent and angry as Brawl would end up in prison somehow if he wasnít in the military fighting, I donít know I need ideas.

Depth Charge- I am all for him having his rivalry with Sixshot as Blackjack has suggested. Before the war I would imagine Depth Charge being part of the military doing security work. He would be tasked with guarding some of the religious shrines or temples that were talked about in the other threads.
Obviously his squad dies and civilians are murdered at Sixshotís hands that how his story starts. I donít know when I could start playing him some time shortly after Sixshot shows up probably.

Vindicator- I have no clue what this character would do before the war ideas would be nice if I could get any.

Chip1123
2011-01-19, 09:56 PM
I think perhaps we could combine both ideas. Maybe Clench's gladiatorial ring was what was funding his campaign for govenor, as well as keeping the authority off of him (payoff's anyone? :) ). During Megatron's rise to the top, his power grab cut's Clench's supply - doesn't have the cash or the carisma to go against Megatron. He's left scrambling for respect and power - that which was given to him, or bought, before is now having to be earned back the hard way.

tahukanuva
2011-01-20, 02:27 AM
And all my guys are back-story'd.

Blackjack
2011-01-20, 01:45 PM
That would probably do it. There could be other things as well. Things that Sentinel will praise other cadets for doing, he'd either berate or barely recognize Orion for doing.

This, definitely. :up:

If asked, Sentinel could simply say that he sees "potential" in Orion, but the only way he can bring it out it to be hard on him.

Never thought of that before, but it's a great way for Sentinel to justify to others (and to a lesser extent himself) on why he is so hard to Orion. But really, he is just that much a jerk.

I would imagine someone as violent and angry as Brawl would end up in prison somehow if he wasnít in the military fighting, I donít know I need ideas.

Former disgruntled soldier expelled from the army for being too harsh or something like that, who finds himself traveling to Kaon? Hard to imagine Brawl as anything but a soldier or a gladiator before the war, to be honest.

I donít know when I could start playing him some time shortly after Sixshot shows up probably.

Actually you should play him straight off the bat, so Depth Charge won't depend solely on Sixshot for characterization and somesuch. So he's already a character before Sixshot gets built and kills his team.

Blackjack
2011-01-21, 07:37 AM
You know, for Scorponok I've been thinking. Before he was humbled into a construction worker, perhaps he used to be a politician who fell from grace and as such was forced to scurry off into hiding in Kaon, something along those lines. Would make sense to have a lofty background like that to get to the level of hamminess and political skill that Scorpy has.

optimusskids
2011-01-21, 07:46 AM
maybe Skorponok could be in construction the same way the mafia is in construction?

Blackjack
2011-01-21, 08:54 AM
Ah, bingo! And when the shit hits the fan, Scorpy hides in one of his projects. You're a genius, skids.

Clogs
2011-01-21, 02:47 PM
Jetfire: As per my discussions with Clogs, Starscream and Jetfire are going to be scientific research partners who explore far-away worlds. When they discover that Zeta Prime is using their data for nefarious purposes, the two of them end up siding with the Decepticons. I assume he'll eventually have enough of the 'Cons and their evil and switch sides, but that remains to be seen.

Like the man says...

Starscream: War Within exoform. Enthusiastic off-world explorer who inspires younger units at the Altihex Science Forum where he sometimes gives lectures. He hates being pinned down, needs his elbow room, and is of a quite flamboyant and mercurial disposition - and generally liked by everyone. Intelligent and a quick thinker, he resents being manipulated or slighted, but is quite tolerant and will walk away from a potential confrontation. He has taken Jetfire under his wing as a research partner; Jetfire can cruise space to piggyback him until it's time to enter an atmosphere.
Starscream tries hard to live up to expectations and respects his seniors. A thoroughly honest mech with stars in his optics.

Does that suit?

I'll update this post later with my other characters.

Blaster
2011-01-22, 04:49 AM
maybe Skorponok could be in construction the same way the mafia is in construction?

Puts him in conflict with Brawn.

Blackjack
2011-01-22, 11:37 AM
Puts him in conflict with Brawn.

Scorponok can take Brawn on! :o

Blaster
2011-01-22, 05:56 PM
Scorponok can take Brawn on! :o

New Universe Brawn does not have a shoulder weakness. Bring it. =|

I am also looking for someone who is playing another Gladiatorial fight to start the game off against Sunstreaker, the only request I'd have is that you're willing to let them lose.

Blitzwing, I am open to suggestions for.

I'd like a higher ranking Autobot or Decepticon military figure for Blaster to do an interview with near the beginning of the game as well

Blackjack
2011-01-23, 12:35 AM
I'd like a higher ranking Autobot or Decepticon military figure for Blaster to do an interview with near the beginning of the game as well

Sentinel? Scorponok?

Blaster
2011-01-23, 05:40 PM
Sentinel? Scorponok?


Either or would probably do fine.

Blaster
2011-01-25, 07:43 AM
I am also looking for someone who is playing another Gladiatorial fight to start the game off against Sunstreaker, the only request I'd have is that you're willing to let them lose.

Blitzwing, I am open to suggestions for.


Anyone?

Anyone at all?

Beuller?

Blackjack
2011-01-25, 11:20 AM
Well, Grimlock is the only one in my roster that's going to be a gladiator... (Obsidian and Scopy aren't exactly going to be fighting in the ring, and Skywarp's off with Lugnut and Thrust) but no way is Grimmy going to take a fall against Sunny. So I'm just posting to say that I'll be unhelpful in this matter.

Clogs
2011-01-25, 02:53 PM
I am also looking for someone who is playing another Gladiatorial fight to start the game off against Sunstreaker, the only request I'd have is that you're willing to let them lose.

I have spare capacity in my roster - do you want me to take on a potential loser for you? I'd rather not set up a fan-character, so I'm open to suggestions as to who the loser is to be.

If it's someone I can pick up later the the story arc, all the better...

Aero Blade
2011-01-25, 04:23 PM
well I have no plans yet for Dirge, but I don't know that he's gladiator material.

Still not much idea for Hound and Tracer either, but I'm leaning towards Hound being a terrain surveyor of some kind before the war starts.

Really not sure what to do for Tracer, name makes me think possibly of a spy but I don't think that fits his character. Would Megatron have need of a scout/tracker bfore the war heats up? Just to spy on those in his territory perhaps.

Warcry
2011-01-25, 06:51 PM
Really not sure what to do for Tracer, name makes me think possibly of a spy but I don't think that fits his character. Would Megatron have need of a scout/tracker bfore the war heats up? Just to spy on those in his territory perhaps.
Since we're planning to have some of Megatron's goons attack one of the Vector computers either right off the bat or very shortly afterwards, I figure that a scout will come in handy.

Any idea who else we should send? Clogs and I have Lugnut (and maybe the other guys who've tied their origins to him) pencilled in for something related to Starscream and Jetfire. I'm assuming a few of the science-types will go (Predacon for sure, maybe Shockwave...) but who else should go with them?

optimusskids
2011-01-25, 07:27 PM
Chameleon :)

Aero Blade
2011-01-25, 11:09 PM
Any idea who else we should send? Clogs and I have Lugnut (and maybe the other guys who've tied their origins to him) pencilled in for something related to Starscream and Jetfire. I'm assuming a few of the science-types will go (Predacon for sure, maybe Shockwave...) but who else should go with them?

I'm starting to lean towards hired thug for Dirge. His creepiness probably suits him to jobs keeping people out of places, guard or bouncer perhaps. I could see him joining up with Meg's group for better pay or just a change of pace, instead using it to intemidate the enemy.

Blackjack
2011-01-25, 11:24 PM
Obsidian and/or Scorponok would love for something to do.

tahukanuva
2011-01-25, 11:29 PM
I'm starting to lean towards hired thug for Dirge. His creepiness probably suits him to jobs keeping people out of places, guard or bouncer perhaps. I could see him joining up with Meg's group for better pay or just a change of pace, instead using it to intemidate the enemy.

Working with Deathsaurus, perhaps?

Blaster
2011-01-26, 12:14 AM
bouncer perhaps..

Sideswipe =D

I was hoping for a character someone already had, Clogs. If you have a character you'd like to pick up, that's great. If not I'll just NPC a scrub.

Also, Grimlock could face Sunstreaker and lose. It's not outside of the realm of possibility!

Clogs
2011-01-26, 01:09 PM
Chameleon :)

As Gladiator fodder?

Could be, given his original role was to die horribly in the arena at the hands of the 'Cons. BUT THIS TIME HE SURVIVES!!!

I could run with Chameleon as a trainee spy on Earth. His lifespan might not be infinitely extensible.

Blaster - yes?

Blaster
2011-01-26, 08:39 PM
As Gladiator fodder?

Could be, given his original role was to die horribly in the arena at the hands of the 'Cons. BUT THIS TIME HE SURVIVES!!!

I could run with Chameleon as a trainee spy on Earth. His lifespan might not be infinitely extensible.

Blaster - yes?


No clue who he is, so he works for me.

Clogs
2011-01-27, 12:10 AM
Add Chameleon to my line-up... ;)

Aero Blade
2011-01-27, 12:39 AM
Working with Deathsaurus, perhaps?

works for me

Heinrad
2011-01-27, 06:13 AM
Straxus: -sitting behind desk- "Read it back to me."

Hoverdrone(think the assistant drone Megs had in BM): -holding a memopad in one manipulator arm and a pen in the other, holding the pad up in front of it's optic sensor- "Lord-Governor Straxus is looking for a few good mechs who understand that in the enforcement of his rule, there is no room for lieniency. The successful applicants must understand that there is no mercy dispensed here, only dearth."

Straxus: "Death. Not dearth."

Hoverdrone: -scribbles in the correction- "Is there anything else, my lord?"

Straxus: "That will do, for now."

Blaster
2011-01-27, 07:37 AM
Add Chameleon to my line-up... ;)

NYYYYYYYYYERM PM INCOMING.

Blackjack
2011-01-27, 10:36 AM
(@Hein, just because I was bored:)

Drone: -enters a bar in Kaon where five Transformers are drinking- "Gentlemen, you have a recruitment message from Lord Straxus." -message plays-

Grimlock: -slams fist on table, waking the sleeping Skywarp up- "Me Grimlock am star of game! Me Grimlock refuse to be skull face's minion!"

Skywarp: "Oh, for Maximo's ugly beard... tell him to go round up the Insecticons or something. I'll be too busy spray-painting cute flowers and puppies and unicorns on Lugnut's big fat afterburner than to cater to a guy that waves a pick-ax around."

Obsidian: "I, former grand general of Cybertron's army and her most staunch defender, reduced into a servitor of a mere sector governor? Is this how low our society has sunk? Preposterous. The Golden Age of Cybertron has truly ended."

Scorponok: "Politicians and little minions are mutually exclusive. No."

Grimlock: "What about Ratbat?"

Scorponok: "That little freak is different. He's a lawyer as well. Slaggin' bloodsucker."

Sixshot: "I want to help. But my contract says I only appear after-" -shuffles through script pages- "-a bunch of 'Cons take over a Vector Sigma node. Can't help you on this. In any case, I'm as good as six goons. So no way am I going to take that role."

Skywarp: "Eez, Six, you think you're so special, aren't you?"

Sixshot: "You're just pissed because you never do anything cool as I had done."

Skywarp: "I can teleport!"

Grimlock: "You also dumb as brick."

Obsidian: "Truly, in war, great power assets without any sense direction or a sense of purpose is doomed to fail."

Skywarp: -sulks-

optimusskids
2011-01-27, 12:36 PM
Weirdwolf sniggers wolfishly

"Alt modes Six. Think I compensating for something someone is. Know what they say All Jack trades of master none of."

Finback: "ahh yes I remember the Golden age well, there was this one time when I was on patrol on the Rust Sea....."

Blackjack
2011-01-27, 01:44 PM
Sixshot: -transforms into beast mode- "I am Massster of all my alternate modessss. That, and I am a bigger wolf than you."

Skywarp: -chuckles- "At least he doesn't talk like no Yoda."

Scorponok: -leans in- "We haven't reached Earth yet, dolt."

Skywarp: "Slog. At least he doesn't talk like no Slog."

Obsidian: "Ah, another one who remembers the Golden Age! Verily, friend Decepticon, did you participate in any of the old Cybertronian wars? You might've recognized me. I single-handedly organized the entire aerospace defense of the northen hemisphere of the planet this one time..."

Heinrad
2011-01-27, 02:34 PM
Drone: -sighs to itself- "I told him we needed a better benefits package."

Hot Rod: -scowling into his drink- "Benefits package?"

Drone: "Oh, yes. While we do pay for parts replacement as needed.... you have to replace your parts yourself. If your arm falls off, we provide it, you'll have to reattach it."

Hot Rod: -cocks an eyebrow- "That sucks."

Drone: "I think it's because he's had so many of us drones on staff. We tend to repair ourselves. And while we're good at upper level management, we don't exactly sow fear and terror with every footstep." -manages to look sheepish- "Mainly due to the lack of feet."

Hot Rod: "I can see that." -takes a long pull from his drink- "What's the pay?"

Drone: "All the energon you need to be at peak operating efficinecy and 2,000 shanix a lunar cycle."

Hot Rod: "Only 2,000?"

Drone: "Well, considering your age and lack of experienYEEP!!!"

Hot Rod: -right arm snapping up, arm mounted double barrelled proton cannon aimed directly at the drone's optics- "What was that?"

Drone: "Er..... 10,000?"

Hot Rod: "Better...... can you do better than that?"

optimusskids
2011-01-27, 05:23 PM
Finback nodded "That was you, Yes I remember it well , I was in charge of Tango Element of Task Force Alpha 3 of the Naval Contingenent."

Weirdwolf rolled under Sixshot and pressed a claw gently on Sixshot's belly

"Better is not always big."

Blackjack
2011-01-27, 11:04 PM
Sixshot: -transforms into tank mode, intent to flatten Weirdwolf like a Looney Tunes cartoon- "Maybe. Bigger is heavier, though."

Obsidian: -Nods- "I remember that. I think in one of your missions you fought- yes, Strika and I had a field day trying to blow up that Giant Floating Head."

Skywarp: -to the audience- "See? Even fake role-plays like this can make new character backstories. What a world."

Scorponok: "What did you just DO?"

Skywarp: "Breaking the fourth wall, obviously. Around here I'm the only one who acts like Deadpool. I wisecrack, I can teleport, I am trigger-happy... enroll me in Bludgeon's school of awesomeswordfightingness and I'll be set."

Scorponok, Obsidian, Sixshot, Grimlock: -unison- "NO."

Heinrad
2011-01-29, 04:43 PM
Nightbeat: -looking out at the audience- "Don't mind him, folks. He's got delusions of grandeur."

Hot Rod: "If Skywarp can't do it, why can you?"

Nightbeat: "Think ReBoot."

Hot Rod: "Oh, yeah.... the one where they're wondering what kind of a sick, twisted mind would come up with a survival horror FPS, then they all glare at the audience."

Nightbeat: "Exactly."

Hot Rod: "We can't even do that, you know."

Nightbeat: "Not all the time, certainly."

Hot Rod: -stands- "Well, I'm off to be Darth Vader's flunky." -looks out at the audience- "And I bet we all know how that will turn out." -winks broadly-

Drone: -oblivious to the goings on, as drones are wont to be- "Lord Straxus has been wheezing a little lately......."

Blackjack
2011-01-30, 01:27 PM
Skywarp: -saunters over to Nightbeat, speaks animatedly- "You know, technically this is racism. We can't have that around here. People will complain. See what happened with the bumper car twins in ROTF?"

Obsidian: -hovers over to the group- "Now, here, whelp-"

Skywarp: "I mean, you think I can't speak to the audience just because of my race? This is absurd! This is unspeakably rude! I will sue!"

Obsidian: "Our black colour is only because of our paintjob, idiot."

Skywarp: "I meant Decepticon."

Obsidian: "Oh."

Gunrunner: "That... was unbelievably bad. Are the two of you drunk?"

Obsidian: "I have to get all angsty for my role. I need to be drunk." -waves script in hand- "We go live in two days, Autobot. Considering your role I suggest you get drunk too."

Gunrunner: -nods-

optimusskids
2011-01-30, 02:30 PM
Finback smiles "ahh those were the days so it looks like we will be doomed to repeat our words of wisdom but to be ignored by the younger generation.

Weirdwolf crawls out from under the gap between the tracks

"bigger not always more intelligent is yes?


Squawktalk gazes out at the audiences and shrugs his wings exasperatedly.

"Would you believe it and we're starting shooting in a few days. As you can see we have a couple of Old Soldiers straight out of central casting 1 regulation issue navy 1 i'm not so sure possibly leaning towards Marine but it depends on the scriptwriters both with strong cases of "during the war". Now we've seen this behaviour before namely from Kup so it'll be interesting to reinvent it from the decepticon perspective especially if they get to interact. We have a case of mangled Syntax a la Yoda and apparently now Darthvader which I guess makes Hot Rod Luke. hmmm."

Flicks through script.

"which makes me ah right."

Weirdwolf saunters over to Hot Rod

"Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future"


Squawktalk rolls optics. "I so need a better agent."

"I am Squawktalk, Human-Transformers relations. I am fluent in over 6500 languages and many more dialects pleased to meet you Master Hot Rod."

Blackjack
2011-01-30, 03:24 PM
Sixshot: -transforms into robot mode, snorts- "I am too smarter than you, Yoda."

Skywarp: "Technically, you aren't. Weirdwolf has an intelligence rating of ten in the tech specs. You have a nine."

Sixshot: "Since when do we pay attention to tech specs?"

Skywarp: "About the same time we paid attention to continuity. You know, I have a nine too. I'm as smart as you. Nyah!"

Sixshot: "Your tech specs are switched with Starscream's, you dimwit. How many times must we tell you that? You are as dumb as a brick."

Skywarp: "Starscream is supposed to be smart how?"

Obsidian: "Oh, he's got you there, Six."

Skywarp: "And since we both have the same rank, you are too as dumb as a brick. Heck, your toy is a brick!"

Sixshot: -lunges at Skywarp-

Skywarp: -teleports away-

Heinrad
2011-01-31, 03:25 PM
Hot Rod: "The only reason I called him Darth Vader is because James Earl Jones is voicing Straxus. I could just as easily have said I was going to work for CNN."

Nightbeat: "As long as it's not Fox News, you should be okay."

Blackjack
2011-02-01, 09:57 AM
Skywarp: -teleports back, holds Shrapnel and Bombshell in his hands by their antennae- "Oh, Straaaaaaxus!"

Shrapnel: "Leggo, leggo!"

Bombshell: "We're supposed to be in the old RPG threads! Come on, it's not fair, I just got into the running plot!"

Shrapnel: "Why the heck can you and Sixshot and Scorponok walk around in the New RPG and the old one at the same time anyway?"

Sixshot: -points at tag saying 'dual RPG membership'-

Scorponok: "You're just pissed no one claimed you."

Shrapnel: "Hell yes, yes! Blackjack's a damned traitor, that's what he is, is. I mean, how could he consider Warpath a more interesting character than us Insecticons, Insecticons?"

Warpath: "You repeat all your words, Shrapnel. Blackjack the scriptwriter finds it troublesome."

Shrapnel: "I don't want to listen to advice from someone who says BAM ZOOM all the time, time!"

Warpath: "That didn't happen until Act Three!"

Scorponok: -furious look- "Skywarp. Send. Them. Back."

Skywarp: -chuckles, teleports away-

GBot08
2011-02-28, 06:44 PM
-poke- It seems this thread hasn't seen much activity since the game started, so permit me the chance to resuscitate it. Clear!

Anyway, I was just hoping I could get some suggestions or advice on where I might start my two characters in the story.

Stakeout - He's a loose cannon cop who doesn't play by the rules! ... Well, okay, not quite the level of your typical action movie hero, but Stakeout for better or worse is dedicated to preserving justice, but can be very overzealous about performing his duty. I could definitely see him as like a security guard or just a law officer that too often lets himself get carried away with bringing down lawbreakers. I noticed there's a investigation of a murder going on with Nightbeat and Red Alert. Maybe Stakeout could be involved somehow, tries to dig answers out of a few dark alleys most others wouldn't look into?

Shrapnel - Here's where I'm having some trouble. I'm fairly knowledgeable of Shrapnel's character, his mannerisms and what not, but I'm not sure where I would see him in a peacetime situation, just before the war breaks out. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but he's frankly psychotic, even in comparison of the other Insecticons. What sort of capacity could he find himself in among those in Kaon, or the planet as a whole?

Shine
2011-02-28, 10:58 PM
Shrapnel - Here's where I'm having some trouble. I'm fairly knowledgeable of Shrapnel's character, his mannerisms and what not, but I'm not sure where I would see him in a peacetime situation, just before the war breaks out. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but he's frankly psychotic, even in comparison of the other Insecticons. What sort of capacity could he find himself in among those in Kaon, or the planet as a whole?
Given his sociopathic tendencies, maybe Shrapnel would make a decent gladiator?

Aero Blade
2011-02-28, 11:17 PM
Could also just have him as a criminal that gets into things. We've already had two Autobots punted into the military due to their criminal records ;)

Selkadoom
2011-02-28, 11:20 PM
Well i'm planing on keeping Blackjack and Shines plot for Onslaught as Obsidians pupil, but if the other two people with combaticons would like I have a minor backstory for them as a former gladiator team

Blackjack
2011-02-28, 11:24 PM
Someone else is playing Shrapnel? Heresy! Heresyyyyy :rant:

Ahem.

When I initially considered importing Shrapnel from the old RPG (somehow Shrapnel turned into Warpath in transition) I planned to have him stuck in a psycho ward or an asylum of sorts. I also planned for a backstory for his bloody repetition, but I'm not sharing, sharing.

Shine
2011-03-01, 12:08 AM
Well i'm planing on keeping Blackjack and Shines plot for Onslaught as Obsidians pupil, but if the other two people with combaticons would like I have a minor backstory for them as a former gladiator team
Everyone has great ideas for the Combaticons, and I go and drop Onslaught.

...


Why, mind? Why must you make me do dumb things?!

Could also just have him as a criminal that gets into things. We've already had two Autobots punted into the military due to their criminal records ;)
True. The Insecticons are pretty much their own kind of 'Cons. They do as they please, I guess. lol

Warcry
2011-03-01, 12:10 AM
I noticed there's a investigation of a murder going on with Nightbeat and Red Alert. Maybe Stakeout could be involved somehow, tries to dig answers out of a few dark alleys most others wouldn't look into?
Would you like Stakeout to be one of the beat cops in the area? Maybe the officer who got to the body first, something like that?

Selkadoom
2011-03-01, 01:48 AM
Would it make you any madder that I have Bombshell Blackjack?

GBot08
2011-03-01, 04:53 AM
Would you like Stakeout to be one of the beat cops in the area? Maybe the officer who got to the body first, something like that?
Yeah, that sounds pretty good. If that's okay with you of course.

As for Shrapnel... I don't know, I kind of like both ideas. While not at first the gladiator type, I could see him kind of relishing in an environment that would allow him to cause lots of pain and anguish. He could very well be involved as a criminal as well. Maybe he's one of those who have been vandalizing the holy temples?

Warcry
2011-03-01, 04:59 AM
Yeah, that sounds pretty good. If that's okay with you of course.
As long as you think he's up for the abuse that Red Alert heaps on everyone he deals with, go for it. :)

GBot08
2011-03-01, 05:07 AM
As long as you think he's up for the abuse that Red Alert heaps on everyone he deals with, go for it. :)

Eh, go ahead and lean into him. Just let me know when to start.

tahukanuva
2011-03-01, 05:10 AM
What sort of capacity could he find himself in among those in Kaon, or the planet as a whole?

Murdering people for Deathsaurus?



*Note: I will suggest this to everyone possible.

Warcry
2011-03-01, 05:43 AM
Eh, go ahead and lean into him. Just let me know when to start.
You can jump in whenever you'd like.

Blackjack
2011-03-01, 08:23 AM
Would it make you any madder that I have Bombshell Blackjack?

Not as much as Shrapnel. 'Cause Shrapnel pwns Bombshell in every imaginable aspect. ;)

Plus, Shrapnel was always closer to my heart than Bombshell. Really, for the better part of a year or so I had totally no idea what to do with Bombshell. The only enjoyable bit that I played him was when he was being pushed around by Shrapnel and Kickback.

Should've claimed the Insecticons... ah well, I still got Sixshot and Scorpy.

Take good care of my guys, you two!

Maybe he's one of those who have been vandalizing the holy temples?

Amazing idea. :up:

Guy with powers over lightning...

Selkadoom
2011-03-02, 12:48 PM
So Blackjack can you fill me in on the details of Onslaught and Obsidians backstory

Blackjack
2011-03-02, 02:17 PM
Haven't decided on anything concrete yet, but I was thinking that Onslaught was Obsidian's protege or something, maybe one of his subordinates during one of Obsidian's many campaigns, or something similar.

I was thinking that now in present day Onslaught's suggestion about joining the Decepticons would be the clincher that would cause Obsidian to finally abandon the Autobot cause. Or something.

Any ideas on your part?

Heinrad
2011-03-02, 03:42 PM
Originally posted by GBot08:

Stakeout - He's a loose cannon cop who doesn't play by the rules! ... Well, okay, not quite the level of your typical action movie hero, but Stakeout for better or worse is dedicated to preserving justice, but can be very overzealous about performing his duty. I could definitely see him as like a security guard or just a law officer that too often lets himself get carried away with bringing down lawbreakers. I noticed there's a investigation of a murder going on with Nightbeat and Red Alert. Maybe Stakeout could be involved somehow, tries to dig answers out of a few dark alleys most others wouldn't look into?

You know, if he's loud, over-opinionated-

Nightbeat: -scowling- "And prone to dragging his fellow Autobots into risky experimental procedures."

Oh, come on. It worked, didn't it?

Nightbeat: "Yes. But it's not an experience I ever want to go through again."

Muzzle: "It wasn't a field trip of fun for me either, bubba."

Be that as it may, if Stakeout is loud, over-opinionated, etc, etc, we may have another Siren....... :D

Selkadoom
2011-03-02, 04:54 PM
I thought that maybe Obsidian treated him like his "son" and wants to help him no matter the side.

optimusskids
2011-03-02, 05:22 PM
Venom seems to be turning into a version of goebbels

Blackjack
2011-03-03, 08:04 AM
Son, protege, student...

Obsidian doesn't do emotional attachment. He didn't show much of emotion (or ignoring them Spock-style, anyway) when Strika died/was put out of comission/whatever happened to her that I won't delve into just yet.

But being a student of his, Obsidian would trust and respect Onslaught's decisions. Especially when he sees the propaganda and stuff...

Selkadoom
2011-03-03, 11:34 AM
Good point, Decepticons don't aren't normally in emotional attachments.

But otherwise I like the idea.

Blackjack
2011-03-03, 12:46 PM
Obsidian's just that calculating. He's kind of like Spock in the way that he analyzes everything with a cold logical mind, but he likens everything to a battlefield or a chess game, leading to his confusion before his meeting with Alpha Trion.

He has emotional attachment for Strika (who I'm writing off as dead/shoved in a refrigerator somewhere until if someone claims her). And a very very very strong one for Cybertron.

Selkadoom
2011-03-06, 06:38 AM
He has emotional attachment for Strika (who I'm writing off as dead/shoved in a refrigerator somewhere until if someone claims her).

Damn man thats cold (Pun intended)

Blackjack
2011-03-06, 10:46 AM
Hey, I won't mind having another character under my belt, but that's against the rules, so I'm writing her as out of commission, but won't outright say that Strika is dead lest someone wants to come claim her.

Clogs
2011-03-13, 02:39 AM
Time to put Shockwave in the frame...

Shockwave is, primarily, a Scientist, but he is also the most senior politician in Vos having virtual control of the entire population as a sort of benevolent dictator. Without doubt Cybertron's most innovative researcher and experimenter, he is dedicated to developing power-saving processes, to which end he has taken personal command of all dealings with Tarn, the main Cybertronian energy-distribution centre.

However, there is a great deal of resentment in Tarn at Shockwave's perceived meddling with that City's function. That he is, potentially, one of the most powerful Transformers does not help the situation. There is tension between Vos and Tarn, but other matters have meant the Council of Elders have not been able to provide resources to arbitrate between the Cities.

As for Shockwave himself: An unusally-designed unit of Elite background, lacking the more normal physiogomy layout, he has a commanding presence and personality, and a massive intelligence. However, he has a secret pechant for day-dreaming of himself as 'a hero' - a mech of action - a longing that he feeds with adventure literature; he wants to step up to the breach and save the day in a rather more romantic way than his everyday work makes possible.

He believes himself capable of handling any situation. Perhaps, though he might not wish to admit it, his dreams take presidence over commonsense at times, even to the extent that he slips privately away from his duties.

Selkadoom
2011-03-15, 12:27 AM
Well on the subject of crazed intelectuals it feels like Thunderwing should enter, heres a basic setup for him.

Thunderwing, once a respected scientist and potential candidate for the Matrix, was ridculed and banished after trying to build an Organic exosuit with extremely dangerous potential side-effects, and now he wants 3 things

1. Revenge

2. His plans of the most powerful suit to be completed and used by him

3. The Matrix he believes is his.

Any ideas or corrections let me know :)

MortalTreason
2011-04-07, 03:03 AM
EDIT: I've dropped Artfire for someone I really relate to, Dai-Atlas.

Quickstep was originally an energon miner. Due to his long low alternate mode he specialized in exploring new sections of cave and returning with mineral samples. His life changed however when he saw Megatron holding a political party on the holoscreen. He was immediately overtaken with Megatron's promises of reform and equality for the working class. Now he is a fervent believer in the Decepticon cause and will gladly exterminate anyone who opposes their triumphant rise. He is currently looking for work in the Kaon district if anyone has anything....

Dai-Atlas bio in the works.

Blackjack
2011-04-08, 06:40 AM
Prowl will be some kind of military strategist-advisor-liaison to politics of the military. He's probably the guy that assigns soldiers, the boring stuff that Sentinel wouldn't do. Well, Sentinel thinks he's in charge, anyway...

In the past Prowl had had some history with Grimlock when the two of them were still serving under Obsidian. What exactly, I haven't a clue is still shrouded in mystery, but the two aren't happy with each other.

@Mortal Treason: Quickswitch?

As for Artfire, well... he's basically a blank state, so I suppose you're free to go crazy with him. Maybe an emergency responder (like a fireman/rescue ranger or the equivalent to it)? Or part of the military? :)

Selkadoom
2011-04-09, 06:26 AM
Gonna make Dready a former Gladiator that got some bad head trauma making him a quiet powerhouse.

Any Ideas for Swindle or Blast Off need some help making some backstorys.

Blackjack
2011-04-09, 06:58 AM
Swindle could easily be some kind of procurers for a crime boss like Deathsaurus, some drug/weapons/ammo dealer like in those Italian Godfather mafia movies. Always pictures Swindle being voiced by some version of Al Pacino for some reason...

Blast Off? Eeeh, some kind of astronaut drop-out that went to the Decepticons to obtain the upgrades he needed?

Selkadoom
2011-04-09, 06:10 PM
Like the Swindle idea, but still feels like Blast Off needs more depth.

tahukanuva
2011-04-09, 07:13 PM
Swindle could easily be some kind of procurers for a crime boss like Deathsaurus

I've got an open door hiring policy for DEATH'S Arse, so I'm all for this one if you wanna use it.

MortalTreason
2011-04-09, 08:09 PM
I've got an open door hiring policy for DEATH'S Arse, so I'm all for this one if you wanna use it.

Could he use a gunrunner?

tahukanuva
2011-04-09, 09:12 PM
He certainly could.

Blackjack
2011-04-10, 01:01 AM
I think I started a running gag...

tahukanuva
2011-04-10, 01:54 AM
Starting now all of Blackjack's names are off limits. I want fresh nicknames for Del Toros Deathsaurus. The most creative gets +5 Internets (or cash equivalent)

Just, uh, probably shouldn't do it in character. That'd not make Darth Sidious Deathsaurus too happy.

MortalTreason
2011-04-10, 02:39 AM
Deth Sillypants :p

Death Sore@$$?

Warcry
2011-04-10, 04:11 AM
Death's Sand Wedge?

Blackjack
2011-04-10, 04:55 AM
Death Sandwich, Darth Sass, Debt Sources (appropriate given his RPG role)...

Skywarp can call Diet Sardines whatever he wants, it's perfectly in character. Just not to his face...

Selkadoom
2011-04-10, 05:00 AM
Seth Dorus?

Depth Sortid?

Deathy McGee?

Sortid Deathfairs?

Deathers Johnson?

Saurichio Death Toro?

Blaster
2011-04-10, 06:54 AM
This is some lame rip off of Wildfire Herald, right?

Not only is the RPG trying to do everything the old RPG did now it's trying to do what the old posters on the forum did.

tahukanuva
2011-04-10, 01:20 PM
Yeah, guys. This Transforming robot game is serious business. There will be no joking around on the forums.

Warcry
2011-04-10, 05:13 PM
This is some lame rip off of Wildfire Herald, right?
You do realize that it's not 2003 anymore and I'm the only one here who has the slightest clue what you're talking about?

Selkadoom
2011-04-10, 09:19 PM
You do realize that it's not 2003 anymore and I'm the only one here who has the slightest clue what you're talking about?

Whats a Wildfire or a Herald, or a '2003' for that matter

MortalTreason
2011-04-10, 10:07 PM
Whats a Wildfire or a Herald, or a '2003' for that matter

Is it food?

Blaster
2011-04-10, 11:32 PM
You do realize that it's not 2003 anymore and I'm the only one here who has the slightest clue what you're talking about?

So you see the similarities then and are obviously as worried about the new crop of posters' inability to not do the same jokes that were done 8 years ago. =|

tahukanuva
2011-04-11, 12:33 AM
I think, Blaster, that your determination to avoid any and all similarities to what's happened before hampers you far more than the rest of us who are perfectly content to do what we want regardless of whether it's new or not.

Blaster
2011-04-11, 04:36 AM
I think, Blaster, that your determination to avoid any and all similarities to what's happened before hampers you far more than the rest of us who are perfectly content to do what we want regardless of whether it's new or not.

If I wanted to change everything I wouldn't be playing the same characters using the same names and same colour schemes.

All I am changing is everything the old RPG did because otherwise what was the point?

tahukanuva
2011-04-11, 04:58 AM
But the thing is, we're not the old RPG. Besides yourself, Brave, and the mods (excluding Clogs) I've probably been here the longest and most of the old game still happened before I showed up. We won't (and likely can't) do what the old RPG did because we didn't do it the first time.

As a fresh, different group we're going to have different things we want a Transformers story to do. And in the time since the old game was actually doing.... anything, we've had the live-action films, Animated, War for Cybertron, and IDW come out with a ton of distinctive elements in each of them that we can pick and choose and mix in with the classic Transformers elements (gladiator Megatron, Sentinel preceding Optimus) and the new stuff we've come up with on our own (Deathy as a crime boss, Smokescreen as a therapist, Ginrai as a cyborg monkey) into a distinct whole.