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Old 2009-10-13, 03:51 AM   #1
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Default Eye of the Storm: The Insolence of Office (Iacon)

With the Quintessons vanquished and the Decepticons tearing themselves apart, the Autobots could perhaps be excused for resting on their laurels. A growing civilian population is demanding more freedom, more luxury and more of a say in the way things are run. The military-centred society forced upon them by the civil war is slowly coming apart, with more and more civilian control of the government, the economy, the laws...and the military, too.

After a scandal brought down the standing government, an election is looming that will decide, for better or worse, what path the Autobots will follow. On one side stands Hot Rod, who believes that the Autobots haven't faced the last threat to their existence, and need a powerful army to face down potential future threats. On the other side is Sundor, a former Decepticon who claims that the Autobots are slowly becoming the very thing he tried to escape -- a military dictatorship. Meanwhile, Iacon is rife with factions who want a say in how their nation is ordered, and will do anything and hurt anyone they have to to get it.
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Old 2009-10-13, 05:41 PM   #2
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Autobase, Shuttlecraft Hangers

“Military resources are stretched thin at the moment. With the civilian population’s growing preoccupation with military affairs, a considerable strain has been placed onto our budget. We are forced to make-do with what we have in the event that our security is threatened. If my estimations are accurate, I would prefer we have some contingency plan in order, scant as our options may be.”

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Prowl stood upon a balcony overlooking an enclosed hanger holding five small, slightly battle-worn, shuttles, auxiliary vessels and experimental warships. Descending down a flight of stairs leading to the hanger floor, Prowl held his arms behind his back as he moved along the landing strip while he observed the crafts. He attentively nodded to the report that was being relayed to him by a member of the compound’s staff, who was trailing closely behind the chief strategist.

“....Pardon me for asking, but going by the order you sent me – you were rather specific about what materials we were to use," the shuttle bay officer told Prowl. "The tech you requested is pre-exisiting and/or outdated. It may not be compatible with current developments, and most of these vessels aren't even built for combat.”

"Your concern is duly noted," Prowl told him. "But we have to make the best with what we have to work with. Now, please continue."

"Of course, sir," he replied. "This is Integritas , a light 2-deck, 5-mech experimental assault category vessel. It has seen a good share of combat. Decommissioned shortly after the Reclamation,” .

Prowl nodded approvingly in response.

“…The Calabi-Yau* is a science/research category vessel used by The [insert name] Division. Currently commissioned,” he continued. “Capable of long, deep space voyages, the Calabi-Yau can be operated with a crew as few as two, maximum of six. It is equipped with a transwarp drive and……”

“Yes, very good,” Prowl replied.

“…And over here, sir, is The Vigilare. Formerly used as personnel transport, it was rebuilt during [insert year] into a auxiliary/scout category vessel. Warp capable. The Vigilare was recently taken out of retirement and re-commissioned for supplemental missions…..”

“Hmm. And this one?” Prowl inquired.

“This is Veracitas, an old standard transport category shuttle. Incorporates experimental warp technology. Requires a minimal 2-mech crew to operate it. Decommissioned following the Reclamation….”

“Good,” Prowl said as he moved onto the next shuttle. “Interesting. This is the same class as the Calabi-Yau, is it not?”

“Correct, sir. This is the Mirror-Manifold*, another science/research category vessel,” the officer replied.

“Thank you, officer,” Prowl said. “These shall adequately suit our needs. I want these vessels transported to a more discreet location and prepped for refurbishment as soon as you are able.”

"Yes, of course, sir. We'll start right away."

(OOC: * Yes, The Mirror-Manifold and Calabi-Yau bear the same names as the vessels in the IDW comics)
 

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Old 2009-10-13, 09:37 PM   #3
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Snarls optics lit up and he tried to stand up, but he discovered he couldn't move and tried to speak but all that escaped was an unintelegent growl that was rather loud.

"Would you get this guy off me!!" yelled the mech under Snarl.
 
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Old 2009-10-14, 12:48 AM   #4
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Nebulon: -shaking his head no frantically, bleeping and squealing in distress at the thought of what the concoction would do to his internal systems-

Stepper: -sits up, takes the drink from Whirl- "This stuff is pretty good."

Nightbeat: -stands, shaking his head-

Road Rage stood over Snarl and the trapped patron. "Think we can shift the drunk dino?"

Nightbeat: "Not sure. I really don't want to throw my back out again......."
 
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Old 2009-10-14, 11:34 AM   #5
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Whirl chuckled at Nebulon's reply, before replying to Stepper, "Of course! I made it, of course it's good." Whirl shrugged, "I wish I had a mouth..."

Turning to the detective, Whirl said, "Don't worry, Nightbeat... we can take him down if he goes beserk again. After all, Stepper 'n I are Wreckers. And the little guy too."

Turning his optic towards Snarl next, Whirl said, "You okay, buddy? Can you move?" the gangly Wrecker said as he approached the Dinobot. "Guess you took too much of my new Sudden Death cocktail. You almost killed the bartender, yeh?"
 
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Old 2009-10-14, 06:50 PM   #6
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Snarl looked at Whirl and squeaked out " Snarl be up soon."
 
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Old 2009-10-14, 09:17 PM   #7
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The Mezzanine

Magnificus and Ga’mede’s chauffeur arrived in the private parking garage behind The Mezzanine, returning from the auction held at Iacon’s Government District as proud owners of a strip of clubs and taverns along Little Sheol.

“Hey, boss,” a bouncer said as they walked past.

“Good evening, Stahll,” Magnificus sung. “Any problems while were out?”

“Nope, just the usual.”

Rather than take the elevator up to the penthouse suite and make arrangements to see their newly acquired property, Magnificus decided to enter from the rear V.I.P. entrance to check up on things on the club’s first floor. As he entered, Magnificus politely stepped aside as a waiter hurried past to fetch a recently arrived party their potations.

“Good evening, Cuhl,” Magnificus told the waiter.

“Oh, hello, Mags. Howzit going, Gammy,” Cuhl answered, obviously too preoccupied to talk.

Nothing terribly out of the ordinary Magnificus quickly determined as he looked around the club. He did, however, espy Blades in a far off booth, alone with a drink and playing with a deck of datacards that the club provided.

“Right. Dealer’s adopted orphan,” Magnificus said. “Ga’mede,” He turned to his partner. “You mind taking care of things. I need to have a little one-on-one with our new friend.”

“You might as well. You paid for the paint-job and the ID,” Ga’mede replied.

Casually, Magnificus approached the booth. Blades, who was deeply immersed in his game, didn’t initially notice the black and grey mech standing over him.

“Hmm, I don’t believe I recognize this game,” Magnificus said.

“Hmm? Oh, umm, yeah, it’s something I picked up on some backwater planet stellar cycles ago,” Blades answered.

“An interesting lay-out. So...where is Dealer at?” Magnificus inquired.

“Off on a gig with some Autobots that showed up here. Escorting them to the Crystal City borders or something. I don’t know, I left before I got any details. ‘Bots kinda make me…uncomfortable,” Blades told him.

“Crystal City? Hrrm, I’ll have a long talk with him about that when he gets back,” Magnificus frowned slightly. “At any rate….”

Magnificus slid into the booth, sitting across from Blades.

“Let’s talk. Since I did you a favor, you at least owe me some worthwhile conversation,” he smiled.
 

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Old 2009-10-15, 04:49 AM   #8
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Smokescreen looked up from a pile of paperwork, pretending that he hadn't known that Grotusque and Repugnus were there. He and Repugnus had met many times before and he knew the Monsterbot would see right through him, but in his business, the game had to be played regardless.

"Oh!" he said. "I'm glad you could make it. Please, have a seat."
 
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Old 2009-10-15, 10:14 AM   #9
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It's hard to tell with Repugnus' beast mode face what he was thinking, it was always pulled to a sinister grin (which could be interpreted as a scowl). Regardless, he greeted Smokescreen with a warm voice. "Hey, Smokey. Did we come at a wrong time?"

Repugnus could see through the other Autobot's little charade, and he immediately got to the point. "So, those datapads have the information for my new mission?" The Monsterbot's schyte/sickle claws moved in and out in anticipation.
 
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Old 2009-10-15, 11:32 AM   #10
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Grotusque looked at the visitors chairs that were lower than Smokescreen's.

"your facilities department still up to their old tricks I see."
 
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Old 2009-10-16, 02:22 AM   #11
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Factory Facility A-3147:


Tracks: -making slight 'tsking' sounds under his breath as he leads the way into the shut down factory town, tires thumping along on the rough road surface- "You spent 19 million shanix on this place?"

Hot Rod: -rumbling along behind his erstwhile 'bodyguard', the shrug in his tone of voice- "I think they call it a 'fixer-upper'. Come on, it's jobs for the people."

Tracks: -transforms to robot mode, looking around, the disgust apparent on his face- "And the first job is going to be cleaning the place up."

Hot Rod: -transforms, refusing to be brought down by Tracks' poor opinion of the place- "A little paint, some landscaping-"

-with a creak of tortured metal, a radio tower falls over-

Tracks: "It's going to take more than the Krylon touch to get this factory up and running again."

Hot Rod: -sighs- "Quit it with the negative waves, already." -points to the derelict buildings on the left side of the street- "I'll take that side, you take the other. Let's see what we've got to work with."

Tracks: -making his way to the right side of the street- "What, exactly, is the plan here, anyway?"

Hot Rod: "Simple. If this works, we'll get this place up and running, and more importantly hiring, before Sundor's people get the one they bought going."

Tracks: "Proving that you can steal ideas with the best of them?"

Hot Rod: "Proving that while some talk a good game, I'm willing to back up what I say I'm going to do, and if need be, what they say they're going to do. It's the people that matter, not the politicos they vote in. Speaking of which....." -activates commlink to the frequency that Hubcap gave him- "Redflare, this is Hot Rod. Do you read me?"
 
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Old 2009-10-16, 10:34 AM   #12
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Repugnus turned to Grotusque and asked, "What, do you mean the chairs? But I prefer to stand." Repugnus knew what some mechs put in chairs. Tranquilizers, perhaps? Or Electrical torture systems? Or some other nastyware? Repugnus trusted Smokescreen, but if he were the one running the secret service he'd install these gimmicks in chairs as well.

"After all, my beast mode isn't really built for sitting down on these chairs. Might get a cramp, y'see."
 
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Grotusque chuckled

"nothing bad just the old trick of giving your visitors lower chairs so they have to look up at you although if Q department has got their hands on them...."
 
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Repugnus shrugged, "Even without the chairs, I'm not exactly taller than him." After all, Repugnus' beast mode is a little... hunch-backed, to use a human term.

The Monsterbot idly fingered (clawed?) one of the chairs with one of his schytes. "So... does this thing have anything to do with Springer going to Crystal City?" Repugnus asked innocently, picking up a line from what he's heard in the Mezzanine.
 
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"If it was a bad time," Smokescreen told Repugnus truthfully, "I wouldn't have invited you. "But as it happens, it's the perfect time."

He smiled at the Monsterbot's nervousness over the chairs following Grotusque's remarks, but grew serious when he mentioned Springer.

"What makes you say that?"
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"I hear you, Hot Rod," Hubcap replied. The Minibot was sitting in a pool of bubbling, hot oil, enjoying the sensation as it boiled away the dirt and grime from his ludicrously-shiny bodywork.
 
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"I'm a psychic!" The Monsterbot said, grinning. "Hit the jackpot, didn't I?"

His face taking a more serious expression, Repugnus answered Smokescreen, "Overheard it from someone in the bar. One of those human-shelled Pretenders... can't recognize them. One's wearing orange armour, and the other one's black. They were getting transport to CC." Smiling, the Monsterbot asked, "So, y'want me to drag Springer back?"
 
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Snarl continued to try and will his systems back on and managed to get his tail to start flailing which, started to hit the mech underneath him.

"Will you get him off me this hurts" yelled the mech.
 
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Hot Rod: -into commlink- "Redflare, I'm out here at this factory I just purchased. The place looks a little rough-"

Tracks: -standing in the middle of the room, stomps a section of the floor a couple of time- "Well at least the superstructure's sound." -looks around- "Now, all I need to fiIIEEEAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOFFFF!!!!" -lands with a clatter somewhere down on the factory floor, voice drifting up wearily- "I don't get it. I'm nowhere near the Noshabkeming......"

Hot Rod: -blinks, still speaking into commlink- "So yeah, the place is a little rough. Any way we can get some investors lined up so we can get this place up and running?" -makes his way over to the hole, looks down- "Klono's tungsten teeth and curving carballoy claws! You okay?"

Tracks: -voice distant yet slightly echoy- "I think I landed on my keys........"

(OOC: Bonus points to anybody who can figure out what I'm referencing. )
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Road Rage grumbled, reached down to grab Snarl. "At least a drunken Dinobot isn't as bad as a drunken diplomat."

Nightbeat: "Why is that?"

Road Rage shrugged. "Because shooting a drunk dino has less disciplinary consequences."
 
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Whirl crouched down and used his claws to grab Snarl and helped Road Rage to hoist him up. "True, but shooting diplomats are more satisfying." The Wrecker replied in an innocent tone.
 
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Snarls stasis lock finaly cutout and he regained control of his body and, as Whirl and Road Rage lifted him up he transformed into robot mode.
 
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