United EX Story #6 – “Destruction and Regeneration” Translation

“Destruction and Regeneration”
Written by Andrew Hall
Article: Might Gaine
Source: United EX Roadmaster Back of Box


After a sharp descent, Jetmaster toppled weakly to the earth of the landfill. Struck by a volley of fire during transit, Grimmaster had fallen from the same altitude seemingly unscathed, but was at a total loss as to what to make of the situation.
Before his eyes appeared a dusty brown Transformer who could be none other than their attacker.
“You can call me Roadmaster. Just a humble mercenary by trade. Thing is, it just so happens I’ve been hired by your former employers.”
“You must be with Master Chaos… That means you’re the enemy!”
Already combined into Prime Mode, Grimmaster readied himself for combat..
“Whoa, take it easy, there! How about you come on back to the Decepticons? The High Regent’d give you more credits than you could ever want. Just think about it! Bein’ a good guy doesn’t pay the bills. What’s in it for you?”
“I’m not lookin’ to get paid! ‘Specially after you went and hurt my buddy! And guess what, I was never real big on thinkin’, anyway!
His offer refused, Roadmaster feigned regret.
“That’s a shame… Guess that means your career ends here and now!”
With these words, four drones burst from the surroundings as if being born from the wreckage.
“Let me show you what the funding and tech of the Decepticons can do… this is my army, the Road Drones! Unite!”
The two Prime Modes clashed, and Grimmaster used the sharp fangs of his right arm to dig into Roadmaster’s left, tearing savage chunks from it.
Although wincing with pain, Roadmaster was undaunted.
“Hah! This landfill is my playground! Don’t ever underestimate a Junkion!”
With a magnetic intensity, the scrap metal around Roadmaster was drawn towards his body, covering and instantly repairing his wounds.
In a clash between destruction and regeneration, which would emerge victorious…?

Function: Mercenary

[Prime Mode]
Strength 7 10
Intelligence 9 9
Speed 5 7
Endurance 10 10
Rank 6 6
Courage 7 9
Fireblast 6 10
Skill 10 10
Total 60 71

A Junkion mercenary who betrayed his homeworld. It is said that the army that gains him as an ally is sure to emerge victorious, but his true aim is the valuable junk left behind from battle.
Scrapper Drone:
A truck drone designed to haul valuable junk. Transforms into an arm.
Waster Drone:
A desert buggy drone that attacks with machineguns. Transforms into an arm.
Trasher Drone:
A truck drone that can use its rear booster to greatly increase its speed. Transforms into a leg.
Junker Drone:
A car drone that slams into enemies with its bumper. Transforms into a leg.
Roadmaster Prime Mode:
Enhancing his already formidable durability, Roadmaster’s Prime mode uses internal magnets to draw in junk in the vicinity. Given a source of junk, he is able to regenerate from damage almost instantaneously.
The Allspark’s comments
This chapter opens with Jetmaster and Grimmaster engaged in battle with a new enemy, Roadmaster.  Roadmaster is a mercenary Junkion who has the ability to regenerate from junk, and is a legendary key to victory in battle–he is indeed the E-Hobby character Detritus!   This is actually Detritus’ first appearance in Transformers fiction (aside from his tech spec), and you definitely get the impression that he is a different breed of Junkion from the happy-go-lucky Wreck-Gar and the rest.
Detritus’ tech spec describes him as having the ability to repair himself with whatever scrap metal is lying around.  In Prime Mode, Roadmaster takes this ability to the next level, summoning scraps of metal to repair damage at will!
Grimmaster finally gets a chance to prove himself here, but it’s an uphill battle going against Roadmaster and his Road Drones.  These are the first Decepticon-engineered drones that we’ve been introduced to in the story, and they appear to be every bit as powerful as their Autobot counterparts.  It begs the question, how did the Decepticons get access to all this secret Autobot technology?
Can Grimmaster win against an immortal?!  Stay tuned for more United EX!