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@  TheMightyMol... : (07 December 2019 - 06:58 PM)

Then repaint Apeface and Snapdragon as Transmetal Optimus Primal and Megatron. It's crazy enough to work.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 December 2019 - 05:32 PM)

Moral imperative.

@  Nevermore : (07 December 2019 - 05:13 PM)

Wishful thinking, rumor or leak?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 04:48 PM)

Snapdragon for Earthrise.

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 December 2019 - 10:22 PM)

Still not the weirdest thing a Nic Cage character has done in a film

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 04:00 PM)

Couldn't be worse than him pissing fire as Ghost Rider.

@  Rycochet : (04 December 2019 - 03:38 PM)

The Tim Burton Superman Movie is the DC movie we deserve. It would have Nic Cage in a technosuit punching polarbears.

@  Paladin : (04 December 2019 - 02:59 PM)

Wonder Woman was great. Shazam was amazing. Aquaman... exists.

@  RichardT1977 : (04 December 2019 - 01:54 PM)

TBF, Aquaman and Shazam! were pretty good.

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Not a difficult feat.

@  Benbot : (04 December 2019 - 11:50 AM)

You just put more effort into telling a compelling story than all of WB's execs.

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:41 AM)

Cue the flashback to Jonathan, reassuring a terrified child: "What you are is never as important as who you are." Cue Superman's response to Brainiac: "I already know who I am."*John Williams fanfare plays*

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:38 AM)

I don't think we even really need to see Krypton. I'd start with Clark growing up in Kansas, thinking he's normal, and follow him through the development of his powers. There've been enough alternate takes on Krypton that it could actually work as a mystery; is this the pre-Crisis utopia, the sterile science world, or the relic of a fallen empire? Brainiac was there, and he tempts Clark with the knowledge of what he really is.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:12 AM)

First, a Krypton film, ending with baby Kal-El being found on Earth.  Then Supe's early career film, establishing his values... and if Jonothan Kent needs to die, it happens because of something like a heart attack while Clark is savnig folks on the other side of the world.  After we know Clark minimizes property damage and never kills, have Zod & Company show up and force him to make tough choices.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:07 AM)

Man of Steel seems like someone came up with a Superman trilogy and then the execs said "We've got to catch up to Marvel, make it one film!".  I don't mean that based on the film's actual pacing, but because various story beats make more sense to me if they weren't all squished together.

@  Cybersnark : (03 December 2019 - 07:44 PM)

I've been wanting to write a Superman movie trilogy for years; "Man of Steel" (featuring a Terminator-like Brainiac) was going to be first, with "Last Son of Krypton" (featuring the Eradicator) as the sequel and "Man of Tomorrow" (in which Luthor makes his face-heel turn) as the conclusion. Thanks to Snyder I have to re-arrange my titles.

@  Nevermore : (03 December 2019 - 06:15 PM)

I still wish "Man of Steel" had instead been an adaptation of both the John Byrne miniseries of the same name and the Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale miniseries "Superman For All Seasons".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (03 December 2019 - 04:42 PM)

A take I just read: Man of Steel is shot with such a lack of lighting that it is easier to discern what is going on in a porn film.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 December 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Making Soylant is harder then it looks, it's not like the movies, you have to keep whacking and hacking at the ingredient, it'll scream and fight, maybe bite but eventually it will go down.

@  Paladin : (03 December 2019 - 11:48 AM)

varies from person to person.

@  Benbot : (03 December 2019 - 11:34 AM)

It's an acquired taste

@  CORVUS : (03 December 2019 - 11:17 AM)

Soylent? Its pretty awful.

@  unluckiness : (03 December 2019 - 02:49 AM)

Depends on your denomination of Christianity

@  Patch : (02 December 2019 - 05:52 PM)

@Benbot Do they have a soy-free version? Like maybe just "Lent?"

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 December 2019 - 02:03 PM)

Just occurred to me 'Autobot' Megatron happened in Target 2006.

@  Benbot : (02 December 2019 - 11:48 AM)

have you tried Soylent? It's pretty good! https://soylent.com/

@  Paladin : (02 December 2019 - 10:01 AM)

i prefer free-range human usually. pain in the ass to hunt though...

@  TheMightyMol... : (02 December 2019 - 09:42 AM)

If your human is all bones, you may have purchased a skeleton by accident. Contact your grocer to inquire about exhange policies.

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 December 2019 - 09:31 AM)

Vegans are categorised as human therefore just fall under Soylant, they are usually all bones.

@  wonko the sane? : (01 December 2019 - 04:47 PM)

Cause... that latter one is technically all burgers anyway.

@  wonko the sane? : (01 December 2019 - 04:46 PM)

So... a burger made without meat, or a burger made with the meat taken from a vegan?

@  Maximus Ambus : (01 December 2019 - 04:22 PM)

I had a vegan burger last week, this week I'll give a vegan steak a shot.

@  wonko the sane? : (30 November 2019 - 12:37 PM)

a proper paradox would have broken the board. Nice try though.

@  Maximus Ambus : (30 November 2019 - 01:47 AM)

This shout is empty.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (30 November 2019 - 12:01 AM)

I've got the admit. tubi tv is great. It's got a lot of stuff.. Including Super Sentai.

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:35 PM)

There is frankly no better place to (legally) find schlock on the internet for free than Tubi TV

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:33 PM)

It's got all the graphic violence and gratuitous nudity a late 80s OVA should have.

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:32 PM)

Available for free with ads on Tubi TV.

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:32 PM)

It's "Goku: Midnight Eye". Originally produced in the late 80s, it apparently wasn't dubbed until the late 90s given Steve Blum was the lead.

@  wonko the sane? : (29 November 2019 - 06:38 PM)

The description makes it sound like some high grade, mid 80's shlock. Which, frankly, is my groove.

@  TheMightyMol... : (29 November 2019 - 12:37 PM)

Was wondering how long it would take someone to ask.

@  wonko the sane? : (29 November 2019 - 09:58 AM)

okay, it's been like two days so far: what anime is this, cause I'm dying to know.

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 November 2019 - 09:23 PM)

You know you're in for a good time when an old anime starts with a crime lord uses roller skates in his cybernetic legs to skate down the side of the building, launches to a dock and into a getaway boat.

@  Pinkcolliebot : (26 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Hey Everyone I'm Making The TF Roll Out Short "Gotta Go Fast!"

@  Benbot : (26 November 2019 - 12:52 PM)

That's what I was hoping for. But here I am, at work the following day.

@  wonko the sane? : (26 November 2019 - 12:29 PM)

You say "die in bed" and I'm thinking "why is that a problem?".

@  fourteenwings : (26 November 2019 - 07:06 AM)

If you don't get out of bed ever your muscles will lock in super-uncomfortable ways and you may get blood clots

@  MEDdMI : (25 November 2019 - 08:53 PM)

You did nothing, and so rocks fall down and you die.

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 November 2019 - 08:35 PM)

But that's not you doing something, that's something being done to you.

@  MEDdMI : (25 November 2019 - 08:28 PM)

Unless a meteor crashes down on your bed while you're in it.


Transformers colony worldbuilding - Aquatron

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#1 Broadside



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Posted 21 August 2018 - 07:02 PM



- abridged from the works of Cybertronian historian Lancer
The ancient Titan named Hydrax, a loyal servant of Quintus Prime, once rested atop the Hydrax Plateau on Cybertron; but that changed when the followers of the Primes departed the planet to explore and colonise the galaxy. When Quintus ordered her followers to seek out a deeper understanding of the universe and its mysteries, Hydrax took flight with a crew of theoretical scientists and quantum engineers, pledging to bring knowledge and insight back to Cybertron. What the Titan and its crew didn't know was that their journey would be cut short before they could return to their homeland.
A mere few hundred years after their voyage began, Hydrax's systems - including its engines - were damaged by a quantum flare while investigating a rift in the Benzuli Expanse. Phyophore, the head overseer of the crew, ordered that the Titan set down on an uninhabited nearby world; but the crew was unaware that their scanners had also been damaged. When Hydrax breached the planet's thick cloud cover, rather than setting down on rock and earth as they expected, the Titan's crew found themselves hitting seawater - an endless expanse of ocean. Realizing their mistake too late, and with Hydrax's propulsion systems compromised, the populace was unable to do anything to stop their city-ship from sinking to the ocean floor, falling ever faster as it took on water and was subjected to the crushing pressures of the unfathomable depths.
In the aftermath of the crash, the Hydraxans struggled; huge amounts of the Titan's infrastructure had sustained catastrophic damage, and much of their leadership had been killed in the crash. It was Hydrax itself that provided them with hope: the Titan ignited its own inbuilt hot spot, producing the sparks of new life, and unfurled great metal tentacles to anchor itself into the seafloor. Coming to understand that life, especially for Cybertronians, requires change and adaptation, the Hydraxans worked to rebuild; they began to excavate into the rock and metal beneath their city, and started to modify and upgrade their bodies in order to survive in the inhospitable ocean of the planet, which they named "Aquatron".
In the years since the inadvertent founding of their colony, the Aquatronians' settlements grew; they expanded Hydrax outwards with newly built structures around the Titan, and dug out the caverns and tunnels under the city to create a maze-like warren to house the newborn Cybertronians born from the hot spot. Others set out in immense city-like watercraft, propelled on treads, legs or hoverfans - and some even founded new settlements, such as the Gulf, a city of bridges and hollows in rock faces built across the span of an impossibly deep crevasse. A few would try to "go it alone", but this rarely ended well; the most "successful" of these ventures would evolve over millenia into the Sharkticon tribes that hunted on the seafloor.
In adapting to life in the depths, the Aquatronians' bodies - both those original settlers, and those born from their Titan - diverged significantly from their original Cybertronian frames. Where the majority of Hydraxans had before converted into sleek, advanced spacecraft, they now changed to specialised alternate modes for the purpose of sea exploration, taking forms that blurred the line between vehicle and beast as a matter of necessity. So, too, did their robot forms change, taking on wildly alien appearances compared to the Cybertronian standard; from incredibly squat, dense frames to spindly, skeletal and fragile-looking bodies.
Many had unconventional body-plans; missing or additional limbs were common, as were unusually-articulated ones, including fully prehensile tentacles. Transparent or translucent body-plating and photoluminescent paintwork were frequent sights. Their faces were strange even by Cybertronian standards; additional eyes, lenses that moved around the face, wide and unmoving circular optics, and articulated mandibles are only a small selection of what could be found on an Aquatronian. Some had no apparent facial features at all, and some even lacked head units entirely!
The adaptations were not merely cosmetic. As a result of the immense pressures in the ocean's depths, Aquatronians were extraordinarily resilient, with incredibly strong mechanisms and tough but lightweight armor that made any of them a match for the most powerful Transformers of other worlds. Their optics were adapted to see huge distances through the water with very little light to see by, though a side effect meant they could be stunned or blinded in bright light; on top of that, they had exceptionally high radio- and electro-sensitivity, to the extent that many of them could read surface-level thoughts and emotions.
When Cybertron made contact with Aquatron during the attempt to reunite the colonies, their initial encounter was with the lone above-water civilisation on the planet, the outpost city of Guyot, which perched atop an immense undersea mountain. First contact proved uneasy; the pressure of both air and water at the bottom of the ocean were debilitating to Cybertron's ambassadors, and in turn, the vast majority of Aquatronians lacked experience with existing on the surface. Eventually, through a combination of specially-resilient representatives and selective depressurisation, Cybertronians were able to be introduced to Hydrax; the diplomatic process was enabled by Aquatron's representative, an elderly triple-changer named Agonizer, though he preferred to be known as "the Curator".
Despite this effort, relations between Aquatron and the other Cybertronian worlds have since been rather frosty. Aquatronians are notoriously terse, rarely elaborating on their thoughts; and though they are naturally curious, this makes for a poor combination with their lack of understanding of (or regard for) other cultures' etiquette - many a would-be diplomat has been made uncomfortable or unnerved by Aquatronians staring at them blankly, invading their personal space, or "reading their minds". All this gives Aquatronians a rather poor reputation among other Transformers, and though many Aquatronians would jump at the chance to experience other worlds, they rarely have any interest in getting to know their cousins.
A last, more disturbing element of Aquatronians is a side effect of their electro-sensitivity, which gives them a greater-than-average vulnerability to mental manipulation by outside forces. Though it's rare that any are ever effected by this, it may have something to do with the legends and rumors from the Gulf about the whispers of "the one beneath"...


So it's not exactly a fanfic, but I spent enough time writing this that I decided to give it its own thread. Because.


#2 SoS

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Posted 23 August 2018 - 10:30 PM

This is great stuff. I really enjoyed this, I hope you continue to do more of these.

Also, I think things like these deserve their own threads in Chronicles. :)