The Studio Series Thundercracker figure (with a The Last Knight Nitro-style head), represents Nitro Zeus's sibling, Thunder Jupiter.
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Posted 07 August 2018 - 11:40 AM
A secret cult is proliferating among the Sharkticons, that worships Piranacon. The Quintessons have tried to discourage this challenge to their absolute control over the Sharkticons, to no avail.
As for Piranacon... well, he ignores the Sharkticons, unless he's hungry. Or he decides to direct them against his enemies. Or that one time the Quintessons tried to eliminate him in order to wipe out the cult (the surviving Quintesson participant had to be sent to Torkulon for long-term care).
Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:35 PM
Skywarp's not quite as dumb as he looks.
He's plenty dumb in most areas, but when it comes to transwarp physics and space bridge theory he's a bit of an idiot savant.
While most assume his teleportation ability is the result of an outlier talent, some quirk of construction; it's actually an augmentation he developed, and uses to great effect. Every time he wants to warp somewhere, he performs all the calculations to open up a ground bridge from his present location to his destination. And then he uses it to push people down stairs.
Because he may have a talent for higher dimensional science, but really, he just wants to enjoy life.
Posted 07 August 2018 - 06:06 PM
Edited by Broadside, 05 September 2018 - 08:00 PM.
Posted 09 August 2018 - 10:49 PM
Razorclaw's favorite Game of Thrones character is, to absolutely no one's surprise, Tywin Lannister. He also plays "The Rains of Castamere" whenever a subordinate (temporary or permanent, but usually temporary because the other Predacons know their roles) gets too uppity.
Posted 18 August 2018 - 09:13 PM
Posted 28 August 2018 - 09:38 PM
My version of Metalhawk was a contributor to the development of Pretender technology, until he was critically injured in battle. He was rebuilt as a smaller form and reconfigured to serve as a Headmaster for a transtector body with a jet-based altmode. His smaller body has a Pretender shell (with no need for size-shifting), which he uses to maintain the civilian identity of Masayo Hawkins.
Posted 16 September 2018 - 01:12 PM
Posted 19 September 2018 - 10:32 AM
Zarak, having been deposed and forced to flee Nebulos, has been granted control over Chaar, which he has begun to terraform. Giga, Mega, and Overlord have taken rulership of a terraformed centaur planetoid (think Nessus from Destiny 2) in a neighboring system. Both have started to become populated by organic refugees from other worlds within the Empire.
In fact, worlds in the Decepticon Empire with organic governors/viceroys (or, more commonly, Decepticon governors with organic binary partners) have a higher average standard of living for organic subjects than the ones governed solely by Cybertronians. This is not too surprising. Decepticons care primarily about energy production. Therefore, they're more likely to turn a world into a giant power plant, or a mining world if the planet has useful mineral content. They produce enough organic food, clothing, etc. to keep the population alive and working, but it can be rather bleak. Many Decepticon-occupied worlds resemble Warhammer 40k's hive worlds.
Organic leaders, on the other hand, value the same creature comforts as their subjects. Their worlds have an ambiance more pleasing to the masses simply because the rulers want to live someplace nice, and there's only so much you can bar from the masses while maintaining cost-effectiveness. EXAMPLE: Suppose you order your serfs to build and maintain an elaborate outdoor garden for your benefit; the gardeners get to spend time in a pleasant garden rather than a polluted factory that the owners have little interest in cleaning because they don't have lungs to be burned.
In fact, Overlord's world has one of the highest-quality educational systems in the empire (and rivaling some outside of it). Granted, the social studies curriculum is blatant propaganda conditioning the students to venerate the Decepticons and the viceregal couple; but their STEM education is top-notch and their aptitude-focused education produces high-quality workers in every field.
This is not to say that organic-led Decepticon worlds are paradises (except for the rulers), or that inorganic-led worlds are endless torture for fleshlings. Giga and Mega, and Zarak, still rule their worlds with an iron fist. And only the most foolish Decepticons trample their subjects (metaphorically or literally) until they're dead or driven to revolt. It's just that organic dictators have personal wants more like their subjects, and fulfilling those wants gives the peasant class at least a minimal access to them. Furthermore, wise Decepticons, prejudiced as they may be against organics, still recognize talent when they see it and are willing to provide incentives to make the best use of those subjects willing to collaborate. As long as everyone knows their place and the quotas are met, the Decepticons will only crack the whip every once in a while to remind everyone where they stand.
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