A massive Autobot battle-cruiser lifted off from the launch pad outside of Metroplex on Omnitron. A blue robot with what appeared to be a metal cigar in his mouth didn't seem effected as other members of the ship's crew had the arm rests of their seats put together to form seat belts.
"Aren't you going to buckle up Kup?" a large green Transformer asked sounding extremely confused at the ancient blue Autobot's action.
"No need, Bulkhead," Kup offhandly remarked. "I'm sticking to the floor like Junkions to a scrap yard."
"Oh, he'll be on the floor alright," Huffer remarked. The purple and orange pessimist was not looking forward to where they were going. Not that was a new thing; but this was somewhere he really didn't want to go even by his standards.
The thing that astonished Huffer was that Kup didn't move a mechanometer as the Ark rocketed through atmosphere of the current capital planet of the Autobot Commonwealth. Like inertia didn't apply to him in way.
"I still can't believe they managed to drive off Galvatron and his forces," Ironhide stated since it surprised a great deal. The rust red veteran Autobot was sure the Emperor of Destruction wasn't going to let that stand.
"Well they got Galvatron angry enough to put a bigger bounty on their head then Prime has," Sideswipe commented dryly.
"Primus," Windcharger muttered. There might be Autobot allied mercenaries willing to think about changing sides for that many shanix.
"And now Galvatron is marshaling his forces to destroy them all," Optimus Prime stated. "We can not allow that to happen!"
"Good thing Sideways has a loose vocalizer," Kup remarked. While Optimus Prime wasn't so sure about that. Sideways seemed to be playing his own game and telling Punch about this while he was in his undercover Counterpunch form would benefit him.
'What are you up to Sideways?' Optimus Prime mused. Optimus couldn't shake the feeling that Earth would be important and that whatever Sideways was up to would have dire results for the Autobots.
"It'll take us at least two deca-cycles to reach the system," Windcharger said from the nav console.
"That's why they must have picked it," Wheeljack spoke up. "A young star and the third planet is geologically active. Perfect place to gather a lot of energy and off the beaten path made it perfect to set up a safehouse in case we needed one."
"Sounds more like they got stuck," Bulkhead noted.
"And why I got stuck on this with you," Huffer grumbled in annoyance. He'd have to build the Space Bridge and keep Bulkhead from wrecking it. Yeah that was the perfect way to spend his time and effort. It was as rewarding as telling Omega Supreme to stop guzzling energon.
Galvatron looked up from a computer panel were he was going over reports and sensor logs in his work-quarters. "Ah, Leozack. Your team is at full strength?" The dim room was full of computer consoles and trophies of defeated foes.
The grey and blue Decepticon nodded. "Yes, mighty Galvatron. We are ready to serve."
"I want you to raid this Gibraltar Base and gauge its strength. Try to draw out that Supreme. I think without surprise on its side, it may not be as dangerous as it appeared." Galvatron adjusted his forearm cannon. "If it is dangerous as it showed, we will have to wait for others to bring it down with your brothers."
It was unstated that it required several combiners to defeat a Supreme-class Transformer like that since Roadfire, Sonic Bomber, and Dai Atlas had managed to destroy the powerhouse Decepticon Blackout on Seiei 001. And he had been the last of the Decepticon Heavy Brigade.
Since the epic battle of Planet Master between the Autobots Supremes and the Decepticon Heavy Brigade, only two Supremes survived: Omega Supreme and Omega Sentinel.
That caused Leozack to smile nastily. "I understand, Galvatron. It has been a long time since we killed a Supreme, hasn't it?"
"Exactly. While the human's technology is fairly advanced, it appears it requires at least twice the mass for our own performance. Those Guardians that the new Supreme deployed are certainly at least a match with one of our warriors." Galvatron rubbed his chin in thought. "The Sweeps will be raiding a power plant to gather more Energon. This whole situation stinks of some sort of secret collusion between these humans and the Autobots. I don't think it is Perceptor. It is more subtle than my records indicate the scientist is."
"You think there may be a new rising star among the Autobots?" Leozack asked, thinking things over.
"Yes. There is, of course, no way that this could all happen coincidentally. So the Autobots must have figured out a way to awaken a spark here. I've ordered a full investigation on Cybertron to find out how they smuggled it out to this backwater region."
Leozack nodded grimly. He did not have to state how bad this could affect the war. The last time the Autobots had seriously replenished their forces, they had almost taken Cybertron. And right now, they were closer to equal than most would realize. Optimus Prime had turned back overwhelming attacks with startling regularity.
Admiral Garcia wanted to loosen his white collar from his stocky neck. This was becoming a pain in the butt. He looked over the assembled officers and politicians in the center of the large hanger, with three of the Autobots watching from the edges. "Miss Athha, until we have formalized a treaty of self-defense with ORB, we are currently unable to hand over your prototype ASTRAYs. They have classified alien secret technologies that are best used in defense of the planet."
Andy Waltfeld sighed. Here we go again. He took a sip of his admittedly pleasant coffee. Which was the only pleasant thing about this meeting so far.
Cagalli looked like she wanted to rip something apart. "Those are ORB's property and they were stolen out of a top secret ORB company; Morgenrote-"
Colonel Kisaki coughed slightly, interrupting the teen he was chaperoning. "Perhaps we could work out a middle ground."
Cagalli glared at Garcia and Murrue as if they were bitter enemies, but finally nodded. "I believe my government would want them within trusted custody as soon as possible."
"That would be a tricky proposition without them leaving the Archangel for now," Murrue noted aloud, then took a drink of her ice water.
The admiral had a thought. "Well, if you happened to have a couple of pilots, you could second them to O.M.N.I. so that they are technically in the control of your people, but under our orders."
Kisaki nodded. "That doesn't seem unreasonable."
Andy and Aisha both gave the rear admiral a considering thought. That had been rather elegant in some ways.
"Very well," the young blonde said. "Colonel Kisaki and I will transfer to the Archangel. We'll take custody of the ASTRAYs while being technically under your command."
That surprised everyone else, even the Autobots.
Perceptor traded cautious looks with Hot Shot and Whirl.
"We need combat qualified pilots-" Natarle started to say.
"I'm qualified in every combat vehicle that ORB uses and hold the specialty rank of lieutenant in our palace reserves," the hot-headed noble said, cutting her off. "The same vehicles that we co-developed for the Atlantic Federation, of course."
An aide scurried over to Martin DeCosta, who frowned at the message. He quickly leaned over, "Boss? We have a mobilesuit running a muck. Some trainee lost control and its smashing into things."
Andy just looked up at the roof, wondering what else could go wrong today. "So just assign Becker's GINN team to capture it before it breaks anything."
"That's just it, Andy. It's not one of ours. It's one of theirs," he said, making a small gesture at the Earth Alliance senior officers.
That was just in front of the non-commissioned petty officer from the Archangel that trotted up and whispered a message to Captain Ramius. She then whispered something to Garcia and then took off at something barely less than a run. A dignified jog, perhaps.
In the gold and white ASTRAY, Flay was finding that getting the mobile suit to move was not easy. She hoped she hadn't stepped on anyone. The feet for the unit were the size of a small car.
"Maybe I can get Galvatron to die laughing at this rate," Flay grumbled. "Why isn't this as easy as it looks on TV?"
"Are you completely insane?" Dearka yelled in the Gundam Buster. He had been called to restrain the run away ASTRAY. He was trotting over as quickly as he could, but the ASTRAYs were faster than they looked.
"I'm getting it under control!" she shouted out. Sweat was slicking her hair to her head under her flight helmet.
"RUN AWAY!" screamed Jolt. "She's lost slagging lost! She's going to kill us all!" He had to duck flat as the gold ASTRAY nearly took off his head as it stomped around drunkenly.
Jetstorm shook his head. Didn't they have locks on the doors for these things? Like they had on Autobot ships to the armory. The only good thing was that the beam boomerang that could be held on the left shoulder was under going maintenance.They didn't need whoever was driving the Gold Astray to have live ammo or beam weaponry at their disposal.
"You know now would be a great time to know how to build a null-ray," Downshift yelled out as he snagged Roadhandler from getting kicked. Whirl hit his forehead with his left hand.
Flay bit her lip and then finally got the ASTRAY to stop and stand tall. "I got it. I got it. Now... to run." The standing mobilesuit suddenly crouched and then leaped forward and started to run across the tarmac, causing ZAFT soldiers to scatter even though she was nowhere near them. "And... turn." The ASTRAY turned quickly, if clumsily, and kept going.
Whirl looked surprised as he got his Null Ray module fitted over his blaster. He hadn't used the thing in so long it wasn't until Downshift mentioned it that he even remembered having that attachment. Perceptor was going to be really annoyed with him about forgetting something that could have come in handy.
"Dammit! Slow the hell down!" Dearka shouted as the Buster tried to keep up with the faster mobilesuit. The Buster really was set up for fire support. "Yzak, how long is it going to take you to finish starting up?"
"They were in the process of maintaining it, jerk! The Aegis is still being worked on!" the silver-haired pilot yelled from within his open cockpit. Yzak was also annoyed that O.M.N.I. knew how his Armor Shroud worked. Both sides ripped off ideas of the other one that were successful.
"I do not understand. The human is learning to control the Guardian. Is this not good?" Strike asked Downshift, whom he loomed over by a good six meters.
"Not when they forget to tell anyone they're taking a mobile suit for a drive and clearly it's their first time in one," the grizzled Autobot replied.
The gold ASTRAY cornered and then leaped into the air. "I'm getting it. I really am getting it." Her breath was labored in her ears as a maniac smile plastered itself onto her face. If any of the Autobots or Ramius saw that, they would have never let her near a mobile suit or mobile armor ever again.
Jetfire was flying overhead, ready to swoop in at a moment's notice. But the ASTRAY really was avoiding people in its frenetic movements. Of course the same movements scared everyone enough to stay as far away from the out of control mobile suit as they could.
Strike suddenly blasted into the air and cross the half mile in seconds, tackling the ASTRAY. "You guys are being too gentle. You in there, stay down!"
"Er, I guess he's got it under control," Skysickle called out. The lugnut was pretty fast for being so big.
"Damn," Yzak said with his jaw dropped.
"We were just making sure we didn't hurt the pilot," Whirl yelled. "At least get them out of the Astray before we do that."
"Ow. Ow. Ow." Flay's head was throbbing from where she had smacked it. Wearing the helmet and flight suit had saved her from serious injury though. "Okay, guess I'm done." The gold ASTRAY was stood back up and the hatch opened.
"What the inferno is wrong with you?" Downshift said in a hard tone. "This isn't the time for a joyride."
"I'm going to kill Galvatron," Flay snapped as she rode the zipline down to the ground, holding onto the cable desperately.
"Kid are you Primusdamn stupid?" Whirl asked. "You have any idea how many people have tried to kill Galvatron?! And I mean Autobots and Decepticons."
"You'll never get anything done with that attitude," Flay yelled back as she doffed her helmet.
Cagali stormed over to Flay and slapped her. "What are you doing, damaging ORB property?" she snapped out.
"Who the hell are you?!" Flay yelled as she rubbed her cheek.
"One of the new pilots it seems, " Whirl remarked. "Still there are only two of them so if you asked we'd have kicked around the idea of letting you be the third pilot Flay."
"Now Grimlock will be the key speaker on diplomacy and rational thought at the Shockblast mecha soccer arena on New Kaon before we let you drive one of those again," Downshift stated. Flay was fairly sure that was an event that wouldn't ever happen.
Mu La Flaga, Kira, Yzak and Athrun had finally caught up, as it was quite a run over from the Archangel. With Kira gasping in shock when he saw Cagali. She was that girl he encountered before everything went crazy on Heliopolis!
"You know, that might have been the school of hard knocks there, but she actually did a halfway decent job there," Mu noted aloud.
"You can't be seriously suggesting she enlist so she can be a pilot, are you?" Kira snapped at his superior officer.
"ZAFT blows up our colony, then the Decepticons kill my father. How else am I supposed to fight?" Flay shouted out, tears in her eyes.
"Maybe if you didn't scare everyone and act like a psycho would help!" Yzak yelled right back. "Seriously you think driving around a mobile suit without asking will get you praise!?"
"And sheer luck no one was killed or seriously injured," Athrun said in a neutral tone. "Look--"
"Classy," Whirl interjected sharply. "Oh and nice to see you are awake, Kira. Meet your ex-mobile suit. Kid still doesn't have a name yet."
Cagalli was frowning at the other girl. "You're a citizen of ORB?"
"Dual citizenship," Flay replied cautiously.
Kisaki sighed as he saw where this was going.
"She can be a trainee for now, but has to join ORB's military." Cagalli could not fault the other girl for wanting revenge for the murder of her father.
"Can I be in charge of her boot camp?" Whirl said with his blue optics glowing. "Just like Kup was with me."
"Cup?" Yzak said in disbelief. "Was dipstick already taken?"
"Not funny and I know a bot named that." Swerve said with slightly annoyed expression. "He's a construction foreman on Gigantion."
"I think that Colonel Kisaki and I should be in charge of training," Cagalli said, interrupting them before they could get into a fight.
"Kira, I want you to pilot that ASTRAY back to the Archangel. Miss Allster, you are with me," Mu ordered. "Miss Atha, I'll be seeing you later."
"Hey," Swerve said to Strike. "What do you transform into anyway?"
"Transform?" Strike replied sounding confused.
"This is going to take a lot of work," Jetstorm remarked as he held up his hands helplessly.
Flay was seriously reconsidering her thought of joining the military after only a week. Who knew there was so much running and pushups in it? Beside her, Kira was huffing along side. He was doing much better than she was though.
The ORB colonel was a merciless taskmaster, but really knew his information. Surprisingly, the girl was actually sticking to her motivation.
They came to a halt as they saw the Strike practicing sword forms against the Aegis while Downshift and the Minicons watched on. Well, the Minicons were cheering each hit or block. The Strike was remarkably quick and a very fast learner, but his skills were still that of a beginner. He was depending a lot on his shield. Athrun was surprised at the 'training' energy weapons that Perceptor had shown him. The stoic Autobot had been too busy to upgrade them himself, but Athrun and Downshift had figured it out on their own.
Downshift looked down downcast for a moment when he thought that Drift would have been perfect to help Strike and Athrun with their swordsmanship.
That was when the ammo dump bunker for the GINN and BuCUE armaments exploded in a huge mushroom, knocking the humans over with the blast wave. The minicons barely were able to stay upright.
A blue and gunmetal drilling machine exploded out of the ground nearby. "Hahahaha! That was really good!" a Transformer's voice came from it.
"An attack?" Downshift called out in surprise.
The large drilling machine suddenly transformed into Drillhorn. "Hey, guys? Did you miss me?" he shouted as he started firing his blaster quickly at the three robots. Strike put up his shield while the Aegis jet-jumped out of the way. Downshift grunted in pain, but it was really superficial.
"Retreat to the Archangel!" Kisaki shouted. "Move! Move!"
The humans staggered to their feet and started running towards the ship even as two jets and an assault chopper came in low from the southeast. Behind them, a linear tank and a missile truck started firing. The missiles corkscrewed through the air, slamming into a GINN that had been on border patrol to deafening affect. The crumpled remains exploded even as it fell.
Alarms sounded across the base as Coordinators realized they were under attack by a far inferior number of foes. Leozack and Gaihawk both strafed the land battleships. They quickly found out that they were miniature fortresses in their own right, as they started firing all their cannons in return.
ZAFT's forces started to respond, launching dozens of GINNs and DINNs into the fight, even as Andy and his copilot Aisha led the animal-like BuCUEs to race out.
"Let's do this by the numbers, people. Keep them distracted and off balance," the ZAFT commander ordered.
"Hey, did the Predacons show up and forget to tell us?" Deathcobra asked as he saw the Desert Tiger's orange BuCUE.
The left most BuCUE suddenly launched a set of thirteen missiles from its rump-mounted launcher.
"That wasn't nice," the yellow and green assault helicopter snarled out, even as he dodged or blasted the missiles out of the air.
Andy's BuCUE slid into position as his twin liner rail-guns tracked and then fired, hitting the helicopter and cracking his armor.
"Wish my new LaGOWE was ready. Hear it's supposed to be a sweet ride, eh Aisha?" he shouted back to his copilot.
"I think we can handle this, Andy," his stunning companion said with a smirk.
Another GINN exploded as Drillhorn drilled right through it in vehicle mode. "These guys really aren't that tough." He transformed and twisted to blast another GINN, causing a lot of damage.
So when the Buster's 350mm cannon fired, it only creased his shoulder and sent him spinning.
"Yeah!" Dearka shouted. "That's the way to do it!" He was already lining up a second attack.
"Nicol, you are with me. Yzak, you and Dearka take out that linear tank and missile truck," Athrun called out, even as the Aegis banked upwards on its Guul platform as he launched from the Archangel. The Blitz was right behind him on another Guul.
"On it!" Yzak yelled as he fired the Duel's bazooka. The HEAT shell hit Jarugar and sent the black and white Decepticon flying through and air.
"Roger," Nicol called out. They had to relieve the land battleships, as those jets were starting to breach the armor at points.
Leozack and Gaihawk had to break off their next attack run as the two Guardians on some sort of flying platforms started their own attack runs. DINNs immediately fell behind the two Gundams to give support, making the situation harder.
"Miserable humans! Die!" the lead light grey and blue Decepticon jet shouted. His hardmounted nose-blasters fired at the red mobilesuit, only to see it dodge the attack with practiced ease. Much better than those ZAFT helicopters anyways.
"These guys are pretty good. Do we really want to hold off on combining into Liokaiser?" the red and yellow jet asked him, even as he tried to pulverize the black mobilesuit in front of him. It just took his blasts on its strange shield that tried to fire a armor piercing spike at him.
"We need to save it for when that Supreme transforms," Leozack replied in an annoyed tone.
"It looks like it isn't doing anything," Killbison remarked as he blew up a BuCUE.
Then the six Decepticons heard a battle cry that would have made Hellbat duck for cover.
"Wreck and Rule!" as Whirl leaped out from behind a behind a ruined building and shoved his extended knife into Drillhorn. There was a shower of sparks as the blade went deep into the Decepticon.
The blue and gray Decepticon reacted instinctively, kicking out and knocking Whirl back before the blue Wrecker could gut his spark. He was just recovering when an ORB tactical command truck plowed him over, then transformed.
"All Autobots, concentrate and defeat the enemy!" Perceptor called out, even as he blasted at Drillhorn to try and finish him off.
The damaged but canny Decepticon transformed and drilled under the earth, ducking the attack.
"Slag! I nearly had him!"
While the Strike tried to attack Leozack and Gaihawk but they were much faster in the air. It annoyed the young Autobot who wanted a way into the sky. "Higher!" 'Faster!' he thought. 'I have to get higher!'
Suddenly, with a massive ratcheting noise that did not sound altogether good, he transformed into a roughly jet-shape and rocketed at the pair of Decepticons. The new, Cybertronian-style jet plowed into Gaihawk and knocked him out of the sky.
"What? When did you gain that ability?" the red and orange Decepticon demanded.
The Strike transformed again, less painfully this time. "Just now." He pointed his particle beam rifle and took a pot shot, but Gaihawk managed to dodge while firing back with his own blaster. The Strike then fired his head mounted rapid-fire laser machine guns.
Deathcobra was laughing maniacally as he strafed a row of ZAFT soldiers and exploded an unwary a ZuOOT artillery mobilesuit that a pilot had rushed out into service. "Die! Die! Die you useless bags of water!"
The three ASTRAYs were moving out of the Archangel, adding their firepower to the confusion. Kira was in the white and gold ASTRAY, set up with a spare Sword Striker. With his improved speed, he clipped off one of the turrets of Killbison in his linear tank form. He barely transformed and rolled to the side.
"Man, it's always the guns!" he complained even as he staggered under all five Minicons firing him.
"We can get him! Blast him!" Roadhandler shouted as he blasted at Killbison.
"I'll slagging show Whirl that I'm ready for a real Primus-charged bulk body!" Jolt shouted as he fired continuously at the yellow and silver Decepticon. While Skysickle and Thunderstick transformed into their gun modes and let Killbison have it.
Kira added to that assault by hitting Killbison with a beam boomerang. There were bright blue sparks from the wound and the Decepticon had this feeling they needed to end this fight quick before the fleshie units worth a slag and the Autobots overwhelmed them.
Cagalli had the red ASTRAY taking careful, leading shots at Leozack with a heavy impulse cannon. "Stand still, you bastard!"
Colonel Kisaki had moved to support, firing at any Decepticon that even looked like it was headed to the young noble. He had to admit the scatterblaster as they called was quite effective at deterring the Decepticons from coming close to the Red Astray.
Above, Athrun noted the destruction that Deathcobra was unleashing, distracting him. Leozack moved into the kill position when something seemed to shatter with the young coordinator.
"No." This could not be allowed to happen. With a preternatural clarity, he leaped off his GuuL, dodging Leozak's attack like he had been standing still.
"What? Where did he go?" the leader of this band of Decepticons asked, checking to make sure that he was not being bracketed.
The red Aegis transformed into a strange clawed contraption. In the center of it, the aperture for his 580mm multi-phase energy cannon was revealed, blasting at the green and yellow Decepticon that was busy kicking the feet out from below another ZuOOT that was just hopelessly outclassed by the nimble foe.
The blast exploded with a huge concussion, knocking Deathcobra and the ZuOOT over. "What?" the Decepticon called out.
Still in the strange no-time of perfection, the Aegis landed in its mobilesuit mode only three hundred feet away. "You will not hurt anyone else!" the black-haired and green-eyed Coordinator shouted out, even as the as the Aegis charged in a jet assisted leap.
"Ha! You won't get me-" Deathcobra started to crow, when the Aegis activate all four of its beam-sabers. One hard-mounted on each of his forearms and one on each knee.
The move had been practiced against the Strike and the yellow and green Decepticon could only gape as two of the blades remove his legs and his right arm. His skid backwards was stopped as a huge Gundam-sized foot stomped down on him as the Aegis pointed its beam rifle at him. Flicking on the external com, Athrun demanded, "Surrender... or die!"
"I yield! Slag that! Don't kill me!"
Leozak snarled to himself. They were taking unacceptable amounts of damage and with the capture of Deathcobra, unable to form LioKaiser. At least they had not killed him. "All Decepticons... Retreat!" he yelled out, kicking in his after-burners.
Andy snarled as he saw the missile truck turn and take off at a speed he could manage, but he had more pressing duties. He quickly broadcasted to not chase. None of his forces that were fast enough were in any really shape if they turned to fight as a group. "Well, Aisha, I guess I got that excitement I was wanting."
"What a mess," the knockout female Coordinator said sadly. "And this was only six of them."
"The GINNs and DINNs were not much of a challenge for them, though at least the Gundams and BuCUEs could fight. Looks like we are going to need better mobilesuits as quickly as possible," the commander said. He was also glad Orb's Astrays made a good showing since they were going to need all they help they could get.
Thousands of miles away from the burning wreck of Gibraltar Base, more smoke was rising from the real attack. A massive solar tower had been hijacked by a band of nearly identical looking blue and silver Decepticons.
Scourge looked over the work that the Sweeps had been doing, showing the pile of Energon. "That should be enough. That loser Leozack just retreated from Gibraltar Base. After losing one of his squad."
"Right. Should we destroy that tower?" Sweep 10 shouted out as he pointed towards the massive structure that looked like a mesa sheathed in mirrors.
"No. We might want to come back and fill up again!" Scourge called out, causing all the Decepticons to start laughing.
They quickly transformed into their space-cruiser forms (that vaguely looked like some sort of hover vehicle.) With that down, they rocketed into the sky and towards the waiting Revenge.
Perceptor turned to look over at Hot Shot as he entered one of the hangers that had been given over to the scientist for his work. "I am currently busy and must not be disturbed," he called out in his monotone voice.
"Perceptor, we can't ignore that report that the Sweeps stole enough energy to fully recharge the Revenge, Galvatron and his army. We have to do something," the red and yellow Autobot shouted as he moved closer to the massive device.
"Your emotions are clouding your judgement. This Transformer is taking the appropriate action to negate the advantage that Galvatron has accrued." He had not even turned away from the strange lump of generators and the spire that stuck out the top of it.
"What is that thing?" his second in command asked.
"A quantum oscillator amplifier that works on the sub-quark frequency of-"
"Okay, bad question. What does it do? In simple terms," Hot Shot asked quickly.
"It destroys N-Jammers within a radius of one thousand five hundred miles," Perceptor called out. "With that impediment removed, the Earth Alliance and ZAFT forces will be able to activate all mothballed nuclear reactors."
"How much energy are we talking about?" the other Autobot asked.
"Eurasia had fifty nuclear reactors within range, each capable of producing an average of 15 gigawatts of power. With the addition of simple, Cybertronian technology, we can increase that efficiency by thirty percent," Perceptor explained in painstaking detail.
"That's a lot of power," Hot Shot replied as he let the numbers sink in.
"The Earth Alliance and African Union are currently readying all nuclear reactors for immediate activation," Perceptor remarked as he continued to work on the huge device.
"I got the parts you wanted," Jetfire called out as he brought a large amount of materials Hot Shot had no idea what they were.
"Excellent," Perceptor stated almost sounding like he was happy. "These should allow for the production of cold phosphex."
"Cold-!? Glass gas!?" Hot Spot said as he recalled what that was.
"It's been interesting working under Perceptor," Jetfire remarked in a chipper mood. "Been kind of fun actually do something makes me different from Jetstorm."
"You have some talent for being a scientist," Perceptor noted casually.
That was when two humans drove up in a ZAFT ground vehicle. "Hey, Perceptor! Just got word back from our allies in in the African Union that they are ready," Andy Waltfeld called out as he waved casually. It was hard for him to relate to the robots. They did not even know what coffee was much less how great it could be.
Admiral Garcia smirked as he smoothed his white, naval uniform. "The Eurasian Federation was, of course, all ready from the onset. So we are go for Operation: Light Up."
"Excellent." Perceptor then turned back to his device.
"Activating the N-Jammer Destroyer."
Energy crackled across the turbines as tubes started charging up with pinkish energy. The tower part started spinning even as arms reached out from the top of it. With a snap, it discharged all of its energy.
Within seconds, the ground rumbled from discharges. Deep in the Earth, N-Jammers self-destructed as damaging resonances built up within them.
Andy frowned, as he could see why the PLANTs had not been happy with losing their strategic edge against the Earth Alliance. Now they could start fielding nuclear powered mobilearmors again. Hopefully Martin managed to get a good sensor reading so that they could shield the ship portable N-Jammers from this affect in the future. Though the fuel the Transformers used wasn't effected by N-Jammers in the slightest.
All across the north west of Africa and south west of Europe, power plants started to come back to life, feeding hungry energy intensive uses. In Africa, it would have a great affect as desalination plants would start to bring life giving water back to the desert and its people.
"Is the device still functional?" Garcia asked with narrowed eyes.
"It is robust enough for multiple uses, that is correct."
"I'd like to send that around to the power plant locations. Mostly Eastern Europe and the United States east coast." The factories that could be reactivated would mean they could get the Strike Daggers to full production a month ahead of time, the admiral realized. The only thing that kept it from being perfect was how they had no idea how to mass produce the most effective of the strange weapons the Autobots had made for the Gundams and ASTRAYs. Each of the mobilesuit series had proven their worth in the battles and were very powerful.
They would just have to use 'blasters' instead. Mobilesuit sized generic weapons based on Autobot technology.
The massive, bronze-armored battle-cruiser, the Ark, appeared near the Moon in a flash of FTL deceleration.
"I've spotted the Steel Haven's signal on one of the moons of the largest gas giant, Prime," Ironhide called out. "Lots of junk out there."
"No wonder the Junkions like this place," Sunstreaker remarked with disgust. With his luck the organics of this system probably also emitted metal-eating goo from their bodies.
"Quit acting like a glitchhead, will ya?" Bulkhead grumbled in annoyance at Sunstreaker's vanity.
"Slag off," Sunstreaker maturely responded to that.
"Enough of that," Ironhide said with authority. "You two can bicker on your own time later."
"And you wonder why you aren't more popular bro," Sideswipe quipped.
"Picking up a lot of cybertronian alloys," Wheeljack said from the science station. "Identification codes from the remains of the Blue Nixie, the Death's Head, the Axalon, and the Ultimate Warrior."
"Three ships and a shuttle blown up already," Kup remarked. "Someone's been busy."
"With all that Primus tri-cursed slag all over the third planet I'm surprised no one has tried dropping the really pieces onto the planet as a weapon," Huffer remarked as he shook his head.
Wheeljack calculated what would do the planet and winced. It'd the perfect weapon to utterly level portions of that world.
"Optimus we're getting a distress call!" Cliffjumper yelled from the communications console. "The Decepticons are attacking a civilian ship in low orbit of Earth."
"Smells like a trap," Ironhide noted with concern.
"I know," Optimus Prime said softly. "But we can't let the Decepticons have free reign if we're around to stop it."
"Taking us in," Sideswipe stated at the helm.
The massive battlecruiser went above the plane of debris to get closer to the degrading orbit that the cargo ship was in. The Revenge immediately turned and retreated, firing only a few covering shots as two Sweeps returned to it.
Inside the MarseilleIII-class named HOME, a beacon was still active. Outside, all of the ships manipulators had been broken off as it spun ever so slowly. Inside the shattered cargo bay, junk filled the scrambled interior.
"Ignore the Revenge for right now. Prepare rescue operations. Autobots, let's move out!" Optimus Prime called out even as he tromped to the airlock as quickly as possible.
Cliffjumper and Sideswipe were left in the ship as the rest of the Autobots moved over to the slightly smaller ship. None of them noticed the strange locomotive half buried in the junk on the hold as they moved inward.
Once they were past him, Astrotrain powered up and transformed to his humanoid form. "Sloppy, Optimus Prime. You should have left a guard at the door. Your overwhelming caring for other lifeforms is, as always, your undoing." He slipped outside and then alongside of the Ark.
Iron Hide was leading Huffer and Rachet into an area where it looked like devices were being reassembled.
"Prime! By the All Spark! It's Drift! He looks mostly okay, but he's in stasis lock."
The white and silver Autobot lay on a massive cradle, with robotic arms and tools around him.
"No time!" Optimus called out.
The young man with spiky brown hair nodded as he rubbed his wrists. "Yeah, those evil robots put bombs on HOME and they plan to blow us and you to kingdom come!"
"All Autobots, evacuate to the Ark. Come long, humans. We only have moments before they destroy this ship."
Bumblebee grabbed the younger pair. "Time to rush!"
The woman with long dark hair squinted. "Please, we need to use the emergency life preservers. You'll have to drag those along."
The final member nodded as he ran over, pulling three compressed cylinders out of a cabinet. She pulled a pin and then a trigger, expanding out a large bag that she immediately crawled into. The others were right behind him.
"Wait! Number 8!" the spiky-haired kid yelled, running back to grab a luggable computer. He was then in right behind them, inflating the ball life support modules.
In just moments later, they were being ferried over to the Ark that was already moving away.
The explosions that ripped apart HOME rocked the Autobot ship. That was when Astrotrain made his move, rocketing away as a shuttle. "First explosion!" he called out, even as the first explosive jarred the Ark on the edge, sending it spinning. "And.... the second explosion!" All of the rest of the explosives went off, smashing into the engine ports on the back of the battle-cruiser.
Everything seemed fine for just a second, then the secondary explosions from the Ark energon in the engines ignited, disintegrating the back of the battle-cruiser even as it acted like a crude rocket to fling the bronze space ship with great momentum... directly at the blue-white planet below.
"Prime! I've lost thruster control!" Cliffjumper shouted out.
"That's because the back half of the Ark is gone!" Iron Hide called out.
"Flatten out our descent! We'll have to aerobrake," Optimus called out, even as he struggled to hold himself still while carrying one of the human life support devices with its precious cargo.
That was when Astrotrain reappeared, strafing the Ark as he took out maneuvering thruster after thruster. "Hahahaha! I've done it! Optimus Prime is doomed!" the triple-changer shouted out.
The Ark shot towards the planet like a brilliant meteor, burning up as it hit the atmosphere.
That was when they heard a shout of, "I am Halo Spreem!"
"Looks like he picked a name at least," Whirl weakly joked.
Outside the Strike moved like a confused man besieged by insects as the Haro frantically pushed buttons inside and piloted it across the ZAFT base, smashing building and even upending a land battleship.