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The Return of Megatron
Date of Scene: 29 June 2016
Location: Undergrid
Synopsis: Scorponok unleashes Trypticon upon Cybertron, and Megatron returns from the "dead" to stop him!
Cast of Characters: Blast Off, Arcee, Prowl, Quickswitch, 36, Sky Lynx, Grimlock, 65, Megatron, Soundwave


Soundwave has posed:
Scorponok stands at the edge of a massive crater, massive claws raised into the air. "There is no escape from what I'm about to unleash here!" The self-proclaimed Leader of the Decepticons yells into the void, surrounded by a mob of Decepticon soldiers- alternately grim-faced or leering with delight at the destruction about to ensue. "Something primal and uncontrollable. Something that will bring this hollow civilization crashing to its knees..." Some of the Decepticons begin to cheer. The massive green Con raises a grenade launcher and fires it into the void for the first volley, the first shot. Soon others join him, many figures bombing the ground before them. Scorponok looks pleased.

"I have broken the locks. Released the chains. And roused a wrath so terrible that this world will never be the same." The ground before them continues to tremble under their assault. "You are witnessing the dawning of a new age... where the Decepticon ideal -- survival of the fittest -- will reign for a thousand generations! The purer world Megatron once envisioned could never have been won through political control or subversion! It could never have blossomed upon the desiccated husk of our bloated society! No... the future we forge -- will be born of fire and terror. It will rise from the trampled ashes of the old world -- and none shall stand against it. And in the face of utter ruin... the strong, at last, will rise. This is.... Trypticon." This is Scorponok's Utopia, come at last. He just knows it. "Keep firing, force the planet itself to break before our might until it brings forth our Champion and the End of the Autobot Era!!!!!"

Prowl has posed:
As Scorponok and his loyalists fire on Trypticon's prison, a battle rages in the nooks and chasms of the Undergrid around the planet's new hope for a future. The Autobots, having grown only more and more desperate in the meta-cycles prior, are now making their final push against the Decepticons to seize control of the fuel before their opponents could truly secure the location and build a refinery to take full advantage of the exceptionally potent energon veins.

    This was a full-on assault--every capable soldier, officer, and field operative had been called to the fray. The stakes are higher than ever...quite literally everything hinged on this. This was an advantage they couldn't let the Decepticons have. As such, the full fury of the Autobots' military might presses forward with everything it has, unaware of the monstrosity that is about to be unleashed. Prowl is standing not far behind the front lines, shouting orders to the various units as they attempt to fight their way across a massive cavern.

    Laserfire flies in every direction as the tactician searches for a vulnerability in the Decepticons' forces. "Push toward the eastern wall!" He directs infantry in proximity to the breach. And for the air units, "Delta squad, put a dent in their on route reinforcements before they get too far!"

Arcee has posed:
Arcee deploys with the rest of the infantry forces, accompanying some of the more veteran fighters into the Undergrid and learning from their example as they press forward. The way is extremely difficult at times, and there's a few times when the pink warrior is pinned within the narrow tunnels. But with some patience and a few teachable moments from the veterans, they continue to press on.

Grimlock has posed:
For almost a cycle, Grimlock's forces have been missing from the main battle - a notable absence considering their ferocious reputation. However, finally they reappear, one undergrid level above the fray - directly over the Decepticon position. "Dynobots!" Grimlock yells over the calamity of battle. "Attack!" Raising his flaming sword in the air, Grimlock and his mechs leaps directly into the center of the Decepticon line from above and behind, tearing through them while dealing out chaos and death in equal, heaping measures.

Sky Lynx has posed:
Sky Lynx is, of course, there as well. Only, he's the one doing the deploying as he drops things off and keeps the troops moving. "Come now! Don't let them get the better of you! Fight on, fight on, let them know we are here and we mean business!"

He pauses to drop off some supplies nearby. "Also...if you do grow too tired, do not hesitate to step aside and let me at them. Not near as sporty, but we can't all be so capable!"

Soundwave has posed:
The Autobots strike- but that doesn't faze scorponok one bit. No. No, this only fuels the fire! "EXCELLENT!!" He bellows, "Add the Autobot's charred corpses to the flame! Let this planet BURRRN in a symphony of CHAOS!!" No one can accuse Scorponok of sounding dull and boring, at least. The Decepticon forces sweep across the area, both on ground and in flight where they can. Bombs burst, gunfire is loud and harsh when closed in by tunnels and chasms. Rocks and sections of tunnel walls collapse in the fray. Scorponok screams into the smoke and chaos, calling for spilt energon, and the Decepticon army complies. Some enjoy the wanton destruction, gleefully gunning down anything they can see. Others take it as a grim duty. Soundwave is here, too, sending his cassettes through the tunnels to pinpoint the location of Autobot troops.

In amongst all the cacaphony, it can be hard to hear much of any one thing. The ground trembles and shakes, screams and breaks. But... soon, there is somehow something deeper. It is felt in the very center of one's being... a jolt from deep inside... a soft tremble at the spark's core that grows until many may pick it up. There's something down there. Something big.... and it's moving.

Megatron has posed:
Megatron had arrived on Cybertron apparently in secret earlier that cycle. Back in Kaon, he had come with Scorponok's cronies that had attempted to end his existence back on Junkion. Within him, unknown to any, he was carrying the spark of a Quintesson, Pentius. Shockwave had apparently remained behind from the fray and was overseeing the rebuilding of Megatron's body from the state that he had arrived in. He had been missing pieces of armor and had been broken down to his endoskeleton here and there. Shockwave had related everything to Megatron that had occurred, especially the recent destruction of the megarefinery and Scorponok's abuse of the Decepticons that had caused so many to defect and depart the planet. The forces were scattered and what smattering were left had been blackmailed into doing the unthinkable - the raising of a primordial horror. Cybertron is in chaos and a slight tremor picked up on sensors meant that it was going to get worse. Still, there was nothing he could do to fix the situation just yet, not while in the midst of repairs and restructuring.

    "Faster, Shockwave," Megatron demanded. Sparks flew as armor was welded, the air was tense with energy as magclamps sealed shut parts of exoskeleton. Shockwave replied coldly, "I am working as fast as logically sound, Megatron."

Arcee has posed:
On the way down one of the Undergrid tunnels, Arcee is working alongside a small group of infantry mechs. Some of them are more seasoned than others.

As the group clears yet another subterranean passage and begin moving through it, the tremors begin. At first they're barely perceptable over the rest of the battle chaos, but it isn't long before the jolts are actually cracking the passageway itself. Arcee reacts fast, grabbing ahold of a scouting mini before a fissure swallows him up. "We *have* to keep moving! Or we'll all end up falling!" she calls.

Grimlock has posed:
"Head's up, Dynobots - something big is coming! Be ready for it!" Grimlock doesn't slow as he sounds the warning to his troops, continuing to tirelessly hack and slash, taking advantage of the "target-rich environment." He kills as brutally, efficiently, and quickly as possible, climbing over the corpses of friends and foe if necessary to get to his next victim.

Prowl has posed:
"PRESS FORWARD!!!"

    Delta squad tears after the Decepticon reinforcements, shooting down what they can before the new forces can arrive at the front as infantry units push through the eastern wall of the cavern to try to force their way toward the source. Many won't take notice initial vibrations, but Prowl certainly does, and it alarms him. Seismic activity of that magnitude isn't typical for this area. Opening a comms frequency to Sky Lynx, he hopes the shuttle bird can use his elevation to get a bigger picture of whatever may be causing the tremors, even as the Autobots slowly but surely push past the Decepticons. But something is definitely off...the Decepticons don't seem to be resisting as much as he'd predicted they would. "This isn't good," he mutters to himself, transforming and attempting to track the tremors toward the epicenter.

Sky Lynx has posed:
Sky Lynx alters his course to move towards the comms being transmitted from the party. Something is moving. Something big. For once, though, it's not /him/ doing it. So...there's that. He glides over the epicenter, scanning the area while relaying his own visuals back to Prowl to ensure that, even if his own eyes miss something, there's someone to see it. <<I'm on-sight, looking now. I'll let you know if I see anything out of place. Though, truth be told, it's ugly here...>>

Soundwave has posed:
The tremors are only getting worse. Scorponok is practically cackling with glee as the world around them burns and falls. Like Grimlock, he delights in power and strength, though unlike Grimlock there are no self-placed limits. If another Decepticon gets in his way he mows them down as enthusiastically as anyone else. They obviously weren't fast or smart enough to get out of his way- and survive. He doesn't need them.

While Scorponok revels in being at the eye of the storm, Soundwave keeps back. With his Cassette's help, he locates some of the main Autobot forces and directs troops to try and surround them, coming in from two sides. He has to be careful, however, for soon Scorponok's plan becomes apparent to all.

First the ground shakes so badly fissures open up and swallow both Autobot and Decepticon soldiers unlucky enough to be in their path. Then ... a dreadful sound. A roar of fury that strikes fear into the heart of many and surely captures the attention of all involved. Then the shadow. For a moment there is a strange silence as darkness blocks light- and then the light turns red as a gigantic head bursts from the crater. In a flurry of teeth, glowing red optics, and snapping jaws, Trypticon has arrived at last.

Megatron has posed:
Megatron's hand trembled as his digits went haywire, splaying out wide, then clamping shut into a tight fist, then opening again as Shockwave worked on his neural network. "Shockwave," Megatron seethed the scientist's name out darkly. The purple victim of empurata replied, "I am testing the synaptic pings of your network. Patience, Megatron."

    "Patience?" Megatron asked the other with a sneer. "There is a needless conflict that serves no purpose other than the self aggrandisement of Scorponok's ego and you want me to be patient? We are losing Decepticons for the wrong reasons." Zap! Hnnngggh! There was a cascading backlash from the tests that locked his servos momentarily, then they released again and Megatron relaxed once more. The purple scientist went silent as he worked and Megatron looked to the monitor that displayed the sensor readouts. "Patch comm channels through. I want to hear what's going on," he commanded. A sentry mech obeyed and did just that and comms on-site filtered into the repair suite.

Grimlock has posed:
At the arrival of Trypticon, even the mighty Grimlock has to take a moment to stare in awe. As the ground shakes around him, the steady Dynobot keeps his feet, but at first can only gaze up and up and up, Grimlock's optic band opened wide to take it all in. Quickly, however, he shakes it off. "New target, Dynobots! Swoop, get airborne, and find me weaknesses in that thing. The rest of you - concentrate fire at joints and hinges - make a hole and fill it with fire! I'm going to see what that thing is made of." With that, Grimlock simply raises his sword, and charges.

Prowl has posed:
Prowl was searching the crumbling battlefield for evidence of whatever was causing the vibrations when his search was -very- abruptly ended by the answer to all his questions.

     And it's not good.

    The ground opens up, swallowing Autobot and Decepticon alike as the colossal monstrosity rises out of the ground with a terrifying roar. As Scorponok revels in the chaos, soldiers on both side gaze up in horror at the creature that has been unleashed. Megatron's comm would explode with the sounds of chaos and the scream of sheer shock and terror.

    Prowl curses and does what he can dodge all the falling debris that is now raining down as the giant rips through the ground. "Damn..."

Sky Lynx has posed:
Sky Lynx blinks at the monstrosity and chuckles. "Well then! I'll see your roar and I'll raise you...well, nothing too untowards... though, truly, if that is the best you can do then I'll just have to chuckle, laugh, and destroy you. Because I'm Sky Lynx, and I daresay you are hard-pressed to come up to my level."

Quickswitch has posed:
-What -is- that thing???- Quickswitch asks over the comm, suddenly feeling -very- insignificant despite his half a dozen assorted modes, "Sit-rep, please, before I either flee in terror or start shooting at randon." The sixchanger transforms and joins Sky Lynx above in jet form to see if the gigantic unit has any worthwhile weaknesses to exploit. "This is incredible.."

Arcee has posed:
Arcee is still clinging to the scouting mini she just rescued from a sudden fissure when she sees something incomprehensibly huge begin pushing its way up and out of the ground. It takes a collaborative effort of the small team clinging to one another and backing thr ugh a fractured tunnel very rapidly in order to avoid sudden death. The roar itself is deafening, and the group manages to reach a point where the Dynobots are launching their offensive. From here, Arcee is able to settle back for a brief moment and plan her next tactical move...

Soundwave has posed:
Trypticon roars, shaking the ground as he announces his presence. He's not done, though, breaking through the crust and into the light above, still hazy with debris and dust. Red optics glow through that haze and a giant figure looms... it's like watching a massive city rise up from the ground beneath your feet. Several soldiers on both sides are swallowed up in the havoc- or the collapsing ground. One figure- hard to tell in the gloom what side- gets squished like a mosquito as a giant foot kicks up and out. Trypticon is here, and he's furious. He roars again. A figure- tiny to him- charges AT him??? Caught up in rage, he smashes his tail down towards Grimlock.

"YES!!!!!" Scorponok is in Decepticon heaven here. "There is no stopping him now, Autobot scum!!! You're all going to die in agony, flaming scrap metal disintegrating like the peace and weakness you cling to so desperately!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"

Megatron has posed:
With a final sealing of his chest plate, Megatron's repairs had been finished. His fusion cannon had been upgraded and he redirected power from Pentius' spark within himself towards it. The strength of the Quintesson's spark had been enough to save his life more than once on Junkion and now it would serve to save the Decepticons. Megatron rose from the medbay and walked towards the console where he was deep in Kaon in Shockwave's labs. He accessed the console which opened a global comms channel across all Decepticon communications.

    <<"Decepticons!">> Megatron's voice came over the radio /loud/. <<"Your TRUE leader has returned! I have been listening to this absurdity the entire time! This monstrosity that you have unleashed with Scorponok must be stopped lest it destroy our very world that we are trying to liberate! How do you intend to stop this once it has finished reaping countless lives and leaving a path of irreparable destruction? I will FORGIVE your trespasses and ignorance in exchange for one thing. Cease your mindless following of the fool who has destroyed our fuel sources and now threatens to raze our world to ashes! Keep Scorponok busy while I arrive and swear your loyalty once again and I will see that your lives are no longer wasted! Cease your dying for he who refuses to die for you!">>

Grimlock has posed:
Grimlock leaps into the air, dodging a smash attack that shakes and splits the ground that moments ago was just beneath him. He responds by landing and slashing at that tail, seeming too brave or too dumb to realize the sheer lunacy of attacking the thing claw-to-claw. "Take him down, Dynobots!" he roars. "The bigger they are, the easier they are to hit!"

Sky Lynx has posed:
Sky Lynx bellows a countering roar of his own, just to flaunt how uninspired and unintimidated he is by such acts of bestial rage and wrath. Immediately after, he drops from the sky to divebomb the monstrosity, taking a mighty swing with his claws as he crashes down towards Trypticon's head. "Only room for one big brute here, I'm afraid, and you are most certainly not it, my dear chap!"

Skywarp (65) has posed:
Skywarp weaves in and out of the battle, sniping Autobots and picking off stragglers while occasionally diving into the fray to provide a distraction. This Seeker thrives in chaotic environments. The arrival of Trypticon has turned an already erratic battlefield into complete bedlam. And just when things couldn't get any crazier.... MEGATRON has returned?!? He doesn't know what to think... or what to do. He freezes and nearly gets crushed under Trypicon's foot. He ports away at the last moment to Soundwave's side. "General!" He calls for the Decepticon communicator. "Is Megatron--?" Megatron's second transmission comes through. He looks at Soundwave expectantly. Clearly he needs some guidance.

Prowl has posed:
Prowl uses the comms again to check up on his squad leaders. He know some of the foot soldiers were buried alive--but rescue efforts for them would have to wait. Many of them are probably dead anyway...

    Clambering out of the wreckage-filled hole that Trypticon has just created, he transforms and begins driving around the beast's colossal feet, searching once more for weaknesses to exploit, and scanning for the sorts of weapons and offensive abilities this thing has, as well as how well its armor seems to be holding up against the multi-faceted onslaught. He hates that it's such an unknown--he's never seen anything quite like it before. But some of the sweeps reveal what's within...and they resemble the monsters they'd encountered in the Undergrid previously. So -that's- where those things had come from. He's not sure how much it helps, but it's information nonetheless.

Grimlock has posed:
Grimlock charges into battle, literally underfoot of the raging giant. Soon he disappears from sight in the destruction and soot, his fate initially unknown.

Arcee has posed:
Once she's assisted Grimlock, she looks toward her new combat allies. "Where do we even begin with this thing?? Where is there even a weakness??"

All of this madness is made even more surreal by a voice on the global broadband, one she hasn't heard in a very, very long time. "...Wait, HOW?? He's dead! He /died/. None of this makes any sense...come on, mechs, let's join up with another squadron and magnify our efforts, it's going to be the only way we'll survive."

Noticing Sky Lynx flying overhead, Arcee once again makes a targeting assist, mostly because he's in range, and because she can.

Soundwave has posed:
Soundwave watches this all, hanging back in one of the tunnels as the world burns around them. His red visor takes it in. Perhaps this is inevitable. Burn it down to start anew, begin building a better world- one where all can be equal. Except... he glances to scorponok standing there, in a blind orgy of chaotic power, relishing the destruction not for the good it can do but for its own sake. For his own glory. If only Megatron were here...

And then that voice rings over the radio. Many other Decepticons pause, confused. Wait, is this real? Is that really MEGATRON???? Some continue to fight but there is a definite pause, a hiccup in the bloodshed and destruction. "is it really him?" One asks. Soundwave's spark flares up- he KNOWS that voice. He can read it- FEEL it, sense it to his core. He knows it is the true leader of the Decepticons come back home. Somehow. How could he have doubted? The big blue mech adds his voice to the radio waves, to confirm for any who still doubt: <<"Decepticons, Megatron /has/ returned! Megatron is our true leader! You will obey him!">> He glances down to Skywarp as he lands nearby. "We do as Megatron says. We stop Trypticon." With that, he raises his own weapon and heads towards the fray. There is no question where Soundwave's loyalty lies. Some Decepticons fall back, either loyal to Megatron or unwilling to keep fighting in such uncertain circumstances. Some press on, either loyal to Scorponok or just spoiling for a fight- and here's a bunch of Autobots just asking for it, right?

Scorponok cackles, snapping his claws. "YES! YESS! THIS IS GLORIOU-" then stops. Optics widen at the sound of the voice over the radio. "W-what the FRAG?" His own radio transmission fires back at Megatron over the radio waves. <<"HOW DARE YOU, YOU IMPOSTER!!!! EVEN IF YOU ARE THE REAL MEGATRON< HE WAS *WEAK*!!! He was far too soft, far too willing to listen to simpering pathetic fools and pander to their soft-strutted whims, and not willing to FIGHT FOR WHAT WAS HIS!!!! DO you REALLY WANT to GO BACK TO THAT? KEEP KILLING, DECEPTICONS- this is OUR HOUR to RAVAGE the LAND, to TAKE what is OURS and forge our DESTINY! The destiny where WE RULE SUPREME!!!!!">>

Meanwhile, Trypticon isn't stopping. He roars with rage as both Grimlock and Sky Lynx pound into him, tearing into his sides- but he's huge and he's angry and he thrashes away. Jaws snash at Sky Lynx, matching teeth for teeth. Heading to the surface, the giant being spots motion over at the Pancontinental Expressway, directing his rage. Already scattering traffic picks up speed and terror as civilians flee the mighty beast.

Skywarp (65) has posed:
Skywarp nods to Soundwave and takes off after him. Truthfully, Skywarp was doing pretty well under Scorponok's reign of terror, but there's just no way he can go against Megatron. He rejoins the battle, but tentatively. Maybe he can just wait this out and see if Megatron shows. Maybe he can launch a missile at Trypticon and make it look like an accident. Hmm. He figures he'll just fire randomly for a bit and if he happens to hit Trypticon in the process, well...

Sky Lynx has posed:
Sky Lynx gets countered, by teeth! Oh, his poor, precious armor and paint...he just polished all of that, too. He sidesteps, shaking his head to clear it as a chuckle sounds. "Oh! Is that the best you can do?" He watches as the other Autobots dart in to do things, taking a moment to ensure his feet and tail and other such things aren't going to crush them. He turns, glaring at Trypticon as he growls audibly. "But I'll wager I can take more than you can."

Prowl has posed:
As Trypticon heads toward the more populated areas, civilians scream in fear and run, drive, or fly for their lives, some of them even jump right off of the Expressway for fear the monstrosity might snap it in half. Chaos and bedlam reigns as panicked Cybertronian citizens are added to the mix, many of them already getting crushed under the gargantuan beast's massive feet and tail.

    Prowl watches as Sky Lynx and Grimlock attack with all they've got, tearing the outer armor but not really doing much to slow him the creature down. Ugh, if only Metroplex were in a state to fight...but alas he is still recovering from the battle at Iacon, and there are far too many civilians around him who would get crushed if he stood up suddenly...

    And then Megatron's voice sounds over the broadband...granted, Prowl is not as surprised as some are. He'd suspected the ex-miner hadn't actually been dead. But he hadn't exactly counted on him showing up here, now. However that consideration would need to wait. For now, he transforms and aims a missile at a crack previously created by Grimlock or Sky Lynx.

Megatron has posed:
Megatron was already en route to the event that was occurring along with Shockwave and a small force. The scientist and his minions would see to medical repairs and evacuations. They were traveling in a small shuttle that Shockwave was piloting. It was a long way and Megatron was taking the time to catch up on the details of what had happened since his exile. None too pleased, he read the reports and public news that was on the datapad. The information that he was absorbing was detrimental to all of his plans. The very fact that the mega-refinery had been completely destroyed set back nearly everything that he had worked towards. Cybertronian life was no longer simple politics, it was now about survival. Scorponok had literally set Cybertron back millions of years.

    Shockwave updated Megatron, stating, "The monstrosity has surfaced, Megatron. Civilians and superstructures are being affected." Megatron narrowed his optics and rose to his feet, grasping hold of a support handle hanging from the ceiling of the shuttle and stated, "It needs to be shut down." He did not, however, state that it needed to be destroyed.

Arcee has posed:
At some point during the battle, Arcee notices a dark tetrajet overhead. Her optics widen, and she has just enough time to warn her team members before Skywarp's strafing autofire peppers the ground around them. "That was close," she exclaims, and her targeting visor comes down over her optics briefly as she spots Prowl trying to breach Trypticon's armor. "Let's help open that up, right there!" she exclaims, and she and her fellow mech fighters move to assist Prowl in accomplishing this task. On her way there, she notices a number of flattened civilians, and she can't help but think her entire final presentation at the Academy was totally stupid.

Soundwave has posed:
Trypticon rampages down the Pancontinental Expressway, plowing a path of destruction in his tread. Cybertronians scatter before him in a panic as armies of both Autobot and Decepticon mill about the scene. Megatron has reappeared as a voice on the radiowaves, and now those loyal to him are under new orders: stop Trypticon. Prevent the apocalypse that Scorponok has sought to unleash upon the planet.

Soundwave is among them, for his spark is true and loyal to the heart of the Decepticon cause- and Megatron is what breathed life into that heart. The big boxy mech orders his cassettes to keep an eye on the goings-ons around them as he himself aims a shot at the huge creature towering over all.

Sorponok, on the other hand, is furiously looking for Megatron- or whoever he REALLY is! He plows down Autobots in his path as he screams orders- HIS orders are kill Autobots and let Trypticon lay waste to Cybertron itself. "It is time for the strongest to survive!!!"

Skywarp (65) has posed:
Skywarp streaks upward, peeling away from the Autobots and focusing his attack fully on the raging behemoth. He buzzes around the beast, pecking away with machinegun blasts while trying to maintain a safe enough distance to avoid getting eaten. Meanwhile, his sensors sweep the battle grid repeatedly. Attacking Trypticon against Scorponok's wishes is a huge gamble, and he holds out hope that Megatron will soon be here. Until then, he keeps pressing the attack.

Megatron has posed:
Megatron was arriving on a shuttle being flown by Shockwave. Feeds were coming in from cameras on one of the monitors while he rumbled at the purple scientist to get them on site faster. Once within visual distance, Megatron chose not to announce himself just yet due to the fact that Scorponok would easily order them shot down. Instead, he commanded Shockwave, "Fly us over the monstrosity and drop enough ordnance to get its attention!" Shockwave acknowledged and flew over ^^^#-1:Trypticon^^^ and unleashed a series of cluster bombs. They weren't enough to damage the creature, but might get it to look up into the sky.

    At that moment, Megatron hit a button on a panel and the bottom hatch of the shuttle opened. Beneath them were explosions, laser fire, ballistics, missiles, smoke, ash, wanton destruction. In the center of it all was the raging creature that had been unleashed from its primordial prison. Megatron stared down at it with optics brimming with power due to Pentius' spark pulsing through his neural network. "Look at me, creature! Look up at Megatron!" he screamed down at it from within the shuttle. He waited for the ginormous beast to look up and the moment it would open its mouth, that was when Megatron stepped off and through the hatch and fell...

Grimlock has posed:
Trypticon takes another step, and Cybertron shudders. Suddenly Grimlock reappears from the rubble, his sword buried deep in Trypticon's left leg. As Trypticon surges forward, Grimlock hangs on, literally lifted off the ground. "Dynobots!" he yells, as if this is a completely normal situation, "move in to attack!" Holding onto his sword with his right hand, Grimlock draws his laser with his left.

    With Trypticon ponderously moving along the Pancontinental Expressway, Grimlock aims up at the monster from where he hangs, still carried by Trypticon's every step. Grimlock locks his target at one of the small breaks made in Trypticon's armor. He keys the trigger, and his scratched golden armor is briefly lit by the explosion of light as his powerful carbine laser pours amplified energy up at the draconic giant.

Soundwave has posed:
Trypticon is ANGRY!! In a blind rage, the huge cityformer thrashes, giant building-sized feet crushing concrete, structures, highway ramps- and any poor sparks unfortunate enough not to get out of his way in time. All SHOULD flee in terror! All SHOULD bow before his might! The enraged ancient beast is focused on destruction. And yet... there are those who do not flee. Those like Megatron, launching a rain of pain upon Trypticon's head. He does indeed look up, jaws snapping at the very heart of Decepticonism as he falls, a silver streak flashing near giant teeth.

But that's not all! His head focuses on Megatron but he feels sharp, explosive pain where Grimlock has latched in and bitten down in his own way. Shrieking wiht rage, he kicks out his leg, trying to shake the Dybnobot and his teammates away. But he's starting to hurt... smoke is starting to rise and sparks fly from within. For now, it only serves to make him even more angry, though his gait becomes more staggered and unsteady... he starts stumbling off the highway and towards the very heart of the city nearby. Citizens look up and scream in terror.

Megatron has posed:
And just like that, ^^^#-1:Trypticon^^^ opens its mouth to chomp and clamp down upon Megatron, but... at the last moment, Megatron turns himself over and takes a nose dive, pulling his feet together and holding his arms close against his sides to bolt down into the throat of the beast. Over comms, he calls out, <<"Decepticons! I am descending into the monstrosity's gullet! Fall back and focus on Scorponok! Remove him from the battle! Repeat: Fall back!">> There was no way that Megatron was going to risk more lives against ^^^#-1:Trypticon^^^.

    As Megatron descends in a fall into the creature's throat, he bangs against the side and sinks fingers into the surface of the creature's metal, dragging himself to a slow fall and eventually to a halt as he lands onto a platform. "Now," he muses to himself, "to find this beast's core." Over comms, Megatron hails the shuttle <<"Shockwave, evacuate the wounded and coordinate medical attention.">> And deeper into ^^^#-1:Trypticon^^^ he went, until seeing cyberformer beasts crawling in tunnels and coming out of the darkness. SHRRRRRKOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!! The jumped-up cannon fired. Again. Again. Disintegrating the creatures as they leap towards him and the throngs only get thicker the deeper he goes.

Skywarp (65) has posed:
Skywarp falls back.. Shockwave's vessel is pouring cluster bombs from above; meanwhile, Grimlock leads an Autobot charge from below. Skywarp heeds Megatron's orders and abandons the battle with Trypticon. Instead, he begins circling the expressway like a vulture, watching and waiting for an opportunity to pay Scorponok an unexpected visit.

Starscream (36) has posed:
Starscream has heard something he just can't believe. He's heard that Megatron has somehow returned. That just won't do and so the Air Commander heads to the locatation he's heard some comm chatter coming from. When he comes into view he sees the battle in progress but instead fo joining in, the Seeker transforms and lands nearby to observe the situation. If he's lucky Trypticon will destroy Megatron before the Autobots can stop him. He notices Skywarp and radios him <<What are you doing, Skywarp? What's going on here exactly? How is it that Megatron has returned?>>

Arcee has posed:
Arcee feels like the only way to ground herself within this chaos is to focus on her friends, and not how tremendously overwhelmed they are. Within the chaos, Arcee thinks she sees a familiar, unstable six-changer -- talk about a wild card. Maybe, just maybe if she gives *him* an assist, with a little luck, they could come out ahead and breach Trypticon's hull.

Grimlock has posed:
Grimlock yanks his flaming sword out of Trypticon's leg and leaps down as the giant devours the returning Decepticon leader - well, there's one potential problem down, although Grimlock's still not letting Trypticon off the hook. Grimlock slogs his way away from the beast, looking for a moment like he may even be retreating - but, instead, he's merely getting to a better vantage point to raise his rocket launcher and aim for Trypticon's head.

    Allowing Swoop to paint the best target on the draconic beast, Grimlock locks into the spot and braces himself as he fires a thermo-rocket directly at one of Trypticon's glowing crimson optics. The moment the rocket is away Grimlock gestures with one of his mighty arms for the Dynobots to follow his lead. They respond as one, launching an impressive salvo of missiles towards Trypticon's massive face and joints.

Quickswitch has posed:
Quickswitch circles the gigantic behemoth and fires on Trypticon repeatedly, making as little impact as an annoying mosquito, and growing more and more deeply annoyed himself, "This ain't workin'!" he proclaims crassly, "Time to bring out the big gun!!" And with that, the angered Sixchanger transforms, fearless, enraged, to his arguably deadliest mode, his Cannon form and opens fire to the back of Trypticon's head with everything he has!! "FRAG YOU!!"

Soundwave has posed:
Trypticon thrashes about, metal screeching as he chokes on silver metal. Megatron finds his way deep inside, and given that this is a Cityformer the Decepticon will find the beast's insides are laid out in hallways and other paths. It's an obstacle course of circuitry and fuel lines, but he can see a logical progression and what appears to be a core area up ahead. Outside the monster, Trypticon is getting pummeled by Grimlock and Quickswitch. He shrieks at them, legs starting to wobble and black smoke billowing higher, and moves to bite down on Grimlock while smashing at Quickswitch with his tail.

Megatron has posed:
Megatron followed paths, halls, maybe even streets, deeper and deeper. Comm signals were cutting out and he saw alarms and emergency lights coming on. The creature must be taking heavy damage from the outside. As Megatron finds what appears to be a core, he enters its chamber and gazed at all of the lines of circuitry and fuel running to the central power station. He stared at what seemed to be the very spark of the creature, heavily shielded. Megatron analyzed it and what his options were and walked over to what seemed to be a diganostics console and pulled up what information he could. There was now way that he could shut it down, not while it was active and moving in its beast mode. The cityformer was in full control and that only meant one thing.

    Megatron turned with raw determination and aimed with his arm and its subsequent cannon at the monstrosity's shielded core. Those shields /will/ go offline! A few moments to gather a full charge and...

    BRRRRAKA-KOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!

    The cannon discharged at the shielded core, a fierce and wide beam vomited forth from the cannon in an onslaught against the shields. "DIE, BEAST!" Megatron screamed, "Die or SUBMIT!!!"

Skywarp (65) has posed:
Skywarp radios back to his Air commander, still heading away from <<I don't know how he's back! But he IS back and we're s'posed to stop Scorponok from acting like a total psycho. 'Cause, you know, THAT sounds possible.>> He teleports behind Starscream, falling in line. <<I think he's the real deal, Starscream. I think Megatron's back.>>

Starscream (36) has posed:
Starscream is watching and listening to Skywarp when suddenly Skywarp happens behind him. With a stifled shriek the Air Commander spins around and barely stops himself in time from slugging his wingmate square across the face. "DONT DO THAT!" he is quiet for a beat then continues calmer, "We don't have to stop Scorponok from doing anything. Let Scorponok destroy Megatron. If he fails Megatron will have destroyed him -- either way one of them is defeated, and that leaves only one to deal with. What am I tell you this for anyway?" he looks back toward the battle raging below. "Maybe Trypticon and GRimlock can destroy each other, that would be a bonus." he looks around for Megatron and a sulky look passes across his face as his optics rest on the Decepticon founder.

Grimlock has posed:
Grimlock leads his Dynobots in a massive ballistic onslaught of Trypticon, and takes a moment to raise his sword in victory as the missiles hit their mark and the creature actually begins to stagger. "Keep it up, Autobots! We're doing it!" he cries, taking note of Quickswitch's welcome addition to the assault. Grimlock's elation is short-lived, however, as the creature turns and a long shadow falls across the Dynobot commander.

    "Oh, frag," is all Grimlock can muster as he steps back, optic band wide as he stares up and into his fate. There's nothing he can do, however, as the monster's massive jaws close around him with a CHUUUNCH! Just like that, Grimlock is gone, swallowed whole just as Megatron was, a robotic Jonah to Trypticon's whale.

Arcee has posed:
Arcee gasps, her optics widening in stunned surprise as the enormous Trypticon crunches Grimlock like a little snack. "Oh no!! Nononono!!" With an angry frown, she draws her laser pistols, and begins firing at Trypticon's face. It's sort of like an ant kicking the tallest skyscraper in the world.

Soundwave has posed:
Trypticon is a powerful being- a force of nature not to be trifled with. A giant Cityformer who can crush most other Cybertronians under his unfathomably massive feet. He demands respect and awe and bows to none. But today he meets his match. As Megatron finds his way inside Trypticon's core and unleashes a powerful blast from his iconic weapon. Trypticon is powerful, but he has been damaged by Autobot and Decepticon alike, and Megatron's epic, raw power proves impossible to fight back against.

RRAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRGHHHH!!!

Trypticon stops, massive form swaying just before the heart of the city. Buildings are torn asunder all around him. Bodies, parts, and structures lie in ruins. But here- HERE- met with Megatron's might, with Quickswitch's courage, Arcee's skills... he is stopped. He tries to step forward one last time, smoke billowing from his mouth. He shakes his head, vision clouded and glitching as Arcee sprays laserfire in his face.

One last thing to do. He snatches Grimlock, the fiercesome and relentlesswarrior who has helped bring him to this standstill, and swallows him. The Dynobot falls into the same labyrinth that megatron traveled just before, and will see the same pathways. Then he and Megatron will both feel as the giant being crashes to its knees.

Megatron has posed:
Megatron was charging up for another shot as he heard the angry scream all around him. But then... the ground vanished beneath his feet. Inertia lifted him as Trypticon fell. The massive beast crashed into the city that it had been terrorizing and Megatron was flung about inside of it, slamming against one wall and then another. Finally as the chaotic thrashing had ceased, Megatron grunted and pushed himself to his feet within the central core chamber and looked to the glitching shields around the spark. He was prepared to do take one last shot and offline the creature for good when he heard something down the corridors. A clanging, banging falling Dynobot named Grimlock. Megatron did not yet know it was Grimlock, but just in <span class=" bold_fg_m bg_n ++ ase....

    chm">KROW! KROW! KROW!</span>

    Megatron shot again and again at the shields surrounding the core until they finally went down. With the spark laid bare, Megatron's optics glowed fiercely as he prepared to blast it to utter oblivion. His cannon aimed, it began to charge with a rather annoying hum.

    Hhhhnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.....!

Skywarp (65) has posed:
Skywarp peers downward as Trypticon crashes to the ground, scooping up the Dynobot leader on its way downward. He can not help but laugh. "Looks like you may have gotten your wish." He hovers here with his Commander but is very uneasy, somewhat fidgeting in place. He feels like he should be doing SOMETHING, but no one seems to agree on what that something should be, and so he is waiting here feeling confused and frustrated. "You're SURE we aren't supposed to go after Scorponok." He sounds quite incredulous. "Because Megatron said..."

Starscream (36) has posed:
Starscream looks at Skywarp, "I heard nothing from Megatron so how do I know I'm suppose to be down there helping him?" he twitches a wing, "And how did you know he was back before I did?" he pauses a bit and then asks. "What did he say?"

Grimlock has posed:
Unknowingly, Grimlock traces Megatron's path, dealing out death to the dragon-beasts as they appear, using his flaming sword to carve through them with single-minded fury. He wades through their corpses as he descends deeper and deeper towards Trypticon's core, led more by instinct than Megatron's more reasoned approach. Even Grimlock, however, is mortal, and as he approaches his journey's end he begins to tire, the speed of his sword arm slowing with each slash through a predator's armor.

    However, just as it seems Grimlock may be overwhelmed at last, he hears the mighty 'BRRRRAKA-KOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!' of Megatron's cannon, and something deadly stirs within him. With renewed fury, Grimlock fights his way to the core, pausing at the entrance to its chamber to witness Megatron's screamed insistent threats.

    Suddenly the room shakes, shudders, and bucks as Trypticon crashes further to its knees. Grimlock is thrown into the room with Megatron, just barely missing being mangled by Megatron's attack on the shields. As Grimlock climbs painfully to his feet, he sees Trypticon's spark laid bare, and Megatron charging for a final blast. Focusing on completely the wrong thing, Grimlock raises his sword, and yells a mighty battle cry of "RAAAAGH!" as he charges Megatron.

Arcee has posed:
Arcee backs away to a safer vantage as Trypticon is disabled from relentless attacks. The fortunate fact is that at least for now, the giant monstrosity has been stopped in its tracks.

"S...so now what??" one of the infantry mechs fighting along Arcee asks.

"That's a good question," Arcee admits, still shocked from watching Grimlock get chomped up in a split astrosecond. "...I'm still trying to wrap my processor around this sudden Decepticon civil war in progress. Let's fall back to Prowl's location, because it's not going to be a wise idea to storm that thing while the Decepticons are doing a pretty good job of attacking each other. And what's an offensive without Grimlock?? Come on, mechs, it's time to get a new strategy." With that, she and the small troop pull back a bit. If only they knew Grimlock was not only still functional, but kicking some serious aftplate!

Soundwave has posed:
Scorponok watches with horror as Megatron reappears- and starts destroying his glorious dream of chaos and brutal planetary scouring. His dream of survival of the fittest is shattered when it is Megatron who appears to be the fittest after all. "NOOOOOO!!!!" The giant green Decepticon bellows into the ash and soot raised up as Trypticon crashes to the ground, destroying a huge swath of the city in his wake. "NOOOO! Decepticons!! NO! This isn't how it was supposed to happen! You TRAITORS! TRAITORS!!!! I'LL KILL YOU ALL!!!!" Blindly, he starts smashing into nearby Decepticons, ally or foe alike. He doesn't care. Snarling, he begins making his way towards Trypticon- and confronting Megatron who is somewhere inside.

Soundwave issues orders, << "Cease and Desist, Scorponok! All Decepticons, stop that imposter to the Decepticon Command!" >> He directs his cassettes to strike from above or below, aiming his weapon to fire at the other enraged mech. Scorponok stumbles from numerous shots but it doesn't stop him and he continues to make his way towards Trypticon....

Trypticon has fallen. So too has a large part of the city, and structures on the edge of destruction wobble, citizens scrambling to try and get out of the way in time. Some make it, some do not. Some ground-bound Cybertronians teeter on the edge, screaming for help. Inside the giant beast, the core's shield has been shattered. His heart lies bare and exposed. With his last ounce of effort, last bit of strength, Trypticon's systems start charging up for an electrical flush of the area. Megatron and Grimlock can feel the charge building- that is if they take the time from fighting each other!

Megatron has posed:
As Megatron was about to fire, he is suddenly charged at, screamed at, hacked at... by none other than Grimlock! Before he could fire off the charge, Megatron's side and back is hacked at and chinks of armor fly off. He hits the ground and rolls away, screaming at Grimlock's optic band, "What are you doing?! You are a fool!" Megatron then rises and his hand sinks up into his forearm and produces his energon flail. "You want to go rounds with me, Grimlock? Like when we were gladiators? FINE BY ME!" Megatron charges then. And swings.

    ZZZWAAMPH!

    It was a miss. On purpose. Just to give himself one last second, to distract Grimlock's attention...

    The whole time, the cannon had been charging to full capacity. At that last moment, he turns around and aims at the large spark that was laid bare. The room was charging up and there was a purge coming. His sensors were starting to tingle and would soon fry. But, before that would happen...

    FRRRAAASHOOOOOOOOMMMMMM!

    The cannon discharged.

Skywarp (65) has posed:
Skywarp looks at starscream and shrugs, smirking a little while doing so. "He said to fall back and focus on Scorponok." He crosses his arms and adds, "And I found out before you 'cause I've been out here fighting the whole time an' you just showed up." He looks at the horizon innocently. "I wonder why Megatron decided to tell Shockwave he was coming back but not you."

Starscream (36) has posed:
Starscream thinks for a moment on Skywarp's last remark. "Something you don't need to concern yourself with, Skywarp." hes pretty sure why Megatron didn't tell him he was back first and it doesn't take much to figure out why he told Shockwave first.

Soundwave has posed:
Megatron's fusion cannon is the exclaimation point at the end of the sentence that is Trypticon's life force. Core exposed, raw, vulnerable... it vaporizes before the might of Megatron. The shock sends a jolt coursing through the Cityformer's body, writhing and gasping one last time before smoke, dust, and darkness. Megatron and Grimlock are both knocked back in the blast, sent far from the core in the force of the explosion. Scorponok rampages to find Megatron in the chaos, but loyal Decepticon troops led by Soundwave finally bring the green Con to his knees as well. He'll be held in Kolkular until this gets sorted out.

Soundwave finds Megatron lying in the blast radius and for a split second stands there, red visor gleaming... some emotion underneath that expressionless mask perhaps?... then bends down to pick their leader- HIS leader- up to get him medical aid. On the other side, the Dynobots and Autobots find Grimlock and get him to safety as well. Now is the time for medical aid, for picking up the pieces... and then figuring out where tomorrow's dreams- or nightmares- are going to lead.

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