A foreigner by choice, Phantom is in constant pursuit of the answer to the question of who he actually is, since post-Simanzi, his memory was erased.
|Alt Mode||Cybertronian Jet|
Phantom is from a parallel universe. Before he came to the Dark Eras setting, he was forged in Polyhex by some neutrals who had obtained his parts illegally off-world so as to enhance his purpose as a showy illusionist working for a nomadic entertainment company. He toured Cybertron for a while with the entertainment company, playing a main role in the disappearing act of their world famous show.
When the Decepticons started to mobilize militarily, idealists began hosting rallies where they claimed the Autobots would cause the death of the Cybertronian race as a whole. Swayed by their passionate outcries, he consequently joined their forces and took up permanent residence in Polyhex, participating in the boot camps being held there.
By this point in time, all Cybertronians were aware of the fact that Cybertron’s resources were dwindling. The Decepticons, in order to save resources and slow the rate of energon consumption by trimming the population of its weaker portion, held starvation trials. These trials involved the complete shut down of all energon plants and other structures sustaining resources for an allotted period of time. Stockpiling was only allowed for a certain amount of time prior to the trials. Violation of the stockpiling protocols was punishable by death. Furthermore, all Decepticons were required to participate.
During one of these starvation trials as a Decepticon, Phantom met Quantum. Quantum had stumbled accidentally into the Polyhex of Phantom’s universe, and was consequently taken captive by a team of Decepticons looking for stockpiled rations. Quantum, of course, knew nothing, and took a beating for no reason at all. Phantom, having been separated from his own team, happened to be nearby at the time but in hiding, afraid of being discovered while alone and vulnerable. When his captors momentarily stepped away, Quantum spotted Phantom and offered to help him escape being discovered by the other team should he set him free.
Phantom saw an opportunity to escape being taken hostage and beaten to a pulp or killed, so he took Quantum up on his offer. The two consequently escaped to the southern part of Polyhex, where they remained safe until the Autobots suddenly ambushed the city, taking Quantum and many other Decepticons hostage.
Once taken to back Iacon, Quantum was subjected to further questioning and examination by the Autobots. When they discovered that Quantum had a unique ability to quantum jump, they took him to an research facility where some rather naive scientists forced his chest cavity open and proceeded to pierce the chamber inside of him containing the quantum foam. Meanwhile, Phantom had followed Quantum to Iacon, and just as the scientists were piercing Quantum’s foam chamber, he was able to break in and free him. However, it was too late, the quantum foam was leaking everywhere, wreaking havoc.
Within a matter of minutes, the foam had caused the entire structure to be transported dangerously near a dying star. While everyone else perished, Quantum managed to jump himself and Phantom in the nick of time to the present universe.
Upon arriving in Quantum’s universe, Phantom discovered that his body’s mass was behaving in a peculiar way—sometimes, he could inadvertently pass through walls, or move his extremities through solid objects. At first, he couldn’t figure out why his body was solid sometimes and other times not, and for a while, this physical anomaly frustrated him to no end. However, eventually, after discussing the matter with Quantum, he realized that perhaps the only valid theory behind his condition was that him originating from a different universe was causing his existence to fluctuate oddly. Thus, he came to terms with it.
Not long after that, he discovered that if he focused correctly, he could control his unstable density. Eventually, he learned to use it to his advantage to make fast getaways, or secretly eavesdrop in on a conversation.
Unfortunately, his unstable mass still had drawbacks. While he could force a state of nonexistence, this peculiar phenomenon still seemed to occur spontaneously and outside of his control on occasion. Whenever this happened, he would re-awaken later, disoriented and somewhere random, his recent memories gone. This kind of phenomenon would leave Phantom at odds with himself, wondering once again if he actually existed and to what purpose his life served, or if he was just a trace presence, lingering until fate decided he should cease to be.
Skills & Abilities[edit source]
Intangibility - Phantom can phase through almost everything, including energy fields (but not without causing himself significant damage) putting his ability to infiltrate at expert level. His ability to control the density of his particles also allows him to hide himself inside of larger objects, or conceal himself in unusual spaces.
Unencumbered retreat - Phantom doesn’t usually pick fights, because his fighting skills are average at best. However, if he does, ninety percent of the time, he won’t finish what he started because his forte is in making an efficient retreat without sustaining damage. Once he’s decided to leave, there’s no stopping him — his intangibility prevents the enemy from barring his escape, unless of course, he’s been knocked over or hindered by an energy field.
Unstable density - Phantom cannot remain intangible for an infinite amount of time during a single sitting. In fact, the shorter his phase intervals are, the better. Remaining intangible for long periods of time detracts from his ability to control the density of his particles, and as time progresses, the harder it becomes for him to solidify again. A state of nonexistence, either forced, due to maintenance of a loose density for too long, or spontaneous, can also cause amnesia and a highly decreased chance of proper reformation or reformation at all. Unconsciousness or a prolonged period of idling can also cause his density to fluctuate randomly, and even force him into state of complete nonexistence. For this reason, he can be likened to an insomniac who rarely rests or lies down, except for short amounts of time at spontaneous moments when he needs it most.
Negative Healing Factor - Maintaining a solid state while injured can be difficult for Phantom. Staying solidified requires a certain amount of focus, and depending on the severity of his wounds, this can prove to be a feat for him while he is getting repairs.
Decreased Speed - While his density is decreased, so is his speed. This is due to the fact that his engines are not as efficient at propulsion in a state of intangibility.
Logs[edit | edit source]
- January 2016 Logs
- A Conversation Gone South: Phantom and Quantum have a disagreement.
- Vos Recon: Optimus Prime and Blurr scout a cold construction facility that is reported to be in the control of Decepticons.
- Fill In The Gap: Bombshell scans Phantom for any signs of manipulation.
- Dancing With Doubt: Sulking over getting reprimanded by Prowl over her mishandling of an Autobot agent's rescue in Petrex, she's visited by Phantom, and the eccentric Decepticon has something surprising to share with her.
- Cargo Skirmish: Blast Off hates being the delivery guy. REALLY hates it.
- Like Magic: Phantom tries to convince Nightlash that magic is real.
- Rescue At Petrex: While conducting a search for MIA Autobot Safelight, Arcee is visited by two Decepticons, and the resulting encounter is far from typical for either side.
- February 2016 Logs
- Interrogating Quickswitch: Buzzsaw and Bombshell torment Quickswitch, while Phantom lurks.
- December 2015 Logs
|Refusal of Repairs||August 2nd, 2020||Patch tracks an erratically acting Phantom to the outskirts of Polyhex, but things take a turn for the worse when Autobots turn up!|
|An Evening by the Mithril Sea||July 28th, 2020||Windblade meets Phantom's alter ego, Mortem.|
|Half of Me||July 24th, 2020||Windblade discusses the events of Simanzi with Phantom.|
|Questions||July 19th, 2020||Phantom asks Wildchase about having met A1. Windblade finds herself mostly ignored by both.|
|A Cityspeaker & the Ghost||June 27th, 2020||Windblade runs into Phantom at Maccadam's, and despite his faction, finds him easy to get along with...|
|In a Mood||June 24th, 2020||Decepticons hang out in the barracks.|
|The West Wing||June 15th, 2020||Starscream runs into A1 and Phantom while looking for Shockwave|
|Investigation of the Havens, Pt 2||June 13th, 2020||Mindwipe and Phantom return to the Havens, only to be intercepted by bounty hunting aliens.|
|Party at the Wine Shop||May 25th, 2020||Blast Off almost has a quiet night at his wine shop, but several Decepticons, including Starscream, end up demanding drinks before sundown.|
|Disassembly||May 12th, 2020||Phantom returns to Shockwave's Lab. Mortem is discussed.|
|Phanton's Haven Debriefing||May 8th, 2020||Shockwave debriefs Phantom after retreiving him from Existential Havens. NOTE: THis scene takes place before 1559/Foreign Trade|
|Foreign Trade||May 3rd, 2020||Phantom and Swindle strike a deal, Swindle sells out his bros while Shockwave looks on. Deadlock buys a heat sink, but nearly gets attacked by Swindle's stuff in the process.|
|The Hunt Concludes||April 26th, 2020||Prowl and Shockwave finally catch up with Phantom, but he's hardly himself.|
|The Hunt Continues... Again||April 20th, 2020||Prowl and Shockwave continue to hunt for Phantom, but another mystery (or is it the same mystery) presents itself.|
|The Hunt Continues||April 18th, 2020||Prowl and Shockwave continue the hunt for Phantom. Taking them to a strange space station, its strange inhabitants, and the mysterious|
|The Waymaking||March 30th, 2020||Project Warrens has climaxed...|
|A Visit from the Commander||March 22nd, 2020||Optimus, Prowl and Sideswipe pay Phantom a visit at the Rigel IV facility.|
|Project Warrens||March 16th, 2020||Swivel and Prowl attempt to get Phantom to cooperate but all does not go to plan, especially after other Autobots show up unexpectedly.|
|The Taking||February 10th, 2020||Phantom is 'taken' hostage by a strange seeker, while Blast Off, Sky Lynx, Starlock, Healthpoint and Sideswipe look on.|
|Something is Not Right||February 2nd, 2020||Phantom confides in Thundercracker his misgivings about recent events.|
|Crossfire of Our Vendetta||January 23rd, 2020||Goth and Blast Off run into one of Penance's associates. Phantom discusses Pax's past with Healthpoint.|
|Battleground: Thymesis 6 - 3||January 18th, 2020||Decepticons successfully defend Thymesis Mining Facility on Luna-2.|
|The Quest for the Shapeshifter: Epilogue||January 13th, 2020||Who tried to poison Goth?|
|Rigel IV: A Mysterious Portal||January 11th, 2020||The Decepticons investigate the anomaly on Rigel IV. Phantom causes trouble again...|
|Circles||December 24th, 2019||Thundercracker puzzles over the mystery that is Phantom's being and past.|
|Aftermath of Ibex||December 9th, 2019||Goth and Knock Out return for repairs and are greeted by the 'normal' medbay crew.|
|Clean up! Aisle Medbay!||November 27th, 2019||Knock out and Goth return from being covered in Dead End Sewage.|
|To Infinity And Beyond||November 26th, 2019||Decepticons consider the possibilities beyond their present reality...|
|Battleground: Luna 2 Docks 5 - 5||November 24th, 2019||Decepticons seize control of the Luna 2 docks.|
|A Temporary Exile||November 5th, 2019||Bats, Bots, and Sparkeaters, Oh my!|
|A Release And A List||October 29th, 2019||Darkstar is released, and there is talks on how to.. Handle, Phantom.|
|A Spacy Return||October 22nd, 2019||Darkstar doesn't seem to remember anyone after being rescued from space, and thinks he is hallucinating.|
|Accusations||October 21st, 2019||The tension between Phantom and Goth peaks. Overlord is tired of it, and wants answers about the red foam.|
|Best Foot Forward||September 10th, 2019||In which Both Autobots and Decepticons enjoy hysterical karaoke antics.|
|Victory and Phantoms||September 1st, 2019||The cons return from a successful run at Varas Extrinsecus for repairs, which PHantom shows up to Phantom.|
|Something known as Red Foam||August 29th, 2019||Phantom attempts to manipulate his way with Decepticon Command, informing them of something known, as Red Foam.|
|Test tubes||August 17th, 2019||Goth and Dustoff discuss the fate of the infected energon test tubes they have.|
|All Cylinders||August 12th, 2019||A normal chat turns into a dangerous game of hot-potato as Phantom retrieves the cylinder he'd brought to Goth before, and is injected with whatever is inside.|
|The Strange Container||July 20th, 2019||Phantom brings a strange container into the medical bay, that shouldn't be open without him.|
|A Full Moon It Must Be||July 18th, 2019||Decepticons talk upgrades, and Vortex and Phantom's issues...|
|Battleground: Polyhex 4-2||July 13th, 2019||Decepticons capture Polyhex.|
|Couples Training||July 7th, 2019||Dustoff and Goth defeat Sixshot in combat training! Phantom then tries to kill Goth.|
|Hanging out||July 4th, 2019||A small group of Con's have a chat in the medical bay.|
|Mangled||June 23rd, 2019||The sonic canyons once more prove to be a near deadly opponent.|
|All the Wrong Questions||June 7th, 2019||Phantom discusses his troubled existence with Vortex, Goth, Brawl and Hookshot|
|Battleground: Ibex Central 3 - 3||May 20th, 2019||The Autobots push toward Ibex's central sectors and capture the region successfully.|
|Battleground: Rodion 3 - 2||May 10th, 2019||The Autobots defend Rodion and end up with a decision to make.|
|Managing Medbay||April 17th, 2019||The Decepticons except for Vortex make sure that the medbay remains clean and orderly, and Phantom rescues Vortex from his sobriety.|
|Strange Science||April 11th, 2019||Scrapper comes to check out Goth's lab, Darkstar follows, Phantom has a moment, and they end up trashing the poor bat's lab! Well, except Scrapper, he goes into one of his Mad Scientist moments.|
|Where Every Con Knows Your Name||April 10th, 2019||Decepticons gather for drinks! Darkstar congratulates a victorious Goth, while Phantom wrestles with the inevitible, and Vortex boots sobriety.|
|Gallo's Demise||April 7th, 2019||Gallo escapes the Decepticon HQ, but only to be arrested by Juris, who brings Rosy to offer a cure to the 'Cons in return for custody of Gallo.|
|Sherlocks and Shenanigans||April 2nd, 2019||The Decepticons come together at the ruins of Kolkular Prison to ask the important questions...before they descend into the usual madness.|
|Medbay Psychology||March 28th, 2019||Dustoff and Goth enjoy some peace and quiet for all of a nanosecond. The Blast Off puzzle is put back together, Sinnertwin gets some dents knocked out of him, and Phantom decides to break reality while Vortex fails to drink.|
|Cell Mates||March 27th, 2019||Darkstar, Phantom, and Vortex visit Starlock in her cell. It's about what you'd expect...|
|Prison Reconnaissance||March 26th, 2019||Starlock is held captive by Decepticons and a small team of Autobots infiltrates the prison trying to obtain information.|
|Somewhere Unknown||March 14th, 2019||Rung jogs Phantom's memory of the Simanzi massacre and the events prior to it.|
|Meet Me At Midnight||March 6th, 2019||Buzzsaw has a planned meeting with Starlock and Phantom stops by with an unexpected visitor.|
|What Have You Lost||February 24th, 2019||Phantom has a mental breakdown when he runs into Swivel at Maccadam's. Rung manages to snap him out of it.|
|Interrogation at the Jump Joint||February 16th, 2019||Phantom, Blast Off, and Vortex bully Goth, and ask Deadlock why he didn't report his escape.|
|Protihex Maintenance||February 13th, 2019||Scrapper gets done what needs to be done in Protihex.|
|Infiltrating Deltaran||February 6th, 2019||Phantom, Vortex, and Blast Off sneak into Deltaran, hoping to glean useful intel.|
|A Fearless Leader's Pep Talk||January 24th, 2019||Megatron gives the 'Cons a little.. talk. Soundwave calls Phantom disloyal, and Goth eats afterburner grease on accident.|
|Clemency: Warehouse Wars 2||January 17th, 2019||Autobots are trying to move the ununtrium to a new and more secure location. The Decepticons and native Clemencians intervene.|
|War Games: Mitteous Plateau 5-1||January 9th, 2019||The war rages on between Decepticon-controlled Nova Cronum and Autobot-controlled Polyhex.|
|Mitteous Plateau Aftermath||January 9th, 2019||Post-Battle Repairs courtesy Dustoff|
|The Murdering Medic||January 4th, 2019||A couple of Decepticons going for a walk-in at the free clinic in Rodion end up having their appointment go sideways when the head of medical records is apparently murdered by Ratchet.|
|Gallo's Intentions Pt 2||November 20th, 2018||Some uncanny events involving Gallo and his cohorts unfold at Maccadams.|
|Visions of the Past||October 7th, 2018||Phantom is haunted by his violent past.|
|Gallo's Intentions||October 7th, 2018||Gallo has a private conversation with the owner of Maccadams. Vortex eavesdrops, while Harbinger gets drunk and picks a fight with Phantom.|
|Weird Science||September 25th, 2018||Shockwave repairs and revives Phantom.|
|Searching For Science||September 21st, 2018||Shockwave locates and retrieves Phantom.|
|The Beginning of the End||April 21st, 2018||The world is on fire, and Phantom had everything to do with it.|
|A Foray Into Psybertron||April 4th, 2018||A group of Autobots and Decepticons lead some expeditions into Psybertron.|
|Don't shoot at me and my teammate that other guy is fine tho||November 26th, 2017||Autobots and Decepticons fight over an abandoned outpost in the ruins of Harmonex.|
|Decepticons Are Cheaters||November 21st, 2017||Phantom cheats at a drinking contest with Warpath.|
|Ragequit||November 16th, 2017||Phantom attempts to steal intel from the wreckage of the Assembler VI, but ends up striking a deal with Prowl instead. Brawl ragequits.|
|Hunt for Psychosonorum||October 17th, 2017||Blurr goes searching for Psychsonorum and finds a portal. Naturally, against Swivel's caution, he enters.|
|Fright Night||October 7th, 2017||A pack of hungry monsters popped out of the ground by a roadside pub. Autobots and Decepticons worked together to repel them - but in their wake are many questions.|
|Drinking is Better Than Fighting||September 29th, 2017||Brawl starts a pointless fight with Shadowstar and Phantom. The latter two agree drinking is better than fighting.|
|A Decepticon Vision||September 23rd, 2017||Megatron speaks to his people about his plans for the near future.|
|Open Mic at Maccadam's||August 27th, 2017||Bad comedy, bad punches, and bad vibes.|
|Processor Check Please||June 25th, 2017||Phantom's moments of lucidity are hazy at best, and short lived.|
|Fashion & Repairs||April 8th, 2017||Phantom has been acting strange lately.|
|Who's Insane Anyway||February 21st, 2017||In a rare moment of clarity, Nightlash does some invesitgation into the strange substance around Phantom and winds up getting a little more than she bargained for.|
|Tripping on the Expy||February 19th, 2017||Sometimes Swivel actually knows what she is talking about, but Blurr and Nightlash have to learn the hard way.|
|Surreal Ordeal||January 24th, 2017||How did Swivel go from an elevator in Iacon to a tar pit near Vos? Here's how.|
|Vintage Grudges||October 6th, 2016||Another one of Blast Off's deliveries is interrupted, this time with fallout from a well aged grudge.|
|Omega Destruction||June 19th, 2016||The Decepticons destroy one of the restored Omega Destructors that Phantom discovered earlier. It wasn't easy, though.|
|Forever Friends||May 21st, 2016||Phantom demands an explanation from Quantum, but Quantum can't words.|
|My Brother's Keeper 3||May 11th, 2016||Phantom rescues Quantum from a secret lab on Luna-2.|
|Graduation and Murder||April 21st, 2016||What initially began as a graduation ceremony at the Vosian Flight Academy suddenly turns vendetta-esque when Starscream shows up to murder the school's headmaster.|
|De-escalation||April 4th, 2016||A series of volatile situations arise in Macadams. Most of them are defused peacefully.|
|What Swivels Do Best||March 31st, 2016||Blurr and Phantom fight over Swivel.|
|Phantom Walked Into a Bar II||March 29th, 2016||Phantom walks into a bar and meets another girl.|
|What Goes Around Comes Around||March 21st, 2016||The Decepticons run into one of the same creatures the Autobots tussled with previously...|
|To Worrying||March 5th, 2016||Quantum has words with Phantom.|
|Complicated||February 28th, 2016||The Decepticons discuss what their next moves on two important fronts ought to be.|
|Mine Reconnaissance||February 21st, 2016||The Autobots head to reconnaissance the mine area, and encounter more than a few surprises! Also, Decepticons.|
|The Best Part||February 16th, 2016||Starscream and Phantom discuss the aftermath of Quickswitch's rescue.|
|It's All Phantom's Fault||February 14th, 2016||All Starscream wanted was some peace and quiet so of course thats the last thing he's going to get. From Phantom breaking into his apartments to Quickswith getting busted out of jail; since Phantom broke one of Starscream's mirrors, this makes it all the phasers fault.|
|Drunkards & Runaways||February 10th, 2016||Starscream discusses an undersea "rescue" mission. Phantom continues to evade. Nightlash...is winning a drinking contest.|
|A Phantom Walked Into a Bar||February 4th, 2016||Phantom walks into a bar and meets a girl.|
|Dancing With Doubt Again||January 17th, 2016||Phantom wants to go home.|
|How Karma Works||January 17th, 2016||Phantom regrets his life choices.|
|Dr. Bombshell||January 12th, 2016||Bombshell examines Phantom.|
|Shells||January 12th, 2016||Phantom learns about Bombshell's...inventions.|
|Kaonic Magic||January 6th, 2016||Phantom and Swindle attempt to dazzle Nightlash with some fancy explosive magic.|
|Just Insufferable||December 15th, 2015||Drone work turns into bar violence when Phantom goes missing.|
|Fixing Up Maccaddam's||December 9th, 2015||Arcee meets Phantom, Starscream, and Swindle at Maccaddam's after a brawl damaged the building.|
|Interdimensional Friendship||October 10th, 2015||Phantom came from somewhere...|