Quantum

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"Okay, I'm flattered, but it's -not- true. I'm -not- better than 'that'. I don't give a slag what others are gonna do as a result of this, or whatever 'cycle of revenge' is gonna start or whatever."



Name Quantum
Faction Decepticon
Function Aerial Assault
Species Cybertronian
Type OC
Rank 8-Sergeant
Alt Mode FTL Interceptor
Char_id 2
Status Deceased



Profile[edit source]

Quantum was once a professional killer who cared for little more than his own money and skidplates. Before the Clampdown, he was an ambassador for Cybertron to other races, but was left on the streets to fend for himself when space travel was restricted. Fortunately, during his time as an envoy, he had been forced to learn how to fight due to increasing hostility of other civilizations toward Cybertron. Determined not to become a useless Empty, he began training other homeless mechs with what skills he knew. When he met Sublight, a highly intelligent space-worthy form like himself, the two became fast friends and soon after started a private military contracting firm that began selling its services to any client willing to pay the price. When tensions rose and Autobot-Decepticon conflict escalated, he joined the Decepticons, believing this was the best way to continue surviving and thriving. Quantum is a formidable foe in both aerial and terrestrial combat, and packs quite the arsenal thanks to the money he's made off of various contracts.

Background[edit source]

Quantum is unique in that his alt mode is equipped with what is basically a miniaturized quantum jump drive, allowing him to travel vast distances across space in relatively short amounts of time. How this came to be has fallen into the fog of the distant past, but is thought to be the result of experimentation. As such, he served as an envoy for Cybertron to other planets in the wake of Nova Prime's disappearance and the disbandment of the Primal Vanguard, as Cybertron's last ditch effort to prevent themselves from becoming blacklisted by the Galactic Council. To say it was difficult would be putting it lightly, as the years of civil wars followed by the Vanguard's conquest-driven activity had put a serious dent in their reputation throughout the galaxy. It seemed the harder he tried to establish mutually beneficial relations with other races, the more angry they became at the sole fact that he was even attempting it, even to the point of using violence to drive him away. With an increasing number of violent incidents, Quantum was forced to learn how to fight and defend himself from potential attacks.

However, Cybertron's attempts to avoid blacklisting failed, and Quantum was grounded when the Clampdown went into effect. Without a function in a Functionist society, Quantum was left to fend for himself on the streets as an Empty with no purpose. Devastated by the prospect of being doomed to a futile existence, he contemplated suicide, but eventually decided it was time for him to find his own purpose in life. He began training other Empties in the skills he had: combat, diplomacy, and galactic culture, so that if opportunities came, they would be able to take advantage of them and not be forced to continue a functionless life. That was when he met Sublight, another space-worthy mech who had been left jobless when the Clampdown was implemented. Sublight was highly intelligent and learned quickly, eventually encouraging Quantum to start something based on the more practical skills he had. He knew how to fight, so he and his new friend started a private military contracting firm, hiring on a few of the other empties he had trained. They borrowed a modest amount of money to purchase basic weaponry, beginning with small jobs and continuing to expand and move up with the money they earned until even the Senate came to them when they didn't wish for their Autobots' hands to be sullied.

However, when Sublight was killed in on a job gone south, Quantum fell into depression and his business dissolved quickly. As tensions between the Decepticons and the government escalated, it soon became clear that remaining neutral would not be a good option for long. So he enlisted with the Decepticons, not wanting to return to the government’s employ given its record of abandonment.


Skills & Abilities[edit source]

FTL Travel: Quantum is capable of traveling at FTL speed in his interceptor form, thus enabling him to cover vast distances across outer space in relatively little time. So if worst came to worst and Cybertron was destroyed, he’d be among the lucky few who would not be in need of transportation.

Assassin: Quantum has quite a bit of experience as a professional killer--he knows how to track a specified target, then quickly and efficiently exterminate them in a number of ways, as well as improvise when things don’t go according to plan. Evidence need to be hidden? He knows how to cover his tracks.

Negotiation: Since Quantum used to be a diplomat, he still remembers how to strike a deal with someone or persuade them to agree to a bargain, even a bargain that doesn’t exactly put the other party in a good situation. He can sometimes trick people into agreeing to something that is almost guaranteed to be a win for him and a loss for them.

Weaknesses[edit source]

Prototype - It’s fairly safe to say that a small, FTL-capable vessel like Quantum is a unique case, given that the miniaturized quantum engines installed were a successful experiment more than anything else. As is often the case with space-time-reality manipulating technology, unexpected malfunctions can sometimes lead to disastrous consequences.

Revenge - When Quantum becomes fixated upon exacting vengeance upon someone for the sake of someone else he has actually come to respect and admire, he can often become rather brash and stubborn in his ways, refusing to rest or give up until he feels he has made the guilty one suffer enough. Which is sometimes never. He is often depressed as well, during these “revenge sprees”, becoming apathetic and unmotivated.

Every Mech For Himself - Quantum is usually not inclined to help or care about other people unless he’s been ordered to or believes he’ll benefit from it in some capacity that is worth his time. He also tends to be rather cynical and assumes others operate on the same principle, which makes it much less likely that others will go out of their way to help him if he’s gotten himself into a difficult situation.

Personality[edit source]

It’s difficult to get Quantum to care about anyone but himself. Most of everything he does is for his own gain in some form. If he helps you, it’s probably because he’s expecting you to owe him a favor in return, or because he found it convenient or was obligated to help. He also tends to assume that everyone else operates the same way he does as well, unless he’s observed otherwise. However, if you do stick with it and manage to garner his respect or admiration, you won’t likely lose it. In fact, he’ll even go to great lengths to avenge you if someone hurts you. But beyond that, he doesn’t usually do much thinking about other people or things besides himself. He’s not usually one to ponder the grand scheme of things or deliberate over moral questions, believing that it’s a waste of time. Most of the time, he’s just concerned with the here and now, and has little care for long-term consequences unless they are obviously going to affect him. He isn’t really very concerned about the Decepticons’ overall cause; in fact, he is privately actually very Functionistic in his thinking--he’s always believed it easiest all around for a mech to simply stick with whatever lot he’s been given in life as long as he can instead of trying to “think outside the box”, though his chief concern is for his own well-being. Thus, he follows orders in order to retain his membership within the Decepticons and thus remain under their support and protection. He believes this is the best way to continue surviving and thriving as the war begins to erupt in full.


Logs[edit | edit source]

OLD System (click to expand):

January 2016 Logs
February 2016 Logs
  • Nothing Personal: An assassin becomes a client for Specter, but doesn't necessarily stop being an assassin.
December 2015 Logs


NEW System:

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Title Date Scene Summary
Visions of the Past October 7th, 2018 Phantom is haunted by his violent past.
The Beginning of the End April 21st, 2018 The world is on fire, and Phantom had everything to do with it.
Helex Marksmech Competition November 9th, 2017 Somehow Blast Off doesn't win a shooting competition.
High Speed Heist October 18th, 2017 Decepticons attempt a train heist near Tagan Heights, but leave empty-handed.
Meddling Autobrats October 14th, 2017 Shadowstar and Nightlash face off once more, and Nightlash once again evades capture when Slingshot comes to her rescue.
A Decepticon Vision September 23rd, 2017 Megatron speaks to his people about his plans for the near future.
Fashion & Repairs April 8th, 2017 Phantom has been acting strange lately.
We Meet Again February 28th, 2017 Blast Off and Quantum clear some air... maybe.
Nary Squander an Opportunity February 19th, 2017 Onslaught and others seek to convince Hookshot to help them expose Autobots and help clear his name.
Conflicting Views October 15th, 2016 Quantum and Valour illustrate different views on the Decepticon cause. Swivel bears witness. Nobody likes Thrust.
Forever Friends May 21st, 2016 Phantom demands an explanation from Quantum, but Quantum can't words.
The Customer Is Always Right April 20th, 2016 When will Swivel ever learn?
De-escalation April 4th, 2016 A series of volatile situations arise in Macadams. Most of them are defused peacefully.
Gotta Dig Even Deeper March 24th, 2016 Autobots and Decepticons run into each other while searching for the energon jackpot, but are forced to work together against another monstrous predator of the Undergrid.
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.
The Best Part February 16th, 2016 Starscream and Phantom discuss the aftermath of Quickswitch's rescue.
Drunkards & Runaways February 10th, 2016 Starscream discusses an undersea "rescue" mission. Phantom continues to evade. Nightlash...is winning a drinking contest.
How Karma Works January 17th, 2016 Phantom regrets his life choices.
Just Insufferable December 15th, 2015 Drone work turns into bar violence when Phantom goes missing.
Interdimensional Friendship October 10th, 2015 Phantom came from somewhere...