Vortex is a whirling dervish of psychotic proportions. A sadomasochist, he delights in the mental and physical torture of his victims almost as much as he enjoys the same being done to him. Despite this, he's an affable and social mech, often getting his information from nothing more than idle conversation to be tucked away and used later. He's got a soft spot for his fellow Combaticons and is fiercely protective, if not a tad possessive.
Vortex was built a plane and this never sat well with him. But due to Functionist society, he was stuck in the body he was given. He eventually got the body he desired - deals were made to pull it off- but the results of being trapped within a frame that just didn't fit or feel right has had its repercussions- self-loathing and hatred of Functionists for example.
Vortex found a proper place for himself among the Combaticons and felt like he belonged somewhere- with someone, or in the case someones. Despite being unruly at best, he'll follow the Combaticons anywhere. Into mercenary work, into a whiteout cell, and into the Decepticon rankings. He especially liked the merc work and continues to allow his services to be bought- so long as he runs operations by Onslaught first, of course.
Skills & Abilities[edit source]
Interrogations: Vortex has intimate knowledge on how one's mind and body work and he uses that knowledge to coax information he desires out of his victims. There are few who can outdo the sadist when it comes to breaking a mech.
Manipulation: Vortex is a good actor, which he uses to get the results he wants out of others. He's not silver-tongued like Swindle, but he doesn't need to be- he doesn't need to convince anyone of anything because, when he's done with them, they'll have convinced themselves.
Devil in the Details: Vortex notices the small things. The faint twitch of the lips, the way energon has been spattered- little things that lead to answers and information. And when dealing with bots like Swindle and Onslaught who can do long cons and broad plans, having a mech to poke and prod may be annoying but finessing those details always works out for the best.
Unhinged Intimidation: Its hard to tell if Vortex is actually insane or not. One moment he's cool and collected, methodical and focused. And the next, he's all over the place, cackling like a maniac as he paints the walls with lifeblood. He's been known to make some opponents flee or hide rather than face him, whereas those who stand their ground get a healthy dose of fear or are at least greatly unsettled.
Erratic Aerial: If the rootmode assault of possible insanity wasn't enough, Vortex's alt mode will surely churn the tanks. Its hard to watch him fly, it makes some get motion sickness just watching him. This makes him highly evasive in the air not to mention that his rotors going at top speeds can make cyclones and wind tunnels that can lift bots and trains off the ground. But better to watch his hurl-inducing display than be a part of it.
Team Player: With all his time in the Combaticons, Vortex is actually quite good at being a team player- even outside of his team. Anyone else's failure to comply to his views of being proper within a team earns his ire and quite possibly loses a limb.
Hyperactive: Vortex is intelligent, enough so that a lack of mental stimulation will make him act out. He can be all over the place, easily distracted, you name it. This need to stave off boredom often lands him in trouble.
Lack of Self-Preservation: Vortex will often fight until he's no longer physically capable- much to his teammate's and medics' annoyance. It seems he cares very little of his own life, especially with how fiercely he fights to protect the lives of his team.
Battle Bloodlust: Vortex is dangerous when cool and collected. He's just as dangerous when enraged and high off of his sadistic glee- he just doesn't tend to think things through in this state. Instead he just goes, goes, goes until he's outta target or out himself.
Delicate Appendages: Vortex's rotors are highly sensitive, allowing him to feel if one is sneaking up behind him along with the state of the atmosphere. However, his flying habits put a strain on his rotors and they have a habit of fracturing and shattering if not treated. They also bend and break easily, rendering him flightless.
Petulant: Vortex, for some reason, feels a need to do the opposite of what's asked of him from most bots. Don't touch it? Now he's going to shove it. Clean this up? How about he cuts off his own leg just to put footprints on the ceiling? He'll also accept dares on a dime- doesn't how many times he was lightly poisoned, if Mixmaster dares him to drink a new brew, guess what he's doing.
Sensory Deprivation: Vortex is fearless and obnoxious and clever and backhanded and cruel... And he has a deeply guarded secret, one only his brothers are aware of. He is not afraid of death or pain- the only thing he fears is complete sensory deprivation. He doesn't accept anesthetics and feeling numb puts him on edge and near panic. Take away everything and he begins to quickly breakdown. But so long as no one knows, he's safe.
Combaticon Loyalty: Vortex will do anything for his Combaticons. A strength that can be easily used against both him and his teammates.
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Logs[edit | edit source]
|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.|
|Time for a Talk||December 19th, 2018||Vortex and Blast Off have a quiet little one on one discussion.|
|Friendly Warning||December 12th, 2018||Vortex swoops down on Swivel for a little chat.|
|Nyon Region Recon||December 11th, 2018||Swivel’s Nyon hideout is threatened when it is discovered by Buzzsaw. Blast Off doesn’t like it one bit.|
|Luna-2 Reconnaissance.||December 7th, 2018||Blast off and vortex attempt to do some recon at Luna-2, and it doesn't go the way any side wanted.|
|Mission Accomplished||December 7th, 2018||Blast Off and Vortex celebrate a job well done at Luna-2.|
|Another Day in the Repair Bay||November 25th, 2018||The Decepticons of the successful siege on Stanix arrive at the repair bay- some more cooperatively than others.|
|Cybertron War Games: Stanix 2-1||November 24th, 2018||The Decepticons prevail at Stanix.|
|Gallo's Intentions Pt 2||November 20th, 2018||Some uncanny events involving Gallo and his cohorts unfold at Maccadams.|
|Repairing a Rotary||November 11th, 2018||Knockout repairs Vortex, who pokes numerous things, both physical and otherwise, Brawl brings the engex, and Blast Off regrets his life.|
|Rescues and Public Relations||November 10th, 2018||Both Autobots and Decepticons go to the surface of Clemency to recover Hammerstrike and Vortex. They also meet some natives.|
|The Fall||November 6th, 2018||Autobots defend an orbital storage facility in Clemency orbit against Decepticons.|
|Investigating Clemency||November 2nd, 2018||Blast Off and Vortex move to investigate the lead extracted from Concordance member Nitro. Lieutenant has a special assignment from Prowl.|
|7 Days To Drone: Horde Night Is Here||November 1st, 2018||The drone hordes gather for an assault on Iacon. The valiant Autobots stand against them.|
|Work of Art||October 27th, 2018||Vortex gets to see inside the constructicon's warehouse, specfically the disaster that is Scavenger's room.|
|Spacer Chaser||October 25th, 2018||Blast Off discovered a new spacer! Oh my!|
|Data Delivery||October 23rd, 2018||Decepticons defeat the Concordance and interrogate NItro.|
|A Factory of Fun||October 20th, 2018||The Autobots and Decepticons investigate reports of drones going berserk in the factories outside of Kalis. There are lasers. So many lasers.|
|Doctor||October 20th, 2018||Following the altercation with some errant drones, both Autobot and Decepticon medics arrive on the scene to bolster the main Tagan Heights clinic.|
|Top Secret Transaction||October 18th, 2018||The Decepticons make a deal with a mercenary group called The Concordance.|
|Tesarus Border Skirmish||October 16th, 2018||Autobots and Decepticons are locked in combat over Tesarus border territories.|
|Table Talk||October 15th, 2018||Vortex and Hyperdrive talk at Maccaddam's after the drone incident.|
|A Terrible Night For a Drink||October 14th, 2018||An Autobot social at Maccadams goes terribly wrong when the serving drones start attacking the patrons.|
|Bar Connections||October 12th, 2018||Vortex wants to celebrate his bank heist success, but maybe doesn't think through where that celebration should happen.|
|Helex Extraction||October 10th, 2018||Decepticons defend Helex against an Autobot incursion. Well, for the most part.|
|Bank Heist!||October 10th, 2018||Blast Off, Vortex, Brawl, Knockout, and Scavenger participate in a bank heist!|
|Can't You People Stay Fixed||October 9th, 2018||Shockwave and Knockout repair the troops. Deadlock decides to give them more work.|
|Conflict in Praxus||October 8th, 2018||Blast Off and Vortex meet a new 'friend', Lieutenant, in Praxus and have some questions for him while Nightlash watches from above.|
|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.|
|Combaticon Wine Time||October 3rd, 2018||Combaticons enjoy some down time while planning their next move.|
|Indiscretions Aplenty||October 2nd, 2018||Egos collide and enemies collude when Autobots and Combaticons patronize the same bar.|
|The Fall of Helex||September 9th, 2017||The Autobots make their final stand in Helex--and lose.|
|Tarn Blockade: Part 1||August 10th, 2017||The Decepticons must destroy the Autobots' last stronghold on the outskirts of Tarn.|
|The Truth Will Set You Free||April 1st, 2017||Hookshot and his new Decepticon friends attempt to use a comms tower in Vos to publicize the intel stolen from the Decagon.|
|Grand Theft Autobot||March 11th, 2017||Hookshot and the Combaticons run a heist on one of the most secure fortresses on the planet.|
|Nary Squander an Opportunity||February 19th, 2017||Onslaught and others seek to convince Hookshot to help them expose Autobots and help clear his name.|
|Spy Wars:Recruitment Drive||February 5th, 2017||The Decepticons pull a heist on a spark storage facility in Tagan Heights.|
|The Destruction of Graceful Charity||January 11th, 2017||An Autobot vessel goes down in Petrex. The Combaticons aim to take advantage of it. The Autobots aim to stop them from doing so.|
|Rumble in Rodion||November 26th, 2016||Brawl throws some temper tantrums.|
|Vortex Sells Himself for Drinks||November 19th, 2016||Vortex and Swivel chat over drinks. She does not hire him as a bodyguard. She couldn't afford him anyway.|
|Medic Meet Tex||November 19th, 2016||First Aid runs into Vortex. Literally.|
|A Good Commander Doesn't Leave His Men Behind||November 17th, 2016||Vortex morosely tells Thundercracker what he thinks of his competency as a leader, while Brawl and Thrust duke it out nearby.|
|The Cog - Finale||November 15th, 2016||The Decepticons go up against the Cog for the final time.|
|Power Struggle: Tarn||November 12th, 2016||Tarn falls to Decepticon occupation.|
|Rotary and Tank in the Wine Shop||November 1st, 2016||Blast Off gets some visitors in his wine shop. Result: Combaticons talk... Combaticon.|
|The Search||October 22nd, 2016||Vortex and his friends follow a lead to the Grav-Haaran glacier. Bad ideas lead to problems.|
|Fun With Glue||October 16th, 2016||Ignoring Vortex results in him going on a glue-gun rampage.|
|Important Help||October 1st, 2016||Vortex retrieves the information stolen from Praxus without damaging the Statue. Blot helps fix that.|
|Vectorum Memoriam||September 8th, 2016||Autobots, Decepticons, and Hookshot fight over a statue on a train.|
|Nine Six Twelve||August 13th, 2016||Vortex interrogates Salvo.|
|The Awakening Part 3||August 7th, 2016||The city of Harmonex becomes a casualty of the war.|
|The Art of Interrogation||July 13th, 2016||The Decepticons grill Blurr for information.|
|Kolkular Prison Blues||July 6th, 2016||Megatron puts Scorponok in his place.|