Transformers: Nemesis

Chapter 11: " Earth Fall "

                                     

 Primus staggers back from the recent pain that was unleashed upon him by Unicron’s new herald, Nemesis Prime. The Dark Matrix is as powerful as his own Matrix of Light. Unicron gives his final orders as a weakened Primus looks on...

" Nemesis Prime... Finish him !!! "

    Nemesis Prime begins to open the Dark Matrix again, but not before Primus uses the rest of his remaining energy to execute his escape plan. Primus engages one of his many abilities as he suddenly enters into hyperspace warp speed. It is a speedy escape, as Unicron is caught in surprise. Unicron shouts,

" Nemesis, after him !! Do not come back until you have destroyed Primus, go  !!!

    Unicron shares many of Primus abilities, as he has given a great portion of his mighty power to his one and only creation. Nemesis uses this power to follow Primus into hyperspace warp speed. Then, Unicron is left alone. He looks around before leaving for his next destination. Unicron speaks.

" Now.. Earth. I will have my new body, and the Earth will be mine..."

    With that, Unicron begins to open up a black hole in space. It crackles with energy, as he enters the hole. It begins to dissipate after he vanishes within it, and soon it is gone, leaving behind no trace of all that has occurred here. Unicron, the Horsemen, The Autobots, The Decepticons, and all of Cybertron... are simply no longer here. Only the vast emptiness of space remains here now...


Earth Orbit


    Rodimus Prime and crew arrive above Earth aboard the transformer shuttle Sky-Lynx.  Neither Autobot aboard is aware of all that has transpired on Cybertron since they have left. They only know that the protection of Earth is their new mission. Rodimus Prime looks over the blue and green planet. It has been awhile since he has returned here. Rodimus looks over to Springer, and gives the order.

" Alright Springer, input the coordinates into Sky-lynx's computer so that he can get us down to where we need to go..."

    Springer is halfway done with the coordinates when Sky-Lynx is suddenly hit with heavy blast fire. Inside, the shaken Autobots scramble to their feet. Rodimus shouts...

" What was that, who's firing at us !!?? "

    Arcee looks out the side window and notices the enemy ship first. Arcee responds,

" Rodimus, it's Galvatron, it's gotta be. The Decepticons are attacking us !! "

    Rodimus gets to the computer frame of Sky-Lynx and speaks,

" Sky-Lynx old buddy, we need to get down and get down to Earth fast. Ultra Magnus? ..."

    Before Rodimus can finish his sentence, Magnus responds.

" Already on it Rodimus !! "

    Magnus gets to the firing cannon pit inside Sky-Lynx and begins returning fire. Sky-Lynx opens his side doors, and the rest or the Autobot crew begin to open fire on the Decepticon ship. Soon, the Decepticon ship opens its slide doors, and The Sweeps begin to pour out, blasting away at Sky-Lynx. Blur speaks.

" Rodimus, The Sweeps are headed right for us !! "

    One more perfect aimed shot hits Sky-Lynx and he begins to lose control. Sky-Lynx speaks through the control deck...

" Rodimus ol' Chum, I'm going down !! Hold on tight lads, we're in for a bloody good landing !!! "

    Sky-Lynx closes his doors with the little bit of energy he has left. He has sustained much damage. As he enters into Earths orbit, he begins his free fall. Rodimus attempts his best to manually help steer Sky-Lynx with the control panel. It is just enough, as Sky-Lynx finally hits hard on the ground. He remains in one piece, but heavily damaged. Rodimus speaks first...

" Everybody still alive? Sky-Lynx, how bad are you? "

" It's not good ol' chum. I'm Bloody wasted as it is. I'll not be joinin' Ya any time soon. I need repairs as soon as I can..."

    Then they all hear the thunderous roar of the approaching Decepticon ship. Rodimus looks up and responds.

" O.k. buddy, looks like we'll have to give you the time you're looking for. Autobots, take cover and defend Sky-Lynx !! "

    The Aerialbots transform and take to the skies. The incoming Sweeps meet them in aerial combat. Ultra Magnus stays aboard Sky-Lynx and uses the last of his available fire power. It is enough, as two well timed shots bring the Decepticon ship crashing down near them. The crash destroys the ship. Out of the smoke above, the Decepticons come flying down, with Galvatron at the helm being carried by Scourge. The Insecticons hit the ground and quickly transform into Menasor. Rodimus calls out to the Aerialbots...

" Aerialbots, we need Superion !!! "

    With that, the Aerialbots abandon their encounters with the Sweeps, and begin to transform into the mighty Superion. He is met almost immediately by the rampaging Menasor as they begin to battle in the mountainous terrain around them. Galvatron swoops in on top of Rodimus Prime and tackles him to the ground ending up on top of him, hands around Rodimus Prime's neck. Galvatron speaks.

" Rodimus... what are you doing here? "

    Rodimus pries a few fingers off of his neck and responds...

" Uff..I...I was about to a..ask you the same thing Galvatron...arrgh !! "

    Rodimus quickly kicks him backwards over his head and stands up. Galvatron lands on his feet and turns to face Rodimus. Galvatron speaks first...

" I don't know what you're doing so far away from home, but frankly I don't care !! The Earth is belongs to Unicron now, and I'm going to make sure you Autobots don't interfere with these plans !!! "

" Wha??.. Unicron... coming here?? "

    Rodimus words fall on deaf ears as Galvatron opens fire upon him. Rodimus dodges the blast and returns fire. Meanwhile Ultra Magnus is met by Cyclonus in combat. He holds his own well until Scourge enters the fray. Blur heads over quickly to help out his Autobot comrade, but is intercepted by one of the sweeps. Blur tries his best to lure as many sweeps as he can away from the battle field with his amazing speed, shooting as many as he can and grabbing their attention.

    Springer also notices Magnus's troubles and rushes to his aid, tackling Scourge from behind. Springer speaks.

" Two on One eh Scourgey? I thought the Decepticons had more gall than that..."

    Scourge doesn’t respond with words. Instead, he reaches for his blaster with his one free hand, and blast Springer off of him. Springer holds his side, and responds...

" Ughn.. o.k... so that’s how it's gonna be eh Scourgey ? ...."

    Springer transforms into vehicle mode and drives right through Scourge knocking him into the air. Scourge comes down hard, as Springer is already upon him, transforming back into robot mode. They continue to tussle as Ultra Magnus continue his battle with Cyclonus.

    Meanwhile, Arcee attempts to help Rodimus with his battle against Galvatron. It is a valiant effort, but she only gets in the way. Galvatron punches Rodimus into the air and away from him as Arcee jumps in to give Rodimus time to recover. She blast away at Galvatron, but he is already aware of her presence before she evens comes into the fray. He quickly turns and dodges her fire, eventually getting close enough to knock her down to the ground. He picks her up and holds her from behind, his arm around her neck, and the other hand with a blaster pointed at her side. Rodimus gets up to see Galvatron using Arcee as a shield. Rodimus speaks.

" Let her go Galvatron, this is between you and me !!! "

    Galvatron lets an evil smile come across his face. Galvatron speaks.

" Haha..HAHAHA !!! Rodimus why would I do that when I could just blast her and then you into oblivion !!!??? "

" Just don't... I swear, if you hurt her..."

    Galvatron looks at Rodimus and then to the squirming Arcee. Then he gets it. He can finally hurt Rodimus Prime more than he ever thought possible. He lets out a loud laugh before speaking...

" ..HA !!! I get it... This one is special to you is she not Rodimus? Pity... you'll never know how it would have ended up...

    With that, Galvatron blast Arcee in the side. She falls to the ground as Rodimus runs to her and falls beside her, holding her in his arms. Galvatron stands over him, blaster to his head, and gloats over Rodimus...

" Ha !! Love.. pathetic love. It is nothing but a mere weakness amongst you Autobots. Love for her.. love for all of these puny humans that inhabit this planet. It will be your downfall Rodimus..."

    Galvatron readies his killing shot, but does not get it off. Ultra Magnus; fresh off of defeating Cyclonus yards away, blast Galvatron from behind, and sends him to the ground away. Galvatron looks back and notices that Scourge is nearly defeated as well by Springer. He stands and gives the orders...

" Curse you Magnus... Decepticons, retreat !!! "

    Menasor shoves Superion off of him, and runs to Galvatron’s aid, scooping him up with his hand. The sweeps disengage from tracking Blur, and fly back to pick up the injured Cyclonus. Scourge manages to get a little assistance from the remaining sweeps, and the Decepticons begin to take off into the distance. Springer runs after them before Ultra Magnus stops him, Springer speaks...

" What are you doing Magnus !? They're getting away !! "

    Blur arrives next to Springer, and Ultra Magnus points them to the sight of a badly injured Arcee, in the arms of Rodimus Prime. Superion arrives beside Magnus, as Magnus speaks...

" Let the Decepticons go for now.. well find them soon enough. Sly-Lynx and Arcee are badly injured... we need to get them to an Autobot base. There should be a few left functioning here on Earth. "

    Rodimus looks over the un-moving Arcee and speaks to her...

" Arcee, don't die on me now, you've got to hold on... we're gonna get you to base and get you repaired. You can't die on me now.. we need you ..I need you..."

    Rodimus closes his eyes as clenches her tighter as he speaks once more...

" Dammit... There's... There's so much I never told you..."

    Arcee opens her eyes briefly, and whispers...

" I Never thought you cared... so much Hot Rod..."

    She drifts back off as her spark begins to leave her. Rodimus shouts...

" Ultra Magnus !!! Help me.. We have to get her to repair... "

    Ultra Magnus puts his hand on Rodimus shoulder and speaks...

" It's o.k. Rodimus.. she’s going to make it.. we all are. "

    Rodimus stands and makes the order.

" Autobots...Transform and roll out. "

    Springer and Blur pick Arcee up, and head back to Sky-Lynx. The living ship transforms into his dinosaur mode with the last of his remaining Energon. The Autobots board him, and he begins his long trek across the mountainous plains to the nearest Autobot base...


Nebulos, Orbit...    


    Optimus Prime arrives in the orbit of the Planet Nebulos. He thinks to himself, how can he find the last surviving original Son of Primus? Alpha Trion told him to arrive at the planet Nebulos. Optimus has no specific coordinates. After a brief silence, his shuttle receives an incoming transmission. It is a set of coordinates. Optimus knows this is too much of a coincidence, and inputs the codes into the shuttle control board. The shuttle lands in a remote jungle spot on the planet. Optimus leaves the cockpit, and opens the door. Upon walking down the ramp way, he surveys his surroundings. Suddenly, the leaves rustle behind him as he draws his blaster and turns quickly to speak...

" Who's there... show yourself..."

    The visitor steps forward and reveals himself to Optimus Prime, speaking.

" Relax younger brother. I am no threat to you. I know why you've come... I could feel our father awakening.. he is in a lot of pain and distress... we must help him..."

    Optimus Prime lowers his blaster and speaks to the stranger...

" Who are you? I've come looking for the last surviving original son of Primus...Alpha Trion sent me here to find him..."

    The stranger steps closer and responds to Optimus Prime...

" Then you're search ends here. You have found me. I am the first and the last true son of Primus. I am... Vector Prime ... "

Chapter 12: " The Ties That Bind "

                                        

 Space... Formerly Cybertron Orbit ...


    One lone Cybertronian shuttle returns to the empty place in space that once housed the planet Cybertron. Onboard, the mighty Autobot warriors double check the coordinates to make sure they've returned to the right place. The coordinates show true, and they are left to wonder what occurred here. The answer is obvious to them, or so they believe. Jetfire is the first to speak.

" Unicron... he finally did it. He destroyed Cybertron. I.. I cant believe it. It cant be true..."

    Grimlock looks out the space shuttle window as well and responds...

" Believe it Jetfire. Cybertron is gone. What we don't know is what happened to Unicron or the Horsemen... Last I saw, they were engaged in battle themselves. My hope is the Horsemen got the better of that fight... I still owe those bastards..."

    Bumble Bee listens to Grimlock and can take no more. Bumble Bee interjects...

" Dammit Grimlock !!! I'm sick of hearing about your quest for vengeance. The Horsemen killed a lot of our friends. We all want justice... But all you      ever talk about...since you got smarter somehow, all that’s on your mind is your own personal vengeance... what about using that new big brain of yours to help US out now? For all we know, Optimus Prime is dead, in case anyone hasn't thought about him yet. We have no direction... tell me mister intellectual, what are we gonna do now huh !!?? "

    Grimlock turns and slams Bumble Bee up against the wall of the shuttle before responding...

" Well well, look who's gotten a new sense of courage ever since he got his butt handed to him by one of those Horsemen. You think cause you got yourself a new look that you can speak to me like that? I'll tear out your spark if I ever here you talk about the Dinobots like they meant nothing..."

    Jetfire and Jazz intervene, breaking apart Grimlock and Bumble Bee. Jetfire speaks.

" Guys, this isn’t the time for that. Were all just a little bit on nerve at the moment.. We need to pull together like never before. We have Cybertronians spread out all over the galaxy. Who knows where everyone has gone. Bumble Bee is right. Optimus Prime is no where to be found. And Grimlock... Not a single one of us doesn't want another piece of those Horsemen... But right now, we need to strategize.. The Horsemen, Unicron.. even the damn Decepticons... so much has happened..."

    Jazz looks up at his two comrades. He looks at Bumble Bee and Grimlock, and speaks to them...

" Guys... I can't see you two fight.. I can't. For all we know, we are all we have left... It's like Jetfire said... we have to pull together if we are gonna make it here.. With or without Optimus Prime..."

    Grimlock looks at Bumble Bee and simply grumbles to himself, before walking back to the cockpit of the ship. Bumble Bee looks the other way, and walks to the back of the ship. Jazz continues...

" Guys... I don't know about you, but along with everything that has occurred, I can't help but think about the return of Megatron... I thought he was turned into Galvatron? How can that be? "

    Cliff Jumper emerges from the cock pit and responds.

" I don't know, but I still remember what Megatron did to Prowl, Ironhide, and Ratchet. Grimlock isn't the only one with revenge on his mind..."

    Grimlock looks back from the cockpit and speaks.

" Maybe Cliff Jumper is on to something.. this is war people.. and the war just got bigger.. and deadlier. Our enemies keep growing. We have so many to deal with now.. it's time to fight more vigilantly... we have to finish off the Decepticons.. once and for all. Then, we finish off those Horsemen, if they still live. Optimus Prime is dead. Both Matrix of leaderships are gone. Follow Grimlock and I'll lead the Autobots to victory.. final victory...

    Jetfire listens to Grimlock with shock. Cliff Jumper agrees to follow Grimlock's lead, followed by Jazz shortly. Jetfire speaks.

" I can't believe I’m hearing this... this isn't the Autobot way.. Optimus would never have gone with this..."

    Grimlock walks back and stands face to face with Jetfire, before responding...

" Optimus Prime isn't here is he Jetfire..."

    There is a brief uneasy silence. Then, Blaster emerges from the back with an incoming transmission. Blaster speaks...

" Guys.. Optimus may be gone... But I’m getting an incoming transmission from Rodimus Prime right now, so we better all listen up..."

    Blaster transforms into his boom box radio form, and begins the playback...

" ....This is Rodimus Prime. Blaster, I hope you're getting this transmission. I need you to get word to Optimus Prime that things haven’t gone so great since our arrival. We've sustained heavy injuries on our side... Galvatron and his Decepticons are here, and we're gonna need more reinforcements. Send as many as you can spare Optimus... Galvatron stated he was here on behalf of Unicron. We were not prepared to take on the likes of Unicron here on Earth. I'll be needing those reinforcements soon.  I hope everything is going well on Cybertron. Rodimus out..."

    They all take a moment to take in all that Rodimus spoke of in the transmission. They think to themselves.. How can Megatron and his Decepticons have attacked Cybertron mere moments ago... yet Galvatron and his Decepticons be on Earth at the same time? And Unicron... he was just here.. he destroyed Cybertron... is Earth next? Jetfire speaks...

" I don't know what you are thinking about right now guys.. but our brothers are in need of our help right now. I vote we head back to Earth right now. We can't let Unicron do to Earth what he just did to Cybertron. I know you want to hunt down those killers Grimlock.. but you have to let that go for now.. Rodimus and the others.. they need us.. they need you big guy..."

    Grimlock looks down before finally responding...

"...Alright. I'll go. I just want to see what the hell is up with this whole Megatron and Galvatron business. But rest assured one thing... when Grimlock finds them... Grimlock will be sure to end their threat finally.. once and for all..."

    Jazz speaks.

" ...O.k. then, it's decided. We go to Earth..."

    After punching in the coordinates, the Autobot shuttle leaves Cybertron orbit... perhaps for the last time...


Meanwhile... Back on Earth; Somewhere in California, underground...


    Rodimus Prime sits beside the stasis tube that houses Arcee. He can only continue to think about how things could have been. If only he had gotten up sooner... if only he had taken out Galvatron sooner, Arcee would be o.k. He hopes she makes it through. There’s so much he wants to tell her. Just as he thinks these thoughts, Springer walks into the room. Springer looks at Rodimus and speaks...

" Oh.. I didn't know you were here.. I can go Rodimus, come back later..."

" No no, it's o.k, I just wanted to see how she was doing.. I was just leaving anyways..."

" Yeah.. maybe you could check up on Sky-Lynx or something, you know... he was also injured..."

    Rodimus looks up at Springer’s words shocked. He responds...

" What? Where the hell did that come from Springer? "

" What? I was just thinking since your the leader and all, you should be checking in with all of us, not just Arcee here..."

" O.k., that’s it. What’s your problem Springer... spill it out right here, right now... "

" What’s my problem? O.k, alright, I’ll tell you what my problem is.. you are Rodimus. You have it all. Always have to have the spot light. The matrix chose you, hey o.k. No problem. You're The Prime now, and I’ll follow you till the day I die. But it wasn't enough was it? You had to go and have more.. "

" Springer, where’s all this coming from? You my friend.. my best friend.. I don't understand..."

" Dammit Rodimus, I thought it was obvious by now. I see the way Arcee looks at you, the way you look at her. I would have thought by now you would have known the way I feel about her.. but no. Now you had to go and take her to. Poor old Springer gets nothing, and good ol' Rodimus Prime gets it all..."

" Springer, you're being childish, This isn't you..."

" No Rodimus, this is me.. I'm tired of holding it all in. Arcee is something special to me, and I can't stand it that my supposed best friend is trying to take her from me. I...I..”

Springer looks down before finishing his sentence…

“ …I'm gonna go check in with Sky-Lynx.. see how he's doing.. I'll see you around Rodimus..."

    Springer turns and leaves. Rodimus is left to take in all that his friend has just said. Suddenly, the stasis tube sensor begins to go off, and the tube doors open. Arcee comes tumbling out, and into the arms of Rodimus. She looks up at him, and speaks.

" Hey handsome, looks like I’m all better now. Did I miss anything? "

    Rodimus smiles. Something he hasn't done in a long while. He attempts to respond, but once again, he is interrupted by his duties. Blur walks in, and speaks.

" Rodimus, oh there you are. I've been looking all over for you. Ultra Magnus says Galvatron has been spotted over Alcatraz Island. Should we move into intercept them?"

" ...Yes.. we should Blur. I'll be right there. Get the others to the control room. We mobilize in 5 minutes..."

    Blur turns to leave as Arcee stands up and speaks...

" There’s always something that gets in the way between us isn't there Rodimus..."

" I swear Arcee.. when this is all over.. me and you are going to have a long talk. I.. I just can't do this now... But I’m glad your o.k. Maybe you should stay here and rest..

" And let you take all the glory? No way hot shot, I’m good to go..."

" Good.. I’ll see you in the control room then I guess... take your time getting ready, we'll wait for you."

    Rodimus turns and exits the room, leaving Arcee behind to speak to herself...

" Later huh? Oh Rodimus.. what if there is no later..."


Meanwhile, somewhere on the planet Nebulos...



    Optimus Prime tells Vector Prime of the recent events that have transpired. He tell him that he was sent here by Alpha Trion to find help, and that Vector Prime would show him what to do next. Optimus tells of how both Matrixes are now gone. Vector Prime reassures Optimus Prime...

" Optimus... I have heard the telepathic cry for help of Primus. Indeed, this is his darkest hour. However, not all hope is lost. It is true, the other 12 original heralds of Primus are now gone, dead or lost to the ravages of time. When each of us was created, we each had our own matrix of power. When a herald died, their spark would flow throughout the rest of us. Soon, I became the last survivor, and I received the last remnants of my brothers sparks. When Unicron finally fell, Primus and I decided to go into hiding, so that should Unicron awaken, he would not find us. Primus went into a deep slumber, and created all of you in the process. I on the other hand had developed so much power, I feared what I would become... a herald without a purpose. A dangerous being if there ever was one. I remained in contact with the elders of Cybertron throughout the years, and now the time has finally come. I am a herald with a purpose again... we must protect Primus. "

    Vector Prime opens his chest and reveals his Matrix. Vector Prime speaks.

" You see Optimus, the power of Primus still flows through me. Not all hope is lost. "

    Vector Prime closes his chest and continues to speak.

" I will go to Primus, and help him. You on the other hand must return to your warriors. I’m also sense they are in great danger. Unicron is not far from them... Earth. Unicron is headed there now. Go, and ready your warriors. Take this.. "

    Vector Prime gives Optimus an orb of blue energy. Vector Prime continues...

" I once had a need for it, but no longer. It is a unique spark of power. A gift, bestowed upon me and my brothers from Primus. When the time comes... you will know what to do with it..."

    Optimus takes the orb and speaks.

" That’s it? This orb will help me defeat Unicron? What about the Horsemen, and the master they serve? "

" ...Leave that to me Optimus... You must destroy Unicron. I will save Primus and defeat the new heralds you speak of. We all have our part in this battle. this is mine. You have yours. Go with the orb little brother. We will meet again..."

    Before Optimus has another chance to speak, Vector Prime opens a portal through the space behind him and vanishes through it. Optimus is left to ponder what just transpired here. Eventually, he enters his shuttle, and heads for Earth...


Somewhere in deep space...


    Primus floats in the vast emptiness of space. He needs to rest, and heal.  He is badly injured from the energies of Unicron's Dark Matrix. He floats for a time before a portal opens up in front of him... a large portal. Primus barely has the energy to look up at the stranger steeping through the portal. The stranger speaks...

" Ah... there you are little brother. Look at you, so weak. This fight between you and Unicron must end. I will see that this happens. For now, let me help you..."

    The Dark Giant grabs hold of the weakened Primus, and puts him through the portal. Then, before stepping back through himself, he speaks...

" I will see to it that you're true power is returned to you Primus. There is only one way to do this, and I will do what you cannot. You must take back the many sparks you have spread out over all your creations. I will destroy them all for you, and you will revert back to your true form. Then, I will help Unicron find a new body. Then, and only then, will we finally take our true place in this universe as united brothers. This will all soon come to pass.. so swears NEMESIS..."

Chapter 13: " Battlefield Earth "

                                      

Earth...

    
    Alcatraz - San Francisco, California. It was home to some of the most notorious criminals of our past. Now, it is nothing but an empty tourist attraction, filled with empty jail cells... or so we've thought...

    Beneath the giant rock of an island is a massive source of Energon, the energy source the transformers have come to depend on. Unfortunately for us, the Decepticons have found it first. While their goal remains ultimately unknown to the Autobots, they know the Decepticons must be stopped at all cost. It has been awhile, but now; Alcatraz is once again filled with the most dangerous criminals of our time... Earths most dangerous enemies...

    Galvatron and his Decepticon crew continue loading the newly discovered Energon into their ship when suddenly, a thunderous roar is heard overhead. Astrotrain comes in fast, as he finally hovers and lands in the nearby prison yard. Emerging from Astrotrain’s hull are the rest of the Decepticons; along with their leader returned... Megatron. Galvatron turns his full attention to Megatron as they lock eyes. Standing inches from each other’s faces, Galvatron speaks first...

" What are you doing here Megatron? You're a little far away from Cybertron. I take it you failed ? "

    Megatron grimaces slightly before responding...

" Galvatron, I only came here to make sure you didn't fail on your end. Unicron has Cybertron taken care of. I took care of Optimus Prime and his Matrix..."

" Something tells me your lying Megatron... you forget I know you all to well. Sharing the same mind has that effect..."

" Quiet Galvatron. I came here to finish the Autobot threat here on earth, but if I must, I will happily finish you off as well pretender !! "

" Well then Megatron, why don't I make it easy for the both of us..."

    Galvatron raises his arm cannon to Megatron's face as Megatron draws his blaster to Galvatron's at the same time. They stand there in a stalemate until Soundwave intervenes...

" Lord Megatron, Mighty Galvatron... the Autobots are approaching, led by Rodimus Prime. Laserbeak has spotted them coming in from across the bridge... what are your orders? "

    Megatron takes the initiative to respond first...

" Starscream, Dirge, Ramjet, and Thrust; intercept them at the bridge..."

    Galvatron finishes the orders...

" Cyclonus, Scourge; go with them..."

    The six flying transformers take off and head to the bridge. Starscream finds it interesting that the six Decepticons are together again... he wonders if somewhere inside Scourge and Cyclonus, if his old friends Thundercracker and Skywarp are still in there somewhere. If they are, he hatches a plan inside his mind on a way to bring them back. If Unicron did it for Megatron... he can do it with his friends as well... that is if Unicron survived the attack of the Horsemen back at Cybertron...

    The Autobots are halfway across when Ultra Magnus spots them. This is bad. There are still many cars on the bridge with many innocent civilians. Rodimus has no choice but to give the order to engage the enemy here and now...

" Autobots, attack !!! "

    The Autobots transform into robot mode and begin blasting away at the incoming deceptions. Springer transforms into helicopter mode and shouts to Rodimus...

" Rodimus !! I'm going up, I can take a one or two of them with me, and away from the civilians !!! "

" Don't try to be a hero Springer, there's to many of ‘em, they're faster than you !!! "

" To late, my mind is made up..."

    Springer takes to the skies as Cyclonus and Scourge follow suit. Starscream leads the rest of the seekers to the bridge as fly overhead blasting at Autobot and civilian alike. Cars erupt in flames as Rodimus finally jumps up and grabs Dirge by the wing and slams him down to the ground below. Dirge transforms into robot mode and begins throwing punches at the incoming Rodimus Prime. Thrust scoops down for the assist, but is met by Arcee and Blur, who immediately begin blasting away at the Decepticon.

    Finally, Ramjet and Starscream fly over and land a few well timed shots at Ultra Magnus, causing him to jump out of the way and over the side of the bridge, hanging onto the cables that hold it up. Starscream knows this is it for Magnus as he swoops in for the kill. Starscream can't help but to gloat...

" Ha !! Who would have thought that I, the mighty Starscream would have had the privilege of destroying the legendary Ultra Magnus... hahaha !!!"

Starscream never makes the shot, as the newly repaired Sky-Lynx swoops down and lays down cover fire for Magnus, allowing him the time to pull himself back onto the bridge. Sky-Lynx lays down more cover fire, until Astrotrain swoops in to do the same for the Decepticons. Megatron, Galvatron, and the rest of the Decepticons drop down from Astrotrain’s hull and onto the bridge. Finally, Astrotrain locks up with Sky-Lynx in the skies above.

     Rodimus and the rest of the Autobots pull back and regroup at the center. Finally, Springer comes crashing down at Rodimus Prime's feet. Springer looks up as Cyclonus and Scourge regroup themselves with the rest of the Decepticons, who have now managed to encircle the small remnant of Autobots. Springer speaks to Rodimus...

" Damn... well, so much for playing the hero..."

" It's o.k. Springer... we've been in bigger scraps than this... well get out of this one.... "

    Blur looks around at the encroaching Decepticons that surround them and speaks..

" Whatarewegonnado !!?? Whatare wegonna do !! ?? "

" Hold it together Blur !! " Ultra Magnus shouts.

    The ten Decepticons continue to move in closer around the five Autobots. Megatron speaks...

" Rodimus Prime is it? I don't think we've had the pleasure of meeting yet. Pity I'll never know how well you measure up to Optimus Prime in battle... seeing as this is it for you. If it's any consolation... You won't be the first Prime I’ve ever killed..."

    Galvatron raises his cannon at Rodimus and speaks...

" What was it you said to me back inside Unicron years ago? Oh yes... Now I remember..." This is the end of the road Rodimus Prime..."


Somewhere in deep space...


    Vector Prime has been following the trail of his creator Primus for some time now. As he crosses this sector of space, the trail goes cold.
He thinks to himself... " Where have you gone Primus? Have you disappeared into thin air? I still feel your presence faintly.. you cannot have been destroyed...

    Vector Prime does not have enough time to finish his thought as he suddenly realizes he is not alone. Someone else has been on the trail of Primus. Vector Prime dodges the first blast of fire, turning around to return a volley of his own. Then, he comes face to face with his enemy. Vector Prime shouts...

" Who are you, and why do you attack me ?! "

" I am Nemesis Prime, and I am the herald of Unicron. I have come for the head of Primus, but you have his stink all over you... I will destroy you as well ... "

" You will try..."

    Vector Prime and Nemesis Prime charge each other. Vector Prime draws a great big battle sword as Nemesis does the same. The two mammoth swords clash as a huge wave of energy is disbursed around them. They continue to parry until Nemesis Prime catches Vector Prime on the arm. Vector Prime does not let up as he continues his assault, finishing a slicing attack of his own; catching Nemesis Prime on his leg.

    The two mighty heralds step back and prepare their next maneuvers. They appear to think alike, as Vector Prime teleports behind Nemesis Prime. Nemesis Prime simply teleports and appears to the side of Vector Prime, as he quickly dodges a brushing swipe of the sword. Vector Prime speaks...

" So.. You have great power as well... perhaps you are the true herald of Unicron. You posses similar powers to me.. but do you posses them all?! "

    Vector Prime lashes out with a great beam of energy. Nemesis Prime simply blocks it with his Sword and absorbs it. Then, Nemesis Prime lashes out with a telepathic attack that strikes Vector Prime backwards. Vector Prime recovers quickly, as he transforms into a golden spacecraft and flies through space, attempting to maneuver behind Nemesis Prime while blasting away at him. Nemesis follows suit, as he transforms into a dark spaceship and counter maneuvers. They return each others fire as they race through the space ways. They seem to be evenly matched. It continues until suddenly, there is a blast of energy that knocks them both backwards. They transform back into robot mode and look up.

The Four Horsemen are here.

    They stare at each other for a lengthy period of time. It has been awhile since such a gathering of power has happened. The six Heralds continue to stare until Bastion breaks the silence...

" At last my cousins, we meet. This is what we were created for, and know that we were created more powerful than the both of you. Your demise cannot be stopped. Our father has deemed that you both be destroyed, so that your creators will have their power restored unto them. You both wield the last remaining matrixes. The dark matrix, and the light matrix... both of them will stripped from your dead corpses this day.., the will of NEMESIS will not be denied, so swears the Horsemen !!! "

Vector Prime looks to Nemesis Prime. They need not speak it. It is the only Logical choice. Their feud is put on hold, as Vector Prime and Nemesis Prime draw their weapons and come back to back. Looking down the Four Horsemen, they begin to charge them as the Horsemen do the same.

The battle begins...