Ultra Magnus Hurries down the corridors with Bumble Bee in search of Rodimus. Rodimus is supposed to lead off the ceremonies with Optimus Induction speech, but he is nowhere to be found. Magnus is worried. He can only imagine how this whole experience has been for Rodimus. It has only been days Since the return of Optimus, and since then, he has not had much chance to talk with Rodimus Since the " Hate Plague" incident. Worry turns to ease, as he sees Springer down the hallway coming towards him; with Rodimus in tow. Magnus calls out to him.
" Rodimus !! Where have you been? You're late... is everything o.k.? "
" Everything’s fine Magnus. I'm sorry i was late... guess I lost track of the time. So, where is the big guy at? "
" Optimus is waiting up ahead. Come, lets get this ceremony started. The cybertronians are getting antsy..."
The four of them head back to the chambers where Optimus and Elita One await. Rodimus heads in first, and watches as Optimus and Elita embrace.
"... * Ahem*... Sorry to interrupt Optimus... I can wait outside if you..."
" No Rodimus, it's o.k. Come on in friend. I wanted to talk to you briefly before we head out. A moment Elita? "
" Sure Optimus. I'll be right outside with Magnus and the others..."
Elita walks out and leaves the two Autobot leaders to speak. At first, the initial silence is uncomfortable. Then Optimus breaks the silence...
" Rodimus. We haven't had much time to talk much since the "hate plague" incident. I just wanted to tell you..."
" Hey Optimus, it's o.k. I'm Fine. I'm just happy to see you back. We all are. Giving you back the matrix of leadership and the mantle it bears was something i was happy to do. I'm still here, and it's a privilege to serve by your side once again."
Optimus puts his hand on Rodimus shoulder and speaks again.
" Rodimus... I was going to tell you... I don't blame you for my "death". I know your heart, and I know you were trying to help. I also wanted to tell you... that I am proud of who you have become. Your tenure as Autobot commander left you with a high regard amongst your comrades. You need to know that. I'm proud to have you by my side soldier. "
" Optimus, I... thank you sir. I don’t know what to say."
" Don't say anything. Lets just get this over with. You look almost as uncomfortable with going out those curtains as I am...I take it you never got used to the ceremonious speeches either?"
" Ha !! I never would've thought, you, Optimus... Ha. Magnus was right...I guess I did take a little bit after you... Yeah. Lets get this show Going. "
The cheers outside continue, until the curtain opens, and Rodimus and Optimus Prime step through it. Behind them ,their companions Ultra Magnus, Bumble Bee, Springer, and Elita One. Below, Daniel Witwickey watches on the shoulders of his Autobot friend, Arcee.
" Arcee, I see em !! Optimus, it's Daniel, down here !!! "
His speech is drowned out by the deafening roar of cheering cybertronians. Finally, the roar settles, as Rodimus takes the podium, and speaks.
" Fellow cybertronians, welcome. Today marks the beginning of a new era once more, as we welcome back into our midst, a great Autobot leader... and a great Cybertronian symbol. You know who this is. His very image inspires us all. People.. I give you, Autobot Commander - Optimus Prime !!! "
The cheers grow once more. Optimus Prime takes the podium, and speaks.
" Cybertronians...thank you. It is an honor and a privilege to stand before you. I am not a robot of many words, so ill just say them. I promise to continue to fight against the tyranny of the Decepticons, until the threat is finished. But most importantly, I promise to find a better way to help Cybertron flourish, and bring peacetime back to it. I owe a lot of thanks to my comrade here... and I want to take this time to applaud his tenure as Autobot commander in my stead. Thank you Rodimus Prime..."
The crowd cheers once more as Rodimus looks on. He looks up towards Optimus, and Optimus Prime speaks to him...
" Well done Rodimus, you've earned it. "
Optimus looks on, and continues.
" The war has come a long way since its incarnation here on Cybertron. It has affected many planets. Now... it affects a special planet that means a lot more than many of you think it may. Earth. The Energon that earth wields is enormous, and the planet remains crucial to Cybertron’s future. I didn't want to make this decision at this time, but here i feel the time is now. I..."
Optimus looks over to his comrades below, and to his side. He finishes his sentence...
"... There is a need for an Autobot presence on earth full time. The Decepticons have made there stand there, and I intend to stop them. I plan to take a part of the Autobot forces... and make a stand on earth. I.. I am leaving Cybertron indefinitely..."
The crowd talks amongst themselves. What does this mean for Cybertron? Who will fight for their behalf? Lead them? Optimus Prime continues...
" So I have made a decision. As leader of the Autobots, I have sought council with the ancestors within the matrix. I have decided that there will no longer be a Prime..."
The crowd suddenly gets louder, voicing many concerns and worry. What is going on here... Optimus continues...
" ...There will no longer be a Prime... but TWO of them. Yes. That’s right. The war has gotten larger, and while I may be away for awhile, never again will Cybertron be left without a Prime of its own to fight for them. We saw what happened the last time I left.. and I apologize for leaving the Autobots here for so long. Never again. The ancestors within the matrix helped me to make this decision, and they have also helped me to do something else... the impossible..."
Optimus Prime opens his chest, and removes the Matrix of Leadership. It shines brightly, before being pulled apart... into two pieces !!!
" The Matrix has been reformatted.. into two pieces. One shall remain with me. The other, shall remain with the other Prime... the Prime chosen by the ancestors themselves. He will remain here on Cybertron and fight on your behalf for peace."
Rodimus Finally interrupts.
" Optimus, what have you done? The matrix.. the power split into two? How? Who will house the other piece? "
" Isn't it obvious friend? The ancestors... they chose you..."
Optimus hands the Matrix piece over to Rodimus.
" Please friend... take it. You Must."
Rodimus stands there briefly, before doing what he knows is right. He takes the Matrix, and puts in back within the camber within his chest. He speaks.
" I'm Honored. I will do my best..."
" I know you will Rodimus... Rodimus Prime."
Optimus and Rodimus Prime stand there as the crowd looks on, cheering the two primes. They Cheer until the skies above begin to darken. The starlight’s above dim, as a shadow commences down upon them. Daniel Witwickey looks up, and speaks.
" Arcee... what is that? "
" I don't know Daniel... I don't know..."
The darkness comes down upon the grand hall, and stops before the podium... hovering before the two Primes. Suddenly, the dark cloud forms. The darkness around comes back into center, and the form of a black armored transformer is revealed... Golden energy beaming from his eyes. Finally, he speaks.
" I am Legion. I am the harbinger of Nemesis. You and your kind have been deemed an abomination and must be eradicated, if my master is to be reunited with his brothers. But first...I must take from you the source. The Matrix. Give it to me. Give it to me, so that I may finally erase you all from existence..."
His name is Legion... and he is the beginning of the end...
Legion hovers there before all of Cybertron. He stands defiant before the two Autobot leaders, and speaks with a voice that utters the sound of death itself...
" I've come for the Prime. Tell me where he is..."
Optimus notices that Legion is unmarked.. There is no insignia. Is he Decepticon? where is he from? They stand there quiet before Bumble Bee speaks.
" I'm the Prime. you want some of me? Come get some..."
" Bumble Bee, what are you doing !!?? "
Ultra Magnus's words are lost on Bumble Bees ears, as Legion looks down upon Bumble Bee and raises his fist. A golden glow of energy forms around it, as Bumble Bee is suddenly swallowed by the energy. Rodimus jumps into the fray to stop the assault.
" Bumble Bee !!! Get off of him, I'm the Prime. you want a Prime? Take me.. take all of me !!! "
Rodimus pushes Bumble Bee out of the assault, and tears into Legion guns blazing. Bumble falls into the arms of Ultra Magnus, as Magnus looks over the badly destroyed chest cavity of Bumble Bee. He speaks to him...
" Hang in there little fella.. your going to be o.k. That .. that was brave Bee.. stupid, but brave... Springer !! Help me, I need you to get Bumble Bee to the nearest medic. I need to get Prime outta here...Go !!! "
" Prime, which one? Your gonna need more help here if your gonna take that guy down..."
" Just go Springer. I'm gonna get both Primes outta here. Besides, the cavalry’s just arrived..."
Grimlock and the Dinobots enter the fray. Grimlock tackles Legion, and brings him down into the ground below, as the crowd scatters away form the fight. Optimus shouts his orders.
" Magnus, we need everyone we've got, here at the grand hall now !! We don't know what we are dealing with here... this being is no Decepticon that I’ve ever heard of... Magnus, what are you doing? "
" Optimus... you're too important.. you and Rodimus. We need to get you outta here to strategize our forces..."
" No Magnus. My place is here, amongst my soldiers. Get Elita One out of here to safety. Grimlock needs me..."
Rodimus Stares at the battle below, and back at Magnus. Jetfire, Blaster, and Jazz arrive Then He speaks.
" You know Magnus, you should listen to Optimus. Take Elita to safety. And while your at it... take Optimus to..."
Rodimus shoves Optimus into the arms of the four transformers, and shouts his orders.
" Protect Optimus, go now !!!"
Rodimus Jumps over the balcony and into the fight below, as Optimus struggles in the arms of his comrades and shouts at him...
" Rodimus, nooooo !!!!!!! "
Grimlock tears into Legion with a ferocity unseen before. Grimlock knows this battle is unlike any other he’s been in before. Legion... he is strong, powerful. For the first time, in a long time... Grimlock feels fear. His companions, the Dinobots share in the fight until Legion takes their leader Grimlock by the head, and hurls him into the air. Legion stands up and speaks.
" Enough !!! "
The rest of the Dinobots charge Legion, and suddenly he is no more. They look around frantically, until Legion finally appears behind the Dinobots swoop and snarl. But it is too late. The searing blades of golden energy appear out from their stomachs, and the blades pierce them from there back sides. Legion rips the blades upwards with a mighty thrust, until the two Dinobots fall apart, dead. Rodimus and the other two Dinobots stare in disbelief. Dinobot Slag responds.
" No...my brothers... you MURDERER !!! "
" No Slag, Sludge, we take him together..."
Rodimus words go unheard, as the two Dinobots charge legion one last time. Legion simply smirks as he disappears again. Only his words can be heard...
" Fools. I am a master of time itself. I cannot be defeated. I cannot be undone by mere creations such as yourselves... if only your father loved you more... as mine has me. For he has bestowed upon me great power, while you were created weak. For this reason, you shall perish..."
He appears once more, arrogantly standing in front of Slag. With lightning fast speed that goes unseen, Slag is torn to pieces, limb from limb. Sludge Is the final victim, as his head is severed by a seemingly gust of wind. Rodimus looks in horror and disbelief. Is he this fast? He thinks to himself... It was so fast it was unseen... how powerful is Legion? Rodimus looks around, and knows he is alone. The others will get away to safety he thinks to himself. It would be a noble sacrifice. He's got to give them more time. Then he thinks of his friends. Springer. Daniel.. Arcee? He finds it odd that she is the last thing on his mind as he prepares for the possibility of death... but no. He cannot think of that now. He is the Prime once more. He has a duty to the safety of those around him... and he will see this battle through. Rodimus opens his chest, and removes the Matrix of leadership... he speaks.
" Legion this ends now. I am the true Prime you're looking for. If this is what you want.. then you can have it..."
Rodimus Prime begins to open the matrix, and unleash its power. He knows what the matrix is capable of, and Attempts to use its power to undo the monstrosity that is Legion...
" Now... Light our darkest hour !!!! "
Legion is soon enveloped in the primal energies that spew from the Matrix. Legion feels pain... for the 1st time in his short life.
" No..Nooo !! what is happening to me??? "
Legion may well have been destroyed, had it not been for his brothers.
They arrive at once, as Bastion shoots Rodimus in the back, dropping the matrix of leadership. Legion is badly injured. His brother Bastion picks him up, and speaks.
" You are weak my brother. Our father wishes us home now. However.. we will arrive victorious ... with this..."
Bastion picks up the matrix. Rodimus, injured on the ground; looks on and reaches out to it...
" No.. the matrix... argh.. you..you can't have it..."
“ No? Who’s going to stop us? Certainly not you. You were supposed to be Primus's chosen one? Pathetic. Your Father doesn't love you... otherwise he wouldn't have made you so weak..."
Bastion finishes his words as he raises his large cannon at Rodimus head.
" We are leaving now. We've got what we need. But before we go, as tedious as killing you all might be at this moment in time... I’ll kill you now for the pleasure of it..."
"Rodimus, get down !!!!!!!!! "
The words come up from behind, as Kup runs in with the rest of the cavalry, guns blazing at the black shadowed warriors. Bastion looks on and smiles before speaking.
" Hmmph. Pathetic. Foolish and pathetic. Are all cybertronians eager to die? Very well Prime. We will do this another time. I have no time for this now. But before I leave, I’ll give you something to remember me by..."
Suddenly, the space around Kup begins to crush him. Kup screams in agony, as he is crushed inwards. Rodimus screams for his long time mentor...
" Kup, nooooo!!!! "
Bastion ceases his assault, and laughs before speaking.
" Ha !! Come my brothers. Let us leave these weaklings to recover there dead. Let them fear us, as we give message of the coming doom.. NEMESIS comes for you now. Know this, know fear. Now...let us go to the Father..."
With nothing more than the blink of an eye, they are gone. Rodimus gathers himself, and crawls to the fallen Kup, who is barely there.
" Kup... you can't die... you can't..."
" Erghh.. eh.. ah Hot Rod.. * cough * ... Rodimus.. it's my turn now. I'm an old timer...my time is done..."
" No kup, its not.. we still need ya old timer... I still need you..."
" Rodimus... we..we've been through a lot together you and I... and I’m glad i had the privilege of watching you mature... you're gonna make it... "
" Why... you should've let him kill me..."
" Rod..Rodimus... you look at me boy !!! I would have taken your place in death any other time. Don't you start second guessing yourself again. Enough of that. You are the Prime now. Act..act like it soldier...commander... Do me pro..proud son.. do me pr....* "
Kup dies in Rodimus arms. Grimlock returns to the scene and lets out a loud shriek over the fallen bodies of his fellow Dinobots. Arcee arrives and falls beside Rodimus as she mourns over Kup. Finally, Optimus Prime and his comrades Springer, Ultra Magnus, and the others reach the aftermath of the scene. Rodimus looks up to Optimus while holding Kup, and speaks...
" They... they killed them.. killed them all. He took the Matrix Prime.. it's gone. They were like animal shadows...they had no mercy..."
Optimus surveys his surroundings once more, and responds.
"... Then we will find them. And when we do... neither will we... show them mercy..."