Transformers: Nemesis

Chapter 9: " The Awakening "

                                   

Unicron hovers over the planet of Cybertron with authority, even though he is no longer whole, but a shell of the power he once wielded. Since his defeat at the hands of the Cybertronian Autobots, he has been forced to exist without a body. For some time now, he has relished in his vengeance. He will have a new body. He will have his revenge on Cybertron. Once the planet was to be his new body. Now, seeing the value of his new power source that is Energon, he has set his eyes on the planet Earth. Now that his plans for a new body have changed, there will be no reason to salvage the planet Cybertron. It will be destroyed, and its inhabitants with it.
    
    As the cybertronians look upwards, they do not notice Shockwave emerging from the catacombs beneath the planet; nor do they notice what he has in his possession. The key to Vector Sigma. Shockwave stands in the open, and calls to Unicron above...

" Mighty Unicron !! I have what you seek. The key is in my possession. "

    Shockwave holds the key up as Optimus Prime looks on. Optimus shouts,

" Shockwave, no !! You must not give the key to vector sigma over to that monster. He'll destroy us all, we must band together and fight Unicron, there’s no other way to stop him !!! "

    Optimus heads towards Shockwave, and is blasted down from behind. Megatron shouts from behind him...

" Fool !! You are a fool prime. No one turns their back on Megatron. Unicron will not be stopped. He will have his vengeance, and when he is done... so will I !!!

    Megatron leans in to finish off Prime. Optimus sweeps his leg, and Megatron is quickly on his back. Optimus gets to his feet and charges on top of Megatron, hands grasped firmly around his neck. Optimus speaks to Megatron...

" Megatron, for once listen to reason !!! We can't fight the Decepticons and that monster in the sky... You cant believe that he won't kill you when he has had his vengeance. We must stand together !!! "

" NEVER !!! "

    Megatron's scream is followed by a huge bodily blow that sends Optimus Prime flying off him, crashing to the grounds yards away. Megatron looks to Shockwave and shouts...

" Do it now Shockwave, give him the key !!! "

    Shockwave throws the key upwards, as Starscream jumps up and grabs it, transforming into jet mode, and flying upwards towards Unicron. Jetfire; lying injured on the ground, can only look up helplessly, as he watches his one time friend betray the inhabitants of Cybertron, as Starscream hands over the key to Unicron. The key leaves Starscream’s hand, as it hovers into Unicron’s Mouth. Then, it is gone. Unicron's eyes glow green with energy. Then, The giant speaks in a thunderous voice...

" Megatron, you're army has served me well. The key to vector sigma is mine, and with it, so will the planet Earth be my new body. There is one final task to be completed before I destroy this planet for good... where is the matrix of leadership? It must be destroyed..."

    Megatron looks upwards to Unicron, and speaks,

" The matrix lies within the Autobot Optimus Prime, here beside me. I will gladly kill him now, and crush the matrix with my bare hands. But the planet Cybertron... it must not be destroyed. I am to be it's rightful emperor... You promised me a reward, give me this !!! "

    Unicron growls with a loud voice before responding...

" You dare defy my will? The will of Unicron must come to pass. The destruction of Cybertron must occur for reasons unknown to you. Rest assured, you will be rewarded.. perhaps with another planet. But Cybertron... it must not be allowed to live..."

    Optimus Prime stands up as Megatron and Unicron speak. Jetfire lies closely besides him, also injured. Optimus Prime speaks to Jetfire...

" Jetfire. Now, while they are distracted. Get the rest of the Autobots together.. I'll keep things handled here.. I need you to prepare as many cybertronians for evacuation... "

    Jetfire struggles to understand what Optimus is saying, and responds;

" Evacuate Cybertron? Optimus, that’s nearly impossible.. we can't do that, and I’ll not leave you here do handle the Decepticons alone, as well as Unicron, that's insane !!!

" That’s an order Jetfire !! As many cybertronians as we can save. Get to the shuttles, give the orders. Now, while the Decepticons are distracted.. there may not be another moment... we have to try an save as many as possible...

" Optimus, I... o.k., I’ll try. But what about you? What are you going to do? "

    Optimus Prime opens up his chest cavity, revealing the Matrix of leadership within him. Optimus responds...

" I'll think of something..."

    Jetfire struggles to get up, fighting past his injuries, and hurries off to begin the evacuations. Optimus Prime knows what happened last time Rodimus Prime used the matrix against Unicron. He holds it up to use it once more, and speaks.

" Now... Light our dar..."

    He does not finish the sentence as the matrix is shot out of his hands. Optimus Prime looks up and is blindsided by yet another enemy. Falling to the ground yet again, Optimus Prime looks up at his new adversary. Megatron quickly turns around to come face to face with Optimus Prime's attacker. Endgame has arrived from beneath the catacombs. He bends over, and picks up the Matrix of leadership that Optimus Prime once wielded. Then, Endgame looks over to Megatron and speaks.

" The matrix... there are two of them? My father will be most interested. You there, tell me where the Key to Vector Sigma is, and I may have pity upon you..."

    Megatron raises his rifle and begins to blast away at Endgame, as Megatron shouts...

" No one threatens Megatron and lives to tell the tale !!! Megatron needs no pity... The Matrix... give it to me, or I will rip it out of your dead fingers !!! "

    Endgame dodges enough blast fire to get within range of Megatron, knocking the rifle from his hands. Soon, Megatron is enveloped in a strange energy as he begins to buckle and feel the draining of the Energon in his body. Endgame stands over him, and speaks.

" Do you see now? Can you feel the energy flowing out of you, and into me? This is the gift that a true Father gives. I will not ask again. The key... where is it..."

    Dirge, Ramjet, and Thrust swoop in to defend their leader, and are suddenly shot down from the skies. The rest of the Horsemen are here. The Autobot and Decepticon combatants all come to a standstill as they gaze upwards. Legion, Warfare, and Endgame hover above the battle field. They glance over the cybertronians, and then glance upwards before looking back at their brother Endgame. Bastion speaks.

" Endgame, do you have what Father asked of you? The key.. get it now, so we may leave this place. Unicron is here... it is not the appointed time, we must hurry..."

    Endgame looks up and responds;

" I do not have the key. Instead, I have found yet another matrix. Father will be pleased nonetheless. "

    Suddenly an alarm rings throughout all of Cybertron. The sound of an Evacuation alarm. It was used only once before.. the last time Unicron attacked Cybertron. Megatron takes the opportunity to kick the side of Endgame's leg during the distraction. Endgame falls, as Megatron grabs his wrist, and rips the matrix from his hand. Megatron shouts upwards to Unicron...

" Unicron !!! We have given you the key to Vector Sigma. Now, I have the matrix you seek. Destroy these black clad warriors, and you shall finally have your vengeance... "

    Endgame looks up to his brothers and speaks...

" Brothers !!! Unicron has the key. This is most unfortunate. We must take it from him, but we cannot destroy him. Quickly..."

    The Horsemen fly upwards as Unicron opens his mouth and roars...

" Pitiful insects !!! You will not take anything from me, let alone destroy me... now, feel my wrath !!! "

    Unicron's eyes glow green once more as he shoots laser beams out at the incoming horsemen. They dodge them and continue rushing towards him.  Megatron shouts his orders below..

" Decepticons !!! Defend Unicron !!! "

    Starscream swoops down, and picks up Megatron. The rest of the Decepticons follow suit, and rise into the air towards the battle above. The Autobots remain on the ground below. Grimlock emerges from the catacombs with Bumble Bee and Jazz.  Blaster helps Optimus Prime to his feet, and speaks,

" Optimus, what do we do !?  "

    Optimus Prime looks back at the entrance to the catacombs below, and speaks to Blaster.

" Get with Jetfire. I want all of the Autobots to help with this planets evacuation. I've got something I need to do..."

" But Optimus, the Key to Vector sigma.. the matrix.. they have it all, we have to do something..."

" Blaster do what I say. They have the matrix.. but they don’t have the true key to vector sigma.. go now !!"

    Optimus disappears into the catacombs below. The Rest of the Autobots scramble to help with evacuations. Meanwhile, the battle above continues. The seekers get there first, blasting away at the Horsemen as well. Warfare turns and unleashes a great big energy sword. With a simple slash across the space in front of him, a mighty shockwave is sent towards the incoming seeker jets, hitting them ad sending them hurling away from the horsemen.

    Megatron transforms into his gun mode, as Starscream blast away with it. Bastion turns and meets Starscream head on. Bastion makes a motion with his hands, and suddenly, the space around Starscream begins to crush his hand. He lets out a loud scream...

" AAArrrghhh !! My hand !!!"

    Megatron falls out of his hand, and transforms back into robot mode. He comes face to face with Bastion and holds out the matrix in his hand. As Bastion moves in closer, Megatron points his gun at the matrix. Megatron speaks...

" Back away !!! You want the matrix? Come closer and I will destroy it now. Take your troops and leave this place. Tell whoever sent you that Unicron and his Decepticons are not to be confronted again. You will not take the key nor the matrix, but you may leave with your lives yet..."

    Bastion smiles and speaks...

" Bold. Stupid, yet Bold. It is a wonder why your father would create such weak creatures, and create them without reason or logic. You saw what my power did to your comrade, yet you still defy me? No, we are leaving. We are leaving with the key, as well as the matrix..."

    Megatron blast the matrix, but to no avail. The matrix will not be destroyed so easily. Instead, Bastion crushes Megatron’s arm with the very space around it, and sends him hurling off into space, screaming...

" Noooo !!! ... "

    Bastion opens up his chest and reveals the second matrix. He looks at the two of them before speaking to himself...

" Interesting....."

    Bastion quickly places the second matrix within himself, and joins his brothers. Legion uses his gift, as he slows time and bypasses Unicron’s laser beams. Soon, he is inside Unicron...

    Meanwhile, Megatron hurls through space until being pick up by Soundwave. Astrotrain is here, along with the injured Starscream, and the rest of the seekers.  Megatron makes the order to pick up the rest of the Decepticons, and retreat. Unicron is on his own...

    Below, the remaining shuttles can be seen leaving Cybertron as it continues the evacuations. Jetfire stands at one of the remaining shuttles, along with his fellow Autobots. He is amazed at how fast the evacuations have gone, let alone the sheer amount of cybertronians that were able to escape. He orders as much Energon to be stored on the shuttle before ordering the remaining Autobots aboard the "Ark 3" shuttle. Grimlock is the last to board. He looks at Jetfire, and speaks...

" Where's Optimus? We can't leave without him..."

    Jetfire looks at his comrade, and speaks.

" Optimus gave his orders. He wants us gone. If he can make it off planet, he'll do it. But as for us.. we do as he says. Don't worry Grimlock... well come back for him... he'll make it, I know he will. He's got a plan, and he'll find a way... he always has..."

    With that, the Ark 3 shuttle closes its doors, and leaves the planet. Inside Unicron, Legion drastically searches for the key, as he evades Unicron’s internal defenses. Soon, he comes upon the mainframe of Unicron. Wedged between the circuitry, is the key to vector sigma. Legion attempts to grab it until finally; Unicron has had enough. Soon, Legion is overwhelmed with a telepathic attack. Legion clenches his head, as he is sent spewing out of Unicron’s mouth. Unicron speaks.

" Your power.. I have felt your mind... I have felt that energy signature before.. it can't be..."

    Unicron doesn't get to finish his thought. Unicron comes to a standstill with his battle against the four horsemen, as they stop to look at the planet below them. They can hear the rumbling. The loud sounds, the lights emanating from within...

Then it begins...

    Cybertron twist and turns like a loud engine. soon, it comes apart, only to come back together again... this time taking a new form. The planet Cybertron now stands before Unicron and the Horsemen... in full armored Robot Mode. Unicron is the first to utter the name he hasn't spoken in a long time...

" PRIMUS..."

Chapter 10: " The Prophecy "

                                    

Cybertron, Moments Earlier...
    
    Optimus Prime wanders the catacombs beneath Cybertron in haste. His friends are in danger above. He wonders how many cybertronians were able to get off planet. Unicron and the Horsemen are locked in battle, as well as the Decepticons. How could things have gone straight to hell, in so little time? With so much to worry about, he cannot think of any of these events. He knows there is only one person who will help him decide his next move. Someone who has guided him for a very long time. Right now... he needs his guidance more so than ever before. Upon reaching the chambers to vector sigma; the very heart of Cybertron, Optimus prime calls out the name of his long time mentor...

" Alpha Trion !!! Where are you..."

    Optimus Prime draws his weapon at the sudden movement behind him. From out of the shadows, Alpha Trion emerges. The eldest living transformer stumbles out from behind the ancient computer that is vector sigma. Charged with guarding the key to vector sigma, it appears that Alpha Trion has failed. Alpha Trion takes two more steps, before falling down at Optimus Primes feet. Optimus puts his weapon down, and reaches over to his friend. Upon turning Alpha Trion over, he can see the damage that has been done to his chest. He is badly injured. Alpha Trion uses what strength he has left, and speaks...

" Optimus... the key is gone. I..I have failed. The enemy that took the key took me by surprise. Cybertron has now been compromised..."

    Optimus Prime opens his chest and reveals his failure to Alpha Trion as well. Optimus speaks...

" My friend, I have also failed as bearer of the matrix. Now both of the matrix of leaderships have been taken by the enemy. It is, however, an enemy I know nothing about. They are powerful... and they have the most powerful artifacts that Cybertron has ever birthed. As we speak, Unicron and these mysterious Horsemen engage in battle above Cybertron’s very orbit. Tell me Alpha Trion... is all hope truly lost? Is there truly no other way to combat this great threat? "

" Optimus... I fear now is the time. There may be no other time left to tell you this. The prophecy I fear.. is coming to fruition..."

" Prophecy? Tell me what this prophecy entails Alpha Trion.. will it help me bring victory to Cybertron? "

" ...No my friend.. It is too late. No, It pains me to be the bearer of this sad news.. but if I am to end my existence this day, you must continue to bear the prophecy in you... for as it foretells the story of a great hope.. it also foretells the possible destruction of Cybertron as we know it... "

" ..As we know it? Alpha Trion.. I don't understand..."

" Bear with me Optimus.. listen well...

    In the beginning, There was Unicron and Primus. The two Brothers waged a war that lasted for an eternity. Finally, Primus created 13 sons to help him combat the threat of his brother Unicron. Primus also made a huge gambit, as he relinquished a portion of his power in his new creation, making him a little weaker in power. Where Unicron thought this would be Primus undoing, the 13 sons of Primus proved they're worth, as they finally, alongside primus, defeated the mighty Unicron, sending him into a black hole, where he would await his vengeance.

    The victory came with tragedy, as many of the 13 sons of primus were killed in battle. One ultimately betrayed Primus as well, siding with Unicron. It is unknown what happened to him, only that he was named " The Fallen" as a result. Of the surviving 13 sons, many were forgotten throughout the ages of time. Only one remains functional and remembered to this day. It is he who can help now. Only he can help you restore Primus to power. If you fail Optimus... Cybertron will be lost...If the spark of Primus extinguishes... so do we... "

    Optimus prime listens well to the story, but is still troubled. Optimus speaks...

" What? Who is this Primus? Why would I have to help him? "

" Because Optimus... Primus is Cybertron..."

    Optimus Prime staggers back with the revelation brought upon him. It is mush to take in. Alpha Trion continues to speak...

" After Unicron’s defeat, Primus decided to mask himself from his brothers presence. He relinquished his power even further, and created many more sons.. the cybertronians. Primus eventually went into a deep slumber, fully masking his presence from Unicron. He became Cybertron. Even here now, where you stand, he is asleep. Vector Sigma is more than the mainframe of the planet Cybertron... it is the very heart of Primus himself. The key to vector sigma has many abilities. Most important was its ability to awaken Primus should the need arise. I believe that time has come. ..."

" Alpha Trion... you mentioned a prophecy foretelling our doom. What has happened to make you believe that time is now? "

" The prophecy entails Primus being attacked while he slumbers. He will lose a great deal of power, and become as vulnerable as he has ever been. With the matrix and the key gone,  this much is true. He will arise only to be subdued by an unknown adversary. Powerless as he is, all hope will come down to one of his creations. They will come into the necessary power to overcome the great evil, and restore Primus to power. The great adversary, as well as our great hope, are both unknown... I pray that the last original son of Primus can help you. Go now Optimus, to the planet Nebulos. It is there.. that you will find him..."

" Alpha Trion.. I won't leave you here to die.. you're badly injured..."

" Go now Optimus. My time is done. I have but one task left. The key to Vector Sigma is gone, but there is another way to awaken Primus from his slumber. He must be given a fighting chance if we are to succeed. I will become one with vector Sigma, acting as a key. Primus will be awakened and you will go in search of the only being able to help us in our search for the " great hope ". You must go quickly... before it's to late !!! "

    Optimus struggles at the thought of leaving a dying comrade behind, but he knows that Alpha Trion is right. Optimus turns to leave. He looks back at Alpha Trion one last time, and then heads out to the planet above, in hopes of finding one last shuttle to evacuate the planet. Alpha Trion struggles to get near the mighty Vector Sigma computer mainframe. He stands and prepares to leap into the oblivion, becoming one with he network. He Looks up once more, and smiles as he speaks one last time...

" Heh Heh... Don't worry Primus... they will both succeed. They have to. It's part of the prophecy... The Great Adversary will fall, and those two warriors will find the necessary power.. I believe in them..."

    And with that, Alpha Trion falls into Vector Prime, becoming one. The sudden release of primal energy sparks the entire room alive. Above, Optimus Prime makes it to a shuttle, and makes it off world, jettisoning into space among the rest of the evacuees. Finally, Cybertron begins to shudder. The battle above comes to a halt as Cybertron is suddenly transformed into it's true form. The form Of Primus...


Which brings us back to now...

    The horsemen converse at the sight of the mighty Primus. They cannot continue this battle. Bastion speaks...

" We cannot continue here.. Primus and Unicron's presence here is to soon. The father must know, we must return to him at once..."

    With that, they are gone, vanishing into the very fabric of space and time. With the cybertronians evacuated, this leaves only Unicron and Primus alone in each others presence. It has been to long since they have seen each other. The last time Unicron was here, Primus was attacked while he slumbered. His power was still enough to nearly destroy Unicron as the matrix was the living embodiment of Primus power. The matrix is no longer in his possession, nor is it in the possession of his chosen creation. For the first time, Primus is vulnerable. Unicron is the first to speak...

" Primus. It appears your precious creations have left your side. While i am merely a head, you are merely a shell of your former self, giving away your power so foolishly. I still have all my power, body or not. Without your precious matrix, you cannot destroy me. I also have the key to your very heart. I would destroy it now, if I hadn't the need for its interesting abilities..."

    Primus doesn't respond. Instead, he reaches out with his hands and grabs Unicron by the sides of his head, bringing him closer, face to face. Unicron speaks again.

" So.. you still think you have the better of me? Fool. I did not come here to face you unprepared. While your awakening is a surprise to me, I still planned ahead for your destruction..."

    Unicron unleashes a telepathic attack that forces Primus to let go of him. Then Unicron finishes his sentence...

" I actually took a page from your book Brother.. I learned from you. You created a son empowered with the power of your matrix... and he nearly destroyed me. Guess what I did..."

    Unicron opens his mouth, and a black clad figure emerges. He opens his chest and reveals what looks like a replica of the matrix.. only slightly different. The Figure speaks...

" Now... Envelop the light with your dark power !!! "

    Suddenly Primus is engulfed in a surge of painful energy. The energy is slowly working to destroy Primus once and for all. His scream is great, heard throughout the cosmos. Unicron gives the order to stop. Then he speaks...

" Ah.. I would savor this moment. I will take my time, slowly destroying you. Primus, meet my new son.. my very first creation. I have endowed upon him a great portion of my power. The only thing he doesn't have is a will of his own.. only mine. Did that power look familiar? It should have. You used your matrix of light to nearly destroy me, I only saw it fit to create a Dark Matrix to destroy you. My son wields the Dark Matrix of power now. It will be your end..."

    The figure steps out closer towards Primus before Unicron speaks further...

" Primus.. meet my new creation... Nemesis Prime !!! "