“HOW! DO YOU LOSE! THE HEART OF CYBERTRON?!” Skywarp asked Starscream once he was repaired and met with him and Sunstorm.
“Microbots, if you can believe it,” replied Starscream.
“Was that a joke?! Was that REALLY a joke?! Screamer, I’m the guy who does the jokes here! Here and now is neither the place, nor the time, for a joke!”
“I’m not joking. They shrunk a team of Autobots down, that team infiltrated my body, they disconnected the Heart, and now here we are.”
“Primus looks unfavorably upon us!” wailed Sunstorm.
“If they or Megatron’s followers manage to breach the Vector Sigma Chamber, so will Unicron!” gulped Skywarp.
“Lord Starscream!” called Deathsaurus as he entered the room. “We have a big problem! The operative word being ‘big’!”
“They didn’t fix the Metrotitans, did they?” asked Starscream fearfully.
“Then we have no choice! Contact this city’s Emissary! Trypticon City MUST get to Kaon immediately!”
“At once, My Lord!”
“How’re your bodies handling, you two?” Optimus asked Fortress Maximus and Metroplex over the comms.
“Back to normal, thank goodness,” replied Fortress.
“And ready to go full Titan at a moment’s notice,” supplied Metroplex. “Though I wish I don’t need to.”
“Well, we may not need your titan modes,” hoped Optimus. “Scorponok’s missing Black Scar and Zarak and he’s a normal-sized Predacon.”
“Approaching Megatron’s position!” warned Teletraan. Optimus stood up for a speech.
“All forces, this is Optimus. As many of you know, Megatron’s forces are going to breach the Vector Sigma Chamber and enter it before the Solstice. What many of you don’t know is that I’m pursuing him and Starscream will most likely pursue us. I know this is considered sacrilege, but by locking us out, Starscream has tried to tell us that we’re not allowed to know all the aspects of our culture, a greater sin than what Megatron and I are about to commit. If any of you have any objections, make them now. They will be noted.” Not one person said a word. “…I’m a little surprised at that, but happy to know you’re behind me. As I said, I’m going into the Vector Sigma Chamber if Megatron manages to breach it. I want you all to know that you are the finest soldiers in all creation, and I could not be prouder of you all. Let’s get to it.”
“Lord Megatron, Shockwave has reported that the Transtector is ready,” reported Thundercracker.
“Then we have our Metrotitan again,” mused Megatron. “Excellent. Thunderhoof, how soon until we breach the chamber?”
“We’re actually ahead of schedule, see?” replied Thunderhoof in his tractor mode with his threshing fork serving to convey his emotions. “A few more cycles an we’ll be in da Chamber, ready to take a few secrets, you know?”
“I DO know. You have performed admirably, Thunderhoof.”
“Ey yo, jus doin our bots a favor.”
“Lord Megatron!” called Scorponok as he ran up to the group. “The Autobots and their Metrotitans! They’re coming!”
“No, not yet!” complained Megatron. “I’m busy!” He then called every single troop on his side. “Decepticons, the Autobots are coming! We MUST breach the Chamber before the Autobots defeat us! Keep all breaching crews protected! Their survival is your survival! We WILL obtain the secrets needed to take Cybertron! Peace through tyranny!”
“Peace through tyranny!” replied Megatron’s forces.
“Scorponok, now is the perfect time to test out the Transtector.”
“Oh, I thought you’d never ask!” cheered Scorponok.
“Approaching the entrance to the Vector Sigma Chamber,” reported Fortress.
“And there’s Megatron’s forces, right on que,” supplied Metroplex.
“Hold up, what’s that by Scorponok?” asked Optimus. The screen magnified on the object. It looked like a headless bot.
“…Something seems…off,” remarked Fortress. On screen Scorponok grinned. He then struck the same pose Zarak once did before he became Black Scar’s head. He then mouthed something…then Scorponok turned into a head and attached to the headless bot. Fortress then got a nasty idea. “No!” he gulped. The bot then did the same posing as Scorponok did, then he became the head as the Decepticon ship turned into Scorponok’s old titanic robot mode! Scorponok was back!”
“Galen, Cerebros, Fortress, Metroplex, you have permission to engage!” ordered Optimus.
The Autobot forces poured out of the Metrotitans and fired on Megatron’s forces. Galen and Cerebros flew up and Galen posed his usual announcement pose, but he and Cerebros had an idea.
“MASTER HEAD ON!” they called.
“FORTRESS MAXIMUS, TRANSFORM!” Galen quickly turned into Cerebros’ head and Cerebros transformed into Fortress’ head as Fortress transformed to bot mode. Once the head attached to the body, Fortress drew his sword and attacked Scorponok. Scorponok blocked with his shield, keeping his head covered by any means necessary.
“You won’t catch me off guard again, old friend!” the scorpion based Metrotitan cackled.
“How did you regain your old size?!” demanded Fortress. “Zarak and Black Scar are dead, and you were turned into a Predacon!”
“Sorry, Shockwave’s little secret!” Scorponok then slammed his claw into Fortress’ chest.
“I need to help him!” growled Metroplex. He transformed to vehicle mode, then parked himself onto a platform. Clamps then held him down. “Titan Mode!” he called. As a roof and walls lowered over him, the gun by his bridge flew off while the comms tower swung down. One of the ramps then retracted into the launch bays below the bridge tower and it closed itself. The launch pads on the bow then swung up and folded onto the rear of the pads, making a pair of legs and deploying feet. The assemblies at the sides of the launch bays then swung down and deployed hands. The pipes by the bridge tower then swung up, bringing up a door and revealing a face. Metroplex then caught the gun in his right hand, then braced it with his left and leveled it at Fortress and Scorponok’s battle. “HIT THE GROUND!” he shouted. Fortress whirled out of the way as Metroplex fired. Scorponok raised his shield and deflected the shot.
“Did you really think that would stop me!” he cackled. Fortress then saw an opportunity and scored a blow…below Scorponok’s belt. …Yeah, he could still feel pain down there. As the shock forced him into a silent scream. Metroplex fired again, this time knocking Scorponok to the ground.
“Ooh, I felt dat,” winced Thunderhoof. He then saw something approaching. Trypticon City was coming towards them. “Ey yo, heads up!” he called. “Starscream’s mooks incoming!” Megatron saw them and groaned again.
“Seriously?” he muttered. He then turned up to see Scorponok picking himself up. “Scorponok, enemy inbound!” Fortress and Metroplex then swung a punch. Scorponok caught them and held them in place.
“I’M A LITTLE BUSY RIGHT NOW!” he shouted. Trypticon City then fired its guns at the three Metrotitans as Starscream’s forces poured out.
“LEAVE NO SURVIVORS!” shrieked Starscream as he and his Trine bombarded the area. “Trypticon, get on their level!”
“With pleasure!” laughed a cruel, deep voice, a voice that made Metroplex stop and turn slowly in fear towards Trypticon City.
“…No!” he whispered.
“Oh, yes, old friend! It is I!” laughed the city. “The one Metrotitan that never needed an Emissary mode!” Metroplex turned to Fortress.
“I’ll keep him off your back! You take care of Scorponok!”
“Good luck!” wished Fortress as he charged and resumed his duel with Scorponok. Metroplex then fired on the city, prompting it to laugh.
“Did you forget how resistant I am to firearms?!”
“Doesn’t mean you’re invulnerable, Laddie!”
“Eh, fair point. In that case, Trypticon, TRANSFORM!” The sides of the city swung up and folded into legs. The sides of the city’s front split away and deployed three-digited, talon-like hands as the rest of the front folded down. The arch running from the Main Square to the rear fell away from the Square and unfolded into a tail. The bottom of the front then fell away on a joint as angry, red optics glowed and dorsal spines popped out of the backside. Standing in place of Trypticon City was Trypticon himself, a Decepticon Metrotitan that vaguely resembled a giant monster from a Japanese movie franchise. Trypticon smirked evilly as he stared his rival, Metroplex, down. “Your move, my friend!” laughed Trypticon. Metroplex fired his gun, only for a gun to sprout from between his optics and fire to engage in a beam clash. Trypticon’s beam then overpowered Metroplex’s and knocked the Gigantion leader down. “No one escapes from the talons of Trypticon, Metroplex!”
As the fight raged on, Thunderhoof, long having transformed to robot mode, checked on the status of the breaching team. “Ey yo! How close are youse guys?!”
“We’re almost dere, boss!” replied a crab-like Decepticon, Clampdown.
“Dat’s what youse said ten minutes ago!” snarled Thunderhoof. “And da ten minutes before dat! And da ten minutes before dat! How long’s dis gonna-?!”
“Boss!” called a bot. “We’re in!” He pointed to the remains of the door to the Vector Sigma Chamber.”
“Finally, some service!” Thunderhoof then called Megatron. “Ey yo! Da door’s down! Not that I wanna tell youse what to do, but youse better hustle, see?!”
“Understood! Good work, Thunderhoof!”
Megatron ended the call and ran straight for the Vector Sigma Chamber. Optimus saw him running. “OH NO, YOU DON’T, YOU EDGE-LORD TWERP!” he shouted. He then ran after Megatron and fired on him. Megatron fired back as both bots entered the Chamber. Starscream saw the whole thing and goggled in horror!
“YOU IDIOTS!” he shrieked to his forces. “YOU LET THEM GET AWAY!” He then chased after the two bots. Suddenly, the door fixed itself after Starscream and shut itself. Everyone was stunned and stopped fighting for a bit.
“…I guess we wait for them,” muttered Sonic.