On the Harbinger, Megatronus watched Starscream bicker with another veteran, Soundwave. Soundwave had a red visor over his optics, a helmet looking like a snapback hat put on backwards, and a big six barreled rotating gun on his right shoulder. He sounded like the 90’s Kid from Atop the Fourth Wall. “Dude, I’m telling you, the readings just seem weird!” he yelled at Starscream.
“Your equipment is faulty!” declared Starscream in his Spoony voice. “Energon does not grow that fast!”
“I triple checked every bit of circuitry and code!” snapped Soundwave. “Earth’s Energon reserves have gone from too little to too much!”
“That’s impossible!” shrieked Starscream. “What could make it grow that fast?!”
“I don’t know, but I won’t know until we get there,” replied Soundwave. “In any case, Knock-out wants to see the second of the Pax kids.”
“Ah, yes,” remarked Starscream, “the silver, stuttering simpleton. I recall that he used that fist laser on me when my back was turned and blew up an Energon mine Jhiaxus had ordered to be used. Open his cell. He can’t do much in those stasis cuffs.”
“No!” whimpered Megatronus. “No, you can’t!”
“Can and will, little dude,” snickered Soundwave. He opened the cell and Starscream grabbed Megatronus’ head.
“The doctor will see you now,” he chuckled as he dragged Megatronus to the medical facility. Megatronus screamed in terror until he entered the room where three Decepticons stood. Soundwave closed the door and Starscream dumped Megatronus on the doctor’s table.
“Keys,” ordered one of the mechs, a red one with long slender fingers, headlights on the chest, and driving wheels on the back and a wheel on each foot.
“Sorry?” asked Starscream, taken aback.
“Doctor’s orders,” replied the red mech.
“Knock-out, you can’t be serious,” protested Starscream.
“Give Knock-out the keys or I start causing damage to your armor!” snarled Megatronus. Starscream noticed the sudden change in his voice.
“Shouldn’t you be stuttering?” he asked. Megatronus rolled his optics and snapped the stasis cuffs. It startled Starscream and made him gasp in terror.
“When I give a command,” snarled Megatronus, “I expect it to be obeyed!”
“He IS our new Lord,” remarked a blue robot built like Starscream, sounding like Linkara.
“This fool?” snapped Starscream. “Thundercracker, you can’t be serious!”
“I will thank you to keep that to yourself,” hissed Megatronus as the tube around his arm split in half and put itself on the top of his lower arm. He leveled the new arm mounted fusion cannon at Starscream.
“Although, in light of this situation,” said Starscream quickly, “we do need a strong, alert leader to refuel our campaign against the Autobots!” Megatronus lowered his arm.
“An intelligent idea,” he hissed.
“Now, my liege,” interjected Knock-out, “about that armor mishap of yours, I don’t understand how this could have happened.”
“And yet,” snarled Megatronus, “it DID! Can you imagine the setback? There I was, breaking the Seekers over there out of the Stockade with an EMP bomb, when the energy shorted out my armor’s systems! I only just escaped with my internal workings intact! Clearly the shielding was faultier than you realized, doctor!”
“Er…well,” stammered Knock-out, “on the bright side, this provides an excellent opportunity for a total armor overhaul!” A display screen flashed on, showing different Cybertronian armor. “Now let’s see, you could go with Cyclatron’s Model Px-15. It’s reliable, low maintenance, although it lacks a certain flair. Personally, I prefer Miss Silver Wing’s RK-5. It has just the right mix of strength and style!”
“Yeah,” replied a third bot looking like a black and purple Starscream, sounding like the Nostalgia Critic, “correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t a total armor overhaul require scanning a new vehicle mode?”
“Skywarp’s right,” confirmed Starscream.
“Never thought I’d hear you say that,” chuckled Thundercracker.
“A small price to pay,” assured Knock-out.
“I DON’T WANT A NEW MODEL OF ARMOR!” roared Megatronus. “I want the same armor I had before!”
“My Lord, I’m going to be brutally honest here,” commented Thundercracker, “your equipment is obsolete! I doubt Knock-out has any of it lying around. That fusion cannon is a fuel gobbler. I doubt your current vehicle mode is being built anymore. What do you transform into?”
“A Honda 2016 Acura NSX,” replied Megatronus.
“Thundercracker’s right,” sighed Knock-out, “I doubt those lovely vehicles are being made any more. I doubt Honda is even in business. It’s 4016 by the Earth calendar. If you really are that attached to your vehicle mode sir, we could try to salvage the armor’s code. You kept the core code, didn’t you?”
“It was…beyond recovery,” replied Megatronus. He then changed gears. “Very well, while I choose new armor, the Seekers shall assist Soundwave in quadruple checking the Energon counters.”
“Yes, sir!” confirmed Starscream, Thundercracker, Skywarp, and Soundwave. They left the medical wing while Knock-out gave his new Lord a catalog of armor to look over.