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G'Day all,

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Beast Wars, the 30th Anniversary of Transformers: The Movie -- and for your reading pleasure -- I present TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE.

TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE - ISSUE #1
TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE - ISSUE #2
TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE - ISSUE #3
TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE - ISSUE #4

A decade in the making, and the final piece of the Transversal Continuity puzzle, the story was my attempt to deliver the Beast Wars universe to the TransTech future we were promised but was never delivered to us. As such, DEICIDE replaces Beast Machines, removing it from the equation entirely. What better way to celebrate the Beast Wars 20th Anniversary than by giving it the sequel it deserved.

Bonus Material 1:



There simply wasn't room in the four short issues for everything I wanted to include, so I made the decision to turn one aspect into a set of four one-shot pages -- one per DEICIDE issue. If you've ever wondered just who the Tripredacus Council are or where they came from, then this is the story for you: GATHERING DARKNESS

Bonus Material 2:

Such was my confidence in the potential appeal of this story that I got in touch with some amazing artists here on DeviantArt with the aim of creating artwork samples to accompany a pitch to IDW Publishing. To my good fortune, these incredible and generous artists said yes.

MisterJazzz produced sublime line art for all 22 pages of Issue #1, as well as two wonderful covers. BDixonarts, LadyScourgE and Bluetabbycat came in with some top-notch colours. Be sure to check out their work as well as the Gallery of DEICIDE artwork.

Bonus Material 3:

And lastly, if you're keen to read the details: IDW Pitch - TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE

Conclusion:

So that's it. We saw the Rise of the Maximals, watched as Csirac suffered, stalked with Ravage, flew with Primal, got upgraded with Maxim, battled with X, found our Honour and heeded The Warning After until finally we're here at the end committing DEICIDE. It's been a hell of a ride and I hope you've enjoyed reading it all as much as I've enjoyed writing it.

Cheers, and thanks.
- Chris.

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G'Day, I'm Chris.

I'm a Transformers Fan and have spent the best part of the last decade writing stories that I'm hoping some great artists here on DA might be able to help me turn into a Comic Book Series.
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TRANSFORMERS: CHRONICLES - EUKARIS


PAGE ONE

PANEL ONE:
We're looking up at Primal and Megatron who are standing on a rocky outcrop in Talon Valley on Eukaris, looking down at the world below. Megatron is holding a large damaged and charred fusion cannon from a ship. The sky is overcast and ominously dark.

1 PRIMAL
Spark signatures?

2 MEGATRON
None. With debris strewn this far, it would have been miraculous for anyone on board to have survived.

PANEL TWO:
Megatron draws Primal's attention to the large cannon. Primal wears a concerned look.

3 MEGATRON
Salvage efforts have already begun but all on-board systems are completely dead.

4 PRIMAL
Slag.

5 MEGATRON
Unfortunate, yes. However, there can be little doubt of the ship's purpose. What use would an exploration ship have with such armaments?

PANEL THREE:
An angle looking at the backs of Primal and Megatron on the rocky outcrop. There is smoke in the air in the distance.

6 PRIMAL
We don't know anything for sure yet.

7 MEGATRON
Don't be a fool, Primal. The day we've feared has arrived.

PANEL FOUR:
The main panel of the page. The camera has panned up and we’re now looking down over Primal and Megatron’s shoulders to see the valley floor below. It is strewn with smoking and burning wreckage from (what was once) a large ship which has crashed.

8 MEGATRON
Cybertron is coming.

9 DIALOGUE PANEL (SONAR)
As the heavens cry tears of metal and fire, a great beast stirs in the shadows...

PAGE TWO

PANEL ONE:
An external shot of the Council Chambers on Eukaris. The stormy skies remain.

1 SONAR (OP)
The words of the Fateweaver should be ringing in everyone’s ears.

2 B’BOOM (OP)
Spare us that prophetic garbage.

PANEL TWO:
The storm outside is reflected inside the chambers. On opposite sides of a large table, Sonar and B’Boom stand and glare at each other. Primal sits in deep contemplation. Megatron has a small smirk on his face, while Sea Clamp looks on, waiting for a pause to cut in.

3 SONAR
In the Prime’s absence, she alone can interpret the signs. She is our guide, our advisor.

4 B’BOOM
I advise you to shut up!

PANEL THREE:
Sea Clamp holds up his hands to try and quell the argument between B’Boom and Sonar. Megatron’s smirk remains.

4 SEA CLAMP
If the words of the Fateweaver are to be believed, then Chela will rise to protect us.

5 MEGATRON
Instead of relying on a relic for our protection, we could stand on our own.

PANEL FOUR:
Sonar rounds on Megatron, glaring at him and pointing a finger.

6 SONAR
Some have already chosen to stand apart from the rest. You would know something about that.

7 SONAR
And as for what you’re proposing -- it’s madness! Retrieving the Space Bridge, bringing it to the surface and marching your scale-clad militia through it to Cybertron?!

PANEL FIVE:
Megatron and Sea Clamp fix each other with contemplative stares.

8 SEA CLAMP
Has it occurred to you that such an action might be seen as an act of war?

9 MEGATRON
We’re already at war.

10 SEA CLAMP
We stopped being soldiers a long time ago. Cybertron will have moved on, just as we have.

PANEL SIX:
Sonar has a look of utter frustration at B’Boom’s words.

11 B’BOOM
There’s one way to find out for sure -- and on our terms. I support the motion to re-engage contact. After so long, let’s see what the universe looks like.

12 SONAR
And meet whoever is out there with an army?

13 B’BOOM
Better that than with our throat exposed. We’ll have demonstrated ourselves as a force not to be reckoned with.

PAGE THREE

PANEL ONE:
Primal looks to Megatron, but Megatron has crossed his arms and looks in the opposite direction.

1 MEGATRON
Well, as usual, the council is divided, and as usual, it’s your vote that will decide our fate, Primal. But we all know which way you’ll lean.

2 PRIMAL
You’re right.

3 MEGATRON
Hmph.

PANEL TWO:
Primal speaks to everyone in the chamber. Megatron looks at him out of the corner of his eye. The small smirk has returned.

4 PRIMAL
None of us would ever do anything to jeopardise what we’ve built here, but there is a sense of the inevitable to all of this. Just as Cybertron will always be in our past, this day has always been in our future. We were powerless to stop it, but we have the power to choose how we respond.

5 PRIMAL
Instead of a fist, we extend the hand of friendship.

PANEL THREE:
Sonar contemplates the idea.

6 SONAR
An envoy?

7 PRIMAL
A diplomatic mission. Anyone that steps through the Space Bridge would do so in the name of peace.

PANEL FOUR:
Sea Clamp bangs a small gavel to officially pass the proposal. Megatron smiles.

8 SEA CLAMP
Any objections? Then the motion is passed.

9 MEGATRON
A momentous decision. Centuries after the Prime’s departure, we’ve truly become the masters of our own fate.

PANEL FIVE:
Primal, B’Boom and Sea Clamp walk out of the chamber. Sonar remains seated, staring at Megatron. Megatron is standing.

10 PRIMAL
I’ll start putting a team together to extract the Space Bridge.

PANEL SIX:
Sonar grabs Megatron’s arm as he goes to walk past, fixing him with a piercing glare. Megatron smiles back.

11 SONAR
So, you’ve finally gotten your way. I fear what you may have done had the vote gone differently.

12 MEGATRON
What is it you suspect me of, Sonar?

PANEL SEVEN:
Megatron walks towards the exit, leaving Sonar sitting alone at the table.

13 MEGATRON
It’s alright, you can say the word.

PAGE FOUR

PANEL ONE:
In a dimly lit room, we look over Megatron’s shoulder to a large monitor displaying the torsos of Dinobot and Terrorsaur. Dinobot is sporting a furrowed brow, while Terrorsaur is angry.

1 DINOBOT
Where does that leave us?

2 MEGATRON
Patience, Dinobot.

3 TERRORSAUR
But you said they wouldn’t go through with it. With them gladly digging it up, we have nothing to move on!

PANEL TWO:
A shot looking down on Megatron’s hands. He is holding tools and operating on the exposed circuitry on top of a grey robotic head resting on the table in front of him. It is the head of Inferno, but we can’t see the face.

4 MEGATRON
If you allow things to run their course, we won’t need to take power -- it will be handed to us.

5 TERRORSAUR (OP)
And if we’re sick of waiting?

PANEL THREE:
A close-up of Megatron’s eyes as they flicker with rage.

6 MEGATRON
Cross me, Terrorsaur, and I’ll fry your circuits then cast you out with the Fuzors.

PANEL FOUR:
Megatron presses a button on the armrest of his chair which turns the screen off.

7 MEGATRON
You have your orders.

8 SFX
PWIP

PANEL FIVE:
A shot from the front, as we see Inferno’s head resting on the table with a wide-eyed, manic smile.

9 INFERNO
The bat voted with us?

10 MEGATRON
Yes, the cards continue to fall in my favour. With the Space Bridge on the surface, I will have played my part in this little game.

PANEL SIX:
A close-up of Inferno’s insane eyes.

11 MEGATRON (OP)
The next move is theirs.

PAGE FIVE

PANEL ONE:
Primal and Cheetor walk through a dimly lit hallway. They are inside the Titan, Chela, who is running on low-power mode. One or two cables hang from the roof and a panel or two are missing from the walls.

1 PRIMAL
There was a time when this ship represented freedom. Out amongst the stars, we were following in the footsteps of the Knights.

2 PRIMAL
I wish you could’ve seen it, Cheetor.

3 CHEETOR
Me too, though it’s kinda spooky being down here. Aren’t you afraid we’ll wake him up?

PANEL TWO:
A figure in the darkness speaks and startles Cheetor.

4 SNARL
According to the web-spinner...

5 CHEETOR
Whah?

PANEL THREE:
Snarl emerges from the darkness and shakes hands with Primal.

6 SNARL
... only the arrival of Cybertronians will rouse him.

7 PRIMAL
Always a flair for the dramatic, Snarl.

8 SNARL
I think the drama is still to come.

PANEL FOUR:
The three figures continue on. Cheetor looks to Primal with confusion.

9 CHEETOR
If a ship from Cybertron just crashed here, shouldn’t Chela be awake?

PANEL FIVE:
The three figures stand in a large doorway. Cheetor is awestruck as he looks through it.

10 PRIMAL
Maybe Chela sensed the Sparks were extinguished.

11 SNARL
Yeah. Maybe.

PAGE SIX

PANEL ONE:
The large chamber has the Space Bridge in the centre of it on an elevated platform.

1 CHEETOR
Woah.

PANEL TWO:
Primal gives Snarl his full attention.

2 PRIMAL
Let’s hear it, before the rest of the crew arrives.

3 SNARL
I think I can already hear Cicadacon’s buzzing.

PANEL THREE:
Primal descends into deep contemplation.

4 SNARL
The crashed ship’s systems aren’t just scrambled, they’re completely dead. No residual power readings. Nothing.

5 SNARL
Either the ship was offline for a long time before it crashed, or it was never online to begin with.

6 PRIMAL
Well, that’s just prime.

PANEL FOUR:
Snarl and Primal share a worried look.

7 SNARL
I know the two of you go way back, Primal, but this little accident just happens to offer up everything he’s ever wanted? I’m all for a happy coincidence, but that’s a doozy. Are you sure you did the right thing okaying this?

8 PRIMAL
He’s given me no reason not to trust him.

PANEL FIVE:
The three figures look up at the Space Bridge, Snarl with his arms crossed.

9 SNARL
You need to stick your head outside that chamber sometime. The world is changing.

PAGE SEVEN

PANEL ONE:
Primal and Cheetor walk through a rocky region with no plant life. The skies are very dark, adding to the eerie feeling.

1 CHEETOR
I’m not sure about this, Big Bot.

2 PRIMAL
To be honest, neither am I, but we need answers and all the signs point to this being the place for us to find them.

3 CHEETOR
Lucky us.

PANEL TWO:
Primal and Cheetor look up at an inactive volcano in the distance.

4 PRIMAL
Sometimes you just have to do what the universe asks.

5 CHEETOR
Then hope like crazy it still wants you around afterwards...

PANEL THREE:
Primal and Cheetor look down their path to find it blocked by Dinobot, arms crossed.

6 PRIMAL
Sometimes crazy works.

PANEL FOUR:
Primal and Cheetor approach Dinobot, who stands resolutely.

7 PRIMAL
It’s a nice little community you’ve built here.

8 PRIMAL
Homely. Isolated.

9 DINOBOT
He’s not here.

10 PRIMAL
Maybe I’m not looking for him.

PANEL FIVE:
Primal looks up to the volcano once again, but Dinobot keeps his eyes fixed on Primal.

10 PRIMAL
You’ve cut yourselves off from the rest of us, yet yours have been the loudest voices, calling to reconnect with the outside world. Doesn’t that seem odd?

11 PRIMAL
What’s really going on here, Dinobot?

PANEL SIX:
Primal places his hand on Dinobot’s shoulder. Dinobot’s eyes don’t meet Primal’s gaze.

12 PRIMAL
We’ve had our differences, but you’re on the inside of this. You know if something needs stopping -- and if there’s still time to stop it.

13 DINOBOT
I...

PAGE EIGHT

PANEL ONE:
At the sound of Megatron’s voice, Primal and Cheetor look over their shoulders. Dinobot looks up.

1 MEGATRON (OS)
Ah, Primal.

PANEL TWO:
Megatron stands with a smug smile on his face. He fits the environment perfectly.

2 MEGATRON
To what do I owe the pleasure?

PANEL THREE:
The exact panel as the previous, but Megatron’s chest is torn apart by a green laser blast. He’s been shot in the back.

3 MEGATRON
Uuurrggh!

4 SFX
KKRROOOOWW

PANEL FOUR:
Megatron’s body crumbles forward to reveal Quickstrike as the assassin.

5 QUICKSTRIKE
Well, howdy!

PANEL FIVE:
Megatron’s body hits the ground, smoking from the mouth. Dinobot pushes past Primal and Cheetor. His eyes glow green. His face streaked with rage.

7 DINOBOT
RRAAAAAGH!

PAGE NINE

PANEL ONE:
An extreme close-up of Quickstrike’s face, extremely worried.

1 QUICKSTRIKE
I don’t like the looks of this.

PANEL TWO:
Dinobot fires his optical lasers, hitting Quickstrike in the chest, throwing him backwards.

2 QUICKSTRIKE
Yuurggh...

3 SFX
GGRRNNNN

PANEL THREE:
Quickstrike hits the ground in pain, smoking from the wound. Dinobot races towards him, sword drawn, ready to deliver the killing blow.

PANEL FOUR:
A close-up as Primal’s hand grabs Dinobot’s forearm to stop the strike.

4 PRIMAL
NO!

PANEL FIVE:
Dinobot looks at Primal with rage.

5 PRIMAL
We need him alive!

PANEL SIX:
Cheetor crouches by the tattered body of Megatron, whose eyes are black. He’s dead. Cheetor looks towards Primal with sadness.

6 PRIMAL (OS)
We need to know why.

PAGE TEN

PANEL ONE:
We’re looking through a window into an interrogation room. Quickstrike is sitting at the table, but slumped forward, his head resting on the table.

1 DINOBOT (OS)
Coup.

PANEL TWO:
Looking out the window from inside the room, we see Primal and Dinobot looking in.

2 DINOBOT
For some of us, the scars of the past were still keenly felt. We were the first of his recruits, seduced by the promise of revenge -- of power. In time, a few became an army, waiting for the right moment to be unleashed.

PANEL THREE:
A shot of the rocky ground. A large crack has opened in the surface.

3 DIALOGUE PANEL (PRIMAL)
The ship.

4 DIALOGUE PANEL (DINOBOT)
Would you believe me if I said I knew nothing of it?

5 SFX
CCRRRKK

PANEL FOUR:
An angle looking up. With the Space Bridge in the background, two Eukarians are thrown off-balance by the ground cracking open and rising up beneath their feet.

6 DIALOGUE PANEL (PRIMAL)
So what happens now?

7 DIALOGUE PANEL (DINOBOT)
When word of his death gets out...

8 SFX
CCRROOOOORRKKK

PANEL FIVE:
Back in the hallway outside the interrogation room, Primal speaks into the communications device within his wrist which has crackled to life.

9 RADIO (WOLFANG)
Primal, come in!

10 PRIMAL
Go ahead.

12 RADIO (WOLFANG)
The Space Bridge! We can’t hold them back!

PANEL SIX:
Primal and Dinobot share a worried expression.

13 DINOBOT
Scale Walkers?!

14 RADIO (WOLFANG)
Negative. It’s a swarm of...

PAGE ELEVEN

PANEL ONE:
The combined form of Tripredacus bursts from the ground, surrounded by a swarm of Insectoid Drones. In the air, drones based on the body of Transquito. On the ground, drones based on the body of Inferno. This is the main image on the page.

1 DIALOGUE PANEL (WOLFANG)
INSECTOIDS!

PANEL TWO:
Primal races off down the hallway away from Dinobot who remains on the spot.

2 PRIMAL
If your friends are itching for a fight, one might just have arrived.

3 DINOBOT
Rally what forces you can. I’ll be right behind you.

PANEL THREE:
Dinobot looks into the interrogation room at Quickstrike.

PAGE TWELVE

PANEL ONE:
Primal flies over the scene. Swarms of Transquito Drones attack fliers in the air. On the ground, Eukarian forces engage with the Inferno drones.

1 PRIMAL
Wolfang, report!

2 RADIO (WOLFANG)
They’ve formed a defensive perimeter around the Space Bridge. We can’t get near it.

3 RADIO (SNARL)
Some of us can.

PANEL TWO:
We’re looking over the shoulder of Snarl, in beast-mode, towards Tripredacus, who is hooking up a device to the Space Bridge.

4 RADIO (PRIMAL)
What’s it doing, Snarl?

5 SNARL
It’s connecting something to the Space Bridge. It’s not a bomb but its energy signatures are off the chart. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s a device to overload the circuitry and make it connect with every other Bridge simultaneously!

PANEL THREE:
Primal weaves through the Transquito Drones.

6 RADIO (SNARL)
It’ll take a bit to power up, but I really don’t know how long we’ve got.

7 PRIMAL
We’ve got to stop it, no matter the cost.

PANEL FOUR:
Primal, with swords drawn, hovers near Tripredacus.

8 PRIMAL
My name is-

9 TRIPREDACUS
Tripredacus knows you well, Primal. Thank you for recovering the Space Bridge for us. Secure within Chela, we couldn’t risk taking it by force.

PANEL FIVE:
Primal has a look of cold realisation on his face.

11 TRIPREDACUS (OP)
Stand down your troops. Their lives needn’t be forfeited.

10 PRIMAL
Sea Clamp?

PAGE THIRTEEN:

PANEL ONE:
A close-up of the device attached to the Space Bridge.

1 TRIPREDACUS
Together with Cicadacon and Ram Horn, we have influenced this world from the shadows -- provoking it when necessary -- all to see out our agenda. In the end, our little ship was all it took to set the stage for the final act.

2 PRIMAL (OP)
Your ship?

3 TRIPREDACUS
Hahahaha! Your suspicions so easily distracted by a more likely candidate. But he was just a pawn.

PANEL TWO:
Tripredacus stands triumphantly, perfectly framed by the Space Bridge as it begins to power up.

4 TRIPREDACUS
Watch on, Eukaris, as we pour our swarm of Insectoids through the Space Bridge, capturing each and every world in one grand swoop!

PANEL THREE:
Primal flies towards Tripredacus at full speed, swords ready.

5 PRIMAL
We won’t let you do that!

PANEL FOUR:
Tripredacus hits Primal, swatting him away like a fly.

6 SFX
KKRNN

PANEL FIVE:
Primal, damaged, hits the ground in front of an amassed group of Eukarians (but no Scale Walkers), who fire their weapons at Tripredacus and the Drones (off panel). Cheetor looks at Primal, distraught.

10 B’BOOM
Hit ‘em where it hurts!

PAGE FOURTEEN

PANEL ONE:
Dinobot grips Quickstrike by the chest. He shoves him into the wall, holding him off the ground.

1 QUICKSTRIKE
He was gonna doom us all! They killed Nexus! Called us abominations! I wasn’t goin’ go back to that!

2 SFX
KRRSH

PANEL TWO:
Dinobot grabs Quickstrike’s snake arm and pins it to the wall.

3 DINOBOT
Now is not the time for lies, Fuzor.

4 SFX
KRSH

PANEL THREE:
Dinobot fires his eye-lasers into the wall. The green beams inch towards Quickstrike’s head, leaving a deep scar in the wall. Quickstrike tries to get as far away from the lasers as possible, but is pinned.

5 QUICKSTRIKE
This wasn’t part of the plan!

6 SFX
GGRRSHHHH

PANEL FOUR:
A shot of Dinobot and Quickstrike’s heads. Dinobot’s eyes have stopped firing lasers, but they still glow green, threateningly.

7 DINOBOT
Plan?

8 QUICKSTRIKE
He didn’t say nothin’ about violence! If it weren’t for that bat-bot, you’d have probably killed me!

9 DINOBOT
The day is young. Keep talking.

PANEL FIVE:
Dinobot goes nose to nose with Quickstrike. Dinobot’s eyes are back to their normal red.

10 QUICKSTRIKE
He said I’d get locked up, but then one of you scaly-critters would come get me out.

11 DINOBOT
Who said?

PANEL SIX:
An extreme close-up of Megatron’s eyes, which glow ominously. He is very much alive.

12 DIALOGUE PANEL (QUICKSTRIKE)
Who else?

PAGE FIFTEEN

PANEL ONE:
Tripredacus takes a laser-blast to the back of the shoulder, but it does little damage.

1 MEGATRON (OP)
Tripredacus...

2 SFX
CHOOOVV

PANEL TWO:
Tripredacus turns its head and glares over its shoulder.

3 MEGATRON
Surrender.

PANEL THREE:
On top of one of the rocky pillars of Talon Valley stands Megatron, the barrels of his tail-blaster smoking.

4 TRIPREDACUS
Ah, the pawn. Aren’t you a clever one.

5 MEGATRON
Yes. I knew an attempt on my Spark was only a matter of time, so with the help of one of your two-headed toys, I arranged it myself.

PANEL FOUR:
Inferno (not a drone) flies into shot on his blender-butt.

6 MEGATRON
You really should be more careful with your possessions. I found this one some time ago.

7 MEGATRON
One amongst the thousands, you probably didn’t even notice it was gone.

PANEL FIVE:
Inferno lands next to Megatron, saluting.

8 MEGATRON
Apologies for not returning it sooner, but I was having too much fun delving into its systems -- and do you know what I found? A hive mind. A network, leading all the way back...

PANEL SIX:
A shot of Tripredacus’ face, incredibly angry.

9 MEGATRON (OP)
... to you.

10 MEGATRON (OP)
Surrender to me, or be destroyed.

PAGE SIXTEEN

PANEL ONE:
Tripredacus points up at Megatron, giving an order to his Transquito Drones.

1 TRIPREDACUS
Insectoids! Destroy the miscreant!

PANEL TWO:
Tripredacus looks up at his Transquito Drones hovering in the air. They haven’t moved.

2 MEGATRON
No, I don’t think they will.

3 MEGATRON
I found that simple instructions worked best. For example...

PANEL THREE:
All the Inferno Drones on the ground stand upright and salute in unison.

4 MEGATRON (OP)
Form up.

5 SFX
SHNK

PANEL FOUR:
An angle over Megatron’s shoulder, looking down at Tripredacus.

6 MEGATRON
Excellent, yes.

7 MEGATRON
But there is another I’ve been eager to try. One command to send racing back, right to the source.

PANEL FIVE:
An extreme close-up of Megatron’s mouth, which has curled in one corner into an evil smile.

8 MEGATRON
Self-destruct.

PAGE SEVENTEEN

PANEL ONE:
Tripredacus takes to the air, trying to fly away.

1 TRIPREDACUS
Noooo-

PANEL TWO:
Overhead, Tripredacus explodes. The citizens of Eukaris look up in awe.

2 SFX
SHA-BOOOOM!

PANEL THREE:
The same angle as the previous panel. As the explosion subsides, the citizens of Eukaris punch the air with joy.

3 B’BOOM
Yeah!

4 WOLFANG
Alright!

PANEL FOUR:
Cheetor is supporting Primal, helping him stand. Primal looks up at Megatron (off panel) with a worried expression.

5 CHEETOR
We’ve gotta get you out of here.

6 PRIMAL
No, Cheetor. I don’t think the universe is done with us yet.

PANEL FIVE:
Inferno flies down towards the Space Bridge. Megatron rides Inferno, holding one arm in the air in victory.

7 EUKARIAN 1 (OP)
He did it!

8 EUKARIAN 2 (OP)
Woo-hoo!

PAGE EIGHTEEN

PANEL ONE:
The Inferno Drones on the ground are still standing saluting. B’Boom and Wolfang walk towards them, relieved that the threat is over.

1 B’BOOM
There isn’t much time. We need to deactivate the device.

PANEL TWO:
A shot of Megatron’s hand. He is touching the Space Bridge almost lovingly.

2 MEGATRON
No.

PANEL THREE:
The Inferno Drones suddenly raise their weapons at B’Boom and Wolfang, who step back in shock.

3 SFX
SHNK

4 B’BOOM
What’s the meaning of this?

PANEL FOUR:
Megatron’s attention is taken by a voice. He looks up over his shoulder. The shadow of Dinobot looms over him.

4 DINOBOT (OP)
TRAITOR!

PANEL FIVE:
Dinobot lands and delivers a large gash to Megatron’s chest with his sword, sending Megatron falling backwards.

5 MEGATRON
Urghh...

6 SFX
SSHHKK

PAGE NINETEEN

PANEL ONE:
Looking over Dinobot’s shoulder towards Meagtron, who is crouched on the ground. He has turned his body slightly so we can’t see one of his arms.

1 DINOBOT
You have used us all! You have no honour! You have nothing!

2 MEGATRON
I have...

PANEL TWO:
A similar angle to the previous panel, but Megatron reveals his tail-blaster. He shoots Dinobot.

3 MEGATRON
POWER!

4 DINOBOT
Aargh!

5 SFX
KHOOM

PANEL THREE:
Megatron stands and shoots Dinobot again, who is headed backwards towards the ledge.

6 MEGATRON
What I don’t have...

7 SFX
KHOOM

PANEL FOUR:
Dinobot takes another blast and tumbles backwards over the ledge.

8 MEGATRON
... is time to deal with you!

9 SFX
KHOOM

PANEL FIVE:
An angle looking up at Megatron who stands on the ledge looking down. Inferno flies off downwards after Dinobot.

10 MEGATRON
Destroy what’s left.

11 INFERNO
As you command, Royalty.

PAGE TWENTY:

PANEL ONE:
Megatron stands triumphantly on the ledge. The Space Bridge behind him is coming to life with power surging through it.

1 MEGATRON
Nothing will stand in my-

PANEL TWO:
Megatron’s eyes are wide with fear.

2 MEGATRON
Wha?

PANEL THREE:
Primal is flying at top speed and collides with Megatron.

3 MEGATRON
Uurgh...

PANEL FOUR:
Megatron tries to dig in his heels but he’s being pushed back towards the Space Bridge.

4 MEGATRON
What are you doing?

PANEL FIVE:
A close-up of Megatron’s foot, which continues to slip backwards.

5 MEGATRON
No!

PANEL SIX:
Primal continues to push Megatron towards the Space Bridge. Megatron looks over his shoulder in fear.

6 MEGATRON
Primal, you fool!

PAGE TWENTY-ONE

PANEL ONE:
Cheetor is aiming his weapon up at the Space Bridge. Primal and Megatron have entered the event horizon emanating from it.

1 PRIMAL
Sometimes, Cheetor...

PANEL TWO:
A close-up of Cheetor’s finger squeezing the trigger.

2 SFX
CHOOM-CHOOM-CHOOM

PANEL THREE:
Primal and Megatron have disappeared through the Space Bridge as Cheetor’s shots hit the device attached to the Space Bridge.

3 PRIMAL (OP)
Sometimes...

PANEL FOUR:
The Space Bridge is consumed by a large explosion. Those watching on shield their eyes.

4 SFX
KRA-DA-KOOOOOOOOM!

PANEL FIVE:
Cheetor is standing, but his arms hang dead at his sides. His head is lowered in sadness.  The Transquito Drones are falling from the sky.

PAGE TWENTY-TWO

PANEL ONE:
A mid-shot of Cheetor as if we’ve just zoomed in on the last panel on the previous page. His head is still down in sadness.

1 DIALOGUE PANEL
Aftermath.

2 SNARL (OP)
It might take a while...

PANEL TWO:
Snarl inspects the damage on the Space Bridge. Cheetor, Dinobot and Sonar look on.

3 SNARL
... but I think I can fix it.

PANEL THREE:
Cheetor glares at Dinobot, but Dinobot looks at the ground, unable to meet Cheetor’s eye.

4 DINOBOT
The Scale-Walkers stand ready to assist in any way we can.

5 CHEETOR
Because you and your friends have been a big help up until now.

PANEL FOUR:
Sonar stands at the foot of the Space Bridge. Cheetor is walking towards her, away from Dinobot.

6 SONAR
Do we really want to fix it?

7 CHEETOR
If Big Bot is out there, somewhere, it’s our only way to get him back.

8 SONAR
It’s more a concern of who might come back with him.

PANEL FIVE:
A shot looking down from the Space Bridge onto the four figures. Cheetor is central among them, looking up.

9 CHEETOR
We owe it to Primal to at least try.

--- END ---
TRANSFORMERS: CHRONICLES - EUKARIS
TRANSFORMERS: CHRONICLES - EUKARIS

This was my first attempt at writing a story set within IDW's main Transformers universe, but wouldn't you know it, it also doubles as a Beast Wars 20th Anniversary story.

The Windblade miniseries that first introduced us to the planet Eukaris left us with many questions about Onyx Prime's bestial colony. Why had the tribe split into four, for example. However, the most pressing question for me -- Where were Optimus Primal and Megatron? So I set out to construct an answer.

Bonus points for anyone who picks up on a particular peculiarity in regards to Megatron...

Read, comment and enjoy!

Transformers © Hasbro/Takara
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The story was written as an alternative for the BotCon 2016 comic book.

Read the script here!
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G'Day all,

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Beast Wars, the 30th Anniversary of Transformers: The Movie -- and for your reading pleasure -- I present TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE.

TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE - ISSUE #1
TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE - ISSUE #2
TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE - ISSUE #3
TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE - ISSUE #4

A decade in the making, and the final piece of the Transversal Continuity puzzle, the story was my attempt to deliver the Beast Wars universe to the TransTech future we were promised but was never delivered to us. As such, DEICIDE replaces Beast Machines, removing it from the equation entirely. What better way to celebrate the Beast Wars 20th Anniversary than by giving it the sequel it deserved.

Bonus Material 1:



There simply wasn't room in the four short issues for everything I wanted to include, so I made the decision to turn one aspect into a set of four one-shot pages -- one per DEICIDE issue. If you've ever wondered just who the Tripredacus Council are or where they came from, then this is the story for you: GATHERING DARKNESS

Bonus Material 2:

Such was my confidence in the potential appeal of this story that I got in touch with some amazing artists here on DeviantArt with the aim of creating artwork samples to accompany a pitch to IDW Publishing. To my good fortune, these incredible and generous artists said yes.

MisterJazzz produced sublime line art for all 22 pages of Issue #1, as well as two wonderful covers. BDixonarts, LadyScourgE and Bluetabbycat came in with some top-notch colours. Be sure to check out their work as well as the Gallery of DEICIDE artwork.

Bonus Material 3:

And lastly, if you're keen to read the details: IDW Pitch - TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE

Conclusion:

So that's it. We saw the Rise of the Maximals, watched as Csirac suffered, stalked with Ravage, flew with Primal, got upgraded with Maxim, battled with X, found our Honour and heeded The Warning After until finally we're here at the end committing DEICIDE. It's been a hell of a ride and I hope you've enjoyed reading it all as much as I've enjoyed writing it.

Cheers, and thanks.
- Chris.

TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE


Issue #4 (of 4)

PAGE ONE


PANEL ONE
The wreck of the Cybertronian Empire Control Ship lays smoking on the surface of Cybertron. It has left quite a trail of debris as it came down. Smoke billows from the engines.

PANEL TWO
Rattrap jumps from a large crack in the side of the vessel. He has a look of glee on his face.

1 RATTRAP
Yeh-hey!

PANEL THREE
Rattrap lands on the ground, with arms and legs spread, as if giving the planet a hug. He’s still smiling.

2 RATTRAP
Home, sweet-

PANEL FOUR
Rattrap suddenly looks up. Standing over Rattrap is a small squad of Maximals and Predacons with their weapons all pointing straight at him.

3 RATTRAP
... home?

PANEL FIVE
Optimus Primal and Rhinox push through the twisted metal on the side of the ship to make an exit.

4 OPTIMUS PRIMAL
Stand down.

PAGE TWO

PANEL ONE
Lyo and Prowl push their way to the front of the group of Maximals and Predacons. Both are looking battle-damaged but still functional.

1 LYO
You heard him -- Stand down!

PANEL TWO
Optimus Primal and his crew stand proudly before Lyo, Prowl and the others.

2 OPTIMUS PRIMAL
Reporting a successful mission.

3 PROWL
The battle is indeed over. But as for the war…

PANEL THREE
Rattrap and Cheetor look skyward as the scene suddenly gets darker in an eerie twilight.

4 RATTRAP
Is it me, or did it just get darker in here?

PANEL FOUR
Unicron bears down on Cybertron. His body has partially eclipsed the sun.

5 RATTRAP
If there was a time for one of your ‘We Can Do It’ speeches, Optimus…

PAGE THREE

PANEL ONE
From an angle above, Maximus Prime and Magmatron stand stoically, side by side, and stare upwards.

PANEL TWO
From an angle below and behind the two figures, we can see what they are looking up at. Bearing down on Cybertron, directly above the two figures, is Unicron, whose gaping maw is open, and his horns primed to tear into the planet.

PANEL THREE
Maximus lowers his gaze and steps forward while Magmatron’s eyes remain skyward.

1 MAXIMUS PRIME
We’ve got company.

PANEL FOUR
Approaching Maximus and Magmatron are three figures -- the Blendtrons: Elephorca, Rartorata and Drancon.

2 RARTORATA
Praise be the Lord of chaos and destruction.

PANEL FIVE
Maximus readies his cannon. Magmatron looks at him with the smallest of wry smiles. Magmatron has placed a hand on one of the wings on the side of his head (part of Skysaur).

3 SFX
TSH-SHK

4 MAXIMUS PRIME
Well I’ve heard enough. Which one do you want?

5 MAGMATRON
One?

PAGE FOUR

PANEL ONE
Quick as a flash, (the two remaining pieces of) Magmatron hurls the transforming portion of Skysaur towards Drancon.

1 SFX
SHOOOOOO

PANEL TWO
Skysaur collides with Drancon and knocks him to the ground. Skysaur soars off after the attack, banking to return for another pass.

2 SFX
KRRRM

PANEL THREE
The Seasaur portion of Magmatron (chest and arms) is launched forward from the legs, transforming.

3 SFX
CHOOM

PANEL FOUR
Mid-flight, we see the fully transformed Seasaur portion. Its tentacles  have electrified, with streaks of electricity coming off them.

4 SFX
KZZZZZ

PANEL FIVE
Seasaur latches on to Rartorata and begins to electrify him. Rartorata cries in pain as he tries to rip the tentacles off.

5 SFX
KZZT-KZZT-KZZT

6 SFX (RARTORATA)
RUURRHHH!

PANEL SIX
Landsaur (the final component of Magmatron) has transformed into a tank, and accelerates forward, firing its blasters. Maximus Prime charges forward beside Landsaur, firing his cannon.

7 SFX
DVW-DVW-DVW

8 SFX
BWWWV-BWWWV

PAGE FIVE

PANEL ONE
A low angle from behind Tripredacus, looking up into the smoke filled sky. The body of Unicron sits threateningly in orbit. Tripredacus calls to it.

1 TRIPREDACUS
Unicron! Hear us now!

PANEL TWO
From the top of the tower, we look out to the shattered landscape. Cybertron’s skies burn. Thick smoke fills the air. Buildings are torn asunder. A streak of bright exhaust flame erupts up into the sky and heads straight for the tower, as if it were a missile honing in. Tripredacus still looks skyward.

2 TRIPREDACUS
We know the secrets of your long exile. You know the power that we hold. Bow to us!

PANEL THREE
A giant form lands in a crouched position on top of the tower. He is outside the TransWarp Shunt device but inside the ring of Unicron Cultists bordering the top of the building.

PANEL FOUR
The figure stands, slowly uncoiling. It has an unsettling smile on its face.

3 TRIPREDACUS
Corvus.

PANEL FIVE
Corvus begins to walk around the TransWarp Shunt device, taking in the scene. Tripredacus watches him carefully. The Cultists still have their heads bowed.

4 CORVUS
Brothers. When last I saw you, you were fleeing in fear. It seems nothing has changed.

PANEL SIX
Corvus places a hand on one of the TransWarp Shunt’s upright pillars.

5 CORVUS
But Time will offer you no refuge. He is everywhere and in everything.

6 TRIPREDACUS
Time offers us an opportunity -- the same opportunity we now offer you.

PAGE SIX

PANEL ONE
Corvus draws a sword and moves towards Tripredacus, stepping onto the TransWarp device.

1 CORVUS
What could you possibly offer me that would rival the gifts of a God?

PANEL TWO
Corvus and Tripredacus lock swords.

2 TRIPREDACUS
Freedom.

PANEL THREE
The two large figures break their deadlock. Tipredacus gestures towards Unicron in the sky.

3 TRIPREDACUS
Look, Corvus! Look to your Lord! He will destroy you, us, this world and every other! None can share in his vision.

PANEL FOUR
A close-up of a Unicron’s Cultist’s face, whose eyes suddenly glow to life with an eerie red.

4 TRIPREDACUS (OS)
Stand with us! We can return and ensnare the weakened deity -- bending him to our will!

PANEL FIVE
A wider shot, showing part of the circle of Cultists, whose eyes are all now glowing red. They are all looking towards Tripredacus, who continues his plea to Corvus. Corvus has allowed his sword to lower, and grasps his head with one hand, as if he’s in pain.

5 TRIPREDACUS
With his power, we can forge a greater Cybertronian Empire than even Jhiaxus could have envisioned!

PAGE SEVEN

PANEL ONE
Corvus has dropped his sword and cradles his head with both hands. He’s in greater pain now. He gets the red streaks over his mind, like Galvatron being tortured in Transformers: The Movie (1986).

1 CORVUS
No! NO!

PANEL TWO
Corvus continues to writhe in pain. Tripredacus steps closer to Corvus. The Cultists have stood up and now stand two each at the pillars of the TransWarp Shunt device. They speak in unison.

2 TRIPREDACUS
Fight him! Fight him, Brother! Free yourself!

3 CULTISTS
Proceed…

PANEL THREE
Tripredacus notices the Cultists, who grab hold of the pillars and begin to electrify them. Their bodies glow, as if about to explode. Tripredacus makes to move towards two of them to stop them.

4 CULTISTS
… on your way…

PANEL FOUR
Tripredacus is grabbed from behind by Corvus, whose eyes are completely black.

5 CORVUS
... to oblivion.

6 TRIPREDACUS
NOOO-

PAGE EIGHT

PANEL ONE
Full-page splash. An enormous TransWarp explosion rips through the night sky, emanating from (what was) the Tower, which is vaporised in the explosion. The light from the wavefront casts eerie shadows across the battle-scarred Cybertronian landscape.

PAGE NINE

PANEL ONE
In the Void, Unicron and Primus are engaged in combat, wielding large swords. The Vok Entity watches on.

1 UNICRON
The Swarm was an entity I could admire. Left to struggle on, alone, in a blinding universe it did not understand -- it was more akin to me than to you, Primus. And with no guiding hand, what did it become?

2 UNICRON
A force of destruction -- mimicking that which it saw around it in every spectrum.

3 PRIMUS
Only because of you! You, who has tainted reality!

PANEL TWO
Unicron is on the attack, clearly having greater skill.

4 PRIMUS
It was this taint that the Swarm mirrored. It was this taint, this darkness, that I tried to remove, to reveal the imbalance not only in the Swarm but in the very fabric of the Universe!

5 UNICRON
You stripped it of autonomy, deigning it with false purpose.

6 PRIMUS
And what is its purpose, Unicron?

PANEL THREE
Unicron delivers a heavy hit. Primus grips his sword with two hands trying to fend off the strike.

7 UNICRON
To be consumed!

PANEL FOUR
Maximus Prime battle Elephorca as Magmatron (injured) battles Drancron. In the background, Rartorata is impaled with Magmatron’s sword and lies lifelessly on the ground.

8 DIALOGUE PANEL (UNICRON)
The universe expands in fear of me, stretching ever outward in hope of something to cling to. But each succumbs, slowly, silently, to its fate.

9 DIALOGUE PANEL (UNICRON)
Balance. Purpose. They are nought but the cruellest of lies, peddled by a desperate god.

PANEL FIVE
Maximus Prime blows the head and chest of Elephorca away with his canon. Drancron delivers a heavy strike to Magmatron with his dual-bladed arm, but Magmatron is crushing the herald’s head with his bare hands.

10 DIALOGUE PANEL (UNICRON)
The children of Primus are bound by destruction. Even now, having lost so much, they fight -- they die.

11 DIALOGUE PANEL (PRIMUS)
They fight against you, as they have always done!

PAGE TEN

PANEL ONE
Maximus Prime holds his hands before his chest, which begins to open. A bright glow emanates from between his chest panels. The Matrix is shiny brightly inside him. In the background, Magmatron and Drancron are on the ground. Magmatron is on top, poised to deliver a final heavy strike to finish it.

1 DIALOUE PANEL (PRIMUS)
They have the capacity for good, but their progress has been impeded by war.

2 DIALOGUE PANEL (UNICRON)
A war of their own making!

PANEL TWO
Maximus Prime stands with the Matrix in his hands, holding it aloft. It is glowing brightly. He is ready to light the darkest hour.

3 DIALOGUE PANEL (PRIMUS)
They were created as soldiers. With that burden gone, they will be able to move forward -- to evolve.

PANEL THREE
A close-up of the Vok Entity. Streaks of the Astral Plane break through the Void.

4 VOK ENTITY
To create their own purpose.

PANEL FOUR
Primus and Unicron have their swords locked together, but both are looking at the Vok Entity. Primus smiles with relief. Unicron’s face is curled into a snarl. The Void has vanished and they have returned to the Astral Plane.

2 PRIMUS
Yes...

PANEL FIVE
Unicron swings his sword, leaving a diagonal gash of darkness in Primus’ body, which is thrown back from the attack. Primus’ helm threatens to fall from his head.

UNICRON
No!

PAGE ELEVEN

PANEL ONE
A shot from space, showing Unicron’s horns as they dig in to Cybertron’s surface.

PANEL TWO
As Primus falls backwards from Unicron’s attack, his helm flies off.

PANEL THREE
Mirroring Panel Two, Maximus Prime’s body loses all power and falls backwards. The lights in his eyes go black. The Matrix has also lost all light and now appears empty. It slips from Maximus’ grasp.

PANEL FOUR
Primus’ body hits the invisible ground of the Astral Plane.

PANEL FIVE
Mirroring Panel Four, Maximus’ body hits the ground on Cybertron.

PANEL SIX
Primus’ helm comes to rest a short distance away from his body.

PANEL SEVEN
The empty Matrix comes to rest a short distance away from Maximus Prime’s body.

PAGE TWELVE

PANEL ONE
Unicron looks down at the stricken form of Primus lying on the ground before him. Unicron casts his sword aside.

1 UNICRON
The Light flickers and will soon pass into Darkness.

PANEL TWO
A close-up of Unicron’s hands. He has bent down to pick up Primus’ helm.

2 UNICRON
And there to usher you into oblivion...

PANEL THREE
Unicron tears Primus’ helm in two, triumphantly gesturing to the sky with arms wide open.

3 UNICRON
Cybertron and the parasites that infest it!

PANEL FOUR
The stricken Primus holds out a hand to the Vok Entity as Unicron stomps a foot on Primus’ chest.

4 PRIMUS
This is your time. Your time to choose.

5 UNICRON
It is too late, Primus.

PANEL FIVE
On Cybertron, the bodies of Maximus Prime, Magmatron and other Cybertronians are being sucked up into Unicron’s maw. The empty Matrix is sucked up with them.

6 DIALOGUE PANEL (UNICRON)
You cannot destroy my destiny!

PAGE THIRTEEN

PANEL ONE
With a foot still on Primus’ chest, Unicron looks angrily at the Vok Entity.

1 VOK ENTITY
That was never his task. But it is mine.

PANEL TWO
An extreme close-up of Unicron’s eyes, glaring and bristling with anger.

2 VOK ENTITY (OS)
The One’s passing gave rise to you. Your passing will give rise to-

3 UNICRON
My passing? Sacrilege.

PANEL THREE
Unicron’s hand wraps around the hilt of his discarded sword.

4 VOK ENTITY (OS)
You believe yourself to be above all other creation, Unicron. This is a delusion.

PANEL FOUR
Unicron charges at the Vok Entity with his sword raised and ready to strike. The Vok Entity stands unmoved. Reality seems to twist, distorting the scene, emanating from around the Vok Entity.

5 VOK ENTITY
Everything has an end.

PANEL FIVE
Reality is distorted by a twisting vortex but we can see Unicron delivering the lethal strike to Primus once again.

6 DIALOGUE PANEL (VOK ENTITY)
Even you.

PAGE FOURTEEN

PANEL ONE
An image reminiscent of Page 12, Panel 2, but this time, it is the hands of the Vok Entity that is picking up Primus’ helm.

1 UNICRON (OS)
The Light flickers and will soon pass into Darkness.

PANEL TWO
A close-up as the Vok Entity holds the helm aloft, poised to lower it on his head.

2 UNICRON (OS)
And there to usher you into oblivion...

PANEL THREE
A shot of Unicron and Primus, who are looking towards the reader at something shining brightly. Unicron shields his eyes from the light with his hand, but Primus looks on without harm.

PANEL FOUR
The Vok Entity has been transformed into Xivus. On his head is Primus’ helm, and in his hand is Unicron’s discarded sword. This is the main image of the page.

3 UNICRON (OS)
What are you?

PAGE FIFTEEN

PANEL ONE
On Cybertron, Maximus Prime’s eyes glow blue. He is back online.

1 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
You knew us...

PANEL TWO
Maximus Prime crawls towards the glowing Matrix.

2 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
... as the Swarm.

PANEL THREE
Maximus Prime reaches the Matrix with one hand. He looks over the Matrix and sees Magmatron. Magmatron’s hand is gripping one side of the Matrix’s housing with every last ounce of energy he has. Magmatron is falling offline.

3 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
You sensed us...

4 MAGMATRON
... Pull.

PANEL FOUR
Magmatron finally falls offline. His eyes go dark. But his hand still firmly grips the Matrix.

5 SFX
TZZOOOO

6 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
... as the Vok.

PAGE SIXTEEN

PANEL ONE
Maximus Prime gives a yell as he pulls and opens the Matrix. Light pours out of it and obscures most of the panel.

1 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
But I

2 MAXIMUS PRIME
AAAAAAAAAAAAGGGHHHH…

PANEL TWO
Xivus, glowing brightly, delivers Unicron a deadly blow, cleaving him in two.

3 XIVUS
… am Xivus.

PANEL THREE
The halves of Unicron’s body are evaporating into nothing as the dark god twists and coils in pain.

PANEL FOUR
The beautiful tapestry of the cosmos stretches out in all directions.

4 DIALOGUE PANEL (PRIMUS)
Extraordinary.

PAGE SEVENTEEN

PANEL ONE
Primus lies stricken on the ground. The great wound on his chest remains, but he is smiling. Xivus kneels down beside him.

1 PRIMUS
After so long trying to right it, it’s now my presence throwing out the natural balance of things.

2 XIVUS
Perhaps the Universe is owed some time in the light, however brief.

PANEL TWO
A closer shot as the two figures look at each other.

3 PRIMUS
As the Vok, you created a home from the body of the Swarm. With Nexus Zero now sitting idle, may I suggest that its power be used to recreate another -- one whose scars run deep.

4 XIVUS
It will be done. Your sons have earned their peace.

5 PRIMUS
Thank you.

PANEL THREE
Xivus stands formally at Primus’ head.

6 PRIMUS
With order restored, and to the symphony of a Universe filled with countless other voices singing in celebration -- I ascend -- and seek an answer to the only question left to me…

PANEL FOUR
Primus explodes and his particles zoom off as tiny specks of light in every direction.

7 DIALOGUE PANEL (PRIMUS)
What lies beyond existence...

PANEL FIVE
Xivus is alone, standing like a sentry, surrounded by the glorious starry backdrop of the cosmos. All trace of Primus has disappeared.

8 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
Cybertron, hear me.

PAGE EIGHTEEN

PANEL ONE
Vector Sigma shines brighter than usual. From between the yellow orb’s cracks, beams of light erupt out.

1 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
The war longest fought is over. A new era begins.

PANEL TWO
A shot from Space, looking at the two darkened worlds. Unicron’s horns are still dug into Cybertron’s surface. A bright wave sweeps over the surface of Cybertron, reformatting it.

2 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
The Lords of Light and Darkness have ascended. The old divisions of mind and body are washed away.

PANEL THREE
We move down onto the planet and chase the reformatting wavefront as it streaks over the horns of Unicron and onto his body.

3 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
Step boldly into the future…

PANEL FOUR
A panel of pure white light as we’re enveloped in the reformatting wavefront.

7 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
... as one.

PAGE NINETEEN

PANEL ONE
From an angle above and behind the newly reformatted Maximus Prime, he stands before a great audience of fellow Cybertronians. The entire population of Cybertron, as well as the planet itself, has been reformatted. What were Unicron’s horns are now coiled bridges interconnecting the two planetoids, forming one home. It is a ceremony and celebration to mark the new beginning, held in a large open expanse with the feel of a war memorial. Nothing gaudy. Understated architecture.

1 MAXIMUS PRIME
Long has the cry rung out -- ‘til all are one. Today, that dream has been realised. In our darkest hour, Cybertron stood as one.

2 MAXIMUS PRIME
Of one mind, of one Spark and of one purpose.

PANEL TWO
A shot of Maximus Prime from the front, revealing his new form.

3 MAXIMUS PRIME
Throughout our history, only five have been called upon to open the Matrix. Primus chose me to be one of that number, but I couldn’t open it alone.

PANEL THREE
Blackarachnia and Silverbolt stand hand in hand amongst the crowd. Cheetor is beside them. They’re all listening to Maximus speak.

4 DIALOGUE PANEL (MAXIMUS)
When Cybertron needed him, Magmatron stood bravely, proudly, prepared to do everything in his power to protect this world and all who call it home. He epitomised the potential for greatness that lies within all of us.

PANEL FOUR
A shot of the war memorial from above. The crowd is enormous. This panel takes up the majority of the page.

5 MAXIMUS PRIME
In memory of his sacrifice, and those of the countless others lost in our long struggle against the darkness, we go forth, united, in a new age of peace.

PAGE TWENTY

PANEL ONE
Full-page splash. From high atop a newly reformatted building, we look out at the vast reformatted metropolis over the shoulder of Beast Wars Megatron in a new TransTech body.

1 DIALOGUE PANEL (MEGATRON)
A new Cybertron

2 DIALOGUE PANEL (MEGATRON)
A new future

3 DIALOGUE PANEL (MEGATRON)
New possibilities

PANEL TWO (INSET PANEL)
A close-up of Megatron’s eyes. He stares hungrily back at the reader.

4 MEGATRON
Yes.

--- End of Issue #4 ---
--- End of TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE ---

--- Beginning of TransTech ---
TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE - ISSUE #4
TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE

Issue #4 (of 4)

Part of the Transversal Continuity :icontf-tvc:

So here it is. The final part of the DEICIDE story, and the final piece in the Transversal Continuity.

Read on, comment and enjoy!

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Love all the projects you got going on :D Very cool stuff.
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Thanks very much! :D

I always enjoying seeing your new work pop up. You can always tell they're your pieces by the unique style. I know I've asked in the past, but I'd still love to work with you on something one day :)
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TGping Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I wouldn't mind exploring the collaboration again, I want to fit in more TF sequential type stuff that I can work into my portfolio.
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
May I suggest you have a read of Gathering Darkness -- rh1n0x.deviantart.com/art/GATH… . It's a series of 4 one-shot pages. It details the genesis of the Tripredacus Council (something I hope might appeal to you as a Beast Wars fan). Each page is quite full, so if you were keen to do one (or all) of them, it would be a good way to show off your sequential skills, plus I think your style would really suit the tone of the story.

I'd love to discuss it with you further if you're at all intrigued.
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Lemniskate Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016
After having read on tfwiki about the trainwreck that is the Botcon comic, I am the sadder you didn't get a chance...
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks big fella, I appreciate that.

I'm trying to get my hands on a copy of it via different means, so I'm yet to read it, but yes, the wiki article paints a very bleak picture.

Congrats to Mr. Bove for getting the opportunity. But has he used it well? The jury is still out.
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Lemniskate Featured By Owner Edited Apr 17, 2016
I was surprised when I saw the writer's name, because I knew Bove only as a colourer. And since writing didn't seem to be his expertise, I feel like it's fan fiction made official.
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think there's any doubt he's had this idea bubbling away for years. He just needed an outlet (sadly an official one).

Some people have raised the idea that the original choices behind the toys called for a story story in between BW and BM, thus why Megatron was a TM3 dragon. But when Bove came in, he changed it to a pre-BW story.
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redconvoy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! Blower fella (Party) 
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Cheers :)
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