Transformers Quest 14: Hell Is HighPastebin is uphttp://pastebin.com/u/Telechan4Twitterhttps://twitter.com/JoeBobotronYour name is Kracken. Ex member of Cybertronian security, one of the thousands of lost sparks drifting aimlessly in the Urayan slums, and somewhat of a rage-a-holic.Rust dust trickles from your hull along with slimy black sludge. The remains of your prey that now sinks ever lower into the Rust Sea. Dented, scratched and sparking, you look far worse for wear.You would look like some derelict if not for the crimson lightning dancing across your form.You had hunted and killed some monstrous construct in a fit of fury after an altercation with some hobos. Checking your mental chronometer you notice it had been barely five minutes since you last spoke with your comrades and begun the brawl. The seconds tick by at a fraction of their normal speed.>(continued)
>>34470708Snarling, you glare at the figure before you. Cetus stands with his arms crossed, green and blue hull tinged red from the Red Energon coursing through your system. Though not as bad as is in Altmode, your senses were still reeling from the damage you had taken.Cetus tilts his head slightly and you note that his face plate has been worked to resemble a snarling reptilian mouth."You look like you've been through a grinder." He says.You were damaged, pressed for time and running on the biggest high you had felt in a long time.>"You have five seconds to explain yourself, then I scramble your circuits.">Ignore him and use a nano-repair tube>Contact your comrades>Leave to meet up with your comrades>Punch his faceplate in >Other (please specify)
>>34470735>Punch his faceplate inThat's for siccing gunship-kun on us.Then>"You have five seconds to explain yourself, then I scramble your circuits."
>>34470735"I'm leaving, Cetus. I just want to find someplace quiet and disappear. Tell the others they can visit if they want, but I don't want any part of your drama. I'm done."
>>34470772I'm okay with this.>>34470708I'm glad you're sticking with this even though the player base is limited, telechan. The concept is interesting and this is like the first transformer quest so the hype is real. I r8 ur quest 8/8, m8
>>34470735>>"You have five seconds to explain yourself, then I scramble your circuits."
>>34470838This. Let's skip the drama and move while we still have the high to do it. Add in>Leave to meet up with your comrades
>>34470772Let's do this
Yeah, I'm getting a pretty strong samefag vibe from these votes.
>>34470735>"You have five seconds to explain yourself, then I scramble your circuits."
>>34470772>>34470851>>34470894>>34470974>>34471072Your vision swims. In an instant your fist connects with Cetus' face. A blue hexgrid spreads from the impact but the kinetic energy is enough to send him sprawling.Your arm still outstretched, you point a finger at him. Red electricity arcs from your altmodes' damaged optic on your chest and dances along the arm to the tip of your finger."You have five seconds to explain yourself, then I scramble your circuits."He rubs his face and glares up at you sullenly. "Either way you'll scramble my circuits? Not much compassion in you these days it seems.""I always preferred bad cop."He leans back. "Must have been fun being in the interrogation cell with you."You glare at him and take a step forward.Sighing he asks, "Have you been getting any weird messages lately?""A flood is coming and we will...""Don't be obtuse brother." He snarls. >"Some joker on Teletraan. What of it?">"What are you getting at?">"I don't have time for this.">Give him a thrashing, maybe he'll talk then.>Other (please specify)
>>34471626>>"Some joker on Teletraan. What of it?"Was it you, cetus?
>>34471626>"Some joker on Teletraan. What of it?"Sooner he gets to the exposition the sooner we can get out of here.Energon check? Are we still bleeding red energy?
>>34471626"What, you mean it's not you?"
>>34471626>>"Some joker on Teletraan. What of it?"
>>34471626>"Some joker on Teletraan. What of it? Are you trolling me, Cetus!? I'll fucking wreck you, I swear on me creator."
>>34470851Thanks for the support!>>34471666>>34471673>yes>>34471681>>34471693>>34471873>Energon Reserve-96/171"Some joker on Teletraan. What of it?""Teletraan... well I suppose the system would be vulnerable now." He sits forward. "That would explain how he's tracking me...""What, you mean it's not you?""Hmm? No. No it's... complicated." He stands slowly and dusts himself off. You growl at him to continue. "Listen," he says, now staring you in the optics. "There is an agent among your little group, feeding data on your movements to someone you should not get involved with. They're the same ones who intercepted my own agents while they were tracking you. Your group has been compromised"You snarl and tap your foot while listening to him. The effects of the red energon were making this conversation move incredibly slow from your point of view."I needed you to separate from them, that is why my agent was sent to retrieve you.">Energon Reserve-95/171>"And why would they be following me?">Get physical to get him talking more.>You don't have time for this nonsense. Leave him.>Other (please specify)
>>34472323>"And why would they be following me?"I'm a washed up ex cop who's spent the last couple of thousand years rusting slowly.
>>34472323>Other (please specify)Agents, you mean those giant gunships? That the council's pet angel and his giant bulldozer say are filled with dark energon?
>>34472323>"And why would they be following me?"We already know because we're speshul beast and it's probably gyro to get rich or die tryin
>>34472436>tfw it's copper
>>34472323>"A) Why not send me a fucking message, and B) why should I believe you. This is the most I've said to any of you maniacs since that time on Ferros V.
I may have missed a thread or two because I have no fucking idea who this guy is
>>34472674Our batch brother, last time we saw him he was working with gunship-kun and we ran away from both. Supposed to be hyper smart, not fighty at all like the rest of the four horsemen.
>>34472323What's Fortress "HUGE GUTS" Maximus up to?
>>34472879The giant crab we killed by firing a laser through its heart and armor, and surrounding structures?
>>34472365>>34472405>>34472436>>34472511"And why would they be following me?I'm a washed up ex cop who's spent the last couple of thousand years rusting slowly.""Exactly. You've made yourself vulnerable. He plans to use you to get to the only being who care about your miserable existence." He says.You snarl and a twitch of your legs outs you face to face with him."Explain." You rumble.He sighs. "Hydra is currently in command of the largest Cybertronian force not taking part in the civil war. I have spent a very long time researching very dangerous material. If he got either of us, through you, it would be catastrophic.""So you sent your 'agents' to get me? The ones the Senates' attack dog says are full of dark energon?""Attack dog..." He looks confused for a moment then snaps his gaze back to you. "You mean Blancorvus? You spoke to him?!""Yeah, him and his big red bulldozer. They totaled your drones and said they were full of dark energon." You say but Cetus isn't paying attention. Looking off to the side he seems to be muttering to himself.>Energon Reserve-94/171Before you can ask him what he is doing a thunderclap sounds from over head. You look up and see that his ship has opened fire on some part of the city.>"Alright start talking.">Leave, you need to rendezvous with your comrades.>Try and scope out what he's firing at.>Punch him again. For Pins.>Other (please specify)
>>34473083>>Try and scope out what he's firing at.But I'm sorely tempted to just punch him again
>>34473083"Listen, it's nice and all...but why don't you come with me? We can go wherever it is together, you can kill your rat, and I'll be headed offworld. If there is a rat, you're not going to find it from afar, and I don't care enough to go looking."
>>34473002Nah this guyIn every universe he's FUCKING HUUUGE and he is legitimately getting too old for this war
>>34473083>Try and scope out what he's firing at.
>>34473083>"Alright start talking."
>>34473083"How am I supposed to find this mole?
>>34473083>kraken is a distressed damselmy sides
>>34473083"Why would either of you care about me anyways? Well, Hydra at least."
>>34473199>he's FUCKING HUUUGE...For You
>>34473199Haven't really thought about him. I should though.>>34473136>>34473312>>34473379"Alright you come with me and start talking. We're gonna find your mole and get rid of 'em together. Then I'm headed off world and out of this whole mess."He shakes his head. "No. You are coming with me and we are leaving." He snarls.You narrow your optics at him as a pair of extendable antennae emerge from his back. Raising your fists in a flash you snarl back.Crimson energy arcs between the two limbs.>Energon Reserve-93/171Then a laughs rings out.Snapping your head to the side you see Blancorvus seated on top of a warehouse. He sits casually with his hands clasped in his lap."Picking fights with vagrants now Cetus? Waste of time isn't it?" He says with a bright grin."Kracken I want you to get out of here. Get to my ship. Forget the others and go." Cetus says.In the distance a barrage of blaster fire rises to meet the dark ship in the sky.>"Shut up, I want answers.">Get out of there and go find you friends.>Get to his ship, you could reach it from the top of a skytower.>Other (please specify)
>>34473749"Listen you white fuck, I'm HAVING A FUCKING CONVERSATION HERE!!">Wrap tentacles around Blancorvus and eat his stupid face.
>>34473749>Get out of there and go find you friends.If I could forget about my friends I wouldn't be in this position.
>>34473788Get a load of this suicidal maniac
>>34473749>Get out of there and go find you friends.I FIGHT FOR MY FRIENDS!
>>34473749>"Shut up, I want answers."Just one question Cetus, who is trying to capture me?then>Get out of there and go find you friends.
>>34473828>>34473849>>34473925"Shut up, I want answers." You growl at Cetus."Not now..." You see lights flicker on the module on his back. The tips of the antennae light up."Tell me who's trying to capture me!" You demand. On the warehouse Blancorvus stands and draws his sword.Snarling Cetus says "It's Proteus, now get moving." The lights on his back go green."Proteus, Senator Proteus?" You ask bewildered.A spark flashes between the antannae.You dash to the side, moving under the unstable power of the red energon. It's not far enough.A wave of viral signals bursts from Cetus and washes over the area. Above, Blancorvus swerves in his descent towards your brother and clutches his head. As you run it washes over you as well and the edges of your red tinted vision goes fuzzy.>Roll 1d100 Courage
Rolled 65 (1d100)>>34474429
Rolled 52 (1d100)>>34474429KRACKEN EDURES!!
>>34474454Strange symbols in ancient Cybertronian skirt the edge of your vision and for a moment the world seems to spin, then it rights itself just in time for you to leap onto a warehouse and up over a street.>Energon Reserve-92/171The symbols fade and leave you with a red tinted cityscape.Making your way to the closest skytower you continue to hear explosion and blaster fire in the distance. Whatever the ship was fighting was not going down without a fight. You stop at the front of the tower and discover that it was not remotely close to the right section.You run up the wall then leap, a back flip carries you through the air and onto another set of warehouses. You glance to the side as you run and see the numbers progressing. You were heading in the right direction.Your come crackles. "No! Get to my ship so I can leave before it gets too damaged to fly. Do it you idiot!" Cetus' yells at you."Not leaving without my friends." You say. Certainly not if their was a spy among them.>(continued)
>>34474827Is that Aku City?
>>34474827Activating your comm you call Copper."Copper I'm in the area, need a signal to find you guys though.""Aye one moment." He says.Promptly a pair of energy bolts blast out of a window to your right from around the middle of a tower.Your legs bunch up underneath you and you launch yourself skyward once more. You grab hold of a ledge on the tower, haul yourself up then jump again. This time you burst through the shot out window and land in a large room in a bulbous section of the tower. Glass rains down around you and red energy sweeps the floor where you land.Before you stands Copper with his rifle pointed at your gut.>Energon Reserve-91/171"Cripes lad, that was one heck o' an entrance." He says and lowers his weapon.You nod to him."Red energon. Has a bit of a kick to it."He scoffs."Where are the others?" You ask."Downstairs. Wanted t'be ready t'move.""You notice anything weird about the others Copper?""No more than usual.""Nothing." You press."Well the 'Cons and Quarry have been ready t'tear each other apart since y'went off on yer own. Rewind an' Gyro been worryin' themselves to pieces." Shouldering his rifle, a curious look crosses his face."Why?">"We have a sellout in our midst.">"Nothing. Maybe.">"Don't worry about it.">Go check in on the others.
>>34475109>"We have a sellout in our midst."Watch his reaction.
>>34475137It's finally time to >doubt!
>>34475109>"We have a sellout in our midst."My body isn't ready for this
>>34475275I mean, they selling -us- out, not everybody else. You could even sort of justify that reaction considering how much of a horror show we are. I personally just want them outed so we can get everyone offworld in safety. After that, it really does sound like it's our own personal problem more than everyone else's.
>>34475109You know you're in a fucked up situation when the only ones you can be absolutely sure aren't backstabbing you are the decepticons.
>>34475137>>34475275"We have a sellout in our midst."He raises one optic brow. Then it lowers into a glare. He readies his rifle."Ah knew there was a reason those 'Con commanders kept following us." He says with a hint of menace.>"What? No.">"...never mind Copper.">"Come on lets question the others.">Other (please specify)
>>34475580>"Come on lets question the others."
>>34475580>"What? No."Not the cons, copper. At least, not directly. Someone's planning to use me as a hostage to get to my siblings. Best to get this out in the open now.
>>34475580>Other (please specify)This particular mole is selling *me* out to the senate. I'm not sure what they've even done, but I need to find out how much of this will blowback on you all.
Mostly unrelated, but I now have this scene in my head where, after we get our upgrades and new alt form, some jerk comes and tries to kidnap us. We turn into a fuckhueg fire breathing dragon backlit by fire, of course and tell them "Your first mistake was thinking I was /less/ dangerous than my siblings"
>>34475604>>34475626>>34475706"What? No.This particular mole is selling *me* out to the senate. I'm not sure what they've even done, but I need to find out how much of this will blowback on you all."He raises an optic brow again then runs his hand along the brim of his helmet."But ah thought th'Senate was dead?""Some of them probably survived. Pretty sure Tyrest did, and any others that were off world." You reply."Come on lets question the others."You step through the door that leads to the stairwell, red electricity sparking off your hull. Copper follows behind you looking befuddled."But what would any o' them want with you?""Cetus says they want to get to him or Hydra.""OVER M'SMOKIN' WRECK!" He bellows.>Energon Reserve-90/171Stepping through the door you find the group arrayed in a large room full computer consoles and chairs. Quarry and his NAILs are on one side, the 'Cons on another. Gyro, Dasher and Arclight are hanging out in the middle using a computer that had been opened up and had wires leading to other consoles that had been cracked open. Rewire is at the back of the room in front of a large window, working on the comatose junky.>Who do you talk to?
>>34475991Talk to Rewire about our steadily decreasing energon high. Remember that we can't seem to increase enegon by normal means, this might be a problem.
>>34475991Start with rewire, then go to gyro's group. It's incredibly unlikely to be the cons. The NAILs that left are also lower probability than the ones that stayed.
>>34475991It's going to be manly tear time when copper turns out to be the traitor
>>34475991>>34476042This sounds good
>>34476074It'll probably turn out that we ate one of his siblings at some point and he's been plotting revenge for ages.
>>34476026>>34476042>>34476093Striding through the room you see almost everyones' attention immediately is drawn to you. Understandable considering you are a walking electrical storm.Crimson lightning arcs out and fries a few computers so you take the long way around, waving to Gyro as you go.When you reach Rewire he hasn't looked up from his work welding a long crack along the junkys' shin."Rewire." You say, making the small NAIL jump with a yelp.He turns to you. "Kracke-en! Y-your back. What, w-what happened to you?"He's trembling a lot, you notice."Ate some raw red energon, no idea what's going on really." You say nonchalantly, red energy dancing along your teeth.You hear a cry of WHAT from Gyro behind you, as well as Dasher laughing."R-r-r-red en-ergon?" He stammers.>Ask him why he decided to stay with your group.>Ask him to check you out.>Tell him about the meeting with Cetus, see if he reacts.>Other (please specify)
>>34476363>Tell him about the meeting with Cetus, see if he reacts.We're on a clock here, no telling if Blancorvus is going to come after us after he drives of Cetus.
>>34476363>Ask him why he decided to stay with your group.
>>34476363>Ask him to check you out.While he does so, bring up Cetus
>>34476363Man, I'm terrible at cop dramas. Ok, so he's nervous, which implies he has something to hide, right? Rewire was the guy that was depressed because he'd been born into the war and hadn't been able to experience anything else I think. Which would be a hook someone could use - offer him a way out, all he has to do is relay some information.I think you're supposed to pressure at this point, but we don't have any information to pressure with, so >Ask him why he decided to stay with your group.
>>34476382>>34476422>>34476546"Yeah, not sure how good of an idea it was." Truthfully you don't. "Could you give me a once over, make sure I'm not frying myself?"Nodding, he stands and tentatively grabs your arm. The energy arcs along his hands and he quickly withdraws."I-i-i don't kn-ow." He stammers, then looks up at you."Well that's not good cause I just ran into Cetus out there and he says we need to get out of here." The small 'Bot goes still. "Says someone is spying on us. Me, in particular.""What..." He sounds lost for a moment. "What does he mean." Rewire seems to draw into himself. Then he looks up at you, your angry visage and the ruby red energy coursing along your frame. >Roll 1d100 Courage.
Rolled 96 (1d100)>>34476761we're smooth
Rolled 60 (1d100)>>34476761
>>34476773REALLY, DICE? REALLY?
>>34476773Kraken, he makes his own spaghetti seas to swim in.
>>34476773>Rolled zero successes."He says the group's in danger." You say.He fidget with the energy-welder in his hands and seems to draw deeper into himself."B-but why?"He looks up at you then to the others. He looks sad and frightened.You look at the others as well. Gyro, Dasher and Copper look on in confusion while Arclight watches in blank silence. The 'Cons and some of the NAILs you don't personally know are paying attention but clearly want nothing to do with it. Quarry is giving you a nasty look.>Try questioning someone. (who?)>Get everyone moving.>Other (please specify)
>>34477028>Other (please specify)Nasty look? We're in a bad mood, fuck him up a bit and then get this shit squared away
>>34477028>Other (please specify)The senate are not nice people. I want whoever is feeding them info to consider the fact that they'll probably take what they want and give you a blaster enema for your troubles instead of what they promised. Regardless, I will get you slags off planet if it's the last thing I do, obstacles be damned.Lets get to the waterfront, crab-kun isn't going to bother us anymore and we need to move fast.
>>34477028>Talk to everyone present>"I want to trust everyone, but I know I can't. So here's what we're going to do. We're all going to get off this damn planet together. We're going to have each others backs. Then we're all going to go our separate ways. For my friends who aren't betraying me, I'm still a liability to be around. Sorry."
>>34477069>>34477102>>34477119Can we combine all three somehow?
>>34477028This isn't the right scene for it probably, but if anyone every questions why we're trying so hard to save this bunch, we should totally say something along the lines of "No matter how much rust the rest of me gets, it'll never change the fact that my purpose is to protect and serve."
>>34477282omfg yes this
>>34477300>xenomorph sharkwelp, there goes sleep for the next few weeks.
>>34477069>>34477102>>34477119>>34477157You lock optics with Quarry. His gaze is narrow and dangerous, mouth set in a snarl.You snarl as well.To his credit he barely flinches when your enhanced speed moves you in front of him in a blur."You got a problem?" You growl."Yeah, why you rattlin' the kid?" He replies. The NAILs who were sitting next to him scoot away."He was already rattlin' himself.""Well when a freak like you walks in, sparkin' like a torch..." He doesn't get to finish. You grab him by the shoulder and pull, sending him stumbling out of his seat and behind you."The people who are hunting us are not 'nice'. I want whoever is feeding them info to consider the fact that they'll probably take what they want and dump you in the smelting pit for your troubles instead of what they promised. Regardless, I will get you piles of slag off planet if it's the last thing I do, obstacles be damned."You turn and glare at Quarry, then at everyone else in the room. Striding back to Rewire you place a hand on his trembling shoulder."I want to trust everyone, but I know I can't. So here's what we're going to do. We're all going to get off this damn planet together. We're going to have each others backs. Then we're all going to go our separate ways. For my friends who aren't betraying me, I'm still a liability to be around." You sigh "Sorry."Troubled looks pass over Copper and Dashers' faces. Gyro turns and looks down at the floor.Huffing, Quarry marches out of the room and you hear his steps climbing down the stairs. A few NAILs follow, but not all.You look down at Rewire, though he refuses to meet your gaze. Red energy arcs from your fingers along his shoulder. You sigh.Then a bright light comes on behind you, from outside the window, casting your jagged silhouette across your companions.----------------------------------------------------Transformers Quest 14 end.Passing out now, will check archive for comments if you have any.
>>34477434Thanks for running
>>34477282Thinking about it some more, I'd simplify this a bit and just have Kraken open up a small compartment on his chest, where a battered, rusty old badge is, tap it with a finger and say 'protect and serve'.
>>34477434Hope the red energon last long enough for us to kick blancorvus' ass. It won't.
>>34477434something tells me kracken was alot scarier in his prime
>>34479322We'll get a chance to upgrade him at some point.My personal priority list is 1.improved strength or dex until it is at least 85 in alt mode2.martial arts to 53.new dragon (flight) alt form4.improved endurance to at least 455.heal from eating6.penetrating vision/sensors so we don't have to teleport blindI doubt we'll be able to even get that list, but assuming points are left over I'd probably take an interrogation/social skill and maybe some sort of endurance/damage reduction skill.
>>34479454With alt mode maybe looking like pic related
>>34479632Or maybe something more like this. 6 tentacles could form three sets of wings, 2 tentacles merge behind to create the tail and fins are reconfigured for forward claws.
>>34479773i like this one
>>34479773The multiple sets of wings thing definitely feels more in line with Kraken.
>>34479773>>34479632I still say we keep with aquatic, and tentacles. Maybe something amphibious?
>>34481288Nah. It's not the tentacles that make Kraken scary, it's the giant slavering maw. No need for ampihbious, since it's his second alt form and he can just switch to sharktopus if he ever needs to enter the water.The important point to me is that it look monstrous and scary.
>>34482557The tentacles are more for keeping the name than anything else. But that's a good point about the second alt...ah well.>>34479773Going for this, then.
>>34477434anyone think he will com back for a bit