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Roboraptors, they're not too fun, and they've been wreaking havoc on Iacon. There is explosive damage scattered throughout the area. Those who have taken up residence are living under siege, as if some sort of zombie apocalypse had occurred. Street lights are damaged, highways are cratered, and it seems even then that the roboraptors have caused themselves a healthy pile of casualties on their own.

Shark wasn't a casualty, but did get hurt the last go around with the creatures. This time he's really on alert since they came out of nowhere. Rifle and gun at ready, he awaits orders to head on inside.

You leave town for a couple of days and everything goes to the dogs. Well, roboraptors in this case. Optimus Prime takes a brief scan of the area, then looks towards his assembled group of Autobots. This purge of the menace to their city is long overdue, but better late than never - he adjusts the setting on his ion blaster as he gives them a nod, and turns his attention back to the street before him. This one seems rather quiet, but there's no telling when a threat could jump out to them. He stays alert as he advances slowly, sensors primed and straining to pick up any sound or movement.

+Roll: Hot Rod rolls against their Inspire Software, and Succeeds! Success by: 21

Ironhide grimaces. He just returned from a classified assignment to find Iacon overrun with wild beasts. It's like he can't leave his post for even five minutes without an incident. And news of Omega Supreme's unusual behavior is less than encouraging. It looks like the Autobot security expert has his work cut out for him on this day. He wants to give his friends a good earful, but he knows better than to startle the raptors. Ironhide has been hunting before, after all, and he knows the advantage gained by keeping quiet. He takes position at the rear, giving Prime the lead, and awaits direction from his commander.

A massive dust cloud can be seen in the distance as well as the roar of a highly revved engine. The sleek form of a Cybertronian racer can be seen on the damaged highway and he seems to have caught the attention of a few roboraptors, "Yeeeeeeeeeha, come get your dinner boys!!" the car swerves from side to side avoiding sloppily shot rockets at him. It would seem even times such as this hasn't dampened Hot Rod's sense of adventure. The sports car rams a raptor and seems to run over another one using it's body as a ramp. The racer goes airborne and transforms into the familar form of the Autobot cavalier he flips while in the air and fires off a few laser blasts from his chrome pipe blasters. The young Autobot lands and runs over towards Optimus Prime's side, "Hey.. Optimus, am I late? I had to see about a femme." he smiles innocently and hurries to fall in line behind the much larger commander.

The un-rocketed raptors in the area scatter at the sudden roar of engines and blaster fire. They've been dealing with weaker prey recently, and this is something of a change. The majority of the damage seems to travel towards the Autobot Barracks areas, and more towards the ramp spiral heading easterly into the city. Other raptors, at such activity, begin snarling and crawling out of the woodwork, sniffing fresh metal to munch

+Roll: Locate is not a Stat or a Software you have. Please try again. +Roll: Shark rolls against their Detect Software, and SUCCEEDS PERFECTLY! Success by: 38

Shark mutters something that sounds like a string of cuss words at the loud, boisterous way Hot Rod just attracted a group of raptors to go after him. Well so much for subtlety and sneakiness. His scanning software brings up more than the pack running after the cavalier though. With his rifle and gun set at their highest settings, he's going for the kill. The moment one of the creatures pokes a head out of the woodwork, he fires both weapons.

The dust cloud certainly catches the Prime's attention; immediately he turns towards it, optics locking upon the sight of... Well, he was wondering where Hot Rod was. Optimus Prime can't help but smile faintly at the young (young? when did -he- get old?) mech's antics, though thankfully his battle mask hides the expression...he gives the Autobot a /look/ as he approaches. "I see you've already crashed the welcoming party," he remarks dryly, before pausing at a sound. Did h- Optimus whirls around, firing off a blast into an alley. Yes, he did hear something, and it -wasn't- an Autobot.

+Roll: Shark rolls against their Rifles Software, and Succeeds! Success by: 13 +Roll: Shark rolls against their Pistols Software, and Succeeds! Success by: 0 +Roll: Optimus Prime rolls against their Rifles Software, and Succeeds! Success by: 48

Combat: Optimus Prime attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with rifle Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors's Armor buckles but remains functional. Ironhide just shakes his head. So much for the element of surprise! He fires up his weapon systems as action is surely on its way. After muttering something that probably couldn't be repeated in front of the kids, he sees the horde of raptors pour forth. "Look alive, boys!" he shouts, though it surely wasn’t necessary. "We got visitors!" He fires a few laser blasts from his pistol to see how bold these monsters feel they want to be today.

Combat: Ironhide attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Warning shots - (Pistol) Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Combat: Shark attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Eat this and die - (Rifle) Level: 3 and HITS!

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors's Armor buckles but remains functional. Dastardly devastation! Blasters, ion rifles, it's pandemonium. Roboraptors fly through the air as they are blasted at, some laying on the ground. Some are turned into bitty little raptor-ey parts that bounce and skitter along the ground others return fire with the rocket launchers strapped to their backs.

<Radio-MIL-AUT> Sky Lynx transmits, "*yawns*" <Radio-MIL-AUT> Sky Lynx transmits, "Is anything going on?"

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Optimus Prime with missile Level: 1 and MISSES!

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Hot Rod with missile Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: Hot Rod's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Shark with missile Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: You take Damage to the following Systems: Force field: Armor: 30 Hull: 10

Combat: Shark's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Combat Stats: AP: 71% EP: 90% FP: 0% HP: 95% <Radio-MIL-AUT> Optimus Prime transmits, "Sky Lynx, care to help with the roboraptor infestation?" <Radio-MIL-AUT> Sky Lynx transmits, "*silence, hehes softly* Oh Prime, you have read my mind... *growls softly* ..I'll be there in a click..."

Roboraptors should never. Ever. Have rocket launchers. This is a fact of life. Optimus Prime fires at a rocket, detonating it before it hits him - he then fires at a rocket-bearing raptor. "Keep your guard up!" he barks. "There may be more just around the corner!"

Combat: Optimus Prime attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with rifle Level: 2 and MISSES! Not to long after the transmission, the large Draconic Guardian lands outside and makes his way toward the battle. His large claws nearly digging into the ground with his teeth snarling. Never--- ever--- come between a Primitive.. and an another primitive race-- and /his/ territory! Yes, Sky Lynx saw Iacon as his Territory and the RoboRaptors have stayed there /long/ enough.

Shark remembers those rockets well enough, unfortunately he's not quick enough to dodge one and is smacked by it, driven to his knees. Grimacing, bearing the pain a moment before he clicks off the receptors to the damaged area, then lifting his pistol. "I /hate/ these things."

Combat: Shark attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Bite on this - (pistol) Level: 3 and MISSES!

Hot Rod pulls out his twin photon blasters and watches as Optimus deals with some raptors but notices that they are swarming all around and he runs towards his commander and leaps at the large bot, "Optimus look out!!" the young Autobot yells as he takes a missile to his side intended for Optimus's back. Hot Rod gets flung to the side by the explosion. He winces and hits the ground and rolling onto one knee he raises his blasters and opens fire from both photon blasters, letting loose a hail of laser blasts at the offending Roboraptor.

Combat: Hot Rod attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Rapid-fire photon blasts - (rifle) Level: 2 and MISSES!

Ironhide says, "Leakin' lubricants! They ain't scarin' easily." He growls and switches weapons. An incoming rocket attack streaks toward him. He swats it away, and luckily, it doesn't detonate. It careens off and explodes harmlessly in the brush. "Guess it's time for Plan B. I'll cover the rear!" He turns and fires an incendiary liquid that immolates on contact with the atmosphere. He attempts to hold stray raptors, not part of the pack, at bay while the others deal with the bulk of the menace." The critters seem to be doing better with all of this sudden confusion, ducking and weaving the blasts coming from the Autobot forces, weapons fire cutting grooves along flanks, but downing none of them. The sudden arrival of Sky Lynx gives them a moments pause. The flames produced by Ironhide keep the rocket-free raptors from joining in earnest, many of them snapping and snarling at the elder Mech, optics glowing red. Those on the other side though move in close, some firing away, others trying to take a bite out.

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Optimus Prime with melee Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: Optimus Prime's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Hot Rod with melee Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: Hot Rod's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Shark with melee Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: You take Damage to the following Systems: Force field: Armor: 5 Hull: 2

Combat: Shark's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Combat Stats: AP: 67% EP: 83% FP: 0% HP: 94%

Optimus takes a half-turn to see what Hot Rod's yelling at him for - only to see the Autobot take a short for him. "HOT ROD!" Unfortunately, before he can ensure that the young mech is alright, a roboraptor all but pounces on him. He growls, using the heft of his blaster to smack at its head, ignoring the pain of a claw ripping into his forearm.

Combat: Optimus Prime attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Down! - (Melee) Level: 2 and HITS!

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors's Armor shatters and is no longer working.

Shark gets pounced and bitten by one of the beasties, since it's so close he takes a swing at the thing, aiming for the head for the best possible damage. "Not taking me out again." he snarls. His optics a darkening shade of green as the aggravation of dealing with these things is getting to him.

Combat: Shark attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Nickel knuckle sandwich - (melee) Level: 2 and MISSES!

Sky Lynx comes to a stop and growls lowly, his visor starting to glow before he speaks, "..This-- place.. belongs to the Autobots-- to my allies.. and you creatures have no dominion here." He then lets out a roar as he speaks with growls, "Leave this place or die!!" However Sky Lynx does give them much of a choice as he starts to build up energy and cranes his neck down, a ball of light building between his sharp teeth as his growling goes lower. If any Autobot knew what this meant-- they knew to move out of the way, because Sky Lynx was about to make the RoboRaptors, cooked RoboLizards.

Hot Rod barely had time to recover from taking the missile for Optimus before he gets attacked again, only this time it seems one of the Roboraptors want to take a bite out of him. He rises his arm to shield his head from the attack. He winces as the raptor bites down onto his arm, "Hey.. I have a date later!!" he yells and retracts his hand and a buzzsaw takes its place. The titanium blade spins at high speeds and he uses his buzzsaw hand to try and cut the Roboraptor off of him, "Bit on this!" he swings wildly at the monster hoping to hit a critical spot like maybe it's optic.

Combat: Hot Rod attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Chop chop raptor sushi! - (melee) Level: 2 and MISSES! Ironhide keeps on torching. There are lots of raptors, and Ironhide can't let the rest of the team get fully surrounded. At least these ones only have their 'natural' weapons. And they do appear to be at least a little spooked. Satisfied by his choice to hold the rear point, he tries to offer some encouragement to his partners. "I've got 'em at bay. Don't worry about me, fellas! By Primus, I think we've got 'em now!" With the big guy charging up his Mouth of Doom, Optimus laying smack downs, and the other Autobots firing into their midst the raptors do what they can to keep up their assault, launching another set of missiles and snappy snap bites... with their snappers.

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Optimus Prime with missile Level: 1 and MISSES!

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Sky Lynx with missile Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: Sky Lynx's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Hot Rod with melee Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: Hot Rod's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Shark with melee Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: You take Damage to the following Systems: Force field: Armor: 3 Hull: 7

Combat: Shark's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Combat Stats: AP: 64% EP: 81% FP: 0% HP: 90%

Shark smiles at that light in the Lynx's mouth, getting to his feet and scrambling backwards with his rifle and gun both recharging, he has no choice than to take a swing at anything that draws near. "Too bad Lonestar isn't here, he'd love seeing these nasty things burn. Gah! SLAG IT!!!" he cusses as another bites down on his helmet, reaching up to snag it before it retreats.

Combat: Shark attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Tombstone pile driver - (melee) Level: 1 and MISSES!

Ironhide catches a glimpse of Sky Lynx on the horizon. Being no stranger to Combat, he DOES know what that means. "Sky Lynx on the way!" He stops torching and charges the rear stragglers. It looks like he'll have to keep them back with his most proficient weapon: his fists. "Yee haw! Time fer some REAL action!" Fist flying ensues.

The rockets hit the large Draconic Guardian but he continues to charge, then with his head rising upward, he then straightens it out as his claws dig into the ground and the blast of energy fires out. Melting the ground around the sheer heat from the energy blast and surely if it misses, at the end of the wall, it probably melt its way through Iacon! Yes, Sky Lynx is that pissed and has been holding it in for some time...

The sight - and sound - of Sky Lynx is a welcome one. Optimus Prime spares an astrosecond to look towards the guardian, and is glad he did - using the dazed roboraptor on him as a shield for an incoming missile (hello, raptor bits), he then fires a shot in the air to gather attention. "AUTOBOTS, SPLIT FORMATION!" That would translate as get-the-hell-out-of-the-way-of-our-guardian's-big-giant-blast-before-you-get-caught-in-it. He's even showing you how to do it.

Combat: Sky Lynx attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with White flame of death - (Cannon) Level: 3 and HITS!

Hot Rod gets to his feet even while the Roboraptor is munching on his arm. He grins as his blue optics flash. He grabs the Roboraptor by the neck and twists it around, "Fry em Lynxie!!" he stays on the baffle field holding onto the Roboraptor so it can't escape the kitty bird's bad breath o death attack. Sure he might get torched in the process, but it’s a sacrifice he'll make to keep his friends safe.

Creak... creak... Clunk... Kwooof... Those are the sounds that the Roboraptors caught in the line of Sky Lynx's fire make. There's massive melty holes in the ground in the aftermath of the devastation, and whilst Ironhide has been defending from the less capable raptors, that display from Kitty-Dragon sends them scurrying for cover and away. It's quiet again, despite the sizzling sounds.

+Roll: Hot Rod rolls against their Endurance Stat, and Succeeds! Success by 12

Ironhide busts up what's left of the stragglers. A well placed punt here, a hefty haymaker there, and soon Ironhide is surrounded by scrap metal. He punches his palm is satisfaction. "Feels good to loosen up the old gyros," he muses. He focuses now, and rushes back to rejoin his friends. "Not bad... We're takin' this city back! Rear and flank are secure for now, Prime! Awaitin' orders!" And thus there were fewer roboraptors, and some of the besieged Transformers tentatively poking their heads out of their windows to find out just what that sound was.

Optimus Prime looks back up at the Guardian, smiling again under his mask. "Good work, Sky Lynx!" he calls, before turning to gauge the collateral damage...surprisingly, the blast seems to be along one of the major roads - and only /in/ the major road. He nods his approval, then turns towards Ironhide. "The city's not clear yet - only this sector. Let's see if we can find anymore." Shark's raptor head decoration flees when it sees its buddies become so much extra crispy hulks. "Yeah, you better run!" he yells after it. A pause, then, "I'm so going to look into some really sharp teeth after this." he mutters, preparing to go after more of those things despite his injuries.

As the wave of fire destroys everything on the ground and which seems to also include Hot Rod . The ground is a charred and blackened smoking mess with no signs of the poor brave little Autobot. Before anyone could mourn his loss as if anyone would. The ground moves and the red and yellow Autobot pushes the charred carcass of a Roboraptor off of him, "Man.. that sucked." the youngest of the Autobots staggers to his feet looking quite beat up and even slightly burnt himself. He limps his way towards Optimus Prime, "Missed me?" he smiles as he looks up at the heroic icon.

Sky Lynx huffs out smoke before he stands up straight once more and his tail flickers. "I will dual search then... after all.." His body then splits into two halves, "Its much easier," Says the Sky Part, "When you can work in two places," Says the Lynx half, then together, "At once." The two units that made one then spread out, looking and sniffing out for anymore RoboRaptors.

With a loud snap, the bottom half of Sky Lynx lets go, with a golden robotic Lynx like head coming into view. It lets out a slight roar as its shakes it body and seems ready for action when needed. The upper half of Sky Lynx, where the once four legs where attached shows two bird-like, red robotic legs which slightly hang down from the body. Ever seeming so elegant and perhaps, a bit fragile compared to what was once there. Once one robot now split into two. Stands the Lynx and The Sky; two parts that are still one. Sky Lynx transforms from Draconic to Sky & Lynx Mode. DUOCONS ACTIVE!

Ironhide decides this would be a good time to chide the youngster, and despite Prime's presence, he does so. "Dag nabbit, Hot Rod! We got a strategy 'round here! You fixin' to get slagged before you reach officer?" He of course means well, but you know Ironhide. If you gave him a mirror, he'd yell at himself.

There is a good deal of noise coming from the ramp spirals, snarling and rocket sounds as well, followed by explosions. From those ramps civilians come rushing, screaming, some riding on others in their vehicle modes to get away from the smacked hornet's nest.

"Let's regroup and keep movi-" Optimus cuts himself off at the sight of the blackened form of Hot Rod pulling himself out from the rubble. His optics flash in surprise - he'd gotten caught in the blast? Had he not given him enough warning? What if he'd-Prime cuts these thoughts off as Ironhide starts berating Hot Rod. "That's enough. Hot Rod - /don't/ do that again." He narrows his optics. "There's such a thing as cutting it too close, and-" Again, he's cut off, but this time by the sound of screams. Immediately, Optimus whirls around, sighting the civilians. "Autobots - ROLL OUT!" He takes a running start forwards before transforming into his alternate mode, guns coming to bear upon the creatures who would terrorize his people.

Shark hears the screaming and gets out of the way of a incoming vehicle, but with his scanning software damaged he's a bit more open to attack. "On it." then runs up the ramp, dodging civilians as he goes.

Combat: Optimus Prime attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with You! out of my city! - (Ballistics) Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Hot Rod waves his hand at Ironhide, "Aw give it a rest old timer.. I knew exactly what I was doing." he however nods to Optimus, "Yes sir." the sounds of the screaming catches his attention and he pulls out his twin photon blasters once more, "What now..?" he mutters as a visor lowers from his helmet and he tries to get a closer look at what’s coming, "Wait for me!!" he struggles to transform and when he finally does he zooms up to try and catch up with the others. The car's spoiler splits into two halves to reveal a missile launcher on the back of the car.. just in case. And so, Optimus has charged forward, smacking into the next group of Roboraptors that have been giving the civilians trouble. The lot of them snapping their snappers, as ever, and launching explosives back at the Autobot leader.

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Optimus Prime with missile Level: 1 and MISSES!

The Lynx unit and Sky Unit come on the scene, they both snarl and then go in for an attack. Double trouble for any RoboRaptors that get between the claws of the Lynx unit and the Sky Unit's large jaws that are ready to snatch up a target and lift them right off the ground to munch on.

Shark opts for any convenient cover to fire from before he takes aim at the beasts. His rifle and pistol recharged, he locks on his target with his rifle and hopes his software wasn't damaged so bad that he misses again.

As the roboraptors fire missiles left and right, Optimus Prime continues shooting - some he's able to shoot out of midair. Others take a bit more fancy driving. But abruptly, he stops shooting - and transforms again, his inertia transferring into a flying leap. Blaster in hand once more, he fires upon the roboraptors, optics blazing brightly.

Combat: Optimus Prime attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Death from above! - (Rifle) Level: 2 and HITS!

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Combat: Shark attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Rifle rampage - (rifle) Level: 2 and MISSES!

Hot Rod races towards the battle even in his damaged condition. The launcher on the vehicle's back fires off a stinger missile at the pack of Roboraptor," Let’s see how you like it!!" the little sports car seems to be slowing down and speeding back up at erratic times.

Ironhide brings up the rear again, makes sure it's clear, and joins the action. He mutters to himself about Hot rod. "Knows what's he's doin'... Old timer... I oughta..." He adjusts his weapon to "hot Lead" and moves to a position that won't cover one of his allies in slag.

Combat: Hot Rod attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Fight fire with fire! - (missile) Level: 1 and MISSES!

Combat: Sky Lynx attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Claw swipe<lynx attack> - (unarmed) Level: 2 fails due to a lack of Energon!

A ravaging Raptor is slammed by the rifle blast, head caving in and dropping to the ground in a heap, others dodge and dive to get away from Shark, hissing and prepping their launcher systems, clouds of missiles rising up to try and drop the rampaging Autobots. This is their territory now, blast it! Though explode missiles from Hot Rod fly over head, and then blasts from Sky Lynx's split pairs send more of them hurtling through the air, the madness continues!

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Optimus Prime with missile Level: 1 and MISSES!

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Hot Rod with missile Level: 1 and MISSES!

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Shark with missile Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: You take Damage to the following Systems: Force field: Armor: 28 Hull: 9

Combat: Shark's Armor buckles but remains functional. Combat Stats: AP: 37% EP: 73% FP: 0% HP: 85% Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Sky Lynx with missile Level: 1 and HITS! Combat: Sky Lynx's Armor buckles but remains functional. Combat: Sky Lynx goes Comatose! Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Dino-Bird with missile Level: 1 and MISSES!

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Cat-Lynx with missile Level: 1 and MISSES! The Two continue to attack, even when they do get hit, it seems the two units continue their massive assault. The road way sadly is to small for the two of them to rejoin and its not even enough either, so split Sky Lynx must remain. The Lynx half growls and leaps for another RoboRaptor with his claws and The Sky Unit swoops down before breathing fire down at the targets below. However one well place hit smacks into the Sky Unit and it screeches loudly from the impact, sending it flying forward and slamming into the ground, slamming its wing and snapping it from the impact made. The Lynx half roars as if it was also struck and then staggers before it almost seems to lose his balance, struggling to keep moving and opening for an attack by the RoboRaptors to strike.

Blasts and missiles rain past Optimus Prime, but somehow he stays (relatively) untouched - he lands in the thick of the roboraptors, and for a few tense moments, nothing can be seen of him. Then the glow of an energon-powered axe can be seen sweeping through the creatures; Optimus Prime isn't all just blasty-shooty-punchy. No, he can do slashy too.

Combat: Optimus Prime attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with I'll axe you again - out of my city! - (melee) Level: 3 and MISSES!

Shark gets another missile and grimaces at the pain. His armor is, in a word, not looking good. His weapons systems is definitely offline now. He slips further back into his hiding spot, waiting for a raptor to get into field of vision where he can judge if he can jump at it and give it a boot to the head.

Hot Rod swerves wildly to the side to try and avoid the missile, "This is getting old!" the beat up little racer transforms into his robot mode and runs towards the raptor pack just behind Optimus Prime. He raises his double photon blasters and unleashes a hail of laser blasts at the remaining Raptor. He seems to be so inspired by Optimus' bravery that the young cavalier is taking un-needed risks to prove his own heroics.

Combat: Hot Rod attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Crazy john woo double pistol action! - (rifle) Level: 2 and MISSES!

Ironhide is now in a safe position to fire his liquid rifle. It seems like the raptors haven't noticed him yet.... Good. They'll surely notice his presence now. Ironhide sprays hot lead pellets all over in the vicinity of the robotic predators. He's hoping to fuse their circuits into worthlessness with his solder blasts, taking care to avoid his charging compatriots.

Combat: Ironhide attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Eat lead, varmint! - (Element) Level: 2 and HITS!

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors's Armor shatters and is no longer working. So apparently these raptors had the upgraded software compared to the last. The explosions are getting chaotic and more of the beasties are hitting the ground in a pile. The new assault from Ironhide cutting a pair down in their tracks. The rest move in for the close kill again, chewing at those who've exposed themselves.

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Optimus Prime with melee Level: 1 and HITS! Combat: Optimus Prime's Armor buckles but remains functional. Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Hot Rod with melee Level: 1 and HITS! Combat: Hot Rod's Armor buckles but remains functional. Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Cat-Lynx with melee Level: 1 and HITS! Combat: Cat-Lynx's Armor buckles but remains functional. Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Dino-Bird with melee Level: 1 and HITS! Combat: Dino-Bird's Armor buckles but remains functional. Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Ironhide with melee Level: 1 and HITS!

Shark uses the distraction to his advantage, one running past where he is hiding unseen soon finds the mech jumping out at it, both feet aiming to slam it hard.

Combat: Shark attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Double daring foot smack - (melee) Level: 1 and MISSES!

Despite the fact that he's cutting more air than roboraptors, Optimus Prime doesn't slow - not even as they start cutting /him/ instead. The armor that he was granted when he was reformatted into Prime is strong indeed, weathering much of the claws and teeth...though scratches and tears start to slow. Nonetheless... A flash of red and orange. Hot Rod's fighting by his side. The Prime spares the Autobot only a glimpse before he slashes at the head of a roboraptor behind him. "Get your back to mine!" Standard tactic; if your back is to an ally, they can cover it - and you can cover theirs.

Combat: Optimus Prime attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with I'll go high, you go low - (melee) Level: 2 and MISSES! Then Lynx and Sky Unit get attacked while down and both are not faring well as the Sky Unit attempts to stand up, and growls softly, tail lashing back and forth, even on its off-balance state. The Lynx is doing no better and when the rocket hits him, he about goes off the edge and his claws dig into the road to try and keep himself from falling, "Ggghhhh..." Hot Rod looks up to try and fire off another volley of blasts at the raptors but instead he gets pounced for his efforts, "Argh!!" he quickly drops his photon blasters and pulls out a metal tube. He presses a button and an orange blade springs up from the hand. He swings his new weapon at the Roboraptor wildly, "Get off bozo!!"

Combat: Hot Rod attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Light saber slash! - (melee) Level: 2 and MISSES!

Ironhide hits a pair of raptors, and it seems like the old timer is getting all the bounces today. It'd just like one of the hunting trips he used to take as a youngster. Then reality sets in, as one of the raptors catches him around the wrist. He flings it off, and checks his wrist. "Jumpin' gyrodes," he curses. "Tooth marks." Did the raptor survive the toss? Let's ask the dice....

Combat: Ironhide attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Brush off toss - (unarmed) Level: 1 and MISSES!

What the heck is with all these things, have they been dipped in grease and lined with force fields? The raptors keep up their assault, chewing and biting at the Autobots trying to put them on the ground, ignoring the Kitty dragon bits whilst they are perceived as a non-threat in their current state... better for munching later after all.

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Optimus Prime with melee Level: 1 and MISSES! Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Shark with melee Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: You take Damage to the following Systems: Force field: Armor: 6 Hull: 2

Combat: Shark's Armor buckles but remains functional. Combat Stats: AP: 31% EP: 72% FP: 0% HP: 84% Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Ironhide with melee Level: 1 and HITS! Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Hot Rod with melee Level: 1 and HITS! Combat: Hot Rod's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Shark misses and for his trouble gets a raptor turning on him and biting him on the legs, "Ow slag you back to the furnaces!" he cusses loudly. He takes a swing at it with his fists, desperation starting to settle in now.

Combat: Shark attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Punch drunk - (Melee) Level: 1 and HITS!

See, Hot Rod, this is why you should have listened to Optimus. "Hot Rod, to me, -NOW!-" He's not going to tell you again. The Prime keeps fighting, barely avoiding a slash to his midsection. But rather than slash back in return, he tries to punch a roboraptor whose face gets a little too close to his.

Combat: Optimus Prime attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with unarmed Level: 2 and HITS!

Hot Rod is busy struggling with a Roboraptor which seems to have the little Autobot pinning to the ground as it munches away at him like some take-out meal, "Wish I could Optimus, but.." he pulls out a missile and jams it into the Roboraptor's mouth and uses the rest of his strength to swing an uppercut at the raptor's jaws and hoping its enough to detonate the missile.

Ironhide is no longer amused. He's bitten again, this time in the back of the knee, and this one hurts. "Yeeoww! That smarts!" He wheels around quickly. As he does, he swings a blind forearm at the offending raptor. "These things are startin' to tick me off!" He's fully prepared for melee now, dropping his liquid rifle in case he needs to use both hands. He's still got his pistol to fall back on if need be.

Combat: Hot Rod attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Eat this!! - (missile) Level: 1 and MISSES!

Combat: Ironhide attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with 2 minute minor for elbowing - (Unarmed) Level: 1 and HITS!

Well, at least things are going in the Autobot's favor this time around, some of the monstrosities dropping under the fire and fists. Those still standing hiss and snarl at the offenders to their new territory, unleashing a salvo of missiles unto the enemy.

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Optimus Prime with missile Level: 1 and MISSES! Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Hot Rod with missile Level: 1 and HITS! Combat: Hot Rod's Armor shatters and is no longer working. Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Ironhide with missile Level: 1 and HITS! Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Shark with missile Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: You take Damage to the following Systems: Force field: Armor: 10 Hull: 28

Combat: Shark's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Combat Stats: AP: 22% EP: 71% FP: 0% HP: 69% Shark finally connects, but he's not going to celebrate until this is over with! "Now you know how Lonestar and I felt last time taking on these things by ourselves!" he calls over to Ironhide, trying to press his advantage by keeping that raptor focused on him and trying to connect with a knee to its gut just as he takes one in the back from another raptor. "Ow!"

Combat: Shark attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Boot to the gut - (melee) Level: 2 and MISSES!

Ironhide smacks back his foe. "An' how! These things don't quit!" With his back now turned to face the last raptor, he's an easy target for the missiles and is hit hard. He's buffeted back against a support beam and slides down the ramp a few meters. On his chest plate, and now separated from his rifle, he is forced to resort to his pistol. He fires a few quick salvo at the raptors and he climbs to a knee, then takes aim for a few better shots.

Combat: Ironhide attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Laser barrage - (Pistol) Level: 2 and HITS!

Hot Rod finally manages to get the dang Raptor off of him and the poor little Autobot gets a missile for all of his trouble. He screams as his armor practically shatters and crumbles all around him. He tries to roll away and desperately crawls his way towards Optimus, "Don't worry Prime.. I'm coming!" he raises a very unsteady hand and uses what little energon he has left that hasn't leaked out of him to let loose one last flurry of laser blasts at the Roboraptor fighting his commander. The young Autobot barely looks like he can withstand another assault. He's leaking fluids pretty badly.

Combat: Hot Rod attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Rapid fire tri-laser tailpipe blasts - (pistol) Level: 2 and MISSES!

Things aren't quite going as well as they first were. Seeing Hot Rod struggling, Optimus Prime makes a decision; if Hot Rod can't come to him, he'll go to Hot Rod. The other Autobots armor is far from stellar - if he doesn't get some help, soon, he'll go down. As Hot Rod races towards him, Optimus moves for the other, using his shoulder to all but barrel -through- the raptors in his way and get to the injured mech.

Combat: Optimus Prime attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with unarmed Level: 2 and MISSES!

Ironhide's pistol is full of pain and destruction it seems, more so than the other's attempts to ward off these beasties. There's fewer of them, but still enough to do a little more pain, they charge in again, leaving the downed Hot Rod for the moment, apparently seeing him in the same light as they do Sky Lynx's component parts, chewing at those still standing and apparently fully functional.

Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Optimus Prime with unarmed Level: 1 and MISSES! Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Ironhide with unarmed Level: 1 and HITS! Combat: A Pack of Roboraptors attacks Shark with unarmed Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: You take Damage to the following Systems: Force field: Armor: 2 Hull: 0

Combat: Shark's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Combat Stats: AP: 20% EP: 69% FP: 0% HP: 69% +Roll: Hot Rod rolls against their Courage Stat, and Succeeds! Success by 13

Shark misses due to that missile attack, leaving him open to that thing's teeth or missiles unless he can deflect or dodge either attack. Scratch that, not so lucky this time around either as he is tail slapped for his troubles. "No more mister nice mech." he grits out, voice sounding a bit off. Summoning up all the strength he has remaining, he makes for a double fisted swing at the beasts leg to hopefully cripple it.

Combat: Shark attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Double fisted fury - (Melee) Level: 3 and HITS!

Optimus Prime manages to move forwards, but as for doing any real damage to the raptors still tearing at him...not so much. But at least they aren't targeting the downed Hot Rod. The Prime's optics narrow as he turns, retracting his axe to ready his blaster...and this time...it whines as the power levels move towards full. "That's -enough-," he growls, firing.

Combat: Optimus Prime attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with This...is my -boom stick-. - (cannon) Level: 2 and MISSES!

Ironhide is doing well with his guns, but he knows he's got to rejoin his team if he wants to really help them. He's pretty far separated from them, but he can make up the distance in a hurry -- in armored car mode. He transforms and careens up the ramp, back towards his friends, and if any raptors gets in his way.... well...

Ironhide falls forward, but suddenly collapses backward upon himself, and transforms into a sturdy-looking transport vehicle. Ironhide transforms from Robot to Armored Transport Mode.

Combat: Ironhide attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Get out of the way!!! - (unarmed) Level: 3 and MISSES!

Hot Rod watches as Optimus charges towards him. His optics glow brightly and the young mech somehow gets to his feet, he raises both arms and takes aim carefully, "I have had enough of this.. I will NOT allow you to hurt my friends any longer!" the words of the Chosen One ends just as he sprays the area and the raptors with his tailpipe forearm blasters.

Combat: Hot Rod attacks A Pack of Roboraptors with Fury of the chosen one! - (Rifle) Level: 3 and HITS!

The Raptor under Shark's fist hits the ground in a sparking heap, parts shooting off of its sides whilst mech fluid flows in a little river Oh doom. The others though seem to be doing quite well, diving out of the way of Ironhide and the massive blast from Optimus Prime. Looking panicked by the sudden, and massive, stomping by the Autobots they ready for another charge... At least until Hot Rod cuts in, tailpipe guns cutting the raptors to ribbons, leaving their remains twitching on the ground.

The red armored transport lurches forward slightly and jackknifes. Legs and arms protrude suddenly. Finally, Ironhide's head rises from the robotic torso and his transformation is complete.

Shark shakes out his fists, then looks around. "Please tell me that was the last of them."

Ironhide rambles up the ramp, but no raptor dares impede him. He arrives just in time for Hot Rod to land the final blows. Transforming back to robot, he retrieves his rifle, and approaches Hot Rod. What could possibly be his problem this time? He looks at the young soldier, smiles, and gives him a solid pat on the shoulder plate. "Good shootin', kid." The RoboRaptor were taken down, however though Sky was recovering his other half was not so lucky, his paws were slipping. The Sky Unit then forced optical band flickered, he himself would be able to do anything. Can't fly-- and has no hands, so he has to call to the next source, "Optimus!" The Lynx unit roars out, and the Sky unit becomes fidgety almost, unable to do anything to save 'himself'.

Perhaps the gods of Cybertronians don't like the Autobots today, as from the way to the Command Level there is a roaring sound, followed by the tremor of approaching footsteps

Optimus Prime lowers the smoking blaster, taking a slow look around. No more in sight, at least. He keeps the blaster up, though, as he raises a hand to his audial to comm other sectors of the city. Or, better yet... He looks around for where the two components of Sky Lynx have gotten off t-aha. The Autobot Leader is quick to run towards where Lynx is hanging off the edge, skidding to a halt and grabbing hold of the unit's arm. "Push yourself up," he orders tightly, pulling the majority of the weight. "We're not done yet."

Shark looks over at the cry from the split Sky Lynx, then up at the sound coming toward them. He opts for helping Prime with the other situation first.

+Roll: Shark rolls against their Strength Stat, and Succeeds! Success by 15

Hot Rod stands there for a moment his optics still glowing blue and he turns to Ironhide and takes the pat on the shoulder with a wince and a smile, "Thanks Ironhide, you didn't do so badly yourself--" he cuts himself off and suddenly runs towards Sky Lynx's location. The young Cavalier checks Lynx, "Don't move kitty.. I'm going to try and fix you at least enough to get you home." his hand pulls back and what looks like a laser wielder comes out. He looks over to Sky, "You mind if I try?" The Lynx unit, with Prime's help gets his back claws in and gets himself up. Then Shark comes help and together, they get the half up and he grunts softly, "..how.. embarrassing.." He mutters softly..

The Sky Unit looks at Hot Rod, then at his wing, "...I need to continue to fight-- no.. matter how unpleasant this is.."

The snarling continues, and what looks like the remains of a civilian with a car mode, unable to get out of the way in time, comes spinning through the air over a small rise. Whatever the heck it is, it's getting closer.

+Repair: Hot Rod repairs Dino-Bird.

Ironhide turns abruptly towards the origin of the roar. "Whoa nelly! That sounds like a big'un. I'm feelin' fresh. Who wants them to cover behind?" He looks around for a volunteer to cover the rear flank, advancing to the front lines. "Shark... I startin' to feel sorry for you, what with havin' to face 'em with such a small number." Shark blinks as something goes sailing past them, "Oh boy..."

Optimus pats Lynx. "Focus on the fight," he says simply, turning towards where he first heard the roar...only to look back around as the remains of a mech flies over his head. His optics brighten in surprise...then darken again. "We're not done yet, Autobots," he says loudly. "To me - let's show these creatures whose city this is!" +Roll: Optimus Prime rolls against their Inspire Software, and Succeeds! Success by: 53

+Roll: Shark rolls against their Courage Stat, and Succeeds! Success by 9

Sky and Lynx see the large RoboRaptor and both there optics flare. Lynx jumps off, and Sky follows, only for the two to reconnect in the air and Sky Lynx claws into the wall itself, growling lowing before he replies with a roar himself. Time for the Guardian to go 'solo' again, though this.. could get messy.

Gears can be heard turning, and mechanisms unlocking and relocking as parts attach and detach. Soon rises with large draconic neck upward highly and proud, looking before what surrounds him, and the stance stating true authority over his domain.

Shark sucks it up, braving himself for one last fight just as the Mother of all Raptors comes lumbering in. "My weapons systems are offline, I could try transforming then ramming it in the legs and get it off its feet." he offers.

Hot Rod finishes what he could do to fixes Sky's wing, "There, how’s that? Its the best I could do without parts." he looks over at the roar and brings his hand back out and moves to stab by Optimus' side, "The fun never ends does it Optimus?" he checks his internal systems, "I'm not sure how helpful I'll be in this fight sir." he just keeps his optics on the monster, "Now I've seen everything."

One Big Roboraptor snarls as it leaps over a small rise, gnashing it's teeth and glowering down at the Autobots, leaning forward to give a ground shaking roar.

Ironhide puts his hand up as if to say 'Hold On" to Shark. "Careful, Shark. That's a whopper. Don't get crunched."

+Roll: Optimus Prime rolls against their Courage Stat, and Succeeds! Success by 7

Optimus Prime looks from Shark, to Hot Rod - and then to the surrounding area. Then...he nods, an idea coming over him. "It's too big for this group to handle - but if we can lure it to a shaky area, we could destroy the ground underneath it...think you two can handle the explosives?" And yes, he totally doesn't flinch as the giant roboraptor roars at them. He's Just That Awesome.

Shark flexes his hands a few times, "Yeah think I can handle that." he nods.

+Roll: Ironhide rolls against their Courage Stat, and Succeeds! Success by 16 +Roll: Hot Rod rolls against their Courage Stat, and Succeeds! Success by 8

Ironhide is ready for anything, even death. He raises a hand, and addresses Optimus. "I'll volunteer to stay behind, Prime. I reckon I can keep 'em busy while ya'll regroup."

The beasty yowls at the Autobots whilst they make their plan, and begins barreling down the street at them, mouth snapping shut, rocket launchers extending from its sides, laser dots appearing all around the Autobots... Yee beasties.


Sky Lynx hears it and watches it get ready to attack. He growls and then leaps off, going in to pounce the large RoboRaptor with his own massive size-- a showdown in Iacon! Makes you wonder how much of the base will be standing after this, really...

Combat: Sky Lynx attacks One Big Roboraptor with Pounce to victory! - (Unarmed) Level: 3 and HITS!

Combat: One Big Roboraptor's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Hot Rod looks at Optimus and runs off, has he fled from the battle? "Hey.. you big goon, over here.. come and get me!!" Hot Rod seems to be standing at the edge of a run-down section of Iacon's highway. He takes aim and launches a missile at the gigantic beast to try and lure it in his direction.

"Get going, then. Ironhide - I was hoping you would." Optimus Prime's voice has a smile in it, audible even though it's not visible. Nonetheless... He turns around, noting the appearing rocket launchers...and the laser dots. "Autobots - let's go!" With that, he once again breaks into a run, again transforming as he does, bringing the many guns of his alternative mode upon the beast. He may just be holding the beast off for Shark and Hot Rod to get into position - but he'll certainly follow Sky Lynx's example and do as much damage as he can in the interim!

Combat: Optimus Prime attacks One Big Roboraptor with Hi, I’m Optimus prime, I’ll be your target for the day. - (ballistics) Level: 1 and MISSES!

Combat: Hot Rod attacks One Big Roboraptor with Look over here - missile! - (missile) Level: 2 and MISSES!

Shark wonders if the explosives were just ditched as Prime transforms and leads the way into the fray. He checks his subspace a moment, seeing what he has on him that would do some damage. Oh hey.. what's this... a grenade. That'll do. He grins, cradling it in a hand as he moves to find the most likely spot that would buckle under the weight of the creature once the area is weakened enough.

+Roll: Locate is not a Stat or a Software you have. Please try again. +Roll: Shark rolls against their Detect Software, and Fails! Failure by: 3

Ironhide nods. "Right!" He turns and rushes toward the beast. "I'm with you, Sky Lynx! Let's tie up this bronco!" He switches his liquid rifle to Nitrogen. If he can just slow it down a little, and maybe brittle up that armor some, perhaps he can buy the Autobots enough time to fortify. "Lookee here, you lump o' slag! I'm a'comin' for yuh!" He tries to be as noisy as possible during his approach. He can take whatever the monster has in store for him... or so he thinks. That remains to be seen, but Ironhide never backs down from a challenge.

Combat: Ironhide attacks One Big Roboraptor with Freeze, dirt bag! - (element) Level: 1 and MISSES!

Tracks arrives at the scene of the carnage. His optics brighten at the sight before him. He laughs nervously, realizing what he was just sent into the middle of. He silently curses a certain mech he knows for sending him into this fray. He arms his shoulder missiles and moves to a secure position.

One can almost hear the Movie Monster Music playing as Sky Lynx lands on the Roboraptor Of Doom. Slamming it aside, causing it to dig deep furrows into the street with its claws. Yowling in rage, the creature turns in a quick pirouette, attempting to bash Sky Lynx in the face with his tail. The missile, freeze rays, and laser blasts hurtling past the Raptor are missed in its assault, trying to take down the Dragon kitty that has its attention. Cause he's an angry robot dinosaur thing. And he's large. And hungry. Delicious Sky Lynx!

Combat: One Big Roboraptor attacks Sky Lynx with unarmed Level: 2 and HITS!

Combat: Sky Lynx's Armor buckles but remains functional.


Sky Lynx gets slammed in the face, but seems to do little then just minorly dent his armor and piss off the Draconic beast even more. His gold optical band flaring softly, before he then reared up and then blasted flames right for the RoboRaptor, heating things up some more!

Combat: Sky Lynx attacks One Big Roboraptor with Flame breathe - (element) Level: 1 and MISSES!

As much faith as Optimus Prime has in Sky Lynx, he's not about to leave the Guardian fighting Godzi-er. The giant Roboraptor. At least not alone. He moves around back, aiming to shoot at its knees while firing off a comm.

<Radio-MIL-AUT> Optimus Prime transmits, "Shark. Hot Rod. Comm when you have a location ready - we'll keep the beast occupied until then."

Combat: Optimus Prime attacks One Big Roboraptor with ballistics Level: 1 and HITS!

Combat: One Big Roboraptor's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Hot Rod looks around as it seems he may have misunderstood the plan so he takes the opportunity to take pot shots at the mechanical goliath while he's on elevated terrain. After that he's going to transform and race back into the mist of battle to the tune of Dare by Stan Bush!

+Roll: Shark rolls against their Detect Software, and Succeeds! Success by: 12

Combat: Hot Rod attacks One Big Roboraptor with Rapid-fire photon blasts from high up! - (pistol) Level: 1 and MISSES! Shark tries another location as Hot Rod ignored Prime. Probably for the better as Shark can work faster without someone in his way. Finally he scans a good spot and grins, he triggers up his comm.

<Radio-MIL-AUT> Shark transmits, "I got the spot, coordinates are 369 point 72 then 814 point 05."

<Radio-MIL-AUT> Optimus Prime transmits, "Everyone got that?"

Ironhide sticks with his assault. The monster is engaged with Sky Lynx instead of himself, but that's just as well, and still fits the plan. Keeping himself conspicuous, he switches weapon modes. Let's see... lead pellets worked on the little ones... might as well give that a shot. He holds his position and begins firing. POWPOWPOW.... The liquid rifle fires off a multitude of short burst in rapid succession. The coordinates come in... he adjusts his aim to that spot. He can soften it up with a direct hit. Meanwhile a bright red streak comes into his periphery. "Huh... Hot Rod? What the!?!" Let's hope he wasn't distracted!

Combat: Ironhide attacks One Big Roboraptor with Lead paintballs - (Element) Level: 2 and HITS!

Combat: One Big Roboraptor's Armor buckles but remains functional.

Ducking the blast of flame from Sky Lynx, and then ducking the photon blasts from the other side, the Gigantaraptor dipsy doodles to its left, directly into the path of Optimus Prime and Ironhide's weapons fire. Shuddering and almost backpedaling under the barrage as it's armor falls away in chunks. Enraged, the creature seems to take a moment, looking between the lot, shouldering past the big Kitty bird, bull rushing towards Ironhide, mouth wide open, attempting to pick up the Autobot and give him a good crunching between his teeth.

Combat: One Big Roboraptor attacks Ironhide with Chompy! oh the chompy chompy! - (Melee) Level: 2 and HITS!

Shark finds a spot to hide himself near the weak spot once he had the grenade placed where the weakness is and putting some wire through the pull pin and trailing it after himself. Hopefully he does this right. He triggers his comm again.

<Radio-MIL-AUT> Shark transmits, "Explosive set and I'm in place to detonate." Sky Lynx Growls as he is Ignored then goes right after the RoboRaptor again, this time trying to take a chomp out of his tail and yank it back, ya know-- Keep it under control and such really.

Combat: Sky Lynx attacks One Big Roboraptor with Get over here! - (unarmed) Level: 3 and MISSES! +Roll: Shark rolls against their Elementals Software, and Fails! Failure by: 2

Hot Rod roars onto the battlefield and hits a pile of rubble and uses it as a ramp. The sporty car goes airborne and transforms in mid-air and goes wide opticed, "Ironhide!!!" he cries out as he levels his photon blasters on the behemoth. He unloads what’s left of the energon clip in his guns on the Roboraptor. He lands and rushes to Optimus' side, "I think we need a new plan Optimus." he looks up to the much much bigger mech, "What do you want me to do?"

Combat: Hot Rod attacks One Big Roboraptor with Smoking aces! - (Rifle) Level: 2 and HITS!

Combat: One Big Roboraptor's Armor shatters and is no longer working.

Ironhide fortunately isn't distracted enough to miss his mark. Unfortunately, he IS distracted enough to get swept up by the monster's jaws and carried into the air. "GWAR!" He struggles to transmit a radio signal, but between this and keeping himself from being swallowed, he can't do much else.

Tracks aims at the beast, silently praying to Primus to see him through this battle as he prepares to fire his missiles. He tenses, digging his heels in as he fires off his shots.

<Radio-MIL-AUT> Ironhide transmits, "Don't worry about me! fire the explosives! I'll manage!"

At this point, keeping it back and under control isn't part of the plan, though. The Prime drives after the Roboraptor, peppering it with shots centered towards its mouth. Let go of Ironhide, already! As Hot Rod comes to his side, Optimus's engine idles...and then, he speaks. "Drive it after me - I'll give it something to chase!" He doesn't seem to have noticed that they have an additional helper, instead focusing on, well, playing mouse. Shark waits for the thing to get into place, but once you guys go by and it stumbles to the spot, something goes awry. Either the wire is snapped by folks driving over it, or the grenade is a dummy. "Uh oh." Then he comms up a suggestion.

<Radio-MIL-AUT> Shark transmits, "If someone can aim a missile or rocket or something at the coordinates it'll go down now. But better make it quick."

<Radio-MIL-AUT> Optimus Prime transmits, "Copy that."

<Radio-MIL-AUT> Ironhide transmits, "Make it RIGHT quick! This ain't no massage therapy in here!"

Combat: Tracks attacks One Big Roboraptor with missile Level: 3 and MISSES!

+Roll: Hot Rod rolls against their Dexterity Stat, and Fails!


Combat: Optimus Prime attacks One Big Roboraptor with Follow the birdy-well, convoy! - (ballistics) Level: 1 and MISSES!

Hot Rod looks at Optimus nods, "I know exactly what to do!" he turns and runs towards the Giant Roboraptor and heads for its back he tries to jump for its tail but misses and hits the ground looking around for a better plan. The small Autobot climbs up some ruins and leans way over to try and jump onto the Big monster's back.

+Roll: Hot Rod rolls against their Agility Stat, and BOTCHES!

Hot Rod's shot crushes through the beast's armor, gnashing it's teeth to try and swallow the blasted mech in its mouth, the creature ducks to the side, avoiding the missiles from one, and then the blast of weapons fire from the convoy truck. All the while trying to figure out what’s with the pest attempting to jump all over it. "Grawr!"

Combat: One Big Roboraptor attacks Ironhide with unarmed Level: 1 and MISSES!

+Roll: Hot Rod rolls against their Agility Stat, and Succeeds! Success by 6

Ironhide struggles in the maw of the beast. He refuses to go down this way! Not here, in his own home! He fights back with all his might, pushing himself to the limit of his own strength, enough to prevent the monster from biting down any harder. "Fight on, Autobots! He's as good as ours!" He braces himself against the monster's crushing might. "Just.... hurry!" Hopefully, his last stand can help inspire the troops. They've got the coordinates and the firepower. Ironhide tries to give them the courage the only way he knows how: by getting himself mangled and living to tell the tale.

Tracks slaps his faceplate as his shot misses. He lines up another shot, the beast hasn't seem to notice him. Best to use that to his advantage while the other mech has the roboraptor's attention. Hot Rod gets a better idea and quickly transforms and races after Optimus he takes extra care to line up his jump and at the last second he kicks in his nox and hits a pile of rubble which sends the small car into the air. He transforms quickly and lands onto the back of Prime's trailer. He stands up and yells, "Hey.. try eating me you big bozo!" he raises his arms and fires what little energon he has left at the Big Raptor's chin in hopes it'll drop Ironhide. Its a little tricky to shoot while riding on the trailer but.. years of asteroid surfing has even him great balance.

Combat: Tracks attacks One Big Roboraptor with missile Level: 1 and MISSES!

+Roll: Ironhide rolls against their Inspire Software, and Fails! Failure by: 2

Combat: Hot Rod attacks One Big Roboraptor with Goy your attention yet?! - (Pistol) Level: 2 and HITS!

Optimus Prime could all but swear as Hot Rod misses his attempts at getting on the beast...and ends up climbing onto -him-. He seems surprised, but...you know what? If this works, he's not going to complain. His horn blares loudly, giving backup to Hot Rod's attempts at gathering attention. Come on, Roboraptor! Look! Shiny! Moving targets! COME GET THEM. (Drop Ironhide while you're at it, will you?)

+Roll: Optimus Prime rolls against their Presence Stat, and Succeeds! Success by 1

Another missile whips past the Raptor's head, and then the mech in its mouth refuses to go. And what's next? A blast in the face, and not a small one either. The creature lets out a yowl, sending Ironhide from its mouth. Skidding backwards from the blow, the beasty half-crouches, optics on the younger mech, at least until the horn blows. Lurching forward at speed, heading towards the Autobot commander, trying to close the distance for a chomp.

Shark transforms to catch up now everyone has gone past the failed trap. He's going to try what he suggested before, taking out those legs at ramming speed. Hopefully the raptor won't hear him coming with the sound Prime ahead of it.

Hot Rod rides the back of Optimus's trailer like a seasoned pro, "Hey, Optimus.. looks like it worked, Ironhide is free.. but its after us now, was there a plan B after getting its attention?" he attaches a missile to the end of one of his photon blasters and raises both while surfing on his commander. And watches as the Big Raptor try and catch up to the two and when it gets into weapon's range. He shoots the missile and unloads a payload of laser blasts after it as well to try and knock the taste out of the Raptor.

Combat: Shark attacks One Big Roboraptor with Ram a lamb a ding dong - (melee) Level: 3 and MISSES!

Combat: Hot Rod attacks One Big Roboraptor with Grand finale - (missile) Level: 2 and MISSES!

Ironhide finally is freed the from the monster's grasp. He woozily clambers to his feet, but he knows he's got no time to waste. Nobody messes with Prime unless they go through Ironhide. And this beast just went through Ironhide. Undaunted, Ironhide fights back. He sticks with the highly successful lead pellets, but due to time lost recovering from the fall, he doesn't get many good shots.

Combat: Ironhide attacks One Big Roboraptor with Gettin the lead out - (element) Level: 1 and MISSES! Tracks growls in frustration as he turns to keep track of the beast. He powers down his missiles and pulls out his rifle.

Combat: Tracks attacks One Big Roboraptor with rifle Level: 2 and MISSES!

"Well, luring it to the trap, but from the sound of things it's not much of a trap," Optimus Prime remarks as he starts driving. Fast. Hot Rod better hang on. "I think we can still make usage of it, though - I've got enough firepower left to trigger if it's still there."

+Roll: One Big Roboraptor rolls against their Dexterity Stat, and Succeeds! Success by 13

+Roll: Optimus Prime rolls against their Dexterity Stat, and Succeeds! Success by 14

The critter takes the bait, hauling steel after Optimus, snapping his jaws just behind the massive Autobot. It's strides large enough that it's feet carry right over Shark, unfortunately. Unaware of the blasts and lead pellets flying all around it. There's a big truck thingy convoy to chew on, and it's running away dagnabbit!

<Radio-MIL-AUT> Optimus Prime transmits, "Shark, you said the trap was a dud?"

<Radio-MIL-AUT> Shark transmits, "Grenade didn't go off, doesn't mean the trap is a dud."

<Radio-MIL-AUT> Ironhide transmits, "Let me have a crack at it. Maybe I can force it to blow."

<Radio-MIL-AUT> Optimus Prime transmits, "I hoped not. Can you catch up with us, Ironhide?"

Hot Rod erks and falls to one knee when Optimus decides to speed up. He sighs as the Big Raptor gets close enough to snap it's jaws at him while he's riding on the trailer of the Big Boss Bot. He pulls out his light saber and steps back to avoid those chomping teeth but he'll take swings at the beast with his sightseer, "Back off gruesome!!" he can hope that the monster won't enjoy getting it's snout light sabered!

Combat: Hot Rod attacks One Big Roboraptor with Light saber keep-away slash! - (Melee) Level: 2 and HITS!

<Radio-MIL-AUT> Ironhide transmits, "Speed ain't my strong suit. I got somethin' else in mind."

Shark misses his chance and luckily is out of the way when those pellets come raining down. He guns his engines to pull alongside of Prime's cab. "We can circle around and try the location again." he suggests.

<Radio-MIL-AUT> Optimus Prime transmits, "Oh?"

Ironhide isn't out of fight yet. The grenade didn't detonate on its own? No problem. Ironhide will detonate it himself. He draws his pistol and tunes it up. He takes aim for the explosive charge itself, hoping the laser can 'light the fuse.'

"If I can lure it onto the location, if we can distract the roboraptor, I can trigger it..." If, if, if. Too many ifs for Optimus Prime to like, but he's slightly strapped for ideas. It -looks- like it's getting hurt, but... Optimus rolls over the shaky ground, preparing to transform the instant he's clear of it.

Combat: Ironhide attacks One Big Roboraptor with Photon torpedo? - (pistol) Level: 3 and MISSES! +Roll: Hot Rod rolls against their Agility Stat, and Fails!

Tracks growls in aggravation as he goes to fire another round at the beast, "Frelling freak-bot!" He tenses as he tries to keep the beast in his sights.

Combat: Tracks attacks One Big Roboraptor with rifle Level: 2 and HITS!

The Roboraptor's snout is cut open by Hot Rod's swipe, spraying mech fluid and energon over him and the back of Prime's trailer. Ducking to the side now, one of the launchers on its body extends, unintentionally pulling it out of the line of fire from Ironhide... and directly into the blast from Tracks. The creature twists and slams into the ground, skidding along the asphalt giving a low hiss before becoming still.

Now clear, Optimus Prime transforms (Hot Rod being thrown clear of the trailer in the process) and prepares to shoot at the ground and/or grenade in hopes of crumbling the roboraptor's footing...only to find it already falling, and skidding on the ground, coming to a stop right before him. He blinks. Well, that was kind of anticlimactic. He looks around, trying to spot who finished it off...

Shark powers around just in time to see who got it. "Now is it over?" he calls out, hovering close and transforming. . Hot Rod wasn't prepared at all for Optimus' sudden transformation which sends the youngling into the air and crashing down extremely hard on the ground which cracks and breaks what’s left of his armor. He lets out a groan and just decides to lay on the ground bleeding precious energon out for now.

Tracks approaches the downed roboraptor. He subspaces his rifle, exchanging it for a container. He gets as close to the beast as he can, searching for an open wound he can use to gather it's fluids. He doesn't really pay much mind to the other Autobots, focused on his current task. Ironhide curses as his shot goes wide. That was his one clear shot at the grenade.... The beast falls, though, and Ironhide can finally relax. As Prime looks around, he puts his hands up. "Wasn't me." When Hot Rod hits the deck, he rushes over to check on him. "Hot Rod! You still with us? Hang in there, buddy." Ironhide takes stock of the scene: Prime and Shark look like they'll walk out of here fine. For the first time, he notices a stranger in their midst.... "Hey! You!"

Optimus Prime belatedly realizes that it might not have been such a good idea to transform. He moves over to Hot Rod's side, sizing up his wounds. "Stay still," he orders quietly, working on some basic field repairs. He briefly looks up as Ironhide calls out, following the old mech's gaze...to Tracks. For a moment he simply sizes the other up...then returns his attention to Hot Rod, finishing a job that will hopefully stabilize him until they can get him to a medic.

+Repair: Optimus Prime repairs Hot Rod.

Tracks glances up at the mechs addressing him, he offers a smile, waving a dismissive hand, "Don't mind me, just doing a favor for a friend..." Finding a wound large enough he starts filling the container with the beast's fluids.

Hot Rod groans as he turns to look at Ironhide and Optimus with a smile, "I've been better." he struggles to see what Optimus is doing to him, "Some great warrior I turned out to be, huh? Letting a few beasts do this to me." he sighs as his optics flicker, "I guess my date with Arcee is going to have to be put on hold, looks like the only date I'll be having is one with the repair bay."

It's quiet now, no sounds, or sensor blips, of Roboraptors to be heard of... Ahh the glory of victory.

Shark stands woozily himself, "Jade is so going to be upset when we all march in injured.. not something I look forward to that's for sure."

Ironhide starts to approach Tracks. He stows his weapon to prove he means no harm. "I think you just made four more, buddy. You got a name?" He continues towards the smartly-painted maverick, hoping to shake the hand of the robot who took down the behemoth.

"There's a fine line between a hero and a memory, Hot Rod," Optimus Prime chides gently. "You almost crossed it today." A pat to the shoulder, then he moves to help the young Autobot up. "I hope that's enough to get you to the repair bay." A glance towards Shark. "There's no telling how many civilians were hurt during this...and we've got a long way to go, finding them, cleaning up. This was only the beginning," he concludes, shaking his head... Tracks takes the full container, subspacing it before turning to Ironhide. He tilts his head slightly as he regards the older, more chewed up mech. He shrugs his shoulders, "What's in a name." He says cryptically as he looks at the offered hand.

Shark nods his head, "Yeah I know. Guess I can keep my feet awhile longer and scope out for anyone that needs help."

Ironhide looks taken aback for a moment, then scowls. "Now see here, you. I'm TRYIN' to introduce myself and show a little bit of manners. We got this thing in Iacon called protocol, and if you're too good for that..." He retracts his hand. "Name's Ironhide, and if you've ever heard of Optimus Prime, you'd KNOW what a name stands for." He points a thumb over his shoulder at the boss. "He's gonna end the war, an' I'm fixin' to help."

Hot Rod sits up a bit after Optimus finishes his repairs it not perfect but it'll let him transform and get back to base at least. He smiles, "I'm okay now Optimus." his head turns in the direction of Ironhide and Tracks, "Looks like you have something more important to deal with." He bends a piece of metal that was once a nasty gash to his chest into place to help and sop the lubricant leak.

Optimus exhales at Hot Rod's statement, starting to get to his feet. "It's all right, Ironhide," he calls, before looking at Tracks. "Thank you for your assistance. You have our gratitude."

Ironhide just crosses his arms, still spurned by the enigmatic Tracks. Tracks looks up at Ironhide, then casting a casual glance over his shoulder over at Optimus Prime. He returns cool blue optics to Ironhide, "I know who Optimus Prime is, and I wish him all the luck in the universe... As for my name, that is something I'm afraid I cannot divulge to anyone...I hope you can understand." He looks up to Optimus Prime as the mech calls out to him. He stays silent before goes to turn.

Ironhide relaxes somewhat. He does security for a living, and with the war, privacy is a value he understands. He doesn't respond to Tracks. He just lets him go. He turns to Optimus Prime, grimaces, and coughs up some energon. He spits it on the ground.

Shark moves off to look for damaged civilians, since things are taken care of and he has no need to remain.

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