The Prime Colonies
As Vector Sigma revealed to our heroes, the original Primes retreated into unknown space at the end of the golden age, believing that the people of Cybertron no longer required their guiding hand. Each founded their own colony on suitable worlds they encountered in the infinite black, which they justly ruled as they saw fit until they eventually all passed on. Their powerful weapons and tools have since been hidden away, awaiting the arrival of a worthy spark to claim them in the darkest hour. And now, as the heralds of Unicron hold Cybertron in their wicked grasp, that hour has arrived...
The twelve colonies of the Thirteen are as follow:
Prime: Prima, the firstborn of Primus and the Warrior of Light
Artifacts: Prima's sword, the Star Saber, lies at the bottom of a lake at the heart of a deep forest, and will present itself to those who are pure of spark and seek to use its' incomparable power for a selfless and noble cause.
(From what I can gather, this was an image used to promote the 3rd-party Dr. Wu Skybreaker, a toy of the TFP Star Saber. If this isn't the case, please let me know)
Prima's shield, the Skyboom, one of the only objects in the universe that can withstand the power of either of the Star Sabers or the Requiem Blaster, rests with its' master withinin the peak of a snowcapped mountain.
When the Thirteen left Cybertron, they were accompanied by the order of noble warriors and daring explorers known as the Knights of Cybertron. After the twelve Prime colonies were established, the Knights followed Prima and settled on his world, Primogenitum. It is a planet of lush, green forests and extravagant, silver cities in which the Knights of Cybertron live, venturing out to the other Prime colonies frequently to protect them from the hostile forces that roam the void.
(Credit to this amazing MOC goes to one by the name of Mike Doyle)
Prime: Vector Prime, the stoic Guardian of Space and Time
Artifact: Rhisling, the Sword of Time, which a skilled wielder can use to cut through the fabric of reality to open gateways to other places, times, and possibly even dimensions. Rhisling's exact location on Aevum is currently unknown.
Located within a "nexus point" for the flow of spacetime across the multiverse, the people of Aevum observe all variations of the past, present, and future. In recent years, Vector Sigma has had difficulty observing the goings on of the world- there are even times when it disappears completely from his sight.
Prime: the sagely Alpha Trion, Prime of Wisdom
Artifact: Alpha Trion's companion, Beta Maxx, slumbers in stasis deep within the planet.
The small world of Sophos belies an expansive, planet-wide library of data on a nigh-infinite variety of subjects. It's people are scholars and scientists, devoting their lives to the acquisition, distribution, and preservation of knowledge. To a resident of Sophos, information is many times more valuable than any amount of shanix you could offer them.
Prime: Solus Prime, the brilliant Prime of Creation
Artifact: the Forge of Solus Prime: a large, golden hammer that burns with the heart of a neutron star, and allows the wielder to create anything they desire- the only limit to the Forge's power being the imagination of the one wielding it. It rests against the anvil of the Astral Caminus, a great forge built in honor of Solus.
Solus Prime was the only casualty among the Thirteen in the War of the Primes, leaping in front of a shot from the Requiem Blaster meant for Nexus Prime. When the Thirteen left Cybertron, Astrum was founded in memory of her. Astrum is an artificial world akin to a Dyson ring, a round structure built in the shape of Solus' crest around a small, bright star. The people of Astrum harness power from this star to forge magnificent weapons, armor, tools, and works of art for the other Prime colonies and numerous alien races. They value ingenuity, quality, and benevolence, as well as art of all kinds.
Prime: the clever and lighthearted Micronus Prime, forefather to all minicons and all other bots who are smaller in stature.
Artifact: the Chimera Stone, a simple talisman allowing the bearer and their allies to share their powers and abilities amongst themselves. It is worn around the neck of Vergrandis' leader as a badge of office.
(No image available; maybe I can draw something?)
Vergrandis is a world of bright, colorful cities and a home for all Minicons, Micromasters, Headmasters, and the like. The people are loud, rambunctious, and welcoming to all.
(Thor: Ragnarok concept art by Emmanuel Shu)
Prime: Alchemist Prime, the friendly and inquisitive elemental
Artifact: unknown. The Lenses, which allowed Alchemist to observe the physical and mystical cycles of the cosmos, were an extension of his optics and therefore cannot be used by any other being.
A world of boreal forests and long, cold night, Elementum is populated by bots with an insatiable desire to understand the mechanisms of the universe and its' mystical aspects that lie beyond the realm of science. The most diligent of these students are even able to harness a fraction of cosmic power, which manifests itself in a wide variety of ways, such as transmutation or manipulation of the four elements.
In short: Elementum is a planet of robot wizards.
Prime: the unpredictable Nexus Prime, the first combiner.
Artifacts: the Enigma of Combination, which allows the bearer to form gestalt entities with their allies, lies with Nexus in his tomb.
Nexus Prime's sword, the Cyber Caliber, bestows upon the wielder the power to almost instantly repair or disassemble nearly any object. This power can only be accessed in the blade's combined form, and it's components are hidden across the five moons of Concordia: Heatwave, Topspin, Breakaway, Landquake, and Skyfall.
The planet Concordia is inhabited by combiners of all kinds, valuing unity and sharing Nexus Prime's fascination with change and creation. The planet is covered by one great city, while the moons are more varied in climate. Heatwave is volcanic, Landquake is rocky and arid, Skyfall is characterized by its' jungles and monolithic spires of rock, Topspin is home to great, furious electrical storms, and Breakaway's surface is forever entombed in ice and snow.
(credit to a talented fellow by the name of Julian Calle)
Prime: the proud Lord of Beasts, Onyx Prime.
Artifact: the Triptych Mask, entrusted to the ruler of Eukaris as a badge of office, grants the wearer great powers of vision.
The first face, Farsight, allows the wearer to see other places and times. The second, Predator, grants the wearer the ability to see into the mind of any target and track it across the universe. The third face, named Mournsong, permits the wearer to see into the realms beyond- the ethereal Afterspark and the hellish inferno of the Pit- and commune with the dead.
Eukaris is a diverse, organic world of great fecundity, inhabited by beast-mode transformers and Predacon dragons. Its' people value strength and the laws of nature, and the ruler of the planet is determined through single combat. Onyx is greatly revered, and an expansive temple constructed in his honor lies in a wide valley in the Steel Shard Mountains.
Prime: Amalgamous Prime, the easygoing trickster and the first Transformer
Artifact: the Scythe of Amalgamous Prime, which can assume the form of any weapon or tool desired by the wielder.
(No image available; maybe I can draw something?)
Powered by the original Transformation Cog, Muto is a wholly mechanical world in a constant state of flux. Metal continents rotate around the core, continuously merging, separating, and reshaping into new forms. The people of Muto possess heightened abilities of transformation, ranging from triple-changers to the revered Shifters, who can reconfigure their bodies into a truly infinite variety of forms.
Prime: the idealistic and imaginative Prime of Life, Quintus Prime
Artifact: the Emberstone, a small, yellow gemstone with the power to create life and revive the dead. Quintus used to carry the Emberstone in a pouch around his neck, but he later built it into the head of a long staff.
(photo of the Dr. Wu DW-M11)
Spirabilis is a techno-organic paradise, inhabited by every form of Cybertronian life. Hot spots, Wells, and and rivers of Energon, all enriched by the Emberstone's power, embellish the surface of the world. It's people value the nurturing and preservation of life of all kinds across the universe, and forgo all forms of weaponry. The endangering of life is taboo, and harmony is Spirabilis' watchword.
Prime: Megatronus, the Dark Warrior and Guardian of Entropy
Artifact: the Requiem Blaster, perhaps the most powerful firearm the universe has ever known, drawing its' power from sources of immense energy such as supernovae and quasars. Few, if any beings or objects can survive a blast from this formidable weapon, and fewer still can master it. The Requiem Blaster is locked away in the heart of a fortified stronghold; many have sought to claim it, and every attempt has ended in death.
The rocky, mountainous, wintry world of Bellator is home to great warriors- perhaps the greatest the Cybertronian race has ever known (the Knights of Cybertron heavily object to this notion, however). They live in large fortresses of stone, holding strength and courage in high esteem, as well as glory in battle. While they ultimately fight for good, the warriors of Bellator are utterly without mercy towards their enemies and those whose intentions smack of nefarious. Good is not soft, indeed.
(Concept art for Destiny: Rise of Iron by Sung Choi and Dima Goryainov)
Prime: Optimus Prime, the humble thirteenth Prime and the original Matrix-bearer
Artifact: unknown; perhaps none. The Matrix of Leadership is already in the hands of our heroes, and there is no record of Optimus carrying anything else besides a standard Energon battleaxe he acquired in the battle against Unicron.
Nothing is known of Optimus' colony, Trecedim. Vector Sigma has never been able to see it, and no-one on the other Prime colonies has either- nor does anyone even have an idea as to its' location. Some believe that Optimus concealed the world to hide an object of great power, while others dare to speculate that Trecedim simply does not exist- that Optimus remained on Cybertron to covertly observe and shepherd the Cybertronian race. It is indeed a mystery, one that practically begs to be solved...