“This keypad in Broadwing’s nest.”[quote=“Chromeharpoon, post:6243, topic:49995”]
“So,” Halfrunner says, “you and the rest of your little band are gonna be heading down there soon, I reckon? To find the Omega Lock and all?”
“You are welcome, crewman SideStep,” Motherboard replies.
With that, the first officer terminates the link and exits the bridge, transforming to her drone form to rocket on down to Engineering. A quick timeskip later, and she arrives, transforming to robot mode and climbing up to meet SideStep in the nest.
Sprocket looks up from the mining tool he had been studying.
“Oh, that!” he says. “About time we figured out what to do with it, huh? Maybe now that Salvation’s got some new tricks…”
The Autobot rummages through a disorganized storage cabinet, before procuring the datacard on which Arachnados had stored the data he’d scavenged from the ancient ground bridge. He hands it to Zepar, and the angelicon could see that some whispy strands of blue webbing still adorned its surface.
Halfrunner squints, getting a better look at Spectrum.
“Oh!” he realizes. “That you are. Sorry about that; thought you were the other one.”
“Heh, I must be going blind. I guess we don’t all age as gracefully as our chief engineer, sadly…”
Motherboard accepts the help, climbing up next to SideStep and immediately inspecting the keypad.
"This keypad is not in the designs for either the DFC Invincible or the CFC Salvation she reports. “I am also unable to access it remotely; it is reasonable to assume it was placed here by Bludgeon’s spy,” she says, though SideStep had likely figured that out already.
Footage appears on Motherboard’s visor, showing the nest at the edge of the camera’s vision, cloaked in shadow. Motherboard then plays through the footage at a blistering speed, searching for anything suspicious, turning her head to the side to give SideStep a good view, otherwise standing completely, unnaturally still.
Motherboard suddenly stops the playthrough and rewinds to a section recorded just days after Salvation’s launch from Cybertron. The faint silhouette of a humanoid bot creeps through the shadows toward the entrance to the hideout, but stops in his tracks, realizing that Broadwing had just recently built his nest atop the front door. Quickly, the figure turns and exits the scene.
Motherboard complies, and zooms in to enlarge the silhouette of the mysterious figure. Most of the figure’s features were hidden by the darkness, but SideStep would be able to make out a faint red glow from his optics.