Writings of the TOTGA-verse

This thread is for fanfiction written as part of the universe shared by my two RPs, Transformers: Twilight of the Golden Age and Transformers: Salvation

This big ol’ wall of text is the general lore of the universe. Enjoy!

[details=The Beginning]The history of the autonomous mechanical beings known as the Cybertronians- or, more colloquially, the “Transformers”- begins in a time long since past, when the universe could still be considered new, upon the moon of a crimson gas giant adrift just outside our galaxy. The seas of this moon were rich in primordial, cosmic energies, and from one particular pool were born two beings, with bodies of metal and possessing unfathomable power over the fundamental aspects of the universe: Primus and Unicron. For eons, the two lived together peacefully on the moon, exploring the wide range of their abilities and observing the goings-on of the cosmos from the isolation of their home.

Eventually, however, Primus and Unicron began to drift apart as their opposing natures revealed themselves with the passage of time. Primus harbored a fascination for the myriad of forms that life took across the universe; he believed in its’ protection and promotion, and in the innate benevolence of all things. When Unicron looked out into the endless expanse, however, he saw only a harsh, unforgiving void populated by cruel and savage creatures, each eking out a futile, temporary scrap of an existence before succumbing to their sad fate. He eventually came to the belief that he had been created to dispense a twisted mercy upon these wretched beings: he would stamp out all traces of this foul thing called “life”, saving it from the cruelty of a short and meaningless existence.

Primus opposed Unicron, and dedicated himself to fighting against his brother’s mad campaign. Their ongoing battles carried them off of their moon and out into the cosmos, and the victor would determine the ultimate destiny of all creation. For ages innumerable, the two gods clashed, however neither one could gain the upper hand- at least not for long. While they opposed each other- with Primus as a force of creation, and Unicron one of destruction- the two cosmic deities were still equal in power; try as they might, neither was capable of defeating the other. Over time, Primus came to realize this truth, and so he withdrew, fleeing to a distant corner of the galaxy where he hoped Unicron would not find him again for some time.[/details]

[details=The Thirteen Primes and the Battle with Unicron] It was there that the Creator set in motion a new scheme to defeat his brother. Unicron had to be destroyed, regrettably, or else he would pose a constant threat to all that lived. However, since he could not do so personally, Primus decided that he could, perhaps, create others to do the deed in his stead. These warriors he would each bestow with a small component of his power; while they would not match Unicron in sheer might, Primus hoped that their more varied natures would enable them to do what he could not. It was thus that he shed his physical form, and, with the deepest reserves of his power, formed around his incorporeal life-force a mechanical world, which he named Cybertron.

From a massive pit in the new planet’s north pole sprang fourteen cybernetic beings- the warriors who would continue the battle against Unicron and succeed where Primus could not. Implanted with the knowledge of their purpose by the god, they quickly set to work on honing honing their abilities for the eventual confrontation with Unicron, the Chaos Bringer. These warriors were:

Prima, a noble warrior who devoted himself to standing against the forces of darkness.

Vector Prime, a stoic who held command over the very fabric of time and space, and later set himself to safeguarding reality from threats with similar capabilities.

Alpha Trion, a sagely repository of knowledge and wisdom aided by the diminutive Beta Maxx.

Solus Prime, a clever and inventive woman who inherited Primus’ ingenuity.

Micronus Prime, the forerunner to all smaller breeds of Cybertronian that would emerge thereafter.

Alchemist Prime, a spiritual sort whose abilities toed the line between the realms of advanced technology and outright mysticism.

Nexus Prime, a unique individual formed from the congregation of five smaller minds and bodies. From him are descended all manner of combining Cybertronians.

Onyx Prime, who possessed a deep, innate bond with the natural world and its’ creatures.

Amalgamous Prime, a trickster whose body was ever-changing in shape. The First Transformer.

Quintus Prime, an idealist who, like Primus before him, cherished all forms of life throughout the universe.

Liege Maximo, a silver-tongued master of words and toxins.

Megatronus, a warrior dedicating himself to the destruction of his enemies.

…And Optimus Prime, a humble voice of calm and unity amongst his comrades, chosen by Primus to bear a fragment of the god’s life-force within a golden talisman, later named the Matrix of Leadership.

For centuries, these “Primes” trained to do battle with Unicron and slay the Chaos Bringer. They became masters of their various weapons and abilities, and when the time came, Quintus Prime used the his talisman, the Emberstone, to create legions of transforming warriors to fight alongside the Thirteen. Among these were the original twelve Knights of Cybertron, who quickly gained a small following due to their proficiency in battle. With his sword, Rhisling, Vector Prime opened a portal to a distant star system in which Unicron, also having assumed a planetary form, feasted upon an unfortunate world. The Thirteen and their armies charged through to strike him down, however quickly discovered that the Chaos Bringer had spawned four minions of his own: Nemesis Prime, a grim bringer of doom who wielded a twisted replica of Prima’s sword, the Dark Star Saber, and the might of all the Thirteen put together; Ramjet, a demented psychopath who, like Vector Prime, could manipulate reality to his whims; Megabolt, a formidable master of arms with an infinite arsenal of devastating weapons at his disposal; and Infernocus, a hulking, brutish combiner with powerful pyrokinetic abilities.

The ensuing battle was a spectacle unlike any the universe had seen before, and has yet to see again. Nemesis Prime held his own against the Thirteen single-handedly, as Ramjet, Megabolt, and Infernocus tore into their armies. Strikes from both Star Sabers, along with blasts from Megatronus’ Requiem Blaster, flashed brighter than the most luminous of stars, and reality itself was torn asunder around Unicron as Vector Prime and Ramjet made full use of their powers. But the Thirteen’s troops began to dwindle, the slain reanimated to serve Unicron as undead Terrorcons, and Nemesis Prime proved himself a deadly opponent to the Primes. As the battle endured, it began to seem as though the last hope of putting an end to the Chaos Bringer would die with the Thirteen…

…Suddenly, in the darkest hour, there was light. In an act of desperation, Optimus Prime clawed at the golden artifact he had been gifted upon his creation, and the seal opened to allow the power of the Allspark to wash across the system. Unicron’s spark began to collapse in on itself, consuming his body from the inside out, and the Heralds of Unicron were whisked away along with it, into the Void outside reality. Once more, Vector Prime opened a portal, and the Thirteen escaped to Cybertron with what remained of their armies.[/details]

[details=The Golden Age]In the forty-thousand years that followed, The Primes, together with the Knights of Cybertron, led the billions of Cybertronians that had begun to emerge from the Well of All Sparks into an era of unparalleled prosperity. The Knights became Cybertron’s dominant religious, scientific, and military power, creating such innovations as the Space Bridge and the Dark Matter Drive to facilitate interstellar travel, and developing the little-understood process of cyberforming, by which a planet was imbued with cosmic energies and transformed into an extension of the Allspark, making it more suitable for Cybertronian habitation. Through cyberforming, the Knights of Cybertron established the first seven Cybertronian colonies: Hecate, Gigantion, Caelum, Paradon, Chaar, Antilla, and Conventus.

The race of Transformers also made contact with several alien races during this time period, known as the Age of Exploration, or more simply, the Golden Age. With some, like the peoples of Nebulos and Earth, they became close allies; with others, however, such as the Quintessons, they made fierce enemies. The Cybertronians became very active in the goings-on of the galaxy, and gradually assumed the role of caretakers and shepherds for less-advanced species.[/details]

[details=The War of the Primes and the End of the Golden Age]These halcyon millennia were not to last, sadly, as Liege Maximo desired absolute power, and plotted to do away with the rest of the Thirteen to obtain it. With his silver tongue, Liege ignited a civil war amongst the Primes, and the rest of the Cybertronian race were quick to choose sides. The conflict was brief by Cybertronian standards, lasting only about a century, however in that time enough devastation was wrought upon the people and colonies of Cybertron to set their progress as a species back drastically. Many of the Cybertronian Knights’ advanced technologies, some examples of which bordered on the magical in many aspects, were lost. The Primes eventually found themselves in a heated battle atop the Hydrax Plateau, and in the fury of that battle, Solus Prime was slain as she defended Nexus Prime from a fatal shot from the Requiem Blaster. The battle ended shortly after, when the surviving Thirteen finally realized that Liege Maximo had been pulling the strings all this time, and thus they all united against him. The Prime of Lies was defeated, and the War of the Primes came to an end shortly after, though not without terrible costs.

The remaining Thirteen came to the conclusion that the age of the Primes had to end with them, and that they would have to take their leave from the rest of the Cybertronian race, so that it could continue to evolve once again. Over the next thousand years, they sentenced Liege Maximo to an indefinite slumber in stasis, at least until the people had determined he had properly atoned for his heinous acts, and made arrangements in secret with the Knights of Cybertron to retreat into unknown space.

A magnificent, private funeral was held to properly lay Solus Prime to rest, and shortly after, the twelve remaining Primes and Beta Maxx left Cybertron with the Knights aboard eleven colony ships. These events were conducted in utmost secrecy, and as such the rest of the Cybertronian race knew not the true fate of the Thirteen; they believed that they had all died atop the Hydrax Plateau, and the Knights had even built a tomb into the side of the landmark in which they claimed the Primes had been laid to rest. As far as the general public knew, the Primes were dead, the Knights of Cyberton had mysteriously vanished, and the Golden Age had come to an end, perhaps never to return.

While most of the Cybertronian Knights left to follow the Primes, others ventured elsewhere to hide powerful and significant artifacts. Two more colony ships were launched: one carried Liege Maximo’s stasis pod in a hidden chamber, and its’ crew founded the eighth Cybertronian colony, Clemency; the other held within it the Key to Vector Sigma (the all-knowing supercomputer would know of the Prime’s true whereabouts, and so it had to be sealed away, at least for now), and crashed on a distant world used by many races as a galactic landfill. The crash inadvertently triggered the ship’s cyberforming mechanisms, and thus was founded the ninth Cybertronian world, Junkion. Another band of Knights ventured into other uncharted regions of space, carrying with them the Omega Lock- a machine with unfathomable power, perhaps rivaling that of Primus himself, if lore was to be believed. A map to the Omega Lock was left inside a secret vault in Crystal City, and would go undiscovered until much later.[/details]

[details=The Epoch of Stagnation]The next one hundred million years would become known as the Epoch of Stagnation by the people of Cybertron and the nine colonies (otherwise known as the Imperium of Cybertron), for little scientific or technological progress was made for most of it. Despite the surviving Thirteen’s intentions, the race of Transformers continued to live under the rule of Primus’ chosen; Quintus Prime had not sympathized with his companions’ view, and discretely left the Matrix on Cybertron so that it could choose new Primes. A long line of successive Matrix-bearers led the Transformers through the Epoch of Stagnation, and while they remained proud and active in the galaxy, they never regained their Golden Age prominence and majesty during this time.

Meanwhile, the surviving Thirteen had founded eleven new colonies in the unknown regions. Prima and the Knights of Cybertron settled on Primogenitum; Vector Prime kept watch over reality from Aevum; Alpha Trion and Beta Maxx turned their world, Sophos, into a vast repository of knowledge; the artificial ringworld Astrum was built in memory of Solus Prime; Micronus’ colony, Vergrandis, was populated by the smaller variations of Cybertronian; Alchemist Prime ruled over Elementum, its’ people devoting themselves to studying both the scientific and mystical aspects of the universe; Concordia, Nexus Prime’s colony, played host to every variety of combining Transformer; Beast-mode Cybertronians lived close in-tune with the natural world on Onyx Prime’s domain, Eukaris; Muto mimicked Amalgamous Prime’s fluid nature with its’ shifting surface; Quintus Prime turned Spirabilis into a techno-organic Eden; and the people of Megatronus’ colony, Bellator, fashioned themselves into formidable warriors. These eleven worlds lived in harmony with one another, and would have no contact with the Imperium of Cybertron until much, much later- its’ location had been hidden by the surviving Thirteen and the Knights.

Optimus Prime, meanwhile, had chosen to travel the cosmos alone, and his voyages took him beyond the galactic rim, where he discovered the moon upon which Primus and Unicron had been created. Granting the Thirteenth Prime an eternal spark, so long as he remained on the moon, Primus tasked Optimus with keeping its’ existence a secret, and protecting it from any who sought to use its power for ill deeds. Optimus first endeavored to remain in contact with the rest of his comrades, but as his life-force became more and more tied to the moon, he eventually retreated permanently into the unknown. Presumed dead by most, rumors circulated throughout the Prime colonies that Optimus had founded one of his own, named Trecedim, before his passing. Over the ages, many attempted bold expeditions to find Trecedim, yet almost none ever succeeded.[/details]

[details=The Great War]For the Imperium of Cybertron, the Epoch of Stagnation came to an end as the reign of Sentinel Prime began to draw to a close. A xenophobic political faction of Cybertronians, led by a gladiator named Megatron, called for the dissolution of all ties between the Cybertronian race and its’ organic allies, and the more radical of its’ members even called for the extermination of techno-organic and beast-mode transformers to “purify” the species. Sentinel Prime would not yield to their demands, labeling them as deplorable and deceitful. Megatron and his following were not deterred, and, adopting the moniker of “Decepticons”, went militant and seized the colony of Chaar.

And thus did the Great War begin between the Decepticons and the Autobots, a heroic faction rising from ashes of the crumbling Imperium to fight for the freedom of all sentient beings. For five hundred years, the Autobots and their allies battled valiantly against the Decepticon Empire’s campaigns of conquest and genocide. It was a long, brutal war, worse than the War of the Primes before it and perhaps one of the worst the galaxy had ever seen. Incalculable lives of every species were lost, and entire planets were rendered uninhabitable. The Matrix of Leadership went into a comatose state, losing faith in the Cybertronian race, and Sentinel Prime hid it away in the Tomb of the Primes. The tomb’s entrance was concealed, and eventually knowledge of its location was lost to time.[/details]

Transformers: Salvation

In the Great War’s final years, scientists on both sides discovered that the conflict had gravely injured the Allspark; were it not healed soon, Primus would die, and Autobots and Decepticons alike would be soon to follow. A truce was called as the two factions put aside their rivalry to discover a remedy to the Allspark’s plight, which led to the discovery of the map to the Omega Lock in what remained of Crystal City, now known as the Sea of Rust. The Decepticon Fleetcarrier Invincible was retrofitted with cutting-edge technology and rechristened the CFC Salvation , and its’ crew of Autobots, Decepticons, and nonaligned Cybertronians left to follow the map to the Lock. After a perilous journey, the Salvation recovered the Omega Lock and returned it to Cybertron, where the machine tore itself apart restoring Primus to full health.

[details=War’s End/The Cybertronian Commonwealth]There was little time to celebrate, however, for Megatron was quick cast aside the truce and resume his attacks upon the Autobots in the form of a siege on Iacon. The Autobots repelled the assault in a crushing victory, and chased what remained of the Decepticons to Earth, where Ultra Magnus, the Autobot leader, personally defeated Megatron in the Battle of Mission city. The Decepticon Empire surrendered to the Autobots shortly after, and the Great War came to a bittersweet end: though free from Decepticon tyranny, the war had left the galaxy in ruin, and the the whole of the Cybertronian race was scorned by most other sentient species. The Autobots helped to repair what they could, before retreating to their corner of the galaxy in a self-imposed exile for their sins that would last for over twenty million years.

Both the Autobot and Decepticon factions were dissolved, and the race of Transformers reorganized themselves into a new political body: the Cybertronian Commonwealth. The damage done to Cybertron was swiftly repaired, though many of the nine colonies, save Junkion, Hecate, and Gigantion, were abandoned and left desolate, and all contact with the rest of the galaxy ceased.

Despite the isolation, this postwar era heralded what many considered at the time to be a second Golden Age. A new method of FTL travel, the Transwarp drive, became available for virtually all space-faring vessels, and other significant medicinal and technological advancements were made. By extracting small portions of the Allspark from Cybertron’s core, a new colony, Velocitron, was founded, and those twenty million years passed peacefully.[/details]

[details=Transformers: Twilight of the Golden Age]Upon the anniversary of the Decepticon’s defeat, however, the Tomb of the Primes was rediscovered, reawakening the Matrix of Leadership… and something else along with it. The Heralds of Unicron, using a dark counterpart to the Matrix formed from the remains of Unicron’s Antispark, freed themselves from the Void and assumed control of the Cybertronian Commonwealth, with the intent of using this “Dead Matrix” to drain the life-force of Primus and become gods themselves. An unlikely band of heroes, formed mostly by fate, reawakened Liege Maximo from stasis and uncovered the Key to Vector Sigma on Junkion, and from the supercomputer they learned of the existence of the Prime colonies.

These heroes embarked on a quest to visit all eleven of these worlds and obtain the powerful weapons of the Thirteen, to defeat the Heralds of Unicron before they could enact their diabolical plot. Over the course of the next month, they earned powerful relics such as the Star Saber, the Requiem Blaster, and the Forge of Solus Prime through their many heroic deeds, and made the inhabitants of the Prime colonies aware of their plight. However, on the colony of Aevum, Nemesis Prime destroyed the Matrix of Leadership with one swing of the Dark Star Saber, and in that instant, all hope seemed lost…

…Until Primus himself revealed to the heroes the location of Trecedim, the moon which Optimus had been tasked with protecting for all these eons. It was there that the Matrix could be repaired, and so the heroes speedily journeyed to the moon, where the Thirteenth Prime assisted them in restoring the Matrix. In a climatic battle between the united forces of the Cybertronian Commonwealth and the Prime colonies, and the undead legions of the Heralds of Unicron, the reforged Matrix of Leadership chose one of the heroes, Axis of Eukaris, to be the next Prime, and she and her comrades destroyed the Heralds and the Dead Matrix. With the evil vanquished, Primus’ life was spared, and all of creation had been saved.

Under the just rule of Axis Prime, the Cybertronian Commonwealth merged with the Prime colonies to form the New Imperium of Cybertron, and a true new Golden Age dawned upon the Cybertronian race. The Prime colonies shared their advanced technologies and culture with their brethren, and the reunited race of Transformers cast aside their exile and rejoined the galaxy at large, as they continue to live in peace and prosperity to this day.[/details]

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Cybertronian Planets of the TOTGA-verse
These were the planets that the players of Twilight of the Golden Age traveled to over the course of the RP, also including five that were only mentioned in the lore.

Cybertron and the First Seven Colonies

[details=Cybertron]Cybertron: the homeworld of the race of Transformers, in the very core of which resides the life-giving Allspark of Primus. For more than one hundred and twenty million years, while other worlds have crumbled and civilizations faded away, the gleaming metal cities of Cybertron and its people have endured through wars, plagues, and villains that have threatened the universe itself with their evil. Long thought lost in the age following the Great War, the people of Cybertron have returned from exile to spread out into the galaxy once more.

At Cybertron’s north pole lies the Well of All Sparks, a massive round pit- visible from orbit- boring straight down into the planet, all the way to the core. It is the only Well on the planet, however it is the forerunner to all others that came after it, and is by far the most potent. Cybertronian life of every variety issues from its depths almost constantly, and its direct connection to the Allspark ensures that it will never die so long as Primus lives.

East of the Well is the Hydrax Plateau, in which resides the Tomb of the Primes, while to the south lies the city of Iacon. It was the first on the planet, first inhabited by the original thirteen Primes, and it has only grown larger and more beautiful as the eons have passed. It is the capitol of not only Cybertron, but of the Imperium as a whole, and the current home of Axis Prime and all who will bear the Matrix after her. The metropolis Tyger Pax is situated southwest of the Hydrax Plateau, built atop a lake of liquid Energon. At Cybertron’s equator can be found Kaon, and the Vector Sigma Chamber within its square, along with patches of techno-organic forests and plains. In the southern hemisphere of Cybertron lies the blighted and inhospitable ruins of the once-magnificent Crystal City, now known as the Sea of Rust.[/details]

[details=Hecate]Cybertron’s two moons, Hecate and Artemis, were both the first stellar bodies considered for cyberforming by the Knights of Cybertron. Both were rich in Energon- a requirement for the process- however Artemis possessed too high a variety of the substance. Wary of how so many different variations of Energon would react with the cybermatter, the Knights decided to reallocate their efforts and colonize only Hecate instead.

Each colony reacted differently to cyberforming, and Hecate was no exception. The Knights discovered that not a single Well had been created on the moon; instead, the surface of the satellite was positively riddled with Hot Spots- Energon-rich areas in which disembodied sparks formed and pockets of sentio metallico (the metal of which Cybertronians bodies are comrpised) could be found. This would certainly make procreation on the new colony difficult, however not impossible; using an at-the-time experimental procedure nicknamed "cold construction’, the people of Hecate sculpted lifeless bodies from the moon’s sentio metallico deposits, and harvested sparks from the Hot Spots to place them inside these shells and grant them proper lives. The Hecatians largely pioneered the technology and technique of cold construction, and it soon became a viable alternative means of reproduction for the whole race. The people of Hecate fought with Quintus Prime at the end of the Golden Age, and near-unanimously supported the Autobots during the Great War. Like the rest of the Imperium of Cybertron, it was left in ruin by its end, however the colony was swiftly rebuilt, and remains active and prosperous to this day.

Noteworthy locations on Hecate include Hot Spot-84, one of the largest and most bountiful of its’ kind to be found on any Cybertronian world. Southeast of Hot Spot-84 lies the city of Polyhex, which boasts a massive vault of sparks harvested from all across the moon. Just north of Hecate’s equator is Pescus Hex, the largest provider of cold constructed shells and a center for the technique, even. Hecatians treat cold construction as an almost sacred form of art, and are able to put the intimate knowledge of Cybertronian anatomy and physiology that it requires to medical use, in a pinch.[/details]

[details=Gigantion]Gigantion was the second of the original seven colonies to be founded. Micronus Prime involved himself heavily in the proceedings, so perhaps it wasn’t entirely a coincidence that nearly half of the Cybertronian population spawned from the colony’s Wells were soon found to be Minicons and Micromasters. The other half, however, were gargantuan mechanoids that stood as tall as skyscrapers, dubbed “Titans” for their immense size. Day-in and day-out, the Titans of Gigantion have since labored with their tiny counterparts to build a complex, layered megacity around their world. Their work has been impeded twice, by the War of the Primes and the Great War, however it has never gone truly without pause. The people of Gigantion are yet building still…

Wrapping around the planet is a ring formed from jettisoned debris from constant construction- discarded tools, girders, beams, and the ruins of entire buildings, even. All ten layers of the Gigantion megacity are populated and can be traversed at leisure. On level nine can be found the Metroplex Shipyards, named in memory of a heroic Titan who fought for the Autobots, and a massive elevator, hundreds of miles wide, in the north pole runs through the entire planet. At Gigantion’s heart lies the remnants of the organic world originally colonized by the Knights- Level Zero. It receives very little sunlight, and is inhabited only by miners and caretakers of its’ Hot Spots and Wells. Retired spacecraft of every make and model litter the surface, and many of them are recycled into material to expand the city further. Notable derelicts include the Ark, the Steelhaven, and the CFC Salvation.

With their size, the Titans are the strongest of all the Cybertronian breeds, and are also virtually immune to all but the most powerful weapons. The wee folk of Gigantion are, in kind, also stronger and more resilient than others of their kin hailing from other worlds. Gigantions value hard, honest labor and unity. They have a great respect for old customs and traditions, however they also maintain a firm and optimistic gaze towards the future, believing in the necessity of progress and innovation. They typically possess mining and construction-oriented alt-modes.[/details]

[details=Chaar]The third of the first seven colonies was the volcanic world of Chaar, rich in Energon and other natural resources valuable to the Cybertronian race- some of them quite rare on most other planets. Thus did it become an industrial center and a prime exporter of raw materials for the old Imperium of Cybertron. Though largely unaffected by the War of the Primes, Chaar was seized by the Decepticon Empire at the start of the Great War. The Decepticons aggressively strip-mined the planet to fuel their war machine, and in doing so eventually killed the world- its Wells and Hot Spots gradually withered and died- by the War’s end. Chaar was not rebuilt following the Great War, and remains a hellish, barren husk in the age of the New Imperium.

The capitol city of Chaar was Trypticon, which boasted vast Energon refineries and sat above a vein of rare Red Energon. The city was rumored to be the center of a mysterious weapons development project of the Decepticons late in the war, however these plans, whatever they might have been, never came into fruition.

Chaaran Transformers typically possessed mining and industrial-based alt-modes, as well as a high tolerance for extreme heat. They were diligent workers, as well as competent engineers and technicians.[/details]

[details=Paradon]Paradon, the fourth of the original colonies, functioned as the premiere medical center of the old Imperium of Cybertron. Many lifesaving techniques, technologies, treatments, and cures were developed on the world, and the doctors and surgeons Paradon produced were praised as the best of any species in all the galaxy. Paradon’s pacifist culture led to the colony and its people remaining largely neutral during both wars in Cybertronain history, however during the Great War, the many battles between the Autobots and Decepticons left Paradon desolate. In the present day, however, the planet is slowly being rebuilt and recolonized as part of the New Imperium of Cybertron.

Notable cities on Paradon include Durax, suspended by a network of bridges and antigravity engines above the planet’s largest Well. The Durax Hospital for Protoforms is a massive medical complex in the city, dedicated to treating newborn Cybertronians and also playing host to several cold construction studios. Protihex also boasts a prestigious medical academy famous for producing, among other famous practitioners of medicine, the Autobot medical officer Ratchet.[/details]

Antilla

Antilla, the fifth colony, would be a largely inhospitable desert world for most organic creatures. However, as with Chaar and Artemis, beneath the sands lay a wealth of Energon and other resources valuable to the Cybertronian people. Mining proved more difficult than originally expected, however, and so the planet’s Wells quickly began to produce Transformers that were more fuel-efficient, and with durable bodies to help them withstand the harsh desert conditions. The Antillians managed to carve out a stable existence upon their world, but about halfway through the Great War, the Decepticons unleashed a terrible biological weapon upon the colony: a laboratory-bred strain of the dreaded Cosmic Rust. Within weeks, both Antilla’s cities and its’ people wasted away. The few that survived, bearing a rare immunity to the plague, either joined the Autobots or remained neutral. Antilla remains a quarantined world to this day.

[details=Caelum]Religion is a keystone of Cybertronian culture, and that fact is no more apparent than on the sixth colony, Caelum. A world of lush jungles and high, beautiful cliffs and mountain ranges, Caelan Transformers were devout followers of Primus and the Thirteen, and were well-versed in Cybertronian lore and mythology. Even after the Golden Age came to an end, many of its’ people retained a fluency in the old spoken language of their race, and in the ancient writing form of Cyberglyphics. Caelum was sadly left desolate after the Great War, however it is currently undergoing recolonization efforts.

Caelum’s capitol city, Simfur, boasted a large collection of artifacts of major religious significance, as well as a massive temple in which could be found one of the oldest editions of The Covenant of Primus known to exist. Nova Cronum was a major philosophical center, and to a lesser extent, a hotbed for medical research, as the city was built atop a notably active Well.[/details]

[details=Conventus]Originally a hub of purely Cybertronian commerce and interstellar travel, the tropical archipelagos of Conventus came to act as a congregation point for nearly all civilized races of the galaxy. Conventus became a symbol of unity for many, and a frequent host of diplomatic endeavors, as well as trade. Naturally, it was one of the xenophobic Decepticon Empire’s first targets. The colony was besieged from orbit, until it was abandoned and left in ruin. It remained desolate for twenty million years after the Great War, but now, as the New Imperium of Cybetron ventures out to re-establish contact with alien races, it is being resettled.

Conventan Transformers were very knowledgeable in the languages and cultures of alien civilizations, and many were accomplished shipbuilders and businessmen. Unitrex, a city in Conventus’ western hemisphere, was a prominent shipbuilding center, while the planet’s capitol, Kalis, functioned as a massive spaceport and mercantile hub.[/details]

Junkion, Clemency, and Velocitron

[details=Clemency]After the War of the Primes, the surviving Thirteen tasked the Knights of Cybertron with hiding any artifacts that would betray knowledge of their true fate to the people. One such artifact was the stasis pod in which Liege Maximo was imprisoned. This pod was placed within a hidden chamber of a colony ship, which was then sent to found a new Cybertronian world. The planet chosen was cold and icy, however met the criteria for a suitable colony all the same. The world was thus cyberformed, and named Clemency.

The true purpose behind Clemency’s founding would never be discovered during the Epoch of Stagnation, and for much of the era of the Cybertronian Commonwealth, too. Clemency’s cities were razed during the Great War, and the abandoned world served as a popular hideout for outlaws for roughly twenty million years after. Like many of the other “lost colonies”, however, Clemency is now being resettled by the New Imperium of Cybertron.

Clemencian Transformers were especially adapted to frigid climates, and possessed alt-modes suited for the planet’s harsh, unending winter. Clemency’s capitol city was Ky-Alexia, built near the colony ship that founded the world.[/details]

[details=Junkion]At one time, Junkion was an uninhabited, unclaimed, and undesired planet. It was too far from its’ star for most of its’ orbital cycle to be considered for colonization by organic species, and it harbored little in the way of natural resources that may have made it valuable otherwise. A swath of civilizations took to using Junkion as a sort of galactic dumping ground, and over time, the true surface of the world became buried beneath mountains of trash, fields of detritus, pools of toxic chemicals, and the hulls of broken starships.

After the War of the Primes, however, a Cybertronian colony ship, dispatched by the Knights of Cybertron to hide the Key to Vector Sigma, veered off its’ course and crash-landed on the Planet of Junk. The impact triggered the vessel’s cyberforming mechanisms by accident, reacting with what Energon was present on the world to imbue it with the energies of the Allspark, and thus was the ninth Cybertronian colony founded by pure mishap.

The Transformers that now called Junkion home quickly established an unusual society, dialect, and set of customs largely based off of human pop culture. This, combined with Junkion’s distance from the other Cybertronian worlds (and indeed most other civilized races), led to its people becoming largely independent. Though officially a part of the Imperium of Cybertron, and later the Cybertronian Commonwealth, and now the New Imperium of Cybertron, Junkion still possesses a degree of autonomy that the other colonies do not have, and its inhabitants tend to keep out of intergalactic affairs (even those of the other Cybertronian worlds). Junkions are also noteworthy for possessing an unusual anomaly in their constitutions that allows them to survive injuries that would otherwise prove fatal to most other Cybertronian breeds.

Junkion is ringed by a debris field of derelict starships, space stations, and other miscellaneous jetsam. This ring is especially perilous to travel through, for it is home to sparse tribes of viscous, savage cannibals that often abduct unlucky spacefarers. Noteable locations on Junkion include The Big Apple, the planet’s de facto capitol, which was constructed around the wreck of an Autobot orbital station that now serves as the residence of the Junkion leader. Just beyond the city limits, one can find the Montgomery Scott Shipyards. The Howling Wastes is the name given to a vast, arid plain littered with ancient shipwrecks. Smugglers like to hide themselves and their contraband within the wrecks, and the Driller Worms that tunnel beneath the wastes make it a dangerous place to travel. The Acid Sea is a vast ocean of acids and toxic chemicals, home to a particularly ravenous breed of Sharkticon, and the Pillar of Rust- the name since given to the colony ship that founded Junkion- rests in the eye of a permanent rust storm.[/details]

[details=Velocitron]
Velocitron is the product of an ambitious project of the newly-formed Cybertronian Commonwealth. Seeking to reclaim the Golden Age glory of their species, fragments of the Allspark were harvested from Cybertron’s core and placed aboard a fleet of starships bound for a desert world in a nearby solar system. When the fleet arrived, however, a closer inspection of the planet revealed that it was much closer to its star than originally thought- so close was it, in fact, that the surface was uninhabitable during the daylight hours. Thus was the fleet rebuilt into a collection of mobile cities, utilizing the Allspark fragments as an infinite energy source in addition to their life-giving properties. These cities constantly crawl through the desert sands of Velocitron to escape the hellish inferno brought by daybreak and remain in the safety of the cool night.

Speed soon became a valued attribute in Velocitronian culture. Its Wells quickly began to produce remarkably fast and agile Transformers with speedy, terrain-based vehicle modes, and racing became the planet’s most popular passtime, eventually becoming an important piece of Velocitron’s societal structure, even. Disputes between individuals and cities are now settled on the race track, and the Speedia 5000, held in the capitol city of Navitas, even determines the planet’s leader.

Other important cities on Velocitron are Delta, a shipbuilding center with many large spaceports, and The Scorched City, a mobile city that mysteriously lost power and fell victim to the blazing fires of Velocitron’s sun. Many valuable technologies and artifacts are rumored to still be hidden within its depths.[/details]

The Prime Colonies

[details=Primogenitum]After the other ten colonies of the Primes were founded and sufficiently developed, the Knights of Cybertron retreated to the planet claimed by Prima, which he named Primogenitum. Its temperate climates and evergreen forests were left largely undisturbed, with the inhabitants choosing to life in just a few large, extravagant cities scattered about Primogenitum’s two continents. The capitol, Machaera, was built upon a land bridge that once connected them, however the bridge has since been swallowed by the sea, leaving the city all remains of it. Prima ruled Primogenitum until his death, after which the Star Saber was entrusted to his Conjux Endura, who will bestow the blade to another worthy of its power. The Skyboom Shield was buried with Prima in the peak of a mountain.

The Knights of Cybertron constitute nearly half of Primogenitum’s population, and remains a highly religious, noble, and technologically superior order. In the age of the New Imperium of Cybertron, they have resumed their duties as peacekeepers and explorers for their people.[/details]

Aevum

In his travels through the uncharted fringes of the galaxy, Vector Prime discovered a unique planet, situated within the heart of a “convergence point” of sorts where an infinite myriad of universal streams intersected, allowing potential inhabitants to observe all variations of the past, present, and future. The Guardian of Space and Time was quick to claim this planet as his colony, naming it Aevum. Most of its history passed without incident; Aevum’s people peacefully observed the multiverse and, when needed, swiftly dealt with threats to the stability of the fabric of reality. During the events of Twilight of the Golden Age, however, Vector Prime’s sword, Rhisling, was damaged, which destabilized the convergence point for a short while, until a band of intrepid heroes including Axis Prime remedied Aevum’s plight.

Sophos

Alpha Trion and Beta Maxx founded Sophos to be a grand repository of galactic knowledge, and its people have since lived by their ideals. The planet is, in a sense, a massive library and museum housing artifacts and information gathered from across the galaxy, and one can even find the original Covenant of Primus within a secure vault on its’ fifth level. Briefly, Beta Maxx, and much of Sophos’ core was taken hostage by a psychotic AI designated “Underbase”, though the threat was vanquished by the heroes of Twilight of the Golden Age.

[details=Astrum]Founded in memory of Solus Prime, the Knights of Cybertron originally struggled to find a suitable world on which to establish the colony of Astrum, until they decided to just make one. In a daring experiment, the Knights cyberformed a star, transforming it into an ever-lasting body radiating warmth, light, and the divine life-force of Primus. Around this star they built a ring- an artificial world sustained by its energies and populated by Transformers who would inherit Solus Prime’s ingenuity and love of creation.

Astrum’s capitol city is Meridiem, and it is home to the best architects, artists, and engineers on the ringworld. That fact is made evident by the magnificent style of the buildings and the beautiful monuments that fill the city. Within a frigid expanse of mountains, one can find the Astral Caminus, a grand forge in which rests the hammer wielded by Solus Prime in life. The heroes of Twilight of the Golden Age obtained the Forge of Solus Prime as a reward for repairing damages sustained to the Astral Caminus by a mechanical failure and a troublesome horde of scraplets.

Fitting for the colony of the first female Transformer, the vast majority of Astrum’s population are women- so much so, in fact, that seeing more than two male Cybertronians in the same general area is quite a rare occurrence.[/details]

Vergrandis

Founded by Micronus Prime, Vergrandis’ surface is encased in bustling, neon cities populated by the wee folk of the Cybertronian race: Minicons, Micromasters, Targetmasters, and the like. The Vergrandians have inherited Micronus’ lively and carefree disposition, and are some of the friendliest people you’ll likely ever meet. Vergrandis’ capitol city is Parvos, in which resides the leader of the planet, who wears the Chimera Stone as a badge of office.

Elementum

Alchemist Prime founded the colony of Elementum upon a forested planet with long nights and frigid winters. Under his rule, its people devoted themselves to studying the mystical aspects of the universe- its attributes and phenomena that lay beyond the realm of science. The most diligent of the scholars unlocked through these studies fantastic abilities, such as manipulation of the elements, transmutation of matter, and more. After Alchemist’s death, Elementum’s city-states existed in a state of unease with each other for quite some time, until the citizens of Alchimia brought them at peace with one another again. The alliance continues into the present day, and the Elementans now share their knowledge of the supernatural with the other Cybertronian worlds.

Concordia

Nexus Prime established the colony of Concordia: a world populated solely by Cybertronains possessing the gift of combination. They live together within a network of interconnected cities suspended above an endless blue sea, guarding the Enigma of Combination and the five pieces of the Cyber Caliber, the latter of which are scattered across Concordia’s five moons. Heatwave is volcanic, Breakaway is icy and inhospitable, Topspin is forever assailed by electrical storms, Landquake is an arid desert, and Skyfall plays host to mountainous jungles.

[details=Eukaris]The people of Eukaris, the colony of Onyx Prime, live a simplistic lifestyle, largely separate from the other Cybertronian worlds, and in close harmony with the organic planet’s many biomes and creatures. All but the most essential forms of higher technology are used infrequently, while most of its’ spaceports and space bridges lie rusted and overgrown. Eukarians possess the unique adaptation of being able to ingest water and organic biomass as an alternative fuel source, and Eukaris is, along with the colony of Spirabilis, the last refuge of the draconic Predacons, who went extinct throughout the original Imperium of Cybertron after the War of the Primes.

The Eukarians hold Onyx Prime in particularly high esteem, above the other Thirteen. Some of the younger and less educated bots had even come to adopt a warped version of Cybertronian mythology that largely omitted the other Primes and even Primus himself, before the events of Twilight of the Golden Age saw Eukaris inducted into the New Imperium of Cybertron. Onyx is still greatly revered, though, and a grand stone temple built in his honor can be found built into a mountainside within a wide valley in the Steel Shard Mountains.[/details]

Muto

Muto took after Amalgamous Prime, the First Transformer, in replicating the amorphous nature of his body. A multitude of metal continents continuously orbit around Muto’s core, often combining, separating, and changing shape at random intervals. Mutan Transformers all possess heightened transformation abilities, ranging from Triple-changers to the revered Shifters, who can reconfigure their bodies into a nigh-infinite myriad of forms, not unlike Amalgamous himself.

Spirabilis

Established by Quintus Prime, the techno-organic Spirabilis was conceived as a haven for all forms of Cybertronian life. The planet is absolutely permeated with fecund Wells, Hot Spots, and rivers of Energon, all enhanced by the life-giving powers of Quintus’ talisman, the Emberstone. Spirabilis is surrounded by a ring of blue Energon crystals that glow brilliantly in the night sky, and its’ moon possesses a unique Well that produces an abundance of Point One Percenters and multicolored sparks.

[details=Bellator]Megatronus, stricken with terrible guilt over his killing of Solus Prime, founded his colony, Bellator, on a barren, arctic world void of all life. Unlike the rest of the Thirteen, the Dark Warrior did not assume leadership of Bellator, instead entrusting its’ rule to a council of generals. Each of these generals would preside over a single city on Bellator, while differing to a single Praetor who presided over them all. Megatronus spent his last days living in isolation, and upon his death was laid to rest within a tomb built into a mountainside. For eons, his self-loathing and anguish prevented him from fully joining the Allspark, until the heroes of Twilight of the Golden Age helped him find redemption with the destruction of the Requiem Blaster.

The Transformers of Bellator took after Megatronus’ warlike nature, and have established a militaristic lifestyle for themselves. They possess combat-oriented alt-modes, and pride themselves on being the best warriors of the species. This has inspired a friendly rivalry between them and the Knights of Cybetron, who also profess themselves to be formidable combatants.[/details]

[details=Trecedim]Trecedim is not one of the Prime colonies per se, though many do choose to categorize it as one. Optimus Prime never colonized the moon; he was tasked with guarding it by Primus. It was on Trecedim that the Creator and his brother, Unicron, were born, and the cosmic energies found in abundance on the moon could bring disaster upon the universe should the find their way into the possession of beings with ill intent. For many millions of years, Optimus dutifully hid Trecedim from the rest of the galaxy, aided by an immortal spark and other abilities gained from the moon’s power, until the events of Twilight of the Golden Age required for its’ existence to be revealed.

Trecedim’s land is rocky, and home to strange, glowing blue flora found mostly near the beaches. Its seas are vast and luminous, containing within their depths divine energies that dwarf the Allspark in power. Drinking from the ocean may grant a fraction of that power to mortals, however their life-force will be bound then to Trecedim, unable to leave under all but the most extraordinary circumstances. The gas giant Trecedim orbits is located just beyond the edge of the galaxy, and has no sun, therefore it is always a clear, starlit night upon the moon.[/details]

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Very nice job, chrome! Well written.

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I did skim over the second half, but from what I read it’s a good read.

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Oh yeah, this is gonna be great for further developing my characters

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I’ve broken the lore post down into sections, to hopefully make it less intimidating and easier to read.

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So! Two questions (I actually had three but I forgot the third one):

  1. What happened with Haliaetus’ wish of seeing Clemency turned into a Decepticon heaven? I mean, most of his crew died for this cause.
  2. Since Junkion is so dependent on human culture, does this mean that it is the closest to Earth?

Sol jeopardized that, so it didn’t happen.

It might be the closest Cybertronian world to Earth, but it is still rather far away from it. There’s a vast expanse of uninhabited space between Cybertronian territory and most other galactic civilizations.

  1. Yes but Sol wasn’t even there at the time. It was Hal’s wish.
  2. I wasn’t suspecting anything else, tbh.

Sol was part of Hal’s little “group”, and became its leader after he died. The agreement was that if the neo-Decepticons (Sol included) “played along”, Clemency would be theirs. The events on Elementum voided that agreement.

I guess you are right.
Tho I can’t imagine how sad Hal would be if he would find out that he died for nothing #justiceforhal.

Well, he was one of the ones who rediscovered the Tomb of the Primes and the Matrix. If it weren’t for him, Dicius, and Voltex, the discovery of the Prime colonies, the final deaths of the Heralds of Unicron, Axis becoming first Prime since forever and the formation of the New Imperium of Cybertron would not have happened.

He helped make a better Cybertronian society, even if it wasn’t the one he necessarily wanted.

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He didn’t discover the tomb. The Minicons did. He was just there to pick them up.

Semantics

Any other questions or comments? I’m happy to answer.

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I am struggling to remember my third question. If I am going to remember it, I’ll ask it.
But besides, at first I thought that this thing was unnecessary, but now I think that it is very useful. It will really help as a guide book for Salvation or, who knows future installments in this universe. Although you kinda spoiled Salvation.

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Honestly, Salvation’s status as a prequel kinda make its overall plot a forgone conclusion. We all pretty much know that her crew will find the Omega Lock, because the next twenty million years and TOTGA need to happen. Salvation’s real focus will be the finer details of that story- how exactly her crew went about their journey and the trials they faced.

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Don’t worry, I’ve got plans for the sequel if it happens…

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It sounds evil. I like it.

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This thread will be where I’ll post any short stories and other pieces of lore pertaining to the TOTGA-verse that I may write in the future, just for the sake of having it all in one place.

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Hey, just letting you know you have a new little lore tidbit: The Angelicons now have an insignia.

Jcton made a digital version based on the one I drew up by hand.

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