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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Junkion, Clemency, and Velocitron
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.
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.
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.
The Prime Colonies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.