ISSUE 2: March 2008
What is this thing all about?
Welcome to Beast Wars International's second newsletter. The BWINT newsletter is a monthly thing, full of fun content submitted by YOU, the fans. It's never too late to get onboard this project! All you need is enthusiasm and something Beast Wars-related to submit, be it a comic, a poem, a review or even an exciting piece of news. There will be regulars such as the reviews and group debates. There's also a cool "Bother a Beast Warrior" section, where you can ask the character of the month a question! The best questions will get selected, answered and displayed here. Be sure to give this newsletter a proper read through and please feel free to email suggestions to Sapphire as to how she could spice it up and improve it, if you have any. The background and images you see here will get refreshed with news designs as the issues progress. Enjoy!
- Sapphire (firstname.lastname@example.org)
up, cats! It’s Cheetor, your top-notch kitty bot here, to answer your
questions for this turbo newsletter. I’ll give you ten times more
interesting stuff than Megahead. Ask away!
question goes to Blazemane:
No one’s poking through my noggin’, thanks.
Good question: I don’t know. ‘Cause even in my original form I could
top that easily! And the feeling is beyond ultra-gear. Try
it sometime, and you’ll see what I mean. Not that you’d ever catch
up with me…
shucks, the pleasure’s all yours…
you went straight to it, didn’tcha? Well, same as everybody, I guess,
but I thought he was one of us, y’know? I mean, sure, he’s a bit
shifty (and a total party pooper) at times, but he always came through.
I don’t think I took it hard as Rat Face though…
yeah, that. Well, what can I say? Big Bot is Big Bot, I mean, who
wouldn’t want to be like him? And so you know, it’s not just a human
thing. It’s, uh…next question?
an easy one. My Transmetal from. I mean, come on, I get to fly! Sure I
go fast as a Transmetal 2, but nothing beats the wind in your audio
receptors 200 feet in the
air! Although I do miss good ol’ fashioned running sometimes.
one or more of your teammates do you feel you get on with the most?
man, that’s a toughie. Thing is, everyone still thinks I’m a kid, so
they can’t really ‘get on with me’. Except Tigatron. As an awesome
fellow cat, he listens a little more than the others, but they’re
cool, too…most of the time, anyway.
look! Another one from artemis-lady-warrior:
You spell like Waspinator!
cheese is for losers (like Rattrap).
Blazemane also has another question:
only one that gets to me is ‘kid’. I mean, come on, haven’t
I done enough yet? But the others are cool.
question is from Beastbot:
gee-whiz, Mr. Hypocrite, why’d you come up with such a hokey name
from Razor One:
No way, that’s impossible, I…
wait a minute! Quit yankin’ my tail! And that’s not even a
Well, guys, it’s been ultra-gear answering your questions! The next bot to take part in Bother a Beast Warrior will be…Tarantulas! And now the cobalt kitty flies. Eat my dust!
Review by Beastbot-- for more reviews, visit Beastbot's Fortress at http://www.angelfire.com/scifi/bbfortress.
Everyone! This is a pretty late review but with Sapphire’s help, I
managed to get off my lazy butt and cruise around the Latest Fan fictions.
this fan fiction caught my interest, partly because it was to do with
myths and legends (You got to love them!) but it was also the different
view the story took.
This one is a “What if” story, what if Terrorsaur and Scorponok had survived and the Maximals and Predecons had stayed on Earth longer than what they did in the original series. Both fractions have had to adapt to the changing times and have developed technology to disguise themselves to mingle with humans of modern times.
The story starts however, with an Native American Indian elder called DreamWeaver. He and his tribe, the Kwaknoota, are being attacked by strange metal coyotes, which take two or three people every night. The Elders of the tribe say they have upset the Great Spirit in some way but no matter what they try, the dark times continue.
Not only that, a strange tall man calling himself “Michael Troy”, a millionaire industrialist, also concerns DreamWeaver. We are told that this man has visited DreamWeaver before, offering to buy the land off the Kwaknoota.
One of these visits, DreamWeaver tells Michael Troy that the land isn’t for sale. Michael seems to take this calmly, saying he will return. He also departs with a “Yeeesss Farewell.”
guesses who THIS is.)
And If you guessed Megatron, you’d be right as the next scene we Megatron, currently “annoyed” (To put it lightly.) with DreamWeaver for not selling the lands to him. The reason being as we discover that Megatron is after the Energon (Transformer energy) that is in the Catalan Caves at the heart of the Kwaknoota lands.
We also discover that because he doesn’t want to attract attention from the human government, he is using the Cyber Coyotes to attack the tribe to try and scare them into giving the lands to Megatron. However, Megatron feels that the Coyotes aren’t enough so he studies some research into the folklores and myths of the Kwaknoota. This is when he discovers legends of the Thunderbird. (No, not the puppets, a big falcon that controls thunder and lighting.)
Meanwhile, the Maximals are at their base when they find out there is a pod near where the Kwaknoota tribe live. Optimus, Rhinox, Rattrap and Cheetor all go to find this new Transformer before Megatron does.
The Next scene opens up with the said Transformer, Airazor is exploring her new surroundings in her new peregrine falcon mode. As she is flying, she spots the Kwaknoota village but does not land, thinking that they maybe scared of her.
While this is happening, we see Megatron explaining the new plan with a unhappy Terrorsaur. Megatron wants Terrorsaur to pretend to be the fabled Thunder Bird to persuade the Indians to sell the lands. Terrorsaur is not having any of it but is made to go with the plan.
To find out whether Megatron succeeds or the Maximals find Airazor or even to see Terrorsaur look stupid and get his butt kicked, you are going to have to link to the story and read it. I’m not going to spoil it for you!
This is a new and great view on what would happen if Megatron did this or if this happened. I enjoyed it, it wasn’t too heavy and it was good for light or quick reading. But the quality was wonderful as Michael puts myths and legends into a new light by mixing it with good old Beast Wars.
The action scenes were very entertaining and you could easily get into the story.
As I said, I have enjoyed it and it was a great short story for anyone that wants a break from doing homework or what not.
Well done Michael and keep up with the good work!
Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in the next issue!
golden disk was taken,
by the hands of Fate.
ships fly, chasing the Gold.
then two land on the place of Organic.
crews strife for the golden sun of Fate,
power unknown and uncertain.
warrior who lost his way,
the Golden Fate.
war has begun and trouble in the air,
armies, bold, fight for their own.
for Freedom, one for Greed,
armies clash for the Gold.
warrior who has to choose,
the Golden Fate.
hands twist and turn,
and joys are a-plenty.
quest for Honour is a long and dangerous path.
warrior who loses sight of himself,
the Golden Fate.
dust falls and flames arise,
nightmare that is to come.
tyrant of predators holds the Future now but he did not plan for Fate.
scatter, fleeing from ruin.
warrior who has to decide his destiny,
the Golden Fate.
warrior rises to the Fate’s call,
his enemies from all around.
broken, Future looks bleak.
the warrior arises and chases away the tyrant of predators,
scatters the Golden Fate.
warrior lived by Honour, now dies as a Hero of the Golden Fate.
By: Razor One
Rise of Aurora
sat against a wall deep within the Maximal chambers of government hooked
up to energon feeders to recharge. Her thoughts were racing, processing
everything that had occurred to her only just before in a darkened chamber
where she had stood in a pool of light and had been berated and put down
for what she could see was no reason at all.
deep was her thinking that she did not notice the silver and gold bot that
stood a few feet away from her regarding her with paternal concern. His
glowing golden optics bespoke of a certain level of fondness for her, and
his patience spoke of an age old enough to appreciate a time to wait and a
time to rush forward.
she looked up at him, and sighed.
there any particular reason you recommended me for this, Moxim?” she said with a tinge of bitterness.
all things there is a reason,” he stated cryptically.
sound just like my inquisitor.” She said Sharply.
just smiled amiably.
recommended you for this because I see in you great potential, Aurora. You
have a compassionate soul, a sacrificing nature, a will to see this world
to become a better place then the one you left it.”
that justifies making me feel bad... how exactly?”
that paternalistic smile crossed his features. Sometimes it made her feel
warm inside, other times it infuriated her to no end.
had been there since she had first begun basic programming. He had been
her lecturer on the higher principles of philosophy, politics, and the
upper echelons of finer thought.
she had only been one student out of hundreds in the classes he taught,
she had soon found herself in the core group of students that would stay
after classes and engage their teacher in esoteric philosophical
meanderings that would challenge student and teacher alike and feed fuel
to the fire of their enterprising minds.
he had noticed her staunch compassionate stances, her impassioned debating
style, and most importantly, the conviction she held when putting forth
hadn’t taken them long to develop a more personal relationship that
surpassed the mere student-teacher relationship preceding it to become one
of mutual admiration and respect.
out of his thoughts, he turned to her to answer her question.
a bridge,” said Moxim, “Each component supports the other, each part
as necessary as the next or the last. Imagine if none of the parts were
tested to see if they could hold.”
bridge would fall,” said Aurora.
The problem with most leaders is that they govern from the comforts of
home, with advisors and friends to back them up. The true test, the
crunch, as it were, comes when you have nothing left, where you can
attempt to save what you have and lose it all or take a chance and hope to
the pit that it works out. Great leaders are forged in such fires or
the test seeks to replicate that?”
have no wars to fight, no great adversity to bring to bear upon the
shoulders of a potential leaders. The lack of adversity ensures that no
one claims the mantle of leadership. Those for whom there are no
difficulties in life never amount to anything, coasting through life like
a useless piece of slag.”
seems… callous somehow, cold. It sounds like something I’d expect of a
the ends justify the means,” Said Moxim with a twinge of bitterness,
“Aurora, you must know. This isn’t the first time I’ve sent one of
my students in there. They’ve all failed, so far. I… I’m hoping that
you could be the one I’ve been told to look out for.”
I don’t understand I-“
chiming sound emanated throughout the building, signaling for Aurora to
return to the inquisition.
can only offer you these three pieces of advice,” he said as she
unhooked her energon feeders, “First; don’t step out of the light. If
you do, you admit failure.”
now, security bots had arrived to escort her to the inquisitor’s
he continued as they walked down the hall, “Trust no one that speaks to
you in there. They are all out to confuse you, to mislead you into a
position where you can forced into failure, broken, if you will.”
had reached the door to the inquisitors chamber, a dark imposing affair
that struck the fear of judgement into the optic of the beholder.
he said as they ushered her through, “You must-“
door slammed shut, cutting off his last sentence, cutting off that last
piece of advice he had for her. Aurora felt in her very spark that the
advice he had given had been sound, though she was shocked to find that
she had not been the first bot that Moxim had grown to see the same way he
saw her. It disturbed her greatly.
foremost on her mind was the coming storm before her. The last piece of
advice had sounded critical if she could judge from the tone of his voice,
now she was going to have to take on her inquisitor without that vital
piece of aid.
strode through the darkness, a look of impassive calm sculpted on her
face. No matter what, she had to see this through.
she took up her position within the sole pool of light in the middle of
the darkened chamber, she squared her shoulders, her head held high.
am ready.” She said
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I'm not sure
if Maximals are the true Intergalactic Peace & Justice model, but at
least they speak for some ideas that Predacons may not consider. For
instance that line "Freedom is the right of every Sentient
Being" is a demonstration that Maximals are not so short sighted as Predacons.
Who really don't care where they have to stand and who they have to
destroy in order to gain control of the situation.
Good point, except that's not a Maximal philosophy so to speak. That's an Autobot one. Most notably, that was Optimus Primal carrying Optimus Prime's spark, and being heavily influenced by the Matrix of Leadership.
This is true.
In comparison to the Maximals under Optimus you mean. Optimus wasn't the one who ordered the Protoform X project to start, using freaking Starscream's spark, of ALL Transformers, to try and create the ultimate undying warrior. If we're talking about just the crew of the two ships, then yes, the Predacons are "evil" and the Maximals are "good". Its Cybertron as a whole where the line becomes fuzzy. Megatron cites that the Predacons are slaves under the Maximals, thanks to the Decepticons losing to the Autobots. Now, this may be an over- exaggeration, or propaganda, but projects like Protoform X seem to indicate, at least to me, that the Maximals aren't quite as nice and shiny as their Autobot ancestors.
Though being of Decepticon descent, the Predacons would naturally be more "evil" than the Maximals.
You mean no Maximal other than Depth Charge has successfully killed a Predacon. Though honestly, with all the pain Dinobot was dishing out in Code of Hero, I'm amazed he didn't take some Predacons down with him.
If memory serves, Silverbolt was out for blood when Tarantulas killed BA. Would've worked if Rampage wasn't lurking nearby.
And let's not forget when Optimus tried destroying (urged on by Dinobot, true, but he still went through with it) every Predacon from S1 when he thought Cheetor was killed.
Generally, yes. Though there are exceptions (Dinobot and Quickstrike for instance) this is true most of the time.
"Wait, you're sure this
countdown will give the Predacons time to flee their base."
BUT, I think that he let his feelings get in the way, and he didn't
consider that he was taking advice from a bloodthirsty Dinobot, who, lets
face it, wanted nothing more than to blow Megatron and his happy little
band--eager to start another GLORIOUS Predacon day--to scrap.
Ok, my opinion
is that the Predacons are generally malicious, for reasons mainly already
expressed by others.
Now why would that be? Most statements point to the idea that Predacons are looked down upon by Maximals because they are descended from the Decepticons. It's possible that Predacons act that way because they are expected to. Besides, the only Predacons we ever did get to see were all somehow related to Megatron. Not so flattering towards their faction.
And do any of you honestly believe that all Predacons are destructive? I mean, what about those back on Cybertron?
The term "Predacon" seems to act as a stereotype, stemming from the more violent root, the Decepticon.
It's called deception, quite a common tactic in conflict (not necessarily war or violence).
Let's go back in time. Before there were wars and the Decepticons and the Autobots, there was only the Transformer. It was only when the first Megatron rose to power that the Decepticons became a faction and the same for the Autobots. In most fictions, it is suggested that the denizens of Cybertron had to choose between the two factions. Those who did not became the Empties/Neutrals during the war. The more destructive and "I get what I want" bots became Decepticons and the protective and peaceful bots became Autobots.
((*sigh* My brain is starting to hurt))
Alright, present time. The Decepticons lost. They were placed as secondary citizens of Cybertron while the Autobots went off and partied.
So then Autobots = Maximals and Decepticons = Predacons. No third faction, it seems. So where did the Neutrals go? Some of them may have joined the Maximals, others the Predacons. Whichever appeals to them. But the Neutrals were not displayed as destructive, so they'd probably make bad Predacons.
Alright, after going through all that, my point is here: the Maximals have a finer lifestyle than the Predacons. They are most likely given access to things that make life better, though they are expected to follow all laws. The Predacons however, have a more free way of life, probably violating a few laws every once in a while, all for the sake of enjoyment or some other good thing.
So, basically, whatever floats their boats. Some Predacons might even be bots of morals.
On the note of the Maximal Elders: They ARE politicians. And lower officials could be corrupt for all we know.
Ah...I could go on and on about the Predacons. So I might as well give a little credit to the Maximals.
Autobots and Maximals = Epitome of Goodness and Perfect Little Angels? Well, like you all said, no one is perfect. Omicron is a fine example of that. Depth Charge too, come to think of it. He's got quite the vision of justice. But then, as Una said, justice depends upon the person.
On Maximal peace...peace is like any other abstract noun, the meaning depends on the persons. I mean, IDW's G1 Megatron called desolation peace. How's that for a meaning?
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