ISSUE 3: June 2008
What is this thing all about?
Welcome to Beast Wars International's third newsletter. The BWINT newsletter is a bi-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)
Teeheee, hello my minions. I have been informed by the organizer of this fine publication that you have questions for me. This doesn't surprise me, considering how vastly superior my intellect is to yours nyahahah! I will answer as I see fit.
Tarantulas! Listen, I got this really threatening letter in my mail
today from the Tripredicus Council and I think they mailman made a
mistake since whoever wrote it keeps addressing you as the reader. The
letter says something about the Council yelling at you about not blowing
up the Ark yet... I'm not sure what that's about--seeing as someone as
cute and adorable as you would never blow up something a sacred as the
Ark--but can I ask about what your comment is on this?
Well, that's all I could get out of Tarantulas. He's not able to sit still very long and I think he was getting miffed with the questions. Oh well. Next issue we'll be hearing replies from Optimus Primal! Be sure to start a thread at the Forums or send an email in to email@example.com and I'll be sure to forward it on to Mr. Primal.
Review by Beastbot-- for more reviews, visit Beastbot's Fortress at http://www.angelfire.com/scifi/bbfortress.
By: Razor One
Rise of Aurora
chamber was all but darkened with only a pool of silvery light
illuminating its center.
that pool of light stood Aurora, shoulders squared, ready for whatever
it was her inquisitors would choose to dish out at her.
spoke a voice from the darkness, “A strange name, where did you get
borrowed it from the human records brought to us from our Autobot
ancestors; it means ‘The Dawn’” replied Aurora with an even voice.
I’ve looked into it,” said the same voice, “It also refers to an
archaic goddess of the same phenomenon, do you see yourself as a god?”
she yelped, “No, I chose it because…”
prompted the voice
it felt… right.”
When the time came to choose a name for myself, Aurora felt right. I
can’t really explain it in any other terms,”
you admit to being stupid then?” said a female voice from a different
No!” cried Aurora
said it yourself,” continued the female voice, “You cannot explain
the reasons for your decision beyond a vague feeling of correctness. If
you can’t justify your decision with rational explainable reasons,
then what use are you?”
feminine voice had finished her sentence venomously and spitefully. Had
Aurora not been prepared for such comments, they would likely have stung
far more then they did.
all things are quantifiable,” she countered, “Not all things can be
known. I chose the name for what it is and the feeling it evoked, a
sense of correctness and acceptability, a feeling of being right.”
we’re simply to take your word for it?” asked a gravelly voice to
her right, “I hardly consider your word to be of worth”
quiet murmur of agreement thrummed through the darkened room.
consider my word worthless when it is you that come here to belittle
let us see what your word is worth,” said the feminine voice again,
“Would you die to save the lives of a thousand others?”
said Aurora without hesitation.
would you die to save just one of us here in this room?”
hesitated at that. Would she be willing to sacrifice herself for these
people whom had done nothing but degrade and deride her from the very
don’t know” she finally answered.
shouted several voices, as if they’d been maneuvering her into just
such a corner by design.
if those thousand others were the darkest and most evil of all
Predacons? Would you sacrifice yourself then? Would you give up your
life so cavalierly?”
That’s not fair!” cried Aurora
just said that you would sacrifice yourself because you assumed those
thousand others would be lives you would deem worthy of saving. By
choosing not to save those that you dislike should the opportunity arise
you admit that you value some lives over others!”
that you are prejudiced,” said one,
said the gravelly voice
said the feminine voice
Embarrassment to Maximals everywhere!”
epithets whirled in, one after another, each one more cutting and
wounding then the last, a veritable storm of insults.
it was too much for her. She clutched the sides of her head and doubled
over to drown out the sound of her failure, though she dared not admit
it openly by setting a single foot outside the pool of light.
as the storm of insults reached a crescendo, a deafening shout pierced
boomed a voice of authority and power, “Let us end this farce once and
deafening silence that flooded the chamber after this one outburst was
enough to knock Aurora out of her stupor.
in Unicrons name is the meaning
of this? Maximus! You forget yourself!” shouted the gravelly voice
you forget yourself Enforcer,” replied the voice of Maximus,
“Deactivate the device! Let there be light!”
flooded the darkened chamber, allowing Aurora to finally see her
tormentors for the first time.
Bots of every size shape and description surrounded her, most prominent
to the young Maximal was a red bot seemingly painted with flames in the
shape of a bird and a gold bot that bore an astonishing resemblance to
forget myself?” cried a squat gray bot that looked several decades
beyond its retirement date in the gravelly voice of Enforcer, “You
called for this test! And now you stand there demanding we cease! You
know the importance of what we do here today as much as anyone!”
I called for this,” said the bot that looked like Moxim that spoke in
the voice of Maximus, “and do you not see yourselves?”
the poignant silence of consideration, Aurora finally clicked as to just
with whom she was dealing.
was the Council Of Elders, Maximals
older and wiser then any living in mainstream society, so much so that
their views and recommendations were taken with such weight as to make
them the effective leaders of the Maximal republic. Maximals that were,
for the most part, the oldest living transformers for the Maximal era,
some if which, if rumor was to be believed, were even reprogrammed
I taught you no better then this?” asked Maximus of the other elders,
a look of pleading and near desperation on his face, “Have I taught
you no better then this!?” he cried with greater anger, frustration,
and sorrow as he pointed directly at Aurora.
stand there and hurl insults and derision upon an innocent to see how well they can withstand the pressure! You
knowingly harm another, a fellow Maximal, to arbitrarily ensure the
survival of our kind?”
Ends justify the means!” shouted Enforcer.
could see several bots nod their heads in assent; several others shook
their heads as though in disbelief, whilst the rest held a deeply
pensive look as the two obvious rivals squared off against one another.
at one time it did Enforcer, but we are more now than what we once were.
We have outgrown this primitive and barbaric test of character. We are
Maximals, and it is high time we began to truly explore what that is!
a Maximal harm a fellow Maximal? Does a Maximal allow harm to come to a
fellow Maximal without doing everything in his or her power to stop it?
I know in my spark that no Maximal does these things! If we are ever to
lead our people then let us lead in the same fashion as Optimus Prime
himself did! By Example!
is we that must become living
examples of who and what it is to be Maximal! We must Endeavour to move
forward and shed relics of a bygone era to truly move into a new age! We
are Maximals! It is high time we acted like it!”
speech didn’t seem to have a refined edge to Aurora’s audio
receptors; it carried instead a fiery passion that bespoke a mind long
troubled by its contents.
words coming from a Maximal who put another in harms way to achieve his
ends,” spat Enforcer bitterly.
Enforcer had certainly lost some of his supporters, he had raised a
replied Maximus, “it is true, I have used another Maximal, put them in
harms way, made them suffer to further my agenda,”
a brief moment, a look of incalculable pain and chagrin contorted the
Elder Maximals face, and in just a brief a moment it was buried beneath
an emotional mask.
is my burden, my pain. It is something for which I shall suffer and
never forgive myself. Can you, Enforcer, claim to have felt such sorrow,
such regret at causing such harm to another?”
churning silence was all that Maximus needed to know that he had won the
argument, though Aurora suspected from a few lingering glances that
Maximus had made his fair share of enemies today.
is right,” said the red fembot with the firebird emblazoned on her
chest, back and shoulders, “When he left us ten stellar cycles ago for
his hiatus, he asked that we end the practice. What did we do in all
that time? We bickered and did nothing, too concerned with what thought
was more important in our lives.
is not simply enough that bring our wisdom to our people but also seek
to enlighten each other. We must also be worthy of doing so. Look at us.
We all underwent the test and passed it, deeming us worthy. Look at us
now! Do we still consider ourselves worthy of passing on our knowledge
and wisdom? Do we show the compassion needed to lead our people into a
nodded as the red bot spoke, approval written on his face. From the way
the red bot and Maximus met each others gaze, Aurora could see they were
political allies at the very least, and quite likely a good deal more
brethren, I ask that we now disperse and consider what we have discussed
here today in solitude. When next we convene, we shall discuss at length
what it truly is to be Maximal.”
the others moved to leave, Aurora took that as her cue to leave the
antechamber herself. She had been lucky, or unfortunate, depending on
ones definition, to bear witness to what seemed to be a history making
moment amongst the very elders of Maximal Republic, she also felt
emotionally drained from her experiences during the testing.
you; stay” said the voice of Maximus.
was nervous. What exactly had she done to Maximus in her remarkably
short life thus far to warrant this treatment? It was now obvious to her
that he had lied to her from the very moment she had met him as her
tutor, Moxim. The resemblance had been uncanny because the two were one
and the same, and only one question burned in Aurora’s mind; Why?
the two were alone in the antechamber, staring one another down in the
churning silence. Aurora was prepared for anything, anything at all.
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Having not received any direct letters regarding advice for this latest instalment, I thought I would share some of my more recent revelations and musings.
For those of you who have been out of the loop for anywhere near as long as I have, you may not know that I have spent the last quarter year living and working in Singapore. This opportunity has given me some valuable experience, useful resources and a wonderful opportunity to redefine and reassert myself as an individual.
A very brief history of the tall, blonde madman from Oz to give some perspective to the soon to be discussed thoughts: I have lived at home under the warm and secure roof my parents raised me in over the last 25 years. I have an excellent relationship with my only sibling (a energetic and intelligent younger sister) and all of them have supported me and show me all the love anyone could ask from their family. After having gone through a rough patch with some older friends who have chosen to slip out of contact, I managed to build a group of close friends around me. One friend in particular has been a constant pillar of strength for me during various times and I am glad to know that I have been there for her as well. Interestingly over the last year or so, our lives have become exceedingly hectic and thus we were only able to catch up every one in a while but the beauty of our very interesting and colourful history is that in those brief moments, we still get on like a house on fire, as Terry Pratchett said “there are usually no survivors.”
When we live for a long period of time with the same people, we tend to lose focus on what those people truly mean and what a great impact they have on our lives. Early last year I was sitting in a job where I felt claustrophobic, my life was somewhat stagnating and I was uncertain of the future. I knew things had to change so I took the money I had saved and completely uprooted myself. Since then, I have not really known a constant home. Having travelled to the US, England, Japan, Croatia, Serbia and now Singapore, I have come quite far from the quiet reserved schoolboy from Cabramatta.
Now hopefully getting closer to the point after that bit of preamble. Last week, I was gifted with a return flight for my birthday and a week’s grace to catch up with family and friends. It was one hell of whirlwind trip from seeing the entire Italian clan in the first night, to entering a fencing comp (and claiming 2nd place ‘thankyouthankyou’ ;), to seeing a minimum of three different groups of friends every night after that. Needless to say time raced by. Saturday came around quicker than I anticipated and I was hit by the fact I only had two or three days left and I became somewhat melancholic. I had no real reason to feel bad, I had seen everyone, things were going well and so on. So why the sudden turn? One simple reason. Coming back showed me everything I was missing on my gallivanting trips. Don’t get me wrong, the opportunities I have been blessed with are a dream given form and I can’t be more thankful. Actually that is the point I am trying to make. I have now become more thankful of my life and much more importantly the people in it and I hope that I’ll be able to express this to them one day.
So the big lesson that I’m putting forward is to always remember those around you, those who care for you and those who will stand by you no matter how many mistakes you make or how you may hurt them by your actions. If you can recognise who you love and who truly loves you, cherish that and most importantly make sure you let them know.
Until next time,Silver
NOTE TO FANS:
I would like to offer my services out to whomever might need some comforting words or perhaps some of that aforementioned accumulated wisdom. However, I’d like to make it abundantly clear that my words are not law, I am not a psychologist and you are welcome to take what I say to heart of with a grain of salt. I merely offer what I know and hope to learn more about the world, the wonderful people at BWint and myself through this. As far as the “hows” of this thing, I’ll leave it up to you. I think a pm or an email directly to me would work best and in that email please state if you would like to remain anonymous. ---SilverfromOZ
Taken from this thread at the BWINT Forums.
fact that I'd love to consider Cheetor the fastest character, the truth is
that Airazor is probably quicker. It's probably very close, since a
cheetah is the fastest mammal, but Airazor doesn't have to worry about the
obstacles the ground presents. Add that to the fact that Airazor is a
giant compared to a real falcon, while Cheetor is just regular sized, and
it would seem she just has to be quicker...
In reality...on the ground--Cheetor
every time, since the only bird that can come fractionally close to a
cheetah is an ostrich, of which Airrazor is not one.
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(Sapphire's Note: Isn't this the most adorable thing ever?!)
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