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Name: Starscream (Shattered Glass/Mirroverse player-made AU)
From: Transformers Prime
Appearance:

This....




...With the only indicator of alternate dimensions at work in his different colored optics:



(Image credit to velinthesky.tumblr.com)

And this is jet mode:




Age: Very old by human standards, thousands upon thousands of years
Gender: coded as male by human standards
Personality:

Deep down, many people harbor contradictions, conflicts within their character. Starscream is particularly contradictory and conflicted.

The aerial Cybertronian takes his job as Megatron's Second-in-Command very seriously. To the point where he's rather tightly wound up about it, something that at times doesn't suit an emotional creature like him. Stresses of the job can add to him at times being generally irritable with everyone and everything, complicating residual bitterness over the entire war. But despite making him rather caustic at times, such emotion still helps make Starscream approachable to the Nemesis crew, when the emotion is more positive rather than negative. When not in a particularly foul mood, he's generally friendly and caring with his crew, though not without an occasionally sarcastic sense of humor. But that emotion can get the best of him when he witnesses his crew or leader in danger and can't retain his composure over it, risking a mission's larger goal to ensure their personal safety, or crossing moral lines to, at best, protect them--at worst, avenge them. And Starscream does have a vengeful streak against those who've hurt or killed those he's cared about, and will sometimes impulsively pursue revenge against his better judgment.

This revenge and ruthlessly protective streak stem from Starscream's previous failures: he could not save his trinemates Skywarp and Thundercracker or his friend Skyfire, nor countless others, and he knows damn well that their murderers are still at large and haven't paid for what they did. In the face of that possibly happening again with someone else he cares about, Starscream is willing to do whatever it takes to remove the threat. The unresolved issue of past hurts only makes him more vicious in situations reminiscent of them.

But that revenge and ruthlessly protective streak still doesn't fit him that well. In the heat of the moment, Starscream is willing to dirty his claws and unleash great violence, but afterward he'll tend to feel a certain dissatisfaction and even disgust with himself. Starscream is rather neurotic deep down. He is able to plan and calculate his actions--such thoughtfulness can manifest itself as brooding and perhaps overly critical assessment of himself and the world around him. Though Starscream is too determined to quit entirely, he feels he's only had a string of failures, and as a result he's deeply insecure, though often times he's able to recognize situations where it's better to hide such weakness and put up a more confident, prideful front. Starscream is fearful, but part of that is the fear of inflicting pain on others. It was a fear amplified during Ratchet's experimentation, where Starscream could hear his trine and the rest of his squad being tortured, and that proved more unbearable for him to helplessly listen to rather than withstand his own torture. Not that Starscream is stoic under torture, even if he remains tight-lipped; it's that witnessing others in pain can be more triggering for Starscream. But again, even that trigger is overriden by other triggers of comrades in danger and seeing chances for revenge.

Without those triggers, Starscream's first instinct despite of (or more because of weariness and bitterness with the war) is to try to nonviolently resolve any situation by words of negotiation or trickery, or to neutralize it as painlessly as possible. Doesn't mean he won't fight brutally, and he has done that before as the war demands. Of course for him to even attempt such negotiation or guile, equalling the times when Starscream has been impulsive are the moments when he's been able to bide his time and weigh his options, something he's better able to do when less emotional or making a concentrated effort to block emotion.

The losses Starscream has suffered haven't convinced him to close himself off from others, but rather seek others to try to fill those losses. Part of this unconscious outlook is due to the fact that Starscream was isolated for a rather long time with only Terrorcons hunting him for company in the abandoned and locked down labs. When Megatron crash landed and didn't attack him, and actually treated him well, the first person in a long time to do such things, Starscream immediately latched onto to him. And in that environment, Starscream and Megatron had to work together to escape, further discouraging Starscream from thinking he had to isolate himself, but rather encouraging him to seek others out...eventually. Even after escaping, Starscream's instability was at its zenith and he only trusted Megatron; gradually he regained some stability and opened up more to other Decepticons that reached out to him: medical officer Knock Out in charge of him and his assistant Breakdown, Megatron's closest comrade Soundwave. And so Starscream grew attached to them, as he had done so with Megatron, and they are attachments he'll fiercely defend and be influenced by. But Starscream's loyalty doesn't mean he's subservient to Megatron, he can be very defiant with his leader. He'll speak his mind to Megatron--and that's part of why he was made Second-in-Command. Some of Starscream's defiance with Megatron is not only due to disagreements between the two, but a deep-seated accusation; though mostly loyal to and affectionate with Megatron, Starscream can't entirely shake the idea that Optimus Prime is Megatron's fault.

Normally with complete strangers, Starscream tries to be polite and observant and cautious, but it's not that difficult to make an ally or even friend of him, as he's more interested in being that rather than an enemy, much more interested in avoiding more fighting. Starscream's curiosity is another handy gateway, he enjoys gaining new knowledge. The regard and empathy he has for his Decepticons can be extended to virtual strangers who've not done harm as far as he can see, i.e. he does agree with keeping the humans out of the Cybertronian war as much as possible, not just for logistics reasons, but also since he thinks it deeply unfair to involve them in a fight they had never been involved in at all before. But this can be pushed--Starscream could be willing to harm even innocents if the Decepticons' safety depended on it, though he'd still be trying up until the very last second to find a way that would save both interests. But the Decepticons will remain Starscream's higher priority.

Backstory:

Starscream and his trinemates Skywarp and Thundercracker were born lower caste, but their ancestry and the rank of their birthplace, the Crystal Sector, used to be higher. The Crystal Sector was once better off, and with a ruling lineage that Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker are descended from, but after getting on the wrong side of the Council, Crystal Sector and its ruling lineage fell, far before Starscream and his trine were born. The Crystal Sector ran rampant with crime lords fighting for control, while Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker struggled to survive and maybe reclaim their lineage's former security. The trinemates subsisted on thievery and mercenary work.

For a client, Starscream tried to infiltrate a science lab in one of the higher sectors and steal some data for the right price. Starscream did manage to succeed in that, though along the way he met and befriended a scientist named Skyfire, a generally kind Cybertronian that sparked Starscream's scientific interests. But Megatronus' (later shortened to Megatron) and Orion Pax's calls for a more equal Cybertron and an abolishment of the caste system enflamed the fighting back in the Crystal Sector, and Starscream left Skyfire's side to return home and help his trinemates. The Crystal Sector continued to fight even as Orion Pax was declared Optimus Prime, and essentially ignored the entreaties of him and his High Lord Protector Megatron's. The Crystal Sector still focused on their own fighting even when Optimus Prime had labeled Megatron an enemy of the state and condemned his Decepticons. Optimus Prime approached the Crystal Sector again; their answer was a refusal to ally with Prime's Autobots and claimed they would remain neutral and stay out of the Autobot-Decepticon conflict. Refused for the last time, Optimus Prime declared a siege on the Crystal Sector. Finally with a common foe, the Crystal Sector called for a truce among all their internal competing interests and focus on defending against Prime's forces.

Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker led one of the Energon Seeker squads looking for resources to sustain their beleaguered home while under siege. They and their squad are captured by Prime's Autobot forces and given to Ratchet's labs for experimentation in Dark and synthetic Energon. The experiments at the space station left all but Starscream as the only survivor, and Ratchet tested out the reanimation properties of Dark Energon on the dead. Eventually the reanimated fliers, the so-called Terrorcons (including Starscream's trinemates) overran the labs, and Starscream was left behind and trapped as the facility was abandoned and locked down. Megatron crash landed in the abandoned lab, and teamed up with a very traumatized Starscream to escape. But the Terrorcons escaped in the process. Starscream learned the Crystal Sector had been razed to the ground on Optimus' orders. Without many options left, thirsting for revenge against Ratchet and Optimus Prime, and given that Megatron saved his life and was the first figure in a long time to show him any sort of care at a point in time where his mind was very vulnerable and fractured, Starscream swore allegiance to Megatron and his Decepticons.

Starscream reunited with Skyfire, who had also joined Megatron after what Optimus had done to the Crystal Sector, and believing Starscream had died. Meanwhile, the freed Terrorcons attacked indiscriminately, not distinguishing between Autobot and Decepticon targets. Eventually normal Energon was weaponized in such a way that it could cancel out the Dark Energon reanimating the fliers and leave them truly dead. Eventually they were neutralized, Starscream essentially forced to watch his trinemates and squad die again.

Eventually, Starscream was captured by another Autobot, Cliffjumper. Unaware that Starscream was one of Ratchet's experiments, Cliffjumper only interrogated Starscream for intel as originally intended. Though Cliffjumper mocked him for vocally living up to his name, Starscream wouldn't actually give him anything useful under the torture. Eventually Cliffjumper brought in a captured Skyfire, who had been looking for Starscream. Then Starscream started talking, admitting he knew nothing. Cliffjumper, skeptical, killed Skyfire. Finally the rest of the Decepticons found Starscream, and Cliffjumper fled.

Some time after Skyfire's death, Megatron made Starscream his Second-in-Command. And a longer time after that, the Cybertronian civil war had escalated to the point that their planet was unlivable, and Autobot and Decepticon alike left on a mass exodus, still carrying their war to other alien planets. Currently Starscream stands by Megatron's side on Earth against Optimus Prime. Recently, Starscream avenged Skyfire's death by killing Cliffjumper. Not long after, Airachnid joined their ranks.

Provide a detailed look into their past- where are they from, what are their motivations? If you don’t know or aren't completely sure, you can always provide some good ol’ fashion headcanon! You may use a wiki link, but you are required to write about the character's background and canon point.

Moral Standing: Essentially good. Can be pushed to ruthlessness and other action he doesn't particularly like in service of a higher priority, i.e. someone he cares for.

Dreams:

Wants to help end the war. Wants to protect those he cares about. Wants to make up for failing others he cared for but failed to protect.

Wants revenge against those who murdered his loved ones and got away with it.

Wants to expand knowledge and explore.

Fears:

Losing those he cares about, failing to protect them.

Becoming a lab experiment again. Torture.

Hurting and killing others, inflicting pain. Becoming truly monstrous. Returning to the point of sheer instability, and even insanity.

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Writing Sample:

http://dear-mun.dreamwidth.org/3800616.html

http://dear-mun.dreamwidth.org/4058567.html?thread=128470983#cmt128470983
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