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☞ Character Information;
Character Name: Starscream
Canon: Transformers Prime
OU or AU?: AU
Canon point: Some time after the fighting's gone to Earth, after Starscream's killed his universe's Cliffjumper, and his universe's Airachnid has joined the Nemesis crew.


Cybertron. A world where what humans would consider machines and robots are living and sentient creatures that are the main controlling power on their planet. So, really, it's all there in the name. ('cyber' being connected to 'technology' being connected to 'machines and robots') Really, the planet's ruling species is called Cybertronians. (Not unlike how Earth has its Earthlings.) By nature, Cybertronians are not physically static creatures either--they are essentially shapeshifters with one or more set alternate forms, and even those can be tweaked. For example, a Cybertronian can transform into a jet mode, while the other robot mode is more conventionally human, typically bipedal and with arms and a face--though again with the Cybertronian aerial Transformer example, he'll probably have wings sticking out of his back. Now, the jet mode can be tweaked, such as when operating on Earth--tweaked so that instead of looking like a normal Cybertronian jet and thus being more conspicuous on Earth, it can resemble a human military jet like an F-16.

Cybertronians aren't invincible, they can die, and they need sustenance. Energon is their lifeblood, fueling their bodies and technology, etc. Cybertronians have an equivalent to a human heart, and something like a concrete soul--the spark in their torso, as long as it functions, they live; should it flicker out, they die.

The exact origins of Cybertron and Cybertronians are shrouded in myth. One of that being that there were two great beings, Primus and Unicron, that were gripped in a great conflict. Primus won when he spawned the 13 Primes that tipped the scale in his favor in the battle against Unicron. Primus went on to become the core of Cybertron, while from the 13 Primes descended the rest of the Cybertronian race. 'Prime' goes on to become the term for the ruling leader of Cybertron, armed with such artifacts of power as the Matrix of Leadership and the Key to Vector Sigma.

More concrete and less mythological information is Cybertron's very real caste system, strictly controlling Cybertronian lives, and essentially dividing them into the 'haves' and 'have nots' with no possibility of upward mobility into a better class. It's a system filled with corruption on top of this, and with a ruling body called the Council with the most power.

Miner D-16, who became more commonly known as Megatronus when engaging in illicit gladitorial matches, was one of the lower classes who proved most successful at demanding for change in Cybertron's caste system. He drew the attention of and inspired an archivist of Iacon, Orion Pax. The two became allies and even struck a friendship, working together to change Cybertron for the better. Some time during this, Megatronus sees fit to shorten his name to Megatron. Eventually their efforts bring them before the Council. Megatron gives a fiery and even violent speech before the Council, demanding immediate change and that the power and rank of a Prime be conferred to him to initiate that change. Orion Pax intercedes, exercising more tact and calling for a more peaceful resolution between the corrupt caste system and the actual Cybertronians who suffer under it. The Council, apparently moved by Orion, wish to make him Prime.

Now at this point, some would say a divergence happens, but it all depends on what dimension you're from.

While in another dimension, Orion is shocked, and Megatron is consumed by envy, and perceives betrayal from Orion, and it's from there that they are estranged, and their estrangement is essentially a major factor in Cybertron descending into all-out civil war.

But in this dimension, even Megatron is moved in a certain way. His thoughts of revenge against the Council and the corrupt system they perpetuated, his thought to make sure that system was abolished and Cybertron bettered by any means necessary, were shaken as he was reminded that an all-out fight may risk what had truly motivated him from the start--to help Cybertron. Too much fighting would end up endangering Cybertron in the end. And Megatron trusts Orion, and believes his friend has a point, and has proved to be more worthy of a Prime, and thus supports and encourages him.

But this Orion...is a very convincing actor. It probably helps that he had believed in a more peaceful resolution. But that was before. At this point, Orion's witnessed enough of what the caste system does to make him drop all thoughts of mercy against those who perpetuate it...even worse, it's started to twist him in other ways, to even doubt just a little the value of right and wrong.... In any case, Orion intends to play the innocent, believing that luring the Council into a false sense of security and then assassinating them will be more efficient. Orion thinks it an unfortunate necessity to keep his friend Megatron in the dark about this, and even planning for Megatronus' lack of tact to make him look more appealing to the Council. But Orion does feel particularly concerned how Megatron seems to be more willing to listen to the peaceful solution after all...but Orion figures it is a minor detail and that he has better things to focus on, such as best plotting murder.

At least both Megatron and Orion see the Council's offer as still probably given with the intention of making Orion a figurehead, but both work together to ensure Orion is actually in charge. (Though Megatron is actually thinking more negotiation, Orion more along the lines of Kill them All and hide the bodies and evidence.)

So this Megatron never protests Orion being seen as the better Prime, and Orion was never genuine in wanting a peaceful resolution to the caste system problem. Orion Pax becomes Optimus Prime, and names Megatron as his High Lord Protector--essentially his Second-in-Command. And for a time, things seem to be going well. Then the Council starts dying one by one. Optimus has started his assassinations, and quietly and anonymously so, even having Megatron investigate their deaths. Optimus miscalculates in thinking Megatron will find nothing, and underestimating how skilled Megatron's friend, Soundwave, has grown. Megatron confronts Optimus, they talk...and at first Optimus can persuade Megatron to do nothing and let this happen. Optimus argues that at this point, it would cause too much scandal if Cybertron knew what their Prime was doing, and to take out the Council that still more often than not made their work more difficult than it had to be was much more expedient, and did Megatron still not loath them for what they had done?... Megatron is disturbed, but reluctantly goes along with Optimus.

But the power is steadily going to Optimus' head and unhinging him further, and rather than taking Megatron's compliance as loyalty and friendship from Megatron, and Megatron still trying to put a peaceful and protected Cyberton first, Optimus sees it more as him having power over even Megatron. Megatron will let him get away with it. So Optimus decides for a more bold assassination that will take out the rest of the Council at once, an explosion at some public gathering--what of any personnel there that may get caught up and die? The greater good is more important. Optimus' power and efficiency is more important.

Megatron catches wind of this plot and quickly stops it. Then things start going downhill fast. Something snaps in Optimus, perceiving Megatron's emergency response to thwarting his scheme as betrayal. Things quickly escalate into violence--Megatron hesitates to strike a killing blow against his friend, fighting against gladiator instinct and believing his friend could still be reasoned with. Optimus takes advantage, severely injuring a caught off guard Megatron and ending the fight. Optimus orders Megatron to be quietly locked away, and tries to come up with a plan to cover up what just happened with his High Lord Protector and still eliminate the rest of the Council without anyone realizing he's the culprit.

Megatron escapes, Optimus kills the Council, Megatron brings Optimus' less-than-clean schemes to light, and Optimus essentially freaks out even more, declaring Megatron a traitor of the highest deception to Cybertron, and Public Enemy #1, and clamping down hard on Cybertron and tightening his control over the planet. So, the civil war between Optimus' Autobots and Megatron's Decepticons still break out, though it's more about the ruling Prime's forces versus the rebels.

The war escalates, eventually claiming the life of literally an entire planet. Cybertron becomes a dead world, unable to function or produce Energon to sustain Cybertronian life. The Autobots and Decepticons leave Cybertron on a mass exodus, but the war is not entirely abandoned, the conflict shifting even more to other planets.

Eventually the main leaders and even the originators of the war, Optimus and Megatron, wind up on Earth, one of the many alien planets they've been stockpiling Energon on, and continue their eons-long stalemate.

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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.


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.

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