Introduction

Players are free to submit their own slang and turns of phrase for mod and player review. Accepted terms will be added to the list. It should be noted that Cybertronians acclimatized to Earth may use human swear words and human terms as well. Similarly, not all Cybertronian terms are universal among Cybertronians whose slang may vary from region to region or class to class. So these terms are by no mean concrete (TF continuity being what it is) and we encourage everyone to techno-babble to their hearts' content.

Time Units

The terms here are measured against a Cybertronian's internal chronometer, and are relative, cultural approximations: AKA, a joor has the same cultural implications as a 'week' does for us but we're not going to specify on how long in human time measurements a 'joor' actually is.

Astro-klik: Fraction of a second

Nano-klik: Second

Klik: Minute

Breem: Hour

Joor: Week

Orn: Month

Vorn: Year. It should be noted that if someone says they are '20 vorns old' it is NOT the same as a human saying 'I am 20 years old' and does not carry the same age-specific implications. A 20-vorn old is not necessarily a young adult because Cybertronian life cycles are too long for that; it just means they've been active for 20 vorns.

Cycle: 'Cycle' is seldom used as a stand-alone unless describing a single planetary day; usually it has a descriptor attached like 'solar, orbital, deca, stellar, mega,' etc. and generally cycles are attached to some unit of time measurement that is specific to some orbital body, planet, or galactic unit of measurement. Can be fluid when a Transformer is moving from one side of the galaxy to another. A 'cycle' on Cybertron is not the same as a 'cycle' on Earth. So if someone says "The war as been over for mega-cycles!" you have to question if they are still on Cybertron, Mars, Earth, or some other planetary time frame.

(Planet) Cycle: One planetary day.

Meta-Cycle: Once planetary week approximately

Mega-cycle: One planetary month approximately

Orbital(star)-cycle: One planetary year approximately

Deca-cycle: One planetary decade approximately

Light-cycle: A very, very long time. It's like the Cybertronian version of "Once upon a time…" or "Long ago, in a galaxy far away…" or "In the beginning…" It has a kind of legendary, historical, mythological feel to it. Often starts stories about Primus or Unicron or Cybertronian lore.

Swearwords and Slang

Aft: Cybertronian 'ass' and can be used in the same offensive mien. Similar to 'actuator', 'afterburner', 'back-bumper', 'fanbelts', 'diodes', 'skid plate', 'tailpipe', 'turbocharger', etc.

Aligned: To be spark-bonded or even simply intending to be spark-bonded in the very near future. Regional/class variants. Not a universal term.

Amica Endura/Conjunx Endura: Both a legal and colloquial term; the first one refers to a long-term friendship, the second to a spouse. The terms are broadly applied to relationships of variable definition – spark-bonded, aligned, link-partners, best-friends, lovers, life-partners – but across the board its usage implies a close personal and often intimate relationship - a commitment. Someone named Conjunx Endura is your partner and first contact should anything happen to you. The term is regional and broadly, but not universally, understood to mean person of most importance.

Basic: A dialect of Cybertronian that is more a machine language, beeps, clicks, and whirs that all mechs can understand but seldom use unless damaged or experiencing communication issues. Basic is the language Bumblebee uses.

'Big Bearings': To have a lot of damn nerve. Alternates are 'bearings of chrome steel!' or 'look at the bearings on this one' and other such sentiments.

'Bonded': AKA: 'spark-bonded' refers to Transformers who have completely merged sparks with another to a point their energy and signatures are bound on the quantum level by physics and emotional feedback, even when physically separated. Bonded pairs can share thoughts and sensation on whim and often by accident; experienced partners can shield their feelings from one another, but under duress this is very difficult. The bond strengthens both parties, literally makes them tougher or smarter. The flip-side is that the death of one will adversely (sometimes fatally) affect the other. Insanity is common among bond-pair widowers. Natural bonding usually takes more than one go, typically they have to have had contact many times before a bond will fully take. One physically cannot bond to total strangers.

Brightplate: A general mildly offensive term for a Towerling or upper-caste mech, or aimed at Transformers who at least appear to be of the upper class - too polished, too clean, not enough armor, etc.

'Bust a Gasket': No longer able to control; to 'lose it'.

'Catching a Nova': Doing something incredibly stupid and about to suffer greatly for it.

'Circuits Sizzle': To become very mad; similar to the Earth term 'blood boil'.

Defrag: The process of cleaning up one's processor and removing junk data, redundancies, amcillary files, bad code, etc. This is a healthy functionality practice that all medics recommend. 'Defrag regularly' is a like Cybertronian 'brush your teeth after every meal'… meaning not everyone does it as often as they should so often defragging can be a long and time-consuming little system chore. Friends will sometimes help friend with their defrag by linking up and lending them their processing power… then usually end up sitting around chatting. Considered something of a social exercise to some, since it usually results in closer frequency sync between the mechs participating. Can be done by a medic as well purely for functionality.

EMF, also 'Field': short for Electromagnetic Field/Frequency. It is a type of more subtle Transformer body language that is not readily apparent to humans. A mech's EMF can indicate mood as much as an expression and the compatibility of an EMF can sometimes indicate how well someone gets on with someone else. Whereas humans can 'give a bad vibe', it's literal for a Cybertronian. Long-wave EMF is generally an 'agreeable' personality. Short-wave is considered more challenging. NOTE: like faking a smile, an EMF can be faked as well to some extent.

Frag: It's the Cybertronian 'fuck' use with all the grammatical creativity we give our more infamous swear word. Not usually used to indicate a sexual act, but this varies with region/class base. Kaon mechs and worker class may used 'frag' an innuendo. Towerlings would not generally.

Glitch: To have a malfunction or to be crazy or damaged.

'Grinding their Gears': To be angry without reason. This is often applied to what could be considered 'teenage' angst, but can also mean something is really eating at someone.

'Gun-Metal Gray': An indicator of death. A dead Cybertronian's armor will lose color as the color nanites in the paint begin to shut down post-mortem. It's similar to a human corpse losing color and going pale.

Hack: When a Transformer forces their way into another mech's software via physical or wireless access, doing everything from just making their optics freak out a little to ripping data out of their processor. Can be used to severely damage the mental capabilities of a mech, often painful.

Insignia Switcher: Sometimes shortened to 'signia switcher' or 'switcher'. It means traitor and references Bots and Cons who defected to the other side and switched their original Autobot or Decepticon symbol.

'Leaking Lubricant': Phrase generated specifically on Earth. Means something like 'I'm in tears' but since Cybertronians don't really do that, it's more colloquial and generally will be directed at humans or Earth-acclimated Cybertronian who will get the reference to human emotions.

Networking: A combination of social and frequency networking. Long time Cybertronian units might be said to be 'well networked' meaning they are all pretty friendly with one another, but on a more literal level have come to share EMR waves as a result of proximity or frequent system uplink or general EMF syncing.

Offline: Cybertronian dialect for 'death'; as Transformers are not technically 'alive', they are said, when all their systems permanently shut down, to go offline; additional idiomatic equivalents include when one's 'spark goes out,' one is 'deactivated,' one 'crashes', etc.; also sometimes described as an equivalent to falling unconscious, and uses contextual cues.

Over-Clocking/Over-Drive: When a Transformer maxes out their systems either by consciously over-riding their own safety parameters or when in a 'fight or flight' situation. Like when humans perform amazing feats in a moment of crisis or don't feel pain until the adrenaline is gone. Over Clocking is the Cybertronian battle rush.

'Primus on a Piston!': It's like 'Christ on a Bike!' and just as offensive. Do not use around devout followers of Primus. All semi-blasphemous invocations of Primus' name should similarly not be used too liberally.

Recharge: The Cybertronian term for sleeping.

Rust Stick: A Cybertronian candy; long, thin and cylindrical in shape, it is described as sweet, flaky, yet slightly hard.

Scrap: It's like 'slag' but milder, similar to saying 'crap'.

Skragg: Another variation on 'fuck'. Possibly regional or class-based. It's a bit like 'freakin'' or 'friggin'' but a touch meaner than that. Likely a cross between 'frag' and 'scrap'. Tends to grammatically fluid as most swear words.

Slag: The step up from 'scrap'. Use it like one would use 'shit' or 'fuck' in the human vernacular. Generally means 'to mess something up'.

Smelt: Literally a reference to the smelting pits on Cybertron where the dead frames of low-caste Cybertronians were melted down. Telling someone to 'Get Smelted' is basically 'Go Die in a Fire'. 'Smelt' as a noun also carries a social stigma of being the remains of the dead on some level.

'Son of a Glitch': It's the Cybertronian "son of a bitch"

Sparkling: A stage in some Cybertronian development. Infancy. A sparkling stage is entirely unnecessary and suggests that the cohort who petitioned for the sparkling had no immediate function in mind for them, allowing them to choose their function as they got frame upgrades or 'grew'. While this means that the Cybertronian in question gets to choose their identity more freely, culturally, it can also suggest that they are 'useless' since they were not brought online for any reason but whim. Thus, while calling someone a 'sparkling' is like calling them a big baby, it makes you sound like a Towerling rich-mech. Beware if you are talking to low-caste bots, who may or may not be inclined to punch your lights out.

Traditionally only the rich, high-caste could commission a Sparkling, though there are scattered and rare cases of mid-caste saving enough funds to do so as well.

'Shed a Wavelength': Equivalent to 'shed a tear', refers to Cybertronian EM waves which often denote emotions that their body language or facial expressions do not. If someone emits a sad frequency, someone might say they have 'shed a wavelength' for someone.

Stasis lock: Sometimes shortened to S-lock. The Transformer equivalent to a human 'coma'. Can be triggered by extreme damage or medically induced.

'Swapping Paint': A slang term for cuddling, snogging, bonding, etc.

Synced: Usually referring to EMF signatures and personal wavelengths. When two bots are 'in sync' it literally means that they are matching each other's EM frequencies. Doing this usually means they are familiar or intimate in some fashion or another. If you sync your EMF to someone else it tends to be an intimate gesture and some do it easier than others. Long-wave EMF types tend to have a knack for it. Can merely be comforting or friendly; can also be prelude to romantic intimacy. A mechanism's EMF is generated by their spark so it is like attuning to their soul's frequency.

'Torque it Down': Similar to 'calm down' or 'chill out'.

Towerling: A bot from the Towers, or just a Transformer who is very rich or well to do; readily turns into an insult meaning snobby or someone who thinks they are better than anyone else. Cons tend to think of Autobot ranks as full of Towerlings and this is, more than the Bots would admit, true.

'What in the Name of the All-Spark?': Similar to 'What in God's name is going on?!' and often slashed to 'What in the All-Spark?'

Anatomical and Medical Terms

Audios: The ears, also 'audio sensors', 'audio relays', 'audio receptors'.

Brain Module: A tiny cluster of microchips located in the Transformer's head, below the cranial case that protects the memory core. The brain module houses most of a transformer's personality and is the first part of the neural net sparked active by the creation matrix or other form of sparking. Call it the start button for the brain. Damage to the brain module causes personality defects and other complications.

Back Strut: Like the human spine, sometimes called a 'dorsal column' by medics.

Chassis: Generally refers to the chest area, but can also refer to a mech's body in general such as the phase, "He really risked his chassis for me!".

Clone: Raw protoform. Provided one has all the right tech and the know-how, it can be imbued with the memories and personality of a donor mech. These clones are linked to the original and tend to share thoughts to some degree. It's debatable if they're fully realized beings. If the protoform has no spark of its own, it's only a kind of AI.

Cranial Case/Memory Core: Refers to a physical 'black box' structure in the center of a Transformer's skull where the memory core is stored, but unlike a 'black box' it is in no way difficult to damage. An extremely skilled (and crazy) surgeon may remove the memory core from the cranial case while a subject is online to obliterate their long term memories and preserve the data within, leaving the subject functional but unable to create new memories or remember who they are. The memory core is almost entirely destroyed at the time of death. If a Transformer has memory issues, a medic will scan for damage here.

Dermalsensors: Generally refers to tactile data sensors near the surface or just beneath the outer plating, can be generally firewalled at will if damaged or too painful.

Ear Finial: Where the 'audio receptor' resides.

Fuel Lines/Fuel pump: Essentially the circulatory system. Fuel pump is like a heart and fuel lines are like human veins pumping coolant, Energon, conductive fluids, and other necessary liquids through a transformer's frame.

Gestalt: A general term referring to a kind of link/bond between Transformers. Some Transformers have functions that require them to share hardware or software. Some Gestalts operate as hive-minds, sharing thoughts and neural-net bandwidth. Others, like Combiner Gestalts, share hardware allowing them to transform together and then share thoughts as a single personality. Other Gestalts may have different degrees of hardware and software linkage and some Gestalts share variants of spark-bonds as well. There are many kinds of gestalt offshoots. Not all gestalts are the same, but the word implies a co-dependency of function.

Helm: Skull/Head

Hydraulics: Like a human's musculature. Hydraulic lines are what allow movement and mods can be made to hydraulics to strengthen them.

Low-Yield/High-Yield: Low-yield VS high-yield are medical terms referring to a spark's strength: a weak spark VS a strong one. A high-yield spark has a better change of A: surviving damage and B: donating power. You want a high-yield compatible spark for a jump-start procedure

Neural-Net: The Cybertronian brain; interchangeable with 'processor', or 'CPU', it's all the neural-circuitry inside the helm, the memory core, all brain related structures and where most of a Transformer's complex software will be stored

Neural-Circuitry: Circuitry to do with the nervous system, sensation, pain, pleasure, anything to do with the tangible senses.

Pedes: Feet

Protoform: Medically refers to the most basic internal framework of a transformer's body, part of the endo-structure beneath the other armor plates. Can refer to a stage in Cybertronian development similar to childhood, but this is regionally/class specific. Some Transformers are brought online as full-frames meaning there is no sparkling stage or protoform stage. Their protoform is built into their plating at the time of sparking so calling someone a 'protoform' will be confusing to some mechanisms.

Relinquishment Clinics: Facilities present on Cybertron that allowed customers to temporarily transfer their spark into a new body-type. Such a procedure would be exceedingly costly. Prior to the Great War, full scale re-engineering was a service only available to the elite Cybertronian classes. As such, the general masses were fixed in their alt-modes and unable to change them. At this time, these clinics were run by commercial enterprises and charged astronomical fees to make use of a patented Sparkswap Technology to transfer a Spark into a vacant bodyshell. These bodyshells were from donors which allowed clients to experience life in a completely different alt-mode: legal body tourism.

Body-swap tech was also used illegally by the lower classes. Ones who found the means used it to swap into different frames, sometimes a form a getting a new identity. At one point the clinics were a cover for state-funded menticide and were exposed as such by revolutionary activists. During the war such facilities became assisted-suicide vendors.

Rotator Cuff: The mechanism that enables shoulder movement; the shoulder joint.

Servo: Limb on a Transformer's body, generally equated to the human hand.

Spark: The equivalent to the human heart and/or soul; it keeps the systems in the body functioning and is what makes Transformers unique and individual; said to be a part of the essence of Primus. The charge from a spark powers the body and mind of a Transformer and sometimes the interruption of the charge can cause comas and vegetative states. (See Zero Point.) It is immensely personal, and not typically displayed to any but loved ones or medics.

Spark Casing/Chamber: This structure will vary in design, depending on a bot's frame-type or modifications, but the spark 'chamber' is generally the internal structure that supports the spark casing which is a kind of lock-box around the spark itself. The casing must be consciously opened usually, but can also be manually opened by a medic. Used to be popular among Towerlings to modify or engrave the spark casing or change the design to be more aesthetically pleasing, thus the term 'fancy spark'. Tends to be a heavy concentration of nerves and neural lines around the spark casing and in the chamber though one may undergo procedure to remove tactile sensors. The means damage to the spark will hurt less, but limit other kinds of sensation.

Spark Types: Medically there are certain kinds of spark-types, not unlike a human blood type. Based on spark-compatibility, a matching voluntary's spark energy can be used by medics (real pros generally) to jump-start a fading spark. This process is painful and dangerous for all involved. Vitreous-positive (or V+) is a relatively rare spark-type, 1 in 200 will have that spark type. Other more common spark polarities are vitreous-negative (V-), oblique-positive (O+), oblique-negative (O-), beta-positive (B+), and beta-negative (B-), gamma-positive (G+), gamma-negative (G-).

Vicarious Perception: A general term for a split-spark medical condition in which twins become physically aware of one another, sharing strong sensory data and even emotional feedback. The strength, frequency, and nature of the link vary from twin to twin, some sharing only mild emotional feedback, others sharing thoughts so fully they lose track of which mech is which, etc. In extreme cases, the death of one twin can kill the other too. It is debatable whether the death of a one twin simultaneously killing the other is an actual physical effect acting as an actual kill-trigger for the other... or if the living twin simply goes insane and kills themselves as a result of losing their other half. The intensity and nature of a set's vicarious perception determines whether or not the death of one twin will simply hurt the other or take them offline completely.

Vicarious Perception Type II: Degenerative Vicarious Perception applies to twins' shared senses that get stronger and stronger as time goes on. This condition has been loosely tied to quantum decay theory and shares traits with Branched Spark Syndrome (those sparked with Type II VP at crecheing), but the exact cause of it is unknown. What is known is that the spark frequencies of both will begin to sync more intensely, and frequency bleed on monitor becomes more apparent. These are, however, symptoms and tells for the condition, not a cause.

Vicarious Perception Type II is believed to be triggered by external stimuli, trauma, damage, spark disruption, or disease weakening one or both of the sparks involved. Methods of slowing or halting Type II VP exist, but their success rate is middling at best and require high level spark-invasive procedures on both twins.

Zero Point: Is an infinitesimally small cavity between two nerve circuits that prevents the charge from a Transformer's spark-energy from completing its circuit in a Transformer's body. Certain injuries can open a fatal gap inside the chest or brain, causing the charge to die and rob the body of life, necessitating life support.

'Birth' of a Cybertronian

Forged: A mech sparked straight from Vector Sigma and the All-Spark without crècheing process. Forging was the original and most 'natural' form of population growth before civilization and crèche technology was built. They can be one-offs with no cohort, or multi-mech units sparked together. Forged mechs are slotted into castes based on their alt-modes, whichever they most naturally take and whatever function they seem suited for. Outliers with no clear function are often mis-sorted or displaced in society.

Some religious organizations believe that the function trends of forged mechs indicate the will of Primus, what the planet itself thinks it needs to further their race. For example, an up-tick in warrior-type forged mechs means a push for war or defense, while more laborers would be push for greater industry. This is generally poked at as superstitious nonsense. It is notable; however, that Optimus Prime was forged.

Full-Frame/Constructed: This refers to a type of sparking method where a Transformer is brought online fully built and (hopefully) fully cognizant and ready to fulfill their function. Common for mid- to low-castes during the Golden Age and considered the most natural form of sparking. Most new Cybertronian bodies are built and designed by cohort units who need a new member for a function or for their own personal reasons, or cookie cutter batch modes to do industry or government work. Each new sparking was supposed to be sanctioned. That said, there is a whole black market in Kaon that revolves around illegally sparking new transformers outside of census.

Code-Donor: Cybertronians who submit portions of their code to be part of a cold-construct's OS. When a cohort decides to add a new member to the unit, they are often responsible for construction of the frame itself, coining the term 'constructed-cold'. A cold-construct is therefore built into the same caste and societal class as their code-donors if they are to be of the same unit. There are cases of lower-caste mechs donating code into higher caste constructs, but it's rare. There can be class-based stigma around the identity and caste of a code donor, cohorts might try to get a higher-caste mechanoid to donate code to win the new spark a higher-caste status. Politics around code donation in the Tower circles was common.

Depending on cohort structure, there can be one to several hundred code-donors for a single construct. For example: a hive cohort may have over a hundred code-donors, where as another cohort may only have a handful or a single donor. Cohorts may choose to donate no code and only build the frame - though in a function-based society, this was less common. More donors means more likelihood of the new spark being better suited for their function and cohort... but it is no guarantee. One hundred donors to a frame can still get a spark who wants to go off their function.

Cohort: The closest Cybertronian equivalent to family. This is tricky. 'Cohort' originally referred to Cybertronian units assigned specific functions among the castes: there were enforcer cohorts, engineering cohorts, maintenance and labor cohorts, political and management cohorts, etc. Within a larger cohort there may be specialized sub-units brought online together - they might consider each other siblings in a fashion (there isn't really a human term for this) or at least 'related' by more degrees. As the war destroyed castes, function-classes, and cohorts, the term has more loosely come to be used in the colloquial: to refer to those with whom you work with and trust rather than whom you share specs and function with.

Frame Types

Carrier: This refers to the larger Cybertronian in a Carrier/Cassette partnership. There are many different types of Carriers, just as there are many different types of Cassettes that all bundle into one category. In general, a smaller mechanism like a Mini-Con or Cassette may have the ability to integrate themselves with their larger partner, who 'carry' them - thus the term. There are two primary types of Carriers, which are as follows.

• Type One: Not holding a specific name and just referred to as the generic term, these Carriers are created as is from the Well of all-sparks or from the beginning of their design to construction, often having a Cassette already tagging along for the ride. They tend to have a far deeper and emotionally invested attachment to their Cassette(s), and may share physical attributes with one another as a tell for what they are. Unlike Hardware Cassettes, breaking the link between them is near impossible, it killing the Cassette, and possibly crippling the Carrier if it does not outright kill them.

• Type Two: Hardware Carriers are a general Carrier who can have a cassette dock with them without any meaning attached to it. These partnerships are usually just based on a simple hardware link (Cassettes being able to dock with the carrier), or more specialized links (spark-based, neural-based, frequency-based, etc.) and not anything that cannot be later broken with the right medical tech. They can usually choose how deep their links to one another are. However, in post-war Cybertron the tech to break Carrier/Cassette links may be a bit hard to come by. This means taking on a cassette is no longer a throwaway decision, even for a Hardware Carrier, unless you are a carrier specifically designed for such things.

Cassette: A class of very small Cybertronian that, generally, work with a larger full-sized mech or femme. Depending on their function and what their Carrier/partner needs them for, a Cassette may be intimately linked in some fashion to that bigger Cybertronian or they might just make up part of their frame (like a set of headlights or something). Some Cassettes can choose to operate autonomously but it was frowned on in Cybertronian culture. Historically, cassettes had far fewer rights than their full-size counter parts.

The variety in Cassettes is a huge subject to discuss, for their frame types can vary between a smaller Cybertronian, to a cat or dog, or even serpents and reptiles. They may even be unrecognizable as an Earth animal. Their intelligence levels vary just as much, there being three subclasses of Cassettes.

• Type One - Drone. No intelligence capabilities of their own. They can figure out what danger is, and avoid an oncoming strike, but mostly are emotionless, thoughtless things that serve a specific purpose.

• Type Two - Traditionally animal like Cassettes that have feelings and emotions, they can think, but their processor power isn't up to the task of complex considerations. The most intelligent ones of these types would be akin to a well trained dog or a toddler.

• Type Three - These Cassettes are fully intelligent, or at least an average Cybertronian. While they may not always be 'book smart', they can process complex thoughts and act just like any other Cybertronian that is just trapped in a smaller body.

Type One and Two Cassettes may be applied as part of a Carrier character, however Type Three must be applied to site as a standalone character and take up a slot.

Combiner: A group of Transformers that assemble and combine their bodies into a single machine. Most combiners form a larger Super Robot with its own unique personality, but other varieties of combiner exist, forming vehicles, weapons, or even whole cities or certain parts of cities. Combiners tend to be considerably larger and more powerful than the average Transformer, equivalent to strategic-grade weapons. The hive-mind nature of them comes from those combiner types who fuse into a larger mind - be it a robot or a kind of city-hub the point is that many become a new single whole. If a combiner is designed, in their root mode, to be a single robot then they are a true hive mind and designed to be part of each other. When they separate it is usually only temporary for the reason of relocation or medical need. Most combat combiner teams are simply transient hive-minds, becoming one machine but ultimately designed to be separate identities. True combiners who lose members of their combiner gestalt are often permanently damaged, having lost pieces of their true self.

Drone Deployer: highly functioning AI machines and not actual fully sparked beings. Weapons for the purpose of attack and ultimately expendable, they are a very basic kind of throttle-bot - brain-stem, weak-spark, a set of learned responses that make them not much more than turbofoxes or gearhounds in terms of intelligence. Very much specialized attack dogs.

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General Frame Types: The most common type of Cybertronians that are classified by what frame they turn into. They are Flier/Aerial, Grounder and Two Wheelers. General doesn't mean bad however! This is just the most common types.

Seeker: A Decepticon with a jet form, whether combat-capable, triple-changing or other; capable of traveling at supersonic velocity.

Spark-Split: The non-technical word is 'twins'. Rarely, at the time of sparking, an excess of energy is generated, causing a single spark to split. Usually, split sparks both snuff out instantly; those that do survive long enough to be alive within their frames typically die though, uneven splits causing one to die from complications and then take their twin with them. VERY little research has been done on twins. Symptoms vary from pair to pair, but typically twins share some level of vicarious perception meaning they feel or are aware of their twin's health or mood. Spark-Splits occurred most commonly in full-frames and in unsanctioned sparking crèches that do not have the same safety devices in place to prevent or abort dangerous spark-surges. In general, twins are rather uncommon, but they are a naturally occurring phenomenon.

Twins often share a spark-link, through which they can communicate without threat of being hacked (similar to a kind of telepathy).

Spark-splits are identifiable in that they share the same spark-frequency and their cyber-nucleic acids will share atomic patterning and structure, even if their frames are 100% different. Twin life-signals are often easy to mix up when they are in close proximity, as they often register as one: this frequency bleed results from there, essentially, being two halves of one whole. When together, their wavelength tend to harmonize automatically, causing most spark-frequency detection tools to malfunction. Fine medical tools and scanners are seldom fooled by this bleed, however.

Shifters: Said to be the descendents of Amalgamous Prime, the Shifters are Cybertronian that posess the ability to transform not only into multiple alt modes, but into the appearance of other Cybertronian. They are dangerously deceptive, and clever, putting their now rare abilities to careful use.

Society

The Caste System was originally touted as a way to give every spark a place and a job in the world, and guarantee economic stability. It swiftly came to dominate Cybertronian society. It was overseen and administered by the Guilds of Cybertron. It was at Fort Scyk that the first generals of the High Council's militias first conceived the idea of formalizing the formerly loose-knit castes. Though its rigid structure was intended to preserve Cybertronian society, its repressive force was a large factor in the social decay and unrest that lead to the formation of the Decepticons and the start of the Great War.

Under the caste system, a Transformer was assigned to a caste by the Guilds at the moment they emerged from the Well of AllSparks or when they reached physical majority for developmental models. These assignments were immediate and absolute -for the lower castes anyway. There were, however, exceptions in the upper and middle class if one could pay for it. For example, sparkling frames were almost entirely exclusive to the upper and higher middle class. These mechanoids were afforded more time to be adapted into functions of their choice with help from their guild and cohort. Meanwhile, some lower castes were not even allowed to legally take names.

Class division immediately began to spread.

Under the caste system, Cybertron was a planet full of corruption, social apartheid, and general oppression: a Cybertronian citizen's role in life was determined by the body he was built in, and the handful of elites (particularly the military) would step down on that citizen's face, forever. Police violence to oppress and control the lower castes grew exponentially the longer the system remained in place.

The Castes are listed in hierarchical order, rather than alphabetical.

High Caste
• Intellectual Class
• Scientific Class
• Medical Class

Mid Caste
• Military Class
• Enforcer Class
• Service Class
• Data Class

Low-Caste
• Labor and Working Class

Drop Caste
• The low of the low that often did not even have a designation or name and could by 'dropped' by anyone with almost no legal consequence.

Disposables
• Short for the 'Disposable Class', the Disposables were tantamount to a slave-caste during the rise of the caste-system on Cybertron. Possessing no rights to speak of, they were generally treated as objects rather than people. They had many alt forms, but were commonly tools of some variety or even weapons. Many Disposables sided with the Decepticon uprising, which upheld the rights of all function-types as equal… at least in the beginning. The lowest existing caste, the Eradicons, were originally part of the Disposable Class.

Organizations

Elite Guard: The highest branch of the Cybertronian military, specifically assigned to protect the Prime and the High Council. With members drawn initially from the ranks of the military, the Elite Guard had a modified oath and code that placed the protection of the ruling class members above all else, their oaths given directly to the Prime. With later membership drawn from the ranks of the Enforcers they became the personal body guards and ceremonial Guardians.

While most Elite Guard did not see frequent combat the way other forces did, they were nonetheless the top tier of weaponized military in both training and tech that Cybertron could produce. With loyalties solely to the Prime and High Council, the Elite Guard were a formidable private military of the ruling class with the reigning Prime standing as their commander. Sentinel Zeta served as a member of the Elite Guard prior to his ascendance as Prime.

Galactic Council: The Galactic Council is a coalition of higher-order civilizations representing thousands of star systems. They were established in response to an event called The Shattering, with a mandate to negotiate non-aggression pacts between worlds. In recent times they've taken on more of a policing role. A lot of races put a lot of faith in the Council to keep them safe. The Cybertronian race is one of the very few races they have blacklisted. As a result, there are many trade embargos, bans, and restrictions to Cybertronian intergalactic travel and inter-species relations. Their fuel and trade blockades on the Cybertronian race have been called speciest in nature. Some assert that the trade blocks are revenge by organic races for early Cybertronian imperialism under Nova Prime.

High Council: The High Council consisted of thirteen members and convened in the High Council Tower in Iacon. They have been in existence since the fall of the Quintessons when they we first assembled to name a Prime after the death of the Guardian Prime. It has been part of the Cybertronian political system through the Primacies since the Age of Wrath, through the Golden Age of Cybertron and the beginnings of the caste system. Though their role originally was to choose the most worthy leader, corruption spread among the Councilors, many of whom used their position to serve their own ends.

Though aware of the Cybertronian populace's disgruntlement with the caste system, the High Council turned a blind eye to the rising gladiatorial combats taking place in industrial areas in and around Kaon. As Orion Pax and Megatron's movement to abolish the castes became increasingly volatile, Sentinal Zeta Prime - pressured into action by the growing popularity of the two young leaders - arranged a hearing for them at the High Council Chamber.

When Megatron came before them, allegedly to call for justice, he arrogantly threatened to remove the old guard by force and demanded to be the next Prime. In contrast, the young Orion Pax was able to move the Council with his words and reason, resulting in their naming him Prime. It is debatable whether their choice to name Orion Pax Prime was because they were genuinely impressed with him or if they simply hoped to split Megatron and Orion's unified leadership. Either way, following their verdict Megatron broke off ties with Orion and the Council and moved to launch the war.

MECH: MECH is an Earth organization working in opposition to the United States government. They seek to create a "new world order" through the application of cutting-edge technology. For MECH, procuring such technology includes stealing it. It isn't clear what "MECH" stands for, if anything. They are responsible for capturing and trying to vivisect Breakdown and other Cybertronian in their path to supremacy and have acquired information about Cybertronian biology via these violent methods. They are still actively hunting any Cybertronians, Autobots or Decepticon.

NEST: The Non-biological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty (N.E.S.T.) was set up under William Fowler to create a combined Human/Autobot defense force against Decepticons. Under the classified Alien/Autobot Cooperation Act, the Autobots share intelligence and personnel with the US, but not their advanced weaponry, adhering strictly (mostly-ish) to the Tyrest Accord. The existence of NEST is highly classified. NEST is given marching orders from the Pentagon, specifically the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Admiral Morshower in 2008-9). Despite this and its American origins, it expanded early on to include armed forces from other nations such as the United Kingdom and is allowed access to foreign territory.

General operations are over seen by General Bryce who works in cooperation with Admiral Morshower and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They are answerable to the President and allied international representatives. Current head of field and day-to-day operations is Special Agent William Fowler. Formerly Captain William Fowler, he was part of a US Rangers military outfit in Qatar that was the first to be attacked by Decepticon activity several years ago, making him part of the First Contact Crew who make up the bulk of NEST's veteran operatives at this time.

NEST is comprised of carefully vetted military, intelligence, and research operatives from all over the world. The operation is small and extremely classified with a witness protection and relocation program for all compromised civilians. On-duty rapid-response operatives are often stationed to Outpost Omega One for weeks at a time. Other operatives are typically stationed at small NEST operations across the world where they work to help the Autobot forces pre-empt Decepticon objectives.

Important Terms, Individuals, and Historical References

All-Spark: The All-Spark resided in the Well of All Sparks on Cybertron, in the center of the planet, where it carried out the will of Primus by sparking every Cybertronian life. Typically, cohorts or other function units of come kind request a sanction to spark a new mech under law, taking the new frame to be sparked in a creche or other sparking facility. Because of these regulation, unsanctioned sparkings were common, especially in lower-caste who were rarely permitted the sanctions they needed. When the Autobot/Decepticon war erupted, however, the All Spark briefly ceased to produce life in a seeming act of divine rebellion, only to apparently change its mind and create one final generation, The Last Sparked.

There have been no conventionally sparked new Cybertronians since the All Spark was launched by Optimus Prime. The number of Cybertronians in the universe has been finite and shrinking ever since. Alternative methods of sparking include Carrier spark division. Mecha capable of these methods make up less than 1% of the population, and many were killed in the War.

The All-Spark's current location remains unknown. Its ability to generate new transformers, with Cybertron dark, is also unknown.

Code of Interplanetary Conflict: The rules of war for interplanetary war. Humans would not know much about it, only species developed enough to be part of interplanetary wars.

Last Sparked: Colloquially the final generation of Cybertronians sparked before the death of Cybertron and the launch of the All-Spark from the planet. Inevitable core-death had already been theorized and predicted by scientists both Autobot and Decepticon, thus, military imperative was to spark as many new Cybertronians as possible before this cataclysm ended the possibility of new soldiers for the cause.

However, during the course of the war, the The All-Spark briefly ceased to produce life, only to apparently change its mind and create one final generation: The Last Sparked, the majority of whom joined the Autobot cause, the exception being the Eradicons. Since there was no functioning census during this time, there is no accurate estimate on how many of the Last Sparked there really are, how many spark-cores were jettisoned into deep-space lacking frames, or how many were instantly killed in the creche-bombings that ensued during this time.

The Thirteen: Records of this time are nonexistent, and many assume this story is just that, a story. A tale to explain away their species existence, and make deities to look up to. However, whether it is believed by a character as law or not, the existence of these Primes in some way can be difficult to argue away given the excistance of the Matrix of Leadership, and Alpha Trion being alive.

• Prima - The first of the Primes: Also donned the title of 'Warrior of Light', Prima is the first, most powerful, and acting leader of the Primes. He wielded the Star Saber, which held the Matrix of Leadership within its hilt. Upon the exile of Unicron and Primus' hybernation, he and the other thirteen began the government for the new Cybertronian that were created.

• Vector Prime - The Time Keeper: Able to move between dimensions with the use of his blades, he served as a protector of time and space. After Unicron's fall, Vector joined Prima in his tasks, offering idealism. He however despaired when his kin fought, and when things got out of hand he created a pocket dimension to escape to. This dimension can only be accessed with the blades of time, which were scattered across Cybertronian colonies by Nexus Prime.

• Alpha Trion - The Archivist: Third prime to be created, and acting historian, he was able to see and write about the past, present, and future using his quill. He acted as strategist to the Primes, and helped created the foundations of government for the planet. Alpha remained, and is the only one seemingly still around to this day. The validity of him being a prime is debatable, but he served within the Archives before Cybertron's fall. His current whereabouts are unknown.

• Solus Prime - The Blacksmith: Fourth and only femme Prime, Solus was the greatest smith ever to function. Using the Forge of Solus Prime, and forging within the cores of suns, she was able to create weaponry and armors for her brothers, namely the Star Saber and Requiem Blaster. Megatronus Prime would eventually lead to her death, her tomb becoming the Well of All-Sparks.

• Micronus Prime - The Mini-Con: The smallest of the Primes, Micronis was the conscious of the Thirteen and the first Mini-Con. He was able to empower his siblings with the Chimera Stone, and mimic their abilities. Eventually, he would sacrifice himself to light flame to the Well of All Sparks.

• Alchemist Prime - The Alchemist: Even tempered student of the natural world, Alchemist worse The Lenses, an artifact that permitted him to see both physical and spiritual realms. He remained behind on Cybertron to help develop the young species, but eventually left for parts unknown.

• Nexus Prime - The Combiner: Living embodiment of Transformation, his nickname was fittingly enough the 'Wizard of Transformation'. His frame was constantly twisting and re-shaping, and was made of several smaller individuals. When the Primes were torn apart, he split himself into multiple frames, and took all of their legendary weapons to hide them. Clocker, Mainspring, Chaindrive, Pinion, and Canonspring eventually forgot where they came from, and what their purpose was.

• Onyx Prime - The Beast: The first Cybertronian to take on a beast form, he held the Triptych Mask. Like Micronus, he would sacrifice himself to ignite the Well of all-Sparks, using the mask to recombine the forms of the Thirteen to act as blueprints for thoes that would be born from the well, gifting bodies.

• Amalgamous Prime - The Shifter: Constantly changing shape even more than Nexus, his frame would become the template for the Transformation-Cog that was gifted to every Cybertronian birthed from the well and created from then on. His current wharabouts are unknown, but there are a small number of individuals that share his constant shifting power. They are aptly named 'The Shifters'.

• Quintus Prime - The Scientist: Possessing an incredible mind, he wielded the Emberstone which accelerated evolution and biological processes. His desire to create life created a rift within the Primes, and lead to the conflict where Liege and Onyx would be killed. When done, he left Cybertron, rumored to have created the Quintessons, whose cruel manipulative ways probably destroyed the Prime.

• Liege Maximo - The Manipulator: Manipulator with a silver tongue, he was the one directly responsible for the infighting among the Primes, and eventual death of many of them. Upon blaming Megatronus Prime for his own manipulations, the other Prime killed him in a fit of rage.

• Megatronus Prime - The Fallen: Holding the Requiem Blaster, he was considered the closest to Unicron, and as such was best equipped to deal with the chaos bringer. His rage and violence led to many deaths of his siblings, and eventually he left off world, claiming the title 'The Fallen'.

• The Thirteenth Prime: Name lost to the ages, the Thirteenth had no weapons or artifacts to his name. He however held a bright vision for the future, and acted as encouragement and mediation as a voice of reson to guide the others. He held a spark uniquely simular to Primus, making him even more effective in the battle against Unicron. Deciding he wished to grow with the new species, he entered the Well of All-Sparks when it was created, declaring the era of Primes to be over and emerging as one of the billions to flow from the life force.

Tyrest Accord: An agreement between the Autobots and the Decepticons; it governs the control of Transformer technology, forbidding it from passing into the hands of alien species. It may be related to the Code of Interplanetary Conflict, and was likely drafted by Chief Justice Tyrest.