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Soundwave ([personal profile] stand_witness) wrote2013-04-19 05:18 pm

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♔ Player Information;
Name: Angel
OOC Journal: [personal profile] angelcide
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Preferred Contact Method(s): Plurk, please [ profile] Angelcide
Other Characters Played in Tanelorn: Sam Flynn, [personal profile] whoami, Ichigo Kurosaki (AU) [personal profile] savior_n_black

♔ Character Information;
Name: Soundwave
Canon: Transformers Prime
OU, AU, OC?: CR AU, taking previous CR from previous LJ game Promenade, and [community profile] abaxcity
Canon point: Sending Soundwave back for a minor canon update between games, so he'll be coming from Season 3, episode 2.

Setting: Transformers canon is vast, complex, and disparate depending on which continuity you're following. For Prime!verse, I'll be using what references are supposed to be going with the show as marketing tie-ins.

The race of sentient mechanical organisms started out on a far away planet called Cybertron. It's a massive planet, almost three times Earth's size ( accounting for the larger scale of it's inhabitants ) and the entire planet was made of metallic material after a millennium of cities being erected across it. The planet was mostly peaceful for the majority of it's history ( referenced as The Golden Age ) but all great civilizations must end sometime. The end for Cybertron came in the form of a Revolution. One that started amidst the gladiatorial pits, and spread through the lower castes.

Cybertronian society was a caste society, largely because when a new Spark emerged from the Well of All Sparks, it was given a function that was decided on based on what the established society needed, rather than what the newly forming individual might grow to want for themselves. This bred resentment among the lower castes, a sense of self entitlement in the upper castes, and over time that resentment festered into anger. Anger into acts of terrorism, protests, labor caste strikes, and finally the gladiators of Khaon staging a full Revolt.

The Council of Iacon was originally intended to exist only to pick the next Prime, or leader of the Cybertronian race, but it's implied that over the millenia, they had gathered significant power in their own right. And most governments want to stay in power more than anything else and thus the uprisings amidst the lower castes were met with more rigid control, and stifling restriction. Megatronus, the leader of the gladiator's revolt, and a quiet Iacon archivist ( librarian ) went together to speak before the Council on the matter. Megatronus spoke of battle, or overturning the old ways with force, and threatened the Council that if they didn't see things his way, they would soon be sorry for it. Orion, however, gave an impassioned plea for peace, and a return to the civilized ways of rule and life. And even with the hardened hearts of politicians in his audience, Orion's words moved the Council, and they believed that Orion Pax was the next candidate for becoming a Prime.

Megatronus was furious, bitter, and resentful of this turn of events. He saw it as a betrayal and it was the only reason he needed to incite his forces into all out civil war.

The war for Cybertron lasted generations. Whole swathes of the planet were destroyed or damaged, and after extended brutal conflict with neither Iacon nor Megatron ( as he had shortened his name ) willing to give ground, the planet suffered for it. Energon, the lifeblood of all life and technology on Cybertron was scarce and the shortages killed as many as the battles. Starvation, battle, madness, and horror were everywhere until no mech was not touched by it, and soon all the remaining inhabitants of Cybertron declared for either the Decepticon cause ( Megatron ) or the Autobots ( led by Orion Pax turned into Optimus Prime )most of which to fight until the bitter end.

Over time, the energon shortages and sheer brutality of the war took it's toll, and in the final days of Cybertron, both factions realized that staying would mean certain death as the planet was no longer capable of supporting life. The few survivors of the Decepticon faction gathered for one last push to make it off world, and search for resources, while the Autobots were divided and scattered to the stars as they fled Decepticon agents, and searched for resources of their own.

And after an indeterminate amount of time spent wandering the cosmos, some of the refugees find their way to Earth. This is where Transformers Prime starts, with both the Decepticons and Autobots on Earth. Megatron has designs for Earth, intending to turn it into a new Cybertron, while Optimus Prime adamantly fights for the freedom of the indigenous population, humans, to be able to maintain their homes. The war still rages, though it's a largely invisible one for most of the human race. Here, the Cybertronians make use of their racial ability to "transform" themselves from mostly bipedal, humanoid giant robots, into perfect replicas of Earth-based vehicles and back again. Everything from planes to trains to automobiles are fair game provided the mass is equal to the size of the transformer in question. So, while the US federal government knows what is really going on, the general populace doesn't know what it sees when they catch sight of a big rig truck and some sports cars being chased by a bunch of planes.

History: Soundwave is a sentient, mechanical organism from an alien planet known as Cybertron. He is a part of the Decepticon faction’s army, and third in command currently, and is by far the most silent, and mysterious of the transformers. Soundwave’s history is largely left vague by the first season, except for a brief summary/exposition made by Ratchet to explain how Optimus came to be a Prime. We know from canon that Soundwave was a fellow gladiator in the arena back on Cybertron. He met Megatron ( then Megatronus ) after an unknown length of time fighting, and killing other mechs for the entertainment of the crowds. It’s not clear when, but we do know that one day, Megatron(us) faced Soundwave in the arena, and it’s Megatron himself who states that Soundwave may be the only mech he has ever fought who had a chance to beat him, furthermore it’s only through luck that the match was not to the death that saved Megatron(us) from being killed.

Megatron rose to infamy in the arena, and soon started to gather a following, thanks to his hard won skills as ( oddly enough ) an orator. His ideals on overturning the caste system on Cybertron fired many of the Sparks and minds of transformers, and with his most ardent, and loyal supporter, Soundwave, at his back, Megatron soon became something of a living legend. During this time Orion Pax, a clerk in the Iacon hall of records, heard of the gladiator-turned-revolutionary, and after corresponding with Megatron(us) for a time, became something of a student of his.

It’s unknown how much time passed between Megatron leaving the gladiatorial arena for the political one, but the next we hear of him, Megatron went before the Iacon council, the ruling body on Cybertron, and made an impassioned speech about the overturning of the unjust laws that held all mechs as being of no greater worth than what they were born with. Of course, Megatron also argued that the old guard should be overturned with brute force, and urged other mechs to rise up, and fight under him to achieve these goals. This, of course, is not what Orion Pax believed, and when he stepped up to speak before the council, he urged for a peaceful transition, but that all mechs should be given the chance to earn their places in society. The council was deeply moved by Orion’s words, and wanted to name him the next Prime over Megatron.

Bitter, and resentful of this, Megatronus officially shortened his name to Megatron, and gathered his revolutionaries into an army. Soundwave followed Megatron during this schism in the revolution’s factions, and became one of the first ( if not the first ) Decepticon. The Decepticon army swept across Cybertron, fighting against both the Autobot faction, and Iacon in their support of Megatron’s bid for power.
The planet was consumed by a vicious, and devastating civil war that lasted for generations, and finally coming to a head when Megatron poisoned the planet’s core ( we do not know exactly why this was done in TFP canon, but other Transformers canon offers theories )

Orion Pax, the leader of the Autobot faction traveled to the planet core, and encountered the Spark of Primus ( the progenitor of the entire Cybertronian race ) and when Primus looked inside the Spark of this lone warrior, he saw goodness, and decency. The ailing Primus bestowed on Orion the Matrix of Leadership, thus transforming him into Optimus Prime; the last of the Primes.

Another indeterminate amount of time passes between this, and the mass exodus from Cybertron, and when current canon picks up in the Transformers Prime series, the Decepticons are already on earth. Already working against the Autobots, and Soundwave is established as head of navigation, and chief of communications.

Soundwave's Transformers Wiki entry

Previous CR; From Abax, Soundwave will be carrying over the following CR

Rinzler ( [personal profile] notglitching ) and Soundwave despised each other almost on their very first meeting. Things have only gone downhill since then in a war of attrition that's involved their personal lives, Rinzler's loved ones, Soundwave's superior officers, and more than one round of "Last Creeper Standing". There encounters are almost always guaranteed to be brutal, very violent, and in one instance; fatal.

Yori ( [personal profile] yorisearching ) has been on Soundwave's proverbial radar since he realized she was the Sparkmate of Rinzler. Soundwave has tried to capture her for his own uses as a drone in the past, but he thinks of her as more of a prototype model, and a tactical advantage.

Anon ( [personal profile] expect_me ) is also known to Soundwave through his association with Rinzler, but after a nasty skirmish that severed one of Soundwave's tentacle tips, Anon's threat assessment and possible combat uses took a quantum leap. He may have started out as another Rinzler ally to investigate, but Soundwave wants to capture and reprogram Anon for his own uses just as much as Rinzler at this point.

Kuchiki Rukia ( [personal profile] snowwhitesoul ) has been tagged "anomolous fleshling" and given a high threat assessment thanks to her strange ice weapon capability. She gave Soundwave a nasty shock when she threw a wall of ice, seemingly out of thin air, and crippled his drone during combat.

Harry Dresden ( [personal profile] epicwiseass ) is the highest threat currently in Tanelorn. Harry Dresden is the one fleshling to have managed to single-handedly incapacitate Soundwave with nothing more than some sort of bio-electric energy field, and the word 'hexus'. Harry is considered dangerous, and in need of swift execution should the wizard come anywhere close to Soundwave again.

Personality: Soundwave doesn't speak. He will record the voice clips, or words of others, and re-use them himself on those rare occasions he chooses to communicate audibly with the other Decepticons. He tends to spend a lot of his time immersed in Earth's internet, and monitoring deep space transmissions at the same time for more efficiency, and carrying out Megatron's orders. Because of this lack of communication, and the creepy feeling that he's always watching, most of the other Decepticons are creeped out by him, and being that just about all of them have secrets they prefer to keep hidden, none actually want him around as anything but possibly as a useful ally - that is to say, they only care about their own personal gain.

Megatron is the only one that acknowledges Soundwave. He's the only one that will speak directly to him, rather than as a mirror, or silent sounding board. It makes a large difference, because Soundwave is loyal to a fault to his leader. It's said that it's Soundwave, and his 'veritable army' of mini-cons that were so instrumental to Megatron's rise to power. Likely, this is why Starscream wanted to keep him around, despite Soundwave's loyalty. But Starscream was certainly no Megatron in either strength, courage, or cleverness. He talked to Soundwave like Soundwave was only a drone, himself, thus making the slow build of resentment all the worse, later, when he was reporting all of Starscream's schemes to a resurrected Megatron. He seems to be blank, and automated, but is in fact intelligent, and willful. He doesn't speak, but not from having a lack of something to say. He even has his own voice, but chooses to only reflect, and replay sound, and video clips by way of communication. It's far better to let everyone see what he sees, in his opinion. He even has opinions of his own, strong ones, but it's his choice not to share them. Mostly because no one ever asks.

He is creepy, silent, and has an 'eye' or an 'ear' on everything he can. He's subtle, though, and a master spy in that none can really seem to get an accurate read on him in return. Well, except for Megatron, but then again, that's why Soundwave started following him in the first place.

*Soundwave first joined Megatronus back in the gladiator pits on Cybertron because he saw in Megatronus a return to Cybertron’s golden age. Chivalry, honor, and being able to keep the place that one has fought, or worked for in Cybertronian society, rather than being ‘born’ into a caste system with no real hope of ever rising above that social status. ( Exodus comic book series )

Even after the rebellion turned to vicious civil war, Soundwave believed in Megatron. He believes that his lord has a purpose, and is fighting for his vision of a just world for all of his Decepticons. It might seem paradoxical to an outside perspective, but Megatron and Soundwave were both pragmatic enough to know that war is ugly. The war, itself, was never the end goal, and to Soundwave? It is the tyranny of Iacon, then the Autobot loyalists who continued the war, and led Megatron to escalating how destructive his plans were until the Autobots forfeited the planet itself rather than let the Decepticons reshape it into a new world.

Now that belief has crystallized into unwavering loyalty no matter how seriously Megatron's instability shows itself throughout the series. Not only that, but Soundwave is supportive of Megatron's plans fo Earth to be conquered, and turned into a new Cybertron, with the inferior species of ‘humanity’ working for their Decepticon masters rather than working at destroying each other, and their own planet.
There may even be some small part of Soundwave that knows it takes two sides to make a war.

*He knows that, to some extent, his species will eventually have to face the very real threat of extinction, and that Megatron had a hand in that. But after losing everything from home, to values, to the decay of ideals into beliefs…well, sometimes one has to hold onto the only stable elements left in one’s life. For Soundwave that is Megatron, his loyalty, and the extensive work he does to keep the Decepticon army functional. ( *Inferred from Marvel comics continuity )

By and large he sees even the other officers as expendable in comparison to the cause. Soundwave gave up his place as Second in Command all too readily because he wasn’t interested in being bothered with every minor problem that position brought with it because it was distracting him from, what he feels, is his more important work; data gathering, navigation, and of course? Spying. Likewise, when the original power structure was intact, and Shockwave was Megatron's Second in Command, Soundwave was free to focus on his work, and trust that Shockwave would not go against Megatron's wishes for any reason. Sadly, when Shockwave was believed to have been killed in action, Starscream maneuvered himself into the position, and a good deal of Soundwave's surveillance became focused on keeping Starscream's ambition in check.

Being busy, or having a large contingent of the Decepticons coming to him for everything would put a real damper on his carefully cultivated “unapproachable silence”. Instead, he works quietly, behind the scenes, to keep Megatron safe even from his own soldiers. But Soundwave’s tolerance for rebellious talk has it’s limits, as shown in Episode 26 when Commander Airachnid publicly announced that she was declaring an Exodus from earth, and that the Decepticons would thus abandon Megatron. Soundwave turned away from his work, and proceeded to soundly remind the entire assembled Decepticons why HE had been around since the beginning, and was still Megatron’s confidant by delivering a very epic beatdown. But? Once Airachnid yielded, Soundwave simply turned around, and went right back to what he was doing with, seemingly, not a single worry about leaving Airachnid in command.

Knock Out, and Starscream are even more examples of ambition getting the better of many of the officers. But, honestly, Knock Out has always been something of an unknown. The medic has often gone his own way, but he has a talent for survival, and a talent for repair, so he’s still useful. When Knock Out outlives his usefulness, that ignoring of his behavior may change. Starscream actually went rogue from the Decepticon army, answering to no one. Soundwave would say ‘good riddance’ if he spoke, because keeping the Air Commander’s ambitious schemes in check was getting to be a real distraction with how often Soundwave ended up being Starscram’s babysitter. He followed commands readily enough, but resentment kept festering, and growing, until Megatron did finally return, and reclaim his rightful place.

Soundwave chooses not to speak for more than one reason. Mostly it has to do with the fact he hasn’t deigned to share his thoughts with any other Decepticon, and doesn’t feel that it’s right to burden Megatron with his opinions most of the time.

*Even vocally, he speaks like a computer would. It’s been said he lacks imagination, but that’s a debatable point.( *Inferred from G1 continuum ) Soundwave is just ruthless, and more concerned with efficiency, and pragmatism. He’s been known to make the odd, dry, sarcastic comment,( as seen in the Titan Magazine’s Transformers Prime comic “War Stories” ) but those are fewer and further between in recent decades. He also has moderate scarring to his vocal processor, and thus it isn’t comfortable to keep up ‘small talk’, especially if Soundwave doesn’t have a very good reason to do it.
He much prefers using text, and simply replaying sound clips over speaking, and thus doesn’t.

In recent episodes of Season 3, Starscream makes an offhand remark about Soundwave taking a vow of silence, but there is no further explanation on what this refers to, exactly, or what it means. For gameplay purposes, the "vow of silence" reference is a net term to refer to Soundwave's preference to replay voice clips and let others hear exactly what he hears.


Soundwave is very, very good at surveillance. He spends his days monitoring satellite transmissions, ground transmissions, and everything that's incoming, and outgoing from the Nemesis. Not to mention chatter on the Nemesis itself ( mostly keeping tabs on Starscream ) for anything of interest. He can 'see, and hear' everything, and very much enjoys the challenge of someone trying to encrypt transmissions against him. He can hack remotely quite well, but with the use of his tentacles ( which are really just large cables housing the actual wiring appendages that can attach to electronics ) he can hack directly into hardware; both human, and Cybertronian made. Like all Cybertronians, he can change himself into an alt form, which in his case is an unmanned aerial vehicle with a similar design to the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper.

In addition to this, his largest drone that attaches to his chest plate, but can be controlled remotely. It acts as an extension of his surveillance work, but it's also used to physically pick up Agent Fowler fly with him, and crash the helicopter he was flying before it brings Agent Fowler back to Soundwave on the Nemesis. It's said that he has a 'veritable army' of mini-cons in his drone collection as well.

Soundwave is always on the look out for new possibilities to add to his "drone collection", or rather, new things/beings that could be reprogrammed into being effective drones for him. This will be handled, in Tanelorn on a case, by case basis with the other mun's approval only.

As far as weapons, Soundwave's main energon weapon is Laserbeak's alt mode; a single mount energon turret, and a small retractable blade set into his left wingtip. Soundwave also is proficient in Cybertronian style hand-to-hand combat, and his wingtip "arms" have thicker plating than the "chest" or "stomach" area for protection. While he prefers not to do so because most of them are not designed for combat, he can make use of his tentacles if absolutely necessary.

At this time, I plan for Soundwave to arrive in Tanelorn with Laserbeak ( his main, flight-capable drone, and the one we see most on screen ) as well as 20 of his mini-cons.

Network sample: From Abax

Log sample: Also from Abax

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