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Okay, this might be crazy, but I want to start an online web-comic/fanfic project for a new G1-inspired series called Transformers: Empire. I've seen projects start and fail because the people involved either had poor organization or simply went too big with their ideas. Well, I want to succeed where others have failed and I think the way to do it is to start small... real small.
First of all, the concept:
Transformers: Empire is, like many iterations out there, a reimagining of the Transformers franchise, which exists in one of many multiverses. So while similar themes, concepts and characters from past incarnations may be present, this is a new, fresh take. The purpose of this series is to build a uniquely distinct experience, not repeat stories already told in a new way. Furthermore, creative and artistic license will be taken heavily, and therefore some characters may appear quite different from their original look, style and/or even gender.
Taking that into consideration, I am a fan of the original G1 series, so deviating too far from the source material runs the risk of alienating the fan-base entirely, so I've tried to make the changes minimal, and in good taste, while staying true to the original spirit of the franchise first introduced in the 80s.
Transformers: Empire is a return to form, and that form is G1. I don't think it's possible to recreate those experiences from the first series, but I'd like to start with a fresh new, exciting adventure in the vein of the originals, but with a 21st century edge.
With all that in mind, here is a brief summary of the concept as a whole:
On a distant planet of living machines called Cybertron, the evil Decepticons rule with an iron fist, their Empire stretching across dozens of star systems. As new worlds are conquered, resources are stripped and their inhabitants used as slave labor to harvest a rare, precious ore called Energon. Although poisonous to Transformer life in its raw form, when refined, Energon grants the Decepticons the power to enlarge their army, giving life to more Cybertronians.
Fighting on the side of truth, justice and freedom are the Autobots, a small band of rebels who struggle to liberate their home-planet, and other alien species, from the Decepticons' oppressive rule. Led in secret by Covenant Prime, the Autobots are the galaxy's last hope against the tyranny of Megatron, Deception ruler supreme.
As hinted in the description above, the Decepticons not only control Cyberton, but several planetary systems in the galaxy. Most of the Autobots fled Cybertron quite some time ago, so their current numbers are unclear. No one knows how many have survived, or if they even want to be found.
The Autobots are now just a small group of rebels, striking from the shadows, in a desperate attempt to liberate the oppressed. Covenant Prime, an all new Autobot leader designed for this series, is tasked with organizing their few and scattered off-world operations from within his core team on Cybertron. But remaining on Cybertron has become increasingly difficult for Covenant and his crew, even as Megatron's sentinels search for them cycle after cycle.
Their only hope lies in tracking down Alpha Trion, who has long since gone into hiding, and convince him to shut down Vector Sigma making it impossible for the Decepticons to create more warriors. But when they find him, he isn't the peaceful, wise sage the legends made him out to be. Years of hiding have left him worn, paranoid and lethal. But perhaps Covenant and his team have arrived just in time, because Alpha Trion has discovered a distant world rich with raw Energon resources, enough to replenish their armies and even build new soldiers now that the Matrix of Leadership has been found.
After their dangerous mission to shut down Vector Sigma succeeds, the Autobots embark upon a deep-space mission to the third planet from Sol, Earth, in order to find precious resources and build a new army. But their ship is intercepted by General Starscream, who is perhaps the most dangerous warrior in the Decepticon Empire.
Their journey will lead them to present day Earth, in modern times, in a race to turn the tide of the war. But how long can they keep this planet a secret with a Decepticon General on their tails?
I'd looking for some writers who can help me develop the first season, which will be 12 episodes. Each episode will be self-contained, but be part of a larger whole. There will be guidelines regarding what story elements can be put into an episode, and there will be an overall structure leading to the end of the first season.
For example, the first season will focus on how the Autobots relate to each other, deal with a new species (humans), and their battles against Starscream's armies, all while developing a factory (most likely underground) for developing new Protoforms that will be imbued with sparks from the Matrix (which is a conduit to the Allspark "dimension" itself).
I think a small team of writers should be able to handle 12 issues. I will write the first two-part story to set the tone of the series and allow the writers to submit stories that will be part of the official canon of Transformers: Empire. Stories that are not accepted as official episodes may still be included in the fan-fic section for all to read!
I will also produce artwork in my free time for the series. I'll start with a character bible first, with the hopes of doing actual comic pages at a later date. I'll also accept any fan art you'd like to submit around the series and submit it to the gallery.
So what do you guys think? Is this something you might be interested in? Should this be a Club or just something I do directly from my personal gallery? I'm open to your ideas!
Hope to hear from you soon!
Oh yeah, for those of you who want to know more about the characters, here are some general descriptions of the Transformers: Empire cast below! Hope you like them!
P.S. - Both Megatron and Shockwave will be on Cybertron while Starscream's crew will be on Earth. That means there's possibly room for 1 or 2 more Deceptions, so let me know your suggestions of what other Decepticons you'd like to see most. They can be popular or obscure!
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Covenant Prime - A brave, powerful, but often jaded leader. As the Decepticon Empire grows, and the Autobot body count rises, Covenant feels more and more powerless to stop Megatron. But it's the bravery and sacrifice of his teammates that keeps him going, makes him willing to put his life on the line for them.
Orion Pax - Hotheaded young Autobot anxious to change the face of the war and challenge Megatron to a one-on-one duel. Close friends with Ironhide, the only other survivor of Iacon. Both share memories of their once decadent city.
Crisscross - A former Decepticon turned autobot, Crisscross has an insatiable appetite for wrecking Decepticons, constantly getting on Covenant's bad list for her blatant disregard for rules, temper tantrums and putting the gang in trouble. She is like a rebellious teenager, doing what she wants, how she wants and damn the consequences. Despite her carefree attitude, she looks up to Covenant for his constant sacrifice for his team.
Ratchet - a caring, yet deadly medic, who never loses her cool underfire. Often the most level-headed of the bunch. She's also a big fan of alien cultures, in all their forms.
Ironhide - Strong, silent type and resident tough-guy of the group. He lost his friends during a Decepticon raid that took out Iacon City, leaving only Orion Pax as the survivor. Since then, he's taken Orion under his wing, treating him like a younger brother, doing what he can to keep him focused and getting stronger through training.
Teletran-1 - Dataroid. Chief technical officer and Covenant's closest friend. He's quite old, and basic in design, doesn't transform. Despite being a dataroid, he helps Covenant guide the "kids" as he calls them, providing insight at the most opportune of times. Covenant still doubts Alpha Trion's selection of him as a wielder of the Matrix, and as a leader, but Teletran does his best to reassure him that Alpha's choice was right and that he has what it takes to lead and change the course of the war. That Trion's prophecy of a turning in the tide of war would come to pass.
Emperor Megatron - Supreme ruler of the Decepticon Empire. Cold, ruthless and calculating tyrant who subjugates all life in order to expand his empire and his name across the galaxy. He is supported by his closest confidant, Grand Viceroy Shockwave.
Grand Viceroy Shockwave - A calculative genius and former Decepticon General who received the highest promotion after their conquest of Cybertron. Shockwave is in charge of the Thirteen Legions as well as the expansion of the Empire into outer territories.
General Starscream - The youngest Decepticon general of Megatron's Thirteen Legions, Starscream is as ambitious as he is ruthless. He has openly defied Megatron on more than one occassion, yet to the surprise of others Megatron has continued to allow him to exist. Some secretly believe this could one day be to Megatron's misfortune, but Megatron disagrees, believing that supreme powers means the ability to keep even his enemies under his control.
Soundwave - Intelligence and espionage. Although widely regarded as one of Megatron's most trusted subordinates, Soundwave secretly harbors a deep hatred for Megatron. Over the eons, he has forged a close loyalty and friendship to Starscream, into whom he has sown the seeds of discord and rebellion. Only Starscream knows of his private hatred for Megatron, making them the closest of allies. He believes Starscream could be an even greater leader than Megatron, inspiring devotion in his subordinates through admiration rather than fear, as Megatron does.
Skywarp - This lethal vixen is one of the best melee fighters in Starscream's Legion. She's cold, with no regard for the lives of others, and has an appetite for dismembering her victims and collecting their spark cores. She's most known for her teleportation ability during battle, appearing behind an opponent in a blink of an eye dismembering their head from their chassis in a microsecond, making her one of the most deadly Decepticon warriors around.
Thundercracker - respected by both Decepticons and Autobots alike, Thundercracker is a disgruntled, war-weary veteran, notorious for his refusal to be promoted to General despite his deadly skill on the battlefield and calculating precision with their military strikes. He is one of Starscream's most trusted subordinates and one-time closest friend, although their relationship has worn over the centuries, notably after Starscream's promotion to general. He is often credited for Starscream's rapid rise through the ranks. Despite his lethal warrior skills and unrelenting ability in battle, he secretly harbors pity for the species they've subjugated and is often seen showing them mercy to the chagrin of his fellow Decepticons. Still, it's a death wish to challenge him or his tactics openly; those who do might not live to tell about it.