"Greetings, obviously inferior yet inexplicably respected alien lifeforms."
—Shockwave, summing up the typical TransTech attitude towards "offworlders".
Back in 2001, Hasbro was gearing up for a Transformers
series to follow after Beast Machines
. It likely would have continued the storyline on a newly technorganic Cybertron, in CGI
animation, and initial designs were made for a toyline that played off the organic/mechanic hybrid idea in aesthetics that were unique compared to previous Transformers designs.Well, the planned show and toyline never happened.
Hasbro ended up scrapping the idea
, and instead ported over the Japanese Car Robots
to serve as a filler until Armada
was ready. Transtech thus seemed to be a lost idea, doomed to the failed prototype dustbin.
Until, in 2008, Fun Publications "rescued" the concept, keeping the design aesthetic, but spinning it into a wholly different universe for their own Timelines
fiction. (But not toyline
The universe they created was one where, unique in The Multiverse
, the Autobots and Decepticons never suffered a civil war. Instead they formed a society where the two factions could interact peaceably, channeling their efforts into perfecting themselves mentally and technologically. Their universe is also strangely receptive to other dimensions, leaving them able to serve as dimensional caretakers, controlling and receiving "bleeds" containing travelers from those dimensions. As a result, the giant city of Axiom Nexus was built, in order to provide the regular stream of "offworlders" with tourism, services, and safety, until they return to their home universes. Some even decide to stay and reside permanently—after all, when you're from one of the many war-torn universes, why not stay somewhere that you can instead live in relative quiet and peace?
..well. That's what your helpful tour guide tells you when you first arrive, anyway.
In actual fact, the TransTech universe has its fair share of in-fighting; it just takes the form of political maneuvering
, corporate warfare
, gang warfare
, and plain old personal crime instead of outright war. And most of the TransTechs don't think very highly of their "inferior" offworlder guests. And there's the fact that the TransTechs have traded the mech fluids flowing freely for the red tape flowing freely, with just about everything in existence having unending amounts of Byzantine rules and bureaucratic agencies attached to it. And Primus help you if they label you as a "unit of interest
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