I Rise, You Fall – Part 2
Optimus heard a distant cry then. A human cry. Sam! Then he felt it. An incredible wave of energy suddenly coursing through him from his spark chamber in his chest, recharging him, filling him with life-giving energy. Suddenly he sensed himself being transported elsewhere.
Optimus lay dazed, like in a state of lucid dreaming, on sandy ground. The Fallen had disappeared. Instead, Optimus found himself surrounded by six shadowed Cybertronian figures looking down at him, but Optimus felt no fear in their presence.
"Optimus Prime, our last son." said one of the shadowed figures in a clear voice hinged with both sorrow and joy. "You have fought and lead nobly and courageously in a never-ending war, protecting the freedom of others. You honour the code of the Primes."
"The Primes…," Optimus murmured. "How…?"
"The Matrix of Leadership has allowed us to connect to your consciousness," explained another of the silhouetted figures, "so that we may commune with you."
"You've been an orphan, ignorant of your origins and heritage all your life," the third of the shaded figures spoke softly. "You are marked with our symbols." He gently touched the set of ancient Cybertronian markings running down the side of Optimus's face plates. "The symbols of the Primes. But you do not know the significance behind the name 'Prime'. We will show you."
Optimus gazed peacefully up at the standing shadowed mysterious figures. Their presence, their voices were soothing. He felt so calm and at peace that he had no desire to try to get up from his laying position on the ground. And his surrounding company made no indication for him to move.
Then they all kneeled down around him. Each reached out a hand and touched Optimus at various points of his battered body. Their ancient metal hands radiated warmth.
Suddenly a download of images, memories swept through Optimus's core processor. He saw it all. The answers to his hidden past.
There had been seven of them at the start, the original seven Primes, created by the Allspark. Six of them produced an offspring by spark-splitting, descendent sons were born. Their numbers, for a time, grew to thirteen. The thirteen Primes had been leaders to the first transforming Cybertronians created after them, the seekers and constructors.
The seekers went out into the universe in search of suns that could recharge the Allspark's finite life-giving energies; the constructors built the sun harvesting machines that would harvest the energies of chosen suns. But the Primes would not just pick any suns they discovered, they would only use suns that did not sustain other life.
They found Earth's sun. One of the seven original Primes went against the rule of preserving life and attempted to harvest power for himself only. On Earth, where early man roamed, he had a Sun Harvester constructed despite his brothers' decision to leave Earth alone.
The other six original Primes discovered their treacherous brother's plan. They went to Earth to stop him and a battle broke out between 'the fallen' Prime and his brothers. The Fallen had his army of early transforming Cybertronians and had already been empowered with energon from his Sun Harvester. He was stronger than his brothers, they couldn't stand up to him. They did the only thing they could; they stole the key to the Sun Harvester: the Matrix of Leadership.
Finally they sacrificed themselves to seal the Matrix away from the Fallen. The Fallen, thwarted by his brothers, was enraged. He ordered his seekers to spread out around Earth and search the globe for the Matrix key. It would be an indefinite mission for them.
Meanwhile, The Fallen returned to Cybertron with another mission. The six descendent sons of the other Primes still lived and still posed potential threats to his existence. He orchestrated a civil war on Cybertron to eliminate them. The First War on Cybertron began. One by one, each of the six descendent Primes fell to The Fallen's genocidal slaughter during the war.
The proud dynasty of Primes had all but been wiped out. None remained, save for one young one; an unknown orphan Prime, a second one created by one of the other original six Primes just before they had left to confront The Fallen Prime on Earth for his betrayal.
Anticipating The Fallen's murderous actions should he and his brothers fail to stop him, the original Prime that spawned this last Prime descendent had placed the new spark of his son into a transforming Cybertronian protoform, so he too would appear like the other transforming Cybertronians. Optimus Prime was thus born as a Cybertronian hatchling with the ability to transform. He had been cleverly disguised and hidden away from the Fallen's recognition amongst the transforming Cybertronians; in this way, the fathering Prime hoped to protect his last son from the Fallen's wrath. The fathering Prime left the marking symbols of the Primes on the head of his last son, so that he would know of his heritage when he matured. Before he departed for Earth with his brothers, the fathering Prime left his newly birthed son with a trusted constructor on Cybertron: Alpha Trion, who protected, raised and taught the young Optimus Prime.
It would be a time before The Fallen would discover the last Prime descendent. When he did after centuries of hiding, waiting and conserving his limited energy, Optimus Prime had already grown to become one of two great leaders of Cybertron, sharing leadership with one called Megatron. The Fallen sensed a corruptible spark in Megatron and approached him. He planted the seeds of war in him and secured his loyalty, encouraging in him his desire for conquest and promising him great power and sole leadership of all Cybertron.
The shared leadership between Optimus and Megatron was thus divided and all Cybertron with it. Two opposing factions arose: the 'Autobots' that chose to still follow in Optimus Prime's leadership and the 'Decepticons' that followed Megatron's new deviating rule. Megatron designed the Decepticon insignia based on The Fallen's face, honouring the Fallen as the inspiration behind the Decepticons; The Fallen was the original first Decepticon. The Fallen commanded Megatron to seize the Allspark from the Autobots' possession. The Autobots did everything in their power to keep it out of Megatron's hands. In this way, The Fallen had initiated the second of Cybertron's civil wars: the Great Autobot-Decepticon War.
But The Fallen quickly observed that Optimus Prime would not fall easily; the last descendent Prime matched Megatron's ruthlessness with the strength of his own convictions. The Fallen would not risk direct confrontation with this strong Prime, so he continued to wait in hiding until the time was right, until the Matrix of Leadership was found and the last Prime was dead.
The download of knowledge finished abruptly. Optimus now knew the full history of the Dynasty of Primes, The Fallen's betrayal and his linked origins. The silhouetted Primes drew their hands back from contact with Optimus's body.
The third shadowed Prime spoke again. "You are indeed a descendent son of ours. You are the last Prime, Optimus."
"The Fallen…" Optimus began.
"…betrayed us all." finished the fourth of the shadowed Primes. "He was one of us once, our fellow brother, until he broke our most important code: never to harm worlds that sustain life."
A fifth Prime continued. "The Fallen built a Sun Harvester device on Earth. He thought the human life on Earth was insignificant and worthless, an acceptable sacrifice for power."
The last of the six Primes spoke next. "We gave up our bodies to entomb the Matrix key that activated the Sun Harvester, hiding it from our treacherous brother, so that he would never be able to activate the Sun Harvester again."
"But now it has been rediscovered by the human boy you call "Sam"," the second Prime spoke again, "and he has risked life and limb to revive you with it."
"Return to the realm of the living, Optimus Prime." the fourth Prime declared. "You are still needed. You must end The Fallen's existence before he destroys Earth with the Sun Harvester and becomes all-powerful. Only you can defeat him now, for only a Prime descendent has any chance of matching another Prime's strength and withstanding his powers. Only you were born with the ability to bring him down."
"The Fallen knows this," the fifth Prime added on. "That is why he appeared to you and attempted to sway you to his side while you have been in stasis-lock, as he has done before long ago with your rival, Megatron, who fell prey to the temptation of his false promises. He anticipated your potential resurrection and wanted to secure your cooperation. But you have righteously resisted him and now know of his true dark intentions."
"He has disgraced the name of Prime and is no longer worthy of it," the first Prime said. "You have stood resolute and upheld our values of protecting life, Optimus Prime. The Fallen Prime must fall, and you must stand as the last true Prime. Truly, you are our last heir. Fulfil the destined task that only you can perform: the Fallen must be stopped, no matter the cost."
Optimus felt the strongest connection with this first Prime that was speaking. His spark felt drawn to this particular silhouetted Prime more so than the others, as if he…came from him somehow. He could see this first Prime's optics emitting a royal blue light strikingly similar to his own as he stared down caringly at Optimus. The back of his ancient fingers stroked the crest of Optimus's helmeted forehead tenderly, proudly.
"Arise now, Optimus Prime," the first Prime encouraged, "our, my, precious son…"
Before Optimus could ask anything more, a blinding white light consumed him.
His optics came back online. His body convulsed with reignited life. There was another light shining into his optics, sunlight, and a young human male looking at him with a mixture of concern and amazement, Sam! Optimus attempted to push himself up. He still felt pitifully weak.
Then, out of nowhere, the Fallen appeared! The force of his teleportation sent Optimus sprawling to the ground again. He barely registered as the Fallen swiped the Matrix from Sam and disappeared into thin air as quickly as he had appeared. Optimus was vaguely aware of humans and Autobots around him, urging him to get up.
Then his attention was drawn to an old Decepticon seeker, Jetfire. The old seeker was critically damaged, but had seemed genuinely thrilled to see him, "a living Prime" as he had declared incredulously. Jetfire told Optimus to take his parts and then to Optimus's numbed shock, the old seeker had then ripped out his own spark.
What followed next was beyond Optimus's full comprehension. He felt Jetfire's additional parts being magnetised onto him by his Autobots, and as this happened, his systems rapidly charged to extraordinary levels of power he was unused to.
He stood up, reborn with wings and thrusters extending from his back. His goal was clear: only one last Prime would remain, and his ancestry would be avenged. The time for Optimus Prime to rise and The Fallen to fall had come. The last Prime took his first flight toward the pyramid housing the Sun Harvester and where the Fallen stood. An expression of surprise replaced malevolent anticipation on The Fallen's face as he caught sight of the fast approaching Prime. Optimus flew to meet a fate he was born to fulfil: he flew to kill a brother.
On the aircraft carrier ship, heading back toward American shores, Optimus Prime finished his careful recollection of his experiences with the Fallen and the Primes during his period of stasis-lock, when he had been so close to death. The knowledge of them and their history and his own creation was now cemented in his processor and spark.
Optimus lifted The Fallen's staff weapon that had been resting silently in his hand in front of him. He gazed impassively at the ancient relic.
He was truly alone, the last of his kind, the only remaining Prime now surviving. His spark felt heavy momentarily with the realization. But there was so much more to hope for and strive toward in his future than to lament about a lost heritage: planet Earth was a strange but exciting new settlement for him and his small team of Autobots, every day he hoped to see more new Autobot arrivals, and they were forging a bold alliance and friendship between their race and humanity. The past was gone and dead, the future brought endless and amazing possibilities.
Optimus tightened his fist grasping The Fallen's staff. He continued squeezing it until he felt the relic snap in his grip. Then extending his arm out over the edge of the ship's runway platform, Optimus held The Fallen's broken staff over the waiting sea waves.
"Rest in peace my brothers and forefathers." he reverberated.
His closed hand opened effortlessly. The pieces of The Fallen's ancient staff dropped unceremoniously into the waters and eagerly sunk down into its depths. Optimus lifted his brilliant royal blue gaze to the distant sunset horizon.
His solemn metallic words were carried off on the wind. "Until we all are one."