Ardent Aspen
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Poll: For those of you who have been reading "Colony 21186D: Survival", I have several OC's who operate somewhat distinct from the canon characters. They are connected to the plot, but as with everyone in my "Survival"-verse, they are the central characters of their own story, interacting with another, larger story. My question is this: of the following OC's, which one is the most likable so far? I'm curious. Vote Now!
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Joined 08-24-13, id: 5055201, Profile Updated: 01-27-15
Author has written 20 stories for Transformers/Beast Wars, and Doctor Who.

Most of the stories I write about are probably going to be Transformers-related, just warning you now.

I've been sort of drawn to the series ever since I was very very young. I was probably six years old, playing in my grandparents' basement, when my sister squealed, "This truck has a face!" We were a little confused at first. After all, cars were cars and action figures were action figures, right? I took it upstairs to show my mother and grandmother, who laughed when I showed them the face under the truck. "Oh!" My mother exclaimed, "More than meets the eye!"

Little did I know that I was holding a little metal Optimus Prime. Years later, I discovered afternoon cartoons on a local channel after moving. Transformers came on and as soon as Optimus Prime showed up, I thought: "Oh! I know you! Well, if you're here, then this can't be all bad." To this day, I'm not sure how I knew who all the characters were, since this was my first introduction to the show, but I watched every afternoon for a long long time.

Name: Is not going on the web, thank you all! I know all too well what kind of creepers lurk out there, I've met one of them. In this place, I go by Aspen or Ardent Aspen.

Hobbies: I have a deep love of music, drawing, reading, reading, writing, reading (seeing a theme here?)

Favorite book: "You know when someone asks you what your favorite book is and right away you forget every book you've ever read? Well that's a thing." Although currently its "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." I enjoy books from the 1800s, but I'm also a fan of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Wayne Thomas Batson, Brian Jacques and Lemony Snickett. Update: current favorite book is Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

Favorite shows: Transformers Prime, Doctor Who, The X-Files, The A-Team, MacGyver, Poirot

Religion: Christianity. For those of you who have had bad experiences with people who say they are Christians, I am so, so sorry. It's entirely possible that you've encountered a cult, but it is also possible that you just ran into a genuinely unpleasant person. Christians are just as human as anyone else, and they have bad days just like everyone else. (The thing is, we're supposed to know better than to be nasty to people. :( ) I hope that through my writing, I can bring glory to the Ultimate Artist, because without Him, I am nothing.

While I'm on that subject, I want to go ahead and say this: as a Christian, I believe that one day, this world is going to end, and there will be a long and particular set of events leading up to it (as detailed in the book of Revelation, which I do not pretend to understand all of). One of those events is known as The Rapture, during which believers are called up to heaven -- whoosh -- right in the middle of whatever they were doing. Now, there's been debate over when exactly during the "end of the world" events that takes place, but I mention it for this reason: if ever I just stop writing without warning you, or stop responding in the middle of a message, or leave a story unfinished, and you never hear from me again, that might be why.

I'm not trying to be morbid, I just had a strong feeling that at some point I needed to write this. If something else were to happen to me, say an injury or death or whatever, I actually have someone I've asked to step in and take over the Ardent Aspen account for me. Everything is okay!

Favorite Music styles: movie soundtracks, such as Pacific Rim, Pan's Labyrinth, Frozen, and (of course) Transformers

Reason I joined FF.Net: Foxbear. Her stories are amazing. The end.

I can be a little...abstract at times, but it isn't because I'm a hippie or on cold medicine or anything like that. Sometimes I just see the world a little...differently I guess.

So what am I working on now?

Colony 21186D: Survival: Basically, after one last big war, the Decepticons, Autobots, and humans live in (relative) peace and have set out to explore the galaxy. Three or four colonies have formed in a part of space just known as Quadrant 12. Deadly attacks by an unknown enemy force the colonies to band together in a desperate effort to survive and protect their families. UPDATE: This story is complete.

The Elder's Fables: A collection of folktales and fairy tales that I have modified to sound like Cybertronian stories. My favorite part of it is the suggestions I get from readers. Basically, you guys tell me what you want to hear, and I'll try to come up with a Cybertronian version of it. (Within reason: don't expect something like The Lord of the Rings or Dracula or Les Miserables...that's not really feasible at this stage, (nervous chuckle) ) UPDATE: this story is also complete.

The Miner's Song: Every now and then, the mood will come upon me to write poetry of varying forms and styles. I rather liked the idea of making up little cultural songs for various people groups of Cybertron. It certainly helped to picture a tiny Megatron in an oversized helmet, swinging a pickaxe and singing "Heigh Ho". That was hilarious.

In Which Ardent Aspen Forgets to Pay the Reality Bill: I was really pretty sick when I wrote this one-shot. It's complete, but someday if I feel ill again, I may write a sequel. Basically, it's what happens when my imagination runs off into the Twilight Zone. UPDATE: This tale is complete.

The Hitchhiker: I felt like re-telling some classic urban legends, and then throwing some favorite characters into it for humor's sake. Surprisingly, some people liked it, and I'm up to...eight-ish chapters. UPDATE: This story is complete.

Final Benediction: You get traumatized once too many, watching Optimus die. Call me sentimental, but I just wasn't ready to say goodbye. I was in my car, rationally talking to myself to get to the bottom of why it made me sad, and this one-shot popped out. It came from the thought, "All those people watch him die, what if he could see them?" Saddest thing I've ever written. UPDATE: This story is complete.

The Pledge: An unusual and solemn one-shot that popped into my head a few days ago. I don't want to work it to death, so it is going to remain a one-shot for now, although I might throw in an epilogue. If you have an idea of where to take it next, let me know! UPDATE: This story is complete.

Suddenly: A Shattered Glass story in which Airachnid raised an orphaned June Darby and Jack was born a Decepticon. Basically, it's a re-telling of Season 1 with corresponding changes. I'm going to go until the end of the pilot miniseries, or else I'll burn out on the story. UPDATE: This story is complete.

Mirrors: Basically, this is like a big pen where I can let all my plot bunnies run loose. Two or three of them are connected but they're mostly unrelated and I write them as they come to me. There are 100 chapters now, good grief!

Prime: Beast Saga: You may have seen a five-chapter and six-chapter version of this on as posted by two other users. At the request of the story's creator, brave kid, I'm picking up where they left off. It's an adventure full of new enemies, strange powers, dimension hopping, and two parts of space and time that were probably not supposed to meet. UPDATE: This story is on a temporary hiatus, and will start back up again after several more chapters of Masterforce: Animated.

Masterforce: Animated: This is another "reboot" of a brave kid story, at the request of brave kid and with the permission of the first writer, Gage39. Sari, Bumblebee, and the Jet-Twins end up Transwarping right into a parallel Detroit populated by characters from a much older Transformers show. Pretenders and Headmasters and Godmasters, oh my! All aboard for shenanigans, because with Sari and her crew involved, there's bound to be trouble!

Butterfly Effect: Someone from MECH messes with time-travel, and as a result the Autobots and their friends are trapped in a bizarre alternate timeline where Cybertronians are revered and Jasper is controlled by a ruthless magistrate. UPDATE: This story is complete.

The Adventure of the Spider's Web: All my Victorian Prime one shots from Mirrors, expanded into one complete story. I'm writing it in the style of Robert Louis Stevenson, so it takes a lot longer than my other stories. (Delays are also due to attempting to write for more than three stories simultaneously)

Upcoming projects:

Once I actually finish a tale or two, here are some stories I have in mind.

1. Remembrance: part 1 of a three-part epic penned betwixt Fanatic97 and I. Fifteen years after Optimus Prime's sacrifice at the end of Predacons Rising, it is discovered that the evil the Autobots thought they'd defeated was not sealed away quite as well as they would have liked. New enemies, old friends, and one Decepticon so bent on revenge against the human organization that cost him his sanity and health that he is willing to do anything to bring them down.

2. Darkling Glass: This will be a sequel to Mirrors, and like its predecessor, will be an anthology of "what ifs" and short stories.

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Till We Have Faces by Not James Barnes reviews
When Luke rejects Darth Vader's offer of a chance to rule by his side on Bespin, he sets into motion a long series of struggles between sacred and profane love, as Vader learns that we cannot truly care for a person "till we have faces", and sincerity in our souls and selves.
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Family - Chapters: 17 - Words: 37,678 - Reviews: 165 - Favs: 104 - Follows: 149 - Updated: 6/27 - Published: 4/22/2013 - Luke S., Leia O., Darth Vader
Never Rains But It Pours by BlueSkyScribe reviews
Post "Predacons Rising". Ultra Magnus didn't want to take Knock Out on the mission. Knock Out didn't want to go on the mission. And yet, here they are.
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure - Chapters: 7 - Words: 7,236 - Reviews: 44 - Favs: 39 - Follows: 25 - Updated: 3/25/2014 - Published: 3/2/2014 - Ultra Magnus, Knock Out - Complete
No More by Darkflares reviews
After being freed of Unicron's control, Megatron finds his thoughts clearer than they have been in millennia. So when given the chance to save a gravely injured Starscream, will the former Decepticon leader take it? Prime-verse, post-Predacons Rising.
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 5 - Words: 12,613 - Reviews: 39 - Favs: 78 - Follows: 47 - Updated: 3/1/2014 - Published: 2/12/2014 - Megatron, Starscream - Complete
Chance for Redemption by Alathea2 reviews
Sector Seven was once Earth's only defense against the Decepticons; and they went to great lengths to fulfill that mandate. But after Mission City it became clear that much of what S-7 had done was more worthy of their enemies than their new allies. Struggling with the painful reality of this revelation, Tom Banachek must now answer for S-7's various atrocities.
Transformers - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 13,587 - Reviews: 36 - Favs: 57 - Follows: 12 - Published: 1/11/2014 - T. Banachek, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ironhide - Complete
Lost and Found by Kenya Starflight reviews
Optimus Prime finds himself with a new, daunting responsibility when Wheeljack's latest invention accidentally turns Megatron into a sparkling. Shameless cuteness ahoy!
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 18 - Words: 86,834 - Reviews: 358 - Favs: 302 - Follows: 174 - Updated: 6/9/2013 - Published: 3/11/2012 - Optimus Prime, Megatron - Complete
Megatronus the Matchmaker? by KithiaIsTheVillian reviews
We all know Megatron as the tougher-than-steel leader of the Decepticons, and when he was Megatronus as an inspiring leader. But when a certain Orion Pax and Ariel are two scared to talk to each other, sometimes a mech's gotta do what a mech's gotta do. One-shot
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,371 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 3 - Published: 2/14/2013 - Optimus Prime, Megatron - Complete
Common Ground by Foxbear reviews
When a rescue mission goes awry Optimus becomes trapped in a dark place surrounded by beings who count Autobots as food. Surviving their attacks is difficult enough but his only ally is Salcha Franklin, a jealous creature of indeterminate species who would just as soon eat as aid him.
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Supernatural - Chapters: 10 - Words: 12,689 - Reviews: 67 - Favs: 37 - Follows: 25 - Updated: 6/23/2012 - Published: 6/5/2012 - Jack D., Optimus Prime
Transformers Shakespeare by YourFriendlyNeighborhoodGeek reviews
This came from watching the Transformer movie and doing a report about Shakespeare. Enjoy.
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 297 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 5 - Published: 4/29/2010 - Complete
In the Shadow of His Blade by Pipkin Sweetgrass reviews
The night before a monument to Boromir is dedicated, Faramir, Merry and Pippin are visited from beyond the grave. A Marigold's Challenge story. Please R & R...
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,366 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 3 - Published: 9/18/2004 - Boromir, Peregrin T.
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The Miner's Song reviews
(In the tradition of Tolkien, I'm trying to expand the world of my story with little cultural songs.) I imagine a young Megatron learning to sing this while slaving in the mining pits of Kaon.
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 45 - Words: 13,282 - Reviews: 192 - Favs: 41 - Follows: 28 - Updated: 11/21 - Published: 9/19/2013
Prime: Beast Saga reviews
(A project with Brave Kid) When Jack, Miko, and Rafael find themselves in a parallel world without the Autobots, who can they look to for protection from the Predacons? (Previously written by Brave Kid, DuskMoon15, and DJ R3M1X, but I've been given permission to rewrite it in my own style)
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure - Chapters: 28 - Words: 220,185 - Reviews: 163 - Favs: 73 - Follows: 78 - Updated: 10/31 - Published: 10/15/2013 - Jack D., Miko N., Raf E.
Tales from the Wild Side reviews
In connection to "Prime: Beast Saga", here are a series of one-shots involving scenes that never made it into the main story. Here you'll find backstories, the occasional introspective, and some just plain fun stuff.
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 14 - Words: 36,249 - Reviews: 45 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 9/30 - Published: 3/23/2014 - Lio Convoy, Miko N., Raf E.
Mirrors reviews
Will you look into my mirror? I do not know what you will see, for even the very wisest cannot tell. My mirror shows many things: Things that were not, things that are not, and things that will not come to pass.
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Family - Chapters: 102 - Words: 248,520 - Reviews: 495 - Favs: 60 - Follows: 52 - Updated: 9/22 - Published: 10/26/2013 - Optimus Prime, Megatron
The Adventure of the Spider's Web reviews
(Human AU) Renowned philanthropist and lover of books, Lord Optimus of the house of Prime did not expect that the appearance of his secretary and a young paperboy on his doorstep on foggy London evening would herald the return of an old enemy and catalyze a chain of events leading to a darker villainy in the shadows of the city.
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Mystery - Chapters: 11 - Words: 36,655 - Reviews: 62 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 9/18 - Published: 7/29/2014
Trampled Butterflies reviews
When MECH tampers with the past in an attempt to gain an advantage over the future, the present is thrown wildly out of balance. The Autobots and the kids must find each other again before they are erased from existence entirely. Throw in some superstitious peasants, four warring tribes of Cybertronians, and a power-hungry magistrate, and you've got the makings of an adventure!
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Family - Chapters: 24 - Words: 64,341 - Reviews: 153 - Favs: 45 - Follows: 32 - Updated: 8/23 - Published: 2/17/2014 - Arcee, Jack D., Miko N., Optimus Prime - Complete
Flying into the Snare reviews
(Rapidfyrez's "Station S-6-S" challenge has been cancelled, so this story is no longer going to feature that plot.) He knew it had been a foolish plan to begin with. The Cybertronians had made it perfectly clear that they were not willing to share the inhabitants of Earth. But Astyanax didn't question orders and shipped out with the rest of them. And now they were going to die.
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 2 - Words: 4,176 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 7/21 - Published: 6/8/2014 - Complete
Masterforce: Animated (2015 Reboot) reviews
as requested by Brave Kid, this is a reboot of the original (I recommend reading Gage39's story, btw). When Jetstorm's careless actions land Sari, Bumblebee, Jetfire and himself in a parallel world in unfamiliar bodies, it falls to the Autobot Pretenders and Godmasters to find a way to send them home before the Decepticons can intervene!
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 5 - Words: 41,402 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 7/13 - Published: 12/22/2014
Sculptor's Gambit reviews
The War was over and Cybertron had been restored...but that didn't mean that everything was perfect. No, perfect was for Iacon. When a shadowy mech with a grudge started leaving murdered Decepticons around town, a rookie Enforcer found himself in over his head faster than he expected. There's a reason mechs don't go out after dark in Slaughter City.
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: T - English - Crime/Adventure - Chapters: 2 - Words: 7,084 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 7/13/2014 - Published: 7/5/2014 - Prowl, Nightbeat - Complete
Last Lullaby reviews
How far would you go to save someone you loved? What price would you pay to protect your family? Your mind? Your soul? (I've taken the "out of left field" arc from "Mirrors" and finally organized it into a cohesive group! There's a little bit of new content here and there, but the plot is the same.)
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Family - Chapters: 5 - Words: 10,379 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 2 - Published: 5/9/2014 - Optimus Prime, Megatron - Complete
And the Damage Done: Aftermath reviews
How do you pick up the pieces after the world ends? Based on the RiD, MTMTE, and Dark Cybertron finale, five short pieces dealing with the days coming after. (Note: this work is written in its entirety by Beri, Aspen's sister. It's her first published story! :D )
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,966 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 3 - Published: 4/2/2014 - Optimus Prime, Rodimus Prime, Megatron - Complete
A Very Human Convention reviews
"What do you mean, you don't have a middle name?" A game of Truth or Dare leads to an unexpected discovery, and once again the Autobots are amazed at the oddity of some human traditions.
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K - English - Humor/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,897 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 73 - Follows: 10 - Published: 3/6/2014 - Optimus Prime, Jack D., Miko N., Raf E. - Complete
Suddenly reviews
(Title taken from the song in Les MIserables) Shattered Glass AU: "Airachnid, what is that?" "Starscream, I can explain!" When Airachnid returns to the Nemesis with a tag-along, life aboard the Decepticon ship changes. UPDATE: This tale is now complete. 02/16/2014
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Family - Chapters: 15 - Words: 49,196 - Reviews: 82 - Favs: 58 - Follows: 42 - Updated: 2/16/2014 - Published: 10/6/2013 - Airachnid - Complete
The Hitchhiker reviews
Stop me if you've heard the one about the woman in white... A collection of the eerie and unusual with a dash of humor. UPDATE: 01/27/2014, this tale is complete.
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K - English - Supernatural/Humor - Chapters: 9 - Words: 15,319 - Reviews: 60 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 1/26/2014 - Published: 9/16/2013 - Complete
Return of the Reality Bill reviews
In which Ardent Aspen takes sick again, and honestly has no business typing anything right now. It's not liable to be that sane.
Crossover - Doctor Who & Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K - English - Parody/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,378 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/17/2014 - Complete
The Elder's Fables reviews
"Come inside, Sparkling. Come out of the rain, or you will rust! Here, while we wait for the storm to pass, I shall tell you a story." tales from the Quadrant 12 colonies (part of the Colony 21186D: Survival universe)
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 15 - Words: 24,993 - Reviews: 47 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 12/12/2013 - Published: 9/10/2013 - Complete
Colony 21186D: Survival reviews
After the War for All, colonies spread out from Earth and Cybertron, exploring the vast reaches of space, finding parts of the galaxy they didn't know existed. Those parts of the galaxy weren't as uninhabited as they thought. AU
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 21 - Words: 48,439 - Reviews: 75 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 10/22/2013 - Published: 8/24/2013 - Arcee, Jack D. - Complete
The Pledge reviews
(Just an unusual, solemn little plot bunny that hopped into my head this morning.) "Jackson, I have lost my planet, I am about to lose my home, do not make me lose one of my family as well." "It's because we are family that I won't let you die alone!" (Alternate end of Transformers Prime: Season 2)
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Family - Chapters: 3 - Words: 1,623 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 26 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 10/15/2013 - Published: 10/1/2013 - Optimus Prime, Jack D. - Complete
In Which Ardent Aspen forgets to pay the Reality Bill reviews
I should not be allowed near computers when I don't feel well, really I shouldn't. Things get weird.
Crossover - Doctor Who & Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 764 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/24/2013 - Complete
Final Benediction reviews
Optimus was used to dying by now. That didn't make it any easier, but it had given him time to think of something to say to the precious ones who watched him as they grew.
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 781 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 8 - Published: 9/15/2013 - Complete