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Chris Vernon
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fedupN Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Very nice! I like the idea of Soundwave as incredibly loyal. The scene in the movie "As you command, Megatron" where he picks up his fallen commander and runs for his bloody life while under fire really nails my take on Soundwave.
Of course, as others mentioned, there are many interpretations of Soundwave...
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks Man!

Damn this Multiverse and all its differing incarnations of the same character :P
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fedupN Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
hahah keeps in interesting though...even all those other version are WRONG! :P
*runs away from oncoming mob*
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MagusTheLofty Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Nice! That's really clever. I just have one question. It looks like Soundwave's about to shoot himself in the head. I'm confused by this.
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
With the message on the disk safely encrypted, Soundwave kills himself. If the plan works and history is rewritten he'll wake up in 1984 in a different timeline with Prime already dead. It goes around in a circle slightly, but this was the way Time Travel was explained in Beast Wars.

He kills himself so as to spare himself the indignity of living on a Cybertron where the Autobots win the Great War. And with Megatron already dead and the Decepticons all but a spent force, he'd rather be dead too.
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Lemniskate Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
But will it be this very Soundwave that will wake up 1984? With these unique memories?
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No, it'll be the same Soundwave that woke up in 1984 the first time, but now he'll have a completely different future, hopefully one where the Decepticons win!
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Lemniskate Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
But since time travel in the TF universe causes merely split alternities, his unique personality here will end. So somehow I don't see the need to kill himself.
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't agree.

The Time Storm seen in BW wasn't a splintering of Time and the creation of a new, alternate universe, it was a massive rewriting of history - the same history in the same Universe. The BW characters would have disappeared as soon as Prime died, as they were beginning to when phasing in and out of existence.

Soundwave has no reason to continue to exist in that reality. The Decepticons are finished, the Autobots are going to win, and he'll be hunted down for his part in the war. He's much better off to end it on his own terms, with the plan in place to rewrite history (and him killing himself) sometime in the future.
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Lemniskate Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Ah, okay. Didn't know about a time storm.
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, BW basically wrote its own set of rules about what would happen to Time. They're the rules I've tried to work within.
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Lemniskate Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Cool thing your work is igniting discussion.
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I haven't been laughed off DA so I'm thrilled!
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IaconStargazer Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
A pretty cool idea. Although I wonder this (even though the Decepticons might've had advanced enough technology to pull this off): If Soundwave inscribed the message onto the Golden Disk, how is it that Megatron is the one who appears in the message itself?
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's explained in the 5th bubble:

"Throughout the War, Megatron's presence inspired millions. In the future, his legend need only inspire one."

As memorable as Soundwave is, he knows that only the image and voice of Megatron could inspire a young, impressionable 'bot to see out the plan. That's why the message is 'from' Megatron.
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IaconStargazer Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Ah - that sort of makes sense, I guess. : )
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's all part of the Con.
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Hergman Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
:iconmegatronyesplz:
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
;)
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Awesome concept of Soundwave leaving the message on the Golden Disk.
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks Mate!
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
You're very welcome! :bow:
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supermechagoji Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
"Set the universe to collide with itself"? I wonder what ol' Soundwave did. Maybe it has something to do with a certain purple t-rex that says yes alot.
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Spot on ;)
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pittstop Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
This highlights he dichotomy that exists between the tech spec descriptions, comic book interpretations and the cartoon versions of several characters not comfortably meshing. Soundwave and Shockwave are both misrepresented in the TV version as ultra loyal, which I can see is the origin of this story. However the comic and tech spec both veer more towards the 'con hierarchy being far more competitive, with soundwave even making a play for the role of leader on more than one occasion, and rather than being ultra loyal to Megs is actually stockpiling ammunition to depose him.

As for this concept, I'm only vaguely aware of the golden disc saga since I've never seen the final season of Beast Wars (I'm hoping to get the box set later in the year). So if you hadn't explained the concept in more detail in a reply to a comment below, I'd probably not have picked up on what the markings were intended to represent.

you mentioned in another comment that you were personally unhappy with the way the image turned out. I don't wish to be unkind, but I'm inclined to agree it could have been better. The pose is slightly awkward, and without a suggestion of any other scenery, he just winds up looking like he's floating.

The design of the gun might have been better too, maybe even substitute his iconic battery shaped pistol in place of this more generic laser gun. That said there is no mistaking who the character is intended to be, and that is half the battle when it comes to these one off mozaics.

In summary, I get what you were aiming for and I applaud your commitment to getting this done. But I think perhaps the presentation could have been done differently.
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've always seen Soundwave as a loyal Decepticon. Shockwave on the other hand, is out for his own ends. The original concept I came up with had just a generic Decepticon trooper leaving the message, but I scrapped that in favour of Soundwave. Megatron had to have at least one loyal troop, didn't he?!

The larger Universe I've written creates greater links between G1 and BW, and this is a problem I'll come up against - either G1 fans being unaware of the story lines of BW, or vice-verse. But I'll soldier on.

Don't feel that you're being unkind in your comment: compared to the extraordinary artwork that usually accompanies a Mosaic story, the artwork for this piece is appallingly bad - I'm allowed to say that because it's my piece :P But then I'm not an artist, I just needed something to convey the story with some clarity. As for his floating posture, that's actually what I was going for. The Golden Disk was encrypted upon whilst still attached to the Voyager Probe somewhere out in Space, so Soundwave would be floating.

The smaller blaster was simply because of the pose I was after. If he'd been holding his larger battery blaster, it would have made the pose awkward (not that it already isn't) or odd, with such a large weapon somehow pointed at his head. As I said in another comment, I'd love to work with an artist to make the image much more convincing.
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pittstop Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I hope you don't feel I was correcting your assessment of Soundwave. As I said, different media reinterpreted the character differently. My point (and I hope it came across) is that all those different versions can't be reconciled into a single character, so any writer much cherry-pick the elements that work best for their own story. If I've ever used him in my own fan fiction, he's always been the typical spy master archetype, in some senses loyal, in that all he does is to further the decepticon war effort, but with an undisclosed agenda of his own as well. Sort of like George Bush senior was head of the Central Intelligence agency before manoeuvring himself into the big chair.
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No mate, not at all. The poor guy has had that many different versions I'm surprised he even knows who he is :P

In the larger story, after Megatron was killed by the Liege Maximo at the Hub assault, the Decepticons basically fell into nothing - a defeated force, thus Soundwave's actions are for the good of the Decepticon cause, so we have that in common. ;)

There's my lesson in US history for the day (I'm an Aussie). That sounds awfully suss about George Snr.
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pittstop Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
lol, I'm from the UK originally, so I'm no expert on US politics either. But I am well aware that the Bush family bought and paid for their presidencies and were not adverse to buying influence, friends and even keeping secrets, to get to the top. But then again, what government DOESN'T run that way?

Just out of curiosity, I've got some issues with what I've read from Furman about the bridge from g2 to beast era, mostly because... well.... he wrote for the comics, yet the beast stuff I've seen links DIRECTLY to the cartoon continuity, which skips G2 entirely. I just wondered if you were going for more of an alternate universe chronology.
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What I'm trying to do is answer some of the larger questions that we don't currently have answers for: Where the Predacons and Maximals originate from; when was the TransWarp and Proto-Matter technologies developed; how did the Tripredacus Council come to power; and ultimately, what events actually ended the War. Megatron dying is one of the important events.
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CybertronAx Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No sir,I don't like it.
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's cool Mate. I understand it's not everyone's cup of tea. Plus the artwork is letting it down majorly, but I'll live with that for the moment.
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Grimbot Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
"...set the universe to collide with itself..." - Huh? Aaaaand... did Sounwave commit suicide? Pretty odd behavior for an opportunist.
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Megatron is dead, the Decepticons are a spent force, and if the plan works history will be rewritten anyway. So instead of being hunted down by Autobots and convicted for his crimes during the War, he goes out on his terms, and maybe changes the Universe in the process.
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SenTalya Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You know what the really funny thing is? If the plan HAD worked no matter who set it in motion, they would have all ended up dead. Unicron would have destroyed them all.
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The intention was to somehow blur the lines of Soundwave's reflection in the disk, but my skills as an artist are severely lacking. If you're an artist with some spare time, please feel free to do a more impressive version of the image!

I'm always looking for artists to collaborate with, as I've got a few projects on the go.

This story is a small part of a larger Universe I've written to help create greater links between the end of G1/2 (and the Great War) and the Cybertron we find 300 years during the time of the Beast Wars. The story mentions Megatron being dead, which stems from my use of facets of Furman's Alignment story as a major plot point in the beginning of the story arc.
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SigmaCore Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that is clever. Never occurred to me that someone else might have inscribed that message on the disk. And it does make sense it would be Soundwave in the end doing it for a chance to get his leader back. :)
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I was afraid people wouldn't understand it, but I'm relieved it's coming across!
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
For what it's worth, I pretty much got this one before reading the comments in the explianation. It's quite a clever idea, even if it does play to the loyalty aspect between Soundwave and Megatron that I personally don't subscribe to.
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks Mate!
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Cool
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smizu Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Oh! That's pretty cool. On my first reading, I just assumed Soundwave committed suicide. Your explanation is much better.
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GRIML0CK122 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
AHHHHHHH! ZOMBIE MOSAIC!
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multi-comics Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
um...what ?
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm more than happy to answer questions. I know it's all a bit 'brief'.
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HarlequinDaniel Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Soo .... Soundwave is so bummed by Megs' death he kills himself?
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Rh1n0x Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The idea is that it wasn't G1 Megs that encrypted the Message on the Golden Disk, but instead it was Soundwave. So if the plan worked, which it almost did in Beast Wars, with BW Megs almost killing Prime, Soundwave would have woken up in 1984 with all the rest of Decepticons to find Optimus dead. So Soundwave killing himself doesn't matter, as if the plan works, he still lives!
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