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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
No mate, not at all. The poor guy has had that many different versions I'm surprised he even knows who he is
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!