Opportunity Knocks Part 1
Opportunity Knocks Part 1 is a fictional story in the Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric series episode 57. Written in 2016, it retroactively took place in an unaired second season of the Challenge of the GoBots animated series.
After Cy-Kill disappears into another dimension Guardians press the attack.
The following was first posted on the Renegade Rhetoric Facebook page on February 2nd, 2016.
Dear Cy-Kill, Could we learn more about what happened in Level 1 when you were on Axiom Nexus?
Cy-Kill: I've already covered the basics. It is actually quite ironic; while I was taking advantage of the opportunities presented by being in a land filled with disaffected mechanoids, Leader-1 was similarly taking advantages of my absence. As you already know exactly how well my recruiting went, I suppose I could fill you in on the Guardians and Renegades of Level-1. Obviously I didn't learn any of this until I returned.
Following my disappearance, Leader-1 convened the Guardian Council and asked for permission to go on the offensive against the Renegades. He argued that, with my absence, there would never be a better time to press their advantage. Simultaneously, Gunnyr and Fitor were arguing about the best course of action. Gunnyr insisted that strong leadership was necessary, and wanted Fitor to declare himself supreme leader of the Renegades. Fitor demurred, insisting that l remained the head of our movement in absentia. Further, he pulled back resources from our core positions in order to run down any leads he could find as to my whereabouts.
And thus did the war progress. Base after base, outpost after outpost, position after position fell to the Guardians' relentless attacks. Meanwhile, in a distant reality, I began to recruit new troops, unaware of what was happening.
A key turning point came halfway through the Guardian's campaign, probably right around when I was having my confrontation with Fright Face and his gang. Gunnyr, tired of giving ground, rallied a number of Renegades to his side and prepared an ambush at a seemingly insignificant Renegade supply depot. Leader-1 and his team were becoming overconfident, and Gunnyr managed to catch them in a crossfire. And, back on Rogue Star, Pincher brought to Fitor a mysterious Renegade none had ever met before, Gong!
The situation resolved with Gong dispatched to realms unknown to locate and retrieve yours truly, my own victory as described, and Leader-1 pulling off a desperate victory thanks to some quick thinking on the part of his human allies. From there, the Guardians pressed their advantage right to the door of Rogue Star, which is where I found them when I finally managed to return. After the battle, I commended both of my commanders. Fitor for his dedication, and Gunnyr for his strategic insight, for indeed his vision had been the correct one.
Alexis Carlo: So where exactly is this Gong guy from?
Cy-Kill: He is a trickster who walks from reality to reality. His origin is shrouded in mystery. Fitor did well to find him. He had many a tale to tell, including a fascinating yarn concerning the orchestration of an invasion of Cybertron. Vec-Tor was intimately involved in that one.
Louis Sun: Does Gong have anything to do with why your equipment can pierce the Shroud with ease?
Cy-Kill: Our technology is built on different theoretical principles than the backwards Cybertronian cretins utilize.
Louis Sun: When you finally conquer Level 1 will you move on to any other universes?
Cy-Kill: I haven't decided. It might be more exhilarating to conquer other galaxies in my home universe first.
Louis Sun: How about Level 21? Ever thought of getting some payback on Exor and the Insectagons?
Cy-Kill: Pah! They are beneath my notice.
Louis Sun: How long were you gone from Level 1 anyway?
Cy-Kill: Four or five Earth months on Level 1. Considerably longer from my perspective.
Rob Pennington: Hey, Ask Vector Prime, what's the deal with the Gong-led invasion of Cybertron?
Vector Prime: Invasion? I'm not familiar with anything I would QUITE characterize as an invasion. Though, he and Sideways did have quite a potentially destructive game when they altered the Omega Lock settings on GoBotron and Cybertron in tandem realities, forcing two realities to resonate with each other and creating a new, highly unstable Iocus stream incorporating fluctuating elements from both. A Vector Prime native to the Gargent Cluster, Vec-Tor, had to confront them both and restore each reality to its original state. It was quite the cluster frag, if I do say so myself. Still, the recordings of the hybrid reality made a fascinating study. Blueshift wrote a paper on it that earned him high marks in my class.
- On December 21st, 2015 the Ask Vector Prime Facebook page posted a fictional list of the unaired episodes of Challenge of the GoBots season 2, which listed "Opportunity Knocks Part 1" as season 2 episode 57, which was supposed to air December 2nd, 1986.
- "Opportunity Knocks Part 1". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. December 2nd, 1986/February 2nd, 2016. No. 57, season 1.
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