Brother's Keeper (Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric)
Brother's Keeper is a fictional story in the Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric series episode 25. Written in 2015, it retroactively took place in an unaired second season of the Challenge of the GoBots animated series.
The Guardians and Renegade get new members from the Machine Robo line.
Dear Cy-Kill: Have any of your troops ever defected to the Guardians?
Cy-Kill: Rare, but it does happen. Dart was originally a Guardian, but came with Fitor and myself to the Renegades when I saw the truth of their oppression. Sadly, he was one of several GoBots who fell under Gunnyr's sway deep within GoBotron, and the experience soured him on my cause. We also lost Steamer when he demonstrated an unexpected weakness of spirit, though I was shrewd enough to use his disloyalty to my advantage.
Christopher Colgin: Did any Guardians become Renegades?
Cy-Kill: Ah, indeed. I believe I already told the tale of my own conversion to the Renegade cause, when Fitor and I abandoned our oppressive ways for the good of all GoBotron. But perhaps you'd like to hear a more recent incident.
A primitive Guardian ship returned from a deep-space exploration mission, one that had launched shortly after the GoBot upgrade had first been necessitated. Luckily, a pair of Space Hawk scout vessels piloted by Scorp and Crain Brain picked them up as the entered GoBotic space. We engaged them in battle and captured them, but not before one of the crew escaped to GoBotron in his Saturn V rocket configuration.
Once I had them aboard, I used the brainstormer to discover what they had found--a world rich in mineral resources, the perfect manufacturing base for a new Renegade armada. But I was more intrigued by what I observed between the crew. Decker Decker blamed the ship's captain, Hi-Way, for his role in their capture. And there were two brothers, Bullet and Vain Train, who were clearly in the grip of a deep and intense rivalry. Sensing an opportunity, I used my mind control abilities to exacerbate Hi-Way's imperious nature and Bullet's tendency to belittle his younger brother. My plan worked; when I sent Crasher to lend a sympathetic ear, both Vain Train and Decker Decker were willing to join my glorious cause.
Sadly, I was never able to exploit the new world they had discovered. Apollo returned with Leader-1's Command Center, their attack providing a distraction that allowed Bullet, Hi-Way, and Jack Attack to escape. My new warriors were defeated and the Guardians slipped away in their original ship while my Thruster was forced to retreat into hyperspace.
Christopher Colgin: What were their vehicle modes?
Cy-Kill: Let me see... Decker Decker was a Mitsubishi Fuso Aero King bus. Vain Train, whom I team up with Crain Brain for obvious reasons, is a 200 Series Shinkansen, which would make his brother the 0 series. Jack Attack was a Mini Cooper 1300S with a particularly garish flag emblazoned across his roof. And Hi-Way... why am I not remembering? Some sort of GoBotic vehicle, anyway, nothing very interesting.
- On December 21st, 2016 the Ask Vector Prime Facebook page posted a fictional list of the unaired episodes of Challenge of the GoBots season 2, which listed "Brother's Keeper" as season 2 episode 23, which was supposed to air November 11th, 1986.
- The various new GoBots are early Machine Robo toys which were never released as GoBots. Apollo is Apollo Robo. Bullet is Shinkansen Robo. Decker Decker is Doubledecker Bus Robo. Hi-Way is Highway Robo. Jack Attack is Mini Cooper Robo. Vain Train is New Shinkansen Robo.
- Author Jim Sorenson has hinted that the primitive Guardian ship may have been the Andro Base.
- "Brother's Keeper". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. November 11th, 1986/October 19th, 2015. No. 25, season 1.