The Hawks of Space
The Hawks of Space is a fictional story in the Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric series episode 7 & 8. Written in 2015, it retroactively took place in an unaired second season of the Challenge of the GoBots animated series.
The Renegades steal the design for the new Space Hawk interceptor ships from the Guardians.
The following was first posted on the Ask Vector Prime Facebook page on October 19th, 2015.
Question: Dear Renegade Rhetoric, Did you have any adventures between the sound defeat of your Thruster fleet attempting to destroy Guardian mining output and the time you went to Quartex?
Cy-Kill: I'd hardly call it a defeat, more of a... temporary setback. But yes, there is such a campaign, and it is a glorious tale of Renegade success. One of my operatives, Traitor, learned that the Guardians had developed a new weapon, the Space Hawk interceptor ship, and were working with UNECOM to mass-produce them. Obviously this was completely unacceptable to me, so we launched a three-pronged assault. I sent BuggyMan to kidnap Dr. Turgenova, the Soviet Union's coordinator to the project and a frequent thorn in my side. I tasked Fitor, Klaws, and Gunnyr with leading all-out assaults on the three primary production facilities and all completed craft. Meanwhile, Cop-Tur, Crasher, and I boarded Leader-1's Command Center to capture the prototype while the Guardian's forces were split. We made short work of the token force they left behind and absconded with the prototype.
Though the Space Hawk factories were heavily defended by Guardian Boomer units, Fitor and Klaws were successful in their mission. Gunnyr's team, which was engaged by Leader-1 and his entourage, was repulsed after inflicting only minimal damage. Turgenova was captured, and the brainstormer extracted her considerable knowledge of the project. I decided to use her as bait to draw forth the Guardians in a rescue attempt and allowed one of the their scouts to catch a glimpse of her being transferred to our temporary base on the dark side of the moon. Meanwhile, I had Dr. Go begin production on our own line of Space Hawks.
Predictably, the Guardians responded with a rescue attempt, with Leader-1 launching a frontal assault. This was a diversion, as the real rescue attempt employed stealth. I had anticipated this and left the doctor--Anya, not Go--well guarded, but once again Scooter's holographic devilry outwitted my men and the Guardians freed her. It mattered little, for this waste of time enabled me to get my own fleet of Space Hawks completed. I launched the fleet towards GoBotron, with the output from the remaining UNECOM facility in pursuit. Though we were engaged and repulsed just outside of GoBotron's orbit, I still count the exercise as a success. We had crippled Guardian production of their new weapon while securing a powerful new fleet for ourselves.
Robert Sowers: How much brain function did the scientist have after her knowledge got extracted?
Cy-Kill: She was rattled, but the brainstormer did no permanent damage.
Louis Sun: Which Guardians did your forces defeat to steal the prototype?
Cy-Kill: My forces? No no, good sir, it was myself, along with my trusted lieutenants Cop-Tur and Crasher. The Guardians had left Scratch and Night Ranger behind, and we made short work of them indeed.
Louis Sun: Which Guardians did Leader-1 bring on his diversionary frontal assault on your base?
Cy-Kill: I remember that battle well, for I sallied forth with Hornet, Crasher, and Fly Trap. We faced off against Leader-1, Turbo, Bent Wing, and Super Couper. Fly Trap rammed into Super Couper, Turbo and Crasher danced their usual dance, and Bent Wing shot my Monster GoBot down. It was all a diversion, of course, which I suspected, but the game must be played.
Louis Sun: Who sprang the doctor free?
Louis Sun: Which Guardian did you cunningly allow to observe Doctor Turgenova?
Cy-Kill: The aptly-named Spy-Eye. The dunderhead had no idea we were feeding him exactly what we wanted him to see.
Christopher Colgin: Is this Dr. Go? And does he go by any other names?
Cy-Kill: Yes, that's him with Braxis. I suppose, before his degree, he would have been Mr. Go. Doesn't have quite the same ring to it, does it?
David Oxford: Out of curiosity, how much do you trust Traitor? That name just makes me uneasy.
Cy-Kill: Traitor has his uses. He's quite good at getting people to trust him.
Christopher Colgun: Are there any Renegade Boomers?
Cy-Kill: Yes there are. Boomer tech has been around for some time. We tend to use the Blast model, with more firepower but less durability than the Rumble model the Guardians employ.
Though, truth be told, we've largely replaced them with the newer Power Marchers. Quick Step units are faster than Blasts and just as powerful. I imagine the Guardians will follow suit with their counterpart, the Hitch Hiker and Ridge Runner models.
|Bent Wing||Block Head||Anya Turgenova|
|Super Couper||Fly Trap|
- 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 "The Hawks of Space" as season 2 episode 7 & 8, which was supposed to air September 24-25, 1986.
- "The Hawks of Space". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. September 24th, 1986 & September 25th, 1986/October 19th, 2015. No. 7 & 8, season 1.