Optimus Primal was a Maximal, a cybernetic entity from Cybertron who was 'reformatted' into a truly techno-organic being. This alien from the future is technically deceased, but his Spark lives on in the modern-day era as a ghostly spiritual advisor for the Autobots!
Cybertronian 'Beast Machine' Physique: as are his fellow Maximals, Optimus Primal is a 'reformatted' Cybertronian, one who is a perfect mesh of both organic and inorganic componentry. While he's in a tangible state, he receives the benefit of the following super-human powers:
* Body Armor (s): like most Cybertronians, Optimus Primal was formed with a reinforced steel frame, one that offers him intensity 8 (+2) resistance to injury. This allows him to primarily ignore assaults from ordinary human beings, as well as from weaker Cybertronians.
* Growth (a): Cybertronians come in all manner of sizes, few of which align with the human norm. Optimus Primal, for instance, normally stands at approximately nine feet tall in his humanoid mode, which grants him this power at intensity 1 as a general matter of course.
As such, this Maximal ghost has a +1 size factor. This grants him a +1 bonus to the damage he inflicts on normal sized foes, while theirs suffers a -1 against him. Conversely, he suffers a -1 penalty to strike standard sized enemies in the first place, while they gain a +1 to hit him.
* Microscopic + Telescopic Vision (w): all Transformers have the ability to alter their visual sensitivity as is necessary, where distance is concerned. This allows them to magnify the image of things that are very small, or very far away, doing so with intensity 2 ability.
* Radio Transceiver (i): as are most Transformers on earth, Gas Skunk is equipped with an audio / video transmission system. This communications rig allows him instant contact with any other nearby Cybertronians, having intensity 7 range (100 miles).
* Resistance to Disease and Toxins (s): comprised entirely of organic machinery, a perfect blend of organic and inorganic bits, Optimus Primal isn't immune to poison and disease like older Cybertronians. He does possess intensity 16 (+4) resistance to these threats, though.
Energy Generation (a): in addition to his considerable melee power, Optimus Primal can fire a burst of energy from his chest in his humanoid form. He can do this at will, in order to inflict intensity 14 energy damage to any foe he cannot connect with in mere hand to hand combat.
Flight (a): in his humanoid form, Optimus Primal has a back mounted jet pack, one that allows him the ability to fight in both the air and on the ground. He can use this flight pack to fly about at intensity 8 speeds, or about 450 miles per hour, whenever he wishes.
Kinetic Focus (s): while he's already considerably strong, Optimus Primal can enhance the effect of his melee combat when he strikes with his right hand. This 'blast punch' power inflicts +2 damage whenever he feels the need to in melee, and few foes can stand before its power.
Shape Change (a): Optimus Primal's most notorious power is his ability to transform between his humanoid and gorilla modes. He can do this at will, though this power is voice-activated ('Optimus Primal, Maximize!'). He need not roll dice to make this change - it just 'happens'.
Spectral Freedom (w): though dead, Optimus Primal's Spark lives on. It can wander about as it sees fit, roaming through space and/or time at Optimus' leisure. Of course, this means that he has no body to call his own, and can only manifest in the material plane haphazardly.
While most ghosts cannot do this, Optimus has developed the ability to generate a psychoplasmic body for himself, per the clone projection power. He can use this body to affect reality as can any other material being, though he can only do so for one aura duration at a time.
Turnabout (a): Optimus Primal has the intensity 15 ability to reflect energy directed against his person. He can deflect attacks randomly with an easy action, back at their source with an average action, or at a target of his choosing with a challenging action.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
the Matrix (w): Optimus Primal has been entrusted with the power of the Matrix itself, a potent meta-program that has been around as long as, if not longer, than the Autobots and Maximals of Cybertron. This quasi-device has several incredible powers to fight the forces of evil and tyranny.
One power that Optimus Primal can make use of is the reformatting of Cybertronians from electromechanical or cybernetic life forms into true techno-organic beings. This is exceptionally taxing on Optimus Primal, however, and leaves him exhausted and drained for quite a while.
The Matrix has several additional powers, though their exact nature is an enigma. While it has done everything from manipulating mechanical devices to creating life in otherwise inanimate objects, Optimus Primal has not been witnessed tapping the Matrix's nigh-infinite potential.
Since his death, he has not been the bearer of the Matrix, but his continued existence on the material plane may very well be an extension of its power. After all, he merged with the Matrix after finally defeating Megatron, so he may be active for reasons only the Matrix can answer.
Acrobatics (a): though physically imposing, Optimus Primal's form is also exceptionally flexible. He naturally has the benefits of this skill, which allow him to lower the difficulty of any action to dodge attacks or reduce falling damage by one difficulty level.
Aerial Combat (a): in addition to being rather nimble, Optimus Primal has had years to perfect his airborne combat style. As such, whenever he's fighting an opponent while in the air (whether or not he's inside a spacecraft), Optimus makes combat actions at a reduced difficulty.
Astronaut (a): Optimus Primal is an accomplished space pilot, and can fly most spacecraft with ease. He can attempt any action applicable to the operation of a space craft at a reduced difficulty level, which is very effective when combined with his aerial combat skill!
Boxing (s): in addition to being almost supernaturally nimble, Optimus Primal is quite the melee combatant, whether or not he's using his concussive strike. As such, he can divide his pre-cardplay action score between two attacks, the last of which occurs as a contingent action.
Leadership (w): though he's incredibly powerful, Optimus Primal also has a hard-earned wisdom. As such, he's looked upon as quite the leader, and any group he is in charge of may +1 to its action scores for the duration of his leadership in said group.
As the former leader of the Maximals, Optimus Primal could easily rely upon those Beast Machines / Warriors for assistance should he need it. Furthermore, in the modern day, he has become something of a 'robot shaman' to the Autobots on earth, who deeply respect his counsel.
Protector, with a secondary calling of Mentor: Optimus Primal feels strongly about defending those under his care, much less rescuing those that he feels he could have helped were the situation different. He also thrives when teaching others how to better themselves.
In his gorilla mode, Optimus Primal is an elegant mix of organic and robotic components covered in brown fur and golden cabling, with gold plating and red and blue trim. His humanoid mode resembles a 'monkey-bot', being a more upright robot with spare monkey bits in places.
Courageous and wise beyond his years, Optimus Primal was transformed from an unsure captain into the Maximals' greatest leader while stranded on earth's prehistoric past. He truly enjoys his role as the Autobots' mentor, and strives to help them find their inner strength and power.
Real Name: Optimus Primal
Occupation: Autobot spiritual advisor, former Maximal leader
Legal Status: citizen of Cybertron, legally dead (but still kicking somewhat)
Marital Status: inapplicable
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: the Autobots, former Maximal
Height: 9' (approximately)
Hair: metallic brown
Weight: several hundred pounds
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Optimus Primal, while intangible and somewhat shimmery in his 'spirit' form, nonetheless looks like the result of a monkey and a robot blended together at the molecular level.
Captain of the Axalon, a Maximal exploration vessel, Optimus Primal was in pursuit of a strange entity known as Protoform X when he was diverted to pursue the Predacon criminal known as Megatron, who had stolen the Golden Disc - one of Cybertron's most prized relics.
Optimus' Axalon attacked Megatron's ship as soon as he found it, but the end result of this battle was that both craft crashed on a bizarre, unknown world, one which could be anywhere in space or time thanks to the transwarp technology that brought the Cybertronians there.
Once they recovered from their crash, the Maximals found that this world had a dangerous excess of energon, and as such they adopted organic components in the form of an alt-mode, a secondary shape they could assume while wandering about in the wilds of this strange new planet.
Optimus' chosen form was that of a gorilla, an animal which had exceptional strength and agility. He used this form well against the various Predacon villains Megatron threw at him and his Maximals in the pursuit of his ultimate mission - one given to him by the original Megatron!
Prime had a hard time with this, for he was not accustomed to either the mantle of leadership or such intense battle, and he in fact died on at least one occasion during this struggle - though he eventually 'got better'. His recovery involved adopting ever-more powerful forms over time.
Ultimately, Optimus Primal and his Maximal allies stopped Megatron from altering the past, since it was determined that they'd crashed in earth's prehistory, and saved the Autobots who'd crash-landed there four million years ago from being slain by the evil Predacons.
Once Megatron and his cronies were taken care of, Optimus and company returned to the Cybertron of their own time, but something went awry. You see, Megatron had escaped from the Maximals' ship while they were traveling home, and he arrived on Cybertron a little bit before them.
Wishing to purge the organic components from his body, much less the rest of Cybertron, Megatron unleashed a powerful virus on the world, one that affected all Transformers with organic components in their makeup. This allowed him to take control of the planet itself!
Not realizing this, Optimus and company returned home only to be rendered inoperable by this virus. However, fate wasn't with Megatron, for Optimus Primal was reformatted by the Oracle, a computer that can interface with the Matrix, and given a body made from organic circuitry.
After collecting several of his fallen allies and in turn reformatting them with the power of the Matrix, Optimus Primal began a guerrilla war against Megatron and his Vehicon cronies, a battle that would last for several years - the villain had a whole planet from which to fight him, after all.
This battle came to a head when, in final combat with Megatron, Optimus Primal reformatted him (and himself once again) in the organic core of Cybertron, causing the world to be transformed from a dead technological shell into an organic circuitry paradise at long last.
While he was slain in this effort, the Spark of Optimus Primal lives on. Likely through the power of the Matrix itself, which he had merged with on more than one occasion, Optimus Primal's spirit is once again free to roam the cosmos, even if it essentially lacks a body to call its own.
No longer needed in his era, having finally brought peace to his world, Optimus Primal's spirit wandered through space and time - and he's once again found himself useful. Having arrived on modern day earth, he found the place lousy with Decepticons, Predacons, and Vehicons!
As such, he has made himself available to the Autobots present on earth, offering what counsel he could to assist them in the battle against the villains that sought the most powerful Autobot of all: the hidden and inactive Fortress Maximus! Not that counsel is all he offers the Autobots.
A powerful warrior in his own right, Optimus Primal can become solid for short periods of time, allowing him to take the battle directly to the many foes of freedom and liberty at work on earth. He cannot retain this state for long, but his help is highly appreciated by his Autobot charges!
Thanks to his timely assistance, the Autobots on earth finally defeated their many foes here, and have since returned to Cybertron. How this will affect Optimus Primal's spirit in the future has yet to be revealed, for it is unknown if he returned with them or stayed on earth.
This world is particularly special to him, after all...!
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