The Great UpgradeAs the dust settled after the Great War, the decision was made to roll-out Proto-Matter bodies for the entire population of Cybertron - now made up by Maximals and Predacons, with the faction name of Autobot being retired.
With the ink still wet on the Pax Cybertronia, transfer centres were built for each faction, to bring the new technology to the populace.
The Maximal Activation and Technological Reformatting Exchange (or The Matrix, for short) and the Predacon Interchange Terminal (or The Pit) were brought online to upgrade Cybertron's inhabitants.
This process of retiring old, inefficient bodies in exchange for new, smaller, fuel efficient bodies was known as the Great Upgrade.
The LaraamThe Laraam was just another Maximal shuttle, that was until the Predacons attacked and destroyed the Earth in a devastating assault. The Laraam was the last ship to ever leave the Earth and make it successfully back to Cybertron.
Aboard the ship were the Scientist Csirac and the pilot Venus, whose actions would greatly affect the outcome of the War.
If surviving the trip wasn't enough, the ship was fired upon by Predacon artillery on its approach to land on Cybertron. Silverbolt, now the remaining Aerialbot, led a solo bombing run to take out the artillery, then escorted the shuttle in to land safely.
MangleMangle was a Predacon serving under Magmatron in the final stages of the Great War.
He was part of the raiding party that infiltrated the Top Scret Maximal research facility and kidnapped the Scientist Csirac.
He was a terror to control, but Magmatron kept him in line.
TickerTicker was a Predacon serving under Magmatron in the final stages of the Great War.
Ticker was part of the raiding party that infiltrated the Top Scret Maximal research facility and kidnapped the Scientist Csirac.
PrimalPrimal was a member of the Maximal Air Defence (MAD) Wing during the Great War.
Though a relatively new member of the Wing, he soon gained the respect of his fellow pilots, but remained without a call-sign until the The Push, where his miraculous return from apparent death earned him the call-sign of Optimus.
It was in the lead up to this battle that Primal met Rhinox, who was to pilot the new TransWarp test ship Xelor.
Primal had the honour of defeating the great Predacon pilot, Terminator.
After the war, Optimus Primal would be granted the command of the exploration ship Axalon and had no hesitation in asking Rhinox to join the crew.
RhinoxRhinox was a Maximal Scientist working on the development of TransWarp Technology in the final stages of the Great War.
After the kidnapping of his fellow scientist Csirac, Rhinox came to realise how much was really on the line in the conflict.
He volunteered to pilot the 2nd TransWarp test ship, the Xelor, even though his alternate mode wasn't one with flying capabilities.
It was through this decision that he met Primal, a MAD Wing pilot, whom he forged a strong friendship.
Rhinox piloted the Xelor on two successful tests while, what turned out to be, the final battle of the Great War raged on the planet below. The successful tests prompted the Predacon leadership to sign a ceasefire, leading to the signing of the Pax Cybertronia and peace coming to Cybertron.
After the War, Primal was given command of the exploration vessel Axalon. He had no hesitation in asking Rhinox to join the crew as the Science officer.
RodimusRodimus once went by the name Rodimus Prime, but after relinquishing the Matrix to Optimus Prime upon his return from the dead, he now goes by simply Rodimus.
Rodimus took a larger stake in the commands of the Autobots after Optimus Prime's incapacitation during the Hub Assault. Along with Ultra Magnus, they faced off against an old foe in Razorclaw and his new Predacon faction.
Rodimus would survive the War, and go on to become a Maximal when the Autobot brand was retired with the signing of the Pax Cybertronia.
He became a Councillor in the ensuing peace, but would love nothing more than some real trouble and strife to get his teeth into.
Ultra MagnusUltra Magnus was one of the greatest Autbot warriors throughout the Great War.
When Optimus Prime dies from injuries sustained in a battle with Megatron, he passed the Matrix to Ultra Magnus, asking him to keep it safe until it chose the next Prime. Many were surprised that the Matrix did not choose Magnus.
After Prime's incapacitation during the Hub Assault, Magnus took a greater command of the Autobots once again, this time alongside Rodimus.
They were responcible for the Ravage becoming a spy for the Autobots within the Predacons ranks.
Magnus had to make many tough decisions during this period, as resources and troops were stretched, as Predacons continued to gain more ground from the Autobots and Maximals.
With Prime's recovery, Magnus could go back to doing what he enjoyed most kicking heads.
In the final battle of the Great War, Magnus would be killed.
The Hub AssaultThe Hub Assault was important turning point in the outcome of the Great War.
When the Autobots discovered the true ambitions of the Liege Maximo, they, together with their Decepticon allies, launched an all-out attack with the hope of preventing the planned ascension.
The Decepticon forces were already somewhat depleted with many troops abandoning their posts to join the Predacon ranks after the destruction of Earth.
All off-world Autobots, who now stood under the Maximal banner, returned to Cybertron to protect it from the Predacons while the main force of Autobots left for the battle.
The assault would be a success, with the Liege Maximo perishing and the Hub itself being destroyed in an explosive chain reaction.
Losses were heavy for both parties, but the Autobots would return from the battle comparatively unscathed when compared to the Decepticons, who lost their leader, Megatron, and Soundwave's body was never recovered and he was assumed dead.
With their forces decimated, Shockwa