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Character Name: Dirge
Character Canon: Transformers Animated
Age: His body is only around 5 or 6 years old but his mind is that of an adult cybertronian.
Timeline Pull Point: Sir not actually appearing in his canon's show. He has a toy bio and an Allspark Almanac description. So. I'm taking him Re/Al anyhow.
Canon History: Dirge isn’t old enough to have much of a backstory. He is a clone that was created by Swindle along with Thrust. The official way he managed to do this is a little sparse, so I’ve filled it in with head canon that makes sense. Starscream was keeping two protoforms and two slivers from his all-spark fragment set aside on the moonbase for activating later. When he died, Swindle, being the little looter that he is, found the base and took the stuff, enabling him to create the two clones. Dirge was working on Swindle’s ship as one of his body guards until he was transported to Axiom Nexus. More about his exploits there in the CRAU section.
CRAU History: Axiom Nexus canon experience: Dirge comes from Axiom Nexus- another dimension in which Cybertron has never been at war and the species has evolved into Transtechs- an amalgamate of technological and organic. While there, Dirge worked for an alternate universe Megatron nicknamed Magnum. His biggest priority was finding a way to complete his fractured personality. For a long time he believed that a spark was the necessary missing component and had various mishaps trying to obtain one of his own. Along the way, Shockwave picked him up for modification, giving him the ability to eat and gain sustenance from organic material as well as his normal diet. Experience over time and small bits of guidance from other mechs have managed to calm Dirge somewhat. He’s still insatiably greedy but he’s learned to be a little shrewd about it and how to prioritize his never ending list of wants.
The Lambda in Re/Al picked him up next, so instead of getting transported home, Dirge was sent to a new Cybertron. While there, he was initially aligned with Liege, although his endless search for energy eventually pushed him toward Nexus's quadrant. He mostly sorted and hoarded things from the junkpile and occasionally got impaled on sharp rocks.
Personality: All of the clones have one aspect of their template’s personality. Dirge’s happens to be Starscream’s greed. His main goal in life is to take whatever he can get- physical possessions, experiences, titles, praise- it doesn’t matter what it is, he wants it. Having things is very important to him- his self worth is pretty much based on what he has acquired. Having nothing is akin to being nothing.
Speaking of not having things, Dirge’s lack of some of Starscream’s other traits defines his personality as well. He doesn’t have any of Starscream’s ego to keep him from acting in a debasing manner in his pursuit of the object of his desire. He has no natural or learned shame because of his young age, nor any moral standing to keep him from doing whatever it takes. Morality is impossible when one is only interested in their own feelings. Worse than that, he lacks most of the common beliefs that a Transformer would learn over their lifetime from society. Dirge has a fully functional adult body and a processor programmed with the essentials- but he’s only been /alive/ around 3 years. That amount in transformer years is barely an eyeblink. Because he has not been in the company of others of his species for very long Dirge is often interested in doing things that are viewed as improper or even disgusting by other Cybertronians.
He also doesn’t have Starscream’s fear, that yellow streak that serves as survival instinct. Dirge is incredibly passionate in his desire which makes him impatient and prone to brash behavior. He doesn’t enjoy pain or death but he will go through both if it means he gets what he wants. He has a crazy determination born of greed, the kind that drove his creator to try and overthrow Megatron again and again.
Being a clone with one dominating personality trait is difficult. In order to function, Dirge often has to rework things into his own twisted logic- changing anything that implies giving into taking. An example would be that he would refuse to become anyone’s student (therefore belonging to them), but he would agree to have someone as his teacher (possessing them instead).
Because of his time in Axiom, Dirge has become aware that his lack of a more stable personality is detrimental. He can’t necessarily always help it- but he does want to try and overcome that which his shard compels him to do- thus why he seeks outside influence to try and solve his problem.
Powers/Abilities: General abilities include: Being able to turn into futuristic harrier jet and two sonic pulse cannons on his arms.
Special abilities are a little stranger. In Axiom Nexus, Dirge was taken by the Transtech Shockwave and experimented on- leaving him with the ability to consume almost anything- organic or inorganic. He is also powered by an all-spark shard, instead of a spark, which has the ability to revive him, should he die. I don’t know if you want to nerf that or what.
Inventory: NOTHING. SUFFER DIRGE, SUFFER.
First Person Sample:
[The comm flicks on to a very disgruntled looking jet, sitting with his wrists and wings bound. The four surrounding walls in the background are close together and unadorned. The presence of bars off to one side makes it obvious that Dirge is confined to a cell. ]
I want out of here! My wings are cramping and they don’t feed me near enough. [He scowls, claws making little ineffectual grasping motions.]
Besides- I haven’t even done anything this time! Last thing I remember is passing out in my office at the Casino… and then waking up in this fragging place. [Grumble]
No one better be touching my stuff while I’m stuck here. I find one thing missing and I’ll break the offender’s fingers off. And keep them. [Hiss]
[The jet sighs and pulls dejectedly at his bonds] Magnum, if you can hear this- hurry up and bust me out of here… [He whines, giving the camera his best pair of big pleading optics plus pout.]
Third Person Sample:
Dirge was used to being punished if he’d done something wrong. Working for Magnum had made it very clear to him that if he intended to behave badly, he better devise a way not to get caught. Sometimes, the punishment was even worth it, if the pay off was large enough. But none of that applied here. He was being punished for no reason- or at least, not a reason that he could discern- and that made him angry. Taking his freedom when he had not done anything to warrant it was not acceptable.
The jet groaned and squirmed, trying to achieve a position that relieved the pressure on his wings. The endeavor was futile as the cuffs only rubbed worse whenever he moved. He wanted to fly. He wanted to go check on his hoard. Most of all, he wanted to eat something. Anything. The small cube they handed him through the bars twice a day only made his tanks ache for more. He’d tried everything he could think of on his guards- threatening, pleading, seduction… Nothing worked. And so the only thing that was consumed remained his processor by thoughts of food.
The worst part really was that he couldn’t do anything about his situation. No matter how much rage or misery the loss of his freedom inspired, he could not take it back. And that rankled. It wormed its way around his chamber and made his shard grow unpleasantly warm. If he could not find a way out, he feared he might go mad from being unable to fulfill what his very core told him he must. Reclaim lost possessions. Amass more possessions. Consume. The best Dirge could do was try to console himself with small things. He was still gaining time…recharge…experiences… but it wasn’t enough. Gritting his dentals, the clone turned on his communicator and set it to the appropriate channel to record a message. Magnum would get him out of this. And then he’d go find an entire restaurant to eat.