Other Vengeance 2.0: FAQ

Because you all seem to keep asking about the same things.

Q: Why did you relaunch Other Vengeance?
A: Because the old version was out of control and lacked of direction.

Q: Okay, on to the only thing anyone actually cares about: What's up with the sexes?
A: Because Wayward decided to sort sex down beast-mode lines, at least where such could be identified. It makes as much sense to her as going by given pronoun, since Wayward sees Transformers as sexless with any gender baggage foisted on them by the human gaze. If Wayward couldn't tell, she left it with the given pronoun. The list:

Female spiders tend towards round bodies and shorter legs, which both Blackarachnia and Tarantulas' beast-modes had. ( For bonus points, their toys were built like males, with longer abdomens. As well, while Beast Machine's Blackarachnia's toy was female, her beast-mode in the cartoon was male. ) Also, they both have thin pedipalps. ( We will argue that Tarantulas's Transmetal form is male based on pedipalps. TMII Blackarachnia also has masculine pedipalps. )

Cheetor's beast-mode was built more like a female cheetah, but it was scanned from a pair. In terms of behaviour, two cheetahs working together are most likely brothers.

Inferno's beast-mode was a worker or soldier ant - drones and young queens both have wings, and queens are built bulkier. Worker and soldier ants are female. ( Antennae shape could be argued - the cartoon version has thin, masculine antennae while the toy's are more clubbed and feminine. )

Tigatron's beast-mode was built more like a male tiger, but he was scanned from Snowstalker, who was referred to as female. We figure he'd know.

Waspinator's beast-mode had a stinger. A wasp's stinger is a modified ovipositor. No, males don't have those. While Waspinator quite resembles a virescent green metallic bee, in which the males have yellow stripes while the females have white, we say that build trumps colour ( especially when one works for a purple tyrannosaurus. )

Had Other Vengeance been done in a visual medium, I'd have just left everybody's pronouns the way they were in the show and this FAQ entry would be more like, "Yeah, Waspinator has breasts and uses male pronouns. So what?" Since it's a text medium, the pronouns are used more to remind the readers that some of the cast have bodies that might not be expected from the show and the occasional specific female references don't come as a surprise and flood my inbox with, "Since when did Tarantulas get breasts?"

What it comes down to is this: Everyone is sex-swapped. When one has no sex to begin with, waking up male is just as surprising as waking up female. Therefore, most of the cast does not particularly care what kind of genitalia they have or what pronouns they use.

Q: You swapped sexes around just to hook characters up!
A: Like how Airazor and Tigatron are both female now and don't seem to mind? It isn't a hook-up kind of story anyway. ( We are not saying that characters will never date. We are saying that the plot will never become nothing but who's dating who. )

Q: Why do some of the characters have stripes? Humans don't have stripes!
A: They've got funny-coloured eyes, too. There is absolutely no reason for this beyond that Wayward finds it aesthetically appealling. We try to be sensible and logical and realistic overall - let us indulge ourselves in something that doesn't really matter. ( The eyes are a 'windows to the soul' metaphor. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! )

Q: What episode is the Predacons' hoversled from?
A: It isn't. It appeared in the original Other Vengeance because Wayward got confused about Blackarachnia's flying contraption made of a stasis pod in The Agenda. The hoversled is the single most borrowed feature of Other Vegeance. Wayward's notes and outlines invariably refer to it as 'the contrivance'.

Loader drones and cleaner drones are also totally made up.

Q: What episode is the fabricator from?
A: Bad Spark. Megatron uses some sort of fabrication or manufacturing tech to create the energon knife he used to carve up Rampage's spark. If the Predacon ship has one, the Axalon most likely does as well.

Q: You appear to subscribe to the 'everyone from the pods had previous lives on Cybertron' theory.
A: Both the 'previous lives' and the 'pod-spawned characters are new' theories can be justified. Previous lives on Cybertron just works for this particular story.

Q: So, you're using the BotCon 2006 background.
A: No. We tend to count BotCon stories as a seperate continuity. Other Vengeance is cartoon-based plus a bunch of stuff we made up.

Q: When will Rampage/Transmutate/Ravage/Depthcharge/TMII Dinobot/Tigerhawk appear?
A: When they appear.

Q: You did know that the blank pod the Maximals found in Coming of the Fuzors was actually within sight of the Axalon, didn't you?
A: Our screen at the time was set fairly dark and we didn't realise the Axalon could be seen in the background until it was too late. We are going to declare the pod magically crashed further away and feel embarrassed about it.

Q: When's the next update?
A: Whenever. I'm a slow writer at the best of times. I do plan on finishing the story because I think it's worth it, it just might take forever.

 

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