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TRANSFORMER: SEEDS OF DECEPTION
PROFILE: RATBAT

Project, art and layout by Peter :iconi-sithlord:

Project and texts by Franco :iconm3gr1ml0ck:

Edits by Zac :iconshadowapook:


NOTES

Ratbat's bio is mainly based on the character portrayed in The War Within: The Dark Ages.
Other sources include the original Marvel profile and comics written by Bob Budiansky.

Ratbat is be featured in his own SoD: Ratbat chapter, with art by :iconcanalus: and :iconcarorichard:

Ratbat also appears in Short Story: Building Frenzy and page 12 of SoD: Shockwave/Soundwave.

Ratbat plays a key role in the new Warth-based saga (a sequel to Devastation): The Future Is -Ation.


Allegiance: Decepticon

Function: Industrialist

Quote: “The justification for profit is profit. My profit.”

Profile. Greedy, rapacious and clinical, Ratbat hides his true nature behind a facade of apparent civility. Educated, ironic, elegant and sophisticated, he can easily charm any mechanoid he may need to broaden his powerful industrial empire, even if it's fairly common that someone senses his true nature and feels a chill of apprehension in his presence.
Uninterested to the consequences of his own actions, unconsciously cruel and lacking even the minimal empathy for another's  suffering, Ratbat is driven by a possessiveness that is deeply rooted in his long-forgotten origins as a Primitive predator: dozens of Vorns of evolution may have led him to the apex of intellectual and technological perfection, bud deep within his Spark Core, the only thing that matters is dominion over his own territory and obtaining new energy sources.
The only difference between his present and his past lays in his aims, that Ratbat sublimated because of the secret shame he feels for his ancestral Primitive nature: when once he was content with his savage territory corner, now Ratbat aims to exploit the entire planet, in order to transform Cybertron in one giant industry producing profits for him until even the last natural resource will have been consumed.

Abilities. Currently, Ratbat transforms into a long-range reconnaissance aircraft, exploiting gravity field propulsion and the most advanced cloaking technologies in order to spy undetected on any kind of territory that may have awakened his desires of possessions.

His Primitive legacy still allows him to leech the Energon in a mechanoid's systems, using an osmotic process so radical that it causes the victim's Spark Core to die out.

Weaknesses. Ratbat's predatory instincts run counter to his cold, businesslike nature.  Occasionally, Ratbat loses his rational control and regresses to more bestial and savage behaviors. In these conditions, he can easily make gross errors of judgement. He's not very strong and in servo-to-servo combat, he can get the upper hand only with the advantage of surprise.

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royi-20's avatar
I love it !
it upgraded the original design tenfold
Tf-SeedsOfDeception's avatar
Shameless plug: browse the whole gallery for more War Within redesigns!
Tf-SeedsOfDeception's avatar
This. Our fanproject has many folders with many comics.
lovefistfury's avatar
i think i remeber reading something about him being betrayed by soundwave and having his spark moved to his cassette form.
Tf-SeedsOfDeception's avatar
Yes, in Megatron: Origin. That is not a story in the continuity we are using :)
lovefistfury's avatar
ah i was just wondering, cause that was the only time i ever saw ratbat in his Cybertron sideways style body. you have any links to your story, like a way i can purchase a few?
Tf-SeedsOfDeception's avatar
Ratbat appeared in his robot form in "The War Within: The Dark Ages" as well, but it was a disturbingly ugly version :)
Unfortunately, we don't sell our comics, because the project is non-profit (and Hasbro and Takara would not like it), but thank you for asking: it's very flattering :)
Thejboy88's avatar
Right now I'm wiriting a Transformers fic but after that I'm considering doing a prequel story to it.

If I could have your permission, could I use this design in the story?
Tf-SeedsOfDeception's avatar
Hey,
sure you can use it: please link back to us :)
(I can send you the sourcecode for the link, if you need it).
Thejboy88's avatar
Thanks, I will!
Metalchick36's avatar
I've also read Exodus and he was a corrupt council member. Isn't he also one of Soundwave's cassettes? Cause I've seen his name pop up in stories about him and his cassettes, or is that a different character with the same name?
Tf-SeedsOfDeception's avatar
Yes, the original G1 Ratbat was one of Soundwave's cassettes.
In G1 cartoon, he was a simple minion.
But in G1 Marvel Comics, he was fully sentient and commanding; he had a high office on Cybertron and when he came to Earth, he became Decepticon leader for some months (yes, he managed to outwit Shockwave).

For this reason, in War Within comics, Ratbat is a full-sized Cybertronian, a greedy and merciless industrialist.
But when he reaches Earth (in the Devastation miniseries) he becomes a sort of CD player :)

His relationship with Soundwave is more conflictual, this time!
Metalchick36's avatar
Thanks for the info, that clears up the confusion.

They seem to do that a lot, changing the characters around. Like Scorponok, in the movie, he was more like a drone, but in the graphic novel for Energon that I read -he took over the Decepticons.
Tf-SeedsOfDeception's avatar
TFTM07 Scorponok was probably based to the Beast Wars counterpart, even though that was a bit less dumb :)

The Scorponok we prefer is the one seen in G1 Marvel comics! A leader, a warrior, a binary-bonded mech :)
evolution76's avatar
Very good work!!!
TealMafia's avatar
haha, lovely motto, so fitting :D

and with these new BIOs, we can really see that you re about to change whole stories from the root :)
Tf-SeedsOfDeception's avatar
Small update for SoD Ratbat: lineart for pages 1-7 is ready, and so are colors for page 1-2!
TealMafia's avatar
wohohooohhhh thanks for the news! :D
Tf-SeedsOfDeception's avatar
We thank Zac for the motto... the first one made no sense in english :D

We hope that the new characters will be respectful of what Simon Furman (and Nick Roche) wrote/hinted.
Ratbat is mostly based on his "War Within: Dark Ages" figure, plus some touches by Bob Budiansky.

The Short Story "Building Frenzy" offers a bit sample of how his chapter should be (when the lineartist will start working on it).
TealMafia's avatar
i guess the motto was still better than Pyro's "sentience is the guarantor of autonomy" :D

awesome :) you really used every bit of information you could get, yet, created something new and unfamiliar so its still to be very exciting :D
Tf-SeedsOfDeception's avatar
XD Poor Pyro.

If I say that we added Bomb-Burst to Ratbat story, do I give the main plot away? :D
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