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TRANSFORMERS: SEEDS OF DECEPTION
"THE EVIL THAT MECHS DO" SAGA
SHORT STORY: "THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST"


Lineart by Koen Luyten :iconkluyten:

Colors by Victoria Rojas :iconlittlemissawesome:

Story and lettering by Franco Villa :iconm3gr1ml0ck:

Edits by Gregory Donaldson :iconnovastorm73:

The New Junkions created by Ibai Canales :iconcanalus:

Ideas by Simon Reeves :iconreeves83:

SoD project by Peter Istyle :iconi-sithlord:


NOTES

The new take on Arcee and Jhiaxus was originally developed by Simon Furman and Alex Milne in Spotlight: Arcee.

Simon Reeves continued to explore Arcee's origins in The Shape Of Things To Come.

As was already explained, the origins of this version of Arcee are a metaphor for sexual abuse: we tried to stay true to this delicate theme.

Art for Jhiaxus.

And who might be Arcee's sisters? One is revealed in Short Story: A New Beginning.

Jhiaxus' mansion is named after the flagship commanded by his G2 counterpart in Marvel Comics: the Twilight.

Panel 11: the answer to Arcee's question can be found in SoD: Omega Supreme. She actually spent metacycles in stasis lock: the Age of Nova Prime came to an end, the Supreme Interregnum followed and finally the Age Of Sentinel Prime began.

Panel 13: this story is a crossover with another SoD spin-off, the Constant Moons saga. See Constant Moons: Paradise Lost for the origins of the Junkions and the reason of their hate for Jhiaxus.

Arcee is not the first of Jhiaxus' "failed" experiments to be thrown in the Junklands, as seen in page 5 of SoD: Paradise Lost.

And finally, what does Arcee dream of, while she is offline? The answer can be found in the unmatched saga of Arcee In Wonderland, by Koen Luyten!

(What's that bunny doing in panel 13? Looks like a fragment of Arcee's dream was dragged into this reality!)

Original (official) concept for the Junkion Shaman.

Arcee will look for an answer to her condition in Short Story: The Answer.

"The Beauty And The Beast" is part of the collection of tales related to the Nova Prime age: see all of them (plus the amazing cover) in Special Story: The Evil That Mechs Do.

Arcee's previous life (and identity) are described in Short Story: The Shape Of Things To Come.

More Arcee in Short Story: The Answer.

Arcee's saga ends in Revelation (the last chapter, Spotlight: Sideswipe, shows Arcee taking her revenge on Jhiaxus).

Original lineart.

Unlettered version.


ON THE WEB

Don't miss our previous update: Act 2 of SoD: Trannis (pages 6-10).

Discussion threads: SeibertronIDW Forum, Tformers, AllSpark, Tfw2005, TfArchive, TheTF, FullMetalHero, Cybertron, TransFans, Cybertopia, TMUK, TfCog, TfShadowCon.

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:iconmisssparkle1:
MissSparkle1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
I'm still trying to work out how she can be female if they don't have genders (although everyone appears to be 'male'). She's obviously female shaped but I wonder how the insides are changed.
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Tf-SeedsOfDeception Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
It's the programming, mostly. She has urges that her body cannot understand, so the body is not really changed, inside: that's the concept from Spotlight: Arcee :)
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:iconmisssparkle1:
MissSparkle1 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
ah, I think I understand. Is it sort of that she has these new urges but because their mechanoids, they have no real way of acting on them. 
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Tf-SeedsOfDeception Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Yes, and this will drive her crazy, turning her into the obsessedm vengeful cold-blood killer of the official comics.
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:iconmisssparkle1:
MissSparkle1 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
ah, I understand now, thanks
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Heh heh, do I detect a faint "Take That" directed at Tramp? ;)
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Tf-SeedsOfDeception Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
We're actually hammering Jhiaxus as the array of his experiments grows!
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Gotcha.
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Kaliumgirl Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Well, I've thought about this robot gender thing too, like pretty much everybody has. Fembots make no sense, but there are advantages to their presence from story points:

1- Fembots allow authors to use tropes which will only make sense with female characters without there being a potentially very annoying human.
2- While Transformers are robots, they are also living beings, very complex ones at that, and there being male and female robots can make it easier for some people to see them as such.
3- Transformers are pretty unrealistic robots, as robots go, so having genders won't make them any more unrealistic than they already are.
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Gambits-Wild-Card Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great guys!!!
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Tf-SeedsOfDeception Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Thanks!
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AtlantisLux Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Eeek! A disturbing yet very interesting take on Arcee/Jhiaxus 'relationship'. Personally, I very much agree with Arcee. Mechanoids have no gender and can't mate. Why would they want to when they don't need it to reproduce? And no, 'just for fun' is not an option :P
Yet, I can understand why someone as twisted as Jhiaxus would find such experiment fascinating.
Another good work! :la:
(and kudos to Furman for giving the femmebots a reason to exist!)
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Tf-SeedsOfDeception Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Thanks!
But they were just discussing about this, no need to feel disturbed :D
"So, Arcee, mate."
"What?"
"Mate"
"With whom?"
"Um, can't you do it alone?"
"Where is the handbook?"
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LittleMissAwesome Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student
:lol:
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AtlantisLux Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Bwhaha!!

'Geez, I had the sensation she wasn't into lesbo solo porn as her sisters are. What a waste!' :P
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Tf-SeedsOfDeception Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
The only way to handle twisted sick people like Jhiaxus is satire, unless you manage to have them jailed. But of course they are usually protected by influent mechs like Nova Prime (which requires his debaucheries as well, see "A New Beginning").
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:iconatlantislux:
AtlantisLux Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Well, every evil overlord needs his evil scientist ;)
Besides, I find him creepy but Jhiaxus is an interesting character nontheless. Very Mengele-style. :fear:
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Tf-SeedsOfDeception Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
He is indeed, ad Ibai gratly expanded the concept in his "Paradise Lost": just one panel with Jhiaxus experimenting on the Lunars told an entire story about him!
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AtlantisLux Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Yup, I remember that panel, where Jhiaxus performed vivisection on a Lunar. He's certainly not a guy I'd like to meet ;)
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Ha-HeePrime Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was deeply disturbing.
I'm used to this kind of thing being mentioned in fanfiction, but there I have the option of not believing it.
But it seems my brain is wired to take things presented in the comic book format as "truth"...
*shudder*
Man!Arcee was wrong enough (slag you, Simon! Sometimes a girl is just a girl because she's a girl!) without the extra Jhiazus-as-rapist-too angle.
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M3Gr1ml0ck Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
There's a story about Arcee entering Yoketron's school to solve her troubles... and what about the other Females?
But I promise we'll never go beyond this level of "explicit-ness" ;)
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Tf-SeedsOfDeception Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
=:-O

Now we are afraid about the way we plan to give Arcee back her balance...

;)
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drugTito Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Panel 4 creeps me out with possibilities :omg:

Very strong story....and a nice slap-in-the-face to all the robo-pervs out there.
Kudos, gang!
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:iconkluyten:
kluyten Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
yeah what is that with all those sexing bots? i mean there's lots of real people to do that with, for example the baroness, daphne, yoko, there's choice enough ^^
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drugTito Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
hehheh, yes

I don't get it as well, really...I know of places where it's much better to put it than in some bot's cyber-lubricated exhaust port :)

Trust me, I kad no idea that kind of fetish even existed before I joined this site.
Hell, before dA I didn't think the world was half as $#")ed-up as it (evidently) is...
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:iconkluyten:
kluyten Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
indeed^^
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Tf-SeedsOfDeception Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Another thing that has Jhiaxus behind! Is he the precursor of everything bad ever created? :D
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drugTito Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
In real-life too?!

He invented the terrorists! :la:
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Tf-SeedsOfDeception Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
XD

And financial sharks as well!
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Canalus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Haha, I love how this story takes the pi$$ out of people obssessed with Transformer reproduction. Also, I like the rabbit for some reason ^___^
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kluyten Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
and if you look real good you'll find a mickey mouse balloon too ^^
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Canalus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Haha located! Cybertronians must have something against earthen mammals...
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:iconkluyten:
kluyten Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
yeah, that or i like to draw these little knick knacks ^^
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Canalus Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
lol!
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Canalus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
LOL, I'm on it!
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Tf-SeedsOfDeception Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Hahaha, Arcee is probably hinting at that detail which is so morbid we never mentioned it... if a Female Programming Protocol exist, so must a Male Protocol.
And Jhiaxus must have applied the Alpha Male Protocol to himself... what you think they were doing before the first flashback panel? :D
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Canalus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Oh, my twisted mind is now boiling with possibilites... XD
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Tf-SeedsOfDeception Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
That's why Lau is designing the Females!
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Canalus Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Can't wait to see the rest of them!
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Clu-art Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:thumbsup: to all!
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:iconkluyten:
kluyten Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
thx
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Tf-SeedsOfDeception Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Thanks!
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