HUMAN COMPONENT: SPIKE WITWICKY
FUNCTION: EARTH DEFENSE COMMANDER
FIRST APPEARANCE: HEADMASTERS # 1 (Fortress
Maximus), TRANSFORMERS # 38 (Spike Witwicky)
for war, but strive for peace."
Valiant, courageous, powerful beyond measure, Fortress
Maximus is a warrior without compare, but one whose most
fervent wish is never to have to fight again. All his
early life, Fortress Maximus trained as an architect,
becoming the creator of many of Cybertron's proudest
monuments. With his ability to transform into vast
construction bases, many of his creations were crafted by
his own hand. So Fortress Maximus learned to build, not
destroy. When war came, he did not hesitate to turn his
gifts to the ways of combat, adapting one construction
base into a repair bay, the other into a battle station.
But as the war spread and he saw his constructions tumble
and wall with countless lives lost in the process, he
began to see how pointless and counter-productive battle
was. He began to fight with only one aim in mind - to
bring an end to the senseless conflict. He would fight,
but only out of necessity, only to save other lives.
Drawing inspiration from Optimus
Maximus carried on his noble work after Optimus
disappeared, assuming Prime's mantle of Autobot leader.
But as the war dragged on, so Fortress Maximus's ideals
dulled, his purpose lost in one battle after another.
Realizing he was losing his very self, Fortress Maximus
and a group of Autobots left Cybertron, bound for the
planet Nebulos, a world where they could live in peace.
But the Decepticons followed, bringing the war with them.
To better combat the Decepticons and convince the
Nebulans of their honest intent, Fortress Maximus removed
his head, letting the Nebulan leader Galen replace it.
Galen's body was bio-engineered to combine with an
intermediary form and transform into a facsimile of
Fortress Maximus's proud visage. Through his mind-link
with Galen, Fortress Maximus rediscovered his purpose.
The battle would not be won by turning his back on it. So
he returned to the war, fighting once more, every battle
a small step towards his ultimate goal... the end of all
was killed, the human Spike Witwicky took over as
Fortress Maximus's binary-bonded partner. Spike, a
college student, had no long term plans to continue in
this role, and eventually quit. But as he has continued
to find out, the binary bonding goes deep indeed and his
own courage and commitment will be tested to the full.
In both robot and battle station mode, Fortress Maximus
is a walking armory. Retractable pulse cannons (emitting
a strong ion beam capable of disrupting and
incapacitating internal circuits), twin automatic machine
gun batteries (wrist mounted in robot mode), twin
laser-guided mortars (in lower legs, robot mode), dual
laser blasters (with a heat-seeking target lock system)
and a fusion-powered photon rifle make his firepower
second to none. His battle station is fully equipped with
communication, detection and radar equipment, while his
repair bay has extensive re-fit facilities for almost any
Transformer and a wide range of spare parts. From either
repair bay or battle station Fortress Maximus can operate
two remote controlled vehicles, Gasket and Grommet, using
them to supply instant battleground first aid/repairs or
as offensive/defensive combat units. When in robot mode,
Gasket and Grommet combine to form the radio controlled
warrior/mechanic, Cog. Fortress Maximus's head transforms
into a robot form called Cerebros, which is controlled
entirely by his binary-bonded partner. Despite his size,
Fortress Maximus is both very strong and very fast.
Though seemingly awkward, his bulky configuration moves
with well oiled ease. His greatest asset, though, is his
vast intellect and capacity for instant tactical
decisions. To him, crafting an attack is like
blueprinting a structure and it's almost second nature.
The many parts of Fortress Maximus, each requiring a
portion of his concentration, sometimes leave the whole
vulnerable to attack. When guiding Gasket and Grommet
through a battlefield, he relies almost totally on
automated defense systems to safeguard him from attack.
If incapacitated in robot mode, Fortress Maximus has no
choice but to utilize his second robot form, the much
smaller and infinitely more vulnerable Cog. Beyond these
slight problems, Fortress Maximus has no known