Clad in his stolen and modified Headmaster-ish exo-suit but currently without a Transtector, 12-year-old Dan Witwicky waits in concealment outside Kaon's building SW11. By hacking Kaon's communications network and impersonating Deszaras's voice, Dan has summoned the diminutive Autobot medic Scalpel to Vault Gamma 2
, just outside SW11, close to Dan's current position. Once Dan has Scalpel alone in the vault, Dan intends to trap the tiny Transformer there, where no help can come while Dan begins a new series of experiments with mind control. (Dan has already become skilled with a form of mind control, but presently depends upon being able to physically plug his suit into a neck wound of the Transformer he wants to control. It isn't always easy, which is why he prefers to kill and decapitate the Transformer completely, effectively letting him use the body as a Transtector. However, recent experiences have led him to believe he can learn to remote control minds without any physical contact, but until he's more familiar with that skill he wants to start with small test subjects that he can physically defeat if he can't mentally control them--thus, the ambush intended for Scalpel.)
Dan's waiting is interrupted by the arrival of The Last Decepticon and Jazz, although Dan does not know who they are. The duo does not notice Dan, owing to his small size and his already being in hiding, but he notices them, especially when they choose the same cover to hide behind that he's using.
The Last Decepticon is the largest individual Transformer Dan has ever seen; Dan decides he must have it for a Transtector. With just his exo-suit, though, Dan is unsure if he could take on such a massive opponent. All right, then,
he tells himself. I'll take control of the car robot first, and use that one to boost my size, strength, and firepower enough to take on--and take over--this Ultimate Warrior...
However, as Dan leaps at Jazz, Dan also unknowingly reveals himself to another opponent: the ghost of his own father, Spyke, whom Dan murdered to get his exo-suit. Spyke's ghost, bent on revenge, has been tracking Dan, building himself a new body he calls "X" made from pieces of Dan's many victims. Spyke tracked Dan to this area at the outskirts of Kaon, but could not pinpoint Dan's exact location until Dan revealed himself by attacking Jazz. Once Spyke spotted Dan, Spyke forgot all about Jazz and The Last Decepticon, seeing only Dan and launching a hail of energy blasts in Dan's general direction--although with Spyke's shots being as imprecise as they are, the Decepticons are likely in the line of fire, too.
Shockwave, on his way to fetch the MechGuffin, catches movement at the periphery of his vision when Dan attacks Jazz, and Shockwave focuses his attention on that area just in time to see X attacking Dan. Only Shockwave can't see Dan, so what Shockwave believes he sees is X attacking Kaon. Shockwave sounds the alarm and then rushes out to do battle himself.
Deszaras responds to the Shockwave's alert by activating automated external defense turrets, unaware that the diagnostics reporting those turrets operational are faulty. Those turrets are about to prove just how damaged they really are.
Turret 246871 fails to respond at all.
Turret 246872 fails to deploy, but begins powering up, only without the turret being deployed, the weapon won't fire, so the power builds up more and more until the weapon simply detonates itself.
Turret 246873 deploys properly and begins tracking for targets, and opens fire; but then turret 246874 deploys and incorrectly identifies turret 246873 as an enemy and blasts it to bits.
Turret 246875 deploys and seeks a target, seems to find something every now and then, but its power relays are damaged and its usually powerful energy cannon throws only harmless sparks.
Turret 246876 deploys and starts looking for targets, but its scanners seem to be having some trouble.
Turret 246877 deploys, but refuses to re-aim itself, so that its intermittent salvos all track along the same unchanging line of fire.
Turret 246878 fails to deploy.
Turret 246879 deploys and sets its sights on Shockwave...