Beast Wars (Espernet)
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- Address: dream.esper.net, port 6667 (mIRC)
- Website: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Corridor/1533/ Maximal Central (defunct)
- Ran from/to: 1996 - 20??
When the Transformers fandom was in its early inception, Benson Yee created a website using his university server's webspace to create Ben's Beast Wars Toys (1995). The website also sported the earliest form of a message board and slowly people started to create characters around their screen names/handles. Some of those early posters like Deep_Freeze, Optimus, Winterblast, Brown_Paw and Galvatron would lead to Ben creating a "role playing" sub-board for all the original character content that was showing up on his site.
A large chunk of those fans broke away from Ben's boards and brought their operation to mIRC (A form of chatroom program commonly used during the mid 90s) Using the server Esper.net, they created the channel #BEASTWARS and brought about the beginning of the Beast Wars MUSH. There were sub channels including #Axalon (The Maximal Base), #PredBase (Predacon Base).
Some members of the MUSH would go on to remain in the Transformers fandom as major figures such as Winterblast who used the name Protoman outside of the mIRC MUSH for boards and chat.
Ownership of the channel was passed from Galvatron (1997) to Scourge (March 4th 1998) and then to Squizzle (2010).
In the 1998 "Trannies" awards "#Beastwars at Espernet" was listed under "Best Transformers IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Channel" as well as "Beast Wars at #Beastwars on Espernet" under "Best Transformers MUSH/MUCK".
In the 1999 awards, "Beast Wars (Espernet IRC)" is listed under "Best Transformers MUSH/MUCK". In the 2000 awards "#beastwars (on Espernet)" was again listed under "Best Transformers IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Channel" and under "Best Transformers MUSH/MUCK".
Original Characters (OCs)
The Beast Wars roleplay had a new cast, ignoring most of the original cast from the show in place of their own. Characters like Tigatron gave birth to the concepts of different "environmental" Strike teams (Such as the Arctic Strike). Unlike the TV show, Maximals were not limited to just mammals and birds, likewise Predacons were not just reptiles and insects.
Operators / Mods
- Optimus-Gold - Golden Ape - Leader of the Maximals till merging with Sentinel base program
- Winterblast - Grey Seal - 2nd in Command, Leader of the Arctic Strike after Deep_Freeze died.
- Brown_Paw - Grizzly Bear - Owner of Brown_Paw's Weapon Shop
- Firehawk - Red-Tailed Hawk - Leader of the The Aerial Assault
- Lionex - Mountain Lioness
- Seethroc - Sasquatch - Successor to Optimus-Gold as Leader of the Maximals to the end.
- Dust_Dingo - Dingo
- Draco - Dragon
- M3 - Gnat
- Dolphonoch - Dolphin
- Icebreaker - Harbor Seal - 2nd in Command of the Arctic Strike
- Deathstrike - ??? - Temp Leader of the Maximals due to Chain of Command, short lived.
- Maverick - Black Panther - Leader of the Stealth Strike
- Equus - ???
- Lockheed - Pteradactyl
- Rodimus-X - Mandril
- Ultra_Magnus - Asian Elephant
- Wolfkin - Grey Wolf
- Blackout - Raccoon
- Jumpstart - Kangaroo
- Ribbitron - Tree Frog - Formerly known as "TreeFrog"
- Deep_Freeze - Emperor Penguin - Former Leader of the Arctic Strike - Deceased
- Whitejaw - Fuzor Lion/Snake - Deceased - Pioneered the Fuzor concept before the show introduced it
- Nightstrike - Leopard - Deceased
- JPB - ??? - Deceased
- Venom - ??? - Deceased
- Hamstor - Hampster - Deceased
- Nova - ??? - Deceased
- Serverod - ??? - Deceased
- RedTiger - Redback Tiger - Deceased
- Havoc - ??? - Deceased
- GoldWing - ??? - Deceased
- Whitestrike - ??? - Deceased - Deep_Freeze's Brother, Arctic Strike member
- Megatusk - Mammoth - Deceased - Arctic Strike member
- Spike - Porcupine later Tasmanian Devil - Deceased
- Dragoon- ??? - Deceased
- Primal_Demon - Retilian-Eyed Ape - Successor to Fireclaw's Leadership - See OTHER below
- Tracer - ??? - Successor to Primal_Demon. Leader to the end.
- Scourge - Mosquito - 2nd in command of the Predacons
- Cyclonus - Doberman Pincher
- Squizzle - Squirrel
- Starscream - Vampire Bat.
- Pantha - Panther
- GrimWolf - Dire Wolf
- Neo - Energy - See OTHER below
- Galvatron - Panther - Former Supreme Leader of the Predacons - Deceased
- Fireclaw - Dragon - Successor to Galvatron's Leadership - Deceased
- CyberLord - Panther - Deceased
- Darksky - Dragon - Later renamed Shampoo. Winterblast's spark sister - Deceased
- Eelanya - [[Electric Eel] - Deceased
- Cobron - Cobra Snake - Deceased
- Chamelio - Chamelion - Deceased
- Ballistik - Wolverine - Deceased
- White Wolf - Arctic Wolf - Deceased
- Deathfang - Wolverine - Deceased
- Tri_Flame - ??? - Deceased
- Anacondus - Anaconda Snake - Deceased
- Pharoah - ??? - Deceased
- Jhiaxus - ??? - Deceased
- Rubicant - ??? - Deceased
- ShockWave - ??? - Deceased
- Inferno3D - Fire Ant - Deceased
- Pirhanatron - Piranha Fish - Deceased
- DesertStalker - ??? - Deceased
- Terrortron - ??? - Deceased
- CobraTron - Cobra Snake - Deceased
- BlackJack - ??? - Deceased
- Captian - ??? - Deceased
- K-9 - Germen Shepard Dog - Deceased
- Carnage - ??? - Deceased
- Necropsy - ??? - Deceased
- Coyotebot - Coyote - Deceased
- BlastBlazer - ??? - Deceased
- Mercury - ??? - Deceased
- Saroth - ??? - Deceased
- FoxyVixen - ??? - Deceased
- FireStarter - ??? - Deceased
- StarScream24601 - ??? - Deceased - Starscream Clone
- Crippler - ??? - Hacking/Virus expert - Deceased
A third faction.
- Rezzurekt - Giant Panda - Leader of the Entrobots to the end.
- Tornatron - ??? - Died fighting Optimus-Gold, which lead to Optimus's golden armor upgrade - Deceased
- Wind Reaper Dragon
The character of Unknown was a Vok-Like character within the fiction. Originally joining the Maximals as The Unknown, then after an arguement with Optimus-Gold, joined the Predacons as Vengence, but was really a double agent and took the Maximal name Darkfire. But more lies and deception, he would then take his rule as the Leader of the Predacons after the death of Fireclaw as the powerful Predacon, Primal Demon. Later Fireclaw's spark got his revenge and killed Primal Demon and his undead energy (Found out not to be Cybertronian in origin) remained as a being called Neo for the rest of the Beast Wars saga.
- The 1998 Trannies (7/10) Posted March 19, 1999 to alt.toys.transformers.classic.moderated. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
- The 1999 Trannies! (part 7 of 12) Posted May 10, 2000 to alt.toys.transformers. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
- https://groups.google.com/forum/#!original/alt.toys.transformers/NTBAxqm_FMg/a0iemeYpnncJ The 2000 Trannies! (7/11, repost)] Posted March 29, 2001 to alt.toys.transformers.classic.moderated. Retrieved June 17, 2016.