Where Worlds Collide and Galaxies Sing...
Going through and updating some of my files, I decided to post this to give people a bit of a general idea of where I'm coming from with some of what I have posted. Below is a response I posted to another person's question some months ago in September 2011 regarding intimacy and gender among Transformers as robotic beings, fictional though they are. While I do realize that Transformers is very much fictional as we know them, I wanted to approach the subject from a theoretical plausibility point of view. Thus I drew on the various subjects I have studied based on the laws of physics and such we as humans have learned over time, which are universal. Approaching something like this from a human egocentric viewpoint is not only erroneously impractical, it is also arrogant and honestly wholly wrong. Just because they seem bipedal does not mean they would reproduce in the same way, especially with the fact that they are robotic beings made of various metal alloys, not organic carbon based life like us. Thus my explanation below.
I probably have a rather skewed view since I've actually studied real world mechanics, mechanical engineering, and robotics. What I refer to as "human interfacing" or "organic style interfacing" of robots having the same equipment we do and one penetrating the other in this way just doesn't make logical sense to me. For me, such equipment would not be natural to their biology, nor would they have what amounts to as an anal port. Their exhaust systems would simply be vents on their sides, back, or even shoulders (or smoke stacks in the case of mechs like Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus) to expel hot gasses from their heat exchange system, thus they "breathe" in a similar fashion that we do but for a completely different reason; to intake cool air (or water if submerged) and expel hot air (or water if submerged). They would vent a "sigh" in a similar fashion as well. But any waste byproducts of their fuel or fluid system would be processed and consumed through a secondary "engine" system, leaving only gasses as a byproduct of their fuel consumption which is expelled through the same vent system.
They would have a cyber neural tendril in each arm and a protected neural port at the base of their cranial plate where the neck meets the head, through which they can pass data back and forth by plugging into the neural port with their tendrils or simply by letting their tendrils connect to each other (think James Cameron's Avatar "bonding"). They would also have an interface module in their abdominal cavity containing a cable with a matching port below where the cable emerges from. These contain a heavy fluid tube surrounded by a series of smaller Energon tubes, which are in turn surrounded by much smaller tubes that house neural threads. The primary purpose of this system would be to provide life support, passing vital fluids, Energon, and even nano repair cells (through the fluid tube) to another Transformer and to soothe their sensory neural system (take away the pain from any damage sustained) through a one way interface, the healthy robot plugging their cable into the damaged one's port. A mutual (2-way) interface can be for anything from easing stress and calming nerves between two friends or family members after something emotionally traumatic (such as war), to sharing deep intimate pleasure, since they can link to each other's neural systems.
Touching particularly sensitive areas such as sensory horns on the head, heat exchange vents, or lighted accents on the chassis would heighten any intimate contact. "Kissing" is a purely human thing (and not all human cultures even "kiss", look at Inuits for example) and not something they would normally do, but touching their forward sensory array in their foreheads together would amount to essentially the same thing as "kissing". All of their kind have this forward sensory array, thus why touching their foreheads together would be the common expression of affection among Transformers. This doesn't mean they can't "kiss" and after observing humans "kissing" they may even experiment with such contact, provided that both mechs actually have exposed mouths.
Spark melding creates an irrevocable bond between two, and through Spark melding, a strong enough power surge between them can spawn a new Spark which is then housed in a special chamber just below their laser core (which houses their own Spark) until a protective pod is formed. This specialized chamber is the Sparkling Chamber mentioned in some of my info files.
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However, after observing organic species' mating behaviors, they could theoretically have artificially installed a bio-sensory rod and portal within their lower groin casement experimentally to see what all the hubub is about, and it's possible that such was done long ago by their ancestors and the system could theoretically have perpetuated itself within their biology over the generations, but forgotten and left unknown and undiscovered for a long time by later generations until they encountered organic species again and rediscovered this lost system, IF it was even there at all. But this system, if present, would be a single cavity which houses the sensory rod with enough room to accommodate another Transformer's sensory rod to allow one to enter the other or allow both to enter each other, thus "coupling" in this way for pleasure. Again, this would be an artificially installed system, not a native system for the species as it serves no logical or vital function and is strictly experimental at best (they have other ways of giving each other pleasure after all).
Which brings us to gender. Robotic beings would have no gender of any form, they are all structurally and biologically identical, with only their outward build and armor design to differentiate one from another. Thus there would be no gender bias among them at all, and inherently would default to a single pronoun for each other (typically masculine in human language). Some would choose to identify as feminine, but would be treated no differently than any other mechanoid (mech) of their kind. So their apparent gender would be strictly an apparition of their personality archetype and nothing more, and any mech could interface with, bond with, and Spawn with, any other mech, whether their personality archetypes were masculine, neutral, or feminine.
Native Cybertronian Terminology would be as follows:
Mech - short for Mechanoid or Mechanical Being and refers to any Transformer. This is a genderless term.
Bot - short for Autobot, which is in turn short for Autonomous Robot, the term for their entire race just as we call ourselves Human. This is a genderless term.
Con - short for Decepticon which identifies a militant separatist faction who chose conquest, power, and control over peaceful unity and equality with their brethren. This is a genderless term.
Cybertronian - refers to any native being from Cybertron, just as Terran or Earthling refers to any creature native to our planet. This is a genderless term.
Masculine and feminine terms and pronouns would be used only on a case by case basis as chosen by a given individual and only when speaking with organic beings (such as humans) in that species native language since Transformers have no gender biased terms or pronouns in their own language. The term "femme" is strictly slang and not a native term, and the term "mech" does not equate to masculine, it is simply short for "mechanoid" or "mechanical being" and in and of itself is a genderless term.
Do note that Transformers do not use the terms "Parents", "Father", "Dad", "Daddy", "Mother", "Mom", "Mommy", etc to refer to Transformers who have Spawned offspring. Transformer "Parents" are actually referred to as "Progenitors" and their young are "Podlings" (while inside the pod), "Hatchlings" (for the first Ano-Cycle after emerging from the pod), "Sparklings" (young Transformers not yet capable of transforming), or "Mechlings" (during their juvenile stage). Progenitors are also called "Alpha" (the dominant or stronger of the pair) and "Beta" (usually smaller than the "Alpha"). Usually it is the "Beta" who carries while the "Alpha" instinctively becomes more aggressively protective of their "Bond Mate", who can not Transform while still carrying the developing pod. It is for this reason that the "Beta" of the pair is often also also called "Carrier", though in the case of Spark Twinning, the "Alpha" can also carry.
In cases of "Forced Spawning", there is only one "Progenitor", the "Alpha", who is also the "Carrier" of the new Sparkling. Also note that the "Progenitors" often refer to their offspring as their "Sparkling", regardless of the young Mech's age, in much the same way human parents refer to their own offspring as their children, even when their children are grown adults.
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