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- The Authority is a legendary Transformer from the Beast Wars portion of the Generation One continuity family.
The mysterious Authority is the leader of the Transformers who have retreated to the sanctuary of the paraphysical nightmare realm J'nwan. Although the group appears to make all decisions as a collective, it is the Authority who vocally communicates with those brave, foolish or desperate enough to seek them out.
Sandstorm, the leader of a rebellion in a 32nd century firmly under the heel of the tyrannical Shokaract, entered J'nwan to plead with the heroes of Cybertron's past for aid. He hoped to convince them to join the fight against the Predacon warlord. After a mind-crushing journey which left all of his companions dead or deranged, Sandstorm finally found an audience with the Authority and his brethren, but they declined to help, with the Authority stating that their time was past and the war was no longer their war. The Authority then in some way manipulated Sandstorm's trip out of J'nwan such that it was comparatively short and simple.
Despite the Authority's statement, the ancient Transformers of J'nwan did indeed join in the fight against Shokaract when the time came, with Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Megatron and Soundwave travelling to prehistoric Earth. Whether the Authority was among their number is not clear.
The travellers returned to J'nwan during the timestorm resulting from Shokaract's death and the destruction of the Dark Essence. What effect any of these actions had on their native timeline, and whether the Authority and his kin reside in J'nwan in any other timeline, is not revealed.