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The Axalon is a Maximal exploration vessel whose mission was to explore and survey uninhabited worlds, seeding them with stasis pods so that those Transformers within could adopt the appearance of local lifeforms and conduct research undisturbed. However, she was called upon to intercept and pursue a stolen Predacon starship, and was subsequently never heard from again by her superiors.
When Megatron's band of Predacon criminals stole the Golden Disk and escaped in their stolen ship, the Darksyde, the Maximal science vessel Axalon was the only ship close enough with the Transwarp engines needed to pursue him.
Her crew at the start of the Beast Wars appears to have been newly assembled and the captain, Optimus Primal, was new to command. However, the Axalon itself had already been in service for at least a while. The Dinobot Airraptor once served aboard her before the Beast Wars as interplanetary surveyor and navigator.
The Axalon engaged the Darksyde in battle as soon as both starships came out of transwarp, chasing the Predacon ship to a primitive world that would later be revealed as Earth. Outgunned by the Darksyde, the Axalon's engines were severely damaged and she was slowly dragged towards the surface by the planet's gravitational pull. Realizing their ship would not survive, their cargo of stasis pods were launched into safe orbit from the rear docking bay. Despite this grim setback, Optimus Primal was not willing to allow their enemies to escape, and so he ordered the forward plasma cannon to be fired at the Darksyde, a well-targeted shot that crippled the Predacon warship. Soon afterward, both ships crash-landed.
After crashing on Earth the Axalon became the Maximals' base of operations. Still flight worthy, the Axalon took her last trip into the air when the Maximals were able to salvage parts from the Darksyde, when the Predacons faked their own deaths in an energon explosion with the goal of taking the ship for themselves. Rattrap noted that the ship was so damaged that they would have to go straight home after collecting their remaining stasis pods, but althoug the ship was able to lift off, after Megatron gained access to the ship, the damage he inflicted in the subsequent fight caused the ship to crash-land once again, the resulting damage ensuring that the Axalon would never fly again.
After Megatron's attempt to alter history, she was further destroyed by Predacon forces, as Rampage and some of Tarantulas's spider drones pulled her off the cliff that she was straddling. The ship's forward quarter, including the command center, split off and fell first, landing on dry land. The remainder, including her drives and primary computer center, fell afterward and sank into the lake. The remains of the command center were salvaged to help fortify the Ark against Predacon attack. Rattrap would later undertake a dangerous mission below the lake's surface to salvage the Sentinel shield control module; a simultaneous underwater battle between Rampage and Depth Charge sent the ship's remains plummeting even further into the lake's depths .
It would appear the Maximals left the remains of the Axalon behind when they returned to Cybertron.
As strange as it sounds (and looks), the Axalon was a science vessel, but is scantily armed and even then primarily for defensive purposes. However, her main forward plasma cannons have enough power to cripple Predacon ships (such as the Darksyde) with several well-targeted shots.
Her rear docking bay can launch stasis pods in the event of an emergency.
Beast Wars Tenth Anniversary
- Optimus Primal (2006)
- A small-scale toy of the Axalon was included.
- Another starship of the Axalon's class was used by Ironhide's team in the Timelines story Descent Into Evil.
- Another very similar starship, possibly Axalon-class or meant to evoke it, was used in the Robots in Disguise continuity by an Autobot who would eventually be reprogrammed into Scourge .