So i'm going to be running a transmechs game, but after creating the majority of NPCs i've hit a creative block. I can't decide on names or alt-modes for the leader of either side. I just can't think of anything that'd do the leadership position justice.
Some of my irl players post on these boards, so i'll put the specifics in a spoiler tag.
Autobot leader: unwilling leader, older than the others, soldier type 'I'm no leader, I just look after my own'.
Decepticon leader: tactical genius, uncompromising, no mercy; not 'evil' per se, but will do *anything* to win
Last of all, I need to stat-up Shockwave(!). The players will be leading an infiltration team into Polyhex to access Lord Straxus's Spacebridge, so that they can travel to Earth and reinforce Prime's troops. However, being the Decepticon capital, I was going to have Shockwave in charge of defense, and have him as a sort of 'boss' encounter. They don't have to kill him, just drive him off or get past him. Now, I want to scare the shit out of them (he *is* second in power only to Megatron...) but I don't want to butcher them in the first session. Ideas?