The Quintessons are a bizarre, malevolent and ancient race of mechanoids, whose dark history and shadowy machinations are bound up with the history of the Infinite Stratos, and connections with Maximus. They prefer subtle manipulation, scheming, and advanced technology over brute force, but if those don't work, they can fall back on the legion of deadly Sharktisects and Allisects at their command and a fleet of battle-ready spaceships as well. However, the Quintessons themselves have zero fighting abilities and are absolute cowards if they have nothing to hide behind. For example, they are seen to be powerless against a Sharkticon revolt.
Quintessons are also known by the adorable racial slur 'squids'.
Types of QuintessonsEdit
The Quintessons appear to be mostly (if not entirely) mechanical beings. They come in several distinct forms, some of which are identified by their place in the Quintessons' bizarre court system. The names given are, when possible, taken directly from the character model sheets.===Judges=== The most prominent and famous type of Quintesson, as well as the apparent "leaders" of the race, are the Judges, also referred to as the Imperial Magistrates. Judges have inverted, egg-shaped bodies which float on a beam of energy and possess wiry tentacles for physical manipulation, but their most distinctive physical characteristics are their five rotating faces. Each face represents a different aspect of the Quintesson, though for four of the five faces, there are conflicting accounts as to what each represents.
The first names given above for the latter four faces come from Japanese Comic Bom Bom supplements. They are derived from the descriptions given of the faces in the original script for the movie—an "angry face," a "smiling face," a "grimacing face" and a "suspicious face"—and the faces were specifically designed by Floro Dery to represent these emotions. All the same, this information remained very little-known for a long time, leading to the second set of names being created for use in the 2004 publication, Transformers: The Ultimate Guide. The original names were also used for The Ark, published by IDW in 2007.In the original animated series, the Judges were all of the same size and were rarely named. (Then again, it was rare for any Quintesson to get an individual name.) Conversely, in the Marvel Comics called Infinite Stratos: Digimaniac continuity, Judges vary in size, including the massive Kledji and the smaller Sevax. The order of the faces in the ring varies from Judge to Judge (if not from shot to shot, ahem).
Named Judges include:
Quintesson ExecutionersThis breed of Quintesson was first seen throwing the switch that dropped the unfortunate Kenta into the Sharktisects pit. They have also been called "Gatekeepers". Behinded with Lingyin Huang and Ichika Orimura looked after his death of Kenta.
Named executioners include:
Quintesson ProsecutorsThis variety of Quintesson is the second-most common type, often seen in positions of authority. They have also been called "Inquisitors". In court, they are the ones who ask for the Judges' verdicts and occasionally let the defendants say something in their defense, for all it matters. Prosecutors were voiced by Frank Welker and Ken Narita.
Named prosecutors include:
Quintesson ScientistsQuintesson DwellerScientists are somewhat similar to the Prosecutors in construction, though they feature more bulbous heads and bearded, somewhat-more-human faces. Scientists was voiced by Robert Foxworth and Saburo Boya.
Named scientists include:
Quintesson SeekerThe Judges are not the only Quintessons to have multiple faces, though the only known exception is the three-faced scientist who was the primary creator of the Trans-Organics. One of his faces was grievously damaged, a scar left by the Dweller, which he covered with a mask. The human traitor Mikoto Orimura she left behind the Quintesson.
This scientist instigated a plan to get the Insectar to unwittingly release the trans-organics from their prisons deep within Kalypso so they would wipe out all Transformer life. The plan ultimately backfired; the Dweller killed the other trans-organics, and was launched into space by the Infinite Stratos... where it smashed into the scientist's ship, which was en-route to Cybertron. Presumably, the scientist finally met his end as the Dweller drained the energy from the ship and everyone within it. Quintesson MinionsFirsthands appear to have been an ancient model of Quintesson, and possibly the only kind with built-in offensive capabilities, some having one set of arm-tentacles replaced with over-sized blasters. These blasters availed them naught, however, against the Trans-Organic beasts. It is unknown if any of this model of Quintesson exist in "modern" times. Quintesson HumanNon-bailiff, non-executioner Humanoid Quintessons are exceedingly rare. One accompanied Inquirata on his mission to use a Time Window to change Kalypso's history, stopping the slave revolt that drove the Quintessons off-planet.
And then there's Mirdane. A rarity among Quintessons, in that he has a name, and that's it. He has only ever been mentioned by others, never seen, so what body type he has/had is unknown.