Space Knight armor
Though its technical name is Ore-12, the crystalline ore would become better known as Space Knight armor, after it became the hallmark of the Space Knights of the Solstar Order. Found in the Thrail Mineral Mine on Elonia, the armor offers complete life support and the ability to traverse interstellar without the need for spaceships (though a spaceship is much faster).
Through mathematical analysis, Shockwave saw that the Great War would devolve into nothing more than a struggle for resources and decided to create Regenesis to secure a future for his species. Ore-12 was fired to launch at Elonia, seeding the ground with a self-replicating Energon payload. Unbeknownst to Shockwave, Ore-12 crashed above the resting place of the Titan Emissary, who had been sabotaged to crash there as part of a long game by Shockwave's future self.
Circa 1800 to 1820, the race of alien shapeshifters known as the Dire Wraiths learned of the ore and sought to possess its power despite it being fatal to them. A recently graduated Rom was all that stood between the Wraiths and the ore and grabbed handful. To everyone's shock, the ore activated around Rom forming a symbiotic suit of armor that absorbed his Neutralizer and increased its power. Rom then instructed Livia and Fy-Laa to merge with the ore as well. The armor was adaptive and could change appearance based on the wearer's desires.
Once the threat had passed, the armor was studied by the Solstar Order who determined it made its wearers functionally immortal by drawing power, nutrients, and life support from the ambient energy around them. While Orphion was eager to get his own suit, Rom and Fy-Laa reminded the Order that they did not truly know what the ore was or all the risks it entailed.The armor proved capable of bonding to a variety of species in a myriad of forms. The armor was able to adapt to and around any innate powers these species had.
Further studies of the armor eventually revealed a cloaking mechanism, though it proved a massive drain on power reserves and was thus rarely used.It was also capable of rapid healing, to the extent that it could reattach severed limbs. It could even absorb weapons that were already part of another's armor. It could also generate shields. Physical damage to the armor (such as a weapon being destroyed) translated as pain to the wearer.
The armor prevented its pilot from feeling anything such as heat or cold on their skin. Stardrive was able to feel the freezing temperatures of Xetaxxis. Once the crisis on Xetaxxis had passed, Stardrive again displayed her unusual proficiency with the armor by removing hers, collapsing it back into a crystal which she gave to Rom. Later on, at a Solstar space station, Livia and Sata briefed new cadets on the armor's properties, stating that the person died upon donning the armor with only the Knight remaining which served as a tragic reminder to Rom of his inability to replicate Stardrive's feat.Atypically,
The Dire Wraiths continued in their attempts to acquire the armor only for to learn that when a Space Knight died, the armor died with them.They eventually acquired the intact remnants of Fy-Laa's armor.
On Earth, Rom discovered that the armor resonated with the Ore-13 and a Spacebridge hinting at its true Cybertronian origins. He later found it also resonated with the Micronauts' spaceship. In the following battle, the Dire Wraiths – supercharged by Ore-13 – managed to breach Rom's armor.
After learning how to perform enerchanges, Rom began to wonder if the act might hold the key to removing the armor.
The presence of the armor on Elonia meant it was targeted by Unicron in preparation for his attack on Cybertron. Along with Optimus Prime and Arcee, Rom discovered Emissary's resting place and that his bulk concealed a larger stockpile of Ore-12. Arcee grabbed a sample to examine only for it to begin bonding to her but she casually chucked it away before it could go any further than her wrist. Unicron eventually consumed Elonia, absorbing the Ore's power into himself.
- In the original Marvel Rom comic, the armor was composed of a metal known as Plandanium. IDW presumably did not use this name as it is most likely owned by Marvel.
- While some knights such as Nikomi and Q'b do not visibly have any armor on their bodies, Christos Gage suggested via Twitter that it would be present in some form (such as being reduced to energy), adapting to the organism in question.
- Ore-12 at the TFWiki