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"He was a viper, and Tuma had no wish to suffer his company any longer than was necessary."
— Narrator, Empire of the Skrall
Metus
Agori
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Set Metus.png
Agori
Tribe Ice (formerly)
Occupation Glatorian trainer/recruiter (formerly)
Trader (formerly)
Tools Ice Axe
Ice Shield (both formerly)
Status Alive
Location Spherus Magna
Pronunciation May-tus
Set number 8976
Metus
Agori
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TLR Metus Snake.png
Transformed
Status Reverted to an Agori
Pronunciation May-tus

Metus was a self-serving and traitorous Agori of the Ice Tribe living on Bara Magna. He was later transformed into a snake by the Kanohi Ignika after his betrayal was discovered, but has since turned back.

Biography

Early life

Before the Core War, Metus lived on Spherus Magna under the rule of the Element Lord of Ice. He worked in an Ice army training camp during the Core War, helping prepare warriors for battle. He was a part of the last Ice Tribe group to migrate south to the site that would eventually become Iconox.

While traveling with a supply caravan during the war, Metus' group was ambushed by the Baterra. Unarmed at the time, Metus was spared from the assault, and made it to the intended destination of an Ice army outpost. He later realized it was due to his lack of armament that he had been allowed to live.

Bara Magna

Foundation of the Social System

At the time of the Shattering, Metus was in the desert region of the planet, which came to form a separate planet called Bara Magna. After the event, Metus concentrated on making deals with other villages. Once Exsidian was discovered in the area, Metus began selling the precious metal. However, he was extremely effective at his selling, and other villages threatened violence if they could not acquire the material. This prompted Certavus and other warriors to develop the Glatorian system to resolve these disputes.

With his experience working in training camps, Metus chose Glatorian tutoring as his profession. After initially working with Certavus, Metus then passed skills he learned on to fighters like Strakk and Gelu. Metus' career eventually evolved into organizing Arena Matches. Village leaders, lacking their own time, would hire Metus to coordinate matches.

Arrival of the Skrall

During one of his outings to another village, Metus was captured by the Rock Tribe, which had just joined the social system. Believing it to be the best option for his own preservation, he offered his assistance to Tuma, and began providing the Skrall with information on the various village defenses. He also started acting as an intermediary between the Skrall and the Bone Hunters.

In Vulcanus, Metus argued with Raanu about the Fire Tribe's need of a Glatorian. Metus insisted that no one would ally with the Fire Tribe if it meant fighting a Skrall. After the match there, Metus met with the Skrall warrior that had fought, and passed along information to him.

When an Agori sent by Raanu to seek help from several villages for Vulcanus arrived in Iconox, Metus approached him and accused him of trying to step in on his business. He believed the Agori was seeking some kind of personal gain, similar to himself, but offered a deal in exchange for the location of a desert spring. The Agori readily agreed and gave Metus the location. Metus bestowed Iconox's Favor upon the Agori and told him to seek out Strakk, with whom it would grant him an audience.

Metus was later approached by Tarduk, who borrowed three Sand Stalkers for a journey through the White Quartz Mountains.[1]

Raanu, Berix and Metus in the Arena Magna

In need of assistance to accompany a trade caravan to Vulcanus, Metus hired several Glatorian and Agori from Tesara. Despite the security, Metus felt the need for extra protection, and asked Strakk for help, but he refused. Metus was finally able to convince the Glatorian to come with them, at a steep price. Metus left the party to inform the tribal elders of the deal.

Metus visited Vulcanus, but was informed that the caravan he arranged had not yet arrived. Both he and Raanu hoped that the caravan arrived soon, to prevent the breakdown of the Glatorian system.

Tuma called for Metus, as he had received worrisome news about the Baterra. Metus was furious at the summons, which could have revealed his position as the traitor. He traveled to Roxtus, and was informed by Tuma about his plans to invade the city of Atero. Metus taunted the Rock Tribe leader by mentioning the Baterra, and implied that he could help him defeat the robot menaces. Tuma decided against killing the Ice Agori, despite his urges, and Metus bargained himself into a higher position.

War Against the Skrall

Metus, along with many other Agori, traveled to Atero, in order to view the Great Tournament. During a match, Metus and two other Agori, Raanu and Berix, decided to leave the arena to look for the Skrall, although Metus knew they were marching to attack Atero. Upon reaching outside of the city, the Agori saw the approaching army of Skrall. The Skrall easily overtook Arena Magna, but still allowed Metus to escape, so he could continue providing them with information. Metus later joined Tarix, Strakk, Gresh, Berix, and Raanu in a cavern in the wastelands.

Metus later saved Tuma and Stronius from several Baterra, by hiding his weapon and kicking the Skrall weapons away. When the two Skrall regained consciousness, Tuma accused him of leading the machines, but Metus disproved his accusations. He made Tuma promise him control of the Rock Tribe should something happen to the Skrall leader, which Tuma eventually agreed to.

When Vulcanus updated its fortifications, Metus managed to acquire a detailed copy of the plans. He later gave these plans to the Skrall, who in turn leaked them to the Bone Hunters.

After arranging a match between Ackar and Gresh, Metus traveled to Tajun to accompany the Jungle Tribe fighter, where he encountered Gelu. Metus attempted to get the Ice Tribe warrior to rejoin arena fighting, but was unsuccessful. Metus and Gresh set out for Vulcanus, accompanied by Gelu.

Near Vulcanus, the trio discovered a convoy of Agori, attempting to fix a caravan with a broken wheel. Metus attempted to ride on, for fear of Vorox, but was stopped by Gresh, who helped the Agori repair the wheel. The group was later attacked by a pack of Vorox, though the two fighters managed to drive them off, and arrived safely in Vulcanus.

After the discovery of the Bone Hunters plans to raid, Metus assisted the village in constructing traps, in order to continue hiding his betrayal. The traps were seemingly successful, but the Bone Hunters later doubled back and attacked from the south, after Metus left the village.

Metus, as he was packing up to leave Vulcanus, was approached by Raanu, who was seeking new Glatorian. Metus initially rebuffed the desperate Fire Tribe leader, but was able to barter to an extremely high price, and requested to promote a match between Ackar and Strakk.

Metus searching for shelter in the Wastelands

When returning to Vulcanus for business, Metus encountered the Agori Kyry, and heard of the Bone Hunters' defeat by Glatorian. Marveling at the incredibility of the event, Metus noticed a shooting star entering Bara Magna's atmosphere and striking the ground near where he was traveling. Initially dismissing it, Metus eventually decided to investigate the source, and drove toward it.

Arrival of Mata Nui

As he approached the crash site, Metus encountered an armored stranger. Deciding that he was not an enemy, Metus offered the stranger a ride to Vulcanus. The mysterious being introduced himself as Toa Mata Nui, and the pair set off. During their travels, they were attacked by a massive Sand Bat, which destroyed part of the vehicle. Though he wanted to flee from the creature, Metus was convinced by Mata Nui to stand his ground, and the two managed to figure out a weakness and defeat the Sand Bat. Metus was impressed by Mata Nui's skills, and resolved to keep a closer eye on him, hoping that he could become Vulcanus' new Glatorian, and bring Metus the large fee he had bargained with Raanu for earlier.

Metus in Vulcanus in The Legend Reborn

The two traveled to Vulcanus, where they witnessed the Arena Match between Ackar and Strakk. Strakk attacked Ackar after conceding the match, and Mata Nui leaped into the ring to protect the Fire Tribe warrior. Metus was impressed by the bold move, and approached Mata Nui after the fight, and asked Mata Nui to become Vulcanus' new Prime Glatorian, or a Glatorian for any other village. Mata Nui rejected the offer, despite Metus' insistence that it would be of benefit to him.

Metus later traveled to Sandray Canyon, where he passed along messages between the Skrall and the Bone Hunters, who were preparing to raid the village of Tajun. While there, he noticed the presence of Mata Nui, Ackar, and Kiina, and sent several Bone Hunters after them.

While Metus was watching a match between Tarix and Vastus, Mata Nui and his allies arrived in the Tesara arena. Ackar announced the end of the match system, and urged that the villagers unite. Metus later spied Kiina and Berix sneaking around the outskirts of the village, and had them captured and taken to Roxtus. He returned to Tesara afterwards, and reported their capture.

After Mata Nui defeated Tuma, Metus arrived in the arena, revealing himself as the traitor, as well as his plans to take control of both the Rock Tribe and the Bone Hunters. Metus ordered the assembled Skrall and Bone Hunters to attack the group, confident that they would be defeated. However, a massive creature composed of Scarabax beetles emerged from the sands, frightening the Skrall and Bone Hunters. Attempting to flee the scene in his vehicle, Metus was stopped by two angry Vorox, and cornered by Mata Nui. Metus desperately offered the warrior anything he wanted, though Mata Nui refused to listen. Mata Nui touched Metus to his mask, transforming the Ice Agori into a viper. Metus then slithered away, vowing revenge.

Metus after his transformation.

Disgrace and Exile

Not long after the Battle of Roxtus, Metus witnessed Mata Nui, Kiina, Ackar and Vastus attempting to excavate a trapped Thornatus in Sandray Canyon. He tried to push a large boulder onto the group, though the Scarabax Click discovered his ploy. Metus pursued the beetle, though when he finally cornered it, a large swarm of other Scarabax beetles arrived. The transformed Agori tried to reason with the insects, but was launched into the air by the beetles.

Metus soon lost the ability to dream, which troubled him, and caused him to abandon his vindictive planning. He was later approached by Sahmad and Telluris, two remaining members of the Iron Tribe. Sahmad recognized the Agori from something he was told by Rock Agori, and approached the snake, who mentioned to Sahmad that he could no longer dream.

Sahmad convinced Metus to retrace all his movements since his exile from society. Metus led the group to a small pool where he had stayed briefly and eaten rats. Following the discovery of a strange pattern in the ground, Telluris and then Metus were seized by tentacles that burst out of the earth and dragged them underground, followed later by Sahmad. Underground, Mata Nui's curse ended, and Metus became an Agori again, meeting up with Telluris. They found Sahmad in a room with the Sisters of the Skrall and the creature responsible for the plague. The three ran to the surface of Spherus Magna, where they encountered the creature once more. The creature revealed her name to be Annona, and left to find other things to feed on. Metus refused to go after the creature with Sahmad and Telluris, but Sahmad convinced Metus to accompany them, citing his lack of safe locations to retreat to. Sahmad led Metus and Telluris to Annona, and they jumped into it as she teleported, and the three found themselves on Aqua Magna. Metus, Sahmad, and Telluris scaled the nearby cliffs to a fortress, where they found many Skakdi trapped in Annona's illusions. As the three watched, Annona was confronted by the Golden-Skinned Being, and the two began to fight.

During the fight, Annona was impaled by special rock spikes created by the Golden-Skinned Being. Sahmad noticed that those were the only physical objects that were able to hurt Annona, and enlisted Metus in acquiring one after Annona had freed herself from them. Metus was initially reluctant, but eventually helped Sahmad. After Sahmad attacked Annona with the broken spike, Metus retreated from the area.

Still traumatized by his transformation, Metus has begun a period of reflecting on his past failures and is considering his possible courses of action in the future.[2]

Abilities and Traits

Metus was known for his eloquent speaking and for being very persuasive. He put the talent to use by being a recruiter and trader.

Metus was very concerned with his own safety and well-being, and made a deal with the Skrall to keep himself safe in the inevitable conflicts. He is also very ambitious, and planned to take control of the Rock Tribe and the Bone Hunters after Tuma's defeat.

Metus was transformed by the Kanohi Ignika into a snake-like creature. This later wore off, and he was returned to his original form.

Tools

Metus carried an Ice Axe and an Ice Shield, the latter of which was given to him by a Glatorian as payment.[3] Both these tools were abandoned by Metus after his transformation.

BIONICLE.com Stats

STRENGTH: 7 AGILITY: 7
TOUGHNESS: 8 MIND: 9

Set Information

Metus as a set

Metus was released as a set in early 2009, containing fourteen pieces.

Quotes

"You look pretty good with that sword. Ever think about fighting in the arena?"
— Metus, BIONICLE.com
"I could always pick a winner."
— Metus, BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn
"I'm not a coward; just a good businessman."
— Metus, BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn

Trivia

  • Metus was voiced by David Leisure in The Legend Reborn.
  • In an illusion given to Sahmad, Metus was rescued with Sahmad from Annona, but was still afflicted by the plague. In an attempt to save him, the Ignika was used to turn him back into an Agori. However, Metus died a few months later.

Appearances

Books Comics Online Multimedia

Super Chapter Books

Early Readers

Guides

Activity

Glatorian

Graphic Novels

Story Serials

Films

Online Games

Card Games

References

  1. BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 20 March 2009
  2. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 21 August 2013
  3. BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 6 February 2009

See also

External links