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"Beware the depths of darkness
That wait with chill embrace,
For those doomed to dwell within the pit
Can never leave that place."
— Riddle on the 777 Stairs, Inferno
Maxilos (all formerly)
|Position||Far southern part of the Matoran Universe|
The Pit was a jail used by the Order of Mata Nui to imprison those who were considered irredeemable.
The Pit was constructed thousands and thousands of years ago for the Order of Mata Nui to house the universe's criminals and villainy. They carved it out of an entire dome and assigned Hydraxon as its jailer and the Maxilos robots as its guardians. Order member Botar was tasked with locating and retrieving the criminals and depositing them in the jail.
A thousand and one years before the awakening of the Great Spirit Mata Nui, Makuta Teridax brought about the Great Cataclysm, which shattered the roof of the dome and flooded it. Hydraxon was severely injured in the quake and was later killed by Takadox, a Barraki inmate. The prisoners not killed in the cataclysm took this chance to escape and fled to the ocean above, where they were mutated by the sea water. The six Barraki warlords, who had been inmates and survived the cataclysm, established themselves as rulers of the ocean and took command of many sea creatures. The surviving Maxilos robots journeyed into the ocean as well, hunting down escaped prisoners. A band of Zyglak eventually moved into the ruins of the destroyed jail, thriving in the solitude.
Over the next thousand years, the Barraki established their domain, harassing the Matoran of Mahri Nui who had survived a devastating fall from the island above. Mantax would frequently search through the jail, searching for an object he believed would reveal the traitor amongst them. During their search for the Ignika, the Barraki found a Po-Matoran named Dekar who was in possession of the mask. Though the Barraki managed to wrest it from him, the mask used its energy to transform him into the deceased jailor Hydraxon, creating his replica. Unaware of the circumstances surrounding his death, Hydraxon set out to recapture the escaped prisoners.
While rounding up escapees, Hydraxon captured Toa Mahri Matoro, believing him to be an escaped prisoner. He imprisoned the Toa in a cell, and stationed a Maxilos robot as a guard. The robot, which was possessed by Teridax, spoke to Matoro and freed him.
The Order of Mata Nui, with the assistance of the Toa Nuva, managed to repair the jail with the Staff of Artakha, sealing the hole that had been made but leaving the prison flooded. Hydraxon eventually drained the Pit, and gave the mutated inmates water breathing devices to help them survive. The Order of Mata Nui, who had been keeping several beings in their own prison, began to use it as a jail once more. Roodaka and Karzahni were transferred from cells on Daxia to the Pit for their monstrous crimes.
Though he initially clashed with them, Hydraxon eventually recruited Lesovikk and Sarda in recapturing escapees. The Order sent them a message requiring Hydraxon to release the four Barraki to assist the Order in their war. Hydraxon and Lesovikk later left to assist the war efforts, leaving the Maxilos robots to round up the remaining prisoners.
After Teridax took control of the Matoran Universe, he left whatever servants of his that were in the Pit imprisoned there, believing them to be incompetent for letting themselves get caught. Mata Nui, after defeating Teridax, used the energy of a Prototype Robot and the Ignika to undo the mutations done by the Pit Mutagen, and also gave the prisoners the ability to breathe air.
The prisoners of the Pit were transferred to Spherus Magna after the Great Spirit Robot was damaged. Karzahni escaped during the move, but was later found dead at the bottom of Iron Canyon. Later, the Pit, along with all other locations in the Matoran Universe, was dismantled.[OGQ: Dec 13 2010, 04:34 PM]
The Pit has an entire dome to itself, filled with jail cells housing the universe's most notorious criminals. After the Great Cataclysm, the Pit was a submerged wreckage, containing little more than Rahi and a few Zyglak. After the Staff of Artakha was used, the Pit was restored to its former state, and the water within it was later drained.
- The Barraki
- Brutaka (released)
- Karzahni (escaped; now deceased)
- Nocturn (deceased)
- Roodaka (transferred to Spherus Magna)
- An alternate Tuyet (deceased)
- An unnamed Skakdi (deceased)
- The five unnamed prisoners (transferred to Spherus Magna)
- The leaders of the Matoran Civil War (transferred to Spherus Magna)
These beings formerly ran the Pit, and ensured its captives stayed imprisoned:
- In 2007, LEGO Brickmaster arranged the BIONICLE Prisoners of the Pit Building Challenge, encouraging readers to build the prisoners of the Pit. The five winners of the contest were published in an issue of Brickmaster later in 2007. In 2011, the BZPower Bionicle Story Squad convinced Greg Farshtey to canonize the models. However, the names were not canonized, because that would require sending them through LEGO's legal team.
- Greg Farshtey indicated that the Order, in cooperation with the Agori, would likely establish an equivalent to the Pit on Spherus Magna. This installation might be guarded by both the Maxilos robots and the Glatorian. Hydraxon, meanwhile, might eventually become a bounty hunter of sorts.
Prisoners of the Pit Building Challenge Winners
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