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777 Stairs

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"Is this far enough down?"
"We want it to take them time to reach the bottom, but not all of their days."
— Two Great Beings, Inferno
777 Stairs
777 Stairs Vezon.png
Location
Status Dismantled
Position Southern Continent (Voya Nui)


The 777 Stairs are the set of stairs leading down to the Chamber of Life in the Voya Nui region of the Southern Continent.

History

The entrance to the 777 stairs

Over 100,000 years ago, two Great Beings traveled to Voya Nui, carrying the Kanohi Ignika with them. Using a powerful tool, the side of Mount Valmai was blasted over and over again, creating the 777 Stairs over a period of several hours. Along the stairs, various rooms, including the Chamber of Death, Zone of Nightmares, and at the end, the Chamber of Life were made. Guardians, such as Umbra and several Protodax were positioned along these stairs to ensure the safety of the mask, waiting to challenge anyone who journeyed down the stairs. These guardians were not responsible for stopping any beings climbing the stairs, only descending them.

Another entrance to the stairs was concealed in an area of the Green Belt, and was covered with a fake rock wall.

During the Great Disruption, Toa Jovan and his team made their way to the bottom of the stairs, and retrieved the Mask of Life to be used in Karda Nui, costing the life of a member of the team in the process. The surviving members of the team later returned to Voya Nui and traveled along the stairs to return the mask to the Chamber of Life.

Much later, Piraka Vezon traveled to the bottom of the 777 Stairs, seized the Kanohi Ignika, and was fused to it. Later, during a battle between Piraka Hakann and Thok in the Green Belt, the explosion of a heat pocket destroyed the fake wall. The Piraka descended down the stairs, and the Toa Inika later followed.

During their descent, the Piraka were trapped in stone cylinders and were told by the creator of the 777 Stairs that if they all pulled a lever at the same time, they would all be freed. In addition, if only one pulled the lever before the others, only that being would be freed, dooming the others. Reidak did so, and the six Piraka fell into a pool of water, but managed to escape on a plain of hardened magma. The Toa Inika later reached the plain as well. The Inika and Piraka fought here. Victorious, the Piraka were the first to reach the Chamber of Life.

The secret entrance of the stairs in the Green Belt

While pursuing the Kanohi Ignika soon after, the Toa Inika followed the same path they took on their way down. As the Toa ascended, a poem about the Pit formed at their feet:

Beware the depths of darkness
That wait with chill embrace,
For those doomed to dwell within the pit
Can never leave that place.
No one will know your fate
If taken by the shadowed sea,
Only whispers of the waves will say
Death has at last claimed thee.

When Teridax was killed in the Battle of Bara Magna, the 777 Stairs were severely damaged, and the Matoran evacuated to Spherus Magna. Later, the 777 Stairs, along with all other locations in the Matoran Universe, were dismantled.[OGQ: Dec 13 2010, 04:34 PM][1]

Appearances

Books Comics Online

Novels

Ignition

Animations

References

  1. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 18 August 2014