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Bohrok Online Animations

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The Bohrok Online Animations were a series of animations released one at a time on BIONICLE.com during the course of 2002, each accompanied by a report of the event written by Takua the Chronicler. These reports can be read here. The animations were created by Templar Studios, the same studio that created the Mata Nui Online Game. Thus, the animations portray characters and settings in the same style as the Mata Nui Online Game.

They take place during the Bohrok Saga, and relate stories of the Matoran of Mata Nui attempting to defend against the destructive acts of the Bohrok.

Tahnok Surround Po-Koro, Matoran lost in fray

The Tahnok bears down on Hafu.

The sun is shining down on the Mata Nui carving of a Po-Wahi waysign. Suddenly, dark soot-filled clouds obscure the sky and embers fly through the air. The stone is melted by a fiery blast. A cloud of smoke appears in the distance behind the Path of Prophecies.

Turaga Onewa, Huki, and Hafu watch the approaching cloud from the citadel walls of Po-Koro. Onewa declares that the village must be abandoned, reasoning that the Tahnok are too powerful to be resisted. Hewkii interjects that the only way out of the village is the main gate, which would lead the Po-Matoran right through the oncoming swarm. Thinking of a way to block the main gate, the Turaga and Huki realize that toppling the statues of the Path of Prophecies would accomplish this. Hafu does not approve of this plan, but the Turaga demands that it must be done. Onewa organizes a company to escort the Carver which Huki will lead.

As the Matoran company prepares to leave, a sentry of the citadel walls notifies them of sneak attack. The barricade of the main gate is melted in a fiery explosion, but before the Bohrok can attack, Hewkii notices the statues of the Path of Prophecies falling to block the entrance. The sentry reports that Hafu made it out and is responsible for felling the statues. However, in doing so, he cannot re-enter the village. As Huki shouts out in concern for his friend, a Tahnok bears down on Hafu.

Hafu Saved in Daring Rescue

Pohatu and Hafu hurtle over the wall.

As the Tahnok menaces Hafu, Turaga Onewa, Huki and members of the Po-Koro Guard watch from the citadel wall. Huki asks Onewa if he can try to rescue Hafu, but Onewa refuses, saying that nothing can be done to save the Matoran. As a Tahnok launches its Krana at Hafu, Toa Pohatu grabs the Matoran and takes him out of its path using his Kanohi Kakama. Pohatu looks around for a way to escape and notices a see-saw like rock formation. Calling upon the Kanohi Komau power of his Golden Kanohi, Pohatu uses Mind Control to project a thought into Hewkii's mind to kick a Kolhii Ball at the rock formation. Hewkii does so, and as the rock formation destabilizes, Pohatu grabs Hafu and the two are launched over the wall. Using the Kanohi Miru power of his mask, Pohatu and Hafu land safely. As Huki and Hafu reunite, Pohatu joins Onewa and another Matoran to watch the oncoming Tahnok swarm.

New Invention Saves Onu-Koro

A Lightstone casts a bright glow in an Onu-Wahi tunnel. Without warning, oncoming waves of water flood the tunnel entirely. Several Gahlok swim speedily through the tunnel. In Onu-Koro, Onu-Matoran flee towards a evacuation tunnel whose entrance is being supported by Taipu. Onepu, supervising the evacuation mounted on his Ussal Crab, curses the Bohrok and he glances back toward the village. One final Onu-Matoran runs to the tunnel entrance, but is engulfed by the oncoming flood. As the water draws closer, Onepu and his Ussal knock Taipu out from under the tunnel entrance, collapsing it and rescuing them from the flood.

The Onu-Matoran discover a disabled Gahlok.

Later, Onepu and Taipu regain consciousness. As they assess the damage and discuss the evacuation effort, a third set of green Matoran eyes approaches in the dark. Startled, the Ussalry Captain demands that that the Matoran identify himself. He introduces himself as Nuparu, a Tunnel Engineer. When asked if he has any light, Nuparu produces a Lightstone from his satchel. The light it casts reveals a Gahlok in front of them in the tunnel. The Matoran take a step back in fright, and Taipu loses his balance and falls. After a moment, Onepu reveals that there is nothing to fear as the Bohrok is disabled and its Krana removed. Onepu explains the nature of the Krana, such as how it ejects from the host body to attack, and how without it the Bohrok body shuts down. After receiving querying looks from Nuparu and Taipu, Onepu confesses that he learned this information from Turaga Whenua. The Ussalry Captain advises that the Matoran should start digging to get themselves out of the tunnel. However, Nuparu is distracted by the Bohrok and explains that he has an idea about how to escape.

The Onu-Matoran make a stand against the Bohrok.

With the help of Taipu and Onepu, Nuparu disassembles the Gahlok and builds an arc welding tool using materials from his satchel, including a Heatstone. The engineer works in secret in a far corner of the tunnel for a long period of time.

Back in the now-flooded Onu-Koro, Gahlok continue their destructive work until one of them hears activity behind a pile of earth. Suddenly, an explosion dislodges the pile and a large hulking silhouette appears. As the Gahlok ready themselves for battle, the silhouette approaches. It turns out to be a large mechanical device piloted by Nuparu. Nuparu christens the machine Boxor as he, Taipu and Onepu make a stand against the Bohrok.

Le-Koro Liberated!

The Boxor Pilots repair their vehicles outside the camp.

It is night time in Le-Wahi. On the jungle floor, a makeshift camp has been set up, with several Boxor vehicles stationed around it. Two Matoran emerge from the darkness and enter the well-lit tent. Inside, they are revealed to be Tamaru and Kongu of Le-Koro, who are warmly greeted by Takua and Nuparu. The Chronicler asks how many Le-Matoran escaped, and Kongu answers that they alone avoided their village's fate. He despondently says that Le-Koro is lost and that Toa Lewa has fallen to the Bohrok. Takua surprises them both by revealing that Lewa has been saved by Onua and that they have gone to join the other Toa. Tasked with helping Le-Koro, Takua expresses his confidence that Nuparu's Boxors can defeat the Bohrok. Kongu is not optimistic, explaining that the Bohrok breed that attacked Le-Koro, the Nuhvok, were invincible in the dense jungle. As he gazes outside the tent at Onu-Matoran Boxor pilots repairing one of the vehicles, he adds that only on "baldland" would the Boxors stand a chance. When asked for clarification from Nuparu about Kongu's dialect, Takua replies that the Le-Matoran means open country and that the Nuhvok are comfortable in tight quarters. Conceiving a plan, Takua shares it with the gathered Matoran.

The Krana-possessed Turaga Matau and Matoran of Le-Koro

The next morning, Le-Wahi appears to be peaceful. However, trees suddenly begin falling in a pattern that indicates a heated chase. In the jungle canopy, Kongu and Tamaru leap through the trees. On the jungle floor, a swarm of Nuhvok crashes through the trees after them. Arriving on the same branch, the Le-Matoran turn around to taunt the Nuhvok. Tamaru even takes off his mask and makes faces at them as he calls them names. Incensed, the Nuhvok at the base of the tree deftly crushes the trunk with its Earth Shields. As the tree begins to topple, the Le-Matoran leap from the branch and "windsprint" through the trees, continuing towards their destination. Following them are several Le-Matoran possessed by Lehvak Krana. Kongu and Tamaru arrive at a clearing in the jungle and turn to face their oncoming adversaries. As the Nuhvok approach, Turaga Matau, possessed by a Krana Za and accompanied by other possessed Le-Matoran, invites the free Matoran to join them. Two Nuhvok ready their Krana to be launched at Tamaru and Kongu. Suddenly, Kongu gives a signal and the possessed Le-Matoran are pulled into the ground into pits. Matau himself is captured by Takua and Nuparu. Platforms in the clearing rise to reveal the Boxor vehicles. As they advance towards the Bohrok, Kongu rallies them with a cry to go onward for Le-Koro.

Last Moment Save!

The waters of Naho Falls tumble into the bay below as a Pahrak Va appears on the cliffside. Suddenly, it is joined by a swarm of Pahrak. The Bohrok Va surveys the village of Ga-Koro, encircled by sharpened poles, in the bay before it.

The population of Po-Koro travels to Ga-Koro.

Outside a hut, Macku, Hahli, and Nuparu stand guard with a couple of Boxors. Inside, Jaller and Takua greet Turaga Nokama. Jaller explains that Turaga Vakama has instructed him and his Ta-Koro Guard to defend Ga-Koro. Nokama remarks that the protection comes none too soon, as the Pahrak already threaten the village. When asked to justify his presence in Ga-Koro, Takua tells the Turaga that he comes with Nuparu and the Boxors. All of a sudden, Kotu interrupts their conference to alert the Turaga that something is happening outside that the Ga-Matoran thinks the Turaga should see.

On the distant horizon, a fleet of Boats appear, carrying the Po-Matoran population of Po-Koro towards Ga-Koro. Onewa disembarks and the Turaga bow. The Turaga of Stone explains that their visit is in desperation because they have fled Po-Wahi and hoped to find sanctuary in Ga-Koro. However, he adds that they have "leaped from the puddle to the pond", referring to the imminent Pahrak invasion of Ga-Koro. Onewa admits that the Po-Matoran are exhausted from their journey and dislike water, but that they can still contribute to the defense. During this conversation, Huki and Macku exchange timid greetings. Hahli appears, notifying Nokama that the Pahrak have moved to the beach. Macku suggests that the causeway connecting Ga-Koro to the beach must be destroyed, to prevent the Bohrok from advancing on the town. Nokama agrees and orders the causeway dismantled.

Hewkii uses a Fishing Staff to save Macku.

As the Pahrak pound the stone gates of the causeway, Kotu, Macku and Hahli rip at the lilypad causeway with Fishing Nets. Macku is almost finished when a Pahrak uses its Stone Shields to destroy the gate, sending rocks and debris flying through the air. Just as a large boulder is about to fall on Macku, Huki strikes it with a Fishing Net. The rock strikes the causeway just as the Pahrak are advancing, destroying it and cutting the Bohrok off from the village.

Later that evening, Huki is sitting alone on the edge of one of Ga-Koro's lilypads. Macku joins him and thanks him for saving for her life earlier. As Huki wonders where the Bohrok have gone, Macku takes his hand and moves closer, suggesting that the Pahrak have retreated. They are interrupted by Jaller, accompanied by Takua and Hahli, who replies that Pahrak do not stop trying to solve a problem until they have found a solution. Hahli notices a noise, and the Matoran fix their gaze on the carved Kanohi Kaukau of the Naho Falls. It cracks and explodes, and the Matoran cry out in panic, the Pahrak then cross the bridge of rubble created by its destruction towards Ga-Koro.

Disaster in Ga-Koro!

The sun rises over the waters of Naho Bay as the light falls upon the destroyed monument of Gali's Kanohi Kaukau. Matoran scatter as the Pahrak invade Ga-Koro. Huts are destroyed as members of the Ga-Koro Guard attempt to fight back and Huki pulls Macku out of the path of a boat tossed by a Pahrak. The Boxor vehicles, led in formation by Nuparu, approach the Bohrok. However, the Bohrok flips the seaweed causeway, toppling the Boxors into the water. Because the Boxor pilots are strapped into their vehicles, Macku and Kotu are forced to dive in after them and rescue them. Huki pulls Macku out of the water, commenting that they are trapped but safe.

The Ga-Koro Guard fights back against the Pahrak.

Turaga Nokama notices a Pahrak Va approaching the swarm on the opposite lilypad. The Bohrok Va signals for the Bohrok to open its Krana hatch, and Nokama exclaims that the Pahrak are being fitted with Krana Vu. The Bohrok fold into balls and fly towards the hut on the Matoran's lilypad, punching holes in the roof and forcing the Matoran to dive out of harm's way. The Bohrok land on the lilypad and menace the Matoran.

Takua and Jaller, on a lilypad cut off from the rest of the Matoran, desperately try to think of a way to get over to the Bohrok. Meanwhile, on the other lilypad, the Matoran ready themselves for combat. Takua, with Jaller's cooperation, creates a slingshot from one of the Bamboo Poles used to barricade the village. Takua flips through the air and lands in front of the party, taunting the Bohrok by saying that if they harm any of the Matoran, they will have to deal with him.

After the Storm

Gali's Nuva Symbol appears.

Takua taunts the Pahrak as the gathered Matoran and Turaga prepare for a confrontation with the Bohrok. Suddenly, a blinding light is emitted from the Ga-Suva. Everyone present turns to stare at the phenomenon, as Gali's Nuva Symbol appears above the shrine. Macku turns to Turaga Nokama for an explanation, who realizes that this is a sign that the Toa have captured the Bahrag in a Toa Seal. All over the island, the light of the Suva reach up to the sky. Beams of radiant white light are directed through the Kanohi in the Ga-Suva and strike the Pahrak's faceplates. This severs their link with the Bahrag, and the Bohrok machines collapse to the ground. The threat of the Bohrok swarms has been ended.

Later, Takua, Jaller and Nuparu have organized the Pahrak to dump all of the Krana into one of the Krana Pits on the Ga-Wahi Beach, which is then sealed off by a Bohrok itself. As they depart, they witness the Po-Matoran playing with the Ga-Koro Fishing Staffs, which Huki explains to be a new form of Kolhii. As the Matoran gaze up at the reconstruction efforts of the Naho Falls Kaukau sculpture, Huki expresses his desire to return to Po-Koro. However, Macku drags him away for a swimming lesson. As Jaller and Takua share in a moment of camaraderie, Hahli attaches a flower to Jaller's Kanohi, which prompts him to join her on the beach. Takua watches them leave and then turns to face the sun. The waters of Ga-Wahi are peaceful once more.

Trivia

  • Between the first and second episodes, Templar made a distinctive change in some of the characters' Kanohi artwork, to better emulate that of the actual models. This is most noticeable in the Kanohi Pakari. Additionally, the first episode was the only one which employed the method of moving to the next line of speech via clicking a red arrow; the characters in the other episodes simply continue speaking automatically.
  • In the first episode, there is a wheeled cart in Po-Koro. This is one of the only examples of wheels being used in BIONICLE.
  • In the third episode, Nuparu's line "I'm an engineer, not a poet," is a reference to the catchphrase "I'm a doctor, not a ___," used by Dr. McCoy from Star Trek.

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