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"I'll see this city reduced to rubble ... with not even two bricks still together ... before I let your kind take root here."
Turaga Dume to Vezok, Legacy of Evil

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Dume
Matoran Toa Turaga
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Ta-Matoran
Occupation Unknown
Kanohi Kiril[1]
Tools Unknown
Status Transformed
Pronunciation DOO-ma

Dume is a Turaga of Fire, and was the leader of Metru Nui. Formerly a Toa of Fire, he once commanded his own Toa Team, before becoming a Turaga.

Biography

Matoran

Very little is known of Dume's life as a Matoran. However, it is known that he was transformed into a Toa and became the leader of his Toa team.

Toa

Dume was a Toa for thousands of years, during which he primarily fought against Rahi and the Dark Hunters. Over 17,000 years ago, he saved the life of a Ta-Matoran Crafter named Lhikan, and later had a hand in his transformation into a Toa. Some time within the next two thousand years, Dume became a Turaga and was then appointed the Turaga of Metru Nui.

Turaga Dume in Legends of Metru Nui

Turaga

Kanohi Dragon Incident

Four thousand years ago, Dume's rule was threatened by Dark Hunters. Three of their number, Avak, Reidak, and Vezok, released the Kanohi Dragon from its icy prison underneath Metru Nui. The beast wreaked havoc on the city for several hours, causing massive damage to the city, as well as incapacitating hundreds of Vahki units. After several hours of the rampage, Dume grew desperate, and sent a dozen Vahki to request assistance. The Turaga was cornered in his chambers by the three Hunters that released the Dragon, offering their protection. Dume refused them immediately, demanding that they exit his chambers. The Hunters threatened him, but stopped short of carrying out any such method of punishment by the arrival of Toa Lhikan, Toa Nidhiki, and the other Toa Mangai. The Toa convinced the Hunters to leave, and then defeated the Kanohi Dragon over the course of the next month. After a long debate, the Toa eventually transported the Rahi to Xia, promising Dume that they would return.

Tuyet's Betrayal

When a murdered Ta-Matoran was found in Metru Nui, Dume instructed Jaller to investigate. It was later discovered that a Toa of Water, Tuyet, was responsible for several murders of Matoran. After being defeated by Lhikan and Nidhiki, she was locked in the Coliseum as Lhikan and Dume decided upon a means of punishment, but she mysteriously disappeared overnight, taken by Botar to a pocket dimension.

Toa/Dark Hunter War

Over the course of the next thousand years, Dume dutifully defended his city against the invading forces of Dark Hunters. At some point, Thok tried to kidnap him, but the attempt failed, and an enraged Shadowed One declared war. As the fighting broke out, Dume was forced to hole up in the Coliseum, for fear of his life. It had seemed like a lost cause until Toa Naho managed to slip through the Dark Hunter ranks and retrieve help. Reinforcements of nearly a hundred Toa arrived, and the war escalated. Dume, however, was still forced to remain in the Coliseum, surrounded by a guard team at all times.

At some point, more reinforcements were requested, to be delivered discreetly on what were supposed to be supply boats. Lhikan sent one of the guard team, Nidhiki, to fetch them, without telling him what they actually were. Lhikan himself slipped out, and tracked Nidhiki to his meeting with the Hunters. The next day, Lhikan's forces ambushed the Dark Hunters, revealed Nidhiki's betrayal, and banished him from the island along with the Hunters, effectively ending the war.

Underwater Rahi Study

When ancient sea Rahi suddenly arrived on Metru Nui, Dume agreed to house the creatures in secrecy at the Archives. The project was approved and only known to the Chief Archivist, Onepu, Whenua and Mavrah. However the study was eventually scrapped after the Rahi began to riot and caused much damage to their chambers, almost killing Whenua in the process. Mavrah then stole the Rahi for himself before they could be removed quietly from Onu-Metru.

Dume's body in a Matoran Sphere

Great Cataclysm

Turaga Dume in one of Vakama's visions

A year and half before the Great Cataclysm, Dume was taken prisoner by Makuta Teridax and placed into a Matoran Sphere to stop him from interfering. Teridax masqueraded as Dume for the next eighteen months, hiring three Dark Hunters to eliminate what was left of the Toa Mangai, as well as furthering his plan to put the Great Spirit Mata Nui to sleep. The Toa Metru discovered Dume, sleeping in his pod, after reuniting below Po-Metru. However, the Toa Metru were ambushed by Lohrak, and were forced to abandon him in his pod.

Due to a malfunction in his Matoran Sphere, Dume awoke of his own accord sometime during the events of the Great Rescue, without suffering from any side effects from the pod.

After the defeat of Sidorak and the Visorak hordes, he chose to stay on Metru Nui rather than join the Matoran on Mata Nui, and began rebuilding the city, using his Kanohi Kiril. Approximately 500 years after the Matoran had left, Dume helped the Rahaga and Keetongu fend off a rogue Visorak troupe from Metru Nui.

Metru Nui's Repopulation

When the Matoran returned to Metru Nui, Dume and Nuju began paying close attention to the stars, eventually coming to the horrifying conclusion that Mata Nui was slowly perishing. While the Matoran were rebuilding the city, Dume called a conference of the Toa Nuva and Turaga, revealing his discovery. He spoke of the legendary Mask of Life, a powerful artifact that could save the Great Spirit's life.

Shortly after revealing this news, Dume led the Turaga and the Toa Nuva to a spherical room underneath Onu-Metru where six Toa Canisters were floating. He then witnessed the departure of the Toa Nuva for the island of Voya Nui.

After Jaller became angry with the Turaga due to their refusal to tell the Matoran where the Toa Nuva had gone and Nokama later informed the Ta-Matoran of what had happened, Dume grew furious, going so far as to say Nokama betrayed them by revealing to Jaller what the Turaga had learned. He also refused to send Takanuva after the Toa Nuva, claiming that it was his destiny to defend the city. Takanuva directly disobeyed his orders, and journeyed with Jaller and his crew of Matoran, though he later returned. Dume promised Takanuva to consider sending him after the Toa Nuva and Jaller and his team, the latter having already returned to defend the city.

Back in Metru Nui, Dume, along with the other Turaga, awaited the return of the Toa Nuva, and continued the reconstruction of Metru Nui until the usage of the Staff of Artakha. Some time later, he was imprisoned in the Coliseum along with the other Turaga by the Order of Mata Nui.

When the Toa Nuva finally returned from Karda Nui, Dume gave a victory speech to the Matoran from the Coliseum.

Teridax's Reign

However, halfway through his speech, he was cut off by Makuta Teridax, who informed the gathering that he had taken over Mata Nui's body and thus claimed dominance over the entire Matoran Universe. Dume fled with the other residents of Metru Nui into the Archives, where they hid from Rahkshi and, with the rest of the Turaga, he found Krahka, who led the Toa Nuva through underground tunnels to the shoreline. Some time later, he, along with the other Turaga of Metru Nui, were imprisoned in the Coliseum, with Ahkmou taking their place as the new "Turaga".

After the Great Spirit Robot was heavily damaged and Teridax killed as a result of the Battle of Bara Magna, Dume, along with the surviving residents of Metru Nui, immigrated to the reformed Spherus Magna.[1]

Alternate Universes

Toa Empire Alternate Universe

In an alternate universe, Dume attempted to stand up to Tuyet, who had defeated Lhikan with Nidhiki's help, and as a result he was placed in stasis inside the Archives. He was eventually freed by Takanuva, but he, the Toa, and Takua were captured by the Makuta living in the Archives. He remained in the custody of the Makuta as Takanuva ventured out to acquire the Kanohi Vahi, and later joined them in the battle against the Toa Empire and rallied Lesovikk's unit.

The Kingdom Alternate Universe

In an alternate universe, Turaga Dume and the other Turaga of Metru Nui organized a mass migration to the island of Mata Nui following the Great Spirit's death. Once a stable society was formed, Dume became a member of the ruling council of the Kingdom of the Great Spirit, with its leader being Turaga Takanuva.

Abilities and Traits

As a Toa of Fire Dume could create, control, and absorb fire. When he became a Turaga, his control over fire was greatly weakened. Dume is somewhat stubborn and does not interact with the Matoran of Metru Nui much, unlike the six Turaga of Mata Nui who share a bond with them. However, he has proven to be fiercely protective of both Metru Nui and its inhabitants, as evident when he repeatedly refused to allow the Dark Hunters to take root in the city, even when his own life was put on the line.

Mask and Tools

Dume wears the Kanohi Kiril, the Mask of Regeneration, which allows him to repair damage done to inorganic matter, such as buildings. The mask become a Noble Kanohi upon his transformation into a Turaga. He carries a staff as his Badge of Office and has also been known to use a Disk Launcher at times.

Set Information

The Turaga Dume & Nivawk set

Dume was released in 2004 in his Turaga form in the Turaga Dume & Nivawk set, using twenty-three of the sets 179 pieces. A section of the Nivawk's armor could hold the Turaga Dume figure. Dume's & Nivawk's parts were also part of the Ultimate Dume set, Teridax's form in the climax of the 2004 story.

A Toa Dume set was planned for release, but the design was changed to represent Toa Norik.

Quotes

"Sometimes, the ways of Mata Nui are a mystery indeed."
— Dume, The Many Deaths of Toa Tuyet
"I didn't spend the last thousand years playing with puzzle stones or making a dictionary of chutespeak, Lewa."
— Dume to Lewa, Island of Doom
"Today, we honor Mata Nui, who has at last returned to us from the darkness into which he was cast by the evil Makuta. And we honor the Toa Nuva, who awakened the Great Spirit once more... and all the Toa, living and dead, who helped bring about this glorious day."
— Dume, Mata Nui Rising
Turaga Dume in set form

Trivia

  • Turaga Dume was voiced by Gerard Plunkett in Legends of Metru Nui.

Appearances

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 11. May 2010 (archive)

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