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"Does it matter so much why you are a Toa, so long as you are one? You have the power - that gives you a responsibility to use it."
— Norik to Toa Hordika Vakama, Challenge of the Hordika
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Norik
Matoran
Toa
Rahaga
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Ta-Matoran
Occupation Unknown
Kanohi Unknown
Tools Unknown
Status Transformed into a Toa
Pronunciation NOAR-ick
Norik
Matoran
Toa
Rahaga
Comic Toa Hagah Norik.JPG
Toa of Fire
Affiliation Varian and Norik's Team (formerly)
Toa Hagah
Kanohi Unknown (formerly)
Great Pehkui
Tools Lava Spear
Rhotuka Launching Shield
Status Alive
Location Spherus Magna
Pronunciation NOAR-ick
Set number 8763
Norik
Matoran
Toa
Rahaga
Comic Rahaga Norik.PNG
Rahaga
Tools Rahaga Staff
Rhotuka Launcher
Status Transformed back into a Toa Hagah
Pronunciation NOAR-ick
Set number 4877


Norik is a Toa of Fire, the leader of the Toa Hagah team previously assigned to Makuta Teridax, and formerly one of the six Rahaga. He has led his team to many victories, and many consider him among the greatest heroes in the history of the Matoran Universe.

Biography

Toa

Prior to his recruitment by the Brotherhood of Makuta, Norik operated as a Toa of Fire in another Toa team. His team was called upon to defend against an invasion of Protocairns, joining forces with another Toa team to combat the threat. The two teams became one afterward, and Norik became good friends with another Toa of that team, Varian. The two would often pair up on assignments.

After responding to a distress call from a group of Matoran, Norik and Varian were called to investigate the disappearance of three Toa. They met with the another Toa from the village, a Toa of Sonics who insisted on using codenames, and helped him search for his missing allies. However, during a search of their residence, they were attacked by two Dark Hunters, Lurker and Gatherer. The two kidnapped their Toa guide, and Norik and Varian gave chase in order to save him. Despite catching up to them on the open sea, they were both knocked unconscious, and taken to Odina. While there, Varian was forced to choose between saving Norik's life, or the life of their Toa guide. Varian chose Norik, who was taken away unconscious, temporarily given pleasant thoughts and dreams by Varian as an act of compassion. Varian was forced to stay on Odina, trapped in a Stasis Tube.[NOGLB]

When the Brotherhood decided that Makuta Teridax needed Toa guardians, Norik was chosen, and made the leader of the new team. He was given metallic armor to denote his status as an elite Toa, and his remaining former teammates gifted him a new Kanohi Pehkui.[1][BA9, p. 133]

Norik as a Toa Hagah

Toa Hagah

Norik's Toa team performed their duty well, and dealt with issues that Teridax did not have time for, such as Rahi intrusions. During one adventure, he and Toa Iruini defeated a group of Frostelus by using their spears to create a cyclone of lava.[C25]

Norik eventually discovered that the Brotherhood had taken the Mask of Light from Artakha and realized the Brotherhood had turned evil. He swiftly led his team in battle against the Brotherhood's recently assembled army and Teridax himself, defeating him and leaving him greatly weakened. They also stole the Kanohi Avohkii during a raid. Norik then allowed his team to become overconfident, and Iruini quit the team as a result. The remaining four Hagah were soon captured by Roodaka.[BA10, p. 134] Norik and Iruini set out on a mission to rescue them. They succeeded in rescuing their comrades, but were all mutated by Brotherhood of Makuta agent Roodaka, transformed into short, Rahkshi-faced creatures she nicknamed "Rahaga".[C25]

Rahaga

Norik saving Vakama in his cocoon

Norik and his fellow Rahaga traveled the world assisting victims of the Visorak horde and searching for Keetongu, hoping to utilize his powers to save those mutated. They later ended up in Metru Nui and hid in the Onu-Metru Archives, witnessing the creation of the Toa Metru and their efforts to save the City of Legends.[BA10, p. 136] They hid the Avohkii in a room in the Great Temple shortly after arriving in Metru Nui, using the Makoki Stone as keys.[TSftMoL]

After Teridax overloaded Metru Nui's power plant and shattered the Archives, he was defeated by the Toa Metru. However, he called for his leaders of the Visorak horde, Roodaka and Sidorak, and Visorak soon swarmed the city. The Rahaga emerged from hiding and set out to help the Rahi that were now running loose in the city. Norik and his fellow Rahaga rescued the former Toa Metru, who had been mutated by the Visorak into Toa Hordika. He then told them about Keetongu, a mythical Rahi that could possibly return them to their former Toa Metru selves.[BA9]

The Rahaga agreed to help the Toa Hordika construct Airships to transport the Matoran out of the ruined city. Norik also went with the Toa Hordika on scouting missions.[BA7] Some time after the Airships were constructed,[citation needed] he and Gaaki were surrounded by three Visorak, from which they were saved by Vakama. They told the Toa about the Makoki Stone and the need to retrieve its six parts to obtain the Mask of Light. The six Toa successfully retrieved the stone fragments and found the mask, which they encased in stone.[TSftMoL, Ep. 1]

The Rahaga and Toa Hordika then went to the Great Temple to translate ancient texts about Keetongu. Vakama, who had given in to his primal nature and joined forces with Roodaka and Sidorak, attacked the Rahaga while the Toa were away and kidnapped five of them, leaving an injured Norik behind to inform the Hordika of what happened. The remaining Toa Hordika agreed to search for Keetongu, their only remaining hope for helping Vakama.

Norik led them across Metru Nui until they finally found Keetongu. Norik then helped translate Keetongu's language to the Toa Hordika. Keetongu agreed to help them, and they made their way to the Coliseum to challenge the Visorak horde. As the Toa battled Visorak and Keetongu fought Roodaka and Sidorak, Norik went up to where the other Rahaga were being held and rescued them. They then joined the fight, battling against the Visorak, but were eventually cornered with four of the Toa Hordika, Matau having gone to reason with Vakama. Roodaka soon arrived, as did Vakama, who had seemingly captured Matau. Roodaka goaded the Toa Hordika into firing Elemental Rhotuka spinners at her, which Norik realized was to help free Teridax from his Toa Seal. However, Vakama, who had actually been convinced by Matau to rejoin their side, fired his own Rhotuka at Roodaka before Norik could stop him, successfully freeing Teridax.

Rahaga Norik as seen in Web of Shadows

The horde was disbanded by Vakama, who still had status among the Visorak, and Sidorak was killed by Keetongu. After the battle, Keetongu agreed to heal the Toa Hordika, and participated in the Great Rescue.[BA9]

Norik and the other Rahaga stayed behind while the Toa Metru took the Matoran away, working to try and rebuild Metru Nui for when the Matoran returned. During this time, he began having nightmares about Dark Hunters overwhelming Metru Nui, secretly caused by the Dark Hunter Dweller. Norik and the other Rahaga also defended the city from a rogue Visorak squadron.[TDR]

The Rahaga were present when the Matoran came back to Metru Nui, but they later left on a mission.[citation needed] The Rahaga went to aid the land of Xia, which was being ravaged by the ongoing battle of two monstrous Rahi. They arrived to find Roodaka in the custody of their allies, the Toa Nuva, and the Toa Nuva forced her to turn the Rahaga back into the Toa Hagah.[TNB]

Hunt for Teridax

After the Tahtorak was wounded, Norik used his Rhotuka in order to slow the Kanohi Dragon down enough for Kualus to strike it. Later, when Gaaki used her Mask of Clairvoyance, Norik eased Gaaki to sit down and talked to her, and told the rest of the group her prediction - Dark Hunter ships approaching. Then, despite Norik's warning not to be rash, Iruini teleported to one of the ships using his Kanohi Kualsi.[DID, Ch. 1]

Norik himself, along with the other Toa Hagah, was soon teleported to the ship on which Iruini was by an Order of Mata Nui member. Once there, Helryx secretly informed them that they had just been recruited by the Order of Mata Nui in their war against the Brotherhood of Makuta. Norik immediately objected, but changed his mind once learning that they were to hunt down Makuta Teridax, with Zaktan as their guide.[DID, Ch. 2]

The Toa Hagah were teleported to Metru Nui, where they were to destroy the Coliseum on Zaktan's advice. The Piraka informed them that Teridax had penetrated a hidden series of caves deep beneath Metru Nui, and that only by destroying the structure could the Toa get at it. Upon arriving, they were immediately confronted by the Toa Mahri, and Norik stepped forward to tell them of their mission. Soon after that the Toa Hagah and Toa Mahri were in a ferocious struggle, with Norik and Jaller in a deadlock. It soon stopped when a giant Rahi was summoned by Kualus but then released from his control by an attack by Hahli. Putting aside their struggle, Norik and Jaller joined their teammates in driving the beast to Po-Metru, the two Toa of Fire using their Fire powers to scare the beast away. After a brief fight with the creature, Norik combined his powers with those of Jaller, Iruini, and Kongu to bring the creature down with a storm of fire. The eleven heroes then worked out a compromise that allowed for the Coliseum to remain intact: lifting the Coliseum from the ground, they carved a tunnel into the depths to allow the Hagah to pursue Teridax. Jaller offered the assistance of the Mahri, but Norik urged them to remain on the surface in case Teridax escaped his team. Norik then teamed with Pouks to seal the tunnel behind them as they went, repairing the Coliseum and cutting off their hope of escape.[DID, Ch. 3]

Upon venturing further, the team came across a inscription on the wall in a dialect which none of them could recognize. As the Toa continued on and discussed the mission, Pouks noted that their mission had not been difficult so far. Just then, the Hagah were magnetically pulled to the walls and were unable to escape, while molten Protodermis flowed quickly down to kill them.[DID, Ch. 5]

They were saved by Makuta Miserix, who brought the Hagah and Zaktan into another chamber. The Toa briefly explained their history to Miserix, omitting the Order of Mata Nui's actions. Miserix then introduced himself and walked ahead into the tunnel. The Hagah followed, and they eventually stumbled upon a room filled with machinery, and two corpses not made of Protodermis. A portal opened behind them, and the Toa Hagah prepared for combat.[DID, Ch. 7] Toa Helryx, Keetongu, Axonn, and Brutaka emerged. After a short conversation, Teridax shattered Brutaka's Olmak and seemingly killed Zaktan using a sonic hum, which caused him and his water tank to explode.[DID, Ch. 8]

After speaking with Teridax, Miserix attacked the machinery, only to be placed in an illusion by Teridax. Norik proclaimed that they would fight Teridax, who responded by placing the Toa Hagah in an illusion that they had defeated Teridax, and that only happiness and peace remained.[DID, Ch. 9]

Teridax's Reign

Tren Krom later used his mental powers to dispel the illusion Norik was trapped in, freeing him.[RoS, Ch. 7] Norik and the other Toa Hagah later joined the resistance.[2]

Norik, along with the other surviving inhabitants of the Matoran Universe, migrated to Spherus Magna after the Great Spirit Robot was damaged.[[ http://greg.thegreatarchives.com/2008-2010/page1 OGDi]]: Apr 4 2010, 12:11 PM][[ http://greg.thegreatarchives.com/2008-2010/page1 OGDi]]: Apr 7 2010, 01:19 PM]

Spherus Magna

Norik and the other Toa Hagah took a mission from Kopaka to observe the Toa Mahri, who were serving the Skakdi race, and report back to him.[TPTB, Ch. 1]

Abilities and Traits

As a Toa of Fire, Norik can create, control, and absorb heat and flame. He could not access these powers as Rahaga. However, he regained his Toa abilities when he was restored to his original form by Roodaka. Norik believed it was better to lead by action and example, rather than speaking and teaching.

Norik's Rhotuka is able to slow down targets. As a Rahaga, the power changed, and he was able to use it to snare his opponents. During his time on Metru Nui after the Great Cataclysm, he focused on rescuing reptilian Rahi such as the Furnace Salamander.[RB]

Mask and Tools

Norik carries the Lava Spear and a Rhotuka Launching Shield that launches Rhotuka. He wears the Kanohi Pehkui, the Great Mask of Diminishment.

As a Rahaga, Norik also possessed a mounted Rhotuka Launcher. His Rahaga Staff could also be used to distract a target until he was ready to strike.[BE]

Set Information


4877 Rahaga Norik was first released as a set in early 2005. He came packaged with a dark red Rhotuka spinner printed with a Kanoka Club code. His parts could be combined with those of Rahaga Iruini and Bomonga to build a Colony Drone.

8763 Toa Norik special edition set was released in the summer of 2005. In the United States, Toa Norik could only be found either packaged with Toa Iruini at Wal*Mart, but was sold individually elsewhere. Toa Norik was packaged with a dark red Rhotuka spinner printed with his Kanoka Club code like that of his Rahaga form as well as a silver Rhotuka spinner. Spinning a gear on his back caused his right arm to swing.

Toa Norik started out as a set design for Dume as a Toa.[citation needed]

Quotes

"Age makes us loud, as well as wise."
— Norik to Gaaki, Web of Shadows
"Unity, Duty, Destiny... It starts with Unity."
Rahaga Norik to Toa Hordika Vakama, Web of Shadows
"If you Toa are to rescue the Matoran, you must do so together. This is something you can't change."
— Norik to Vakama, Web of Shadows
"Our business is as simple as it is terrible. We have come to destroy the Coliseum."
— Norik to the Toa Mahri, Destiny War

Trivia

  • French Tickner voiced Rahaga Norik in Web of Shadows.
  • In Web of Shadows, Norik's staff could fire a type of energy blast that allowed him to free the other Rahaga. This has been confirmed to be non-canon.[citation needed]
  • Norik is referred to as Tahkon in all six of the Rahaga's building instructions.

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References

  1. BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 12 December 2008
  2. BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 20 February 2010

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