Saga Guides/History of Spherus Magna
Rule of the Great Beings
Over one hundred and three thousand years ago, multiple species inhabited a planet called Spherus Magna, including the powerful creators known as the Great Beings, the villager Agori, and the warriors of the Glatorian species. The Great Beings ruled the planet, which was organized into elemental tribes.
One hundred and three thousand years ago, one of the seven tribes of Spherus Magna was struck by a mysterious plague that eliminated almost all of its members. Some of the surviving members went insane from the decimation of their tribe, and all of the survivors were shunned by all other Agori for fear of them transmitting the disease.
Reign of the Elemental Lords
Sometime after this, the Great Beings endowed six members of the warrior class with the powers of the elements. They were called the Element Lords, named so for their ability to create and manipulate the elements. They eventually became leaders of the planet, and were in charge of their respective villages and its villagers. The Element Lords lived in peace together for a brief period of time.
During this period, the Great Beings created a giant prototype robot as part of a project. The project failed because its power source was too unstable, and it exploded over the Great Barren.
A mysterious substance, later named Energized Protodermis, began forcing its way out of the planet's core. Villagers of the Ice Tribe soon discovered it; when one Agori touched it, he was obliterated, revealing powerful properties to the liquid. The other Element Lords thought they would share the substance, but the Lord of Ice responded by barricading the spring. This sparked old enmities between the Element Lords, and so began the Core War.
The Core War
Horrified by the war, the Great Beings demanded that the Element Lords enter peace negotiations, but their absence from power for so long had reduced any influence they had, and the Element Lords refused to compromise. All tribes were drawn into the war, which reached every corner of the planet.
Upon receiving a sample of the Energized Protodermis, the Great Beings realized that the destructive energies could irreparably damage the planet, and began creating the Great Spirit Robot as a response to the potential outcome of the spreading of the substance. Unable to stop the war otherwise, the Great Beings created and unleashed mechanical shape-shifters dubbed Baterra by the Skrall, intending to end the Core War by killing all armed combatants.
During one of the many Core War battles, hundreds of soldiers were merged with trees by the Jungle Lord's power to create the Forest of Blades.
Mere days before the destruction of Spherus Magna, the veteran fighter Ackar participated in the Battle of Iron Canyon, in which armies hid and sought each other out in the dangerous terrain near Vulcanus.
The Fire Tribe soon took control of the spring and began draining it of the Energized Protodermis, causing immense structural damage to the planet. Finished shortly before the disaster, Mata Nui left Spherus Magna as the planet collapsed to follow the orders given to him by the Great Beings. Soon after, Spherus Magna was ripped apart in a cataclysm later referred to as the Shattering, creating three new celestial bodies from the regions of Bota Magna, Aqua Magna, and Bara Magna, the desert whose name became the name for what was left of the planet when the other two regions separated. Many species of Spherus Magna, including the Skrall, were displaced from their original homelands to the region of the Bara Magna desert. The Great Beings departed from the planet, seeking refuge elsewhere. After this, the history of the Matoran Universe and Bara Magna began.
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