Saga Guides/Voya Nui
Finally returning to Metru Nui after one thousand years, the city was found to be still ruined and destroyed by the Visorak horde. Work of course, began immediately, but no Turaga was celebrating for the return.
It was night when Turaga Dume summoned all Turaga, Takanuva and Toa Nuva to an assigned location, and there he announced the news that Mata Nui was dying, which he and Nuju had learned from watching the stars. He told the Toa and the other Turaga that the only cure was the Kanohi Ignika, the Mask of Life, and that it was hidden on an island called Voya Nui, also referred to as the "Island of Doom" or the "Daggers of Death". The only safe way to reach this island was by Toa Canisters, instead of boats or airships.
After their departure, Jaller was suspicious about the disappearance of the Toa Nuva, and therefore, he attempted to question the Turaga. The Turaga refused to answer him. Furious, he ordered a strike in the city, for all reconstruction work to stop until the truth was revealed.
On the island of Voya Nui, six canisters arrived, but inside them were no Toa, but six beings calling themselves the Piraka. The Piraka consisted of Vezok, Thok, Hakann, Reidak, Avak, and were led by Zaktan, who was made out of Protodites, meaning that he had an unstable body structure and that he could reform and shift his body at will. They had come in search of the Ignika, to steal it, an idea given to them telepathically by Makuta Teridax. Later, when they started to meet some Matoran, they called themselves Toa to fool the Matoran. The Matoran did not know what Toa were, other than that they were a particular group of six. Thus so, the Piraka made them do meaningless tasks, like digging trenches on the side of the volcano and building a great fortress that no Matoran could ever enter. Often they slightly harmed one or two Matoran using their powers. In time, Avak crafted six strange launchers, but two Matoran, Garan and Kazi stole one. Meeting with other four Matoran, Dalu, Piruk, Balta and Velika, they realized these launchers were weapons to fight the Matoran themselves.
Hakann and Avak however realized that the Matoran were beginning to be suspicious of the "Toa". To allay their suspicions, the two Piraka created a creature composed of Fire and Stone and had it attack the Matoran. Hakann controlled it, while Avak drove it away from the villages, pretending to defend the Matoran. However, as they walked away Garan and Balta followed them, heard them talking and learned their secret. The two Matoran soon rounded up their friends and the Voya Nui Resistance Team was formed. The Matoran all met in a Mountain Hideaway. At that time, Zaktan ordered Avak to bring a Matoran called Dezalk so he could test their new Antidermis and Zamor Spheres. Their invention was successful, therefore, Zaktan ordered Dezalk to bring all of the Matoran to one gathering place for a meeting.
And so the meeting was held. All but the six Matoran stood excitedly for the meeting with their "Toa". This meeting, naturally, was a trap, so that the Piraka could use the Antidermis and Zamor spheres, which turned Matoran into lifeless zombies, obeying any command the Piraka gave. Dalu later reported this to her fellow comrades, but they were too late. The Matoran did find Dezalk, however, who was still enslaved. Unaware, he led the team to Mount Valmai, where the team witnessed the entire population now laboring lifelessly day and night just to empty a volcano. Piruk also spied on the Piraka, reporting to his friends his findings.
Then the Toa Nuva arrived. Shortly before their arrival, the Voya Nui Resistance Team managed to steal a Zamor Sphere, but Balta was chased by Vezok and Thok, passing the Sphere on to the other Matoran. Later, the Toa Nuva and Piraka had a large battle. Reidak proved to be almost unstoppable, causing the Toa to concentrate on him while the other Piraka arrived. Hakann defeated Gali, Avak imprisoned Kopaka and Tahu was beaten in sword play by Zaktan. Lewa, Pohatu and Onua downed Reidak, but they were all defeated by the other Piraka. Onua was the last Toa Nuva knocked down unconscious. Then the Piraka Leader, Zaktan ordered the Toa Nuva to be stripped of their masks and weapons; and they were to be dropped into the volcano.
Back on Metru Nui, Nokama secretly revealed to Jaller that the Toa Nuva were on their way to Voya Nui, and had not returned. Jaller decided to take the initiative and set off for Voya Nui to help the Toa Nuva, with a team of five other Matoran.
Turaga Dume entered his chamber and accused one of the Turaga of revealing their secret. Dume knew because Jaller had left, along with Matoro, Hahli, Nuparu, Hewkii, Kongu, and the Toa of Light himself, Takanuva. Nokama broke down and confessed to an enraged Dume, and all the Turaga could do was wait patiently. Meanwhile, the Matoran and Takanuva had come out from the Underwater Chutes, only to find themselves on a narrow strip of land. The only way open to them was south, and they trudged onward. After scouting ahead for some time, Jaller noticed a tunnel. He could not tell what was beyond it, therefore Takanuva decided that he should at least check it out first. When Takanuva went in the tunnel all became dark. No matter how hard he tried, the tunnel seemed to absorb all the light and sound.
While the Matoran and Takanuva wondered what just happened, Garan and the resistance team waited impatiently on Voya Nui. Garan and Dalu were talking about Balta's disappearance, only to be interrupted by Piruk, who brought some bad news. The Piraka were coming their way, toward the volcano, carrying the Toa Nuva (although the resistance team did not know who they were at the time). The Piraka, with the exception of Zaktan, were carrying the Toa Nuva to be thrown into the volcano. But just before they could reach it, the volcano erupted. Scared for their lives, the Piraka ran away, leaving the Toa Nuva to die alone. Tahu had regained consciousness some time before and was ready to act. He called out to Pohatu, who kept rising up walls of stone, one after another, to keep the lava from coming through. With time to spare, Lewa helped carry Gali to safety as Pohatu helped Onua to his feet. Kopaka burned his right leg, but thankfully Tahu helped him to safety. The Toa ran northwest to escape the hot lava. Tahu signaled for them to rest, thinking it was safe again, only to be confronted by the six Matoran northbound, ready and armed. The Toa realized that they were Matoran, and hoped to use them as guides, but the Matoran were suspicious and thought that the Toa were impostors too, allies of the Piraka.
Balta, at that point of time, was trapped in a cave. Some time before he had been running away from Thok and Vezok and dove into a cave. Vezok looked around, knowing that Balta was in the cave somewhere, and sealed it up. Just before Balta slipped into unconsciousness, Axonn carved out the cliff side, producing an exit. He told Balta to go to his friends and tell them to stop fighting the Toa Nuva before he left.
By now, Jaller was frustrated and told his friends to go in. Jaller ordered them to go into group of three. Jaller, Hewkii, and Kongu went first and immediately disappeared from view. Nuparu told the remaining two to tie themselves together so they would not get lost. They entered too and their Lightstones also "went out." Matoro stumbled around in darkness, but soon grabbed someone or something's hand. Feeling the rope being tugged, Matoro swiftly followed. Soon everyone was in front of Matoro, yet he was still holding something. Matoro turned around but that something let go of Matoro, unseen, and the Matoran continued onward. The Ignika, being sentient, had been following them telepathically and wished to test Matoro's worthiness as its prospective destined bearer, appearing as the unknown figure in the tunnel. Matoro had passed the test by being willing to help it.
Back on Voya Nui, Zaktan was arguing with the other Piraka. Telling them off on how they should have killed the Toa, he even mentioned Vezon, their seventh member who had deserted them a long time ago on Mata Nui. Thok told Zaktan that the Matoran progress on draining the volcano had slowed down by fifty percent due to the eruption. Zaktan ordered the others to find the Toa Nuva and work the Matoran harder, and they accepted their task.
Jaller asked if anybody wanted to turn around and go back. No one did. They all just kept going on the narrow land bridge before them, and on both sides, violent seas churned. The six Matoran and the Toa of Light headed for a stone archway, which only admitted to a dizzying path that ran between two mountains. Hewkii shouted to his friends as he pried a mask from the ground. He tried it on, then realized that it was a great mask, for the energy radiated from it. Knowing this, Takanuva tried it on and heard Hahli's thoughts. Jaller was notified that it was a Suletu and they went onward. They stopped to get some rest, Jaller keeping the first watch as Takanuva had announced he would scout ahead. Matoro could not sleep and started to talk to Jaller about his fears, only to be interrupted by a returning Takanuva, who had seen a Matoran on the other side of the archway. Almost immediately the six Matoran passed through the gate, but Takanuva could not. Jaller tried to go back, but that same barrier barred the Matoran from going back. Somehow, the Toa of Light could not go on, and after a long, depressing goodbye, they parted.
Meanwhile, the Toa Nuva were amidst in battle with the resistance team. And they were losing, because they could not attack that which they had sworn to protect. Tahu created a flaming wall, to give the Toa some relief. After some discussion, Gali was hit with Dalu's Chargers, which enhanced Gali's sight. Gali was able to see all sorts of things, even with her eyes closed. Seeing such beautiful and disturbing things caused her to lose her sanity. Kopaka had had enough at that point. He proceeded through the wall of fire and at the Matoran. Tahu doused his wall and ordered the other Toa to cover for him. Kopaka had already frozen three Matoran and was now fixated on the other two. Gali, at this point, went mad, attacked Tahu, who was carrying her, and ran away. The fighting stopped and the Toa tried to explain who they really were. Not believing them, the Matoran readied themselves for battle, just when Balta came running down. He told his friends that they were wrong, and the Toa and Matoran joined forces.
Miles away, Hakann was watching Zaktan, who was talking to Brutaka, although Hakann did not know his name at that point. Zaktan fired a Zamor Sphere at Brutaka, making him meaner and stronger, then Brutaka left. Hakann followed him.
Gali, after running around for miles, was lost. Axonn came and used his powers to cure her of her madness. Then he left again, before Gali could question him.
The Matoran from Metru Nui entered the lair, only to find themselves facing a huge cliff. After many discussions and arguments, they climbed up the cliff. When they finally reached the top, they came face to face with a group of Manas. The shy Matoran that they were following suddenly stopped, just as the Manas surrounded him. The Matoran beckoned to Jaller and his friends, and they followed.
As their Matoran guide led them into a huge canyon, strange and mysterious things were before them. The atmosphere there included hot ice, rocks that screamed, and a waterfall of dust that were just a few of the weird happenings. Hahli motioned and the Matoran looked up at the great metal castle, with more twisted towers than the land it sat on. By now, the Matoran had decided that it was time to go back, but Manas blocked off the entire canyon. With only one real choice, they walked forward. After a while, they encountered Karzahni for the first time. The Matoran recognized that name from the legends the Turaga told, as the other Matoran who lived there took their belongings. Karzahni ordered them to take off their masks. All did except Jaller, who had recently learned that his mask had been Lhikan's mask. Karzahni then used one of his powers, and Jaller saw a vision: a vision of what would have happened if he had not sacrificed his life for Takanuva. Startled by such a vision, Jaller took off his mask.
Hakann had been following Brutaka for hours, and had no clue what he was up to. Suddenly Brutaka disappeared from plain sight and reappeared behind Hakann, with his sword to slit the Piraka's throat. After a long talk, Hakann and Brutaka struck up a deal. Hakann could use Brutaka as a "servant" if Brutaka could have more Zamor Spheres filled with Antidermis. They headed back to the Piraka Stronghold.
Meanwhile, the Toa Nuva and Matoran resistance team formed a plan to retrieve the Toa's tools and masks. They too, headed for the Piraka Stronghold.
Over by the "green belt", where Avak and Thok were searching for the Toa, they came to a conclusion; that the Mask of Life was actually underneath the green belt where plant life was abnormally abundant and that Zaktan was just using Mount Valmai as a diversion. Avak and Thok, too, headed back to the stronghold to give Zaktan a piece of their mind.
All the six Matoran in Karzahni looked different with their new masks on. Kongu was quick enough to slip on the Suletu he had found earlier. Karzahni then ordered all of them to tend to the fires, with the exception of Hahli. Karzahni wanted to know what was happening in the "Outside World", and since Hahli was the Chronicler, she was perfect to tell him. She started to tell him as the other five Matoran went to work. After hours of almost nonstop talking, she took a short rest and asked Karzahni to tell his story. He explained how he and Artakha were created and given a realm to rule. How his brother made a refuge, while Karzahni created a place for broken Matoran and inefficient workers to come and be fixed back up.
The five other Matoran went straight to work next to a giant furnace, and after hours of aimless work, Nuparu left to look around. He called to his fellow Matoran to come follow him. He discovered tablets that explained what happened to all the poor conditioned Matoran. The tablets told the story of how injured Matoran in need of repair came to Karzahni. Karzahni, being a poor worker at his job, could not fix the Matoran that came to him. Therefore, he rebuilt them and gave them weapons to compensate for their new weaker state. He then shipped several off somewhere. And since the Turaga noticed that the Matoran never came back, they stopped sending Matoran to Karzahni.
One of those Matoran, Garan, at that time, was listening to Onua explain to him all about the Toa Nuva's adventures and the outer world. He marveled at the fact that other Matoran were taller and stronger, yet carried no weapons. He would rather keep his Pulse Bolt Generators.
Over by the stronghold, the tables had turned, with Zaktan no longer in control. Avak had trapped Zaktan in a cube-shaped cage that would produce ear-splitting sounds every time Zaktan tried to break out. This sonic hum drove the Protodites out of their minds. Just when Thok was about to "reclaim his title" as the new leader, Hakann arrived with Brutaka and shot a ball of lava at him, barely missing. Avak then tried to create a prison for Hakann, but it was already too late. Hakann continued to produce several lava balls, one of which actually hit Avak. After arguing about what happened, Hakann introduced Brutaka, who greedily eyed the crystal sphere of Antidermis in the center of the stronghold, and advanced inward.
At the posterior of the stronghold, Tahu tried to melt the lock of the rear door, with no success. After a while, Tahu had given up and it was Kopaka's turn to give it a try, but before he could, Piruk signaled to the others that a Piraka was coming. Taking advantage of this, Lewa stepped out in plain view and taunted Reidak. Reidak tried to punch Lewa, but only hit the door instead. Reidak kept trying to punch Lewa but each time made a larger dent in his own stronghold's door. Finally Lewa grabbed Reidak's arm on one of his attempts and bolted him through the door. Surprised, Reidak scrambled up and ran inside. The Toa used their powers, retrieved their tools and went to the eastern section to find their masks.
By this time, Reidak had stumbled upon the chaos involving the other Piraka. Avak and Thok were fighting Brutaka, as Hakann watched this scene. Reidak, realizing Hakann was behind all of it, came up behind Hakann, put him into a hold, and slammed him into Avak, accidentally freeing Zaktan to his own shock. Just then the Toa blasted open the eastern door, with their reclaimed masks and the resistance team. Zaktan tried to rally up his fellow Piraka to fight, but they just stood back, realizing that the Toa could get rid of Zaktan for them. Resorting to desperate measures, Zaktan offered to willingly give Brutaka more spheres and their secret if he could help him. Then in one flash of his sword, Brutaka agreed, knocking out six Toa Nuva and six Matoran. The Matoran were taken with the Piraka to be interrogated by Reidak in the Chamber of Truth, while the Toa were left in Brutaka's hands.
Back in Karzahni, the five Matoran met up with an ancient Matoran It was from him that the five learned he and another group of Matoran were the ones who built the Toa Canisters. They were delighted, and asked the Matoran if there were any stored in Karzahni. The Matoran led them down to a chamber where six canisters were stored. While they were on their way there, Karzahni was done with Hahli and returned her to the furnace, only to see five Matoran missing. Furious that Matoran would oppose him, he perused his island, both with his eyes then his mind, and he found them. He quickly went after them, dragging Hahli behind him. The broken-down Matoran, by this time, had led Jaller and his friends to where the six Toa Canisters lay, all in a row. Immediately, Jaller ordered his comrades to enter those canisters once Nuparu found out how they worked, but they were held up by the Matoran, who was insane and told them that the canisters were only for Toa. Nevertheless Jaller left Nuparu to figure out its workings and the other four tried to go get Hahli, only to be stopped by Karzahni, who already had Hahli in his grasp. Karzahni called them all liars, believing that there were no Toa or Mata Nui, and readied himself to destroy the canisters.
Just when there seemed to be no hope, Matoro hatched an idea. He threatened Karzahni to create the worst vision he could think of, which Karzahni angrily did. The vision described what would happen if Mata Nui were to die, with the catastrophic effects it would have on the Matoran Universe. At the end of the vision, Karzahni was momentarily frozen himself, enlightened by fact that Mata Nui had such great power and that the Great Spirit’s death would also be the end of his realm and many more. The Matoran took this chance, collecting Hahli and jumping into the canisters. They activated them, and were soon on their way away from the dreaded land.
The Matoran named Dalu regained consciousness just as her fellow friends were being taken to the Chamber of Truth, where Reidak would soon begin his interrogation. Zaktan was supposed to be taking her, but as he was too "busy" boasting about his second "victory" over the Toa Nuva, she managed to run away.
Dalu was running up a hill, running out of breath, trying to get away. She kept running up, only to run into Zaktan and Hakann. Being overpowered, she gave up without a fight, and Zaktan and Hakann traveled to take her back. After some time, Hakann and Zaktan went into a argument over who let her loose. It resulted in Zaktan hitting Hakann against the wall with his laser vision. Hakann tried to retaliate by sending his heat vision at him, but Zaktan quickly let his Protodites spread out, narrowly escaping Hakann's attack. Zaktan then tried to launch a Zamor Sphere at Hakann, only to have Hakann dodge the green ball and attack with his mental blasts. Zaktan mustered enough strength to use his vision power to bring a boulder down on his "ally", crushing him. Zaktan then walked along some steps and retrieved more Antidermis from a huge container. Dalu used this opportunity to run away once again, this time to meet up with her friends.
Sometime after the Zaktan and Hakann fought, later Thok and Reidak were walking around Mount Valmai. After some talk and Reidak complaining about Voya Nui, Thok pushed Reidak off a cliff to fall to his doom. As Thok was running away from the crash site, wondering how much more wealth he would receive, Reidak climbed back up and attacked Thok with his Buzz Saw. He taunted Thok that he would throw him over the side as well.
Meanwhile, Avak and Vezok had formed an alliance. Vezok had already made this same deal with Reidak, so if Avak "kept his mouth shut" they might let him live if they found the Mask of Life. Just then, Vezok thought he saw someone in the trees, and used his impact vision to find out who it was. No one was behind that tree when he hit it. Then a smoothly cut tree fell toward both Piraka, barely missing both. Then two wooden spikes were hurled at them, both of which Vezok deflected using his Harpoon/Buzzsaw dual weapon. Avak then used his telescopic and X-ray vision to seek out the perpetrator. He saw a huge figure going northwest and both Piraka followed in that direction. Later on, the huge figure disappeared out of sight, and was nowhere to be seen. Both wondered where he was, arguing, while Vezok noticed a small cave opening. Directly in that cave, the Piraka found the records of Voya Nui. Vezok used his vision power to destroy all of them, just for fun. His doing this gave Axonn time to create a cave in, separating himself and Balta from the Piraka. Within this short amount of given time, Axonn and Balta talked. As Axonn created the symbol of Mata Nui on a wall, he told Balta of the legends of Mata Nui, as they were relevant to Voya Nui, and how he was betrayed and put to sleep. Then as Axonn fired pure energy from the tip of his axe, destroying the symbol, Axonn told Balta that if the Piraka were to find the Mask of Life, "Mata Nui shall die."
After some time, arguments broke out and the Piraka, except Hakann, were fighting each other. It was one big brawl inside a forest, only to be stopped by Zaktan. He ordered them to stop, stating that if they would stop "behaving like starving Rahi" they could find the Mask of Life and leave Voya Nui. Thok then commented that none of them knew where the mask was, and Reidak suggested that they simply tear the whole island apart, to Thok's contempt. Zaktan continued to talk, saying that one Piraka, Vezon, knew where it was. Vezok, who had a bad connection with Vezon, shouted in anger at the sound of his name while slicing a tree in half. Zaktan still continued, stating that Vezon had betrayed the other Piraka and came to Voya Nui before the others did. Zaktan then ordered Thok and Reidak to go find him.
Soon thereafter, Thok and Reidak were walking along the blasted landscape, tracking Vezon. Thok found the canister that Vezon traveled to Voya Nui in. Just when the two Piraka were about to trail his footsteps, the ground cracked and they fell through. While hanging on for dear life, Axonn, who likely caused the cracks, lifted both of them up. He announced his contempt over the evil he had seen and faced all his life, stating how sick of it he was. Axonn then brutally knocked both Piraka over his head and threw them aside. Thok tried to attack with his vision power, but Axonn just deflected it with his giant axe. Reidak picked up a boulder, threatening to throw it, but Axonn launched his axe at the boulder, knocking Reidak off his feet. Thok questioned Axonn on who he was. Axonn replied that he was one of the many guardians of the Ignika as he summoned his axe back. Thok and Reidak then tried to get out of their situation by telling Axonn that they were just looking for Vezon. Axonn told them that Vezon had become a servant of the mask. One of the Piraka then smote Axonn. In rage he pulled his axe back, ready to strike, but Brutaka came out of nowhere and shot Axonn down with a beam of pure energy flowing from his sword. Brutaka stood over Axonn as he talked about how he had always been there to save his back, and that Voya Nui was now his.
At some point of time, Hakann came up with a plan to oust Zaktan using part of Vezok's power to imitate the powers of others. Reidak, Thok and Avak all joined him in crafting a Zamor Sphere which would siphon the power of the target into the user/users, though initially they were unwilling to even look at him when they arrived in the Stronghold.
Jaller and his friends were still traveling in the canisters. On their way to Voya Nui, the Red Star above produced a huge bolt of lightning. It split into six, and each hit an individual canister. The canisters soon landed on a cold beach on Voya Nui, and instead of the six Matoran emerging from it, six Toa did. These six Toa named themselves the Toa Inika. They crossed their weapons of energy, and a bolt went straight up, making their Spirit Stars. At this same time, the Piraka glanced up, witnessing six Spirit Stars appearing in the night sky, which worried them.
Near the Chamber of Truth, Balta awoke with a start. He noticed that Dalu was gone. He got the others up and together, they rescued Garan from the Chamber of Truth.
The Toa Inika started to calculate their next move, noting especially odd things about their transformation like glowing faces and living masks. They ended up triggering their mask powers, causing chaos as Nuparu flew uncontrollably, Kongu was unable to turn off his ability to hear thoughts, Matoro's spirit was separated from his body, and Hahli seemed to be talking to thin air, which was actually Matoro's spirit form. As they regained control, Matoro reported that he saw Matoran, and the Toa agreed that they needed to meet them and figure out what was going on the island.
After a scuffle with Vezok, during which they discovered their immunity to Antidermis and that their powers were charged with lightning, the Toa encountered Garan. He explained to them who he was and took them on a long journey to the Matoran resistance's hideout.
After a long journey, the Toa Inika met the Matoran rebels and compared notes on what they knew. Armed with Zamor Launchers built by Velika, they split up into three groups: Jaller and Hahli went to free enslaved Matoran, Hewkii and Matoro went to visit Axonn, and Kongu and Nuparu were to sneak into the Piraka stronghold to search for the Toa Nuva. While Jaller and Hahli's mission went problem-free; Hewkii and Matoro found Axonn badly injured by Brutaka, and the titan told them to stop his former partner even if it meant killing him. Worse, Kongu and Nuparu were discovered and faced by all six Piraka and Brutaka.
Thankfully, the other Toa arrived just as the battle started. Hewkii was able to bury Brutaka under a pile of rock, taking him out of the fight temporarily. While the Matoran searched the stronghold for the Toa Nuva, the Toa Inika began taking the Piraka out one by one. However, the tables turned when Brutaka began to dig himself out: Hakann enacted a plan to steal Brutaka's power for himself, Avak, Reidak, and Thok to oust Zaktan - but he attempted to take it all for himself, and only quick reaction by Thok allowed him a share of Brutaka's power as well. The two quickly use their new strength to turn on the others, with Hakann knocking them all out with one explosive mental blast.
When the Toa came to, they realized that Hakann and Thok had forced the weakened Brutaka to reveal the location of the Mask of Life. Axonn arrived and began to go after the two Piraka, but Jaller told him to swallow his pride and let the others help, to which Axonn agreed. Realizing that the best way to stop the two was to return Brutaka's power to him and that the Piraka were the only ones who know how to do that, the two groups form an uneasy alliance. While the Piraka worked on the Zamor Sphere that would de-power Hakann and Thok, Axonn warned Jaller of the mask's guardians and handed him a glowing Zamor for "protection". At the same time, the Matoran were continuing their search, and they found records of Voya Nui's history - it had long been thought that many had been lost when some of the land sank underwater, but these records said that they might still be alive, to the shock of the Matoran.
Meanwhile, Hakann and Thok began to turn on each other. The resulting destruction made them easy to track, and the Toa Inika and other Piraka quickly arrived on the scene (Axonn chose to stay behind to look after Brutaka). Though most of the Piraka were taken out of the fight early, Hakann and Thok were soon put at a disadvantage to the Inika. The two Piraka called a truce and launched a combined attack, but at the same moment Hewkii hit them with the specially-prepared Zamor, restoring Brutaka's powers to him. As a result, both sides fell unconscious from their enemies' assault, leaving only Zaktan standing.
Back at the stronghold, Brutaka woke up to find Axonn watching over him. While Axonn expressed hope that Brutaka would return to protecting the Mask of Life instead of trying to claim it, Brutaka scoffed at him, and the former friends both prepared for deadly combat.
When the Toa Inika awaken, they find the Piraka gone, heading down a staircase that led to the Mask of Life. Agreeing that they could not wait for reinforcements, they quickly followed. Zaktan briefly reminisced on the past while traveling down the staircase, remembering all the events that led the Piraka to this point.
The Piraka came to a fork in the tunnel, with the path to the left blocked to them. Upon descending, the Piraka's progress was impeded when Hakann was attacked and his armor began to melt, and a large figure was heard coming up from below. They found themselves under attack from the legendary Irnakk, who subjected them to their fears through the power of his Zamor spheres. During the fight, Zaktan was drawn into Irnakk's mind, and realized that Irnakk would disappear if he ceased to be afraid of him. Zaktan did so, declaring that he used fear as a weapon just like Irnakk, and the giant vanished.
Having witnessed through Matoro's mask power the battle between the Piraka and Irnakk, the Toa Inika came upon the same fork. Mysteriously, the left passage was unblocked instead of the right, and it appeared to have been so for a long time. Elsewhere, Garan and the other members of the Matoran resistance were searching for the missing Toa Nuva, knowing that the Toa Inika might need their help. The Toa Inika, traveling down the left tunnel, encountered an illusion of Toa Lhikan, who warned them to turn back before it was too late. However, they refused to turn down a vital quest. Before the Toa Inika could learn more, he vanished before saying that he would not have backed down either, "But look what happened to me."
Back at the Piraka stronghold, Axonn and Brutaka continued their battle. The contest appeared about even, since Brutaka was taller and had more reach over Axonn but Axonn possessed more physical strength. Attempting to steal Brutaka's sword, Axonn was reminded that he gave it to Brutaka, and was subjected to a painful electrical shock. Seeking victory, Brutaka used his Kanohi Olmak to open a dimensional portal behind Axonn, which would not close until something passed through it, even if Brutaka was knocked unconscious.
Back under the volcano, the Toa Inika found themselves fighting illusions of Teridax, a Rahkshi Turahk, a Bohrok, a Bohrok-Kal, a Nui-Rama, and a Muaka. They triumphed far too easily, and the apparently deceased beings turned into the Toa Nuva. The Toa Inika were disheartened, thinking the illusions to be real and wondering what they might do next with their awesome power. However, Jaller was able to convince the group that they had to press on despite their fears, and they agreed. Moreover, the illusory Toa Nuva disappeared, and Kongu realized that they were illusions, having heard none of their thoughts with his Kanohi Suletu.
The Piraka continued their journey, contending with entrapping cylinders, a chamber filling up with water, and jets of fire. They eventually escaped, and set up an ambush for the Toa Inika, unaware that their bodies were beginning to show signs of change after being exposed to the water. Outside, the Matoran came upon the Toa Nuva, badly weakened by a device which was draining their elemental powers, and enslaved by Antidermis. Utilizing their own Zamor launchers, the Matoran freed the Toa Nuva and helped them get to the Piraka stronghold, informing them of the existence of the Toa Inika.
Upon arriving into a large chamber, the Toa Inika were greeted by the recorded voice of one of the Great Beings who placed the Ignika there many years ago. Proclaiming that the room they were in was the Chamber of Death, he informed them that in order for them to pass, one of them had to die. Matoro volunteered, claiming that out of the six Toa, he was of the least use to the team since he had been merely an interpreter and not a warrior, athlete, Chronicler, or inventor like the others. Matoro was destroyed by a beam of energy, but then his body was reconstituted, as they had passed by having the courage to sacrifice one of their own. Going onward, the group was attacked by a Protodite enlarged by the Mask of Life, called a Protodax which multiplied upon being attacked. The Rahi were driven off by Umbra, another guardian of the Mask of Life. Umbra engaged the Toa Inika in battle, but Umbra proved too powerful for them to defeat directly. Relying on Matoro and Nuparu, the Toa Inika used ice mirrors to reflect Umbra in light form while chasing Nuparu until he was finally subdued.
Going forward, the Toa Inika found themselves locked in battle with the Piraka atop a bridge. The Piraka had set up an ambush. The elemental energies of the Inika caused the structure to collapse, and the Piraka finally proceeded to the Chamber of Life. Inside they encountered none other than their long lost member, Vezon. They discovered that he had the Mask of Life fused to his head and he offered to give it to them if they killed Vezok. Despite the willingness of the Piraka to do so, Zaktan discerned that Vezon could not give them the Ignika even if he wanted to. Vezon then deployed the Spear of Fusion to merge Vezok and Reidak, creating a monstrous giant who obeyed his commands by attacking the other Piraka.
The Toa Inika, having survived their fall from the bridge, agreed that their only hope of victory over the Piraka was to fight with everything they could unleash. Back in the Piraka stronghold, Axonn struggled to avoid both Brutaka's attacks and the ever-growing dimensional vortex. He warned Brutaka that his actions would bring Botar, whose name instilled fear even in the sword-wielding giant. Driven to rage by his comrade's corruption, Axonn attacked with unbelievable force, shrugging off Brutaka's attacks as if they had not even hit him. In desperation, Brutaka looked to the vat of Antidermis, but Axonn destroyed it before he could get to it. As it shattered, Axonn heard a voice besides Brutaka's crying out, a voice that was deeper and more guttural. Bereft of his axe, Axonn managed to strike down Brutaka with a blast of power from his bare hands, and sanity returned to Brutaka's eyes just before he was knocked unconscious. Botar then appeared and took custody of Brutaka, warning Axonn that any attempts to interfere with him would be met with Brutaka's punishment. Axonn vowed to free his friend, and as all three Order of Mata Nui members left, the vortex Brutaka opened was revealed to be a portal to the Field of Shadows as Krahka and Tahtorak emerged from it.
Back inside the Chamber of Life, the Toa Inika arrived and confronted Vezon. His powers, combined with those of Fenrakk, proved too much for them to contend with directly. The Inika then used their powers to force the two backwards into the lava, and Jaller prepared to go after them despite the knowledge that he would likely die. Before he got the chance, Vezon emerged on the back of Fenrakk, which had transformed into the Kardas Dragon. As they struggled, Jaller realized that the Ignika must be sentient, and had Kongu read its thoughts. Kongu discovered that the Mask of Life had sensed their approach, and because of Matoro's attitude towards others selected him to be its new guardian, as it hated and feared Vezon. Beaming these thoughts into Vezon's mind, Kongu provoked the Piraka into a rage. Jaller then deployed Axonn's special Zamor sphere, freezing Vezon and Kardas in time and space and allowing Matoro to remove the Ignika.
At the Piraka stronghold, the Toa Nuva recovered their masks and learned from the resistance team who the Toa Inika were, setting out to meet with their friends. On their feet again, the Piraka attacked the Toa Inika, but the Mask of Life escaped their grasp, flying upwards through the catacombs. The Toa pursued it, while the Piraka had a dispute involving the Spear of Fusion. Vezok wanted Vezon to be fused with him once again, but the other Piraka destroyed the spear, making it impossible. The pursuit of the Ignika continues, and it ended up traveling into the depths of Voya Nui bay. While attempting to retrieve it, Hahli was overwhelmed by immense pressure and began to drown. Before the other Inika could do anything, a mysterious Matoran emerged from underwater and brings Hahli back to shore. After gasping out a cryptic plea for help and mentioning a city beneath the waters, the Ta-Matoran collapsed and died.
The Toa Inika met up with Axonn and the Toa Nuva, Botar having disappeared with Brutaka after talking with Tahu Nuva. Seeing that they had no chance against twelve Toa and Axonn, the Piraka decided to go into hiding, planning to wait until the right moment to strike back. After a discussion, it was agreed that the Toa Inika would continue the quest for the Mask of Life while the Toa Nuva departed, as it would seem that the Toa Nuva were destined to awaken Mata Nui, but the Toa Inika had to save his life first. Tahu Nuva promised that the Toa Nuva would be waiting for the Inika when they returned. But once the Inika were out of hearing range, Axonn confronted him and Tahu admitted to having lied. He mentioned a cryptic mission that the Toa Nuva now had, that the Inika could not be a part of, and expressed his hopes that the new Toa would survive.
After a discussion as to the Voya Nui Matoran, Axonn volunteered to watch over them so that the Toa Nuva would not have to take them to Metru Nui and the Toa Inika would be free to pursue the Ignika. Axonn then opened a tunnel in the Matoran village leading down to the undersea realm, and watched the Toa Inika depart after a warning about the dangers they might face.
|Characters | Sapient Species | Locations | Flora | Fauna | Objects | Powers | Vehicles | Society | Events|
LEGO | TECHNIC | BIONICLE | Hero Factory | BS01 Wiki | Policies | Sources | Saga Guides | Timeline | Media