"You were always different..."
— Jaller, Mask of Light
|Toa of Light|
|Affiliation||Toa Nuva (honorary member)|
|Tools||Staff of Light (formerly)|
Power Lance (formerly)
Midak Skyblaster (formerly)
Twin Light Staffs
|Status||Alive (Revived by the Avohkii)|
|Status||Transformed into a Toa|
|Toa of Light and Shadow|
|Affiliation||Toa Nuva (honorary member)|
|Status||Reverted back to normal size|
Takua was an Av-Matoran who was taken from his homeland during the Time Slip and placed in Ta-Metru. He later lived in Ta-Koro after the Great Cataclysm, and led a life of a wanderer and adventurer. The discovery of the Kanohi Avohkii, the Mask of Light, revealed him to be the Herald, meant to discover the Toa of Light. The actions of Makuta Teridax resulted in the death of his best friend Jaller, causing Takua to realize that he was destined to be the seventh Toa. He donned the Avohkii and transformed into a Toa, renaming himself Takanuva.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Matoran
- 1.2 Takanuva
- 1.3 Alternate Universes
- 2 Abilities and Traits
- 3 Set Information
- 4 Quotes
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Appearances
- 7 References
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
Takua was the first Matoran ever created by the Great Beings, and worked on constructing the Matoran Universe with his fellow Av-Matoran. As the first Matoran, his programming differed slightly from that of later creations, who were not given complete sapience. He grew to be best friends with Solek, another Av-Matoran.[BL9, p. 49]
Takua was among the Av-Matoran who colonized Karda Nui, and was working there during the Avohkah attacks. When the Toa Mata defeated the sentient lightning bolts, Takua approached Toa Gali, expressing his amazement at her skills. The Av-Matoran soon returned to their homeland, as the Energy Storms needed to ravage Karda Nui.[BL10, p. 109-110]
A simple toolmaker in Ta-Metru, Takua also ran a small business in his home called Takua's Trade Goods, offering souvenirs from other Metru that he had picked up on his travels, which he often did when he was assigned to do work.[MN-CoL] This habit often attracted a lot of attention from the Vahki; there was a running joke in Ta-Metru that an entire squad was assigned just to keep watch on Takua.[BEU, p. 138][BA4, p. 75] Sometime during his years on Metru Nui, his original mask was damaged and replaced with a Pakari. It never fit very well and turned blue when worn, as it had not been locked into one color like his previous mask. Along with all of the Matoran in Metru Nui, Takua was cast into a slumber by Teridax,[BA4, p. 107] and was later rescued and brought to Mata Nui by the Toa Metru. Shortly after being awakened by the Toa on Naho Bay, Takua noticed a Ta-Matoran named Jaller whose strength was slowly draining because his mask had been damaged in his Matoran Sphere. Turaga Vakama then gave Jaller Lhikan's Hau, which Vakama had saved after Lhikan's death.[BA4, p. 130-131]
Takua assisted in the construction of Ta-Koro under Turaga Vakama, using materials from Airships used in the Great Rescue.[BW] He made a living there, along with with the rest of the Ta-Matoran. He was always eager for new adventures, and was not always content to stay in his village and work.
Quest for the Toa Stones
Due to his poor work ethic, Takua was banished from his home of Ta-Koro. Awakening on a beach, he was told by a Ta-Matoran that Turaga Whenua had an important job for him. Upon entering Onu-Koro, he learned that Turaga Whenua had been kidnapped by Rahi and that his staff had been stolen. Takua bravely rescued the Turaga from a Vatuka and recovered the Firestaff, the lost Toa Stone of Earth, and two Vuata Maca Crystals. Whenua informed him that the Rahi had been stepping up their attacks, and that he must continue to help the other villages. Takua picked up a Volo Lutu Launcher and Madu fruit. After competing in a Great Ussal Race, Takua left Onu-Koro.
After competing in a Ngalawa Boat Race, Takua found the same problem in Ga-Koro that faced Onu-Koro. Takua set out through Ga-Wahi and found Madu Cabolo fruit. Outwitting the Makika toad guarding Nokama, he healed the Vuata Maca tree and found the Toa Stone of Water. In Po-Wahi, Takua found the Drill of Onua and the Stone Hammer. After rescuing Podu, Takua healed the Vuata Maca, saved Onewa from a Kofo-Jaga, found the Toa Stone and played Kolhii. He also began to use Bamboo Disks. After competing in Kewa Bird Riding to enter Le-Koro, Takua found the problem all Koro were facing. Takua found the Ice Pick, the Tree Crystals, saved Matau from a Kewa nest, and found the Toa Stone. Before leaving, Takua was given the Kau Kau Staff to use. Most villages give Takua Amana Volo Spheres.
In Ko-Wahi, Takua played Huai Snowball Sling, and set out on his quest. Facing several Rahi, Takua found the Element of Melting, the Tree Crystals, the Toa Stone, Trident, and Nuju. Returning to Ta-Koro, Takua participated in Ignalu Lava Surfing, and found that Vakama was gone and Ta-Koro's water source was poisoned. Saving Vakama from Mahi, finding the antidote, and the Tree Crystals, Takua returned to Ta-Koro. After learning the Toa Stone's location inside the Mangai Volcano, Takua saved it and was blasted out on his Lavaboard. He landed at the Kini-Nui where the Turaga waited for him. He returned their Badges of Offices and activated the Toa Stones. The Toa stones created an energy blast that slammed Takua into the Ta-Wahi beach.[QftT]
The Quest of the Chronicler
The blast had caused Takua to become amnesiac, and he woke up on the beach disoriented.[MNOG, Ch. 1] He followed Tahu's tracks through the Charred Forest and rediscovered the village of Ta-Koro. Once there, he learned from Vakama the legend of the Toa, and heard how the Ta-Matoran had mistaken Tahu for a Rahi, and had tried to attack him. Vakama then warned Takua that he was not yet welcome in Ta-Koro, for the Matoran did not trust travelers. While he was in Ta-Koro, Takua met Jaller, right hand of Vakama.[MNOG, Ch. 2] He also gave his Lavaboard to Maglya.[MNOG, Ch. 5]
Takua returned to the beach, where he found a distressed Ga-Matoran named Macku. Macku told him that Ga-Koro had been attacked by Rahi, and that only she had escaped. Borrowing Macku's boat, Takua traveled to the village of water. Finding that one of the huts had sunk, Takua learned that Turaga Nokama and the inhabitants of Ga-Koro were trapped inside. Takua dove into the water and retrieved the missing gear from the city pump, returning the hut to the surface. A Tarakava attacked the Matoran as they escaped, but Toa Gali arrived in time to protect them, defeating the Tarakava and removing its Infected Kanohi. Macku told him of Po-Koro, and the Kolhii champion Hewkii who lived there.[MNOG, Ch. 3]
Upon arriving in Po-Koro, Takua learned that Hewkii and many of the other Matoran had fallen ill in an epidemic. Investigating the Comet Balls that were being sold in the market, Takua found a small stone key with an Elemental symbol on it. Takua journeyed to the Po-Wahi Quarry, and there found the door which the key opened. Inside, he found the source of the Comet balls and discovered that they were being stored with infected masks and were being guarded by a Nui-Jaga. Takua then guided Toa Pohatu, who had been temporarily blinded by the Nui-Jaga, to knock down the pillars that held up the roof of the cave. After being rescued from the cave, Takua returned to Po-Koro, where the grateful Turaga Onewa gave him a small stone chisel he was to show Turaga Nokama. Upon seeing the chisel, Turaga Nokama appointed him Chronicler and gave him a device known as a Book of Chronicles, with which he could chronicle the events he witnessed.[MNOG, Ch. 4]
Takua continued his journeys, next traveling through Onu-Koro. A lava flow had cut off access to the Lightstone mine, preventing the workers from being able to finish the tunnel to Le-Wahi. After recovering his old Lavaboard from Maglya, in Ta-Koro, Takua crossed the lava flow and repaired the lava pump, allowing the Matoran to mine more Lightstones. Also while in Onu-Koro, Takua learned of a mysterious layer that had been uncovered deep in the Great Mine. Traveling down there, he found a massive sundial.[MNOG, Ch. 5]
Once the Le-Koro tunnel was completed, Takua decided to accompany Taipu to visit Le-Koro. While traveling through the jungle, Taipu was carried off by a wild Nui-Rama. Upon arriving in Le-Koro, Takua learned from Kongu that Matau and many of the Le-Matoran had also been kidnapped by Nui-Rama, and that Toa Lewa was missing. Their talk was cut short by a swarm of Nui-Rama, and Takua agreed to second for Kongu riding a Kahu. After a few rough starts, Takua was able to master Disk throwing well enough to protect the Kahu from the attacking swarm, but upon arrival at the Nui-Rama Hive, they were knocked from the air. Within the hive, Takua discovered that Toa Lewa had been influenced by Teridax, and was wearing an infected mask. Onua soon arrived and began fighting Lewa, eventually winning and subsequently removing the infected mask. When they arrived back at Le-Koro, he joined in the celebration of the Le-Matoran victory before moving on.[MNOG, Ch. 6]
The final village that Takua visited was Ko-Koro. There, after rescuing an almost-frozen Kopeke with a Heatstone, he found that Matoro had gone out into the drifts in a blizzard. Following Matoro, Takua succumbed to the cold and had a vision about the Bohrok and was found by Matoro. After Takua recovered, the two Matoran were attacked by a Muaka, and witnessed Kopaka defeating the beast. The two returned to the village, where Matoro translated for Nuju, who gave Takua the mission to take one Matoran from each village to guard the Kini-Nui while the Toa fought Teridax.[MNOG, Ch. 7]
Arriving at Kini-Nui, Takua witnessed the Toa fuse the Makoki Stone and prepare to enter the underground. Gali spoke with Takua briefly before entering Mangaia, establishing a mental link with him that would allow him to view things that she witnessed. The seven Matoran repelled the Rahi while Takua received visions of the Toa Kaita from Gali.[MNOG, Ch. 8]
Just when the Rahi were about to defeat them, reinforcements arrived from all the six villages, driving away the Rahi. Takua's last vision from Gali was that of them about to enter Teridax's lair. At the Kini-Nui, Onepu, who led the Ussalry from Onu-Koro, told Takua that something strange had happened in the underground village. Takua hurried back to Onu-Koro, where he found that the strange sundial had become an elevator. Entering the underground, he found the Toa and watched them defeat Teridax. Unintentionally left behind, he also saw arrival of the Bohrok. Takua found that the Chisel Turaga Onewa had given him generated an energy bubble that brought him back to the Ta-Wahi beach. Vakama was there waiting for him, and told him that because of his bravery and selflessness, he was now welcome back in Ta-Koro.[MNOG, Ch. 9]
Takua continued his work as Chronicler during the many more adventures he had as a Matoran throughout the struggle against the Bohrok. He helped liberate Le-Koro, whose entire population was controlled by the Krana.[BOA, Ep. 4] After that, he traveled to Ga-Koro with Jaller, which soon came under attack from the Pahrak. They brought Nuparu and several of his Boxors with them for the defense of the village, though the machines were not very successful. Later, after the Pahrak had been driven off, they launched a surprise attack.[BOA, Ep. 5] Takua and Jaller were cut off from the rest of the Matoran when the Pahrak demolished several of the pathways between Ga-Koro's lily pads. However, Takua came up with a makeshift catapult, which he used to launch himself between the Bohrok and the Matoran.[BOA, Ep. 6] It was at this time that the Toa Nuva imprisoned the Bahrag in Protodermis, stopping the Pahrak, as well as all the Bohrok on the island. After the defeat of the swarms, Jaller and Takua helped in the collection of Krana in pits in Ga-Wahi.[BOA, Ep. 7]
They later returned to Ta-Koro and witnessed the theft of Tahu's Nuva Symbol.[BKOA, Ep. 1] During the struggle with the Bohrok-Kal, Takua and Jaller briefly traveled with the Toa Nuva as they went to defeat the Bohrok Kal.[BKOA, Ep. 2] After the Kal's defeat, the Turaga decided to hold a Naming Day Ceremony for the Matoran who had helped defeat the Bohrok.[WoH, Ch. 15] Shortly before this service, Jaller and Takua were secretly rebuilt into stronger forms by the Turaga, a gift that all Matoran would receive following the ceremony.[BKOA, Ep. 3] During the ceremony, Macku, Jaller, and Hewkii's names were changed, but Takua's remained the same. The Turaga then announced the plans for the Wall of History, and Takua's "honor" was to write the wall. Upset that all he received was a writing job, he held his own personal Naming Day Ceremony, where he renamed his pet Ussal Puku to Pewku.[WoH, Ch. 15]
Takua, shortly before the Kolhii Championship, went wandering around Ta-Koro. While exploring an underground cave, he discovered the Kanohi Avohkii, the Mask of Light. He was nearly killed by a lava surge, but was saved by Tahu at the last minute. At the Kolhii Championship, which Takua's adventuring had made him and Jaller late for, the Ga-Matoran won, much to the mortification of the Ta-Matoran. As the tournament concluded, the Avohkii fell out from Jaller's bag where it had been stowed. The Avohkii shone on Takua to indicate he was the one chosen to find the seventh Toa, however Takua tilted it to shine on Jaller, his best friend, instead. Turaga Vakama charged Jaller with the quest, but Jaller convinced Takua to come with him.
The two soon departed with Pewku on their trip to search for the seventh Toa. Almost immediately, three of Teridax's Rahkshi began pursuing them, as they traveled through Mata Nui. These Rahkshi were temporarily defeated by Kopaka. Later, Jaller and Takua got separated in an Onu-Koro tunnel while Takua was fooling around with some luminescent plants. While trying to find Jaller, Takua was confronted by Teridax, who spoke through the shadows. Teridax attempted to frighten Takua into giving him the mask, saying that Takua would never find the seventh Toa and Jaller would die. Takua refused the Makuta's words and ran away, stumbling into Jaller. Shaken by his encounter with Teridax, Takua abandoned the quest and took Pewku, leaving Jaller alone. After a conflict between three new Rahkshi and the Toa Nuva in Onu-Koro, in which the village was destroyed, Takua and Pewku rejoined Jaller. Continuing on, the three ended up at Kini-Nui. The six Rahkshi, however, appeared as well. The Toa Nuva then arrived to face them. In a final showdown, while several of the Rahkshi were defeated by the Toa Nuva, a Turahk took the life of Jaller. In his dying breath, Jaller handed Takua the Mask of Light and told him the truth he had seen about Takua's identity. Takua placed the mask on his face, and was transformed into the fabled Toa of Light; he renamed himself "Takanuva" as a tribute to the Toa Nuva.[MoL]
Shortly after transforming, Takanuva helped defeat the remaining Rahkshi. With the assistance of the Toa Nuva, he built a vehicle called the Ussanui, using designs stored within his mind, from Rahkshi parts, powered by a Kraata. The Kraata returned to Teridax, leading Takanuva to Mangaia. The Ussanui was wrecked when Takanuva used it to break through the door to the lair. It was then that Hahli emerged from the wreckage of the Ussanui and volunteered to be the Chronicler now that Takua was a Toa. Takanuva accepted, sending her up to the surface to summon the Matoran.
There, Takanuva fought Teridax, who challenged Takanuva to a game of Kolhii, until Hahli returned with the Matoran, Toa Nuva and the Turaga. Teridax then brought down the gate, sealing them all in his lair. It was at that moment that Takanuva succeeded in bringing down Teridax, winning the Kolhii match. Teridax rose, and stated that he was protecting Mata Nui, and had a duty to the Mask of Shadows. Takanuva then tried to pull off Teridax's mask, but he resisted, and both Takanuva and Teridax fell into a pool of Energized Protodermis. Out of that pool emerged Takutanuva. Takutanuva was able to perceive all events as they were, and lifted the huge gate carved in the shape of a Kanohi Hau, the Mask of Shielding, which opened upon Metru Nui, in an effort to have the Matoran return there. He stopped Hahli, running past with Jaller's mask, and used some of Teridax's life energy to bring Jaller back from the dead. Exhausted from bringing Jaller back, the gate then fell and crushed Takutanuva.[MoL]
Takanuva's Avohkii was recovered from the rubble, and taken by the Turaga to the next chamber. There, the mask was used to revive the Toa of Light, who continued on with the rest of the population. Shortly after, Takanuva used his Avohkii to shoot a beam of Light across the Silver Sea to reveal the city of Metru Nui.[B:MoL]
Return to Metru Nui
The Turaga began sharing their tales of Metru Nui with the Matoran, while boats were being constructed.[BA1] Upon arriving at Metru Nui, Takanuva helped the reconstruction work, and guarded the Matoran of Metru Nui. He was told by the Turaga about the impending death of Mata Nui, and the Toa Nuva's mission to go to Voya Nui and recover the Ignika, the Mask of Life. Although he wanted to go with the Toa Nuva, Turaga Dume insisted that it was Takanuva's destiny to defend Metru Nui and guard the Matoran. He was also charged with keeping the discovery a secret. Takanuva was approached by Jaller, who had found out about Mata Nui's failing health. Jaller convinced Takanuva to accompany a group of Matoran he had gathered on their way to Voya Nui, and they began a journey.[BL1]
They traveled through an Underwater Chute and the Tunnel of Darkness. At an archway that marked the gate to Karzahni's realm, he could not continue, as the archway banished the very force of Light, so he was forced to turn back to Metru Nui after an emotional goodbye.[BL2]
He later spotted Makuta Icarax diving into the Silver Sea around Metru Nui. The Makuta emerged carrying the Kanohi Kraahkan, but escaped before Takanuva could reach the spot where he was.
Takanuva's friends, who through various adventures were now the Toa Mahri, soon returned to the city. They were, however, short one of their number: Matoro, who had died to save the Great Spirit from dying. Takanuva and the city mourned the death of the hero, and the Toa Mahri joined Takanuva in protecting the city.[BL10, p. 1]
Shadow Leech Attack
While patrolling Metru Nui, Takanuva felt a dark presence trying to invade his mind. Pushing back, he managed to locate the source: a Dark Hunter by the name of Dweller, who was hiding in the Archives. As he was rushing towards the Archives, however, a Shadow Leech dropped by Makuta Icarax jumped onto him and slowly started sucking out his light. As a being of light, the prospect of having his light being drained away was agonizing. Bearing the pain, Takanuva concentrated a light beam on the leech, incinerating it. When the Toa of Light awoke, he found himself in the dead Rahi specimen examination room in the Archives; part of his inner light had already been sucked out, granting him dual control over Light and Shadow.
In the room, he met Toa Helryx and Toa Krakua of the Order of Mata Nui. Helryx quickly informed him of the existence of the Order of Mata Nui, and told him that he needed to help the Toa Nuva. Krakua placed a Kratana on Takanuva's mask and he was flushed with recollections of the Toa Mata's past.
After the vision ended, Helryx told him that his mission was to inform the Toa Nuva that, if they succeed in awakening Mata Nui, the Energy Storms which devastated Karda Nui when Mata Nui first awoke and took over for Tren Krom would be unleashed once more, destroying everything in its path except the Codrex. Helryx told him that he had to go to Karda Nui and inform the Toa of the situation, and that they must take refuge in the Codrex. Takanuva agreed to go and help those he looked up to. However, he was uncertain as to who would help the Toa Mahri in his absence. Helryx introduced him to Brutaka, who had captured Dweller. Having heard tales of Brutaka from the Mahri, Takanuva was shocked and angered that the traitor would be asked to protect the city alongside his friends. Krakua tried to break up the tension by informing him that Brutaka's Kanohi Olmak would be his means of transport to Karda Nui. With parting words, Helryx extended a hand to Takanuva, who shook it, and Krakua handed him the Great Sundial, which had been shrunk for his usage. Brutaka then sent Takanuva to Karda Nui through his Olmak, although it was damaged and was not functioning properly.[BL10]
As a result of the damage to the Olmak, Takanuva was instead transported to a pocket dimension where he found himself surrounded by a forest full of black trees and dying grass. Suddenly, he encountered a Spectral Mask floating in the air. It informed him of a village that was in terrible trouble, and the Toa of Light ran to save it before the mask finished talking.
When Takanuva arrived at the village, he was surprised to find out that it was a huge city full of silver towers. Inside the city, he encountered a race of Kestora. These beings were in combat with a huge creature, which Takanuva took to be the source of the commotion and danger. He attacked the beast, which fled. However, instead of thanking him, the small beings began laughing at him and locked him outside of the city.
Takanuva then went back to search for the mask, which told him of his mistake, and how it had tried to tell him the entire situation beforehand. Takanuva then found out that the large creatures were actually gentle and kind, and the one he chased away was the last of its kind residing in the city, which had been taken over by the small beings. Takanuva then searched for the beast to convince it to trust him, in which he succeeded, and developed a plan. Takanuva created a fireworks show outside to distract the small beings while the beast returned to its former home.
After he was finished, he returned to the Spectral Mask, who congratulated him on his new-earned wisdom of not to judge good and evil on appearances but their deeds instead, and opened a new dimensional gate. Through the gate he departed, intending to for Karda Nui once more, but ended up in yet another alternate dimension.[JoT]
Upon leaving the City of Silver, Takanuva was transported to an alternate universe, one where beings of all species were living together. Takanuva first met Macku and told her who he was, but she did not believe him. She then took him to Axonn, who deemed Takanuva trustworthy, but had his Staff of Light taken as a precaution. Takanuva then went to see Jaller and attempt to discern what was going on. He learned that he was on the island of Mata Nui, despite it being a city immensely larger than the old Metru Nui. Jaller directed him to a Wall of History that told of how Matoro had failed to use the Ignika and Mata Nui died, 10,000 years beforehand. He learned that Metru Nui's Turaga had expected such an outcome and gathered together many of the Matoran Universe's species, and, with help from the Order of Mata Nui, migrated to the surface for safety. Then, the Order and that universe's Takanuva kept the Makuta at bay to prevent their migrating as well. That Takanuva then created light barriers designed to keep beings of Shadow out. His destiny fulfilled, the Takanuva of that universe used his Toa Power to create six new Toa: Kapura, Balta, Dalu, Velika, Defilak, and Tanma. He was then transformed into a Turaga and made leader of the new Kingdom of the Great Spirit. He ruled the Kingdom with the help of the ruling council, made up of Turaga Dume, Nektann, Roodaka, the Shadowed One, Helryx, and a Nynrah Ghost.
Toa Takanuva then traveled to the city's Coliseum to speak with his alternate self. Upon arriving, he also instead sent a message to Helryx, saying in it her original plan about what Takanuva was to do in Karda Nui. He was then escorted to Turaga Takanuva's chambers, who had figured out that the Toa was his former self. He then asked Toa Takanuva to help find a way to fix the light barriers keeping the Rahkshi and Makuta out of the Kingdom before they would find a way to return him to his own universe.
Turaga Takanuva took his Toa counterpart, along with Tanma, to meet a Fe-Matoran Nynrah Ghost who armed him with a Power Lance and a Midak Skyblaster. Takanuva and Tanma then departed, with Tanma wanting to head towards the nearest light barrier. However, Takanuva instead insisted on visiting Matoro first. Takanuva managed to convince Matoro to accompany them by telling him that it was a chance to be seen as a hero again.
The trio went to the abandoned Bohrok tunnels under Po-Wahi to investigate the light barriers there. Finding nothing wrong, Takanuva and Tanma started to leave, but then heard the sound of ice blasts behind them. They turned to find Matoro confronting four Rahkshi on his own. More Rahkshi were passing through the barrier, garbed in Shadow armor that permitted them to cross the barrier unharmed. After they had defeated the Rahkshi, they saw Teridax emerge from the tunnel. Teridax had driven Icarax from his armor and possessed it, then went on to absorb all of the other Makuta into his essence, becoming a monstrous behemoth. Takanuva managed to knock Teridax's mask off, and Tanma destroyed it, only to be caught by Teridax and disintegrated. He then created a Shadow hand to absorb Matoro, and Takanuva attempted to stop him, but was stopped himself by Matoro. As Matoro was absorbed, Teridax's will was overpowered and Matoro killed him from the inside, sacrificing himself in the process.
Takanuva returned to the surface and told the ruling council about the fight. He stayed long enough to see a statue made in honor of Matoro, then had the alternate Brutaka use his Olmak so Takanuva could resume his journey to Karda Nui.[TK]
Once he reached another alternate universe, Takanuva encountered Kapura, who thought Takanuva was going to punish him for being in his way. The Matoran was later frozen by Toa Mata Kopaka, who froze Takanuva in turn, and told the Toa of Light that he had committed a crime.[DM, Ch. 1]
Takanuva was then dragged off to the Coliseum and imprisoned. He met his alternate self, Takua, who was still a Matoran in that universe. Stunned, the Toa sliced off the chains which bound Takua to the wall. He then questioned Takua as to what was happening with Metru Nui, and Takua replied, telling him the events of Nidhiki's defection and how Tuyet received great power from the Nui Stone. Takanuva then took off his Kanohi Avohkii and attempted to put it on Takua to see if he would become a Toa of Light, but his attempt failed. Takanuva then told the Matoran to come with him to the Archives, intending to search for the Rahi Krahka from Vakama's tales.[DM, Ch. 2]
In the Archives, Takanuva was shocked to discover they were trophy rooms. He also found Turaga Dume, trapped in a stasis tube. He freed the Turaga and asked him to help searching for Krahka, but then Toa Tuyet came to confront Takanuva.[DM, Ch. 3]
After journeying down to the Archives by Tuyet, it was revealed to the company that Tuyet was actually Teridax who had shapeshifted into her form. Teridax then questioned Takanuva with Krika and Kojol, and Takanuva told the Makuta that he was a Toa of Light. Takanuva then attempted to ask for help in order to return his universe, and the Makuta agreed that if Takanuva retrieved the Vahi from Matoran Jaller, they would help him find Brutaka.[DM, Ch. 4]
Takanuva then set off to find Jaller. However, he was told that traveling by sea would cause him to be too late to intercept the company. As a result, Makuta Krika gave Takanuva a type of virus which allowed him the power of flight for a limited time. Takanuva then flew off to Karzahni to intercept Jaller, who he found to be accompanied by Toa Kualus and Bomonga, along with Pewku. After successfully lying to the two Toa, Takanuva joined their company. However, when questioned as to who is threatening to steal the Vahi, Takanuva lied once more and claimed it to be Brutaka, but then discovered that Bomonga had already killed Brutaka. Takanuva was told that Brutaka's mask and tools were held in the Coliseum.[DM, Ch. 5]
After Takanuva's arrival, the group attacked the Coliseum. In the beginning of the assault, Takanuva blinded the guards with his Shadow powers. For much of the fight, he simply watched the battles raging around him, even witnessing his alternate self be killed by a Toa of Iron.
Later on, he joined Darkness in sneaking in to the Coliseum through cracks in the wall. Once inside, Darkness was swept away by rushing water and Takanuva was confronted by Tuyet, who had figured out that Takanuva was not from their universe.[DM, Ch. 8] Takanuva and Tuyet then battled against each other, with Takanuva's attacks counteracted by those of Tuyet's. As Tuyet prepared to finish him off, the pair noticed from a hole in the Coliseum wall that the Matoran and other races had joined the rebellion as well. Takanuva managed to convince Tuyet to open up a portal using the Olmak and go to another dimension where she could start anew. However, as Tuyet prepared to step into the portal, Takanuva ripped the mask off Tuyet's face and entered the portal himself.
Angered, Tuyet followed by grabbing onto Takanuva's leg. During the brief struggle, the Olmak was lost in the dimensional space. The portal generated by the Olmak closed, cutting Tuyet, whose upper body was in the portal when it closed, in half and instantly killing her. Takanuva turned away from the remains of the Toa of Water and continued his journey to Karda Nui, wondering what would happen to the Toa Empire without Tuyet, and whether he would ever be able to return and find out.[DM, Ch. 9]
Takanuva then emerged from a portal in the western portion of the Swamp of Secrets, and was enlarged in size by the energies of the place. Upon his arrival, he saw Gali fighting against Krika. Takanuva used his powers of light to drive Krika off, who then vanished into the mists.
After a brief conversation concerning how Takanuva had reached Karda Nui and his newly increased size, he and Gali then went to find the other Toa Nuva, to warn them of the danger they were in. Takanuva set the sundial down and shone light on it to determine the direction he had to go. As the shadow fell to the east, he chose to go in that direction. Takanuva then explained to Gali that the sundial pointed in the direction of the location from where Mata Nui must be awakened. Before he could continue, an orange being appeared heading towards them, which Takanuva did not recognize. The Toa of Light prepared to attack, urged on by the dark side of his mind, until Gali stopped him - the new arrival was Pohatu.
After filling Takanuva in on recent events, they then began flying towards the east, to where the other Toa Nuva were. During their conversations, Takanuva realized that he was once an Av-Matoran, and became determined to find a cure for the Shadow Matoran.[BL11]
Soon, the three Toa spotted a group of Niazesk in the swamp, which attacked them. Pohatu and Gali only managed to take one Niazesk down before Takanuva decided to assist them. He raised his Power Lance to fire a burst of Light, but then decided it might not be powerful enough, and instead unleashed Shadow energies. The blast defeated the Niazesk, but it caused Pohatu to think that Takanuva was Teridax in disguise.
Stunned by the accusation, Takanuva attempted to convince Pohatu by citing the first words the Toa of Stone said when he first awoke on Daxia many millennia ago. Pohatu did not believe him, as he could not recall the incident, and Takanuva was not even present at the time he uttered those words. Finally, Takanuva suggested that Gali use the mental link she used when the Toa Mata descended into Mangaia to confront Teridax and to relay the events for him to chronicle. Gali did this, and learned of Takanuva's adventures in the Toa Empire and Kingdom. She acknowledged that it was Takanuva, and Pohatu then revealed the situation of Karda Nui to him.[TB]
He later joined the Toa Nuva in a battle against the eight Makuta in the swamp, who all fled. Tahu then showed him the Keystone, and was about to read it when the Toa Ignika, who had just learned to speak, arrived and warned them of the countdown. Takanuva then informed the assembled Toa of the Energy Storms as well.
After a battle between the Toa and the Makuta, the Toa Nuva entered the Codrex, along with Takanuva and the Toa Ignika. Takanuva witnessed the discovery of the vehicles and the theft of Jetrax T6. Angered at the actions of the Makuta, Takanuva grew to believe that it was his destiny to destroy all the Makuta, and left the Codrex to do so. He followed Kopaka, who was pursuing the Jetrax T6, out of the Codrex. Kopaka encountered Radiak, and was combating the Matoran when Takanuva offered to help. As Kopaka left, Radiak insulted Takanuva, calling him a "Toa of Twilight". Though angered, Takanuva realized that the Matoran needed to be cured, and enlisted Tanma, Solek, and Photok to help him. He was thinking of a way to help the Matoran when Photok alerted him to the presence of Vican. The newcomer claimed to know a way to save the victims of the Shadow Leeches, having been cured himself. He then went with Vican, and witnessed Radiak become an Av-Matoran again. Takanuva next sent the Matoran to gather up all of the Matoran in Karda Nui.
Immediately afterwards, Takanuva was attacked by Chirox and Bitil, the latter leading past selves summoned with his Kanohi Mohtrek. Wild with fury, Takanuva pierced Chirox's armor using a beam of light, and attacked Chirox at such ferocity that the Makuta could not respond. In his anger, he forgot about Bitil and was almost defeated by one of Bitil's duplicates. However, Bitil was struck by Kopaka piloting the Jetrax T6, causing the Makuta's concentration to shatter and thus stopping his mask from working. Takanuva attempted to kill the fleeing Makuta, but was stopped by the Toa of Ice. He informed Kopaka that the Makuta intended to awaken Mata Nui, and Kopaka went to inform the others.
Takanuva then tracked down the last Shadow Matoran, Gavla. He directed the female Matoran at the Klakk, whose attack allowed light to begin returning to both of them. Seeing this, Takanuva sent Gavla, to the Matoran's displeasure, away with her fellow Av-Matoran, who were departing through the western portal of Karda Nui, and rejoined the Toa Nuva. They escaped the Energy Storms and arrived back in Metru Nui, assisting it in defeating the remaining forces of the Brotherhood of Makuta.
Upon a celebration in Metru Nui, Teridax proclaimed his rule over the universe and the banishment of Mata Nui and the Ignika.[BL11]
Takanuva and the other Toa Nuva escaped into the Archives, fleeing from Rahkshi. Soon they regrouped in a deep underground chamber, where the Turaga and Matoran hid as well. The Turaga found Krahka, who allied with them, and revealed the locations of underground passageways through which they could escape Metru Nui and contact other Toa in other lands. Tahu then came up with a plan, which was that all the Toa would split up and wreak havoc around the Matoran Universe, thus distracting Teridax. The Toa then met Trinuma on Stelt, who informed them of Daxia's destruction and that only some members of the Order managed to survive.
Partnered with Pohatu, Takanuva then proceeded to Destral, where they saw the ruins of the island and the armor of the dead Makuta. While Pohatu searched for weaponry, Takanuva went looking for Destral's teleportation device, in the hopes of using it to contact another universe and seek help, or a way to defeat Teridax.[TB] He later found the device, and requested for Nuparu to assist in learning how it worked, but failed to have it repaired.
After Teridax landed on Bara Magna, Takanuva reunited with Tahu to follow some Rahkshi south. The two witnessed a massive quake and Tahu saved them from a block of metal falling toward them. Takanuva feared an attack by Teridax, but Tahu understood someone was attacking Teridax. The Toa of Light then expressed his doubts about chasing after the Rahkshi, but Tahu reminded him they were gathering Toa to fight. Takanuva found a cache of weapons, and the Twin Light Staffs. His Power Lance and Midak Skyblaster were abandoned.[JE] The virus given to him by Krika in the Toa Empire Alternate Universe wore off, and he lost his power of flight.
Takanuva eventually made it out of the Matoran Universe, altering his armor color to be less visible in order to avoid drawing attention to himself. Upon exiting through the hatch in pursuit of Rahkshi, he was caught in a blast of Air fired by the Glatorian Gresh, who had mistaken him as an enemy after seeing the Rahkshi exit. The attack angered Takanuva, who promised to defeat the stranger.
Tahu and the small army who had followed Takanuva soon realized that the stranger was an ally, and Gresh departed with them to fight. Tahu was soon devolved back into a Toa Mata by the Ignika, and the two Toa witnessed the Golden Armor being formed. Takanuva spotted an incoming blast from Teridax, and the Golden Armor pieces were scattered. While searching for the pieces, Takanuva was assaulted by a squad of Heat Vision Rahkshi. As Teridax had enhanced the armor of the Rahkshi, Takanuva's power was not as powerful against them. After being overwhelmed by their power and hit by Heat Vision, Takanuva managed to create a hologram of himself using his light powers, which fooled the Rahkshi into attacking each other. Afterwards, Takanuva recovered the armor piece from the Rahkshi.
Reuniting with Tahu and Gresh, they joined the pieces of the Golden Armor, which Tahu donned. The energies of the Armor obliterated the Rahkshi, and Teridax was ultimately defeated by Mata Nui. Tahu and Takanuva looked out at the unmoving body of the Matoran Universe, Takanuva hoping that once and for all Teridax was dead.
The Great Spirit replenished the land after the planet was whole once again, and seemingly perished. Takanuva rushed to the site with the other Toa and Glatorian, and were relieved to find Mata Nui still alive, within the Ignika. Takanuva then joined the others in the coming together of the two worlds.[JE]
He later changed his armor color back to gold.
- See Shadow Takanuva
In an alternate universe where Mata Nui was never built, Takua had never renamed himself Takanuva. Toa Macku considered him to be the best at telling the story of the Melding. It is unknown whether or not he is a Toa in this universe.[BIA, Ch. 8]
In the reality where the Makuta never struck Mata Nui down, Takua was not destined to become a Toa.[[ http://greg.thegreatarchives.com/2008-2010/page1 OGDi]]: May 28 2009, 02:24 PM] Instead the Av-Matoran became one of the best storytellers of Spherus Magna's reformation, impressing Tarduk. He was in Roxtus when Vezon arrived in the reality.[RoS, Ch. 5]
After the death of Mata Nui, this alternate Takanuva helped the denizens of the Matoran Universe out onto the surface of Aqua Magna. After he fulfilled his destiny by trapping the Makuta behind the light barriers,[[ http://greg.thegreatarchives.com/2008-2010/page1 OGDi]]: Jul 16 2008, 08:54 PM] he passed his Toa Power onto six Matoran, who became Toa. Takanuva became a Turaga and proceeded to lead the ruling council of the newly-formed Kingdom of the Great Spirit.[TK]
In an alternate reality, Takua did not become a Toa as he was not destined to. He was imprisoned by the Toa underneath the Coliseum.[DM, Ch. 2] Soon after the main universe's Takanuva freed him, he participated in Pohatu's rebellion. He was killed in battle by a Toa of Iron.[DM, Ch. 8]
Abilities and Traits
Takua was always adventurous and very curious, which often led him into trouble. He helped those who needed it, and was eager to accomplish any task. Takanuva was initially uncomfortable with being a Toa, preferring to spend time with his Matoran friends. However, he is willing to step up and claim the responsibility of a Toa, and has devoted himself to the cause, studying hard under the tutelage of the Toa Nuva.
As an Av-Matoran, Takua had the potential to harness minuscule amounts of light energy and disguise his outward appearance. However, as he believed that he was a Ta-Matoran, he could not use any of these powers, and remained under the guise of a Ta-Matoran. As a Toa, Takanuva controls Light, and wears the Avohkii, Mask of Light. He can create lasers, beams of light, and is experimenting with increased speed and solid light projections. Takanuva can also change his appearance and colors by bending light. Because he was a Matoran of Light, Takanuva has the potential to access all of the Av-Matoran special light-based powers, but only after intense training. After being exposed to a Virus crafted by Makuta Krika from the Toa Empire Alternate Universe, he could fly. However, the effect was only temporary, and has since worn off.
After having his light partially drained, Takanuva controlled Light and Shadow, with the ability to fire Light from his left hand and Shadow from his right. A side-effect of the attack was that Takanuva had dark urges which grew increasingly harder to resist. Also, during this time, his light did not regenerate, so if he had used too much of it, he would have become a full Toa of Shadow. After being cured by the Klakk, these effects were removed, and Takanuva commands the abilities of Light once more.
Upon being exposed to the energy of Karda Nui, Takanuva was enlarged in size and granted an increase in strength. Upon returning to Metru Nui, his size was reduced to normal, and he is now in his original form.
Mask and Tools
Matoran Takua used several tools to perform his duties as Chronicler, such as the Chronicler's Staff and the Book of Chronicles. As a Kolhii player, he also used a Kolhii Stick and a shield. His original Kanohi on Metru Nui was broken, and he acquired a powerless Pakari as a replacement, though the Pakari often came loose.
Takanuva wears the Kanohi Avohkii, the Great Mask of Light. It is said to create light in darkness and to bring friendship and understanding to enemies. His first Toa Tool, the Staff of Light, could channel his light energy in a beam and could scoop up balls of light, as well as giving an advantage in Kolhii.
When Takanuva entered the Kingdom, his Staff of Light was taken from him, because weapons were not permitted inside the Kingdom of the Great Spirit. He was later given a Power Lance and a Midak Skyblaster by a Nynrah Ghost. The Power Lance acted differently than most Toa tools, as it could amplify elemental power in addition to channeling it.
Takanuva eventually discarded his Power Lance and Midak Skyblaster in exchange for the Twin Light Staffs.
|STRENGTH: 12||AGILITY: 12|
|TOUGHNESS: 13||MIND: 11|
Takua as a Matoran was officially released once, as part of the 221-piece 8595 Takua and Pewku set in 2003. The large boxed set depicts his form following The Rebuilding. Takua wields a Kolhii Stick and puck in this set.
Also released as a large boxed set of 2003, 8596 Takanuva came with his vehicle, the Ussanui. The set included 200 pieces altogether (38 of which are to build Takanuva, while the remaining 162 are to build the Ussanui). Spinning a gear on Takanuva's back causes the set to swing its right arm. This set includes exclusive gold Nuva armor as well as the Staff of Light (which could be attached to his back for storage) and two Kanohi Avohkii: one gold (for Takanuva) and one clear with gold speckles (representing the mask in use). This set could be combined with 8593 Makuta to build Takutanuva. The two sets also came together in a combo pack, 3287 Takutanuva and again, along with a promotional "movie version" of the Kanohi Kraahkan, in 10201 Takutanuva.
Takanuva was released again in summer 2008 as a large boxed set. 8699 Takanuva depicts his form following his partial light drain and his enhancement by the energies of Karda Nui. He wears a new form of the Kanohi Avohkii and wields his Power Lance and Midak Skyblaster. The set contained 267 pieces.
7135 Takanuva was later released in 2010 as part of the BIONICLE Stars line. The figure consists of 21 pieces, including the Golden Armor piece (one of the chest/shoulder pieces) included with the set. Takanuva could be combined with the five other Stars to form the Gaardus model, the instructions for which were released on BIONICLE.com.
"Add to that foiling the ingenious attempts by some Matoran to try and take unscheduled vacations from work — one Ta-Matoran, Takua, practically rated an entire Nuurakh squad to himself — and Vahki could safely be said to have seen it all."
— Narrator, Legends of Metru Nui
"Yes, work. You know, that thing you do all day? That thing Takua is apparently allergic to?"
— Jaller to Vakama (in an illusion), Time Trap
"You are an absolute in these uncertain times. Your past is forgotten, and your future is an empty book. You must find your own destiny, my brave adventurer."
— Nokama to Takua, Mata Nui Online Game
"Oh, Takua, he's got more rocks in his head than a Po-Matoran."
— Jaller, Mask of Light
"One day, your power will be all that stands between us and the darkness ..."
— Vakama, Island of Doom
"What's white and gold and can't keep a secret to save his life?"
— Jaller, Island of Doom
"In over 100,000 years, the Order has revealed its existence to very few, and then only in a time of great need. This is such a time — and we have need of a unique Toa, one who walks the world of both light and shadow."
— Helryx, Swamp of Secrets
"You'll be hearing my name someday, whenever people talk about heroes - Takua!"
— Takua to Gali, Swamp of Secrets
"He is. Darker, perhaps, and not quite the innocent Takua or the eager hero we remember ... but he is our friend."
— Gali, Takanuva's Blog
"But I'm not my 'kind', not anymore — your shadow leeches saw to that. I'm half Toa of Light, half Toa of Shadow. This was what you wanted, wasn't it? Toa consumed by darkness, Toa not hampered by things like mercy or morality. Well, now you can choke on it."
— Takanuva to Chirox, The Final Battle
- Jason Michas voiced Takua/Takanuva in Mask of Light.
- Takanuva is the only Toa of Light in the main universe.
- Contrary to popular belief, Takanuva is not on the same power level as that of a Toa Nuva, nor is he a part of the Toa Nuva Toa Team, although he is considered an honorary member.
- Greg Farshtey's intended destiny for Takanuva was for him to play a crucial role in a civil war between the Great Beings. However, since the BIONICLE story was discontinued, this destiny never came to pass.
- Takanuva's Power Lance, Midak Skyblaster, and increased size in BIONICLE: Journey of Takanuva were simply acts of artistic license. Despite not having actually obtained the weapons or changed in size, the character depicted in the book needed to resemble the set, and thus those features were included.
- Takua made a cameo appearance in the LEGO.com 3D adventure game Backlot. He was seen in the cafeteria drinking coffee and reading a script for BIONICLE: The Swarm. In Backlot, his name is George, which was the placeholder name Templar Studios used for Takua.
- BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 12 March 2010
- Chat with Greg Farshtey, 30 August 2014
- BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 7 February 2010
- Chat with Greg Farshtey, 17 July 2014
- Chat with Greg Farshtey, 9 September 2014
- BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 11 June 2010 (archive)
- BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 12 December 2008
- BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 27 November 2009
- BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 18 June 2010 (archive)
- Chat with Greg Farshtey, 22 May 2014
- Chat with Greg Farshtey, 29 April 2014 (archive)
- 8595 Takua and Pewku Building Instructions on LEGO.com
- 8596 Takanuva Building Instructions on LEGO.com
- 8699 Partial Light-Drained Takanuva Building Instructions on LEGO.com
- 7135 Stars Takanuva Building Instructions on LEGO.com
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|Members||Gali | Lewa | Pohatu | Onua | Takanuva (honorary)|
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|Promotional||Good Guy 2008 | Bad Guy 2008 | Function 2008|
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