Telluris

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"Were he a more rational and practical being, he probably would have conquered much of Bara Magna now with his Skopio XV1 vehicle. But his insanity limits the harm he has done, and fortunately for the Agori, the appearances of the Telluris and his awesome machine are rare."
— Narrator, Mata Nui's Guide to Bara Magna
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Telluris
Set Telluris.png
Glatorian
Tribe Iron (formerly)
Tools None
Status Deceased
Pronunciation TELL-err-ISS[OGDi]: Jun 17 2009, 05:53 PM]
Set number 8996


Telluris was a brilliant but deranged member of the Spherus Magna warrior class and one of the few surviving members of the Iron Tribe after the Dreaming Plague.

Biography

Telluris lived and worked with the rest of the Iron Tribe on Spherus Magna. Around 103,000 years ago, the Iron Tribe was struck by a mysterious disease, and nearly obliterated. The few remaining members of the tribe, including Telluris, were ostracized by the other Agori tribes, for fear that they were capable of infecting others. Telluris and the other remaining members of his tribe retreated to safety in a cave, for fear of being attacked by the diseased Iron Tribe members, and Telluris suggested that the tribe's surviving members use minerals to change the color of their armor and helmets, in an effort to disguise themselves and attempt to integrate into other tribes. Their efforts did not succeed, and Telluris later headed south.[ST, Ch. 1]

Telluris piloting the Skopio XV-1

Prior to the Core War, Telluris found some acceptance among Agori who had a love of machinery similar to his. Berix was one of his friends, and the Water Agori learned much from Telluris' teachings. Paranoia and jealousy eventually took hold, and Telluris drove others away from him, believing that the Agori were out to get him and his designs.[MNGtBM, p. 84] In order to eliminate the perceived threat, he began making a powerful war vehicle, the Skopio XV-1. He modeled it after the Skopio, a creature of Spherus Magna that his tribe once honored.[MNGtBM, p. 85]

Following the Shattering, he was left on Bara Magna, the desert region of the planet which formed a separate world. On rare occasions, he traded bits of information he had learned to the Rock Tribe.[citation needed]

While patrolling the deserts, Telluris ambushed a Bone Hunter platoon, and disappeared under the sands soon after. He soon discovered several Glatorian and Agori, and brought the vehicle up to attack them. Though they split up in an attempt to confuse him, Telluris was able to discern that Ackar was the leader of the group, and chased after him. He cornered the veteran Glatorian, but Kiina intervened, and the two worked together to capture Telluris. Telluris was overcome when Kiina jumped up into the cockpit, offering him three choices: being killed, risk the destruction of the Skopio XV-1 or being left free to pursue the Skrall. The Iron warrior lied and accepted the third option, but the Glatorian were not fooled, and refused his offer, throwing Telluris over the side of the cockpit, trashing the XV-1, and leaving.[TC]

Telluris soon began despairing over the critical damage done to the Skopio XV-1 by the Glatorian, from well before the fall of Atero to after the attack on Roxtus. As he mourned the loss of his vehicle he was approached by another member of the Iron Tribe, Sahmad. Sahmad offered him a ride north, where he was heading, in the hope that Telluris could find some parts there to repair his vehicle. Telluris accepted his offer, and the two began traveling north. Along the way, Telluris noticed a strange snake, and alerted Sahmad to it. As he moved to kill it, the snake began to speak, revealing itself to be Metus, and claiming to no longer be able dream.[ST, Ch. 2]

As Sahmad and Metus spoke, Telluris noticed one of Bara Magna's moons hurtling towards the earth and was excited by the reformation of Spherus Magna. Telluris later accompanied Sahmad on his quest to retrace Metus' movements, hoping to learn where the snake had caught the plague. When Sahmad came across a strange pattern in the ground, Telluris searched with the others for more like it, but was unsuccessful. Soon after, a red tentacle appeared from the sands and seized Telluris, dragging him underground.[ST, Ch. 3]

Telluris met up with Metus, who was now an Agori again, and the two rushed through caverns until they found Sahmad and the Sisters of the Skrall, along with the glowing being who had killed the Iron Tribe. Telluris helped lead Sahmad away with Metus to the surface of Spherus Magna, where they encountered the creature.[ST, Ch. 5] Telluris suggested using his Skopio to stop the entity, Annona, but Sahmad rejected the idea, as the Skopio was in a state of disrepair. Annona left to find other sources of food, and Sahmad tricked Telluris into going after her by claiming that she would attack his Skopio. Telluris, forgetting that the Skopio was non-functional, chased after Annona, accompanied by Sahmad and Metus. They all jumped into Annona as she teleported away, and the three found themselves on Aqua Magna, where Annona was headed for a fortress. Telluris picked up a branch to use as a weapon, and joined Sahmad and Metus in scaling the cliffs, where they found many Skakdi trapped in Annona's illusions. As the three watched, Annona was confronted and assaulted by the Golden-Skinned Being.[ST, Ch. 6] During the fight, Telluris charged Annona with his makeshift branch weapon, and tried to spear her. However, he was incinerated by Annona before he could do any damage.[ST, Ch. 7]

Abilities and Traits

Telluris was arrogant and sure in his abilities, a confidence afforded to him by the power of his vehicle. Telluris disliked most other beings, including the remaining members of the Iron Tribe, despite cooperating with Sahmad without issue. Due to the decimation of his tribe, Telluris went mad, and was feared by others because of it.[MNGtBM] He was also very attached to his vehicle, and mourned that it had been broken as if it were a living creature.[ST, Ch. 2]

Vehicle

Telluris in the Skopio XV-1

Telluris piloted the Skopio XV-1, a vehicle he designed and created. The Skopio XV-1 was armed with two force blasters and a Thornax Launcher.

BIONICLE.com Stats

STRENGTH: 9 AGILITY: 11
TOUGHNESS: 10 MIND: 8

Set Information

Telluris was released as part of the Skopio XV-1 large boxed set in mid-2009. 38 of the set's 849 pieces are used in his construction. Two pins on his feet secure him onto his vehicle, while a pair of tubing pieces run from the back of his head to the front of his vehicle. After the construction of the Skopio XV-1 his life counter mount (using five of his pieces) may be moved from his back to the rear of the vehicle, where it is used with the vehicle's own life counter, Thornax Launcher, and Thornax fruit in the BIONICLE Action Figure Game.

Quotes

"I always thought the Skopio was a gaudy waste of time and materials. No matter how big your weapon, someone else can always build a bigger one. You don't conquer your enemies with something they can see coming ten miles away. You do it by working your way inside like the larva of a spiked worm, making yourself a part of their society, and then blotting them out from the inside. The Skopio was Telluris' crutch, his way of throwing an armed and armored tantrum at the world."
Sahmad, Sahmad's Tale
"If this were a tale, Metus and I would have risked our lives to try and stop him. But it's not a tale. Not that kind, anyway. And neither one of us was going to die for Telluris. He wasn't worth it. I'm not sure anyone is."
— Sahmad, Sahmad's Tale

Trivia

  • Telluris was a member of the Glatorian species, but was not one in the sense that he was not a Glatorian by occupation.
  • In an illusion given to Sahmad, Telluris was never found after Annona dragged the three into the ground, and was presumed dead.[ST, Ch. 4]

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Telluris in set form
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