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"No one would ever suspect him, of course. No one ever had. As time passed and things had become clear to him, he had known this time would come. The most powerful would need to be eliminated individually – no point in risking the grand plan because he had missed one, after all – and the rest could be dealt with at leisure. He had expected it to be a time-consuming, if amusing, exercise, a sort of living strategy game in which only he knew the rules."
— Narrator, The Powers That Be

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Velika
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Great Being
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Status Mind transferred into Matoran body
Pronunciation veh-LEEK-ah

Velika is a Great Being[1] who transferred his consciousness into a Po-Matoran body to observe the functioning of the Matoran Universe. On Voya Nui, he was known as an eccentric and inventive member of the Voya Nui Resistance Team. Since the Reformation of Spherus Magna, Velika has put into motion a plan to rule Spherus Magna, which necessitates the murder of several powerful Matoran Universe entities.

Biography

The Great Beings, the ruling class of Spherus Magna, were renowned for their inventing prowess. Through their dealings with the newfound substance Energized Protodermis as well as their own creations, the Element Lords, the Great Beings eventually realized that their planet was doomed to experience a catastrophic explosion as a result of a civil war. Though they disagreed on how to deal with the impending disaster, they eventually created a giant mechanoid named Mata Nui, who would repair the damage after observing extraterrestrial cultures and returning with the information. During the creation of the robot, the Great Beings created Tren Krom to sustain the universe before the robot was actually powered. To maintain the robot, the Great Beings created a set of diminutive workers known as Matoran.

This Great Being was curious about the robot's inner workings and how Mata Nui would perform his task. He announced to the other Great Beings that he would be going into exile so as to remove suspicions,[2] then transferred his consciousness into the body of a Po-Matoran and entered the robot. He took the name “Velika” as a pseudonym and did not use his true name in the Matoran Universe, because some of the earliest creations of the Great Beings might have known their names and he wanted his presence to remain a secret.[3] He then began to observe the workings of the universe.

The planet eventually did explode, in what would be known as "the Shattering", and while the majority of the Great Beings sought refuge elsewhere in the universe, Velika remained within the Great Spirit Robot, though he had remained in contact with various agents on the remnants of Spherus Magna, including Kabrua.[4][5] Velika was responsible for the nanotechnology inhabitants' evolution into a sophisticated culture of artificial intelligence.[2] From now on, he lived the life of an inconspicuous Po-Matoran.

Velika was at one point sent to Karzahni, the realm designated for repairing broken workers, in order to have a problem with his body fixed. He was rebuilt, but in a new, weakened form. To compensate for this, Karzahni, the ruler of the realm, bestowed Velika with a pair of Power Carvers. Nevertheless, Karzahni remained disgruntled with his failure to properly repair Matoran, and sent Velika with other similarly "fixed" Matoran to the distant land of Voya Nui, which at the time was a landlocked region of the Southern Continent.

During the Great Cataclysm, Voya Nui was torn from its place in the Southern Continent and ended up as a drifting island on Aqua Magna. The Matoran's Turaga, Jovan, was killed in the upheaval.

Voya Nui

Velika lived for 1,000 years on Voya Nui, enduring the hardships in the struggle for survival, before the arrival of six Toa Canisters bearing the menacing Piraka. He and his five friends on the island were suspicious of these newcomers, who claimed to be Toa. The six Matoran joined together as the Voya Nui Resistance Team when Balta and Garan discovered the Piraka were not Toa, and they successfully remained free after the Piraka ambushed and enslaved the rest of the Matoran population with their Zamor Launchers.

An early mission of the Resistance Team involved the theft of a Zamor Sphere from Vezok. While the group hid, waiting for Balta to return with the Zamor, they noticed the flashes of Ice and Fire, which would soon be revealed as the skirmish between the Toa Nuva and the Piraka. The Resistance team encountered the newcomers after their tools and Kanohi Nuva had been taken, and treated them with hostility, having already been fooled by the Piraka. They battled with the Toa Nuva before Balta arrived, bringing news that the six Toa Nuva were speaking the truth.

The Toa and Matoran then joined forces and headed for the Piraka Stronghold. Outside, Tahu tried to burn the lock on the back door, when Piruk saw Reidak coming. The others remained hidden while Lewa taunted Reidak, inciting the ebon-armored Piraka until he accidentally punched the door down. Reidak ran inside to warn his fellow Piraka of the now unhindered Toa Nuva and Matoran invaders, and the group followed. They were able to recover the Toa Nuva's Kanohi Nuva and Toa Tools before entering the Antidermis chamber to challenge the Piraka once more. However, the Matoran and the Toa Nuva fell at the hands of the Piraka's new ally, Brutaka. The Matoran were taken by the Piraka for questioning while the Toa were taken by Brutaka.

Velika was interrogated with the others in the Chamber of Truth. They managed to escape, and met up with the new Toa Inika. Together, they split up and headed in three teams to cure the infected Matoran of the Antidermis virus, taking Velika's suggestion of using Energized Protodermis and the Zamor launchers he had manufactured to accomplish this feat. Velika went with Garan, Kongu, and Nuparu. Velika helped Nuparu discover the weakness of the Nektann guarding the stronghold, allowing their team to successfully infiltrate it to look for the Toa Nuva. The group found the Toa's masks and tools and, believing them dead, confronted the Piraka.

When the Piraka and Brutaka began fighting with the Toa Inika, the Voya Nui Resistance Team separated from the Toa Inika and began to search for the Toa Nuva. They finally found and freed the Toa Nuva just after the final battle between Vezon and the Inika. The Toa exchanged farewells before both teams finally left for different locations: The Toa Nuva to Metru Nui, where Axonn had told them they would find further instructions, and the Toa Inika down the Cord to find and deliver the Ignika to the place it needed to be used to save the life of Mata Nui.

Shortly afterwards, Axonn gathered the Matoran of Voya Nui in the Nui Caves to survive Voya Nui's descent once the Toa Mahri destroyed the Cord holding it up. They were also joined by the Matoran of Mahri Nui, who had been gathered by the Toa Mahri and taken up the Cord. Velika and his friends were able to survive the return to the Southern Continent safely.

Though Teridax usurped control over the robot from Mata Nui, in a deviation from the Great Being's original plan, Mata Nui was able to recover in the Prototype Robot and restore the planet to its original state, in a battle with Teridax that ended with his death.

Spherus Magna

After Teridax's death, the Matoran Universe was rendered uninhabitable, and Velika and the rest of the Matoran Universe population migrated to the reformed planet of Spherus Magna.

During his time as a Matoran, Velika, having concluded that the destruction of the planet was due to poor leadership by the Great Beings,[6] developed a plan to seize control of Spherus Magna for himself.[7] Part of his plan involved the killing of powerful Matoran Universe inhabitants acting outside of their parameters, who might object to his rule. Velika defeated Lesovikk and stole his Air Sword,[8] with which he killed Karzahni at Iron Canyon and extracted Tren Krom from his prison[9] before murdering him in Bota Magna. Velika killed both in gruesome ways to inspire fear among the population, which he planned to use to ensure his acceptance as a ruler.[10]

Due to his alliance with Kabrua, Velika knew about the Vorox on Bota Magna. Planning to use them as shock troops,[11] Velika gave them sophisticated force blasters[12] and a device capable of blocking a Toa's Elemental Powers. He also told them of the regression and tragedy of the Bara Magna Vorox. Velika then directed them to capture and kill a group of Toa and Glatorian who were in the process of tracking down the Great Beings to inform them of Spherus Magna's restoration.

Velika also took advantage of an opportunity to take Axonn, Brutaka, Miserix, Tuyet, Helryx, Vezon, and Artakha out in one fell swoop, as they had all gathered in one place at the behest of an insane Great Being. He rigged the structure to blow, and then began crafting a grave marker for his intended victims.

Alternate Universes

The Kingdom Alternate Universe

In an alternate universe in which the Great Beings designed the Matoran with full sapience from the beginning,[13] the Great Being never transferred his consciousness into the body of Velika.[14] 100,000 years later, after Mata Nui died, Velika was one of several Matoran transformed into a Toa by Takanuva.

The Melding Alternate Universe

In an alternate universe, the Great Beings never created the Great Spirit Robot, and this Great Being never went into exile. He was one of six Great Beings before whom Mazeka and Vultraz, two Matoran from the prime reality, were brought.[15] Wishing to discover how Vultraz could be a Shadow Matoran, they took him away for experiments, and allowed Mazeka to choose someone to take back with him. Mazeka chose the Teridax of that universe, and the two were teleported to the main dimension.

Abilities and Traits

Velika in set form

Velika, like the rest of his species, is enigmatic. He believes that the Great Beings' rule over Spherus Magna was too weak and that a stronger hand could have stopped the Shattering.[6] Because of this, he wants to rule Spherus Magna on his own[7] and is perfectly willing to kill beings of the Matoran Universe that may be capable of interfering with his plan. Velika always thinks that he is doing the right thing.[2]

While residing in the Matoran Universe, Velika had a habit of speaking in riddles. The insight he provided through his riddles and fables helped many times in the liberation of Voya Nui, but fellow resistance member Kazi found the habit highly irritating.

Velika has a passion for creating and inventing, another trait of his true species, which translated into the job of a crafter and engineer in the Matoran Universe. He was skilled with technology and created multiple-shot Zamor Launchers for the Toa Inika based on the design of a regular Zamor Launcher stolen from the Piraka.

Because Velika possesses the body of a Po-Matoran, he is naturally stronger than other types of Matoran, though he has been weakened by poor repair work done by Karzahni. After returning to Spherus Magna, he kept this body.[16]

Tools

Velika wields a pair of Power Carvers, given to him by Karzahni, which he uses to make tools and weapons from rock or other materials. He kept these tools after returning to Spherus Magna.[16]

Set Information

Velika's Po-Matoran body was released in early 2006 as one of the six small sets, consisting of twenty-one pieces. He could be combined with the Balta and Piruk sets to make a Lava Hawk.

Quotes

"Good old Velika. Never use two words when 127 will do."
Kazi, Power Play
"The bird soars through the sky. But if I were a colossus, and the sky was beneath my feet, could it truly be said the bird flew underground?"
— Velika, Power Play
"I saw flashes of what he has planned for this world. He has to be stopped, Gelu … if there’s still time."
Toa Orde to Gelu, The Yesterday Quest

Trivia

Velika in Matoran Escape
  • Velika was stated to be Greg Farshtey's favorite Matoran.
  • After the reveal that a known Matoran Universe resident was actually a Great Being in disguise, a contest was held to determine the identity of this Great Being. Though the contest was abandoned after the story was discontinued, the identity had already been chosen, and was later revealed to have been Velika.
  • Despite being in a Matoran body, Velika could not be revived on the Red Star, as it was not equipped with the technology to transfer a non-artificial consciousness to a new body.[17]

Appearances

Books Comics Online Multimedia

Novels

Guides

Ignition

Story

Animations

Online Games

References

  1. BZPower: Disguised Great Being Revealed!, 27. August 2012 (archive)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Chat with Greg Farshtey, 23. June 2014 (archive)
  3. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 17. November 2013 (archive); Chat with Greg Farshtey, 20. May 2014 (archive)
  4. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 22. August 2014
  5. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 25. August 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chat with Greg Farshtey, 27. February 2014 (archive)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Chat with Greg Farshtey, 26. February 2014 (archive)
  8. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 10. July 2014 (archive)
  9. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 17. July 2014 (archive)
  10. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 28. July 2014 (archive)
  11. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 10. August 2014
  12. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 22. August 2014
  13. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 12. August 2014
  14. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 12. August 2014 (archive)
  15. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 10. July 2014 (archive)
  16. 16.0 16.1 Chat with Greg Farshtey, 1. July 2014 (archive)
  17. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 31. March 2014 (archive)

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