"No one knows where the Visorak came from or why. Those few who have mastered their language claim that Visorak means 'stealers of life' and others say it means 'poisonous scourge.' Either way, no truer words have been spoken. Fear them, for they are a plague upon the land, leaving nothing but pain and fear behind them. "
— Toa Hordika Whenua, Challenge of the Hordika
|Powers||Hordika Venom creation, Rhotuka, individual powers|
|Known Locations||Various throughout Matoran Universe (formerly), Spherus Magna|
The Visorak were first created by Makuta Chirox on Tobduk's home island. After Chirox named them, the Visorak created their own language, attributing the meaning "stealers of life" or "poisonous scourge" to the species name. Following their creation, they were unleashed on a village on the island to test them. The village was devastated, but a few of its inhabitants, such as Tobduk, managed to escape to the island of Nynrah. This island was later re-named Visorak by the Brotherhood of Makuta, after the creatures who had ravaged it. Despite the renaming, the world at large was unaware of the origins of the Visorak.
The Visorak were later conquered by Makuta Gorast after being gathered by use of the Heart of the Visorak, an artifact that had the ability to summon any and all Visorak no matter how far away they are. They were then organized into a large part of the Brotherhood of Makuta's forces.
The first historical account of Visorak being used was by Makuta Kojol, who formed a strike team consisting of Visorak, Rahkshi, and Exo-Toa on a mission to invade Artakha and steal the Kanohi Avohkii. The Visorak, however, were eliminated by the Crystal Serpents.
A significant number of Visorak were later formed into a large army under the lead of Sidorak, and his Viceroy, Roodaka. As part of the Brotherhood's destructive army, they invaded several lands, attempting to defeat any potential obstacles to the Brotherhood, and then seal all remaining living beings in cocoons before moving on. After Teridax was trapped in a Toa Seal, he summoned Sidorak and the horde to his aid. The Visorak horde quickly descended on Metru Nui, spreading webs throughout the city, securing the sleeping Matoran, and establishing a strong prescence in the city. Sidorak and Roodaka chose the Coliseum as their fortress and base of operations.
Upon returning to reclaim the Matoran, the Toa Metru were captured, and mutated into Toa Hordika. For the purposes of her plans to free Teridax and gain complete control of the Visorak horde, Roodaka arranged for the Toa to fall to their deaths after their mutation. This plan was foiled by the intervention of the Rahaga who rescued and allied with the new Toa Hordika. With the Toa Hordika and Rahaga fighting together, the Visorak began to suffer setbacks, culminating in a defeat at the Battle for the Tower of Toa. However, Toa Hordika Vakama's betrayed his allies to the Visorak, and was made a field commander of the legion by Roodaka. During the final confrontation, Roodaka allowed Sidorak to be killed, making Vakama, whom she believed she could control, the new leader of the Visorak.
However, unknown to Roodaka, Toa Hordika Matau managed to convince Vakama to rejoin the Toa. As the Visorak horde began to overwhelm the remaining Toa Hordika and Rahaga, Roodaka ordered them to stop, and proclaimed her victory over the Toa, tricking them into attacking her with their elemental powers, which would free Teridax. Vakama revealed his true allegiance, and ordered the Visorak horde to disband, but also attacked her with his elemental power, allowing her to free Teridax, who spirited her away. Vakama officially disbanded the horde, and the Visorak left Metru Nui.
After the hordes were disbanded, the Brotherhood of Makuta eventually reformed their army of Visorak. They served as guardians of the Brotherhood base on Destral, and a formidable army against the Dark Hunters. Prior to the Piraka rebellion, the Visorak led a semi-successful raid against the Dark Hunters' island base of Odina, resulting in considerable damage and casualties. In addition, there were rumors that the race that Sidorak and Voporak were part of was attempting to also assemble the Visorak, which the Dark Hunter "Gladiator" was investigating.
Toa Chiara electrocuted the Colony Drones the Visorak feed on during another invasion. As the Visorak left to find more food sources, they were individually picked off by Chiara.
Visorak were also present on Voya Nui, as Thok encountered one shortly after his arrival on the island. These were scouts from Sidorak's army that became stranded on the island due to the Great Cataclysm.
Toa Nuva Pohatu and Onua went to the Tren Krom Peninsula and recovered the Heart of the Visorak. It was in the possession of the Order of Mata Nui for some time. Then, a messenger for the Order gave the Heart of the Visorak to the Toa Mahri for them to use on Artidax. Jaller, Nuparu, and Hahli went there, closely followed by the entirety of the Visorak horde. Before long, the entire horde had assembled on the island. There, they came across the three Toa Mahri, who were hypnotized by Takadox prior to their arrival. However, the Toa managed to break free of their hypnosis, and escaped the island. The horde, bound by the summoning of the Heart of the Visorak, remained trapped on the island, and was wiped out to extinction when the volcano on the island erupted.
Makuta Teridax recreated the species again after taking over Mata Nui's body. When Mata Nui later injured Teridax with a blast of power, some circuits within the Matoran Universe were fused together, causing system failures and a leak in molten protodermis. Teridax sent some Visorak to contain the damage.
In another alternate universe, a deceased Visorak specimen was placed in the Metru Nui Archives.
In this alternate universe, the Visorak migrated to Mata Nui with many of the universe's other beings after the Great Spirit died. Some of them work with the Matoran, while others are performers.
Abilities and Traits
Visorak are large, quadrupedal spider Rahi. They come in seven different breeds, and each breed possesses a unique Rhotuka spinner power, as well as other abilities. They could be summoned by the Heart of the Visorak until its destruction, and obeyed the Brotherhood of Makuta until its final dissolution.
All Visorak possess a store of unique venom called Hordika Venom. The venom transforms its victim into a twisted, primal form that is far more aggressive than usual. Keetongu is the only being known to be able to cure mutated victims, but cannot help the victims past a certain threshold.
Visorak also have the ability to produce webbing. Visorak webs are green webs, produced from the mouth or abdomen. The Visorak use the webs to get around quickly, and to communicate with other Visorak. The Visorak communicate using the webs by sending vibrations across the strands of webbing. After the Great Cataclysm, the Visorak covered Metru Nui with the webs as part of their takeover. The Matoran worked to clear the webs, but abandoned the effort after Teridax's death.
There are seven breeds of Visorak. They are:
Six of the Visorak breeds were released as forty-seven piece canister sets in the winter of 2004/2005 in Europe, and in summer of 2005 for North America. Pressing the Visorak's shell caused its mandibles to squeeze together. Each of the Visorak canister sets contained two silver Rhotuka spinners, storage for which was found in the canister's lid. One of these spinners featured a code in the Matoran Alphabet which, when combined with a three-character prefix from the canister, could be entered for points at the Kanoka Club at BIONICLE.com.
The six canister Visorak sets can be combined in order to create the Zivon model.
Kahgarak were released in 2005 once as a combiner and twice as part of a playset.
Visorak minifigures, one for each of the six primary breeds, were released in the 2005 playsets. Each one was a combination of black and glow-in-the-dark plastic.
"Legend says they have overrun hundreds of lands, wrapping the inhabitants up inside web cocoons. And when they emerge, they have become... well, you don't want to know what they've become."
— Toa Metru Whenua, Monsters in the Dark
"Their tone is angry. Now is the time to strike."
"Too simple. Nothing in this city is worth hunting. Sidorak promised us good sport, remember?"
— Two Oohnorak (translated from Visorak language), Vengeance of the Visorak
- The Visorak, despite their common use as expendable soldiers, have a history of rebellion as well. According to Avak, rebellious Visorak tried to kill Teridax. Several Roporak under Sidorak and Roodaka once tried to overthrow their two rulers and were savagely punished for the attempt. The Keelerak also aspired to overthrow Sidorak and replace him with one of their own, but they never actually attempted it.
|Gorast (deceased) | Sidorak (deceased) | Roodaka | Vakama|
|Breeds||Vohtarak | Boggarak | Keelerak | Roporak | Oohnorak | Suukorak | Kahgarak|
|Allies||Colony Drones | Gate Guardians | Venom Flyers | Zivon|
|Other||Visorak Battle Ram | Heart of the Visorak (destroyed) | Hordika Venom|
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|Former Leaders||Miserix | Teridax (deceased)|
|Former Members||Antroz | Bitil | Chirox | Gorast | Icarax | Kojol | Krika | Mutran | Spiriah | Tridax | Vamprah | Makuta of Stelt (all deceased)|
|Former Minions||Ahkmou | Brutaka | Exo-Toa | Fohrok (destroyed) | Karzahni (deceased) | Kraata (Shadow Leeches) | Kraata-Kal | Mana Ko | Manas | A Maxilos (destroyed) | Minion | Morbuzakh (deceased) | Nivawk (deceased) | Pridak | Rahi Nui | Rahkshi | Roodaka | Seeker | Shadow Matoran | Shadow Takanuva | Shadow Toa | Sidorak (deceased) | Takadox | Toa Hagah | Visorak | Voporak|
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