"Although they were allowed to live in the Matoran universe, they had no role to play, no place to call home, and no reason for being. Over time, they grew bitter and hostile and became a danger to all who lived."
— Makuta Teridax, Makuta's Guide to the Universe
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The Great Beings were seeking to create intelligent organisms called Krana, but found that some of the material they exposed to Energized Protodermis turned into Rahi-like Zyglak rather than Krana. Shunned by their creators and hated and feared throughout the Matoran Universe, the savage Zyglak retreated to the dark places of the universe, such as ruins, and the underground recesses of Voya Nui, brooding over their fate and hating the Matoran and all who honored Mata Nui.
The first Toa of Psionics, Orde, was assigned to using his mental powers to calm the Zyglak down. Orde, however, did not have the patience to work with the Zyglak, and instead made the species even angrier.
The Toa Inika fought a group of Zyglak in the stone cord that connected Mahri Nui with Voya Nui. After a brief battle, Vezon, who had followed the Toa, was captured and carried off by the Zyglak. This tribe of Zyglak was later killed by the Piraka after they entered the Cord.
Nocturn, Kalmah, Takadox, and Mantax also encountered a group of Zyglak in the ruins of the Pit. When the Zyglak pursued the Barraki, Takadox duped Nocturn into thinking that the creatures had insulted him. Enraged, Nocturn confronted and defeated this group of Zyglak.
During his visit to Mahri Nui, the tyrant Karzahni also rounded up some Zyglak to help him attack the underwater city, but he was defeated before they attacked.
Makuta Spiriah was an outcast much like the Zyglak, and made an alliance with them. While on Stelt as part of a covert Order of Mata Nui operation, Spiriah sent a message to a tribe of Zyglak to intercept their ship as they sailed south. When they arrived, he used them as a threat when he mutinied against Brutaka. The armada that arrived accompanied the group to the island of Zakaz, and upon arriving sunk three Dark Hunter ships that were stationed nearby. Afterwards, they attempted to land and storm the island so Spiriah could finally get his revenge on the Skakdi. However, all of the Zyglak ships were ambushed and destroyed by the members of Ehlek's species.
Later, a Zyglak that was captured by the Skakdi was thrown into a tank of Energized Protodermis along with the five remaining Piraka, a Vortixx, and a Stelt laborer, fusing into a single, monstrous being.
The Zyglak did not initially take place in the mass evacuation of the Matoran Universe population to Spherus Magna. However, after the Great Spirit Robot was dismantled, all remaining Zyglak arrived on the planet.
In an alternate universe, Mata Nui died, resulting in many beings evacugating the Matoran Universe so they could survive on the island of Mata Nui. The Zyglak were not among them, as they refused to accept help from the Matoran. As a result, the Zyglak became extinct.
Abilities and Traits
Zyglak are amphibious and intelligent. The skin which covers their organic portions is scaly. Contact with their skin can cause the spread of an organic Protodermis-destroying disease. They are also one of the few beings that are immune to the Pit's mutagen, and are virtually invulnerable to elemental attacks. In addition, they also have strength greater than that of a Toa.
Many Zyglak possess spears and knives that can destroy objects on contact, weapons which they stole.
Social Structure and Interactions
Zyglak despise the Matoran and Toa, due to their shunning by the Great Beings. They extended this hatred to anyone who speaks the Matoran language, or is associated with the Great Spirit, as well as Bohrok and Krana. The Zyglak have been known to attack and kill Toa due to their dislike.
They have been seen to ally with others that share their plight, such as when a group of Zyglak made contact with Makuta Spiriah and were willing to side with him due to his own status as an outcast.
- A tribe of Zyglak who killed most of the Toa Cordak
- A tribe of Zyglak who lived in the Cord and captured Vezon; killed by the Piraka (deceased)
- Several Zyglak who lived in the ruins of the Pit and challenged the Barraki; killed by Nocturn (deceased)
- Some Zyglak in the Mahri Nui area who temporarily allied with Karzahni
- A massive fleet of Zyglak who allied with Makuta Spiriah and forced Brutaka's group to Zakaz; killed by Ehlek's species (deceased)
- A Zyglak that was captured by Skakdi, taken to Zakaz, and thrown into Energized Protodermis with other beings (fused)
The Zyglak can be built out of parts from the Barraki sets Pridak, Kalmah, and Takadox. The model was created by LEGO employee and BZPower member Daniel Lipkowitz. This was the last combiner he made for the LEGO Magazine, which included the instructions in the March–April 2007 issue of its BrickMaster edition.
"Friends? Zyglak don't have friends... just meals they haven't eaten yet."
— Vezon, Federation of Fear
"They were shunned and hated wherever they went and nursed a deep resentment toward Matoran, who they saw as occupying the favored position in the universe that should have been theirs."
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"You know the Zyglak? Those savage, brutal monstrosities that hate everything to do with Mata Nui and think everyone looks better with a dagger in them?"
— Toa Orde, The Yesterday Quest
- The Zyglak are sometimes referred to as "the Great Beings' mistakes."
- According to Solek, Kopaka once fought and defeated three dozen Zyglak on his own.
- Matoran would classify Zyglak as Rahi, even though they are not.
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