"Each competed for Ancient's services, and he repaid his employers by ruthlessly crushing their enemies. He had no conscience and no reluctance about switching sides at a moment's notice if he got a better offer."
— The Shadowed One, Dark Hunters
"Ancient" was the inspiration for the Dark Hunter organization. An inhabitant of the Shadowed One's homeland, Ancient became one of the Shadowed One's most trusted agents and was the only Dark Hunter known to be older than his leader.[DH, p. 11] He was also secretly an Order of Mata Nui operative spying on the Dark Hunters.[DW, Ch. 6]
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Rapid-fire Rhotuka launcher
Ancient was an early specimen of the Shadowed One's species. He rebelled against the harsh rules of his homeland and created a new life hiring himself out to clients. His actions transformed his peaceful home into a divided land ruled by warlords. Ancient's loyalty was bought, not earned; he was more than happy to switch sides when presented with a better offer.[DH, p. 11]
Ancient and the Shadowed One met at the end of a civil war on their homeland, and the idea for the Dark Hunters was born.[DH, p. 11] The former being took on the code name "Ancient" as he was created early in the history of his species. Journeying together, Ancient and the Shadowed One discovered the island of Odina, where they seeded the base of their new organization.[BW, p. 66] Soon after this, the Order of Mata Nui paid Ancient and assigned him to spy on the Dark Hunters.
When a Toa of Psionics, Varian, was kidnapped and brought to Odina, Ancient retrieved her from her cell and brought her to the Shadowed One's chamber. The Shadowed One cruelly forced her to choose between the lives of her teammate Norik and a new Toa ally of theirs, who was secretly Triglax in disguise. Varian chose Norik, and Ancient returned him to the Northern Continent.[NOGLB]
7,000 years ago, Ancient cornered Hakann and Vezok after they stole the Makoki Stone from a Toa Fortress besieged by Frostelus. Ancient took the tablet from them and recruited both Skakdi into the Dark Hunters.[BL4]
After the Great Cataclysm, Ancient temporarily worked with Voporak in search of the Vahi.[DH, p. 11] Upon learning it was in Metru Nui, Ancient returned to Odina, for Dweller was already stationed there. Ancient also concluded that a raid of the island city to retrieve the mask would likely fail. Ancient later stood on Odina's beach while the island's fortress was being rebuilt, watching the sea for Lariska's return. As he did so, he received a hidden message in the form of a flying Rahi formation. The message ordered Ancient to convince the Shadowed One to help the Order of Mata Nui. If the Dark Hunter leader refused, Ancient was to kill him.[DW, Ch. 1] Ancient persuaded the Shadowed One, and the two traveled to Xia with a large fleet of Dark Hunters. When the Dark Hunters occupied the island, Ancient delivered reports to the Order of Mata Nui on the Shadowed One's actions and the state of Xia.[DW, Ch. 5][DID, Ch. 1]
While on Xia, Ancient and the Shadowed One were scheduled to discuss the island's defense. After some searching, Ancient found the Shadowed One alongside the body of a dead Vortixx. The Shadowed One had discovered the virus-filled vials that Makuta Kojol had brought to Xia prior to his death. He told Ancient that he planned to use the viruses, and then the Dark Hunter leader disintegrated his old friend to maintain the secret.[DW, Ch. 6]
Abilities and Traits
Ancient was quite strong, and his armor could not be penetrated by most physical attacks. Like all Order of Mata Nui members, Ancient's mind was shielded from mental attacks. He could launch Rhotuka that robbed a target of all physical coordination.[DH, p. 11]
Ancient cared only about his payment and worked for those who ensured the highest reward. Ancient was only affiliated with the Order of Mata Nui for profit.
- Ancient was created by Connor Harvey and entered into the LEGO Magazine Dark Hunter Building Contest. The character was given a storyline role by Greg Farshtey and placed in the BIONICLE: Dark Hunters guide.
- Ancient was one of the few beings who knew the Shadowed One's real name. However, Ancient never revealed it as the Shadowed One desired to keep it secret.
- Chat with Greg Farshtey, 11 January 2017