"I hungered. And when I hunger, I feed."
— Annona, Sahmad's Tale
Psionic power bestowment
|Location||World of Annona's Doom|
Annona is an extremely ancient entity whose history predates the Great Beings. When the Great Beings arose on the planet, Annona observed them in case they posed a threat to her. At one point, she tried to drive them to madness with her powers, but she found their minds too alien. The Great Beings in turn thrived on her mind, taking her dreams and using them as inspiration for their own creations. Annona was soon forced underground in order to avoid them.
While Annona hid underground, she remained in a self-induced stasis until prey came near.
Annona also granted the female Skrall psionic powers, expecting to see them destroy the males of their species. However, the Sisters were instead driven out of Skrall society. They were also ignorant as to the source of their power, believing it was given to them by Angonce.
When the Core War caused the Shattering, breaking Spherus Magna apart into three parts, Annona was trapped on Bara Magna, the largest of the fragments, where she remained underground for over 100,000 years. The Sisters of the Skrall went looking for Angonce, the believed source of their powers, in order to gain even more power. Annona captured all of the Sisters and stripped them of their individual wills. Annona also covertly fed on the dreams of Metus.
Return to the surface
Shortly after Mata Nui reunited the three parts of Spherus Magna, Metus returned to the place where Annona had fed on his dreams, leading surviving members of the Iron Tribe, Telluris and Sahmad, who were searching for the source of the Dreaming Plague. Annona dragged all three underground with her tentacles. She placed Sahmad under an illusion set 750 years in the future and disguised the Sisters as various Agori, Glatorian, Toa and Matoran. However, Sahmad saw through the illusion and broke free. He, Telluris, and Metus escaped to the surface of Spherus Magna. However, Annona realized that Spherus Magna was free of Great Beings and also emerged from the underground.
Annona scanned the planet for dreaming individuals whom she could feed on, settled on the Skakdi of the Skakdi Fortress, and teleported to the shores of Aqua Magna. Followed by Sahmad, Telluris, and Metus, she ascended to the fortress and placed all the Skakdi in the thrall of her illusions. However, she was confronted by the Golden-Skinned Being, who refused to let her eat their dreams. Annona telepathically identified the creature as a combination of different beings, and the two began to fight.
The being caused rock spikes to impale Annona, which caused her to near death. In response, Annona devoured the dream energy of all the Skakdi at once, increasing her power and allowing her to break free from the spikes. As a result of the being's comparative ability to materialize dreams, the inner desires of the now-insane Skakdi began to manifest, wrecking the fortress. Annona killed Telluris when he tried to attack her, and continued to feast on the Skakdi's dreams to gain more power. Sahmad broke off a rock spike and rammed it into one of Annona's joints.
Sahmad and the Golden-Skinned Being teamed up to negate the ability of Spherus Magna inhabitants to dream, cutting off Annona's power supply. Annona quickly struck a deal with the being, agreeing to leave them alone in exchange for an entirely new world of inhabitants to feed on. Sahmad was placed in charge of envisioning that world; despite Annona's objections, the Golden-Skinned Being convinced her that the Agori would not break his word, and Annona agreed. The being created the new world, and Annona departed for it. However, Sahmad had envisioned a world where all the inhabitants were beings like Annona, so that they would feed on each other and die out within the year.
Abilities and Traits
Annona has a wide variety of psionic powers, including mind control and the ability to bestow psionic powers on other beings. She is also able to teleport, though she cannot do so over interplanetary distances. When she first manifested before Sahmad, she chilled the temperature of her immediate surroundings. However, after consuming all the Skakdi's dreams at once, she began to radiate intense heat, enough to incinerate those who got too close. She also has the power of entering a self-induced stasis.
Annona is genderless, but is more often than not perceived as female by others; one exception is Sahmad, who refers to her using male pronouns. This is due to her voice not sounding overtly male or female. She also has the likeness of a radiant red star with tentacles.
"Imagine staring directly into the sun, and the reddish streaks burned into your eyes, taking the shape of things too hideous to describe. Even when you close your eyes, look away, it makes no difference. You know you've seen something you can never erase from your memory. Would you be fortunate to stay sane, or would that be the worst possible luck?"
— Sahmad, Sahmad's Tale
"Dreams are my meat and drink. With them, I am power. Without them, I am nothing."
— Annona, Sahmad's Tale
- Annona named herself.
- No Agori apart from Sahmad knows Annona by name, though Greg has suggested that there might be legends of her.
- Annona is part of a species, but she was the only one on Spherus Magna, as two of her species could not co-exist on the same planet.
- Greg has stated that Annona was based off of a character from Hungarian folklore.
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