|Escape from the Underworld|
|Series||LEGO BIONICLE Chapter Books|
Escape from the Underworld is a BIONICLE chapter book, the third and final book of BIONICLE's second generation. It was written by Ryder Windham and released on June 28, 2016, taking place before the events of BIONICLE: The Journey to One.
Kulta awakes in the dungeon beneath Ekimu's forge, and is overheard by the Mask Maker as he pleads for help from his Master Makuta. Elsewhere, the Toa are helping to rebuild the City of the Mask Makers when Vizuna approaches them and Ekimu with a party of villagers who lost two children while making their way to the city. Leaving Vizuna and the other Protectors to safeguard the city, the group of seven heads out to rescue the youngsters, unaware that a Skull Spider is infiltrating the city. The heroes make their way to a large chasm created by the events of Makuta's Betrayal, where Ekimu recounts his old adventures aboard his Airship and discusses how strange it is to find Okoto so changed. While exploring, Lewa is captured by a Skull Spider-controlled hawk and loses his mask, and Pohatu's attempt to rescue him is quickly thwarted.
Back at the city, the Skull Spider recovers Kulta's mask and delivers it to the Skull Grinder's cell, and after recovering it Kulta is turned from thoughts of vengeance with the news of the whereabouts of Ekimu and the Toa. He then sets out with the Skull Spider while Skull Basher is left behind, while the Toa follow the hawk to a mountain where they confront it and are able to free it from the Skull Spider that had been controlling it. The hawk then flees while the Toa and Ekimu travel further into the caverns beneath the mountain, only to be caught in a trap. They find themselves even further below ground and are then confronted by a menace from Ekimu's past: the Skull Raiders, whose ancestors Ekimu, Makuta, and the ancient Protectors once fought and drove into the mountains. Unfortunately, they have survived thousands of years of confinement and now hold Lewa and the two children prisoner.
The Skull Raiders relieve the heroes of their weapons before leading them to a great coliseum, unaware that their leader Kulta is making his way back to their underground city. The heroes and Ekimu then learn the full history of the raiders: following their defeat at the hands of Ekimu, Makuta, and the Protectors, they were approached by Makuta and offered the chance to join him when he took over Okoto using the Mask of Ultimate Power. However, his battle with Ekimu and the resulting changes to Okoto left the raiders trapped until Kulta discovered a passage out, and Kulta and his people came to blame Ekimu for their imprisonment. The heroes are then faced with the task of fighting the Skull Raiders at the behest of their commander, Axato, who is quickly surprised when Gali challenges him to the first battle. She then reveals to the others - but not to the Skull Raiders, who speak a different language - that her intention is to distract the villains while her comrades escape and rescue Lewa and the children.
After tricking Axato, Gali quickly gains the upper hand in their battle, but Kulta arrives during the fight and attacks Ekimu before being struck by Onua. Battle then breaks out as Kulta orders his people to destroy the Toa and Ekimu, who fight back with their reclaimed weapons while rescuing Lewa and the children. Eventually Kulta forces the heroes to stop, but Ekimu challenges him to single combat with the promise that he won't employ his Hammer of Power and that the Toa won't use their weapons against Kulta. However, the Skull Grinder is soon treated to a crushing loophole in the agreement as Ekimu borrows Onua's Earthquake Hammer and uses it to send Kulta flying into the city ceiling, which begins to collapse. The Toa and Ekimu flee with the youngsters and then seal the exit to the city, insuring that the Skull Raiders won't be returning any time soon.
Returning to the City of the Mask Makers, the heroes reunite the two boys with their family and are themselves reunited with Vizuna, while Kulta awakens in the rubble of his city and begs Makuta to aid him once again...with no apparent result.
- Mask Makers
- Skull Raiders
- An unnamed giant hawk
- Despite Lewa appearing in his 2016 "Uniter" toy form on the front cover and Terak appearing on the back cover, the narrative features the Toa in their 2015 "Master" set forms and does not feature the Elemental Creatures.
- Melea, a female Stone villager introduced in the book, is at one point mistakenly referred to as an Earth tribe member.
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