|Mata Nui Online Animations|
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The Mata Nui Online Animations were a series of animations released one at a time on BIONICLE.com's Wall of History during the course of 2002 and 2003, each accompanied by a report of the event written by Takua the Chronicler. The animations were created by Templar Studios, the same studio that created the Mata Nui Online Game. Thus, the animations portray characters and settings in the same style as the Mata Nui Online Game.
They take place during the sagas of the Bohrok and the Bohrok-Kal. As such, the first seven animations relate stories of the Matoran of Mata Nui attempting to defend against the destructive acts of the Bohrok. The last three revolve around the Toa Nuva as they find themselves stripped of their power by the Bohrok-Kal, and their attempts to defeat the Kal.
The sun is shining down on the Mata Nui carving of a Po-Wahi waysign. Suddenly, dark soot-filled clouds obscure the sky and embers fly through the air. The stone is melted by a fiery blast. A cloud of smoke appears in the distance behind the Path of Prophecies.
Turaga Onewa, Huki, and Hafu watch the approaching cloud from the citadel walls of Po-Koro. Onewa declares that the village must be abandoned, reasoning that the Tahnok are too powerful to be resisted. Huki interjects that the only way out of the village is the main gate, which would lead the Po-Matoran right through the oncoming swarm. Thinking of a way to block the main gate, the Turaga and Huki realize that toppling the statues of the Path of Prophecies would accomplish this. Hafu does not approve of this plan, but the Turaga demands that it must be done. Onewa organizes a company to escort the Carver which Huki will lead.
As the Matoran company prepares to leave, a sentry of the citadel walls notifies them of sneak attack. The barricade of the main gate is melted in a fiery explosion, but before the Bohrok can attack, Huki notices the statues of the Path of Prophecies falling to block the entrance. The sentry reports that Hafu made it out and is responsible for felling the statues. However, in doing so, he cannot re-enter the village. As Huki shouts out in concern for his friend, a Tahnok bears down on Hafu.
As the Tahnok menaces Hafu, Turaga Onewa, Huki and members of the Po-Koro Guard watch from the citadel wall. Huki asks Onewa if he can try to rescue Hafu, but Onewa refuses, saying that nothing can be done to save the Matoran. As a Tahnok launches its Krana at Hafu, Toa Pohatu grabs the Matoran and takes him out of its path using his Kanohi Kakama. Pohatu looks around for a way to escape and notices a see-saw like rock formation. Calling upon his Kanohi Komau, Pohatu uses Mind Control to project a thought into Huki's mind to kick a Kolhii Ball at the rock formation. Huki does so, and as the rock formation destabilizes, Pohatu grabs Hafu and the two are launched over the wall. Using the Kanohi Miru power of his Golden Kanohi, Pohatu and Hafu land safely. As Huki and Hafu reunite, Pohatu joins Onewa and another Matoran to watch the oncoming Tahnok swarm.
A Lightstone casts a bright glow in an Onu-Wahi tunnel. Without warning, oncoming waves of water flood the tunnel entirely. Several Gahlok swim speedily through the tunnel. In Onu-Koro, Onu-Matoran flee towards a evacuation tunnel whose entrance is being supported by Taipu. Onepu, supervising the evacuation mounted on his Ussal Crab, curses the Bohrok and he glances back toward the village. One final Onu-Matoran runs to the tunnel entrance, but is engulfed by the oncoming flood. As the water draws closer, Onepu and his Ussal knock Taipu out from under the tunnel entrance, collapsing it and rescuing them from the flood.
Later, Onepu and Taipu regain consciousness. As they assess the damage and discuss the evacuation effort, a third set of green Matoran eyes approaches in the dark. Startled, the Ussalry Captain demands that that the Matoran identify himself. He introduces himself as Nuparu, a Tunnel Engineer. When asked if he has any light, Nuparu produces a Lightstone from his satchel. The light it casts reveals a Gahlok in front of them in the tunnel. The Matoran take a step back in fright, and Taipu loses his balance and falls. After a moment, Onepu reveals that there is nothing to fear as the Bohrok is disabled and its Krana removed. Onepu explains the nature of the Krana, such as how it ejects from the host body to attack, and how without it the Bohrok body shuts down. After receiving querying looks from Nuparu and Taipu, Onepu confesses that he learned this information from Turaga Whenua. The Ussalry Captain advises that the Matoran should start digging to get themselves out of the tunnel. However, Nuparu is distracted by the Bohrok and explains that he has an idea about how to escape.
With the help of Taipu and Onepu, Nuparu disassembles the Gahlok and builds an arc welding tool using materials from his satchel, including a Heatstone. The engineer works in secret in a far corner of the tunnel for a long period of time.
Back in the now-flooded Onu-Koro, Gahlok continue their destructive work until one of them hears activity behind a pile of earth. Suddenly, an explosion dislodges the pile and a large hulking silhouette appears. As the Gahlok ready themselves for battle, the silhouette approaches. It turns out to be a large mechanical device piloted by Nuparu. Nuparu christens the machine Boxor as he, Taipu and Onepu make a stand against the Bohrok.
It is night time in Le-Wahi. On the jungle floor, a makeshift camp has been set up, with several Boxor vehicles stationed around it. Two Matoran emerge from the darkness and enter the well-lit tent. Inside, they are revealed to be Tamaru and Kongu of Le-Koro, who are warmly greeted by Takua and Nuparu. The Chronicler asks how many Le-Matoran escaped, and Kongu answers that they alone avoided their village's fate. He despondently says that Le-Koro is lost and that Toa Lewa has fallen to the Bohrok. Takua surprises them both by revealing that Lewa has been saved by Onua and that they have gone to join the other Toa. Tasked with helping Le-Koro, Takua expresses his confidence that Nuparu's Boxors can defeat the Bohrok. Kongu is not optimistic, explaining that the Bohrok breed that attacked Le-Koro, the Nuhvok, were invincible in the dense jungle. As he gazes outside the tent at Onu-Matoran Boxor pilots repairing one of the vehicles, he adds that only on "baldland" would the Boxors stand a chance. When asked for clarification from Nuparu about Kongu's dialect, Takua replies that the Le-Matoran means open country and that the Nuhvok are comfortable in tight quarters. Conceiving a plan, Takua shares it with the gathered Matoran.
The next morning, Le-Wahi appears to be peaceful. However, trees suddenly begin falling in a pattern that indicates a heated chase. In the jungle canopy, Kongu and Tamaru leap through the trees. On the jungle floor, a swarm of Nuhvok crashes through the trees after them. Arriving on the same branch, the Le-Matoran turn around to taunt the Nuhvok. Tamaru even takes off his mask and makes faces at them as he calls them names. Incensed, the Nuhvok at the base of the tree deftly crushes the trunk with its Earth Shields. As the tree begins to topple, the Le-Matoran leap from the branch and "windsprint" through the trees, continuing towards their destination. Following them are several Le-Matoran possessed by Lehvak Krana. Kongu and Tamaru arrive at a clearing in the jungle and turn to face their oncoming adversaries. As the Nuhvok approach, Turaga Matau, possessed by a Krana Za and accompanied by other possessed Le-Matoran, invites the free Matoran to join them. Two Nuhvok ready their Krana to be launched at Tamaru and Kongu. Suddenly, Kongu gives a signal and the possessed Le-Matoran are pulled into the ground into pits. Matau himself is captured by Takua and Nuparu. Platforms in the clearing rise to reveal the Boxor vehicles. As they advance towards the Bohrok, Kongu rallies them with a cry to go onward for Le-Koro.
The waters of Naho Falls tumble into the bay below as a Pahrak Va appears on the cliffside. Suddenly, it is joined by a swarm of Pahrak. The Bohrok Va surveys the village of Ga-Koro, encircled by sharpened poles, in the bay before it.
Outside a hut, Maku, Hahli, and Nuparu stand guard with a couple of Boxors. Inside, Jala and Takua greet Turaga Nokama. Jala explains that Turaga Vakama has instructed him and his Ta-Koro Guard to defend Ga-Koro. Nokama remarks that the protection comes none too soon, as the Pahrak already threaten the village. When asked to justify his presence in Ga-Koro, Takua tells the Turaga that he comes with Nuparu and the Boxors. All of a sudden, Kotu interrupts their conference to alert the Turaga that something is happening outside that the Ga-Matoran thinks the Turaga should see.
On the distant horizon, a fleet of Boats appear, carrying the Po-Matoran population of Po-Koro towards Ga-Koro. Onewa disembarks and the Turaga bow. The Turaga of Stone explains that their visit is in desperation because they have fled Po-Wahi and hoped to find sanctuary in Ga-Koro. However, he adds that they have "leaped from the puddle to the pond", referring to the imminent Pahrak invasion of Ga-Koro. Onewa admits that the Po-Matoran are exhausted from their journey and dislike water, but that they can still contribute to the defense. During this conversation, Huki and Maku exchange timid greetings. Hahli appears, notifying Nokama that the Pahrak have moved to the beach. Maku suggests that the causeway connecting Ga-Koro to the beach must be destroyed, to prevent the Bohrok from advancing on the town. Nokama agrees and orders the causeway dismantled.
As the Pahrak pound the stone gates of the causeway, Kotu, Maku and Hahli rip at the lilypad causeway with Fishing Nets. Maku is almost finished when a Pahrak uses its Stone Shields to destroy the gate, sending rocks and debris flying through the air. Just as a large boulder is about to fall on Maku, Huki strikes it with a Fishing Net. The rock strikes the causeway just as the Pahrak are advancing, destroying it and cutting the Bohrok off from the village.
Later that evening, Huki is sitting alone on the edge of one of Ga-Koro's lilypads. Maku joins him and thanks him for saving for her life earlier. As Huki wonders where the Bohrok have gone, Maku takes his hand and moves closer, suggesting that the Pahrak have retreated. They are interrupted by Jala, accompanied by Takua and Hahli, who replies that Pahrak do not stop trying to solve a problem until they have found a solution. Hahli notices a noise, and the Matoran fix their gaze on the carved Kanohi Kaukau of the Naho Falls. It cracks and explodes, and the Matoran cry out in panic, the Pahrak then cross the bridge of rubble created by its destruction towards Ga-Koro.
The sun rises over the waters of Naho Bay as the light falls upon the destroyed monument of Gali's Kanohi Kaukau. Matoran scatter as the Pahrak invade Ga-Koro. Huts are destroyed as members of the Ga-Koro Guard attempt to fight back and Huki pulls Maku out of the path of a boat tossed by a Pahrak. The Boxor vehicles, led in formation by Nuparu, approach the Bohrok. However, the Bohrok flips the seaweed causeway, toppling the Boxors into the water. Because the Boxor pilots are strapped into their vehicles, Maku and Kotu are forced to dive in after them and rescue them. Huki pulls Maku out of the water, commenting that they are trapped but safe.
Turaga Nokama notices a Pahrak Va approaching the swarm on the opposite lilypad. The Bohrok Va signals for the Bohrok to open its Krana hatch, and Nokama exclaims that the Pahrak are being fitted with Krana Vu. The Bohrok fold into balls and fly towards the hut on the Matoran's lilypad, punching holes in the roof and forcing the Matoran to dive out of harm's way. The Bohrok land on the lilypad and menace the Matoran.
Takua and Jala, on a lilypad cut off from the rest of the Matoran, desperately try to think of a way to get over to the Bohrok. Meanwhile, on the other lilypad, the Matoran ready themselves for combat. Takua, with Jala's cooperation, creates a slingshot from one of the Bamboo Poles used to barricade the village. Takua flips through the air and lands in front of the party, taunting the Bohrok by saying that if they harm any of the Matoran, they will have to deal with him.
Takua taunts the Pahrak as the gathered Matoran and Turaga prepare for a confrontation with the Bohrok. Suddenly, a blinding light is emitted from the Ga-Suva. Everyone present turns to stare at the phenomenon, as Gali's Nuva Symbol appears above the shrine. Maku turns to Turaga Nokama for an explanation, who realizes that this is a sign that the Toa have captured the Bahrag in a Toa Seal. All over the island, the light of the Suva reach up to the sky. Beams of radiant white light are directed through the Kanohi in the Ga-Suva and strike the Pahrak's faceplates. This severs their link with the Bahrag, and the Bohrok machines collapse to the ground. The threat of the Bohrok swarms has been ended.
Later, Takua, Jala and Nuparu organize the Pahrak to dump all of the Krana into a pit in Ga-Wahi, which is then sealed off by a Bohrok itself. As they depart, they witness the Po-Matoran playing with the Ga-Koro Fishing Staffs, which Huki explains to be a new form of Kolhii. As the Matoran gaze up at the reconstruction efforts of the Naho Falls Kaukau sculpture, Huki expresses his desire to return to Po-Koro. However, Maku drags him away for a swimming lesson. As Jala and Takua share in a moment of camaraderie, Hahli attaches a flower to Jala's Kanohi, which prompts him to join her on the beach. Takua watches them leave and then turns to face the sun. The waters of Ga-Wahi are peaceful once more.
Takua and Jala are on their way back to Ta-Koro, talking about their travels. As they near the village, a rock falls from the cliff in front of them, and they realize they are being followed by something. Jala assumes battle position while Takua becomes alert though unconcerned. Takua is suddenly knocked over by the thing following them, which turned out to be Puku. Takua mounts Puku, and the group leaves, though Jala comments that something does not feel right. As they leave, Tahnok-Kal steps to the edge of the cliff, energy crackling at his headplate.
They reach Ta-Koro and its gate, and are noticed by a Guard. The guard shouts that their captain has returned, and to open the gates into the village. Once in the Koro, the two meet with Turaga Vakama and inform him about the outcome in Ga-Koro. Jala then informs the Turaga that he will be going about his daily guard duties, and Takua insists on coming too. As they reach the Ta-Suva, Jala hails the Guard, only to find him stunned by lightning. Behind him, Tahnok-Kal is holding the Nuva Symbol of Tahu Nuva. Jala shouts an alarm and flings a disk, but Tahnok-Kal unleashes a blast of lightning, deflecting the disk before it can strike. The electricity continues to head toward the Matoran, but Jala acts quickly, pushing his friend out of the way to safety. Jala is caught in the blast, and is paralyzed by the electricity, weakly telling Takua that he cannot move.
Other members of the Guard arrive, and get into fighting positions behind Takua. However, Tahnok-Kal easily leaps clear over the group of Matoran, continuing toward the exit as soon as its feet touch the ground. Tahnok-Kal then abruptly stops, as Tahu Nuva is blocking the gateway out of Ta-Koro. In response, Tahnok-Kal blasts the archway above Tahu, causing it to fall towards Tahu. Tahu readies his swords to melt the rock, and announces that he is the Toa of Fire. Suddenly, his mask turns gray and his powers over fire disappear, and, surprised at his loss of power, he can do nothing to the rocks, which promptly bury him under a mound of rubble.
Jala, Takua, and Vakama watch anxiously at the pile of rocks that buried Tahu, hoping that their Toa is still alive. Takua bows his head, already having lost hope. Suddenly, the rocks begin to move, and out climbs Tahu Nuva, relatively unscathed, surprising both Matoran. He tells that while he is not hurt, he is far from fine, as Tahnok-Kal has taken his Elemental Powers. Takua asks Vakama what the creature was, and Vakama leads the group to the Sacred Fire, hoping to find answers in it. Once inside, the Turaga tells them that the creature was a Bohrok-Kal, one of six elite Bohrok. Takua theorizes that the other five may be in the other villages, stealing the respective Nuva Symbols of each Koro. Vakama then suggests to Tahu to seek out the other Toa Nuva, in hopes that they could help each other. Tahu refuses to go, vowing to chase down Tahnok-Kal and bring back the Nuva Symbol, despite his loss of power. He then leaves the hut while Vakama continues to talk with the Matoran, telling them how Tahu's pride puts him in great danger, and that it is unknown what the Bohrok-Kal will do with the Nuva Symbols. The Matoran catch up with Tahu, and the group looks out from a cliff at Le-Wahi.
While the three are traveling through Le-Wahi, Lewa Nuva crashes through the trees and lands in front of them. When asked why he fell, he tells the others that he had been chasing a strange Bohrok, but had fallen out of the trees without his air power to help him. He adds that at the same time, he had suddenly become very heavy, and so could not land right. He agrees to join the other three on their quest, reluctantly having to walk on the ground.
Later, in Po-Wahi, Jala, Takua, Tahu, and Lewa are traversing the dunes when they notice that a third set of footprints had joined the two they were following, indicating that a third Bohrok-Kal had met the other two. Hearing the sound of wild Mahi, Takua brings the group across a sand dune to the herd. Upon crossing a dune, they come upon Pohatu Nuva with Mahi magnetized to his armor. Takua and Jala attempt to pull off the Mahi, but when pulled off they stick instead to the Matoran. After the magnetic power wears off, Tahu guesses that Pohatu had encountered a Bohrok, and Pohatu confirms it. He agrees to join the group as they search for the Bohrok-Kal, as Pohatu believes that it had been to long since a good adventure, and again they set off.
During their journeys, Kopaka Nuva, Gali Nuva, and Onua Nuva Nuva join the group as well. Together, they track the Bohrok-Kal, believing that, although powerless, they can still defeat anything they came across. Nevertheless, Takua mentions that even the combined might of the Toa Nuva would turn out not to be enough to defeat the Bohrok-kal.
Takua begins to narrate the events of the final battle between the Toa Nuva and the Bohrok-Kal. It is told how the Bohrok-Kal's trail led the Toa Nuva deep underground, straight to the Bahrag's lair. The Bohrok-Kal's mission had since become clear; to release the Bahrag from their prison and release the Bohrok swarms on the island of Mata Nui once again. The Bohrok-Kal raised the stolen Nuva symbols to the cube, but at the last moment, Tahu Nuva called upon the Kanohi Vahi, using its temporal power to halt time. While the Bohrok-Kal could still not be harmed, the Toa Nuva had time to focus their energies through the symbols into the Bohrok-Kal. Unable to maintain control, each Bohrok-Kal shell was destroyed by its own powers. Although several Krana-Kal escape, they are no longer a threat. With their powers restored, the Toa Nuva leave the chamber, traveling up above ground.
Afterwards, the Turaga call all of the Matoran to Kini-Nui. There, they proclaim that, for their bravery, they shall receive a great gift from Mata Nui. They reveal Jaller and Takua, rebuilt into stronger, larger forms. All the Matoran are subsequently rebuilt, and they enter a time of peace. Takua finishes Chronicling the entire tale into the Wall of History, and he and Jaller look out at the rest of the now peaceful Ta-Koro.
- Between the first and second episodes, Templar made a distinctive change in some of the characters' Kanohi artwork to better emulate that of the actual models. This is most noticeable in the Kanohi Pakari. Additionally, the first episode is the only one which employs the method of moving to the next line of speech via clicking a red arrow like in Mata Nui Online Game; in the other episodes, the characters simply continue speaking automatically.
- In the third episode, Nuparu's line "I'm an engineer, not a poet," is a reference to the catchphrase "I'm a doctor, not a ___," used by Dr. McCoy from Star Trek.
- When Defeat of the Bohrok-Kal was first released, it had rounded figures reminiscent of those found on street-signs representing the Toa Nuva in shots from a distance. This was quickly replaced by standard silhouettes.
- Gallery:Mata Nui Online Animations
- Wall of History
- BIONICLE Chronicles 2: Beware the Bohrok
- BIONICLE Chronicles 3: Makuta's Revenge
- Saga Guide - The Bohrok Swarms
- Saga Guide - The Bohrok-Kal Strike
- Timeline - The Bohrok Swarms
- Timeline - The Bohrok-Kal Strike
- BIONICLE Video: Tahnok Surround Po-Koro, 5 October 2003 (archive)
- BIONICLE Video: Hafu saved, 12 August 2003 (archive)
- BIONICLE Video: New Invention, 11 October 2003 (archive)
- BIONICLE Video: Le-Koro Liberated, 11 October 2003 (archive)
- BIONICLE Video: Last-Moment Save, 1 August 2003 (archive)
- BIONICLE Video: Disaster in Ga-Koro, 12 August 2003 (archive)
- BIONICLE Video: After the Storm, 1 August 2003 (archive)
- BIONICLE Video: Theft of Fire, 28 June 2003 (archive)
- BIONICLE Video: Out of Their Element, 28 June 2003 (archive)
- BIONICLE Video: Defeat of the Bohrok-Kal, 12 August 2003 (archive)
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