|Kanohi||Great Mask of Mutation|
Miserix, along with all other Makuta, was created out of Antidermis by Mata Nui over 100,000 years ago on an island in one the southern chains of the Matoran Universe.[DW, Ch. 4] Miserix was soon appointed by Mata Nui to lead the Brotherhood of Makuta, an organization in charge of maintaining the order of the universe. Miserix was responsible for the creation of several Rahi breeds to populate the Matoran Universe. He specialized in the creation of reptilian Rahi, including the mighty Tahtorak.
After the completion of the island of Destral, Miserix ordered Mutran, Icarax, and Icarax's aide Pridak to travel to the island of Xia and negotiate with the Vortixx about lowering their prices for trade with the Matoran.
When Pridak left the Brotherhood and started the League of Six Kingdoms, Miserix hired Takadox to act as a spy for him. He later attended a meeting with the Barraki, where they demanded that the Brotherhood continue to provide Rahi and anything else they might ask for. Miserix then ordered his most trusted lieutenant, Teridax, to keep watch on the Barraki. Teridax eventually led the attack which ended the League's reign.
Five hundred years after the defeat of the League of Six Kingdoms, the Matoran Civil War broke out on Metru Nui. Once again, Miserix turned to Teridax for assistance in this matter and ordered him to stop the fighting, an order which the lieutenant brutally carried out by means of what was later referred to as the Archives Massacre. During the War, Miserix sent Mutran on a mission far to the south to pay a visit to Tren Krom, as the Brotherhood could not allow a being of such great power to go unchecked in the universe without knowing its intent or potential danger.
Following the Civil War, Miserix decided that each Makuta would be assigned a particular region to supervise to avoid any similar conflicts in the future. Because of his trust in Teridax, Miserix assigned Metru Nui to his lieutenant. Miserix himself chose to remain on Destral and run the Brotherhood from there, not taking any particular region to watch over.
When Mutran returned with the knowledge of how the universe worked he had gained from Tren Krom, Teridax demanded Convocation on Destral, something no Makuta other than Miserix had ever done. To exacerbate the situation, he had not asked Miserix's permission to do so. In the Convocation Chamber of the Destral Fortress, Teridax revealed his plan to the assembled Makuta. Miserix correctly understood this move to be a bid to take over leadership of the Brotherhood and fired Shadow energy from his gauntlet, blasting Teridax into a wall. Miserix dismissed the plan as treason and stupidity, but Teridax's retaliation was fierce and swift, knocking his leader against the walls of the Chamber and then pinning him to the ground with his staff pointed at Miserix's throat. Miserix seized the staff and channeled his Lightning power through it, sending Teridax hurtling backwards. But instead of striking back, Teridax simply asked his fellow Makuta to choose whom they wished to follow. Miserix was initially joined by five loyal Makuta, but after seeing that most had sided with Teridax, they reluctantly abandoned their leader as well. Teridax claimed leadership of the Brotherhood through the will of the Convocation and, as his first act, sentenced Miserix to death, ordering Krika and Spiriah to carry out the execution. The Brotherhood publicly claimed that Miserix had died in a Rahi creation accident.
Unknown to Teridax, Krika instead imprisoned Miserix on the island Artidax, far to the south of the Matoran Universe. There, he was heavily guarded by Rahi and other beings strong enough to detain a Makuta. Knowing that the other Makuta shunned their inner light, Miserix did so as well, to prevent them from having an advantage over him. When the Makuta evolved into Antidermis, Miserix's armor was not upgraded by the Nynrah Ghosts and he was forced to absorb mass from other beings to accommodate for it.
The chains shackled to Miserix weakened him, so he was unable to control the Klakk that guarded him. He spent thousands of years absorbing them into his armor until he was big enough so that their screams did not have any effect on him. The chains increased in size as well, to accommodate for his form.
The Order of Mata Nui member Brutaka led a team to Artidax to track Miserix down, to use his power in fighting the Brotherhood. After escaping a number of traps around the prison, Brutaka and his team discovered Miserix chained to the ground inside a vast chamber, in the form of a dragon-like beast around forty feet (thirteen meters) tall.
Brutaka and his team then tried to reason with Miserix, attempting to win him over to their side. Miserix spotted Spiriah, however, and asked him to come forward. He promptly killed Spiriah by absorbing him into his body, as a reprisal for his betrayal.
Brutaka's team then proceeded to free Miserix, breaking the chains that held him. Miserix then destroyed the volcano's side wall, grew wings and fled, taking the remainder of Brutaka's team. Before leaving, he turned to the island that had imprisoned him and vowed to destroy it someday.
Miserix then flew to Daxia, and deposited his rescue team. After reducing his size to twenty feet (six meters) and changing his color to green, Miserix traveled to Stelt in search of Teridax, disturbing the peace of a local trader, whom Miserix believed would know the location of the Makuta of Metru Nui. Not learning anything, he then ordered the trader to spread the word of his return. Sometime after this, Miserix changed his color back to red, now resembling his red wingless form, only smaller in size.
Some time later, Miserix met a Makuta and forced him to tell him where Teridax was, or otherwise be torn to shreds. After obtaining his location, Miserix absorbed the Makuta.
From there, Miserix ventured to Metru Nui, where he stumbled upon and rescued the Toa Hagah and Piraka Zaktan from an oncoming surge of molten Protodermis underneath the Coliseum. He then reduced his size again and demanded they identify themselves. After learning about the history of the Toa Hagah from Norik, Miserix joined their mission to pursue and destroy Teridax. Upon journeying deeper into the tunnels, the team discovered two long-dead bodies within a chamber, and after examining their armor, Miserix concluded that it was not made out of Protodermis. Suddenly, a portal opened from within the chamber and the party readied themselves for battle as silhouettes appeared from within.
The figures turned out to be Toa Helryx and Keetongu, who were then closely followed by Brutaka and Axonn. The group exchanged quick updates, and when Iruini questioned of the whereabouts of Teridax, a sudden blast of energy destroyed Brutaka's Olmak. The source revealed itself to be Teridax, who destroyed the mask in order to prevent them from escaping and seemingly killed Zaktan.
Miserix came to the conclusion that Teridax was within the machinery present in the chamber, so he attempted to destroy it. He was stopped by Brutaka, who revealed that they were within the mind of Mata Nui, and that the destruction of the machinery might destroy the universe. Blind with hatred, Miserix refused to listen and attacked, damaging the machinery. In response, Teridax opted not to kill Miserix but rather to make him suffer. Teridax constructed a powerful illusion that cloaked Miserix from the others and created a picture of Miserix on the chamber wall. The illusion, strong thanks to Teridax's new powers, was so powerful that it convinced Miserix himself that he was a picture.
Miserix remained trapped in the illusion, entirely convinced that he was a two-dimensional picture. Tren Krom, in the body of Lewa, arrived in the chamber, intending to send a message to Mata Nui. He was intrigued by the picture, and managed to free the Makuta from the illusion. Miserix immediately demanded to know where Teridax was, wanting to finish his initial task of destroying him. The recently arrived Tuyet and Brutaka, along with Tren Krom, refused to let him kill the Makuta, desiring to keep the universe stable. Miserix sided with Axonn and Helryx, who both wanted Teridax dead to prevent him from destroying other worlds.[RoS, Ch. 8] The two sides fought, and Miserix targeted Tren Krom, assuming that his powers were limited by the Toa body he was inhabiting. However, Tren Krom attacked him with a powerful mental assault that hurt the Makuta. He was then abruptly attacked by Tuyet with Axonn's axe, and fell backwards in pain. Before he could find his attacker, the fighting was stopped by the arrival of Artakha.[RoS, Ch. 9] Artakha confronted the fighters about their actions, but was interrupted by Teridax, who forcefully teleported all of them into space as he flew to Bara Magna.[RoS, Ch. 10]
The group was drawn into a chamber by a mysterious figure, whom Miserix eventually identified as Vezon. Vezon introduced the group to the room's other occupant, a Great Being that had been cursed by the Ignika and imprisoned, who then revealed to the company that they were on Bota Magna.[RoS, Ch. 11] The Great Being bid the assembled beings free him, and Miserix and the others immediately began arguing over whether or not they should do so.[RoS, Ch. 12]
Outside, Velika rigged the fortress to explode and destroy everyone within.[TPTB, Ch. 4] Miserix and the other biomechanical beings managed to escape the fortress. Unbeknownst to them, the cursed Great Being escaped as well.
In an alternate universe, Miserix, along with some other Makuta, were released onto Bara Magna after Mata Nui had completed his mission. Miserix became an enemy of the Agori, and at one point led an army of Skakdi, Vortixx, and Bone Hunters to attack the village of Tesara, where a dimension-hopping Vezon had recently arrived.
Abilities and Traits
Miserix is extremely intelligent, but was known to be very cautious. He does not possess any inner light, as he willingly shunned it during his imprisonment. He viewed it as equalizing himself with his enemies, the rest of the Brotherhood, refusing to give them any sort of advantage over him. After having his position usurped and his subsequent banishment, Miserix became obsessed with enacting revenge on his former lieutenant. He has a penchant for Shapeshifting into vicious reptile-like forms.
Miserix possesses powerful elemental Shadow powers, including the ability to produce a Shadow Hand capable of absorbing beings into his body. He also has the ability to shapeshift, produce Kraata, and has access to the forty-two Kraata powers.
Mask and Tools
"Swords so easily drawn beg to be used... and are rarely so easy to put away again. These Barraki may prove troublesome. Watch them."
— Miserix to Teridax, The Mutran Chronicles
"Treason. Worse than treason — stupidity. Succeed in your grand design and you risk the death of the universe itself. And what will you use to attack the Great Spirit? Your shadow hand? A troop of Rahkshi? You are an insect in the eyes of Mata Nui... and in mine."
— Miserix to Teridax, The Mutran Chronicles
"I don't have time for this. I have places to be, and bodies to break. I want you to send out a message to all your friends, to everyone who sails in and out of this island. Tell them Miserix is back, and when I find him, Teridax is dead!"
— Miserix to a trader on Stelt, Destiny War
"Let us all die. Let the universe burn! I only want Teridax dead!"
— Miserix, Dwellers In Darkness
- The winning model of The LEGO Group's BrickMaster Makuta Building Contest, made by Sarah Newkirk, was named as Miserix.
- Miserix is one of the only known Makuta who was cast out of the Brotherhood before the Makuta evolved into beings of pure energy. As such, Miserix's armor was not modified by the Nynrah Ghosts.
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