Special Aide of Whenua
Special Aide of Whenua
On Metru Nui, Onepu was an Archivist, but secretly he wished to catch Rahi. He preferred to go out searching for new Rahi than wait around for them to be handed to him. Onepu was best known for leading the journey that accidentally discovered a Bohrok nest under Le-Metru.
He was called upon by the Chief Archivist for another project, during his time on Metru Nui. The Vahki had found and captured many Rahi, primitive in nature. These underwater Rahi were violent, and Turaga Dume, although he did not wholeheartedly want to, gave permission to three Archivists, Whenua, Mavrah, and Onepu to study these Rahi. Onepu was very happy to have this position, and studied with diligence.
As Turaga Dume ordered that no one was to find out about this, Onepu, Whenua, and Mavrah became close. However, the work was very taxing, and the Matoran began to frequently argue with each other. After Whenua fell in one of the tanks, some of the Rahi made a bid for freedom. Although they were contained, their efforts harmed many exhibits, and the project was abandoned. Mavrah disagreed with this, and in secret, smuggled these creatures out of the city into tunnels. Onepu was saddened by this, but continued his job as an Archivist nonetheless.
Eventually, Onepu was captured by the Vahki, placed into a Matoran Sphere and cast asleep, under the orders of Makuta Teridax who was impersonating Turaga Dume. The Toa Metru rescued him and the other Matoran of Metru Nui, and took them to the island of Mata Nui, where they were reawakened.[B2:LoMN]
Exposure to the effects of a Matoran Sphere caused Onepu to become physically smaller and weaker, as well as lose his memories of Metru Nui. Nevertheless, under Turaga Whenua's instruction, he took part in the construction of Onu-Koro, making use of materials from the Airships used in the Great Rescue.
On Mata Nui, Onepu became Turaga Whenua's Right Hand[MNOG2, Ch. 2] and Special Aide.[MNOG, Ch. 5] An Ussal racing champion for at least five consecutive seasons, Onepu was a member and the captain of the Ussalry, and occasionally a Miner. Onepu was Taipu's best friend, but sometimes took advantage of him, such as when he talked Taipu into doing his mining work for him.[MNOG, Ch. 5]
Onepu, a competitor in the sport of Disk throwing, was traveling to a tournament with Jala, Maku, Kongu, Matoro and Huki when they encountered a Nui-Jaga. They successfully devised a method to trap it, and merged into a Matoran Nui in order to remove it from the vicinity.[MDC1]
After Whenua was alerted to the possibility of a Rahi attack as the Toa Mata descended into Mangaia, Onepu and the Ussalry went to work defending the village.[MNOG, Ch. 7] When the infected Rahi began to retreat, Onepu and the Ussalry traveled to the Kini-Nui, where he came to the Chronicler's Company's aid. After helping them defeat Rahi, Onepu told Takua to travel to Onu-Koro, due to a discovery that Takua would be interested in.[MNOG, Ch. 9]
Later, during the Bohrok attack on Mata Nui, Onepu was in the village when the Gahlok struck and flooded the cavern. When this attack happened, he and Taipu helped direct everyone to safety. As Nuparu came running towards them to escape, the flood of water hit all three Matoran, and propelled them into a tunnel. When they awoke, Onepu spoke with Taipu when Nuparu joined them unexpectedly. After introducing themselves, Nuparu used his Lightstone to illuminate the area. The group found themselves near a Gahlok, but, as Onepu pointed out, one devoid of its Krana. Struck by an idea, Nuparu began to work on an invention using the Bohrok's parts, while Onepu and Taipu helped him. Eventually, they used his invention, the Boxor, to battle and win against a squad of Gahlok.[BOA, Ep. 3]
Onepu later helped Nuparu defeat some Nuhvok in Le-Koro. After the swarm's defeat, Onepu was defeated by a creature who sought Onua's Nuva Symbol. He was later rebuilt into a stronger form after the defeat of the Bohrok-Kal.[BKOA, Ep. 3]
Return to Metru Nui
Onepu aided in the construction of Boats to return to Metru Nui. Once there, Onepu helped rebuild the city. He temporarily stopped his work of reconstruction on order of Jaller, to force the Turaga to reveal where the Toa Nuva had gone, but he eventually got back to work until the Staff of Artakha repaired the city.
Abilities and Traits
Onepu is extremely hard-working and brave, but is slightly lacking in modesty. He always ensures that other Matoran are aware of his accomplishments.[MNOG, Ch. 5] He was appointed to Captain of the Ussalry due to his reputed skill with battling with Ussal mounts. As a Ussal rider, he has mastered using agility, speed, balance, and strategy to his advantage, earning the title of Great Ussal Race champion for five consecutive seasons.[Bios]
Like all Onu-Matoran, Onepu can see better in the dark than other Matoran types.
1389 Onepu was released as a set in September 2001 as one of the six promotional BIONICLE Happy Meal Toys at McDonald's. These six eight-piece "Tohunga" sets each featured a Bamboo Disk which they could fling from their right arm when one pulled it back and released it. Onepu's featured an image of the Kanohi Pakari with the word "Pakari" printed beneath it.
"Onepu is my best friend in all of Onu-Koro. He is very smart and knows a lot about Ussal Crab racing and fighting Rahi. He is supposed to be digging, too, but he showed me how I can do both our digging at the same time. That's how smart he is!"
— Taipu, Mata Nui Online Game
"I am Onepu, High Commander of the Ussalry, Veteran of the Makuta Wars, Right Hand of Turaga Whenua, and Champion Kolhii Forward of Onu-Koro. At your service, my Lady."
— Onepu to Hahli, The Final Chronicle
- In alpha v0.006 of BIONICLE: The Legend of Mata Nui, Onepu stands outside a hut in Onu-Koro, where he instructs Onua to speak to three dancing Onu-Matoran, learn the Dance of Onua, and then return to perform the Takara dance. Onepu's role was cut from the game later in development, and he does not appear in a later beta build.[TLOMN]
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