"Burning for justice and revenge, the Toa mounted an attack on a Brotherhood base. Arrayed against them were Dark Hunters and Exo-Toa, prepared to sacrifice all in the service of their dark masters."
— Turaga Vakama, Origin of the Rahaga
|Raid on the Destral Fortress|
|Conflict||Toa Hagah Iruini and Norik raid a Brotherhood of Makuta fortress|
Brotherhood of Makuta
|Location||Brotherhood of Makuta fortress|
|Result||Toa Hagah victory|
Toa Hagah mutated into Rahaga.
The Raid of the Destral Fortress is the name given to a raid on the Brotherhood of Makuta's Destral Fortress by the Toa Hagah team assigned to Makuta Teridax. While the raid was largely successful, the Toa wound up mutated into shrunken, twisted creatures called Rahaga.
The battle consisted of two distinct raids: first, to steal the Kanohi Avohkii, the Mask of Light, and a second, mounted by Toa Norik and Iruini, to rescue the four other Toa Hagah, who had been captured in the interim period between skirmishes.
- Steal the Avohkii from the Brotherhood of Makuta.
- Rescue the other four Toa Hagah.
Brotherhood of Makuta
- Prevent the Toa Hagah from stealing the Avohkii.
- Capture the Toa Hagah.
Roughly thirteen hundred years before the time of the Toa Inika, Norik, leader of the Toa Hagah, discovered the dark secrets of the Makuta of Metru Nui, Teridax, and his Brotherhood. Firstly, they had stolen the Kanohi Avohkii, the Great Mask of Light, from its makers in the realm of Artakha. Secondly, they had been secretly enslaving Matoran, the people that Makuta had sworn to protect.
The First Raid
Desiring justice, the Toa mounted an attack on a Brotherhood base. From all accounts, this first raid went very well as the Toa successfully infiltrated the fortress, stole the Avohkii back from the Brotherhood and retrieved the Makoki Stone before making their escape.
After the Raid
After this victory, Norik allowed his team to grow overconfident, which is widely believed to be one of the only mistakes he ever made during his time as leader of the Toa. Meanwhile, believing that his team spent too much time on relatively insignificant threats, Toa Iruini quit the team.
The Toa's overconfidence blinded them to the fact that Teridax, though set back by the betrayal of his bodyguards and the loss of the Mask of Light, was still a clear and present danger. Four of the Toa - Gaaki, Bomonga, Pouks, and Kualus - were ambushed and captured by two of Teridax's lieutenants, Sidorak and Roodaka. Norik, who was not with his team during the ambush, tracked down Iruini, and the two forged a temporary alliance to rescue their teammates.
The Second Raid
Returning to the Brotherhood fortress, the Toa were challenged by the Brotherhood's full array of military might: Visorak, Exo-Toa, Dark Hunters, and even Teridax himself. The two Toa Hagah prevailed, destroying most of the Exo-Toa, driving off the Hunters, and even forcing Teridax to retreat from the battlefield. Iruini defeated the Dark Hunter named Krekka by using his own weight to send him plowing into the Visorak; Norik then forced a Vohtarak to take them to the other Toa Hagah's prison. Overhearing Dark Hunter Nidhiki's comments about captured Toa, Norik sent Iruini to find their teammates. After concealing the Avohkii, which was in their possession, Iruini teleported to a likely spot, but he did not see four Toa; instead, he saw four shrunken, twisted, Rahkshi-headed creatures, one of whom identified them as his former fellow Toa.
At that moment, Roodaka appeared and trapped Iruini, coining the name "Rahaga" as a portmanteau of "Rahkshi" and "Hagah". Her gloating was interrupted by the sudden arrival of Norik, who had used his Pehkui to sneak into the camp. Iruini opened the Rahaga's cage and let his teammates out; the two remaining Toa Hagah then turned on Roodaka, who simply summoned an army of Visorak to her aid. Recalling a strategy that had once worked against some Frostelus, Norik and Iruini created a cyclone of molten lava, distracting the Visorak long enough for the two to make their escape. What not even the cyclone could stop, however, were two of Roodaka's mutation Rhotuka spinners, which quickly overtook the battle-weary Toa and mutated them into Rahaga as well. Roodaka called off the Visorak pursuit, believing that the Rahaga were no longer a threat and confident that they were doomed to spend their lives as outcasts from the very society they were supposed to protect.
However, Roodaka's assumption was wrong: the Rahaga successfully recovered the Avohkii and the Makoki Stone and later saw them safely into the hands of the Toa Hordika, who in turn witnessed (as Turaga) the coming of the Toa of Light that the Brotherhood of Makuta so feared. Meanwhile, the Rahaga devoted themselves to aiding Visorak victims and thwarting Visorak efforts at conquest in any way possible. Their efforts culminated in the Battle of Metru Nui.
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