Maybe someone else can explain this, but it's puzzled me for years. In the Mata Nui online game, Takua needs to find a way through the impenetrable layer underneath Onu-Koro, which is preventing the workers from mining. In order to do this, you shine the light on the sundial, triggering it to open, and finding the room underneath, which is a dead end. (Until later, but we don't need to discus this) When Takua returns to the surface, he finds the workers happily thanking him for finding a way through the rock layer. My question is this: How the heck does finding a room in the rock layer help with mining? you still can't get through into the rock, and essentially are no better off than before. In addition, how could they get the sundial out of the ground to give to Takanuva when the thing was part of a doorway?
Sorry for the long post, but I've always considered the Great Sundial the most questionable part of the storyline. (The preceding unsigned comment was made by Toahero)
- They didn't technically "get through it", but rather found a way to find out what was underneath. Since it leads to essentially a dead end, they didn't need to mine there anymore, presumably.
- And the sundial was shrunk with a Kanoka disk, so that's how it was transported. -- Talk 22:08, 4 December 2015 (CET)
That doesn't explain how they got the sundial off the passageway entrance when it is actually 18 pieces, and the game explains that they can't mine any more until they find a way through the rock layer.
“Turaga,” begins the purple fellow with the large disk strapped to his back, “the mining guilds have hit an underground rock layer that they cannot break through. We fear the protodermis will run out if we cannot continue our digging!”
“How far does it run?” asks the one with the staff that looks like a drill. This must be Whenua speaking.
“Shaft 3 and Shaft 8 have ceased protodermis mining because they cannot break through this rock layer.” (mata nui online game)
- The info about 18 pieces on the page is just badly worded (I'll change that once I'm done with this edit). Based on File:Onu Koro Sundial.png it's only one piece. The sundial isn't literally split into 18 pieces, it's one physical piece that has markings carved into it to divide it into 18 hours. Like how a real-world clock face isn't literally chopped into 12 pieces for 12 hours, instead it's just one piece that's marked up to show 12 different sections. -- (talk) 06:19, 7 June 2016 (CET)
- Also, once Takua opened the sundial, I think the only thing the workers knew was that Takua had found some way through the rock layer. I don't remember if any Onu-Matoran checked out the chamber immediately after Takua opened it, but since Takua was the first to discover it was an entrance to Mangaia, even if the Onu-Matoran did investigate it, they didn't do a very thorough job. So my guess is they were just happy they they found some way through, and they didn't realize that it was a dead end yet. Or, like Dorek said, they realized they couldn't mine there anymore, so they started up elsewhere. Maybe that's when they started work on the Marn Tunnels. -- (talk) 07:23, 7 June 2016 (CET)