The Awakening

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This article is about Velika giving inhabitants of the Matoran Universe true sapience. You may be looking for Mata Nui's Reawakening.

"No one advocated letting Toa, Matoran, etc. run free on Spherus Magna. They weren’t independent beings with a right to life and liberty, after all. They were tools to be used to keep the Mata Nui robot functioning... weren’t they?"
Angonce's thoughts, The Yesterday Quest

The Awakening
Energy StormsMatoran Civil War
Witnesses Inhabitants of the Matoran Universe
Time Less than 100,000 years ago
Actions Inhabitants of the Matoran Universe elevated to true sapience
Significance Major

The Awakening was an event in which Velika, a Great Being disguised as a Matoran, gave true sapience to the biomechanical inhabitants of the Matoran Universe.[1][2]


The Matoran workers created by the Great Beings to maintain the Matoran Universe were not designed to be fully sapient. They operated on a highly sophisticated artificial intelligence, clever enough to contend with unexpected complications, but simple enough that they could not really be considered true beings. The Matoran operated under this state of being for some time, including the period in which the Toa Mata fought the Avohkah and the Av-Matoran finished their labors in Karda Nui. Some others, such as the Toa, possessed a greater measure of sapience, as it was necessary for them to effectively perform their duties.[3]

Before the robot's launch, Velika transferred his consciousness into a Matoran body so as to better observe the workings of the Matoran Universe. Some time into the robot's journey, however, he caused a gradual[4] elevation of the minds of all current and future Matoran to a level of true sapience.

As a result of this cognitive evolution, the biomechanical beings developed intricate cultures and languages. They also gained the capacity to feel and express emotions such as fear, happiness and anger, as well as complex variations thereof. However, Velika did not give Matoran Universe inhabitants the instincts required to reproduce, as they were unable to do so.[5]

This event also caused some beings to act outside the expected parameters set by the Great Beings, and would, in time, lead to Makuta Teridax's usurpation of the Matoran Universe.[6]


  1. "Chat with Greg Farshtey", post 10241925. LEGO Message Boards. (archived on
  2. "Chat with Greg Farshtey", post 10675721. LEGO Message Boards. (archived on
  3. "Chat with Greg Farshtey", post 13901174. LEGO Message Boards. (archived on
  4. "Chat with Greg Farshtey", post 10809809. LEGO Message Boards. (archived on
  5. "Chat with Greg Farshtey", post 10671149. LEGO Message Boards. (archived on
  6. "Chapter 1." The Yesterday Quest.