What Could Have Been: The Tales Of Shika Nui
Now onto the first epic: "The Tales of Shika Nui":
The concept was, in some ways, still the same before I actually begun writing it. It was still about Matoran theives unwillingly becoming Toa and fighting the Dark Hunters, but some of the ideas were vastly, and I mean vastly, different from how the final product turned out.
For one, the character of Akuna, the Toa of Lightning and only female member of the team, would have been different and her different personality would change the course of the story.
Originally, Akuna was not going to be the caring, thoughtful and kind Toa you see today. No, she, like the other Toa Shika, was supposed to be an unlikeable backstabbing thief* who hung out with the others purely because she had nothing better to do. Very different from her current personality, no?
But you may ask, "How would that change the story?"
Simple. In the original TTOSN ("The Tales of Shika Nui" shortened) she was going to be secretly betraying the other Toa to the Dark Hunters for some reason I couldn't think of. Eventually her treachery was going to be discovered and then she would flee to the Dark Hunters' fortress and somehow become a Toa of Shadow along the way.
Then the other Toa Shika would have stormed the fortress and eventually fight her. Nastan, Toa of The Green**, was originally going to get the others out and then somehow, inexplicably, turn into a Toa of Light and fight her. (No, he wasn't secretly a Av-Matoran in disguise either like Takua so I couldn't use that excuse.)
Eventually, after lots of fighting, Nastan would sacrifice himself to kill Akuna by bringing the building down on himself and Akuna, thus ending the original TTOSN and also helping to start the next epic, which we will look at in another entry later on this year.
Another pretty much scrapped idea for the original TTOSN was about the charcter Toa Chimoy, Toa of Iron and resident quiet guy of the team.
In my notes, he was supposed to be slightly mentally deficent and mostly the muscle of the crew. The reason for this was that he had been beaten up pretty hard by several Dark Hunters at one point in the past, which affected his brain greatly and made it hard for him to make coherent thoughts and even harder to voice those thoughts.
Now that we've seen the original idea, how did the story actually go?
For one, Akuna never ended up betraying the rest of the Toa. Neither did she become a Toa of Shadow. Nastan also didn't become a Toa of Light and sacrifice himself to save the others. In fact, in my epic trilogy it is heavily implied that Akuna and Nastan actually like each other romantically. Talk about contrast!
Also, the Toa would not end up storming the Dark Hunters' fortress. While they did indeed visit eventually, it was to escape the Hunters (it makes sense in context), and to open an ancient underground door way beneath the island (again, makes sense in context). They didn't bother to fight the DHs because they were far outnumbered by 300 to six at least.
As for Chimoy, while his mentally deficient mind was referenced in the first chapter of TTOSN, I like to think about that reference as uncanon. Why? Because the current Chimoy turned out not to be a mentally deficient muscle man but a quiet, thinkative*** kind of guy who mostly let others lead and rarely talked unless he had good reason to. Kind of like Onua in a way.
As for "Tapestry of Evil" and what its prototypes ideas were before I actually wrote it, well, I'll make an entry discussing the contrasts between the original ideas for ToE ("Tapestry of Evil" shortened) and the ideas that actually made it in November, when I should finish posting it. But I can tell you that if you thought these ideas were contrasting, then just check out my blog in November to see what true contrast really is !
*Please note that not all of the Toa Shika were going to act exactly like the original idea for Akuna, but they would all in general be pretty unlikeable poeple compared to how they are now.
**For those who don't know, "The Green" is a term Greg Farshtey uses to describe Toa of Plant Life. I use it, too.
***Not sure if that is a real word or not. Doesn't really matter, I guess.