Something stirs in the Barren.
All across Okoto, the local wildlife has turned hostile, corrupted by a dark force. For once, this mystery has been quickly solved, as the legendary Spirit of the Wild, Keetongu - long thought to be only a myth - has been sighted all over Okoto. Experts within all regions, particularly associated with the Knights of Ekimu, have noted that both Keetongu and the hostile beasts share several notable traits. Gleaming red eyes and a shadowy aura surrounding them are the most noteworthy, although temperature drops have been noted as well.
With Keetongu corrupted and wildlife liable to become hostile at any moment, travel has become extremely dangerous, and trade even riskier than before. Relations between the nations are holding for now, but Okoto has a history of dealing with similar strain rather poorly… and with Toa Lewa, Toa Kopaka, and Toa Pohatu all now fighting against their own failing sanity after encounters with Keetongu, relations will crumble faster than ever before.
The only beasts that seem to be completely free from corruption are the six mythical Elemental Creatures. Formed millennia ago from the dying energies of an ancient Titan, sightings of these creatures were sporadic and rare up until three hundred years ago, when they vanished entirely. Having been thought lost for centuries, the sudden reappearance of the creatures - with all six having been spotted all over Okoto multiple times - in recent months has some Protectors convinced that they are a sign that Okoto’s greatest conflict is still to come, and soon.
For once, Okoto might face threats united together. But the island’s leaders have always been power hungry, and there are always those who seek any available opportunity to tear others down to build themselves up. As old foes weaken and the chance to avenge old wounds opens, how many might resist the urge to fight once more?
This is the Great Game, the Game of Thrones, where you win or you die.
The Age of War has ended.
The Age of Shadow has begun.