Kini-Nui, the most sacred place on the island, is also definitely one of the more dangerous places as well. It is located at roughly the center of Mata Nui, in a valley to the west of the Mangai Volcano, and very difficult to reach. It is situated above a ravine, whose breadth is spanned by the bridge joining the two halves of the temple.
On one side of the valley is the upper temple area, which includs a tall temple with four spires, at the center of which is the Suva Kaita. This area includs six life-size carvings of the maskless Toa Mata. On the other side of the valley is the lower temple area, which includs the Amaja-Nui and a giant statue of a Toa Head. The Amaja-Nui is essentially a raised, larger version of the Amaja Circles found across the island and is used for the same purpose, to recount legends.
The valley itself is forested, and tropical plants grow on the various parts of the Kini-Nui. Many tall, pointed rock spires fill the area surrounding the temple. At the bottom of the valley, running between the two halves of the Kini-Nui, is a stream that turns into a waterfall not far from the temple.
There is a long-standing rumor of "darker things" that "lurk below" under the temple foundations... and even a myth that this temple holds the fabled entrance to the Makuta's lair. Granted, the Toa Mata were last seen here, readying themselves to fight the Master of Shadows, and those that have followed since have also disappeared, leading to much wild speculation...
But it is only a myth... right?
Edited by Friar Tuck, Jul 27 2011 - 03:29 PM.