Leah spoke. "Do any of you know how these -" she pointed at the streamlined Kanohi on her face "-get activated, exactly?"
Oreius shrugged, and began strapping his swords back onto his belt, voicing his thoughts aloud. "It's not like we needed them to beat those Rahkshi. I'm sure we'll figure it out sooner or later."
Leah nodded slowly at Oreius. "Yes. Perhaps after we go to that other place mentioned in Takua's journal."
"The Keeping Place," Stannis said as he recalled the mention of the location from the journal. His eyes narrowed as he remembered more and connected the dots in his mind. "Takua mentioned 'failsafes.' Clearly this is a part of the plan to ensure our victory, meaning that we aren't ready to fight the Makuta yet."
The idea of being a part of a team to, as prophesied, fight the Makuta directly -- not his scions or minions but the dark one himself -- was a very troubling prospect for even the Wanderer. He had fought many things but a black god was not among them, nor was it on his list of big game to tackle. His life and its purpose had taken an exponential curve in his eyes; while he was destined for this mission all his life he still was unaware of it until the last moments of the journey. This is what he lived for... but he still felt unprepared. And that, he realized, was the caring wisdom of Mata Nui. The Great Spirit knew how they would feel, he knew what threats they would face, and had prepared for them.
They were powerful toa; there was no doubting that. Not only were they clearly gifted with raw power, which was always a plus, but they had something the First Toa did not have: Love for each other. And love never fails, it transcends everything and permeates existence, breathing life to things that hold no energy by themselves. The First Toa were heroes but they were only united by purpose; the Toa Maru, however, were tightly glued together in ways other teams could only aspire to. But they could not win a war with smiles, joy and hugs. They had to have failsafes.
"We were able to trek and find the stones without threat of being found," he said. "The only dangers we suffered were either natural or servants to the Makuta, but not his sons, but now that we have transformed we were attacked by them. We prevailed here and now but it can only get tougher. According to legend the First Toa had to find their Great Masks before they continued; I think we must do the same, only we know where the masks are."
Stannis observed the light column again. It shifted position greatly; it was late in the day. "We should leave and go to the Keeping Place. With some speed we can be there by first light." He put the Telerahk staff on his back with his halberd as he took a step, then stopped in thought. "We have to trust that Joske was successful."