Author's Note: Let’s face it, gang, it’s been a long trip. When the original version of Heroes and Halflings was posted in Summer 2008, I sure didn’t expect to expand upon the story to the point of two sequel epics. My mindset at the time was to write it and then move on to bigger things, of which I still had no idea (and I still have no idea). Boom boom pow and goodbye.
That was not the case. And now, about three years later (give or take a month) here we are again, poised upon the brink of another adventure, with no knowing where we’ll end up when it finishes. I’ve got a lot of things and people to thank, but most importantly, I have J.R.R. Tolkin and his Lord of the Rings series to thank. To be more specific, the inspiration for Wings came to me the summer before this one, while I was watching The Fellowship of the Ring for the hundred millionth time. The end of Lightning Strikes Twice was in sight, and I’d prepared my defense for when I announced I wouldn’t continue the story after it. Then, out of the blue, an idea hit me, and it wasn’t until I’d designed the basic plot idea that I realized that I was doing what I’d decided not to do.
Well, there’s no stopping a plot bunny once it has you. By the time Lightning Strikes Twice was completed, Wings was well on its way to becoming the third part of my own little trilogy, at the expense of my other epic’s well-being (sorry, HitM …). And now, here we are.
Enjoy the show. =)
Amari Islands: A chain of far-south islands, made up of six landmasses. Home to Xi-Koro, a village of (mostly) Lightning Matoran. Currently led by Turaga Stara.
Va-Koro: Northern Continent village, said to be the oldest settlement in universe. Home to largest settlement of Ce-Matoran.
Shi-Nui: Island located south of Metru Nui; major trading port for the northern universe and a favorite target of pirates as a result. Ruled by Turaga Echidna.
Rohaya: An abandoned island not far southeast from Shi-Nui; once a base for the disbanded Toa Rohaya.
Aleris: A Northern Continent city, Aleris is called the “City of Opportunity.” (Property of Repicheep – Toa of Irony)
Stiaye: Toa of Lightning; comes from Amari Islands. She is the bearer of the Spear of Ajax, the only weapon known to destroy halflings straight-up. She wears a Kanohi Mask of Telekinesis that has the imprint of a lightning bolt across her right eye; carries Spear of Ajax and Electric Spear (carved to resemble Spear of Ajax to fool would-be thieves). Recently lost her hand to Rarin and had it replaced with a mechanical version.
Japoro: Toa of Ice that is part of Stiaye’s group; homeland unknown. Carries a sword and shield; wears Kanohi Matatu. Inventive and clever, he is far more social than others of his tribe.
Amphitrite: Toa of Water and Japoro’s significant other. Quick-tempered and impatient, she often jumps headfirst into whatever danger comes to the group, preferring to embrace the warrior side of her people rather than the alternative. She is native to Shi-Nui, but her past is shrouded in mystery. Carries aqua saber and two pincer shields; wears Kanohi Mahiki. (Also known as Subject 39.)
Aeolus: Toa of Air native to Metru Nui and Stiaye’s love interest. Unlike others of his tribe, Aeolus is far more serious and less inclined to joke around, though he still uses his native chute-speak. He wears the Kanohi Kadin and carries twin longswords.
Castor: Toa of the Green and leader of the Shi-Nui Toa.
Enki: Toa of Earth and deputy-leader of the Shi-Nui Toa.
Eurus: Toa of Air and former soldier in the Destiny War; member of the Shi-Nui Toa.
Kalima: Toa of Psionics and leader of the Toa of Va-Koro; youngest of the group.
Zraie: Toa of Fire; Toa of Va-Koro.
Morian: Toa of Stone; oldest of the Va-Koro Toa and de facto leader of the group.
Kya: Matoran of unknown element who lives outside Va-Koro. Has no memory of her past life before arriving in the area, but believed to have a past with the defunct Brotherhood of Makuta. Wears Great-style Kanohi Cereva, Mask of Adaptation. (Also known as Subject 17.)
Bism: Po-Matoran trader of jewelry and gemstones; old friend of Kya. Seems to have a way with Rahi, as he has been able to train creatures most others cannot. Wears Great-style Kanohi Romata, Mask of Mutation. (Also known as Subject 24.)
Adridne: Right-hand Xi-Matoran of Turaga Stara.
Chaka: Xi-Matoran from the Amari Islands; astrologer for Xi-Koro.
Kouki: Ko-Matoran of the Amari Islands with gold markings; thought to have some connection to Stara.
Razra: Xi-Matoran of the Amari Islands; has connections with Kouki.
Sekmet: Deceased Xi-Matoran of the Amari Islands; betrayed her people upon the urging of Makuta Kiria and helped exile Stara from Xi-Koro; died on Amari Island Notus.
Luxa and Narissa: Xi-Matoran friends of Sekmet – Narissa was the astrologer that mentored Chaka and Stara, while Luxa was the former Chronicler – that were killed in the successful attempt to frame Stara for murder.
Stara: Former Toa of Lightning of the Amari Islands; framed for murder and exiled not long after her transformation, 10 years before the Great Cataclysm. Served on Rohaya for over 800 years before being reprieved and returning home; became Turaga five years later as part of the Rebirth.
Echidna: Water Turaga of Shi-Nui; during her time as a Toa, became the last member of her team in the aftermath of the Toa-Dark Hunter War and worked alongside Toa Rohaya during the years of the Rohaya-Shi-Nui Pact. Took part in the Rebirth and became Turaga after the death of her predecessor.
Nuju: Ice Turaga; one of the six Toa Metru and fought the halflings of Rohaya soon after the return to Metru Nui. Fell in love with Stara during that time, and she with him, but were forced to separate soon after their task on Rohaya was complete. Later became progenitor of the halfling Deimos, but was rescued by Stiaye and her friends.
Shiri: Toa of Light from Ajax’s dimension; slain by the halfling Eris but her spirit did not rest. Her soul later became fused to Ajax’s new Spear and used the Toa Power stored inside to destroy her killer. Was transported to the current world and became Stiaye’s silent guardian, finally manifesting to Kya when she fled Rarin.
Ajax: Toa of Fire that forged the Spear of Ajax; was killed but came back to guard his Spear from malevolent hands; passed it on to Stiaye before passing on to the afterlife.
Kronus: Toa of Gravity that had led the Toa Rohaya in life, but was killed protecting Stara from death. Dwelled on Notus with the rest of his deceased team and Ajax, among others Toa spirits, before Stiaye took possession of the Spear; passed on after giving her and Nuju charms that allow them to communicate.
Rarin: Enhanced lower-class Steltian and servant of Makuta Hecate. Is faster and smarter than other members of his kind, having the power over stone, and is fiercely loyal to his master.
Hecate: Female Makuta with mastery of viruses and mutation. Is very calm and logical, but very kind towards her servant Rarin.
Tageria: Female Makuta – while clever, isn’t the sharpest knife in the block. The fall of the Brotherhood has struck her particularly hard, up to the point that she abuses Rarin when she is angered.
Visotoran: Grotesque hybrids of Matoran and Visorak created by Hecate to serve her. Are blind, but have enhanced other senses that enable them to fight. They have six legs and six arms – two arms with blades protruding from their wrists, two with giant crab-claws, and two with seven-fingered needles for extremities. They are blindly loyal to Hecate, able to think but unable to rebel.
Nightborn: Monster-servants to Karzahni in ancient times, said to be the ones that bear the condemned away to their master’s realm. They are accompanied by the strange husks of Matoran known as Nemesi and a flight of crows. Vanished from their native realm after their master’s exile, but still haunt the universe.
Gerilmi: Term for beings with no fixed home; Matoran for “Wanderer”. (This can be slightly derogative, since it implies that the being in question has no loyalty.)
Reborn/Rebirth: Event that happened about five years after the destruction of the Brotherhood, caused by the near-simultaneous use of Toa Stones created by remaining Toa.
Serohes: Four-legged, herbivorous Rahi that are best known for their fine manes of metal and heavy hooves. While they are bigger, stronger, and faster than Ussal crabs, they are more resistant to domestication than the more common Ussal, with only a few being trained by various beings.
Thundercats: Sleek, black armored felines with golden markings, thundercats are distant cousins to the rock lion and are best known for their blistering speed and the electrical shocks they generate to paralyze their prey. They are considered to be the unofficial mascots of the Lightning tribes.
Needle Wolves: A breed of Kavinika mutated by Makuta Hecate, they are feared and hated by veterans of the Destiny War. They are called so because of their pelts resemble layers of long, sharp needles: when upright, they can badly injure an opponent, but they offer strong protection when lying flat. They are extremely intelligent and were favored as “guard dogs” for Brotherhood fortresses. Some rogue packs still wander the universe, but most have been either killed or placed in the Metru Nui Archives.
Storm Hawks: A breed of Nivawk that was mutated by Hecate, Storm Hawks are twice as big as their unmutated cousins, and while they are unable to control the weather, these fliers can whip up powerful winds with the beating of their wings. They are extraordinarily intelligent and usually work in pairs with riders, but their size made them easy targets during the Destiny War. A few were captured and placed in the Archives after the War, but some still live in the wilder places in the universe.
Golums: Towering statues with special machines studding their joints, Golums are creatures of stone animated by the Makuta, and were mostly used as remote-controlled demolition crews or brute squads. Loathed by the Destiny War veterans as much as the Needle Wolves, Golums – while slow, clumsy, and brainless – devastated the Toa during the Destiny War, killing many just by stepping on them. A smaller version of the Golums, created several years later, were quicker and more agile, but they always mirror the actions of the one that controls them. After the War, the Vortixx and the Matoran of Metru Nui took authority of the surviving Golums to study their technology.
Shrieks: A mutated hybrid of Ice Bats and Necrofinches created by Hecate, Shrieks are small and easy to kill, but it was their numbers and sonic abilities that caused the deaths of hundreds of soldiers. Shrieks always travel in flocks, and as they constantly make very loud noise, a few dozen could deafen entire squads until their numbers were thinned. As Shrieks are notoriously fast, they were key to distracting enemy groups so Brotherhood troops could flank them. They had no other war purpose except as a distraction. After the Destiny War, some Shrieks were placed in the Archives for study, while the rest were nearly hunted to extinction. A few still live on the Southern Continent, though there are no signs of devastating flocks.
- Lord of the Rings trilogy
- Repicheep’s Tales of the Nui-Matoran series
- Kagha’s epic Daybreak
- Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy
- Mercedes Lacky’s The Snow Queen
- Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic series, in particular Shatterglass and Street Magic
- Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance cycle
- Lady Kopaka’s Glitch in the System
- Saya (Bahamut PURE)’s The Painmaker (which I credit to being the very origin to the Heroes and Halflings series)
H&H Series Soundtracks
Edited by Inferna Firesword, Mar 11 2012 - 07:18 PM.