Book 1 - Reawakening
Chapter 1 - Tahu [Rude Awakening]
2,000 years after The Sealing...
Everything shook violently.
This wasn't the first time that the Toa had awoken from a long, dreamless sleep and found himself somewhere he didn’t recognise. And somehow, he doubted it would be the last. But this time, this time it was different. As Tahu slowly regained feeling in his body he realised that he was standing upright. However, any attempts to move were in vain. He was trapped in some kind of crystallised substance. The material encompassed his body like a cocoon and held him firmly in place. The Toa strained every muscle in his bio-mechanical body in an attempt to break free of his prison, but to no avail. As he did so, though, his body begun to rise drastically in temperature, heating up the crystal that surrounded him until it glowed a brilliant orange. After a few seconds cracks started to spread and the entire structure crumbled around Tahu. That's right. Tahu thought, I'm a Toa of Fire, How had he not remembered that? That was when it hit him, he couldn't remember anything past his own name.
Dazed, he paced around the small, rocky cave he found himself in. He felt different too, but different to what? He didn’t even remember what his body had felt like before, he just knew in his gut that it felt different now. Tahu started looking for a way out when something caught his eye, a large red gem sat upon a small pillar in one corner of the cave. It glowed brightly, bright enough to illuminate the entire cave, casting an eerie crimson hue over the stone walls; the Toa couldn’t believe he hadn’t noticed it right away. Slowly and apprehensively, the bewildered Tahu began moving towards the gem, he reached out a metal hand and touched it. As soon he made contact hundreds of images flashed before his eyes, filling his mind with memories.
Yes! He remembered everything! How he and five others had washed ashore on the island of Mata Nui, how they had fought the evil that plagued it and protected its inhabitants. Then he remembered how the evil Makuta had managed to take over the entire universe, how the great spirit Mata Nui, the previous ruler had fought to regain his rightful place. Until Mata Nui found a way to win the losing battle against his enemy and fulfil their duty to fuse the planets Aqua Magna, Bara Magna and Bota Magna and recreate Spherus Magna. He managed to combine the two robots they possessed into one ultimate robot which still housed the Matoran Universe, but at a sacrifice, the fusion destroyed the spirits of Makuta and Mata Nui. Tren Krom took up what he felt was a chance for him to fix the universe that was corrupt in his eyes. However, he found it wasn’t as easy as it looked, and after using the robot to create Spherus Magna he shut off most of the body. But he kept the head and Metru Nui alive, thinking it was the only pure place in the universe. He went into a deep slumber, putting Tahu and the other Toa Nuva in cages created from a mix of Energized Protodermis, Hordika Venom and other substances including what created the Bohrok-Kal. The prisons were specifically engineered by micing the chemicals to create a new one that would maintain the Toa in suspended animation as well as boost their strength over time. He told the Matoran to awaken them if evil was to ever creep back into their isolated city.
The time has come, thought Tahu. The Matoran have somehow awakened me, I am needed once again! Excitedly, the Toa struggled to remember where the hidden exit was. He pushed hard against one of the walls of the cave, the false wall slid back, and then to the left causing dusky sunlight to flood the cave. The light burnt Tahu’s eyes, blinding him momentarily. He listened out for the cheering Matoran, welcoming him back and asking for his help. But he heard only silence. He was standing on a small ledge on the side of a giant volcano, a few miles from Ta-Metru. The land around was red and scorched and the sky was thick with smoke.
In the sunlight he could see himself better, he looked down and what he saw shocked him, he looked nothing like he used to thanks to spending so long in that cage consisting of so many mutating substances. He was taller than he once was and darker in colour, his hands and feet were clawed and when he felt his mask he realised it had been completely fused to his face. His Fire Sword had grown and now needed two hands to use, it had become a Fire Greatsword. Tahu wondered for a second how he would get down - there were no steps of any kind and it was a long fall.
"Fall." Came a hushed voice that Tahu didn't recognise. It was carried on a huge gust of wind that seemed to come from nowhere. The gust knocked the Toa hard in the back and he tumbled off the ledge and into empty space. Tahu panicked as he fell helpless.
“Who was that? Help!” He cried, the ground coming ever closer “I need help! Somebody, anybody!”
Edited by GLaDOS, Oct 17 2012 - 04:19 AM.