Nidhiki stood at the wall of the Dark Hunter fortress. Every now and then he thought about the times he had been in Metru Nui and the many battles he had fought in the Toa-Dark Hunter War. During times of war, it was normal for someone to write down the details for each battle, so future historians can have a record. When Nidhiki was bored, he would read the words he wrote all those years ago and ponder what he could have done to prevent himself from becoming a Dark Hunter and looking like the monster he is now.
* * *
Toa-Dark Hunter war, day 42
I was in the room with the rest of the Toa Mangai and Dume where we usually strategize, when someone knocked on the chamber door. I was wondering who was rude enough to cut me off in mid-sentence until I saw she was one of our Toa scouts. She was a Toa of Lightning and wore a white Kanohi Akaku. She stepped forward. She explained that she had overheard a couple of Dark Hunters talking about a bomb. She also stated that they planned to use that bomb to destroy a third of the Toa defending the city.
And then... All Lhikan said was that we would deal with it after we got medical supplies for our injured Toa! So I decided to make my thoughts on the matter clear.
"You can't be serious! We need to deal with this as soon as possible! This is war! The Dark Hunters wouldn't waste time to destroy us all!" I said.
"Even if we did something about this bomb, what would we do? Throw elemental bursts and hope they hit something? If we go in with just what we have, what would we accomplish?" Lhikan replied.
"That's a much better plan than waiting!"
"If I can get a word in, we could just send in a team small enough to slip by their defenses and steal the bomb for examination," the scout interjected.
I had to say, I was quite surprised I hadn’t thought about that.
She continued, "I volunteer myself to go, since I am the only one who knows where the bomb is located."
Lhikan considered this for a moment.
"We’ll send a team in about an hour. And since you are so eager for action, Nidhiki, you shall accompany this Toa and two others who are willing to go on this mission. Is that clear?"
"Yes... Brother" I replied bitterly.
We then headed out to search for Toa who would be willing to accompany us.
* * *
There were two Toa willing to accompany us, one a Toa of Fire with a gold hue and a red Hau, the other a Toa of "the Green" wearing a blue Faxon. The three Toa with me seemed to know each other quite well. They were remembering their adventures before the war. They seemed to have a lot of good memories, but where I come from, you can never be completely safe, which was why I had learned to use the shadows to my advantage, unlike these three.
Eventually we reached Ga-Metru, where the Toa of Lightning said the bomb was located. She used her Kanohi Akaku to scan for the bomb, but she couldn’t find it. She suggested that the Dark Hunters had moved it to keep it safe.
"So how do you suppose we find one bomb in this entire section of the Metru?" the Toa of Fire asked.
"We should split into two teams so we can cover more ground. You, Toa of Plant Life, you're with me. Let's go," I replied.
The team went in opposite directions, the Toa of Plants and I taking the left path.
Eventually we found a Dark Hunter outpost, with the Dark Hunter named Primal standing guard. He didn't see us yet, so I created a vacuum around him, and due to the lack of air, he fell unconscious.
I and the Toa of the green went inside the outpost, only to find that there was nothing there.
Then, we saw a ball of flame erupt in the air just about a kio away.
"What is that Toa thinking!? He just gave away his position to the whole city!" I exclaimed.
"He is still a novice, so he has a lot to learn. But don't worry; we know where he is, so I suggest we make haste."
When we arrived at the site of the flare, we found our two Toa allies battling four Dark Hunters at the time.
"I guess we'd better help," I said to my partner.
A green dark hunter of the Skakdi race seemed to notice us. He seemed to be the one in charge of the group. "Hakann! Reidak! Teach these two to not interfere with things that don't concern them!" he ordered.
The one called Reidak charged at me. I hurled a cyclone at him, which seemed to make him even madder. As soon as the cyclone subsided, he charged at me yet again.
“You’re a tricky one, aren't you?” I said.
He let out a growl of frustration and swung, with the blunt end of his Buzz saw smacking me right in the mask.
"OWW! That's it, no more playing easy!"
I swung at him, with my scythe hooking onto his Buzz saw. With all my might, I tore it free from his grip.
As soon as he was defenseless, I punched him with enough force to knock-out a Kane-Ra bull.
"Toa, one, Dark Hunter, zero."
I went to go help out the novice Toa of Fire, who seemed to be having a hard time beating the one I recognized as Thok.
As soon as the fire-spitter noticed I was coming he shouted that he could hold them off while the Toa of Lightning would destroy the bomb.
"Sure thing fire-spitter,”
I pointed to the dark hunter in charge.
“But I'll handle him!"
* * *
After a furious battle, Zaktan shouted to his squad,
"The bomb is lost! We shall live to fight another day!"
The one called Hakann pointed his lava launcher at the Toa of plants.
"Of course, but it would be rude to leave without a parting gift!"
With that said, he shot a lava sphere right at the Toa of "the Green". It struck him square in the chest, slowly burning away at his organs. It must have been an agonizing death.
"NOOOOOO!" the fire-spitter shouted, hurling balls of flame at the retreating dark hunters, but it was already too late.
"It's all my fault! I should've helped him out! I should've done something!"
I went to the Toa of fire and said,
"It’s not your fault. Things like this are going to happen during a war, kid. You need to learn to get used to it."
And with that, we returned to the Coliseum, where I informed Lhikan of the death of the Toa of plants.
"And you are sure you couldn't do anything to prevent this?"
"If I could, I would have." I replied.
After that was dealt with, we put the bomb in storage, where it was decided it would remain. But I kept on thinking that I should have convinced Lhikan to use the bomb against the Dark Hunters. Bah, he probably would have said “No, we cannot endanger the Matoran!”. Anyway, why would Lhikan care so much about ONE life out of one hundred? Is he surprised that someone was killed in a war? It wouldn’t make sense if he was. In my opinion, you should only care about a death in a war if you lost someone important. This Toa of Plant Life, however, was not important. He was just a soldier, we have dozens of Toa who could take his place!
After I thought about this, Lhikan asked me to check in on the guards and inform them of the loss. After I did that, I went to our usual room where we would talk about strategies.
Edited by toa jalokim, Apr 07 2013 - 05:07 PM.