Chapter One: Banishment.
Toa Tolok stood in the center of Turaga Kwiau's chamber. This was not the first time he had found himself here under these circumstances. In the back of the room, some of the Matoran villagers were watching him, wondering how the Turaga would punish the Toa of Fire this time.
The Turaga, along with Mongo Koro's three other Toa, were outside of the chamber, talking among themselves about Tolok's recent actions. They had been talking for about thirty minutes. To Tolok, it felt like they had been talking for hours.
He let out a annoyed sigh. His weapons had been taken from him by the other three Toa, just like in the previous times he had been here. He was lucky that they let him keep his Kanohi Mask of Strength. The Toa of Fire just didn't understand what he did wrong this time.
When a group of Tarakava had attacked Mongo Koro the day before, Tolok did what any other Toa would've done: defend his village and its inhabitants. The village, located in the center of a small island a couple miles off the coast of the Southern Continent, had very few Rahi living on it. Those that did live on it were usually peaceful and didn't cause Mongo Koro much trouble.
However, there were exceptions to this, and the Tarakava were one of them.
Tolok knew that the majority of Rahi hated fire, so he tried to use fire bolts to scare the attacking Rahi away. The other Toa used their powers too. Unfortunately, their efforts only made the Rahi back away momentarily before they stormed back into the village, destroying everything within their grasp.
It was at this point that Tolok came up with another one of his brilliant plans. Believing that a huge fire would scare the aquatic Rahi away, he fired a fire bolt at the Matoran hut closest to the creatures. By the time the other Toa realized what he was doing, it was too late. The structure was ablaze in seconds, sending out huge waves of heat, light, and flames into the sky.
The good news was that the sudden appearance of the flames succeeded in scaring the Rahi out of the village. Tolok gave chase after them, hurling more fire bolts at them to ensure that all of them ran back into the ocean. The bad news was that the flames from the burning hut spread to other huts faster than anyone could've predicted. Being made out of very dry wood and grass, the huts were extremely flammable. By the time Tolok returned, half the village had burned to the ground.
Had one of the other Toa, a Toa of Earth, not used his powers to bury the flames, the whole village might've been engulfed by the flames, leaving all its inhabitants without homes.
It was because of this incident that Tolok now stood in the Turaga's chamber, awaiting punishment for his actions. Tolok wasn't too worried though. Usually, the only punishment Kwiau gave the Toa was a stern speech about his actions or something like that.
Turaga Kwiau and the three other Toa entered the chamber. All the Matoran stood up as soon as they entered. The Turaga waved his hand, motioning for them to take their seats.
"We have come to a verdict." The elder said to Tolok as he approached his seat in the front of the room. He sat down, his displeased look never leaving his face. The other Toa stood behind the Turaga. They had the same look on their faces as well.
"What is my punishment this time, wise one?" Tolok asked, more than a hint of annoyance in his voice. "Another long speech?"
The Turaga shook his head. "Your actions yesterday were those of a fool, Tolok. It will take weeks to rebuild the homes some of our Matoran have lost."
"So?" Tolok said. "We have spent weeks rebuilding homes before. We can do it again."
"Do you not care about what could've happened?" One of the other Toa said angrily. "You put the Matoran in danger! What if one of them had still been in his hut before it was consumed by flames? What if you had killed someone?"
"I didn't kill anyone." Tolok said calmly. "I succeeded in saving Mongo Koro from those monsters. I don't see how I should be punished for that."
"But you could've killed someone." Turaga Kwiau explained, speaking to Tolok as if he were a child. "Now, had this been the first time you had come into my chambers because of your actions, I might've let you off with a warning."
In his mind, Tolok smiled. He was now sure that the Turaga would only give him a warning, though the Toa didn't think he needed even that. He had saved the village, after all.
"But this isn't your first time here under these kind of circumstances." Kwiau continued. "In fact, I can't recall how many times you have stood before me because of your careless actions."
"Careless?" Tolok exclaimed, surprised by the Turaga's choice of words. "I wasn't..."
"Therefore," Kwiau said, cutting the Toa off. "you leave me no choice but to banish you from Mongo Koro."
A look of pure shock appeared on Tolok's face. He took a step back, almost as if he was going to faint. The other Toa reached for their weapons. Knowing that their 'ally' usually acted before he thought, they had no idea how he would react to the Turaga's decision, and they weren't going to take any chances.
"Why?" Tolok stammered. "My plan worked! No one was killed! Why am I being punished for that?"
"All your plans 'work,' Tolok." Kwiau explained. "But not only do they cost the villagers their food and homes, they also put their lives in unnecessary danger."
The Turaga rose from his seat. "I know for a fact if you keeping acting like you do now, someone is going to be killed, and I'm not going to wait for that day to come."
The elder turned to the Toa behind him. "Give Tolok his weapons and escort him out of the village. I want him gone by nightfall."
"You can't do this to me!" Tolok shouted. "I saved this village yesterday from those Rahi!"
"I'm saving this village from something worse than them, Tolok." Kwiau said. "I'm saving it from you."
With that, the Turaga turned and headed for the exit. The Matoran, the majority of them shocked by what they had just witnessed, started to leave as well.
"Wait!" Tolok cried, taking a few steps forward as he said it. Only the sight of the other Toa pulling out their weapons kept the Toa of Fire from reaching the elder.
The Turaga stopped and looked over his shoulder. "What, Toa?"
"There has to be a way for me to be accepted back into the village!" Tolok pleaded. "What must I do to overturn your ruling. Name it. I'll do anything you ask!"
The Turaga gazed down at the floor, as if he was contemplating the Toa's words. After a few moments, he looked back up to the disgraced Toa of Fire, a look of curiosity on his face. "Anything?"
"Anything." Tolok replied. "Just tell me what to do."
The Turaga looked at the now banished Toa. He then glanced at the other Toa, then back at Tolok. He let out a sigh.
"There is something you could do." The Turaga finally said. "Come with me."
Edited by The Smoke Monster, Oct 21 2011 - 02:37 PM.