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Picture says it all. What exactly is up with things like that? Are they doomed to remain moral plot holes or are there explanations for them? Please note that that's just an example. There are a lot of other strange contradictions like that in the Toa and Mata Nui's Moral Code.
I was thinking about the Toa Code and how it prevented them from joining the Order of Mata Nui. Toa cannot kill their enemies, while the Order of Mata Nui frequently kills; even their own members are not safe as seen when the Order killed anyone who knew the location of Artakha. The Toa have a moral code to ensure that they don't let their power corrupt (as Tuyet did). This all makes sense until you consider The Pit, the Order of Mata Nui's ultimate punishment. The Pit is not an execution chamber, but a prison meant to hold beings for life. Why would an organization who would willingly to permanently silence their own members and refuses to allow Code-Bound Toa to join not be willing to execute their own prisoners? In fact, they go even further by sending Botar to stop them from being executed by others (Tuyet and the Barraki are prime examples) and instead imprison them in a supposedly inescapable prison. Even after the destruction of The Pit, they build a new prison on Daxia instead of changing policy. The Order is nothing if not efficient and secretive, yet this seems like the most inefficient practice of all time and has a high probability of allowing secrets (about The Pit and the Order's existence) to leak. The Red Star explains the necessity of The Pit, beings killed in the Matoran Universe would (if the Red Star worked) reappear late . This explains the actions of the Order perfectly: the only way to permanently stop someone is to imprison them, if they are killed they can simply cause havoc elsewhere. Not even Helryx needs to know the true reason, if she knows (from Mata Nui or the Great Beings) that imprisonment is the only permanent solution no one in the Order would question it. Teridax clearly did not know about this when he tried to have the Barraki executed. Mutran would later tell him after learning from Tren Krom, the only being in the Matoran Universe besides Mata Nui who seemed to know. This brings us back to the Toa Code. For so long we were told that the Code was a matter of morals, that the Toa didn't kill their opponents because they were "above" doing so. This is the view taken by the Toa themselves. But the existence of the Red Star brings up another theory: The Toa Code was a matter of ruthless efficiency. If Toa killed their opponents, they would (in theory) simply reappear elsewhere. I see this as a possible story direction, can you imagine Tahu learning that the law he believed made him not a monster was nothing more than another Great Being contingency. Some Toa would not be very affected (Zaria would probably feel better) but Toa like Tahu would be devastated.
So, just a quick question I was wondering about. Pretty much the only thing we know about the Toa Code is it means Toa are not supposed to kill their enemies. Yet, there have been a few instances that Toa have killed, such as when Tahu used the Golden Armor. So, are there constraints on what they can kill or not? Like they cannot kill sentient beings (Makuta, Matoran, Toa, Turaga, etc.), but can kill Rahi and other non-sentient beings (Kraata, Krana, etc.)? Or is it all enemies?