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“Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers in order to tell the tale.” - Gabriel Garcia Marquez They said, tell it to us. It’s only dredges of a tale, clinging bits of a mythical past that dare not wash away. They won’t let it wash away, much as the once Endless Ocean was challenged by rebel islands that sprung up, and survived, against all odds. I think they have a feeling that that’s the only reason why we’re here. By ‘they’ I mean all of those who live in this thriving metropolis, and those who live in all the other great cities. The ones that jut into the sky with Coliseums and Towers of Knowledge as if wanting to reach upwards in order to cut a star from the cloth that is the night sky; the ones that call prototype masks and ritualistic tunics the carpets they walk on; those by the beaches and those under the waters and those clinging above the sky, all of them replicating the different cities of yore, lodged into our genetic memory, but forgotten to all. We thought it was better that way, the six of us. How do you encompass millennia of history? How do you tell those collected chronicles, of heroic Toa and devious Makuta, of deaths of Great Spirits and magical fusions of planets? Names like Kodan, Takua, Hahli, Kopeke, Tarduk… And how do you tell someone descended from a Makuta that they were once the cause of a near-extinction level event? How do you force a now-sentient Rahi to regress into history and into savagery, so much like the Zesk and the Vorox during their own time? We chose, for all of them, to keep away the dangerous and the old, in order to keep this tenuous peace. And now they say, tell it to us. Look at them. Caught unawares by their own youth and inexperience, as thirsty for knowledge as all of us once were, far removed enough that they see but fascination and awe in what we call ‘our history’. But I, I am… so old. The joints in my fingers hurt. Breathing is labored, in that I feel when they slow down because I become afraid that I have forgotten to take a breath. I’m nearing the end, that much is clear. With me, as accorded thousands of years ago, it all must go. But you will appreciate that, in typical me fashion, I have followed this to an extent. It’s equivocation, in that I am not technically going against what we agreed on. The tomes sit behind me. It’s all there, you know? The maps of every major island and of what were once the three planets, with the sites of every village and every battle. The entire travel log of the Robot, with all of its tales of the places we never saw (I suppose the Robot also died, and so those coordinates will remain just that). The parchment written after my investigations into Mata Nui and Voya Nui, the crystals and panels from visiting Metru Nui and the Southernmost Islands. Every weapon that’s saved my life, labeled with the thing that threatened me and that I barely escaped alive. And the Kanohi. They’re all here, almost all of them. It took us, what, seven thousand years to collect the Mask of each major player? Seven thousand years and the death of one of our own… and now I’m dying, and this will be here, but with no one. Ha. It almost feels like a meaningless sacrifice, at the end of it all. Is that what the six of us ended up being? Meaningless? Or sacrifices? They will never know, will they. No, of course not. It’s shocking to me I still find myself rediscovering this. No. No. No, no. No, they don’t get this. Not now, not never. I- no! I said th- Look, I- Y- A Rahi should have eaten you years ago, you know that? Fine. But I will keep the details to a minimum. And, I’ll have me an oath of secrecy! Yes. Yes, alright, I’ll let them in. Let me just get my affairs in order first. Review Topic
So the Mahiki is the mask of Illusion. The Great version allows the wearer to shapeshift into a being of similar mass to the wearer and imitate their voice, but not their powers. Due to Kopaka's use of a Noble Mahiki, it seems a Great version can also make holograms, or something very similar, but I never saw this aspect of the mask's power in its Great form. The shapeshifting aspect seems to genuinely change the user physically, but what of the "hologram" use? Is this a Psionics based power, where the illusion of an image is put into the opponents mind? Or does the mask physically cast an illusion? Judging by the Muaka that Kopaka fought making Kopaka's doppelgangers fuzz and fade when biting them, I imagine the illusion is probably like a hologram, but I'm not 100% sure so I thought I'd ask. And what do we think the range on these Holograms are? Within view, near you, or within any visual range? Could you make these illusions bigger than the limits on shapeshifting? Say, could you make an illusion of a house (not a person), and make your opponent think a house had appeared around them to mess with them? Didn't Takanuva develop an equivalent hologram ability with his light powers? Which do you think is better? Is it just how good Takanuva can get with his powers that's the deciding factor? We only ever saw hologram illusions used to copy the wearer (Kopaka vs. the Muaka, I think that was it), but could this be used for illusions of others? For example, you're a Toa, you know a generic baddie is after you, but you're alone and don't want to fight. So you use you're Mahiki to generate the illusion of 5 other Toa (from your imagination) around you, so when your enemy sees you they will think they are outnumbered 6 to 1, and retreat rather than engaging at all. For greater credibility of the illusion, your holograms shout at your opponent for greater intimidation. Now, I don't think the scenario I suggested is completely possible, but I painted a slightly exaggerated picture to show what I think is unlikely. For one, I don't think projected holograms could make sounds, since the word "illusion" generally refers to visual illusions, but I don't know if there's proof otherwise. Additionally, I don't think you can completely invent a person to shapeshift into, or cast an illusion of; I suspect it must be from memory. Additionally, I don't think illusions can have any physical effect (otherwise it's not an illusion). What's the limit on the number of illusions that can be cast? I suspect it's a product of the users mental ability, but I don't know. 3. If we think that the wearer can only shapeshift or make a hologram of something from memory, do you think they could make a copy of a version of themselves? So could Toa Matau have made himself look Hordika again (not that he would want to)? I'm asking because I had the idea of making your own camouflage. So, say you put on a ghillie suit, or something that made you very well camouflaged, then look at yourself in the mirror, and remember. You put on different types of camouflage (like desert, jungle, urban) and remember them. Later on, if you need to be more discrete, could you essentially shapeshift into your past "version", assuming that version had a similar mass to you now? In a mental fan-fic one of my Toa uses his Mahiki very effectively, including doing what I just described to improve his sniper role ability. Could you shapeshift part of your body? Say you met a Skakdi with clawed feet, and in the middle of a fight you make your foot clawed so you can slash your opponent with a kick (obviously not a power, but a physical transformation that could work.)? Or do you have to completely transform? Could you just "shapeshift" you voice, if you don't want to waste the effort of completely transforming for the sake of just imitating a voice? If you shapeshift into someone, would you be able to do it if you just saw a picture of them from one angle? Could the mask successfully "make up" the rest? Could a Mahiki user using an image would be able to copy the subject's voice too? That's all for now folks!
Well, I said I'd post something sometime, so here we go! I'm currently down with Mono (it is terrible), so I thought I might as well finish up posting these other guys before finishing Project Reignition. So, this guy is actually my little brother's Self-MOC (except I made it for him, because he's convinced he's terrible at building.), and all he requested was a Ko-Matoran with Ehrye's Mahiki and two Mahri blades for weapons. I worked with him over Spring Break, sketching out ideas and finally settled on one that looked nice, and then when I got home, I saw that Motorcycle front piece, and knew I had to use it, so I threw away those other plans, and built this! Here's his bio, in attempted Dark Hunters-style. Feel free to skip to pictures. Many beings join my organization for many reasons. Some, because they want the money and power, others for revenge, and there's some, like Builder, who just have no where else to go. I found Builder shortly after forming this proud organization wandering the wilderness, taking jobs I would rather take, so I recruited him. His story is a sad tale, a Ko-Matoran who had been banished from his conservative village after one of his inventions literally blew up in his face, taking much of the town hall and village elders with it. I knew he would be perfect for what I had in mind. Builder has been put to work in his very own, blast-proof laboratory deep beneath Odina. He has designed many of the weapons and tools we use in our missions, including my very own staff. All he does, day in and day out, is design and build just for us, except for the occasional mission I must send him on to keep his skills up. Powers: Being a Matoran, Builder has very little in terms of powers. His resistance to cold and remarkable capacity for stealth has made him invaluable in many of my missions, however. He is also small, and extremely inventive, which has given him an...interesting take on how to achieve success. As long as he does, however, I'll keep sending him out every now and then. Status: I currently have Builder working tirelessly on a new superweapon I may use to finally take Metru-Nui. Nothing can stand in it's way, and I'm the only one who knows about it. So, pictures: Front Side This was actually my first test of Ignakhi's knee joints. As I said, works so much better on a small MOC. Back Back w/ swords mounted A neccessary addition to the Assassin Self-MOC of an eight-year-old. Skeleton There really wasn't all that much to take off here. Torso detail Since I love how this all worked out. I still have two more MOCs I still need to post, and I need to find batteries for our good camera before finishing up Project Reignition, but I'll get there eventually. I've got plenty of time here for a little while.