Author's Comments for Chapter 15: New Life
Well, there's been a HUGE revelation by Greg that there was at least an eighth tribe on Spherus Magna -- and it even had its own Element Lord -- the Earth tribe. A later clarification seems to open the door to even more tribes. It's been asked how my retelling will handle this. First, Greg had already said there were other groups somewhere on Spherus Magna -- they could be on the other side of Bara Magna and in Bota Magna (he's now said the Earth tribe was from Bota -- then known as the Great Jungle).
But the Element Lord thing was unexpected -- up until now the clear implication (perhaps in-story statement? unsure) has been that there were only six ELs. So a mere mention of other tribes will not be enough to fit with this. I do hope to edit it in somehow (and some of his clarifications have helped it work well for this story, such as that they did not participate in the Core War). But for now I would need to know a lot more detail before I proceed with an editing project (for example, were the other ELs made before or after the six we know of?). And if it ends up being impossible to reconcile with this story I may change my mind and leave it as-is, but that seems unlikely.
Note ["similar to the genetic nucleus"]:
We don't know that the Agori/etc. have “genetics” in the sense of our own system, but presumably they have some equivalent. And as far as I know it has not been confirmed that the Agori know about cells. The Great Beings presumably have to know a lot about them in order to successfully make implants that work smoothly with natural biology, so it's plausible they might have educated the Agori in some of the basics, especially so Agori could practice medicine without being dependent on Great Beings.
Note ["Artakha apparently"]:
In fact Artakha had to win a competition to earn the Mask of Creation. The story will say more about that later.
Note ["three-dimensional printer"]:
Canon Bionicle actually has a rule that the method of creating new Matoran (or other sapient beings inside the giant robot) will never be revealed, so this is not necessarily exactly accurate. Yet a few things about it have been revealed -- we know it is not through normal biological reproduction as with Agori, and we know it is done by some sort of machine. The reasoning for the rule was to preserve some air of mystery about Bionicle, even though so much else has been revealed.
Assuming that rule sticks around, we may never know what the canon explanation is exactly (so my version may remain canonically plausible forever!). The other main possibility besides a 3D printer would probably be a mini-factory that would mold metal parts, move them into place, and insert growth buds for organic parts, etc. Something like the second idea is done when Matoran rebuild themselves, but it seems implied the method of their original creation is something different.
The image shown for this sea species is actually a depiction of an alternate LEGO System set design for a character who is a member of this species, Ehlek. The main Bionicle set design shows Ehlek in a mutated later form, so the true original form is not quite known, but we do know that the mutation gave him features (namely spikes on his back) that are not included in this set form, so I thought the choice of image would be fitting, at least to give the general idea.
This "Mata Nui Rock" image is actually part of a system of various carved stones that elders of a group of Matoran in the future use to symbolize important legendary figures when they tell riddle-like versions of their history to their people. This is the one they use to symbolize Mata Nui. Canonically it has never been stated that he ever used any particular form to appear before others or speak to them, but we do know that nearly everybody knew of his existence, without understanding his true form or that they actually lived inside him.
It is also canon that the image of the Mask of Shielding (like Tahu's) is another common symbol used for Mata Nui, so he might have appeared in that form instead, or perhaps no form.
Jellyfish image by Tattorack, used with permission. The type of Rahi is canon, to be clear, but it's only known by a description.
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Yalda post #1 -- Yes, it was a joke. Long post was long so I didn't bother to answer in the previous. I do have almost all of the books. There's one during the Morby saga I had to get from the Library, and (I think it is) the final one that I don't have (and as it turned out, I apparently didn't need it, but I'll check that out on Dropbox just to check, thanks!).
Incidentally... Is that... leeeegal? [/Darth Maul]
Anywho, the issue here was just that I didn't remember that section existed to review it, and BS01's timeline doesn't clearly cite sources (etc. -- see previous response).
fishers -- Just to be crystal clear, pretty much any potential errors, it's a good idea to bring up. Whatever you feel like I guess. Intuition. I can't always answer, but it can't hurt to ask. And not asking, if it actually was a (fixable) mistake can hurt (or fail to help lol), so...
The Order concealing what really happened isn't quite what I have in mind. You'll see a clue to it before Part Two is over (but it won't be spelled out, since I did want to leave it open to interpretation somewhat).
About the stasis, see here (why they're listed under "Unemployed" here I have no idea):
NT -- Greg confirmed it's infinite. Most of the technicalities you raise probably apply, so it's probably really "practically" infinite, but it's acceptable in English to say "infinite" as shorthand for "way beyond anything you'll ever reach the end of" or even "not having arbitrary early limits to cut off its potential". I didn't want to bog that section down with all the technical details you'd need to understand the limits, and adding a limiter without clearly explaining it might give the reader the wrong idea. Although one of those doesn't apply -- the number of available protodermis molecules. When two Kanoka are mixed, half the mass of each is converted into energy, so the resulting Kanoka (or protodermis batch, pre-Kanoka) still has the mass of one, not two. This energy goes back out into the system, and more mass is made fairly often by Toa, so the total mass of the system is recycled.
Actually, even the limits you raised depend in part on my interpretation of the molecule's workings, which is only a theory. For all we know, it shunts extra information space into another dimension or something. I doubt it, but yeah. Assuming it doesn't, though, the actual mixing process could still remain functionally infinite (until the system breaks down or you run out of available energy). The number of powers that could result should eventually start repeating in my theory, so "different" becomes technically inaccurate. But since we don't really know how it works, I thought it was better just to say it the way Greg did and let the reader interpret it how they wish, whether as a figure of speech or what.
Although, maybe "seemingly" would be an okay modifier? It would be noncommital either way.
RT -- No, they were just delivering the EP to storage and locking it in, to prevent others from accidentally destroying themselves in it (presumably it was found in a pool somewhere on Metru Nui), or enemies from using it to their advantage. This would be under orders from some authority figure, probably Turaga, assuming there were Turaga already on the island at the time, or possibly Toa, Mata Nui, etc.
TL -- That's an interesting question. I have been working on the assumption that a lot of knowledge from collective experience of the Great Beings was downloaded into his mind, but his personality could have been somewhat immature at the time. It would help explain why he later stops paying attention to his insides.
Ahktu -- They are indeed.
Well, he is using replacements for now (he got several orbs, remember), but they will run out soon if he doesn't find a way to recharge the batteries.
Where (and Yalda's second post) -- Koronga doesn't actually know what really happened; all he knows is the Great Beings did not expect full sapience, but it's there. So, if Greg does decide to canonize it, it can work in this story. But Greg has said other things that seem to argue against it, like confirming Velika didn't want to sabotage the SM reforming mission, and you'd think messing with the designs of the maintenance workers could seriously risk that.