This is the first chapter. Quite frankly, it's not as good as later parts, but I've done my best to do a rewrite and improve on it.
Chapter 1: Fall of the Toa Part 1
Neuriz watched as Toa Balta hurled a fireball. As the deadly red and orange sphere flew toward its target, a Skakdi holding a spear, Toa Defilak suddenly turned and used his own power, launching a blast of air. The blast caught the fireball in midair and changed its direction, and it hit another, powerful looking Skakdi holding a scythe. The fireball exploded, but the fireproof Skakdi statue was not damaged. The two Toa were practicing against Skakdi Statues, not real Skakdi, thought they might face real Skakdi in the future.
"Wow," said Neuriz, a Su-Matoran born on Spherus Magna, who was observing the Toa training exercise. "Someday, I want to be a Toa so I can be a hero like you guys."
Hearing the comment, Turaga Kopaka, once one of the noble Toa Nuva, walked up. "You don't have to be a Toa to be a hero, you know."
"How would you know?" The Su-Matoran asked. "You were always a Toa. Well, until you became a Turaga, anyway. You were born a Toa. Besides," he added, "Toa have elemental and mask powers."
Hearing the conversation, Balta walked up. "I wasn't always a Toa, though," he said. "Back when I was a Matoran, I once lived on an island called Voya Nui. We didn't have a Toa. When the Piraka invaded, searching for the Mask of Life, they enslaved all of the Matoran but six of us. We had to fight them ourselves. Then the Toa Nuva arrived." Balta nodded toward Kopaka. "They faced the Piraka, and were utterly defeated--twice. It took the Toa Inika to stop the Piraka, and even they could not defeat them."
Neuriz looked at Kopaka. "You... were defeated?"
"Toa are not infallible, Neuriz," the Turaga Nuva said.
"But still, it took Toa to defeat the Piraka," said Neuriz.
Balta sighed. "I think you should talk to Solek," he said. "Ask him about the Great Fall."
As Neuriz ran off, Kopaka said, "Is that wise?"
"He needs to know," said Balta. "You should know what happens when Turaga keep secrets from the Matoran. Besides, someone’s bound to tell him sooner or later."
Kopaka nodded. "Our Turaga did keep secrets from us, back on Mata Nui," he said. "But their secrets were not as dangerous as ours."
Neuriz found Solek in his home in Av-Kara. The Av-Matoran was working on constructing a Kanoka Disk Launcher. He looked up when Neuriz entered. "Greetings, Neuriz," he said.
Neuriz looked at the launcher Solek was building, and wondered what it could be for, but he didn't ask. Instead, he said, "Balta said I should ask you about the Great Fall."
Solek stopped working and looked straight at the Matoran. "Are you sure?"
"Positive," he said.
"All right," Solek said. "I think we should go to the Amaja circle. That's where the Turaga tell their stories."
Axxon, powerful member of the Order of Mata Nui, slammed his axe against the chains. He expected them to shatter. Instead, Axxon found himself thrown backwards. He slammed against the wall.
The chained Great Being, who had introduced himself as Colin, laughed. "I could have told you that would happen."
Vezon, an insane half-Skakdi, had used the Olmak fused into him to bring the Order of Mata Nui members Axxon, Brutaka, and Helryx, the Makuta Miserix, the Toa Lewa and Tuyet, the Matoran Hafu and Kapura, and the mysterious being Artahka from the void of space(where they had been teleported by Teridax) to this tower on Bota Magna, and asked them to help free the Great Being. According to him, the Great Being had been chained here by his brethren after the Mask of Life had given him the ability to bring everything around him to life, which had driven him slightly mad. After a debate, during which Lewa had flown off, the beings had decided to free the Great Being. Unfortunately, that was easier said than done, as Axxon had just found out.
"How do we break them, then?" Helryx, the leader of the Order of Mata Nui, asked.
Colin started laughing again. "If I knew that, would I still be here?"
Brutaka walked up and observed the chains. "We know how we can break them, but it won't be easy." After a recent encounter with Antidermis, Brutaka seemed to know strange things, and had started referring to himself as 'we'. "We need six different elements."
"We only have water," said Hafu. He was referring to Tuyet and Helryx, who were both Toa of Water.
"Hafu and Kapura can provide the Fire and Stone," said Brutaka. "They do not need to be Toa. Our sword can provide electricity." Brutaka's sword, a gift to him from Axxon, could deliver an electric shock. "Miserix can use one of his elemental powers, and Artahka can make something that will give us a sixth element."
"Why can't Miserix just use two of his powers?" asked Helryx.
Brutaka shook his head. "The elements need to be from six separate beings."
After a few minutes of preparation, the group was ready. Helryx, not trusting Tuyet, grabbed the chain, followed by Kapura, Hafu, and Miserix, who had decided to use his Plasma power. Artahka touched his newly built gravity staff to the chains, and Brutaka touched his sword to them.
"As one," said Helryx. "Ready, set, now!" All six beings focused, as Brutaka and Artahka focused their weapons. Hafu, Kapura, and Helryx could feel the electric shock from Brutaka's sword, and fought hard not to let go. Fortunately, the shock was diminished from having travelled through the chain. Hafu expected a bright flash, or maybe a small explosion that would throw them back, like what had happened to Axxon. Instead, the chains simply vaporized.
Down below, a Great Being was preparing to destroy the tower and the beings inside, as a part of his plan to eliminate the most powerful beings. Suddenly, there was a rumble. The Great Being panicked and backed away from the tower. Something was going wrong.
Up in the tower, Colin stood up for the first time in centuries. "I am free at last!" he said. "Now, finally, I can--"
Unfortunately, before Colin could finish, there was a large rumble. Before anyone could react, the tower began collapsing around them.
The Great Being took off running. The destruction wasn't perfect, and there was a chance the inhabitants would survive. Velika did not want to be around if that happened, especially if the survivors included Colin.
Even though he was an Onu-Matoran, Taipu loved the jungle. It was a peaceful place, and beautiful. He had often missed the jungle on Le-Wahi. Now, wandering through Bota Magna, he felt almost as if he had gone back to the island of Mata Nui. He didn't even worry about getting lost.
At least, the jungle was peaceful until there was a loud rumble. Curious, Taipu went to investigate.
He didn't find the source. Instead, he found a large beast, resembling a wolf. The wolf growled, and Taipu started running away.
Hafu got up, pushing the rubble off of him. That hurt. He saw Kapura nearby, also digging himself out. Several other inhabitants were nearby, half-buried in rubble. Of Colin, there was no sign.
"Did we do that?" said Kapura.
Hafu shook his head. "I don't think so. It looks like someone sabotaged the tower."
Before Hafu and Kapura could wonder who that might have been, they heard footsteps nearby. A moment later, Taipu ran out of the jungle, followed by a pack of wild wolves.
"Hafu! Kapura!" He said. "It's so great to see you guys again! Now can we please get out of here?"
Reluctantly, Hafu and Kapura joined Taipu. Eventually, the three of them lost the wolf, and rendezvoused with Taipu's friend Solek. The four of them searched the jungle, but they were unable to find the remains of the tower.
"I hope the others survived," said Kapura.
"I agree," said Hafu.
As Colin walked through the jungle, he began contemplating his plan. Now that he was free, he had found out from a Skakdi that Mata Nui had completed his mission, and had reformed the shattered planet of Spherus Magna. Unfortunately, that meant that the Toa were now loose on Spherus Magna. Colin wondered whether Marendar, the being created to destroy Toa in case of a Toa revolution, had been released.
A short time later, he found out as he found Marendar. The powerful being had not yet killed any Toa. Colin wondered if Marendar had been released or had simply escaped, but it didn't matter. It wasn't too difficult to destroy Marendar, and Colin took from him the device used to incapacitate Toa.
Colin's plan was simple. All Toa had to be stopped. They were too powerful. Fortunately, according to the Skakdi Colin had spoken to, the Makuta, more powerful than Toa, had already been killed, except for Miserix. And he may have been killed in the tower's collapse, though Colin doubted it.
Now all Colin needed was some way to amplify the device's power. Someday, he knew, the other Great Beings would thank him.
The Spikit was unhappy. It had not been fed, and it was looking for food. Right now, its eyes were on a Ga-Matoran named Vhisola.
Then, Toa Gali leapt between the two. She fired a blast of water, hitting the Spikit and stunning it.
"Thank you, Gali," said Vhisola.
Gali opened her mouth to respond. Suddenly, the Toa of Water collapsed, crying out.
"Gali?!" said Vhisola. "Toa Gali!"
As Balta watched, the stone lifted toward the wall. Building the new villages was much easier having Toa of Stone around. Right now, the Toa lifting the stone was Toa Pouks, one of the Toa Hagah.
Suddenly, Pouks grunted, and the stone fell. Pouks tried to lift it again, but it didn't budge. Every time he tried to use his power, it hurt. He sat down.
"Toa Pouks?" said Balta. "Are you all right?"
"Yeah," he said. "I guess I'm just... tired."
It came suddenly. Toa everywhere lost their powers, and grew weaker. No one could figure out what had caused it. Some Toa were affected more than others. The Turaga were puzzled. Some Matoran believed it was a plague, like the dreaming plague that had struck the Iron Tribe Agori and Glatorian so long ago. Others suspected that the Agori or Glatorian were somehow behind it, and some suspected it was something on Spherus Magna that was causing it. Hafu and Kapura, however, began to suspect a different explanation.
"Could it be the Great Being?" Hafu said to Kapura, Taipu, and Solek one day. "They... made the Toa. Surely they know how to... shut them down or something."
"Then he must be stopped," said Solek.
"How?" said Kapura. "The Toa are powerless."
"You don't need to be a Toa to be a hero," said Solek.
At first, Hafu and Kapura had rejected the idea. Perhaps the Toa would get better, they believed. Then minor threats such as individual Skakdi or rogue former Dark Hunters became major threats. With no Toa to stop them, these beings ran rampant. Order of Mata Nui members did their best, since none of them were Toa (save for a Toa of Sound named Krakua), but they had mixed success at best.
After a Skakdi destroyed the construction area of Av-Kara, Solek met with Hafu, Kapura, and Taipu again. "That does it," he said. "That Great Being needs to be stopped."
"How?" said Hafu. "We don't even know where he is."
"When you wish to get rid of a sea spider, the best weapon is another sea spider."
All four Matoran turned to see Velika approach. Solek knew the Po-Matoran from Kopaka's stories. He was one of the Matoran from Voya Nui. He was a mysterious being, who always spoke in riddles.
"What do you mean?" he asked.
For the first time in a long time, Velika spoke normally. "I, too, am a Great Being. I was placed in the Matoran Universe as an... observer. Now, I see that Colin, whom my brethren chained so long ago, is loose. He must be stopped. And I may know how to find him."
Velika had his own reasons for wanting to help the Matoran. He had his own plan, and it did not involve the incapacitation of the Toa. Colin had to be stopped. If that meant Velika had to reveal who he was prematurely, so be it.
As for him being placed in the Matoran Universe as an observer, that wasn't exactly true. He had transferred into Velika's body of his own free will, unknown to the other Great Beings. However, the Matoran did not need to know that.
Naturally, the Matoran were shocked. Velika did not answer their questions, and made them promise not to tell anyone else. All four Matoran agreed.
The plan was soon made. After gathering sufficient Kanoka disk launchers, Cordak Blasters, and other tools, Solek, Hafu, Taipu, Kapura, and Velika were prepared to set out. Originally, it was going to be just the five of them, but a Ga-Matoran named Macku, an old friend of Hafu, Taipu, and Kapura, had found out what they planned and had insisted on coming. Solek had at first refused, but Macku's friends had insisted, and finally, Solek relented.
"We don't tell her about Velika, though," said Solek. "The fewer people who know that, the better."
Edited by Willess12, Sep 14 2014 - 12:06 PM.