BZ-Koro: To Bring Back Bionicle
Disclaimer: All references to members and their characteristics are purely fictional and do not reflect on the actual members. Except the parts they like.
Franco Mango looked up from his scroll as he heard a loud horn sound throughout the air. It had been a long time since he had last heard such a noise, but he still remembered its significance; the BZ-Koro Administration had an announcement to make.
Franco packed up his studies in the Storyline and Theory forum and headed to General Discussion. As of late, the old GD forum was usually lightly populated, ever since the ending of Bionicle. All of BZ-Koro had dwindled in activity since Lego ended the theme that had brought all of them together. Some of them stayed, like Franco, to reminisce about the past years. Others merely returned for the friendships they had formed, or to do battle in various RPGs set up by the staff. But activity in BZ-Koro was nowhere near what it had been in the glory days, when every forum was packed with excited members showing off their creations, discussing the story, or merely making friends with people who had similar interests.
But now Franco was seeing some of the old activity come back with the upcoming announcement. Members were flocking to GD, including some that Franco hadn’t seen in years. Something was certainly stirring up excitement.
A member cut out from the crowd and approached Franco, and he recognized his friend Phyoohrii. “Do you know what this is all about?” he asked.
“Not exactly,” Phyoohrii said. “But the rumor is that this is actually an official announcement from Lego, and they’re just doing it through the Administration especially for us.”
“That’s unusual,” Franco said. “Normally they just do a wide announcement to all the forums. Why should BZ-Koro get special treatment?”
“Unless it has something to do with Bionicle,” Phyoohrii said eagerly. “After all, we’re still the biggest Bionicle community, even if the theme has been dead for four years.”
“I guess we’ll find out,” Franco said, as the two of them joined the growing crowd inside GD.
In the distance, they could see the stage where a handful of Staff members were waiting, including Black Six, the Administrator of BZ-Koro. As the latecomers finally wove their way in, Black Six stepped forward and silenced everybody with a wave of his hand.
“I am sure you are all curious as to why I have asked you here today,” Black Six started, his voice booming across the forum. “I have good news, but it is also tainted with bad news. But let’s start out with what’s important; Lego is ready to bring Bionicle back.”
Cheers erupted across the forum, so much that they even drowned out Black Six’s voice. He waited for a moment for it to settle down before he continued. “We have all waited a long time for our favorite theme to return, and Lego has finally responded to us. However, while they have plans in place, there is but one major roadblock we must cross first.”
“Do we need to get rid of Hero Factory?” Portalfig asked, referring to the theme that had replaced Bionicle. “You say the word, and I can see to it that Furno inexplicably ends up in the scrap metal pile.”
Black Six shook his head. “No, it is nothing so extreme. You see, Lego cannot bring back Bionicle without. . . the Mask of the Bionicle.”
The crowd gasped, but most of it was in exasperation. “There was never a Mask of Bionicle in the storyline” member Tomana shouted. “”What are you getting at here?”
“That is true, there was never an official mask with that name,” Black Six explained. “But such a mask exists, and it is of the utmost importance. I will let Forum Leader Makaru explain.”
Makaru, one of the most powerful of the BZ-Koro Staff, stepped forward. “There is more to Bionicle than just the story canon. Lego crafted the Bionicle world in it’s own parallel universe. They have done this with many of their themes, but Bionicle was one of the more complex, and it was also their first. And as such, there was a single artifact that held it all together. That artifact is the Mask of the Bionicle.”
Whispers broke out amongst the crowd as people began to speculate what the Mask of the Bionicle was. Letagi, a master of collectibles, was heard saying, “It must be a very powerful Kanohi, and an extremely rare one at that. I’ve never even heard rumors about it before now.”
Franco, however, was more concerned with the issue at hand. “Why do they need this mask?” he asked Makaru.
“The circumstances are unfortunate,” Makaru continued. “The whole existence of the Bionicle universe, from Mata Nui to Karda Nui to Spherus Magna, is held in place by this mask. However, when Lego ended the theme, they did not shut down the universe. So the worlds there continue to exist, even though the theme has no relevance. But Lego wants to reboot the universe, and to do that they need to get rid of the old one.”
Another gasp was heard from the crowd, and this one had a far angrier undertone. “What do you mean they’re going to reboot it?” Eighty-Eight demanded. “There are so many plotlines they need to resolve.” Other members shouted similar complaints.
Black Six frowned. “We are not ones who can influence that decision. Lego has decided that if they bring back Bionicle, they will reboot the universe. And if they can’t do a reboot, then they won’t do anything at all.”
As the crowd again fell silent, Makaru continued. “If Lego had merely shut down the mask when they ended the theme, there wouldn’t be any concerns. But they left it in place, partially for us, the fanbase, to enjoy for old time’s sake.”
“Why can’t we just have two universes?” Reznas asked. “One for the old Bionicle and one for the new?”
“They would overlap too much, and it would be far too unstable,” Makaru said. “It could potentially bring the whole universe down and have serious ramifications. Instead, Lego needs the mask recovered so they can properly shut it down. The only problem is. . . Lego no longer has access to the Bionicle universe.”
There was a resounding, “WHAT?” heard from the crowd, and Makaru hastily tried to explain. “Lego’s portals to the Bionicle universe were abandoned long ago, and have since been decommissioned. They have no easy way to get back into it. However. . .”
Black Six cut him off and stepped forward. “This is where BZ-Koro comes in. We still have portals to the Bionicle universe opened. You see, they were thrown together back in the day, based on Lego’s design but crafted by our own members. They are still functional, to this very day, thanks to the continued maintenance done by the BZ-Koro Staff. And currently, they are the only known way into the Bionicle universe.”
“So Lego is going to send their people through BZ-Koro to access the portals?” Lyichir asked.
“No, Lego will not be doing that,” Black Six said offhandedly. “The employees they have on hand are too inexperienced to pull off the task, and the ones who know what they’re doing are too busy with other projects. Instead, they are relying on us, the BZ-Koro community, to pull off this task for them.”
“Wait, does this mean what I think it means?” Phyoohrii asked.
“Lego will officially allow a team of BZ-Koro members to enter the Bionicle universe for the purpose of locating and retrieving the Mask of Bionicle,” Black Six said. “It is an honor for us to be asked to fulfill such a task, but it is not one we should take lightly. The mission could potentially be dangerous, and it will test your skills. But if we don’t do this, then Bionicle will never come back.”
As the crowd absorbed this, Black Six continued. “Over the next few days, we will conduct tryouts for members to join the team that will head into the Bionicle universe. It will be to make sure that you are fit and strong enough to endure the mission, and we will select the best to fulfill it. Forum Leader Makaru will be head the team on their mission, but we need you to volunteer to join and help us. We need you to bring back Bionicle!”
The crowd roared again, and already members surged forward to sign up their names. Among them were Phyoohrii and Franco Mango. The two of them shared a glance and signed up together, eager to help bring about the return of their favorite Lego theme.
Black Six stepped down from the stage and let the lower staff deal with all the new sign ups. As he walked away from the crowd, Makaru rushed to catch up to him.
“Are you sure this is still a good idea?” Makaru asked.
“As I’ve told you before, this is the only way to bring back Bionicle,” Black Six replied, annoyed that Makaru was bringing up the subject again. “Lego personally came to me to ask for help, and I don’t want to let them down. And clearly, neither do our members.”
“But you were intentionally withholding important information,” Makaru said. “There is a reason Lego won’t do this themselves!”
“I told the members that this will be dangerous,” Black Six said. “That’s why we won’t send in any who can’t handle themselves.”
“That’s not what I meant,” Makaru said, frowning. “Think of all the staff you’ve already sent in who we’ve lost contact with. DeeVee. Takuma Nuva. Even an entire squad of Reporters. Do you really think a hapless group of regular members will fare any better?”
“That is why I am having you lead them,” Black Six said. “You’ll make sure they complete their task and come back alive.”
“I still don’t think this is the right decision,” Makaru pressed.
“Unfortunately, that is not your decision to make,” Black Six said, his eyes narrowing. “Now, I would suggest you get ready to lead the new recruits. Because one way or another, we are going to get that mask. End of discussion.”
With that, Black Six walked off, leaving Makaru behind to wonder just how the mission would go.
Edited by xccj, Nov 24 2014 - 12:56 AM.