Posted Dec 03 2011 - 10:17 AM
Chapter IVThe Trust of the EldersTA-HENGETURAGA AMAKAV'S HUTMATA REKIMTuraga Amakav stood in front of the fire in his hut, contemplating the crystals he had thrown in. They had burned for a moment, then aligned in a perfectly straight formation. So there were a group of stars that had aligned. Just a moment more, and he would find out which one.There were footsteps behind him. The door opened and eight strange beings entered."Who in the Great Beings' names are you?" he yelped as the Toa entered."We're Toa," Olmer said."NIce explanation," Grep mumbled."We were local Matoran just an hour ago," Solaris cut in. "My father, Querin, transformed us in the Kini-Henge, and then he was assassinated by an unknown sniper.""Well, what are your names," the Turaga of Fire gasped in relief. "My memory is not what it was a thousand years ago."Olmer took charge once more and introduced them all."So if what you say is true about Turaga Querin's death," Amakav said, "then the Turaga need a council.""But what if they're targeting the Turaga?" Frithiel put in. "You'd all be in one place."Amakav nodded, nervously. "Then we hold the meeting in Turaga Aunehw's hut," he said at last."Underground," Olmer said, nodding. "Very good idea.""I'll call the Turaga there," Amakav said, walking over to a horn in the wall of his hut. He blew through the tube a series of short and long blasts, obviously a code. Once he was done, he turned back to the Toa and said, "Let's be on our way."Olmer nodded once more, and led the Turaga and his fellow Toa out of the hut.ONU-HENGEAUNEHW'S HUTMATA REKIM"All right, settle down," Amakav shouted.The other five Turaga of Mata Rekim had gathered in the hut of the Turaga of the underground city of Onu-Henge, and they were confused as to what was happening. So, there was a loud chatter from the assembled group."I said, settle down," the Turaga of Fire called out, just a little louder. Everyone immediately silenced. If Amakav was yelling, he had something important to say."Recently today," Amakav began, "our beloved leader of this council, Querin, was assassinated by an unidentified assailant. We are all worried that there is a conspiracy against our island. Before Turaga Querin's death, he created eight Toa. They stand before us as our protectors." He quickly introduced the heroes. "Now, we are all to stay under here for as long as the conflict goes on. For safety."Everyone in the room nodded."Now, I'm going to send the Toa up to find out who is behind this dastardly crime," Amakav continued.Olmer nodded and led his team to the surface."I would like to just say that I saw something suspicious, not too long ago," Aweno, the Turaga of Stone, stated."Suspicious?" Uatam, the Turaga of Air asked. "What was it?""Well," Aweno continued, "it was a strange being. A wealthy traveler who wanted to meet Querin. So I told him where to find him."Amakav raised an eyebrow. Was it Aweno's fault Querin was dead? No, he was just doing his duty to make outsiders feel welcome."Do you know what this being looked like?" Amakon, the Turaga of Water inquired.The Stone Turaga shook his head, "I could not see his face. His whole person was wrapped in an expensive cloak, with a dark hood over his face."Ujun, the Turaga of Ice, looked out the window. He did not see anything, and felt he shouldn't bother the others.But Ujun missed one thing in the darkness. It was a Vortixx, covered in black armor. And he carried a suspicious satchel over his shoulder. He knelt down and placed something around the perimeter of the hut. Then, Ghar-Knel walked away. One of the somethings he had placed had suddenly illuminated a small time piece. 6 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds. 58, 57, 56, 55, 54, 53.......VORTIXX COMMAND HEADQUARTERSCOMMUNICATIONS ROOMXIA"Sir, we have an incoming call," a Vortixx assistant called out to the officer."I'll be right over," Irsian the Vortixx growled. He hobbled over to viewing screen. His hobbling, of course, was from an old war wound. He stepped on a land mine and almost lost his legs in the explosion.As for the viewing screen, a familiar face smiled at the commander."Hello, Irsian," the Vortixx on the screen said."Ghar-Knel," the officer said, smiling. "Long time, no see.""You can thank my job for that," the assassin laughed. "But now I need a job for you.""Well, I do owe you one," Irsian mumbled."Eleven," Ghar-Knel corrected."What?" Irisan asked."You owe me precisely eleven," Ghar-Knel continued. "Now, I am currently under the employment of a powerful being. To tell the truth, we could take this island all by ourselves, but there are Toa afoot. I once got into a duel with a particularly pesky Toa that lasted almost a week, and lost. Luckily I had you with a team of snipers to ensure my safety.""And that's why I don't owe you twelve," Irsian interrupted, smugly."Yes, yes," Ghar-Knel went on. "The point is, I've learned my lesson, and I'm not going up against eight Toa alone.""Give me the coordinates, and I'll be on my way," Irsian said. Ghar-Knel quickly recited the location.A Vortixx comms assistant quickly entered the coords into the computer. The map of the world zoomed out from Xia, and ran to another island somewhere hundreds of miles east. Irsian stared in disbelief. He thought that the archipelago of the Matoran Universe were the only islands on this Great Beings forsaken place."We'll set sail as soon as we can," Irsian stated, trembling ever so slightly.The link with Ghar-Knel disconnected.ONU-HENGESOMEWHERE IN THE ROCKY BARRENS - ABOVE GROUNDMATA REKIMGhar-Knel shut down the portable viewing screen and turned to his master."Is it done?" the being asked.The assassin nodded. "A war will come to this island, soon," he said. "Is this what you want?""It's perfect," the being replied. "When the Vortixx come to exterminate the Toa, we will take the island, and its henges."Ghar-Knel nodded at his master's plan. But who was his master? What was he going to do when he had the island?ONU-HENGETHE ROCKY BARRENS - NEAR TOWN ENTRANCE TUNNELMATA REKIMSolaris walked along with his fellow Toa, sword unsheathed. He was glad the rest of the Turaga were safe for now. Now, he had to find his father's assassin."Where to, now?" he called up to Olmer.The Toa of Fire scanned the boulders and sharp rocky outcrops of the Onu-Henge surface. "I don't know," he said at last."Why don't we try a vacation spot," Utrop suggested. "I've been meaning to go to Ga-Henge for quite a while.""Utrop," Etriak warned the Toa of Stone. "Now isn't the time to be going on vacations.""I think that a vacation spot is a bit logical," Ketran interjected. "It is the habit of many an assassin to reward himself with warm weather, green trees, alcohol, and pretty women. Perhaps we can track him down there.""Is that the boring-dry Ko-Toa's way of saying he wants to go to Ga-Henge?" Grep said."No, I was merely suggesting a logical--" Ketran began to argue."We're goin' to Ga-Henge!" Grep called out, jumping high.Well, Solaris didn't expect to be going anywhere fun on his path to revenge. He looked over to Plia, smiled, and said, "Looks like some things work out in the end."