Chapter 4: Training
Ahkmou and Kana where looking at their current situation. They where mask-less and felt their energy draining from them, being an older model Ahkmou had the least amount of time 'till he became comatose. Kana couldn't help but think that Ahkmou's face was very strange looking, probably because the old matoran where more robotic than him. As the two matoran where looking around the room, they saw a weapons training area, a target practice area, a hand-to-hand combat mini-arena, a huge column in the center of the room, and three doors, one that opened up to a hall that leads to the main chamber, one that was at the base of the tower, and one that Axonn said lead to the armory.
Axonn was watching the matoran from the top of the tower with Helryx. "I hope you know what you're doing Axonn, those matoran can't do much on their own without a mask." "Well, this test is to help me determine how unified they are and to test their willpower." "I see." The two spoke to each other. Down below, the matoran finally spotted a mask, it was brown and silver, so that meant it must be Ahkmou's Kanohi Rau. There was one problem, it was on the edge on top of the tower. "How are we going to get up there?" asked Kana to no one in particular. "We should try the door for starters." stated Ahkmou, sounding a little annoyed. "Oh, right, good idea." said Kana foggily. When he went to the door it opened automatically, which surprised the newer Po-matoran, he had never seen a self-opening door before. "It detects movement." Stated an obviously tired Ahkmou, Kana had never known how bad an older model needed a mask.
Once in the tower they saw moving platforms, they where white and rectangular and had no visible means of support. The platforms could only move front-and-back, left-and-right, or up-and-down. The matoran knew that timing would be difficult due to their lack of mask, Kana was doing much better at this point than Ahkmou, but was still not even at 70%. "I will go and get you mask Ahkmou, keep searching for mine while I do this, ok?" seeing the wisdom in his friend's words and not feeling well enough to get his mask himself, a weary Ahkmou agreed and headed into the training room again.
Once Ahkmou was outside, Kana started the long journey to the top of the tower, he was jumping and ducking the whole time for two-and-a-half minutes. "Very impressive," thought Axonn "not even a toa of old could do it in that amount of time." Kana was at about ten percent and was only barley able to get to Ahkmou's mask, now his only thought was "How am I gonna get this back down?"
Back at the base of the tower, while Kana was getting Ahkmou's mask, he spotted Kana's. The yellow kanohi Kakama was on top of the target arena this whole time, but there was a problem, it was in a target. Ahkmou was never very good with ranged weaponry. "This is going to be a challenge, heck, even with my mask it would be a challenge." Thought Ahkmou, but he was so out of sorts that he thought he may have thought out loud, but that didn't matter right now, After what felt like a long trek across the room, he made it to a station that already had a weapon, it was unlike any he had ever seen, it looked nothing like the thornax launchers the Glatorian used, the disk launchers the matoran used, or even like one of the more recent guns the Fe-matoran had recently made, this was something else, something completely different. The weapon was long and slender, it had something that glowed where a gun's stock would be, but he couldn't figure out what in Mata Nui's name it was. Regardless, he got a hold of the weapon and aimed it at Kana's mask, hoping that this strange weapon wouldn't break the mask, so he aimed through the weapon's massive scope and pulled the trigger. To his surprise it didn't shoot anything that he expected, it shot a laser beam. After he hit the target, the mask teleported next to him, to which he thought "Now, how on Spherus Magna am I supposed to get this to Kana?"
Back on top of the tower Kana had an Idea, he could just wear Ahkmou's mask and find a way down, but his only concern was that Ahkmou's mask was so old it may not work for him. then he decided "Oh well, it couldn't hurt to try, could it?" So as he put on the mask, he felt his strength returning to him, but just as he was starting to get up, a sudden pain filled his whole brain, it hurt so bad that he had to take the mask off immediately, assuming that it was causing the pain. And sure enough, as soon as he removed the mask the pain stoped. "Well that didn't go as planed." thought Kana. So, now being at about 30%, he got an Idea. "Ahkmou, are you down there?" Kana yelled. To which he saw Ahkmou come towards the tower. "Come here so you can catch your mask, then you can find mine and bring it up here." Ahkmou did as his friend told him and put on his friend's mask and had a similar looking experience as Kana did, but was rejuvenated enough that he was able to make the trip back easier than to the range. Once he was at the bottom he yelled "Ok, I'me ready to catch my mask." "Here it comes." Kana replied.
So Ahkmou was able to catch his mask, after he put it on he went into the tower, only to find that only a rectangular column with a door and a button. So, Ahkmou pushed the button and the door opened to reveal a room with three buttons on one of the walls. One said ground floor, anther said lookout deck, and the third said roof. Assuming that the buttons would take him to different locations in the tower, Ahkmou pushed the one that said roof and the door closed with him in it. He felt that the room was moving up and panicked, he didn't like small spaces due to him having once been traped in a storage sphere. Once the door opened he found Kana lying on the floor on his belly, he immediately rushed over to his friend and put the Kanohi Kakama on his friend's face and saw that Kana instantly started to regain his strength.
Then the elevator door closed and the elevator went down. "Great, now we need to find another way down." Ahkmou complained. As he got to the edge of the shaft, he looked down and couldn't believe his eyes, the interior of the tower was changing before his eyes. "Hey Kana, you might want to see this." As Kana came to the edge and looked down, he also saw that the interior of the tower was changing "What is happening?" was all he could say. "I have no clue," said Ahkmou in bewilderment "it was an elevator when I came back." "A what?" asked a curious Kana "An elevator is a machine that carries people to higher floors in a building vertically." explained Ahkmou. As the pair were talking, the interior of the tower became a set of stairs that went half way down the tower and leveled off into a flat platform, and there was a new door in the side of the tower. The two friends looked at each other and simultaneously said "You first."
Eventually, after a much heated debate, they decided to go at the same time down the flight of stairs. Once they where at the door, they found that it opened itself. On the other side was a room that was small in comparison to the other rooms in New Daxia, but was still a pretty good size and found that in the room where four figures, Axonn, Helryx, a warrior with blue and gold armor, and, to their surprise, a white matoran of Ahkmou's time. "Congratulations Ahkmou and Kana, you have survived the first training exercise." said Axonn "Honestly I didn't expect them to make it." the white matoran said. Then Helryx said "Pardon Mazeka, he's our first matoran agent and is rough around the edges." "So why are they here?" Ahkmou asked while gesturing towards Mazeka and the blue and gold warrior. "Brutaka and I will assist you on your mission." Mazeka explained while gesturing towards the blue and gold person. Then Helryx spoke up "Mazeka will accompany you, Brutaka will teleport you to were he picked up you guys, Boto, and Jerbraz in the desert, ready?" "Wait, aren't you guys gonna train us more?" asked Ahkmou while Brutaka opened a portal. "I will train you more during the op." said Mazeka coldly. Next thing the Po-matoran knew, they where thrown through the portal by whom could only have been Jerbraz and landed mask-first onto the hot desert sand, followed by Mazeka calmly strolling through.
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