It has taken me about four years to complete this, but now at last it can be posted.
End of a Universe, Birth of a Kingdom is, as the title might suggest, a prequel to The Kingdom, the short story that sees Takanuva visit an alternate universe where Matoro failed to save the life of the Great Spirit Mata Nui. This epic starts at the moment of Mata Nui's death, as seen in the canon storyline, then takes off in its own direction as the timeline of the alternate universe diverges from the main one. It tells the story of the destruction of the Matoran Universe, of the evacuation of its inhabitants and of the last war waged against the Brotherhood of Makuta to prevent it from setting foot upon the island of Mata Nui.
Hope you enjoy it. Reviews are very welcome.
The character list contains all the named characters that appear in the epic and some significant unnamed characters as well. At the moment, the characters are sorted based on the species, faction, group, team etc. to which they belong. If these criteria are too confusing, I might change them.
EDIT: Some characters could be fitted in more than one category (Helryx, for example, is both a Toa and an Order of Mata Nui member). However, to avoid confusion, I'm placing each character in a single category, depending on which affiliation I consider to be more significant. I've also decided not to create a separate category for the Shadow Matoran; since all Shadow Matoran are originally affiliated with another element, I'm listing them within their original tribe (I might change this rule later on, but for now it works better this way).
I've also decided to include a list of chapters in which each character appears. Should the character die, the last chapter in which they are featured will be colored in red (should there be a cliffhanger, the chapter number will be colored red only when said cliffhanger is resolved). Since this information is obviously spoilers, and the same goes for the appearance of some characters, the list is under spoiler tags.
EDIT: I've somewhat refined the rules of the list of appearances. Basically, a character (named or unnamed) is listed as appearing in a chapter only if he/she is explicitly shown or if it is important to emphasize their presence. If, on the other hand, a character is present in a particular scene but remains in the background and is not individually mentioned, then that won't be considered an appearance.
(for a discussion of this map see here)
- White - dome wall
- Red - sea gate/waterway
- Orange - hidden/blocked sea gate/waterway
- Yellow - disguised dimensional gate
In writing End of a Universe, Birth of a Kingdom, I have tried to stick to BIONICLE canon as much as possible, in order to write a "plausible" version of the events that led to the establishment of the Kingdom. The story is told through the eyes of the many characters of the canon storyline, most of whom make an appearance in End of a Universe, Birth of a Kingdom. It has been necessary, of course, to invent several new characters; I have refrained, however, from making up new names for them; hopefully, this choice won't make the epic too confusing to read. In any case, I plan to add a list of characters to this review topic.
There should be nothing in the epic that openly contradicts the canon storyline. I must however specify that by canon I mean the information contained in the books, comics, serials and other media through which the story was narrated; this definition excludes, most notably, any information that might have been supplied to us by Greg Farshtey.
The answers that Greg gave to our many questions over the years are, of course, an important part of the canon. However, especially of late, they have become sometimes contradictory and, in any case, it is often difficult to locate the specific question and answer from which a particular storyline detail came.
Thus, if some BS01 content contradicts my epic, it is probably due to the fact that some of the information on BS01 came from GregF answers and thus wasn't taken into account by me. Of course, it's also possible that I might have made a mistake; in that case, I'd be grateful if you pointed it out.
I felt free to fill the blanks in the canon with details of my own invention, as well as interpret any ambiguous phrases and statements as it most suited me. For instance, in the Kingdom the duration of the evacuation is not clearly specified ("a few days"); I thus decided to make it last several weeks, which seemed a more realistic timescale for the migration of an entire universe. I have also introduced technology that was never seen in the canon storyline, though its existence was never denied either; weapons, especially, are often more advanced and destructive than those seen in the original story. The geography of the universe has been described in much greater detail as well, particularly where the distribution of the domes and gateways is concerned; again, the number and distribution of portals, waterways and tunnels has been adapted to fit my purposes. Eventually, I'll post a map of the Matoran Universe containing some of the features added by me.
Finally, I adopted a simple rule: any character that was not explicitly said to be alive in The Kingdom could die in my epic. There will be many deaths in End of a Universe, Birth of a Kingdom, some perhaps unexpected. Be prepared.
One last thing: the length. The epic is very long, but most of all it has more than a hundred chapters. When I first started writing it, I did not think it would be this long, thus I made the chapters too short. Making them longer risks upsetting the whole structure of the epic, so I've decided to keep it as it is. Hopefully, it won't be too ponderous to read.
That's all! Once again, enjoy and feel free to write reviews.
Edited by Toa of Italy, Nov 09 2018 - 07:03 PM.