Chapter 1: It’s Not As Morbid As It Looks!
Six months have passed since everything blew up.
Well, I should probably be more specific. Six months have passed since the epilogue of Tahu’s Consequence, where CENSORED was reunited with CENSORED, CENSORED revealed himself, CENSORED, CENSORED, and CENSORED went missing---you know what, if you didn’t even read Tahu’s Consequence, why are you even here? Granted, Meta’s such a better author than Striker was, but I’ll admit that you probably need some plot details before diving into this beauty of a comedy. Here’s the link. Right here.
What, did you expect I’d make a Legend of Zelda joke? That’s not how we roll at NAME AND ADDRESS WITHHELD now. Wow. You need some catching up.
Anyway, I could talk for hours, but we should probably get to the whole meat of this thing now. See you around.
Oh, I was supposed to introduce something? Oh geez. You’re right. Sorry, Transition Guy. Six months have passed since Tahu’s Consequence, and both the Matoran Universe and Bara Magna are in shambles. Since the execution of Order 44, the city of Metru Nui has been reclaimed by the Orderly Faction, with Karzahni ruling with an iron fist over the region. Other members of the Orderly Faction, save Teridax and Helryx, control other regions of the Matoran Universe. In Bara Magna, the Mega-Village has been rebuilt completely, but Teridax has overthrown the Agori Council, seizing control of the beings and constructing his own empire. The rebels of both worlds have been strewn apart as a result, but their hopes have remained high…
In Daxia Fortress…
“It’s not...going to work. It’s never going to work again.”
“You have to trust us, Brutaka. You’re stronger than this.”
“Yes, Tahu. So strong that we’ve been hiding in this very room for six months while the entire universe has collapsed around us.”
Tahu glared at the titan, but he knew he had a point. Unable to stop Order 44 from happening, he, Gali, Mata Nui, Ackar, and Brutaka remained in Daxia Fortress, unable to help or communicate with the Resistance...or what remained of it. As time passed, they grew wary of Daxia and the Empire’s presence on the island, and trapped themselves in Helryx’s throne room.
“Tahu, all systems are ready,” Ackar called out. “I double-checked all the wiring and the power sources. It’s now...or...well, we’re probably in no rush here.”
“Please, Brutaka.” Gali reached towards Brutaka’s temporary mask, but he stepped aside. The Olmak rested on a stand, connected by wires to salvaged Empire power sources and crystals. Tahu had helmed the project, from the raw construction to the inner technology--he suspected old Nuju would have been proud of him.
He sighed, shuffling towards the stand. As he took off his temporary mask, he felt the world shake around him. Picking up the Olmak, he heard a voice, seemingly in his head.
Control...focus. You remember. Always...remember.
As he placed the mask over his face, Brutaka could swear he saw a blue light fade out of the corner of his eye. He swooned back, but Gali quickly steadied him.
“We’ve got you. We’ve always got you. Stay calm, you can do this.”
Brutaka closed his eyes. As a circle of blue light formed in front of him, he envisioned Helryx. Her battle-scarred armor. Her cold eyes. Her unyielding malevolence.
She was in a city, hustling through a dark alleyway. She entered a black-and-red tower to her left and disappeared from his view.
“Where is she??”
“Tahu, you need to calm down. He’s trying to focus,” said Gali.
Tahu looked away from Gali. He felt a twinge of jealousy.
The portal followed Helryx’s path, curving upwards to look at the tower. Its shape resembled that of a shark fin, but it paled in comparison to a much larger, finished tower, colored white-and-blue. A logo with an H adorned the side of the tower.
“H...what could that stand for?” Gali mused.
“Hapori Tohu?” Ackar suggested.
Tahu snickered, but quickly regained his composure as Gali rolled her eyes. “H...huh...I got nothing.”
Mata Nui gasped. “I KNOW!! I KNOW!!”
“That doesn’t start with H,” Tahu muttered.
“I’ve been to this system before!” Mata Nui exclaimed, completely ignoring Tahu’s sarcasm. “This is Makuhero City.”
“Still doesn’t start with--okay fine I’m sorry!” Tahu stepped back, away from Gali as she raised her Axe.
“You’ve been here before? How??” Gali asked Mata Nui, who squirmed around in his throne.
Oh, Great Beings. I never told them that they’ve been living in a giant robot this whole time, did I? Well...we’re way past 2008, they should still know this by now. “I, uh, studied abroad. Anyway, that symbol’s for HERO FACTORY. Which means that this tower must be---”
The portal panned down, and Helryx faced a spiked robot, whose red eyes pierced through the darkness of the tower. He clutched his Black Hole Staff, and Gali shuddered.
“No...he’s the being that teleported into Metru Nui, six years ago. Tahu, you remember him.”
Tahu rushed to the portal and froze. “Von Nebula.”
A flood of memories flashed through Brutaka’s head. He tried to stop them...he tried…
“What do you mean, you teleported into the bars?!”
“I mean, I’m twisted in the bars and I’m stuck, Vezon. I can’t get out.”
“You’re not twisted, Brutaka. That bar is literally running through half of your leg.”
“You know what? You’re right. And it really freaking hurts.”
Hundreds of feet below street level, the two titans were trapped in the jail facility of Makuhero City, underneath its infamous Assembly Tower. Of course, they didn’t know that, because they didn’t have any windows, maps, or GPS functionality, but at least you know that now.
“Well, how do you expect me to get it out? Use a chainsaw?”
“What else are you going to do, leave me here?”
Vezon hesitated, touching his own mask. He could. “No. I would never abandon you.”
“Then listen to me…” A voice emanated behind the two. “Turn…”
Vezon turned around. Brutaka couldn’t, but thankfully he was already facing it...the Black Hole Staff, abandoned in a pedestal in the center of the hall.
“Pick up this staff...and unleash its power. You will set us free.”
Vezon winced. “Us?”
“Uh...I haven’t been used in a long time.”
Vezon walked up to the staff, inspecting it. The blue-and-black vortex raging inside of it clearly had the power to free Brutaka, but its aura was sinister. He looked back at Brutaka.
Sighing, he picked up the staff, and alarms immediately started to blare. He quickly aimed the staff at the bars and fired, teleporting them away and freeing Brutaka.
Beside him, the staff fell to the ground and shattered. Dozens of evil robots erupted from the explosion of the black hole vortex, but one voice in particular rose above the rest…
But Vezon and Brutaka were long gone, as they hustled through the halls of the jail facility. Reaching the warden’s office, they caught their breath.
“Shall we…?” Brutaka pointed to his Olmak, but Vezon shook his head.
“First of all, you’re welcome. Don’t ever ask me for anything ever again. And second of all, I’m so sick of dimension-hopping.” He motioned to an emergency escape pod, and Brutaka nodded, quickly jumping in. The two were off the asteroid ten seconds later.
“Brutaka...you’re okay, you’re okay…”
“I’m fine. Please. I’m sorry.” Brutaka inched away from Gali, holding his head in his hands. The Olmak was gold again.
“Well, now we know where she is,” Mata Nui said. “You can go to her. You can end this.”
“No, I can’t.” Tahu hastily walked over to Brutaka. “You need to do it again. Please.”
Gali shook her head. “Tahu, he’s had enough. He’s hurt.”
“I know…” Ackar trailed off, looking down.
“I need to know. You don’t know her like I do.”
“And she doesn’t know you like I do. So---”
The Olmak flashed blue as the circular portal reappeared. Brutaka focused, his energy nearly drained…
The portal came into focus behind Helryx as she crossed the flight of stairs, emerging onto the fourth floor of the tower. The floor remained largely unfinished, largely empty, until Helryx turned to face the window. There she looked down upon Kiina as she lay on the floor, looking up at the skyline and the stars of the night sky.
Without warning, Helryx kicked Kiina’s back, and the Glatorian reeled in pain. Again, she kicked, and again, and she bent down, punching the warrior’s face into the ground.
The beings in Daxia watched, horrified. As Helryx punched Kiina once more, she rolled to the side, and for a second, Tahu could see her eyes, staring right into the portal. They softened.
Tahu lunged forward, his swords ready, but the portal snapped shut. Tahu crashed through the stand and to the ground. He did not get back up, and Gali could only look on as he shook in fear and in sadness.
To Be Continued…