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The last of the Toa Mata...

 

Thousands of years after the Reformation of Spherus Magna, the Toa, having fought and won countless battles, now lead the new society as Turaga. They may look different as time has caused many changes, but inside of each of them beats the heart of a Toa Mata.


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Turaga Onua.....

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Since becoming a Turaga, Onua spends much of his time in the New Atero Archives. His wisdom is unsurpassed, and though he lost his eye in a battle against the Skadi Federation warlords, he can see the truth with more clarity than any other being. Nuparu built a device that enhances his vision when worn over his good eye. It tracks the movement of his good eye and simultaneously scans the area before him. That information is then fed directly into the socket of his damaged eye, allowing him to "see" artificially. Though it is one of Nuparu's favorite inventions, the old warrior is known to prefer his natural sight and will often disable the device while looking over a landscape or watching wild Rahi.

 

 

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While protecting a group of Agori traders from a pack of Baterra, Onua's left arm was torn off. It was replaced by a telescoping arm that he uses frequently in his old age. 20191206_135605.thumb.jpg.a45fd96b0d098b3d19815ee16b44c49f.jpg20191206_135618.thumb.jpg.b3564274c0df136cc7894ebd789f0729.jpg

His staff is carved from black rock, and the blade at the tip is made of hardened Protodermis. The serene and wise Turaga has a passion for teaching, and loves bringing groups of Agori and Matoran into the New Atero Archives to see rare Rahi up close. However, the normally jovial Turaga has a deeply hidden sense of guilt-he blames himself for the fate of Whenua, who was killed by Visorak. When Onua and Lewa reunited, Lewa offered the Drill Staff to Onua, but he refused, wanting to honor Whenua's last wishes. 

 

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Turaga Hordika Lewa.....

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While investigating reports of a small group of Visorak, Lewa disappeared and was not heard from for an age. It was discovered that Roodaka had been attempting to reassemble the Visorak horde, and the reports were merely a trap to lure in unsuspecting victims. When the New Visorak Legion was finally defeated and Roodaka killed, rumors began to surface that Lewa was alive and in hiding. A search and rescue team finally found him in a complex network of caves, where he had been hiding and protecting the Matoran and Rahi he had rescued from the Visorak. When he emerged from the caves, it was the first time he had seen the sun in a hundred years. Roodaka had been cruel, and had experimented on him before he had escaped her clutches. Fearing for his sanity as the Hordika within him grew stronger, he released his Toa Power and became a Turaga Hordika. The wisdom and serenity of a Turaga was enough to keep the beast at bay; however, as a Turaga, Lewa remained a very capable warrior. His mutated arm was cybernetically enhanced by Defilak and Balta, who were among the Matoran he rescued. The cybernetic arm functions as a sort of energy cannon, capable of firing sustained beams of pure energy.

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Lewa found Whenua, who had been captured, and rescued him. But the Turaga of earth had been fatally wounded, and as he died he gave the Drill Staff to Lewa, who used it to carve new tunnels and hiding places in the caves.

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Balta designed a headlamp for Lewa, which attached to the left side of the Turaga Hordika's head.

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Lewa became much more solemn and pensive from his many hard and difficult years in the caves, and he developed a deep bitterness against the Visorak. Since returning from the caves however, he has regained his old free-spirited side, and is known to have a mischievous streak. He has unexpectedly found a close friend in Keetongu, who understands and shares both his pain and anger against the Visorak.   

 

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Tahu.....

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Of the three remaining Toa Mata, Tahu is the only one who has not become a Turaga. He fears relinquishing the power that he might someday need to protect his people. He remained an active warrior for much longer than any of the others; he was the one who actually killed Roodaka and lead the Toa-Dark Hunter alliance against the New Visorak Legion. His battle with Roodaka was fierce, and Roodaka became desperate, mutating herself into a violent beast while they fought. Tahu won, but not without paying a price: his body was badly wounded, and he lost his right arm and leg and his mask was badly damaged, making its power intermittent and unreliable. He was also forced to kill Roodaka in self defense, driving a pike from a fallen warrior into the beast's stomach. He had his right forearm rebuilt, but left his mask and damaged leg as reminders of the battle (because of Vakama's history with Roodaka, the confrontation was both emotionally intense and physically demanding).

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After the battle, Tahu joined the team that eventually found Lewa; however, Tahu's wounds had slowed the team down, and he was forced to turn back for his own good. Realizing that the group had found Lewa ultimately without his help, he realized that though he would always protect his people, they might not always need him to. Since then he has become a Mask Maker, using his elemental power in his profession. He had his artificial arm outfitted with a device that can channel his power over fire with incredible precision for Mask Making. He often assists on construction projects in New Atero as well, and is frequently seen hobbling about wearing a bandolier with the various tools he uses for his work.

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Though he greatly enjoys his new work, he has never lost his desire to protect, and always carries the pike that he slew Roodaka with. 

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****So a few things: 

First, Onua's telescoping arm was inspired by another MOC I saw years ago, but that's the only thing I remember about... so if that was you.... thanks! :D 

Second, Tahu was (VERY) loosely inspired by Matoro1's Canister Builder on Brickshelf-check it out! https://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=572802

Third, sorry about the pics, I don't have a good camera. 

Let me know what you guys think! 

More MOCs to come!

 

 

 

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Interesting models, and definitely interesting story to go with them. I like the use of gears and gear functions. In a weird way, these look more like Miramax-style MOCs than most others I've seen. Tahu's story made me sad. This would almost be as good a fanfiction with accompanying images than vice versa.

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@Master Inika I had never thought of them looking like the Miramax-style, but now that you mention it I kinda see it to. Maybe it's the articulation points/posability? (Tahu has so many freaking joints he's actually really hard to pose lol) 

Honestly, I just slapped the story together when I posted the pics as a way to tie them together, but I kinda liked where it was going :D maybe over the christmas break I'll develop it more and work all my MOCs into the story (I have a big ol' pile of them that I've just been too busy to take pictures of yet). 

Thanks for the feedback! :D 


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5 hours ago, Laval- Master of Energy said:

Did you cut the Hau just to make Tahu, or was it already damaged?

I did cut it-I got that Hau as a freebie and it was a duplicate so I thought I'd try my hand at a modification. I need to clean out the cuts still (there's still some wispy bits of plastic in there that don't look good), but I need access to some of my sharper tools to do that. Once I clean them out the mask cuts will have that cleaner look like the head cuts. 

(It's a 2010 Hau so the softer plastic is harder to cut cleanly) 

 


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These are pretty cool. They almost remind me of Slizers/Throwbots in the simultaneous simplicity and complexity they have going on. I think Onua is my favorite, I love the Mata eye piece as a, well, different kind of eye piece. Wouldn't mind seeing the other three at some point down the line.

16 minutes ago, MoarBotar said:

I did cut it-I got that Hau as a freebie and it was a duplicate so I thought I'd try my hand at a modification. I need to clean out the cuts still (there's still some wispy bits of plastic in there that don't look good), but I need access to some of my sharper tools to do that. Once I clean them out the mask cuts will have that cleaner look like the head cuts. 

(It's a 2010 Hau so the softer plastic is harder to cut cleanly) 

 

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@TerrorsaurThanks! I'm kinda partial to Onua as well-I'm glad you liked the eye piece! 

1 hour ago, Terrorsaur said:

Wouldn't mind seeing the other three at some point down the line.

Stay tuned! :D I had a cool idea for the other three a few days ago, I might give it a try in the coming weeks! 


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i like these, i think lewa is my favorite of the three because of the concept of him being turned into a hordika--i expected based on the eye color choice for you to say he'd lost his sight over time, but unless i missed it that doesn't seem to be the case. still, i like his design a lot including that energy cannon 

creative use of the old eyestalk piece for onua's artificial eye, and there's some neat technique going on with tahu's arms being built off hand connectors. and as someone very impartial to parts modification, i enjoy the addition of the damaged kanohi and face to add character

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16 hours ago, King of Kings said:

i expected based on the eye color choice for you to say he'd lost his sight over time, but unless i missed it that doesn't seem to be the case.

You were actually right on! I forgot to mention that bit in the writeup, but I kinda toyed with the idea of his right eye (the one opposite to the lamp) went blind because he had to rely on the one closer to the headlamp for so many centuries. 

I'm glad you liked the face and mask! It was fun to make, but lemme tell you-mask modification is terrifying! *makes a tiny cut* "Ok, did I wreck it?"  lol 

I cleaned up the cuts the other day, so here are some updated pics of the mask-I'm pretty happy with how the scar that goes over Tahu's eye turned out

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I will admit it broke part of me seeing a Hau defaced like that (is my purism showing?). I'm relieved it wasn't a 2001 Hau. Do whatever you want to a 2010.


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13 hours ago, Master Inika said:

I will admit it broke part of me seeing a Hau defaced like that

I was afraid to admit it before, but I also cringed when I saw that mask sliced off like that. I don't want to insult MoarBotar, but I hate it when pieces get cut in MOCs.


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On 12/10/2019 at 2:35 PM, Laval- Master of Energy said:

I was afraid to admit it before, but I also cringed when I saw that mask sliced off like that. I don't want to insult MoarBotar, but I hate it when pieces get cut in MOCs.

That's totally fair-some days I like it, some days I hate it. 

In theory I've always been against modifications, but I've suddenly realized that I've actually done a fair bit of them, so I don't really know where I stand lol 


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