PROLOGUEToa. What did that word mean? Was it to describe the bravest of heroes? Was it asymbol of victory, of good, of light? Or was it a name given to those who put themselvesit danger's path and show no fear in stopping it? To some, it is a word that means aguardian, who will protect them. To others, the word is an enemy. And to a rare few, theword is nothing. It has no emotion associated with it. It is empty, shallow, and cannotstop them.***Vakama entered the chamber, a dully light dome made of hardened sand. He moved slowerthan he ever had. His days were running out. He looked up to see a small group ofmatoran and Agori, sitting around a small fire, looking up at him with anxious eyes. Vakama smiled.There was nothing more he enjoyed now than to pass on tales of past to the newgenerations of matoran, and now the agori of Bara Magna.He peered to the right as Toa Hewkii, macku, and Toa Tahu enteredthe dome as well. Hewkii and Macku had agreed to be with eachother for the entirety oftheir lives. When the Toa Nuva were to become turaga, Macku would become the next toa ofwater, to fully complete her life with hewkii. Tahu attended all of Vakamas stories, aswhen vakama was gone, tahu would take his place as the storyteller. Every Toa Nuva wouldbecome the storytellers of their respective regions, it was tradition."Gathered friends..." Vakama began "Welcome again to another legend of the Bionicle. Thislegend, is different than any you have been told before. it is always one of the lastthat we turaga tell, for it is a legend of a great war. But this war is far worse thanany you have ever known. Worse than the brotherhood of makuta war, worse than the darkhunter's struggle against the toa, worse than the great battle against teridax himself."He stopped, a moment of thought overwhelmed him."You have been told about the war the toa had against the dark hunters. That, my friends,was nothing. That, was 300 Toa Defending Metru Nui, fighting useless beings who couldbarely stop a Kikanalo. This legend, is about the true army of the toa. One thousandstrong. it was formidable force, and as it was known, the army of the toa was called TheOne Thousand. This, was the army that was made by the great beings to protect mata nui.They were supposed to live on, each giving their power to new matoran every cycle, sothat we were always One Thousand Strong." Vakama said, as he sat him self down in frontof the matoran, the fire warming him as he prepared to tell the cold tale."What happened to them!?" A small blue matoran named Heeka gasped. A crimson matoransitting next to him smacked his kanohi."Wait for him to tell the story!" He whispered, then the both of them looked back atvakama. Vakama laughed, and proceeded onward."What the great beings did not anticipate, was that another universe would becomeinvolved with ours. A grand army was scouting universes, using dimensional abilities thateven the great beings did not know existed. They were looking for something, and to thisday no one knows what. They were known as The Plague...***A figure clad in navy and golden armor, weilding a powerful sword and mask that resembleda kings crown, stood before his army. His name was Flaudis, and he, like the other 999beings who stood in front of him, was a Toa. He inspected the massive army of toa, everyoneof them extremely powerful in some regard. Some toa Were smaller, meant for stealthoperations, whilst some were massive brute toa, meant to use pure strength. Some hadpowers over fire, Some had powers of invisibility, electricity, magnetism, every power atoa could have. Some hovered over the others with flight capabilities, while some dug small holes in the ground to hide in. some were male, some were female."We are The One Thousand!" Flaudis yelled, his voice booming over the army. Flags wereraised, bearing the symbol of The One Thousand. Today was a day for the army to marcharound the island of Jixia Nui, what would later become metru nui. At least, that is whatthe citizens of Jixia, also known as Jixians, believe. In truth, The One Thousand wasgoing to investigate a strange occurrence. A scouting toa said he had seen a strangeopening in the sky, like a small black hole, forming, but didn't dare go near it. Sincethen, cities have been demolished everyday. The Jixians have been told it is the will ofmata nui that those cities be rebuilt. The Jixians who lived in those cities stay thereto rebuild them, and barriers have been place so no outside can see the cities beingrebuilt. Yet, the cities are not being rebuilt. They are a wasteland, set aflame, theinhabitants shattered, stabbed, broken. It was not Mata Nui's will; it was anextermination. The toa had to lie to avoid mass panic.***"Toa never lie!" Heeka exclaimed, interrupting Vakama."In times of war, a toa will do anything they must to ensure saftey and order, Matoran." Vakama replied, and continued forth.***Flaudis motioned for the army to move forward. The cities were going down one by one, ina straight line. Whatever was taking them down, was moving in a single direction. The OneThousand were going to stop it right in it's tracks. One thousand beings, the mostpowerful force in the entire mata Nui universe, all moved at one.***4 Hours laterA purple toa named Argen approached the green Toa Kela."I can't do it anymore," Kela began, her soft voice sounding saddened, "Too many Jixiansare dying. They are my friends, Argen- It is our job to protect them, and what do wehave to show for it? Cities burned to the ground, the Jixians torn into pieces..How canwe call ourselves protectors!""Sometimes, things have to happen in order for a proper outcome to persue, my dearsister. There is no way one can save the work of an army. An army that must be built,gathered, and moved. We will stop the threat, we are The One Thousand. They died, for anoble cause. Now it is up to us to make sure what they did does not go to vein." Argenreplied. he placed his hand on her shoulder, and she collapsed into his arms, the grief overwhelming her.Off to a corner of the crowd were 6 toa clad in chrome black armor. they were the ToaNeera, a team of assasins who mastered technology, and had abilities beyond just elements. The leader ofthe toa himself was named Neera. Each team of toa under The One Thousand was named afterthe leader of the group. Neera himself had the power of sonic flight."I'm tired of walking" He grumbled. his short temper usually got the best of him duringbattle. He jumped, doing a back flip; and as he did so, wings flipped out of his sides,guns appeared over his shoulders and his body morphed into a sleek jet-looking shape. Heshot off, a loud sonic boom erupting over the barren field. Two nearby toa fell down,knocked off their feet from the small wave of dust that had been kicked up when he left."Where is he going?" A light blue toa asked as he walked."To scout ahead." An orange Toa neera replied, as he looked at the light blue toa withhis one good eye. His other had been shot out in battle.At that moment, Toa Neera came back towards the army, spiralling out of control. Heslammed into the ground, and transformed back into his humanoid form. he stood, brushingthe dust off of himself, as a fellow toa of stone held him up."What happened?" Flaudis asked, as he approached Toa Neera. Neera looked up at him, notsaying a single word. Yet Flaudis had to do nothing more than look at Neera's eyes to seethe fear that encompassed them."Silence!" Flaudis yelled, and the entire army fell silent. That is when they heard it.Drums. Long, heavy drums. A translucent yellow toa leapped over the other toa and shotforward, using his power of speed to get over to the edge of the cliff in the distancewhere Neera had gone."Dear...mata Nui..." he said, edging back. Flaudis made his way over to the Toa of Speedand looked onward. he slammed his sword into the ground, and leaned on it."And so this is what we face" he said quietly.Down the cliff, in the massive valley of sand, stood ten thousand beings. No, not beings,monsters. Every one of them was different. Some were tiny, smaller than even a fikouspider. other were massive, as big as the colesium that was being built in the center ofJixia Nui(Later to be the metru nui coliseium) They were vicious, and looked as if theyhad come straight out of a nightmare. They had jagged spikes erupting from their bodys,chains dangling from all over. Capes, broken masks on sticks, everything about them wasgruesome and horrific to look at. Above them flew massive beasts being ridden by even moregruesome monsters. Some had humanoid figures, others had massive claws or crawled on amultitude of legs. Silm drpped from them, and the blood of previous killings stained their blades and teeth.Flaudis turned towards The One Thousand. "Today, we face something that we know nothingabout. We will fight strong, and show no regret. Toa...to victory!" He yelled, and raisedhis sword. He need not say anything more. The toa yelled, flags raised, and they charged down the cliff.***Ooranus stood, at his full 15 foot height. He was broad, with massive spikes coming outof every part of his armor. His mask was long and sharp, with cold, white eyes blaringthrough it. He was a warrior of the grand army known as The Plague. he was also the firstto notice the oncoming army of figures rushing down the cliff towards him. He growled,and let off a roar that alerted the entire Plague. Spit errupted from his mouth as he screeched, and his eyes blazed with fury. The Plague focused on The OneThousand. Then, they began to move.***It only took a moment before the two armies barreled into eachother. Swords clashed atfirst. Larger toa ran through, knocking down many of the plague as they did so. Elementalpowers were thrown across the army, yet The Plague did not seem to fall. They moved in,large spiked maces, clubs, and swords so treacherous they could make a makuta look like afikou. Ooranus jumped, and landed in front of Argen and Kela. Argen threw a blast ofplasma at Ooranus, but it simply fell off of him like water. Kela attempted to cause awhirlwind to knock Ooranus off of his feet, but still he stood. At that moment, Argen andkela leaped back. Ooranus' chest had opened, with sickly tentacles emerging from it. Theyshot outward, grabbing onto Argen. They tore through his armor, and drained his elementalenergy. His lifeless body fell to the ground, and Ooranus took form once again, but nowhe had the power of plasma running throughout him. Before Kela could react, a sniperblasted her foot with shadow. She struggled to stand, falling to one knee. Ooranus walkedover to her, and lifted her up by the throat. "Nothing stops The Plague. We will find ourobjective. You will fall." He dropped her, and fired a small beam of plasma at her chest.She lay there, the plasma slowly killing her. She cried.In what had quickly started, quickly ended. The toa were demolished. Only a few stillstood. Neera flew over to flaudis and transformed. His arm flipped into a laser rife, andfired at a small Plague runnign at them. The plagues arm fell off, but still it continuedrunning. Flaudis swung his sword, tearing the plague into two. It still attempted tocrawl at them, until Neera fired again, finally eliminating it."What will it take with these things?" Neera asked, not even noticed that almost theentire One Thousand had fallen. At that moment, a large brutish figure with black andgold armor walked over to them. This one, was different from the rest of the plague. Hewore a tattered cape, and stood with a sense of nobility to him. Yet, one of his handswas a massive pincer, and he looked as if half of him had been mutated into something ofa different form."I wish to speak to the king of this army!" Flaudis yelled, readying himself for combat."The King?" The creature said, and began to laugh. He threw his fist forward, bashingNeera to the ground. He then turned to Flaudis and grabbed him with his pincer. "I AMKING" he growled."What do you want with our planet?" Flaudis asked, struggling."We are searching for something. We will search every universe, and we will find it." Theking said."Why must you kill cities to find it if you don't even know where it is!" Flaudis yelled,getting frustrated at his position."Ah, it is much more complicated than that. Our mission is to seek, but our purpose is toinflict fear. To Find the happiness in worthless beings like you, and cast it into amocking light. We then take that happiness, and use it against you. We smash it likeglass, and crush the remains into dust. Like everyone else, you die."Flaudis dropped to the ground, lifeless.***The Jixian stood in the grand castle of Jixia, watching the Plague move in. He quicklyscribbled on a tablet, chronicleing a tale for the legends. They began to break into thecastle. The final words the jixian ever scribbled, were defiant, and struck fear into all who read them."They have taken the bridge and thesecond hall. We have barred the gates but cannot hold them for long. The ground shakes,drums... drums in the deep. We cannot get out. A shadow lurks in the dark. We can not getout... they are coming."***Vakama stopped talking. He looked up. The matoran were scared. the tale had frightenedthem, to know that those who they looked up to for protection had fallen so easily.Hewkii held macku in his arms as she cried. Even tahu stiffled a shocked expression."How did they stop The Plague?" Heeka asked."Legend says The Plague found what they were looking for and retreated to their universe,never to be seen again." Vakama said as he stood.The matoran exited the chamber, but Vakama asked Tahu to stay."What is it, Turaga?" Tahu Asked, kneeling down to vakama."They didn't find what they were looking for, Tahu. Nokama and Nuju read the starsand..." he stopped to look tahu in the eyes."And what?" Tahu asked, already knowing what the answer would be."They are coming here."(this is a previously posted short story of mine, chapter 1 is in spoiler tags below, I'll post it in a seperate post tomorrow)
Edited by VBBN, Jun 30 2012 - 09:32 AM.