I would like to know the reason the Brotherhood had for not ending the DH War at least, when they more than likely were fully capable of it. That would pretty much answer my question.
I really don't have much to add, though. I think we're agreed that the Makuta don't just want to obliterate everybody, so they come up with various reasons not to at various times.
I think some of the reason was that there were aspects of the Plan that were more important, as this quote reflects:
3. How’s the status of the Brotherhood/Dark Hunter War right now? Is it at a stalemate or are the Dark Hunters slowly losing ground? I know that the destruction of their base wasn’t too big a setback, but it seems like it would really lower morale. 3a. What would you say are are the chances of them allying themselves with the OoMN? 3b. The Toa?
3) They know nothing of the OOMN, so can’t ally with them, and there aren’t that many Toa out there that it’s worth allying with. Actually, the war is going a little better for the DH because a lot of the most experienced Makuta are in KN right now.
(This was before the Dark Hunters actually allied with the OoMN.) It seems that the Makuta (at least the more important ones) were off doing other things.The other thing is that Teridax was obsessed with the Plan, and you pointed out that the Dark Hunters weren't a threat to the Plan until they came close to learning it. Then they attacked the fortress. But they didn't sent their entire force after the fortress because that would have clued the Dark Hunters in that were sitting on something valuable.(Zaktan figured it out anyway...)And even if the Dark Hunters found out the Plan, where would they have gone with it? The Toa weren't a force to be reckoned with, and they didn't know the OoMN existed. They could have tried to stop it, but then the Brotherhood would have crushed them easily, as you said. But they didn't want to waste resources doing it unless they had to (what if the Plan failed, horror of horrors?). And a war was something for the Brotherhood to amuse themselves picking at while Teridax was off executing the Plan.If the Brotherhood could have wiped out the Dark Hunters at any time, they could have stopped them from delivering information to a few novice Toa on the outskirts of the universe (and would those Toa even believe a message from the Dark Hunters anyway?). And a war is a very good context for that, to make sure nobody doubts your reasons for destroying the place.
And who knows - maybe the Brotherhood actually wanted some DHs to know the Plan. Zaktan proved to be very useful. Edit: That might have been the point, even. "Here, we have this fantabulous plan to take over the universe. Can you get over this petty disagreement and join us?" They might have have been holding out in case that was possible. On the other hand, they weren't sure that the Dark Hunters would go for it...
* * *I disagree slightly that TSO's conflict was "a silly war [color=rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;]over such a trivial thing as the death of two incompetent members[/color]". There was the issue with the Avohkii guards, and something minor called "I wanted the Mask of Time and you kept it from me and it ended up with a Toa" and "Dude, you are trying to destroy the universe, thus leaving me with nothing to steal or amuse myself doing anymore." As such, I don't think the Dark Hunters would fall into line with the Brotherhood again ever (and they didn't), and any expectations that they would do so were very erroneous, since those grievances were very real. (Although they might have had those expectations, who knows? )
And I actually caught the reference. I get zero mega-bonus points though, because I had to google it to make sure I was right, and narrow it down from the broad category my brain pointed to. (Really - VT?)
Edited by fishers64, Jun 05 2013 - 06:22 PM.