Two: An Unwanted Destiny
Kortec spent two afternoons in the Grand Library researching this “Stone of Spirits.” He checked legends, lore, and odd phenomena. Soon after his last note, he figured out their possible plan. He rushed out of the library and to his house.
He grabbed a stack of tablets and some tools. He scribbled four letters to four Matoran of the other four inhabitable Xiocs. They were to come to the Ruins of the Temple to discuss the possibility. He received replies from all four. Some nicer than others. They all gathered to the Ruins that night.
The ruins were located in Ga-Xioc, so Kortec had to cross the Ga-Ko Connection Bridge. A fierce storm was brewing on the horizon, and the Ko-Matoran didn’t like the thought of getting stranded on an ice-and-stone bridge that had been erected long ago. The storm got closer to the bridge, gathering almost too fast. Kortec started running as he neared the half point.
Now the storm pounced on the strip of ice. Thunder cracked, the rain pounded, and it got warmer. Wait. Warmer? Kortec stopped dead, fearing what was behind him. He spun around, holding a wrench he brought by accident. Nothing. But an odd warm sensation filled the air. He returned his mind to the task on hand.
He crossed the bridge and onto solid land. Still that sensation…. Grrrrrr. Kortec cried out and spun, his wrench colliding with the side of something. He opened his eyes and saw A completely gray and silver creature. It was so thin that it swayed in the winds. It’s long tail ended in a blaster, somehow part of it’s anatomy. It was four-legged and had two arms. It’s head was almost too large for it’s body with a single blue eye. He recognized it as a Shadow Scout, used by all of the Six Lords. They come in many variations, but this was a Stealth/Hunter Rank One. They were made to spy on untrusted ones, and then pacify or demolish them.
Shenku must be onto me, thought Kortec, already running to the ruins. They were in sight, with only one chamber standing. It had been demolished by an odd quake 1,100 years ago. The quake had sent Xioc Nui into it’s several islands, split Ga-Xioc into an archipelago, and ruined many lives and structures. He looked behind to see an almost disgusting sight. The Scout was standing and staring at him. It blinked and it’s back legs folded into it’s long body. It’s tail followed. Then the back part of it’s centaur-like body folded into the front, leaving it as a biped. It zoomed after him.
Once again, Kortec ran as fast as he could. He could hear the Scout’s rapid footsteps over his pounding chest. Then, an odd thing happened. From the roof of the ruins, a red laser sped down. Kortec dove as the laser hit the Scout square in the “chest”. Kortec looked behind to see the light fade from the Scout’s eyes as it collapsed. A hole had burned through it. The Matoran examined where the laser had landed behind the beast. It was molten into lava. He looked at the roof to see a pair of red eyes on a dark, concealed figure. Before Kortec could shout a thanks, it faded away.
“Thanks a lot,” Kortec said. He walked into the ruins, looking behind him as he did so. And because of that, he ran into someone. He turned to see a taller than usual green Matoran. Behind him was a single lightstone lighting the one chamber. A dome was in the center of the ruins, surrounded by three other Matoran. If Kortec was correct, he had Ector of Onu-Xioc; Gaeluu of Ga-Xioc; Selget of Po-Xioc; and Reltu of Le-Xioc was in front of him.
“Hey,” Reltu whispered. “Are you blind?!” Kortec shook his head no. “Good. Now if I’m right, you are not only half-nutty, but you are also Kortec, the Ko-Matoran who summoned us here.”
“Kortec is just concerned about Xioc-Nui and it’s safety,” said the blue-armored Matoran, Gaeluu.
“Thank you, Gaeluu,” said Kortec. “But on a serious note, I know that the Lords are up to something. I heard Dentark and Shenku talking about this ‘Stone of Spirits’. And it my research is correct, this Stone can obviously be used for evil.”
“Come now, Kortec,” said Reltu, tired of it all. “You really think that this legend could hurt Xioc Nui? Get real!” The Le-Xiocian shoved Kortec.
“Stop this!” shouted Ector and Selget at the same time. Gaeluu tried to intervene, but failed as Kortec charged at Reltu. They grappled. Now all three Matoran were attempting to stop the brawl.
Hiding in the shadows, a hulking figure sighed. If they are to be a team, he thought, they must work together. Maybe the will of Mata Nui was wrong, and these aren’t the ones. Wait! How dare I even propose that thought! Mata Nui’s hand will take hold soon enough.
Reltu shoved Kortec once more. The Ko-Matoran’s robe was shaken, dropping the stone he had found a few days before. It landed with a thud, but only Ector noticed it. He walked around the quarrel and grabbed the stone. He ran his hands along it’s gentle carvings. Then, he stopped at one. It showed a Kanohi Kraahken, used to represent either a Makuta, or shadows. Under it was written, Xioc Nui. Another carving had a faint word, but it was undoubtedly the word “Toa”.
“Mata Nui has blessed us…,” whispered Ector. “Stop!!” The fight ended abruptly, with all staring at Ector. He held up the stone and said, “This is it! Our key to freedom, A Toa Stone!” Before any could protest, the curious Matoran ran over to the dome and jumped on top. There was a niche, perfectly oval. Ector slammed the stone in the hole and waited. And waited….
Reltu sighed. “Is everyone here besides me, you know, nuts? Face it. The Six Lords rule now, before, and well into the-”
He was cut off by a rumble. The chamber didn’t shake, though. Then it took them a split second to realize the rumble wasn’t shaking earth; it was a voice. Soon the voice was able to be comprehended. It was an ancient voice that was heard by many before. The identity was unknown, but he was probably a figure of authority considering his style of voice.
“Hello, Matoran,” said the voice. It was clear and medium-tone. “You are Xioc Nui’s only hope. The Six Lords have conquered our land, and we need heroes.” Kortec could tell where this was going. “You are those heroes. May luck shine upon you on your quest. Hope may sometimes be your only weapon in this upcoming battle. But it can guide you in ways you could never believe.”
A small quake struck the chamber as the dome glowed with energy. Small cracks ran down the dome like a spider web. Then, a huge burst of light slammed into the chamber from the heavens. The dome shattered, sending energy pouring out in tentacle form. They wrapped around the five assembled Matoran, sending spasms down their forms.
Kortec felt as if he would burst. He felt his armor twist and grow along with his body. His mask was being distorted until it cracked. Even though he couldn’t see it, his old mask was vaporized. The others were having similar things happen to them. It all happened in a few seconds. The beam dissolved, leaving only an orb. Then it shot in the air. It exploded, forming six Spirit Stars, signs of Toa. Then, with the event finished, the five crashed to the ground with a thud.
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