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  1. I also agree, and I do find this to be a refreshing post here. Like, if it ain't broke, don't try and fix it until it is. Let a good thing be, so we can experience our nostalgia in peace, without various reboot attempts to inevitably disappoint us for one reason or another ( like either by ending again or it doesn't live up to overinflated expectation, etc).
  2. Ooh, I enjoy this question, and as amusing as a Toa high school would be (and what, a Matoran kindergarten?), the concept doesn't jive with the overall feel of what Bionicle is in my head. Anyways, my headcanon was always that there were multiple Toa fortresses, similar to the one where that Makoki stone was kept, and they were the hub for Toa from a region to go and train, that's how they heard about and were assigned to teams to handle larger threats from time to time, and how they were organized in times of war. They could receive mentoring from another Toa with a same or similar element, study things like Kanohi and Elemental theory, history of the MU, tactics and strategy, etc. Nothing formal with curriculum or assignments, but definitely a dissemination of knowledge and resources.
  3. Yes, I am the same way. When bored, I occasionally think about trying the Journey to One on Netflix, but I always say 'meh' and find something else to do. Best of luck with your storyline, I always enjoy well thought-out G1 expansions. That's one thing I enjoy - how much creative fuel G1 gave us to keep going, even approaching 2022. I'll keep an eye out, and go check out your Vakama model in the meantime
  4. This is definitely an alternate timeline I'd follow. I get the impression Vakama's character is criticized often for the flip-flopping between sides (which is fair), so I like that your premise here has more drastic actions and living out the consequences, both the survivors/victims and the antagonizer. I'm sure awakened Teridax and disgraced Vakama would have an interesting dynamic as rulers. I'd be curious to see your Vakama model for the timeline. If I knew more about sets and 3D modeling, I'd also try and complement more competently in that arena, but they look great. I've not followed every one of your topics here (apologies), so maybe you've stated this elsewhere, but is it kind of like a revamp of G1 with G2 elements mixed in? The masks especially remind me of G2.
  5. From 'Aderyn', a name that means 'bird', because flying would be super cool. I think my very first username was Rusty Red Raptor because I was going through a phoenix phase from reading Harry Potter at the time (also it was a more androgynous username, which seemed advantageous), so the bird motif carried over.
  6. Sounds cooler. Marketing and whatnot. Alternatively - Lance is the weapon's given name, as opposed to Phil or Derek? But same reasoning, it has a nice ring to it.
  7. Actually, this reminds me of that interesting thing where the Turaga of Metru Nui can create more Matoran using machinery in Metru Nui somewhere. Maybe the Turaga has a 'Matoran Blueprint'? Which doesn't answer the question at hand, but I'd guess if you found mint Matoran anywhere, it would definitely have been there.
  8. The Great Beings based Matoran off of Agori, for one. If memory serves, Av-Matoran were the first type of Matoran created, so perhaps the Karda Nui Matoran would be what you're looking for? But then BS01 says that the following Matoran created after the Av-Matoran were smaller in stature. So, the Metru Nui Matoran, pre-Cataclysm would be a good bet, I think.
  9. Aren't you the BZPower member who posted that topic asking why some Bionicle fans are toxic? And here you are trying to call out a collaborative creative work in our library for not being 'trendy' enough? In a topic that the author created specifically to get help for the problem you yourself decided to point out? He posted this trying to accommodate your grievance, and was kind enough to not mention you by username, even though you posted directly in the story topic, which isn't allowed? I can't tell if you're joking, because internet, but like, wasn't Bionicle discontinued twice because it wasn't 'trendy'? Yours seems like a null criticism, at that point. As someone who's spent a lot of time in the BZP library, I'll pass you this advice - if you don't like it, don't read it.
  10. I'll start off saying that I quite enjoyed this post, for a variety of reasons - 1) Love the Toa Metru, 2) Enjoy discussion of leadership and leadership principles 3) appreciate diving deeper into established characters and lore, 4) Taking a long-standing controversy within the franchise (female representation) and choosing a specific angle to tackle it from (that is, the movies and nothing else, more on that later), 5) the specific points you made, timestamped, and used to support your argument, and 6) I want to acknowledge and say that I appreciate the perseverance put into this whole endeavor, and congratulations and thank you for posting it at long last. You mentioned a few places that you have more essays like such in the works, and I'd definitely keep my eye out for them. This line, specifically, did get a bona fide 'laugh out loud', and I wanted to let you know. Now, at first, I wasn't totally on board with your decision to tackle movie-version Nokama, and nothing else. I do see a point in your reasoning - particularly that you had to narrow your scope and that the movies were directed at a larger audience. That being said, I was slightly annoyed with myself throughout the read, as I was having trouble remembering what Nokama parts were from books and what was exclusively in the movie. I say this as a disclaimer, some of the points I want to add or bring up may or may not be from the movies. Anyways - I do believe she was portrayed in the film (LoMN) as being a teacher. Lhikan gives her her Toa Stone as she's teaching a class (although this isn't explicitly shown or stated as it happens), but Onewa has a line something along the lines 'Save the lesson for your class, teacher'. Unless someone has a convincing argument otherwise, I consider being a teacher (occupationally) a leadership role. I say this to add another point how she was set up as a leader (having prior experience) and was under-utilised. This is something I know for a fact is not in the movie, but want to bring up as a leadership quality. These interactions are found in Bionicle Adventures 3:The Darkness Below (basically the book about Nokama's leadership, and it's probably my favorite). Screenshots courtesy of the Biological Chronicle project, taken from pp.84-85 of Book 4: Legends, as listed in the directory. This is right at the beginning of the book, after their first major victory as a whole team, defeating the Morbuzakh in Ta-Metru, and they're on their way to present their Great Disks to Turaga Dume to prove themselves heroes. (because obviously that's how you prove heroism.) The line about Whenua always amuses me. I see this bit as her ability to read a room, being aware of and anticipating her teammates' attitudes. (granted this could also just be the style of narration - it was most convenient for Greg to tell us what everyone was feeling in this scene through Nokama's eyes. I don't think that detracts from the point that she is exercising a leadership skill, though) And second, after that Onu-Matoran gives them a task of saving the endangered Archives, and there's some squabbling amongst the Toa about course of action this and that. So, I guess it's not obvious from these snippets, but the dialogue between Vakama and Nokama, she's telling him to step up and lead, essentially. This happens again in the next chapter, but for brevity's sake, you'll have to take my word for it. Whether or not Vakama was actually an effective leader is a whole different discussion. But recognizing potential in others and encouraging them to step into that potential is also a leadership principle I've seen demonstrated and admired, as the team as a whole has been made stronger for it. I also think it speaks volumes about character, that you are okay with, and even want others to be successful, sometimes moreso than yourself. Next up: Yes. I agree. Two things here. 1) I've always been told that good leaders are also good followers. And a good follower enables the leader to do well (whether that is actively doing their best in their assigned role, or just not being deliberately obtuse, like Matau and Onewa, haha) , so in turn, everyone does well. 2) A good leader, who knows the strengths and weaknesses of each team member, knows how to delegate and knows when to step back and tell or let a team member with more expertise or a more suited skill set for the situation step up and take the lead. Example from LoMN (ignoring your well-put argument that Vakama wasn't named or acting like a leader in the film): Nokama taking lead when dealing with the Kikanalo, as she was the only one who could communicate with them. I'm gonna bow out now, as I have even less remembrance of the Web of Shadows movie. You raise a great question - why, when Vakama comes back to the team after betraying them, does he go right back to 'leader'? At that point, I'd chalk it up to Nokama not putting stock in the 'title' of leader, as she's already proven herself capable in such role time and time again. But the title would have been nice, in only for egalitarian purposes. (side point: the only thing that really happens, canonically, after WoS is they fly to Mata Nui with the Matoran Spheres, except Vakama literally abandons ship to have an adventure with the Makuta, then they all turn into Turaga and go on to lead their own villages. So, Vakama coming back from the dark side as 'the leader' kind of was fruitless anyhow) I wish I was less free with my upvotes, because I really mean it when I give you this one. Great topic in terms of depth, content, and effort. I'd love to see more like this.
  11. These are amazing and adorable and I love them! I agree about the hoodies, I'd totally buy one. There was some topic a few months ago (unfortunately probably dead now) about designing a Bionicle theme park, and I'd definitely put you in charge of designing a clothing line for the gift shops based on these. I quite enjoy Takua's and Onepu's tiny Ussals, Hafu's mini-me sculpture. It took me a minute, but Kapura takes the cake. Although I've never played MNOG, it's a reference to his... um, quirks in there, right? Got a hearty chuckle out of me. Great work all around!
  12. Awww! Thanks so much, guys! This is so nice! Haha, the big two-five for me, this year! Bring on the quarter life crisis! XD @Mushy the Mushroom, absolutely LOVE the puffin - you're so talented! It's adorable! Thanks again!
  13. Sorry it's been a hot sec - real life, ya know? But I finally got around to reading your updates. Always an adventure :) From Ch. 10 This was heartbreaking to read, definitely. I really feel for all of them in this scenario. I think the way you set up and portrayed the long term effects of a long term, abusive, toxic relationship between the two Turaga was well handled. This is genius, the Po-Metru heritage behind his weapons. Love it. OOOOOOH!! Canonical context!! Yes! Been looking forward to this forEVER! I love the Metru Nui era, so, even better! Totally worth the wait ^_^ Also, I feel like you built up the reveal for the sinister Makuta Vortidax very well. As others have noted and commented, it harkens back to the old Bionicle days when THE Makuta was the big bad, shrouded in mystery. The Makuta being revealed as a species almost felt like it cheapened Teridax's menace from the early days. Your gradual revelation of Vortidax was well-paced and established a clear good/evil dichotomy, with definitive motives and multi-faceted conflict between the two forces. Ch. 11 Love the new map. Very stylized indeed. Always a fan of Matoran font. This was a fascinating passage. Like, it makes you wonder about the sociological aspects of Matoran culture and how they view heroes, and the general culture of Toa in the early days of the universe. Really great, self-consistent and canonically plausible worldbuilding detail. Ch 12 Another cool societal aspect you took on here - the title of Turaga more as a mantle of leadership, as opposed to the station of life simply coming after 'Toa' in a chosen Matoran's lifecycle. I also noticed the different leadership styles distinct to each Koro. Describing Oren's audience chamber with a 'throne', specifically, drew my attention. And contrast that with the leadership we see in Ta/Su Koro, etc. It helps set up a feel of real diversity on the island. I forget exactly which chapter this was, since I read a bunch in one go, but the scene where the two new Toa Volara are created definitely gave me Legends of Metru Nui flashbacks. The Kra-Matoran society and the Makuta's army is interesting. It did seem to come a bit out of nowhere, but perhaps that was me not reading carefully/consistently enough? Just like, boom, we suddenly have the point of view passages from Vortidax's underlings, not just Kulu (congrats to him, as well, getting Toa-zapped). Also, and this may be too much and that's fine, but would you consider adding a list of characters and their elemental affiliation in the review topic? My life outside the internet has become less conducive to consistent involvement with online communities, so having a quick reference for characters that have regrettably slipped my memory would be useful. Either way and as always, keep up the great work!
  14. I agree that the Visorak would be harder to survive than the doompods (Dume-pods?) and the subsequent Cataclysm. However, given the totality of desolation of Metru Nui, especially after the Toa Metru took the rest of the population to the island above, I'm not sure a life of crime in the ruined city would be viable. Because, 1) who's left to brand you a criminal? (counterpoint, leftover Vahki, possibly). What crime would there be left to perpetrate if society itself is taken out of the equation? Very little, if any, I'd think. 2) if Dume, the real Dume, the Rahaga, and Keetongu were out and about, I think they'd eventually bring any recalcitrant, leftover Matoran back into the fold, so to speak. If not total rehabilitation (alignment with the three virtues, for sake of the hypothetical), then at least a mutual understanding that working to rebuild the ruined city is in everybody's best interest. As for the question of physiological survival, I'd guess they'd have to resort to hunting/gathering? Unless they could get the power back up to run the Matoran feeding point? Were I one of these theoretical Matoran, I would have either tried to stow away on the airships to Mata Nui, or tried to emigrate, one way or another, to other lands. Probably the Northern or Southern Continent. Really great hypothetical!
  15. That the Destral Cycle was a cool spinoff comic or serial about the Makuta.
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