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Sergei Rahkmaninoff posted a topic in Bionicle-Based CreationsGallery When Mahri Nui sunk beneath the waves, it took with it a population of weasel-like Rahi. The Pit Mutagen altered their forms, saving them from drowning, and they seem to have adapted relatively well. They are among the few Rahi of the Pit not to serve the Barraki, perhaps because of their terrestial origin, and because of this some Matoran of Mahri Nui regard them as good luck. This one started for last Halloween, but I had trouble taking it anywhere and little time, so shelved it for later. I recently decided to finish it for the 10th anniversary of the Mahri, which I was reminded of by the BZPower t-shirt contest. I hope to hear your feedback, and that you enjoy!
Life of Kyraan
Archon~ posted a topic in Bionicle-Based CreationsIntro So, lately I've been getting back into MOCing, and I've decided I'm actually going to post pictures of them now! This one, unlike my previous MOC is a made up character and utilizes a more complex and custom design. I actually like him so much, I might write a Short Story, or perhaps Epic detailing his adventures. I also provided a small history of his life which you guys are welcome to read! Kyraan of Ta - Builder, Mask Maker, Soldier, Chronicler, Civil War Leader, Criminal, Mercenary, Redeemed Hero - (~100,000 + Years Ago) Kyraan was created during the early stages of the universe as a Ta-Matoran laborer on the Northern tip of the Southern Continent. He was tasked as a builder and mask-maker, originally slacking off and would often break focus while working, but over time has excelled at his crafting skills to the point where he could craft and build double the amount compared to his comrades. He is eventually selected to be one of the Matoran to go to Artakha and labours there happily for several thousands of years. (100,000 Years Ago) Kyraan labours in Artakha and excels well in his profession, and is part of the team that builds the first Toa Canisters in Artakha. As the project nears completion, he becomes intrigued with Toa and their adventures, wondering if maybe one day he can become an adventurer himself? (95,000 Years Ago) Kyraan leaves Artakhato become an adventurer and sets out to explore the world, visiting his former Koro, and eventually landing on Stelt, where he was recruited into Pridak's army of Matoran. (95,000 Years Ago) Kyraan moves up the ranks of Barraki Pridak's Legion and witnesses the creation of the League of Six Kingdoms. (~87,000 Years Ago) Kyraan is mentored by Pridak in militant strategies which make him feel uneasy regarding the entire operation and he deserts Pridak's legions. Due to this, he is punished and is only severely maimed by Pridak. Kyraan wanders and makes his way to Zakaz, home of the peaceful Skakdi species, where he meets an inventor, Avak, who helps the Matoran and rebuilds him into a stronger form. He makes way to the Northern continent where he accompanies, and becomes a Chronicler to a group of Toa on their journey to Metru Nui. He goes back to his life of being an expert craftsmen, and serves as becomes a writer due to his experience as a Chronicler. He eventually writes a book, titled Barraki: Rise of the Kingdoms, reflecting on his time with the Barraki. Due to this, he became a popular figure in Ta-Metru, becoming very close with all Ta-Matoran and holding them to a higher regard than others. (79,500 Years Ago) Kyraan becomes involved in the Matoran Civil War and due to his former experience as a soldier and military commander, and becomes one of the Matoran of Fire who lead one side of the war. Due to his new-found belief in Ta-Matoran supremacy, he becomes ruthless and adopts much of Pridak's old tactics. (79,100 Years Ago) Kyraan is sentenced to the Pit along the other leaders. The Matoran Civil War ends. He spends the next 78,000 years in the Pit, reflecting and regretting his past decisions and actions. (1,001 Years Ago) Voya Nui skyrockets to Aqua Magna, the pit is flooded and Kyraan is released from his prison, however he is moderately mutated by the waters into a much larger form than most Matoran. The process caused him to grow spikes out his armor and to become a water breather. He witnesses the Barraki's degradation and manages to avoid them. He steals a waraxe and shield from Hydraxon's weapon cache, and flees as far as possible from the Pit. For the next 100 years he wanders and explores the underwater regions of Aqua Magna and brings judgment to former Pit prisoners in the far reaches of the planet. He befriends a small herd of Hydruka who assist him in his quest for redemption and justice. (300 Years Ago) Kyraan gets ready to launch an assault on the Barraki Fortress, but is prevented by the descent of Mahri Nui. Instead, he works on rescuing the Matoran that descended and employs his Hydruka to provide air for the Matoran. Eventually, he finds an apparatus that would enable him to breathe on land, as well as a motorized vehicle with gliding capabilities. He takes both with him and goes to the giant hole in the chest of the Great Spirit, where he makes a desperate attempt down the waterfall and makes it to the Southern Continent. Here, he makes way to a small city where he serves as a mercenary, specializing in underwater operations. (Present) Kyraan witnesses Teridax's takeover and decides to join the resistance forces, eventually fighting alongside Gali during many of the battles, making his way onto Spherus Magna where he would lead a platoon of Matoran in fighting Skrall. After the defeat of Teridax he became amphibious. (Close Future) Kyraan's records have been discovered by Vakama and the Order of Mata Nui, and he has been selected to become one of many Matoran that would be transformed into Toa Cordak, Heroes of Desolation, tasked with hunting down various criminals and threats to the Universe that escaped after Makuta crashed. He was tasked with hunting down and bringing justice to Pridak and his rising armies, partially due to the fact that Kyraan had crossed paths with the Barraki before, and is familiar with him. When he was transformed, he kept his menacing Pit appearance, partially due to being exposed to the Mutagen, partially due to the rebuilding Avak did on him, and partially because he wanted to to be reminded of his cloudy past. Shortly after his creation, he was stationed on an Island Fortress with Toa Krakua, who trained him, before he went off to find and bring Pridak to Justice. Shortly after his departure, the Fortress was attacked by a band of Spherus Magna criminals, and Krakua delivered his message from the future to Toa Vakama. Thanks for reading. Onto the Pictures! Pit Matoran Pose Prisoner Armorless Back Body Detail Waraxe Arm/Shield Zoom In Leg Zoom In Toa Cordak Main Front Front Zoom In FaceOff *cracks knuckles* Back Arm Zoom In Leg Zoom In WarAxe (flail mode) Note: When designing the Toa, I started taking apart the Matoran, reinforced the body to represent that he quite literally grew into a Toa. Same with the arms and legs, and axe. I honestly see the Toa as one of the better MOCs I've created. Please let me know what you think, and if you would like to see any other angles for either models!
Hydraxon, Master of the Pit
Kanakalackin posted a topic in Bionicle-Based Creations"Welcome to the Pit..." Well. Here he is. My entry for BBCC 69. I had a lot of fun building him, trying to make him look as much like Hydraxon as possible while keeping with the theme of the contest. I chose to downsize him due to a lack of parts and a fear that if I made him too tall, he would be either too gappy/lanky and/or his legs wouldn't be able to hold his torso. I hope you like him as much as I do. (Some votes in the contest would be nice too.) ][ Flickr Gallery ][
Origins of the Toa Code
N.S.M.8 posted a topic in Bionicle Storyline & TheoriesI was thinking about the Toa Code and how it prevented them from joining the Order of Mata Nui. Toa cannot kill their enemies, while the Order of Mata Nui frequently kills; even their own members are not safe as seen when the Order killed anyone who knew the location of Artakha. The Toa have a moral code to ensure that they don't let their power corrupt (as Tuyet did). This all makes sense until you consider The Pit, the Order of Mata Nui's ultimate punishment. The Pit is not an execution chamber, but a prison meant to hold beings for life. Why would an organization who would willingly to permanently silence their own members and refuses to allow Code-Bound Toa to join not be willing to execute their own prisoners? In fact, they go even further by sending Botar to stop them from being executed by others (Tuyet and the Barraki are prime examples) and instead imprison them in a supposedly inescapable prison. Even after the destruction of The Pit, they build a new prison on Daxia instead of changing policy. The Order is nothing if not efficient and secretive, yet this seems like the most inefficient practice of all time and has a high probability of allowing secrets (about The Pit and the Order's existence) to leak. The Red Star explains the necessity of The Pit, beings killed in the Matoran Universe would (if the Red Star worked) reappear late . This explains the actions of the Order perfectly: the only way to permanently stop someone is to imprison them, if they are killed they can simply cause havoc elsewhere. Not even Helryx needs to know the true reason, if she knows (from Mata Nui or the Great Beings) that imprisonment is the only permanent solution no one in the Order would question it. Teridax clearly did not know about this when he tried to have the Barraki executed. Mutran would later tell him after learning from Tren Krom, the only being in the Matoran Universe besides Mata Nui who seemed to know. This brings us back to the Toa Code. For so long we were told that the Code was a matter of morals, that the Toa didn't kill their opponents because they were "above" doing so. This is the view taken by the Toa themselves. But the existence of the Red Star brings up another theory: The Toa Code was a matter of ruthless efficiency. If Toa killed their opponents, they would (in theory) simply reappear elsewhere. I see this as a possible story direction, can you imagine Tahu learning that the law he believed made him not a monster was nothing more than another Great Being contingency. Some Toa would not be very affected (Zaria would probably feel better) but Toa like Tahu would be devastated.
Alto Magna posted a topic in Bionicle-Based CreationsJust a what-if moc from several years ago; what if Teridax had won against the Toa Metru and been exiled to the Pit afterwards for his crimes? Front http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/ToaMiracles/VarsaiNui/Makuta/teridax1.jpg Side http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/ToaMiracles/VarsaiNui/Makuta/teridax2.jpg Other-side/back http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/ToaMiracles/VarsaiNui/Makuta/teridax3.jpg Anguish http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/ToaMiracles/VarsaiNui/Makuta/teridax_4.jpg I didn't give the chained-Vahi much thought back then toward a purpose, let alone an in-story perspective, beyond it looking cool and serving to mock him in his mutated state. Now days I realize that everyone is kind of in danger if he somehow breaks it, but it still looks cool ;D
Where in the MU was the Pit?
Makuta Matata posted a topic in Bionicle Storyline & TheoriesWe know that after the Great Cataclysm, water flooded into the Pit and destroyed the prison, the the inmates went into the surrounding ocean. What we don't know is where that is in the MU. My theory is that it's located on one of the large islands in Mata Nui's feet. It would be far away from most civilizations, and they had east access to the ocean. Also, Voya Nui was far south of Mata Nui (the island), which covered Mata Nui's face, and since Voya Nui was floating above the new Pit, it can't have been far from the old one. My theory is that it's in his left foot, but that's just something I've always thought for no real reason...