The Toa Tower

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A Toa's Friend --> atoafriend (atoa for short).

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「"Do you know what it takes to be a hero?"」

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Anonymous sent: Given all the development he went through and any lingering socipathic influence of Roodaka, do you think Vakama would be willing to kill people if needs be. He mentioned it casually in time trap. Although, it was part of a gambit to talk Makuta down, so... dunno.

galitali:

starlordofthencc0221b:

That’s a good question.  Honestly, I don’t think he would.

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As you mentioned, Vakama touches on this in his dialogue with Makuta: “Toa aren’t killers….If we were, we would have started with you.”  But Makuta’s response (“Very noble.  Perhaps that explains why there are so few Toa around these days.”) makes an excellent point, and I think Vakama understands that.  If we zoom out a bit and take Vakama’s words into context, their meaning becomes clearer.  Where the Makuta would kill without a second thought with no regard to what or who it was they were killing, Toa would only kill if a) the person they were killing deserved it, and b) there was no other choice and something greater was at stake.  Vakama demonstrates this when he’s willing to destroy the Mask of Time and essentially annhiliate the universe to stop Makuta (who is, indeed, the embodiment of “evil”).

Now the above evidence doesn’t exactly support my opinion that Vakama would not kill, so I look deeper into both Vakama’s nature and that of Toa in general.  Vakama holds Lhikan in high regard when it comes to what a true Toa should be.  Lhikan is, in a way, a very pure heroic figure: he has not been shown to kill any enemy and is unafraid to confront the ugly truth.  He doesn’t overreact with anger or hurt at the betrayals of Tuyet and Nidhiki (if anything, he seems more weary and resigned).  He is so dedicated to the Toa code that he merely turns his back on his former teammates and leaves them to fate to suffer their consequences.  Vakama’s ultimate goal as a Toa is to live up to what Lhikan was: honorable.  We know his experiences don’t change this because he still tells stories about Lhikan after becoming a Turaga.

The journey of becoming a Hordika and coming back is more than a lesson in reconciling the raw animal with the civilized being.  For Vakama especially, I see it as the reconciling of two parts of the self: the “ego” and the “super-ego”shamelessly stealing these from Mr. Freud — that is, logic and practicality vs. morality and “rightness.”  The ego component would dictate that killing an adversary is the most practical decision from a tactical and logical perspective — and if the adversary is morally depraved, killing them may even be a good thing that can be justified by law.  But the super-ego has the chance to trump that with a higher level of thinking beyond the practicality of a solution and even the dictations of law: it factors absolute morality into account.  You can think of it as a soldier disobeying their commander’s orders if the order was to kill innocent civilians.

If you believe in the “natural order” kind of thing, it can be argued that killing is not “bad” by nature.  What makes killing an act of evil is when a higher level of thinking, the super-ego, defines killing as wrong, which gives us morality.  We can go on to argue that morality is what sets humans and some other sentient species apart from others.  The Toa code is a more extreme representation of this: a set of morals that can set a powerful being apart from others.  Following it is what makes Toa “good.”

There’s not much in-depth evidence in canon, but we can safely assume that both Vakama and Lhikan have achieved this level of higher morality; maybe even progressed beyond it.  Vakama’s decision to destory the Mask of Time and thus existence itself is not so much an act of desperation or defiance as it is a display of what he is compared to Makuta.  Makuta is, of course, selfish, and that is what makes him evil.  Had their positions been switched, Makuta would have just tried to find a way to kill Vakama and not have to deal with him anymore.  Power differences aside, Vakama established in that earlier dialogue that yes, he is capable of killing and might even want to kill and not have an issue with it — but he won’t.  In his eyes, the act killing in itself is wrong, even if the Toa code would make an exception or justify it in Makuta’s case.  To refuse to kill even the most disgusting villain is, for Vakama, what it means to be a Toa: to make the conscious decision to preserve a higher level of morality in one’s self.

This is what sets Vakama apart from the likes of Makuta and even other Toa, as this kind of thinking is probably beyond what even the Toa code dictates.  From his experiences as a Hordika, Vakama realizes that evil stems from one’s ego: the moment he forgets true morality and begins to do things for convenience or just to achieve is goal, no matter how “good” that goal is, is the moment he also becomes evil.  Think of the saying “every villain is a hero in his own mind.”  A percieved “evil” will always be justified in their own eyes because they fail to see a greater level of morality and only do what they personally believe to be “right.”  Vakama has realized what few other Toa have learned, which is that morality goes beyond being a Toa.  It’s more than simply following a set of “rules” that define a certain level of morality.  To be a true hero, he must strive to be the purest good he can be.  In this context, this understanding manifests itself in Vakama’s willingness to accept failure and destroy everything he has worked for up to that point instead of willingly kill.  He will do everything he can to be a Toa — to be goodness, to be a true hero — or die trying.

That takes guts.  And after all he’s been through, Vakama clearly has them.

So no, I don’t think Vakama would kill.  Even if it’s the easiest solution, even if hewants to, he won’t.  Because he has seen the root of evil in himself and he knows it exists in everyone both “good” and “bad,” and he will do everything he can to not be the very evil he must fight against as a Toa.  Vakama did more than reconcile the good and evil within him — he decided to fight against that evil.  That is what makes him a true hero.

tl;dr — Vakama’s been through some fucked up shit but that’s what makes him a good guy.

(Thanks for moving the “read more.” :D )

posted on 10/19/2014, with 26 notes (source: starlordofthencc0221b) — reblog
tags » #bionicle #vakama #meta 
demitsorou:

Vakama’s outfit sketch for technorealm.
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demitsorou:

Vakama’s outfit sketch for technorealm.

posted on 10/19/2014, with 59 notes (source: demitsorou) — reblog
tags » #art #vakama #demitsorou #OMG YES #my fav character 

hordika-synthlupe:

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I’M CRYING FROM THE AMOUNT OF SASS IN THIS PICTURE

Toa of Ice?

More like Toa of Sass.

posted on 10/18/2014, with 55 notes (source: hordika-synthlupe) — reblog
tags » #nuju #fact: every toa of ice is actually a toa of sass 

The Bionicle fandom be like:

atoafriend:

[crashes into your house with a Tahtorak] DO YOU HAVE A MOMENT TO HEAR ABOUT OUR LORD AND SAVIOR MATA NUI?!

mocfactory:

Turns out I’m making this a habit!

Lewa is the daredevil Toa of Air, tossing caution to the wind at any chance he gets. His attitude allows him to perform breathtaking stunts and acrobatics that the other Toa Mata can only hope to match. Of course, Lewa’s competitive streak will push him to goad the others into contests, even if they know he’ll blow them away anyways. There’s something about his frantic actions and longwinded gabbering that keep him on everyone’s good side, even if they don’t show it. Lewa is agile and quick, well adapted to life among the trees in Le-Wahi, moving like a breeze in and through the canopy. He can control the very air itself, using it to further enhance his agility and grace. With his Toa Tool, a lightweight yet sturdy axe, he can direct the wind in more outwardly practical manners.

(This moc here represents Lewa as he appears in the Bionicle: Rebuild universe.)

(And be sure to post your thoughts in the BZP or Eurobricks topics!)

posted on 10/17/2014, with 176 notes (source: mocfactory) — reblog
tags » #lego #lewa #onua 

outofgloom:

kanohi-hau-doesfuryevenseethese:

outofgloom:

kanohi-hau-doesfuryevenseethese replied to your post “I’d like to ask for the translation of the phrase “They are all gone”, though I wonder, is there even just one translation? It expresses at least three different meanings (they left, they vanished, and / or they died) that Matoran may need different words for.”

Then aren’t you using -pa as a copular verb here?

Yep!

ai        ikhua-pa

they   absent-are

Don’t do this to me Tolkien. Just when I think I’ve got it figured out!

Ou ako rakha-ga.

O.O harsh

Let me try to confuse you a bit more. Think of it like this:

- A copula verb is basically an equals-sign. X = Y, with X and Y being nouns or adjectives.

- In English, we have a copula verb represented by BE, with all its irregular forms: am, is, are, was, were, etc. Just like the equals-sign, in English, we put BE between the items that are being equated (between X and Y), as follows:

X = Y

X BE Y

X is Y

[Noun ] is [noun] —> Example: [Takua] is [a Matoran]

[Noun] is [adjective]  —>  Example: [Takua] is [great]

- Now, in Matoran, think of the copula verb as being invisible, except for the tense-suffixes that are attached to it (spooky, right?).

- Stay with me on this! Like all other verbs in Matoran, this (invisible) copula verb goes at the end of the sentence. So instead of putting the equals-sign between the items that are being equated, in Matoran, we put the equals-sign after the two items, as follows:

X Y =

X Y BE 

X Y (BE)-pa  (Copula is invisible, but present tense suffix -pa is visible!)

[Noun] [noun]-pa   —>  Example: [Takua] [Matoran]-pa

[Noun] [adjective]-pa  —>  Example: [Takua] [nui]-pa

Translating both of these example-sentences into English word-for-word would give us “Takua a Matoran is" in the first case and "Takua great is" in the second.

See how that works? No? Then as a last ditch effort I’ll refer you to the Matoran Grammar, end of Section 2, and hope for the best. :p

posted on 10/17/2014, with 7 notes (source: outofgloom) — reblog
tags » #matoran 
theboredgamer101 sent: Would you have any insight as to why most of the water toa were female and the supposed "leaders" were fire toa?

bionicle-nostalgia:

I hope you know what you’re asking, because this is about to get long! xD

The short answer, no I don’t know why, but it certainly has to do with stereotypical ideas about gender. I assume LEGO thought that by making all the water beings female, it was supped to add some “gender balance” to the story and give any female fans characters that they could relate to, even though people don’t necessarily relate to others based on gender. It also seems like they may have chosen water to represent femininity because water is soothing, and healing, etc.

The way gender is represented is a very problematic part of the original BIONICLE canon, because out of nearly 20 elements, only 3.5 of those elements are considered inherently female. Water, lightning, psionics, and about half of light Matoran. that’s less than 18% of the population of the MU, (besides any Vortixx). And even the first Toa of Psionics was actually male. I’m not going to go into the whole Orde controversy right now, but it’s clear that the original BIONICLE universe had some problems with sexism. That’s likely because our culture at large has very strong gender biases, and it usually takes a conscious effort to avoid that influence when writing stories. But even though the BIONICLE canon is sexist in this regard, I can’t see why any Matoran element can’t be any gender.

As for making most of the leaders fire Toa, I remember Greg Farshty mentioning once that it’s because the red sets sold the best, so Greg just wrote them as the leaders because they were portrayed as the leaders in the promotional material. Many of the story decisions were made exclusively to sell the sets, and I think that’s one reason why the original BIONICLE canon comes up short in many places. Hopefully this new reboot fixes these issues in some way.

posted on 10/16/2014, with 40 notes (source: bionicle-nostalgia) — reblog

thatbionicleblog:

The new masks

posted on 10/15/2014, with 294 notes (source: thatbionicleblog) — reblog
tags » #bionicle 2015 
Anonymous sent: What's your opinion of the rebooted characters/personalities? I like the new builds, but I feel they changed the character's identities too much to call them the same (Lewa sounds more like Matau, clumsy Kopaka, etc.) Also not crazy on new villain

bionicle-nostalgia:

Personally, I’m very excited about this reboot, and I’m so glad to see that the BIONICLE tag is full of so much positive hype! And I think the new builds are awesome! But I understand your reservations regarding the characters personalities.

These are characters many of us grew up with, and to see them portrayed any differently makes us uncomfortable for some reason. But based on the descriptions we were given, I think they still seem pretty close to their original personalities, at least fundamentally. I can see that they exaggerated and changed some aspects of each character regarding their strengths and weaknesses. They’re small details, but I think it adds some diversity into the mix. The contrast between each character’s personality seems to be more defined now, and I think it will ultimately make for more dynamic relationships between the characters.

As for the villain, I’m cool with the new Makuta, but I think it’s interesting that this time around both Makuta and Akhimu* (I assume he’s replacing Mata Nui) have been put into an endless sleep. So I guess there’s no real villain yet until Makuta wakes up.

*No real word on how this is actually spelled yet.

posted on 10/15/2014, with 17 notes (source: bionicle-nostalgia) — reblog
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boltgsr:

LEGO has put up the animated story trailer in HD for all to see!

(Via BZP and LEGO)

posted on 10/15/2014, with 445 notes (source: boltgsr) — reblog
tags » #bionicle 2015