Mata Nui Saga
Mata Nui Saga
Setting Bara Magna
Date 1,001 AGC
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Chapter 1

Art Mata Nui and Ignika

Mata Nui and the Ignika

I am Mata Nui. My original form was built on the world of Spherus Magna more than one hundred thousand years ago. I was built to bring order back to my world and its people, but I lost my way. With the help of new and old friends, I have one final chance to fulfill my duty and my destiny.

Chapter 2

Art Mata Nui Arrival on Bara Magna

Mata Nui's arrival on Bara Magna

I found myself on the largest chunk of Spherus Magna, which the survivors called Bara Magna. Using the Mask of Life, I created a new, smaller body for myself, and learned more about duty and friendship than I had in all the thousands of years of being a robot. Along the way, I discovered clues of how I might free my people, who remained enslaved by Makuta inside my old body.

Chapter 3

Core War art

The Core War

Long ago, the world of Spherus Magna was prosperous and serene. But the discovery of a powerful energy source at the core of the planet turned its people against one another. Warriors fought for different sides, until the stresses of battle nearly tore the planet apart.

Chapter 4

Art Prototype Robot

The Prototype Robot

Wise but fallible Great Beings constructed a giant robot. But the power source was unstable, and an explosion scattered parts of the metal giant across the face of the planet.

Chapter 5

Art Mata Nui Overlooking Robot Hand

Mata Nui Overlooking the Protype Robot's hand!

Spherus Magna's past could be my future. Only two things stand in the way of freeing my people: finding a way of fixing and powering the old robot, and getting permission to use it. I have a feeling neither will be an easy task.

Chapter 6

Mata Nui and Tarduk Find Power Source

Mata Nui finds the power source.

Following an Agori villager into the far north, I find him as well as the object of my search; a massively energetic object that could power up the Bara Magna robot. It's ancient and unstable, but it's also my only chance to redeem my people's suffering.

Chapter 7

Art Mata Nui asks Raanu

Mata Nui asks Raanu is he can use the Robot

Now for the hard part: Convincing the Agori and Glatorian to allow me to use their new mega-village, made from the failed robot that exploded eons ago. After all they have suffered, the last thing I want to do is take away their new found security. But I must ask, the fate of my people rests on their answer, and I also suspect their own well-being depends on this broken down robot shell.

Chapter 8

Art Mata Nui Robot Construction

The construction of the Mata Nui robot

Learning from their mistakes, the Great Beings desperately constructed a new, larger robot. This machine was infused with an intelligence and mission to learn about the universe, and thus I awoke as the intellect of a giant robot. Smaller beings were placed inside me to maintain the inner workings. My earliest memories are of being activated on Spherus Magna.

Chapter 9

Toa Mata in canisters

The Toa Mata in their Canisters

Safety measures in the form of six Toa warriors were put into place, just in case of unforeseen disaster. Little did anyone realize how vital these six beings would be in saving countless lives.

Chapter 10


Mata Nui escaping Spherus Magna

My construction was completed just in time. As I left my home planet, energized protodermis leaked from the world's core and triggered a massive explosion that flung two huge chunks into orbit. These became the jungle moon of Bota Magna and the ocean world of Aqua Magna. The desert world that remained was renamed Bara Magna by the survivors.

Chapter 11


The Prototype Robot powering up

The village elder has granted me use of the robot. My new-found power supply lets me take control, but I must constantly monitor and adjust the ancient systems. I have no Matoran to regulate this body. The Mask of Life helped me master it, but it is still desperately hard to control. Nevertheless, it feels good to once again control a powerful robotic body.

Chapter 12

Toa Mahri Mata Nui Saga Battle Rahkshi

The Toa Mahri battling the Rahkshi.

Dimly, I can sense my old body standing on the water moon. Although I no longer control it, I know that battles rage throughout the robot that Makuta Teridax now controls. The Toa and Matoran I had ignored for so long fight in vain to free themselves from an evil I allowed to flourish. I must help them. But how?

Chapter 13

Makuta leaves Aqua Magna

Makuta Teridax leaves Aqua Magna

Makuta feels my attention, and I know he is bringing the fight to me. I must prepare quickly. First, I must send the tiny forms at my feet to safety. Then I must do the job I was built for: reuniting three worlds back into one. I can only hope this robot form and its power supply are up to the task.

Chapter 14

Mata Nui analyzing Stars

Mata Nui analysis the Stars

I spent most of my existence exploring other worlds, watching cultures evolve, measuring and analyzing the dance of stars and planets. After a time, I took the beings inside my metal body for granted, ignoring them and their constant squabbling to focus on the outside universe. This neglect would cost me - and my small workers - endless misery and pain.

Chapter 15

Art Workers In Mata Nui

Matoran and Toa working inside Mata Nui

95,000 Years Ago... Inside my body, workers maintained machinery and repaired the damage and fatigue caused over tens of thousands of years. Most, like the Toa and Matoran, were content with their roles. But the Makuta dreamed of glory and power. My inattention gave them numerous opportunities to scheme and plot.

Chapter 16

Art Mata Nui Melding Planets

Mata Nui reuniting Bara Magna with Bota Magna and Aqua Magna

Power surges through my body, out through my metal fingertips, and I begin the process of reuniting both moons with Bara Magna. It is a tricky process, one that requires close attention. Even as I nudge the two moons onto their new paths, I feel Makuta racing closer. Time grows short.

Chapter 17

Art Mata Nui and Makuta Facedown

Makuta confronts Mata Nui

Desperately, I try to convince Makuta that we must work together, that we can save everyone and everything if we join forces. But as I feared, his insane lust for power overrides all logic. We both know we'll come to blows, and I'm not certain if my new body can take the punishment. My old body is powerful, this new one unstable. But I must try.

Chapter 18

Art Escaping Giant Robot

Tahu and Takanuva leaving the Matoran Universe amidst a horde of Rahkshi

Before blows are struck, I sense familiar beings escaping from Makuta. Sparing a small bit of my attention, I watch brave Tahu and a strange Toa of Light fight their way free. They are followed by new yellow Rahkshi. Makuta has been busy.

Chapter 19

Art Mata Nui Versus Makuta Teridax

Mata Nui and Teridax in battle

Makuta attacks me! Dragging up strength from both the Mask of Life and my unstable power supply, I am able to hold off this evil, but I cannot defeat it without damaging my people inside. This battle distracts me from reuniting Spherus Magna but unless I can defeat Makuta, it will all be for nothing. I only wonder how long my strength will last...

Chapter 20

Art Army of Rahkshi and Skakdi

The Glatorian confront an army of Skakdi and Rahkshi

As if there wasn't enough to worry about, now Makuta is attacking my Glatorian and Agori friends. I can't concentrate on that right now, no matter how desperate they are. But perhaps I can steer Makuta away from my friends scurrying at our feet.

Chapter 21

Art Mata Nui Falling

Mata Nui plunges into Aqua Magna

1,000 Years Ago... Finally, my journey drew to its close. As I traveled back to the planet of my construction to fulfill my final destiny, one ambitious Makuta attacked. Teridax crashed my systems and sent my robotic body plummeting into the ocean moon of Aqua Magna. There, I slept for a thousand years.

Chapter 22

Art Airships Approaching Mata Nui

Airships coming to the island of Mata Nui

1,000 Years Ago... Automatic systems camouflaged my face, one of the only parts of my body above the waterline. A fake volcano was created, along with lush jungles, icy mountains, deep lakes, deserts and caverns. Toa brought Matoran workers to this island paradise and then transformed into Turaga leaders to guide the Matoran. Memories of being inside a robotic universe were erased from all but the Turaga.

Chapter 23

Art Matoro's Final Moments

Matoro sacrifices his life

1 Year Ago... Makuta Teridax had yet more plans. Not content with putting me to sleep, he schemed to eliminate his fellow Makuta and take over my massive robotic body. The sacrifice of brave Toa Matoro brought my body to life, but Teridax stole my robot form before my consciousness awoke. I was flung out of my own body, imprisoned in the Mask of Life.

Chapter 24

Art Golden Armor Formation

Tahu receiving the Golden Armor

I feel a strange tickle from within - it's the Mask of Life. I knew it had a mind of its own, and now it's doing something on the ground. I spare a moment of attention to see what is happening, and I see Tahu transformed. Six pieces of golden armor materialize around him, and I recall this particular contingency plan. It's a brilliant strategy, and I hope Tahu will be able to make it work.

Chapter 25

Art Rahkshi Skrall Nektann Golden Armor

A Rahkshi, a Skrall, and Nektann stealing pieces of the Golden Armor

My moment of distraction allowed Makuta to scatter the armor, and I see enemies picking them up. It's all I can do to fend off Makuta's attack, there's nothing I can do to help Tahu. Reluctantly, I focus back on Makuta and I am forced to ignore the battle raging at my feet.

Chapter 26

Art Teridax Beating Mata Nui

Mata Nui losing to Teridax

Makuta Teridax feels no hesitation in using all the power at his disposal. I, on the other hand, am limited in my concern for those on the ground below me. I dare not unleash my full power and risk their harm. My restraint is costing me, however, and Teridax senses it. I cannot hold off defeat much longer.

Chapter 27

Art Tahu Donning Golden Armor

Tahu donning the Golden Armor

Despite my own near defeat, I spare enough time to see what Tahu has accomplished. Fortunately, he and his comrades have recovered the golden armor and he is even now putting it on. Every bit of thought and hope I can give are focused on Tahu. He MUST succeed!

Chapter 28

Art Teridax Stomping Bara Magna

Teridax about to crush the Glatorian, Skakdi and Rahkshi

No! My distraction is nearly fatal to everyone. Makuta raises his foot and prepares to grind his foes and even his own Rahkshi into the ground! There's just one chance to save everyone...

Chapter 29

Art Tahu Using the Golden Armor

Tahu using the Golden Armor to defeat the Rahkshi

Even bent over and near defeat, I can feel a ripple of power as Tahu uses his golden armor to blast the Rahkshi into oblivion. The kraata slugs driving Rahkshi armor are turned into dust, and the empty warrior shells fall to the ground.

Chapter 30

Teridax's Death

Teridax's death

Makuta senses the fate of his Rahkshi, and pauses in mid-stomp. That provides me just enough time for a final move. Summoning every bit of power I have left, I force my battered body up in a massive surge, and hit Makuta in the chest. The timing is perfect: from behind him, unseen, the jungle moon brushes against Makuta's head with a crunch. Holding on, I swing his collapsing form away from my people. I watch, tired but content, as his lights fade. Makuta is gone.

Chapter 31

Spherus Magna Reformation

Bara Magna, Aqua Magna and Bota Magna reform Spherus Magna

Exhausted, my sensors follow the path of both moons as they spiral in to a crash exactly on course. Bara Magna shakes with the twin impacts, and dust and water and vegetation cover the sky. Spherus Magna is whole once more. But I have one final task to complete.

Chapter 32

Art Skakdi and Skrall Surrender

Skakdi and Skrall surrender to the Glatorian and Agori

With the Rahkshi and the threat of Makuta both gone, I watch the remaining Piraka and Skrall surrender. Matoran climbing out of my old robot body join the Agori, Toa, and Glatorian in looking at their new home. They have much to learn from one another, and already I can see groups coming together to help one another.

Chapter 33

Art Mata Nui Restoring Spherus Magna

Mata Nui restoring Spherus Magna

With a final burst of power, I complete my destiny. The Mask of Life draws from the last of the power supply, causing vegetation to flourish, water seep to the surface, mountains rise, sand turn to fertile soil. The splendor that was Spherus Magna blossoms once again, and I feel myself fading...

Chapter 34

Art Tahu with Ignika

Tahu leading the populace of Spherus Magna

We will honor Mata Nui, and all those who fought for him, in our memories. But the time has come to move on. His destiny is fulfilled, and for many of us, it has yet to be written. My friends, it is time to go.


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