Hoooooooooooooooooh boy. This chapter was... quite eventful. Easily the biggest, yet.
On a side note... when working on Ahkmou in those last coupla panels, I couldn't help listening to music like this over and over again. www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnaC0R…
For those who may be thinking "Why didn't the swimming Rahi attack them sooner?" Well, the thing took a while to catch up. It isn't as fast as Imber's boat, and it had to catch them all the way from Onu-Wahi. Plus, it's only semi-aquatic and can't survive underwater for too long or go that far down. Calor, "seeing things," was likely catching glimpses of the creature as it was coming up for air. If it attacked them in the storm, the stone may have been lost for good, so it waited until they found a better playing field, and... it still screwed up. Oh well.
And yeah, we finally get a look at these guys! The semi-aquatic Rahi has Vamprah wings for fins and its head mainly consists of barraki eyes on elephant trunk pieces, all attached to one of those 8-way hinge pieces, and the teeth are two rows of those big curved fang pieces you see on those chima ultrabuilds on Exo-Force robot minifig arms. Try building it, if you feel like it. As for the winged Rahi, is has Inika chest pieces for shoulder pads, a long row of Carapar plates on its stomach, and Ehlek's claws for a bottom jaw. That should give you some idea of how big it may be as an actual set.
And yes, Ahkmou said a bad word. Just imagine that, just imagine him saying "$#%^" or some such thing, immediately followed by the "oooooooooOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH" from the MNOG as things start moving around. The absurdity of it gets to me. XD
Anyway... yes... These Matoran do end up becoming Toa, as I'm sure many of you must have seen coming by now. And yes, Ahkmou himself has finally become a Toa, and, being the most ancient of the bunch, he is fittingly an Inika build clone and does not have all the crazy new pieces that most of the others evidently do. More importantly, he's a Toa of stone who IS ACTUALLY BROWN. YES. Just imagine getting all those pieces in reddish brown.
I don't think anybody saw Tenius being left out, though. Believe it or not, there is a reason for it, but... we'll get to that in the next chapter. I am pretty bummed out about it, though, because... well, I really like Tenius, and I'm sure you guys wanted to see him become a Toa, too. And I may as well say it now.... yes, he will become a Toa someday. However, it will not be in this story arc, sorry to say.
You see... I know Uira kinda came out of nowhere, but I ALWAYS intended for her to be a part of this Toa team. There are a lot of reasons for this, actually. This was partly because I wanted to have as many females in the group as there are males, but also because I wanted to mix up the elements a bit, with the usual Toa of air, ice and earth being replaced by Toa of plant life, psionics and lightning. I wanted there to be a character that was still colored like a Toa of ice, and... well, water and ice are pretty much the same thing. So are earth and stone. When Tenius becomes a member of his own Toa team in a future story arc, it will not include a Toa of stone, so Tenius will be more distinct. Why not simply have him be a part of this team, though? Well, I've been building up Ahkmou to a point where he's basically the main character now, and it would be a shame not to have him become a Toa after all the character development he's gone through.
The sad truth is, I NEVER intended for Tenius to be a part of this Toa team. He will have a role that makes him close to them, but I introduced him as one of the side characters, as one of these guys, remember? nickinamerica.deviantart.com/a… I will introduce new waves of Matoran "sets" in the future, and some of them may become Toa someday, as well. It's just that I liked Tenius so much that he ended up being swept up and taken along for the ride, and now, he's such a big part of it that... sigh. Yeah, I may have screwed this up.
Uira didn't completely come out of nowhere, though. Since her first appearance in chapter 2, where she made quite the first impression of Calor, I've been foreshadowing her next appearance in little ways throughout the story, mainly by having the characters listen to her on the radio an' whatnot. It's just that by the time they went to Vo-Koro to meet her, their adventure was nearly done, and... yeah, I'm done making excuses. I'm sorry, guys. It makes me happy that you love this story, but... it's far from perfect. Believe it or not, there is a rhyme and reason behind most of this stuff that you will come to understand in time. But for now, I understand if it comes off as jerking the reader around.
As for Ahkmou... yeah, there will be an explanation for how he was able to become a Toa in spite of everything he's said, but that'll come at a later date. Right now, his job is just to look awesome.
On another note, I hope you like the new Toa designs. I'll be showing them off in a separate thing after I finish the next chapter. Yeah, I've been trying to throw you guys off with the bios for the Toa Miro (and there's still one more to go, come to think of it), even as this became the Matorans' story more than theirs. Something has gone seriously wrong behind the scenes, and now it's up to these new Toa to make things right.
So, when all is said and done... I hope you guys have enjoyed this chapter, in spite of some things in it that may be confusing.
Yeah, I know I kinda cheated with a couple of these illustrations. I just really liked them and felt like doing a touch up job on 'em. Anyway...
Man... Ahkmou's got some s'plainin' to do. In the next chapter or so, we'll learn about Piras' meeting with Sein and what Trux told Ahkmou. For now, though, we end with a twist.
Trux is not only tall, but lanky as heck... geez, in the fifth illustration, he looks like he just went though Wonka's taffy puller.
A scale grater.... think of it like a cheese grater, only for fish. I know there' something like that in real life, but I don't know what it's called and this is just what the Matoran call it.
Something I want to talk about for a moment, which we will delve into later in the story, is the different between Sein and Trux. Sein kinda mopes around, dreaming about finding some way to magically make everyone's lives better overnight. He believes it's his destiny, you know? Toa think big. But in his futile struggle to find some big, quick, easy way to fix things, he hasn't really make much progress. And who knows where he is now, you know? Thanks to Trux, though, in his first five years as chief, he has made life better for the Su-Matoran in ways that, while small, do add up over time and are appreciated. Maybe under his leadership, Su-Koro could end up becoming a completely different place, someday?
It's just something to think about...
On another note, yay! The three groups are all together now, and we'll have one plot thread to focus on.
It feels like things are progressing better now that we don't have as many groups to follow. And as I'm sure you can guess by now, it's only a matter of time before Ahkmou and Silva meet up with the others in Su-Koro. What will they learn there, and where will their journey take them, next?
If I've made any spelling errors, feel free to point them out. I do proof-read these, but because they're so long, I sometimes need to do it more than once to be sure.
Sorry there weren't that many illustrations in this one, but, well, not a lot of things happened this time around. Just some really important things. Anyway... I'll try to have the next chapter online by Monday, if possible. Yeah, I'm really gonna be cranking these out, now.
me as the model, ~Troy-Hanson-Photo as the photographer... this one was probably a mistake....but it turned out alright.... I was in that position simply because I was supposed to be on my knees and I have a bad knee....so I had pulled up off of them so that I didnt manage to hurt myself....and I guess at one point I smiled ^_^
just send a note and leave a comment when you are done, thank you ^_^
Because I am a glutton for punishment-I still have 309 people to thank for faves and watches. dA is gonna think I'm spamming again
Anyways, this was a prompt from tumblr! I asked people to give me a fandom and I'd draw myself as if I were a part of it. Except I did it as Jane and Cindy I was asked to draw Jane and Ariel in a scene at Atlantis! (I totally thought it said Atlantica at first, I drew a whole sloppy coral reef background ) So Ariel found some old Atlantian stuff and wanted to show Jane ^^
Yeah, this was only gonna be a quick sketch, but it turned into a crappily colored sketch instead since I seem to have no self control ~Whisp
From my sketch dump, but I really liked how it came out and someone asked me to post her separately, so huzzah! I had a blast with her hair, can you tell? ~Whisp Tumblr'd here: whisperingcolors.tumblr.com/po…
My revision of Disney Mothers. There are Cindereñña´s, Snowithe´s, Blle´s, Jasmine´s, Ariel´s, Tiana´s, Mulan´s and Aurora´s mother. I hope you like them. If you´d like to see the first version: [link]