Bionicle G3: The Mythology
The land was fresh. New. And thus, unhampered. The island that was to be Okoto was separated from the sea by the combined power of stone and water. And the land cracked and bled a fiery swath that brought new life to the many corners of the island. Okoto grew and matured, all the while under the tender care of many godly beings, the Great Beings, who each bore powers for creation and destruction alike. First was Artakha, the Great Crafter. He bore a mask that resembled a crown, and the conflicting powers of Light and Shadow, swirling around his soul like a turbulent typhoon. Then there was Hau, the Burning Champion. He bore a mask that covered his face like a Spartan's helmet, and the explosive power of Fire. Next was Kaukau, the Wisest Wave. She bore a mask that gave her the guise of a Takea Shark, and the graceful-but-turbulent power of Water. Miru, the Jungle Gale, bore a mask that gave his face the close resemblance of a Gukko Bird, and wielded the power of Jungle. Kakama, the Desert Thunder, bore a deceptively bulky mask that gave him the guise of a Bronze Pharaoh, and controlled the lifeless-but-malleable power of Stone. Then there was Pakari, the Mountain Planter. His mask was the face of a great Giant, and bore the ever-resilient power of Earth. Last was Akaku, the Cold Justice. His mask bore an oversized eye that could see through any lie and imperfection, and wielded the power of Ice.
One day, Miru was gazing over the land of Okoto and saw that a new creature had emerged from the many forests on the island. It was bipedal, and it bore a mask of its own. He saw that there were many of these beings, and he was enthralled by the discovery. He called his brethren over to discuss over the new finding. "What should we call them?" he asked Artakha.
"Matoran." replied the Great Crafter. "After the things we were once, before we were brought to see to this land, and thus these beings shall do one day."
"But we must protect them until they do." remarked Hau. "Right now, they bear no power of their own except for their simple strength. And I fear that this is far from enough to face the other creatures of the world."
On that, they agreed. But they had no idea how right they were...
One day, the Shadow and Light in Artakha's soul fluctuated and gave birth to three new beings; Avohkii, of the Light, and two shades as the Darkness. The three of them made their home on the land of Okoto, and they bore two sons. But Avohkii, prideful at heart, saw corruption within the sons, and the light within him overtook his sense of judgement. One day, he lashed out at his two sons, breaking them to pieces. He hid the pieces of the boys from sight, but it wasn't long before the two shades found their dead sons. In anger, they burned Avohkii and his home to the ground, but the being of light manifested himself as the Sun, blinding and terrifying the shades. They fled then, each one taking root in reality as the Shades of the Sky and Earth. But not before they used their magic to create a third son, one that would redefine the future of Okoto...
This was Teridax. His spite toward the world of light was unparalleled, and he hid himself among the Matoran, controlling the helpless soul he was within to create him a mask with eight points, each representing the Eight Elements. The Mask of Ultimate Power was branded with his name, and he hid himself away in preparation for the Great Beings's intervention. Which they took to by manifesting themselves as physical beings; six of the Great Beings left the sky and became mortal beings that would later be called "Toa" by the inhabitants. But a side effect of this was that they left behind their memories and most of their godly powers, leaving them with only the elements. Hau became Tahu, Kaukau became Gali, Miru was Lewa, Kakama was now Pohatu, Pakari became Onua, and Akaku became Kopaka. Each of them began to wander the landscape, occasionally hearing from Artakha about the task at hand. Unfortunately, when all six Toa finally regrouped at a central point, they found it hard to trust each other, Kopaka and Tahu in particular...
"Brothers! I am Tahu, the Burning Champion!" exclaimed Tahu. "At long last, we have regrouped under one roof, and now we must begin the true quest; finding and stopping Teridax once and for all!"
"I will not be taught comradery by a being as full of himself as you." snapped Kopaka. "I am Kopaka, the Cold Justice. And I am led by no being, be they god or mortal."
Tensions such as this continued throughout their quest, up until Tahu and Kopaka actively fought near the end of their quest. Kopaka, though strong, could not match the overwhelming power of his opponent, and he left the team of Toa to much protest from Gali. It was then that Teridax revealed himself to the Toa, and challenged their might. He taunted the former Great Beings about splintering themselves individually as well as pieces of their group. The Toa tried to fight back the darkness, but they eventually succumbed. When Kopaka heard of this, he was distraught at leaving them to die. Then a familiar voice spoke to him. "Place my mask on your face, Akaku. There you shall find the truth about yourself and others." He did, and all of Akaku's memories returned in full detail, and Artakha took over his body to face Teridax with the fury of all eight elements. At last, the great mask of the Dark Being was shattered, and Teridax retreated. Then, Artakha manifested himself as a separate form, giving Kopaka his body back. But the sweetness of victory turned to ash as he saw his brethren fade away....
A month passed, and the place where the Toa first met became known as Mangaia, the City of the Mask Makers. It was a grand city, home to the great forge, where Kopaka and Artakha toiled about together in making the many masks and tools for the Matoran. And as they did, the whole island began to change as the pieces of what was the Mask of Ultimate Power began to flood each separate region with the elements. But Kopaka had too much on his mind; he had lost his brothers and sister to the fiend, and he felt responsible for it all. Artakha took notice of the Master of Ice's troubles, despite Kopaka's generally stoic face. One day, a week before they were to return to the sky, he decided to speak to his old friend.
"O, Cold Justice. Why are you so distraught?" Artakha asked him.
"Seeking my own power, I left my brethren to die. But without them, I am lost... I wish only that there is some way to restore them, so that I may find myself once more."
The Great Being sighed. "I'm afraid that such a feat is beyond my power, Kopaka. For they have already ascended to a realm beyond, and they await our return. As Tahu said before the descent, we must protect the Matoran before they gain their own power-"
"Then I say we give it to them." replied Kopaka. "And ensure that they do not make the same mistake as I." Using his ice, he created a symbol of their world, encircled by two moons conjured by the Shades, and a cloudy nebula surrounding them all. He pointed to each sphere with his weapon and spoke their purpose aloud...
"Unity. We are bound together by our kinship and a share of power handled responsibly."
"Duty. We have a task to protect those who cannot protect themselves, and thus ensure world peace."
"Destiny. We each have a purpose in this life, and we must find it for ourselves, but not without the aid of others."
"Unity. Duty. Destiny."
"We are Bionicle."
And so it was. The two beings created six stones with this emblem, and scattered them to each elemental region until the next worthy Toa were to pick them up. As for the Mask of Creation that Artakha wore, he left it there in the Great Forge next to a separate mask made in the image of the two lost sons; the Mask of Control. And it was only a matter of time before two brothers, Ekimu and Makuta, would find those masks and change the world once more...