Chat with Greg Farshtey

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Hey thanks for answering all of our crazy/ complicated/ silly questions... I'm sure you're going to get like a 100 more before the boards shut down.

One last question from me though, if there anything you wish you could do differently in BIONICLE?

Given the context of earth and rock elemental lords, what is distinction in elemental powers between the two? Is it like earth to stone in the MU(which is rather vaguely defined, might I add)? Perhaps earth deals with gravity?

 

Furthermore, did the iron tribe fall under the umbrella of earth? I bring that up because there is never any mention of an Elemental Lord of Iron that I could find, which is odd considering the Great Beings recognized iron as a proper element in the MU. 

I think the Iron Tribe DID, IN FACT, fall under the umbrella of the Earth Tribe. BS01 mentions something like that.
ScribeGT6817 wrote:
Macedonia wrote:

1. Is it within reason that the members of the earth tribe have tamed some of the bio-mechanical dinosaurs of Bota Magna? 'Cause it would be cool if they didJoking

2. And just because Eljay doesn't want it, would you canonize the Good Guy/Bad Guy polybags as Karzahni Matoran so that he must review them in an official video?Joking

I kid I kid Joking

1) The bio-mechanical dinosaurs are not technically canon. They were an idea I was kicking around, but it never got approved by the story team and they have never shown up anyplace.

2) I can't do that, I'm not familiar with the models at all.

1. I'm pretty sure they appeared in some books/artwork. I was hoping that the Earth Tribe would be riding bio-mechanical tyrannosauruses.

2. Ah well, I triedJoking

In these final weeks before the LEGO Message Boards close, I have a few more questions for you

 

1. Could you possibly confirm the kanohi worn by Zaria and Orde?

 

2. Where was the Earth Tribe banished to, or were they simply rejects like the Vorox? Did they die out, or are there still Earth Tribe members on Bota Magna?

 

3. It is evidently possible for the Red Star to take minds from their bodies when beings die, but is it possible for it to transfer minds into bodies below?

 

4. You've stated before that Takanuva's destiny was going to be ending a 'civil war' between the Great Beings. What would this conflict have been over? Control of the Planet? Blame for the shattering? Would Energized protodermis have had any part to play in this conflict?

If memory serves me, the Iron Tribe was so decimated by the Dreaming Plague that it never received an elemental lord (due to a scarcity of living tribe members). I just checked the Bionicle Wiki now actually, and I am indeed correct. It would probably seem pointless to make a ruler over nothing...
ninjagofanmam wrote:

1. You are probably my favorite author , keep up the good work!!

2. Have you ever considered putting Skylor in some of the Ninjago stories you write? ( Or is that not your say? ) 

3. Have you ever considered putting Seliel ( the Phantom Ninja ) in more comics or other Ninjago stories? ( Or is that not your say? ) 

*Refresh*Wink

ScribeGT6817 wrote:

 

I did not work on the movie, what I know about those events is just what is in the script. So can't help much here.


Considering this is such a small detail in the story, I thought I would suggest an idea I had.

 

 

Keetongu lived with the other members of his species on the island in the east chain of the Southern Islands.  His species was known for using Tahtorak as mount, so the tribes kept some nearby in their village.  Mostly though, the two species lived separately.

 

The Order had heard of the Visorak terrorizing islands, and had been tipped off that Keetongu's island was next to be attacked.  Killing off the species of Rahi that could reverse Visorak poison was not something that ther Order wanted, so they sent Trinuma as a diplomat.  Without revealing which organization he worked for, Trinuma tried in vain to use his Mask of Charisma.  The tribal leader of Keetongu's species believed all of this to be made-up, as their island was very closed off from the outside world.  Trinuma didn't want an entire species to die, so he pleaded with the tribal leader.  Eventually, after some effort and charm, Trinuma convinced the tribal leader who sent Keetongu with Trinuma to see if the new island was safe.

 

Trinuma brought Keetongu to the hideaway in Ko-Metru, wrote down instructions on the Great Temple, and promised to return with the others of his species.  By the time Trinuma returned to the island, the Visorak had killed all remaining members of Keetongu's species -- Trinuma was too late.  Some Tahtorak living in the village were killed, but the ones on the plains were not.  The Visorak knew they could not take on herds of Tahtorak, so they only challenged Keetongu's species.

 

Distraught and ashamed that he could not save all of Keetongu's people, Trinuma couldn't bear to see Keetongu again. He returned to Daxia with a heavy heart while Keetongu sat, waiting for Trinuma to return until the Rahaga and Hordika found him.

ScribeGT6817 wrote:

 

I did not work on the movie, what I know about those events is just what is in the script. So can't help much here.


Considering this is such a small detail in the story, I thought I would suggest an idea I had.

 

 

Keetongu lived with the other members of his species on the island in the east chain of the Southern Islands.  His species was known for using Tahtorak as mounts, so the tribes kept some nearby in their village.  Mostly though, the two species lived separately.

 

The Order had heard of the Visorak terrorizing islands, and had been tipped off that Keetongu's island was next to be attacked.  Removing the species of Rahi that could reverse Visorak poison was not something that the Order wanted, so they sent Trinuma as a diplomat.  Without revealing which organization he worked for, Trinuma tried in vain to use his Mask of Charisma.  The tribal leader of Keetongu's species believed all of this to be made-up, as their island was very closed off from the outside world.  Trinuma didn't want an entire species gone, so he pleaded with the tribal leader.  Eventually, after some effort and charm, Trinuma convinced the tribal leader who sent Keetongu with Trinuma to see if the new island was safe.

 

Trinuma brought Keetongu to the hideaway in Ko-Metru, wrote down instructions on the Great Temple, and promised to return with the others of his species.  By the time Trinuma returned to the island, the Visorak had overrun the remaining members of Keetongu's species -- Trinuma was too late.  Some Tahtorak living in the village were gone, but the ones on the plains were not.  The Visorak knew they could not take on herds of Tahtorak, so they only challenged Keetongu's species.

 

Distraught and ashamed that he could not save all of Keetongu's people, Trinuma couldn't bear to see Keetongu again. He returned to Daxia with a heavy heart while Keetongu sat, waiting for Trinuma to return until the Rahaga and Hordika found him.

Greg:

 

I've posted these questions twice; not sure why you haven't answered.  If you're just not interested, though, I can stop posting them, I just wasn't sure if you simply haven't seen them or something else.

 

1. How did Ihu die? Or (in BIONICLE Adventures #6), when Nuju names the Mountain after his mentor, does 'sleep of shadows', only refer to his sleep in the Matoran Pods, rather than death?

2. What about the Pit made it so hard to escape from?  Was it merely Hydraxon, or was there something special about the prison itself?

3. Do you know what the Shadowed One's name is?  Obviously, you have kept it a secret (for good reasons), but do you actually have a name for the Shadowed One which you have decided upon?

4. A question about the Toa Kaita.  When the Nuva/Mata combined, they made two Kaita, named Akamai and Whairhua.  Let us say that, in theory, the Toa Metru had decided to enter their Kaita forms.  Would their Kaita also be named Akamai and Whairhua, or could they concievably have different names?  Or, to rephrase, is Akamai simply the name of the combined spirits of any Fire, Earth, and Stone Toa, or is that simply the name for the combination of Onua, Tahu, and Pohatu?

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions!

ninjagofanmam wrote:
ninjagofanmam wrote:

1. You are probably my favorite author , keep up the good work!!

2. Have you ever considered putting Skylor in some of the Ninjago stories you write? ( Or is that not your say? ) 

3. Have you ever considered putting Seliel ( the Phantom Ninja ) in more comics or other Ninjago stories? ( Or is that not your say? ) 

*Refresh*Wink

2) I couldn't really use Skylor, because she is a main story character and I didn't want to step on toes.

3) I would, but at this point I am not doing any writing for NINJAGO. I believe the next graphic novel is being written by the guy who wrote the TV scripts for this year. Last thing I did was Dark Island, and no idea if I will be doing more at this point.

commandercody113 wrote:

In these final weeks before the LEGO Message Boards close, I have a few more questions for you

 

1. Could you possibly confirm the kanohi worn by Zaria and Orde?

 

2. Where was the Earth Tribe banished to, or were they simply rejects like the Vorox? Did they die out, or are there still Earth Tribe members on Bota Magna?

 

3. It is evidently possible for the Red Star to take minds from their bodies when beings die, but is it possible for it to transfer minds into bodies below?

 

4. You've stated before that Takanuva's destiny was going to be ending a 'civil war' between the Great Beings. What would this conflict have been over? Control of the Planet? Blame for the shattering? Would Energized protodermis have had any part to play in this conflict?

1) I don't recall what was suggested for that.

2) They weren't banished to a particular place. They were simply were not associated with anymore.

3) No

4) It was going to involve Velika's desire to take over the society.

Macedonia wrote:
ScribeGT6817 wrote:
Macedonia wrote:

1. Is it within reason that the members of the earth tribe have tamed some of the bio-mechanical dinosaurs of Bota Magna? 'Cause it would be cool if they didJoking

2. And just because Eljay doesn't want it, would you canonize the Good Guy/Bad Guy polybags as Karzahni Matoran so that he must review them in an official video?Joking

I kid I kid Joking

1) The bio-mechanical dinosaurs are not technically canon. They were an idea I was kicking around, but it never got approved by the story team and they have never shown up anyplace.

2) I can't do that, I'm not familiar with the models at all.

1. I'm pretty sure they appeared in some books/artwork. I was hoping that the Earth Tribe would be riding bio-mechanical tyrannosauruses.

2. Ah well, I triedJoking

1) Not that I recall. It was purely a concept and before it could be reviewed by the story team the line got cancelled.

PensiveSamurai wrote:

Given the context of earth and rock elemental lords, what is distinction in elemental powers between the two? Is it like earth to stone in the MU(which is rather vaguely defined, might I add)? Perhaps earth deals with gravity?

 

Furthermore, did the iron tribe fall under the umbrella of earth? I bring that up because there is never any mention of an Elemental Lord of Iron that I could find, which is odd considering the Great Beings recognized iron as a proper element in the MU. 

1) As I have written before -- throw a rock at something. Now throw a clump of dirt at something. There's the distinction. Rock and dirt are not the same thing.

2) I think someone answered this above. The Iron Tribe was pretty much wiped out, which is why there wasn't an EL.

bioniclefanone wrote:Hey thanks for answering all of our crazy/ complicated/ silly questions... I'm sure you're going to get like a 100 more before the boards shut down.

One last question from me though, if there anything you wish you could do differently in BIONICLE?

As I mentioned above, I wish we could have done stories with fewer characters. Because the story had to support set sales, we had to try to get every new set and, in some cases, most of the combiners into the year's story. And I think that made some of the stories more cumbersome/confusing than they needed to be. The reason I love Time Trap so much is that it consists of such a small number of characters.