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Friday, November 21, 2008

The mods were on a tyrade last week about how the OGD should be a place for concise discussion and posting dialogues with Greg. Then they disappeared, and now we're in a bad spell of people making totally extraneous posts. What up wit that?

BARA MAGNA

  • Elemental affiliations in 2009 are based on geography, but tribes are still referred to as the fire tribe, the water tribe, etc.
  • Like any desert, the surface of Bara Magna has oases and other such areas.
  • The six elements mentioned next year are fire, water, ice, sand, rock, and plant/jungle.
  • There is no "Earth" tribe next year; rather, black is Rock and tan is Sand.
  • The rock tribe lives in the mountains, and the sand tribe lives in the desert sands.
  • Greg, on the free-for-all state of Bara Magna: "I wouldn't describe it as that, no. The tribes are united as such, but they do have a very well-defined social structure that governs their relations with each other. So while they are not "working together," they are also not at war with each other."
  • With respect to the Agori and Glatorian -- in one case, the title is a species name; in the other, it is not.
  • The Glatorian are all of the same species.
  • The "Bone hunters" are among the villains, as they are not the only villains.
  • Vorox is not a bone hunter.
  • Unlike in the Matoran universe, romance has potential in the 2009 setting, though it almost definitely won't occur in story.
  • One female set will be released in summer, as she will be a major movie character.
  • Greg likes Malum's character, as well as those of some summer sets.
  • We will not learn Mata Nui's personality in the first 2009 book.
  • The storyline of 2009 will span probably a couple months.
  • The UDD map is going to appear on Bara Magna early on in the storyline.
  • The Red Star can be seen dimly from Bara Magna.

MATORAN UNIVERSE

  • Teridax will not attempt to conquer Bara Magna, since there is not much there worth conquering.
  • Since he already has telepathy, Teridax can now read the minds of anyone in the Matoran universe.
  • Not many shadow Takanuva exist on Destral, maybe half a dozen.
  • Mata Nui didn't die as a direct result of the virus, but of the damage of his fall.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

  • The cosmology of the universe will be dealt with in future storyline.
  • The Great Beings created the Red Star (this seems to be important).
  • The Red Star's purpose is not to follow Mata Nui as he travels.
  • The inhabitants of Bara Magna were the Great Beings' inspiration when they designed the Matoran and other creatures of the Matoran universe.
  • Greg would say it's very doubtful that any Glatorian ever personally met a Great Being.
  • The Great Beings would know what the UDD map is. Mata Nui and the Makuta should know, but don't. Brutaka knows now.
  • The "three that must be one, the two that must make them one" do not refer to the three dots and two outer rings of the UDD map.
  • Spherus Magna is not the place to which Mata Nui was headed before he crash-landed on the endless ocean planet.
  • The Shattering took place before the Makuta rejected their light.

GENERAL

  • Tobduk, Jerbraz, and Ancient were never part of the Hand of Artakha.
  • There is going to be a Bionicle 2009 video game.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

BARA MAGNA

  • The inhabitants of Bara Magna have heard of the Great Beings but generally do not call them that.
  • One of the winter Agori sets is the leader of his tribe.
  • Neither Fero nor Atakus is an Earth villager -- Rock is black, and Earth is tan!
  • The inhabitants of Bara Magna have seen the Three Virtues symbol but have no idea what it refers to.

THE UNIVERSE

  • The Three Virtues map does not show a means of getting from one universe to another.
  • There was no intelligent life in the endless ocean before Mata Nui crashed in it.
  • Spherus Magna is not the name of the endless ocean planet.
  • The organic birds were not from the endless ocean planet.
  • The Red Star is a good deal smaller than Mata Nui.
  • The Red Star occasionally serves functions relevant to Mata Nui and the universe around him.
  • The Red Star has been in orbit elsewhere than the endless ocean planet.
  • The Ignika turns back from silver to gold once it is far from the Matoran universe.

MATA NUI

  • The Matoran who labored in darkness, not knowing the purpose for their labors, during the years of the Matoran universe's creation were building Mata Nui.
  • Mata Nui has external powers.
  • Mata Nui has propulsion to enable him to travel from planet to planet.
  • Greg: "I basically see Mata Nui as being a ruler of benevolent indifference. He has no negative feelings for his people, no ambitions that would harm them, or any desire NOT to protect them, but he is very hands-off. He's not going to interfere with their lives. Mata Nui, at best, expects the best work the Matoran can do and hopes for their respect. Makuta, on the [other] hand, demands their worship. His rule is self-aggrandizing, totally about his ambitions, and while he too needs the Matoran now, he is not above sacrificing some as an example to the others. He will actively enforce his will in the universe, regardless of the environment that it may create."
  • Greg: "When Mata Nui lands on a planet for the purposes of observation, his system creates a disguise for his face by creating a rocky surface and then growing plants that look like the local flora. When it is time for him to leave, the Bohrok clean all that plant life off and weaken the surface so it can be cracked open when Mata Nui rises."

BROTHERS IN ARMS

  • Mazeka is a full Order of Mata Nui member.

DESTINY WAR

  • Tridax's relationship to the Tridax pod is that he suggested the idea.
  • The Makuta creation pool cannot turn other beings into Makuta.
  • Brutaka's empowered state will last a while. He is now closer to Makuta power level than Tren Krom's.
  • The same anti-protosteel virus that killed Kojol was used to dissolve Tridax's arm.
  • The Olmak in Tridax's possession is the same one that was used by Jovan's team.

GENERAL

  • A Matoran's Rhotuka would not necessarily be elemental, but it would be weaker than that of Roodaka or a Toa.
  • Since the GBs designed Mata Nui, as well as created Artakha, it would make sense Artakha would know something of the design scheme for Mata Nui and base the Toa Mata off it.
  • The Codrex is made of the same substance the walls of Karda Nui are made of.
  • Jovan's team used the Ignika at the Codrex.
  • Unlike the Bohrok, the Bohrok Va were created as they are.
  • Tren Krom was aware that Mata Nui was the Matoran universe.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

I'd like to thank those people who have told me they read the Farsthey Feed and like what I'm doing -- that's very encouraging!

MAKUTA TERIDAX

  • Teridax could not have succeeded had Mata Nui not died. Had his efforts on Voya Nui and Mahri Nui failed to delay the Toa long enough for Mata Nui to die, he would have had to amend the Plan, just as he did after the Metru's victory in Metru Nui.
  • Just as it takes time to install a new operating system on a computer, it takes time for a new spirit to fully be prepared to control a universe. Since Mata Nui was also asleep when he was brought back to life, Teridax was able to have the time to replace Mata Nui's spirit.
  • Teridax banished Mata Nui's spirit into the Ignika by power he acquired from Mata Nui's body. Teridax would have had to put Mata Nui's spirit in something that he could banish from the universe, since it would have been too dangerous to have Mata Nui that close by. He also locked his spirit in the Ignika and expelled it so it would not turn black upon his takeover. Both Mata Nui's spirit and the Mask of Life were threats to him.
  • Greg: "Mata Nui is clever, knows every detail of how his old body works, and is the rightful owner of that body -- it makes him too dangerous to have around. Outside of the other Makuta, who are now dead, and the Great Beings, Mata Nui is the only one who would know how to shut that body down."
  • Teridax wanted to strike down the other Makuta so there would be no one left with knowledge of how to attack the Great Spirit. "Trust" was not in the Makuta vocabulary. What the other Makuta expected was that Teridax would be busy doing Great Spirit-like things and would need other members of the Brotherhood to manage the day to day running of things -- which was a very practical idea. But Teridax decided the threat to his safety outweighed the practical aspects of the idea.
  • Only the Great Beings or Mata Nui could put a stop to Teridax's Plan. No one in the existing Matoran universe can.
  • Teridax's controlling Mata Nui's body jeopardizes Mata Nui's mission.
  • The whole Matoran universe has been made aware of Makuta's triumph. The Toa, Turaga, and Matoran in Metru Nui now know Teridax's name.
  • As ruler of the universe, Teridax can kill anyone with a stray thought, although there still needs to be some means involved with the actual killing. Teridax can also now create new beings as Mata Nui could, as well as set their destinies.
  • Teridax's Plan does not end with taking over the universe, but rather moves on to bigger things. Now that Teridax is in Mata Nui's form, he is ambitious enough to traverse to other worlds and attempt domination on an even larger scale.

MATA NUI

  • The name Mata Nui means "Great Spirit."
  • The Matoran universe, which is the body of Mata Nui himself, is an artificial construct, and it has not always been on the oceanic planet with which we are familiar. The Great Beings created Mata Nui in their home world and sent him on his way. The record the Toa Hagah found beneath Metru Nui was made before Mata Nui left the Great Beings' world. Mata Nui was not aware of these inscriptions.
  • Mata Nui is a living machine -- the beings inside him are the nanotech who help the machine to work. Mata Nui is fully mechanical and does not need to eat. The Matoran universe extends throughout Mata Nui's whole body. Within the Matoran universe, artificial gravity and stabilizers keep things on an even keel for the Matoran, same as they do on a starship. So far as Greg knows, Mata Nui is the only one of his kind.
  • During the Great Disruption, Mata Nui was weakened and slowed.
  • Mata Nui travels to a new planet fairly often. Mata Nui gathers information from the worlds he visits by means of sensors. Mata Nui does not send the information gathered from his observations to the beings in the Red Star.
  • Mata Nui was flying around in space when he was attacked by the Makuta virus. Mata Nui did more than fall over when the Great Cataclysm occurred; he crashed into the ocean from outer space. Mata Nui was observing the endless ocean planet before he fell, which is why he was close enough to be drawn in by its gravity. Mata Nui was also going somewhere important when he crashed. The oceanic planet we are familiar with will also be very important, just as important as Bara Magna is next year. It will be given a name.
  • The island of Mata Nui was shaped like Metru Nui because that is the template Mata Nui's system had for creating the shape of an island. The telescope is deployed whenever Mata Nui lands in order to monitor the Red Star. Greg believes the telescope's purpose is to be synchronized with the Red Star's movements.
  • Mata Nui's body has powers that pertain to the world outside his own body. He does not have a light power. Mata Nui has a greater purpose than that of maintaining the Matoran universe. This mission does not involve energized protodermis. The Three Virtues map is connected to Mata Nui's mission.
  • Mata Nui normally has yellow eyes instead of red. Mata Nui's eyes are red in the Mata Nui poster because it shows Teridax in possession of the body. Mata Nui's body has red eyes as long as Teridax is actively controlling things.
  • Mata Nui's consciousness now overrides Ignika's. Mata Nui can control the Ignika's powers, but Mata Nui's spirit itself pretty much has no power. Mata Nui cannot direct the Ignika's course as it flies through space. The Ignika is still cracked.
  • Greg doubts that Mata Nui would know a Great Being if he found one.
  • It would be impossible for Mata Nui to get back into the Matoran universe without Terdiax's noticing. Mata Nui has no experience in close combat.

BARA MAGNA

  • Bara Magna is neither the name of a universe or an island; it is the planet.
  • The Matoro lookalike on the back cover of Comic 15 is the returning character.
  • The new heads for the Agori and Glatorian sets have a dual-orientation feature.
  • Bara Magna will have organic creatures.
  • The events of 2009 will affect the Matoran universe.
  • There is no protodermis on Bara Magna, since it is not an artificial world.
  • The 2009 characters would not recognize the name Mata Nui.

GENERAL

Metru Nui
  • The vehicles are in Metru Nui right now. Artakha will most likely teleport the vehicles back into the Codrex.
  • It won't take Takanuva that long to return to his old size. Takanuva's destiny is not yet completed.
Storyline
  • Greg sees it as making sense that Krika would be the Makuta of the northern continent, since then it would not be a stretch for him to oversee Zakaz additionally after Spiriah's exile. In this case Krika would be overseer of the northern part of the northern continent, since Gorast oversees the Tren Krom Peninsula.
  • A member of Jovan's team wore an Olmak, which allowed them to escape Karda Nui ahead of the storm.
  • Tridax worked on the Tridax pods with Mutran.
  • Trinuma was not a Hand of Artakha member. He has been an Order member for quite a long time.
  • It took the Toa Nuva a couple days total since their arrival in Karda Nui to reawaken Mata Nui.
  • The kind of energy in Karda Nui vaporized the swamp in very short order.
Toa Mata/Nuva
  • It would certainly be logical for the Toa Mata's bodies to have been based off of that of Mata Nui, but that is not all they were based off of.
  • Adaptive armor changes very quickly. It uses sensors to detect what environment it should adapt to.
Real Life
  • The next Bionicle web update will have another new CG animation. The last update will be a flash teaser for 2009.
  • Kelly McKiernan (Binkmeister) test built and named the 2009 model Skirmix.

COMMENTARY

Many people are still asking about the place beneath Metru Nui to which Teridax traveled in order to replace Mata Nui's spirit, but I think it's obvious enough for us to guess exactly what it is: Mata Nui's kernel of consciousness. While Metru Nui is Mata Nui's brain, this location buried deep beneath its surface is the physical locus of his mind's capacity to be aware. It is this place to which one would need to go in order to enter his mind in the way that Teridax intended to.

Also, on the subject of Teridax's destiny: we know that Mata Nui determines the destinies of the beings he creates, and that to this rule Teridax is no exception. Greg has made it somewhat ambiguous whether destiny in the Matoran universe is inescapable or whether it can be denied and changed. We seem to be sure that destiny is not totally immutable, however, and Greg has hinted that Teridax may have fulfilled the destiny Mata Nui assigned him simply at the wrong time or in the wrong way. So this leaves us asking: what in the world was Teridax meant to do? Well, we know that as things have so far played out, Teridax killed Mata Nui, knocked his spirit out of his own body, and seized control of the Matoran universe itself -- and all of the responsibility of maintiaining it. Here's the quintessential beauty of the Great Beings' design of the Matoran universe -- even after all hope is lost and the villain has achieved total domination, it is imperative that life must go on. The Matoran cannot live without Teridax, but neither can he without them. There is no annihilation. It is a guaranteed quality of the Matoran universe that as long as beings submit to the essential instinct of self-preservation, the Matoran and their ruler will survive.

What if Mata Nui ever needed a hiatus? What if he needed someone else to accomplish something he couldn't or wouldn't? Whom would he turn to? Teridax may very well still be playing Mata Nui's game, not his own. After all, as Mata Nui flies helplessly through space, we hear him uttering with certainty: "I will return."

Greg also seems strangely secretive about the origin of the organic birds that migrated to Mata Nui, saying that that has yet to be revealed. Reya came up with the golden idea that the birds came from a land Mata Nui crushed when he fell into the endless ocean. The endless ocean was, in fact, not always endless. And, of course, there are many storyline possibilities when concerning a lost land.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

STAGE STORY

  • The other Makuta knew that Teridax would become the Great Spirit, and he promised that they would be his avatars in the universe.
  • Having taken over Mata Nui's body, Makuta does have the potential to be omniscient, but he is still a non-Great Spirit mind in a Great Spirit body. So he is not USED to being omniscient, and that is a weakness the Toa may be able to exploit.
  • In Mata Nui's body, Teridax still has the powers he had while in Maxilos.

BROTHERS IN ARMS

  • Mazeka rebuilt himself during his five-year training.

DESTINY WAR

  • The trader on Stelt we saw in Federation of Fear and Destiny War probably lives in a richer part of the island.
  • Pridak is on the same island where Zaktan discovered the Brotherhood of Makuta's Plan.
  • We have heard of what the Shadowed One found in Destiny War.

THE BIG PICTURE

  • Mata Nui has control over heat, light, and gravity in his universe.
  • The Matoran universe and the 2009 universe could not exist without each other. This has always been the case.
  • Mata Nui may not have always been on the planet where he is now.
  • We might learn the name of the Matoran's planet.
  • The entity responsible for implanting the Three Virtues map in the Blade Burrowers was not from the Matoran universe.

BIONICLE 2009

  • It is not safe to assume that the returning character will be in 2009 winter storyline.
  • The returning character in 2009 will be a set.
  • The returning character will be of high importance.
  • The name of the 2009 planet is Bara Magna.
  • Paper is in use on Bara Magna.
  • The quantity of protodermis on Bara Magna is most likely in organic form.
  • As far as Greg knows, the stag beetle seen on the back cover of Comic 15 is organic.

GENERAL

  • Krika was Spiriah's replacement as Makuta of Zakaz, adopting it in addition to his own territory.
  • Shared Kanohi Nuva powers are not cumulative.
  • Nocturn is in the Pit.

COMMENTARY

I was surprised, while reading the OGD, to see that many people were new to the idea that Mata Nui, when he was struck down by Makuta, arrived on the planet familiar to us in story from outer space, that he is alien to the only place we have so far seen him residing in. People were starting to make connections -- that his fall itself was the Great Cataclysm, that Mata Nui is native to some other world, and -- here is the key -- that Mata Nui's visit on out planet was the exception, not the ordinary state of things. Mata Nui belongs to a larger scale of things.

Now, I believe that Greg may be conscientious of the presence of protodermis on Bara Magna because -- this has been referenced from his library visit -- it was the site of Mata Nui's creation, or at least the source of his substance. Anyway, it had something to do with his birthing, and so some organic protodermis has remained on the 2009 world, the ancient remnants of the genesis of a universe. Perhaps this way of creation is even still an ongoing process on Bara Magna -- who knows? The essential idea is that Bara Magna was responsible for Mata Nui's origins -- in essence, we are actually going back in time in 2009 more than forward -- and that Mata Nui in some way reciprocated by providing a service to that world that allowed it to survive. And this is very important. It has been said in the latest library event topics that 2009 involves Mata Nui's "mission." This mission, in all likelyhood, is not a role he suddenly assumes as a character in 2009, but has actually always needed to fulfill, at least prior to the attack on his health when he was knocked out of comission. Mata Nui is a sustaining force for 2009's world, but he has been absent, so we come back to a forlorn world. Perhaps Mata Nui is, in fact, already in the act of "returning," while he is exiled from his own universe, to another kind of home where he has responsibilities to attend to. And I predict we will receive a big, big picture of these sorts next year.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

KARDA NUI

  • Vican couldn't care less that Mutran is dead.
  • Greg: "There was a process in place that the Nuva could have used to wake Mata Nui up without the Ignika, but it would have been time-consuming to do. With the Ignika counting down to extermination of all life in the universe, there wasn't time to do it that way. But it was still the Nuva's destiny to do it -- the Ignika was simply the tool they used to make it happen. (Who got the Ignika into the Codrex? Who came up with the idea to use it? Who talked it into going along with the idea? The Nuva.) It's sort of like saying, 'My destiny is to dig a hole .. the fact I used a shovel to do it does not mean it was the shovel's destiny, and not mine.'"
  • Karda Nui is bigger than the island of Mata Nui, possibly over two times.

DWELLERS IN DARKNESS

  • It is possible that the OoMN sent the Toa Mahri on their mission to Artidax in order to get them out of Metru Nui for a time.

BROTHERS IN ARMS

  • The modification the rogue Nynrah Ghost made to Vultraz's skyfighter was to make his Midak skyblaster shoot shadow.
  • Mazeka has now had five years of extensive training and repeated battles with Vultraz.
  • Greg thinks Vultraz also likes the challenge of knowing Mazeka will never give up.
  • Jerbraz is not of a species we have already seen.
  • The two blue guards Mazeka encountered were of Krekka's species.
  • The swamp strider does not fly.

DESTINY WAR

  • A Skakdi's gender is not associated with its element.
  • The energy hounds in the Pit stay outside in the ocean and so do not need breathing apparatuses.

THE BIG PICTURE

  • The Red Star is not depicted on the Three Virtues map, since it did not exist when it was first conceived.

BIONICLE 2009

  • Greg believes the 2009 characters eat with their mouths.
  • The Glatorian do not speak Matoran.
  • Thornax do not grow on trees.
  • None of the winter sets are female.
  • Small sets are not Glatorian; they are just villagers.
  • The small, villager sets will have a different species name from that of the Glatorian.
  • Protodermis most likely exists someplace in the 2009 universe.
  • Inhabitants of the 2009 universe are not made of protodermis.
  • The inhabitants of the 2009 universe are not biomechanical in the same way that Matoran with respect to how they procreate and how they eat.
  • There will not be need for Greg to invent new mask powers next year.

GENERAL

Characters
  • With the Visorak taken out of the picture, Firedracax will go back to Odina.
Powers
  • There is no way to force a spirit out of a body (other than death, assumedly) or to force antidermis out of undamaged armor.
  • Greg: "Masks are carved into shapes that represent the powers they have. In the case of a Matoran Hau, it is a Hau made with level 6 or lower Kanoka disks, therefore it has no power. But it is still made from the kind of disks used to make a Hau. The shape of the mask is not what's important -- what's important is the disks used to make it."
Storyline
  • The first Toa who defeated the Kanohi Dragon dug out the tunnel in which they trapped it.
  • While trapped, the Kanohi Dragon was unconscious from the cold of the ice.
  • The Toa Mangai subdued the Kanohi Dragon by keeping it cold, and the Vortixx kept it in captivity by keeping it cold as well.
  • When Miserix was deposed, the Brotherhood of Makuta publicly claimed that he had died in a Rahi creation accident.
  • The whole Shadow Matoran process has not existed for that long -- a few weeks, tops.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

KARDA NUI

  • Rockoh T3 is faster than either of the other two vehicles and is built for ramming attacks.
  • Greg doesn't consider Gavla evil -- he considers her lonely and friendless. Think about it -- Gavla, before becoming a shadow Matoran, never stole or robbed or killed anyone. She wasn't evil. But she didn't feel welcomed or wanted by her tribe. She did feel needed by the Makuta, which is why she didn't want to go back to being an Av-Matoran. That's not being evil, that's just wanting to feel like you matter to someone.
  • Having become an Av-Matoran again, Kirop is now leading the other Av-Matoran again.
  • Vican was not turned into a shadow Matoran very long ago.
  • A power must be active for the Felnas to disrupt it.
  • All of the Matoran in Karda Nui, including Vican, migrate to Metru Nui.

DESTINY WAR

  • Axonn and Brutaka allied with the other Skakdi warlords as well.
  • Nektann was present at the Rahkshi battle, although the Skakdi did not have their Tahtorak.
  • Mata Nui is the only one who could create new Makuta, which is why the Brotherhood had not maintained a presence on the island of their origin.
  • Lesovikk has just learned of the OoMN.
  • Botar's replacement was the messenger sent to Hydraxon.
  • Botar's replacement dropped Karzahni and Roodaka off at the Pit.
  • Sarda is waiting for Lesovikk in the ocean.
  • Hydraxon wears a breather helmet to breathe in the restored Pit.
  • Botar's replacement also has an uncanny talent for knowing whom to teleport and when.
  • Botar's replacement has not sent any individuals to the Pit other than Karzahni and Lariska.
  • When Botar died, the Order of Mata Nui had to go to his homeland and draft another of his species.

BROTHERS IN ARMS

  • Krakua's home village would be called De-Koro.

GLATORIAN UNIVERSE

  • Tarix, the blue Glatorian set, is male.
  • 2009 is about practical people dealing with serious problems ... they really don't have time to worry about the mystical and the intangible.
  • There will be female characters in 2009, one of whom will be quite prominent in the movie.
  • All tribes of Glatorian have both males and females.
  • Mata Nui does not know of the 2009 universe.

THE BIG PICTURE

  • The three virtues symbol is more than just a map; it is also a reminder.

GENERAL

Locations
  • The primary inhabitants of Nynrah are also crafters.
Storyline
  • Most species were created by Mata Nui.
  • The Toa Nuva were instructed to quell the volcanoes on Artidax for different reasons than to help Miserix.
  • Krakua's message to Vakama was sent from further in the future than we have seen him.
  • On Xia the Kanohi Dragon will be imprisoned again, and the Tahtorak will be as well if not driven off.
Rahi
  • You can't really tame a Visorak. Visorak operate out of their own self-interest. If it is in that self-interest to work with you, they will. They follow the Makuta because the Makuta let them do what they like best, conquer places.
  • Only one Zivon exists.
Toa
  • Toa of Sonics still have acute hearing.
  • Greg does not believe that any one Toa can take down a Makuta unless it is a Toa of Light.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

The OGD was going along extraordinarily slow this this week. I wonder why that is?

GENERAL

  • A Mohtrek user can summon a past self that does not wear a Mohtrek.
  • If the Vahi or the Ignika is outside the universe, it could not affect the universe, but it is only keyed to affect that universe, so its destruction would not affect the world beyond the Matoran universe. It's like a self-destruct switch on a spaceship -- take it off the ship and flip it and it won't affect anything.
  • Helryx's, Jerbraz's, the four-armed OoMN member's, and Trinuma's tools are made of protosteel.
  • Toa seal protodermis is harder to break than protosteel.
  • A Toa of Sonics is not dangerously sensitive to sound, being far more powerful than a Matoran.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Still slow going in the OGD this week, with Greg just returned to us.

KARDA NUI

  • Takanuva will be cured of his shadow affliction in his blog.

DWELLERS IN DARKNESS

  • Darkness has remained with the Shadowed One throughout his correspondence with the Order of Mata Nui and his leaving Xia.

THE BIG PICTURE

  • A pocket dimension forms naturally whenever a universe comes into being. An alternate dimension, on the other hand, is formed whenever a decision is made in the main universe.
  • The "Paradise" from which Mata Nui was said to have come in 2001 is an actual location that is still relevant to story.

GLATORIAN UNIVERSE

  • In 2009 there will be creatures, but they will not be called Rahi, as that is a Matoran universe term.

GENERAL

Physiology
  • Takutanuva was a mix of both biomechanical and energy in armor.
Masks
  • Vortixx, the Barraki's species, Lariska's species, and probably Sidorak's species can all use masks; Krekka's, the four-armed giant's, and Nocturn's cannot.
  • If a past self of a Mohtrek wearer is killed, an alternate universe is created in which that being's actions up until then never existed.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Farshtey Feed #3 today. Not much activity from the OGD this week since Greg is on a trip.

KARDA NUI

  • Mutran is in the swamp.
  • The energy that causes the mutagen is not mutagenic in and of itself -- it's when it interacts with a substance like water that it becomes mutagenic.
  • The energies created the Pit mutagen, the same way radiation makes for radioactive water. In this case, the energies on their own are not harmful, but mixed with another medium, they are.
  • Mutran and Icarax were not in the battle outside the Codrex.

BROTHERS IN ARMS

  • Vultraz threw the Bionicle variety of a sonic grenade into the De-Matoran village.
  • Vultraz got the sound device from Gorast.
  • It is most common for Matoran that live in villages to be all of the same type.

THE BIG PICTURE

  • In his Plan, Teridax knew that Mata Nui's death was a possibility and did not know which specific Toa was destined to use the Ignika.
  • The Plan will fail if Teridax dies.
  • Teridax is not in the location where Tuyet was able to fake the signal to awaken the Toa Mata.

GENERAL

Physiology
  • Any biomechanical being could, in theory, rebuild itself to become larger.
  • There is a limit to how large a being can be rebuilt, depending on how much its musculature can support.
  • Whether or not a severed limb can be replaced with another biomechanical one depends on whether or not the muscle tissue has been cauterized. The tissue must be able to regenerate.
  • Lariska's arm must be mechanical because the tissue is damaged beyond repair.
Storyline
  • Jovan's team avoided the storms in Karda Nui once they completed their mission by moving fast.
  • Ancient informed the Order of Mata Nui that Nidhiki and Krekka stole the prototype Zamor launchers.
  • The Order in turn surreptitiously revealed to the Vortixx that the Dark Hunters were responsible for the theft of the launchers from Nynrah.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Here we go -- Farshtey Feed #2. I'd like to congratulate my brother on turning fourteen today. Wish him happy birthday!

KARDA NUI

  • The Axalara T9 was not intended for any specific Toa.
  • It will take hundreds of thousands of years for the Ignika to run out of power.
  • All of the vehicles could get supercharged under the right circumstances.
  • Even if one of the Mistika Makuta got new protosteel armor, he (or she) still would have limited access to his powers.
  • The energy in the lightstones is one of the energy sources that causes the mutagen.
  • Ignika's waking up Mata Nui would not deplete its energy.
  • Toa Ignika knows what the Toa Nuva are fighting for.
  • Toa Ignika wants to experience and understand Matoro's heroism.
  • Since Toa Ignika was inspired by Matoro, his voice sounds a little like Matoro's voice.

DWELLERS IN DARKNESS

  • The Toa Hagah took Zaktan beneath the Coliseum with them.
  • The Toa Hagah are on the right trail.
  • The Mask of Rahi Control, unlike the Komau, can work on multiple targets at once.
  • The Mask of Rahi Control cannot control insects very well.

BROTHERS IN ARMS

  • It's doubtful that Jerbraz would turn visible again if he died.

METRU NUI

  • The Matoran of Metru have not yet reopened the coastal gates.
  • Being put into stasis in the Archives, the Kardas Dragon will not explode, since its ability to create energy will be slowed along with all its other life processes.
  • Helryx and co. came through the gate the Shadowed One opened in Time Trap.
  • The Artakha Bull (or mutated Kane-Ra) guarding the Blade Burrower map under Metru Nui simply adopted it as its territory.

THE PIT

  • Lesovikk and Sarda have captured some prisoners.
  • Pridak and Mantax are working separately in their evasion of Hydraxon and Lesovikk.
  • The Ignika chose to transform Dekar into Hydraxon because it would be useful to fight the Barraki with an old enemy of theirs.

THE BIG PICTURE

  • The places where the Ignika was forged and cooled were in the Great Beings' own universe.
  • Mata Nui is not capable of leaving his own body at will like a Makuta.
  • The Great Beings set the destinies of what they created.
  • Greg would say that Mata Nui cannot create energized ptotodermis.
  • The energized protodermis pipes that leaked onto Mata Nui were put there by the Great Beings.
  • Energized protodermis was in some placed specifically placed, and in others it was not.
  • Mata Nui's obscurity is a byproduct of his running the universe.
  • Destiny is immutable even if one sees the future with a Mask of Clairvoyance.
  • Greg would say that Mata Nui cannot open portals to other dimensions.

GENERAL

Characters
  • Hydraxon could wear a mask if he wanted to.
  • Lariska will be appearing again soon.
  • The Piraka most likely got their weapons from Xia, since they got their weapons as dark hunters.
  • Vultraz was rebuilt into his larger form (thought he was mutated?).
  • Ancient was recruited by the OoMN shortly after the founding of the Dark Hunters.
  • Sidorak's species could use Kanohi.
  • Matoran of Plant Life are not rare.
  • Greg would say probably Toa of Iron and Magnetism are the most rare types, given that the majority have been killed.
Creatures
  • There aren't a ton of Mana-Ko.
  • There were not many other organic life forms other than the birds on Mata Nui.
Storyline
  • The voice that told Lewa to get the sundial was not Krakua.
  • Here's why the Toa Nuva had so much trouble fighting Rahkshi and the Toa Metru did not: the Rahkshi the Nuva fought were under direct orders from Makuta and being directed by him. The ones the Metru fought were wild. It's the difference between running into a dog and running into a trained attack dog.
Brotherhood of Makuta
  • The Makuta do not have psychic barriers to keep their light from replenishing, since they have consciously rejected it.
  • There's a possibility some Toa Hagah teams became corrupt and served in the Makuta's armies.
  • The Makuta's masks do not all have alarm devices.
  • Teridax was not planning to use the Nui stone on Ahkmou if he became a Toa.
  • Most Makuta have a personal weapon cache.
  • Teridax's being crushed and evicted from his armor was not a part of his Plan.
  • Icarax felt that Miserix was not politically smart enough to survive.
  • The Makuta made Destral's teleportation system before the Great Cataclysm.
Physiology
  • Bionicle beings only need to eat every couple of days most likely.
  • Greg doesn't believe Makuta or Toa have vocal cords.
  • A Matoran couldn't reconstruct himself to the size of a Toa because his muscle tissue would not be able to support parts that large.
  • It takes a long time for a Toa to recharge from a nova blast.
Language
  • The "-ka" suffix from the words "phantoka" and "mistika" could be said to mean "spirit," alongside the words "Iden" and "Mata."
Real Life
  • As far as Greg is concerned, how the weapons from the Xian Weapons contest work and how they are made is what is considered canon.
  • The new naming system will have more of a Greco-Roman feel rather than Polynesian.
  • Jeremy Brazeal will illustrate at least one of the level 3 readers in 2009.