"Take that!" cheered a brown figure, "Total domination!"

"I think not!" A gold one retaliated.

"Aww, nuts," complained the brown one, moments before his obliteration.

"Alright, who's next?" challenged the gold one, before he too was destroyed.

"Do you really think you could defeat me?" sneered a green figure, " All your efforts are futile! MUUUUUHAHAHA!"

"Oh, yeah?" replied an orange figure, "Let's see how well you can stand up to my special move!"


"Oh, yes yes yes!" said the orange one as he unleashed his fury on his green opponent.

"AAARRGGGGHH!" screamed the green one, even as he was being ripped apart by the orange one.

Zakita, the green Toa Rukua of Air, threw down his ZSphere game controller in mock rage. Trelex, the orange Toa of Electricity, laughed as he stood up and did a ridiculous victory dance.

"Yeah, Trelex!" applauded Aroda, Toa of Stone. He raised his brown hand and high-fived the Toa of Electricity.

"Next round!" exclaimed Jakorak, the golden Toa of Light, "And this time I get to chose the map!"

The four Toa were about to start the next battle when they heard a voice from behind them.

"Hey guys, whatcha playin?"

They looked over their shoulders to see Pronak, Toa of Water, Hedak, Toa of Sonics, and Sasi, Toa of Ice, and Tanire, Toa of Metal standing in the doorway.

"We're playing Toa Mariok Smash!" said Zakita, "Care to join us?"

"Sure!" beamed Pronak, "Ooh, Jakorak, I like the new look! Gold suits you!"

"Thanks!" the Toa of Light laughed. "I guess I was in a gold sort of mood this morning!"

"Enough small talk," said Tanire, "Let's play!"

"Typical Tanire," commented Hedak, "Always cutting right to the chase."

Jakorak, Aroda, Zakita, and Trelex handed their game controllers to the other four Toa. They played a tournament round-robin style, rotating players every game. In the end, Aroda emerged as the victor.

"Rematch!" Hedak announced, "I was just starting to get good at this!"

Jakorak looked around, as if looking for something. "Hey, has anybody seen Buna or Verau?" he asked, "I haven't seen them at all today."

On the roof of the Toa Rukua's headquarters, two Toa were sitting next to each other. One was dark red and had four arms, and the other one was a bright blue-green. The blue-green one turned to her head to look at her companion.

"I wish we could do this every day," sighed Verau, Toa of Plant Life, "You know, just get away from all this craziness and just relax."

"Yeah, me too," agreed Buna, Toa of Fire. "Sometimes I wish that I hadn't been transformed into a Toa. My life was so much better as a Matoran."

"Hey, don't talk like that," Verau said, "If none of us had become Toa, then Gundaru Nui would already be under the control of Makuta Vidaraz."

"The Turaga could have chosen somebody else!" he fumed, "I was perfectly happy doing my duty as a Matoran! I never wanted to be a Toa in the first place! There are hundreds of Matoran in the city who have dreamed of being Toa their entire lives, why didn't Norukan choose them instead?"

"He probably thought you were the best choice, Buna," she said soothingly. Buna was calmed by the sound of her voice. There was something about her that made him feel better when she was around.

"Besides…" she trailed off suddenly.

"Besides what?" Buna looked at her. She was staring at the Bank of Gundaru Nui building with a look of sheer terror. "Is something wrong?" He looked in the direction her eyes were pointing, but he saw nothing.

"We have to go and tell the others!" She said frantically.

"Verau, there's nothing there!" he said, trying to calm her down.

"Please, Buna, you have to believe me!" she pleaded. "I'm absolutely positive that I saw something! It disappeared when it noticed me watching!"

He sighed. "Okay, I believe you." He said. "Let's go back inside and tell the others what you saw."

A shadowy figure watched the two Toa as they reentered the building. He had been living on Gundaru Nui for the last several thousand years. In that time, he had managed to evade detection by Matoran, Toa, and Turaga alike. Somehow, this rookie Toa of Plant Life had been able to detect him. He was, to say the least, dumbfounded.

He tapped his chin thoughtfully. Turaga Norukan certainly made a good choice with this one, he thought to himself.