"Rocky terrain only a Rahi goat could love."
— Narrator, Vengeance of Axonn

Skabelon:Location The Desert of Sorrows is a large, arid expanse of land near the center of the Voya Nui region of the Southern Continent.


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The Desert of Sorrows as seen from above

The Desert of Sorrows was a region located in the central area of the Southern Continent before the Great Cataclysm caused the Voya Nui landmass to dislodge itself from the Matoran Universe and rocket upwards to the surface of Aqua Magna. The Desert of Sorrows survived the ascent and became a feature of the floating island of Voya Nui.

During the Piraka's search for the Kanohi Ignika, Zaktan ordered Reidak and Thok to search for the missing Vezon. While exploring the Desert, they were attacked by Order of Mata Nui member Axonn. Although they were nearly defeated by the powerful axe-wielding warrior, an energy blast delivered by Brutaka from the edges of the Green Belt left Axonn unconscious.

When Teridax was killed in the Battle of Bara Magna, the Desert of Sorrows was severely damaged, and the Matoran evacuated to Spherus Magna. Later, the Desert of Sorrows, along with all other locations in the Matoran Universe, was dismantled.[1][2]


Mount Valmai, the location of the Kanohi Ignika, is also located in the central area of the vast desert. The Desert of Sorrows was home to such Rahi as Rock Ussal, Stone Burnak, Fikou Spiders, Sand Screamers, and Kofo-Jaga, among others.



The Desert of Sorrows in Inika Island Assault

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  1. Official Greg Quotes," Dec 13 2010, 04:34 PM. BZPower.
  2. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 18 August 2014

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