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Battered into unconsciousness by the rubble, Kualus sleeps and dreams... Dreams of a time long ago, before he and his friends were Rahaga...when they too were mighty Toa...and of a tale told many times since then.
— Narration
Comic 25: Birth of the Rahaga
Issue Information
Alternate titleThe Final Battle
WriterGreg Farshtey
IllustratorRandy Elliott
ColorerPete Pantazis
LettererKen Lopez
Pages18
SeriesBIONICLE: Metru Nui
ReleasedJuly 2005
Number in series25
Previous comicComic 24: Shadow Play
Next ComicComic 26: Hanging by a Thread

Birth of the Rahaga was the twenty-fifth issue in the original BIONICLE comic series, and the tenth issue in the Metru Nui sub-series. It was originally mailed with the July/August 2005 edition of the LEGO Club Magazine, and was later collected in BIONICLE 4: Trial by Fire. This issue explored the past of the Rahaga, back when they were still powerful Toa.

Opening[]

Toa Hordika Nuju and Whenua, and Rahaga Bomonga and Kualus, lay buried beneath hundreds of pounds of rubble in the Archives. Battered and unconscious, they seem doomed to remain trapped there while the Visorak complete their conquest of the city of Metru Nui.

Though his body is pinned, Kualus' mind is free to dream of times long past, when he too wore the mantle of a Toa. It was a dark and violent time, then the treachery of the Brotherhood of Makuta was first revealed and six Toa Hagah stood between them and mastery of the universe.

The era of shadow was about to begin...

Plot[]

Crushed under tons of rocks in the Onu-Metru Archives, Kualus dreams of when he and the other Rahaga were Toa, before they were mutated into their current form. Hundreds of years ago, Iruini, Toa of Air, and Norik, Toa of Fire, are under attack and pinned down outside a Brotherhood of Makuta fortress. Despite the appearance of Krekka, the heroes escape and force a surviving Visorak to guide them away. Iruini momentarily questions whether their mission to steal the Mask of Light was worth it, but Norik assures him of its necessity. Norik and his team were originally servants of Makuta, but once they discovered the Brotherhood's corruption, the Toa took action to retrieve the mask. On their journey, the two Toa stumble across a Dark Hunter and follow him back to the enemy base.

Arriving at the base, Norik spots a cage with prisoners inside. Iruini uses his mask to teleport to the cage and free the captives, only to discover that they are the rest of the Toa Hagah, mutated into miniature monsters! Roodaka attempts to attack the Toa of Air, only to be ambushed by Norik with his mask's power. Combining their elemental abilities, Norik and Iruini create a flaming cyclone and escape. Despite their best efforts, they are unable to avoid Roodaka's mutation spinners. Although the entire team has been incapacitated, Roodaka chooses to spare their lives, believing them to be unable to interfere any longer. The Rahaga escape with the Mask of Light, where one day it will be handed to the Toa Hordika.

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ToaIruini

Iruini, Toa Hagah of Air

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Quotes[]

You're going to help us find a safe way out of here, right? Because I really hate the smell of baked Visorak.
— Toa Hagah Norik intimidates a Visorak
I know you Fire types like good mask work, but is this thing really worth all this?
— Toa Hagah Iruini, referring to the Mask of Light
I think your little friends look much better this way, don't you? No longer Toa Hagah--now a monstrous blend of what they were and vile Rahkshi. They are...Rahaga.
— Roodaka

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Continuity[]

  • Here we finally see the backstory of the Rahaga, after first teasing it two issues ago. They were originally a team called the Toa Hagah, and served the Brotherhood of Makuta. After discovering the Brotherhood's corruption, they rebelled and were transformed into the Rahaga.
  • Nidhiki and Krekka both re-appear in this flashback-within-a-flashback, both as Dark Hunters freelancing for the Brotherhood.
  • Exo-Toa also re-appear for the first in a long time, not having been seen since 2003's Comic 12: Absolute Power.

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LEGO BIONICLE Comics
BIONICLE
2001 The Coming of the ToaDeep Into DarknessTriumph of the Toa
2002 The Bohrok Saga: The Bohrok AwakeTo Trap a TahnokInto the NestWhat Lurks BelowThe End of the Toa?Divided We Fall
2003 Powerless!A Matter of Time...Absolute PowerRise of the Rahkshi!At Last -- Takanuva!Secrets and ShadowsBIONICLE: Unmasked
BIONICLE: Metru Nui
2004 City of Legends: Toa Metru!Disks of DangerSeeds of DoomEnemies of Metru NuiStruggle in the SkyDreams of DarknessBIONICLE: Unmasked 2
2005 Monsters in the DarkVengeance of the VisorakShadow PlayBirth of the RahagaHanging by a ThreadFractures2005 Web Comics
BIONICLE: Ignition
2006 IgnitionIf A Universe Ends...Vengeance of AxonnShowdownA Cold Light DawnsIn Final Battle
2007 Sea of Darkness: Web ComicMask of Life, Mask of DoomSea of DarknessBattle in the Deep!The Death of Mata NuiDeath of a Hero
2008 Battle for Power: Realm of FearComic 12.5Swamp of ShadowsEndgameMata Nui Rising
BIONICLE: Glatorian
2009 Sands of Bara MagnaThe Fall of AteroA Hero RebornBefore the StormValley of Fear
2010 Journey's End: All That GlittersRebirth
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Promotional BohrokToa NuvaBohrok-KalRakhshiMatoran
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