The Hand of Artakha was an ancient organization that predated even the Toa and the Order of Mata Nui. However, Toa became the main protectors of the Matoran Universe when the Hand disbanded over 90,000 years ago. At this time, it was decided that their acts caused more harm than good. Only a few former Hand of Artakha members are currently known. Most Order of Mata Nui members were originally from this disbanded group, although Botar and Brutaka were not.