Remember those random Inika builds that showed up in the middle of Contenders #5 in what seemed to be a throw-away plot point? Well, I actually have a plan for them! Here are the Toa of Racta Minus!
About this creation
The Torm is an acronym for the Toa of Racta Minus, and is a rather expansive group of Toa on Racta Magna. The group was founded by Toa Tyranca and Toa Anut, who had migrated to Racta Magna after the death of the Sombrak. They felt indignant that they could not get into the city Racta Major, and decided that they would build a civilisation of Matoran and Toa outside of the city, and the Torm would protect it. Their numbers are huge and constantly changing.
Okay, so obviously we have Tyranca here. Nothing's really changed here, so you can just go to her own post for more stuff on her.
“His frustration and pride drove him to the maw of death, which he embraced wholeheartedly.”
-Narrator, The Contenders #31
Anut was a Toa of Iron and co-founder of the Torm. Slender and acrobatic, Anut carried a spear, which he threw like a javelin with the help of the Kanohi Sanok, the mask of Accuracy. Anut was an extremely passionate individual, but less rational or practical than his former partner, Toa Tyranca. He was zealous about the Torm, in the similar way a nationalist is towards their country; he was easily manipulated due to this. He was brave and unafraid of death. Most of the Torm respected him well enough despite his flaws, though many lost faith in him once he expelled Tyranca and took over the Torm.
Anut and Tyranca. (Contenders #21)
Anut was one of the many Matoran on Spherus Magna who was transformed into a Toa by the Order of Mata Nui, in order to revive the waning Toa community. He was hired on by the organisation as part of a forlorn hope; it was a miracle that he survived the experience, especially with his headstrong attitude. He met Tyranca at this point and became good friends with her, going along with her as she migrated to Racta Magna. They were unable to get into the city of Racta Major and were instead stranded in Racta Minus; they found many others in the same situation, and so they founded the Torm. Anut helped to lead this group in many scenarios, including battling Makuta Reshak and the Godlike Thanatos, a task which they unfortunately failed in.
Anut and Tyranca leading the Torm. (Contenders #13)
Anut later got into a debate with Tyranca about accepting Kuvago the Devastator, a former Dark Hunter, into the Torm. He protested greatly against this, suspecting that Kuvago was tricking them. However, he changed his mind after seeing him battle the Dark Hunter Slave Driver, and allowed him to join the group. Despite initially being kind to Kuvago, Anut soon begun to grow restless about his position in the Torm; he felt that Tyranca was usurping his power as co-founder of the group. He raised his concern to Tyranca, but she seemed for the most part to dismiss him. He also seemed rather distressed about Tyranca going out to find a missing Toa without informing him, and leaving him to run a training exercise on his own. His concerns were yet again ignored.
Anut and Kuvago. (Beginning Redemption)
For some time, Anut had been secretly receiving council from an outside source: the rogue Toa Kunar, who slowly convinced the Toa of Iron that Tyranca was usurping his power. At the point in which Tyranca went out to find the missing Toa, Anut was advised by Kunar to throw her and Kuvago out, which he did once she returned with Toa Montu and Toa Cilla of the Contenders and Edoth of the Destroyer’s Three. Once they were expelled, Anut became the sole leader of the Torm, with Kunar as his chief advisor. Not long afterwards, Voltwhip of the Platonic Justice arrived at their doorstep, offering them a place within his organisation. After some hesitancy, Anut accepted the offer.
Anut receiving council from Kunar. (Contenders #25)
Anut observed the array of people who joined them in the Platonic Justice movement, and noticed that many of them were thugs and crooks- once he noticed Slave Driver in the very same group, he began to speak up. He went to Kunar, complaining that the Torm’s ethos had been undermined by working within a company of villains. Kunar assured Anut that this was merely an alliance of convenience in order to eliminate the Contenders. Anut accepted this explanation, and was thoroughly criticized by Skartau, a particularly zealous member of the Torm, for doing so. A section of the Torm lead by Skartau then separated and left the Platonic Justice; when Anut challenged Skartau, the Toa merely insulted him, causing Anut to strike Skartau for it.
Anut striking Skartau. (Contenders #30)
Soon after, the Contenders and their allies attacked the camp of the Platonic Justice; Anut and the remaining members of the Torm helped to fight them. Anut went specifically after Tyranca, whom he duelled with. The duel was fairly even sided, and Tyranca made an appeal for reconcile over it, which Anut dismissed. The Guardian of the Gate soon arrived at the arena, where it promptly killed a member of the Torm. Anut, enraged, challenged the Guardian, knowing full well that the it would easily destroy him.
Anut fighting Tyranca. (Contenders #31)
The robot fired a laser at the Toa, promptly disintegrating him.
The second in command of the Torm.
Back, also showing his spear attached.
Battling the Protector of Stone.
“It’ll take a while, but eventually we’ll restore the legacy of both Tyranca and Anut!”
-Skartau, The Contenders #32
Skartau is a hybrid Toa of Fire and Water, and the current leader of the Torm, succeeding Anut and Tyranca. He carries two Vahki blades, in which he channels both of his elements, and he wears a Kanohi Pakari, the mask of strength. Skartau is enthusiastic and passionate, always invested in the Torm’s prosperity and politics, even before he became leader of the Torm. He has quite a bit of sprightliness given his youth, but demonstrates sensible and reasonable leadership skills. He got on well with one of the original leaders, Tyranca, but came into conflict with Anut, the other, on multiple occasions.
Skartau was created in an Order of Mata Nui experiment, during an attempt to increase the amount of Toa active. The idea was to create Toa with multiple elements, to make them more effective in battle. This backfired though as Skartau became so powerful that he could not control his energy. The order had to nullify his powers so that it wouldn’t kill him. Though he could still control both elements, his range was limited. Skartau eventually migrated to Racta Magna, but was unable to get into Racta Major, and so ended up in Racta Minus. He found out about the Torm and eagerly joined under Tyranca and Anut’s command. He participated in many adventures, including trying to stop Reshak and Thanatos from entering Racta Major, though his team was unable to do so.
Skartau would later encourage Tyranca and Anut to accept Kuvago the Devastator, a former Dark Hunter, into the Torm. He strongly believed that the Toa of Iron could redeem himself, though he was slightly put off by Kuvago himself, who detailed to him the various atrocities that he had committed. He was encouraged again when he saw the Devastator risk his life to save the Matoran Koi from Slave Driver the Dark Hunter. Though he himself bonded with Kuvago, Skartau witnessed a brewing tension between the two Torm leaders over Kuvago, and this culminated when Tyranca was expelled from the Torm by Anut, who assumed singular command. Skartau objected to this, but was quickly cut down by Anut.
The hybrid Toa became greatly unsettled by Anut’s assumption of command and began to voice his concerns. A few members of the Torm sided with him, though many tried to repress his complaints. Skartau responded aggressively to the threats, but when Anut was brought in, he resolved to keep quiet. However, even in the face of threats from his fellow Torm members, Skartau never fully conformed to Anut’s desire. Skartau’s indignance was soon reignited as the Torm joined forces with the Platonic Justice, a movement intending to take down the Contenders. Skartau very vocally tore into Anut, thoroughly criticizing his leadership skills. The Toa eventually left the group, explicitly insulted Anut and getting himself struck for it.
Sometime later, the surviving members of the Torm gathered in the original location of their camp. Skartau took leadership of this group and promised them that together they would be able to restore the group to what it had once been. The hybrid Toa enjoyed about a year of unchallenged rule, the Torm swelling with new members in the process; this all changed when the evil Shadebringers took over Racta Major and cast the planet into permanent darkness. The Torm spent many months trying to determine what was going on; eventually they were approached by the godly Thanatos, who explained the Shadebringers’ malicious intent. A collective was formed, known as the Champions of Day, consisting of the Torm, Thanatos’ clan, Toa Raxonax of the Contenders, and members of the alien Hero Factory. The Champions began a march towards Racta Major, preparing to overthrow these new villains.
They met with the Shadebringers’ minions outside the entrance to Racta Major, where they partook in a fierce battle; Skartau felt especially vindicated when he encountered Kunar in the fight and managed to strike him across the face. The Shadebringer minions soon retreated and the Champions set up camp. During this time, Skartau offered Kuvago his place as leader of the Torm, but the old Toa refused, stating that it was better that the Torm had a younger, fresher leader.
Skartau and the others are stationed outside Racta Major, preparing to enter the city.
Yeah, remember this guy? I entered him as a one-off MOC into a contest. It didn't get past round 1, but I did actually like how he looked, so I brought him back. :D
Dual wielding, in more ways than one :D
Okay, so the rest of these guys are just unamed grunts, so enjoy. :)
Might as well show these guys; they were the three Tormies that were in Contenders #5. I've taken them apart now to build the MOCs above.
All of them together.
That's all, folks!
New Torm guy! built to replace the red and lime one with the Huna, who died in The Contenders #13
Quoting Puff the Magic Thunderbird
For very simplistic characters, these are quite nice. And, just a question, but where did you get that sword the blue grunt is carrying? The one with the saw shield? Any who, Bravo!
Thanks! I got the sword from the Knights Kingdom Constraction set King Jayko
Quoting Gil .
@ raptor. yeah it is. in the summer its ok (in the south) but any other time its cold and usually grey. and then there's the poem "Jerusalem" that makes the english countryside sound nice.
True that. We do get some nice winter light though, mainly because we see the dawn and the sun set :D