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Tarshduk, Master of Air and Earth V9
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Name: Tarshduk
Gender: Male
Species: Agori of Air and Earth
Alignment: Toa, Leader of the Toa Magna, Council of Toa
Occupation: Defending Spherus Magna against threats, like the Blaholre (formerly) and the Makuta; Toa; Being on the Council of Toa
Elements: Air and Earth
Titles: Brother, Tarsh, Dude (by Veshtar only), Toa, Glatorian (fomerly), Leader, Master of Air and Earth, Master of the Contradicting Elements, The Collector, Council Leader
Mask: Kanohi Hau (Mask of Shielding), allows the wearer to block all projectile attacks (like lasers, bullets, ect. and excluding swords and other melee weapons)
Weapons: Elemental Sword, Iron Sword, Ancient Skrall Blades (x2), Earth Broadswords (x2), Thornax Launcher, Dual Wrist Guns (x2), Wrist Blades (x2), Daggers (x2), Shield, Golden Sword, Air Disk

Equipment: Necklace
Story: Tarshduk was a unique Agori growing up, as he was of dual elements (Earth and Air). He learned to accept this and to use it to his advantage. He enjoyed learning new things, hanging with friends, adventuring, and training with the Glatorian.

After one of the Glatorian of his village was killed in battle, Tarshduk was chosen to become the new Glatorian of the village. He loved the new experience. As he matured as a Glatorian, he studied different fighting styles and developed his own fighting style. In battle, he would study his opponent and use their weaknesses against them. As a result, he was very successful in the arena. He was also very honorable and fought with honor. While not in the arena, Tarshduk enjoyed exploring Bara Magna with others, collecting weapons that he thought were interesting and finding new and exciting things.

As with many Glatorian, Tarshduk fought in the Battle of Bara Magna to defend his village against the Rahkshi and Skakdi, and because of him and some other Glatorian, saved the village of Tesara from the invaders. After that fateful battle, he went back to being a Glatorian. One day, he was brought to a room after one of his arena battles. In the room, he met three Turaga, Firox, Whinado, and Watock. They said that Tarshduk was chosen for a very special task, gave him a stone, and left. A few weeks after this, a Matoran messenger came and told Tarshduk to follow him. Tarshduk followed the Matoran to an ancient temple where he met the other Glatorian who would also become Toa Magna (Kirax, Fikar, Strarix, Veshtar, Tarvank).

In the temple, they became the Toa Magna, and the Turaga Galaxy gave them the task of defending Spherus Magna from threats. Almost instantly, he became the leader of the Toa Magna with Kirax as his right-hand man. He and Kirax would usually come up with a plan before going into battle, but if he has to, will also improvise. He helped his teammates in battle and learned each of their personalities.

One key series in their history was hunting down the Kanohi Mask of the Dead to stop the resurrected Teridax and his armies. Him and his team spent weeks of searching, but eventually they tracked it to one place. They snuck into a Makuta camp during the night with a few other Toa and stole the Kanohi, but with the Makuta close behind. Tarshduk and his team quickly made their way to a volcano, where they were sent to destroy the mask to stop Teridax and his followers. Eventually they arrived, but the Makuta had somehow beaten them. A fierce battle ensued and in the chaos, Kirax was infected by a shadow leech. Tarshduk ran over to his aid, but was tackled into the volcano with the Kanohi by Teridax. Tarshduk quickly created a ledge for him to land on with his powers over Earth. Teridax also landed on this ledge, and the two began a battle. In the end, Tarshduk was defeated and Teridax reclaimed the mask. As he prepared to don it, Kirax fired a thornax with dead accuracy at the mask. The mask flew from the Makuta's hands and into the molten protodermis. The mask was destroyed and soon, the dead warriors returned to being dead. Teridax was the last to go down and was just about to kill Tarshduk. Luckily, Death claimed Teridax once again and the battle was over. The Toa Magna returned victorious and were celebrated.

A few years later, The Black Hole Threat emerged on Spherus Magna. Tarshduk led his team and other Toa to meet this threat. They battled the Blaholre and searched endlessly for where they were emerging. After weeks of being attacked and fighting the endless waves of Blaholre, Tarshduk discovered a portal linking Spherus Magna to the Black Hole realm. The Toa walked through the portal but were quickly driven out by its defenses. After weeks of preparation, Tarshduk and Tahu led a charge into the portal to stop the threat once and for all. Along the way through the portal, they encountered Blac-Matoran who wished to help the Toa. Eventually, they arrived at a throne room belonging to Bloninux. Bloninux engaged the Toa team and quickly incapacitated many of the Toa. Soon, only the Toa Nuva and Toa Magna remained. The Toa learned that Bloninux was leading the Blac-Matoran against their will to attack Spherus Magna. At the heat of the battle, Bloninux was pushed back by the combined efforts of Tahu and Tarshduk. Then Bloninux's personal guard shockingly backstabbed her leader and killed her former friend, now malevolent leader. The Toa then formed an alliance with the Blac-Matoran and helped them immigrate onto the planet when the Blackhole Realm was torn apart as a result to the death of Bloninux. Soon after the planet received a long time of peace and prosperity.

Tarshduk retuned to Tesara with his team. He spent the next weeks to relax and help the Matoran and Agori rebuild. He continued adventuring and learning during this time as well.

Tarshduk was rewarded a medal of honor for his bravery in battle and was chosen as a leader for the new Council of Toa. He helped establish the Council and helped to control it. He would assign missions, but also carry out missions with his team. Soon, a new threat appeared, the Kallon.

Tarshduk kept the Council together through the troubling destruction of Spherus Magna. He aided the Justicar faction with other Council Leader, Pakvle. He helped to stop an attack on Tajun and to lead an attack on the Kallon assembling ground on Knee Island. Through the combined efforts of the Council factions, the Kallon were defeated. The world returned to peace, but with the Makuta and Teridax plotting their revenge hidden in shadow...


















































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Jaetaro's Comments: I am very glad with how Tarshduk looks now, very majestic and strong. In this version, I changed the Torso and Shins (making them now custom). The torso was made a bit slimmer compared to the old design and I think it came out very well. The legs had changes to the shins to make them custom, longer, and better looking. The Gen 2 Onua masks were used to fill in an odd lip between the thighs and waist. This update was sparked by a broken rubber band on V8's torso. In addition, I modified the arms to make them more streamlined. A shield was added to his left arm as a sort of homage to his Glatorian days. Overall, I really like how he looks now, with a good color balance (although there is a bit too much gold in some parts). I also changed the head and his necklace (which was kept as an homage to the original; although the nacklace was never given any significance like Hira's). On the back, I got rid of one thornax launcher because two was too busy. In addition, there is room for weapon storage to be implemented later.

In case you don't know, Tarshduk is not my primary self-moc any more. He and Jraon share the spot of primary self-moc. Jraon embodies myself now and my interests and Tarshduk embodies my aspirations. I still consider both to be important mocs in my Mocing career, one that started it all and one that represents the change in my mocing style.

Anyways, I hope you like this form of Tarshduk as much as I do. If you see anything to be changed or improved, leave a critique. Tarshduk would not be what he is today without criticism.



Comments

Jaetaro the Wise
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Saxton Johnson
  July 5, 2015
Nice moc! The only con I can think about is the thigh and shoulder designs. While they are good designs, they are way too thick. Otherwise, nice color scheme, good use of the Onua masks, and with the solid design on the body. Nice job!
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  July 2, 2015
Thanks for liking Tarshduk so much! Keep the likes coming! (I want to see if this can become one of my most popular posts)
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  July 1, 2015
Quoting Traykar the swift Groovy. :P awesome moc!
Thanks!
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  July 1, 2015
Groovy. :P awesome moc!
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  July 1, 2015
Quoting LEWCARIUS FARKLE Absolutely stunning. the only bad thing is that the arms are a taaaaad too thin.
Thanks! I will think about bulking them a little bit in a future update.
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  July 1, 2015
Absolutely stunning. the only bad thing is that the arms are a taaaaad too thin.
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  July 1, 2015
Quoting Monarth the Contrarian Lovely work here. He's got good bulk to him and that inika armor-inika armor leg plating is a pretty bold choice. I don't recall when I last saw something like that. While I'd normally consider it bad, in this case the additions on top of it makes it work surprisingly well. The color combination is good, but the balance is off. His legs are so overwhelmingly golden that he looks like he's wearing shorts. If you're to keep those golden legs, it needs balancing out on his upper torso. Golden chest armor could look cool and bring balance, which brings me to my last point. While he looks bulky, his chest lacks the muscularity his limbs have. Something bulkier needs to be on top of that rahkshi foot. Besides that, you've done a good moc here. Cheers~
Thanks for the critiques, I will consider them when I make changes. Glad you like the moc :D
 I made it 
  July 1, 2015
Quoting JosephC 123 Saw this somewhere before. Anyhoo, I really dig the armoring on this guy. I do agree that the head looks slightly small, but the reason it does is because the neck is too long. (those darn ball joint connectors) I would stick with the green mask though, since the horns on the head make it more passable scale-wise. other than that, pretty neat. Keep it up! Oh! and another thing. He needs one well built custom weapon! Fix that, and you have yourself a masterpiece.
Thanks. I am I satisfied with the head somewhat and it will probably be the first thing changed...
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  July 1, 2015
Quoting Sean /EMMSixteenA4 Well. They still are too short, really. Short doesn't equal big. Tall does. That brings me up nicely to my critique: overbulked. That head is TINY. Those shoulders are meh. Unrelatedly, you say he's your former self-MOC yet put him alongside Jroan saying "primary self-MOCs". This is an inconsistency, as you can see :P
Technically they are both primary self mocs although they embody different things...
 I like it 
  July 1, 2015
Lovely work here. He's got good bulk to him and that inika armor-inika armor leg plating is a pretty bold choice. I don't recall when I last saw something like that. While I'd normally consider it bad, in this case the additions on top of it makes it work surprisingly well. The color combination is good, but the balance is off. His legs are so overwhelmingly golden that he looks like he's wearing shorts. If you're to keep those golden legs, it needs balancing out on his upper torso. Golden chest armor could look cool and bring balance, which brings me to my last point. While he looks bulky, his chest lacks the muscularity his limbs have. Something bulkier needs to be on top of that rahkshi foot. Besides that, you've done a good moc here. Cheers~
 I like it 
  July 1, 2015
The thigh armor using the gold masks is genius! Nice revamp!
  July 1, 2015
Saw this somewhere before. Anyhoo, I really dig the armoring on this guy. I do agree that the head looks slightly small, but the reason it does is because the neck is too long. (those darn ball joint connectors) I would stick with the green mask though, since the horns on the head make it more passable scale-wise. other than that, pretty neat. Keep it up! Oh! and another thing. He needs one well built custom weapon! Fix that, and you have yourself a masterpiece.
 I like it 
  July 1, 2015
Well. They still are too short, really. Short doesn't equal big. Tall does. That brings me up nicely to my critique: overbulked. That head is TINY. Those shoulders are meh. Unrelatedly, you say he's your former self-MOC yet put him alongside Jroan saying "primary self-MOCs". This is an inconsistency, as you can see :P
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  July 1, 2015
Quoting Ben Veazey Sweet! He looks very cool and his color scheme is very collected and clean. My only gripe is that I think the legs are a little too large. Just my opinion though. Overall, great work!
Odd since the last version had comments that his legs were too short :P Anyways, thanks for liking this version :D
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  July 1, 2015
Quoting Caleb M. Wonderful work on Tarshduk!
Thanks Caleb!
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  July 1, 2015
Sweet! He looks very cool and his color scheme is very collected and clean. My only gripe is that I think the legs are a little too large. Just my opinion though. Overall, great work!
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  July 1, 2015
Wonderful work on Tarshduk!
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  July 1, 2015
Quoting Windfall the Wanderer Wow... Big... Nice...
Wow...Short Comment...Much Appreciated...Nice...
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  July 1, 2015
Wow... Big... Nice...
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  July 1, 2015
Quoting [ Cevka ] Excellent! This is definitely my favorite version, and I always find that Dark Green and Gold work hand-in-hand, which is why it looks so nice on this MOC. I normally find the Tarshduk mask very odd, but you managed to make me like it. The masks on the shoulders and upper thighs work perfectly, and the flow of the armor and colors is great. :)
Thanks Cevka! I can't wait to see Cevka V2! (btw, you should check out Tarshduk V1, my first MP post)
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  July 1, 2015
Quoting RaptorTalon ~ AMAZING! I love his limbs, the torso is okay...but man! he looks AWESOME!
Thanks! Apparently people really like the limbs even though they are so simple :P
 I like it 
  July 1, 2015
Excellent! This is definitely my favorite version, and I always find that Dark Green and Gold work hand-in-hand, which is why it looks so nice on this MOC. I normally find the Tarshduk mask very odd, but you managed to make me like it. The masks on the shoulders and upper thighs work perfectly, and the flow of the armor and colors is great. :)
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  July 1, 2015
AMAZING! I love his limbs, the torso is okay...but man! he looks AWESOME!
 
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