Good day/night folks! Apologies for the delay with this post, I've been all kinds of busy right now. But nevertheless, I've broken away for a second to show you my latest MOC- it's a revamp, but probably not what you're expecting...!
About this creation
“You finally have a form that matches your beastly personality- and hopefully it'll teach you the price of unbacked arrogance!”
-Astrok, The Contenders #39.
Slave Driver’ was a Hordika mutant and Dark Hunter commander; in later life he served Makuta Astrok of the Shadebringers. Before his descent, Slave Driver was a haughty being; selfish, quick to anger and feared by his peers. While feigning a façade of loyalty, Slave Driver regularly fantasised about usurping the Shadowed One and becoming the leader of the Dark Hunters. When he was mutated by Astrok however, all sentient thought lost. Despite losing his mind, the Hunter’s strength and ferocity only doubled, becoming all the more terrifying.
Terrorising a Matoran. (Beginning Redemption)
Slave Driver was born a member of Axonn’s species and, excited by the exploits of the Dark Hunters, he took the first chance to run away to Odina and join the outfit; he even dreamed of one day succeeding the Shadowed One as their leader. He fussed over his supposed ‘predecessor’ to excessive degrees, so much so that he began to irritate the Shadowed One. This irritation won Slave Driver the most menial and ugly of jobs, one of which involved fighting a hoard of Visorak, during which he was mutated into his Hordika form. Eventually the Shadowed one grew tired of even this, and so shipped him to Racta Magna to watch over the other reject hunters; nevertheless, Slave Driver still fantasised about usurping the Shadowed One’s position.
Plotting in Racta Major. (Beginning Redemption)
He worked on Racta Magna for many years, preferring to remain in the shadows and dictate things from afar; it wouldn’t take long however before he began to fade into obscurity. He knew he had to quash dissent, which he attempted to do when the Dark Hunter named ‘Devastator’ attempted to leave the organisation. He battled Devastator and would have killed him if it weren’t for the intervention of his new allies, an outfit named the Toa of Racta Minus. It was here that he realised that he had to strengthen his authority, and so he gathered all the Dark Hunters on the planet in one place and assumed command of them all. It would not be long before they received their first mission as a collective; hired out by the demonic Mordath, they were to hunt down a rogue Toa named Dukrina. They attempted to achieve this mission, only to be distracted by the planet’s Toa, the Contenders- they engaged in battle, from which the Hunters emerged victorious.
Fighting the Contenders. (Contenders #24)
During their search, the Hunters were approached by the Platonic Justice, a political movement assembled to overthrow the Contenders’ home, Racta Major; they agreed to join them, as it brought them closer to Dukrina. However soon after, their camp was attacked by the Contenders; Slave Driver commanded the Hunters to retreat, abandoning Mordath and the Platonic Justice. Despite this, they would spend the following year trying to siege Racta Major, failing each time. However, the Contenders were eventually beaten by a group of villains known as the Shadebringers, who overtook Racta major and invited the Hunters to reside there. They accepted, and Slave Driver soon attempted to contact the Shadebringers, to negotiate a deal with them.
Leading an attack on Racta Major. (Contenders #35)
The first Shadebringer he found was one named Astrok, whom he demanded to take him to her superior. The Makuta disliked his tone, and so attacked him, dragging him to her secret lair and injecting him with a toxin, transforming him into a mute, four legged Rahi; all thought was stripped away, leaving him as little more than Astrok’s pet. She kept him hidden from view, bringing him out only once to help stop the Contenders from reclaiming their city. While She would also require his services once again when Raxonax, one of the Contenders, escaped his cell. She sent the beast to chase down the Toa, which he did with ease, but when he came into conflict with him, Raxonax won the fight by accidentally snapping Slave Driver’s neck, killing him.
Slave Driver as a beast. (Contenders #39)
Though Slave Driver was dead, Astrok ended up reanimating the corpse with her Shadebringer flame, as she still found use in the beast’s brute strength. She stationed it outside Racta Major, waiting for Raxonax’s return. They were eventually greeted by the Champions of Day, a group that Raxonax had assembled to liberate Racta Major; a large battle soon occurred, though the Shadebringer minions were quickly overpowered and forced to retreat. The corpse remained within Racta Major, preparing to be dispatched again. However, the Champions of Day would beat them to the punch, as they broke into the city before the Shadebringers could retaliate. A large scale skirmish was to follow, one that would be Slave Driver’s last.
Slave Driver’s corpse being reanimated. (Contenders #43)
Slave Driver’s corpse was destroyed in this battle, crushed by another villain, Doctor Forgen and his bulky Exocrab, as he was thrown on top of it.
Front view. As you can see, this is very different to my typical way of revamping MOCs- much of the aesthetic designs have been kept the same, though some flaws in the original build have been corrected; the major difference of course is the posture- bent over and bestial, a result of Astrok's perverse mutations in Contenders #37.
A side profile, so you can see the MOC's silhouette better.
What those in the Design and Technology industry would call a plan view.
With the cape removed. I did give him some armour underneath there in order to give him a bit of a hunch, to show how twisted and out of shape he is.
Stood upright, so you can really appreciate the difference between this and the original build.
Height comparison with Quake Beast. As you can see, this guy is quite short
Facing up against Tyranca- despite being so low to the ground, he can extend himself to a Toa's height.
With Catcher and Kuvago (or 'Devastator')- the three characters who debuted in the cancelled Youtube series Love and Hate.
Facing up against Fotoh the Unchallenged! I'm so glad that the Island RPG has survived up until this point- I took these photos in June last year (if I remember correctly), so this could have been a potentially outdated reference. But it isn't, so that's good!
Edit: Funnily enough, the RPG did actually draw to a close this week- and it was an actual ending too, with resolution and everything. Huh.
With Makuta Astrok, his new mistress.
That's all folks! Once again, sorry for the delay!
Quoting Dark Aeon
The difference between this and the original version and very nice. Wait, you've had these pics since June? What? You've been holding out on us, Rax.
Thanks Aeon! Yes, I built most of the main Book 3 MOCs in the summer of last year- because I've pretty much been away from home since September, with the exception of the Christmas Holiday (hence those RPG MOCs) - but obviously, I couldn't post them until now, as they pertained to spoilers. :P