This one's yet another revamp of an old character, though not quite in the way you'd think! Those of you who saw Turaga Trokan in some of my older stories may have wondered what he might have been like as a Toa- well now, finally you've your answer...!
About this creation
“Those who believe me a hero shamefully neglect the many evils played by my hand; I sincerely hope their reverence is not in ignorance of my many mistakes, but rather in appreciation of how I overcame them.”
-A passage from Trokan’s memoirs, written a few weeks before his death.
Trokan was a wise and venerated Toa of Magnetism, who led the first Matoran settlers to Racta Magna; as a Turaga, he was the benevolent monarch of the city of Racta Major. Though he was powerful and able to carry a presence, he felt no need to throw his weight around; he was soft spoken, patient and respectful of all, even his enemies or moral antitheses. He held a love of all things and, as a leader, tried to govern in a way that benefitted all. However, in battle all such kindness fell away; he would coldly slay thousands on the battlefield with his mighty Staff of Retribution; this wartime cruelty would end up haunting him until the end of his days.
Trokan originated as a Fa-Matoran on Spherus Magna, who was transformed into a Toa by the Order of Mata Nui in order to reboot the dwindling number of Toa. He just about passed his combat training, though his instructor complained that his mild-mannered technique was not aggressive and harsh enough, condescendingly referring to him as a pacifist disguised as a Toa. Nevertheless, Trokan projected enough confidence and wisdom as a leader that he earned the respect of all around him; it was for this reason that he was charged to lead a large group of Toa and Matoran to settle on another planet, as the Order’s attempt to revitalise the Toa species backfired terribly, leaving Spherus Magna with a tremendous oversaturation of populous. Trokan led the migrants out into space with the help of three Toa deputies: Onika, Parah and Korapa.
This party of refugees landed on Racta Magna, a measly little planet of dirt and mud. Despite the conditions, they managed to make a home in what would eventually become Racta Major. It would not take long for hostility to fire up between the Matoran and the planet’s local species, the warriors known as the Gostoks. Trokan tried to solve this issue diplomatically with the Gostok Alpha, Gerikigil; though these talks were reasonable at first, Trokan soon lost his patience with the obstinate Gostoks and declared war on them. This war raged for over a hundred years; while Onika, Parah and Korapa led the other Toa in some battles, Trokan would face an entire Gostok regiment alone in others, burning them with devastating waves from his Staff of Retribution, a weapon that he obtained to prove that his ‘technique’ could be both aggressive and harsh.
The Toa eventually won the war, driving the Gostoks to extinction; though many rejoiced in this victory, Trokan was deeply ashamed of what he had done to obtain it. This shame devolved into paranoia, as Trokan no longer believed himself to be worthy of his patriarchal status and feared that another would one day dethrone him. As a result, he became a lot more reclusive and aggressive, especially to the three Toa who had helped him all this time. He went out of his way to crush even the minutest dissent, to a point that was excessive and gratuitous. Trokan veered very close to becoming a irredeemable tyrant, though his ego was placed back into perspective upon the arrival of Aroxion, the depraved leader of the Makuta Sombrak. Trokan saw much of himself in Aroxion, something that deeply frightened him, putting his deplorable actions into perspective.
While this revelation did indeed humble him, he knew that the Makuta would still have to be defeated. He left Racta Major without a word and travelled out to challenge Aroxion. It seemed that even with the all-powerful Staff of Retribution, Trokan had met his match; fighting one Makuta was enough of a challenge, but when the other members of the Sombrak swarmed Trokan, he had no choice but to unleash a Nova Blast to fend them off, relinquishing all his energy and devolving into a Turaga. Trokan returned home in tears, apologising to Onika, Parah and Korapa for his past cruelty and foolishness, begging for their forgiveness. While they embraced him with open arms, the now-dubbed ‘Toa Racta’ set out to fight the Sombrak; the ensuing war was known as the ‘Days of Shadowed Magna’, one that ended after fifty years, comparatively briefer than the Gostok war.
Turaga Trokan remained out of this war, instead dedicating himself to protecting the Matoran of Racta Major, rekindling the lost bond between him and his people; he softened over time, returning to the benevolence and wisdom that once epitomised him. He would listen to each and every Matoran and never mock or condescend them, for deep down he held respect for all things. He took to writing in his later years, documenting many of his adventures and the stories that others have told him over the years; one particular piece of scripture documented how he, Toa Benu and a Matoran named Dorru helped to liberate the city from the clutches of a madman named Raznor. His writing culminated in two forms; the first being a lengthy memoir of his life, the second being an analysis of a prophecy that heralded one final clash between the Toa Racta and the Sombrak.
Trokan passed away peacefully, but not before warning Onika about his prophecy. The ensuing battle followed the text perfectly, with the Sombrak destroyed once and for all and the Toa Racta themselves transforming into Turaga, who now govern Racta Magna in memory of the legendary Trokan.
So some of you might remember Turaga Trokan from his cameo in my story animation Dark Epitaph, in which he gave a big exposition dump and then died. Others might remember my mini-series Forgotten, in which Trokan starred- though to be honest, that one has ended up being rather... FoRgOtTeN!1! bAdUm-CrAsH!1@€#!
Oh yeah, and he appeared once in one issue of the abysmal trash known as Hunt For "God". But yeah, if you remember that one, then that means you sat through the stuff I wrote back in 2011 and 2012- in which case, I salute you.
The point of this big lore dump is that Trokan is has been a pretty minor character who never had much screen time, despite the fact that he's probably one of the most important people in Racta Magna's history. So I thought it's about high time he got the glory he deserved... long after his death... whoops...
The tip of his Staff of Retribution- I'm quite proud of that design, to be honest- looks quite nice methinks.
His shield- not much to say really, other than the Nuparu shield and Bitil wing pieces go surprisingly well together.
Height comparison with ClayFace. Not a bad little model, honestly.
Yeah, I got a Lego Batman set. Never thought I'd see the day. Impulsive and irresponsible purchases means I make a good adult. To distract from that, have a tired old HISHE meme.
Fighting Gostok Gavamond. I doubt Gavamond ever met Trokan in the battlefield- likelihood'd be that he'd be dead in an instant. But hey; Trokan fought lots of Gostoks that looked just like him in the war, so yeah.
Height comparison with Galia, who demonstrates how Trokan is slightly taller than my regular Toa builds- which is fitting given his grandeur.
Stood with his old comrades, Onika, Parah and Korapa. They're Turaga now, but they still carry on his legacy.
That's all for now, folks! See you next week!
Quoting Ben Cossy
Looks great. Love that staff and man it's so cool how you got those silver Bohrok pieces to fit on the arms so nicely. Doesn't look bulky at all which I thought it would. Nice job old friend :)
Thanks Ben! Glad you like it, especially the shoulder design- I was definitely worried about those Bohrok shields- I wanted to give him broad shoulders and bulky biceps, but I too thought they'd look too big- I was also worried that they'd limit articulation, which they don't- they turned out quite well! Thanks again Ben! :D
Quoting Toa Gaim
Awesome moc! I really like his design and has that royal knight vibe to him. Toa Hiroshi:"You know you look like you would serve as one of Father Honor Guards back in the palace."
Thanks Gaim! I'm glad you like his regal aesthetic- I definitely wanted to give him that certain presence, given his story significance. Trokan: "Well... while I'm not entirely sure whether that was intended as a compliment, I shall take it as such in good will."