Bennus The Trader (Bio-Cup 2012 Round Three, vs Darren Y) . It's hard to keep up an honest business out in the Spherus Magnian deserts... Sometimes one has to scavenge and steal to make ends meet. . Name: Bennus
Race/Species: Matoran/Agori Hybrid
Occupation: Travelling Merchant
Prevailing Element: Stone
Tool(s): Old Desert Walker, Mask of X-Ray Vision (powerless), Sombrero
MOC Status: Vehicle is Disassembled, Bennus is Assembled
Contest: The 2012 Bio-Cup
Opponent: Darren Y
Opponent's Entry: As yet unposted
Theme: #2, Junk Ride
Though Mata-Nui restored Spherus Magna, many parts of the planet remained as barren wastes - the great forest would not spread to them for many hundreds of years. The cities of Atero, Vulcanus, Tajun and Drachen's Hope are still surrounded by baking sands.
Bennus carries on a traditional business from long before the reformation - he is a trader, though one of the few traders on Spherus Magna to use a motorised vehicle instead of a cart pulled by a beast or rahi. He learned trading from his father, and his father before him, and his father before him.
His Walker was built out of scavenged machinery and Baterra pieces by a matoran called Onukhet, which was then sold to his great grandfather. Since then it has seen almost constant use through the generations, and many replacement parts - such as a lantern to replace a blasted out headlamp and the addition of a wind-turbine to provide extra energy.
Its pace is slow, as it scuttles forward on its front legs across the wastes. Bennus carries no weapons - he wouldn't know the first thing about using one - and is happy to hire Glatorians or other mercenaries to guard his caravan should he ever need it.
While he trades things between the settlements, he is also a scavenger. Many artefacts from the Destiny War remain studded across the sands, and even some Great Being tech remains. Amongst grains, fruits, ropes and rigging are the bleached bones of rahi and pieces of metal to be sold to the highest bidder.
"One man's junk is another man's treasure - everything has value to someone, somewhere. Buy surplus cheap, and sell it dear, and perhaps you will survive among the sands..."
Traders are unmistakeable among the ranks of other beings in the cities - they are stained with dust, wiry and bleached by the sun, and with a hungry look in their eyes.
That is, if they still posess both of them.
I got this wrong on Senkhrast: Chronos Omega did not invent this head design. Banjax did! I extended it, though, yet again. The great thing about the design is that light carries though really well, and the eyes are rounder - better for matoran. You can also have differently coloured eyes, and far more stuff attached to the head, too. Sombreros! :D
I was originally trying to play closer to the Mad Max theme, by making a great big car, but it just wasn't for me. I'm not really much of a car person - so I went for something wierd and wonderful instead. I've long wanted to use the tent piece in a MOC. The rider for that car ended up turning into very large, toa-titan-ish sized build, so expect him in future. :)
Since I changed my mind about the build so late on, I had to build constantly to meet the last deadline. I didn't rush. I just abandoned Skyrim. :C
I had originally planned for Gringat to be the rider, but decided a more Mad-Maxian looking guy was probably better.
The design is built with cliff-climbing in mind. The front legs can dig into almost vertical cliffs, and the net at the back (the second one can be secured over the top when needed) stops all his stuff from falling out.
The front half of the strider contains a mechanism using the springs at the front and a liftarm conected to them. If you push one leg forward, the other one is pushed backward, and the radar dish moves a bit left and right as well - unfortunately the springs are so strong that it tends to just have both legs in the backward position. :/
Anyway, I wish good luck to Darren - and all the other competitors! The contest so far has been marvellous fun. It's good to finally have the time to get involved in this, even if that's only for a few months.