Still working on it, but it’s general shape is done. All I really need is some extra pieces, and this Gukko will fly once again.
From beak to tail he measure roughly over 14 inches and has a wingspan just under 21 inches.
(Inspired in part by @sharnak906‘s Toa symbol designs, and @tundra-tiger‘s idea about them being the Toa’s signatures!)
I’ve often wondered what kinds of tools are used for
writing by Matoran.
I’ve always thought they might have something for
carving large perfect circles for the basic shape of the glyph, and then
a double-ended tool for carving small circles and straight lines.
That’s for “official” carvings, at least, which is on very heavy, solid
stone walls or tablets. (Even with the tools for cutting circles, this
is still a time-consuming and labour-intensive task. Takua sometimes
suspected he was given the role of chronicler just to keep him occupied
and out of trouble for a few hours at a time, and too worn out at the
end to wander too far from Ta-Koro.) Official carvings are all very
uniform in size and style, so it’s hard to recognise the work of any given individual on official documents.
and scholars in Metru Nui probably completed their first drafts of
essays on moist clay slabs, which can be edited, and used a tool that’s
more like a stamp to make the circles, which is quite efficient
time-wise compared to carving.
For informal, portable tablets, they probably have
softer, lightweight stones that can be carved quite quickly and only require a single carving tool to scratch onto the surface, so you’d start to
see different handcarving styles emerge there.
Toa don’t typically do much writing, but there’s still a few interesting possibilities here.
is totally uninterested in written language most of the time, in favour
of telling stories orally or through music. He rarely has a reason to
write, and it’s pretty much illegible when he does. He’s not big on
punctuation, either, but will often alter the size of his writing for
emphasis, or change the direction of the words when he gets bored. Lewa
very rarely thinks in a straight line, so he doesn’t see why he should
have to write in one.
Tahu suffers from a similar impatience
with formal writing, but he at least has a handle on things like “spaces
between words”, or “not carving sentences in the shape of an
upside-down Gukko bird just because I can”. He tends to have very rough,
heavy strokes in his handcarving, and frequently ends up breaking his
tablet or tool in the process.
Kopaka is very much a perfectionist when he writes, and quite succinct. Ko-Matoran communicate frequently by written notes, which are infinitely preferable than having a face-to-face conversation with someone. Ice tablets are typically used for short-term local communications, since these messages have no need to last for centuries. And besides, why waste good stone on something that will not matter in the future? That would mean having to take the trouble to go and get more, and negotiate with Po-Matoran in the process!)
Pumice stone is a favorite writing material in Ga-Koro given its light
weight and soft texture, which fits Gali’s swift, flowing carving style.
Gali frequently writes letters to her brothers to check up on them or try to organise the next meeting. Sometimes she’ll get a reply or a visit in return, but she doesn’t get her hopes up.
Onua is keen on knowledge and
history, so he often keeps journals and notes about his observations of missions and day-to-day life. He prefers to use clay over stone
since he can summon a tablet whenever he needs one that way. He’ll use the stamp
tools where possible, but has a very neat, precise style when carving by
hand. (He knows he could make the words appear spontaneously on the
tablet instead of writing them, but he’s a purist and feels there’s
something very meditative about carving something by hand)
Pohatu, on the other hand… *pop* here’s a sign for the new kohlii field
*pop* gotta record that joke Hewkii told earlier and send it to Lewa
*pop* anonymous apology note to the neighbours for eating all the pie
*pop* better give them a free kohlii season pass ticket too (that’s not
forgery, right?) *pop* Haven’t written to Gali in a while *pop* oh yeah
better ask her if she can get that fish pie recipe off Macku…
never writes by hand if he can help it. He’s very much out of practice,
which came as a rude shock during the Bohrok Kal incident. His
handcarving is more legible than Lewa’s, but drawing uniformly-sized circles by hand is not a strong point of his, and he never did figure out that blasted glyph tool (not without accidentally using it as a cookie cutter, punching a hole clean through the stone, and having to start all over again several times.) Onewa never let him hear the end of it.
When travelling with the Toa Nuva on the quest for the Scroll of Preparations, Pohatu offered to scribe for Gali to save time when she was writing her “blog” entries. She politely declined, giving a reason similar to Onua’s- that hand-carving helped to focus the memory and encouraged clarity of reflection.
In reality, she was just secretly enjoying pissing off Tahu and Kopaka by wriiii…ting reeaalllll-lly sloooow…ly whenever they tried to complain about her journalling breaks.
After migrating to Spherus Magna, Matoran learn about familial relationships, and see parallels to relationships in their own lives. They already refer to their peers as brothers and sisters, but maybe they start adopting other forms of address for certain people.
Imagine Matoran and Toa calling their Turaga “Dad,” either as a sincere affectionate gesture or maybe just to mess with them. Or if they’re feeling particularly brave, “Grandpa.” Some of the Turaga get revenge by treating them like small children, which they generally hate.
Matau: Now eat your sprout-greens. Heeeere comes the Gukko!
Lewa: Okay, okay, I said I was ever-sorry! Will you quit-stop being weird now?
Gukko are avian Rahi that come in three surprisingly different varieties.
The “Common” Gukko has four wings, and boasts the highest maneuverability of the varieties. They are an extremely common sights around Le-Metru, but are threatened by Silver Chute Spiders and Phase Dragons; the former of which preys on them, and the latter that kills them only accidentally, when trying to provoke them into a race.
Kewa are the smallest of the varieties, and are slightly less common than the… “Common” Gukko. These also fall prey to Spiders, but due to their lower top speed, are never the targets of Phase Dragons.
Kahu are the largest, and have the highest top speed of the three, but take longer to accelerate, and have lower maneuverability. These are the most accident-prone of the Gukko, and as a result, are rarely seen flying at top speed. They have few natural predators, and despite their size, are herbivorous like their cousins.
Le-Matoran have been attempting to tame these Rahi since time immemorial, but have yet to show any concrete results.
Although peaceful, these Rahi are very defensive of their nests, and will successfully fight off larger Rahi invaders that threaten their eggs and young, so stay off of high-rise buildings, and if you absolutely must go up to one, watch out for nests!
Bionicle sale! I need to clear out my old bath bomb stock and sets I no longer have room for. All masks, krana, and kraata pictured are $1 each except those noted below.
Weapons, armor, assorted parts, and ammo are 50 cents each.
The G2 masks, infected masks, and translucent Miru are $5 each.
The Vehicle and Gukko sets contain just the vehicle parts (no figure) and should have all their pieces, but I can offer no guarantees, each is $20. The Sidorak set box is opened but unassembled and all pieces are in their original bags, he is also $20. The Gresh, and G2 sets are all pristine and never opened, and are $10 each.
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