Shadows of Doubt
More spoopy Halloween thoughts…
What if the shadow counterparts of the Toa Mata never fully reintegrated with them? The very act of having their dark half ripped from their being either damaged them enough that that they could never fully rejoin, or their shadow counterparts grew enough of a sense of self in the brief time they were apart that they are no longer truly a single entity together.
This could manifests itself in different ways. Such as, the Toa may see or hear their dark counterpart, and even converse with them internally or externally. Others can’t see or hear them, and they have to be cautious that they don’t do so in public. More than once, a Matoran has walked in on the Mata having an angry conversation with their reflection.
Perhaps their shadows may also literally move independently, and even split from their form, though are unable to take a three dimensional shape without the Makuta’s power feeding them. Were they more cooperative, they could serve as scouts and allies to the Toa. Instead, they remain the darkest parts of their inner selves. They constantly whisper of doubt, jealousy, and anger, and all of it directly from the Toa’s own hearts and minds.
Perhaps if the Toa are under great stress or feel great anger, their shadow selves might temporarily seize control of their bodies to carry out their darkest thoughts and urges. At times like this, only their dearest friends, especially Takanuva, can break the hold of their shadow selves and help them regain control of their bodies.