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Toa Josan
Josan, a Sentinel and a Master of Red Lightning. Enjoy!
About this creation
Name: Josan (yoh-san)
Species: Matoran
Element: Lightning (Red)
Titles: Toa, Clan Member, Sentinel
Mask: Kanohi Pakari Nuva, Mask of Strength
Weapons: Dual combat knives, flail, coil gun, battle axe
Theme Song: Black Betty by Ram Jam



Josan


Josan was a Matoran of Red Lightning who lived and worked in the mines of Onu-Metru. He specialized in operating machinery and heavy equipment, so when there was a cave-in one day, he was able to dig himself and a small group of survivors out of the damaged tunnel. One of the Toa Mangai heard tell of Josanís bravery and requested that he be sent to an Order of Mata Nui base for an education and combat training. Having previous obligations to the Red Clan, a family-based group of Lightning Matoran who, if they were turned to Toa, were able to produce red lightning rather than the typical blue or yellow, Josan was hesitant to take up the offer. However, the head of the clan saw this as an opportunity to give one of their own a chance to become a Toa, and so Josan went to the base. He excelled in his combat training and quickly became competent against even Toa, provided they did not use elemental powers or Kanohi against him.
After many years, the Order finally bestowed upon Josan a Toa Stone, and he was transformed and joined a Toa team, who primarily worked in the Northern Continent. Josan was a brutal warrior who incorporated his Mask of Strength and his control over Lightning extremely well in his combat style. He could fight many opponents at once and would not rest until he was victorious. Truly, Josan was born to fight.
Unfortunately, his ability to work as a member of a team was not as refined as his ability to fight, and one day, in a battle against a dangerous Makuta, his team was slain. In a rage, Josan singlehandedly defeated the Makuta and turned the Makutaís lair into a pile of rubble. Upon returning to the Order, Josan was congratulated for the victory but released from service so he could ďpeacefully cope with the loss of his brothers and sistersĒ. Josan realized that they did not know what to do with him after he came back without his entire Toa team. While Josan reluctantly accepted this command, he did not wish to retire from the life of a warrior. He returned to the Red Clan and, with much celebration at the return of one of their own, he was rewarded with a new Toa team, consisting only of Toa of Red Lightning who were loyal to the Red Clan. He and the two other Toa on his team remained on Metru Nui, protecting the interests of the Red Clan, until the rise of Teridax.
During Teridax's rule, the Makuta created new land for Aqua Magna, seeing as all the past land was gone. The new land only consisted of the one island but all Matoran and Toa were forced to stay inside Teridax's large robotic body. The only creatures that dwelled on the island were Matoran who were forced by Rahkshi to build Makuta a palace to rule in. Josan's team and a few other Toa were the only Toa who were brave enough to rebel. Josan and his team fought furiously against the Rahkshi hordes, protecting their people and avoiding capture for a large amount of time. But the army of Teridax seemed endless, and eventually one of Josanís team was killed, and he and the other Toa were captured. Seeing the rage in Josan, Teridax opted to keep him and a few other Toa imprisoned on Aqua Magna instead of in his robot body, for security purposes as well as experimental purposes. Against his will, Josan fought strange and terrible creations that Teridax had wrought, sometimes alone and sometimes alongside another captive Toa or two. He was always able to defeat the monsters, much to the Makutaís frustration, until he went up against a terrible power called Cossy.
Josan was sent into the usual arena, accompanied by his surviving teammate and four other Toa, including two Toa Monks of Light named Tiberus and Lakuva. The circumstances were similar to many battles Josan had fought while in captivity, but the number of teammates Josan had told him that this opponent would be much stronger than the ones he had previously faced. The doors of the arena opened, and a shining blue figure emerged. At first, Josan thought that Makuta was bringing another Toa in to help them fight, but the illusion quickly faded as the blue figure activated its Kanohi mask and flew towards Josan with incredible speed. Josan was slow to react, and only just managed to deflect the lightning-fast lunge that was directed towards him. Josan let loose a surge of lightning, but the blue figure sent out his own bolt of shimmering blue lightning in return. The current reversed and Josan was blown back by the burst of electricity. The other Toa were at his side then, and together they charged. The blue figure ducked, blocked, and parried with astounding speed, then sent the group of Toa flying with a burst of blue flame that burned with inky black smoke. Truly, this creature was the most evil and powerful being Teridax had ever created. A circle of intense fire surrounded the figure and Josanís clan-mate, blocking the other surviving Toa from coming to his aid. The lone Toa, still recovering from the blast, attempted to stop the advancing adversary with a bolt of red lightning, but the blue figure casually grounded it with his sword until he was close enough to deliver a crippling kick to the Toaís side. The blue figure picked the Toa up by the throat and gutted him without hesitation. Josan roared with anger and charged through the wall of fire. Ignoring the painful burns and the partially melted armor, Josan swung his axe at the blue figure with enough force to shatter a large boulder that stood behind the blue figure, but the figure leaped back just in time, and readied his sword for Josanís onslaught. The other Toa descended on the blue figure, but in a flurry of blasts of lightning and fire, the blue figure separated the Toa once more. One of the younger Toa charged the blue figure, and the blue figure ducked under the Toaís blade, stabbed the Toa in the knee, and punched the Toa in the gut with tremendous force. The Toaís mask was knocked off as he hit the ground. The Toa reached for it, but the blue figure was there first. He ran the Toa through with an electrifying stab that killed him instantly. Josan was then upon the blue figure, and exchanged a few blows with him before Josan was disarmed. Josan didnít slow down, however, and managed to overpower the blue figure in hand to hand combat. Josan grabbed the blue figure and with incredible strength, threw him over the wall of the arena and over a massive cliff. The blue figure fell, and Josan relaxed slightly. But even as he did so, the blue figure came rocketing back through the air, mask glowing. The figure rammed into Josan, knocking him over, and flew towards the other Toa. He sent a burst of fire at Tiberus and Lakuva, and seized the third Toa by the throat. Throwing the Toa in the air, the blue figure leaped up, spun around, and kicked the Toa off the same ledge that the blue figure came from. With no Mask of Flight to save him, the Toa plummeted towards death. Teridax had seen enough. This blue figure would make the perfect Captain. The Makuta ordered the blue figure to stand down, so as to keep some Toa alive for future testing. With a leap and a sonic boom, the blue figure returned to the arena gates, which slammed shut behind him. Josan battered at the gates until they were dented and scratched, and when Lakuva and Tiberus finally convinced Josan to return to his cell, his expression was cold and his movements were slow as if a heavy weight was placed on his shoulders.
Josan spent the next few days confined in a cell along with Lakuva and Tiberus, but they spoke little. In an adjacent cell was a failed experiment of Makutaís; a Rahkshi Captain who Josan vaguely remembered hearing in his clan-mateís story of his previous battle. Josan was interested in the Rahkshi, but did not speak to her.
The silence was broken when the blue figure entered the prison. Growling, Josan leaped to his feet and bashed his fists so hard against the cell bars that they bent. The blue figure hushed Josan and offered to help the Toa and the Rahskhi Captain escape. Josan saw that the blue figure, who introduced himself as Cossy, was somehow different, but he still did not trust him. Only until Lakuva used his Kanohi Rode to confirm that Cossyís repentance was genuine did Josan agree to follow him.
As the five renegades were escaping, Teridax became aware of the treachery and personally confronted the group. In a rage, Teridax crushed Tiberus with one of his gargantuan fists and set the Rahkshi hordes upon the other four, who were re-captured and placed inside Teridaxís body.
After Teridaxís defeat, the four heroes emerged from Teridaxís wreckage and began to aid in the rebuilding of Spherus Magna. They formed a group called the Sentinels, and they, under the command of Lakuva, dealt with many evils. Josan still did not particularly like Cossy, but he grew to trust him as an ally. Josan learned to be competent at working in a team, but he was still slightly aloof, truly bonding only with Rahksanne, the Rahkshi Captain.
When the Sentinels heard of a Visorak nest located in a remote cave, they honorably set off to investigate. However, the catacomb was much bigger and more populous than initially thought, and the Sentinels were hard pressed to retreat. On their way out, Rahksanne, Lakuva, and Cossy were knocked down a steep tunnel and were separated from Josan. Seeing that his friends were trapped, Josan fought even harder to keep the Visorak away from the tunnel so that they could dig themselves out. Hundreds of Visorak were crushed by the power of Josanís weapons and lightning, and the other Sentinels were able to free themselves without interference. Just as they freed themselves, however, the Visorak broke off a massive boulder from the roof of the cave that buried Josan with crushing force. Cossy and Rahksanne fought through the Visorak to get to the boulder while Lakuva used his elemental power to clear the rock away. It was too late though: Josan had fallen. Cossy was wounded on the way out, but the Sentinels managed to escape the catacombs with Josanís body.
Even though Josan was killed, his legacy lives on in the stories of his heroic sacrifice and, more significantly, in the blade that was forged from his heartlight, the Red Phoenix. Rahksanne, Josanís closest friend, wields the blade with the same skill and ferocity that Josan had. It is rumored that only Rahksanne can use the blade to its full potential due to Josanís trust in her during his life.


Well, here he is! I had him mostly built before the MOCathalon, but the story took quite a while to finalize. I'm very proud of both the build and the story.

Arms. Fairly poseable.

Legs, equally poseable. I used a similar design on my version of Callan.

Back. Josan is one of my most intricate Bio-MOCs to date.

During combat, Josan frequently dropped, threw, and discarded his weapons. His knives were usually the first thing he would draw, but within seconds they would both be thrown at enemies.

Josan's coil gun and flail he held on to for longer, but once the coil gun ran out of ammunition, he would discard the flail as well.

Finally, there was Josan's battle axe. Very few could wield it due to its immense size, especially those without Kanohi Pakaris.

Josan favored the massive axe over any other weapon because of its long reach and immense power.

All of Josan's weapons can be stowed. His knives go on his legs.

And his axe, gun, and flail are stored on his back. The figure has a bit of balance issues when all his weapons are stored, but with an axe that big it's kind of hard to avoid that.

The Sentinels so far: Rahksanne, Cossy, and Josan.



This is one of my favorite characters in the Lotem/Ghetta universe that Ben Cossy and I have created. He's big, tough, and kicks all sorts of butt. He is based very loosely off of Boba Fett, Tallahassee from Zombieland, and Roran from the Eragon series. Stay tuned for more characters from Ben and my universe! Thanks for viewing, and let me know what you think!



Comments

 I like it 
  May 10, 2012
That mask really suits Josan's character and build. The stowability of his weapons is also a cool idea. I've read the 1st part of your story so far and really like Josan's biography! Nicely down! :)
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  May 9, 2012
Quoting Clever Crowe This is quite fine work, man. Supersolid, thick (doesn't look as if it cost too terribly in articulation restriction). The chosen pieces have lent well to surface greebling, the colors are nice, and I love that you've incorporated weapons storage into his back harnessing. I love it when a good MOC fig is self-contained, like that: what hero wants to have to run back to a rack in his secret base and grab his trusty weapon just to be ready for a fight? ;)
Certainly not Josan, he discards weapons as fast as he can draw them! ;) Thanks for he comment, Crowe.
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  May 9, 2012
This is quite fine work, man. Supersolid, thick (doesn't look as if it cost too terribly in articulation restriction). The chosen pieces have lent well to surface greebling, the colors are nice, and I love that you've incorporated weapons storage into his back harnessing. I love it when a good MOC fig is self-contained, like that: what hero wants to have to run back to a rack in his secret base and grab his trusty weapon just to be ready for a fight? ;)
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  April 21, 2012
excellent work! the legs look a little strange to me but that's just my opinion. mind checking out my stuff?
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  April 20, 2012
Quoting Ben Cossy For having trouble with holding up his weapons, he looks like he can hold them with ease in the pics, you shouldn't have said anything, people wouldn't have noticed :P Anyway I still love how your Josan turned out, gonna be hard to upstage yours with mine, but I'll try ;) Maybe with the backstory, you could do a Gringat and cut it up and put a paragraph with each picture? Anyway lovely upper leg design and great work on his weapons :) Lovely work overall ;)
I re-took the pictures like you said, so I spent plenty of time making him look strong. ;)
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  April 20, 2012
For having trouble with holding up his weapons, he looks like he can hold them with ease in the pics, you shouldn't have said anything, people wouldn't have noticed :P Anyway I still love how your Josan turned out, gonna be hard to upstage yours with mine, but I'll try ;) Maybe with the backstory, you could do a Gringat and cut it up and put a paragraph with each picture? Anyway lovely upper leg design and great work on his weapons :) Lovely work overall ;)
Cody G
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The Texan Bionicle Builder
  April 19, 2012
Very good man! He's so buff!
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  April 19, 2012
Quoting The Texan Bionicle Builder Very good man! He's so buff!
Thanks for the comments, everyone!
Cody G
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S.E.D .
  April 18, 2012
Awesome, I really like how you used the Mata Feet as lower legs :)
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  April 18, 2012
Excellent build. Looks mean I love it
Cody G
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Suspicious Chicken
  April 16, 2012
Nice too see you and Ben working together to make this universe! The back story is great, as is the build. I love the flail, and of course the ax.
  April 16, 2012
Quoting Cody G He likes movies, long walks on the beach, and bashing skulls. In his spare time, he is the entire line for Minnesota Vikings.
GO VIKINGS! :P
  April 16, 2012
Hmm very good for the story of the character you have built but im not a one for huge bulkyness it is good.
 I made it 
  April 16, 2012
Quoting Parrington Levens Hahaha that cover looked a dating profile pic, lol. Or that could just be me. Bulky dude this one, looks like a linebacker...
He likes movies, long walks on the beach, and bashing skulls. In his spare time, he is the entire line for Minnesota Vikings.
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  April 16, 2012
Quoting Luke, Builder of the Awesome Cool! I saw your homepage, Heather Braaten is dead? So sad..... Where did hear this?
Flickr, the Brothers Brick, and a small news website. I haven't seen it on any major news site though.
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  April 16, 2012
Hahaha that cover looked a dating profile pic, lol. Or that could just be me. Bulky dude this one, looks like a linebacker...
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  April 16, 2012
Cool! I saw your homepage, Heather Braaten is dead? So sad..... Where did hear this?
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  April 16, 2012
Good Kanohi choice, and a killer combo of red and black! That axe is pretty intense! Good stuff.
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  April 16, 2012
Awesome!
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  April 16, 2012
Epic MOC man! I love all of his weapons, and the story is phenomenal! I'm looking forward to future MOCs from you.
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  April 16, 2012
Very Excellent!! I love the body design it really shows a lot of bulk! :D
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  April 16, 2012
Holy Shrimp Cody! Incredible! He reminds me of one of the titans in Infinity Blade.
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  April 16, 2012
What an epic story! The Toa and his weapons are great!
Cody G
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Dak .
  April 15, 2012
Nice! Really like his color scheme!
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  April 15, 2012
Cool shape,its defferent.
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  April 15, 2012
Very cool! But I feel the legs should be closer together. It just seems strange to me...
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  April 15, 2012
This moc is freaking EPICAWESOMESAUCE MUCH!!! 0w0
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  April 15, 2012
OMG THE DESIGNS ARE AWESOME :D I LIKE IT :D
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  April 15, 2012
Holy text, Dude! But great character!
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  April 15, 2012
Quoting Lego Obsessionist Fantastic story! The Axe is great. The build looks cool, but the proportions through me off. The shape of the limbs just look a bit strange, somehow. It definitely looks powerful, though.
Yeah, getting the poses right was difficult with this MOC. He looks slightly more proportionate in person.
 I like it 
  April 15, 2012
Awesome!! You did a great job with creating that heavy, bulky look. Great work!!
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  April 15, 2012
Excellent design, he looks very strong and bulky. Whoa Black Betty!
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  April 15, 2012
Looks like Primer. :P
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  April 15, 2012
Fantastic story! The Axe is great. The build looks cool, but the proportions through me off. The shape of the limbs just look a bit strange, somehow. It definitely looks powerful, though.
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  April 15, 2012
Wow, this is amazingly well built! And the story is great too! Overall excellent work!
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  April 15, 2012
Quoting Legofreak2444 ~ Epic story man! I can tell you and Cos worked really hard on it. Josan looks good too. ;) Can't wait for more of these characters. :D
Thanks LF! Up next are a couple members of the Apocalypse, the main villains in Cossy's storyline.
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  April 15, 2012
Epic story man! I can tell you and Cos worked really hard on it. Josan looks good too. ;) Can't wait for more of these characters. :D
 
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