A Toa Kuelu is a Toa with an affiliation to Light paired with their native element. Tohuka, now more deadly than ever, leads his team as the third Toa Kuelu.
About this creation
Tohuka, tapping into more and more of his corruption to enhance his power, fell poisoned one day oustide a mine-shaft in To-Kueva, left sick and weak, unable to even get up. Leithe tried his best to heal him, but he was not successful. Hope seemed lost, and the leader of the Demi-Toa seemed destined to die. He did. He could see his fellow Toa panic as he, a Toa soul, arose from his body. He wandered the mines of To-Kueva (Toa souls wander the island for a few months before departing to the afterlife), wishing he could spend more time in his physical form, longing to be with the Matoran, who just learned of his death. Unable to bear the sight of his miners in such a sad state, he left the mines and wandered the forests of Lei-Kueva, and then Zwie-Kueva, Ni-Kueva, everywhere. Sadness wrenched at him; his desire to tap into his unstable Demi-Toa power killed him. He resolved that if he were still alive, he'd never slip in his discipline again. Time was up. As his soul departed to the gates of the after-life, he was stopped by a being wearing armor similar to his Golden Armor of the Kueva (see Kueva form for more info). This being looked exactly like Tohuka, mask and everything only he was glowing with powerful radiance. "Now is not your time," he said, "Now is the time for you to walk the path I did, Tohuka. You are my incarnate. Your soul was grown and nurtured from part of mine, and I did great things as a Toa. Now is the time for you to do great things as well, Toa Kuelu." This entity pushed Tohuka back through the spirit world's link to the physical world, but as Tohuka descended, confused, he shouted, "Who are you?" He heard a voice shout, "Kihoku!". He then woke up, to his surprise, in the ground. He pushed his way out of his grave, crawling out, discovering he a new sword marking it. Picking it up, he felt a deep connection with the earth. "This must be my new affiliation," he said. He also noticed his armor had changed to that of the being that pushed him, only it was gold, the being's armor was silver. As he was looking himself over, he felt something crash into him. Stumbling, turning around, he saw a familiar face. "Nimbus?" Nimbus stared, awestruck. here, the leader of the toa had been dead for almost four months, and now he was back in a new getup. "T-T-To....huka?" Nimbus stammered, barely able to talk. She pointed behind her, at a squad of ten infernos chasing her. Instinctively, Tohuka plunged his sword into the ground, glowing red. The earth began to shake as fifteen humanoid figures rose up, composed of dirt and rock. They confronted the infernos, literally tearing them apart, limb by limb before falling back into the ground. All Nimbus could do was stare, first at Tohuka, then at the hole he crawled out of, and back again. They just stood there, silent, until Nimbus rushed to embrace him, crying. He reunited with his friends, pledging to make their unity in companionship his top priority, and has led them valiantly ever since.
His new sword is known as the "Chaos Blade". This sword, unbenownst to Tohuka, is made from the corruptive energy that was expelled from him. Condensed into a weapon form, this sword can animate the earth according to his will. If he wanted, Tohuka could drive his sword into the ground and create a thousand earthen soldiers, or even a giant earthen rahi. The possibilities are nearly limitless. Oh and it also makes for a great melee weapon, as his original sword's powers to drain energy (and expel wrath energy) were transferred to this one, which gives Tohuka the option of harnessing it for more earth animations or healing purposes.
Quotes (Thanks to Michael Harding for the idea!):
(To Makuta Venorax) "Here's where our powers differ, villain: Your soldiers fight me, the earth fights them. I command the earth."
"Kihoku, my brother, show me the way!"
"Leithe, my friend, why the shocked expression?" (Leithe is a Toa of Lightning)
"Why fight? The ground under your feet is against you!"
(To Agonox) "I hope, for your sake, I don't take on my light-form. No shadow will hide you then."
Main pose. He gained a special ability to turn into a radiant light-being, charging his weapons with holy energy, allowing him to cut through his enemies like butter. This light form also allows him to move much faster, which is useful for crossing great distances in a short amount of time.
His new sword.
His original sword, now charged with light energy. This is the sword Tohuka uses in his light form, since it is lighter (no pun intended) and has a faster swing. When enhanced by light energy, it makes the sword better at penetrating armor, which is particularly useful in fighting larger enemies.
If by some chance he loses both weapons in battle, he has a small saber hidden behind his shield he can use. It has no special abilities, but is better than nothing.
Close up of the armor. I used a bunch of Takanuva armor pieces, including the masks for shoulder-guards.
The legs. Nuparu mahri legs actually hold the legplates really well and the new feet add for better balance.