Over the last few months, a handful of posts on these boards have got thinking about the possible origins of the Toa Hagah. In that time, I’ve come up with a handful of fun ideas, and I just recently put some of them together.
The basis of my ideas revolve around answering one of the biggest questions surrounding the Toa Hagah: Why would Teridax ever need protecting? And if he really did, why did he only form his team 4000-ish years ago?
My answer to this question is that Teridax did not form his team for his own protection (although he would have said that it was), but rather to keep six of the best Toa in the universe from interfering with The Plan.
This theory is somewhat supported by Iruini’s behaviour shortly before the team was turned into the Rahaga, when he threatened to quit the team because he felt like they weren’t doing enough to combat true evil in the universe. This either means that Iruini is an exceptionally noble Toa with high standards for his team, or it means that Teridax truly was keeping them out of the action. Either way, it suggests that Teridax was intentionally restricting some of the best Toa in the universe from anywhere that they might learn too much.
And with that out of the way, let’s get to the fun part: individual origins (or 2 out of 6 of them, anyways). These theories have even less supporting evidence than the above section, but I still think they’re fun ideas that fit with Teridax’s theorized motivations. These two ideas were massively influenced by recent discussions and other ideas on the boards.
First you have Norik; his Hagah gear was present during the events of No One Gets Left Behind, suggesting that he might have previously been a Toa Hagah for a different Makuta, back when the Brotherhood was truly an organization for good. From Teridax’s point of view, this makes Norik the perfect leader of this new team; who better than someone with a history of loyalty to the Brotherhood to lead a group of potentially problematic Toa, and keep them in line?
Second, Kualus. Although I have no evidence for this, I think it would be neat if he were one of the four Toa of Ice of the Toa Mangai; specifically, the Rode-wearing one. By recruiting Kualus to his team, Teridax not only weakens the defence of a city that will eventually become crucial to The Plan, but he also removes the Kanohi Rode from the equation entirely, preventing any detection of the deception that will lead to the deaths of the other Toa Mangai.
If anyone has any other ideas for what the other four Toa might have done to make Teridax worried, or any other points to add on to what I’ve written above, I’d love to hear them.