IC Kilo-M9 – Onu-Metru, the Archives:
Auditory signal detected in nearby proximity.
Deactivating sleep mode. Restoring normal system functionality. Engaging OS wake-up boot.
Citizen Pacification Unit OS Ver. 1.2 unit designation K1R1 Kilo-M9.
Wake-up boot complete.
Analyzing audio signal. Comparing to sound memory bank…
Match found: footsteps. Likely bipedal. Possible sentient, lighter sound suggests Matoran.
Entering stealth mode. Lowering ocular illumination. Decreasing motor drive speed.
New objective: Identify incoming target. Engage if necessary.
Kaj had decided to take a break from work today. The day in and day out grind of guarding the upper levels was something he had longed to get away from, at least for a moment. The last time he had anything close to excitement was when a furnace salamander had gone for a run through the reptile wing of the Archives. He was curious to go see it again. Currently, he was making his way down to one of the storage floors. Creatures in stasis that had yet to be placed back in their exhibits were kept here, in varying levels of security. The salamander was technically in a light restricted area, but what the Vahki didn’t see wouldn’t hurt them.
A quick trek down the hallways lead him to the stasis tube he was searching for. It was a thing of beauty, a reptile with wings who was about the size of a toa. What a fascinating creature! He was about to head back to his post when something to the side caught his eye. Higher up the wall was a metallic object, partially embedded in the earth and stone. He went to flip the light on his iStone tablet on when a sudden message from Turaga Dume started playing. Kaj dropped the tablet in surprise, and it clattered to the ground as the turaga began his speech.
“My people, your turaga brings good news.”
Kaj left the tablet on the ground as he investigated the object on the wall. It was higher up than he could reach, but he stretched his arms and legs to try to get a good look at it. Oddly, his efforts seemed to be working; he was within reach of the curious item.
“The vahki will no longer need to sweep our streets and request access to our homes.”
His hand was about to touch the curious item, but seemed to stop a short distance away, almost as if something was in the way. Kaj was within eye level of the object and could now make out the details. It was a decapitated Vahki head.
“And in the war against those who no longer walk in the light we must be ever vigilant,” the Turaga continued, raising his hands in a grand display.
Something felt wrong to Kaj. How was he eye level with the Vahki head, and why couldn’t he touch it? He was breathing heavily now from exertion. His limbs were heavy. He needed to lie down. As he looked down, he caught a glimpse of his tablet still playing the address. It was far below. He was standing in what appeared to be a sphere of energy. He recognized this type of containment.
“Find them and Mata Nui will reward you with the powers of toa to save and spread his light.”
With what energy he had left, Kaj craned his neck to look up. Despite the haze that was clouding his vision, he recognized the dark silhouette climbing across the ceiling towards him, and the blank stare of the glowing green eyes that came with it.
“Remember the virtues. Be United. Do your Duty. Fulfill your Destiny.”
Recognition in his mind turned to horror, but he no longer had the energy to scream. Darkness consumed him.
“You are safe in the light.”
Kaj would soon be found sitting against the wall in one of the primary access tunnels of the exhibit storage zone. Whether he was found and awoken by Vahki or his fellow archivists, the result would be the same: He would claim to have been attacked, but his story would fall on deaf ears. There was nary a scratch on him, and his valuables were still in place. His unconscious state would be chalked up to stress from work or laziness. He was missing a Kanoka, sure, but he had probably misplaced it or dropped it somewhere. Just another wise guy trying to get out of work. Besides, who would believe a story that crazy? They were long since banished from the city or destroyed, and the Vahki were keeping everyone safe.
There was no way a Kralhi could still be around, right?
Objective completed. Target is being transferred back to work station. Effects of pacification temporary. Efficiency of city will not be negatively impacted.
Recording of Turaga Dume added to memory banks. Analyzing audio. Generating transcript.
Analysis of message complete. Conclusion: citizens likely to leave work in order to search for disks. If large numbers of citizens search for great disks, efficiency of city will be hindered. Solution: Apprehend wandering citizens and return them to proper work stations.
Beginning patrol of local area...