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|Island Liberation Front|
Madrihk (Former), Kethrye.
Pictured in order: Madrihk, Trakuda, Vompran, D, Alfon, Kethrye, Ledzel, Conteriam, Onyx, Solia, Kirbati, Zand, Ah'ackune'mthrun, Destian, Mehlnai, Mevi, Aryll, Reordin, Kal, Auron, Volin, JiMing, Amerikos, Dendron, Plagia, Mussiki, Atox, Verik, Lerongu, Kohu, Harakore, Kauma, Tupo, Pohau, Laki, Zyke, Demetrius, Byraher, Kodu, Zaeron, Desilix, Nawal, Kehuri.
The squad was formed in Le-Koro by Madrihk, after he had recently been exiled from Ko-Koro. He announced that the squad would march into Makuta-infested lands and liberate them from his rule, hence the name. The first target was the area between Le- and Ta-Wahi: lush jungle with good natural resources.
The squad's first members were Vompran, Trakuda, Alfon, and D (calling himself "Voriki"). After buying two canoes and stringing them together, the crew called their vessel "The Liberator." Just after they set off for the Kumu Islets, they met with Kethrye, who decided to join in as well.
Arriving in Xa-Koro, the team split up to get supplies. Madrihk and D proceeded to steal a ship from a gang of smugglers, not knowing that they were in the employ of Ferrin, a brutal crime lord. Meanwhile, Ledzel joined the team, while Conteriam grabbed onto the boat just as it left shore. Ferrin's men were not able to pursue them.
Landing in Le-WahiEdit
Conteriam's appearance caused some trouble, mostly due to the way he apparently tried to sneak aboard. In the end, he was accepted into the squad, and the ILS landed without much trouble. Suddenly Kethrye announced that "Voriki" was a murderer he had been chasing from Onu-Koro. With no definite proof either way, Madrihk ruled that it did not matter, and that the pasts of his team members were none of his concern as long as they kept themselves in line. Before setting off for the lake, Ledzel sealed the ship in rock to protect it while they were gone.
Fight in the jungleEdit
The team met with some resistance in Le-Wahi, particularly from Fikou spiders and Nui-Jaga. One Jaga managed to sting and poison Madrihk, who was briefly blinded and later corrupted by Makuta's influence. The infection caused him to attack his own team, but they took him down after a short fight. With his Kakama tainted, Madrihk was forced to continue without a mask. On the way, D was sent to Le-Koro to recruit more members.
Jianheim and its heavenly destructionEdit
At Lake Pala, the squad found a small fortress called Jianheim and its lone inhabitant: Lezuu. After explaining who they were, the Le-Matoran invited them to stay for a while, as he was certain Jianheim's owner would agree with their cause. Lezuu also provided Madrihk with a spare powerless Huna and information on how to cleanse infected Kanohi masks; though it was impossible to cleanse his because the team didn't have Toa of six different elements. After a good night's sleep in the fortress, a savage storm suddenly formed and began ripping the place apart. After what seemed like an eternity, the storm subsided, and it became clear that Jianheim had been swept off the map. All that remained was a clearing and a few scattered rocks, along with the bruised and battered ILS members.
Hunters of DEdit
In Le-Koro, D was soon found by Ferrin and several people searching for both D and the ILS: Miraul, Divan and a few others were pursuing him for murder, while Onyx was looking for his brother Alfon and Solia was looking for her friend Trakuda. They all teamed up and dragged D with them to Lake Pala, after he had said perhaps a bit too much about their leader.
Upon arrival at Lake Pala, Ferrin immediately attacked the weakened Madrihk, expecting the others to back him up. Instead he found himself alone, with Onyx siding with his brother's team and the rest staying out of the match. Ledzel, having been injured by the storm, went to Ta-Koro along with Kirbati to get healed. After a fierce battle, Ferrin was defeated by Vompran, Kethrye, Onyx, Madrihk and Lezuu. Lezuu inflicted a lethal wound on Ferrin, but Onyx was the one to strike the killing blow. He took Ferrin's mace for himself as a trophy of sorts, while Lezuu disappeared.
With Ferrin dead, the focus returned to D. Miraul, Divan and others appeared and demanded that they take him to Onu-Koro for a trial. Already angered by the fight with Ferrin, Madrihk refused to give up his teammate, especially not to people he had seen travelling with their enemy. After some quarreling, another fight broke out, which ended up setting the nearby trees on fire. Once the flames had been quelled by Solia's power over water, the teams went their separate ways. D, still halfheartedly under the disguise of "Voriki", stayed with the ILS. Onyx and Solia also decided to stay.
Building a villageEdit
Now free of interruptions, and with Ledzel back from Ta-Koro, the team could finally get to work on building their settlement. Stone foundations were quickly formed, and the ground was adjusted by Kirbati and Solia. The rest of the ILS went to work on cutting down trees and creating the wooden framework for their huts. During the construction work, the Vortixx Zand stumbled across the project and decided to join in. At the end of the day, the team had created a large building to be used as their headquarters, with a large central room for holding meetings, a side room for storage and two smaller ones for sleeping. Since the building was not finished yet, the entire team slept on the floor in the main room.
The day after, the ILS was woken by the blacksmith Ah'ackune'mthrun knocking on their door. He presented himself, and was promptly recruited. A simple forge was built for him, and Ackune created several pieces of equipment for the other members.
Later, Madrihk went with Zand to Ta-Koro to speak with the Turaga and spread word of Pala-Koro to the rest of the island's population. Kethrye and Ackune were sent to Le-Koro for the same purpose to try again after D's attempt was aborted. In Le-Koro, the Skakdi Destian joined up, and returned to Lake Pala with the two other ILS members. From Ta-Koro, only the Ta-Matoran Mevi seemed to hold any interest for the squad's mission.
Back at Lake Pala, the Toa Mehlain had also met with the group. Madrihk's joy at seeing new members was cut short, however, as he was then informed that Solia had left on unknown business, seemingly permanently. The only one with any information on the subject was Solia's friend Trakuda, but before they could question him about her disappearance they were interrupted by the arrival of yet another Toa: Aryll.
A group of Le-Matoran, having heard of the new village and wanting to check it out, were ambushed by a group of Nui-Jaga on the way there. One escaped, and managed to get help from the ILS. Not long after rescuing the Matoran from certain doom, however, a new threat seemed imminent: A Rahkshi's cry was heard all across the jungle, causing Madrihk to command defences to be built. Onyx erected metal walls facing the forest, with the intention of Ledzel and Kirbati strengthening them with stone and dirt. Meanwhile, Alfon and Ackune set up a fence made of metal pegs running parallel to the shoreline. Those not busy using their powers for defensive measures prepared to set off into the jungle to investigate the possible threat.
On the way there, however, Aryll was suddenly hit by an arrow coming from an unknown attacker. Madrihk and Mehlnai chased him down with help from their Kanohi Kakama, and learned that he had attacked the squad because of his allegiance to Makuta. The ILS left him frozen to prevent escape while engaging the Rahkshi.
There were six Rahkshi, each as deadly as the next, for they were all at their highest level of power. Many combatants were already present, and the battle was furious. A few died and many were injured, but luckily the ILS members did not sustain much damage. In the end, three Rahkshi were killed while the others fled the scene. Madrihk sent word back to Le-Koro via some of the other warriors, asking for supplies to be sent to Lake Pala. With the area secured, the team returned to the growing Pala-Koro, but not before noticing that the archer they had captured before had escaped during the heat of the battle.
The Quest BoardEdit
With the area secured, Madrihk developed a new way for the ILS to gain influence: taking on missions from other inhabitants, acting similar to mercenaries for a good cause. Trakuda suggested that a service that would help everyone in the region would be to do something about the Nui-Rama swarms that were plaguing Le-Koro, and it did not take long before this task became the team's primary agenda. Messengers were sent to the different Koros in order to gather allies for a large-scale attack on the Nui-Rama hive, which led to a large amount of warriors gathering in the village at Lake Pala.
Assault on the Nui-Rama hiveEdit
An army was formed. The force included the ILS itself, as well as members of the various village guards and a large amount of independent warriors. A battle strategy was formed, and the army divided into several squads. The Gukko Force provided birds for those that were able to fight in the air, forming one group. The Ta- and Ko-Matoran, with their knowledge of simple explosives, formed a demolitions team that would blow a hole in the hive. Madrihk decided that he would lead a team inside to tear the structure apart, thus forming the strike force. The Ussalry, arriving late but in a decent number, became its own division as well. The rest of the warriors united into the main ground squad.
Once the plan was laid and the Rama could be heard buzzing in their hive, the army marched forth into what would become one of the largest battles to take place on the island. Unbeknownst to them, Makuta himself had sent Heuani to the Hive to oversee the battle. The Toa of Shadow brought several Rahkshi with him, as well as the now Parakuka-infested Turaga that had been kidnapped from the six villages. Heuani laid in wait inside the hive, stirring up the insects and directing them in the attack upon their enemies.
Soon the air was filled with the sound of endless buzzing, war cries, weapons meeting armour, and blood raining on the jungle. Countless Nui-Rama were slain, littering the area with their corpses. The ground troops moved forwards, aided by their flying allies. After a brutal onslaught, crude explosives were attached to the hive wall and a large dent blown in it. Meanwhile, other beings loyal to Makuta attacked, but were beaten back.
At this point, Heuani used his Shadow powers to scramble the ground troops, and six Rahkshi of Teleportation appeared by the tunnel that was being carved into the hive. They brutally attacked anyone who got too close.
The valiant members of the ILS were successfully able to defeat the Rahkshi, however, and moved forwards, only to be halted by the larvae living inside. Heuani, at this point, moved out to attack and kill the warrior Amerikos, and was soon assaulted by many other warriors. The Toa of Shadow killed many of them and retreated back into the hive to release the Turaga, currently in the midst of their first and most powerful Parakuka high.
Fall of the HiveEditThe team managed to subdue and capture the Turaga, and then broke through into the hive. A task force of Ta-Toa set fire to the passageways and burnt the hive to the ground. The armies retreated and celebrated. Once the hive was ashes, they noticed a large black obelisk standing where the hive once was. Inscribed on it were the words "hidden lines" in Matoran symbols.
The army moved back to Pala-Koro, and many of their allies left. After a debate, it was decided to retain the Turaga in the village until the Parakuka could be dealt with.
Due to the ILS' newfound fame after dealing such a mighty blow to Makuta, many new members flocked to the village and joined. One of these had a dark twin who attacked the village and did significant damage before being subdued and executed. Some members went a little over the top with it, brutally torturing the evil Toa before his death.
The village was quickly rebuilt and the event forgotten.
Terrorists in Ko-KoroEdit
A Toa of water named Aurel reported to Madrihk about a bombing that heavily damaged the village of Ko-Koro. Madrihk and a good amount of the ILS moved out from Pala-Koro to Ko-Wahi, where some terrorists wasted no time in delivering a hostage demand. They had captured eleven Ko-Matoran and demanded a large ransom.
Followers of MakutaEdit
Elsewhere, the servants of darkness were gathering in force. Under Heuani's orders, an army composed of the many scattered groups of Makuta-cultists was formed. Enlisting the help of Ambages, they soon marched on Pala-Koro under the leadership of Echelon the Necromancer. Destroying the walls with Ambages' aid, they struck a crippling blow to the village, leaving the HQ and several other buildings burning. Other consequences of the raid included the flight of Madrihk into hiding, Draeverian Joskiir and the Toa Aitua's capture of a member of the Four Peers, and Kethrye ascending to the role of de-facto leader of the Front.
Word quickly came that the Turaga had been assassinated, and in an effort to investigate both the killings and the people behind the destruction of Pala-Koro, the ILF split up. Kethrye took a good portion of men to Ko-Koro, where they questioned Ambages and searched his house for evidence. They found nothing and the pointless endeavor led to conflict as Esao tried to oust Kethrye from leadership.
Another group of people went to Le-Koro to investigate Matau's murder, and many other Toa remained in the ruins of Pala-Koro
- Ah'ackune'mthrun (Blacksmith)
- Alfon (Deputy leader)
- Amerikos (Deceased: KIA)
- Atox (known as "Bane")
- Auron (Deceased: KIA)
- D (known as "Voriki", Deceased)
- Kethrye (Deputy leader)
- Laki (Formerly)
- Ledzel (Deputy leader)
- Madrihk (Supreme leader)
- Reordin (Formerly)
- Solia (Deceased: Murdered)
- Trakuda (Deceased: KIA)
- Verik (Doctor, kidnapped by Makuta followers)
- Vompran (Deputy leader)
The Island Liberation Squad as a group aims to eventually free the island of Makuta's grasp. By marching into dangerous regions and clearing them of Rahi, the Matoran can once again be free to gather resources and travel in peace.
The group is lead by Madrihk, who is generally the one to make plans and tell others what to do. He tries to be a flexible leader, however, who allows the team to freely express their thoughts on any matter. There is also no binding contract when joining the team: Any one can come and go as they please. There are also no real restrictions on who can join. Most of the team is good- and neutral-aligned, though, so evil characters may face some trouble, as wanton violence, theft and murder is greatly frowned upon. Madrihk himself, however, has no problem with it as long as it gains him and as long as no one voices any concerns about his leadership because of it.
Structure of the ILSEdit
Following the Hive Assault and the sudden growth of the team, there was a need to organize the team more than the almost purely democratic approach it had taken in the past. To prevent any incidents, a few official rules and ranks were set up.
Roles within the teamEdit
Prime leader: Esao
Head and talksman of the squad and the final voice regarding major team-related issues. Can recruit, dismiss and issue orders to members, though orders can be contested within reason. Primary strategist and commander in battle.
Deputy leaders: Alfon, Ledzel, Vompran
Allowed to make independent decisions or statements on matters that concern the squad. Personal advisors to prime leader. Can recruit members and issue orders. Orders can be overridden by prime leader or contested within reason.
Acknowledged members: Onyx, Kal, Kirbati, Ackune, Zand, Destian, Reordin, Aryll, Volin, D
Commended for sticking with the ILS for a long time and aiding the team both in and out of battle. Can generally be trusted and relied upon. Deemed fit to be placed into positions of duty at the discretion of the deputy leaders, though orders given do not have the same magnitude as one from the selected leaders and as such can be contested by vote of majority.
Regular members: Everyone else who has signed up
Democratic structure means that everyone gets a say in things, though actions taken can improve or worsen an individual's trustworthiness within the squad. Know that every member is considered of equal worth, but please do not overextend yourself. We have leaders for a reason. As a member of the Island Liberation Squad, one must agree to the rules listed below.
- You can not be an ally of Makuta or his associates. Needless to say, this would be counter-productive.
- You must not cause harm to this squad or its members. In the case this rule is broken, try not to respond with excessive violence. Subdue and prevent, rather than kill or maim.
- You must not perform rash actions that may inconvenience us. Always wait for someone of higher rank to give an order. If no one fitting this bill is available, please show utmost care when making a decision to, for example, engage in battle.
- Being a member is not binding. If you choose to leave, however, please notify the rest of the squad in advance so that your sudden disappearance does not cause problems.
- Ambages (originally; blamed for destruction of Pala-Koro)
- The Aukati
- The Gukko Force
- The Hau Karda
- The Sanctum Guard
- The Ta-Koro Guard
- The Ussalry
- "I take this as on opportunity to guard-protect Mata Nui and take revenge on Makuta for his crime-kills. That and I ever-love adventure" - Vompran, just after the team had first been assembled.
- "Well it seems like we both share a similar love for adventure. Although, I simply joined for fun, no personal reasons." - Alfon, ditto.
- "I suspect we all have blood on our hands, whether it came from self-defense or not. You will likely have more before we are done here." - Madrihk, explaining to the team why he doesn't care about the past of its members.
- While the ILS itself has a good or at least neutral agenda, its leader is evil, and Madrihk formed the squad with the intention of gaining power and influence, not necessarily peace and freedom.
- The ILF was the largest group on the island in terms of individual player characters.