A fan-fiction (loosely) based on the {{LEGO}} {{BIONICLE}} franchise, or more specifically, based on the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Fora numerous fan-sites and discussion boards]] [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Fandom dedicated]] [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny (at least inititally)]] [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Fandom to it.]]

In late 2009, as BIONICLE was in its death throes, an individual who called himself Wally Gudmunzsun founded a new BIONICLE forum, Codrex Magna. This marked the end of a long series of web-based shenanigans across BIONICLE fora, involving numerous [[StartMyOwn renegade BIONICLE fans breaking off of larger fora and founding their own sites]]. Wally, along with his less personable [[WhichMe duplicate account/alter ego]], Maestro, is now in the process of telling the story of those shenanigans.

Beginning on BZPower, a small community of friends decided that BZP was too oppressive, bureaucratic, heavily-censored, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking crowded]] for their tastes. Led by Zen [[AnIcePerson “Slushie”]] Jorra and Maestro, serving as the technical supervisor, some twenty BZP members attempted to found BIONICLE Advanced Wars. After facing some technical difficulties, which discouraged them enough to abandon the idea for a time, they succeeded.
Zen Jorra and Maestro became [[ForumPeckingOrder co-administrators]]. Unfortunately, disagreements between members and heavy exploitation of the “free speech” BAW offered drove the site into [[SturgeonsLaw chaos]]. In the confusion which followed, Maestro was fired and the majority of members stopped visiting.

Maestro created Codrex Magna, reinstating the no-swearing rule and inviting a few members from BAW he felt were not at fault for the site’s collapse. Although not without its own share of drama, Codrex Magna has remained a stable site for the past two years.

[[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory The Tale of Codrex Magna is much more interesting.]]

It’s set in [[TheVerse the Outlands]], a world where websites are incarnated as heavily-defended Fortresses in an otherwise [[AdventureFriendlyWorld barren and often dangerous place]]. Maestro is recruited by Wally, [[WhichMe a completely separate character]] [[TalkingToHimself for story purposes]], to found and moderate a new Fortress. Wally claims to have found an abandoned Fortress he wants to rebuild and reopen, and that he could use Maestro’s experience as an administrator. The two travel across the Outlands, [[PinballProtagonist taking in the sites of the internet]] and getting involved in conflicts between forumgoers which [[UpToEleven pose a serious risk to the safety of those involved.]]

Other notable characters include:

* [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Kaze Azure]], [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Hackette the Forger]], who isn’t based on any real-life individual or user account, but is essential for getting into the locked Fortress of Codrex Magna. Much more cheery and feminine than the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Hackette archetypical female hacker]].

* Overlord, a traveling mercenary who stalks after the main characters, hoping to catch them at their most vulnerable and steal their weapons - [[FreudianExcuse weapons he]] [[TheHomewardJourney has a use of his own for.]]

* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Kolenece Keykeeper Malevolence (KKM)]], one of the [[ForumPeckingOrder First Administrators]] who takes the form of a [[CreepyCrows fish crow]], and [[TheTrickster The Horoscope Man, Toggle]], who meddle in the creation of Codrex Magna in order to do... [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness something]].

* The Mancers, the self-isolated members of a remote Fortress who possess ElementalPowers, and wait in the shadows, waiting for their chance to do... [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness something]]. Led by the [[GreenThumb Biomancer]], [[LightIsNotGood the Mage of Life]].

Notable for its ContinuityPorn and [[CreatorInJoke Creator In-Jokes]].

[[http://codrexmagna.forumotion.com/t72-the-tale You can read it here.]]

Relevant tropes:
* AfterTheEnd: According to the WordOfDante, the Outlands have suffered a society-shattering apocalypse, which would explain why the people have crowded into the Great Fortresses. This is never implied in the Tale itself, however.
* [[ArtifactTitle Artifact Subtitle]]: The Tale was originally captioned "As told by its caretaker and her guards", the "caretaker" most likely referring to Kaze, and her "guards" Wally and Maestro. That didn't turn out to capture the trio's relationship, and has since been changed.
* AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder: The author has started numerous comics, stories, and [[PlayByPostGame Play By Post Role-Playing Game]]s, some of which are also set in [[TheVerse The Outlands]], including:
** The Outlands Corrupted, an [[PlayByPost Play By Post Role-Playing Game]] set [[AfterTheEnd after]] [[WordOfDante (another?)]] [[AfterTheEnd apocalypse]], in which the Mancers have emerged, seized control of the Fortresses, and struggle to keep them from the [[EldritchAbomination Composite Gods]].
** Atourist, a player-commanded epic from the perspective of your average Outlander: specifically, a random Facebook user.
* ChekhovsGunman: The Man in the Turban at the Roaring Log, [[spoiler:who turned out to be Overlord]]. WordOfGod revealed this much earlier than the revelation in-story, however.
* ContinuityPorn: Oftentimes the descriptions of Fortresses will include subtle and not-so-subtle references to the website it's based upon. Overlaps with CreatorInJoke below.
** BZPower is called the Triple Fortress because it was once two separate websites, [=KanohiPower=] and BIONICLE Zone Community, which were joined - in the Outlands, the two Fortresses were joined by building a third Fortress to connect them.
** The Login Guards on Bricklink have parrot-like heads. [[http://www.bricklink.com/ Take a look at their banner.]]
* CreatorInJoke: Many.
** Wally uses a forged pass to get into BZPower - which identifies him as [[WhichMe Overlord, Wally's old account]].
** Wally's weird speech is based on [[SelfDeprecation misspellings he made in the chatbox]]. Of course, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation some of those misspellings were intentional in the first place]].
** The Gunshipwreck is a reference to the love a Codrex Magna Member called [[Literature/ArtemisFowl ArtyFoul]] held for the Subspace Gunship of SuperSmashBrosBrawl.
* DeadpanSnarker: Maestro strays into this territory, especially on BAW.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The Mancers are expected to act a manner which corresponds with their element. If the Biomancer catches you OutOfCharacter, [[AndIMustScream there are consequences]].
* GottaCatchThemAll - Overlord's quest.
* Elemental Powers: The Mancers are quite possibly a {{Deconstruction}}, as their powers are treated very literally, [[PlayedWith playing with]] [[RequiredSecondaryPowers]]:
** PlayingWithFire: The ever-so-straightforward Pyromancer.
** BlowYouAway: The Ventimancer. Like the Pyromancer, fairly straightforward.
** AnIcePerson: The Cryomancer comes close. Technically, the Mage of Ice would be the Glaciemancer; the Cryomancer very specifically controls ''cold'', which extends his powers considerably; he can slow down moving objects and [[spoiler:prevent himself and the other Mancers from aging through cryogenics]].
** LightEmUp: Heliomancer
** CastingAShadow: Umbramancer
** GreenThumb: Biomancer, although his personality strays far from the norm.
** Necromancy: [[InsistentTerminology That's ''Vita''mancer, not Necromancer!]]
** BloodMagic: Hemomancer.
** TheBeastMaster[=/=]{{SpidersAreScary}}: The Arachnomancer has control over spiders.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Bartender of the Roaring Log is the most obvious example, as his name is never revealed, but a multitude of characters don't seem to have names at all...
** Aneroth and Slushie make references to Maestro's real name, Trakvan, but to everyone else, he's just Maestro.
** Overlord certainly qualifies, as do the General and the Librarian.
** All of the Mancers are referred to only by their Latin titles, or nicknames derived thereof.
* ExactWords: [[ThouShallNotKill The Biomancer does not kill]]. [[AndIMustScream He has other ways of dealing with his enemies]].
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Maestro's Sparrowhawk Katana, which can channel Administrator Power and [[spoiler:contains a weapon fragment]].
* MindScrew: Expect anything involving KKM to go downhill, fast. He once held a conversation using only words he had heard recently, despite being fully capable of speech.
** Veritamancer's [[spoiler:transformation into Vitamancer]] can also mess with your head.
* SelfDeprecation: Consider that [[WhichMe Maestro and Wally are one and the same.]] [[HypocriticalHumor Now consider their dialogues.]]
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: KKM and Toggle. See also VaguenessIsComing below.
** The Mancers may also be this, although only if Biomancer let the others in on the plan; it's implied that he may not have.
* TakeThat: Kex, a BZPower moderator who was quite unpopular among BAW members (including Wally), appears as a frustrated [[StopHavingFunGuys Stop Having Fun Guy]] who is quickly thwarted by Toggle and KKM.
* TalkingToHimself: See WhichMe below.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Maestro doesn't react at all when a crow starts talking to him.
* VaguenessIsComing: KKM and Toggle's conversation in Part the Fifth.
* WhichMe: Quite the unusual example. Although characters regularly travel between Fortresses (and thus, fora), accounts on different websites are usually (but not always) treated as separate characters. Overlord, the General, Maestro, and Wally are all accounts made by the author (in that order). Biomancer, Veritamancer and later [[spoiler:Vitamancer]] were also created by the author, although only as characters, not as accounts.
* WordofDante: The Spectral Mask, another Codrex Magna member, has [[AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder tossed around many ideas for stories]] set in a similar world, where websites were translated as Fortresses. Many of Spectral's and Wally's ideas wound up in each others' stories, to the point where you can assume Spectral's ideas are canon in the Outlands. [[ContinuitySnarl Unless they aren't.]]
** One such story, entitled Teneo, was being written at the same time as the Tale, and prompted the two to bicker about the differences between their stories. Teneo was eventually abandoned because Spectral felt it was better to let Wally do his thing.
* WordofGod: The author, usually through Wally's account, is highly prone to dropping hints and making references to chapters still in progress.