The Xaterex Multiverse Storyline (XMS) is a lengthy seven-book series of BIONICLE fanfic novels written by Varkanax39, set in the alternate Xaterex multiverse. Originally written on the Custom BIONICLE Wiki, the Xaterex storyline currently spans seven novels (the first of which is currently being reworked to fit with canon more closely) and several short stories in the same setting. The storyline is defined by its fairly complicated plot, its Loads and Loads of Characters, and its rather darker tone than BIONICLE canon. While the original volume, The Eternal Game, written over three years ago, was based heavily off first Battle Royale and then later The Hunger Games, the series takes off in a completely new direction after the end of the third book, The Shadows Coil.In an alternate universe distantly related to the canon, Shardak and his best friend Blast live in the (fairly) peaceful and isolated city of Intax. But it all changes when the mysterious dark-cloaked beings and their obsidian constructs attack and kill Shardak’s father, Arcturas, and kidnap his young sister Nightshade. Shardak and Blast set off in pursuit of the beings, but are quickly drawn into a web of darkness that forces them to become irrevocable enemies of the powerful Ix Empire. Along the way, Shardak discovers that he is supposedly the prophecised Spirit Toa, and is drawn into a conflict that eventually leads them into battle with the mysterious, deadly Order of Vahrikaan and their masters. It gets way more complicated very quickly. At times rather cliched fantasy, especially toward the beginning of the series.All of the books in the series can be found on Custom BIONICLE Wiki, and a more polished version of the second volume, Into the Darkness, is also available on BZpower and Fanfiction.net, with more to come.In order, the main series books are:
The Eternal Game (a prequel volume of sorts with little connection to the rest of the series, planned to be rewritten).
Action Girl: Kyhrex, Vale Iskara, Lusa, Galika, Sayna Valkyria after her betrayal of the Ix…pretty much every girl in the series.
After the End: The entire series takes place after the fall of Arcaea, the Elemental’s once-paradise.
Agony Beam: Vahrikaan tortures Shardak with these in Eternal Darkness.
All Deaths Final: Played straight until Eternal Darkness. Valkyria sort of returns to life, but this trope is possibly played straight even with her because she didn’t actually die.
Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted. The Ix at first seem to be this, but as the series goes on, more and more less malign Ix, including several who are aligned with the Resistance such as Kalix, appear over the course of the series, culminating with the Heel-Face Turn of about half the Ix Warrior Class in Eternal Darkness.
Over time it’s revealed that the Ix were once the oppressed class of Arcaea who led a revolt with the beings who later became the Order of Vahrikaan. One of the revolutionaries, Nihiltian, was working with Vahrikaan, and established the Ix Empire as a front for the growing Order. The Ix had to use more and more brutal methods to keep the many species they ruled in check, culminating, of course, with the use of Elimination. They would have brought Vahrikaan back were it not for Arcturas’ intervention.
Seen through the eyes of Valkyria, the Ix Empire really is Not So Different from the Resistance. It’s only their leaders who are morally corrupt in the eyes of the Resistance.
Animate Dead: What the second stage of the Sleikha Inferni virus does to corpses.
Anyone Can Die: Almost every single volume has at least one major character killed off, usually more. In Eternal Darkness one of the main protagonists, Fairon, is killed as well.
Apocalypse How: Almost Class 3a in Eternal Darkness. At the end of the series, Shardak is the only surviving Toa.
Attempted Z with Vahrikaan's plan for the end of time and space.
Arc Words: Several, the most notable being "Follow your heart" in Eternal Darkness
Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Vahrikaan's plan for the Zormacht, revealed at the end of Eternal Darkness. He would have brought them back through the temporal gateway of the Shadovar Complex and to have them all ascend to beings of pure consciousness. They could then recreate the universe as they wished.
Back from the Dead: Basically happens to Valkyria in Eternal Darkness, though technically she didn’t actually die. Also happens to the Hooded One, who is killed by Ardhana, but gets better in one chapter because her soul is bound to Shadovar.
Cannot Spit It Out: Shardak, in the middle of Eternal Darkness, to Valkyria. He gets over it at the end.
Cerebus Syndrome: The series goes from Shardak on the run from the Ix Empire to Shardak joining the Resistance and fighting the Ix to Shardak locked in combat against a being who plans to bring about the end of all life and the destruction of time and his minions.
Chekhov's Gunman: Arcturas in the final volume, in a way. And, of course, the random guy from Into the Darkness that Shardak and Blast meet in the Labyrinth in Into the Darkness turns out to be Isarkh, a former member of the Order of Vahrikaan turned friend of Atarus
Chekhov's Skill: Shardak's skill with knives, mentioned in Into the Darkness and again in The Darkest Light. Nex learns of these the hard way in Shattering.
The Chessmaster: Vahrikaan, who manipulated every single organization in the entire plot into his return to power.
Also, Varkanax/ possible-future Shardak. He outgambits Vahrikaan and is ultimately the only reason Vahrikaan is defeated.
The Chosen One: Shardak is thought to be the Spirit Toa by both the Ix Empire and the resistance. Except Atarus, who thinks that the real chosen one is Valkyria. It turns out that both guesses were incorrect, and that Fairon is the real chosen one.
Cold-Blooded Torture: The Ix to Shardak and Blast in Into the Darkness. Then Shardak gets it again from the Order in Shattering. But he gets it the worst in Eternal Darkness, courtesy of Vahrikaan.
Color-Coded Characters: Subverted, unlike in the canon Bionicle universe. Almost all of the main characters wear gray metal armor. The only way to tell for certain if a character's an enemy is if they're wearing a black hooded cloak.
Cruel and Unusual Death: Many. The deaths of the Turaga of the Sanctum in the Final Prophecy are one example. Fed alive to Sarkanian clones…
Way worse is Serrakaan’s battle with Tabaris in The Eternal Game. Serrakaan causes him to bleed until he begins to drown in it, then fills his lungs with his own blood until his heart to explodes.
Another example is Reyna’s Karmic Death in The Final Prophecy. She survived her battle with Freztrak, despite having several ribs broken, and believes she’s escaped until the Sleikha Inferni virus that Freztrak released begins to take hold. One can only imagine how long she lay there as the disease slowly killed her over the course of ten hours.
Shattering gives us Reyna, the cold, emotionless Ix commander who captures Shardak, Valkyria and Flardrek single-handedly in battle. Oh, yeah, and plans to casually to wipe out all non-Ix on Xaterex with the Sleikha Inferni Virus.
Warmaster Meera Faal from Eternal Darkness, as well.
Family-Unfriendly Death: And how! We have characters crushed to death, characters messily gored repeatedly, charatcers who lie dying tortured by a deadly virus for ten hours, characters who rupture the arteries of other characters and cause them to drown in their own blood, and characters ripped apart into pieces and spattered across metal spikes.
Fantasy Gun Control: Due to Arcaean technology being in short supply, though Skorr does have a blaster.
Gambit Pileup: We have the Ix's plan, Varakanax's plan, Vahrikaan's plan, the Order's plan, Arcturas' plan...every single plot in the series is tied together, but all of the above have different aims.
Gambit Roulette: Vahrikaan's plan to escape his prison and help the Zormacht escape their inevitable death in the war against the Ancients was one that encompassed the entire life of Nihiltian, who he'd driven mad from his whispers since the time of her birth. It also encompassed the lives of Shardak, Arcturas, and countless others.
He was outgambited in the end by Varkanax.
A God Am I - Lord Vahrikaan after he takes control of Shadovar and begins to merge his essence with the Zormacht.
Karma Houdini: Skorr and Nightwatcher both are granted amnesty for their crimes by the new Xaterex government for siding with the Resistance in the latter half of the war. The same with Ahri and the Ix under his command.
Karmic Death: Reyna and Windeus are both killed by the Sleikha Inferni virus, the virus that they planned to use to kill everyone on Xaterex. And Skorpix was killed by his daughter, who he'd sworn to kill.
MacGuffin: The Shadow Orb, the Annulus, the Shadovar Codrex.
Machiavelli Was Wrong: Subverted with Vahrikaan. While he has a legion of followers who are mostly utterly loyal to him, a few betray him for various reasons and ultimately cause his plans small setbacks, usually due to pesky emotions.
Mad Oracle: The last Ancient, the guy who wrote the Final Prophecy. Seriously.
Manipulative Bastard: Ultimately Saren is this, though he has hints of Magnificent Bastardry as well, particularly in Shattering.
Marked to Die: The Spirit Toa. Is thought at first to mean Shardak, then later Valkyria, but in the end turns out to be Fairon.
The Mole: Valkyria is ordered to be this in the Resistance by Skorpix. She becomes it, albeit reluctantly.
From the creator's mouth: "It's Rahkshi jungle warriors and a rebel alliance vs. hooded reaper people and their dark god vs. sentient hiveminded virus vs. Varkanax."
The Reveal: Many, at least one per book. Tons at the end of ED.
Sadistic Choice: Shardak's choice in Eternal Darkness. Either stop Vahrikaan or allow his friends to die. He chooses to save his friends. The consequences are large, though Vahrikaan still ends up dead.
Saren Naghara is made of this trope. Everything he did was (in his eyes, at least) for Resistance's benefit.
Vahrikaan himself may qualify, especially after Eternal Darkness, when it's revealed he's the last survivor of his species, the Zormacht, who were destroyed by the ancients when they became corrupt. He planned to bring them back using the Shadovar Codrex and transform them into beings of pure consciousness beyond the bounds of time, where they could recreate existence as they wished.
Wham Episode: Every book has plenty, but especially the end of Shattering.
Actually, way back ten thousand years ago, when the Ancients sealed away Vahrikaan...
Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": Averted. The Ix's leadership believe that they are morally correct in exterminating the Toa. This is taken to extremes in Shattering when Reyna and Skorpix unabashedly threaten the genocide of every single non-Ix on Xaterex if Shardak will not complete the Rising of Vahrikaan.
Later, it comes back to bite them. Hard.
Xanatos Speed Chess: Vahrikaan excels at this, and his plans are often nearly infallible and take centuries to fulfill. He's finally out-gambited by Varkanax and Shardak in Eternal Darkness.