The world of Bara Magna consisted largely of a vast desert, bounded on the north by mountains. Its sole sources of water were scattered oases and run-off from the snow-capped peaks. It was home to six tribes of Agori living in five villages and the wastelands.
The world of Bara Magna was dangerous. Devastated by a worldwide disaster more than 100,000 years ago, it became a treacherous place filled with wild creatures, ferocious sandstorms, and the menace of the beast-like Vorox. The Agori villagers and their Glatorian protectors struggled for survival in this harsh land.
In scattered villages, Agori dealt with the daily struggle to survive in the harsh desert world of Bara Magna. When villages had a dispute, they settled it with battles between Glatorian fighters in their arenas. Once a year, Glatorian from all over Bara Magna gathered for the right to be called champion. They came to Arena Magna in the city of Atero to compete, to talk, to share news and new battle tactics.
Beneath the sands of Bara Magna were secrets long forgotten by the Agori and Glatorian which would change everything Mata Nui knew about himself and his universe.
City ruins could be found under the sands of Bara Magna.
Thousands of years of competition and distrust among the villages made it difficult for Mata Nui to convince them to join forces against the Skrall.
Some believed the world of Bara Magna to be only a vast, unending desert. In reality, the Black Spike Mountains loomed over the northern region of the planet, which appeared to be partially forested.
Parts from a prototype for a massive robotic space vessel constructed by the Great Beings littered the Bara Magna desert, the result of an explosion caused during a failed experiment conducted long before the Core War.
Bara Magna had cold desert nights.
Tajun was built around the largest oasis in the desert.
Bara Magna was the desert region of the planet Spherus Magna.
Atero was the only "free city" on Bara Magna, meaning that Agori from any village could visit or even live there if they chose.
Before the Core War, Bara Magna contained vast cities. Those who lived on Bara Magna after the Shattering were generally too busy simply surviving to have time for hope for the future.
Bara Magna was the largest chunk of Spherus Magna; Bara Magna is what the survivors called it. Energized protodermis leaked from the core of Spherus Magna and triggered a massive explosion that flung two huge chunks into orbit. The desert world that remained was renamed Bara Magna by the survivors.
Unlike in the Matoran universe, paper was in use on Bara Magna.
While orbiting Aqua Magna, the Red Star could be seen dimly from Bara Magna.
Payment on Bara Magna was made through goods or services. For example, if someone were doing a job escorting a trade caravan, they might give him some of their goods in payment (like armor or weapons), or they might give him water and food, or they might give him something else of value that he could trade elsewhere.
In general, new Glatorian masks/helmets were not made now. Old ones may have been patched or repaired, but new ones were not being made. The Agori were very good at patching/repairing/slapping parts together, but bad at making anything new.
There were friendships between Agori or Glatorian of separate tribes. Especially among Glatorian, friendships were accepted and expected. Agori friendships, while a little less common except among traders, etc. were no crime either. The villages were in competition for resources, but they were not at war with each other.[23, 24]
"Bara Magna" meant "Great Barren."
No inhabitant of Bara Magna had personally met a Great Being.
Combat in Bara Magna society was purely about physical strength, tactics, and weaponry. With the exception of vehicles, Bara Magna was relatively low-tech. Its people could patch and repair things, but they did not create new things. They did not have energy weapons; the Thornax launcher was about the most powerful weapon they had.
Civilization was, at one time, more advanced on Bara Magna that it was after the Shattering. There were old weapons, pieces of equipment (whose nature was unknown), old parchments and tablets, and other things buried in the sand here and there.
The tribes bore no enmity toward each other, since their lifestyle was not conducive to petty feuds.
There were six arenas on Bara Magna, with Atero being the main one.
There was not a very large number of Agori on Bara Magna. With such limited resources, the villages could not support thousand of Agori; there just was not enough food and water.
Bara Magna was never enormously populated or as advanced as a place like Metru Nui.
The villages of Bara Magna did have something of a democratic system. Leaders were elected to 250-year terms and could be removed from office at any time by a unanimous vote of the villagers. Glatorian were not allowed a vote, since they had a financial interest in the outcome.
An Agori who committed murder would certainly have been banished. A thief or someone like that might not have been, but would probably only have been allowed to stay on the condition that they take on some needed but highly dangerous work for the village.
Glatorian vehicles included chariots.
The locations of the villages were selected mostly because of their proximity to the pieces of the prototype robot, which served as shelters.
Agori who remembered life before the Shattering, if they were alive at the time, mostly did not like to talk about it and would often pretend ignorance if dealing with a complete stranger.
- "Desert of Bara Magna" (Official BIONICLE Website (2009), BIONICLE: Mata Nui's Guide to Bara Magna)
- Arena Magna
- Black Spike Mountains
- Bone Hunters Camp
- Bone Hunters Stronghold
- Creep Canyon
- The Dark Falls
- Dunes of Treason
- Elbow Peak
- Gatherers Ridge
- Hot Springs
- Iron Canyon
- Knee Island
- Sandray Canyon
- Sea of Liquid Sand
- Skrall Arena
- Skrall River
- Skull Mountain
- Tesara Arena
- Underground Lab of the Great Beings
- Vulcanus Lava Flow
- Wall of Champions
- White Quartz Mountains