Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Myst: Avatar

I'm sure this has been done before, but all the same I present to you Avatar and Myst, visually depicted side by side.

They are Atokirina'. Seeds of the Great Tree -- very pure spirits.
- Neytiri; Avatar

I taught him how to trim the delicate Lattice roots. How to splice old and new growths together so the walls of our houses will grow strong. I tell him the traditions of the Weave. How by using the spores to support the growing branches, we keep the Lattice Tree alive. He wants to learn everything I know. He wants Narayan to survive. I take him to the rift, to where the sea flows through gaps in the world. Steam flows up from the waterfall. The puffer spores are ready to take flight. We stand in the shadows of dusk and watch the spores begin to rise. He says they look like pearls against the sky.
 - Saavedro's Journal; Myst III: Exile

What we think we know - is that there's some kind of electrochemical communication between the roots of the trees. Like the synapses between neurons. Each tree has ten to the fourth connections to the trees around it, and there are ten to the twelfth trees on Pandora...  That's more connections than the human brain. It's a network - a global network. And the Na'vi can access it - they can upload and download data - memories - at sites like the one you just destroyed.
- Grace Augustine: Avatar

Many lifetimes ago, a child from the village contracted a fever and died. Moved his parents tears, a flower told the parents to carry their child into her pistil. She would preserve his memories so they could visit him whenever they wished. Then the flower passed one of the tears back through the roots, turning it into a container to hold memories, and the father dove underwater to collect it. Having read Catherine’s descriptive Book, I realize that the plant the Protectors called the “Memory Chamber” is but the fruiting body of a massive fungus. Like any fungus, it recycles dead organic material into nutrients — in this case, “filled” memory globes. Yet I cannot help thinking that my scientific understanding of Serenia pales in comparison to the Protectors’ simple tale.
 - Atrus' Serenia Journal; Myst IV: Revelation

Perhaps, if I bring in some of the unusual floating stone from Amateria? Something about the molecular composition of the rock in that Age causes it to attract and repel other stone quite forcefully. Maybe, if I introduce some of it to the soil on the island, it will interfere just enough to damage the last poem.
 - Saavedro's Journal; Myst III: Exile

The legendary Floating Mountains of Pandora? Heard of them?
- Norm Spellman; Avatar

Yeah, so what does hold them up? Grace explained it to me -- some kind of maglev effect because unobtanium is a superconductor, or something. At least somebody understands it. Just not me.
- Jake Sully; Avatar

A great evil is upon us. The Sky People are coming to destroy Hometree. They will be here soon.
- Jake Sully; Avatar

The Lattice Roots were black from too much overgrowth. Puffer spores  floated up in the hot steam and burst. No one was there to guide the  spores to the branches. No one was waiting to perform the ritual Weaves. The fighting had torn my people apart. They didn’t care.
They wanted Narayan to die
- Saavedro's Journal; Myst III: Exile

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