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NA'VI: "There is, of course, a primitive humanoid species on Pandora. They are called the NA'VI, using their word for themselves. The humans usually refer to them clinically as the Pandorans, and colloquially as "the locals".

It would stand about eight feet tall. Its skin is blue... two shades of blue in a banded pattern like a snake of lizard (though the skin is smooth, not scaly). An iridescent cyan blue, almost robin's egg, is contrasted with a deep ultramarine which borders on purple.

The darker color is almost solid on the back, and down the backs of the legs. The body is, strangely, almost human in most ways. The waist is narrow and elongated, the shoulders very wide, giving a V shaped upper back.

The neck is long (maybe twice as long as an average human, or a little longer than some Vogue models) and, we will see, can turn almost 180 degrees, like an owl. The body overall is more slender, proportionately, then the average human, reminiscent of a Masai or Watusi. The musculature is sharply defined, given no sense of emaciation despite the thin proportions.

The hands are graceful, with three very long fingers, and one opposed thumb. The fingers curve smoothly, bending without joints. This sounds off-putting, but it is really quite beautiful. The faces are exquisite... with cheekbones high as any Pharoah's and large wise eyes, maybe twice the size of ours.

When open they dominate the face, like those of a cat, or a lemur. The mouth is also large, but essentially human, with a faint cat-like bifurcation of the upper lip, and a coloration like permanent deep purple lipstick. The teeth are white, with pronounced canines, upper and lower. These guys are clearly carnivores, or at least omnivores.

Did I mention the tail? They have a tail. Long and slightly prehensile, but more like the tail of a panther than a monkey. A complex pattern of iridescent dots and lines, perfectly symmetrical, runs over the body, almost following the lines of the nervous or circulatory system.

These are bioluminescent chromatophores, and they glow in the dark like fireflies. The alien can communicate with these, and in fact they usually are shifting and changing color to indicate mood and emotion, without conscious control.

The body has no hair whatsoever, though there is what looks like a black pony tail, or queue, originating in the back of the head and hanging down almost to the waist. This is not hair, but actually an external part of the nervous system."


TSUMONGWI: "On Pandora, there is a local clan is called the Tsumongwi, "The Blue Flute Clan". Giese and his avatar group were having some success with the local clan, teaching them some English, and how to use some of our power tools. Their own technology is neolithic... bows and spears, clay pots, animal skins, that sort of thing. No written language.

They were helping to build a school in the forest, near their home villages. We see village life among the Tsumongwi... kids playing, people cooking, cleaning fish. The clan patriarch has protested against the "Sky People"... us... clearing the trees at one of their sacred sites. They have never liked us cutting down the trees anywhere. They mourn the spirit of a tree when it dies."




WELL OF SOULS (from the original scriptment): "The Well of Souls is an enormous grotto, into which a waterfall thunders... the water falling down a sheer cliff from thousands of feet above. A dark pit, the grotto is ringed with willows... though these are much larger than anything we have seen.

They are so densely packed that their roots form a solid woven surface wrapping over the edge and down the walls of the grotto below. The roots braid together, covering the floor of the grotto. A single large willow grows in the middle of the well."



Colonel Miles Quaritch

Colonel Miles Quaritch: This ramrod straight, lifelong soldier will do everything in his power to complete his mission. Col. Quaritch's current goal is to secure unobtanium for the RDA - at any cost.

Profession: Military contractor who serves as RDA’s head of security on Pandora.

Skills: Expertise in military tactics and strategy, hand-to-hand combat, myriad weapons systems. Piloting of AMP suit, Dragon and Scorpion gunships.






Avatar Descriptions provided by the original scriptment and James Cameron's Avatar - An Activist Survival Guide.




AVATAR

AVATAR: "Humans cannot live on Pandora without breathing gear, because the atmosphere is toxic. Lethal levels of ammonia, methane and chlorine. The Consortium is trying to bridge the cultural gap with the aboriginal population, which has been difficult to communicate and negotiate with.

They have recently started a program called AVATAR. They take DNA from a Na'vi, and from a selected human volunteer. On Earth, in company genetics labs, they create an in-vitro embryo, which is a genetic composite of the alien and human donor.

The recombinant embryo is grown in-vitro during the flight to Pandora, which takes 3 years (ship-time/ 5 years Earth time... it's a relativity thing). In that time it reaches near adult size, since the locals mature fast.

When it is "born" (or more properly de-canted) as a post-adolescent, it looks like a Na'vi, and can live comfortably on Pandora, but it has enough human neurophysiology to be used as an Avatar, or surrogate body.

The human volunteer then becomes a CONTROLLER. Using PSIONIC LINK technology, the human controller can remotely control the avatar body out in the wilds of Pandora. The controller receives all sensory input, and provides all motor control to the body.

Essentially, the controller lives through the avatar, and is completely unaware of his own body while linked. Each avatar is genetically keyed to its respective human controller. By communicating with the locals through these avatars, which are less alien to them, the RDA has had some success teaching them English and basic skills."




HALLELUJAH MOUNTAINS

HALLELUJAH MOUNTAINS: "On Pandora the [magnetic] effect causes huge outcroppings of unobtainium to rip loose from the surface and float in the magnetic vortices. These floating islands circulate slowly in the magnetic currents, like icebergs at sea, scraping against each other and the towering mesa-like mountains of the region.

The Pandorans call them the Thundering Rocks, and the entire area is sacred to them. Which could be a problem, since the humans have come to mine these mountains and get rich. Which is why they are called the Hallelujah Mountains. They float like clouds made of rock, amongst the fixed mountains and swirling cloud structures. Where they are in clear sunlight, they cast hard shadows on the land below.

They are overgrown with foliage at the top, and a straggly beard of vines hangs down beneath them like the roots of an air-fern. The sides are shear cliffs. Waterfalls, originating on the mesa-like tops, stream down the sides and dissolve into spray at the bottoms like upside-down geysers. The local peaks and mesas actually project above the level of the craggy underside of the few floating mountains Josh can see, so it's obvious that collisions are inevitable.




PANDORA

PANDORA: "Pandora, a planet of the Alpha Centauri starsystem. Like everyone, Josh has heard of Pandora, or more properly Alpha Centauri B-4. Discovered by the first interstellar expedition twenty five years ago, Pandora has been the single most interesting thing to happen to the human race in ages. The news services love to run clips of the wild scenery on Pandora, and its bizarre flora and fauna.

To a culture which has lost all contact with the natural world, Pandora is mysterious, primal, and terrifying. Pandora's atmosphere... a poisonous brew of ammonia, methane, CO2, oxygen and nitrogen. Even a little hydrogen cyanide. You can just tell, even from orbit... this is a planet that has life. Just as the plants on Earth are green with chlorophyl, the plants of Pandora, based on a different biochemistry, are mostly purple. The tones range from purple-blue, through violet to magenta. Josh catches glimpses of the rainforest through the clouds as they skim over the endless purple carpet.

Other than the color the trees look like trees. They have trunks and branches and leaves... though some of the shapes are strange, and the proportions are wrong. There are waterfalls feeding highland rivers, and Josh sees more flocks of the bird-like things. They pass a few small patches of open grassland. The magenta grass ripples in the wind like wheat.




POLYPHEMIS

POLYPHEMIS: "The most amazing thing about Pandora is that it doesn't actually orbit its sun directly, but is actually in orbit around an enormous planet, a gas giant almost twice the size of Jupiter, which in turn orbits the yellow sun of Alpha Centauri B. This monster planet has been named POLYPHEMIS, for the great cyclops of Greek myth. This is because, like Jupiter with its Great Red Spot, Polyphemis has a vest cyclonic storm like a great dark pupil in its vast disk. The eye of an angry god looking down on Pandora.

Pandora, despite being almost as big as Earth, is technically a moon of the giant planet. Polyphemis has thirteen other moons, some closer in, some farther out. Depending on what's where in its orbit, Pandora can have two or even three moons in its sky at once. Pandora and the other moons cast large black shadow dots on the parent planet, like beauty marks."




Tsu'Tey: This respected Na'vi hunter and warrior for the Omaticaya is famed among various Na'vi clans for his bow work atop a banshee. His surliness does not detract from his profound courage and natural leadership.

Clan position: Lead warrior and hunter. Apprentice Olo'eyctan or "male clan leader."

Skills: hunting. Expertise in all manner of Na'vi weaponry, including challenge weapon. Masterful direhorse and banshee rider.



Tsu'Tey


Eytukan: Along with his wife, Mo'at, Eytukan is responsible for the safety and well-being of the Omaticaya clan. He oversees the training of all warriors and hunters and is a key figure in many Na'vi ceremonies and rituals. He is the father of Neytiri.

Clan position: Olo'eyctan or "male clan leader".

Skills: Construction of weapons. Hunter, mentor, strategist, leader of various rituals.



Eytukan


Avatar Jake Sully: Embodying his blue, nine-foot tall avatar body, Jake is able to walk for the first time in years. During sorties from Hell's Gate to the Pandoran rainforest and Hometree, he gains respect for the Na'vi and discovers the beauty and danger of an alien world.

Profession: Member of RDA's Avatar Program, based out of Hell's Gate.

Skills: Former Marine with combat training, including military tactics and strategy. Natural leadership ability. In avatar body, he has remarkable strength, agility and acute senses.



Avatar Jake Sully


Neytiri: This graceful, fierce and intelligent member of the Omaticaya clan is rightfully wary of humans. Yet Neytiri has become an unlikely ambassador to the earthly colonists on Pandora.

Clan Position: Daughter of Omaticaya clan leaders Eytukan and Mo’at. Clan leader in-waiting.

Skills: Mastery of most Na'vi weapons, including various bows, spears, bolas and knives. Banshee and direhorse rider. Hunter. Proficiency in English.



Neytiri


Corporal Lyle Wainfleet: He will fight for any cause as long as he's paid. Corporal Wainfleet is a brutal mercenary who lives by the credo “might makes right.” Wainfleet has nothing but contempt for Pandora and the Na'vi.

Profession: Private contractor for RDA security forces on Pandora.

Skills: Advanced military training, including proficiency with various weapons systems and AMP suit.



Corporal Lyle Wainfleet


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