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Old 08-22-2010, 05:32 AM
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I just thought of something looking at the woodsprite. Everyone knows that most animals have two 'queues' to connect with in the world. Look at the woodsprite.. it has two tentacles coming off the body with a slightly swollen area.
Now... remember how they were all over Jake? What if those are like microscopic connectors? Like the threads from the Tree, they could gather information and internal workings of something that they land on. Same thing with the shorter 'legs' at the bottom of the main body. The have a swollen area much like the parts of a flower that accept pollen and could well have more receptors/transmitter nerves there.
For want of a better name, the hair like extensions are cilia that gather information through the air or whatever they touch. In touching Jake, the entire mob of them downloaded enough information to pass on to Eywa/Pandora.

Yes, I know that one of them landed on Neytiri's arrow tip, but just like any other connection, it is intelligent enough to choose not to get information.

I was stunned by this revelation ... anyone else?
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:54 AM
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Wow... I had a similar theory, but I never had any evidence to back it up (t'was purely conjecture)... until reading this!!! That's a fine analysis! Never thought of it that way. This is what I wrote before about it:

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Like the Tree of Souls, these seeds could also possess a smaller, yet still advanced mindset. They could've landed on Jake because they knew he was a human in an avatar body, probably by the difference in DNA, physical features, and mind. Of course this begs the question: why didn't they land on the other avatars?

Before discussing this further, I assumed it was because of Jake occupying a wide-open area, where they could accumulate on Jake for various reasons such as detection that he isn't a native (DNA difference), or the fact that he isn't new. I also explained how I couldn't figure this particular out later (on Avatar-Forums):
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Yes, they could each individually have a conscious nature, but then there's the problem of when they're laid to rest with the dead they bury; why would they allow themselves to die? But then, if they're spiritual do they sacrifice themselves for the greater good of Eywa? That's one of the nagging problems that I can't answer in my theory.

I explained before that they might've just landed on Jake because he was in wide-enough space for them to settle, and because their individual "mindsets" recognized Jake as an avatar... But then I watched the movie again and noticed the ending where there are many, many Na'vi sitting all around Jake at the Tree of Souls (ToS) including Neytiri and Mo'at, and recounting the fact that the ToS was in a cliffed-in area (not wide, open space). And yet, there were at least 20 or so woodsprites settling across Jake's real body, and then actually moving to his avatar when his consciousness was being transferred. In this respect, I made a big error in my first post in my assumptions about the woodsprites.
Then I thought of a new reason. My new theory is that the woodsprites land on or surround any newborn native. I assume that everytime a Na'vi baby is born, a woodsprite or two come along and "bless" the birth. When new life sprouts, woodsprites (which probably have a conscious nature) translate this as a "borrowing of energy" from the source tree (the Tree of Souls) and analyze the specimen brought anew to Pandora.

Avatars can also be considered "newborns" once they're exposed to Pandora. Woodsprites never have the chance to meet the new avatars when they're being developed, so my theory is that every avatar has just one meeting with at least one woodsprite. Afterward natives (or avatars) may come into contact with more woodsprites, but not in the same way as the first time, where they specifically land on the newborn to analyze it. The natives of Pandora never witness these events since the avatars all occupy the "Hell's Gate" compound, and never go out into the open where the Na'vi can see. Woodsprites, however, can access the Hell's Gate avatar training area (where Jake was running) where it's closer to the wild area ("out there beyond that fence") The "meeting" may happen as many as 2-3 days after the "newborn" avatar enters the training area, since it's probably a hard place for woodsprites to access. Once out in the field (the wild), the woodsprite encounter never occurs again. Grace has had extensive training in her avatar already, and Norm might've been in the right place at the right time to have his "meeting" sooner than Jake did.

Jake spent a day in his avatar body before going out into the wild. All other avatars had been under close watch and protection in the compound, while Jake got his second day in the field. The rub lies in the fact that he got lost in the wild, and his first meeting finally happened to occur when a native was present. This was probably the first time in Pandoran history when a woodsprite had landed on a "dreamwalker" while another native was present.

Jake also experienced another "birth" when his mind was being transferred to his avatar. Thus explains the woodsprites surrounding Jake in the ending scene.

This "meeting" theory is extremely sketchy and makes a ton of assumptions, but as far as what information we're given about what woodsprites actually are, this theory is, as of now, a working theory.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:53 PM
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Most likely some kind of senses... I already theorised earlier that this is how they are attracted to the right places by following one or more senses and having a degree of control over their movements as demonstrated multiple times within the film.
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:12 AM
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I don't know about them meeting avatars... Judging from Neytiri's reaction, I'd say that seeing the otokirina is unusual by itself. We saw a few during the funeral, and, of course, the mob with Jake... but I don't think they go near the human compound. They seem to be deep jungle creatures that stay close to 'home'.
IF one had landed on Grace, I think she'd be more apt to take a sample than let it go.
It's just hard to say exactly how they work until we get Cameron's novel to read and hope he adds some deep info about Pandora.

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Old 08-24-2010, 01:00 AM
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i never thought much about the Atokirina, but your explanation is very interesting. I always thought of them like jellyfish except they're not filled with water. Rather, they are hollow, so they can float around in the air ^_^ but they have nerves so they can sense when its appropriate to germinate.
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