History WMG / TheRuins

15th Jul '14 1:37:59 PM GopherBroke
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The vine came down with the asteroid that made the Chicxulub crater on the Yucatan Peninsula. In the long impact winter following the impact, it crept out across the planet and consumed almost all large lifeforms on the planet before starving out, leaving only a handful of dormant strands underground in the area surrounding the initial impact. A mining company (in the book) or a native society (in the movie) dug into the cave where it lay dormant, and the people living in the nearby village endeavored to keep it trapped.

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The vine came down with the asteroid that made the Chicxulub crater on the Yucatan Peninsula. In the long impact winter following the impact, event, it crept out across the planet and consumed almost all large lifeforms on the planet before starving out, leaving only a handful of dormant strands underground in the area surrounding the initial impact. A mining company (in the book) or a native society (in the movie) dug into the cave where it lay dormant, and the people living in the nearby village endeavored to keep it trapped.
15th Jul '14 1:37:00 PM GopherBroke
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The vine is a member of a species that followed an exceptionally unlikely evolutionary path, evolving the ability to consume animals and possibly other plants so that it could survive in the caves below the Mexican rainforest after having its original above-ground niche occupied by a more successful competitor. Its normal prey items are bats and other cave dwelling animals, and it has developed the ability to imitate the sounds of its prey. Signs of intelligence in the book and movie are just random behavior.

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The vine is a member of a species that followed an exceptionally unlikely evolutionary path, evolving the ability to consume animals and possibly other plants so that it could survive in the caves below the Mexican rainforest after having its original above-ground niche occupied by a more successful competitor. Its normal prey items are bats and other cave dwelling animals, and it has developed the ability to imitate the sounds of its prey. Signs of intelligence in the book and movie are just random behavior.behavior that seems actively malicious.

[[WMG: The vine killed the dinosaurs.]]
The vine came down with the asteroid that made the Chicxulub crater on the Yucatan Peninsula. In the long impact winter following the impact, it crept out across the planet and consumed almost all large lifeforms on the planet before starving out, leaving only a handful of dormant strands underground in the area surrounding the initial impact. A mining company (in the book) or a native society (in the movie) dug into the cave where it lay dormant, and the people living in the nearby village endeavored to keep it trapped.
15th Jul '14 1:32:20 PM GopherBroke
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At several points in the movie, parts of the background and people's faces ripple as if in a wind. Is it possible that the tourists are hallucinating the whole thing and/or having a psychotic breakdown?

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At several points in the movie, parts of the background and people's faces ripple as if in a wind. Is it possible that the tourists are hallucinating the whole thing and/or having a psychotic breakdown?breakdown?

[[WMG: The vine is really just a plant.]]
The vine is a member of a species that followed an exceptionally unlikely evolutionary path, evolving the ability to consume animals and possibly other plants so that it could survive in the caves below the Mexican rainforest after having its original above-ground niche occupied by a more successful competitor. Its normal prey items are bats and other cave dwelling animals, and it has developed the ability to imitate the sounds of its prey. Signs of intelligence in the book and movie are just random behavior.
9th Jul '14 8:33:32 PM FuzzyBoots
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One possibility is that the Mayans keep the vine creature in place in part by feeding it tourists. This doesn't seem too likely - the Mayans try to warn the party away from the overgrown temple before they touch the vines, and thus seal their fate. About the only real proof is that they don't MercyKill the entire party the moment they touch the vines; but if they did that, there wouldn't be much of a movie.

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One possibility is that the Mayans keep the vine creature in place in part by feeding it tourists. This doesn't seem too likely - the Mayans try to warn the party away from the overgrown temple before they touch the vines, and thus seal their fate. About the only real proof is that they don't MercyKill the entire party the moment they touch the vines; but if they did that, there wouldn't be much of a movie.movie.

[[WMG: The vine is a normal vine that gives off a drug]]

At several points in the movie, parts of the background and people's faces ripple as if in a wind. Is it possible that the tourists are hallucinating the whole thing and/or having a psychotic breakdown?
24th Jun '13 4:58:44 PM ArchTeryx
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[[WMG: The Mayans have a symbiotic relationship with the vine creature, keeping it in one place by salting the ground but feeding it tourists to help keep it in that one place.]]

This doesn't seem too likely - the Mayans try to warn the party away from the overgrown temple before they touch the vines, and thus seal their fate. About the only real proof is that they don't MercyKill the entire party the moment they touch the vines; but if they did that, there wouldn't be much of a movie.

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[[WMG: The Mayans have a symbiotic relationship with the vine creature, keeping it creature]]

One possibility is that the Mayans keep the vine creature
in one place in part by salting the ground but feeding it tourists to help keep it in that one place.]]

tourists. This doesn't seem too likely - the Mayans try to warn the party away from the overgrown temple before they touch the vines, and thus seal their fate. About the only real proof is that they don't MercyKill the entire party the moment they touch the vines; but if they did that, there wouldn't be much of a movie.
24th Jun '13 4:57:35 PM ArchTeryx
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[[WMG: The Mayans have a symbiotic relationship with the vine creature, keeping it in one place but feeding it tourists to keep it there.]]

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[[WMG: The Mayans have a symbiotic relationship with the vine creature, keeping it in one place by salting the ground but feeding it tourists to help keep it there.in that one place.]]
24th Jun '13 4:56:50 PM ArchTeryx
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[[WMG: The Vine's main food source would be (and likely still is) birds]]

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[[WMG: The Vine's vine's main food source would be (and likely still is) birds]]



Of course, this makes the entire plot of the movie moot, but what else would the plant eat in the jungle besides tourists?

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Of course, this makes the entire plot of the movie moot, but what else would the plant eat in the jungle besides tourists?tourists?

[[WMG: The Mayans have a symbiotic relationship with the vine creature, keeping it in one place but feeding it tourists to keep it there.]]

This doesn't seem too likely - the Mayans try to warn the party away from the overgrown temple before they touch the vines, and thus seal their fate. About the only real proof is that they don't MercyKill the entire party the moment they touch the vines; but if they did that, there wouldn't be much of a movie.
24th Jun '13 4:19:21 PM ArchTeryx
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24th Jun '13 4:19:09 PM ArchTeryx
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* I got the impression that that's what we're supposed to think, that the evil magic done with sacrifices on that ruin created or transformed the vine into what it is today.

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* I got the impression that that's what we're supposed to think, that the evil magic done with sacrifices on that ruin created or transformed the vine into what it is today.
today. That would make it a kind of combination EldritchLocation and evil GeniusLoci.
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24th Jun '13 4:14:56 PM ArchTeryx
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* The vine creature is far more then a simple plant - it can grow in complete darkness, it makes sounds with its flowers, it grows directly into blood vessels...none of which a real plant could do. So you're dead on.
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