|drawing credited to Dan O'Bannon|
We are dealing with a different alien here: the dead ship appears to be visitors from elsewhere, the pyramid seems indigenous.
Walking around it they find no entrance, any entrance must have been buried in the shifting sands of time.
So Kane uses his climbing gear to crawl to the top of the monolith where he finds an open shaft going straight down.
|Chris Foss's planetoid landscape|
It means: DO NOT LAND".
But the explorers are cut off from radio contact and do not learn of this development, so Kane goes down to the shaft.
At the bottom he finds a bizarre tomb or shrine filled with incomprehensible paintings and heiroglyphics, which appear to have a religious significance.
In the centre of the tomb is an altar, surrounded by egg-like objects .
|detail from above showing Pyramid|
The hieroglyphs describe the life cycle of the native Aliens.
Reproduction for them is extraordinarily difficult and complex requiring a host and much supervision, as a result of which their life cycle has become central to the culture.
The fatal flaw of this species appears to be the biological necessity of overexploitation of the biosphere; and the Earthmen speculate that this may be the reason for the lifelessness of the planet and the apparent disappearance of the species. (Dan O'Bannon's Unseen Alien, Starburst 15, p42)
|pyramid opening by Chris Foss|
d.) Expanding on this in the original conception of the Alien race, the inhabitants of the planetoid are seen as tough and primitive, and with an extremely complicated sexual cycle.
Reproduction was very difficult for them and had therefore become central to their religion.
This pyramid was a temple to reproduction (1), the exterior was approximately twenty metres tall and was possibly the creation of an ancient, primitive and cruel culture.
Inside the building is a room accessed through a vertical tunnel in the roof since the normal entrance has long since collapsed.
The spore pods can be found around the alter in the centre of the room (2).
The inhabitants of this world had three entirely different stages in it's life-cycle which are featured as very stylised hieroglyphs on the wall of the birthing temple.
It features an oval design with markings as a spore casing, a star shape as a face-hugger, and the star shapes are shown in conjugation with other life forms perceived as freakish hybrids or Gargoyles, these hybrids were often part anthropoid and part octopus in another rewrite part insect and worm like things are then seen emerging from the hybrids, the image of the spore and face-hugger is followed by a creature with six legs and tentacles as the creature in its young form and then the larger form and the pattern repeats itself.
|Old photo of Ron Cobb's birthing chamber with naturalistic colours but low in detail|
Why it should have been built in such a primitive way was never discovered by the explorers in Junkyard.
Likewise we never really work out how once thriving culture who built pyramids could have evolved on planetoid 120km wide in Alien.
The life form inside the tower serves as inspiration for the spore found inside the pyramid, and just as people lose their memories when touching the life form, those who become victims of the facehugger can not remember anything about encountering the spore of being facehugged.
|updated scan of Ron Cobb's birth temple with less natural looking brighter colours |
(see also HRGgers-influence-on-ron-cobbs-alien)
|hieroglyphics detail from above|
- Dan O'Bannon:" I saw the inhabitants of this planetoid at tough and primitive, and with an extremely complicated sexual cycle. Reproduction was very difficult for them and had therefore become central to their religion. And this pyramid was a temple to reproduction. When the astronauts come upon this crumbling structure covered with ugly angular carvings, they begin to realize that they are in the presence of real antiquity. They're unable to find an entrance at the base, so they scale the pyramid and discover at the top a flue that goes straight down from the peak. This was where the Kane character set up his tripod and winch and lowered himself down - way below ground level - to the floor of this chamber. Using his suit of lights, he looks around the darkness, and in the middle of the room finds a huge stone plinth with blood drains in it. All over the walls are alien hieroglyphics. Also in there, centrally located, are these eggs - spores really. See, these alien beings had two sexes of their own, but they needed a third host animal to reproduce. So they'd bring in an animal, put it up on the plinth with a spore, and whammo! Then they'd lead the inseminated animal off to an enclosure somewhere to await the birth. But the planetoid was now dead and this civilization had been gone for millions of years. All that remained of it was this pyramid and the spores - which can survive dormant for incredible lengths of time under even the most adverse conditions. That's what I originally saw. And since I made it up, naturally I'm going to like it better; but to me, that's a lot more sinister sequence of events , and a lot more ingenious than blurring the two cultures together." ( Don Shay talks with O'Bannon. Cinefex 1.p48)
- INTERIOR TEMPLE. This is where the Spore Pods are stored. This room is entered through a vertical tunnel in the roof (The normal entrance has long since collapsed)/ The Spore Pods can be seen ranked around the alter in the center of the room (Dan O'Bannon's letter to Giger, Giger's Alien, p10, 363E )
- O'Bannon's early Alien script: DVD version: Inside the Pyramid
- O'Bannon's early Alien script: DVD version:Dell's Data Stick Examination
- O'Bannon's early Alien script: Online version: Inside the Pyramid
- O'Bannon's early Alien script: Online version:Dell's Data Stick Examination
- BROUSSARD : Maybe the rest of the crew is in there -- in some kind of suspended animation, waiting to be rescued. (source: Online version of the early Alien script by Dan O'Bannon)
- Walter Hill" "Dan was deeply into pyramidology at the time" (source: Starlog July 1979, p95)