Atlantis was a lost island civilization, about 7.5 miles southeast of the present-day island of Thera in the Aegean Sea. It possessed a great technology and civilization but eventually sank beneath the waves. The people of Atlantis were sometimes referred to as Atlanteans.
History[edit | edit source]
However, according to high priest Nur-Ab-Sal's revelation things were a bit different. The Atlanteans were approached by mysterious Alien horned beings who taught them technology and gave them the secret of the Orichalcum before vanishing as suddenly as they came. This technology included automatization and the powering of metallic robots that performed the work of slaves. Atlantean soil also produced special crystals that possessed special powers. Filled with pride, the Atlanteans, conquered the "island kingdoms" of the Aegean and the known world. Atlantis had at least two colonies in the Aegean, such as the Greater at Knossos, Crete, and the Lesser on Thera. Atlanteans included the Shintay who believed in a cult of death. For this they were banished from the city shortly before the cataclysm taking with them the technology of crystals.
The powerful Atlanteans could only watch as a combination of disasters, a volcano and cataclysm of waves raised. In order to survive, they built airlocks around them for protection and developed a mining technology to expand their city inward, but all these attempts were in vain. During the High Priest-hood of Nur-Ab-Sal, they decided to 'revive' the horned beings to protect and save them. They built a God machine which they experiented on thieves, slaves and prisoners.
Unfortunately all of the experiments failed, and the subjects ended up as a growing population of mutilated horned subhumans. Eventually, they rebelled and massacred the populace. Nur-Ab-Sal, though killed in the creatures' rebellion, continued to live on in spirit form having impressed his essence upon a necklace.
As evidenced by the skeletal remains, some Atlanteans tried to use their mining machinery in order to dig their way back to the surface and escape the massacre. It seems that some of the horned beings left and became kings in later outposts, like Tikal. The banished Shintay had survived in Africa maintaining their energy-harnessing crystal technology.
As Plato described in his dialogues, Atlantis disappeared "in a single day and night of misfortune". Following its destruction, the ruins of the city remained deluged but largely intact thanks to the airlocks. Atlantean outposts also were deserted, such as in Tikal, Moulay Idriss, Hyperborea and the Azores. The story fell into legend cemented from mistranslations of Plato's writings (Timaeus, Critias and the lesser known Hermocrates), leading people to believe the island was actually an impossible continent.
In 1939, the Nazis — particularly Dr. Hans Ubermann — became obsessed with finding Atlantis to use the power of the Orichalcum and the god machine. Meanwhile, Sophia Hapgood, a psychic in New York City, became popular giving lectures about the lost world. According to Hapgood, the Atlanteans lived in a perpetual serenity and happiness and possessed a technology more advanced than the one of the 20th century, even 5000 years ago.
Description[edit | edit source]
Atlantis was circular in shape. The city was structurally and politically divided in three concentric circles. The outer ring was for the laymen and contained living quarters, houses and other structures, and (at least during the later ages) had the airlock entrance. A river stream separated it from the second ring which led to the center, the capital and the Colossus which contained the god machine.<
Notable Atlanteans[edit | edit source]
- Vyperion Rex - Atlantean Shintay descendant, the king of a break away cult of death. From his Skull Palace, he rules with an iron fist and a very cold heart.
- Nur-Ab-Sal - One of the Atlanteans who survived in godlike, or possibly spirit form. Sophia Hapgood was in contact with him, and he eventually possessed her.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Hal Barwood and Noah Falstein took an interest in Atlantis as the MacGuffin for LucasArts' follow-up to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure when they visited George Lucas' reference library searching for alternative plot devices having decided against a adaptation of Chris Columbus' unused screenplay for the third Indiana Jones film. When they opened a copy of Mystic Places, they saw diagram of the mythical city which they thought seemed conductive to gameplay and settle on it as the MacGuffin after learning that Plato was the main source for Atlantis lore.
Real-life theories concerning the location of Atlantis support Crete, Thera or the Azores as the most likely candidates. Other scientists theorised that real sites like Troj or some place in the Black Sea area before the flooding catastrophe at the end of the last ice age were the prototype for the legend.
Atlantis is briefly mentioned by Indiana Jones in the non-canonical Star Wars Tales comic Into the Great Unknown, where he mentions that the design and nature of the Millennium Falcon wreckage was such that not even the locale compared to it.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants (Mentioned only)
- Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils (Mentioned only)
- Indiana Jones Adventure World (Mentioned only)
- The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones – "Africa Screams!" (Mentioned only)
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade comic (Mentioned only)
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis: The Action Game
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis comic (First appearance)
- Indiana Jones and the Pyramid of the Sorcerer (Vision)
- Into the Great Unknown (Mentioned only)
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull junior novel (Mentioned only)
Sources[edit | edit source]
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis comic
- The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones – "Crystal Death"
- Indiana Jones: The Official Magazine 3
- Indiana Jones and the Pyramid of the Sorcerer
- Interview to Hal Barwood at El Recoveco del Geek (Spanish site)
- Into the Great Unknown