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|artifact name= Crystal Skull of Akator
 
|artifact name= Crystal Skull of Akator
 
|image= [[File:CrystalSkull.jpg|250px]]
 
|image= [[File:CrystalSkull.jpg|250px]]
|origin date=
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|origin date=< 5000 BC
|origin location=[[Akator]], [[Brazil]]
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|origin location="[[Space between spaces]]"
|culture= [[Ugha]]
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|culture= [[Interdimensional beings]]
|discovery date= [[1546]]
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|discovery date= [[1546]]<br />[[1957]] {{C|twice}}
|location=[[Akator]], [[Brazil]]
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|location=[[Temple of Akator]], [[Brazil]]<br />[[Chauchilla Cemetery]], [[Peru]]
|discoverer=[[Francisco de Orellana]]
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|discoverer=[[Francisco de Orellana]] {{C|1546}}<br />[[Harold Oxley]] {{C|1957}}<br />[[Indiana Jones]] with [[Mutt Williams]] {{C|1957}}
|collector=[[Interdimensional beings]]
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|collector=Spanish conquistadors<br />[[Interdimensional beings]]
 
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}}
 
 
The '''Crystal Skull of Akator''' was part of the remains of one of the thirteen [[interdimensional beings]] that ruled in the [[Temple of Akator]].
 
The '''Crystal Skull of Akator''' was part of the remains of one of the thirteen [[interdimensional beings]] that ruled in the [[Temple of Akator]].
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
Around seven thousand years ago, thirteen [[interdimensional beings]] with crystalline skeletons from the "space between spaces" became the gods of the [[Ugha]] tribe and chose them to build a great city that the conquistadors called El Dorado, otherwise known as [[Akator]].<ref name="KotCS novel">[[Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (novel)|''Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'' novel]]</ref>
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Around seven thousand years ago, thirteen [[interdimensional beings]] with crystalline skeletons from the "[[space between spaces]]" became the gods of the [[Ugha]] tribe and chose them to build a great city that the conquistadors called El Dorado, otherwise known as [[Akator]].<ref name="KotCS novel">[[Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (novel)|''Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'' novel]]</ref>
   
In [[1546]], a group of conquistadors led by [[Francisco de Orellana]] stole the one of the skulls along with other valuables from Akator]. On the journey back to their ship, however, the Skull telepathically compelled Orellana to return it to the city, and the resulting argument with his countrymen led to their murder at Orellana's hand. Shortly thereafter, however, Orellana was killed by the guardians of a [[Chauchilla Cemetery|cemetery]] where Orellana had chased down his final victim. The skull was buried with him in his [[Orellana's Tomb|tomb]] overlooking [[Nazca]], [[Peru]]. The theft fell into legend stating that whomever returned the skull to Akator would be granted its power.<ref name="KotCS novel" />
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In [[1546]], a group of conquistadors led by [[Francisco de Orellana]] stole the one of the skulls along with other valuables from Akator. On the journey back to their ship, however, the Skull telepathically compelled Orellana to return it to the city, and the resulting argument with his countrymen led to their murder at Orellana's hand. Shortly thereafter, however, Orellana himself was killed by the guardians of a [[Chauchilla Cemetery|cemetery]] where Orellana had chased down his final victim. The skull was buried with him in his [[Orellana's grave|grave chamber]] near [[Nazca]], [[Peru]]. The theft of the skull fell into legend stating that whomever returned it to Akator would be granted its power.<ref name="KotCS novel" />
   
Centuries later, the crystal skull had become the obsession of [[Professor]] [[Harold Oxley]], who intensely researched its connection to the Peruvian legend of the City of Gold. Oxley found the skull with and tried to return it to Akator, but couldn't make it past the mechanism that blocked the entrance to the [[Temple of Akator|city's temple]] and so once again buried it with Orellana at [[Chauchilla Cemetery]]. In [[1957]], [[Indiana Jones]], [[Marion Ravenwood]] and [[Mutt Williams]] tried to keep the Skull from the hands of the Soviets who sought to use the skull for psychic warfare.
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Centuries later, the crystal skull had become the obsession of [[Professor]] [[Harold Oxley]], who intensely researched its connection to the Peruvian legend of the City of Gold. Oxley found the skull in [[1957]] and tried to return it to Akator, but couldn't make it past the mechanism that blocked the entrance to the [[Temple of Akator|city's temple]] and so once again buried it with Orellana at Chauchilla Cemetery. He was then captured by [[Soviet Special Forces]] under the command of [[Irina Spalko]] who sought to use the skull for psychic warfare. They first lured [[Marion Ravenwood]] and then [[Indiana Jones]] and [[Mutt Williams]] to Peru in order to find the skull. Jones and Williams retrieved it, but were immediately after captured by the Soviets, too. On the way to Akator, Jones, Ravenwood, Williams and Oxley escaped the Soviets and brought the skull back to the temple of Akator. They were, however, secretly followed by Spalko and the Russians. Spalko took the skull from Oxley and approached the crystalline skeleton that lacked a skull. The skull was then attracted by the skeleton and put itself on the top of its crystal spine, whereupon the being came back to life.
   
 
==Powers and physical makeup==
 
==Powers and physical makeup==
The Crystal Skull was incredibly magnetic, even attracting metals (such as gold) that were not magnetic by nature. The Skull also had psychic properties, including the ability to communicate on a primitive level with people who stared into its eyes for a prolonged period. These powers also affected non-humans—Oxley used the Skull to divert an army of [[siafu]] intent on attacking him and Jones.
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Different from other known [[crystal skull]]s such as the [[Mitchell-Hedges Skull]], the Crystal Skull of Akator had a very elongated back of the head.
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The Crystal Skull was incredibly magnetic, even attracting metals (such as gold) that were not magnetic by nature.
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The skull also had psychic properties, including the ability to communicate on a primitive level with people who stared into its eyes for a prolonged period. These powers also affected non-humans: Oxley used it to divert an army of [[siafu]] intent on attacking him and Jones.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
[[File:Crystal Skull.jpg|thumb|200px|Side view of the skull]]
 
[[File:Crystal Skull.jpg|thumb|200px|Side view of the skull]]
The Skull serves as the title MacGuffin at the heart of ''[[Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull]]''.
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The Skull serves as the titular MacGuffin at the heart of ''[[Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull]]''. It was a practical prop created by Stan Winston Studios, with some versions outfitted to physically "glow" from the eyes. The prop that is carried around throughout the film is actually of a different size than that attached to the head of the crystal skeleton at the film's ending. Director [[Steven Spielberg]] felt no one would notice.
   
The Skull was a practical prop created by Stan Winston studios, with some versions outfitted to physically "glow" from the eyes. The prop that is carried around throughout the movie is actually of a different size than that attached to the head of the crystal skeleton at the end of the film. Director [[Steven Spielberg]] claimed nobody would notice.
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The Skull later appeared in the 2011 ''[[starwars:Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV series)|Star Wars: The Clone Wars]]'' episode "Wookiee Hunt".
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==

Latest revision as of 10:50, June 13, 2018

The Crystal Skull of Akator was part of the remains of one of the thirteen interdimensional beings that ruled in the Temple of Akator.

HistoryEdit

Around seven thousand years ago, thirteen interdimensional beings with crystalline skeletons from the "space between spaces" became the gods of the Ugha tribe and chose them to build a great city that the conquistadors called El Dorado, otherwise known as Akator.[1]

In 1546, a group of conquistadors led by Francisco de Orellana stole the one of the skulls along with other valuables from Akator. On the journey back to their ship, however, the Skull telepathically compelled Orellana to return it to the city, and the resulting argument with his countrymen led to their murder at Orellana's hand. Shortly thereafter, however, Orellana himself was killed by the guardians of a cemetery where Orellana had chased down his final victim. The skull was buried with him in his grave chamber near Nazca, Peru. The theft of the skull fell into legend stating that whomever returned it to Akator would be granted its power.[1]

Centuries later, the crystal skull had become the obsession of Professor Harold Oxley, who intensely researched its connection to the Peruvian legend of the City of Gold. Oxley found the skull in 1957 and tried to return it to Akator, but couldn't make it past the mechanism that blocked the entrance to the city's temple and so once again buried it with Orellana at Chauchilla Cemetery. He was then captured by Soviet Special Forces under the command of Irina Spalko who sought to use the skull for psychic warfare. They first lured Marion Ravenwood and then Indiana Jones and Mutt Williams to Peru in order to find the skull. Jones and Williams retrieved it, but were immediately after captured by the Soviets, too. On the way to Akator, Jones, Ravenwood, Williams and Oxley escaped the Soviets and brought the skull back to the temple of Akator. They were, however, secretly followed by Spalko and the Russians. Spalko took the skull from Oxley and approached the crystalline skeleton that lacked a skull. The skull was then attracted by the skeleton and put itself on the top of its crystal spine, whereupon the being came back to life.

Powers and physical makeupEdit

Different from other known crystal skulls such as the Mitchell-Hedges Skull, the Crystal Skull of Akator had a very elongated back of the head.

The Crystal Skull was incredibly magnetic, even attracting metals (such as gold) that were not magnetic by nature.

The skull also had psychic properties, including the ability to communicate on a primitive level with people who stared into its eyes for a prolonged period. These powers also affected non-humans: Oxley used it to divert an army of siafu intent on attacking him and Jones.

Behind the scenesEdit

Crystal Skull

Side view of the skull

The Skull serves as the titular MacGuffin at the heart of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It was a practical prop created by Stan Winston Studios, with some versions outfitted to physically "glow" from the eyes. The prop that is carried around throughout the film is actually of a different size than that attached to the head of the crystal skeleton at the film's ending. Director Steven Spielberg felt no one would notice.

The Skull later appeared in the 2011 Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Wookiee Hunt".

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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