Nov-01-2016 6:31 PM
I know I am a bit late to this conversation but the hype for Alien: Covenant has me revisiting questions from Prometheus. The black goo and the mural/fresco, to me, have always been the most intriguing mysteries about Prometheus. And this is the most recent thread I could find on it. So here we go!
I have seen similar theories to mine, so forgive me if this is repetitive. But I have never seen anyone put it into words exactly how I think of it.
I believe the bird creature is where the Xenomorph DNA started. I think the DNA from the bird creature was added to the black goo to weaponize it, and eventually led to the Deacon, which the engineers believe to be the "perfect bioweapon". The bird creature is in a crouched position. To me, it appears as if he is submissive to the engineer above. I have 2 interpretations, depending on whether the bird creatures were a pre existing species, or if the engineers created them. If the bird creature was a pre existing species, it leads me to believe that the engineers think they have "conquered" the bird creature. But if the engineers did in fact create the bird creatures, I think the engineers believe they have created something that has "surpassed" this species in some form or another. Aka the "perfect bioweapon", aka the Deacon.
There are 2 scenarios:
1) the bird creatures were a pre existing species, and the engineers just stumbled upon them.
2) the engineers created the bird creatures by seeding a planet (as they did with humans).
If the bird creatures were a pre existing species, and the engineers just stumbled upon them, maybe the bird creatures were hostile and the engineers physically "conquered" them (in a war or something), and made them submissive. Or maybe the bird creatures were so strong that the engineers needed a powerful weapon to save their own asses. Even if the bird creatures weren't hostile, either way, the engineers started studying and experimenting with their DNA. While studying the bird creatures DNA, the engineers saw something "special" in it. They mixed the DNA with the black goo and formed a catalyst for the "perfect bioweapon". Although I don't think the engineers knew the full potential of the catalyst at the time. They didn't figure that out until they were able to see what the catalyst could do. They either experimented with the catalyst, using the bird creatures as hosts, or something went awry, and it started infecting the engineers. Either way, they figured out that the end result was the perfect weapon. Aka the Deacon. They pursued this bioweapon for one reason or another. Maybe they had more enemies. But even if they had to experience a catastrophe in order to fully understand the bioweapon, with the engineers being the way they are, I think they would consider that a small price to pay for creating the perfect weapon.
If they did create them, I imagine it started like the opening scene of Prometheus, with them seeding a planet with life. Then they came back to check on things from time to time. Eventually they see that the life evolved to the bird creatures. The engineers reveal themselves to the bird creatures as their creators. Thus making them submissive to the engineers. The engineers start studying and doing experiments on the bird creatures DNA. Once again, they see something special in their DNA. Again, they mix the DNA with the black goo, creating the catalyst. They experiment with the catalyst, probably using the bird creatures as hosts. Or, something went awry and the catalyst started infecting the engineers. Either way, the result was the perfect bioweapon, aka the Deacon. I think the engineers saw their new creation as vastly superior to the bird creatures, thus they created something that "surpassed" the bird creatures.
I know both of those scenarios are similar, but I just wanted to be as thorough as possible.
Whether the engineers created the bird creatures or not... it seems as if the engineers recognized that this species had something "special" in their DNA.
Maybe that "special" thing was that their DNA was easy to manipulate and experiment with. Or maybe they recognized right away that they could be used as a weapon.
We know the engineers needed a weapon for one reason or another, whether it was meant to exterminate the humans they created on Earth, or for some other reason (perhaps a war of some sort).
The end result of this "perfect bioweapon" is in fact the Deacon in the mural.
I think the engineers were proud of this accomplishment. And I think the purpose of the mural is to show the creation of this "perfect weapon" that they were so proud of, from start to finish.
I think the vases in the mural room contained the DNA/black goo, aka the weaponized form of the black goo.
The big catastrophic event that happened on LV-223 was that the engineers somehow lost control of this weapon.
Okay that's my whole theory!
I know this thread was about whether the bird creature is a representation of the eagle that eats Prometheus's liver. And the above statement is my long answer. My short answer is: I think it is possible that the bird creature is a representation of the eagle. It would fit in with the whole theme and symbolism, and wouldn't surprise me one bit! But to me, the bird creature looks submissive to the engineer. So that, plus all the other pondering I've done and all the theories I've read, lead me to my long-winded theory I stated above.
So I wanted to throw in my 2 cents on the topic, and possibly offer another way to view the mural/fresco, and the whole mystery of the movie Prometheus in general.
I hope these mysteries are finally brought to light in Alien: Covenant, and I'm super excited for this film!
If anyone reads this and has any thoughts on my theory please let me know! I know I'm late to this discussion but I figured it was worth a shot!