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The Destruction of The Hometree
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Conflict:

Pandoran War

Date:

August 20, 2154

Place:

Hometree

Outcome:
  • Tactical RDA victory
  • Hometree destroyed
  • Displacement of the Omaticaya clan
Belligerents

Omaticaya clan

RDA

Commanders
Strength
Casualties
  • Large number of Na'vi warriors and civilians
  • Many ikran and direhorses
  • Eytukan
  [Source]

The Destruction of the Hometree was an incident that occurred on August 20, 2154 on the exoplanet Pandora, and was a pivotal event of the conflicts between the indigenous Na'vi population and the colonial human miners. It was an attempt by the Resources Development Administration to forcefully evict the Omaticaya clan from their ancestrial Hometree in order to gain access to the large unobtanium mine directly below the settlement. The RDA's private military, the SecOps, destroyed the western root columns of the Hometree, causing it to collapse completely and killing many Na'vi caught in the treefall.

Prologue[]

Following the destruction of the sacred Trees of Voices by the RDA, which Jake Sully attempted to halt by destroying the cameras of an RDA bulldozer in his avatar form, his human form was apprehended when Miles Quaritch raided Jake's link module in the Hallelujah Mountains. He was brought back to Hell's Gate along with the rest of Dr. Grace Augustine's Avatar Program personnel. Despite Grace's attempt to explain the biological importance of the Tree to both Quaritch and RDA administrator Parker Selfridge, the latter authorized an operation to forcibly remove the Omaticaya from Hometree after witnessing a video log in which a disheartened Jake bluntly asserted that negotiations would lead nowhere, as the humans had nothing that could tempt the Na'vi to leave their home.

When the clan retaliated for the attack on the Trees of Voices by destroying the bulldozers and killing the human soldiers, Quaritch and Selfridge decided to use this incident to justify their plan to destroy Hometree. Quaritch launched a squadron of Samson and Scorpion aircraft, along with his Dragon Assault Ship, towards Hometree.

At Hell's Gate, Grace and Jake managed to convince Selfridge to give them a chance to talk the Omaticaya out, rather than allowing a massacre that would look very bad for the RDA's record back on Earth. Selfridge reluctantly agreed, granting the pair one hour to persuade the Na'vi. Linking back into their avatars left at Hometree, Jake and Grace warned the clan of the coming assault and chose to admit to them that he was assigned by the RDA to learn their ways, in order to persuade them to leave their home. The clan was enraged when he revealed that he was aware of the RDA's plan to destroy Hometree. Devastated, Neytiri furiously denounced Jake's betrayal, angrily screaming "You will never be one of The People!" to an ashamed Jake, and Chief Eytukan ordered both Jake and Grace to be bound and paraded at the front line of the assault.

The arrival of the RDA forces at Hometree.

RDA Forces Strike Hometree[]

After binding Jake and Grace outside Hometree, the Omaticaya warriors, prepared to defend their home, awaited the arrival of the RDA fleet. Despite repeated warnings from the two captives to flee into the woods, Tsu'tey ordered the Omaticaya warriors to stand their ground, and Eytukan told him to take some Ikran Maktos into the tree and attack the fleet from above. Quaritch, seeing the restrained avatars with knives held to their throats, declared that diplomacy had failed, and ordered the gunships to launch gas rounds into the settlement. In spite of the gas attack, the Omaticaya warriors, determined not to abandon their home, stood their ground and, on orders by Eytukan, loosened shots on the RDA fleet with arrows in an effort to pierce the fleet's armored windows, to no effect. An amused Quaritch ordered the fleet to switch to incendiary rounds, causing immense fire damage to the settlement and engulfing Hometree in flames. Eytukan, realizing that his warriors indeed stood no chance against the human weaponry, ordered everyone to fall back into the woods.

RDA forces firing at Hometree

Although the Omaticaya were already fleeing, Quaritch, apparently wanting to send some kind of a message, then ordered the fleet to switch to high-explosive missiles, and then target the outer western columns of the tree, recalling the information that Jake had provided to him regarding the tree's structure months earlier. With his order "Bring it down," Hometree was bombarded with a concentrated barrage of missiles, destroying its outer columns and killing scores of Omaticaya. A shard of wood sent flying by the explosions fatally impaled Eytukan, who was evacuating the Na'vi that were still inside Hometree from the flames. Jake and Grace, still bound, were freed by Mo'at, who begged Jake to help the clan. As the firing commenced, Samson 16's pilot Trudy Chacon, disgusted by Quaritch's methods, broke formation and disengaged, claiming that she "didn't sign up for this shit". Nonetheless, the Hometree, having sustained critical structural damage to its weight-bearing columns, quickly faltered under its own weight and then collapsed, killing yet more Na'vi as it did so, with the Ikran Maktos led by Tsu'tey departing from its branches just in time. The surviving Omaticaya watched in disbelief and despair. Neytiri wept as Eytukan gave her his bow and told her to protect the people, before succumbing to his wounds.

Meanwhile, a satisfied Quaritch commended the fleet for its work and then ordered them back to Hell's Gate, where the science team watched the live footage of the destruction in horror, and an unsettled Parker Selfridge ordered the security personnel to sever the link to Jake and Grace's avatars. Despite Norm Spellman's attempt to stop them, both links were severed. Jake's avatar, told to leave and never come back by an inconsolable Neytiri, as well as Grace's, who was fleeing with Mo'at, both collapsed in the forest.

Aftermath[]

Jake observes the destruction site

Following the Hometree's destruction, the now homeless Omaticaya clan fled to the Tree of Souls, which was now their only refuge. Jake, Grace and Norm were all placed in detention at Hell's Gate, but were freed from captivity by Trudy Chacon, who flew them to the Hallelujah Mountains. There, they retrieved an avatar link shack before hiding it in the forest near the Tree of Souls. Grace was mortally wounded during the escape, and despite Sully's attempt to have Mo'at save her through a consciousness transfer after becoming Toruk Makto and regaining the Omaticaya's acceptance, she succumbed to her injury and died. In sorrow and anguish, Sully swore to defy the RDA and then began recruiting different Na'vi clans and gathering a massive alliance force in just a few days, leading Quaritch to mobilize the SecOps out on a preemptive bombing assault on the Tree of Souls. SecOps' plan was leaked to Jake by Dr. Max Patel, and the Na'vi responded with an intercepting ambush that, with the help of Pandoran wildlife guided by Eywa, led to the RDA's eventual defeat and expulsion from Pandora.

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