Obliterator is a side-scrolling arcade adventure computer game published by Psygnosis in 1988. It was released for Amiga, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, and MS-DOS. Obliterator - a 1988 computer game
The game begins when the main character Drak is teleported into the alien spaceship that is approaching the earth. The objective of the game is to destroy the spaceship by finding certain objects from the ship. When the self-destruction is active, Drak has to find an escape shuttle before the spaceship blows up in order to survive.
The figure stretching around the edge of the tableau is inspired by depictions of the Egyptian sky goddess Nut, who often has Geb the god of the earth and fertility lying below, sometimes with his male member erect which so happens to be placed where it looks almost as if it inspired Giger with his depiction of the chest bursting from the victim image. Geb was also a god who imprisoned the dead in his body. The goddess is also often depicted being supported by the god Shu who raised the goddess into the heavens, but is replaced in Giger's painting by support bars instead. Giger's Egyptian Secrets of The Life Cycle Tableau
Odyssey's Black Blood
Within the chronicles of Hercules and his Twelve Labors, Greek mythology provides an interesting chronicle of biological weaponry. When Hercules found himself pitted against the Hydra his typical weapons proved useless as the Hydra thrived off of its own injuries, as a result Hercules dipped his weapons in the blood of the Hydra creating powerful poisoned weapons which led him to victory. As the stories of the Greek hero continue, the use of Hydra venom in other ventures and battles continues. The mythological use of biological weapons, however, was far from simply fantastical. Other instances of poisoned weapons in the Greek world were chronicled through Homer in the Iliad and the Odyssey. Homer's description of "black blood" referred to the blood of soldiers struck with poisoned weapons. The tales of the Trojan War contain numerous other counts of weapons being poisoned and despite numerous attempts by the Greeks to claim poisoned weapons were barbaric and only used by enemies fails to hold up to the prevalence of poisoned weaponry in literature, art, and archeological findings. Mythology Meets History: Poisoned Weapons in Ancient Greece
The legend of Hercules using the poison of a monster as a weapon, makes me wonder if one of the pathogen's raw materials is an unknown creature.
Eitr, Origin of Life & Fatal Poison
"Eitr is a mythical substance in Norse mythology. This liquid substance is the origin of all living things: the first giant Ymir was conceived from eitr. The substance is supposed to be very poisonous and is also produced by Jörmungandr (the Midgard serpent) and other serpents." Eitr - Norse mythology
Eitr plays a big role in Tomb Raider: Underworld and Lara comes across an abundance of this mythological substance in the game. The eitr is responsible for the creation of Thralls, which are dead creatures that have been exposed to eitr for a prolonged period. During the course of the game, the eitr is shown to produce undead thralls as guardians, assumed to be victims who had fallen or been thrown into the eitr in the past. Eitr - Tomb Raider: Underworld
Ichor - Source of immortality for the Gods, poisonous and deadly for mortals
Ichor was the golden fluid that flowed in the veins of gods and immortals, in Greek mythology. It was also believed that it was toxic to mortals, killing them instantly. Ichor also ran through the single vein that Talos had, a giant bronze man with wings that was seen in Ancient Crete. He was responsible for guarding Europa and hurled rocks against anyone who came close. He died when the Argonauts went to Crete after they had retrieved the Golden Fleece; Medea removed the nail that controlled the flow of ichor, which drained from Talos and killed him. Ichor - Blood of the Greek Gods
Deadly Ancient Canisters:
Scorpion Bombs and Snake Pods
Want to keep your enemies at bay? How about throwing a jar of scorpions at them? Well, that’s exactly what some ancient people did, National Geographic writes: Here’s How to Make a Scorpion Bomb
"In the second century, the inhabitants of the fortress city of Hatra—in what is now Iraq—managed to hold off an attacking Roman army by hurling pots full of deadly scorpions onto the legionnaires."
Then there is the use of snakes as biological weapons. There is at least one historical record of snakes being unleashed during a naval battle, by Hannibal fighting the Eumenes. The Strange Inspiration Behind Greek Myths
Who said that an AI cannot be useful for archeology?
Or more importantly...
Who said we haven't seen that recently in science fiction?
Scientists from Japan have used machine learning for the first time to identify a new figure among the ancient motifs of Peru’s Nazca Lines.
The illustration, known as a geoglyph, is thought to date to between 100 BC and 500 AD, and was made by removing the dark stones of the Nazca Desert to reveal the white sand beneath. It’s small, just five meters in height, and it shows a humanoid figure grasping a cane or club. Like the other drawings in the Nazca Desert, its exact function is unknown, but its discovery next to an ancient path suggests it might have been used as a waypoint.
I still need to see watch it once I got some time. However, while the film has been compared to many works of science fiction, including some classics ones, there are some people claiming that it is as if "Prometheus meet Even Horizon with a twist at the end".