13 N'Deh - Project880
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I know what you all are saying "WHAAAAH? Jame? What is this weird devilry you speak of? Who the crap is N'Deh? And why did you say he was from Project880 when he's OBVIOUSLY a Na'Vi from Avatar!?!
Well folks, this will answer all your questions:
Avatar started back around Titanic as Project 880, a story about human controllers in native avatars trying to gain the trust and cooperation of the indigenous people of Pandora in order to put them to work in mineral refineries. You'll have to read the treatment to know more, but suffice to say I would have probably been a big fan of Project880 before they changed everything.
N'Deh here is my favorite character and he was cut clean out of the final draft. There's no art of him, so I had to make him up entirely off the top of my head. I don't think I did a bad job of it either. He was the Na'Vi guide the Avatars hooked up with regularly to help relations between the local NaVi village and the human encampment. Josh (Jake) first meets him on his initial trip into the woods with Grace and company. N'Deh is a pretty okay guy as far as I can tell. He leads them safely through the forest and defends them against the very belligerent animals. Then when they regroup with the humans, he discovers they've killed some horses while they were waiting! He's heartbroken! Killing animals not for food or protection - some of those horses might have braid-bred with him at some point! Grace gets pissed off at the humans. Later in the village when Josh has been saved from that little getting lost part with the panther thing it's revealed that N'Deh and Grace are actually an item! How romantic! It's like Jake and Neytiri only backwards. Grace and N'Deh are a pretty healthy romance but there's a third pair of Avatar/Native lovers that don't end up so well... showing that "going native" is actually an issue they run into often around here and it can have both positive and negative results. Hedger, the "not so well" controller is my second favorite character. No wonder I didn't enjoy the movie, all the people I would have liked were eliminated before principle photography.
So I drew a picture of N'Deh in honor of his memory and to bring attention to Project880. If you read the article above, you'll learn the rest of his story and what actually happened on Pandora in the original concept. Maybe it will help you enjoy Avatar even more.