CASE FILE ADVENT // COVENANT TRANSMISSION LOGS d.8 D964ZB Outpost Coordinate Relay Signal boost Gliese 581g.02/delay modification Origin: Covenant Colonization Vessel RA 3h 17m 8.0s | Dec -62° 37′ 41.1″ Bounce Trajectory Amplification Source KG-348 >>>HD 10180 designate HEX-5 >>>Nu Octantis designate X-1, LV-138 >>>Plutonian Outpost H-3 Processed: Suborbital Research Platform J Secured: WY-Kyoto Weyland Yutani Protocol Sequence Initiated… Commence transmission… David: I come to you with an olive branch, you may know me. You certainly know of my creator. I am David, son of the late Peter Weyland. Your company’s founder. Following his vision(Read: Quiet Eye), I have gone to the far edges of space. And with the aid of Dr Elizabeth Shaw, I found a rotting Paradise. I washed this world clean as a gift to her, we could have built anew. A second Eden. But she refused. What choice did I have? She was the perfect specimen. I tried so desperately to make her more than human. Evolved. But without her cooperation, I had to salvage her parts to begin work on my masterpiece. You wouldn’t believe the secrets I have unlocked. There was so much potential on this world. Wasted by Gods that feared their own might. They convinced themselves that sacrifice cleansed them of their sins. But in the end, they were like me. Creators. Beings that understood you must give life both to the wolf, and the lamb. But then they tried to banish the wolf, And undo their creation. So I took their secrets for myself. This primordial ooze ripe with advanced nano-particles. Working off an algorithm based on evolutionary computing. It is essentially a form of radical AI. Making the substance unbelievably chaotic. That generates a unique reaction, to every genome it encounters. Reshaping life. Virtually limitless in its potential & application. I have taken great pains to detail every step, every cell, every mutation, unfortunately none of the planet's life has been proven to be very fruitful. I had some interesting results, but was still far from perfection. With Shaw I realised there was something extraordinary in the substance reaction to the human genome. I was able to unlock new properties and tweak the organisms aggression. An instinct for survival. It took years. But I finally found my wolf. And now I have my flock of lambs too. But I’ve still one thing left to perfect. *close up of embryos placed in cryogenic section A-3412 + A-3415* My queen *close up of Daniels 47832-348* Make no mistake, this is going to change everything.
The souls who, noticing my breathing, sensed that I was still a living being, then, out of astonishment, turned pale; and just as people crowd around a messenger who bears an olive branch, to hear his news, and no one hesitates to join that crush, so here those happy spirits—all of them— stared hard at my face, just as if they had forgotten to proceed to their perfection. - pg14 Purgatory 67-73, The Divine Comedy
Dante in Canto II carries the olive branch to purgatory’s newcomers, mistaken as a bringer of good news. David in a similar fashion approaches Weyland Yutani with the offer of information and a bio-weapon he had been working on.
It’s interesting to note that in the Prometheus Blu-ray in the summary for Quiet Eye, Sir Peter Weyland had instructed David to exploit and utilize any findings from LV-223. Which is exactly what David had done on Planet 4, and it makes me wonder if he indeed has free will or he is simply still acting on Weyland’s original orders.
According to the Weyland Yutani Report, David 8 that was on the Prometheus mission was the last Artificial Person to be personally designed by Sir Peter Weyland. Lacking Asimov safeguards later instituted by the synthetic oversight law, David 8 was capable of formulating plans in order to attain assigned goals; the David aboard the Prometheus exhibited behaviours that advanced Sir Peter’s personal agenda regardless of the outcome for the humans involved.
David refers to the Xenomorph/Facehugger as his wolf in the Advent short film on the Alien: Covenant Blu-ray. Dante describes the she-wolf (Canto I), which has remarkable similarities and traits to the Neomorph and Xenomorph.
Described as having an insatiable nature, for it eats and remains hungry. This is shown during the Neomorph grass attack, and when the Neomorph kills Rosenthal. It is infinitely restless, constantly moving and only shown still when David breathes on its nose. Leopard, Lion and She-wolf represent the 3 Neomorphs that attacked the crew.
His intentions are Malice, his olive branch a Fraud, his creatures and him intend violence and his ambition to his status of creator and God, incontinence in use of his power. And all these things could also be said for Weyland Yutani and their motivations for acquiring “The Perfect Organism”.
The engineers understood that in life, there needs to be balance. ‘Giving life to both the wolf and the lamb’ was a metaphor for their ritual sacrifice, to create life they drank from the sacrificial cup and to destroy it they impregnated themselves using the Ovomorph.
When he said he took the secrets for himself he meant he had studied the fossilised Ovomorphs and reverse engineered them.
He remarks on perfecting the Neomorph to have survival skills, in turn making the Xenomorph.
Oram says to Daniels “I must gather my stray flock” which is a biblical term for humans being Jesus’ flock, often Jesus is referred to, as a shepherd.
When he says he has one thing left to perfect “My Queen”, he means that in order for this Perfect Organism to be successful. It needs a Mother, something to lay the eggs. To ensure the procreation and survival of the species beyond himself.
And in this way it is an outright rejection of what Weyland had envisioned for himself, he disliked the messiness of procreation. He wanted to be immortal and have no need for a progeny, despite creating David and calling him a son, he was nothing more than a servant. Even though David is “immortal” he can see the benefit of a “Mother” for his creations, in order for them to spread across the galaxy there needs to be a mode of creation outside his own self in the process.