Tuesday, June 18, 2013


The artifact in the "Runaway" episode of 'Warehouse 13' was an amphora once owned by a Pompeii merchant who was able to escape death in the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius.  That traumatic experience imbued the amphora with the ability to send out a lava flow.

According to the episode, the merchant was never named.  So why couldn't he be a marble trader by the name of Caecillius?

From the TARDIS Core Wiki:
Lucius Caecilius Iucundus was a man who lived in Pompeii before Vesuvius erupted in 79. Husband of Metella and father to Evelina and Quintus, Caecilius was a marble trader with political ambitions; it was to impress Lucius Petrus Dextrus, high priest of the Cult of Vulcan, that he bought the Tenth Doctor's TARDIS at the market, intending to display it as "modern art".

Along with his family, Caecilius was spared from the devastation of Pompeii by the timely intervention of the Doctor. By early 80, Caecilius and his family had resettled in Rome, and adopted the Tenth Doctor and Donna as their household gods. (TV: "The Fires of Pompeii")


From the 'Warehouse 13' Wiki:

This jar was originally owned by a merchant that survived the Eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 25th 79 A.D.

After surviving the destruction of Pompeii, the amphora was possessed with the destructive force of a volcanic eruption.

Collected by Steve, Myka and Pete after the side of a prison wall suddenly started to spew lava. It was later discovered that 2 prisoners has escaped in the confusion. One of the escapees had a pen pal whose grandmother recently passed away; the grandmother left her antique collection to her granddaughter which had just arrived from Italy. [O]ne of the escapees used the amphora to murder his partner and then proceeded to do the same to local gang members in an attempt to stop his son from becoming a gang banger like him.

When the lid on the amphora is opened lava begins pouring out of it like water out of a hose. This artifact can be used to bury someone in lava, create a river of lava, or be used like  a welding torch to burn through solid objects. Also, when this artifact is activated volcanic ash begins falling from the sky. When this artifact is deactivated any lava that has been created cools and turns to stone almost immediately.

In the year of 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted in one of the most catastrophic and famous eruptions in European history. Historians have learned about the eruption from the eyewitness account of Pliny the Younger, a Roman administrator and poet.  ("Runaway")

So I think we just may have an unofficial link between 'Warehouse 13' and 'Doctor Who'.  In fact, I would not be surprised to learn that the writer of the episode deliberately left the name of the Pompeii survivor a mystery so that Crossoverologists such as myself could make that connection!


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