“I am “Groot”” or When a Formidable Cute Tree Saves the Day – 08/07/2014

Groot is a Flora Colossus from Planet X, the capital of the branch worlds. The Flora Colossus are tree-like beings whose language is almost impossible to understand due to the stiffness of their larynxes, causing their speech to sound like they are repeating the phrase “I am Groot”. The Flora Colossi are ruled over by the “Arbor Masters” and teach the children of the species with “Photonic Knowledge”, which is the collected knowledge of the Arbor Masters of the generations and is absorbed through Photosynthesis; this is a highly advanced education method, making the Flora Colossi geniuses. Planet X’s biome is managed by “Maintenance Mammals” which are small squirrel-like beings.”

“The Flora Colossus sapling that would come to be known as “Groot” came from an “Enobled Sap-line” and gifted with a tremendous grasp of quasi-dimensional super-positional engineering. Groot did not get along with his fellow saplings but instead preferred the company of the “Maintenance Mammals”, which the other saplings treated with prejudice. After Groot killed another sapling to defend a maintenance mammal it was brutalising, he was exiled by the “Arbor Masters”.”

“Groot played a part in Annihilation Conquest, at which time he may be the last remaining member of his race and was under arrest by the Kree for an unknown reason. He earned his freedom by joining Star-Lord‘s strike force where he formed a bond with Rocket Raccoon, who has the ability to understand Groot’s language. Groot seemingly died buying his team some time to escape the battle. However, he survived as a sprig offshoot. In time, he regenerated his body from the twig, growing back to full size, and participated in an assault on the Babel Spire. When the original plan of laying explosives in the Spire failed, Groot was forced to sprout inside the Spire, growing to colossal size and filling a large portion of the building. Mantis was able to remix his sap in a way as to make it extremely flammable, and again Groot sacrificed his life for his friends, igniting himself, the resulting fire destroying the Babel Spire. A cutting of Groot was kept by Rocket Raccoon, though, and he was able to regrow. He then joined the new Guardians of the Galaxy (or as Groot would have it “Groot and Branches”), and began regrowing under the care of Mantis.

“During his time with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot took part in all of the team’s missions acting as its “muscle”, taking on threats like the BadoonBlastaar, the Negative Zone forces, The Shi’ArThe Magus and The Cancerverse. During the battle with the Badoon, a rising threat in the galaxy, Groot aided the team by destroying a first generation Badoon “Monster”, a giant mechanoid made from the corpses of the Badoon’s fallen enemies. Next, Groot played a pivotal part in the War of Kings, a war between The Shi’Ar and TheInhuman/Kree where at the end of the war the Inhuman King of the Kree, Black Bolt, detonated his ultimate weapon — The Terrigen-Bomb. The resulting explosion punched a hole in space/time known as The Fault: a doorway to a universe analogous to our own where there is no death — The Cancerverse. The first creature to come through was a giant squid that instinctively attacked the Inhuman city of Attilan. Groot came up with the idea for a weapon to use on the creature and with the help of the Inhuman prince, Maximus; using highly advanced quantum science, Groot and Maximus developed a Feedback Loop, which uncreates the creature’s reality and reimposes our own, unmaking the creature.

“Following this attack, Groot fought the Magus, the Avatar of Life and an agent of the Many-Angled Ones, rulers of the Cancerverse, where he lost his arm in battle. However, Groot was able to grow that back very quickly. He then accompanied the Guardians to the capital planet of the Universal Church of Truth (U.C.T.) where he helped protect Moondragon from attacking U.C.T. followers. He then battled Thanos alongside the Guardians after Thanos woke from death. Groot then helped the Guardians infiltrate the Cancerverse, taking on the Defenders of the Realm, the Cancerverse version of the Avengers. Groot was present during the final battle between Lord Mar-Vell and Thanos.
When the Guardians reformed he joined with Star-LordRocket RaccoonDrax the Destroyer and Gamora, whom Groot counted among his friends.”

“Groot can absorb wood as food, with the ability to rebuild himself and enhance his strength. He can control trees, using them to attack others, and also appears to be resistant to fire. He is able to sprout, dramatically increasing his mass but also severely inhibiting his movement.”

“Groot has been seemingly killed on three occasions, each time regrowing from a sprig.”

“Due to Groot’s lineage, coming from an ancient and ennobled sap-line and being the scion of an elite royal house, Groot has received the finest education from the most gifted of tutors. He is highly intelligent and has a tremendous grasp of quasi-dimensional super-positional engineering.”

Maximus the MadBlack Bolt‘s brother, asserted that whenever Groot is saying his trademark “I am Groot!” he has actually been saying any number of things, and his varying inflections of the sentence are his equivalent of words and sentences. People who have interacted with Groot are gradually able to decipher the meaning of the inflections and can carry on full conversations with him as time goes on. The mature form of Groot’s species is robust and heavyweight, which causes the organs of acoustic generation to become stiff and inflexible. It is this hardened nature of Groot’s larynx that causes people, who are oblivious to the subtle nuances of his speech, to misinterpret him as merely repeating his name. It could not be determined whether Maximus’ claim was true or merely another manifestation of his madness, though Groot did genuinely seem to be assisting Maximus with highly advanced engineering. Later, in All New X-Men #23, Jean Grey telepathically links with Groot, showing that his thought processes are indeed complex, and his declaration of “I am Groot!” usually represents attempts at highly intelligent communication.”



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