History Literature / XeeleeSequence

15th Jul '16 5:00:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* TreeVessel: In ''Raft'', one of the strange lifeforms in the high-gravity universe is a species of mobile floating trees. Humans turn them into vessels and steer them through space.
23rd May '16 1:19:31 PM Saber15
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* EvilVersusEvil: In the finale to ''Vacuum Diagrams'', Paul tricks the [[spoiler: photino birds into thinking the Xeelee are returning, leading them to aggressively ramp up their destruction of the Ring. The genocidal Qax remnants - who have been waiting patiently to exterminate the last humans - have a collective "oh shit" moment and lead a last ditch attack on the birds at the Ring, allowing the last humans to run the gauntlet into the Ring in a Xeelee starship]]

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* EvilVersusEvil: In the finale to ''Vacuum Diagrams'', Paul tricks the [[spoiler: photino birds into thinking the Xeelee are returning, leading them to aggressively ramp up their destruction of the Ring. The genocidal Qax remnants - who have been waiting patiently to exterminate the last humans - have a collective "oh shit" moment and lead a last ditch attack on the birds at the Ring, allowing Ring so that they can escape the last universe. The humans to run use the gauntlet into confusion of the Ring in a Xeelee starship]]battle to sneak through the Ring, escaping both the Qax and the slow death from the machinations of the birds.]]
23rd May '16 1:17:51 PM Saber15
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* EvilVersusEvil: In the finale to ''Vacuum Diagrams'', Paul tricks the [[spoiler: photino birds into thinking the Xeelee are returning, leading them to aggressively ramp up their destruction of the Ring. The genocidal Qax remnants - who have been waiting patiently to exterminate the last humans - have a collective "oh shit" moment and lead a last ditch attack on the birds at the Ring, allowing the last humans to run the gauntlet into the Ring in a Xeelee starship]]
25th Apr '16 10:11:08 PM WhosAsking
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* StableTimeLoop: It's eventually revealed that the Xeelee [[spoiler:sent themselves back in time to supercharge their own development]].

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* StableTimeLoop: It's eventually revealed that the Xeelee [[spoiler:sent themselves back in time to supercharge their own development]]. Then it turns out [[spoiler:the Photino Birds can go one better. They do this ''naturally and at will'', even from the end of the universe back to the beginning.]]
25th Apr '16 9:20:08 PM WhosAsking
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** There's also [[spoiler:the Photino Birds, creatures of dark matter against whom the Xeelee fight a multi-billion year existential war and '''lose''']], who have absolute mastery over all the ''dark matter'' in the universe (which outmasses regular baryonic matter by about 9 to 1), because they ''are'' the dark matter in the universe. [[note]]The ''real'' GameBreaker, though, is their mastery of ''time''. They can live [[StableTimeLoop infinitely long]], can temporally duplicate themselves at any time (defying NeverTheSelvesShallMeet), and can travel anywhere, any''when'' instantly. Basically, they pervade the entire timeline of the universe, forwards ''and'' backwards; the only way to beat them is to work ''outside'' of time, and not even the Xeelee can do that.[[/note]]

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** There's also [[spoiler:the Photino Birds, creatures of dark matter against whom the Xeelee fight a multi-billion year existential war and '''lose''']], who have absolute mastery over all the ''dark matter'' in the universe (which outmasses regular baryonic matter by about 9 to 1), because they ''are'' the dark matter in the universe. [[note]]The ''real'' GameBreaker, unbeatable advantage, though, is their mastery of ''time''. They can live [[StableTimeLoop infinitely long]], can temporally duplicate themselves at any time (defying NeverTheSelvesShallMeet), and can travel anywhere, any''when'' instantly. Basically, they pervade the entire timeline of the universe, forwards ''and'' backwards; the only way to beat them is to work ''outside'' of time, and not even the Xeelee can do that.[[/note]]
25th Apr '16 9:19:26 PM WhosAsking
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** There's also [[spoiler:the Photino Birds, creatures of dark matter against whom the Xeelee fight a multi-billion year existential war and '''lose''']], who have absolute mastery over all the ''dark matter'' in the universe (which outmasses regular baryonic matter by about 9 to 1).

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** There's also [[spoiler:the Photino Birds, creatures of dark matter against whom the Xeelee fight a multi-billion year existential war and '''lose''']], who have absolute mastery over all the ''dark matter'' in the universe (which outmasses regular baryonic matter by about 9 to 1).1), because they ''are'' the dark matter in the universe. [[note]]The ''real'' GameBreaker, though, is their mastery of ''time''. They can live [[StableTimeLoop infinitely long]], can temporally duplicate themselves at any time (defying NeverTheSelvesShallMeet), and can travel anywhere, any''when'' instantly. Basically, they pervade the entire timeline of the universe, forwards ''and'' backwards; the only way to beat them is to work ''outside'' of time, and not even the Xeelee can do that.[[/note]]
4th Mar '15 5:36:01 PM Hastur00
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**Mankind vs. Qax. Infuriated by their improbable repulsion from an enslaved earth, and further goaded by humanity [[spoiler: being indirectly responsible for the destruction of their home system]], the Qax bear their grudge so long that it becomes a ''species imperative'' (i.e. eat, breathe, breed, destroy all humans).
4th Mar '15 5:26:55 PM Hastur00
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***...because it absolutely was. In the endgame of the war between the Xeelee and the Photino Birds, the Xeelee used hypermassive knots of cosmic string as missile-to-missile defense against ''weaponized galaxies''.
16th Nov '14 11:49:23 AM LeninsBeard
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* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: The Xeelee are really ''not'' this trope, even though their actual power far exceeds many other examples that are. This is simply because their godlike technology is still recognizable as such and uses comprehensible interfaces, if not comprehensible principles; they're a hyper-extreme example of HigherTechSpecies instead. However, the Anti-Xeelee definitely ''is'' sufficiently advanced, in a DeusEstMachina sort of way.

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* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: The Xeelee are sufficiently mysterious in-universe that no one is sure what they really ''not'' this trope, even though are. Though their actual power far exceeds many other examples that are.are the traditional sufficiently advanced alien, in many of the earlier short stories the reader is given the impression they are normal biological lifeforms. This is simply because their godlike technology is still recognizable as such and uses comprehensible interfaces, if not comprehensible principles; they're a hyper-extreme example of HigherTechSpecies instead. However, However:
** There are indications that Bolder's impression of
the Xeelee were retconned, or at the very least the Nightfighter he piloted was a second-hand cast off, like so much of Xeelee technology. In ''Exultant'', it is revealed that the Xeelee are self-aware space-time constructs that have existed since very earliest moments of the universe.
** The
Anti-Xeelee definitely ''is'' sufficiently advanced, in a DeusEstMachina sort of way.
11th Jul '14 4:07:56 PM Nentuaby
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* StarfishAliens: Pretty much every single race in the series. There's almost nothing remotely human-like, aside from humanity's descendants.

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* StarfishAliens: Pretty much every single race in the series. There's almost nothing remotely human-like, aside from humanity's descendants.descendants-- [[TranshumanAliens if then]].
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