History Main / AncientConspiracy

10th Dec '17 6:28:38 PM SuperFeatherYoshi
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* From ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'', we have The Brotherhood of Nod, a mixture between religious cult, rogue nation-state, MegaCorp, and paramilitary organization [[NGOSuperpower capable of taking on the GDI in battle.]] It's influence stretches back as far as [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert World War II]], hinted to be stretching centuries further back (how one character noted that they've been biding their time for centuries, and now it's the time to reveal themselves), and if [[DarkMessiah Kane]] is to be believed, they have existed as far as human history itself.

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* From ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'', we have The Brotherhood of Nod, a mixture between religious cult, rogue nation-state, MegaCorp, and paramilitary organization [[NGOSuperpower capable of taking on the GDI in battle.]] It's Its influence stretches back as far as [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert World War II]], hinted to be stretching centuries further back (how one character noted that they've been biding their time for centuries, and now it's the time to reveal themselves), and if [[DarkMessiah Kane]] is to be believed, they have existed as far as human history itself.
8th Nov '17 1:08:07 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': SEELE has the trappings of one, but there's a lot of confusion about exactly ''how'' ancient they really are. The series proper seems to imply that they came into existence near the end of WWII, and came to prominence during the 1950s (when the real life Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered). The extra-canonical material (the canonicity of which hovers uncomfortably between WordOfStPaul and WordOfDante) states the organization has existed in some form or another since the Dark Ages, but notes that they didn't really rise to any kind of prominence before the 20th Century. They couldn't have done much without modern technology anyway, and their crowning achievement -- [[HumongousMecha the Evangelion series]] -- barely work as it is.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': SEELE has the trappings of one, but there's a lot of confusion about exactly ''how'' ancient they really are. The series proper seems to imply that they came into existence near the end of WWII, and came to prominence during the 1950s (when the real life Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered). The extra-canonical material (the canonicity of which hovers uncomfortably between WordOfStPaul and WordOfDante) edges quite a bit towards WordOfStPaul) states the organization has existed in some form or another since the Dark Ages, but notes that they didn't really rise to any kind of prominence before the 20th Century. They couldn't have done much without modern technology anyway, and their crowning achievement -- [[HumongousMecha the Evangelion series]] -- barely work as it is.
3rd Nov '17 11:43:30 AM WillBGood
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* In ''WebOriginal/{{Qwerpline}}'', The Pipesmen are an obvious reference to the Illuminati, Free Masons and Stonecutters. They secretly control much of Nsburg though unlike their inspirations are a poorly guarded secret in no small part thanks to their habit to post recruitment posters all over town and having "Open Doors" days with open bar.

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* In ''WebOriginal/{{Qwerpline}}'', ''Podcast/{{Qwerpline}}'', The Pipesmen are an obvious reference to the Illuminati, Free Masons and Stonecutters. They secretly control much of Nsburg though unlike their inspirations are a poorly guarded secret in no small part thanks to their habit to post recruitment posters all over town and having "Open Doors" days with open bar.
30th Oct '17 8:04:36 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', nearly the entire plot of the main quest traces back to the [[WhenItAllBegan events surrounding the Battle of Red Mountain]][[note]]the [[RiddleForTheAges disappearance]] of the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwemer]], the [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascension]] of [[PhysicalGod the Tribunal and Dagoth Ur]], [[OurGodsAreDifferent Azura]]'s (likely) curse on the Dunmer and her prophesy that Nerevar would be [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnated]][[/note]] and the [[PlotTriggeringDeath death of Lord Nerevar]] some 4000 years prior. Due to his perceived treachery, House Dagoth, the Sixth House of the Dunmer led by [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]], was dissolved. The Sixth House Cult later formed in reverence and service to Lord Dagoth, who they (rightly) believed [[KingInTheMountain would return one day]]. In the years leading up to the events of the game itself, the Cult ramped up their activities, including assassinating Imperial officials. This is one part of the ("official") impetus for the Emperor ordering the PlayerCharacter to be sent to Vvardenfell.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** The Dragon Cults formed in ancient times in service and reverence of the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]. After the ancient Nord heroes manged to banish the leader of the dragons, [[BeastOfTheApocalypse Alduin]] (using an [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]] to cast him out of the time stream), the remaining dragons were either slain or forced into hiding while the cultists and their [[SinisterMinister Dragon Priest]] leaders were persecuted, executed, and entombed in Skyrim's many ancient barrows. With the return of Alduin during the events of the game, he is not only [[ResurrectiveImmortality resurrecting]] the dragons, but the cultists as well.
*** The Thalmor are a [[ANaziByAnyOtherName fascistic]] Altmeri political party which dates back to the 1st Era. Originally formed to preserve the history and culture of the [[WitchSpecies Altmer (High Elves)]], they grew into a powerful [[FantasticRacism Altmer supremacist]] political party within the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] which eventually militarized. When [[TheConqueror Tiber Septim]] used the [[HumongousMecha Numidium]] to decimate the Aldmeri armies and sack their capital city ''[[CurbStompBattle in less than an hour of fighting]]'', the Thalmor retreated to the political shadows to wait out the Septim Empire. When the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion Crisis]] struck, the Thalmor [[StealingTheCredit stole credit]] for ending it within their homeland, earning them populist support which allowed them to rise into the highest positions of the Altmeri government. They assassinated [[RegentForLife Potentate]] Ocato, who capably kept the Empire together for a decade after the crisis, severely destabilizing the Empire and sending it toward [[VestigialEmpire vestigial]] status. The Thalmor re-formed the Aldmeri Dominion of old, annexed neighboring Valenwood (homeland of the [[ForestRanger Bosmer (Wood Elves)]], and got Elsweyr (home of the [[CatFolk Khajiit]]) to join as a [[VoluntaryVassal client state]]. Over the next century, their power waxed while they also [[ManipulativeBastard manipulated]] events throughout the rest of Tamriel to further weaken the Empire, ultimately culminating in the [[GreatOffscreenWar Great War]]. Though they were driven back by the forces of the Empire, they did manage to [[WonTheWarLostThePeace force an imposing treaty]] (the White-Gold Concordat) on the Empire which served to destabilize it further leading up to the events of the game.
18th Oct '17 1:45:34 AM matteste
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** And in a peculiar twist on the trope, this ancient conspiracy is mostly staffed by the heroes. [[spoiler:The resident BigBad is also a member, who is trying to co-opt the organization's resources for his own means.]]

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** And in a peculiar twist on the trope, this ancient conspiracy is mostly staffed by the heroes. [[spoiler:The resident BigBad is also a member, who is trying to co-opt the organization's resources for his own means. In fact, a lot of the conflict in the series is a result of warring factions trying to be the lead actor of the conspiracy and to swing it's end result in their favor. Further complicating matters is that very few are privy to the plans full scope.]]
1st Oct '17 5:16:15 PM zequeins
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* From ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'', we have The Brotherhood of Nod, a mixture between religious cult, rogue nation-state, MegaCorp, and paramilitary organization [[NGOSuperpower capable of taking on the GDI in battle.]] It's influence stretches back as far as [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert World War II]], hinted to be stretching centuries further back (how one character noted that they've been biding their time for centuries, and now it's the time to reveal themselves), and if [[DarkMessiah Kane]] is to be believed, they have existed as far as human history itself.
3rd Sep '17 4:00:41 PM PlasmaTalon
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* In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes'' it is revealed that [[spoiler: the High Elves Council of Wizard have been hiding the truth that the Dark Elf King Malakeith is the rightful King of Ulthuan and the High Elves. Having secretly used their magic to protect every Phoenix King who stepped into Asuryan's flames, making it look as though they were blessed by the gods.]]

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* In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes'' it is revealed that [[spoiler: the High Elves Council of Wizard have been hiding the truth that the Dark Elf King Malakeith Malekith is the rightful King of Ulthuan and the High Elves. Having secretly used their magic to protect every Phoenix King who stepped into Asuryan's flames, making it look as though they were blessed by the gods.]]
3rd Sep '17 3:58:49 PM PlasmaTalon
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* In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes'' it is revealed that [[spoiler: the High Elves Council of Wizard have been hiding the truth that the Dark Elf King Malakeith is the rightful King of Ulthuan and the High Elves. Having secretly used their magic to protect every Phoenix King who stepped into Asuryan's flames, making it look as though they were blessed by the gods.]]
28th Aug '17 11:43:06 AM CosmicFerret
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* The Patriots from ''Franchise/MetalGear''. However [[spoiler:it turns out the Patriots are a fairly modern conspiracy formed in the 1970s which has rather taken on all the trappings of an ancient conspiracy as protective coloration, formed using the missing funds of another organization already on its last legs, The Philosophers, who themselves only dated back to around the beginning of the 20th century.]]\\

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* The Patriots from ''Franchise/MetalGear''.''VideoGame/MetalGear''. However [[spoiler:it turns out the Patriots are a fairly modern conspiracy formed in the 1970s which has rather taken on all the trappings of an ancient conspiracy as protective coloration, formed using the missing funds of another organization already on its last legs, The Philosophers, who themselves only dated back to around the beginning of the 20th century.]]\\
29th Jun '17 7:51:22 AM Storygirl000
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* Plenty of these pop up in ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie''. Just about all of them are perpetrated by dragons ForTheLulz and PlayedForLaughs.
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