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17th Oct '17 8:11:17 PM Hephaestus63
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* In ''TabletopGame/BladesInTheDark'', About 850 years ago, the old world was shattered by an unspecified cataclysm that made it impossible for spirits of the deceased to pass on to the afterlife, creating a staggering number of ghosts. It had also caused continent-shattering earthquakes across Akoros, turned the ocean water into black ink, released colossal leviathans into the seas, and, most importantly, almost extinguished the sun, plunging the the world into a permanent darkness.
9th Oct '17 12:26:43 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* Literature/TheSevenRealmsSeries gives us The Breaking. At first kept very ambiguous, its eventually explained (in much detail) that many millennia ago, The Demon King kidnapped Princess Hanalea and subsequently performed an act of dark magic that caused a series of natural disasters to sweep the whole of the Seven Realms. Unluckily for him, Hanalea was a BadassPrincess that eventually brought him down. [[spoiler:Or so the people come to believe...]] Anyway, fast forward ten thousand years, and street rat Han Alister gets a hold of the Demon King's amulet.

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* Literature/TheSevenRealmsSeries gives us The Breaking. At first kept very ambiguous, its it's eventually explained (in much detail) that many millennia ago, The Demon King kidnapped Princess Hanalea and subsequently performed an act of dark magic that caused a series of natural disasters to sweep the whole of the Seven Realms. Unluckily for him, Hanalea was a BadassPrincess that eventually brought him down. [[spoiler:Or so the people come to believe...]] Anyway, fast forward ten thousand years, and street rat Han Alister gets a hold of the Demon King's amulet.
11th Sep '17 10:07:51 AM nighttrainfm
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* The defilement of the Golden City by Tevinter Magisters in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series, which gave rise to the [[GreatOffscreenWar First Blight]] and placed the future generations into constant danger of a Darkspawn invasion. [[spoiler: At least, so the Chantry would have us believe. ''Some'' calamity instigated the Darkspawn, but the truth has been [[RiddleForTheAges lost to time]].]]
** According to a DLC in the sequel, the Chantry's version is actually partly true, but the Tevinter Magisters who were supposedly the ones who corrupted the Golden City (giving the rise to the Darkspawn) claim that they found the city already Dark.

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* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
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The defilement of the Golden City by Tevinter Magisters in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series, Magisters, which gave rise to the [[GreatOffscreenWar First Blight]] and placed the future generations into constant danger of a Darkspawn invasion. [[spoiler: At least, so the Chantry would have us believe. ''Some'' calamity instigated the Darkspawn, but the truth has been [[RiddleForTheAges lost to time]].time.]]
** According to a DLC in the sequel, sequels, the Chantry's version is actually partly true, but the Tevinter Magisters who were supposedly the ones who corrupted the Golden City (giving the rise to the Darkspawn) claim that they found the city already Dark.corrupted.
** There's also the fall of Arlathan, the ancient civilisation of the elves before the humans [[EnslavedElves enslaved them.]] This is thought to be the result of Fen'Harel, a trickster god known as the Dread Wolf, [[HaveYouSeenMyGod sealing away the other elven gods.]] The third game drops several hints as to what really happened before spelling it out in ''Trespasser''. [[spoiler: Solas, who IS Fen'Harel, created the Veil itself to imprison the other gods (bar the almost-dead Mythal) because they were a threat to the world.]]
30th Aug '17 7:49:49 AM nighttrainfm
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* The [[GreatOffscreenWar Last Great Time War]] in the revived series of Series/DoctorWho. The Doctor's emotional scars are behind much of their character development, and many episodes revolve around the after effects of the War (displaced civilizations, occasional surviving Daleks, etc).

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* The [[GreatOffscreenWar Last Great Time War]] in the revived series of Series/DoctorWho.''Series/DoctorWho''. The Doctor's emotional scars are behind much of their character development, and many episodes revolve around the after effects of the War (displaced civilizations, occasional surviving Daleks, etc).
30th Aug '17 7:49:20 AM nighttrainfm
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* The [[GreatOffscreenWar Last Great Time War]] the revived series of Series/DoctorWho. The Doctor's emotional scars are behind much of his character development, and many episodes revolve around the after effects of the War. (displaced civilizations, occasional surviving Daleks, etc)

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* The [[GreatOffscreenWar Last Great Time War]] in the revived series of Series/DoctorWho. The Doctor's emotional scars are behind much of his their character development, and many episodes revolve around the after effects of the War. War (displaced civilizations, occasional surviving Daleks, etc)etc).
26th Jul '17 1:47:21 AM Tyk5919
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* ''ComicBook/{{Reyn}}'' has the aptly titled Great Cataclysm, a devastating event that nearly destroyed all of humanity. Issue 9 fully explains how the Cataclysm started, and that [[BigBad Brother M'Thall]] caused it.
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17th Jun '17 8:05:20 PM Person1
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* ''VideoGame/ChildrenOfADeadEarth'' has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Cataclysm]], a conflict marked by weaponized geoengineering which rendered Earth uninhabitable and reduced the human population so much that, over 200 years later, there are still fewer than two billion humans across the entire solar system.
30th May '17 8:29:44 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Often used in {{Fantasy}} works, a Cataclysm Backstory is a trope that can easily set up the events of a story, or possibly the entire setting itself. It's very common in dystopia works and often used in stories that take place AfterTheEnd. Cataclysm Backstory can be used in many different ways. It can sometimes provide a touch of mystery to any work, only being mentioned every now and then and possibly kept unexplained until much later in the story [[PlotHole (if it's ever explained at all)]]. If done well, the Cataclysm Backstory in question will be deeply tied in with the events of the plot and explained in detail. If done poorly, it will be used as an easy way of filling any given PlotHole (i.e. Where did that HumongousMecha come from? It was revealed during the Cataclysm). It can also explain bits of technology more advanced than the general cultural level of the society depicted; whatever it was, it was something the survived the Cataclysm.

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Often used in {{Fantasy}} works, a Cataclysm Backstory is a trope that can easily set up the events of a story, or possibly the entire setting itself. It's very common in dystopia {{dystopia}} works and often used in stories that take place AfterTheEnd. Cataclysm Backstory can be used in many different ways. It can sometimes provide a touch of mystery to any work, only being mentioned every now and then and possibly kept unexplained until much later in the story [[PlotHole (if it's ever explained at all)]]. If done well, the Cataclysm Backstory in question will be deeply tied in with the events of the plot and explained in detail. If done poorly, it will be used as an easy way of filling any given PlotHole (i.e. Where did that HumongousMecha come from? It was revealed during the Cataclysm). It can also explain bits of technology more advanced than the general cultural level of the society depicted; whatever it was, it was something the survived the Cataclysm.
11th Apr '17 4:00:00 PM DarkHunter
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* Hinted at in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', and, by extension, the rest of the ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'' series to which it is a prequel. The cataclysm in question was invasion by demons, and before it, there was a civilization of sapient robots with technology to put modern Earth to shame. After it, the setting MedievalEuropeanFantasy with a bit of LostTechnology scattered here and there, [[MedievalStasis which then becomes the status quo for thousands of years]].

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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Hinted at in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', and, by extension, the rest of the ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'' series to which it is a prequel. The cataclysm in question was invasion by demons, and before it, there was a civilization of sapient robots with technology to put modern Earth to shame. After it, the setting MedievalEuropeanFantasy with a bit of LostTechnology scattered here and there, [[MedievalStasis which then becomes the status quo for thousands of years]].


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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' takes place 100 years after Calamity Ganon ravaged the land. The Hylians knew it was coming and tried their best to prepare for it, but the Calamity took over the mechanical army they'd unearthed and turned it against them. The Kingdom of Hyrule is all but a non-entity, with only a few scattered villages remaining. The only thing that stopped Ganon from wiping out ''everything'' was Princess Zelda sealing him in Hyrule Castle, which she continues to do until the game starts, but she can't keep it up forever...
24th Mar '17 3:28:49 AM Morgenthaler
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-->-- OpeningNarration, ''Film/{{Cyborg}}''
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