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3rd Nov '17 12:40:12 PM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has a lot of background material that is only hinted at in the games.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has a lot thousands of background years of backstory material that is only hinted at in the games.games, either through dialogue with various characters or in the many in-game books.
8th Sep '17 11:24:58 PM PenDdraig
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->"''Part of the attraction of ''The Lord of the Rings'' is, I think, due to the glimpses of a large history in the background: an attraction like that of viewing far off an unvisited island, or seeing the towers of a distant city gleaming in a sunlit mist. To go there is to destroy the magic, unless new unattainable vistas are again revealed.''"

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->"''Part of the attraction of ''The Lord of the Rings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' is, I think, due to the glimpses of a large history in the background: an attraction like that of viewing far off an unvisited island, or seeing the towers of a distant city gleaming in a sunlit mist. To go there is to destroy the magic, unless new unattainable vistas are again revealed.''"
8th Sep '17 11:23:37 PM PenDdraig
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->"''Part of the attraction of ''[[TheLordoftheRings]]'' is, I think, due to the glimpses of a large history in the background: an attraction like that of viewing far off an unvisited island, or seeing the towers of a distant city gleaming in a sunlit mist. To go there is to destroy the magic, unless new unattainable vistas are again revealed.''"

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->"''Part of the attraction of ''[[TheLordoftheRings]]'' ''The Lord of the Rings'' is, I think, due to the glimpses of a large history in the background: an attraction like that of viewing far off an unvisited island, or seeing the towers of a distant city gleaming in a sunlit mist. To go there is to destroy the magic, unless new unattainable vistas are again revealed.''"
8th Sep '17 11:23:22 PM PenDdraig
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->"''Part of the attraction of ''[The Lord of the Rings]'' is, I think, due to the glimpses of a large history in the background: an attraction like that of viewing far off an unvisited island, or seeing the towers of a distant city gleaming in a sunlit mist. To go there is to destroy the magic, unless new unattainable vistas are again revealed.''"

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->"''Part of the attraction of ''[The Lord of the Rings]'' ''[[TheLordoftheRings]]'' is, I think, due to the glimpses of a large history in the background: an attraction like that of viewing far off an unvisited island, or seeing the towers of a distant city gleaming in a sunlit mist. To go there is to destroy the magic, unless new unattainable vistas are again revealed.''"
30th Aug '17 6:30:08 AM CosmicFerret
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** Similarly, a lot of the superheroes and supervillains in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' just show up with their origins unexplained (and often never explained) as well; TheFlash, Red Tornado, Vixen, Gypsy, Star Sapphire, Copperhead, Black Manta, and Doctor Polaris are just a few examples.

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** Similarly, a lot of the superheroes and supervillains in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' just show up with their origins unexplained (and often never explained) as well; TheFlash, ComicBook/TheFlash, Red Tornado, Vixen, Gypsy, Star Sapphire, Copperhead, Black Manta, and Doctor Polaris are just a few examples.
25th Aug '17 5:52:37 PM Vilui
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* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin has stated that not all locations on the map of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' will be visited in the story. Consider the fact that no viewpoint character has yet visited (during the story, that is) the Lannister's home Casterly Rock, or the Basilisk Isles that show up on the map of (part of) the Eastern Continent.

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* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin has stated that not all locations on the map of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' will be visited in the story. Consider the fact that no viewpoint character has yet visited (during the story, that is) the Lannister's Lannisters' home Casterly Rock, or the Basilisk Isles that show up on the map of (part of) the Eastern Continent.
23rd Aug '17 2:10:57 PM Nire
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** Played with during the pilot of ''Beast Wars.'' Optimus Primal references "the Great War." Since this series was originally not meant to be too closely connected to the [[TheTransformers first generation]], this was more of a lore reference for longtime fans of the franchise, and this trope for everyone else. As the series went on and the creators decided to make the G1 connection more explicit, the original intent faded.

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** Played with Originally used, then later became a subversion during the pilot of ''Beast Wars.'' Optimus Primal references "the Great War." Since this series was originally not meant to be too closely connected to the [[TheTransformers first generation]], this was more of a lore reference for longtime fans of the franchise, and this trope for everyone else. As the series went on and the creators decided to make the G1 connection more explicit, the original intent faded.
23rd Aug '17 2:10:23 PM Nire
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** Played with during the pilot of ''Beast Wars.'' Optimus Primal references "the Great War." Since this series was originally not meant to be too closely connected to the [[TheTransformers first generation]], this was more of a lore reference for longtime fans of the franchise, and this trope for everyone else. As the series went on and the creators decided to make the G1 connection more explicit, the original intent faded.
15th Aug '17 11:23:29 PM CheeseDogX
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* Now that the game numbers something like 50 books, there's very little in ''{{TabletopGame/Rifts}}'' that was mentioned in the first book that hasn't gotten a description by now. One of the biggest examples was the Republicans, which was an off-hand mention in the first book about a technological society living in the ruins of Washington, D.C. It was the subject of several unofficial {{Sourcebook}}s (called Netbooks) until they were finally described in the Expanded Edition of the original Sourcebook. There are still a few things here and there that have gotten mentioned but still not shown. The most notorious is the permanently-open Rift in Calgary, Alberta, and the monster kingdom that's developed there, as well as others like the Blood Druids of France.

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* Now that the game numbers something like 50 books, there's very little in ''{{TabletopGame/Rifts}}'' that was mentioned in the first book that hasn't gotten a description by now. One of the biggest examples was the Republicans, which was an off-hand mention in the first book about a technological society living in the ruins of Washington, D.C. It was the subject of several unofficial {{Sourcebook}}s (called Netbooks) until they were finally described in the Expanded Edition of the original Sourcebook. There are still a few things here and there that have gotten mentioned but still not shown. The most notorious is the permanently-open Rift in Calgary, Alberta, and the monster kingdom that's developed there, as well as others like the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Blood Druids Druids]] of France.
15th Aug '17 11:21:01 PM CheeseDogX
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' subverted this trope quite often, given that it was all plotted out in advance. For instance, the fates of all the previous Babylon stations seemed to be a case of simple world-building, to stress how dangerous the universe was. But then we learned what happened to them: Three destroyed, one vanished. Then the vanished one shows up again, having been UnstuckInTime. Then it gets even deeper, when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Sinclair, TheCaptain in the first season, was in fact that Minbari prophet Valen, after he'd traveled back in time to provide the Minbari with the space station they desperately needed to win a war, which also helps to explain the random weirdness of Delenn becoming half-human.]] Other factors, like the unstable politics of Mars, also come up again in later seasons to be fleshed out.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' subverted this trope quite often, given that it was all plotted out in advance. For instance, the fates of all the previous Babylon stations seemed to be a case of simple world-building, to stress how dangerous the universe was. But then we learned what happened to them: Three destroyed, one vanished. Then the vanished one shows up again, having been UnstuckInTime. Then it gets even deeper, when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Sinclair, TheCaptain in the first season, was in fact that Minbari prophet Valen, after he'd traveled back in time to provide the Minbari with the space station they desperately needed to win a war, which also helps to explain the random weirdness of Delenn becoming half-human.]] Other factors, like the unstable politics of Mars, also come up again in later seasons to be fleshed out. Other things, however, were left to the imagination. Such as what it was about Vree eating habits that disgusted G'Kar so much that he considered sitting next to them to be an insult to his entire government.
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