History Main / CrystalSpiresAndTogas

17th Feb '18 5:20:19 PM Ramidel
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** Of course this was only a gradual process. Early Republican Rome was a lot more primitive than the rest of Italy, and the Romans mooched off the truly advanced {{Precursors}} of the Etruscans.
** It also must be noted that the Romans merely adopted and used pre-existing technology without bothering to understand its principles theoretically. As such there was no science or mathematics in the Roman Republic and Empire, and certainly no mind compared to Archimedes, Euclid, Pythagoras and other worthies.
15th Feb '18 4:35:40 AM RedScharlach
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As ''TIME'' magazine put it, this is nearly the opposite of {{Steampunk}}, as Steampunk seeks to make technology more viewable, easier to connect with than the sleek shiny technology of this era. Compare with DefectorFromDecadence, SpaceElves, CityOfGold and SpaceBrasilia. See also PowerCrystal and DataCrystal, for the PlotDevice version.

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As ''TIME'' magazine put it, this is nearly the opposite of {{Steampunk}}, as Steampunk seeks to make technology more viewable, visible, easier to connect with than the sleek shiny technology of this era. Compare with DefectorFromDecadence, SpaceElves, CityOfGold and SpaceBrasilia. See also PowerCrystal and DataCrystal, for the PlotDevice version.



** The ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' books often go into detail about the culture and society of Krypton, particularly Argo City (Supergirl's hometown). ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth'''s first scene depicts Argo City: everybody wore colourful, bright clothes and long, flowing robes and capes; and the buildings were tall, alien-looking structures made of glass and metal.

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** The ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' books often go into detail about the culture and society of Krypton, particularly Argo City (Supergirl's hometown). ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth'''s first scene depicts Argo City: everybody wore colourful, colorful, bright clothes and long, flowing robes and capes; and the buildings were tall, alien-looking structures made of glass and metal.



* ''Film/ManOfSteel'': Though hardly the crystal-encrusted world shown in the previous films, Kyrpton is a "neo-medieval" society, with Jor-El, Zod and others wearing armor, capes and robes over their supersuit-esque bodysuits.
* In brazilian drama "Astral City: A Spiritual Journey" (also known as "Nosso Lar"), the titular city is this. Populated by souls who aren't bound by time or material constraints, the buildings look majestic and crystalline, while the inhabitants wear simple robes as a sign of humility and detachment. One of them was a roman senator in his past life and still wears his toga.

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* ''Film/ManOfSteel'': Though hardly the crystal-encrusted world shown in the previous films, Kyrpton Krypton is a "neo-medieval" society, with Jor-El, Zod and others wearing armor, capes and robes over their supersuit-esque bodysuits.
* In brazilian drama "Astral the Brazilian film ''Astral City: A Spiritual Journey" Journey'' (also known as "Nosso Lar"), ''Nosso Lar''), the titular city is this. Populated by souls who aren't bound by time or material constraints, the buildings look majestic and crystalline, while the inhabitants wear simple robes as a sign of humility and detachment. One of them was a roman Roman senator in his past life and still wears his toga.



* The first season of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has civilians wearing togas and a future Paris with crystal spire like buildings. Very quickly this look was abandoned for the industrial look that the rest of the franchise has embraced.
* ''Series/WonderWoman'': All the immortal Amazons from Paradise Island wear multicolor vaporous dresses and use bows and arrows even if they live in an AdvancedAncientAcropolis.

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* The first season season of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has civilians wearing togas and a future Paris with crystal spire like spire-like buildings. Very quickly this look was abandoned for the industrial look that the rest of the franchise has embraced.
* ''Series/WonderWoman'': All the immortal Amazons from Paradise Island wear multicolor vaporous dresses and use bows and arrows even if though they live in an AdvancedAncientAcropolis.



* The masari faction in Videogame/UniverseAtWar . They are also a PrecursorRace and as SufficientlyAdvancedSpecies.

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* The masari Masari faction in Videogame/UniverseAtWar . Videogame/UniverseAtWar. They are also a PrecursorRace and as a SufficientlyAdvancedSpecies.



** Ancient Greek clothing can be seen as the forerunners to the Roman styles. (The Romans borrowed a fair amount from Greece.) New Olympus can be seen as sporting the latest fashions that they knew of.

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** Ancient Greek clothing can be seen as the forerunners forerunner to the Roman styles. (The Romans borrowed a fair amount from Greece.) New Olympus can be seen as sporting the latest fashions that they knew of.
11th Feb '18 3:51:43 PM Sark0TAG
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* Atlantis in ''VideoGame/{{Timelapse}}'' takes on this trope as well, to the point that the Atlanteans used crystals for power sources and construction tools, among other things.
8th Jan '18 2:09:33 AM Spindriver
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* The Minbari in ''Series/BabylonFive'' have the crystal part down pat in their architecture, but their social development is stuck in thousand year MedievalStasis. The Utopian and Enlightened bit of this trope gets subverted in the 4th season, [[spoiler:when they fall into CivilWar]].
* The [[http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Beings_of_Light Beings of Light]] and their [[http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Ship_of_Lights Ships of Lights]] in the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' have this feel to them.
** As did the original colonies. In the pilot, ''Saga of a Star World'', The Quorum of the Twelve on the ''Atlantia'' and its reconstitution afterwards featured togas. And crystalline pyramids are wrecked by the Cylon bombardment of Caprica.
*** This is largely averted in the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 new series]], where the Colonies have buildings that are plausible to build today, but simply do not extend to our architectural styles (although looking at Caprica City for too long may sear your retinas, it's that shiny-future...) Same thing for people's appearance, with...well...normal clothes. An exception is the spectral forms of the Final Five Cylons, who appear as glowing robed figures before they're revealed to be [[spoiler:the most ridiculously human of the show's RidiculouslyHumanRobots]].

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* The Minbari in ''Series/BabylonFive'' have the crystal part down pat in their architecture, but their social development is stuck in thousand year MedievalStasis. The Utopian and Enlightened bit of this trope gets subverted in the 4th fourth season, [[spoiler:when they fall into CivilWar]].
* The [[http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Beings_of_Light Beings of Light]] and their [[http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Ship_of_Lights Ships of Lights]] in the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' have this feel to them.
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them -- as did the original colonies. In the pilot, ''Saga of a Star World'', The Quorum of the Twelve on the ''Atlantia'' and its reconstitution afterwards featured togas. And crystalline pyramids are wrecked by the Cylon bombardment of Caprica.
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This is largely averted in the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 new series]], where the Colonies have buildings that are plausible to build today, but simply do not extend to our architectural styles (although looking at Caprica City for too long may sear your retinas, it's that shiny-future...) Same thing for people's appearance, with...well...normal clothes. An exception is the spectral forms of the Final Five Cylons, who appear as glowing robed figures before they're revealed to be [[spoiler:the most ridiculously human of the show's RidiculouslyHumanRobots]].



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Time Lords represent a civilization of this type. Hobbies include creating MagicFromTechnology and JustForFun/AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit. The trope was subverted in a couple of ways. Even their first appearance, which shows them highly advanced and almost utopian, establishes their civilization as so boring and pompous that the Doctor [[DefectorFromDecadence couldn't wait to run away from them]]. Later appearances [[DependingOnTheWriter often, though not always,]] revealed them as corrupt, petty and hypocritical.

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The Time Lords represent a civilization of this type. Hobbies include creating MagicFromTechnology and JustForFun/AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit. The trope was subverted in a couple of ways. Even their first appearance, which shows them highly advanced and almost utopian, establishes their civilization as so boring and pompous that the Doctor [[DefectorFromDecadence couldn't wait to run away from them]]. Later appearances [[DependingOnTheWriter often, though not always,]] revealed them as corrupt, petty and hypocritical.


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* ''TabletopGame/{{Mindjammer}}'': The ancient home worlds of humanity, as depicted in the supplement ''The Core Worlds'', definitely tend to this aesthetic, in a rather baroque form; see the book's artwork.
14th Dec '17 10:39:54 AM lillolillo
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** In ''ComicBook/Supergirl2011'' issue #12, Kara Zor-El describes Kandor in these terms:
--->'''Supergirl:''' My father Zor-El took me to see Kandor when I was a little girl. I thought it was the most beautiful place in the world. It wasn't as crowded or noisy as Argo or Kryptonopolis. It was like someone built a garden out of glass and light.
13th Dec '17 6:03:24 PM nombretomado
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* Atlantis in the ''EccoTheDolphin: Defender of the Future'' fits this trope (especially the crystal part), existing in a civilization around the year 3500 in which humans and [[SapientCetaceans dolphins]] coexist in harmony.

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* Atlantis in the ''EccoTheDolphin: ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin: Defender of the Future'' fits this trope (especially the crystal part), existing in a civilization around the year 3500 in which humans and [[SapientCetaceans dolphins]] coexist in harmony.
17th Nov '17 3:15:33 PM ZombieAladdin
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* The Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog series has had a few of these over the course of the series, such as Quartz Quadrant's Good Future in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD'', Future City in ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'' (where the Metal City, Night Chase, Megalo Station, and Nightside Rush racetracks take place), Grand Metropolis in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', and Metropolis (without the "Grand") in ''VideoGame/SonicForces''. That being said, all of them have come under attack by Dr. Eggman or a powerful ally of his, requiring Sonic's intervention (with the exception of Quartz Quadrant, where a city grew in its place because Sonic had driven Eggman away).
7th Oct '17 10:40:29 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Time Lords represent a civilization of this type. Hobbies include creating MagicFromTechnology and AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit. The trope was subverted in a couple of ways. Even their first appearance, which shows them highly advanced and almost utopian, establishes their civilization as so boring and pompous that the Doctor [[DefectorFromDecadence couldn't wait to run away from them]]. Later appearances [[DependingOnTheWriter often, though not always,]] revealed them as corrupt, petty and hypocritical.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Time Lords represent a civilization of this type. Hobbies include creating MagicFromTechnology and AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit.JustForFun/AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit. The trope was subverted in a couple of ways. Even their first appearance, which shows them highly advanced and almost utopian, establishes their civilization as so boring and pompous that the Doctor [[DefectorFromDecadence couldn't wait to run away from them]]. Later appearances [[DependingOnTheWriter often, though not always,]] revealed them as corrupt, petty and hypocritical.
30th Jul '17 11:56:38 PM Skagit
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* The infamous anti Mormon [[DocumentaryOfLies "documentary"]] The God Makers features an animated segment that utilizes this trope, which focuses on the Star of Kolob and other idiosyncratic Mormon doctrines. The film is generally considered [[DanBrowned ill informed]] at best and defamatory at worst and today [[MemeticMutation most only know it]] because the animated segment is a YouTube poop staple.

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* The infamous anti Mormon [[DocumentaryOfLies "documentary"]] The God Makers features an animated segment that utilizes this trope, which focuses on the Star of Kolob and other idiosyncratic Mormon doctrines. The film is generally considered [[DanBrowned ill informed]] at best and defamatory at worst and today [[MemeticMutation most only know it]] because the animated segment is a YouTube poop WebAnimation/YouTubePoop staple.
30th Jul '17 11:54:27 PM Skagit
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* The infamous anti Mormon [[DocumentaryOfLies "documentary"]] The God Makers features an animated segment that utilizes this trope, which focuses on the Star of Kolob and other idiosyncratic Mormon doctrines. The film is generally considered [[DanBrowned ill informed]] at best and defamatory at worst and today [[MemeticMutation most only know it]] because the animated segment is a YouTube poop staple.
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