History Main / DugTooDeep

17th Sep '17 2:03:06 AM Gray
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidoarjo_mud_flow Sidoarjo Mud Flow.]] An Indonesian oil and gas company, PT Lapindo Brantas, in its search for natural gas in East Java, created a "Borehole" (a narrow shaft) into the Earth, [[WhatAnIdiot digging more then 10,000 meters into the ground (a depth no natural gas has ever been found at before)]]. [[WhatAnIdiot Having ignored sensibility]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive they decided to ignore the law as well]], [[TemptingFate not using the required protective equipment on the drill]]. The result? Running a giant drill next to fault lines has consequences, as the poor people of the surrounding villages learned when the drilling erupted a massive mud volcano, making 1.5 million people homeless. The eruption is still going on today, years after the 2006 incident, spewing 88,000 cubic feet of mud every day -- and is not expected to stop completely for ''at least'' another 25 years. PT Lapindo Brantas was ordered to pay up to $300,000,000 in damages. The higher ups tried to sell the company for $2 to off shore groups in an attempt to avoid responsibility. They were denied.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidoarjo_mud_flow Sidoarjo Mud Flow.]] An Indonesian oil and gas company, PT Lapindo Brantas, in its search for natural gas in East Java, created a "Borehole" (a narrow shaft) into the Earth, [[WhatAnIdiot digging more then 10,000 meters into the ground (a depth no natural gas has ever been found at before)]]. [[WhatAnIdiot Having ignored sensibility]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive they decided to ignore the law as well]], [[TemptingFate not using the required protective equipment on the drill]]. The result? Running a giant drill next to fault lines has consequences, as the poor people of the surrounding villages learned when the drilling erupted a massive mud volcano, ultimately destroying those villages and making 1.5 million people several hundred families homeless. The eruption is still going on today, years after the 2006 incident, spewing 88,000 cubic feet of mud every day -- and is not expected to stop completely for ''at least'' another 25 years. PT Lapindo Brantas was ordered to pay up to $300,000,000 in damages. The higher ups tried to sell the company for $2 to off shore groups in an attempt to avoid responsibility. They were denied.
10th Aug '17 11:43:32 PM foxley
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'': In "The Fire Phantom", a living flame from Earth's core makes its way to the surface through an old abandoned coal-mine near Metropolis and sets off a mammoth forest fire .
6th Aug '17 2:50:16 PM Sharlee
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* In Tim Lebbon's ''The Silence'', cave researchers doing a live TV special for the Discovery Channel break through a caved-in passage in a cavern network, unleashing hordes of ExplosiveBreeder subterranean flying reptiles that'll kill anything that makes the slightest noise.

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* In Tim Lebbon's ''The Silence'', cave researchers doing a live TV special for the Discovery Channel break through a caved-in collapsed passage in a cavern network, unleashing hordes of ExplosiveBreeder subterranean flying reptiles that'll kill anything that makes the slightest noise.
6th Aug '17 2:49:42 PM Sharlee
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* In Tim Lebbon's ''The Silence'', cave researchers doing a live TV special for the Discovery Channel break through a caved-in passage in a cavern network, unleashing hordes of ExplosiveBreeder subterranean flying reptiles that'll kill anything that makes the slightest noise.
2nd Aug '17 2:08:15 PM DastardlyDemolition
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*** There's a DLC quest where you help fund a mining expedition. Since it's under this trope, they awaken the local equivalent of graveyard zombies and get slaughtered, and you need to clear it out so another team of miners can be sent in. Then it happens again. The third time around, your partner hires mercenaries, but this means that only some of the miners are alive when you get there. The fourth time, you finally kill the [[{{Lich}} Dragon Priest]] causing all these problems. [[spoiler:Your partner's journal implies that unleashing the Priest was his goal all along. The miners were deliberately set up to be sacrifices in the Priest's name.]]

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*** There's a DLC quest where you help fund a mining expedition. Since it's under this trope, they awaken the local equivalent of graveyard zombies and get slaughtered, and you need to clear it out so another team of miners can be sent in. Then it happens again. The third time around, your partner hires mercenaries, but this means that only some of the miners are alive when you get there. The fourth time, you finally kill the [[{{Lich}} [[OurLichesAreDifferent Dragon Priest]] causing all these problems. [[spoiler:Your partner's journal implies that unleashing the Priest was his goal all along. The miners were deliberately set up to be sacrifices in the Priest's name.]]
27th Jul '17 1:45:27 PM Godzillawolf
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* In ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'', an archaeological dig unearths Kuuga's tomb, releasing the Grongi King N-Daguva-Zeba, who slaughters them and heads off to unearth the rest of his tribe.

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* In ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'', an archaeological dig unearths Kuuga's tomb, [[SealedEvilInACan releasing the Grongi King N-Daguva-Zeba, N-Daguva-Zeba]], who slaughters them and heads off to unearth the rest of his tribe.
11th Jun '17 7:10:25 AM Sharlee
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* Not especially ''deep'', but there's a small gnome/dwarf mine in the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' adventure "B10: Night's Dark Terror" in which the miners ''really'' shouldn't have broken through a barrier of stalactites to unwittingly release an imprisoned monster.
6th Jun '17 8:23:50 PM TheGreatSkrond
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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' has the mining town of [[MeaningfulName Mamon]], which is slowing dying out because of poison leaking from town's mine. Later in the game, the remaining miners show that they [[WhatAnIdiot didn't have enough sense to get out of dodge]], and [[TooDumbToLive dig even deeper]]... until they accidentally [[SealedEvilInACan unseal]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Ruler of Evil]]. In this case it's humans, not dwarves, who are at fault. It's implied that the humans were both operating under the SunkCostFallacy ("Hey, we dug this deep and did all this damage, there must be ''something'' good down here!") and that they're not entirely in control of themselves.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' has the mining town of [[MeaningfulName Mamon]], which is slowing dying out because of poison leaking from town's mine. Later in the game, the remaining miners show that they [[WhatAnIdiot didn't have enough sense to get out of dodge]], and [[TooDumbToLive dig even deeper]]... until they accidentally [[SealedEvilInACan unseal]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Ruler of Evil]]. In this case it's humans, not dwarves, who are at fault. It's implied that the humans were both operating under the SunkCostFallacy ("Hey, we dug this deep and did all this damage, there must be ''something'' good down here!") and that they're [[MoreThanMindControl not entirely in control of themselves.themselves]].
17th May '17 12:12:37 AM Scabbard
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* The ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}'' series heavily implied this in Overture but outright stated so in Black Plague that the source of all the deaths and strange creatures was the Tuuurngait, an otherworldly hive mind alien creature which shared its knowledge with the Inuits until humans became corrupt. The Turungait then dug into the earth and remained peacefully sealed away until it was disturbed first accidentally by miners, then intentionally by [[AncientConspiracy The Archaic]]

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}'' series heavily implied this in Overture but outright stated so in Black Plague that the source of all the deaths and strange creatures was the Tuuurngait, an otherworldly hive mind alien creature which shared its knowledge with the Inuits until humans became corrupt. The Turungait then dug into the earth and remained peacefully sealed away until it was disturbed first accidentally by miners, then intentionally by [[AncientConspiracy The Archaic]]Archaic]].
15th May '17 8:49:07 AM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''
** There's a DLC quest where you help fund a mining expedition. Since it's under this trope, they awaken the local equivalent of graveyard zombies and get slaughtered, and you need to clear it out so another team of miners can be sent in. Then it happens again. The third time around, your partner hires mercenaries, but this means that only some of the miners are alive when you get there. The fourth time, you finally kill the [[{{Lich}} Dragon Priest]] causing all these problems. [[spoiler:Your partner's journal implies that unleashing the Priest was his goal all along. The miners were deliberately set up to be sacrifices in the Priest's name.]]
** The above is the most textbook (and memorable) example of this, but really, there are almost too many examples of this to ''count'' in the game. Miners tunneling into draugr barrows, miners tunneling into falmer caves, miners tunneling into dwemer ruins... It's a wonder anyone dares to dig at all by this point.

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''
''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In the series backstory, the [[RealityWarper highly]] [[{{Magitek}} technologically]] [[SteamPunk advanced]] [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] dug beneath the Red Mountain volcano and uncovered the still-beating [[CosmicKeystone Heart of Lorkhan]], the [[GodIsDead "dead"]] creator god of the mortal world. They would later attempt to do ''[[RiddleForTheAges something]]'' with it that caused their entire race to disappear from all known planes of existence.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''
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There's a DLC quest where you help fund a mining expedition. Since it's under this trope, they awaken the local equivalent of graveyard zombies and get slaughtered, and you need to clear it out so another team of miners can be sent in. Then it happens again. The third time around, your partner hires mercenaries, but this means that only some of the miners are alive when you get there. The fourth time, you finally kill the [[{{Lich}} Dragon Priest]] causing all these problems. [[spoiler:Your partner's journal implies that unleashing the Priest was his goal all along. The miners were deliberately set up to be sacrifices in the Priest's name.]]
** *** The above is the most textbook (and memorable) example of this, but really, there are almost too many examples of this to ''count'' in the game. Miners tunneling into draugr barrows, miners tunneling into falmer caves, miners tunneling into dwemer ruins... It's a wonder anyone dares to dig at all by this point.
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