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11th Sep '17 11:17:55 AM PistolsAtDawn
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Contrast with the non-tangible but often similar SentientCosmicForce. Compare SapientHouse, SapientShip, ThatsNoMoon, AnthropomorphicPersonification, TheLostWoods, FisherKing, FisherKingdom, LivingStructureMonster and SmartHouse. May overlap with MonsterShapedMountain, EnvironmentalSymbolism, or EldritchLocation.

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Contrast with the non-tangible but often similar SentientCosmicForce. Compare SapientHouse, SapientShip, ThatsNoMoon, AnthropomorphicPersonification, TheLostWoods, FisherKing, FisherKingdom, LivingStructureMonster LivingStructureMonster, SmartHouse and SmartHouse.GiantCorpseWorld. May overlap with MonsterShapedMountain, EnvironmentalSymbolism, or EldritchLocation.
3rd Sep '17 10:26:53 AM isoycrazy
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* As of Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/TurnCoat'', [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] has confirmed that the island from ''Literature/SmallFavor'' is one, which he has named himself. [[spoiler:He's also bonded a psychic connection with it, allowing him some cool super-senses while on the island, which he quickly uses to his advantage.]]
** And it doesn't just sit around and do nothing, hell no. [[spoiler: Demonreach is one of those directly responsible for Harry's resurrection in ''Literature/GhostStory''.]]
** ''Literature/ColdDays'' reveals that Demonreach is [[spoiler: a prison designed to hold hundreds, if not thousands of insanely poweful [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]].]]
* Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/CodexAlera'' features a character who [[spoiler:deliberately pisses off a volcano's spirit to trigger an eruption.]]
** And at the end of the penultimate book, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Alera itself has a ''genius loci'']].

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* As of Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/TurnCoat'', [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', set in Chicago, has confirmed that the this tiny island in the middle of Lake Michigan. It isn't on any maps or records in the city's history because it made people erase it from ''Literature/SmallFavor'' is one, which he has named himself. [[spoiler:He's also bonded a psychic connection with it, allowing him some cool super-senses while on the island, which he quickly uses to his advantage.]]
** And it
said documents. Planes avoid flying even within visual sight of it. The island doesn't just sit around like visitors and do nothing, hell no. [[spoiler: sending bad vibrations to make people forget about it and not want to bother it is it being nice. The island was created [[spoiler:by the Arthurian Merlin ''at five different points in time at the same time'']] started at some point before the last ice age. Harry Dresden eventually names it Demonreach after [[spoiler:binding himself to it, and in so doing, has instant knowledge of anything happening on the island if he requests it and will have his magic replenished while on it]]. The spirit of Demonreach now tolerates Harry and since Harry is one of those directly responsible for useful to its needs the island [[spoiler:works in concert with Queen Mab and a parasite within Harry's resurrection in ''Literature/GhostStory''.]]
** ''Literature/ColdDays'' reveals that Demonreach
head to keep him alive after he was shot]]. The book ''Cold Days'' explains why the island is so antisocial. It is [[spoiler: a prison designed to hold hundreds, if not thousands of insanely poweful [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]].]]
{{Eldritch Abomination}}s. And as Warden of the island, Harry has the right and authority to release them if he so chooses. If anyone tries breaking in to the prison, Demonreach's final defense is called Banefire, which will destroy much of the Midwest USA in a final attempt to destroy the beings and whatever is attempting to attack it]].
* Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/CodexAlera'' features has these spirits that represent earth, water, wood, fire, air, and metal called Furies. Most are small beings, but some are very old, very powerful, and not ones to mess with. These ones are called Great Furies.
** In ''Captain's Fury'' the leader in
a character who civil war against the Crown lives near an ancient Great Fury that has remained dormant for many hundreds of years. He seeks its power and [[spoiler:deliberately pisses off a volcano's spirit to trigger an eruption.]]
eruption upon his death. This means when his legions of soldiers fall back to his city, which will be packed with the normal population and thousands more refugees fleeing, and the Crown's forces closing in, his death will destroy hundreds of thousands if not millions of lives. The only solution First Lord Gaius Sextus can conceive to stop that horrible fate is to set the volcano off before his forces are close]].
** And at the end of the penultimate book, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Alera itself has a ''genius loci'']].loci'' given a humanoid manifestation on accident when the founder of the united country used stones from all over the country to make a viewing mosaic, allowing him to see all that is within his domain. Alera, the fury, serves the First Lord so long as his requests affect both sides of an attack. She will not protect the Crown forces from her attacks and attack only his enemies]].
** Calderon Valley is set in the shadow of the mountain Garados with an eternal storm about its peak the locals call Thana, calling the pair a married couple. Locals do not go on the mountain without using earth magic to shield their steps from Garados' notice, or things like rock slides will stop people from bothering the mountain. In ''First Lord's Fury'' [[spoiler:the hero Tavi pisses Garados off enough to make him fully awaken and manifest. From the mountain emerges a being ''twice'' the size of the original mountain, whose mighty pine trees on the side are proportional to the hairs on a human's arm. This in turn angers Thana, who makes a storm strong enough to cut through the armor of the BigBad, whose armor could deflect swords enhanced by metal magic]].
29th Aug '17 1:50:24 AM PaulA
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* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's novella ''Vaster than Empires and More Slow''. One planet, one forest, one mind.

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* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's Literature/{{Hainish}} novella ''Vaster than Empires and More Slow''. One planet, one forest, one mind.
28th Aug '17 9:40:48 PM PaulA
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* Long before ''Avatar'', there was ''Creator/UrsulaKLeguin'''s novella ''Vaster than Empires and More Slow''. One planet, one forest, one mind.

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* Long before ''Avatar'', there was ''Creator/UrsulaKLeguin'''s Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's novella ''Vaster than Empires and More Slow''. One planet, one forest, one mind.



* One of Ursula Vernon's short stories (untitled and unfinished as of yet) features sentient trees who have fungus for brains. Once outsiders arrive and begin scooping out the fungus as a delicacy, the trees themselves go mad.

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* One of Ursula Vernon's Creator/UrsulaVernon's short stories (untitled and unfinished as of yet) features sentient trees who have fungus for brains. Once outsiders arrive and begin scooping out the fungus as a delicacy, the trees themselves go mad.
27th Aug '17 9:35:50 AM nombretomado
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* Ar Ciel, the planet on which the ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'' games take place, has multiple wills that form a single consensus for the planet with each will governing certain aspects. Horus for example was the will that governed all the others as well as the earth (as in the surface of the planet) until it was mortally wounded when the sea of death was created and when it dies completely so will the planet and all the other wills. There are many other wills, some who you actually meet during ''VideoGame/ArTonelico3'' such as Yurishca who governs the technological advancement of humanity and Soma who maintains balance through natural selection. The most recent will to come into existence is Ar ru whose role is to create planetary antibodies for the purpose of wiping out humanity which had delivered a quite possibly fatal wound to the planet. The end goal of the third game is to simultaneously heal the planet and communicate with Ar Ciel's consensus to convince it to forgive humanity.

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* Ar Ciel, the planet on which the ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'' ''VideoGame/ExaPico'' games take place, has multiple wills that form a single consensus for the planet with each will governing certain aspects. Horus for example was the will that governed all the others as well as the earth (as in the surface of the planet) until it was mortally wounded when the sea of death was created and when it dies completely so will the planet and all the other wills. There are many other wills, some who you actually meet during ''VideoGame/ArTonelico3'' ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoQogaKnellOfArCiel'' such as Yurishca who governs the technological advancement of humanity and Soma who maintains balance through natural selection. The most recent will to come into existence is Ar ru whose role is to create planetary antibodies for the purpose of wiping out humanity which had delivered a quite possibly fatal wound to the planet. The end goal of the third game is to simultaneously heal the planet and communicate with Ar Ciel's consensus to convince it to forgive humanity.
14th Aug '17 12:35:05 PM BeerBaron
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* The Daedric Princes in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' and the Daedric Realms they rule are actually one and the same. The forms they take are merely projected avatars.
** The Aedra or Eight Divines (excluding Lorkahn and Talos) have their own Realms shown as the planets that float in the Plane of Mundus though it's unlikely they can create a form for themselves after giving much of their power to form Mundus.
** Lorkahn, after having his heart ripped out by Trinimac and launched away by Auri-El, died and his body became the moons Masser and Secunda. However his heart survived and impregnated Nirn with his spirit and "a reasonable amount of his selfishness". As befitting his nature as TheTrickster god, even when he's punished he still gets something out of it.

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* The ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** According to some interpretations, this is the case for the [[OurGodsAreDifferent
Daedric Princes in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' and Princes]]. Their planes of Oblivion ''are'' the Daedric Realms they rule are actually one and Princes, with the same. The (mostly) humanoid [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith forms they take are merely projected avatars.when dealing with mortals]] being the personification of that realm of Oblivion. This is backed up by the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]'''s main quest, where the [[PlayerCharacters Vestige]] and their allies can invade Coldharbour, while Meridia works to keep Molag Bal from becoming aware of this in the same way a disease infiltrates and incubates inside of a living body.
** The As explained under AlienSky, AFormYouAreComfortableWith, and YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm, this may be the case for the Aedra or Eight Divines (excluding Lorkahn and Talos) have their own Realms shown Lorkhan as the well. The eight planets that float in the Plane of Mundus though it's unlikely they can create a form for themselves after giving much of their power to form Mundus.
** Lorkahn, after having his heart ripped out by Trinimac and launched away by Auri-El, died and his body became the moons Masser and Secunda. However his heart survived and impregnated
from Nirn with his spirit are theorized to be the physical forms of the original Eight Divines, while the [[WeirdMoon twin moons]] are the rotting and "a reasonable amount sundered "flesh divinity" (body, essentially) of his selfishness". As befitting his nature as TheTrickster god, even when he's punished he still gets something out of it. the [[GodIsDead "dead" god]] Lorkhan.
21st Jul '17 1:44:10 PM FlashRebel
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* The Pale Tree in ''GuildWars2'' is a massive sentient tree that gave birth to the Sylvari race (and keeps giving birth to new Sylvari ocasionally) and holds their main city in its immense trunk. It can speak through an avatar in the form of a pale Sylvari lady in a white dress and can show prophetic visions to people in times of crisis (the awakening of the Dragons being a serious one).
11th Jul '17 10:36:53 PM Sammettik
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** The DCU also had a ''sentient galaxy'' in some story that I can't seem to recall exactly. But it aligned a bunch of stars to give Comicbook/{{Superman}} a huge powerup. Also there were some smaller living (but not sentient) galaxies, artificially made by some uberpowerful race as bioweapons. Supes, again, kept one as a pet.

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** The DCU also had a ''sentient galaxy'' in some story that I can't seem to recall exactly. But it aligned a bunch of stars to give Comicbook/{{Superman}} a huge powerup. Also there were some smaller living (but not sentient) galaxies, artificially made by some uberpowerful race as bioweapons. Supes, again, kept one as a pet.



** When Brainiac 13 infects the [[{{Superman}} city of Metropolis]] with nanites, it has the unforeseen effect of making the city itself sentient. Its personality is female, and she and [[WeirdnessMagnet (who else?)]] ComicBook/JimmyOlsen [[ILoveThisTown fall in love.]]

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** When Brainiac 13 infects the [[{{Superman}} city of Metropolis]] with nanites, it has the unforeseen effect of making the city itself sentient. Its personality is female, and she and [[WeirdnessMagnet (who else?)]] ComicBook/JimmyOlsen [[ILoveThisTown fall in love.]]
30th Jun '17 7:19:59 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** This may require some elaboration: The whole town of Silent Hill is alive with a mystical force that takes your nightmares and fears and brings them to life, whether in monster form or in the form of a location (like a building or something). If Silent Hill wants you, you will end up in the town, either by being called to it or having an unfortunate accident in or near the town and ending up stuck in that Hell-hole. Later in the series, the power of the town grows to consume its neighbor, Shepherd's Glen. The only way the town will let someone go is if they solve whatever trauma/problem that attracted its attention.
** The comics, which may or may not be {{Canon}}, has the town portrayed as this, absorbing the memories and conciousness of those who come to it.

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** This may require some elaboration: The whole town of Silent Hill is alive with a mystical force that takes your nightmares and fears and brings them to life, whether in monster form or in the form of a location (like a building or something). If Silent Hill wants you, you will end up in the town, either by being called to it or having an unfortunate accident in or near the town and ending up stuck in that Hell-hole. Later in the series, the power of the town grows to consume its neighbor, Shepherd's Glen. The only way the town will let someone go is if they solve whatever trauma/problem that attracted its attention.
attention. The town's hellish nature is also relative to whatever personal hell its visitors bring with them; one character in ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' is a young girl who carries no inner guilt or other negative emotional baggage, and as a result she only experiences a quiet, empty town to play around in while everyone else sees nightmarish visions, decaying structures and/or terrifying monsters.
** The comics, which may or may not be {{Canon}}, has the town portrayed as this, absorbing the memories and conciousness consciousness of those who come to it.
17th Jun '17 2:04:13 PM nombretomado
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