History Main / LostSuperWeapon

28th Mar '16 7:53:00 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Almost no matter what your level of military tech- javelin, arquebus, [[TheTerminator phased plasma rifle in the 40 Watt range]], quantum black hole, whatever - it's nowhere near as good as it was in your [[TheyDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo great-great-granddad's day]]. In those days, men were real men, women were real women, and hideously powerful destructive forces were... better than this modern muck, with [[PowerGlows glowing]] [[InstantRunes runes]] and everything. This could be despite the [[SuperweaponSurprise apparent primitive nature]] of the society at the time. More rationally, it could also be [[AndManGrewProud the cause]] of the primitive nature of the society immediately following...

to:

Almost no matter what your level of military tech- javelin, arquebus, [[TheTerminator [[Film/TheTerminator phased plasma rifle in the 40 Watt range]], quantum black hole, whatever - it's nowhere near as good as it was in your [[TheyDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo great-great-granddad's day]]. In those days, men were real men, women were real women, and hideously powerful destructive forces were... better than this modern muck, with [[PowerGlows glowing]] [[InstantRunes runes]] and everything. This could be despite the [[SuperweaponSurprise apparent primitive nature]] of the society at the time. More rationally, it could also be [[AndManGrewProud the cause]] of the primitive nature of the society immediately following...
29th Feb '16 6:11:35 PM Saber15
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* This was the original defining feature of ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''. The golden age of technology was some 300 years ago and everything now is patched-up, dumbed-down versions of the stuff the Star League had but the Successor States have largely forgotten how to make.
** The Warships have gone back to being lost, after the Word of Blake Jihad concluded. Every faction still has a few, but all the facilities capable of building more were destroyed and nobody's bothered trying to rebuild them. Inside the game universe, it was considered too expensive and difficult to maintain the facilities and there weren't enough people with the skills necessary to do so anymore. Outside of the game universe, WordOfGod is that the developers considered them to be overpowered compared to everything else and therefore wanted them to no longer be a factor: the HumongousMecha the game was supposed to be centered around risked being metaphorically and [[DeathFromAbove literally]] overshadowed if Warships continued being built and used by everyone.

to:

* This was the original defining feature of ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''. The golden age of technology was some 300 years ago and everything now is patched-up, dumbed-down versions of the stuff the Star League had but the Successor States have largely forgotten how to make.
make. Later subverted [[ApocalypseNot as the Successor States slowly recovered]], putting them on par or beyond the Star league.
** The interstellar Warships have gone back to being lost, after the Word of Blake Jihad concluded. Every faction still has a few, but all the facilities capable of building more were destroyed and nobody's bothered trying to rebuild them. Inside the game universe, it was considered too expensive and difficult to maintain the facilities and there weren't enough people with the skills necessary to do so anymore. Outside of the game universe, WordOfGod is that the developers considered them to be overpowered compared to everything else and therefore wanted them to no longer be a factor: the HumongousMecha the game was supposed to be centered around risked being metaphorically and [[DeathFromAbove literally]] overshadowed if Warships continued being built and used by everyone.
17th Jan '16 3:01:59 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Some stuff of Precursor origin in ''StarControlII'', most notably the Sa-Matra battleship -[[spoiler: that [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]] the Alliance fleet at the end of the war in the hands of the Ur-Quan]]- and the Utwig Bomb, able to destroy a planet. [[spoiler: You must use the latter to destroy the former]].

to:

* Some stuff of Precursor origin in ''StarControlII'', ''VideoGame/StarControlII'', most notably the Sa-Matra battleship -[[spoiler: that [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]] the Alliance fleet at the end of the war in the hands of the Ur-Quan]]- and the Utwig Bomb, able to destroy a planet. [[spoiler: You must use the latter to destroy the former]].
30th Dec '15 11:53:25 PM jormis29
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The Ark of the Covenant in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' is a Grade A Lost Superweapon.

to:

* The Ark of the Covenant TheArkOfTheCovenant in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' is a Grade A Lost Superweapon.
19th Dec '15 3:56:48 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** In fact, this was [[DubNameChange Dr. Egg...er, Robotnik's]] shtick from about VideoGame/SonicAdventure to Sonic Unleashed (chronologically, about 1998-2008). Virtually every storyline had him digging up one deranged EldritchAbomination--or OneManArmy, in [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Shadow's]] [[ShadowTheHedgehog case]]--or another. Of course, [[TheStarscream they all had their own agendas]], usually revenge on whoever imprisoned them in the first place.

to:

** In fact, this was [[DubNameChange Dr. Egg...er, Robotnik's]] shtick from about VideoGame/SonicAdventure to Sonic Unleashed (chronologically, about 1998-2008). Virtually every storyline had him digging up one deranged EldritchAbomination--or OneManArmy, in [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Shadow's]] [[ShadowTheHedgehog [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog case]]--or another. Of course, [[TheStarscream they all had their own agendas]], usually revenge on whoever imprisoned them in the first place.
8th Dec '15 5:37:22 PM DarkStarling
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** And, as the trope description indicates, the constant war that produced these weapons is indeed the reason that things have fallen so far. For all Minas Tirith is impressive, it used to be a border fort and is beside the ruins of the fallen city it used to protect.
7th Dec '15 3:17:12 AM NozzDogg
Is there an issue? Send a Message



to:

* There are enough of these floating around in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' that its a serious problem. Mostly left over from the war between Mars and Eris, they seem to crop up in most of the adventures.
3rd Dec '15 11:16:56 AM Nohbody
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** FMS might be nice, shiny and theoretically operational by just a playgroup, but there are also some surviving Directional Titans it was designed to kinda "replace". One is currently an [[Franchise/BioShock underwater city]] and another a giant freaking flying mountain. Estimated matter survival time around each of those deployed in combat: 1 tick. And it does take a city of operators to man.

to:

** FMS might be nice, shiny and theoretically operational by just a playgroup, but there are also some surviving Directional Titans it was designed to kinda "replace". One is currently an [[Franchise/BioShock [[VideoGame/BioShock underwater city]] and another a giant freaking flying mountain. Estimated matter survival time around each of those deployed in combat: 1 tick. And it does take a city of operators to man.
9th Oct '15 4:39:08 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The Cetan starship from ''PerfectDark'' is a [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet killer]] that has been resting on the floor of the Pacific Ocean for millennia. The plot revolves around a conspiracy to retrieve the weapon and use it on Earth.

to:

* The Cetan starship from ''PerfectDark'' ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' is a [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet killer]] that has been resting on the floor of the Pacific Ocean for millennia. The plot revolves around a conspiracy to retrieve the weapon and use it on Earth.
7th Sep '15 3:24:06 PM ScorpiusOB1
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Some stuff of Precursor origin in ''StarControlII'', most notably the Sa-Matra battleship -[[spoiler: that [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]] the Alliance fleet at the end of the war in the hands of the Ur-Quan]]- and the Utwig Bomb, able to destroy a planet. [[spoiler: You must use the latter to destroy the former]].
This list shows the last 10 events of 135. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.LostSuperWeapon