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27th May '17 2:33:50 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Techniques for forging relics? Maybe. Most medieval forgeries, like the Donation of Constantine, contain obvious mistakes. The Shroud of Turin might be a more convincing fraud; carbon dating turned up a late date, but the shroud had been damaged in a fire and repaired in the Middle Ages, messing with carbon-dating results. If the shroud really is a forgery, it's quite remarkable that medieval forgers knew to add first-century Levantine pollen to it, and even more remarkable that they had a supply of first-century Levantine pollen in the first place.

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* Techniques for forging relics? Maybe. Most medieval forgeries, like the Donation of Constantine, contain obvious mistakes. The Shroud of Turin might be a more convincing fraud; carbon dating turned up a late date, but the shroud had been damaged in a fire and repaired in the Middle Ages, messing with carbon-dating results. If the shroud really is a forgery, it's quite remarkable that medieval forgers knew to add first-century Levantine pollen to it, and even more remarkable that they had a supply of first-century Levantine pollen in the first place.place (although there's nothing stopping a 14th century forger from starting with a first century cloth).
16th May '17 6:38:53 AM BeerBaron
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** Likewise, the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Ayleids (Wild Elves)]] created many useful magical items during the golden years of their Empire, none of which have been replicated by the time of the games, forcing players to search Ayleid ruins in order to get their hands on them. Their magic items included Welkynd Stones and Wells which restore lost magicka, as well as Varla stones which can restore enchantments to weapons. The catch? The stones disappear after being used, and the wells need time to recharge. (According to some theories, the Ayleids themselves didn't "create" these items, but preserved them from the "[[TheTimeOfMyths Dawn Era]] magicks of the [[{{{Precursors}} Ehlnofey]]", meaning they were a form of lost technology even to the Ayleids.)

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** Likewise, the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Ayleids (Wild Elves)]] created many useful magical items during the golden years of their Empire, none of which have been replicated by the time of the games, forcing players to search Ayleid ruins in order to get their hands on them. Their magic items included Welkynd Stones and Wells which restore lost magicka, as well as Varla stones which can restore enchantments to weapons. The catch? The stones disappear after being used, and the wells need time to recharge. (According to some theories, the Ayleids themselves didn't "create" these items, but preserved them from the "[[TheTimeOfMyths Dawn Era]] magicks of the [[{{{Precursors}} [[{{Precursors}} Ehlnofey]]", meaning they were a form of lost technology even to the Ayleids.)
8th May '17 12:26:44 PM BeerBaron
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* Dwemer technology in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series. Because the Dwemer studied the laws of nature as they were being created, they were able to manipulate said laws to empower and protect their creations in a way no other race can achieve.

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** The now-extinct [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent
Dwemer technology in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series. Because (Deep Elves or "Dwarves")]], were the Dwemer studied most technologically advanced race known to have ever walked Tamriel. Blending SteamPunk machinery with [[{{Magitek}} masterful enchantments]] along with [[LoopholeAbuse bending the "Earthbones"]] (essentially the laws of nature as they were being created, they were able to manipulate said laws to empower physics and protect nature) allowed them to create technology far more advanced that any other race on Tamriel has come close to and has allowed their creations to [[RagnarokProofing last in working order for the thousands of years]] since [[RiddleForTheAges their disappearance]]. They are essentially a way no other race fantasy version of SufficientlyAdvancedAliens, leaving behind working lost technology such as {{Weather Control Machine}}s, HumongousMecha, and even a machine capable of safely reading [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]].
** Likewise, the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Ayleids (Wild Elves)]] created many useful magical items during the golden years of their Empire, none of which have been replicated by the time of the games, forcing players to search Ayleid ruins in order to get their hands on them. Their magic items included Welkynd Stones and Wells which restore lost magicka, as well as Varla stones which
can achieve.restore enchantments to weapons. The catch? The stones disappear after being used, and the wells need time to recharge. (According to some theories, the Ayleids themselves didn't "create" these items, but preserved them from the "[[TheTimeOfMyths Dawn Era]] magicks of the [[{{{Precursors}} Ehlnofey]]", meaning they were a form of lost technology even to the Ayleids.)
27th Apr '17 9:17:11 PM Saber15
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* In Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' universe, a civilization-wide cataclysm known as the Melding Plague - a [[TheVirus alien nanotechnologic virus]] which assimilates any other nanotechnology it contacts - caused the collapse of virtually all manufacturing facilities, most of which were located in the Glitter Belt (Now known as the Rust Belt) around Yellowstone. Humanity still knows how to make the technology, but it is impossible for it to built due to the lack of a manufacturing base, and the risk of the remaining strains of Plague corrupting it. Only the [[TransHuman Conjoiners]] were unaffected by the Plague, due to their extreme isolation. [[MileLongShip Lighthuggers]], the only form of interstellar travel, became this when the Conjoiners stopped building the ships; only the Conjoiners knew how to build the [[ReactionlessDrive Conjoiner Drive]] (and only they had the [[spoiler:[[BrainInAJar resources]]]]), and any attempt to reverse-engineer a Conjoiner Drive would result in a apocalyptic explosion as the drive's propulsion unit would collapse itself. In the modern age, Lighthuggers are priceless and are fiercely defended by their crews, the [[CyborgHelmsman cybernetically enhanced Ultranauts]].

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In Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' universe, the ''Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries'', a civilization-wide cataclysm known as the Melding Plague - a [[TheVirus alien nanotechnologic virus]] which assimilates any other nanotechnology it contacts - caused the collapse of virtually all manufacturing facilities, most of which were located in the Glitter Belt (Now known as the Rust Belt) around Yellowstone. Humanity still knows how to make the technology, but it is impossible for it to built due to the lack of a manufacturing base, and the risk of the remaining strains of Plague corrupting it. Only the [[TransHuman Conjoiners]] were unaffected by the Plague, due to their extreme isolation. [[MileLongShip Lighthuggers]], the only form of interstellar travel, became this when the Conjoiners stopped building the ships; only the Conjoiners knew how to build the [[ReactionlessDrive Conjoiner Drive]] (and only they had the [[spoiler:[[BrainInAJar resources]]]]), and any attempt to reverse-engineer a Conjoiner Drive would result in a apocalyptic explosion as the drive's propulsion unit would collapse itself. In the modern age, Lighthuggers are priceless and are fiercely defended by their crews, the [[CyborgHelmsman cybernetically enhanced Ultranauts]].Ultranauts]].
** In ''Literature/TerminalWorld'', the technology behind Spearpoint - the last human city that [[StarScraper rises kilometers into the sky]] - has been lost even to the highest levels, where reality's EnforcedTechnologyLevels is at its weakest and technology borders on magic. Nobody knows how it was made, and what its original purpose was.
** ''Merlin's Gun'', humanity's tech base has steadily regressed under the relentless assault of the AbsoluteXenophobe Huskers. When Merlin rescues a human in a stasis pod after living in the black for hundreds of years, he notes how primitive the technology has become. On the other hand, the computer tech has progressed far beyond Merlin's; the rescuee's VirtualGhost effortlessly slips into Merlin's computer system.
23rd Apr '17 5:04:32 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/TalesSeries'':

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22nd Apr '17 12:58:57 PM nombretomado
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* Various artifacts from the Sindar civilization in ''{{Suikoden}}'' series.

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* Various artifacts from the Sindar civilization in ''{{Suikoden}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series.
19th Apr '17 10:52:52 PM morane
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* Avro Canada had actually made working versions of many stereotypical "Sci Fi" concepts like flying cars, but when their flagship project [[CoolPlane the Avro Arrow]] was sunk, the company broke apart and the blueprints and prototypes were scrapped for national security reasons. There's even parts of various Avro projects being found and rumors of others.

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* Avro Canada had actually made working versions of many stereotypical "Sci Fi" concepts like flying cars, but when their flagship project [[CoolPlane the Avro Arrow]] [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp was sunk, sunk]], the company broke apart and the blueprints and prototypes were scrapped for national security reasons. There's even parts of various Avro projects being found and rumors of others.
3rd Apr '17 12:41:13 PM SullenFrog
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* The Holy Ryuvian Empire from the ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}'' series possessed all kinds of advanced technology in its heyday, from AI-controlled capital ships to HumongousMecha to matter replicators to time machines. The empire has long since crumbled and much of its technology has been lost (it is explicitly called “Lost Technology” in-universe), but samples of it can be found on worlds throughout the galaxy. Several sidequests pit the player against automated Ryuvian mechs and ships that have come online after millennia of dormancy, and they prove to be some of the toughest enemies in the game.
** [[LivingRelic Sola vi Ryuvia]]’s personal mech, the Seraphim, is a scout model that has gone two thousand years without maintenance. Despite this neglect, its sniper rifle is powerful enough to punch holes through modern capital ships.
** The final boss of ''Sunrider Liberation Day'' is the Nightmare Ascendant, a fully intact and restored Ryuvian mech piloted by the series’ BigBad. This machine is so powerful that it can NoSell a direct hit from the Sunrider’s [[WaveMotionGun Vanguard Cannon]] and decimate an entire fleet singlehandedly. It ends up taking the combined firepower of a joint Alliance-PACT fleet, plus another shot of the Vanguard Cannon, to finally destroy it.
3rd Apr '17 9:15:45 AM MyFinalEdits
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->"''To be fair, we don't ''invent'' them. We find them. They're gifts, Mr. Miles, from Those Who Came Before.''"

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->"''To be fair, we don't ''invent'' invent them. We find them. They're gifts, Mr. Miles, from Those Who Came Before.''"



* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has a ton of this stuff, and it's always a major part of whatever crisis the main characters are facing. Magic was specifically nurtured and developed in order to handle the multiple times someone finds a "Lost Logia" and accidentally (or intentionally) pushes the "destroy planet" button.
** Of course, they're not all dangerous. In ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'', it's show that there are Lost Logia that are safe enough to legally be sold in auctions.

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* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has a ton of this stuff, and it's always a major part of whatever crisis the main characters are facing. Magic was specifically nurtured and developed in order to handle the multiple times someone finds a "Lost Logia" and accidentally (or intentionally) pushes the "destroy planet" button.
** Of course, they're not all dangerous.
button. In ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'', it's show shown that there are Lost Logia that are safe enough to legally be sold in auctions.



* Creator/BioWare also invoked this Trope with ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. The Rakata technology and Star Maps were an unholy cross of well-built, heavily-guarded technology infused with the DarkSide of TheForce. A virulent plague, slave revolts, [[AlwaysChaoticEvil warring amongst themselves]], and a mutation rendering the species Force-deaf sent the planet back to the stone age. By the era of Darth Bane, the species is extinct, meaning any hope of recovering the tech is lost forever.
** As detailed in other ExpandedUniverse works, the Force-powered hyperdrive used by the Rakatans was reverse-engineered by Correllians. Every hyperdrive built since then is based on the resulting designs, and even thousands of years later nobody completely understands the underlying principles of hyperspace.
* ''{{Metroid}}'''s Chozo had marvelous technology, widespread over many a planet the player visits in a game, all of which Samus inevitably collects, blows up or uses during the plot to refill her BagOfSpilling. Ditto for their oneshot intergalactic Pen-Pals, the Luminoth. One only has to take a look at one of the few remaining Chozo weapons that is still seeing active service, namely Samus' iconic PoweredArmor, to realize that the Chozo were incredibly powerful.

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* Creator/BioWare also invoked this Trope with ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. The Rakata technology and Star Maps were an unholy cross of well-built, heavily-guarded technology infused with the DarkSide of TheForce. A virulent plague, slave revolts, [[AlwaysChaoticEvil warring amongst themselves]], and a mutation rendering the species Force-deaf sent the planet back to the stone age. By the era of Darth Bane, the species is extinct, meaning any hope of recovering the tech is lost forever.
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forever. And as detailed in other ExpandedUniverse works, the Force-powered hyperdrive used by the Rakatans was reverse-engineered by Correllians. Every hyperdrive built since then is based on the resulting designs, and even thousands of years later nobody completely understands the underlying principles of hyperspace.
* ''{{Metroid}}'''s ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'': The Chozo had marvelous technology, widespread over many a planet the player visits in a game, all of which Samus inevitably collects, blows up or uses during the plot to refill her BagOfSpilling. Ditto for Same with their oneshot intergalactic Pen-Pals, the Luminoth. One only has to take a look at one of the few remaining Chozo weapons that is still seeing active service, namely Samus' iconic PoweredArmor, to realize that the Chozo were incredibly powerful.



* The RPG ''DokaponKingdom'' actually has an item CALLED "Lost Technology." It unlocks a new character class, the Robo-Knight--male characters who use it become {{sentai}}-style mechs, while female characters become {{Robot Girl}}s.

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* The RPG ''DokaponKingdom'' ''VideoGame/DokaponKingdom'' actually has an item CALLED "Lost Technology." It unlocks a new character class, the Robo-Knight--male characters who use it become {{sentai}}-style mechs, while female characters become {{Robot Girl}}s.



* The ''JakAndDaxter'' games feature the shiny orange artifacts, structures, and machinery of the Precursors.

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* The ''JakAndDaxter'' ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' games feature the shiny orange artifacts, structures, and machinery of the Precursors.



* The earlier ''ShiningForce'' games features a cast of traditional fantasy warriors, magicians, and creatures battling traditional fantasy evils. Except for the occasional sentient robot that survived through time to help the heroes.

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* The earlier ''ShiningForce'' ''VideoGame/ShiningForce'' games features a cast of traditional fantasy warriors, magicians, and creatures battling traditional fantasy evils. Except for the occasional sentient robot that survived through time to help the heroes.



* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' has [[spoiler: the Pieces of Eden being Lost Technology from a race that preceded humanity as the dominant species, appropriately called the Ones Who Came Before. They're true purpose is as of yet unknown but it may be part of a defense system to protect Earth from a solar flare. It should also be noted that according to Subject 16, they have many varied and versatile uses, since Tesla was planning on making free energy and a free global with the Fourth Apple, while Hitler used it to start WWII.]]

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* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'':
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''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' has [[spoiler: the Pieces of Eden being Lost Technology from a race that preceded humanity as the dominant species, appropriately called the Ones Who Came Before. They're true purpose is as of yet unknown but it may be part of a defense system to protect Earth from a solar flare. It should also be noted that according to Subject 16, they have many varied and versatile uses, since Tesla was planning on making free energy and a free global with the Fourth Apple, while Hitler used it to start WWII.]]
3rd Apr '17 9:12:47 AM MyFinalEdits
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* ''VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn'' is built on this trope, alongside ClarkesThirdLaw. The opening sequence of the game presents robotic animals as just another facet of nature, and everyone, including the tech-phobic Nora, uses parts scavenged from these machines for making clothing, tools, armor, and weapons. Furthermore, the Nora worship something [[spoiler: namely, a giant mechanical door,]] which they call the All-Mother.

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* ''VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn'' is built on this trope, alongside ClarkesThirdLaw. ''VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn'':
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The opening sequence of the game presents robotic animals as just another facet of nature, and everyone, including the tech-phobic Nora, uses parts scavenged from these machines for making clothing, tools, armor, and weapons. Furthermore, the Nora worship something [[spoiler: namely, a giant mechanical door,]] which they call the All-Mother.
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