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8th Nov '17 6:49:19 AM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/FateExtra'': Taken UpToEleven with the Moon Cell, a supercomputer on the Moon. Not a supercomputer built into the Moon, mind you, but the ''entire Moon itself'' is one enormous supercomputer. Carbon dating indicates that the Moon Cell pre-dates even the formation of the Earth, and its data manipulation abilities are so tremendous it qualifies as [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]]. Who built the Moon Cell is a total mystery, and there's only a scant amount of information on why they built it, as it seems to be passively observing everything that has ever happened on Earth. The games' plotlines often focus on people trying to control portions of the Moon Cell's power for their own benefit.
5th Nov '17 1:23:27 AM TitaniumDragon
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* In the ''Fanfic/TriptychContinuum'', the Discordian era destroyed virtually all records and artifacts from before that era. Every once in a while, someone manages to turn up a bit of lost technology, which are all incredibly valuable because they are too complicated to be reproduced and too rare to be disassembled and examined to even try. [[spoiler: In ''A Mark of Appeal'', it is revealed that the Sun and the Moon are both products of the lost ancient civilization.]]
13th Oct '17 3:27:36 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** As part of their construction process, the Romans sacrificed animals and mixed their blood with the concrete, asking their gods to hold up the structure. No Christian would sacrifice an ox to ask Apollo and Dionysius to hold up a building, because it was asking for help from either imaginary beings or evil spirits; no scientist would ask for favors from Apollo and Dionysius either, because it wouldn't work. But it turns out it ''did'' work: the blood aerated the concrete, and aerated concrete wears slower and lasts longer. (Dramatically slower and dramatically longer: many Roman concrete buildings are still perfectly serviceable today, while all concrete buildings built between the end of animal sacrifices for buildings, and the beginning of modern aeration, have already crumbled away.) Aeration was discovered as a formal principle in the 1940s-1950s, and it wasn't long afterwards that people realized that this is what the Roman animal sacrifices did.

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** As part of their construction process, the Romans sacrificed animals and mixed their blood with the concrete, asking their gods to hold up the structure. No Christian would sacrifice an ox to ask Apollo and Dionysius to hold up a building, because it was asking for help from either imaginary beings or evil spirits; no scientist would ask for favors from Apollo and Dionysius either, because it wouldn't work. But it turns out it ''did'' work: [[RightForTheWrongReasons the blood aerated the concrete, and aerated concrete wears slower and lasts longer.longer]]. (Dramatically slower and dramatically longer: many Roman concrete buildings are still perfectly serviceable today, while all concrete buildings built between the end of animal sacrifices for buildings, and the beginning of modern aeration, have already crumbled away.) Aeration was discovered as a formal principle in the 1940s-1950s, and it wasn't long afterwards that people realized that this is what the Roman animal sacrifices did.
13th Oct '17 12:56:59 AM dogman15
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** Thousands of years before the events of ''[[TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'', the Sheikah created countless {{Magitek}} tools and machines to serve the people of Hyrule. [[spoiler:10,000 years before the start of the game, this technology was even used to help the princess and hero of that era defeat Calamity Ganon. However, one of Hyrule's kings feared the technological power of the Sheikah, and banished them from the realm; in response, the still-loyal Sheikah abandoned their technology.]] Nowadays, though even the Sheikah themselves have mostly forgotten the workings of their ancient creations, remnants of their technology can still be found around Hyrule. The very first item Link receives (after awakening from a high-tech-looking [[spoiler: resurrection chamber]], no less) is the Sheikah Slate, a tablet computer with maps, world-manipulating apps (runes, as the game calls them), NFC, and a camera that not only has a zoom function, but also an enemy scanner. Roaming around the world are powerful StarfishRobots known as Guardians, which attack with a laser seemingly unavoidable without cover or speed. And scattered around the world are over a hundred Sheikah shrines, some containing places to download (distill, as the game calls it) apps, and others containing miniature Guardians that are no less fearsome than their overworld counterparts. Also, there are towers throughout the world where Link can download new maps to his tablet, and the tablet's aforementioned NFC capability is used to unlock both shrines and towers. Additionally, the four main dungeons are actually [[spoiler:ancient Sheikah AnimalMecha known as "Divine Beasts"]]. And, a more amusing example, there's an armor set that grants resistance to electricity due to being made of an exotic material whose creation method has been lost to time: [[spoiler:rubber]].

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** Thousands of years before the events of ''[[TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'', the Sheikah created countless {{Magitek}} tools and machines to serve the people of Hyrule. [[spoiler:10,000 years before the start of the game, this technology was even used to help the princess and hero of that era defeat Calamity Ganon. However, one of Hyrule's kings feared the technological power of the Sheikah, and banished them from the realm; in response, the still-loyal Sheikah abandoned their technology.]] Nowadays, though even the Sheikah themselves have mostly forgotten the workings of their ancient creations, remnants of their technology can still be found around Hyrule. The very first item Link receives (after awakening from a high-tech-looking [[spoiler: resurrection chamber]], no less) is the Sheikah Slate, a tablet computer with maps, world-manipulating apps (runes, as the game calls them), NFC, and a camera that not only has a zoom function, but also an enemy scanner. Roaming around the world are powerful StarfishRobots known as Guardians, which attack with a laser seemingly unavoidable without cover or speed. And scattered around the world are over a hundred Sheikah shrines, some containing places to download (distill, as the game calls it) apps, and others containing miniature Guardians that are no less fearsome than their overworld counterparts. Also, there are towers throughout the world where Link can download new maps to his tablet, and the tablet's aforementioned NFC capability is used to unlock both shrines shrines, towers, and towers.some treasure chests. Additionally, the four main dungeons are actually [[spoiler:ancient Sheikah AnimalMecha known as "Divine Beasts"]]. And, a more amusing example, there's an armor set that grants resistance to electricity due to being made of an exotic material whose creation method has been lost to time: [[spoiler:rubber]].
30th Sep '17 5:22:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''The Empire of the East'' and the ''BooksOfSwords'' are set in the distant future of earth, after the collapse of technological civilization and the rise of magic. In ''Empire'', however, [[TheMagicComesBack Technology Comes Back]], or starts to, at any rate. The discovery of some old technological devices, including an atomic-powered battle tank, plays a major role in the story.

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* ''The Empire of the East'' and the ''BooksOfSwords'' ''Literature/BookOfSwords'' are set in the distant future of earth, after the collapse of technological civilization and the rise of magic. In ''Empire'', however, [[TheMagicComesBack Technology Comes Back]], or starts to, at any rate. The discovery of some old technological devices, including an atomic-powered battle tank, plays a major role in the story.
29th Aug '17 11:08:40 AM HalcyonDayz
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*** In general, as warfare escalates, Eldar pull more advanced and rare equipment from their vaults, up to superheavy walkers and grav tanks and Exterminatus grade WMDs. They try to avoid using them because of their rarity and because large scale warfare tends to feed Chaos Gods.

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*** In general, as warfare escalates, Eldar pull more advanced and rare equipment from their vaults, up to superheavy walkers and grav tanks and Exterminatus grade WMDs.[[WeaponOfMassDestruction Weapons Of Mass Destruction]]. They try to avoid using them because of their rarity and because large scale warfare tends to feed Chaos Gods.
26th Aug '17 5:29:44 PM nombretomado
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* ArTonelico is absolutely swarming with semi-lost technology. There are a number of survivors from when the towers were originally built, but nearly everyone else can at most operate the doors and Reyvetail Cosmosphere connections. Controlling [[MechaMooks Tower Guardians]] is right out.

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* ArTonelico ''[[VideoGame/ExaPico Ar tonelico]]'' is absolutely swarming with semi-lost technology. There are a number of survivors from when the towers were originally built, but nearly everyone else can at most operate the doors and Reyvetail Cosmosphere connections. Controlling [[MechaMooks Tower Guardians]] is right out.
23rd Aug '17 5:48:46 AM Wooboo
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** The Brotherhood of Steel are all about enforcing a ban on this trope, collecting and warehousing (though some might call this 'hoarding' instead) dangerous pre-war tech, and use the more low-key versions of it (such as energy weapons and PoweredArmor) to enforce this ban. [[MotiveDecay Or, at least, they used to,]] but between several ideological schisms, branch groups going AWOL and a massive war on the West coast, they have alternatively forgotten their creed or [[KnightTemplar went completely overboard with it]]. In ''New Vegas'' especially, they begin discovering that, like it or not, the world is going to rediscover and use this lost technology and leave their dwindling order behind.
20th Aug '17 12:04:08 AM TitaniumDragon
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[[folder:Urban legend]]
* According to legend, vitrum flexile, or flexible glass, was supposedly invented in the 1st century AD by a Greek whose name has been lost to time. He demonstrated to Emperor Tiberius Caesar that it wouldn't break, only be dented, and could easily be restored with a small hammer. [[HaveYouToldAnyoneElse Tiberius asked if the inventor had told the secret of the flexible glass to anyone else.]] When the inventor confirmed that he was the only one who knew, Tiberius had him executed. He didn't want the flexible glass to devalue gold and silver.
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* Vitrum flexile, or flexible glass, was invented in the 1st century AD by a Greek whose name has been lost to time. He demonstrated to Emperor Tiberius Caesar that it wouldn't break, only be dented, and could easily be restored with a small hammer. [[HaveYouToldAnyoneElse Tiberius asked if the inventor had told the secret of the flexible glass to anyone else.]] When the inventor confirmed that he was the only one who knew, Tiberius had him executed. He didn't want the flexible glass to devalue gold and silver.
9th Aug '17 1:49:09 PM Adeon
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** ScienceMarchesOn: Archeologists now beleive that they are not in fact batteries but were in fact storage vessels for sacred scrolls.
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