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12th Mar '17 7:46:56 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' is an unusual example of this Trope being invoked: as a side-effect of the Church decrying King Arthur's Court and deciding to decimate everything and everybody involved with it for their blasphemy; they destroy all of the technology and knowledge that "The Boss" (the titular Yankee, who has [[BringingRadioToTheRomans Brought Radio To The Romans]] and caused an industrial revolution several hundred years early) has made.
12th Mar '17 7:40:28 PM marcoasalazarm
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* Anything more advanced than a lighter in ''{{Rifts}}'' is either lost technology or reverse-enigeered from lost tech. The Glitter Boy is a shining example of both - not only do most of the suits in existence come from before the Cataclysm, but the only new ones come from Free Quebec, who managed to work out their mechanics. The exception being {{Magitek}}, the vast majority of which is imported from other worlds and/or dimensions; most notably the [[EldritchAbomination Splugorths]] via Atlantis. Or home-built by Techno-Mages, who are VERY prominent in the setting.

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* Anything more advanced than a lighter in ''{{Rifts}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' is either lost technology or reverse-enigeered from lost tech. The Glitter Boy is a shining example of both - not only do most of the suits in existence come from before the Cataclysm, but the only new ones come from Free Quebec, who managed to work out their mechanics. The exception being {{Magitek}}, the vast majority of which is imported from other worlds and/or dimensions; most notably the [[EldritchAbomination Splugorths]] via Atlantis. Or home-built by Techno-Mages, who are VERY prominent in the setting.


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* ''TabletopGame/{{Numenera}}'': The titular devices are the remnants of ''various'' examples of the "AndManGrewProud" version of TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt (eight times over, the game setting being the "Ninth" World) that have some amount of RagnarokProofing... and even then, the majority of them only have one use left in them before they short out forever.
10th Mar '17 11:23:36 AM Eddy1215
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' had this by the truckload, most of it left behind by the enigmatic Great Gummis. The modern Gummis had some of it - like the Quick Tunnels - from the start and could use others as the series progressed, but they kept finding more and more powerful stuff, like the [[CoolBoat Gumarine]] and [[WaveMotionGun Gummi-Scope]]. Not even they were able to figure out how all of it worked, and a lot of it ended up destroyed. (Which was often for the best, ironically.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' had this by the truckload, most of it left behind by the enigmatic Great Gummis. The modern Gummis had some of it - like the Quick Tunnels - from the start and could use others as the series progressed, but they kept finding more and more powerful stuff, like the [[CoolBoat Gumarine]] and [[WaveMotionGun Gummi-Scope]].Gummi]][[PowerOfTheSun -Scope]]. Not even they were able to figure out how all of it worked, and a lot of it ended up destroyed. (Which ([[NoManShouldHaveThisPower Which was often for the best, ironically.ironically]].)
23rd Feb '17 12:12:10 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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[[caption-width-right:320:With adequate RagnarokProofing, a SealedBadassInACan is sure to awaken and heed the CallToAdventure.]]
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[[caption-width-right:320:With [[caption-width-right:309:With adequate RagnarokProofing, a SealedBadassInACan is sure to awaken and heed the CallToAdventure.]]
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21st Feb '17 5:29:39 PM Gosicrystal
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** The Enlightened Ones of Zeal in 12,000 BC use {{Magitek}} that no era, not even the future, can match. However, when [[AndManGrewProud Man Grew Proud]] and Zeal fell from the skies, the knowledge of Zeal was LostForever. Though relics from the Dark Ages survive, such as the Masamune, the Sun Stone and the Pendant of the Guardia royal family, the power of magic was lost to humans, {{Magitek}} was never rediscovered, and technology in the future went down a purely nonmagical path.

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** The Enlightened Ones of Zeal in 12,000 BC use {{Magitek}} that no era, not even the future, can match. However, when [[AndManGrewProud Man Grew Proud]] and Zeal fell from the skies, the knowledge of Zeal was LostForever.lost. Though relics from the Dark Ages survive, such as the Masamune, the Sun Stone and the Pendant of the Guardia royal family, the power of magic was lost to humans, {{Magitek}} was never rediscovered, and technology in the future went down a purely nonmagical path.
12th Feb '17 9:52:33 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Valyrian steel can be reworked by experts, but no one knows how to make it anymore.
5th Feb '17 3:00:03 PM StarSword
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* ''Literature/TheCitizenSeries'': It's indicated that a lot of old Earth ("Third Civilization") knowledge has been lost, leading to a certain degree of SchizoTech between the Home Worlds, the colonies, and especially the Riders who have devolved back to Stone Age nomadic hunter-gatherers. Destry comes up with several innovations (for example, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII fighter plane doctrines applied to frame fighting) by going over surviving historical records.
23rd Jan '17 1:28:51 AM DeepRed
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* In 1986, the BBC Domesday Project implemented a fully interactive and searchable database of the Domesday census books. The project's hardware used an Acorn BBC Master System which was state-of-the-art in its day, but was not widely purchased by the British public. As years passed, [[TechnologyMarchesOn machines that could read the project were becoming rare]], and fears of digital obsolescence [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes spurred on efforts to preserve it and make it accessible from the Internet]].

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* In 1986, the BBC Domesday Project implemented a fully interactive and searchable database of the Domesday census books. The project's hardware used an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Master Acorn BBC Master System System]] which was state-of-the-art in its day, but was not widely purchased by the British public. As years passed, [[TechnologyMarchesOn machines that could read the project were becoming rare]], and fears of digital obsolescence [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes spurred on efforts to preserve it and make it accessible from the Internet]].
21st Jan '17 7:05:20 PM DeepRed
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* In 1986, the BBC Domesday Project implemented a fully interactive and searchable database of the Domesday census books. The project's hardware used an Acorn BBC Master System which was state-of-the-art in its day, but was not widely purchased by the British public. As years passed, machines that could read the project were becoming rare, and fears of digital obsolescence spurred on efforts to preserve it and make it accessible from the Internet.

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* In 1986, the BBC Domesday Project implemented a fully interactive and searchable database of the Domesday census books. The project's hardware used an Acorn BBC Master System which was state-of-the-art in its day, but was not widely purchased by the British public. As years passed, [[TechnologyMarchesOn machines that could read the project were becoming rare, rare]], and fears of digital obsolescence [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes spurred on efforts to preserve it and make it accessible from the Internet.Internet]].
21st Jan '17 7:03:26 PM DeepRed
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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. 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]] was sunk, the company broke apart.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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