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8th Feb '16 10:35:22 PM Arivne
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*** Sea of Five Winds hex 1828. A usable periscope lies under a table in a partially burnt cottage.

*** Lenap Idyllic Isles hex 2410. A dangerously operational steam locomotive is in a crumbled temple.
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*** Lenap Idyllic Isles hex 2410. A dangerously operational "dangerously operational" steam locomotive is in a crumbled temple.

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*** Lenap Idyllic Isles hex 2410. A dangerously operational steam locomotive is in 4912. Beneath a crumbled temple.tower are six deep-sea diving suits and twelve oxygen tanks.
8th Feb '16 5:24:53 PM MarkLungo
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* GotzVonBerlichingen, the knight most renowned for his wit due to [[Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe Goethe's]] [[Theatre/GotzVonBerlichingen homonymous play]], had a mechanical prosthetic iron hand to replace [[HandicappedBadass his right hand and forearm lost in combat]]. It was so advanced anatomically that it could handle the reins of a horse, the shaft of a lance, a playing card and even a feather quill to write a letter. But there was one thing the 16th century lacked -- the energy source (springs would be either too weak or too big) -- the hand needed first to be tightened by the other hand around the object to be handled.
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* GotzVonBerlichingen, UsefulNotes/GotzVonBerlichingen, the knight most renowned for his wit due to [[Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe Goethe's]] [[Theatre/GotzVonBerlichingen homonymous play]], had a mechanical prosthetic iron hand to replace [[HandicappedBadass his right hand and forearm lost in combat]]. It was so advanced anatomically that it could handle the reins of a horse, the shaft of a lance, a playing card and even a feather quill to write a letter. But there was one thing the 16th century lacked -- the energy source (springs would be either too weak or too big) -- the hand needed first to be tightened by the other hand around the object to be handled.
4th Feb '16 11:59:31 AM Nargrakhan
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** The Romans had used concrete to create buildings with domes. Once the Western Roman Empire fell, no large-domed buildings were able to be built until Brunelleschi's Cathedral of Florence was completed in the Renaissance. There were domes in the Middle East before the Renaissance, however, as they were inspired by the Hagia Sophia and other Byzantine churches. One of the reasons the secret of concrete was lost was because the Romans used a specific type of Italian volcanic ash as a binding agent. Attempts to duplicate the concrete recipe without access to that ash would fail, until a substitute was developed in the 1600s. Even modern concrete isn't quite as durable as the Roman type; some Roman buildings are still standing after 13 centuries or more.[[note]]It's not that modern chemistry cannot replicate concrete mix stronger than the Romans -- there are concrete missile bunkers from the 1960's that can survive low yield nuclear strikes -- it's simply not cost effective for most building construction codes to meet those standards. In addition, steel beams and rebar are used to reinforce lower quality concrete in heavy duty modern buildings, which ultimately make them equal or stronger to Roman concrete... especially in locations that have must withstand earthquake and tsunami (see Japan for multiple examples).[[/note]]
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** The Romans had used concrete to create buildings with domes. Once the Western Roman Empire fell, no large-domed buildings were able to be built until Brunelleschi's Cathedral of Florence was completed in the Renaissance. There were domes in the Middle East before the Renaissance, however, as they were inspired by the Hagia Sophia and other Byzantine churches. One of the reasons the secret of concrete was lost was because the Romans used a specific type of Italian volcanic ash as a binding agent. Attempts to duplicate the concrete recipe without access to that ash would fail, until a substitute was developed in the 1600s. Even modern concrete isn't quite as durable as the Roman type; some Roman buildings are still standing after 13 centuries or more.[[note]]It's not that modern chemistry cannot replicate concrete mix stronger than the Romans -- there are concrete missile bunkers from the 1960's that can survive low yield nuclear strikes -- it's simply not cost effective for most building construction codes to meet those standards. In addition, steel beams and rebar (which Roman engineering did not utilize) are used to reinforce lower quality concrete in heavy duty modern buildings, which ultimately make them equal or stronger to Roman concrete... especially in locations that have must withstand earthquake earthquakes and tsunami (see Japan for multiple examples).[[/note]]

* The A-10 Thunderbolt, only 715 of which were made, and in part has NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup ([[http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/a-10-maintenance.htm see here]]; the plans existed, but many of them were thrown away after the subcontractors went out of business), so there was a time when spare parts have to be scavenged from non-functioning planes.[[note]]It's no secret that Generals of the US Air Force have long desired to keep replication of the A-10 lost, with their greater intentions to terminate the warplane's program entirety (for a laundry list of reasons and counterarguments too long to mention). To their dissatisfaction, pushback from politicians and ground soldiers saved by the A-10 has led to Congressional funding for reverse engineering of the A-10 blue prints to construct new parts. Boeing for example, [[http://www.boeing.com/defense/support/a-10-wing-replacement-program/index.page currently constructs new wings]]. Motor and electronic components are also being manufactured by other defense contractors, though the list gets hazier due to military secrets.[[/note]]
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* The A-10 Thunderbolt, only 715 of which were made, and in part has NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup ([[http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/a-10-maintenance.htm see here]]; the plans existed, but many of them were thrown away after the subcontractors went out of business), so there was a time when spare parts have had to be scavenged from non-functioning planes.[[note]]It's no secret that Generals of the US Air Force have long desired to keep replication of the A-10 lost, with their greater intentions to terminate the warplane's program entirety (for a laundry list of reasons and counterarguments too long to mention). To their dissatisfaction, pushback from politicians and ground soldiers saved by the A-10 has led to Congressional funding for reverse engineering of the A-10 blue prints to construct new parts. Boeing for example, [[http://www.boeing.com/defense/support/a-10-wing-replacement-program/index.page currently constructs new wings]]. Motor and electronic components are also being manufactured by other defense contractors, though the list gets hazier due to military secrets.[[/note]]
3rd Feb '16 5:06:56 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''VideoGame/HomeworldDesertsOfKharak'' involves a search for the Primary Anomaly in the middle of a great desert, a site where a satellite has detected metal similar in composition to the debris orbiting Kharak and a power source, whose level rivals Kharak's sun. By that point, the Kharakian people have known for a while that they're not native to this world, but they have forgotten that they have originally come to this world as exiles, forbidden to ever leave again.
28th Jan '16 10:21:42 AM Willbyr
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* ''Anime/GunXSword'' is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''{{Trigun}}'' and also uses this. Two examples are the feuding sisters [[spoiler: who turn out to be clones whose father actually saw them as experiments not children, and neither they nor the other characters know what the word clone means]] and that [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic cross puzzle Van tries to open]] which turns out to be an electromagnetic shield for his mecha.
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* ''Anime/GunXSword'' is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''{{Trigun}}'' ''Trigun'' and also uses this. Two examples are the feuding sisters [[spoiler: who turn out to be clones whose father actually saw them as experiments not children, and neither they nor the other characters know what the word clone means]] and that [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic cross puzzle Van tries to open]] which turns out to be an electromagnetic shield for his mecha.
21st Jan '16 8:29:25 PM Adept
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* In ''MurderPrincess'', the Lost Technology is actually ''called'' Lost Technology, proper noun. [[spoiler:All of the world's "magic" and monsters, as well as the heroine's two companions, were born from Lost Technology, and when its "central processing unit" is destroyed [[NoOntologicalInertia so is everything it created]].]]
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* In ''MurderPrincess'', ''Manga/MurderPrincess'', the Lost Technology is actually ''called'' Lost Technology, proper noun. [[spoiler:All of the world's "magic" and monsters, as well as the heroine's two companions, were born from Lost Technology, and when its "central processing unit" is destroyed [[NoOntologicalInertia so is everything it created]].]]
13th Jan '16 8:03:00 PM Arivne
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** ''Revised Guide to the City State'' (of the Invincible Overlord). The contents of the Hell-Bridge Temple treasury include two walkie-talkies, each charged for 10 uses.

*** Idyllic Isles of the Ebony Coast hex 4506. A high tech artifact powered by geothermal energy that projects a laser {{Hologram}} of an elven princess. * Averted in ''MutantChronicles''. While the general tech level of the far future is equivalent to that of the 1950s (with some exceptions) this is not because technology is lost, but because electronic devices, especially those with integrated circuits, are an open door for the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s of the setting. Blueprints and drawings of pre-regression devices are carefully preserved and copied, and the theory behind them is well understood. As soon as humanity finds a way to keep the BigBad out, restoring everything from home computers to {{Kill Sat}}s will take take no more than a few months.
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*** Idyllic Isles of the Ebony Coast hex 4506. A high tech artifact powered by geothermal energy that projects a laser {{Hologram}} {{hologram}} of an elven princess. * Averted in ''MutantChronicles''.''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles''. While the general tech level of the far future is equivalent to that of the 1950s (with some exceptions) this is not because technology is lost, but because electronic devices, especially those with integrated circuits, are an open door for the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s of the setting. Blueprints and drawings of pre-regression devices are carefully preserved and copied, and the theory behind them is well understood. As soon as humanity finds a way to keep the BigBad out, restoring everything from home computers to {{Kill Sat}}s will take take no more than a few months.
7th Jan '16 11:02:26 AM nombretomado
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* In ''SoRaNoWoTo'' only 10 [[SpiderTank Tamekicaduchis]] are left, and it takes a TeenGenius to make one operational.
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* In ''SoRaNoWoTo'' ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'' only 10 [[SpiderTank Tamekicaduchis]] are left, and it takes a TeenGenius to make one operational.
2nd Jan '16 9:24:50 PM Vios
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* In ''Literature/ThePillarsOfReality'', this has gradually happened. The technology possessed by the Mechanics is better when it's older (provided it has been maintained), because newer attempts to duplicate it tend to be inferior. Each succeeding generation has less and less understanding of it.
29th Dec '15 4:06:38 PM MyFinalEdits
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** Avro flying cars and related "flying saucers" that were projected for US military were evolutionary dead end: they literally could not fly any more than a few feet off ground. Their technology was not lost: they became the basis of the modern hovercraft.
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