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27th Mar '17 1:46:36 PM Abodos
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': the unnamed civilization in the [[ShiftingSandLand Lanayru Desert]] region had built large industrial complexes that produced mining facilities, advanced ships, "Time Stones" capable of locally shifting time, and intelligent autonomous robots maintaining them all. But their unchecked expansion led to the desertification of what was once a region of lush fields and seas and the collapse of their civilization. By the time Link arrives there, he must use the Time Stones in order to shift time back to when things were still functional, and even then he must rely on the robots to work some of the more complex devices.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': at a time when Hyrule produced many advanced technologies, the Sheikah decided to develop a variety of high-tech {{Magitek}} tools to help the future Hero fight Ganon: the [[HumongousMecha Divine Beasts]], the [[StarfishRobots Guardians]], the Shrines, and the Sheikah Slate. Millennia later, when a less advanced Hyrule unearths these things in preparation for Ganon's imminent return, they set up the Divine Beasts and Guardians and try to decipher the Shrine entrances and the Sheikah Slate's runes. They actually do pretty well in putting these artifacts to use, but the fact that Ganon had turned into an EldritchAbomination capable of possessing the Divine Beasts and Guardians and turning them against Hyrule was a major unforeseen factor.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': the unnamed civilization in the [[ShiftingSandLand Lanayru Desert]] region had built large industrial complexes that produced mining facilities, advanced ships, "Time Stones" capable of locally shifting time, and intelligent autonomous robots maintaining them all. But their unchecked expansion led to the desertification of what was once a region of lush fields and seas and the collapse of their civilization. civilization. By the time Link arrives there, he must use the Time Stones in order to shift time back to when things were still functional, and even then he must rely on the robots to work some of the more complex devices.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': at a time when Hyrule produced many advanced technologies, the Sheikah decided to develop a variety of high-tech {{Magitek}} tools to help the future Hero fight Ganon: the [[HumongousMecha Divine Beasts]], the [[StarfishRobots Guardians]], the Shrines, and the Sheikah Slate. Millennia later, when a less advanced Hyrule unearths these things in preparation for Ganon's imminent return, they set up the Divine Beasts and Guardians and try to decipher the Shrine entrances and the Sheikah Slate's runes. runes. They actually do pretty well in putting these artifacts to use, but the fact that Ganon had turned into an EldritchAbomination capable of possessing the Divine Beasts and Guardians and turning them against Hyrule was a major unforeseen factor.
27th Mar '17 1:45:30 PM Abodos
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': the unnamed civilization in the [[ShiftingSandLand Lanayru Desert]] region had built large industrial complexes that produced mining facilities, advanced ships, "Time Stones" capable of locally shifting time, and intelligent autonomous robots maintaining them all. But their unchecked expansion led to the desertification of what was once a region of lush fields and seas and the collapse of their civilization. By the time Link arrives there, he must use the Time Stones in order to shift time back to when things were still functional, and even then he must rely on the robots to work some of the more complex devices.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': at a time when Hyrule produced many advanced technologies, the Sheikah decided to develop a variety of high-tech {{Magitek}} tools to help the future Hero fight Ganon: the [[HumongousMecha Divine Beasts]], the [[StarfishRobots Guardians]], the Shrines, and the Sheikah Slate. Millennia later, when a less advanced Hyrule unearths these things in preparation for Ganon's imminent return, they set up the Divine Beasts and Guardians and try to decipher the Shrine entrances and the Sheikah Slate's runes. They actually do pretty well in putting these artifacts to use, but the fact that Ganon had turned into an EldritchAbomination capable of possessing the Divine Beasts and Guardians and turning them against Hyrule was a major unforeseen factor.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': the unnamed civilization in the [[ShiftingSandLand Lanayru Desert]] region had built large industrial complexes that produced mining facilities, advanced ships, "Time Stones" capable of locally shifting time, and intelligent autonomous robots maintaining them all. But their unchecked expansion led to the desertification of what was once a region of lush fields and seas and the collapse of their civilization. civilization. By the time Link arrives there, he must use the Time Stones in order to shift time back to when things were still functional, and even then he must rely on the robots to work some of the more complex devices.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': at a time when Hyrule produced many advanced technologies, the Sheikah decided to develop a variety of high-tech {{Magitek}} tools to help the future Hero fight Ganon: the [[HumongousMecha Divine Beasts]], the [[StarfishRobots Guardians]], the Shrines, and the Sheikah Slate. Millennia later, when a less advanced Hyrule unearths these things in preparation for Ganon's imminent return, they set up the Divine Beasts and Guardians and try to decipher the Shrine entrances and the Sheikah Slate's runes. runes. They actually do pretty well in putting these artifacts to use, but the fact that Ganon had turned into an EldritchAbomination capable of possessing the Divine Beasts and Guardians and turning them against Hyrule was a major unforeseen factor.
27th Mar '17 1:45:30 PM Abodos
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': the unnamed civilization in the [[ShiftingSandLand Lanayru Desert]] region had built large industrial complexes that produced mining facilities, advanced ships, "Time Stones" capable of locally shifting time, and intelligent autonomous robots maintaining them all. But their unchecked expansion led to the desertification of what was once a region of lush fields and seas and the collapse of their civilization. By the time Link arrives there, he must use the Time Stones in order to shift time back to when things were still functional, and even then he must rely on the robots to work some of the more complex devices.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': at a time when Hyrule produced many advanced technologies, the Sheikah decided to develop a variety of high-tech {{Magitek}} tools to help the future Hero fight Ganon: the [[HumongousMecha Divine Beasts]], the [[StarfishRobots Guardians]], the Shrines, and the Sheikah Slate. Millennia later, when a less advanced Hyrule unearths these things in preparation for Ganon's imminent return, they set up the Divine Beasts and Guardians and try to decipher the Shrine entrances and the Sheikah Slate's runes. They actually do pretty well in putting these artifacts to use, but the fact that Ganon had turned into an EldritchAbomination capable of possessing the Divine Beasts and Guardians and turning them against Hyrule was a major unforeseen factor.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': the unnamed civilization in the [[ShiftingSandLand Lanayru Desert]] region had built large industrial complexes that produced mining facilities, advanced ships, "Time Stones" capable of locally shifting time, and intelligent autonomous robots maintaining them all. But their unchecked expansion led to the desertification of what was once a region of lush fields and seas and the collapse of their civilization. civilization. By the time Link arrives there, he must use the Time Stones in order to shift time back to when things were still functional, and even then he must rely on the robots to work some of the more complex devices.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': at a time when Hyrule produced many advanced technologies, the Sheikah decided to develop a variety of high-tech {{Magitek}} tools to help the future Hero fight Ganon: the [[HumongousMecha Divine Beasts]], the [[StarfishRobots Guardians]], the Shrines, and the Sheikah Slate. Millennia later, when a less advanced Hyrule unearths these things in preparation for Ganon's imminent return, they set up the Divine Beasts and Guardians and try to decipher the Shrine entrances and the Sheikah Slate's runes. runes. They actually do pretty well in putting these artifacts to use, but the fact that Ganon had turned into an EldritchAbomination capable of possessing the Divine Beasts and Guardians and turning them against Hyrule was a major unforeseen factor.
27th Mar '17 1:45:29 PM Abodos
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': the unnamed civilization in the [[ShiftingSandLand Lanayru Desert]] region had built large industrial complexes that produced mining facilities, advanced ships, "Time Stones" capable of locally shifting time, and intelligent autonomous robots maintaining them all. But their unchecked expansion led to the desertification of what was once a region of lush fields and seas and the collapse of their civilization. By the time Link arrives there, he must use the Time Stones in order to shift time back to when things were still functional, and even then he must rely on the robots to work some of the more complex devices.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': at a time when Hyrule produced many advanced technologies, the Sheikah decided to develop a variety of high-tech {{Magitek}} tools to help the future Hero fight Ganon: the [[HumongousMecha Divine Beasts]], the [[StarfishRobots Guardians]], the Shrines, and the Sheikah Slate. Millennia later, when a less advanced Hyrule unearths these things in preparation for Ganon's imminent return, they set up the Divine Beasts and Guardians and try to decipher the Shrine entrances and the Sheikah Slate's runes. They actually do pretty well in putting these artifacts to use, but the fact that Ganon had turned into an EldritchAbomination capable of possessing the Divine Beasts and Guardians and turning them against Hyrule was a major unforeseen factor.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': the unnamed civilization in the [[ShiftingSandLand Lanayru Desert]] region had built large industrial complexes that produced mining facilities, advanced ships, "Time Stones" capable of locally shifting time, and intelligent autonomous robots maintaining them all. But their unchecked expansion led to the desertification of what was once a region of lush fields and seas and the collapse of their civilization. civilization. By the time Link arrives there, he must use the Time Stones in order to shift time back to when things were still functional, and even then he must rely on the robots to work some of the more complex devices.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': at a time when Hyrule produced many advanced technologies, the Sheikah decided to develop a variety of high-tech {{Magitek}} tools to help the future Hero fight Ganon: the [[HumongousMecha Divine Beasts]], the [[StarfishRobots Guardians]], the Shrines, and the Sheikah Slate. Millennia later, when a less advanced Hyrule unearths these things in preparation for Ganon's imminent return, they set up the Divine Beasts and Guardians and try to decipher the Shrine entrances and the Sheikah Slate's runes. runes. They actually do pretty well in putting these artifacts to use, but the fact that Ganon had turned into an EldritchAbomination capable of possessing the Divine Beasts and Guardians and turning them against Hyrule was a major unforeseen factor.
27th Mar '17 1:45:29 PM Abodos
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': the unnamed civilization in the [[ShiftingSandLand Lanayru Desert]] region had built large industrial complexes that produced mining facilities, advanced ships, "Time Stones" capable of locally shifting time, and intelligent autonomous robots maintaining them all. But their unchecked expansion led to the desertification of what was once a region of lush fields and seas and the collapse of their civilization. By the time Link arrives there, he must use the Time Stones in order to shift time back to when things were still functional, and even then he must rely on the robots to work some of the more complex devices.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': at a time when Hyrule produced many advanced technologies, the Sheikah decided to develop a variety of high-tech {{Magitek}} tools to help the future Hero fight Ganon: the [[HumongousMecha Divine Beasts]], the [[StarfishRobots Guardians]], the Shrines, and the Sheikah Slate. Millennia later, when a less advanced Hyrule unearths these things in preparation for Ganon's imminent return, they set up the Divine Beasts and Guardians and try to decipher the Shrine entrances and the Sheikah Slate's runes. They actually do pretty well in putting these artifacts to use, but the fact that Ganon had turned into an EldritchAbomination capable of possessing the Divine Beasts and Guardians and turning them against Hyrule was a major unforeseen factor.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': the unnamed civilization in the [[ShiftingSandLand Lanayru Desert]] region had built large industrial complexes that produced mining facilities, advanced ships, "Time Stones" capable of locally shifting time, and intelligent autonomous robots maintaining them all. But their unchecked expansion led to the desertification of what was once a region of lush fields and seas and the collapse of their civilization. civilization. By the time Link arrives there, he must use the Time Stones in order to shift time back to when things were still functional, and even then he must rely on the robots to work some of the more complex devices.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': at a time when Hyrule produced many advanced technologies, the Sheikah decided to develop a variety of high-tech {{Magitek}} tools to help the future Hero fight Ganon: the [[HumongousMecha Divine Beasts]], the [[StarfishRobots Guardians]], the Shrines, and the Sheikah Slate. Millennia later, when a less advanced Hyrule unearths these things in preparation for Ganon's imminent return, they set up the Divine Beasts and Guardians and try to decipher the Shrine entrances and the Sheikah Slate's runes. runes. They actually do pretty well in putting these artifacts to use, but the fact that Ganon had turned into an EldritchAbomination capable of possessing the Divine Beasts and Guardians and turning them against Hyrule was a major unforeseen factor.
27th Mar '17 1:44:24 PM Abodos
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* Throughout ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', the plot has involved several technologically advanced civilizations in the distant past who either disappeared or lost their knowledge of their tech, leaving the advanced artifacts behind for Link and others to figure out and use:
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': the unnamed civilization in the [[ShiftingSandLand Lanayru Desert]] region had built large industrial complexes that produced mining facilities, advanced ships, "Time Stones" capable of locally shifting time, and intelligent autonomous robots maintaining them all. But their unchecked expansion led to the desertification of what was once a region of lush fields and seas and the collapse of their civilization. By the time Link arrives there, he must use the Time Stones in order to shift time back to when things were still functional, and even then he must rely on the robots to work some of the more complex devices.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': at a time when Hyrule produced many advanced technologies, the Sheikah decided to develop a variety of high-tech {{Magitek}} tools to help the future Hero fight Ganon: the [[HumongousMecha Divine Beasts]], the [[StarfishRobots Guardians]], the Shrines, and the Sheikah Slate. Millennia later, when a less advanced Hyrule unearths these things in preparation for Ganon's imminent return, they set up the Divine Beasts and Guardians and try to decipher the Shrine entrances and the Sheikah Slate's runes. They actually do pretty well in putting these artifacts to use, but the fact that Ganon had turned into an EldritchAbomination capable of possessing the Divine Beasts and Guardians and turning them against Hyrule was a major unforeseen factor.
22nd Mar '17 5:03:51 PM ImpudentInfidel
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*** In the backstory the technology Humans used to colonize the galaxy was deliberately designed to allow this. The SCP systems that contained all the plans for things colonies might need were themselves incredibly advanced technology based on a deep understanding of physics, but the plans they produced were cunningly designed so that no particular understanding or even mechanical skill was needed to build even the most advanced of technologies. All of these systems, and the knowledge behind them, were lost in a galactic Dark Age more than ten thousand years previous. This makes intact printouts the most valuable things in the galaxy, and a working system is practically the Holy Grail.
19th Mar '17 9:43:11 AM ElSquibbonator
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* In Stephen King's book ''Literature/TheTommyknockers'', the titular aliens (and the people who are transformed into them) create devices that have incredible power, but which they have no philosophical or ethical insight into. As the main protagonist puts it, they're "Thomas Edisons rather than Albert Einsteins".
18th Mar '17 8:18:39 AM erforce
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* A partial example in ''[[WebOriginal/StarWreck Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning]]'', where Pirk, Dwarf, and Info are stuck on modern-day Earth after traveling from their own time. When the FirstContact with the Vulgars is messed up by a rock star (the Vulgars are too busy partying and doing drugs), Pirk takes it upon himself to establish the P-Fleet by using a bunch of disgruntled Russians to build the CPP ''Kickstart'' ({{Expy}} of the ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]''-E) based on Info's remembered plans and the Vulgar AntiMatter reactor. He then allies with the Russian President and retools the Russian military with futuristic technology, quickly conquering the world and establishing the P-Union with himself as TheEmperor. However, Info reveals that the comparatively low level of human technology means that the ship's systems are not up to their usual standarts (due to impurities in AntiMatter, the ''Kickstart'' can only go to "twist" factor 2). As such, despite Pirk using the resources of the entire world to build a space station and dozens of ships, they lack the power to actually reach other stars in any reasonable amount of time (years at best). The CPP ''Kalinka'' (an {{Expy}} of the original ''Enterprise'') looks so crappy compared to the ''Kickstart'' because they ran out of good-quality materials and had to make due. During the SpaceBattle, the ''Kalinka'' sustains damage despite the fact that it was ''never fired upon''. Hell, the enemy doesn't even bother attacking the rustbucket, figuring it'll fall apart on its own. Pirk's entire reason for invading the [[spoiler:[[Series/BabylonFive Babel-13]] universe]] is to conquer habitable planets and get more resources.

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* A partial example in ''[[WebOriginal/StarWreck Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning]]'', ''Film/StarWreckInThePirkinning'', where Pirk, Dwarf, and Info are stuck on modern-day Earth after traveling from their own time. When the FirstContact with the Vulgars is messed up by a rock star (the Vulgars are too busy partying and doing drugs), Pirk takes it upon himself to establish the P-Fleet by using a bunch of disgruntled Russians to build the CPP ''Kickstart'' ({{Expy}} of the ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]''-E) based on Info's remembered plans and the Vulgar AntiMatter reactor. He then allies with the Russian President and retools the Russian military with futuristic technology, quickly conquering the world and establishing the P-Union with himself as TheEmperor. However, Info reveals that the comparatively low level of human technology means that the ship's systems are not up to their usual standarts (due to impurities in AntiMatter, the ''Kickstart'' can only go to "twist" factor 2). As such, despite Pirk using the resources of the entire world to build a space station and dozens of ships, they lack the power to actually reach other stars in any reasonable amount of time (years at best). The CPP ''Kalinka'' (an {{Expy}} of the original ''Enterprise'') looks so crappy compared to the ''Kickstart'' because they ran out of good-quality materials and had to make due. During the SpaceBattle, the ''Kalinka'' sustains damage despite the fact that it was ''never fired upon''. Hell, the enemy doesn't even bother attacking the rustbucket, figuring it'll fall apart on its own. Pirk's entire reason for invading the [[spoiler:[[Series/BabylonFive Babel-13]] universe]] is to conquer habitable planets and get more resources.



* The Jedi of StarWars kind of subvert this. The galaxy around them may have reached the pinnacle of technological development, but they stick to (comparatively) lower tech and chivalric ancient customs... because they're ''more'' civilized than the current ones. [[spoiler: Whiiiiiiich comes to bite them in the ass. Just because you cling rigidly to custom doesn't mean your archenemies have to. The Sith actually become more successful once they ditch the Evil Wizard schtick and become modern politicians.]]

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* The Jedi of StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars'' kind of subvert this. The galaxy around them may have reached the pinnacle of technological development, but they stick to (comparatively) lower tech and chivalric ancient customs... because they're ''more'' civilized than the current ones. [[spoiler: Whiiiiiiich comes to bite them in the ass. Just because you cling rigidly to custom doesn't mean your archenemies have to. The Sith actually become more successful once they ditch the Evil Wizard schtick and become modern politicians.]]
12th Mar '17 12:33:26 PM Kimera128
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* The Pylons from ''Series/LandOfTheLost'' are remnants of a past civilization yet are more advanced than anything the Sleestaks could create.

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* The Pylons from ''Series/LandOfTheLost'' ''Series/LandOfTheLost1974'' are remnants of a past civilization yet are more advanced than anything the Sleestaks could create.
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