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22nd Mar '17 11:20:26 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** Sister Mary Godwinson, leader of the fanatically fundamentalist Protestant Lord's Believers, worries about this in the quote for the "Self-Aware Colony" Secret Project but the project only allows for the cities to act as an extra worker and police.
-->''Will we next create false gods to rule over us? How proud we have become, and how blind.'' Sister Miriam Godwinson, "We Must Dissent"
19th Mar '17 9:48:09 AM nombretomado
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* TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'s technological cult of fanatics, (Pre-Reformation) [=ComStar=]/Word of Blake, ironically started as just the fallen Star League's communications bureau, but eventually became a cult whose creed is to preserve technology (read: hoard technology and destroy that of the Successor States) from those who would abuse it (the above mentioned Successor States and really anyone that isn't [=ComStar=] or under their [[strike: thumb]] guidance) at all costs (including theft, arson, assassination of scientists, and even nearly triggering war between the 'States). When the leadership started a trend towards secularism and technological progress, there was a great schism and the fanatical Word of Blake zealots were formed.

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* TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'s ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'''s technological cult of fanatics, (Pre-Reformation) [=ComStar=]/Word of Blake, ironically started as just the fallen Star League's communications bureau, but eventually became a cult whose creed is to preserve technology (read: hoard technology and destroy that of the Successor States) from those who would abuse it (the above mentioned Successor States and really anyone that isn't [=ComStar=] or under their [[strike: thumb]] guidance) at all costs (including theft, arson, assassination of scientists, and even nearly triggering war between the 'States). When the leadership started a trend towards secularism and technological progress, there was a great schism and the fanatical Word of Blake zealots were formed.



* The NewWorldOfDarkness has a strange variant involving the God-Machine, the occult supercomputer that seems to have overlaid itself onto all existence. While its operations are usually hidden from the eyes of the world, every so often, a piece of Infrastructure springs from the landscape. Those who gaze upon it are changed, becoming mutant "stigmatics" who are more likely to obey the wishes of the God-Machine and its angels-assuming that the angels don't just set up a ScamReligon for their own purposes. For its part, the God-Machine views its cultists as [[WeHaveReserves less valuable workers]] than its angels and sees them as tools to be thrown at a problem. [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent Fallen angels]] tend to value them more, but they form cults largely for practical purposes, ie an easy source of [[DealWithTheDevil pacts]] and a source of income plus minions.

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* The NewWorldOfDarkness ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' has a strange variant involving the God-Machine, the occult supercomputer that seems to have overlaid itself onto all existence. While its operations are usually hidden from the eyes of the world, every so often, a piece of Infrastructure springs from the landscape. Those who gaze upon it are changed, becoming mutant "stigmatics" who are more likely to obey the wishes of the God-Machine and its angels-assuming that the angels don't just set up a ScamReligon for their own purposes. For its part, the God-Machine views its cultists as [[WeHaveReserves less valuable workers]] than its angels and sees them as tools to be thrown at a problem. [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent Fallen angels]] tend to value them more, but they form cults largely for practical purposes, ie an easy source of [[DealWithTheDevil pacts]] and a source of income plus minions.
2nd Mar '17 5:38:23 PM Zaptech
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** As weird and scary as the Mechanicus and their worship of the Omnissiah and the Machine Spirit is, there's disturbing indications that [[TheCuckooLanderWasRight they're totally right]] to worship their machines. The "machine spirits" aren't just some religious nonsense; every piece of Imperium technology has fragments of artificial intelligence in them, and [[AIIsACrapshoot failing to placate these unstable AI systems can genuinely cause them to go haywire]], and neglecting sanctification rituals can [[DemonicPossession potentially cause the machine spirit to be corrupted by Chaos.]]
2nd Mar '17 5:32:50 PM Zaptech
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** Most of them are also kleptomaniacs who have to be dissuaded at ''gunpoint'' from taking whatever piece of technology they like - be it a holy relic or ''a tomb full of frakking Necrons''.
** Sometimes [[TooDumbToLive the gun isn't enough incentive for them to keep their hands to themselves]].
** And it isn't necessarily their hands you should be keeping an eye on...

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** Most of them are also kleptomaniacs who have to be dissuaded at ''gunpoint'' from taking whatever piece of technology they like - be it a holy relic or ''a tomb full of frakking Necrons''.
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Necrons''. Sometimes [[TooDumbToLive the gun isn't enough incentive for them to keep their hands to themselves]].
** And it isn't necessarily their hands you should be keeping an eye on...
themselves]].



*** Funnily enough, the Emperor of Mankind seems to have always been an atheist and a proponent of rationality and materialism, along with scientific principles. His original edicts (the Imperial Truth) were later defiled by the religious people (most likely acting on the instructions of the Chaos gods), most notably one of his 20 sons, who forced the Imperial Creed on the human planets they reclaimed, instead of the correct Imperial Truth. Thus it can be confirmed that everyone else but the Space Marines are heretics, because they go against His will.
23rd Feb '17 9:45:40 PM Leliel
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* The NewWorldOfDarkness has a strange variant involving the God-Machine, the occult supercomputer that seems to have overlaid itself onto all existence. While its operations are usually hidden from the eyes of the world, every so often, a piece of Infrastructure springs from the landscape. Those who gaze upon it are changed, becoming mutant "stigmatics" who are more likely to obey the wishes of the God-Machine and its angels.

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* The NewWorldOfDarkness has a strange variant involving the God-Machine, the occult supercomputer that seems to have overlaid itself onto all existence. While its operations are usually hidden from the eyes of the world, every so often, a piece of Infrastructure springs from the landscape. Those who gaze upon it are changed, becoming mutant "stigmatics" who are more likely to obey the wishes of the God-Machine and its angels. angels-assuming that the angels don't just set up a ScamReligon for their own purposes. For its part, the God-Machine views its cultists as [[WeHaveReserves less valuable workers]] than its angels and sees them as tools to be thrown at a problem. [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent Fallen angels]] tend to value them more, but they form cults largely for practical purposes, ie an easy source of [[DealWithTheDevil pacts]] and a source of income plus minions.
20th Feb '17 8:08:34 PM CosmicFerret
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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' setting of ''DungeonsAndDragons'', this is the goal of the Cult of the Becoming God, a group of warforged[[note]]{{Magitek}} robots[[/note]] who want to ''create'' their own deity (given [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve the nature of religion in Eberron]], their goal might actually be achievable).

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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' setting of ''DungeonsAndDragons'', ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', this is the goal of the Cult of the Becoming God, a group of warforged[[note]]{{Magitek}} robots[[/note]] who want to ''create'' their own deity (given [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve the nature of religion in Eberron]], their goal might actually be achievable).
15th Jan '17 12:23:19 PM Xtifr
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* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Literature/TheStarchildTrilogy''. No one actually ''worships'' the [[MasterComputer Planning Machine]], but the technicians who work most closely with it are expected to give up their former lives and devote themselves to the machine. When they enter training, they are called "acolytes", and once they graduate, they are given the title "Brother" or "Sister" (like monks or nuns), they recieve a neural implant called a "communion plate" in their foreheads, and they are given a set of sonic beads which they "tell" (like rosary beads) to communicate with the machine at a distance.
26th Dec '16 10:49:52 PM Xtifr
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* In one episode of ''{{Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future}}'', Lord Dredd was dictating what sounded like it was supposed to be a Bio-Dredd Bible.

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* In one episode of ''{{Captain ''Series/{{Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future}}'', Lord Dredd was dictating what sounded like it was supposed to be a Bio-Dredd Bible.
18th Dec '16 2:23:16 PM DaRatBastid
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', while it's never outrighted ''stated'', The Chancellor's speech in the newsreel reeks of this, even stating at one point to "praise this new technology". [[AIIsACrapshoot Naturally, it all goes spectacuarly wrong.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', while it's never outrighted ''stated'', The Chancellor's speech in the newsreel reeks of this, even stating at one point to "praise this new technology". [[AIIsACrapshoot Naturally, it all goes spectacuarly spectacularly wrong.]]
7th Dec '16 9:03:40 AM johnsmithxxi
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* "Series/ItsAboutTime": In ''School Days, School Days'', Shad and Gronk give a sacrifice to the garbage disposal calling it the "god of Garbage"! At the end of the episode, after Mac and Hector enroll them in night school to catch up on a million years of civilization, Gronk mentions they're going to be taught about Edison, god of the Electric light.

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* "Series/ItsAboutTime": ''Series/ItsAboutTime'': In ''School Days, School Days'', Shad and Gronk give a sacrifice to the garbage disposal calling it the "god of Garbage"! At the end of the episode, after Mac and Hector enroll them in night school to catch up on a million years of civilization, Gronk mentions they're going to be taught about Edison, god of the Electric light.
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