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13th Nov '17 2:00:11 PM Amahn
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** If fired up at the roof of an underground cavern, then yes it will blow the surface above to smithereens. Presumably that is not how it was meant to be used. The reason it's sealed away is because it can't distinguish between friend and foe.

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** If fired up at the roof of an underground cavern, then yes it will blow the surface above to smithereens. Presumably that is not how it was meant to be used. The reason it's sealed away is because it can't distinguish between friend and foe.foe, and it can sense if some even thinks about dismantling it which it proceeds to judge as a foe. So it can't even be dismantled.
4th Oct '17 5:19:17 PM 64SuperNintendo
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13th Jun '17 8:46:41 PM Generality
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* A [[AGodIsYou God Game]]. Which worked by orbiting a few hundreds satellites over some inhabited planets, and a console to give the locals orders. Built by the same guys who, one ascended, forbid any interfering with lower planes because "[[AGodIAm Playing god]] in wrong".
** Noticeable in that Mc Kay and Sheppard had it mistaken for an Ancient VideoGame. Which means that either they built it without considering it any different from their ordinary video games, or their only one video game is about tricking real humans into thinking you're a god.

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* A [[AGodIsYou God Game]]. Which worked by orbiting a few hundreds satellites over some inhabited planets, and a console to give the locals orders. Built by the same guys who, one once ascended, forbid any interfering with lower planes because "[[AGodIAm Playing god]] in wrong".
** Noticeable in that Mc Kay and Sheppard had it mistaken for an Ancient VideoGame. Which means that either they built it without considering it any different from their ordinary video games, or their only one video game
is about tricking real humans into thinking you're a god.wrong".
20th May '17 11:40:43 AM nombretomado
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* The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' series has the Armageddon spell, which will wipe out all life in the universe. (except Lord British, and sometimes the caster is immune too. Sometimes.) In ''VideoGame/UltimaVI'', you're given the spell as a freebie by the Xorinite, hoping to entice you into taking advantage of their information-brokering services. They don't think the spell is very impressive since it only affects the current plane of existence.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' series has the Armageddon spell, which will wipe out all life in the universe. (except Lord British, and sometimes the caster is immune too. Sometimes.) In ''VideoGame/UltimaVI'', you're given the spell as a freebie by the Xorinite, hoping to entice you into taking advantage of their information-brokering services. They don't think the spell is very impressive since it only affects the current plane of existence.
27th Mar '17 1:32:05 PM GoblinCipher
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** If fired up at the roof of an underground cavern, then yes it will blow the surface above to smithereens. Presumably that is not how it was meant to be used. The reason it's sealed away is because it has a broken IFF.

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** If fired up at the roof of an underground cavern, then yes it will blow the surface above to smithereens. Presumably that is not how it was meant to be used. The reason it's sealed away is because it has a broken IFF.can't distinguish between friend and foe.
26th Mar '17 1:49:50 PM theLibrarian
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* ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' has the Deplorable Word which, once spoken, will eliminate all life in the universe other than the speaker. Its pointlessness is sort of the point.

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* ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' has the Deplorable Word which, once spoken, will eliminate all life in the universe other than the speaker. Its pointlessness is sort of the point. Fittingly, the one person that uses it did it due to her ItsAllAboutMe attitude in order to stop a rebellion against her tyrannical rule.
19th Feb '17 9:50:53 AM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', making these is a [[ComedicSociopathy typical dwarven hobby.]] They usually involve [[LavaAddsAwesome magma]]. Notable examples from [[LetsPlay succession games]] include {{Boatmurdered}}'s Project: Fuck The World (which incidentally shortens to FTW), and Headshoots' [[spoiler:WEAPON.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', making these is a [[ComedicSociopathy typical dwarven hobby.]] They usually involve [[LavaAddsAwesome magma]]. Notable examples from [[LetsPlay succession games]] include {{Boatmurdered}}'s {{LetsPlay/Boatmurdered}}'s Project: Fuck The World (which incidentally shortens to FTW), and Headshoots' [[spoiler:WEAPON.]]
20th Nov '16 8:35:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* One of these [[LostTechnology left behind]] by the [[AndManGrewProud Blackmoor civilization]], then found and [[IdiotBall tinkered with]] by some ignorant elves, is the reason why one region of the {{Mystara}} game-setting is known as [[{{Mordor}} the Broken Lands]].

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* One of these [[LostTechnology left behind]] by the [[AndManGrewProud Blackmoor civilization]], then found and [[IdiotBall tinkered with]] by some ignorant elves, is the reason why one region of the {{Mystara}} TabletopGame/{{Mystara}} game-setting is known as [[{{Mordor}} the Broken Lands]].
1st Nov '16 8:19:20 PM TwilightCrow
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** This is somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by material talking about the First Age, but in the worst possible way. The Solars made a lot of those literally ''[[FortheEvulz just to see]] [[MadScientist if they could.]]'' The other possible reason is that they were preparing to [[CivilWar fight one another]], which is, if anything, worse. Of course, the [[TragicHero Great]] [[CursedWithAwesome Curse]] explains a lot of this while still making it this trope in spades.
29th Aug '16 8:02:09 PM thatother1dude
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* The Russians' [[DoomsdayDevice Doomsday Machine]] from ''Film/DrStrangelove'' actually had a very good point to it: to prevent nuclear holocaust by threatening to destroy the entire world in the event of a nuclear exchange -- the ultimate form of [[MutuallyAssuredDestruction mutually assured destruction]]. [[BlackComedy Unfortunately, the Russians hadn't gotten around to telling anybody about it just yet. They were saving the announcement for a special occasion, because, as the ambassador puts it, "The Premier loves surprises".]] As the eponymous [[MadScientist doctor]] points out, a deterrent isn't very deterring if nobody knows about it, which turns it into this trope.

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* The Russians' [[DoomsdayDevice Doomsday Machine]] from ''Film/DrStrangelove'' actually had a very good point to it: to prevent nuclear holocaust [[SwordOfDamocles by threatening to destroy the entire world world]] in the event of a nuclear exchange -- the ultimate form of [[MutuallyAssuredDestruction mutually assured destruction]]. [[BlackComedy Unfortunately, the Russians hadn't gotten around to telling anybody about it just yet. They were saving the announcement for a special occasion, because, as the ambassador puts it, "The Premier loves surprises".]] As the eponymous [[MadScientist doctor]] points out, a deterrent isn't very deterring if nobody knows about it, which turns it into this trope.
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