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25th Sep '16 10:57:33 PM superstrijder15
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* In the "The Expanse" series, [[a precursor race once had a huge empire, and tried to colonize earth by sending a thing which can change living beings to build a portal.]]
19th Sep '16 8:37:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Elderlings in Creator/RobinHobb's RealmoftheElderlings.

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* The Elderlings in Creator/RobinHobb's RealmoftheElderlings.''Literature/RealmoftheElderlings''.
12th Sep '16 9:22:54 PM intastiel
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* In the ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'' series, the Eldren dotted the continent with vast constructions of [[MadeOfIndestructium utterly indestructible]] Elderglass, far beyond the capabilities of human alchemy or magic to duplicate or alter. The entire species disappeared millennia before the beginning of the series for no known reason. [[spoiler:The Bondsmagi of Karthain believe that Eldren magic drew the attention of something terrible from beyond the stars, and take great pains to disperse their own magic to keep it from happening again.]]
8th Sep '16 5:04:22 PM ZimFan89
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* In "[[http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/colderwar.htm A Colder War]]" by Creator/CharlesStross, Stephen Jay Gould is presenting some recent paleozoic fossils and artifacts to members of a top-secret government agency that, unknown to him, deals in [[spoiler:[[Main/EldritchAbomination eldritch abominations]] straight out of Creator/HPLovecraft]], and has been trying to keep this stuff secret from the public. When he shows them a fossil of [[spoiler:one of the 'Old Ones' from Literature/AttheMountainsofMadness]], the protagonist thinks "he's found a Predecessor, god help him."

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* In "[[http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/colderwar.htm A Colder War]]" by Creator/CharlesStross, Stephen Jay Gould is presenting some recent paleozoic fossils and artifacts to members of a top-secret government agency that, unknown to him, deals in [[spoiler:[[Main/EldritchAbomination eldritch abominations]] [[spoiler:{{Eldritch Abomination}}s straight out of Creator/HPLovecraft]], and has been trying to keep this stuff secret from the public. When he shows them a fossil of [[spoiler:one [[spoiler: one of the 'Old Ones' "Old Ones" from Literature/AttheMountainsofMadness]], ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'']], the protagonist thinks "he's found a Predecessor, god help him."



** [[spoiler:They're actually Walter and Peter (mostly Walter) in a StableTimeloop sending the artifacts to the different universes.]]

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** [[spoiler:They're actually Walter and Peter (mostly Walter) in a StableTimeloop StableTimeLoop sending the artifacts to the different universes.]]
23rd Aug '16 2:04:54 PM blackmage0
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* ''Literature/TheGam3'': The Game was created by the Predecessors and the Lords of Life as the culmination of their galaxy-spanning genocidal war. The Predecessors are still around, and are the strongest individual players in the game. The Lords of Life have barely been mentioned beyond their name.
15th Aug '16 5:45:50 PM LordInsane
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** There are both the Dwemer in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', and the Ayleids in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', as well as many others in lore. The Dwemer were technically advanced (enchanted steampunk-style tech) whose reasons for disappearance can be put succinctly as being a race of atheists in a universe where godlike beings are very much real (that and they had a penchant for futzing around with the inner workings of Existence). The Ayleids were wiped out in a much more mundane way: a combination of societal hubris, heavy political infighting, a belligerent neighboring nation to the north, and a slave revolt supported by said belligerent northward neighbors (which possibly had divine backing as well).

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** There are both the Dwemer in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', and the Ayleids in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', as well as many others in lore. The Dwemer were technically advanced (enchanted steampunk-style tech) whose reasons for disappearance can be put succinctly as being a race of atheists in a universe where godlike beings are very much real (that and they had a penchant for futzing around with the inner workings of Existence). The Ayleids were wiped out in a much more mundane way: a combination of societal hubris, heavy political infighting, a belligerent neighboring nation to the north, and a slave revolt supported by said belligerent northward neighbors (which possibly had divine backing as well). This did not entirely wipe out the Ayleids, as the political infighting led several Ayleid lords to ''join'' the slave rebellion and keep their authority under the new human empire, but later anti-elven pogroms led the remaining Ayleids to flee, with the ultimate result seeming to be that there weren't enough Ayleids around in the same place to maintain their distinct culture into the Second Era.
15th Aug '16 5:21:38 PM HamburgerTime
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* The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' has several features that are attributed to Precursor-like races. The two most prominent are the Rakata and the Celestials. The Rakata created the first modern hyperdrives, built a vast empire (though it had relatively few planets since their dark side-powered hyperdrives could only travel to worlds with a large Force presence) and created a massive orbital factory called the Star Forge which could build enough materiel to supply their entire empire. The Celestials lived much further in the past, circa 200,000-50,000 BBY. They created Centerpoint Station (a giant repulsor beam that created the Corellian system and is so advanced that a 25,000-year-old Galactic civilization cannot replicate or even understand how it works!) as well as the Hyperspace Triangle that bisects the galaxy (which makes galactic civilization possible), the Maw Cluster of black holes, the hyperspace anomaly that seals off the Unkown Regions and much more.
** According to cut content from the 2012 Star Wars ''Essential Guide to Warfare'' [[spoiler: the Rakatans wiped out the Celestials.]] Little is known about their biology but it has been confirmed that they were [[spoiler: shapeshifters.]] and they're related to [[spoiler: the Ones]]...[[{{Mindscrew}} somehow]].

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* The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' has several features that are attributed to Precursor-like races. The two most prominent are the Rakata and the Celestials. Celestials:
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The Rakata Rakata, who debut in ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', created the first modern hyperdrives, built a vast empire (though it had relatively few planets since their dark side-powered hyperdrives could only travel to worlds with a large Force presence) and created a massive orbital factory called the Star Forge which could build enough materiel to supply their entire empire. empire.
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The Celestials lived much further in the past, circa 200,000-50,000 BBY. They created Centerpoint Station (a giant repulsor beam that created the Corellian system and is so advanced that a 25,000-year-old Galactic civilization cannot replicate or even understand how it works!) as well as the Hyperspace Triangle that bisects the galaxy (which makes galactic civilization possible), the Maw Cluster of black holes, the hyperspace anomaly that seals off the Unkown Regions and much more.
** According to cut content
more. The Rakata and most of the other "younger" precursor races started out as vassals of the Celestials. The Celestials were created by the EU's then-head writer Troy Denning in his novel ''The Joiner King'', and they play a key role in the backstory of Denning's MythArc that stretched from the 2012 Star Wars ''Essential Guide ''Literature/DarkNestTrilogy'' to Warfare'' ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi''; Denning also [[ArcWelding arc welded]] them to existing elements of TheVerse such as the aforementioned Centerpoint, which debuted in ''Literature/TheCorellianTrilogy'' a decade earlier. Only in the very last book of ''Fate of the Jedi'' is their true identity revealed as [[spoiler: [[AnthropomorphicPersonification the Rakatans wiped out the Celestials.]] Little is known about their biology but it has been confirmed that they were [[spoiler: shapeshifters.]] and they're related to [[spoiler: the Ones]]...[[{{Mindscrew}} somehow]].Family of Mortis]], as seen in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'']].
12th Aug '16 7:52:35 PM nombretomado
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* The Remnant system in ''{{Achron}}'' (where the game largely takes place) has ancient alien ruins scattered throughout. The technology found in these ruins has become them basis of humankinds most advanced tech, most notably [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]]. [[spoiler: The system is then invaded by aliens that use the exact same tech as those found in the ruins. And that technology includes TimeTravel. Hmmm...]]

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* The Remnant system in ''{{Achron}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Achron}}'' (where the game largely takes place) has ancient alien ruins scattered throughout. The technology found in these ruins has become them basis of humankinds most advanced tech, most notably [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]]. [[spoiler: The system is then invaded by aliens that use the exact same tech as those found in the ruins. And that technology includes TimeTravel. Hmmm...]]
11th Aug '16 4:56:34 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Roughly a third of all the HugoAward-winning novels involve Precursors or their works.
7th Aug '16 1:31:21 PM erforce
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* On Filgaia, the world from ''WildArms,'' a race of {{Precursors}} left behind a vast array of LostTechnology. [[spoiler:In the anime series ''Twilight Venom'' it was revealed that the precursors were from Earth, but left due to the annoyance of RandomEncounters]].
* The Steltek, from ''VideoGame/WingCommander Privateer'', were Precursors of the [[NeglectfulPrecursors neglectful]] variety, though they did make an effort to clean up after themselves once made aware of the problem.
* The as-of-yet unnamed race from ''SinsOfASolarEmpire'' who built the Phase Jump Inhibitors and, presumably, the other obtainable artifacts.

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* On Filgaia, the world from ''WildArms,'' ''VideoGame/WildArms,'' a race of {{Precursors}} left behind a vast array of LostTechnology. [[spoiler:In the anime series ''Twilight Venom'' it was revealed that the precursors were from Earth, but left due to the annoyance of RandomEncounters]].
* The Steltek, from ''VideoGame/WingCommander Privateer'', ''VideoGame/WingCommanderPrivateer'', were Precursors of the [[NeglectfulPrecursors neglectful]] variety, though they did make an effort to clean up after themselves once made aware of the problem.
* The as-of-yet unnamed race from ''SinsOfASolarEmpire'' ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire'' who built the Phase Jump Inhibitors and, presumably, the other obtainable artifacts.
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