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19th May '16 6:20:06 AM jormis29
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* ''Stellaris'' has an event chain where the player can discover the ruins of a precursor civilization and choose to pursue their remains across the galaxy, investigating how they were wiped out. The player can also become an either [[BenevolentPrecursors benevolent]] or [[AbusivePrecursors malevolent]] precursor themselves, if they find a pre-sentient race on a planet and uplift them to either equal citizens in their galactic empire or a slave race.

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* ''Stellaris'' ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' has an event chain where the player can discover the ruins of a precursor civilization and choose to pursue their remains across the galaxy, investigating how they were wiped out. The player can also become an either [[BenevolentPrecursors benevolent]] or [[AbusivePrecursors malevolent]] precursor themselves, if they find a pre-sentient race on a planet and uplift them to either equal citizens in their galactic empire or a slave race.
17th May '16 6:55:57 PM TessHKM
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* ''VideoGame/Stellaris'' has an event chain where the player can discover the ruins of a precursor civilization and choose to pursue their remains across the galaxy, investigating how they were wiped out. The player can also become an either [[BenevolentPrecursors benevolent]] or [[AbusivePrecursors malevolent]] precursor themselves, if they find a pre-sentient race on a planet and uplift them to either equal citizens in their galactic empire or a slave race.

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* ''VideoGame/Stellaris'' ''Stellaris'' has an event chain where the player can discover the ruins of a precursor civilization and choose to pursue their remains across the galaxy, investigating how they were wiped out. The player can also become an either [[BenevolentPrecursors benevolent]] or [[AbusivePrecursors malevolent]] precursor themselves, if they find a pre-sentient race on a planet and uplift them to either equal citizens in their galactic empire or a slave race.
17th May '16 6:55:05 PM TessHKM
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* ''VideoGame/Stellaris'' has an event chain where the player can discover the ruins of a precursor civilization and choose to pursue their remains across the galaxy, investigating how they were wiped out. The player can also become an either [[BenevolentPrecursors benevolent]] or [[AbusivePrecursors malevolent]] precursor themselves, if they find a pre-sentient race on a planet and uplift them to either equal citizens in their galactic empire or a slave race.
7th May '16 1:00:34 PM justanid
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Compare/contrast with SufficientlyAdvanced, SpaceElves, TheFairFolk, EldritchAbomination.



Compare/contrast with SufficientlyAdvanced, SpaceElves, TheFairFolk, EldritchAbomination.
28th Apr '16 8:25:56 AM Mullane
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[[caption-width-right:320:}One relic they always leave behind is a sense of wonder.]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:}One [[caption-width-right:320:One relic they always leave behind is a sense of wonder.]]
17th Apr '16 12:15:09 PM frogpatrol
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Compare/contrast with SufficientlyAdvanced, SpaceElves, TheFairFolk, EldritchAbomination.
17th Apr '16 12:13:10 PM frogpatrol
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In ScienceFiction, they [[AncientAstronauts will have visited Earth]] and/or other worlds but they would remain a mystery. They are considered the ''first'' species to have technology, [[SufficientlyAdvanced making them godlike]]. In fantasy , they will usually be the forerunners created by gods/God, mighty in deeds and magic. At their height, Precursors might have created intelligent species and reworking entire worlds with a snap of a finger. Any strange and persistent mystery in the story's [[TheVerse 'verse]] [[AWizardDidIt is usually laid at their feet]]. In {{Horror}}, they might still remain, hidden and/or might return any day now.

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In ScienceFiction, they [[AncientAstronauts will have visited Earth]] and/or other worlds but they would remain a mystery. They are considered the ''first'' species to have technology, [[SufficientlyAdvanced making them godlike]]. In fantasy , they will usually be the forerunners created by gods/God, mighty in deeds and magic. At their height, Precursors might have created intelligent species and reworking entire worlds with a snap of a finger. Any strange and persistent mystery in the story's [[TheVerse 'verse]] [[AWizardDidIt is usually laid at their feet]]. In {{Horror}}, they might still remain, hidden and/or might return any day now.
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17th Apr '16 12:12:31 PM frogpatrol
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'''Precursors''', a.k.a. as "Ancients", "Elders" or "Old Ones" are a standard of ScienceFiction (especially SpaceOpera), fantasy and sometimes {{Horror}}: an ancient race whose culture and knowledge rose to its pinnacle in ages long past but which is no longer presen.

In ScienceFiction, they [[AncientAstronauts will have visited Earth]] and/or other worlds but they would remain a mystery. They are considered the ''first'' species to have technology, [[SufficientlyAdvanced making them godlike]]. In fantasy , they will usually be the forerunners created by gods/God, mighty in deeds and magic. At their height, Precursors might have created intelligent species and reworking entire worlds with a snap of a finger. Any strange and persistent mystery in the story's [[TheVerse 'verse]] [[AWizardDidIt is usually laid at their feet]].

They now leave behind nothing but [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis tantalizing ruins]] and rare, sometimes incomprehensible [[LostTechnology artifacts]] and [[PointlessDoomsdayDevice dangerous weapons]]. Just why, no one knows. Perhaps they [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascended To A Higher Plane Of Existence]], succumbed to decadence or were wiped out by [[{{Gotterdammerung}} a disaster or war]], or maybe they just relocated ''en masse'' to ''somewhere else'' where they haven't been found yet.

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'''Precursors''', a.k.a. as "Ancients", "Elders" or "Old Ones" are a standard of ScienceFiction (especially SpaceOpera), fantasy and sometimes occasionally {{Horror}}: an ancient race whose culture and knowledge rose to its pinnacle in ages long past but which is no longer presen.

In ScienceFiction, they [[AncientAstronauts will have visited Earth]] and/or other worlds but they would remain a mystery. They are considered the ''first'' species to have technology, [[SufficientlyAdvanced making them godlike]]. In fantasy , they will usually be the forerunners created by gods/God, mighty in deeds and magic. At their height, Precursors might have created intelligent species and reworking entire worlds with a snap of a finger. Any strange and persistent mystery in the story's [[TheVerse 'verse]] [[AWizardDidIt is usually laid at their feet]]. In {{Horror}}, they might still remain, hidden and/or might return any day now.

They Predecessors now leave behind nothing but [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis tantalizing ruins]] and rare, sometimes incomprehensible [[LostTechnology artifacts]] and [[PointlessDoomsdayDevice dangerous weapons]]. Just why, no one knows. Perhaps they [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascended To A Higher Plane Of Existence]], succumbed to decadence or were wiped out by [[{{Gotterdammerung}} a disaster or war]], or maybe they just relocated ''en masse'' to ''somewhere else'' where they haven't been found yet.
17th Apr '16 12:11:11 PM frogpatrol
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* HPLovecraft loved this trope and his works arguably served as an early TropeCodifier. See for example "The Call of Cthulhu", "The Shadow Out of Time" and "At the Mountains of Madness". (Lovecraft's work, however, tended to concentration on the lore of the Precursors rather than physical objects.)
* Andy [=McDermott=]'s action-adventure novels. The first is called The Hunt for Atlantis and is centered around, oddly enough, a hunt for Atlantis. As the series goes on, other mythical items are 'explained' as advanced technology stemming from the Atlanteans. [[spoiler:As the series goes on even further, the characters stumble across the Garden of Eden, which is the final resting place of a pre-human civilisztion which was driven to extinction by their human slaves, who stole certain technologies and fled. The Atlanteans are then revealed to have been the result of cross-breeding between those pre-humans and the humans, causing the reader to re-evaluate the "it came from Atlantis" explanation.]]
* The Ancients of Piers Anthony's ''Literature/{{Cluster}}'' series.
** Also the demons of the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' novels, including of course Xanth himself.
* There was a (unfortunately) short-lived collection of short stories, edited/inspired by Creator/IsaacAsimov called Asimov's Universe, which was notable for featuring space-faring humans alongside five other non-humanoid races. (One was something like sentient bacon.) A recurring background theme/sub-plot were the ruins and remnants left behind of an earlier, seventh space-faring species that had since vanished.

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* HPLovecraft loved this trope and his works arguably served as an early TropeCodifier. See for example "The Call of Cthulhu", "The Shadow Out of Time" and "At the Mountains of Madness". (Lovecraft's work, however, tended to concentration In "At the Mountains of Madness" [[spoiler: Old Ones colonized the Earth two billion years ago and sowed the seeds of all advanced life on the lore planet]]. The Mi-Go of "The Whisperer in Darkness" may precede the existence of the universe itself. Lovecraft usually concentrated more on the ''lore'' of his Precursors rather than their physical objects.)
objects. In his work, the Precursor's sometimes remain on Earth, hidden, in outer space or in a space adjacent to our cosmos, ready to return at any time. The "CthulhuMythos" codified by his friend and admirer AugustDerleth builds on this. (Lovecraft himself did not use the term "Cthulhu mythos".)
* Andy [=McDermott=]'s action-adventure novels. The first is called The ''The Hunt for Atlantis Atlantis'' and is centered around, oddly enough, a hunt for Atlantis. As the series goes on, other mythical items are 'explained' as advanced technology stemming from the Atlanteans. [[spoiler:As the series goes on even further, the characters stumble across the Garden of Eden, which is the final resting place of a pre-human civilisztion which was driven to extinction by their human slaves, who stole certain technologies and fled. The Atlanteans are then revealed to have been the result of cross-breeding between those pre-humans prehumans and the humans, causing the reader to re-evaluate the "it came from Atlantis" explanation.]]
* The Ancients of Piers Anthony's ''Literature/{{Cluster}}'' series.
** Also
Literature/{{Cluster}} series and the demons of the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' Literature/{{Xanth}} novels, including amongst them, of course course, Xanth himself.
* There was a (unfortunately) short-lived collection of short stories, edited/inspired by branded with the name Creator/IsaacAsimov called and entitled Asimov's Universe, which was notable for featuring space-faring humans alongside five other non-humanoid races. (One was something like sentient bacon.) A recurring background theme/sub-plot motif were the ruins and remnants left behind of an earlier, seventh space-faring species that had since vanished.



* The CthulhuMythos, by H.P. Lovecraft and others, features the Elder Things, who colonized the Earth two billion years ago and sowed the seeds of all advanced life on the planet. Among the many monstrous elder races of the Mythos, the Elder Things are portrayed as less alien and less inimical than most. They feature most prominently in Lovecraft's ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' and are sometimes called the "Old Ones" (but that term is notoriously ambiguous in the Cthulhu Mythos). In ''The Whisperer in Darkness'', the Mi-Go are hinted at being even older, possibly coming from outside the known universe.
17th Apr '16 12:01:40 PM frogpatrol
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'''Precursors''', a.k.a. as "Ancients", "Elders" or "Old Ones" are a standard of ScienceFiction (especially SpaceOpera) and fantasy: an ancient race whose culture and knowledge rose to its pinnacle in ages long past but which is no longer presen.

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'''Precursors''', a.k.a. as "Ancients", "Elders" or "Old Ones" are a standard of ScienceFiction (especially SpaceOpera) SpaceOpera), fantasy and fantasy: sometimes {{Horror}}: an ancient race whose culture and knowledge rose to its pinnacle in ages long past but which is no longer presen.
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