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13th Dec '17 11:08:28 AM WillKeaton
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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', a race of [[CuteMachines Ancient Robots]] can be found in the Lanayru Desert. They are all old and worn away. [[spoiler: Once you strike a nearby Timeshift Crystal however, it is revealed they are part of a civilization that takes place hundreds of years in the past. Their joints, and almost every single device within the premises are powered by electricity.]] This could justify where all of the SchizoTech in the Zelda series originates from.

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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', a race of [[CuteMachines Ancient Robots]] can be found in the Lanayru Desert. They are all old and worn away. [[spoiler: Once you strike a nearby Timeshift Crystal however, you return the local area to the state it is revealed they are part of a civilization that takes place was in hundreds of years in the past.past, where everything is still working. Their joints, and almost every single device within the premises are powered by electricity.]] This could justify where all of the SchizoTech in the Zelda series originates from.
13th Dec '17 11:05:36 AM WillKeaton
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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', a race of [[CuteMachines Ancient Robots]] can be found in the Lanayru Desert. They are all old and worn away. [[spoiler: Once you strike a nearby Timeshift Crystal however, it is revealed they are part of a civilization that takes place 100 years before the present. Their joints, and almost every single device within the premises is powered by electricity.]] This could justify where all of the SchizoTech in the Zelda series originates from.

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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', a race of [[CuteMachines Ancient Robots]] can be found in the Lanayru Desert. They are all old and worn away. [[spoiler: Once you strike a nearby Timeshift Crystal however, it is revealed they are part of a civilization that takes place 100 hundreds of years before in the present. past. Their joints, and almost every single device within the premises is are powered by electricity.]] This could justify where all of the SchizoTech in the Zelda series originates from.
1st Dec '17 11:56:15 AM BeerBaron
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25th Nov '17 8:45:40 AM AnotherEpicFail
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* TheSecretWorld has loads of these, naturally, due to the structure of the Ages. The most obvious are the Angels who literally created everything in reality by setting up the gaia engines, but honorable mention goes to [[spoiler: Lilith]], who created most of the monsters you encounter in the game via mad science, and [[spoiler: the djinn]], who more or less created all of the societal and structural problems in current reality by throwing a civilization-scale temper tantrum when the angels created more beings and they were just the first children instead of the only children.

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* TheSecretWorld VideoGame/TheSecretWorld has loads of these, naturally, due to the structure of the Ages. The most obvious are the Angels Host who literally created everything in reality by setting up the gaia engines, Gaia Engines, but honorable mention goes to [[spoiler: Lilith]], who created most of the monsters you encounter in the game via mad science, and [[spoiler: the djinn]], who more or less created all of the societal and structural problems in current reality by throwing a civilization-scale temper tantrum when the angels Host created more beings and they were just the first children instead of the only children.
24th Nov '17 3:02:26 AM captainspycrab
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* ''Videogame/TheJourneymanProject:'' The titular 'Legacy of Time' from the third game is a series of artifacts left behind on Earth by an extinct, advanced alien species called the Sosiqui. Each Legacy piece offers a different power; the Atlantean Legacy makes its guardians immortal[[note]]One of whom eventually becomes the villain of the first game, [[Really700YearsOld three millennia later]][[/note]], the El Dorado Legacy grants detailed visions of the future to the city's shaman, and the Shangri La Legacy gives certain monks the ability to transmute matter.
8th Nov '17 10:35:39 AM NOYB
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* In ''Literature/TheExpanse'', [[spoiler: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.]]

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* In ''Literature/TheExpanse'', [[spoiler:a precursor race once had a huge empire, and tried to colonize earth Earth by sending a thing which can change living beings to build a portal.]]



* The ''{{Literature/Shannara}}'' Series has an interesting take on this, as the series is set in the future, it's our current civilisation which is the precursor civilisation.

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* The ''{{Literature/Shannara}}'' Series has an interesting take on this, this; as the series is set in the future, it's our current civilisation which is the precursor civilisation.
8th Nov '17 10:34:22 AM NOYB
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** The implication is there that they did indeed create the Xenomorphs as the perfect biological nuke. [[spoiler: Film/AlienCovenant ends debunks that implication by revealing the who and why of the Xenomorph's creation.]]

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** The implication is there that they did indeed create the Xenomorphs as the perfect biological nuke. [[spoiler: Film/AlienCovenant ends ''Film/AlienCovenant'' debunks that implication by revealing the who and why of the Xenomorph's creation.]]
25th Oct '17 8:53:33 PM PaulA
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* Creator/AndreNorton worked with this trope in both her science fiction and fantasy novels. She wrote a lot of space opera novels featuring relics of various lost civilizations, collectively called "Forerunners". She was one of the early developers of the abandoned-gateway-between-worlds idea that the ''[[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargate]]'' films and TV series are based on; one of her Forerunner cultures left behind such a network, which younger species, including humans, have started to explore.\\
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In her ''Literature/WitchWorld'' fantasy novels, humans migrated to High Hallack centuries ago only to find that the Old Ones had been there before them; these NeglectfulPrecursors left behind quite a few ruins and dangerous artifacts.

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* Creator/AndreNorton worked with this trope in both her science fiction and fantasy novels. Creator/AndreNorton
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She wrote a lot of space opera novels featuring relics of various lost civilizations, collectively called "Forerunners". She was one of the early developers of the abandoned-gateway-between-worlds idea that the ''[[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargate]]'' films and TV series are based on; one of her Forerunner cultures left behind such a network, which younger species, including humans, have started to explore.\\
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In her ''Literature/WitchWorld'' fantasy novels, humans migrated to High Hallack centuries ago only to find that the Old Ones had been there before them; these NeglectfulPrecursors left behind quite a few ruins and dangerous artifacts.
20th Oct '17 6:41:51 AM LordInsane
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* ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'' features the Spires (massive towers) and the Oldwalls (enormous walls, so long as to separate entire ''nations'', infested by hostile magical entities called Banes) as relics of some older, gone civilization. In the Tiers, the region of Terratus where the game takes place, that civilization is called the Older Realms (hence why the Tiers call themselves the Younger Realms) -- most of the exposition on them is from Tiersfolk so that's the only name mentioned. ''Bastard's Wound'' reveals [[spoiler: the Older Realms had some form of connection with the Beastwomen by the presence of Beasts on ancient murals within an Oldwall, although it is ambiguous what the exact relation was.]]
18th Oct '17 8:22:37 PM Vinderzlow
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* Creator/HPLovecraft loved this trope and his works arguably served as an early TropeCodifier. See for example "Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu", "Literature/TheShadowOutOfTime" and ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness''. 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 planet]]. The Mi-Go of "Literature/TheWhispererInDarkness" may precede the existence of the universe itself. Lovecraft usually concentrated more on the ''lore'' of his Precursors rather than their physical objects. In his work, the Precursors sometimes remain on Earth, hidden, in outer space or in a space adjacent to our cosmos, ready to return at any time. The "Franchise/CthulhuMythos" codified by his friend and admirer Creator/AugustDerleth builds on this. (Lovecraft himself did not use the term "Cthulhu mythos".)

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* Creator/HPLovecraft loved this trope and his works arguably served as an early TropeCodifier. See for example "Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu", "Literature/TheShadowOutOfTime" and ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness''. In ''At the Mountains of Madness'' [[spoiler:Old Ones [[spoiler:the Elder Things colonized the Earth two billion years ago and sowed the seeds of all advanced life on the planet]]. The Mi-Go of "Literature/TheWhispererInDarkness" may precede the existence of the universe itself. Lovecraft usually concentrated more on the ''lore'' of his Precursors rather than their physical objects. In his work, the Precursors sometimes remain on Earth, hidden, in outer space space, or in a space adjacent to our cosmos, ready to return at any time. The "Franchise/CthulhuMythos" codified by his friend and admirer Creator/AugustDerleth builds on this. (Lovecraft himself did not use the term "Cthulhu mythos".)
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