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12th Apr '18 2:15:46 AM Arcorann
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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2932 SCP-2932]] also reveals that humans and bigfoots are NotSoDifferent. [[spoiler: Not did the Bigfoots have their own facilities for containing anomalous objects, but they also overthrew [[RecursivePrecursors the ones that came before them]]]]

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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2932 SCP-2932]] also reveals that humans and bigfoots are NotSoDifferent. [[spoiler: Not only did the Bigfoots have their own facilities for containing anomalous objects, but they also overthrew [[RecursivePrecursors the ones that came before them]]]]
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29th Mar '18 9:25:04 PM nombretomado
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* The ''StarOcean'' series plays with this trope. The games are filled with Out of Place Artifacts, mystical technologies such as the time gate on the apparently sentient planet Styx, and near the middle of the third game, there's even a precursor-like group of beings called the Executioners who rain havoc upon ALL the races of the galaxy. It turns out [[spoiler:that the universe is actually a video game called the Eternal Sphere, and all the Precursor like artifacts, including the Executioners, were planted by the programmer. They're basically debugging tools and easter eggs, Styx basically works like the mother of all hearthstones.]] The series also has more traditional precursors such as the [[SpaceElves Nedians]] and [[AdvancedAncientHumans Muah]].

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* The ''StarOcean'' ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' series plays with this trope. The games are filled with Out of Place Artifacts, mystical technologies such as the time gate on the apparently sentient planet Styx, and near the middle of the third game, there's even a precursor-like group of beings called the Executioners who rain havoc upon ALL the races of the galaxy. It turns out [[spoiler:that the universe is actually a video game called the Eternal Sphere, and all the Precursor like artifacts, including the Executioners, were planted by the programmer. They're basically debugging tools and easter eggs, Styx basically works like the mother of all hearthstones.]] The series also has more traditional precursors such as the [[SpaceElves Nedians]] and [[AdvancedAncientHumans Muah]].
16th Mar '18 6:22:03 AM Koveras
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* The Ancients from the ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' universe (at least when it was in the hands of New World Computing) were creating various worlds out of the four elements and seeding them with life as part of a great experiment. Their true agenda is never entirely revealed but there are hints that they had a specific outcome in mind for most of their worlds, before the Creators and the Kreegan interfered. And between ''VI'', ''VII'' and ''VIII'', it was established that whatever their original agenda was, their ''current'' goal is 'Stop the Kreegans'. The settings of the games (and the novels) just happen to be in the galactic arm that was cut off from the [[PortalNetwork Gateweb]], and the Ancients are a bit too busy with the Kreegan to bother restoring it (especially as the cause of the breach was Kreegan infiltration of the gate network).

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* The Ancients from the ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' universe (at least when it was in the hands of New World Computing) Creator/NewWorldComputing) were creating various worlds out of the four elements and seeding them with life as part of a great experiment. Their true agenda is never entirely revealed but there are hints that they had a specific outcome in mind for most of their worlds, before the Creators and the Kreegan interfered. And between ''VI'', ''VII'' and ''VIII'', it was established that whatever their original agenda was, their ''current'' goal is 'Stop the Kreegans'. The settings of the games (and the novels) just happen to be in the galactic arm that was cut off from the [[PortalNetwork Gateweb]], and the Ancients are a bit too busy with the Kreegan to bother restoring it (especially as the cause of the breach was Kreegan infiltration of the gate network).
26th Feb '18 8:06:15 AM luiginumber1
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These may or may not be the same race, and the two collapses may be parts of the same event. The 7th edition Warhammer core book and Lizardman book hint heavily at this, and the 40k Necron book suggests using Lizardman models to represent the last refuges of the Old Ones.\\

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These may or may not be the same race, and the two collapses may be parts of the same event. The 7th edition Warhammer core book and Lizardman book hint heavily at this, and the 40k Necron book suggests using Lizardman models to represent the last refuges refugees of the Old Ones.\\



* The backstory for {{TabletopGame/CosmicEncounter}} has a universe-scale version of this to explain the game's [[MassiveRaceSelection huge number of alien races]].

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* The backstory for {{TabletopGame/CosmicEncounter}} ''TabletopGame/CosmicEncounter'' has a universe-scale version of this to explain the game's [[MassiveRaceSelection huge number of alien races]].
26th Feb '18 7:51:25 AM luiginumber1
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* The backstory for {{TabletopGame/CosmicEncounter}} has a universe-scale version of this to explain the game's [[MassiveRaceSelection huge number of alien races]].
25th Feb '18 8:35:22 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ShadowRaiders'', a mysterious race created world engines (if not the planets themselves). This allowed the natives to not get consumed by the Beast Planet. One has to wonder who they were and why they did it.

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* In ''ShadowRaiders'', ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders'', a mysterious race created world engines (if not the planets themselves). This allowed the natives to not get consumed by the Beast Planet. One has to wonder who they were and why they did it.
23rd Jan '18 12:19:45 PM ChronoLegion
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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', there's a series of ruins called "vaults" spread across the habitable worlds of Andromeda's Heleus cluster featuring blindingly advanced technology and tended to by strange synthetic constructs that Peebee dubs "Remnants". We know from the get-go that these were left behind by an earlier civilization for some unknown purpose; it's only late in the game that we learn [[spoiler: they're the creations of a hyper-advanced race called the Jardann. The Jardann also created most of Andromeda's wildlife out of a test tube along with the angara, which explains why the angara don't remember their origins or most of their history]]. The story goes that [[spoiler: the Jardann left behind their technology, including the vaults (which are essentially giant terraforming machines that can be manipulated to alter the environments of entire planets) for the angara to discover and use as they colonized the cluster]]. Whether or not they [[spoiler: intended to make their presence known to the angara is unknown, because they aborted the project and fled Heleus centuries ago after the Scourge - a giant superweapon - detonated with the force of a large supernova and destroyed the environments of the garden worlds the Jardann had created]]. They weren't around to see that the Scourge, while a destructive and possibly permanent presence in Heleus, was not fatal to the angara and they continue to survive on multiple worlds despite the hostile invasion of the Kett.

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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', there's a series of ruins called "vaults" spread across the habitable worlds of Andromeda's Heleus cluster featuring blindingly advanced technology and tended to by strange synthetic constructs that Peebee dubs "Remnants". We know from the get-go that these were left behind by an earlier civilization for some unknown purpose; it's only late in the game that we learn [[spoiler: they're the creations of a hyper-advanced race called the Jardann. The Jardann also created most of Andromeda's wildlife out of a test tube along with the angara, which explains why the angara don't remember their origins or most of their history]]. The story goes that [[spoiler: the Jardann left behind their technology, including the vaults (which are essentially giant terraforming machines that can be manipulated to alter the environments of entire planets) for the angara to discover and use as they colonized the cluster]]. Whether or not they [[spoiler: intended to make their presence known to the angara is unknown, because they aborted the project and fled Heleus centuries ago after the Scourge - a giant superweapon - detonated with the force of a large supernova and destroyed the environments of the garden worlds the Jardann had created]]. They weren't around to see that the Scourge, while a destructive and possibly permanent presence in Heleus, was not fatal to the angara and they continue to survive on multiple worlds despite the hostile invasion of the Kett. Interestingly, [[spoiler:the Jardann were still in Heleus while the Andromeda Initiative arks were in flight, so all the events of the original trilogy take place centuries prior to the release of the Scourge]].
23rd Jan '18 8:51:58 AM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has several in the form of the four founding races: the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Jaghut]], [[AbusivePrecursors Forkrul Assail]], [[TheUndead T'lan Imass]], [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs K'Chain Che'Malle]]; as well as the dimensional immigrants, the three [[OurElvesAreDifferent Tiste]] races.

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* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', the Imass were what has several in the form become known as one of the four founding races: Four Founding Races (together with their potentially RecursivePrecursors the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Jaghut]], [[AbusivePrecursors the AbusivePrecursors known as the Forkrul Assail]], [[TheUndead T'lan Imass]], [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Assail and the NeglectfulPrecursors, the [[LizardFolk K'Chain Che'Malle]]; as well as Che'Malle]]). Having been a hunter-gatherer society, they haven't left any advanced technology behind and besides, the dimensional immigrants, ''[[DemBones T'lan]]'' Imass are still around anyway. Quite literally, the three [[OurElvesAreDifferent Tiste]] races.Imass were also the precursors of humans, preceding and in some places co-existing with them much like the Neanderthals did in the real world.
27th Dec '17 10:10:01 AM KizunaTallis
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* In the ''VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn'', ''We of the 21st century'' are the Precursors (or simply "The Ancients," as is the title we are remembered by), as the game is set in a far-off PostApocalyptic future where humanity has been reduced to a hunter-gatherer society comparable to the stone age. What exactly happened to us is one of the two great mysteries the game's story is centered around (the other being why half the planet's wildlife now consists mainly of entirely cybernetic animals.)

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* In the ''VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn'', ''We ''we of the 21st century'' are the Precursors (or simply "The Ancients," Old Ones", as is the title we are remembered by), as the game is set in a far-off PostApocalyptic future where humanity has been reduced to a hunter-gatherer society [[FuturePrimitive primitive tribes comparable to the stone age. age]]. What exactly happened to us is one of the two great mysteries the game's story is centered around (the other being why half the planet's wildlife now consists mainly of entirely cybernetic animals.)animals).
14th Dec '17 4:17:38 PM Scorntex
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* ''ComicBook/{{Royals}}'' has a reveal that [[spoiler:the Kree]] were created by a long-gone bunch called the Progenitors, [[spoiler:much like how they created the Inhumans.]] These Progenitors are also the ones responsible for the mysterious Sky Spears.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Royals}}'' has a reveal that [[spoiler:the Kree]] were created by a long-gone bunch called the Progenitors, [[spoiler:much like how they created the Inhumans.]] These Progenitors are also the ones responsible for the mysterious Sky Spears. [[spoiler:It eventually turns out they're full on Abusive Precursors. They enhance species, then come back and sample the innovations to make more Progenitors out of their test subjects. They gave up on the Kree thanks to their becoming an evolutionary dead-end, but when a handful of Inhumans stumbled upon one of their farm-moons and blew it up, ''that'' got their attention. And so they decide to come to Earth to farm the Inhumans.]]
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