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22nd Jun '17 11:16:16 PM jormis29
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* In the Upcoming game 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 will be centered around (the other being why half the planet's wildlife now consists of entirely cybernetic dinosaur-like creatures.)

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* In the Upcoming game HorizonZeroDawn, ''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 will be centered around (the other being why half the planet's wildlife now consists of entirely cybernetic dinosaur-like creatures.)
8th Jun '17 12:27:31 PM Occidensill
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** There were known to be actual migrants from Atmora, known as the Atmorans, who emigrated to Tamriel throughout the 1st Era after Atmora began to experience the "Frost Fall," a gradual complete freeze that would render it uninhabitable. They definitely make up at least part of the ancestry of the Nords, and and (according to Septim propaganda) possibly to all races of Men in Tamriel.

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** There were known to be actual migrants from Atmora, known as the Atmorans, who emigrated to Tamriel throughout the 1st Era after Atmora began to experience the "Frost Fall," a gradual complete freeze that would render it uninhabitable. They definitely make up at least part of the ancestry of the Nords, and and (according to Septim propaganda) possibly to all races of Men in Tamriel.Nords.
5th Jun '17 11:00:58 AM BeerBaron
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** There were known to be actual migrants from Atmora, known as the Atmorans, who emigrated to Tamriel throughout the 1st Era after Atmora began to experience the "Frost Fall," a gradual complete freeze that would render it uninhabitable. They definitely make up at least part of the ancestry of the Nords, and and (according to Septim propaganda) possibly to all races of Men in Tamriel.
25th May '17 9:58:42 PM Anufenrir
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** The lore features the Titans, who ordered all the worlds in the universe and seeded them with life, then left to go pursue their unimaginable goals, leaving all kinds of stuff behind. One of them, Sargeras, is also the BigBad of the mythology. There are strong hints throughout the lore that they may be coming back some day (possibly in a future expansion).
** Also fitting this, yet to a less extent, are the ancient Night Elves: They were ruling the whole supercontinent, fought off any competing race and had access to unlimited magic - until they attracted the Burning Legion, which resulted in the Sundering, destroying most of their race, a huge part of the continent, and all of their magic-based civilization. Their ruins are still everywhere to be found and, of course, contain most powerful artifacts.

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** The lore features the Titans, who ordered all went around ordering many of the worlds in the universe and seeded Warcraft Universe, specifically those with a World Soul, or nascent Titan. They would leave behind stone races to watch over the planet, though the ones on Azeroth mostly fell to the curse of flesh that turned them with life, then left to go pursue into either their unimaginable goals, leaving all kinds of stuff behind. modern version (Earthen to Dwarves) or a step before (Iron Vrykul to normal Vrykul, birthing humanity). One of them, these titans, Sargeras, is also the BigBad would eventually become one of the mythology. There are strong hints throughout main villains of the lore that they may be coming back some day (possibly in a future expansion).
series and lead an army of demons to destroy the works of his brethren [[spoiler:in hopes to prevent the void from corrupting one of the world souls]].
** Also fitting this, yet to a less extent, are the ancient Night Elves: They were ruling the whole supercontinent, super continent, fought off any competing race and had access to unlimited magic - until they attracted the Burning Legion, which resulted in the Sundering, destroying most of their race, a huge part of the continent, and all of their magic-based civilization. Their ruins are still everywhere to be found and, of course, contain most powerful artifacts.
8th May '17 4:57:32 AM Alas_Poor_Donny
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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.
6th May '17 5:59:41 PM ChronoLegion
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* ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark'' had the Daskins, a race mentioned in myths and legends of most galactic races. According to some, they once ruled the galaxy and had advanced to the point where it's impossible for modern races to figure out how the remains of their tech work. They may be able to copy some of it, especially their OrganicTechnology, though. The rumors also say they had VoluntaryShapeshifting and PsychicPowers. They also built a PortalNetwork through the galaxy that even reaches as far as the Magellanic Clouds. At some point, some speculate that they have realized that they became AbusivePrecursors and left the galaxy, leaving behind their creations, known as the Lords of Emptiness, as temporary stewards, until another race was worthy of taking up the mantle. There are indications that humanity is being groomed for the role.

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* ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark'' had the Daskins, a race mentioned in myths and legends of most galactic races. According to some, they once ruled the galaxy and had advanced to the point where it's impossible for modern races to figure out how the remains of their tech work. They may be able to copy some of it, especially their OrganicTechnology, though. The rumors also say they had VoluntaryShapeshifting and PsychicPowers. They also built a PortalNetwork through the galaxy that even reaches as far as the Magellanic Clouds.Clouds, with entrance points located in gas giants, including Jupiter (the Great Red Spot). At some point, some speculate that they have realized that they became AbusivePrecursors and left the galaxy, leaving behind their creations, known as the Lords of Emptiness, as temporary stewards, until another race was worthy of taking up the mantle. There are indications that humanity is being groomed for the role.
6th May '17 5:56:49 PM ChronoLegion
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* The Orions and Antarans in the ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'' series fought a hugely destructive war which led to the Antarans becoming SealedEvilInACan, and the Orion homeworld abandoned and protected by the enormous Guardian of Orion. Also, some planets have Artifacts property -- contain ruins of ancient civilizations, which boosts local scientists' performance; races with "Artifacts World" have one of these as the homeworld.

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* The Orions and Antarans in the ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'' series fought a hugely destructive war which led to the Antarans becoming SealedEvilInACan, and the Orion homeworld abandoned and protected by the enormous Guardian of Orion. In the second game, you can also recruit Loknar, the Last Orion, in a powerful ship, the ''Avenger''. Also, some planets have Artifacts property -- contain ruins of ancient civilizations, which boosts local scientists' performance; races with "Artifacts World" have one of these as the homeworld.


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* In ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', you keep finding remains of the so-called Progenitors and eventually discover that the entire planet was a grand GeniusLoci experiment. In fact, it is but one of at least six and the only one still remaining. One of them went horribly wrong and wiped out the Progenitor civilization. You meet the descendants of the survivors of that race (whose degraded tech is still better than humans'), who have split into two ideological factions. Their crashed escape pods arrive with spider-like mechs that remain from the old Progenitor civilization. Unlike every other unit, they never heal damage, as that knowledge is lost.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}: Test of Time'' sci-fi campaign, the entire system is filled with ancient alien tech, including space platforms in orbit of Funestis and even more advanced ones floating in the upper layers of the gas giant Nona.
6th May '17 5:28:50 PM ChronoLegion
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* ''Videogame/SwordOfTheStars'' Morrigi are actually still around -- [[CulturalPosturing and very smug about it]] -- but until the last expansion, they had to quietly limp into hiding thanks to the efforts of the [[AbusivePrecursors rather less nice variety of Precusors]]. And then the [[SpaceWhale Liir]] had to go and kill off the bad kind of Precursors, allowing the Morrigi to return. Still worse, the pre-release information for the sequel suggests strongly that the Liir didn't finish the job.

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* ''Videogame/SwordOfTheStars'' Morrigi are actually still around -- [[CulturalPosturing and very smug about it]] -- but until the last expansion, they had to quietly limp into hiding thanks to the efforts of the [[AbusivePrecursors rather less nice variety of Precusors]]. And then the [[SpaceWhale Liir]] had to go and kill off the bad kind of Precursors, allowing the Morrigi to return. Still worse, the pre-release information for the sequel suggests strongly that the Liir didn't finish the job. In fact, [[spoiler:said evil Precursors are actually insane Liir Elders with incredible PsychicPowers, not a separate species. So yeah, the Liir have been lying to everyone]].
6th May '17 11:45:24 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark'' had the Daskins, a race mentioned in myths and legends of most galactic races. According to some, they once ruled the galaxy and had advanced to the point where it's impossible for modern races to figure out how the remains of their tech work. They may be able to copy some of it, especially their OrganicTechnology, though. The rumors also say they had VoluntaryShapeshifting and PsychicPowers. They also built a PortalNetwork through the galaxy that even reaches as far as the Magellanic Clouds. At some point, some speculate that they have realized that they became AbusivePrecursors and left the galaxy, leaving behind their creations, known as the Lords of Emptiness, as temporary stewards, until another race was worthy of taking up the mantle. There are indications that humanity is being groomed for the role.
27th Apr '17 6:58:46 AM BeerBaron
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** After the Ehlnofey, for the races of Mer (Elves), come the Aldmer. They came to Tamriel during the Dawn era from the now-lost continent of Aldmeris (though other sources say that Aldmeris was another name for Tamriel prior to the emergence of the races of men). Whatever the case, the Altmer are their closest living relatives with the other races of Mer having split off over the ages for various reasons (usually religious in nature).

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** After the Ehlnofey, for the races of Mer (Elves), come the Aldmer. They came to Tamriel during the Dawn era Merethic Era from the now-lost continent of Aldmeris (though other sources say that Aldmeris was another name for Tamriel prior to the emergence of the races of men). Whatever the case, the Altmer are their closest living relatives with the other races of Mer having split off over the ages for various reasons (usually religious in nature).


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** The Men of [[{{Wutai}} Akavir]], possibly or in part to the Tsaesci "[[SnakePeople snake vampires]]''. The lore states that there was once a race of Men who lived on the continent of Akavir, far to the east of Tamriel. However, they were "devoured" by the Tsaesci and are now gone. While some believe this means they were [[ImAHumanitarian literally eaten]], another theory posits that this is a [[MetaphoricallyTrue metaphor]] for being enslaved and/or culturally absorbed. (Another work regarding the Tsaesci uses "devour" and "enslave" interchangeably in reference to what the Tsaesci did to the red dragons of Akavir.)
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