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9th Jun '16 2:54:08 PM StFan
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* ''VideoGame/{{La-Mulana}}'' has several iterations of Precursors, although you only ever learn much about one of them. And then there's [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien The Mother]]...

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* ''VideoGame/{{La-Mulana}}'' ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' has several iterations of Precursors, although you only ever learn much about one of them. And then there's [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien The Mother]]...
8th Jun '16 11:16:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* One of the most widely known Precursor stories is ''TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', where they are also (presumably) EnergyBeings who guided human evolution.

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* One of the most widely known Precursor stories is ''TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', where they are also (presumably) EnergyBeings who guided human evolution.
4th Jun '16 4:06:44 AM LordInsane
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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. While Fallen Empires are remnants of Precursor civilizations that are still alive and present in the galaxy, but stagnated and turned inward on themselves. The player can also become either a [[BenevolentPrecursors benevolent]] or [[AbusivePrecursors malevolent]] precursor themselves, if they find a pre-sentient race or pre-FTL 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}}'' has an five separate event chain chains 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.out (the precursors were active in different time-periods, hence why more than one can happen and be pursued in the same game). While Fallen Empires are remnants of Precursor civilizations that are still alive and present in the galaxy, but stagnated and turned inward on themselves. The player can also become either a [[BenevolentPrecursors benevolent]] or [[AbusivePrecursors malevolent]] precursor themselves, if they find a pre-sentient race or pre-FTL sentient race on a planet and uplift them to either equal citizens in their galactic empire or a slave race.
4th Jun '16 3:57:35 AM LordInsane
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* ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'' has the Engwithans, a civilization that existed thousands of years before the time in which the game is set. Their understanding of how souls function was leagues ahead of what modern animancers have learned and their ruins still dot the lands, most prominently in Eir Glanfath. The Glanfathan culture is based around protecting these ancient sites, a task supposedly given to their ancestors by the ancient Engwithans, [[spoiler: presumably to prevent anyone from discovering the origin of the [[PowersThatBe gods]].]]

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* ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'' has the Engwithans, a civilization that existed thousands of years before the time in which the game is set. Their understanding of how souls function was leagues ahead of what modern animancers have learned and their ruins still dot the lands, most prominently in Eir Glanfath.Glanfath (amusingly the ruins imply -- and WordOfGod confirms -- that the Engwithans were ''inferior'' in many aspects of science and technology to the modern day Eora. It's just that soul science is a very flexible science with lots of applications in the setting). The Glanfathan culture is based around protecting these ancient sites, a task supposedly given to their ancestors by the ancient Engwithans, [[spoiler: presumably to prevent anyone from discovering the origin of the [[PowersThatBe gods]].]]
2nd Jun '16 2:23:01 PM nombretomado
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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". 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 "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. 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".)

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* HPLovecraft Creator/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". 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 "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. 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".)
1st Jun '16 12:36:00 PM zarpaulus
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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. While Fallen Empires are remnants of Precursor civilizations that are still alive and present in the galaxy, but stagnated and turned inward on themselves. The player can also become an either [[BenevolentPrecursors benevolent]] or [[AbusivePrecursors malevolent]] precursor themselves, if they find a pre-sentient race or pre-FTL 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}}'' 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. While Fallen Empires are remnants of Precursor civilizations that are still alive and present in the galaxy, but stagnated and turned inward on themselves. The player can also become an either a [[BenevolentPrecursors benevolent]] or [[AbusivePrecursors malevolent]] precursor themselves, if they find a pre-sentient race or pre-FTL sentient race on a planet and uplift them to either equal citizens in their galactic empire or a slave race.
1st Jun '16 12:35:36 PM zarpaulus
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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}}'' 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. While Fallen Empires are remnants of Precursor civilizations that are still alive and present in the galaxy, but stagnated and turned inward on themselves. The player can also become an either [[BenevolentPrecursors benevolent]] or [[AbusivePrecursors malevolent]] precursor themselves, if they find a pre-sentient race or pre-FTL sentient race on a planet and uplift them to either equal citizens in their galactic empire or a slave race.
31st May '16 10:35:09 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' series has the Protoculture, who are apparently responsible for everything that happens in the universe: [[spoiler:humans and Zentradi were both created and seeded by them, and [[Anime/MacrossZero the Birdman]] was made by them in an attempt to mimic [[Anime/MacrossFrontier the Vajra]]. Moreover, they "created" (it's a bit more complex than that) [[Anime/{{Macross7}} the Protodeviln]], who pushed them to the brink of extinction before being defeated.]]

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* The ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' series has the Protoculture, who are apparently responsible for everything that happens in the universe: [[spoiler:humans [[spoiler:humans, Zentradi, and Zentradi a multitude of other species across the galaxy were both all created and seeded by them, and [[Anime/MacrossZero the Birdman]] was made by them in an attempt to mimic [[Anime/MacrossFrontier the Vajra]]. Moreover, they "created" (it's a bit more complex than that) [[Anime/{{Macross7}} the Protodeviln]], who pushed them to the brink of extinction before being defeated.]]
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.
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