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23rd Aug '16 2:04:54 PM blackmage0
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* ''Literature/TheGam3'': The Game was created by the Predecessors and the Lords of Life as the culmination of their galaxy-spanning genocidal war. The Predecessors are still around, and are the strongest individual players in the game. The Lords of Life have barely been mentioned beyond their name.
15th Aug '16 5:45:50 PM LordInsane
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** There are both the Dwemer in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', and the Ayleids in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', as well as many others in lore. The Dwemer were technically advanced (enchanted steampunk-style tech) whose reasons for disappearance can be put succinctly as being a race of atheists in a universe where godlike beings are very much real (that and they had a penchant for futzing around with the inner workings of Existence). The Ayleids were wiped out in a much more mundane way: a combination of societal hubris, heavy political infighting, a belligerent neighboring nation to the north, and a slave revolt supported by said belligerent northward neighbors (which possibly had divine backing as well).

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** There are both the Dwemer in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', and the Ayleids in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', as well as many others in lore. The Dwemer were technically advanced (enchanted steampunk-style tech) whose reasons for disappearance can be put succinctly as being a race of atheists in a universe where godlike beings are very much real (that and they had a penchant for futzing around with the inner workings of Existence). The Ayleids were wiped out in a much more mundane way: a combination of societal hubris, heavy political infighting, a belligerent neighboring nation to the north, and a slave revolt supported by said belligerent northward neighbors (which possibly had divine backing as well). This did not entirely wipe out the Ayleids, as the political infighting led several Ayleid lords to ''join'' the slave rebellion and keep their authority under the new human empire, but later anti-elven pogroms led the remaining Ayleids to flee, with the ultimate result seeming to be that there weren't enough Ayleids around in the same place to maintain their distinct culture into the Second Era.
15th Aug '16 5:21:38 PM HamburgerTime
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* The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' has several features that are attributed to Precursor-like races. The two most prominent are the Rakata and the Celestials. The Rakata created the first modern hyperdrives, built a vast empire (though it had relatively few planets since their dark side-powered hyperdrives could only travel to worlds with a large Force presence) and created a massive orbital factory called the Star Forge which could build enough materiel to supply their entire empire. The Celestials lived much further in the past, circa 200,000-50,000 BBY. They created Centerpoint Station (a giant repulsor beam that created the Corellian system and is so advanced that a 25,000-year-old Galactic civilization cannot replicate or even understand how it works!) as well as the Hyperspace Triangle that bisects the galaxy (which makes galactic civilization possible), the Maw Cluster of black holes, the hyperspace anomaly that seals off the Unkown Regions and much more.
** According to cut content from the 2012 Star Wars ''Essential Guide to Warfare'' [[spoiler: the Rakatans wiped out the Celestials.]] Little is known about their biology but it has been confirmed that they were [[spoiler: shapeshifters.]] and they're related to [[spoiler: the Ones]]...[[{{Mindscrew}} somehow]].

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* The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' has several features that are attributed to Precursor-like races. The two most prominent are the Rakata and the Celestials. Celestials:
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The Rakata Rakata, who debut in ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', created the first modern hyperdrives, built a vast empire (though it had relatively few planets since their dark side-powered hyperdrives could only travel to worlds with a large Force presence) and created a massive orbital factory called the Star Forge which could build enough materiel to supply their entire empire. empire.
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The Celestials lived much further in the past, circa 200,000-50,000 BBY. They created Centerpoint Station (a giant repulsor beam that created the Corellian system and is so advanced that a 25,000-year-old Galactic civilization cannot replicate or even understand how it works!) as well as the Hyperspace Triangle that bisects the galaxy (which makes galactic civilization possible), the Maw Cluster of black holes, the hyperspace anomaly that seals off the Unkown Regions and much more.
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more. The Rakata and most of the other "younger" precursor races started out as vassals of the Celestials. The Celestials were created by the EU's then-head writer Troy Denning in his novel ''The Joiner King'', and they play a key role in the backstory of Denning's MythArc that stretched from the 2012 Star Wars ''Essential Guide ''Literature/DarkNestTrilogy'' to Warfare'' ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi''; Denning also [[ArcWelding arc welded]] them to existing elements of TheVerse such as the aforementioned Centerpoint, which debuted in ''Literature/TheCorellianTrilogy'' a decade earlier. Only in the very last book of ''Fate of the Jedi'' is their true identity revealed as [[spoiler: [[AnthropomorphicPersonification the Rakatans wiped out the Celestials.]] Little is known about their biology but it has been confirmed that they were [[spoiler: shapeshifters.]] and they're related to [[spoiler: the Ones]]...[[{{Mindscrew}} somehow]].Family of Mortis]], as seen in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'']].
12th Aug '16 7:52:35 PM nombretomado
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* The Remnant system in ''{{Achron}}'' (where the game largely takes place) has ancient alien ruins scattered throughout. The technology found in these ruins has become them basis of humankinds most advanced tech, most notably [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]]. [[spoiler: The system is then invaded by aliens that use the exact same tech as those found in the ruins. And that technology includes TimeTravel. Hmmm...]]

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* The Remnant system in ''{{Achron}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Achron}}'' (where the game largely takes place) has ancient alien ruins scattered throughout. The technology found in these ruins has become them basis of humankinds most advanced tech, most notably [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]]. [[spoiler: The system is then invaded by aliens that use the exact same tech as those found in the ruins. And that technology includes TimeTravel. Hmmm...]]
11th Aug '16 4:56:34 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Roughly a third of all the HugoAward-winning novels involve Precursors or their works.
7th Aug '16 1:31:21 PM erforce
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* On Filgaia, the world from ''WildArms,'' a race of {{Precursors}} left behind a vast array of LostTechnology. [[spoiler:In the anime series ''Twilight Venom'' it was revealed that the precursors were from Earth, but left due to the annoyance of RandomEncounters]].
* The Steltek, from ''VideoGame/WingCommander Privateer'', were Precursors of the [[NeglectfulPrecursors neglectful]] variety, though they did make an effort to clean up after themselves once made aware of the problem.
* The as-of-yet unnamed race from ''SinsOfASolarEmpire'' who built the Phase Jump Inhibitors and, presumably, the other obtainable artifacts.

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* On Filgaia, the world from ''WildArms,'' ''VideoGame/WildArms,'' a race of {{Precursors}} left behind a vast array of LostTechnology. [[spoiler:In the anime series ''Twilight Venom'' it was revealed that the precursors were from Earth, but left due to the annoyance of RandomEncounters]].
* The Steltek, from ''VideoGame/WingCommander Privateer'', ''VideoGame/WingCommanderPrivateer'', were Precursors of the [[NeglectfulPrecursors neglectful]] variety, though they did make an effort to clean up after themselves once made aware of the problem.
* The as-of-yet unnamed race from ''SinsOfASolarEmpire'' ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire'' who built the Phase Jump Inhibitors and, presumably, the other obtainable artifacts.
6th Aug '16 3:13:25 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''MarvelUniverse'', the race of giant Celestials have influenced many planets, including Earth. They wear strange suits of armor, giving the impression that they are mechanical, but that's not the case. They also test races and civilisations according to their standards to see who are worthy. In addition, there are also the Elders of the Universe, a loose associations of beings who all are The LastOfTheirKind, and who hail from the first intelligent races to develop in the universe. They are less active, though, since they are all obsessed with one narrow hobby which apparently is the only thing that keeps them from dying of sheer boredom. The Grandmaster may be interested in the gaming and gambling habits of various lesser races, for instance, but couldn't care less about any aspects of their culture that has nothing to do with his obsession with games.

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* In the ''MarvelUniverse'', Franchise/MarvelUniverse, the race of giant Celestials have influenced many planets, including Earth. They wear strange suits of armor, giving the impression that they are mechanical, but that's not the case. They also test races and civilisations according to their standards to see who are worthy. In addition, there are also the Elders of the Universe, a loose associations of beings who all are The LastOfTheirKind, and who hail from the first intelligent races to develop in the universe. They are less active, though, since they are all obsessed with one narrow hobby which apparently is the only thing that keeps them from dying of sheer boredom. The Grandmaster may be interested in the gaming and gambling habits of various lesser races, for instance, but couldn't care less about any aspects of their culture that has nothing to do with his obsession with games.



* In the ''DCUniverse'', the Malthusians were one of the earliest sentient races in the universe. They went on to become the Guardians of the Universe. And the Controllers, and the Zamarons, and Krona. They run the gamut of precursor subtropes.

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* In the ''DCUniverse'', Franchise/DCUniverse, the Malthusians were one of the earliest sentient races in the universe. They went on to become the Guardians of the Universe. And the Controllers, and the Zamarons, and Krona. They run the gamut of precursor subtropes.
6th Aug '16 6:16:40 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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** What allows them to escape being considered [[NeglectfulPrecursors neglectful]] is that they sent a contingency against "inter-egg wars" - the Spear of Longinus, which can best be described as some sort of control rod which deactivates the egg it is attached to. Both Eggs had a Spear but Lilith's was lost on impact; since Lilith was first to find Earth, upon Adam's landing, his Spear activated and sealed him; so, technically, everything worked just as expected. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero It's not their fault the Lilim decided to yank Adam's Spear]].

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** What allows them to escape being considered [[NeglectfulPrecursors neglectful]] is that they sent a contingency against "inter-egg wars" - the Spear of Longinus, which can best be described as some sort of control rod which deactivates the egg it is attached to. Both Eggs had a Spear but Lilith's was lost on impact; since Lilith Adam was the first to find Earth, but upon Adam's Lilith's unexpected landing, his Spear activated and sealed him; so, technically, everything worked just as expected. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero It's not their fault the Lilim decided to yank Adam's Spear]].
8th Jul '16 9:08:34 AM NoSpoilerz
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'''Precursors''', a.k.a. as "Ancients", "Elders" or "Old Ones" are a standard of ScienceFiction (especially SpaceOpera), fantasy and occasionally {{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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'''Precursors''', a.k.a. as "Ancients", "Elders" or "Old Ones" are a standard of ScienceFiction (especially SpaceOpera), fantasy and occasionally {{Horror}}: an ancient race whose culture and knowledge rose to its pinnacle in ages long past but which is no longer presen.present.
4th Jul '16 4:34:24 AM gewunomox
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* The JimiHendrix song "Up From the Skies" has an alien revisiting Earth after a long hiatus: "I have lived here before/ in days of ice/ and of course this is why I'm so concerned/ and I come back to find/ the stars misplaced/ and the smell of a world/ that's burning." [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible Maybe a precursor,]] [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation maybe not]], but he'd been here a long, long time ago.

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* The JimiHendrix Music/JimiHendrix song "Up From the Skies" has an alien revisiting Earth after a long hiatus: "I have lived here before/ in days of ice/ and of course this is why I'm so concerned/ and I come back to find/ the stars misplaced/ and the smell of a world/ that's burning." [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible Maybe a precursor,]] [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation maybe not]], but he'd been here a long, long time ago.
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