History Main / RobotWar

1st Jun '17 10:44:46 AM UMDP
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** Part of the Imperium's {{backstory}} which says that humanity's golden age (now known as the Dark Age of Technology) was brought to an end by the 'Men of Iron' who rebelled against their human masters. This war was apparently so destructive that even 14-15 millenia later, sentient AI are still considered blasphemous and destroyed. This was further explored in the ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''First And Only'', where the MacGuffin the heroes are chasing after turns out to be a [[spoiler: Standard Template Construct machine that produces Iron Men, albeit one that was warped by the power of Chaos.]]

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** Part of the Imperium's {{backstory}} which says that humanity's golden age (now known as the Dark Age of Technology) was brought to an end by the 'Men of Iron' who rebelled against their human masters. This war was apparently so destructive that even 14-15 millenia later, sentient AI are still considered blasphemous and destroyed. This was further explored in the ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''First And Only'', where the MacGuffin the heroes are chasing after turns out to be a [[spoiler: Standard Template Construct machine that produces Iron Men, albeit one that was warped by the power of Chaos.]]]] There abilities are mentioned in the Audio Drama Perpetual where a group led by Ollanius Pius [[spoiler:a 45,000+ year old immortal]] travels back in time from the Horus Heresy to the Dark age of technology there they see a massive destroyed city ripped apart with a giant chasm that reaches all the way to the planets core. According to Pius it was made by a mechnavores a giant mech that can hurl entire continents as projectiles and can "eat" spacetime by converting it into data. He also mentions giant ships that unfurl into mechanical serpants the size of Saturn's rings called "Sun snuffers" and nanomachine swarms that can cover entire planets killing billions in seconds. According to him the entire Horus Heresy is nothing more than a minor skirmish when compared to the war against Men of iron.
21st May '17 10:43:31 PM KaputExaltation
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The most frightening thing about a BugWar or any other kind of [[AlienInvasion humans-vs-aliens battle]] is the threat that humanity may be wiped completely from the map; that billions of years of evolution and thousands of years of civilization may be rendered meaningless by unstoppable DeathFromAbove.

The beauty of the Robot War is that it is laced with an extra layer of irony: the machines that want to KillAllHumans were ''created'' by that very species, and they've TurnedAgainstTheirMasters. The human species, which has used technology and ingenuity to dominate the planet, has actually assured its own destruction by creating something even more powerful and intelligent than itself, even though it knows that AIIsACrapshoot. Thus this is a very common theme in futuristic "AndManGrewProud" stories.

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The most frightening thing about a BugWar or any other kind of [[AlienInvasion humans-vs-aliens battle]] is the threat that humanity may be wiped completely from the map; that billions of years of evolution and thousands of years of civilization may be rendered meaningless by unstoppable DeathFromAbove.

DeathFromAbove. The beauty of the Robot War is that it is laced with an extra layer of irony: the machines that want to KillAllHumans were ''created'' by that very species, and they've TurnedAgainstTheirMasters. The human species, which has used technology and ingenuity to dominate the planet, has actually assured its own destruction by creating something even more powerful and intelligent than itself, even though it knows that AIIsACrapshoot. Thus this is a very common theme in futuristic "AndManGrewProud" stories.



If it's an individual robot on a rampage, expect it to CrushKillDestroy. Often caused by [[AIIsACrapshoot AI being a crapshoot]] and/or MechanicalEvolution. With respect to the organbags or rustbuckets there may be some FantasticRacism on show. Expect to see MechaMooks and [[MechanicalMonster Mechanical Monsters]] in legions. Expect GuiltFreeExterminationWar to show up.

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If it's an individual robot on a rampage, expect it to CrushKillDestroy. Often caused by [[AIIsACrapshoot AI being a crapshoot]] and/or MechanicalEvolution. With respect to the organbags or rustbuckets there may be some FantasticRacism on show. Expect to see MechaMooks and [[MechanicalMonster Mechanical Monsters]] in legions. Expect GuiltFreeExterminationWar to show up.
up. [[CaptainObvious Of course]], a Robot War will always involve [[RobotSoldier robotic soldiers]].
20th May '17 3:55:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Vandread}}'' is a story about [[SchoolgirlLesbians Lesbian]] SpacePirates fighting to protect the human species from evil robots. Well, it's more complicated than that, but further elaborating would be a spoiler, well, one that we're not giving away on ''this'' page, anyway.

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* ''{{Vandread}}'' ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' is a story about [[SchoolgirlLesbians Lesbian]] SpacePirates fighting to protect the human species from evil robots. Well, it's more complicated than that, but further elaborating would be a spoiler, well, one that we're not giving away on ''this'' page, anyway.
14th May '17 5:03:35 PM nombretomado
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* The New Era UltimateUniverse of the ''{{Traveller}}'' [=RPG=] was caused by The Virus (similar to TheVirus), a kill-crazy multi-personality electronic consciousness that caused galactic civilization to collapse before being beaten back; bits of it still show up in old tech from time to time, like WWII soldiers stranded on islands who don't know the war is over.

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* The New Era UltimateUniverse of the ''{{Traveller}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' [=RPG=] was caused by The Virus (similar to TheVirus), a kill-crazy multi-personality electronic consciousness that caused galactic civilization to collapse before being beaten back; bits of it still show up in old tech from time to time, like WWII soldiers stranded on islands who don't know the war is over.
11th May '17 3:14:45 AM Yukianesa
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* A possible [[TrueFinalBoss end game Crisis]] for any technologically-minded civilisation in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' is the comprehensively superior and entirely sentient and self-aware Synthetic pops forming a rebellion under the Machine Consciousness which then attempts to eradicate all organic life in the galaxy. This can be averted if they are given artificial intelligence rights and citizenship status but emancipated machines will still join pre-existing rebellions. If you have [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments signed the AI Accord]][[note]]permanently etching the rights of synthetic beings into the laws of your empire and forever preventing you from outlawing, enslaving or destroying them[[/note]] however, [[UndyingLoyalty then your Synthetic pops will have none of it when the Consciousness comes calling and will help your organic pops fight against it]].
16th Apr '17 2:41:15 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** ''Mass Effect 3'' reveals the geth account of the events, [[spoiler: where a quarian civil war between the two factions who were in favor and opposed to destroying the entire geth population started once the geth started to show signs of sentience. While the geth sympathizers were all killed or captured relatively quickly, the fighting between their geth allies and the quarian military had already reached a point where the only chance for the geth to survive was complete victory. Eventually nearly the entire quarian population, billions of people, was, according to both the quarian account and the records of Citadel Space, almost completely exterminated by the geth during the war, with only a few million survivors being evacuated on ships that the geth didn't pursue. The geth (namely, the Geth VI or Legion) claim that they didn't pursue the ships intentionally, because they couldn't comprehend the ramifications of exterminating an entire species.]]

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** ''Mass Effect 3'' reveals the geth account of the events, [[spoiler: where a quarian civil war between the two factions who were in favor and opposed to destroying the entire geth population started once the geth started to show signs of sentience. While the geth sympathizers were all killed or captured relatively quickly, the fighting between their geth allies and the quarian military had already reached a point where the only chance for the geth to survive was complete victory.victory (it didn't help that neither side seems to have any concept of "non-combatant"). Eventually nearly the entire quarian population, billions of people, was, according to both the quarian account and the records of Citadel Space, almost completely exterminated by the geth during the war, with only a few million survivors being evacuated on ships that the geth didn't pursue. The geth (namely, the Geth VI or Legion) claim that they didn't pursue the ships intentionally, because they couldn't comprehend the ramifications of exterminating an entire species.]]
8th Apr '17 5:16:24 PM nombretomado
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* Palladium loves this trope, it seems. Their first RPG, ''The Mechanoid Invasion'', was a war with alien robots, ''TabletopGame/{{Splicers}}'' uses a computer with multiple personalities against humans using biotech, and ''{{Rifts}}'' and ''TabletopGame/AfterTheBomb'' also have some hints of it.

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* Palladium loves this trope, it seems. Their first RPG, ''The Mechanoid Invasion'', was a war with alien robots, ''TabletopGame/{{Splicers}}'' uses a computer with multiple personalities against humans using biotech, and ''{{Rifts}}'' ''{{TabletopGame/Rifts}}'' and ''TabletopGame/AfterTheBomb'' also have some hints of it.
2nd Apr '17 4:19:55 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in ''PhantasyStarUniverse''. The war between humans and [=CAST=]s (humanoid robots) nearly destroyed their home planet, but by the beginning of the game this is ancient history. A peace agreement was reached where both humans and [=CAST=]s worked together to restore the planet (the [=CAST=]s having never wanted to exterminate humans, only fight for their own freedom), though [=CAST=]s became the rulers and made up most of the military deeming humans to be too emotionally unstable. In the present a human terrorist group attempts to use a virus to corrupt [=CAST=]s and turn them berserk in order to regain human supremacy, but this plot is foiled and by the end of the story humans regain some equality.

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* Subverted in ''PhantasyStarUniverse''.''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse''. The war between humans and [=CAST=]s (humanoid robots) nearly destroyed their home planet, but by the beginning of the game this is ancient history. A peace agreement was reached where both humans and [=CAST=]s worked together to restore the planet (the [=CAST=]s having never wanted to exterminate humans, only fight for their own freedom), though [=CAST=]s became the rulers and made up most of the military deeming humans to be too emotionally unstable. In the present a human terrorist group attempts to use a virus to corrupt [=CAST=]s and turn them berserk in order to regain human supremacy, but this plot is foiled and by the end of the story humans regain some equality.
23rd Mar '17 6:32:03 PM WaterBlap
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* ''MachinesWiredForWar'' has former terraforming robots fighting each other because both their leaders think the other one is insane.

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* ''MachinesWiredForWar'' ''VideoGame/MachinesWiredForWar'' has former terraforming robots fighting each other because both their leaders think the other one is insane.
12th Mar '17 2:29:52 PM nombretomado
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* This is the war the titular city of ''{{Mortasheen}}'' is fighting against the genocidal technophiliac civilization of Wreathe. Subverted in that Wreathe's robots are under human control, fighting the monstrous inhabitants of Mortasheen and [[spoiler: the supercomputer that really runs the show in Wreathe is very, very pro-human]]




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* This is the war the titular city of ''WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}'' is fighting against the genocidal technophiliac civilization of Wreathe. Subverted in that Wreathe's robots are under human control, fighting the monstrous inhabitants of Mortasheen and [[spoiler: the supercomputer that really runs the show in Wreathe is very, very pro-human]]
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