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3rd Nov '17 5:35:18 PM SomberCaelifera
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** The Doctor's iconic TARDIS, an intelligent time-traveling spaceship that is BiggerOnTheInside, always looks like a blue police box since it's chameleon circuit was damaged.

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** The Doctor's iconic TARDIS, an intelligent time-traveling spaceship that is BiggerOnTheInside, always looks like a blue police box since it's its chameleon circuit was damaged.damaged.
** Some other Time Lord technology seems to be similarly deceptively primitive-looking, such as the Moment, a superweapon which looks like a wooden puzzle box; the Prime Eye Of Harmony, a simple stone obelisk that's really a reality-warping energy source made from a black hole; and the Matrix, an artificial afterlife of sorts that the Doctor described as 'a giant computer made of stone and ghosts', which is not far off the mark.
7th Oct '17 10:49:36 AM nombretomado
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AncientAstronauts and {{Precursors}} have the interesting habit of building their technology to look like primitive artifacts. This is distinguished from classic BambooTechnology in function but not in form. In this case, apparently primitive constructs are actually technologically advanced devices. A shield generator, ancient godlike computer, or powerful superweapon may resemble a monument, or idol, a small handheld artifact. Rock faces will hide glowing energy conduits. Crystals can do anything from teleporting of people and objects to enhancing latent psychic powers. Stone tablets with primitive carvings contain hidden machinery, or {{Nanotechnology}}, or some other AppliedPhlebotinum. Ancient control centers and consoles will resemble temples and altars. In many cases, the technology is designed to mimic the appearance of {{Magitek}}, but is actually AppliedPhlebotinum. Usually the aliens in this first variation are Precursors, Ancient Astronauts, or both, and inhabit [[TechnologyLevels the higher end]] of the [[AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit Kardashev Scale]], but there are exceptions. Though being [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien "Sufficiently Advanced"]] is usually a characteristic of the makers of such technology, it's not required: HigherTechSpecies are known to adopt this style as well. Civilizations at the CrystalSpiresAndTogas level are very likely to use this kind of technology, often subtly blending it in with their surroundings or by making it appear decorative. The ArtifactOfDoom or the MacGuffin in a Sci-Fi setting, if of alien or other fantastic origin, is usually an example of this technology. Many a PowerCrystal and MineralMacGuffin are examples as well. The more ancient LostTechnology is, the more likely it will be an example of this trope.

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AncientAstronauts and {{Precursors}} have the interesting habit of building their technology to look like primitive artifacts. This is distinguished from classic BambooTechnology in function but not in form. In this case, apparently primitive constructs are actually technologically advanced devices. A shield generator, ancient godlike computer, or powerful superweapon may resemble a monument, or idol, a small handheld artifact. Rock faces will hide glowing energy conduits. Crystals can do anything from teleporting of people and objects to enhancing latent psychic powers. Stone tablets with primitive carvings contain hidden machinery, or {{Nanotechnology}}, or some other AppliedPhlebotinum. Ancient control centers and consoles will resemble temples and altars. In many cases, the technology is designed to mimic the appearance of {{Magitek}}, but is actually AppliedPhlebotinum. Usually the aliens in this first variation are Precursors, Ancient Astronauts, or both, and inhabit [[TechnologyLevels the higher end]] of the [[AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit [[JustForFun/AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit Kardashev Scale]], but there are exceptions. Though being [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien "Sufficiently Advanced"]] is usually a characteristic of the makers of such technology, it's not required: HigherTechSpecies are known to adopt this style as well. Civilizations at the CrystalSpiresAndTogas level are very likely to use this kind of technology, often subtly blending it in with their surroundings or by making it appear decorative. The ArtifactOfDoom or the MacGuffin in a Sci-Fi setting, if of alien or other fantastic origin, is usually an example of this technology. Many a PowerCrystal and MineralMacGuffin are examples as well. The more ancient LostTechnology is, the more likely it will be an example of this trope.
24th Aug '17 1:31:34 AM M84
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars Pyramids of Mars]]", Osirin technology looks like ancient Egyptian parapenalia, but includes devices like robots and teleporters that work between Earth and Mars.

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In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars Pyramids of Mars]]", Osirin technology looks like ancient Egyptian parapenalia, but includes devices like robots and teleporters that work between Earth and Mars.
24th Aug '17 1:31:06 AM M84
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** The Doctor's iconic TARDIS -- an intelligent time-traveling spaceship that is BiggerOnTheInside --
always looks like a blue police box since it's chameleon circuit was damaged.

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** The Doctor's iconic TARDIS -- TARDIS, an intelligent time-traveling spaceship that is BiggerOnTheInside --
BiggerOnTheInside, always looks like a blue police box since it's chameleon circuit was damaged.
24th Aug '17 1:30:24 AM M84
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24th Aug '17 1:30:01 AM M84
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** The Doctor's iconic TARDIS -- an intelligent time-traveling spaceship that is BiggerOnTheInside --
always looks like a blue police box since it's chameleon circuit was damaged.
30th Jun '17 7:44:07 AM Mooncalf
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* Crops up in ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'', primarily with the Avians and the Florans. The Avians are culturally on the level of Aztecs (complete with a prominent religion that incorporates sacrifice), yet have access to space flight, energy weapons, computers and more, all of which make use of strange red crystals whose workings are a closely guarded secret of the priesthood (and who were given the technology by precursors). Florans, meanwile, are very primitive and cannot really understand higher technology, but some of them can control plants and combine it with scavenged technology so they can use it properly, giving them spaceships, weapons and more. Their ability to work with plants also lets them make organic lights and living vine doors, among other things. The result is that Avian spaceships, for instance, resemble huge flying pyramids, while Floran ships are cobbled together from vines and stolen ship parts.
7th Jun '17 7:47:35 AM valar55
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AncientAstronauts and {{Precursors}} have the interesting habit of building their technology to look like primitive artifacts. This is distinguished from classic BambooTechnology in function but not in form. In this case, apparently primitive constructs are actually technologically advanced devices. A shield generator, ancient godlike computer, or powerful superweapon may resemble a monument, or idol, a small handheld artifact. Rock faces will hide glowing energy conduits. Crystals can do anything from teleporting of people and objects to enhancing latent psychic powers. Stone tablets with primitive carvings contain hidden machinery, or {{Nanotechnology}}, or some other AppliedPhlebotinum. Ancient control centers and consoles will resemble temples and altars. In many cases, the technology is designed to mimic the appearance of {{Magitek}}, but is actually Applied Phlebotinum. Usually the aliens in this first variation are Precursors, Ancient Astronauts, or both, and inhabit [[TechnologyLevels the higher end]] of the [[AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit Kardashev Scale]], but there are exceptions. Though being [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien "Sufficiently Advanced"]] is usually a characteristic of the makers of such technology, it's not required: Higher-Tech Species are known to adopt this style as well. Civilizations at the Crystal Spires and Togas level are very likely to use this kind of technology, often subtly blending it in with their surroundings or by making it appear decorative. The ArtifactOfDoom or the MacGuffin in a Sci-Fi setting, if of alien or other fantastic origin, is usually an example of this technology. Many a PowerCrystal and MineralMacGuffin are examples as well. The more ancient LostTechnology is, the more likely it will be an example of this trope.

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AncientAstronauts and {{Precursors}} have the interesting habit of building their technology to look like primitive artifacts. This is distinguished from classic BambooTechnology in function but not in form. In this case, apparently primitive constructs are actually technologically advanced devices. A shield generator, ancient godlike computer, or powerful superweapon may resemble a monument, or idol, a small handheld artifact. Rock faces will hide glowing energy conduits. Crystals can do anything from teleporting of people and objects to enhancing latent psychic powers. Stone tablets with primitive carvings contain hidden machinery, or {{Nanotechnology}}, or some other AppliedPhlebotinum. Ancient control centers and consoles will resemble temples and altars. In many cases, the technology is designed to mimic the appearance of {{Magitek}}, but is actually Applied Phlebotinum.AppliedPhlebotinum. Usually the aliens in this first variation are Precursors, Ancient Astronauts, or both, and inhabit [[TechnologyLevels the higher end]] of the [[AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit Kardashev Scale]], but there are exceptions. Though being [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien "Sufficiently Advanced"]] is usually a characteristic of the makers of such technology, it's not required: Higher-Tech Species HigherTechSpecies are known to adopt this style as well. Civilizations at the Crystal Spires and Togas CrystalSpiresAndTogas level are very likely to use this kind of technology, often subtly blending it in with their surroundings or by making it appear decorative. The ArtifactOfDoom or the MacGuffin in a Sci-Fi setting, if of alien or other fantastic origin, is usually an example of this technology. Many a PowerCrystal and MineralMacGuffin are examples as well. The more ancient LostTechnology is, the more likely it will be an example of this trope.
9th May '17 6:09:45 PM nombretomado
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* The [[{{Precursors}} Xel'Naga]] from ''{{Starcraft}}'' appear to have this. The few Xel'Naga artifacts encountered in the games are crystals and stone temples.

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* The [[{{Precursors}} Xel'Naga]] from ''{{Starcraft}}'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' appear to have this. The few Xel'Naga artifacts encountered in the games are crystals and stone temples.
30th Apr '17 5:25:17 PM GoblinCipher
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** In "Bubba's Big Brainstorm," the ancient "Thinkas" are pure {{Mayaintec}} in their styling, yet use computerized and robotic defenses reminiscent of PointAndClick adventure game puzzles.
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