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6th Jun '17 11:43:42 AM TheDocCC
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** Also, according to the RNA World hypothesis, before DNA based life appeared, the world was once dominated by things which were basically viruses, although modern viruses may not have any connection to them.

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** Also, according to the RNA World hypothesis, before DNA based life appeared, the world was once dominated by things which were basically viruses, although modern viruses may not have any connection to them. [[note]]This is at best a gross oversimplification. RNA is a means of storing genes that happens to be a bit less stable than DNA but a bit easier to make self-replicating enzymes out of, so naturally evolution went with DNA for storing genes. Many viruses today have DNA, and many others have RNA. All known bacteria and eukaryotes (complex cells) from fungi to plants to animals (this includes you, dear reader) contain both DNA and RNA in every cell. In the dim past, during RNA world, these primitive semi-living things would have been self-replicating their way towards greater and greater efficiency and complexity, but they'd be nothing like us. They couldn't even be called viruses, because viruses are generally more complex and more elegantly structured and their defining characteristic is that viruses hijack cells for their own reproduction. These were bands of RNA with amino-acids attached that formed RNA-enzymes to self-replicate. In RNA World, it was biological GreyGoo.[[/note]]
23rd Apr '17 10:16:00 AM nombretomado
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* ''SwordOfTheStars'' has ''two'' species who have a long, ''long'' list of grievances against an ancient, completely meglomanical empire of AbusivePrecursors. By the time the game takes place, they've suffered a KarmicDeath at the hand-[[SapientCetaceans flippers]] of the Liir, but it turns out that they left around a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil sentient bioweapon]] as a sort of personalized [[TakingYouWithMe "fuck you"]] to the universe.

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* ''SwordOfTheStars'' ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' has ''two'' species who have a long, ''long'' list of grievances against an ancient, completely meglomanical empire of AbusivePrecursors. By the time the game takes place, they've suffered a KarmicDeath at the hand-[[SapientCetaceans flippers]] of the Liir, but it turns out that they left around a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil sentient bioweapon]] as a sort of personalized [[TakingYouWithMe "fuck you"]] to the universe.
15th Apr '17 12:24:21 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheSlenderManMythos In the Slender Man fic]] ''Fanfic/ByTheFiresLight'' this is where it is implied the Slender Man hails from [[spoiler: and what it is attempting to bring back.]]

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* [[TheSlenderManMythos [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos In the Slender Man fic]] ''Fanfic/ByTheFiresLight'' this is where it is implied the Slender Man hails from [[spoiler: and what it is attempting to bring back.]]
5th Mar '17 11:31:47 AM nombretomado
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* The Earth of the mainstream MarvelComics universe had one of those during the time of the Elder Gods, who came into existence shortly after the planet's formation. After an unknown period of peaceful cohabitation, one of them, [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Set]] killed and devoured one of his kin to absorb his powers; others began to imitate him, resulting in an apocalyptic orgy of cannibalistic violence that saw most Elder Gods killed or corrupted by their actions into {{eldritch abomination}}s. Only four survived - Gaea, who gave birth to an über-god to destroy her corrupted kin, Set and [[EvilSorcerer Cthon]], who fled said über-god's onslaught to other dimensions, and Oshtur, who'd been away exploring the cosmos since before the whole thing started.

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* The Earth of the mainstream MarvelComics universe Franchise/MarvelUniverse had one of those during the time of the Elder Gods, who came into existence shortly after the planet's formation. After an unknown period of peaceful cohabitation, one of them, [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Set]] killed and devoured one of his kin to absorb his powers; others began to imitate him, resulting in an apocalyptic orgy of cannibalistic violence that saw most Elder Gods killed or corrupted by their actions into {{eldritch abomination}}s. Only four survived - Gaea, who gave birth to an über-god to destroy her corrupted kin, Set and [[EvilSorcerer Cthon]], who fled said über-god's onslaught to other dimensions, and Oshtur, who'd been away exploring the cosmos since before the whole thing started.
19th Jan '17 5:35:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Middle-Earth]] has cycled through various dark times when Morgoth and/or Sauron were the dominant forces in the world (perhaps the most notable being when Melkor/Morgoth ruled the all of the world except for Valinor completely unchallenged- it was only the coming of the elves that inspired the Valar to act against him). The plot of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' basically consists of Sauron trying to start up ''new'' dark times.

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* [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Middle-Earth]] ''Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium'': Middle-Earth has cycled through various dark times when Morgoth and/or Sauron were the dominant forces in the world (perhaps the most notable being in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' when Melkor/Morgoth ruled the all of the world except for Valinor completely unchallenged- it was only the coming of the elves that inspired the Valar to act against him). The plot of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' basically consists of Sauron trying to start up ''new'' dark times.
19th Jan '17 5:34:44 AM Morgenthaler
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-->-- '''[[CthulhuMythos The Necronomicon]]'''

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-->-- '''[[CthulhuMythos '''[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos The Necronomicon]]'''



* The CalLeandros series includes as part of its distant past a time when the world was ruled by various monsters like the Auphe.

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* The CalLeandros ''Literature/CalLeandros'' series includes as part of its distant past a time when the world was ruled by various monsters like the Auphe.
15th Jan '17 2:56:06 PM ScorpiusOB1
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** The Universe had ''real'' [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_the_universe#Dark_Ages dark times]] relatively early on its history, when everything was a hot, opaque, plasma. Once atoms began to form the Universe became transparent to radiation but the veil would not be lifted until the first stars were formed millions of years later.
7th Jan '17 9:48:14 PM nombretomado
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* The time of [[AbusivePrecursors the Ancients]] in ''EternalDarkness''.

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* The time of [[AbusivePrecursors the Ancients]] in ''EternalDarkness''.''VideoGame/EternalDarkness''.
17th Oct '16 9:22:39 PM LoungingInTheLobe
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* Until around 65 million years ago the Earth was ruled by [[UsefulNotes/{{Dinosaurs}} enormous, scaly beasts]]. It's pretty unlikely that they'll ever come back, though. [[Franchise/JurassicPark Unless, of course, we tamper in God's Domain....]]

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* Until around 65 million years ago the Earth was ruled by [[UsefulNotes/{{Dinosaurs}} enormous, scaly beasts]]. It's pretty unlikely that they'll ever come back, though. [[Franchise/JurassicPark Unless, of course, we tamper in God's Domain....]]though...
17th Sep '16 9:33:26 AM TheNerevarine
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* ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire'' establishes that 13,000 years ago a beast was set loose upon the Earth. This creature also known as [[IHaveManyNames Tiamat, Kur, the First Dragon and the Worm]], had spawned several demons that for a thousand years preyed on men like fish on a stream. Until, one man known as [[TheParagon Hurin]] united the people to fight against the Beast and formed the Vassals of the Morning Star. They succeeded in destroying its monstrous spawn and defeating the Beast; however, Hurin suckled from it and became its greatest protector, [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels turning from the order he formed and becoming the very thing he swore to destroy]].
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