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11th Sep '17 12:39:40 AM PaulA
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** The creatures in ''The Lurking Fear'' are somewhat like Morlocks as they are carnivorous de-evolved apelike humans. However, [[spoiler: it's not social class and evolution that turned them into this, but [[CannibalClan generations of inbreeding]]]].
** One of HPL's earliest stories is of an encounter between a lost cave-explorer and an ape-like subterranean creature he ''thinks'' is this trope. [[spoiler: At least, until the dying creature utters a few final sounds, revealing itself to be an ordinary man who'd been lost in the vast, pitch-black caverns so long that he'd reverted to animal-like behavior.]]

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** The creatures in ''The "The Lurking Fear'' Fear" are somewhat like Morlocks as they are carnivorous de-evolved apelike humans. However, [[spoiler: it's [[spoiler:it's not social class and evolution that turned them into this, but [[CannibalClan generations of inbreeding]]]].
** One of HPL's earliest stories is stories, "The Beast in the Cave", tells of an encounter between a lost cave-explorer and an ape-like subterranean creature he ''thinks'' is this trope. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At least, until the dying creature utters a few final sounds, revealing itself to be an ordinary man who'd been lost in the vast, pitch-black caverns so long that he'd reverted to animal-like behavior.]]
22nd Jul '17 12:10:00 PM Theriocephalus
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* And, of course, ''ComicBook/XMen'' supporting characters the Morlocks, mutants whose mutations are physically disfiguring and who live underground with others of their kind. Of course, even among the Morlocks, there are hierarchies, and the Tunnellers look down on the Drain Dwellers (and vice versa). Only one Morlock, Marrow, has ever been a member of the X-Men proper, reflecting the bad blood between the two groups.
** [[DumbMuscle Sunder]] was a temporary member of the X-Men... for about 1 or so issues, but he still technically counts, too.

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* And, of course, ''ComicBook/XMen'' ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** The Morlocks are
supporting characters the Morlocks, characters, being mutants whose mutations are physically disfiguring and who live underground with others of their kind. Of course, even among the Morlocks, there are hierarchies, and the Tunnellers look down on the Drain Dwellers (and vice versa). Only one Morlock, Marrow, has two Morlocks, Marrow and [[DumbMuscle Sunder]], have ever been a member members of the X-Men proper, proper (and Sunder was a member for only about 1 or so issues), reflecting the bad blood between the two groups.
** [[DumbMuscle Sunder]] was a temporary member of the X-Men... for about 1 or so issues, but he still technically counts, too.
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* An issue of [[Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen Allan and the Sundered Veil]] deals with Morlocks [[spoiler: where they revealed to be aliens.]]

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* ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen '': An issue of [[Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen Allan ''Allan and the Sundered Veil]] Veil'' deals with Morlocks [[spoiler: where they are revealed to be aliens.]]
aliens]].



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* [[Film/TheTimeMachine1960 1960]] and [[Film/TheTimeMachine2002 2002]] adaptation of ''The Time Machine'' of course.
* The 1992 adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's ''Lurking Fear'' of course.
* ''Film/TheDescent'' has the crawlers who like the morlocks are pale carnivorous creatures who have adapted to living underground but they are just mindless animals. H.G. Wells also happens to be one of Neil Marshall's favorite writers.

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* %%* [[Film/TheTimeMachine1960 1960]] and [[Film/TheTimeMachine2002 2002]] adaptation of ''The Time Machine'' of course.
* %%* The 1992 adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's ''Lurking Fear'' of course.
* ''Film/TheDescent'' has the crawlers who like the morlocks are Crawlers, pale carnivorous creatures hominids who have adapted to living underground but they are just have become mindless predatory animals. H.G. Wells also happens to be one of Neil Marshall's favorite writers.



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* The Morlocks in ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' were actually the more advanced race, providing all the food and luxuries the mentally deficient Eloi depended on.
** But subverted in ''Literature/TheTimeShips'' by Creator/StephenBaxter. After the time traveler accidentally changes history, advanced Morlocks live inside a Dyson sphere. They live in darkness because it allows a better view of the universe. Meanwhile the "new Eloi", basically standard humans, are busy blowing themselves to bits in pointless wars on the further interior of the sphere (where they can see the sun). At the end of the book, the time traveler [[spoiler: vows to try and view the original Morlocks as potential sapient allies and goes to try and deal with them.]]
* The creatures in Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Lurking Fear'' are somewhat like Morlocks as they are carnivorous de-evolved apelike humans. However, [[spoiler: it's not social class and evolution that turned them into this, but [[CannibalClan generations of inbreeding]].]]

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* ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'':
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The Morlocks in ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' the original novel, the {{Trope Namer}}s, were actually the more advanced race, providing all the food and luxuries the mentally deficient Eloi depended on.
on, essentially farming the child-like Eloi like cattle. They were supposed to be descended from the working classes of modern-day societies, who, as class divides grew sharper, spent more and more time underground tending to industry and machinery. Over time, they evolved into a race of pallid troglodytes who kept the machines running out of instinct as much as anything, still tending to the descendants of the indolent upper classes (who they over time adapted to feed on).
** But subverted Subverted in ''Literature/TheTimeShips'' by Creator/StephenBaxter. After the time traveler accidentally changes history, advanced Morlocks live inside on the outside surface of a Dyson sphere. They live sphere, living in darkness because it allows a better view of the universe. Meanwhile the "new Eloi", basically standard humans, are busy blowing themselves to bits in pointless wars on the further interior of the sphere (where they can see the sun). At the end of the book, the time traveler [[spoiler: vows to try and view the original Morlocks as potential sapient allies and goes to try and deal with them.]]
them]].
* Creator/HPLovecraft:
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The creatures in Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Lurking ''The Lurking Fear'' are somewhat like Morlocks as they are carnivorous de-evolved apelike humans. However, [[spoiler: it's not social class and evolution that turned them into this, but [[CannibalClan generations of inbreeding]].]]inbreeding]]]].



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* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' supplement ''Races of Destiny'', there are the Sharakim, who look like orcs and are seen as sub-human because of it, but are a subversion. They actually are "tainted" humans and are generally LawfulGood, while having a thriving arts and culture to show their difference from ''normal'' orcs.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
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In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' supplement ''Races of Destiny'', there are the Sharakim, who look like orcs and are seen as sub-human because of it, but are a subversion. They actually are "tainted" humans and are generally LawfulGood, while having a thriving arts and culture to show their difference from ''normal'' orcs.



* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' has a Nosferatu bloodline named the Baddacelli, nicknamed "The Morlocks". They are blind and live in the sewer.
** Hell, back in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', these ''were'' the Nosferatu. While ''Requiem'' makes the Nosferatu creep [[UncannyValley more subtle]], ''Masquerade'' made it [[LooksLikeOrlok a lot more obvious]]. As a result, most of them lived in "warrens" under the city.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' features morlocks, using the name from ''The Time Machine'', as degenerate underground-dwelling creatures that were once human. In a subversion, though, they were actually descended from the ''upper'' class of an ancient empire who fled deep underground, only to devolve into flesh-eating subhumans due to millennia of inbreeding and exposure to magical radiation. (Early ''Pathfinder'' sourcebooks also mention ''D&D'''s grimlocks, but due to the two races being almost identical, they've quietly dropped the grimlocks.)

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* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' has a Nosferatu bloodline named the Baddacelli, nicknamed "The Morlocks". They are blind and live in the sewer.
** Hell, back in
sewers.
* In
''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', these ''were'' the Nosferatu. While ''Requiem'' makes the Nosferatu creep [[UncannyValley more subtle]], ''Masquerade'' made it [[LooksLikeOrlok a lot more obvious]].obvious]], making them all deformed in some highly visible. As a result, most of them lived in "warrens" under the city.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' features morlocks, using the name from ''The Time Machine'', as degenerate degenerate, cannibalistic and demon-worshipping underground-dwelling creatures that were once human. In a subversion, though, they were actually descended from the ''upper'' class of an ancient empire who fled deep underground, only to devolve into flesh-eating subhumans due to millennia of inbreeding and exposure to magical radiation. (Early ''Pathfinder'' sourcebooks also mention ''D&D'''s grimlocks, but due to the two races being almost identical, they've quietly dropped the grimlocks.)



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* Spoofed as the Dumblocks on the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode "The Late Philip J. Fry". The gang is on a forward-only time machine looking for a backwards time machine, and the Eloi-like race they encounter say they could have one ready in five years. They return five years later to find that the Dumblocks have taken over.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Spoofed as through the Dumblocks on is the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode "The "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E7TheLatePhillipJFry The Late Philip J. Fry". Fry]]". The gang is on a forward-only time machine looking for a backwards time machine, and comes to the year 5,000,000, when humanity has split into two races: a foot-tall, bright pink and highly advanced species and the Dumblocks, “stupid, vicious brutes, who live underground.” The Eloi-like race they encounter say says they could have one a backward-going time machine ready in five years. They return The gang returns five years later to find that the Dumblocks have taken over.over and killed all the other humanoids.



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18th May '17 8:43:57 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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This concept has since ''[[{{Pun}} evolved]]'' into a monster archetype much like vampires and zombies but hasn't been overused like those tropes.

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This concept has since ''[[{{Pun}} evolved]]'' into a monster archetype much like vampires [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] and zombies [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]] but hasn't been overused like those tropes.
18th May '17 8:31:32 AM BeerBaron
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* The Falmer in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' are almost perfect Morlocks: They are beings who evolved to adapt to their underground condition and are a slave race of an industrialized empire that hates surface dwellers. If they run across any surface dwellers (either people venturing into their lairs or one of their rare excursions aboveground) they will kill or capture and enslave them. They also are known to torture their captives, and feed them to their pet [[BigCreepyCrawlies Chaurus]], judging by the number of human remains in Chaurus pens. If Alftand is anything to go by, they also skin surface dwellers and make leather from them. About the only Morlock trait they don't have confirmed is [[ImAHumanitarian eating the surface dwellers]]...but sometimes, when you kill one, you find 'Human Flesh' in its inventory... and human remains in their refuse heaps...
** They were once a proud and advanced race of Elves who were hunted to near-extinction by the vengeful sons of man after the fall of Saarthal, one of the first human settlements. Their de-evolution was the result of being forced by their masters, the Dwemer, to eat toxic fungi that rendered them blind and decayed their minds, and which their physiology has become dependent upon. For this reason, [[spoiler:Knight-Paladin Gelebor, one of the last remaining Snow Elves,]] refers to them as "The Betrayed."
** The most disturbing sign of their degradation is the fact that their souls can be captured in white soul gems. A black soul gem is needed to capture the soul of a sentient being, while white soul gems can contain the souls of beasts. The Falmer have fallen so far that they are no longer even sentient. Judging by the Dwemer machines that use white soul gems to power their weapons, the Dwemer almost certainly intended this. The Dwemer deliberately reduced the Falmer to mindless beasts just so they could use Falmer souls as batteries.

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* The In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the Falmer in of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' are an almost perfect Morlocks: They are beings example of Morlocks. Thousands of years ago, they were [[OurElvesAreDifferent a race of Mer (Elves)]] with a territory covering Skyrim and Solstheim, and who evolved had a civilization that rivaled even the Altmer (High Elves). However, they would clash with the ancestors of the [[HornyVikings Nords]] who were coming over to adapt Skyrim in droves from the [[GrimUpNorth freezing-over continent of Atmora]]. Ysgramor, an Atmoran leader, would rally 500 of Atmora's greatest warriors and lead them on a crusade to [[FinalSolution exterminate the Falmer]]. He almost succeeded, driving the survivors to beg for help from their [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] cousins. The Dwemer agreed to take them in, but forced them to eat toxic fungi that rendered them blind and decayed their minds, and which their physiology became dependent upon to survive. The Dwemer used them as [[EnslavedElves slave labor]] and [[ForScience test subjects]] in their experiments. (For this reason, [[spoiler:Knight-Paladin Gelebor, [[TheLastOfHisKind the last uncorrupted Snow Elf]],]] refers to them as "The Betrayed.") Later, the Dwemer did ''[[RiddleForTheAges something]]'' which caused their entire race to vanish from any known plane of existence in a single instance, leaving their Falmer slaves without masters in their [[UndergroundCity underground]] [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis advanced cities]] throughout Skyrim. Ever since, the Falmer dwelt in these underground condition and are a slave race of an industrialized empire that hates surface dwellers.places. If they run across any surface dwellers (either people venturing into their lairs or one of their rare excursions aboveground) they will kill or capture and enslave them. They also are known to torture their captives, and feed them to their pet [[BigCreepyCrawlies Chaurus]], judging by the number of human remains in Chaurus pens. If Alftand is anything to go by, they also skin surface dwellers and make leather from them. About the only Morlock trait they don't have confirmed is [[ImAHumanitarian eating the surface dwellers]]...but sometimes, when you kill one, you find 'Human Flesh' in its inventory... and human remains in their refuse heaps...
** They were once a proud and advanced race of Elves who were hunted to near-extinction by
heaps... Perhaps the vengeful sons of man after the fall of Saarthal, one of the first human settlements. Their de-evolution was the result of being forced by their masters, the Dwemer, to eat toxic fungi that rendered them blind and decayed their minds, and which their physiology has become dependent upon. For this reason, [[spoiler:Knight-Paladin Gelebor, one of the last remaining Snow Elves,]] refers to them as "The Betrayed."
** The
most disturbing sign of their degradation is the fact that their [[YourSoulIsmine souls can be captured captured]] in white soul gems. A black soul gem is needed to capture the soul of a sentient being, while white soul gems can contain capture the (lesser) souls of beasts. The Falmer have fallen so far that they are no longer even sentient. Judging by their very ''souls'' have been affected. (And given the Dwemer's status as [[{{Magitek}} masterful enchanters]], this was very likely intended as part of their corruption of the Falmer. It would basically give the Dwemer machines that use white soul gems to power their weapons, the Dwemer almost certainly intended this. The Dwemer deliberately reduced the Falmer to mindless beasts just so they could use Falmer souls as batteries.an ample source of ''[[PoweredByAForsakenChild batteries]]''.)
30th Mar '17 6:35:28 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** But subverted in TheTimeShips by StephenBaxter. After the time traveler accidentally changes history, advanced Morlocks live inside a Dyson sphere. They live in darkness because it allows a better view of the universe. Meanwhile the "new Eloi", basically standard humans, are busy blowing themselves to bits in pointless wars on the further interior of the sphere (where they can see the sun). At the end of the book, the time traveler [[spoiler: vows to try and view the original Morlocks as potential sapient allies and goes to try and deal with them.]]
* The creatures in H. P. Lovecraft's ''Lurking Fear'' are somewhat like Morlocks as they are carnivorous de-evolved apelike humans. However, [[spoiler: it's not social class and evolution that turned them into this, but [[CannibalClan generations of inbreeding]].]]

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** But subverted in TheTimeShips ''Literature/TheTimeShips'' by StephenBaxter.Creator/StephenBaxter. After the time traveler accidentally changes history, advanced Morlocks live inside a Dyson sphere. They live in darkness because it allows a better view of the universe. Meanwhile the "new Eloi", basically standard humans, are busy blowing themselves to bits in pointless wars on the further interior of the sphere (where they can see the sun). At the end of the book, the time traveler [[spoiler: vows to try and view the original Morlocks as potential sapient allies and goes to try and deal with them.]]
* The creatures in H. P. Lovecraft's Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Lurking Fear'' are somewhat like Morlocks as they are carnivorous de-evolved apelike humans. However, [[spoiler: it's not social class and evolution that turned them into this, but [[CannibalClan generations of inbreeding]].]]



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* The thematic play ''Theatre/{{Brand}}'' by Creator/HenrikIbsen has a vision how of regular humans will evolve. It starts out with an idea of "eartbound thralls", gradually devolving into something similar to Morlocks (Brand actually uses the term Dwarfs, but the description fits), all in the mind of the titular character, who has a really grim view of where history is leading mankind.

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* The thematic play ''Theatre/{{Brand}}'' by Creator/HenrikIbsen has a vision how of regular humans will evolve. It starts out with an idea of "eartbound thralls", gradually devolving into something similar to Morlocks (Brand actually uses the term Dwarfs, but the description fits), all in the mind of the titular character, who has a really grim view of where history is leading mankind.

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14th Jan '17 8:41:12 PM YgothanEru
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* The Falmer in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' are almost perfect Morlocks: They are beings whom evolved to adapt to their underground condition and are a slave race of an industrialized empire that hate surface dwellers. If they run across any surface dwellers (either people venturing into their lairs or one of their rare excursions aboveground) they will kill or capture and enslave them. They also are known to torture their captives, and feed them to their pet [[BigCreepyCrawlies Chaurus]], judging by the number of human remains in Chaurus pens. If Alftand is anything to go by, they also skin surface dwellers and make leather from them. About the only Morlock trait they don't have confirmed is [[ImAHumanitarian eating the surface dwellers]]...but sometimes, when you kill one, you find 'Human Flesh' in its inventory...and human remains in their refuse heaps...

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* The Falmer in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' are almost perfect Morlocks: They are beings whom who evolved to adapt to their underground condition and are a slave race of an industrialized empire that hate hates surface dwellers. If they run across any surface dwellers (either people venturing into their lairs or one of their rare excursions aboveground) they will kill or capture and enslave them. They also are known to torture their captives, and feed them to their pet [[BigCreepyCrawlies Chaurus]], judging by the number of human remains in Chaurus pens. If Alftand is anything to go by, they also skin surface dwellers and make leather from them. About the only Morlock trait they don't have confirmed is [[ImAHumanitarian eating the surface dwellers]]...but sometimes, when you kill one, you find 'Human Flesh' in its inventory... and human remains in their refuse heaps...
23rd Jun '16 8:33:03 PM nombretomado
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The name of this trope stems from ''TheTimeMachine'' by H.G. Wells. The Morlocks are hideous troll-like beings that haunt the night while the innocent Eloi culture sleeps. The book implies that it is kind of a BlueAndOrangeMorality: the Eloi have no conception of altruism, art, love or even the future tense. They don't actually have a culture. The Morlocks, on the other hand, are actually productive society members: they just breed the Eloi like cattle, [[ToServeMan and for the same purpose]]. The narrator speculates that, as the upper class constantly pushed the lower class below ground, the upper class lost the ability to think and work for itself, leaving the lower class adapted to operating heavy machinery and thinking logically. The entire thing is commonly interpreted as a critique on Victorian society.

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The name of this trope stems from ''TheTimeMachine'' ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' by H.G. Wells. The Morlocks are hideous troll-like beings that haunt the night while the innocent Eloi culture sleeps. The book implies that it is kind of a BlueAndOrangeMorality: the Eloi have no conception of altruism, art, love or even the future tense. They don't actually have a culture. The Morlocks, on the other hand, are actually productive society members: they just breed the Eloi like cattle, [[ToServeMan and for the same purpose]]. The narrator speculates that, as the upper class constantly pushed the lower class below ground, the upper class lost the ability to think and work for itself, leaving the lower class adapted to operating heavy machinery and thinking logically. The entire thing is commonly interpreted as a critique on Victorian society.



* The Morlocks in TheTimeMachine were actually the more advanced race, providing all the food and luxuries the mentally deficient Eloi depended on.

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* The Morlocks in TheTimeMachine ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' were actually the more advanced race, providing all the food and luxuries the mentally deficient Eloi depended on.
8th Apr '16 12:30:15 PM Sharlee
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** One of HPL's earliest stories is of an encounter between a lost cave-explorer and an ape-like subterranean creature he ''thinks'' is this trope. [[spoiler: At least, until the dying creature utters a few final sounds, revealing itself to be an ordinary man who'd been lost in the vast, pitch-black caverns so long that he'd reverted to animal-like behavior.]]
24th Mar '16 1:43:13 AM NozzDogg
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* Deep below the Martian city of Y'therthl in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' is a network of tunnels full of the mutants occasionally created by the ritual use of genetic engineering technology. Generally hideous and broken parodies of those above, they can still seek love and acceptance.

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* Deep below the Martian city of Y'therthl in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' is a network of tunnels full of the mutants occasionally created by the ritual use of genetic engineering technology. Generally hideous and broken parodies of those above, they can still seek love and acceptance.run the whole gamut of morality.
24th Mar '16 1:42:29 AM NozzDogg
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* Deep below the Martian city of Y'therthl in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' is a network of tunnels full of the mutants occasionally created by the ritual use of genetic engineering technology. Generally hideous and broken parodies of those above, they still seek love and acceptance.

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* Deep below the Martian city of Y'therthl in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' is a network of tunnels full of the mutants occasionally created by the ritual use of genetic engineering technology. Generally hideous and broken parodies of those above, they can still seek love and acceptance.
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