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14th Dec '17 9:16:09 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Numenera}}'' is set about one billion years into the future. The main feature of the game are artifacts from earlier periods, collectively called numenera, which are based on technology that is like magic to the contemporary people, whose knowledge of history reaches back only for the last thousand years. Given how far in the setting's past the civilizations responsible for the technology rose and fell, the titular numenera can be anywhere from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions of years, many likely predating the formation of the setting's single supercontinent.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Numenera}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Numenera}}'':
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is set about one billion years into the future. The main feature of the game are artifacts from earlier periods, collectively called numenera, which are based on technology that is like magic to the contemporary people, whose knowledge of history reaches back only for the last thousand years. Given how far in the setting's past the civilizations responsible for the technology rose and fell, the titular numenera can be anywhere from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions of years, many likely predating the formation of the setting's single supercontinent.supercontinent.
** More specifically, the intelligent octopi who live in the oceans are an extremely ancient species, old enough to have seen at least some of the great ancient civilizations rise, flourish and either die out or leave. This is part of the reason they do not interact much with other species -- from their perspective, none ever last long enough for any meaningful interaction to occur. This also applies to individual octopi; they managed to make themselves ageless long in the past, and many octopi are thus very old indeed; their current queen, for instance, is over a million years old.
13th Dec '17 8:55:34 PM ElodieHiras
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* Two of them live in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}: [[spoiler: Salem, the BigBad, and Professor Ozpin, the BigGood. Professor Ozpin even got cursed by the gods to reincarnate every time he died since he failed in stopping Salem, while Salem appears to just not age,]] meaning the both of them have existed almost since the creation of Remnant.
8th Dec '17 7:48:11 AM Cryoclaste
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* Strongly implied to be the case for Rosalina, from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' While she's explicitly at least [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld centuries old]], the ending to ''SuperMarioGalaxy'' has her reveal that [[spoiler: she's overseen the death and rebirth of the universe many times in the past, meaning she is likely at least tens of billions of years old]].

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* Strongly implied to be the case for Rosalina, from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' While she's explicitly at least [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld centuries old]], the ending to ''SuperMarioGalaxy'' ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' has her reveal that [[spoiler: she's overseen the death and rebirth of the universe many times in the past, meaning she is likely at least tens of billions of years old]].
6th Dec '17 3:19:16 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Numenera}}'' is set about one billion years into the future. The main feature of the game are artifacts from earlier periods which are based on technology that is like magic to the contemporary people, whose knowledge of history reaches back only for the last thousand years.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Numenera}}'' is set about one billion years into the future. The main feature of the game are artifacts from earlier periods periods, collectively called numenera, which are based on technology that is like magic to the contemporary people, whose knowledge of history reaches back only for the last thousand years.years. Given how far in the setting's past the civilizations responsible for the technology rose and fell, the titular numenera can be anywhere from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions of years, many likely predating the formation of the setting's single supercontinent.
3rd Dec '17 5:47:26 PM TDragon
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** [[spoiler: the Nameless Entity that rules the void known only as the Empty is implied to be the oldest of them all, as he predates The Darkness, God, Death and Creation, as he was the original nonexistence before everything.]]
27th Nov '17 6:35:57 AM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/FateExtra'': The Moon Cell, an unbelievably powerful supercomputer in orbit around Earth (aka the Moon), has apparently existed before the Earth itself had even finished forming. Who built the thing is entirely unknown, though most believe it has to be aliens, since it pre-dates all life on Earth, and even pre-dates the ''gods''.
23rd Nov '17 10:39:56 PM NOYB
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** The Racnoss Queen fled and hid almost five billion years ago, and her ship is the core of planet Earth. No, the ship isn't hidden in the core; it is ''the actual, original core'', around which the planet formed.

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** The Racnoss Queen Empress fled and hid almost five billion years ago, and her ship is the core of planet Earth. No, the ship isn't hidden in the core; it is ''the actual, original core'', around which the planet formed.
23rd Nov '17 3:39:57 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': [[spoiler: the Nightmare is old enough that it cannot even remember if it was male or female.]]
21st Nov '17 9:05:51 PM Malady
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* The setting of ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'' qualifies, simply because they ''dont know how old their civilization is''. Oh, they have time travel technology, and they have fixed dates for historical events at around our present and beyond - they just dont know what date it is RIGHT NOW. At some point, the ridiculously advanced society simply lost track of what date it was, they currently tell time by counting the amount of years from the historical events of their own history.

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* The setting of ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' qualifies, simply because they ''dont know how old their civilization is''. Oh, they have time travel technology, and they have fixed dates for historical events at around our present and beyond - they just dont know what date it is RIGHT NOW. At some point, the ridiculously advanced society simply lost track of what date it was, they currently tell time by counting the amount of years from the historical events of their own history.
21st Nov '17 4:55:18 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'': The older kandra (revered as Faceless Immortals carrying out God's will) are often treated this way. They have centuries of experience infiltrating and manipulating human culture, and are in fact older than the world itself. The thing is, the world is only a few hundred years old, since God had to restructure the old, dying world in order to save everyone. So they are ''technically'' not examples. Note that the younger kandra are also older than the world (if only by a century or two), but they don't act with the same age because they were mostly confined to their Homeland before the world was changed.

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''Literature/WaxAndWayne'': The older kandra (revered as Faceless Immortals carrying out God's will) are often treated this way. They have centuries of experience infiltrating and manipulating human culture, and are in fact older than the world itself. The thing is, the world is only a few hundred years old, since God had to restructure the old, dying world in order to save everyone. So they are ''technically'' not examples. Note that the younger kandra are also older than the world (if only by a century or two), but they don't act with the same age because they were mostly confined to their Homeland before the world was changed.changed.
** ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': The ten Heralds of the Almighty are at absolute minimum four and a half thousand years old; they spent an unknown amount of time (but more than a few centuries) being repeatedly resurrected to help humanity fight off the [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Desolations]], until they [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere finally had enough and gave up their oaths]]. They wandered the world in anonymity for four thousand years, [[SanitySlippage slowly going more and more insane]].
** Then there's Hoid. He's been seen in every series in ''Literature/TheCosmere'', including ones that were centuries apart, and looks as old as he wants to. In ''Literature/{{Oathbringer}}'', Shallan asks him if he's a Herald, and when he confirms he's not that, she asks if he's as old as they are. He says that he had lived dozens of lifetimes before they were even born. He was present at the [[{{Gotterdammerung}} Shattering of Adonalsium]], making him roughly the same age as all the original [[OurGodsAreDifferent Shards]].
--->'''Hoid:''' Some men, as they age, grow kinder. I am not one of those, for I have seen how the cosmere can mistreat the innocent--and that leaves me disinclined toward kindness. Some men, as they age, grow wiser. I am not one of those, for wisdom and I have always been at cross-purposes, and I have yet to learn the tongue in which she speaks. Some men, as they age, grow more cynical. I, fortunately, am not one of those. If I were, the very air would warp around me, sucking in all emotion, leaving only scorn. Other men... other men, as they age, merely grow stranger. I fear that I ''am'' one of those. I am the bones of a foreign species left drying on the plain that was once, long ago, a sea. A curiosity, perhaps a reminder, that all has not always been as it is now.
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