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11th Sep '17 1:42:58 AM PaulA
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** In ''At the Mountains of Madness'', the city of the Elder Things had been continuously inhabited since the Earth was young, for billions of years. The same applies for [[spoiler: whatever it is that lies beyond the titilar mountains]]
** In "The Haunter in the Dark", the protagonist writes down the history of an [[ArtifactOfDoom ancient artifact]] after gazing into it. Said artifact was originally created on planet Yuggoth (AKA Pluto), and came into the possession of the aforementioned Elder Things on Earth billions of years ago. Later it was worshiped by a race of serpent-men in [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian ancient Hyperborea]], until it was lost for millions of years before being found by the first humans in Lemuria and millennia later again in ancient Egypt, where the eponymous Avatar of the god Nyarlathotep was given its familiar name, and was involved in the fall of an entire dynasty. A few thousand years later it was found in the ruins of a temple and brought to Providence, where an occult cult formed around it.

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** In ''At the Mountains of Madness'', ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'', the city of the Elder Things had been continuously inhabited since the Earth was young, for billions of years. The same applies for [[spoiler: whatever [[spoiler:whatever it is that lies beyond the titilar mountains]]
titular mountains]].
** In "The Haunter in of the Dark", the protagonist writes down the history of an [[ArtifactOfDoom ancient artifact]] after gazing into it. Said artifact was originally created on planet Yuggoth (AKA Pluto), and came into the possession of the aforementioned Elder Things on Earth billions of years ago. Later it was worshiped by a race of serpent-men in [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian ancient Hyperborea]], until it was lost for millions of years before being found by the first humans in Lemuria and millennia later again in ancient Egypt, where the eponymous Avatar of the god Nyarlathotep was given its familiar name, and was involved in the fall of an entire dynasty. A few thousand years later it was found in the ruins of a temple and brought to Providence, where an occult cult formed around it.



** "The Shadow Out of Time" plays this to full effect by having the older-than-humanity scroll written in the [[spoiler:narrator's own handwriting]]. While the scroll's writer {{time travel}}ed, the scroll itself, and what remains of the Great Race's city (not very much, really) are still over 200 million years old, and are both expected to last at least as long into the future.

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** "The Shadow Out of Time" "Literature/TheShadowOutOfTime" plays this to full effect by having the older-than-humanity scroll written in the [[spoiler:narrator's own handwriting]]. While the scroll's writer {{time travel}}ed, the scroll itself, and what remains of the Great Race's city (not very much, really) are still over 200 million years old, and are both expected to last at least as long into the future.



** Casually {{exaggerated}} in "The Call of Cthulhu", in which the narration claims that Cthulhu is rising for the first time in ''vigintillions'' of years. Depending on whether it's in American or British notation, that's either Ten-to-the-63rd or Ten-to-the-'''120th''' years, or a ''vastly'' greater span of time than the duration of the known universe.

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** Casually {{exaggerated}} in "The Call of Cthulhu", "Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu", in which the narration claims that Cthulhu is rising for the first time in ''vigintillions'' of years. Depending on whether it's in American or British notation, that's either Ten-to-the-63rd or Ten-to-the-'''120th''' years, or a ''vastly'' greater span of time than the duration of the known universe.
1st Sep '17 2:26:09 AM PaulA
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* The titular creatures from "The Hounds Of Tindalos" by Creator/FrankBelknapLong are from an age "before space and time". They can move casually through the angles of time, to hunt those humans who have travelled in time and devour them.

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* The titular creatures from "The Hounds Of Tindalos" "Literature/TheHoundsOfTindalos" by Creator/FrankBelknapLong are from an age "before space and time". They can move casually through the angles of time, to hunt those humans who have travelled in time and devour them.
31st Aug '17 11:29:07 PM PaulA
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* Creator/HughLofting's ''Literature/DoctorDolittle'' encounters Mudface, the turtle who was a passenger on Noah's Ark in ''Dr. Dolittle's Post Office''. In a posthumously published volume, ''Dr. Dooittle and the Secret Lake'', we eventually get to hear the Mudface's story of the Great Flood which is alluded to, but not presented, in the earlier volume.

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* In Creator/HughLofting's ''Literature/DoctorDolittle'' ''Literature/DoctorDolittlesPostOffice'', Dr. Dolittle encounters Mudface, the turtle who was a passenger on Noah's Ark in ''Dr. Dolittle's Post Office''.Ark. In a posthumously published volume, ''Dr. Dooittle Dolittle and the Secret Lake'', we eventually get to hear the Mudface's story of the Great Flood which is alluded to, but not presented, in the earlier volume.
27th Aug '17 3:29:05 PM ScroogeMacDuck
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* Spirits in [[Fanfic/HauntedMansionAndTheHatboxGhost the Mansionverse]] are functionally immortal; Ammit the Devourer (yes, [[Myth/EgyptianMythology that one]]) and the One-Eyed Black Cat, two demons of unknown origins, still remember the Egyptian gods of old, and it is theorized some of the bedsheet ghosts in the Mansion are millenia-old ghosts who have, by now, completely forgotten their mortal life, and may have been Neanderthals for all we know.
25th Aug '17 8:34:27 AM thepigthatisawsome2
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** Radioactive material, while not lasting forever, can last an ''incredibly'' long time. The two commonly found forms of uranium, uranium-235 and uranium-238, have a half-life of 703.8 million years and 4.468 billion years respectively. By the time a kilogram block of uranium-238 ceases to exist, the universe may as well have ended. And there are isotopes with longer half lives than that; bismuth-209 has a half-life of around 19,000,000,000,000,000,000 years (that's well over a (US) billion times the commonly accepted value for the current age of the Universe) and is the current record holder for radioactive isotope with the longest known half-life. (If protons actually do decay, then all elements are "radioactive", but experiments have set a lower limit of ''at least'' 59,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 years for the half-life of hydrogen-1).

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** Radioactive material, while not lasting forever, can last an ''incredibly'' long time. The two commonly found forms of uranium, uranium-235 and uranium-238, have a half-life of 703.8 million years and 4.468 billion years respectively. By the time a kilogram block of uranium-238 ceases to exist, the universe may as well have ended. And there are isotopes with longer half lives than that; bismuth-209 has a half-life of around 19,000,000,000,000,000,000 years (that's well over a (US) billion times the commonly accepted value for the current age of the Universe) and is the current record holder for radioactive isotope with the longest known half-life. (If protons actually do decay, then all elements are "radioactive", but experiments have set a lower limit of ''at least'' 59,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 years for the half-life of hydrogen-1).
20th Aug '17 10:05:15 PM TheSinful
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* A few Winglies in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' are stated as having been alive during the Dragon Campaign, which ended over 11,000 years ago. Likewise the Divine Dragon and every surviving Virage is from that era as well. Lastly, [[spoiler:Rose]] actually fought in the Dragon Campaign and has been spending the centuries since then hunting down and killing the Moon Child.
7th Aug '17 8:33:35 PM Gamermaster
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* Dragons in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' are mentioned to have lifespans on the magnitude of billions of years.
26th Jul '17 8:05:15 AM BeerBaron
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** From the series primary CreationMyth come Anu and Padomay, the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification anthropomorphized]] primordial forces of [[OrderVersusChaos "stasis/order/light" and "change/chaos/darkness"]], respectively. Their interplay in the great "void" of pre-creation led to creation itself. It is from their [[PiecesOfGod spilled and intermingled blood]] that the et'Ada would emerge.
21st Jul '17 7:23:40 AM BeerBaron
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** All of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent et'Ada]], pre-creation spirits, qualify. Depending on their actions during creation, they would come to be known as either Aedra ("our ancestors" in the old Aldmeris language) or the Daedra ("not our ancestors"). All have existed since before linear time was even conceived of as a concept. Of them, Akatosh, the [[TopGod Chief Deity]] of the "[[SaintlyChurch Nine Divines]]" pantheon, was said to have been the first to manifest out of the raw energy of the universe. Perhaps fittingly, he governs over ''time'' itself. The [[TimeOfMyths Dawn Era]] came to an end when he and the other pre-creation spirits settled into their roles, with Akatosh specifically creating linear time as a concept.

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** All of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent et'Ada]], pre-creation spirits, qualify. Depending on their actions during creation, they would come to be known as either Aedra ("our ancestors" in the [[ClassicalTongue old Aldmeris language) language]]) or the Daedra ("not our ancestors"). All have existed since before linear time was even conceived of as a concept. Of them, Akatosh, the [[TopGod Chief Deity]] of the "[[SaintlyChurch Nine Divines]]" pantheon, was said to have been the first to manifest out of the raw energy of the universe. Perhaps fittingly, he governs over ''time'' itself. The [[TimeOfMyths Dawn Era]] came to an end when he and the other pre-creation spirits settled into their roles, with Akatosh specifically creating linear time as a concept.concept.
*** This also includes the lesser et'Ada, such as the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] and the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]], who are [[DragonsAreDivine divine]] [[OurAngelsAreDifferent lesser Aedra]]. There is no definitive answer regarding the origin of dragons other than that they [[MonsterProgenitor come from Akatosh]]. A Dremora, a member of a lesser Daedra species, upon being questioned simply answered that dragons "just were, and are," with no definitive beginning. The very concepts of mortality, being finite, and being temporary are so alien to dragons that these words, [[LanguageOfMagic spoken in draconic]], were used against them in a mortal-created [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um shout]] which temporarily ''[[BrownNote cripples]]'' dragons.
15th Jul '17 4:16:53 PM MBG
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* The one-shot ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' story ''Strange Visitor'' depicts a Superman in a universe where he started fighting crime [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks in 1938 at street-level]], but grew StrongerWithAge. By 2013, he's stronger than his mainline counterpart and has barely aged... but he finds, as the story goes on, that he's truly TheAgeless, and by the end of the story, he's literally survived to the ''heat-death of the universe''. Even moreso, [[SuperpowerLottery his power has grown to the point]] that he can ''hold back'' the heat-death of the universe, which he does so for billions of years, until the last life in the universe (the god Anu) dies.

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* The one-shot ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' story ''Strange Visitor'' depicts a Superman in a universe where he started fighting crime [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks in 1938 at street-level]], but grew StrongerWithAge. By 2013, he's stronger than his mainline counterpart and has barely aged... but he finds, as the story goes on, that he's truly TheAgeless, and by the end of the story, he's literally survived to the ''heat-death of the universe''. Even moreso, [[SuperpowerLottery his power has grown to the point]] that he can ''hold back'' the heat-death of the universe, which he does so for billions of years, until the last life in the universe (the god Anu) dies. Even through all this, though, he still remembers to save a group of astronauts that were lost in time in 1939.
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