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5th May '17 2:26:26 AM Arivne
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* The Aurora in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'''s Lorwyn and Shadowmoor settings, which changes one world to the other (and the minds of those within). Its eventually revealed to be a magically slowed down [[spoiler: day/night cycle. A side effect of it being slowed down is the transformation into a world epitomizing the light of day and the darkness of night, respectively]]

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* The Aurora in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'''s Lorwyn and Shadowmoor settings, which changes one world to the other (and the minds of those within). Its It's eventually revealed to be a magically slowed down [[spoiler: day/night cycle. A side effect of it being slowed down is the transformation into a world epitomizing the light of day and the darkness of night, respectively]]
26th Apr '17 6:41:17 AM BeerBaron
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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' has this in the form of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Every thousand years his realm, the Shivering Isles, suffers an event known as the Greymarch where entities known as the Knights of Order ravage the realm, concluding with Sheogorath vanishing and the Daedric Prince of Order, Jyggalag appearing to destroy the realm. Leaving Sheogorath to recreate the Isles. [[spoiler: By the time that you're at the end of the main questline you learn that Sheogorath is really Jyggalag. A curse was placed upon Jyggalag, turning him into Sheogorath. Sheogorath then turns into Jyggalag every 1,000 years, and Jyggalag tries to restore his realm back into order, but doesn't have enough time to.]] The player, however, has the chance to end this cycle forever. [[spoiler: By freeing Jyggalag and becoming the new Sheogorath.]]
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' reveals that the universe itself runs on this, with Alduin eating the world and Akatosh renewing it every few thousand years. In the current ''kalpa'', [[spoiler:the ancient Nords disrupted the cycle by using an Elder Scroll to cast Alduin several thousand years forward in time. It's implied that this is all the player does by defeating Alduin.]]
*** It's implied that Alduin himself disrupted the cycle, by striking before it was time and (in the first Dragon Wars) by enslaving and dominating humanity instead of just destroying the place like he's supposed to.

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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' In the series' lore, the Kamal, an [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] race of "snow demons" are engaged in this. They are said to [[HumanPopsicle freeze every winter]] and thaw every spring, at which point they attack the Tang Mo ("monkey folk"). The Tang Mo have always successfully defended themselves against this attack. The one time the Kamal broke this cycle was to attack Tamriel (the continent where all of the games in the series to date have taken place) but were again defeated.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''
has this in the form of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Every thousand years his realm, the Shivering Isles, suffers an event known as the Greymarch where entities known as the Knights of Order ravage the realm, concluding with Sheogorath vanishing and the Daedric Prince of Order, Jyggalag appearing to destroy the realm. Leaving Sheogorath to recreate the Isles. [[spoiler: By the time that you're at the end of the main questline you learn that Sheogorath is really Jyggalag. A curse was placed upon Jyggalag, turning him into Sheogorath. Sheogorath then turns into Jyggalag every 1,000 years, and Jyggalag tries to restore his realm back into order, but doesn't have enough time to.]] The player, however, has the chance to end this cycle forever. [[spoiler: By freeing Jyggalag and becoming the new Sheogorath.]]
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' reveals that the universe itself runs on this, with Alduin eating the world and Akatosh renewing it every few thousand years. In the current ''kalpa'', [[spoiler:the ancient Nords disrupted the cycle by using an Elder Scroll to cast Alduin several thousand years forward in time. It's implied that this is all the player does by defeating Alduin.]]
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]] (It's implied that Alduin himself disrupted the cycle, by striking before it was time and (in the first Dragon Wars) by enslaving and dominating humanity instead of just destroying the place like he's supposed to.)
24th Apr '17 10:26:40 AM ChronoLegion
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In ''Luna Marine'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], David Alexander comes up with a possible explanation for the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox Fermi paradox]], especially given the discovery that the galaxy is teeming with sentient life. Moreover, at least three alien races have [[AncientAstronauts set up colonies on Earth in the past]]. He speculates that star-faring races arise periodically and expand out into the galaxy every few thousand years or so. But, at their peak, they're discovered and wiped out by a predatory species, so-called "Hunters", whose mindset is "kill them before they kill us." Then, the Hunters usually destroy themselves through internal warfare or multiple Hunter races destroy one another. This clears the stage for another few millennia until another "generation" of races makes their way into space. David fears what may happen if new Hunters discover Earth before humans are ready to fight them, while his nephew speculates that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans may be the next Hunters]].

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* In ''Luna Marine'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], David Alexander comes up with a possible explanation for the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox Fermi paradox]], especially given the discovery that the galaxy is teeming with sentient life. Moreover, at least three alien races have [[AncientAstronauts set up colonies on Earth in the past]]. He speculates that star-faring races arise periodically and expand out into the galaxy every few thousand years or so. But, at their peak, they're discovered and wiped out by a predatory species, so-called "Hunters", whose mindset is "kill them before they kill us." Then, the Hunters usually destroy themselves through internal warfare or multiple Hunter races destroy one another. This clears the stage for another few millennia until another "generation" of races makes their way into space. David fears what may happen if new Hunters discover Earth before humans are ready to fight them, while his nephew speculates that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans may be the next Hunters]].
24th Apr '17 10:26:27 AM ChronoLegion
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In ''Luna Marine'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], David Alexander comes up with a possible explanation for the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox Fermi paradox]], especially given the discovery that the galaxy is teeming with sentient life. Moreover, at least three alien races have [[AncientAstronauts set up colonies on Earth in the past]]. He speculates that star-faring races arise periodically and expand out into the galaxy every few thousand years or so. But, at their peak, they're discovered and wiped out by a predatory species, so-called "Hunters", whose mindset is "kill them before they kill us." Then, the Hunters usually destroy themselves through internal warfare or multiple Hunter races destroy one another. This clears the stage for another few millennia until another "generation" of races makes their way into space. David fears what may happen if new Hunters discover Earth before humans are ready to fight them, while his nephew speculates that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans may be the next Hunters]].
17th Apr '17 5:10:05 PM nombretomado
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* In StephenBaxter's novel, ''ManifoldSpace'', the Galaxy works on a so-called "Reboot cycle", where life, intelligence and civilizations appear practically ''everywhere'' in some form (that is, even as lichen colonies on the surface of stars, or giant crabs living of rogue planets). These civilizations advance, and begin a bubble-expansion at increasing speed. From there, the bubbles either collide resulting in omnipresent wars, or collapse in on themselves when they hit the lightspeed barrier and can no longer sustain the expansion. These events lead to massive technological backsteps and extinction events (which is why everyone is [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness bound by lightspeed]]; nobody has time to get really ''smart''). In addition to this, each cycle ends with the Galaxy getting sterilized by colliding neutron stars releasing ''massive'' amounts of radiation, blasting everything back to pondscum.

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* In StephenBaxter's Creator/StephenBaxter's novel, ''ManifoldSpace'', ''Literature/ManifoldSpace'', the Galaxy works on a so-called "Reboot cycle", where life, intelligence and civilizations appear practically ''everywhere'' in some form (that is, even as lichen colonies on the surface of stars, or giant crabs living of rogue planets). These civilizations advance, and begin a bubble-expansion at increasing speed. From there, the bubbles either collide resulting in omnipresent wars, or collapse in on themselves when they hit the lightspeed barrier and can no longer sustain the expansion. These events lead to massive technological backsteps and extinction events (which is why everyone is [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness bound by lightspeed]]; nobody has time to get really ''smart''). In addition to this, each cycle ends with the Galaxy getting sterilized by colliding neutron stars releasing ''massive'' amounts of radiation, blasting everything back to pondscum.
12th Apr '17 2:28:17 PM FordPrefect
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* The fossil record contains evidence of multiple mass extinction events which may or may not be periodic. At one time there was a theory that these were caused by a red or brown dwarf companion star dipping through the Oort cloud every 26 million years or so and sending showers of comets into the inner system. (In case this is worrying you, the most recent event was about 11 million years ago, so we've got a little time yet. Also, over the past decade or so sky surveys have all but ruled out the Sun having a companion star, even a brown dwarf one.)

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* The fossil record contains evidence of multiple mass extinction events which may or may not be periodic. At one time there was a theory that these were caused by a red or brown dwarf companion star dipping through the Oort cloud every 26 million years or so and sending showers of comets into the inner system. (In case this is worrying you, the most recent event was about 11 million years ago, so we've got a little time yet. Also, over the past decade or so so, sky surveys have all but ruled out the Sun having a companion star, even a brown dwarf one.)
4th Apr '17 8:15:56 PM nombretomado
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** {{Planescape}} setting. Every 289 years (17 cycles of the gears of Mechanus) the Great Modron March starts. It consists of a horde of modrons traveling around the Great Ring, causing devastation as they pass.

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** {{Planescape}} TabletopGame/{{Planescape}} setting. Every 289 years (17 cycles of the gears of Mechanus) the Great Modron March starts. It consists of a horde of modrons traveling around the Great Ring, causing devastation as they pass.
3rd Mar '17 9:00:03 AM Dravencour
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** In addition, there's the even rarer Incarnation Ceremony, which happens only once every thousand years, and which allows a member of the Godhand to be incarnated into a fleshly form. The most recent occurrence of this happens in the manga, when [[spoiler:Griffith is reincarnated using the body of Guts and Casca's corrupted child]].

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** In addition, there's the even rarer Incarnation Ceremony, which happens only once every thousand years, and which allows a member of the Godhand to be incarnated into a fleshly form. The most recent occurrence of this happens in the manga, when [[spoiler:Griffith is reincarnated using the body of Guts and Casca's corrupted child]].child during the mock Eclipse at the Tower of Conviction]].



-->'''Mariemaia''': History is much like an endless waltz. The three beats of war, peace, and revolution continue on forever.

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-->'''Mariemaia''': -->'''Mariemaia Khushrenada''': History is much like an endless waltz. The three beats of war, peace, and revolution continue on forever.
14th Jan '17 7:23:22 PM nombretomado
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* The four Sinistrals, villains of the ''{{Lufia}}'' series, are reborn every 100 years... a cycle which can only be broken if Erim, Mistress of Death, is the last one killed. [[spoiler: In the first game (second chronologically) she's your childhood friend. Guess what you don't do when she's the last one standing? Cue Lufia 3.]]

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* The four Sinistrals, villains of the ''{{Lufia}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'' series, are reborn every 100 years... a cycle which can only be broken if Erim, Mistress of Death, is the last one killed. [[spoiler: In the first game (second chronologically) she's your childhood friend. Guess what you don't do when she's the last one standing? Cue Lufia 3.]]
9th Dec '16 6:31:28 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* The first two albums by ''Music/{{Dragonland}}'', "The Batle of the Ivory Plains" and "Holy War", take place in a setting in which every century there's a war orchestrated by the goods between the forces of the light (humans, [[OurElvesAreDifferent elves]], [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves]], and [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]) and the forces of the night ([[OurOrcsAreDifferent orcs]] and the like)
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