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!!!Descent [=FreeSpace=]: The Great War {{Cutscene}}s and monologues

->"Ours was a proud people, and always the strongest. For thousands of years our empire expanded; for so long we could imagine ourselves alone in the universe, for so long [[AbsentAliens never did we encounter advanced life]]. And we traveled faster and farther, spreading in our galaxy. And before long, we could see the day when our reachable systems would have been exploited; and then there would be nowhere else to go... And we discovered {{Subspace|OrHyperspace}}. It gave us our galaxy, and it gave us the universe. And we saw other advanced life, [[AbusivePrecursors and we subdued it, or we crushed it: in months, the elimination of billions of years of evolution on a similar but slower path.]] With Subspace, [[AndManGrewProud our empire]] [[TemptingFate would surely know no boundaries.]]
-->'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olVjk8bWG7E The Ancients, Part I]]'''

->"When [[OmnicidalManiac the Destroyers]] came for us, we attacked. Never had we been defeated. They were like the others: strange, hideous, resisting, fighting. Only these were not like the others: [[NighInvulnerable they did not die.]] We made our first retreat - we could forego one system. We left it to the Destroyers and went elsewhere. [[SuperPersistentPredator But they followed. They hunted us.]] They followed us when they retreated, discovered where we lived. For a long time, we did not know why they chased us. They were no ordinary enemy; they did not seek our territory, our technology, our resources. '''[[HeelRealization Now we know our crime was sin.]]'''
-->'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PuEVj1-R5M The Ancients, Part II]]'''

->"And we retreated to our home system; abandoned our empire. We believed at home, we would be safe. For they are not a terrestrial species. We know when we entered Subspace we were trespassers. [[TearJerker But our planet is our home.]] [[ForegoneConclusion And yet still,]] [[DoomedHometown they came.]] [[ApocalypseHow And our world was gone.]]"
-->'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSYwXhp-bVk The Ancients, Part III]]'''

->"[[ApocalypticLog There are few of us left.]] [[DownerEnding We know we will soon be gone.]] And so we can see our fate, as others will see it: there will be little legacy, no great expressions of what we once were. Our technology, our achievements, if ever they are seen again, will spawn none of the awe that filled our conquests. We know our fate: we are being eliminated. When we traveled Subspace, [[OmnicidalManiac the Cosmic Destroyers]] took note. When we conquered and colonized in galaxies where we had no place, the destruction and the anguish and the loss were the clarion call of [[LaserGuidedKarma our doom.]] And so, the Destroyers came for us."
-->'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N497VsMt-ss The Ancients, Part IV]]'''

->"There is little left for us, little time. But much {{Irony}}. We did discover [[SubvertedTrope they are not]] [[NighInvulnerable invulnerable.]] The Destroyers that darkened our skies like a plague [[WeaksauceWeakness can be harmed]]. But we have no way to deliver the hurt. We have the knowledge, but not the means. And so this is [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture our legacy:]] in Subspace, they cannot use their [[DeflectorShields Shields.]] And ''into'' Subspace, they can be tracked..."
-->'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr2REZis-x4 The Ancients, Part V]]'''

->"I know why [[{{Precursors}} The Ancient Ones]] were destroyed, and I know what they knew. I know that if not for the Shivans they would've perished long before. Without the Shivans, someone would've discovered The Ancient Ones in their infancy, and eliminated them; just as surely as they eliminated countless billions of others. I believe it is only [[AliensAreBastards the]] [[HumansAreBastards destroyers]] [[LaserGuidedKarma who are killed.]] [[MeaningfulName The Shivans are the Great Destroyers, but they are also the Great]] ''[[MeaningfulName Preservers.]]'' That is why, when we moved into space, there was no one powerful enough to kill us. [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Long had]] ''[[HumansAreTheRealMonsters we]]'' [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters been the destroyer: our turn had nearly come.]] In the [[GreatOffscreenWar Vasudan War,]] [[HumansAreSpecial we learned how to adapt.]] [[HumansAdvanceSwiftly We learned how to study our enemy.]] [[HumansAreWarriors We learned how to overcome.]] [[HumansAreSurvivors We learned how to survive.]] And so we did. All the jump points from {{Earth|ThatWas}} are gone, but the Shivans can rebuild them. [[SequelHook I'm told we can expect them again; but not in my lifetime.]] [[PyrrhicVictory Such is liberation.]]"
--> '''The PlayerCharacter, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXeI4EJiZh4 "The Endgame"]]'''

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