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Descent FreeSpace: The Great War Cutscenes 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 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. It gave us our galaxy, and it gave us the universe. And we saw other advanced life, 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, our empire would surely know no boundaries.

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"When 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: they did not die. We made our first retreat - we could forego one system. We left it to the Destroyers and went elsewhere. 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. Now we know our crime was sin.

"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. But our planet is our home. And yet still, they came. And our world was gone."

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"There are few of us left. 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, 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 our doom. And so, the Destroyers came for us."

"There is little left for us, little time. But much Irony. We did discover they are not invulnerable. The Destroyers that darkened our skies like a plague can be harmed. But we have no way to deliver the hurt. We have the knowledge, but not the means. And so this is our legacy: in Subspace, they cannot use their Shields. And into Subspace, they can be tracked..."

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"I know why 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 the destroyers who are killed. The Shivans are the Great Destroyers, but they are also the Great Preservers. That is why, when we moved into space, there was no one powerful enough to kill us. Long had we been the destroyer: our turn had nearly come. In the Vasudan War, we learned how to adapt. We learned how to study our enemy. We learned how to overcome. We learned how to survive. And so we did. All the jump points from Earth are gone, but the Shivans can rebuild them. I'm told we can expect them again; but not in my lifetime. Such is liberation."
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