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Re: Why did the Precursors Flee (part 74,293)... New Theory? (Spoilers)
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2011, 10:19:46 pm »

Considering they enslaved the galaxy just by gaining control of single Ur-Quan scout vessel, that's not too farfetched. Honestly, this theory is one of the less implausible ones, though it begs the question of how the Precursors knew the Dnyarri would be a problem without being enslaved, and why they didn't warn anyone if they did know.
As you might know the Melnorme posses the MetaChron, an alien artifact which warned them about the Kohr-Ah threat before the most of others knew about it. That device is the most likely of the Precursor origin and it might have been used by the Precursors to detect the Dnyarri threat. About the warning, they probably haven't known anybody who hasn't extincted before the events of SC2 except for the Slylandro who would have forgot about the warning over time just like the name of the race that warned them. Oh, and the Mycon too possibly, but they care only about the Juffo-Wup. Everything else is just the unfulfilled void for them, including the Dnyarri.
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Re: Why did the Precursors Flee (part 74,293)... New Theory? (Spoilers)
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2011, 04:24:30 am »

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As you might know the Melnorme posses the MetaChron

Now hold on, to be fair only those who have played the original PC game know that this thing ever existed as it is not in the the 3DO version that our communities game is based on.

For those who don't know about this, in the original PC game you had 9-10 years to do everything before the Kor-ah attack. The Melnorme on your second visit to them mention this device and use it to tell you that based on it becoming grey, they would be forced to leave this area of space in about 9 years. The 3DO version only takes place over 5 years but the movement of time was slowed down so because of this change, they cut the line about them leaving due to this devices prediction as it would cause a continuity error.

So in reality, do they have this device or don't they?
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Re: Why did the Precursors Flee (part 74,293)... New Theory? (Spoilers)
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2011, 10:11:49 am »

So in reality, do they have this device or don't they?
The device was an idea of the game developers and is undoubtedly a part of the game, but somebody obviously forgot to put it in while porting the SC2 to 3DO platform. There is no point in denying the existence of this device "in reality".
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Re: Why did the Precursors Flee (part 74,293)... New Theory? (Spoilers)
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2011, 05:10:18 pm »

For those who don't know about this, in the original PC game you had 9-10 years to do everything before the Kor-ah attack. The Melnorme on your second visit to them mention this device and use it to tell you that based on it becoming grey, they would be forced to leave this area of space in about 9 years. The 3DO version only takes place over 5 years but the movement of time was slowed down so because of this change, they cut the line about them leaving due to this devices prediction as it would cause a continuity error.

False. Time flows the same way across both versions (I'm pretty sure), and the time limit is the same.

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So in reality, do they have this device or don't they?

Of course they do, SC2 DOS is most assuredly canon.
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Re: Why did the Precursors Flee (part 74,293)... New Theory? (Spoilers)
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2011, 04:14:26 am »

Yeah, we didn't have any 9 years to finish back in '93. We probably would have won on the first playthrough in that case.
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Re: Why did the Precursors Flee (part 74,293)... New Theory? (Spoilers)
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2011, 08:23:43 am »

That's right. I can confirm that since I still play SC2 on DOSbox quite often. The game strats on the 17th February 2155 and you have approximately 5 years to beat it, just like in UQM.
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Re: Why did the Precursors Flee (part 74,293)... New Theory? (Spoilers)
« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2011, 07:33:51 pm »

The only difference in time flow I (think I) noticed was that time moved much slower while in systems, if at all. Is this just me misremembering?
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