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A Shaper relic

Shaper relics are varying is shape, size, and purpose instruments used by the Shapers to create the world, which were able to tap into the mysterious Anthem of Creation to form it. The Shapers endeavored to complete their work in nine days but suddenly vanished on the third, leaving their instruments behind.[1]

Overview

In the present day, these relics litter the landscape.[2] While the relics have been long abandoned they are by no means dormant.[3] They continue to tap into "echoes" of the Anthem of Creation[2] and activate at random with often destructive consequences, leaving the world in a constant state of change and largely inhospitable, save for the Freelancers, equipped with javelin exosuits.[3] The relics can both spawn life, and mutate existing life.[4]

When the relics tap into the Anthem, reality itself is affected. This can cause reality to collapse if the equations behind the use are in error.[5]

If an activated relic becomes overwhelmed by the Anthem, it creates a Cataclysm, often causing fragments to break off the relic. Lancers have discovered through trial and error that returning these fragments to their rightful place can, in some cases, silence a relic.

According to Arcanist Orun, some relics disappear when silenced. Others do not. Some reappear hours or years later. Others vanish forever or at least have never been found.

Known Relics

Trivia

In comparison to real-world technology, the Shaper relics are said to be millennia ahead of 21st century technology.[6]

References

  1. IGN - E3 2018: ANTHEM IS BIOWARE'S WHOLE NEW WORLD
  2. 2.0 2.1 Game Informer - Exclusive Impressions Of Anthem's Gameplay
  3. 3.0 3.1 Game Informer - Flying to a New Frontier: How Anthem Explores a Different Kind of Story
  4. IGN - E3 2018: ANTHEM IS BIOWARE'S WHOLE NEW WORLD
  5. Anthem, Inverse Functions
  6. IGN - ANTHEM: HANDS-ON GAMEPLAY AND EXPLORATION IMPRESSIONS
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