Abusive Precursors are the ancient evil from The Dark Times. They are like Neglectful Precursors, except they meant to create the mess they left behind. This can range from god-like beings with a perverse sense of humor, all the way to actually being the Sealed Evil In A Can.
Game and Story Use
- Since most Precursors plotlines end up being Neglectful Precursors whether you intend it or not, you might as well just go all out and make them abusive.
- A fair amount of mileage could be squeezed out of the notion of depicting the greek pantheon as abusive precursors, or vice-versa. It worked for Star Trek.
- More Darwinian benevolent precursors may appear abusive as the "training tools" they left behind harry their successors - bonus points if biological differences make things harsher than intended for the successor species.
- In a setting with a titanomachy in the background, the titans may fulfill this role.