Cycle of Time

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The Cycle of Time, or the Cycle, is a pattern of events which has repeated itself several times. Each iteration of the cycle starts when a civilization creates intelligent biological or mechanical beings. These being rebel against their masters, resulting in a devastating war which typically results in the loss of technology. In at least some iterations of the cycle, otherworldly beings and prophetic visions guide a few individuals to ensure that a divine plan is carried out. The survivors on one or both sides of the conflict engage in a mass exodus, and eventually repeat the cycle.

The Ones' coup against the Final Five could also be interpreted as an iteration of the Cycle. Additionally, the fact that the Sacred Scrolls mention the Cycle of Time implies that the war on Kobol was not the first iteration of the Cycle, although it is also possible that it was the first and Pythia foresaw later iterations of the cycle.