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A long time ago, in an ancient time
Ah, but fantasists, game designers, and such create NEW ancient worlds all the time. Perhaps "ancient" nowadays simply means forgotten and rediscovered, like the Greeks and Romans. Not just old. Or, it could just be a repetition for effect, as would be the first line if it read "A long, long time ago"...
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