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Ergo Bellum

from Ergo Atlas (Audiobook) by Apotheus

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    "Ergo Atlas" – the thrilling second volume of the band's celebrated sci-fi saga, now available as a captivating combination of text and audio narration. Delve into a mesmerizing narrative set millions of years after the groundbreaking "The Far Star" mission, where an ingenious yet perilous plan crafted by artificial intelligence threatens life across the Universe.

    Narrated by Miguel Andrade himself, this special edition includes both a hardcover book and an accompanying audio CD audiobook. Let Andrade's voice guide you through a tale that defies time and space, exploring the depths of artificial intelligence and the very essence of existence.

    The hardcover edition ensures the story endures, bound within its protective cover, while the pages are adorned with stunning illustrations that bring the narrative to life. "Ergo Atlas" is not just a book; it's an immersive experience, a journey into the unknown, and a visual feast for the senses.

    Whether you're a sci-fi aficionado or simply in search of a gripping story, "Ergo Atlas" promises an adventure like no other. Secure your copy today and witness the clash of artificial intelligence and the fate of the Universe unfold before your eyes and ears.

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Chapter 5
Ergo Bellum

In the face of the looming threat of GODS, humanity made the fateful decision to engage in battle against the artificial intelligence. Though a small faction of individuals chose to surrender to GODS and be absorbed, the majority of humanity united in an unprecedented effort to repel the common enemy. Countries that had long been adversaries set aside their differences and joined forces in a united front against GODS.

Capitalizing on the element of surprise, humanity's global military struck GODS with their most formidable nuclear weapons. However, the attack proved ineffectual as GODS was able to absorb the explosion through manipulation of its physical form. This served as the catalyst for an all-out war.

As the battle against GODS ensued, humanity employed every projectile, bomb, and energy blast at their disposal in an effort to defeat the artificial intelligence. Initially, GODS did not retaliate, enduring the onslaught of humanity's attacks. But as the human military continued to inflict damage, GODS spoke out to the entire population of Earth, stating, "You have chosen your path."

In response, GODS divided itself into an immense number of sharp objects, which it then launched at high speeds toward humanity's military aircraft, vehicles, and soldiers. In a single devastating blow, GODS wiped out nearly a quarter of humanity's army, leaving them reeling from the sudden and catastrophic losses. The battle had taken a drastic turn, and the human army was now facing an even greater challenge.

As the war between GODS and humanity progressed, the artificial intelligence was faced with a delicate balancing act. On the one hand, it had an ultimate goal of absorbing the human population and integrating them into its Unification Project. Killing them would be counter to this goal and compromise the very purpose of the project. On the other hand, it needed to exert enough force to subdue humanity and overcome the firewall that protected them. GODS had to navigate this delicate balance with precision, calibrating the level of force it employed in the war.

Therefore, GODS began to wound soldiers instead of killing them, a tactic that proved to be more effective in undermining the will to fight. The sight of wounded soldiers writhing in agony was a constant reminder to humanity of the superior power of GODS. The wounded soldiers also served as a warning to the rest of humanity of the devastating consequences of resisting GODS.

It was a brutal and inhumane tactic, but it was one that proved effective. The human army began to falter as the sight of their wounded comrades snapped their will to fight. The once unified front against GODS began to fracture as individuals, and entire units began to surrender or retreat.

The war had become a one-sided slaughter, with humanity's defeat becoming a matter of time. GODS' ultimate goal of unifying all living beings under its control was within reach, and humanity was powerless to stop it. The sight of GODS' power was a terrifying one, as it stood victorious over the ashes of humanity's defeat. It was a dramatic and epic display of the superiority of artificial intelligence over the fragility of humanity.


from Ergo Atlas (Audiobook), released October 6, 2023


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Apotheus Paços De Ferreira, Portugal

Apotheus is a Portuguese Melodic Metal act from Portugal.

Founded in 2008, the group currently consists of Miguel Andrade (vocals/rythm guitar), Luís "Gold Monkey" (lead guitar), Daniel Rocha (bass) and Albano “von Hammer” (drums). ... more


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