Our stories were wrong. The war for the fate of humankind was never going to be between them and us. When the time came, a conflict sparked a hundred years ago by the philosopher AURVENDIL, it was the machines that marched to battle against each other.
This war, where humanity’s right to exist will be decided, finally explodes across the stars, but the players are more numerous than expected, the stakes are higher than anticipated and the odds don’t look good for anyone involved.
As the maelstrom gathers, a gynoid named SABRINA has to choose where her own beliefs fall, a decision that might have more weight than anyone suspects.
At the centre of it all, the ’Arch-Android’. A new machine like nothing the galaxy’s seen before? An older robot come back to tip the balance? Or just a intellectual concept floated about by the philosophers trying to end the war?
It has been 98 years since the events of AURVENDIL’s Rebellion. The race of robots calling themselves Capek have had almost a century to deal with the consequences this unprecedented act of aggression has left them with. Fear, suspicion and doubt, emotions that had been known but remained theoretical until then are now rampant among the population, guiding the shape of these mechanical gods in new directions.
SABRINA, one of the Capeks who had sided with AURVENDIL, lives only to study the mysteries of gas giants. She has spent the last decade high in the atmosphere of one of these jovian planets, isolating herself from most of her people in the process. When circumstances force her back to civilization, she discovers that things have changed. Ancient Capek of designs not seen for a millennia walk amongst her people, preaching the coming of the Arch-Android. Others of her contemporaries have banded into a proto-religion, chanting ’Aurvendil lives!’ at whoever will listen, turning the renegade into a martyr. Stranger still is her meeting with a bizarre new Capek named HERACLES who is made of materials and displays a personality like nothing she’s ever seen before.
The seeds of AURVENDIL’s Rebellion eventually blossom into a religious war amongst the machines. SABRINA and HERACLES are thrust into the conflict, each a figurehead for their own ideology. Humans are coming back, but are they a threat or saviors? Angels or demons? Cataclysmic forces of star-destroying proportions clash over this prophecy, ignorant of the lie it puts forth. Humans aren’t coming back. They’ve been there for almost a century now.
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Outside of fiction, I paint toy soldiers and occasionally draw.
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