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Literature / A Batalha do Apocalipse

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20 Minutes into the Future, Rio de Janeiro. A man stands atop the Cristo Redentor as two other men approach him. They're all Angels and the two are there to question the first one about what side he's taking in the oncoming End of the World as We Know It. The novel then intervenes the adventures of Ablon, a Fallen Angel who rebelled against the Archangels and for it was cast down, from his first meeting with the human Shamira in ancient Babylonia to the European Middle Ages and the preparations for the oncoming Apocalypse in the present.

This 2010 novel by Eduardo Spohr takes influences from Abrahamic Mythology, High Fantasy Literature, Pop culture movies and literature and anime. It's currently been published in Brazil, Portugal, Holland, Mexico, and Turkey. Following the success of this novel, Spohr expanded the narrative with a trilogy set in the same universe, collectively known as Filhos do Éden (Children of Eden). The trilogy includes "Herdeiros de Atlântida" (Heirs of Atlantis; 2011), "Anjos da Morte" (Angels of Death; 2013), and "Paraíso Perdido" (Lost Paradise; 2015).

In 2016, Eduardo Spohr collaborated with illustrator Andres Ramos to release an extensive Spohrverse encyclopedia titled "Filhos do Éden: Universo Expandido" (Expanded Universe). This comprehensive guide delves into every aspect of the universe created by Spohr, offering detailed insights into the complete chronology, spanning from the dawn of time to the Apocalypse. The encyclopedia covers essential locales, the diverse planes of existence, the hierarchies of angels and demons (including castes and orders), and in-depth information about the characters featured in the tetralogy, an exclusive chapter on magical systems; a bestiary; a chapter for those who want to write fanfictions and an exclusive chapter for roleplaying scenarios, using the 5th edition of D&D.

There is a complete wiki on the angelic tetralogy written entirely in Portuguese.

This novel includes examples of:

  • Enchanted Forest: The Red Forest, a mystical grove in 13th century England that served as a vertex, a place where the Fabric of Reality did not exist and both the Physical and Spiritual Worlds connected. Among the oak trunks lived fairies, goblins and even a dragon. After Ablon was trapped for 200 years in Hell, the Forest was cut down by humans to build a new route.
  • Falling into the Cockpit: When the main trio stole a plane to get to Jerusalem, Sieme went on to fly it extremely well, despite never having been close to a plane before. Justified as, being a Seraphim, she absorbed the memory of a pilot in the conning tower and instantly learned to fly.

  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Although they do not appear as entities in the book, Ablon mentioned them to Shamira as analogies to human behavior, which brought misery to the world in the form of wars, famine, and pestilence.

  • Ludicrous Gibs: During his fight against Sieme, Apollyon was intercepted by shots coming from Israeli soldiers. In return, he used his demonic powers to blow their bodies apart, leaving only pools of blood and shreds of clothing.

  • Rage Against the Heavens: After regenerating from Shamira's attack, Nimrod rages against Yahweh and the angels, blaming them for the destruction of Enoch and Cain's legacy.

  • Tower of Babel: In 2335 BC, Nimrod, the king of Babylon, began construction on the Tower of Babel, a massive building over 1,000 meters high. The king intended to use it to reach Heaven and fight against God and his angels, as he blamed them for the Flood and Enoch's destruction. However, the Tower was destroyed by Ablon in a fit of rage in revenge for Ishtar's death at the hands of Nimrod.

  • World War III: After years of international crises, the main human nations split into two great coalitions: the League of Berlin, consisting of the US, UK, Italy and Germany; and the Eastern Alliance, formed by China, Russia and North Korea. As Ablon, Sieme and Aziel cross the world to rescue Shamira, conflicts between the coalitions are reported on TV and other media, including the detonation of six nuclear bombs (which Ablon compares to the Six Trumpets of Apocalypse). At the end of the book, Apollyon unleashed the Seventh Trumpet and ended the War, wiping out all humans and leaving Earth destroyed.