The 10th Circle - Abyss
After an accident involving a prototype robotic suit, Keres cadet Sky has recurring dreams where she finds herself in a place called Tartaros - a prison, a hell, a nightmare she cannot wake up from. Only one thing is certain: Tartaros is much more than just a dream, and as the lines between reality and her subconscious begin to blur, Sky is forced to question her own perception of the world.
Meanwhile, more and more mysterious accidents shake the city of Pharos to the core, threatening the safety and security of the last surviving humans on earth. Through her own accident, Sky finds herself drawn into the investigation of an enigmatic task force. The prototype technology, her dreams, a dubious doctor, a missing part of her medical files and a dark secret from her past all seem to be connected, but how?
Form here on, there's only one direction left to go: Down.
The 10th Circle is a story that, in the long run, centers around questions about the human mind: what is it, what happens with it when we sleep and dream, what happens with it when we die, and what does it mean to be human and to have a mind in the first place.
This story is essentially my personal love letter to my two greatest passions, science and art.
The scifi elements of the story are mainly rooted in my own comfort zone - less physics and space travel and more cognitive science/neuroscience.
Mature themes include mention of mental disorders and swearing. I will try my best to always put appropriate warnings up at the beginning of the affected chapters, but if you see something that you feel warrants a warning and is missing one, please let me know.