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The subject of this article appears in the Metro Exodus video game.

I don't care if I'm called an idiot, but if even a single shard of the old world still exists out there, I have to find it.

— Artyom

Introduction is the first level of Metro Exodus. It serves solely as a cut-scene with Artyom as the narrator, briefly showing the history of the Metro as and after the bombs fell.

Transcript[]

"I still remember life before the War. I remember that we used to be different, used to live up there, on the surface. We used to be the masters of the whole world. We built gigantic cities of glass and steel, we crossed oceans at will, and we also conquered the skies. There used to be seven billion of us. We were not born for life in the tunnels. I was born to breathe fresh air and I remember it! The seven billion were wiped out by the Last War. Only fifty thousand managed to survive underground, with the Surface poisoned, burnt and teeming with horrible monsters. One day the radiation on the surface might subside, and our grandchildren or their grandchildren might be able to return there. At least, that's what my brothers-in-arms from the Order believe. Basically, there was no hope for us right off the start. Still, we, humans, are just too bad at surrendering. We tried to make the best of what we had, we banded together and worked to make the Metro our new home. After all, it might well be the only place left on Earth for humans to live. For a time, we thought we could make it... But, regrettably, the War didn't kill our bad habits. In the relative safety of the tunnels, corruption festered, and when danger came from above the ground, only a few of us stood against it, our numbers dwindling by the day. But I remember we were born for a better life, and I can't accept that I'm destined to grow old and die underground. I don't care if I'm called an idiot, but if even a single shard of the old world still exists out there, I have to find it. Between endless years of hopeless existence and even a single moment of hope, I must choose hope. I must find that signal!"

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