SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
"War of the Worlds"
Written by: Toni the Mink
“Let me go! Put me down!” Eggman pleaded, “Please, I’ll do anything!”
“Silence!” the Xorda ordered as the two soldiers escorted him through the mother ship and to the bridge, where Black Doom waited with another Xorda. “Black Arms Leader,” one announced, “The Xorda have brought you the one named ‘Robotnik’.”
Black Doom glared fiercely at the obese doctor, and immediately snarled. “You fools! This is not Gerald Robotnik!”
“This is the one whom our data presented was the one named ‘Robotnik’.”
“GRAAAH!!” In anger and frustration, Doom swiftly struck the far end of the wall, shattering it to pieces.
The Xorda raised their guns. “Restrain yourself or else the Xorda shall use brute force against you!”
Black Doom turned around to face the Xorda soldiers. He was ready to forget the peace treaty…
“Gerald… Robotnik?” Eggman spoke meekly, then pulling back in fright once the aliens whipped around to face him. These aliens meant business, and he did NOT want to be on their bad side… “Er, uh… he was my grandfather. So, um, whatever you needed him for, I could be of some assistance…” So long as he didn’t suffer the same fate as the wall…
Doom was suddenly hovering over him. “What do you know of the Eclipse Cannon??”
“The… Eclipse Cannon..?” Eggman gulped, “Well, my grandfather created it, in order to seek revenge on Mobius after my cousin Maria’s death…”
“A weapon strong enough to destroy an entire planet?” Doom mused, “Intriguing… Shadow thought they could use it to destroy our planet once it came into your orbit. But the tables have been turned… ”
He pointed a finger at Eggman. “YOU! Where is this cannon and how do we use it??”
Eggman waved his hands wildly. “I’m afraid I don’t have control of the cannon!” he said, “Since the whole Biohazard crisis, G.U.N took control of Space Colony ARK, and the cannon with it!”
“What is this ‘G.U.N’?”
“Guardian Units of Nation. They’re basically the army of Station Square.”
Black Doom turned to his soldiers and the Xorda. “Find this Station Square and obtain any information you can on the Eclipse Cannon! Destroy any human or living creature that stands in your way!”
“Wait, WAIT!” Eggman cried. He wanted world domination, including Station Square, but this was overkill… How else could be take control of a city if there was nothing left to take control of? “The Eclipse Cannon… no matter how much info you obtain, I can tell you this much… It won’t work without the seven Chaos Emeralds.”
“It’s taken care of,” responded Doom, “Shadow is collecting the emeralds as we speak.”
“Shadow?” Eggman raised an eyebrow, “Isn’t he one of the good guys?”
Doom emitted a low chuckle. “Not anymore…”
Exhiled, alone, these damned spirits constantly plaguing him, Ixis Naugus had taken refuge in the canyons, all the way in the far western region of the continent, after his miserable loss against the Freedom Fighters and losing his reign as king after his apprentice had betrayed him*. He may no longer have the crown, but he still had the Chaos Emerald. No doubt those miserable furballs would chase him down to get it back. He’ll just have to stay sheltered until he came up with a new plan. If he can’t overrule the planet, he can deny them the chance to purify it with their precious gem.
They’ll never find him in this maze of a canyon…
The wizard twisted around to see a black hedgehog standing behind him. “Quickster!!” Naugus snarled.
The hedgehog smirked. “Not quite.”
“How did you find me?”
“I simply followed the chaos energy that emitted from your emerald. Speaking of which…” Shadow held out his hand, “Hand it over.”
Naugus covered it with his claw. “You’ll have to destroy me first!” he hissed.
“So be it.”
Shadow took to the air and struck out his foot, ready to drop kick. Naugus barely had time to avoid. He aimed his wand at the hedgehog and a blast of wind shot out, catching Shadow and throwing him across the room and into the wall. Before he could recompose, Naugus took advantage of the dark area to meld within the shadows and disappear.
He reappeared just outside the desert that hosted the canyons. He would quickly have to find a new place where he could not be spotted, far away from this strange hedgehog, before he could-
Before he knew it, the black quickster was in front of him once more. “It’s useless to try and escape. You could hide on the other side of Mobius, and I will still find you.”
“You don’t want to take my emerald,” Nagus sneered, staring into Shadow’s eyes, “What good will it do you?” He peered through the pupils, to Shadow’s brain, to the best of his ability. If he couldn’t lose him, he could at least “convince” him to leave him alone.
Shadow, however, remained unmoved. “Stop ogling me and hand over your emerald!”
Naugus concentrated harder. Why couldn’t he get through to this one? All he could get was this blockage!
Shadow’s gloves suddenly started glowing, and the hedgehog shook his head. “What are you doing..? STOP IT!” He jumped forward and landed a hit square across Ixis’ cheek, sending him crashing to the ground.
Naugus growled. Taking over his mind was no use… someone else beat him to it. This particular hedgehog was a lost cause. He’ll have to do the next best thing. As Shadow advanced closer, Naugus once again raised his wand and caught Shadow in another spell… crystallization.
The hedgehog’s entire body was completely covered with crystal, head to toe. He froze in his tracks. Naugus lifted himself back to his feet, taking pride in his handiwork. “No furrball will overcome an Ixis wizard that easily.”
Shadow’s gloves began glowing once more. Naugus took notice, and his eyes nearly popped out when the crystallization on the hedgehog suddenly cracked and shattered, revealing a fully flesh and blood hedgehog once more, fully enveloped with a white aura.
“No!!” Naugus cried, “How is that even possible?!”
Shadow raised his hands and pulled out a Chaos Emerald from each glove. “Your magic is nothing compared to the element of Chaos.”
“No… No, no no, NO!” Naugus screamed, “I’ve already been defeated before! I will not suffer any more humiliation!!!” The wizard threw everything he had at Shadow, fire, ice, water, wind, everything but the kitchen sink.
Through the destruction, a silhouette managed to walk through. “No… stay away from me!!!”
“You’re annoying…” grumbled Shadow.
In one last ditch effort, Naugus pointed his wand again, “FIRE!!!”
A parade of fireballs shot out and aimed at the black hedgehog. Shadow held out his arm and swiped the air, shouting, “CHAOS SPEAR!”
The spears penetrated the fireballs, creating a blinding explosion. Naugus had to shield his eyes, and unknowingly left his wand out for Shadow to snag. “No!”
Shadow jumped away a good distance, ripped the purple-colored emerald off the tip. And as an added bonus, he snapped the wand against his knee.
“That’s the least of your worries, you freak of nature…”
“CURSE YOU!!!” Naugus screamed, making a mad dash towards the hedgehog, who simply held out his hand.
The Ixis wizard was suddenly frozen in his tracks, his entire body covered with a chaotic energy. “You may have been a great threat to the Freedom Fighters, but you are nothing compared to me!” said Shadow, “I am the Ultimate Lifeform! You are just a hapless wizard. And now you will no longer be a bother to me or anyone else for that matter.”
“No..! Let me go! I order you, as former King of New Mobotroplis-“
Naugus disappeared, to who knows where?
*This has not happened yet in Archie. Since this arc takes place after the current storyline, this is just a guess on what happened.