S0 E12: Black Cloak Forever Part 1

I’ll admit, I dropped the ball on this one. Saturday came and went, and the thought of publishing this episode didn’t even occur to me until late last night. Anywho, without further ado, here is the newest exciting episode of The Chaos Project!

Sonic thinks that he’s finally caught on to the Black Cloak’s deceptions, but Black Cloak still won’t allow Sonic to stand in his way. But Sonic isn’t the only one who’s learned something. And when King captures Black Cloak at last, the truth will finally be revealed.

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Review: Season 0, Episode 11

I totally meant to post this last week, but I guess I just forgot. Oh, well. *clears throat*

And the plot thickens! Right now, I’m going to apologize for how ridiculously long that conversation between Sonic and Black Cloak was. Literally half the episode contained in one conversation, it’s almost a little sad. But I had a lot that I wanted to have said, and I got all of it said in a way that makes sense, so I’m proud of it. In fact, there was even a little more that I wanted to have said, but I couldn’t find a place in the conversation to put it. So have you figured out who the Black Cloak is yet? Last episode was all about throwing you off, but I dropped a great number of hints this time around. That cliffhanger at the end was one of the big ones.

Now, I am feeling a little bit sad at this point that I’m having Sonic being so mistrustful as a person. It does sort of go against his old character. But then, I suppose, that’s exactly what I’m aiming for. With a big change coming in his life, Sonic, like any other character, needs time to figure himself out. One thing I am very glad for, however, is the time he’s getting with Rouge. These are two characters who have essentially never interacted before, besides him giving her the Inhibitor Ring, and them fighting once in Sonic Heroes. Ideally, I would be showing their personalities clashing a bit more, considering that they each have very different outlooks on life, but Sonic’s character struggles are making that a lot less true. But what’s more important is that they are getting this time to bond over Shadow. In the future of the series, I have something very important planned, which requires Sonic to trust her far more than their few previous encounters would justify. And…I suppose that’s all I have this time.

– So, until next time, remember to live and learn every day!

Preview: Season 0, Episode 12

The Black Cloak has finally been caught. Now all that remains for King is to remove the hood, and discover his true identity.

The Black Cloak mutters, “How could I have slipped up like this…?”

“Slipped up, you have, my irritating adversary.” From the shadows of the cavern, behind the lineup of androids, a pair of yellow eyes stare out.

Sonic says with disdain, “King.”

“Shut up, you. You are nothing to me.”

Sonic sighs in irritation, but obeys.

“And as for you…” Black Cloak remains almost impossibly still. “…you will drop to your knees. Now.”

“I…I’m not afraid of you.”

“Oh really? Well, you had me fooled. But just to make sure, let’s get one thing clear. Get on the ground, or my androids will open fire.”

“Your weapons don’t scare me. I won’t let you control me.”

“Oh, they won’t fire at you. They’ll fire at your little blue friend over there.” Suddenly, all the weapons in the room turn to face Sonic. A strangely distant, quiet voice can almost be heard shouting, “What!?”

Sonic tries to interject, “Don’t let–”

“I said shut up!” Sonic bows his head again. “So, tell me, hero. What’s it going to be? Your pride? Or the innocent life?”

Black Cloak looks from Sonic, to the androids, to the eyes of King. Finally, slowly, he raises his arms, and drops to his knees. “My life is yours. I surrender.”

“Oh, marvelous! I must give you credit, you are an intelligent man. And I am quite impressed at how you’ve managed to pique my curiosity so. But I must know. I must learn. Androids…bring him here. Let us see who this vigilante really is.” Two androids step out of line to grab Black Cloak by the arms, dragging him to the edge of the shadows. He doesn’t resist.

King’s mechanical arm reaches out from his place in the shadows, and firmly grasps the rim of Black Cloak’s hood. Sonic shows surprise at the robotic limb, but a look into King’s eyes reassures him. The two androids who broke formation still hold Black Cloak by the arms, but the rest have all stepped out of the way, leaving little resistance between Sonic and King. But then Sonic shakes his head. His eyes are drawn back to the Black Cloak. Little by little, his hood is being pulled back. First to be revealed are the red fringes streaking the top of his eyes. Sonic’s eyes fill with curiosity at the sight. “No…”

S0 E11: Black Cloak and Sonic

The mystery of the Black Cloak continues to unfold in this revealing new episode of The Chaos Project. Read it here!

Sonic and Black Cloak have been lost down a chasm, barely escaping the last fight with their lives. Now they must escape together. Sonic wants to take advantage of the time to learn all he can. And the Black Cloak seems surprisingly willing to share. But for every question he answers, two more are posed. What is he really hiding?

Preview: Season 0, Episode 11

Sonic and Black Cloak have been lost down a chasm, barely escaping the last fight with their lives. Now they must escape together. Maybe the Black Cloak is more open to teamwork than he first let on…

(A warning: this preview, and this episode as a whole, contains references to violence and some “animated” blood which may not be suitable for young children. I have still determined that the rating for this story should remain at K+, but just barely. Reader discretion is advised.)

Slowly, Sonic returns to consciousness. Though he opens his eyes, he still sees only blackness. “Wha…what happened?”

The voice of Black Cloak speaks from nearby, “You shoved us into the chasm, remember? You’re lucky I was able to break your fall, or you could’ve been injured a lot worse.”

“You don’t sound very grateful…considering I just saved your life.” He gets to his feet.

“I’ve been waiting on that encounter for a while now. It was supposed to be my way straight to King. Forgive me if I’m bothered at my own failure.”

Still a bit dazed, Sonic looks straight up. A small amount of dim moonlight filters down from high above. Some slight amount of visibility returns as Sonic’s eyes adjust to the darkness. Suddenly, he becomes aware of the mildly searing pain in his arm. He moves his hand up to cover the spot, and it comes away sticky with blood.

“The bullet grazed your arm. The one meant for me. You should get that wrapped up.”

Something dawns on Sonic. “You…you stayed here. Why didn’t you just leave?”

“Some hero I’d be if I left an injured man trapped at the bottom of a hole.”

“But I thought you weren’t a hero. You said that yourself.”

“Yeah, I– uh, I mean– you– ugh, nevermind! Forget I said anything…”

“What’s the matter? Did I hit a nerve? I was beginning to wonder if you even had any of those.”

“Come on. We need to get out of here.”

Sonic agrees to drop the last subject. “And how do you propose we do that?”

“You can use Chaos Control. Just warp us back up. You do have a Chaos Emerald, don’t you?”

Sonic pulls out his blue Chaos Emerald. Its soft light helps to illuminate the pit. “I…I could. But I shouldn’t.”

“Shouldn’t?”

“Chaos Control…I’ve only successfully used it a few times in my life. And every one of those times, it was absolutely necessary. Do you have any idea…how dangerous it is?”

“Dangerous? I think you’re talking about the wrong Chaos power. I’d say you have it lucky.”

“I had never really thought about it before…before recently. Warping instantly to any location you can think of…one lapse in concentration, and you end up inside of a wall or something. I’m not going to take that risk, not unless I have to. And certainly not if I’m putting someone else at risk.”

Black Cloak thinks on that for a moment. “I…guess I never thought about it that way. Well, luckily for you, I do know another way out of here. But it will have dangers of its own.”

Sonic shrugs, but winces from the pain in his arm. Through gritted teeth, he still lets out a sarcastic, “Lead the way.” The two walk off, the Chaos Emerald lighting their way.