The next episode of The Chaos Project isn’t quite ready yet, so we’ll be taking a brief detour for the return of Shadow of Time! Here’s a preview!
Amidst the alien world that is the interior of the Black Comet, Shadow steps forward slowly, wielding easily in one hand a long gatling gun, several times his own size. Before him waits a massive squadron of GUN Trooper robots, headed by three mass-produced Big Foot models, all with weapons directed at Shadow.
Doom’s Eye comments from behind, “So, the humans have decided to play their hand, have they? Go! Show them your true power, Shadow!”
“Hmph.” Shadow pulls down on the trigger, letting loose a continuous stream of destruction from the powerful weapon in his hand, which shreds through every last robot in the path Shadow directs it along, until there’s nothing left but smoke and a few scraps of metal. Shadow tosses the emptied weapon aside, and it clatters across the ground as he goes to pick up a new one from the rubble.
“Yes…show them how powerless they truly are!”
Another voice interjects, “Powerless? You hear that, Commander? The jellyfish with an eyeball just called us powerless!”
Shadow doesn’t turn to the source of the voice. “Sonic.”
Sonic stands with his arms crossed in front of a giant red mech. The mech floats with no legs, but has two massive, powerful looking arms, and a single large eye-like structure on the front of its head. Small white print on each of the mech’s arms reads “U78-X/D Diablon”. Holding the purple Chaos Emerald in one hand, Sonic points accusingly with his other at Doom’s Eye. “Why don’t you come out of hiding and meet us face-to-face, Boss Man? We’ll show you just how ‘powerless’ we are.”
Shadow turns angrily at Sonic. “I thought I told you to stay out of my way!”
“Yeah. And I told you to stay away from that thing.” Sonic again points at Doom’s Eye. “I guess neither of us is very good at taking orders. Which makes me wonder why you’re taking orders from a jellyfish!”
Shadow closes his eyes and clenches a fist. “You wouldn’t understand.”
“Is that what you told Tails before you attacked him? Or Knuckles, before you blasted him into a building? Or what you would’ve told Rouge, before you obliterated the military base!?” Shadow growls, and clenches even harder. “Shadow, I want to understand. I want to help you! But you have to talk to me!”
The Commander barks at Sonic, “Don’t you get it!? That monster doesn’t want to be helped! He’s chosen his side! And he’s ready to destroy us all!”
“Shadow…why are you siding with those black creatures?”
“It’s because…it’s what I have to do.”
“You don’t have to do anything, Shadow! You have your own free will! You don’t have to live for anyone else! You can help people, you can do whatever you think is right! I thought you already learned that!”
“You’re wrong! These humans don’t deserve help! They don’t value life, I’ve seen it with my own eyes! I’ve relived it over and over again! Even the innocent don’t understand! This is what I was born to do, Sonic. I can bring order to this planet.” Shadow closes his eyes again. “Just hand over the Emerald, Sonic. You don’t have to be a part of this.”
Sonic shakes his head. “I can’t let you go, Shadow. Not like this.”
“I don’t want it to come to this, Sonic. But if you try to stop me…I’ll destroy you, too.”
“If that’s how it’s gonna be, Shadow…” Sonic raises his fists “…then bring it on!”
Doom’s Eye commands, “Enough fooling around! Shadow, finish them!”
The Diablon bangs its metal fists together, and some sort of yellow ray shield raises around the mech. “This is for my family, and for Maria! I’ll settle this once and for all!”
After all that’s happened, the paths of Sonic and Shadow must finally collide. And only one can come out on top.