S1 E13: Out of the Shadows Part 1

Special guest writer Yuni Oha has gifted us with the next exciting episode of The Chaos Project! Read it right here!

One thousand years ago, a legendary hero defeated a mighty conqueror. But when the Eggman Empire uncovers a great power, it is time itself that maybe threatened. What is the mysterious Shinobi Clan?

And while you’re at it, consider checking out Pokémon Cosmic Quest Episode 106: That’s the Spirit!, a special episode written by yours truly. Visit the Pokémon Cosmic Quest Official Website for more information.

And how could I forget? Today is the 28th Anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, and therefore the 3rd Anniversary of The Chaos Project! Last year, I wished for us to get absolutely nothing new in terms of Sonic games so they could focus on giving us something even better next year. And my wish came true! I must be psychic or something. What do I wish for this year, with all this newfound power? How about…I got it! I wish for all Sonic fans to learn to get along and support each other in their differences! Like that’s going to happen! Oh well, I can dream.

-And until next time, remember to live and learn every day!

Preview: Season 1, Episode 13

Finally getting back on track with Season 1, with this very unusual episode of The Chaos Project. What makes it so unusual, you may ask? Well, that would be because I didn’t write it! This episode was written by a special guest author! Stay tuned for more information. But for now, please take a look.

Press Garden

A camouflaged Espio moves carefully and observes his surroundings. Numerous pieces of scaffolding and machinery have been erected around a strange pattern seemingly burned into the ground, and Egg Pawns march back and forth performing various tasks. Under a tarp, Heavy Shinobi orders several Egg Pawns about. Eggman, via a communicator, says, “I want this project wrapped up as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Heavy Shinobi responds, “Yes, of course, Master Eggman.” He points to a pair of robots carrying heavy equipment and shouts, “Do not delay, for this equipment must be set up, before nightfall.”

One of the Egg Pawns attempts to salute, but this causes it to lose its grip on the machinery, and it falls to the ground and crushes the Egg Pawn. Two more Egg Pawns rush in to pick up the machinery, while a third collects the destroyed robot.

Espio produces a throwing star. He says quietly to himself, “One precise strike could take out Heavy Shinobi.”

As he prepares to throw his star, Heavy Shinobi suddenly swivels around and announces, “Show yourself, assassin! I know, that you are there!” Espio freezes up. After no response, Shinobi declares, “So be it, I do not need to see you to destroy you!” He swiftly throws an Asteron shuriken straight at Espio.

Espio gasps, shocked to have been pinpointed. He quickly pulls out a kunai knife and deflects the projectile. Figuring there’s no need to continue in hiding, he releases his camouflage in a flurry of wind.

Heavy Shinobi draws his sword and leaps at Espio. Espio leaps as well, and the two cross blades midway between them, then quickly leap back.

Once back on the ground, Espio runs to the side, throwing a barrage of ninja stars at his opponent. Heavy Shinobi uses his sword to deflect each and every one of the projectiles.

Heavy Shinobi leaps down preparing to slash with his blade. Before Espio can react, Sonic knocks Shinobi aside with a Spin Attack.

Sonic lands next to Espio and asks, “You alright?”

Espio nods a wordless thanks. He suddenly shouts, “Look out!”

Before either Sonic or Espio can react, Heavy Shinobi has leaped back into action, and manages to slash his sword across both of them. The special blade causes ice to encase both Sonic and Espio the moment it makes contact, freezing them solid. Heavy Shinobi announces, “Enough waiting, activate the machine!”

From within his icy prison, Espio shouts a muffled, “No!”

 

Review: Season 2 Preview – Team Sonic Racing Special

Bum bum bummmm! Bet you weren’t expecting a Team Sonic Racing special to have such a big impact on the series, were you? Well, there’s a reason I chose to make this a Season 2 preview episode, instead of just fitting it in where we are in Season 1. Much like with my Sonic Forces special, the deadline crept up on me just a little bit too quickly, but I knew this episode had to go here, and nowhere else.

Really, this was a Riders episode with a few tiny references to other racing games. Team Sonic Racing was more my excuse to write this episode than it was the inspiration for it. And…having now played and completed Team Sonic Racing, I’ll admit that this episode would have gone down much differently had I known what I’d have to work with. If this were Forces, I would proceed to write a second, more direct Special Episode that actually is based on TSR. But this is not Forces. It’s a random racing spin-off, and one episode spent celebrating it is probably more than it deserves. But don’t get me wrong. I’m sure I’ll be properly canonizing this game eventually, just as I did Riders. It just won’t be today.

Working with the Babylon Rogues was a dream. They’re such well-defined characters that their dialogue practically wrote itself. And yet, their motivations are so ambiguous that I was able to do practically whatever I wanted with them. And the Babylon history is much-needed fresh element of Sonic world-building when it often feels like the Echidnas are the only bit of real history I ever have to work with. Naturally, I tried to make storytelling and character building as accurate to the original Riders games as possible, with the unintended side-effect of basically turning this episode into a plot for Zero Gravity 2. Giving Jet a reconstructed Ark of the Cosmos was a bit of a last-minute decision, and the whole “rebuilding Babylon Garden” thing was even more last-minute than that. The original plan was simply to have Jet in it for the money and protection from Eggman. But I felt like in the circumstances I provided, with such a heated clash of wills against Sonic, that simply wasn’t a strong enough character drive.

On one hand, it was a bit of a shame that Wave and especially Storm were so left out in favor of a focus on Jet, but on the other hand, the fact that the three are usually a package deal made exploring Jet as an individual far more interesting to me. So, will they appear again? Definitely. Will it be soon? …Probably not. Honestly, no plans until Season 6 at the earliest. But you never know.

Now I suppose it’s time to talk about the evil robot in the room. Metal Sonic. After receiving my first question from a reader almost a year ago about what my plans were with Metal Sonic, following his surprise appearance at the end of S1 E1, it felt so good to finally address it. Or at least, start to. Big plans this season for Metal Sonic, for Omega, for Sonic, even for Tails. But, I’m quite literally getting ahead of myself. Need to wrap things up with Rouge and the Anti-Rebellion first. This episode was packed with out-of-context spoilers for the finale of Season 1 and the premiere of Season 2, just to anger you and amuse me.

-And until next time, remember to live and learn every day!