Be prepared to ask yourself: “Is that really how it happened?” To celebrate the release of Sonic Mania, I’ve published a new page on the website; the Sonic the Hedgehog Timeline. This page attempts to set straight the many events, historical and modern alike, that have occurred in the Sonic Universe, including events from The Chaos Project. This timeline is not official, nor canon, but explains the timescale as it is used in the story. It was constructed using a combination of specific dates mentioned in-game, extrapolation of approximate time between games, and plenty of wild guesses.
Mostly, I’m here to deliver the unfortunate news that, as happened after the Speed of Time arc, The Chaos Project will now be going on another short break while I finish writing the final episode of the upcoming arc, Birth of Blacklight, now that the Black Cloak arc is finished. As was the case last time, I’ll be spreading out the posting content so that I still have something to publish every Saturday. Normally, I would be posting the review of last week’s episode now, but between Thursday’s Opinion Piece of Sonic Forces and this post, I feel that I have enough to push that off to next week. Expect a preview of next episode the following week, and the episode itself to be published the week after that.
Now, there is a little more to talk about. I’ve been neglecting to update some of the finer details on the website after publishing the last few episodes, but now everything is completely up-to-date, and then some. Preparations for the upcoming arc have been made, such as the reorganization of the character guide to reflect the most important characters to come. More importantly, I’ve published a new page, title “Image Gallery,” which contains all of the custom images I’ve ever made for these stories, including several images which have been replaced and can no longer be seen anywhere else. Also included are some first looks at custom-made sprites for characters who haven’t had their official debuts yet, such as Omega and the Chaotix. Most importantly, there is a 100% exclusive image of “Super Black Cloak,” Shadow in his Super Form as seen in the final episode of the Black Cloak arc, complete with broken chains, torn face mask, material burned away from the feet, and of course, his new superhero emblem emblazoned on his chest. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for the addition of a preview look at the cover art for the upcoming story arc.
-And until next time, remember to live and learn every day!
Today is a special day, not just for the sake of this preview. Today marks the one-year anniversary from the day I first conclusively decided to write this story, which I marked by making this website. I was constantly questioning myself before then, but it was one year ago today that I knew I wouldn’t be going back. It was a few days later that I started writing Cast by the Light, in order to get the practice I wanted before getting started for real. Of course, the anniversary of The Chaos Project itself is still a full 5 months off, first published on June 23rd, Sonic’s Birthday. But this day is still important to me, and it really puts into perspective how big of a project I’m undertaking here. Anyways, without further delay, here’s your regularly-scheduled preview.
Unsure of where else to turn, Sonic has decided to enlist the help of the Black Cloak in his search for Shadow. But Black Cloak seems to have other plans.
Sonic stands high atop a building, perhaps the tallest in the whole city. Behind him, a huge red sign reads, “The Daily News.” Behind the sign is an incredible view of a great city, full of more tall buildings, and crisscrossing roads. But in the direction that Sonic stares off into, a different story is told. Just as many buildings are in shambles as in fair repair. Sections of road are torn from the ground, lying in rubble or twisted into all sorts of impossible ramps and loops. Massive fissures in the ground appear regularly, just a few of them with makeshift bridges stretched across. Wrecked cars still lie on many of the undamaged streets.
“What are you doing here?” The Black Cloak stands behind Sonic, cloak billowing in the wind.
Sonic doesn’t seem surprised at his sudden appearance. “The fact that you’re here tells me you already know the answer to that question.”
“How did you know I would come?”
“It’s a pretty tall building. You can see the whole city from here. Look.” Sonic points off to an area on the outskirts of the city, with a nearby welcome sign. “You can even see where we fought those robots together. If someone were in trouble, there or anywhere else in the city…you could see it from here. Seems like a pretty good spot for your line of work.”
“It’s certainly not the tallest building.” He points off to another building not far away, on the border between the thriving city and the ruined one. Many stories taller than the one they stand on now, the sign reads, “King Industries.”
“I figured you wouldn’t be thrilled if you had to hang out there often.”
“You aren’t wrong about that.” He is silent for a moment. “…I saw that you’ve brought a friend in with you. She shouldn’t be here. It’s too dangerous.”
“So you’ve been spying on me? No wonder you got here so quickly. Rouge can handle herself just fine. There’s someone else I’m worried about. That’s why I’m here. That’s why I want your help.”
“Help from a dangerous vigilante like me, for the great Sonic the Hedgehog? You must be desperate.”
“I’m not that kind of person anymore. There are things that matter a whole lot more than my reputation. Like my friends.” Sonic pulls out the folder the Commander gave to him, full of everything known about Shadow. He tosses it forward, and it slides across the building, coming to a stop at Black Cloak’s feet. He picks it up and begins looking through it. “His name is Shadow the Hedgehog, you’ve probably heard of him. Especially around these parts. He went missing a few weeks ago, without a trace.”
Black Cloak stays silent for a long moment. “…And you think this ‘Shadow’ is here, in Westopolis?”
“It’s the only lead we have.”
Black Cloak tosses the folder back. “I don’t do personal jobs. I have bigger things to worry about. But I’ll keep an eye out. If I see any sign of your friend, I’ll be sure to tell you. Do you have anything else to waste my time with?”
“Are you sure you don’t know anything about him? Where he might be?”
“I’m sure that I haven’t seen his face since…since before I started working here.”
“If I ever need your help again, can I meet you here?”
Black Cloak turns and starts to walk away. “Don’t count on it.”
“But how will I find you!?”
He stops on the edge of the building and looks back. “You won’t.” With that, he leaps off the side.
First off, I want to express how truly sorry I am. I was scheduled to publish the next episode of The Chaos Project 6 days ago, and I missed it without a word. I was fully intending to until that very day, but something unexpected came up, and I’ve been completely unable to work on anything Chaos Project related ever since. I intend to publish it tomorrow instead, after which I’ll be taking a brief holiday break from publishing. I’m still stuck on this one episode, ad I’m up to over two months spent working on it.
The other reason I came here has to do with an interesting contradiction that just came up against my story. As you may know, the Sonic pack for the Lego Dimensions game was recently released, which, surprisingly enough, actually has enough of its own story to mess with the current canon. But I find it quite unusual how this contradiction occurred. In the game, the three classic models of Metal Sonic serve as boss fights, those being Metal Sonic classic from Sonic CD, Mecha Sonic from Sonic 3 & Knuckles… … …and Robo Sonic. The Sonic doppleganger from Sonic 2 (the handheld one), which I and the rest of the Sonic community have always known as “Silver Sonic” is referred to as “Robo Sonic” instead. See the problem? In The Chaos Project, I applied the name “Robo Sonic” to the unnamed Sonic robot seen in a pod in Sonic Adventure (called Silver Sonic v2.0 in the comics, further proof that there is supposed to be a Silver Sonic 1). Now, let’s be honest. Lego Dimensions isn’t exactly canon to the Sonic universe, or else Shadow would be a florist, among other canon-breaking jokes. That being said, this is technically the first time that this robot has been named within a video game, otherwise only existing in official statements and instruction booklets and whatnot, which are all technically non-canon as well. So for now, here’s how it is. Sonic News Network, one of my primary sources for research for my story, has not renamed Silver Sonic to Robo Sonic on the Mecha Sonic page, but instead included it as a trivia footnote that the robot has a different name in Lego Dimensions. Unless something more definitive happens to suggest that this new name is canon, I will treat it the same way, and S0 E4 will not be retconned to have the real Robo Sonic switch names with Silver Sonic (If you ask me, there’s not much Silver about that one. Looking at you, comics). If any such definitive evidence comes, I expect to apply the retcon that what I called Robo Sonic was actually Robo Sonic II or v2.0 or whatever (making my story line up better with the comics, ironically enough). But, once again, I don’t expect that to happen any time in the near future. That’s all I have for now, so see you tomorrow.
– And until next time, remember to live and learn every day!
Now, almost 8 hours after I intended to post the next episode of the Chaos Project, this is my very first chance to do that, and I may not even have enough time. I’ve been pretty busy, and the 25 hour Sonic game livestream going on at https://www.twitch.tv/sonicofficial didn’t help. Since I’m a little behind on writing now, and I’m so late anyways, I’ve decided to hold off on publishing the episode until next week. Sorry for any inconvenience. Instead, please enjoy this little preview of the episode.
Silver has made it to an upstairs area. As he walks down the hallway, he passes a window at regular intervals looking down at a room in the floor below. Some rooms contain tables covered in what appear to be beakers of various chemicals of every imaginable color. Other rooms contain what appear to be stasis pods, or small, empty cages. Still other rooms contain only a single chair, covered in straps and harnesses. “This place just keeps getting creepier.” Silver just keeps walking along, keeping a close eye out for the Sapphire.
He stops as he hears a noise from up ahead, the clanking of metal. He runs ahead a few rooms and finds where the sound came from. Through the window to the floor below, a tall, somewhat large man in a lab coat can be seen opening a cage. The sounds coming from the room can be heard clearly. Not noticing Silver watching him, the man begins to speak with a gruff, vaguely familiar voice, “Subject 000, it is time for your next test.”
A weak, almost unrecognizable voice responds from within the cage, “I…I can’t. I’m not ready for another test… None of us are.”
“Now, now, my friend, how am I to help you if you won’t help me? Didn’t you tell me that you want to learn more of your own potential?”
“I…I won’t. Not another test…”
The man begins to raise his voice. “That’s quite enough fooling around. You are coming with me right now, even if I have to force you!”
Slowly, carefully, the one called Subject 000 begins to emerge from the cage. He is none other than Zero the Hedgehog.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been having a bit of trouble writing at a steady pace. But as of now, I have finally decided upon a point at which I am nearly certain I can meet all of my goals. The first epsiode of The Chaos Project will be published on Thursday, June 23rd. Bonus points if you know why. I cannot confirm a time of day at this point, but that information may come soon. I hope to see you all then!
-And until next time, keep livin’ and learnin’!
This is going to become the official website for a Sonic the Hedgehog FanFiction, including special images, news, and other exclusive information. If you’re interested, keep an eye on the site. I expect the story to be out within a couple of months, maybe less.
Despite the above mention of an upcoming release, I’m afraid that writing is going a bit slower than I was hoping. Currently, I am in the process of writing episode 6 (episodes are between 3000-5000 words each). At the rate I’m going, I’m writing about one episode every two weeks. Ideally, episodes will be made available to the public at such a time that, being posted exactly once a week, the writing of the final episode of the season will be completed before that episode would be published. Writing one every two weeks, but posting one every week, that would mean that I will shoot for posting the first episode once I am exactly halfway through the season. And that is still quite a ways away. However, if I find that more than just the one or two people who have visited this site before are coming back, I will probably post a preview of the first episode here on the site before it comes out on FanFiction. In the meantime, please enjoy what I’ve managed to put together on the site so far. Even the two pages made contain quite a bit of information and content that might improve the experience of the story when it comes.
-Until next time, keep livin’ and learnin’!