Page for October 27, 2002:


Commentary for August 04, 2018:

The Echidna Empire.

If I were making any profit off of Eon's World, I expect I'd be hearing from the legal representative of a certain former writer for Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog. But in my defence, I didn't read that series through until 2014, and I had only a passing familiarity with the characters and setting. So what I'm trying to say is, the Echidna Empire is not based on the Dark Legion in any way. Apart from being a sinister organisation of echidnas, they're actually very different. The Echidna Empire are religious extremists, whereas the Dark Legion are obsessed with technology. I won't lie, though, I totally took the hyphenated names for female echidnas from Archie's Sonic, because I thought it was cool. But I picked that up from fanart on Team Artail back in 2000, months before I read any actual Archie Sonic comics. (Moreover, that former writer for Archie's Sonic took those hyphenated names from Kryptonians in Superman comics. In both cases, I'd prefer to think it's a respectful homage and nothing malevolent.)

Now, with all that aside, the Echidna Empire would go on to become probably the biggest villains in Eon's World for many years, right into the first seven chapters of Eon's World 2.0. Originally, I created them and their leader, Sora-Ya for Rise of the Empire, a Sonic fanfic where I debuted my first OC, Eon back in 2001. I never did finish that story, but I took the characters I'd made for it and recycled them into Eon's World, with that fanfic as a general backstory for them. This is why characters like Eon, Silky, and Sora-Ya all appear early in Eon's World with no build up, no backstory, and no dramatic reveal. One of these days, I hope to do a prequel comic telling the story I wanted to tell in Rise of the Empire, but we'll see.

Point of interest, I got the name "Sora-Ya" from a maths exam paper. Of course, in the paper, it was just "Soraya". I added the hyphen. I don't recall what the question was.

The Master Echidna is another OC I was given permission to feature in Eon's World early on.

In the remaster for this page, I only changed the dialogue and the screen showing the map of the Earth. Originally it showed a very poor quality MS Paint drawing of a planet that was meant to be Earth. I did consider trying to fix Sora-Ya's colour (she's meant to be red like Knuckles, not hot pink like how she's depicted here), but there wasn't any quick or easy way to do that. It may be something I come back to, but it's not a priority for me.


Original Character Credits

Sora-Ya - character & sprites by Bethany Turner

Horatio - character & sprites by Bethany Turner

The Master Echidna - character & sprites by T-M-E

Echidna Empire Soldiers - characters & sprites by Bethany Turner

 


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