Page for August 13, 2003:
Commentary for September 09, 2018:
Whenever a marginalised group of people is abused and oppressed by society for long enough, inevitably some of them are going to say "enough is enough" and fight back against their mistreatment. Sometimes, it's peaceful protest. Sometimes it's violence. And sometimes that violence may even be understandable, if not justified. Then again, sometimes that violence really isn't. Where is the line? I don't know, but my instinct is to draw it at hurting innocent people. What I do know is that the Echidna Empire is on the wrong side of the line. But what drove them to be there? Sora-Ya is not like Doctor Eggman. Eggman is a villain who wants to rule the world because he thinks he's the smartest guy on Earth, that everyone else is an intellectual amoeba compared to him, and that only he is intelligent enough to run things properly. At least, that's what he tells himself. Really, he wants to rule the world because he's an arrogant, entitled, greedy, self-important white guy who thinks his opinions aren't opinions.
Sora-Ya, on the other hand, wants to rule the world for the sake of self-preservation. She wants to control all other people and put her own on top in order to protect them from extinction. She believes drastic measures are needed to prevent the rest of Earth's civilization from wiping the echidnas out. Now, in this day and age, that may be an unrealistic fear. But then again, there aren't many echidnas, and as is often the case with minorities, they are unfairly viewed with suspicion by some. Of course, one might well argue that an Echidna Empire that wants to take over the world and subjugate the other species is only going to exacerbate those fears and increase the threat to echidnakind. Then again, it's likely that Sora-Ya knows this and that's the idea. After all, that's one of the strategies of groups like Islamic State -- to make "the West" hate and fear Muslims so much that young, frustrated Muslims will be radicalised enough to join them and fight for fundamentalist Islamic dominance.
Of course, it should go without saying that I oppose Islamic State, just as vehemently as I oppose any oppressive authoritarian regime. That's kind of a central theme of Eon's World.
Anyway, heavy talk aside, for the remaster here, I rejigged the order of some of the panels. Sora-Ya's conversation with Knuckles originally took place at the end just before they escaped. I wanted to break up those two scenes in order to create a bit more variance on this page, as well as create a bit of suspense over whether Knuckles would agree to help Sora-Ya or not. The scene with Lothar attacking Sonic has been changed up a wee bit, too, to really emphasise just what a violent brute Lothar is. There's no question why he's in the Echidna Empire now -- money and ample opportunity to kill.
Original Character Credits
Sora-Ya - character & sprites by Bethany Turner
Kari-Ya - character & sprites by Bethany Turner
Féro-Na - character & sprites by Bethany Turner
Brabanzio - character & sprites by Bethany Turner
Horatio - character & sprites by Bethany Turner
Lothar Hex - character by Gary Webber, sprites by T-M-E
Custom Sprite Credits
Tornado 2 attack mode - sprites by Bethany Turner
GUN soldiers - sprites created by Bethany Turner
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