April 29, 2019

 

                                


Commentary for April 29, 2019:

So, echidnas.

Officially, in the Sonic the Hedgehog games, Knuckles is the last echidna. There are no others still alive today. But every single other version of Sonic so far has eventually featured other echidnas if they featured any at all. The only exceptions are the two cartoons that pre-dated Knucklesís debut, the 1996 anime (which was only an hour long), and the current comic by IDW (which seems to be on a much tighter leash than prior licensed fiction). But Fleetway had Zachary, pre-reboot Archie had multitudes of echidnas, including an entire army of Knucklesís forefathers (and even post-reboot they had ghost Tikal and Naugus posing as an echidna for a couple of issues), Sonic Underground borrowed Knucklesís great grandfather Athair from Archie for a couple of episodes, too, and Sonic X, of course, had all the ancient echidnas who appeared in Sonic Adventure (though, given they appeared in flashbacks and visions of the ancient past, I suppose they donít really count). Really, for the last echidna alive, Knuckles often seems to be the one character whose ancestry or family tree is the most explored. I mean, when do we ever see other foxes besides Tails in the games?

And thatís what I found as a teen, first going online and discovering the wondrous world of Sonic fanart. There were plenty of folks whoíd created fanart of the extended cast of the Archie Knuckles spinoff series or had made their own echidna fan characters. Now, I hadnít even read the Archie Sonic comic (to say nothing of Knuckles) yet, but I quickly picked up on the hyphenated names that echidna women tended to have, which is why my first echidna OC, Sora-Ya has a name in that style. (Really I just took the real-world name Soraya and put a hyphen in there between the A and the Y -- but itís still pronounced ďsor-RAY-ahĒ.) I wasnít too familiar with the names of echidna men at the time, though, so I decided to be pretentious and name most of them after characters from Shakespeare, like Horatio here. It wasnít until I first read Archie Sonic properly in early 2014 that I realised just how on-brand it was for echidna men to have seriously pretentious names.

But I digress. When I first started writing Eonís World, it never occurred to me that Knuckles was meant to be the last echidna. Sure, Fleetway Sonic (which I was most familiar with back then) said that, but it also contradicted it, and I knew that other versions of Sonic disregarded it entirely. I saw no reason to not have other echidnas; and, oh boy, did Eonís World ever have echidnas. But, canonically to Eonís World, echidnas are rare, for reasons that will be explored in the coming chapters.


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