Angel Island, originally known as the Floating Island, is a location that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. It is a large landmass which floats above Mobius' surface. Originally a part of the continent of Downunda, the Echidnas living in the city of Echidnaopolis decided to use the powers of 12 Chaos Emeralds to lift their city off the surface to avoid destruction by a White Comet. Since then, Angel Island has been the home of many different species, the two largest being the Echidnas and the Dingoes.
After the Dr. Eggman-backed Dingo Regime's mass genocide under Kage Von Stryker, the Echidna population was left in shambles. Those who survived were relocated to Albion by Enerjak, to ensure the survival of their species, while the Dingos themselves were disarmed and exiled to the Sandopolis Desert. It is largely uninhabited except for the Dingoes, agents of the Knothole Freedom Fighters, Chaotix and the island's last Guardian; Knuckles.
The technologically-advanced city thrived on the mainland until roughly six hundred years ago when the two scientists Jordann and Kayla-La discovered the White Comet that would soon impact directly on the city. Desperate to save their home, Kayla-La developed and proposed a plan to physically move the city out of harm's way using the power of Chaos Emeralds. After excavating twelve of the rare and powerful gems, the Chaos Chamber was established to harness the energy of the emeralds. After the Fire Ants dug under the foundations of the city, separating it from the planet's surface, Echidnaopolis lifted into the sky, becoming the Floating Island. A large crater marks its former place in Downunda.
Dimitri and Edmund's Plan
Four generations later, the great-great grandsons of Jordann and Kayla-La, Edmund and Dimitri, sought to return the city to its original site on the planet. While the energies of the Chaos Emeralds weren't completely understood, Edmund and Dimitri theorized that, should the energy be gradually drained, the decent of the island could be controlled and allow it to slowly, safely return to the mainland. The two developed a device called the Chaos Syphon, capable of draining away Chaos energy, and proposed their plan to the gathered council. However, due to the current High Councilor's personal political goals, as well as resentment from the Theocracy within the High Council towards the Technocracy for having saved Echidnaopolis in the past, the plan was rejected, officially on the grounds of being too dangerous a move.
After Dimitri's presumed death when his Dark Tower collapsed on him, and the High Council's decision to ban excessive technology, those opposed to this and loyal to Dimitri formed the Dark Legion. The Legion was transported to the Twilight Zone by the Guardian Steppenwolf, as they initiated a civil war with the remaining Echidnas. After this, the Dark Legion had occasionally managed to break through the dimensional barriers and attempt to retake Echidnaopolis, though each time they were repelled by the current Guardian.
Angel Island's two primary species were the Dingoes and the Echidnas. The Dingoes, an aggressive militant race, attempted numerous times to wipe out their echidna counterparts. After stealing a cache of nuclear weapons, the Dingoes attempted a nuclear strike on Echidnaopolis. The city was saved by an energy dome erected by the current Guardian of the time, Hawking; however, the fallout spread across the island. Both Echidnaopolis and the Dingo cities, as well as other civilizations on the island, were then transported to their own zones where they were protected from the harmful radioactive fallout until Hawking and several future Guardians could restore the island to health. Echidnaopolis was returned to the Prime Zone when the dimensional barriers were weakened by Dr. Ivo Robotnik's firing of the Ultimate Annihilator. The Dingoes were also returned to the Prime Zone, their city however remained in its own zone.
Almost two years after the Echidnas and Dingoes had been returned to Angel Island from their Pocket Zones, the dissatisfied Dingoes under the new leadership of Kage Von Stryker turned to Dr. Eggman for support. In exchange for becoming Eggman's enforcers and servants to the Eggman Empire, the Dingoes received technology, supplies and assistance from the Eggman Empire to enslave the Echidna population and completely take over the island. With Sonic the Hedgehog believed dead and far off in space, and Knuckles the Echidna on the surface of Mobius, the overwhelming Dingo forces successfully took control of Angel Island.
After nearly two years of Dingo oppression, their regime and Dr. Eggman's hold on Angel Island would come to an abrupt end. Knuckles, under the influence of Dr. Finitevus, became the Chaos demigod Enerjak and used his near-omnipotent powers to rid the Dingoes of their technology and banish them to the Sandopolis Desert. The Echidnas who were still alive were then transported to the ruins of Albion where they would be hidden and safe from future harm. When Super Sonic and Enerjak fought, the Shrine Isle was created. A bridge was later added to it.
Dr. Finitevus eventually came into contact with the Downunda Dark Egg Legion and made an alliance with them by handing over his Warp Ring technology, allowing them to anchor Angel Island to Downunda and be under the Eggman Empire's control. In return, Finitevus would be allowed back on to the island at any time to study the Master Emerald. His plans were thwarted, however, by the combined efforts of the Chaotix and Downunda Freedom Fighters.
- Note: From this point, Angel Island's history continues from its new existence in the altered timeline.
- Angel Zone
- Forbidden Zone
- Hidden Palace
- Ice Cap
- Lake Nessie
- Lava Reef
- Marble Garden
- Mushroom Hills
- Sandopolis Desert
- Sky Sanctuary
- Dragon Spine Mountains
- Fire-Ant Hill
- Hydro City
- Launch base
- Mount Fate
- Rainbow Valley
- Rocky Hill
- Shrine Isle (formerly the Chaos Chamber)
- Sky Canyon
- Strawberry Fields
- Swampy Swamp
Settlements and facilities
- Dark Legion Complex (destroyed)
- Haven (destroyed)
- Haven II (abandoned)
- Echidnaopolis (destroyed)
- Cavem Canus (destroyed)
- Grand Conservatory
- Happyland Amusement Park
- Royal Compound
Geographical and other information
- Surface size: Formerly 57.75 sq. metrons, now 41.35 sq. metrons after a quantum beam decimated on uninhabited section of the outer perimeter
- Highest peak: Mount Thunder, 1.79 metrons
- Climate: Depending on which zone or section, you can experience a variety of temperatures and conditions from artic cold to desert hot
- Population: Over 128.435 echidnas at last count. The remaining total of the more than 300 species is unknown (pre-Eggman Empire takeover)
- Largest city: Echidnaopolis (destroyed)
- Orbital speed: Circles the entire circumference of Mobius during a span of 3.2 datrons
- Orbital height: Maintains a consisent 6.83 metrons above the surface of Mobius
- Lowest point beneath the surface: 2.43 metrons
- Strawberry Fields was likely named in reference to the song "Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles.
- ↑ Knuckles the Echidna #12, "The Forgotten Tribe Part Three of Three: Journey's End"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #34, "A Sense of History Part One"
- ↑ Knuckles the Echidna #10, "The Forgotten Tribe Part One of Three: The Other Road Taken"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #35, "A Sense of History Part II"
- ↑ Knuckles the Echidna #1, "The Dark Legion Book One: Army of Darkness"
- ↑ Knuckles the Echidna #23, "Dark Alliance Part Two of Three: Election Night"
- ↑ Knuckles the Echidna #24, "Dark Alliance Part Two of Three: Primary Evil"
- ↑ Knuckles the Echidna #16, "Reunions"
- ↑ Knuckles the Echidna #17, "Deep Cover Part One of Two: The Guardian who Failed!!!"
- ↑ Knuckles the Echidna #18, "Deep Cover Part Two of Two: Debt of Honor"
- ↑ Knuckles the Echidna #25, "Childhood's End"
- ↑ Sonic Super Special Magazine #2, "Mobius Timeline Act 10: Nuking Angel Island"
- ↑ Knuckles the Echidna #5, "Lost Paradise Part Two of Three: Fallout"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #50, "The Big Goodbye"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #125, "Sonic Adventure 2.5: Omega"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #136, "Patience"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #138, "Return to Angel Island Part 1: The Message"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #139, "Return to Angel Island Part 2: Avatar"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #181, "Energjak: Reborn Chapter One: Rising Evil"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #184, "Chaos Angel"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #186, "Honor-Bound"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #8, "Mobius: 30 Years Later: The Freedom Fighters of the Future"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #11, "Echoes of the Past Part Three"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #12, "Echoes of the Past Part Four"
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 25.7 Sonic the Hedgehog #101, "Sega Data File: 2 - The Floating Island"