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Quotation1 The village elder of Mazuri. He has a habit of slipping into tales of his own heroism when in good spirits. These tales grow more exaggerated every year, to the point where he has now punched out entire waves of wayward elephants with one hand tied behind his back. Truth be told, though, Gwek is not all that fond of danger. Quotation2
Directory, Sonic Unleashed

Gwek (グウェク Guu~eku?) is a character that appears in Sonic Unleashed. He is a human resident of Mazuri, the elder of his village and grandfather of Yawa.

On the PlayStation 2/Wii version of the game, Gwek is the Gaia Temple guardian of Mazuri's Gaia Temple.

History

PS3/Xbox 360

According to Gwek, he lived an adventurous life in his youth and accomplished a fair share of heroic deeds, though it is questionable how heroic these deeds were. At some point in his life, he became the village elder of Mazuri and held that position for a long time. When in high spirits, he would often tell the younger generation, especially his grandson Yawa, about his past heroism. Over time, however, his tales became exaggerated to the point where he accomplished superhuman feats. As time passed, the responsibilities as the elder took its toll on Gwek, who desired a more free lifestyle.

During the events of Sonic Unleashed, Gwek met Sonic the Hedgehog and Chip when they came to Mazuri to find Professor Pickle. Grumpy over being disturbed, he told Sonic that he did not know what a professor was, though he thought it sounded delicious, or if there was one nearby, and told him to leave. Later, during the night, Gwek met Sonic again, where he told him to leave, only to be frightened by his werehog form, and told him (in his mind) to leave.

Later on, Gwek and the rest of his village were attacked by Dr. Eggman and his forces as the doctor searched for the local Gaia Temple. While he managed to not even flinch in the face of Eggman, Gwek was scared out of his mind. When Kwod managed to hit Eggman with a rock, Gwek held out his arms and staff to order his villagers to stay back to avoid provoking Eggman further. Luckily, Sonic and Chip arrived and drove Eggman and his forces off, and Gwek joined his village in thanking Sonic, though he claimed to Sonic afterwards that he could have handled Eggman on his own. After further conversing with Sonic, Gwek was surprised to learn that he was the Werehog he saw at night, and was embarrassed to learn that a professor was a person and not something to eat. When Sonic returned from beating Eggman and restoring Mazuri's continent, Gwek complimented him and thanked him for saving Mazuri. He also heard from Sonic that the recent tremors were from the Earth breaking apart. Despite finding that story confusing, Gwek realized this was the reason for the earthquakes and worried if he was the only who did not know that.

After Eggman's attack, Gwek was so shaken by the events that he decided he could no longer handle being the village elder. As such, he stepped down as the elder and passed it onto Kwami, before going on a retirement journey to see the world without having to worry about the village.

On his travels, Gwek went to Chun-nan, which he had always wanted to see. He noticed however, that the villagers seemed flustered at the moment (which was due to Eggman's forces in the nearby area). When he later met Sonic and Chip there, he told them that he thought his own presence had overwhelmed the villagers. After Sonic defeated Eggman's forces, Gwek sensed the place was returning to peace and thought that his own smile must have worn off on them, which he later told Sonic and Chip when they returned.

After Sonic and Chip restored Spagonia's continent, Gwek decided that Spagonia would be his next stop. Some time after arriving there, Gwek met Sonic and Chip again, where he told of how he enjoyed his post-retirement travels. Later on, he met Sonic and Chip and told how amazing the local architecture was, especially the clock tower, though he realized that he was lost and was worn out from his walking.

After spending some time in Spagonia, Gwek started to feel lonely and homesick, and decided to return home. Once home, Gwek was overjoyed, and later told Sonic and Chip when he met them that Mazuri was the greatest place to be. Soon after, Gwek met Yawa, who had secretly followed him on his travel, and was asked of why he stepped down as elder. After Gwek explained his reason, Yawa was surprised, as he thought Gwek had gone on a spiritual journey, but Gwek nonetheless joined his grandson for a laugh as Yawa admitted that Gwek had him totally fooled.

Gwek later watched on in horror with the rest of his village as Dark Gaia began to cast the world into darkness while maturing into Perfect Dark Gaia, but rejoiced as the world returned to normal following Perfect Dark Gaia's defeat at the hands of Super Sonic and the Gaia Colossus.

PS2/Wii

During the events of Sonic Unleashed, not long after the planet's shattering, Gwek and the rest of his village were attacked by Dr. Eggman and his forces as the doctor searched for the local Gaia Temple. Luckily, Sonic and Chip arrived in time to drive Eggman and his forces off, and Gwek joined his village in thanking Sonic for saving them.

Upon meeting Sonic, Gwek saw that he was the famous Sonic and thanked him as he introduced himself. He asked Sonic and Chip of how they could repay them and heard they were looking for the Gaia Temple. He then told Sonic that he could see he was good of heart and saw that he had some tablet fragments, which he assembled into a Planet Tablet. He then told Sonic how these tablets could open the Gaia Gate that leads to the Gaia Temple and explained of how to use them. He also explained that to get more Planet Tablets, they had to seek out the other Temple Guardians like himself for help, before sending them off.

Gwek later watched on in horror with the rest of his village as Dark Gaia began to cast the world into darkness while maturing into Perfect Dark Gaia, but rejoiced as the world returned to normal following Perfect Dark Gaia's defeat at the hands of Super Sonic and the Gaia Colossus.

Personality

Gwek has a habit of slipping into tales of his own heroism when in good spirits and loves to tell progressively exaggerated tales about his past heroics, though it is questionable how true his tales are. Truth be told, though, Gwek is not all that fond of danger.

In other media

Archie Comics

Main article: Gwek (Archie)
Gwek Archie

Gwek in the Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Gwek is a human resident from Mazuri and a Guardian of one of the Gaia Keys. After his Gaia Keys were stolen by the Efrika Egg Army, he would pass this information onto Sonic and his allies who needed the keys to resolve the Shattered World Crisis.

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