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This group exists primarily or exclusively within the Pre-Super Genesis Wave continuity.
Information in this article may not be canonical to the storyline of the games or any other Sonic continuity.
For the version of this group after the Super Genesis Wave, see House of Acorn.

The House of Acorn is a group that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. It is the Royal Family and a line of monarchs that have ruled much of the planet of Mobius, as they controlled and ruled over the territories of the Kingdom of Acorn. Its rulers have typically been benevolent, kind, and just, yet forceful in leading the fight against threats to the realm and it's citizens. The Acorn Monarchy has endured for hundreds of years, and, while it has lost some of its power since the establishment of the Council of Acorn and the reformation of the kingdom into the Republic of Acorn, remains an active force.

History

Formation

The House of Acorn's first notable member was Alexander Acorn, titled "the Unifier." Alexander conceived the idea of a kingdom of united Mobian races, which was realized in the founding of Mobotropolis. Though he failed to persuade the Echidnas or the Overlanders to join the alliance, Alexander's success resulted in his being crowned ruler of the Kingdom of Acorn. His family subsequently became the monarchy of the kingdom, though early in its tenure it suffered tragedy. Alexander's son Theodore Acorn received the title of "the Bereaved" after his eldest son Emerson Acorn perished as a result of an unfortunate encounter with an Overlander youth using a gun. Theodore subsequently closed borders between the kingdom and the Overland, and was succeeded by his son Raphael Acorn, who was born late in his life.[1]

Expansion

Raphael's son Julius Acorn, who became known as "the Enlightened", took the throne and led a considerable expansion. In the midst of this, he discovered the Source of All, and set the precedent of his family bonding with it down through the ages. He also created a system of worship around the Source, though this eventually ceased to be practiced by any but the royal family itself. Julius' son, Romulus Acorn "the Builder", relocated Robotropolis to the site of the Source of All, obscuring its history in order to add to the mystical authority of his family. His son, George Acorn "the Foolish", became arrogant as a result of his wealth and the kingdom's prosperity. He declared war on the Overland, a conflict that later became known as "King George's Folly", which became the worst war between the kingdom and the Overland until the Great War, generations later. With his knights wiped out by the war, George was left effectively powerless until the end of his reign, his own court removing his authority based on his foolishness.[1]

Global power

Learning from his father's mistakes, Abraham Acorn, titled "the Generous", created the Southern Baronies as a gesture to his distrustful subjects. His further efforts to rebuild the kingdom and the monarchy's reputation earned him a great deal of respect among his people. His son, Reginald Acorn, ushered in a renaissance of the arts, and was titled "the Romantic." Reginald earned this title after visiting a potential colony site in Downunda and taking his wife there. Reginald was followed by the controversial Silvanus Acorn, dubbed "the Resolute" by his subjects. His contributions to the kingdom are a matter of differing opinion: while some see him as the king who checked the power of the Southern Baronies, others feel that his efforts were acts of war against his own people. None can argue, however, that he united the kingdom in such a way as to prepare it for aggression from the Overlanders.[1]

Silvanus' successor, Sebastian Acorn "the Worldly", is remembered as the "Adventurer King." He negotiated peace with the Overland, but is suspected to have done so to enable him to freely explore Mobius. Whatever his reasons, he proved a great influence in the world, bringing stability to Downunda-which remained a part of the kingdom from then on-and settling a power struggle in Mercia, which brought the ancestors of Rob o' the Hedge to the throne. Sebastian's son Frederick Acorn, known as "the Gracious", made an effort to open the kingdom, not only in reaching out to the Overland and other areas but also in welcoming in outsiders. This led to Ixis Naugus and Nate Morgan both becoming citizens of the kingdom, which irrevocably changed the kingdom.[1]

Maximillian's wars

After Frederick's passing, his son, Maximillian Acorn, took the throne and a dark cloud soon enveloped the kingdom. Naugus grew threatened as Nate Morgan began employing technology in the kingdom. With the aid of General Kodos Lion, Naugus framed Nate for an attack that lead both Overlander and Mobian groups dead. Though Max was reluctant to believe such a thing, Morgan took the decision out of his hands and put himself in an self-imposed exile.[2]

Kodos, however, was not satisfied, and banished Naugus into the Zone of Silence before making his move, allowing a Mobian and Overlander group that was actually seeking a peaceful movement to be slaughtered by his hand and framing the other side for it. With no other recourse, Mobotropolis and the Overland began the Great War.[3] The Mobians survived the war thanks to the timely arrival of turncoat Overlander Julian Kintobor, who would set up a final duel between King Max and Overlord Charlemagne. Maximillian would win, but this would allow Julian to make his move, becoming Dr. Robotnik and initiating his takeover of Mobotropolis, casting Maximillian into the Zone of Silence while his youngest child, Sally Acorn, would lead the charge against Robotnik, rescuing him years later.[4][5][6][7]

From kingdom to republic

Soon after Maximillion's restoration, he made a number of controversial decisions, including dismantling the more experienced Knothole Freedom Fighters in favor of his less-experienced Royal Secret Service and a disastrous attempt to take back Mobotropolis from Dr. Eggman when he had retook the city.[8][9] Crippled from the disastrous attack, his eldest son Elias Acorn took over, with Geoffrey St. John as advisor.[10] However, St. John took the opportunity to make petty strikes at one of the Kingdom's more valued fighters, Sonic the Hedgehog, stripping him of knighthood and forcing him to live a normal life.[11] These, along with a number of other incidents caused strife in Elias, causing him to run away and force Maximillian to resume his duties.[12]

A year later, however, Elias would return at Sonic's urging - Max had been rendered ill and a mentally-distraught Sally was being forced to marry Patch, who was disguised as Antoine D'Coolette. Elias would return with his wife Megan Acorn and his step-daughter Alexis Acorn, whom Alicia Acorn warned would not be eligible to ascend the throne - something Elias was more than happy not to have her go through.[13]

However, after Eggman's thorough Destruction of Knothole, many people began to question the power of the throne, chief of which was Amadeus Prower, who sought to create a democracy. This strife would pit friend against friend as Sonic battled Amadeus' son, Tails, and Amadeus himself would battle Elias. However, at Sally's urging, a compromise was created - a Republic. The Council of Acorn was formed to help delegate problems. However, this was flawed as many on the Council were either sore at the royals still in charge or sore with the Freedom Fighters.[14][15]

Decline

The House of Acorn later lost prominence when Ixis Naugus successfully turned public opinion against Elias, allowing him to seize the crown and leadership of New Mobotropolis.[16]

Possible future

In the future world of 3437 P.X.E., Mobius became-at least in one version of this future-a devastated wasteland. The House of Acorn's fate in this future is unknown, though it would be revealed that Mecha Sally-Sally's Robian form-would be a key part in the eventual ruin of this reality, which Silver the Hedgehog traveled back in time to prevent. Furthermore, a group of Freedom Fighters is also known to have been formed at one point between this future and the present, including one member who bore a strong resemblance to Sally.[17][18]

Trivia

  • With the exception of Sally and her father Maximillian, all the members of the House of Acorn-excluding Sonic and Shadow, who are shown to have married into the House in possible future timelines-are exclusive to the Archie Comics.
  • Several alternate futures-the one destroyed by Dr. Eggman and the two versions of Light Mobius-showed the House of Acorn continuing for at least one more generation, as Sally marries Sonic and the pair have two children, Sonia Acorn and Manik Acorn.
  • The House of Acorn is similar in a number of respects to the Brotherhood of Guardians: both are hereditary lines with responsibility over a certain realm or people. Additionally, both have featured a set of siblings-Emerson and Raphael Acorn and the echidnas Aaron and Jordan-where the older sibling died and the younger sibling ended up taking on their role. Furthermore, both lines have produced-barring various alternate future timelines-but a single female member in their histories: Sally in the House of Acorn, and Janelle-Li in the Guardians.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia, "Acorn Lineage"
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog #65, "The Fellowship of the Rings"
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog #73, "Tales of the Great War Part 2 The Big Bad"
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog #74, "Tales of the Great War Part III Enter... Robotnik"
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog #78, "Tales of the Great War Part 6 What Really Happened"
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog #43, "The Dream Zone"
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog #36, "Heart of Darkness"
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog #75, "I Am the Eggman!"
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog #76, "Business as Usual"
  10. Sonic the Hedgehog #90, "Sword of Omens"
  11. Sonic the Hedgehog #93, "Crime 'n Punishment"
  12. Sonic the Hedgehog #102, "Family Dysfunction"
  13. Sonic the Hedgehog #156, "Line of Succession Part 2"
  14. Sonic the Hedgehog #178, "House of Cards Part 1 of 2"
  15. Sonic the Hedgehog #179, "House of Cards Part Two: Royal Flush"
  16. Sonic the Hedgehog #232, "Dark Tidings"
  17. Sonic the Hedgehog #247, "At All Costs Part One: Fate Interrupted"
  18. Sonic the Hedgehog #215, "Future Tense Part One"

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