Various members of the Knuckles Clan
|Group Overview and Statistics|
Unknown (over 4,000 years prior to Sonic Adventure)
Critically endangered (only one known member remaining)
Mystic Ruins (formerly)
4,000 years before the games, the Knuckles Clan declared war on the Nocturnus Clan, a rival group of Echidnas, as the Nocturnus Clan did not want the Knuckles Clan to take their territory. So, the Knuckles Clan turned to the Chaos Emeralds for help, but were destroyed by Chaos because of their greed. When Chaos was sealed away by Tikal, the massive amount of Chaos Energy lifted the Master Emerald shrine, becoming Angel Island. The remnants of the Knuckles Clan's home eventually became known as the Mystic Ruins. Still some survivors of the Knuckles Clan remained the protectors of the Master Emerald for a long time, eventually leading to the current one, Knuckles.
The males of the Knuckles Clan sport white, intricate tattoos across their heads and arms and have gloves similar to those of Knuckles. The males are also the only members of the tribe to possess the spiky protrusions/knuckles from their gloves. The females primarily work on agricultural/domestic projects, staying at home to clean and care for the children. Also, only males wear boxing gloves. Female wears normal gloves like Sonic, and have visible fingers.
The Knuckles Clan echidnas appear to worship the serpent, and incorporated it into their architecture of the Shrine and pillars, but not everyday folks' homes. Also, many of the doors inside and out of the Shrine is the shape of a fanged snake's mouth. All of the designs were very detailed, and made of stone and an unidentified blue material, which was used to decorate many buildings and pillars, as well as the eyes of the snake-doors and entrance to the Altar of Emerald. Two small stone serpents were placed at the top of the Shrine's stairway by the doorway, but they were not fanged, nor very detailed.
In the Archie Comics, the Knuckles Clan was the warrior caste of an group of echidna colonists from Albion. Hundreds of years ago, these colonists settled down in Soumerca, but ended up in a territorial war against the local Felidae. While some chose to leave, the warrior caste which became the Knuckles Clan, chose to remain and fight, alongside the science caste, the Nocturnus Clan. Soon, however, the Knuckles Clan and the Nocturnus Clan became enemies as well, and the conflict turned into a three-way war. Overwhelmed, the Knuckles Clan tried to take Chaos Emeralds to gain the power needed to win the war, but ended up incurred the wrath of Chaos and was destroyed.