The Master Emerald is an object that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. It is a massive Chaos Emerald that serves to keep Angel Island in the skies.
The Master Emerald was created by the combined might of Athair and the Brotherhood of Guardians, during a confrontation between Super Sonic, Hyper Knuckles, Turbo Tails and the recently empowered Mammoth Mogul. The Master Emerald contains the powers of the twelve individual Chaos Emeralds which originally held Angel Island afloat, along with two more- one from Mammoth Mogul and another Emerald recovered from a pocket Zone. Since its creation it has been used-or sought after- by heroes and villains alike.
Powers and traits
The Master Emerald is a fusion of the power of fourteen Chaos Emeralds-though one was later removed when Mammoth Mogul escaped. Holding unbound and infinite power in the form of extremely potent and raw Chaos energy, the Master Emerald has powers beyond that of the Chaos Emeralds. It can potentially grant someone a Super State by itself and its power can neutralize the other Emeralds. While anyone can tap into its power at will, only a few can use its full potential. The best way is to use "Tikal's Prayer."
The Master Emerald's origin began six hundred years ago when Mobius had many green Chaos Emeralds. Twelve were harvested by the scientists Jordann and Kayla-La to lift Angel Island into the sky and avoid the Great White Comet. Two hundred years later, brothers Edmund and Dimitri proposed a plan to return Angel Island to the surface by draining the power of the Emeralds with their Chaos Syphon. Their plan was rejected but Dimitri used the device anyway. He consumed the power of eleven Chaos Emeralds, becoming the third Enerjak. He was defeated, and only one emerald kept Angel Island afloat.
In the present, when Mammoth Mogul stole the power of the eleven Chaos Emeralds from Enerjak and added them to his own, he transported Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails and Knuckles to an alternate Zone. They managed to escape the Zone however, and with the powers of the Power Rings, Sonic and Knuckles transformed into Super Sonic and Hyper Knuckles, while Tails managed to transform into Turbo Tails with the help of Athair and the Ancient Walkers. With their combined powers along with help from Athair and the Brotherhood of Guardians, Master Mogul's powers were utilized and transformed the power of the numerous Chaos Emeralds-Mogul's twelve plus the two that had held the island aloft at that point-into a single Master Emerald, with Mogul trapped within. This new massive Chaos Emerald was then used to maintain Angel Island's low orbit of Mobius.
Sought Out By Villains
After Dr. Eggman liberated Chaos from the Black Onyx, he proceeded to attack the Floating Island with a legion of Shadowbots and the Egg Carrier while the Brotherhood of Guardians' defenses were still down due to tampering from Hunter. The Master Emerald was shattered, and pieces of it were used to help sustain Chaos in his weakened state. Eventually however, Knuckles was able to locate and retrieve all of the pieces of the shattered Master Emerald, with the Brotherhood providing a new altar for it to better harness its magical powers. Mammoth Mogul escaped as a result of the Emerald's fragmentation, and though he was in a weakened state, pulled together as much power as he could to strike a lethal blow to the Ancient Walkers.
During the surprise invasion by the Eggman Empire after the Xorda attack was fended off, the Brotherhood of Guardians (sans Locke) fought off an entire army of Egg Pawns in defense of the Master Emerald, while the rest of the island was simultaneously attacked by the combined forces of the Eggman Empire and the Dingo Regime under the new leadership of Kage Von Stryker, who had allied with Dr. Eggman. The Brotherhood managed to successfully defend the Master Emerald, but were subsequently captured in their weakened state by Dr. Finitevus. Locke managed to successfully protect the Master Emerald on his own, until after Sonic's return, when he was forced to turn its protection over to the Dark Legion when its location was discovered. Locke was captured while the Dark Legion safely moved it. Eventually, the Master Emerald played a pivotal role when it restored Knuckles' lost Chaos-based powers and transformed him into Super Knuckles and allowed him to kill Hunter. The Master Emerald was then re-located once again, with Locke protecting it from harm.
Some time later, Evil Sonic, with help from Rouge, attempted to steal the Master Emerald. While Rouge distracted Locke, Evil Sonic managed to get into the chamber, but was soon stopped when he faced off against Sonic Prime, who had returned from Anti Mobius. Locke sent Anti Sonic flying away when he realized which was the real Sonic, and went back to protecting it.
Rouge and Evil Sonic later returned, and while the two fought against Locke directly, they were able to get closer to the Master Emerald. Evil Sonic managed to get onto the Master Emerald while Rouge fought with Locke, and began to transform. His transformation was stopped mid-way, altering his appearance into green, whereupon he took on the name Scourge. Scourge then defeated Locke, and used the Master Emerald to use Chaos Control to teleport himself and Rouge away.
The Great Harmony
When A.D.A.M. enacted his plan to draw all of the Chaos Emeralds from around the universe to Mobius, his plans ultimately allowed Tails, the "Chosen One", to fulfill the prophecy of producing the Great Harmony. While A.D.A.M. was distracted, Shadow assisted Tails and opening a portal to the Zone of Silence. There, Tails sent all of the Chaos Emeralds where they would be safe and out of reach from villains, thus fulfilling the prophecy set out by the Ancient Walkers. When A.D.A.M. was using a captured Shadow and Tails to pull all of the Chaos Emeralds to Mobius, he was perplexed as to why the Master Emerald was not amongst them. The combined effort of Locke and Dr. Finitevus ensured the Master Emerald remained secured on Angel Island.
Return of Enerjak
Not longer after the Great Harmony, Dr. Finitevus managed to con Locke into entrusting him with the care of the Master Emerald while he searched for the Brotherhood of Guardians. During Locke's absence, Finitevus enacted the final phases of his ultimate plan to destroy Mobius by reviving Enerjak and placed a Hex on the Master Emerald. Also during this time, Rouge put out a claim that she had stolen the Emerald and would sell it to the highest bidder, but this was a ruse intended to draw in various criminals for capture. When Knuckles the Echidna returned to Angel Island to assist his father Locke in protecting the Echidnas, he was ambushed by the Destructix and brought before Finitevus. The mad scientist informed him of the destruction of Albion and how many echidnas were alive. With this as persuasion, Finitevus convinced Knuckles to pull energy from the Master Emerald and become Enerjak. The moment he did this, Knuckles became a slave to Finitevus' hex, making his ideals bend to those of the albino Echidna.
When Sonic and Julie-Su arrived on the scene, Finitevus informed them that no one could use the power of the Master Emerald except for Knuckles due to the hex he placed on it. Despite this, Sonic some how managed to use its power to turn into Super Sonic. Which this power, Sonic managed to distract Knuckles (who was presently Enerjak) long enough for Locke to surrender his life and thereby break the hex Finitevus placed on the Master Emerald. With the hex broken, Knuckles returned to normal and forced Finitevus to flee. Since then, Knuckles has vowed to protect the Master Emerald, even if he must do it alone.
Having been separated from the mainland of Angel Island by the battle between Super Sonic and Enerjak, the Master Emerald Shrine now floats a short distance away. The Chaotix bridged this gap during a trip to the island to check up on Knuckles, during which Rouge the Bat convinced the Guardian that he could watch over the Master Emerald and continue to take part in the war against Dr. Eggman without choosing one or the other by using a Warp Ring taken from Dr. Finitevus.
Later on, the Master Emerald was fought over by Espio and Knuckles, the former having been dispatched to steal it by the leaders of the Iron Dominion. The fight ended when Espio told Knuckles he had conflicting orders and could not complete his mission, as doing so would force him to kill Knuckles.
Vector the Crocodile and Ray the Flying Squirrel later took guard duty over the Master Emerald while Knuckles went on another mission. Ray managed to grill Vector and learned a little bit about his past. Right after that, they were attacked by what looked to be new models of the Wing Dingoes. They then attempted to fight off the robot horde and keep them away from the Emerald. Ray managed to trick the Dingoes into fleeing by using the Master Emerald to fake a super transformation, much to Vector's surprise. Trying to mask his lack of understanding, Vector asked Ray how he had used the emerald in such a way; Ray replied that, as Knuckles had explained to him, the Master Emerald can react to anyone, just more so with some people than others. Angel Island's capture forced the pair to leave the Emerald undefended, though Ray later returned with Julie-Su at Knuckles behest. The two then helped Knuckles prevent Finitevus from seizing the Emerald, likewise keeping it out of the hands of the Dark Egg Legion of Downunda, who had attempted to capture it for their own uses.
No further attempts were made to seize the Master Emerald or utilize its power until Thrash the Tasmanian Devil learned that its energies could super-charge a Warp Ring. Accompanied by his pack of Tasmanian Devils, he attacked Shrine Isle, overwhelming Julie-Su and Saffron Bee, who had been left to protect the Master Emerald while Knuckles traveled to Albion. Thrash then used the Emerald's power to infuse his Warp Ring, and used it to banish the two defenders and most of the remaining Echidnas from Mobius.
- Note: From this point, the Master Emerald's history continues from its new existence in the altered timeline.
- According to a prototype plot line shown on Sonic HQ for the Archie Comics post issue #134, a second powerful jewel known as the Master Geode would later be introduced. This gem would have become a point of conflict for Mammoth Mogul, Dr. Eggman, the Iron Queen, and Rouge the Bat before being shattered. Knuckles would have gained omnipotence from exposure to the gem, and could absorb power from its fragments. However, given that most of the other plots in this article have been rendered impossible, it seems unlikely that the Master Geode will ever make an appearance.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia, "Master Emerald"
- ↑ Knuckles the Echidna #9, "Dark Vengeance Part Three of Three"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #56, "Immortality is forever... life is finite."
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #79, "The Chaos Factor"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #80, "Land Fall"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #81, "All You Need is a Bit of Chaos"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #84, "Bridge Over Troubled Waters"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #164, "The Darkest Storm Part Three: Downburst"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #139, "Return to Angel Island: Part 2: Avatar"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #140, "Return to Angel Island: Part 3: How Many Echidnas Does It Take to Protect a Master Emerald?"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #141, "Return to Angel Island Part 4: Ultimate Hero"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #150, "Hero to Zero In No Time At All"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #151, "Chaos Emeralds Are Forever"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #160, " Birthday Bash! Part One: Giving and Receiving"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #161, " Birthday Bash! Part Two: Birthday Boys"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #169, "Order From Chaos Part Two: The Great Harmony"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #171, "Enforcers"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #173, "Round Up!"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #181, "Undone"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #183, "Desperate Times"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #184, "Chaos Angel"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #186, "Honor-Bound"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #203, "Friend in Deed Part One"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #204, "Friend in Deed Part Two"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #9, "Echoes of the Past Part Two".
- ↑ Sonic Universe #10, "Echoes of the Past Part One".
- ↑ Sonic Universe #11, "Echoes of the Past Part Three".
- ↑ Sonic Universe #12, "Echoes of the Past Part Four".
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #244, "Endangered Species Part Two: Extinction Event"