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|Menniker of the House of Dimitri|
|Alignment and character traits|
Menniker was the son of Dimitri and the founder of the infamous Dark Legion. When his father seemingly died at the hands of the Fire Ants, Menniker blamed his uncle Edmund for betraying his father and siding with the High Council. He decided to oppose the Council's ban of all excessive technology and follow in his father's footsteps, developing the Dark Legion and taking over Echidnaopolis. Menniker was killed many years later during one of his attempts to destroy Echidnaopolis via nuclear weapons by the current Guardian (the great-great-grandson of his cousin) Aaron.
Menniker and his cousin Steppenwolf were both just teenagers when their fathers proposed their plan to restore Angel Island to its former site on Mobius. Menniker was embarrassed by his father's attitude when the Council denied their petition. However, after his father, who had become the Chaos demigod Enerjak, was seemingly killed when his created city of Nekronopolis fell on him, Menniker vowed to have revenge on those he felt were responsible, including his uncle Edmund.
Birth of the Dark Legion
Some time after his father's seeming demise, Menniker received telekinetic messages from Dimitri. Having survived being buried due to his form as Enerjak, Dimitri reached out telepathically to his son, telling him to follow in his footsteps. Menniker, eager to avenge his father, set out in developing a force which he would lead to take over Echidnaopolis and restore the abandoned technology. While Steppenwolf and Edmund went around collecting the excess technology from all of the Echidna homes, Menniker pretended to play along, while secretly storing state-of-the-art technology in a hidden section of his house.
After the Dark Legion had killed Edmund, who was searching for his son Steppenwolf, the Dark Legion began all out civil war on the rest of the Echidnas. Desperate to end the strife, the High Council was on the verge of submitting to the Dark Legion, until Steppenwolf, who had been trained over the last few months by the Fire Ant Christopheles, convinced them he would deal with the situation. During another Dark Legion rally, Steppenwolf came before their Grandmaster, still unaware it was his own cousin. After a brief struggle ensued, Menniker revealed himself, and explained his reasons for creating the Legion. Realizing his cousin could not be persuaded to stop his action, Steppenwolf banished him and the entire Dark Legion to the Twilight Zone.
Revenge and Death
Upon emerging from the Twilight Zone for the first time, Menniker addressed the Dark Legion with the following speech: "The Dark Legion was never defeated. We were stabbed in the back by the weak and greedy in power. The true Echidna civilization is destined to rule the world of Mobius. Only a strong leader, such as myself, can save Echidnaopolis from the radical and techno-conservatives who would wish us back into the Stone Age."
Because time was slower in the Twilight Zone, there were four generations which passed in the prime universe to the one in Menniker's. When Menniker finally managed to escape from the Twilight Zone, he formed an alliance with the Overlanders. Planning to completely destroy Angel Island with a nuclear warhead, he and his group of Overlander partners were discovered by one of the current Guardians, Aaron, Steppenwolf's great-great-grandson. Upon learning Menniker's plan, Aaron selflessly boarded the nuclear missile and began disarming it. Menniker perused, and after the missile launched, Aaron prematurely detonated it, preventing it from destroying Angel Island at the cost of his own life, taking Menniker with him.
Menniker, much like his father, was extremely egotistical and stubborn. Feeling betrayed by his cousin and the High Council, Menniker was unable to look inward and see his own faults. Despite his outward composure, Menniker showed signs of weakness and fear when faced with his own mortality.
- Menniker at Mobius Encyclopedia, the Archie Sonic wiki