The Zoah (ゾーア Zoa?) are a race of aliens that appeared in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. They appeared during Chapter 8 of the game where they forced Sonic and the team down in the Cyclone after they entered their territory. They are known for their ongoing war to conquer their most hated enemies, the N'rrgal.
AnatomyThe Zoah species are a race of very massive and large humanoid giants, up to four meters tall, though some members are known to be even larger. Their body appears to be made of energized cyan crystal and they have dark armor covering much of it. The individuals of the Zoahs can be distinguished by the design of their body armor, especially their heads and horns.
Characteristics and Culture
The Zoah species are known for their love of warfare, and desire to rule over all other living creatures. Their culture focuses almost singularly on military might and conquest, and they possess very advanced warfare technology.
The Zoah society is highly stratified, and is divided into three castes; non-citizens, citizens and the most prominent class, the Zoah military's members. Members of the military are considered the noble caste of the Zoahs and are afforded respect and luxury beyond anything that is available to the citizens. In turn, the citizens can enjoy many rights that non-citizens can not. Fortunately, anyone can become a Zoah citizen by passing the citizenship test. It is not currently clear how a Zoan attains a military rank.
The Zoah's government appears to be a military dictatorship named the Zoah Empire, headed by General Raxos. Personal martial might and personal honour are both important to them. One particular tradition they hold is that of the Challenge. Should anyone defeat Raxos in one-on-one combat, Raxos was bound to honour any request made by the victor.
Powers and Abilities
As a military society, the Zoah race are a strong race of warriors. They possesses natural high strength and have impressive physical defence as well. Due to being made of energized crystals, the Zoah can discharge a cyan form of energy and fire it as energy beams or form energy shields to protect themselves from certain attacks. They are also shown to have limited control over their crystal structure, allowing them to form spikes on their exposed body parts and use them as melee weapons or fire crystal shards as projectiles.
Just like all the other alien races inhabiting the Twilight Cage, the Zoah originally lived on another world. At the height of their power however, they were transported along with their civilization to the Twilight Cage by a mysterious force. They were potentially imprisoned in the Twilight Cage due to their rapidly increasing power as a race. While the exact time of their imprisonment is vague, it is known they arrived after the Kron, and have lived in the Twilight Cage for thousands of years.
Since arriving in the Twilight Cage, along with their citadel, the Zoah have persisted in their domineering behaviour. For example, when the N'rrgal race came to reside in the Twilight Cage, along with their own citadel, the Zoah, in an attempt for conquest, began a series of near-constant attacks on the N'rrgal colony. Eventually, due to the N'rrgal's competence in resisting destruction or dominance, the Zoahs came to have a great dislike for them, perpetuating the war against them for thousands of years. Later, they were forced to join in an alliance with the Nocturnus Clan. This was due to the Nocturnus' leader Pir'Oth Ix challenging General Raxos and overthrowing him in battle. To ensure that the Zoah did not rebel against him due to his dethroning of their mighty leader, Ix gave them one of the stolen Chaos Emeralds to help them in their fight against the N'rrgal. However, rather than this being a genuinely altruistic action, it was in fact part of his tactical thinking. Ix also gave an emerald to the N'rrgal, ensuring that both sides were his allies, and that as both the Zoah and the N'rrgal had emeralds, they would covert one another's, and so would be too occupied in battle with each other to consider challenging Ix and his people.
When Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends were captured by the N'rrgal Queen, she blackmailed them into going to the Zoah Colony so that Sonic would steal the Zoan emerald. The acquisition of the artefact would turn the power over to the N'rrgal. Sonic and the others were able to get past the Zoan army, leaving them with a choice; either challenge Raxos, or attempt to steal the emerald (depending on what the player decided to do). Regardless, they become prisoners, and Raxos decides to let Commander Syrax fight them. His intention is to determine whether they are worthy of fighting him. Sonic wins against Syrax, so is subsequently allowed to battle Raxos, going on to beat him. Raxos then reveals that he was testing Sonic to determine whether he was a valuable asset to assist the Zoah in defeating Ix. It is revealed through this speech that, like the other four races in the Twilight Cage, the Zoah could never be placated by any gift from Ix, and would always despise him and the Nocturnus Clan.
Shortly after this revelation, once Sonic and the others had freed the Voxai, Tails and the chief of the Kron Foreman Krag decided to call a meeting of all four races to decide what the best course of action would be. Raxos agreed to have a meeting with Krag and the other leaders, and despite a small argument with the N'rrgal queen, they were able to figure out a plan to get past Ix's shield and to enable the heroes to challenge Ix.
- General Raxos
- Commander Syrax
- Zoah Brutes: The main fighting force of the Zoah Army, they have high defence and attack power, and their armour deterred most standard attacks (similar to the Kron).
- Cream (optional)
- Omega (optional)
- The N'rrgal (at the end of the game) (temporarily)
- The Voxai (at the end of the game)
- The Kron (at the end of the game)
- Nocturnus Clan (forced alliance) (no longer allies)
- During February 2008, Sega announced that it would be giving fans the opportunity to vote on the name of a hostile alien race that would appear within the game. From March 4, fans were invited to vote on Sega Europe's Sonic portal Sonic City for their preferred name. The winning entry in the contest was announced as The Zoah, a reference to the town in the Panzer Dragoon Saga. The name was suggested as a potential name initially by the Sega fan blog, Sega Nerds. Here are the other candidates:
- The Bluchaos
- The Crushers
- The Darknood
- The Dusk
- The Gravitus
- The Guardian
- The Icebo
- The Psykore
- Despite not making an actual appearance, the Zoah are mentioned in Sonic the Hedgehog #205, as residents of the Twilight Zone, which the Twilight Cage is believed to be based on.
- The only "3D model" of "the Zoah" is shown in the trailer of Sonic Chronicles: the Dark Brotherhood.
- The Zoah's walking pose is similar to Shadow's pose from Shadow the Hedgehog.