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Knuckles Boom chapter 13 (Sonic Boom Fanfic)
The robots were just entering the main hall as Knuckles galloped down the Emerald chamber's stairs. Great--he'd have to fight his way out, and probably while carrying the girl.
She had to be there. The Master Emerald had given him the vision of the girl because it was keeping her alive. All this time, he'd been playing with the island's power source, never considering that life support needed power, too.
He crashed through the door into the Emerald chamber. No robots yet--only tranquil green light and polished, mirror-smooth floor. The Master Emerald sat atop the altar, and for a moment Knuckles stared at it. What would Eggman do with it?
Then he shook himself. They'd come back. Sticks said they would. Right now he had to find the girl.
He circled the altar, tapping it with his claws. The schematics showed it opened up. But where were the doors? In the back?
Doubt gnawed at him as he stared at the altar's stone back. What if he opened it and found only old machinery? What if his guess
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A scene from my fanfic The Master Emerald's Daughter. www.fanfiction.net/s/12459299/…


Maria lived and breathed at the center of a web of chaos magic. As she rested on the old sofa, eyes flickering beneath closed lids, she sensed all the minds connected to her own. Ranged around her were three bright figures--Shadow, Metal Sonic, and Knuckles.
Shadow radiated power, but also reflected her own power back to her. His profile was as familiar to her as the inside of her own mind--her beloved brother. Fear and anger swirled within him like fire beneath water. Fear at this place, fear of losing her, fear of her and what she had become. Anger at the others who dared help her, anger that he had not been the one to awaken her. Maria could not help him overcome any of it. He would have to work it out on his own.
Knuckles was a sleeping volcano. Outwardly he was big, burly, and not exceptionally bright. On the inside, he was a complex cave system of hot magma, compressed diamonds, and hot springs to refresh and restore. He burned orange in her mind's eye like living flame. Energy looped out of him and back in again, like flares on the surface of the sun. A powerful line like a comet's tail connected him to Angel Island, making Metal Sonic's connection look delicate as a cobweb. He wore his guardian role like armor, carrying it at all times, conscious of those around him. A line of energy connected him to Maria, established from the first time he touched a chaos emerald and it seized his mind. He was too strong for that, now. His power fed, healed, and anchored Maria. No matter how far she wandered in the ethereal realm of chaos magic, he would always be able to recall her. More than Shadow, even, although Shadow must never find out. Shadow's love was an ill, obsessive love, frantic and feverish. Knuckles's love, by comparison, was as rock-steady as the mountain he resembled. While they both loved her, Knuckles's love was the more wholesome. Particularly because he didn't know that he did.
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I’ve been brainstorming up a new Sonic story. I write about one per year, and it makes my fans so happy.

Anyway, as I was figuring out the character arcs for everybody, it dawned on me that the root motive of every last character is some kind of love. And it’s funny, because it’s has almost no romance.

One character loves his sister with this obsession, because she was in stasis for years and has just recently awakened again. He’s extremely jealous of the other characters for having any contact at all with her.

The other characters are fond of the sister, except for one character, who falls in love with her magic. This is bad for him, because the magic is slowly killing him.

All of them love their home island, which has been stolen from them by the bad guy, and they’re struggling to get it back.

As I was pondering this, I started looking at other books. Who else is motivated by love? Harry Potter? (Love of friends and home.) The Railway Children? (Love of family.) Trumpet of the Swan? (Love of family.)

It’s interesting, because I’ve also been plotting out murder mysteries for my dragon cozy series. Murderers are motivated by everything except love: lust, greed, jealousy, pride, anger, and so on. (Is sloth ever a motivation for murder? You’d think a slothful person would be too lazy to kill anyone.)

It’s interesting to see the way things turn out. A bad motive leads to evil actions. A good motive (like love) can lead to good outcomes, except when it doesn’t. (I’m thinking of the necromancer in Malevolent who is obsessed with resurrecting his dead wife.) Or when love of one’s country (patriotism) turns to frenzied conquering of the world.

But when you have selfless, sacrificial love, you get beautiful stories like Linnets and Valerians, which I just finished reading to the kids. Four children get caught up in a series of curses and black magic that surround this little English town. They have to break the curses with the help of friendly animals and good people, who are pitted against the evil animals and people. Their love has to overcome a bitter root of jealousy that has been there for years.

I think the sacrificial love stories are the ones that stick with us the longest. That’s what makes a story beautiful. The nice thing is, it has nothing to do with romance. Oh, it works in romance, too, but love is so much bigger than that.

Villains can be motivated by love, too. Love of self is the easiest one–“I’m better than everybody else so I deserve better treatment/a better spouse/more money/to rule the world.” But what if a villain is motivated by love for a person? That’s why Mr. Freeze from Batman is one of my favorite villains. Everything he does is to try to save his wife, who is frozen in stasis with incurable cancer. The motivation there is fascinating.

So, next time you write a story, see if your characters are motivated by love in some way. Pay attention to movies and TV shows. Who is motivated by love, even if it’s twisted?
Quick question. Would you rather read one super long fanfic, or two shorter fanfics?
I’ve been brainstorming up a new Sonic story. I write about one per year, and it makes my fans so happy.

Anyway, as I was figuring out the character arcs for everybody, it dawned on me that the root motive of every last character is some kind of love. And it’s funny, because it’s has almost no romance.

One character loves his sister with this obsession, because she was in stasis for years and has just recently awakened again. He’s extremely jealous of the other characters for having any contact at all with her.

The other characters are fond of the sister, except for one character, who falls in love with her magic. This is bad for him, because the magic is slowly killing him.

All of them love their home island, which has been stolen from them by the bad guy, and they’re struggling to get it back.

As I was pondering this, I started looking at other books. Who else is motivated by love? Harry Potter? (Love of friends and home.) The Railway Children? (Love of family.) Trumpet of the Swan? (Love of family.)

It’s interesting, because I’ve also been plotting out murder mysteries for my dragon cozy series. Murderers are motivated by everything except love: lust, greed, jealousy, pride, anger, and so on. (Is sloth ever a motivation for murder? You’d think a slothful person would be too lazy to kill anyone.)

It’s interesting to see the way things turn out. A bad motive leads to evil actions. A good motive (like love) can lead to good outcomes, except when it doesn’t. (I’m thinking of the necromancer in Malevolent who is obsessed with resurrecting his dead wife.) Or when love of one’s country (patriotism) turns to frenzied conquering of the world.

But when you have selfless, sacrificial love, you get beautiful stories like Linnets and Valerians, which I just finished reading to the kids. Four children get caught up in a series of curses and black magic that surround this little English town. They have to break the curses with the help of friendly animals and good people, who are pitted against the evil animals and people. Their love has to overcome a bitter root of jealousy that has been there for years.

I think the sacrificial love stories are the ones that stick with us the longest. That’s what makes a story beautiful. The nice thing is, it has nothing to do with romance. Oh, it works in romance, too, but love is so much bigger than that.

Villains can be motivated by love, too. Love of self is the easiest one–“I’m better than everybody else so I deserve better treatment/a better spouse/more money/to rule the world.” But what if a villain is motivated by love for a person? That’s why Mr. Freeze from Batman is one of my favorite villains. Everything he does is to try to save his wife, who is frozen in stasis with incurable cancer. The motivation there is fascinating.

So, next time you write a story, see if your characters are motivated by love in some way. Pay attention to movies and TV shows. Who is motivated by love, even if it’s twisted?

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candelediva Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
Sorry to bother you, but will there be a Sonic Unleashed fanfic coming out of the pipeline?
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NetRaptor Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Alas, no. I chewed on that game and chewed on that game, trying to figure out how to adapt it. But everything about it completely breaks my continuity. I'd have to adapt it as a stand alone. I'm having way too much fun with Sonic Boom, though. :-)
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candelediva Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017
That's unfortunate. And what of Colors, Generations, Lost World and Forces?
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NetRaptor Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I have to be very picky about what games I adapt now. I have to watch the game or play it extensively (research!). While those games are all fun, their stories didn't grab me as good fic material. I liked Sonic Boom, though--the world building is fascinating.
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Midday-Mew Featured By Owner May 30, 2017   General Artist
So...any luck finding the world-building doc? It's not archived online, unfortunately, as far as I know.
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NetRaptor Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
It wasn't in my backups, alas! It must have been lost between computer upgrades. I'm very sorry. I might be able to remember some of it, though. What were you interested in?
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Midday-Mew Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017   General Artist
Can you please write down what you remember of it? Also, my friend and I would like the details on Chaos Emeralds and chaos energy in general, as well as general information on your version of Mobius and the people on it. I'm also interested in general info about Chaos fields as well as the details on the biology and genetics of Mobians.

Thanks. ^^
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NetRaptor Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Student Digital Artist
The chaos field idea actually came from an editorial on Sonic HQ about how Sonic can run fast without tearing himself to pieces from air resistance and debris. The theorized that his body generates a kind of magnetic field that surrounds him in a bubble and lifts him off the ground a little. We see this effect in the games. I took it a step further and called it a chaos field. So Möbius has a chaos field to enable all this stuff to go on, the way Earth's magnetic field allows birds to migrate and stuff. All Mobians are sensitive to the field and are either chaos positive (having powers) or chaos neutral (no powers but still affected). Humans, being from another planet, are insensitive to chaos power and are chaos negative.
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Midday-Mew Featured By Owner Edited May 11, 2017   General Artist
Hey, I heard you used to have a worldbuilding document for your Sonicverse on your website? Do you have that document still? If so, could you, like, upload that document to Google Docs or something (if it's not uploaded anywhere) and share it publicly? You'd probably want to set the permissions so that no one can edit it other than you.

If you've already uploaded elsewhere, may I please have a link to it? See, an old fan of yours introduced me to your work, and she remembered that you used to have that worldbuilding document on your old site, and we wanted to read it again, if possible.

Thanks! ^^
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