- Eggman's base -
- Emergency exit corridor -
- 15 seconds later -
Shadow cannot believe how an obese old man with skinny legs can run so fast.
The hedgehog skates after Dr. Eggman through the hallway leading to the helipad. Security doors shut in the doctor's wake but Shadow unlocks them from a distance with his Keyblade.
"Orbot, Cubot! Shut the last security door… Now!" Eggman shouts before he reaches the helipad.
The reinforced door slams shut directly in front of Shadow, forcing to stop. With a grunt of frustration, he points his Keyblade at the door and it unlocks just like the others. As the door opens, he gets a glimpse of the doctor inside the Egg Walker.
Eggman quickly rotates the cockpit around to face him and fires a barrage of laser missiles from the cannon to his left. Still in the corridor and nowhere to run, the missiles impact and explode all over Shadow, throwing him back into the hallway.
"Hee hee hee hee. I hope you remember this baby, Shadow. I've made a few upgrades to it over the years,"
A reinforced glass barrier seals the cockpit. Eggman continues to laugh from inside his vehicle, which is the same Egg Walker the doctor used when Shadow first met him.
It resembles the Egg Mobile with two legs attached, a missile launcher to the left of the cockpit, a Vulkan Cannon to the right with a larger cannon attached to the right side of the vehicle. More powerful jet engines are attached to the legs of the machine and a protective armour covers most of the Egg Walker.
Shadow gets back on his feet while trying to ignore the pain. Eggman starts firing bullets from the two cannons and locks onto Shadow with a targeting laser. A blue missile is launched and quickly homes in on the hedgehog.
Shadow activates his Flame Ring and sets his Keyblade ablaze, then he tosses it ahead of him. The missile explodes on impact and the spinning key keeps going, eliminating the smaller bullets but the larger ones stay true to their course. Eggman backs his machine up to avoid the burning key before it returns to its owner. Shadow dashes from his spot and slides underneath the rounds streaking towards him. He catches his Keyblade once he makes it outside.
An electrified fence surrounds the helipad, which appears to be in the middle of a forest.
The hedgehog raises his key and strikes for the Egg Walker's left leg, but the machine jumps to avoid the blow. Thermal energy builds up in the jet engines as the Egg Walker returns to the ground and releases a shockwave once its legs touch the floor. Shadow is thrown a few feet across the helipad. He rolls for a moment before getting back on his feet.
"I'm almost impressed, Doctor," he says.
Eggman rotates the cockpit around to face Shadow.
"Is that all you've got to say?" he asks.
Eggman scowls at the Ultimate Life Form.
"I expect Sonic and his meddling friends to talk down to me, but not you, Shadow. I thought you acknowledged true genius when you saw it,"
"All I see is a waste of true genius,"
"Why you little… You're nothing but a fifty year old hedgehog!"
Eggman targets Shadow and resumes firing bullets from both cannons and a homing missile from the launcher. Shadow jumps, curls up and executes a Homing Attack for the Egg Walker. He passes between the rounds shot by the doctor, but just before he makes contact, a compartment opens up in front of the vehicle and sends out a boxing glove to knock Shadow back.
The force of the blow sends him into the electrified fence, where his body is electrocuted before he mercifully falls away from it. Shadow collapses on the floor, twitching uncontrollably.
Eggman laughs as he turns the rest of his vehicle around to face Shadow. He targets Shadow with the laser, then says,
"Don't make this too easy, Shadow. I've still got a few tricks left to show you,"
Shadow pushes himself up into a kneeling position and waits for the twitching to pass. Fortunately, the doctor continues to ramble on rather than attack him.
"Hee hee hee, I like the sight of you kneeling in front of me. The world would be a much better place if everyone chose to do that. Soon, that is exactly what will happen.
"What was that, Shadow?"
Shadow aims his Keyblade at the Egg Walker and starts firing bolts of energy. The spears impact on the vehicle and start stripping away its armour. Eggman scowls and strafes Shadow to avoid the incoming bolts. He returns fire with bullets and a lock-on missile. Shadow waits until the last second before he jumps over the missile and the rounds that follow.
He throws his Keyblade in midair in the Egg Walker's path, forcing it to stop. He hovers in place with the help of his skates and the doctor tilts his machine upwards to aim at Shadow.
The hedgehog drops to the floor after Eggman starts firing, then he dashes to the walker while it tilts back down. Raising his Keyblade, Shadow swings his weapon before the Egg Walker can jump and knocks one of the mechanical legs out of position. Shadow slides underneath the machine while the Egg Walker adopts a kneeling position and the doctor tries to get the leg back into position. Shadow comes to a stop and charges back the way he came. He tackles the rear of the Egg Walker and forces it to fall over onto its front.
Eggman's face presses against the glass protecting him after he falls over. He then watches as Shadow stands in front of him and start swinging his Keyblade at the reinforced glass. Cracks form and spread from each blow.
The doctor rapidly types into a control panel in the cockpit. The feet of the Egg Walker start bending forward until they're flat against the floor. Clamps along the sides anchor the feet and allow the legs to start lifting the Egg Walker back up.
When Shadow realizes this, he jumps onto the back of the vehicle to slow it down and resume his efforts to break the glass. Eggman types in coordinates as Shadow raises his Keyblade again. The missile launcher quickly rotates towards him and launches a missile at point blank range, blowing Shadow off the Egg Walker.
The pain that he's been trying to ignore catches up with him as Shadow lays on his back. He and the Egg Walker both slowly get up. Shadow coughs and tries to catch his breath as he stands near the centre of the helipad. Eggman looks at him and presses a button just as Shadow dashes towards him.
The centre of the helipad quickly descends into the ground. Shadow comes to a stop when he sees that the surrounding walls are electrified. The helipad continues to go down until it comes to a stop sixty feet below the surface.
Eggman brings his vehicle to the edge of the pit and grins down at Shadow.
"Like a spiky rat in a trap, although I'd prefer it if Sonic were down there and not you,"
The doctor laughs as Shadow searches for a way back up, but he can't find any. Every inch of the walls is electrically charged.
Eggman strokes his moustache and says, "I can't thank you enough for coming back to Earth when you did. You were the perfect means of testing the temporal/spatial disruptor, my base's defences and my new android Replicas,"
Shadow scowls up at the madman. Eggman continues to monologue.
"I knew there was a chance you could defeat your own Replicas, but I believed Metal Sonic would be able to beat you. When I get him back on his feet, I'll have to modify his memories and find a suitable excuse for the robotic body underneath. No need for him to lose his efficiency just because of a little thing like that,"
"I destroyed his memories as Sonic, Doctor!"
"Hah hah hah! I've been studying Sonic for a long time, Shadow. I know him almost more than he knows himself. I can create another memory chip for Metal Sonic and he'll be the perfect means of ending the blue rodent's life,"
"I won't let you do this, Doctor. You toyed with my memories, but I won't let you torture Metal Sonic or anymore of your Replicas!"
"My creations are built to serve me. I will do whatever it takes to make them obey my every wish,"
Shadow points up at Eggman. "One day, Doctor. One day, you will be the slave," he lowers his hand. "That is, if I don't kill you first,"
The back of the Egg Walker opens up and a rocket launcher emerges.
"Slavery doesn't suit me, Shadow. How's this for an act of rebellion?!"
He fires three volleys of small, homing rockets into the air before they descend towards the black hedgehog at the bottom of the pit.
Shadow knows he has two choices. Either he can run around to avoid the approaching rockets and risk losing space before they all land; or, he can do this…
He raises his Keyblade, takes aim and fires a Chaos Spear. The bolt of energy launches from the tip of his weapon, makes contact with the first volley of rockets and causes a chain reaction. They detonate harmlessly in the air.
He fires another bolt and the result destroys the second volley of approaching explosives, but the third is too close for comfort. Shadow dashes from his spot and circles around the limited space available to him as the rockets detonate on the ground behind him.
Robots carrying lances gather around the edge of the pit.
"Egg pawns, descend and take care of that nuisance!"
The pawns obey and leap down sixty feet after the last rocket explodes behind Shadow. The robots land and surround the hedgehog, then ready their lances to skewer him.
He considers blowing them all up with a Chaos Blast, but that might leave him open for a follow up surprise by the doctor, so he tries something else.
Shadow swings his Keyblade to knock aside some of the lances as they lunge for him, then he snaps his fingers to induce Chaos Magic. A spacial distortion throws one of the Egg Pawns into the air. Shadow waits underneath the robot before he thrusts his Keyblade upward and buries it inside the Egg Pawn's back as it falls down.
As the other robots attempt to stab him, Shadow brings his Keyblade down and uses the struggling pawn as a shield. Lances are buried inside the robot's mechanical body before Shadow swings his key and pulls the weapons out of the grips of the enemies facing him.
He turns around and repeats the process with the robots behind him. With most of the pawns disarmed, Shadow aims, charges up his Keyblade and fires a Chaos Blast. The beam of energy propels the robot like a cannon ball towards a group of robots and blows them away, scattering bits of metal and lances everywhere.
The rest of the robots rush Shadow, whether they have weapons or not. Shadow grips his Keyblade and turns to face them when suddenly the Egg Walker drops from above and lands in the middle of the helipad. The impact releases a shockwave of heated air that sends the doctor's own pawns into the electrified wall. They hang suspended against the wall as they're electrocuted before they explode.
Shadow is blown back as well but he digs his Keyblade into the floor to slow him down and he stops before touching the wall. The doctor turns his vehicle around to face him and says,
"It's the story of my life, Shadow. I have to do everything myself!"
Shadow says nothing, but that is one thing he does respect about the doctor. He isn't afraid to get his hands dirty and face his enemies himself.
The Egg Walker leaps towards Shadow but he easily moves out of the way. He jumps before the vehicle lands but the shockwave sends him across the helipad. Shadow jump dashes to slow himself down before he lands back on the floor.
A second targeting laser appears from the back of the Egg Walker and sights on Shadow. A missile is launched and quickly homes in on the hedgehog. Shadow dashes around it before he jumps towards the Egg Walker. The madman's vehicle is turning to face Shadow when the hedgehog uses Black Tornado to spin rapidly around the Egg Walker. A twister of darkness surrounds the vehicle, but it is too heavy to be lifted into the air. Eggman finds it irritating, though. He can't knock Shadow away with his boxing glove with him moving so fast, so the doctor charges up his jet engines, jumps and releases another shockwave.
Shadow is above the vehicle when the shockwave hits and throws him upwards. He jump dashes until he's back in position, then buzz saws through the air with his Keyblade until he smashes the reinforced glass covering Eggman's cockpit, spreading the cracks nearly to the breaking point.
Shadow kicks off from the Egg Walker before the doctor can turn around and punch him away. He dashes around the vehicle while Eggman tries helplessly to keep up with him. He picks up lances off the floor and then charges straight for the Egg Walker. Before Eggman figures out what he's doing, Shadow plunges the lances into the legs of the vehicle and nails them to the floor.
Eggman yells in frustration when he learns he can't move his beloved walker. Shadow climbs onto the back of the vehicle, raises his Keyblade and finally shatters the glass. Now exposed, Eggman surprises Shadow by knocking him off with a large wrench he had kept with him in the cockpit.
The mad scientist presses a switch and the legs are separated from the main vehicle. The two cannons on either side of him are also released. Free of its burdens, the Eggmobile flies into the air.
Shadow returns to his feet and shouts at Eggman,
"Don't you dare flee from me, Doctor!"
The hover vehicle stops halfway up the pit and Eggman responds to Shadow,
"I wouldn't dream of it, Shadow. You are the key to beating Sonic and you will help me, willingly or not!"
A small tube extends from the underside of the Eggmobile. The doctor proceeds to drop mines in the shape of spiked balls down to the helipad. Shadow easily evades them, but they don't detonate upon landing. They take up space and flash slightly on timers.
Eggman chuckles and drops a fireball into the middle of the arena. It spreads on impact and ignites the floor as well as setting off the mines. Shadow is forced dangerously close to the electrified wall when the mines start exploding. He manages to block the shrapnel by spinning his Keyblade but the flames and explosions limit his movements.
"You're no match for me!" The doctor shouts as he tilts his Eggmobile down to face the trapped hedgehog. "All systems, full power!"
Shadow looks up as the lens in front of the vehicle starts charging up. Eggman fires a Power Laser. A great beam of energy blasts forth from the lens and down onto the Ultimate Life Form.
Eggman grins as he keeps the laser powered for as long as he can before he has to shut it down. As the flames on the floor and the laser beam dissipate, a figure remains standing amidst the smoke and destruction. Shadow holds his inhibitor rings in his hands as he crosses them in front of his face. A golden energy shield surrounds him completely until it disappears when he puts his rings back on his wrists.
The doctor's grin fades and is replaced with a scowl, then he becomes distracted when his robots contact him.
"Boss, he's here!" Orbot shouts from the speaker while gunfire can be heard in the background.
"Who's here?" Eggman asks.
"The mean one! The one going through the rebellious teen phase!" Cubot yells.
"What are you two talking about?!"
After Shadow catches his breath, he picks up a lance, then plants his Keyblade into the floor. He backs up, then dashes towards it, jumps onto the weapon, then kicks off from the handle. He activates both his Flame Ring and Air Shoes to combine fire and wind in his hover skates to give himself a double jump. Approaching the Eggmobile, he summons his Keyblade into his free hand, then buries the spines into the vehicle.
"What? Shadow?!" Eggman yells when he realizes the hedgehog has reached him.
Shadow buries the lance into a portion of the Eggmobile with weak armour, then summons his Keyblade back without having to forcefully remove it, and buries it inside the targeting laser. He lifts himself up and plants his feet on the length of the lance before jumping to the top of the vehicle. Eggman swings with his wrench but Shadow sidesteps the blow before the hedgehog reaches into the cockpit and rips out the controls.
"No! What are you doing?!" The doctor screams before the hover vehicle plummets to the helipad.
After the Eggmobile crashes, Shadow jumps off and pushes it into the wall. The electrical currents running along its surface travel to the vehicle and the madman inside. Eggman screams as thousands of volts course through his body.
Shadow leaves the doctor to his fate and moves to the centre of the helipad. He folds his arms and glances in the direction of the Eggmobile.
"You deserved worse, doctor, but this will have to do," Shadow says, then wrinkles his nose at the smell of burning flesh. Ignoring the screams, he looks up to the top of the pit above him and tries to determine when he'll recover enough strength to escape.
Suddenly the Eggmobile smashes into him, catching him off guard. Rolling across the floor, he comes to a stop and lays down on his stomach, dazed. With blurry vision, he can see a smoking figure approaching the vehicle and retrieving a large wrench from the cockpit, then the armed threat walks towards him.
Shadow pushes himself off the floor and shakes his head before looking up. The doctor stands before him, but the flesh on his face is blackened and burnt off. Underneath is metal.
"Another Replica?" Shadow asks.
"Hee hee hee hee. Did you not think I wouldn't create this beautiful imitation of perfection?"
Shadow gets back on his feet and summons his Keyblade.
"This whole time, you were just a fake?"
"Wrong. That was the real me when you first came here, but I made a switch while you were running around inside my base. I am now miles away from here, Shadow, and don't be so proud of the mess you made. Those warships you destroyed were but a fraction of my fleet,"
Shadow swings his Keyblade for one of the Eggbot's legs and succeeds in bringing the Replica to his knees, but the robot swings his wrench and across Shadow's face. The blow throws him off the floor before landing in a heap.
"How many times do I have to tell you to stop interrupting me, you infuriating little hedgehog?!" Eggman shouts before getting back up and charging Shadow with wrench raised.
Shadow returns to his feet as well and dodges the blow. He jumps into the air and executes a Homing Attack on the Replica. The Eggbot swings his wrench like a bat, but Shadow uncurls and propels himself slightly upward using his hover skates, barely avoiding the swing before he delivers a jet powered axe kick onto the robot's head.
He kicks the fake doctor in the face with his other leg and flips off before landing in front of him. Shadow concentrates and snaps his fingers to induce Chaos Magic, but the spatial distortion doesn't appear. His confusion gives the Eggbot a chance to swing his wrench at the hedgehog but Shadow manages to block it in time.
Their weapons locked, Shadow is surprised by the robot's strength. He plants his foot behind him to brace himself and push back against the wrench. Eggman grins as the four buttons on his chest turn into gun barrels. Shadow's face betrays his alarm before the robot starts rapidly firing bullets at point blank range. The rounds tear through Shadow's body.
Eggman ceases firing before kicking Shadow away. The hedgehog lands on his back and struggles to breath.
The Replica laughs and raises his wrench. "Heh heh heh. Not on your game today, are you, Shadow? Sonic would have beaten me by now,"
Shadow endures extreme pain as he sits up before bringing up his Keyblade to block the doctor's swing, then he rolls away to avoid another hail of bullets. When he gets up and turns towards the robot, Eggman swings his wrench and catches Shadow across the face.
The hedgehog stumbles and slowly gets back up. Eggman laughs as Shadow aims his Keyblade and fires Chaos Spears, but the bolts of energy dissipate before impacting the mad doctor.
"Is that what being powerless looks like? Maybe I'll get the same reaction when I break Sonic's legs!" Eggman shouts between laughter.
Shadow lowers his Keyblade and covers his wounds with his free arm. He tries to think and understand why his Chaos attacks aren't working. Realization dawns on him as soon as the Replica raises his wrench.
"Break his legs? Why not chop them off?" Shadow asks the doctor, hoping to stall for time.
The Eggbot chuckles. "I considered that, but I figure breaking them would be more painful. I still like the way you think, Shadow. Breaking or removing his legs would deprive him of what he treasures most,"
"His speed," Shadow says before coughing out some blood.
"I was going to say freedom, but those two are the same thing when it comes to him," The Eggbot turns his back on Shadow and raises his arms up at the sky. "I'll be robbing the entire world of its freedom, but everyone will be grateful for it under my rule. Everyone but Sonic. You have no idea how badly I want to make him suffer,"
"Not just Sonic. No one tells me what to do, remember?" Shadow says as he puts away his Keyblade and picks up an Egg Lance.
The scientist chuckles as he starts to turn around. "I find that very hard to believe…!"
Shadow swipes with his hand and throws a handful of his own blood into the robot's eyes. The Eggbot stumbles back and brings his free hand up to his face.
"Is this blood? That is disgusting!" he says while wiping his eyes.
Shadow fights the pain in his body as he dashes as fast as he can to the doctor and stabs him in the abdomen with the Egg Lance. After clearing his eyes, the Eggbot looks down at the weapon impaling him, then smirks at Shadow.
"Have you figured it out by now, Shadow?"
A portion of Eggman's abdomen becomes transparent and reveals seven fake Chaos Emeralds surrounding a small pylon absorbing their energy.
"You're the reason I can't use Chaos Control," Shadow says angrily.
"And why none of your so-called Chaos attacks can harm me. They all rely on a disruption of space/time and my lucky charm here clears it up. What better place to hide such a priceless piece of machinery than in my own body?"
The Eggbot drops the wrench, puts his hands on the lance and starts pulling it out before changing his mind.
"Best to keep the containment chamber sealed," He looks at Shadow and shakes his head. "Don't get any ideas,"
He raises his hands and points his palms at Shadow. The hedgehog reacts and cartwheels through the air to his left just as the doctor fires beams of electricity from his hands. He passes above one of the beams and lands not far from the wrecked Eggmobile. Shadow grabs the vehicle and throws it at the robot.
The Replica braces himself and succeeds in stopping his former hover craft with his bare hands. Then, he kicks it back towards Shadow, but the hedgehog leaps above the hurling vehicle, curls up into a ball and launches himself at the doctor. Eggman fires bullets at Shadow, but the Ultimate Life Form passes by the robot and spins around him. The wind picks up and a black tornado surrounds the Eggbot. The Replica screams as the wind throws him into the air.
Shadow waits for him to almost land before he kicks Eggman into the electrified wall. The Eggbot starts screaming in agony again once he impacts the charged surface and thousands of volts course through his body. The electricity travels along the lance into the device with the fake emeralds inside, causing severe damage.
The hedgehog drops to one knee as the pain from his wounds catches up with him. The Eggbot collapses on the ground and starts short-circuiting. He raises his head to look at Shadow before speaking,
"Did bzzzt you think I bzzzzzt would give you a chanzzzzzt to escape? It'zzzzzt already too late! You bzzzzt won't have a chanzzzzzt to teleport out of here!"
That's when Shadow notices how dark the helipad has become. At first, he assumes it's because the sun is setting, but when he looks up, he sees a large number of Egg Flappers hovering above the pit where Shadow and the Eggbot are located.
The flying robots release the bombs they're carrying and leave. Shadow reaches down for the inhibitor rings on his ankles and removes them. Then he jumps into the air and activate the jets in his shoes to propel him into the air.
Eggman scans Shadow and laughs before calling out to him, "Sayonara, Shadow the Hedgehog!"
Shadow maneuvers around the bombs as he flies and tries to avoid the electrified wall. Just when he reaches the surface, his strength fades and the jets deactivate. On the edge of losing consciousness, Shadow realizes that he can't make it across the pit onto solid ground. He's going to fall back down to blow up with the Eggbot.
He gets an idea and channels the power of the emeralds then whispers, "Chaos Control…"
With the device still active inside the Replica, the inversion of space/time control is also active, but this time for Shadow's benefit. He had seen Metal Sonic slow down after using Chaos Control, so he does the same thing and allows time to accelerate around him while he slowly descends.
The bombs detonate upon reaching the bottom of the pit. The flames from the combined explosions reach up towards Shadow as he passes out.
- - -
Inside a hidden bunker, the real Dr. Robotnik lifts the goggles covering his eyes and removes the headset he's wearing.
The holographic computer screen in front of him displays the words, CONNECTION TERMINATED.
"Oh, really?" he asks the computer sarcastically. "Was it because I lost my internet connection or the fact that my favourite creation blew up?!"
He sniffs and wipes a tear from his eye.
"He was perfect," he mumbles as he mourns his own Replica.
Eggman pulls himself together and brings up the files on Project Replica on his screen.
"Fine work, but still requires some adjustments. Heh heh, but a good solution in case things go wrong for me,"
With a flick of his hand, the screen shifts through several miscellaneous files and assorted experiments until Eggman stops at one in particular.
The computer displays live footage of the massive stasis tank for Devil Doom's dead body. An additional window appears on the screen to reveal another big stasis tank, revealing the Biolizard.
An old picture of an amnesiac Shadow in his own stasis tank appears as well, along with his blood analysis.
The research files on Project Shadow appear last.
"Time to finish what my grandfather started," Eggman tells himself. "A genius such as myself should be able to discover the secret of immortality. After all, what's the point in building an empire if you can't rule it forever?"