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"Your move Antoine." Droned NICOLE.
Antoine certainly did not excel at many things, but when it came to chess he was
unstoppable. Even when playing against NICOLE on her chess program at the hardest
difficulty setting he could win on a regular basis. In this particular game Antoine could see
that he could not win and was trying to get a stale mate.
Antoine moved his queen one square up the board.
"Stale Mate!" He exclaimed.
"Correct Antoine!" Stated NICOLE. "Do you wish to have another game?"
"No." Said Antoine and left NICOLE by herself in the work shop.
As he left the work shop and rounded a corner he bumped into Rotor.
"So Antoine." Began Rotor. "Did you beat NICOLE again?"
"Yes!" Lied Antoine. "It waz ztale mate but I had more pointz."
"I thought you and NICOLE did not work by points?" Inquired Rotor.
"Vell, it seems that this is what we are to be doing now, no?" Snapped Antoine and
"Seems pleasant enough!" Mumbled Rotor under his breath. He shrugged and then
continued on his journey into the workshop.
It was early summer in Knothole and most of the forest creatures had already come out of
hibernation. Sun beams penetrated the forest canopy like giant golden blades. It was
humid, warm and the air was rich with the smell of pollen and dry earth. Of course
Antoine rarely had time to appreciate this. He was too busy complaining to himself about
how hot it was with his uniform on.
Antoine was heading back to his hut when he was overtaken by Rotor carrying
"And, where are you to be going?" He called out to Rotor. But Rotor paid him no head
and instead ran straight into Sally's hut.
"He iz zeeming pleazent enough!" Antoine mumbled to himself. He shrugged and decided
to see what all the commotion was.
As soon as Antoine had reached the door he heard Sally cursing. She wasn't just cursing
mildly either. Something had really got her started.
Antoine opened the door tentatively and poked his head into Sally's room. The inside was
humid and dusty and reminded Antoine of Rotors workshop.
"HOW COULD HE DO THIS!?" Yelled Sally. "IS ISN'T EVEN SUPPOSED TO BE
ABLE TO DO THAT. NO! DAMN!"
Antoine misinterpreted the situation immediately and walked into the room arms open
"Zere, Zere Zally." He began. "Whatever Sonic has done I can be fixing!"
Sally looked at Antoine like a cat looks at a mouse and was about to explode when Rotor
came to Antoine's rescue.
"Sonic has NOT done anything Antoine!" Blurted Rotor. "It's Buttnick again!"
"What has the old bag done zis time?" Asked Antoine.
"Harnessed enough energy to destroy this entire galaxy!" Sally was close to desperation
and could not believe her own words. But, NICOLE had confirmed her worst fears.
"Impossible!" Snorted Antoine.
"Believe it buster!" Said Rotor solemnly.
"Get everyone in here for a briefing now!" Commanded Sally, she started to cry.
"NICOLE, get ready to break the news."
About ten minutes later all of the freedom fighters were assembled in the war room. With
the exception of Sandra.
"Where the hell is she!" Bellowed Sally.
"Sally-girl, please!" Protested Bunnie, "Calm down!"
"NICOLE!" Boomed Sally. "Where is that stupid vixen!"
Sonic and Bookshire looked at each other.
"Something's gotta be wrong, huh?" Sonic asked.
"Too right!" Exclaimed Bookshire. "I've never seen her this grumpy!" Then. "Maybe it's
just her hormones again!"
"Shut up Booky!" Yelled Sally.
Bookshire flinched and decided if he wanted to live much longer he should keep his mouth
"Sally what is wrong with ya!" Demanded Dulcy, who had stuck her neck through the
window. "Whatever has happened it is no excuse for you to....."
"Are you sure you are planning on living much longer?!" Interrupted Sally, sounding more
aggressive than ever. Dulcy snapped her mouth shut.
Tails was not absolutely sure what was going on but realized something bad must have
happened and he started to cry.
"Oh, no!" Sally began to feel guilty. " Sorry Tails, Sonic, comfort him!"
Sonic was very surprised by the fact that Sally did not run up and hug Tails.
"Sally, what the heck, is going on! Why are acting like this?"
Sally ignored him.
"WHERE IS THAT STUPID........"
At that very instant the door burst open and in came Sandra.
"Hey y'all!" She started, then she saw the murderous look on Sally's face. "Do you want to
take this outside Sally?"
"Shut up, sit down, stay put and, listen!" Droned Sally.
"This better be good!" Protested Sandra, she sat down near Bookshire.
"OK!" Sally cleared her throat. "There is no delicate way of putting this!"
Sally stopped and looked around at the worried expressions on everyone's face. With the
exception of Sandra who had an expression that said "Hurry the hell up!".
Sally began. "NICOLE detected energy emissions coming from Robotropolis that
correspond to energy sources a" She paused. "A quadrillion times stronger than anything
"WHAT!" Sandra was the first to react. "Wait a minute, your telling me, Buttnick has the
power to ,bend time backwards, create wormholes and destroy this entire universe!" She
snorted. "Yeah right, in order to get that type of energy you need to harvest the power of
The others looked at Sandra and then at Sally who started to sniff and then to
"Ok (sniff) if you don't (sniff) believe me take a (sniff) damn look!" Sally hurled NICOLE
across the room at Sandra who caught her.
"NICOLE!" Began Sally. "Show this.... show her!"
NICOLE flashed up the results on her screen for Sandra. Sandra looked at them
skeptically for a moment. Then the corners of her muzzle drooped and she let out a long
"Before anything else happens," Began Sandra. "I'd like to say that I truly value all of your
"Wha' the who-ha!" Exclaimed Bunnie. "Sandra, it's not like it's da end of da
Sandra did the strangest thing. She went up and hugged Bunnie.
"I've always liked you Bunnie!" Whispered Sandra. "I'm sorry but the end is
Bunnie pushed Sandra off.
"Don't talk like datt!" She shouted. "What's happened!!??"
She looked over at Sally who was lying in Sonic's arms. He was trying his best to comfort
"With this type of energy Robotnick could kill us at a whim!" Ejaculated Sally.
There was a pause. Tails began to cry again. Antoine was not sure what was going on but
hoped he would live long enough for lunch!
"Sally!" Boomed NICOLE suddenly. "New analysis of the energy emissions has revealed a
new datum, Robotnick was able to produce the energy, however he is still unable to use it.
I am picking up massive error messages from the Robotopolian main frame. It seems he
produced the energy in one femto second and then expelled it two femto's later. He still
cannot control energy of that magnitude."
"Ya mean," Began Rotor. "We have a chance of Stopping him!"
"Affirmative!" Droned NICOLE.
"WHAT!" Screeched Sandra. "Now that this has happened, I take back everything I said!"
She continued. "I can't believe I hugged you Bunnie, I don't value your friendship at
"Oh, boo hoo!" Said Antoine, who still was not entirely sure what was going on.
Sandra turned and faced the French fox.
"D'ya wanna take this outside?!" Demanded Sandra.
"Non!" replied Antoine not understanding Sandra's idiom.
"Alright ALRIGHT!" Screeched Sally. "NICOLE, you mean there is a way of defeating
Robotnick before he manages to control this energy?"
"Yes Sally!" NICOLE paused and then continued. "You must understand however that my
conclusion is by no means complete. Proximity to the energy source is required to acquire
"We have to get there fast!" Stated Sally.
"Then what are we waiting for!" Said Sonic impatiently let's get going!"
"Should we make a plan?" Rotor tried to raise his voice over the din.
All the freedom fighters began to talk at once.
"SHUT UP!" Yelled Sandra in a commanding tone. The rest fell silent.
"Thankyou Sandra!" Sally took over. "Now, first of all I, must apologize. I really was a bit
to harsh and, rash, now I know it's not the end. We do have a chance!"
"It's OK Sal!" Sonic forgave her.
"Same here Sal!" Said Tails.
All of the freedom fighters followed Sonic's example and excepted Sally's apology. Sandra
gave out a grunt which was about the best apology you could ever get from her. Sally
nodded at her to show her appreciation. Sandra frowned.
"This is going to be a highly organized and efficient operation!" Boomed Sally. "I want
Lupine in on this one, we may have to fight our way in."
She turned to Sandra.
"Could you take care of that Sandra?"
Sandra waved her hand in an avoiding gesture. That meant 'yes'. She was obviously still a
little embarrassed from her earlier show of emotion.
"Rotor!" Sally called to get his attention.
"Yes!" Rotor replied in an attentive tone.
"What is our current weapon status?"
"A few dozen pistols, seven plasma rifles, three plasma cannons, one rip unit and 30
rounds, twenty or so sonic grenades and one super sonic hedgehog!" He smiled at
("Pistols" Small hand held plasma firing weapons. Limited in range and weak.)
("Plasma Rifle" Large two handed weapon with long range, high power and slow
("Plasma Cannon" Large two handed weapon limited in range and power, but extremely
quick to reload.)
("Rip Unit" Large heavy bulky two handed rapid fire missile launcher. Rip rockets are
small guided missiles that can negotiate difficult terrain to reach their target. They can be
fired in dense woodland and reach a target several hundred metres away.)
("Sonic grenade" Hand thrown grenade that uses high frequency sound to produce a
powerful shock wave)
"Way'da go Rote!" Sonic applauded. "And one wimp!" He added shooting a glance at
Antoine who mumbled something unintelligible.
Rotor then continued. "That does not include the weapons on that hijacked hover ship. It
has two high velocity plasma cannons. Plus, there are all the weapons other groups posses. Some of the western villagers have experimental weapons that might come in handy."
"Better have them all, how many cells do we have?" Asked Sally.
("Cell" Ammunition unit for all plasma based weapons.)
"Enough cellz for both Robotnick and Znively!" Antoine joked.
"Hey Antoine!" Praised Bunnie. "That is the funniest thing you have said all
"Vhy zank you!" Antoine started."Wait a minute, all year? Why you..."
"Knock it off!" said Bookshire.
"OK!" Sally began again, taking a deep breath. "Rotor how many cells do we
"Upwards of fifty!" He replied.
"Excellent!" Replied Sally, then. "All of you will have job to do and we need to be ready in
a few hours."
"Rotor, you will prepare the weapons and lay them out in the war room. Dulcy get your
harness on and warm up. Sandra and Bookshire will be in charge of intelligence. Antoine,
errr, help Rotor. Tails, I am afraid you are not coming on this one!" Sally was interrupted
by Sonic and Tails.
"What!" They both exclaimed at the same time. Before Sonic could start his usual
moaning routine Sally started speaking again.
"If you have a problem then see me AFTER everyone has gone, that includes you honey."
She glanced at Tails who had put on a hurt expression.
"Alright, Bunnie, you can help Rotor carry some of the heavier equipment. Sandra,
Bookshire. You are also responsible for getting the hover ship up and running."
"Who's gonna fly it?" Asked Sandra.
"We will work that out nearer the time!" Said Sally. "OK, you all know what to
"Let's do it!" Exclaimed Sally.
"To it!" Bookshire finished her phrase. Sally looked at him.
"No, Bookshire it is just 'Let's do it!' now." Seeing Bookshire's questioning expression and
sensing that the other Freedom Fighters were probably thinking the same thing she
continued. "The other one, quite frankly, sucked!"
"Alright, let's MOVE!!!!" Dulcy removed her head from inside the room and was heard
The other freedom fighters filed out except for two.
Sonic and Tails walked up to Sally.
"C'mon Sal!" Pleaded Sonic. "Little bro. here is a FF now. Give 'im a break."
"Sonic this one is just too dangerous, and knowing you, you will probably make it worse."
"Will not!" Protested Sonic.
Fearing one of those tedious "Will not" "Will too" "Will not" "Will too" arguments, Sally
changed the subject.
"He is not going and that is final!" Sally crossed her arms. "On this point I stand firm."
However Sonic was not going to be beaten that easily.
"Sal, you heard what NICOLE said, she still needs more info! Might not be dangerous!"
"Well she.." Sally was cut short.
"You know how often litt' bro. comes in useful. How many time has he saved you life
"Ok you have a...."
"Sal, look at 'im, he really needs this!"
"OK OK OK!!!" Screamed Sally. "He can go. Against my better judgment. He can go. If
he dies you had better dig his grave because I'm not!"
Sally stormed out of the Hut slamming the door behind her. Tails and Sonic high foured
("High foured" Mobians only have four fingers.)
"Don't worry Tails!" Began Sonic. "I'll dig your grave for you!"
"Thanks Sonic!" Tails joked. "How come Antoine always gets to go but I don't?"
"Because he REALLY can complain!" Stated Sonic truthfully.
Things started to shape up.
"I'm right here!" Lupine walked up to Sally. She had brought most of her wolf pack with
"Excellent!" Sally commented. "The power fluctuation occurred about 20Km outside the
perimeter of Robotropolis. If there is some kind of installation there it's gonna be heavily
Sally was standing just outside the workshop.
"We won't have much cover either!" Said Lupine. "We can't fight in the open. We won't
even scratch SWATBOTs, if that's what he is using."
"I have given some thought to that." Sally stated. "How many Rip units have you got and
how many rockets?"
Lupine's face tensed as she tried to remember. "Seven units and 3500 rounds!"
"Yahoo!" Sally shouted.
"You�re really into this battle!" Noted Lupine.
"This is the most important battle we will ever fight!" Explained Sally. "But, how did you
accumulate so many?"
"Are needs are different to yours!" Replied Lupine. "We had little need for Plasi."
("Plasi" Refers to all plasma based weaponry.)
"I suppose so." Replied Sally. "Anyway, I thought that we could use the Rip units to
pound them and then finish them off with plasi."
"That might work." Lupine thought hard. "I suppose we are going to find out soon
"There is just one area of the recon-attack I am not sure about." Said Sally.
"Are we going to wait at a distance and destroy his forces, or should we get in close?"
"If we get stuck in it could cost lives." That was Bookshires voice, he had come up behind
both females. "But we certainly would have a higher chance of getting to the source of
What should Sally do? Get right into the battle in the hope of destroying the threat. Or
maybe she should wait outside the danger zone and destroy the forces there, then come in
Speed or patience? The choice is yours.
You chose this....
The heavily armed party of freedom fighters made it's way across the great unknown.
Sonic carried Sally and was scouting up ahead leaving a trail of dust that was easy to
follow. Dulcy carried Bunnie and Rotor and Sandra piloted the Hover Ship, which carried
the remaining Fighters and the wolf pack. NICOLE had detected a large amount of
movement where the freedom fighters were heading. Plenty of SWATBOT activity and
plentiful air cover.
"Well," Said Lupine. "This is it!" She clipped her shock-belt around her waist in an air of
finality. The belt hummed into life.
("Shock Belt" Device worn on the waist that increases the body's own abilities to resist
damage and shock.)
The others in the craft followed suit. Antoine had to be nudged before he put his on. He
was too busy trying not to look out of the window. He had chosen to use the weapon he
was best at wielding. A plasma rifle. Antoine felt more secure knowing he could get them
at a distance.
Sally voice was heard coming over the intercom. "Unfortunately there is too much
interference for us to give you a detailed map of the area, however there is little AA
resistance. You should be able to get in close. Do you know what to do?"
"Yep!" Answered Sandra. "Here goes nothing."
Antoine screamed as Sandra brought the hover ship into a tight dive. Lupine and
Bookshire gave out an enthusiastic "Yahoo!". Sandra strained to see what was up ahead,
wind was kicking up dust. All of a sudden she saw plasma streaks flying past the ship.
Robotnick knew they were there.
"Eat this!" Interjected Sandra. Underneath the hover ship two panels slid across and out
came two high velocity plasma cannons. Sandra set the weapons systems to auto fire and
heard the familiar wine and powerful rotating barrels sprang to life.
The guns fired with computer precision. When Sandra passed through the dust cloud she
saw the hulks of many damaged or destroyed SWATBOTS. The cannons continued to
punish the oncoming resistance.
Sandra looked at the ammo gauge. They could fire continuously for only about three more
Sandra activated the landing gear and dropped down in the middle of the inferno. When
she had landed she called "MOVE IT!"
The ship was now a sitting target and plasma blasts from unseen sources began to smash
into the sides. The ships inertial dampeners and energy absorbers could not take more than
about an minute of this.
("Inertial Dampeners" Device onboard most military vehicles that uses quick movements
and sound waves to dampen the physical shock of projectiles.)
("Energy Absorbers" Device designed to absorb what excess energy comes from plasi and
other munitions and expel it.)
The hatch at the back of the ship opened and the fighters filed out. They heard a boom and
Sonic stopped by the grouping party. Sonic put Sally down.
"Terrain�s mostly flat!" Yelled Sally over the noise of war. "Little cover!"
"I'm otta here!" Sonic zoomed of into the inferno before Sally could say anything.
"Go get 'em Sonic!" Yelled Sally.
The Hedgehog smashed into every SWATBOT he came across leaving a trail of
destruction behind him. At one point he got too close to the front line and had to turn to
avoid oncoming fire. 'Must be reinforced with turrets.." He thought to himself.
Dulcy came down and executed another one of her famous landings. Dulcy swore twice
then knelt so Bunnie and Rotor could jump off.
"OK!" Sally called. "Let's DO IT!"
The other freedom fighter began to follow Sally. Sandra took off again and began to
follow the party, providing air cover. SWATBOTs in the immediate areas began to
converge on them. A few isolated bursts of plasma landed near by the advancing Freedom
Fighters but that was all. SWATBOTs barely got within 100 metres before they were
ripped to shreds. This was mostly due to the rip units which were weakening SWATBOTs
before they were even in range. Sonic was no where to be seen but he was doing damage
of his own. Machine after machine fell before the party.
The dust around the Freedom fighters was lit with all the colours of the spectrum. Each
Fighter had to remain totally alert spotting and taking out threats before they got too
close. The noise was immense and the confusion even greater.
Over the crackle of plasi Sally shouted, "NICOLE how close are we?"
"One hundred and fifty metres Sally."
Sally looked ahead through the dust and saw Sonic briefly.
'Good thought Sally, Sonic is taking out the fixed defenses.'
"Sally!" Droned NICOLE, "I am detecting more power fluctuations. We need to hurry
"See if you can get control of the installation!" Ordered Sally.
"Yes Sally!" Answered NICOLE.
A SWATBOT began to approach from the right and aimed it's twin cannons at Sally. Sally
saw it just before it was about to fire. She screamed.
There was the sound of a Rifle re-loading and a high pitched wine as it fired. One of the
SWATBOT's arms was split, then the other one. Two simultaneous blasts finished it off.
Sally turned round and saw Antoine and Rotor re-loading their guns.
Sally was about to thank them when something strange happened. The world around her
suddenly became distorted twisted beyond anything imaginable. There was a flash of
powerful light and the sounds of battle vanished.
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You Chose This....
Everything was set, although the actual area that the power source originated from was
heavily jammed and almost inaccessible by sensors the Freedom Fighters had a good idea
about what they were up against. NICOLE managed to approximate the number of
SWATBOTs in the area which eventually ended up totaling well over five hundred. It had
been agreed between lupine and Sally that they were to establish a trench on which to base
their operations and gradually pound the resistance. Every ship available would be used
ferry more troops and supplies over to the base. They would also try to gradually flank the
enemy as they continued.
All the other Freedom Fighter villagers were in on this attempt. Sally had taken the bold
step of broadcasting the dangerous situation to every village. They needed all the support
they could get for this type of assault. Luckily it did not cause panic. It just aroused
determination. Pretty soon an army began to be formed and grouped at Knothole. Some of
the villages were reluctant to co-operate but eventually the strength of the cause swayed
Sally looked out of the war room window at what must have been the most powerful
organization of military forces ever accomplished in the history of Mobius.
She turned to look at Sandra who was busy attaching a plasma rifle and cannon together.
She always was prepared.
"NICOLE." Sally said suddenly. "In total how much fire power do we possess, compared
to that of Robotnick."
"We posses 5% of his total destructive capacity."
"Wow, that�s high!" Sally was impressed then she had a thought. "If we launched an
organized military campaign against Robotnick now could we destroy his
"Affirmative Sally!" NICOLE answered.
"WHAT!" Sally jumped almost as high as the ceiling. Sandra turned around,
"You mean, we could have won this war years ago. Saved all those lives!"
"DAMN IT!" Sally yelled.
"Calm down would ya!" Sandra put her plasma rifle/cannon down. "We needed an event
as big as this to pull every one together."
"What the (expletive deleted) is wrong with all these animals?" Sally fumed. "We could
have won by now and WE DIDN'T BECAUSE WE WERE STILL CONSUMED BY
OUR PETTY DIFFERENCES!!!!!!!!"
By the end of her sentence Sally was screaming.
"We have been fighting this war the wrong way!" Sally finally finished off and slumped
into a chair, frustrated.
Sandra looked at Sally and had one looked carefully one would have seen a hint of
compassion in those eyes or hers.
"Sally, look." Began Sandra. "I know we could'a done better, but, now at least we have a
chance of kicking his....." Sandra never finished her sentence.
Sonic burst into the room.
"Sally, errr, there is kind of a riot going on outside!"
Sally stood up and walked to the window. Down below there were many angry troops
who were becoming restless.
"Oh, great!" Sighed Sally. "Just what we need!"
"I think it's time for a rousing speech!" Said Sandra who had just finished taping the two
"I agree!" Said Sandra.
Sally was about to go outside when she noticed that the troops had become strangely
silent. She peered out of the window and saw Bunnie and Bookshire standing in the
middle of the crowd saying something.
"NICOLE!" Said Sally. "Amplify what they are saying!"
Bunnie was speaking first. "..... don't know what ya'll so afraid of. Becomin' a robotic
servant for Robotnick ain't no picnic, but it ain't da worst way ta die! How would ya rather
die? Defending what ya believe in or hidin' out till ya found? Robotnick Roboticised
thousands of us, tortured thousands of us and ruined da lives of all of us. Until now we did
nothin'! Now, it's payback time! The fate of Mobius depends on the success of dis mission.
Ah say, we hit 'im hard and where it hurts! And we don't stop fightin' until his empire lies
in ruins, we show no mercy, we won't ever stop, not until da last Mobian is free from this
The troops around Bunnie suddenly let out a mighty cheer. Those further away, who did
not hear anything, decided they were going to cheer anyway.
"That's that taken care of!" Bookshire began. "Bunnie, you sure know how to jerk
Sally smiled from her seat up at the window. A tear trickled down her cheek only to be
absorbed by her fur.
After much organization and a few more pep talks all of the primary assault troops were
loaded onto every hover car, ship and vehicle that the resistance could muster. All the
troops carried their own ammunition as Sally decided that hoarding it in a few transports
NICOLE did the job of simultaneously addressing every commander about the situation.
Pretty soon, over fifty ships and seventy vehicles were speeding off through the great
forest. Sonic was sent on ahead to dig a trench near the zone the power source had
The hover ships were the first to arrive and set themselves down, outside the five meter
wide trench Sonic had dug. Sally had given him instructions to return afterwards, he did,
after using about twenty SWATBOTs for target practice. The trench itself stretched for
more than three hundred meters.
Troops began to swarm out and climb into the trench. Already a few isolated shots were
beginning to fly over their heads.
Technicians under the cover of troopers began to rapidly put up a sonic barrier at the edge
of the trench. To prevent any flanking MPTs were erected at he ends of the
("Sonic Barrier" Generated by SBGs (Sonic Barrier Generators) that are placed at regular
intervals along an area. They use oscillating sound waves and gravitational pulses to
produce a one way barrier. Troops on the inside can fire out, but enemy fire is weakened
or even blocked. )
("MPT" Mobile Plasma Turret. A powerful four barreled plasma cannon that is used as a
fixed defense on newly established front lines.)
NICOLE issued a an order for all troops with rip units to concentrate their efforts on
enemy air resistance. Just a few seconds later a fleet of hover ships appeared on the
horizon. There were about twenty of them. Rip rockets smashed into the ships and sent
them spinning down to the ground.
Sally smiled from her position behind the front inside one of the hover ships. Inside the
cabin she had set up a base of operations. All the freedom fighters were there. Dulcy had
to stick her neck in through the back. NICOLE displayed a holographic projection in the
center of the room. This displayed the status of the entire front. Most of the troops were
dug in and ready.
Sally gasped as she saw the oncoming resistance.
"He was only testing us with those ships!" She stated. "Looks like his entire army is
coming. Must really be something worth protecting." Sally's voice was low and
The crackle of plasi and rip units grew louder and louder.
"Sal!" Sonic looked at her. "Let me go and kick some butt!"
Sally was about to reply when her vision was dominated by a bright white light. For a
moment the sounds of battle were drowned out.
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