Another character that I adopted, this one was given to me by my friend, LeopardLynx
! The moment I saw his design, I had ideas in store for him, and he fits so comfortably into the story idea I have for the alternate timeline surrounding Proj. This is Solar the Tenrec, aka "Project Faust".
A little history to get an idea for the world I'm developing. The alternate timeline involving Proj is a branch of my main Sonic Expanse timeline, diverging 50 years ago from the creation of Shadow. To understand this character more, I'd need to explain some key elements 10 years prior, from my 60 Years Ago storyline which takes place before the creation of the ARK. In the story, it involves a collaborative expedition between Gerald Robotnik, Gherkin Pickle, Gazebo Boobowski and Gilbert of Soleanna, who make their way to the Little Planet and subsequently the Maginaryworld, where they meet the Primordial Deities, Illumina and Solaris. Fast forward towards the end of the story, Solaris is shown to be the villain, and with a group effort between the scientists and Illumina, they manage to defeat Solaris, splintering his essence into two halves. They seal one half into the Scepter of Darkness, and the other into Gilbert of Soleanna (these events are canon to both the main timeline and the altered timeline).
Fast forward 10 years later in the altered timeline, Gerald Robotnik creates Proj using the DNA of Mother Wisp (instead of creating Shadow with the DNA of Black Doom). Because of Proj's Hyper-Go-On energy, she proves to be a much more viable subject, her abilities allowing Gerald to actually excel with many of his other experiments (even managing to create a working cure for Maria's NIDs). No raid is committed due to any growing danger or threat on Gerald's part, however political disputes arise in the background where the Grand Kingdom (Britain) grows weary of the United Federations' (America) scientific breakthrough. An underground sect of the Grand Kingdom's government stage a coup on the ARK, Gerald Robotnik is assassinated and Project Shadow is stolen and used to the Grand Kingdom's advantage for the next 50 years. This causes a very unstable relationship between the Grand Kingdom and the United Federations, to which both sides send spies to monitor each nation.
Over the next 50 years, the Grand Kingdom harnesses Proj's Hyper-Go-On energy in order to increase their own military capabilities (the country becoming more of a super power threat than they are in the main timeline). This in turn puts pressure on the Monarchy of Soleanna, who have always been at political odds with the Grand Kingdom. The Duke Gilbert of Soleanna who has become cautious of the military threat on the Grand Kingdom's behalf, feels the dire need to put his focus and dedication on improving his country's military defense and weaponry (as opposed to advancing in the field of science for the greater good). The Solaris Project is never initiated, with Iblis still being sealed within himself, and in order to defend against the Grand Kingdom, Gilbert devises a new strategy to create a secret weapon; a Super Soldier. Using the contents of the sealed away Scepter of Darkness, and inspired by his late colleague's previous work, Gilbert begins the creation of "Project Faust".
Project Faust is created from the remnant of the Sun God Solaris' black essence which was sealed inside the Scepter of Darkness by Gilbert, and takes on the form of Solar the Tenrec. "Solar" is what the specimen likes to refer to himself as, his memories of his previous identity having been fragmented with only a remnant of his own name coming to recollection. Solar serves under the Duke of Soleanna with complete obedience, acting as his secret weapon in times of military strife. His first official mission involved the assault on a Battle Kukku insurgence on Christmas Island, where Amelia Rose, the mother of Robert was killed in the crossfire by Solar himself.
Anyways, this was a much larger spiel than usual, since I'm going about explaining more the workings of this alternate timeline, and how a particular shift in events alters the entire course of history through a long chain of events. I didn't have to tweak too much from LeopardLynx
's original design which was good, I only had to tweak the colours slightly and change a few details based on my own ideas for tenrecs. If it's not obvious from the storyline, Solar is an alternate timeline variant of Mephiles the Dark (also a tenrec like my previous alternate timeline Mephiles), but given he is in a mindless state in this incarnation, he would be more akin to an alternate Time Eater (in my main Sonic Expanse continuity, I explain that the Time Eater is Mephiles, however in a mindless, uncontrolled state). His experiment name, "Project Faust" is something I've always wanted to play around with, bringing more reference from the original Faustian tale (as Mephiles is named after Mephistopheles, the antagonist of the story). So Project Faust likewise focuses on the protagonist, with his name referencing the Duke relying on the power of his enemy, Solaris, the same way Faust relies on the magical abilities of the Devil.