Heroes have always appeared in threes throughout the history of Mobius. Most recently and most notably, we have the example of the great heroes Sonic the Hedgehog, Knuckles the Enchidna, and Miles "Tails" Prower, the most famous of the champions who rallied against the mad scientist Dr. Robotnik and now fight his successor, Dr. Eggman. But what of those heroes who fought and still fight from the shadows, their deeds never claimed, their roles never lauded?
Heroes always come in threes, and this tale is no different: "Steel", a fox with no memory of his past and two tails; "Cyan", a cat with a strange coloration and far stranger abilities; "B
Dr. Julian Ivo Robotnik rarely expressed regret. Rage at failure? Yes. Fury at loss? Yes. But true regret, a quiet hopelessness? Almost never. Except for now. "Now" being the moment he entered the infirmary and saw the explosion of debris marking where Unit 7IN4 had stood a few hours earlier.
All machines within a 30-foot radius of Dr. Robotnik developed self-preservation protocols very quickly, and Metal Sonic was no exception. "Unit 7IN4 was aiding Test Subjects 1, 6, and 17 in their escape," it reported in its usual monotone, the motion of its eyes the only thing belaying its concern that it may have to be uploaded into a new shell. "It