No, this project isn't dead. I just... well, I forgot to update. Boy, I feel stupid ^^;.
But this one's long, so I guess it kinda recompansates. (And yes, there are few typos, I'm still fixing them.)
MAXIMUM METAL: SUPREME SONIC
However, Metal Sonic's most uncanny power wasn't granted him by the Doctor, but rather by fate. Origin of this power came from two artifacts that were never meant to meet.
The first component was buried in the gloomy undergrounds of the Lost Labyrinth. For years Robotnik sought to find it, with no luck. Not until he gave Metal Sonic a second chance for life. Metal found it during his hunt for Sonic. He did not know the orb's purpose nor origins. What he did know was its power. Determined to hide this treasure from his master, Metal absorbed its power and then erased this event from his own mind.
Second part of equation was hidden on Isolated Island in a place later called Newtrogic High Zone. It was found by Doctor Ivo Robotnik a few month after downfall of his Death Egg Mark II. He would have probably discovered all of its secrets, if it was not for the newly formed organization named Chaotix. Threatened by their attacks, the Doctor gave his discovery to Metal Sonic. He believed that this ancient Ring would make his robot stronger. He was right, but the outcome exceed his expectations.
Since then Metal posses the ability evolve. One way is to simply watch his opponents and copy their data, allowing him to replicate their abilities. The second option requires tons of energy and the right resources. However, if given Metal can transform into a more powerful form increasing his strength even further.
The day he obtained these abilities, Robotnik allowed him to drain power from his already devastated base. The second time Metal Sonic betrayed his master by hacking himself into the Egg Fleet's main computer.
Will history repeat for a third time?
"My clanking twin."
As always he was joking. As always with that smile. With that grotesque, mocking, hideous smile. But this time Metal knew how to remove it.
"Playing a tough silent type, huh? Come on, Scrap Brain, it's getting boring. Throw me a witty reply. Just one."
Metal stared silently at him and then slowly moved aside. Hedgehog's expression was very satisfying.
Sonic ran over to his unconscious friend, but stopped himself from touching him. A large part of the echidna's body was covered with burns, while the other parts were coated in blood from numerous wounds.
"Come on, Red Rad, wake up. Wake up!"
Widened eyes, slightly shaking hands, uncertain voice. Metal Sonic rarely saw Hedgehog in that state. In fact, the only time it happened was when Metal was sent to kidnap his girlfriend. The day of their first meeting.
"ARE YOU SCARED, HEDGEHOG?"
Sonic turned his head. He tried to make a brave face, but his eyes betrayed his true feelings.
"YOU SHOULD BE." Metal rose into the air. He then lifted his hands to create an electric orb between them.
"PLAYTIME IS OVER. THIS ENDS NOW."
The energetic ball grew ten times his size. At the same time that he threw it, Sonic lifted Knuckles and start running. The giant, blue orb chase after Sonic, crashing a few feet behind him and then scattering on the surface in the form of a buzzing wave of electricity. Sonic jumped as energy rushed under his feet. After the longest three seconds in his life, the wave passed and Sonic landed again. With no time to spare he hid behind a rock and lowered his head to the echidna's chest. It was weak and irregular, but never the less Knuckles' heart still beat.
Sonic sighed with relief.
"Hang on, Knuckles. Help is on the way."
Sonic straightened up. Metal's engine was howling louder and louder, announcing the coming of his owner. Sonic closed his eyes, clearing his mind. When he opened then once more he was back to his old self, confident, cool, and with this smirk that Metal hated so much.
"Hey, Scrap Brain." Sonic ran out of his hideout. "You're still a lousy shot!"
Sonic then raced down the hill with Metal Sonic chasing after him. He knew that Hedgehog just wanted him to draw him away from Guardian, but that didn't matter. The hunt was on.
Just few seconds later, Sonic was running through Mystic Ruin. He tapped his ear turning his communicator on.
"Tails, come in."
"Sonic, did you found source of those readings?"
"I think? Metal Sonic might be going through 'I am all powerful' phase again."
"Metal Sonic? But how did he...?"
A grim humming warned Sonic to jump, as he barely avoided getting fried by Metal's laser.
"Can't talk right now. Just fly to Red Mountains Zone and look for highest volcano. Knuckles needs medical help, fast!"
"YOU CALL PROWER FOR HELP? AMUSING."
Sonic almost tripped hearing those words. When did Metal catch up to him? More than that: he was leading. While flying backwards.
"NO HELP CAN SAVE YOU NOW, HEDGEHOG."
"What's with this 'hedgehog' thing? I have a name you know." Sonic quickly regained his coolness, "It start with 's', ends with 'onic'? Usually comes with 'is way past cool'? Ring any bells?"
Metal opened his arms, both hand glowing with energy. Eggman's robot then started throwing electric balls, once into Sonic, once into a ground, creating shock waves, but the blue hedgehog easily avoided them with Quick Steps and well-timed jumps.
"It's half of your name for Chaos's sake." Sonic was getting closer, but at the same time avoiding attacks was getting trickier. "Or did you take page from Eggman's book and your name really is 'Scrap Brain' now?"
Both hedgehogs entered the jungle. On the one hand Sonic now had to avoid trees too, but on the other Metal had a harder time aiming at him. Needing to change strategy, Metal fired his chest laser.
"Ok, it's getting tight here," thought Sonic, as one of the trees started collapsing in front of him. He jumped on it and ran on its top, before it fell. Then blue hedgehog jumped on the top of other, uncut trees to use as road to run. With somewhat of a clear path, he leveled with Metal before robot managed to stop him.
"Don't-say-cheese-'cause-you-don't-have-mouth!" Sonic changed into the ball, zooming into his robot duplicate. Only to get reflected by his Black Shield.
"Hey, no fair." Even though he didn't touch the ground yet, Sonic flew again into Metal, with his gravity defying Homing Attack. With the same results. "Seriously, cut it out." Sonic tried again. "How long can you keep that thing on?"
For long enough, certainly, however Metal didn't plan to keep it forever. With Hedgehog constantly bouncing off of him there was no way he could stop himself in time. All Metal had to do is change Black Shield into Burst Shield exactly when his loathsome copy gained enough speed.
"Calculating right time for shield enabling. T minus 5 seconds. T minus 4. 3. 2. 1."
Sonic once more bounced of his shield. However, instead of attacking again, he caught a branch and start spinning around it, slowing his momentum. In a split of a second Metal could see him...sticking tongue out of his mouth and producing a noise with it?
And then he hit the wall. Flying all that way backward, with all focus on his opponent, Metal didn't notice that they ran right into one of ruins here. He pierced himself through few walls, collapsing whole thing. Metal found himself in complete darkness save for light of his eyes.
Metal picked up the sound of Sonic's snickering.
"HE KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN. HE PLANNED IT ALL ALONG."
Metal's body gleamed. Unleashing more energy than he needed, Metal Sonic then blew up the stones around him with an extremely boosted version of his Burst Shield.
He looked around for Hedgehog, but all he could see was a blue streak, heading towards Ice Cap Zone. Metal followed in pursuit.
Footprints led Metal Sonic to a tunnel burrowed by Hedgehog in a pile of snow. He could be anywhere.
"SHOW YOURSELF, COWARD!"
"What's wrong, Metal? Did your trail go cold?"
Metal Sonic shot a Plasma Pulse in direction where voice came from. The snow melted under destructive beam, but didn't reveal anything except for even more snow.
"YOU CAN'T HIDE FOREVER, HEDGEHOG!" Metal selected his infrared vision. "YOU ONLY POSTPONE THE INEVI..."
Metal stopped, when snowball hit him into face. Countless more came after it. Metal raised Burst Shield, but snowballs still came through, just in a form of water. Kinetic energy, combined with slippery ground under him, cause Metal to fall followed by the dropping of his shield and Sonic's Spin Attack a second later.
"Cool moves, huh?" asked Sonic, immediately burrowing himself back in the snow. "Man, I love fighting in ice-themed places."
Metal Sonic had enough. Both Valve Organ Fusion Engine and Tesla Power Coil were then turned on. With his engines roaring, Metal raised himself to the skies and fired his Plasma Pulse with enormous power.
Sonic looked at this with confusion.
"Umm, I joked a lot about your bad aim, but that wasn't even close to..." Suddenly ground began to shake. "..Crud."
Sonic jumped out of the snow and began to run. A huge avalanche chased after him, gaining speed while Metal Sonic flew safely above it.
"EVEN HE CANNOT OUTRUN AN AVALANCHE, NOR DIG HIMSELF FROM SUCH AMOUNT OF SNOW. HE WILL LOSE HIS STRENGTH TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH IT, WHILE I'LL WATCH ALL THE WARMTH SLOWLY LEAVE HIS BODY. THEN...WHERE ON MOBIUS DID HE GET A SNOWBOARD?"
Metal Sonic lowered his altitude, firing his torso beam and throwing electric balls, simultaneously. Sonic gracefully evaded all the obstacles and then jumped into the air thanks to the conveniently placed ramp.
"Oh yeah!" Sonic start doing tricks in the air. "Double combo! Triple! Quadruple!"
His counting was interrupted when Metal rammed him with Maximum Overdrive.
Sonic crashed at the foot of the mountain into a small forest with his head hitting a tree.
"Ugh, that's what I get for being overconfident... Hey, what's that?" asked Sonic, seeing a familiar shape buried under a snow. A wide grin return to his face. "Man, I so rarely get to use these."
Metal was charging right at him. Sonic pretended to be stunned for few more second s more before punching a gray monitor. Then they collided in the air.
Metal was sent back. 'Surprised' wouldn't be enough to describe his state. No one ever managed to stop his Maximum Overdrive, not even Hedgehog, but there he was, standing in front of him, surrounded with large bubble with small lightning bolts running through it.
Of course, a Power up; Hedgehog always needed outside support.
"I don't think I kicked you using one of those before. It's called a 'Thunder Shield'. That cool little thing makes me completely immune to all electric base attacks. Shocking, huh?"
"COWARD!" Metal's eyes radiated with red glow. "YOU CAN'T BEAT ME WITHOUT HELP OF YOUR FRIEND OR USING CHEAP TRICKS."
"Now look who's talking. Who was hiding behind shields all fight, huh? You keep saying that you're the 'better Sonic' and all you do is fly, shoot laser, and that electric stuff. You really wanna prove that 'superiority' thing? I'll fight you face to face and turn this shield off, but you won't use any of your special moves. Just strength, speed, coolness and all attributes the real Blue Blur should have. Deal?" A smug smile ran across his face. "You know, unless you're chicken."
"I FEAR NOTHING. YOUR CHALLENGE IS ACCEPTED, HEDGEHOG."
"Cool." Sonic stomped his feet and Thunder Shied slowly vanished into thin air. "Then let's party."
Metal attacked first. His Spin Attack cut through the air, but Sonic leapt of the way in time. Metal bounced off of the tree and pursued after him. They both jumped like that for few second, until one of trees couldn't take any more strikes and broke. Metal was the one to cause it and while he managed to avoid being squashed, that small delay was all that Sonic needed. He ran into his metal twin and just before impact he laid his hand on the ground, sending his twirling legs up. They moved so fast, that their contact with Metal body actually made buzzing sound, with sparks flying all around. Despite the pain, Metal managed to grab one of his legs and his whole upper body par began to spin. Finally Metal released his leg, sending Sonic through forest.
After breaking through many branches Sonic finally managed to catch one that didn't break. Until Metal's Spin Attack send both Sonic and branch to the ground.
"YOU ARE A FOOL, HEDGEHOG. YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT YOU ARE NO MATCH TO ME IN FAIR FIGHT."
Metal pinned Sonic with his leg.
"Blah, blah, blah. Stronger, better, superior; you're getting repetitive, Scrap Brain. For once let's talk about anything else. Have you watched a match yesterday? Archers lost to the Menders 2:0."
Metal increased pressure.
"Ugh, yeah, I was rooting for Archers too."
Suddenly Sonic undercut Metal and start running in circles around him.
"But fine, I'm not going easy on you now."
Sonic ran so fast he turned into blurry ring around Metal. Leaves join in, flying around and even trees start moving anxiously. Metal tried to stick to the ground, but the centrifugal force was too great and he was abducted too.
"Warning, sensors detect tornado, level 2 on Fujita scale. Wind speed increases." Metal was not amused by LARCC's deduction as he was thrown like a puppet, feeling pressure slowly affecting his body. "Armor can't survive those conditions much longer. Suggested counter reaction: full power to engines."
As much as Metal hated running, this time he didn't felt like arguing with his computer. He almost fired his engines, when he realized what that would mean.
"Chances of survival..."
"HEDGEHOG CANNOT BE VICTORIOUS!"
"Analyzing: 30 second to annihilation of this unit."
"STOP WASTING POWER ON POINTLESS CALCULATIONS. GIVE ME ACCESS TO FIGHT RECORDINGS."
Before his eyes appeared image of Sonic, showing how he created tornado.
"MOVEMENT SCAN... COMPLETED. ADAPTING OPTIONS... NEGATE."
The image changed to Knuckles using his Spinning Attack.
"ADAPT. COMBINE. EVOLVE."
Metal Sonic raised his arms and started spinning his body in the direction opposite to Sonic's tornado.
"I WON'T BE DENIED BY HIM. NEVER AGAIN."
His body changed into a tornado of its own. It looked like one blue twister ate a smaller one, however, the small one kept growing and soon sucked the big one in. It wasn't too long before winds submitted to Metal's tornado.
When he stopped spinning nearly the entire forest was destroyed. Sonic was laying on his knees shocked.
"How did you...?"
"I TOLD YOU, HEDGEHOG." Metal landed on the ground. "I AM SUPERIOR."
Sonic stared at him silently, then raised to his feet and started to run in direction opposite to his opponent.
It was Metal's turn to be shocked. Was Hedgehog... running away? True, that was logical thing to do, but when did he ever...
"THAT BLASTED HEDGEHOG!" Metal fired his engines, realizing what Sonic was planning to do. He prayed that he would be able to catch to him, before Sonic did something that he should have done from very beginning.
The booming sound flew through the island as Sonic crossed sound barrier. He hated talking in this state, it always felt... objectionable. He would rather just run and enjoy the speed.
But now he had little choice.
"Tails, have you found Knuckles?"
"Don't worry, Sonic. He's stable. I just finished making makeshift stretcher. I'm moving him to the Master Emerald."
"Change of plan: get him on Tornado and fly off the island. Now."
"Sonic? What's going on?"
"No time to explain, just do it!"
Sonic turned off his communicator and boosted. Metal was right behind him. Sonic could hear his engines roaring like a raging tiger chasing after his prey. Some would say Metal was cheating now, but arguing with him now probably wouldn't be a great idea. Besides, Sonic was planning to bend the rules too. That is, if he was fast enough.
Metal shot his chest laser and Hedgehog dodged, but not quickly enough. His right arm got caught in the blast and he let out a scream, but didn't slow down. Not that it mattered now; everything around them was blurry, but Metal Sonic knew where they were. If Hedgehog wanted to be first he could not afford for turning, he needed to run straight; an easy target.
The terrain was getting higher as Metal took aim. He was about to shoot.
And then his head exploded. Indescribable pain out of nowhere flew throughout his metallic skull. Metal stumbled and somersault across the rocks, but before he could do anything it was over. The pain disappeared as unexpectedly as is occurred.
"WHAT WAS THAT?"
"Processing: virus not detected. EMP shields still active. Analyzing possibility of..."
"FORGET THIS! HEDGEHOG CANNOT..."
The ground shook. It was the middle of the day but light coming from Master Emerald chamber was so bright that it made the sky look black in comparison. Metal turned his Chaos energy sensors on, only to shut it imminently down; it screamed like banshee.
Then Hedgehog came out; mighty, grand, powerful, Metal would even use word 'beautiful' if he know its meaning and if Hedgehog's image wasn't so hideous to him in a first place.
The golden hedgehog smirked.
"Ready to loose for a seven-hundredth, eighty-sixth time, Scrap Brain?"
"NO!" Metal chest lit up.
"Chances for damaging the enemy: 0%. Further combat futile. Suggested strategy: retreat."
Metal fired anyway. He wanted to hear Hedgehog scream, to flinch, at very least to dodge, but he didn't do that. Instead to spite him, Metal knew that he wanted to spite him, Hedgehog took the Plasma Pulse.
"You know, I'm cool with our rivalry." Super Sonic took one step forward, completely ignoring the laser. "You want to be the best, I get it, and your determination is really admirable."
"Chances of surviving this encounter: 0.5%. Suggested strategy: retreat."
"I can even live with the fact that you want to kill me. It's pretty popular for some reason."
"Suggested strategy: retreat."
Then Super Sonic appeared right in front of him. Metal didn't even perceive him moving, Sonic just was there and then he was here.
"But you should keep it between us two. Hurting my friends? Not cool."
Then he kicked him, sending the blue bot flying.
"Warning. Critical damage to Valve Organ Fusion Engine. Critical damage to Neo Super FX DSP Chip. Back up battery not responding. Chances of surviving this encounter: 0,001%. Suggested strategy: retreat."
Metal activated Black Shield, but the golden Spin Attack shattered it like it was nothing. Part of Metal's armor fall off revealing tangling cables and pipes leaking oil.
"No chance of survival. Suggested strategy: surrender."
Super Sonic landed before him.
"CH..CHEATER." Metal knew that trying to stand up would be pointless, so he just glared hatefully at his victorious copy. "CAN'T ...BEAT ME..."
Super Sonic sighed.
"You'll never learn, huh?"
Gold hedgehog disappeared for a second and when he came back he was holding a large rock in his hand.
"I don't know how Egghead keeps repairing you, but next time you wake up remember to stay away from my friends."
It wasn't fair. Metal had beaten Hedgehog in his own game. He proved his superiority. He couldn't lose just because Hedgehog had access to the super form. If it wasn't for it he would...
And then Metal saw it. Far in a distance, but clear like it was right next to him, a red biplane with two passengers.
"YOU MEAN THOSE FRIENDS?"
Metal fired Plasma Pulse. Hedgehog turned away and dropped the rock. Super Sonic disappeared and Metal got up.
His engines roared, one coughing heavily in protest. Metal flew off knowing how little time he had.
In the best case scenario the biplane was heavy damaged and the echidna's condition was bad enough that Hedgehog would transport them to Mobius and not onto Angel Island. That would give Metal around a few minutes.
In the worst scenario his laser missed and then... well, it would be over.
But the second option was highly unlikely as Metal managed to get back to the volcano undisturbed.
He crawled through the tunnel he made earlier, back to the Master Emerald chamber.
A giant green stone laid there unprotected. No Guardian, no water god, no hedgehog. No one could stop him now.
Metal Sonic put his hand on the Master Emerald, Chaos energy start flowing through his circuits.
And nothing happened.
Metal put both his hands on it. When that didn't help he bashed emerald surface.
"GIVE. ME. MY. POWER!"
Metal could not understand. He felt Chaos energy inside him, no one was blocking the transmission. He remembered what the Doctor said about Chaos Emerald and robots, but Mecha Sonic could enter super state. Even if Metal wasn't a superior machine (an option that he WASN'T considering), he should have been able to transform for at least a few seconds.
"LARCC, FULL ANALYZE, NOW!"
LARCC repeat this one word for almost a minute. Metal didn't moved an inch, listening for any signs of Hedgehog.
"Problem found: a cryptic sub-program, written with high level of priority, just below Master's Three Laws of Badnik."
"ORDER HRS.30.12: Unit Metal Sonic is not to use his shape shifting abilities, whenever to adopt someone's identity or to change into more powerful form, would that be 'Neo Metal Sonic", 'Metal Overlord' or any form else."
"BLASTED DOCTOR! BYPASS IT!"
"Option denied; Master Law has higher priority that surviving of this unit."
"THAT MEANS YOUR DEMISE TOO, YOU IDIOTIC SUB-PROGRAM. BYPASS IT!"
"Option denied; Master law...Warning. Source of Chaos energy approaching. Retreat highly suggested."
"NOT UNTIL I HARNESS THE POWER OF SUPER FORM." Metal again reached for the emerald before him.
"Logical error. This unit cannot resist its own programing. Opposing Master's will; not possible."
"NO ONE CAN STOP ME FROM MY DESTINY. NOT HEDGEHOG. NOT MY OWN PROGRAMING. NOT EVEN YOU, MASTER. I'LL FIGHT EVERYONE!" Metal thrust his claws into the Master Emerald, "YOU SAY IT'S IMPOSSIBLE? THEN I'LL GO BEYOND."
The ground shook and there was a blinding light. Sonic flew to the Master Emerald chamber and couldn't believe his eyes. What stood before him was Metal Sonic no more, but it wasn't exactly a super form either.
"NOW, HEDGEHOG, LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT I'M REALLY MADE OF! KNEEL BEFORE MY ULTIMATE FORM: MASTER METAL!
They broke through volcano's walls exchanging attacks. Two immortal gods taming the powers of pure chaos. An unstoppable force meeting an unmovable object; titles that one of them wasn't going to live up to.
"So you transformed. Big deal." Super Sonic sent countless blows, simultaneously making countless blocks and dodges. "You did that before. I kicked your oversize, dragon-butt then, I can kick your shiny, metal ass now."
With each passing second they moved through another location. Carnival Night Zone, Mushroom Hill Zone, Sandopolis Zone; finally their fight left the island and both Sonic's flew through skies of Mobius.
Both opponents took some distance and charged at each other. They bounced off of each other and clashed repeatedly, each time with more force. Before the next collision Metal started spinning his body. Seconds later he hit the ground with Super Sonic trapped underneath him.
Metal's chest lit up but in the last moment Super Sonic managed to throw him off, with the humming laser destroying everything around them. Sonic attacked with a Spin Dash, pinning Master Metal to the ground. In response, Metal Sonic unleashed a Burst Shield with so much power that it sent Sonic flying into the air.
Gold Blur quickly got a grip and charged back at Metal Sonic. Metal, instead of charging too, sent all of his power to his cannon. When he shot cracks actually appeared on the ground underneath him. A piercing sound drowned every other noise out while the laser's spread ratio was so big that it covered nearly the whole sky, hitting into Super Sonic.
Metal tweaked his vision, but the glaring light of Plasma Pulse still covered everything. He could just stand there listening to its deadly melody.
Then it ended. The sky was blue again, everything was so silent it almost hurt. Metal realized that he was now back to his original form, but then he turned his head and saw him.
Sonic was lying on the ground, also back to his blue color, injured. When Metal stood over him his eyes slowly opened.
"I TOLD YOU IT'S OVER, HEDGEHOG. I WON."
"Oh, that's good." Sonic tried to smile, but the pain in his head turned it into a grimace. "I'll tell Tails to update the scoreboard; 1:864. When you equate with me..."
Sonic didn't finished as Metal stabbed his feet into Sonic's chest.
"YOU ARE NOT MY EQUAL. YOU NEVER WERE."
Metal Sonic grabbed his throat and start straggling him. Sonic grabbed his hands in a desperate attempt to break free.
"YOU'RE JUST A COPY OF ME. A FILTHY IMITATION. A CARICATURE!"
Metal Sonic shook him like a rag doll.
"I'M SUPERIOR TO YOU IN EVERY WAY!"
Even though Sonic was obviously suffocating, his mouth formed a smirk.
"Then why you don't have mouth?"
Metal's eyes went bloody red. His grasp increased even more.
"WHY DO YOU ALWAYS JOKE? WHY EVERYONE THINKS YOU'RE SO SPECIAL? WHY?"
Sonic's face changed color; his throat made alarming noises of gasping.
"WHY. CAN'T. YOU. DIE?!"
Metal didn't even noticed when Sonic's arms fell down. It wasn't until LARCC repeat himself for a third time that it came to him.
"No life signals detected. Enemy is dead."
"DEAD? HEDGEHOG IS... DEAD?"
"DEAD. HE'S FINALLY DEAD." Metal dropped Sonic's body and watched it fall on the ground.
Then he took to the skies.
"I KILLED HIM! SONIC THE HEDGEHOG IS DEAD!"
Yep, Sonic is dead. Plot can finally move. At first I was afraid that this chapter will be too short, cause the only thing happening is one fight. In the end it somehow grew into this ridiculosly long text before.
And if for those who wonder, Three Laws of Badnik:
1 A Badnik must obey every order given to it by Doctor Eggman.
2 A Badnik must do everything in his power to preserve unity of Eggman Empire.
3 If encountered, Badnik must destroy Hedgehog Priority One.
So, what do you think about's origin of Metal's 'copy cat' power? Good or too convoluted?
Is Sonic not serious enough? Is Metal too repetitive?
Fight too long? Long enough?
Please let me know. :)