Sonic the Hedgehog 3 - Guardian of the Floating Island

From the: Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Japanese game manual
Translated by: Michael "G. Silver" Stearns

Knuckles the Echidna

- The guardian who protects the Chaos Emeralds on the Floating Island.
- Species is Echidna (Harimogura). Nickname is "Knuckle."
- He is the short-tempered type, but he is a kind and nice guy.
- He's a bit naive and innocent, and easily deceived.
- He doesn't dislike girls, but he is not very good with them?
- Special gloves let him dig holes, and he can break through walls.
- His hobby is, of course, digging. 'cuz he's a mole (Mogura).
- Finding secret routes is his specialty.
- He can also fly in the air for a little bit.
- Likes: Fruit. Dislikes: Bright sunlight

That day, as he always seemed to, he was making his patrol around the alter on the island. Protecting the 7 Chaos Emeralds who sleep and control the power of the "Pillar" is the mission he has been charged with.

His name, Knuckles the Echidna. But to inhabitants of the island, he is an echidna called "Knuckle." Born and raised on the island, all of nature and the animals who live in it are his friends. And that which protects his friends is none other than the Chaos Emerald's crystaline "Pillar."

Suddenly something awoke.

Just as he was verifying that that not one Chaos Emerald was out of place, the Chaos Emerald right before his eyes rose and a strange vibration started.

Knuckles was confused by this phenomenon, which had never occurred before. In the blink of an eye, violent shaking occurred within the Chaos Emeralds. Then, as the shaking reached its climax, a "kiiiin" sound was heard along with a brilliant flash. The next thing Knuckles remembered was his own body, seeming to be lightly floating, and at that moment he was interrupted.

When Knuckles regained consciousness, he found his body thrown outside of the altar. He slowly go up, and what entered his eyes as he looked around was the Chaos Emerald altar—partially destroyed. In a flurry, Knuckles flew into the altar. However, in place of the emerald that should have been there, were fragments left of what had dissappeared…

In a daze, Knuckles left the altar. He gazed off into the distance, powerless… it seemed like a peculiar thing had appeared around the lake. The sight of the giant, round, egg-like body that Knuckles beheld sent a shiver down his spine.

"That big egg is the dragon in the legend's…."

That egg appeared in the legend depicted in the Chaos Emerald altar—there was no doubt that it was the egg which would bring disaster to the island.

Some days later, Knuckles was patrolling the altar of the island's seven Chaos Emeralds, but all traces of the Emeralds had vanished. While in his relentless investigation of the island, Knuckles encountered an unfamiliar man in the woods.

The man called himself Dr. Eggman, and already knew Knuckles was the guardian of the Chaos Emeralds. He said to Knuckles:

"I am a scientist who came here to stop (?) that egg. Uumu, since you are the Chaos Emeralds' guardian I knew I had to inform you. The truth is, there is an evil hedgehog named Sonic that has been interfering in my research, he is the one who has stolen this island's Chaos Emeralds."

"The Chaos Emeralds were stolen….!"

With Dr. Eggman's ingenuus lies, Knuckles was very easily tricked. That is how Knuckles' challenge to Sonic was started.

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Translator’s Note:
In this translation, the sentences have been left as grammatically intact as possible in order to more accurately convey the exact wording of the orignal text.
This method, however, results in an unusual sentence structure and flow.


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