Sonic the Hedgehog 3 - Guardian of the Floating Island

From the: Sonic 3 Japanese game manual
Translated by: SamIAm

Knuckles The Echidna

The Guardian of Floating Island

1. Guardian who protects the Chaos Emeralds of Floating Island
2. An Echidna of the marsupial family. Nickname is Knuckle.
3. Fast running, quick tempered type.
4. Mentally slow and trusting; easily fooled.
5. Doesn't necessarily dislike girls, but isn't good with them.
6. Can dig holes and climb walls with his speciality-gloves.
7. His hobby is digging holes. He is a mole, after all.
8. Good at finding hidden routes.
9. Can fly just a little bit.
10. Likes fruit; hates sunlight.

On that day, he was looking around the island's altars, just like he always does. It was his mission to look after the 7 Chaos Emeralds that control the power of the "Pillar" that sleeps in the depths of the island.

His name is Knuckles the Echidna. He's a spiny anteater who his friends on the island call "Knuckle". To Knuckle, who was born and raised on the island, its nature and its animals are all his friends. And the thing which protects his friends is the crystal pillar [called the "Pillar"].

It happened rather suddenly. Knuckle thought he would go check on one of the Chaos Emeralds to see if there wasn't something wrong with it. He could hardly believe it as the Chaos Emerald lit up with a sparkle before his very eyes and began to vibrate strangely. Knuckle was bewildered by this phenomenon, the likes of which had never happened before. In the blink of an eye, the vibrations grew suddenly intense. As these vibrations peaked, there was another flash of light and loud ring. Knuckle could remember feeling as though his body was gently floating, and there his memory stopped.

When he regained consciousness, Knuckle found his body thrown outside of the altar. What Knuckle saw as he slowly picked himself up and looked around was the half-destroyed ruins of the altar. Knuckle jumped back inside it in confusion. However, the Chaos Emerald that should have been in there had disappeared, without leaving a single fragment behind.

Knuckle wandered outside the alter in a daze. Then, with no energy left, he looked out over a distance…and noticed the appearance of something mysterious next to a lake. Looking at this huge, round, egg-like object, he felt himself jump.

"Does that huge egg belong to the legendary dragon..?"

There was no doubt that this egg was the one that appeared in the writings on the altars of the Chaos Emeralds, the one that was to bring catastrophe to the island.

Over the next few days, Knuckle went around to all 7 of the Chaos Emerald altars on the island, but every last Emerald had disappeared without a trace. Then, refusing to give up in spite of all this, Knuckle was investigating all over the island when he came across a man he was unfamiliar with.
This man, who called himself Dr. Eggman, knew that Knuckle was the guardian of the Chaos Emeralds, and told him this:

"I happen to be a scientist who has come here to study that egg. Hmm, and if you're the guardian of the Chaos Emeralds, I suppose I must tell you this. The truth is, there's this bad hedgehog called Sonic who is getting in the way of my research, and it looks like he's come to the island with his eyes on those Chaos Emeralds.

"He's going for the Chaos Emeralds…?"

Knuckle was very easily tricked by Dr. Eggman's skillful lie. And this is how the rivalry between Sonic and Knuckle began.

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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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