Chapter 13: Eggman's Journal
Sonic awoke early in the morning. He had finished his breakfast cereal before Knuckles, Tails, and Vanilla even began to stir. He looked at the first page of Eggman's journal.
Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, May 30th
While going through some old storage boxes in the basement of my evil lair, I discovered an old book written by my grandfather, Gerald Robotnik. It's written completely in code, but after deciphering it, I discovered that it contains details on many of his great accomplishments: Project Shadow, Project Gizoid, the Eclipse Cannon, and others. It was all, of course, written before his fall to insanity. The last page, however, contains an unfinished project of his. Its code is harder to crack than the others, but I'll be able to decipher it in a matter of time. On a different note, I wonder how Mecha Sonic's progress is going. According to my scanners, he's collected six of the seven Chaos Emeralds. That's good. Once he collects that seventh Emerald, Sonic will be no more!"
Sonic chuckled after reading the last sentence. He continued to read.
Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, May 31st
Today has been a disaster. Mecha Sonic collected the seventh Chaos Emerald and transformed into Super Mecha Sonic, but then he led Sonic right back to my base, and my entire laboratory was destroyed by their battle. To make matters worse, I lost my grandfather's coded book in the rubble, and Super Mecha Sonic was defeated and destroyed by Sonic! I thought for sure I had him this time! At least I memorized the last page of my grandfather's book before I lost it, and I managed to salvage Mecha Sonic's pieces and rebuild him as Metal Sonic again, but he seems different now. Oh well, I suppose today wasn't a complete failure. I did manage to collect the yellow Chaos Emerald in the aftermath of Super Mecha Sonic's destruction.
Sonic pondered for a moment, "So that's where the yellow Emerald has been all this time." Then, he continued to read.
Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, June 29th
I've finally managed to decode the last page of my grandfather's book. It contains plans for a very special project of his. At first, I deemed it useless to my plans for world domination, but then I realized that this project might be the one thing that can finally destroy Sonic. After all, even Sonic can't match the power of the gods. I'll begin working on the project in the morning."
Sonic said, "The power of the gods? What was that old man thinking?" Knuckles, Tails, and Vanilla finally awoke, and Vanilla made pancakes for them. She offered to make a plate for Sonic, but Sonic refused since he had already eaten cereal. Sonic settled back down and continued to read Eggman's journal.
Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, June 30th
I've managed to nearly complete my grandfather's project today. I'm going to use the Chaos Emerald that I stole from a government facility a few days ago to give the project an affinity for chaos. I'm also programming its memories with information on Sonic and all of his friends, so he can defeat them without having to learn all of their abilities. This project could be the thing that finally puts me at my rightful place as ruler of the world. Still, I have an uneasy feeling about this. As a precaution, I've decided to dress an EggBot in skin made from my DNA, complete with blood, and I'll have it perform the finishing touches on the project in my disguise. That way, if anything goes wrong, I'll be long gone. I've also given Metal Sonic a specific mission to complete if anything goes wrong, and I've reactivated Metal Knuckles and reprogrammed him to ensure that Metal Sonic's mission is successful.
Sonic was shocked. Metal Sonic and Metal Knuckles were active and out there somewhere. He'd have to deal with them after he was done clearing his name. He read the last page.
Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, July 1st
Everything went completely wrong. Project Saturn went rogue and turned on my minions. He stole the silver Chaos Emerald and destroyed the EggBot in my disguise along with my entire laboratory. Metal Sonic and Metal Knuckles managed to escape, and they know their directive. I pray that Metal Sonic can complete his mission. He may very well end up being the world's last hope. If Project Saturn collects all seven Chaos Emeralds, he'll become invincible, and nothing will be able to stop him. Who knows what he plans to do once he's ascended to godhood! I'm going to leave clues around for Sonic, so he can find them and be warned of this horrible monster that I have created. I've also decided to hide out in a secret chamber in the basement of the clock tower in Metropolis until Sonic finds all of my clues and seeks me out.
Sonic's jaw dropped. Eggman was alive. The one on the news was an EggBot in human skin, disguised as Eggman as a cowardly method of protecting its creator. Sonic looked over toward Tails and Knuckles. "Knuckles! Tails! You won't believe what this journal says! It's about Eggman! He's—"
Sonic was interrupted by the hurried opening of the front door. Rouge walked into the house, and she carried Shadow unconscious on her back.