The Shattered World Crisis was an event directly resulting from Dr. Eggman disrupting Super Sonic's attempt to undo the Super Genesis Wave, causing the excess energy to build up inside the planet and tear itself apart. It caused the ancient monster sleeping inside the earths core, Dark Gaia, to prematurely reawaken. This catastrophy saw the Knothole Freedom Fighters embark on a quest to put the broken planet back together, a feat that required the seven Chaos Emeralds to accomplish.
When Dr. Eggman joined forces with Dr. Wily-an equally-evil scientist from another dimension-they launched the second known Genesis Wave on both of their realities. During the altered worlds that followed, the doctors attempted to use the seven Chaos Emeralds to initiate the Super Genesis Wave, a powered up version that would alter their realities completely to as they see fit. Sonic the Hedgehog teamed up with Wily's own arch-nemesis, Mega Man, to prevent the wave, but where forced to reverse it mid-flow while in their Super Transformations. While Super Mega Man was successful in returning his world to the way it was, Super Sonic's attempt was disrupted by a spiteful Dr. Eggman, causing the fabric of Sonic's reality to crack... (MM: #24, StH: #251)
Both Sonic and Eggman returned to their world disoriented, and with conflicting memories of how their world used to be. As Eggman, who had landed miles away from his Death Egg base, began his journey back to make sense things, Sonic and Tails set off to gather the Knothole Freedom Fighters, in order to get to bottom of why their planet was suffering from sudden earthquakes. Once the group were reunited aboard the newly built Sky Patrol, and Eggman had returned to his base, both parties quickly learned the dire consequences of the Super Genesis Wave. The wave had not only caused the entire Multiverse and Prime Zone to apparently be rewritten, but the excess energy had also piled on top of the planet. At that very moment, the world finally gave into the strain and broke apart. (StH: #252, #253, #254, #255, #256)
Finding the Chaos Emeralds
As the Freedom Fighters quickly got to work doing damage control in Station Square, Dr. Eggman searched for a means to use this new phenomenon to his advantage, in which he learned of Professor Pickle and his research of the Gaia Manuscripts. The Doctor immediatly kidnapped the professor and his research, along with Uncle Chuck. The Freedom Fighters were able to save the two from a speeding Bullet Train, though leaving the research behind for Eggman to acquire. Both hero and villain learned of Dark Gaia, an ancient creature which resided in the earth's core whom, due to the Super Genesis Wave's effects, was prematurely woken from its two million year sleep cycle, and its energy has began to seep through the cracks and manifest into Dark Gaia Creatures. (StH: #257, #258, #259)
Learning that the Chaos Emeralds were the key to putting the planet back together, as well as the Gaia Temples located in various locations across the planet, the Freedom Fighters began their world tour to hunt them down. While Sally, Antoine and Tails recovered an Emerald from the Crystal Cave, Sonic, Rotor and Amy were sent to find an alledged temple in the underwater city of Meropis. While there, the trio learned that the water beast Chaos was the one keeping the oceans from draining away into the cracks, as explained by Tikal. She also informed the heroes, in addition, of a mission that Knuckles the Echidna was undertaking to track down the weakened Light Gaia. (StH: #260, #261, #262, #263)
In fact, Knuckles' quest had coincided with the Chaotix' newest assignment set by Sally to find a Chaos Emerald. In a stroke of luck, the amnesiac Light Gaia (whom Charmy had affectionalty rechristened "Chip") was in possession of the emerald in question. The group were able to reacue Chip and secure the emerald from the hands of the Hooligans. (SU: #63, #64, #65, #66)
Throughout the Freedom Fighters' recent travels, Sonic had been exibiting brief spells of odd feral behavior when put under stress, which was believed by Uncle Chuck to be a side effect of the Dark Gaia gas that Sonic had accidentally inhaled before. Despite Chuck's insistance that he get checked over, Sonic brushed off his surrogate uncle's worries. Sonic's attempts to bottle up his feral moments came to a shocking head during a mission to retrieve a Chaos Emerald from the Soumerca Egg Army base. When he and his allies were caught in an electrifying trap, Sonic unleashed his strain upon the Egg Army in the form of the Werehog. The mutated hero fought off the villains in brutal fashion, but it took the efforts of Mighty the Armadillo to keep the out of control creature at bay until his mind had finally cleared. With a new personal hurdle to overcome, Sonic remained in Soumerca, as Sally and Amy took the Chaos Emerald back to the Sky Patrol, to learn to control his new feral form under the guidance of Mighty's mentor, Moss the Sloth. After finally mastering his newfound power, Sonic returned to the Sky Patrol to find his friends have suffered a defeat during his absence, after a failed mission to retrieve an emerald from the Sand Hill Zone. (StH: #264, #265, #266, #267)
The Freedom Fighters turned their attention next to the Chaos Emerald Championship, an fighting tournement that was being held at Casino Park by Breezie the Hedgehog, where the winner of the competition recieved an emerald. Sonic, Tails and Amy entered themselves as competitors in a bid to win the gem, as did Espio the Chameleon of the Chaotix, the Hooligans (attempting to win the emerald for Eggman), Honey Clothing founder Honey the Cat, and Knuckles. During the final round, Metal Sonic attacked and almost made off with the emerald, but was innevitably stopped by the heroes. (StH: #268, #269, #270, #271)
Knuckles accompanied his friends back to the the Sky Patrol after the tournament, where the Freedom Fighters learned of the echidnas most recent ordeal: the Black Arms creature known as Eclipse the Darkling had come to Angel Island with the Master Emerald in his sights. During a fierce battle involving himself, Eclipse, and Team Dark, Knuckles had no choice but to shatter the Master Emerald once again, its shards scattering, to keep it out of the aliens hands. Leaving Angel Island still able to float alongside the rest of the planets shattered land masses, Knuckles set off with Chip to seek out the scattered pieces with Chip. (SU: #67, #68, #69, #70)
As Sally, Tails, Nicole the Holo-Lynx and Big the Cat journeyed to Isolated Island to retrieve a fifth Chaos Emerald, the rest of the the Freedom Fighters made their way to Apotos on the request of the towns elder, Gregorios, who showed Sonic, Antoine and Chip the Gaia Gate. It was here that the heroes learned how the next step to fixing the planet would be accomplished: the Gaia Gate leaded to every Gaia Temple, but Gaia Keys were needed to access them from the gate. With the next phase of their plan decided, Amy also came to a decision of her own to assist Knuckles in finding the Master Emerald shards, a task that would be made much easier with her newly acquired Mystic Melody ability. (SU: #71, #72, #73, #74, StH: #272)
With the fifth emerald retrieved from Isolated Island, the Freedom Fighters met up next in the Crystal Desert Zone, where the next emerald had been discovered and was being kept safe at a G.U.N. bunker. The heroes arrived too late to see Metal Sonic making off with the emerald, however, and Sonic gave chase. In a sudden turn of events, both of them had accidentally ran through a Genesis Portal to the Burning Ruin Zone. Fortunately for Sonic, Silver the Hedgehog was in the zone, continuing his quest to close down Genesis Portals, and the two hedgehogs teamed up to outsmart Metal Sonic, sending the robot hurtling through another portal to the Distant Abyss Zone. Sonic returned to the Crystal Desert Zone through another Genesis Portal, with the newly retrieved sixth emerald in hand. (SU: #75)
Retrieving the Gaia Keys
Although one Chaos Emerald still remained in the clutches of the Eggman Empire, the Freedom Fighters began their search for the Gaia Keys. Sonic and Rotor got the hunt started in Artika, where they retrieved the first set of keys from the local guardians. Next, Sonic accompanied Sally and Bunnie to the Thunder Plains Zone to acquire the next set of keys from its local guardian, whome turned out to be their old ally Lupe the Wolf. After this, Sally and Bunnie journeyed alone to the neighbouring Stone Stormlands Zone, where the Egg Army were holding the final Chaos Emerald within the temple. After battling to a standstill, Clove the Pronghorn (sister to Egg Boss Cassia the Pronghorn) allowed Bunnie to get away with the Chaos Emerald. (StH: #276, #277, #278, #279)
Heading next to Shamar, Sonic, Antoine and Big teamed up with the regions local freedom fighter team to mount a rescue mission for key guardian Eshan, who had been captured by the local Egg Army chapter. They succeeded, but not before Sonic was ambushed by said chapter, under the leadership of Nephthys the Vulture. (StH: #278, #279)
Elsewhere, after fetching Metal Sonic back from the Distant Abyss, Eggman's initiative to harvest the energies released by Dark Gaia hit a snag when his refinary, Eggmanland, was infiltrated and taken over by Walter and Wendy Naugus. In an operation that required the doctor to call in all eleven of his Egg Bosses from across the world, Eggman launched an assault to take back the refinary. Eggman managed to ward off Walter, even after being faced with a crystalline-controlled Metal Sonic. Wendy remained trapped, but her life was spared in exchange for becoming Eggman's twelfth Egg Boss. (SU: #83, #84, #85, #86)
A little while later, Sonic, Tails and Chip arrived at the settlement of Mazuri, where they learned from the village elder that Axel the Water Buffalo had stolen the 4th Gaia key. While Sonic distracted the Egg Boss by challenging his enforcements to a race around the Savannah Citadel Zone, Tails and Chip managed to recover the key and gained access to the Gaia Temple's inner sanctum. Before departing, Chip regained some of his lost memories after coming into contact with a mysterious ball of light. Meantime, Sally and Rotor learned the identity of Spagonia's resident guardian and offered to help Lucia out with her mother's fiftieth birthday party. In gratitude of their efforts, she awarded them with the 5th Gaia key. (StH: #280)
The Freedom Fighters split ways again. While Tails and Bunnie helped Teanchai recover from his loss in Adabat, Sonic and the gang traveled to Chun-Nan to retrieve the final key. They where they were attacked by Silver Sonic upon arriving, but were saved by the intervention of Dulcy. The team learned from the Shijin Warriors that the Guardian Zonshen had disappeared during his usual peace offering to the resident Gaia Phoenix, who had been acting strange lately. The group decided to investigate the scene but fell prey to Conquering Storm, who anticipated their move and planned on letting the corrupted Gaia Phoenix destroy them. But in a surprise act, the missing members ambushed her ninja troop before they could attack. Using his reawakened powers, Chip was able to restore the Gaia Phoenix to its original state, who proceeded to destroy the enemy base. In the aftermath, Zonshen bestowed upon them their final key. (StH: #281, #282)
Meanwhile, Amy and Knuckles managed to track down some stray shards in the Rocky Jungle Zone. After partnering with Mighty and Ray to infiltrate Thunderbolt's keep and retrieve the missing fragments, they traveled to Westside Island to conduct their final search. (StH: #282)
Putting it Back Together
- The crisis is a loose adaptation of the storyline from the game Sonic Unleashed.
- The circumstances surrounding the planets' shattering differs between the Sonic Unleashed game and the comic. The crisis was caused by Eggman in both instances, however in the game, it was done deliberately; Eggman directly cracked the planet open with a large beam from his space armada. In the comic, the shattering is instead an unforseen aftereffect of the Super Genesis Wave, which Eggman decided to use to his advantage.