For the past couple of days, Snively had done absolutely nothing productive for the Empire other than attempting to capture the elusive figure who had been trying to contact Snively. The search, however, was less than successful.
Egg Robo: Sir, we have not received an update from the Shadowbots you sent to capture the mysterious figure.
Snively: Well, what are you waiting for!? Send in more troops and find him!
Egg Robo: Sir, we believe you may want to see this…
Snively: See what, you imbecile!?
Egg Robo: An image sent by one of our surveillance orbs.
An image flickered on screen. It displayed several Shadowbots confronting a small, bluish figure leaping above the robots. It appeared human-like, but it also resembled an animal, and had long spikes protruding from its skull. The figure was too blurry for Snively to be certain, but the figure almost resembled…
Snively: Surround the perimeter. Don’t let anything in or out until I can be certain…
Egg Robo: Sir, something else you should know: We were able to locate an entrance to an unknown underground facility, but we did not enter. We await your orders.
Snively: Again, surround the perimeter, and send in two squads of SWATbots to scope out the facility. Also, alert the Snively Fleet around the world. I want… whatever that was to be found, captured, and roboticized, immediately!
Egg Robo: Yes, sir.
And so for the past couple of days, Snively had been obsessing with this blue figure, determined to locate him and, if nothing else, discover his true identity. Snively spent the majority of his time watching the monitors on-board the Egg Carrier, observing the missions of the SWATbots which were sent in larger and larger waves. But each time, the blue figure claimed victory over Snively’s forces, and with each defeat, Snively became more frustrated. On the positive side, they were able to discover what the underground facility was. It was a large base, with many hallways and rooms filled with different kinds of machinery. A lot of these machines were of military design and seemed to resemble the handiwork of the late Dr. Robotnik.
Which made sense, seeing as this used to be Dr. Robotnik’s secret base.
Of course, Snively was infuriated that Dr. Robotnik had left Snively in the dark on this project. He’d told Snively about the Death Egg; why not this? Anyway, after Snively cooled off a bit, he did some research in Eggman’s top secret files, and discovered that the name of the base is the “Final Egg,” and that it was meant to be used as a last resort should the surface fleet fail to maintain the Eggman Empire. Once surfaced, the Final Egg would have the production capabilities to retake Mobius in a matter of days.
But Snively still couldn’t figure out why… he… would pick here of all places to hide. Then it all made sense. Where else would Robotnik be least likely to check for his number one enemy than right under his own nose?
Snively had to applaud him on his cleverness. Snively had not though he was capable of such thinking. But it would not save him now.
Now, Snively knew where he was. Now, Snively intended to finish once and for all what Robotnik could never accomplish.
He was going to kill Sonic the Hedgehog.
Snively cherished the thought. He thought of the amount of fear, the amount of respect such a victory would bring him. He would no longer be Robotnik’s cowering nephew. Now, he would finally gain the reputation he deserved, to be revered and known as…
SNIVELY THE GREAT!!!
Snively: Ready my hovercraft. I want to face that hedgehog personally…
Egg Robo: Sir, shall we send in reinforcements as well?
Snively: Of course, you dolt! Now do as i command!
Egg Robo: Yes, sir.
Within half an hour, Snively’s forces were ready. In one giant sweep, SWATbots and Shadowbots flooded the facility, securing every room, with Snively being at the front lines. Victory was so close…
… and yet so far. Almost immediately after higher floors were secured, the alarms were sounded. All doors leading to the outside were sealed with blast doors. Snively and his army was trapped.
And the seemingly dormant base came to life. Guard Robots were activated, which were E-series robots created by the Doctor.
The SWATbots engaged immediately, but most were obliterated fairly quickly by the superior designs of the E-series robots.
Then, all doors within the base were sealed as well, and Snively found himself cut off from the rest of his troops. He sat in his hovercraft, panicking as he realized that whoever was behind this had Snively trapped.
The two other SWATbots alongside Snively fired suddenly at a small blue figure, who moved quickly around the room.
Snively: I-it’s the hedgehog! GET HIM!!! NOW!!!
The SWATbots’ initial attacks missed, unsurprisingly, and the blue blur spun itself into a tight ball, and launched itself at the SWATbots, destroying them both. The figure, which Snively couldn’t see very well due to both his speed and the dimly lit room, launched himself at Snively’s hovercraft, splitting it into two pieces. Snively fell to the ground with a thud and trembled, his head tucked into his knees, waiting for the hedgehog’s final blow…
… but it never came. Instead, when Snively looked up, the figure was gone, and Snively was alone. Snively stood slowly, now panicking as he had no idea what to do.
Then suddenly, a door opened to the right of Snively, and the cowering Mobian crept slowly toward the door, which had a series of moniters on one of the walls.
They all displayed different angles of the same figure who attacked Snively’s forces. The figure was small, blue, and resemble a hedgehog, but Snively could see the images much more clearly now…
They were of Metal Sonic.
…: Hello, Snively.
Snively: No- no! You!?
It was the man who Snively feared and hated so much. It was the sole ruler of the Eggman Empire…
… it was Dr. Robotnik in the flesh.
Robotnik: Yes… it’s me. What’s the matter, Snively? Aren’t you happy to see me?
Snively: O-o-of course, sir! W-w-why wouldn’t I be?
Robotnik: I don’t know, Snively. Why don’t you tell me?
The good doctor lets the question hang in the air for a moment, then smiles and continues.
Robotnik: You know, Snively, a lot has changed since I engaged Asura on the Egg Carrer which now lie in ruins.
It seemed as if Robotnik had changed, too. Instead of being tall and egg-shaped with skinny legs and a bushy mustache, he was just a tiny bit shorter with legs which were not-so-skinny. In fact, the good doctor had put on quite a few pounds, it seemed. As for his head, it was no longer quite so small. His head was more egg-shaped, and he no longer wore glasses. Instead of ears, he had cybernetic enhancements. His robotic eyes remained the same ((black with red pupils)), but he no longer wore glasses to cover them. His entire left arm had been roboticized, and he wore a new outfit as well. As for his mustache, well, it wasn’t quite as bushy as it had been, though it was still quite a mustache.
((Look at the picture above for a vague reference for his new appearance.))
Snively noted that now he looked just like he did back when he took over Mobotropolis all those years ago, the Freedom Fighters were fresh and ready to kick some Ro-butt-nik. But again, that was years ago, and the doctor had changed since then. ((The doctor has been through the whole roboticization thing before.)) But now it seemed, the original Dr. Robotnik was back, and who knows if he’s going to stay.
Robotnik: I’ve changed, the world has changed-- I see you haven’t changed one bit, Snively-- anyway, the point I’m trying to make is: I think the Eggman Empire-- notice I called it the “Eggman” Empire, Snively-- needs to make a few changes as well. For instance…
Robotnik punches in a few buttons on the console, which causes the monitors to display images of wrecked SWATbots.
Robotnik: Look at that! Pitiful. What was I thinking when I designed those machines! Well, I’m going to fix that. From now on, SWATbots will only serve as foot soldiers. Special operations will be carried out by my new E-series robots-- do you like them, Snively?-- and guarding will be left to the Shadowbots. As for crew members for my fleet, I’m going to use the Egg Pawn model Metal Sonic used when he was disguised as me. The Egg Robos will continue to serve as they are. Am I understood?
Snively: Yes, sir.
Robotnik: Did I mention I love it when you call me “sir,” Snively? Say it again.
Robotnik: It just infuriates you, doesn’t it? Makes you want to seek revenge against me, right Snively?
Robotnik: That’s right, Snively. I know every thought you have in your tiny little brain. All of your thoughts of betrayal, of usurping my authority…
Robotnik: Now head back upstairs, Snively. We’ve got work to do…
OOC: I’ll explain all of this later as the story progresses. I have this planned out. But for now, no one knows that Robotnik is alive. But don’t worry. I’ll reveal myself soon enough.