The Albion Dark Egg Legion, formerly the New Megaopolis Dark Egg Legion, is a group that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. It was the remains of the Dark Legion after they pledged allegiance to the Eggman Empire when their cybernetics were removed by Enerjak. They first served as the soldiers of the Eggman Empire's capital city under the command of Grandmaster Lien-Da and formerly Dimitri, continued to serve under Dr. Eggman as the crew of his Death Egg Mark 2, before being relocated to the Echidna homeland of Albion. After taking over the city, they were dispatched through a Warp Ring by Thrash the Tasmanian Devil to parts unknown.
Formation of the Echidna Branch
When Dr. Finitevus used Knuckles as the new Enerjak instead of either Lien-Da or the brainwashed Remington, both turned against him and used their Flame Legion and Frost Legion factions of the Dark Legion in an effort to subdue the chaos demigod. However, Enerjak's power proved far too much for the Legion's weaponry, and as part of his plan to restore Echidnas to their former glory, Enerjak used his Chaos powers to remove all cybernetic enhancements from all legionnaires, as well as restoring Remmington's lost memory. Enerjak went on to teleport all of the Echidnas to Albion, with the exception of Lien-Da and her few loyal followers, who were enraged at the loss of their cybernetic enhancements. After the devastating attack by Enerjak, Lien-Da sought out the help of Dr. Eggman to restore the Dark Legion's cybernetics as well as her level of authority and power. After allying with Eggman and submitting to his rule, Lien-Da found out that Dimitri had already been promised the role of Grandmaster over the rechristened "Dark Egg Legion".
Ground Troops of Eggman's Empire
Prior to any major post-Enerjak offensives against it, members of the Dark Egg Legion were seen patrolling the ruined city of New Megaopolis in Egg Mobiles when Mighty the Armadillo was sent there under the mind control of Mammoth Mogul. Even as Mogul's slave, Mighty proved to be too much for them when he was directed to return to New Mobotropolis and ripped his would-be captors' vehicles apart.
Not long afterwards, Knuckles led the Chaotix and Sonic the Hedgehog against the Dark Egg Legion in New Megaopolis. Holding himself responsible for their alliance with Eggman due to his actions as the new Enerjak, Knuckles hoped to convince their leader to change their mind and end their alliance with Eggman. By this point, the Dark Egg Legion was re-equipped with cybernetic enhancements and weapons, but still proved ineffective against the Chaotix and Sonic. Though Knuckles did his best to persuade Lien-Da to end their alliance with Eggman, she declined, still feeling resentment for Knuckles' actions as Enerjak and blaming him for their situation. Backup soon arrived in the form of Dimitri with a massive preying mantis-like robot body. Dimitri exchanged words with both Knuckles and Julie-Su, finally ordering the Dark Egg Legion to simply attack the Chaotix. Despite his help, the Dark Egg Legion was no match, and in the end of the battle, the communications relays station were successfully destroyed, and Lien-Da ordered the Legion to withdraw further into the inner city. Shortly afterwards it was explained by Dimitri he was deliberately weakening the Eggman Empire from within by leading the Dark Egg Legion to constant defeat, which was why he allied with Dr. Eggman.
Following this, Dimitri confronted Eggman with regards to him having time to produce Metal Sonic and Metal Scourge while not supplimenting the Dark Egg Legion. During this conversation, Dr. Eggman revealed he had placed explosive devices within the Dark Egg Legion's cybernetics in order to prevent mutiny. Dimitri soon discovered Eggman was not bluffing when he examined Lien-Da.
After this, the Dark Egg Legion remained within the Eggdome as the rest of New Megaopolis lied in ruins. When Snively ordered Lien-Da and another Legionnaire to salute him, they simply laughed in his face as he was just as much a subordinate of Eggman as they were, much to Snively's indignation.
During the big push against the Eggman Empire by the Knothole Freedom Fighters and the Chaotix, the Dark Egg Legion under Lien-Da's command was first positioned in the outskirts of the ruins of New Megaopolis. They seemingly halted the advance of the Freedom Fighters until they were flanked by the Chaotix. Forced to retreat and regroup, they set up a defensive posture and refused to surrender. Before they could fire their weapons however they were deactivated by Tails' Neutralizing Mines. Dr. Eggman then arrived in his new Egg Phoenix and attacked the two Freedom Fighter groups, nearly killing the Legion in the process. After the Egg Phoenix was destroyed the Dark Egg Legion retreated back to the Eggdome. There, they were ordered to set up a series of defensive lines, as well as build a barricade with a hole just big enough to allow Sonic to get in while keeping the others trapped out, as part of Dr. Eggman's plan to face off against Sonic alone. Once the Freedom Fighters and Chaotix pushed into the Eggdome, the Dark Egg Legion was forced back but eventually managed to blunt their momentum. At this point however they were ordered to stand down, and pull back, as part of Snively's plan to allow the downfall of Dr. Eggman. After Eggman's defeat, the Dark Egg Legion welcomed their new benefactor, the Iron Queen, by supervising the landing of her dirigible.
Soldiers under the Iron Dominion
Because the Dark Egg Legion's cybernetics had been equipped with explosive devices by Eggman to prevent mutiny, Dimitri came before the Iron Queen and requested that the bombs in the Dark Egg Legion be removed. The Iron Queen explained that the cybernetics Eggman provided were too complicated and that she could not remove the bombs, but as a compromise, she gave him a brief-case filled with micro-chips that would block the detonation signal once installed in the Dark Legionnaires. Dimitri took the chips, but he showed obvious signs that he did n0t believe her.
Although their worries of the bombs exploding were apparently only partially put to rest, the Dark Egg Legion remained allied with the Iron Dominion. Lien-Da soon oversaw the counter-attack against Sonic and Monkey Khan, who were trying to infiltrate the city. After the Dark Egg Legion received a fair beating from Sonic and Monkey Khan, Lien-Da ordered them to fall back as support and let the Yagyu Ninja Clan take care of them. The two groups were soon joined by the Iron King, Espio the Chameleon, and Lightning Lynx, who defeated Sonic and Khan. The Iron King then forbade the Legion from attacking the fleeing heroes, wanting them to spread the tale of their defeat.
The Legion were soon faced with another problem as Dr. Eggman escaped using his Egg-Tortoise. Failing to stop him, they were left in charge of maintaining New Megaopolis while the Iron Queen set out in pursuit, though some legionnaires were dispatched with the Yagyu Clan to pursue and recapture Dr. Eggman. Despite locating the deranged scientist, the small Dark Egg Legion force along with the Yagyu Clan were beaten back along with the Iron King, Iron Queen and Snively and forced to retreat. During this time, Lien-Da learned from Dimitri he had modified a single one of the microchips provided by the Iron Queen to make the user immune to the queen's Magitek. Rather than allow Dimitri to modify all of the microchips, she disabled his cybernetics and installed the sole modified chip in herself, after which she hid Dimitri in a box. Following this she distributed the rest of the chips to the Dark Egg Legion, leaving her able to possibly control the army with her own thoughts. Claiming Dimitri had fled, Lien-Da was promoted to Grandmaster of the Dark Egg Legion.
Later, they initiated a successful invasion of New Mobotropolis alongside the Yagyu Clan. They were led by the Iron King into the defenseless city, thanks to the Iron Queen taking over Nicole. Having successfully invaded the city, the Legion, along with the Yagyu, began rounding up and imprisoning as many citizens as they could find. Patrols of Legionnaires would continue chasing after resistance fighters like Amy Rose and Antoine D'Coolette until the intervention of Geoffrey St. John, allowing all of them to escape. The Legion also gathered in the New Mobotropolis Coliseum as spectators and participants in the Legionization of a number of captives including Rotor Walrus, but attempted to stop Amy, Antoine, and Geoffrey when they interrupted the event to free the prisoners. The arrival of Monkey Khan and a team he had taken to the Dragon Kingdom to break the ties between the Dominion and its Clans added to the confusion, and with the departure of the Yagyu the Legion found itself alone in supporting the Iron King and Queen. Seeing her two oppressors occupied with the Freedom Fighters, Lien-Da announced to the Legion that they would be taking control of the Eggman Empire. When the Iron Queen learned of this treachery, she attempted to dominate them using the chips, only for Lien-Da to reveal her deception. The Iron Queen promptly set off the bomb in Lien-Da's cybernetics, injuring her and freeing the other Legionnaires. With both Iron Dominion leaders occupied and Snively fleeing in terror, the Legion retreated for the Eggdome, taking Lien-Da with them.
Rejoining Eggman and attacking Albion
After their return to the Eggdome they came under Eggman's control once again. With their Grandmaster's current state of health and in dire need of medical aid, they had no other choice than serving him in exchange for emergency cybernetics. Lien-Da was restored to health and retained the chip that would allow her to completely control her Legion, though Eggman had rendered it useless in blocking her newly installed explosives as well as those of her fellow Legionnaires. Regardless, the Legion set about renovating the EggDome, transforming it the Death Egg Mark 2. Serving as crew and passengers, the Legion was caught up in the effects of Operation: Clean Sweep but were restored following Super Sonic's use of Chaos Control. They continued to serve as crew for the Death Egg throughout various operations, including attacks on Elias Acorn, Furville, and Feral Forest, as well as making forays to Eurish, the Dragon Kingdom, and Soumerca before another attack on New Mobotropolis. Eggman also announced that the Echidna Legion would be allowed to select its region of occupation as a reward for the service it had provided.
The Legion eventually made its decision, and were dropped in Albion by the Death Egg. Retaining only Metal Knuckles in addition to their preferred arsenal, the Legion quickly gained the advantage over the Albion defenders, capturing Matriarch Lara-Le and her advisers along with much of the populace. Their victory was checked by the arrival of Team Fighters, who joined the resistance forces in attacking the Legion command post. The Legion countered with reactivated defense systems, to which they possessed an immunity. However, the efforts of Tails to deactivate the systems resulted in a massive electrical shock that knocked out the Legion and their enemies. They then fell easy prey to Thrash the Tasmanian Devil, who used a super-charged Warp Ring to transport them to another Zone.
- Laser Rifles: Standard equipment for legionnaires of every branch, they are a potent energy weapon capable of taking down even the strongest of Mobians in sufficient numbers.
- Egg Mobiles: A single person craft capable of flight. Used for patrols and strategic overview, but can attach to larger crafts.
- Tanks: As in the days before they joined the Eggman Empire, the Legion employs futuristic tanks in combat.
- Implants: All members of the Dark Egg Legion have parts of their bodies replaced with mechanical implants, increasing their strength and giving them new abilities. The extent of individual legionnaire cybernetics is currently unknown, but seems to vary between individuals.
- Metal Knuckles: During the attack on Albion, Metal Knuckles was deployed alongside the Legion's forces. He was also the only piece of Eggman Empire based technology that the Legion requested to have remain with them after the Death Egg departed.
The general membership of the Albion Dark Egg Legion are typically indistinguishable from each other, clad as they are in matching black hooded cloaks. Typically only the eyes of various Legionnaires are visible inside the hoods, though occasionally outlines of the nose will also be visible. Usually the eyes are depicted as being yellow within the red shadow of the hood, though at times they have been shown as red eyes in blue shadows. The only clothing typically visible with the cloaks worn are gloves and boots that resemble metallic mummy wrappings. Members of the Legion have also been shown with belts of unknown use, worn diagonally across the chest.
- At first, the Dark Egg Legion was believed to just be the remnants of the Dark Legion renamed with the "Egg" motif when they became members of Eggman's army, but the group was subsequently revealed to be made up of other forces loyal to Robotnik. The Legion as a whole did not get its name until the "dreadheads" joined, as revealed in Sonic the Hedgehog #214. This led to the various other chapters adopting-with some exceptions-the black cloaks worn by the Echidna chapter, the title of Grandmaster for their leaders, and the process of receiving cyborg implants being named Legionization.
- This chapter was permanently written out of the book as a consequence of the Archie-Ken Penders copyright case, now settled. As a result:
- Eggman's armed forces were renamed the Eggman Army and later the Egg Army following Worlds Collide
- The Grandmasters are now known as Egg Bosses, and "Legionization" has been renamed "Cyberization."
- The Legionnaires are now Egg Soldiers, and they wear uniforms based on Eggman's as opposed to black-hooded robes.
- Writer Ian Flynn suggested on his forum that about 30% of the chapter's bodies have been replaced as of joining the Eggman Empire.
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #181, "Undone"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #181, "Enerjak: Reborn Chapter One: Rising Evil"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #184, "Anything"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #186, "Mogul Rising Part Two: Devil's Due"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #189, "A Bold New Moebius Part One: Unwelcome Guests!"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #190, "A Bold New Moebius Part Two: Duality!"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #192, "Metal and Mettle Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #194, "Sleepless in New Megaopolis"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #198, "Phoenix-down!"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #199, "Knocking On Eggman's Door"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #200, "Turn About Is Fair Play"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #201, "Change In Management"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #202, "Dangerous Territory"
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Sonic the Hedgehog #205, "On the Run Part One: All the Eggs in One Basket"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #206, "On the Run Part Two: Trouble by the Dozen"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #206, "Birthright Part Two"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #208, "Iron Dominion Part One"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #209, "Iron Dominion Part 2"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #210, "Home Invasion Part One: Breaking and Entering"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #211, "Home Invasion Part 2: Security Measures"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #212, "The Roads We Take"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #220, "From the Inside Out"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #224, "Chaos and the Crown Part Two: Total Authority"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #225, "One Step Forward..."
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #230, "...Two Steps Back"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #231, "Lost In the Moment"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #234, "Unthinkable"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #236, "Cry Freedom!"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #239, "Heroes Part One: Team Building"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #37, "Scrambled Part 1: The Man in Charge"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #38, "Scrambled Part 2: Family"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #39, "Scrambled Part 3: Line in the Sand"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #237, "Loyalty Part One: The Right to Rule"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #238, "Loyalty Part Two: Dire Choices"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #240, "Heroes Part Two: For the People"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #243, "Endangered Species Part One: On the Brink"
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog #244, "Endangered Species Part Two: Extinction Event"