The Master Emerald (マスターエメラルド Masutā Emerarudo?) is an object that appears in the anime series Sonic X and its comic series published by Archie Comics. It is a massive, green emerald and a mystical relic of immeasurable power from Sonic's world[note 1] The one who controls the Master Emerald can nullify and control the Chaos Emeralds, making the Master Emerald a very valuable gem.
The Master Emerald's eternal resting place is on Angel Island where its power keeps the island afloat in the sky; without it, the island will fall down. For generations, the Knuckles Clan has guarded the Master Emerald, the mission having been inherited from one generation to the next. In the present day, the role has been passed onto the race's last surviving member, Knuckles the Echidna.
Powers and traits
The Master Emerald is an all-powerful gem on par with the Chaos Emeralds, and holds unbound and infinite amounts of chaos energy. As its primary function, the Master Emerald has the power to fully control everything that the Chaos Emeralds do, which grants it the ability to completely shut down the Chaos Emeralds' energies. The Master Emerald's energies can as well be harnessed to power machinery.
The Master Emerald appears to have some degree of sentient, as demonstrated when it interacts with Knuckles and Tikal, and can create three-dimensional holographic images within itself as a form of communication. In addition, if the Master Emerald is broken into several pieces, it can repair itself if the shards are brought back together. However, the shattering of the emerald seems to give the shards an explosive trajectory, causing them to fly a great distance which makes the task of gathering them rather painstaking.
Only Knuckles and Tikal are able to talk to, command and control the Master Emerald's power to the fullest. On most occasions, for Knuckles and Tikal to connect to or unlock the power of the Master Emerald, they must recite an ancient quote.
The Master Emerald's true origins are shrouded in mystery. The earliest documentations of it date back to the era when Knuckles Clan still thrived. In those times, the Master Emerald and the Chaos Emeralds resided in a sacred shrine in the Mystic Ruins where a colony of Chao lived peacefully, guarded by the mystical water beast Chaos. Eventually though, Pachacamac, leader of the Knuckles' Clan, set his greedy eyes on the Master Emerald and the Chaos Emeralds to gain ultimate power for his clan. Learning of her father's plans to raid the shrine, Tikal failed to make the shrine's residents leave. Instead, the residential Chao let her see the Master Emerald. As if the Master Emerald spoke to her, Tikal began citing a mantra telling of the controller of the Chaos Emerald and understood how it was that controller.
When the time of the raid came, Pachacamac and his warriors brought destruction to the Emeralds' shrine. Tikal attempted to stop her clan, but her pleas fell on deaf ears. Trampling over Tikal and the Chao alike, the Master Emerald and the Chaos Emeralds were left for the echidnas' taking until Chaos blocked their path. In a fit of rage, Chaos took the Chaos Emeralds' power and wiped out most of Tikal's tribe. With Chaos lost to rage, Tikal prayed to the Master Emerald with her mantra to stop Chaos, which the gem responded to by sealing Chaos inside itself along with Tikal so Tikal could sooth its anger. After that, the survivors from the Knuckles Clan would devote themselves to protecting the prized gem on Angel Island. In the present day, this task has been inherited by Knuckles the Echidna, the last of the Knuckles Clan.
Chaos Emerald Saga
The Master Emerald was eventually left unprotected when Knuckles got sent to Earth by Chaos Control. During most of his time there, Knuckles was on an almost obsessive quest to get home to protect the Master Emerald. While no harm was done in Knuckles' absence, Angel Island and the Master Emerald were transported to Earth by a giant Chaos Control triggered during a fight between Super Sonic and the E-99 Eggsterminator.
Following the Master Emerald's arrival on Earth, Knuckles resumed his duty of protecting it. Six months later though, the Master Emerald was shattered by Dr. Eggman to release Chaos, its shards scattering far and wide and causing Angel Island to fall into the sea. As such, Knuckles began searching for the fragments. After Knuckles had brought most of its shards back together, the partially-restored Master Emerald showed Knuckles that the remaining shards were on the Egg Carrier. Not long after, Knuckles brought the final pieces back and fully restored the Master Emerald. When Chaos had finally been calmed down by Sonic, Tikal and Chaos returned to the Master Emerald to live in peace.
After Perfect Chaos' attack on Station Square, the Master Emerald was stolen by Rouge the Bat who took to the Space Colony ARK. However, Knuckles followed her up to the ARK where Rouge let him take it back after he saved her life. When the Space Conoly ARK was sent on a crash course into earth which would destroy the planet, Rouge had the idea of using the Master Emerald to deactivate the Chaos Emeralds that were current powering the ARK's descend. With help from Sonic, Decoe, Bocoe and Shadow, the Master Emerald was brought to the ARK's core where Knuckles called upon its power and shut down the Chaos Emerald.
When it was revealed that the presence from everything from Sonic's world was threatening to freeze time, the Master Emerald and all else not native to Earth were sent back to their world using a machine Tails and Chuck Thorndyke created.
Following its return home, the Master Emerald was protected by Knuckles over the next six months. At that point, the Master Emerald served as the power source for Christopher Thorndyke's crossover into Sonic's world. As a result of the time difference between Earth and Sonic's world, Chris physically regressed six years which were stored inside the Master Emerald, at least according to Eggman's theory.
As Sonic and co. prepared to set out to travel around the galaxy and battle the Metarex, an alien race of cyborgs bend on universal dominance, the crew took the Master Emerald from Knuckles to use it as a power source for the Blue Typhoon, a massive spacefaring vessel, which Knuckles was forced to accept. Onboard the Blue Typhoon, Knuckles would call upon the Master Emerald's power in time of need, most importantly to power the ship's Sonic Power Cannon. In the final battle against the Metarex's leader Dark Oak, the crew channeled the Master Emerald's energy into a powerful shot from the Sonic Power Cannon in an attempt to destroy Dark Oak. However, the attack pushed the Master Emerald beyond its limit, leaving it shattered and powerless.
After defeating the Metarex, Knuckles returned the Master Emerald shards to Angel Island to watch over them until it could heal naturally, though the process would take time. The Master Emerald's destruction also meant Chris' age data was corrupted, preventing him from returning home through that method.
- ↑ The world where the Master Emerald comes from is not named in the anime and comics. The comics state, though, that the Master Emerald had traveled across dimensions on a parallel planet, Earth.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Sonic X #6, "I Never Promised You a Chao Garden Part Two"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Yoshimura, Kiyoko (25 September 2004). "A Chaotic Day". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 28.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Houjou, Chinatsu (2 October 2004). "A Robot Rebels". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 29.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Shiraishi, Masahiko (23 October 2004). "Flood Fight". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 32.
- ↑ Masaki, Hiro (27 March 2004). "Countdown to Chaos". Sonic X. Season 1. Episode 26.
- ↑ Masaki, Hiro (30 October 2004). "Project: Shadow". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 33.
- ↑ Yoshimura, Kiyoko (27 November 2004). "Robotnik's Revenge". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 37.
- ↑ Yoshimura, Kiyoko (4 December 2004). "Showdown in Space". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 38.
- ↑ Houjou, Chinatsu (19 March 2005). "Running Out of Time". Sonic X. Season 2. Episode 50.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 Masaki, Hiro (22 April 2006). "The Light in the Darkness". Sonic X. Season 3. Episode 76.
- ↑ Masaki, Hiro (17 September 2005). "A Cosmic Call". Sonic X. Season 3. Episode 54.
- ↑ Masaki, Hiro (6 May 2006). "So Long Sonic". Sonic X. Season 3. Episode 78.