Never Lake (ネバーレイク Nebāreiku?) is location that appears in Sonic the Hedgehog CD. It is a pristine lake area on earth where the Little Planet appears in the skies above for one month every year.
Never Lake is a very large and beautiful clear lake in an open, green-fielded landscape with occasional rock formations. The borders of the lake are surrounded by steep cliffs with no beach below them. Around Never Lake are several mountains and sharp summits. The lake also has a single river connected to it, though it is unspecified whether it serves to drain or feed the lake.
Sonic the Hedgehog CD
Seeking to submit Little Planet, a giant metal chain was set up by Dr. Robotnik from a mountain at Never Lake to chain the satellite to earth while the doctor searched for the Time Stones on it. Heading to Never Lake for himself, Sonic the Hedgehog arrived only to narrowly dodge the mountain debris around Never Lake knocked loose by the chain before heading off to stop Robotnik and save Little Planet. Upon succeeding, Sonic returned to Never Lake with Robotnik's previous captive Amy Rose and cut the giant chain, allowing Little Planet to disappear above Never Lake.
In other media
Sonic the Comic
In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, Never Lake is a location found on Planet Mobius. Much like in the games, Never Lake is where the Miracle Planet appears above for three days every month. Before Dr. Robotnik came, it was one of the greatest beauty spots on Mobius, but its environment has since been left greatly damaged. Many of the Freedom Fighters' battles with the Brotherhood of Metallix would either begin or take place around Never Lake.
Never Lake is mentioned in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. In this media, it was a sacred lake in the Kingdom of Mercia, where the Little Planet appears above once a year for a month.
After the events of Worlds Collide, Never Lake's history is now nearly identical to its game counterpart's.