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Never Lake[1] (ネバーレイク[2] Nebāreiku?) is location that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a pristine lake area on Sonic's world where Little Planet appears in the skies above for one month every year.

Description

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.

History

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 Sonic's world 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

Books and comics

Archie Comics

Sonic at Never Lake, from Sonic the Hedgehog #290.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Never Lake was a location on Mobius, and a sacred lake in the Kingdom of Mercia, where the Little Planet appeared above once a year for a month.

After the Super Genesis Wave re-wrote reality, Never Lake became a location on Sonic's World with a history nearly identical to its game counterpart's.

Sonic the Comic

Never Lake, from Sonic the Comic #67. Art by Richard Elson.

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.

References

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sega CD) United States instruction booklet, pg. 2.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Mega-CD) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 4.

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