The Warp Topaz is an object that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by IDW Publishing. It is a stone that warps space. It used to be in Dr. Starline's possession, worn on his left glove until Dr. Eggman took it from him when Starline refused to allow its use to destroy the Metal Virus.
The Warp Topaz appears as a round gemstone. It is orange with a red spiral pattern.
Powers and traits
The Warp Topaz is capable of warping space. This allows the user to create localized wormholes to other places, thus allowing the user and others to travel great distances around the world in an instant. These "gateways" can be opened from a great distance, as Dr. Starline was able to open a gateway in Windmill Village from the Final Egg. This ability also allows the user to open "windows" to the world in an instant, allowing the user to look farther and further in hours that what the Badniks could do in a day. However, for the Warp Topaz to work, a source of power is required. According to Starline, the Warp Topaz responds strongly to even the most passive of energy waves and anything above a light, controlled charge to it can result in extreme reality alteration.
The Warp Topaz does not seems to tolerate anything that is more powerful than it, such as the seven Chaos Emeralds. If subjected to such power sources, it will begin to absorb their energy and spin out of control. Such power has been proven to cause a powerful explosion and even cause a rift that sends users to different dimensions.
Dr. Starline has claimed that he has put research into the Warp Topaz over his entire career. He later managed to acquire it at a later point in time. Upon discovering it, he found out that the Warp Topaz responded strongly to even the most passive of energy waves. As he put more research into the stone, he discovered that the Warp Topaz needed a source of power to charge it but anything above a light, controlled charge would result in extreme reality alteration. Since Warp Portals were difficult to create and direct, the components of his custom left glove were made after countless hours of careful testing, but this was not enough to prevent the power of the Warp Topaz causing damage to his regular glove underneath.
After discovering that Dr. Eggman had disappeared after the Eggman War, Starline used the Warp Topaz's ability to create "windows" to search for Eggman. After finding Eggman, who was suffering from amnesia, Starline freed Rough the Skunk and Tumble the Skunk from prison with the Warp Topaz so that they could help kidnap Eggman from Windmill Village.
Battle For Angel Island
Starline used the Warp Topaz to get to the Final Egg. There, he was successful in helping Dr. Eggman reclaim his memories. When Starline presented the Warp Topaz to Eggman, the latter took no interest in it.
Using his Warp Topaz, Starline made a letter appear in Tails' workshop that would lure Sonic into a battle with Rough and Tumble. Starline later demonstrated the Warp Topaz's ability to create "windows" to the world to Eggman. Using this ability, Eggman and Starline watched Sonic and Tails' battle with Rough and Tumble. When Rough was about to reveal info about Eggman to Sonic upon his and Tumble's defeat however, Starline used the Warp Topaz to create a portal that took Rough and Tumble back to base.
When seeking to preserve the contents in an Eggman base on Frozen Peak, Starline used the Warp Topaz to make a portal for his Badnik escorts to take the base's contents through. When Sonic and Silver later showed up and fought Metal Sonic, Starline freed Metal Sonic from Silver's telekinetic grip by creating a portal beneath Metal Sonic with the Warp Topaz. Starline subsequently used the Warp Topaz when he fought Sonic and Silver, whom he eventually sent to the other side of the mountain with a portal. Starline then used the Warp Topaz to get Metal Sonic home, but got interrupted by Sonic before he could get through the portal. When he later thought he had killed Sonic, Starline created a portal back to base.
Starline used the Warp Topaz to create a portal that would lead him to the Faceship. To his surprise, he saw Metal Sonic in his lab, and soon got him out of there.
Eggman's Day Off
Using the Warp Topaz, Starline could see how Eggman's Metal Virus was moving through the world and said that the doctor was a visionary. However, in one of his Warp Portals, he saw Eggman screaming in fury, so he used the stone to go to him.
The Last Minute
Dr. Starline used the Warp Topaz to travel to the Lost Hex to convince the Deadly Six to work with Dr. Eggman again. After they accepted his offer, he used the Warp Topaz once again to return. Later, Starline used the Warp Topaz to help provide himself and Eggman an escape to the Faceship. Following that, Starline privately used the Warp Topaz to visit the Deadly Six to make sure that they could exert their will over machines. Afterwards, Starline used the Warp Topaz again to make a portal to the Faceship and told Zavok that after he made some last minute preparations on his end, he would be in touch. Later, Starline used the Warp Topaz to bring the Deadly Six onto the Faceship.
All or Nothing
When Starline was unable to control the Deadly Six with the Cacophonic Conch, he quickly used the Warp Topaz to create a Warp Portal to flee to Angel Island with Eggman and Metal Sonic. Soon, after Starline refused to use the Warp Topaz to get rid of the Metal Virus due to its instability, Eggman removed the platypus' custom glove with the stone with the help of Metal Sonic and made the robot throw him out via a Warp Portal. Under new ownership, Eggman thought to create a "Multi-Portal Generator" powered by the Warp Topaz to help Sonic and the others reach each member of the Deadly Six with a synchronized approach. He was able to make the machine a reality with Tails' help and it was shortly activated to allow the survivors to go out and confront the Zeti.
Most of the survivors soon returned to Angel Island back through the Warp Portals of the Multi-Portal Generator. After transforming into their super forms, Super Sonic used the Warp Topaz to open a Super Warp Portal to the sun, while Super Silver with used his enhanced psychokinesis powers on the world to remove every inch of the Metal Virus present. As a result, all of the excess energy from the super forms was applied to the Topaz, energies which were too much for the fragile gem to bear. During the removal process, the Topaz started to react vigorously. In the end, when the Warp Topaz could no longer take the energy, Super Sonic tried to send it through the Super Warp Portal. This backfired, causing a large explosion to occur, creating a large distorted green surge of energy in the sky.
- The Warp Topaz is similar to Dr. Finitevus' Warp Rings as both can create gateways to other places and are used as gauntlets, but they also need that the user to know exactly where they want to place those wormholes specifically. This might be because Starline was made as a spiritual successor for him.
- According to Ian Flynn, the Warp Topaz was meant to be destroyed at the end of the Metal Virus story arc. Sega wanted to keep it, so instead it was left intact.
- Sonic the Hedgehog #12, "The Cost of the Battle for Angel Island"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #13, "Calling Card"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #23, "The Last Minute, Part 3"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #29, "All or Nothing, Part 4"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #30, "Cured, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #25, "A Sudden Shift"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #10, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 2"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #11, "The Battle for Angel Island, Part 3"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #14, "Misdirection"
- Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2020, "Reflections"
- Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2020, "Eggman's Day Off"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #21, "The Last Minute, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #24, "The Last One Out"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #26, "All or Nothing, Part 1"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #28, "All or Nothing, Part 3"
- BumbleKast Q&A for September 9th, 2020. YouTube (9 September 2020). Retrieved on 1 December 2020.