It was a beautiful day in the village of Knothole. The sun was shining, the air & water were clean, the wildlife was doing well and things were quite peaceful. This place & the Great Forest were a world away from the city of Eggopolis, a city in a state of ruin. Formerly known as Emerald City, this urban center had become one large ghetto, a place on the verge of becoming a real war zone. No doubt this urban blight had been brought on by the iron policies of Dr. Ivo Robotnik, also known as "Dr. Eggman". The city held a certain something that was to set the main plot in motion.

Meanwhile, in Knothole, the only thing that was disturbing the peace was Sonic the Hedgehog. A blue hedgehog with super speed, Sonic was rocking out to the blazing riffs of Geddes Axe, with their tune "Escape from New York". However, he was interrupted by his friend Miles "Tails" Prower, an orange two-tailed fox who could match Sonic's speed with his ability to fly.

"Hey, Sonic, come here!" said Tails.

"Yeah, what is it buddy?" asked Sonic, who turned down his radio.

"I fixed up your Nintendo DS! Check it out!"

"Lookin' good, my two-tailed pal! Let's fire this baby up!"

The game system – an electric blue one – started up perfectly. However, as Tails was a mechanical wunderkind, he also added an extra cartridge slot for Sega Genesis games. This add-on gave considerable bulk to the portable, but that didn't matter to Sonic, who had booted up a copy of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

"Oh yeah, now this brings back some memories!" exclaimed Sonic.

"Hey, Sugar-hog, what'cha got there?" asked Bunnie Rabbot, who just dropped by. A light brown rabbit with a Southern accent, Bunnie was unlike the other Freedom Fighters in that her legs & left arm had been robotized because of an attempt by Dr. Robotnik. This didn't get in the way of her optimistic attitude, though.

Sonic replied, "It's one of my old video games! Here, you can see how Tails & I first met!"

"Wow, that's pretty neat, hon!" remarked Bunnie.

"Sonic! Sonic!" called Sally Acorn as she ran over to Sonic's location. A brown squirrel with a tuft of brunette hair, she was usually the one to bring important news to the Knothole Freedom Fighters, being the top-ranking member next to Sonic himself.

"What is it, Sal?" asked Sonic, who paused his game.

"Sonic, Tails, Bunnie, I got this important message from Recon Group Six," she replied.

Around the world, there were various groups who assisted people like Sonic, whether by scouting out targets of opportunity or by assisting in other ways, and Recon Group Six was one of them.

"Well, let's read it!" exclaimed Sonic.

Tails & Bunnie gathered around to read this communiqué.

In short, the message said that Robotnik's forces had constructed a new mech factory within the Eggopolis city limits and was scheduled to begin production very soon. Rumor also had it that a new advanced type of mech was to start production at this plant and that security measures would be even tighter than usual as a consequence. Naturally, their mission, should they decide to accept it, was to destroy the factory and obtain any blueprints for the mechs if possible. As always, if Sonic or any of his friends were to be caught or killed, the monarchy in exile would disavow any knowledge of his actions.

Sonic tossed the paper away upon reaching the part where it said it would self-destruct in five seconds. At that time, the paper burned up by itself and left no traces.

"Well, what are we waiting for?" said Sonic. "Tails, you, Knuckles & I will go on ahead and check for trouble! Sal, you and the rest of the gang follow behind! Then, when we get to the robo-factory, we're gonna drive it straight into the ground – nothin' but blue skies and rubble! Juice time!"

Sonic & Tails sped off, looking for their third compatriot. As Sonic & Tails ran off, Bunnie said "Good luck!" and Sally said "Be careful, Sonic!"

After the dynamic duo disappeared, Bunnie remarked, "Wow, he is one brave hedgehog!"

"Yeah, but I'm worried about him," said Sally. "I do hope he & Tails are safe. Now, let's get ready!"