Mobius VII


Miles “Tails” Prower, a former SOLDIER-turned mercenary for hire, has just landed his first gig: Destroying one of the reactors and RINGTEK processing plants that power the gargantuan city of Megapolis, headed by Kintobor Incorporated.

But when he’s asked to to be a bodyguard for a mysterious flower girl during a chance encounter, Tails finds himself on a collision course with a deadly foe from his past… A past that he’s not all too sure about…

What begins as a rebellion against an evil corporation becomes something more. And what erupts goes beyond imagination.


Welcome to the main hub for the MOBIUS VII fanfiction. Here, you’ll find links to each chapter, as well as Character Bios for each significant player in the story and a World Archive explaining many of the mysterious and arcane workings of the technologically advanced world of Mobius.

From time to time, these aforementioned sections will be updated with new information that our heroes (and villains) uncover during the course of the tale.

The first three chapters are available to read as of June 26, 2020 New chapters will be released every Friday at 6:00 PM EST.

How This Works:

Each chapter is divided into mini-chapters that explore the story through a character’s point of view. At the top of the chapter, there will be links that will jump to the highlighted character’s point of view. Think of them as bookmarks. They make it easier for you to jump back to where you left off when you return, or to go back to a favourite section of the story that you want to relive.

These bookmarks also work here on the hub! Click on the buttons below to jump to the section below:

Disclaimer: Final Fantasy VII, its characters, settings and concepts are all property of Square Enix. Sonic the Hedgehog, SATAM, Archie Sonic and all related Sonic the Hedgehog IP’s, including characters, settings and concepts are all property of SEGA. I take no credit nor claim ownership of the above. The following work is a fanfiction and a love letter to both the game and the franchise that have defined who I am.

The cover art above was completed at my request by Tracey Yardley, known for his work on the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series (Archie). You can find out more about him here.

Several characters used in this story are from the Archie Sonic series and thus I do not claim ownership. They belong to Ken Penders.


Book I: Escape From The City

Chapter 1: The Price of Freedom

Chapter 2: A Premonition

Chapter 3: The Childhood Friend

Chapter 4: The Leader of TORNADO

Chapter 5: Prelude

Chapter 6: Bombing Mission

Chapter 7: Escape

Chapter 8: Random Encounters

Chapter 9: Aboard the Megapolis Express

Chapter 10: Promises and Payments

Chapter 11: The Next Mission

Chapter 12: Reactor No. 5

Chapter 13: Trap

Chapter 14: The Flower Girl From the Slums


Character Biographies



Miles “Tails” Prower

Job: Mercenary (Former member of SOLDIER)

Age: 21

Weapon: Greatsword

Birthplace: Knothole

The protagonist of Mobius VII. Originally a member of Kintobor’s elite special forces group, SOLDIER, he now works as a mercenary. At the start of the story, he finds himself in Megapolis and runs into Cream – his childhood friend from Knothole. Cream offered him both a place to stay and a job, both of which he had heartily accepted.

As a SOLDIER, Tails (as he prefers to be called) was given Energen enhancements that have gifted him with enhanced physical strength, stamina and magical aptitude, along with heightened senses and improved natural healing. These enhancements pale in comparison to his greatest, natural weapon: his mind. Tails is a gifted military tactician and a mechanical and computer genius. These traits in combination with his Buster Sword – a massive, single edged greatsword – make the two-tailed fox a force to be reckoned with. However, his natural curiosity to find out how things work – particularly machines – is constantly at odds with his objective-focused nature.

Tails was born with two identical tails, hence the nickname. He uses them both for fighting and for another use: flying. The tails themselves are very bushy in nature and can capture updrafts, which allow the fox to fly and remain airborne for a short time. His SOLDIER enhancements only serve to increase his flight time, with him able to scale up a four story building without breaking a sweat.

Tails can be cold and aloof at times, but deep down he has a caring heart and can’t stand to see injustice happen on his watch.


Cosmo Woodswillow

Cream Rabbelocke

Bark Froster

Hope Froster

Biggs, Wedge & Jessie

President Kintobor

***This section will be updated periodically***


World Archives



Megapolis

First Appearance:

Chapter 1: The Price of Freedom

Description:

*Excerpts from “The Untold Story of Kintobor Incorporated” by Kirby, a historian.*

The city of Megapolis is considered a marvel of architecture and engineering. What originally started as a small kingdom surrounded by eight villages became a metropolis that is the home of over two million Humans and a million and a half Mobians. 

The size of the upper city is roughly 28 kilometers (~17.5 miles) in diameter and is raised 100 meters (~328 feet) above the ground. The thickness of the Plate, which houses the upper city is roughly 25 meters (82 feet). Each of the eight sections of the upper city are supported by one massive concrete and steel pillar with several thousand smaller pillars positioned around for stability.

Each of the city’s eight segments are anchored to an enormous central structure that is approximately 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) wide in diameter. The central structure itself is buried almost a kilometer (0.62 miles) below the ground. 

The Kintobor Building is situated at the centre of Megapolis and serves as the global headquarters for Kintobor Incorporated. The egg-shaped building spans 70 stories and is approximately 530 meters (1,738 feet) tall at its highest point. Combined with it sitting on the 100 meter high central support column, the Kintobor Building reaches a total height of 630 meters (2,066 feet), making it the tallest, man-made structure on Mobius.

Residents of the upper plate have a generally high standard of living. Even those at the lowest income percentiles can afford the luxuries and amenities available to them. However, a major barrier to living topside is the high cost of entry. Despite the supply being readily available, real estate costs are prohibitively expensive. Unless they have exorbitant amounts of mobium to spare, most residents start out in slums beneath the city.

The lower city is made up of the small villages and towns that existed prior to Megapolis’ construction. Upkeep of the lower city is dismal at best, with many dwellings being unfit for occupation. Funding to repair these buildings is scant, with most of the budget focused on maintaining basic utilities. It’s been said that the Department of Urban Housing and Development had its budget continually cut in favour of technological advancement, but this author has no concrete evidence suggesting otherwise.

Along with taxes, there are several additional fees levied against the Mobian population, given their supposed involvement in the Great War two decades ago. Kintobor argues that these fees do not exist, however evidence has been documented many times without any resolution from the current bureaucracy. It is likely due to the President’s prejudiced views about Mobians versus Humans, but the reasoning behind that view has not been disclosed. I propose several theories in a later chapter.

Facilitating the rapid development of the city was the discovery and use of Energen (see Chapter 5: Energen and the Rise to Power).


Energen

First Appearance:

Chapter 4: The Leader of TORNADO

Description

Energen is a wispy, liquid natural resource that sits deep within Mobius’s crust. Once processed, Energen has a power output ten times greater than other fossil fuels. Processing and refinement is done using an Energen Reactor. Once refined, Energen is then used as fuel to produce electricity for homes, businesses and the vast industrial complexes within the city.

The term “Energen” was to be a placeholder until Marketing could come up with another name. Over time, the name ended up sticking around until it was adopted as the primary descriptor of the energy source.

*Archive Update*

According to TORNADO’s manifesto, the extraction and consumption of Energen is slowly killing all life on Mobius. Over the decades, the lands surrounding the city have degraded into a harsh and arid wasteland, of which it is only spreading further outwards. TORNADO argues that unless something is done, all life on the planet will die out. To that end, they have announced that they would go to extreme measures to stop Kintobor Incorporated’s Reactors from extracting and processing more Energen.


RINGTEK

First Appearance:

Chapter 4: Bombing Mission

Description

*Excerpts from “The Untold Story of Kintobor Incorporated” by Kirby, a historian.*

Ring Technology – shortened to RINGTEK – was developed by Kintobor Power Incorporated as a type of advanced fuel cell. It was introduced after the war against Chun-nan, at around the same time as the Roboticizer. 

Processed Energen is poured into molds containing a grey, conductive material and is then casted into a super-charged ring shaped battery. These can then be used to power various types of electronics and machinery; from everyday household items like tele-crates or refrigerators and personal handsets, to vehicles, medical equipment, heavy machinery and even weapons of war. When introduced to the public, Kintobor stated that the power capacity of RINGTEK was so efficient that one ring could theoretically run a pacemaker to keep someone alive for generations. The greatest advantage of RINGTEK was its eco-friendliness. Consuming Energen releases smog-like fumes into the air, which lowers the overall air quality in Megapolis. Conversely, RINGTEK does not release any pollutants into the air.

The creation of RINGTEK ushered in a golden age for Mobius. Such change, though, was not without consequences. For all of its advantages, RINGTEK batteries are sadly non-rechargeable. This flaw results in used rings being discarded and replaced at an alarming rate due to the high power demand current technology requires. While the machines used to cast the rings have minimal power input requirements, the RINGTEK casting process requires large amounts of air and water which then results in polluted exhaust fumes and radioactive runoff being spewed and dumped carelessly into the slums below. 

However, since RINGTEK was so cheap to produce, the majority of the population did not take notice that the land surrounding the city was gradually degrading into a wasteland due to the pollution; instead, they continued to consume without heed to the environment.


***This section will be updated periodically***