Eclipse trained and trained, honing his skills and abilities. He mastered his new Katana, and learned to control his chaos energy. With the Doctor, he learned how to heal using chaos. Under the Fighting Sensei, he learned many combat moves and learned to use his energy in many ways, such as blasts and attacks. And under the Bride, he learned the most key roles of a ninja, and his duty to protect others. Weeks turned to months, and then to years. Eclipse improved, using his newfound abilities to accelerate throughout the ranks, and soon was in the top, and at the age of 17.
Here, Eclipse joined in missions. He, along with others, were sent out whenever there was trouble. They handled conflicts in the neighboring towns and villages. They would deal with such things as robberies, fights happening, and occasional raids by the bandits that lived nearby.
"Alright, they should be here soon" said Dash. Both he and Eclipse were sent out to a nearby village, that was preparing to be raided by some bandits. They both shadowed themselves in the leaves of a tree that overlooked the village. Down below, villagers were attending their daily tasks. Shops were open, and people roamed the streets. "Dont these guys ever give up? I mean, we beat them every time" replied Eclipse. "Yea, but then what else would we do th------" Dash paused. A low humming could be heard over the chatter of the village. "I believe thats them" said Eclipse. "I dont know, it sounds different than what we usually face...they usually just rush over the hill" said Dash. "Then that must be them over there..". Over the hill, a series of figures appeared. All of them were dark as the sun fell behind them. "Something isnt right..." Dash exclaimed. "Yea....they are sort of just, robo---" As Eclipse was finishing his sentence, an explosion erupted at the base of the village. Villagers ran into their homes and secured themselves just as Eclipse and Dash landed at the gates, facing the oncoming enemy. "Stop! If you do not wish to be severely injured, turn away NOW!!" warned Dash.
The figures continued their advance, not slowing their pace. Just as Dash began to say something else, a red light rocketed from the lead figure, and erupted next to Eclipse. "WHOA!! Wait, those are laser cannons! Bandits never have those! The only ones who have ever used those before are....." "Swatbots" Dash finished his sentence. "What? Bu...thats impossible! I thought they were gone for good!" questioned Eclipse. "Not anymore" replied Dash. Both ninjas changed their stance, and readied themselves as the group of swatbots charged. "LETS GO!" yelled Eclipse, and both ninjas went out into the crowd of metal. Dodging blast after blast, they both quickly took out the front row of bots. Eclipse quickly cleaved through the armor with his sword, and Dash quickly took them down with pierces to the core with his blades. They lunged out of the way from blasts of red, and reduced the robots to rubble. But more and more seemed to have come out of the hill. Soon, the pair of ninjas were surrounded. "Not good bro." exclaimed Dash. All of a sudden, the bots froze and turned around. A ship descended downwards, and all the bots began to fly into it.
A voice boomed from the large carrier. "Well it seems you have destroyed enough of my bots for now, pesky ninja! HM?!?! Is that a Hedgehog? Here? I could of sworn i destroyed your people!!"
Eclipse stood there dumbfounded. "wh..wha?" "Oh, im sorry, did you not know? Well, its quite a story! But we will save that for next time when i come back!" A small pod fell from the ship and plummeted into the ground. "If there IS a next time! OH HOHOHOHOHO!! *to the pod* Make sure you finish this quickly!". The ship then rises and flies off into the distance. Eclipse snaps out of his gaze. "Eclipse, are you alright?" asked Dash. "Yea, im ok, but we have other problems to worry about!" replied Eclipse.
The pod opens up and a shape appears within it. Blue runs along its body, and hedgehog spikes are visible from the back. "Is that, HIM?" asked Dash. "No, its just a copy of the hero" replied Eclipse. The figure suddenly twitches, and a humming can be heard, sort of like a turbine starting up. The figures head looks up and at the two ninja, and two electronic red eyes flash on. The figure then steps out, and straightens itself. As it stares at them, a robotic voice clicks on and addresses them. "Hyper Metal Sonic 2.0 online and scanning."
End of part 4