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spent the night redesigning the freedom fighters on stream
I imagine they're all sediated in Mobotropolis, the capital of the Kingdom of Mobius, which in general I'm imagining as a mix of IRL Monaco, 70's Italy, and Cagliostro as shown in Castle of Cagliostro.
Sally is actually Princess Erica, more known as Ricky. She's studying journalism, and since when acting as Princess she has heavy make-up, she often manages to mingle with the people with a fake name and a "oh people always tell me I look like the princess".
Rotor's one of the few who knows she's the Princess, as her childhood friend. He's a brilliant mechanic who's apprenticing under the brilliant and retired Sir Charles, who revolutionised cybernetic prosthetics. One such example of these are Bunnie Rabbot's prosthetic arm and legs, which she needed after a childhood accident. She's the love of Kingdom gendarme Antoine D'Coolette, a honorable if arrogant and quite a bit fearful coyote.
Eggman attacked the Kingdom of Mobius during the events of "Sonic Spinball", which is how all these friends met Sonic and Tails. Later, in a separate adventure where Eggman was using the potential of nanomachines and virtual reality to create infinite robots and harness the power of the collective internet, Sonic met Nicole, a native from Micro-Mobius, the virtual equivalent of the Kingdom of Mobius' cyber-grid.
Sonic travels with her for a while, showing her the real world via the Tails-built Nico-Nico Robot. Eventually, when returning to the Kingdom of Mobius to fight Naugus, he meets Sally and friends again, and introduces them to Nicole, who decides to stay and form relationships between Mobius and its virtual counterpart.
After this, they become the Freedom Fighters, fighting crime in the Kingdom by what means needed, from the Princess' political clout to Bunnie's rocket punch!
Some design notes. Rotor's secondary colour is green instead of yellow to limit the amount of colours used, and because the others were already using a lot of yellow. Antoine hasn't been changed much, just been given a gendarme's hat. Bunnie's mechanics were based on Nirvash from Eureka Seven and Eva 01, with a touch of Canti from FLCL. Sally's a mix of Ricky, Archie Sally, and StC Sally, so she tended to fall more towards the Ricky look- her outfit is based on 50's rebel girls. Nicole's a previous design I had made. Sally's PDA is obviously a bigger VMU, with a touch screen. The company that made it is actually a computer SEGA once released, the AI Computer. The Nicole Robot is obviously based on Opa-Opa."31.media.tumblr.com/bfcaaecaec…"
^Studies for Bunnie's prosthetics, based on various mecha looks. I wanted it in the end to look different from what Eggman'd do, and went with an Eureka Seven-esque, Diebuster-esque, FLCL-esque "solid rubber" look- her leg's not plated, she bends it.