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The Ancient Walkers were a trio of highly evolved, powerful Mobosaurs who are said to have had the greatest connection to the Chaos Force of any creature to ever grace Mobius. Appearing around the same time as the first Chaos Emeralds, they learned to harness their energy and became a powerful alliance for good. Action taken by them on behalf of the people of Mobius led to them becoming prominent figures in Echidna religion, with other Mobians treating them with similar regard. In modern times, they aided Sonic the Hedgehog, Knuckles the Echidna, and Miles "Tails" Prower in discovering destinies that the Walkers had themselves foretold. However, the Walkers were later mortally wounded by the villain Mammoth Mogul, and a dimensional rift opened by the magical Sword of Acorns pushed them past their breaking point and killed them.
Rise to Godhood
Originally a trio of Mobosaurs-a pterodactyl and two earthbound species-the Ancient Walkers were alive in the time during the Coming of the Chaos Emeralds where they first discovered and began tapping into the power of the Chaos Emeralds. At some point they reached a state of higher being through a connection to the Chaos Force, which led them to become the defenders of Mobius. During this period, they predicted the rise of three heroes-Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, the latter two also known as the Chosen One and the Avatar-who would bring harmony to Mobius through a variety of means. (StH: #56, #138, TMS: #2, #3)
Interactions with Coporeal Beings
After observing the Mobians for millenia, the Walkers communicated with a pair of Albion Chaos energy researchers, Aurora-La and Enerjak, and helped them achieve higher levels of capability with the Chaos Force. Sadly, Enerjak became corrupted, and the Walkers and Aurora-La (who shortened her name to Aurora-were forced to scatter his spirit throughout the Chaos Force, leaving him unable to pose a threat without possessing a host. The Ancient Walkers later violated their adopted principles of non-involvement with lesser Mobians by placing a curse upon Mammoth Mogul's Chaos Emerald so that each of his attempts to achieve world domination ended in failure and defeat. (StH: #120, #188, CSE)
The Walkers also became heavily involved with the affairs of the Brotherhood of Guardians, who revere them as the greatest ever masters of the Chaos Force, during their four most recent generations. The first was when they brought young Athair to Haven before his time, convincing his mother Janelle-Li that he had a role other than that of Guardian to fulfill. She then returned to Angel Island to act as Guardian while Athair became Mitre of the Lost Tribe of Echidnas as well as a student of the Walkers in the ways of the Chaos Force. Later, when Janelle-Li fell ill and near death, the Walkers came to inform Athair of it. Athair's son Sabre demanded that his father return to Angel Island, and when Athair did not, Sabre went in his place to take on the role of Guardian. Some decades afterwards, the Ancient Walkers gave Sabre's son Locke a dream that warned of a future peril his son Knuckles would have to face. Locke thus performed a number of experiments designed to enhanced Knuckles' abilities in order to make him the ultimate Guardian. (KtE: #11, #25)
Aiding the Heroes of Prophecy
Though the last of their foretold saviors to be born, it was Miles "Tails" Prower who first gained the Walkers attention. While still just a small child, Tails fell into a pocket zone one day with other future members of the Knothole Freedom Fighters and displayed a greater insight that made him a person of interest to Walkers. Though the trinity of ascended beings only watched Tails and did nothing to interfere with his experience, they felt certain that their paths would cross again one day. (SSS: #9)
Appropriately given their role in his alteration, the Ancient Walkers appeared first to Knuckles after he fell from a mountain while attempting to retrieve a Chaos Emerald half that was burrowing towards the Emerald of Angel Island. The Walkers explained to Knuckles that if the fragmented Emerald made contact with the island's whole Emerald, it would set off a chain reaction that would destroy the entire island. Returning him to the island to stop the Emerald, the Walkers then took possession of it when it was reunified by his efforts and those of Sonic the Hedgehog. (STT)
Later, Tails met them while traveling in Downunda, and they provided him with a view of Mobius' history with the Chaos Emeralds, going back to their own origins. This was also the first time Tails was informed of his destiny as the "Chosen One", as well as his first meeting with Athair. (TMS: #1, #2, #3)
Soon afterwards, Sonic met them when he came into contact with his one-billionth Power Ring. They tested him with riddles regarding the Power Rings and Chaos Emeralds, in which Sonic learned that a link of sorts existed between the two. As a reward for his successes, they agreed to answer him one question, but in his surprise his tongue slipped and he asked one that had little relevance, and thus lost the chance. (StH: #35)
When next the Ancient Walkers appeared, it was after Knuckles began his search for the Sword of Acorns. Tails took him to Downunda to meet the Walkers and so have a clue as to where to begin his search. Athair sent them to see the Walkers after a brief debate with Knuckles, and they informed the duo that there was no connection between the crystallization of Maximillian Acorn and Chaos Emeralds. That being said, they directed the Guardian to seek out a sorceror, a wizard, an alchemist, a charlatan, an enchantress, and a paladin in his search. One by one, Knuckles found them all: Black Death, Mathias Poe, Damocles the Elder (or at least a statue of him), Merlin Prower, the Enchantress, and Sir Connery. (StH: #42)
Later they would return to save Knuckles after his near death at the hands of Enerjak, who had scattered his molecules and would have killed him had the Walkers not reassembled Knuckles afterwards. Almost immediately afterwards, they provided Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails with Power Rings so that they could transform into Super Sonic, Hyper Knuckles, and Turbo Tails in order to combat Master Mogul. The Walkers themselves also joined the fray, directing their powers against Mogul to free the Mobians he held prisoner. (StH: #56, KtE: #9)
Afterwards, they called upon Athair to fulfill his task and bring Knuckles to lead the Lost Tribe the rest of the way to Albion. In the end, as Knuckles left with his mission accomplished, the Walkers and Athair both looked down on him in approval. (KtE: #10, #12)
Unfortunately, even the Ancient Walkers could not evade death forever, though they recognized this fact and prepared for such an eventuality. Upon his escape from the Master Emerald when Dr. Eggman shattered it to provide energy to Chaos, Mammoth Mogul used the embers of his Chaos power to launch an attack against the Ancient Walkers, which left them weakened and diminishing with the passing of time. Athair himself believed them to be dying from this attack. However, the Ancient Walkers were only mortally wounded by Mogul after he absorbed Chaos Knuckles' energies and achieved god-like powers. (StH: #79, #95, #162, CSE)
Though they endured for over a year, up until the point Mogul was sealed in his own Chaos Emerald, they knew that they could not hold out much longer and so called on Merlin Prower to aid them in one last desperate ploy to restore their health using the Source of All. Sadly, Merlin was unable to recover the Sword of Acorns before it was used by the Arachne to release the evil wizard Ixis Naugus from his captivity in the Zone of Silence, creating a dimensional tear that proved too much for the weakened Walkers to survive. Their death also lifted their curse on Mogul's emerald, freeing him to menace Mobius yet again. Before they expired, the trio named their successors, the Neo Walkers: Aurora, Athair, and Merlin Prower. Despite the threats that remained on Mobius, the Walkers were at peace with their departure. (StH: #162, #163, CSE)
While the Ancient Walkers were three distinct individuals, their unity of purpose was such that they seemed identical in personality. They felt great concern for Mobius, but at the same time a belief that they could not interfere too directly in the affairs of its inhabitants except in situations of the most dire need. While often enigmatic, they were also supportive, and expressed great confidence in their chosen champions and emissaries.
They appeared before others most often as three floating masks: two face-masks and one fully covering its wearer's head in helmet-like fashion. Though generally represented by these floating masks there were instances where their corporal bodies were seen. In these instances, the Bird-Mask Walker had a large and stocky green Mobosaur body with a yellow-orange belly, as opposed to his fellow walkers who were smaller. The bird-masked Walker was also known to carry a stake of wood and wear a golden amulet of some sort. The other land-based Walker had a smaller, slimmer body with darker green scales and a yellow belly, and carried an ornate staff with a golden ring encircling its spherical end. The Pterodactyl Walker had no attire besides his mask, and was brown-skinned.
The Ancient Walkers are described as the only beings who have ever completely mastered the Chaos Force. As a result, their potential abilities were virtually limitless, and can be presumed to have included every Chaos power displayed by other wielders of this energy and more that are known to no one. Of their vast abilities, those that are known are the ability to move themselves or others between Zones, halt the passage of time while interacting with someone, transmit dreams into the minds of others, manipulate reality to the point of reassembling someone who had been taken apart by another Chaos Force wielder. They also possessed the unique ability-which they used against Mammoth Mogul-to "curse" Chaos Emeralds, causing their users to make fatal misjudgments and bring about their own defeats, though this was only known to have been employed once.
- Prior to their demise, the Ancient Walkers were the oldest living beings on Mobius.