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The Azurites are the dominant race of aliens originating from the planet Azuria, which Sonic the Hedgehog landed on when he was lost in space. Seemingly amphibious in nature, these 3-eyed beings evolved rapidly due to accelerated time on their planet.
Sonic first encountered after the Magesteron disaster when it was uninhabitable and watched as life itself and their entire culture developed around him in a matter of hours. From the Azurites' perspective, even Sonic moved at an incredibly slow rate and their ancestors believed the hedgehog and the escape pod he was in to be some kind of idol that guided their fates. No Azurite ever lived long enough to see Sonic move in their early society and thought he was inanimate for many ages. With the development of their culture into a more modern age, they were able to technologically scan his escape pod and found that he was in fact alive, and possibly a god. Their race became divided over this revelation and many wars were waged to uphold the old ways of thinking, which centered around the worship of their "Blue Immortal."
Eventually, the Azurites reconciled to the facts, but were still unable to open Sonic's capsule, so one of their leading scientists, Professor Parg, and his colleagues created the Temporal Decelerator to slow down their world's passage of time and move at the same speed as Sonic to meet with him. Once Sonic explained he was merely a mortal observer of their society's development due to their different evolutionary rates, Professor Parg deactivated the Decelerator to help Sonic and construct a spaceship right around him in order to leave the planet and return to Mobius. (StH: #127, CSE)
- The Azurites' nature and society are similar to that of a planet featured in the Star Trek: Voyager television series. In the episode "Blink of an Eye", Voyager becomes caught in the magnetic field of a planet that moves at an accelerated rate in time. Visible from the surface, the ship becomes the subject of legends and folklore, until astronauts eventually visit it. Rather like Sonic, Voyager was able to escape from the planet when the race advanced far enough to develop highly advanced technology.