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Damocles

A dummy fashioned after Damocles the Elder.

Damocles the Elder was an alchemist goat who wielded dark magic in his solitary quest for power. He first became known to the heroes of Mobius during Dr. Ivo Robotnik's reign over the planet, when Knuckles the Echidna set out on his quest to find the Sword of Acorns. Having sought out the guidance of the Ancient Walkers at the suggestion of his friend Tails, he was told of a number of beings he should seek out in his quest, including Damocles, who, like the sorcerer and the wizard, "stands alone." (StH: #42)

Eventually, Knuckles found him-or so he thought-in the company of Mathias Poe, a raven wizard who had also been mentioned by the Walkers. In fact, this Damocles was merely a mockup, a dummy created to hide the Sword of Acorns that Poe used to amplify his own powers. Knuckles realized this due to the Ancient Walkers informing him that the wizard and the alchemist both worked alone. (StH: #46)

With the image destroyed, Knuckles pursued Damocles no further; it would fall to Sir Connery, Paladin of the Ancient Walkers, to hunt Damocles down and kill him, which he did. (StH: #164)

Background Information

  • Damocles' name was probably based off of the legend of the Sword of Damocles, in which king Damocles had a sword hung from the ceiling above his head by a thin rope.
  • Damocles was the only member of the quartet of dark magic users involved in Knuckles' quest for the Sword of Acorns who never made a physical appearance in the comics, having been seen only in vision or in the person of his replica.
  • In StH #164, Sir Connery referred to Damocles by the name "Domoleces."

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