Our story begins with Sonic doing his favorite pastime, running. But as he was running through the peaceful woods, Tails and Bunnie Rabbot stop him to show a little surprise. The two blindfold him and leads him to a biplane the Freedom Fighters made from scratch dubbed the “Freedom Stormer.” Sonic isn’t impressed due to the plane’s poor condition. Sally tells him that they are gonna take the biplane to Maga, an ancient city deep in the mountains to search for the Secret Scrolls which, according to Sally’s father, contained great powers. No one has been able to find them, however. In order to see the city, they will have to travel by air. Sonic is still skeptical. He is worried Robotnik will locate them via a radar. Sally dismisses it saying they will fly low under the radar. Sonic reluctantly follows Antoine, Bunnie, Rotor, and Sally on the ground while the others fly.
After a close call (and some screaming from Antoine) the Freedom Stormer finds Maga but they can’t seem to stop the vehicle while they try to land. Sonic slows down the speed of the plane by pulling the rope attached to it and it stops right at the edge of the cliff.
At the entrance of the city, there is a stone in the shape of an arrow in the ancient language of Mobius. Nicole translates and it reads the following: “We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.” The others are shoeless, er, clueless.
After the sound of a huge wind, Sonic paves a way through the tall bushes despite Sally’s warning that it is booby-trapped and the others follow. Once they reach the other side, the bushes regenerate and they hear the strong wind again. The gang sees a huge wall that is blocking their way to the temple. In order to get inside, they need to search for what Sally calls “markers” which represent tests for the ancient degrees of awareness: intelligence, spirit, and courage. The first one is a chair.
They then hear the sound of the wind once more and Sally notes that it happens exactly every 2.10 minutes. As the others hang on to Sonic, they find a pillar as shelter. Once they reach the pillar, Sonic can’t seem to find the other Freedom Fighters. It turns out that hiding in the shadow of a certain pillar makes you invisible. This is the only time this is mentioned and is never used for the rest of the episode.
The gang then finds another message in the ancient language and Nicole translates it to this: “What one cannot achieve in learning. One will achieve in the light of day.” The others are still stumped. As Antoine rests, Sonic notices the sun pointing at a chair. They all sit on it and the chair flies them over the huge wall and into the temple.
Once they reach inside the temple, they notice there are two small statues where the scrolls could be. One that is a wooden structure and the other a shiny golden statue. Choosing the wrong one will cause the temple to explode. Bunnie recalls the first riddle Nicole translated and Sally figures it out. The first marker, the chair, represented intelligence so the second marker represented spirit. So they choose the wooden structure since it meant determination and a survivor. They obtain the scrolls which detail the Seven Wonders of Mobius. Powerful natural wonders that are dangerous if they are in the wrong hands. The first wonder is the Breath of Mobius which is the source of the strong winds.
Then Robotnik appears out of nowhere. He could’ve found them via radar which Sonic mentioned at the very beginning of the episode but it is never confirmed. As Sonic distracts Robotnik and the others, the other freedom fighters flee. After toying with Robotnik, Sonic runs away as well. Snively launches a stealth orb to find Sonic and track him.
As the others try and find a way out of the temple, Antoine finds a secret exit and they find Sonic who is having a difficult time shaking the stealth orb off. The gang then comes up with a plan to beat Robotnik using the Breath of Mobius.
Sonic hides in the blowhole and Robotnik, Snively, and the swatbots are right next to the blowhole waiting for Sonic to come out. They are then blown away by the Breath of Mobius and fall off the cliff but Sonic outruns the wind and manages to escape without a scratch. Robotnik and Snively have fallen to their doom and the Freedom Fighters assume he is dead.
The test of courage, the last degree of awareness, is never explained fully in this episode. It could be referring to Robotnik but other than that I am not sure.
The others invite Sonic to fly with them on the Freedom Stormer on the way back but he agrees on one condition: if he gets to fly it. They reluctantly agree and quickly regret it due to how reckless the hedgehog’s flying skills are.
We then see Robotnik and Snively climb up the cliff and are shown to be alive and concludes the ending of episode five.
Overall, I found this episode a bit confusing. Parts of the episode are never fully explained but I am looking forward to seeing more of these seven wonders…
If it weren’t for the fact that this is the only time we will ever see them.
That’s right, this is the only time we ever see the scrolls or the Seven Wonders of Mobius so all we really know about is the Breath of Mobius. This is a real shame since I’m quite curious about what the others are. That’s all I have to say concerning this episode. If you have any thoughts on it, feel free to comment on this article. Thank you for reading.
At a Glance: SatAM Episode 5: Sonic and the Secret Scrolls
Summary: The Freedom Fighters are in the search of the Secret Scrolls in search of the ancient power hidden in them? Will they succeed? Or will they fail and have it in the wrong hands?
Air Date: Oct. 9, 1993