Another Character Update. As soon as I get all of these out of the way I'll jump into engine and graphics and then level concepts. Of course,there are a lot of characters, so this could take a bit. I may interrupt the characters periodically with the other stuff. Your call, what do you want to see next?
Silver the Hedgehog: A Wizard on the Run
Personality and History: Silver has always had a kind heart and a peaceful outlook on the world. As a youth he was known to be level-headed, perceptive and an idealist. Silver was quite often a mediator between other children at his school and several times stepped into battles that would have had no effect on him otherwise simply to protect those that he saw as being wronged. Even though he commanded impressive magical abilities from a young age, Silver kept tight control over them (there was an incident that he swore not to repeat in which he misused his powers at a young age to cause harm) and did not misuse them. When he went on to higher learning, no one was surprised that he became the apprentice of a powerful magic user, only when he surpassed the magic user after only four years of dedicated study.
Silver once again surprised those that knew him when he applied to the Atlantian Militaries Magic Corp. Some saw it as inconsistent with his nature, but many saw it for what it was: A desire to find a position to peacefully resolve disputes and help as many people as possible where his powers would be useful. In only seven years, Silver rose to the highest rank in the Magic Corp as commander of the entire corp. He served in that position for five years before he began to suspect that the chancellor was up to no good, a suspicion that proved true when he was blamed for a series of magical deaths during merchantmen tax riots and the chancellor ordered him imprisoned publicly while slyly ordering his troops to execute him. Suspecting such treachery, Silver escaped and has been on the run for months. As of late, he has been hounded by the pursuit of Blaze the Sorceress, the new leader of the Magic Corp and an ally of the chancellor.
Silver's peaceful nature and caring demeanor do not mean that by any chance he is incapable of defending nor taking care of himself, and Silver has managed to become quite the thorn in the chancellors side. Determined to bring him down, Silver managed to overhear the Chancellors plan to collapse the Atlantian bubble by meddling with the time knots holding it together. Utilizing a powerful spell left in the archives by Chronos himself (which he had wisely stolen when accused by the chancellor), Silver called across time to summon a hero, and got one in Sonic. Silver is very regal in his speech.
Game Plot: Silver's goal in SatLoA is twofold. First, he serves as a guide for Sonic's travels through Atlantis, pointing him towards likely locations for time knots (which information he must gather during his levels) and finding information on characters and events to improve Sonic's chances. Secondly, as the game moves on Silver will become more and more at odds with Blaze, to the point where his goal is to defeat her and strip her of her powers, which he does following the final boss battle with her.
Note: Silver does learn that both he and Sonic have been deceived (the chancellor never touched the anchors, he's tricked Silver into doing it for him through Sonic) but is unable to reach him with the information until the final battle.
Play Style and Movement: Silver is a much slower character then Sonic and has a smaller initial jump. He is capable of a 2nd jump in midair that uses his magic power to launch him high vertically, but has very little horizontal travel. He may also levitate instead of jumping a second time, which adds no height, but allows flight on a horizontal plane for a brief time. He may also manipulate objects to open new paths or latch onto special reactive materials that he has placed around Atlantis and gravitate towards them, hookshot style.
Combat wise: Silver fights with his magical powers, which changes his play style quite a bit. The first difference is that his dash is very different from other characters: he does not move until he executes a combo ending attack. When executing a dash, Silver stops and projects magic in that direction, whereupon hitting an enemy he can begin to attack. For a final move, he will then dash to the location of the enemy if desired. This makes him a more stationary fighter and therefore makes it harder to dodge attacks. Silvers dash is also only 3/4 the range of Sonic's but much more powerful, and will overpower other dash attacks.
In the air, Silver's dash functions like a normal dash, he will launch himself forward. Silver's special attacks are unique in that instead of playing with time, his attacks can hit a large area or deal elemental damage (electricity, fire, ice, etc). This makes him a more powerful but less maneuverable character.
Physical Description: Silver looks almost the same body-wise, but wears a headband and pants. He also has a cloak that he vanishes whenever he gets into combat, so the player will see him with and without it. The cloak seems to do what he wants it to do, sometimes acting as a hand or a special ability. He should also look a bit older and wiser then the 06 appearance. Change up his gloves, make them functional yet simple, same with the boots, and give him a belt under the cloak that should have assorted vials and pouches on it.