Chimpo, on Jan 28 2009, 12:45 AM, said:
Let's just get this out of the way.
And for the love of God, if you're going to pitch your own original story, don't post walls of text. Sonic games were never novels.
Keep it simple stupid.
As much as I like the general idea of this story im not too keen on the fake Master Emerald thing, might be a bit confusing.
Maybe Nack could simply distract Knuckles away from the emerald chamber by stealing the other 7 emeralds in a scene similar to the start of Sonic 3? Then with Knuckles gone we see a quick scene showing robotnik coming out of hiding within the chamber laughing.
Act 1 for Knuckles all looks fine with the island still floating in the background as you chase Nack but then at the end you see it crash into the sea. End of Act 2 has the fortress rising from the sea and a shot of robotnik in the emerald chamber having converted it into his cockpit for the island fortress.
This way we keep the same basic story but avoid the hassle of the Master Emerald ever being removed, fake or otherwise. Plus with Nack stealing the regular emeralds we have an excuse for Knuckles to chase him and a reason for you to have to collect them again.