Vichama, the God of Death, has returned to Mobius, killed Knuckles, and is on the move, spirits swirling all around him. Back on the Floating Island, 5 minutes have passed since Knuckles was killed and Tikal is on the move. Just as she's stopped to rest, tears in her eyes, she is interrupted by a loud beeping. A procession of Guardian Robots pass her, proclaiming that they are enacting Emergency Program One. They refuse to answer Tikal's questions and dive into a deep pool of water, Tikal following. She resurfaces to find the robots working on a array of systems near a massive Emerald. As Tikal watches, one of the robots explains that it is the Guardian Emerald. For 8000 years the Floating Island has had a guardian, and every time one dies the robots return to the Guardian Emerald. Emergency Program One is complete, and a new guardian, in his ancient tribal clothing, emerges from the Emerald: Knuckles!
- Emergency Program One is a reference to the 2005 Doctor Who episode, The Parting of the Ways.