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Shahra The Magical Genie of the Ring

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PORTRAYED BY
Erica Schroeder (Bella Hudson)

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ALIASES
Shahra, Genie of the Ring
ORIGIN
Sonic and the Secret Rings
OCCUPATION
Genie of the Ring, Slave
PERSONALITY
Kind, Loyal, Helpful, Obedient, Eager, Special
POWERS AND SKILLS
Magic, Flight, Granting wishes
HOBBY
Helping, Serving people, especially Sonic
GOALS
To become a genie she dreamed of being(succeeded; she found a ring, but was trapped inside it.)
To serve and help Sonic save the World of the Arabian Night from Erazor Djinn before he's unleashed into Sonic's World (succeeded)
FATE
Says goodbye to Sonic before he returns to his own world after having saved the world of the Arabian Nights, then seals herself back into her ring.
TYPE OF CHARACTER
Magical Genie in need of help
STATUS
Active
Dormant (inside her ring)
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O Master of the ring, what is thy wish?
—Shahra as she appeared from her ring to Sonic.
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Shahra (シャーラ Shāra), also known as the Genie of the Ring, is the deuteragonist in Sonic and the Secret Rings. She is a special, eager young genie from the world of the Arabian Nights who enlists the help of Sonic the Hedgehog in stopping the Erazor Djinn.

Powers and Abilities

As the genie of the Ring, Shahra possesses magical abilities that allow her to grant the wishes of her master. However, she is restricted to only granting simple wishes, such as making a mountain of handkerchiefs appear, calling forth magical carpets, or taking someone into the world of the Arabian Nights. She is also unable to undo the working of Erazor Djinn's magic, as it is on a completely different level.

History

Past

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As a 20-year old mortal girl, Shahra used to get along with Erazor Djinn. One night, she had a dream about being a genie. The next day, Shahra was taking a stroll across the desert. And when she stepped on an old magical ring, she made a wish upon it. She ended up transforming and was trapped inside the ring, but realizes she's a genie, who grants humanity wishes, having to fulfill her dream. Sadly, since she's bound and trapped in the ring, she has to wait for someone to release her. Shahra was trapped in her ring for seven thousand years, until she sensed Erazor escaping from his lamp and stealing the Arabian Nights Stories, vanishing the World itself. Shahra had a magical idea of calling upon a blue hedgehog named, Sonic from his world, to get him and help save her world. And so, Shahra's ring with herself inside it went all the way to where Sonic was sleeping in Sonic's world.

In the Game

Shahra asking Sonic for help

At the beginning of the game, she appears out of her Ring to Sonic seeking his aid. She explains that the stories of the Arabian Nights are disappearing as a result of the work of the Erazor Djinn and asks for his help, saying "Only you, the blue hedgehog, can do it." Once he accepts, he becomes her "master" and helps to guide him through the world of the Arabian Nights.

In the game, she grants Sonic special abilities and bonuses to aid Sonic in his quest. She appears to have a strong relationship with Erazor. She has a habit of calling Sonic "Master" (she's likely used to calling whoever possesses the Ring her master like a genie normally would), even though he prefers her to just call him by his name. While she does have high magic power, she seems to be unable to undo the works of any of the Erazor Djinn's magic, such as the cursed flaming arrow that he embeds in Sonic's chest. It is hinted that she and the Erazor Djinn were once in love or were friends, but when Shahra tells Sonic in the Last Chapter, "I just want to be back with him!", the former seems most likely.

In the end of the story, she is revealed as having a partnership of sorts with Erazor. However, she does not believe this is the "right path" when Sonic wishes for her to, "Do what you truly think is right!" When Erazor attempts to sacrifice Sonic, she saves him, sacrificing her own life. Rather than passing on though, Shahra's spirit melded with Sonic and aided him in his final confrontation with Erazor. She is later brought back to life with Sonic's first wish on the Erazor Djinn's lamp. After Sonic's last wish (that Erazor spend eternity in his lamp) is granted, Shahra cries, overcome with grief at both her betrayal of Sonic and the loss of a possibly close friend. Sonic, in an act of compassion, wishes for a mountain of handkerchiefs so that she can cry as long as she needs to, which was a reference to the beginning of the story. After calming herself from crying, Shahra thanked Sonic for bringing her back to life and saving her world, and Sonic threw Erazor's lamp in a fiery pit, before Shahra said goodbye to him, as he ran all the way back to his own world.

Relationships

Sonic

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In the beginning of the game, Shahra asks Sonic the Hedgehog for help, so that he can save her world from the evil Erazor Djinn, Sonic agrees but he can only go in the book on one condition; he has to wear a Ring so that she can grant his wishes. Throughout the game she constantly calls Sonic "Master", but Sonic, with modesty, tells her to call him by his name. Erazor Djinn attempts to cast a curse on Shahra for disobeying him, she is however protected by Sonic, hence resulting in Sonic bearing the curse - a flame on his chest which will cause him to die when it wears out in time. Having her friend to bear the curse, Shahra apologizes for getting Sonic involved, Sonic however promises her that he will keep her smiling in the end of the situation not as her master but as a friend, they both crossed their pinkies together as a symbol of "promise". Shahra however shakily doubts the promise, in fear of the Erazor Djinn.

Shahra also appears to be hiding from Sonic on several occasions and is unable to answer Sonic when he questions about the Erazor Djinn or the seven World Rings.

In the end, she could not keep the promise and forces herself to obey the Erazor, Sonic in great shock questions her and commands her to choose what she thinks is truly right, however it causes Shahra to faint. Erazor made his attempt to kill Sonic in the process until Shahra grabbed Sonic causing her to die instead. In the end, after defeating Erazor, Sonic forces Erazor Djinn to grant a wish to bring Shahra back to life. When Sonic goes back to his world, Shahra speaks to herself and thanks Sonic for helping her world.

Erazor Djinn

It seems that Shahra and Erazor Djinn have known each other for a long time, though the nature of their relationship was not clearly known. Sonic was suspicious of their relationship but persisted to keep a strong trust in Shahra by not forcing her to confess the truth. Thinking she had no other choice, she forces herself to break her promise with Sonic and therefore re-unite with the Erazor Djinn after his second offer despite being aware it was a wrong decision. Even though the Erazor Djinn is controlling of Shahra's emotions and would even curse her if she would not obey him, her 'love' for Erazor Djinn sustains and even cries when he was cursed back into the lamp despite his misdeeds. Therefore, it can be assumed that the two were lovers in the past.

Quotes

  • "What's this? A ring? Did I step on it? (Mysterious voice: [whispering] Place the ring on your finger. Rub the ring, and you shall obtain magical powers.) Well, I hope cleaning the ring by rubbing it doesn't hurt. [POOF!]" - Shahra placing the ring on her finger, then rubbing it before transforming.
  • "OH... I-I... CANNOT... MOVE... WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME...?! MY... BODY... IS... CHANGING... [POOF!!!] [The ring from Shahra's finger comes off loose, falls in the sand on the ground, and light purple-ish pink clouds of smoke from the ring grabs her by the legs and waist, and pulls her into the ring.] EEEK!!! OH NO! I CANNOT PULL MYSELF OUT; THE MORE I DO THAT, THE MORE THE SUCTION PULLS ME IN! WHAT SHALL I DO?! OH, PLEASE! SOMEONE! I BEG OF YOU! HELP ME!! PLEASE... HEELLPP...!!! [the last of the clouds pulled the rest of Shahra into her ring. Shahra screams in horror until she lands on her back with a bang, falling unconscious]" - Shahra ending up becoming a genie, and being trapped inside the ring she found.
  • "Oh my gosh... I Do not believe it!! I am a beautiful genie!!! That's what I dreamed of what I wanted to be! Oh, it's a dream come true. But... I'm trapped. And this living space seems so small. How am I ever gonna get out?" - Shahra realizing she is now a genie of the ring, but is trapped inside her ring.
  • "[yawning] Sleep well... my friends... I shall wait... for my precious master... to unleash me..." - Shahra peacefully falling into a magically, deep sleep, while trapped in her ring.
  • "O great spirits of mine in the Arabian nights world, since I am bound inside my ring, I must be brought to the world of a blue hedgehog, at his destination. I shall serve upon him, and help him save our world." - Shahra, after seven thousand years, calling upon her spirit friends to get Sonic to help her, having to sense Erazor Djinn taking over.
  • "Do not be alarmed. I am Shahra, the Genie of the Ring." - Shahra introducing herself to Sonic.
  • "What!? You've got to be kidding me! It's the best told story of all the Arabian Nights...or at least the second best." - Shahra when Sonic tells her he's never read Aladdin and the Magic Lamp.
  • "That's easy. You are my master, having called forth the Genie of the Ring. As such, I am able to grant your wishes. Simple wishes, at any rate. Bringing you into the world of the Arabian Nights is within my power." - Shahra choosing Sonic as her master whose wishes must be granted by her.
  • "Please, be serious!" - Shahra when Sonic wished for a handkerchief.
  • "Where are your men, your highness?" - Shahra to Shahryar, wondering where everyone else is.
  • "I'm very sorry. He seems to have mistaken you for someone else." - Shahra to Ali Baba when Sonic mistook him for Tails.
  • "(Sonic: Wh-what did I do?!) I don't know, just run!" - Shahra not knowing what Sonic did during the Triceratops chase.
  • "Sonic, can't you swim?" - Shahra teasing Sonic because he can't swim.
  • "Oh, Sinbad! It Truly is you, the great adventurer!" - Shahra meeting Sinbad
  • "I'm so sorry, master. I... cannot grant..." - Shahra's dying words.
  • "You're gonna lose! Increase the Soul Gauge by moving the Wii Remote." - Shahra when Darkspine Sonic is not using enough power in his fight with Alf Layla wa-Layla.
  • "[sobbing] (Sonic: Shahra, will you grant me one more wish?) ...Mm, hmm?" - Shahra's grief at both her betrayal of Sonic and the loss of a possibly close friend.
  • "I thank you once again for bringing me back and saving my world, master."- Shahra thanking Sonic for resurrecting her, and liberating her world.
  • "[yawns] Well, back in the ring... [pauses, with her eyes closed] Here I go... [spins around, into smoke, and goes back into her ring.]" - Shahra sealing herself back in her ring.
  • "And so, the legendary blue hedgehog, having saved the World of the Arabian Nights ran endlessly, until he found his way back into his own world. Along the way, he had many adventures. But those are stories for another time. Thank you, Sonic the Hedgehog, the legendary Hedgehog." - Shahra's last words in the end of Sonic and the Secret Rings.

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Trivia

  • Shahra's name suggests she is based on the 1001 Nights character Scheherazade.
  • Shahra's way of appearing as a ball of light in the stages is very similar to Tikal did in Sonic Adventure.
  • In Sonic Rivals 2, one of the cards showing Shahra is referred as "Shanhra", a possible typo.
  • Shahra's appearance seems to have passed on to Merlina the Wizard from Sonic and the Black Knight. While they are both Sonic's friends, Sonic had to battle Merlina as the final boss when Sonic never fought Shahra at all (Sonic trying to talk Shahra out of giving Erazor Djinn the World Rings wasn't an actual "fight", more like a psychological struggle).
  • Shahra was brought back to life by Sonic's first wish on Erazor. According to the original Arabian Nights, the Genie of the Lamp cannot do that. It is possible that Sonic wished that first because the Arabian Nights weren't restored yet, so he took the opportunity to make the wish for Shahra.
  • Shahra is currently the only Storybook Series character who has appeared in Sonic's world (Merlina was able to bring Sonic into her story with a spell).
  • In the original story of Aladdin, the evil sorcerer who tricked Aladdin gives him a ring with a genie in it. This may be where the idea for Shahra came from.