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The darkness mentioned in the epilogue of "Harmonic Spectrum" was supposed to be the main antagonist of this planned epic Klonoa fic I was gonna do afterward. In fact, I was working on it before deciding to do "HS," and Super Dash, powered by the energy of the Chaos Emeralds, was supposed to join in the final battle against this guy alongside Klonoa and Sonic.
His identity has been a secret until now, so I'm gonna say who he is. About a decade ago, this guy was the initial antagonist of the very first fic I wrote. A four way crossover between Sonic, Klonoa, Kingdom Hearts, and Care Bears, which I then remade in '07. He was the villain up until the climax where it was revealed that he was being used as a puppet by the true main antagonist behind it all... It should sound quite familiar for those who have been with me since a decade ago.
So, yes... the darkness was supposed to be Shadow Klonoa.
In this epic fic I was planning, Shadow Klonoa, in his pursuit to dominate the universe, was to unite all the Klonoa villains in the series and to use them to search the worlds seen in the Klonoa series for artifacts of power. He was then to use them to revive and empower Nahatomb, the final boss from the first game, and the two of them would go on to dominate the universe, both the physical and the dream dimensions. However, both of them were to be defeated by both Klonoa and Dash, with Shadow absorbing the energy of the beaten monster to become a darker, more demonic version of himself. The final battle would then ensue on Earth, with Sonic joining in.
Before all of this, Shadow was supposed to come to Equestria and search it for any interesting things that may aid him in his dark quest, but he was beaten by Super Dash. Only for him to cause Equestria to be merged with Earth as a counterattack, so that when he was ready, he would come and attack all three heroes first before taking over the universe.
And... yeah. Unfortunately, this plan has been thrown out of my brain since I have gone on an indefinite break with Klonoa. And it doesn't help since the Klonoa fanbase would complain about Shadow Klonoa being a cliche idea anyway (they already hate Nightmare Klonoa from the ShiftyLook comic, btw) and that they would say his design is unoriginal just due to him having Shadow the Hedgehog's chest fur.
He was to wear a red hat with a Pac-Man ghost on it, red eyes, a blackish-grey steel collar with spikes on it and with long spiked scarves coming out from the back of the collar, white gloves with black spiked bracelets, and red shoes of a different style. The styling of his ears and tail would look different, and like Klonoa, he was unclothed with white chest fur.
But yeah, again, indefinite break. And now I'm officially unsure what this darkness is going to be that Super Dash will face. =/