|“||O Master of the ring, what is thy wish?||„|
|“||And hey, don't looks so glum, Shahra. I'll have you smiling by the end of this. And that's not me ordering you as your master. That's a promise from me to you.||„|
|~ Sonic to Shahra.|
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.
Shahra first appears to Sonic when he is asleep with a cold, to beg the "Legendary Blue Hedgehog" for help in defeating Erazor Djinn, a powerful spirit who is erasing the pages of the Arabian Nights and attempting to break out into Sonic's World. Together they journey into the story via the Lost Prologue, with Shahra appearing as small pink light during levels when she talks to Sonic.
Shahra encourages Sonic to gather all seven of the mysterious World Rings, said to be the key to "opening the portal between worlds". Only when they confront Erazor at the end of Night Palace does it become apparent precisely why Shahra wanted the rings: not to defeat Erazor, but as an offering to him, such that she might return to his side. Sonic makes a wish on the ring to compel Shahra to "do what you think is right!", prompting a last-second change of heart from the genie as she throws herself in front of Erazor's strike, sacrificing her life to save Sonic's.
After Darkspine Sonic defeats Alf-Layla-wa-Layla, Sonic compels Erazor to resurrect Shahra, before consigning him inside his lamp for the rest of time. The Genie of the Ring returns to life weeping with regret for her betrayals; Sonic touchingly wishes a mountain of handkerchiefs for her, mimicking his first wish at the start of the story.
Powers and Abilities
As a genie, Shahra is capable of granting "simple wishes" for the one who wears her ring, and she is the one who contacts Sonic for help in gathering the seven World Rings inside the book.
- In the original story of Aladdin, the evil sorcerer who tricked Aladdin gives him a ring with a genie in it, one that is less powerful than the one in the lamp. This may be where the idea for Shahra came from.