*EXT. Soleanna Plaza, Night*
We open at the climax of the Festival of the Sun. The cutscene plays out as normally (including Elise’s step up to the banister and her vision) up until Iblis’ roar.
We cut to a parting of clouds that reveals SONIC and TAILS in the TORNADO flying over the brightly lit Soleanna. SONIC takes time to shift from his lax posture in the plane’s second cockpit to look at the city below.
SONIC: Don’t think we’ve ever flown over this part of town, Tails. Where are we?
TAILS: Down there? That’s the capitol of the Soleanna region. I think this time of year’s when they hold their Festival of the Sun.
SONIC takes a second to revert back to his sitting position; he closes his eyes with a small smirk.
SONIC: Was about to say; looks like a party down there! Think we got time to take a detour?
TAILS: [laugh] Be serious—Mission first!