— Knuckles the Echidna in the fifth book of Lippies V.3 [Author]
"The river" (later named the Technyy river for the current Lippies story) is a returning area throughout Lippies and even other side fanfictions (including both The True Story of Julie-Su! and Knuckles and Tails Go to Echidnaopolis, and Last Adventure). The river first made its appearance in The True Story of Julie-Su!. The river was known to lead to the elevator which would take someone to Echidnaopolis. The river did not again reappear until Lippies V.3, when Sonic had supposedly "drowned", however, similar areas appeared before then. In Lippies V.1, Sonic was thrown into some sort of pond, while in Lippies V.2, he was thrown into a lake.
The river serves essentially the same role in both versions of the Julie-Su backstory. The only real difference is that in the original version, Julie-Su leads them down to the elevator, while in the second version, Knuckles and Tails wonder down the river until Tails spots an opening which takes them to the elevator.
The fifth book of V.3 is titled "The River", and in this book, Knuckles and Sonic end up near the river, where their final "battle" is ended. When Knuckles sees the river when he's alongside Sonic, he has a flashback to being younger, saving a blue hedgehog (which, was Sonic) from the river. After saving him, his mother, Lara-Le, finds him at the lake and yells at him, implying that she beat him up for leaving the island. (This scene is also referred to by Sonic in Last Adventure). When Knuckles finally snaps out of his flashback, he proceeds to toss Sonic into the river. Unlike Lippies V.2, Knuckles actually feels bad about throwing Sonic into the water, which is more in character for him. After Knuckles has thrown Sonic into the river, he remarks that it "leads to a place", referring to Echidnaopolis.
Later on, the river returns in book 10. After Knuckles accidentally knocks over all the giant containers of radioactive waste in Dr. Lee Thompson's abandoned nuclear plant, he is carried by the liquid which ends up flowing into the river. Down the river, Paws is searching for fish to catch and eat, when he notices Knuckles holding onto a rock. But when Paws realizes how much Knuckles was mutated, he warns Tails that the river is radioactive and they both run off before Knuckles can get himself out of the river (which he ends up falling for the millionth time anyway before he can even get out).
Significance in Lippies
The Technyy river appears in Lippies, though it is not as significant as it was in Lippies V.3. It does still make a few appearances throughout the story however; the bunker Thatcher and Finley live in is located right near the river. The river is also shown to run throughout the forest past Wellspring (Lippies' equivalent to the town) and even up through the Wastelands. Makenna also uses the river as a landmark to more easily communicate with Duke.
- The name "Technyy" comes from "Techa", a Russian river which is known to be radioactive, and "vechnyy", the Russian word for "eternal".