|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos|
September 11, 2012
On the previous chapter of Dimensional Chaos, Knuckles and Wechnia faced off against Mecha Sonic at the Newtrogic High Zone for possession of one of the seven Chaos Emeralds. Using the power of the emerald, Mecha Sonic used all kinds of techniques, ranging from duplication, afterimages, and was even able to trigger a super transformation! However, due to the fact that he only had one Chaos Emerald, Mecha Sonic was unable to sustain his super form for long periods of time, leaving himself vulnerable. As such, Knuckles and Wechnia were able to fight on even terms with both him and his clones.
After a long, exhausting battle, the two echidnas eventually emerged victorious in the end, and managed to successfully claim the red Chaos Emerald and add it to their growing collection. Additionally, Espio and Splash, after meeting up with Bark and Slush at the Ice Cap Zone, also managed to find one of the emeralds. With those two emeralds acquired, that now makes five of them, with only two more to go. Will Mighty, Tikal, Silver, and Blaze manage to find the last two emeralds in time before the finishing touches are made to the Tornado Time Twister? Will they be able to cross into the parallel dimension in time before Dr. Nega's plan is put into effect? Speaking of Nega, exactly what is it that Metal Sonic Version 4.0 intends to tell him about Dr. Robotnik's abandoned projects? Find out as the saga continues on this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
Here, we begin this part of the story with Silver and Blaze searching for the Chaos Emerald that was said to be located somewhere within Red Mountain…
Blaze: That Chaos Emerald… It has to be around here somewhere...
Silver: Yeah. *Looks around* I have to say… Being in this volcano really opens up old wounds. You know, from when everything was in devastation and ruin over at our world, and all those countless battles we've had against Iblis…
Blaze: Yes, and meeting that conniving creep, Mephiles for the first time. Ugh, just thinking about what he did, from using us to do his evil bidding for him, that whole fiasco where he was plotting to have you killed, along with everything else he's done, is enough to make me sick to my stomach!
Silver: That goes double for me. Luckily, he and Iblis are sealed away, so hopefully, we won't have to deal with either one of them again anytime soon, or possibly ever.
Blaze: I hope it stays that way, as well. Now, I'd say that's enough about them. Let's concentrate on finding that Chaos Emerald. The sooner we find it, the sooner we'll be able to put a stop to Dr. Nega's scheme.
*They move on*
Meanwhile, at Station Square…
Scorch: This is where you live?
Scorch: Ah, okay. It looks nice. *Notices Gamma standing in front of the door* Hey, isn't he…one of Dr. Robotnik's robots?
Amy: Yeah, but he's on our side. It's been that way for a while, even before Robotnik claimed to have changed when we were at that Christmas gathering last month. As to why Gamma's standing here, it's because he usually volunteers to watch the house for me whenever I'm away. He's such a good friend.
Scorch: Oh, okay.
Amy: *Walks up to Gamma* Can I get here for a second, please?
Gamma: Certainly. *Moves away from the door*
Amy: *Takes out her key, and uses it to unlock and open the door* Come on in, you guys. *Enters*
*Scorch and Gamma do the same*
Amy: Here you go. Make yourself at home.
Scorch: Okay. Thanks again for letting me stay here.
Amy: Anytime. You're free to stay as long as you'd like until you, you know, get back on your feet and everything. While we're on the subject, you don't have any intention on going back to Robotnik, do you?
I don't know, actually. I have mixed feelings about it. One part of me is still pissed off at him for making that accusation about me in the first place, despite everything I've done for him. Even worse, he even went so far as to say that he had "nothing to apologize for"! But another part of me…still feels indebted to him somehow. Recent events aside, he is the one who freed me after I was trapped for thousands of years. He's also the first person, other than my sisters, who's ever been kind to me…
Amy: Oh, I see. I guess that explains why you've been so loyal to him all this time.
Scorch: Mm hmm. Back in my day, Splash, Slush, and I were all labeled as "freaks" and treated like outcasts because of our powers… We were treated like garbage on a regular basis simply because we were different from everyone else…
Amy: That's terrible! I'm… I'm so sorry the three of you had to go through something like that…
Scorch: Yeah, it definitely sucked having to live in that era. I hated Tikal so much for having me sealed in that gem, but looking back at it now, I think she actually did me a favor, as strange as that may sound. Being sealed within the Fire Element Gem…it was kind of like being in a sort of "hibernation" state, and when I awakened thousands of years later, I was in a much better era, where people were much nicer, and I no longer had to go through the kinds of things that I went through all those years ago.
Amy: I see. Well, I just want you to know that I'm very happy for you guys.
Scorch: Thanks. While we're still on the subject of treatment, I even had this one guy who was…stalking me, at one point.
Amy: You had a guy who was stalking you?
Scorch: Yeah, for "protection", as he put it. From there, I knew he meant well, so I couldn't bring myself to get mad at him over it. Especially since I know for sure something like that never would have happened back in my day.
Hmm, from the sounds of things, this guy must really care about you. In fact, he may even be in love with you!
Scorch: S-Say what!?
Amy: He is, isn't he? Awwww, that's so cute!
Scorch: I-It's nothing like that, trust me!
Amy: So, what does this guy look like? Have you been on a date with him?
Scorch: I'm serious! You're definitely getting the wrong idea, here!
Amy: Oh, it's nothing to be ashamed of, believe me! Love changes everything! It makes you feel as if every little moment in your life is huge!
Ten minutes later…
Amy: …Yep, so basically, in a nutshell, love conquers all!
Amy: I don't believe it! She went to sleep right in the middle of my speech! Ooh, how rude! This is at least the fourth time something like this has happened! The only difference is that Ray isn't around this time… Ah, well. I guess this isn't too big of a deal. After everything Scorch has been through recently, she must have been pretty tired.
Amy: *Gets a blanket from the closet, and places it over her* Goodnight. Sweet dreams, my friend.
Amy: (You know, speaking of Ray, I'd still like to get to the bottom of that "secret" of his that Slush mentioned before…)
Meanwhile, on Ringstar Island…
Oceana: Luna? There's something I've been meaning to ask you…
Luna: Sure, what is it?
Oceana: You've lived on this island your whole life, so you know this island better than anyone else, right?
Luna: Uh huh…
Oceana: I was wondering… Since the Flame Element Gem was found at "Mount Volcana", and mine was found at "Lake Oceana", could there also be a place called "Mount Frostina", or something else along those lines?
Luna: Now that you mention it, there is. Mount Frostina… It's said to be one of the coldest places on the planet, with extremely strong winds and sub-zero temperatures.
Oceana: Oh, I see. I'd hate to ask this of you, Luna, since you're preoccupied with your duties and everything, but would you mind finding the Snow Element Gem for me? Believe me, I'd love to go over there and get it myself, but I can't handle cold temperatures very well…for obvious reasons.
Luna: Sure, just leave it to me.
Oceana: Okay, thank you, I appreciate it.
Luna: No problem, but you'll have to do something for me in return.
Oceana: I'm listening.
Luna: While I'm away, would you mind looking after the Celestial and Lunar Emeralds for me?
Oceana: Sure, I don't mind.
Luna: Okay, good. There's no telling exactly when those invaders will be here, and I'd hate to know what would happen if they were to get their grubby hands on them… If they're to unleash that "Ifrit" thing that the doc spoke of, then it'll be the end of the world as we know it!
Oceana: *Nods* Don't worry. I'll protect these gems at all costs!
Luna: Thank you, I appreciate it.
Oceana: You're welcome.
Luna: Now, with that said, I'm off! *Runs off*
Oceana: Hey, hold on a second!
Luna: Hmm? *Stops*
Oceana: Since that place is really as cold as you say, why not see my sister, and get her to surround you with a flame shield? I'd hate for you to catch a cold over there…
Luna: Yeah, good idea. Thanks, I couldn't ask for a better friend than you, Oceana.
Oceana: Same to you, Luna.
Luna: I'll see you when I get back! *Runs off*
A little while later, at Dr. Nega's fortress…
Volcana: Ah, I see, so you're taking it upon yourself to travel to Mt. Frostina to look for the Snow Element Gem?
Luna: Yeah. Oceana says that you have the ability to create fire shields to protect people from the cold. Would you mind lending me a hand?
Volcana: Not at all. *The Flame Element Gem starts to glow*
*Seconds later, Luna finds herself surrounded with a flame shield, which is akin to the one(s) from Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic Generations*
Volcana: There you go. You're all set.
Luna: Whoa… This is incredible! I've never seen anything like it!
Volcana: Just keep in mind, though… It's only temporary.
Luna: Exactly how long does it last?
Volcana: About half an hour, at the most.
Luna: That's okay. Thirty minutes should be plenty of time.
Volcana: Alright, good luck!
Luna: *Gives her a "thumbs up" as she takes off*
Nega Robotnik: So, there actually IS a locale by the name of "Mount Frostina", after all? I had a feeling that was the case, but I wasn't a hundred percent sure. No matter, I guess I'd better contact Four-Point Zero and tell him to call off the search for the-
*A beeping sound is heard before he finishes his sentence*
Nega Robotnik: That must be him now. How convenient. *Picks up the communicator* Ah, Metal Sonic Version 4.0! I'm glad you contacted me. I'm going to need you to withdraw from your current mission. The location of the Snow Element Gem has been found. It resides within a cold, mountainous region in this dimension called "Mt. Frostina". The Ringstar Island guardian, Luna, is currently on her way to obtain it for us, so searching for Dr. Robotnik's detector is no longer necessary at this point.
Metal Sonic 4.0: *Through the communicator* Understood. I also have something I'd like to report.
Nega Robotnik: Alright, what is it?
Metal Sonic 4.0: While I was in the process of spying on our enemies to learn about the detector's whereabouts, I ended up making an interesting discovery of the utmost importance. Apparently, there are some projects that Dr. Robotnik was working on some time ago, but ended up abandoning them. One of them is already finished, while the other one is only in planning stages, in the form of blueprints.
Nega Robotnik: Interesting… Are you suggesting that we make use of them, and add them to our forces?
Metal Sonic 4.0: Yes.
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! I figured that's where you were going with this! Now, about these projects… What are they, exactly, and which of Dr. Robotnik's bases are they located?
Metal Sonic 4.0: These projects are the "Mechaotix team", which are apparently robotic copies of that red echidna and the rest of his comrades, and the "Green Hedgehog Project", which never made it past planning stages. From what I heard, the Mechaotix are at the newly rebuilt Newtrogic High Zone on Carnival Island, inactivated. The Green Hedgehog Project, on the other hand… The blueprints were taken to a workshop of some sort, in the Mystic Ruins.
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee hee hee! Excellent, that's just what I needed to know! Metal Sonic 4.0, listen carefully! I need you to go in there and swipe those blueprints for me! As for this "Mechaotix" copies, I'll head over to the Newtrogic High Zone to activate them myself once you return with my dimensional camera.
Metal Sonic 4.0: Understood…beginning new mission now. *Breaks contact*
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! Once again, luck is just on my side!
Volcana: This "Green Hedgehog Project" that Metal Sonic 4.0 spoke of… He said it was unfinished, didn't he, Doctor N.? So, exactly how will you be able to find the time to work on both that and the PG Experiments before your enemies find their way over to this dimension? I get the feeling that there's only a matter of time until they do…
Nega Robotnik: There's no need to worry. Progress with the Nega Egg Merger and the PG Experiments is coming along very smoothly. At the rate I've been going, I'll have them finished in no time! As for the green hedgehog, I suppose I'll work on that one as a side project, after the PG Experiments have been thought to life.
Volcana: Ah, okay. Makes sense.
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee hee hee! I'd love to see how Silver, Blaze, and the rest of those fools are going to try and stop me this time! With the Green Hedgehog Project and Mechaotix at my disposal in addition to the PG Experiments, I'll truly be unstoppable! EEE HEE HEE HEE HEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
Meanwhile, at Tails' Workshop…
Knuckles: Well, I'm heading back to the altar now, as to not distract you guys from your work. Are you coming, Wechnia?
Wechnia: Sure, why not?
Metal Sonic 4.0: *Busts through the window*
Knuckles: What the…!?
Robotnik: A…green Metal Sonic!?
Heavy: Hey, Metal Sonic…whichever model you are. There's a new invention called the "door". Ever heard of it?
Metal Sonic 4.0: …
Knuckles: Let me guess… Metal Ashura, right?
Metal Sonic 4.0: *Ignores him, jets over to the blueprints, grabs them, and takes off*
Robotnik: WHAT!? NO! Those were the blueprints to the Green Hedgehog Project! We have to stop him, quickly!
Slush: HAAAAH! *Fires an ice beam at him*
Metal Sonic 4.0: *Exits just in time before it hits him*
Slush: Oh, no you don't! *Runs after him*
*Everyone else does the same*
Metal Sonic 4.0: *Looks back and starts firing eye lasers at the group as he goes*
Tails: Ahhhh! Look out!
*They dodge the lasers as they continue to chase him*
A few minutes later…
*Four-Point Zero gets cornered by the group*
Espio: Looks like we've got you surrounded. Just hand over those blueprints, nice and easy…
Metal Sonic 4.0: … *Takes out the dimensional camera*
Robotnik: Wait a minute, that's…! So, you're Nega's creation, huh!? Just as I suspected!
Metal Sonic 4.0: That is correct. I am Metal Sonic Version 4.0, and I am indeed a creation of the Doctor's. Blueprints to the Green Hedgehog Project… Successfully retrieved! Now that my mission is complete… *Activates a portal* …I bid you farewell. *Jumps through*
*The portal closes as they try to follow him*
Slush: Looks like we've been given the slip…
Splash: No pun intended?
Slush: Not at all.
Robotnik: GRRR… Dr. Nega! Curse him! First, the EG Experiments, and now the Green Hedgehog Project!? Things aren't looking so good right now… At this point, we can't afford to waste anymore time! We've got to make the finishing touches to the machine as quickly as possible!
Bomb: Yeah, and not to mention the fact that we still need the last two emeralds…
Tails: I'm sure they'll be here soon. Now, with that said, let's return to the Workshop.
*The start walking away*
Robotnik: *Still standing there* (Hmm, I just realized… When Sonic and his friends cross into that dimension, they may be able to gain access to that dimensional camera, and my plan to have them stranded over there will be ruined. I'd better rethink my plan a bit…)
Tails: What about you, Robotnik? Are you coming?
Robotnik: Ah, yes, of course.
*They go back inside to continue working on the machine*
Meanwhile, in a cavern at Mt. Frostina…
Luna: Ah, here it is! I've found it! *Picks up the Snow Element Gem, which is blue with an icy mist around it* Volcana said that this shield lasts for about half an hour, didn't she? *Looks at her watch* Looks like I've got about ten minutes left. I'd better scram before I become a Popsicle! *Runs off*
After coming to the realization that there were only ten minutes left until the flame shield wore off, Luna began running towards the exit with all due speed. However, the moment she got out of the cave, she accidentally slipped and fell, and as such, the gem fell out of her hand, and into the snow.
Luna: Oooof! Wait, what happened to the-
*A flash of light occurs before she finishes the sentence, and a Slush look-alike with a red and dark blue dress, and a light, icy-blue coloring is seen*
???: Huh…? *Looks at her hands* I… I don't believe it! I'm… I'M FREE! YES! *Jumps up and punches the air*
Luna: *Gets back up* Hey there. You're…the Snow Goddess, right?
???: That's right. I'm Frostina, the Goddess of Snow. And you are?
Luna: I'm Luna, Luna the Porchidna. I'm the guardian and protector of Ringstar Island.
Frostina: Freeze to meet you, Luna. Get it, "freeze"? *Giggles*
Luna: Um, yeah, real ice, I mean, nice.
Frostina: Are you the one who freed me?
Luna: Yeah. Your sisters wanted me to find you. I'm sure they must really miss you.
Frostina: I miss them, too. It's been thousands of years since I've spoken to any of them. Anyway, I really appreciate what you've done for me, and I just can't thank you enough for it.
Luna: Hey, don't sweat it.
Frostina: If there's anything I could do to repay you at all, just let me know, okay?
Luna: Well, now that you mention it, there is one thing. You see… *Explains*
Frostina: WHAAAAAT!? Seriously!? Not only are these invaders crossing into this dimension to steal your gems, but they also intend to use them to unleash some fiery creature into this world to destroy it!?
Luna: That's right. Will you help us stop them when they arrive?
Frostina: *Nods* Sure, you can count on me!
Frostina: Anytime. So, um, you said that you know Volcana and Oceana, right? Do you know where they are, exactly?
Luna: Yeah. Follow me. *Runs off*
Elsewhere, at Red Mountain…
Silver: Finally, we've found the Chaos Emerald!
Blaze: *Picks it up* Indeed, now we could add this with all the others.
*A vibration occurs*
Silver: Uh oh… That can't be good! I think this volcano's about to erupt!
Blaze: Then let's get out of here! Quickly! Chaos Control!
*A flash of light occurs as they warp away*
As of right now, six Chaos Emeralds have been obtained, with only one more to go. Even so, the clock is still ticking, and Dr. Nega is getting closer and closer to completing his projects. Additionally, the blueprints to Dr. Robotnik's abandoned "Green Hedgehog Project" have also been stolen, and Nega is determined to make use of it and incorporate it into his own plans. Last, but not least, the Snow Goddess, Frostina has been set free, and she's decided to join Luna and Oceana in warding off the heroes when they cross into their dimension. Will Knuckles, the Chaotix, and company be able to convince them that they're merely being manipulated by Dr. Nega? Find out as the saga continues on Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
To "bee" continued…
- During Scorch's conversation with Amy, the former recalled a time where she was being stalked by Denomi for "protection"; this is a reference to a roleplay that SolarBlaze has done on another website.
- Due to Knuckles having apparent Fourth Wall knowledge, the "Ashura" he was referring to was FoD Ashura, because of the encounters they've had in the aforementioned roleplay.