|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos|
October 24, 2012
Last time, on Dimensional Chaos, a few days have passed since the seventh Chaos Emerald has been found, and as such, Tails, Dr. Robotnik, Heavy, and Bomb were finally finished making adjustments to the Tornado Time Twister. Not only that, but Dr. Nega has completed the Egg Merger, as well as the first four of his "daughters", the Parallel Goddess Experiments. So far, the PG Experiments consisted of PG-001/Stonia, the Goddess of Earth, PG-002/Woodra, the Goddess of Flora, PG-003/Electra, the Goddess of Thunder, and PG-004/Tornada, the Goddess of Air.
The fifth PG Experiment, PG-005, however, was still incomplete. Even though Dr. Nega was almost finished with the project, he was still in need of a specific energy source to bring her to life; an energy source that contained Chaos energy. As it turns out, the Ringstar Island guardian, Luna, had exactly what he needed, which happened to be the Lunar Emeralds. Since she's still entirely unaware of the deranged doctor's true intentions, Luna willingly complied with his request to bring the emeralds to him.
As soon as Luna returned with the Lunar Emeralds and handed them over to Dr. Nega, he ran them through the Nega Egg Merger right away. During his attempt to merge the power of the Lunar Emeralds and the element-based samples together, and have them transferred over to PG-005's gem, an accident ended up occurring. Not only did Nega accidentally create the "Elemental Emeralds", but the machine exploded, causing the jewels to get sent flying out of the fortress, and throughout various locations on Ringstar Island. Shortly after that happened, Metal Blaze arrived and informed Nega and company that Silver, Blaze, and the rest of his enemies have crossed into the Lunar Dimension, and made their way onto the island. Wasting no time, Luna and the Parallel Goddesses then set off to reclaim the Lunar/Elemental Emeralds, and stop them from falling into the hands of the supposed "dimensional invaders".
With that said, which side will claim the emeralds first; the heroes, or Dr. Nega and his associates? When the time comes, will they be able to convince Luna (as well as Oceana and Frostina) that they're merely being manipulated? If or when they do, will it have already been too late? Find out as the saga continues on this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
Meanwhile, at a donut shop in Station Square…
Spike: Mm, donuts… *Starts eating*
Spangle: Ugh… *Sips his coffee* I can't believe those two managed to slip by us the other day! I mean, we were THIS close to catchin' 'em!
Spike: Yeah. So, how do you suppose we're gonna break this to the chief?
Spangle: Oh, but that's the thing: We're not. The best thing to do at this point is to not even bother showing up at the station again until we catch those two scumbags. Our job, as well as our reputation, depends on it!
Spike: Good point. I'm sick and tired of getting laughed at all the time…
*They finish off the last of their donuts and coffee, and head out the door*
Spangle: Alright, now let's start looking for some clues. The sooner we find some, the sooner we'll be able to- *Notices Madonna up ahead before finishing his sentence* …! *Hearts appear in his eyes as his mouth hangs wide open, with his tongue sticking out*
Spike: *Notices* Oh, boy. Here we go again…
Spangle: *Zooms up to her* Hey there! Fancy runnin' into you again, eh?
Madonna: Huh? Oh, not you again…
Spangle: Nice to see you, too, babe!
Madonna: What do you want? Whatever it is, make it quick. I've got a train to catch.
Spangle: You do? Where're you headin'?
Madonna: The Mystic Ruins.
Spangle: Really? Whatta coincidence, so are we!
Madonna: You are?
Spike: …We are?
Spangle: Yeah. I dunno about you, but I've got a hunch that Fang and Bean might have a secret hideout around there somewhere.
Madonna: Fang? That's the name of that weasel guy, isn't it? The one who was failing horribly at a mobster accent?
Spike: Yup, that's the guy.
Madonna: I thought so. Any reason why you're trying to find him?
Spangle: Heh heh, well, ya see, babe, that's 'cause the two of us happen to be police officers!
Madonna: You two, police officers?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Good one!
Spangle: I'm serious! I'll even prove it to ya! *Takes out his badge and holds it up*
Spike: *Does the same*
Madonna: Oh, I see. Sorry about that.
Spangle: Don't sweat it, babe.
Spike: Since you seem to know about that Fang guy, have you seen him anywhere?
Madonna: Not since the other night, when that creep held me up for my purse!
Spangle: He stole your purse!?
Madonna: Well, yeah, but Sonic ended up getting it back from him.
Spangle: Ah, okay, glad to hear it. Oh, and by the way… If Fang truly does have a hideout at the Mystic Ruins, and happens to be around at the time we get there, you can definitely count on me to protect ya, since Sonic doesn't seem to be around at the moment.
Madonna: Uh, okay. Thanks.
Spangle: No prob. Now, whadda ya say we go ahead 'n' catch that train?
*The three of them get on the train before it takes off*
Meanwhile, in the Lunar Dimension, not very far from Dr. Nega's base…
*Cue flashback (from Part 5)*
Splash: Volcana, wait…
Splash: You… You really don't seem like such a bad person at all, so tell me… Why is it that you're aligning yourself with someone like Dr. Nega?
Well, Splash, to make a long story short, I was sealed up for thousands of years. Doctor N. was kind enough to release me, so I'm doing this to repay him for his generosity.
Splash: I understand, but please take this as a warning… Dr. Nega is no one to be trusted!
Blaze: She's right, Volcana. He may seem friendly, but make no mistake about it, he's evil! He's a user and a manipulator! The moment the opportunity presents itself, he'll have no qualms with double-crossing you!
Silver: Yeah, and that's on top of the fact that he's just downright INSANE! Do you have any idea what he's tried to do in the past!? He's tried to destroy this world countless times!
Blaze: For example, he once endangered my dimension by stealing the Sol Emeralds from it, and outright admitted that he couldn't have cared less, as long as he achieved "ultimate power"!
Espio: They speak nothing but the truth. You're only just meeting him, while the rest of us have known him for a while. Perhaps that's something to consider?
I'll believe that when, or should I say, IF I see it. Until then, I'm still obligated to return the favor he's done for me.
Volcana: (Doctor N… He told me ahead of time that he was planning to conquer the world, and was completely honest with me about it, but what he told Luna, Oceana, Frostina, and the PG Experiments, on the other hand… It completely contradicted everything that he told me! One minute, he's telling me that he intends to "bring about an age of fear and chaos", and the next, he's telling them that he's doing all of these things for the sake of peace! Trying to achieve world domination is already one thing, but to outright lie, and trick people into thinking that it'll bring peace to the world is pretty low! Could it…be that Splash and her friends were right about Doctor N. all along…? Even so, I'm still obligated to return the favor he's done for me, like I said before, but…does this also mean that I have to choose him over my family…? I… I just don't know what to do… I'm so confused…)
Oceana: Um, Volcana? Are you doing okay?
Volcana: *Snaps out of it* Oh, uh, yeah. I'm fine, just fine. Why do you ask?
Oceana: Well, you did kinda zone out and everything…
Woodra: I hope you're not planning on standing around all day. After all, we still have to keep those invaders at bay!
Now that you mention it, Woodra, there's something I have to tell you all about Doctor N…
Woodra: Okay, what is it that you have to say?
Stonia: …Does everything you say HAVE to rhyme?
Woodra: Well, what can I say? I just love wordplay.
Metal Blaze: *Flies up to the group*
Volcana: Hey, Metal Blaze. What's up?
Metal Blaze: Doctor Nega wanted me to give you these communication devices. *Passes out seven walkie-talkies*
Oceana: Okay, thanks, but aren't you forgetting one? Luna doesn't have one…
Luna: It's no big deal. It just occurred to me that the Celestial Emerald has been left unguarded, and I need to get back to the altar as quickly as possible, before any of those invaders get to it! I'll see you guys later! *Takes off*
Frostina: Well, I guess that means it's up to us to find those emeralds. Before we go, what was it that you were trying to tell us about the Doctor, Volcana?
Volcana: Uh, well, you see… I, uh… Nevermind. Don't worry about it.
Frostina: Well, okay then.
Volcana: Come on, let's go ahead and start tracking down those emeralds! With Doctor N.'s radar, we should be able to find them in no time!
*They take off*
Elsewhere, on another part of Ringstar Island…
Scorch: Three-Point Zero, I need you to do me a favor.
Metal Sonic 3.0: What is it?
Scorch: When my sisters and their friends get here, would you mind not talking down to them anymore?
Metal Sonic 3.0: Pffft. Why shouldn't I? Those cretins aren't worthy of my respect. They make me sick.
Scorch: Look, I'm not saying that you have to like them. I'm just saying that I'd appreciate it if you'd keep your insults to yourself. If I could put my differences with Tikal aside, whom I'm pretty sure I have a far greater reason to hate, I'm sure you could do the same with my sisters, Amy, and all the others.
Metal Sonic 3.0: …
Scorch: Plus, I've saved your life a few times, haven't I? That's the least you could do for me, if nothing else.
Metal Sonic 3.0: ...Very well.
*A portal opens up, and then Knuckles, the Chaotix, and company pass through*
Knuckles: So, this is the alternate dimension that Nega escaped to? *Looks around* This place…it looks oddly familiar for some reason…
Robotnik: Yes, that's most likely because it's this dimension's equivalent of Angel Island. Now, would you mind letting GO of my arm already!?
Knuckles: *Releases him*
Robotnik: Thank you!
Tails: So, where do you suppose Dr. Nega could be?
Charmy: Hee hee, "Dr. Nega could bee". *Snickers*
Marine: Rippa as always, mate!
Seedra: Yeah, I'll say!
Heavy: Ugh… Anyway, and you were saying, Tails?
Tails: Oh, right. I was saying-
*Before he finishes his sentence, the Lunar/Elemental Emeralds are seen getting scattered in several different directions*
Sonic: Whoa! What were those!?
Blaze: I only got a brief glimpse of them, but they appeared to be emeralds of some sort…
Knuckles: Yeah, those were definitely emeralds. The energy I felt from them a second ago was very similar to the type of energy that the Chaos Emeralds give off…
Sonic: That reminds me… I was supposed to give that purple emerald to Madonna! I completely forgot! Hmm, but then again, I did tell her where to find the Workshop, so I guess everything's okay. *Notices Amy and Tiara glaring* Oh, geez…
Amy: …You were supposed to give WHAT to her!?
Tiara: Who IS this "Madonna", anyway!?
Vector: Madonna's a friend o' ours that used ta be part've our band sometime ago, and she ended up winnin' that Chaos Emerald as a prize at Casinopolis. While Sonic 'n' Shock were lookin' for the emeralds, they convinced her to let 'em borrow it, so it could be used for da machine.
Tiara: Oh, okay. I guess that explains it.
Amy: Yeah, but I still don't trust that hussy, so I'm gonna continue keeping my eye on her!
Shock: *Rolls her eyes*
Heavy: Ugh, I'm getting sick of this. Sonic, why not just tell them off, already, like you said you were gonna do?
Amy: You mind your own business!
Silvra: You guys can discuss that later, can't you? Why don't we concentrate on trying to find Dr. Nega's base? Even as we speak, he's probably in the middle of making those copies of Squash, Seedra, Shock, Storm, and I. I'd hate to know what would happen if another "me" was created, especially by someone like Nega. That's the last thing this world needs…
Cream: Miss Silvra is right. Can't the two of you try to get along for a change?
Tiara: Yeah, whatever.
Wechnia: Now, back to the subject at hand… How do you suppose we go about finding Dr. Nega's base? As large as this island is, there's no telling where it is.
Robotnik: Those emeralds that just scattered a little while ago… I don't know exactly how as of yet, but something tells me that they may very well be the key to finding exactly where Nega's base is located.
Espio: I suppose it's worth a try. It's the only clue we have at the moment.
Tails: Aw, shoot! If only I had brought my emerald detector with me…
Robotnik: There's no need to worry. I happen to have one of my own.
Robotnik: Precisely. *Activates it*
Shock: So, Doc, what does it say?
Robotnik: Patience, my dear Shock.
Suddenly, just as Robotnik was in the process of trying to detect the locations of the Elemental Emeralds through his built-in detector, the seven Parallel Goddesses were seen flying by at high speed, in separate directions.
Charmy: Whoa! What was THAT!?
Storm: Seven emeralds getting scattered everywhere, "beams" of multiple elements flying in those same directions… Something tells me this isn't a coincidence…
Robotnik: Indeed. You may be onto something, Storm. This is exactly what transpired during the Elemental Chaos Rings incident…
Tails: So, does this mean that the EG Experiment copies have already been created, and that we're too late!?
Shock: The first four, maybe. As for the fifth, I wouldn't count on it just yet. Like the Doc just got finished saying, exactly the same thing happened while we were all trying to bring Silvra to life, and they're most likely hunting those unknown emeralds to do the same thing with the copy!
Vector: Ah, geez! Well, whadda we waitin' for!? Let's go ahead 'n' start huntin' for the emeralds right away!
Metal Sonic 3.0: Let me just make one thing clear. I couldn't care less about the EG Experiment copies, including the one of EG-005. It's of no consequence to me at all. I'm only joining you all on this hunt, so I could find Dr. Nega's base and put an end to both Metal Blaze and Four-Point Zero's wretched existence.
Slush: Yeah, yeah, we've heard it all before. At this point, you're just sounding like a broken record.
Mecha Amy: You took the words right outta my mouth.
Seedra: *Rolls her eyes at 3.0* Yeah, so anyway, should we go ahead and split into groups again? We should be able to find those emeralds a lot faster that way.
Knuckles: I don't see why not.
Porkenstein: Dr. Robotnik, why not go ahead and inform us of the emeralds' locations, as you were about to do before we spotted those elemental "beams" in the sky?
Robotnik: I was just about to do that. *Checks the detector again* Hmm, how strange…but then again, I suppose that's to be expected, if this island is truly parallel to Angel Island…
Wechnia: What's the problem?
Robotnik: In addition to the seven emeralds that we've seen getting scattered all over the island, I'm also picking up an energy reading from an eighth one, which has a power reading that's akin to that of the Master Emerald!
Knuckles: Whoa, seriously!? Now this, I have to see!
*Robotnik informs everybody of the emerald locations, and they all decide on the groups*
Sonic: Now, with that said, let's all blast through with sonic speed!
Shortly before they had the chance to take off, an army of colorless, grey-scaled Metal Sonic look-alikes were seen in the sky, flying in their direction.
Marine: *Notices them* Strewth! Look at all those Metal Sonics, you guys!
Sonic: Sheesh, there's just one faker after another, isn't there?
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Briefly glares at Sonic from the corner of his eye, and then toward the clones when they land* Which of you is Metal Sonic Version 4.0!?
Cyber Sonic #1: Neither of us. We are the Cyber Sonic squadron. We are under orders from Doctor Nega to have you all terminated.
Metal Sonic 3.0: You, terminate me? I would love to see your pathetic and futile attempt.
*Tons of people roll their eyes at his arrogance*
Metal Sonic 3.0: You all needn't concern yourselves with them. I'll hold them off, while you carry on with your search.
Scorch: Are you sure you'll be able to handle them by yourself?
Metal Sonic 3.0: Pffft. Why even bother entertaining the thought that these weaklings will be any kind match for me? I alone have more than what it takes to destroy such pale imitations.
Scorch: Well, alright then. Good luck.
*Everyone else takes off as Metal Sonic 3.0 fights off the Cyber Sonics*
Meanwhile, again at the Mystic Ruins…
*The train stops, and Spangle, Spike, and Madonna step out of it*
Spike: *Whispers to Spangle* So, do you really think Fang and Bean are around here, or are you just using that as an excuse to follow her?
Spangle: Uh, well…
Spike: You are, aren't you? I knew it!
Spangle: Ah, shut up, will ya? That's NOT the case!
Spike: Uh huh. Sure it isn't.
Spangle: Cut it out, will ya? Sure, 'Donna may be hot and all, but my number one focus right now is having those two caught. After all, our reputation is at stake, here!
Madonna: Uh, what are you two whispering about?
Spangle: Oh, uh, nothin'!
Spike: Spangle says that he thinks you're hot.
Spangle: *Bashes him upside the head*
Spangle: Shut up already!
Madonna: You know, I kinda figured that already, going from our encounter the other night. So, there's no use in trying to hide it. *Winks at him*
Spangle: Eh heh heh. ;
Madonna: *Giggles* Anyway, I'm heading over to Tails' Workshop now. I'll see you two later. Good luck in your search for those two crooks. *Walks away*
A little while later…
*Some screaming is heard from the Workshop*
Spike: Uh oh… That doesn't sound good…
Spangle: Yeah. Somethin' tells me that 'Donna ran into Fang again! Looks like I was right about him being here after all! C'mon, let's go! *Takes off*
Spike: *Does the same*
*They arrive at the Workshop*
Spangle: Alright, Fang, there's no escape this ti- *Double takes* Wait a sec, you're not him… Who're you?
Black-Hog: You don't need to know that. All that matters right now is that these Chaos Emeralds are as good as mine, and that I'm taking them with me! *Takes them off of the machine, and jets out the door*
Madonna: Oh, no! That…that THING just took my emerald along with the others!
Spangle: Don't you worry, babe, we'll definitely get it back for ya! *Jets out the door*
Spike: *Does the same*
*They start chasing Black-Hog through the Mystic Ruins*
Black-Hog: *Looks back* What's this? You're actually attempting to chase ME down? What a joke!
Spangle: Any idea who you're dealin' with, pal? We're police officers, and we've been trained to handle dirtbags like you!
Spike: Uh, I don't remember them training us to deal with aliens…
Spangle: Oh, you know what I mean!
Black-Hog: Swift Strike! *Launches an energy wave at them*
Spike: Look out!
*They jump over it*
Black-Hog: Begone, you meddlesome fools! BEGONE! *Starts launching meteorites at them with a telekinetic force*
*They dodge some of them, and get hit by the last few*
Spangle: Uhhhhh! *Falls over*
Spike: Oooooof! *Same*
Black-Hog: HAHAHAHAHA! Now, if you two want to live, I'd recommend staying where you are. Continue to pursue me, and I might not be so merciful next time!
Just as Black-Hog was getting ready to enter the jungle, he suddenly found himself head off by Shadow, Rouge, E-123 Omega, Metal Sonic, and Squash, who, coincidentally, were also on their way to Tails' Workshop.
Black-Hog: *Groans in annoyance* You…
Shadow: That's right, Black-Hog. At last, we've finally caught up with you. This time, we won't allow you to escape! We're putting an end to you and your ambitions, once and for all!
Black-Hog: Hmph. If you're that eager to die, then very well! All of you prepare to be annihilated!
Before Black-Hog had a chance to escape from Spangle and Spike with the Chaos Emeralds, Team Dark has arrived to not only block his path, but challenge him to a showdown! Will they have what it takes to defeat the deadly alien? Elsewhere, in the Lunar Dimension, the hunt for the recently-created Elemental Emeralds has begun. Will Knuckles, the Chaotix, and company be able to hunt them down in time, before Dr. Nega and his associates? Find out as the saga continues on Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
To "bee" continued…