|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos|
April 3, 2013
Last time on Dimensional Chaos, Shadow the Hedgehog faced off against his “brother”, Black-Hog, who attempted to make off with the seven Chaos Emeralds to use for his own nefarious purposes. However, the battle was surprisingly quick, as Shadow was able to send Black-Hog flying over the horizon with a powerful Chaos Blast attack. Shortly afterwards, he decided to head to Tails’ Workshop to use the Tornado Time Twister, so that he could join his comrades, Rouge, Omega, Squash, and Metal Sonic in the Lunar Dimension. Upon their arrival, they found Metal Sonic Version 3.0 battling against Dr. Nega’s Cyber Sonic squadron, and quickly joined in to lend him a hand. After laying waste to the group of robots, Metal Sonic 3.0 told Team Dark the Elemental Emerald locations that Dr. Robotnik detected on radar, and from there, the six of them split up to find them.
Meanwhile, Sonic and Tails, along with Amy, Big (plus Froggy), Tiara, and Shock, ventured into the Mushroom Valley Zone in search of the Thunder Emerald that was said to be in the area. Not only them, but Dr. Nega’s third PG Experiment, PG-003/Electra was also in the vicinity, plus another squadron of Cyber Sonics. Even though the six heroes split into groups of two to find the emerald, Electra eventually ended up coming across it first. When she and Shock finally met, Electra challenged her counterpart to a race, stating that she’ll relinquish the emerald if she manages to defeat her. Shock accepted Electra’s challenge, and the race began from there.
Elsewhere on Ringstar Island, Knuckles and Wechnia, along with Silvra, Cream, Cheese, and Chocola were following the Chaos energy signal that was coming from the shrine of the Celestial Emerald. On the way, they ended up coming across a few traps that were set for them, which Silvra easily managed to detect, thanks to her built-in scanners. After finally reaching the altar, the group ended up coming face-to-face with Luna, who was thoroughly convinced that the heroes posed a threat, and was determined to stop them by any means necessary.
The questions remain… Will Shock have what it takes to defeat her Parallel counterpart, and claim the Thunder Emerald? How will the others fare in their search for the other six? Will Knuckles and his group have what it takes to defeat Luna, or at least convince her that the true enemy has been right under her nose the entire time? Find out as the saga continues on this exciting chapter of Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
*Knuckles and Luna charge at one another, and clash their fists together as they try to punch one another*
Wechnia: Well, they certainly didn’t waste any time…
Silvra: That’s for sure…
*They continuously throw punches at one another*
Cream: So, why do you suppose she’s so angry with us?
Silvra: Honestly, Cream, I don’t know what her deal is, but something tells me there’s a major misunderstanding going on, here…
Wechnia: Yes, that seems very likely…
Luna: *Punches Knuckles a few times, and uppercuts him*
Knuckles: Uhhhhhh! *Falls backwards, and slides across the ground*
Cream: Mr. Knuckles!
Luna: Eat this! Flame Arrow! *A stream of fire rains down toward Knuckles*
Knuckles: *Rolls out of the way, and gets back up*
Luna: *Launches another*
Knuckles: *Dodges that one, too, surrounds his fist with fire, and starts charging toward Luna*
Luna: *Pounds the ground, making a bunch of electric spheres fly toward him*
Knuckles: *Dodges them, and fire punches Luna as soon as he gets close enough*
Luna: Uhhhhh! *Gets sent flying through the altar's stairway*
Knuckles: (What’s going on? Her attacks are almost exactly like my own! The only difference is that the elements in her attacks are the opposite of mine…)
Meanwhile, at the Mushroom Valley Zone…
*Shock and Electra are seen zooming by with electrical boosts of speed*
Shock: Just to be absolutely clear, there are no rules in this race, right?
Electra: None in particular; just whoever gets to the end of the valley, wins, and gets to keep the Lunar Emerald. Feel free to do whatever you need to if you feel it’ll truly slow me down.
Shock: Alright, if that’s what you want! *Fires an electric wave at her*
Electra: *Dodges it, and does the same to her*
Shock: *Sidesteps the blast, and fires another*
Electra: *Fires another, as well*
*The blasts collide with one another, creating a small explosion*
Shock: *Speeds up*
Electra: *Does the same*
Tails: They sure are pretty fast, aren’t they?
Amy: Yeah, I’ll give ‘em that, but MY Sonic could outrun them both!
Tiara: Correction: MY Sonic!
Sonic: *Facepalm* Please don’t start, you two. Just don’t…
Tails: Yeah, why not concentrate on watching the race? After all, whether or not we get that emerald and find Dr. Nega’s base depends on it!
Tiara: *Sigh* Fine.
Amy: Yeah, whatever.
Big: *Looks up* Uh oh…
Amy: What is it, Big?
Big: Those grey Metal Sonics from before are back!
*They swoop down and land in front of the group*
Cyber Sonic #1: Targets identified as Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles “Tails” Prower, Amy Rose, and…no data available on the next three. Orders: Eliminate on sight!
Sonic: Alright! Come and get some, fakers!
Tiara: What!? How could they not know who I am!? You’d think they’d have SOME kind of data on the daughter of a world-renowned scientist!
Big: I dunno, but they don’t seem to know me and Froggy, either…
Tails: Maybe it’s because Dr. Nega hasn’t had enough encounters with you. It’s either that, or these were just a bunch of test prototypes for that “Version 4.0” robot that Three-Point Zero was going on about…
Tiara: Oh, well. Whatever. *Takes out her jeweled staff* Let’s go ahead and take out these hunks of junk!
*The Cyber Sonics start firing eye lasers at them*
Sonic: *Dodges* HA! You’re too slow! *Homing Attacks some of them*
Tails: *Tail-whips another portion*
Amy: HAAAAA! *Starts hammering the others*
Tiara: *Stabs through some of the last few*
Big: *Lifts one over his head, and tosses it into the last Cyber Sonic with so much force that it breaks them both*
Sonic: Too easy! Piece o’ cake!
Meanwhile, again, at the shrine of the Celestial Emerald…
*Knuckles and Luna continuously hit one another, without bothering to block the others’ attacks*
Silvra: Wow, this is going nowhere fast…
Wechnia: Yeah. They’re a little TOO evenly matched…
Luna: *Grabs Knuckles and headbutts him*
Knuckles: Uhhhhh! *Falls, jumps up again, and does the same to her*
Luna: Uhhhhhh! *Falls, stands up again, and makes some distance between herself and Knuckles* Not bad… You fought a lot better than expected, but as of now… *Surrounds her fist with electric current* This is where it ends! *Charges toward him*
Knuckles: Alright, give it your best shot!
Luna: I will!
Determined to put an end to the battle once and for all, Luna began charging toward Knuckles one final time. As soon as she got close enough, Luna, with her electrically-charged fist, attempted to strike Knuckles. Anticipating her move, Knuckles grabbed her arm just in time before her fist came in contact with him, and used his other hand to deliver a fiery uppercut, sending her crashing into the altar once more.
Cream: Ouch… Now that REALLY had to hurt…
Luna: Ghhhh…! *Sits up* I…can’t lose… I WON’T lose!
Knuckles: Are you ready to start talking yet? Who are you, and what is it that you have against us?
Luna: *Gets up* Playing dumb again, I see. But if you really need an explanation, then fine! My name is Luna, Luna the Porchidna. I’m the guardian and protector of Ringstar Island, along with the treasures that reside on it. This is one of them… *Points her thumb at the Celestial Emerald, which is large and purple with a crescent moon and star symbol* The Celestial Emerald, along with the Lunar Emeralds.
Wechnia: So, let me get this straight… You set those traps and picked that fight, because you’re under the impression that we came here to steal them?
Luna: That’s right. Days ago, I was warned in advance that you were all going to be showing up to terrorize my island, so I took all the necessary precautions to prevent THIS world from being destroyed like you’ve done to Dr. N’s!
Knuckles: Okay, once again, you lost me. What are you talking about? Are you sure you’re not getting us confused with someone else?
Silvra: Also, do you mean “Dr. N” as in Dr. Nega?
Luna: That’s right! He told me everything about you; from serving that “Robotnik” scumbag, along with the way you’ve all unleashed the Ifrit into his world to destroy it! Well, I won’t allow it! You’re all crazy if you think I’m just gonna stand by and allow my emeralds to be used for such an evil purpose! As long as there is breath in me, I’ll make you all pay for each and every innocent life that’s died by YOUR hands!!!
Knuckles: Look, why don’t you just calm down for a minute and hear us out!?
Alright, fine. Go ahead and say what you have to say.
Knuckles: Okay then. First of all, we don’t work for Robotnik. He’s an enemy of ours that we’ve faced several times! Just recently, though, he claimed to have given up world domination. We still don’t trust him entirely, though. The only reason we’re working with him, is because we have a common enemy.
Wechnia: Yes, and that “common enemy”, as you’ve most likely guessed already, is Dr. Nega.
Silvra: As bad as Robotnik was, or possibly still is, I can honestly tell you that Nega is far, far worse!
Luna: How so?
Silvra: Well, for starters, the guy’s a compulsive liar. That story he told you about the Ifrit… He completely spun everything around in HIS favor in order to make himself look like the good guy!
Wechnia: He said that WE were the ones aiming to unleash the Ifrit, correct? Well, you couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s the other way around. You see… *Explains everything that happened in the first Christmas Special*
Knuckles: So basically, in a nutshell, Nega’s been using you along!
Luna: *Visibly stunned*
Cream: That’s right. Dr. Nega is very, very bad! Please open your eyes, Miss Luna!
Cheese & Chocola: Chao, Chao…
Silvra: You see these two cute little guys? *Points to Cheese and Chocola* Nega actually tried to use them as a sacrifice to that thing! Can you believe that!?
Luna: (Wait a second…!)
*Cue flashback from Part 13*
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?
Luna: (So, it’s true, then… That must have been what Volcana was trying to warn us about, but she didn’t get the chance! Now it all makes sense!)
Silvra: We’re sorry that you had to find out this way, but it had to be said…
Luna: No, I’m the one who owes you the apology… FOR BEING STUPID ENOUGH TO TRUST HIM! *Angrily slams her fist into the ground* My…my duty was to defend this island and protect it at all costs, but by trusting him… I ended up doing the exact opposite! I’ve practically doomed this island and everyone on it by handing the Lunar Emeralds over to him! How… How could I’ve been so stupid!? How could I’ve been so blind, as to not see what was right under my nose all along!? I’m such a terrible guardian… After this, I don’t even deserve to be addressed as such!
Knuckles: Hey, I wouldn’t go that far, Luna. You’re not a bad guardian, you were just misled, that’s all. Since you had only heard Nega’s side of the story at the time, it’s only natural that you’d believe what he had to say. It’s not just you; that could have happened to anybody. Believe me, I’ve been there.
Knuckles: Well, yeah, but it’s a long story. I’d rather not get into too much detail with it.
Rouge: You know, instead of sitting around throwing a pity party, we COULD be using this time to track those emeralds down before Nega manages to get ahold of them…just a thought.
Knuckles: Hey, how long have you been there?
Rouge: I just got here a little while ago.
Luna: … *Looks toward Rouge* I don’t know who you are, exactly, but you’re right. *Stands up* After that accident occurred when we were trying to transfer the Lunar Emeralds’ power over to PG-005, they all ended up getting scattered all throughout the island. Oceana and the others are looking for them right now, as we speak, but…they don’t know the truth. They don’t know what Dr. Nega is truly about! *Clenches her fist in determination* We have to warn them and gather the emeralds before it’s too late!
Rouge: Now THAT’S more like it! I’m Rouge the Bat, by the way. I’m a treasure hunter that specializes in hunting down all kinds of jewels.
Knuckles: I’m Knuckles the Echidna.
Wechnia: I’m Wechnia.
Silvra: I’m Silvra, the Multi-Elemental Goddess, also known as “EG-005”.
Cream: My name is Cream, and these are my Chao, Cheese and Chocola. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Miss Luna.
Luna: It’s nice to meet you all, too.
Wechnia: Now that we’ve got the introductions out of the way, I’d say it’s about time to go track down those Lunar Emeralds, don’t you agree?
Luna: Right, of course. *Walks over to the altar and picks up the Celestial Emerald* This is the Celestial Emerald. It has radar-like functions, which will allow us to track down the other emeralds.
Knuckles: Wow, that’s just like the Master Emerald! Then again, Robotnik and Volcana DID say that this place was parallel to the world that we came from, so I guess this isn’t too far of a stretch. Anyway, Luna, why not go ahead and lead the way?
Luna: Alright, let’s get going!
*They take off*
Metal Sonic 4.0: *Pokes his head out of the bushes, and takes out his communicator* Well, Doctor, it would appear as if the one you call “Luna” has finally caught onto your deception.
Nega Robotnik: *Through the communicator* Is that so?
Metal Sonic 4.0: Yes, and to add insult to injury, she’s taken the Celestial Emerald with her, and is currently on her way to obtain the Elemental Emeralds to prevent PG-005’s completion. Should I stop her?
Nega Robotnik: No, that won’t be necessary. I think I’ll just sit back and let her and the rest of those cretins gather the emeralds for me. When she has both the Elemental Emeralds and the Celestial Emerald together, THAT’S when I’ll make my move! Eee hee hee! Oh, the irony of it all! Luna will be doing ALL that work to keep me from getting ahold of her precious emeralds, not knowing that she’s leading me right TO them! Eee hee hee hee hee!
Metal Sonic 4.0: I see.
Nega Robotnik: By the way, I just got a message from one of the Cyber Sonics. It’s been reported that Metal Sonic Version 3.0 has been spotted somewhere within the Astral Ruins! I repeat, he’s somewhere in the Astral Ruins!
Metal Sonic 4.0: Yes… At last, the moment I’ve been waiting for! *Turns off the communicator and puts it away* I hope you’re prepared to die, Three-Point Zero, for your destruction is imminent! *Turns on his jet booster and flies off*
Meanwhile, again at the Mushroom Valley…
*Shock and Electra zoom across the valley in electrical jolts of lightning, hopping from mushroom to mushroom*
Shock: By the way, I forgot to ask… Where do we stop when the race is over? Is there any particular “finish line” that you have in mind?
Electra: We aren’t very far from it. You see that large tree down there? *Points* That’s our finishing point.
Shock: Okay, gotcha.
Electra: Ready to finish this?
Shock: You bet! *Surrounds herself with an electrical boost aura*
Electra: Glad to hear it! *Does the same* Let’s finish this!
Shortly afterwards, the two Lightning/Thunder Goddesses took off once again, at blinding, neck-breaking speeds, leaving trails of fire and gusts of wind behind as they dashed for the finish line. Shock and Electra ran towards the tree, side-by-side, with the former managing to win by a narrow margin.
*Sonic, Tails, Amy, Big, Froggy, and Tiara approach them*
Tails: Nice job!
Sonic: Yeah, that was sweet! *Gives Shock a thumbs up*
Shock: Thanks, you guys. *Looks toward Electra* So, I guess this means that emerald is ours for the taking?
Electra: Well, EG-003, or rather, Shock… I guess you may be the faster one, after all. You’ve beaten me fair and square, so here’s the Elemental Emerald, as promised. *Holds it out*
Shock: Thanks. *Takes it*
Electra: No problem. Now, with that said, it’s about time I’ve made my leave. Before I go… *Walks over to Sonic*
Sonic: W-What’re you…doing…?
Tiara: Hey! Back off! *Points her jeweled staff at Electra*
Amy: Yeah! Get away from him! *Raises her hammer*
Electra: *Ignores them and gives Sonic a quick kiss on the lips*
Amy & Tiara: HEY!
Electra: Bye bye for now, sugar. Let’s meet again real soon! *Winks*
*Just as Electra’s leaving, Amy and Tiara start charging at her with their weapons*
Electra: *Turns around, holds out the palm of her hand and blasts them, causing them to be immobilized*
Tiara: W-What the…!? Uhhhhhhhh!
Amy: Ahhhhhh! What’s…going on!? I…can’t move!
Electra: Ta-ta! *Takes off*
Amy: YOU GET BACK HERE, YOU LITTLE HUSSY!!!
Tiara: YOU’RE GONNA REGRET PUTTING YOUR LIPS ON HIM LIKE THAT!!!
*They continue screaming their heads off at Electra, while everyone else sweatdrops*
Big: Uh, she’s not here anymore, so you can stop yelling now…
Tails: You beat me to it, Big.
Tiara: GRRRR… She is SO dead! Just WAIT until she shows her face again!
Amy: You said it! By the way, since she left, how’re we supposed to break free from this!?
Shock: Just a sec. *Takes the Thunder Element Gem off of her tiara, and holds it out*
*The gem glows, and the electrical immobilization effects wear off*
Tiara: Hey, thanks!
Amy: *Reluctantly* Yeah, what she said.
Shock: No problem. *Looks toward Amy* I guess this means you’re gonna stay off my back, now?
Amy: Oh, don’t go thinking YOU’RE completely off the hook, missy! I know for a fact that you still have your eyes on my Sonic, too!
Sonic: *Rolls his eyes*
Tiara: I swear, if you say he’s “your” Sonic ONE more time…!
Amy: Then what!?
*They “anime lightning glare” at one another*
Shock: You know, Amy. I wasn’t gonna say anything to you about this at first, because I didn’t think it was any of your business, and quite frankly, I still don’t, but… Big and I are in love! *Hugs him*
Sonic, Tails, Amy, and Tiara: Huh!?
Big: Huh…? *Looks down at her in confusion*
Shock: *Whispers to Big* Just play along, okay?
Amy: Oh, yeah, right! I don’t believe that for one second! If that were the case, I would’ve caught onto it LONG ago! As I always say, I happen to have a sixth sense about this sort of thing, and it rarely steers me wrong!
Shock: What, says the person who doesn’t have the common sense to realize that if someone runs away from you, then they AREN’T interested? Yeah, some “sixth sense” THAT is.
Tiara: My point exactly.
Amy: You don’t know what you’re talking about!
Tiara: Sonic has never run away from me before. Too bad the same can’t be said about you.
Amy: The only reason he does that, is because he’s shy!
*Suddenly, it begins to rain*
Shock: Oh, great… *Her eyes widen in panic*
Big: *Takes out his umbrella and holds it over her*
Shock: Uh, thank you. *Starts to blush*
Big: You’re welcome.
Amy: (I wonder… Could there really be some truth to what she’s saying? I think I’ll keep my eye on them to see where this goes…)
Meanwhile, Mighty, Ray, Tikal, and Seedra were currently somewhere in the middle of the Astral Ruins, searching for the Lunar/Elemental Emerald that Dr. Robotnik detected on radar. During their search, they ended up coming across the Flora Goddess, PG-002/Woodra; along with the Cyber Sonics that Dr. Nega has sent to assist her.
Woodra: Hello, how do you do? I’ve been waiting for you!
Seedra: So, it’s true, then… There really is another me!
Woodra: Oh, so you must be EG-002.
Seedra: Yeah, that’s me. I’m Seedra, the Goddess of Leaves. And you are?
Woodra: Woodra, the Goddess of Flora… That’s my name, controlling plants is my game! I’m also known as “PG-002”, if that’s okay with you.
Mighty: So, uh… Does everything you say automatically have to rhyme, or is that unintentional?
Woodra: Well, what can I say? Wordplay is my forte, that’s all. Now, are you ready to brawl? Cyber Sonic pack, attack! *Points to Mighty, Ray, and Tikal*
*The Cyber Sonics fly toward three of them, and they begin fighting them off*
Woodra: As for you, EG-002, I have a poem for you.
Seedra: And what would that be?
Woodra: Roses are red, violets are blue… Nothing personal, but I’m gonna defeat you!
Seedra: Alright, I’m ready when you are!
So far, things are looking up. In addition to the fact that Shock was able to defeat Electra in a race and claim the first Lunar/Elemental Emerald, Knuckles and company were able to successfully convince Luna who her true enemy was, but there’s no cause to celebrate just yet, as there are still more emeralds to find. Will Seedra be able to successfully defeat Woodra and claim the next one? What about all the others? Will they be able to obtain the rest of the emeralds, and stop Dr. Nega from unleashing the potentially dangerous PG-005 into the world? Find out as the saga continues on Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
To “bee” continued…