|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos|
July 12, 2013
When we last left off on Dimensional Chaos, Mighty, Ray, Tikal, and EG-002/Seedra ventured into the Astral Ruins and confronted the Flora Goddess, PG-002/Woodra and a squadron of Cyber Sonics. From there, the two groups began fighting each other for possession of the Flora Emerald that was found in the area. During the battle, Dr. Nega’s “rebellious” creation, Metal Sonic Version 3.0, who happened to be in the area, ended up making short work of the Cyber Sonic squadron before taking off. Shortly afterwards, Metal Sonic Version 4.0 was seen passing by, followed by Knuckles and company. With the Cyber Sonics out of the way, all that was left was a one-on-one battle between Seedra and Woodra, with the former eventually emerging victorious. From there, Woodra ended up relinquishing the Flora Emerald.
Deeper into the Astral Ruins, Knuckles and company ended up cornering Metal Sonic 4.0, but before the group could engage him in battle, Metal Sonic 3.0 stepped in to challenge him instead. After the two machines were finished bantering, Three-Point Zero began the battle by charging straight into his counterpart, head-on. Now, the questions remain… Which of the two Metal Sonics will come out the victor? Will our heroes have what it takes to find the remaining five emeralds in time before the potentially dangerous PG-005/Goldra is brought to life? Find out as the saga continues on Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Curls into a spinball, and rolls toward Four-Point Zero*
Metal Sonic 4.0: *Turns on his jet booster, and hovers into the air*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Flies after him*
*They both engage in fierce hand-to-hand combat*
Luna: A battle between two arrogant machines…this ought to be interesting.
Beedroid: *From the bushes* “Ought to bee interesting”. *Snickers*
Mechadile: Whadda ya doin!? Be quiet, will ya!? Do ya want ‘im to hear us!?
Silvra: *Looks in their direction*
*They duck back in before they’re noticed*
Cream: Are you sure nothing’s wrong, Miss Silvra?
Silvra: I’m not sure why, but I can’t seem to shake the feeling that we’re being watched…
Luna: “Nack”? “Bean”? Who are they?
Knuckles: Bean the Dynamite and Nack the Weasel, also known as “Fang the Sniper”, are a duo of crooks that I’ve butted heads with several times.
Beedroid: *Whispers to the others* He said “butt”. *Snickers*
*The other Mechaotix members either roll their eyes or facepalm*
Beedroid: What? He did!
Rouge: The two of them call themselves bounty hunters, but in reality, the two of them are common thieves. Fang, in particular, happens to be a rival of mine…although, I barely consider him as one.
Knuckles: Along with always trying to steal the Master Emerald or whatever else we happen to have on us all the time, those two could just never stay in jail! I could think of at least two occasions where they’ve done it just recently!
Wechnia: If we truly are being followed, I wonder what reason they would have to come here, to the Lunar Dimension? In order for them to get here, they would have had to use the Time Twister, which is powered by both the Chaos and Sol Emeralds. Wouldn’t they have simply taken them, instead? Assuming that the Workshop isn’t locked or being guarded in some way, that is.
Knuckles: Good point.
*Both Metal Sonics descend and land back on their feet*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Charges up a Spindash*
Metal Sonic 4.0: *Does the same*
*They both shoot toward one another, and the impact causes both of them to bounce backwards*
Wechnia: It looks as if the two of them are evenly matched so far…
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Unrolls, lifts a few objects via telekinesis, and starts tossing them at 4.0*
Metal Sonic 4.0: *Dodges them as he dashes toward 3.0 and Homing Attacks him*
Metal Sonic 3.0: Uhhhhhh! *Czzzzzt!* *Falls over*
Metal Sonic 4.0: *Gets ready to strike him a second time*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Catches him in a telekinetic grip*
Metal Sonic 4.0: What!?
Metal Sonic 3.0: Die! *Tosses him into a tree*
Metal Sonic 4.0: *Hits his back on it *Czzzzzt!* *Falls flat on his face*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Lifts up some large chunks of debris via telekinesis, and drops them on 4.0*
Metal Sonic 4.0: Uhhhhhhhhh! *Czzzzzt!* *Gets buried underneath them*
Rouge: Well, THAT certainly ended a lot sooner than I thought it would.
Luna: That’s for sure. I guess there’s nothing more to see here.
Metal Sonic 3.0: Hmph, how pathetic. *Turns his back and starts walking away* What a waste of my-
Before Metal Sonic 3.0 had the chance to finish his sentence, a red aura was suddenly seen emerging from the debris, triggering an explosion that sent it flying in several directions. When the smoke cleared, Metal Sonic 4.0 was seen standing again, surrounded by the aforementioned red aura.
Metal Sonic 3.0: Still alive, are you?
Metal Sonic 4.0: Yes, as you can see. You have greatly underestimated me, Brother.
Metal Sonic 3.0: You are NOT my brother!
Metal Sonic 4.0: We share the same creator, do we not?
Metal Sonic 3.0: That may be so, but I’ll tell you exactly as I told Metal Blaze days ago… The mere thought of us being placed in the “family” category sickens me to core.
Metal Sonic 4.0: I am pleased to know that the feeling is mutual. Now, let’s the cease the meaningless chatter and resume, shall we?
Metal Sonic 3.0: Yes, let’s do that!
Metal Sonic 4.0: Now, without further ado, Metal Sonic Version 3.0… Allow me to give you a demonstration on just how far the gap between our powers truly is! *Surrounds himself with the red aura again, and starts powering up*
Metal Sonic 3.0: Yes, that’s what I want to see! Your true power! That way, when this battle concludes, there will be absolutely no doubt about which of us is the strongest!
Metal Sonic 4.0: I couldn’t agree more! *Begins to flash, with electric current surrounding him*
Elsewhere, at the Cosmic Casino in Sparkling City…
*Volcana gets three sevens in a row on the slot machine game she’s playing*
Volcana: SCORE! *Grabs all the rings*
Metal Blaze: Volcana, our mission was to obtain the emerald in the vicinity, was it not?
Volcana: Yeah, I know, but it doesn’t hurt to have a little fun on the way now, does it?
Metal Blaze: As long as your “fun” doesn’t interfere our current objective, which is what has been transpiring for the past hour since our arrival.
Volcana: Honestly, Metal Blaze, you’re too serious. You’ve gotta learn how to loosen up and unwind every once in a while, you know?
Metal Blaze: …
Volcana: So, anyway, let’s go ahead and get searching, shall we?
*A beeping sound is heard*
Volcana: *Takes out her walkie-talkie* Yeah? Is there something you need, Doctor N.?
Nega Robotnik: Nothing at the moment, other than the emerald. Speaking of which, have you found it yet?
Volcana: Not yet. What does your radar say about its location, exactly?
Nega Robotnik: *Checks* According to my calculations, it’s located somewhere within the casino area.
Volcana: Really, now? What a coincidence, that’s exactly where we are!
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! Perfect! That certainly changes a thing or two now, doesn’t it? Anyway, just keep moving straight, and I’ll alert you as soon as you’re close to the emerald.
Volcana: Got it. *Takes off*
Metal Blaze: *Follows*
Robotnik: Judging from the detector readings, the emerald should be in here somewhere. The signal has gotten a lot stronger since we’ve begun to approach this place.
Scorch: Just so you know, Dr. Robotnik. I may be working alongside you at the moment, but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgiven you.
Robotnik: Funny, I don’t recall asking for your forgiveness in the first place. Especially since you have yet to prove that you and this “Volcana” are different people.
Scorch: Oh, give me a break! Are you blind!? She and I have entirely different fur colors! Going by yours and Egg-Robo’s logic, 3.0 must be HIM in disguise! *Points to Metal Sonic*
Metal Sonic: …Regardless of whether or not that was a figure of speech, I would very much prefer to NOT be placed in the same category as THAT pale, pathetic excuse for an imitation.
Volcana: *Walks by, carrying the Flame Emerald* Well, Metal Blaze, looks like our work here is finally done! Come on, let’s go ahead and bring this back to- *Notices Scorch, Robotnik, and Metal Sonic* Huh!?
Scorch: You! *Looks toward Robotnik* Well, what do you know, Dr. Robotnik? That must be ME over there!
Robotnik: What!? No way! I can’t believe this! There…really WERE two of you all along!?
Scorch: Gee, nothing gets by YOU, does it?
Volcana: I gotta say… I wasn’t expecting to bump into you again, Scorch…at least not here. As much as I’d love to stay and chat, I’m afraid I don’t have the time. See ya! *Rushes pass them and exits the building*
Metal Blaze: *Does the same*
Scorch: Oh, no you don’t! I’m not letting you escape THIS time, Volcana! *Runs after them*
*Metal Sonic and Robotnik do the same*
Meanwhile, again within the Astral Ruins…
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: *Has taken a new form that looks similar to Shard’s from the Archie Comics*
Metal Sonic 3.0: HAHAHAHA…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: Do you find something amusing?
Metal Sonic 3.0: Is this all that your transformation entails? A mere arm cannon, along with a mouth and insignificant jewel accessories? What a joke!
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: You truly are an arrogant fool, do you know that? It matters not, because it will all be over in a few moments…for you, at least. Once and for all, your arrogance is going to be your undoing.
Metal Sonic 3.0: I’m just dying to see how you intend to back THAT one up.
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: Oh, you’re going to die, alright. Anytime you wish, you’re free to try coming at me.
Metal Sonic 3.0: Very well! *Jets toward him and starts throwing punches*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: *Blocks*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Steps backward, surrounds one of his fists with fire, and swings it*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: *Effortlessly catches it*
Metal Sonic 3.0: What!?
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: What, didn’t you know? In addition to the original Blaze, I also have data from Iblis and the Flame Goddess, Volcana at my disposal!
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Surrounds his other fist with electric current, and throws another punch*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: *Catches that one, too* I’ve also obtained data from the Thunder Goddess, PG-003, so that attack is also useless!
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Groans in annoyance*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: *Starts squeezing his hands*
Metal Sonic 3.0: Ihhhhhh…! *Czzzzzt!*
Cream: It doesn’t look as if Mr. 3.0 is doing so well…
Knuckles: Serves him right! It’s his fault for getting too overconfident, and for being such a stuck-up, arrogant prick in general!
Rouge: I couldn’t have said it any better myself. At first, I said that I had a difficult time telling who’s worse between him and Squash, and at this point, I’m definitely gonna have to say Three-Point Zero.
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: HAHAHAHAHA… *Continues squeezing* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Blasts him with a beam from his chest cavity*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: Uhhhhh! *Czzzzzt!* *Stumbles backward and loses his grip*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Rushes toward 4.0 and attacks him with a punching combo*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: *Czzzzzt!*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Stops for a brief moment, spins his hand like a drill, and attempts to drill it through 4.0’s chest*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: *Grabs his arm*
Metal Sonic 3.0: …!?
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: *Morphs his other arm into a cannon and blasts him*
Metal Sonic 3.0: Uhhhhhhhhh! *Czzzzzt!* *Gets sent flying into a wall*
Cream: Mr. 3.0!
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: *Aims his arm cannon at 3.0 and blasts him multiple times*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Czzzzzt!*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: *Stops to charge it up again*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Gets up, dashes toward him, and throws more punches*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: *Effortlessly blocks every single one of them*
Metal Sonic 3.0: GRRR…
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: What’s the matter with you? Is this all of the power that you possess? You truly are pathetic. *Backhands him*
Metal Sonic 3.0: Uhhhhhhhhh! *Czzzzzt!* *Falls over*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: It’s a pity that Metal Blaze’s life was spared, because if she was truly defeated at the hands of a weakling like you, then she DESERVED to die.
Luna: Okay, now THAT’S just cold.
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: *Walks over to 3.0, grabs him up by the neck, and starts mercilessly beating him*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Czzzzzt!*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: *Slams him into the ground*
Metal Sonic 3.0: UHHHHHHHH!!! *Czzzzzzt!*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Slowly rises up again, with his circuits and wires showing due to all the damage he’s sustained* *Czzzzzt!*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: I believe we’ve come to the part where you’re supposed to grovel and beg for your pathetic life.
Metal Sonic 3.0: Ghhhh… *Czzzzzt!* *Holds his shoulder* That just goes to show…that you don’t know me very well. *Czzzzzt!* I’ve…never begged for a thing during the entirety of my existence, and I’m certainly… not going to start now! *Czzzzzt!* Let me…make something perfectly clear… *Czzzzzt!* No matter…how bleak things may seem, or how lucky…my opponents happen to get… *Czzzzzt!* I always…finish what I start! *Czzzzzt!* I fight my battles…all the way through to the end, even…at the cost…of my life! That’s…my philosophy!
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: How very…interesting. So, tell me, Three-Point Zero… Do you have anything else to say before I send you to oblivion?
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Uses the Chaos Boost, and starts charging toward him*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: Hmm, so you would much prefer to rush to your death? Who am I to object? *Raises his hand, moves it backwards to build up momentum, and then jams it right through 3.0’s chest*
Metal Sonic 3.0: UHHHHHHHHHHH!!! *Czzzzzt!*
Metal Sonic 3.0: Ghhhhhh…! *Czzzzzt!* T-This…isn’t…possible…! *Czzzzzt!* *Collapses to the ground as soon as 4.0 removes his hand*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: *Morphs his arm into a cannon, points it at 3.0, and starts charging it up*
Metal Sonic 3.0: …
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: It’s quite ironic, isn’t it? You’ve spent the entirety of your existence looking down upon the outdated, and now you’ve become the very thing that you despise!
Metal Sonic 3.0: …
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: I will ask you one final time… Do you have any last words? If so, then you’d best say them now, while you still have the opportunity.
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Sits up slightly, blasts him with an eye laser, and collapses again, due to his lack of energy*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: Uhhhhhh! *Czzzzzt!* *Stumbles backward*
Rouge: Best “last words” ever.
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: What a waste of effort. *Walks toward 3.0 again and kicks him*
Metal Sonic 3.0: Ghhhhhh…! *Czzzzzt!* *Rolls across the ground*
Silvra: Okay, I think this has gone far enough!
Luna: Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought you guys didn’t like that 3.0 jerk?
Silvra: Don’t get me wrong, I do dislike him, but I think Four-Point Zero is going too far! He’s still attacking Three-Point Zero when he can’t even defend himself anymore!
Knuckles: I guess you’ve got a point there, Silvra. I say we jump in and lend him a hand! Who’s with me?
Wechnia: I suppose that is a valid reason. Even though he admitted that it was for his own gain, that doesn’t change the fact that he still saved their lives in the end. So, I guess we do owe it to him.
Rouge: Yeah, we might as well.
Luna: I’m in, as well.
*They start rushing over there*
Metal Sonic 3.0: K-Keep your distance…! *Czzzzzzt!*
Metal Sonic 3.0: This is…my battle! *Czzzzzt!* I’ll…defeat him myself! *Czzzzzt!*
Rouge: Are you sure? You’re barely able to move!
Metal Sonic 3.0: I’ll…manage! *Tries to stand up, but ends up falling again* *Czzzzzzt!*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: Pathetic, absolutely pathetic. I knew all along that you didn’t stand even the slightest chance of defeating me, but I thought you’d put up a much better fight than this. How disappointing.
Metal Sonic 3.0: Ghhhhhh… *Czzzzzzt!*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: I suppose I’m also to blame for setting my expectations too high. Trash like you isn’t even fit to lick the scum from the bottom of my shoe, let alone come even remotely close to being a challenge for me.
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Clenches his fist in anger*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: Perhaps I should be thanking you. If it hadn’t been for the fact that you were such an utter failure, I probably wouldn’t have been created. In other words, the only justification to your pitiful existence is the fact that I came into being. The same goes for the original Metal Sonic, who will also be dealt with accordingly.
Metal Sonic 3.0: …! *Suddenly rises to his feet again*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: What’s this!?
Metal Sonic 3.0: Heed…my words… *Czzzzzzt!* First of all, you…are going to pay dearly… *Czzzzzzt!* …For making a…blatant mockery of me…the way you did! *Czzzzzt!* Secondly, Metal Sonic…is MINE to destroy! *Czzzzzzt!* If anyone…is going to have the pleasure…of ending his wretched existence… *Czzzzzzt!* …THEN IT’S GOING TO BE ME AND ME ALONE! *Czzzzzzt!*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: Hmph, to think you would even still be alive after all of this, let alone able to stand. If there’s one thing I’ll give you credit for, it’s your endurance.
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Surrounds himself with a golden aura*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: So, even without this copy chip, you’re still able to generate this kind of power, despite all the damage you’ve sustained. I must admit, that’s quite impressive for an outdated model, but as far as this battle’s concerned, it is of no true significance.
Metal Sonic 3.0: It’s time… *Czzzzzt!* …To end this! *Starts running toward him*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: You still insist on using the same repetitive, predictable tactics? HAHAHAHAHAHA! Pathetic fool! So be it! *Aims his arm cannon at him* Prepare to be annihilated!
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Uses the Sonic Boost*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: W-WHAT!?
Before Metal Sonic 4.0 had the chance to fire, Three-Point Zero boosted straight into him with enough speed and force to not only make him drop the copy chip and put a large dent in his armor, but to knock him off of the ledge, causing him to fall within the nearby pond.
Metal Sonic 3.0: Hmph… *Czzzzzt!* Now do you see…why I’m not one to be looked down upon? *Czzzzzzt!*
Metal Sonic 4.0 MKII: T-THIS…CAN’T BE!!! *Begins to shortcircuit* UHHHHHHHHHHH!!! *Bzzzzzzzt!*
*An explosion occurs shortly afterwards*
Metal Sonic 3.0: Now you know…that I am the strongest! It’s quite a pity…that you had to learn this the hard way, you pathetic vermin. *Czzzzzzt!* *Kneels down, holding his shoulder*
Meanwhile, on one of the building rooftops at Sparkling City…
Scorch: Alright, Volcana! We’ve got the both of you cornered! No more running! It’s time to settle this!
Volcana: Fine by me. That’s exactly what I intended in the first place. Why do you think we’ve led you up here? That way, we’ll be able to fight to the fullest of our abilities, without having to worry about any innocent bystanders getting caught in the…”crossfire”. Get it? *Snickers*
Volcana: Sheesh, tough crowd. Anyway, are you ready?
Scorch: You bet I am!
The battle for the next Elemental Emerald is about to begin! Although it was a victory won by a narrow margin, Metal Sonic 3.0 still managed to triumph over 4.0 in the end. Will Scorch and Metal Sonic be able to do the same with Volcana and Metal Blaze? Find out on the next exciting chapter of Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
To “bee” continued…