|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos|
August 16, 2014
When we last left off on Dimensional Chaos, Knuckles, the Chaotix, and the rest of the heroes had finally collected the remainder of the Lunar/Elemental Emeralds that were scattered throughout Ringstar Island. Shortly after placing them at the Lunar Dimension’s equivalent of the Hidden Palace Zone for safekeeping, Dr. Nega, who was informed of its whereabouts by the Mechaotix, showed up to reclaim the gems. After taunting the heroes, Nega pit them against his horde of Cyber Sonics in order to distract them while he quietly sneaks away to head to the emerald shrine. In order to make hauling the Elemental Emeralds out of the palace a lot easier, Nega used his camera to turn them into one single card.
Just as the deranged doctor was on his way out, he was headed off by Luna, who was determined to stop him at all costs. Nega then revealed that he had a bomb planted within the palace, claiming that it, as well as Luna, Oceana, Frostina, and Ringstar Island itself, were no longer of any value to him, and as such, had no further reason to exist. Angered by his taunts and having expressed an interest in destroying Ringstar Island, Luna attempted to attack Nega, but he was able to dodge, causing the echidna-porcupine hybrid to get her arm stuck.
Seeing the opportunity to escape, Nega promptly fled by teleporting out of the area via Chaos Control, taking the Mechaotix and the Cyber Sonics with him. Since the bomb had already exploded, the palace was on the verge of caving in, and the heroes had to move quickly in order to escape. Although they were able to make it back to the teleporter, that, unfortunately, did not seem to apply to Luna. With the heroic guardian of Ringstar Island having been presumed dead, the heroes had no choice but to press onward and mourn for her later.
Now, the questions remain… Has Luna truly met her end at the hands of Dr. Nega? With PG-005/Goldra having been fully powered, thanks to the Elemental Emeralds, do her powers truly exceed that of EG-005/Silvra? If so, will anyone have what it takes to put a stop to her? Find out as the saga continues on Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
Meanwhile, at Dr. Nega’s fortress…
Electra: Got any threes?
Volcana: Go fish.
Electra: *Picks up another card*
Tornada: Ohhhh! We’re going fishing?
*An explosion occurs*
Woodra: Eh!? What the hey!?
Stonia: What was that!?
Volcana: It sounds like it came from the simulation room. We’d better go check it out. *Takes off*
*PG Experiments follow*
In the simulation room…
Nega Robotnik: Goldra, that’s enough!
Goldra: *Ignores him and continues*
Nega Robotnik: The purpose of this simulator was merely to test your abilities, not to wreck my fortress!
Nega Robotnik: I SAID THAT’S ENOUGH!
Goldra: *Fires at him*
Nega Robotnik: *Dodges* Goldra, what’s the matter with you!?
Goldra: I am a Goddess… Why should I have to obey orders from anyone, let alone from someone whose power clearly pales in comparison to my own?
Nega Robotnik: I am your creator, that’s why! You will do as I say! Otherwise-
Goldra: *Fires at him again*
Nega Robotnik: GAH! *Dodges*
Goldra: HAHAHAHA…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! *Fires more blasts at him*
Nega Robotnik: AAAAAAHHHH! *Rushes out of the room*
Somewhere down the hall…
Volcana: Doctor N.! What’s going on in there?
Nega Robotnik: Goldra… She’s gone completely out of control! At this rate, she’s going to end up destroying this entire fortress! I’m going to get that controller so I could have her shut down and reprogrammed. I need the five of you to distract her in the meantime!
Volcana: Okay, no problem.
Tornada: You can count on us!
Woodra: Yeah, you needn’t worry, now let’s hurry!
*The take off and enter the ravaged simulation room*
Goldra: It’s you…
Woodra: Okay, Sis… What’s the meaning of this!?
Electra: Yeah, seriously. You’re going way overboard, here!
Goldra: It’s all become clear to me now…
Volcana: What has?
Goldra: My sole purpose for having been created…was to be nothing but a lowly servant! The mere thought of being someone’s puppet, having to obey orders on a whim with virtually no freedom…is enough to sicken me like you wouldn’t believe!
Volcana: You’ve got it all wrong! You’re not being oppressed by Doctor N. at all!
Woodra: That’s right! No one’s trying to make you his slave, now why don’t you just behave!?
Goldra: I will destroy anyone who dares to stand between me and my freedom… Including all of you!
Nega Robotnik: *Comes in with the switch*
Tornada: Oh! You got the shutdown switch!
Goldra: …! *Takes off*
Nega Robotnik: Bah! Curses! She’s getting away!
Volcana: Don’t worry, Doctor N.! We’ll catch her!
Nega Robotnik: Splendid. Here’s the switch… *Hands it to Volcana* …and here’s my N.E.G.A. computer. *Hands her that, as well* Using its built-in radar, Goldra won’t have anywhere to hide, and you’ll track her down in no time!
Stonia: Got it.
Nega Robotnik: Just a heads up… I’ll be starting this base’s launch sequence soon in order to test out another weapon of mine. Should you get back and the fortress is not in this area anymore, then you should be able to track it down again by following the signal of the Celestial Emerald through the use of my N.E.G.A. computer.
Volcana: We’ll keep that in mind. Let’s go!
*They rush out the door*
A little while later, just as the heroes were on their way to Nega’s fortress…
Goldra: *Flies right past them*
Silvra: …! Who was that!? Could that have been PG-005!?
Oceana: Yes, it definitely was! Nega showed her to Frostina and I earlier today while she was deactivated, so I’m positive that’s her!
Frostina: Oh, no! We must be too late!
*Volcana and the others show up shortly afterwards*
Oceana: Hey, you guys. What’s going on?
Woodra: Goldra’s glitchy programming has taken its toll… She’s really gone out of control!
Stonia: Yeah, she’s gone wacko, big-time! Once she found out that Dr. Nega was about to shut her down, she ran off!
Volcana: *Checks the N.E.G.A. computer* By the looks of things, she seems to be heading over to Sparkling City. I’ll bet she’s gonna start wrecking things over there as she’s started doing to Doctor N.’s fortress! Come on, we’ve gotta go catch her!
*Volcana and all the PG Experiments begin taking off*
Electra: …! *Stops for a brief moment after noticing Sonic*
Sonic: (Uh oh…)
Amy: Hey, hey! Don’t even think about it!
Tiara: Yeah! Back off, skank!
Electra: *Ignores them, walks over to Sonic, and kisses him on the cheek again* I’ll see you again, handsome. *Winks at him, gets a running start, and flies off*
Amy: You better run, you floozy!
Electra: *Flips her off from a distance*
Another little while later…
Frostina: Here we are, everyone. This is where Dr. Nega’s base is.
Black-Hog: Hmm… Not bad. The technology on this planet is far more advanced than I originally thought.
Nega Robotnik: *Through the intercom* Eee hee hee! Well, well! It seems that you truly have survived that explosion after all!
Oceana: Nega, you creep! Luna died because of you!
Nega Robotnik: Oh, did she? What a regrettable loss… I’m terribly sorry! Eee hee hee hee hee! I thank you kindly for the update! As I said before, it’s not as if she hadn’t outlived her usefulness, anyhow!
Oceana: Splash and the others were right about you all along, then… It looks like you’ve finally shown your true colors! Is that all we were to you!? Nothing more than tools to be used for your sick, twisted plans, and disposed of when we’re no longer needed!?
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! Once you’ve put it that way, then yes, pretty much.
Oceana: I’m wasting my time talking to you… You’re just an animal! You’re going to pay! For everything you’ve done!!!
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee hee! You needn’t be so saddened by the loss of your friend, my dear Oceana. And do you know why? You’ll be seeing her again soon, as I reduce Ringstar Island into a pile of rubble!
Nega Robotnik: I’ve already begun this fortress’ launch sequence, and the moment it takes off into the vastness of space, I’ll be using this island as a test subject for my laser cannon weapon, which is being powered by the Celestial Emerald! Better stop me while you can, fools! Eee hee hee hee hee!
*They all begin charging toward the base*
Female Computer Voice: …Blast off!
*They come to an abrupt stop as Nega’s fortress transforms into something resembling the Death Egg, and takes off into the sky*
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! Better luck next time, idiots! Assuming of course, there’s actually going to be a next time! EEE HEE HEE HEE HEEEEEEEE!!!
Vector: Ah, crud! We were so close!
Charmy: So, what do we do now?
Knuckles: Seeing how this island is almost exactly like my own, there should be a place similar to Sky Sanctuary. While over there, we could take that as our opportunity to hitch a ride on Nega’s ship!
Oceana: Ah, you must mean the Star Sanctuary! Luna showed that place to me days ago, so I know exactly where it is!
Sonic: Alright, then let’s blast through with Sonic speed!
*They take off*
Meanwhile, at Sparkling City…
Goldra: *Hovers down and lands on a rooftop* Ah, freedom… There’s nothing more enjoyable than the sweet, sweet taste of absolute freedom! Hmm, what shall I do to celebrate? Hmm… Perhaps I’ll commemorate this occasion with a ground-bound fireworks display! *Grins rather psychotically while holding out the palm of her hand, aiming downwards*
*A beeping chime sounds*
Goldra: Hmm? What was that? *Looks* …! *Hides*
*Volcana and the other PG Experiments fly by*
Goldra: (Damn it! It’s Nega’s flunkies!)
Volcana: No sign of her so far.
Woodra: Hey, so what does the computer say?
Volcana: *Checks* It doesn’t seem to be picking anything up at the moment. It’s either we’re not within her range, or she’s probably doing something to block the signal.
Electra: In that case, why don’t we all split up?
Stonia: Sounds good to me, but you aren’t gonna get distracted on the way, are you?
Electra: What do you mean by that?
Stonia: As in, you know, flirting with just about any guy you see?
Electra: Oh, give me a break. You’re totally exaggerating, here!
Stonia: If you say so. Let’s go ahead and get going, shall we?
*They split up*
Goldra: (Oh, that’s just perfect. They’ve even brought that cursed controller with them! Nega must have sent them to have me shut down, so that he could tamper with my programming! Until I could get ahold of that switch, I cannot afford to let myself be seen!)
Elsewhere, at the Star Sanctuary…
Luna: Whew… That was some explosion! For a second there, even I didn’t think I was gonna make it! I just hope Oceana, Frostina, and the others have managed to do the same. If something were to happen to them, then, then…! *Holds back her tears* Nega! I’m coming for you, you double-crossing scumbag! Just you wait!
*The Nega Death Egg is seen floating into the air*
Luna: What the…!? What is that, some kind of…spaceship? Whatever it is, it obviously belongs to Nega, there’s no mistake about that! What could he possibly be-…?
Nega Robotnik: Now that I’ve gotten what I’ve come for, this place no longer has any value to me! Speaking of which, seeing how you, Oceana, and Frostina have also outlived your usefulness, I see no further reason for this island to exist, either! So, as an added bonus, I’ll be using the Celestial Emerald to power another weapon of mine, and Ringstar Island has the special privilege and honor of being its test subject! Eee hee hee hee hee!
Luna: *Her eyes widen in panic* O-Oh, no! Nega… He must have already begun his plan to destroy the island! I have to stop him!!! *Dashes off*
Meanwhile, in the ship…
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee hee hee! Aside from that slight setback regarding Goldra, which will be taken care of soon enough, everything is going according to plan! Very soon, Ringstar Island shall cease to exist!
Metal Blaze: What about Volcana and the Parallel Goddess Experiments? They will get caught in the explosion as well, will they not?
Nega Robotnik: Nonsense. According to my calculations, they’re currently in Sparkling City, which is beyond the Island’s range, just as Station Square is to Angel Island.
Metal Blaze: I see.
Nega Robotnik: *Notices Luna from the distance* Hmm? It seems as if someone’s already here, but who could that be? Let’s get a close-up, shall we? *Turns on the monitor and zooms in* What!? Luna!? How did she-…!? Impossible! Oceana specifically told me that she was dead! No matter, easy remedied!
*Seconds later, tons of Cyber Sonics and many other Badniks are see coming from the Nega Death Egg, flying toward the Star Sanctuary*
Luna: What in the-…!? Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me! Fine! *Cracks her knuckles* If fighting through them is what it’s gonna take to get to Nega, then so be it! *Charges toward the Badniks* It’s back to the scrap heap with you!
*She starts fighting through them*
Elsewhere at the Star Sanctuary entrance…
*The heroes arrive via teleporter*
Marine: Strewth! Look at all those robots!
Charmy: Yeah, there sure is a lot of ‘em!
Silver: If they’re here, that definitely must mean that Nega is somewhere nearby!
Blaze: Definitely. *Points to the Nega Death Egg off in the distance*
Espio: So, the person who’s handling the robots over there… Who do you suppose that is?
Vector: There’s only one way to find out! C’mon, boys…’n’ girls! Let’s go ovah there ‘n’ lend him or her a hand!
Charmy: Yeah, alright! Time to rock and roll!
*They head in that direction*
Oceana: You’re…you’re alive! But how!?
Frostina: Yes, I mean, we all thought you were-
Luna: …Dead? Not at all, but to be honest, I was beginning to think the same about you guys! I’ll explain everything on the way, but for now, why don’t we concentrate on catching up to Nega’s ship?
*They take off and continue fighting through Nega’s robots*
Luna: As I was confronting Nega when he snuck off to go steal the emeralds, I ended up getting my arm stuck through the wall. Just as the explosion was spreading, and just when I was pretty much staring death right in the face, I had to get my arm out as quickly as possible. So, I decided to use my other fist to shatter the wall completely so that I could get unstuck. To my surprise, there was another teleportation device behind that broken wall that even I didn’t know about! Seeing that as my only ticket out of there, I used it to escape just in the nick of time.
Oceana: So, you escaped through a teleporter also? So did all of us! I can’t tell you how relieved I am that you’re still alive!
Frostina: So am I. Things just wouldn’t have been the same around here without you, Luna.
Luna: You guys…
Black-Hog: As much as I’d hate to interrupt this sentimental moment, there’s something you might want to take a look at. *Points to the Nega Death Egg, which is getting even higher*
Luna: Getting away? Not on my watch, he isn’t!
*They speed up*
Minutes later, at the very peek of the sanctuary…
Luna: WHAT!? NO!
Nega Robotnik: *Through the intercom again* Eee hee hee hee hee! It looks like you lose yet again! Too bad, so sad! EEE HEE HEE HEE HEEEEEE!!!
*The ship flies away*
Black-Hog: Ugh. I don’t know what’s more unbearable… The fact that he got away, or having to listen to that ridiculous laughter of his!
Luna: *Kneels* This is it… I’ve failed… *Angrily slams her fist onto the ground*
Despite our heroes’ best efforts, Dr. Nega has not only managed to get away, but is still in possession of the Lunar and Celestial Emeralds, the latter of which he intends to use as a power source for his laser cannon. Adding insult to injury, his rogue creation, PG-005/Goldra, the Goddess of All Elements is on the loose, and may destroy Sparkling City and the Lunar Dimension as a whole the moment she gets the chance! Have our heroes truly failed? Is this really the end of Ringstar Island and the Lunar Dimension as we know it? Find out as the saga continues on Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
To “bee” continued…
- In conjunction with the rest of this story's references to beta elements, Goldra made mention of both names that the Cyber City/Genocide City Zone had before it was ultimately removed from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.