|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos|
July 5, 2012
When we last left off on Dimensional Chaos, Dr. Nega, Volcana, and Metal Blaze, after obtaining the blueprints to the EG Experiments, fled the scene in order to avoid getting themselves caught in the explosion from the bomb that they planted at Dr. Robotnik's base. As soon as the three of them left, a battle-injured Metal Sonic Version 3.0 arrived at the entrance to find the bomb, and managed to get rid of it just in time before it exploded. As the bomb was detonated in the sky with his eye laser ability, the explosion was heard all throughout the Mystic Ruins, and ended up getting the attention of Knuckles the Echidna and the "White Echidna Project", Wechnia, as well as Mighty the Armadillo, Tikal the Echidna, the Fire Goddess, Scorch, Tails, the robo-mechanics, Heavy and Bomb, along with Robotnik's former henchmen, Orbot and Cubot.
After getting rid of the bomb, Metal Sonic 3.0 knew that the perpetrators were still in the area, and if he were to have any chance of catching them, then he was going to have to go after them as he was, not having enough time to recover from the injuries he suffered from his previous battle against the original Metal Sonic. When he detected the trio on radar, Metal Sonic 3.0 darted after them immediately, and when he caught up, he was surprised to find that one of them was not only Dr. Nega, but a robot that was designed for the sole purpose of replacing him. Eager to prove himself stronger, Metal Sonic 3.0 engaged Metal Blaze in battle, but due to his condition (as well as losing the copy chip that he had in the previous episode), he was no match for her, and she ended up making short work of him. Rather than finishing Three-Point Zero off, Metal Blaze advised him to recover first, and challenge her again after he's recovered.
Shortly after the three of them left, Scorch, who was on her way to check on Dr. Robotnik's base after hearing the explosion, found Metal Sonic 3.0. Before he had a chance to explain to her what happened, he ended up suffering from power failure because of all the damage he's sustained, and ended up shutting off. From there, Scorch decided to carry him over to the base herself so that Metal Sonic 3.0 can heal.
When the trio got back to Dr. Nega's base, the doctor went on to explain his purpose for stealing the blueprints, which was to create his own versions of Dr. Robotnik's EG Experiments, which he has labeled as "PG Experiments". In order for his work to go uninterrupted by his enemies, the deranged doctor has decided to relocate his base over to the alternate dimension. As he, Volcana, and Metal Blaze were on their way out, they ended up coming across the original Blaze, as well as Silver and Marine, who, coincidentally, were on their way to Dr. Nega's base to use his time machine. Figuring that he was up to something, they questioned him about it, but he refused to tell them anything, and quickly opened another portal to the alternate dimension.
After they got there, they landed in a shrine-like area, where they meant a female echidna-porcupine hybrid by the name of Luna, which was the dimensional counterpart of Knuckles. Assuming that the trio came to steal her treasures, she was about to engage them in battle, but Dr. Nega assured her that was not their reason for being there, and that they "come in peace". After getting themselves acquainted, Luna explained that she's the guardian and protector of the "Celestial Emerald" and "Lunar Emeralds", which are that dimensions equivalent of the Chaos (or possibly Sol) Emeralds, as well as the Master Emerald, and of the kinds of powers they possess. Nega then began secretly plotting to get ahold of these value gems, and decided to tell Luna a lie, stating that Silver, Blaze, and the rest of his enemies are "dimensional invaders" who will be coming to steal her valuables. Taking his word for it, Luna has decided to prepare herself for their arrival, and use the traps that she's set around the island to keep them at bay.
Now that Dr. Nega has begun setting his plan in motion, do our heroes have what it takes to stop him this time around? Find out as the saga continues on Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
Meanwhile, at the residence of the Chaotix Detective Agency…
Vector: *Humming happily as he looks in the mirror, straightening out the tie that he put on along with his suit*
Vector: Whadda YOU laughin' about?
Charmy: Getting ready for your date with Vanilla, huh? *Snickers again*
Vector: As a matter o' fact, I am.
Charmy: I thought you didn't like her, hmmmm?
Vector: Sheesh, will you quit sweatin' me about that, already?
Splash: Yes, Charmy, you really should leave him be.
Get it, "leave him bee"? *Giggles*
Charmy: Hee hee hee hee!
Espio: *Rolls his eyes*
Splash: Anyway, Vector, I have to say… You look nice. *Gives him a thumbs up*
Vector: Thanks, Splash, I appreciate it.
Splash: You're welcome.
Vector: And with that said, it's about time for me to go. Oh, 'n' by the way, Charmy… Don't even think about tryin' to spy us 'r nothin', got it? If ya do, then I promise you're gonna regret it! *Glares*
Charmy: Hee hee, no need to worry, I won't! ;
Vector: Good, glad ta hear it. Anyway, I'll be seein' you guys later. *Opens the door to leave*
Splash: Alright, take care.
Espio: Be safe, Vector.
Vector: *Shuts the door as he leaves*
Charmy: By the way, Espio, when are you gonna ask Honey out? *Snickers*
Espio: Ugh… Please don't start this again, okay? What did I tell you before? The two of us are just friends, nothing more.
Charmy: "Just friends"… riiiiiggghht! I remember Silver and Blaze saying the same thing before, and look what happened with them!
Espio: It's the truth! Even if I did think of her that way, being in a romantic relationship still wouldn't be my top priority, since it would distract me from my training.
Charmy: Hee hee, whatever you say.
*Suddenly, a knock is heard at the door*
Espio: Come in.
*Silver, Blaze, and Marine enter*
Marine: Hey! How's it goin', mates?
Splash: We're doing pretty well. Wow, what a weird coincidence… Charmy was just talking about you a little while ago!
Silver: He was?
Espio: Don't worry about it, it's not important.
Charmy: Hey, Marine! Vector's about to go on a date with Vanilla! Wanna go spy on them?
Marine: Oh, that's what 'e was all dressed up for!? Strewth! Sounds rippa! Come on, let's do it! *Rushes out the door*
Charmy: *Does the same*
*Everyone else sweatdrops*
Blaze: Those two are so much alike, it's almost scary!
Silver: Yeah, tell me about it.
Splash: So, what brings you two lovebirds over here?
*They both blush at the "lovebirds" comment*
Silver: Well… At first, we were just stopping by to visit this time period, but then we ended up spotting Dr. Nega on the way.
Splash: You did!? Ugh, what's that creep up to THIS time?
Blaze: We don't know that as of yet, but we did happen to spot two others along with him, who are most likely helping him out with his latest scheme. One of them was a mechanical clone of me, while the other one heavily resembled Scorch!
Splash: Wait, what!?
Silver: You're all sisters, right? So, would you happen to know anything about that blue Scorch look-alike we saw?
Splash: I'm afraid not. This is the first time I've heard anything about her. Although, I did happen to lose some of my memory after being sealed up for so long, so maybe there's another sister of mine around that I wasn't aware of…
Espio: It's either that, or it's someone in disguise. After all, Dr. Nega does happen to possess shapeshifting technology. Months ago, I remember seeing him use a belt-like device to morph into and impersonate Robotnik. So, maybe it's the same case this time around?
Silver: Hmm, you just may be onto something, Espio.
Espio: Do the two of you happen to know where Dr. Nega went, by any chance?
Blaze: We saw him, along with the other two, pass through a dimensional portal that he created with his camera, but we have no idea where he is at the moment. However, there's a chance that he's somewhere in this time period, since this is where he usually goes to orchestrate his schemes.
Silver: Wherever he is, we need to find him and get to the bottom of this, so we could stop whatever scheme he's hatching before it even begins!
Espio: Alright. Why don't we go ahead and start looking for clues?
Splash: Okay. Is there any place in particular where you think we should start?
Silver: Hmm, do you think Robotnik might know something about what's going on? Why don't we stop by his base in the Mystic Ruins?
Espio: Sure, why not? There's currently a train at Station Square's that's scheduled to stop at the Mystic Ruins sometime soon. If we act now, we should be able to get there before it takes off.
Blaze: Alright, then let's get moving!
Believing that Dr. Robotnik's Mystic Ruins base contains the clues they're looking for, Espio, Splash, Silver, and Blaze quickly rushed out the door, bound Station Square's train station. However, by the time they got there, the train had already taken off.
Splash: Oh, shoot! Looks like we JUST missed it…
Espio: I suppose this means we're going to have to wait for the next one, then…
Blaze: That won't be necessary. I happen to have the Sol Emeralds in my possession, so we should be able to Chaos Control our way over to the Mystic Ruins.
Silver: Alright, then let's do it!
Blaze: *Holds out one of the emeralds* Chaos Control!
Meanwhile, Knuckles, Wechnia, Mighty, Tikal, and everyone else who heard the aerial explosion from Dr. Nega's dynamite pack decided to see what was going on, and ended up running into one another somewhere in the middle of the Mystic Ruins.
Mighty: Oh, hey, you guys! Fancy running into you here, huh?
Knuckles: Yeah. I'll take it that you heard the explosion, too?
Mighty: Yeah. We have no idea what caused it, but it sounded like it came from somewhere around Robotnik's base on the other side.
Wechnia: Most likely. There's only one of two things I could gather from this. It's either someone was trying to destroy his base, or he was in the process of testing a new weapon that he built.
Heavy: The latter theory sounds more likely. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm not in the least bit convinced that he's changed.
Bomb: Neither am I.
Tikal: What if he truly has changed, though?
Tails: I doubt it. Maybe if he hadn't pulled a stunt like that before, then it would have been more believable. I don't think even Knuckles is buying this!
Knuckles: What do you mean by that!?
Tails: No offense, Knuckles, but you have been tricked by him a lot of times…
Knuckles: It didn't happen THAT many times! It was only a few!
Hey, wait a minute… What's this strange energy I'm sensing?
Wechnia: I feel it, too. It feels like…Chaos energy. Could it be that someone's using Chaos Control?
*Espio, Splash, Silver, and Blaze appear*
Tikal: Ah, hello.
Splash: Hey. What an interesting coincidence, bumping into you guys here!
Mighty: What's up? *Looks around* Charmy, Vector, and Marine aren't with you guys?
Espio: Vector is currently on his date with Vanilla, while Charmy and Marine…decided to go and spy on it. -__-;;
Heavy: Well, either way, the important thing is that Charmy and Marine aren't here. Thank God for that.
Splash: What would've been wrong with them being around?
Heavy: …Do you REALLY need a reason? Really?
Splash: I don't know about anyone else, but I enjoy their company.
Heavy: Ooh, now there goes the surprise of the century! Yeah, you would, wouldn't you? After all, you're hardly any better.
Splash: Yes, well excuuuuuuuse me for not being a condescending prick like you, who does nothing but make rude, sarcastic remarks to everyone around me!
Mighty: Whoa, whoa! Calm down, you two!
Tikal: Yes, it's just as you're always saying, Splash… "Can't we all just make peace and get along?"
Splash: People like him are impossible to get along with.
Tails: Well, shouldn't we be focused on finding whatever it was that caused the explosion?
Blaze: I don't know what explosion it is you're referring to, but the four of us came here, because we're trying to gather information about Dr. Nega's whereabouts.
Knuckles: Dr. Nega!? He's in this time period again!?
Wechnia: Wait, you don't suppose HE had anything to do with that explosion, do you?
Blaze: It's definitely a possibility. The four of us were on our way to Dr. Robotnik's base for some clues. Is that where you were all heading, as well?
Knuckles: Yeah, since we've begun to suspect that the explosion came from somewhere over there.
*They head to the other side, go through the jungle, and arrive at the entrance to Robotnik's base*
Scorch: *From inside* YEAH, YOU KNOW WHAT!? BITE ME, ROBOTNIK! YOU, TOO, EGG-ROBO!
*Everyone has blank "WTF?" expressions on their faces*
Heavy: …Should we even ask?
Splash: Actually, I'm kind of surprised. Up until now, I don't think I've ever seen Scorch get angry with Robotnik before... I wonder what happened between them?
Silver: *Shrugs* Beats me…
Scorch: *Storms out of the base, looking pissed off*
Splash: Scorch, are you alright?
Scorch: I'm fine, Splash…just fine.
Splash: Are you sure? Exactly what happened in there, between you and Robotnik?
Scorch: I, I… *Tears start to fill her eyes* I don't want to talk about it! *Hovers into the air and flies off*
Splash: Scorch, wait! *Reaches her arm out*
Tikal: Whatever it was that happened, she seems so heartbroken… I feel so bad for her…
Heavy: …Says the person who sealed her up.
*People glare at Heavy*
Heavy: …What? It's not as if I said anything that was untrue.
Splash: Can you try showing a little sensitivity for once!? Is that too much to ask!?
Bomb: This is Heavy we're talking about, here, remember? "Heavy" and "sensitivity" don't exactly belong in the same sentence.
Splash: Can't argue with that, I guess. Anyway, I'm going in. *Enters the base*
*Everyone else does the same*
Robotnik: Well? Is there something I can help you with?
Egg-Robo: *Glares at Knuckles as he enters*
Knuckles: *Does the same to him*
Splash: We're here for two reasons. First of all, Dr. Robotnik, please tell me… Exactly what were you and Egg-Robo arguing with Scorch about?
What happened, you ask? Scorch betrayed me, that's what! It's already sickening enough that she was feigning loyalty to me all this time, just as Slush did, but to add insult to injury, she sided with Dr. Nega, of all people!
Splash: That's crazy! Scorch would never do that!
Mighty: Yeah, I mean, really! Wasn't she like, obsessed with the thought of repaying you for setting her free?
Knuckles: I was about to say the same thing! After all, I was right there when she made that promise!
Espio: Also, weren't she and Dr. Nega on bad terms with one another?
Robotnik: That's the same thing I thought at first. I didn't want to believe it, but then Egg-Robo showed me the recordings. Do you want to see them for yourself? Then follow me. This way, please.
*They follow Robotnik to the surveillance room, and he displays the recordings of Volcana and Metal Blaze invading the base*
Silver: That's them! The ones we saw earlier!
Robotnik: As you can plainly see, that, without a shadow of a doubt, is undeniable proof of her treachery! She even stole the blueprints to the EG Experiments and everything! Now do you want to try telling me that isn't Scorch? *Looks toward Splash* Or do you, her, and Slush, by any chance, happen to have another sibling I wasn't aware of?
Look, Doctor, I don't know who that was, but I know for a fact that was NOT my sister!
Egg-Robo: Oh, please. Do you seriously mean to tell us that you can't see through that disguise?
Robotnik: My point exactly, Egg-Robo. For Scorch to show up here with such an unconvincing disguise is nothing more than a blatant insult to my intelligence!
Espio: Speaking of "disguises", you're aware of Dr. Nega's shapeshifting technology, aren't you? Did it ever occur to you that someone might have been trying to frame her? How do you know that someone didn't simply disguise his or herself as Scorch?
I must admit, you do bring up a rather compelling argument, but until proven otherwise, this is the story I'm sticking with.
Blaze: Suit yourself, then. On the bright side, though, at least we know for a fact that Dr. Nega's been here. That was what we came to ask you about initially.
Robotnik: I see.
Egg-Robo: What could Dr. Nega possibly need with the blueprints to the EG Experiments and Egg Merger?
Robotnik: He must be trying to replicate them… That's the only logical explanation I could think of! Whatever it takes, we must get those blueprints back somehow! Especially if he intends to create another EG-005! The results could be disastrous!
Tails: Yes, but how are we going to do that, exactly? We have no idea where Dr. Nega is.
Robotnik: That's true, but if he's indeed somewhere in this era, and is truly trying create replicas of the EG Experiments as I've begun to suspect, then he's most likely going to send one of his minions or associates to the jewelry store in Station Square to get jewels that are exactly the same size and shape as the ones worn by all the Elemental Goddesses. When that time comes, that will be our opportunity to strike, and find out exactly where Dr. Nega is located!
Knuckles: Got it.
Wechnia: Alright, then I guess there's no more time to waste. Let's head over to Station Square right away!
Robotnik: I'm counting on you all! Now that Scorch is no longer allied with us, you're the only ones I can depend on at the moment! Good luck!
Blaze: *Takes out one of the Sol Emeralds again* Chaos Control!
*Everyone warps out of the base*
Meanwhile, in the alternate dimension…
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee… So far, things are really coming along smoothly!
Volcana: Nice work, Doctor N.! Exactly when do you think it's going to be finished?
Nega Robotnik: It should be done within the next few days, assuming things go according to plan.
Volcana: Oh, okay. Do you need help with anything?
Nega Robotnik: As a matter of fact, I do. The gem that you wear on your tiara… I'm going to need at least five regular gems that resemble it, in order for me to successfully perform the experiment. If it isn't too much trouble, would you mind getting them for me?
Volcana: Sure, just leave it to me. Where do I find them, exactly?
Nega Robotnik: In the very same dimension that we obtained the blueprints, there's a city by the name of "Station Square", and there's a jewelry store that sells all types of gems, along with other forms of jewelry. *Hands Volcana the dimensional camera*
Volcana: Hmm, how do you work this thing? I'm supposed to turn the knob, right?
Nega Robotnik: Yes, it's as simple as that.
Volcana: *Turns it and creates a dimensional portal*
Nega Robotnik: Before you go, my dear Volcana… Take this with you, too, please. *Hands her a shapeshifting belt*
Volcana: Sure thing. Just to refresh my memory, exactly what does Scorch look like again?
Nega Robotnik: *Takes out his small computer-like device again, and displays a holographic projection of her*
Volcana: Ah, that should be simple enough to imitate. *Straps the belt around her waist, presses a button, and shapeshifts into Scorch*
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee hee hee! Perfect! Those fools won't even be able to tell the difference!
"Scorch": Yeah. If they couldn't tell I was someone else even without the disguise, there's no way they'll be able to see through this! Alright, now here I go! *Jumps through the portal*
*The portal closes*
Elsewhere on Ringstar Island, Luna, after being informed of the supposed "dimensional invaders" has decided to go to Lake Oceana to double-check the traps that she's set for them. In the process, she ended up discovering a silver-colored gem with a watery aura around it.
Luna: This jewel…it looks a lot like the one Volcana was wearing! I wonder…could this also have to do with one of the Goddesses spoken of in the legend? If the story about the Flame Goddess turned out to be true, then I guess the same thing could be said for the Wave Goddess! Alright, here goes… *Drops it into the lake*
After dropping the gem into the lake, a tidal wave splashed into the air, and as soon as it faded, a silver/clear-colored Splash look-alike emerged from it.
???: Huh? *Looks around* What's this? I'm…I'm actually free!? Yes, FINALLY! I've been waiting SO long for this! *Notices Luna* Oh, hello there. Who might you be?
Luna: My name is Luna the Porchidna. I'm the guardian and protector of Ringstar Island. Your name is…Oceana, right?
Oceana: Yes, that's me. I'm Oceana, the Goddess of Waves, but I also go by "Shannah" sometimes. It's a pleasure to meet you, Luna.
Luna: It's nice to meet you, too.
Oceana: Are you the one who released me?
Luna: Yes, I am.
Oceana: I thought so. I really appreciate what you've done for me, and I just can't thank you enough for it.
Luna: Don't mention it.
Oceana: If there's anything you need at all, please don't hesitate to let me know. I'll be glad to help, if it means that I'd repay you for your act of kindness.
Luna: Well, okay. Like I said, I'm the guardian and protector of this island, as well as the treasures that reside on it. I heard that there's a bunch of thieves, or "dimensional invaders" as Doctor N. calls them, who will soon be coming here to steal the Lunar Emeralds and Celestial Emerald, and I'm currently preparing myself for their arrival. When they show up, will you help me deal with them?
Oceana: Sure, why not?
Luna: Okay, thanks! Now, if you need to know what they look like, the doctor will show you. Follow me! *Takes off*
So far, Dr. Nega has already begun putting the next phase of his plan into action, and is already on the verge of completing his recreation of the Egg Merger, and eventually, the "PG Experiments", as well. With Volcana on her way to the jewelry store to get the gems that he needs, will the heroes have what it takes to stop her? Additionally, Luna now has Volcana's younger sister, Oceana, to assist her in dealing with the Chaotix and company, and making their arrival as unpleasant as possible should they manage to cross into that dimension. Will Luna ever come to the realization that she's being manipulated? Will Dr. Robotnik and Egg-Robo ever find out the truth about Scorch's supposed "treachery"? Find out as the saga continues on Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
To "bee" continued…"