|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos|
July 23, 2012
Last time on Dimensional Chaos, Knuckles, the Chaotix, and the rest of the heroes, after meeting with one another in the Mystic Ruins and getting the information that they needed from Dr. Robotnik's base, headed over to Station Square to wait for Volcana's arrival, and stop her from stealing the five gems that Dr. Nega needs in order to create his "PG Experiments", which are replicas of the "EG Experiments" made by his ancestor. When the heroes arrived at the city, they ran into Sonic, EG-003/Shock, EG-004/Storm, and Mecha Amy, along with the original.
While they were in the middle of discussing a strategy, a familiar voice was heard from around the corner, holding someone up for their money. The "familiar voice" turned out to be none other than Nack the Weasel/Fang the Sniper, who was thought to have been in prison for the past seven months. The person that he was extorting money from turned out to be none other than Madonna, an old friend of Sonic's. Never one to ignore those in need of help, Sonic went go to stop Nack, who soon made off with Madonna's purse. After Sonic chased him down, the two of them got into a small skirmish, with the former emerging victorious in the end by sending Nack flying with his signature "Sonic Wind" ability.
After getting reacquainted with Madonna and introducing her to the rest of his friends, Amy, who was irked about the friendly kiss that Madonna gave to Sonic after getting her purse back (as well as being skeptical about Sonic's claim that they're merely old friends), decided to storm off. During her walk around the city, she eventually came across a saddened Scorch, who had recently gotten herself thrown out of Dr. Robotnik's base, due to his and Egg-Robo's erroneous belief that she betrayed them. Sympathizing with the Fire Goddess after explaining her story, Amy decided to let Scorch stay with her, since she no longer had a place to live.
Elsewhere, Volcana, in her Scorch disguise, had finally arrived at Station Square after taking a train from the Mystic Ruins. Wasting no time, she quickly hurried over to the jewelry store to get the gems that Dr. Nega needed for his project. Since the store was closed at the time, Volcana decided to break in by blasting the door open, promptly triggering an explosion that was heard throughout the city. Immediately after hearing it, the heroes decided to rush to the scene to stop her. The question remains: Will they have what it takes to get there in time, and stop Dr. Nega's plans from going any further than they already have? Find out as the saga continues on this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
"Scorch": Now, let's see… *Picks up a clear gem, and then takes the Flame Element Gem out of her tiara to compare the two* Yep, I'm sure this is the right size. *Puts it into her bag* That's one… *Puts in another, and loads it with a few more* …Two, three, four, and…five. *Ties the bag* Well, looks like my work here is done. Now, it's time for me to head back. *Notices the heroes* Hmm?
Blaze: Hold it right there!
"Scorch": Oh, so it's you again, huh? *Notices Splash and gasps* …!
"Scorch": O-Oceana!? Is…is it really you!?
*Everyone has blank "WTF" expressions on their faces*
"Scorch": *Rushes over there and hugs her* Oh, it's been so long! I haven't seen you or Frostina in thousands of years! How've you been all this time?
Splash: Look, I don't know who this "Oceana" is, but I'm not- *Gets hugged even tighter before she finishes the sentence* Can't…breathe!
*Splash, after getting hugged tighter, accidentally leans onto the button on Volcana's belt that changes her back to normal*
Volcana: Uh oh… This isn't good…
Silver: AH-HA! It's just as we thought! You ARE a fake after all!
Volcana: *Quickly runs past everybody with the gems*
Knuckles: Alright, let's get her!
*Everyone runs after her, except for Splash, who's a bit lost in thought after being caught off guard*
Splash: ("Oceana"…? "Frostina"…? Who are they? Better yet, who was THAT? Since there's a look-alike of Scorch around, does this mean that there are doubles of Slush and I, as well…? Exactly…where did they even come from…?)
Mighty: Hey, Splash, are you alright?
Splash: Oh, yes, I'm fine. I'm going! *Joins in the chase*
Mighty: *Does the same*
Volcana: *Starts launching fireballs back at everyone*
Tails: Look out!
Volcana: Ah, very good, very good! Now, what do you say we up the ante a little? *"Fires" a ki-style flame blast*
*They dodge that, too*
Volcana: *Continues to fire more of them as she goes*
Bomb: *Gets hit* GAAAAAHH!!! *Czzzzzt!* Explodes*
*The others seemingly get caught in it*
Volcana: HAHAHAHAHA! Wow, wasn't expecting THAT! It's too bad our little game had to end so soon… It was getting to be SO much fun! Ah, well. There's always next time, I guess. Gotta run! *Flies off*
*The smoke clears, and everyone's unharmed from the explosion, since they were protected by Silver's psychic barrier*
Knuckles: Bomb, are you alright?
Bomb: Yeah, I'll be okay… *Czzzzt!* As always, I could regenerate from these explosions… *Czzzzzt!* There's no time to worry about me, though… *Czzzzzt!* You have to catch up to that copy before she gets away!
Espio: *Nods* Right. Come on, let's get going, everyone. *Takes off*
A little while later…
Volcana: *Looks back* Good, it's as close as clear. Now, to activate the- *Notices Scorch and Amy up ahead, and comes to a stop* Well, well! You must be Scorch!
Scorch: *Surrounds her fist with fire and punches her in the jaw*
Volcana: Uhhhhhh! *Falls over, dropping the bag in the process*
Scorch: Pathetic fake! Just who do you think you are, posing as me like that!? As a matter of fact, just who ARE you, anyway!?
Volcana: *Wipes the blood from her mouth, and grabs the bag*
Scorch: Well!? Are you going to give me an answer, or what!?
Volcana: Just a second. I'll wait until THEY get here first… *Points to the other heroes as they arrive*
Mecha Amy: Oh, it's you, Scorch! I barely recognized you without your nose up to Robotnik's-
Scorch: *Glares at Mecha Amy* Piss off, Mecha Amy! As you can plainly see, I'm NOT in the mood for you right now! Don't think for one SECOND that I'll hesitate to burn you to a crisp! *Looks toward Volcana again* Okay, now that they're here, tell me… Who the hell are you!?
Awfully pushy, aren't we? *Stands up* Alright then, here goes. My name is Volcana, the Goddess of Flames, and I come from another dimension.
Tails: Wait, did you just say that you're from another dimension? So, does that mean you're…?
Volcana: That's right, you guessed it. I'm Scorch's dimensional equivalent, so in a way, I guess that technically makes us sisters. *Looks toward Scorch* Wouldn't you say?
Scorch: … *Gives her a death glare*
Volcana: Aww, what's the matter, Sis? You mad?
Scorch: Shut up! Don't you call me that! You are NOT my sister, you impostor!
Volcana: Aww, that hurts. Really, it does.
Scorch: Oh, SOMEHTING'S gonna hurt, alright!
Volcana: Wow, is it me, or you taking this a lot more personally than you really should?
Scorch: I shouldn't be taking this personally!? I SHOULDN'T BE TAKING THIS PERSONALLY!? Oh, of all the things you could've said…! Yeah, why don't YOU try having someone pose as YOU, and see how you'd like it!? Let's see how well YOU'D take getting accused of something you didn't do, and thrown out of your home because of it!!!
Um, what? Am I missing something?
Scorch: Thanks to you, I ended up getting accused of "treachery" and thrown out of Dr. Robotnik's base, because he thought I was the one who attacked his base and stole those blueprints, when it was YOU! Dr. Robotnik was one of the first people that I ever considered as a friend, and because of you, he's never going to speak to me again!
Volcana: Ohhhh, that's what this is about? Look, that wasn't my intention at all. I even told that robot with the laser gun that I wasn't you, but he didn't believe me. Sure, I may have used this device to change myself into you a little while ago, but that wasn't even my idea. In a way, I guess you could say that I'm just a "messenger".
Scorch: Alright, then where is Dr. Nega!?
Volcana: Family or not, I'm afraid I can't tell you that.
Scorch: I'll get that information from you, one way or another… Even if I have to do so by force!
Volcana: Oh, I would LOVE to see you try.
Scorch: *Looks toward the others* Everyone, leave her to me. I owe her for what she did, and if anyone's going to wipe that smug look of her face… *Surrounds her fist with fire again, and charges at Volcana* …THEN IT'S GOING TO BE ME!!! *Swings her fist*
Volcana: *Grabs her fist with one hand*
Volcana: *Uses her other hand to blast Scorch, knocking her backwards*
Scorch: Uhhhhhhhhh! *Falls over*
Volcana: You might have caught me off guard with that earlier, but the same trick could only work so many times before it becomes predictable, you know?
Scorch: *Gets on her feet again* Predict THIS! *Launches a flame blast of her own*
Volcana: *Counters it with another one*
*The two blasts collide, creating an explosion*
Sonic: Oh, geez…!
Mighty: If they keep this up, they may eventually destroy the entire city!
Knuckles: That's exactly what I was thinking!
*Scorch and Volcana charge at one another*
Splash: Scorch, Volcana, wait!
*They come to an abrupt stop*
Scorch: What is it, Splash? Don't try to talk me out of this!
Volcana: (Splash…so THAT'S her name…)
Splash: I'm not trying to talk you out of anything, other than continuing the battle here. Like Knuckles and Mighty were saying, you two might end up destroying this city, and many innocent people will end up getting caught in the crossfire! Why not take your fight elsewhere, like the Mystic Ruins, or something?
Volcana: Heh, you remind me so much of my sister, Oceana.
Splash: From the way you acted after mistaking me for her, I'm guessing that's a good thing?
Volcana: Yeah, it is. Anyway, I have no problem with relocating our battle to the Mystic Ruins. There's a lot more space over there, anyway.
Blaze: *Takes out one of the Sol Emeralds*
Bomb: Hey, wait up! *Runs up to them*
Heavy: You sure do regenerate fast.
Blaze: Chaos Control! *Warps herself and everyone else in the middle of the Mystic Ruins*
*Scorch and Volcana surround themselves with fiery auras, and begin fighting again immediately, throwing barrages of punches at one another*
Sonic: Whoa, those two sure didn't waste any time!
Tails: I hope my Workshop doesn't get caught in the crossfire… No pun intended, by the way.
Meanwhile, at Dr. Nega's base…
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee… Once again, things are coming along smoothly! At this rate, I may even be finished with the machine a lot earlier than planned! Then, I could finally begin the creation of my glorious PG Experiments! That is, of course, when Volcana finally gets back here with those gems. Speaking of which, I wonder what's keeping her?
Metal Blaze: *Enters the room*
Nega Robotnik: *Jumps up, startled* What the…!? Oh, it's just you, Metal Blaze. Would you mind knocking next time?
Metal Blaze: I will keep that in mind. I apologize for the disturbance, but I merely came to inform you that Luna and Oceana have returned. *Points her thumb back at them as they enter the room*
Nega Robotnik: (Oh, NOW what do those two want!?) *Ahem* Hello again, ladies. What can I do for you this time?
Oceana: Hey, Doctor. I hope you're not too busy or anything, but there was something else we'd like to ask you about those "invaders" you told us about…
Nega Robotnik: Alright, what is it that you'd like to know about them?
Luna: Well, doc, we were hoping you'd give us some background info. Like, who are these people, exactly, and where did they come from? For what purpose do they intend to steal the Lunar Emeralds?
Nega Robotnik: …
Well, you see… The "dimensional invaders" that I speak of… They're all loyal servants of an evil scientist by the name of Dr. Ivo Robotnik, who also goes by the name of "Dr. Eggman".
Oceana: Go on…
Nega Robotnik: He is a ruthless, power-hungry tyrant who desires next to nothing but the misery and suffering of others. Dr. Robotnik intends to not only take over the world, but to rule over time itself! There are no limits to what he would do to achieve this nefarious goal… He'll achieve this goal by any means necessary, even if it means unleashing interdimensional creatures with the capacity to destroy it, like the Ifrit, for instance!
Luna & Oceana: WHAT!?
Nega Robotnik: Yes, you heard that correctly. As a matter of fact, that's exactly what happened in the world that I originated from! But don't just take my word for it… *Takes out his Nicole-like computer again, and displays a projection of the future homeworld that was destroyed by Iblis*
*The two of them gasp*
Nega Robotnik: Yes, take a good look at this, ladies. This is what will happen to this world also, if those invaders manage to get ahold of the Lunar Emeralds!
Oceana: O-Oh… Oh, my gosh! I… I don't believe this! This…this is terrible!
Luna: Yeah, I'll say! This Robotnik guy… He sounds like a real scumbag!
Nega Robotnik: I'm afraid that doesn't even begin to describe him…
Luna: *Clenches her fist in anger* Just wait until he and his cronies get here! I'll definitely be sure to teach them a lesson! That's if they somehow manage to get through the traps I've set for them…
Oceana: So will I! How…could they do something like this!? Those were innocent people that they've slaughtered! I won't let them get away with this!!!
Luna: By the way, Doctor N., I forgot to ask… Exactly what's the connection between Lunar Emeralds and this "Ifrit" creature?
Nega Robotnik: …
Well, you see… That's because the Ifrit has been sealed behind a door, which leads to another dimension. In order for that seal to be broken, the energy of all seven emeralds is required. Dr. Robotnik and his associates intend unleash the Ifrit once more, so that it can lay waste to this and every other dimension, just as it did to mine!
Lunar: Oh, so THAT'S why they need them…
Oceana: You can definitely count on us to protect the emeralds, and keep them from falling into Robotnik's hands!
Nega Robotnik: Good, I'm glad to hear it.
Oceana: Sorry if we're asking too many questions, but…you said that the Ifrit was sealed behind a door, right? How did it get there, exactly? Are you responsible for that?
Nega Robotnik: Yes, I am. The Ifrit was powerful…indescribably powerful, and unfortunately, my robots and I weren't powerful enough to defeat that vile creature, and stop it from destroying our world! The only thing we were able to do was lure it into that dimensional door, and have it sealed up.
Nega Robotnik: Is there anything else you'd like to know?
Luna: That machine that you're building… *Points to the Nega Egg Merger* What's it for?
Nega Robotnik: I'm glad you asked. It's my latest invention, the "Nega Egg Merger". With this machine, I intend to create a quintet of super beings called the "PG Experiments", who will travel back in time with Metal Blaze and I, so they can aid us in our quest to stop the destruction caused by the Ifrit, and change the course of history!
Luna: "Nega Egg Merger"? How did you come up with a name like that?
Nega Robotnik: I added "Nega" in front of it to avoid confusion with the original that Dr. Robotnik built.
Oceana: Oh, so THAT must be what the "N" stands for in your name! Right?
Nega Robotnik: Yes. In case you're wondering, it's merely a childhood nickname that I adopted. It was given to me, because many viewed me as a pessimist, since I often saw things in a…negative perspective most of the time.
Oceana: Ah, okay. Makes sense, I guess.
Nega Robotnik: So, anyway, about the machine… The Nega Egg Merger, just like the original, works by combining DNA and element-based samples with physical objects, like gems for instance. The "PG Experiments" that I speak of are also Elemental Goddesses like you are, Oceana. In a way, I suppose they could be looked at as "sisters" to you, Volcana, and…what was the name of the Snow Goddess again?
Nega Robotnik: Ah, right, of course. Adding onto what I was saying before, these new Goddesses consist of… "PG-001", the Earth Goddess, "PG-002", the Flora Goddess, "PG-003", the Thunder Goddess, "PG-004", the Air Goddess, and "PG-005", the Multi-Elemental Goddess.
Luna: Pee-Jee-Double-Oh-What? No offense, doc, but you could come up with better names than those, can't you?
Nega Robotnik: Those are merely experimental codenames. Upon being brought to life, they'll all be given actual names accordingly. You're welcome to help with the naming schemes if you'd like.
Luna: Thanks, but no thanks. I'm not sure if I have the time right now. I need to report back to my post. As Guardian of both the Celestial and Lunar Emeralds, I can't afford to leave them unprotected for lengthy periods of time.
Nega Robotnik: Understandable.
Oceana: I have to say, Doctor… I really commend you for all the work you've done so far in fighting for such a noble cause. You have my respect.
Luna: Mine, as well. Thanks for all the background info, by the way.
Nega Robotnik: I'm glad to have been of help to you both. (Eee hee hee…fools!)
Oceana: Luna, you go on ahead. I'm going to wait here for a while until my sister gets back.
Luna: Alright, sure. I guess I'll see you when you get back. *Leaves*
Oceana: You don't mind me doing that, do you, Doctor?
Nega Robotnik: Not at all. I'm sure Volcana will be thrilled to see you again.
*Some stomach growling is heard*
Oceana: *Grabs her stomach* Oh, I forgot… I don't think I've eaten anything for the past thousand years or so!
Nega Robotnik: Well, we can't have you going hungry now, can we? There's a kitchen right this way. *Points* You're free to help yourself to whatever you'd like. I insist.
Oceana: Thank you again, Doctor. You're too kind.
Nega Robotnik: You're most welcome.
*Oceana leaves the room and heads for the kitchen*
Nega Robotnik: (Eee hee hee! I just can't get over how naïve those two are! Honestly, if I were to look that or "gullible" up in the dictionary right now, there's absolutely no doubt in my mind as to whose pictures I find! Eee hee hee hee hee!)
Again, back at the Mystic Ruins…
Scorch: *Launches a barrage of fireballs at Volcana*
Volcana: *Does the same to her*
*The fireballs collide and create another explosion*
Volcana: *Surrounds her fist with fire, runs toward Scorch, and punches her in the jaw*
Scorch: Uhhhhhh! *Stumbles backward, stops, and does the same thing to her*
*They start throwing a barrage of flame-fisted punches, continuously hitting each other without bothering to block the others' attacks*
Sonic: Whoa! This is pretty intense, isn't it?
Blaze: Indeed. The two of them are so evenly matched, that it's anyone's guess as to who the victor will be!
Splash: "Who the victor will bee"… That would have been so much funnier if Charmy were around right now.
Heavy: No, it wouldn't have.
Splash: Whatever, your opinion.
*Both Scorch and Volcana simultaneously kick one another in the stomach, and kneel to the ground*
Silver: Ouch… Now I know THAT'S gotta hurt!
*They get up again shortly afterwards, breathing hard*
Volcana: Geez, you're…you're pretty tough, Sis…
Scorch: Same to you… Now, tell me where Dr. Nega is!
*Suddenly, a chime is heard*
Volcana: *Takes out her interdimensional transceiver* Yeah?
Nega Robotnik: Volcana, have you obtained the gems yet?
Volcana: Yes, I have.
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! Excellent work, as always! Now, why not go ahead and report back to the base? There's someone over here right now that I'm sure you'll be delighted to see!
Volcana: I'll be right there, Doctor N. *Hangs up, puts the communicator away, and looks toward Scorch* This has been fun, it really has, but it's time for me to go. Let's do this again sometime, eh?
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. *Uses the dimensional camera to open up a portal, showing the outside of Dr. Nega's base*
Silver: So, THAT'S where he took his base!
Tails: Wait a minute… Is that another dimension!?
Volcana: As a matter of fact, it is. Now, with that said, I think it's time I've made my leave. Ta-ta! *Jumps through the portal*
*They try to go after her, but the portal closes*
Storm: …That sure went well, didn't it?
Shock: Yeah, but on the bright side, at least we know where Nega is now.
Knuckles: True, but how are we going to get over there if it's in another dimension?
Tails: Hmm… Maybe I'll see what I could do about creating a portal device of my own. I just hope I'll be able to get it done in time before Dr. Nega's plans go any further…
Meanwhile, at the Mad Gear Zone on Westside Island…
Metal Sonic 3.0: So, this is it… *Czzzzzt!* This must be…the machine that Dr. Robotnik told me about… *Czzzzzt!* The one…that has the ability to instantly…rejuvenate and repair any and all kinds of damage…done to robots. *Czzzzzt!* Thanks to…the jolt of energy that he and Egg-Robo have given me, I was able to…make it over here, despite… *Czzzzt!* …The wounds I've suffered…at the hands of that outdated trash model, Metal Sonic, and that worthless imitation, Metal Blaze… *Czzzzzt!* I'll…I'll show them both… *Czzzzzt!* …Who the strongest…TRULY is! *Curls up into a ball, charges up a Spindash, and shoots into the machine*
One minute later…
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Looks at his hands as he hovers down from the machine, fully healed* I'm at a loss for words… Everything the doctor said about that machine was true! My recovery was instantaneous! It's almost as if those injuries never occurred at all! This is truly incredible… Who would have figured that the technology of THIS era was capable of that? *Looks at his hands again* Although I was given a brand new copy chip after Metal Sonic destroyed the other one, I still have yet to recover all that lost data, and as such, I'm nowhere near as powerful as I was months ago, and as much as it wounds my pride to say this, I may not…have what it takes to defeat him or Metal Blaze at the moment. I have to get stronger somehow… *Pauses to think* Perhaps Dr. Robotnik can give me some advice… *Turns on his jet booster, and heads for the teleporter*
Just as Metal Sonic 3.0 was heading back to the teleporter, a crashing sound, which was almost as loud as an explosion, was heard throughout the island.
Metal Sonic 3.0: Hmm!? What was that noise!? Something tells me that I'd better check it out… *Turns on his booster again, and dashes away*
Although the heroes failed to stop Volcana from the stealing the gems that Dr. Nega needs for his "PG Experiments", they still managed to find the precise location of his whereabouts. Will Tails be able to finish his teleportation device in time before the rest of Nega's sinister plan is set in motion? Also, exactly what was the source of the crashing sound that Metal Sonic 3.0 heard on Westside Island? Find out as the saga continues on Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
To "bee" continued…