|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos|
August 1, 2012
On the last chapter of Dimensional Chaos, Scorch's dimensional double, Volcana had finally arrived at Station Square to steal the five gems that were required for the creation of Dr. Nega's "PG Experiments", just as the heroes predicted. Since the jewelry store was closed, Volcana decided to blast the door open, which was heard throughout the city, getting the heroes' attention in the process. Wasting no time, they decided to hurry to the scene. After her disguise was exposed, Volcana decided to make a run for it, but the heroes began chasing her down. As she was making her getaway, she ended up getting headed off and stopped by Scorch, who was angry at Volcana for impersonating her, and causing her to get thrown out of Dr. Robotnik's base.
After introducing herself to everyone, Volcana explained to Scorch that it was not her intention to get her on bad terms with Robotnik, and that she merely did these things as a favor for Dr. Nega. Scorch then attempted to get Volcana to confess, and tell her where Dr. Nega was located, but she refused. Shortly afterwards, a battle between the two Fire Goddesses began. The two of them fought a close, evenly-matched battle that ended in a draw. When their fight was over, Dr. Nega asked Volcana to report back to his base, stating that Oceana was waiting for her (since she and Luna showed up to get background info on the so-called "dimensional invaders").
Before Volcana left, Splash, Silver, Blaze, and Espio tried reasoning with her, stating that Dr. Nega was not the kind of person that she should be associating with. However, their words fell on deaf ears, since Volcana still felt obligated to return the favor that Dr. Nega has done for her. Elsewhere, at Westside Island, Metal Sonic Version 3.0 has made his way over to the Mad Gear Zone, thanks to the energy jolt that he was given by Dr. Robotnik and Egg-Robo after the power failure that he experienced after his battles with the original Metal Sonic and Metal Blaze. After using the recovery machine, Metal Sonic 3.0's wounds were instantly healed. He then started to ponder, and realized that he was not as powerful as he was months ago, due to Metal Sonic destroying the copy chip that contained all the data that he copied. Just as Metal Sonic 3.0 was getting ready to head back to Dr. Robotnik's Mystic Ruins base, a loud crashing noise was heard somewhere on Westside Island. Curious as to what that noise was, Three-Point Zero decided to go investigate.
The questions remain… Exactly what was the source of the crashing sound that Metal Sonic 3.0 heard? Will Tails be able to complete his portal device in time before Dr. Nega could begin the next phase of his plan to replicate the EG Experiments? Find out as the saga continues on Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
Meanwhile, at the Mystic Ruins…
Blaze: So, you're saying that you intend to create a portal device of your own, which is akin to the one that Dr. Nega invented?
Tails: That's right. My knowledge on that kind of technology is limited, so I'm not exactly sure how long it will take. If I had to make an estimate, I'd say it would probably take at least a few days or so.
Silver: Not to rush you or anything, but are you sure we have that kind of time? There's no telling exactly when Nega will be finished making those EG Experiment copies, and by the time those few days go by, it may already be too late to stop him!
???: Oh, trust me. I'm sure that a few days is more than enough time!
*They look in the direction of the voice*
Sonic: Hey there, Ro-butt-nik. When'd you get here?
Robotnik: About a second ago.
Scorch: *Turns her back from Robotnik and starts walking away*
Splash: Scorch, wait…
Scorch: *Stops, but still has her back turned*
Splash: Dr. Robotnik, don't you have something you want to say to her?
Robotnik: Like what?
Amy: Oh, gee, I dunno, maybe an "I'm sorry", or something?
Robotnik: Why should I? I have absolutely nothing to apologize for.
Scorch: … *The flames in her hair start to heat up as she boils with anger*
Shock: Uh, Scorch? Are you doing okay over there, Sis?
Scorch: *Marches toward Robotnik and punches him in the stomach*
Robotnik: AUGH! *Holds his stomach*
Scorch: Never been better. *Storms off*
Amy: Hey, wait up! *Follows her*
Sonic: HAHAHAHA! Man, you sure handled THAT one pretty well! Eh, Ro-butt-nik?
Robotnik: Silence, fool! By the way, hasn't that immature "Ro-butt-nik" insult gotten old by now?
Sonic: *Thinks* Nope, not really. It may be immature like you say, but it's still pretty hilarious!
Robotnik: Whatever! *Continues holding his stomach*
Storm: Are you alright, Doctor?
Robotnik: I'm fine. I've been through worse.
Storm: Now that that's been established, you really should go apologize to Scorch. After all, she didn't do anything wrong.
Robotnik: What, other than siding with Dr. Nega, attacking my base, and stealing those blueprints? Yes, nothing wrong, indeed. The next thing you know it, you'll also be saying that Slush didn't betray me!
Shock: Yeah, doc, but this is different. The person that attacked your base…that wasn't Scorch!
Robotnik: It wasn't? Well, who was it, then?
THAT'S what she told you? That she's Scorch's dimensional equivalent? Oh, please. I wouldn't be surprised in the least if Scorch magically happened to show up the moment this "Volcana" disappeared!
Tikal: You don't understand… We actually did see the two of them at the same time! They even got into a fight, and could have possibly destroyed Station Square had they continued their battle over there! So, we've decided to move their battle over here, instead.
Mighty: That's right. By the time you got here, though, the fight was already over. You can believe what you want, but Scorch and Volcana are two entirely different people.
Tails: Really, Robotnik. Is it really that out of the ordinary for alternate dimensions to exist? After all, time travel is possible, so why wouldn't that be?
Robotnik: *Sighs* Very well, veeeery well. I suppose an apology is in order. Anyway, back to the subject at hand… What is it that you were saying before, about a portal device?
Blaze: Shortly before Volcana left, we've learned that Dr. Nega has taken his base within another dimension, and Tails was talking about creating a dimensional teleporter of his own in order for us to reach it.
Tails: Would you be willing to help us out with that, Robotnik? Not that Heavy, Bomb, and I are incapable, but we would definitely get things done a lot faster with your help, since you seem to know a lot about machinery and everything.
Robotnik: Hmm… (Dr. Nega's base has been moved within an alternate dimension, they say? This gives me an idea! HAHAHAHAHAHA…) Sure, why not? If we're to get those blueprints back, and prevent another EG-005 from being created, then I suppose there isn't much of a choice now, is there?
Tails: Okay, great! Follow me to my workshop, and we'll get started right away! There's no telling how far Nega has come along with his project, so we have to get this done as soon as possible!
Robotnik: While the original Egg Merger was in development, it took me at least a month to have it completed, along with the first four EG Experiments. So, I highly doubt he'll be able to finish them that quickly. But still, I see your point. It would definitely work to our advantage if we're to get there early.
*They all head over to the workshop*
Robotnik: Alright, now that we're here, let's go ahead and get started, shall we? *Notices the Tornado Time Twister* What's this?
Tails: Oh, that? That's the Tornado Time Twister, a time machine that invented.
Robotnik: Hmm, interesting… Since that machine's already been built, making a portal device from scratch probably won't be necessary!
Tails: Wait, are you suggesting that we convert it into a dimensional teleporter?
Robotnik: Something like that, but what I had in mind was making a modification to it, so that it'll have the ability to create dimensional portals in addition to its time travel capabilities!
Tails: You know…that's not a bad idea. In fact, it's a brilliant one!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA… I know, wasn't it? After all, I do happen to have an undisputed IQ of 300!
Mecha Amy: *Rolls her eyes*
Knuckles: Not that I'm rushing you or anything, but how long do you guys think it'll take to make these changes to the time machine?
Robotnik: It will probably take a day or two at the most, and that should be more than enough time, considering the fact that the Egg Merger took far more time to construct. Plus, that'll give you all an opportunity to spread the word about Nega's latest plan, and get the rest of your friends involved.
Meanwhile, at Station Square…
*Vector and Vanilla arrive at the entrance of a nightclub, unknowingly beeing followed by Charmy and Marine*
Vector: Well, here we are.
Vanilla: Ah, so it's this place. I've heard of it before, but up until now, I've never been here myself. I suppose there's a first time for everything, though. *Holds Vector's hand* Shall we?
Vector: *Turns completely red* S-Sure!
Charmy: *Peeks at them from beehind a parked car, snickering*
Vector: *Starts looking around*
Vanilla: Is something the matter, dear?
Vector: I just thought I heard somethin', that's all.
Vanilla: Yes, but so far, you've been rather jumpy all evening…
Vector: Well, ya see, that's 'cause I just can't seem to shake this feelin' that I'm bein' watched…by a certain bee and raccoon.
Vanilla: Really, now? *Looks around*
*They duck down as soon as she looks*
Marine: *Whispers* Strewth! I think they're onto us, mate! What should we do?
Charmy: *Whispers back* As long as we stay quiet, I'm pretty sure they won't find us.
Vanilla: Sorry, but I don't see anyone around. Are you sure you're not imagining things?
Vector: Eh, I dunno. They do 'dis kinda thing all 'da time, but fa their sake, they beddah not be!
Vanilla: Now, now… You wouldn't truly think of harming the poor dears, would you?
Vector: Nah, of course not, but I'd still teach 'em some kinda lesson.
Vanilla: Ah, I see.
Vector: So, should we go ahead 'n' get goin'? The show's about ta start.
Vector: *Holds the door open for her*
Vanilla: Why, thank you. *Enters*
Vector: No prob. *Looks around before entering, and shuts the door when he does*
*Charmy and Marine follow them in secrecy*
Meanwhile, in the halls of Dr. Nega's base…
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?
Volcana: (No, that can't be! That just can't be true! I mean, I know they sounded sincere and all, and I might not have known Doctor N. for the longest time, but still… He and I are great friends! I just can't see him, of all people, doing something as low as that! Would he…?) *Sighs* In any case, I'd better go ahead and give him these gems. Also, I wonder who it was that he was talking about; the one that I'd be "delighted" to see? I guess there's only one way to find out.
*Volcana heads to Dr. Nega's room*
Nega Robotnik: Ah, Volcana, welcome back!
Volcana: Hey, Doctor N. Here are the jewels that you needed. *Hands him the bag*
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! Thank you very much, I appreciate it.
Volcana: No problem. So, exactly who was it that you wanted me to see?
Oceana: *Comes from the kitchen* Ah… That hit the spot.
Nega Robotnik: Does that answer your question?
Volcana: Oceana! It's you! *Rushes over there and hugs her, just as she did to Splash*
Oceana: A-Ahhhh! Volcana, it's nice to see you're doing so well! But…you're kind of embarrassing me, you know?
Volcana: I'm just happy to see you, that's all. *Releases her* So, have you heard from Frostina at all, as of late?
Oceana: No, I haven't. Unfortunately, I have no idea where she could be…
Nega Robotnik: Hmm… I think I may know how we can find her.
Volcana: You do? How?
Nega Robotnik: Dr. Robotnik has a detector at his base that's capable of picking up energy readings that the Elemental Gems give off. With that, I'm sure you'll find Frostina in no time!
Volcana: Whoa, there's really a detector like that over there!? I guess it's a good thing that bomb didn't go off, after all! So, anyway, I'd love to go back over there, but… I'm a little beat at the moment.
Nega Robotnik: Understandable. You're free to rest as long as you need to. So, are there any other volunteers?
Metal Blaze: *Steps up*
Nega Robotnik: Excellent. Now, Volcana, if you would be so kind as to hand her the camera and the interdimensional transceiver?
Volcana: Sure. *Hands them to Metal Blaze*
Metal Blaze: *Takes them* Mission accepted. I shall retrieve the device, without fail. *Opens up a portal*
Nega Robotnik: Alright. We're counting on you, Metal Blaze!
Metal Blaze: *Nods, and jumps through*
Oceana: Well, Dr. Nega, it's about time for me to go, but before I do, I'd like to do my part and contribute to your cause in some way. Is there anything I could do to help?
Nega Robotnik: Well, now that you mention it, I'm currently in need of a blood sample to use for my PG Experiments. You wouldn't mind giving one to me, would you?
Oceana: Um, well… Okay, sure. Why not? After all, I heard your story, and you seem pretty trustworthy.
Nega Robotnik: Thank you, your cooperation is very much appreciated.
Oceana: Anytime, Doctor.
Nega Robotnik: *Picks up the injector needle* Alright, now hold your arm out, please.
Oceana: *Holds it out*
Nega Robotnik: Now, this may hurt a little… *Stabs her in the arm*
Nega Robotnik: *Gets the sample, and takes it out*
Oceana: *Holds her arm*
Nega Robotnik: Are you alright?
Oceana: Yes, I'm fine. I'm pretty sure I've been through worse before. This is a small price to pay for the sake of the peace we're trying to achieve.
Nega Robotnik: I'm glad you think so.
Oceana: It's about time for me to go now, as to not distract you from your work any longer. I'll see you later.
Nega Robotnik: Very well. I'll be sure to alert you when the project's finished. I eagerly look forward to yours and Luna's next visit.
Oceana: Same here. *Exits the room*
Nega Robotnik: (For the sake of peace, she says? Eee hee hee hee hee! This is a little TOO easy! Tricking both of those fools is like taking candy from a baby!) Now, with that said, I think it's time I've taken a little break myself…
Elsewhere, Team Dark, which consists of Shadow the Hedgehog, Rouge the Bat, and E-123 Omega, have arrived at Westside Island after being sent by G.U.N. to investigate the source of the aforementioned crashing noise, which was assumed to be the arrival of an extraterrestrial lifeform. Metal Sonic and the Stone Goddess, EG-001/Squash, who also had their own reasons for coming to the island, decided to tag along with the trio.
Squash: So, basically, what you guys're saying is that you think there might be an alien on this island somewhere?
Shadow: Possibly. Ever since that incident with the Black Arms a while ago, G.U.N. Headquarters has been on constant guard, monitoring all signs of organic life that happen to arrive on this planet from the vastness of space.
Squash: AH-HA-AH-AH! Honestly, that sounds like a bunch of bologna to me. I think those guys are just being paranoid.
Rouge: Maybe, but I think aliens are a lot to be paranoid about, especially the ones that we had to deal with. There were thousands of them, and they even tried to destroy this planet!
Omega: That is precisely why we feel that this investigation is necessary; to prevent another extraterrestrial invasion from transpiring.
Squash: Well, okay then. Should we go ahead and get going?
Shadow: Yes. Let's go.
Metal Sonic: … *Looking back, as if he feels he's being watched*
Rouge: What about you, Metal Sonic? Are you coming along?
Metal Sonic: Very well.
*They take off*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Comes from behind a tree* Shadow, Rouge, EG-001…data successfully copied! Unfortunately, I was unable to obtain data from the other two, since this outdated copy chip that I've been reduced to using can only copy data from organic beings. Hmm… If what they said about an alien invasion is true, then it's of little concern to me, but perhaps Dr. Robotnik would like to know about it. Metal Sonic, you obsolete scum… It looks like our battle will have to wait…at least until Metal Blaze has been disposed of. *Turns on his jet booster and flies away*
Again, at Tails' Workshop…
Heavy: By the way, I've been meaning to ask… Exactly what kind of modification are we making to the Time Twister?
Robotnik: I'm glad you asked, Heavy. What I had in mind was adding fourteen different slots, where both the Chaos and Sol Emeralds can be placed. By harnessing the power of both sets of emeralds, we could create a large rip in the dimensional fabric, which will only be large for everyone to fit through, but-
Mecha Amy: Even large enough for you?
*A few people snicker about that*
Robotnik: Hardy har har. Anyway, as I was saying, in addition to its large size, the dimensional rift will also stay open long enough, so that all of you, as well as the rest of your friends, will be able to get through without it closing on them.
Bomb: That sounds pretty promising.
Robotnik: So, while we're working on making modifications to the machine, I'll take it that you'll be searching for the Chaos Emeralds in the meantime?
Knuckles: Yeah. It shouldn't take too long to find them, especially since we have a detector to use.
Robotnik: Excellent. As for you, Blaze, why not leave the Sol Emeralds here for safekeeping?
Blaze: … *Gives him an odd, skeptical look*
Robotnik: What's the matter? Why are you looking at me like that? I'll take it that you don't trust me?
Blaze: As a matter of fact, I don't. Not as of yet.
Robotnik: Aside from the fact that I've already told you all that I've given up on my evil ways, I intend to use those emeralds strictly for this machine, nothing more.
Silver: Yeah, you probably don't have anything to worry about, Blaze. After all, Tails, Heavy, and Bomb are going to be here with him.
Blaze: Ah, yes, good point. *Sits them on the table*
Robotnik: You see? That wasn't so hard now, was it? Now, with that said, I wish you all the best of luck in finding the Chaos Emeralds.
Sonic: Alright. Let's blast through with sonic speed, everyone!
*They leave the workshop*
Robotnik: *Grins* (It's all going according to plan! HAHAHAHAHAHA…)
Meanwhile, at the entrance to Dr. Robotnik's Mystic Ruins base…
*A dimensional portal opens, and Metal Blaze comes through it*
Metal Blaze: *Looks around* It appears that I have arrived at my intended destination… *Enters the base*
*The alarm goes off again*
Elsewhere, in the surveillance room…
Egg-Robo: GAH! It's her! That robotic feline from before!
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Quickly enters the room* Did you say "robotic feline"!?
Egg-Robo: Yes. See for yourself!
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Looks, and then clenches his fist in anger at the mere sight of her* This time, I shall rip her apart! Just as I will Metal Sonic! *Jets out of the room*
A little while later…
*Broken Badnik parts all scattered all over the place*
Metal Blaze: Hmph. *Starts walking away*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Drops down in front of Metal Blaze, glaring at her*
Metal Blaze: Metal Sonic Version 3.0, was it? So, we meet again, Brother…
Metal Sonic 3.0: Yes, for the last time!
Metal Blaze: Hmm, I see that you've recovered since our previous battle…very good. Now, you no longer have your condition to use as a scapegoat for your incompetence.
Metal Sonic 3.0: What did you way!? I shall see to it that I make you eat each and every word you've spoken, when I'm finished tearing your circuits out one by one!
Metal Blaze: We shall see.
*They dash toward one another*
It looks as if things are starting to heat up! Metal Sonic 3.0 has showed up to challenge Metal Blaze to a rematch. Which of the two machines will come out the victor this time? Even though Dr. Robotnik has volunteered to help Tails, Heavy, and Bomb add dimension-ripping capabilities to the Tornado Time Twister, he appears to have a hidden agenda. What are his true intentions? Also, will Shadow and the others' hunch about an alien crashing into the Lost Labyrinth Zone turn out to be true? Find out as the saga continues on Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
To "bee" continued…