|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos|
September 3, 2012
When we last left off on Dimensional Chaos, Sonic and the Lightning Goddess, Shock, traveled to Station Square in search of the Chaos Emerald that was said to be in the area, according to Knuckles' calculations. The detector readings, of course, turned out to be correct, since the emerald was in Madonna's possession (since she apparently won it as a prize at Casinopolis). After explaining the situation, and because of the fact that she and Sonic were old friends, she gladly allowed them to hold onto to the Chaos Emerald, effectively adding that to the other two that were already at the Workshop.
Elsewhere, at Carnival Island/Isolated Island, Knuckles and Wechnia ended up making some startling discoveries during their search for the fourth Chaos Emerald. Not only was the Newtrogic High Zone rebuilt, but they also found a secret room, which was a production factory that contained robotic clones of the Chaotix team, as well as plans for a "Green Hedgehog Project", which made them come to the conclusion that Robotnik's been faking his "retirement". Shortly afterwards, a rebuilt Mecha Sonic burst into the room, and revealed that he's the one who was in possession of the Chaos Emerald that they were looking for. He then challenged the echidna duo, stating that he'll hand over the emerald if they manage to defeat him. Knuckles and Wechnia, of course, accepted his challenge, and went straight into battle.
The question remains: Do Knuckles and Wechnia have what it takes to defeat Mecha Sonic, and claim the fourth Chaos Emerald? Exactly what is the nature behind this "Green Hedgehog Project", as well as everything else that they found in the secret room that they stumbled upon? Find out in this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
Meanwhile, at the Newtrogic High Zone…
Mecha Sonic: *Hovers into the air, rolls into a spinning blade, and shoots toward Knuckles and Wechnia*
*They spread out and dodge the attack*
Mecha Sonic: *Unrolls*
The moment Mecha Sonic unrolled, Knuckles began running toward him with his fist raised. Just in time before he managed to land his punch, Mecha Sonic surrounded himself electrical current, causing Knuckles to get zapped.
Knuckles: UHHHHHH…! *Bzzzzzt!* *Falls back*
Wechnia: Are you alright?
Knuckles: Yeah, I'm fine. *Gets back up* But he won't be!
Mecha Sonic: We shall see. *Hovers into the air again* Behold…the ultimate power!
*A flash of light occurs*
Knuckles: Ghhhh…! *Shields his eyes*
Wechnia: *Does the same*
*Mecha Sonic is seen in his "super" form after the light fades*
Knuckles: Huh!? Wait a minute, how did you do that!? The Master Emerald isn't even around this time!
Super Mecha Sonic: The Chaos Emerald that you're seeking… It's embedded into my circuitry. As a result, I'm able to tap into its powers and transform at will.
Wechnia: I guess that explains it…
Super Mecha Sonic: Any last words before you're terminated?
Knuckles: There's really nothing more to be said, here. Let's get this over with. *Cracks his knuckles and gets in a fighting stance*
Wechnia: We're ready when you are.
Super Mecha Sonic: Very well then. Die! *Fires electric spheres from the orb on his chest*
*They start dodging*
Super Mecha Sonic: *Rapidly fires more of them*
Knuckles: *Continues dodging, runs toward Mecha Sonic, and starts punching him repeatedly*
Super Mecha Sonic: HAHAHAHAHA… Pitiful fool! Your feeble attacks have yet to so much as put a scratch on my armor!
*His super form momentarily wears off*
Mecha Sonic: WHAT!? Uhhhhhhhhh! *Czzzzzt!*
Knuckles: *Surrounds his fist with fire* Take…. THIS! *Uppercuts him*
Mecha Sonic: *Czzzzzt!* *Gets sent flying through the wall*
Wechnia: And you were saying…?
Mecha Sonic: *Rises* I'm unable to sustain my super form for lengthy periods of time with only one Chaos Emerald, like I could with all seven of them, or the Master Emerald alone. In other words, you got lucky on that one, but rest assured, that will not happen again. Even without an emerald in my possession, I still have what it takes to send you to oblivion!
Wechnia: Then by all means, go right ahead. We're waiting.
*The echidnas and Mecha Sonic charge toward one another, and the battle resumes*
Meanwhile, at the Ice Cap Zone…
Slush: So, that's what's going on, huh? Dr. Nega invaded Robotnik's base, stole the blueprints to the EG Experiments, and escaped into another dimension, so now you're trying to collect the Chaos Emeralds, so you could create a dimensional rift that's supposed to lead to his base?
Splash: Yes, that's right.
Bark: Exactly what does Nega need those for, anyway?
Espio: He's most likely trying to make duplicates of them. This is further supported by the fact that he had Volcana steal five gems that are exactly the same size and shape as the ones worn by all the Goddesses.
Slush: "Volcana"… That's the name of the Scorch look-alike, right? While we're on the subject, does that mean that you and I have dimensional doubles of our own, Splash?
Espio: In any case, would you two happen to be in possession of the Chaos Emerald, by any chance?
Bark: Eh, afraid not. Sorry.
Espio: Oh, I see. I guess we'll have to take our search elsewhere, then.
Slush: We could help you look for it, if you'd like.
Splash: Okay, sure, we'd like that.
*They take off to look for the emerald*
Again, at the Newtrogic High Zone…
Super Mecha Sonic: *Jets toward Knuckles and Wechnia*
Knuckles: Come and get it!
*They each throw a punch at Mecha Sonic, and their fists go right through him, since it was an afterimage*
Super Mecha Sonic: *Elbows them both from behind*
Knuckles & Wechnia: Uhhhhhhhhh!
Super Mecha Sonic: HAHAHAHAHAHA… *Leaps into the air, rolls into a spinning blade again, and shoots toward them while they're down*
Knuckles: Look out!
Just in time before Mecha Sonic was able to come in contact with them, Knuckles and Wechnia rolled out of the way. However, the moment Mecha Sonic unrolled, he ended up changing back into his regular form again, giving the two echidnas a chance to effectively land another hit on the machine.
Mecha Sonic: Uhhhhhh! *Czzzzzt!*
Knuckles: There's plenty more where that came from!
*They both start pummeling him repeatedly with a punching combo, and uppercut him again afterwards*
Mecha Sonic: *Czzzzzt!* *Momentarily gets sent flying, does a summersault, and lands on his feet again*
Wechnia: Are you ready to surrender yet?
Mecha Sonic: You're more formidable than expected, but I'm not ready to concede just yet! *Starts to glow*
Knuckles: Great, what's he doing NOW?
Wechnia: I guess we'll just have to wait and see…
*Seconds later, tons of Mecha Sonic copies are seen, and they surround Knuckles and Wechnia*
Mecha Sonic: Precisely… I didn't have this technique during our last battle, and that's because I'm not the same machine you've faced in the past. Vast improvements have been made to my design since then, and my powers have increased tenfold! Plus, as I've stated earlier, I have additional power from the Chaos Emerald that's embedded within me! Now, enough talk! It's time you two've met your demise! Mecha Sonic squadron, attack!
*The Mecha Sonics attack, and Knuckles and Wechnia start fighting them off*
Meanwhile, at Dr. Nega's parallel dimension base…
Metal Blaze: *Czzzzzt!* *Slowly opens the door, and collapses to the floor*
Volcana: Oh, geez! Um, Doctor N., we've got a problem, here… I think you'd better come quickly! Metal Blaze…she's hurt!
Nega Robotnik: *Comes in through the other door* What!? How did this happen!? Metal Blaze, who did this to you!?
Metal Blaze: It…was… *Czzzzzt!* Metal Sonic Version 3.0… *Czzzzzzt!*
Nega Robotnik: This was HIS doing!? Impossible! You were designed with a power level that far exceeds his! But then again, maybe I'm underestimating him a little. After all, he, too, is MY creation, so I suppose this turn of events isn't too out of the ordinary… Anyway, Volcana, would you be so kind as to escort Metal Blaze to the recovery room for me, please?
Volcana: Sure thing, Doctor N. *Helps Metal Blaze up, and takes her to the recovery room*
Nega Robotnik: I guess it's time I've called upon HIM now. Come forth, Metal Sonic Version 4.0!
*A green and black Metal Sonic look-alike enters the room*
Metal Sonic 4.0: You called, Doctor? Has the time finally come for me put that obsolete "Three-Point Zero" model in his place?
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee… Oh, don't you worry. You'll get that opportunity in due time. For now, there's something else I need you to do for me, and that's to take over Metal Blaze's mission.
Metal Sonic 4.0: What was her mission?
Nega Robotnik: Her mission was to retrieve Dr. Robotnik's emerald detector, and bring it here to me, so that I could use it to locate the Snow Element Gem. Can you do that for me?
Metal Sonic 4.0: Understood. Mission accepted. I will retrieve it for certain, unlike the failure that is Metal Blaze.
Nega Robotnik: Good, good. *Hands him both the camera and interdimensional transceiver* I'm counting on you, Four-Point Zero!
Metal Sonic 4.0: *Nods, creates a portal, and jumps through it*
Again, at the Ice Cap Zone…
Espio: That Chaos Emerald… It's got to be around here somewhere…
Splash: It's times like this where I wish there was more than one detector to use. That way, we'd have a much easier time tracking them down, since we'd be able to pick up their exact locations and everything…
Bark: Hmm… Call me crazy, but I think I see something shining over there… *Points*
Slush: Then that's gotta be it!
*They go over to get a closer look*
Espio: *Picks up the shiny object, and it turns out to be the light blue Chaos Emerald* As expected, it was one of the Chaos Emeralds after all! Mission complete!
Splash: Yep, our work here is done! Let's go ahead and get this thing back to the Workshop. *Looks toward Slush and Bark* Are you two coming?
Bark: Sure, why not?
Slush: Yeah, there isn't much else to do at the moment.
Espio: Alright then. Chaos Control!
*A flash of light occurs, and the four of them disappear*
Meanwhile, again at the Newtrogic High Zone…
*Knuckles and Wechnia are starting to become exhausted from fighting off all the Mecha Sonics*
Knuckles: Sheesh… It doesn't seem as if there's any end to these guys!
Mecha Sonic: Hmm hmm hmm… That is precisely why your efforts are nothing more than an exercise in futility!
Wechnia: I think I have an idea…
Knuckles: You do? Alright, then let's hear it.
Wechnia: Chaos… *His fist starts to glow green* …FIST! *Slams it onto the ground, stunning all the Mecha Sonic copies*
Knuckles: Good idea! Alright, now I'll take it from here! *Surrounds his fist with fire* TAKE THIS! *Pounds the ground, creating an eruption of fireballs that destroy all the Mecha Sonic copies*
Wechnia: Well, that takes care of them, now where's the original?
Knuckles: Up there! *Points to Mecha Sonic, who's charging up a beam*
Mecha Sonic: Survive THIS one if you can! *Fires a large beam from the jewel on his chest*
*They get blasted and knocked backwards from the impact*
Mecha Sonic: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA… *Hovers down* The pathetic fools never stood a chance! Looks like I'll be keeping this Chaos Emerald, after all.
Wechnia: Don't get too overconfident…
*They get back up*
Mecha Sonic: So, you're still alive? Easily remedied… *Starts charging up another beam* This time, I shall blow you to pieces for sure!
Knuckles: Just try it!
Wechnia: This time, why don't we attack him before he's finished charging?
Knuckles: That's just what I had in mind!
*They charge toward him*
Mecha Sonic: Yes, that's right! Come and meet your destruction! *Fires at them*
*They spread out, dodge the attack, and surround their fists with flames and Chaos energy again*
Mecha Sonic: WHAT!?
*They both simultaneously punch through Mecha Sonic's chest, leaving a hole in it that reveals the red Chaos Emerald*
Mecha Sonic: Ghhhhhh…! *Czzzzzt!* Y-You…how did you…!? Impossible…! *Czzzzzt!* *Falls down and collapses to the floor*
Knuckles: Alright, finally! We did it! That Chaos Emerald's as good as ours! *Picks it up*
Wechnia: Now, let's return to Tails' Workshop. When we get back, Robotnik's definitely got some explaining to do…
Knuckles: That's for sure. *Holds out the emerald* Chaos Control!
Minutes later, at Tails' Workshop…
Tails: So, you found the next emerald? Great job, you guys!
Bomb: Yep. By adding that to the collection, we now have four Chaos Emeralds, and only three more to go!
Robotnik: That is, when we're finished adding the finishing touches to the machine.
Splash: Yeah. By the way, Dr. Robotnik, you said you plan on apologizing to Scorch for that whole misunderstanding with Volcana, right?
Robotnik: Yes, so?
Robotnik: What for?
Orbot: Oh, gee, I dunno… Maybe for leaving us at that erupting volcano!?
Cubot: Yeah! Darn tootin'!
Orbot: If you've changed as much as you say, that shouldn't be much of a problem. Right?
Knuckles: *From outside* Changed? The hell he has!
*Knuckles and Wechnia bust in*
Robotnik: Ah, so you've retrieved the fifth Chaos Emerald. Well done! Now, would you care to elaborate on exactly what it is you're trying to accuse me of?
Wechnia: We'll let THIS speak for itself. *Shoves the Green Hedgehog Project blueprints in his face*
Robotnik: *Snatches them, and looks* Wait a minute, you were at the Newtrogic High Zone!?
Knuckles: Yeah, that's right! Not only did we find those blueprints, but we also found these robot clones of me and the rest of the Chaotix!
Heavy: Gee, Robotnik was plotting something all this time? Wow, what a shock!
Robotnik: You two are overreacting…seriously. The Green Hedgehog Project and the Mechaotix team, which you're getting so worked up over, are projects that I've started on at least a year ago, sometime after that battle we had in space! One of those projects never even made it past planning stages, since I've long since abandoned them after discovering the Elemental Goddesses! Up until you've brought them to my attention just now, I had completely forgotten about them!
Robotnik: You don't believe me, do you?
Fine, I'll take your word for it, but I'll be keeping my eye on you. *Tosses the emerald over to the others*
Meanwhile, outside of the Workshop…
Metal Sonic 4.0: *Just got finished eavesdropping* "Mech Chaotix"? "Green Hedgehog Project"? Hmm hmm hmm…sounds interesting. I may not have found the whereabouts of the detector as I originally hoped, but this sounds like the kind of information that the Doctor may like to know about anyway. HAHAHAHAHAHA…
After a long, tough battle, Knuckles and Wechnia have managed to triumph over Mecha Sonic, and claim the Chaos Emerald they were looking for. Additionally, Espio, Splash, Slush, and Bark have managed to find one at the Ice Cap Zone, so that now makes five, and two more to go. Will Mighty, Tikal, Silver, and Blaze manage to find the last two? If so, will they and the rest of the heroes be able to keep them from falling into the wrong hands? What about the mysterious Metal Sonic Version 4.0? Exactly what is it that he intends to tell Dr. Nega about these abandoned projects? Find out as the saga continues on Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!
To "bee" continued…