|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos|
March 6, 2011
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On the last episode of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Dr. Robotnik learned of the three legendary gems that contain Goddesses with power over the three basic elements; fire, water, and ice. After gaining this knowledge, the doctor made it his sole mission to claim them, so that he could use it for his evil purposes. His goal was to release the three Elemental Goddesses, so that he could use their powers to destroy his enemies, so that he'll be free to conquer the world and build his utopia, the "Robotnik Empire". However, despite the evil doctor's efforts to claim all three of them, he managed to get two, with only one of them being fully at his disposal. The first one he came across was the Fire Element Gem, which contained Scorch, the Goddess of Fire.
Scorch was a supernatural, powerful being that once threw the world into the depths of terror thousands of years ago, but was defeated and sealed by Tikal. When Robotnik released Scorch from her imprisonment, she was eternally grateful, and decided that she was forever in his debt, meaning that she was going to do whatever it takes to repay that favor, even at the cost of her life. From then on, Scorch aided Robotnik in finding the remaining Elemental Gems, which contained her younger sisters, Splash, the Goddess of Water and Slush, the Goddess of Ice.
During their search, however, things didn't quite go as planned. Although Splash was released from her imprisonment as Robotnik had been trying to do, she refused to take part in assisting the doctor with his world domination plans, and sided with the Chaotix team instead. When they came across the Ice Element Gem, Slush seemingly took Robotnik's side, but in actuality, she was working as a spy, informing the Chaotix team with first-hand information about the evil doctor's master plan.
Shortly after that, another series of events happened. While Scorch and Slush were away, Dr. Nega, Robotnik's descendant from 200 years into the future, captured Robotnik and began impersonating him. This fact wasn't revealed until later on, when Silver the Hedgehog, Blaze the Cat, and Marine the Raccoon came to that time period in search of the Sol Emeralds, which were stolen by Dr. Nega. After the real Dr. Robotnik was rescued from Nega's clutches, he was forced to form another temporary alliance with them, and take part in stopping the resurrection of the Solaris Project, which Dr. Nega intended to use to destroy the world and replace it with the "Nega Robotnik Empire".
Despite the heroes' greatest efforts, they were unsuccessful in stopping the revival of the Solaris Project. They did, however, manage to defeat them in yet another epic showdown, which determined the fate of the entire universe. After Solaris was defeated, its components, Mephiles the Dark and Iblis, the Flames of Disaster, ended up getting sealed within the recently reconstructed Scepter of Darkness, and the Fire Element Gem. Shadow, after sealing Mephiles, decided to take the scepter someplace where he knows for sure that it won't fall into the wrong hands. Dr. Nega, on the other hand, was taken to a mental asylum. With them out of the picture, the world was at peace once more…for the time being.
So far, one month has passed since then. This story begins on a nice, sunny day, with Knuckles and the recently "revived" Wechnia, standing around, guarding the Master Emerald. The two robo-mechanics, Heavy and Bomb, were alongside them, and were working on reconstructing and upgrading the security system after it had gotten destroyed by Dr. Nega in the previous story.
Knuckles: So, you guys? How much longer is it going to be until you're finished with that thing?
Heavy: Yeah, here's an idea: How about you NOT rush us? It'll be finished when it's finished. Have some patience.
Bomb: Hey, hey, cool down, will you? I don't think he was saying that to rush us, he was asking out of curiosity.
Knuckles: Exactly! It was a simple question! That's all!
Heavy: Oh, I see. Well, in that case, it'll probably be another half hour or so, according to my calculations.
Wechnia: If Charmy were around, he would have made a "bee" pun out of that, I'm sure of it.
Heavy: Well, thankfully, he isn't.
???: HEY, YOU GUYS!
Heavy: I spoke too soon. -__-;;
Knuckles: Oh, hey. How's it going?
Vector: We just gotta call from Slush, 'n' she says that Robotnik's already finished wit' da project 'e was workin' on!
Mighty: Yeah, and from what Slush told us, they possess power over the stone, leaf, thunder, and wind elements.
Charmy: Yep. Slush said that Robotnik is coming to this island to release them, so he should be coming our way soon.
Get it, "bee coming our way"? *Snickers*
*They anime fall*
Charmy: Sorry, I couldn't resist! I kinda set myself up for that one, you know.
Knuckles: Next time you make one of those stupid puns, can you at LEAST wait until Splash or Marine's around?
Charmy: Okay, okay.
A little while later, Dr. Robotnik was seen flying by in his Egg-O-Matic Hovercraft, followed by Scorch.
Vector: 'Dere they are!
Knuckles: Yep, I guess that's our cue to follow them!
Vector: Yep. C'mon, boys! Let's get movin'!
Bomb: Actually, Heavy and I are going to stay here to work on the security system. We can't just leave the Master Emerald unguarded without it.
Mighty: Okay, no problem. Let's go!
While Heavy and Bomb stayed behind to finish rebuilding the Master Emerald's security system, the rest of them took off at high speed in an effort to catch up to Robotnik and Scorch, who were on their way to the Red Mountain Zone.
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA… We're almost there! Very soon, the moment of EG-001's awakening will be at hand!
Scorch: By the way, Doctor, I've been thinking… Do we really need these "EG Experiments"? I mean, seriously. My powers alone are enough to put the Chaotix and the rest of your enemies in their place.
Robotnik: Now, now, Scorch… Let's NOT let our egos get the best of us.
*They arrive at Red Mountain*
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA… Well, we're here! Let's take care of business, shall we?
Scorch: So, in order for us to release EG-001, we have to throw that brown gem into a pile of stones, correct?
Robotnik: That's right.
Scorch: Allow me, Dr. Robotnik. *Holds out the palm of her hand, getting ready to blast the stone wall with a fire attack*
Knuckles: Hold it right there!
Robotnik: WHAT THE…!? *Looks*
Vector: The jig's up, Robotnik!
Robotnik: ARGH! It's those Chaotix fools!
Espio: We know everything you're trying to do…
Mighty: …And we're putting a stop to it!
Charmy: Yeah! We're putting a stop to it!
Wechnia: That's right.
Robotnik: W-Where did you fools come from!? How could you have possibly known about this!?
Vector: Oh, we've got our ways.
Espio: Just hand over that gem, nice and easy…
Robotnik: Hmph! Just you try and take it from me!
Scorch: So, Tikal, you've come. I'm glad, because now we could finally settle our score!
Tikal: Scorch… How do you know for sure that Robotnik isn't taking advantage of you?
HAHAHAHAHA… What, THIS old story again?
Scorch: Yeah, I mean… The LAST time you guys said that, it turned out to be a false alarm. That wasn't even the real Robotnik that we were dealing with.
Mighty: Tikal's right, you know. It may have turned out to be Dr. Nega that we were dealing with last time, but that doesn't mean that the REAL Robotnik isn't using you.
Knuckles: Exactly. Have you forgotten what he's done to Orbot and Cubot? They've worked hard for him all this time, and despite all that, he STILL chose to cast them aside like garbage!
Tikal: That's right! He may end up doing the same to you eventually!
Scorch: AUGH, ENOUGH OF YOUR STALLING! We have a score to settle, and you're going to fight me right here and now, Tikal! No more excuses!
Tikal: Scorch, I'm only trying to help you!
Scorch: Yeah!? Well, I don't need it, NOR do I want it! You're the LAST person I'd EVER accept help from! I haven't forgotten what you've done to me all those years ago, and for that, I'm going to pay you back in full! Prepare yourself!
Tikal: If that's the way you want it…
Robotnik: Scorch! I'll leave you to take care of things from here! I'm counting on you! *Runs off*
Knuckles: Oh, no you don't! *Runs after him*
Tikal: I'll stay here and deal with Scorch, while the rest of you go after Robotnik!
Mighty: Are you sure you'll be able to handle Scorch by yourself?
Tikal: Don't worry, I'll be fine.
Charmy: Hee hee, "bee fine". *Snickers*
*They glare at him*
Charmy: Sorry, it's a habit.
Vector: Yeah, anyway, no problem! Consider it done! Like I always say: Once we start a job, we finish 'da job! Dat's our policy! We're Team Chaotix!
Mighty: Alright then, let's go!
Tikal: Before you go, Mighty…
Tikal: *Kisses him*
Charmy: Pffft…! *Holds in a laugh*
Tikal: Good luck.
Mighty: *Blushes* S-Same to you!
Charmy: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Mighty and Tikal, sittin' in a-
Vector: *Bashes him on the head* 'Dis ain't 'da time fer 'dat!
Charmy: OWWW! *Holds his head*
Scorch: Aww, how sweet of you to kiss your boyfriend goodbye. I hope the two of you enjoyed it, for it will be your last!
Tikal: But…your arm. Are you sure you want to fight me in that condition?
Scorch: This is nothing. It's only like this, because Dr. Robotnik needed a small blood sample from me to create EG-001, EG-002, EG-003, and EG-004.
Scorch: Yes, that, along with samples of each element, as well as ordinary gems that were exactly the same size and shape as my own, Splash's, and Slush's. After all of these things were obtained, they were loaded into Dr. Robotnik's "Egg Merger" machine, which fused all of these things together. Now, enough talk! Let's go!
Tikal: Alright then. I'm ready.
Scorch began the battle by holding out the palm of her hand and launching several fireballs at Tikal, which she managed to dodge. Meanwhile…
Knuckles: You're cornered now, Robotnik! You've got nowhere else to run! We could do this the easy way or the hard way! Which will it be?
Robotnik: I think I'll pick the hard way, if that's alright. HAHAHAHAHA…
Knuckles: Alright then, you asked for it!
Knuckles then charged towards Robotnik and swung his fist at him. However, the doctor managed to dodge, causing Knuckles to punch the stone wall behind him, breaking it into a pile of rubble.
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Thank you very much, Knucklehead! That's EXACTLY what I needed!
Knuckles: Huh!? What do you-… Oh, crud!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA! That's right, fool! You've played RIGHT into my hand, just as I knew you would! Now, arise, EG-001!
Robotnik quickly tossed the gem into the rubble pile and a bright flash of light occurred. When it was over, another Scorch look-alike was seen. Rather than being made out of fire, water, or ice like the other three, she, of course, was made out of stone, and had a light brown color. Her long "hair", unlike the other three, looks like that of a stone carving. Also, she wears a bronze-colored tiara with a brown gem in the middle, and bronze and brown-colored dress, ring bracelets, and bronze-colored sandals (rather than gold).
Knuckles: No way!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! She lives! Project EG-001 was a complete success!
EG-001: *Looks at her hands*
Robotnik: Welcome to life, EG-001! I am your brilliant master and creator, Dr. Ivo Robotnik! You, my friend, are the first of my "EG" experiments! From this day forth, you shall be known as Squash, the Goddess of Stone! Codenamed: EG-001.
Squash: "Squash, the Goddess of Stone"? "Eee-Jee-Double-Oh-One", you say?
Robotnik: That would be correct. Your naming scheme is similar to that of your sisters'. "EG" stands for "Elemental Goddess", while the "Double-Oh-One" part represents the order of your production.
Charmy: Did someone say "bee"?
*The rest of the Chaotix arrive, too*
Espio: Oh, no! It looks like we're too late!
Vector: Crud! We was so close!
Squash: So, Ivo, who are they?
First of all, you will address me as "Dr. Robotnik"! Secondly, they are the Chaotix team, which happen to be enemies of mine! Along with Sonic the Hedgehog, who I'll get into detail with later, they're ALWAYS spoiling my plans! I need YOU to destroy them for me!
Why should I? If I'm a Goddess, like you claim, why should I obey orders from you?
Robotnik: Because I created you, that's why! I gave you life, Squash, and I could just as easily take it away!
Squash: AH-HA-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH! Do you TRULY think that I'd fall at the hands of a weak, pathetic human like you?
I don't know what's worse…her arrogance or that annoying laugh.
Espio: At least it's not as irritating as Dr. Nega's…
Knuckles: Good point.
Robotnik: Maybe I didn't make myself clear, Squash. I am your creator, and you WILL do as I say, without question! Is that understood!?
Squash: *Marches towards Robotnik and punches him in the stomach*
Robotnik: AUUUUGGGH! *Kneels down*
Vector: HAHAHAHAHA! You're doin' great, Robotnik! Good job! Ya sure showed her!
Robotnik: Ghhh…! Silence, you FOOLS! As for you, Squash, how…how DARE you!? How dare you do this to…ME!? I'm the one who-…!
Squash: Yes, you were the one who gave me life. Is THAT what you were doing to say? Well, big whoop. That doesn't mean that I'll allow myself to become your slave. I take orders from no one, especially a weak human like you, Ivo.
Robotnik: If it…hadn't been for me, you wouldn't even exist!
You know, that's a good point. I thank you for that, Doctor. For that, I'll spare you. That way, you'll have the special privilege and honor of living to see the very being that you gave life to, become Queen of the World!
Mighty: Not if WE have anything to say about it!
Vector: Ya got 'DAT right, sistah! We ain't lettin' that happen!
Squash: AH-HA-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH! You amuse me, you really do. It would be simple for me to kill you right here and now, but I have no time to play around with the likes of you. Don't worry, though. I'm sure my Pyrocks will keep you entertained!
Squash then took the brown gem off of her tiara, stooped down, and placed it into the ground. Shortly afterwards, a small Earthquake occurred, and a plethora of oval-shaped rock monsters appeared.
Everyone: WHAT THE…!?
Squash: AH-HA-AH-AH-AH-AH! Adorable, aren't they?
Espio: "Adorable" isn't the word I'd choose. "Hideous" is more like it.
Squash: Whatever. *Puts the gem back in her tiara* As I was saying before, they're sure to keep you entertained. They're not as powerful as I am, of course, but they should do just fine. Ta-ta! AH-HA-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH! *Curls into a ball, and rolls away like a boulder*
Charmy: Whatta psycho!
Robotnik: Indeed. It's like the White Echidna Project all over again!
At last, Project EG-001 was a success! Well, not in the way Robotnik originally intended, but still successful, nonetheless. Will our heroes be able to defeat Squash's deadly army of Pyrocks, and stop her from taking over the planet? Find out in the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos!
To "bee" continued…