|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos|
April 16, 2011
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Previously, on Elemental Chaos, Mephiles the Dark was freed from his imprisonment in the Scepter of Darkness once again, this time, by the Stone Goddess, Squash. The two of them quickly got acquainted, and realized that they both have a hatred of Shadow the Hedgehog, which caused them to join forces. While displaying his ability to control time and space, Mephiles transported Squash 200 years into the future; the very same timeframe that Silver and Blaze lived in, which was devastated by Iblis' flames. Mephiles then showed Squash a horrifying image, and explained to her that she was persecuted by humanity in the future. According to himself, they feared and were envious of her power, and as a result, they used that incident as an excuse to hunt Squash down and have her imprisoned.
Squash desperately wanted to know what she can do to change history and prevent this from happening, so Mephiles told her that she could do so by collecting the seven Chaos Emeralds. After informing her about the emeralds and the kind of powers they possess, Mephiles told Squash that if she's to bring one to him, then he will tell her exactly what she can do to change her future. Shortly after Squash left, Knuckles and company, who were looking for her, ran into Mephiles. Knowing that he was up to no good, as usual, Knuckles, the Chaotix, and the rest of the heroes were about to engage him in battle, but he abruptly dismissed the group of heroes by warping them away from their present timeline. Where have they been transported, exactly? Will they ever be able to get back to their own time period? Additionally, what twisted, evil plot does Mephiles have in store for Squash? Find out in this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos!
Meanwhile, at G.U.N. Headquarters, Shadow the Hedgehog, along with Rouge the Bat and E-123 Omega, entered the room that the Scepter of Darkness was hidden, only to find it on the floor, broken as a result of Squash's and Mephiles' actions.
Shadow: Hmm, it's just as I suspected… Mephiles has been freed once more, and I think I know exactly who's behind it!
Omega: The Stone Goddess, EG-001, correct?
Shadow: Yes. After all, the scepter was safely secured in this room until she got here. Also, take a look at the broken chains. *Points* Of all the people who've been here recently, she's the only one who has the strength to break them.
Rouge: Makes sense, I guess. But…why would she want to release Mephiles? Could this have been part of the world domination plans that she's been babbling about?
Shadow: Possibly. Unfortunately, she just doesn't know what she's getting herself into by trusting Mephiles…
Rouge: That's for sure. I'll bet he's definitely taking advantage of her.
Shadow: Most likely. Seeing as he did exactly the same thing to Silver a while ago, I wouldn't put it past him. *Walks over to the Scepter of Darkness and picks up its remains* Why don't we stop by the doctor's base? That way, we could get this repaired, and have Mephiles resealed.
Shadow: *Takes out the green Chaos Emerald* Chaos Control!
*The three of them teleport away*
Shock: Hey, what's wrong, doc? You look as if you're in deep thought about something.
Storm: Yes. Why not tell us what's on your mind?
Robotnik: The Chaotix team… For some reason, they were always one step ahead of me…
Slush: What do you mean?
Robotnik: Somehow, they always seemed to have knowledge of my plans before I had the chance to put them into effect! It's almost as if they heard everything about it, first-hand! This just doesn't make any sense!
Slush: Your guess is as good as mine, Doctor. (Heh heh, as if I don't know.) *Smirks*
Robotnik: Hmm? You know something, don't you, Slush?
Slush: Huh!? W-What makes you say that, exactly…?
Robotnik: That look on your face definitely tells me that you know something about what's been going on…
Slush: (Oh, crap… This isn't good. I think he's on to me…) I… I don't know anything, Dr. Robotnik. Really, I don't…
Robotnik: Is that so? You've been here at this base an awful lot, even while I've been away. Are you absolutely sure that you haven't seen any suspicious activity?
Slush: "Suspicious activity", you say? Like what?
Robotnik: I'm beginning to think that we may have a spy among us…
Slush: (Oh, yeah… He is DEFINITELY onto me. I've gotta hand it to him… The old doctor is a lot smarter than I gave him credit for… I guess he wasn't kidding about his IQ.) A-A spy, you say…? N-No…at least not that I know of…
Robotnik: Are you sure? You seem awfully jumpy all of a sudden…
Huh? What's this…flash of light?
Robotnik: *Looks* Someone's using Chaos Control… I'll bet that this is none other than Shadow.
*Shadow, Rouge, and Omega appear*
Robotnik: Just as I thought.
Slush: (Whew… Boy, am I glad to see them! I thought I was busted for a second, there!)
Robotnik: So, is there anything I could do for you three?
Shadow: As a matter of fact, there is. *Holds up the broken scepter*
Robotnik: W-WHAT THE…!? If that's broken, then that could only mean…!
Rouge: You guessed it. Mephiles is back.
Slush: You've GOT to be kidding me! I mean, after all we went through last time!? Who in their right mind would want to release this psycho!? It was Dr. Nega, wasn't it!?
Shadow: We're not sure of all the details, but what we do know, is that EG-001 was behind it.
Robotnik: WHAAAAAAAT!? First, she betrays me, and now this!? It would already be one thing if she were to join those Chaotix fools, like Seedra did, but Mephiles!?
Shock: I'm lost. Exactly who is this "Meh-fill-iss" character?
Shadow: Mephiles the Dark is a psychotic creature whose sole mission has been to destroy this world. He does whatever's necessary to achieve his goals. Lies and deception are his greatest tools, and he uses them to his advantage in any way he possibly can.
Rouge: That's pretty much it. Anyway, I'm sure you've guessed it by now, Doctor, but we've come here to get the Scepter of Darkness repaired. Do you think you could do it again?
Robotnik: (Hmm… If I'm to succeed in taking over this world and building the Robotnik Empire, then I suppose I'll have to get Mephiles out of the way first.) Can I do it again, you ask? Why, of course I can! There's nothing that I, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, scientific genius extraordinaire, can't pull off!
Slush: *Mumbles* Yeah, besides taking over the world.
Robotnik: Did you say something, Slush?
Slush: Oh, nothing.
Robotnik: Anyway, Shadow, just sit the scepter on the table, and I'll have it ready within the next hour or so.
Shadow: *Does that* By the way, have you seen Scorch?
Robotnik: The last time I saw her, she finished recovering and said she was "going out for some fresh air". Why do you ask?
Shadow: Iblis was sealed within the Fire Element Gem, and I have a hunch that she may very well be Mephiles' next target.
Robotnik: I should have figured… Anyway, I'll get to work in repairing the scepter immediately. I'll alert you when it's finished.
Rouge: Got it.
Slush: In the meantime, I'm gonna go look for Scorch so I could warn her about this. (While I'm at it, I'll also fill the Chaotix in…)
Robotnik: Alright, I'll see you when you get back.
(You know, I just couldn't help noticing how strange Slush acted when I mentioned the possibility of there being a spy around this base, and I find that eerily suspicious. From here on out, I'll be keeping an eye on her…)
Meanwhile, outside of the base…
Slush: *Flying through the air at high speed* Scorch, where is she? I've got to find her and FAST! I wonder if the Chaotix have seen her, by any chance? I think I'll ask them.
Using the walkie-talkie that Vector gave to her in the last episode, Slush tried communicating with them, but to her surprise, there was no signal.
Slush: That's odd… There's no signal! What's going on!? Earlier today, I remember Robotnik claiming that Storm defeated them in battle… If what he says is true, then could this possibly mean that they've been killed!? No, that can't be!
Elsewhere, two hundred years into the future, Knuckles and company found themselves in the same futuristic city that Mephiles had previously shown to Squash; the peaceful future that was created as a result of Silver and Blaze's actions in the past.
Splash: Where…are we?
Knuckles: By the looks of things, we must be in the future. After all, Mephiles does know how to control time and space.
Honey: I guess that explains it.
Charmy: Hee hee, "bee in the future". Get it? *Snickers*
Seedra: Heh heh heh. Nice one.
Mighty: Yeah, it sure looks like it!
Espio: Yes, and I believe that's Silver with her, if I'm not mistaken.
Wechnia: That's them alright, no doubt about it.
Knuckles: What is Amy doing here, exactly?
Knuckles: *Sweatdrops* Oh, yeah. Now I remember.
Amy: *Dragging Silver by the arm*
Silver: H-Hey! Where are you taking me?
Amy: I'm trying to "introduce" you to that nice girl I was telling you about; she's just dying to meet you, and she's right this wa- *Notices the Chaotix and the others* Huh?
Silver: Oh, hey, it's you guys! How are you doing?
Vector: We're doin' pretty good…for the time bein', at least.
Charmy: *Snickers* "The time be-"
Vector: *Glares at him*
Splash: By the way, Amy, exactly how did you get here?
Amy: Cream and I used Tails' time machine to get here. Why do you ask?
Splash: I was just curious. I thought you might have had a run-in with Mephiles, like we did.
Silver: W-WHAT!? What'd you say!? Mephiles is back!? How'd he escape THIS time!?
Splash: Before Mephiles warped us here, he told us that he and the Stone Goddess, Squash, are working together, so it's safe to assume that she's the one who released him from his prison.
Silver: *Turns to Amy* I'm not sure who you were trying to introduce me to, exactly, but whoever she is, I promise I'll meet her later. For now, I have to head over to Dr. Nega's base, so I could use his time machine to travel back into the past and stop Mephiles!
Amy: Okay, I understand.
Silver: *Gets a running start, and flies off*
Seedra: Should we follow him?
Amy: Yeah, but why don't we wait until Cream gets here first?
Honey: Is that her over there? *Points*
Cream: *Dragging Blaze by the arm, like Amy was doing to Silver*
Blaze: C-Cream, where are you taking me, exactly?
Cream: Just around the corner, that's all. The really nice guy that I'd like you to meet… He's right this way!
Blaze: *Sighs* (I don't know WHY I agreed to this…)
Marine: Yep, he's right ovah he- *Notices the Chaotix and the others* Strewth! It's you guys! How're ya doin', mates?
Blaze: Yes, hello. I didn't expect to find you guys here, all the way in this time period, but it's still a pleasant surprise, nonetheless. What brings you here?
Knuckles: What brings us here, you ask? It's not necessarily a "what"; it's more like a "who".
Blaze: A…who? Wait a minute, you…you couldn't possibly mean…!
Mighty: That's right. Mephiles has escaped again.
Blaze: WHAT!? Again!? Ugh, JUST when we thought we've seen the last of him… Well, Cream and Marine, whoever it is you were trying to introduce me to, that's going to have to wait for now. Speaking of which, where is he, anyway?
Amy: Well…something urgent has come up, and he said he had to go, but he promised that he'd be back later.
Blaze: I see.
Knuckles: Well, now that we've got that cleared up, let's go find that time machine at Dr. Nega's base, so we could head back to the past.
Charmy: Okay, but where is his base?
Knuckles: Hmm, that's a good question…
Blaze: I know where it is. Follow me.
Following Blaze's lead, the heroes wasted no more time and began heading towards Dr. Nega's base in order to get back to the past and stop Mephiles from putting his plan into effect. Meanwhile, in the past, Squash was unable to find the Hidden Palace Zone, but she did, however, stumble upon the purple Chaos Emerald, which she found lying around in the grass on her way to Red Mountain.
Squash: AH-HA-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH! Well, well! What have we here? This must be one of the Chaos Emeralds that Mephiles told me about! *Picks it up* Well, mission accomplished, I guess. It's time for me to head ba- *Notices a dark mist* Huh? Could that be him?
Mephiles: *Appears* Ah, I see that you've already found your first Chaos Emerald. Well done. Now, if you would be so kind as to hand that to me, I'll tell you precisely what you can do change the outcome of your future.
Squash: Sure. *Hands it to him*
Mephiles: *Takes it* (HAHAHAHAHAHA… Six more, just six more, and my plans will finally come to fruition!)
Squash: Well? Are you going to start talking, or what?
Mephiles: Very well. Remember when I showed you the future homeworld that was devastated by flames, and you ended up getting persecuted for it? Well, you have THIS person to blame… *Makes the Chaos Emerald display a projection of Scorch, and hands it to Squash*
Squash: *Takes it* …! (That girl…she looks exactly like me! Is she…one of the sisters that Ivo mentioned to me before?) You mean to tell me…that SHE'S the one who's responsible for all the carnage that happened in that time period…?
Mephiles: Yes, that's right. Her name is Scorch, the Goddess of Fire. She is a dangerous creature who's continued to wreak havoc upon the world, and ultimately, it was her actions that have led to your persecution.
Squash: Wait a minute… Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought you said it was because humanity was jealous of my power?
Mephiles: It was both. The Fire Goddess was the one responsible for everything, yes, but it was done so swiftly and suddenly, that the humans had no way of knowing who caused all of this destruction. In short, you were blamed and severely punished for a crime that you never committed.
Mephiles: I've said it before, and I'll say it again. It isn't too late… You still have the ability to prevent this future from transpiring, you know. Now that you've acquired this new knowledge, it's up to you. You and you alone, have the power to change your own destiny.
Squash: I see. So, in order to change my bleak future, I have to…kill my own sister…?
Mephiles: Why does that matter to you? Sisterhood certainly didn't matter to her now, did it?
Mephiles: Unless you complete your task, your future will remain the same…forever.
I guess you're right. I'll do it. Where can I find her, exactly?
Before Mephiles had a chance to answer, Scorch was suddenly and conveniently seen flying past them at the speed of a comet.
Squash: Hey, that was…!
Mephiles: Does that answer your question? If you act now, you should be able to catch her. Hurry, it is now or never if you want this. Remember, Squash, the future of the world…rests in your hands.
Squash: Got it. *Hands the emerald back to Mephiles and takes off after her*
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHA! While she's busy taking care of that for me, I'm going to collect the remaining six Chaos Emeralds. How am I going to find them all within such a short amount of time?
Wait a minute!
Splash: Shortly before we got here, we detected the Stone Element Gem on radar.
Mephiles: Yes, of course… Knuckles and the others have some sort of detector with them at the moment. If it could track down the Elemental Gems, I think it's safe to assume that they could also detect the Chaos Emeralds! HAHAHAHAHA! I think it's time I've paid them a little visit! *Opens up another portal* Yes, I'm going to confiscate that radar of theirs and give them a one-way ticket to oblivion while I'm at it! HAHAHAHAHAHA… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
After Mephiles was finished laughing maniacally, he jumped into the warphole that he created, bound for Silver, Blaze, and Marine's time period to steal the emerald detector that Tails has lent to Knuckles and company. Squash, on the other hand, began pursuing Scorch in order to change history and prevent her supposed "bleak future" from transpiring. Will Knuckles and the Chaotix be able to hold Mephiles off, until Dr. Robotnik's finished repairing the broken Scepter of Darkness? Will Squash ever come to the realization that she's being deceived by Mephiles? Or will it be too late? Find out next time on Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
To "bee" continued…