|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos|
April 30, 2011
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Last time, on Elements of Power, Knuckles decided to stay behind in the future to challenge Mephiles to an epic showdown. The battle was close and went on for quite some time, but eventually, Mephiles began to gain the upper hand, since Knuckles was beginning to tire himself out from fighting off all the clones and dark creatures that were spawned. Just in the nick of time, the Chaotix and the rest of the heroes used the power of the real and fake Chaos Emeralds to create a time portal that led them back to the future, where the battle was taking place. They assisted Knuckles in fighting off all the clones that Mephiles spawned, and Seedra ended the battle by destroying them all with a large solar-powered energy beam. Despite the fact that the clones were defeated, the original Mephiles managed to escape after blinding the heroes with a bright flash of light from the Chaos Emerald that Squash delivered to him.
Elsewhere, Dr. Robotnik had finally finished repairing the Scepter of Darkness, which winded up broken after Squash had accidentally released Mephiles from his imprisonment. With the scepter fully restored, Shadow, Rouge, and Omega wasted no time and began hunting him down immediately. Will the heroes be able to stop Mephiles before his plans come to fruition? Will Squash finally come to the realization that she's being manipulated? Find out in this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
Meanwhile, at Robotnik's Mystic Ruins base…
*Shadow, Rouge, and Omega warp back in*
Robotnik: Did you forget something?
Rouge: Yes. We have another small favor to ask you.
Robotnik: Alright, what is it?
Shadow: Knowing Mephiles, he's most likely already gotten his hands on at least one Chaos Emerald, and we were hoping you'd use your radar to pinpoint his location for us.
Robotnik: I'll see what I can do. *Activates the emerald detector in his glasses* Oh ho!
Omega: You've located him, I presume?
Robotnik: Yes, I believe so. I'm picking up signals from at least two Chaos Emeralds and one Elemental Gem at the Sandopolis Zone. That's guaranteed to be none other than EG-001 and Mephiles.
Shadow: Ah, I see.
Rouge: Thanks again for your help, Doctor.
Robotnik: It was my pleasure.
Shadow: Chaos… CONTROL!
*They warp away in a green flash of light*
Elsewhere, in the future…
Knuckles: Thanks for the help, you guys. I really appreciate it.
Vector: No problem. We couldn't just leave ya hangin'.
Knuckles: Unfortunately, we have no way of getting back to our own time period, since Mephiles broke Dr. Nega's time machine.
Tails: Don't worry, there's still a way to get back. *Takes out the fake emerald*
Bomb: *Regenerates, angrily marches up to Heavy, and shoves him* Here's an idea: How about WARNING me next time you try something like that!?
Heavy: Oh, lighten up, will you? At least it still got the job done. EG-002 was still able to blow away all the Mephiles clones, wasn't she?
Bomb: Bah, whatever.
Heavy: Anyway, you still have the Chaos Emerald, right?
Bomb: Yeah, it's right here. *Picks it up*
*A warphole appears*
Mighty: Okay, now we could return.
Amy: Hey, Sonic.
Amy: Before you go, would you mind clearing something up for us? Who do you like better; me or Boobowski?
Sonic: Uh, well…
Tiara: Yeah, Sonic, which of us do you like better? Answer this, and it'll be settled once and for all.
Charmy: Hee hee, "bee settled". Get it? *Snickers*
Amy: Well? Are you going to answer, or what?
Sonic: Well, you see… I, uh…
Sonic: GOTTA JUICE! *Speeds through the portal*
Amy: Hey! Wait up! *Goes after him*
*Everyone else goes through the portal as well*
Meanwhile, in the past, inside of a crystallized cave at the Ice Cap Zone…
Bark: So, you're saying that you haven't been able to get in touch with the Chaotix at all?
Slush: That's right. I've been trying for at least an hour now, and nobody's answered. That's quite unusual, since they always bring that communicator with them, wherever they go. I certainly hope nothing's happened to them…especially since Robotnik was boasting about them getting beaten by the Wind Goddess, Storm…
Bark: My guess is that something happened to the device. I highly doubt they got themselves killed. Those guys aren't easy to get rid of.
Slush: Maybe you're right.
*Suddenly, a blue warp hole appears*
Bark: What the…?
*The Chaotix and the rest of the heroes come through it*
Vector: Hey, you guys! Sorry fa droppin' by!
Silver: Yeah. We just got back from the future, and these time portals usually send us to completely random locations.
Slush: The future, huh? I suppose that explains why I couldn't get in touch with you guys. I've been trying for the last hour, but… I wasn't getting a signal from you guys.
Sonic: So, we're not interrupting anything, are we?
Bark: Oh, ha ha. That's REAL funny.
Slush: We were just simply talking, and that was it!
Charmy: Suuuuuurrreee you were! *Snickers*
Marine: *Snickers, too*
Slush: I'm serious!
Bark: Exactly, we WERE talking! Shortly before you got here, Slush was just saying that she was wondering what happened to you guys.
Charmy: Oh, okay. If you say so. *Whispers to Marine* They were probably about to make out, or something. *Snickers again*
Slush: *Glares at him* I heard that, you little insect!
Charmy: Uhhhh, heard what?
Slush: Ugh, forget it. Anyway, the reason I've been trying to get in touch with you guys, is because I have some bad news…
Vector: Really? What's the problem?
Slush: Well, first of all, I don't know how much longer I'm going to be able to continue working as a spy for you guys. I'm starting to think the old doctor's onto me…
Charmy: You're calling HIM old? Aren't you like, way, WAY older than he is, though?
Slush: Oh, you know what I mean! That's just a figure of speech.
Vector: Robotnik's onto you, ya said? What makes ya say that?
Slush: Robotnik was deep in thought, wondering how you guys always knew about his plans before he had the chance to put them into effect. He thought long and hard about the situation, and eventually came to the realization that there's a spy around his base somewhere. After that, he started questioning me about it, as if he knows that I'm the one who's been leaking that information.
Sonic: Man, that sucks. I guess Ro-butt-nik's a little smarter than we gave him credit for.
Slush: That's the same thing I said. Now, for the other bit of news… I found out from Shadow that-
Knuckles: Yeah, we know. Mephiles is back. Is that what you were going to say?
Slush: Well, yeah, how did you know?
Knuckles: That's because we just got finished dealing with him a little while ago, but then he ended up escaping.
Mighty: Yeah. He's the reason why were in the future in the first place.
Slush: I guess that explains it.
Splash: Yes, and we also know that Squash is in cahoots with him.
Slush: So I've heard. About half an hour ago, I had to stop her from trying to kill Scorch.
Splash: Wait, what!? She tried to kill Scorch!? What for!?
Slush: This was all Mephiles' doing, of course. He's using Squash to do his dirtywork for him. According to Shadow, Scorch has become Mephiles' primary target ever since last month. He's planning to have her killed, so he could get ahold of the Fire Element Gem and unleash that Iblis creature again!
Slush: I don't know what Mephiles told Squash exactly, but whatever it was, it was obviously a lie; and needless to say at this point, it worked.
Silver: GRRR… I should've KNOWN he'd try something like this again!
Blaze: Ugh! This SO typical of him!
Splash: Does Scorch know about all this!? If not, then we need to warn her as soon as possible!
Slush: I already have, so she's perfectly aware of the situation.
Espio: Now that she's been informed, I guess all we need to do now is track Mephiles down and have him sealed up again. Speaking of which, would you happen to know where the Scepter of Darkness is, by any chance?
Slush: Shadow, the bat, and the robot that I forget the names of, came to Dr. Robotnik's base when it was broken and in need of repairs, and got him to fix it. Robotnik said that he'd have it ready within an hour, and since one has already passed, I think it's safe to assume that it's finished, and in Shadow's possession. They're most likely on the hunt for Mephiles right now, as we speak.
Splash: I'm glad to hear it. While those three are tracking Mephiles, why don't we try finding Squash in the meantime, before she tries to attack Scorch again?
Blaze: Good idea. Squash deserves to know the truth about Mephiles. She needs to know just what a conniving creep he truly is. Also, we can't afford to allow Iblis to run loose again. We have to put a stop to this at all costs!
Wechnia: Alright. Vector, you still have that detector, right?
Vector: I gave it back to Knuckles.
Wechnia: I see. Well, then, Knuckles… What does it say about Squash's current location?
Knuckles: *Looks* Judging from the readings, there's an Elemental Gem and two Chaos Emeralds located at the Sandopolis Zone.
Vector: A'ight, then let's get movin'!
Charmy: Should we use Chaos Control again? We'll be able to get there much faster that way.
Hee hee hee, "bee able". Get it? *Snickers*
*Everyone anime falls again (except Splash, Marine, and Seedra; again, for obvious reasons)*
Charmy: Sorry, couldn't resist!
Splash: *Giggles* Real cute, but let's save those for later, okay?
Heavy: Pfft, like that's going to work.
Slush: I'd like to come with you guys, but… I can't. Having to go to two scorching hot areas in one day is more than I could bear.
Tails: Okay, we understand. What will you be doing in the meantime?
Slush: I'm going back to Robotnik's base. What about you, Bark?
Bark: I think I'll tag along with these guys again.
Sonic: Alright then. Let's blast through with sonic speed!
Once again, the group of heroes used the power of the real and fake Chaos Emeralds to create another warphole, and jumped through it. They soon found themselves in the middle of the Sandopolis Zone.
Sonic: Looks like we're here.
Honey: Yeah. That "Chaos Control" ability is definitely a quick and effective way of traveling.
Vector: Now that we're here, whadda ya say we start lookin' for Squash?
Mighty: Sounds good to me.
So then, they decided to move on. As they got further into the desert, they ended up coming across Team Dark, who were also on their way to stop Mephiles.
Ray: Wait a minute, isn't that Shadow, Rouge, and Omega over there? *Points*
Charmy: Yep, that's them! Hey, Knuckles, look! Your girlfriend's here! *Snickers*
Marine: *Snickers, too*
Knuckles: I've said it before, and I'll say it again: You're NOT funny, Charmy.
Honey: Really, now? That bat is your girlfriend?
Knuckles: *Blushes* Uh, well, I, uh…
Honey: Aww, that's so cute!
Charmy: Hee hee hee! Yep, she is! Last year, when we were at the beach, I saw them ki-
Knuckles: *Bashes him on the head*
Charmy: OWWW! *Holds his head as a lump appears on it*
Knuckles: Okay, number one; exactly HOW many times are you going to keep bringing that up!? Number two; this ISN'T the time for your games, Charmy!
Heavy: By the way, Splash, I would just like to point out how much I love how you're paying this absolutely no mind. When he does things like this, it isn't so much as given a second glance, but had I done it, you would've blown a fuse.
Rouge: Hmm? *Looks back* Oh, hey! What a coincidence, bumping into you guys here!
Shadow: How very convenient for you all to show up. You couldn't have picked a more appropriate time to come. I'll take it that you're searching for Mephiles as well?
Splash: That's right. We've run into him a few times recently, and we've heard everything about his plans from Slush. We're going to stop him before he even has the chance to act, but first, Squash is going to need to know the truth about him.
Charmy: I just thought about something… What if she doesn't believe us? Remember what happened when we tried to tell Scorch that Robotnik was using her?
Splash: Hmm, that's a good point…
Tikal: Yes, I mean… Even now, she still isn't convinced! I feel so sorry for her…
Shadow: I see. Well, then… I guess this means we'll have to prove it.
Omega: Yes. I could assure you that we can provide more than a sufficient amount of evidence to prove that Mephiles is deceiving her.
Splash: Okay. Is there any particular method that you have in mind?
Shadow: Yes, the answers can be found in the incident that took place eleven years ago. Perhaps if Squash learns of Mephiles' true origin, then that'll be enough to convince her. It certainly did the trick for Silver, when he was in her shoes at one point.
Silver: Don't remind me.
Honey: Umm, Shadow, is it? That thing you're holding… That's the Scepter of Darkness, isn't it?
Shadow: That's right. This was the device I used to seal Mephiles eleven years ago, after that accident occurred at Soleanna's laboratory. Now that it's been fully repaired, I'm going to seal him up once again. And when I do, I'll make sure that he doesn't return this time.
Bark: Well, now that we've got that cleared up, why don't we go ahead and start looking for them?
Shadow: Of course. Let's get moving.
After reuniting with Shadow, Rouge, and Omega, the band of heroes quickly took off to begin their search for Squash and Mephiles. Just as they were taking off, a sudden bolt of lightning and a small gust of wind appeared in front of them, causing the heroes to come to a screeching halt.
*Shock and Storm appear in front of them*
Knuckles: You again!? If you've come here for another fight, then we're ready for you this time!
Espio: That's right. Since there's no wind around for you to control, Storm, then we have the advantage this time around. Are you sure you want to challenge us again?
Shock: Coincidentally, it also isn't raining anymore, either. As a result, you have no way of winning another lucky victory. I'd love to challenge you again, but now's not the time.
Mighty: What do you mean?
Shock: I mean that we've come here to help you.
Seedra: You're…helping us? Why?
Shock: Dr. Robotnik sent us here to lend you a hand in stopping that Mephiles guy.
Splash: I see. Are you two, by any chance, EG-003 and EG-004?
Shock: Yeah. I'm EG-003: Shock, the Goddess of Lightning.
Storm: I'm EG-004: Storm, the Goddess of Wind.
Splash: Ah, okay. I'm your older sister, Splash, the Goddess of Water. It's a pleasure to meet you.
Shock: Yeah, same to you. I'm gonna forge on ahead. Good luck trying to keep up with me and my lightning-fast speed.
Sonic: HA! Do you have any idea who you're talking to? I'm Sonic, the world's fastest hedgehog! I could run circles around you in seconds flat!
Shock: Oh, so you're Sonic? I've heard all about you from Dr. Robotnik. I want to see for myself if you're as fast as he says.
Sonic: Okay. Then let's do this!
Shock: On your mark, get set… GO!!! *Takes off at lightning speed*
Tails: I guess Sonic has found himself another rival.
Shadow: Hmph. Let's get one thing straight here. Sonic could have all the friends he wants, but I'M his rival. No question about it.
Knuckles: Yeah? Well, you're gonna have to wait in line, because I'M Sonic's rival!
Shadow: Oh, really? YOU'RE his rival? Since when?
Knuckles: Long before YOU ever showed up.
Shadow: That's funny. All this time, I thought you were his sidekick.
Knuckles: What'd you say!?
Shadow: Did I stutter?
*They "anime lightning glare" at one another*
Rouge: *Gets between them* Hey, hey! Settle down, you two!
Splash: Really, you guys… Is this TRULY worth fighting over? Arguing over who Sonic's in love with is already one thing, but this? Can't we all make peace and get along? I mean, after all… We're we supposed to be trying to find Mephiles, aren't we?
Omega: Affirmative. EG-001 and Mephiles are top priority! Do not forget it!
Knuckles: Fine, whatever. *Takes out the detector*
Heavy: Back to the subject at hand, what does the radar say about their location?
Knuckles: According to the readings, they're somewhere in the direction that Sonic and Shock ran off to.
Vector: Wow, 'dat was pretty convenient, wouldn't ya say?
Blaze: Yes. I don't think we could afford to waste anymore time than we already have. As I said before, we can't afford to allow Iblis to run free. We have to stop them as soon as possible!
Knuckles: Alright then, let's go!
*They take off*
Meanwhile, off in the distance, the race between Sonic and Shock had come to an end. The two of them were evenly matched, and surprisingly, the two hedgehogs ended up crossing the "finish line" at the same time, which was right near a pyramid.
Sonic: So, what was that about me not being able to "keep up with [your] lightning fast speed"?
Shock: Alright, I'll admit. I underestimated you, Sonic. You're fast, but you definitely weren't able to "run circles around [me]" like you said you would. This race might've ended up a draw, but I could assure you that the next one won't!
Sonic: You got THAT right! I'm the one who's gonna win next time!
Shock: We'll just have to see about that now, won't we?
???: *From inside of the pyramid* HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! So far, that's two Chaos Emeralds in our possession!
Sonic: That voice… It's Mephiles! That's definitely him, no doubt about it! I recognize that voice anywhere! I wonder who he's talking to?
Shock: Well, there's only one way to find out. Let's go inside.
*They enter the pyramid*
Sonic: The voices are coming from this way. Shock, let's hide for a bit and see what we could find out.
*They peek around the corner and find Mephiles, along with Squash*
Shock: So, that black echidna is Mephiles? He looks exactly like Knuckles and that red-eyed echidna with white fur!
Sonic: Yep, that's him alright. I'm sure of it.
Shock: Now, about that girl over there who looks like Storm and I… I'm going to assume that's EG-001?
Sonic: Yeah. I don't see who else it could be.
Charmy: Hee hee, "who else it could bee".
*Knuckles and the rest of them arrive, as well*
Sonic: So, what took you guys so long?
Charmy: Hey, we weren't THAT long!
Shock: *Covers his mouth* Shhhh! Not so loud! We're trying to spy on them to learn some information!
Mephiles: I must say, Squash… You definitely seem to have a knack for emerald-hunting. So far, you've managed to find two of them without a detector. I must say, that's quite impressive.
Squash: AH-HA-AH-AH! I know, isn't it?
Charmy: "A knack for emerald-hunting"? Does he mean Nack the Weasel?
*People cover his mouth and "shush" him*
Squash: AH-HA-AH-AH-AH! Well, now that we have these two emeralds, that only leaves five more to go! With all seven of them together, all of our dreams will finally come true, right?
Mephiles: Yes, that's right. But before then, you still have the Fire Goddess to cope with, remember?
Squash: Oh, I haven't forgotten. Hmph, I almost had her last time! If it weren't for that Ice Goddess getting in my way, I would have beaten her for sure!
Mephiles: You're always welcome to try again, you know. Just keep in mind… She's bound to strike at any given moment now. As long as she is still able to breathe, your future is in constant jeopardy. Unless something is done about her, it will remain exactly as it is.
Squash: Got it. Tell me, Mephiles… Do you know where she is now?
Mephiles: Yes. I can confirm that she's on her way to-
Shadow: *Comes from around the corner* Stop it right there, Mephiles!
Mephiles: What!? Shadow!?
*Everyone else comes from around the corner, as well*
Vector: 'N' that ain't all! We're here, too! The jig's up, Mephiles, ya lyin' scumbag!
Splash: That's right! You've gone TOO far this time! Enough is ENOUGH, you scheming lowlife! How dare you!? How DARE you toy with Squash's mind, feeding her a bunch of lies to get my sister killed, all for the purpose of furthering your own sick, twisted schemes!?
Knuckles: It ends right here and now, Mephiles!
Shadow: Precisely. Once again, you're going down! For the last time!
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh? Isn't that what you said during our last two encounters?
Shadow: Maybe so, but this time, I'm sure of it. We won't allow you to escape this time, Mephiles! This time, I'm going to make sure you won't return!
With the help of Tails', as well as Dr. Robotnik's emerald detectors, the group of heroes were able to successfully track down Squash and Mephiles' location. With all their powers combined, do they have what it takes to defeat Mephiles and foil his plans a fourth time? Will Shadow truly make due on his promise to dispose of him once and for all? Or will Mephiles manage to escape again? Find out in the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos!
To "bee" continued…
- Shadow's line, "Sonic could have all the friends he wants, but I'M his rival" was a reference to one of Vegeta's lines in Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai for the PSP.
- Charmy's mentioning of Nack the Weasel/Fang the Sniper stems from the fact the "business deal" that he and Bean made with Mephiles in the next chapter was originally going to be in this one instead.
- Adding onto the above, that's what Knuckles and company were going to walk in on, rather than Mephiles having a conversation with Squash. However, because SolarBlaze was not a hundred percent happy with how that scene was coming out, it ended up getting scrapped and redone as a "flashback" in the next chapter.