|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos|
May 3, 2011
On the previous chapter of Elements of Power, Knuckles and company, after defeating the clones Mephiles left behind, departed from the future and returned to their own time period, thanks to the real and fake Chaos Emeralds that Tails and Bomb had in their possession. After that, they found themselves at the Ice Cap Zone, where they met up with Bark the Polar Bear and the Ice Goddess, Slush. From there, Slush explained to the heroes that Mephiles was using and manipulating Squash to further his goal of gaining all seven Chaos Emeralds, as well as releasing Iblis from the Fire Element Gem so that he could complete his transformation and wipe out all timeframes in existence. Using Tails' emerald detector, Knuckles picked up a signal from the Stone Element Gem and two Chaos Emeralds at the Sandopolis Zone, and then he and the rest of the heroes Chaos Controlled their way over there.
While they were on the hunt for Squash and Mephiles, they ran into Shock, the Lightning Goddess, and Storm, the Wind Goddess, who were sent by Dr. Robotnik to lend a hand in stopping Mephiles' plans from coming to fruition. Additionally, they also ran into Shadow, Rouge, and Omega, who were also on their way to stop him. When they got to the pyramid, they eavesdropped on Squash and Mephiles' conversation, and overheard everything. Before Mephiles had the chance to point Scorch's current location out to Squash, the heroes quickly came from around the corner and blocked her path.
The questions still remain: With all heroes banded together, do they have what it takes to put a stop to Mephiles' plans again, for a fourth time? Will Shadow make due on his promise to permanently dispose of Mephiles? Or will he somehow manage to flee the scene again? Or even worse, could Mephiles somehow manage to overpower the group of heroes and succeed with his diabolical plans? Find out in this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos!
Hey, wait a minute… I recognize you! Well, some of you, at least. You're the ones that Ivo wanted me to destroy back at the volcano! You were called…the Chaotix, right?
Vector: You got it!
Squash: Now then… If it isn't too much trouble, would you mind telling me what's going on, here?
Shadow: Oh, I'll tell you what's going on. Mephiles is playing you for a fool, that's what! He's been manipulating you from the very beginning!
Squash: Wait, what?
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, now that's preposterous!
Blaze: Oh, like hell it is! You have a history of doing things like this! You are no one to be trusted!
Mephiles: Is that so?
Silver: Yeah, like the time you told me that lie about the "Iblis Trigger"! Does THAT ring a bell!?
Splash: Squash, please hear us out! Just forget about everything that Mephiles told you! Every, and I mean EVERY word of it was nothing but lies!
Seedra: Exactly! This guy is a total creep!
And you are…?
Splash: I'm your older sister, Splash, the Goddess of Water. They're your younger sisters, Seedra, Shock, and Storm. They're creations of Dr. Robotnik's, just like you are.
Squash: I see. Now, back to the subject at hand… How can I be sure that what you're telling me is true?
Charmy: Oh, come on! Since several people have said the same thing, there has to be SOME truth in it, right?
Heavy: That's one of the most intelligent things I've heard you say in a while.
Mephiles: Squash, you don't truly believe what they're saying, do you? First of all, not only did I give you this information, but I backed it up with undeniable, concrete evidence. Secondly, these people are allied with Shadow the Hedgehog… The very person that you despise! The very same person who, after defeating you in battle, left you right there in the rain, knowing how much damage it would have done to you! Shadow could have ended your misery right there, but he instead chose to leave you to suffer a slow, painful death!
Shadow: No! That's not true!
Squash: Shut up! That's EXACTLY what you did! It all makes sense now… THAT'S why you spared my life after our battle!
Vector: Oh, gimme a break! What, do ya think he's psychic, or somethin'? It ain't like he had any way of tellin' when it was gonna start rainin'!
Knuckles: Exactly! We were all out in the rain, too, you know. Nobody saw that coming!
Mephiles: Just keep in mind, Squash… These people are allied with Shadow. If they would associate themselves with someone like him, then what would make you think that they would be any more trustworthy than he is?
Rouge: I've heard enough! Just WHO do you think you are, huh!? If ANYONE around here isn't trustworthy, then it's you, and ONLY you!
Charmy: Yeah! You're ROTTEN! And really, REALLY crazy, too!
Vector: Yeah, ya freakin' psychopath!
*Everyone else says something similar*
Squash: ARRRRGGGGH!!! ENOUGH!!! You people don't know what you're talking about! I know for a fact that everything Mephiles told me is true! Like he said, he showed me concrete evidence of everything I needed to know! I'm destroying the Fire Goddess, end of story! I'll change my future, one way or another! I won't let ANYONE stand in my way! If you try to stop me, then I'll destroy you, too!
Splash: Squash, you're making a big mistake…
Squash: No, Splash, I'm CORRECTING one! Now get out of my way!
Vector: Not a chance, sistah! If ya wanna get ta Scorch, then you're gonna hafta get through us!
Squash: Oh, I'd be MORE than happy to! *Takes the Stone Element Gem out of her tiara and places it into the ground*
*A small vibration occurs, and then tons of Pyrocks and Rockadiles emerge from the ground*
Blaze: What in the world ARE those ghastly things!?
Knuckles: These things, if I remember correctly, are called the "Pyrocks". The alligator things… I'm not sure. It's the first time I've seen them.
Squash: Pyrocks, Rockadiles! ATTACK! *Points*
*They charge toward the heroes and the battle begins*
Mephiles: (Hmm, this was a rather unexpected development, but I must admit, it's entertaining, also! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Entertaining beyond words! I just love how their pitiful attempts to get through to Squash are falling on deaf ears! Even if they DO somehow manage to convince her, it won't be that much of a loss. She's expendable… Especially since I'm perfectly capable of destroying Scorch myself, as well as the fact that I already have two others on the hunt for the remaining Chaos Emeralds…)
Nack: So, whatcha sayin' is 'dat you're willin' ta pay us money fa findin' 'dose Chaos Emeralds for ya?
Mephiles: Yes. The two of you will be rewarded most handsomely if you do.
Nack: A'ight, cool. How much're ya talkin', here? 'Cause we ain't doin' it for any less than a million.
Mephiles: Well, how does two million sound?
Nack: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, yeah! You are DEFINITELY speakin' my language here, bruddah! Well, how 'bout 'chu, Bean? Are ya up for it?
Bean: It definitely sounds tempting, but… I have my doubts.
Nack: Whadda ya doubtin' for? It ain't like we're offered 'DIS kinda money every day, y'know!
Okay, fine. Whatever, I'm in.
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Then it's settled! When you find the Chaos Emeralds, meet me at the Sandopolis Zone to collect your reward.
Nack: You goddit! C'mon, Bean, let's get goin'!
Mephiles: (Oh, yes… I'll "reward" them, alright… With a one-way ticket to oblivion, that is! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!) *Broken pieces of rubble fly in his face from the Pyrocks and Rockadiles getting destroyed* Uhhhhhh!
Squash: NO! Not again! This can't be! I guess I'll have to deal with you myself!
Mephiles: Squash, I'll leave you to take care of things from here.
Squash: Alright, just leave it to me! I'd be more than happy to! The sooner I take care of them, the sooner I could destroy Scorch!
Mephiles: *Leaves the room*
Shadow: Mephiles! *Skates after him*
Squash: *Steps in front of Shadow and blocks his path*
Splash: Squash, stop it! We don't want to fight with you!
Blaze: Exactly! Why can't you understand that Mephiles is only using you!?
Squash: How so!? Neither of you were there! I saw everything… Everything that happened in the future!
Silver: The future?
Squash: Thanks to Mephiles' time travel powers, he was able to show me what happened 200 years from now! The world…it was completely destroyed! There were flames everywhere, burning everyone and everything in their path! It was all Scorch's fault! SHE'S the one who caused all of this! Thanks to her, I…was persecuted and hunted down by humanity…*Begins to tear up* I was blamed and severely punished for a crime I never committed! I'll NEVER forgive her for this!!! THAT'S why the Fire Goddess must be destroyed! So that I can stop this before it ever takes place, and change the course of history!
I…feel so sorry for you, Miss Squash…
Cheese: Chao, Chao…
Squash: Bah! I don't need your pity, little girl! All I need is for you all to get out of my way, so I could destroy her! Or would you prefer to DIE!?
Mighty: Look, just calm down for a moment and listen to us, okay!? We're only trying to help you! Like Splash was saying before, everything Mephiles told you was a lie!
Splash: That's right! Although it may seem that way, Mephiles is in NO way concerned about your well-being! He only cares about how useful you are to him!
Shadow: Precisely! Mephiles doesn't care about anyone but himself, and only sees you and everyone else around him as nothing more than mere pawns to be manipulated!
Blaze: To add on to what they said, a value of a person's life, to Mephiles, is solely on how useful he thinks they are! Once he decides that someone's usefulness has run its course, then he'll do anything he can to dispose of them, since in HIS mind, they no longer have a reason to live!
Cream: Everything they're saying is true, you know. Mephiles is very, very bad! Please believe us…
Shadow: Squash, there's something else you should know. The story about you getting persecuted 200 years into the future… Mephiles told ME exactly the same thing a year ago!
Squash: Wait, what?
Shadow: Mephiles tried coaxing me into joining him in a rebellion against humanity, claiming that they were not only envious of my power, but feared it, and used the Flames of Disaster as an excuse to hunt me down. He even went so far as to claim that they reprogrammed Omega to fight against me!
Marine: 200 years into the future…? Strewth! Silver, Blaze, that's our time period, ain't it?
Silver: Yeah, it is.
Blaze: Indeed. We know exactly what it is that you're referring to, Squash. That ruined future is where the three of us originated, and I could assure you that Scorch had NOTHING to with the destruction you saw!
Squash: She wasn't!? Then who was it!? Who else but her is capable of generating THAT kind of fire power!?
Silver: This was all the work of a fiery monster named Iblis. He was the one responsible for destroying everything!
Blaze: Yes. It was an immortal creature that's continued to destroy the world for the next two hundred years. Recently, he's been sealed within the Fire Element Gem by Scorch… THAT'S the real reason why Mephiles is after her! He's trying to get ahold of it so he could release Iblis from his prison!
I don't get it.
Shadow: I didn't think you would. Perhaps it's better if we show you.
*They use Chaos Control to create another time portal and go through it*
Shadow: The answers that you need are right through this portal. Follow us if you want the truth. *Jumps through it*
Squash: *Follows him*
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA… It's all going according to plan!
Scorch: Really? What plan would that be, Dr. Robotnik?
Slush: Yes, do tell. (So I could forward this message right to the Chaotix.)
Robotnik: I'm planning to dispose of the Chaotix and the rest of my enemies by heading over to the Sandopolis Zone and planting one of my high-tech explosive devices at the pyramid! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Since those fools are so occupied with battling Mephiles, they won't even see it coming! They'll all be blown to pieces before they even know what hit them!
Slush: It sounds like a plan, but there are a few things wrong with this strategy. Number one, what about Shock and Storm? How will they escape? And number two, won't the Scepter of Darkness get destroyed in the explosion, causing Mephiles to be free again?
Robotnik: Those are some very valid points, Slush, but I've got it all under control. Before sending Shock and Storm to assist them in stopping Mephiles, I already warned them in advance, as well as giving them communication devices to remind them. Number two, after Mephiles has been captured, Shock and Storm could take the scepter and flee the scene before they get themselves caught in the explosion. After all, they do have the speed to pull this off.
Slush: Ah, I see.
Scorch: It sounds like you've really thought this through, Doctor!
???: Eee hee hee! Do you REALLY think it will be THAT easy?
*They look in the direction of the voice*
All three of them: DR. NEGA!?
Nega Robotnik: That's right!
Slush: Great… Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse…
Scorch: What are you doing here!?
Robotnik: I was going to ask the same thing, because you've got a lot of nerve, showing your face around us again!
Slush: I couldn't have put it any better myself!
Nega Robotnik: Easy, now! Easy! I'm not here to cause any trouble! I come in peace!
Slush: After all YOU'VE done, how do we know you could be trusted!?
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! Oh? Look who's talking! Are YOU, of all people, REALLY trying to accuse ME of not being trustworthy?
Slush: What do you mean!?
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! Should I spell it out, or do YOU want to tell them?
Slush: (Ahhhh! Oh, no… I forgot! Because of last month's incident, he knows my secret! He knows that I've been working as a spy around here! I can't afford to let THIS happen! Robotnik's already onto me as it is! I'd better change the subject and FAST!) So, Dr. Nega, how did you escape from the mental institution, anyway?
Nega Robotnik: It was all thanks to a series of earthquakes that have occurred recently at Station Square. I'm not entirely sure of all the details, but I believe it was shortly before a creature named "EG-001" was captured by the G.U.N. military.
Robotnik: Oh, I see… So this was HER handiwork! Anyway, Nega, if you aren't here to cause any trouble, then why have you come?
Nega Robotnik: Well, first of all, I would like to take the time to apologize for my previous actions. I was out of line. Secondly, I'd like to call a truce. After all, we both have common goals of conquering this world and building our own ideal empire, and not to mention common enemies as well. Sonic the Hedgehog, Blaze the Cat… All of them! Aren't you tired of them interfering with your plans all the time?
Robotnik: As a matter of fact, I am. Words alone aren't enough to describe how much I despise those idiots, and I want to be rid of them as soon as possible!
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! With our pure genius combined, who knows what we could accomplish?
Nega Robotnik: Well, what do you say? Should we work together again, for old time's sake? *Extends his arm and holds out his hand*
Scorch: Dr. Robotnik, are you sure we could trust this guy?
Slush: I'm with Scorch on this one. Trusting him would be no different from trusting Mephiles, which, by the way, HE'S responsible for reviving! *Glares*
Scorch: *Glares at him, too*
Robotnik: *In response to Nega* Alright, very well. *Shakes his hand* I'll be keeping my eye on you, however.
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! Then it's settled! Now, as I was saying as I was entering, your strategy is good for the most part, but there's one small problem: The Chaos Emeralds. Sonic, Blaze, and the others could easily Chaos Control their way out of the area to avoid the explosion.
Robotnik: ARGH! I should've known! Well, then, Nega, what do YOU propose we do?
Nega Robotnik: Perhaps it's better if I show you. *Points towards the exit* After you.
Robotnik: *Starts walking towards the door*
Scorch: *Grabs Robotnik by the arm* Wait!
Robotnik: Hmm? Scorch, what's the matter?
Scorch: I wouldn't do that if I were you… Nega's probably trying to lure you into a trap, as far as we know!
Robotnik: Now, now, Scorch… There's no need to be so paranoid.
Slush: This is Dr. Nega we're talking about, here. As long as he's around, we have every need to be paranoid.
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee… Still as skeptical as ever, I see. I could assure you, ladies, I bear you no ill will. There's an invention of mine that I would like to show you.
Scorch: Dr. Robotnik, didn't you say you were going to keep an eye on him?
Robotnik: Alright, alright! Why don't YOU go first, Nega?
Nega Robotnik: Alright then. This way, please.
*They go outside and find a huge robot that looks slightly similar to the Egg Emperor (from with Sonic Heroes), but with a more "futuristic" appearance*
Nega Robotnik: Behold my latest invention! The "Egg Galaxia"!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA… That's a rather interesting machine you've got there!
Nega Robotnik: You said that Sonic, Silver, Blaze, and all the others are busy battling Mephiles, correct?
Robotnik: Yes, why?
Nega Robotnik: Well, they're all bound to be in a weakened state after the fight's over, and I say we should take advantage of the opportunity by engaging them in another battle after afterwards! Since they'll wind up exhausting all of their energy from fighting Mephiles, they won't pose much of a challenge for us! While they're weakened, we could destroy them once and for all!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Sounds like a plan!
Nega Robotnik: If by some chance, I'm wrong, and they still have the energy to defeat us, then we could go with your bomb strategy as a last resort. Even if we are to be defeated, the Egg Galaxia is equipped with two escape pods that will allow us to flee the scene, while those pests, on the other hand, will meet their demise and get blown to pieces! EEE HEE HEE HEE HEE!!!
Slush: (This is bad… I'd better inform them about this as soon as possible! I just hope I'll be able to avoid getting caught…)
Oh, no! Just when things were started to look up for our heroes, things have suddenly gotten worse! Although they were successful in convincing Squash that she's been being manipulated by Mephiles, they still have Dr. Robotnik and Dr. Nega to cope with! Even if they are to stop Mephiles again for a fourth time, will they be able to muster the strength to put stop to the two doctors' diabolical plan? Find out next time in Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
To "bee" continued…