|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos|
May 18, 2011
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Previously, on Elements of Power, Knuckles, the Chaotix, and the rest of the heroes arrived at the Sandopolis Zone's pyramid, which Mephiles and Squash were using as their "base of operations". While they were there, they decided to take the opportunity to convince Squash that Mephiles had simply been using her all along. Initially, the Stone Goddess wasn't convinced, but after taking her back in time to learn about Mephiles' true motives and origin, she was lured over to the heroes' side. Fueled by rage, Squash challenged Mephiles to a fight, and insisted that she takes him on alone.
However, Sonic and Shadow convinced her that it wasn't just her own problem, and that they, too, had their own reasons for wanting to battle him. When the battle started, the heroes had the upper hand, but Mephiles retaliated by summoning a large, dark, shadowy creature to get them caught in its grip, attempting to squeeze the life out of them. Could it be that the heroes are finally going to meet their ends at the "hands" of Mephiles? Or will they find some way to overpower him, as they've done quite a few times in the past? Even if they do, will they have the strength to deal with the two Robotniks and their new machine, the "Egg Galaxia"? Will Slush arrive in time to warn them about their plan before it's too late? Also, will she be able to pull it off without her cover getting blown? Find out on this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos!
Nack: *Comes from the bushes* A'ight, Bean. It's da close as clear. 'De ice hag is gone.
Bean: *Comes out* So, exactly what're we here for, anyway?
Nack: It's simple. Robotnik most likely has one o' dem emerald detector things at 'is base, 'n' we're gonna get ahold've it, so we could find 'da rest o' dem Chaos Emeralds! 'N' if we're lucky, maybe we'll end up findin' an emerald around da base, along WIT' da detector! 'N' after we geddem all, we're gonna be filthy, stinkin' RICH! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Bean: Umm, yeah. Whatever.
Y'know, Bean… You don't seem like your usual self. Is somethin' botherin' ya?
Bean: That guy… He said his name was Mephiles the Dark, didn't he?
Nack: Yeah, so?
Nack: Holy crap! Come ta think've it, you're right! I thought da guy's name sounded familiar!
Bean: Well, I don't know about you, but I don't trust that guy. Not in the least.
Nack: Why's 'dat?
Bean: For starters, the guy is a nutcase. Secondly, how do we know that he has as much money as he claims? How do we even know for sure that he has any intention of paying us to begin with? As far as we know, he may very well end up pulling a Robotnik on us.
Y'know, Bean, 'dose are some good points, but ah'm still lookin' for de emeralds, anyway.
Bean: What!? Are you serious!?
Nack: Well, yeah, of course I am! I nevah pass up an opportunity ta earn 'DAT kinda cash!
Bean: *Facepalm* Are you out of your mind!? Don't be an idiot, Nack! Haven't you learned anything from our experiences with Robotnik in the past!? If HE didn't deliver on his promise to pay us for our services, then what makes you think Mephiles will!?
Nack: Whoa, whoa! Take a chill pill, will ya? Ya didn't even gimme 'da chance ta explain myself!
Bean: Okay then, what is it? Personally, I don't think any explanation you come up with can justify that kind of stupidity.
Nack: Will ya just shaddap 'n' listen!? Like I was sayin', I'm still gonna collect 'da Chaos Emeralds, but if Mephiles truly don't got 'da money ta pay us, 'den ah'mma bussa cap in 'em!
Bean: Oh, yeah. Now THAT'S reassuring. *Rolls his eyes* Even so, what will that solve? That won't change the fact that we'll have wasted our time tracking down the Chaos Emeralds for an award we're not going to get.
Nack: True, but even if Mephiles ain't got da cash, we could always sell 'em ta somebody who does. Ain't 'dat da reason we were tryin' ta find 'em in 'da foist place, even before we met 'im?
Come to think of it, you're right. What're we waiting for, then? Let's go inside, grab that detector, and find the emeralds so we could earn some cold, hard cash!
Nack: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Now you're speakin' my language! I knew ya'd come around! A'ight, let's go!
After their conversation was over, Nack and Bean finally entered Robotnik's base and began searching for an emerald detector, as well as a possible Chaos Emerald, which was suspected to be around there somewhere. While the two crooks were in the process of storming the base, Knuckles', the Chaotix, and the rest of the heroes were still in the middle of their battle with Mephiles. Using his darkling powers, he was able to summon a large creature from the shadows, which still had everyone in its deadly grip.
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, that's right! Crush them all! I want to see them SUFFER! Keep going until each and every bone or circuit in their bodies is broken!
Charmy: Ihhhh…! W-What're we gonna do, you guys!?
Vector: I dunno, but we've gotta break outta this somehow! Bomb, you could blast us outta here, can't 'cha?
Bomb: I could, but then I'd run the risk of blowing you up along with the monster.
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, now that's too bad, isn't it? *Notices the red and green Chaos Emeralds that Bomb and Shadow dropped* Hmm? What's this? *Walks over to them and picks them up* Yes, just as I thought! They're Chaos Emeralds! HAHAHAHAHAHA! That makes four of them so far… And I, of course, have YOU to thank for the first two, Squash!
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Just three more to go and I'll have all seven of them within my grasp!
Shadow: Tell us! Who was it that you "hired" to collect the rest of the emeralds for you!?
Mephiles: I don't recall their names, but one of them was a green duck with a red bandanna, and a purple weasel with a brown hat. I believe one of them called themselves "Nack the Sniper", or was it "Fang the Weasel"?
Knuckles: So, the two of THEM are involved in this!? Why does that NOT surprise me one bit!?
Vector: Sheesh… Can ya BELIEVE that idiot!? How many times is 'e gonna continue makin' these kinda deals with people that can't be trusted!?
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Very soon, those two are going to be delivering the rest of the emeralds to me, and then my plan will be nearly complete! When that time comes, I'll be sure to "award" them alright… With a one-way ticket to oblivion, that is! After that, the only thing that'll be left to do is free Iblis from his captivity! With Iblis' freedom, as well as all seven Chaos Emeralds in my possession, the two of us can become one again! When that time comes, we'll erase every inch and corner of this universe, and replace it with a grand new one, created in our own image! In order for that to happen, Scorch's destruction is required! Well, not necessarily "required"… It's possible to obtain the Fire Element Gem by other means, I just happen to think that's the easiest, most satisfying solution! What's the fun in going through all the trouble in getting it, if blood isn't spilled in some way, shape, or form? HAHAHAHAAHAHAHA…
*Everyone looks extremely pissed off*
Splash: OH THAT DOES IT! *Liquefies and drips through the hand's fingers*
Splash: I WON'T LET YOU TOUCH HER!!!
After turning into her liquefied form and dripping through the hand's grasp, Splash shot towards Mephiles and crashed into him, causing him to get sent flying through the wall again.
Splash: *Solidifies* I've HAD it with you! You and your evil ways REALLY turn my stomach! Like I said before, you're even WORSE than Robotnik, and I'm getting SICK of it! Time and time again, you've used and manipulated people around you, treating them as nothing more than mere tools to be used and disposed of when they're no longer needed! You filled Squash's head with nothing but lies to get my sister killed, not only for the purpose of furthering your sick, twisted goals, but for your own personal amusement, as well! That's on top of the fact that you and Iblis have caused so much destruction already… You've taken SO many innocent lives, and you just DON'T know when to stop!!! How many people have you killed!? Hundreds!? Thousands!? HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE BEFORE YOU STOP KILLING!?
Vector: Whoa, 'n' I thought it was scary, seein' Blaze blow a fuse…
Charmy: Yeah, I'd sure hate to be Mephiles right about now!
Get it, "bee Mephiles"? *Snickers*
Splash: *Glares at him*
Marine: It doesn't look like she's in the mood, mate.
Charmy: Sorry, sorry! I'm shutting up RIGHT now!
Heavy: Well, it's about TIME! Anyway, now that she's free, we need to focus on getting loose, ourselves. Bomb, is it possible for you to explode, using only enough power to harm the creature, rather than everyone else around you?
Bomb: Unfortunately, that's not possible, since you'd all be within the range of the explosion.
Shadow: I have another idea. Squash, didn't you say before that you have the power to control anything that's made out of stone?
Squash: Yeah, so?
Shadow: Well, why don't you take a look around you?
Squash: You're right! This entire pyramid is made out of stone! I'll see what I can do.
Following Shadow's advice, Squash used her powers to summon a sharp stone pillar from the ground, launched it at the creature's hands with a telekinetic force, and stabbed through it, killing the monster and causing it to lose its grip on everyone.
*Insert loud growl here, as it dies*
Charmy: Yay! We're free again!
Marine: That was bonza!
Knuckles: Alright, Mephiles! No more games! It's time we've settled this once and for all!
Shadow: Yes, and like I said before, we won't allow you to escape this time! This is one battle you won't be walking away from!
Mephiles: *Gets up* What, and pass up an opportunity to destroy you? I wouldn't dream of it! This time around, you WILL die! It's time we've finally put an end to our eleven-year feud, don't you agree? All of you, prepare yourselves for a one-way ticket to oblivion! *Creates a bunch of clones of himself*
*The heroes and the Mephiles clones charge toward one another and begin the battle*
Meanwhile, outside of the pyramid, far into the distance…
Scorch: So, this is the Sandopolis Zone. Judging by how quiet it is around here, the battle against Mephiles must be taking place inside of the pyramid. I wonder what's keeping Slush? Perhaps she's decided not to come after all? It's either that, or she took a different route. In any case, I'm sure she'll show up eventually, since she was so dead-set on coming here, even after I warned her about the heat. In the meantime, I'm gonna head over to the pyramid to put Mephiles in his place! When that's all said and done, maybe then I'll settle my score with-…!
*Cue flashback from Part 2*
Tikal: Scorch, it's not too late, you know. You can still abandon Robotnik before he turns on you.
Scorch: Enough about that! Robotnik ISN'T using me, okay!?
Tikal: Like I said before, I'm only trying to-
Scorch: Yeah, yeah. I know. You're trying to help me, right? I told you before; I don't need, nor do I WANT any help from you!
Tikal: I know you're still angry about the incident from all those years ago, but please hear me out! I know we haven't gotten along very well in the past, but still… I just don't want to see you get hurt!
Scorch: Why do YOU care, anyway?
Tikal: Because… When we first met, you were bad to the core. As I said before, you were hardly any better than Iblis or Mephiles, but now…you're different. I could see that you've changed a lot since then. I know that deep down inside, you're a good person. And besides, I saw how heartbroken you were while you were under the impression that the real Robotnik had used and betrayed you. I just don't want you to have to feel that same sadness all over again. I'm pretty sure Splash doesn't want that, either.
Tikal: It's quite a shame that things have to be this way between us, Scorch. To tell you the truth, I really wish that you didn't hate me, because I don't hold a grudge against you. I never have, in fact.
Tikal: […] does this mean we can put the past behind us and let bygones be bygones?
Scorch: Gah… Why is it that even now, I STILL can't stop thinking about this…? As soon as I begin to have thoughts of getting my revenge on Tikal, THAT keeps popping up! What's going on…? Am I…getting soft? Could it be…that I'm actually starting to like her…? No, just…NO! That can't be! I've spent thousands of years trapped because of her! *Sighs* Ever since that day, I've dreamed of nothing but revenge. Part of me still wants to rip her to shreds, but the other part…really does want to "let bygones be bygones". Honestly, she's made it a lot harder for me to hate her now, especially since she's been shown to have such a warm and caring heart, just like Splash. Although I've never had a nice thing to say to her, and even tried to kill her a few times, she's still managed to show concern for me…
???: Aww, now isn't that touching?
Scorch: Huh!? *Turns around* Slush, it's you… How long have you been there, exactly?
Slush: Long enough to hear you talking to yourself, let's just put it that way.
Scorch: Listen, you cannot tell anyone, especially Tikal, that I said that!
Slush: Why not? What are you so ashamed of?
Scorch: If word gets out about that, it'll destroy my reputation! Even I'VE got an image to keep, you know.
Okay, whatever. Your secret's safe with me. This conversation never happened.
Slush: By the way, did you see the Robotniks pass by?
Scorch: No, I didn't. It's either we're ahead of them, or it's the other way around.
Slush: (I certainly hope it's the former. If so, then there's still time to warn everyone about this! If not, then I'll just have to deactivate that bomb somehow, before it's too late!) *Runs off*
Elsewhere, back at the battlefield, everyone was still fighting off Mephiles and his clones. As before, no matter how many of them they destroyed, they continued to re-spawn.
Bark: Man, there's just no end to these guys!
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHA… Surely, you must have realized that you cannot hope to stop ME with your limited power?
Shock: Yeah. If you're as powerful as you claim, then why do you need Iblis?
Mephiles: Oh, don't get me wrong… With or without Iblis, I still possess enough power to send you all to oblivion. It's just that merging with him is the quickest, most effective way of wiping everyone and everything out of existence.
Storm: Exactly what do you hope to accomplish, here? You said you were aiming to erase everyone from existence, right? Doesn't that also include you?
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Your concern is touching, it really is! However, there is nothing to worry about, as Iblis and I will be protected by the power of the Chaos Emeralds. Secondly, wouldn't you all like to live in a-
Vector: Oh, gimme a BREAK! Are you freakin' serious? Are you REALLY tryin' ta pull that "peace and prosperity" crap on us again?
Knuckles: Yeah, because it's a lie! Like I told you earlier, that's something that no one in their right mind would believe!
Sonic: Seriously, not even Knuckles is gullible enough to buy THAT one, and he's been tricked by Ro-butt-nik about a thousand-
Sonic: Okay, bad choice of words.
Blaze: You've lost all credibility a long time ago, Mephiles. Knuckles is right; after your recent displays of sadism, as well as everything you've done before then, no one in their right mind would believe that you're destroying this world to replace it with a peaceful one!
Silver: Yeah, so save that bogus story for someone who's never met you!
Heavy: I honestly doubt he's trying to convince us this time around. He can't seriously think, at this point, that we'd be stupid enough to buy that. I have the strangest feeling that he's simply stalling for something.
Bomb: You just may be onto something, Heavy.
Mighty: Yeah, I mean, after all, he DID say that he "hired" Nack and Bean to collect the rest of the emeralds for him.
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHA… That's quite perceptive of you! Now, what do you say we put an end to all the chatter and finish this?
Wechnia: That's fine with us. We're ready when you are.
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA… Behold the power of the Chaos Emeralds!
Shortly after that, Mephiles released the four emeralds into the air, and absorbed their power. Due to the fact that he didn't have all seven, he was unable to undergo a super transformation. He did, however, manage to get a power boost.
Mephiles: *Starts charging up a large energy beam* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Dodge this one if you can, fools! Although, I think it's fair that I warn you that this next attack will be powerful enough to destroy this entire pyramid, and I highly doubt you'll be able to escape in time!
Vector: Ah, CRUD!
Sonic: Uh oh! That doesn't sound good!
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, of course it does! For ME, that is!
Tikal: We have to do something!
Charmy: Yeah, but what CAN we do, though!?
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, I'll tell you what you can do… You can all stand there and DIE, you bothersome insects! It's time I've crushed you beneath my heel! *Hovers into the air* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR YOUR ONE-WAY TICKET TO OBLIVION!!!
Upon hovering into the air, Mephiles fired a large emerald-powered energy beam at everyone. Just in time before it hit, Tails used his fake emerald to create an energy shield to protect everyone from Mephiles' attack.
Sonic: Whew! Nice going, Tails! So far, this is the second time I've been saved by that fake emerald!
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHA… Yes, you may have been saved for the time being, but you are merely delaying the inevitable! Soon, that shield is going to run out of energy, and all of you will meet your demise!
Thanks to some quick thinking, Tails was able to save himself and everyone else from Mephiles' deadly onslaught…for the time being, at least. How long will he be able to keep this up? Will our heroes find a solution to this problem before they get themselves caught in Mephiles' emerald-powered energy beam? Find out on the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos!
To "bee" continued…