|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos|
March 13, 2011
When we last left off, the Chaotix got a call from Slush, saying that Dr. Robotnik was finished developing his EG Experiments, and was heading towards Angel Island to release them. After being informed of this, all of them, except for Heavy and Bomb (who decided to stay behind to work on the Master Emerald's security system), followed Robotnik and Scorch to the Red Mountain Zone to stop him from releasing EG-001. Unfortunately for them, however, they were unable to stop him. After EG-001, or Squash, the Goddess of Stone, as she's now called, was brought to life, she rebelled against the doctor, and decided to come up with world domination plans of her own. Just as the Chaotix were getting ready to stop her, Squash made a tactical retreat, but not before leaving behind her minions, the Pyrocks, to deal with them. Can Knuckles and the Chaotix stop Squash's deadly army of Pyrocks, as well as her evil ambition to conquer the world? Find out in this exciting chapter of Elemental Chaos!
Charmy: Whoa, there sure is a lot of them!
Vector: Yeah, but just 'cause there's a lot, don't mean we can't take 'em!
Knuckles: Exactly. They shouldn't be any tougher than Robotnik's robots, which we always destroy easily.
Espio: *Takes out a shuriken* Beware my ninja power!
Charmy: Yeah! Beeware his ninja power! Get it? *Snickers*
Robotnik: Umm, no.
Charmy: Aww, you guys are no fun.
Charmy: Okay, okay. That's the last one I'm doing for now.
Wechnia: Alright, good. In the meantime, let's focus on taking these creatures down.
So then, the battle began. Both the Chaotix and the Pyrocks quickly started charging towards one another. As they fought, a smoke cloud appeared over them, with broken pieces of rubble flying everywhere.
Vector: Good grief! Exactly how many of 'em did she create!?
Charmy: A whole, WHOLE lot of 'em!
Knuckles: If only Bomb came with us, he'd be able to blow them to bits and end this in a heartbeat. *Glares at Charmy*
Charmy: I wasn't gonna say anything this time! Really!
Knuckles: I seriously find THAT hard to believe.
Wechnia: Sure, Bomb's help would be nice, but I don't think we need it. Remember, I happen to possess powers inherited from the Master Emerald. Watch this… *Raises his fist* CHAOS…! *His fist turns green*
*Some of the Pyrocks start charging towards them again*
Wechnia: …FIST! *Slams his fist on the ground*
After Wechnia slammed his fist onto the ground, he created a large, energy-based shockwave that destroyed half of the Pyrocks that were moving towards them. Knuckles and the rest of the Chaotix used their special abilities, such as Thunder Arrow, Cosmic Crusher, and Team Blast to destroy the remaining Pyrocks.
Charmy: We did it!
Vector: Yep, 'dat takes care o' them!
Espio: Yes, but there's one question that remains: Where did Robotnik go?
Mighty: Good question. I could have sworn he was here a minute ago…
Vector: He must've run off sometime durin' the fight. Freakin' coward.
Knuckles: Yeah, that's for sure.
Mighty: I wonder how Tikal's doing against Scorch. I sure hope she's okay…
Charmy: What's the matter, Mighty? Worried about your GIRLFRIEND? *Snickers*
Mighty: *Bashes him upside the head again* Knock it off, Charmy!
Charmy: OWWW! *Holds his head*
Scorch: Ihhh…! *Kneels down, holding the arm that she was stabbed in for the blood sample*
Tikal: Are you alright?
Scorch: I'm…fine. Hmph, for someone who apparently hates fighting so much, you sure are good at it…
Tikal: Maybe, but I take no pleasure in this sort of thing. I only do this when necessary. I fight for peace and nothing more.
Scorch: HAHAHAHAHAHA! How noble of you… It's too bad all the peace you're fighting for is going to be in vain! That is, after Dr. Robotnik is finished conquering this world!
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, just…just stop it. You're…you're making it harder for me to hate you!
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. Sure, I did seal you up, but I only did what I thought was best if I were to keep the world from getting destroyed. Just keep in mind… You did the same thing to Iblis, remember?
Scorch: …Yeah, of course.
Tikal: So, does this mean we can put the past behind us and let bygones be bygones?
I don't know. I'll have to give it some thought…LOTS of thought.
Tikal: I see, but again, it's not too late for you to free yourself from Robotnik. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't you already return the favor? You know, when you changed him back to his original form after Dr. Nega turned him into a card?
That's a good point, but…leaving his side is still out of the question. I told Dr. Robotnik that I was forever indebted to him for releasing me. I can't just back out on him. I have to stay true to my word, you know.
Tikal: I understand.
Robotnik: *Arrives on the scene*
Scorch: Dr. Robotnik, you're back. I'll take it that you didn't get the chance to release EG-001?
Robotnik: I certainly wish that I hadn't! Ooh, why that arrogant, ungrateful little worm! Immediately upon releasing her, she's decided to betray me!
Scorch: Seriously!? Oh, let me guess… She sided with the Chaotix, right?
Robotnik: No, it's far worse. Not only has she decided to disobey me, but she's even come up with her own world domination plans! It's like the White Echidna Project all over again!
Tikal: Oh, no! How horrible!
Robotnik: With that said, Squash MUST be destroyed at ALL costs! No matter WHAT it takes, I'm going to hunt her down and have her destroyed! I'll show HER what happens to those who dare to defy me! She's going to pay with her life, for the treason she's committed against me! *Hops into his Egg-O-Matic Hovercraft* Are you coming, Scorch?
Scorch: Sure thing, doctor.
Just as the two of them were taking off, Tikal noticed a strange green gem lying on the ground.
Tikal: Hey, wait a minute! What's this? *Picks up a small green gem*
*The Chaotix arrive shortly afterwards*
Tikal: Hello, everyone. I'm glad you're back. Take a look at this. *Holds up the green gem that she picked up*
Charmy: Could that be one of the Chaos Emeralds?
Mighty: No, I don't think so. It's a little too small to be a Chaos Emerald. But now that I look at it, it seems to be the exact size and shape as the Fire, Water, Ice, and Stone Gems.
Espio: So, are you saying that this thing's one of the Elemental Gems?
Knuckles: Could I see that for a second, Tikal?
Tikal: Sure. *Hands it to him*
Knuckles: *Examines it* Oh, yeah. There's no mistake about it. This is definitely one of the Elemental Gems that Robotnik created. It even has "EG-002" written on it with a marker.
Vector: Heh, Robotnik must've dropped it while 'e was runnin' off.
Tikal: As a matter of fact, he did. I noticed it shortly after he and Scorch took off about a minute ago.
Vector: Well, now 'dat we know fa sure, I say we go ahead 'n' destroy it!
Wechnia: I have no objection to that.
Espio: Neither do I. We all saw how mentally unstable EG-001 was. She's already bad enough as it is, and the last thing we need is for three more of them to be running rampant!
Knuckles: Alright then! Here goes…! *Raises it in the air, and gets ready to slam it*
Mighty: Wait a second!
Knuckles: What's the matter?
Mighty: I don't think killing her necessary! I mean, just because one of them turned out to be bad, doesn't mean all of them will. And besides, don't Elemental Gems absorb energy from the people who use them? Scorch and Squash turned out the way they did, because theirs absorbed negative energy from Robotnik. Splash's, on the other hand, ended up absorbing positive energy from Tikal, and look how she turned out. Maybe there's a chance that we could bring EG-002 over to our side?
Tikal: I agree with Mighty. EG-002 may turn out to be a valuable ally, just like Splash and Slush.
Now that you put it that way, you're right. I guess we could go ahead and spare her. After all, this wouldn't be the first time we've had one of Robotnik's creations on our side.
Espio: Yes, we have at least… *Counts on his fingers* Eight of them fighting by our side already. I suppose it doesn't hurt to add a ninth.
Charmy: Who are the other eight?
Charmy: Oh, yeah. Too bad Heavy's such a jerk, though. It's not just me that he's mean to, either!
Knuckles: Tell me about it. As Splash pointed out before, the guy can't ever say ONE thing without being a sarcastic little prick. Say, for example, when we saw him and Bomb again for the first time in a while, I said something along the lines of, "Heavy and Bomb? Is it really you?", which meant that I was happen to see them, and then and he replies with "NO, it's the Super Mario Brothers. Of COURSE it's us!" I don't know about anyone else, but I find his sarcasm FAR more irritating than any of Charmy's "bee" jokes.
Mighty: So do I.
*Everyone else agrees*
Charmy: Ooh, ooh! Does this mean I could-
Everyone (at the same time): NO!
Charmy: Okay, okay! I was just asking! So, umm… Anyway, where should we go to bring EG-002 to life?
Knuckles: Maybe the Mystic Ruins will do. After all, I need to stop by Tails' Workshop for the emerald detector.
Vector: A'ight, then I guess that settles it. C'mon, boys! Let's get movin'!
And so, after defeating Squash's army of Pyrocks, the seven heroes took off, bound for the Mystic Ruins, in order to obtain Tails' emerald detector, as well as finding a place to release EG-002, whose gem Robotnik mistakenly dropped as he and Scorch left Red Mountain. Will EG-002 turn out to be a "valuable ally" as Mighty and Tikal have predicted? Or will she turn out to be as sinister and evil as her sister? Find out in the next exciting episode of Dragon Ball Z!
Uh, whoops. Sorry about that. I meant, on the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
To "bee" continued…