|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special #3|
December 29, 2013
Previously, on the third Elements of Power Christmas Special, Metal Sonic and 3.0 postponed their battle to (reluctantly) join forces after discovering that their mutually-hated adversary, Metal Sonic Version 4.0 had somehow return from the dead. Figuring that he was up to something, the two of them followed him to Dr. Robotnik’s base, and upon doing so, they found that he was simply delivering a message from Dr. Nega. In that message, Nega stated that he had Luna captured, and was holding her for ransom as a means of obtaining the Lunar Emeralds, thus confirming that he had not truly reformed as he claimed earlier. Adding insult to injury, the message was enclosed with a virus, with promptly infected all robots within the base’s range, including Metal Sonic and 3.0. Seeing no other option, Robotnik decided to make a run for it, and just as the Metal Sonics and the Badniks had the doctor cornered, Denomi showed up just in the nick of time to lend him a hand, effectively allowing him to escape to the teleporter.
When Robotnik arrived at Vanilla’s house, he informed the heroes of the message that he had been sent. Sometime afterwards, Shadow used Chaos Control to warp himself and the rest of them over to the Mystic Ruins. Most of the group decided to head to Tails’ Workshop in order to cross into the Lunar Dimension via the Tornado Time Twister, while the rest of it headed over to Robotnik’s base in the jungle to fend off the Badniks and cure them of the Nega Virus. When the former group arrived on Ringstar Island, they ran into the Multi-Elemental Goddess, PG-005/Goldra, who agreed to tag along with them to save Luna from Dr. Nega’s clutches.
Now, the question remains… Exactly what does Dr. Nega intend to do with the Lunar Emeralds? Will the heroes be able to thwart his sinister scheme once again, and rescue Luna? What about Metal Sonic, 3.0, and the Badniks? Will they ever be cured of the effects of the Nega Virus? Find out as the saga continues on Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special #3!
Splash: The Ifrit is a large, fiery creature from another dimension that we faced two years ago. According to what Dr. Robotnik told us about it, the Ifrit makes itself stronger by feeding on poor, defenseless Chao!
Quattuor: That’s terrible!
Silver: That about sums Nega up in a nutshell.
Blaze: I think even that may be putting it lightly.
Julia: You know… If Dr. Nega truly is aiming to unleash a creature like the Ifrit, then maybe we should bring the Lunar Emeralds with us, after all.
Seedra: What for? You mean to say that you actually believe that he’ll set Luna free once they’ve been given to him?
Julia: No, but what I am saying is that we may need to use their power just in case there is another monster that has to be fought.
Seedra: Makes sense.
Julia: *Takes off* I’m heading back to my workshop to get them. I’ll be right back!
A little while later…
Blaze: Well, here we are. Looks like Nega kept his base in the same place it was the last time we were here.
Quattuor: Wait, are you saying that it’s actually possible for him to move this entire building, just like that?
Blaze: Indeed. Dr. Nega, along with Silver, Marine, and I, have come from at least two hundred years into the future. In our era, technology has improved so much that mere buildings can be encapsulated and brought anywhere we choose.
Charmy: That is really, REALLY cool! *Looks toward Marine* How come you never told me about that?
Marine: Ya never asked, mate.
Quattuor: Did 3.0 come from that era, too?
Blaze: Yes. He is Nega’s creation, after all.
Quattuor: Oh, yeah. That explains everything.
Vector: So, now that we’ve got that established, whadda ya say we go ahead ‘n’ get movin’?
Charmy: Sounds good to me!
*Just about everyone else agrees, too*
Oceana: Is everything alright, Volcana?
Volcana: Uh, yeah. I guess so…
Oceana: Are you sure?
Well, you see, Oceana, the thing is… I’m still indebted to Doctor N. for setting me free sometime ago. I specifically made a promise to him that I’d always stick by his side, so I don’t know if I can go through with outright betraying him like this…
Oceana: Wait, so what are you saying? Surely, you wouldn’t just turn your back on Luna like that!
Volcana: Don’t get me wrong. I care about Luna as if she was our very own sister, just as much as you do. It’s just that I’m…obligated to return the favor that Doctor N.’s done for me.
Stonia: I gotta agree with Volcana. I’m not sure I could go through with this, either…
Woodra: Neither can I. To us, he’s been quite a swell guy, even if the “invaders” thing was one big lie.
Electra: Yeah. Like I said before, he IS the one who created us, after all.
Tornada: That’s right. In a way, that basically makes him our father. We couldn’t possibly fight against him…
Frostina: Fair enough. I can understand where you’re all coming from, so we’ll give you the time you need to think it over. Just keep in mind… Luna’s very life hangs in the balance, and there’s a chance that you may never see her again. By tagging along with us, you’ll be doing a good thing. Just follow your hearts… Do what you truly believe is right. *Walks away*
*They enter the base, and an alarm sounds*
Sonic: Looks like we’re about to get greeted by the welcoming committee.
*Cyber Sonics and other Badniks show up*
Goldra: HAHAHAHAHA… What fools! They’ve already signed their own death warrants!
Silvra: I see you’re still as modest as ever.
Quattuor: *Faces the Badniks* Look, we don’t want to fight with you. We just want to pass through.
Cyber Sonic #1: Negative, negative! Must eliminate all intruders!
*The robots charge toward the group*
Quattuor: Then I guess you leave me with no choice… *Draws his saber and slashes through some of them*
Silver: How ‘bout this!? *Catches some of them in a telekinetic grip* Take this! *Shoves them into a wall*
Knuckles: *Punches the group, making fireballs fly into the direction of the Badniks*
*Everyone else fights them off, too, and eventually destroys the remainder of them*
*More Badniks enter*
Vector: Here we go again. These guys just nevah learn.
Mighty: Something tells me that this may go on for a while…
Goldra: In that case, I’ll stay here and fend them off. The rest of you can go find Nega.
Silvra: Are you sure?
Goldra: I could handle each and every one of these weaklings with both arms tied behind my back.
Silvra: Well, alright then.
A little while later, further into the base…
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! Welcome! I have to say, you’ve arrived a lot sooner than I anticipated!
Quattuor: So, this is Dr. Nega, huh? He looks kind of familiar. I’ve definitely seen someone who looks like him before, but I’m not sure I could put my finger on it at the moment…
Quattuor: …Was it something I said?
Oceana: You! Tell us what you’ve done with Luna right now, Nega sleaze!
Nega Robotnik: *Holds up her card* Here she is, tucked away safe and sound. I’ll take it you’ve brought me the Lunar Emeralds, yes?
Frostina: Before we get into that, please tell us… What particular need was there for you to capture Luna, besides simply getting ahold of the emeralds? I mean, don’t you already have a device that could detect them?
Nega Robotnik: To be perfectly honest, things most likely would not have come to this if she hadn’t destroyed it! Even though I still have the original blueprints to my N.E.G.A. computer, it would have taken hours to rebuild! Instead, I went with the quicker, easier method of turning Luna into a card, and using her to bait you fools into bringing me the emeralds! Needless to say at this point, it worked like a charm! Eee hee hee hee hee!
Silver: What do you even need the emeralds for, anyway!?
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! I’m glad you asked! It all started with some research I’ve been doing on this island’s history, and information about the Celestial Emerald happened to be among it. From there, I ended up learning of an incredible, ancient power that sleeps deep within; one that’s been sealed for thousands of years. I wanted to harness this power, and I originally thought of simply stealing the Celestial Emerald right from under Luna’s nose, but then I remembered that she’s the very definition of “gullible”, so I once again decided to use that to my advantage!
Knuckles: Oh, great. I should’ve figured…
Sonic: …Remind you of anyone, Knuckles?
Knuckles: As a matter of fact, it doesn’t!
Oceana: So, what did you tell her this time!?
Nega Robotnik: Simple; I told her that I had relinquished my plans for world conquest indefinitely, even throwing in my backstory, which entailed Dr. Robotnik disgracing my family name and everything. Along with that, I informed her of the information I learned about the creature in question that’s contained within the Celestial Emerald. I then fabricated a story about the emerald’s sealing power weakening over the years, but coincidentally, and to my surprise, Luna told me that the jewel had indeed been reacting strangely as of late, which ended up being a bonus to my plan! Eee hee hee! Pure genius, wasn’t it?
*Everyone glares at him*
Nega Robotnik: Lastly, I told her that I invented a “Scepter of Ice” for the purpose of resealing the creature after it breaks free from the Celestial Emerald, but that was only partly true. What I mainly invented it for was the purpose of gaining control of the creature! Eee hee hee!
*They continue glaring*
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee hee hee! What a fool! Luna ended up making things all too easy for me! You think she would have learned after the first time, but no! Her naivety knows no bounds! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… Some “guardian” SHE happens to be! She proudly calls herself this island’s protector, and the irony of it all is that she’s the very person who’s contributed to its downfall!
Oceana: Can it!
Nega Robotnik: Oh, what’s the matter? Have I struck a nerve? I’m terribly sorry! Eee hee hee…
Oceana: You’ve downgraded her long enough! More importantly, we’re here to put an end to you and your scheme right here and now!
Nega Robotnik: Is that so?
Knuckles: That’s right! First, we’re gonna take the card, and then pound your face in!
Vector: A’ight, then what’re we waitin’ for? Let’s go ahead ‘n’ beat the crud outta this slimeball!
*They charge toward him*
Nega Robotnik: I wouldn’t try that if I were you! *Takes out a pair of scissors and holds them up to the card*
Frostina: No! You wouldn’t!
Nega Robotnik: Well, just try me! *Steps on a nearby button, triggering an electrical device from the ceiling to zap the group*
Everyone: AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!! *Bzzzzzzt!*
Nega Robotnik: Now then! First things first… Hand over the Lunar Emeralds, nice and slowly! You wouldn’t want to cause…an accident, would you? *Psychotic grin*
Espio: You coward!
*The others say something similar*
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! Some may call it cowardice, but me? I call it pure genius! What better way is there to bring your enemies into submission?
Blaze: You’re despicable!
Silver: You’ve gone WAY too far THIS time!
Amy: Yeah, you CREEP!
*The others say something similar*
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee… *Steps on the button and zaps them again*
Everyone: AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!! *Bzzzzzzt!*
Nega Robotnik: EEE HEE HEE HEE HEE!!! *Does it continuously*
Charmy: Owwww… This really, REALLY hurts! What’re we gonna do, you guys!?
Vector: I dunno, Charmy, but we’re done for if we don’t attack ‘im!
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! As amusing as this has been, my patience is beginning to wear thin. I will ask you one final time to surrender the Lunar Emeralds!
Oceana: Forget it! I’ll die before I hand them over to the likes of you!
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee hee hee! That can certainly be arranged, but does the life of your friend truly mean that little to you?
Nega Robotnik: I didn’t think so. Since I’m feeling rather…generous right now, I’ll give you all until the count of ten to make your decision. At this point, I needn’t remind you of what’ll happen if you don’t!
Nega Robotnik: Let’s begin, shall we? One, two, three…
A little while later…
Nega Robotnik: …Ten! Time’s up! Have you made your decision?
Oceana: Well, uh…
???: I know I have!
Nega Robotnik: Huh!?
*Suddenly, a few fireballs are seen flying in the direction of the ceiling, destroying the device*
Volcana: *Steam is seen coming from her hands shortly afterwards*
Nega Robotnik: What!? Volcana!?
*Stonia, Woodra, Electra, and Tornada enter, as well*
Nega Robotnik: What is the meaning of this!?
Stonia: Having Luna turned into a card was already one thing, but using her as a shield so you could shock them to death?
Electra: Yeah, Doc. That’s pretty low, even for you.
Volcana: I know I told you I’d stick by your side, Doctor N., but I’m afraid I can’t support you on this one.
Woodra: Sorry to say, but we’re through with you as of today!
Tornada: That’s right!
Nega Robotnik: *Groans in annoyance* You traitors! You'll regret this for certain!
*Suddenly, the sound of shattered glass is heard*
Quattuor: Whoa, what was that!?
Nega Robotnik: (Eee hee hee hee hee! Yes, it’s all gone according to plan! Cryos has been reborn!!!) *Runs off*
Sonic: Hey, where do you think you’re going!? Get back here! *Starts running after him*
*Several others do the same*
Nega Robotnik: *Takes out a switch, presses a button, and seals the path with a steel door just in time before they get in*
Oceana: Ooh…! That Nega creep gave us the slip! *Clenches her fist*
Frostina: Shannah, look! *Points to Luna’s card and the camera, which Nega accidentally left behind*
Oceana: Ah, perfect! *Picks up the camera, aims it at the card, and presses the button*
*Luna emerges from the card*
Luna: …! *Looks at her hands* I’m back to normal?
Oceana: That’s right. It’s great to have you back, Luna.
Luna: Thanks for coming to help me, everyone.
Frostina: The freezer’s all ours.
Luna: Now, where’d that scumbag run off to!?
Luna: He is SO dead!!! *Runs over to the door, punches it over, and goes down the stairway*
*Everyone else does the same*
Meanwhile, at Robotnik’s Mystic Ruins base…
*A bunch of Badniks are seen lying on the ground*
Shadow: I’d say that about does it for the remainder of Badniks around here…
Porkenstein: Splendid. *Uploads the anti-virus program into his Laser Bazooka, aims it at the Badniks, and blasts them*
Egg-Robo: Ugh… What happened?
Scorch: Metal Sonic 4.0 stopped by to deliver a message to Dr. Robotnik that was enclosed with a virus program, and you ended up getting infected along with all the other robots.
Denomi: Yes, but we shouldn’t let our guards down just yet. We still have company… *Looks towards Metal Sonic and 3.0 as they approach the group*
Metal Sonic: Destroy, destroy!
Metal Sonic 3.0: Must terminate all enemies!
Mecha Amy: Ooh…! I swear I’ll make that Nega meanie pay for what he’s done to my Metal Sonic!
Denomi: Please stand back, everyone. I’ll deal with these two alone.
Shock: Are you sure dealing with them alone is a good idea?
Storm: Yes, I mean, after all, one of them knows how to slow time, while the other can use telekinesis…
Scorch: They’ve got a point. As arrogant as 3.0 could be sometimes-
Mecha Amy: “Sometimes”?
Scorch: ...Fine, as arrogant as he NORMALLY is, 3.0 is still no one to take lightly.
Denomi: I appreciate your concern, but I have a quick and effective way of handling this. *Draws his saber* Again, I must ask you all to stand back.
*They get out of the way*
Denomi: *Faces the Metal Sonics* Anytime you’re ready.
*The Metal Sonics turn on their jet boosters and dash toward Denomi*
Denomi: *Dashes toward them, quickly draws his saber, and slashes them in a brief, samurai-like fashion*
*Seconds later, the Metal Sonics are seen falling to the ground*
Syndra: Wow! That was amazing!
*Just about everyone else says something similar*
Denomi: Thank you. *Re-sheathes the saber*
Porkenstein: *Aims the Laser Bazooka at the Metal Sonics, and blasts them with the anti-virus*
Metal Sonic: *Sits up* Hmm?
Mecha Amy: Metal Sonic! *Hugs him*
Metal Sonic: Mecha Amy… What happened? The last thing I remember, 3.0 and I were pursing 4.0 all the way to this base, and then…
Mecha Amy: That meanie, Dr. Nega infected you both with that icky virus, but you’re okay now, thanks to Professor Porkenstein’s anti-virus thingy.
Metal Sonic 3.0: …
Robotnik: Excellent work, everyone! However, there’s no cause to celebrate just yet. I don’t know what Nega’s planning, exactly, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if his goal was to unleash another monster. Knowing him, he won’t be satisfied with simply bringing ruin to the Lunar Dimension… He’ll most likely do the same over here, as well! He must be stopped at all costs!
Denomi: We won’t let you down, Doctor.
Scorch: Yeah. You can count on us!
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Angrily clenches his fist* One way or another, I shall make Nega and Four-Point Zero pay dearly for this insult! *Turns on his jet booster and flies off*
*Everyone else leaves, too*
Elsewhere, at the basement of Dr. Nega’s fortress…
*They find a watery/icy glob of mass absorbing the broken Celestial Emerald pieces*
Luna: Oh, no! That must be…!
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! That’s right! The God of Destruction, Cryos has awakened at last!
Charmy: “Cry-oss”? What kinda name is THAT?
Nega Robotnik: In mere moments, he’s going to achieve his perfect form! As it turns out, the Lunar Emeralds weren’t needed after all! That’s fine by me, because the combined powers of all the broken Celestial Emerald shards make their powers seem miniscule by comparison! With Cryos’ power at my disposal, my ambitions will truly be realized! The world shall be my plaything! I shall bring about an age of fear and chaos! And it shall be-
Cryos: *Growls as his size begins to expand*
*A vibration occurs, and the place begins to cave in*
Nega Robotnik: W-What the…!? Curses! At this rate, my entire fortress is going to be brought down!
Vector: Ah, crud! If that’s the case, then we’d better scram!
*They take off as ice water begins to flood the place*
At last, the legendary ice creature known as “Cryos”, which’s been said to have terrorized the world thousands of years ago, has awakened! Adding insult to injury, not only has it been reborn, but thanks to the power of the Celestial Emerald, Cryos has managed to achieve its perfect form, as well! Will our heroes be able to escape from the fortress in time before it’s frozen solid and/or reduced to rubble? Will Julia arrive in time with the Lunar Emeralds so that the heroes will be able to challenge Cryos’ awesome power and stop his rampage? Find out next time on the third Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special!
To “bee” continued…