|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 1: Legend of the Elemental Gems|
January 27, 2011
Last time, Dr. Robotnik revealed his master plan to destroy Angel Island, and came to the conclusion that he wouldn't have any need for the Elemental Goddesses anymore once he achieves his goal. He also stated that when he uses the Death Egg III to destroy Angel Island, he plans to kill not only Knuckles, the Chaotix and company, but Scorch, as well. Slush, who's working as a spy, overheard this and got it on tape, using the recording device that was given to her by Vector. Just when she had the concrete evidence she needed to prove that Robotnik had been manipulating Scorch the entire time, she ended up getting caught and lured into a trap by the evil doctor. Additionally, he also confiscated the recording device and crushed it at the bottom of his feet, leaving Slush without the evidence that she needed. However, Robotnik unknowingly provided new evidence himself, by relaying a new message to the Chaotix and company, which Scorch overheard as soon as she arrived.
Knowing that Scorch wasn't going to bring the Master Emerald to him after learning the truth, Robotnik made a slight change in plans. He decided to hold Slush, whom he trapped with his stun-gun, for ransom. He told the heroes that if they want to see Slush return safely, then Knuckles has to hand over the Master Emerald. Shortly afterwards, their mechanical companions, Heavy and Bomb arrived on the scene, along with Sonic, Tails, Ray, Amy, as well as Orbot and Cubot, who Robotnik had previously cast aside. Tails then suggested that they reach Robotnik's airbase by taking his plane, the Blue Typhoon, which was big enough for everyone to fit. Nack the Weasel and Bean the Dynamite, who also had a score to settle with Robotnik, decided to come along for the ride, as well. With all heroes and anti-heroes banded together, do they have what it takes to stop the mad doctor's plans this time around? Find out in this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
Sonic: So, Fang and Bean… What's the story with you two? Did Robotnik trick you into making another deal with him, or what? *Snickers*
Nack: Ah, shaddap! It ain't nutin' like 'dat at all! It's just 'dat 'e still owes us money from a while back!
Bean: Exactly! We had him cornered last time, but then…something happened.
Sonic: That "something", being that he tricked you again, right? *Snickers again*
Nack: You ain't funny, a'ight!? *Takes out his gun* Say anudduh woid about it, 'n' ahmma bussa cap 'n ya! Goddit!? *Clicks it*
Sonic: Alright, already. Yeesh…
Tikal: *Looks towards Scorch, who has a sad expression on her face* Are you okay?
Scorch: I'm…I'm fine. Just…fine.
Tikal: You certainly don't sound like it…
Scorch: Whatever. *Turns around and crosses her arms* Why do YOU care, anyway?
Splash: Scorch, I can't imagine how you must be feeling right now. It's okay to cry, you know. There's no shame in it. Just let it out…
Scorch: Pfffft. Oh, please. This is ME we're talking about here, Splash. L-Like I'd ever have any reason to…to- *Quickly bursts into tears before finishing her sentence*
Splash: *Hugs Scorch and pats her on the back*
Scorch: Y-You…you guys were right all along! Dr. Robotnik…he really HAS been using me the entire time! H-How…how could I have been…so stupid!? I…should've seen this from the start!
Heavy: Robotnik, using someone? Gee, imagine that. It certainly MUST take a rocket scientist to figure THAT one out. You are just BRIMMING with common sense, aren't you?
Bomb: Heavy, for once, can you NOT be an anus?
Splash: *Glares at Heavy* You know, Charmy told me all about you, and from what I've seen so far, everything he said is true. Honestly, I haven't heard you say ONE nice thing to or about anyone since you got here! Scorch was just used and betrayed by the one person that she considered as a friend, and you certainly aren't helping by making sarcastic remarks like that! If you aren't going to do anything other than be an insensitive jerk, ridiculing everyone around you just for the sake of doing it, then don't say anything at all! Keep your snide comments to yourself! It's as simple as that!
What are you, my mother?
Suddenly, a vibration occurred, causing almost everyone on the ship to fall over.
Bomb: What was that!?
Tails: There's a bunch of Badniks and enemy airships everywhere! We're under attack, you guys!
Knuckles: Doesn't this ship have any weapons and fire power to use against them?
Tails: Yeah, but I could only focus on the ones that are right in front of us. I'm going to need someone to get on the deck to cover the Blue Typhoon in case they happen to attack us from the other sides.
Vector: No problem! Just leave that ta us! Once we start a job, we finish 'da job! Dat's our policy! We're Team Chaotix!
Scorch: I'll help, too. I'm sure my powers will be of great use when taking those ships down.
Charmy: Hee hee, "bee of great use". Get it?
Splash: *Giggles* Aren't those puns of his just hilarious?
Uhhh, yeah. Whatever.
Nack: Ah'mma get in on 'de action, too! *Loads his gun*
While Tails was piloting the plane and handling all the enemies within the range of the Blue Typhoon's volkan cannons, Knuckles, the Chaotix, and all the others climbed aboard the deck to deal with all the other Badniks and enemy fighter planes that Robotnik sent their way, which were out of Tails' range.
Nack: *Blasting them with a Tommy-gun* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! EAT LEAD, YA BUCKET O' BOLTS! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Bean: DYNAMITE POWER! *Tosses a bomb and blows some of them to pieces*
Charmy: Look! I can see their parachutes! They're okay…
Vector: No more Dragon Ball Z fa you, Charmy.
After a while, everyone was able to successfully fight off all of the Badniks, and Tails was able to land the Blue Typhoon safely in front of Robotnik's airbase.
Tails: Alright, so we're finally here…
Charmy: …Performin' for you! If ya know the words, you should join in, too! Put your hands together if ya wanna clap as we take ya through this Monkey Rap!
Charmy: What? I like that song, and Tails just reminded me of it!
Heavy: Honestly, Charmy, not even two facepalms are enough to describe your stupidity.
Charmy: PBBBTHH! *Sticks his tongue at Heavy*
Splash: Why can't you just leave him alone!? He hasn't done a thing to you, and you're treating him bad for no reason!
Heavy: Oh, piss off already, will you? The last thing I need right now, aside from Charmy's presence is for someone else to play the "moral police" role. Why don't you mind your own business? Last time I checked, I wasn't talking to you.
Splash: You couldn't be an even bigger prick if you tried, Heavy. Seriously, I don't know how everyone else around here manages to put up with you. You are the SINGLE most disrespectful person I've ever met! Dr. Robotnik is bad to the core, but even HE'S shown better manners than YOU ever have!
Sonic: I agree with you, but speaking of Ro-butt-nik, shouldn't we go ahead and get moving, so we could stop him?
Splash: You're right. Slush's life hangs in the balance, even as we speak. We've got to save her as soon as possible!
Bark: Yeah. Speaking of a which, did you bring the Master Emerald with you, Knuckles?
Knuckles: What, and risk my island getting destroyed? I don't think so. I'm pretty sure we could rescue Slush without it. If she's, by any chance, trapped behind one of those steel doors in Robotnik's base, I could just punch it down to get her out of there.
Bark: Good point. So could I, actually.
Vector: Alright, then whadda ya say we get movin'?
Espio: Yes, but we should proceed with caution. Robotnik may very well have traps set for us…
Vector: Yeah, but like I said before, there ain't nothin' Robotnik could dish out that WE can't handle!
*They enter the base*
Mighty: I guess Robotnik didn't have any traps set up after all. At least not that we know of. In any case, why don't we go ahead and look around? Slush is bound to be around here somewhere.
Charmy: Hee hee hee, "bound to bee". Get it? *Snickers*
Splash: *Giggles* Yes, yes, I get it, but now's not the time. Let's save the jokes for later, okay?
Heavy: THANK YOU.
Just as the heroes moved on and began to get deeper into the base, they ended up getting attacked by another swarm of Badniks.
Sonic: These things again? Ro-butt-nik outta get ahold of some better toys, you know.
Vector: C'mon, let's take 'em down!
Once again, Knuckles, the Chaotix, and company destroyed all the Badniks that came their way. Whenever they moved on to the next room, there were more robots waiting for them, and the cycle began to repeat itself, much to the annoyance of Scorch.
Scorch: AUGH! ENOUGH OF THESE GAMES, ROBOTNIK! GET OUT HERE AND FIGHT US YOURSELF! RIGHT NOW, YOU COWARD! *Holds out the palm of her hand and blasts all the Badniks, killing them in a fiery explosion*
Whoa. Remind me not to get on HER bad side…
Cubot: Yer darn tootin'. 'Dat Fire Goddess is purdy dang scareh when she gets mad.
Speakin' of a which, what's she mad about, anyway?
*Everyone anime falls*
Cubot: What? Did I say somethin' wrong, 'r what?
Orbot: Were you not listening at ALL? Robotnik betrayed her, just as he did to us! He's also holding her sister hostage!
Cubot: Oh, yah. I knew that.
That comment I made about your stupidity, Charmy? I take it back. You're a genius compared to THIS guy.
Charmy: Gee, well thanks a lot.
Scorch: ROBOTNIK! I SAID GET OUT HERE!
Robotnik: *Enters* Here I am. Satisfied?
Splash: You tell us what you've done with Slush!
Robotnik: First, you show ME the Master Emerald.
Knuckles: Forget it! I know everything you're trying to do, and I'll never allow you to destroy my island!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA… I suppose Slush's life means THAT little to you? Very well, then. *Takes out a remote control switch* Perhaps a little increase in temperature will change your mind? *Turns the knob*
Slush: *From a room down the hall* AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!
Splash: NOOOOOO!!! YOU LET HER GO!!!
After that, Splash quickly held out the palm of her hand, and used a hydro blast to knock the switch out of Robotnik's hand, as well as making it shortcircuit.
Robotnik: ARGH! CURSES! For future reference, I'm DEFINITELY going to consider making my devices Splash-proof…
Sonic: Heh! Game over, Ro-butt-nik!
Bark: Oh, yeah. *Cracks his knuckles* It's clobbering time!
Vector: Yeah! Let's get 'em!
No longer in control of the situation, Robotnik had no choice but to flee the scene. Knuckles, the Chaotix, and all the others then started stampeding after him. As they all gave chase to the doctor, they stopped as soon as they came across the room that Slush was locked in. While they were turning their attention to that, Robotnik took that as his chance to sneak away.
Scorch: Slush? Is that you in there?
Slush: Y-Yes, it's me… I'm glad you all finally made it. Now, can you…get me out of here, please? I don't know how much longer I could withstand such hot temperatures… I'm on the verge of melting even now, as we speak!
Scorch: We're on it.
Hold on a second, doesn't this door require some kind of passcode?
Slush: Yeah, but sadly, I don't remember it. Robotnik's the only one who knows…
Bark: Ah, don't worry. We're gonna bust this door down instead!
Knuckles: Why don't we do that at the count of three?
Cubot: 'Dat door sher looks purdy dang sturdy…
At the count of three, they all rammed into the steel the door, and managed to knock it down, freeing Slush from her captivity.
Slush: T-Thank you, everyone…
Scorch: Anytime, little sis. Now, would you mind explaining something to me? I didn't get to the altar in time to hear everything, so I don't know all the details. Exactly why did Robotnik feel the need to capture you?
Slush: Because… I've been working against him from the start. I only joined him, so that I could…find the evidence I needed to prove…that he was using you. He…was determined to make sure…that I wouldn't be around…to tell about it. Ironically, he ending up doing the very thing he was trying to keep me from doing.
Scorch: Ooh, I swear it… Robotnik's going to pay dearly for this!
Slush: I'm glad…you've finally realized who the true enemy is, Scorch. *Slowly stands up* Come on…let's go stop him, everyone. It's time he's experienced the wrath of the three Elemental Goddesses…first-hand!
Splash: Are you sure you'll be able to fight in this condition? You don't look so well…
Slush: Don't worry, Splash… I'll be- *Tries to walk, and ends up collapsing to the floor* …fine.
Vector: Maybe one o' us could take ya back to the Ice Cap Zone, so ya could recuperate?
Slush: Sure…that'll be fine. I just hope…that I'll be back in time to join you in your battle against Robotnik…
Charmy: Hee hee, "bee fine" and "bee back in time". Get it? *Snickers*
Vector: So, uhh… Anyway, who's gonna do it? I'd bring 'er ovah there myself, but bein' a reptile 'n' all, I can't handle cold places very well.
Espio: Same here, so I guess it's out of the question for me, as well.
Bark: I'll do it. *Picks Slush up and carries her in his arms*
Slush: *Blushes* Thank you… I appreciate it.
Bark: O-Oh, it was, uhh…nothing.
Slush: *Rubs his arm* You're so strong…
Bark: *Starts turning red* T-Thanks…
Slush: *Giggles* You're welcome.
Sonic: The two of you are always welcome to get a room, ya know!
Ray: Heh heh heh! I was about to say the same thing!
Bark: Oh, VERY funny!
Charmy: Bark and Slush, sittin' in a tree! K-I-S-S-I-N-G-! First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in a baby carriage! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Slush: You keep quiet, you little insect!
Robotnik: *Through the intercom* Ladies and gentlemen! May I have your undivided attention please? I know that you're all eager to wrap things up, so I'm going to give you the opportunity to do just that. Meet me at the top of this fortress, so we could finally settle this! Once and for all, we'll finally put an end to this long, drawn-out battle! What do you say? Are you up for it?
Vector: Ya beddah believe we are!
Robotnik: Good, good! I'm glad to hear it! Again, I'll be waiting for you at the top of this fortress. Come if you dare! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…
Sonic: Heh! Sounds like an invitation to party! Okay, Ro-butt-nik! Bring it on!
Tails: I'm gonna use the Blue Typhoon to fly Bark and Slush to the Ice Cap Zone. I'll be back to meet up with you guys again after she's finished recuperating.
Nack: Me 'n' Bean are gonna be a li'l late to 'da battle, too. First, we're gonna scour 'da base ta look for 'da money Robotnik owes us. 'F by any chance we can't find it, 'den we'll be right up 'dere ta geddit from 'de ol' doc 'imself!
Bean: Yeah. Either way, he's gonna be sorry he ever cheated us!
Knuckles: Okay then. In the meantime, the rest of us are going to be fighting him atop the fortress! Come on, everyone, let's go!
While Tails, Bark, Slush, Nack and Bean went to go handle their prior engagements, Knuckles, the Chaotix, and all the others headed up the stairway, bound for the rooftop of the airbase, where they'll have their showdown against Dr. Robotnik. Will they be able to put a stop to his plans once again? Or will the crafty doctor manage to turn the tables on them? Find out in the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
To "bee" continued…