|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 1: Legend of the Elemental Gems|
February 12, 2011
When we last left off, Knuckles, the Chaotix, and all the others arrived at the Death Egg III to engage Robotnik in a final showdown; a showdown that was meant to determine the fate of Angel Island, as well as the rest of the world. At the start of the battle, Robotnik had the upper hand, since there was a machine that generated a barrier around the Egg Dragoon, which made it impervious to the heroes' attacks. Knowing that they wouldn't stand a chance as long as that machine's still running, they decided to track it down and destroy it. In order to get through it, however, they had to deal with another swarm of Badniks, which they once again managed to defeat with ease.
After they were taken care of, they were free to destroy the machine, as well as claim the Master Emerald in the process. With that out of the way, the Egg Dragoon was no longer immune to their attacks, and they were able to deal a significant amount of damage to the mech and have it destroyed, leaving Robotnik beaten and blackened up from the explosion. Afterwards, Scorch began to power up a fire blast at the palm of her hand, getting ready to finish Robotnik off. However, she began to hesitate, due to the fact that she still felt somewhat indebted to Robotnik for releasing her. Before she could make her decision, Metal Sonic 3.0, Dr. Nega's copy of Metal Sonic, came to Robotnik's rescue and used Chaos Control to warp him out of the area.
Not very long after that, an alarm began to sound, and a computer voice informed everyone that the Death Egg III was set to explode in only five minutes! Will they be able to escape in time before they're reduced to mere space dust? Find out in this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 1: Legend of the Elemental Gems!
Omega: Precisely. We must evacuate immediately!
Nack: We ain't gotta wait fa nobody 'dis time, do we?
Nack: Good, 'den I'm outta here! *Runs past everyone at high speed*
Bean: Right behind 'ja! *Same*
After Nack and Bean took off, everyone else abruptly followed them. As they began to get further to the exit, more Badniks appeared and began to block their path to ensure that they wouldn't escape. Once again, they managed to blast right through them, and kept going. However, no matter how many of them they destroyed, more Badniks just kept coming.
Vector: Good grief! Just how many o' 'dese guys are there!?
Mighty: There are tons of them! Robotnik must be getting desperate; he definitely doesn't want us to get out of here alive, that's for sure!
Charmy: Hee hee, "bee getting-"
Everyone (except Splash): CHARMY, SHUT UP!
Charmy: Okay, okay! No need to yell!
Female Computer Voice: The Death Egg III's self-destruct sequence will begin in two minutes.
Sonic: Uh oh! That doesn't sound good!
Sonic: Yeah! C'mon, it's juice 'n' loose time! Up, over, and GONE!
With that said, the heroes sped up in order to get to the Blue Typhoon that was waiting for them outside. With only one minute to spare, and just as they were about to get to the exit, they were confronted by more Badniks, which once again blocked their path.
Espio: Ugh… Quite a persistent bunch, aren't they?
Omega: Worthless consumer models! I will eliminate them all! *Aims his arm cannons at them and blasts them with machine guns*
After Omega destroyed the Badniks in their way, they went through the exit. Just as they were on their way to the Blue Typhoon, they encountered more Badniks, who were attempting to keep them from reaching it.
Tiara]: Ugh… These guys are REALLY starting to get on my nerves! *Takes out her jeweled staff, slams it on the ground, and creates a shockwave to knock them away*
Sonic: Nice one, Tiara!
Amy: Oh, please. I could have done that!
Tiara: No, you couldn't have!
Amy: Yes, I could!
*They continue arguing*
Female Computer Voice: The Death Egg III's self-destruct sequence will begin in five more seconds.
*They didn't notice and continue arguing*
Nack: CAN 'DA TWO O' YOUSE STOP ARGUIN' ALREADY, SO WE CAN GET 'DA 'ELL OUTTA HERE!?
Now that there were no more Badniks to deal with, Knuckles, the Chaotix, and the rest of the heroes were free to proceed and enter the Blue Typhoon. Tails quickly fired up the engines, and took off just as the Death Egg III was beginning to explode.
Knuckles: Whew… That was too close!
Charmy: We did it!
Vector: Yep, all in a day's work, boys…'n' girls.
Shadow: Although we managed to foil another of his plans, the doctor still managed to get away.
Omega: *Turns to Scorch* Inquiry: You had an opportunity to put an end to Dr. Robotnik's existence once and for all… Why did you hesitate?
Scorch: I… I don't know…
Splash: It's because you still feel indebted to him for releasing you, isn't it?
Scorch: I…don't want to talk about it. I need to be alone right now… *Walks away and goes outside, on the Blue Typhoon's deck*
You know, I wonder…
Amy: This might sound strange, and by that, I mean VERY strange, but… Does anyone else think that she might have…feelings for Robotnik?
*They all stare at her with blank "WTF?" expressions on their faces*
Amy: Why's everyone looking at me like that?
*A handful of people burst out laughing*
Amy: What's so funny!?
Heavy: HAHAHAHAHAHA… That has to be the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard! Actually, no… Mephiles' bogus "peace and prosperity" claim holds that title, but this one's certainly a worthy contender!
Amy: Oh, come on! Surely, I'm not the ONLY one who saw Scorch blushing after Robotnik gave her that compliment about her looks!?
Ray: No, you're not the only one. I saw it, too.
Amy: Thank you, Ray.
Tiara: …As much as I'd hate to admit it, I think Amy's right about this one. I saw it with my own two eyes.
Amy: You see? Even Boobowski agrees with me!
Wow. This goes even deeper than I thought. If what you say is true, Amy, then it would certainly explain a lot. I guess when Robotnik turned on Scorch, it was more than just a feeling of being used and betrayed. She was truly heartbroken…
Slush: How disturbing. If that IS the case, then what could she possibly SEE in him!?
Tiara: Your guess is as good as mine. *Shudders*
Rouge: My thoughts exactly.
Shadow: While we're on the subject of the doctor… I wonder why Metal Sonic 3.0, a creation of Dr. Nega's, would come to Robotnik's aid, if the two of them are mortal enemies…
Tiara: By the way, I forgot to ask… Who is "Dr. Nega"?
Shadow: He's Robotnik's crazed descendant from 200 years into the future. Unlike his ancestor, he has no desire to rule this world; he intends to destroy it. He's made a few attempts at it so far, only to be thwarted each time . Nega also has a history of impersonating the doctor whenever he travels to this time period. His impression is nearly flawless, until he gives himself away by breaking out into his usual hoarse, screechy-sounding laughter.
Espio: Wait a minute… You don't suppose that was actually Nega that we've been fighting all along, do you?
Shadow: It's definitely a possibility. As I've previously stated, the two doctors are enemies, and I find it strange how Nega's copy of Metal Sonic would go out of his way to help someone that isn't his master.
Sonic: That's weird… Last time I checked, the two Ro-butt-niks were on the same side. At least they were during the times when Blaze and I fought against them.
Shadow: Perhaps they became enemies once they discovered that they had different goals? Remember; Robotnik's goal is to conquer this world, while Nega's goal is to destroy it.
Charmy: Wow. Dr. Nega sounds really, REALLY crazy!
Espio: "Crazy" doesn't even begin to describe him, Charmy. "Psychotic" is more like it.
Heavy: So, basically, Dr. Nega is no different from Mephiles, right?
Shadow: I wouldn't go that far, exactly, but he's certainly close.
Scorch: *Comes back in*
Splash: I'll take it that you're feeling better now?
Scorch: Sort of. Did…I hear that correctly? That wasn't the real Dr. Robotnik that we've been fighting?
Tikal: Possibly, but we're not entirely sure.
Scorch: I see. If that truly has been an impersonator we've been facing all along, then something must have happened to the real Robotnik! Wherever he is, I have to save him!
Charmy: By the way, Scorch, is it true that you have a crush on Robotnik!? EWWWW! Gross!
Scorch: What are you babbling about!? Thanks to Tikal, I was sealed up for thousands of years… You have no IDEA what's that's like! Dr. Robotnik was generous enough to free me, so I told him that I would do anything to repay the favor. I worked alongside him as an act of gratitude, nothing more! I don't know WHERE you're getting THIS crap from!
Charmy: Okay then, if you say so…
After a long journey through space, the Blue Typhoon finally made its way back to Earth. Tails landed the plane in the Mystic Ruins, where his Workshop is located.
*Everyone gets off the plane*
Scorch: Tikal, I know that I said we still have a score to settle, but that's going to have to wait for the time being. At least until I get to the bottom of this…
Scorch: *Gets a running start, and flies off at the speed of a comet*
Sonic: Whoa, she's fast!
Knuckles: Yeah, that's the same thing I said.
Sonic: I wouldn't mind having a little race, just to see how she'd measure up to my own speed!
Wait, what's this strange energy I'm sensing?
Shadow: Hmm… I feel it, too. Someone must be using Chaos Control, but whom?
Charmy: Hee hee hee, "bee using Chaos Control". Get it, Splash? *Snickers*
As it turns out, the "strange energy" that Knuckles and Shadow began to sense was a blue warp hole that was beginning to open. Shortly afterwards, three familiar faces came through it from the other side.
Charmy: Hey, look, you guys! It's Silver, Blaze, and…a raccoon.
Blaze: Hello. It's been a while.
Marine: *In response to Charmy* The name's Marine, mate. Nice ta meet 'cha!
Charmy: Nice to meet you, too. I'm Charmy Bee.
Heavy: Ah, so YOU'RE Marine… Blaze told us about you a year ago. She says you're a blithering idiot.
Blaze: No, Heavy, those were YOUR words.
Heavy: You kind of implied it by comparing her to Charmy, though.
Charmy: PBBBTH…! *Sticks his tongue at Heavy*
Silver: Heh, doesn't look like much has changed between you two.
Knuckles: So, what brings you back to this time period?
Shadow: No, it…it can't be! Mephiles… He and Iblis are still alive, aren't they!? Or are you here, because of Dr. Nega?
Blaze: Thankfully, and I use that term loosely, it's the latter. Nega has once again stolen the Sol Emeralds from me, and he's escaped somewhere into this time period.
Espio: So, it's true, then… Dr. Nega really HAS come to this time period again!
Silver: Did you guys run into him?
Espio: Actually, we saw his Metal Sonic copy come to Robotnik's aid after we defeated him at the Death Egg III. Given the fact that both Robotniks are enemies, as well as Nega's tendency to impersonate the real one, we have a reason to believe that the "Robotnik" we fought was actually Nega in disguise.
Blaze: I see.
Silver: Well, whatever it takes, we're gonna expose "Robotnik" as the fraud he truly is! I'll never allow him to ruin the future we've worked so hard to change!
Marine: Don't look now, but here comes the ol' mustached bloke's Metal Sonic copy! *Points to the air*
Upon his arrival, Metal Sonic 3.0 quickly dived down, swiped the Master Emerald out of Knuckles' hands, and took off.
Knuckles: Hey, wait a minute! What do you think you're doing!? GET BACK HERE WITH MY EMERALD! *Chases after him*
Sonic: Hoo boy… If I had a dime for everytime the Master Emerald got stolen and/or Knuckles believed one of Ro-butt-nik's lies, then I'd be rich!
Charmy: Hee hee hee! Get it, Splash, "bee-"
Vector: Oh, cuddit out wit' da puns already, will ya!? Let's go ahead 'n' chase aftah Metal Sonic Three-Point-Zero, or wudevah 'e's called!
Charmy: Okay, okay.
Wasting no more time, everyone quickly joined Knuckles in chasing down Metal Sonic 3.0 to reclaim the Master Emerald. Will they be able to catch him? Are their suspicions about Dr. Robotnik correct? All of these questions will "bee" answered in the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
To "bee" continued…
- Originally, this was meant to be the final chapter of Episode 1, which would have ended in a cliffhanger and tied into the next story.