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Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 1: Legend of the Elemental Gems
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January 9, 2011
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*Music Cue*

On the previous chapter of Elements of Power, Dr. Robotnik, after a year-long absence, arrived on Angel Island with his minions, Orbot and Cubot, in search of the Fire Element Gem, which was said to contain a powerful Fire Goddess. The doctor intended to release the Goddess from her prison, so that he could use her powers to aid him in his quest for world domination. Knuckles, upon overhearing this, decided to follow Robotnik, Orbot, and Cubot to Lava Reef in order to stop him before his plan could be put into effect. After finding the Fire Element Gem, Dr. Robotnik decided to have Orbot and Cubot keep Knuckles busy, while he runs off to release the Fire Goddess without any interruptions.

However, Knuckles was able to defeat them with ease, and continued his pursuit of the mad doctor. Before Knuckles had a chance to take the gem from him, Robotnik dropped it into the lava, effectively breaking the seal and releasing the Goddess from her imprisonment. She then introduced herself as Scorch, the Goddess of Fire, and expressed her thanks to the doctor for releasing her, claiming that she would do anything to repay him. Using this to his advantage, Robotnik decided to pit her in a fight against Knuckles, a task that she gladly accepted, especially after being provoked. Which of the two will come out the victor; Knuckles or Scorch? Find out in this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 1: Legend of the Elemental Gems!

*Music Cue*

Scorch held out the palm of her hand, and started launching a volley of fire blasts at Knuckles, but he was able to dodge every one that was fired at him. As Knuckles continued to dodge, he eventually got close enough to land a punch right to Scorch's jaw, sending her crashing through a wall.

Scorch: UHHHHHH!

Knuckles: Where's all that bravado now, huh?

Scorch: Hmph! *Sits up and wipes the blood from around her mouth* I'll admit, you're tougher than I thought, but don't let that go to your head! I'm just getting "warmed up", if you catch my drift.

Knuckles: Resorting to using puns now? You sound almost exactly like my friend, Bee Charmy, only less irritating. But enough talk! Let's continue where we left off!

Scorch: Gladly! You will get no more lucky shots from here on out!

So then, the battle continued. Knuckles and Scorch continued to duke it out in an epic showdown, fighting one another face-to-face, matching each other blow-for-blow. The battle went on for a while, with the two fighters showing lots of persistence, not wanting to give up until only one of them was left standing.

Knuckles: *Breathes hard* (Man… I haven't fought a girl THIS tough since Rouge…)

Scorch: *Breathes hard, too* You're…unbelievably strong. Just…who are you, anyway?

Knuckles: I'm Knuckles, Knuckles the Echidna, guardian and protector of the Master Emerald, as well as Angel Island itself.

Scorch: I see…

Shortly afterwards, a vibration started to occur.

*Music Cue*

Scorch: H-Huh!? What's going on!? Is that an earthquake, or is this volcano starting to erupt!?

Robotnik: Regardless of which it is, I'm not sticking around to find out! Let's get out of here, Scorch! Quickly! My airship, the Egg Carrier III, is waiting for us outside!

Scorch: Right. *Turns toward Knuckles* You're definitely a worthy adversary. I look forward to fighting with you again. *Grabs Robotnik by the arm, and jets off at the speed of a rocket*

Knuckles: Whoa, she's almost as fast as Sonic! Anyway, though, there's no time to worry about that… I have to hurry up and get out of here, myself!

As the volcano began to cave in, Knuckles ran as fast as he could to escape. Meanwhile, Robotnik and Scorch came across Orbot and Cubot, who were lying on the ground, damaged from their short battle with Knuckles.

Orbot: Ah, Dr. Robotnik… It's you… *Czzzzt!* Can you help us, please? We can't…get up, and this place is about to erupt…

Cubot: Yeah… We could really use yer help… *Czzzt!*

Scorch: Who are these guys?

Robotnik: …

I haven't a single clue. I've never seen them before in my life.

Orbot: S-Say what!? *Czzzt!*

Cubot: Whadda ya mean ya never saw us!? We're yer robots!

Robotnik: …

Alright, fine. Yes, they're my robots. Rather useless ones, that is, which I regret ever creating. You two are the single, most idiotic robots I've ever made, bungling even the smallest tasks that were assigned to you!

Cubot: Cerrect me 'f ah'm wrong here, but ain't we 'da ones who got'chu 'dat Fire Gem!?

Orbot: Yes, that's right!

Robotnik: …

Yes, and I thank you for it. For once in your pathetic lives, you've actually done something usual for a change. However, now that Scorch is here, you two are no longer of any use to me. Goodbye, you worthless hunks of junk! Come on, Scorch, let's get going! *Runs off*

Orbot & Cubot: DR. ROBOTNIK, WAAAAAIIIIITT!!!

Scorch: …

*Music Cue*

Just then, Scorch turned back to get one last look at the damaged duo, with a sad expression on her face. Just as she saw Knuckles coming their way, she took off to go follow Robotnik.

Knuckles: *Looks down at Orbot and Cubot* Robotnik didn't come back for you guys…?

Orbot: No, he…didn't… *Czzzt!* Despite the fact…that we've worked so hard for him, and remained loyal all this time, he saw us as nothing more than "useless hunks of junk", and decided to leave us here to die in this volcano… *Czzzzt!*

Cubot: Yup… *Czzzt!* 'e told us 'dat we ain't no use to 'em anymore, now 'dat 'e has 'dat Fire Goddess on 'is side…

Knuckles: WHAT!? This is pretty low, even for him! This is almost on the same level as Mephiles, in fact! No wonder Heavy, Bomb, and a few of his other creations have turned against him!

Cubot: Yeah, so… Does 'dis mean yer gunna help us out…?

Before Knuckles could respond, the volcano vibrated again, and a sudden burst of lava was seen heading toward them.

Knuckles: Whoa! Alright, hang on, you guys! We're busting out of here!

Knuckles quickly grabbed the two damaged robots and took off at high speed, being followed by a sea of molten lava. Just as they reach what appeared to be a dead end, Knuckles used his brute strength to bust through the wall and kept moving, until they eventually managed to narrowly escape the volcano.

*Music Cue*

Cubot: Thank ya ver' much, pard! Ya saved our lives!

Orbot: Yeah, thanks! But…why did you do it?

Knuckles: It was no special reason, really. Like I said, what he did was low, even for him, and I don't think anyone deserves to be treated that way. Oh, by the way, I know someone who could repair you guys. Three people, as a matter of fact. Two of them are former henchmen of Robotnik's.

Orbot: Really? *Czzzt!* Where can we…find them?

Knuckles: They're at Tails' Workshop. Since I'm responsible for damaging you two, and since you're in no condition to move on your own, I guess I'm going to have to carry you there.

Cubot: Thanks again… Yer a real life saver!

Knuckles: Don't mention it.

Staying true to his word, Knuckles began carrying Orbot and Cubot to Tails' Workshop, in order to get them repaired. Meanwhile, up at the Egg Carrier III…

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Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA… Well, so far, I've claimed one of the Elemental Gems, and now there are two more to go! As soon as I'm in possession of all three, all of my enemies will be vanquished, and this world will be mine to control!

Scorch: That's your goal, Dr. Robotnik? World domination?

Robotnik: Yes, that's right. I plan to build the Robotnik Empire, the ultimate utopia where everyone will acknowledge my pure genius, worshiping me as their almighty ruler! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Scorch: Ah, I see! You know, I once had that very same goal, but as you're probably aware already, my plans were thwarted, and as a result, I was imprisoned in my own gem, due to the fact that those peons couldn't stand up to my awesome power. Now that I'm finally free again, I'm going to spread all the suffering I've had to endure as I was sealed up for all those years! *Clenches her fist* Ooh, if that wretched Tikal was still alive today, I'd send her straight to oblivion in a heartbeat! She'd pay dearly for what she's done to me!

Robotnik: Tikal? That orange echidna who's always being accompanied by Chaos? HAHAHAHAHAHA! She's still alive and well! In fact, she's even taken part in foiling one of my previous world domination plans!

Scorch: Really, now!? HAHAHAHAHAHA! Well, this is certainly convenient for me! I'm relieved to know that time hasn't robbed me of the vengeance I've dreamed of for all these years!

Robotnik: According to my emerald detector, the Water Element Gem seems to be located within a Chao Garden. Coincidentally, Chao Gardens are some of Tikal's favorite hangouts! While there, I could claim the gem that I'm seeking, while you, on the other hand, can exact your revenge!

Scorch: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, perfect! Although, to be honest, Dr. Robotnik… As long as I'm around, I don't think you'll need any help from Splash or Slush. Sure, the two of them are powerful, but they're not quite in the same league as I am.

Robotnik: "Splash"? "Slush"? Who are they?

Scorch: They're my sisters, which are contained inside of the Water and Ice Element Gems. They and I are triplets, with me being the oldest, Splash being the middle sibling, and Slush being the youngest.

Robotnik: I see, but as powerful as you may be, it doesn't hurt to have the two of them around, just in case. I may still need them for something. They're just as essential to my world domination plans as you are, Scorch.

Scorch: Okay, if that's what you want. Exactly where is this "Chao Garden", anyway?

Robotnik: It's located within the Mystic Ruins. All I need to do is turn on the jet boosters, and we'll be there in no time. Very soon, I'll be able to obtain the Water Element Gem that I desire, while you, on the other hand, will be able to seek the revenge you've dreamed of for so long!

Scorch: Sounds like a plan!

Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA… HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Scorch: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

As the two of them laughed maniacally, they set a course for the Mystic Ruins, heading there at full speed. With Knuckles on his way to Tails' Workshop, which is in a completely different path from the Chao Garden, is there anyone around to stop Robotnik from claiming the Water Element Gem, and furthering his diabolical plan for world conquest? Find out in the next exciting chapter of Dragon Ba-, I mean... Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!

To "bee" continued...

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