|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 1: Legend of the Elemental Gems|
January 11, 2011
When we last left off, Dr. Robotnik and Scorch set a course for their next destination, the Mystic Ruins, where the Water Element Gem, as well as Scorch's long-time enemy, Tikal was said to be. However, before they could make their move, they were met with an unexpected encounter by Nack the Weasel and Bean the Dynamite, who showed up at the Egg Carrier III, demanding the money that Robotnik owed them for their services to him in the past. The two thieves were determined to get their reward, even going so far as to hold the egg-shaped doctor at gunpoint, as well as issuing bomb threats if he didn't bow down to their demands. Unfortunately for them, however, Nack and Bean were outsmarted by the crafty doctor once again, as he and Scorch lured them into a trap, sending the two criminals falling out of the Egg Carrier III from a high altitude.
With that problem out of the way, Scorch and Robotnik were free to go to the Chao Garden without anymore interruptions. They were, however, met with another unexpected encounter. This time, from Mighty the Armadillo, who was determined to make sure that Robotnik didn't succeed in getting ahold of the Water Element Gem. Knowing that there was no other way to enter the Chao Garden, except through Mighty, Dr. Robotnik hastily went back into his Egg-O-Matic Hovercraft and got it ready for combat mode. Which side will emerge victorious? Mighty and Tikal, or Scorch and Dr. Robotnik? Find out on this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
Scorch: Hmm hmm hmm hmm! Why so serious, Tikal? Are you THAT surprised to see me again? Or is it that you've finally come to the realization that you're outmatched? I'd say that the latter explanation is definitely more likely, considering the fact that I'm absolutely your superior in every way, shape, and form.
Tikal: Hmph, you're still the same as ever, Scorch. Even thousands of years later, you haven't changed one bit. You're still as egotistical and self-centered as I remember, and once again, your overconfidence is going to be your undoing!
Scorch: HAHAHAHAHA! Oh, I'd LOVE to see how you're going to back THAT one up!
Robotnik: So, armadillo, are you ready to get this over with, or what? You're not the ONLY one I have to destroy today, you know. I'm on a schedule, here!
Mighty: You won't be destroying ANYONE, Robotnik. Not if I have anything to say about it!
After that, both battles began. Robotnik aimed at Mighty with a small beam of red light, got him locked on target with a crosshair, and fired several projectiles at him, which he began to dodge. Scorch, on the other hand, rolled into a fireball, and dashed toward Tikal at the speed of a comet. Fortunately, Tikal was able to narrowly escape this attack, causing Scorch to accidently crash through a wall.
Scorch: AUUUUGGGH! Not again! This is the SECOND time this has happened to me today!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA! GET A LOAD O' THIS!
Robotnik got Mighty locked on target again, and launched a large missile at him. When it got close enough to him, Mighty, using his super strength, coughed the missile and launched it right back at the evil doctor.
Robotnik: WHAT!? NO WAY! I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!
Just as the missile was heading towards Robotnik, he quickly turned on the Egg Carrier III's jet engine and hovered into the air, causing the rocket to miss and go underneath him. Shortly afterwards, Mighty charged toward him at full speed, leaped into the air, and used the Homing Attack.
Robotnik: AUGH! Oh, that's it! NOW I'm going to destroy you!
With that said, Robotnik continued firing projectiles at Mighty, which he once again, managed to dodge. Meanwhile, Scorch came back from the wall, surrounded her fists with fire, and threw several punches at Tikal, which she managed to avoid.
Scorch: Hmph, you're a lot quicker than I remember, but speed alone won't be enough to save you!
Tikal: You're right, but maybe THIS will!
Tikal ducked underneath Scorch's attack, and punched her in the stomach, knocking the wind out of her.
Scorch: GHHHH…! *Holds her stomach* Oh, NOW you've done it!
Regaining her composure, Scorch held out the palm of her hand, and blasted Tikal with a fire blast, sending her flying into the wall.
While Mighty was focused on Tikal, Robotnik took that as his opportunity to strike, using the Egg Walker's propeller punch technique to send Mighty flying into the wall, as well.
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA! I'll leave YOU to take care of things from here, Scorch! *Gets out of the Egg Walker and heads toward the Chao Garden*
Scorch: Sure. It'll be my pleasure.
Mighty: Oh, no you don't!
Just as Robotnik was heading toward the Chao Garden's entrance, Mighty tried chasing after him, only to be knocked away by one of Scorch's fire blasts.
Mighty: Uhhhhhhh! *Falls over*
Scorch: HAHAHAHAHA! Now, it's your turn, Tikal…
While holding out the palm of her hand again, Scorch began to power up another attack, which was a large, circular ball of fire.
Scorch: Dodge this one if you can! You're HISTORY!
After Scorch finished powering up her fireball, she wasted no time, as she quickly threw it towards Tikal in an effort to finish her off. However, Mighty quickly raced over there at high speed, and carried Tikal away before the fireball could come in contact with her.
Tikal: Whew, that was close! Thank you, Mighty. *Kisses him on the cheek*
Mighty: *Blushes* D-Don't mention it!
Scorch: Aww, now isn't that cute? I wouldn't celebrate just yet if I were you, lover boy, because I've still got plenty of other tricks up my sleeve. I could obliterate you both within an instant at any time now.
Mighty: Then what's stopping you?
Scorch: You know, that's a good question.
Tikal: We'll never allow you OR Dr. Robotnik to…!
Oh, I almost forgot! Mighty, one of us needs to go stop him before he gets ahold of the Water Element Gem!
Mighty: Okay. I'll hold Scorch off, while you stop Robotnik from getting it.
Tikal: Right. *Runs off*
While Tikal was hurrying towards the Chao Garden, Scorch was getting ready to shoot her with another fire blast, but was quickly stopped by Mighty, who spun into her with a Spin Dash. Additionally, Dr. Robotnik was already on his way out of the Chao Garden before Tikal could enter.
Tikal: No! Don't tell me that I'm too late!?
Robotnik: Fortunately for you, I was unable to find it, due to the fact that my radar could only detect the general area that the Elemental Gems are located in. For future reference, I'm definitely going to consider upgrading my emerald detector, so that it could track down their precise location.
Mighty: Whew, that's a relief…
Robotnik: Oh, I wouldn't feel so relieved just yet, because I know EXACTLY how to obtain it! *Takes out a remote control switch* Do you want to know what this is? It's a remote control switch for the Egg Carrier III, which has the ability to activate its laser cannons from a far distance! Tell me, Tikal… How much do you care for these Chao of yours?
Tikal: N-No! What is it that you're trying to imply!? Are you saying that you intend to harm them!?
Robotnik: Well... Something like that. HAHAHAHAHAHA...
Mighty: You wouldn't!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, yes I would! Just try me, fool!
Tikal: NO!!! YOU LEAVE THEM ALONE!!!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, but don't worry! If you would just simply tell me where the Water Element Gem is hidden, then it won't have to come to that!
Robotnik: If you refuse, then I'll be forced to press this switch to trigger those laser cannons, and destroy the Chao Garden, sending the Chao and all of its other inhabitants to oblivion! So, what's it going to be?
If I were to give you that gem, do I have your word that you'll leave this Chao Garden in peace?
Robotnik: Yes, of course. You have my promise.
Not wanting to risk the safety of her Chao, Tikal had no choice but to bow down to Robotnik's demands. She went into the Chao Garden, and came back out a minute later, holding a blue colored gem that's the exact size and shape as Scorch's.
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Excellent! That's just what I was looking for!
Scorch: Hmm hmm hmm! Wow, and to think THAT'S all it took to get ahold of it…
Tikal: Here it is. *Tosses the gem to Robotnik* Please take it and leave them alone!
Robotnik: *Catches it* Thank you for your cooperation. Sure, I'll leave the Chao Garden in "peace", alright. PIECES, that is! HAHAHAHAHAHA...
Tikal: You said that you wouldn't hurt them!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Well, as you can see, I lied!
Just as Robotnik was getting ready to press the button, Mighty rushed over there and quickly snatched the remote, as well as the Water Element Gem, out of his hands. After that, he quickly slammed the remote down, stepped on it, and broke it.
Robotnik: ARGH! CURSES! You're going to pay for this, you meddlesome armadillo! Scorch, help me get that gem back, will you?
Scorch: Sure thing.
Scorch quickly dashed towards Mighty in an effort to get the gem back, but before she could get to it, Mighty tossed the gem to Tikal. After Tikal caught it, she immediately began running towards the pond to release the Water Goddess from within. Scorch, in an effort to get the gem back, began to chase Tikal down, shooting fireballs at her, which she dodged.
Mighty: Yes, you can do it, Tikal!
Scorch: End of the line! Hand over that gem! *Shoots at her again*
Tikal: Ahhhhh! *Falls over*
After being knocked down by Scorch's attack, Tikal fell over, accidently dropping the Water Element Gem into the pond.
As the gem "splashed" its way into the water, it began to glow, and released a large tidal wave into the air, which formed into a female hedgehog that looks nearly identical to Scorch, with the only differences being that her color is blue (rather than orange), her hair, of course, is made out of water (rather than fire), a dress that's colored dark blue on one side and light blue on the other (rather than purple and red like Scorch's), and lastly, a blue gem in her tiara, rather than red one.
Tikal: It's...it's her!
At last, the Water Goddess has been awakened! But is she friend or foe? Find out on the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
To "bee" continued…