|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 1: Legend of the Elemental Gems|
January 12, 2011
On the last chapter of Elements of Power, Mighty and Tikal began their battles against Scorch, who was determined to settle a centuries-old vendetta against Tikal, and Dr. Robotnik, who was bent on obtaining the Water Element Gem to use for his evil purposes. Unable to find the gem, Robotnik attempted to force Tikal tell him where it was hidden, by threatening to destroy the Chao Garden, which would, of course, result in the deaths of many Chao. Not wanting that to happen, Tikal made a deal with Robotnik, stating that she would give him the Water Element Gem on one condition: That he would leave the Chao in peace.
After he was given the gem, Robotnik backed out on their deal, and tried to destroy the Chao Garden anyway. Fortunately, Mighty was able to confiscate his remote control switch and break it, as well as reclaiming the Water Element Gem in the process. In a desperate attempt to keep the gem out of their hands, Tikal hurried to a nearby pond to release the Water Goddess herself, while being followed by Scorch, who attempted to stop her. Although Scorch seemingly had the upper hand, the Water Element Gem still fell into the pond, anyway, triggering the Water Goddess' release. The question remains: Is she friend or foe? Find out in this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
???: At last, some fresh air! It's good to finally be free again! I've waited SO long for this day! HAHAHAHAHA! *Notices Scorch* Hmm? Hello, there, Scorch. It's been a while. It's nice to see you again.
Scorch: Likewise, Splash. Likewise.
Robotnik: Ah, so YOU must be Scorch's sister, the legendary Water Goddess!
Splash: Yes, that's me. I am Splash, the Goddess of Water. Who might you be?
Robotnik: I am Doctor Ivo Robotnik, the most cunning scientific genius in the world! I'd like to offer you an opportunity to join us, Splash, in our quest to rule the world!
Splash: …THAT'S what you're trying to do? Take over the world?
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA… Correct you are, my friend! With yours and your sister's awesome power at my disposal, I'll finally be free to realize my ambitions! Again, I ask you to join us! Together, we'll be unstoppable! NOTHING could touch us! As the rulers of the world, we'll be free to do anything we choose! Alongside us, you'll be in complete and total control of everything! All of this planet's inhabitants will kneel before us! They'll be nothing more than mere playthings for your amusement, subject to your every whim! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! So, what do you say, Splash, my dear? Are you up for it?
Splash: …What do I say, you're asking? I say that you disgust me, that's what.
Robotnik: EXCUSE me!?
Splash: As a matter of fact, Dr. Robotnik, I recognize your voice. You're the one I heard threatening to slaughter all those poor, helpless Chao if my gem wasn't given to you! It's already bad enough that you're trying to use my gem for an evil purpose such as conquering the world, but you've crossed the line by attempting to harm such innocent creatures!
Ugh, that's JUST what I needed…a lecture. Thank you for the public service announcement.
Splash: You, sir, are a vile, despicable excuse for a human being, and I don't want anything to do with you OR your world domination plans!
Mighty: …Well, Tikal, it's nice to know that she's on our side.
Tikal: Yes, I couldn't agree more.
Robotnik: Very well then, whatever. Who needs you, anyway? A worthless, sentimental tree-hugger like you would do nothing but slow us down, anyway!
Splash: Call me what you want, but being a "worthless, sentimental tree-hugger" is a lot better than being a heartless monster like you! As for you, Scorch, you ought to be ashamed of yourself, being in cahoots with someone like him!
Did you honestly think I had a choice in the matter? I had zero control over who obtained my gem and released me. If Dr. Robotnik hadn't done what he did, I'd probably still be cooped up in that gem for another thousand years or so, maybe even for the rest of my life! I owe everything to this man, and I'll do anything to repay the favor, even at the cost of my life!
Splash: I see where you're coming from, Scorch, but honestly, you don't owe him a thing! How do you know for sure that he isn't taking advantage of you!? Robotnik doesn't care anything about you! You're nothing more than a tool to him, and that's it!
Mighty: She's got a point there, Scorch.
Robotnik: Yes, an invalid point, that is.
Mighty: I've known Robotnik for a while now, and believe me; he doesn't care about anyone or anything but himself. In fact, even some of his own robots have turned against him because of it!
Scorch: Enough! You people don't know what you're talking about! Dr. Robotnik has been very kind to me so far! Aside from being generous enough to release me from my many years of captivity, he's treated me with the utmost respect! The kind of respect that no one's ever showed to me before! He's the only friend I've ever had, and I won't let anyone talk me out of repaying the favor I owe to him, not even you, Splash!
Tikal: You are definitely making a big mistake here, Scorch…
Scorch: Quiet! Who asked YOU!?
Splash: …*Sigh* I was really hoping it wouldn't have to come to this, but you leave me no choice. Scorch, you're my sister, and I love you, but as long as you continue to associate yourself with the likes of Dr. Robotnik, then I will do anything in my power to stop you.
Scorch: Oh, just you go ahead and try it!
Holding out the palm of her hand, Scorch angrily "fired" a flame blast at Splash, but she quickly countered it with a water blast, dousing the fire attack, "splashing" Scorch, and knocking her backwards.
Splash: Now, as for YOU… *Glares at Robotnik*
As Splash set her sights on Robotnik, the mad doctor began hastily running towards the Egg Walker, but before he could get back inside of it, Splash shot it with a hydro blast, causing its engine components to short-circuit and explode.
Robotnik: WHAT!? NO WAY! I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING!
Splash: Well, believe it! Now, Doctor, it's time you've finally gotten what's coming to you! I'm normally a pacifist at heart, but you've pushed me too far!
Robotnik: Ahhhh! W-Wait, Splash! *Gets on his knees* G-Go easy on me! Please! I-I'm defenseless! Please?
Splash: Yes, I could see that. Without your machine, you're just as defenseless as those poor Chao that you were about to kill!
Robotnik: Y-Yes, I know! I'm… I'm sorry, I was wrong! Please forgive me! *Starts bowing* I'll leave quietly, without anymore trouble! I'll leave this Chao Garden in peace! I-I really mean it this time! Honest! P-Please, just give me a chance!
Mighty: …Robotnik's showing remorse? Wow. Now I've seen everything.
I have to admit, Dr. Robotnik… Your apology has certainly surprised me. I guess I could let you go this time… Just don't let that happen again.
Robotnik: Y-Yes, of course! You have my promise!
After Splash was generous enough to let him go, Robotnik summoned the Egg Carrier III and returned to it, seemingly getting ready for takeoff. Or were they?
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Surely, you didn't think it would be THAT easy, did you!?
Splash: WHAT!? Why, you…! You tricked me!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA! That's right, fool! Splash, you are, indeed, the very definition of naïve!
Robotnik: As long as I'm up here, I no longer need that remote control switch to activate the Egg Carrier III's laser cannon! Instead, I could simply do that, using the control panel! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Now, I'm going to make your end easy, by using it to send all three of you, as well as your precious Chao, to oblivion!
Staying true to his word, Dr. Robotnik activated the Egg Carrier III's laser cannons through the control panel, and started charging them up, making sure they were at full power.
Tikal: NO! WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING!
Mighty: I have an idea! I'll be right back! *Runs off*
Splash: Alright, but please hurry!
A minute later…
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The charge is complete! Prepare to meet your maker, you troublesome FOOLS!
Mighty: I'm back!
Just as Robotnik was firing the laser cannon, Mighty returned with a huge boulder, and tossed it into the cannon's opening, causing it to get clogged.
Scorch: H-Huh!? What just happened, here!?
Robotnik: WHAT!? OH, NOOOOOOOOO!!! THE LASER CANNON HAS BEEN CLOGGED! W-WAIT! ABORT LAUNCH!!!
Unfortunately for them, it was too late. Due to the boulder's jamming, the laser cannon ended up backfiring and blasting the Egg Carrier III instead, causing a huge explosion that sent both Scorch and Robotnik flying over the horizon.
Robotnik: ARRRRGGGH!!! YOU'RE GOING TO REGRET THIS!!!
Tikal: Whew! Once again, that was too close!
Mighty: Yeah, THAT'S for sure. *Notices that Splash has a sad expression on her face* What's the matter? We won, didn't we?
Splash: Yes, but…I just hope Scorch is okay. I didn't want to hurt to her…
Mighty: Well, that's understandable, since she is your sister and everything.
Splash: Also, I just want the two of you to know...that Scorch isn't truly a bad person. Aside from the negative energy that her gem has absorbed before she was released, she's clearly being taken advantage of by that awful Dr. Robotnik. Whatever it takes, I'm going to see to it that his plans for world domination don't succeed, and that my sister is free from his control!
Mighty: I'm glad to hear it. Oh, and I almost forgot to introduce myself. I'm Mighty, Mighty the Armadillo.
Tikal: My name is Tikal.
Splash: It's a pleasure to meet you both.
Elsewhere, away from the Mystic Ruins… After Knuckles had finished dropping off Robotnik's rejected creations, Orbot and Cubot to be repaired at Tails Workshop, he decided to head towards Carnival Island (which isn't very far from Angel Island), where the office of the Chaotix Detective Agency is located. He knew that if he's to stop Robotnik's plan this time around, then he was going to need all the help that he could get.
Knuckles: *Knocks on the door* Hello? Is anybody there?
Charmy: *From inside* TEAM CHAOTIX!
Vector: They're detectives you want on your siiiiide!
Espio: Their directives, tracking down your crime!
Knuckles: …Well, that certainly answers the question. *Knocks again* Hello!? Can you guys hear me in there!?
Charmy: Come along for the ride!
Espio: Truth can run, but not hide!
Vector: For long 'da game is on NOOOOOWW!
Knuckles: Oh, for Pete's sake…!
Annoyed by the lack of a response, Knuckles decided to punch the door open, knocking it down in the process.
Vector: Whoa! Good grief, Knuckles! Ya evah heard of knockin'!? Ya didn't hafta bus' the door down!
Knuckles: Actually, I DID knock, but you probably couldn't hear it over the music, as well as your terrible singing!
Vector: Whadda ya mean "terrible singin'"!? We happen ta be pros when it comes ta 'dis sorta thing!
Knuckles: I think you should just stick to your detective work. No offense, but you three have GOT to be some of the worst singers on the planet!
Charmy: That wasn't very nice!
Espio: None taken…by me, at least.
Vector: So, exactly whadda ya here for? Certainly, ya didn't come all 'dis way just ta insult us?
Knuckles: Well, I came here, because Robotnik's returned, and needless to say, he's up to no good again. So, I'm going to need you guys' help to stop his plans once again.
Vector: It figures. Even though he's been gone for a whole year, I just knew he'd be showin' his face again sooner or later.
Charmy: Hee hee, "bee showing his face". Get it? *Snickers*
Charmy: Hee hee, sorry. Couldn't resist.
Vector: Yeah, ya could NEVAH resist.
Espio: So, is Robotnik after the Master Emerald again, or what?
Knuckles: Not that I know of, but I'll explain everything on the way out.
Vector: A'right then. C'mon, boys! Let's get ta work!
So then, Knuckles and the Chaotix Team ran out of the office at full speed, ready to stop Dr. Robotnik's world domination plans once again. So far, two of the three Elemental Gems have been claimed, with both Goddesses awakened. With one on the side of good, and the other on the side of evil, that only leaves one more to obtain: The Ice Element Gem. Which side will claim it? The Chaotix, Dr. Robotnik, or perhaps neither? Find out in the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
To "bee" continued…