|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 1: Legend of the Elemental Gems|
January 20, 2011
Previously, on Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Bark the Polar Bear got into a fight with Nack and Bean, who attempted to steal the Ice Element Gem from under everyone's noses. Just when Bark seemed to have the upper hand, Bean threw a smoke bomb, clouding everyone's vision. He and Nack took advantage of the situation, and made off with the Ice Element Gem, stealing Bark's jet sled in the process. However, the area soon cleared, and the heroes were able to use a non-jet-propelled sled to catch up to them. Eventually, a burst of fire halted their chase, causing their sleds to go out of control and nearly crash. The fire attack came from none other than Scorch, who was bent on obtaining the Ice Element Gem for Dr. Robotnik. She managed to defeat Nack and Bean with ease, and turned her sights over to Knuckles, the Chaotix, and company. Splash once again attempted to convince her older sister to abandon Dr. Robotnik and his evil ways, but her words went unheeded, just as they did before. After that, another battle began, but Splash was unable to participate, due to the fact that her power over the water element was rendered useless in the Ice Cap Zone's freezing cold climate.
While the battle was going on, Dr. Robotnik, in his Egg –O- Matic Hovercraft, came out of nowhere and swiped the Ice Element Gem right from Splash's hands. Shortly afterwards, he tried dropping the gem into the snow, in an attempt to release Slush, the Goddess of Ice. Splash tried diving after the gem to catch it, but she fumbled it, causing it to fall right into the snow, just as Dr. Robotnik had previously planned. Upon her revival, the mad doctor tried coaxing Slush into joining him and Scorch in their conquest, but unlike Splash, she accepted his offer. She quickly joined in the battle, using her arctic powers to freeze all of the heroes in sheets of ice, including her own sister, Splash. Shortly afterward, it was revealed that Slush had an agenda of her own. Whose side is she truly on? Find out on this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
Slush: *Watches Scorch and Robotnik leave* From here, I'd say they're far enough. Now, if I could just find a few sticks and some rocks, I should be able to create a campfire. That way, I could thaw them out. *Looks around* Ah, just what I need…
After finding the sticks and stones that she needed, Slush began setting up a campfire right away. After starting the fire, she kept a certain distance from it, in order to prevent the fire's warmth from melting her. About ten minutes later, the ice that she had frozen everyone in was completely thawed.
Vector: Ah, man… BOY, 'm I glad ta be outta there!
Espio: Tell me about it… I thought I was going to freeze to death!
Charmy: Hee hee, "bee outta there". *Snickers*
Splash: Hmm hmm hmm hmm. Those puns of yours are so cute.
Knuckles: *Notices Slush* Oh, so it's YOU again!
Vector: She was the one who froze us in that block of ice! Let's get 'er boys!
Tikal: Hold on a second... She DID freeze us, yes, but don't forget that she's also chosen to come back and help us.
Mighty: Hmm, yeah, good point. So, what's going on, exactly? If you're on Robotnik's side, then why is it that you helped us?
Splash: I'm guessing that you've decided not to join him after all?
Alright, I'll explain everything. The truth is… I never had any intention of joining Dr. Robotnik. This is only part of my charade. I'm only pretending to be on the same side as him, so I could find some answers and uncover the truth. While I was still inside of my gem, I heard everything that was going on. I've noticed that no matter what you've said to her so far, Scorch just isn't convinced that Robotnik's playing her for a fool. So, I've decided to go undercover and pose as the doctor's ally, so that I could gather the evidence that I need in secrecy, without him suspecting anything.
Y'know, that makes perfect sense, but why'd 'ja feel the need ta freeze in those blocks of ice!?
Slush: I'm sorry. You see… I had to make things look real. Otherwise, he wouldn't have brought it.
Vector: Ah, okay. Apology accepted on my part. Anyway, it's nice ta meet 'cha, Slush. I'm Vector the Crocodile.
*Everyone else (except for Splash) introduces themselves, too*
Slush: It's very ice, I mean NICE to meet you all.
Charmy: By the way, Slush… I heard Scorch say that the two of you don't get along. If you hate each other so much, then how come you're trying to help her?
Well, yes, that's true. We do argue a lot, but I don't hate her. I mean, after all, Scorch IS my sister, and I care about her deeply, but you didn't hear this from me. Don't ever, EVER tell her that I said that. Got it?
Charmy: Alright, if you say so.
Vector: A'ight then. Anyway, you said you're tryin' to find evidence, right? So, why don't 'cha go ahead 'n' use this recordin' device? *Tosses it to her* That way, 'f Robotnik says anything 'dat hints that 'e's usin' Scorch, you'll be able to get it on tape, 'n' there'll be nothin' he could say to deny it.
Slush: Perfect, that's just what I needed! Thank you so much!
Vector: No problem. Oh, and take this, too. *Tosses her a walkie-talkie* 'N' that way, you can let us know what else Robotnik might be plannin'.
Slush: *Catches it* Alright.
Charmy: Hee hee hee, "bee planning". Get it, Splash? *Snickers*
Knuckles: *Facepalm* Splash, PLEASE don't encourage him.
Espio: You took the words right out of my mouth.
Splash: I'm sorry, but I can't help it if I find them funny, as well.
Slush: Well, I'm gonna get going now. But before I go… *Walks over to Bark*
Slush: *Kisses him on the cheek* That was for taking such good care of my gem all this time.
Bark: O-Oh, it was…nothing, I guess.
Slush: Well, and with that, I'm off. I'll see you later. *Winks at him, and then leaves*
Charmy: You know, Bark, I think she liiiiikes you. *Snickers*
Bark: No way. You're jumping to conclusions, here. What you saw was nothing more than a friendly "thank-you" type of kiss, and that was it.
Charmy: Then why did she wink at you, hmm? *Snickers again*
Vector: Ah, c'mon, Charmy… Don't start. Just don't.
Charmy: Hee hee, sorry. Couldn't resist.
Meanwhile, just as Slush was taking off to go search for Dr. Robotnik's base, she ran into Scorch, who came back to find her.
Scorch: Ah, there you are, little sis. Dr. Robotnik was beginning to grow a little impatient, so I came back to find you. I'll take it that you got lost on the way, after taking care of the "unfinished business" that you needed to attend to?
Slush: Uhhh, yes, that's it! I got lost, that's all! I think the Doctor could have at LEAST left me with some directions before he just took off like that!
Scorch: I see. Don't worry, I know where it is. Follow me, and I'll lead you right to it.
Slush: Okay, sure. (Whew… For a second, I thought I was busted!)
Scorch: I know it's hard, keeping up with MY speed, but do try not to fall behind, okay?
You CANNOT be serious. You aren't anywhere NEAR as fast as I am!
Scorch: Oh, yeah!? You wanna bet!?
Slush: You're on!
Scorch and Slush glared at one another, with lightning coming from their eyes (just like when people get into arguments in anime). After they were finished glaring at one another, the two sisters began to race towards Dr. Robotnik's base at full speed. Eventually, they managed to get there, with the race ending in a draw.
Scorch: You…got lucky that time, Slush. Had I been going at full speed, I would have left you clear in the dust!
Slush: Pffft. I doubt it.
Robotnik: Ah, so you've finally made it! Exactly where have you been, anyway?
Slush: Who, me? I just had a little…errand to run, that's all, but enough about that. This world domination plan of yours… How do you plan to put it into effect, exactly?
Robotnik: Ah, I'm glad you asked! I have a little something I'd like to show you both. This way, please.
Robotnik led the two Elemental Goddesses down the hall, and into a large hangar, where a large, spherical ship was contained.
Robotnik: *Flips on the switch* Behold, my intergalactic masterpiece… The Death Egg III!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHA… Indeed so, ladies! Indeed so! The Death Egg III, as its name implies, is the third of its kind that I've ever constructed. The first two were destroyed in the past, so I had no choice but to create another. Using the original blueprints that I made for the first one, I was able to construct the Death Egg III with ease. However, this one possesses unimaginable power, surpassing that of the previous models. Inside of this space station, is a special machine that I built, which I intend to use to brainwash all the inhabitants of this planet, making them into mindless slaves who'll serve us as their almighty rulers!
Scorch: Hmm hmm hmm! Sounds like a plan, Doctor! I like the way you think.
Slush: What she said.
Robotnik: Before then, however, just in case those Chaotix fools have managed to free themselves from your icy prison, Slush, I'm going to use the Death Egg III's laser cannon to send them, as well as the rest of Floating Island's inhabitants, to oblivion! With them out of the picture, as well as Sonic the Hedgehog and his remaining allies, this world will finally be OURS to control! HAHAHAHAHAHA… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Slush: AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA… (What a psycho.)
Scorch: So, is it finished, Dr. Robotnik? When will this thing be ready for launch?
Robotnik: It will be ready as soon as I get ahold of the Master Emerald.
Slush: "Master Emerald"?
Scorch: It's some jewel that Knuckles says he protects.
Robotnik: Yes, a very large jewel, which has the ability to neutralize the power of the Chaos Emeralds. In addition to that, it also possesses an unlimited amount of power, which I intend to harness, and use to power the Death Egg III. As soon as I have it within my grasp, it'll be ready for takeoff! After I activate the laser cannons, Knuckles and the rest of those blithering idiots will be blown to pieces before they even know what hit them! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Slush: Eh heh heh heh heh! I'm sure they will!
Hmm, come to think of it, there just may be a few adjustments I need to make. While I'm doing that, would one of you mind retrieving the Master Emerald for me?
Scorch: Not at all. Leave it to me, Dr. Robotnik.
Slush: There's some business that I need to attend to, as well. Please excuse me.
After that, the two sisters quickly left the Death Egg III's hangar. Scorch rushed out the base, and was on her way to Angel Island to steal the Master Emerald. Slush, on the other hand, stayed behind to report her discoveries about Robotnik's sinister plan.
Vector: *Through the communicator* Slush, 'dis 'is Vector. Do ya copy?
Slush: Yes, I hear you loud and clear. I was unable to find any evidence that Robotnik's using Scorch, but I did, however, manage to get information about his plan, straight out of his mouth. He seems to have constructed this large spaceship, which I believe he calls the "Death Egg III" or something like that. He wants to use the Master Emerald as a power source in order to get the thing to float, but that's not even the worst part: Robotnik said that he plans to use it to brainwash everybody on this planet into serving him, and before he goes through with THAT, he plans to destroy Floating Island and kill everyone on it!
Vector: You've gotta be kiddin' me!
Slush: This is no joke, I'm afraid. In fact, Scorch is on her way to steal the Master Emerald right now, as we speak!
Knuckles: Over my dead body, she is! I'll NEVER allow Robotnik to destroy this island!
Espio: Correct me if I'm wrong, Knuckles, but didn't Heavy, Bomb, and Wechnia install a security system for the Master Emerald?
Knuckles: Yeah, they did, but there's a chance that Scorch might find a way around it! Even I've done it at one point, like the time I needed to use the Master Emerald to seal Mephiles! I know a shortcut back to the altar. If we act now, we should be able to get there before Scorch does!
Vector: A'ight, then what're we waitin' for? Let's get movin'!
After being informed of Dr. Robotnik's diabolical plot, Knuckles, the Chaotix, Splash, Tikal, and Bark hurried over to the altar, taking the aforementioned shortcut. Even while taking this shortcut, will our heroes be able to get to the altar before Scorch does? Find out in the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
To "bee" continued…