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Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 1: Legend of the Elemental Gems
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January 23, 2011
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On the last chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Slush, in a surprising turn of events, decided to thaw the Chaotix and company out after she had previously frozen them. More surprising than that, she explained to the heroes that she never had any intention of joining Dr. Robotnik in his conquest; instead, it was merely a charade, where she's playing the role of a spy, trying to gather the evidence that she needs to prove that the doctor is merely using Scorch, as well as getting first-hand information about Robotnik's master plan.

As it turns out, he plans to not only destroy Angel Island, but to brainwash the Earth's inhabitants, as well! Will Knuckles, the Chaotix, and company be able to stop Scorch from getting ahold of the Master Emerald? Is Robotnik truly using Scorch as Splash and the others suspect? Find out in this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!

Slush: *Walking down the hall* Alright, now to see what else the old doctor's up to…

Robotnik: *From the hangar* HAHAHAHAHAHAHA… Yes, it's all going according to plan!

Slush: I think I'd better listen in on this. Who knows what new information I could find if he thinks he's by himself? *Takes out her recording device and heads toward the hangar, and peeks into it through the entrance*

Robotnik: As soon as I get ahold of the Master Emerald, all of my problems will be taken care of! Very soon, Knuckles, the Chaotix, and the rest of those meddlesome pests who've gotten in my way so many times, will finally meet their ends! With those fools out of the picture, I'll finally be free to conquer this world and build the Robotnik Empire like I've always dreamed of! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Also, now that I think about it… Once my enemies are out of the way, and once I've become the ruler of this world by brainwashing the Earth's inhabitants into serving me, I won't have any need for the Elemental Goddesses anymore. As a matter of fact, Scorch and Slush could die along WITH those Chaotix fools for all I care! Their usefulness will have run its course by then, anyway!

Slush: …! (So, it's true… Everything that Splash and the others have been saying about Robotnik taking advantage of Scorch all this time has just been confirmed right now! This is even worse than I imagined!)

Robotnik: You know, since I'm pretty much thinking aloud here, and no one's around to hear it, I might as well say that I never had any intention of sharing the power with any of them to begin with. It's called the ROBOTNIK Empire for a reason, meaning that I'M the one who's going to rule this world! Not Scorch, not Slush, but ME, Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik! HAHAHAHAHA! Poor, poor Scorch… I have to give her some credit, though. After all, she was SO loyal… Probably even moreso than any underling I've ever had! It's too bad she's going to die along with everyone else when I destroy Angel Island! It's nothing personal; it's just that I won't have any need for her anymore. She's served her purpose. Also, I have to give her even MORE credit… This plan probably wouldn't have been possible without her, so to show my gratitude, I'll be sure to make her death quick and painless! HAHAHAHAHAHA… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Slush: …! *Gasps*

Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA… Wait a minute! Who's there!?

Fearing that she'd be discovered, Slush hastily fled the scene. By the time Robotnik turned his head to look towards the doorway, she was already gone.

Slush: *Runs down the hallway at full speed, using the walkie-talkie* Vector, come in! Do you copy?

Vector: *Answers* Yep, I hear ya loud 'n' clear, Slush. How's the investigation goin'?

Slush: I've found it... I found all the evidence that we need to prove that Robotnik's been using Scorch all along!

Vector: Well, 'dat sure didn't take very long now, did it? Good work!

Slush: Has Scorch arrived on the scene yet? I need to get this information to her as quickly as possible!

Vector: Nope. So far, we haven't seen 'er, but I'm pretty sure she'll be here in a li'l bit.

Slush: Okay, good. That's just what I needed to know. I'll be over there in a few, as well, with the evidence.

Vector: A'ight, cool.

???: Well, well… What have we here?

Slush: *Turns around and gasps* …! Doctor Robotnik! *Hangs up*

Robotnik: So, YOU must have been the one I heard snooping around, eavesdropping on my private conversation…

Slush: "Private"? Give me a break. Anyone within a ten-mile radius could have heard you!

Robotnik: Well, Slush; it would appear as if you've finally shown your true colors! As a matter of fact, things are starting to become quite clear to me now. This certainly explains where you've disappeared to earlier, and why you've been gone for so long. You've been consorting with the enemy from the very beginning, working as a spy and watching my every move!

Slush: You got THAT right! Also, YOU'RE one to talk about someone showing their "true colors", you conniving, mustached monkey! I heard everything you said, loud and clear! Splash was right… You really HAVE been using Scorch all this time! Your plan from the start was to kill her along WITH Splash and all the others while destroying Floating Island!

Robotnik: "From the start"? This was a last-minute decision, entirely improvised.

Slush: "Improvised", my ass! I heard you say that you never had any intention whatsoever of sharing that power with Scorch after you've conquered the world! Had I or Splash actually decided to join you, then you would have done the same to us!

Robotnik: Now, let me guess… You're going to tell her, aren't you?

Slush: You better believe I am.

Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Go right ahead, tell her if you wish! She isn't going to believe it! If even that goody-two-shoes, Splash couldn't convince her, what makes you think she'll listen to you, of all people? From what I've seen, the two of you don't seem to get along very well. So, basically, it'll be your word against mine.

Slush: You're right. Words alone may not be enough to convince her, but evidence certainly can. *Holds up the recording device*

Robotnik: Wait a minute! Do you mean to tell me that you've recorded all of that!?

Slush: That's right, Doctor. I took the liberty of recording each and every word you've spoken back there. So, there won't be any use in trying to deny it.

Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA… You're quite the clever one, aren't you? Very good! I must congratulate you for your efforts, Slush! Unfortunately for you, however, you know far too much, and I can't let you leave this base, knowing that information.

Slush: Hmph, I figured you'd say something like that. Let's go ahead and settle this; right here, right now! *Holds out the palm of her hand and gets ready to blast him*

Robotnik: Wait a minute, Slush! I know a better place than this, where we could have our battle!

Slush: Is that so?

Robotnik: Yes. Wouldn't you prefer to fight in a more spacious area? It's a lot better than being cramped in this hallway, that's for sure.

Slush: …

Well, alright then. Lead the way.

Robotnik: Very well. This way, please.

Upon Robotnik's request to fight in a "more spacious area", Slush anxiously followed him down the hallway. About a minute later, the two of them reach their destination.

Robotnik: *Unlocks the automatic door* After you, my dear. It's ladies first.

Slush: Oh, can the phony gentlemen act, will you? Why don't YOU go first? I want to be sure that you aren't trying to lure me into some kind of trap.

Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA… Quite the paranoid one, aren't we? Well, alright then. As you wish. *Goes inside*

Slush: *Follows* Alright, Robotnik. I'm ready when you are.

Robotnik: (HAHAHAHAHA… Yes. I've got her right where I want her.) W-What the…!? S-Scorch!? I didn't think you'd be back so soon!

Slush: *Looks*

As soon as she turned around to look, Robotnik quickly took out a stun-gun and blasted Slush, rendering her immobilized.

Slush: UHHHHHHH! *Kneels down* W-What's going on!? I… I can't move!

Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! You walked RIGHT into my trap, JUST as I knew you would! I can't BELIEVE you were actually foolish enough to fall for that one! You're just like your sisters, Slush; incredibly naïve!

Slush: Ghhh…! Robotnik! You…!

Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You've played an ingenious little game, my clever little friend, but now it's all over! *Walks towards Slush* I don't think you'll be needing THIS anymore! *Confiscates the recording device*

Slush: What are you doing!?

After confiscating the recording device that Vector gave her, Robotnik dropped it on the ground and stepped on it, breaking it into pieces.

Slush: NOOOOOO!

Robotnik: Oh, whoops! It would appear as if I've stepped on it! How clumsy of me! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…

Slush: GRRR… You won't get away with this, Robotnik!

Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, I believe I already have!

Vector: *Through the walkie-talkie* Yo, Slush! Scorch has just been spotted! She's on 'er way ovah here right now! How much longer 'r' ya gonna be, gettin' ovah here wit' that evidence? Not that I mean ta rush ya or anything; I'm just sayin' that we could use it as soon as possible!

Robotnik: *Takes the walkie-talkie away from Slush* Well, let's just say that there are certain…circumstances preventing that. HAHAHAHAHAHA…

Vector: Wayda minute! 'Dat voice… 'Dis is Robotnik, ain't it!?

Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA! That's right! The one and only Dr. Ivo Robotnik, scientific genius extraordinaire with an IQ of 300!

Vector: Ah, crud! If YOU answered, 'den 'dat must mean…!

Robotnik: Yes, you guessed it! It means that I've caught onto your little scheme, that's what!

Splash: *Quickly snatches the walkie-talkie from Vector* What have you done with my sister, you creep!?

Robotnik: Other than simply immobilizing her, nothing much. She's right here, if you'd like to speak to her. *Holds the walkie-talkie up to Slush's face*

Slush: Hi, sis… It's me. Up until now, everything went smoothly. I was able to find the concrete evidence I needed to prove that Robotnik's been using Scorch, but…he took the device and crushed it!

Everyone: WHAT!?

Slush: I'm… I'm sorry. I never meant for this to happen. I totally failed you guys…

Splash: Aww, Slush… Don't say that. You did your best, and that's all that counts.

Scorch: *Hovers down to the altar*

Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA… It's quite a shame that her best wasn't enough now, was it? Now that I've destroyed the one piece of evidence that you had to use against me, there's nothing else you could possibly do to convince Scorch that I saw her as nothing more than a mere pawn to be manipulated, much like a certain echidna we all know!

Scorch: …!

Knuckles: What'd you say!?

Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA! You heard me, fool! This is no different from the time we first met, when I managed to deceive you into thinking that Sonic and Tails have come to your island to the steal the Master Emerald! You pretty much believed everything that I had to tell you, without being even the LEAST bit skeptical about it! HAHAHAHAHAHA! It was the same case with Scorch this time around! As a matter of fact, she was even EASIER to manipulate! Her years of captivity within that gem are what made it all possible! She was even foolish enough to believe that I had any intention of sharing power with her after I've conquered this world! I've said it before, and I'll say it again: There's a reason as to why it's called the "ROBOTNIK Empire", meaning that I'M the one who's going to rule this world! Oh, and the beauty of it all is that she's not even going to live long enough to guess the truth! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Scorch: *Boiling with anger*

Vector: Heh heh heh! 'Da joke's on you, ya mustached moron! Why don't I go ahead 'n' let 'cha in on a li'l secret? Remembuh when I said that Scorch was on 'er way ovah? Well, she's here, 'n' she heard EVERY word!

Robotnik: W-WHAT!? NO WAY! I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!!!

Charmy: Hee hee hee!

Espio: Hmm hmm hmm! It would appear as if the mission was a success after all!

Mighty: Yeah. Not in the way it was originally intended, but Slush still managed to get the job done!

Robotnik: Don't get too excited, you fools! I've still got another ace in the hole. Speaking of Slush, I've still got her right here, captured and immobilized! If you want to see her again, unharmed, then bring me the Master Emerald within one hour, or else!

Knuckles: Or else WHAT!?

Robotnik: Then she'll literally turn into a pile of slush! *Turns up the heat*

Slush: Ghhhh…! It's…too…hot! AAAAHHHH!

Splash: SLUSH!!!

Scorch: …!

Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

After he was finished laughing maniacally, Robotnik broke contact with the Chaotix on the walkie-talkie, turned off the lights, and left the room while Slush was still there, gradually melting.

Splash: NO! Slush is going to DIE if we don't do something! We've got to get to Robotnik's base so we could help her!

Bark: Right, but one question: Exactly where IS his base, anyway?

Knuckles: Hmm… That's a good question. He most likely switched bases after his other one blew up, so I'm not sure where his new one is.

Scorch: Don't worry, I know where it is. Robotnik's fortress is above this island, high into the sky.

Knuckles: Oh, that's just GREAT…

???: Perhaps we could be of some assistance?

They all looked into the direction of the robotic voice and found Heavy and Bomb, along with Sonic, Tails, Amy, Ray, Orbot, and Cubot.

Knuckles: Oh, it's you guys! We're glad you could make it.

Heavy: It took some time, but we finally managed to repair those two morons that you brought to the Workshop.

Cubot: 'Ey! 'Dat ain't very nice, pard!

Orbot: Yeah, you take that back!

Splash: Judging by the rudeness, I'm going to take a wild guess and say that the teapot-looking thing is Heavy?

Charmy: Yep that would bee him! Get it? *Snickers*

Splash: *Giggles*

Heavy: …Still making an idiot of yourself, I see.

Charmy: And YOU'RE still a jerk, I see.

Tails: Hey, there's no time for arguing, you guys! Let's head for Robotnik's airbase right away!

Knuckles: Okay, but how are we going to get there?

Tails: We could fly there by using my plane, the Blue Typhoon.

Knuckles: Perfect! Alright, let's go!

???: 'Ey, hold it!

Knuckles: Nack!? Bean!? What do YOU two want!? If you're here for the Master Emerald, you'd best turn back now!

Scorch: Oh, it's YOU again. I'm not in the mood to deal with you two right now, so you'd better get lost, before I have to burn you to a crisp again!

Nack: Slow ya role, sistah! We ain't here ta start nutin'. We're here, 'cause we wanna come wit' 'chu guys!

Bean: Yeah. After all, WE'VE got a bone to pick with Robotnik, too, you know.

Sonic: Okay then, come along. Let's blast through with Sonic speed!

So then, the heroes (and anti-heroes) climbed aboard the Blue Typhoon, bound for Robotnik's airbase. Will they be able to put a stop to the evil doctor's plans once again, and rescue Slush before it's too late? Find out in the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!

To "bee" continued…

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