|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 3: The Goddess of Destruction|
August 17, 2011
On the previous episode of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Dr. Robotnik once again began putting another of his world domination plans into effect. After learning of the original three Elemental Goddesses and the kinds of powers they possess, the doctor opted to create four of his own, which he has labeled as "EG Experiments". With his latest invention, the "Egg Merger", as well as a sample of Scorch's blood, Robotnik was able to successfully create EG-001, EG-002, EG-003, and EG-004. However, as before, things did not go quite as planned, as half of the doctor's EG Experiments have gone out of his control in some way, shape, or form.
The first of his EG Experiments, EG-001/Squash, the Goddess of Stone, immediately went haywire and turned on the doctor upon being brought to life, stating that she takes no orders from no one, especially those who are weaker than herself. She then decided to come up with world domination plans of her own. The second of Dr. Robotnik's EG Experiments, EG-002/Seedra, the Goddess of Leaves, ended up siding with the Chaotix team, since the doctor mistakenly and unknowingly misplaced the Leaf Element Gem, which Tikal managed to find. EG-003/Shock, the Goddess of Lightning and EG-004/Storm, the Goddess of Wind, on the other hand, were the only ones who did not go out of his control, and remained loyal to Robotnik to the very end (although, the two of them later on stated that they enjoyed working alongside the Chaotix and company, after having to form a temporary alliance with them).
When Squash began setting her plans in motion, she eventually came across the Scepter of Darkness and accidentally released Mephiles the Dark, whom she initially mistook for Shadow the Hedgehog (due to a conflict that she had with him prior to that moment). The two of them then got acquainted, and after realizing that they had something in common, Squash and Mephiles joined forces. Unknown to the Stone Goddess, however, Mephiles merely saw her as a pawn, and was only using her to do his dirty work for him, secretly making plans to dispose of her once he figured that her usefulness had run its course. During his "alliance" with Squash, Mephiles began devising a plan to collect all seven Chaos Emeralds and free Iblis from his captivity, so that the two of them can merge once again and proceed with their ultimate goal to wipe everything out of existence.
After acquiring the knowledge about Iblis getting sealed within the Fire Element Gem, as well as using his time travel powers to his advantage, Mephiles showed Squash the ruined future that was destroyed by Iblis, and told her a lie, saying that Scorch was behind it. Additionally, Mephiles claimed that it was her actions that have led to Squash getting persecuted by humanity for a crime that she never committed. As a result, Squash then took it upon herself to hunt Scorch down in order to change the outcome of her future. However, Shadow (who knew Mephiles all too well), along with Slush, began to spread the word about his plan, which eventually reach the Chaotix and several other heroes.
After Dr. Robotnik was finished repairing the Scepter of Darkness, the Chaotix and the rest of the heroes (including Shock and Storm) ventured through the Sandopolis Zone and its pyramid (which Squash and Mephiles were using as their "base of operations") to put a stop to the villain's plans once and for all. When they got to their destination, everyone took the opportunity to inform Squash that Mephiles had been manipulating her all along. Initially, the Stone Goddess wasn't convinced, but after taking her back in time to learn of Mephiles' true motives and origin, she was finally convinced and lured to the heroes' side. From there, they all fought a fierce battle against Mephiles, and eventually emerged victorious, ultimately foiling his plans once again; this time, before he had the chance to put them into effect. Well, not entirely. As it turns out, Squash accidentally and unknowingly released Iblis during her battle with Scorch, so the two of them (along with Slush, Shock, and Storm) joined forces to take down the monster, and effectively had him sealed within the Fire Element Gem once more.
During the Elemental Goddesses' battle against Iblis, Knuckles, the Chaotix, and company were busy fighting against Dr. Robotnik and Dr. Nega's new machine, the "Egg Galaxia", while Metal Sonic and several others were busy fighting against Metal Sonic 3.0's "Overlord" transformation. Towards the end of the battle, it was revealed that Dr. Nega had planned on betraying Robotnik all along, but unfortunately for him, Robotnik managed to turn the tables on him by disabling his escape pod, which prevented him from escaping as the Egg Galaxia was destroyed. Thanks to the combined efforts of all the heroes, Dr. Nega was defeated, and the Sol Emeralds, which he stole from Blaze the Cat, were retrieved.
Miraculously, Dr. Nega survived the explosion, but unfortunately for him, he was unable to breathe in space. He then began to plead for help, claiming that he'll change his wicked ways if they do. Although they weren't convinced, they reluctantly helped him anyway under one condition: That he would return to the mental asylum that he escaped from. After they decided to help him, Dr. Nega quickly turned on them, and attempted to use his camera to turn the heroes into cards. Luckily for the heroes, he forgot to change the film cartridge, and as a result, he was powerless to defend himself, so he had no choice but to run. Thanks to Silver's telekinetic powers, as well as Seedra's control over vines and plants, they were able to prevent the deranged doctor from escaping, and he was once again brought back to the mental asylum. To celebrate their hard-earned victory over the villains, everyone decided to go to the beach.
Elsewhere, Metal Sonic emerged victorious over his doppelganger, and opted to spare his life. According to himself, that victory did not satisfy him enough (since other people "interfered" with the battle), and that he wanted a rematch, where he could fight Metal Sonic 3.0 at full strength. He then took him to Dr. Robotnik's base in the Mystic Ruins, so that he could be repaired. Along with Metal Sonic 3.0's repairs, the doctor was already working on another project; a fifth EG Experiment, which he has codenamed "EG-005". According to himself, this new creation will have the powers of all seven Elemental Goddesses wrapped up in one, with additional power from the Chaos Rings to make her invincible. When Slush found out about this, she feared that EG-005 would be too powerful for Robotnik to control (since he was also unable to control EG-001/Squash). Just as she was about to destroy the blueprints, Robotnik (who has finally caught on to the fact that Slush has been the one spying on him all this time) has caught her in the act.
Will EG-005 truly prove to be as big of a threat as Slush fears she might become? Will she ever be able to inform the Chaotix about Robotnik's new, deadly creation? Additionally, now that her secret has been found out, what horrible fate does Dr. Robotnik have in store for the Ice Goddess? Find out in this exciting episode of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
Slush: Dr. Robotnik… When did you-…!? That Metal Sonic copy told me that you were out, running an errand!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA… It was all part of the plan! After finally coming to the conclusion that you're the one who's been spying on me all this time, I wanted catch you in the act with my own two eyes. So, I had Metal Sonic 3.0 fool you into thinking that I wasn't here in order to get you to let your guard down. That way, I would be able to easily sneak up on you, unnoticed. And needless to say at this point, it succeeded!
Slush: Ugh, damn it! I should've known that trusting him was a bad idea! Especially while taking into consideration who built him…
Robotnik: Hmph, as if you're one to talk! You've been consorting with those Chaotix fools from the very beginning! To add insult to injury, you posed as my ally, only as a means of spying on me and leaking information behind my back! THAT'S why they always had such proficient knowledge of my plans before I had the chance to properly initiate them! AUGH! You sniveling TRAITOR! How DARE you!? I just don't get it! I've been BEYOND generous to you! In addition to treating you with more respect than I've shown to some of my own minions, I saved both yours AND your sister's life by freeing you from many years of captivity, and THIS is how you repay me!?
(You know, once he puts it that way, I do kind of feel bad about this now…)
Robotnik: Well!? What do you have to say for yourself!?
This "EG-005"... Are you sure that this project is a good idea? I mean, how do you know for sure that she won't turn on you, or anything? If you weren't able to control Squash, then exactly how do you expect to be able to control someone like EG-005, who happens to have power that's far beyond hers? If EG-005 winds up going ballistic, there's no telling what she'll do! She may very well become the next Mephiles and try to destroy this planet! If that happens, then you could kiss your precious "Robotnik Empire" goodbye!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I must admit you DO bring up a rather compelling argument, but I could assure you, I've got everything under control!
Robotnik: I've learned from my previous mistakes... I've taken the necessary precautions to make sure that EG-005 doesn't rebel against me like Squash did. Also, while we're on the subject, my dear Slush… I'm currently in need of a blood sample to get this project going. Would you care to take a guess as to whose I'm going to use this time? *Evil grin*
Slush: Y-You… You wouldn't happen to mean me, would you…?
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA! You guessed it! I could easily get another one from Scorch, but I wouldn't want to take TOO much of her blood. Instead, I'll just use YOURS this time! *Takes out an injector needle and starts moving toward her*
Slush: …! *Starts backing away*
Seized with fear, the Ice Goddess continued to back away from Robotnik, until she eventually ran out of space.
Slush: *Sweats nervously*
Robotnik: HAHAHA! It's no use, give up!
Hmm? Oh ho!
Slush: Huh? W-What's the matter?
Robotnik: Goodness, you have a rather ample bosom…
Why, you… PERVERT!
Angered by Robotnik's remark, Slush raised her hand and abruptly slapped him across the face, causing the doctor to fall over and drop his injector needle. Seeing the opportunity, Slush took advantage of the situation and decided to flee the room and make her escape.
Slush: *Running through the base at high speed* Whew, that was a close call! Unfortunately, I was in so much of a hurry that I forgot to grab those blueprints! Ah, well… As long as Robotnik can't get a sample of my blood, there's no way he'll be able to complete EG-005! So, all I need to worry about now is getting out of this place!
???: HAHAHAHAHAHA… Leaving so soon, are you?
Slush: *Looks back* Oh, great… It's Robotnik!
Robotnik: *Has a red slapmark/handprint on the side of his face* You're not going ANYWHERE, traitor!
Slush: *Speeds up*
Robotnik: *Does the same*
*The chase goes on for some time*
Slush: Ieeee! How is it that he's able to RUN so fast!?
Robotnik: HAHAHA! I've said it before, and I'll say it again: It's no use, give up!
Slush: I've got an idea!
Unable to shake Robotnik by outrunning him, Slush decided to use her ice powers to freeze the floor behind her, causing the egg-shaped doctor to slip and fall.
Robotnik: AUUUUGH! No way! I can't BELIEVE this! *Takes out a communication device and speaks through the intercom* Attention, all Badniks! Slush is getting away, I repeat, Slush is getting away! Whatever it takes, stop her at all costs!
After hearing that announcement, tons of Badniks and Egg Pawns got in Slush's way, attempting to prevent her escape. However, she was able to quickly dismiss the group by using her ice powers to freeze them, and then break them into pieces. This pattern continued for a while, and just when she thought it was safe to make her getaway, she was suddenly interrupted by Metal Sonic Version 3.0.
Slush: So, it's YOU again…
Metal Sonic 3.0: You have done well to get this far, Slush, the Goddess of Ice. However, though, I'm afraid this is the end of the line for you.
Slush: Alright, let's make this quick! *Holds out the palm of her hand*
Just as Slush was getting ready to freeze Metal Sonic 3.0 as she had done to all the other Badniks, he quickly immobilized her via telekinesis before she had the chance to do so.
Slush: Ghhh…! W-What's…going on!? I…can't…budge! *Tries to resist*
Metal Sonic 3.0: Resistance is futile. No matter how hard you struggle, you cannot release yourself from my telekinetic grasp.
Slush: W-Why, you…!
Robotnik: *Enters the room* HAHAHAHAHAHA! Excellent work, Metal Sonic 3.0! Now, you continue to hold her down, while I get the blood sample that I need!
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Nods*
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! It's quite ironic, isn't it? After ALL the work you've done in trying to prevent EG-005's creation, you're going to be the very person responsible for bringing her to life!
Robotnik: Now then… Let's get down to business, shall we? *Starts walking towards Slush with the injector needle*
Slush: N-No! You stay back!
Robotnik: *Ignores her and keeps moving*
Slush: I SAID STAY BACK!!! *Creates a blizzard*
Robotnik: WHA-…!? *Resists as he gets blown back by the current*
Slush: As for YOU… *Glares at Three-Point Zero* You can't keep this up forever, you know! You stole that ability from Silver, and from what I've seen, that technique could only be used for a limited time, until its user starts to tire out!
Metal Sonic 3.0: That may be true for organic beings such as he, but that isn't the case with me! I could keep this up for as long as I wish!
Slush: (Well, so much for THAT theory…)
As Robotnik continued to resist the wind current from the blizzard that Slush created, he eventually managed to get close enough to get a good stab on her arm.
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Releases her*
Slush: *Kneels down, holding her arm*
Robotnik: You see? That wasn't so bad now, was it?
Slush: Hmph! Bite me, Robotnik!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA… Well, that's that, I suppose! Now that I've obtained the blood sample that I desire, I no longer have any need for you.
Slush: Are you saying that you're…letting me go?
Robotnik: What, so you leak information about EG-005 to those Chaotix fools like you've been doing for the past month? Of course not! I'm going to do something I should have done a LONG time ago…
Slush: Wait, what are you…trying to imply…?
Robotnik: *Takes out Dr. Nega's camera*
Slush: N-NO! NOT THAT! *Gets up, starts backing away, and gets ready to run off*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Stops her again with telekinesis*
Slush: LET GO OF ME! *Jerks away*
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA! It's been nice knowing you! *Aims the camera at her* Goodbye, Slush! *Presses the button*
Just then, a sudden flash of light occurred, and immediately, in just a single click of a button, Slush wound up getting herself turned into a card.
Robotnik: HAHAHAHA…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! *Picks up her card* It's lights out for you, traitor! You've stabbed me in the back for the last time!
Metal Sonic 3.0: …May I ask what the point is in speaking to her, if she's unable to hear you?
Robotnik: It doesn't matter. All that counts, is that the spy has been sniffed out and taken care of. HAHAHAHAHA… You just don't know HOW relieved I am about this! Now that she's out of the picture, I'm free to proceed with my plans without the Chaotix or Sonic and the rest of HIS allies catching wind of it! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I'm already ANOTHER step closer to finally realizing my ambitions! When Project EG-005 is complete, all of my enemies will be vanquished, and then I'll finally be able to build the Robotnik Empire and rule this world without any trouble!
Metal Sonic 3.0: …
Robotnik: By the way, Metal Sonic 3.0… I need you to do me another favor…
Metal Sonic 3.0: What is it?
Robotnik: When Scorch, Shock, and Storm arrive, I need you to refrain from saying even a single word about this incident. As far as we're concerned, everything that's gone on up until now… It never happened. Got it?
Metal Sonic 3.0: Understood.
Robotnik: Good, good. I'm glad we're on the same page.
One week later, without anyone to interrupt him, Dr. Robotnik was nearly finished creating EG-005. On the table, laid a female hedgehog that looked nearly identical to the seven other Goddesses, but with slight differences in her appearance, such as shiny, silver-colored fur, along with a red and silver dress (which had diamond shapes like the ones her sisters wear), a golden tiara with a colorful gem, golden ring bracelets, and sandals of the same color.
Scorch: So, this is her, right, Dr. Robotnik?
Robotnik: Yes, indeed.
Shock: Nice. It looks as if things are coming along smoothly so far.
Storm: So, exactly how much longer until her development phase is complete?
Robotnik: It shouldn't take much longer. I've already used the Egg Merger to infuse EG-005's gem with samples of all seven elements, now as soon as Metal Sonic Version 3.0 arrives with the Chaos Rings, I'll merge those together with the Multi-Elemental Gem, and then bring her to life! With the power of the Chaos Rings, EG-005 will truly be unstoppable! Even the White Echidna Project will pale in comparison to the power she'll possess!
Shock: "White Echidna Project"? Wait, you wouldn't happen to mean that white echidna that looks like Knuckles, right? I had no idea he was a creation of yours, or even a science experiment for that matter! But then again, I guess it WOULD explain the red eyes…
Robotnik: Yes, Wechnia is a creation of mine. A faulty, rebellious creation, that is, similar to Squash. A while ago, I created him by infusing Knuckles' and Mighty's DNA with the power of the Master Emerald.
Shock: Ah, okay.
Ten minutes later…
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Enters* Dr. Robotnik, I have successfully retrieved the seven Chaos Rings!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA… Excellent work as always, Metal Sonic 3.0! I've always known you would be of use to me, ever since the day Scorch brought you to this base while you were in need of repairs! Now, if you would be so kind as to place them within the Egg Merger's slot, I could begin the experiment.
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Nods, walks toward the Egg Merger, and places the Chaos Rings*
Robotnik: As for me, I'll go ahead and place the Multi-Element Gem into the other one… *Places it* HAHAHAHAHA! Alright, everyone! Now it's time for the moment of truth! *Activates the machine*
After placing the seven Chaos Rings and the Multi-Elemental Gem into the Egg Merger's slots, Robotnik activated the machine in order for the fusion process to begin. Unfortunately, much to the doctor's disappointment, the machine appeared to be malfunctioning.
Robotnik: H-Huh!? What the…!? What's going on!?
Scorch: Is it…my imagination, or is this thing about to blow!?
Shock: Well, I'm not sticking around to find out, that's for sure!
Robotnik: Perhaps you have the right idea, Shock. Let's get out of here while we still can!
Before the five of them were able to make it to the exit, the Egg Merger spontaneously burst, with the seven Chaos Rings and the Multi-Elemental Gem getting sent flying all over the place. Before the gem could get any further, Scorch quickly hovered into the air and caught it. The Chaos Rings, on the other hand, ended up getting scattered.
Robotnik: NOOOOOO! THE EGG MERGER! MY BRILLIANT INVENTION! IT'S ALL RUINED!
Storm: Well, isn't THAT perfect?
Shock: All of that work for nothing, huh? What a shame…
Scorch: Well, on the bright side, I was at least able to recover that Multi-Element Gem. See? *Holds it up*
Robotnik: Ah, I see! Excellent work, Scorch!
W-Wait a minute… Its coloring! What happened to it!? It looks exactly as it did at first, before I transferred the powers of those seven elements into it! What could have happened to it, exactly!?
Metal Sonic 3.0: Perhaps during the merging process, the power of the Multi-Element Gem was transferred into the Chaos Rings?
Robotnik: You know, that actually sounds quite logical. After all, the number of elemental powers is akin to the number of Chaos Rings, so perhaps each of the seven elements ended up combining its powers with one of the Chaos Rings, making them the "Elemental Chaos Rings"!
Scorch: Ah, I see! I guess that wasn't a total loss, after all! It's too bad they got scattered everywhere, though.
Robotnik: I guess this means we're going to have to retrieve them, but no matter. With my built-in radar device, we should be able to find them again in no time! When we do, that's when we'll finally be able to bring EG-005 to life!
Storm: I've been thinking, Doctor…
Storm: When EG-005 is brought to life, what are you going to name her, exactly?
Robotnik: I haven't thought of one yet, but I will eventually, when the time comes.
Scorch: There's something I've been wondering, as well. Where has Slush been, exactly? I don't believe I've seen her at all for the past week…
Metal Sonic 3.0: …
You know, that's a good question… I'm quite puzzled about this, myself, but wherever she is, I'm sure she's fine. Let's not worry about her right now, let's go ahead and focus on getting those Elemental Chaos Rings! *Places the colorless gem back in EG-005's tiara*
Scorch: Sure thing, Dr. Robotnik.
Wasting no more time, the five of them immediately left the base and began tracking down the seven Elemental Chaos Rings. Elsewhere on Angel Island, Knuckles and Wechnia, who were standing around the Master Emerald at the altar, happened to spot one of the scattered rings flying through the air.
Knuckles: Whoa! Wechnia, did you see that?
Wechnia: Yes. That was one of the Chaos Rings, if I'm not mistaken.
Knuckles: Yeah, but there was something…different about it all of a sudden. It has this strange fiery aura around it.
Wechnia: I've noticed. Why don't we go check it out, so we could examine them further?
Knuckles: Good idea, but before we go, why don't we go ahead and turn on the security system, just in case someone may try stealing the Master Emerald while we're away.
Knuckles: Yeah, that's if the two of them haven't gotten arrested after what happened last week. *Presses the "On" button* It looked as if that fiery Chaos Ring was heading towards the volcano.
Wechnia: Got it. Alright, let's get moving.
After enabling the new security system that Heavy and Bomb installed for the Master Emerald, Knuckles and Wechnia took off and started heading towards Lava Reef/Red Mountain in order to obtain and examine the fiery Chaos Ring. With that said, the hunt is on! Which side will emerge victorious in collecting the Elemental Chaos Rings, the heroes or the villains? Will the word about Slush's capture ever get out somehow? Find out on the next exciting chapter of Elements of Power!
To "bee" continued…