On the last chapter of Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power, Knuckles enlisted the help of the Chaotix team in order to put a stop to Dr. Robotnik’s plans for world domination once again. After explaining the situation to them, they hurried towards the Mystic Ruins to obtain the Water Element Gem. Upon their arrival, they ran into Mighty and Tikal, who’ve already released Splash from her imprisonment within the gem. With all seven heroes banded together, they set a course for the Ice Cap Zone, where the final Elemental Gem was located. However, they were unknowingly being followed by Nack the Weasel and Bean the Dynamite, who are also bent on obtaining the Ice Element Gem for their own greedy purposes.
Eventually, Knuckles, the Chaotix, Tikal, and Splash made their way into a crystallized cave, where they ran into Bark the Polar Bear, who happened to have the Ice Elemental Gem in his possession. Before he had the chance to give it to them, Nack and Bean showed up to claim the gem for themselves. Which side will emerge victorious? Find out in this exciting chapter of Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power!
Nack: Yeah, so whassit gonna be, chumps? Ya eitha hand ovah ‘da gem, or I’ll bussa cap in ya! Got it?
Splash: Who ARE you two, and what do you want with my sister’s gem!?
Mighty: Ugh, PLEASE don’t tell me that you were stupid enough to make yet ANOTHER deal with Robotnik…
Nack: Ah, shaddap! Ta answer ‘da question here, babe, ‘da name’s Nack, Nack the Weasel! Or Fang the Sniper, I don’t care which one ya call me.
Bean: And I’m Bean the Dynamite. To answer the other question, no, we DIDN’T make another deal with Robotnik; we’re doing this for ourselves.
Nack: Knowin’ how much ‘da jewelry market would pay ‘fa somethin’ as rare as ‘dat ice gem, we’re gonna sell it ‘n’ make a truck load o’ cash off’ve it! ‘N’ ‘dere ain’t nothin’ you’re gonna do ta stop us!
Splash: So, in other words, the two of you are just common thieves?
Bean: Pretty much.
Nack: Now, ah’m not gonna say it again! Hand it ovah, or ah’mma bussa cap ‘n’ every single one o’ yas, y’hear? *Clicks the gun*
Yeah, you know what? Your threats don’t mean squat to me, so piss off! I’m NOT letting you have it! Understand?
Nack: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Y’know, I was hopin’ you’d say somethin’ like ‘dat! ‘Cause now, I get ta blow ya freakin’ brains out!
Bark: Here, hold this! *Tosses the gem to Splash*
Splash: *Catches it*
Just as Nack was getting ready to pull the trigger, Bark quickly dashed towards him, punching Nack and sending him flying.
Nack: AH, CRAAAAAAAAAP!!! *Crashes through the wall*
Bark: *Turns toward Bean* Now, it’s YOUR turn!
Bean: You just go ahead and try it! It’s time you’ve learned the TRUE meaning of the words “Dynamite Pow-“
Before Bean could finish his sentence, Bark did the same thing to Bean, sending him flying into the wall along with Nack.
Bark: And there’s plenty more where THAT came from!
Nack: *Gets back up* Don’t leddit go ta ya head, just ‘cause ya managed ta get one lucky shot!
Bean: *Gets back up, too* Exactly! Try THIS on for size!
After lighting the bomb’s fuse, Bean threw it at them, causing an explosion of smoke that clouded the area. In addition to making them cough, it also blocked the heroes’ vision. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Bean quickly snatched the Ice Element Gem away from Splash.
Splash: W-What!? Hey!
Nack: HAHAHAHAHA! Good one, Bean! C’mon, let’s use ‘grab ‘dis jet sled ovah here ‘n’ SCRAM!
Bean: Right! So long, suckers! HAHAHAHAHA!
While the area was still foggy, Nack and Bean quickly hopped onto Bark’s jet-propelled sled and took off, leaving the heroes in their dust.
Bark: GRRR… Why, those punk thieves! First, they take the gem, and now they’ve taken my jet sled! Do they have ANY idea how much money I paid for that thing!?
Charmy: Would you happen to have another one that we could use?
Bark: Yeah, but it’s a normal sled. It doesn’t have a jet engine like the one they just stole.
Knuckles: That’ll do. It’s better than nothing. Come on, we’ve got to catch up to those two before it’s too late!
Splash: Before we go, would you happen to have a spare coat that I could borrow for the time being?
Charmy: “For the time beeing”. *Snickers*
Bark: Yeah, there’s one in the closet. Help yourself.
After putting on a blue Eskimo-like coat, the heroes quickly hopped onto the sled, pushed it down the hill, and began pursuing the two criminals in order to reclaim the Ice Element Gem.
Charmy: WHEEEEEEEEE!!! THIS IS REALLY, REALLY FUN! WHOO HOOOOOOOOO!!! YEAH, ROCK & ROLL!!!
Vector: Holy crap! ‘Dis might not be a jet sled like ‘de otha one, but it’s still pretty freakin’ fast!
Nack: HAHAHAHAHA! Ah, man… ‘Dat was too easy! Getting’ away from ‘dose chumps was like takin’ candy from a baby!
Bean: Heh heh heh! Yep! I’ll bet at this point, we’re like, MILES ahead of them! There’s just NO possible way they’ll catch up to us!
Nack: HAHAHAHA! Ya got ‘DAT right! Preddy soon, ‘da two’ve us are gonna be filthy, stinkin’ RICH! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
While the two crooks were laughing maniacally, they ended up letting their guard down, decreasing the jet sled’s speed in the process. Unfortunately for them, that mistake caused Knuckles and the rest of the heroes to catch up to them on their non-jet-propelled sled.
Vector: Ya find somethin’ funny!?
Nack: *Looks back* AH, CRAP! ‘Dey caught up ta us!
Splash: That’s right! Now, I’m only going to ask you two once to kindly hand over the gem you’ve stolen from us!
Nack: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Not on ya life, toots! Ya snooze, ya lose! *Takes out his gun* EAT LEAD, CHUMPS! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
After taking out his pistol, Nack started rapidly firing bullets at the heroes. Fortunately, they managed to dodge them by moving from side to side in the sled. Additionally, they also had Bean’s bombs to dodge. This went on for a while, until a large fireball was sudden shot in front of them, causing both sleds to skid and go out of control.
Nack: AH, CRAP! AH, CRAAAAAAAAP!!!
Charmy: AAAAAAHH!!! WE’RE GONNA CRASH!!!
Vector: BRACE YOURSELVES!!!
As they all got towards the bottom of the hill, they began to skid, and were able to come to a complete stop, narrowly managing to prevent their sleds from crashing into one another.
???: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Well, well… What have we here?
Splash: That voice...! Scorch!
Scorch: *Hovers down* Ah, Splash… You know me too well.
Bark: Who’s she? Is she like, your evil twin or what?
Splash: Something like that…
Tikal: You were the one who shot that fireball at us, weren’t you!?
Scorch: Gee, nothing gets by YOU, does it?
Nack: Ah, great… It’s ‘da fiyah dame again!
Bean: Ugh, JUST who we needed to see…
Scorch: HAHAHAHAHA… It’s nice to see you, too, boys! Now, let’s just cut straight to chase, shall we? The Ice Element Gem… Hand it over.
Nack: Noddah chance, sistah! We stole it fair ‘n’ square! Now, get outta ‘da way before I hafta bussa cap in ya!
Uhhh, what? What does that even MEAN?
Bean: It’s a slang term, meaning that he’s gonna shoot you. But of course, I wouldn’t expect an old lady to know that. *Snickers*
Scorch: EXCUSE me!? What did you say!?
Nack: He called ‘ju an old hag, ‘dat’s what! Why don’t ‘cha try cleanin’ ya ears out? No, beddah yet, why don’t ‘cha getta hearin’ aid, or somethin’… GRANDMA!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Scorch: *Her flames begin to heat up as she boils with anger*
Knuckles: Here we go again…
Splash: If I were you two, I’d run.
Bean: What’s she gonna do? Whip us with a cane? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Scorch: OH THAT DOES IT!!!
Angered by their words, Scorch powered up a ball of fire at the palm of her hand, blasted Nack and Bean, and sending them flying over the horizon.
Nack: YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ‘DA LAST’VE US!!!
Scorch: The NERVE of these people, I swear! I don’t know how ANYONE could even have the audacity to call someone who looks THIS young and pretty an “old hag”! *Notices the Ice Element Gem, which is falling out of the sky, from Nack’s grasp* HAHAHAHA… It’s all mine now! I never did get along with Slush very well, but for Dr. Robotnik, I’ll gladly do this.
Before Scorch could claim the Ice Element Gem, Splash quickly rushed over there and grabbed it herself, before she had the chance.
Scorch: You give that back! Otherwise, I’ll have to take it by force!
Splash: Scorch, I don’t want to fight with you!
Scorch: That’s understandable. I wouldn’t want to fight me, either.
Splash: Enough of this! Can’t you see that you’re being taken advantage of!? I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Robotnik is NOT your friend! He doesn’t care ANYTHING about you! In his mind, the only thing that matters is what you can do for him! He sees you as nothing more than a pawn, a puppet, a plaything! Open your eyes, Scorch! You’re being used!
Knuckles: Exactly! You were right there when he cast two of his own robots aside like garbage! What makes you think he wouldn’t do the same to you!?
Scorch: According to Dr. Robotnik, those robots were cast aside because of how weak and inferior they were, along with their sheer stupidity and incompetence. Don’t lump me with those weaklings! I’m nothing like them, so Dr. Robotnik would never do that to me! Like I said before, I owe everything to him, and I won’t let anyone talk me out of repaying the favor! Not you, Splash, or anybody else!
Vector: Yeah, y’know what? Fine! Believe whatcha wanna believe! But when Robotnik decides ta turn on ya, don’t come cryin’ ta us!
Scorch: GRRR… SHUT UP! SHUT UUUUUPPP!!!
Fueled by blind rage, Scorch threw a fireball at the group, only for Splash to try countering it with one of her hydro blasts. Unfortunately, however, due to the Ice Cap Zone’s climate, it abruptly froze and turned into a sheet of ice, rendering her powers useless. As a result, the heroes had no choice but to dodge the attack.
Charmy: Hey, I didn’t know you had ice powers, Splash! I thought you were the Water Goddess?
Splash: That’s strange, this has never happened before… It must be because of this cold weather!
Scorch: HAHAHAHAHA! That’s right, little sis! You might have beaten me before, but now the tables have turned!
Splash: I’m sorry, you guys, but I’m going to have to sit this one out. Since my powers are useless in this weather, I’d just be a burden on you guys. I’ll just stand here and hold the Ice Element Gem for you.
Mighty: Okay, no problem.
Espio: Just leave it to us.
Charmy: Hee hee, “bee a burden”. Get it?
Splash: *Giggles* You just never cease to amaze me with those puns of yours.
Unable to take part in the battle due to the cold climate, Splash had no choice but to sit back and watch as the battle unfolded. While she was busy watching her comrades’ close, epic battle against Scorch, she began to lose sight of what was happening around her, as a grabber-claw suddenly snatched the Ice Element Gem right out of her hands.
Splash: Not again!
Robotnik: *Takes the gem off of the Egg –O- Matic’s grabber claw* HAHAHAHAHAHA! That was a little TOO easy!
Splash: GRRR… Dr. Robotnik! I should've known!
Robotnik: That’s right! It looks like we meet again, my dear Splash! Thank you very much for finding that Ice Element Gem for me! That was quite the generous of you! Now, I’m yet another step closer to achieving my goal! Also, Splash, it isn’t too late to change your mind. You’re still welcome to join us, if you’d like.
Splash: Forget it! I’d NEVER help someone like you!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, well, whatever. It was worth a try, I guess. Perhaps that other sister of yours, whose name I forget, will be a suitable replacement?
Splash: No! You leave her out of this!
Robotnik: I don’t think you’re in the position to be giving me orders! Ice Goddess! I summon you!
Robotnik raised the Ice Element Gem and dropped it, in an attempt to get it to fall into the snow to release the Ice Goddess. Splash dived after the gem and managed to catch it, but unfortunately, she accidently fumbled it, causing it to fall out of her hand and right into the snow.
Splash: Oh, no!
After that, a sudden flash of light occurred, which got everyone’s attention. A sudden burst of snow erupted from the ground, and formed into the Ice Goddess, who, of course, looks nearly identical to her sisters, but with slight differences. Rather than being orange or blue, she instead had a white coloring, with a cold, icy mist around her. Additionally, she wears a blue and white dress with that has diamond shapes on it (just like her sisters’), golden sandals and ring bracelets, and of course, a golden tiara that her gem is kept in.
???: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Finally, I’m free at last!
Robotnik: So, you must be the legendary Ice Goddess! Scorch told me all about you.
???: That’s me. I’m Slush, the Goddess of Ice. You’re Dr. Robotnik, correct?
Robotnik: That’s right! I am Doctor Ivo Robotnik, the greatest scientific mind in the world! I’d like to take this opportunity to offer you a chance to join us in our conquest! Think of its benefits: The world will be ours to control and do with as we please! What do you say to this proposition?
Splash: No, Slush! Don’t listen to him!
Slush: (Hmm, you know, this gives me an idea. Perhaps if I join this guy, I could find the clues that I need…) Okay, sure. Why not?
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Excellent! We’re glad to have you on board!
Splash: Slush, how could you!?
Robotnik: Now, Slush, why don’t you go ahead and lend your sister a hand in destroying these meddlesome fools who keep interfering with my plans?
Slush: With pleasure. *Looks toward Splash* It’s nothing personal, big sis, believe me. It’s just that…I’ve got some unfinished business to attend to. You’ll know all about it when the time comes.
Using her arctic powers, Slush blasted all of the heroes, including Splash, freezing them solid and turning them into ice cubes.
Slush: Hmm hmm hmm hmm! You see what I bring to the party, Doctor? As you just witnessed, I could defeat any of my opponents in a brief instead, unlike a certain hothead we both know.
Scorch: Oh, can it! I didn’t need your help for that! I could have beaten Knuckles, Splash, and every one of them with my eyes closed!
Slush: Yeah, uh huh. Sure you could.
Scorch: Do YOU want a piece of me!?
Robotnik: Now, now, ladies… Just calm down for a moment, okay? I know that the two of you don’t…quite see eye-to-eye, but just this once, why not try putting your differences aside? If we’re to succeed with our goal of conquering this world, then I’m going to need your cooperation. Teamwork is most essential to this plan.
Slush: Sure, whatever.
Robotnik: Excellent, I’m glad we’re on the same page. Now, why don’t we report back to the base?
Slush: Okay. You two go on ahead, I’ll be with you in just a sec.
Robotnik: Very well. *Hovers into the air*
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Now that those Chaotix fools are out of the picture, all that’s left is that irritating hedgehog, Sonic, as well as Tails and a few others! Very soon, the world is going to be ours, all OURS! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! *Takes off*
Slush: Yes, you laugh while you can, you bloated buffoon. Laugh while you can…
At last, Slush, the legendary Goddess of Ice, has been awakened! Despite the efforts of Knuckles, the Chaotix, and the others, she has chosen to side with Dr. Robotnik… Or has she? Apparently, the mysterious Goddess seems to have an agenda of her own. What could she be planning, exactly? Find out in the next exciting chapter of Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power!
To “bee” continued…