When we last left off, Knuckles, the Chaotix, and the rest of the heroes resumed their battle against Solaris, who’s managed to survive after being on the receiving end of the Elemental Goddesses’ special attacks. Not very long after that, Solaris increased his power by morphing into his second form. The battle went on for quite some time, until Solaris fired a giant energy blast that was not only meant to destroy the heroes, but the entire planet, as well. Knuckles, the Chaotix, and the rest of them had no choice but to counter this beam, using additional power from the seven Sol Emeralds. During their beam struggle, they ended up getting an unexpected visit from an old friend. Wechnia, who was presumed dead for the past year, showed up to lend a hand. With his help, the heroes were able to triumph over Solaris…or so it seems. These questions still remain: Has Solaris truly been destroyed this time? How did Wechnia manage to come back to life without the aid of the Master Emerald? Both of these questions will be answered right here, in the final chapter of Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 1: Legend of the Elemental Gems!
Super Vector: Wechnia, it’s great ta see ya again, buddy!
Super Charmy: Yeah! Now that Solaris is gone, can you tell us how you came back to life?
Wechnia: It’s nice to see you all again, too. To tell you the truth, though, I was never dead to begin with. A year ago, when Solaris opened that void to wipe everything out of existence, I went inside of it, and used the powers I inherited from the Master Emerald to close it. Unfortunately, I ended up getting closed in along with it.
Super Tails: So, you’re saying that you were trapped in another dimension all this time?
Wechnia: Well, something like that. But in my case, I wandered through many different dimensions. It wasn’t until recently that I was transported back to this one. Although, even I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but it feels as if I was brought back with Chaos Control, or something. Was this…the work of the Master Emerald? Actually, nevermind… I don’t think you would have been so surprised to see me, Knuckles, if that were the case.
Super Knuckles: Yeah. I’m the only one who’s capable of using those kinds of commands, other than…
Wait, could Tikal have been the one behind this? I mean, I did leave it with her, after all.
Super Charmy: Hee hee, “the one beehind this”. Get it? *Snickers*
Splash: *Giggles* Like I said “beefore”, I could just never get enough of those! *Giggles again*
Wechnia: Hmm hmm hmm. I never thought I’d be so glad to hear one of those again.
Super Charmy: Get it, “bee so glad“? *Snickers again*
Wechnia: Just don’t wear it out, though.
Super Charmy: Hee hee, okay.
Burning Blaze: I’m afraid THAT ship is sailed.
Super Silver: Yeah, THAT’S for sure.
Splash: By the way, umm… Wechnia, is it? My name is Splash, the Goddess of Water.
Scorch: I’m Scorch, the Goddess of Fire.
Slush: And I’m Slush, the Goddess of Ice.
Wechnia: It’s nice to meet you.
Splash: Hmm? What’s the matter?
Wechnia: Solaris… He’s still alive!?
Once again, Solaris’ remains floated around in a circular motion, and then started forming themselves back together. When it was finished, however, Solaris ended up reverting back to his first form.
Super Vector: ARE. YOU. FREAKIN’. KIDDIN’. ME!? What does it take ta get RID o’ this guy!?
Wechnia: I think I have an idea. Iblis and Mephiles used the Chaos Emeralds to fuse together, correct? Can’t the Master Emerald be used to stop their power, so the two of them could split apart?
Burning Blaze: Actually, they used the Sol Emeralds this time around, but since those gems have powers that are akin to that of the Chaos Emeralds’, this idea should still work.
Super Knuckles: I’ll be right back! Chaos Control! *Teleports away*
Solaris: *Spawns more bat-like creatures*
Super Mighty: Here we go again…
As Knuckles went back to Robotnik’s base to get the Master Emerald back from Tikal, everyone else once again started fighting off the bat-like creatures that Solaris spawned. It was the exact same outcome as before: The fire-themed bats were destroyed by Splash’s Tsunami Attack, while the darkness-themed bats were frozen with Slush’s Blizzard Attack, and broken into pieces by everyone else. Just as they were finished dealing with the bats, Knuckles came back with the Master Emerald in hand.
Super Knuckles: I got it! Now, here goes! The servers are…the seven Chaos. Chaos is power enriched by the heart… The controller serves to unify the Chaos. Only you can do this… STOP THE SOL EMERALDS!!!
The Master Emerald spun around and began to glow a bright light. As it flashed, a multi-colored beam of light was seen coming from Solaris as it began to split back into its original two halves, Iblis and Mephiles. Also, due to the fact that Knuckles’ command wasn’t specific enough, the Master Emerald removed not only the powers of Solaris, but the heroes, as well.
Charmy: Yay! They’re back to normal!
Hey, what happened to OUR super forms!?
Knuckles: Oh, shoot! I forgot to tell the Master Emerald to just take away Solaris’ power!
Sonic: Smooth move, knucklehead.
Knuckles: Oh, shut up! Now that Iblis and Mephiles have split apart, it’s not like we need them anymore, anyway!
*They start falling*
Vector: ‘N’ you were sayin’!?
Knuckles: Chaos… CONTROL!
Using the power of the Master Emerald, Knuckles warped everyone, including Iblis and Mephiles, back to Robotnik’s base, where everyone else was waiting.
Heavy: Ah, so you’re back. I’ll take it that you’ve beaten Solaris?
Knuckles: Yeah. *Points to Mephiles’ dark liquid and Iblis’ flames* All we have to do now, is seal them up.
Shadow: Yes, so I’m going to need that scepter, doctor.
Robotnik: Here you go. *Tosses it to him*
Shadow: *Catches it*
Mephiles: Ghhh…! En…Enjoy this…temporary victory…while you still can, but it…won’t last! Ib…Iblis and I are…immortal, supernatural beings…we… CANNOT be killed! After each…”defeat”, we’re only…going to continue returning, re…regardless!
Shadow: Oh, I don’t think so! *Holds up the Scepter of Darkness*
Mephiles: …! *Shoots toward the exit*
Silver: It’s no use! *Holds him down with telekinesis* Now, Shadow!
While Silver was holding Mephiles down with telekinesis, Shadow released the Scepter of Darkness into the air, and it began sucking up Mephiles’ dark liquid.
Mephiles: AUUUUUGGGH! You…haven’t seen the last…of me, Shadow the Hedgehog! Your death…certain! YOU…WILL…DIE! HAHAHAHAHA… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
*He gets sucked up*
Heavy: Yep. He’s just as psychotic as ever. He hasn’t changed one bit.
Marine: Strewth! I think this bloke’s even crazier than Dr. Nega!
Blaze: Speaking of Dr. Nega, did the mental asylum come by to pick him up yet?
Robotnik: Not yet, but let’s worry about that after Iblis has been sealed.
Tikal: It’s up to you now, Scorch.
Scorch: Why me?
Silver: *Holds Iblis down with telekinesis*
Scorch then took the Fire Element Gem off of her tiara, so that it could be used to seal Iblis. However, she began to hesitate at the last second.
Silver: What’s the matter?
Scorch: I…I can’t do it…
Silver: Why not?
Scorch: Because… I… I was once…sealed within that gem, myself…for thousands of years, in fact. I know what’s it like to be locked away, and to be trapped, with nowhere to go. I…I couldn’t possibly do that to anyone else… *Begins to tear up*
Splash: *Walks over to Scorch and places her hand on her shoulder* I know how you feel, Scorch. Slush and I both went through the same thing, but…this has to be done. Iblis is a dangerous creature, and if he continues to run loose, then there’s just no telling what kinds of destruction he’ll cause! Do you want him to destroy this world?
Blaze: Believe me, you do NOT want that. Silver and I have both seen what he’s capable of. Our time period was devastated by Iblis’ flames. He left a path of destruction wherever he went… Many innocent people have perished by his hands, entire cities have gone up in flames, and you name it! If Iblis isn’t stopped, all the work we’ve put into changing the future will be in vain!
Slush: If, by some chance, that doesn’t motivate you, then at least do it for Dr. Robotnik. After all, you do still owe him for releasing you, right?
You’re…you’re right. I… I’ll do it!
Silver: Now THAT’S more like it! I can’t keep holding him forever, you know. I’m going to need you to seal him as quickly as possible!
Scorch: Right. Here goes… *Releases the gem into the air*
As Scorch released the Fire Element Gem into the air, it began to glow a bright light (just like the Master Emerald), and started sucking up Iblis’ flames like a vacuum. Unable to resist, due to Silver holding him down with telekinesis, Iblis eventually found himself locked within the Fire Element Gem, just as Scorch once was.
Scorch: *Catches the gem as it falls, and places it back in her tiara*
Sonic: See? That wasn’t so hard now, was it?
Scorch: That’s easy for you to say. Like I said, it was a lot harder for me, since I was locked away for the past thousand years or so.
So, uhhh… I guess no one’s seen Froggy, then?
Nega Robotnik: *From down the hall* YOU GET YOUR HANDS OFF OF ME!
Knuckles: Heh heh heh! Looks like they got here just in time!
Vector: *Takes out his camcorder*
*They go down the hallway to watch, and they all start laughing at him as he gets taken away in a straight jacket*
Nega Robotnik: GRRR… SILENCE, YOU INSOLENT FOOLS! I AM NOT CRAZY! I AM A GENIUS!
Sonic: Heh heh heh! Sure could’ve fooled us, Nega Ro-butt-nik!
Big: Wow. I didn’t know there were two Robotniks…
Nega Robotnik: YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE LAST OF ME, YOU HEAR!? I WILL RETURN! AND WHEN I DO, THIS WORLD WILL BE MINE! I’LL RULE OVER ALL TIME PERIODS AND BRING ABOUT AN AGE OF FEAR AND CHAOS, AND IT’LL BE GLORIOUS! EEE HEE HEE HEE HEE!
Oh, yeah, THAT’S something a sane person would say! Way to go! You’ve certainly proven us wrong!
Nega Robotnik: WHO ASKED YOU, YOU INSOLENT, WALKING TEAPOT!?
Everyone continued to mock and laugh at Dr. Nega as he got shoved into the back of a white truck and closed in. Shortly after that, the truck drove off.
Cream: Bye bye! *Waves*
Cheese: Chao, Chao! *Waves, too*
Vector: Man that was freakin’ hilarious! You were right, Charmy! That WAS funnier than-
Vector: Umm, nevahmid! Oh, by ‘da way, Cream, is your mother around?
Cream: She’s at the beach with Chocola.
Charmy: *Whispers to Marine* He’s only asking about Cream’s mom, because he has a crush on her. *Snickers*
Marine: *Snickers, too*
Vector: *Glares at Charmy * I heard ‘dat!
Charmy: Uhhh, heard what?
Vector: You know what I’m talkin’ about! I just got finished tellin’ Marine ‘dat I have I crush on Vani-
Knuckles: Heh heh heh! No offense, Vector, but that’s about as much of a secret as Amy’s unrequited love for Sonic.
Amy: What do you MEAN “unrequited”!? Like I said before, Sonic and I are both MADLY in love! Isn’t that right? *Clings to his arm*
Tiara: No, Sonic’s madly in love with ME! *Clings to his other arm*
Amy: Back off, Boobowski! Sonic’s mine! *Pulls Sonic over to her*
Tiara: In your dreams! *Does the same*
*They continue arguing, pulling Sonic back and forth*
Blaze: Why don’t you two knock it off? Can’t you see that you’re hurting him?
*They let go*
Sonic: THANK YOU!
Blaze: Why must the two of you get into such childish arguments all the time, anyway?
Amy: Because she’s always trying to steal MY Sonic away! How would YOU like it if some hussy just came onto Silver?
Blaze: *Blushes* D-Don’t start that again, okay? I-I told you before, Silver and I are just friends!
Silver: *Same* Y-Yeah, exactly!
Amy: Hee hee hee! You two are so in love, I could tell! There’s no use in trying to deny it! You’re blushing and everything!
Silver & Blaze (at the same time): WE ARE JUST FRIENDS!
Amy: Alright, alright! If you say so!
First of all, Amy, it’s not possible for me to “steal” Sonic from you, if you aren’t together. Secondly, if you call me a hussy one more time, just ONE more time…!
Amy: Hussy, hussy, hussy, HUSSY!
Tiara: Oh, that does it! *Takes out her jeweled staff*
Ray: *Holds her back*
Tiara: LET ME AT ‘ER! *Jerks away*
Tails: Pssst! *Whispers to Sonic* I think now would be a good time to split.
Sonic: Yeah, I was just about to do that. Up, over, and GONE! *Runs off*
Amy: Hey, wait a minute, Sonic! Come back! *Runs after him*
Tiara: *Manages to break free from Ray’s grasp and goes after them*
Shadow: Anyway… I’m going to take the Scepter of Darkness someplace where I know for a fact that no one will find it. It’s for the best if I’m to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.
Blaze: Good idea.
Shadow: Chaos… CONTROL! *Warps away*
Knuckles: As for me, I’m returning the Master Emerald to the altar. I’ll meet you guys at the beach in a little bit.
Rouge: Okay. I’ll be waiting for you. *Winks*
Knuckles: *Runs off*
Rouge: *Glares* Just so we’re perfectly clear, Charmy, if you even DARE to spy on us this time, I WILL kill you. Got it?
Charmy: Got it! ^^;;
Marine: *Whispers to Charmy* You’re still gonna do it, aren’t ‘cha, mate?
Charmy: *Whispers back* Hee hee, yep! *Notices Rouge glaring at him* I mean, no!
Wechnia: Hmm hmm hmm. You’re still the same as ever, Charmy.
Heavy: Which, of course, means that he’s still an idiot?
Charmy: PBBBTTTH! *Sticks his tongue at Heavy*
Wechnia: That’s not what I was saying.
Robotnik: Now that Dr. Nega and Solaris have been taken care of, don’t you all have anything better to do than to hang around my base? You’re free to leave at any time now.
Tikal: Oh, that’s right. We were supposed to be going to the beach. *Clings to Mighty’s arm* Are you ready?
Mighty: *Blushes* S-Sure!
Scorch: Before you go, Tikal… The two of US still have a score to settle. Remember?
Mighty: Can’t that wait until some other time? Aren’t you kind of exhausted after that fight with Solaris? I think you should at least take some time to rest first.
Robotnik: He’s right, and besides… I still need you or Slush to stick around for a little while longer. There’s a project that I’m working on, and it can’t be completed without one of you.
Slush: I’d love to help you out, doctor, but… I’m heading back to the Ice Cap Zone. It’s usually not a good idea for me to be away from the cold for long periods of time. It’s already been a few hours, and it’s about time for me to head back.
Scorch: Alright then. I guess I’ll help you with your project, Dr. Robotnik.
Wechnia: Not that I mean to delay you further, Tikal, but would you mind clearing something up for me before you go? You’re the one who brought me back to this dimension, correct?
Tikal: Yes. Ever since last year’s incident, I always had the strangest feeling that you were still alive. I wasn’t entirely sure whether or not you were, but I decided to give it a try anyway, just in case. I’m so sorry I didn’t do this sooner. Having to wander endlessly through multiple dimensions must have been terrible…
Wechnia: Don’t worry about it, it wasn’t so bad. I’ve been through worse. It was only a small price to pay, if I was to stop that void from destroying everything. Anyway, you have my thanks.
Tikal: It was my pleasure.
*Mighty and Tikal leave*
Robotnik: Very well, then it’s settled. By the way, Slush…
Robotnik: I’m merely curious… When you froze Splash and the Chaotix in those blocks of ice, exactly how did they escape?
Slush: Umm, well… I, umm…thawed them out myself. You see…when the word got out about Dr. Nega capturing you, I, umm…figured that I would need all the help I could if I were to rescue you from his evil clutches.
Robotnik: Hmm… I suppose that makes sense. Anyway, Slush, I’ll see you later. As for you, Scorch… This way, please. *Walks off*
Slush: Whew… That was close. For a second there, I thought my cover was going to get blown…again. Since that wasn’t the real Robotnik that we were dealing with before, I guess this means I could continue working as a spy, giving you all first-hand information about his plans and everything. I just wish Nega hadn’t broken the communicator that you’ve given me, Vector…
Vector: Ah, don’t worry abou’ dit. Here, use ‘dis one. *Tosses his walkie-talkie to her*
Slush: *Catches it* Thanks, but…isn’t this one yours?
Vector: It’s no big deal, I’ve got plenty of ‘em.
Slush: Ah, okay.
Espio: You know, I wonder…
Vector: What is it, Espio?
Espio: This “project” that Robotnik’s working on… I wonder if this, by any chance, would have something to do with the bio-weapons that Shadow, Rouge, and Omega told us about…
Charmy: You mean those EG-Whatever things?
Vector: You just may be onto somethin’, Espio.
Charmy: Hee hee, get it, “bee onto something”? *Snickers*
Marine: Heh heh heh! That was ace!
Slush: Umm, yeah. Anyway, when the time comes, I’ll definitely be sure to tell you everything about the project that Robotnik’s working on.
Vector: A’ight, cool.
Slush: And with that…I’m off. I’ll see you guys again.
Charmy: It’s too bad you can’t come to the beach with us. It’s really, really fun.
Slush: Yeah, I really do wish I could come with you guys. I would, if it weren’t for the fact that I’d melt. Ah, well. It’s no big deal. After all, there IS another kind of “fun” that Bark and I could have together, if you DO catch my drift. *Winks*
Bark: Eh heh heh heh. ^^;;
Slush: *Clings to his arm* Shall we go back to the Ice Cap, now?
Bark: Y-Yeah, sure.
Umm, I don’t get it. What kind of “fun” was she talking about?
Marine: I was ‘bout ta ask the same thing, mate.
Vector: …’Da two o’ you ‘r’ WAY too young ta know what she was talkin’ about!
Charmy: Aww, come on! I’m not THAT young! I’m seventeen years old!
Splash: Wow, really!? I thought you were MUCH younger than that!
Vector: It’s kinda’ve a long story.
Big: Has anyone seen Froggy at all? Nobody’s answered my question yet…
Cream: Are you sure he’s not still at the beach, Mr. Big? That’s where he was the last time I saw him. Maybe he’s with my mother and Chocola?
Big: Oh, yeah. I forgot.
Vector: Well, ‘dat’s dat, I suppose! Now, whadda ya say we get movin’ ‘n’ head ovah to the beach?
Splash: Sounds good to me.
Charmy: Hee hee hee, you’re in THAT much of a hurry to see Vanilla? *Snickers*
Marine: *Snickers, too*
Vector: *Blushes* It ain’t got nothin’ ta do wit’ ‘dat!
Charmy: Suuuurrree it doesn’t!
Vector: I’m serious! We was already goin’ ovah there, anyway!
Charmy: Vector and Vanilla, sittin’ in a tree!
Marine: *Joins in* K-I-S-S-I-N-G-!
Charmy: First comes love, then comes marriage!
Marine: Then comes the baby in a baby carriage!
Vector: Oh, ‘dat’s it! ‘Da two o’ you ‘r’ SO dead!
Charmy: RUUUUNN! *Flies off*
Marine: ‘Ey! Wait for me, mate! *Follows*
Vector: *Chases after them* GET BACK ‘ERE!
Blaze: It’s just as I said a year ago. I knew that Charmy and Marine would get along well if they were to meet, since the two of them are very much alike.
Silver: Yeah, a little TOO much alike.
And so, the heroes have managed to triumph over the forces of evil once again, and brought peace back to the world. To celebrate their victory over Dr. Nega and Solaris, they decided to enjoy another nice afternoon at the beach. However, the peace that they’ve all worked so hard to achieve won’t last forever, as Dr. Robotnik is bound to go back to his evil ways, as he usually does after forming temporary alliances with the heroes. Now that we’re on the subject, he’s already in the process of creating four bio-weapons, which are said to have similar powers to that of Scorch, Splash, and Slush. When the time comes, Robotnik will be ready to unleash EG-001, EG-002, EG-003, and EG-004 into the world. Will anyone be able to stop them? Or will the doctor manage to succeed this time around? Find out on the next exciting episode, Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos!