On the previous chapter of Elemental Chaos, Squash, following Mephiles' "advice", has taken it upon herself to chase Scorch all the way to Red Mountain to challenge her to a showdown; a showdown that supposedly affected the outcome of Squash's future. The two of them fought a close battle, but eventually, Scorch began to succumb to the injury on her left arm, which was inflicted on her after Dr. Robotnik used an injector needle to get the blood sample that he needed for the EG Experiments. Just as Squash was about to deliver the final blow, Slush showed up in a nick of time to lend Scorch a hand. Not wanting to risk getting "soaking wet" from the two Goddesses combining their powers, Squash was forced to make a tactical retreat.
Elsewhere, in the future, Knuckles and company followed Blaze to Dr. Nega's base, so that they could use the time machine to return to their own time period. While they were in the process of storming the fortress, they encountered many Badniks that Dr. Nega left behind, and destroyed each and every one in their path until they eventually got to the time machine. After using the time machine to return to the past, they found themselves at Tails' Workshop; everyone but Knuckles, that is, who decided to stay behind to battle Mephiles. Who will come out the victor; Knuckles or Mephiles? Find out in this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
Knuckles: Alright, are you ready to get this over with, or what? I know I am. I haven't got all day, you know.
Mephiles: Of course, but before we begin… Allow me to ask you something…
Knuckles: Look, if you're going to try telling me that phony "peace and prosperity" story again, then don't even bother! I'm not buying it! I didn't back then, and I'm certainly not now! In fact, who their right mind would?
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Quite the skeptical one, aren't you? Well, then answer me this… Before you die, tell me… Which of your friends is in possession of that detector?
Knuckles: That's none of your business!
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Well, then I guess this means you are of no use to me. Die! *Holds out the palm of his hand*
Knuckles: Huh? What are you-…?
Before Knuckles had the chance to finish his sentence, Mephiles fired a piercing energy beam at him, which he managed to dodge. Unfortunately, since Dr. Nega's time machine was right behind Knuckles, it ended up getting destroyed.
Knuckles: OH, NO! THE TIME MACHINE!
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA! It would appear as if your one and only return-ticket has been voided once again!
Knuckles: Aw, shoot!
Mephiles: Now, what will you do?
Knuckles: I'll figure something out, but for the time being, I'm gonna take you down! *Runs towards Mephiles and starts throwing punches at him*
Mephiles: *Dodges them all and teleports away from the last one*
Knuckles: Mephiles! Where are you!? Come back here and face me, coward!
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Looking for me!? *Reappears in front of him*
Knuckles: WHOA! *Jumps back*
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! *Holds out the palm of his hand again* Here it is, your one-way ticket to oblivi-
Knuckles: *Punches him before he gets the chance to finish his sentence*
Mephiles: Uhhhhhh! *Stumbles backwards and falls over*
Knuckles: *Leaps into the air* And there's plenty more where THAT came from! *Uses the Drill Claw attack from Sonic Adventure 2*
Mephiles: *Avoids the attack by sinking into the ground and becoming a shadow, causing Knuckles to punch through the ground and miss*
Mephiles: *Quickly rises from the ground and blasts Knuckles away with an energy orb*
Knuckles: Uhhhhhhhh! *Falls back*
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHA! *Fires tons of other ones at him*
Knuckles: *Rolls away, gets back up, and starts dodging*
Mephiles: DROWN IN DARKNESS!
After that, Mephiles used his powers to transform the floor into a puddle of dark liquid (like he does during the Mephiles Phase II battle in STH2006), and made a bunch of dark, shadowy creatures spawn from it, and start clinging to Knuckles.
Knuckles: Hey, what the…!?
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes! Dance, my shadows! DANCE!
Knuckles: Ihhhh…! *Jerks away from them*
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHA! There's no escape! Finally, at long last, I shall have my revenge! I haven't forgotten about the time you had me sealed within the Master Emerald, you know. What you've given to me, Knuckles the Echidna, I now return to you… *Holds out the palm of his hand* A ONE-WAY TICKET TO OBLIVION! *Fires the piercing beam again*
Just as Mephiles was firing his piercing energy beam again, Knuckles managed to shake loose from the shadow creatures' grip, and narrowly avoided the attack at the last second, causing Mephiles to accidentally kill them instead.
Knuckles: *Cracks his knuckles* Now, witness my power! *Starts charging towards Mephiles*
Mephiles: *Shoots at him again*
As Knuckles was getting closer, Mephiles continued to fire more energy beams at him, only for Knuckles to dodge them each time. When he eventually got close enough, he delivered a punching combo on Mephiles, sending him flying and crashing through a wall.
Knuckles: Had enough yet?
Mephiles: Uggggh… *Slowly gets back up*
Knuckles: I guess not. That's fine with me, though, because I'm just getting warmed up!
Mephiles: As am I. *Dashes toward Knuckles at high speed*
Knuckles: *Throws a punch, and his fist goes through Mephiles* What the…!? That was a fake!? *Gets hit by the real one shortly afterwards* Uhhhhhhhhh! *Falls over*
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! How do you like my afterimage trick? Pretty impressive, isn't it? Well, you haven't seen ANYTHING yet… Feast your eyes on… THIS! *Creates a bunch of clones of himself*
Knuckles: Great… Just what I need…
Mephiles: Now… ATTACK!
*The clones charge toward Knuckles, and he starts fighting them off*
Meanwhile, in the past…
Espio: What's the matter?
Honey: I just find it odd how Knuckles hasn't come back yet… I have the strangest feeling that he might be in some kind of trouble.
Charmy: Hee hee, "bee in some kind of-"
*People glare at him*
Charmy: Nevermind. ;
Blaze: Yes, I agree. Something must have happened; otherwise, he wouldn't have stayed behind unless he had a reason to do so.
Seedra: I have the same feeling. Should we go back to the future to see what's up?
Wechnia: I don't see why not. Who knows? He could have very well run into Mephiles, or something.
Silver: If THAT'S the case, then we need to get there as soon as possible!
Vector: Tails, can ya use that machine o' yours ta send us back into the future?
Tails: Sure thing. This time around, I'll try setting the Tornado Time Twister's coordinates, so that it'll transport you guys directly into Dr. Nega's base, where his time machine is located. *Starts pressing buttons* Uh oh… We have a problem…
Sonic: What's wrong?
Tails: For some reason, I was unable to set its coordinates to the area where Nega's time machine is located. There's only one reason I could think of as to why that would happen…
Ray: And that reason would be…?
Tails: Nega's time machine is out of order, somehow!
Mighty: Well, that's just PERFECT… If what Wechnia said is true, then Mephiles must have been the one behind this!
Vector: I swear… That guy really, REALLY freakin' pisses me off!
Blaze: Join the club.
Splash: Is there any other way to get there in time, even if we can't warp directly to where that time machine used to be?
Tails: Hmm… That's a good question. From the way I designed the Tornado Time Twister, it has the ability to create portals that lead to other time periods, but unless the coordinates are set to a specific location, then we'll wind up anywhere.
Heavy: "Anywhere", as in a random time period?
Tails: No, I meant anywhere in the time period that the machine has been set to, rather than one specific location in that era.
Heavy: I see.
Silver: The Chaos Emeralds… They have the ability to transform thoughts into power, right? Why don't we use them to create a warphole that'll not only lead us back into the future, but to exactly where Knuckles and Mephiles are located!
Espio: Good idea. That just may work.
Vector: *Takes out the emerald detector* Accordin' to this thing, there's already two Chaos Emeralds right here, inside o' the Workshop!
Tails: I'm pretty sure that one of them is the fake emerald that I designed a while back, which contains the same wavelength and properties as the real ones. However, it's less powerful.
Vector: Ah, okay. That makes sense. Now, where's the second readin' comin' from?
Bomb: *Takes out the red Chaos Emerald*
Heavy: Ah, so YOU have it! When and where did you find that, exactly?
Bomb: I found it while we were on our way back from the altar, after making finishing touches to the Master Emerald's new security system.
Tails: That's right.
Sonic: Yeah, what he said. Trust me… If it wasn't, then I'd be dead right now!
Ray: Huh? What do you mean?
Sonic: A while ago, we had a run-in with Ro-butt-nik at the space colony, ARK, and he ended up trapping me in a capsule, and launching it into outer space. Just in time before it exploded, I used Chaos Control to escape. So, basically, that thing saved my life.
Amy: Oh, yeah. I remember that.
Heavy: Anytime you're finished reminiscing about the good old days, we could move on.
Wechnia: Heavy's right. Knuckles might need our help right about now.
Tails: Okay, then let's go. *Takes out the fake emerald* Chaos...!
Using the powers of both the real and fake Chaos Emeralds, they managed to open up a large blue warphole, which was akin to the ones that Mephiles often creates.
Charmy: Wow! That's really, REALLY cool!
Marine: You got that right, mate! No mattah how many times I see it, I just can't get ovah how amazin' it is!
Sonic: Alright! Let's blast through with Sonic speed!
Tiara: *Enters the Workshop* Hey, you guys. Mind if I come along?
Tails: Hmm? *Looks* Oh, hey, Tiara. I'm…glad you could join us!
Amy: Oh, it's HER again…
Tiara: Yeah, nice to see you, too, brat.
*They glare at one another, with lightning coming from their eyes (like people do in anime)*
Ray: Hoo, boy… Here we go again…
Splash: You two aren't about to start fighting over Sonic again, are you? This isn't the time for that, you know. We need to go back to the future, so we could lend Knuckles a hand in stopping Mephiles!
Amy: Don't worry, I won't. There's really no point, since I already know exactly which of us Sonic is madly in love with!
Tiara: Well, it certainly isn't YOU, that's for sure.
Amy: He is too! You don't know what you're talking about!
Tiara: Oh, I know EXACTLY what I'm talking about!
Amy: Stay away from MY Sonic, Boobowski!
Tiara: I've said it before, and I'll say it again: He is not YOUR Sonic, you idiot! If that were the case, he wouldn't be trying to get away from you all the time!
Amy: You wanna repeat that!? *Takes out her hammer*
Tiara: I'd be more than happy to! *Takes out her jeweled staff, and then looks around*
Hey, wait a minute! Where did everybody go!?
Amy: They must've gone through the portal. We'll have to settle this later.
Tiara: That's fine with me.
Amy: *Jumps through the portal*
Elsewhere, in the future…
Knuckles: *Breathing hard* Man, these things are relentless! There's just no end to them!
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHA! I guess you've finally comes to the realization that no matter how many of my clones you defeat, they'll still continue to re-spawn!
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! From the looks of things, you're all tired out! You no longer have the energy to continue battling! Your time has come, Knuckles! Once I've disposed of you here, I'll do the same to your comrades! After that's been done, I'll be free to use that detector of yours to track down the remaining six Chaos Emeralds! HAHAHAHAHAHA… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Just as Mephiles was laughing maniacally, a blue warphole appeared, and the rest of the heroes arrived on the scene.
Mephiles: What!? Where did they come from!?
Sonic: Knuckles! You look like you could use some help!
Knuckles: Oh, hey, you guys! Perfect timing! I didn't know how much longer I was gonna be able to fight off all these clones!
*Amy and Tiara come through the portal next, and then it closes*
Tails: Oh, so you came. I thought for sure that you'd still be arguing over at my Workshop.
Cream: Mr. Mephiles! Are you up to no good again!?
Cheese: Chao, Chao!
Mephiles: (Ugh, just when I finally had Knuckles alone, they conveniently show up! I guess I'll have to make a tactical retreat for now, and kill him another time!) *Holds up the purple Chaos Emerald*
Charmy: Hey, look, you guys! He's got one of the Chaos Emeralds!
Mephiles: *Releases it into the air and makes a flash a bright light, burning everyone's eyes*
Amy: I…can't see!
Blaze: I hate it when he does that!
Taking advantage of the opportunity, Mephiles quickly used his powers to create another warphole, and escaped through it. After a while, the light faded, and although the real Mephiles was nowhere to be found, the heroes still had his clones to contend with.
Honey: Hey, wait a second… Which one of them is the real one!?
Knuckles: I have no idea. While the light was flashing, he must have stood next to his clones in order to confuse us!
Heavy: Wrong. Neither of them are the original. The light from the emerald was nothing more than a diversion. Mephiles did that in order to make his escape.
Knuckles: GRRR… That coward!
Charmy: Huh? You mean you were able to see that, Heavy? How?
Heavy: Bomb and I are robots. Our eyes aren't sensitive like those of organic beings.
Hee hee, "organic beeings".
*Everyone anime falls (except Splash, Marine, and Seedra for obvious reasons)*
Tails: Don't look now, but I think those Mephiles clones are about to attack!
Vector: Alright, then let's get 'em!
So then, everyone joined Knuckles in fighting off the clones that Mephiles left behind. As with before, no matter how many of them were fought off, they just kept coming back for more.
Espio: There's just no end to them!
Seedra: I have an idea. But first, we're going to need to get some sunlight into this room.
Heavy: No problem. *Grabs Bomb*
Bomb: Hey, wait a minute! What are you- *Gets tossed into the air* WHOOOOAAAH!
After Heavy tossed Bomb into the air, he started to glow, and quickly exploded, causing the ceiling to crack. As a result of there being a hole in the ceiling, some sunlight shone through the room.
Seedra: Perfect! *A golden glow of light appears around her*
Sonic: Seedra? Are you feeling alright?
Seedra: Trust me, I'm fine, but they won't be! *Puts the palm of her hands together* Solar Star… POWEEEEERRR!!!
Just then, Seedra fired a large beam of solar energy, obliterating each and every one of Mephiles' clones, creating a huge explosion in the process. After the smoke was cleared, the clones were reduced to black puddles of liquid.
Charmy: WOW! That was really, REALLY cool, Seedra!
Seedra: That's because it was raining at the time. I could only use solar energy when the sun is shining.
Sonic: Either way, that was still pretty sweet! *Thumbs up*
Seedra: R-Really? Gee, thanks. ^^; *Blushes*
Sonic: No problem.
Meanwhile, in the past, at Dr. Robotnik's Mystic Ruins base…
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Finally! It's finished! The Scepter of Darkness' repairs are complete! *Hands it to Shadow*
Shadow: Thank you, Doctor. Now, we should be able to seal Mephiles again without any trouble. This time around, I'll make sure he doesn't return.
Shadow: Yes, I will. I haven't decided where I'm going to put it yet, but I'll think of something when the time comes. For the time being, why don't we go find him?
Omega: Affirmative. We must prevent him from obtaining the Fire Element Gem at any cost!
Shadow: Chaos Control! *Warps away*
Thanks to Seedra's awesome display of solar power, she and the rest of the heroes were able to successfully defeat Mephiles' clones, but unfortunately, the real one got away. Now that Dr. Robotnik is finished repairing the Scepter of Darkness, Shadow, Rouge, and Omega are now on the hunt for Mephiles. Will they manage to find him in time, before he tracks down the six remaining Chaos Emeralds? Will Squash ever learn the truth about Mephiles before it's too late? Find out in the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos!
To "bee" continued…