On the last chapter of Elemental Chaos, Knuckles, the Chaotix, and Tikal headed over to the Mystic Ruins after obtaining the Leaf Element Gem, which Dr. Robotnik mistakenly left behind at the Red Mountain Zone. While there, they all decided to come up with a name for the Leaf Goddess before releasing her and, "Seedra" was the name that was chosen in the end. After Seedra was released, they informed her about what was going on, and she agreed to fight alongside them. With Tails' emerald detector in hand, the heroes began their search for Squash and the two remaining Elemental Gems. Will they be successful in their search? Find out in this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos!
*Scorch and Robotnik return to the Mystic Ruins Base*
Slush: Hey. Welcome back, you two. I'll take it that things didn't quite go as planned with EG-001 and the others?
Robotnik: As a matter of fact, they didn't. Number one, those Chaotix fools somehow caught my wind of my scheme, and showed up just as I was in the process of bringing EG-001 to life! Number two, even when I DID manage to bring her to life, she disobeyed me! To make matters worse, that arrogant, ungrateful piece of rubble has even come up with world domination plans of her own!
Slush: What a shame. Well, at least there's still hope for the other three, right?
Slush: So, what are we going to do about EG-001, exactly?
Robotnik: I'm going to hunt her down and destroy her, that's what! If anyone is going to conquer this world, then it's going to be me! I'll NEVER allow myself to be overthrown by anyone, especially one of my own creations!
Scorch: You have an emerald detector in your glasses, don't you, Dr. Robotnik? Why don't we use that to track her down?
Robotnik: Good thinking there, Scorch. I've upgraded it since last month, so now it's able to detect the precise location of both the Chaos Emeralds and Elemental Gems, including the ones that I've created. I'm going to step outside and check the surrounding area for EG-001/Squash. She could be anywhere. While I'm doing that, I'm going to take this opportunity to release EG-002, EG-003 and EG-004, before those Chaotix fools manage to get wind of it somehow.
Scorch: No pun intended?
Robotnik: Not at all. Anyway… *Activates the detector* It's time to put this to the ultimate test! *Steps outside*
A minute later…
*A bunch of birds fly away, and then Scorch and Slush rush outside*
Scorch: Dr. Robotnik, what's the matter? Did something go wrong with the detector?
Robotnik: It's…it's gone!
Slush: What's gone?
Robotnik: The...the Leaf Element Gem, the one that contains EG-002, is missing!
Scorch & Slush (at the same time): WHAT!?
Robotnik: I…I don't understand! I don't understand WHAT could have happened to it! I had it right there, in my pocket the entire time! This doesn't make any sense!
Slush: Why not do some backtracking, Doctor? Where was the last place you had it?
Robotnik: Let's see… Scorch and I flew from this base, all the way to Red Mountain, and back. It's been in my pocket ever since, and I don't recall ever taking it out!
Scorch: Perhaps it fell out of your pocket, somehow?
Slush: Or maybe someone pick-pocketed it?
Robotnik: The former explanation seems more likely. There's no possible way to pick-pocket ME and get away with it! I have to go back and find it, otherwise-
Before Robotnik could finish his sentence, his detector started beeping.
Robotnik: Wait a second! My detector… It's picking up a signal! Besides the two that I have in my possession, as well as the ones in your tiaras, one of the Elemental Gems is right here, in the Mystic Ruins!
Scorch: Ah, great! Maybe it's the Leaf Element Gem that you dropped?
Robotnik: No, I doubt it. The gem that I'm detecting on radar happens to be moving, and to the best of my knowledge, EG-002 has not yet been brought to life. So, there's only one of two people that my radar could be getting a signal from: Splash or Squash. I have a strong feeling that it's the latter, so I'm going to follow this signal, and put EG-001 in her place!
Slush: I have a question, Doctor: How can you be sure that the signal your detector is picking up is an Elemental Gem, rather than a Chaos or Sol Emerald?
Robotnik: Because the Chaos and Sol Emeralds give off different energy readings from that of the Elemental Gems, and I've designed my detector to be able to differentiate between them.
Slush: Ah, I see. Very good, Doctor.
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA… Yes, I know, isn't it? I'm such a genius, I even amaze myself sometimes!
Scorch: I agree. Words alone aren't enough to describe your sheer brilliance, Dr. Robotnik.
Slush: *Rolls her eyes*
Robotnik: Why, thank you! Thank you very much! After all, I DO have an undisputed IQ of 300!
Umm, yes. That's very nice, but…aren't we supposed to be searching for EG-001 and the Leaf Element Gem?
Robotnik: Ah, yes, of course. *Hops into his Egg –O- Matic Hovercraft* Are you two ready?
Slush: Whenever you are, Doctor.
Just as they were getting ready to take off, the sky darkened, and it began to rain. Due to the fact that Scorch is weak against water, she instantly collapsed to the floor upon contact with the rain drops.
Robotnik: Scorch! Are you alright?
Scorch: Ihhhh…! I-I'm…sorry, Dr. Robotnik, but… I don't…think I'll be able to come with you. My powers...are of no use in this kind of weather…
Robotnik: I understand. Slush and I will resume the search for Squash and the Leaf Element Gem. You stay here and rest.
Scorch: Thank you, Doctor… You're too kind…
Slush: Actually, Dr. Robotnik, I'm going to stay behind to take care of Scorch.
Robotnik: Very well.
*A lightning bolt strikes*
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA… You know, this gives me an idea! Since there's a lightning storm along with the rain, I could take this opportunity to bring EG-003 to life! Additionally, there's a passage here in the Mystic Ruins that leads to Windy Valley, where EG-004 can be released! Basically, I could kill two birds with one stone!
Scorch: HAHAHAHAHA… Sounds like a plan…
Slush: Yeah, I'll say! Anyway, you run along now, Doctor. We'll see you when you get back.
Robotnik: Very well then. I'm off! *Flies away*
With that said, Robotnik took off in his Egg –O- Matic Hovercraft and started heading towards Windy Valley, while at the same time, resuming his search for Squash. Meanwhile, with the Chaotix team…
*The detector starts beeping*
Knuckles: What the…!?
Wechnia: What's the matter?
Knuckles: The readings for this thing are off the scale! According to the detector, there are two other Elemental Gems here in the Mystic Ruins, other than Seedra's, and they seem to be heading directly toward us!
Charmy: Hee hee, "bee directly toward us". Get it? *Snickers*
*They glare at him*
Charmy: Sorry, couldn't resist.
Vector: Yeah, ya could NEVAH resist.
Seedra: Aww, go easy on the poor little guy. I personally find those puns of his amusing.
Vector: Yep, just like Splash. Da two o' you are so much alike, it's scary.
Seedra: Is that a bad thing?
Tikal: No, not at all.
Charmy: Yeah. Splash is nice, and she's really pretty, too.
Vector: …Heh heh heh! Somethin' tells me that Charmy's gotta thing for Splash!
Charmy: Huh!? No, I don't! All I did was give her a compliment! And besides, I'm too young for that sort of thing, anyway! I'm only…seven!
Wechnia: Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't I hear you say that you were seventeen before?
Okay, numbah one, Wechnia's right. If it weren't for 'dat incident back at 'da Newtrogic High Zone, where your age was cut down by ten years, you'd be seventeen! Numbah two, had any of us given Splash a compliment like that, you'd 've said the same thing! As a mattah o' fact, we'd probably hafta listen to that "sittin' in a tree" crap 'dat you 'n' Marine're always doin'!
Knuckles: Heh heh heh! He's got a point there, Charmy!
Mighty: Yeah, I'll say!
Charmy: That's NOT true, okay!?
*A small chime is heard*
Vector: *Picks up the walkie-talkie* Yeah?
Slush: Hey, it's me. Robotnik just left his base, and he's on his way to Windy Valley so he could release both EG-003 and four, right there, in the same area!
Vector: I guess 'DAT explains da detector readings that we were gettin'! Don't worry, we'll stop 'em!
Slush: Okay, good. Say, by the way, did you know that he misplaced EG-002's gem? Apparently, Robotnik dropped it while he was leaving Red Mountain and returning to his base. Since you guys seem to have a detector of your own, you may still have a chance to beat him to the punch!
Vector: Way ahead o' ya! Tikal already found it, 'n' EG-002, or Seedra as she's now called, has already been released, 'n' she's on our side.
Slush: Ah, okay. Cool.
Charmy: By the way, Slush, I'm surprised you're not making out with Bark right now. *Snickers*
Slush: *Her face turns completely red* Oh, VERY funny, you little insect!
Vector: If ya wanna get back at 'em, Slush, you should say somethin' about his crush on Splash!
Slush: *Smirks* I'll be sure to keep that in mind.
Charmy: I already told you, that's NOT true!
Slush: If you say so, little guy.
Charmy: I'm telling the truth!
Tikal: Don't look now, but here comes Dr. Robotnik! *Points*
Vector: Thanks for the info. I'll talk to ya later. *Hangs up*
Seedra: So, HE'S Dr. Robotnik…
Robotnik: *Hovers down* W-WHAT!? It's those Chaotix fools again! How is it that you ALWAYS manage to catch wind of my schemes!?
Vector: Like I said before, we've got our ways.
Robotnik: WHAT ways!?
Vector: We ain't tellin'!
Robotnik: Hmph, whatever. *Notices Seedra* Wait a minute! You're, you're…!
Seedra: …Seedra, the Goddess of Leaves. You must be Dr. Robotnik.
Robotnik: Correct you are, my dear! I am Doctor Ivo Robotnik, the most brilliant scientific genius in the world! This certainly explains what happened to the Leaf Element Gem, and who I've been detecting on radar. So, we finally meet at last, EG-002, or rather, Seedra. Since you seem to be aware of who I am already, I guess there's no need to explain myself any further.
Seedra: You're right, you don't need to explain, because I already know what you're about, Doctor. Your goal is to take over this world, and if you think I'm going to join you, then you're sadly mistaken! Even if you are my creator, I want no part in this! Conquering the world…that's just sick and wrong, and I would never do something like that!
Great, that's just what we need…another Splash. You are, in fact, the second of my EG Experiments to oppose me out in the open like this! Sooner or later, you, along with your older sister, Squash, are going to pay dearly for your blatant acts of treason! I would destroy you fools right here and now, but I've got some unfinished business to attend to. *Turns on his Egg –O- Matic's rocket engine and zooms past them* Let's see how you fare against EG-003 and EG-004! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…
Knuckles: Oh, no you don't! Get back here!
Dr. Robotnik quickly zoomed past them to make a break for Windy Valley, but they began chasing him immediately, in order to nab the Thunder and Wind Gems from him. Will Knuckles, the Chaotix, Tikal, and Seedra be fast enough to catch Robotnik and prevent EG-003, the Thunder Goddess, and EG-004, the Wind Goddess, from being released? Or will they ultimately fail in the end? Find out in the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
To "bee" continued…