This story is about the three mysterious, powerful jewels called the "Elemental Gems", each possessing power over a certain element. Additionally, each of the gems also contain a powerful, supernatural being called an "Elemental Goddess", which, as their name implies, have power and control over the three basic elements; fire, water, and ice. In order for the Elemental Goddesses to be freed from their captivity, then their gems have to somehow come in contact with the respective element that they have control over. These gems also absorb positive or negative energy in the process, which means that they reflect the person who summons them. For instance, if the summoner happens to be pure of heart, then the Elemental Goddess will turn out that way. However, if the user happens to have evil, tainted ambitions, then it's the other way around.
So far, exactly one year has passed since Knuckles, the Chaotix, and all the others defeated the evil Solaris in an epic showdown to determine the fate of the universe. Although they won the battle, they, unfortunately, had to pay the ultimate price of losing their good friend, Wechnia, who sacrificed himself to stop Solaris' last act of destruction, which was meant to ensure the end of not only the Chaotix and company, but the entire universe, as well. Ever since that day, the world has been at peace. No one, not even Dr. Robotnik, has showed up to disturb the peace that they've all worked so hard to achieve. However, just because Robotnik hasn't been seen in a while, doesn't mean that he isn't somewhere "hatching" another evil scheme, even now, as we speak...
'Here, we begin the story with Dr. Robotnik, who's been absent for an entire year, heading to Angel Island in his airship, the "Egg Carrier III", but for what purpose, exactly?
Robotnik: So, the three legendary Elemental Gems are located on Angel Island, are they? HAHAHAHAHA... Perfect! According to my research, they've been split up and cleverly hidden in three different areas across the island to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. However, with the built-in emerald detector that I've installed into my glasses, I should be able to track them down with ease! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Once I'm in possession of all three Elemental Gems, I'll release the Goddesses from within them, and use their power to destroy each and EVERY one of my enemies, and with THEM out of the picture, I'll finally be free to realize my ambitions of building the Robotnik Empire and ruling this world! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Now, then! All systems, full power!
Cubot: Erm... Just fer my clarification, whenever you say "all systems, full power", 'dat means ya want me ta speed 'dis here ship up, right?
Orbot: *Facepalm* I think his voicebox is stuck on "cowboy" mode again...
Robotnik: To answer your question, Cubot, no, I wanted you to go ram your head into the wall! Of COURSE I meant increasing the speed!
Ah'm confused... First, you say ya want me to ram ma head into a wall, 'n' now yer sayin' 'dat 'cha want me to speed 'dis ship up? Yer makin' 'dis hard, here... Make up yer mind, would 'ja, pard?
Robotnik: ARGH! I was being SARCASTIC, you idiot! But you know what? Nevermind. Orbot, you take the wheel instead.
Obeying his master's command, Orbot took the wheel and turned on the jet boosters, heading towards Angel Island at full speed. Meanwhile, Knuckles, who happened to be at the altar, guarding the Master Emerald (as always), spotted ship.
Knuckles: *Looks up* Wait a minute... Isn't that one of Dr. Robotnik's airships? Oh, yeah, definitely! There's no mistake about it... That's him, alright! Even after being gone for a whole year, he's STILL up to no good, as usual! I wonder what he's up to THIS time? I'd better follow him and see what's up.
Before going after Robotnik, Knuckles turned on the security system that his robotic companions, Heavy and Bomb, as well as Wechnia, had previously installed at the altar, which surrounds the Master Emerald with an electro-magnetic barrier that keeps thieves from getting to it. Knuckles continued following the Egg Carrier III, until it eventually parked at the Lava Reef Zone, where one of the three Elemental Gems was said to be. Shortly afterwards, Robotnik, Orbot, and Cubot entered the volcano, while unknowingly being followed by Knuckles.
Orbot: Hey, Dr. Robotnik, what does your radar say about the Fire Gem's location?
Cubot: IT'S OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAANNNNDDD!!!
Cubot: Heh heh heh! Sorry 'bout that, ya'll. It's just that I've always wanted ta say 'dat.
Robotnik: Okay, whatever. Anyway, according to my readings, it shouldn't be too far from here. HAHAHAHAHA... Oh, I could hardly stand the wait! Once I've released the Fire Goddess, I'll be one step closer to achieving my gal of ruling this world!
*Robotnik, Orbot, and Cubot move along*'
Knuckles: *Peeking from around the corner* So, THAT'S what he's up to! He intends to awaken an ancient Fire Goddess, so he could use he powers for his world domination plan! I should've known! But this "Fire Goddess" that he speaks of... Why does it sound so familiar...? I guess I'll find out soon enough...
A little while later...
Robotnik: The detector readings are off the scale! I know the gem is around this area, but where, exactly?
Cubot: Erm...Is 'DIS what 'cher lookin' for, Dr. Robotnik? *Holds up a glowing red gem*
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, that's it! That's the one! Excellent job, Cubot! It looks like you've finally done something useful for a change! *Takes it*
Orbot: Pssst! *Whispers to Cubot* How much do you wanna bet that this Fire Goddess is going to end up turning on him, like every other creature he tries to use as a weapon? *Snickers*
Cubot: *Snickers, too*
Robotnik: *Glares* I heard that! Now, enough talk! It's time to-
Knuckles: *Comes from around the corner* Hold it right there!
Robotnik: W-WHAT!? Kn-Knuckles! When did you get here!?
Knuckles: Doesn't matter. I know what you're trying to do, and I won't allow it! Hand over that gem, right now!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA... As always, you say these things as if you actually expect me to do it! I'd love to stay and chat, but unfortunately I don't have the time. Orbot, Cubot! Take care of him for me, would you? *Runs off*
Knuckles: Oh, no you don't!
Just as Knuckles was getting ready to follow Robotnik, Orbot and Cubot abruptly stepped in front of him, blocking his path.
Knuckles: You two, out of my way!
Cubot: Sorry, pard, but we can't do that! Not unless ya complete 'dis here challenge we've got fer ya!
Umm, what're we 'sposed to e challengin' him to, again?
Orbot: *Anime fall* Cubot, I swear... You could be so stupid sometimes! Isn't it obvious? We're supposed to be challenging him to a fight!
Cubot: Oh, right.
Knuckles: Fine. If it's a fight you want, it's a fight you'll get!
Orbot: Why don't we attack him head-on with a charge?
Cubot: You goddit, pardner! YEHAAAAW!
The two robots tried changing towards Knuckles at full speed, but he quickly grabbed the two of them, and banged their heads together.
Orbot & Cubot: OUUUCCCH!
Knuckles: That outta teach you! Now, if you'd excuse me, I'll be catching up to Robotnik!
After defeating the bumbling duo, Knuckles wasted no time, and started following Robotnik in an effort to reclaim the Fire Element Gem from his evil grasp. The chase went on for a while, until they eventually reach a dead end.
Knuckles: You're got nowhere else to run now, Robotnik! Just hand over that Fire Element Gem, nice and easy...
Robotnik: HAHAHAHA... Oh, I don't think so! As a matter of fact, you're too late! *Holds the gem over a boiling pit of lava*
Knuckles: What're you doing!? No, you wouldn't!
Robotnik: Just try me, Knucklehead!
As it turns out, the mad doctor wasn't bluffing, as he quickly dropped the Fire Element Gem into the lava. Shortly afterwards, a pillar of flames shot into the air, and ended up forming into an orange, female hedgehog with long, fiery hair (that's literally made out of fire), a red and purple dress with diamond shapes, along with a golden tiara (with a red gem in the middle), ring bracelets (similar to the ones worn by Amy Rose), and golden sandals.
???: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes! At long last, after thousands of years, I'm free again!
Knuckles: What the...!?
Robotnik: Oh ho! I'll take it that you're the legendary Fire Goddess?
???: That's right. I'm Scorch, the Goddess of Fire. And you are?
Robotnik: I am Doctor Ivo Robotnik, the greatest scientific genius in the world! I am the one who's freed you from your many years of captivity!
Scorch: Ah, I see. I've been cooped up in that gem for centuries, and I've almost begun to lose hope that I would ever be free again, but then, you showed up and brightened my day. Thank you for releasing me, Dr. Robotnik. I am forever in your debt. *Bows* There aren't enough words to describe my gratitude. I will do anything, and I mean ANYTHING to repay the favor you've done for me. Just name it...
Robotnik: Well, in that case... Do you see that echidna right there? I want you to destroy him! You can do that for me, can't you?
Scorch: Oh, is that all? HAHAHAHA... Of course! It will be my pleasure!
Knuckles: What do you mean "is that all"!? For an old hag, you sure are pretty arrogant!
Okay, first of all, if you were anywhere NEAR as powerful as I, then you'd understand where I'm coming from. Secondly, WHAT did you call me!?
Knuckles: You heard EXACTLY what I said!
Scorch: GRRR... I'll have you know, that I look EXTRAORDINARILY good for someone my age! There are women who aren't even half my age, who'd KILL to look as young and pretty as I do!
Knuckles: Pffft. Yeah, right. As if.
Scorch: Okay, NOW you've done it! Your fate has been sealed! Prepare to die!
Knuckles: Just so you know, I take no pleasure in fighting women, but I'll make an exception in your case!
Despite Knuckles' efforts, Dr. Robotnik has succeeded in obtaining the Fire Element Gem, and managed to release the legendary Fire Goddess, Scorch! Does Knuckles have what it takes to defeat her? Or will the odds shift in Scorch's favor? Find out in the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 1: Legend of the Elemental Gems!
To "bee" continued...