When we last left off, Scorch's younger sister, Splash, the Goddess of Water, was finally awakened after being sealed up for the past thousand years or so. After she was released, Robotnik tried coaxing her into joining him and Scorch on their quest to conquer the world. However, due to her kind-hearted nature, Splash was thoroughly disgusted by the doctor's evil intentions, and declined his offer. Splash then took the opportunity to try convincing her sister to not to associate with Dr. Robotnik anymore, stating that he sees her as nothing more than a pawn. Unfortunately, Splash's as well as Mighty's words fell on deaf ears, as Scorch felt that she was obligated to return the favor that was done for her.
Afterwards, they had a short battle, and Scorch was easily defeated and overpowered by Splash, since her control over the fire element was no match for Splash's power over the water element. Additionally, Splash used her hydro abilities to make Robotnik's Egg Walker shortcircuit and explode, which surprisingly had the evil doctor on his knees, begging for mercy. Being the kind-hearted soul that she is, Splash forgave him. However, she soon learned that it was nothing more than an act, as Robotnik attempted to use the Egg Carrier III's laser cannon to destroy her, as well as Mighty, Tikal, and the entire Chao Garden. Before Robotnik could fire it, Mighty clogged the laser cannon with a boulder, causing it to backfire and explode, destroying the Egg Carrier III and sending both Scorch and Robotnik flying over the horizon.
Elsewhere, Knuckles made his way over to Carnival Island, where the office of the Chaotix Detective Agency was located. He intended to enlist their help in foiling Dr. Robotnik's plans once again, as they've done quite a few times in the past. With them by his side, the race for the Ice Element Gem has begun, but the question still stands: Which side will claim it? Will it be Knuckles and the Chaotix, Dr. Robotnik, or perhaps someone else? Find out in this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
Vector: So, what 'cher tellin' us, is that Robotnik released some ancient Fire Goddess from an ol' legend, and he's tryin' to use 'er powers to conquer the world?
Knuckles: Yes. Not only that, but according to what his robots told me, there are also two other gems that contain one of the three Elemental Goddesses; one with power over the water element, and the other over ice. I've already fought one of them myself, and if the other two are anywhere near as powerful, then, well…that's not exactly a good thing.
Are you trying to tell us that you got beat up by a girl? *Snickers*
Knuckles: WHAT!? No, that is NOT what I'm-
Charmy: Knuckles got beat up by a girl, Knuckles got beat up by a girl! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Knuckles: Shut up! I did not! Our battle ended in a draw! NEITHER of us won the battle, because of the fact that the volcano started to cave in before we could finish! Also, Charmy, if you were to fight Scorch for yourself, I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be having anything to laugh about!
Hee hee hee, "bee having anything to laugh about". Get it?
Knuckles: *Anime fall*
Charmy: Hee hee! Sorry, but you kinda set me up for that one, you know!
Espio: Anyway, back to the subject at hand… Do you have any idea where these gems could be located, Knuckles?
Knuckles: I'm not entirely sure of their exact locations, but all I do know, is that they're somewhere on Angel Island. I'm pretty sure we could find them with the emerald detector that Tails has given me.
Vector: A'ight, cool. 'Den we're all set! C'mon, boys! Let's get movin'!
Wasting no time, Knuckles and the Chaotix took off at high speed, bound for the nearby Angel Island, in search of the remaining Elemental Gem. Using the radar that Tails lent to him, Knuckles managed to detect one of the Elemental Gems, and pinpointed its location at the Mystic Ruins. When they got there, however, they ran into Mighty, Tikal, and Splash, who are also hunting down the Ice Element Gem to keep it out of Dr. Robotnik's evil grasp.
Vector: Ah, hey you guys! Whatta coincidence, bumpin' into you here!
Mighty: Hey. Long time no see.
Charmy: Hee hee hee! So, Mighty, were you and Tikal making out, or what? *Snickers*
Tikal: H-Huh!? *Blushes*
Mighty: *Same* Oh, VERY funny, Charmy!
Charmy: Yeah, I know, wasn't it? *Notices Splash* Who are you?
Splash: Me? I'm Splash, the Goddess of Water. And you are?
Charmy: I'm Charmy Bee.
Espio: I'm Espio the Chameleon.
Vector: Vector the Crocodile!
Knuckles: Knuckles the Echidna.
Vector: 'N' togetha, we are… TEAM CHAOTIX!
Splash: I see. It's a pleasure to meet you all.
Knuckles: Wait a second, did you say that you were the Goddess of Water? I guess that explains why you look exactly like-
Splash: Scorch? Well, yes, that is to be expected, since I'm her twin sister.
Charmy: Hee hee, "to bee expected". Get it? *Snickers*
Yes, I get it! *Giggles* Oh, my! That has to "bee" one of the funniest things I've heard in the past thousand years! *Giggles again*
Charmy: Hee hee hee!
Wait a minute, did you say you were over a thousand!? Wow… You are really, REALLY old!
Splash: *A sad expression appears on her face*
Yes, I am…thank you for reminding me.
Charmy: Aww, come on, Splash… There's no need to be sad. I mean, after all, you still look really, REALLY pretty.
Splash: Why, thank you. That's nice of you to say.
Charmy: You're welcome.
By the way, did you notice that I said "bee" in that sentence? *Snickers*
Splash: *Giggles* Yes, I sure did!
Someone actually finds Charmy's bee puns funny? Wow. I think Hell has officially frozen ovah, ya guys.
Espio: Yes, but speaking of "frozen", shouldn't we go ahead and start looking for that Ice Element Gem?
Splash: Yes, indeed we should. I'd hate to know what would happen if it got into the filthy hands of Dr. Robotnik. He's made it plainly clear that he'd do nothing but cause pain and suffering if he were to take over this world. That's something that I cannot, and WILL not allow!
Wow. You're not at ALL like your sister, are you?
Splash: It's not her fault. As Scorch was getting released from her gem, she most likely absorbed some of Robotnik's negative energy. That's in addition to the fact that he's taking advantage of her. It's already bad enough that he's doing this to one of my sisters, and I won't let him do that to another!
Knuckles: Okay, then let's go ahead and get that gem before he does. According to the radar, it's located somewhere at the Ice Cap Zone.
Splash: The Ice Cap Zone…? Oh, great… I should have figured…
Vector: Yeah… This ain't good for me 'n' Espio, eitha… But if we're ta get 'dat gem before Robotnik does, then we're gonna hafta suck it up!
Knuckles: There's a passage in the cave that'll lead us right to it. Follow me.
So then, the seven of them hurried through the cave, bound for the cold, frigid Ice Cap Zone, where the final Elemental Gem was said to be located. However, little did they know that they were being watched from around the corner by two certain criminals…
Nack: HAHAHAHA! Did 'ja hear 'dat, Bean? One o' 'dose gems they're lookin' for is at 'da Ice Cap Zone!
Bean: Heh heh heh! Yep, I heard. Are you thinking what I'm thinking, Fang?
Nack: Ya beddah believe I am! Let's go ahead 'n' find 'dat gem before 'dey do! 'Dat way, we could sell it at 'da jewelry market 'n' make MILLIONS off've it!
Bean: Good idea, but instead of trying to beat them to the punch, why don't we wait for them to gather it for us? It'll definitely save us the trouble of searching for it ourselves, and all we'll need to do is take it from them! How does that sound?
Nack: HAHAHAHAHA! I think it sounds perfect! 'Dat'll definitely be MUCH easiah 'den tryin' to hunt it down ourselves! I really like 'da way ya think, Bean! C'mon, let's go ahead 'n' start followin' 'em!
Putting their plan into action, Nack and Bean ran off and began following Knuckles, the Chaotix, Tikal, and Splash to the Ice Cap Zone, unnoticed, waiting to swipe the Ice Element Gem from right under their noses as soon as they get the chance.
Charmy: Hey, Splash, do you wanna hear this next joke? It's really, REALLY funny!
Splash: *Shivering* O-Okay, s-s-sure…
Charmy: Okay! Let's say there's a school of bees, right?
Splash: Mm hmm…
Charmy: Then some of them get in trouble for doing something bad. What is it called when bees get in trouble at school?
Oh, boy… It's that old joke again .
Espio: *Shivering* Y-Yes… It's the very same one that was used to distract you, while we tried pulling your "wig" off to reveal that you were Sonic in disguise.
Mighty: Don't remind me. -__-;;
Splash: Umm, let's see… It's called "beeing bad", right? *Giggles*
Charmy: Hee hee hee! You're close, but no.
Splash: Hmm, well... I'm not sure.
Charmy: It's called… "Misbeehaving"! Get it? *Snickers*
Splash: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, I certainly do! Oh, Charmy, you definitely have a natural talent for this sort of thing, for sure!
Good grief… Now 'dat 'dere's someone around ta laugh at all 'is stupid jokes, he's gotten even WORSE!
Knuckles: Yeah, that's for sure. If Heavy had come with us, he wouldn't like this one bit.
Charmy: Well, Heavy's a jerk, so I don't care what he thinks!
Splash: Who is "Heavy"?
Vector: Heavy and Bomb are creations of Dr. Robotnik's that've decided ta turn against 'im 'n' join our Chaotix team. They used ta work as 'is assistant robo-mechanics, but now they mostly spend time ovah at Tails' Workshop.
Charmy: Yeah. Heavy's really, really mean, but Bomb is nice.
Splash: I see.
Nack: Oh, fa cryin' out loud…! Will 'dese people go ahead 'n' get movin' already!?
Tikal: Huh!? What was that!?
Nack: Ah, crap!
As Tikal turned around to look, Nack and Bean quickly hid around the corner, barely managing to avoid detection.
Bean: Way to go, Nack! You almost blew our cover!
Nack: Ah, shaddap. 'Da important thing, is 'dat I didn't, a'ight?
Mighty: Are you okay, Tikal?
Tikal: Yes, I'm fine. I just thought I heard something, that's all. In any case, why don't we keep moving?
As the heroes (and villains) got closer to their destination, the weather began to get more treacherous, as a blizzard began to occur. Following the signal of Tails' emerald detector, they eventually came across a crystallized cavern, where the Ice Element Gem was located.
Vector: BOY, 'm I glad ta be inside! It's freakin' FREEZIN' out there!
Splash: I agree… I almost turned into an ice cube, and I mean literally!
Charmy: Hey, Knuckles, what does the scouter, I mean radar say about the gem? Is it in here somewhere?
Knuckles: Yes. As a matter of fact, this thing's going crazy! According to this, the gem seems to be moving right in this direction!
Tikal: Hmm? How could this be? Has someone already found it!?
Splash: Oh, no… I certainly hope it wasn't Dr. Robotnik!
Espio: If it is, then we'd better be prepared to fight!
???: Hey, who's there?
To their surprise, it wasn't Dr. Robotnik. It was, in fact, a tan colored polar bear, wearing a red hat, a green scarf, and brown gloves and boots.
Charmy: Ahhhh! L-Look, you guys! It's a polar bear! You're…not gonna try to eat us or anything, are you?
???: Come to think of it, I haven't eaten all day…
Charmy: *Hides beehind Vector*
???: Heh heh heh! That was a joke, okay?
Charmy: Oh, good!
Knuckles: Wait a second, I know you… You're Bark the Polar Bear, aren't you?
Bark: Yep. It's been a while, hasn't it? I haven't seen you and Espio since the day we fought in that tournament a while back. So, what brings you guys over here?
Espio: There's a special gem that we're looking for, which is said to contain power over the ice element. According to Knuckles' radar, it's in this cave somewhere. Have you seen it around, by any chance?
Bark: As a matter of fact, I have. *Takes off his hat and pulls out a white gem with a cold mist around it* Is this what you're looking for?
Splash: Yes, that's the one! I'm SO relieved to know that Dr. Robotnik hasn't gotten his hands on it yet!
???: Oh, yeah? Well, I wouldn't celebrate jus' yet if I was you, sistah!
Knuckles: Nack and Bean!?
Tikal: So, I was right… We WERE being followed!
Nack: Ya got 'DAT right!
Mighty: What do you two want!?
Bean: Isn't it obvious? We're here for the gem, of course!
Nack: 'Dat's right! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Thank ya very much, chumps, for takin' 'da time ta hunt down 'dat gem for us! It was preddy dang nice o' ya ta do so!
Bean: Yep. It definitely saved US the trouble of having to do it ourselves!
Nack: Now, go ahead 'n' hand it ovah! Or else!
Bark: Or else WHAT?
Nack: HAHAHAHAHA! Oh, man… I jus' LOVE it when people say 'dat! *Takes out his gun and points it*
Just when things were looking up for our heroes, Nack and Bean make yet another unexpected appearance, this time, bent on obtaining the Ice Element Gem. Which side will emerge victorious and release the legendary Ice Goddess? The heroes or the villains? Find out in the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power!
To "bee" continued…