As the Turbine arrived at the co-ordinates of Muranthius, the Rangers were surprised to find there was almost nothing ahead of them that represented a means of accessing the island.
"All I see is some kind of statue" observed Tommy, looking through the periscope at the stone carving ahead of them, a carving of an imp-like creature, it's right arm extended outright.
The golden key glowed brightly; the Rangers steadily realised this was a puzzle that needed solving.
"The key, perhaps it fits in the statue's hand?" guessed Adam.
"We might as well test that theory out. Alright guys, let's take out the scuba gear and see if we can fit this key in whatever it that represents the lock" said Tommy.
"Alright, I'm going to spread my sea legs" said Justin as he enthusiastically dashed past Tommy and headed to the lockers.
"Hold it mister, you're staying put" said Katherine.
"No fair" said Justin, pouting.
"Stay here and stay vigilant, being a Ranger isn't all about the adventure. It's also about the discipline, you need to learn that before you do anything too reckless in that bigger badder world out there" she said, trying to sweeten the situation. Justin, while absorbing the advise, acted like he wasn't interested in what Kat had to say.
As the Rangers disembarked, Justin opted to express discipline through concentrating on martial arts practise, his mind reaching back to the plight of the orphanage. Perhaps by homing in on more ordinary responsibilities he could take his mind off of the excitement of fresh super heroics that had built up in him and were presently being denied to him out of concern for his safety.
It seemed to work, he became immersed in the practise, so much so that he took his eyes off of the Turbine's sonar, which was detecting the presence of another craft in the vicinity.
"Can it be...oh brother mine, yes it is" Divatox said to Havoc as she looked through her periscope and caught a glimpse of the Turbine, and, in particular, the four individuals in scuba gear emerging from one of its top hatches and heading towards the statue.
"Rangers ahoy" exclaimed Rito, as he nudged Divatox aside and looked through the periscope himself. Divatox swiftly elbowed him out of the way in return and resumed looking.
"No, they're heading towards the Nemesis Tribute" she said
"They must have the key with them, if they insert it into the statue, the gateway will be open"
"Didn't Edd say there was another way to reach the island?" said Rito.
"Yes, but it involves kidnapping a Wizard from the Lerigot proclamation" Havoc revealed.
"Why don't we do that then?" Rito asked.
"The trip to the Wizard's home dimension would take up about three or four thousand lifetimes by any standard, human or space alien" Havoc cautioned.
"We don't have the time to get through any of that now, not when we can just take the key from the Rangers cold dead fingertips" Divatox bellowed, "Send out the Piranatrons"
Launched from the sub-craft by a bunch of hollowed out torpedo shells, the Piranatrons emerged from the torpedos and headed in the direction of the Rangers , but Tanya was quick to take notice alerted the team to the approaching swarm.
The warring factions met in the water and danced lethally around one another, the Piranatrons openly trying to tear the gear off of the Rangers so as to leave them to the tenderless mercies of the treacherous ocean. During the scuffle, Adam's oxygen tank was damaged by one Piranatron.
Tommy went over to aid him, only to be overwhelmed by two to three Piranatrons that grabbed him by the waist and knees. The golden key in his grip, Tommy was choked out by one of the Piranatrons that reached out and clutched his neck tightly, while another pried the key from his hand.
Tommy ultimately broke free and helped bring Adam to the surface, his friend's health a greater priority than securing the key from their enemies.
"Thanks Tommy" Adam said, drained from his ordeal, "But the key, it's in their clutches now"
"There's nothing more key to our team than friendship and looking out for each other brother" said Tommy, "Now, you're gonna have to hold your breath again, I'm signalling a retreat to the Turbine"
With Adam giving him an assuring thumbs up, the two dived back down and headed back towards their sub, the other Rangers fending off the remaining Piranatrons and making some distance between them and the ruthless warriors.
"They're on the run, and your all seeing Emperor said these teens would be tough to tackle" a smug and proud Divatox said to Rito.
Instructing the Piranatrons to insert the key into the grip of the statue, Divatox and her forces waited for the inevitable to occur, as did the Rangers from the safety of the Turbine.
"We ought to destroy the Rangers now while we have a chance" said Elgar, his finger hovering over the button that would launch some choice missiles at the Turbine. Divatox swatted his hand aside
"No, once the key is inserted, the whole area is said to be under the protection of a state of temporal grace. Any disruption to that state will disintegrate both vessels"
"Temporal grace? I thought it was Will and Grace" remarked Rito. Divatox sighed.
Over on the Turbine, the teenagers looked on as nothing appeared to be happening.
"Justin, why didn't you alert us on the radio frequency there was another craft heading towards us?" asked Tanya.
Justin, feeling slightly guilty for putting his practise over his priorities, remained silent. No excuse he felt could justify the negligence he had shown.
"What do you think will happen Tommy?" said Adam, still finding it difficult to catch his breath after his experiences in the water.
"Don't know, this is one instance where the power is out of our hands" said Tommy.
Suddenly, a huge tremor occurred as, in front of both vessels, a giant underwater mountain, the mighty island of Muranthius, ascended to the surface from the seabed.
"Will you look at that" said Tanya.
"It's like something out of a fantasy" said Katherine.
"Is there such a thing as fantasy anymore when so much of what you go through is real?" asked an awe-struck Justin. Tanya ruffled his hair in response. Justin felt better, this seemed like a silent form of forgiveness.
Both Divatox and the Rangers brought their vessels to the surface as the island completed it's ascent.
"Alright guys, we don't know what's keeping those creeps from converging on us, so we best make the most of it. Let's get the new Zords ready and take them out on a cruise around the island" commanded Tommy.
Detecting the activity of the Rangers on his sensors, General Havoc was all too prepared for what would come next.
"Rito, here is your chance to prove worthy of my crew" he said, "Take my mighty marauders and engage in a pursuit of the Rangers, and make sure they are not in the way of our road to victory"
"So long as I can make it a photo finish" said Rito, holding a camera up to Havoc's face and taking a snapshot of him just as he shoved the skeletoid simpleton to the floor.