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Old October 31st, 2016, 11:40 AM   #181
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ULTIMATE LEGACY: RECAP


Reality shattered, leaving shards of time and space. The Ultimate Power Rangers journeyed through these fragments to unravel the secrets that led to the destruction of the Wheel of Time. Using mysterious Ranger Keys, they hoped to uncover the truth about their past, and restore their universe.

The Rangers’ quest led them to a shattered piece of reality where an army of Amazons, female descendants of angels, guarded the Gates of Tartarus. Tyler recognized the leader of the Amazons as an alternate version of Lauren Shiba, the former Red Samurai Ranger and Red Hurricane Ranger.

The Armada attacked the Rangers and Amazons, destroying the Gates of Tartarus.

The battle unleashed Los Dark and his Ghost Ship, which the Rangers boarded just as the home of the Amazons shattered into nothingness.

Lauren insisted on returning home after the defeat of Los Dark, even though she and the Rangers saw her world destroyed. When they arrived at the coordinates, however, they saw Lauren’s world restored.




Chapter 17- Samurai: The Guaranteed Showy Samurai

The Legacy Galleon flew through the remnants of space-time. The rangers planned to return Lauren home after their adventure on board the Ghost Ship. They thought their efforts wasted, having witnessed Lauren’s home shatter into nothingness. But somehow, they found the Amazon’s homeworld intact — mostly.

The world looked broken, held together by waves of energy that ebbed and flowed with multi-colored light.

Seth narrowed his eyes at the sight. “That’s weird…We’ve seen plenty of worlds unravel, but never stitch back up.”

“What does it mean?” Lauren asked, a glimmer of hope in her eyes. “Are my sisters…?”

“We’re too far to tell,” Mat said from his sensor console.

“Any idea what happened?” Tyler asked.

Mat shook his head. “No, that would be too convenient. But I am picking up traces of our friends, the Armada. It doesn’t look like they left after our last fight.”

“Why?” Kira asked.

Seth narrowed his eyes. “Syd…”

“You think Argus waited for you?” Kym asked.

“Maybe…” Seth said. “I’m going to find out.”

Without another word, he turned and started walking from the ship.

“Seth, wait!” Kym called for him.

“Let him go,” Tyler said. “He has business to take care of. Let him do it.”

***

Argus stared through the viewport of the Armada flagship. He reached out with his senses and tried to find something of importance: His sword, Barizarg, forged from flares of destruction that followed a rip in time and space.

The cyborg felt a connection to the weapon — its blade matched the metal of his body armor, the remnants of a reality where man and machine melded seamlessly.

The Armada flagship had used its spatial-temporal tractor beams to stich the remnants of the Amazon’s world back together — a technique similar to the one used to create the Armada Hub.

Afterword, Argus sensed his sword on the torn patchwork of a planet.

He started to walk from the bridge when Levira called for him.

“Argus…Where are you going…?”

“I do not answer to you,” he said without turning. “I answer only to His Highness.”

The villain walked off the bridge, and the door closed behind him.

***

Lauren crouched on the dirt ground of her island, barely recognizable. She narrowed her eyes and looked across the landscape, partially scorched, partially twisted, with patches of urban cities jutting from the ground at random.

“This place…is barely recognizable,” she whispered, her voice grim.

“It’s probably not even the same island,” Mat said. “Not the one you remember, at least.”

“Then why did you bring me back here?” she asked.

Mat shrugged. “You asked us to?”

She glared at Mat and stalked towards him.

Tyler stood in front of him, a small protective posture. “Mat, be less of an idiot.”

“No promises…”

Kym laid a gentle hand on Lauren’s arm. “With the Shattering…nothing makes sense. This is your home, but it isn’t.”

Kira nodded. “This place is a patchwork of different times and realities.”

“What of my sisters? I can sense them, somewhere. Somewhere close,” Lauren said.

“Let’s see what we can find,” Tyler said. “We’ve never seen a shattered planet come back before. Maybe your sisters did too.”

Tyler walked deeper into the Patchwork World, and the others followed.

***

Miles away — if there was such a thing after the destruction of time and space — a sword rested in the ground, its blade plunged into the dirt.

Argus recognized the blade as his own.

The villain walked onto the battle scene to retrieve his sword. And there, he faced Seth.

“I’ve been waiting. Syd,” Seth said as he walked towards Argus, stopping close enough to touch. “Prince Vekar said it, didn’t he? You’re Syd. So open your eyes. Remember me!”

Syd punched Seth’s gut, sending him staggering backward.

The villain pulled his sword from the ground, turned, and started to walk away.

Seth crouched as he caught his breath. “Syd…I’m going to make you remember who you are.”

The teen unsheathed his Power Saber. He copied Syd’s technique, stepping into a fighting stance and moving his sword through an arc that ebbed with energy.

Argus tilted his head. “So…you’re copying me?”

“I need you to remember,” Seth said.

The ranger swung through an x-shaped pattern that fired an x-shaped energy blast. The blast spun towards Argus like a propeller. But he blocked and swatted the energy blast aside with bursts of sparks.

“I am Argus.” The villain shifted into a casual fighting stance. “I have the perfect cybernetic body. And I am Prince Vekar’s loyal follower. I do not know this Syd.”

Argus turned and started walking away.

Seth tightened his grip on his blade. “You’re lying!” He ran towards Argus and grabbed him by the shoulder. “Syd, wake up!”

Argus snapped around with a slash. Seth barely blocked; their blades sparked. The villain twisted the ranger’s weapon downward.

“Please remember!” Seth shouted.

Argus knocked Seth’s sword from his hand and pommeled the teen’s gut, knocking him to the ground.

Argus lifted Seth and hurled him through the air. The ranger crashed and tumbled, and his morpher fell from his pocket, scattering across the ground.

Argus turned, and again, started to walk away.

Seth narrowed his eyes as he watched him leave. “Syd…you’re gone, aren’t you? You’re gone…”

***

Prince Vekar stumbled through the bridge and grasped his arm, no longer bleeding — not that he cared. He still felt flickers of pain, and those flickers may as well have been mortal wounds as far as he was concerned.

“Those cursed rogues! They injured me! Hurt me!” he shouted.

Levira consoled him as she helped him to his command chair. “It will be all right, my Prince.”

“My wound is throbbing. Throbbing!” Vekar shouted.

“Should we cancel the operation for now, Your Highness?” Damaras asked.

“How dare they harm my body…?!” Vekar grumbled. “That’s unforgiveable! Defeat those damned renegades!”

Deratsu Gair nodded. “It will be done.”

***

Tyler, Lauren, Mat, Kira and Kym moved through jungles that shifted from lush and green one minute, to dead and withered the next.

Kira sighed with impatience. “Should we split up? It might be faster.”

Lauren shook her head. “You’ve already lost one of your comrades.”

“He’s not lost,” Tyler said matter-of-factly. “He’ll be back.”

“How can you be so sure? How can you even know he’ll survive?”

Tyler smirked. “Because…it’s him and me. I knew it from the moment we met…”

***

Shortly after Seth and Syd’s defection

Tyler crouched on a cliff and looked down into the valley of a Flux World. Ruined buildings and piles of rubble dotted the landscape.

“It looks like the Armada destroyed this planet too…” he said quietly.

Tyler heard voices shout from the other side of the valley. He looked to see a squad of X-Borgs swarm around a teen in black. The teen — who Tyler would later know as Seth — duel-wielded swords, hacking and slashing through grunts as he tried to run for cover.

Curious, Tyler smirked at the sight. “He’s not bad…”

Zergs advanced on Seth. They opened fire with fist-cannons, firing bolts of blue energy. The blasts exploded around Seth with bursts of flame, whipping him off his feet.

On the ground, defenseless, Seth reached for his fallen swords as the X-Borgs closed in.

Suddenly, bullets tore through grunts with bursts of spark.

Seth looked up to see Tyler move through the grunts with his Power Saber in one hand and blaster in the other.

The ranger opened fire, blasting grunts with bursts of spark. Several X-Borgs moved in close; Tyler slashed and kicked them aside. He spun past an X-Borg and pommeled it to the ground.

The ranger flashed a side-smile at Seth. “A fight between Armada members? That’s an interesting sight to see.” Tyler kicked Seth’s sword into the teen’s hand. “I think I’ll help out.”

Seth climbed to his feet. “You’re that renegade…” he said, out of breath. “You won’t get any credits out of saving me, you know.”

“I don’t want anything like that.” Tyler swung his sword casually over his shoulder. “What I want…is you.”

“That’s a weird thing to say-”

The X-Borgs renewed their charge. Tyler blasted several off their feet; he turned with a wide swing, slashing three X-Borgs to the ground.

Seth twirled his blades, hacking and slashing through a group of X-Borgs before they could move in too close. The teen somersaulted, rolled to his feet, and stood back-to-back with Tyler.

The X-Borgs circled around them. Tyler looked over his shoulder at Seth and smirked; Seth did the same.

They attacked, swords flashing and slashing through armor. The teens hacked and kicked, bashing the grunts to the ground and whipping them off their feet.

The teens fought without hesitation, until the last X-Borg fell.

Tyler dropped his guard and looked to Seth. “I like the way you handle a sword. And that look in your eyes when you do it.”

“You’ll probably change your mind when you look at this.” Seth touched the collar around his neck. “It’s a tracker. They can follow me wherever I go. And if I try to take it off? It emits an electric discharge.”

Tyler grabbed the collar. “A shock trap, huh?”

Seth narrowed his eyes. “What are you doing?”

“Better hold on.” Tyler pulled the collar, which sparked strands of electricity.

The discharge flowed through Tyler, and Seth, not enough to kill them both. The collar snapped, and the teens collapsed.

“You’re welcome,” Tyler said between breaths. “I’m Tyler, by the way. The rogue. Renegade. Pirate. Whatever you want to call me. Truth is, I’m on a mission…to find the Ultimate Secret. And I want you to come with me…and help me find the truth about the Shattering.”

“Find the truth about this messed-up place?” Seth asked. “Sounds fun.”


***

“Seth was my first recruit,” Tyler said as he finished the story. “My right hand.”

Kym smiled. She and the others had never heard the story. “So that’s what happened…”

“That’s how I know he’ll be back,” Tyler said.

Suddenly, the ground shuddered. The rangers heard rustling in the foliage, and the mechanical grinding of Armada grunts in the distance.

“Rangers!” A voice echoed. The teens recognized the voice as Deratsu Gair. “We know you’ve returned! Come face me!”

“Sounds like our friend’s back,” Kira said.

“Let’s go say hi,” Tyler said as he started to move off.

Lauren held back. “The four of you, go,” she said. “I’ll stay here. I need to speak with the Blue Ranger…if he returns.”

“He will,” Tyler said. “You can bet on it.”

The rangers ran off and armed their morphers. “Ultimate Transform!”

***

Seth rolled onto his back. He felt too weak to get up, but not because of his injuries. He felt this way because of Syd’s betrayal and loss.

“Are you really gone…?” Seth whispered.

The teen tilted his head and noticed his morpher just within reach. Seth’s mind flashed back…

Tyler and Seth lied on their backs after defeating the X-Borgs. After Seth accepted Tyler’s offer, Tyler reached into his jacket and pulled out a morpher.

“Here.” Tyler handed the morpher to Seth. “You’ll need this.”

“What is it?” Seth asked.

“A morpher,” Tyler said. “We’re Power Rangers…whatever the hell that means.”

“Power Rangers?” Seth asked.

“It’s a long story,” Tyler said. “One I barely know...We’ll find more together. But for right now, it’s just you and me.”

Seth felt an undeniable bond with Tyler, one he couldn’t describe, especially since he just met the stranger.

The teen grasped onto his new morpher, and it seemed right, like it belonged — like he belonged with Tyler.


Seth reached out, grabbed his morpher, and pushed himself to his feet. “You and me…”

He may have lost Syd, but he had a new partner. A new team. And he wouldn’t let them down.

Seth moved towards the battle.

***

X-Borgs swarmed around the Yellow Ranger and landed a few blows.

She parried, hopped, and chopped an X-Borg to the ground. “Not bad for a bunch of rust-buckets.”

She spun and slashed a trio of grunts off their feet. “But I’m better.”

The Green Ranger fought nearby. He didn’t move with the grace and effectiveness of his teammates. But his hacks and slashes did just as well to cut the X-Borgs down.

Meanwhile, the Red Ranger fought with his blaster in one hand and sword in the other. He slashed and blasted his way through a group of X-Borgs.

The Red Ranger flipped open his buckler and pulled out his Red Dragon Ranger Key.

“Chakra ignite!” He slid the Key into his morpher, which called out: “HEEEEEEAVEN STAR TASK FORCE!”

Tyler morphed into the Dragon Ranger.



“Dragon Ranger!” he shouted. “Heaven Fire Star! Red!”

X-Borgs swarmed around him; he fought back with the kicks and punches of a honed martial artist, of the Dragon Fist style. He blocked and dodged, letting the enemy move close.

Then he struck back with flurries of punches, back-fist strikes and kicks.

The Red Ranger snapped a jumping spin kick that bashed the last X-Borg off its feet.

Another wave of X-Borgs rushed towards the Red Ranger.

He shifted into a defensive stance and armed his Red Titan Ranger Key.

“Overdrive! Start up!” He slid the Key into his morpher, which called out: “TIIIIIIIITAN RANGERS!”

He morphed into Titan Red with a flash of light.

“Drive Lance!” The Red Overdrive Ranger armed his bladed staff.



He spun the weapon, bashing and slashing X-Borgs before they moved in too close. The Red Ranger stabbed an X-Borg in the gut and flipped it overhead.

Another trio moved in from behind him. But the Red Ranger spun with a wide swing, slashing the grunts to the ground with bursts of spark.

The Red Ranger looked at the next attack wave, led by Zergs. He pulled out his Hurricane Red Key.

“Ninjetti Change! Ha!” He slid the Key into his morpher: “HUUUUURICANE TASK FORCE!”

He morphed into Hurricane Red.



“Hawk Blaster!” He armed his weapon and rolled into a crouched position.

Staying low, he opened fire, triggering lances of fiery wind energy that tore through X-Borgs and Zergs with bursts of spark.

Hurricane Red stood and unsheathed his sword. “Storm Saber!”

X-Borgs charged at him from ahead. He leapt back while slashing them to the ground. The Red Hurricane Ranger landed and spun, twirling his blade through streaks of wind energy that slashed X-Borgs and Zergs off their feet.

Nearby, the Yellow Ranger chopped two X-Borgs to the ground.

She leapt backward to gain distance from the rest of the grunts, and then flipped open her buckler. She pulled out her Yellow Masked Ranger Key.

“Aura Mask!” She slid the Key into her morpher, which called out: “MAAAAASKED RANGERS!”

She morphed into the Yellow Masked Ranger.

“Yellow Mask!”



X-Borgs swarmed around her.

The Yellow Ranger fought back with high-kicks and punches. She swung her arms wide to block the X-Borgs’ strikes, and countered with palm-heel blows and spin-kicks that knocked them off her feet.

Yellow Mask leapt aside and pulled out her Astro Yellow Key.

“Install! Astro Rangers!” She slid the Key into her morpher: “AAAAAAASTRO RANGERS!”

She morphed into Astro Yellow.

“Astro Sling!” She armed her weapon and triggered bursts of yellow energy, blasting the X-Borgs with bursts of spark that whipped them off their feet.



She back-kicked an X-Borg behind her, blasted another trio of grunts, and round-kicked an X-Borg’s head.

Three X-Borgs swung their staffs at the Yellow Ranger. She dove and rolled for cover, rolled into a crouched stance, and blasted the X-Borgs to the ground.

Astro Yellow stood and pulled out her Dino Yellow Key.

“Dino Thunder! Power up!” She slid the Key into her morpher. “DIIIIIIIINO THUNDER!”

She morphed into the Yellow Dino Thunder Ranger.



“Ptera Daggers!”

She armed her daggers, leapt through the air, and swung outward, slashing a group of X-Borgs with bursts of spark that whipped them backward. She landed and swung her weapons through streaks of yellow light, slashing X-Borgs left and right.

Nearby, the Green Ranger flipped open his buckler and pulled out his Green RPM Ranger Key.

“RPM! Get in Gear!” He slid his Key into his morpher: “RRRRRRRRRPM!”

Mat morphed into the Green RPM Ranger.



“RPM, Ranger Green!”

The Green Ranger pressed his buckler; his chest symbol glowed and summoned his weapon: The Turbo Axe.

Ranger Green grabbed the axe and chopped an X-Borg with massive bursts of spark that ripped it in half.

The Green Ranger stepped back and pulled out his Green Zeo Ranger Key.

“Ultra Transform!” He slid the Key into his morpher: “ZEEEEEEO RANGERS!”

He morphed into his Zeo Ranger form.

“Zeo Green!”

The Green Ranger lunged with a flurry of punches that bashed the X-Borgs’ armor.



He hook-punched a soldier to the ground, jabbed and cross-punched, and stepped forward with twin upper-cuts, knocking two X-Borgs upside the head, whipping them off their feet.

The Green Ranger armed his Green Rhino Key.

“Bio Burst!” He slid the Key into his morpher: “BIIIIIIIO BEAST RANGERS!”

“Green Rhino!”



Green Rhino leapt through the air, scissor-kicked two X-Borgs, and kneed a grunt upside the head before landing.

An X-Borg swung its club towards the Green Ranger’s head. But the Green Ranger side-stepped, grabbed its arm, and hurled it off its feet.

Nearby, the Pink Ranger stepped back, flipped open her buckler, and armed her Dino Charge Pink Key.

“Unleash the Power!” She slid the Key into her morpher: “DIIIIIIINO CHARGE!”

She shifted into Dino Charge Pink.



“Tricera Drill!” The Pink Ranger armed her drill fist-weapon.

The drill spun; she lunged and plunged the weapon through an X-Borg. The grunt’s chest burst into flames as it collapsed to its knees.

The Pink Ranger pulled her drill free, spin-kicked an X-Borg, and speared through its faceplate.

Stepping back, she armed her Pink Prism Ranger Key.

“Prism Flash!” She slid the Key into her morpher. “PRIIIIISM RANGERS!”

She morphed and snapped into a fighting stance.

“Prism Pink!”



The Pink Ranger moved in low and kicked the legs out from beneath a grunt.

She spun with a hook-kick, bashing an X-Borg backward, and then leapt backward, angling upward into the air.

“Prism Kick!”

Her helmet prism glowed; boots of pink energy formed around her ankles and feet.

The Pink Ranger shot downward and kicked a trio of grunts, bashing them through the air with a flash of pink light.

She landed and armed her Time Ranger Key.

“Chrono! Trigger!” She slid the Key into her morpher. “TIIIIIIIME RANGERS!”

She morphed into Time Pink and armed her swords.

“Vector Sabers!”



She jumped upward; the swords glowed with pink energy that washed across the blade.

“Time Strike!”

She swung one blade down from a 12-o-clock-position, and the other blade upward from a 6-o-clock position, blades streaking through pink energy that ripped through X-Borgs with massive bursts of spark.

Nearby, Deratsu Gair stood alongside his squad of X-Borgs and Zergs.

“Give up, you renegades,” the monster taunted. “Your tricks can’t save you.”

“Air Style! Air Gallop Jutsu!” Still in Hurricane Red form, the Red Ranger unsheathed his saber and dashed across the air. He slashed X-Borgs left and right, feet never touching the ground.

Hurricane Red landed with a powerful chop that forced the Action Commander backward.

The Red Ranger leapt backward to gain distance, and landed alongside his comrades: Time Pink, Green Rhino, and Dino Yellow.

“Cowards!” Deratsu Gair swung through a streak of blue energy that shot towards the Rangers.

The energy blade exploded against them with massive bursts of flame and spark, hurling them backward, and knocking them out of their armor.

Slowly, Tyler and the teens climbed to their feet, as smoke sizzled across the ground around them.

Tyler flashed a smug grin, despite the pain that shot through his body. “Was that supposed to hurt?

***

Seth hurried through the jungle, which twisted with distortion energy. A spacial wave knocked him off his feet, and when he rolled into a crouched stance, he looked up to see a familiar face: Lauren.

She extended her hand and helped him up.

“Thanks…” Seth said, slightly embarrassed.

“You came back to help your friends…”

Was that a question? Seth nodded. “They’re my comrades. I don’t give up on my comrades…”

“Then you’ll need this,” Lauren said as she pulled a white Symbol Disc from her belt.

She handed the disc to Seth. As soon as it touched his fingers, the disc ignited with the power of wind and light, and formed a weapon.

The weapon looked like a thick samurai sword. A line split down the flat of the blade; one side glowed with dim, pale blue light. Engravings marked the other side of the sword, each representing a former Ranger team. Its hilt rotated like a throwing star of wind, which ebbed with blue light.

Seth used both hands to grasp the sword’s silver handle, with a blue pommel that reflected light like a gem.

Lauren nodded with approval. “This sword, Lightwisp, is yours.”

“Lightwisp?” Seth asked.

“It holds the power of Light, and the power of Wind,” Lauren said. “Its strength will grow with each Grand Power you and your teammates unleash.

“Each of you has a Legendary Weapon of your own. You’ll find them all in time, and use them to fight the battles your predecessors could not win,” Lauren said. “My job was to give you yours…”

“So now what?” Seth asked, his eyes still on the blade.

“Now…I rejoin my comrades, and you rejoin yours…”

Seth looked up — but Lauren was gone.

He knitted his brow. “Lauren…”

Gone. Like she never existed.

All too typical in the shattered, unraveling remnants of space and time.

***

Deratsu Gair, Zergs, and X-Borgs bashed the teens.

Grunts swung their staffs, clubbing the rangers in their guts and upside their heads.

The teens twirled their Power Sabers and tried to defend themselves, but the enemy overwhelmed them.

Deratsu Gair lunged at Tyler from behind, grabbed his neck, and hurled him through the air.

Tyler crashed and tumbled across the ground, landing near his teammates.

The attack gave Deratsu Gair time to regroup with his soldiers. Slowly, the Action Commander stalked towards the fallen teens.

“It looks like this is it…” he said as he raised his sword.

Suddenly, an energy blade of blue light and wind twirled through the air and slashed through the villains with massive bursts of spark, knocking them backward.

Tyler and his teammates climbed to their feet, and they looked to see Seth walk onto the scene. The teen carried his new blade, Lightwisp.

“Sorry I’m late,” he said as he walked up his friends.

“No problem…” Kira said. “We were just getting warmed up.”

“Took you long enough,” Tyler said with a smirk.

They armed their morphers.

“Ultimate Transform! Ha!” They inserted their Keys into their morphers. “POOOOOOOWER RANGERS!”

Energy flashed around them as they morphed into his armor.

Deratsu Gair cursed beneath his breath. “You stubborn bastards…” He lifted his sword. “Kill them!”

The Zergs and X-Borgs charged to attack.

The Red Ranger twirled his sword. “Let’s make this showy.”

The Rangers split up and attacked.

The Red Ranger and Blue Ranger stood back-to-back, swords twirling and slashing, hacking through grunts with bursts of spark.

They moved in unison, like a coordinated attack rehearsed dozens of times. The Blue Ranger moved low, and the Red Ranger moved high; the Blue Ranger kicked the legs out from a grunt, and the Red Ranger hook-kicked the soldier to the ground.

Deratsu Gair seethed with rage as he watched. “You stubborn bastards! Why won’t you die?!”

“Not today,” the Red Ranger said.

The Rangers regrouped, flipped open their bucklers, and pulled out their Samurai Ranger Keys.

“Samurai Scribe! Ha!” They inserted their Keys into their morphers, which called out: “SAAAAAMURAI RANGERS!”

Kym shifted into Samurai Pink, Mat shifted into Samurai Green, Tyler shifted into Samurai Red, Seth morphed into Samurai Blue and Kira shifted into Samurai Yellow.



The Rangers armed their Spin Swords and charged at Deratsu Gair to attack.

Samurai Blue slid his Water Disc onto his Spin Sword’s hilt. He held Lightwisp in one hand and his Spin Sword in the other. “Attack with me…”

Samurai Blue spun his Symbol Disc. Tendrils of hydro wrapped around the blade of his sword.

The other four Rangers armed and spun their Symbol Discs. Their elemental energy circled around their weapons.

One-by-one, they dashed past the Action Commander and slashed their swords. Their blades streaked with power and ripped through the monster with bursts of spark. Each strike ebbed with the individual Ranger’s color and elemental energy.

The Rangers skid to a halt behind the Action Commander. The monster collapsed as secondary explosions tore through its body and skin. A final explosion burst from the core of the monster and scattered the creature into pieces.

Suddenly, twin beams of energy pierced the skies and splashed across the monster’s remains. The beams reassembled and enlarged the Action Commander, who grew giant.

“No surprise.” The Red Ranger flipped open his morpher and pressed a series of command codes: “LEEEEEGACY GALLEON!”

The Legacy Galleon flew through the skies and lowered grappling lines. The Rangers grabbed the lines, which reeled them into the ship.

They gathered in their cockpit. “Ultimate fusion!”

“ULLLLLTIMATE FUSION!” The ship split into five different zords, which twirled through the air and combined into a massive robo.

“Ultimate Megazord!” the Rangers shouted.

The Action Commander slashed wildly, firing blades of energy that tore through the air.

The Ultimate Megazord flipped backward to dodge and block the blades of power. Landing, the robo skid backward.

The Green Ranger shook his head. “We can’t even get close.”

“We need to be faster,” the Red Ranger said as he armed his Gao Red Key.

The other Rangers armed their own Gao Ranger Keys.

Together, they inserted their Keys into their wheels and called out: “Ranger Keys, set!”

“GAAAAAAAO LION!”

The zord appeared with a flash of light, pounced through the air, and clawed Deratsu Gair. The blow sparked on impact and knocked the villain several steps backward.

Gao Lion growled and pounced. But this time, the Action Commander swatted the lion from the air.

Within their cockpits, the Rangers noticed their Samurai Keys start to glow.

The Red Ranger pulled out his Samurai Red Key. “The Samurai Grand Power,” he said. “Let’s use it.”

The Rangers inserted their Keys into their control wheels. “Ranger Keys, set!”

Gao Lion flashed with the symbols of the Samurai Rangers, floated backward, and combined with the Megazord to form a Samurai-style suit of armor.

“Ultimate Samurai Megazord!” the Rangers shouted.



The Action Commander swung wide, hurling a blade of blue energy.

The Megazord twirled its bladed staff, slashing the blast into pieces.

“Ultimate Samurai Megazord!” the Rangers shouted. “Ultimate Samurai Strike!”

The Megazord formed a massive zanbato of fiery red energy. The robo lifted the lazing sword, and chopped downward, hacking the Action Commander in half with massive bursts of spark and flame.

The Megazord pulled its saber free and swung wide, through a streak of fiery power that tore the monster apart at the midsection.

The Action Commander collapsed and exploded into ash.

***

Argus ignored the rambling of his master. He stared out the viewport of the command ship and watched the Patchwork World shrink in the distance, as the Armada moved away.

“Seth…” the cyborg whispered as he tightened his grip on his sword.

***

The rangers joined in the crew deck following the fight. Their ship flew from Lauren’s homeworld, which unraveled yet again.

Kym stared through the viewport. “What do you think happened to her?”

“What happens to any of them?” Seth asked.

“We need to move on.” Tyler walked past them and took his seat, near Navi’s perch. “We have to find the next Grand Power. It feels like we’ve been here for months…”

“Uh, technically,” Mat said, “months don’t exist anymore.”

Tyler ignored him. “Bird, we need a vision.”

“I’m not a bird,” the droid protested. “I’m Navi!”

Navi fluttered its wings and flew upward. “Tresa Navigay-to!”

The droid smacked its head against the ceiling, knocking itself into a dizzy. Navi floated back towards his perch.

“From angels to angels…the wings of angels will draw your first act to a close.”

Mat sighed at the vagueness. “I hate you.”

“What does that mean?” Kira asked.

“We’ll find out,” Tyler said as he leaned back. “We always do…”

***

Five teens stood in a sliver of time and space. They hid behind the corner of a massive city building, and looked up into a sky torn apart by special and temporal disruptions, whirlpools of chaos.

“What just happened?” asked one of the tees, Jake.

The leader, Troy, shook his head. “I don’t know…But our powers…they’re gone.”

---To be continued...Chapter 18
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Old October 31st, 2016, 01:27 PM   #183
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Ohhhhhhhhhhh... Weapons beyond the Gokai Gun and Sabers. Nice! Just a wild guess, is Tyler going to get Ryuuseikin?
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Please start using smaller pictures, you are gobbling down my bandwidth allowance and storage space. It's okay to use full size on the site but when posting to RB please try and make them a bit smaller.
Sorry. I have some time off around TGiving, I can resize.

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Ohhhhhhhhhhh... Weapons beyond the Gokai Gun and Sabers. Nice! Just a wild guess, is Tyler going to get Ryuuseikin?
Indeed, inspired by the artifact weapons on WoW Legend.

Probably no Ryuuseikin; I want these weapons to be original to the Ultimate team.



As for the next chapter...I intended to get into 199 Heroes territory and then wrap up Act 1. But...I realized yesterday I probably need to intro Basco in this Act. Sooooo....I have a few Basco chapters to crank out, then 199 Heroes, and then the end of Act 1.

By then we will all have grandchildren so I hope they enjoy.
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Old November 1st, 2016, 06:20 PM   #185
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So, since Seth (Adam's son) got a weapon connected with Light (Adam's Element), I'm guessing that Kira will get something connected to Air, Tyler something connected to Fire, etc?

Also, did you get the extended things I sent you the other day? Just curious.
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Old November 1st, 2016, 07:10 PM   #186
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I like that the Rangers are all getting their own unique weapons, since I think that's an idea that's underutilized in Sentai series. I'm curious to see where your take on Argus and Seth goes too.

I'd forgotten that Basco was introduced so early in the series. I suppose I'll just have to pass this tale down to my grandchildren with pride
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Old November 26th, 2016, 08:32 AM   #187
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So, since Seth (Adam's son) got a weapon connected with Light (Adam's Element), I'm guessing that Kira will get something connected to Air, Tyler something connected to Fire, etc?

Also, did you get the extended things I sent you the other day? Just curious.
Correct on the weapons. Sorry for the late response. I did get your e-mail, and I'll reply. It looks really good!


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I like that the Rangers are all getting their own unique weapons, since I think that's an idea that's underutilized in Sentai series. I'm curious to see where your take on Argus and Seth goes too.

I'd forgotten that Basco was introduced so early in the series. I suppose I'll just have to pass this tale down to my grandchildren with pride
Thanks! Argus and Seth's storyline will follow Gokaiger mostly. I'll have my original elements and such, but no major twists.

As for Basco, his intro chapter is almost done. It has the most references to other games and anime I have ever put into a single chapter, but in a way that makes sense.

I'll have my Basco casting picture on the index post here in the next 15 minutes or so (note: I'm going to call him Vasco).
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Old November 26th, 2016, 10:33 AM   #188
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RU-FI-OOOOOOOOO

Hilarious, and I love it. This ought to be fun
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Old December 3rd, 2016, 03:12 PM   #189
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Tommy looked up and glared. “You…You did this…”

I've been thinking of all the possible people Tommy could have been talking to when he said that: Akuma, Billy, the Dark One... but then I thought about it and realised I needed to add two more to the list: The One and the Wheel of Time itself.
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Old December 30th, 2016, 10:46 AM   #190
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Just poking my head in, seeing how your Christmas was, checking on how things are going. Cheers.
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