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Old October 4th, 2015, 09:25 PM   #41
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Great chapter. Although it looks like you aren't going to adapt Wolzard Fire's costume to the series. Does that mean plans for a original Wolzard ranger key?
Glad you liked it! I do plan to adapt Wolzard Fire, just in a different way, and he will get a key.
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Old October 5th, 2015, 06:59 PM   #42
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Huzzah! Updates! I enjoyed this one and your last one for Mystic Force. I think this path your taking for Gokaiger should be interesting - swapping between the real action and the flashbacks of the Time Shards has a certain appeal.

So I see Heaven was destroyed, so I can only presume that leads straight into Goseiger. Is Mikhail involved in all that too, perhaps?
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Old October 6th, 2015, 09:39 AM   #43
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Huzzah! Updates! I enjoyed this one and your last one for Mystic Force. I think this path your taking for Gokaiger should be interesting - swapping between the real action and the flashbacks of the Time Shards has a certain appeal.

So I see Heaven was destroyed, so I can only presume that leads straight into Goseiger. Is Mikhail involved in all that too, perhaps?
Glad you're liking the format! I hope it continues to work. The next chapter is finished, it's half flashback to finish Mystic and half Gokaiger "episode." I've started the following chapter, too, which is my version of the Gao tribute ep.

You will see more of how Mikhail ties into everything. Before we get to Goseiger, the Gokaiger team needs to learn more about Simon, then DECA. I have a pretty good outline and rationale for how I role these tributes and flashbacks out. That will become more obvious next chapter.
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ULTIMATE LEGACY: RECAP


Reality shattered, leaving shards of time and space. The Ultimate Power Rangers journeyed through the 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.

Before the Shattering: The Witch of the Askani, Udonna, came to our time from one of many possible futures. In that future, the Dark One’s Grand Army, led by Morticon, conquered everything.

In our time, Udonna gathered four teens by saving them from supernatural events, wiping their memories of those events and keeping them safe in Briarwood, Indiana. A fifth teen with no memory, Nick, joined them. Udonna gave them the powers of the Mystic Rangers.

Still trapped in Hades, Morticon gained a mysterious ally, the Wolf Knight Koragg, who could use magick to send Hades Beasts to the mortal world.

Udonna morphed into Mystic White and fought Koragg, who killed her during the battle.

Nick later learned the truth of his origin: He came from an alternate future, the son of Tommy Oliver and Ashley Hammond. As an infant, he became infected with a darkness called the Blight. The Heavenly Saint Mikhail took him into the 31st Century to cure him. Once Nick reached 16, Mikhail brought him back to our time, as he did Udonna, so she could form the Mystic Ranger team. Koragg, a twisted clone of Nick, followed them from the future.




Chapter 05- Mystics: What are Friends For?

PART ONE: Mystic Downfall

Images flashed through the Ultimate Power Rangers’ minds as vividly as living through them. The Time Shard unlocked the history of the Mystic Rangers, and the Ultimate team couldn’t help but wonder: Were they about to see N’Ma cause the Shattering?

***

(*New Generation: Year Five)

Tommy Oliver, Adam Park, Rocky DeSantos, and Jason Scott stood in a circle with their backs towards one another. Green fissures opened throughout the city, spitting demons and evil creatures across the streets.

In the middle of the city, a dark fissure, like a black hole, floated where N’Ma devoured time.

Rocky sighed as a wave of demons rushed towards them. “See, this is why we never visit.”

The former rangers attacked with reflexes and skills honed by years of experience.

“Hand of Fate!” Adam thrust his fist with a beam of pale green light, blasting through several demons with massive bursts of spark.

Rocky faced a trio of demons that charged towards him. “Tenma Flash Kick!”

He snapped an energized tornado kick that bashed the demons from the air.

Jason lunged forward with a jump-kick upside a demon’s head. He laced his hands together. “Ninpo Fire Assault!”

He fired a twirling burst of flame that incinerated several demons.

Tommy armed his sword. He slashed through several demons and looked over his shoulder, towards the black void in the center of the sky. “We have to find out what happened to the Rangers…”

“You want to know?” a voice asked from the shadows.

Suddenly, black flames cleared the demons from in front of Tommy. The fire incinerated the creatures into ash.

“I’ll tell you…” the voice said.

Simon Kaden walked slowly towards his former mentor.

***

N’Ma spread his arms wide over the decimated landscape. The giant snapped his tentacles. “This world, this future, is purified with darkness...” he grumbled. “Once I have devoured your souls, my legion will reign supreme over this realm.”

“Not going to happen!” Mystic Red shouted.

“It already has...” N’Ma fired tendrils of crimson energy that exploded around the Rangers with massive bursts of fire.

The Rangers dove aside and armed their morphers. “Maagi Giruma Goolu Jingajin!”

They morphed into zords and formed Magi Legend. The Manticore Megazord snapped into a fighting stance and faced off with N’Ma.

“Magical Climax! Screw Calibur!” The Megazord's staff blade spun like a drill, generating fiery energy. “Fire Tornado!”

The Megazord thrust its staff, firing a twirling beam of flame. N'Ma swallowed the flame and laughed at the Mystic team.

Mystic Red cursed beneath his breath. “Our magick is useless!”

“Worse than that,” Mystic Yellow said. “It’s feeding him!”

N'Ma lashed his tentacles, shattered Magi Legend's staff, and swatted the Megazord off its feet. The Megazord crashed and skid across the barren ground.

“Your despair fills my heart...” N'Ma said as he stabbed his tendrils through Magi Legend’s back. “When your souls are stained with fear, pain, they will have the greatest flavor!”

N'Ma stomped onto the Megazord's head, again, and again, each stomp sparking on impact and rocking the Rangers within their cockpit.

N'Ma opened his maw and started devouring the power of the Megazord and Rangers. Their bodies glowed with golden energy that flowed into N'Ma, empowering the villain.

Magi Legend burst into light that dissipated and vanished into N'Ma’s maw. The power drain stripped the teens of their armor, and they crashed onto the surface.

They lost not just their energy, but their courage, and will to fight.

N'Ma laughed at the fallen teens. “Yes! Sing! Dance! This is your final show! Fill me with your shame!”

The villain fired strands of crimson energy that exploded around the teens, hurling them off their feet. They crashed and skid across the dirt.

Slowly, Xander climbed to his feet and helped his teammates stand. “OK, time to run, time to run...”

The rangers scrambled for cover, ducking beneath a fallen building and finding shelter within a dark vestibule.

“Alright…” Xander said as he struggled to catch his breath. “Udonna’s captured again. Daggeron’s out. No idea what happened to Tommy. Our magick is useless…And we’re stuck in some nightmare. What do we do?”

Vida shook her head as the hopelessness sank in. “This can’t be the end…”

“Well, it sure feels that way…” Chip said.

Xander looked to Nick. “I don’t suppose Tommy said anything useful when he pulled you aside earlier.”

Nick shook his head. “Nothing to help with this…whatever this is…He tried to teach me something called the Fatal Blade. A last-ditch move that can make a miracle, or something.”

“Sounds promising,” Xander said.

“Except our magick doesn’t work,” Nick said. “He eats it!”

“Look, Nick,” Madison said as she touched his arm. She pointed to a small patch of grass that grew from between the concrete, where a flower stood. “Even in a world ruled by Hades…it doesn’t lose to the power of darkness. There’s still life. Potential is something you create…You can make a miracle happen. We all can…”

In human size, N’Ma crashed into the vestibule and stepped onto the flower.

“A miracle will not happen,” N’Ma said as he thrust his hand with bursts of crimson lighting.

Xander, Chip, Vida and Madison flipped open their morphers. “Jinga Majuna!”

They formed a barrier of multicolored light that blocked the blasts with massive bursts of spark.

“Nick…” Madison said as she and her teammates struggled to keep the lightning at bay. “We trust you…Do what you have to do.”

N’Ma thrust his other hand with another burst of lightning. The combined blasts shattered the barrier, tossing the four teens to the ground.

“Guys!” Nick shouted. He glared at N’Ma and flipped open his morpher. “Magical Source! Mystic Force!”

He morphed into Mystic Red. The Red Ranger hopped forward and armed his Magi Sword and Legend Staff. He stepped into a defensive stance and stood between N’Ma and the teens. Xander…Chip…Vida…Madison…

“I understand, Dad…” he whispered as he tightened his grip on his weapons. “I know what my courage is…”

Mystic Red flared with fiery light that circled around him and N’Ma, creating a pocket dimension of flame.

N’Ma laughed mockingly. “I will devour this dimension…and you!”

N’Ma lashed out with his tendrils.

Mystic Red twirled his staff and sword, slashing the tendrils with bursts of spark. “Is that the best you’ve got, N’Ma?!”

The Red Ranger leapt through the air and ignited his weapons with power. He landed with a chop of his staff, smashing the shell on N’Ma’s head. Mystic Red pressed forward and stabbed his sword through the villain’s gut with a burst of spark.

“Spit out that time you swallowed!” Mystic Red shouted.

The Red Ranger twisted his sword, which ebbed with energy that thrashed N’Ma from the inside.

Golden light pulsed from N’Ma and splashed across the landscape.

Mystic Red kept one hand on his sword and reached his other hand towards his teammates.

“Come on, guys!” he shouted. “Take my hand! Let’s get out of here!”

The teens leapt to their feet and grabbed hold of Mystic Red.

The light flared around them and dissipated the landscape, which vanished into a maelstrom of energy.

“Hold on, guys!” Mystic Red shouted as the storm raged, threatening to tear them apart.

The light flared bright white, nearly blinding the teens. And when it vanished, they found themselves back in the city, in their normal flow of time.

The shift knocked the teens from their armor, and N’Ma staggered backward.

“This is…” Chip started to say. “This is it! We’re back!” He hesitated. “Right?”

“Right,” Nick said.

N’Ma growled with anger. “You would underestimate me? The ultimate legion?! Die!”

The villain lashed out with his tentacles. They whipped towards the teens, but lunar light burst through the air, blasting the tendrils aside.

“What?!” N’Ma shouted.

A portal flashed above the street; Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians leapt through, along with Snowgel.

“Serena!” Nick shouted.

“And Snowgel!” Madison shouted.

Snowgel snapped her fingers, summoning walls of ice that surrounded the battlefield. “N’Ma…” she said. “The Heavenly Realms have already started to rebuild. During your battle with Sungel, Mikhail slipped past your defenses, and struck at the heart of your demonic army.”

N’Ma cursed beneath his breath. “Then I will simply return to Hades, rebuild my army, and strike again!”

A voice spoke from nearby. “The Grand City of Hell is no longer yours to enter.”

The teens looked to see Udonna step onto the street.

“You…” N’Ma hissed. “How?”

The Hades Lord Sphinx stepped out from behind her.



“I have defeated Dagon…” Sphinx said. “And taken control of Denzoberranzan myself…”

“You traitorous creature…” N’Ma grumbled. “Why?”

“I want to learn more of this concept called courage,” Sphinx said, “along with those from the mortal world.”

N’Ma looked into the shadows. “Koragg! Necrolai!”

“They’ve fled,” Udonna said. “You stand alone.”

Sphinx armed her gauntlet cannon and fired a burst of energy. The blast smashed N’Ma and hurled him backward with bursts of spark.

Udonna looked towards Sailor Moon. “Serena, help Sungel. All of us will fight together…”

“Right!” Sailor Moon shouted as she leapt towards Sungel. She lifted her scepter, which ebbed with moonlight. “Moon Healing Escalation!”

Rays of lunar energy rained across Sungel, energizing his body. Slowly, he climbed to his feet and shifted into his human form.

“Serena…” Daggeron said. “Thank you.”

“Daggeron!” Madison shouted as she and the others ran towards him.

“I am alright,” Daggeron said.

Magi Lamp appeared in his hands, with Smokey inside the weapon.

“Smokey…” Daggeron said with a smile. “You’re still alive.”

Smokey burst from the lamp with a cloud of mist. “I told you I would keep them safe!” Smokey said. “It looks like your wish to defeat N’Ma is about to come true.”

Suddenly, N’Ma erupted with a stream of dark energy, tinted crimson. The villain expanded and grew giant, shaking the earth.

“You think you are strong?! You have yet to face the true power of darkness! Cry! Suffer! Be afraid!”

Chip tilted his head. “Is it just me, or is he not so scary anymore? Like, at all?”

Nick grabbed his morpher. “Agreed,” he said as everyone stood alongside him. “Our bond…our courage…let’s show N’Ma what real power is!”

“Heavenly Saints!” they shouted. “Grant us the power of magick! Magical Source! Mystic Force!”

Energy wrapped around them as they morphed into their Ranger forms.

“Sparkling Ice Elemental! Magick of the Frost! Mystic White!”

“Shining Solar Elemental! Magick of the Sun! Mystic Gold!”

“Burning Flame Elemental! Magick of the Flame! Mystic Red!”

“Howling Earth Elemental! Magick of the Forrest! Mystic Green!”

“Galloping Thunder Elemental! Magick of the Thunder! Mystic Yellow!”

“Rippling Water Elemental! Magick of the Water! Mystic Blue!”

“Blowing Wind Elemental! Magick of the Wind! Mystic Pink!”

“Askani Task Force!” Mystic Red shouted. Together, they called out: “Mystic Rangers!”

The Sailor Guardians joined the Rangers.

“Sailor Moon!”

“Sailor Mars!”

“Sailor Mercury!”

“Sailor Jupiter!”

“Sailor Venus!”

“And now…” Sailor Moon shouted. “In the name of the moon…I’ll punish you!”

N’Ma spread his arms and fired strands of energy that lashed towards the heroes. The blasts exploded around them with massive bursts of smoke and flame.

The Rangers jumped through the flames, and the Sailor Guardians leapt upward.

“Moon Halation!” Sailor Moon’s wand glowed with golden power that washed towards N’Ma.

“Fire Soul!” Sailor Mars folded her hands and fired a twirling burst of flame.

“Supreme Thunder!” Sailor Jupiter crossed her arms over her chest and fired a massive bolt of lightning.

“Aqua Mist!” Sailor Mercury fired streams of bubble that burst into mist.

“Venus Chain!” Sailor Venus snapped her Venus Chain, firing a bolt of orange energy.

The Sailors’ attacks combined into a tidal wave of power that smashed N’Ma’s chest with massive bursts of power, forcing him several steps backward.

Mystic Red grasped his morpher. “This is it!” he shouted. “Our final spell!”

The Rangers thrust their wands towards the villain. “Maagi Magi Magiend!”

They fired a multi-colored wave of power that surged towards N’Ma.

The villain opened his maw and devoured the light. But the Rangers kept pouring on the power.

N’Ma staggered backward. “What…What is this light?!”

The Rangers kept firing, intensifying their energy wave.

“It’s our magick!” Mystic Red shouted. “Our courage! And it’s infinite! So devour it all you want!”

N’Ma collapsed to his knees. He couldn’t stop himself from swallowing the energy, which thrashed his insides with massive bursts of spark.

“It…It can’t be!” N’Ma growled. Holy light stabbed from his body as the power tore into his maw. The wave of light and energy expanded the villain, as if about to burst. “I am N’Ma! I am legion!”

“Stop!” a voice shouted from nearby.

Tommy landed on the street with his sword in hand. He ran towards the Rangers. “Guys, stop your attack!”

N’Ma’s energy overloaded and exploded with a massive flare of holy light. The creature scattered into fiery pieces that rained across the skies.

***

Simon Kaden stood on a rooftop. He crossed his arms over his chest and watched N’Ma explode into a cloud of light that covered several city blocks.

“That’s it…” Simon said. “They’ve done it…”

The voice of the demon that shared his body, DaiShi, whispered into his mind. “Do you understand what has happened?”

Simon nodded. “I do…”

Above, across the whole world, comets of light flared from the skies and crashed across the planet. The lights belonged to the bodies of angels and gods, falling from the Heavenly Realms.

“With the Fifth Seal broken, the barriers keeping the gods from the mortal realm have fallen,” Simon said.

“Including the Gods of Hell, from Lucifer to Yama,” DaiShi said.

“N’Ma…” Simon said. “The combined form of all the Gods of Hell. Once imprisoned. Now, with N’Ma’s death, released…”

“The Hell Gods are free,” DaiShi said. “The Apocalypse has come. Are you ready for what comes next, young Forsaken?”


***

PART TWO: Father’s Son

“What…?” the Green Ranger asked as he looked at his Mystic Green Key. “What was that?”

“The Time Shard,” the Red Ranger said as he looked at the shard of light hovering in the cockpit. He reached out and took it.

“So what happened?” the Yellow Ranger asked. “After N’Ma…what happened?”

“And who the heck’s Simon?” the Green Ranger asked. “And what’s a Forsaken?”

“Do you think the Hell Gods caused the Shattering?” the Pink Ranger asked. “Or maybe the Dark One?”

The Blue Ranger shook his head. “Seems too obvious.”

“We’ll have to unlock the other Time Shards to find out,” the Red Ranger said.

“That means we have to master all the other Grand Powers…” the Green Ranger said. “Doesn’t it? How many are there again?”

“Too many,” the Red Ranger said. “Let’s get started.”

***

The Ultimate Megazord stomped into an empty area of the Flux World.

“Alright…” the Red Ranger said. “Everyone ready?”

“Let’s get this over with,” the Blue Ranger said. “Which one’s first?”

The Yellow Ranger sorted through her keys. She grasped the key of the Yellow Masked Ranger, a Ranger posted on Eltar as part of that planet’s SPD unit, before the Shattering.

“Let’s start with this one,” she said.

The Rangers pulled out their Masked Ranger Keys.

“Masked Rangers!” they shouted as they inserted their keys. “Grand Power, set!”

The Megazord whined with power — but that power died down. Nothing happened.

The Yellow Ranger sighed. “I knew it wouldn’t work…Let’s try the Aquition Ranger Keys.”

They inserted the keys into their wheels. “Aquition Rangers!” they called together. “Grand Power, set!”

The Ultimate Megazord whined with power. But the power died down. And nothing happened.

The Green Ranger sighed. “Well that was embarrassing.”

***

The Megazord returned to its ship form — the Legacy Galleon — and soared through the skies.

Kira sighed as she sat in the crew area. “Nothing worked…” she said with disappointment. “I guess all we can use for now is the Mystic Dragon.”

“We’re talking about each Ranger team’s Grand Power…” Seth said. “We’re not going to unlock them that easily.”

Kira sighed. “I hate it when you’re right…”

Mat nodded. “Something special must need to happen for us to unlock each power. Like when I found courage.”

Kira arced an eyebrow. “Is that what happened?”

“Did you not notice? When we went up against the Twilight’s Hammer? I found courage,” he said.

Seth shook his head, as did Kira.

“No,” she said. “We must have missed that.”

“But I-” Mat scoffed and shook his head. “Great. My big moment. And it’s overshadowed just because Tyler happens to find his kid brother from the future past or something. Which I still don’t get, by the way.”

Tyler walked into the crew room during the middle of the conversation. “We’ll talk about it later…” he said as he took his seat. “Right now…Seth, Kym…it’s your turn for a supply run.”

***

The Armada flagship hovered in the center of its fleet. An Action Commander strode onto the bridge and saluted with his fist over his chest.



“Action Commander Zodomas, reporting as ordered,” he said.

Vekar rose from his control station. “Argus praises you as being some sort of…master swordsman?”

“That I am…” Zodomas said.

“Good…” Vekar said. “Go down to that Flux World while it’s still material. Cut down everything in sight until you’ve lured out the Rangers…then kill them.”

***

Seth and Kym left a convenience store in a section of the Flux World that mirrored the Holy Britannia Empire, an imperial monarchy from an alternate version of Earth, where Great Britain conquered most of the world, split into three superpowers: Britannia, the Chinese Federation and the European Union.

Seth carried two bags of groceries.

Kym followed behind him. “Seth, let me take one.”

Seth shook his head. “I’m being a gentleman.”

Kym rolled her eyes. “Don’t be sexist.”

Seth kept straight ahead, down a street that led downtown. He thought back to the Mystic Rangers’ history, revealed by the Time Shard. He remembered the sight of the world ravaged by N'Ma, and the green portals through which demons and creatures erupted into the mortal world.

Through those images, he saw something the other Rangers didn’t: His father, Adam Park. Adam used his powers to close the rifts as battles raged around him.

Seth rolled his hand into a fist, which pulsed with cyan energy. He had the same power. After the Shattering, the Armada recruited Seth to close similar rifts that opened within the fragments of space and time. My first memory...

He never asked why. He didn't know the purpose of the rifts. He assumed his actions protected the remnants of humanity.

Was I wrong...? Now he wondered if, by closing the rifts, he somehow made matters worse for the survivors of the multiverse. He again thought of Adam, his father, a gallant hero on the fields of battle, risking his life to stop the world from falling apart around him.

I'll never be like him...Seth thought. He felt guilty for serving the Armada, even out of ignorance. And now that guilt intensified, knowing the role his father played in the unknown wars before the Shattering.

Kym nudged him. “Are you even listening?”

“Hmm?” Seth asked, having not heard a word.

Kym sighed with a smile. “You’re hopeless sometimes. I was talking about that Time Shard. The battle we saw...I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Suddenly, slashes tore through two buildings, which slid and exploded into flame and rubble.

***

Zodomas stood on a rooftop and slashed through streaks of energy, ripping through buildings. The monster led a group of X-Borgs and looked out upon the skyline.

Seth and Kym ran onto the rooftop and faced off with the enemy.

“What do you think you’re doing,” Seth demanded.

“Displaying my swordsmanship to this joke of a world,” Zodomas said. He pointed his blade at the teens. “If you get in my way…I’ll cut you down.”

Suddenly, the Legacy Galleon floated overhead. Tyler, Mat and Kira lowered on grappling lines and dropped onto the roof.

Tyler knitted his brow at the sight of the Action Commander. “Are you the one interrupting our supply run?”

The teens armed their morphers and Ranger Keys. “It’s morphin’ time! Ultimate Transform!” They inserted their keys into their morphers: “POOOOOWER RANGERS!”

They morphed into their Ranger forms and stepped into fighting poses.

“Ultimate Red Ranger.”

“Ultimate Blue Ranger.”

“Ultimate Green Ranger.”

“Ultimate Yellow Ranger.”

“Ultimate Pink Ranger.”

“Ultimate Task Force…” They called out together: “Power Rangers!”

Zodomas looked over his shoulder. “X-Borgs.”

The grunts rushed to attack.

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

The Green Ranger sighed. “That’s a thing now, isn’t it?”

The Rangers gripped their blades and charged to attack. They slashed and hacked through X-Borgs with bursts of spark, chopping through their armor and slicing through their staffs.

The Blue Ranger slashed down a pair of X-Borgs, hopped towards Zodomas, and chopped. The monster parried the sword; the Blue Ranger stepped back with a spin and slashed towards the monster’s midsection. Zodomas blocked and twisted the Blue Ranger’s sword aside.

The two opponents spun, slashed, and parried, dueling with bursts of spark as their swords clashed.

Zodomas chopped at the Ranger’s chest; the Blue Ranger blocked hard. The opponents spun around each other while keeping their swords locked, and they leapt off the rooftop.

The Blue Ranger and monster landed with a roll on the street below. They somersaulted beneath an outcropping, rose to their feet, and clashed swords with bursts of spark.

“Not bad,” Zodomas said with a lunge. The Blue Ranger parried and slashed, but Zodomas blocked. “But you have no swordsmanship, whatsoever.”

The monster swung a flurry of slashes the Blue Ranger blocked. “I don’t know who taught you the basics,” Zodomas said, “but he must have been rather incompetent.”

“What was that?” The Blue Ranger twirled his blade and charged. He swung a volley of blows the monster blocked with bursts of spark.

***

Argus stared at the Earth through the viewport of the Armada flagship.

General Damaras stepped beside his comrade. “Are you worried, Argus? This is the Action Commander you selected, after all.”

“No,” Argus said, his voice cold and mechanical. “I do not worry. Everything I do, I do for Prince Vekar.”

***

The Blue Ranger swung high. Zodomas parried, sending the Ranger staggering forward.

The monster slashed towards the Blue Ranger’s head. The Ranger ducked beneath the blow, then rose in time to block a pair of strikes.

Zodomas swung his hilt, smashing the Ranger’s gut and sending him stumbling backward.

The monster slid into a defensive stance. “Enough playing…”

He swung his sword through a slow circle, creating a ring of shadow sabers. Zodomas swung his blade; the shadow sabers lashed out as fast as lightning. The blades thrashed the Ranger with bursts of spark, singing his armor before he could block or parry.

The monster lunged with a stab, whipping the Blue Ranger off his feet. He crashed and rolled aside, and his armor powered down with a flash of blue light.

Zodomas lowered his blade as he looked down upon Seth. “You are a novice…”

“Seth!” the Pink Ranger shouted as she and the other Rangers regrouped with Seth.

Zodomas tilted his head. “Five against one? Just the kind of thinking you’d expect from weaklings.”

“Seriously?” the Yellow Ranger said. “You sent, like, five dozen X-Borgs against us.”

“I don’t have time to waste on you…” Zodomas said as he sheathed his sword and turned to walk away.

“Trying to run?” the Red Ranger said as he and the Yellow Ranger started to charge after the monster.

“Stop!” Seth shouted as he climbed slowly to his feet. “I’ll fight him…myself.”

He again thought of his father. Adam. A lone soldier fighting a dying world. Seth didn’t need help. He needed to prove himself worthy of that legacy.

Instead, he carried the legacy of a traitor. A traitor to humanity when he allied with the Armada. And a traitor to his one true comrade within that army: The comrade who taught him swordsmanship. The comrade that Seth had to kill.

“This is my fight,” he said.

***

The rangers returned to their ship, and Mat prepared dinner: Scrambled eggs with avocado, sausage bits and bacon.

“Thanks for waiting,” Mat said as he and Kym set the table. “Not that you waited patiently, but still…”

“Oh hush,” Kym said with a smile. “That didn’t take long at all.”

Tyler took a seat and grabbed a fork. “Speed’s more important than taste.”

“You don’t care about taste?” Mat asked. “Then why do I slave over a stove every day?”

“This is the first time you’ve cooked in six months,” Tyler said as he forked up a scoop of eggs.

“Do we even have months? Or is time just an illusion at this point?” Mat said. He sighed and took a bite of eggs. “Oh, the Shattering: You and your mysterious ways.”

Kym took a seat across from Kira. “Where’s Seth?”

“He’s out,” Kira said.

“Out?” Mat asked between bites of eggs. “We don’t go out.”

Kira shrugged. “Well…He’s out.”

“In his condition?” Kym asked with worry.

***

Seth stood in a wooded area of the Flux World. He carried his Power Saber in his right hand and a flimsy sword in his left hand. He lowered his head and closed his eyes, surrounded by a contraption of his design: Ropes spread from the ground and into the branches, all around him.

Kym walked to the scene but kept her distance, not wanting to disturb him.

Seth snapped open his eyes and chopped the ropes free, releasing a swarm of daggers and spears that shot towards the ranger.

Seth spun and swung his swords, slashing the blades from the air before they could strike. He strained every muscle as his reflexes struggled to keep up with the assault.

Kym noticed his strain. “Seth…!”

“Stay back!” Seth shouted as he parried a saber, which nearly knocked him off his feet. He stumbled but kept his balance, slashing another volley of daggers.

A blade slipped past his defense and slashed his arm. Another dagger cut his leg, dropping him to the ground. The last dagger shot towards his head, but he swatted the blade aside.

“Seth!” Kym shouted as she ran to his side. “You’re going to get yourself killed!”

He pushed her away. “I said stay back…”

“Why…?” she asked. “Why are you doing this?”

“To beat him,” Seth said. “He overwhelmed me with all his swords…but next time…I’ll be ready. Two swords are better than one.”

“I can’t believe you,” Kym said. “It’s just another monster. Besides…you’re saying he overwhelmed you with numbers? Two swords may be better than one…but two Rangers are better than one, too.”

Seth sighed. He stood and turned his back to Kym. “This isn’t any of your business, Kym.”

“None of my business?” she asked. “We’re teammates…”

“Please go,” Seth whispered. “I don’t have time for this…”

Kym lowered her head and walked away, leaving her teammate in the woods.

***

Prince Vekar stormed across the bridge of the Armada flagship. “Those damn renegades…You were supposed to finish them.”

“I didn’t anticipate a real fight,” Zodomas said.

“A real — That was the whole purpose of being there!” Vekar shouted. “Get back to the Flux World. Then bring down that Blue Ranger, and the rest of the Rangers, quickly!”

“I will, without effort,” Zodomas said. “Now that I know what I am up against, I will defeat the Blue Ranger in five seconds, no longer.”

Argus stepped forward. “Don’t underestimate him,” he said. “He practices the dual-wield style, with great skill.”

“What?” Zodomas asked. “How would you know that?”

Argus said nothing.

***

Kym returned to the Legacy Galleon and met with Tyler, Mat and Kira in the crew deck.

“He told me to leave him alone…” Kym said.

Tyler leaned back in his chair. “He doesn’t want us to fight that Action Commander…”

“But why?” she asked. “We’re his teammates, aren’t we?”

“That doesn’t mean we have to do everything together,” Tyler said.

“What is that supposed to mean?” Kym asked.

Tyler crossed his arms over his chest and said nothing.

Kym sighed and stormed from the crew deck. “What is wrong with everyone on this ship?”

***

Kym leaned on the lookout post on the Legacy Galleon’s sail. Kira walked behind her and placed a blanket over her shoulders.

“You’ll catch a cold out here…” Kira said as she leaned next to her friend. “Do you know why Seth’s obsessed with swords?”

Kym shook her head. “No…”

“I don’t either,” Kira said. “But…this is what I think: He probably has some painful memory he’s not telling us about…about the person who taught him swordsmanship.”

“Why would you think that?” Kym asked.

“I asked him about it once,” she said. “When I did…he had this expression. One I hadn’t seen on him before. He said ‘don’t ask me about that, please.’ That’s why I didn’t say anything about it again, and left him alone, like he asked. Because we’re teammates. Comrades…I want to believe that, if he wants to be alone, he has a reason for it.”

***

Seth stayed in the woods until nightfall. The forest shifted from a thriving woodland, to a dead wasteland, and then back again.

The ranger cut the ropes around him, unleashing a flurry of swords and daggers that shot towards him. He closed his eyes and pictured the attack of Zodomas.

Seth snapped his eyes open and slashed through the blades, parrying and blocking with speed and elegance.

A dagger shot towards his head. The ranger chopped his power saber, splitting the blade in two.

Seth breathed heavily as the split blade clattered to the ground. “Alright…” he said between breaths. “I can do this…”

***

Navi flapped across the crew hold of the Legacy Galleon. “The Armada! The Armada! They’ve sent down an Action Commander!” the navigation droid warned. “Point 346 Mark 7!”

Kym stirred awake on the couch.

“Seth…” she whispered as she ran from the ship.

***

Seth walked through a forest of bamboo trees within the northern hemisphere of the Flux World. He stopped when he noticed Kym standing in front of him.

“You’re persistent…” Seth said as he started to walk around her.

Kym grabbed him gently by the back of his jacket.

“Seth…” she said. She pulled out her Power Saber and handed Seth the weapon. “Here…”

Seth arced an eyebrow. Reluctantly, he reached out and took the weapon. “You’re OK with this?”

She shook her head. “No…but since we’re comrades…”

She smiled at him, and he smiled back.

“Thanks…” Seth said.

With his weapons in hand, he walked off to face the Action Commander.

***

Zodomas stepped onto the barren, white sands of Hueco Mundo, a fragment of a realm inhabited by evil spirits called Hollows. The desolate wasteland spread across the northern pole of the Flux World.

Seth carried his two Power Sabers and stalked towards the monster.

Zodomas shifted into a defensive stance. “So…You’ve come.”

Seth nodded. “And this time…I’m cutting you down.”

“Try it…” Zodomas said.

Seth tossed his swords into the air and armed his morpher. “POOOOOOWER RANGERS!”

He morphed into his armor and caught his swords.

The Blue Ranger and Action Commander charged towards each other. They clashed swords with bursts of spark, weapons clanging, as they circled around one another.

Kym had followed but kept her distance. She crouched behind a white rock and watched as the two opponents dodged and parried each other’s blows.

Zodomas stepped back to gain distance. “Have a taste of my deadly sword technique!”

The monster moved his sword through a circle, forming a ring of shadow sabers. He thrust his sword; the sabers shot at the Blue Ranger like arrows.

The Blue Ranger twirled his Power Sabers. He blocked and parried the shadow swords with bursts of spark. Focusing his power, he moved with precision and speed, wasting no movement to hack the enemy’s sabers away.

Suddenly, a trip of Zergs pounced as if from nowhere. Two grabbed the Blue Ranger by the legs, and the other grabbed the Blue Ranger from behind.

“What…”

The shadow sabers speared the Blue Ranger with bursts of spark.

Zodomas lunged and slashed the Ranger off his feet. The Blue Ranger crashed and tumbled aside.

Kym narrowed her eyes. “You coward!” she shouted as she stood from behind the rock. “That wasn’t fair!”

“Foolish girl,” Zodomas said. “There’s no fair or unfair in a duel…only winning.”

The monster stepped closer to the fallen Blue Ranger and stomped on his back.

“Seth!” Kym shouted as she ran towards him. She inserted her Ultimate Pink Ranger Key into her morpher: “POOOOOWER RANGERS!”

A group of X-Borgs swarmed across the sands and charged at the Pink Ranger. She smashed through them with punches and kicks, trying to fight her way closer to her comrade.

More X-Borgs blocked her path and used their staffs to hold her back.

Nearby, Zodomas lifted his blade to strike the fallen Blue Ranger. “Goodbye, novice.”

Suddenly, bullets blasted the monster’s armor with bursts of spark, sending him staggering backward. The monster crashed and tumbled aside, and when he rolled to his knees, he looked up to see the Red Ranger, Green Ranger and Yellow Ranger arrive on the scene.

The Zergs regrouped and charged towards the three Rangers.

A Zerg chopped its mace-like fist at the Red Ranger. The Ultimate Red Ranger parried and slashed the Zerg backward.

The Yellow Ranger ducked beneath a strike and slashed the Zerg to the ground.

The Green Ranger kicked and slashed a Zerg backward.

Nearby, the Blue Ranger climbed to his feet. He saw that his comrades had the grunts occupied, so he lifted his swords and charged towards Zodomas.

The other four Rangers slashed and shot through X-Borgs as they regrouped.

“You guys came!” the Pink Ranger shouted between strikes.

“Of course we came,” the Yellow Ranger said as she slashed the last X-Borg to the ground. “We’re comrades.”

The four Rangers stood alongside each other and faced the remaining Zergs.

“Time to go Legendary,” the Red Ranger said as they pulled out their Jungle Fury Keys.

“Jungle Beast! Spirit, unleash!” They inserted their Keys into their morphers: “JUUUUUUUUNGLE FURY!”



Tyler shifted into the Red Tiger Ranger, Mat shifted into the Violet Wolf Ranger, Kira shifted into the Yellow Cheetah Ranger, and Kym shifted into the White Rhino Ranger.

The Zergs fired bursts of blue energy that exploded around the Rangers. The Rangers leaped through the explosion t attack.

Red Tiger landed with a flurry of palm-heel strikes that bashed a Zerg several steps backward. The Red Ranger dodged a counterstrike, and then bashed both hands against the Zerg with a burst of spark. The blow hurled the grunt off its feet.

The Violet Wolf Ranger lunged with a knee blow that bashed a Zerg’s chest. The Ranger kneed and elbowed the Zerg, forcing the grunt back with each blow, which sparked on impact.

“Grr. Argh.” The Violet Wolf Ranger spun with an elbow strike that whipped the grunt off its feet.

Yellow Cheetah armed her Geki Bow and swung the weapon to parry a Zerg’s punches. She stabbed the grunt and hurled him overhead.

While the Zerg flailed through the air, White Rhino armed her fist weapon: The Rhino Blade. She leaped upward and swung through streaks of orange energy, slashing the grunt with bursts of spark that knocked him from the air.

The Zerg crashed alongside his fellow grunts, as the four Rangers regrouped.

They armed their DECA Ranger Keys.

“SPD! Emergency!” They slid their Keys into their morphers. “DEEEEEECA RANGERS!”



Nick shifted into DECA Red, Mat shifted into DECA Green, Kira shifted into DECA Yellow, and Kym shifted into DECA Pink.

DECA Red pulled out his twin blasters. “D-Magnums!” He combined the weapons into a short-rifle. “Hyper Magnum!”

The other rangers combined their D-Knuckles and D-Batons. “D-Blasters!”

“Let’s make this showy,” DECA Red said.

They opened fire with bursts of energy that tore through the Zergs, scattering them to pieces with massive bursts of spark and flame.

Nearby, Zodomas fired another wave of shadow sabers at the Blue Ranger.

The Ultimate Blue Ranger twirled his blades, slashing through the sabers with bursts of spark.

“I’ve seen through your attack,” the Blue Ranger said as he parried and slashed through shadow blades.

The Blue Ranger charged through the assault and stabbed Zodomas with bursts of spark, knocking him backward.

“You’re finished,” the Blue Ranger said.

“Oh really?” Zodomas asked as he climbed to his feet.

His chest fired tendrils that stabbed towards the Blue Ranger. The attack surprised him; he staggered backward and slashed the tendrils with bursts of spark.

The Blue Ranger dove and rolled for cover. But the monster sprouted more bladed tendrils that lashed towards him.

Zodomas plunged two tendrils into the sand. The tendrils sprouted behind the Blue Ranger and slashed him to the ground.

The monster stalked towards the Blue Ranger. “It’s time we finished this…”

“Seth!” the Pink Ranger shouted as she started to run towards him.

The Red Ranger held him back. “Wait…” he said. “He’s fine. He just needs a few more.”

“A few more what?” the Pink Ranger asked.

The Red Ranger unsheathed his Power Saber.

“Seth, catch!” the Red Ranger shouted as he tossed his teammate his sword.

The Yellow Ranger tossed her own blade towards the Blue Ranger. “I’m charging a rental fee.”

The Green Ranger tossed his sword. “You’re going on the next 10 errand trips.”

The Blue Ranger stood and caught the three blades. He held them in his left hand, and grasped the other two swords in his right hand, as he stepped into a fighting stance.

Zodomas tilted his head. “A five-sword style? You can’t be serious…”

The monster extended his arms and launched another volley of tendrils. Several shot towards the Ranger from the front. Others arced around him from behind.

The Blue Ranger jumped and spun like a tornado, slashing the tendrils with bursts of spark. He landed and swung his swords through streaks of blue energy, shattering the monster’s blades.

Zodomas staggered backward.

The Blue Ranger flipped open his buckler. “It’s time for the finisher.”

The buckler snapped out five Ranger Keys: Mystic Blue, Galaxy Blue, Samurai Blue, Hurricane Blue, and Seraph Blue.



The Keys snapped shut and landed in the Blue Ranger’s five swords. The swords ebbed and pulsed with blue energy. “FIIIIIINAL WAAAVE!”

“Five-Sword Style! Blue Slash!” He spun and swung his swords through streaks of blue energy.

The blades burst with hydro energy that fired the auras of five Blue Rangers: Mystic Blue, Galaxy Blue, Samurai Blue, Hurricane Blue, and Seraph Blue — each slashed past the monster with massive bursts of spark.

The Ultimate Blue Ranger spun towards the villain and swung all five blades through streaks of blue energy, tearing through the monster’s body with massive bursts of spark.

The impact hurled the monster off his feet as secondary explosions ripped through his armor.

From orbit, the Armada Flagship fired its enlargement beams. The beams splashed against the fallen monster and Zergs. The four enemies expanded and grew giant.

The Zergs shifted into fighter mode, and Zodomas leapt onto the vehicles.

“Huh,” the Red Ranger said as he looked up. “Stubborn bastards, aren’t they?”

The Zergs fired blue energy beams that exploded around the Rangers with massive bursts of flame.

The Red Ranger rolled to his feet, flipped open his morpher, and pressed a series of command codes that summoned their vessel. “LEEEEEGACY GALLEON!”

The ship flew through the skies and lowered grappling lines. The Rangers grabbed the lines, which reeled them onto the vessel.

The Rangers gathered in their cockpit.

The Red Ranger grasped his wheel. “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 Red Ranger pulled out his Mystic Red Key. “Let’s bring out the Dragon.”

The Rangers inserted their Mystic Keys into their wheels and shifted. “Ranger Keys, set!”

The Megazord flashed with energy. Compartments flipped open, and the Mystic Dragon appeared on the Megazord’s chest, its wings spread.

“Ultimate Mystic Megazord!” the Rangers shouted.

The Megazord shot through the air and looped in behind the monster. Ultimate Mystic Megazord fired bursts of flame that Zodomas swerved to dodge.

Zodomas spun around and fired bladed spears that shot towards the robo.

The Rangers snapped their wheels; the Megazord dodged as the blades exploded around them.

The Ultimate Mystic Megazord fired a stream of flame that punctured through the Zergs, blowing them to pieces and hurling Zodomas through the air.

The giant crashed and skid across the surface.

The Rangers twisted their Mystic Keys. “Mystic Bind!”

The dragon flashed with golden energy, separated from the Megazord, and shot towards Zodomas. The dragon circled the monster and surrounded him with three rings of magical power.

Zodomas tried to break free from the rings, but they bound him with strands of energy, thrashing him with bursts of spark.

Mystic Dragon swerved, surged forward, and recombined with the Megazord.

The magick rings circled the monster with flashes of power. Columns of light erupted from the center of the circles, ripping Zodomas to pieces.

The monster collapsed to his knees as the rings tightened, cutting through his body with bursts of spark. Zodomas screamed as he exploded into ash.

The Ultimate Blue Ranger snapped. “Checkmate.”

***

The teens returned to the Legacy Galleon following their battle. Seth pulled Kym aside on their way to the crew quarters.

“Thanks,” he said softly. “For…you know…understanding…and not prying.”

“You’re welcome,” she said with a smile. “After all, we’re teammates, right?”

“Right,” Seth said with a grin.

They went into the crew quarters, where Tyler stood next to Navi. He crossed his arms over his chest and finished a conversation with droid.

“You’re saying we have to look for an island in the sky?” Tyler asked.

“That’s right!” Navi said. The droid often saw snippets of visions, which guided the Rangers on their journey to discover the truth behind the Shattering. “That’s where you’ll find Simon! The one from the Mystic Force Time Shard! He’s the next step…”

Tyler sighed. “OK, then,” he said. “Mat-”

Suddenly, the galleon trembled. The teens looked out the viewport, and below, the world itself began to unravel.

Seth narrowed his eyes. “Another Flux World falling apart…”

“Not just any Flux World,” Kym said. “An Earth.”

“There are others,” Tyler said. “Come on. Let’s go find this Sky Island.”

The rangers went into their cockpit and snapped their wheels, flying away from the Flux World as it unraveled into strings of energy, which shattered into infinite pieces.

---To be continued…Chapter 06
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Glad you're liking the format! I hope it continues to work. The next chapter is finished, it's half flashback to finish Mystic and half Gokaiger "episode." I've started the following chapter, too, which is my version of the Gao tribute ep.

You will see more of how Mikhail ties into everything. Before we get to Goseiger, the Gokaiger team needs to learn more about Simon, then DECA. I have a pretty good outline and rationale for how I role these tributes and flashbacks out. That will become more obvious next chapter.
Considering Gokaiger may be one of my favorite seasons ever, I'm more than willing to wait to see how this all works out. Although now I'm rather curious as to how you intend to adapt the movie and Black Cross King (since, let's face it, he was pretty under-utilized lore-wise in that movie)

Have to say, that was a nice twist with N'Ma. Kinda screws up the whole "beat the villain" thing when that was their plan all along. And now Simon is being called a Forsaken and has seemingly given into DaiShi... doesn't look too good for our young antichrist in training. And all these sly anime references everywhere, hehe.

All this hype end-of-space-and-time action makes me wish I'd finished up that Ultimate Gavan one-shot I'd wanted to write. Perhaps I'll do that soon.
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It's not too late for Ultimate Gavan.

I actually plan to use a few ideas people have had over the years as tie-ins. These ideas were good but never really fit...which isn't an issue now that time and space are broken (so if you've ever had an idea, anyone, remind me). I know I need Mystic Knights of Tir na Nog, PRiS/Voltron, an alternate version of Tyler 's future, Billy failing at making GoRanger. There have been a bunch.
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It's not too late for Ultimate Gavan.

I actually plan to use a few ideas people have had over the years as tie-ins. These ideas were good but never really fit...which isn't an issue now that time and space are broken (so if you've ever had an idea, anyone, remind me). I know I need Mystic Knights of Tir na Nog, PRiS/Voltron, an alternate version of Tyler 's future, Billy failing at making GoRanger. There have been a bunch.
And I think those are just the ones that I sent you messages about.
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And I think those are just the ones that I sent you messages about.
Good point! I thought the GoRanger one was from someone else.
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Good point! I thought the GoRanger one was from someone else.
I remember sending you something about Billy going to Japan, and working with the Japanese Government to fund his Ranger Projects. Even tried writing something, with the monsters leaving because of the sheer silliness of the things the GoRanger used... It wasn't very good.
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It's not too late for Ultimate Gavan.

I actually plan to use a few ideas people have had over the years as tie-ins. These ideas were good but never really fit...which isn't an issue now that time and space are broken (so if you've ever had an idea, anyone, remind me). I know I need Mystic Knights of Tir na Nog, PRiS/Voltron, an alternate version of Tyler 's future, Billy failing at making GoRanger. There have been a bunch.
Well then, I suppose I need to try and hammer out the rest of it. Hopefully I can do that without tracking it out an extreme amount.

As for those ideas, they all sound interesting. I know I've made mention of Mystic Knights a few times, but other than that I'm not sure that I've made other suggestions. Perhaps something where Kamen Rider Ryuki/Dragon Knight's scenario played out, or if we go even crazier then mix in something like JoJo's Bizarre Adventure/Boukenger or throw in Gurren Lagann somewhere.

I thought back to Black Cross King, and I can't help wondering if he might could play into some of the deeper lore. Could he be related to the Dark Man? What if Tommy and his first-gen friends (Rocky, Adam, etc) became the Go Rangers to fight him during the collapse of reality? Or is the Dark Man actually AkaRed, using all this to his advantage? Who knows. Just random thoughts
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Well then, I suppose I need to try and hammer out the rest of it. Hopefully I can do that without tracking it out an extreme amount.

As for those ideas, they all sound interesting. I know I've made mention of Mystic Knights a few times, but other than that I'm not sure that I've made other suggestions. Perhaps something where Kamen Rider Ryuki/Dragon Knight's scenario played out, or if we go even crazier then mix in something like JoJo's Bizarre Adventure/Boukenger or throw in Gurren Lagann somewhere.

I thought back to Black Cross King, and I can't help wondering if he might could play into some of the deeper lore. Could he be related to the Dark Man? What if Tommy and his first-gen friends (Rocky, Adam, etc) became the Go Rangers to fight him during the collapse of reality? Or is the Dark Man actually AkaRed, using all this to his advantage? Who knows. Just random thoughts
Interesting idea! I hadn't planned on making the Black Cross King too complicated (I am really trying to wrap up as many loose threads as possible without adding new mysteries). But we will have to wait and see!
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I remember sending you something about Billy going to Japan, and working with the Japanese Government to fund his Ranger Projects. Even tried writing something, with the monsters leaving because of the sheer silliness of the things the GoRanger used... It wasn't very good.
Do you still have it floating around?
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Do you still have it floating around?
Unfortunately, I do not. I'm not even sure what computer it was on, to be honest.
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Unfortunately, I do not. I'm not even sure what computer it was on, to be honest.
I hate it when that happens. I think I have been through five computers since I started UPR. Sad...
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I hate it when that happens. I think I have been through five computers since I started UPR. Sad...
I suppose that (at least partially) explains the loss of some of the old UPR chapters like Time Force and Gao Rangers? I know I've seen some of them floating through some very old threads, but other than that they seem lost to time.
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I suppose that (at least partially) explains the loss of some of the old UPR chapters like Time Force and Gao Rangers? I know I've seen some of them floating through some very old threads, but other than that they seem lost to time.
Yeah, I'll get them posted eventually, though (I still have that Classic UPR thread I want to finish, and I want to rework the way the chapters are listed on the web too).

Those Time and Gao chapters aren't really important, though, and mirror the sentai. If you can read a summary of Gaoranger and Timeranger, you know what happens.
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ULTIMATE LEGACY: RECAP


Reality shattered, leaving shards of time and space. The Ultimate Power Rangers journeyed through the 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.

Recently, the Rangers unlocked their first Time Shard. They learned that, before the Shattering, evil forces aimed to free the Dark One from Hell by breaking the Seven Seals to his prison. The Fifth Seal broke, which released N'Ma, and when the Mystic Rangers defeated N'Ma, they accidentally freed all the Gods of Hell, from Lucifer to Yama. Afterward, the barriers separating the mortal realm from the Gods of Heaven and Hell collapsed.

Within this vision from the Time Shard, the Ultimate Power Rangers saw a mysterious figure: Simon Kaden.




Chapter 06- Gao: Lion, Run

The Legacy Galleon flew through a chronometric nebula that crackled with power. Seth, Kym and Kira stood in the dorsal viewport while searching for their destination: A mysterious floating island.

Navi told the Rangers to search for the island for their next clue about the Ultimate Secret, the key to the Shattering of time and space.

Kira sighed as she leaned against the viewport. "This is a waste of time...I don't see any 'floating island.' I'm not even sure what that would look like..."

"An island..." Seth said. "Floating."

Kym smirked. "Was that a joke?"

Mat stood in the crew quarters and manned his sensor station, in front of the main viewscreen. "I'm not picking up anything on radar either. Of course...we're essentially flying through soup. Our sensors are so clouded, a moon could sneak up on us."

He looked over his shoulder towards Navi, their navigational droid perched near the center chair. "Navi...you sure about this?"

"Oh, it exists!" Navi said. "I'm sure! You'll find a floating island, and a fateful meeting...Have any of my predictions ever been wrong?"

"Several, actually, yes," Mat said.

The Red Ranger joined the conversation from the cockpit, where he steered the ship. "Guys, cut the chatter. Let's make another sweep through the nebula."

"This is our fourth time through," Kira protested.

Seth nodded. "Right...but it's different each time we pass."

"Hmm..." Kym said thoughtfully.

"What is it?" Kira asked.

"That cloud," Kym said as she pointed to a smaller cloud within the nebula. "Seth's right...the nebula keeps changing...but I feel like we keep seeing that same cloud."

Kira shook her head. "We've been here for days...there's no way that cloud could still be in the same shape."

"Sounds odd..." the Red Ranger said from the cockpit. "Alright...away we go."

He snapped the wheel; the ship lurched to starboard and throttled towards the cloud, knocking the other rangers around within the vessel.

"Hey!" Kira shouted. "Don't just run into it!"

Mat sighed. "He is so going to get us killed."

The Legacy Galleon plunged into the cloud, and when the mist parted, they saw a floating island shaped like a giant turtle: The Anamarium.

"There it is," the Red Ranger said as he leaned casually on his wheel. "The island..."

***

The Armada tailed the Legacy Galleon from afar. Within the flagship, Levira pulled an image of the Sky Island up on her sensor console.

"This is their target," she said.

Gen. Damaras looked over his shoulder. "The perfect place to set up a trap. Dispatch Action Commander Bowser, immediately."

***

The Shield spanned across the midsection of the Anamarium. A great, stone wall, the Shield separated the lush jungles from the armies of Orgs and undead on the other side.

Members of the Crab Clan patrolled the Shield. They wore ancient, samurai armor, black with red trimming, and black helmets with red face masks. Each soldier wore the red crab symbol on the left side of his chest.

Hida, the Master General, walked across the wall along with his men. "Stay vigilant," he said to boost morale. "The Deadlands stir with evil. We will give our lives to protect the wall, and defend our lands from the shadow!"

Several soldiers nodded in agreement, stirred with renewed vigor. They would rather die in battle than wither away as old monks.

"Lord Hida!" a Crab Soldier said as he kneeled in front of the general. "Our scouts have reported sky ships closing in on our lands."

"Sky ships?" Hida asked.

"Y- Yes, my lord general," the soldier said. "One hovers above the Deadlands. The other comes towards the Emerald Kingdom."

The general narrowed his eyes. "They mean to attack the Shield from both sides..."

"It appears that way, but..." the soldier hesitated. "Where would the forces of the Deadlands obtain skyships?"

"Perhaps from traitors within one of the Clans," he said. He waved his hand dismissively. "It matters not. Ready the archers. And dispatch patrols. Let whoever tries to breech this wall die, and die slowly."

***

The rangers walked through the jungle of the Anamarium as their ship floated in the sky.

"Huh..." Mat said as he looked around. "I wonder if anyone lives here."

"If Navi's right, we should find Simon," Seth said.

"Hopefully he doesn't have a death cult with him," Mat said, referring to the Twilight’s Hammer the Rangers fought before unlocking the Mystic Rangers’ Grand Power.

"You probably just jinxed us," Kira said.

"I'm pretty sure our lives are a jinx at this point," Mat said.

Suddenly, Crab Soldiers leaped from the trees. They unsheathed their swords and shot towards the rangers to attack.

"See," Mat said as he shifted into a defensive stance. "Death cult."

"Jinx," Kira said.

The teens dove and rolled for cover.

Tyler rose to his feet while flipping a soldier over his shoulder. "Hi," he said as he side-kicked a samurai. "We're looking for someone." He jump-kicked a solider upside the head. "Simon Kaden?"

A trio of soldiers charged towards him. The ranger unsheathed his Power Saber and parried their blows with bursts of spark.

Nearby, Mat ducked and dodged to avoid the slashing swords of the Crab Soldiers. "Is it morphing time yet?"

Seth unsheathed his Power Saber, shattered a soldier's sword, and kicked the warrior to the ground.

Kym and Kira stood back-to-back as Crab Soldiers circled around them. The samurai struck like lightning.

Suddenly, a massive roar blew across the landscape, rustling trees and blowing the rangers and soldiers off their feet. They crashed and skid across the dirt, and when they looked up, they saw a massive red lion: Gao Lion, zord of the Red Gao Ranger — Simon Kaden.



Simon leapt from the lion and landed in the clearing. He looked younger than the rangers remembered, no older than 15, and wore light armor of brown and white cloth.

"Stop," Simon said to the Crab Soldiers.

They climbed to their feet, bowed their heads, and backed away as if afraid of the mighty lion.

Simon nodded with approval. "That's better." He looked down at Tyler, smiled, and extended his hand. "Sorry...The Crab Clan can be a bit hasty."

Tyler knitted his brow with confusion. Was this really the young Forsaken from the Time Shard's vision? He grasped Simon's hand and pulled himself up.

"Clearly..." Tyler said. "You're Simon?"

"Last time I checked," Simon said, still smiling, bright with youthful optimism and energy. "And I'm assuming you're Rangers. Tetomu's been waiting for you."

"Tetomu?" Tyler asked.

"I'll show you," Simon said. "She's at Gao Rock."

One of the Crab soldiers stepped forward and lowered his head. "My lord, forgive me..."

"Go ahead," Simon said.

"To bring these gaijin close to the princess..." the soldier started to say.

"It's OK," Simon said. "We've been expecting them."

"And what of the Sky Ship in the Deadlands?" the soldier asked.

Simon nodded. "We noticed that too. Send out your scouts. We'll have members of the Dragon and Crane clans join you.

The soldier cursed beneath his breath. The Crab Clan hated the Dragon Clan and Crane Clan.

Simon sensed the soldier's frustration. "It's a small island. We're all stuck here, so we've got to learn how to get along."

The soldier bowed further and backed away. "My lord..."

The Crab pulled back into the jungle and leaped back towards the wall.

Mat watched them vanish into the thick foliage. "Nice people."

Gao Lion rumbled softly, yet strong enough to shake the ground.

Mat looked up at the zord. "That's a...big...lion. I have no idea what to say here, guys, somebody help me out."

Tyler stepped forward. "You said you've been expecting us?"

Simon nodded. "I'll explain everything on the way. Come on..."

***

Simon told the rangers about his past. As a boy, Simon found himself caught in the middle of the original Power Rangers’ first battle against the witch Bandora. He befriended the Rangers, and around the age of fifteen, became a Ranger himself: Gao Red, of the Gao Rangers.

The Gao Rangers defeated villains called Orgs, creatures born from the slime and sludge of the Earth.

"After that...something happened," Simon said.

"That's specific," Mat said.

"I don't know what it was," Simon said. "Something pulled the Anamarium away from Earth. Next thing I knew, we were drifting in space. And then… a part of the past appeared."

"Those samurai?" Kira asked.

Simon nodded. "They're soldiers from the first war against the Org, 1,000 years ago in Japan. They lost their whole kingdom, Rokugon. And not only did they reappear, so did the Org, the ancient versions from 1,000 years ago. We have them bottled up in a section of the Anamarium called the Deadlands. The Crab Clan protects the Shield, a wall that keeps the Deadlands from the rest of the Island, the Emerald Kingdom."

"Just how long have you been here?" Kira asked.

"I..." Simon hesitated. "I don't know. The days...they seem to blur together."

Seth nodded. "Sounds like you got caught in the Shattering."

"The what?" Simon asked.

"The Shattering," Tyler explained. "Space and Time broke apart. Only fragments like this are left."

Simon knitted his brow. "You're saying we're in some sort of...time fragment?"

Mat nodded. "It makes sense when you don't think about it."

"We've been trying to find out how it happened," Kym said. "That's what brought us here."

"Maybe Tetomu can help all of us find some answers..." Simon said. "Come on...Gao Rock's just ahead."

***

Armada forces landed in the Deadlands. Bowser walked along with an army of Zergs and X-Borgs, approaching the shield.



"This way," he said. "We'll-"

Suddenly, throwing stars slashed through the air and struck the villains with bursts of spark. Undead soldiers, dressed in ragged samurai armor, burst from the ground and attacked the Armada forces.

Bowser scoffed, unamused and unimpressed. He grabbed two undead and bashed their heads together, splattering their skulls and brains within their bent helmets.

X-Borgs lifted their staffs over their shoulders and fired the weapons like bazookas. The blasts ripped through undead with massive bursts of fire that tore through their rotting flesh and bone.

"Enough!" a voice shouted from nearby.

Bowser, the Zergs, and X-Borgs turned to see a man dressed in dark samurai armor.

The last member of the Scorpion Clan, Yogo Junzo stalked towards the villains. On Earth Prime, 1,000 years before the Shattering, Junzo used Black Scrolls to create an undead army. After his death, his dark blood oozed into the Earth and gave birth to the first Org.

"Who are you?" he asked as he unsheathed his jagged katana. "And why have you intruded upon my domain?"

"We are the Armada," Bowser said. "And we go where we please. Stand in our way...and we will annihilate you."

Junzo narrowed his eyes. "You underestimate the dark forces I command," he said. "I could eliminate all of you and add your corpses to my armies."

Bowser grunted, unintimidated. He lifted his hand towards the samurai.

“Kill them,” he ordered.

The X-Borgs charged to attack. They fired their bazookas and swung their clubs.

The undead samurai scattered and leapt into the air. They landed while chopping through X-Borgs, tearing their armor and snapping their weapons. They attacked with brutal savagery and hunger.

Junzo charged directly towards Bowser. The samurai dashed with a wide swing that slashed the monster with bursts of spark, knocking him several steps backward.

“You are an abomination!” Junzo shouted. “Even in the land of the dead!”

Bowser armed his gauntlet and fired energy bursts at the samurai. Junzo jumped over the blasts, angled his descent towards the monster, and landed while chopping Bowser with massive bursts of spark.

The samurai spun with a side-kick that bashed Bowser’s chest, and then swung upward, slashing the monster with a burst of spark that whipped him backward.

"You call yourself a warrior?" Junzo mocked. "A warrior does not fight with brute force alone."

Bowser grumbled with annoyance. "I'll kill you!"

He thrust his gauntlet, which detached and fired like a clawed grapple. Junzo parried the claw and swatted it back towards Bowser. The weapon punctured his chest, and he collapsed to his knees.

Junzo jumped, somersaulted through the air, landed behind the monster, and stabbed through his back.

The samurai whispered an incantation memorized from the Black Scrolls, the same used to animate the undead samurai. Life drained from Bowser's body, and then, dark energy replaced that life energy with the breath of the undead.

Bowser stood, under the complete control of Junzo.

The samurai smiled beneath his mask. "Now...gather your little minions...and march upon the wall."

***

"What is it with you people and turtles?" Mat asked as Simon and the rangers entered the turtle-shaped Gao Rock.

They passed through hallways lined with Crane Clan guards, and stepped into a small chamber, empty except for a crystal-clear pool of water.

A flash of light erupted from the water and took shape to form Tetomu. She smiled at the Rangers, as if expecting them.

"I knew you'd come..." she whispered. "The Shogenja told me..."

"The what?" Tyler asked.

"They're like Shaman," Simon said.

Tetomu nodded. "They gave me this...and told me you could unlock its secrets..."

She lifted her hands, and a Time Shard appeared above her palms. The fragment glowed with golden light.

"A Time Shard!" Kym said.

The teens pulled out their Gao Ranger Keys and tried to unlock the shard. But nothing happened.

"Why isn't it working?" Kira asked.

"We haven't mastered the Gao Rangers' Grand Power yet," Kym said.

"Quick, somebody find courage again," Mat said.

Kira shook her head. "I don't think it works that way, Mat."

Tyler tightened his grip on his Key. They had to fight Koragg to unlock the Mystic Ranger Grand Power. Maybe they needed to battle someone here too.

"OK..." Tyler said. "Tell us more about these Org..."

***

Hida walked across the wall with his men. The general grew impatient as he waited for news from his scouts.

"Something is not right..." he whispered as he looked towards the dried grass and muddied bogs of the Deadlands. "Kisake!"

Kisake stepped closer to his general and kneeled. "Yes, my lord."

"Ready the archers and ballistae," Hida ordered. "The fowl creatures of the Deadlands...they come."

"But my lord..." Kisake started to say.

Suddenly, footfalls thundered from the Deadlands. The Crab Samurai looked to see Junzo lead a charge of undead towards the wall.

Hida narrowed his eyes at the oncoming assault, the largest he'd seen.

"Today is a good day to die..." he whispered.

Kisake sighed. "You say that everyday..."

"Indeed," Hida said as he unsheathed his sword.

***

The undead charged towards the wall. Arrows and catapults fired away, smashing through the villainous ranks, but they did not slow their advance.

Several hundred creatures made it to the foot of the wall, where they propped massive ladders and started to climb. The undead scrambled up the rungs and met the cold sting of Japanese steel when they reached the top.

Crab Samurai chopped and slashed the undead that tried to scramble onto the wall. They kicked ladders away and fired arrows, dropping the undead that tried to reach the top.

Hida fought alongside his men. His sword a blur, he slashed their necks and bashed their heads, whipping them backward with splatters of black blood and ichor.

"Kisake!" Hida shouted a command as he slashed upward, slicing an undead in half. "Move to the west tower. Reinforce-"

An undead's spear stabbed Kisake's face.

Hida cursed beneath his breath and continued his defensive attacks, not knowing the wave of undead served only as a distraction.

***

Bowser led Zergs and X-Borgs from the rear ranks of undead. They approached the wall and armed their weapons. Zergs fired their gauntlet blasters, X-Borgs fired their bazookas and Bowser fired his claw cannon.

The Zerg's blue blast splattered the wall with bursts of spark, knocking through concrete and stone. The bazooka blasts tore through the wounds with massive bursts of flame and debris, ripping massive holes in the walls. Bowser's blasts completed the destruction, smashing through the wall with enough power to cause entire sections to crumble.

Junzo moved in alongside the Armada forces. "At last..." he said as he grabbed his jagged katana. "The wall has fallen. The Emerald Kingdom is mine..."

***

The fountain burst with water within Gao Rock. Tetomu rushed to the pool and looked into the water, where she saw images of the undead attacking the wall.

"It's Junzo..." she said. "He's attacking the Shield, with his biggest army yet!"

Simon nodded. "OK...This is it. Rally as many Clan Samurai as you can." He looked to the rangers. "It's a good thing you're here."

Tyler nodded and looked into the pool. "If we help you fight...will we unlock your Grand Power?"

Simon narrowed his eyes. "I don't know...does it matter?"

Tetomu stepped in between them. "We can figure it out later...You have to hurry!"

Simon nodded.

"Come on...." he said as he ran towards the exit.

Tyler and the rangers followed.

***

The rangers and Simon dashed towards the Shield. To their surprise, a group of undead samurai rushed towards them.

Simon cursed beneath his breath. "They broke through already!"

The former ranger unsheathed a dagger and pounced. He landed against an undead while plunging his blade through its chest, rolled aside, and kicked the legs out from a creature.

The other teens moved to help. But X-Borgs and Zergs dropped to the ground and surrounded the rangers. Action Commander Bowser landed in the lead of the troops.

"Oh, come on," Mat said with annoyance. "They followed us here too?"

The monster thrust his hand. "I, Action Commander Bowser, will be claiming this land in the name of the Armada."

"I don't see that happening," Tyler said as he and the others armed their Ranger Keys and morphers.

“It’s morphin’ time!” Tyler shouted. Together, they called out: “Ultimate Transform!”

They inserted their Keys into their morphers, which called out: “POOOOOWER RANGERS!”

They morphed into their Ranger forms and stepped into fighting poses.

“Ultimate Red Ranger.”

“Ultimate Blue Ranger.”

“Ultimate Green Ranger.”

“Ultimate Yellow Ranger.”

“Ultimate Pink Ranger.”

“Ultimate Task Force…” They called out together: “Power Rangers!”

The Zergs and X-Borgs rushed to attack the Rangers from all sides.

The Red Ranger pulled out his Power Blaster. "Let's make this showy."

The Rangers stood in a circle, back-to-back, and opened fire. Their blasts tore through grunts with massive bursts of spark. But villains continued their advance and lunged to attack, with clubs swinging.

The Rangers split up and bashed through the grunts.

The Blue Ranger and Yellow Ranger slashed through X-Borgs, swords buzzing as they cut through armor and circuitry.

The Pink Ranger dove and rolled into a crouched position. She blasted several X-Borgs to the ground before they could close in on her.

The Green Ranger scrambled through a group of X-Borgs, He slashed and blasted grunts with bursts of spark, knocking them backward as he dodged the swings of their clubs.

The Red Ranger spun and swung wide, slashing several X-Borgs off their feet. He side-kicked a grunt and blasted another X-Borg, knocking the grunt backward.

Bowser charged through a burst of motion, slashing past the Rangers with massive bursts of spark that whipped them to the ground.

"OK...He's fast..." the Red Ranger said as he and the others climbed to their feet.

The monster spun and swung his claws through a streak of energy, slashing the Rangers hard enough to hurl them through the air. They crashed and skid across the grass.

Bowser stalked towards them.

"You pests..." He growled as the Zergs and X-Borgs regrouped behind him.

The Blue Ranger climbed to his knees and flipped open his buckler. He pulled out a Ranger Key. "You want to play fast? We can play fast too."

The Rangers stood and armed their Nitro Ranger Keys. The Nitro Rangers served as the SPD team of the planet Rigel, before the Shattering.

"Nitro! Charge!" They inserted their Keys into their morphers: "NIIIIIITRO RANGERS!"



They transformed into the Swift-Speed Task Force Nitro Rangers: Tyler shifted into Nitro Red, Mat shifted into Nitro Black, Seth shifted into Nitro Blue, Kira shifted into Nitro Yellow and Kym shifted into Nitro Pink.

Bowser thrust his hand. "Attack!"

X-Borgs and Zergs opened fire with bazookas and blasters.

"Triangle formation!" Nitro Red shouted.

Nitro Yellow and Nitro Pink somersaulted onto the shoulders of their three teammates. They spread their arms wide: "Nitro Defense!"

The blasts exploded harmlessly against an invisible energy shield, sparking on impact.

"Nitro Attack!" the Red Ranger shouted.

Nitro Yellow, Nitro Pink, Nitro Blue, and Nitro Black jumped upward. They dropped, and one-by-one, Nitro Red swatted them towards the enemy. The four Rangers shot through the Zergs and X-Borgs with massive bursts of spark, bashing them backward.

Bowser growled with annoyance and dashed through a streak of motion. The Red Ranger dashed towards the enemy. They moved faster than sight, bashing each other with punches and kicks as they streaked through the jungle.

Nitro Red launched a volley of punches that sparked on impact and hurled Bowser off his feet. He crashed and skid across the dirt, landing next to the remaining X-Borgs and Zergs that regrouped.

The Nitro Rangers regrouped around their leader and faced off with Bowser.

Suddenly, a massive roar shook the island. The Rangers and villains looked to the distance, where Gao Lion stood on a cliff.

The zord pounced from the mountain, landed in the battle site, and growled at the X-Borgs. Gao Lion swiped his paw and hurled dozens of X-Borgs through the air.

The zord lunged, and with another swipe of his paw, swatted Bowser and several Zergs off the island.

The monster summoned a glider; he landed on the vehicle, swerved through the air, and dove towards Gao Lion. The glider opened fire with energy darts and missiles that blasted Gao Lion with bursts of spark.

The Rangers armed their Jet Force Keys.

"Suit Up!" They inserted their Keys into their morphers: "AEEEEEERO RANGERS!"



They transformed into the Jet Task Force Aero Rangers: Tyler shifted into Aero Red, Mat shifted into Aero Black, Seth shifted into Aero Blue, Kira shifted into Aero Yellow, and Kym shifted into Aero Pink.

The Jet Force Rangers snapped open their wings and shot into the skies.

Bowser swerved his glider, grabbed Aero White by the leg, and hurled her through the air. She crashed into Aero Black, and they flailed out of control.

Aero Red, Aero Blue and Aero Yellow swooped towards the monster. "Aero Blasters!"

They opened fire with darts of energy that blasted Bowser with bursts of spark, knocking him off his glider. The monster twisted through midair and swung his claws, slashing the Rangers from the air.

The Aero Rangers crashed hard, and the impact knocked them from their armor.

The teens rolled to their feet. X-Borgs and undead regrouped to attack. But before they could, Gao Lion roared from the distance.

The zord's massive growl sent shockwaves across the island, and the sound rippled the waves of broken space and time. The island reverted by hours, restoring the damaged Shield, and moving the Armada and undead to the other side.

Simon ran to the teens to regroup. The teen narrowed his eyes with confusion as he surveyed their surroundings.

Mat knitted his brow and looked towards the distance, where the wall stood once more. "Huh. I don't suppose this happens often?"

Simon shook his head. "No..."

"That lion must be their Grand Power..." Tyler said.

"Grand Power..." Simon said. "You mentioned that before. What is it?"

"The true power of your Ranger team," Tyler said. "We need it."

"Is that the only reason you're here?" Simon asked. "To fight for more power?"

"We told you why we're here..." Tyler said. "Is this conversation going through a time loop too?"

Simon narrowed his eyes. "Keep up that attitude...and Gao Lion will never follow you."

"We don't need your blessing," Tyler said. "If you won't help us...we'll be on our way."

Tyler started to walk off, as did the others, but Kym winced and collapsed.

"Kym!" Seth shouted as he and Mat ran to her side.

"I'm OK..." she said as she grasped her ankle. "It's just my leg..."

"Is it that hit you took earlier?" Mat asked. "Because that looked like it hurt. Pretty bad. More-than-ouch bad."

"I'm fine..." Kym said. "You guys go ahead. If you don't, the Armada will break through the wall...again"

Tyler sighed and nodded reluctantly. "OK. Mat...you stay with her. Seth and Kira, you're with me."

Tyler, Seth and Kira moved off. Simon stayed back and knelt next to Kym.

"That looks pretty bad..." he said. "Let me take a look." Simon traced his hand over the wound. "I can heal it if we can get to a clearing."

Mat arced an eyebrow. "Weren't you pissed at us, like, five seconds ago?"

Simon smirked. "I can be mad and helpful at the same time."

***

Simon and Mat helped Kym limp to a clearing. They laid her against a tree, and then Simon gathered some white herbs that grew in patches of grass.

He smashed the herbs against a cloth and wrapped it around her leg. "Here...This should help with the swelling."

"Thanks..." Kym said with a smile.

Mat nodded with approval. "Not bad. I'm surprised you don't carry a medicine pouch."

"I thought about it," Simon said with a smile. "So..." he looked towards the distance, where Tyler and the other rangers left. "What's the deal with your teammates? They're not like you guys. They seem...cold. Like all they want is...power."

"They're just..." Mat hesitated. "Shy, maybe?"

"You just have to get to know them," Kym said.

"Yeah." Mat nodded. "They're good people."

"They just feel so...driven," Simon said.

"But that doesn't mean they're only interested in power," Kym said. "If they were...for one thing, they would have abandoned me."

"What do you mean?" Simon asked.

"Well...I don't remember anything from before the Shattering. But afterward, I was princess of a planet the Armada destroyed," she said. "I couldn't do anything to stop it. The Armada...they came after me. But Tyler and the others, they saved me. You think I would have been a burden...a wanted princess...but they took me in anyway. They gave me a home."

"That's right," Mat said with a smirk. "They have a habit of sticking their necks into other people's business."

"If power was all they wanted..." Kym said. "They never would have asked us to join them."

***

Tyler, Seth and Kira moved to the top of the Shield. They looked down to see Bowser and X-Borgs plow through Crab soldiers on their way to the wall once more.

"There they are..." Kira said.

Tyler nodded. "Let's go say hi."

They armed their morphers and Ranger Keys.

“It’s morphin’ time!” Tyler shouted. Together, they called out: “Ultimate Transform!”

They inserted their Keys into their morphers: “POOOOOWER RANGERS!”

They jumped to the ground and plowed through the X-Borgs.

The Yellow Ranger slashed a grunt's gut and side-kicked another X-Borg.

The Blue Ranger and Red Ranger hacked and slashed a small group of X-Borgs that tried to surround them.

***

Navi opened a comm-line and told Mat and Kym about the Rangers' battle.

"Well..." Mat said. "Looks like they stuck their necks out again."

"We should go," Kym said. She stood and wiggled her foot. "That feels so much better, Simon. Thank you..."

"Anytime," Simon said. "Now let's get to the wall, and see what your friends are up to."

***

The Ultimate Green Ranger and Ultimate Pink Ranger ran towards the Shield. Ahead, they noticed a wave of X-Borgs rush towards them.

"Wonderful..." the Green Ranger said sarcastically. "They're through the wall already."

The two Rangers armed their blasters and swords and charged through the enemy.

The Green Ranger spun and twirled, hacking through X-Borgs and blasting through grunts with bursts of spark. The Pink Ranger did the same, blocking and parrying, and blasting grunts before they could get too close.

Their battle moved close to the opening in the wall, where their teammates fought Bowser and the main wave of X-Borgs.

The Red Ranger leaped over a Crab soldier and landed while chopping an X-Borg to the ground.

"Stay down,” he told the soldier as he spun and slashed through a trio of X-Borgs.

Simon arrived just in time to watch.

He leaned over the wall and watched the Rangers fight and protect the Crab Samurai. He couldn't help but smile. The Rangers seemed determined, not just to defeat the undead and Armada, but to save the Crab soldiers from a far superior foe.

"That's the spirit..." he whispered.

The teen looked farther into the distance, where Junzo hacked through a group of Crab Samurai as he made his way towards the wall.

The former ranger unsheathed his dagger and pounced to attack.

***

Junzo slashed a Crab Samurai's gut and kicked a second soldier's face. The villain swung upward, slashing a third samurai's body.

Simon leapt at Junzo from behind and chopped his dagger. Junzo turned and parried, knocking Simon through the air.

The teen twisted and landed in a crouched position. He held his dagger in a reverse grip and glared at the villain.

"Junzo..." he said. "It's over. Take your army and get off this island."

"Never!" Junzo growled. "The Emerald Kingdom is mine!"

"The Emerald Kingdom is gone!" Simon shouted. "You don't even know what you're fighting for."

Junzo howled with rage. He lunged and chopped; Simon parried, kicked Junzo's side, and elbowed the villain's face. Junzo staggered backward.

Simon pushed forward with a hop and slash. But Junzo twirled his blade and parried.

***

Zergs regrouped around Bowser and opened fire at the Rangers with bursts of blue energy.

The Red Ranger slashed through the blasts as his teammates regrouped around him. They armed their Power Blasters and fired, blasting the villains with bursts of spark.

The Red Ranger twirled his sword. "Kym, your leg OK?"

"Yeah," she said.

The Yellow Ranger nodded. "Good, then let's do this already."

They armed a set of Ranger Keys.

“Wild Access! Ha!” They inserted their keys into their morphers and shifted form: “GAAAAAAO RANGERS!"



They morphed into the Wild Task Force Gao Rangers. Tyler shifted into Gao Red, Mat shifted into Gao Black, Seth shifted into Gao Blue, Kira shifted into Gao Yellow and Kym shifted into Gao White.

Bowser lifted his arm. "Charge!"

The Zergs charged to attack, and the Rangers returned the charge.

They split up and attacked; Gao Red lunged at Bowser, and the others pounced at the Zergs. They clawed and kicked with furious strikes that sparked on impact and forced the villains backward.

Gao Yellow grabbed a Zerg's neck, leaped into the air, and bashed the grunt through a tree trunk. She landed against the side of another tree and hurled the villain to the ground.

Gao Blue blocked a flurry of punches and back-fist strikes. The Blue Ranger spun with a palm-heel strike, bashing the grunt several steps backward. The Zerg struck again. But the Blue Ranger blocked and thrust both palms, striking the monster with a burst of spark.

The Blue Ranger jumped upward and armed his Shark Fins. "Surging Slash!"

He spun around the Zerg and slashed through streaks of blue energy. The strikes tore through the grunt with massive bursts of spark. Gao Blue swung both weapons towards the Zerg's midsection; the blades ripped through the grunt with bursts of spark that hurled him backward.

Gao Black and Gao White faced the same Zerg. The Black Ranger grabbed the White Ranger's ankles and helped her flip; her feet bashed the grunt's shoulder.

Gao Black lunged with a flurry of punches, and Gao White launched with a flurry of claw strikes. The attacks sparked on impact and forced the grunt backward.

The two Rangers back-flipped, kicking the grunt off its feet.

Gao Red blocked a volley of Bowser's punches. The Red Ranger round-kicked the monster, then spun to dodge a back-fist blow. Gao Red lunged with claw swipes that sparked on impact and forced the monster several steps backward.

Bowser leapt through the air to attack, and Gao Red did the same. They passed back and forth as they blocked and attacked. On the last jump, Gao Red spun and clawed the monster from the air with a massive bursts of spark.

Bowser crashed onto the ground, and Gao Red landed nearby.

The other Rangers regrouped around him.

"Let's do it together," he said as he combined their weapons.

"Gao Blade!" the Rangers shouted as they combined their weapons into a massive sword. "Savage Slash!"

They chopped the blade, which energized and extended. Bowser grabbed the three Zergs and pushed them ahead to act as a shield; the blade slashed through the grunts with massive bursts of spark that tore them to pieces.

***

Simon looked away from his own battle for a moment to watch the Rangers' final attack. He couldn't help but smirk.

The teen looked into the distance. "You watching this, Gao Lion?"

The zord roared.

***

The Rangers shifted back into their standard forms and armed their Power Blasters. They inserted their Ultimate Power Ranger Keys into the weapons, which pulsed with energy: "FIIIIIINAL WAAAAVE!"

"Fire," the Red Ranger said.

The Rangers fired energy bullets that grouped together and punctured through the monster's chest with massive bursts of spark. The monster collapsed with a massive secondary explosion.

Soon after, the Armada flagship fired its enlargement beams. The rays splashed against the fallen monster and three Zergs, who revitalized and grew giant.

The Red Ranger flipped open his morpher and pressed a series of command codes: “LEEEEEGACY GALLEON!”

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

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 Zergs charged to attack. The Ultimate Megazord armed its twin sabers and slashed through the soldiers, blades sparking on impact.

The Megazord turned to face the three Zergs.

"Alright," the Red Ranger said as he pulled out his Ultimate Red Ranger Key. "We'll use the Ultimate Starburst."

Bowser took advantage of the Megazord's exposed back. He thrust his hand and fired his claw, which latched onto the Megazord's armor.

The Zergs pounced and grabbed onto the Megazord, holding it in place.

The Rangers shifted their Keys, but nothing happened — the monster's claw held the main weapons compartment closed.

"That's cute..." the Green Ranger muttered.

Bowser laughed as the Zergs tightened their grip.

Suddenly, a roar sounded in the distance. Gao Lion pounced onto the scene and growled at the villains.

Within their cockpit, the Rangers grasped their Gao Ranger Keys, which glowed with energy.

"Our Gao Keys!" the Green Ranger said.

"It's Gao Lion..." the Pink Ranger said. "He's a Grand Power..."

"Then let's use him," the Red Ranger said. Together, they inserted their Gao Ranger Keys and called out: "Ranger Keys, set!"

"GAAAAAAAO LION!"

The Megazord flared with light that mimicked the emblem of the Gao Rangers, knocking the Zergs backward.

Gao Lion roared and pounced, clawing the monster with bursts of spark that knocked him several steps backward.

Gao Lion landed, looked over his shoulder, and growled at the Megazord.

"What's he saying?" the Yellow Ranger asked.

"Maybe we can combine!" the Green Ranger said.

"All right," the Red Ranger said. "Let's make this showy: Gao Lion, equip!"

The Megazord and Gao Lion leapt into the air, flared with energy, and combined. The Megazord's lower body fused with the lion, giving the robo the appearance of riding the beast.

"Ultimate Lion Megazord!" the Rangers shouted.



The Megazord landed and charged towards the villains.

The Zergs lowered, shifted into motorcycle mode, and throttled towards the Megazord.

"That's new," the Green Ranger said.

The Megazord twirled its sabers and slashed the cycles as they passed. The vehicles swerved around and opened fire; bolts of blue energy blasted the Megazord with bursts of spark.

The Rangers snapped their wheels to the left.

The Megazord jumped and turned, while slashing a cycle away. The grunt crashed and skid across the ground.

Gao Lion pounced and tackled the second cycle, and the Megazord slashed the third cycle through the air.

The three cycles exploded, bursting into fiery debris.

Bowser shouted with anger and charged towards the Megazord.

The Rangers twisted their Gao Ranger Keys. "Ultimate Roaring Fury!"

The Megazord charged to attack. Gao Lion opened its jaws and fired a beam of golden energy that punctured through Bowser. The Megazord pounced, slashed through the monster, and landed behind him. Secondary explosions ripped Bowser into shreds with a massive bursts of flame that scattered his body into ash.

***

Junzo swung low; his blade slashed Simon's leg, and Simon collapsed to his knees. The villain twisted his grip and hacked towards Simon's head, but Simon parried, used his hands for support, and lifted himself with a kick that bashed Junzo backward.

The former ranger flipped to his feet and lunged with a series of slashes and chops that Junzo parried.

The villain laughed at the attack. "You are no warrior...You are a weak child!"

Simon narrowed his eyes and stabbed; Junzo swatted the dagger from the teen's hand and kicked his chest.

Simon staggered backward, and Junzo hopped with a wide slash.

The former ranger thrust his hand. "Ki!"

He fired an invisible burst of energy that bashed Junzo and hurled him through the air. The villain crashed and quickly rolled to his feet.

Simon narrowed his eyes and tightened his hands into fists; black flare trickled along his knuckles.

Junzo pounced to attack.

Simon thrust his fists, firing waves of Shadow Fire that burned through Junzo and disintegrated his soul. The evil samurai crashed lifelessly to the ground.

The teen looked down to his fists and opened his hands, feeling the dark energy that had poured through him. What the hell was that…?

***

Tyler and his teammates joined Simon back in Gao Rock. They stood inside and grasped their Gao Ranger Keys, which glowed with power.

The energy pulsed in rhythm with the Time Shard that hovered next to them.

Tetomu grasped her chest and stepped back. “The Time Shard…it’s reacting to you.”

Tyler shook his head. “No…” he lifted his Key towards the Shard. “It’s reacting to the Gao Rangers’ Grand Power.”

The Time Shard flashed with light that enveloped the rangers. The light pulsed with images that flashed through their minds.

They again saw Simon standing near the destruction of N’Ma — then time rewound, months before that final battle, to the time when Simon found himself dead and in Hell.

---To be continued…Chapter 07

Simon Kaden at age 16. Simon became the Red Gao Ranger in Classic UPR Year 7.



Further reading:
• Simon meets the Power Rangers in the very first chapter of UPR — “The Legacy Begins
• Simon becomes Gao Red in Classic UPR Year 7 Chapter 01 — “Lion Heart

The original seven seasons of UPR: www.ryuranger.com
The UPR sequel series, UPR New Generation: http://www.ryuranger.com/UPR_NG.html

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Old October 22nd, 2015, 12:44 AM   #58
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I don't recall if I said it when you first did GaoRanger, but I find it awesome that you used L5R as a basis for the setting.
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 01:53 PM   #59
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I don't recall if I said it when you first did GaoRanger, but I find it awesome that you used L5R as a basis for the setting.
I think you did. And thanks! I just happened to be into that while writing Ultimate Gao, and it seemed to fit perfectly. I liked revisiting that this chapter.
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 02:11 PM   #60
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I still think you should have made a connection between the Lion Clan and the Samurai powers. Since, at least in the Sentai, Takeru's name was Shiba, which is the head Lion Clan house.
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